Senior Editor Christi McDonald offers a few tips from her own experience for keeping dogs comfortable when traveling in the summer months. When the air conditioning in her van went out on the way to shows in West Texas, preparation was the key to keeping every dog cool and hydrated. Find out how advanced planning and something as simple as a chest filled with ice can be insurance against a catastrophe.
Specialty clubs and supported entries can boost the overall entry at all-breed shows, but do the big-number breeds receive special consideration in the Group ring? Master Blogger Billy Wheeler wonders in The Back Story today if these breed winners have a competitive advantage in the battle for Best in Show.
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My Take: Be Prepared in the Heat
By Christi McDonald
Yesterday my fellow editor, Susan Chaney, wrote about the dangers of the high temperatures outside and what to do if you think your dog has heatstroke. It seems that every year someone going to or from a show loses at least one dog to the heat, so we can’t be reminded too often that being alert and prepared is the key to keeping dogs safe when traveling in the summer. I want to reiterate to everyone to err on the side of caution in keeping your dogs comfortable, and to offer a few tips from my own experience about how to be prepared. more
Should Big Entries Get Special Consideration?
By Billy Wheeler
At a big all breed show this year I had one owner complain to me that despite the fact that they won an associated specialty they had been overlooked in the group that day. They weren’t just complaining that they didn’t get a group placement. They hadn’t made the cut and they felt that the group judge had completely ignored them. One of the surest ways to build an entry at an all breed show is to solicit the participation of breed clubs to hold associated specialties or supported entries. But just what should those clubs expect in return? more