Volume 29, Issue 37
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September 13, 2013
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Contents 54 The Fancy Speaks: Thoughts For Putting On A Successful Dog Show
14 The Lighter Side of Judging: On The Day
By david L. & deborah l. anthony
56 The Upside Of The Seesaw
By michael H. Faulkner
By sharon anderson
18 Babbling: What’s The Point(s)?
62 Click - Take The Lead Bake Sale
By geir flyckt-pedersen
By mari-beth O’Neill
22 The Question Of The Week
66 Off The Leash - Homeowners Insurance And BSL
By Matthew Stander
By shaun coen
26 The Chairman’s Report
68 The Young Kennel Club’s Summer Camp
By alan kalter
By lucy smith
30 Connie’s Comments
78 The Santa Barbara Kennel Club Weekend
By connie vanacore
By desmond j. murphy
34 Bests Of The Week
86 The North Branch (NJ) Cluster, APHIS, The Judges Committees And More
38 Ten Questions Asked of Sulie Greendale-Paveza
BY Matthew H. Stander
42 Art Exhibit At Santa Barbara Dog Show 1988 & History Of The Waterloo Cup 1836-2005
92 The Inaugural Portuguese Podengo Pequenos of America National
44 A Pointer Mystery
96 The Gossip Column
46 USDA Rule Change Disappointing For Breeders; AKC’s Reaction
102 Click Tuxedo, Somerset Hills And Westchester KCs
50 APHIS - Animal Care Explanation
80 Click - The Way We Were
By george bell
By Sarah Poole
BY Eugene Z. Zaphiris
BY nick waters
BY Eugene Z. Zaphiris
BY jessica rice
BY leslie simis
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117 Letters To The Editor
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THE APHIS RULING Unsurprisingly the USDA APHIS released its finalized version of new federal regulations that narrow the definition of a retail pet store with the purpose of bringing Internet-based pet breeders and sellers under the regulation of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). What was adopted was essentially an unchanged Rule of what was originally proposed despite the close to over 600,000 comments received both pro and con about the proposed rule. However it sadly does somewhat expand on paper the USDA oversight of pet breeders to include people who maintain more than “four breeding females” of any species and sell even one pet “sight unseen.” The actual enforcement of these rules seem more than difficult to enforce practically nonetheless these rules reflect a philosophy which fails to introduce a smarter, more effective way to deter unscrupulous breeders and sellers. It imposes instead a regulation based on the number of dogs sold. Furthermore the effect of the new rule seems to treat the concerned home breeder in the same manner as commercial Internetbased sellers. AKC’s stand is that these regulations of true commercial breeding enterprises or Internet sellers, should be based on the number of dogs sold not the number of dogs owned, an argument with which these pages are in total agreement. There are additional concerns expressed about the definitions of a ‘breeding female’ as well as the operational standard for breeding which seems to subject the small home-based breeding operations to the exacting standards required of purely commercial facilities. Obviously a lot will be written about this subject in the days to come and it should be interesting to see how Directors Alan Kalter and Bob Amen and social media guru Chris Walker react working with the Edelman team about this matter. This is the threesome singled out in Chairman Kalter’s monthly report as changing the focus of the public from adopting dogs to buying purebreds, something which this new APHIS ruling may even make more difficult to do than ever before. 10 Dog News
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THE PRE-SHOW DINNER CONTROVERSY Of late and seemingly after certain shows in mid-August comes the debate about whether or not exhibitors and Judges should or may attend together pre-show parties or dinners. The official word from AKC is that “a show giving club may establish its own policy for its show regarding who may attend a pre-show dinner, but AKC removed the prohibition against judges attending preshow dinners where there are exhibitors present at least a decade ago, and probably much longer than that.” As quoted from the Rules is the following: SOCIAL FUNCTIONS. It is proper to attend a function given by the host club. You have the option of attending club dinners and other social functions where exhibitors will be present. Take care to avoid even the appearance of impropriety with any fancier who might appear in your ring. You may occasionally find that you will have to tactfully change the subject or excuse yourself from a conversation that involves breeds or exhibitors whom you are likely to judge. Well that should quiet some and arouse the ire of others. It has always been our belief that judges should just go and judge their assignment in the manner they choose. Propriety or impropriety is in the eyes of the beholder and is a perceived thing rather than something of fact for sure. Years ago the late and great William Kendrick used to read DOG NEWS in the ring between breed assignments. He was unbothered by exhibitors or magazines. That’s how it should be too as far as these pages are concerned but one must admit Mr. Kendrick took that philosophy to the extreme. Of course he could do whatever he choose to do couldn’t he! BREED RESCUE PRACTISES Some breed rescue groups now charge an adoption fee for each dog within their breed they put up for adoption. Their websites state that no adoption will be considered for a particular dog until that fee is paid for through PayPal. While the adoption application fee is applied to the adoption fee for the person who gets to adopt the dog everyone else who applied for it loses their application fee. That reads reasonably well enough but the question has been raised whether or not certain groups are leaving dogs posted on their Petfinder wall after numerous qualified adoption applications are received so that they can collect additional adoption fees. Certain rescue groups charge a $30 application fee per dog and its website states it receives hundreds of applications a day!! In the past rescue groups typically moved highly sought after purebreds in only a few days. One group in particular kept a highly sought after breed for over a month and a half with the likelihood that a bucket of money was made in application fees long after the dog was adopted. Yet another form of possible Internet chicanery for sure.
THE DELEGATE AND BOARD MEETINGS The Delegate Meeting and the Board Meeting were held this past week. Indeed these pages understand that at least three or four people were interviewed as well as possible candidates for Board seats in the March elections of 2014. It is understood Delegates may continue to submit names for nomination for at least two if not three more weeks. These pages were advised that elections for Delegate Committees were voted upon and that at least two sitting members of prominent committees were unseated in surprise votes. Their names and the Committees involved have not yet been released for publication so we will wait on those announcements. The basic unhappiness with the AENC not being televised was a dominant theme throughout the North Branch Cluster held this past weekend. Surprisingly there were comparatively few Board Members in attendance at these shows, which are usually associated with major politicking going on with Delegates and Board Members as well as a few members of the Fancy chirping in as well. Of interest of course is that Chairman Kalter and his Vice Chair Bill Newman were nowhere in sight, which these pages find somewhat unusual. Indeed the failure of Mr. Kalter to appear at any East Coast shows is hard to go unnoticed but these pages are assured he is in attendance at mid-West shows. THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK The continued support of the AKC/ CHF must be one of the major priorities for AKC and the Fancy generally as well. The AKC/CHF is our chief voice to the public which expresses our concern and successful ability in combating dreaded and longtime diseases both genetic and otherwise in our dogs. The failure to continue this kind of support or even a diminution in support is something we must all fight against and not tolerate one little bit. AKC/ CHF must be encouraged and supported on every level by every Club and every concerned breeder in America.
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On The Day ON THE DAY, I choose to drive three hundred miles each way to my next judging assignment in lieu of flying, making connections, waiting in long security lines, dealing with potential delays and all of the other nuisances that have made air travel a burden, rather than a joy. In this case, driving is the best option, ON THE DAY. Personally, I find very little---if any---pleasure in driving an automobile. But, being crammed behind a turning wheel for five and one-half hours, in heavy traffic, around our nation’s capital en route to Somerset, NJ for the Tuxedo Park, Somerset Park and Westchester Kennel Club Dog Shows is akin to being sent up the river to do solitary confinement for a crime you did not commit. After exploring all the plane, train and automobile itineraries, driving is clearly the best alternative, ON THE DAY. This option is a difficult step for me to make and I arrived at that decision by both logic and intuition. There are more plus signs than negative ones, and I follow a hunch that this choice is, never-the-less, the best option. Also, I am prepared to accept responsibility if my car breaks down, I have a flat tire, I hit another vehicle, I am stranded in endless traffic and if I am forced to eat and drink copious amounts of sugar laden goodies and espresso, wreaking havoc on my weight loss program. I make my decision to drive to the dog show, I implement that plan totally, or so I think. I pack my clothes, my Man-Bag, my rain gear, two bottles of water in VOLVO (JEEP cannot handle distances greater than one hour from the 14 Dog News
house, and I sadly leave him at home.) and I do not allow myself to become confused by thinking about the other alternatives that I could have picked. Departure time is established for 1:30 PM, Wednesday, September 5th. Instead, I leave Holly Springs at 2:30 PM, an hour late. I begin to feel the pressure, knowing for sure I will be stuck in endless traffic between Washington, DC, Baltimore, and Philadelphia. Early levels of frustration like mini mental-Ninja warriors---attempt to take over my rational thinking. I grope the steering wheel with my right hand while at the same time pushing the adjustment button on the left side of the driver’s seat. The seat shifts into a more appealing, relaxing position, allowing me to clear my mind and figure out an alternative route---instead of frantically worrying about potentially disastrous outcomes. I implement a deep breathing strategy and program DROID’s navigational system to route VOLVO around DC via La Plata and Waldorf, MD, eventually connecting to interstate 895 through the Harbor Tunnel and onward. The Nice Bridge offers easy passage into Maryland from Virginia and I quickly realize the need to access an ATM machine on the way, for the numerous upcoming tolls that I will have to pay on various bridges, tollways, parkways, etc. A no-fee ATM machine, located at a convenience store off 301, dispenses one-hundred dollars (five twenties) into my right palm. “This should be plenty,” I say to myself, stuffing the folded bills into my wallet and returning to VOLVO. With another four and one-half hours of driving, I sup-
press the need to buy a bag of M&M’s, Diet Coke, and fried chicken, in fear of a sugar crash, which would cause me to become tired and irritated and potentially risking my life and the lives of other crazy people on the road. I tune the radio to 89.5 FM for NPR’s Thursday afternoon coverage of All Things Considered hosted by Melissa Block. “This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I’m Melissa Block. The percentage of middle and high school students who use electronic cigarettes has more than doubled. That’s according to a report out today from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. As NPR’s Patti Neighmond reports, federal health officials are worried about the safety and addictive potential of E-cigarettes.” “I love All Things Considered, but I am afraid this topic is not engaging enough to provide the stimulation I need for the long drive,” I exclaim at the only available target, the windshield. Scanning additional stations, I settle for 70’s on 7 with Jaybeau Jones. The sounds of A Taste of Honey – “Boogie Oogie Oogie” - shoot through my veins, lifting my spirits and my blood sugar levels simultaneously. I am determined to arrive in Somerset, NJ fully energized for a wonderful dog show judging weekend. If you’re thinkin’ you’re too cool to boogie Boy oh boy have I got news for you Everybody here tonight must boogie Let me tell ya’ you are no exception to the rule Get on up on the floor Cuz we’re gonna boogie oogie oogie Till you just can’t boogie no more (boogie) Boogie no more, listen to the music… Get down, boogie oogie oogie… With DROID’S navigational expertise in gear, (Thank God! I am acutely directionally-chalContinued on page 58
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What’s The Point(s)?
r rather more appropriate: Where are the points? And you all know what I am talking about! I have for years expressed my support for the American points system, including the requirement for majors to qualify for the title of Champion. I find it bizarre in many ways that by the FCI system you can obtain the champion title without ever having met or beaten another dog. A Champion should be a winner, it is implicit in the title and to qualify you have to defeat the opposition... Then all systems have their downsides! Only a few weeks ago I attended a show where I watched a breed where majors are really hard to come by and witnessed a scene that I felt was really sad. For once a good entry with majors in both sexes which I was told was unusual for the breed at this show. Then what happened? A group of the exhibitors were unhappy with the way the “wind was blowing” after Winners Dog had been selected and pulled all their bitches clearly with the purpose of breaking the major in bitches. After overhearing some triumphant remarks from the “pulling” crowd about the successful move, I became curious to find out more, so asked one of them what this was all about: They were aware that the judge had put up the WD on previous occasions (although then without real competition) and knew he also liked the single bitch left in competition, owned by a person they did not like. And due to the fact that he placed the WD in front of theirs, despite being clearly inferior, they suspected he would do the same in bitches, hence the action. The male got BoW, so the bitch was left with nothing. I then found out that the bitch’s own-
er had driven 8 hours to get to this show due to the excellent entry and the chance of a “Finishing Major”. Telling me in tears that she did not really cry due to the missing major, she was not sure to win that anyway, but due to the action taken by the others who did not give her a fair chance to fight for it! The bitch had been entered for umpteen shows, just in case, but this was the first real entry in months where she felt she had to make the journey. I suppose the trip back home became a long one- and overall an expensive investment with absolutely no pay-back. Not even the excitement of competing! I find it simply amazing that this kind of behavior is accepted and acceptable by the AKC rules. That a dog can be at the ringside, but not enter the ring with the sole purpose of spoiling other exhibitors’ chances to do well. This kind of animosity and lack of sportsmanship might easily poison our lovely hobby! What I most likely have mentioned before, is that at Scandinavian shows we stillI believe- have Veterinary inspection of all dogs before they enter the show ground. Every dog is “ticked” off- and officially registered as being in attendance. And if present, you have to enter the ring, unless the dog is lame or something else has happened that can be confirmed by the Vet in attendance. And that’s even if it is of no significance for the opposition whether the dog competes or not: If in place, you compete. That’s the rule, whatever you think of what you just saw happening in your ring… I just wonder how many thousands of dollars exhibitors spend every year by entering show after show, hoping for majors and when they find them and chase them,
it seems rather disturbing that the major might be “killed” by evil minded competitors! I personally think that the AKC has to come up with a system based on the entry and not on actual dogs showing up. Just like my “friend” with the 8-hour car ride, I would be devastated and furious if I were in her shoes. I also think such a change would increase the actual numbers of dogs shownbut of course -one person should never be allowed to enter a sufficient number themselves- and then show up with only the one they want to win…A Champion title should never be available for purchase… Well, I know it’s gonna be complicated! Those of us who judge from time to time experience frequently that dogs entered don’t turn up if there are not sufficient points. Many of the breeds entered are never represented in the ring at all. Terriers in particular seem to be hit by this problem, which is only to be expected. Why take all the time and trouble to prepare a dog for a show without enough points or without any other reward lurking? I know that breeders with a kennel full of dogs can create their own majors, taking the expense of entering a sufficient number and then through the way the dogs are presented, pave the way for an easy win for the dog they want to win. But very few people are in this positionand this is not really the way we want the system to work?? The mentioned incident made me aware of the difference in judges’ roles and supposed competence here versus Scandinavia. There is a grading system over there, which I don’t necessarily like, but you can and are expected to grade the dogs and even withhold prizes. You eliminate dogs Continued on page 80
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What was your reaction upon hearing that the AKC/ Eukanuba National Championship event is not going to be televised this year but will be shown live through streaming video? Harvey Wooding My reaction was that prior telecasts were the Readers Digest Condensed Book version of the dog show - they were condensed to the point of showing only the winners and serious contenders and were badly out of date. They were not relevant. Sporting events are most exciting when you can see everything that is happening now! That’s why Monday Night Football is broadcast on Monday - live. The new expanded live streaming format will provide 300 hours of live coverage of every dog in every breed and in each companion event. Current yes! Relevant - yes! Why is Dog News a weekly? Because you want to be current and relevant. AKC and Eukanuba have chosen a path that allows the AKC/Eukanuba show to be the same. Applause!
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Lisa M. Curry, Esq. Disappointed, for a few reasons. I know research shows more people watched last year’s streaming video than saw the TV version, but a lot of people just won’t be able to access the video. I hate to see the program disappear from the public eye. Good breeders are already nearly forgotten by the public, who seems to think (thanks to the animal rights people) that their only two options for getting a new dog are either a pet store/puppy mill or a rescue. Removing the TV coverage eliminates one extremely visible reminder of where good quality purebred dogs really come from. Johnny Shomaker It is another terrible blow for the AKC. I believe the name of the AKC needs to get out to the general public. It was also not completely explained why this happened and why Eukanuba did not come to the rescue if 22 Dog News
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they could. I still believe that the money the AKC has in reserve along with money from Eukanuba can not be used to promote this event. The live videos will only attract those already showing dogs. Where is our new PR firm in this and where did the breakdown with the TV network breakdown? Lots of questions not answered! Barbara Finch For the “dog person” the live streaming is better because it answers the question “what dog won what”. For the average public, who love to watch any dog show, this is a huge loss. Ivonne Rangel We were very disappointed!! We think televised shows HELP our sport, by letting the general public see it on TV. It also gives us a chance to show everybody that dogs can be beautiful and work too (agility, herding, protection, hunting, therapy, etc., etc.) and purebreds are a good thing to have!! AND since Eukanuba is a cash prize show, it makes it even more interesting
for the regular public to watch, and helps them see the dog shows as a more serious sport. Where else do you see “a dog” get a $50,000 prize??!!! For some, it was the first time they saw a different breed, and learned dogs can do more then just be a pet, etc. The people who are more likely to watch it online are “dog people” already in the sport that know it will be online. We both came from non dog show families, but have loved dogs since we were kids. The reason we are in shows now is because we watched one on TV! Pam Davis I feel any media coverage is important to this sport, however, televising the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in the middle of Super Bowl weekend, two months after the fact, may not have been the best avenue for this event as far as viewer ratings. Live streaming video is fine as long as the public is aware of it but perhaps the AKC could work on having a more timely national coverage on a network station.
