Profiles

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As the Wheels Turn – Separation Anxiety

I love my dogs. I love my client dogs. I laugh at their antics, kiss them on the nose and cry when they leave, whether to go home or to heaven. My dogs give me joy, pleasure, comfort and are a source of constant entertainment. I give them cozy surroundings, quality food, grooming and medical… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – 7 Deadly Sins

It’s hard for me to believe it’s been three years since I first spoke to Kayla and Leah about writing a column for their then still new online newsletter. I’ve watched the publication grow and change and bring a great deal of benefit to the sport. I am proud to say I’m part of that… read more

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COMMERCIAL BREEDERS ARE NOT THE ENEMY (or everything you never knew about professional kennels)

News Flash – Commercial Breeders are not the enemy for show/hobby breeders. They are also NOT “puppymills” as claimed by our true enemy, the animal “rights” cults. USDA LICENSED PROFESSlONAL breeders are NOT “puppymills”. There are currently only 1538 licensed professional breeders in the US. The number of licensed breeders in this country has been… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – 12-Steps to a Happier You

I once read a line that has stayed with me for years. Essentially, it said, “The man who can focus his entire attention on one single problem for just 20 minutes can rule the world.” In our hectic, over-scheduled, under-funded, hyper-stimulated world, this is, indeed, a very difficult challenge. Especially so in the dog world,… read more

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The Boerboel

Historically the Boerboel was developed as a general farm dog for the pioneers who began settling in South Africa in the 17th Century.  These dogs were often the first line of defense against predators.  Many old farmers told tales of the strength, agility and courage of the Boerboel.  The dangers and harsh environment allowed only… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Jody’s Juniors Part 2

Last week we talked with Jody Davidson, a long-time exhibitor and breeder of Clumber Spaniels who has created a cohesive group of junior handlers in the Scottsdale, Ariz. area. Similar to a 4-H club, Jody emphasizes responsibility, sportsmanship and a dogs first mindset with her kids. Today, we hear from the current group of juniors,… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – What is Your Personal Best?

I have learned, the hard way, that nearly everything in life boils down to one simple maxim: “All you can do is the very best you can do with what you have to work with…” This grammatically challenged one-liner serves as a reminder to myself or others, nearly every day. It applies to dogs, relationships,… read more

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A Year After Tragedy Averted, Chesapeake Virginia Dog Fanciers’ Association Honors Sheriff’s Deputy

In September 2015, a dramatic close call shook up the Chesapeake Virginia Dog Fanciers Association’s All Breeds Dog Show. A car caught fire with a Mastiff, named Lemon Chiffon, inside, while his owner was in the ring. Thanks to the quick thinking and actions of a sheriff’s deputy, tragedy was avoided. Wayne Spencer, a volunteer… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Video Killed the Radio Star

While Laura is away at the 2016 GWPCA we bring you this reprint from a few years ago – Enjoy! A most interesting comment was made to me at this year’s GWPCA national. I was shooting the breeze with a group of friends, most of whom I’ve known and respected for years. I said, “So, Ed,… read more

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As The Wheels Turn – Front and Center

The following is a reprint of an article I wrote for my national breed magazine. Front assemblies are so poorly understood on such a large scale, that I thought perhaps more readers would find this of interest. While not all breeds should have a 90-degree shoulder, this piece has application and description that is useful… read more

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