The Year Of The Dragon

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Toni Leitao Shooting At The 2011 AKC/Eukanuba National Championships -

Me in the photographers corral at the 2011 AKC/Eukanuba National Championships

Editor In Chief - Toni Leitão

Editor - Toni Leitão

The Year Of The Dragon

The Dragon personality – The Dragon is a creature of myth and legend. A symbol of good fortune and sign of intense power, the Oriental Dragon is regarded as a divine beast – the reverse of the malicious monster that Westerners felt necessary to find and slay.

In Eastern philosophy, the Dragon is said to be a deliverer of good fortune and a master of authority. Therefore, those people born in Dragon years are to be honored and respected.

Fifth in the cycle, Dragon Years follow the Rabbit and recur every twelfth year. The Chinese New Year does not fall on a specific date, so it is essential to check the calendar to find the exact date on which each Dragon Year actually begins

1904 * 1916 * 1928 * 1940 * 1952 * 1964 * 1976 * 1988 * 2000

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From the Editor

Happy New Year Retriever Life Readers,

2011 was an exciting year for us. It witnessed the birth of our online magazine – Retriever Life. Retriever Life grew out of our passion for our Labrador Retrievers at Misty Mountain Labrador Retrievers and the desire to spread the word about all of the great things you can do with your retrievers. We have traveled far and wide to find great retriever stories and have we met some really great people and their retrievers along the way. Needless to say, 2011 has been quite an adventure and we are planning even bigger things for Retriever Life in 2012! So thank you all for being part of this quest to create the best magazine in the world for retriever lovers.

Living The Retriever Life

As 2011 wound down and 2012 spins up I am thinking about what living the Retriever Life is all about. “It’s more than a game of fetch” after all. Our tagline has a lot of meaning to me and living that idea is what brings us closer to our dogs and ourselves. Our Labrador Retrievers bring my wife and me so much joy and every time we get involved with some new activity with our dogs we learn more about dogs and the world around us. I have decided to take on some new challenges with our dogs this year and you can follow our progress as I blog about it over the coming months. Check out our article New Year’s Revolution and get inspired to take on the Retriever Life challenge!

The Eukanuba!

The AKC/Eukanuba National Championships capped our successful first year. We got to leave the cold, wet Pacific Northwest for sunny Orlando, Florida! The Orange County Convention Center was a brand new venue for the Eukanuba and everyone did their best to make this event a success. My brother, Lou, and I traveled as members of the press and got some great up-close and personal coverage of the Eukanuba. The people and their dogs were fantastic. Everyone was filled with anticipation and optimism for the event. What was especially cool was meeting all of the Curly-Coated Retriever folks. This unsung retriever doesn’t get a lot of press, but is a retrieving machine with loads of personality! Spending time with these great dogs and their owners gave me pause to think about what our next breed might be!

We also dipped our toes into the video arena at the Eukanuba. We pulled together interviews with some great retriever lovers and we hope that this will be a sign of things to come in our magazine. While this first attempt may not be at Steven-Spielberg quality, we know that this is a great way for you to see and hear other retriever lovers that are living the Retriever Life!

New Faces

As the editor of Retriever Life I am always on the hunt for folks that are passionate about their retrievers and I ran across a great pair of Chesapeake Bay Retrievers affectionately known as the 2 Brown Dawgs. They will be guest bloggers moving forward and tell us about their hunt training and other adventures.



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I am one of the founders and editor of Retriever Life. My passion is Labradors of all sizes and shapes but I am a big fan of all the retriever breeds.

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