Those of us who devote a substantial amount of our time to breeding and showing dogs often find ourselves in discussions ringside about the dogs we see. We point to faults we can view from the front row and feel disheartened by wins that seem scripted or worse, set up. But, if you discover somebody you can really talk dogs […]Read More A Measure of Excellence
You could say we were losers at our own shows this year. True, it was the first time in six years we came away with nothing in the win department. True, we had two very nice dogs entered and neither one was really a contender, but we didn’t mind. We are in a rebuilding year […]Read More Rocky Mountain Cluster – Losers?
Not satisfied to wait quietly in our home for the Denver shows, we entered the St. Charles Kennel Club shows in Missouri. They offered reserved grooming, were indoors and had a judging panel that didn’t make us cringe. Besides, we are showing a new dog that most judges haven’t seen. We usually enter to everybody […]Read More Meet Me In St. Louis, Bring Cats
Being a breeder in this age of scientific overload comes with more questions than science has answers. Is it better to know of genetic conditions in your line, or breed in general, or proceed as if there were no tests available and make decisions based on pedigrees, personal tastes and magical thinking. The Kerry Blue Terrier is a healthy breed. It is […]Read More An Acceptable Risk