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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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As the Wheels Turn

“The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself…” Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1932, inaugural address By the time this column is published, our nation will know the results of the presidential election and, in large part, the course of our Nation, at least on the immediate front. Our national political conversation for the last… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Winning Isn’t Everything. It’s the ONLY Thing…. Or Not

Nobody likes to lose. Fact. “Spending hours, days, weeks, months and years preparing, training, practicing only to lose — that’s my dream…” said no one. Ever. But… Yep, I know, there’s always a but… Football coaching legend Vince Lombardi made this headline famous, all the while claiming he was misquoted. What he supposedly meant to… 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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Rules, Ethics and Honesty in the Dog Show World

Social media is an amazing thing. Sites like Facebook allow us to keep in touch with friends and family, to reconnect with old friends and to share what is going on in our own lives. This should be a positive thing, but there is also a dark side. Facebook, forums and other social media allows… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – BREAKING NEWS!!!

BREAKING NEWS!!!! … IF YOU DON’T READ ANYTHING ELSE TODAY, YOU MUST SEE THIS!! We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming to bring you this up to the minute report from the front lines at your local dog show… Sources close to the campaign tell us that the dog show this weekend is RIGGED! Yes, RIGGED!… read more

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Boy Who Saved Pennies for Years Finally Gets His Diabetic-Alert Dog

Aiden Heath knows a thing or two about patience and determination. For years he’s been collecting and saving pennies to purchase a diabetic-alert dog. Aiden is eight-years-old and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes four years ago. After learning about dogs who are trained to monitor glucose levels, Aiden began his project to save for… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Lonely Roads & Wandering Hands

One of the things we almost never talk about is the personal safety of our exhibitors. We are constantly On The Road Again, flying into strange cities, driving to new locations. Some of these journeys, and even show sites, are in sketchy areas, at best. A significant number of us are traveling alone through all… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Why I Came Back…

The question was put to my social media connections, resulting in a small and self-limiting sampling to be sure, but I received more than 70 individual stories about exhibitors’ first dog show experiences and why they came back. Interestingly enough, it was about the people. Some respondents liked the winning, the competition, the excitement and… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – The Gate Keepers — Ring Stewards 101

Ring stewards are critical to the smooth functioning of any AKC dog show. Most are volunteers. None are well paid. The job includes everything from keeping the judge on time to keeping the exhibitors in line. It is the type of largely unnoticed effort that, when done well, is invisible. But, when done poorly, inevitably… read more

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