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REPORT Changing the Future
ew York, NY – Last Thursday we posted a charming photograph of three Golden Retriever puppies on the American Kennel Club Facebook page. The caption was “I love my breeder” with a request to “share your love for your dog’s breeder.” The image was shared 2,500 times, received 11,000 likes and almost 500 comments. We posted this because we love responsible breeders, but also because we wanted to see the reaction it would elicit. The post sparked a lengthy conversation about the merits of finding your new dog at a breeder vs. adopting a dog. That passionate debate proved two important issues. There are ardent, articulate, and knowledgeable supporters of responsible breeding who possess facts and are capable of persuasively educating the public about the truth of responsible breeding. However, it also proved that there is a great deal of misinformation about responsible breeding that result in significant prejudice against breeders. There is no doubt that prejudice against breeders has impacted our breeders, our sport, and the public’s ability to enjoy the unique experience of a purebred dog in their lives. Just 20 years ago, a purebred dog was the dog to have in your life. Twenty years ago, a responsible breeder was viewed as a respected resource. Twenty years ago there were virtually no important legislative efforts aimed at eradicating all dog breeding. What changed in those 20 years? The noble quest to give every dog a “forever” home was co-opted by the animal rights organizations as a method to raise funds for their mission to completely eliminate pet ownership. Under the guise of supporting adoption, they have been raising a significant war chest - over $200 million last year alone – to fuel a campaign aimed squarely at destroying our ability to preserve breeds for future generations. As told by AR groups, responsible breeders have been dishonestly accused of being the sole cause of dogs in shelters - not irresponsible owners. As told by AR groups, purebred dog breeders have been maliciously portrayed
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as evil people only interested in money and winning at events, at the expense of their dogs’ health and well-being. As told by AR groups, purebred dogs have been wrongly defined as being plagued with genetic health and temperament problems caused by breeders. After 20 years of this propaganda – mostly unchallenged by those who know better – a portion of the public has accepted this fiction as reality. No more. AKC Staff led by Chris Walker along with Bob Amen and I have been working with Edelman, our new public outreach partner, on the plan that will change the current conversation, as demonstrated in that Facebook post, by confronting the prejudice and telling the truth about purebred dogs and their responsible breeders. We will focus our efforts on two key audiences – families with kids 8-12 and empty nesters. These groups represent the critical inflection points for dog ownership and hold our best opportunities to correctly educate the public about purebred dogs and responsible dog breeding. An additional audience will be federal and local legislators. Our experience makes it clear that once legislators know the truth, the legislative outcome is positive. We will expand our voice to include breeders, dog owners, AKC thought leaders, veterinarians, and AKC’s over 700,000 grassroots followers. We will relentlessly focus on these foundational story themes: the unique qualities of purebred dogs, the desirability of purebred dogs as family pets, the truth about the health of purebred dogs, and the truth about responsible breeders. We will use every outreach channel to relentlessly tell our story in a shareable and searchable way, including national and local media, hybrid media, AKC’s own media, and social media. By focusing on these key audiences with expanded, credible voices centered on our core narratives we will get better stories in the media, more often.
In addition, we will immediately and aggressively respond to any attack utilizing our partners, our supporters, and our full media assets. There are three things you can do to help regain control of our destiny. Tell us what you are hearing from your community, what the toughest questions are that you face. We’ll compile the answers and get you a toolkit to respond from a position of knowledge, strength, and pride. Tell us your story - how you picked your breed, why you became a breeder and what has changed about the health of your breed due to the efforts of your Parent Club. Tell us who you know who can help tell the truth – supportive officials in parent, children’s, or seniors’ organizations either locally or nationally; a veterinarian who is actively involved in a professional organization either locally or nationally; or an informed and outspoken government official. You can share all of this information with Chris Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212696-8232. As an avid Bullmastiff breeder, I am reminded of the description of that great protector of the family and property – fearless and confident, yet docile. I believe the AKC is a great protector of our rights to responsibly breed dogs. We too are fearless and confident, but it is time to stop being docile regarding the lies and propaganda that defile purebred dogs and responsible breeders. We will communicate the truth about purebred dogs and their responsible breeders, emotionally and memorably. We will increase the desire to own a purebred dog. We will de-stigmatize responsible breeders. We will change the conversation. We will change the future. As always, your comments are most welcome at email@example.com. Sincerely, Alan Kalter Chairman
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t’s Fall and for politicians of all stripes it is the “silly season.” There is no reason why dog fanciers should be eliminated from that category. Although it’s not world peace, from the way some folks look at AKC elections, it might as well be. Let’s look at the big picture. The Nominating Committee, which is chosen by the Board of Directors for the Class of 2018, is composed of the following: Dominic P. Carota Pharaoh Hound Club of America, Chair James M. Ashton Obedience Training Club of Rhode Island Robert D. Black Hatboro Dog Club Constance Butherus Afghan Hound Club of America Marcy Zingler Sun Maid Kennel Club of Fresno Alternates: Jeffrey David Ball Ramapo Kennel Club Steve Schmidt Texas Kennel Club
That is not a bad mix, except there is no one representing the field sports, such as Field and Hunting tests, agility, herding and the like. There are still some members of the current Board versed in those fields, but no one in the Nominating Committee, as far as this writer can determine, is conversant in those areas. One would hope that their outreach to possible candidates will include some of those activities. This is particularly important this year, since it will be the first time that members of Agility clubs will be eligible to vote in this election. Those whose terms are expiring are Dr. Charles Garvin, Dr. William Newman and Patricia Scully. It has been brought to this writer’s attention that only Dr. Garvin will seek re-election to another term. The loss of Dr. Newman and Ms. Scully will be immeasurable. Both are 30 Dog News
active, engaged, knowledgeable and reasonable Board members. Term limits are not a factor with the decisions of these retiring members, but they certainly will be for incoming Board nominees, as long as the Delegates maintain this crippling rule. It will affect sitting Board members for subsequent classes. It has been shown many times over the years that Delegates are fully capable of keeping or rejecting Board members without having terms imposed upon them. We have lost some valuable players through this rule, and sitting out a year is really not a good option. Dynamics change among the members and staff and the loss of valuable experience gained through immersion in the workings of AKC is not easy to renew. This is not to recommend that Board members see their positions as lifetime sinecures, as some of our politicians do, but in most of AKC’s experience over the years, Board members come and go as the organization’s needs change. For some, it may be the perks, the limos, the invitations to travel and, without doubt, the connections made throughout the cosmos of purebred dogs. For many, however, the ability to contribute to an historic entity which has shaped so many lives, has helped so many dogs and the breeds they represent is sufficient reason to be part of the action. Here are a few reminiscences of my term on the Nominating Committee. We decided as a group which qualities are most important for a Board member to possess. What experiences and interests should Board candidates possess? Should they be versed in dog activities, as breeders, participants in one or more of the many venues available, or as professional veterinarians, scientists, business people, advertising or public relations? What specific talents would they bring to the table? Board members should NOT be viewed as adjuncts to the staff. The Executive Staff manages the routines of the kennel club, and interfaces with the Board on matters of policy. Board members ideally should bring positive, innovative skills, plus practical business management experience to the table.
Although this was never discussed, to my knowledge, sitting on a Board or a Committee requires the equivalent of the grade school report card, “Plays well with others.” Bullying, belittling, bemoaning, begrudging, badgering, and being a general nuisance are not qualities one needs to have on a Board of any sort, especially one made up of volunteers. Our AKC Board, as it is presently populated, seems to work well with an interesting mix of personalities and talents. It will be interesting to see who will be asked, or come forward to volunteer, to take on the challenges of those whose terms are up. On a different note, there are items that appear on the Delegates’ lists, which seem to go in circles. Not surprising, but one wishes the communications between AKC and its Delegates were better. Two items come to mind. There was recently a posting which referred to “Codes of Ethics.” Not too long ago a Delegate Committee did a pretty extensive study of clubs which have written codes or “Principles of Integrity” to which potential members must subscribe. If anything came out of that exercise I doubt that anyone saw it or publicized it for clubs to use. One would think that a report of that sort would have been disseminated to all Delegates or their clubs. Not every policy item would apply to every club, but a broad overview of what others are doing could be very helpful to clubs struggling with issues of ethics within their organizations. The other matter concerns timelines and responsibilities for clubs holding specialty shows. Some time ago AKC’s Show Plans department offered guidelines to clubs holding specialties. Many clubs now have developed their own policies and time tables for holding their events. It would appear that an update of those helpful suggestions should be offered to all clubs holding events. Show Plans must, or should, have a prototype of the dates, forms, and usable formats to which every club could adapt to its individual needs. Finally, in this essay, I would like to recommend to the Board an idea which has been expressed by me to some of our Board members in the past. It is not a new concept. AKC Canine Health Foundation, which has been in existence for only a few years, has established an Emeritus program for former Board members. It seems to me that we have Delegates and persons of significant accomplishments for AKC who would qualify to be included in an Emeritus program. Perhaps a Board appointed Committee or one of the Standing Committees would be interested in proposing such a program for us. Although we should probably not go back as far as some of our distinguished forebears, such as Presidents or Chairmen now passed away to greater rewards, there are many active, involved and deserving members of the AKC community who deserve to be remembered by their peers. We wish you all a bountiful Fall season. Hug your dogs and remember your friends.
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What person do you most look forward to seeing at the dog shows? NANCY MARTIN.
What is your greatest extravagance? MY JEWELRY AND MY SUITS.
What do you dislike most about your appearance? MY LACK OF EYELASHES.
What dog person would you like to see on ‘dancing with the stars’? JAMES TAYLOR.
If you were forced to get a tattoo, what would it be?
Questions A PAW PRINT.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? LIBATION OF MY CHOICE, MY HUSBAND AND MY HOUSE FULL OF ANIMALS.
Sulie GreendalePaveza Born: CHICAGO, IL
When and where are you the happiest? I’M ALWAYS HAPPY.
Other people think I am...? A FUN GIRL.
What did you want to be when you were growing up? A SINGING VETERINARIAN.
Resides: HAMDEN, CT
Marital Status: HAPPILY MARRIED FOR 35 YEARS.
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What would be your last request? MY ANIMALS AND MY HUSBAND TAKEN CARE OF.
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Art Exhibit at the1988 Santa Barbara Dog Show And Time Line of the Waterloo Cup 1836 -2005
By George Bell • photos by Charles Alexander except where noted
he Art exhibit was in honor of our Saluki judges that year at the Santa Barbara dog show as it was “The American Saluki Association” silver anniversary of our trophy supported entry at that show. The Saluki entries at the show were usually the largest of any breed in the 70’s through the early 90’s. Our judges were Hope and David Waters of Great Britain, co-authors of “The Saluki in History, Art and Sport.” The 1807 James Ward oil on canvas painting entitled “The Persian Greyhound” (Saluki) was the property of Hope and David Waters, and this painting graced the cover of their Saluki book. Saluki fancier and heiress Cynthia Wood, benefactor of the Santa Barbara Kennel Club, had a consuming desire to own and to eventually gift the James Ward painting, along with two other
The James Ward painting of “The Persian Greyhound” (Saluki) The great work was life-sized Salukis by one of the finest animal artists of the day and was exhibited by the British Institution in 1807 and was reproduced in “The Sporting Magazine (UK)” in Dec. of 1807. Proving the AKC Saluki standard works, this Saluki could walk into today’s show ring 207 years later and win.
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19th century oil paintings of another Persian Greyhound-1837 (Saluki named Zillah) and an English Greyhound to the “AKC Museum of the Dog.” Several years prior to our art show, Ms. Wood boarded her private jet and paid Hope and David Waters a visit in England offering them a large sum of cash for the James Ward painting. Hope would not part with the painting and refused all offers. Ms. Wood saw that the amount offered was not a consideration and offered an alternate plan that Hope Waters accepted. The Waters’s could keep the painting at their home in exchange for a large sum of money on the spot. Ms. Wood would insure the painting and arrange a security system protection for it, and when Hope turned 80 years, or passed on, whichever came first, Ms. Wood in Santa Barbara would take possession of the painting and eventually gift it to the AKC Museum of the Dog. Hope thought this
was an outstanding arrangement as she would receive a lump sum up front and was able to maintain possession of her painting as well. Cynthia was probably in her late 40’s at the time, with Hope in her late 60’s, so the deal was complete. At the time of the silver anniversary art show, Hope was near 80 and the Blacks and the Bells negotiated a plan to bring the Ward painting over to the states, and with the many local dog art collectors in Santa Barbara, we could have an art show. Sally Bell, Karen Black and Cynthia Wood set about with customs six months prior to the show to import the painting. The timing was close, and the painting did not arrive until the day of the art exhibit. Due to the value of the painting, it may be that the painting received special attention. Continued on page 74
A Pointer By Nick Waters
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Mystery Maybe a reader to this column can help solve a mystery and find the final piece that will complete the jigsaw. By Nick Waters
he quest began in January this year following my preview of Bonhams Dogs in Show and Field sale held to coincide with Westminster. In my preview I included a bronze and silver stirrup cup of a Pointer’s head mounted on a wooden base. It was catalogued as an America 20th century death mask and attributed to Becky Broom Hill. Born in 1918 and owned by Louis Lee Haggin of Mount Brilliant Farms, Lexington, Kentucky, Becky Broom Hill achieved fame winning the National Field Trial three times – 1922, 1923, and 1925. By implication the head had been modelled on this legendary Pointer. Vendors are notoriously secretive, as indeed are buyers unless they are in the sale room and can be identified, and in this case all Bonhams will say is that the vendor was from the West Coast and wishes to remain anonymous. It sold for $9,750 (inc. premium), more than double its top estimate, allegedly to a Veterinary Hospital in North Carolina. If a vendor is prepared to enter into dialogue it is sometime possible to trace an object’s past history. Within days of my preview being pub-
lished I had an e-mail from Renée Sporre-Willes, one of the founders and a past curator of the Swedish Kennel Club Museum. She wrote that they have one identical with watertight documentation stating that William Arkwright took it to Sweden in 1906 when he went to judge at Stockholm show. A plaque on the base is engraved ‘Head of Largo modelled by Maud Earl in 1905.’ Largo was owned by Arkwright. The information from Sweden established that the head was not unique and could not have been the death mask of Becky Broom Hill - but is it Largo by Maud Earl? Serious researchers know only too well to be wary of attributions without documentation or concrete evidence to back them up. Catherine Owen is regarded as the leading authority on Maud Earl so she was an obvious contact and she confirmed that she knew of the Swedish head but had not done any research to establish a watertight Maud Earl link. So how did the one in Bonhams sale get to America? Matt Stander at
the paper put me in touch with Thomas H. Bradley III, Pointer enthusiast and historian and Show Chairman of Westminster Kennel Club whose emblem is the British bred Pointer, Sensation, born in 1876. Through Tom I made contact with Karen Blasche and Marjorie Martorella, so there are now six of us on ‘the case.’ We established that William Arkwright went to America in 1907 to judge Pointers at Westminster. Did he take the Bonhams head with him? If so he did not give it as a trophy for Best of Breed, as he did the one he took to Sweden, instead a copy of his book on the Pointer, and the cheaper edition at that. So are there any more, and if so there could well be a watertight provenance with one that establishes a Maud Earl link. The minutes of the International Gundog League (Pointer and Setter Society) in the UK record that at a meeting towards the end of 1904 ‘Mr. Arkwright said he wished to present another Challenge Trophy to the Society. The offer was gladly accepted.’ At the Society’s Spring Field Trial in 1906 a new trophy given by Arkwright was on offer for ‘Best Brace.’ Was this trophy one of these heads? Whatever it was, the Society no longer has it. Tom, who has made a study of Pointer paintings and prints by Maud Earl and who saw the head in Bonhams, said how struck he was with the appearance of almost paper thin ears and the lovely skull and chiselling, which all point to Maud Earl. We are tantalisingly close to establishing this as the first known sculpture by Maud Earl but at the moment the line has gone cold, so anyone of us will be delighted to hear from anyone who has knowledge of these heads. If it can be definitely attributed to Maud Earl, it will be the first and only known sculpture by this great artist. Dog News 45
USDA Rule Change Disappointing For Breeders
