Posts with tag The Back Story


Hold 'Em or Show 'Em?

I’ve been writing a lot about the fresh faces I have recently seen on the show scene. It’s always exciting to see a new crop of hopefuls appear in the show ring. I know from experience how hard it is to bring out that new show prospect. I started showing my first real show dog,… 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


Catch Me in Kalamazoo, Day Five

Greater Muskegon Kennel Club: Monday, May 28, 2012 8:30 a.m. It’s the last day of the West Michigan Apple Blossom Cluster, and I see no lag in enthusiasm among the exhibitors or the terrific cluster committee members. Temperatures are already in the 80s, so I am confining myself to the indoors. Happily, there are breeds… read more


Catch Me in Kalamazoo, Day Two

Holland Michigan Kennel Club: Friday, May 25, 2012 9 a.m.   Today I’m visiting the Holland Michigan Kennel Club on day two of the Apple Blossom Cluster in Kalamazoo, MI, and starting my day with my beloved Terriers. Virginia Latham Smith had eight Smooth Fox Terriers and 11 Parson Russell Terriers. One dog that did… read more


On the Road Again

I am scrambling today, gathering my gear for my weeklong stay in Kalamazoo, MI. This will be my sixth consecutive month of visiting shows around the U.S., and I’m starting to get it right. I am packing lighter. I bought a new carry-on bag and a new computer bag for this trip. What is it… read more


Designating a DOG2WATCH

One of the most popular features of my blog, Dog Show Poop, is my DOGS2WATCH list. I am a numbers nerd and rely on mathematical tools for all sorts of things in my life. When my daughter was deciding where to attend college, I used a weight & rank system to assign numeric values to… read more


Take a Look at the Top Twenty

I’ve just finished updating my statistics and have the following to share. As I wrote here on Sunday, we have a new Number One Dog All Breeds, the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm. Oakley’s Best in Show performance at Sunday’s Trenton Kennel Club show moved him ahead of the Doberman… read more


Go to a National

We started Dog Show Poop doing a few show reports on the nation’s Top Ten Dogs. Since then we have evolved to the point where we provide a show report on every AKC all-breed show (OK, we do occasionally miss a show in Puerto Rico or Hawaii). More recently we have tried covering National Specialties…. read more


The First Saturday in May

One of the reasons I have stayed with dog shows for over 40 years is that they represent a kind of civilized lifestyle that I have always admired, one that respects tradition, while living life to the fullest. Most dog people have varied interests and are experts at combining celebrations with those interests. Many of our… read more

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