Checkout The Florida Marathon

My trip home from Palm Springs was reminiscent of the John Candy/Steve Martin film, Trains, Planes, & Automobiles, but I am now home at my computer desk and able to blog to my heart’s content. Witt the 2012 shows of the Kennel Club of Palm Springs in the record books, the dog fancy will turn… read more

Look For These Dogs

As I await my plane to leave beautiful Palm Springs, Calif., I am going through the Kennel Club of Palm Springs catalog, making notes about the dogs I saw this weekend that I think are the ones I will be reporting on over at my blog, Dog Show Poop. First is from the Sporting Group,… read more

The Informed Breeder

The Informed Breeder: Semen Collection and Packaging for Chilled Semen Shipment

The Informed Breeder: Semen Collection and Packaging for Chilled Semen Shipment By Valeria Rickard, DVM The American Kennel Club allows breeders to perform their own collections for chilled semen shipments. However, AKC does not provide training or continuing education classes for breeders on how to do this properly, and unfortunately we have had many samples… read more

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You Need A Plan

I woke this morning on a mission to see more of the amazing dogs I have not yet seen here in Palm Springs.    I do have a kind of plan when I visit these mega shows.  I make a list of recent winners that I think will be there and then check that list… read more

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Palm Springs Day Two

I spent day two in Palm Springs focusing on the nearly 700 hounds that showed up for today’s Inland Empire Hound Club of Southern California.  For a dog show junky like me it was overwhelming to watch 118 Rhodesian Ridgebacks, 74 Whippets, & 35 Irish Wolfhounds go through their paces. I was there all day… read more

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Palm Springs Begins!

There are few sites that evoke the glamor of yesterday like the Empire Polo Fields in Indio Ca, home of the Kennel Club of Palm Springs.   Though today was just the opening salvo of limited breed shows & local breed specialties, the sheer expanse of the site impresses with privilege & purpose.  The entire… read more

Dogs Freakin' Rule!

It’s a Brand New Year, Junior

With the New Year, a new cycle of competition begins. For all you juniors out there, a single thought is likely to be on your collective mind: Will 2012 be an epic dog show year for me? For any year to become memorable considerable planning is required. Savvy juniors consider everything from the most sought-after… read more

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Dog Show Travel Tips

My day began today at 0400 (that’s 4 a.m. for those of you with no military acquaintances), a rude reminder of the pleasures of air travel today. There was a time in my work life when I and most of my associates saw business travel as one of the perks of our jobs. Such is… read more

Deja Vu All Over Again

In one of my earlier posts I was reminiscing about all the breed records that fell in 2011. As I head to Palm Springs CA for the first show of the year, I am getting a sense of déjà vu for I have learned that several of the past season’s dogs will be followed by… read more

Federal PUPS Legislation Information Update

The American Kennel Club and our Washington, D.C.-based advocacy team continue to closely monitor the federal Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety (PUPS) legislation introduced last spring as Senate Bill 707 (S.707) and House Bill 835 (H.R. 835). Each of the bills has been assigned to the Agriculture Committees of their respective chambers. To date, no… read more

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