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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National Purebred Dog Day: What Did it Mean?

May 7, 2014
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A funny thing happened last week. A holiday that didn’t exist a year ago was celebrated by dog owners across the world from Mongolia to New York and points in between.  National Purebred Dog Day was conceived in the corner of a coffee shop, initially out of surprise at the discovery that no day had […]

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We Are a Tribe

January 21, 2014
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The town in which I live had never before seen such unity among strangers and neighbors alike. In the face of utter tragedy, we hugged and comforted each other, the thought bubble over our heads the same. We are Columbine. Throughout the state, school assemblies, prayer vigils and pep rallies ended the same way: A […]

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The Elevator Speech Part II

January 11, 2014
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For a long time now, purebred dog owners have hungered for guidance on how to push back against opposition to own and ethically breed their dogs. It is for this reason, I suspect, that an e-mail I wrote and posted on the National Purebred Dog Day Facebook page was shared over 220 times within hours.  […]

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Can We Sleep With the Devil?

November 13, 2013
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My family’s Christmas traditions didn’t include Santa Claus, so I wasn’t shattered when I learned he wasn’t real. Coming to terms with something I have believed all of my dog-showing life, however, has been harder. Much harder. I’ve been resolute in my conviction that no one breeds puppies better than ethical, caring hobby breeders invested […]

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Do as I Feel, Not as You Think: The Impenetrable Wall Facing the Dog Fancy

September 19, 2013
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We’ve all done it. We “share” a Facebook post that resonates with us, retweet a “tweet” for the same reason, or forward an e-mail to friends whom we think will enjoy a picture or agree with its message.  Haven’t we all gotten e-mails that show the topic in the subject line preceded by Fwd:fwd:fwd:fwd:fwd:fwd? My […]

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Dog Breeder: The New Mental Disorder

September 16, 2013
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When I had a traditional 9-5 job, I found it tough to keep up with all but the most significant of current events.  I worked all day, battled traffic to get home at night, threw together something to eat, then fell into bed watching just enough TV to dull my brain so I could fall […]

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Hey Dog Fancy, Our Roof is On Fire

September 12, 2013
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 “… If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” – Abraham Lincoln Play along with me for a minute. Imagine that you’ve had a colossal fight with someone you live with and trust. Angry words, a collision of opinions, and maybe even a breach of trust have rattled you […]

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What Happened to Us?

August 28, 2013
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Heading into this week, I had thought that I would be writing about my stint as a road marshal for the USA Pro Challenge bicycle race last Saturday and not about the Three Dog Night concert I attended afterwards (ever notice how everything seems to happen on the same day?). Something I saw before the […]

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