AKC’s Reaction To RUle Impacting Pet BReeders by Jessica Rice “We are dismayed by the rule. It is overly broad and will do more damage than good. The federal government has missed an opportunity to introduce a smarter, more effective rule to deter unscrupulous breeders and sellers by imposing a regulation based on the number of dogs sold, not the number of dogs a person owns,” said AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson. Today, the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) released a finalized version of new federal regulations that narrow the definition of a “retail pet store” with the purpose of bringing internet-based pet breeders and sellers under the regulation of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The rule, originally proposed in May 2012 and essentially unchanged, effectively expands USDA oversight of pet breeders to include people who maintain more than four “breeding females” of any species and sell even one pet “sight unseen”. The American Kennel Club (AKC) shares the USDA’s concern about unscrupulous and potentially substandard puppy sellers; and encourages responsible puppy buyers to meet the breeders of their new puppy and to work with responsible breeders to understand the commitment, challenges and requirements that a puppy of their chosen breed requires. The AKC, however, is extremely disappointed that USDA APHIS, by adopting the rule in the same form it was originally proposed, did not heed the comments of hundreds of thousands of responsible dog breeders and owners concerned with the complexity and ambiguity of this potentially onerous new rule. Specifically, the rule will: • Increase the “retail pet store” exemption to include those maintaining 4 or fewer breeding females. Those with four or fewer “breeding females” will not be subject to USDA licensure and inspection. The AKC appreciates the intent of a continued exemption for small hobby breeders. 46 Dog News
• Deems any “sight-unseen” sale a covered activity, making the seller subject to USDA licensure and regulation. The AKC remains steadfast in believing that the rule will unreasonably require regulatory compliance of many more individuals than originally intended by treating those who sell a dog “sight unseen”—perhaps due to repeat buyers or other known purchasers—in the same manner as commercial internet-based sellers. The AKC believes that reasonable regulation of true commercial breeding enterprises or Internet sellers, where regulation is based on the actual numbers of dogs sold, is a better alternative to regulation based on the number of dogs a person owns. If the goal is to regulate internet sales, then such sales should be defined to include only internet sales. If the goal is to regulate all commercial breeder/retailers, a better definition for this call would be those who produce and sell more than 50 puppies in a year. • Vague definition of “breeding female” as one having the capability of breeding. Currently, the USDA defines “breeding female” as “capacity to breed” and bases this assessment on a visual inspection on the ground of the animals involved, determining whether they are “of breeding age” and whether there are health or other factors that would limit that. The AKC believes that this is not a practical, efficient, or clear way to establish a threshold for licensing and regulation, as it does not allow either APHIS or a breeder to assess whether a seller would be subject to licensing, regulation, and inspection without first being inspected by APHIS. The AKC remains extremely concerned that the rule will make it difficult for individuals to self-report, as they would not be able to know—without an APHIS inspection and examination of their animals before applying for a license—whether they would be required to obtain a license. • Operational standards originally designed for commercial-type facilities fail to account for circumstances appropriate for how hobby/
fancy breeders who will be subject to the regulations will keep their dogs. As a result of AKC’s long history and breadth of experience in advancing the care and conditions of dogs and conducting kennel inspections, we know that there are a wide variety of circumstances and kinds of facilities in which dogs may be suitably raised and maintained. AKC’s Care and Conditions policy is based on performance standards, rather than strict engineering requirements. This is because many breeds would fail to thrive in the required commercial kennel setting and, therefore, are better raised in residential settings. It is not reasonable to expect small breeders, who keep a handful of dogs and make a choice to raise dogs in their homes, to be able to meet exacting USDA kennel engineering standards that are designed for large commercial wholesale or research kennels. Likewise, many could be prevented from adapting their facilities because of local ordinances, zoning limitations, restrictions on their ability to obtain business licenses or necessary insurance. We believe performance-based standards are a better option for small home-based operations. The AKC believes that the continued effort to subject small home-based breeding operations to the same exacting standards required of purely commercial facilities is unreasonable and unnecessary. To learn more about our specific concerns with the rule, please visit AKC’s USDA Regulatory Resources Page. NEXT STEPS: USDA APHIS expects the final rule to be published in the Federal Register later this week. The rule will become effective 60 days after publication. The AKC is dedicated to supporting the wellbeing of all dogs and responsible dog owners and breeders. We are extremely disappointed with the content of the final rule and we will continue to study this rule and assess all options for addressing our ongoing concerns. The AKC will continue to provide additional information and analysis regarding specific impacts and what this rule may mean to responsible dog owners, breeders and the dog-loving public in general. Please remember that as a matter of company policy, the American Kennel Club does not release the registration information or history of any customer without a court order. The AKC, however, does expect individuals to comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations regarding the ownership and maintenance of dogs. For more information and updates, visit AKC GR’s online USDA/APHIS Regulations Resource Page; or contact AKC’s Government Relations Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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APHIS - Animal Care Explanation Questions and Answers as supplied by APHIS Retail Pet Store Final Rule Q. What is the Animal Welfare Act? A. Passed by Congress in 1966, the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) sets general standards for humane care and treatment that must be provided for certain animals that are bred for commercial sale, exhibited to the public, used in biomedical research, or transported commercially. The AWA does not apply to coldblooded animals or to farm animals used or exhibited for agricultural purposes. People licensed under the AWA must provide their animals with adequate housing, sanitation, nutrition, water, and veterinary care. They must also protect their animals from extreme weather and temperatures. Q. Why are you changing the definition of a retail pet store in the regulations written to support enforcement of the AWA? A. Over the years, APHIS has received increasing complaints from the public about the lack of monitoring and oversight of the health and humane treatment of dogs and other pets sold sight unseen—often over the Internet. Our primary goal is to ensure that certain people who sell pets at retail sight unseen are regulated under the AWA, so that these animals can be monitored by our Agency for their health and humane treatment. To do that, we revised the definition of “retail pet store” in our regulations to bring the animals involved in these “sight unseen” transactions under regulation so that they receive basic standards of care. We also provided greater regulatory latitude for certain types of small breeding operations consistent with this change. Q. How many comments did you receive on the proposed rule? A. The proposed rule to amend the definition of a retail pet store was published on May 16, 2012, and included a 60-day public comment period. At the request of stakeholders, the comment period was extended an additional 30 days and closed on August 15, 2012. During the 90-day comment period, we received more than 210,000 comments: 75,584 individual comments and 134,420 signed form letters. We also received 213,000 signatures on petitions submitted by organizations supporting or opposing the proposed rule. We reviewed every comment we received and, based on stakeholder feedback, we made a number of changes to the final rule. BASICS OF FINAL RULE Q. Under the final rule, what is the new definition of a retail pet store? A. In the final rule, “retail pet store” means a place of business or residence at which the seller, buyer, and the animal available for sale are physically present so that every buyer may personally observe the animal prior to purchasing and/or taking custody of it after purchase. By personally observing the animal, the buyer is exercising public oversight over the animal and in this way is helping to ensure its health and humane treatment. Retailers who sell their pet animals to customers in face-to-face transactions do not have to obtain an AWA license because their animals are subject to such public oversight. Under the AWA regulations, a “retail pet store” is also a place where only the following animals are sold or offered for 50 Dog News
sale as pets: dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, rats, mice, gophers, chinchillas, domestic ferrets, domestic farm animals, birds, and coldblooded species. It is important to note, however, that APHIS does not regulate domestic farm animals used for food and fiber, or coldblooded species. Q. Why did APHIS revise the definition of a retail pet store? A. This fulfills a commitment APHIS first made in response to an Office of Inspector General (OIG) audit recommendation. The OIG audit found that more than 80 percent of sampled breeders were not licensed under the AWA because they sold pets over the Internet and claimed “retail pet store” status. As a result, the OIG found that these breeders were not being monitored or inspected to ensure their animals’ overall health and humane treatment, which led to some buyers receiving unhealthy pets—especially dogs. In its 2010 report, the OIG recommended that such operations should not enjoy “retail pet store” status, and the resulting exemption from consumer oversight and APHIS inspection. This final rule achieves what the OIG suggested. It also fulfills APHIS’ commitment made in response to a “We the People” petition to the White House. The previous regulatory definition of “retail pet store” was developed more than 40 years ago. It was meant to include traditional pet stores, hobby breeders, and other retail businesses where customers could personally observe an animal for sale prior to purchasing and/or taking custody of it. Such establishments were not regulated under the AWA because it was assumed that customers were providing public oversight simply by being able observe the animals prior to purchasing or taking custody of them. By revising the definition of “retail pet store” to require retailers engaging in sight-unseen sales to be regulated, we are bringing more pet animals sold at retail under the protection of the AWA. We are also ensuring that the definition of “retail pet store” within our regulations is consistent with the AWA. Q. How will the final rule affect traditional retail pet stores? A. The final rule will not affect traditional retail pet stores. These “brick and mortar” stores will continue to be exempt from Federal licensing and inspection under the AWA just as they have been. However, traditional retail pet stores that also sell animals sight unseen must be licensed and inspected. Q. Why is it important for a buyer to observe an animal personally before taking custody of it? A. Personal observation of an animal is an important way that a buyer can evaluate the health and humane treatment of the animal. This requirement is implicit in the AWA itself and was implicit in the original definition of “retail pet store” in our regulations; the final rule makes it explicit. Q. Do sellers who breed pets at their residences have to allow buyers into their homes in order to be considered a retail pet store? A. No. The regulation allows for sales to take place at any location agreed upon by the seller and the buyer. This could be a home but it could also be another mutually agreeable location. Continued on page 100
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The Fancy Speaks PART ONE
By David L. and Deborah L. Anthony
Thoughts For Putting On A Successful Dog Show
an we convince the AKC that they need to start at the bottom and work their way up to revive our beloved sport? The horizon has changed and in order to meet the challenge, we need our leaders to approach the situation with a new plan and show the guidance that is much overdo. Today’s average dog shows are considerably different from years ago. The planning and attention to detail is vastly different.
We have all heard more than once that, “hey it will all come together and we will be fine.” That doesn’t work anymore. Showchairs and committee members are running a large business enterprise nowadays and those who don’t approach it with that frame of mind are destined to failure. We need to learn new ways and get creative in order to keep the sport alive and the public interested in our hobby. If the AKC would evaluate those shows that are successful and publish those techniques for others to learn, it would greatly help the novice and experience showchairs alike, improve and possibly save their ailing events. How about a business plan for all shows to review and consider, help us get our events going so that those entries can increase and the public will come and the cash flow can return! The following is just an example of some things that should be considered when planning an event. No doubt there are many more and again, it must be reiterated that guidance form our leaders is crucial in planning the future of our hobby. Years ago, we were approached about becoming show
chairs for our local kennel club. For as long as anyone could remember, we held a one-day show on Father’s Day. The location of the event changed a couple of times over the years but only a few of the old-time members remembered those locations. During the hay day of dog shows, everyone would travel from show to show and think nothing of packing up from the Saturday show and traveling 50 or so miles to the Sunday event. Gas was much cheaper, entries were bigger and fees were much less. As all of you know, that has changed. Not really knowing much about the inside story on how to put on a show, my wife and I dove headlong into the job. The first year we made about $300 after all expenses. We made the usual mistakes, but managed to get through it. Being no one else in the organization was willing to take over; we plunged into the second year. That show lost a few dollars. My wife and I decided that we needed to seriously look at the situation and present some alternatives. Mind you, change is never easy. Our first presentation ended with “we have always done it this way and we see no need to change” and “we don’t need to make any money, things will improve.” We disagreed and started talking to anyone and everyone that had knowledge of dog shows. We took notice of the successful ones and made notes of those that were fading fast and some that have now closed up shop. With that in mind, we made suggestions, compromised on a few issues and finally, after having a record meeting attendance and narrowly winning the vote, the club allowed us to make significant changes to the total program, although this left a sour taste for some to swallow. The following is broken down so that a club or chairperson can easily look at some options to consider for each topic. No doubt there are more that could be added to each and some may not apply at all, but in general, it should give you something to think about. We would have loved to have had such an article when we first started the process years ago. As we stood at a beautiful venue a few months ago and watched a nearly empty hall on Saturday night for Best In Show, we talked to the AKC representative about the poor turn out and general lack of enthusiasm that it presented. After another lengthy conversation, she suggested that we produce this article so that others might have a guide to help them improve their shows. Continued on page 106
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Upside OF The Seesaw By Sharon Anderson
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lans are still in full swing for the few that are attending the World Agility Championship in South Africa on October 10th weekend. A couple of team members have withdrawn due to a dog injury and person injuring themselves; so the team will be a small but enthusiastic group of eight competing. Ann Braue of Wisconsin is the volunteer coach of the team and she has an impressive winning world team record and should bring this group to the podium for sure. I can only assume FCI may be regretting following thru with hosting the event in South Africa as it appears there are only eight countries with teams entered: Austria; Czech Republic; Germany; Norway; Spain; Switzerland; USA and South Africa. Some of the countries like the USA have entered less than a full team of 12 dogs and handlers. Due to the small entry of teams, the Friday competition is now the African Open and the Championship runs will be on Saturday and Sunday. The list of the entertainment presented at the opening ceremony is impressive. The event next year will be a full complement of countries I would assume as it is back on home turf of Europe with Luxemburg in 2014 followed by Italy in 2015. Watch for full coverage on the AKC website and live streaming is available for a fee. To find the streaming information or more about the event go to www.FCIAgility2013 -world championship. The European Open held in July in Belgium was a huge success with many placements. There were 23 competitors that represented the USA well. Coach Nancy Gyes and Assistant coach, Karen Holik, had their hands full with such a large team to work with but it paid off. The European Open will become a regular on the show circuit for many in the future but not as a sponsored AKC team but as individuals that loved the event. This year several of the USA team members stayed in Europe and gave seminars and continued to trial there. Another group moved on to England and also competed in one of the larger events, which is a first since it has always been an invite to Crufts for the USA. Agility has truly become global.
Westminster is setting a new first with the announcing of the agility trial to be held with the conformation event. It will be in the evening as expected but surprisingly it will also feature them on the TV coverage on Monday and Tuesday. They are following the international flavor by bringing in one judge from England and one judge from Oregon. It will remain to be seen if the draw will be necessary for the 225 allowed entries. Agility people who are not the seasoned conformation exhibitors might find midtown New York a bit daunting. My hope is that the local community, which has high caliber exhibitors, fully supports the entry and they should give a good performance on the popular TV airing. This has been a long time coming and I will be urging all to attend and prove that this was the right decision on the part of the Westminster staff. www. westminsterkennelclub.org/2014/show/ news/agility082813.html.
he AKC Agility Advisory committee has met and put in long days, nights, hours and months in reality for the sport. The AKC website invited everyone to send in their suggestions for three months and then all were sent directly to the committee to be reviewed before the meeting. They have studied every suggestion sent in and fairly dissected each person’s opinion. This is what has always been the case in agility. I believe it is why the sport has remained so popular and equal to all. Committee members were made up of the most often hired judges who see the every weekend issues of a trial and exhibitor on a regular basis and some of the AKC reps and the Agility Director. A huge undertaking and now we wait to see what changes will be implemented. The first one that has come out immediately is the requirement of a breakaway tire at trials. This is a good start. Next up is the exciting AKC Agility Invitational in Orlando on December 1315, 2014. This will be the time to show off the top five of each breed in agility. There will be four USA judges and one from England, Graham Partridge. Graham works with The Kennel Club board for events such as Crufts which he has judged as well as being a popular judge all over Europe. The last two years have been run on “sod”.
“Each year the junior program has grown and this is one of the best signs of a healthy sport. Way to go parents.”
