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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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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