July 21, 2012 Subscribe

Heather Rife, D.V.M., plus a Private Disneyland

“Heather Rife, D.V.M., just might be a modern-day Dr. Doolittle.” So writes Editor Susan Chaney in her profile of a woman who “listens” when her Australian Terriers have something to say. When it comes to choosing a performance event, Heather’s dogs tell herwhat they want to do. Learn how fair training and a strong bond are a big part of the language this breeder-exhibitor uses with her little Aussies.

Field trips were on the agenda when Pilar Kuhn’s family came to town recently. Our Social Media Maven made most of the arrangements for the visit, from getting tickets to local parks to lining up a sitter for the dogs. Learn how Pilar’s friend managed the dogs’ antics, and discover how a welcoming pack can create its own private Disneyland.

Be sure to check out our photo galleries, where you’ll find recent winners and candid snapshots from shows held near and far. Just click on Show Scene below the masthead banner, or select any of the images in the left-hand column of our home page.

Dan Sayers
Editor in Chief


Our Own Private Disneyland

By Pilar Kuhn

My side of the family came to town recently to soak in the “Happiest Place on Earth” – Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. The two-legged loves of our lives spent a couple of days visiting with our four-legged family for a Disney-inspired vacation.

Rod and I jokingly envisioned our Bouvier Garrison riding the tram from the parking structure to the park itself. We imagined him begging to ride Pirates of the Caribbean, sporting his finest Captain Davy Jones beard tentacles. more


Connecticut Vet ‘Listens’ to Her Dogs When It Comes to Performance Events

By Susan Chaney

Heather Rife, D.V.M., just might be a modern-day Dr. Doolittle. The East Haven, Conn., veterinarian can hear what her dogs tell her. OK, they don’t bark or whine to let her know which performance events and other canine activities they want to do. Nor do they speak English. But she watches their reactions, gauges their enthusiasm, and then, she listens.

It’s a bit surprising considering that Rife didn’t grow up in a “dog family at all,” or so she says. What she means is that she wasn’t born into a house where dogs were bred or shown or trialed. Her early years weren’t even graced with a canine “sibling.” more


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