Child’s Play

Every child should have two things: a dog, and a mother willing to let him have one.

 - Anonymous



Yesterday at the National Dog Show in Philadelphia, this happened.  This little girl, handling this large hound.  She’s only 10 years old.  The look on her face says that she’s bonded with the dog, focused on him to the exclusion of the chaos around her, and as you can see here, things can get chaotic.  The dog looks at her with something akin to worship.

A ten year old girl holding her own against a crowd of people who “know better”.  Who have been working with dogs since before she was born.


People who have may have lost that innocent connection with the greatest friend man has ever had.   I’ve made my thoughts very clear about dog shows and breeders in general.  This little girl has it right.  The look on her face says she there not about a breed, not about the prize, or any of the other trappings that distance us from our pets and turn them into a commodity rather than a companion.  She’s there because of one dog.  The dog that has already one Best of Show in her world.

 Keep calm and pilot on


Kerry Stack
Darwin Dogs
Dog Training in Cleveland, Ohio

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