Westminster Kennel Club

Cracks in the Armor

June 7, 2016
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In a fight we didn’t invite, dog fanciers have made a few errors in judgment that we’re now acknowledging. Chief among them has been a failure to effectively communicate to the general public who we are, and why dedicated breeders are the best hope for the future of sound canine companions. Early on, too many […]

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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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National Purebred Dog Day 2015: A Review

May 11, 2015

Now that National Purebred Dog Day 2015 is in the rearview mirror and there’s been a chance to assess and reflect, can the day be considered a success, and if so, by what measure? Did it have an impact, what can be learned from it, and where do we go from here? To answer one […]

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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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Do As I Say, Not As I Do

February 25, 2014
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Every four years, the Winter Olympics and Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show occur in the same month as it did just recently, and the juxtaposition of these two events reveals a curious hypocrisy on display by critics of dog shows. Vociferous in their disgust with competitions that reward beauty and soundness in purebred dogs, these […]

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DogTV. Who Is It Really For?

August 6, 2013
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When Westminster Kennel Club invited its Facebook and Twitter fans to submit pictures of their dogs watching the dog show on TV last February, an astonishing number of photographs – nearly 1,000 – was received.  Some of the photos were taken by owners with a somewhat “generous”  interpretation of a dog “watching” the dog show: […]

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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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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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