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Over 10,000 dogs were exhibited on Saturday, and again on Sunday at AKC conformation events across the country. I truly hope that this is demonstrative of an upswing in participation in our sport!

March 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Editorial,Featured | Read More »

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Well, this year my friends the weather has caused grief once again. The York cluster has cancelled it’s show for today due to inclement weather: judges are having great difficulty getting in; hopefully the weather will calm down and all will be ready for the show Thursday! The building will open at 3 p.m. today for exhibitors to unload, etc.

March 15th, 2017 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

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The dog world was shocked by the sudden, unexpected passing of Joe Sanchez. Joe was a great breeder of Mastiffs and supporter of purebred dogs. He will be missed by all.

March 8th, 2017 | Posted in Editorial,Featured | Read More »

Joe Sanchez Service Information


Joe’s service is this Thursday, March 9, at 12 noon at Forest Lawn, Covina Hills, 21300 Via Verde Drive, Covina, CA 91724. The family requests that anyone wishing to honor Mr. Sanchez make a donation to the Canine Health Foundation in his honor in lieu of flowers.

March 7th, 2017 | Posted in Breaking News,Featured | Read More »

The Dog World Mourns the Loss of Joe Sanchez

Joe Sanchez 1986

The dog world was stunned by the sudden passing of longtime Mastiff breeder/exhibitor and purebred dog fancier Joe Sanchez last night. Nearly everyone in the sport knows the Sanchez family, and Joe was beloved by everyone who met him. Joe and his wife, Carla, started breeding Mastiffs under the Southport prefix in 1982. The produced numerous #1 Mastiffs, Best in Show, and National Specialty winners including many of the top winning Mastiffs in the history of the breed.

March 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Breaking News,Featured | Read More »

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The Beverly Hills Kennel Club shows are being held this coming weekend at the Pomona Fairgrounds. As most of you know, this show will air on television Easter Sunday.

March 1st, 2017 | Posted in Editorial,Featured | Read More »

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Today marks the first day of the North Florida Classic Cluster cluster in Tallahassee, FL. Day one includes two shows in one day. I’d love to hear from folks about how they feel about the two-shows-in-one-day concept. It would be interesting to hear the exhibitor’s perspective and their opinion of the impact on dogs. I took a quick look at the show schedule and felt badly for the professional handlers. I continue to be hesitant about this concept, especially for young dogs. I am not sure the “more show the better” concept is the right approach. It certainly didn’t work for Starbucks. Here’s hoping all goes smoothly.

February 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Westminster 2017 from the Exhibitor’s Perspective


Another change exhibitors experienced this year was the ring surface. New carpet was used in the breed rings at the Pier and in the group ring at the Garden. Unfortunately, the new carpet gave many dogs and humans some trouble. Many exhibitors had bloody knees and several dogs experienced raw pads which resulted in an inability for them to move at their best.

February 20th, 2017 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

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Hats off to Harry Miller and his team who worked endless hours and stood in the rain to manage the shuttle service to and from the Pier at Westminster. This team also managed the traffic outside the venue. One of Harry’s shuttle drivers walked off the job the first day because he didn’t like dogs… sadly, the replacement didn’t have strong driving skills and caused a bit of a wreck at 8th and 34th Streets.

Despite the excitement, Harry managed to keep the buses running and get everyone to their destination safely and in a timely manner…

February 17th, 2017 | Posted in Editorial,Featured | Read More »

WKC Press Coverage Lacks Bite


What is going on with Westminster’s press coverage this year?

February 14th, 2017 | Posted in Editorial,Featured | Read More »


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