dogs shows

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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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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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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The Dog Fancy’s “Sticky” Problem

April 25, 2014
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I’m ecstatic at being able to write this because last weekend, I very nearly blinded myself. I needed to spray paint a paper mache box (you see where this is going, right?) and had assumed that the can of spray paint purchased specially for the project would work like other cans of spray paint.  To […]

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Mike Rowe, Walmart, and Us

March 13, 2014
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Early in February, television personality, Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs) did something a little gutsy. He provided the voiceover for a television commercial that announced Wal-Mart’s commitment to purchase $250 billion of American-made goods for their stores. After the “I Am a Factory” commercial aired during the Olympics, people started talking about it, and much of […]

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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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Legends in the Ring

May 29, 2013
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Last December at the AKC/Eukanuba National Dog Show in Orlando, my partner in crime, Dr. V of Pawcurious, and I had a little fun with an idea we’d been tossing around. The “set up” for our tongue-in-cheek video was simple enough: I would try my hand at showing something other than a Puli, and Dr. […]

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Dog Show Heebie-Jeebies

May 20, 2013
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I didn’t know it at the time, but I was an hour away from sheer terror when the photograph below was taken. Here I am on live TV thirty minutes later – still oblivious to what was coming. As a writer for the PBS affiliate in Denver, I was recruited to write scripts for the […]

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Breaker, Breaker, Puli on Board

September 25, 2012
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They say you always remember your first. By “first,” I suppose they mean a first kiss, or the first time you met your future spouse. You know, a personal “first.” I write about something less romantic: My first Volvo. I’m on my seventh Volvo station wagon, a V-70 AWD, but my first Volvo was this […]

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