Handlers' Assistants: The Fancy's Rising Stars

Dogs in Review reached out to handlers' assistants to get better acquainted. Thanks to those who responded. Their stories are fascinating; their futures full of promise.

By Allan Reznik | December 19, 2013

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Our sport is rich in noble traditions. Among the strongest is that of hard-working assistants apprenticing for successful professional handlers in the fancy. Anyone with stars in their eyes about a life of glamour is quickly disabused of those notions when they learn that the dogs always come first for top handlers and that partying is never a job perk. Many handlers' assistants aspire to stay in the sport and strike out on their own one day. Others are happy to remain exhibitors while pursuing other career paths. We reached out to handlers' assistants to get better acquainted. Thanks to those who responded. Their stories are fascinating; their futures full of promise. — AR

  1. Briefly tell us about your background, including your age, where you grew up, if you came from a doggy family and if you have siblings who also show dogs.
  2. If you didn't come from a family that showed dogs, where did your interest begin?
  3. What handlers have you worked for in the past, and for whom are you working now?
  4. Is this a live-in position, or do you live elsewhere during the week?
  5. What are some of the best things about being a handler's assistant?
  6. What has been the most memorable moment in your dog-showing career?
  7. What was the greatest disappointment?
  8. How could the sport be improved?
  9. What's the biggest misconception about professional handlers?
  10. Is your goal to go out on your own and become a full-time professional handler one day?

 

Click on the photos below to see each assistant's responses.

Victoria Beaman Handler Assistant

Victoria Beaman

Aaron Bradshaw Handler Assistant

Aaron Bradshaw

Olivia Hodgkinson Handler Assistant

Olivia Hodgkinson

Laur'en Jordan Handler Assistant

Laur'en Jordan

Lauren Lavitt Handler Assistant

Lauren Lavitt

Katherine Levario Handler Assistant

Katherine Levario

Swenja Nasse Handler Assistant

Swenja Nasse

Remy Smith-Lewis Handler Assistant

Remy Smith-Lewis

Antonio Vidmar Handler Assistant

Antonio Vidmar

Sierra Ward Handler Assistant

Sierra Ward

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