SPARCS in the Park

by Kim Brophey on 06/26/14
Behavior | Canine Science | Dog Door | Research | Training

SPARCS in the Park

Today is my birthday.  I wish I could say that I was turning the ripe old age of 24 (this is what I keep telling everybody who asks) rather than seeing the big 40 creeping up on the horizon, but the truth is that I don’t have a thing to complain about.  I just had one of the greatest birthday presents I could have asked for- a three day conference in the beautiful coastal Rhode Island town of Newport attending the SPARCS conference (Society for the Promotion of Applied Research in Canine Science) http://caninescience.info/events-2014/.  For this science loving shameless dog nerd, no gift could have been better than hearing presentations from and mingling with the brightest minds on the cutting edge of the canine science http://caninescience.info/ movement in its earliest years of inception.  I am beyond impressed with SPARCS founder Prescott Breeden http://prescottbreeden.com/ and what he has been able to pull together – a celebrity line-up, international broadcast and attendance, and the perfect historical conference location complete with a 375th anniversary parade right outside the conference doors.  Patricia McConnell http://patriciamcconnell.com/, Mia Cobb http://doyoubelieveindog.com/, and Julie Hecht http://DogSpies.com even performed a well-choreographed dance to “Happy” for us.  Bravo, Prescott.   Very impressive.

 “A special moment with my hero and friend Ray Coppinger http://www.hampshire.edu/faculty/rcoppinger.htm and SPARCS founder Prescott Breeden.”

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