Over 10 years ago, I took the  Z’s and baby Oz  to a local dog show. We were looking for something fun to do and it was free, free’s good. That’s where we met Lynn and Connie and their crew of Kuvasz. We were looking for a guard/family dog. When I got home and started reading up on the Hungarians, I quickly realized this was the breed for us.

This was my first experience with professional breeders and the entire pro dog culture. And yes, many of these dogs are professionals. Many of them are sponsored. What?! Yup. Sponsored athletes. This is serious business. We went to a few shows with Lynn and Connie and they were a marvel. Have you seen the movie Best In Show? As hilarious as the movie is, it really isn’t too far off the mark of reality.

Last night was the Big Show, Westminster Kennel Club’s annual dog show. It started Monday night with four groups and our favorites (the Working Group) was last night plus the Best In Show award.

The winningest Kuvasz of all time, Tanner, was picked out of the group and we’re very happy about that. Since he wasn’t up for the big award, I was rooting for the Old English Sheepdog “Swagger.”

He was clearly the crowd favorite and ended up with the new Reserve Best In Show. The winner, an Affenpinscher, was pretty cute too.

The best part of these pro’s? At the end of the day they’re just the family pet who need lappies for happiness…

The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.

Theodore Roosevelt 

About tosabarbell

For training opportunities at tosabarbell, call or text Juli at 320-296-9313. e-mail to At tosabarbell, I build relationships cultivated in a strength and learning environment. There is no 12 week magic pill program to strength but rather a lifetime commitment to be the very best and most useful human you can be. tosabarbell is a private, home grown gym with three lifting platforms; squat rack; prowlers; throwing implements; bars, bumpers and everything else needed for an effective strength and conditioning program. Straightforward barbell programming including the Olympic lifts; sound (read: not fancy bullshit) diet advance for weight gain or loss; and strong coaching will ensure you will meet your goals such as becoming stronger, more explosive, and better conditioned. I have been coaching teams and athletes for over 30 years. I grew up participating in various sports at various levels but was always drawn to those that require strength training. I have multiple local, national, and world records in the sports of Weightlifting and Highland Games Heavy Events as well as a combined total of 5 World Championships. My 5 years of training and coaching under Mark Rippetoe provided a wide range of influence from some of the top strength & conditioning and throwing coaches in the country. I will strongly encourage tosabarbell athletes to compete (and prepare you to do so.) However, tosabarbell is also for those who wish to be stronger and go through life feeling better. Matt WanAt is a retired Professional Strongman who competed frequently with Strongman Champions League in Europe. He played a year of D1 football with Iowa before concentrating on his Chemical Engineering degree in Iowa City. He is a native of Wauwatosa and still remains a staunch supporter of Tosa East. This blog will be a mixture of strength notes, coaching and nutrition tips, personal shit; bacon delicacies, and a whole lot of fun.
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