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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 – 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 – 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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The Ghost Hound of Goshen

On the Road between the Ebenezer Church in Newberry County and Goshen Hill in Union County in South Carolina, there lurks a strange beast. Know as “The Ghost Hound of Goshen”, it has been witnessed by many reputable people. Some say it’s the dog of a peddler falsely accused of murder and hanged. Whatever the case,… 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

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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

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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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