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The Age of Volatility

August 7, 2017
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Few avocations don’t experience ebbs and flows of popularity over time, but one would be hard pressed to find a pursuit more battered by societal fluctuations than that of the breeder/fancier. If history were to assign a name to the stretch of time facing breeders between the end of World War II and the present day, […]

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The AKC National Championship in the Rearview Mirror

February 5, 2017
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As I write, Super Bowl hoopla is in full swing, the Patriots and the Falcons facing off in a matter of hours. My team, the Denver Broncos, won the Big Game last year, and I confess that when I’m not invested in either team playing in the Super Bowl, I don’t look forward to much beyond the […]

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Junior Handler v Snowflake

September 15, 2016
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If one talks with a fancier long enough, inevitably the subject of the “greying” of our sport comes up. We fret over the future of our respective breeds; club members wring their hands over how to attract new and younger members, and the AKC grapples with finding relevancy with a generation raised on the “adopt-don’t-shop” […]

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Media Bias: Not Just in Politics

July 19, 2016
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Just prior to the time I first wrote this article, all hell broke loose when Gizmodo, a design and technology blog, reported that Facebook routinely suppressed news stories that would be of interest to conservative readers.  It was further disclosed that editors at Facebook had been manipulating topics that “trend,” a top-ten list of the most […]

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Cracks in the Armor

June 7, 2016
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In a fight we didn’t invite, dog fanciers have made a few errors in judgment that we’re now acknowledging. Chief among them has been a failure to effectively communicate to the general public who we are, and why dedicated breeders are the best hope for the future of sound canine companions. Early on, too many […]

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Making Ourselves Relevant to the People We Need

January 18, 2016

It may have started with the Baby Boomers, but it is a rare generation these days that isn’t somewhat narcissistic in its youth. Most young adults get over themselves as they get older, but the challenge facing dog fanciers is how to reach these potential fanciers while they’re still young. There are six living generations […]

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Now in the Rearview Mirror: Eukanuba 2015

December 16, 2015
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Don’t it always seem to go/ That you don’t know what you’ve got/ ‘Til it’s gone From “Big Yellow Taxi” by Joni Mitchell The 2015 Eukanuba National Championship is now in the rearview mirror, and Joni Mitchell’s epic “Big Yellow Taxi”  (in which we don’t always appreciate what we’ve got until it’s gone)  reminds me […]

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Wow! You have a Great Face for Radio!

December 10, 2015

The conclusion that I have a great face for radio is something I came to determine on my own after having worked with a phone app named, “Periscope.”  What can you do. Aging comes to us all, and in the dog game, a weathered face should be regarded as evidence that the wearer has earned his […]

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Does This Bring You Joy?

November 12, 2015
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When I learned that a competitor from the group ring recently won her breed’s National Specialty, I was hardly surprised. In my view, her dog is the complete package: Sound, exemplary of breed type, showy – and a moving fool. That said, a National Specialty draws out many great dogs, and presumably, such was the […]

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