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The Big E’s – A Short Story by Elaine Lessig


Where to begin?? Let’s start at the beginning. For most of us dog show folk, the place where it all starts is the first time you go to a dog show, prepared or not.

September 21st, 2017 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Adapt, Change…Survive – The Story of the Pomeranian


All our toy breeds have fascinating histories but none demonstrate the skill, ingenuity and adaptability of pedigree dog breeders quite so well as the history of the Pomeranian.

September 20th, 2017 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Pat Craige-Trotter – Owner-Handlers Get Advice from an Expert


Owner-handlers looking to grow in the sport of purebred dogs could find no better example to follow than someone who has won 11 Hound Groups at the Garden. It’s almost not necessary to mention her name—but of course, we’re referring to Patricia Craige Trotter.

September 19th, 2017 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

The Case For How Dogs Train Us


Good morning, your honor and may it please the court: It never ceases to amaze me how adept dogs are at training people. If we were half as good at training them as they are at training us, every dog would be field, obedience, agility or tracking champions, no question about it.

September 18th, 2017 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

IMHO – An Answer from Those in the Know!


We asked an AKC Judge, Breeder/Owner/Handler & Professional Handler the following question: Is it preferable to have the same person judge your breed and that group on the same day? Here’s what they had to say…

September 15th, 2017 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Kerry Blue Terrier – From Farm Dog to Beauty Queen


Fancy grooming has attracted controversy from the moment a dog show met a hairbrush. To the uninformed observer, much of it looks weird and decadent, suggesting something vaguely illicit going on behind the scenes.

September 14th, 2017 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Looking Around With Lee – A Discussion About Cairn Terriers


The next breed we tackle in my ongoing series of interviews with breed experts is the Cairn Terrier. Anyone who has interacted with a Cairn Terrier knows they are wonderful companions with fun-loving personalities. Cairns are tenacious and trainable. These traits have made them contenders in the toughest terrier groups. I reached out to longtime breeders of Cairn Terriers to discuss the breed and get their perspective about changes they have seen over the past half-century.

September 13th, 2017 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Detection Dog Shortage – A National Security Emergency


I’ve ranted about this before, but needless to say, around here it’s just preaching to the choir. And let’s face it, who listens to me. Therefore, I was rather pleased when I opened my New York Times editorial section on August 6 and there amidst all those dreary political jags was a nice, big front and center alarmist diatribe alerting readers to the (belated) fact that America is rapidly running out of detection dogs.

September 12th, 2017 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Examination of Movement in Dogs – Front Assembly


Last month, we looked at the structure of the hindquarters in four basic designs, where very small changes in lever lengths and the resulting angles of stifle and hock provided a specific structure when viewed from the side that went on to provide predictable stride lengths. This month, we leave the hindquarters and move on to the front assembly.

September 8th, 2017 | Posted in Current Articles | Read More »

Some Misconceptions – The Staffordshire Bull Terrier


As a breeder-judge, I feel it is very important to clear up some misconceptions about my breed. Over the past thirty years I have observed many judges, as well as handlers and exhibitors, simply not understand some of the important features of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

August 30th, 2017 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »


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