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Dog News

The Digest

Volume 29, Issue 36

Of American Dogs $5.00

September 6, 2013


TEAM GUS…


…A TOAST TO SUCCESS! Team Gus Thanks Judges Ms. Joan Luna, Mrs. Keke Kahn, and Mr. Clay Coady for these Group Wins

Best In Show, National Specialty Best In Show

GCh. Derby’s Toast With Gusto

Top Winning Swissy In AKC History Number 1 Swissy, All-Breed (All Systems)•# 18 Working Dog*

Owned By: Rick & Sue Copeland Richmond, Texas *CC System

Bred By: Kristin Kleeman Robyn & Kenneth Toth

Presented By Team Gus: Scott Sommer Assisted by Alfonso Escobedo & Ashlie Whitmore Dog News 3


Contents 10 Editorial

56 The Inaugural Take The Lead Event By eric steel

14 The Way It Is: Judges Task Force

58 Take The Lead Testimonials

By sari brewster tietjen

18 Kids, Pets And Allergies

By Larry Cornelius, Lou & Adelene Pardo, Cathy De La Garza, Cathy Jahelka, Christina Freitag, Janet Maas, Julie Seaton, Sue Klinckhardt-Gardner, Mark Lucas, Phyllis Wright, Paul Watson

22 The Question Of The Week

68 From The Days of Small Beginnings - Interviews with Thomas H. Bradley, III and Edd E. Bivin

26 DogTV: Hit or Miss?

72 Take The Lead Invites

By sharon pflaumer

By Matthew Stander

By karl m. stearns

By Carlotta Cooper

82 Take The Lead - How Can I Help?

30 Way More Than A Fashion Accessory: The Borzoi

90 Take The Lead At Bannerdown Farm

By mj nelson

34 Bests Of The Week

By larry cornelius & marcelo veras

38 Ten Questions Asked of Justin Smithey

96 A Conversation With Pamela Beale, Chairwoman of Take The Lead

42 What Difference Does It Make? (Fake Service Dogs And The Airlines Generally)

98 Take The Lead’s Original And Current Trustees

By karl m. stearns

By sherry e. wallis

100 The Gossip Column

44 Words From Trustees And Founders Of Take The Lead

BY Eugene Z. Zaphiris

BY pat laurans, Thomas h. bradley, III, jeffrey pepper, cindy vogels, dottie collier

46 Off The Leash: Recalls: Good or Bad? By shaun coen

104 Click - Gold Country Kennel Club BY Eugene Z. Zaphiris

110 Click - Penn Ridge and Harrisburg BY jean c. edwards & joe cirincione

50 AENC Changes, Gold Country And More

114 Click - The Way We Were

By matthew h. stander

54 AKC Art Exhibit At The Pennsylvania Governor’s Residence September 6, 2013 By lisa peterson

BY Eugene Z. Zaphiris

117 Letters To The Editor

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The Westminster Kennel Club Congratulates

Take The Lead for 20 Years of Loyal Support to the Dog Show World Thank You for Being There for All of Us

Best Wishes For Continued Success Dog News 7


Take The Leads 20th! DOG NEWS is delighted to help Take The Lead celebrate its 20th Anniversary this September by dedicating this issue to that stalwart and venerable organization. Take the Lead has become such an integral part of our dog life it is difficult to remember the days when in days of travail there was no Take the Lead to which to turn. And its success and continued successes are due in major measure to the support received from the very people who constitute the foundation of our sport--all participants. And it is these very participants who benefit from the largess of Take the Lead in time of need and who reciprocate in kind when they are in a position to do so. The credibility of Take the Lead, which has never lost its common touch, is the ingredient which has enabled it to expand and grow whereas lesser attempts have faltered and/or failed. From its inception the people who have run and continue to be a part of the internal make-up of the governing body have put the organization ahead of politics and self-serving usages. They have concentrated on fulfilling without fanfare the mission of the organization. Their ability year after year to concentrate on that mission and to ignore self-promotion has been an outstanding characteristic for its successes as an organization. It is amazing to think that in a sport with a reputation for being extremely egotistical and self-promoting this organization has thrived and prospered by using tactics which are based on subtlety and privacy rather than pomp and circumstance. The formula established by the founders of Take the Lead has been continuing and successful and these pages join with the entire Fancy in wishing it future success and well-being. Registration Figures 2009-2013 That registration figures for purebred dogs at AKC has been falling is a known fact. AKC has been most reticent about releasing these figures which is understandable however it is the belief of these pages that the release of the actual figures may serve as an inducement to make the Fancy more aware of the problem that it presently has. With this knowledge perhaps those so unwilling to take that extra step forward to register all of their litters will do so when they 10 Dog News

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see how critical the problem of registration is for AKC. First of all in 2009 there were give or take 614,877 purebred dogs registered with AKC. In 2012 there was a drop to give or take 491,604 purebreds registered. The first six months of 2012 saw give or take 309,806 dogs registered from January to June while so far the first six months in 2013 show give or take 293,240 purebreds registered. The drop from 2009 to 2012 was precipitous. The 12,000 purebred drop so far in 2013 is countered by the fact that June and July were slightly higher in 2013 than in 2012 but they were the only months showing an increase as the others were a definite decline. These pages present these figures in the hopes of raising an awareness to all involved in the sport and to suggest that the Parent Clubs get together and adopt the idea bantered about before that all members of Parent Clubs register all their litters with AKC at birth. Let’s face it. It is unlikely that registrations will ever reach the heydays of the past when 1.5 million dogs were registered annually by AKC. But serious times demand harsher realities and the reality is that the Fancy needs to help AKC out and register their dogs forthwith! True it is that these figures do not include the Mixed breed registrations which seem to be on the increase but they are not sufficient to offset the drop in purebred registrations. Is it too much to ask people to help out its parent organization in time of need by doing something many people believe should have been done originally. These pages think not and encourage all to come to the fore and adopt new and radical ideas to help AKC out of its present registration slide. One In Five Social Media And Internet Pups Die Before Six Months Old Research was conducted by an organization called Atomik Research on behalf of the Kennel Club in the UK which concluded that a puppy welfare crisis exists for social media and Internet pups. Based on the responses of over 2,000 participants from a broad spectrum of dog owners in the UK it was concluded that the popularity of online pups, which continues to soar, results in one in five pups bought on websites or social media to die within six months of purchase. Further that one of three outlets-online, pet stores and newspaper adverts often sell pups raised through puppy farms. Additionally many of the pups from these outlets require long-term veterinary treatment. The increasing popularity of online pups is of particular concern according to the Kennel Club as half of those who source their puppies online buy ‘mail order pups’ directly over the Internet. According to the research one third of people who bought their puppies online, over social media or through pet shops failed to experience ‘Overall good health”. 12 percent of puppies bought online or on social media end up with serious health problems that require expensive on-going veterinary treatment from a young age. Compare this according to the research with 94% of puppies bought direct from a breeder reported as having

good overall health. Additionally over half of those who bought from the Internet or through social media said their dogs had behavioral problems which probably resulted from being puppy farmed. These problems can be displayed through unsocial ability around other dogs or people, fear of their surroundings or aggressiveness. How totally conclusive these figures or arguments are may be debatable considering the source and the hiree nonetheless the overall philosophy and thinking about the need to purchase from a breeder rather than through social media, the Internet or even adoption sources is an argument which holds a lot of meaning for these pages, that’s for sure. Those AENC Changes Well Mr. Menaker’s resignation as show chairman of the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship event was glossed over in a Press Release finally sent out on August 30th some four weeks after he in fact resigned. Similarly the dropping of the event as a televised feature for the general public was never fully spelled out but only alluded to when the release stated that it would be exclusively an event which could be seen through streaming video. Typical of AKC in these kinds of matters to attempt to hide the truth instead of coming out and saying what really is going on. And these pages hardly envy Dennis Sprung as the new Show Chair and can’t help but be bewildered by Jason Taylor, the hard working Eukanuba food employee as its new Vice Chair. How this all ends up as a means of “raising the bar” as stated in that press release update for the AENC befuddles most but it should be interesting to note that the lack of television has resulted in the lady group judges being asked not to wear gowns whilst the men are to be attired in suits instead of formal wear. From where these pages sit that’s a plus for sure but the only one and that information is not even contained in the update. Thought For The Week We see that Rafael de Santiago finally opted to answer the problems of FCI in facing up to the Russian show problems for foreign visitors with an answer so inadequate and inconsequential as to be totally ignored. His reaction appears in the August 23rd issue of the OUR DOGS in the UK. OUR DOGS commends the FCI President for actually responding quickly but it is noted that he choose not only to answer inadequately but his responses were of a nature demeaning to himself and were hardly a welcoming development in world dog affairs. AKC’s reaction calling it totally unacceptable was ours as well too.


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Judges Task Force It seems every few years the American Kennel Club attempts to refashion its judges’ approval process. The most recent process was developed by a group of dedicated, experienced, successful judges lead by then AKC Board of Director member and AllBreed judge, Dr. Robert Smith. What became known as the Smith Committee worked long and hard in creating a system that was considered to be equitable and fair with an additional invitational method to permit the advancement of worthy, talented judges quickly to fill the needs of the expanding number of shows.

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f course, as to be expected, there were complaints about

persons being invited to advance while others were not selected for speedy advancement. There were also complaints about judges soliciting friends to write letters on their behalf for consideration for speedy advancement. These complaints lead to a moratorium on further invitations and the establishment of a NEW Judging Task Force Committee charged with looking into the current process and seeing if there are areas that need improving or outright changing. This task force, lead by Board Member Charles Garvin, a long-time Dalmatian fancier and breed judge, two multi-group judges (Kent Delaney and Doug Johnson),and AKC’s new Chief Operating Officer, Daryl Hendricks (no judging background), has solicited input from the fancy (as did the Smith Committee) and has distributed an action plan outlining its target dates and areas of review. Regardless of what this committee comes up with the end result will be the same. There will be people who will think the new process will be good for the sport, others who think it is just another glossing over of the real problem with judges, and still others who could not care less. And, as sure as the seasons change, there will eventually be a call for yet another Task Force in the future to modify whatever this one comes up with. The real problem with judges has nothing to do with attending seminars (which may or may not be truly helpful), memorizing standards (which is pointless as it does not mean that a person can apply those words to a real dog), or taking breed tests (again words, not dogs). The real problem is that judging of dogs is an art and one must process the innate talent to process those words into a living dog and keep track of how one dog measures up against its standard with other dogs in the ring on the day. As all judging is subjective

there is no test, no process that can be developed which definitively points to who can truly judge dogs. As I have written in the past, we have some very good judges, some very bad ones and most fall in between. It is not the system or process which has made one good or one bad or one in the middle – it is the innate talent possessed by an individual that makes a judge the type of judge he or she is. All the money, time and effort spent by well-meaning individuals working on committees and often volunteering that time to devise this system or that will not change the outcome. We have many “middle judges” (for want of a better term) who have been able to check the appropriate boxes (as called for in the prior process) to be approved for breed after breed, getting more and more groups, plodding along until they are either knocking on or stepping over the threshold to become all-breed judges. The system has made this possible and no system – other than reverting to the old Len Brumby days where one individual said who could and could not judge what breed – is going to change this. We have entered a different era where fairness and treating everyone as equals has become the order of the day. Yet, in judging not everyone is equal – not everyone possesses the same talent – the artistic ability that comes from within to weigh various aspects of a dog against others in the ring and a mental canvas of the perfect specimen of that breed. Judging is subjective and there are few winners and many losers. For the most part, today’s exhibitors are looking for judges who have the ability to sort through a class of dogs and be at least in the “ballpark,” are pleasant and understanding, are attentive and courteous, and who examine their dogs without being overly rough and gruff. Exhibitors – even the most forgiving – do not like judges who constantly look at the other end of the lead, look bored, are short and impatient, and who obviously would rather be elsewhere. Unfortunately, no judging approval process has been able to weed this type of judge out of the ring and probably never will. AKC spends a lot of money in its judging approv-

al process, yet our judges of today are much like our judges of yesterday when little was spent on the process. Given this fact, should we not change our way of doing things and admit that a cumbersome, awkward, time-consuming, expensive system has not resulted in vastly improved judges. Let’s simplify things and do away with the memorizing of breed standards to fit field rep interviews, the long check-box, essay applications, and the need for vast amounts of paper to prove attendance at seminars, mentor programs and the like. Keep the breed tests; only offer them on-line to be checked by AKC’s computers. Let the judges prove themselves in the ring, but keep in mind that exhibitors and handlers show to win and defeat is not always gracefully accepted. So given the current state of affairs – our AKC is not our grandfather’s AKC and our shows are not our grandfather’s shows, but our judges are probably our grandfather’s type of judges – what should AKC be doing about its judging community? A few suggestions that have been bantered about: 1) Establish basic background and experience requirements; 2) Have a strict approval process for initial breed applicants so that someone who obviously has no clue about anything is stopped before they even begin to get their feet wet; and 3) Judges with less than three groups should be given the option of advancing no more than one-half a group at a time; and 4) Judges with more than three whole groups should be given the option of advancing no more than one additional group at a time, if they desire. If it is true that AKC needs more judges and that clubs need more multi-group judges to fill their requirements, then it needs to totally rethink its judging approval process and simplify it. After all, the complicated process we currently have is not helping to improve judging – you cannot create a valued judge based on a piece of paper or masking of a name!

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Forget everything you thought was true about kids, pets and allergies. Contrary to what was believed in the past, recent research has demonstrated that exposure to a dog or cat, during a critical developmental period, prevents children from developing allergies and asthma by suppressing their allergen sensitivity. And

that’s not just suppression of sensitivity to dog and cat allergens, but to other common allergens as well: pollen, dust mites, mold, etc. Kids exposed to a pet during the same time period also showed suppressed sensitivity to food allergens like peanuts!

Kids, Pets and Allergies

By Sharon Pflaumer

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he research behind these groundbreaking discoveries is the ongoing scientific investigation at The Henry Ford Center for Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Research, which is in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, MI. Researchers at the center have published more than 50 papers concerning the above and related findings. Christine Cole Johnson, PhD, MPH, currently heads its Microbes, Allergies, Asthma and Pets (MAAP) Research Group, a large project funded by the National Institute of Health. “We have followed two large groups of children and consistently found that having a pet, and most particularly a dog or cat, seemed to protect them from developing allergies and asthma,” she says. “We began following our first cohort of children in 1987 when we began The Childhood Allergy Study. The high incidence of allergies and asthma occurring in children at that time was the motivating factor behind the research. We included information about pets in the study because we thought they would prove to be a risk factor--That exposure to high levels of dog and cat allergens at an early age would cause children to become allergic to them.” (Dog and cat allergens are more commonly

known as dander. Dander includes the main allergenic proteins, Can f 1 in dogs and Fel d 1 in cats, found in the animal’s saliva, sebaceous glands and urine. It is distributed throughout the environment as the pet sheds dead skin cells.) “We found that of the 830 kids in the first cohort, those who had a pet in their home during the first year of their life, had lower Immunoglobulin-E [IgE] levels and were much less likely to have any allergic sensitization to pollen, mold and dust mites. IgE is the antibody that causes allergies and allergies related to asthma. When the children turned 18 and were retested, we found that their total IgE level remained low, suggesting the protective affect was sustained for life,” Dr. Johnson says. Henry Ford researchers began following a second cohort of 1200 kids in 2003. So far, they’re seeing the same protective benefit in them as was seen in the first cohort--with one additional benefit. “We didn’t measure food allergy sensitivity in the children in the first cohort. But, when we measured it in the second cohort, we found that their sensitivity to milk, eggs and peanuts was suppressed as well. “We also evaluated the second cohort for

the effect of having a pet in the home during the prenatal period when each child’s mother was pregnant. We did this by measuring the child’s IgE levels at birth. The IgE levels were lower in babies who had been exposed to pets prenatally. At age 2, we found that their IgE levels continued to remain low,” Dr. Johnson says. The beneficial period for pet exposure Henry Ford researchers are unsure as to the exact period of beneficial pet exposure in terms of allergy and asthma prevention. “At this point, it seems like the period for creating lifetime allergen sensitivity suppression begins prenatally and extends after birth through about 24 months of age,” Dr. Johnson says. “After that, there is little evidence to suggest that exposure to a pet has any beneficial effect in this context. If a child is already sensitized to dog dander at 3 years of age for example, in some instances getting a pet then might cause problems. In others, the child might develop tolerance to dog dander exposure in the same way he would develop tolerance to pollen after a series of allergy shots.” The objective of the latest study being conducted is to determine what it is about having Continued on page 62

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TAKE THE LEAD is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this month-What are your thoughts about this organization and what if anything should TTL think about doing to expand its goals for the future?

