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As the Wheels Turn – How Fares the Fairer Sex in Dog Shows?

The 2016 presidential election cycle has focused heavily on women — in politics, in the workforce, their reproductive health and their roles in society. So, let’s take a look at how the dog show world stacks up. By the Numbers – 5 of the top 20 dogs of all-breeds currently are bitches. – 5 of… read more


Westminster 2016 It’s Wonderful, it’s Weird and it’s Wowza!

Let me start by saying this is my first time attending the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and my overall impression is it’s Wonderful, it’s Weird, and it’s just Wowza! This prestigious event is unlike any dog show I have ever been to and of course the dogs and the handlers are all truly Wonderful. … read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Integrity – A Line in the Sand

“To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.” — Douglas Adams (author, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) Two separate items caught my eye today as I cruised the blogosphere and social media. One was about dyeing dogs, the other written… read more


Westminster 2016, From the Eyes of a Junior

My name is Karissa Grove. I am 14 years old and started showing dogs at the age of 9 years. I am a freshman at Elizabeth High School, in Elizabeth, Colorado. I am also a competitive gymnast, so I am not an every-weekend-kind-of-dog-show kid, and I don’t work for or with a handler; but I… read more

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As The Wheels Turn – Living The Dream

“If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.” Flavia Weedn Having spent the last several days in the gambling mecca of Nevada, it strikes me that perhaps those of us who breed dogs and compete with them in various… read more


Time Will Come

“Your time will come…” I’ve heard that a lot over the years. Even with my first dog, Flame when I was just eleven and twelve years old running around the Open ring literally praying for a Q in standard so we could start our MACH journey. I heard it when I started training Nike, when… read more


Shelters & Rescues Succeed in Changing Dog Ownership Law

Washington D.C. In a bold move, Congress announced today that dog ownership would now be truly transitive. Having given up on the Animal Rights Agenda that all animals are to be returned to the wild, Congress, has sensitively authored and passed new rules for ownership. A bi-partisan supported bill “SB20160401 Dog Ownership for All” passed… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Fanciers Offer a Helping Hand

In a world where hate and anger and outrage bubble just around every corner, the purebred dog community consistently comes through to help animals and people in this country. This isn’t just goody-two-shoes rhetoric. This is real. This starts with purebred dog rescues working tirelessly, supported and staffed by volunteers from parent clubs across the… read more


As the Wheels Turn – A Conversation with Mr. Bill

Bill McFadden, in partnership with his wife Taffe, has set a standard for professional handling with class, dignity and decorum for more than 25 years. He also is a breeder of Wire Fox Terriers and was invited last year to judge the breed at the most important show of all Terrierdom in this country, Montgomery… read more

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As The Wheels Turn – Culture Clash

Amongst long time fanciers, there are certain topics of conversation that crop up repeatedly in reference to the changing face of the sport. By long time, I mean at least 20 years, and usually those of my “vintage” if you will, of 30 years involved or more. These are discussions I have had personally, repeatedly,… read more

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