Dogs & People

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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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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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Comfort Dogs Deployed to Orlando to Help Shooting Survivors

Gracie, a five-year-old Golden Retriever and comfort dog, is on her way to Orlando, Florida to help survivors of the shooting that occurred early Sunday morning. Gracie will be traveling from her home in Davenport, Iowa to Orlando to visit hospitals and local churches, offering love and comfort to those affected by this tragedy, News… read more

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The Infinite Sadness of HappyTail

The name sounds like it could be a children’s book or the first installment of a Disney franchise – Happytail. Little anthropomorphic creatures cavorting gleefully in some wooded glade somewhere while they sing about the virtues of modesty, proper dental hygiene or hard work. But fairy tale full of wide-eyed childhood wonder it’s not. It’s… read more

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Do You and Your Dog Have Similar Personalities?

Research has shown that owners often choose dogs that look similar to them. Data also suggests that the dogs we choose to share our life with tend to have similar personalities. One study asked owners to rank themselves and their dogs in five personality traits – neuroticism, extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness and openness. Owners ranked themselves and… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Hot Dogs, Hot Shows and Hot Travel

I am a fanatic about servicing my dog vehicles — regular oil changes and maintenance — the slightest weird clunk and I’m running for the mechanic. Vehicle trouble with dogs on board is a major liability that I avoid like the plague. Over the years I’ve dealt with the occasional blown tire, dead batteries and… read more

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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

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