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As the Wheels Turn – Flashback

“Many believe that these principles of sportsmanship are the prime reason why our sport has thrived for over one hundred years.” –AKC Code of Sportsmanship Author’s Note: Reprinted in tribute to a couple of shining stars in the professional handler system. Shea and Tiffany Skinner, Stanwood, Wash., are young people who I watched grow up,… read more

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Skunky McSkunkface: Skunk Spray Can be Lethal

Everyone knows about the hazards that skunk spray poses to your nostrils: a drive on a warm summer day is often ruined for a few minutes as you pass through a cloud left behind by some poor run-down skunk. For them, it’s a defense mechanism that is evolutionarily derived from those pesky glands that frame… read more

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World Show 2017 Moved to Germany – in November

THE WORLD Show 2017 has been moved to Germany – and on a different date, to avoid a clash with the European Winner Show in the Ukraine. This follows the news that the show could no longer be held in Ecuador due to the devastation caused by two earthquakes in April. The show will now… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Handling Tips FAQ — Table Training

Summer Solstice has arrived. Long hours of daylight and bored kids. Dog shows around every corner in every state and nation. Time to tune up Fido, load the wagon and head for a fairgrounds near you. But, first, a refresher course. Last year we covered some basics. I’ve included the links to those columns at… read more

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Pumi Joins the Pack as American Kennel Club’s 190th Breed

New York – The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry, announced today that the Pumi has received full recognition, joining the AKC family as the 190th breed. “We’re thrilled to have the Pumi receive full AKC recognition,” said AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo.  “This lively, adorable dog makes a wonderful companion… read more

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Delaware Senate Set to Consider Making Golden Retriever the State Dog

The Delaware House of Representatives has unanimously approved a bill to make the Golden Retriever Delaware’s state dog. Eleven states currently have official state dog breeds, often recognizing those that are indigenous to a state. Pending approval by the Delaware Senate, the Golden Retriever will join the ranks of breeds such as the Alaskan Malamute,… read more

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Meet the Dogs Who Travel the World – and Learn the Incredible Reason Why

PART ONE: OSCAR Dogs are not allowed in the Trevi fountain. But Joanne Lefson never much cared for rules. After all, she was in Rome, and why shouldn’t her travel buddy, Oscar, get to sightsee, too? So while sitting among the romancing tourists on the side of the famed Baroque structure, Lefson made a wish,… read more

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Public Education, Support for Breeders is a Better Solution for Puerto Rico Dogs

The images are enough to break anyone’s heart – stray dogs roaming the street without proper food, water and basic needs; shelters overflowing with unwanted animals.  There is no question that something needs to be done.  The dogs – and the people of Puerto Rico – deserve better.But punishing those who responsibly own and breed… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Peace, Love and a Favor for a Friend

“When I first started, I was amazed by the ‘trading favors’ system,” said a young handler friend this weekend. Her comment sort of startled me, and got me thinking about this unique and worthy tradition in the sport. “I mean, wait, what? You show my dog and I get paid? What’s that about? What other… read more

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Comfort Dogs Raise a Paw to Support Boston Once Again

In 2013, Michelle L’Heureux of Auburn, Maine, was standing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon when one of two homemade bombs exploded next to her. L’Heureux severe injuries to her arm and leg from the attacks, which ultimately killed three individuals and injured hundreds more. When she was finally ready to attempt walking again, two comfort dogs from the… read more

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