Posts with tag The Back Story


My Favorite Thing: A Bit of Dog Show Insight – Finally

I’ve spent more than a decade now editing articles about dogs, researching various canine-related topics and, for the last three years, writing about them. The thousands of stories I’ve polished for other writers and the hundreds I’ve penned myself are never from an insider’s perspective. My background is in journalism, not in dogs. In my… read more


Last Chance for Seersucker & White Shoes

This week marks the end of our dog days of summer. Here in the South, men will hang up their seersucker jackets and women will put the white shoes away until Easter. (Does anyone really wear white shoes anymore?) Dog show enthusiasts know how to mark an occasion, and this Labor Day weekend will see… read more


Surviving Down the Stretch

I am normally a pretty stress free guy.  Since my by-pass surgery in 2005, I have made a conscious attempt to avoid stress.  As a retiree, who dabbles in dogs, that’s normally a pretty easy thing to do.  However, after returning from Colorado, I found myself with 30 shows to report out on, a stack… read more


Summing Up Greeley

As I prepare to leave the Mile High City, I began going over the details of the last two days. While in many ways the Greeley Kennel Club’s two shows are pretty standard dog show fare, there are a few distinguishers that set them apart from the routine. One, they have numbers. These days any… 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

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