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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

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As the Wheels Turn

Imagine…. You’ve heard the old standard about putting the emPHAsis on the wrong sylLAble? It seems a significant percentage of our sport suffers from this ailment. “We make our living off other people’s egos…..” This sage advice was imparted to me by one of the handlers I worked for back in the day. Certainly, this… read more

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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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Crufts Judge Upset by Criticism Over Topknot Note

THE CRUFTS judge for Shih Tzus, PAT MAULE (Daltricia), has faced a backlash from overseas exhibitors after a post she made on the ‘Shih Tzu Show Critiques & Results UK’ Facebook group regarding judging at the show. Mrs Maule decided to post a note to exhibitors stating she would not judge dogs with ‘bows’ or… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – A Global Perspective on Dog Shows

As we ramp up to the huge excitement of Crufts, I spoke with a couple of our globally savvy American experts about why we see show entries well into five digits in England and Europe and what we can do here to help spark that kind of fire. Paul Lepiane and Bo Bengston are media… 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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As the Wheels Turn – Times, they are a’changin’

Soooooo, the Garden…. Westminster Kennel Club members work their collective butts off every year to make this an amazing event. I really, really feel badly for them. I get the impression they were truly blindsided by the failure of the new media package. Our most visible and treasured annual event was made a mockery by… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Nevertheless, She Persisted

Nevertheless, She Persisted A popular political slogan, this can be aptly applied to one of the icons of our sport today. When Pat Trotter stepped into the center ring Tuesday night with a strong willed Norwegian Elkhound to compete in her ELEVENTH best in show at WKC, she took the hearts and dreams of a… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Garden Prequel

I’ve been talking to all kinds of people about Westminster Kennel Club the last few weeks. Everybody has a story. Some are inspiring, some are terrifying, some are hysterical. Personally, I was a Garden “virgin” until my late 20s. My parents flat refused to go and/or send me and after that I was much too… read more

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Dog Breeders Should Be More Gay

The dog world lost a dear friend and one of its most passionate fighters today. A frequent contributor to BISD, Jay Kitchener was a giant among us. His tireless efforts on behalf of his passion and ours, particularly in his home state of Maine, were unparalleled. His work on social media was a thing of beauty, taking on… read more

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