Question Of The Week

Beverly Capstick Take the Lead is a fantastic organization that has assisted many individuals in our sport. Disasters and/or extreme times of need can affect anyone and TTL is there. The support at shows, the TTL booth and activities sponsored by many kennel clubs helps to remind people that it is not a one time donation but needs our continued support. If every exhibitor, handler and judge pledged one entry fee, handler fee or judging fee plus their annual membership just imagine what more could be done! My congratulations to the officers, board members and countless volunteers who developed and operate Take The Lead.

Barbara Kloss Tough times have a way of hitting when you least expect it. Having Take The Lead there for those in need, has been a fantastic comfort and source of help. Most of all, being by “dog people” for “dog people”, the sport can be proud of its existence. As to improvements, its been said “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” Just to insure its future through careful stewardship would suffice. Mike Buckley I congratulate Take The Lead for serving the AKC dog show community for twenty years. One never knows when Take The Lead will be asked to provide confidential financial assistance to exhibitors, handlers or judges at times of need. I have personally known friends who have received financial assistance from Take The Lead during an illness or loss of a family member. Expanding beyond the current charter would depend upon available resources. Emergency shelter could be considered in the event of fire, hurricane, tornado or flooding. The Officers and Board of Take The Lead are in the best position to decide on expanding goals for the future. 22 Dog News

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b. totten Take The Lead is doing a great service for people in need in our sport. They have expanded into helping performance individuals also with a very limited staff. I believe at the present time TTL is doing all it can under their present charter. Barbara Miller I can’t believe 20 years have gone by so quickly. I’m not privy where and how the funds are distributed to those within the fancy in need. I remember at the onset some of us, including myself, were a bit leery but those at the helm and those involved were determined this organization would thrive. I believe we all should thank them for the privacy as to who the recipients are and continue to do their good work. I have no idea as to who has benefited from this organization therefore I would just have to say with each donation I make I’ve put my trust into those who are helping my fellow aficionados in the canine world. Take the Lead I hope your next 20 years and beyond are met with continued success.


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he dogs and I have been watching the new Dog TV channel for several days now, trying to figure out what we think of it. To be honest, I’ve been watching it and the dogs mostly nap. I have one dog who has displayed some interest in the channel but the other dogs have ignored it. I should provide the caveat that Pearl also enjoys watching Spongebob and Star Trek, so you really can’t place much credence in her opinions about television. If you haven’t seen this channel, DirecTV has been offering it on a free trial basis during the first couple of weeks of August. It will be available for $4.99 per month once the trial period is over. It’s also available in a live streaming format through the DogTV. com web site. Presumably it might be available through cable carriers in the future. The question, however, is, is it any good? If you read the channel’s web site information, it sounds like it possibly has some science behind the programming. You can find connections to a vet at Tufts and science advisers who say they know what dogs want to see and hear on TV. That sounds impressive. I could even be willing to overlook the “endorsement” by Wayne Pacelle and the fact that one of the creators of the channel calls himself an “animal rights activist” if I thought my dogs actually enjoyed the channel. I’m just not convinced that my dogs give a fig about anything that’s been shown. First, you should know that the channel is aimed at stay-at-home dogs – dogs who could be bored and alone all day and in need of some entertainment. So, the creators of the channel make the assumption that a lot of dogs are experiencing separation anxiety and that dogs, in general, are unable to entertain themselves or relax while their owners are away. This idea is reinforced if you read the information on the web site where it discusses separation anxiety and how dogs react to the channel. Personally, I don’t think these as-

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sumptions are valid. I think most dogs cope very well while their owners are away during the day, so maybe there isn’t as much need for the channel as the creators believe. In my experience, most dogs nap while their people are away from home, even if they give their owners the stink eye or make them feel horribly guilty when they leave for work in the morning. Dogs are masters at manipulation and they know how to make you feel awful so they can get more attention and/or more food/ treats/toys, etc., by looking pitiful. They are born knowing how to do this. How many times have you come home early and found your poor, pitiful dog sleeping peacefully when you thought he would be miserable because you were gone? But, with these assumptions in place, the channel has several programming segments during the day: morning relaxation, stimulation, relaxation, exposure, afternoon stimulation, relaxation, evening relaxation, and so on. Yes, they are heavy on relaxation. The video or film (sorry I’m not a television person), looks like it’s been flattened somewhat. There’s not a great deal of depth to many of the scenes, though the channel is high definition and many of the images are beautiful. In many scenes the colors look like they have been slightly altered to appeal to a dog’s sense of color vision which, as we know, is dichromatic and something like that of a red-green color blind person (dogs are green-blind). This is all part of the channel’s scientific approach to appealing to dogs. As for the actual programming content that appears on TV, you can expect to see lots of dogs sleeping; dogs playing with each other; dogs chasing balls; and sometimes dogs just sitting and staring at the camera which is, seriously, kind of disturbing. Chopin is very popular with these scenes. Who knew that dogs enjoyed classical music so much? There are also long periods

of time during which you and/or your dog can watch lapping water while New Age music plays. Or you can watch a ball float in the water for a long time. Or you can watch a sunset over the ocean. Or you can watch lava lamp images slowly move up and down and other slow abstract images. It’s entirely possible that I have been brainwashed over the last few days and I don’t know it because your mind goes blank watching these scenes. In fact, I would say this is the dullest channel in the history of television. Lest you think it’s all dull, there are some attempts to rouse dogs watching at home. While a dog plays fetch with a ball you can hear a high-pitched child’s voice saying, “Good dog!” off screen. Sometimes in the middle of Chopin you hear a toy squeak – guaranteed to get any dog’s attention! Sometimes for absolutely no reason in a scene there is the sound of a doorbell ringing (which sets one of my dogs barking and running through the house – thanks, Dog TV). The only scene that I really disliked was one that featured some very young puppies. They looked like they were just barely old enough to open their eyes. They were lying on what looked like a dirty barn floor and flies kept landing on them. And at least one of the puppies kept whimpering. I was afraid the whimpering might bother my dogs, which it didn’t. But it certainly bothered me. As did the flies on the puppies. I don’t know why a scene like that was included among the other scenes. So, is Dog TV any good or not? I honestly don’t know. I suspect that it’s not very good and that the science behind it is a bunch of hooey. It makes me think of music TV for dogs – if the music is lullabies and the images are kind of weird. Prob-

ably the biggest problem with Dog TV is the concept. Dogs depend on their sense of smell much more than their visual sense. I doubt any dogs are going to take TV images very seriously when they can’t smell what they are seeing. Why would a dog care if there is a squirrel on TV if he can’t smell him? Thus, an enormous lack of interest from most dogs. Now, a scratch and sniff TV channel would probably be a big hit. My dogs are not the target audience for this channel. I’m home with them all day and there are five of them to entertain each other. But they aren’t interested in it (except for Pearl now and then). If you do turn on the TV for your dogs while you’re at work, they would probably enjoy something else on daytime TV like, oh, The Chew (that was a joke). Chimps have been shown to like daytime dramas because they show close-ups of human faces. Maybe dogs would like them, too? My dogs – Sporting dogs – do enjoy shows on TV about gamebirds, especially when they make lots of sounds. But I can’t really say they are interested in watching other dogs sleeping or playing ball. The soothing music is nice but you can get that on a CD. If your dog is bored and lonely while you are away at work during the day there are some good answers. Provide him with plenty of toys and safe things to chew on. Make sure he is getting plenty of exercise, preferably exercise with you such as a good long walk every day and some play time with you. If possible, try to have someone drop by to check on him during the day and take him for a walk. If he’s really bored and lonely, consider doggy daycare. I will say that if you want to watch something that is relaxing for humans, Dog TV is probably a good bet. Watching people take long walks on the beach and looking at puppies playing while listening to esoteric music is a pretty good way for people to relax.


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WAY MORE THAN A FASHION ACCESSORY By M.J. Nelson

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n the 1948 movie musical “Easter Parade,” when Ann Miller who portrayed Judy Garland’s rival for Fred Astaire’s affections, sets out on her stroll down Fifth Avenue wearing her Easter bonnet on Easter Sunday, leading the way and completing her glamorous fashion picture for the New York Times’ rotogravure section are a pair of elegant Borzoi. But, beautiful as these sighthounds are, you would be making a serious error if you shrug the breed off as mere fashion plates. “Borzoi are smart and sensitive creatures,” said June Mintchell who, with her husband Richard and Anne Midgarden DVM owns Trinsic (Ch Teine Intrinsic JC UD OA OAJ RN U-CD.) “If you love them and treat them right, they will love you in return and may even deign to do what you want them to do. Well, at least part of the time. Regardless of what people say, Borzoi are highly intelligent. They are just hard to motivate and don’t like lots of boring repetition. But, it can be done as several of my Borzoi have earned high-in-trial honors at all-breed obedience trials.” “Luckily, Borzoi, like many in the Greyhound family, are not so far removed from the working dogs of the past,” said Midgarden, who also owns DC Rassim’s Dornroeschen at Teine LCM NACC NACM ROMX and DC Teine Rainbow Glacier Ch RN CD. “Many sporting breeds, for example, have field types and show types and almost no dogs 30 Dog News

Catera (MBISS Ch Sky Run Catera CDX RE AX ASJ ASP OJP NJC NAC NGC,) Chris Danker’s Borzoi, enjoys games of almost any type.

that can compete at both. Fortunately, with Borzoi, there has never been only one ‘look’ or bloodline that took over as the ‘show dog type’ for Borzoi. So, field bred Borzoi have always had some success in the show ring. It has actually gotten better since the 1980s when field dogs were looked down upon by many breeders. Now most American and European breeders are at least interested in dogs that can compete in multiple activities.” The Borzoi, also known in this country until 1936 as the Russian Wolfhound, is likely one of

in isolated areas. Until fairly recently, the Borzoi was strictly a hunting hound used mainly for hare (also known as jackrabbits in the U.S.) and other small game but when the opportunity presented, also as a wolfhound. While the sighthounds most frequently still used for hunting are Greyhounds, mainly because there are a lot of these hounds that have retired from racing that are available, there are some coyote hunters who not only prefer to hunt with the wolfhounds, both Irish and Borzoi, but also get positively lyrical when describing these hounds’ ability to pursue, catch and bring down coyotes. But, opportunities to hunt coyotes or hare or any other traditional sighthound prey are limited for most Borzoi people so they have had to resort to either lure coursing or some of the performance sports to keep their hounds fit and happy. One of the issues faced by Borzoi owners who want to participate in various dog sports is that the breed is not commonly seen in activities such as agility, obedience, tracking or rally. This means it is not always an easy task to find a trainer willing to work with the breed. “A Borzoi is not going to work like a herding or working dog,” said Chris Danker who owns Catera (MBISS Ch Sky Run Catera CDX RE AX ASJ ASP OJP NJC NAC NGC.) “Those instructors who understand this are worth their weight in gold. They really understand how dogs learn and strive to set up all breeds to succeed. But, I learned long ago to just have fun with my dog. I’m not competing to be the best, I just enjoy the time with my dogs. When a judge comments on my Borzoi’s ‘nice attitude’

“The Borzoi, also known in this country until 1936 as the Russian Wolfhound, is likely one of the oldest breeds of domestic dog.” the oldest breeds of domestic dog. It is believed that the breed originated from a cross between a Saluki-type dog with a native Russian breed but, as is the case with the really ancient breeds, most of the history of the breed is pure speculation. What is known, however, is that for many years, the breed’s existence was precarious mainly because of its association with the nobility. Indeed, following the Russian Revolution in 1917, many Borzoi were slaughtered because of the association with the czars and the breed survived only

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What person do you most look forward to seeing at the dog shows? CAROL HARRIS.

What is your greatest extravagance? GREAT CUISINE.

What do you dislike most about your appearance? WISH I WERE TALLER.

What dog person would you like to see on ‘dancing with the stars’? MIKE PITTS.

If you were forced to get a tattoo, what would it be?

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SOMETHING SMALL AND WELL HIDDEN.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? CHELSEA PICKETT, A GOOD DOG AND MY I PAD.

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Marital Status: COMMITTED FOR THE LAST SIX YEARS

When and where are you the happiest? AT HOME WATCHING MY DOGS AND BOER GOATS.

Other people think I am...? ENERGETIC

What did you want to be when you were growing up? A NBA PLAYER, BUT I DIDN’T MAKE HEIGHT.

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What Difference Does It Make? Fake Service Dogs & The Airlines in General

(Reprinted with permission from PERSPECTIVES September 2013)

Last year, as I waited in my seat for the rest of the passengers to board, a handler who has actually worked for me and whom I’ve known for many years, came down the aisle with one of her better-known show dogs. He was now sporting a bright yellow service dog vest. As I looked pointedly at the dog, she smiled sheepishly and shrugged. I was disturbed at her charade and irritated that she clearly expected me to go along with it. But all the time we were outside waiting, everyone looking at the fake service dogs seemed resolved to them. Bowing to peer pressure, I decided I was being a “rule-hound” and just kept my mouth shut. Since service dogs ride free, passing your show dog off as one is cheating the airlines out of a fare. But these folks are just trying to get their dogs to the show, and the airlines make that so expensive and so hard that working up sympathy for their losing a few dollars is almost impossible. After all, about the only free amenity still left when you fly is the toilet, and pay ones are probably not far away. Air travel for dogs isn’t difficult just because of the cost. I surveyed policies and prices on United, American, Jet Blue, Southwest, and Delta and found a whole host of hurdles that make traveling by air with dogs difficult and sometimes impossible. First, none of the airlines accept brachycephalic (short-nosed) breeds under any circumstances. This list includes: American Bulldog, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, Boston Terrier, Boxer, Brussels Griffin, Bulldog, Chinese Pug, Chow Chow, Dutch Pug, English Bulldog, English Toy Spaniel, French Bulldog, Lhasa Apso, Japanese Boxer, Japanese Pug, Japanese Spaniel (Chin), Mastiff (all breeds), Pekinese, Pit Bull, Pug, Shar Pei, Shih Tzu, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and Tibetan Spaniel. Then there’s the issue of type of plane. United’s 42 Dog News

Flying home after one of the big dog shows like the AKC Eukanuba, Westminster, or their ilk, someone always cynically remarks on the number of inappropriate service dogs waiting in the boarding lines. Inappropriate, because some of them are recognizable from the show and because the room restrictions on planes make St. Bernards or Neapolitan Mastiffs poor breed choices for that kind of work.

by Sherry E. Wallis Express Jets (ERJ) don’t accept any pets at all as excess baggage or cargo. Nothing larger than a 400 (large) crate can be put into the McDonnell-Douglas MD aircraft (MD-80, 88, 90) or Boeing’s 737s. The Dash Jets (CR7, Sierra) of American Express and United can take up to a 400. Other than the 737, most Boeing jets can accommodate up to a 700 (giant) crate. However, airlines cannot accept an unlimited number of dogs on any flight. Flights going into and out of cities during big dog shows may be booked far ahead of time. The smaller the planes, the more likely this is to be so. Even the number of dogs allowed in-cabin is restricted unless they are service dogs. Further, ambient temperatures at the sites of origin and destination as well as any interim stops have to be considered for dogs as excess baggage or cargo. If it’s over 80 degrees, forget it; below 42 degrees requires a veterinary certificate Continued on page 102


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Take the Lead

Words from Trustees & Founders... And So It Began by Pat Laurans

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ake the Lead began in 1993 when Ellen Weiss called several individuals to talk about the need to have an organization that would help people in our dog community who were struggling with AIDS. She called me and asked if I would be part of a startup group and I said yes. She then asked if I would chair the effort. I indicated that I had so much on my plate that I didn’t have time to lead it, but that I would be happy to be part it. Unbeknownst to me, she had already called Tom Bradley, and asked him to chair the effort. He had given her much the same answer. Following our conversation she called Tom back and said, “Pat said she would do it if you will.” Tom said he would, and then she called me back and said, “Tom said he would do it if you would.” ---I said I would ...and so it began..... with a little white lie. The founders of this organization were: Tom Bradley, Dottie Collier, Michael Larizza, Pat Laurans, Jeff Pepper, Eric Steel and Ellen Weiss. This group got the organization going. They appointed the first board of trustees which included the aforementioned individuals and Nancy Campbell, Tim Catterson, Jim Holt, Fran Sunseri and Wood Wornall. On Thursday, September the ninth, 1993 the night before the Tuxedo Kennel Club dog show we held our first fundraiser at the Tarrytown Hilton Hotel. More than 250 people from around the country came together for our Premiere Event. As Eric Steel wrote for an article in Dog News “it was an incredible evening, a gathering of committed friends, an awakening of spirit,

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testimony to what an impressive family all of us in the sport of dogs belong to.” The evening was fanciful and fun (especially our sing along) fantastic and fruitful (we raised over $35,000.) and we were exhilarated. The event also put us on notice that this was a really important occasion ...that the support was really there ....that the need was really there...and that we needed to get really serious and GET TO WORK... and we did! That was the beginning and now 20 years later we still are amazed and gratified that so many individuals and clubs continue to rally behind the organization. We realize that this is because of the commitment and diversity of our group. To quote Eric’s article again “our greatest resource is our supporters. We are doctors, designers, bakers, builders, salesmen, secretaries, magicians and miracle workers.” It is wonderful that 20 years later Take the Lead has almost 2500 members. Looking back, I am so very thankful and honored to have been a part of Take the Lead. This is an organization of volunteers. Its mission and its good works have transcended each of us individually.... it is all about giving and it is totally without ego. I can truthfully say it is the most important thing I have been involved with in my 50 plus years in the sport of dogs. I love Take the Lead ....and to all of you who support it I can only say “thank you.”

