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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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It’s Not About the Donald

August 30, 2015
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I don’t know if Donald Trump is the solution to this country’s problems, or if he’ll even win his party’s nomination, but whether he is the solution or isn’t, wins the nomination or doesn’t, neither is my point, anyway. At this moment in time, Trump’s unexpected success is revealing something about the electorate, and trying […]

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The Times They Are a Changin’

June 4, 2015
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A Pew Research Center recently released the results of a study that are startling when looked at backwards. The percentage of single people who are American-born between 1971 and 1985 has gone from 16% to 46% in one generation. To rephrase: The number of 30-to-44-year olds who are single will have nearly tripled in just […]

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Game Day and the Game Plan

April 22, 2015

In about a week, we’ll be celebrating National Purebred Dog Day. Technically, it will be the second time the day has been observed, but the first time since the State of Colorado officially recognized it last month. Since its inception, the guiding force behind the day is to “celebrate the diversity, heritage and predictability of […]

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National Purebred Dog Day’s Toolbox

March 16, 2015
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Of all the things running through my head during last week’s vote to recognize May 1 as National Purebred Dog Day, unbridled joy was not one of them. Sitting as I was in the inner sanctum of the Colorado State Capitol, I could have been expected to be giddy, if not nervous, as I watched legislators […]

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Who’s Your Daddy?

February 3, 2015
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Normally, a good storm can reveal where the leaks are in a boat, but the tempest that was the “GoDaddy” commercial last week did little more than puzzle me. By all accounts, GoDaddy’s now-famously misguided commercial (named, “Journey Home”) was intended to be a parody of Budweiser’s “Lost Puppy” ad for the Super Bowl. In […]

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Conduct Unbecoming?

September 17, 2014
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How easy do we make it for novices to know what’s acceptable behavior at a dog show? How easy do we make it for the person without a mentor or accessible breeder to know what is preferred conduct? Are the people who whelp puppies in their motor home at a dog show in violation of […]

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Piper and Justina: The Same Difference?

August 13, 2014
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It’s never a good idea to weigh in on a contentious issue without knowing all the facts, and I may come to regret doing exactly that as I write about the on-going saga of “Piper,” the Shetland Sheepdog. But first, I want to tell you about Justina Pelletier. Justina had been undergoing treatment at Tufts […]

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Hold Your Nose and Protect Free Speech

May 24, 2014
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The owner of the NBA Clippers, Donald Sterling, got himself into some hot water recently. A conversation he thought was private was recorded by his girlfriend, a woman born about the time Sterling married his current wife of fifty years. The comments, said to be racist, lead NBA owners to call for a vote removing […]

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