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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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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 – 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

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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

Sail Away from Winter on the K-9 College Cruise!

The wind is howling outside – the rain and snow are coming down – winter blues have set in as puppy looks longingly out into the muddy yard. Now that the holiday festivities have died down, thoughts turn to an end to winter and forward to spring – and to New Orleans for the K9… read more

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