How Did We Get Here & Who Qualifies? By Thomas H. Bradley, III

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ow did we get here is the most frequently asked question, next to “who qualifies?”, that is! How we got here is fairly straightforward. 1000’s of volunteer hours performed on our behalf by our Board of Trustees, our dog community in general, and our generous financial donors. We would be nowhere without them. It’s as simple as that. Who qualifies is simple- too “Anyone who has participated in the sport of dogs for five years or more and who is suffering from a terminal or life-threatening illness.” That’s it. Quick and simple!! Just to be clear, does this includeExhibitors?- Yes Breeders?- Yes Judges?- Yes Photographers?- Yes Superintendents- Yes Vendors?- Yes Stewards?- Yes Easterners?- Yes Westerners?-Yes All those who live in between?- Yes Others? Yes, I’m sure that there are but the best way is to call our office and ask. How does it work?- Again, it’s Simple. There is an application online AT WWW.TAKETHELEAD. ORG or from our office at 1-800-814-1123. The application must be completed and sent to us. It is then sent to the 3 members of the Assistance Committee. No, we don’t tell who they are and you will never hear from them that you have made an application. It’s STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL. Period. The application includes a space for you to tell us what are your most pressing needs and expenses. The Committee reviews this and decides


what, where and how much we can help with. We can’t buy you a new car and we can’t buy you a new house…but, we can help you with paying your day to day living and medical expenses. The application includes a request for a copy of your last IRS filing and a short note from your doctor with a diagnosis and prognosis. The Committee works fast when needed to. An answer from the Committee and some bills can be paid within 24 hours. We do NOT pay you directly, but pay bills for you that are approved by the Committee. In other words, there is a paper trail process that needs to happen. The Committee approves certain bills to be paid for you- usually for a 3-4 month period of time and you must submit these specific bills to the office. As an example- we can pay utility bills, mortgages, rent, insurance, some reasonable medical bills, car payments, etc.- your day to day living expenses. It is difficult for us to pay grocery bills, automobile gas bills, etc. The approved bills are then paid (We do not pay late charges!!) and you will receive a statement at the end of each month showing what exactly has been paid on your behalf. At the end of your approved time period, you may also ask for an extension and, once again, the Committee will ask for a doctor’s letter regarding your condition and prognosis. The whole process is truly quite simple. It’s guaranteed to be CONFIDENTIAL. The biggest hurdle is getting you to ask. We understand the word PRIDE. We know it hurts to ask for help. We understand that you have gone through your savings, help from your friends and family and we are aware that you are many times at your wit’s end. Please, and I repeat PLEASE, don’t wait until you are in this position. We can’t solve all of your problems but we can help and we will. It’s what we do. And, we can do this because in many ways, we are a family too. The funds that we distribute have come from within the sport itself. Your friends have made gifts and donations because they understand that things, at times, can be hard. You, yourself, may have made donations in the past. That’s great if you have. We are here to help you financially and, I need to say this because I have been asked this question many times, you are never expected to repay. This is not a loan. It is a gift from us and the fancy who are your friends. IT’S AS SIMPLE AS THAT.

Take The Lead: The Very Beginning By Jeffrey Pepper

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ometime in the late Spring of 1993, it might have been in May or June, I received a phone call from Ellen Weiss and Mike Larizza telling me about an organization they were trying to set up that would help people in dogs who were ill. Ellen wanted to know if I’d be the Treasurer. I wasn’t sure I had the time, but was cajoled until I agreed. As I remember, Pat Laurans and Tom Bradley were also involved at this point. Things moved quickly. Michael’s uncle agreed to be our Accountant and was instrumental in taking care of most the legal work as well. Incorporation papers for Take The Lead were filed in short order and almost immediately afterward, papers where filed with IRS seeking 501 (c)3 status as a non-profit Charity. Papers were also filed with New York State to register TTL as a charity in the state. Plans were made for a first fund raising event in September. Just like that, we went from an idea to a work in progress. The very first fundraiser was a big undertaking, held at the Tarrytown Hilton just down the road from the historical landmark site of the Westchester Kennel Club show in Tarrytown, NY. I remember a big discussion about where to place the piano so that people could sing along and enjoy. We were thrilled with the number of people who came. I believe it was Michael who came up with the idea of giving a small white pin with a red leash logo and our name on it to each person attending the event, as a token of appreciation for their support. The next day at the show, to our surprise, there were a lot of people walking around with our pin on their lapel, showing support for our fledgling organization. We had a table where pins were sold to those who had not attended the party the night before. And a tradition began. Along with the widespread encouragement shown that Sunday, about $35,000 was raised and we were in business. Now, we all had to learn just how to create and run a function-

ing charitable organization. Several more people were added to fill out the starting Board of Trustees. Elections were held and Tom Bradley was elected as Chairman of the Board, Pat Laurans and Dorothy Collier as Vice Chairmen, Nancy Campbell as Secretary and myself as Treasurer. We were all volunteers, learning our way. And so we began. In what seemed like a very short period of time, I had to learn how to run a charity’s books and office. Much more complicated than running the financial aspects of a club or business. Receipts for contributions had to be sent out, bills paid and we had to set up procedures covering just how we would decide just how individuals could qualify for assistance, and how that assistance would be provided. Software was donated by our accountant simplifying the steps needed to keep track of income and expense in a manner acceptable to IRS and I had to learn how to use it. The work took lots of time.

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y the end of November, Take The Lead began supporting individuals by paying approved bills. A system was set up whereby Recipients sent designated monthly bills to me and I wrote checks to pay those bills. With your support, we were on our way! Since I was the one paying the bills, I had some necessary personal involvement with many of our recipients in the early days of Take The Lead’s existence. I was able to hear first hand just how meaningful it was to these folks that others in the Fancy cared enough about them to help out at a time when their lives can be the most difficult. Your funds certainly helped, but you should also know the simple fact that you cared enough about others to help out carried as much meaning as the assistance. I know they thank you and so do I. Your help has led to one of the most meaningful things I’ve helped to do in my 40+ years in dogs. Thank you!

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et food recalls have been recurring with such alarming regularity that hardly a week seems to go by without the mention of some brand either voluntarily or involuntarily recalling some lots of food. This week Nestle Purina voluntarily recalled a limited number of Purina ONE beyond Our White Meat Chicken & Whole Barley Recipe Adult Dog Food, claiming that one bag of the product was found to be contaminated with Salmonella. The 3.5 pound bags of the product with a best buy date of October 2014 are the only ones being recalled and no additional Purina or Purina ONE dog or cat products are involved with the recall at this time, and the company stated “No salmonella-related illness has been reported to date in association with this product.” Regardless of the extent of the recall, it must be treated with serious concern. Pets with Salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain and if not treated can be lethargic, have diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Infected pets can be carriers of the disease and can spread it to other pets and humans. People that handle contaminated food or come in contact with surfaces that were exposed to the product can end up with a serious illness, with symptoms ranging from nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cramping and fever to more serious ailments, which are rare, but may include arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms. Proper hand washing and cleaning of utensils and surfaces that come into contact with pet food cannot be overstated; it is imperative for containing the spread of the contamination. The Purina recall comes just two weeks after a voluntary recall of Eukanbua and Iams dog and cat dry foods. Though the Eukanuba recall reportedly affected one-tenth of one percent of the company’s total annual production, it resulted in the recall of 29 products, from 2.9 lb. bags to 44 lb. bags of dog food. Proctor & Gamble (P&G), the parent company, claims the products were made during a 10day window at a single manufacturing plant and that its routine testing determined that some products made during this period may have the potential for Salmonella contamination, but that “99% of Eukanuba products in the marketplace were unaffected and can be fed with confidence.” Proctor & Gamble, owner of Iams and 46 Dog News

Recalls – Good Or Bad?

ByShaun Coen Eukanuba brands, also owns Natura Pet Products, which has had four recalls this year alone, two in March, one in April and another in June, all due to possible Salmonella contamination. Nestle Purina, owner of Purina ONE, is also the parent company behind Beneful, which hasn’t been recalled but has received over 645 consumer complaints on the consumeraffairs.com web site from owners claiming that their dogs have become sick or have died after eating this product. These claims haven’t been proven but they have led some to question whether the company may be using products imported from China. Many of the contaminated chicken jerky treats that have been recalled in recent years have been imported from or made with ingredients from China, which was also the source of the melamine contaminated foods that resulted in an untold number of pet deaths and illnesses back in 2007. Readers may want to contact members of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China to voice their concerns with pet and human food problems related to China. The contact list for Senators and House of Representative members serving as Commissioners on the CECC can be found online at http://www.cecc.gov/ about/commissioners/113th-congress. Contrary to all the alarming reports of recalls there are those who believe that the number of recalls hasn’t increased in recent years and that pet food is safer than it ever has been. The advent of the Internet and social media and the 24hour news industry means that there is a constant need for information and word

travels fast. The minute food companies or the Food and Drug Administration issues an alert, chat rooms are abuzz and cell phones are alight with the news. In the February 15, 2013 issue of the JAVMA (the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association), Katie Burns writes, “Recalls of pet food are not increasing, but awareness of them might be.” She sites the testimony of Dan McChesney, PhD, director of the Office of Surveillance and Compliance at the Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine, who claims that “the number of U.S. firms that recall pet food is fairly constant from year to year...During the 2011 federal fiscal year (beginning Oct. 1, 2010), 26 firms recalled 131 pet food products. In fiscal 2012, 24 firms recalled 67 pet food products.” McChesney also cites the increase in public awareness due to the abundance of press coverage of pet food recalls. McChesney further allays pet owners’ fears somewhat by claiming “Salmonella contamination of pet food rarely results in animal illness but can lead to human illness.” Of course, that’s no consolation for the owner of a pet that does become ill from ingesting foods prone to Salmonella contamination, which include pigs ears, jerky treats, raw meat, and dry pet foods, which provide a growth medium for bacteria. A 2011 article in JAVMA on Salmonella cited the research of Dr. Kate KuKanich, a professor at Kansas State University, who recently told the Journal that pet food contamination is very rare in the U.S. “We’re doing a really good job of looking for it. We have better testing mechanisms in place now for it,” Dr. KuKanich said. “We’re doing an excellent job about educating the public, and our dog food companies and cat food companies are very good at implementing recalls when they’re needed.” Despite the recent spate of dry pet foods that have been recalled, Dr. KuKanich said that when she has seen pets with salmonellosis that the cases usually involved a homemade raw meat diet and not a commercial pet food. Duane Ekedahl, president of the Pet Food Institute, told JAVMA that manufacturers are making an effort at every stage of the manufacturing process to prevent Salmonella contamination and in the last two years have increased those efforts to be in compliance with anticipated new regulations administered by the FDA. The New York Times this week also reported that about 7 per cent of all spices imported into the U.S. are contaminated with Salmonella. Advances in technology have made it possible to detect the DNA on a spice and match it to the DNA on a strain of Salmonella. Salmonella can be killed by irradiation, heat treatment (pasteurization), and treatment with the gas ethylene oxide, so as technology further improves, better methods of catching and killing the bacterium can be expected, as can further regulations imposed by the FDA, which should result in safer pet and human food. This may result in even more reports of recalls, which may not actually be a bad thing, as it can mean that better food safety measures are in place that will prevent contamination and illness.


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Northeastern Maryland Kennel Club Our sincere appreciation to

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JACK is the Number One* Kerry Blue All Breeds RESERVE BEST IN SHOW Northeastern Maryland Kennel Club Our sincere appreciation to

Judge Mr. Peter Green

Multiple Best in Show, Multiple Group, Multiple Specialty and Multiple Group Show Winner

Irish and American GCh. Class Act By Hallsblu Owner William J. Berry “Motherwell” Parsippany, NJ

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he press release from AKC about the changes in the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship (hereinafter referred to under its acronym the AENC) event administratively was finally announced on Friday August 30th after three or four weeks of stalling and futzing around by at least AKC. Indeed we had continuously been referring to suspected changes for weeks at the AENC but refrained from writing about them during that time period. I broke the silence in last weeks issue dated the 30th which was the same day of the press release since I anticipated the announcement would be made on the 29th or 30th after the paper went to bed. Rather than to be scooped I

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broke the news in my column which happily for me coincided with the actual update. This so-called update sent out by AKC and Eukanuba is euphemistically titled by some creative individual in presumably AKC’s press department as “AGAIN RAISING THE BAR”! What a joke insofar as I am concerned. To state that Menaker’s resignation as Show Chairman and the elimination of TV are considered to be raising the bar!!! First of all it took over four weeks to get this announcement out and if Mr. Menaker did opt to as the press release states “choose to turn the reins over to Dennis” or anyone else it would be nice to know why he decided to do this wouldn’t it? The fact is he resigned from his Show Chairmanship and as far as I can tell it was over unhappiness about the decision to do away with televising the event and settling on an expanded live streaming reportage instead. A decision about which he as then Show Chairman was never consulted but given the fact as a fait Continued on page 120


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Yarrow & Venerie Kennels John and Pam Beale Peter Green and Beth Sweigart Jessy, Roxanne and Charlize Sutton Letisha Wubbel

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Take the Lead for 20 years of dedicated service to the people in the sport of dogs.

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Multiple Best In Show Winner • National Specialty Winner #1 Norfolk Terrier All Systems • #5 Terrier *

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Judge Ms. Mary Ann Brocious

Judge Ms. Betsy Dale

Judge Mr. Randy Garren

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AKC Art Exhibition at The Pennsylvania Governor’s Residence By Lisa Peterson

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irst Lady Susan Corbett Announces American Kennel Club Art Exhibition at the Governor’s Residence. Exhibit is the Largest Display of AKC Art in the Organization’s History Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - First Lady Susan Corbett today announced the latest art exhibition at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg, “If You Want a Friend in Politics, Get a Dog.” The exhibition is on loan from the American Kennel Club and can be seen during the Residence public tours beginning September 3. “The governor and I are thrilled to partner with the American Kennel Club to offer this rare art exhibition featuring man’s best friend,” Mrs. Corbett said. “As dog lovers, we hope that visitors will enjoy and appreciate this unique display of canine art.” The exhibition highlights artwork from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Twenty four pieces depicting a variety of dog breeds are on display through January 2014. “The American Kennel Club takes pride in its extensive canine art collection,” Alan Kalter, Chairman of the American Kennel Club said. “The manner in which these devoted and faithful companions are portrayed illustrates the esteem and affection in which they have always been held. We are especially pleased at the opportunity to share the unique collection with the dog-loving public.” The American Kennel Club art collection is one of the largest purebred dog art collections in the world, with more than 200 pieces. Select artwork from the collection has been displayed at museums throughout the country, including the Bruce Museum, the Houston Museum of Fine Art, and the Orlando Museum of Art. The fall season public tours at the Governor’s Residence are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., from Sept. 3 through Oct. 24, 2013. Tours are conducted by volunteer docents at no charge. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the tour line at 717-772-9130. The art exhibition will also be on display Sunday, Sept. 8, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. as part of “Second Sundays” at the Governor’s Residence. The series of free, family-friendly events have been held throughout the summer. The September event is held in conjunction with the Art Association of Harrisburg’s annual Gallery Walk. For more information, visit www.pa.gov/firstlady 54 Dog News

Ch. Prince, a White English Terrier, by George Earl

Windholme’s Bartender, by Gustov MussArnoldt

Silent Sorrow, Caesar Mourns His Master, 1910, by Maud Earl


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Take the Lead

Inaugural Event (Originally Published in Dog News Sept. 23, 1993)

by Eric Steel • Photos by John Ashbey

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n Thursday, September 9, more than 250 people from around the country came together to Take The Lead’s premiere event – a cocktail party in the lovely Henry Hudson Ballroom and out under the stars on the terrace of the Tarrytown Hilton. It was an incredible evening — a gathering of committed friends, an awakening of spirit, testimony to what an impressive, caring family all of us in the sport of dogs belong to.

