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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 – Culture Clash

Amongst long time fanciers, there are certain topics of conversation that crop up repeatedly in reference to the changing face of the sport. By long time, I mean at least 20 years, and usually those of my “vintage” if you will, of 30 years involved or more. These are discussions I have had personally, repeatedly,… 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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As The Wheels Turn – Living The Dream

“If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.” Flavia Weedn Having spent the last several days in the gambling mecca of Nevada, it strikes me that perhaps those of us who breed dogs and compete with them in various… read more

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As The Wheels Turn

“As the world implodes around us, war and anger and bombings and terror, I am more and more inclined to watch my puppies run and play, hug my old dog, kiss my honey, find joy and beauty in every place I can. Turn off the TV (which I pretty much never watch, so that isn’t… read more

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