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As the Wheels Turn – Video Killed the Radio Star

While Laura is away at the 2016 GWPCA we bring you this reprint from a few years ago – Enjoy! A most interesting comment was made to me at this year’s GWPCA national. I was shooting the breeze with a group of friends, most of whom I’ve known and respected for years. I said, “So, Ed,… read more

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Rules, Ethics and Honesty in the Dog Show World

Social media is an amazing thing. Sites like Facebook allow us to keep in touch with friends and family, to reconnect with old friends and to share what is going on in our own lives. This should be a positive thing, but there is also a dark side. Facebook, forums and other social media allows… read more


As the Wheels Turn – BREAKING NEWS!!!

BREAKING NEWS!!!! … IF YOU DON’T READ ANYTHING ELSE TODAY, YOU MUST SEE THIS!! We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming to bring you this up to the minute report from the front lines at your local dog show… Sources close to the campaign tell us that the dog show this weekend is RIGGED! Yes, RIGGED!… read more


Boy Who Saved Pennies for Years Finally Gets His Diabetic-Alert Dog

Aiden Heath knows a thing or two about patience and determination. For years he’s been collecting and saving pennies to purchase a diabetic-alert dog. Aiden is eight-years-old and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes four years ago. After learning about dogs who are trained to monitor glucose levels, Aiden began his project to save for… read more


As the Wheels Turn – Lonely Roads & Wandering Hands

One of the things we almost never talk about is the personal safety of our exhibitors. We are constantly On The Road Again, flying into strange cities, driving to new locations. Some of these journeys, and even show sites, are in sketchy areas, at best. A significant number of us are traveling alone through all… read more


As the Wheels Turn – Why I Came Back…

The question was put to my social media connections, resulting in a small and self-limiting sampling to be sure, but I received more than 70 individual stories about exhibitors’ first dog show experiences and why they came back. Interestingly enough, it was about the people. Some respondents liked the winning, the competition, the excitement and… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – The Gate Keepers — Ring Stewards 101

Ring stewards are critical to the smooth functioning of any AKC dog show. Most are volunteers. None are well paid. The job includes everything from keeping the judge on time to keeping the exhibitors in line. It is the type of largely unnoticed effort that, when done well, is invisible. But, when done poorly, inevitably… read more


Rising Stars of the New Millenium (Part 2)

These young men and women express the insight, the work ethic,the commitment and the passion to lead us forward into what may well become a new “Golden Age” of the sport. I see an awful lot of talent and smarts in this group Shine on Twentysomethings! Click here for Part 1 Julia Johns, 24, breeder/owner/handler,… read more


Rising Stars of the New Millenium (Part 1)

I hear a lot of folks decrying the woeful state of our sport populated, as I have been repeatedly assured by all-about-me millennials who never learned to work and requiring a participation ribbon for just showing up. I’ve even been known to mutter on this topic myself. Thus, it was with a bit of trepidation… read more


As the Wheels Turn – Being There for Our Pets

Guest Column by: Jennifer L. Amundsen Laura had great advice last week regarding preparation for emergencies—anticipating the possibility that you might be unable to care for your dogs, either at home or while traveling. As a follow-up, she asked me to provide information about additional advance planning that you can and should do to ensure that… read more

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