People & Places

210 – Bob & Polly Smith: Foxhounds and Dog Shows | Pure Dog Talk

Foxhounds, Fox Hunting and Dog Shows Two of the most revered and well-known all-breed judges in the American Kennel Club system, Dr. Bob and Polly Smith share their journey starting as breeder-owner-handlers in American Foxhounds. Polly was started by a Chow Chow breeder who tutored her for school. She showed her first dog at the…

202 — Mentoring the Future LIVE at the Copper Classic | Pure Dog Talk

Mentoring people in the sport will keep it alive PureDogTalk host Laura Reeves moderated a LIVE Saturday Symposium sponsored by the Copper Classic in Prescott, Ariz. on the topic of Mentoring the Future. Judges Joyce Vanek, Cindy Vogels and John Wade headlined the panel. Become the change you want to see Anna Mysliwiec, Prescott Arizona…

201 – Exhibitor Education Courses Come Online | Pure Dog Talk

“Crowdsourcing” Knowledge for Exhibitor Education Vicki Ronchette, author of “From Shy to Showy,” has created a new exhibitor education resource with online college-type classes available on a wide variety of topics. New owners, exhibitors who want to improve their performance and experienced members of the fancy who want to hone their skills will all find…

199 – New Resource Launched for Dog Community | Pure Dog Talk

New Resource Launched for Worldwide Dog Community Third generation dog breeder Cheryl Krajcar has created a fascinating new community on the information super highway, just for dog people. Her fledgling start-up has “great bones” and tremendous potential for dog people everywhere. On the chain gang “I remember, as a little girl, being drug to FT,…

196 – “Bracing” Talk: Pedigrees, Critiques and Skill | Pure Dog Talk

Andrew Brace on Pedigrees, Critiques and Skillful Handlers In the third and final installment of my interview with international dogman Andrew Brace, he shared his knowledge on reading pedigrees, writing judge’s critiques and the definition of expert presentation in a wide-ranging and brutally honest discussion. Our conversation also touched on the influence of animal rights…

195 – “Brace Yourself” for a Peek at the Masters | Pure Dog Talk

Behind the Scenes Peek at the Masters In the second installment of my interview with international dogman Andrew Brace, he shares his personal memories of masters in the sport. His observations and interactions with Anne Rogers Clark, Pat Trotter, Jason Lynn, Frank Sabella, Michael Canalizo, Mary Dukes and more are legend unto themselves. Brace wrote…

194 — Andrew Brace “Totally Obsessed with Dogs” | Pure Dog Talk

“Totally Obsessed with Dogs” and Finding Quality Born to a long tradition of dogmen from Wales, Andrew Brace acquired his first Boxer in 1963 and began judging in the UK while still a young man. A strong voice in the international purebred dog community today, Brace is a long-time breeder, Best in Show judge and…

192 – AKC President Dennis Sprung on Public Outreach | Pure Dog Talk

AKC President Dennis Sprung on Public Outreach President and Chief Operating Officer of the American Kennel Club since 2003, Dennis Sprung has ardently pursued projects designed to share the message of the human-canine bond. Starting in dogs with the Afghan Hounds of Grandeur in the late 1960s, Sprung was mentored by the legendary Sunny Shay.…

189 – Ins and Outs of RV Parking at Dog Events | Pure Dog Talk

RV Parking Crews Not “Parking Nazis” Bert and Bruce Rettick, dog show RV parking mavens in Northern California, share their knowledge and advice about safe parking of rigs at events. “We take the responsibility off of club members,” Bert said. “If you take two or three club members and put them out in an RV…

188 – Bruce Schultz’s Secret – Be Happy for the Other Guy | Pure Dog Talk

Bruce Schultz’s Secret to Success and Longevity – Be Happy for the Other Guy Bruce Schultz is a living legend in the world of professional handlers. Still actively showing dogs, Schultz said the secret to his longevity is being happy for the winner. “You’ve gotta be happy for the other person,” Schultz said. “I think…

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