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As the Wheels Turn – Someday We’ll Laugh About This…

I am a professional show dog handler. This is a job that is very time sensitive and physically demanding, so I hire dog show kids to help me out. Which effectively means that on any given weekend, I am personally responsible for the health and well-being of other people’s kids and dogs while traveling great… read more


If at First Ya Don’t Succeed…

Keep on suckin’ ‘til ya do suck seed! NYUK NYUK NYUK. When my brother and I were young, we were glued to the television every Saturday morning (assuming I didn’t have a horse show). Our very most favorite TV shows to watch were old episodes of The Three Stooges. We liked the “REAL” Three Stooges. We only… read more

As the Wheels Turn – Putting the Pieces Together

This has been a fun and very well-received series. We’ve talked about hand stacking, free stacking and moving already. Now it’s time to put it all together with a dash of pizazz! One of the judges at the show this past weekend was very good at giving the newer handlers pep talks. All of my… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Step Right Up — Tips on Teaching a Fabulous Free Stack

Note: I promised this topic and I always keep my promises! But, before we start, I’d like to offer a moment of silence in honor of the dogs and exhibitors killed en route to the World Dog Show in Milan. I learned about this tragedy at the same time I was hearing exhibitors talking about… read more

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Therein Lies a Tail

It is the morning after the biggest dog show in the world, Crufts, and the social media is abuzz with endless comments about the show, the Scottish terrier that won Best in Show, and the “horrid” handler that abused the poor dog in the Best in Show ring. Her sin? She picked the dog up… read more

When Weaknesses are Strengths

“If you can’t embrace failure, or the possibility of failure, then there is no chance for success.” What makes successful people the success they are—the competitors they are—is because they not only embrace and welcome the fear we all experience, but they use it to their advantage. We all face fear in some manner, but… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Too Cool for School

Has “Too Cool for School” trumped “Old School”? A young friend of mine recently was reminiscing on social media about learning to trim a very challenging terrier breed. I remember her excitement and trepidation when she first took on this new task. And her sense of accomplishment when she got it right. It made me… read more

Keeping Your Head On Straight: Setting Achievable, Positive Goals

My last post dealt with great competitors. While doing some reading for it I came across an article that shed some light on the minds of great competitors, including a quote that I haven’t been able to shake since I’ve read it. The writer had spoken to a young Maria Sharapova (only 9 years old… read more

Breed Spotlight: The Charming Dandie Dinmont Terrier

AKC Gazette breed column: Survival of this rare terrier breed depends on getting the word out to potential owners about the Dandie’s charm and personality. Everyone smiles when they see a Dandie Dinmont Terrier. They can’t help it. Whether on show grounds, sidewalks, or parks, the smiles are always there. The general public will ask,… read more

Agility – Prioritizing Whole Dog Health

There was much discussion the last week in the agility world– mostly consisting of how qualifications measured our success in this sport. I don’t plan on discussing that here. There were plenty of intelligent debates and discussions sparked because of the recent qualification changes to the NAC, many of which I wholeheartedly agree with. The… read more

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