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Segway Through the Storm

Today, Best In Show Daily readers will meet a remarkable lady whose physical limitations haven’t been enough to keep her from competing in the sport she loves – agility. Editor Susan Chaney introduces you to Deb Nezgoda, a talented trainer who uses a Segway to run her Irish Water Spaniel through the tunnel and over the A-frame. This is uncharted territory, so the pair’s training strategy is continually being modified. Find out how the introduction of a hi-tech personal transporter solved one problem, even as it created new challenges for both dog and handler.

“Dog shows and bad weather are just not a good mix!” So writes Kayla Bertagnolli in today’s DFR as she revisits a few of the natural disasters that have plagued conformation shows over the past few years. From tornados to hailstorms to flash floods, there’s not much a show chair can do when an angry Mother Nature comes to the dog show. Find out a few of the storms DFR readers remember most, and learn why it’s a good idea to always have an umbrella with you.

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Agility Obstacle No. 1: The Handler Can’t Run the Course
By Susan Chaney

And you thought agility was hard. Try doing it without turning your body, even your shoulders, and while losing sight of your dog for three seconds at a time.

That’s what agility is like for Deb Nezgoda of Morris, Ill., and her 3-year-old Irish Water Spaniel, ‘Ba-Rock,’ Ch. Whistle Stop Winds of Change, CDX, TD, WC, NA NAJ NAP NAJP. She uses a Segway, that two-wheeled, gyroscope-based, personal transportation device, to navigate the course. She needs her body movements to control her Segway, so she can’t use them to direct her dog. more

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Best In Show DailyThe Show Must Go On
By Kayla Bertagnolli

Dog shows and bad weather are just not a good mix! Bad weather is an obvious reminder that we are not in control of Mother Nature and her plans!

To me, it’s unrealistic to pay entry fees and expect that a show will run smoothly and the weather will cooperate. Sometimes it just doesn’t work out that way.

When it comes to the weather, it’s a good idea to expect the unexpected. For instance, a snowstorm on the first day of spring or pouring down rain right in the middle of group judging can happen. Looking back at shows I’ve attended over the past few years, a few stand out as, well, honestly, miserable, as far as the weather goes. more

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