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The Westminster Group Winners Their Story…

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The Best in Show lineup at the 144th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show didn’t disappoint judge Robert H. Slay of Cary, North Carolina. He called it the strongest he’d ever seen—among the seven were two repeat group winners from 2019 (the Havanese and the Boxer) who also happened to be 2019’s Number 1 and Number 2 show dogs (all-breed), respectively. The Standard Poodle was the top Non-Sporting dog in 2019, and 4th in all-breed points. And, the Hound Group winner was the formidable Whippet Bourbon, the top hound last year, and Number 3 in all-breed points.

April 1st, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Canine Social Behavior – It’s the Same in the Wild

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So, let’s get to the pertinent COVID-19 breaking news. Owners are spending unprecedented quality time with their dogs. All that mundane stuff normally relegated to dog walkers, dog groomers, dog minders….to put it bluntly, those days are over.

April 1st, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Judging the Judges

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Recently, the UK Kennel Club announced that it was expanding its ‘Breed Watch System’. This system is supposed to act as a kind of ‘early warning’ for judges, allowing them to identify points of concern in individual breeds.

March 31st, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Frigid Dog Work

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Almost everyone who does any work with their dogs outside a temperature-controlled training facility and who lives north of the Mason-Dixon Line has had times when they were cold. Now by “cold,” I don’t mean the sort of namby-pamby cold that can be cured by a hot buttered rum, a cup of Irish coffee or by putting on a fisherman’s wool sweater. No, I’m talking about the kind of cold that no matter what you do, you can’t warm up, when your teeth chatter like castanets, when even your hair seems to shiver and you feel like there’s an icicle lodged in your core.

March 29th, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Looking Around with Lee

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I just couldn’t stay away! A bad back can’t stop me now! I’ve found a new venue in which to adjudicate; one that does not include standing out in the rain, on dirt floors, or in the blazing sun ‘til perspiration runs rampant in places I will not mention.

March 28th, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

SOS! Clubs Trying to Survive the Coronavirus

Brooksville Florida Dog Show

So far, the 2020 show year really sucks. And the worst part is not knowing when or if it’s going to turn around. Obviously, it’s for the best. Canceling shows certainly beats an epidemic of viral pneumonia. So we wait it out.

March 27th, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Breed Priorities – Basset Hound

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Bred to hunt hare, the Basset Hound is heavier boned than any other breed of dog considering its size. Its large nose (second only to the Bloodhound in scenting ability), loose skin, and long ears contribute to its skill and success at trailing. The breed originated in France that has several breeds with “basset” as part of their names, from the French “bas” which means low to the ground.

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

Three Double Lightning Strikes for Welsh Terriers at Montgomery County Kennel Club

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On October 6, 2019, GCh. Ch. Brightluck Money Talks, “Dazzle,” owned by Keith Bailey (Bayleigh) and Janet McBrien (Brightluck), and presented by Tracy Szaras, won Best of Breed under the distinguished terrier judge Mr. Clay Coady, and continued on to win Best in Show under the esteemed breeder judge Mr. David Kirkland.

March 25th, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

IMHO – In My Humble Opinion


I asked three longtime judges this question: As a long time judge, what inspires your judging?
I then asked four newer judges this question: As a newer judge, what inspires your judging?
I think you will find their responses to be not only inspirational, but refreshing, and it might help you understand why people choose to judge dogs.

March 23rd, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles | Read More »

Germ Warfare


By Amy Fernandez Old school dog people are great; they’ve seen it all and are basically impervious to panic. That’s precisely what we need at the moment, so I checked in with Lourdes Fernandez, English Setter breeder and dog show veteran extraordinaire. On top of that, she also spent her career in a teaching hospital. [...]

March 23rd, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »


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