This was not working out as they could not keep the rings consistent due to the surface. The good news is they are returning to the matting used in the past that is top flight and will make exhibitors very happy in the quality and consistency from ring to ring. There will be three rings this year to help make the days a little shorter because of the ever growing entry due to more breeds being accepted into the AKC fold. The third Junior Agility competition will be held on Friday with this year the juniors being invited to also run in Time2Beat. This popular class will be a good showcase for the juniors. Each year the junior program has grown and this is one of the best signs of a healthy sport. Way to go parents. Next up on the planning schedule is the AKC National Agility Championship. This was a struggle to get everything out for publication due to contract issues but it is set
for Harrisburg, Pa on March 28-30, 2014. It is interesting that the possibility of the event starting on Thursday, March 27 has been listed on the AKC website. This will be decided one week after closing Jan. 18, 2014. The limit of five rings on dirt at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center does not allow for expansion if the entry becomes as large as expected. It is time for the obedience shows to break away from agility and not limit where the agility Nationals can be held to accommodate obedience. Keeping obedience and agility together requires two different types of facilities therefore it is time to separate the new obedience event out from the Agility Nationals in my opinion. Having them together for the Invitational works well but not for the Nationals. The new agility rep, Rhonda Crane from Iowa, is finding out how much work is required of a rep in agility but loves it. She has been a great addition to the staff. Now hopefully one more rep will be hired to balance out the work load and replace those that have retired. Dog News 57
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lenged.) VOLVO approaches the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel on schedule. Not having an EZ Pass, I slide to the far right, cash only lane. “OK, 2-Axle Vehicle - $4.00” I say to myself. I hand the cashier two Ones.. “May I please have a receipt,” I add. “Thank you---have a nice evening,” I further offer, knowing anyone who spends their working hours confined to a two-by-four cube, collecting tolls, needs all the love they can get. DROID verbally instructs me forward, “Get down boogie oogie oogie” morphs into Jim Croce’s “I Got a Name.” Like the pine trees lining the winding road I got a name, I got a name Like the singing bird and the croaking toad I got a name, I got a name And I carry it with me like my daddy did But I’m living the dream that he kept hid Moving me down the highway Moving me down the highway Rolling me down the highway Moving ahead so life won’t pass me by Jim’s humble voice provides me the enduring hope and strength to complete the journey, but I am thrown off guard when he, along with DROID’S navigational support, is dropped as VOLVO plunges deep into the Harbor Tunnel. “Damn it! I have lost my connections, my guidance, my support--so much for moving my ass down the highway,” I mutter to the two red tails lights in front of my car. The radio system continues to offer static noise and DROID is now completely dead. I press and hold the “on” button in hopes of rebooting the device. No luck. It’s dead…dead…dead. I wiggle the power adapter and again, no connection, no power, no DROID. “What in the hell am I going to do? I have no idea where I am going, I do not have a map and even if I did, I can’t remember how to read one,” I proclaim. A flicker of daylight appears ahead. The radio sputters, slowly returning to its normal frequency. If you’re going my way, I’ll go with you Moving me down the highway “Jim----- shut the hell up, life is passing me by and I have no idea where the hell I am going!” I continue to drive, without DROID’S help, and come to the third toll opportunity---Maryland Transportation Authority – JFK Memorial Highway, Lane 6, 2-Axle Vehicle - $8.00, Cash Only Lane. “Thank you! May I please have a receipt? – Have a great evening,” I once again tender. Jim Croce smoothly blends his voice into John58 Dog News
ny Nash. Twenty seconds later, I read an overhead sign – Chesapeake House Welcome Center 1.5 miles ahead. I can see clearly now, the rain is gone, I can see all obstacles in my way Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright) Sun-Shiny day. I join Johnny, blasting out the melody, as if anyone and everyone were listening. VOLVO enters the Chesapeake House Welcome Center. I collect DROID’s AC power cord adapter from Man-Bag before exiting VOLVO. The first thing I do as I enter the Welcome Center is go to the restroom. Once the essential task is completed, I locate a power source in the main lobby area, low to the ground, next to an ATM machine. I remove the battery from the back of DROID, re-install it, connect the power cord, plug it into the wall, and sit on the floor and wait for my driving companion to come back to life. Six minutes and thirty-one second pass and DROID’s lifeline is temporarily restored. I collect my belongings, purchase a Grande Iced Coffee with Double Espresso from Starbucks, return to VOLVO, connect DROID to the car’s internal power source and return to JFK Memorial Highway. I choose not to return to my 70’s music revolution, giving my full attention to DROID’s comforting navigational instructions and to the healing powers of caffeine. Approaching the fourth toll of the trip, I release the Starbucks plastic cup from my right hand, collect the leather wallet lying on the passenger seat and wait in the Cash Only Lane 5 to be served. Class: 02, $4.00. “Thank you! May I have a receipt, please?” “Have a nice evening.” I place the receipt for the Delaware Turnpike with the others and continue the journey to the entrance of the New Jersey Turnpike. The starkly unfriendly yellow machine spits a ticket in my direction. I pull the ticket from its mouth, place it in the center console, with the other cash receipts and drive to New Jersey Turnpike Exit 9, Lane 7, Class 01, Entry 001--- $6.50, Collector ID: 016268. “Thank you! May I have a receipt please? Perfect, have a nice night.” The Holiday Inn, Somerset / Bridgewater, is the host hotel. My arrival is forty-two minutes later than I planned. I approach the reception desk with black-ballistic-nylon-rolling-garment-bag and Man-Bag in tow. “Hello, I am with the kennel
club, the name is Michael Faulkner, I am here for three nights…” Before I can finish, the gentleman says, “Yes, Mr. Faulkner, I have your reservation and your Priority number has been added. Please initial here, here, and here, and sign here acknowledging the rate.” I do as instructed, hand over my credit card and wait. “Sir, please select one of our two snack options for being a valued Priority Member and you also receive a free bottle of water.” “I’ll take the granola bar. Thank you.” I reply. “Here is a Priority coupon for your use in the restaurant, three breakfast vouchers, the WiFi pass code and your room is number 518. Have a nice evening.” He turns and answers an incoming call. I turn, walk down the hall, enter the elevator, hit number 5 and wait. Room 518 is to my right and to the end of a very long hallway. Room 518 is on the left side of the long hallway. I pull the hotel key folder containing the electronic coded room key along with my Priority Club incentives from my right front pocket. Sorting through the various coupons, I find no room key. I look again. No key. “Son of a@*($)@^()*#$” I growl openly, with my teeth clenched. Re-implementing deep breathing strategies, I proceed back down the long hallway, into the elevator, to the Lobby Level, walk to the reception desk and wait for the gentleman to finish with two other guests. “Sir, I do believe you forgot to put the room key in the folder,” I politely say. “Oh! Well! You are correct. I am so sorry. Here is your key… and have a nice evening,” he offers. I once again return to the elevator, hit floor number 5, turn right, walk down the long hallway and enter room 518. The first thing I do is unpack. I hang clothes, place other garments in drawers, plug DROID and IPAD into wall sockets, check e-mail, call Big Michael, and set DROID’S alarm for 5:00 AM. I plan twenty minutes for my morning coffee in bed, thirty minutes to shower/shave, ten minutes for ironing, fifteen minutes to dress, thirty minutes to eat breakfast, fifteen minutes to return to room 518 to brush my teeth in support of a 7:00 AM departure from the hotel to the show grounds - North Branch Park, 355 Milltown Road, Bridgewater, NJ. The alarm goes off exactly as planned---5:00 AM. I rise, have my coffee, complete my morning routine and begin to dress for the first day of judging. Dressed in underwear, t-shirt and my dress shirt I retrieve my blazer and slacks from the closet. No slacks! I look on the floor. I look on other hangers. “No freakin way! I left my pants at home!!!!” I curse vociferously. “OK, I will have to wear the suit that I was planning on wearing for Sunday’s show and I will have to go shopping tomorrow for additional pants,” I quietly remark. I
TheLighter Side of Judging pull on the dark navy slacks, slide open the top drawer of the chest of drawers and collect a pair of socks. I begin to stretch one of the socks over my left foot and notice they do not match. I go back to the dresser drawer and pull all three pairs of socks free for inspection. “Unbelievable–Louise (our house keeper) has magically matched three pairs of socks with close cousins and no two come close to being a unified pair!” I painfully grumble from the depth of my soul. I reconfigure the collection of six individual patterned socks in an attempt to make the best of a bad situation and place two dark argyle patterned socks of different colors on my feet. “Hell, no one will even notice,” I say knowing full well that it will not be the case. My slight morning disasters leave me having to adjust my schedule. I opt out of breakfast, eat my Priority granola bar instead and leave room 518 on time at 7:00 AM. I meet up with fellow judges and friends, MR.DC and MS. LM, outside the main entrance of the hotel and offer them a ride to the show. MR.DC enters VOLVO and before sitting asks, “Mikey, do you mind if I throw your used Starbucks cup away before we leave?” “Of course not---be my guest,” I chuckle, wishing he would come to Holly Springs, our home, and give Louise a lesson or two. MR.DC and MS.LM serve as useful navigators---reading from the printed directions supplied by the club. We experience no difficulties in locating our destination. It is a glorious weather day. We enter the park, drive around the perimeter, and follow the signs to official parking. We then walk to the club’s hospitality tent. This particular dog show weekend is extra special, as it marks the twentieth anniversary of Take the Lead. In celebration, starting tomorrow---Saturday through Sunday, Take the Lead is having a “Bake the Lead” sale, offering assorted confections for sale to the fancy. Amy Green, Toni Sosnoff, Pam Beale, and several other members of the Take the Lead Board of Directors will be on hand to execute the fundraiser in celebration of the anniversary, and to also to unveil the new 2014 Membership Pins. Quickly, I make the rounds offering
morning greetings and beeline to ring number three for the start of judging. I am thrilled to begin the morning with 66 Labradors followed by 5 Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers, 34 English Springer Spaniels and at 1:00 PM, 68 Golden Retrievers. My ring steward is a gracious, no nonsense woman---MS.V. “We are going to get along just fine,” I whisper into my judge’s book, while she calls the first class into the ring. ON THE DAY---I choose a very typey, tight-knit black puppy as the winner of the class. MS.V, never missing a beat, has the next group of dogs ready at ringside. In, out, and around. The two of us make an efficient team. I finish the Open Yellow Dog Class, and MS.V calls the various class winners into the ring for Winners Dog. “Please line them up and let them stand on their own,” I instruct. “OK, please take them around the ring, nice and easy, one at a time to the end of the line,” I direct. Then, I choose the Open Yellow Dog Class Winner as Winners Dog. He is handled by a young gentleman that I have never seen before. “How refreshing!” I think to myself. The Bitch classes proves to be more exciting than the dog classes, with an outstanding Open Black Bitch class putting the icing on the cake. I vacillate back and forth between two entries. In the end, I select number 26 as the winner of the class and as Winners Bitch, she is handled by the same young gentleman who showed the Winners Dog. Eleven Champions now enter the ring for Best of Breed---five dogs and six bitches, followed by Winners Dog and Winners Bitch. MS. V keeps things moving on her end. Not wasting any time, I examine all and begin taking each one around the ring for one last evaluation. The young gentleman who handled the two class winners is exhibiting a black bitch Special, forcing him to send the two class winners into the ring with alternate handlers. The man showing the Winners Bitch does an exceptional job. “Sir, please bring my Winners Bitch over here,” I say and point to the front of the line. I choose black dog number 27 to follow in behind, then two more. “Thank you – Best of Breed, Best of Winners, Best of Opp, Select, Select,” I clearly communicate awarding my Winners Bitch the Best of Breed--ON THE DAY---to thunderous applause. I say
nothing while handing out the ribbons, while deep down inside, I know that have been afforded one of those rare judging moments. On THE DAY, I found an outstanding representative of the breed. “You have restored my faith in judging,” JQ, a well-known Labrador breeder/ handler shares from ringside. “I called that one yesterday,” JQ says with a broad smile across her face. “I had the faith that you would find her.” MS.V and I clip through the Toller entry and the start of Springer Spaniel judging begins promptly at 11:00 AM. I am aware and know most of the breeders, exhibitors and handlers of the various gundog breeds that are exhibited and I would be a liar, if I denied that. I am extremely careful to maintain professional protocol when judging, despite the urge to call people by their first names, ask them about their family, their health, their vacations plans, etc. The beautiful thing for me is that everyone--or almost everyone--- knows that I will judge a dog ON THE DAY. It does not matter if I have awarded it a Best in Show, if my mother owns it, if BIG MICHAEL loves it, if the Queen of England bred and owns it, if it is handled by a novice or a professional---if, in my opinion, it is not the best dog ON THE DAY…it will not win. My Winners Dog and Winners Bitch in English Springer Spaniels both come from the puppy classes for major wins. Best of Breed, not unlike the Labrador entry, is deep and filled with several dogs that I have judged in the past, awarded top prizes, handled by individuals I know and owned by people I know. There are two dog and five bitch specials. I examine and gait each one and process multiple levels of breed specific details before making my final choice. I remove all memory of past wins, and past judging experiences from the equation. I focus ON THE DAY---not who is handling the dogs, not who is sitting at ringside, not who bred the dogs, but on outline, movement, carriage, type, condition, coat and structure. I choose a young dog that I have never judged before for Best of Breed---number 43, knowing that ON ANOTHER DAY, AT ANOTHER DOG SHOW, another dog has a fair chance of winning. After lunch, at 12:50 pm I return to ring three for the start of Golden Retrievers at 1:00 PM. MS. V has everything under control. I scan the ring and the crowd, noticing the exhibitors and those seated at ringside are in good spirits. I am overjoyed to see two longtime friends who have come to the show to watch the breed and, more specifically, to see me. Knowing the Continued on page 70
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ome may find it hard to believe, but it’s legal in most states for insurance companies to charge homeowners higher premiums or to refuse to renew a policy based solely on the breed of dog a homeowner owns. Dog owners who own homes often find themselves in the quandary of deciding whether or not to give up their dog or their long standing insurance policy regardless of whether or not the dog is well trained and well behaved or whether it has ever bitten, attacked or shown aggression towards anyone. Homeowners with long-standing insurance policies who have never even filed a claim have suddenly found themselves without insurance, their policies dropped because of the breed of dog they own. A bill being considered in Massachusetts is seeking to put an end to that. Bill H.918, sponsored by Anne M. Gobi, would prevent insurance companies from refusing to issue or renew, cancel or charge an increased rate for homeowners’ insurance based on the breed of dog a homeowner owns. The bill has been referred to the Joint Committee on Financial Services and a hearing has been scheduled for September 17 at 1:00 P.M. in State House Room A-1. The American Kennel Club and the Massachusetts Federation of Dog Clubs and Responsible Dog Owners support Bill H. 918 and they are urging all who are able to attend the hearing and voice support for the bill as well. All dog owners in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, particularly those who own the bully breeds and other breeds that are often targeted by this type of legislation (Doberman Pinschers, Rottweilers, Mastiffs, etc.) should contact the members of the Joint Committee on Financial Services to cordially inform them of their strong support of the bill, explaining how important the bill is to them as both responsible dog and homeowners. As currently written the bill seems like sound and fair legislation:
Section 1. As used in this act: “Insurer” means any insurer engaged in the business of homeowners. Section 2. No insurance company offering homeowners insurance coverage in Massachusetts issuing a policy or contract insuring against liability for injury to any person or injury to or destruction of property arising out of ownership or lease of residential property shall refuse to issue or renew, cancel or charge or impose an increased premium or rate of such a policy or contract based in whole or in part, upon the harboring of any specific breed or breeds of dog upon such real property. Section 3. If any such dog has been designated as a dangerous dog pursuant to current statutes, the provisions in this section shall in no manner prohibit an insurer from refusing to issue or renew 66 Dog News
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or from canceling any such contact or policy, nor from imposing an increased premium or rate for such a policy or contract. Section 4. This act shall take effect on the 60th day after enactment. Section 5. All dog bites/attacks that result in medical attention must be reported to: the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) within 60 days of the incident, using a standardized format. The report shall include, but not be limited to, the following information: • Time, date and location of incident • Name, address, phone number of the dogs owner(s) and the same for the victim(s) of the attack • The breed of dog: Actual breed, mixed breed including two breeds, beyond two breeds the breed should be listed as unknown mixed breed. • A narrative description of the circumstances of the act, detailing the events involved in the incident. Section 6. DPH shall compile statistics regarding the nature of each dog incident, which shall be made available to all insurers and the general public upon request. Section 7. Failure to report such dog bite/ attack within the required time shall release the insurer from the liability of paying for damages incurred. It’s tough to find fault with any of that verbiage. It’s succinct, protects responsible dog owners and holds irresponsible dog owners accountable. A similar bill was introduced earlier this year in New York, though it never made it all the way through the tangled legislative maze, but it’s hoped that it will resurface when legislative sessions resume. Now that the White House
has officially condemned BSL, perhaps more states will make a motion to eliminate it entirely, including when it’s practiced by insurance companies. Dog owners in Massachusetts can find contact information for members of the Joint Committee on Financial Services at https://malegislature. gov/Committees/Joint/J11. For more information they can email the AKC Government Relations Department at email@example.com or the Massachusetts Federation of Dog Clubs and Responsible Dog Owners at info@firstname.lastname@example.org, two organizations that have done yeoman’s work in the canine legislation area. The AKC’s official Position Statement on HOMEOWNERS’ INSURANCE AND DANGEROUS DOGS, which dog owners may want to site when drafting their correspondence, is, as stated on its website: The American Kennel Club believes that insurance companies should determine coverage of a dog-owning household based on the dog’s deeds, not the dog’s breed. If a dog is a well-behaved member of the household and the community, there is no reason to deny or cancel coverage. In fact, insurance companies should consider a dog an asset, a natural alarm system whose bark may deter intruders and prevent potential theft. The MassFed, whose membership includes 39 allbreed, specialty, training and performance dog clubs, as well as individual members, has been no stranger to antidog owning and breeding legislation, but the good news is it has been singled out in its ability to successfully combat attempts to restrict dog owners’ rights and in 2012 it was the recipient of the Walter Bebout Memorial Award for Leadership in Canine Legislation by the AKC. Mr. Bebout was the former Director of AKC’s Government Relations Department and the award named in his honor comes with a $1,000 check to help offset costs associated with legislative efforts. Current Director of the AKC’s GR Dept., Sheila Goffe, wrote at the time of the MassFed’s recognition, that the MassFed “has long been a model for other states in its level of activity and organization.” This bodes well for Bill H.918 becoming a law, but as dog owners have learned, there is no time to be complacent. Get behind Bill H.918 to ensure it becomes a reality and it, like the MassFed, can serve as an example for responsible dog owners across the country to emulate. Correction: In last week’s Off The Leash column, erroneous information was reported regarding food companies involved in recent recalls. What should have appeared is the following: Proctor & Gamble, owner of Iams and 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.
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Summer is a time of freedom and fun for school aged children but for Young Kennel Club (YKC) members it’s a time to have fun with your dogs, get creative (and competitive) and most importantly, build memories with new friends.
