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As The Wheels Turn – Road Stories – The Desert Southwest

It’s Monday night and I’m leaving the palm trees and asphalt jungle of Phoenix. Traffic and brake lights in the fading sunset. Only made it to Wickenburg, where I’m soaking my feet in the jacuzzi while a cowboy ropes a steer dummy by the flickering glow of street lights in the hotel parking lot. Listening… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Too Cool for School

Has “Too Cool for School” trumped “Old School”? A young friend of mine recently was reminiscing on social media about learning to trim a very challenging terrier breed. I remember her excitement and trepidation when she first took on this new task. And her sense of accomplishment when she got it right. It made me… read more

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As The Wheels Turn – When The Wolf Knocks…

I pretty much grew up at dog shows. Many children of the sport have been raised in xpens and crates, playing with puppies and sharing their kibble, sometimes literally! For 20-plus years, the young people who helped me, ranging in age from nine to 25, have wandered freely, touching base every hour or so, if… read more

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As The Wheels Turn – The Ghosts Of Portland

Today we ponder mentors. I have been blessed with many and have been gifted with the opportunity to mentor others in turn. This absolutely critical circle of life in the purebred dog fancy may be fading, but in my world it lives loud and proud. I’m home from the Rose City Classic and fighting the… read more

Hickory and Kemp, Two Seeing Eye Dogs Take Manhattan: A Love Story

“Noble and goofy” is how Lloyd Burlingame describes the two seeing eye dogs with which he has been partnered over the past fifteen years or so. And “noble and goofy” is very much the spirit of the book he has written about navigating Manhattan with his two different dogs. While readers are given interesting background… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Life In a Sport With No Instant Replay

It’s a rare weekend off for me on a major dog show weekend. My baby brother’s wedding coincided with the shows up north. In order to ensure my attendance at this family function, I was put in charge of making soup for dinner following the ceremony. My catering duties now complete, I’m enjoying a relaxing… 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 – New Year’s Resolutions, Doggie Style

Happy New Year! These are some of the 10 top resolutions spun and targeted to the dog fancy. Follow these suggestions and let’s make 2015 the best year ever… • Lose Weight — The weight of hate. Quit hating the winners, the judges, the parking people, other breeders, the competition and every dog except the… read more

Checking Society's Vitals – The Many Hats a Veterinarian Wears

If you ask most people what they think a veterinarian does, you (at least in my experience) get some variation on “takes care of sick animals.” Poke that answer with a stick a few times, and eventually some other stuff will float out of the subconscious murk– usually from the same part of the brain… read more

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As The Wheels Turn – ’Twas the Night Before Christmas

’Twas the Night Before Christmas And all through the house, it was an uproar! Puppies c-sectioned today and now we’re really poor. Singing Silent Night, off key, to soothe the hungry babes. What’s verse four? What I wouldn’t give for a long winter’s nap, before… Oh Lord, what was that clatter. I stumble from bed… read more

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