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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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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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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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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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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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Not Your Father’s AKC

October 9, 2014
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When Bill Clinton was president and in the throes of his “Monica Difficulties,” I happened to hear a radio interview of someone whose name I never did catch.  I could picture the man shrug as he opined that no one should be shocked by Clinton’s behavior around women because that’s just who he was. In […]

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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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