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Kayla’s Premier DFR Blog!

Hey everyone! Welcome to Best in Show Daily, the new fresh outlook with instant updates and features for all you dog show lovers out there! I’m Kayla, and I will be bringing you regular reports on what’s going on in the lives of juniors, assistants & more! If you didn’t already know, DFR my friends (Dogs Freakin’ Rule)!

I started showing dogs when I was just 8 years old. I showed in my first Juniors class when I was 10 (back in the day when the age limit was 10, instead of 9). I remember being nervous the first few years showing in Juniors, but after showing multiple dogs with plenty of ups and downs, I was more than determined. I was lucky enough to show ‘Parker’, Ch Windkist A Walk In The Park (now GCH), and we went on to have many memories that will last a lifetime.

Through those years, I was learning about breeding & raising puppies from my mentor (who just happens to be my mom, Leah Bertagnolli.) My mom has been showing & breeding dogs since 1986 and has finished over 80 champions in three different breeds. I hope that one day I can live up to her accomplishments. Not only did I learn a lot from my mom, but I was lucky enough to assist two of the greatest handlers I know: Bruce & Tara Schultz. I assisted them off and on, partly while attending college for 4+ (and counting) years. Through assisting them, I learned not only about what dog shows are “really about”, but all about life too. My Mom, Bruce & Tara shared with me their love for dogs & for the sport. Through my life experiences, I hope to share with you some insight into not the good, the bad, and the great times too!

Some things for you to look forward to will include: Our monthly Spotlight of The Month, Seasonal (& gift) Guides to the hottest new trends in the doggy world and, on Fridays, five things that will let you know what the heck has happened throughout the week!

Keep an eye out for a special sneeeeek peeeek!

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Kayla Bertagnolli is a 23-year-old from Ogden, UT, who's been involved in the dog show world her whole life. A former junior handler who learned about breeding Beagles from her mother Leah, she assisted several professional handlers and is currently working to become a Junior Showmanship judge. Kayla is passionate about photography and writes the twice-weekly blog, DFR. She plans to continue breeding and showing, and expects to stay involved in dogs "for life!"
  • leahb
    Leah December 19, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    Very nice!!!!

  • Susan Lowder December 19, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    Good Luck with the Blogging! I’m sure you will do well!

    • Kayla Bertagnolli
      Kayla December 31, 2011 at 3:28 PM

      Thanks Susan! I hope you are doing well & happy new year!

  • Charlene R Waters December 19, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    I have known Kayla and her mom from their very first dogshow days and I am waiting with great anticipation for her next blog…You go girl…

    • Kayla Bertagnolli
      Kayla December 31, 2011 at 3:29 PM

      Thanks Char!!! Look out lots of new post starting tomorrow!! Hope you are doing well! Happy new year!

  • Robin W December 19, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    Awesome Blog Kayla. I’ll be visiting from time to time to catch up.

    • Kayla Bertagnolli
      Kayla December 31, 2011 at 3:29 PM

      Thanks Robin! Hope all is well!

  • Erin Coogan December 20, 2011 at 7:44 AM

    Your talent is ENDLESS!!!!! I can’t wait to follow your BLOG!

    • Kayla Bertagnolli
      Kayla December 31, 2011 at 3:30 PM

      Thank you Erin, haha hope you & the RRs are doing well!

  • sossamonj
    Jeff Sossamon December 20, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Great job, Kayla – look forward to hearing your perspective on dog show happenings!

    • Kayla Bertagnolli
      Kayla December 31, 2011 at 3:31 PM

      Thank you so much Jeff!!! Thank you for the great support! Hope you are doing well!

  • Leslee December 20, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Kayla you are awesome and a breath of fresh air!

    • Kayla Bertagnolli
      Kayla December 31, 2011 at 3:33 PM

      Thanks Les! You rock!!! Hope you are great!!!!!!

  • Kayla Bertagnolli
    Kayla December 31, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    Thank you for your interest! Catch a new post coming this new year! (:

  • Christopher G. January 3, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Kayla you Rock,
    Best of luck with this new venture xoxo. I look forward to reading more 😛

  • Terri Giannetti January 7, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Very, Very nice site Kayla. Very professionally done!!! The Beagles and GSDs at Beowulf (and Ted and I of course) wish you all the best!!! Terri

  • Carol Rutherford February 18, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Great Work Kayla, Can we look forward to seeing you at the IKC in Chicago next weekend ?

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