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‘Tis a Gift to Be Simple – Good Hunting at Shakertown

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The Shakers were a religious order founded in 1774 by an English factory worker named Ann Lee. (They were actually called the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing, but their practice of ecstatic dancing earned them the more memorable name of “Shakers.”)

May 25th, 2018 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

The Nose Knows

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Have you ever stopped to think about what a wondrous thing a dog’s nose is? And, not just because it is the perfect target for a kiss when we want to tell a dog how proud we are of them or how much we love them?

May 23rd, 2018 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Are We Short-Changing Our Juniors?

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Prepare to read blasphemy. I am not a huge fan of today’s AKC Junior Showmanship competition. Yes, I want Juniors in the sport. And yes, Jr. Showmanship has created Juniors who can outhandle most adults, many of whom have gone on to be leaders in the sport and successful professional handlers. The sport not only produces young people with superior handling skills, but also with heightened poise, confidence and sportsmanship outside the ring. So what’s not to like?

May 22nd, 2018 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Frank & Dorothy Hardy – The Visible ‘Invisible’ Handlers

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The art of handling, it’s often said, is all about being straight out of Hollywood. “Throughout his career Frank was invisible. The greatest handlers go down in history for their dogs-not their celebrity. That’s a remarkable talent and nobody did that better than Frank Hardy. I know, some of you are saying, who’s Frank Hardy?

May 21st, 2018 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

How To Be a Great In-Ring Apprentice Judge

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It is after extensive interviews of exhibitors and judges that this article is written. OK, so it is really after a long weekend in Perry, Georgia where I did in-ring apprenticeships with two judges, had one judge say (s)he no longer allows in-rings, and listened as several other judges answered my questions about their experiences with apprentice judges in their rings.

May 19th, 2018 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

IMHO – Q&A with Today’s Experienced Judges and Exhibitors

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We asked 3 experienced AKC judges 2 questions about current issues affecting our sport. Here’s what they had to say…

May 18th, 2018 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Looking Around With Lee – Hiring Judges Who Are Nice

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I WANT TO HIRE JUDGES THAT ARE NICE TO THE EXHIBITORS AND JUDGE THE DOGS! This phrase was said by a person that hires judges for their show.

May 16th, 2018 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Business or Hobby? – Determining Your Status

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The vast majority of breeders, who are our friends and neighbors in the dog show community, do not often consider their purebred dog breeding operation as a business. Most are very surprised to learn that one does not have to have a large kennel or have countless years of experience to be considered a business.

May 15th, 2018 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Importance of Conformation Classes & Matches

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For breeders, owner-handlers and especially novices, training classes and puppy matches are complimentary learn ing modalities which bring growth and are driven by the quest for excellence.

May 14th, 2018 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

The Big E – Pleasure vs. Pain

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My cell phone rang on a recent Sunday morning. A friend and fellow kennel club member wanted some insight and advice on a 7-week-old puppy in her litter. She noticed that the puppy, the one who caught her eye over his first weeks of life, seemed listless. He no longer played with his littermates the way he once had. While he ate, it was without vigor. Losing weight each day, she took him to her vet. After examining him, the vet felt that a consultation with the pediatric specialists at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Hospital might be useful. I agreed that it was worth pursuing.

May 13th, 2018 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

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