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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

AKC Eukanuba National Championship Junior Handler – Fund Raiser to Attend Crufts

The winner of the AKC Invitational Junior Competition is the designated US representative for Crufts. HOWEVER, the junior receives no financial assistance to go to Crufts! While the winner receives some material awards and a generous $2000 scholarship, this does not assist them in the cost of traveling to Crufts. The funds raised by this… 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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As The Wheels Turn – And They're Off!

Aaaand, they’re off! With the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship now underway (well, the “pre-shows” anyway), I’m waltzing down memory lane to the tune of past journeys. My first trip to “Eukanuba” was 2003, the first year it was held in Long Beach. I had three dogs to show. GWP, Akita and Irish Wolfhound. A pretty typical… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Year End Musings

Holy mistletoe Batman! It’s December already. Out there in the real world, people are decorating their homes with lights, baking cookies and living their family traditions. Here in the dog show world, most people are winding down into a gentle hibernation and welcome, albeit brief, season of renewal. The few and the brave are still… read more

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As The Wheels Turn – Giving Thanks

I’m not a Pollyanna. Not by a long shot. Indeed, left to my natural inclination, I lean toward the curmudgeonly. Fortunately, we all have a choice in our attitude. I choose not to spend hard earned free minutes focused on the negatives in life. Sure, I’m human. I worry if I have a light month… read more

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As The Wheels Turn – Dog Show Bloopers

I talk to exhibitors all the time who are terribly nervous to show their dogs. I always try to cheer them up by telling them funny stories of things that have happened to me over the years. If laughter is the best medicine, laughing at yourself is a silver bullet. One of my all-time favorite… read more

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As the Wheels Turn

From a reader: How do you find a backer for your dog/bitch in the show ring? Is it tax deductible for the person who does it. What are the benefits to the backer? What are the pitfalls to the backer? Same with the owner of the dog/bitch. What are benefits/pitfalls, what should a contract look… read more

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As the Wheels Turn

One of the great aspects of the sport of conformation dog shows is that you can choose your level of involvement. Do you want to earn a championship title? Maybe a Grand Champion? Is your goal a top five dog or a #1 dog in the standings? Do you want to win a Best In… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – "Video Killed the Radio Star"

A most interesting comment was made to me at this year’s GWPCA national. I was shooting the breeze with a group of friends, most of whom I’ve known and respected for years. I said, “So, Ed, what’d you see that you liked.” He took off his hat and scratched his head and said, “Meh, nothing… read more

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