Dogs & People

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See The Amazing Place Where City Dogs Can Test Their Natural Herding Instincts

There is a lot to think about at Ewe-topia. Keeping focused, maintaining control and following instructor Joe Kapelos’ directions. If you’re a city dog owner like me with an energetic Velcro-mate like Maggie (a 5-year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi), this 10-acre slice of heaven in Roy, Washington, southwest of Tacoma, is paradise. For Maggie, Ewe-topia is… read more

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The Greatest Poodle Show on Earth

From the pages of BISD Digital Magazine June/July Poodle Club of America, otherwise known as the “greatest poodle show on earth” is an event that I look forward to every year. I say, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year” because, well, just like Christmas it really is a worldwide poodle holiday. Never do… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – On Puppies and Politics

The Dog Days of Summer 2016 will long be remembered for the historical political scenes playing out across the national landscape and around the globe. And not necessarily in a good way. It is to take your life, or at least your mental well-being, in your hands to even peek at social media of any… read more

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OOFOS Shoes

Floating on air! That’s the only way to describe the OOFOS sandal. After double knee replacements, I am always trying to find comfortable supportive shoes for shock absorption. While searching online recently, I came across the OOFOS Recovery Footware website. Ordering the OOriginal-Sport Sandal in Graphite/Black was simple. Shipping was quick and my package arrived within… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Our Own Worst Enemies

Welcome guest columnist Kelly Schur, Lake Bluff, Ill. I first met Kelly a dozen years ago when we were both showing competitive pug specials. She impressed me then and continues to do so today. Thank you for your thought-provoking ideas Kelly! How often are people in the sports of purebred dogs heard lamenting about declining… read more

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Owner Handlers – Is it so Bad to be a Specialist

True story ‘Your world is very small,’ I was informed by a professional handler last weekend while he held up his hand and pinched his forefinger and thumb together until there was a tiny separation.  ‘It’s made up of just brown dogs.’  Let’s ignore for a few minutes that no one is in the position… read more

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Bill Cunningham’s Photography Captured the Beauty of New York’s Canine Companions

Much ink and tears have been spilled following the death of photographer Bill Cunningham. The longtime New York Times fashion columnist and photo/video essayist has been both hailed as the last of a dying breed, and a truly singular man of warmth, kindness, curiosity, and remarkable vision. He is mourned by the fashion glitterati and… read more

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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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Persist

I’ve been trying to write about this for weeks but I have been struggling. The words have come in fits and stops. I find myself sitting down, writing, typing, and then walking away, unable to finish. Before tryouts I started a post about patience– a topic I had been mulling over quite a lot beforehand…. 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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