dog show

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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It’s a Mixed Up (Mixed Breed) World

January 31, 2014
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This piece was unsatisfying to write, and may well be unsatisfying to read, as well, because it poses questions for which I have no answers. Sorry about that. Everyone probably has an opinion on the subject, however, and I blame Google Alerts for having reminded me of it. “Google Alerts” is a content detection service […]

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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 Pinkie Story

December 18, 2013
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This past Thanksgiving morning, we were still asleep when the phone rang in the wee hours. Our son had been assaulted the night before while acting as a Good Samaritan. An ambulance had taken him to the hospital, could we come? I’m fairly certain we broke the land speed record as we navigated our way […]

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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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What Dog Fanciers Can Learn from Bollywood

September 3, 2013
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If you’re like me, and I know I am, your personal history includes one or two songs that so grabbed you when you first heard them as a kid that you immediately bought the record or CD and proceeded to play the tune over and over again until everyone in the house was driven certifiably […]

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Judging a Dog by its Handler’s Cover

July 17, 2013
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The young woman looked nervous. Perhaps if she’d not been by herself, she wouldn’t have felt as vulnerable as she did walking down a dark city street late at night. Half the street lamps didn’t work, and the ones that did flickered eerily.  She hurried from the glow of one lamp to another in an […]

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Your First Time, or How Not to Experience Best in Show

July 11, 2013
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The average life span of someone entering the dog fancy is said to be about five to seven years: Time enough to finish a dog, maybe campaign it, breed it, then start over again with a new puppy.  Since it’s not as easy as it sounds and turns out to take a whole lot more […]

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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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