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As the Wheels Turn – Dogs First, Always!

I so, so desperately wish our lead story on Monday was not about dead dogs due to an AC outage in a professional handler’s truck. Somebody asked me “how would you feel if it happened to you?” My reply was I have worked for 20+ years with one primary goal: to never find out. I… read more

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Rocky Mountain Cluster Dismantled

A staple on the dog show calendar for the intermountain region since 1985, the five day cluster of specialties and all-breed shows in mid-February at the National Western Stock Show Complex will cease to exist in 2017. From the Colorado Kennel Club website:  “An open Letter to exhibitors: The decision to discontinue the Rocky Mountain… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Who Is Your Mentor?

I was recently asked this question by Pat Trotter for a Dog News “10 questions” profile. My automatic response was, my mom. She is the one who taught me how to *act* as a breeder… Stand behind your dogs, treat people fairly, make your puppy buyers part of your family. My Mom! My first Mentor…. read more

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See The Amazing Place Where City Dogs Can Test Their Natural Herding Instincts

There is a lot to think about at Ewe-topia. Keeping focused, maintaining control and following instructor Joe Kapelos’ directions. If you’re a city dog owner like me with an energetic Velcro-mate like Maggie (a 5-year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi), this 10-acre slice of heaven in Roy, Washington, southwest of Tacoma, is paradise. For Maggie, Ewe-topia is… read more

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The Greatest Poodle Show on Earth

From the pages of BISD Digital Magazine June/July Poodle Club of America, otherwise known as the “greatest poodle show on earth” is an event that I look forward to every year. I say, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year” because, well, just like Christmas it really is a worldwide poodle holiday. Never do… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – On Puppies and Politics

The Dog Days of Summer 2016 will long be remembered for the historical political scenes playing out across the national landscape and around the globe. And not necessarily in a good way. It is to take your life, or at least your mental well-being, in your hands to even peek at social media of any… read more

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OOFOS Shoes

Floating on air! That’s the only way to describe the OOFOS sandal. After double knee replacements, I am always trying to find comfortable supportive shoes for shock absorption. While searching online recently, I came across the OOFOS Recovery Footware website. Ordering the OOriginal-Sport Sandal in Graphite/Black was simple. Shipping was quick and my package arrived within… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Our Own Worst Enemies

Welcome guest columnist Kelly Schur, Lake Bluff, Ill. I first met Kelly a dozen years ago when we were both showing competitive pug specials. She impressed me then and continues to do so today. Thank you for your thought-provoking ideas Kelly! How often are people in the sports of purebred dogs heard lamenting about declining… read more

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Owner Handlers – Is it so Bad to be a Specialist

True story ‘Your world is very small,’ I was informed by a professional handler last weekend while he held up his hand and pinched his forefinger and thumb together until there was a tiny separation.  ‘It’s made up of just brown dogs.’  Let’s ignore for a few minutes that no one is in the position… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Flashback

“Many believe that these principles of sportsmanship are the prime reason why our sport has thrived for over one hundred years.” –AKC Code of Sportsmanship Author’s Note: Reprinted in tribute to a couple of shining stars in the professional handler system. Shea and Tiffany Skinner, Stanwood, Wash., are young people who I watched grow up,… read more

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