I have a confession to make: I went to my first dog show in my 40s, less than a decade ago. I didn’t grow up in a showing or breeding family, though I was raised with a lot of dogs. Going to dog shows just never made it onto my agenda. But ever since my… read more
How Do You Want to Be Remembered?
A couple of years ago, I was having lunch with a group of owners and handlers, all of whom were campaigning dogs in the Top 100 Dogs All Breeds. All were hoping to get their dogs higher in the rankings. I asked if anyone could name the top five dogs from the previous year. Not… read more
AKC Breeder of the Year Uses Dog Skills for a Better World
“Gob-smacked” is how Pluis Davern describes feeling the moment she learned she was named AKC Breeder of the Year. The founder of a “boutique” kennel of Sussex Spaniels in Royal Oaks, Calif., she describes that memorable moment as “surreal. I thought of my fellow nominees and those breeders who’ve been nominated before me. Being chosen… read more