Personalities

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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

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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

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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

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Sportsmanship

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

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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