Eukanuba National Dog Show

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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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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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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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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Square Wheels (Product Reviews)

April 30, 2013
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There was a time when I could keep eight plates spinning at the end of eight poles all at once while balancing a checkbook. Okay. I lie. I’ve never been able to balance a checkbook. As for the spinning plates thing, admittedly that’s a metaphor for being able to juggle a lot of things at the […]

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The Final Five Comes to Dog Shows

April 10, 2013

I’m not sure if I’m typical of most Americans with this, but I love lists. I rely on a list to keep me on the straight and narrow at Costco, spell out what I’m supposed to get done in a day, remind me of all the things I don’t want to forget before leaving for […]

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How Not to do an Interview

January 6, 2013

As the story goes, Chris and Steven were asked to retell the hilarious anecdotes about their respective families so often that an idea eventually occurred to the pair: Maybe their yarns could be the basis of a television show. While most of us don’t necessarily consider our family eccentricities to be the stuff of Hollywood, it […]

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Is the Dog Fancy at a Tipping Point?

December 29, 2012
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There are just a couple of days left to the year, and I’d love to end 2012 by figuring out why I felt such contrasting emotions at the AKC/Eukanuba National Dog Show. It was a fabulous experience with so much to offer a dog lover, and while I reveled in the sights and sounds around […]

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Meet a Few Breeds

December 21, 2012
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In light of the weighty topics I’ve been covering lately (a difficult thing to sustain for a self described humor writer), the thought occurs to me that by taking a lighter approach in writing about the Eukanuba National Dog Show, the impression might be formed that I’ve abandoned topics with “gravitas.” I haven’t, at least […]

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