Posts with tag Bo Bengtson

What’s in My Archives: Saving the Past

Few activities are focused on the present as much as dog shows. If you don’t win today the disappointment is all consuming: nothing else matters, and the feeling of rejection can be so strong it’s easy to lose all sense of proportion. It’s the same when you have a big win: you forget that this… read more

Last Word on Judges — and What Breeds Win the Most

May I add a few last words on AKC judges? Nothing I have experienced in my many years in dogs has caused even close to the response I got to a couple of articles about the way judges are approved (or not approved) by AKC. This obviously touched a sore spot. It’s a subject that… read more

AKC Judges On Strike? Spoiled Prima Donnas or Unfairly Maligned?

A lot has been written about dog show judges recently. This is obviously a subject that concerns a lot of people: 38 readers submitted published comments to my article last month about the AKC Judges Approval system, which may be some sort of personal record, and I haven’t been able to go anywhere without people… read more

The AKC Judges Approval System: “Worse Than It Ever Was Before”

An Open Letter to the Dog Fancy The following article should be read, and preferably re-read, slowly and carefully, by anyone who contemplates becoming an AKC judge, or is already an AKC judge but plans on adding additional breeds, or is just interested in how the AKC Judges Approval process works. I have heard from… read more

Poodle Day in California: A Very Different “Dog Show”

How many shows can you think of that attract more than 500 dogs of one single breed? Even the biggest national specialties seldom have that many canine participants, and most have far fewer. Yet it’s a fact that a very informal, single-breed charity event for Poodles that’s been held in California over the past four… read more

Kennel Records — A Breeder Follow-Up

I received some encouraging comments as soon as the “Kennel Records” article appeared on the BIS Daily website yesterday: obviously readers enjoy reading what experienced dog people have to say. One of the breeders I had contacted, Karen Staudt-Cartabona of the Majenkir Borzoi, was not able to respond in time to be included in the… read more

Kennel Records: A Guide for the Future

“How Many Puppies Did You Breed?” The other day I was speaking to a breeder friend, someone who has been around for many years and been very successful. We were talking about the beautiful dogs she had bred, how many litters she thought she had produced since the first one long ago, what champions and… read more


Preparing for Disaster

Regardless of which side you’re on when the debate turns to the question of climate change, most experts agree that the “new normal” will be more weather-related disasters in the future. Most of us have seen — in the news if not with our own eyes — what havoc earthquakes and tsunamis can wreak, and… read more

Take The Lead: 20 years of Helping Dog People – 2,500 Members, $3.5 Million in Aid

The dog fancy is not always for the faint of heart. The life blood of dog shows is competition, and since the success of anyone — dog or person — is predicated on the fact that others should lose, you might think those of us who are seriously involved in dog shows must be a… read more

The 'Godless Girl' Who Went to the Dogs – Remembering a Colorful Life

The dog fancy has always attracted more than its share of colorful, even outrageous, individuals. Dog shows have their roots in serious livestock competition, but they soon developed elements of glamour and high drama that would naturally appeal to people with a sense of the theatrical. There’s no question that when you show dogs you’re… read more

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