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Take The Lead: The Very Beginning By Jeffrey Pepper

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Testimonials Larry Cornelius

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on’t be silly Larry. You can’t just wake up with cancer!” That’s what my friend said to me when I told her I had found a lump where my shoulder meets my neck. Turns out she was wrong. You can. Seriously. One day the lump wasn’t there and the next it was. I tend to jump to the worst possible conclusion so she should be forgiven for not believing my self diagnosis of Lymphoma. But as tests were done and biopsies were performed it became clear that this time the worst conclusion was also the correct one. It’s funny the things that go through your mind when your sitting there listening to the doctor tell you it’s cancer and that treatment decisions will need to be made. Some of them stupid like “what will I look like bald?” And some of them that shook me to my core like “will Marcelo be all right if I don’t make it?” Of course these thoughts don’t line up and wait their turn they attack in tornado-like swirls all at once. And then you realize most of the questions you have don’t have easy answers. Or any answer at all. And that’s when the darkness really hits you. Then at some point you find something new to worry about. Money. We were lucky to have good health insurance and I still thought that would be enough. We would only have to pay 20%. We could make that work. I guess that bubble burst when a hospital administrator was going through paperwork and told us that our policy had a lifetime cap of 5 million dollars. And then she said “that should be enough.” Huh? How can that NOT be enough? Soon after I was told the intense chemo I would need would require me to be hospitalized for five days at a time for each round of chemo. And that my white blood count would be so low that most times I would be highly susceptible to any and all infections. I would not be able to continue show-

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ing dogs throughout treatment like I had hoped. That’s how it all started to become clear that we were going to be in financial jeopardy. I wasn’t going to be able to work much and Marcelo was going to have to do as much as he could. I should probably mention here that our only assistant quit about two weeks after my diagnosis. And then there were the clients who asked if there was anything they could do as they picked up their dogs to take to other handlers. So we didn’t have so much to worry about they said. Fortunately the dog show community in general is made of better people than the ones who bailed. For every one that surprised me by fleeing, two more that I never expected to would step forward. Which brings me to Michael Sauve and Take the Lead. Michael of course was our area AKC representative. And also a Take the Lead board member. He and Peggy Hauck visited me in the hospital and the next thing I knew I had paperwork in my hands to fill out. It was hard to admit I needed the help but even harder to ignore the reality of the situation. I needed to focus on fighting cancer and there was only one way to do that and Take the Lead provided the way. To see

someone unfolding a safety net for you when you are falling fast is a sight you never forget. So I fought on with the best nurse in the world, Marcelo at my side demanding that I get better and I did. The cancer is gone and each year that goes by lessens the pain of that time. B.C. (Before cancer) I would hear people talk about a major illness or disability as a gift and I never understood what they meant. Then during cancer I kept waiting for my gift to arrive. Impatiently. Come on! Where is my gift! I really started to get pissed that this revelation or whatever was still hiding from me. And then like that day in the doctor’s office, without warning and all at once I realized the gift had been here for awhile waiting for me to see it. I had learned two of the most important lessons life had ever taught me. 1) I was capable of fighting for something much harder than I had ever imagined And 2) nothing worth fighting for can be fought alone. You need others to fight with you to succeed. Thank you Take the Lead for fighting with me. I could never have done it without you. Continued on page 78


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Kids. Pets and Allergies

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a pet in the home during the prenatal period and the first two years of life that triggers protection. Henry Ford researchers did not find the protective benefit derived was associated with the total number of years a child was exposed to a pet. “Instead, we suspect the beneficial effect associated with having a pet is directly related to the development of the immune system. We think pets somehow stimulate its development by introducing microbes into the home environment. In this regard, it may be something about a pet’s biology or the fact a pet tracks soil microbes into the house,” Dr. Johnson says. Simply put, the normal development of the immune system may be dependent upon exposure to a lot of microbes. That’s because it evolves each time it’s exposed to new bacteria. Exposure to microbes enables it to learn which are good and which are bad and need to be fought. “The development of the immune system’s regulatory t-cells is key,” Dr. Johnson says. “Regulatory t-cells are responsible for dampening down reactions or suppressing sensitivity. Development of a balance of regulatory t-cells is important because a balanced or ‘well-educated’ immune system knows what to stop and what not to react to. That balance develops during the first 12 to 24 months of life.” The Hygiene Hypothesis While exposure to a vast number of different microbes is vitally important to the normal development of the immune system, exposure to bacteria has become more limited due to changes in our lifestyle. This lack of exposure, which is believed to limit the development of the immune system, is related to the theory known as the Hygiene Hypothesis. “The children of higher economic level families in more developed countries aren’t exposed to the outdoors and, therefore, the microbes in that environment in the same way they were in the past. Now, children sit inside clean houses and play video games instead 62 Dog News

of running around outside in the dirt. We suspect that pets replace some of what is being lost in terms of a child’s exposure to microbes in the outdoor environment,” Dr. Johnson says. Given the above, the amount of time a pet spends outdoors is an important factor. “We completed another project in 2010 where we took dust samples from the houses in which the children we’re following lived as babies. We compared the homes that had a pet that goes outside and one that stays inside all of the time with the homes without a pet at all. There was a striking difference in the ecology of microbes between them. The ecology inside the home is important because we think it affects the development of the immune system,” Dr. Johnson says.

Data Collection Information about the two cohorts of children being followed by Henry Ford was collected by questionnaire, and during home and clinic visits.

Depending upon the objective of the individual study being conducted, each child’s home was visited multiple times to collect dust samples and measure allergens. Although researchers were unable to do so in the past because the tools weren’t available; now, they are able to measure the microbe levels in the home as well. Such characteristics as the temperature and humidity also were evaluated. During clinic exams, physicians checked the children for eczema and atopic dermatitis because they’re allergic disorders. Skin tests were done to determine any allergy sensitization as well as blood tests to measure their IgE levels. Parents provided an allergy history which included information about any food allergen sensitivities if they existed.

(There are more than 60,000 different kinds of bacteria. Until a few years ago, they couldn’t be measured because the tools being using now weren’t available. The tests being done by microbiologists at the University of California-San Francisco for Henry Ford researchers determine which bacteria are present in a sample by measuring the genes unique to each microbe.) C-section babies Babies delivered by caesarian section benefit from pet exposure in particular. “When babies are born, they are sterile. When they pass through the birth canal, which is loaded with bacteria, they gain a tremendous amount of microbial exposure. The babies delivered by C-section don’t get this exposure because they’re taken out of their mom’s abdomen surgically. The samples taken from the G.I. tract of vaginally delivered babies are indicative of this difference. They’re vastly different from those taken from C-section babies. The microbe ecology of the C-section babies’ gut is more like the skin than a normal gut. It’s hypothesized that the lack of exposure to bacteria during birth may contribute to the abnormal development of the immune system in these babies and lead to allergen sensitivity later in life. We found that when a pet was present in the home prenatally and/or after the C-section baby was born for the first year of life, the increased risk of the child developing sensitivity to allergens was eliminated,” Dr. Johnson says. (The GI tract is important because it’s where the immune system is first stimulated by bacteria in the environment.) Other findings Interestingly, some differences between boys and girls were found in the level of allergen sensitivity suppression derived from exposure to a pet. “In general, the protective affect seems to be stronger in boys than girls,” Dr. Johnson says. “We think that’s because boys have more hand to mouth contact than girls. We know boys have more hand to mouth contact because of the research done on lead poisoning in the past. The higher incidence of lead toxicity in boys was attributed to it.” Studies done by Henry Ford researchers also suggest that exposure to dogs has a more protective effect than exposure to cats. Perhaps this is because of differences in animal behavior and person-animal contact. “Exposure to cats seemed to be more protective in the studies done in Scandinavia however. We don’t know what accounts for that finding. Perhaps the behavior between people and their pet cats is somehow different in Scandinavia and that explains it,” Dr. Johnson says. Another study was done to determine the amount of allergen in a house based on the breed of the dog. “In this study, the investigator was interested in proving or disproving the idea that there’s such a thing as a hypoallergenic breed,” Dr. Johnson says. “The results of the study showed there was absolutely no difference in the level of allergen found. The homes with so called hypoallergenic breeds had as much or more allergen as those with other breeds.”

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Stays on Top With Another Group First! AKC Silver GCH & CH & CKCSC- USA CH Piccadil’s Twist & Shout BN, CD

Thank you Judge Mr. Robert Hall for this lovely Group First win.

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despite not qualifying that day, it makes me feel good. If someone says, ‘What a beautiful dog’ or ‘What a nice performance,’ the day is a success in my view no matter what our score happened to be.” That is not to say that the route to some of the performance titles won’t be adventurous with a Borzoi. “People tend to remember you when you have an unusual breed like a Borzoi in sports such as obedience. I had a champion, CDX, TD, U-CD, SKC Ch Borzoi who jumped a baby gate one time at an obedience trial during the off-leash heeling exercise. He had been air-scenting during the entire time he was heeling and something clearly had his interest. Anyway, he ran around the corner of a railing outside the open air pavilion in the direction the breeze was coming from, knocked the lid off a box of muffins or some said they were cupcakes, grabbed one and made a run for it. Fifteen years later I was at the same arena and as I walked by without a dog, the steward sitting at a table said, ‘there’s the cupcake lady,’” said Mintchell. “You really have to look at things differently when you have a Borzoi,” said Danker. “I’ve been fortunate to work with instructors

problem, I had to learn to be more realistic, have better self control and to relax. So, now I try to find ways to make things like obedience fun and exciting for the dog.” Even though it is, for the most part, an instinctive activity with Borzoi, problems can also arise in coursing. “Most Borzoi will learn to cut across the field to try to intercept the lure when they’ve had a fair amount of experience in coursing,” said Midgarden. “So, I run my dogs on straight lines or change to a more exciting lure. The biggest issue we find in coursing is that too many people are in competition with each other rather than looking at the bigger picture of trying to encourage coursing as a whole as a really great activity for our dogs. Borzoi, like most breeds, were bred for centuries for a specific purpose and until and unless you see them perform their original function, you can’t really understand a Borzoi’s conformation or their temperament. These dogs love to road work to get in shape and they ‘live’ to hunt and chase.” Most Borzoi can be successful in more than one activity. “A dog with a good, solid temperament can excel in one of the performance sports,” said Danker. “While the

DC Rassim’s Dornroeschen at Teine LCM NACC NACM ROMX, another of Midgarden’s Borzoi, demonstrates that the breed loves to hunt and chase.

DC Teine Rainbow Glacier Ch RN CD, one of Anne Midgarden DVM’s Borzoi, doing what the breed was meant to do.

“Sometimes the issues a Borzoi has with a specific sport are directly attributable to something their human partner is doing.” who understand the running style of this large breed. For example, in agility, right at the moment I have a 32-inch plus Borzoi who is having some challenges fitting through the weaves. His head is near one pole while his hind end is more than four poles back! I also have learned to break whatever skill I’m training down into tiny pieces so the dog is successful. It’s also important to recognize that there are some dogs that either just don’t have the personality or don’t have the structure to be successful in a particular sport. I also use tricks–take a bow, are you sleeping, wave, spin–which we ultimately use for classroom visits in educational programs. Not only do tricks keep the dogs fresh but they also keep me from getting too serious about competition in any sport.” Sometimes the issues a Borzoi has with a specific sport are directly attributable to something their human partner is doing. “My first Borzoi, Daisy, began to have problems in obedience when I became frustrated by my own high expectations,” said Roy Silguero who owns Bolt (DC Gladkii Veter Lightning Bolt SC FCh.) “She could read the tension and frustration in my voice and posture and was understandably put off by that. To fix the 66 Dog News

dog may not have the ‘drive’ to be the fastest 24-inch dog in its agility class, a stable temperament will take it far in rally or obedience and the agility titles will come. I like a dog that wants to work with me, a dog that wants to learn, one that wants to play the ‘clicker game’ with me. These dogs are not dull, they will not shut down and they are full of energy. Although in the 43 years I’ve been involved in dog sports I’ve seen styles come and go, as is the case with any breed, right at the moment shoulders are the biggest challenge. I’m seeing too many Borzoi with straight fronts and over-angulated rears. These dogs do not age well. Borzoi are athletes. They need correct structure to be able to do the many things this breed is capable of doing.” Silguero agreed. He said, “Our breed needs to improve the front structure. Many dogs are being shown that are weak or lacking in forechest and shoulder layback. Both of these features are very important for a dog to have good reach and the strong drive necessary to be successful in performance activities. Borzoi need to be able to move with effortless power, endurance and grace.”

Bolt (DC Gladkii Veter Lightning Bolt SC FCh) Roy Silguero’s Borzoi shows the effortless power and grace of the breed in full stride.

Trinsic (Ch Teine Intrinsic JC UD OA OAJ RN U-CD), June and Richard Mintchell and Anne Midgarden DVM’s Borzoi, has earned titles in the show ring, the coursing field, obedience, agility and rally proving that the breed is capable of being successful in a number of activities.


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FromChatA The DaysWith Thomas H. of Bradley,III Small &EddE. Beginnings Bivin “None of us thought past the next week 20 years ago. We just couldn’t have envisioned this would go where it’s gone. We saw something that needed to be given attention and we fixed it.” – Thomas H. Bradley, lll

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Former Chairmen of Take The Lead

By Karl M. Stearns

“Tom Bradley and I have said for years that working with Take The Lead was the best thing we ever did in dogs.” – Edd E. Bivin


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Years of building and growth Starting and maintaining a grassroots organization is often a labor of love. It is one that causes those involved to look at their accomplishment with a great deal of pride, knowing they’ve had an effect on the lives of others, but also watching willing volunteers step in and help the organization flourish. Such is the legacy Messrs. Bradley and Bivin, as the first and second chairmen of Take The Lead, can see with great satisfaction as the baton passes to new leadership. For Bradley, becoming the “chief cook and bottle washer” was happenstance. In an interview in 2010 he told me about the beginning of TTL. “Take the Lead started as a result of a few people who saw a need to assist others who were in the sport, suffering from AIDS. So, we held a cocktail reception at Westchester Kennel Club, our first organized event. It brought in $35,000 in donations and income. Immediately an organizational meeting was held. Everything fell right into place with a lot of volunteers and organizing. The board of trustees was populated with a variety of people from around the country.” From that simple start, Take the Lead became a major cause in the dog world. Tom continued: “There is a group (the Assistance Committee) who reviews the applications. No one else ever knows the details of who applies. It’s kept strictly confidential. Often, people are embarrassed to apply for help and it usually requires a lot of work by their friends to move them to do so. Oftentimes we have to scurry to provide help because by the time the application reaches us the situation has turned desperate. We pay bills. Money isn’t handed directly to the recipients. This has been the toughest year (2010) in terms of the people we’ve helped. During the first 11 months of 2010, $305,000 was disbursed. This is a record year--which is one of those good things/bad things. We’ve been blessed with many, many benefactors--major and minor. Checks come in ranging from $10 to $10,000. People are being more generous than usual this year because they realize this is helping members of their ‘dog family’. We’re all volunteers--none of us take anything for salaries. People with life-threatening and terminal illnesses are assisted. Disasters such as fires, floods, etc., are terrible but are not something addressed by Take The Lead.

As mentioned earlier, in time Bradley recognized the need to have a more structured organization to carry on the work of Take The Lead. Enter Edd E. Bivin. Early on Bivin was asked to join the original Board, although he was not part of the original founders. He found a focus in Take The Lead that ignited his passion for what they were doing. He told me, “Because I believed so strongly in TTL and what it was doing, I was asked to take over the job of chairman which I agreed to do.” He would serve in that capacity for seven years, from 2004 to 2011. For Bivin, Take The Lead utilized his secular skills in the university arena. Bivin was an educator in his working career. A teacher for a time, he became a Vice Chancellor of Administration at Texas Christian University, where he spent most of his career. The considerable skills he possesses were applied to Take The Lead—a bonanza for the organization and indeed for the dog world. He told me, “I really enjoyed what that original board was able to do, and enjoyed being able to help people in need. When I became chairman, I thought a little about what I wanted to do—particularly with changing the demographics. We needed to make the organization more widely known across the country. People needed to know our efforts were not directed at a specific geographic area, but was available nationwide. We needed to secure support from people throughout the country. With the help of a wonderful board, we were able to achieve that. Another problem we had was that TTL had little in the way of endowment, and I knew that was imperative to build that up. I learned in the ‘university business’ (writer’s note: See my June, 2013 article on Edd Bivin) that while you were dependent on the capability of people to give support, you also needed a back-up no greater than the ability of the endowment to produce income. In other words, you don’t want to use up the income of the endowment until you really have to. So, that was the major goal when I was chairman.” The formation of a structure of committees was another important accomplishment for Bivin. He recalled this effort, “I also saw the need to establish committees to accomplish certain work so that no one person or group had to do everything. These initiatives were greatly supported by the board.” Time flew by for Bivin, and Take The Lead became what its leadership had hoped: A force for good works to benefit the people in the dog show community. Being the sort of man he is, Bivin is not one to hang on to a title or position when his work has been accomplished. He brought Take The Lead to a new plateau and made a

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Take the Lead

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Watching Take The Lead Grow By Cindy Vogels

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ake The Lead is a remarkable success story. In 1994 a handful of far-sighted individuals turned a good idea into reality, and from its inception the organization was embraced by the AKC dog community. The founding group wisely insisted upon complete client anonymity, but that also led to an aura of mystique surrounding Take The Lead. By 2003, TTL had a growing list of clients, a dedicated Board of Trustees, and a generous bequest which became the seed of an endowment fund. The question became how to grow the organization, expand its good work, while remaining faithful to its mission and the ideals of its founders. Successful charitable organizations must grow, and have turning points traced to visionary board members. These individuals are passionate and persuasive, able to convince the

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governing group that change is “a good thing.” Edd Bivin was an early member of the Board of Trustees, but, in 2003 upon retiring as Vice-Chancellor at Texas Christian University, had more time to devote to TTL. He felt strongly that the organization needed more geographic diversity on the Board, and more public awareness of the national nature of its work. Bringing tremendous fund-raising and organizational skills to Take The Lead, Edd was named Chairman of the Board; founder (and workhorse) Tom Bradley assumed a newly created CEO position, overseeing day-to-day operations in Watertown, NY. TTL’s success has been the result of the efforts of many, but without Bradley and Bivin, it couldn’t be what it is today. Streamlining the operating procedures, Board committees were created, and an Executive Committee was formed, consisting of the officers and committee chairs.

