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As The Wheels Turn – We Are Family

Reprinted as a tribute to Ollie Click, a perennial PHA leader and gentleman of the sport of purebred dogs. God speed and peaceful rest my friend. “Some of my peeps may not understand my world. I live sort of like a gypsy. I travel ungodly miles and keep ungodly hours and have an ungodly uproar… read more

What Will Be

I think it would be almost impossible to put everything I’m feeling into words. As it usually is, agility has the impressive power to bring the highest highs on the same day it delivers the lows. Except, I guess I never really felt that low this time around. Saturday was, without a doubt, my favorite… 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

As The Wheels Turn – Handler Of The Year

One of the highlights of the WKC shows each year is the Showdogs of the Year Awards banquet,hosted by Purina Pro Plan & Dogs in Review. Amongst the honors presented each year is the “Winkie” for Handler of the Year. The winner this year was Carlos Puig of Round Lake, Illinois. We had a chance… 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

Dog People Behaving Badly

It’s time for all of us to take a deep breath and calm down for a minute. I have never seen so many dog people behave so badly as over the past few weeks. I’m not sure what’s the matter, but it seems that the general air of despondency over the bleak future we all… read more

It Takes A Village – Update

The out-pouring of support is absolutely amazing and I know the Boyd family truly appreciates it. Linda and Patrick feel so fortunate to be part of this amazing and yet often crazy family of dog people. Today, I went up to Oregon Health Sciences University to see Linda and Patrick Boyd, Kelly’s parents. The purpose… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – One on One — The Interview Series

This week, we introduce another very exciting component to the column. We’ll be offering occasional interviews with some amazing dog people. These folks offer insight and knowledge that is priceless. Please welcome our first subject, a very successful breeder/owner/handler. Elena is someone I admire tremendously and have known for the better part of 20 years…. read more

"My Dog was Abused!"

Me: “Hey, I see you’re here with a new puppy!” Puppy lays back its ears, emits a tiny growl while looking furtively around and trying to hide, between its owner’s breasts, from the scary new person. Client, while vigorously stroking the tightly clutched puppy: “Ooh, honey, it’s all right, Doc won’t hurt you.” To me,… read more

As the Wheels Turn – Favorites

In my world, driving, even long distances, is part convenience, part practicality and, a not insignificant part, pleasure. I am called Road Warrior by my friends for the tens of thousands of miles I drive to dog shows each year. I bought Beulah3, the Sprinter van, in December 2011 with roughly 37,000 miles on the… read more

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