By Lucy Smith
his July, Brooksby College in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire saw the return of eighty dog-loving children and their four legged friends who took part in a week of fun filled tail wagging action at the YKC Summer Camp. The camp is open to members aged between 6-15 years of age and along with their families and most importantly, their dogs, they arrive on site in their caravans or tents for a week of dog training and fun social events. Camp is all about learning new skills as well as developing those that members already have and each member is encouraged to have a go at each training activity that their dog is capable of taking part in so that they at least try everything over the course of the week. Experience has taught us that more often than not, members (or their dogs) find a new activity they excel at which they would never have had the courage to try in a more competitive environment. A typical day at the camp includes four one-hour training sessions for the children and their dogs and a selection of team time activities. This year the training on offer included agility, flyball, obedience, Good Citizen Dog Scheme, grooming and handling. The programme was once again packed with a range of activities and evening entertainment that kept youngsters busy from morning till night. We were lucky to have lots of great
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trainers and visitors this year, but one pair who caused quite a storm were the winners of Britain’s Got Talent, Ashleigh and Pudsey, who came on site to meet the members and film a segment about camp with a popular UK breakfast programme. Everyone was up bright and early to take part in the broadcast and meet one of our most famous YKC members in person! One of the best parts of camp is undoubtedly the team activities and social programme and 2013 was no exception. Led by Fay Moore, a team of eight senior members were on hand as team leaders to guide and encourage the younger members through the social activities to encourage everyone to get to know one another better and work as a team. The younger members benefit enormously from being mentored by older members of the club, who more often than not, once attended camp themselves. The first evening saw members getting to know one another and their team leaders with a gentle team challenge to Decorate Cakes whilst their parents braved the elements with Bring a BBQ outside in the rain. Top points went to all of the teams for their enthusiasm and the parents for their perseverance with the British elements! This was followed by an evening to Get Crafty where teams were given a number of challenges trying to gain as many points as possible. It has to be said that competition was fierce and that a number of parent helpers had to be gently adjudicated by Fay for assisting the members!
Monday night saw the arrival of the Street Dance team to put members through their paces which proved to be as exciting as it was exhausting, but thankfully, everyone regained their energy for Tuesday evening, when the teams dressed in their best, and put their best feet forward for Sports Night. There were some brave efforts on the field and everyone involved put in 100% effort on each race. Wednesday evening was time to head back indoors for Family Games, where everyone on site could take part to win points and prizes. Which leads us to the final night, the infamous talent night and once again, all teams put in remarkable performances and made the judging extremely difficult. However, there could only be one overall winner on the evening, which was taken by The Tigers, who did an excellent rendition of a Glee mash up Hit Me With Your Best Shot/ One Way Or Another.
ll through the week teams had been earning points through social activities and training (as well as some other sneakier ways of achieving points) to try and be crowned the Camp 2013 Winning Team. After a close battle, the accolade went to James Thornton and his team, The Bears. Congratulations and enjoy your reign! After another exhausting year, parents, trainers and members agreed that nothing can match the enthusiasm and innovation of YKC camp – it really is a summer holiday with a difference.
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ladies did not have an entry in the show, I take a moment to visit with PS and BK (two longtime classy friends who have shown many dogs to me over the years and never once spouted a negative, nasty word about winning or losing) before the start of judging. ON THE DAY---my Winners Dog and Winners Bitch are both Golden Retrievers that I had indeed judged before. Both Handlers inform me that I had awarded their exhibits Reserve Winners at the recent Yankee Golden Retriever Specialty show. In a class of 18 Champions, I award Best of Breed to a dog that I have never seen before. I am delighted when the owner, an unassuming lady, whom I have also never seen before, graciously thanks me for the win. Friday, the first day of judging, proves to be interesting. I linger around and watch the various group and best in show judging. Then, MR.DC and MS.LM join me in VOLVO for the quick drive back to the host hotel. MR.DC proves not to be as efficient with navigation as he was in morning. We wander slightly off track. “We are going the wrong way,” MS.LM shares from the back seat. “I don’t understand,” MR.DC adds. I continue to drive, hoping for a place to pull over. “Hand me DROID from the side pocket of Man-Bag,” I ask MS. LM. She passes DROID over my right shoulder. I am thankful he is full of power and we do not have to find an alternate power source. Tapping the screen several times, the App for navigation appears. I choose voice activate. “Holiday Inn, Somerset –Bridgewater,” I announce directly into DROID. Three seconds later, DROID informs me of its decision…“Make a right turn in 500 feet onto to Cherry Lane.” VOLVO cuts across two lanes. I swerve onto Cherry Lane and we begin backtracking our way to the hotel. MR.DC and MS.LM retreat to their rooms. I agree to meet fellow judge/friend MS.LDX and her friend JAM for dinner and drinks, before closing out the day. We are meeting in the hotel bar / restaurant in thirty minutes. “Just enough time for me to take a quick shower and change,” I say while entering the elevator to room 518. MS.LDX is on the judging panel tomorrow. I am afforded the luxury of a day off. I 70 Dog News
plan on sleeping until 7 AM, buying a few baked goods at the local Wegmans bakery for the Bake the Lead sale, going to the show in support of Take the Lead and visiting with my dear friends, DR.DS and SISTERJ, who will be arriving tomorrow, from Long Island for a visit. Dinner and drinks with MS.LDX and JAM prove to be cathartic and relaxing. I return to 518 fat, happy, ready for a new day, and ready for new ON THE DAY experiences. Having left several articles of clothing home, I am forced to wear a pair of plaid shorts, a black T-shirt, a jean jacket and sandals to the dog show. I complete the very casual attire with my Take the Lead anniversary cap and my Wayfarer sunglasses. I pull into Wegmans parking lot at 8:35 AM. The bakery section is huge. I walk around attempting to locate various items that would be appealing to the fancy, without projecting my personal likes and dislikes into the equation. It is hopeless---too many choices, too many different styles, too many different textures, too many different tastes. It is a sensory explosion all around. “Relax, relax,” I say while at the same time implementing deep breathing exercises. Slowly I walk the various aisles, evaluate the hundreds of items, and come to the realization that in order to successfully choose various baked goods for Bake the Lead, I will have to focus on what is appealing to me ON THE DAY. If I do this, I will successfully choose items that will invariably prove to be fruitful for the Sale. I select a beautifully sculpted apple tart, several glazed almond croissants, and a selection of raspberry finger tarts. I pull into Official Parking at 9:36 AM and without deviation go to the Take the Lead/Bake the Lead tent. The energy surrounding mounds of icing, sugar, fruit, flour and chocolate is intoxicating. The volunteers are busy at work. It is impossible not to smile when in the company of such wonderful ladies. The group is working like industrious little bees---arranging, tagging, pricing and displaying gobs upon gobs of sweetness. I hand over my bag of goodies. “Thank you, thank you,” they collectively offer. “Now, Michael---you can help out in the back, but you cannot sell since you are judging this
weekend,” the ladies insist. “ON THE DAY, I will be persuaded by the purchase of a two-dollar, homemade Twinkie.” I mentally amuse myself with the concept, totally aware of reality vs. perception, and the need to be above board. The Saturday afternoon is complete when DR.DS and SISTERJ appear. We talk non-stop for hours, watch various breeds being judged, enjoy lunch and never once stop laughing. ON THE DAY, we decide that our lives are at pivotal junctures. We decide to make every effort to visit one another and not just at dog shows. Over lunch, we personally make the commitment to plan trips to each other’s homes in the months and years to come. We also plan a dessert-attack on BAKE THE LEAD. I leave before DR.DS and SISTERJ and return to the TAKE THE LEAD tent, I sit quietly in the back, watching my fellow sister-board-members exchange cash for cupcakes, cookies, pies and other assorted sweet treats. Five minutes after my return, DR.DS and SISTERJ approach BAKE THE LEAD. “Oh, DR.DS and SISTERJ!!” the sister-board-members chortle, and then fall over the two visitors, hoping to make a sweet sale. “What would you like to buy?” two ask at the same time. “Well, we would like to buy dessert, but I would like that man to wait on me.” DR.DS says while pointing decisively in my direction. I stand, approach the table displaying yards and yards of confection and boldly state, “I am happy to serve you, but I cannot take your money--I will buy your cupcakes for you.” “Can we have kisses too?” DR.DS and SISTERJ ask, almost in unison. “Of course!” I proclaim. Each points out their cupcake of choice. I pay the ladies and they all watch as I lean over, providing extra sugar to each. “You know, this kissing thing might be another fundraising option for the organization,” DR.DS whispers in my ear. The rest of Saturday (my day off) is spent visiting with various respected friends, breeders and colleagues such as, MS.PC, MS.PP, MR.JM, MS.PL, MS.SS, MS.LDX, MR.EB, MS.BBM and others. I leave the showground, by myself, after the fourth group is judged. DROID successfully navigates the way. The weekend builds to a high note for me, personally, with the arrival of another dear
TheLighter Side of Judging friend MS.MLABRADOR, who is judging tomorrow, Sunday, for the Westchester Kennel Club. I enter through the sliding glass hotel-lobby door at the same time MS.MLABRADOR is walking to the bar/restaurant. I go directly to dinner. Seated at a large table in the center of the restaurant, a group, including another friend, MS.NR, offers seats and drinks our direction. “No thanks, I have not seen MS.MLABRADOR in a long time and we are going to dine together privately tonight. I hope you’re not offended,” I reply. Heads nod, smiles are shared, and we take a table for two to the far left side of the bar. MS.MLABRADOR hands me a large green gift bag. “Here---this is for you and there are also a few items for BIGMICHAEL, too.” “You really should not have,” I state. “No, these are items that I made for you and they are things that bring me great joy.” I carefully remove each item. A large bag of saltwater taffy for the two Michaels, a porcelain statue of a French Bulldog (looking just like our beloved Murphy French), and two handcrafted felt items personally made by MS.MLABRADOR. I have an affinity for goats and I am almost brought to tears when I remove the striped tissue paper from around the most exquisite three-dimensional felted goat. “I cannot believe you made this, let alone that you remembered my love for goats.” MS.MLABRADOR and I talk non-stop through dinner. We talk about our families, our house pets, our gardens, food, beekeeping, life in Florida, life in New Hampshire, life in Virginia and the details surrounding saltwater fishing. Plain and simple, it feels good to be in the company of a true friend. MS.MLABRADOR and I finish dinner. We agree to meet for breakfast in the morning and tag team to the show. She exits onto floor number 4 and I proceed to floor number 5. I layout my judging outfit for the Westchester Kennel Club Dog show. The slacks that I wore the first day are dusted off, re-pressed and hung up--along with the sport coat that I was going to wear the first day. I chose not to go shopping for an extra pair of pants, when I realized my suit pants would work just fine. Mismatched socks are placed next to my dress shoes and I pack all remaining items for the long drive home, after tomorrow’s judging. I phone BIGMICHAEL before bed, plug DROID and
IPAD into two electrical sockets, and attend to various before-bed details, check work e-mails and go to bed. Another beautiful day brings with it another new show and opportunities for new ON THE DAY judging experiences. My day of judging involves five different rings, spread across several acres. While running to each of the various rings, I remove all guilt for not having packed my running gear in preparation for a half-marathon in six weeks. Like Friday’s judging, I have two additional ON THE DAY experiences. I award a lovely German Shorthaired Pointer Dog and a beautiful Bearded Collie Bitch each Best of Breed at their respective specialty shows, having never judged them at the breed level before. ON THE DAY, they rose to the occasion over several top winners that I too have awarded significant wins. At 2:00 PM I complete judging, or so I thought, and find a seat in the club hospitality tent. At 2:20 I am tapped on my shoulder. “Excuse me, Michael--- ummmmmmmm---you are needed in Ring One for the start of your 2:15 assignment. “Shit! You have to be kidding me---OMG---I thought I was finished.” I grab Man-Bag and rush to the ring to judge 44 dogs. The highlight of my last few breeds of the day is Irish Wolfhounds. An absolutely gorgeous bitch Special is exhibited by yet another exhibitor that I have never seen before. I also recollect that this particular Wolfhound had not been the breed winner the two previous days. I do not let this skew my opinion, ON THE DAY. I, without reservation, award her Best of Breed and she goes on to win a Group 2, under the respected judge MR.FS. My last professional duty of the day is to judge the Sporting Group. I enter the group ring and take a seat alongside my friend MLABRADOR. We are both emotionally moved by the award presented to Westchester Kennel Club member, Dr. Bernard (Bud) McGivern. Thunderous applause erupts from the crowd, as MR.EB acknowledges BUD and his many accomplishments as a Westchester Kennel Club Member. Bud takes a seat. Together we watch the various groups in and out of the ring and we watch, too, as a few new winners take the top spots.
“Michael, you’re next---how do you want your dogs brought into the ring?” MR.EB politely asks. “I would like them to stay under the tent in the shade and stand behind their respective breed signs,” I reply. MR. EB and MR.TB call in the Sporting Group winners. I walk down the line and take pleasure in the depth of quality. “Well, Mr. Faulkner, you have your work cut out for you,” I say to myself while approaching the very first dog---the Brittany. From the first dog to the last---the Weimaraner, I am aware there are many Breed winners today that have won Best in Shows, Group Ones, Specialty Best in Shows, and so on. I concentrate on the task-at-hand and focus on judging the entries---ON THE DAY. I am overjoyed that MLABRADOR selected the same beautiful Open Black Bitch for her Best of Breed Winner. “God, I hope she can handle this group ring,” I think to myself during her individual examination. Oozing breed type, she does not disappoint on the move. I begin an internal dance, deep within, at the thought of her winning the group. I examine the remaining Best of Breed Winners, make a final cut of seven, take each one around the ring individually and award the Labrador first in the Sporting Group. I head to the official podium for group photos. After Best in Show, the Labrador bitch comes forward for her group-win picture. I am honored and thrilled to stand by her side, holding the large blue ribbon. I am even more thrilled to share the experience with Westchester Kennel Club members and Labrador experts, MR.TBIII and MS.BS. Moreover, I am thrilled to see my friend MLABRADOR watching in the distance. I leave the podium. I collect Man-Bag and walk toward VOLVO for the long drive home. As the journey begins, I also immediately re-visit and re-evaluate my choices over the weekend, in and out of the ring. This is an important step. If I do not evaluate my decisions, I shall not learn from them. I ask myself whether the outcome was what I expected. Would I do it again? What do I know now, that I did not know before this trip? Simple: By making important decisions in the ring---based on what is right, ON THE DAY---forces you to learn to face the consequences and have absolutely no regrets about them. And, I guess, you have to remember to pack your pants and always check your socks to make sure they match.
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Art Exhibit at the1988 Santa Barbara Dog Show
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ow for the Waterloo Cup coursing connection to the art show. Tom and Ann Stevenson were trophy hunting in London for their Santa Barbara Kennel Club show for the BIS winner to take home from the show as a keeper. The SBKC show, during its hey-day, was considered to be “The Show of Shows” around the world by some. They found a silver tray in an
antique shop with a likeness of an English Coursing Greyhound inscribed on the tray named Snowflight, with the date of 1882. There was no mention of a club or event. The Stevenson’s soon found that Snowflight was the 1882 winner of the world famed Waterloo Cup and did they quite by accident have the Waterloo Cup trophy in their possession? Well, not exactly, but the tray was bordered by silver link platelets with dog names and dates inscribed on the platelets. The
links formed a chain border around the edge of the tray. This Waterloo Cup serving tray was among the 24 exhibits at our art show/dinner. This chain will also be explained, along with pictured close-ups and history of the Waterloo Cup chain with the following time-line. The Stevenson’s concluded that the silver tray was an important part of history, and they decided the Waterloo Cup tray would be bequeathed to the AKC Museum of the Dog in 1992.
Time Line of the Waterloo Cup and Art Works
The Waterloo Cup began without much notice as an 8 Greyhound brace elimination coursing meeting in 1836. Held once a year, the next entry was doubled to 16 dogs, and it wasn’t long before it doubled again to 32 dogs.
An engraving from “The New Sporting Magazine.” (UK) This bitch Zillah was born in the London zoo. Salukis were seen rarely in England at the time and were a zoo exhibit! Zillah is in slips scanning the field for prey with her rear crouched at the ready to explode off the line once released.
Photo by Darin Collins
Master M’Grath was owned by Lord Lurgan and James Galway and was a little black Irish Coursing Greyhound at only 54 LBS. He was an unbeatable freak of nature and a legend in his own time. With his 3rd win of the Waterloo Cup, the waiting crowds in Ireland erupted with celebration late into the night with bonfires on the tops of the hills around Belfast in honor of Master M’Grath. He was the national hero of Great Britain. The ultimate honor was afforded Master M’Grath when Queen Victoria requested his attendance at Windsor Castle for the only royal audience for a dog in history. Queen Victoria did not approve of betting on dogs but could easily see this was an extraordinary Greyhound.
Photo: National Coursing Club (UK)
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The entry doubled again to 64 dogs and was the talk of London with prize money of $1,000. The Waterloo Cup did not have a cup yet for their trophy. Instead this was the first year they started a silver chain with each link inscribed with the year of the Waterloo Cup win and the name of the dog. The chain honored the winners with their links back to 1836.
