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Dancing with Dogs and Educating Our Friends

Today at Best In Show Daily, Editor Susan Chaney asks the question, “What do you get when you put on a CD, teach your dog some moves and add a little costuming?” The fascinating answer is musical canine freestyle and, according to those who participate, it’s the most fun anyone can have with their dog. Meet three of the freestylers who’ve developed theatrical performances with their dogs as partners, and learn that when it comes to developing an entertaining routine, “Anything goes.”

When photos of a friend’s new puppy were posted on Facebook, Social Media Maven Pilar Kuhn’s response was an audible gasp. In today’s Down and Back, Pilar shares how the little dog’s bio pushed her buttons and launched a mini-investigation. Educating friends and colleagues, she discovered, is an ongoing duty for responsible dog breeders.

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Freestylers Do It to Music

By Susan Chaney

Put on a CD, teach your dog some moves, add a little costuming, and what do you get? Musical canine freestyle. And according to devotees, it’s simply the most fun you can have with your dog.

Susan Brogan, Nancy vonKoehnen and Una Valanski have been dancing with dogs, as it’s often called, for many years. All three found their way to freestyle – and the World Canine Freestyle Organization – through obedience.

“I don’t think there’s anything I enjoy more than going in the ring and kind of forgetting that the audience is there,” Brogan says. “I like to play characters,” she adds. more

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What Our Friends Don’t Know Can Hurt Them
By Pilar Kuhn
A very dear friend pushed a button of mine the other night without meaning to. She posted a picture of her new puppy on Facebook, enticing me to ask what kind of puppy it was and how old. I couldn’t tell from the photo.

She told me the puppy was 6 weeks old. I think my audible gasp woke up our entire sleeping pack. My friend proceeded to tell me that the breeder’s vet said that since the puppies were weaned, it was OK to start sending them to their new homes.

I asked if she was given any sort of contract. “No.” more

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