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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 – 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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As the Wheels Turn – Brainstorming Toward A Brave New World

Following a thread about the National Owner Handler Series on Social Media got me thinking about it more than usual. As a Professional Handler, I am not permitted to compete in NOHS, even with dogs I own, so have never really paid as much attention to the details of it as I should. This last… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Perspective Through a Two Hundred Year Old Looking Glass

A few years back (well, 210 give or take) a boatload of guys, one woman, one baby and a big black dog stumbled out of the Bitterroot Mountains and collapsed, starved and frozen, just east of Lewiston, Idaho. Fifteen years ago, my life outside dogs revolved around researching and scripting a self-guided audio driving tour… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Serendipity Leads to Tattoos

The conversation is predictable. “What do you do?” “I show dogs for a living.” “Wow! That must be so exciting!” “Well, it has its moments…” I had stopped at the bank and was visiting with the “line greeter” employee stationed to chat with the finger-drumming, pocket-change-rattling customers. It became more interesting when the gal said… read more

Operation Hug Dart

I’m no stranger to dog fights. I started my first pack while living remotely in the mountains—extraordinary, experienced varmint hunters who didn’t just squabble when the time came for the changing of the guard.  No, they inflicted significant damage.  As we were three hours from the vet we couldn’t afford, it behooved me not only… read more

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