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The AKC National Championship in the Rearview Mirror

February 5, 2017

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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Performance Anxiety in the Ring: The Great Equalizer

September 16, 2015

The Best in Show ring had seven marvelous dogs handled by seven experienced handlers, but one, a friend, was in trouble.  She was uncharacteristically sweaty and grim-faced, and her intensity was throwing her off her game. This was a new and unexpected look for a person who had as many Best in Show rosettes at […]

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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 “Better Than Average Effect”

July 29, 2015
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It’s maddening to know someone who refuses to change their mind about an issue even when presented with evidence proving them wrong. Social psychologists call this “cognitive dissonance,” and as infuriating as it is for the rest of us, being wrong is so psychically uncomfortable for these people that they’ll avoid any situation that heightens […]

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The White Noise in our Sport

March 25, 2015
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Two women had no business trying to lift such an awkward piece of furniture, but what could I do. The lady had wandered through the open front door of my new house and insisted on being a good neighbor by helping move a chest of drawers. Despite my objections, she lifted the end nearest her […]

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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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Guest Column: Saving the Sport

August 22, 2014
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Note: This week, I’m posting a guest column because the inherent message of this article is too important not to share with everyone who has a dog, friend, neighbor, acquaintance or relative. The author, Tray Pittman (whose kind permission I have to share it)  wrote the piece in response to a couple of incidents involving Shelties […]

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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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Shorthand to the Loss of Knowledge and Power

March 25, 2014
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On my first day of school as a seven year old, I made a momentous decision to flunk out of the second grade.  I hadn’t been at my new desk five minutes before I warily surveyed the scary cursive alphabet chart above the chalkboard, knew I’d be expected to learn it, and never would. With […]

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