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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 – 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

As the Wheels Turn – Flashback Judging Panel

A recent swirl on Social Media has led to some outstanding discussions, so I wanted to share it with a wider audience. The question is: “Name five Judges who have passed on or who have retired that I would like to see judge one more dog show.” For many of us, this brought great memories… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Caveat Emptor

“[Latin, Let the buyer beware.] A warning that notifies a buyer that the goods he or she is buying are ‘as is,’ or subject to all defects.” We live in an era of ambiguity. The elected leaders of the free world twist a phrase in order to dodge responsibility. It’s no wonder our young people… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Remembrances

I’ve had the opportunity this week to be reminded, rather forcefully, that, actually, almost nothing is very important when chalked up next to life and death. Our sport lost a great dog man, mentor and friend with the final farewell of Don Rodgers on Feb. 27. Don was not an easy person. Anyone who knew… read more

Keeping the Fun in Dog Sports – Barn Hunt Style Part 1

Most people get started in dog sports to have fun with their dogs – or to wear an overly exuberant dog out. Barn hunt is the latest dog sport to attract people who want to have fun with their dogs. Some barn hunt groups have created great “communities” and put heavy stress on fun. The… read more

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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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