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Ringside in Houston

Here in Houston: Day One

I entered the Reliant Center, which is adjacent to Houston’s most recognizable landmark, the Astrodome, now know as the Reliant Astrodome, a bit groggy after my midnight arrival, thanks to modern American air travel (but that’s another story). Nonetheless, the moment I stepped inside the show hall, I immediately felt the electricity of one the… read more

Heading to Houston

Next week I am heading to Houston for the Reliant Series of Dog Shows, a week of specialties, limited-breed shows, and three all-breed shows that are among the largest we will see all year. The Houston shows cap a three-week tour through Texas that started two weeks ago in Dallas and is currently in San… read more

Lommel 2013’s Two-Day Show Is a Hit

If we look back in history, no show in Belgium has changed more often than the one organized by the club of Moldernete, held in Lommel. For several years the show was held in the ice rink at Mol, a town close to Holland. But that was not the most convenient place. Most rings had… read more

Among the Shows Closing July 10, 2013

The first time I ever attended the Waukesha cluster was almost 20 years ago as a handler, and it became one of my favorites show weekends, whether showing dogs or as a spectator. Although I haven’t been back for a number of years, I’ve heard that Mareth Kipp’s shows in Wisconsin in July are still worth… read more

“Lola,” a painting by 12th grader Jennifer Eaves from Foster High School, was Best in Show at the 2012 Dr. Mari Jon Filla Student Art Exhibit and Contest at the Reliant World Series of Dog Shows.

Among the Shows Closing July 3, 2013

The major attraction among the shows that close on July 3 is the Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows, which begins in Houston, Texas, on Wednesday, July 17, and runs through Sunday, July 21. Summer is hot in Houston, but the Reliant Center on the south side of the city is a great venue… read more


Road Trip!

As I reviewed the results this week, I was reminded of one aspect of the sport I have not really participated in – the extended road trip. I am, by nature, lazy. Well, my wife thinks I am lazy. I like to think I use my resources efficiently. Accordingly, when I take in a dog show… read more

Among the Shows Closing June 19, 2013

Compared to Memorial Day and Labor Day, the Fourth of July inspires many fewer choices where exhibitors can spend the holiday at a dog show. However, some great shows and clusters are scheduled for that week. The Independence Cluster, four shows at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, Md., Thursday, July 4, though Sunday,… read more

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Woofstock Watch Day Four

It’s a cool 60 degrees here at the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo CA, where the Contra Costa County Kènnel Club is hosting the last day of Woofstock. Mr. Weatherman promises that temperatures will rise no more than 10, 11 degrees, perfect weather for a doggy day. I’m going to take advantage of the cool… read more

Woofstock Watch Day Three

If you only do one day at Woofstock, Saturday is the day.  Everyone is dressed in their most creative hippie-era costumes (photos to follow), and almost 2,500 dogs are here to laugh at the people. We have a cool start to what will be a moderately hot day (mid-80s). 8:00 AM When I arrived at… read more

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Woofstock Watch Day Two

June 7, 2013 8:00 AM Mark Twain said something like, “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Bay Area, microclimates abound. When the Department of Energy did its solar power feasibility study of San Francisco, they found seven microclimates in the 48-square-mile… read more

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