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n 1993, no one could have anticipated how successful Take the Lead would become but I think we all felt that we had to try to do something to alleviate some of the suffering that many of our friends were experiencing as a result of the AIDS virus. Thankfully, twenty years later we have few if any clients with HIV. To date, Take the Lead has distributed over $3,500,000 to our friends in the sport who have suffered from every imaginable life threatening illness. TTL provides financial security to our clients so they can have peace of mind while undergoing treatment. Our twenty year anniversary is a tribute to the generosity of so many members of our wonderful sport. Thank you all. Personally, my involvement with Take the Lead is one of the most rewarding things I’ve done in my life. 70 Dog News

Suddenly, Board members found themselves on committees, expected to work together to instigate new and creative fund-raising projects. As Treasurer, Nancy Bosley contributed financial savvy, setting up a sound investment plan. Jeff Pepper, the Board’s original Treasurer, reassumed those duties from Nancy, and continues to present the Board with excellent financial reports. Susan Sprung came on the Board as Secretary, but has expanded her duties to include coordinating electronic and social media. Linda Low created a national membership program which has been a stunning success. Toni Sosnoff chairs the Development Committee, no easy task in these difficult financial times. Founder Pat Laurans continues to organize the annual NY party held in conjunction with Westminster KC, while Mary Miller and I have chaired both the Booth and Events committees. Presently, MariBeth O’Neill has ably taken charge of the booth, while Mary continues to coordinate events, and recently created TTL’s online store. Meanwhile, last November, I inaugurated a monthly electronic newsletter. In 2011, Edd stepped down as Board Chairman, and Pam Beale, backed by years of non-profit and business experience, assumed that role. TTL remains a volunteer Board driven operation, having only one fulltime and one part-time employee. Embracing the challenge to help as many qualified individuals as possible, the Board is a cohesive group; we truly enjoy serving together. But, we are also extremely grateful to countless members of the fancy nationwide who provide untold contributions. Together, we’re all “making a difference.”


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ake the Lead is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support and care for members of our Family—handlers, exhibitors, breeders and judges—who are suffering the devastating realities of AIDS and all other terminal diseases. The Board of Trustees are Thomas H. Bradley, III, Nancy Campbell, Timothy Catterson, Dorothy N. Collier, James S. Holt, Seme Auslander, Edd E. Bivin, Anne Rogers Clark, Muriel L. Freeman, David Frei, Barbara F. Heller, J. Donald Jones, Gilbert S. Kahn, Michael D. Larizza, Patricia W. Laurans, Beverly K. Lehnig, Dorothy M. Macdonald, Jeffrey Pepper, Frank T. Sabella, Eric Steel, Fran Sunseri, Ellen Weiss, and Wood Wornall. At their first annual board meeting, the trustees decided that the net proceeds should be divided into two equal parts, with one half to be planted as the seed of a permanent endowment (to which 50% of future proceeds will be added), a resource that will grow into the future. The other half will be made available for immediate distribution. Each individual situation is unique and the trustees do not want to define what someone needs but instead are determined to discover how to help our friends face their challenges with dignity and live their lives to the fullest. That might mean finding a professional counselor to give guidance, or flying in a family member for a visit, relieving the care giver with a few days of visiting nursing, or even lending a hand with part-time kennel work. We all realize that the money raised by this special event does not buy a cure and sadly, would not adequately cover any one person’s medical expenses. And as thrilled as everyone was with the success of the party, the trustees were even more encouraged by the number of people who subsequently offered, and are continuing to offer their skills and services, time and energy — everything from computer programming, to the use of printing facilities, to volunteering to help find specialists who might see a patient free of charge. Because our connections in the sport of dogs are so strong, we can sometimes almost forget that many of us lead other lives that have or seem to have little to do with the sport at all. This is perhaps our greatest, untapped resource. We are doctors, designers, bakers, builders, salesmen, secretaries, magicians and miracle workers. Take the Lead wants to create a network, identify where there is a need and then find the person, make the connection, or offer the resources that can make the difference. If you need care of know someone who does, if you can provide a service or know someone who can, if you wish to offer your time or make a contribution, please write to: Take the Lead, P.O. Box 134, Redding, CT 06875 or call (315) 782-0434.

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Ch. Sporting Field’s Reserve Best In Show Judge Mrs. Judy Webb

Group First Judge Mr. Kalen Dumke

Best of Breed Judge Mr. D. Scott Pfeil Breeder/Owner Dionne Butt Einck Amanda Giles 76 Dog News


Shameless Group First Judge Mr. Russell McFadden

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y husband Lou and I would like to thank “Take The Lead” for the assistance they provided us while I was battling Sarcoma Cancer. When we were younger, Lou had a very good job working for the Federal Government as a MSC Investigator. Federal Blue Cross & Blue Shield is one of the highest rated Insurance that any family can have for medical coverage. We thought that it along with Medicare we would never be in need of any other assistance. We were wrong! As my recovery went slower and slower we knew we would never be able to afford the costs of the Rehabilitation Hospital that was necessary for my possibility of ever walking again. Take the Lead provided the funds to supplement our dwindling insurance caps and kept me in the Rehabilitation Hospital. Through their generosity I can now walk short distances without assistance and expect a full recovery eventually. We and our clubs have always supported Take the Lead as a wonderful and well needed charity organization. As a former handler and current Judge we gave willingly and never expected to need their financial help. Thank you Take The Lead for the service your organization provides for the people who love dogs.

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cannot begin to tell you what Take the Lead has done for members of our club. It is a wonderfully managed charity that has a dedicated leadership. The Galveston Club has donated money to it almost yearly and it was money well spent. One of our members had the very best Federal Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medicare, and an additional insurance policy for any kind of home care or assisted living care. She was helped by Take the Lead to pay for additional time in a Rehabilitation Hospital after all the aforementioned funds ran out. With medical costs now any serious illness or accident can run into millions. Their contribution helped her continue to receive the correct rehab so that she doesn’t have to spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair. The second members needed help paying for Alzheimer’s drugs and electricity costs. They were helped by TTL so that she could keep her husband home as long as possible. I hope that your club looks into TTL. I give a personal donation to them at our show and at Eukanuba.

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n 2010 I was diagnosed with Ovarian cancer, stage 3C. As if dealing with that kind of life threatening diagnosis and facing major surgery and subsequent treatment wasn’t scary enough, I am selfemployed with no disability benefits, so I knew I would not be able to pay my rent and bills while I was recuperating and going through chemotherapy. In addition to being a professional dog trainer, I have been raising, training and showing German Shepherds in obedience, rally, herding & dabbling in conformation as a sport and hobby my entire life. I was born into this, as my family’s hobby had always been dog sports – training and showing GSDs long before I even existed. Upon learning of my situation, several friends recommended that I contact Take The Lead. I did just that, and following a short approval process, with the help of Take The Lead, I no longer had to worry or be concerned about my living expenses during treatment. Because of the relief Take the Lead provided me, I was able to focus all of my attention on my recovery. I really don’t know how I could have gotten through it all without this wonderful organization and the peace of mind they gave me. Today I am in remission and back to training and competing with my dogs. Recently I learned I have qualified along with my German Shepherd in Utility for the AKC Obedience Classic in Orlando, Florida. Of course just qualifying for the classic is a dream come true, but because Take the Lead picked up the slack in my lead when I couldn’t, I am now healthy and looking forward to a fantastic road trip from California to Orlando in December. I remain ever so grateful to an amazing organization! Continued on page 84


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lubs have been the keystones in enabling Take The Lead to provide education to members of the fancy, provide opportunities to support annual membership as well as opportunities for fund raising events in conjunction with their shows. There are a myriad of ways in which a club may support Take The Lead. A Club may offer space to set up a membership and educational booth at their event. This may be expanded to be an opportunity to do different forms of fundraising activities. A popular fundraiser is “Chuck A Duck”. We have invested in flocks of ducks that we can provide to a club with the appropriate directions for rental. The size of the flock is 100 and the ducks are rented for $5 to attendees at the show. At an appointed time, usually before Groups start or BIS a children’s wading pool is placed in the center of the ring and all duck renters are assembled to Chuck their rented ducks. The duck landing closest to the center of the pond is the lucky winner of half of the rental pot. The ducks are numbered and each renter receives a card with their duck’s number allowing us to verify the winning duck tosser. Winners of the duck toss have been very generous, donating some or all of the winnings back to Take The Lead. Raffles throughout the day at the Take The Lead Booth have become another means in which clubs and individuals can support the fundraising efforts. Clubs and members may coordinate theme baskets or items to donate to the raffle as well as solicit raffle items from the vendors attending their shows. The creativity of the items donated to the raffles is amazing, ranging from the ever popular “ It is five o’clock somewhere” Cocktail themed baskets, to Margarita makers, “Coffee Makers”, Holiday themed baskets, regional baskets, and the ever popular wine assortments top the popularity list. A recent addition to the donations from area Reproductive Specialists has been an assortment of services including progesterone testing, semen collection and storage for a year, ever popular and incents client to purchase lots of tickets. We have been fortunate to have continuous support from so many individuals and companies. Our appreciation to all who support our events and raffles with their wonderful, creative donations In the Northeast we are forever grateful for the artistic talent of Joan Scott who assists in putting together theme baskets and decorating the tables at multiple booths and events throughout the year. What if your club wishes to hold an event to support Take The Lead? The inaugural event was a cocktail party held the Thursday night prior the Tuxedo Park Kennel Club show in September of 1993. This was followed by what has become the annual Holiday Party held in conjunction with Eastern Dog Club in early December.

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If a Club or Cluster wishes to be involved with coordinating an event in conjunction with their shows things to consider: space and location of the party, theme, and most importantly how the party will be underwritten to allow it to be a successful fundraiser. One of the first fundraising parties which continue to be an annual Holiday party is held in conjunction with Eastern Dog Club. The donation of baskets and raffle items grows each year. The theme and decorating for the party is coordinated by Joan Scott with her band of merry elves, Whitney Perry and Sue King, who transform the host locations to Holiday Celebrations! Everyone in New England looks forward to our annual holiday gathering. The Take the Lead Board is fortunate to have as a member Michael Faulkner. His professional career includes fundraising and he has coordinated unique and fun parties, the most recent was at the Middle Peninsula Kennel Club of Virginia show this past January. The show is held at the Richmond Raceway Complex, in Richmond,VA. Attendees participated in changing tires in a simulated pit stop to racing miniature cars on a track. Probably his greatest talent has been his skill as an auctioneer, including tripling the earnings for the evening when auctioning off a gourmet dinner prepared in your own home; complete with wine. Bidding was consistent between three attendees at the dinner, at the point when a generous donation was being offered; it was asked if all bidders would be willing to be winners at that point? As a result, Michael provided three gourmet dinners and raised a substantial donation for Take The Lead in one evening. The Tar Heel Cluster in March has become an annual celebration for Take The Lead, with an extensive raffle table and on alternating years a party right on the Fair Grounds allowing easy access for everyone attending the shows. Live music and dancing the night away has become the theme! The Harvest Moon cluster consisting of Del Valle Dog Club of Livermore and Skyline Kennel Club have hosted parties over the years including an auction of artwork created by members of the fancy and most recently a comedy night. These are only a few examples of what has been done, the ideas for fun are endless, and it just takes some creativity and desire to create an evening of fun to benefit those in our sport who may need assistance. Take The Lead appreciates the support that All Breed and Specialty Clubs have provided over the years which have provided camaraderie, good times and support to this worthwhile cause. If your club has the interest to host a booth or coordinate an event please contact the office : Take The Lead PO Box 6353 Watertown, NY 13601 800-814-1123 FAX: 315-786-1874


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Christina Freitag

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ight years ago this Labor Day weekend, I was given a 75% chance of not making it. And, even higher odds of completely losing my right leg. Necrotizing Fasciitis was taking its toll on my body. I was too sick to know what was going on. My dog show family went into action. Friends came from all over the Midwest to take my five Vizslas into their homes. Others contacted Take the Lead. The paperwork was in motion. Self-employed and living alone, my resources would only last a few months. Not near enough for the year I needed them. Returning home was not an option for months. Take the Lead’s action, along with my dear friends, gave me piece of mind to concentrate on healing. The months they stepped in made all the difference. I am eternally grateful. Thank you!

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or many years I paid my yearly dues to Take The Lead as I had known several people personally whom they had helped. In December 2012 I began to have severe muscle pains. After two visits; one by ambulance to Emergency I was finally able to convince my Physician that this was not arthritis and he sent me to a Rheumatologist. Dr. Wolf began a battery of tests and suspected Hepatitis C was attacking my muscles and joints. When confirmed he referred me to a Gastroenterologist. By this time the bills were starting to pile up. My major medical refused even after protest to pay the ambulance service anything. I was paying what I could monthly to each but then I was hit with the cost of the expensive medicines. I have never really been one to ask for help but my friend Anne Mitchell kept telling me to contact Take The Lead. So I finally went online and applied for assistance. I was amazed at how quickly I was contacted and approved. Take The Lead agreed to pay my hospital and ambulance bills and 3 months of medicine. When I picked up a nasty cough and was referred to a pulmonary specialist I was put on oxygen. Little did I know how much that little machine would cause my electric bill to increase. Take The Lead also agreed to pay two months of my electric bills. They have been a complete God send. I cannot express how much I appreciate their help. It was nice at the Greenville, SC Take The Lead party to be able to thank many Take The Lead officers in person. I also want to recognize Debbie Hill who has been extremely helpful and had to deal with a rather difficult pharmacy.

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ecause of Take The Lead, I have been able to live and see my children all graduate high school. I have seen 2 of my daughters get married and I have held in my arms my first granddaughter and most recently as of July 11, 2013, my first grandson. I have reached my 50th birthday, something 8 years ago I never thought would happen. Still involved in the sport of dogs, I have seen my Australian Terrier win the breed at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, the ATCA National, and most recently the breed at Westminster. I hope that many more memories are in the making because without Take The Lead, these special moments would never have been possible. Thank you Take The Lead, because of your help, I am HERE!

