Posts with tag Take the Lead

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

Among the Shows Closing July 10, 2013

The first time I ever attended the Waukesha cluster was almost 20 years ago as a handler, and it became one of my favorites show weekends, whether showing dogs or as a spectator. Although I haven’t been back for a number of years, I’ve heard that Mareth Kipp’s shows in Wisconsin in July are still worth… read more

Among the Shows Closing June 5, 2013

Conformation shows in 17 locations all across the continental United States and in Alaska and Hawaii close next Wednesday. Although a Group show as opposed to an all-breed event, the Great Western Terrier Association of Southern California’s back-to-back shows are among those closing. Last year we had a story about the history of this iconic show… read more


Among the Shows Closing March 6, 2013

Entries for North Carolina’s Tar Heel Cluster, hosted by the Cary, Alamance, Durham, Raleigh and Fayetteville Kennel Clubs, close next week. In the interest of full disclosure, I am a member of the Raleigh Kennel Club, but this set of shows has plenty of good things going on in any case. The cluster’s five all-breed… read more

Christi McDonald

Among the Shows Closing January 9, 2013

Happy New Year! With the holidays over the past 10 days, I didn’t report on the shows closing today, January 2, but several terrific events do. Among the best are the Winterfest shows, held at Seaside Park in Ventura, Calif., on January 18, 19 and 20 this year. Hosted by the Channel City and San Fernando… read more

Christi McDonald

Among the Shows Closing December 26, 2012…

The day after Christmas, will anyone be thinking about entries closing? I have an idea… if you think today about two entry closing dates, then you don’t have to think about entries at all the day after Christmas! There are eight sets of all-breed shows closing on December 26, in Florida, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York,… read more


Take the Lead Celebrates

For twenty years, the caring people of Take the Lead have been providing direct services and support for fanciers suffering with life-threatening or terminal illness. The not-for-profit foundation has been a major force within the community during this time. Its all-volunteer staff works tirelessly throughout the year to provide financial relief where it’s most needed. The… read more