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As The Wheels Turn – We Are Family

Reprinted as a tribute to Ollie Click, a perennial PHA leader and gentleman of the sport of purebred dogs. God speed and peaceful rest my friend. “Some of my peeps may not understand my world. I live sort of like a gypsy. I travel ungodly miles and keep ungodly hours and have an ungodly uproar… read more

Dog Trip to Southern France, September, 2015

“The South of France, a Glass of Wine and…DOGS!” For some, the ISO dog trip this September will be the highlight of their year, for others it’s the bucket list trip of a lifetime! See: Imagine if we could go back in time to experience the conditions of life when our breeds originated -ancient… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Best of the Breed

A couple recent social media commentaries have brought to the forefront what would seem a pretty basic question. What is more important? Best of Breed or All-Breed Competition? This isn’t even a chicken and the egg controversy. You literally cannot have one without the other. And yet, as has been opined repeatedly, BOB seems to… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Someday We’ll Laugh About This…

I am a professional show dog handler. This is a job that is very time sensitive and physically demanding, so I hire dog show kids to help me out. Which effectively means that on any given weekend, I am personally responsible for the health and well-being of other people’s kids and dogs while traveling great… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Handling Tips FAQ — moving with your dog

NOTE: This is a reprint from a column last fall, but fits well with our current series. I added a couple more suggestions and tips and the end for any who read it the first time! From a reader: “I have mostly shown my own dogs and do okay with it. …. Recently I have… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Back to Basics — Stacking Tips

The calendar flips to June, kids get out of school and the dog show calendar goes completely nuts. It’s the same every year and always makes me think of the “dog days of summer.” With a crazy schedule for everyone and shows on each new horizon, we’re going to spend the month of June going… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Separation Anxiety

I love my dogs. I love my client dogs. I laugh at their antics, kiss them on the nose and cry when they leave, whether to go home or to heaven. My dogs give me joy, pleasure, comfort and are a source of constant entertainment. I give them cozy surroundings, quality food, grooming and medical… read more

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As The Wheels Turn – A Handler's Perspective

The following is excerpted, with permission, from a colleague’s social media commentary. While I didn’t write it, the sentiments echo mine so accurately, I couldn’t resist the urge to share them with a wider audience. Please note Travis’ reference to “livestock.” This is, perhaps, an old-fashioned concept, but a critical point. Dog shows were developed… read more

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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 – Airplanes and National Specialties

Flying at 37,000 feet in altitude is not my usual cruise control. I am a notorious road warrior. I’d rather drive across the entire country (and have, more than once) than be herded like a sheep onto a giant tube suspended in mid-air by mysterious forces all the while being seriously claustrophobic. Breathing recycled air… read more

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