About: Laura Reeves PHA
Our family always had dogs. Mutt dogs, purebred dogs, but always dogs. I grew up with dogs everywhere. My mother eventually enrolled me in dog care 4-H because I was “shy and retiring and lacked people skills”….. I am the living testimonial to the success of the 4-H program! I continued into AKC shows as my family transitioned from “dogs” to the wonderful world of Purebred Dogs. I showed all of our family dogs in conformation and participated in Junior Showmanship competition. I went to college, earned a degree and worked as a newspaper reporter and freelance writer. Today, I am an AKC Breeder of Merit and a member of the Professional Handlers Association.
Recent Posts by Laura Reeves PHA
Note: This is another in our intermittent series of educational articles designed to share valuable information from some of the best sources in the sport. Hair! LOTS of hair. Exhibitors who show drop-coated breeds are often specialists. Numbers of dogs being shown in many of these breeds, particularly by owner handlers, are dropping all across Continue Reading
“[Latin, Let the buyer beware.] A warning that notifies a buyer that the goods he or she is buying are ‘as is,’ or subject to all defects.” We live in an era of ambiguity. The elected leaders of the free world twist a phrase in order to dodge responsibility. It’s no wonder our young people Continue Reading
Best in Show at Crufts was awarded to the Scottish Terrier, Intl. Rus. Am. GCh. McVan’s To Russia with Love “Knopa.” She is beautifully presented by U.S. handler Rebecca Cross, was bred in the U.S. by Dr. Vandra Huber and is owned in Russia by Marina Khenkina. The spectacular black bitch was declared the winner Continue Reading
I’ve had the opportunity this week to be reminded, rather forcefully, that, actually, almost nothing is very important when chalked up next to life and death. Our sport lost a great dog man, mentor and friend with the final farewell of Don Rodgers on Feb. 27. Don was not an easy person. Anyone who knew Continue Reading
One of the highlights of the WKC shows each year is the Showdogs of the Year Awards banquet,hosted by Purina Pro Plan & Dogs in Review. Amongst the honors presented each year is the “Winkie” for Handler of the Year. The winner this year was Carlos Puig of Round Lake, Illinois. We had a chance Continue Reading