Posts with tag Billy Wheeler


Get Your Greeley On! Day Two

8:00 AM I am starting my day with 32 15-inch Beagles, one of our most recognizable breeds. The Greeley Kennel Club’s all-breed show and its accompanying limited-breed show & specialties have drawn entries from all over the US. However, today Clay Coady’s Best Of Breed would be a local dog, from the Veteran class, 11-year-old… read more


Get Your Greeley On! Day One

Horace Greeley didn’t have a dog show in mind when he famously advised, “Go West, young man, and grow up with the country,” but then I am old and I am wiser than most young men. Therefore, I am here in Greeley CO to take in the Greeley Kennel Club’s two shows and bring you all… read more


Where the Dogs Are

After a couple of weeks with just a few options, dog fanciers will be treated this week to 34 all-breed shows across five different time zones. Usually lots of locations mean fewer points at each, but this week, those seeking to better their rankings will have ample opportunity to pick up points. The show week… read more

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Revisiting the Reserve Best in Show

When the Reserve Best in Show award was first proposed, I heard a lot of enthusiasm about it. After all, it was another way to get your moment in the spotlight. There were a few naysayers. At least one amateur owner/handler was certain the RBIS was designed as a consolation prize for her. Well, we… read more


Olympic and AKC Records

While watching the coverage of the Olympics this weekend, I couldn’t help but drawing comparisons between the events in London and our own world class athletes at dog shows across the country. American swimmer Michael Phelps (you do know he owns an AKC-registered Bulldog, right?) already owns the single Olympic medals record with eight gold… read more


Who Gets the Dog?

Most dog lovers have lived through those heartbreaking moments when the much-loved family pet goes missing. It may have been just for a few minutes after the meter man left the gate open. I had two terrifying minutes earlier this year when my Cairn, Scottie & IG discovered an open gate before I did. Happily,… read more


Should Big Entries Get Special Consideration?

At a big all-breed show this year, I had one owner complain to me that despite the fact that they won an associated specialty they had been overlooked in the group that day. They weren’t just complaining that they didn’t get a group placement. They hadn’t made the cut, and they felt that the group… read more


Breeders Are More at Risk Than Ever

Are you mad yet? I, Iike many of my generation, have become complacent about the attacks on our fancy. Over the past 40-something years, I have done my share of lobbying elected officials on behalf of the sport, but of late I have left the effort to others with more ability and energy than I…. read more


Oklahoma City by the Numbers

I will be continuing my travels across America with a visit to Oklahoma City next week for the four-day OKC Summer Classic beginning Thursday. Although this is just the eighth year the Mid-Del-Tinker Kennel Club and Oklahoma City Kennel Club have teamed up to bring us four all-breed shows, it has already become one of the most… read more


Lessons Learned

I spent a good portion of my life working with the military and approach everything I do as a mission with goals to be achieved. As I travel back home from Kalamazoo, MI, I look back over the last five days at the Western Michigan Apple Blossom Cluster and ponder what was accomplished. My mission… read more

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