Sue KlinckhardtGardner

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hings were really bleak. The day before, the doctor had told me that my husband, Emil Klinckhardt, had only three weeks to live. The cancer had spread out of control and we were out of options. The fact that he had told me meant that I had to be the one to tell Emil. That had been the hardest conversation of my life. On that next morning, I sat in our kitchen and started to open the stack of bills that had been accumulating on the counter. Up to that point, we had both assumed that he would take care of the bills as soon as he felt better. Emil was an old school kind of man. Paying the bills was his job, keeping the house was woman’s work. Even now, as I write this, it makes me smile, but it worked for us. The more envelopes I opened, the more I realized that we were in big trouble. During his illness, of course, he couldn’t work, and my Arizona teacher’s salary left much to be desired. As I worked my way through the mound of bills, I put each one into a “I can pay this” stack, or a “this will have to wait” stack, or the “what in the world am I going to do with this” stack. I was just reading the letter from the mortgage company threatening eviction by the end of the week (yes, really), when the phone rang. Emil was no longer able to answer the phone, so I picked it up. “Hi Sue,” said the voice on the other end. “This is Continued on page 88

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Mari-Beth O’Neill. I just called to see how Emil was doing.” As I poured out the story, she quietly listened until I was finished. “Sue,” she said, “I’m going to give you a phone number and I want you to call and tell the person who answers just what you told me.” “Who am I calling?” I asked her. “You are going to be talking to Pat Laurans,” she replied. “And why should I do that?” I asked. Mari-Beth answered, “I think you might be a good candidate to get assistance from Take the Lead.” Remember, this was in 1995, and Take the Lead was still pretty new. I had heard of it, but really didn’t know what it was for or what it did. “But, Mari-Beth,” I wondered, “Why would they help us?” “This organization was created to assist dog people who are suffering from life threatening or terminal illness. The people need to be members of the fancy to be eligible.” Then, with her characteristically take charge kind of manner, she said, “Now, hang up so you can make the call. I’ll talk to you later.” I sat looking at the phone for a few long minutes, wondering if I should really call. Then I saw the eviction notice lying on the counter and I thought, “What do I have to lose?” Pat turned out to be one of the nicest, most caring people I had ever encountered. After hearing my story, she told me how to apply for help. I filled out the paperwork and faxed it off to the Take The Lead office, sending copies of the bills as requested. The next day, late morning, I got a call from the office, the mortgage payment was up to date and I would be receiving a receipt from the company in the mail. I couldn’t believe it. In 24 hours, I had been rescued. I hadn’t even

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had to tell Emil that we might be living in a cardboard box under the train tracks. He never knew how close we came to disaster. I was also told that, when the time came, I should send the office the bill for the funeral expenses and it would be taken care of. And it was. At a time when the world was falling down around us, Take the Lead stepped in and made a terrible time less painful. It was done anonymously. No one would have ever known that Take the Lead helped us if I hadn’t said anything. I have never kept it a secret. This was certainly one of the kindest things that has ever happened to me and I will shout it from the rooftops if I get the chance. I proudly wear my pin every year and never hesitate to tell people our story. Thank you, again, Take the Lead. You are the best.

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t the age of 39 I was diagnosed with NonHodgkins Lymphoma and was in stage 4. The shock and devastation of finding out I had cancer was overwhelming and then the thought of not being able to work sunk in. At this point, it was suggested by 2 dear friends that I reach out for help from Take the Lead. At which point the relief of knowing my bills for daily living were not going to be a burden on me and I can’t thank Take the Lead enough for the help and assistance they gave me at a time of unexpected need. Cancer free now and the love of pure bred dogs still runs through my blood and I thank everyone for supporting this wonderful organization.

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n December of 2008 during the ice storm I dialed 911 and told them I was having a heart attack. The ambulance arrived and off I went to the hospital. The local hospital could not help me so I was transferred to a major hospital 25 miles away. Doctors put me into a Continued on page 92


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Take the Lead at By Larry Cornelius and Marcelo Veras

Y It started very quietly. We had a few friends over for dinner after the dog show in Ocala I think there were 12 people that first year. The next year we had more people over. And the more people who came, the more people we had asking if they could get invited next year. Then one day Marcelo turned to me and said, “I think we should tell everyone they are invited and that they have to make a donation to Take the Lead. ” 90 Dog News

ou see Take the Lead had helped us while I was battling cancer. We wouldn’t have been able to make it financially without the help of this great organization. So the idea of giving back to TTL was very important to us. Each year we pick a new theme. Costumes are encouraged but not required. We ask only two things of our guests each year. First is to give whatever they can to TTL and second is to have a great time while letting off steam from the long January circuit here in central Florida. The first year we did the party for TTL the theme was Redneck Red Carpet. Peggy Hauck was there selling ducks for the chuck a duck that Michael Sauve was running in the yard. I love the memories of them selling and re-selling ducks all night determined to help us make the


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Bannerdown Farm party a success. Our goal that year was $5000.00 dollars and we got just past that. Each year we raise our goal and each year with the generosity of our friends we have met our goal. Last year we raised almost $30,000.00. Of course we lost Michael suddenly a few years ago. This made us even more determined to make the party bigger and better in his memory. Michael did great work for TTL and it became our mission to make him proud. Even though he is gone we have so many other people that help us each year. Jackie Beaudoin has also been there from the beginning helping every way she can. Tom and Amy Grabe have done the invite for us each year. They top themselves every year and help in so many different ways as well. Greg Brown and Hardrive Productions provide the entertainment and I’m always shocked by the talent on display. Last year there was someone juggling chain saws next

to our pool in a crowd of 200 people. Not something I would ever have expected to see in our back yard! We can always count on Maureen and Caitlyn Jewett to come up with great decorating ideas that never fail to make me say “how did they think of THAT!” And of course also there from the beginning were Jane and Greg Myers. Their group always comes in full costumes and they always leave with empty pockets. Truly great guests! Purina has also stepped forward to contribute as well the last few years. Thank you for all the advertising Dog News has done for us on our event I would like to say a very public and heartfelt thank you to all of you and to all the supporters I haven’t been able to mention. Every one of you is a hero to us. The next party is January 25, 2014. The theme is Prom Night. Please join us for what we hope will be the best night yet. After all you don’t want to miss seeing who gets crowned Prom Queen do you?

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Beauty GCh. Starlight’s Beautiful Dreamer RN Group Placement Thanks to Judge Mrs. Maralyn K. Busse

Santa Barbara Kennel Club Breeders Showcase Non-Sporting Group Second

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this past weekend back-to-back group firsts number one* skye terrier and number eight* among all terriers

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A Conversation With

Pamela Beale Chairwoman Take The Lead By Karl M. Stearns

“I’m a positive, optimistic person. If you’re there and you want to help others, there are so many wonderful people to connect with, and relate to. It creates such a strong bond of goodwill. You see how it grows and grows.” – Pamela Beale, Chairwoman, Take The Lead

In twenty years, Take The Lead went from a newborn infant being nurtured by Thomas Bradley 3d until it reached its adolescence. As a gangly young teenager, it was placed in the hands of Edd Bivin, a college chancellor, to be molded and directed. At twenty years of age, about ready to “graduate”, Take The Lead has taken on a more adult shape, but remains a youthful, moldable organization that must now further define its direction and pathway. Enter Pamela Beale, current Chairwoman of Take The Lead, assuming that role in 2011 to succeed Edd Bivin. There are many luminaries in the world of dogs. High profile names who evoke instant recognition, these folks are known everywhere by everyone. Pam Beale has not lived in the glare of that spotlight, so you may not have the same instant recognition of a name such as Peter Green or Beth Sweigart.

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Original Board of Trustees

Current Board of Trustees OFFICERS Pamela Beale Chairman

Founders Thomas H. Bradley, 3d. Dottie Collier Ellen Frost Michael Larizza Patricia W. Laurans Jeffrey Pepper Eric Steel

Patricia W. Laurans 2nd Vice Chairman

Thomas H. Bradley, 3rd Chairman

Dan Nechemias 3rd Vice Chairman

Seme Auslander Edd E. Bivin Timothy Catterson Anne Rogers Clark Dorothy N. Collier Muriel I. Freeman David Frei Barbara F. Heller James S. Holt J. Donald Jones Gilbert S. Kahn Michael D. Larizza Patricia W. Laurans Beverly K. Lehnig Dorothy M. Macdonald Jeffrey Pepper Frank T. Sabella Eric Steel Fran Sunseri Ellen Weiss Wood Wornall

Dottie Collier 1st Vice Chairman

Jeffrey Pepper Treasurer Susan Sprung Secretary Thomas H. Bradley, 3rd Executive Director Joseph W. Russell, Esq. Menter, Rudin & Trivelpiece P.C. Counsel to the Board BOARD OF TRUSTEES Edd Bivin* Timothy Catterson Larry Cornelius Lynn Eggers Michael Faulkner Randy Garren Amy Green Peggy Helming Theresa Hundt Carolyn Koch

Peter Kubacz Linda Low* Florence Males Mary Miller* Janet Lange Moses Mari-Beth O’Neill* Cecelia Ruggles Michael Scott Bruce Schwartz Toni Sosnoff* Cindy Vogels*

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OG NEWS is proud to support Take The Lead and encourage the fancy’s support of this worthy charity established to help those of us unable to ride out the unexpected bumps along the road of life. In this issue dedicated to TAKE THE LEAD, one follows the path of its inception to the present day and the lofty three and half million dollars it has dispersed in twenty years. So if you are not already a member or just want to make a donation, you will find a card ready to be filled out between pages 82 and 83. The American Kennel Center. It is also the same dates Club has named the seven honorees as the dog shows on Long Island. from the seven variety groups vying for The press release telling of the the 2013 Breeder of the Year award. changes to the AKC/Eukanuba Representing the Sporting group is Irish dog show didn’t mention that setter breeders RANDY, ANNE MARIE this years event will not be & PETER KUBACZ, representing the televised. Taking in the big Hound Group is Irish Wolfhound breeders picture of the public’s exposure JANET & LINDA SOUZA & JAMIE to the American Kennel Club BARLETT, representing the Working and sport of exhibiting pure Group is Great dane breeders TOOTIE bred dogs I think this was a huge & JOE LONGO, representing the Terrier mistake. Isolating this event Group is Smooth fox terrier breeder from the public which we so WINNIE STOUT, representing the Toy desperately need is a bad call. Group is Miniature pinscher breeders I can’t believe this would have ARMANDO & XIO ANGELBELLO, been the case if RON MENAKER representing the Non Sporting Group is were still the show chairman. Chow chow breeders MICHAEL & LINDA SHEILA BALCH is flying off to BRANTLEY and representing the Herding Belgium where she will judge Group is Collie breeders LESLIE & DON the Alaskan Malamute National JESZEWSKI. The breeder of the year will Specialty and travel onto France be announced at the AKC/Eukanuba dog where she will judge the French show in December. The newest fashion Alaskan Malamute National. accessory at the dog shows from coast Multiple group judge JOAN to coast is the baseball cap with the FRAILEY passed away last word UNMASK printed on it. A reference Friday following a long illness. to the unpopular decision to mask Our deepest sympathies to her the applicants names on their judging family. Our deepest sympathies applications. Don’t forget that the to obedience judge and Dog American Kennel Club and International News columnist MINTA (MIKE) Cat Association will hold their Meet WILLIQUETTE on the loss of her The Breeds on Saturday and Sunday, beloved husband DON. During September 28th & 29th at the Javit’s the second world war, DON

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was a prisoner of war held by the Germans and was highly decorated for his service. He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Celebrating wedding Anniversaries KAREN & GARY WILSON, BOB & PAM LAMBIE, GREG & SULIE GREENDALE PAVEZA and KAREN & RC WILLIAMS. Happy Birthday…KAREN JUSTIN, VIRGINIA MURRAY, ELLY RENSINK, HELEN LEE JAMES, PEGGY BEISEL MCILWAINE, SCOTT SOMMER, TINA YUHL, MICHAEL SHEPHERD, PAIGE MCCARVER, KIMBERLY CALVACCA, CAROL GROSSMAN, KATHY MENAKER, CHARLES BARIS, JUNE MATARAZZO, GAYLE BONTECOU, GEORGIA HARRIS, JULIE EDEN, NAN GILLIARD, MARY JANE CARBERRY, SIOUX FORSYTH, BOB FORSYTH, BETH DOWD, LOUISE RITTER, PAT ULLOA, JOHN RONALD, WENDY KELLERMAN, MIKE STONE, DORIS BOYD, CARLOS ROJAS, DIANE MALENFANT, CONNIE CLARK, RICK BAGGENSTOS, BETSY DALE, JUDY SILKER, ALISA SYAR, KEN KAUFFMAN, HOLLEY ELDRED and ANNE KATONA.


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of accommodation, which won’t be available for many breeds for obvious reasons. Delta has an embargo for the summer (May 15Sept 15) for all locations and for some in the winter for all dogs as excess baggage (checked) although not necessarily on dogs as cargo. Dogs on United no longer can travel as excess baggage. Instead they use a special cargo service called Quik-Pak, which means that at large airports, you’ll have to get to the cargo terminal to drop off and pick up the dog. That means you’ll need a vehicle. Southwest and Jet Blue only take in-cabin dogs which means the carrier has to fit under the seat. Basically, both only accept dogs under 20 pounds. The same applies to United, Delta, and American, although the size accommodated varies with the plane and seat. The biggest stumbling block, though, is the price, which is always quoted for one-way, usually without applicable taxes. For Southwest, it’s $75, and Jet-Blue, $100 (only incabin). In cabin on Delta, American, and United is $125, except that Silver Airways operated United Express flights are 50. American also notes that their in-cabin price only applies to flights for which they are the operator, so co-shares and partner flights, even though they have an American flight number, may cost extra or even exclude your pet. United’s prices are the highest. They tack non-taxable fees of $10 for security and $10 for screening on to the price. Then they add a fuel fee of 42cents/lb. for the total weight of dog and crate to their base price also based on weight beginning with a10-50lb. range and ending with 151-200. This ranges from $219 at the bottom to $509 at the top. Shipping a dog and crate that weigh a total of 110lbs. will cost you $495.20 plus any applicable taxes for one way. Delta’s rates are more reasonable, ranging from $50 for a 100 crate to $180 for a 700, and 102 Dog News

American charges $175 when the dog is checked as baggage vs. being in cabin. Figuring out how to get even a couple of dogs to a big show venue with an already-busy airport can be a daunting logistical problem. We’ve all heard nightmare stories about reservation, flight, and plane model issues. Passing the dog off as a service animal turns out to be an absurdly easy alternative, and, it’s free! The Internet is full of sites that offer official-looking certificates and vests for your “service” dog in exchange for your payment. Ironically, while I was researching, a banner ad popped up next to an article objecting to fake service dogs saying: “Take Your Dog Anywhere! Now you can bring your dog ANYWHERE you go for free with no hassles. Planes, Trains, etc.” The “no hassles” part of this ad might be an exaggeration, but the rest of it can very well prove true to those who pay the money to receive their materials. Obtaining credentials and materials from these sites, incidentally, involves nothing that demonstrates the dog can work as any kind of service dog nor anything regarding the owner’s need for one. Once the dog dons a vest and the pair set out into the world, they may very well be able to go together just about anywhere the owner wants courtesy of The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for title II (state and local government services) and title III (public accommodations and commercial facilities), which basically allows service dogs to go wherever their owners do at no extra expense and with few, if any, questions asked. For the purposes of these sections, only dogs are considered service animals, and service dogs are defined as those that are: “… individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work

or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.”(www.ada.gov/service_ animals_2010.htm) State and local laws may define this more broadly, but at the very least, any organization that serves the public, including, state and local governments, businesses, and nonprofit organizations “… generally must allow service animals to accompany people with disabilities in all areas of the facility where the public is normally allowed to go. For example, in a hospital it would be inappropriate to exclude a service animal from areas such as patient rooms, clinics, cafeterias, or examination rooms. However, it may be appropriate to exclude a service animal from operating rooms or burn units where the animal’s presence may compromise a sterile environment.”(www.ada.gov/service_ animals_2010.htm) Changes to the ADA were made in 2010 specifying that business owners could ask that a service animal be removed because of unruly behavior or for its eliminating on premises. They can also ask two questions about service dogs whose function isn’t obvious: (1) is the dog a service animal required because of a disability, and (2) what work or task has the dog been trained to perform. They cannot ask about the person’s disability, require medical documentation of that disability, require a special identification card Continued on page 106


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or training documentation for the dog, or ask that the dog demonstrate its ability to perform the work or task. By 2008, however, problems with fake service dogs brought about specific changes tot he Air Carrier Access Act, giving airlines the ability to differentiate between “trained service dogs,” whose function is obvious, such as mobility, hearing, or guide dogs, and the less obvious assistance animals who provide emotional support and psychiatric service. Supposedly, the former are welcome in the aircraft cabin. Owners of the latter, however, must now also provide some documentation that the dogs are needed. To travel on Delta with an emotional support/psychiatric assistance dog, the owner has to have a verification letter from his mental health professional. United requires at least 48-hour advance notification to their disability desk in reservation so that they can check the documentation by contacting the mental health care professional. American requires documentation on the professional’s letterhead stating that: • “that passenger has a mental health related disability recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-Fourth Edition (DSM IV), • the passenger needs the emotional support or psychiatric service animal as an accommodation for air travel and/or for activity at the passenger’s destination, • the individual providing the assessment is a licensed mental health professional and the passenger is under his or her professional care issued.” (http://www.aa.com/i18n/ tra velInformation/specialAssista nce/ serviceAnimals.jsp) Instead of making things better for legitimate service dog owners, though, these measures allow the scam registries to augment their income by offering the services of scam health professionals. For an additional fee, Dr. Donothing will issue a statement on letterhead that you need an assistance

