National Purebred Dog Day’s Toolbox

March 16, 2015
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Of all the things running through my head during last week’s vote to recognize May 1 as National Purebred Dog Day, unbridled joy was not one of them. Sitting as I was in the inner sanctum of the Colorado State Capitol, I could have been expected to be giddy, if not nervous, as I watched legislators […]

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Mean Old Jessica

January 16, 2013
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I once read that it’s physically impossible to sneeze with your eyes open. This meant, of course, that I would spend much of my foolish young life trying to do it. Ok. It was last year. I actually came close once, but because my eyes left their sockets, the attempt didn’t count and thus was […]

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What’s in YOUR holiday tradition?

December 23, 2012
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I never believed in Santa Claus. I never sat on his lap, left cookies and milk out for his pleasure, or opened presents on Christmas morning. It wasn’t part of my inherited culture. The tradition of my European-Roman Catholic upbringing had us opening gifts on Christmas Eve that were brought by the Baby Jesus. This […]

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The Cause of Life

December 3, 2012
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The first autopsy I ever witnessed was on a Golden Retriever. I made myself watch it. I had always felt (and still do) that seeing a necropsy performed would make me a better client to my vets and a better owner to my dogs. It was a personal expectation of myself as a dog fancier, […]

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From Dog Bath to I-80 in Five Minutes**

September 11, 2012
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Some folks have a dog breed they can wash with a wet rag, grind down the toenails, trim a few stray hairs and call it ready for a National Specialty. I don’t have one of those, either. The Puli National Specialty is this weekend, but getting my dogs ready for it started last week. With […]

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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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Feng Shui, Doggie Style

August 6, 2012
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An important deadline occurs on August 15th when the Department of Agriculture’s comment period ends for proposed rule changes to the Animal Welfare Act.  Not to put too fine a point on it, but if adopted, these changes will negatively impact anyone who enjoys the company of, relies on, works with, or breeds responsibly-bred purebred […]

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Vakk Vakk! (translation: Woof woof!)

August 1, 2012
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I was several feet away from rounding a street corner in Budapest when I heard it: A bark that told me I was about to encounter my first Puli in Hungary.  I knew this bark –  I heard it at home all the time. “HELLLOOOOO, are you coming?” the dog was saying. “I’ve got things […]

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You Think You Know Hungarians?

May 29, 2012


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