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Stories written by ralbee

Looking Back With Lee – Two Distinctive Ladies from Long Island

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As I was getting in the zone this morning, getting my material together for the next CC column, I received an email from my old friend Terry Hundt. She reported the sad news of the passing of our mutual friend Natalie Stebbins. Now, many of you present day folks may ask, just who was Natalie Stebbins? Well, let me tell you who she was! In the “glory days” of dog shows in the northeast, Natalie was one of the strong, clever and quietly powerful forces behind some of the top winners of the time.

August 2nd, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Editorial,Featured | Read More »

Dogs of North America

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America is the land of opportunity and it’s never been limited to humans. A surprising number of obsolete Old World breeds regained their momentum on these shores. Primarily, this occurred within the context of the East Coast show scene that dominated America’s purebred paradigm for over a century.

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

An Eye for a Dog

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“She sure has an eye for a dog” is a compliment and an expression of respect. This honor and accolade is reserved for those few people who seem to be able to identify unerringly the highest quality dogs coming closest to the standard in many and even most breeds. Is this eye for a dog a natural gift, is it developed over time, and can anyone acquire it with enough time and effort?

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

It’s Not What’s Wrong With Dog Showing… It’s Who’s Wrong!

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Dog showing is an interesting sport, or game, or as many call it, a fancy. It brings together a melting pot of people who are rather obsessed with dogs and in particular their breed and their dogs. It showcases fabulous dogs and you get to meet friends who share your crazy passion. It sure is something which can be tons of furry fun!

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

Wind at your Back

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Everyone has heard the phrase “the wind at your back”. It has been used by sailors and those struggling to succeed for decades. The idea is straightforward.

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

– Breed Priorities – Alaskan Malamute

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Alaskan Malamute mentors have always emphasized function. They pull heavy loads (freight). They work in brutally cold conditions.

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

Dansk-Svensk Gårdshund (Danish-Swedish Farmdog)

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The FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale), the World Canine Organization, includes 87 member countries and contract partners (one member per country). Each issues its own pedigrees and trains its own judges. The FCI ensures that the pedigrees and judges are mutually recognized by all FCI members.

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

Breed Priorities – The Boxer

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The Boxer is the most popular working breed based on AKC’s registrations. And they are often one of the larger entries at dog shows. And the quality often has one or more individual dogs competing successfully at high levels.

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

Is Blood Really Thicker Than Water?

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In some ways, we live in a great time to be breeding dogs. Genome projects in both humans and dogs have yielded information about genetic disease and inheritability of traits that have improved our ability to make better breeding decisions and produce dogs more precisely tailored to our preferences.

May 3rd, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Editorial,Featured | Read More »

Breed Priorities – Borzoi

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Borzoi, once known as Russian Wolfhounds, are one of the largest sighthound breeds. They aren’t among the biggest entries at dog shows, and they are 99th on AKC’s ranked list of breeds based on registrations. A very beautiful breed, they were often included in art deco pieces, contributing to the elegance and style of the artwork. Today’s Borzoi experts put more emphasis on the form and function of the breed.

April 26th, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Editorial,Featured | Read More »

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