In The Back Story, Master Blogger Billy Wheeler considers the best age to debut a show prospect. First impressions can be everything, especially when it comes to introducing a young hopeful to the dog world. Before stepping into the ring, many things must be considered, from a breed’s rate of maturation to a dog’s ability to grow coat. Discover why it’s important to know when to show ’em and when to hold ’em.
Editor Susan Chaney remembers the messy ritual her dad performed to keep the family’s dogs free from fleas in the ’70s and ’80s. Although flea powder and collars – and a house in the desert – remain viable methods for preventing infestations, Susan’s favorite way to control fleas and ticks are the topical spot-on preventives that keep her dog Max and her two cats parasite-free all year long.
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My Favorite Things – Spot-On Preventives
By Susan Chaney
I remember my dad applying flea powder to our dogs when I was a kid. It was a rather messy operation that involved him dousing, for example, our German Shepherd in white, rubbing it into his coat, down to the skin. A big white patch on the lawn where the excess remained let us know Prince had been treated. Afterward, my dad would scrub his hands – twice, very thoroughly. And Prince wasn’t allowed in the house until the next day so that residue wouldn’t end up in our carpeting or on the furniture. more
Hold ‘Em or Show ‘Em?
By Billy Wheeler
I’ve been writing a lot about the fresh faces I have recently seen on the show scene. It’s always exciting to see a new crop of hopefuls appear in the show ring. I know from experience how hard it is to bring out that new show prospect. I started showing my first real show dog, a Maltese, when she was barely 6 months old. She was a very sound bitch and mature for her age, but she had the coat of a 6-month-old. We took 25 reserves before we got our first point. My second Maltese I held until he was 15 months old and had coat dragging on the ground. He got a Group Three at his first show. more