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
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
As the Wheels Turn – What is a breeder?
As I send off the last of a dozen GWP puppies, this weighs on my mind. A breeder is someone who spends hours and days and months and years planning a litter of puppies. This person doesn’t just breed what’s handy or the flavor of the month. This person has a long range plan that… read more
As the Wheels Turn – Just a dog handler?
Litter evaluator. Puppy kindergarten teacher. Teenager (human or canine) bootcamp drill sergeant. Handling instructor. Breeding plans advisor. Therapist. Veterinary assistant. Stud dog manager. These are just a few of the services handlers provide their clients, in addition to grooming, conditioning and traveling. Oh, yeah, and we run around the ring, too. For many of us,… read more
As the Wheels Turn – Winter Wonderland
Traveling to these first of the year shows can be a little dicey (heck, in some parts of the country questionable driving weather lasts until May!). Ya’ll down there in Brooksville, Fla., just be careful of the weather envy being directed your way. I can remember driving to the St. Paul, Minn. shows when I… read more
As the Wheels Turn – You Win. I Lose.
Many of us involved with purebred dogs find purpose, excitement and enjoyment in the heat of competition. The adrenaline rush is part of the passion we bring to the game. Whether it is realized in the whelping box, in the show ring or in competitive performance venues. It becomes ingrained deep in the grooves of… read more
A Tribute to Kamikaze
The first Siberian Husky to achieve ADCH and LAA Bronze. When we choose our agility partner, there are many different breeds to choose from out there. For most of us, a Siberian Husky is not our first choice for an agility partner. Competitors who do choose a Sibe for their teammate are fortunate enough to… read more
As the Wheels Turn – New Year
The dawn of a New Year heralds excitement in the world of purebred dog enthusiasts, whether as a judge, breeder, owner or handler. New dogs on the horizon, new beauty to seek. I’m writing this final column for 2016 sitting on the floor with a dozen (yes, TWELVE) 3 1/2 week old GWP puppies curled… read more
As the Wheels Turn – Coming Home and the Puppy’s 12 Days of Christmas
“Crossing the Douglas County line on I-5 southbound in southern Oregon… for 30 years has meant coming home for the holidays. And for most of those years I have done just that. Whether I was going home to my parent’s house from college, my grandmother’s house, my father’s house or even, now, my house, one… read more
As the Wheels Turn – Us vs Them and Words of Wisdom from Mother Goose
The Owner Handler versus Professional Handler conflict is a relatively recent phenomenon in our sport. It’s not something that was even an issue that came up 35 years ago when I was a kid, an “owner handler” and just getting started. I know I’ve addressed this topic in a number of ways and on a… read more