Dogs & People

Accentuate the Positive

There are lots of things in life we can control, but many that we can’t. I’ve been learning to come to terms with this. When I was younger I thought I could control a whole lot more than I actually could. I thought I could control exactly what my future with Nike was going to… read more


Make a Splash! AKC Dock Diving Tutorial Now Available

Interested in trying a new sport with your dog this spring and summer? We’ve created a video tutorial with North America Diving Dogs that will teach you how to introduce your dog to dock jumping in a fun and safe way. Don’t have a dock to practice on or need in-person assistance? Find a pool, practice… read more

As the Wheels Turn – Flashback Judging Panel

A recent swirl on Social Media has led to some outstanding discussions, so I wanted to share it with a wider audience. The question is: “Name five Judges who have passed on or who have retired that I would like to see judge one more dog show.” For many of us, this brought great memories… read more

“Win or Go Down in Flames”– Becoming Competitive

Every so often I reflect on everything Rush has taught me about agility. First off, he made me realize that I needed to be more fit. Forty-some pounds later, I’m only about twenty pounds from goal weight. I’ve gone from barely being able to run for a minute (alternating with walking four minutes) to being… read more


Do You Know a Canine Hero? Nominations for AKC Humane Fund Award for Canine Excellence

New York, NY – To celebrate the dogs that do extraordinary things for their human counterparts, the AKC Humane FundSM is seeking YOUR nominations for its AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE).  Nominations open April 1, 2015 and winners will be announced summer 2015. Each year, the AKC Humane Fund pays tribute to… read more

Winners Crowned at the American Kennel Club National Agility Championship

New York, N.Y. – Eleven AKC® National Agility Champions were crowned this weekend at the American Kennel Club® (AKC®) National Agility Championship, held at the Reno Livestock Events Center in Reno, Nevada. The Championship, sponsored by J & J Dog Supplies, MAX 200, M.A.D. Agility and Voyce, drew a combined entry of more than 1,000… read more

Achieving Goals with Dreams, Focus & Occasionally Letting Go

“Set a goal so big you can’t achieve it until you grow into the person who can.” -unknown I was told many years ago by a friend that the reason I hadn’t reached my goals yet was because I wanted them too much. That I was too focused. I needed to forget about it, to… read more


“If you want something you’ve never had, you’ve got to do something you never done before.” I planned on writing a New Year’s blog post (I know, I know: it’s March already), but I couldn’t bring myself to do it for some reason. Maybe because I didn’t feel like I could put a feeling to… read more

Therapy Dogs Help People with Cancer

Animal-assisted visits in cancer treatment centers are gaining in popularity. Patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy can opt for some doggie face time during their treatments. But does this truly influence the patient’s well-being? Until recently, scientific documentation of the benefits of pet-facilitated therapy for cancer patients has been lacking. A study published in the… read more

Keeping the Fun in Dog Sports – Barn Hunt Style Part 2

Many barn hunt events are held in, well, barns. This might mean “working” barns or empty barns at fairgrounds. (And yes, barn hunts are now being integrated into some dog show venues but they still tend to be rural overall). With these locales, it can be difficult to arrange for food vendors. Central Bark Unorthodog… read more

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