Penn Ridge, New Clubs, and
Insight from a GOAT

For the second year in a row, the Penn Ridge Charitable Foundation fundraiser was held at the Meadow Event Park in Doswell, Virginia. The resort is the Birthplace of the great Secretariat, and the gala was held in the home of its former owner, Penny Chenery.

I have had the pleasure of serving as the DJ for this event every year since its inception and, in my humble opinion, this year’s event was one of the best. As usual, Charles Olvis and Liz Muthard, who also serve as the show chairs for the Penn Ridge KC show, put on another great event that was filled with great food, prizes, games, and entertainment.


In Pursuit of a Better Process – Should the AKC Allow Judges to Sit Ringside to Observe Group Judging?

Most shows during Corona were cancelled, but the World Dog Show of Madrid, planned in April 2020, only weeks after the aggressive spread of Corona, was postponed to finally take place at the end of June 2022. There might be several reasons to make it take place anyway and I have no idea if it was a good idea. This is understandable, since all the preparations made in the months prior to the planned World Dog Show of Madrid in 2020...


USDA Breeder Licensing – Why ‘Teachable Moments’ Matter

For years, teachable moments have been part of USDA APHIS Animal Care Division’s approach to correcting minor, non-welfare-related issues among Animal Welfare Act (AWA) licensees. They are an opportunity to educate and assist USDA licensed breeders in improving their operations, animal care, and overall welfare outcomes. Today, teachable moments and educational opportunities are more important than ever because US demand for pet puppies vastly outstrips supply. (The US Pet Productions Association estimates demand at more than eight million puppies per year.)

The Genetics of Idiopathic Epilepsy in the Belgian Sheepdog and Belgian Tervuren

Idiopathic epilepsy is the most common medical neurologic disorder in dogs. It is defined as seizures with no identifiable cause. Despite appropriate anti-convulsant therapy, approximately 30 percent of affected dogs continue to have seizures. Because idiopathic epilepsy is more common in the Belgian Sheepdog and Belgian Tervuren, genetics are believed to play a role in disease development in these breeds. Studying the genetic factors that cause disease in these breeds may help us better understand idiopathic epilepsy in all dogs.


Redbone Coonhounds From a Judge’s Perspective

When judging and evaluating Redbone Coonhounds, I look for the overall dog. I start at the head and work down over the body to the feet, legs, and tail. I am looking for a nice, houndy head, with a nice ear set; not Bloodhound in type and not high set with a Sporting dog type of ear hang or length.


Meet the Carolina Dog –
‘America’s First Dog’

When the early explorers were coming to America, almost the entire Eastern Seaboard was called “Carolina.” As they discovered new species of animals and plants, they named them after the location of the discovery, such as the “Carolina Wren.” Thus, Dr. Brisbin’s reason to call the breed the Carolina Dog, and not just because he found them in South Carolina. The breed can be found across the United States.

Dr. Brisbin hypothesized that these dogs could be descendants of the canines that originally crossed the Bering Land Bridge. Some studies support this hypothesis, though additional ancestry and genetic studies are still needed. These free-ranging dogs had the general appearance of most Middle Eastern pariah dogs, and “dingos.”


Layers of Genuine Learning That Can Happen at a Dog Show

The exciting part about dog shows is that there are multiple opportunities, even layers of genuine learning, that can happen both at ringside and in the ring. As a dog person, I enjoy the moments when I have the time to explore new information. I will look in the catalog to see which breeds catch my eye and who is judging them. Time permitting; I pull up a chair just as though I was in school. As often as not, I find myself seated next to someone with experience in the breed. If I’m lucky, that someone is the real deal, and I have the privilege of a genuine learning experience, where I come away with a greater appreciation for the essence of that breed.

Interview with Owner Handler Daniela Bruhwiler

Daniela Bruhwiler has been showing and presenting her Sloughis with AKC since 2010, when the breed was accepted into the Miscellaneous Class, but she fell in love with her first Sloughi in 1987. She is an active member of ASLA, the AKC national parent club for the breed, as well as a breed mentor and presenter. Daniela lives with her husband, three Sloughis, and two cats in Dalton, Georgia, where the couple owns a small manufacturing business which never leaves enough time off to go to all the dog events they would like.

Showing a Low Entry Breed

Dog shows are, fundamentally, a competition. And as with any competitive endeavor, participants compete (in theory) on a level playing field. But one thing that owner handlers soon learn is that dog shows are not exactly “fair” competitions, and an exhibitor’s choice of breed can be a strong indicator of potential success. After all, showing a breed that is largely presented by professionals can be overwhelming, and the odds of achieving victory—even in the classes—can be deflating.

Balance in the Canine

What is meant by “balance” in the dog? The AKC Glossary defines balance as “BALANCE: When all the parts of the dog, moving or standing, produce a harmonious image.” As a self-taught artist, I became aware of the Golden Ratio (or golden or divine proportion), a ratio between two numbers equal to approximately 1.618 (most often written as the Greek letter “phi”). This ratio was published in Euclid’s Elements, the Classical Greek work on mathematics and geometry. Two hundred years later, the proportion was paired with illustrations by Leonardo da Vinci, which established the ideal balance in the human form and praised the ratio as representing divinely inspired simplicity and orderliness. Artists reference da Vinci’s illustrations to this day, and the Golden Ratio is still used in art and graphic design.
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