2001: AfghansSat, Aug 26 7AM EDT
A breeder entrusts a young protÃ©gÃ© to carry on her Afghan legacy as her sentimental favourite enters the ring for his final hurrah. #areyousmarterthananAfghan Call them the Supermodels of the dog world - with their long, silky coats and slender physique, Afghan Hounds certainly look the part. But unfortunately, they also suffer from the same stereotype as their human counterparts “ Afghans aren't known for being "the fastest ball in the dog park, so to speak. Dee Devins has spent her whole adult life trying to change people's perception of the Afghan and increase their popularity. But her time is not her own these days as she helps her husband Wayne, cope with a terminal illness. So she's recruited a young protÃ©gÃ©, Dani, and is teaching her everything she knows “ from grooming techniques (Dee's a professional hairdresser) to lure coursing and, of course, the show ring. Dani launches her career in an attempt to carry on her mentor's legacy as Dee's oldest Afghan, Leo, has his f
2002: Border ColliesSat, Aug 26 7:30AM EDT
Place your bets “ will a Border Collie breeder qualify for a chance to take gold at the world championships? #winning If there were a doggie Olympics, Kayl McCann would be captain of the Canadian team. Her days (and nights and weekends) revolve around breeding these smart, sassy and speedy dogs. They already have 25 wins (including five gold medals) at the World Championships. The next World competition is in 2012 but there's no free ticket to the Canadian team. Kayle must qualify but canine competitions can be as fierce and cutting as a political election campaign “ it's all about winning. And Kayl wants to win. But this year her fastest dog, Slyce, isn't quite up to par after having had a recent litter. And, at nine years old, this could be Slyce's last year of competition. But Kayl has a young secret weapon and his name is Funky Monkey. With her old and new crew of dogs, this feisty breeder is hoping to speed through the obstacles and taste sweet victory once again.
2003: GoldendoodlesSun, Aug 27 7AM EDT
A 28-year-old breeding maverick is making worldwide waves with her one-of-a-kind hybrids. #whatstrending Sherry Rupke is queen of the dog hybrids with people from all over the planet on her waiting list for Goldendoodles (Golden Retriever, Poodle cross.) She's also the first breeder in the world to have produced a Bernedoodle (Bernese Mountain dog, Poodle cross) whose popularity is on an exponential rise. And¦she's only 28 years old. Take that Mark Zuckerberg! But hybrid breeds are still controversial in the dog world with purebred purists accusing her of weakening the original breeds. But, as a registered vet tech, Sherry can hold her own against the naysayers. And Sherry is also much more than a dog breeder; she's a life changer. She regularly donates her prized pups to charitable organizations to act as service and therapy dogs. Sherry is systematically changing both the human and canine world one puppy at a time.
2004: Olde English BulldoggesSun, Aug 27 7:30AM EDT
Two sisters, same breed, one competition “ which sibling will be the top dawg? #bringitsister Erin and Jen Braybrook are sisters. Sure, they love each other, but when it comes to the Olde English Bulldogges they breed, there's also some good old fashioned sibling rivalry. They regularly show their Bullies at rare breed shows and their goal is to win best in breed and be recognized as serious breeders. They're young, new to breeding, but are also determined to inject fun into the dog world. The sister duo also want to dispel the myth that Old English Bulldogges are non-agile slow pokes. Jen and Erin have entered their Bullies in an event that will have the dogs dock jumping, disc diving, and pulling weights. But like any competition, only one dog can win. First, will it be a Bullie? And second, will it be Jen's dog or Erin's dog? Which sister will end up being the ˜top dawg'?
2005: Dandie DinmontsSat, Sep 2 7AM EDT
A breed on the border of extinction gets a helping hand to extend their ˜leash' on life. #saveusplease Have you heard of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier? No? Join the club, not many people have. The Dandie is listed as an endangered purebred breed and only 300 puppies are born each year. While that is still a precarious position for the Dandie, they would have long ago been extinct had it not been for Mike Macbeth. Mike regularly makes semen runs for other breeders around the world to expand the lines and pedigrees. But that selection process, as well as deciding who she will sell pups to, is a bit like going for a high-level government security job “ there's a background check, an intense interview and binding contracts going back and forth. Mike can't afford any missteps when it comes to breeding these dogs “ literally, their survival depends on it.
2006: Service DogsSat, Sep 2 7:30AM EDT
A highly-praised police and military breeder/ trainer for 30 years picks up some new ammunition in the form of his son and grandson and hopes they're the right weapons to continue his legacy. #serveandprotect When top-tier military and police units across the globe are in search for a dog that will serve and protect, they go to Baden K9. An elite breeding and tactical training facility for over 30 years, Baden dogs are fearless and focused. They can take down an armed fugitive, sniff out IEDs in Afghanistan, or find bodies buried in the rubble of 9/11. Baden K9 is made up of Mike and his son, Josh, but another family member is waiting in the wings to carry on this dog protection legacy “ Mike's 9-year-old grandson, Jacob. Mike embodies the qualities of a military commander-in-chief “ straight, authoritative and deliberate in his moves. But he's also human and like any soldier who loses a comrade in battle, Mike feels deeply when a Baden K9 dog dies in the line of duty.
2007: Central Asian ShepherdsSun, Sep 3 7AM EDT
An outrageous and obstinate breeder defends, protects and promotes her dogs 24/7. #imthebitcharoundhere Jeannine De Palma isn't scared of anything. Her dogs, the Central Asian Shepherds, are known for their aggressiveness, and so is she. She has shut down puppy mills, stood up to dog fight clubs, and firmly stands her ground in the competitive and political show ring world. But when it comes to the dogs themselves, Jeannine is a total softy. Suspecting mistreatment, Jeannine has brought back to her home, Buddy, a dog that came from one of her litters. Nothing is ever a lost cause for Jeannine - her days are spent rehabilitating, Buddy, both physically and emotionally and is even confident that he can enter a show ring. They say dogs are a man's best friend. But one might also say that Jeannine de Palma is a dog's best friend.
2008: BullmastiffsSun, Sep 3 7:30AM EDT
A financially strapped breeder attempts a costly and controversial technique that will either make her a hero or bring her down to zero. #needthistowork Who is Bugs? He's a 2010 Westminster champion, the number two Bullmastiff in all of America, and the sire to numerous other AKC champions. Achieving that kind of status takes not only time and dedication, but a lot of money. And that's not easy for Bugs' owner, Christy Shelper, a single mother of four children who lost her job during the recession. Life is a daily struggle to make ends meet, but Christy will never, ever, stop trying to improve and showcase her prized Bullmastiffs. At a cost of $5000, Christy is conducting her most important Bullmastiff breeding to date “ a controversial inbreeding of Bugs to his daughter. If this works, Christy will be a hero and financially stable. If it doesn't, Christy may face both spiritual and financial bankruptcy.