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A hobby that’s gone to the dogs
10-year-old Sage Rush shows dogs in the big league — and wins
or Sage Rush, taking a dog on a road trip with
her family is a normal event. She shows dogs at
American Kennel Club dog shows all year long
across the United States.
Sage began showing dogs when she was only 6
years old. Currently, she has a 2-yearold smooth collie named Twinkle. She
also shows a 1-year-old St. Bernard
“She’s diligent about exercising and training her dogs,” says
her mother, Sheila, a member of
Gascosage Electric Cooperative.
To exercise her dogs, Sage
might ride her bike and have
them run alongside. She also
has them jump through tires, go
through tunnels and walk across a
So what happens at a dog
show? Dogs compete to see who
is the best to represent their speciﬁc breed — such as Sage’s collie
or St. Bernard. There are 175 AKC
breeds at an all-breed dog show.
“You want to win the Best in
Show title,” says the fourth-grader,
who attends Miller County Elementary in Tuscumbia.
Before she shows her dog,
there’s a lot of work to do. Sage
has to groom, brush out and blow
dry her dog’s hair to perfection.
She’s given a show number, and
once her class is called, she leads
the dog to the show ring.
As the dog handler, Sage must keep her eyes glued
on the judge, watching for directions the judge might
give. She stacks, or poses, her dog. Then the dogs,
which are always on a leash, are gaited around the
ring by the handler as the judge watches. Finally, the
judge comes around to assess each dog individually.
Sage’s hard work routinely pays off. Now 10, she
has more than 30 shows and 20 wins under her belt.
While there is a youth division in which she could
compete, Sage chooses to show in the open class
with the adults, which is a bigger challenge for her.
In March, Sage and Cypress took the title of
Winner’s Female at the Belle City Kennel Club All
Breed Dog Show at Purina Farms in Gray Summit.
While she’s happy with her wins, Sage does have a
bigger goal in mind.
“I’d like to get Twinkle her Register of Merit,”
says Sage. To do that, Twinkle must have seven
AKC champion pups.
When she isn’t working her show dogs,
Sage is usually drawing or
playing with her rabbits or riding her pony,
You can send an
e-mail to Sage at
photo courtesy of
Sage and her 1-yearold St. Bernard,
Cypress, pose after
winning at the Belle
City Kennel Club All
Breed dog show at
Purina Farms in Gray
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hand at my
word watch. It’s easy.
I’ll list three words for
you to ﬁnd. Read the
stories in Rural Missouri
and look for the words.
When you ﬁnd them,
send me a note telling
me the stories where
you found the words,
what each word means
as it’s used in the story and your age.
If you get all the words right, your name
goes into a drawing to win one of our Buddy
Bear drawstring backpacks! We’ll pick up to ﬁve
winners each month. Send your answers to:
Buddy Bear’s Word Watch
P. O. Box 1645
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Entries must be received by May 10.
Kids, please wait a month before re-entering
— and parents, this is only for kids up to age 15.
Entries must be written by the youth, please.
Can you ﬁnd this month’s words?
behemoth, inherent and tilth
Congratulations to last month’s
Word Watch winners:
Kirsten McBride, Keith Edelman,
Gracie Williams, Mary Brandon
and Monte Crewse
According to the American Kennel Club,
the Labrador retriever has been the most
popular dog breed for the past 22 years.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - May 2013
Rural Missouri - May 2013
Table of Contents
Chronicle of the corncob pipe
Missouri Snapshots contest
The family that drills together
Out of the Way Eats
Where bluegrass grows
Hearth and Home
Veggies and vision
Rural Missouri - May 2013