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The new show season

While some people start their season in southern CA or at the Rose Cluster in OR, or even in NY at Westminster, we ordinary folk here in the Rockies kick off the show season with a 4 day cluster (five … Continue reading

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The Great Dane lean

Every Dane I’ve ever known leaned.  It seems like something inborn into the breed. I met a woman who had rescued a Dane and asked her why the dog had been surrendered by the original owners; she said, he leans, … Continue reading

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Education or Interference?

While visiting another state and staying in a private home, I came across a nearby house with two dogs. One was some sort of Pom cross, one a (mostly) pointer.  Both lived outdoors full time–not once in the 11 days … Continue reading

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Packing

How do the dogs know when we’re getting ready to leave town? I think it’s the suitcases.Whenever we get them out and begin filling them up, the dogs investigate.  Kunga has spilled mine over in the past, trying to get … Continue reading

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Season’s Greetings

From our pack to yours: may you have a wonderful holiday and a peaceful and prosperous 2013!

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Screwing up

I’ve always loved this Charles Barsotti cartoon; I have it framed on my wall.  It’s something to remember today, as we think about the many ways that humans have made a mess of ourselves.

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Willingness

I am continually amazed by my dogs’ willingness to do what I ask of them in situations where they can’t possibly understand the reasons for the behavior or its consequences.  When I leash up Kunga and hop him up into … Continue reading

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How do we know when enough’s enough?

I often hear or read complaints about certain characteristics of dog breeds, and I’ve made a few myself.  Show people are a pretty opinionated lot, and we all seem to have something to say about “the direction of the breed”–the … Continue reading

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Showing Kunga: a little about the book

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After the show

Kunga’s breeder once told me that the ride home after a show is sure easier if you’ve won something. And it’s true that the right color ribbon really affects human feelings about how things have gone. As I drove home … Continue reading

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