May 14, 2012 Subscribe
Poodles that Retrieve and a Secret Escape

“The Poodle was originally developed in Germany as a water retriever, and the Standard is the original size, used to locate game and retrieve shot birds on land and water.” So writes Senior Editor Christi McDonald in her introduction to Joyce Carelli’s report on this year’s Poodle Club of America Retriever Hunting Test and Working Tests. Discover that many Poodles still retain their hunting instinct, while meeting the dogs and their owners who proved it last month at Anatidae Farm in Rhodesdale, Md.

There’s nothing like a dog show to help exhibitors put a rough week behind them. Kayla Bertagnolli shares her recent weekend at her local Utah shows with DFR readers today and reviews some of the reasons why competition and camaraderie can be the perfect antidote to the inevitable stresses of life.

Dan Sayers
Editor in Chief

PCA’s Field Weekend – The Start of the Greatest Show on Earth
By Joyce Carelli, photos by John Carelli
Poodle Club of America’s show week is arguably “The Greatest Show on Earth,” but not many people realize that it all starts with a long weekend of outdoor events including tracking, hunt tests and working certificate/excellent tests. Poodles are an amazingly versatile breed and our working dogs showcase their talents in these venues.

Friday began with Tracking Dog and Tracking Dog Excellent tests, held at Anatidae Farm in Rhodesdale, Md., also the site of the Hunt Test and WC/X tests on the following two days. more

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A Secret Escape
By Kayla Bertagnolli
This past week I was able to attend my local four-day dog show in South Jordan, Utah. With an entry of 1,101 at Intermountain Kennel Club’s Sunday event, the shows of the Beehive Cluster are Utah’s biggest.

That might not sound huge, but keep in mind we only have three show weekends each year in the whole state!

I’d had kind of a rough week beforehand, so when it came time to head out to the first show I found myself feeling not ready for it. The funny thing is, going to a dog show was exactly what I needed. more

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