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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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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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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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Encounters of the Public Kind

September 6, 2012
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As a new Puli owner back in the late 70’s, I was the poster child for being a good ambassador for my breed. I was enthusiastic, patient and the font of information every time I appeared in public with my dogs. “What IS that?” people would ask.  “Is that a dog?” I became accustomed to […]

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Cameras & Computers & Poodles:Eukanuba 2011 – An Overview

December 22, 2011
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Guess which camera case belongs to me “London,” a magnificent Poodle, had just won Best in Show at the recent AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. I’d taken pictures of the dog with my point-and-shoot camera and was working my way back to the press area when I spotted it: A camera case belonging to a “real” photographer. […]

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You Want Me to Do What? Eukanuba in the Rear View Mirror

December 13, 2010
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  Twenty four hours after arriving in Long Beach to blog from the Eukanuba National Championship, I was asked to help judge the “Meet the Breeds” competition. When Eukanuba’s Manager of External Relations, Jason Taylor, first asked me, I think I actually turned around to see who he really had in mind. But forehead-to-forehead eye […]

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Eukanuba Eve

December 4, 2010
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I write tonight with utter relief that I’ve not developed cataracts. Within the last hour, a thick fog has rolled over the site of the Eukanuba National Championship with such velocity that I found myself groping strangers to find my way back to the hotel. Only when I overheard others remark on the fog did I realize […]

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