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As the Wheels Turn – Under the Big Top

I was introduced to the joy of traveling to National specialties in my teens. The 1985 Clumber Spaniel Club of America National Specialty. Two teenagers and two cranky parents. And you thought the Chevy Chase “Vacation” movie was fictional…. Four people. Four Clumbers. A big, stick shift maroon Dodge van that Dad built crates into,… read more

The Secret Lives of Veterinarians

There are dozens of peculiar and fascinating things about your veterinarian that you’ve probably never considered. And certainly these aren’t concepts they would ever bring up with you in routine conversation. As with most professions, the perception of a typical “day in the life” of a veterinarian differs greatly from what transpires in reality. Here’… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – The Final Quarter

We’re winding down the year. Plans are being made for Nationals and Eukanuba and the Garden. The weather is, in most places, starting to cool off. We’ve reached my favorite season. Fall has arrived, or at least it’s really, really close! Warm, pleasant days. Cool, crisp nights. Bird dogs get tuned up. Hound dogs start… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – What is Your Personal Best?

I have learned, the hard way, that nearly everything in life boils down to one simple maxim: “All you can do is the very best you can do with what you have to work with…” This grammatically challenged one-liner serves as a reminder to myself or others, nearly every day. It applies to dogs, relationships,… read more

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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: http://origins.case.edu/pyrenees/ 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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