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As the Wheels Turn – Peace, Love and a Favor for a Friend

“When I first started, I was amazed by the ‘trading favors’ system,” said a young handler friend this weekend. Her comment sort of startled me, and got me thinking about this unique and worthy tradition in the sport. “I mean, wait, what? You show my dog and I get paid? What’s that about? What other… 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


Social Media Spoilt by Nastiness

The power of the internet can be a force for good. Many of us have made new friends from all around the world through social media sites. We can share pedigrees and even dogs far more easily than we could previously. News of births – and deaths – can be passed on. Show results are… read more


81-Year-Old Agility Competitor Defies Stereotypes In The Ring

Athleticism and age tend to be combative traits and polarized positions for most. But when it comes to 81-year-old Marge Yonda, you can throw the book away. A mother of five, grandmother of 11 and great-grandmother of one, she has mimicked the Energizer Bunny while segueing from marathon running to American Kennel Club agility competition… 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


Westminster 2016, From the Eyes of a Junior

My name is Karissa Grove. I am 14 years old and started showing dogs at the age of 9 years. I am a freshman at Elizabeth High School, in Elizabeth, Colorado. I am also a competitive gymnast, so I am not an every-weekend-kind-of-dog-show kid, and I don’t work for or with a handler; but I… read more


As the Wheels Turn – I wouldn’t feed that to my dog!

Dog shows are teeming with foodies — of the discerning and, perhaps, not so vigilant variety. Far too many folks seem to subsist wholly on bad “show” food… Greasy nasty cheeseburgers, greasier fries, soda, energy drinks, doughnuts, gallons of coffee, and the occasional olive on a pizza slice for balance. Eek! We’d die before we… read more



I’ve been thinking a lot about sportsmanship. Because no, it doesn’t just apply to elementary school kids playing soccer. I’ve thought about what it is, how it affects this game– and more importantly, what it looks like. I was thinking about it long before I decided to write a post about it, and long before… read more

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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

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