National Specialty

How Not to Get to a Specialty

July 1, 2014
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At the time, I didn’t think I was to be faulted for taking a puppy on a 2,600-mile road trip to the National Specialty that hadn’t been crate trained. It’s not like I hadn’t tried.  I was, after all, not a novice at bringing a new puppy into the house and knew what to do. […]

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Where Are All The Teachers?

October 30, 2013
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There’s a satisfaction that comes from having attended one’s National Specialty, the sense that our obligation to “check in” with our breed has been met. I suppose it’s not unlike the physician who reads medical journals to keep up with the latest studies and current thinking. Unlike medicine, however, it behooves the dog fancier to […]

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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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It’s Not Who You Know…..

March 20, 2013

Years ago during a National Specialty, I learned the “purse game.” A number of us were sitting around with nothing to do (those were the days. Then we became board members, committee chairs, officers and editors  –  and never again had “nothing to do” at a National Specialty) when someone issued a challenge: The most […]

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Stranger in a Strange Land: A Husband Attends a National Specialty

October 4, 2011
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When my husband said the words, each syllable out of his mouth had actual hang time. Though they didn’t have the equivalent impact of his telling me that he was leaving me for, say, a young Howler monkey, they nonetheless stopped me in my tracks. “Why don’t I go to the Puli Specialty with you […]

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Danger,Will Robinson. Velcro ahead.

September 16, 2011
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As I prepare to leave for our National Specialty next week, I’m lining up all the things I think my dogs might need while we’re gone. Bowls and food: check.  Towels and blow dryer: check.  Toys and grooming supplies: check.  As I rummaged through the dog room, I came across a “suit” I’d purchased for […]

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Are you an idiot, too?

September 13, 2011
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The winner of the goodie bag donated by Eukanuba is Jinnie Strickland of El Paso, Texas with her caption, “Sucka.”  Congratulations to Jinnie. I’m going to be taking a break from blogging next week as I’ll be at the Puli National Specialty at Purina Farms in Missouri. It’s been years since I showed a class […]

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