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Stories written by Jane Alston-Myers

Everything You Need To Know About the All-Breed & Breed Stats

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Stats, statistics, or rankings–whatever you want to call them–tend to create excitement and anxiety for those in our sport. Exhibitors, owners, breeders and handlers attempt to calculate points every month. They keep spread sheets, notes, and check for updates to their dog’s record. In the end, they wait at the computer around the middle of each month waiting for the new stats to post.

January 11th, 2022 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Dick Cooper – The Gentleman’s Gentleman

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Before the advent of four-day clusters and the widespread use of air travel as a means of moving from dog show to dog show, a quiet, even shy, manwas setting records in the Midwest. “We used to call him ‘Three-State Cooper,’ for Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin,” former assistantKen Murray recalls. “He didn’t have to chase Best in Show wins – they came to him.”

January 7th, 2022 | Posted in Current Articles,Dog Show History,Featured,Remembering Our Past? | Read More »

International Kennel Club Of Chicago Announces Dates And Venue For Iconic Show Return

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The recently resurrected International Kennel Club of Chicago has set the dates for its “revival” show: August 26-27, 2023. The show will return to its roots at Chicago’s expansive McCormick Place Convention Center, where it previously set records as the nation’s largest dog show.

January 7th, 2022 | Posted in Breaking News,Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Six Key Elements To The Scottish Terrier

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Have you ever sat outside a ring and watched an unfamiliar breed? Have you looked at the outline or the coat and wondered what is correct for the breed?

January 5th, 2022 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Julia Gasow – Salilyn’s Gracious Lady

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Elliott Weiss remembers when he first met Julia Gasow. It was 1967, and he was handler Ted Young, Jr.’s apprentice. Gasow, known as “Julie” to her friends, had been breeding her Salilyn English Springer Spaniels for three decades

January 4th, 2022 | Posted in Current Articles,Dog Show History,Featured,Remembering Our Past? | Read More »

American Kennel Club Expands Its Pack In 2022 – Mudi and Russian Toy Bring Recognized Breeds to 199 –


New York, NY – The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry and leading advocate for dogs, announced today that the Mudi and Russian Toy have received full recognition, and are eligible to compete in the Herding Group and Toy Group, respectively. These additions bring the number of AKC-recognized breeds to 199.

January 4th, 2022 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Words, Art and Showing Dogs

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Have you ever visited the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC? It has one of the world’s most impressive collections of art in all it’s forms. Describing the sculptures, paintings, mixed-media and graphic works with words is challenging and might inform you a little bit about the depth and breadth of the collection, but there’s nothing like actually seeing it in person.

December 29th, 2021 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

“Eaten Alive” When Research and Hyperbole Collide

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Are you one of the people who was outraged by the claims that your tax dollars were being used to torture beagle puppies by letting insects eat them alive? And researchers ripping out their vocal chords so they couldn’t scream? And drugging them?

December 28th, 2021 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Why Hunt With A Dog?

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I’ve been a hunter since the state where I live decreed that I was old enough to take the Department of Natural Resources’ firearms safety instruction and thus old enough to be trusted with a firearm. The fact that I was a graduate of one of the first firearms safety courses that the state offered says that I’ve been a hunter for way more years than I care to count.

December 26th, 2021 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

American Kennel Club Hires Camille L. Bakker As Executive Field Representative


The American Kennel Club is pleased to announce that Camille L. Bakker of Angel Camp, California has been hired s an Executive Field Representative in Conformation. She starts effective January 2022 and will be based in the northern California territory.

December 23rd, 2021 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »


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