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Ghost Dogs

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As a rule, dog people confront things head on without recourse to fantasy or rationalization. That overriding, collective personality trait is therefore difficult to reconcile with our secret vice– an enduring fascination with supernatural dog stories.

October 21st, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Editorial,Featured | Read More »

Looking Back With Lee – Will The Real Professional Handler Please Stand Up?

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One would have to be far out of the loop if they weren’t catching some of the controversy that has been escalating of late when it comes to the topic of the Owner vs. the Professional Handler. I think my recent articles may have precipitated others to pen their thoughts on this hot button. Oh well…I might have been one of the first…but I won’t be the last to try and figure out what the disconnect on this might be.

October 14th, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Editorial,Featured | Read More »

Royal Dog Of Madagascar – The History of the Coton de Tulear

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AKC exhibitors have become accustomed to new breeds popping up in the group lineups. In many respects, their presence represents a refreshing turnaround from AKC’s traditional begrudging reluctance to admit new breeds. They didn’t do it very often, and when they did, the process was generally a chaotic affair. Over the years, breeds have been admitted to the studbook sans viable gene pools, written standards, or organized clubs.

October 13th, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Editorial,Featured | Read More »

The Bulldog – Then and Now

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Uniformity and predictability are familiar allegations leveled at our sport by purebred detractors. Among the breeds frequently targeted to illustrate the detrimental impact of that objective is, rather ironically, the Bulldog.

October 4th, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Editorial,Featured | Read More »

Flora Macdonald – Legendary Dalmatian Breeder

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Dalmatians debuted there in 1931. This historic assignment was judged by Dr. T.D. Buck and he was consistent, choosing Tally Ho Teetotaler as Reserve Winners Dog, and Tally Ho Sonia and Tally Ho Nitwit respectively Winners Bitch and Reserve. His BOB decision was the day’s surprise, ten-year-old Ch. Tally Ho Last of Sunstar.

September 24th, 2020 | Posted in Dog Show History,Editorial,Featured | Read More »

Breed Priorities – German Shepherd Dogs

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German Shepherd Dogs are in a class by themselves. In 2014, they had over 150 independent specialty shows, not including designated specialties or supported entries or herding group shows. Some dogs can and do show only at specialty shows. And since there are over 200 breeder-judges, specialty judges at specialties usually outdraw the entry at all-breed shows.

September 6th, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Editorial,Featured | Read More »

Old Roads

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In 1920, the late, great poet Robert Frost published a book of poetry titled Mountain Interval. Contained within this slim volume was his famous poem, “The Road Not Taken,” which virtually every high school English student in the 1960s and ‘70s and probably to this day had to read, analyze and sometimes memorize.

September 4th, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Editorial,Featured | Read More »

Looking Back With Lee-Remembering Steve Shaw

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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 »

Breed Priorities – Shiba Inu

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The Shiba Inu is the smallest of the native Japanese breeds. It shares many features with the Akita, also from Japan: triangular eyes, erect triangular ears that tilt forward following the arch of the neck, the high-set tail carried over the back, and clear and rich color. (Note: The Shiba is not and should not look like a little Akita.) The Shiba has distinct breed type characteristics.

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

Dogs of North America

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America is the land of opportunity and it’s never been limited to humans. A surprising number of obsolete Old World breeds regained their momentum on these shores. Primarily, this occurred within the context of the East Coast show scene that dominated America’s purebred paradigm for over a century.

August 24th, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Editorial,Featured | Read More »

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