Professional handler and Maltese fancier Tonia Holibaugh has been breeding Maltese since 1990. The president of the Austin Kennel Club and chair of the health committee for the American Maltese Association answers BISD’s Who’s Who questions and acknowledges the women who inspired her to compete at a higher level. Find out their names, and learn about this dog breeder’s fondness for one particular cat.
Blogger-in-Chief Billy Wheeler covers conformation shows with a fervor you’d expect from a devoted fan. When it comes to show dogs and dog shows, Billy enjoys nothing more than promoting the sport he’s enjoyed for more than 40 years. That’s why news of a legal battle that could jeopardize the future of one show cluster has him concerned. Find out what Billy has to say about the responsibility and stewardship of our dog clubs.
Kayla Bertagnolli will be attending her favorite local shows this weekend in Farmington, Utah. Beginning tomorrow, our DFR Blogger and roving reporter will be at the Davis County Fairgrounds to capture those special dog show moments. If you’re also planning to be there, please be sure to have Kayla take your photo for our Facebook page and photo galleries.
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Florida Shows in Jeopardy
By Billy Wheeler
As I have written here, the month of January is critical to the AKC conformation show season. Three venues provide so many points that a dog who does well at one or more of the sites can build an almost insurmountable lead for a national campaign. One of those clusters is the Florida Classic Cluster in mid January. The cluster in Brooksville FL offers exhibitors eight shows in a nine day period every year. The other sites are on the West Coast in Indio (Palm Springs) CA the first week of January and in Portland OR the third week of the year. more
Best in Show Daily’s Who’s Who: Tonia Holibaugh
By Christi McDonald
Professional handler Tonia Holibaugh lives in the Texas Hill Country near Austin, where in addition to showing dogs for a living, she breeds Maltese and is involved in her local all-breed club and her parent club. She took a little time out to answer the BISD Who’s Who questions. more