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Noble Souls

Over the last couple years I’ve become a mantra hoarder. A quote hoarder. I seek them out, I save them, I print them out, I repeat them, I make them up, I write them over and over again. Sometimes they don’t mean much, other than a way to focus myself on the present moment– agility,… read more

Phu Quoc

It’s All Been Done Before!

Caught an interesting segment on This Morning yesterday – and it’s not often one can say that! It was a feature on the country’s most expensive puppies and it saw the programme’s resident pup, Clover, joined by four Phu Quoc Ridgebacks. Catherine Lane, their breeder claimed that she was the first European to breed the… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – When a Plan Comes Together (or Doesn't)

One of a handler’s most important jobs is laying out a game plan for our charges. Setting goals with the owners and creating a plan to achieve them. The route to our final destination may have to be adjusted along the way. Sometimes it works. Other times, it doesn’t. Knowing what judges like what dogs…. read more

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Designer Genes – Genetic Management or Misery?

In the early 1970s, Miniature Schnauzer breeders embarked on a program unprecedented and unduplicated in any popular breed: to eliminate the genetic defect that caused juvenile cataracts. Research had established that juvenile cataracts (CJC) were transmitted as autosomal recessive with complete penetrance and were present at birth. Early diagnosis permitted the use of test-breeding, sanctioned… read more

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As The Wheels Turn – Here Come Da Judge

I’m pretty sure the only members of the sport who are complained about more than professional handlers are judges. I really feel sorry for these guys most of the time. Judges are people, too, you know. Just like everybody else there are good, bad and indifferent members of the judging pool. A percentage of our… read more

AKC Booth at the Big E Promoted Purebred Dog to 1.3 Million Attendees

During this year’s The Big E, aka the Eastern States Exhibition, in West Springfield, Massachusetts, the AKC educated attendees about the purbred dog through a booth in the “Farm-a-rama” agricultural section of the exhibition and took part in the exhibition’s popular Connecticut Day Parade. This year, “New England’s Greatest State Fair” attracted 1.3 million people from Sept…. read more

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Breeder Bulletin – Jennifer Kofron, Sun Devil Curlies

Jennifer Kofron, Sun Devil Curlies An interview with Jennifer Kofron. Jennifer talks about her success in the breed, how form to function is key, and her recent trip to Australia. Where are you located? We are located in Brighton, Wisconsin. A small, rural town in Western Kenosha County. What is your kennel’s slogan/motto/goal? I always… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – In a World Gone Mad…

Everything is politicized, polarized and pontificated upon. Discussion and moderate are words rapidly disappearing from the English language in this country. Fear and loathing lead the way in every media outlet. Difference, whether of opinion or appearance or culture, is vilified. Even presenting rational, educated commentary makes one a target, so few are willing to… read more

Points

They have haunted me the last three weekends. Every run I find myself mentally calculating the maximum number of points I think will be possible to earn. I wonder how tightly the judge has wheeled the course and what that means for us. I never thought like this before– ever, ever. It has snaked its… read more

Amanda & Vito Ciaravino – Interview

An interview with Amanda & Vito Ciaravino. Amanda & Vito discuss proudest moments in their career, maintaining active hobbies in their down time, and the importance of family. BISD: How long have you been handling? A/V: Vito has been handling for over 25 years, and Amanda has been handling for over 15 years. Who is… read more

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