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Wendell Sammet – A Life Dedicated to the Poodle

F Wendell Sammet

A decade into his serendipitous career, Wendell was handling for Hollycourt, regularly picking up new clients, and obviously doing something right. He hadn’t followed a traditional roadmap, but he knew he was on the right track. As Seneca noted a few thousand years earlier, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity”. And he was in for the opportunity of a lifetime.

October 9th, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

What Judges Could Learn from a Silent Movie Star

F Lina Basquette

Remember watching the Charlie Brown cartoon TV shows? The kids in the show could all converse normally, but when an adult was talking it sounded like, “Wah wah waaah wah wah.” Whaaaa? Somehow it managed to make some sort of sense and, in good sitcom fashion, everything worked out well in the end.

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

The Rare Breed

F The Rare Breed

Recently, I was asked to pay a kennel visit and review a litter of puppies of a rare – and newly recognized – breed. Then again, this story began in 2016, when this breeder-owner-handler walked into my ring during an Open Show for Foundation Stock and Miscellaneous breeds.

September 25th, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

My Thought Stream Is Polluted…

F My Thought Stream

The Oxford English Dictionary defines “stream of thought” as a literary style in which a character’s thoughts, feelings and reactions are depicted in a continuous flow uninterrupted by objective description or conventional dialogue. This is what happens to your brain after several hours of sitting in a duck or goose blind. Actually, it starts before you even crawl into that blind, or at least it does for me mainly because my competence level at 0400 hours is somewhere south of complete ineptitude. And, if I should happen to mutter any of those uninterrupted continuous flow thoughts aloud, even the dog looks at me like I’m more than a full bubble off plumb.

September 23rd, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

To See the End, Start at the Beginning

F To See The End

Shows are starting up again, hallelujah. Entries of more than 3,500 at the recent Canfield shows puts an end to speculation about the end of our world.

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

The Supreme Specialist – The History of the Pointer

Supreme Specialist - Pointer

Recently I encountered the most beautiful Pointer bitch when going for my usual morning beachside walk. She greeted me in a typically enthusiastic style, placing two sandy paws on my chest, and giving me a wet lick across the face. Her red-faced owner came rushing up and offered her profuse apologies.

September 21st, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Within Limits, for Openers…

F Within Limits

My desktop, iPad, and phone are ready…I wiggle my fingers, loosening them for the upcoming challenge…the seconds tick down…I wipe the sweat from my brow, take a deep breath…5…4…3…2…1…Click!

September 21st, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

The Competitive Edge – Don’t Leave Home Without It

F Competitive Edge

Competition comes in many forms and on different levels, and while not everyone is looking to compete at the highest level, I believe it is important to find some level of competition in conformation–or in the companion or performance events–for everyone that wishes to participate in the sport of purebred dogs. Competition on any level is healthy; it gives our training purpose and structure, and leads to positive results.

September 19th, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Chihuahua – The pocket-sized companion with a king-sized heart!

F Chihuahua

Mexico was the destination of my first long-haul flight and it will always have a special place in my heart. So enamored was I by that very first trip to Cancun (in my twenties) that, over the succeeding years, I have revisited the country numerous times, taking in its breath-taking Mayan ruins, pristine beaches and, of course, its stunning wildlife.

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

Breed Priorities – Affenpinscher

F BP Affenpinscher

The name “Affenpinscher” means “monkey-like terrier” in its native Germany, and the breed has a characteristic monkey-like facial expression. A rough coated, ap-proximately square dog, the Affenpinscher’s longer head hair framing the face, with the eyebrows and beard, contribute to the expression.

September 17th, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »


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