Mr. Ford Hutchinson, owner of Honeymoon, who won the 1875 Waterloo Cup, proudly wears the Waterloo Cup chain. The chain was begun in 1857 and went back to 1836 honoring all the winners of the Waterloo Cup.
Time Line of the Waterloo Cup and Art Works
Snowflight, owned by Mr. T. Hall wins the Waterloo Cup. As there was still no Waterloo Cup trophy, many owners fashioned a cup or tray in honor of their win. On the evidence so far available, there was only one Waterloo Cup chain, and Mr. T. Hall managed to get a duplicate chain to fashion the border of the serving tray. He then inscribed a likeness of Snowflight with her name and 1882, the year of the win on the tray face. It was the silver tray of Snowflight that the Stevenson’s found in a London shop in the mid 1980’s.
The great Fullerton, a 66 lb dog owned by Col. North, wins the Waterloo Cup four consecutive times. Col. North created his own trophies for Fullerton’s wins, and in that way, it was not necessary to return them. Fullerton was stuffed and remains in the Natural History Museum-Domestic Dog section in the UK.
The first actual Waterloo Cup Trophy was awarded meeting a great resistance, as some board members didn’t want a traditional trophy cup.
The Bells and the Alexander’s attended the 1993 Waterloo Cup, and the winner was Crafty Tessie. The man hoisting the WATERLOO CUP (presented to the club in 1903) is Brian Divilly, the trainer of Tessie and Brian’s dog sired Tessie. In the spirit of good-natured rivalry, as Brian lifted the Waterloo cup over head, he cried “Up the Irish. ” Like Master M’Grath, Crafty Tessie was an Irish Greyhound. The red head pictured holding Tessie is Brian’s wife. Continued on page 90
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The S.B.K.C. August 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 2013
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Weekend By Desmond J. Murphy Photos by Julie L. Mueller
he Santa Barbara weekend consisted of four all-breed shows: Simi Valley on Friday, SBKC on Saturday and Sunday and winding down with Conejo on Monday. In the “Golden Days” of the sport, SBKC attracted over 4,000 dogs and was one of the most prestigious shows in the world. Like so many other shows beyond their control the “glory days” of SBKC came to a halt after the reign of Ann and Tom Stevenson. The spacious, sprawling lawns of the University became unavailable and the club experienced uncontrollable internal problems. Several of the members jumped off board as the club went into a spiraling downhill set of events. Luckily a handful of the old guard had faith that the show could eventually regain some of its stature. Abbe Shaw took on the duties of President, David Powers as Show Chair and Jean Austin, Dick Meen and John ReeveNewson were determined to keep the standards of the Stevensons alive. I was not a member at the time, but listening to Dick Meen in 1991 delivering a very touching memorial tribute for Ann Stevenson my thoughts were maybe the club should close while on a high level. After 1991 the show did go into a fast decline. Entries dropped below one thousand and a venue had to be found that was available. After several years in various places, Earl Warren Showgrounds became the new home for SBKC. The show struggled along and realized for financial reasons, like so many other clubs, it had to hold a back to back show. The remaining members felt while doing a back to back that efforts should be made to keep Sunday as the “real” SBKC show. The enormous list of magnificent Challenge trophies were Continued on page 115
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babbling What’s The Point(s)? Continued FROM page 18
from further competition if they are not up to your expected level of quality. The fact that a dog can achieve a title without competition is definitely weird, but implicate that the ruling bodies (the Kennel Clubs) have confidence in their licensed or approved judges enough to let them decide if a dog is a worthy champion or not. The fact that there are a number of dogs sufficient for a Major in the US- does not mean that the new Champion necessarily met any other quality animals on the way. And in this economical climate with falling entries, withholding ribbons isn’t really looked upon favorably by the ruling bodies. I still think we have a brigade of competent and trustworthy judges in this country, able to handle a point system based on the actual entry- but still for “safety” hammer into their brains that points should not be awarded automatically! Withholding should not be considered a Capital Sin! To find a system good enough to replace the current system will not be easy. In the UK each breed is allocated a certain number of Challenge Certificates per year, based on previous years entries I believe. I am convinced that is one of the main reasons why for instance so many “work intensive” terrier breeds are slowly disappearing. If you have a burning interest in breeding and showing dogs, would you choose a breed with 7 sets of CCs on offer per year? No, most likely you would go for a breed, already popular, with CCs at all the major championship shows in addition to a number of breed shows! In Scandinavia – and I believe all FCI countries- all breeds can be awarded CC’s at every championship show, regardless of numbers and entries. Which of course is why, as I mentioned earlier, in some breed you can win a title without ever beating another dog. Maybe a combination of all three is possible and I think some “new thinking” is required even in this country. When I first became involved with this sport the annual show in Oslo, Norway was the largest show in Scandinavia with approx 800 dogs. In those days you could even send 80 Dog News
dogs to the show- and the kennel club would organize pick-up from the railway station, make sure the dog was shown and organize the return. The first day all judging took place, it was a benched show and all dogs had to stay overnight or if removed, guaranteed to be in place the following morning with the sole purpose of being on view for the paying public! The show had a lot of local publicity, the King himself normally attended the show, which of course added to the attraction for the general public. I personally think that the publicity part of the dog shows gets too little attention. Many shows seem rather reluctant to advertise their shows locally, but those who do would normally expect to be able to show all breeds entered to the public. And I feel certain the people buying the tickets would expect the same! We are at a stage in the dog world globally where mongrels and designer dogs are promoted as the best choice- therefore I think we all ought to take every opportunity to draw the general public to our shows, give them a chance to see our beautiful purebred dogs and give them a chance to speak with breeders and handlers who could surely influence some of them to stay with purebreds. And we all know there are multitudes of reasons why that is the better choice! But back to the points, the majors and champion titles. How to make the titleholders feel really worthy? I know that the introduction of Grand Champion titles in different grades is rather successful and I would think has had a good influence on entries in some breeds. People like to have something to aim for. Being just a champion is no longer what it used to be. Now you have to add the GCH, be it silver, gold or platinum. What if the AKC selected a number of shows during the year at which you would need a major to finish your title? It would surely boost the entries and to avoid too many conflicts the shows might be selected
by application and then rotated year by year? In the UK both N Ireland and Scotland have one championship show per year with CC’s on offer to all breeds. The award is still not automatic and can be withheld… Maybe all 50 states here should each have one show per year with majors in all breeds- and I do believe handlers and exhibitors would support this idea? Or just randomly pick 10 or 25 shows per year from the top 50 list where majors for all breeds would be available. In my home country Norway in “the good old days” you could not make up a champion without winning a certificate at the annual KC show in Oslo! I remember a Wire Fox terrier who won that show (before the champion class was introduced) 10 consecutive years!- so no other male WFT champion was made up during that period. Talk about frustration. I also remember the other side of the coin: A top winning white Mini Poodle, who amassed a huge number of certificates during his life, was a very popular stud dog and sire, but never made the title as those “bloody Swedes” came over and won the breed in Oslo his entire lifetime! But a Norwegian Champion title in those days was really looked upon with a lot of respect! France used to have the same system. To become a French champion you had to win in Paris at the KC show- I have no clue what the ruling is today, but a title was not something everybody took for granted. We have a saying in Norway which goes something like: When the Devil wants to keep status quo, he appoints a committee to deal with new ideas! In other words, nothing happens. I have faith or at least hope that those brains now in charge of the future of our sport, will be able to come up with wonderful ideas. For surely there has to be a better system which brings more dogs into the ring and also at the same time promotes our sport from a better angle to a wider public. Think about it – and send in your ideas and suggestions to the board- and hopefully the dog world will be a better place! A Wonderful World with fewer conflicts and nasty scenes ringside, where the majority of the nation’s puppy buyers understand the advantages, assurances and benefits of buying their pet with an AKC registration certificate. A Possibility- or just a Dream?
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How a Club may support Take The Lead:
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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he usual first sign of autumn for the dog show circuit followers on the East CoasT are the shows re-labeled the North Branch Cluster which include the Tuxedo Park KC of Orange County New York, the Somerset Hills KC of New Jersey and the Westchester Kennel Club of Westchester, New York all held at the North Branch Park in Bridgewater, New Jersey. Additionally this group of shows seems to have joined with the shows of the week before and for at least the second year in a row now call its two weeks of 7 all-breeds and 3 Group shows in 10 days the Garden State Circuit. The North Branch Cluster was supported by Purina but the entire Circuit was not or so it would appear. That Tuxedo and Westchester have elected to be a part of this Circuit and the Cluster itself is sadly noted by this writer since the two clubs, particularly Westchester, have played through the years such an important role in establishing dog shows when they were at their peak on the East Coast. While it is true that its entries suffered with the various moves in venue in Westchester the 36 years at Lyndhurst were basically banner years notwithstanding the problems
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of the mid 2000’s with the drop in entries and spectator attendance. In a sense much of this was tied into an aging membership, which has truly been revitalized in recent years, and should with outside financial help from either AKC or other sources enable at least Westchester to return to Lyndhurst as well. And here’s where I think AKC can really help out major clubs such as Detroit, Eastern and Westchester when hard financial times hit them. AKC should establish a fund to lend money to certain clubs which cannot afford the problems caused by big city rents and the like. A select group of shows should fall into this category and sort of and I dislike using the term as it will cause a gigantic negative reaction create a form of bailout for long standing clubs affected by societal changes and which cannot get support from outside sources. And if the message in the latest Chairman’s Report is to be taken seriously the effort to reshape the future and get people back to buying purebred dogs is sincere how can there be no shows held in the cities of Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit, Beverly Hills, and Westchester County to name but a few? As to the shows themselves they all went off rather well I thought. The weather could not have been basically more perfect, the rings while spread out were of good size and in fairly usable condition. The park employees always cooperative and nice with whom to deal. The major problem of the days was the difficulty in getting food for the exhibitors. The lines were long and slow with only one real food court serving everyone--Saturday was just impossible and the other days merely frustrating. If the problem is one of exclusivity I would think “The Captain” could bring more people to work with him and he should have more space to serve people. Certainly the higher entries
of this year deserve to be treated better in this area than they were. I thought the quality in many breeds was outstanding and the group judging quite acceptable although I must admit to thinking that some of the foreign judges could have been used to adjudicate upon groups they were more familiar with in their own countries than they had to judge here. The Black Afghan from Long Island won two of the Bests looking absolutely stunning on Friday-I did not stay for Best on Sunday while the Saturday show was won by Kaz with a lovely looking and showing toy poodle. The Bake the Lead booth was a huge success as TTL celebrated its 20th Anniversary during the weekend. A number of people were wearing UNMASK hats alluding of course to the recently innovated Board policy for applicants names to be blackened out on their applications. I have consequently learned and this to my absolute amazement that not only are the applicants names blacked out but the shows they have judged and the number of dogs entered are blackened out as well!!! So now the Board has decided that not only are all judges equal but the shows and entries are deemed equal as well.. Judge a National Specialty and that is blacked out along with an entry of one in Podunk!!! Makes a lot of sense to someone I guess but not at all to me. Along those lines I wrote recently that a number of people had refused to partake in the JTFC-A Board Member wrote and told me I was wrong-that only one person had turned down the offer. I corrected my statement but since my correction at least four people have come to tell me they too turned down such an invitation!!! Who is telling the truth I ask myself or are they confused about the invitation and what it was for? T’is a mystery. The APHIS ruling has been handed down and while the entire contents are not contained in this issue many a reaction is. I truly believe we have to study what the ruling may be. Practically I believe it to be almost unenforceable. Certainly being limited to four breeding bitches is an unacceptable invasion of a person’s right to own animals but to the layperson it probably sounds like a lot of dogs to keep. To the breeder it does not and with good reason I would think. AKC’s reasons for being disappointed are contained in this issue and I would certainly advise all to read what they have to say and to react accordingly.
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Judge Mrs. Ann Hearn
Owners/Breeders: Susan LaCroix Hamil Heather Whitcomb Laguna Beach, California
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Art Exhibit at the1988 Santa Barbara Dog Show Continued FROM page 75
Many other valuable art pieces were also on exhibit with many references to Sighthounds and coursing. With a guard on duty before our Art show/ Dinner began, the Santa Barbara judges had a tour of our art show before attending their evening Santa Barbara judges’ dinner. It was all a very grand evening with two of the Santa Barbara judges (Hope and David Waters) there to explain the heritage behind the magnificent Ward painting to the Santa Barbara judges. The Waterloo Cup is one of the longest running animal sporting events in history. Their slowly evolving unique contribution of trophies for the coursing Greyhounds began in 1836, and lasted for another 170 years. The government ultimately banned coursing in the year of 2005 ending the Waterloo Cup tradition. Flavius Arrianus first described hare coursing with Greyhounds in AD116. Seemingly oblivious to this fact, the politically-correct government passed a law outlawing Fox Hound hunting with Foxhounds and Sighthound coursing with Sighthounds. Yet this was how the breeds were developed and tested for thousands of years in some cases. The Bambi lovers such as Paul McCartney seemed to take themselves seriously. What happens to people once they become celebrities? He was just a lad from Liverpool. Don’t they know that Bambi was a fictional character? For the previous 30 years or so, there the trouble-makers were, (paid by Paul McCartney) loaded into a bus, driven to Altcar, given signs as they attempted to disrupt the Waterloo Cup event year after year. It is hoped by those in America that rapprochement will prevail and the hunting ban will soon be overturned. We have learned in America by this coursing ban that started in Scotland in the year 2000 that if the government takes away one right with our dogs, they will eventually chip at all of our rights breed-by-breed and state-by-state starting in the US with California. After 90 Dog News
this unfortunate 2005 ban in Britain, H$U$ attempted to ban coursing in 2007 in California. The coursing community and dog folks in every walk of life formed a vigorous defense, and the bill failed in committee after the facts were presented. The next year, they tried a mandatory spay/neuter bill, and we stopped them again by alerting the public and raising the awareness to dog organizations. In England at the Waterloo Cup, less than 10 percent of the hares coursed are caught, as the field, “The Withins,” had been specially constructed to provide an escape area for the hares, and the hares are always familiar with their habitat and know how to escape predators. The hares only run once a year, and they are protected by gamekeepers against poachers for the remainder of the year. It has been said, “The hares are keen on coursing.” After the ban in 2005, there was no reason to protect the hares from poachers and sadly, most were shot.
ost Waterloo Cup, Brian was staying at the same hotel we were, and after the 3 days of the coursing, we ran into him in the hotel pub and got a video interview of him after the big win. He insisted, “I’m just an ordinary man, a butcher’s son.” He also said, “It is harder to get into heaven than it is to win the Waterloo Cup!” I also stated, “And you did it with a bitch, as so many of the famous winners are males.” He replied, “Bitches are great, they are always in the heart of a foolish man.” Hope Waters moved to Canada after her painting came to America, and we always wondered why. She lived to almost 100, and Cynthia Wood passed away at age 55. Cynthia has at least five paintings in the AKC Museum of the Dog.
By Sarah Poole • photos by Warren Cook
riday, August 16th marks another first for the Portuguese Podengo Pequenos of America. In this first year as an AKC recognized breed, the PPPA’s first AKC Specialty was licensed to be an independent specialty. Held at the Grand Sierra Resort /Casino in Reno, NV, there was no worry about the summer heat, and the smoke from the California fires had not yet descended on the city. The Reno Kennel Club’s annual all breed shows were held at the same location Saturday and Sunday, making for a full weekend. With many stories of hotel rooms, well designed RV parking, good air conditioning, a spacious indoor ring, ample grooming area, as well as the plentiful restaurants in-house and nearby shopping, it was all there. So were the Pequenos. They were everywhere! And were constantly being stopped and petted by all the visitors to the hotel. It took some time to get from one’s room to the show
level as so many passersby had questions about the cute, friendly little dogs. Still somewhat rare in this country, one third of the dogs were Portuguese imports, the rest bred in the USA. 43 Pequenos, comprising 63 entries, came from all over the country, the majority being wire coated, though several smooths were also there and did their share of stealing the limelight. The show room at the Grand Sierra has a rather challenging carpet, busy in design. Luckily the official photographers were Vicki and Warren Cook, who are themselves Pequeno owners, so some good pictures came out of the day. An impressive trophy table had pottery custom made by Don Goodrich, featuring standing and running Pequenos. With an occasional rabbit tucked in. A hospitality bag with the event logo was presented to each participant; in it was a
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box looking like a red die containing dog cookies, gold (chocolate) coins in a miniature money bag, cans of Evangers dog food, note pad, pencil, and other goodies. A well attended Judges Education seminar began at 9:30, continuing during the judging which began at 11:30. After the judging, the winners were the dogs available for the hands on portion of the study. Judge Lori Nelson had an entry of 17 in Sweepstakes, plus a charming class of 5 4-6 month puppy bitches. Best in Sweeps went to the 9-12 bitch Broken Road Double Dare, with Best Opposite her littermate Broken Road Double Trouble. Best 4-6 puppy was Heroina de Viamonte. Dr. James Sillers presided over the regular classes, finding his eventual winner in Ch. Pirata II de Viamonte CM. Best Opposite to GCH Broken Road I Believe in Fairies CM; Select to Ch. Phaererin Agustinho CM and to Ch. Pioneer’s Carolina. BW, WB to Ketka’s Winning Colors CM and WD, AOM to the Smooth dog, Ketka’s Rumrunner, who was leaving the following week for Australia! There was a single entry in Junior Handling, Kalista Ganser, who went on to
Pequenos of America Specialty finish her first show dog the Pequeno Dweezil later in the weekend, as well as placing in Open Senior. After a brief break post judging to allow for dog care, the banquet was held at the fabulous buffet put on at the Grand Sierra, which allowed the participants a special entrance and dining area, something not done before by the resort. All were impressed and overly full by the end of dinner but continued to the ring for the duration of the evening. Following the annual meeting, an auction was held that gained quite a bit for the club treasury. Among other items were Portuguese pottery, doggie costumes, and a fabulous selection of Napa Valley wines donated by a member from that area. This show was dedicated to the memory of Dick Faria, husband of club founder, current President and show chair Suzanne Faria. A quote from the catalog speaks of him: “”Sometimes we forget why we participate in this sport as we get so caught up in the competition for ribbons and points. Dick was a dog lover, pure and simple. His only times in the ring were at PPPA matches with his beloved Vida... Watching Dick in the ring was a reminder as to why we participate - for the love of dogs.”
