Posts with tag The Back Story


Join Me in Kalamazoo

One of my goals this year is to get out to each part of the U.S. and talk with my Dog Show Poop and Back Story readers. Over the last 40 years, I have attended shows in a lot of places, but I have never been to Michigan for a dog show. I will remedy… read more


Social Equalizers

When my wife and I were preparing for our first child 37 years ago in San Francisco, we underwent a baby boomer rite of passage known as the Lamaze Childbirth Method class. At that class we met four other couples, all expecting their first child. In an extraordinary case of cosmic serendipity, we all had… read more


May Milestones

The first weekend in May is traditionally a major milestone on the dog show calendar. Most fanciers in the Northeast will head for West Windsor Township, NJ, centrally located between New York and Philadelphia for Sunday & Monday’s Trenton Kennel Club shows. The Central New Jersey Hound Association will offer limited-breed action Thursday, as will… read more


Life at the Bottom

Every year the AKC releases its annual report on the 10 most popular dogs. Once again, the Labrador Retriever is the most registered dog in the U.S. However, here we want to focus on the 10 least popular dogs in the U.S. So here is the countdown of the 10 dogs that most of the… read more


The Nanny State as Travel Agent

I grew up in a blue collar, suburban environment. Both of my parents grew up in homes struggling with the Great Depression. As a result, although we were decidedly middle class, we watched our money closely, and we were all expected to pitch in to help in the family. I think I mowed my first… read more


How Do You Want to Be Remembered?

A couple of years ago, I was having lunch with a group of owners and handlers, all of whom were campaigning dogs in the Top 100 Dogs All Breeds. All were hoping to get their dogs higher in the rankings. I asked if anyone could name the top five dogs from the previous year. Not… read more


Reserve Best in Show, a BFD

On July 3, 2012, AKC will institute a Reserve Best in Show award. I applaud this. It appeals to my sense of order. In fact, I would like to see all the finalists ranked one through seven. One would think that after 14 seasons of “Dancing With the Stars” and 11 sets of “American Idol” contestants that this would… read more


This Weekend's Winners

Once again, the week’s shows have resulted in some significant wins. Here are some of the dogs that had great results. The Miniature Poodle, GCH CH Surrey Sugar Baby, reminded us all that there is more to the Non-Sporting Group than Standard Poodles. Sugar Baby started the week barely in the Top 50 Dogs All… read more


Live Healthier with a Dog

My mother-in-law is 96, and she lives alone. We are within walking distance of her apartment and drop in on her a couple of times a day. Twelve years ago, our son gave his grandmother a Manx cat he picked up at the local shelter, saying, “As long as this cat is alive, Grandma will… read more


Matchups to Watch

Three months into the show year and some interesting breed matchups have started to develop. The most interesting races are in two groups, Toys and Herding. Now I am talking all-breed points here. I will go out on a limb and say that in most instances I am not a fan of breed points. There… read more

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