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dog to alert you to falling blood sugar or impending seizures or to allay your anxiety attacks or depression. All you need is a credit card or a check by mail. While it might seem that this cottage industry hurts no one but the registrant, long-term, it harms legitimate service dog owners. “One of the harshest ramifications of the use of registration and certification being used to gain access to a public venue [is that by] presenting this type of documentation to gatekeepers, one is only further cementing the misconception that it is legally required. Then, the next service dog team comes along, attempts to gain access to the same venue and [is] rejected, because they do not have and/or refuse to present any form of documentation.” (http:// pleasedontpetme.com/certification. php). The obvious solution to this issue would seem to be some kind of national certification. Many service dog owners and trainers, however, prefer education to government intervention. As the system works now, people have the right and the ability to train whatever dog they want for their own needs or they can buy one that is already trained. These are expensive, though, and many people who need a dog cannot afford one. A member of the Akita Club of America told me that when she was injured and confined to a wheelchair, she was out of work and didn’t have the money for a service dog. Out of necessity, she trained her Akita, Jade, for what she needed. Jade could pick up dropped items as small as a dime, open and shut doors and drawers, turn lights on and off, and help pull the wheelchair up inclines. From their comments on various websites, it’s clear that people with assistance and service dogs are worried that the problems presented by fakers will ultimately make some kind of certification necessary. They fear selftrained dogs might then be ineligible or that the red tape and fees involved would be too difficult for many. Worse, all of this would just bleed more money

from a group of people who are often out-out-work or marginally employed. None of this would be necessary if fakers weren’t becoming such a problem. As one woman explained about the small dog she had to help with her anxiety issues: “People who get fake certificates and such make it harder on people like me. . .people who have never seen a small service animal. They automatically think my dog is a fake service animal because of his size. That is extremely taxing on me and makes my anxiety worse... Physically, you cannot see what is wrong with me. The whole thing is very upsetting.” (http://www.examiner. com/article/fake-service-dogsonline-websites-who-certify-withouttrainingare-scams) When a fake service dog misbehaves, all legitimate service dogs are tarred with the same brush, because most people don’t realize fake service dogs even exist. A service dog owner explains, “. . .as someone with a service dog, I am furious that anyone would ‘wink’ at the prospect of faking their dog as a service dog. This is why my rights as a person with a disability that uses a service dog to mitigate the symptoms of the disability stands in danger of losing some rights on airlines. Fakers hurt people with disabilities. Every time a pet owner tries to fake their dog as a service dog, it makes it all the harder for real service dog handlers.” Fakers perpetuate discriminatory behavior. Fakers hurt me.” (http://thebark.com/ content/unet hical-or-responsible-petcare) Another comment sums up the issues nicely: “People who fake their pets as service dogs really do harm the reputation of real service dogs and real disabled people. “Disabled people do not have their dog with them because it is nice, comforting, or they just want to; they have their dog with them because they need to or else they would not be able to do the things that you take for Continued on page 116


LITTLE BOY BLUE BLOWS HIS HORN TO SAY THANK YOU TO ALL JUDGES THAT HAVE AWARDED HIM. Group Winner, multiple Group Placer and Specialty Winner

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Pictured being awarded Group Second at the Hudson River Valley Hound Association under Judge Ms. Jocelyn Gagne

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Pictured being awarded Group First at the Susque-Nango Kennel Club under Judge Mr. Thomas Nesbitt

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Thomas H. Bradley lll To qualify for help, a person must have 5 years involvement in the sport, submit a last year’s tax return, and must be able to certify the nature of their medical condition as being such that it meets our criteria. People who qualify are rarely turned down, and help is given as long as we can. There is no requirement to pay us back.” Bradley added, “A lifetime pin is awarded for a $750 donation.” Those lifetime pins are cherished by those who attain them. It can get emotional at times, according to Tom. “Our office manager (Debbie Hill) will sometimes come into my office teary eyed to tell me about the death of a recipient. That’s always the hardest to take. Sometimes right after becoming aware of a need, approving the payments and disbursing some of them, word comes that the client has passed away.” Bradley remarked, “Originally Take The Lead was perceived as the ‘AIDS’ group, but there were other life-threatening situations-terminal illnesses that needed to be addressed. Quickly we expanded to include these. It’s fortunate for us that Edd Bivin stepped in as chairman.” Recently, I asked Tom to look back at his work and tell our readers what he feels has been his legacy with Take The Lead. “Some years I couldn’t remember WHAT I did,” he chuckled. “Executive director, general manager, chairman….we had a lot of work to get started. We worked with a small group of very enthusiastic and involved volunteers. They had to be involved with the day-to-day operations. We’d pull on all our contacts to get things

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done that we needed: accountants, lawyers—anyone that would help us.” He continued, “We had no committees, we just pitched in and did what needed to be done. We had to create the application for assistance, then refined it over the years.” “The application is still seven pages long”, he sighed. Government regulations regarding non-profits unfortunately makes this involved process necessary. I asked Tom about the “brand” of Take The Lead and what was done to create awareness about its work. “Originally TTL was created to assist people who had AIDS. That met with some resistance at the time. Shortly thereafter, we’d get requests about other types of severe/ terminal illnesses. We had to sit down and define what we wanted to do. It is now for ‘life-threatening’ or ‘terminal’ illnesses. We learned as we went along—kind of like dog judging. The ‘brand’ of TTL grew from this redefining. We then had to get this story out to the dog community. There was some confusion because we were perceived as ‘from the East’. Some people think it’s just for judges, or for a certain geographical region, or a specific illness. We don’t limit ourselves that way.” Bradley has watched the interest in TTL grow over the years until now there are many fundraising events held around the country. He commented: “Some kennel clubs hold fundraisers and we don’t even know they’ve done it until we receive their check as a donation.

major decision. “After seven years, I came to the conclusion it was time to have a new chairman. I had done what I set out to do, what I felt was important for the organization during my tenure, so a year in advance I notified TTL to start the search.” Does he feel any void? He answered, “I’ve missed it, but I also take great delight in the leadership that has stepped forward since that point. I’ve been in enough organizations to know that new ideas, new spirit, new passions—those things are needed to improve an organization. You have to step aside to let those come through.” Of course, the search for a new Chair was not without Bivin’s participation, although he’s quick to point out it was not his decision to make. “As I went through my final year, I thought about who I believed would be really helpful. I tried to stay out of it as much as I could, but I helped identify a woman who had joined the board two or three years before—Pam Beale. I knew of her passion, her empathy and sympathy and her ability to lead in different ways. So the board picked up on this initiative and unanimously nominated and elected Pam to the position. In my opinion, Pam has become a treasure for TTL. She fits all of those things we needed. She’s great fun, she has a wonderful sense of humor, and she has the ability to lead in a very genteel way. I laughingly say TTL went from a Texas accent to a Boston accent, but I take great delight that she now has the responsibility I held, albeit in a different way. I think the future is bright and wide open for TTL because the board believes so strongly in Pam and is so willing to help follow her to achieve what she thinks is important for the organization.” As with any non-profit organization, fundraising is a major undertaking. I asked Edd about the activities of TTL, especially in recent times, since fundraisers for TTL have become much more numerous. “This is the 20th anniversary, so it’s special. You’ll see a lot of events this year. They may back off of that moving forward and you may see a different direction with regard to fundraising. There’s only so much in the well. You don’t want to drain the well dry, and you don’t want to wear out your welcome asking for financial support. It’s a wonderful thing people have stepped forward in this 20th year celebration. As of this year, we have achieved over 3.5 million dollars in distribution. In a lot of organizations, that’s not a lot of money but in this organization that’s quite a bit. In a 20 year period we went from zero to what we’ve achieved and it’s been so much help to the people who have benefitted from it. So many in our sport have needed this kind of help, and all that money has been directed to our fellow participants in this sport to assist them. This has been OUR sport’s response to the PEOPLE in the sport—and that’s what makes TTL unique. Other than our effort after Katrina and a few other instances where we had a separate fund to use for relief, our focus has been on life-threatening or terminal illnesses/injury.” I brought up the question that has been brought to the fore lately. Could Take The Lead expand its role in providing assistance beyond what it is doing now? Bivin

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Thomas H. Bradley lll They’re not huge amounts, but every dollar is appreciated because it helps people find a way to give to the people in the sport. As an organization, we only host the Westminster Kennel Club social event, but all the others are done at grass-roots and locally.” In time, as the scope of TTL grew, it became obvious more structure was needed. Edd Bivin had been on the board, but now he was needed in another way and he met the challenge. Bradley recalls, “When Mr. Bivin took over, he formed committees. His organizational abilities took us to a new level. People found ways to be involved. Those committees have evolved into extremely useful functions within the organization. They are part of our road to success. People like to associate with success. We’re based totally on volunteer support and it’s successful. Now we have schedules for booth support at Westminster.” I asked Tom what he felt has been appealing about his work with Take The Lead over these twenty years. He told me, “Everyone wants to be involved in something that helps others. We can all take pride whether our contribution is large or small that we have a share. We have never had to go outside the sport for support. We have a wide variety of people and geographical areas represented. People from all avenues in the sport are part of what we do. People don’t donate with the idea of ‘someday I might need this’. In fact, our recipients often say ‘I never thought I’d need this’, but they reach a point where they do. I think people support TTL because it’s their opportunity to help and I find helping to make Take The Lead the place where they can go to share with others very appealing.” The question comes up at times about expanding the role of Take The Lead to address other hardships and disasters. Bradley acknowledged there are certainly other cases of need besides illness. “The problem we face, though, is that there are so many difficult situations that if we tried to cover them all we’d be broke in a month.” He continued, “With the resources we have available, we have tried to maintain a focus on the specific needs we’ve identified for which we can provide a measure of relief.” Could the role ever be expanded? “That would take an in-depth review by the board to determine if it’s feasible”, he said. Our sport brings moments where the accomplishments cause our spirits to soar. Those achievements, however, can be fleeting. For Tom Bradley, Take The Lead has become a personal trademark for a man who has made a lifetime career of improving the lives of others around him—not just in the sport of purebred dogs, but in his own community. We all owe a huge “Thank You” to Tom Bradley for his vision and his selflessness in taking the reins in the early years of Take The Lead.

Edd E. Bivin responded on the practicality of such an endeavor: “We got by with Katrina because of the seriousness of the situation, but our charter doesn’t allow us to do that on a routine basis. It would necessitate re-chartering and revamping TTL to expand. Plus, when natural disasters such as fires and storms come, the need is immediate and it’s more difficult to organize. It takes a bigger staff to organize such an effort because there’s never any routine in it. TTL has an established process to handle requests for assistance, and we work our way through the process to identify what help we can offer and then care for the recipients of our charity. The scope of TTL is a very personal one. We require an application and substantiation of the particular needs of individuals requesting assistance. Our stipulation is that you have been involved in purebred dogs for at least 5 years, and you establish a need. It’s a very personal thing because we’re helping individuals and it’s the contribution of the general dog fancy that can be applied to the specific needs of individuals. We maintain strict confidentiality. Only the three people on the committee that approve the applications and administer the fund know who the recipients are. We never disclose who the recipients are. Individual recipients may disclose our assistance, but we do not do so.” After serving TTL as chairman for more than 1/3 of its existence (and on the board for almost all of its existence), I wanted to know from Bivin what he felt was the most gratifying part of his service for Take The Lead. You could sense his pride and indeed his passion for how he watched Take The Lead grow in stature and impact: “I think the most gratifying thing is seeing the

geographic and demographic changes that we’ve been able to achieve. TTL was never restricted to a specific area or to one group of people. We have helped breeders, judges, handlers, owners, doctors, and lawyers—all manner of people. While TTL started in the East, it was never restricted to benefit just those in the East. In the dog world, there was a feeling early on that TTL was primarily an East Coast charity, but in reality it never was. If you look back at the distribution of charity from TTL, you’ll see it has been spread all over this country. It truly has become a national organization and that’s very important to me. It’s also important to me that trust has been built in TTL. People trust the ones who administrate TTL, they trust us to administer the funds they donate, and I think that speaks highly about TTL. I take tremendous pleasure in knowing that. I think Pam Beale is a wonderful steward for this organization.” Take The Lead has flourished under the leadership of these two men, Thomas H. Bradley, 3d and Edd E. Bivin. This is part of what my wife (Helene) once was prompted to suggest as a title for some of my articles—“Beauty Beyond The Ring”. We follow the wins, we enjoy the dogs, but there is also another side to the people we know in the sport. Indeed, we in the sport could not afford to hire these men or the ones who have stepped up to serve on the Board of Take The Lead. The experience, secular skills and know-how of these people is priceless. They have handed a precious gift to the sport of purebred dogs. With the faithful stewardship of Messrs. Bradley and Bivin, Take The Lead has become an organization for which we can all be proud. We all thank you, Tom and Edd, for being part of making Dog News 109


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However, if I mention Coco (Eng/ Am Ch Cracknor Cause Celebre)…. well, you just might remember with delight the wonderful little Norfolk Terrier that won mightily in her show career as she was handled by Peter and Beth. Pam Beale coowned Coco along with Stephanie Ingram and Elisabeth Matell. Pam’s involvement in purebred dogs began over 20 years ago when she obtained her first Norfolk Terrier. Her associations and many friends speak well of her participation in the sport—and much could be written about that. Our interest, though, is this very special part of her life in which she has offered her considerable skills and business experience to Take The Lead, all to help the people in our sport who need help they never thought they would have to ask for. Pam’s happiness is infectious. Speak to her for a few minutes and her bright manner and ready laugh will lift your spirits. She’s a person who can impart an upbeat, positive atmosphere. It’s no wonder she suits the position of chairwoman of Take The Lead so well, and indeed why she has such enthusiastic support from the board and volunteers of TTL. Born in Marblehead, MA, she is one of four children. “I have one sister and two brothers,” she told me. “I attended Lesley University, and obtained a BA there.” Together with her husband of 35 years, John and Pam own Cornwall’s (www. cornwalls.com), a pub in Boston. “We’re just down the street from Boston University and Fenway Park,” she commented. We had a good laugh about the proximity of two venues that surely keep Cornwall’s beer sales robust. The background Pam has in the hospitality industry has transferred well to her work with Take The Lead. “I enjoy event planning,” she observed. 112 Dog News

“We’ve put a lot of effort into events for TTL to augment our fundraising efforts.” Pam’s involvement in Take The Lead began with an act of generosity by Dorothy Collier. Pam recalls, “Dorothy offered to bring a dog back East from California for me. She transported it on a flight she was taking, and wouldn’t accept anything for the kind gesture. So, I made a donation to TTL to show my appreciation.” John, through Eastern Dog Club, became an early supporter of TTL. Pam’s involvement began with volunteer work and eventually she was invited to become a board member. “I have so much appreciation for the people I’ve worked with in Take The Lead.” She continued, “To think that our sport through a purely grassroots effort has collected and distributed 3.5 million dollars to those in need fills me with deep gratitude. You see how it grows and grows. It helps restore your faith in the innate goodness that people have, and their

strong desire to help others when they know they can do something, even in a small way, to help.” Beale’s list of gratitude doesn’t stop there. “The founders of Take The Lead are wonderful, generous people who saw a need and worked to establish an organization that responded to that need. In turn, we have all been awed by the generosity of everyone who supports TTL. No matter what people can do to support TTL, even small donations or their generous gifts of time and effort, we are grateful for all of it. It’s very important to me that we keep TTL in the hearts and minds of those in the sport so that we can continue to provide assistance for a long time to come.” An initiative Pam has worked on, along with Mari-Beth O’Neill, has been


the Take The Lead booths appearing at many show sites. She had this to say about this effort: “I personally enjoy working the booth and events. I like to meet people and thank them, in person, for their help and support. I also like to encourage people to participate in any way they wish. I like them to know we are grateful for their time, money, raffle items --anything they would like to donate is greatly appreciated. I believe it is important to continue to reach out and educate new members of our sport so they are aware of our existence and the help we provide. The traveling booth provides us with these opportunities.” Mari-Beth is continuing to head up this effort—for sure a commendable labor of love on her part. More than just an “information station,” the Take The Lead booth has become a social gathering spot at shows. Beale observed, “People appreciate having us at shows. We are probably doing more than 20 a year. Mari-Beth and I still man the booth at many of these places, but we draw on all the TTL volunteers to staff the booth when they can. The booths become a collecting point for people at shows where we can share camaraderie, visit, have fun, and share the vision of TTL to help others.” She continued, “It provides a place where we can share our social connections. It allows people to make a modest donation that is always gratefully accepted. People need to feel that their $10 donation is just as important as a $10,000 donation—because it truly is. It means they share our vision and desire to help others who are in need.” As Take The Lead matures, there has been speculation regarding its outreach. Could Take The Lead’s mission be expanded to include more than life-threatening or terminal illnesses? I asked Beale that question. Her reply: “Our original charter dictates what we’re doing now, but we try to stay relevant. The Board reviews this from time-to-time, and certainly there are

