What You Can Do

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man. John F. Kennedy, Inaugural address, January 20, […]

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Flustered With Clusters

AKC Cluster shows began in the 1970s partially as a response to the gas crisis and partially in response to demands from the fancy. Shows had begun as one day affairs and people generally didn’t travel too far from home. As dog showing grew in popularity, kennel clubs realized there was growing support for two shows, […]

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SRA, A Personal History

Nobody traveling the dog show circuits for very long can avoid visiting the safety rest areas known to us as rest stops.  Those ubiquitous icons of travel along the interstate highway system.  Rest stops offer a chance to mingle with fellow travelers and walk the dogs.  We have stopped at some of them every year for nearly forty years.  […]

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Accidentally Family

Both my parents were only children. My brother and sister and I grew up with no aunts, no uncles and no cousins. At Christmas this was a boon. I listened in horror to my friends who only got one present and had to share their rooms with cousins from all over. My sister and I […]

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Making Lemonade In Scottsdale

After our trip to St. Louis in January, reasonable people might just wait for great weather and really great judges before venturing out more than a day’s drive  to show dogs.  But nobody has ever accused us of being reasonable.  Arrival at the hotel in Scottsdale was a harbinger for the rest of the weekend.  The motel […]

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A Measure of Excellence

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 […]

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