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About: Laura Reeves PHA

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

As the Wheels Turn – Education in the New Millennium

It seems the current fad in our sport is the dog show version of “The End of Times.” Everyone sees a “tipping point,” just around the corner, which spells disaster. I don’t necessarily buy into the hype, but it’s hard not to agree with many of the concerns. Mentorship and apprenticeship are on life support, Continue Reading

As the Wheels Turn – The Gate Keepers — Ring Stewards 101

Ring stewards are critical to the smooth functioning of any AKC dog show. Most are volunteers. None are well paid. The job includes everything from keeping the judge on time to keeping the exhibitors in line. It is the type of largely unnoticed effort that, when done well, is invisible. But, when done poorly, inevitably Continue Reading

As the Wheels Turn – Emergency Preparedness

Fire. Flood. Tornado. Hurricane. Earthquake. Car accident. Medical emergency. Anything can happen, has happened and could well happen again. When we have responsibility for the lives of the dogs in our care, this makes planning ahead a vital consideration. Out here on the West Coast, literally hundreds of thousands of acres are burning down around Continue Reading

As The Wheels Turn – We Are Family

Reprinted as a tribute to Ollie Click, a perennial PHA leader and gentleman of the sport of purebred dogs. God speed and peaceful rest my friend. “Some of my peeps may not understand my world. I live sort of like a gypsy. I travel ungodly miles and keep ungodly hours and have an ungodly uproar Continue Reading

As the Wheels Turn – Best of the Breed

A couple recent social media commentaries have brought to the forefront what would seem a pretty basic question. What is more important? Best of Breed or All-Breed Competition? This isn’t even a chicken and the egg controversy. You literally cannot have one without the other. And yet, as has been opined repeatedly, BOB seems to Continue Reading