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By Eugene Z. Zaphiris
he TAKE THE LEAD fund raiser Bake The Lead held this past weekend at the Tuxedo Park, Somerset Hills and Westchester Kennel Club events was a huge success. Lots of cakes, cookies and pies were sold as the organization celebrated its 20th anniversary. Coupled with the DOG NEWS issue that was dedicated and featured Take The Lead it was a great weekend all around. I would like to thank all those board members who contributed articles and photographs. Most of all of kennels along the way finally I would like to thank the recipients settling in Oxford, North Carolina who wrote testimonials about Take with a bevy of farm animals and The Lead and who helped make this another pig named EUGENIA. The a keepsake issue. I don’t know if the 10 plus acre property is for sale and AKC/Eukanuba dog show will stay in anyone looking for a kennel can Orlando but I can tell you that the ducks contact the HETHERINGTON’S are leaving. The Peabody Hotel which at 919.603.1099 or email them serves as the Show’s headquarters has at email@example.com. P.S. been sold to the Hyatt Hotel chain and JEAN will throw in the mean will change ownership for the tidy sum turkey. The American Kennel Club of 717 million dollars. So the twice has rebranded its AKC CAR (AKC daily march of the ducks will be a Companion Animal Recovery) thing of the past. I don’t think this is program with a new name “AKC much of a secret, but as they say good REUNITE The Way Home For Lost news travels fast…former American Pets” and new logo and website. Kennel Club chairman of the board The second annual Family Fun Dog RON MENAKER is going to run for Walk event supporting RONALD the board once again at the annual MCDONALD HOUSE NEW YORK March meeting if he is nominated and ANGEL ON A LEASH therapy by the Nominating Committee. His dogs will be held this Saturday at presence has been sorely missed and Carl Schurz Park on Manhattan’s his legends of supporters are thrilled upper east side, hosted by DAVE to hear of his decision. “Farmer” FREI and NBC’s Emmy award BOB HETHERINGTON and his very winner CAT GREENLEAF of Talk patient wife JEAN are selling their Stoop. Friends and family will be North Carolina farm house and kennel gathering in Louisville, Kentucky affectionately known as the Funny for the October 14th wedding of Farm. Retiring their pitchforks, BOB & handlers JODI PAQUETTE and JEAN started out in New Jersey with a LEONARDO GARCINI. We’ll be pig named Wellington and slowly but drinking a lot of Isagenix from surely moved slowly south from dairy now until then. farm to dairy farm with a sprinkling
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Extend our sincere thanks to Purina, our exhibitors, vendors & spectators for making the 2013 Keystone Cluster a success!!
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Look Who Came To Parisâ€Ś. And Had A Great Time At The Penn Ridge Kennel Club Charitable Foundationâ€™s Annual Fundraiser At The Keystone Cluster
Our heartfelt appreciation for the generosity of our wonderful sponsors and those who donated prizes for the fabulous raffle, the Penn Ridge Kennel Club, the Harrisburg Kennel Club, Centerplate and every person who attended the event. With the support of all of you, the PRKC Charitable Foundation was able to again make significant donations to Take the Lead and the George Ward Scholarship Fund. Together we are making a difference and helping others in our sport! Congratulations to all the prize winners and Thank You one and all!!! Dog News 99
APHIS - Animal Care Explanation • Questions and Answers as supplied by APHIS Continued FROM page 50
Q. If a person cannot personally observe an animal before buying it, can someone else stand in? A. Yes. Some commenters to our proposed rule noted that it would be difficult for certain people—for instance, foreign, disabled, or elderly customers—to personally observe the animals they wish to buy. We consider the buyer of a pet animal sold at retail to be the person who takes custody of the animal after purchase, even if this person is not the ultimate owner of the animal. This person cannot, however, be a commercial transporter or intermediate handler. RESCUE GROUPS AND POUNDS Q. How will the final rule affect rescue groups that participate in off-site adoption events? A. People who engage in face-to-face transactions at a place other than their premises, which include off- site adoption events, are considered to be subject to public oversight. As a result, they do not need to obtain a license. Q. What does the final rule mean for State, county, or city owned and operated pounds, and shelters, as well as humane societies and other organizations that operate under a contract with those jurisdictions? A. The final rule has no effect on these entities. These agencies and organizations are not regulated under the AWA as long as all of their activities are under the jurisdiction of the municipality, township, city, county, or state and do not fall under APHIS regulation. WORKING DOGS Q. Does this final rule bring working dogs sold at retail under regulation? A. Working dogs are generally understood to be dogs that are not sold for use as pets but for purposes such as hunting, breeding, and security. Dogs sold at retail for these purposes do not come under regulation under the AWA. Q. Will APHIS require working dog breeders to be regulated if they occasionally sell an animal as a pet that has proved unsuitable as a working dog due to birth defects, poor temperament, or other flaws? A. Individuals who intend to breed and sell dogs at retail as working dogs may occasionally raise a dog that lacks the characteristics that would enable it to be sold or used for its intended working purpose. As long as the individual originally intended to raise and sell the dog at retail for that purpose and the individual continues to market his or her dogs for that purpose, the individual could sell the individual dog at retail without needing to be regulated by APHIS. RABBIT, FARM ANIMALS, AND COLDBLOODED SPECIES Q. How does the final rule affect rabbit breeders who raise rabbits for food, fur, or preservation of bloodlines? A. The final rule does not change our regulation of breeders who sell rabbits or other animals for use as food or fiber (including fur). Anyone selling animals only for food or fiber is exempt under the AWA. People selling rabbits at retail for breeding purposes (such as preservation of bloodlines) are not regulated. Q. Will children who raise rabbits as part of a 4-H project have to be licensed under the final rule? A. No. 4-H participants who sell their rabbits for food or fiber (including fur) or in face-to-face transactions at county fairs, rabbit shows, and other agricultural exhibitions do not have to be licensed. 100 Dog News
Q. What will this rule mean for domestic farm animals and coldblooded species? A. As is the case for rabbits, normal farm-type operations that raise, buy, and sell animals only for food and fiber (including fur)—as well as businesses that deal only with fish and other coldblooded animals—are exempt from regulation. BREEDING FEMALES Q. Why are you now allowing people to keep up to four breeding females without having to be licensed under the AWA? A. Under our previous regulations, we considered breeders who owned up to three breeding females (dogs, cats, or small exotic or wild mammals) to be hobby breeders, who provide sufficient care to their animals without our oversight. Based on a recent review of compliance among facilities we regulate, we believe that even with the addition of another breeding female, these hobby breeders are likely to conform to minimum AWA standards. Hobby breeders should remain aware, however, that they are exempt from AWA regulation only if they sell the offspring of animals born and raised on their premises for pets or exhibition. They may sell these animals at retail or wholesale without being regulated. Q. How will the four-breeding-females rule apply to breeders with a partial ownership interest in a number of breeding animals? A. Partial ownership of breeding females is a standard practice among small-scale residential breeders. Owners (even if they only partially own the animals) with four or fewer breeding females on one premises do not need to be licensed by APHIS. Q. Under the final rule, what constitutes a breeding female? A. Only female animals with the capacity to breed are considered “breeding females.” Females that an APHIS inspector decides cannot breed due to age, infirmity, illness, or other issues are not considered “breeding females.” EFFECTS ON BREEDERS Q. How many breeders will be affected by this rule? How did you come up with these figures? A. We estimate that between 2,600 and 4,640 dog breeders, about 325 cat breeders, and no more than 75 rabbit breeders will be affected by the rule. This represents a portion of the breeders we identified through online breeder registries and by assuming that there are some additional dog breeders using remote marketing methods not included in those registries. This does not include breeders who will not be affected by the rule because they do not sell pets, because they don’t have more than four breeding females, or because they sell pets face-to-face. Since a very small percentage of cats in the United States are purebred and raised by breeders—and even fewer appear to be marketed over the Internet—we assumed the number of affected cat breeders would be a small portion of those we identified. Similarly, it is uncommon for rabbit breeders to sell offspring as pets or sight unseen; generally, rabbits are sold face-to-face at auctions, exhibits, and fairs where buyers are physically present. The rule will also affect some currently licensed wholesale breeders. Expanding the licensing exemption from three to four breeding females could reduce the number of wholesale licensees. We expect that the number of current licensees that will fall below the exemption threshold following the implementation of this rule will be very small. Continued on page 104
The Elgin County Kennel Club Invites You to Our Fall Festival Dog Show Our New Dates: October 18, 19, 20, 2013 Location: Progress Building, Western Fair District London, Ontario Our Judging Panel: CHRISTIAN GOMEZ • BOGOTA, COLUMBIA MARGARET S JONES • SHAWNIGAN LAKE, BC JACK SEGALL • WEST BLOOMSFIELD, MI, USA GLORIA GERINGER • DENHAM SPRINGS, LA USA ROBIN L STANSELL • CLAYTON, NC USA BARBARA M. HEAL • SPENCERVILLE, ON JOY LYNNE HUNTLEY • WOODVILLE, ON DIANNE P MILLER • NIAGARA ON THE LAKE, ON
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APHIS - Animal Care Explanation • Questions and Answers as supplied by APHIS Continued FROM page 100
Q: How will USDA identify breeders who may need to be regulated? A: APHIS will use various methods to access publicly- available information to identify and inform those individuals who may need an AWA commercial breeding license. These methods include evaluating customer complaints against breeders and Internet retailers, as well as reviewing the marketing and promotional materials of breeders and Internet retailers. In addition, we will review public information available online to identify sellers that potentially meet the definition of commercial breeder in the AWA. By viewing publicly available information, APHIS can educate individuals about the AWA, and if needed, assist them with obtaining licenses. This will ensure that all animals that should be covered by the AWA will receive humane care and treatment. Q. What is the timeline for compliance? A. We plan to incorporate newly affected entities into our existing regulatory structure using a phased implementation for conducting initial prelicensing inspections and compliance inspections. Factors we would consider when determining when and how frequently such inspections would take place include but are not limited to: 1) whether an entity has applied for a USDA license; 2) whether an entity is already subject to some degree of State, county, or local oversight, and the nature of that oversight; and 3) whether an entity is the subject of a legitimate complaint and the nature or severity of that complaint. We will conduct periodic compliance inspections based on a risk-based inspection system that calculates the level of risk of noncompliance.
Q. Did APHIS revise its analysis of how many breeders would be regulated? A. Based on input from commenters, we were able to revise and strengthen our analysis of the number of businesses that would come under regulation and the likely financial impacts for them. Compared with our analysis in the proposed rule, we do expect more breeders will come under regulation. However, we believe the costs for the majority of those breeders will be relatively low, and only for licensing, identification tags, and recordkeeping. Q: Will consumers pay more for pets as a result of the final rule? A. We believe that even if breeders’ total costs of compliance are passed on to buyers, they will generally be negligible, in keeping with our analysis above. Further, costs previously borne by some consumers may now be borne by producers. For example, breeders who previously provided inadequate veterinary care or skipped vaccinations for their animals will now bear those costs. Q. Won’t the costs for residential breeders lead them to stop breeding their animals? A. The cost of a license is highly unlikely to cause affected breeders to change their normal business operations. Even at the highest end of the range—an estimated $760 for a breeder with gross revenues in excess of $200,000—the cost of a license is less than the sale price of many purebred dogs. The majority of the breeders that may be affected by this rule already meet facility standards and should incur few other costs.
Q. What will newly regulated breeders need to do to come into compliance with this final rule? A. Commenters on the proposed rule expressed concern about the adjustments newly regulated breeders would need to make and the possible costs they would incur. We believe, however, that the vast majority of breeders affected by the rule already maintain standards of housing, cleanliness, and care that well exceed minimum AWA standards. Therefore, these newly regulated but otherwise compliant breeders will incur minimal costs only for licensing, identification tags, and recordkeeping.
Q. Will regulated breeders who keep their dogs in their homes have to put them in a kennel? A. Generally not. The AWA regulations define a “primary enclosure” to mean any structure or device used to restrict animals to a limited amount of space— which means that a home can be considered a dog’s primary enclosure. If a room of a house is used as a dog’s primary enclosure (for instance, a whelping room or nursery), AWA regulations and standards apply to that room. However, if a dog breeder allows his or her dogs to have free run of the entire house, we have to determine whether the home can house the animals within AWA standards. If the breeder has a kennel or cages that the dogs can stay in inside the home that meet AWA standards, the breeder has satisfied the primary enclosure requirements. A number of currently licensed wholesale breeders maintain their animals in their homes.
Q. How much will it cost for newly regulated breeders for licensing, identification tags, and recordkeeping? A. For a typical dog breeder with 6 breeding females and a total of 74 dogs on the property over the course of a year, we estimate that the typical annual cost for licensing, identification tags, and recordkeeping would be between about $284 to $550 or from about $4 to $7.50 per dog.
Q. Why are you removing limits on the source of gross income from the licensing exemption for people who breed certain species and derive no more than $500 in annual sales? A. This change gives breeders of rabbits, guinea pigs, and certain other animals the ability to sell those animals at retail (subject to the $500 annual gross income limit written into the AWA) and still remain exempt from AWA licensing and inspection requirements.
Q. What will the costs be for newly regulated breeders who need to upgrade their facilities or change their facilities to comply? A. We recognize some breeders will need to upgrade their facilities and/or change their operations to meet the basic AWA standards of care. We acknowledge that, in some cases, these upgrades and changes will cost them more than the minimal costs of licensing, identification tags, and recordkeeping. However, such facility and structural improvements should be one-time investments in their operations. Again, we believe that the vast majority of breeders affected by the rule already maintain standards of housing, cleanliness, and care that well exceed minimum AWA standards.
Q. Why isn’t the $500 limit on gross income sales being adjusted for inflation? A. A number of commenters said that given inflation, the $500 limit on gross income sales is too low; others said it was too high. However, this limit on gross income is set in the AWA itself, not in our regulations. Therefore, APHIS is unable to make any changes to this provision.
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Q. Will APHIS monitor the implementation of this rule? A. APHIS seeks to protect these animals while also implementing the rule effectively and fairly. We will carefully monitor these efforts and are open to feedback.
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Four days of All Breed Shows, Rally and Obedience Trials
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Friday November 1, 2013 & Sunday November 3, 2013
Thursday October 31, 2013 & Saturday November 2, 2013
National Specialty: Wednesday: National Miniature Dachshund Club National Specialty (Non-AKC event) www.dachshund-nmdc.org • (502) 741-3964 Thursday and Friday: AKC Sanctioned 4 & under 6 Months Puppy Competition: Concurrent Specialties: Friday and Saturday: East Tennessee Collie Club, Saturday and Sunday: Smoky Mountain Bulldog Club Designated Specialties: Friday: American Belgian Tervuren Club Regional Specialty & Sweepstakes Supported Entries: All Four Days: East Tennessee Collie Club and Smoky Mountain Bulldog Club, Saturday: American Belgian Tervuren Club with Sweepstakes, Saturday: French Bulldog Club of America with Sweepstakes, Sunday: United States Kerry Blue Terrier Club Bred by Exhibitor Groups & Best in Show on Thursday, Best Puppy Groups & Best in Show on Friday, Best of Opposite Sex Groups & Best in Show on Saturday.
