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Looking Around With Lee – Hiring Judges Who Are Nice


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. Well, guess what folks… judges want to judge exhibitors who are nice to them and who evaluate their own dogs, honestly.

March 4th, 2021 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

The Do-It-All Dog – The History of the German Shepherd

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During the recent enforced lockdown–with shops, malls and attractions out of bounds–I suppose a lot of us spent the time cleaning and tidying up our homes and gardens. Well, that was my firm intention when I climbed up into our untidy loft space; however, I soon got distracted by heaps of dusty books and old photo albums.

March 4th, 2021 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

A Passion For Performance

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On numerous occasions, I have wished that my dogs would show just half the animation and interest in the show ring as they do when I merely pick up a shotgun. For Bo, my current Chesapeake Bay Retriever, the shotgun isn’t even necessary. He starts barking, whining, “aarooing” and dancing when I take my hunting boots out of the closet. Oh, all my champions have liked the treats, the happy talk and Stan and Jane Flowers, their professional handlers in the show ring. They’ve been successful show dogs with group wins both north and south of the U.S./Canada border and one even owned a Canadian BIS.

March 1st, 2021 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

The Big E – Emotional Masks

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Take a moment. Count the number of face masks you have. Are you surprised both by the amount, and variety, of masks you now possess? Over these past many months, like so many of us, I have purchased and acquired a wide array of facial masks. Honestly, it was something to which I had never given a single thought. Now, finding the correct size to fit my small face, to make it easy to wear for hours and, of course, to look good, has been a challenge. Just being able to find masks with comfortable ear loops took far more effort than I ever would have imagined. Too many of them hurt the back of my ears and caused my pierced earring backs to fall off. I’ve been told that I am not the only one who has lost a favorite earring that way! Fortunately, mine was recovered.

March 1st, 2021 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

The Italian Greyhound – Saved by an Opera Singer


So many breed historians make fanciful claims of ancient lineage for their respective breeds but for the Italian Greyhound such boasts could well contain more than a grain of truth. This little dog can claim a common ancestry with the greyhound and the mummified body of a ‘miniature greyhound’ has been found in the tomb of a Pharaoh.

February 26th, 2021 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

The AKC National Championship – History in the Making

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A comprehensive engagement with purebred dogs has always been the core concept of this sport. We want to show them off, admire them, study them, reward them and preach our devotion to the world. The perennial problem has been devising some realistic, contextual platform for this grand idea. I don’t think I’m overstating the case to say that this ongoing vision inspired the AKC National Championship. Likewise, there’s no denying the fact that it has endured a really bumpy road.

February 25th, 2021 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Good Dog (People) – Part three

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That old adage ‘it takes a village” has been demonstrated in large and small ways all across the country since the advent of COVID-19 early in 2020. The Canine Chronicle wanted to celebrate some of those who have acted to reimagine and reclaim the fancy so that it’s future is assured even as we continue in an uncertain world. In this third installment of a series, I spoke with two self-appointed movers and shakers.

February 25th, 2021 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Woofstock Postponed to November

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Woofstock has rescheduled their groovy cluster from their regularly scheduled dates of June 10-13, 2021 to November 4-7, 2021. The new dates were approved by AKC yesterday. The show will be held at their regular venue at the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo, California.

Here is the statement put out by the Woofstock Cluster Team on Facebook yesterday:

February 24th, 2021 | Posted in Breaking News,Current Articles,Featured,The Buzz | Read More »

IMHO – Procedures and Policies Test for Judges


In many professional fields, recertification, continuing education, and evaluations are part of the requirements for renewing licensure. Previously, American Kennel Club judges were required to take and pass a “Rules and Policies” test prior to attaining Permit Status. They have been subject to evaluations in the form “observations” and “Breed Commentary” with the American Kennel Club Executive Conformation Field Representative during the process of going from Permit Status to Regular Status.
Now that an additional recertification of a judge’s knowledge of procedures and policies will be required every five years, many in the judging community have varying opinions on the decision. They also have ideas on other ways judges can be more effective in the ring. Here is what a few of them want to share on the subject.

February 22nd, 2021 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Movement, Structure and the Show Ring

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Get into a conversation with people who’ve been in the fancy for a long time and, in less than ten minutes, someone will remark that many exhibitors don’t seem to understand structure and movement. Even worse, a lot of people don’t seem to care to understand the importance of structure and movement – they just want to win.

February 18th, 2021 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »


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