Travel

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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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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 – 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 – 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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