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Stories written by Alex

Two Hound Couples – Royal Hound Statues in France

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They are frozen in time and sometimes deceptively real. Perpetuated in stone or bronze, looking over water, streets, parks or squares, dog statues can be found all over the world.

January 28th, 2019 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Europe Dog Show – Poland

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Europe’s most important show (after the World Dog Show, which is often held in Europe, but not every year) the Europe Dog Show, has large entries–in lighter years 7-8,000, and 12-14,000 dogs in stronger years. Much depends on the time of year, judges, host city, etc. This year’s show was held at a good time, more or less in central Europe, had a good judge list, and drew more than 15,000 dogs.

January 25th, 2019 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Ellsworth Gamble – Legendary Commander of the Ring

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Let’s face it. The judging business has been suffering through quite a dry spell in recent years. Nothing highlights that sad fact more drastically than a little walk back to the days when this sport had so many great judges; we’ve forgotten half of them.

January 22nd, 2019 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

The Big E – It’s All About Selection

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Okay, ladies, if I refer to “LBDs”, I am sure you know precisely what I mean. For the uninitiated, “LBDs” are little black dresses. Our closets have several at any given time. There is often an occasion that requires us to reach into the closet or to run out to shop for one.

January 21st, 2019 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Star-Studded Panel to Choose 2019 WKC Finalists

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It’s that time of year again. Westminster is looming large. So let’s take a look at what’s waiting in the wings. In other words, who’s judging? The headlin- ers really don’t need much of an introduc- tion but here’s a brief rundown just to get us in the mood.

January 18th, 2019 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Star Power – How Do We Get Celebs to Help Our Sport?

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Let’s face it: As much as we want to promote purebred dogs because of their predictable tendencies and health, that’s not why the typical person chooses one.

January 17th, 2019 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Maybe The Most Expensive Orange Ribbons Evah!

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When Bo, my young Chesapeake Bay Retriever, finished his junior hunter title last summer, the conservative cost figure for each of those ribbons, I thought, was probably about a thousand bucks apiece. However, when I took a look at my tax summaries for the past two years, it was clear that I underestimated the cost of each of those ribbons by about one-third!

January 17th, 2019 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Looking Around with Lee – My Favorite Things

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I have had a lifelong obsession for German Shepherd Dogs and Sighthounds. Now, I would like to share my experiences living with each breed, and, sometimes, both at the same time!

January 16th, 2019 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Diary of a Dog Show Judge

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November 4th – Finished two days of judging at a rare breed show. These are kind of like a match show – less formal, lots of people new to the sport, many who’ve been around for years, and a handful who are just after the ribbons, not the learning opportunity or the chance to have fun with their dog. A few observations from the center of the ring:

January 15th, 2019 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Getting Tough On Temperaments

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When I first started writing for (the now sadly defunct) Dog World UK I made a promise to the readers that I would do everything I could to defend the pedigree dog and the show scene. This was something that I felt just wasn’t being done effectively enough.

January 10th, 2019 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

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