by Joan Harrigan Judy McDonald grew up in Queens, N.Y., and her father worked as a fireman. She remembers watching Westminster on her family’s black and, white television. “It always interested me,” she says. “But when I said I wanted a show dog, my mother told me that they were just for the rich.” Now, [...]
It starts with knowing your own breed standard. When was the last time you read it? You can’t expect every judge to know every idiosyncrasy of your breed. It is up to you as a breeder to put only the best representative of your breed in the ring.
Luckily, there are an assortment of events and activities that are available to active owners looking to enjoy time with their dog; beyond finishing it’s championship.
Most dog show days are seemingly very pressed for time, intense, and sometimes hurried. These are all valid reasons that an exhibitor can claim to be very busy. However, can an exhibitor or handler truly ever be too busy to be polite, social, and welcoming to all other exhibitors, especially to a newcomer in the sport?
By: Masa Fegus Siroka I just arrived home from Finland, a land of interesting contrasts, an endless carpet of forest, with many lakes and beautiful landscapes. This was my second visit to Finland. In the summer, the sun shines until late in the evening. It shines so bright that you can still see the light [...]
By: Cheslie Pickett A great trophy is the icing on the cake after a coveted win – no matter how big or small of a victory it is. However, a random or strange trophy can leave the exhibitor asking “Huh?” at the trophy chairman’s choice for a trophy. After conferring with breeder owner handlers and [...]
The news and social media channels will be flooded for days with news about the tragedy at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. I read some posts that people had crossed the finish line five minutes before the first explosion while others alerted family and friends they were no where near the marathon route. Ultimately this made me appreciate our dog show community.
by Joan Harrigan Many handlers have pre-ring rituals, and the juniors are no different. Thirteen-year-old Becker Reep of Ashville, N.C. spends the last few minutes before his juniors class quietly. On a platform a distance from the ring, Becker sits with his 4-year-old Newfoundland bitch, “Stella.” His arm is around her, hugging her close. He strokes her, kisses her, and generally shows her how [...]
No matter how often I visit this show, I always have butterflies in my stomach when I take my first steps on the grounds of the Hatboro show.