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531 – Elaine Lessig: “Fashionista” Passionate About Dog Judging

Elaine Lessig: “Fashionista” Passionate About Dog Judging Judge and self-proclaimed “fashionista” Elaine Lessig joins host Laura Reeves to share her passion for dogs and dog judging. Lessig started her purebred dog journey in the 1980s with Cavalier King Charles Spaniels before they were recognized by the AKC. Today she judges the toy, sporting and non-sporting…

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530 – Poodles, Professional Handlers and Public Image

Poodles, Professional Handlers and Public Image Christian Manelopoulos is back with host Laura Reeves for more Pure Dog Talk on Poodles, Professional Handlers and the sport’s Public Image. “I think really great people are very generous with their time and advice,” Manelopoulos said. “In the end, the thing we all struggle with is having time…

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529 — Christian Manelopoulos: “I’m Going to America”

Christian Manelopoulos: “I’m Going to America” Professional handler Christian Manelopoulos joins host Laura Reeves for part one of a wide-ranging conversation about professional handling, working as an apprentice, the toughest dogs to trim and the challenges of moving to America to begin his career. Manelopoulos started in purebred dogs as a teenager in Australia after…

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528 – Amanda Kelly on Sportsmanship, Spine and #squeezethejoy

Amanda Kelly on Sportsmanship, Spine and #squeezethejoy Amanda Kelly, Fwaggle Toy Manchester Terriers, joins host Laura Reeves for part two of their wide-ranging conversation discussing subjective sports that was sparked by this year’s Winter Olympics. Today’s topics touch on sportsmanship, “spine,” mentorship and Amanda’s new hashtag, squeeze the joy, about tasting every last drop of…

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521 – Competing in Subjective Sports: Dog Shows vs the Olympics

Competing in Subjective Sports: Dog Shows vs the Olympics Amanda Kelly is back with host Laura Reeves to look at dog shows, which as we all know are an incredibly subjective sport, through the eyes and the lens of the subjective sports that we watch in the Olympics. This first of a two-part conversation examines…

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513 – Owner Handled Journey to Success

Owner Handled Journey to Success Will Bratcher, Jann Butler and Terri Ebert make up the team behind 2021’s top winning Saint Bernard. Their story, and their journey, is an inspiration for everyone. Will, an Olympic level swimmer, his wife Jann and their friend Terri have forged an impressive team in a very short time. Jann,…

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512 – No Best in Show? Looking Back with Bo Bengtson

No Best in Show? Looking Back with Bo Bengtson Author, historian, editor and Sighthound specialist Bo Bengtson joins host Laura Reeves again for a fascinating look back at dog shows *before* Best in Show. “You gotta go several thousand years back basically,” Bengtson said of people appreciating the beauty of dogs. “Even in the Odyssey,…

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505 – Front and Center with Stephanie Seabrook Hedgepath

Front and Center with Stephanie Seabrook Hedgepath Stephanie Seabrook Hedgepath and host Laura Reeves are back, chasing squirrels and discussing the single most important part of canine structure and anatomy: the front assembly. “If you have a bitch and her front assembly is not what you really want,” Hedgepath said, “what you gotta do is…

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“The Rest of the Story” — From Craigslist to Number One Field Spaniel

“The Rest of the Story” — From Craigslist to Number One Field Spaniel Mikala Seymour and her Field Spaniel, Riley, are an impressive team. Riley, GCHB CH Bruce’s Living the Life @ Upland, is currently the number one field spaniel all-systems and a national specialty winner, entirely owner-handled. This is a significant accomplishment for anyone….

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487 — Cavanaugh on Collaboration, Change and Carrots

Cavanaugh on Collaboration, Change and Carrots Wayne Cavanaugh joins host Laura Reeves for part two of their conversation. Today they are talking about collaboration versus competition, changes for better and worse in purebred dogs over time and how carrots work better than sticks in implementing initiatives. Cavanaugh shares stories from his time at the United…

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