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As The Wheels Turn – Front and Center

The following is a reprint of an article I wrote for my national breed magazine. Front assemblies are so poorly understood on such a large scale, that I thought perhaps more readers would find this of interest. While not all breeds should have a 90-degree shoulder, this piece has application and description that is useful… 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 – Flashback

“Many believe that these principles of sportsmanship are the prime reason why our sport has thrived for over one hundred years.” –AKC Code of Sportsmanship Author’s Note: Reprinted in tribute to a couple of shining stars in the professional handler system. Shea and Tiffany Skinner, Stanwood, Wash., are young people who I watched grow up,… 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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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


As the Wheels Turn – Perspective

I’m sitting in the passenger seat. Literally and figuratively, this is not a place I frequent. But this rare opportunity lets me see a whole new side of the road. At the moment, I have an excellent view of the nonexistent shoulder. We’re hurtling down the skinny little goat path known as Highway 140 winding… 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

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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


Inside the Minds in the Ring

The Piers are bustling, the throngs of onlookers are pushing to get closer to the rings and the dogs. As the first breed wins of the day start ticking up on the boards, the handlers of the top dogs are planning their strategy for the evening’s televised performances. Howie Huber III just won the breed… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Win Photo Advice From the Pros

We’ve ALL been there. The huge win. The perfect moment memorialized forever. You count the days until the photo mailer arrives (or you find the image online). You open it in anticipation and, “OMG! I look like Jabba the Hut”!!! The good Lord knows, my pile of photos that will never see the light of… read more

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