more types of individual, personal needs that could be considered. On the larger scale, though, there are other organizations that help in disasters, so it’s a question of whether we duplicate other efforts, or stay uniquely focused.” For Pamela Beale, holding the reins of Take The Lead is a natural extension of how she lives. While dogs and the dog world are important to her, it is not ALL there is to her life. Obviously, running a very successful restaurant in a high-traffic part of Boston would easily occupy all the time and attention of most people. Pam has found a way to squeeze all that into one corner of her life, then add the dogs, add Take The Lead, add her farm in New Hampshire, and then add a bit more. “I’ve been a community activist and fundraiser in Boston since 1987,” she told me. “I believe if as business people we’re asking the community to support us, then we need to be active in giving back to the community.” The list of involvement in community activity is as long as your arm. Seriously. Since 1987, Pam has been the President of the Kenmore Association, a local business association. She also is a Boston University Task Force Chairman, serving as such since 1991. She is on the Citizens Advisory Committee for Air Rights Parcels 7-10, appointed by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. But wait! That’s not all! She served on the Fenway Planning and Zoning Committee (2001-2003); the Strategic Development Study Committee for the Creation of the Civic Vision for the Massachusetts Turnpike (1998-2000) – both appointments from Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. Had enough? She hasn’t! She also serves on the Strategic Planning Committee for the Boston Police Department Area D-4, is a Member of the Business Community in Kenmore Square, a City of Boston Homeowner, an Election Volunteer, a Project Place Fundraiser, an organizer

for the Annual Kenmore Square Holiday Celebration and Dinner for the Elderly, as well as an organizer for the Annual Kenmore Square Street Fair. Bartender! Get me some of what she’s drinking. I just needed to book a vacation after I wrote these last two paragraphs. Pamela encompasses the spirit of many of those who pour their hearts into causes such as Take The Lead. We in the dog community owe a huge debt of gratitude to a person this involved in things, someone who is this BUSY, yet has time to assume a leadership position in an organization such as TTL. We all benefit. We couldn’t afford to hire someone like Pam. But she does it freely, out of her generous and kind spirit. What made her this way? She told me, “My parents were very generous and caring people who gave freely of their time and resources, so those values were instilled in me from a very early age.” Here’s to more parents like that. What a world it would be….. Pam hopes to keep TTL in the hearts and minds of all of us in the sport. She wants to keep building on the noble efforts of her fellow Board members and the work of Tom Bradley and Edd Bivin. She truly sees the value of TTL as an organization that provides security and peace of mind. As she told me, “It’s a safety net that is there when people in our community need it.” This gangly teenager, Take The Lead, has arrived at a moment in time when what is done now will shape the future for many years to come. Under the leadership of Pam Beale, Take The Lead will continue to prosper and thrive. We all owe a big “Thank You” to people such as Pam, and certainly we owe our efforts large and small to support the work she and her Board are accomplishing for the good of all of us in the dog fancy. Dog News 113


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The Eastern Tradition Is Back! Help celebrate Eastern Dog Club’s second century of fine dog shows as The Champlain Valley Kennel Club joins Eastern for a three day weekend of shows at our new site.

December 6,7,8, 2013

The Eastern States Exposition Grounds West Springfield, Massachusetts Specialties, Puppy Groups, Bred-By Groups An All Star Panel of Judges “Take The Lead Benefit Party and Auction” Saturday night at the Carriage House on the grounds of the “Big E”! Check infodog.com for a list of breed and group judges and watch for more information closer to the show dates.

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granted every day, such as walk, buy groceries, etc. If a disabled person has a pet they want to travel with, they have to follow all the same rules as everybody else (such as putting the dog in cargo if it is too large for the cabin or choosing not to fly). “It is hard enough for disabled people, especially those who have to deal with access issues because people like you try to pass their pets off as highly-trained assistance dogs, so please don’t make life even harder for us just because you feel a little inconvenienced to drive to your destination, use a dog airline, leave your dog at home, put your dog safely in cargo, etc. (A relatively small number of incidents does not make cargo too dangerous any more than car/train/plane crashes make car/ train/plane trips too dangerous.) “You have plenty of options on 116 dog news

what to do with your pet. Disabled people with service dogs do not. Every time a pet owner tries to fake their dog as a service dog, it makes it all the harder for real service dog handlers. It truly, in all reality, most certainly does affect disabled service dog handlers. “Please, stop being so selfish and think of others!” (http://thebark.com/ content/unethical-or-responsible-petcare) Poor behavior, however, isn’t so likely from dogs participating in AKC events. They’re used to many of the same situations as service dogs and can sit quietly for hours, go hours without a potty break, tolerate crowds and odd locations. Many of them work as therapy dogs; although a therapy dog is not a service dog. If they don’t reflect poorly on the real thing, is that so wrong? Well, just think for a moment

about who we purport ourselves to be. We represent the American Kennel Club and all its affiliated clubs and events. We’re supposed to be shining examples of sportsmanship and responsible dog ownership. We should show a little more respect for the working dogs we’ve honored the night before than to pass our show dogs off as such to save some money on airfare. We should begin taking a stand against these fake service dogs, both by peer pressure on handlers and owners and by official statements. The AKC Board of Directors should join us in this by issuing a statement of disapproval. The “wink-wink nudgenudge” attitude with which we’ve viewed the parade of fakes boarding planes after big shows reflects poorly on all of us. It’s wrong because we know better.


LettersTo The Editor THE KENNEL CLUB UNVEILS PORTRAIT OF HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN With the gracious permission of Her Majesty The Queen, a new portrait of the Kennel Club’s Patron has been commissioned by the Kennel Club, the UK’s largest organisation dedicated to the health and welfare of dogs. Just a stone’s throw away from Buckingham Palace, the painting, commissioned to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee last year, is gracing the walls of the Kennel Club in Clarges Street. The painting, based on a carefully chosen image of The Queen, is free to view during special guided tours of the Kennel Club. The artist Claire Eastgate was already known by the Kennel Club for her excellent work with dogs, and was chosen due to her talent painting both the canine and human form. Speaking about her experience, Claire said: “As any artist knows, to be asked to paint a portrait of Her Majesty The Queen is a great honour and one in a long-standing tradition. However, any artist who has been honoured with this task will also tell you it is a daunting one. “Painting this portrait of Her Majesty was a great pleasure and one I will never forget. I spent the first two months working with the brief I had been given and planning size/composition etc. “As this portrait was to show The Queen away from the traditional ceremonial attire and pose, I wanted the painting to express a side her we rarely see in art. The brush strokes and colours are deliberately softened to give the sense of warmth and happiness. The size and positioning within the canvas also contribute to this expression. The background I created to give the painting context and one which would relate to The Queen’s expression.” The Kennel Club last commissioned a portrait of The Queen in 1974, and the two form part of the Kennel Club’s Art Collection, the largest collection of dog art and ephemera in Europe. Both portraits are on display at the Kennel Club’s building on Clarges Street in Mayfair and are included in the tours put on by the Kennel Club. Tours must be booked in advance. For a list of dates and to book a tour, or find out more information, please visit www.thekennelclub. org.uk/kctours. Laura Quickfall London, England SEPTEMBER MEANS DOG-GONE GOOD TIMES AT HUNDREDS OF AKC RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERSHIP DAYS EVENTS NATIONWIDE New York, NY - Dogs are often viewed as members of the family, but it’s important to know what kind of commitment a canine companion requires. To help spread the word, AKC is proud to host AKC

Responsible Dog Ownership Days (RDO Days) this September, with a Flagship Event in Raleigh, North Carolina, more than 600 events planned across the nation and a celebration on Facebook. “Sometimes, we need a reminder of everything that is required of us in return for the wonderful privilege of having a dog. Dogs bring us love, affection, comfort, security and unrivaled devotion, despite our flaws or past mistakes,” said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “So we encourage families and pet lovers, along with their dog, to find an event to visit in their community to pick up training tips, meet many of our AKC breeds, take the Canine Good Citizen® test and have fun!” Local Events: Each AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day event is unique, but many include AKC Rally®, Obedience and Agility demonstrations (at some events, visitors can try with their dogs, too!); Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) testing; AKC CAR microchip clinics; safety around dogs for kids programs like The Dog Listener; giveaways, face painting, food and more! Events are listed by state on the AKC RDO Day website. Flagship RDO Day: AKC will host its AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day in Raleigh, North Carolina on Saturday, September 21st from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. Raleigh residents are invited to bring their dogs to try Agility with the help of trainers at My Dog Can Do That, get their training questions answered by AKC GoodDog! Helpline training staff at the “Ask a Trainer” booth, shop local vendors, watch demos of herding, flyball

and K9Noseworks, and pick up a free goodie bag! The Kids Area will include face painting and a Stuffed Animal Repair Clinic. Learn more and RSVP on Facebook. Can’t make it to an event? Participate online! Sign the AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Pet Promise: The Pet Promise asks dog owners to promise to never overlook responsibilities to their dog, including providing exercise, grooming, socialization and more. Thousands have already signed the Promise. Sign it here. Virtual AKC RDO Days: Spread the responsible dog ownership message by sharing the word via Facebook. Fun images, polls and more will be posted throughout the month of September. AKC RDO Days is supported by Motel 6 and The Hartford. Lisa Peterson New York, NY GO TO MEET THE BREEDS With a lot being said about the nerve of the AKC to schedule Meet The Breeds the same weekend as the LI shows, with all due respect I totally disagree with the issue that is being made over this. First, of all have those who are so upset spoken to the AKC to understand exactly the weekend choices, or I should say the non-choices they have when booking the space at the Javits Center? Secondly, I’ve been at this event since it was first held, helping at the AKC GR booth. Every year there is a conflict with some show(s) because there are shows in this area just about every weekend during September and October that being the case most clubs simply roll with the punches without all this AKC bashing. Thirdly, let’s consider this. An exhibitor sees his/her breed will have a judge at one of the LI shows who would be excellent for his/her dog. I highly doubt that exhibitor would give up showing to attend Meet The Breeds. Actually many of those who work the breed booths at this event no longer exhibit. Years ago the AKC held a Canine Experience Day and I recall a LI club being upset because it was on the same day as their show. Well, oddly enough their entries didn’t go down, all those who had planned to exhibit were still at the show. All that being said, whether speaking at a club meeting or to an individual I always make it very clear that I don’t agree with all the AKC policies. However, personally I find it extremely disturbing that with all the AKC does for the welfare of dogs in so many different areas, they are being raked over the coals for holding a tremendously successful educational event on a weekend they had little control over. This is what I find extremely sad and if we can’t be supportive of the best registry in the world shame on us. Silly me, I thought this was all about the dogs or is it only about the dogs when a ribbon is involved. Ann Lettis Member of both Westbury and Suffolk KC’s Staten Island, NY

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accompli! This change of policy not only undermined in my opinion some of the very basic tenets upon which the AENC was originally founded such as being held on the weekend in competition with other AKC show events but did away with the entire concept of giving the general public an idea of how and why AKC operates on every level. No matter how “magical” (the word used in the press release streaming live) maybe or how large the audience watching breed competition is these people watching are primarily limited to concerned fanciers and not the general public! Those are the very people John Q. Public AENC was and is meant to educate and implore to purchase the purebred dog through national TV!!! The value of that medium cannot be overly emphasized and if there were monetary restraints on the part of Eukanuba as far as I am concerned than give less prize monies or none at all, do away with the foreign intrigue and concentrate on getting the goals of AKC and its activities with its dogs a part of the national conscience. Surely that’s one way to encourage registration. Here is the press release for you to digest and make your own conclusions about what AKC is telling us and what they are hiding. And oh yes one other thing. I think that having Jason Taylor as Assistant Vice Chair is a great thing as he is one of the nicest guys and hardest workers I have seen from any food company but how can AKC justify this kind of appointment when they won’t permit people who sell dog food to even judge dogs much less be a delegate? Yet another example of AKC selectively enforcing its rules to fit the circumstances eh what-Here’s the aforementioned Press Release: 2013 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Again Raising The Bar (Friday, August 30, 2013) New York, NY (August 30, 2013) –The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship (AENC) returns December 10-15, 2013 to Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center.

More Already one of the world’s premiere dog events, the 2013 event will offer All-Breed competitions, Specialty competitions and Special Attractions, Breeder Seminars, Companion events, Consumer attractions and of course the crowning of a new National Champion. With an enhanced event schedule and expanded online coverage, this year’s Show Planning Committee is creating a truly one of a kind event. For those who can’t be in Orlando in person, free coverage via streaming video will be aired from the event. Dozens of cameras will deliver more than 300 hours of video coverage from a selection of Friday Specialties and Special Attractions plus every Breed, Group and Best in Show competition taking place over the weekend. The breed judging for all 190 breeds and varieties will be available in its entirety as streaming video, while all evening group and Best in Show judging will be aired live from the show floor, all accessible from www.akc.org. “Last year, the inaugural live streaming of the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship garnered more than 1.3 million views, and provided wider reach than the TV broadcast,” said Jason Taylor, Communications Director for P&G Pet Care. “We’ll build on that success by offering this year’s event exclusively online, and with our enhanced format and expanded coverage, we expect to easily reach more than 2 million viewers. We are excited to air the event via this state of the art technology and look forward to sharing the event with dog lovers around the world, especially those who have never even seen a dog show.” “Sporting events are magical when viewed live. Streaming video gives us the ability to showcase every dog that walks into our rings,” said Michael Canalizo, AKC/ Eukanuba National Championship Event Manager. “There is no limit to how many people can watch an event streaming live, this is how people digest media today and it is exciting for us to be on the cutting edge.” Continued on page 122

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Ron Menaker, Show Chairman for the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship since 2002, has chosen to hand over the reins to Dennis Sprung, who has served as Assistant Show Chairman since 2005. “I am delighted to have recommended Dennis Sprung as the new Show Chairman for the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship,” said Ron Menaker. “We worked together for many years on this important event and I know that in his hands, it will continue to be one of the dog world’s premier shows.” Mr. Menaker was responsible for numerous enhancements and successes while serving as Show Chairman, including the event’s emphasis on honoring the breeder and its expansion to international participants. “Ron’s dedication to the sport of purebred dogs has been demonstrated not only by his outstanding service as Chairman of the American Kennel Club, but also in his leadership as Show Chairman of this internationally respected event,” said AKC President and CEO Dennis Sprung. “We appreciate the enormous work he has done and know it has laid the foundation for the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship to continue to grow.” Eukanuba’s Jason Taylor will serve as Assistant Show Chairman. Sprung and Taylor join Michael Canalizo, Gina DiNardo and Victoria Seiler to comprise the National Championship’s Event Planning Committee. I see where the Breeder Group nominees have been selected for this year. Most of the people I know who have been selected this year are reasonable choices and the Committee consisted of Dennis Sprung, Michael Canalizo, Patti Proctor, Gina DiNardo and Jimmy Mitchell. The sole criteria which has been announced is that the breeders must have been campaigning an exhibit during the year. To me that is the least critical thing to consider. There are those who question whether or not AKC should be selecting a Breeder of the Year in the first place but I am not one of those. I think it is a nice form of recognition but the criteria for selecting the people should 122 Dog News

More be made public. Having said this I do not intend to demean anyone who has won or even been considered for this honor but wish AKC would be more forthright with us about HOW they select these honorees. We attended the Gold Country KC show in Grass Valley California this past week-end and I must tell you this is one of my favorite shows on the dog show circuit in America. The Nevada County Fairgrounds is as lovely a venue as you will find anywhere. It is surrounded by gigantic giant ponderosa pine trees, the air is fresh and exhilarating and the people who run the show headed by President Chuck Teasley could not be more friendly nor more dog oriented in their outlook. I love going there. On top of it all it is only a short five minute car ride from the lovely home and kennels of Eddie and Lesley Boyes with whom we were fortunate enough to stay. Les of course is in the process of recuperating from a major operation and has made and continues to make great progress which made the week-end all the more pleasant. Marty and Dennis and Ed the MB-F show supers are as friendly to the people they know and deal with as they are to those they do not know at all and help set the standard for how show supers everywhere should be. AKC sent Jimmy Mitchell out as the Field Rep and I trust he was as delighted with the show as we were to his being there. Just a plain old laid back dog show with all the basics terrifically covered is Gold Country!! None of that superfluous rigmarole with extravagant dinners paid for by ‘supporters’ with special events overwhelming the show. Not that an occasional show of that type isn’t nice to attend! Just so long as it is properly controlled and handled which of course is a basic necessity. Any one looking for a really good weekend or week’s vacation taking in a dog show to boot should truly visit the Gold Country KC event and the surrounding towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City for a real taste of what Northern California is truly like. You’ll have a great time almost guaranteed.


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