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As the Wheels Turn – A Litany of Thanks

As I prepare to set two empty chairs at the table this Thanksgiving (one for each of my parents), I’m finding my attitude needs some adjustment. I’m sad and wistful, verging on melancholy. I find myself repeatedly slipping backward, living in the past like Groundhog Day played out as a tragedy. While I accept the… read more

Homemade Roasted Thanksgiving Day Turkey

Holiday Gluttony

This week marks the start of that magical time of year — full of bright hopes and dashed expectations. To help maintain your holiday glow, I want to share some of the holiday hazards that can cause you unneeded stress and trips to the veterinary emergency room. After all, there’s just no fun in the… read more


See How Dogs Can Detect Cancer Better Than Lab Tests

A dog named Lucy is able to effectively sniff out bladder, kidney, and prostate cancer with more than 95 percent accuracy. According to CNN, she is one of eight dogs currently being used in a new clinical trial by Medical Detection Dogs to sniff out cancer in 3,000 patients in Britain. Since dogs have such… read more

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Mrs H. Handley – Spicer of the Famous Copthorne Griffons

There are a whole host of great names and personalities in the history of pedigree dogs that I would have loved to have met. From James Hinks of Bull Terrier fame, Mr Rawdon B Lee (writer and exhibitor), Captain G A Graham (who resuscitated the Irish Wolfhound) through to Madam Rikovsky (Smooth Dachshund breeder after… read more


A World Without the AKC?

It’s time to start thinking about a world without the American Kennel Club.  Unless the AKC matches the political machine in every state capital put there by the Humane Society of the United States, it’s only a matter of time until the great ship that is the AKC sinks below the waves. It is not… read more


Out of the Backyard

[I wanted to take a week before I reflected on Cynosports. Because I felt that I needed to take the time to separate myself– to think. When I was on a layover in Cincinnati on the way home last Monday I wrote. Handwritten in my journal messily scrawled, hurried in my attempt to capture what… read more


Noble Souls

Over the last couple years I’ve become a mantra hoarder. A quote hoarder. I seek them out, I save them, I print them out, I repeat them, I make them up, I write them over and over again. Sometimes they don’t mean much, other than a way to focus myself on the present moment– agility,… read more

Herding Dogs Prove Their Skills at AKC Herding Tests and Trials in Nebraska

Dry cornstalks rustling in the wind provided a perfect background sound for the Great Plains Bearded Collie Club of Omaha’s all-breed herding tests and trials held Friday–Sunday, October 9, 10, and 11. Ann Witte’s Gaelyn Glen Farm in Springfield, Nebraska, has been host to AKC herding trials for many years as she steered and showcased… read more

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Breeder Bulletin – Jennifer Kofron, Sun Devil Curlies

Jennifer Kofron, Sun Devil Curlies An interview with Jennifer Kofron. Jennifer talks about her success in the breed, how form to function is key, and her recent trip to Australia. Where are you located? We are located in Brighton, Wisconsin. A small, rural town in Western Kenosha County. What is your kennel’s slogan/motto/goal? I always… read more


They have haunted me the last three weekends. Every run I find myself mentally calculating the maximum number of points I think will be possible to earn. I wonder how tightly the judge has wheeled the course and what that means for us. I never thought like this before– ever, ever. It has snaked its… read more

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