ALL JUDGING WILL BE INDOORS Dinner, Dance, & Drawings Saturday Evening To Benefit Children’s Hospital of East TN & Take The Lead
“Chuck-A-Duck” Thursday, Friday, & Saturday To Benefit Take the Lead
“Bake-A-Wish” Bake Sale Friday To benefit Take the Lead
Vendor Space Available: Contact Quinto Burchi (423) 371-8053 or Paula Smiddy (865) 932-2134
Entries Close Wed. October 16, 2013 Superintendent: MBF www.infodog.com (336) 379-9352 www.SmokyMtnCluster.org
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The Fancy Speaks Continued FROM page 54
Talk to other Show Chairs, watch what people do, see what works and what doesn’t, ask vendors, exhibitors, handlers, visitors what they like and don’t like. We are not suggesting that you strive to make a million dollars, its not about the money, but when we lost money at our show, we felt that with some proper changes, it wasn’t unrealistic to make money that could be used to improve the club, but also return something back to the community and the organizations that help us enjoy the sport of pure bred dogs. One last note, our little two-day show located in Northwest Pennsylvania made over $20,000 after expenses last year. It will not always be that good, but that is not bad for this day and age. Read on, the bullets are in no particular order. We hope it helps you be successful.
▼ Date of the show:
This was very challenging for our show. Our area has a number of events and getting the AKC’s approval to change show dates proved to be difficult. As you will see, anyone of the bullet topics can have a significant impact on another. You may have found an open date, but is the venue you choose to use available on that date? The AKC has very strict polices on when and where you can hold your event. Things to keep in mind that many forget about are: 1. Other community events going on that weekend. Check local event calendars so as not to go up against another big event in your area. 2. Other national events going on that weekend. 3. Other shows before, during and after your weekend. The Super Bowl, nearby AKC shows, local chicken wing festival, and Westminster Kennel Club show in NYC, all played a part in our decision.
As previously stated many factors play into these decisions so plan to change your mind numerous times. We feel that it is important to decide what the focus of your show should be. By this we mean: will you primarily be for handlers, owner handlers, general public admissions or a combination of all? A show held in a remote location will NOT bring in many visitors, but if the grounds are conducive to RVs it may be a good fit for all handlers, just don’t count on revenue from the gate fees. The AKC must give approval of your location, talk to them first. Relocating closer or in town can increase your gate revenues (at least initially as you will be something new for all to see). This only works if you have a large enough venue with ample parking, room for handlers, etc.
▼Time of year:
We are located in the Snow Belt area and due to limited open dates, we had to pick one at the end of January. Most people thought we were NUTS having a show then, but another club located north of us holds a successful show each year and always had nice entries. Sure, it was a risk, but other factors helped that decision. 1. Venue was cheaper due to the off season. 2. There isn’t a lot of other activities going on the same weekend. 3. It was located close to the city and inexpensive for families to attend. We also cast ourselves as a precursor to the Westminster Show and had judges that had previously judged the Garden and let the general public know that, a public relations move.
▼ Other clubs:
In this day and age, clusters with other clubs seem to be very popular. Unless you have a good venue to accommodate such an event, it may be difficult to achieve. It can be tough to convince nearby clubs to move as well. That relates back to the comment about change never being easy. It is not always easy to get a club that can work with you either. Personalities change so it may not work now, but maybe in the future. We have courted several clubs to consider joining us. It may not be a bad thing that none have committed just yet.
▼ Local government:
We have yet to find a Politician that didn’t enjoy speaking or being seen at a popular event. Don’t be afraid to ask someone of authority to attend your function and give them a little free PR time. The Mayor taking 2 minutes before BIS to thank the city’s people for supporting the event is always a good thing. We have been approached by the County to see how they can help promote, and that’s a good thing.
▼ How many days:
Clubs are allowed two all-breed shows a year. That doesn’t mean you have to have two of them. It may not be financially a good idea based on other criteria. We held a one-day show for many years. It’s sometimes tough to get enough help for two days; we firmly believe that two is more attractive for entries, but if you can’t do two, put all your effort into one heck of a one- day event. As previously stated though, if you can cluster with another club you could consider three or even four days. We won’t say that it is 3 to 4 more times the headaches or work, but it is more of a challenge. But the rewards are greater too. Do not try to be the sole worker; you must have good help that is dependable. Continued on page 110
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Not all shows charge to get into the event. Some charge to park and that helps. When looking at what amount to charge, be aware that some venues get a portion of the gate. They may also be the ticket sellers too. It can be tough to determine just how many people you may draw and that will change each year unless you reinvent yourselves to entice return visitors. You also need to determine if kids are allowed in for a reduced price. We didn’t give a break due to the inside show and wanting to discourage toddlers from attending, due the crowd and the dogs. An outside show may be a better place for them to come and give them a break, maybe even free with Mom and Dad, food for thought!
Parking always seems to be a challenge. Muddy fields do not make for return exhibitors after being stuck for hours and a hefty towing bill. Crowded downtown streets aren’t much better. Handlers and vendors need to unload easily and quickly, plus be able to pack back up as well. What to charge, if anything, but as most of you know dog show people all want to be close to the event and never inconvenienced, (nice but not practical in the real world). You will get complaints no matter how hard you try, but try you must. Each year you may have to make adjustments, monitor this closely. Some shows have towing tractors on site, some have (park and ride) facilities and some just let you park wherever the heck you want. Think about good parking and have someone to oversee it.
Recreational vehicles are the mainstay for a large number of exhibitors and not just handlers anymore. Depending on the time of year for your show, you need to accommodate them. Will you have water and/or sewer hook ups, how about at least a dump station? No electric in the middle of the summer could be a death sentence to your entry. Happy campers will return. Good firm spots in close proximity of the rings will be keeping them coming back. Some of these units are huge, be prepared to park them. Word spreads fast if you have reasonably priced RV facilities on the grounds. (Side note, encouraging your venue to improve RV spots with a yearly donation from the club is a good way to keep good relationships with them and keep exhibitors coming back).
Some things to take into consideration are the following. 1. How much room do you have for them? 2. Keep a list of who is coming and their product line so as to not have to many selling the same thing. You only need so many dog bed dealers! 3. We promise vendors we will get people to their location, THEY must sell to them. 4. Offer a reduction in price for return vendors 5. Some will pay more for premium spots with higher traffic potential. 6. We help them unload their wares for the show, they really appreciate it. 7. A good vendor chair can really improve this money maker, so get someone business minded and with good people skills. 8. Don’t put them away from the crowd, these people help your show and will donate for matches, etc. Treat them well.
▼ Nearby attractions:
Look for and promote nearby attractions for the exhibitors. Shopping, amusement parks, casinos, or other unique facilities may be of interest to exhibitors who may come for more than just the show. These places may also consider advertising in your catalog or better yet, donating in some manner to the show. Establish a good relationship with them and they will be with you for the long haul. Remember, you have to do this again in a year and this can make it much easier.
Just because you have used one particular superintendent for the last X amount of years is no reason not to periodically get quotes from another that may service your area. Competition is what keeps prices steady, don’t be afraid to get a new quote to keep them honest on their fees. You may find others have something better to offer too. Check with other clubs that use different Superintendents and ask how they like them; shop around.
Face it; handlers bring a lot of dogs to your show. You need to keep them happy as well. One thing that is very important is good grooming facilities with power if possible. Put up a tent or have a separate area for them, but not too far from the rings. “KEEP EX-PENS CLEAN AT ALL TIMES”. This is VERY important. Give them a list of nearby restaurants for aftershow activities. Get them to help with the puppy match judging or teach the kids to show. If they like your show, they will return and word spreads quickly amongst them, both good and BAD. Room to park, camp, groom and have fun and respected judges. All are important. TO BE CONTINUED IN A FUTURE ISSUE.
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offered on Sunday and the décor of the finals ring would be even more upscale for Sunday. David Powers and the late Ed Flesh with eyes for artistic design were able to accomplish keeping the two shows different in appearance. It soon became evident that a two show weekend has a difficult time attracting entries when handlers and many exhibitors want to go where they have more chances for points and also to boost their rankings for the rating systems. The legendary Mr. Kendrick felt when the rating systems were introduced that they would be the ruination of the sport. I am not sure that they have not become a necessary evil. But, I do believe they control the sport. First San Luis Obispo Kennel Club and then after they moved closer to their area, Simi Valley Kennel Club joined the weekend and immediately the entry improved. Conejo did not have a venue for 2010 and joined the weekend having a single show on Monday. This made for a four-day weekend like most major weekends are today. What has been unique about the weekend is that each day is able to keep its own individuality. About six years ago the SBKC committee realized in order to keep certain traditions alive, it would entail a lot of changes be made. International, Westminster, AKC/ Eukanuba were a guiding light to see how they could make changes in order to keep tradition alive. A major breakthrough to helping SBKC regain its uniqueness from the average show was initiating the highly successful Breeder’s Showcase. While one of the members was judging in Sweden the preceding weekend of the World Show in Stockholm a seed was planted for the concept. While in Sweden, a Breeder’s Class was won by black Standard Schnauzers, bred by our own “Skansen” Kennels of Sylvia Hammarstrom. Shortly afterwards during the 2008 SBKC weekend several members discussed the concept of having a Breeders Showcase for the 2009 show. Quite a few members discussed the idea at great length and SKC gave permission to hold this special attraction. We were extremely fortunate that Purina came on board with their support which made it all possible. Countless hours were spent in the planning stages and up until the dogs were literally walking into the competition changes were being made. Luckily it required pre entering at the same time as the regular show closed. The event was greatly promoted by the press and very much by word of mouth. When entries closed we were overwhelmed to see we had 183 entries for the Breeders
Showcase. We quickly realized it was an evening event, but would go to much later in the evening than first anticipated. There were a lot of glitches, but in spite of all the problems, it was an immediate success. Immediately we realized that a better plan had to be created for the following year. Feedback was solicited from exhibitors, handlers, judges and anyone willing to offer constructive criticism. Everyone was very understanding of the glitches that occurred for the initial showcase. Immediately Eukanuba and AKC were so impressed with the concept that they developed the “Breeders Sweepstakes”. The format they developed is very different from Breeders Showcase, but it became another way of promoting the backbone of the sport – the breeders. The Breeders Showcase immediately drew international attention. Andy Gong, who at the time was running the shows for The China Kennel Club, started offering breeders classes at their shows. At the end of the year the breeder accumulating the most points won an all expense paid trip with two dogs to compete in the SBKC Breeders Showcase. The Italian Purina Pro Plan team in Italy was holding an annual “Breeder’s Cup”. They offered their winner a trip to compete at SBKC also.
n 2010 a competition for Foreign Bred dogs was offered. For this competition no pre entry was required and there was no entry fee. Exhibitors and handlers were just asked to fill out an entry blank on Saturday, the day before the competition. Here again we were overwhelmed by the size of the entry. The quality of the dogs that turned out for the event was full of some of the top winning dogs in the country. Bruce Schwartz offered to chair the event for 2011 and realized the competition needed two judges and two rings running simultaneously side by side. Bruce and a committee quickly made it a very well managed event. In 2009 a ceremony to honor people from the seven different groups was started. This event for the “Honorees” is slightly different than the AKC Breeder of the Year. It not only entails the honorees success as breeders, but all their overall contributions to the sport in other areas as well. While standing at SBKC in 2010, I got a frantic call from a Bull Terrier friend who was over in Europe. She was told she was also judging a competition for, besides Bull Terriers, Am Staffs and Staffie Bulls and asked for a crash course in these breeds. This planted a seed in that I thought we should have something like that in the US. After thinking about it for the longest time, I started to gather feedback from various Bully
people. When a plan was well thought out it was presented to the committee to hold a “Bullyganza” competition for 2012. I know this was received with some mixed reviews. Some felt that my passion for Bully breeds might be a bit extreme. The committee agreed to give it a go and I devoted a great deal of time, with a lot of help, on how it could work. The concept is the nine different, Bull Terriers account for two breeds, Colored and White, would all compete together. This would include the BOB, BOW and BOS winners from the nine breeds competing together. The nine different breeds come from three different groups – Working, Terriers and Non-Sporting. This meant that it had to be judged by someone who had an understanding of all these breeds, but was not judging any of these breeds over the weekend. Also a time slot was needed and we decided 1:15 PM before the start of groups would be good. This was awkward since many handlers had to miss handling their dogs in the regular part of the show since breed judging was still going on. Also, it was unfortunate that many exhibitors and judges could not get to see the competition. The committee quickly realized a better time slot was needed. Going far back SBKC and Sighthounds had a lot of history together. In the 60’s the Afghan National was held in conjunction with SBKC. Bo Bengtson in the 70’s judged an entry of around 175 Whippets. Abbe Shaw, President of SBKC and several other members are sighthound people. After the initial success of the Bullyganza, it was decided to add a similar Sighthound competition which would be named the “Sighthound Spectacular”. In order for these two events to be showcased properly it was decided to run them side by side just before the evening Breeders Showcase would start. This way everyone on the grounds could watch these two great events in the beautiful big arena. Bo Bengtson had originally been scheduled to judge several Sighthound breeds, but it was felt it was more important to have him judge the initial “Sighthound Spectacular”. Besides the sighthounds from the Hound group, it also included Italian Greyhounds and sighthounds from the miscellaneous group. This included Azawakh, Cirneco dell’ Etna, Peruvian Inca Orchid and Sloughi. All of these added Special Attractions have helped to make a medium sized show into a very special weekend. The main focus of the weekend is to try and recognize breeders who are the backbone of the sport, in every way possible. Like AKC/Eukanuba, Westminster, International etc., SBKC and Purina Pro Plan will strive to add continued emphasis in the direction of breeders. Look for continued trivia of the weekend in an article to follow.
“All of these added Special Attractions have helped to make a medium sized show into a very special weekend. The main focus of the weekend is to try and recognize breeders who are the backbone of the sport, in every way possible.” Dog News 115
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TAKE THE LEAD ISSUE Congratulations on your Sept. 6 issue in which the majority of the articles concentrate on the marvelous TAKE THE LEAD. It was wise of you to highlight this unique organization, which I hope will bring even more support its way. As someone who has had the opportunity to volunteer at several of its fund raising events, I can say it is heartwarming to experience the spirit of volunteerism and camaraderie that exists among those with a common goal, namely to help those in need in our fancy. Thank you. Lydia Coleman Hutchinson Middletown, MD Ohio Department Of Agriculture Working To Identify Cause Of Dog Illnesses; State Enlisting Help Of Ohio Veterinarians To Identify And Combat Disease The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is working with animal health experts to determine the cause and origin of a series of dog illnesses in the state. The department is also urging veterinarians in the state to contact the Division of Animal Health if they suspect any animals in their care are suffering from the same disease. The department’s Division of Animal Health has been taking reports of severe dog illnesses in several parts of the state for the past three weeks. Affected dogs have exhibited similar symptoms including vomiting, bloody diarrhea, weight loss and lethargy. Although there are several known causes of these symptoms in
dogs, it is generally believed that there is an unknown contributor to the cases. “While we continue to work diligently to identify what is making these dogs sick, we are asking Ohio’s veterinarians to help by contacting our laboratory for consultation if they suspect they are treating a related case,” said State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Forshey. Veterinarians can also help by sharing information on what pet owners should look for and how they can protect their dogs. Owners of dogs with similar symptoms should contact their veterinarian immediately. The department has also recommended concerned dog owners take standard precautions used to reduce the spread of viral infections, including monitoring the animal closely for signs of illness and refraining from co-mingling them with other dogs. “The most important thing dog owners can do is call their veterinarian if they have concerns about the health of their pets,” Dr. Forshey said. “Your veterinarian is the best person to help determine if your animal is ill and what steps should be taken to help them recover.” Canine Circovirus: As part of its investigation, the department also announced the presence of canine circovirus in a fecal sample taken from an ill dog in the state. This is the first laboratory detection of canine circovirus in Ohio. Further work is being done to verify the significance of this finding. “The laboratory confirmation is important
because the virus is newly isolated; however, we are not prepared at this time to confirm that canine circovirus is the cause of the dog illnesses,” Dr. Forshey said. “Because the symptoms being exhibited can also be linked to other known illnesses, additional analysis and information is needed to determine if this virus alone or in co-infection contributes to illness and death in dogs.” Canine circovirus is newly isolated and there is very little information available about the virus, where it came from and how it spreads. The limited research available shows that canine circovirus can cause vasculitis and hemorrhaging in infected dogs. ODA will continue to investigate the situation and urges veterinarians who believe they are treating dogs with similar symptoms to consult the Division of Animal Health by calling (614) 728-6220. Ohio Veterinary Medical Association Reynoldsburg, OH Meet the Breeds: A Slap In The Face As a Long Island club we just feel it would be against our belief that Meet the Breeds is on the same weekend as the 3 Long Island shows. I’m sure you can understand. If, on the other hand, some prior arrangements were made between the AKC and those clubs than none of us would find the situation a problem. We do realize it was the only weekend AKC could get the venue at the Javits but what about those 3 clubs…what a slap in the face. And believe me my club really wanted to participate as those who were in the LIKC booth last year really enjoyed the experience. I know it’s rather easy to be a Monday morning quarterback but in hindsight it would have been better if AKC let the clubs know the situation before hand and made a minor financial donation to each of them suggesting they do not hold their show. The judges hired could have been informed by AKC asking if they would be available the following year. In other words something could have and should have been done for these clubs. Maybe now is the time to think about the clubs who have their feet stepped on from time to time by the AKC. I personally stand behind everything the AKC does. Barbara Miller Old Brookville, NY Dog News 117
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