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Do As I Say, Not As I Do

February 25, 2014
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Every four years, the Winter Olympics and Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show occur in the same month as it did just recently, and the juxtaposition of these two events reveals a curious hypocrisy on display by critics of dog shows. Vociferous in their disgust with competitions that reward beauty and soundness in purebred dogs, these […]

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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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I Found a Mentor. Now What?

November 5, 2013
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Last week in Where Are All the Teachers?, I suggested that to find a mentor in the dog fancy, one needs to be where potential mentors are: Attending seminars, stewarding or helping out at dog shows, behind the scenes at a National Specialty, etc. Perhaps you’ve already found a mentor who has agreed to take you […]

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Keeping Up Appearances

September 25, 2013
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I’d been in the sport for only a few years, but it wasn’t lost on me that some of my competitors appeared to be on really friendly terms with judges to whom I’d been showing my dog. Sometimes I would see them stop to shake hands or hug each other as they crossed paths at […]

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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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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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The Kudzu of the Dog Fancy

August 20, 2013
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It seemed like a good idea at the time. Arrowroot, more commonly known as Kudzu, was introduced to the United States at the New Orleans Exposition in 1883.  The new “wonder plant” was heralded as a way to control slope erosion, provide high-protein fodder to cattle, and give homeowners a quick way to shade their […]

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In the Dog Fancy, is there a “Selfish Gene?”

July 1, 2013
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We’ve all known that one person whose open-mindedness makes the rest of us look bad; they take the fun out of being judgmental. Their ability to approach a new experience without any preconceived notions whatsoever is admirable, but of these folks I’ve heard it said that they simply lack referential experience to have formed any […]

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Teach Your Children Well

April 24, 2013
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“You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself.” – Galileo Galilei Among the many surprises in store for me when I had children was to discover that each one was born with traits so immutable that the best we could do as parents was to shape the direction […]

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