03/01/2012: Movement, an Integral Part of Breed TypeWe have many breeds that were designed with a specific purpose in mind - to work. And the manner in which they worked pretty well determined just about everything about them: they way they looked, they way they behaved, and above all the way they moved.
02/01/2012: Of Values and Ethics by Richard (Rick) Beauchamp“Crooked” dog judging? We’ve all heard it said one time or another, but in my humble opinion seldom, if ever, do we find decisions made by judges that are made out of dishonesty.
01/04/2012: Setting Type by Richard (Rick) BeauchampIt is not at all unusual to hear today’s judges complain that they are unable to be consistent in their placements, saying that all too often one is lucky to find more than one or two dogs in an entire entry of even vaguely similar style. Many attribute this problem that exists not only in our show rings, but also in our whelping boxes to the loss of the highly influential, large breeding kennels of the past.
12/21/2011: Silhouette by Richard (Rick) BeauchampStudents who have asked me to mentor them in a breed I have been involved with often begin the request by saying, “I just can’t get a handle on this breed. They come in so many different sizes and shapes I just don’t know which way to turn.”
11/21/2011: Promoting “Rare” BreedsIn more cases than you might imagine, people involved with our new or sometimes called “rare” breeds are just as new to the world of purebred dogs. The breeds in which they become interested are, in many cases, the first time they’ve even owned a dog of any kind
10/14/2011: Let Freedom Ring!This is not an article about flag waving, the Liberty Bell, or Democracy. No, we’ll still be on the subject of dogs, but this is about freedom - the kind that I would like to see a bit more of in the rings at today’s dog shows.
09/22/2011: Travel and You’ll Go Far“Travel and you’ll go far.” I noticed it on the car’s bumper sticker ahead of me the other day and had to chuckle to myself - redundant on the one hand, but on the other there is little more valuable to one’s personal growth than that which is learned through travel.
08/18/2011: Cornerstone of the SportI stand in awe of people who have the guts and determination to try, try, try and try again while the whole world looks on. I’ve never quite had the required it to do so myself, so I have a great deal of respect and admiration for those who have.
08/15/2011: Everything Old is New AgainYou would be amazed at the number of times I’ve been approached at a dog show by someone who might say something like, “Why don’t you do a column about shoulder layback,” or someone else might request I do something on what balance means in evaluating a dog.
04/13/2011: Why Did the Judge Do That?, Richard G. (Rick) BeauchampAmong the dog world’s many publications that find their way to my door each month, there are several published in foreign countries that I find particularly good and I try to read them every month. One of them posed an interesting question to its readership a few months ago, “What in your mind would improve dog shows most?”