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No Dog Presents

We love our dogs.  We feed them the best food we can, we walk them even when it’s miserable outdoors, we put up with gallons of slobber.  But we don’t buy them Christmas presents. Don’t get me wrong: I’m not … Continue reading

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Trust your dog

We have a splendid Bloodhound named Lucy who is undoubtedly the most loving dog I’ve ever had.  She is nearly indiscriminate in her affections toward nearly every man, woman, and child she’s ever met.  She wants to make new friends … Continue reading

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Thanks

When I first took Kunga into to a show, I was thankful that (1) he didn’t eat a Chihuahua;  and (2) I didn’t trip over him in the ring.  So far neither calamity has ever come to pass.  But as … Continue reading

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Dog Shows and Cat Fights

Had a great time at Nationals: learned a lot, saw some amazing dogs and even more amazing friends.  Someone even took a picture of Kunga and me in the ring! But one thing marred the whole experience: the general level … Continue reading

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The Shakespeare Principle: A Lesson from Nationals

The GDCA National competition was fierce this year: so many nice dogs, only so many awards to give out.  I found it fascinating to watch the final choice on all three days: a giant ring filled with at least 20 … Continue reading

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Nationals 2011

Off to the Great Dane Nationals today!  Every year the Great Dane Club of America puts on a specialty show for Great Danes only, and this year the venue is in Phoenix, AZ, close enough for me to drive there. … Continue reading

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Show Dogs: #7

Finally, we’ve reached the seventh habit, and it’s what I call charisma on command. There’s something extra special about a winning dog that goes beyond temperament and bone structure, a show-off’s quality that exhibits itself in the ring. The dogs … Continue reading

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Show Dogs: #6

Habit number six never fails to amuse my non-show friends: the dog poops and pees on command. This is a useful habit even for pet dogs, but show dogs that do it are at an advantage. A nervous dog that … Continue reading

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Show Dogs (#5)

The fifth habit is similar to the fourth: dogs have to be able to cope with other dogs. Obviously dog shows are filled with dogs, most not neutered or spayed, and many that will challenge one another in the grooming … Continue reading

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Show Dogs (#4)

I’m working through a list of habits that are typical of successful show dogs: having these will help, though nothing guarantees a win! Number four on the list is that the dog actually likes people.  There are hundreds, even thousands … Continue reading

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