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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

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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

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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

Points

They have haunted me the last three weekends. Every run I find myself mentally calculating the maximum number of points I think will be possible to earn. I wonder how tightly the judge has wheeled the course and what that means for us. I never thought like this before– ever, ever. It has snaked its… read more

Amanda & Vito Ciaravino – Interview

An interview with Amanda & Vito Ciaravino. Amanda & Vito discuss proudest moments in their career, maintaining active hobbies in their down time, and the importance of family. BISD: How long have you been handling? A/V: Vito has been handling for over 25 years, and Amanda has been handling for over 15 years. Who is… read more

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