I’d venture to say that almost every veterinarian has been asked at least once in his or her career: “What would you do if this was your own pet, doc?” In veterinary school, many of us were taught to avoid answering the question. So we have developed a few common responses, such as “I can’t… read more
Jeff Horswell Talks about the Future of Judging in the UK
WHEN DOG WORLD reporter Simon Baillie interviewed respected all-rounder and Crufts 2017 best in show judge, Jeff Horswell, at LKA championship show the conversation soon turned to the future of dog show judging in the UK. Mr Horswell, who had been judging Mastiffs and Estrela Mountain Dogs on the day, was asked if dog shows… read more
As the Wheels Turn – You Win. I Lose.
Many of us involved with purebred dogs find purpose, excitement and enjoyment in the heat of competition. The adrenaline rush is part of the passion we bring to the game. Whether it is realized in the whelping box, in the show ring or in competitive performance venues. It becomes ingrained deep in the grooves of… read more
Puerto Rico Senator Jose Luis Dalmau Receives AKC Legislator of the Year Award
In December 2016, the Caribe Kennel Club presented an AKC Legislator of the Year Award to the Honorable Senator Jose Luis Dalmau Santiago in a brief ceremony at the Capitol Building in San Juan. The award, according to club Show Chair Teresa Y. Santana, DMD, was to demonstrate the club’s appreciation for the Senator’s “balanced… read more
Best Booth in Show at the 2016 AKC National Championship Meet the Breeds
Exhibitors at Meet the Breeds at the 2016 AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin created extravagant booths designed to highlight the history, function, and noted characteristics of their respective breeds. Rhodesian Ridgebacks took the top prize of Best Booth in Show. Winners were chosen by a secret panel of judges who considered the following… read more
Slow down. Focus. Rest. I’ve heard these things before and I’ve heard a lot more of them in the last two months. It has been an impossible thing to do this last year—year and a half, really. I purposely filled my schedule following Worlds as an attempt to cover up the pain of the event… read more
The National Beagle Club Specialty 2016
The National Beagle Club of America held its 48th Annual Specialty Show in Ocala, Florida, November 14-16. All events were at the Greater Ocala Dog Show Grounds. Imagine…a beautiful outdoor facility specifically built for dog shows! Kicking things off were the performance events. We started with two days of agility with a total of 25… read more
What Makes a Great Competitor?
What makes a competitor great? I’ve been mulling this question over for quite a while. Because I think, at the heart of it, a great competitor is composed of much more than just what can be gleaned from the surface. Is it based solely on results? On how many nationals/ invitationals/ tryouts/ worlds an individual… read more
What Makes a Veterinary Specialist So Special?
Becoming a veterinary specialist is difficult. I don’t say this looking for sympathy, as I am well aware I chose this career, and the stresses I’ve sustained thus far are primarily of my own doing. But there are times when I do question my path. Not because I’m thinking about pursuing a completely different profession,… read more
A Tribute to Kamikaze
The first Siberian Husky to achieve ADCH and LAA Bronze. When we choose our agility partner, there are many different breeds to choose from out there. For most of us, a Siberian Husky is not our first choice for an agility partner. Competitors who do choose a Sibe for their teammate are fortunate enough to… read more