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Around the Rings at the 2018 Woofstock, June 8 with Deb Cooper


June 8th, 2018 | Posted in Around The Ring Galleries | Read More »

4-to-6 Month Beginner Puppy Competition


If you’re on Facebook, you may have seen a post that went viral. It’s a picture of a sign posted at the entrance to the 4-6 month puppy competition in Perry, GA. The post, at this writing, has over 800 shares and dozens of positive comments, which speaks to what exhibitors and some (many? most?) judges feel this competition should be. Disclaimer: it was my ring and my sign. I love this competition and created the sign because the puppies need to have a good experience, so I want the handlers to have as much fun as I’m having.

June 8th, 2018 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Canine Chronicle Working Dog Hall Of Fame


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June 6th, 2018 | Posted in The Canine Chronicle Hall of Fame | Read More »

PAC’s for Pets – What Are They?


How many of you have contributed to the AKCPAC? The AKC Canine Legislation Support Fund (CLSF)? Both groups work tirelessly to help educate candidates (PAC) and incumbents (CLSF) on the desired rights and responsibilities purebred dog owners and breeders want to see implemented or sustained.

June 6th, 2018 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Breed Priorities – The Pharaoh Hound


The Pharaoh Hound resembles the dogs represented in ancient Egyptian temples, but its more recent historical home was the island of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea. The National Dog of Malta, the breed is known there as Kelb tal-Fenek, the dog of the rabbit, and is used for rabbit hunting. When the breed was introduced to the United Kingdom in the 1960s, it was renamed to “Pharaoh Hound.”

May 29th, 2018 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

‘Tis a Gift to Be Simple – Good Hunting at Shakertown


The Shakers were a religious order founded in 1774 by an English factory worker named Ann Lee. (They were actually called the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing, but their practice of ecstatic dancing earned them the more memorable name of “Shakers.”)

May 25th, 2018 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

The Nose Knows


Have you ever stopped to think about what a wondrous thing a dog’s nose is? And, not just because it is the perfect target for a kiss when we want to tell a dog how proud we are of them or how much we love them?

May 23rd, 2018 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Are We Short-Changing Our Juniors?


Prepare to read blasphemy. I am not a huge fan of today’s AKC Junior Showmanship competition. Yes, I want Juniors in the sport. And yes, Jr. Showmanship has created Juniors who can outhandle most adults, many of whom have gone on to be leaders in the sport and successful professional handlers. The sport not only produces young people with superior handling skills, but also with heightened poise, confidence and sportsmanship outside the ring. So what’s not to like?

May 22nd, 2018 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Frank & Dorothy Hardy – The Visible ‘Invisible’ Handlers


The art of handling, it’s often said, is all about being straight out of Hollywood. “Throughout his career Frank was invisible. The greatest handlers go down in history for their dogs-not their celebrity. That’s a remarkable talent and nobody did that better than Frank Hardy. I know, some of you are saying, who’s Frank Hardy?

May 21st, 2018 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

How To Be a Great In-Ring Apprentice Judge


It is after extensive interviews of exhibitors and judges that this article is written. OK, so it is really after a long weekend in Perry, Georgia where I did in-ring apprenticeships with two judges, had one judge say (s)he no longer allows in-rings, and listened as several other judges answered my questions about their experiences with apprentice judges in their rings.

May 19th, 2018 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »


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