Personalities

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

As The Wheels Turn – 7 Deadly Sins

The Seven Deadly Sins as Applied to Dog Shows “In the currently recognized version, the sins are usually given as wrath, avarice, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony. Each is a form of Idolatry-of-Self wherein the subjective reigns over the objective.” Wikkipedia… I’ve re-orged, expanded upon and examined what are normally considered the seven deadly… read more

As the Wheels Turn – Nostalgia

It’s easy to identify one’s most important win, or most devastating loss. But, the rest of the memories that rattle around the closet in my head are tougher to sort. They are dusty and blurred around the edges. A little crumpled and stained from the years passing. I rarely drag them out, brush off the… read more

In Memory of Lisa Pomerance

When you have lived with dogs for any amount of time you know that they, like their humans, develop of love for certain foods and certain toys. Fortunately for my friend Lisa Pomerance and her Papillon Remington it was the exact same toy. Hedgehogs filled their lives, and through Facebook, our lives. Hedgehogs Filled Their… read more

As The Wheels Turn

They’re Watching You True story. I was hurrying to an early ring a couple weeks ago and a total stranger stopped me to ask why I was so mad. I was quite shocked and replied that I wasn’t mad, why would he think that. “Because you’re scowling.” I realized that I’d been squinting trying to… read more

A Phenomenal Year for the Afterglow Team – Part 3

It began at the 2012 Pup of the Year final, held in February last year, when top spot was awarded to the American Cocker Spaniel Sh Ch Afterglow Dragon Quest, shown by Mike Gadsby. Ricky was also competing, handled on this occasion by Phil Langdon as Jason Lynn was in the US. He too was… read more

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