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292 — Jeff Heim: “Dog Shows Are Not Dying” and Other Punditry | Pure Dog Talk

Jeff Heim: “Dog Shows Are Not Dying” and Other Punditry Professional handler, Jeff Heim, reflects on 50 years of learning, from cattle judging in FFA to observing handlers and judges at dog shows. As someone who is always willing to help, talk to a stranger or answer a question, Heim observed there is a fine…

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290 — Commentary: Fun Matches and Rethinking Rankings | Pure Dog Talk

Commentary: Fun Matches and Rethinking Rankings Host Laura Reeves sat down with Lori Wilson-Paust to talk about fun matches, the need for “picnics in the park” that build the sport from the ground up and rethinking the “rankings rat race.” For more thoughts on the topic, following is a reprint of an article Laura wrote…

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286 – AKC Vet at the Junction of Tradition and the New Millennium | Pure Dog Talk

AKC Vet at the Junction of Tradition and the New Millennium Jerry Klein, AKC’s Chief Veterinary Officer, is at the junction of tradition and the new millennium. AKC created the position in 2015 to serve as a focal point for outreach to fanciers, veterinarians and the general public. Klein shares his history and journey in…

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282 — John Reeve-Newson: Be Kind and Show Good Manners| Pure Dog Talk

John Reeve-Newson: Be Kind and Show Good Manners John Reeve-Newson graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1964 and soon after that returned to Toronto to establish The Animal Clinics One and Two, where he is still in active practice. He was also the founder of the Veterinary Emergency and Referral Clinic Partnership of Toronto,…

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280 — Richard Lopaschuk on Form and Function, Education and Judging | Pure Dog Talk

Richard Lopaschuk on Form and Function, Education and Judging Richard Lopaschuk, an all-breeds judge from Canada, said his priority in the ring is form and function. “All these breeds have a specific function,” Lopaschuk said. “If the form doesn’t match what they’re supposed to do, that’s how I assess what I have in the ring.”…

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274 — Pam Bruce: Crime Scene Investigator and Dog Show Judge | Pure Dog Talk

Pam Bruce: Crime Scene Investigator and Dog Show Judge Canadian and AKC judge Pam Bruce recounts her background working as a police investigator for the elite Special Victims Unit in Toronto in part two of her interview with host Laura Reeves. Bruce, a cancer survivor herself, (10 years ago in April she was given three…

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272 – Pam Bruce: Memories and the Essence of Style in Purebred Dogs | Pure Dog Talk

Pam Bruce: Memories and the Essence of Style in Purebred Dogs Pam Bruce, fourth generation Canadian dog fancier, joins host Laura Reeves in part one of a wide-ranging very personal interview on history, people, judging, breeding and the essence of “style” in purebred dogs. The quintessential dog person, Bruce shares stories and humor and insight…

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266 – Westminster KC Treasure Trove: The VOICE of MSG and Yukon Vet | Pure Dog Talk

Westminster KC Treasure Trove: The VOICE of MSG and Yukon Vet “May we have the hound group please” may be the most thrilling line in dogdom. Westminster Kennel Club announcer Michael LaFave has been the announcer voice at Madison Square Garden for 18 years. Host Laura Reeves caught up with LaFave and Yukon Vet Dr.…

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262 — Will Alexander on Grooming, Handling and Heroes | Pure Dog Talk

Will Alexander on Grooming, Handling and Heroes Canadian dog handling legend, Will Alexander, shares his memories, his handling tips and grooming tools that have brought him significant success in the last 25 years. “My heroes were people like George Alston,” Alexander said. “He basically taught me to trim Irish Setters over the phone.” “I always…

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259 — LIVE from Canada: “Judges Were Not Hatched From an Egg” | Pure Dog Talk

“Judges Were Not Hatched From an Egg” Host Laura Reeves moderates an international judges panel discussion at the Regina Kennel Club in Saskatchewan, Canada. The panel includes Lee Anne Bateman, Saskatchewan, Linda Buckley, Australia and  Tabatha Buckley-Bettis, United States. The panel discussed their views on how to “mentor the future” of purebred dogs. Bateman noted…

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