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About: Rhoda Springer

Rhoda Springer

Recent Posts by Rhoda Springer

Owner Handlers: Why Do We Go to Nationals?

When talking to regular (ie not dog show) people, I always have a difficult time relaying just how big our National Specialty is. I’ve tried sports analogies like the US Open (golf or tennis, take your pick); or, the Olympics (but every year). That is usually met with a polite smile. I have tried entertainment Continue Reading

Owner Handlers — It’s Okay to Be Happy If It Weren’t for the Grousing

Once again, I find myself comparing the workplace to the showplace. There was a time in my (real) career that I honestly thought my job was to find the pitfalls in my company’s way forward. I looked at it as an opportunity to head off disaster – the well prepared is well armed approach. The Continue Reading

Owner Handlers: What’s Your Next Chapter?

Sunsetting In business, we refer to ‘sunsetting’ a program, service, or product when it has passed its prime and it is now time to bring in a replacement (or not depending on your business). The importance of knowing when to let your product exit gracefully stage left is critical and ignoring that need can be Continue Reading

Owner Handlers and the Importance of Sportsmanship

Sportsmanship is so important to the AKC that the policy is included in our entry premiums and show schedules. The penalties for violating this policy are a bit steep, at least in dog show terms, since they include suspension and fines. Most of us in the dog show community don’t know how to handle the Continue Reading

Attention Breeder/Owner Handlers – Dreams Can Come True

As I write this, it has been 10 days since the conclusion of breed judging at the 2014 Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United States National Specialty in Farmington, Utah; and 7 days since I have returned home from the trip. Things have pretty much returned to normal with one important exception: one of the Continue Reading