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Looking Back With Lee – Remembering Kay Finch

Kay Finch - Johnny scan 1a

The year is 1947. A loving husband gives his wife a silver blue Afghan Hound for their 25th silver anniversary. Thus begins the extremely successful tale of the Crown Crest Afghan Hounds under the guidance of the lady receiving the gift, the fabulous Kay Finch.

September 12th, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Dog Show History,Featured,Remembering Our Past? | Read More »

Looking Back…To “The One and Only” Dorothy Nickles

Dorothy

On paper, one might be surprised Dorothy would be our poster child for all things bright and beautiful. Many would fondly say she was more of a pin-up girl than a poster child; she had that obsequious innocence that cast off a hint of sultriness and sex appeal. She was born in 1910 as one of seven siblings.

September 6th, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Dog Show History,Featured,Remembering Our Past? | Read More »

Looking Back With Lee-Remembering Steve Shaw

February 14, 1972 Steve Shaw with  Ch. Balachan Naughty Gal

I want to “Look Back” to a close friend that we lost a few years ago whose level of participation had been limited for a number of years before his passing. Many will have memories of R. Stephen Shaw. Many of those memories will be decidedly different and I can say that does not surprise me for one second.

September 2nd, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Dog Show History,Editorial,Featured,Remembering Our Past? | Read More »

The First Domesticated Dogs?

Wolf

Over the past 20 years our knowledge of the canine species has exceeded all of the cumulative information amassed in the previous two centuries. Researchers have improved tools and protocols, along with far more efficient ways to glean significant facts from the resultant mountain of data.

August 30th, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Dog Show History,Featured | Read More »

Belgrave Joe – Remains from a Different Day

Belgrade Joe

His skeleton was mounted by his last owner, Luke Turner, a dedicated Fox Terrier breeder who wanted to ensure that future Fox Terrier breeders understood the proportion and symmetry that Belgrave Joe transmitted to the breed.

August 27th, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Dog Show History,Featured | Read More »

Retriever Field Trials – The Early Days

1925 - The Duchess Of York

Averell Harriman faced many tests and triumphs during his long, varied career. Surprisingly, he considered a 1936 retriever field trial one of his most challenging ordeals. At AKC’s request, it was held at his posh Sands Point estate on Long Island’s gold coast. The Great Gatsby perfectly portrayed its aristocratic cachet during that era. The trial was organized by Harriman’s brother-in-law, Charley Lawrence, and his friends Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Field, which indicates the exclusive nature of the 1930s retriever world.

August 26th, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Dog Show History,Featured | Read More »

Dogs of North America ~ Part 2 ~

Coonhounds

Although the modern media does its best to distort the fact, purebred dogs stem from a long tradition of the form follows function concept. And that concept had ironclad credibility by 1492 when legions of them began landing on these shores to reunite members of a species that had gone separate ways at least 15,000 years earlier. Like every other aspect of this invasion, European breeds came out on top. However, in many cases, it wasn’t exactly a conquest.

August 25th, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Dog Show History,Featured | Read More »

Oops!

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In the dog show world, we can all recall many mistakes of our own, and of others. Luckily, only a few on live television (bloopers). We are fortunate that we are not running for high office and many of our personal “oops” moments are secreted in our memory. The other more visible ones still cause amusement, ridicule, or shock in our small doggy world. It does, however, give me the opportunity to recite just a few of the minor “oops” of which I have heard about, witnessed, or been involved.

August 22nd, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Dog Show History,Editorial,Featured | Read More »

The Affenpinscher – From Rarity to Toy Group Mainstay

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AKC policymaking has always been a mysterious process. The decisions emanating from that boardroom often stray far outside the boundaries of the organization’s official stance.

August 18th, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Dog Show History,Featured | Read More »

Andelys Kennel

Barn converted into kennel

Quite a few breeders have the resources to buy the best and do things on a grand scale. That approach typically ensures instant recognition and transitory success, but rarely translates into a lasting contribution. That requires an element that money can’t buy, an uncompromising focus on quality. Barbara Fallass and her daughter Susan Mason made historic contributions to the development of Smooth Fox Terriers, Greyhounds, and Welsh Pembroke Corgis.

August 16th, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Dog Show History,Featured,Remembering Our Past? | Read More »

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