As the Wheels Turn – I wouldn’t feed that to my dog!

Dog shows are teeming with foodies — of the discerning and, perhaps, not so vigilant variety. Far too many folks seem to subsist wholly on bad “show” food… Greasy nasty cheeseburgers, greasier fries, soda, energy drinks, doughnuts, gallons of coffee, and the occasional olive on a pizza slice for balance. Eek! We’d die before we… read more


As the Wheels Turn – 12-Steps to a Happier You

I once read a line that has stayed with me for years. Essentially, it said, “The man who can focus his entire attention on one single problem for just 20 minutes can rule the world.” In our hectic, over-scheduled, under-funded, hyper-stimulated world, this is, indeed, a very difficult challenge. Especially so in the dog world,… read more


Pet Guests for the Holidays

Holidays in our family wouldn’t be the same without pets: standard poodles in reindeer antlers, a pit bull in a fisherman’s sweater and light up Christmas collar, an otherwise proper relative (identity hidden to avoid coal in my stocking this year) startled into yelling “Crotch Dog!” at the holiday feast. Ah, the memories. Then, there… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Dear Santa

Dear Santa, This year I would like, 1. A perfect dog. This dog would have a beautiful front assembly with a two-finger shoulder lay on AND a proper brisket, 90-degree angles fore and aft, a rock solid top line, a “big lick” side gait and a pendulum down and back, a head and eye to… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – AENC: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Trundling across the entire United States by RV leaves lots of time for ruminating. As we return from the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, a few items stand out in my mind. In the “Loved It” category: Our last trip here was in 2011, I believe the first year in this venue. A lot has improved in… read more


As the Wheels Turn – The Road Less Traveled…

“I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”        So, we’re crazy. We drove from Oregon to Orlando. Yep, 7,000 miles round trip. Part vacation (well, busman’s holiday… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – It’s a Dog’s Life

I had an interesting conversation recently with a gal whose dog placed last in his class four days running. She asked for an honest evaluation of the dog, which I provided. And then she said, “Poor guy.” As if somehow the yellow or white ribbon was going to give him a complex. This isn’t a… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – A Litany of Thanks

As I prepare to set two empty chairs at the table this Thanksgiving (one for each of my parents), I’m finding my attitude needs some adjustment. I’m sad and wistful, verging on melancholy. I find myself repeatedly slipping backward, living in the past like Groundhog Day played out as a tragedy. While I accept the… read more


As the Wheels Turn – On the Road Again

I’m finally home from this year’s Really Big Road Trip. With credit to my hero, Willie Nelson… “Goin’ places that I’ve never been
Seein’ things that I may never see again And I can’t wait to get on the road again
 On the road again 
Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway 
We’re… 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

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