“One of the foundation principles for evaluating dogs rests on an understanding of what ‘balance’ means.” So writes Senior Editor Christi McDonald in Part II of her Evaluating Dogs series. As an apprentice to successful Poodle handler Bobby Peebles, Christi learned the value of balance from a retired Standard Poodle with moderate angles and an effortless gait. Although balanced angulation between front and rear is required of every dog, correct balance is always breed-specific.
When DFR blogger Kayla Bertagnolli’s birthday rolls around in June each year, she prefers keeping things low key. This year Kayla found herself, once again, at a dog show – and without her twin brother. Find out which family members did join her party and just couldn’t resist making a big whoop-de-do on her big day.
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Evaluating Dogs – Part II: Balance
By Christi McDonald
One of the foundation principles for evaluating dogs rests on an understanding of what “balance” means. Webster’s defines balance as “a state of bodily equilibrium” or “to bring into or keep in equal or satisfying harmony or proportion.” The AKC “Complete Dog Book” defines balance as “a condition wherein all proportions of a dog are in static and dynamic harmony.” We know what balance means, and these definitions confirm our mental picture of balance. more
By Kayla Bertagnolli
Being a June baby, the chance of my birthday falling on a dog show weekend is more likely than most. In fact, probably half or more of my birthdays have been celebrated at a show, on the way to a show or coming home from a show.
So, just a little birthday history on me: To start with, if you know me personally, then you know by now that my birthday is just another day to me. Nothing special needs to happen, nor do I need or want any big whoop-de-do on my birthday. I don’t have any particular reason for why I feel that way, I just do. more