Whittier knew she wanted to follow suit when she grew up. Its really the dogs personality that takes you in, and every one has a different personality, Whittier said. Personality plays a huge part. After all, thats who we live with. They exist for companionship. These days, Whittier couldnt begin to estimate how many shows shes participated in over the years. When she regularly showed dogs, shed go to about 120 shows per year. Now, she judges about 30 shows a year. The farthest shes traveled is South Korea in December to judge for the Korea Kennel Federation. But typically, she travels across the country and recently drove to a show in Southern California.