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Last December at the AKC/Eukanuba National Dog Show in Orlando, my partner in crime, Dr. V of Pawcurious, and I had a little fun with an idea we’d been tossing around. The “set up” for our tongue-in-cheek video was simple enough: I would try my hand at showing something other than a Puli, and Dr. V, a complete novice, would get some handling advice from a few experts. Thanks to the great folks at Eukanuba, our line up of experts turned out to be a few faces you might recognize. They were all great sports who had no idea what was coming their way, and much of the dialogue for this affectionate look at our sport ended up being ad libbed. I have to also thank the owners of the dogs we used. I’m not sure who was more patient with us, them or their dogs! Very soon, I’ll be sharing the “behind the scenes” of the making of “Legends in the Ring,” but for now, enjoy!

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Charlee May 29, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Adorable!!! Always nice to see the humor in some of the handlers that have been known to strike fear into the hearts of some exhibitors! LOL

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Susi May 29, 2013 at 2:41 pm

They were truly great sports about it all, Charlee. Our biggest challenge was finding times they weren’t in the ring to help out with the video.

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Erica Saunders May 29, 2013 at 2:26 pm

And what exactly was wrong with your handling of the Cavalier? Looked great to me!

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Susi May 29, 2013 at 2:40 pm

LOL, Erica – I’m pretty sure the Cav belonged on the table and the Bloodhound, on the floor! It was all great fun

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Erica Saunders May 29, 2013 at 2:43 pm

The Bloodhound on the table was fabulous (“Whoa, big ….” I was on the floor with laughter)

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Susi May 29, 2013 at 2:56 pm

What can I say, Erica, I was used to a Puli-sized, uh, thing.

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Elizabeth May 29, 2013 at 4:04 pm

How did I miss this? Wish I had known about your project. Would have been great fun to watch <lol"

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Susi May 29, 2013 at 4:35 pm

In Susi’s perfect world, Elizabeth, the video will go viral, demand for a Part Two with different “legends” will be so great that we’ll be asked to shoot another one, and THEN you’d get to see that one being filmed. In my perfect world.

At a minimum, I was tickled to have been part of this one!

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Betsy Copeland May 29, 2013 at 7:02 pm

In part two, I think you should do it all over again, but with puppies!! Maybe even demonstrating the 3-6 puppy class!! Can I watch you do all that with the bloodhound puppy??

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Susi May 29, 2013 at 9:53 pm

Oh sure Bets, just for you (grin). There has to be demand for a second video (although in June, the other video we made at the same time, the agility video, comes out) as well as Eukanuba wanting to make one. I can’t wait for Lisa’s babies to be born!!

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julie May 29, 2013 at 7:14 pm

i loved the death grip you had on that poor bloodhound’s tail. what a good sport all the dogs were! and of course you need a brush tucked in your waistband! ……or a comb stuck in an armband or ponytail to ‘accessorize” any dogs show outfit.

i admit when i read the title i thought i was going to be reading about legendary handler dog teams………where you watch the two and they are so in sync that it’s like watching a single biologic unit. like scott w/carlee (i can still picture that self stack) or bill and mick.

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Susi May 29, 2013 at 9:48 pm

I’m glad we could surprise you, Julie! That was one strong Bloodhound, and what a super great dog! I was in love and could have absconded with him had his mistress NOT been standing there, and she was an even better sport about it all than the dog, and that’s saying something. I know exactly what you mean about Carlee and Michele Scott. They came to the Denver Press Club with David the year Carlee won BIS and she was asked if she would stack Carlee for us. Right on cue, Carlee struck the “stack heard around the world” and it brought the house down. It still gives me goosebumps.

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Whippeteer May 30, 2013 at 9:38 am

Loved it! Especially the bloodhound and the table. Reminded me of a couple of matches. One where the judge wanted me to put my whippet brace on the table! And another match where the judge wanted my saluki on the table.

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Susi May 30, 2013 at 9:41 am

A Saluki on the table, George? I was kidding with the Bloodhound, but now I know there was a judge out there who wasn’t – yikes! The video was a lot of fun to plan – and I’m truly tickled that people seemed to like it. Peter Green’s response was a complete surprise and man, did he get “into” his part!

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Whippeteer May 30, 2013 at 7:24 pm

The brace on the table was no mean feat! Their collars where attached to one lead. One dog was 33# and the other was 40#. So I had to pick them both up at the same time. He insisted despite my telling him that you don’t use a table for a brace.

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Darlene Arden May 30, 2013 at 5:18 pm

OMG Susi, only YOU would have thought to do this! I don’t remember the last time I laughed so hard. MUST share this!!! And making a mental note to hang out with you. :-)

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Brenda Abbott June 4, 2013 at 6:52 am

At a Samoyed national back in the early eighties, an elderly judge insisted that a “team” entry be shown one dog at a time! The steward and the exhibitor tried to explain, but he was having none of it. Thank goodness there was only one entry (four placements!) and others held dogs while the exhibitor moved them one at a time. Hilarious from ringside!

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Susi June 4, 2013 at 10:33 am

A team……..shown one at a time??? I’m speechless. I wonder if the poor old judge later realized his or her mistake…..

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