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Persist

I’ve been trying to write about this for weeks but I have been struggling. The words have come in fits and stops. I find myself sitting down, writing, typing, and then walking away, unable to finish. Before tryouts I started a post about patience– a topic I had been mulling over quite a lot beforehand…. read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Peace, Love and a Favor for a Friend

“When I first started, I was amazed by the ‘trading favors’ system,” said a young handler friend this weekend. Her comment sort of startled me, and got me thinking about this unique and worthy tradition in the sport. “I mean, wait, what? You show my dog and I get paid? What’s that about? What other… read more

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‘We all Share Responsibility for Death of 13 Dogs in Italy’, says Former Handler

IT HAS not yet been revealed what killed the 13 dogs who died the evening before a show in Italy. They had been driven to Rende by professional handler Fabrizio Manni who had parked the vehicle outside his hotel. He returned to check on the dogs to find all but two had died, including his… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Hot Dogs, Hot Shows and Hot Travel

I am a fanatic about servicing my dog vehicles — regular oil changes and maintenance — the slightest weird clunk and I’m running for the mechanic. Vehicle trouble with dogs on board is a major liability that I avoid like the plague. Over the years I’ve dealt with the occasional blown tire, dead batteries and… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – The New Normal

I once got a C in my French class in high school. My father posted the report card on the wall in the dining room for anyone and everyone to see. The original shaming technique. In our home A’s were expected and B’s brought a lecture about studying harder. C’s were definitely not an option…. read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Riot Grrls and the Glass Ceiling

A couple weeks ago we talked about the struggles and satisfaction of campaigning a bitch. That spawned questions about how our women fare in the sport. The purebred dog fancy’s early days were dominated by men. The sport of dogs evolved gradually from the fields of houndsmen and bird hunters in 19th century England, so… read more

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Helping Fearful Show Dogs

I work with fearful show dogs constantly and have some solid methods and advice to offer on helping them.  This article couldn’t possibly cover everything, but will give you some tools to help your fearful dog or your client’s fearful dog.  In working with fearful dogs, I always hope that people look for help because… read more

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Social Media Spoilt by Nastiness

The power of the internet can be a force for good. Many of us have made new friends from all around the world through social media sites. We can share pedigrees and even dogs far more easily than we could previously. News of births – and deaths – can be passed on. Show results are… read more

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As The Wheels Turn – Rising Stars: The Future of Our Sport

I hear a lot of folks decrying the woeful state of our sport populated, as I have been repeatedly assured, by all-about-me Millennials who never learned to work and requiring a participation ribbon just for showing up. I’ve even been known to mutter on this topic myself. Thus, it was with a bit of trepidation… 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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