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Some of the many ribbons Joan Scott’s dogs have won over the decades. Right: Scott training a toy.
Chihuaha prizewinners, and one miniature Yorkie champion. After years of doing 15 to 20 shows a year, Scott acknowl- edges that she has “slowed down” a bit. She now employs two handlers to show the dogs. “They don’t mind getting up
“For years, white poodles were what everyone wanted,” says Scott. “Now the blacks have taken top spot.”
at dawn or trudging through the snow to get to a show, but now I do,” says Scott, adding that it’s better for the dogs to have younger handlers. “The dogs need someone who can show them off to their best advantage.”
Along the way, Scott opened an informal grooming business that wound up lasting more than 50 years. She also took courses offered by the American Kennel Club to become a licensed dog show judge, becom- ing qualified to judge in three groups: toy dogs, non-sporting dogs, and working dogs (there are 90 breeds in those three groups alone). Through the years, her judging has taken her across the country and as far away as Japan, China, Taiwan and Australia.
Scott owns about 35 toy poodles (she’s not currently breeding Chihuahuas), most of whom are housed in a three-room kennel that has a redwood deck and kennel runs for the workers to exercise the breeding stock. Fortunately for their human neigh- bors, the Scotts live on a three-acre prop- erty bordered by a main road, a side road, a creek and the woods. “We have no neigh- bors within yelling distance if the dogs are barking,” she says.
In February and March, the Scotts pack up all the dogs and move to Florida, where dogs and humans alike enjoy the warmer temperatures. She breeds eight to nine litters

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