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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

The Afterglow Saga – Part 2 by Simon Parsons

Following their triumph at Crufts on Sunday night we thought it would be interesting to dig out this feature originally printed in the Dog World Annual in 2012 and written by Simon Parsons which charts the development and success of the Afterglow kennel. To read part one click here… Continued… For someone with Mike’s restless… read more

Boston Terrier Handler's Surprise Proposal at Crufts

A BOSTON Terrier handler at Crufts had the surprise of her life when she arrived at Crufts on the second day. Anna Spencer had come to see good friend professional groomer Mike Wildman at the Aesculap stand. He was busy trimming his Cocker Spaniel Sh Ch Lindridge Ticket To Ride (Zac) – a veteran now… read more

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