dog shows

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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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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Why Have Rules?

January 13, 2015
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The midterm elections are now well behind us now, though some of us are still be afraid to answer the phone lest a “robo-caller” be at the other end. Despite the mind-numbing frequency of political ads, the elections put many of us in the mood to do our civic duty with pride. We paid attention […]

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Conduct Unbecoming?

September 17, 2014
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How easy do we make it for novices to know what’s acceptable behavior at a dog show? How easy do we make it for the person without a mentor or accessible breeder to know what is preferred conduct? Are the people who whelp puppies in their motor home at a dog show in violation of […]

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Bad Behavior Gone Viral

July 11, 2014
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Something unfortunate happened at a recent national specialty that was later described to me by a fancier of the breed.  As the story goes, someone had sent an anonymously written letter to the board of the breed’s national club, as well as to every judge approved for the breed. The letter systematically dismantled the attributes of […]

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