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How Is the Fancy Doing Regarding Public Education?

F Fancy Education

I want to share this true story that happens every day. This is from “The Dog Merchants” Facebook Feed, as reported by CBS news, Chicago. This happens because people can’t find us. Unfortunately, when this happens, people think they’ve been scammed by…breeders (see below).

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

The Big E – Emotions Up and Down

F Big E

Let’s do a reality check. If we can be really honest with ourselves, we have been on an emotional rollercoaster for more than six months now. Just like the rollercoaster ride at a favorite amusement park, our daily lives share those same ups and downs. Excitement or anticipation best describes how we feel at the beginning of the ride. That first surge as the cars climb the metal structure heading for the peak brings a burst of pleasure or concern. Heading straight down into the depths of the steel valley below either feels screamingly fun or scary beyond words. By the end of the fifteen minutes of terror or delight, off we go. Some of us are eager to go on the same ride again. Others swear, never again. Our reactions are personal–reflections of who we are.

October 13th, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Curvature of the Spine

F Curvature Spine

The “Curvature of the Spine” illustrates a dynamic representation of the vertebral spine. The vertebral spine is composed of the Cervical spine, the Thoracic spine and the Lumbar spine, extending from the head to the tail, known as the Topline.

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

Boston Terrier Type – By The Numbers… Or Not!

F Boston Terrier Type

Technology seems to slowly, steadily pervade every corner of life. For instance, how often did algorithms come up in conversation ten years ago? Now there’s an algorithm capable of calculating and forecasting every quirk and fancy of human nature. Clearly, I am skeptical but I think I can make a pretty good case with the Boston Terrier. All that data concerning past performance, risk assessment, and mathematical probabilities goes right out the window.

October 11th, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Puppy Laundering – The Unsavory Big Business of Rescue for Profit

F Puppy Laundering

As if we don’t have enough problems…now we can also dwell on the unsavory practice of puppy laundering. Just like traditional money laundering, it’s everywhere if you look for it. And being in the dog biz…we are attuned to that inexplicable recent phenomenon of these new (politically correct) “rescue centers” that bear an uncanny resemblance to the pet shop retailers that decamped in recent years. And business is brisk.

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

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 »


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