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IMHO – In My Humble Opinion


Parents dream of their children following in their footsteps. It is the ultimate legacy. Four members of our judging community share their remembrances of the intangible gifts their parent, parents, and a grandmother bestowed upon them. The remarkable influence these relatives have had on these fortunate judges has empowered their thoughtful consideration of the judging process and follows them into the ring every time they judge. What a beautiful tribute each of them shares with us. We are proud to have them as part of the judging community past and present.
~ Elaine Lessig, Moderator

February 24th, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Looking Around with Lee

Look w Lee

Ah, it started back in mid-November, Thanksgiving was on the horizon! Are we enthusiastic dog show aficionados looking forward to Turkey Day…of course not! It’s time to get to Ocala for two weekends of dog shows at that wonderful facility in the middle of horse country. There were many supported entries, multiple Sighthound specialties, and majors in many breeds to be had!

February 22nd, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Distemper Raises Its Ugly Head Again…


While everyone has been busy worrying about dog flu, guess what? Something brand new and even worse has crept in to jumpstart your anxiety levels.

February 20th, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

The Big Ones

Big Ones

There are so many choices of shows today. People are complaining, with good reason, that there are too many shows. Alternatives include: letting clubs fail thereby creating a de facto reduction in numbers, reducing the number of shows each club can be approved for, withholding approval for new clubs (so as not to add more shows) or even complex ranking systems that mirror those used in horse shows (for years I have used the expression “training shows” for some of our smaller rural shows and I adore them as an exhibitor and a judge).

February 18th, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Sniffing Out the Secret to Success

Sniffing Out

As I volunteered at a scent work trial recently, I watched some really great teams compete, and saw some really poor teams compete. While watching, I realized that the difference between the great teams and the poor teams in scent work was the same as the difference between a good professional handler team and an average (or worse) owner-handler team in conformation.

February 16th, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

The Big E – Easier Said Than Done

Big E

Is it just me? Do you find it getting harder and harder to get almost anything done and get it done well? I wonder. Am I imagining it, setting my expectations too high, or simply being unrealistic? I keep trying to convince myself that it is all okay. “Okay?” “Okay,” I say until that voice in my head, which is never quiet, jolts me to attention. “Surely,” it says, “NO. It is not!”

February 14th, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Understanding Standards

Understanding Standards

By the time most exhibitors of purebred dogs make their first trip into the show ring, they have narrowed their interest to one breed. About the time they make their second ring appearance, they will have learned that there exists differences in the quality of dogs within their breed.

February 12th, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

A Westminster Victory Puts The Whippet on the Map!


So what makes a “serious” breed? You hear that a lot these days… well, ever since AKC has apparently decided to forego the velvet rope process. Breeds of every shape, size and …heritage are suddenly right there eyeballing the “serious” contenders.

February 10th, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Breed Priorities: West Highland White Terriers

WHWT Breed Priorities

The West Highland White Terrier is one of several short-legged terriers developed in Scotland. Those several breeds came in a variety of coat colors. Supposedly, Colonel Edward Donald Malcolm determined to breed only white dogs after one of his red-colored dogs was mistaken for a fox and shot, and these became the West Highland White Terrier.

February 8th, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Living a Dream to be the Best


Click here to read the complete article 100 – February, 2020 By Joan Harrigan If you’ve seen the movie “Best in Show,” you may remember the handler who was really showing himself—not his Shih Tzu. Iconic handler George Alston would have no patience with this type of handler, and probably doesn’t think much of being [...]

February 4th, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »


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