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As the Wheels Turn – Reason Number 357 Why I Love My Job

Like most of us in the sport of purebred dogs, I love all dogs and find each breed and each individual animal fascinating in its own right. Our job, and the trust of our clients, allows those of us who make this our living to indulge a level of intimacy with far more breeds than… read more

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Meet Gumby, AKC’s First Champion Pumi

Once the American Kennel Club provided full recognition to the PumiJuly 1, Gumby has been on a mission – and in the process notched his way into the breed and AKC record books. The 14-year-old dog, owned by Chris and Tom Levy, of Salem, Ore., has become the first of its breed to earn an… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Dog Club Membership 101

Wait, what? Join an all-breed club? Attend a meeting? Help at the show? Seriously? Yes. Really. It’s something every participant in the fancy really should do. Anyone who is not now or has not been an active member of a show-giving club, either an all-breed club or a national or regional breed club, has not… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Looking Forward

“The purpose of Junior Showmanship Competition is twofold: to introduce and encourage Juniors to participate in the sport of dogs; and to provide Juniors with a meaningful competition in which they can learn, practice, and improve in all areas of handling skill and sportsmanship. It is important that judges of Junior Showmanship Competition understand the… read more

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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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