1999 Newsletter - Volume
2. Issue 20
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Brief Word From Our Editor
We are very pleased
to welcome John S. Ward as a regular columnist to the MB-F
Newsletter. Anyone who has been in dogs for any length of time
will recognize Jacks name. We believe he continues to have
important ideas to contribute to the sport and are delighted
hes agreed to share them with all of us. We consider his first
column in the Newsletter to be very timely.
Jack Ward has been
a breeder, trainer and exhibitor of Cocker Spaniels since the
early 1950s. He has been an obedience judge since 1961 and has
served on several AKC Obedience Advisory Committees. He was
elected to the Board of Directors of AKC in 1974 and served until
1994. He served as its Chairman from 1992 til 1994. He is
currently a member of the American Spaniel Club, the Middleburg
Kennel Club and the Mt. Vernon Dog Training Club.
Where I Sit...
by John S. Ward
organization has asked me to contribute to its Newsletter on a
regular basis and I am pleased to accept their offer. The subject
matter will be of my own choosing and my observations will not
necessarily be those of MB-F. I will enjoy this assignment and I
trust you will find my contributions both interesting and
This past December
I attended the quarterly meeting of the AKC Delegate body in New
York City. One of the items read was a listing of new Delegates
accredited since the previous meeting in September. I would like
to discuss this topic more fully, but I think it would be helpful
at this time to review the functioning of the Delegate so that my
comments may be more readily understood.
As you know, the
AKC is a club of clubs and currently it consists of a mixture of
approximately 500 all-breed clubs, parent breed clubs and
obedience and field trial clubs. Each member club is entitled to
designate a Delegate to the AKC and these Delegates constitute the
body governing that organization. The Delegates must approve any
change to the Rules governing dog registration and to the conduct
of Dog Shows. In addition, the Delegates are responsible for the
Constitution and Bylaws of the AKC and the election of 12 of their
own members to a Board of Directors, which is responsible for the
day-to-day operations of the club.
It is evident that
each Delegate carries a heavy responsibility and the choice of
that Delegate should be of serious concern to each member club. I
was therefore greatly surprised to find that, in the period
between the two quarterly meetings, 20 new Delegates had been
approved by the Board of Directors. At this rate approximately 80
new Delegates would be approved each year, which is equivalent to
a turnover of about 15% of the 500 Delegates on an annual basis.
As is the case with
most parliamentary bodies seniority becomes important in
determining the impact an individual has on the parent body. In my
experience it takes several years for each Delegate to become
effective in representing his own club and in participating in the
decision making process at the national level. This has become
even more significant with the advent of Delegate Committees
created to study various substantive issues and topics. Membership
on a Delegate Committee is an elective process and it should be
obvious that experience and tenure enhance a Delegates prospect
Member clubs should
take a long, hard look at the procedure used to elect their
Delegate. The selection of a Delegate is at least as important as
the election of any other officer of the club. The individual
selected should have breadth of vision and a strong, commitment to
the preservation of our wonderful sport. He or she must have the
time and the desire to attend four meetings a year. The club
should be prepared to pay all the traveling expenses of their
Delegate and should not be influenced by the individuals
ability to pay all or part of these expenses. As indicated above,
the club should be prepared to guarantee long term tenure to the
Delegate without the politics that sometimes surround the election
of officers in a club.
relationship between a club and its Delegate is a two-way street.
The Delegate must be prepared to keep his club fully informed with
regard to upcoming issues and must be willing to accept his or her
clubs decision on how to vote on issues before the Delegate
body. Nevertheless, it must be realized that motions come before
the Delegates that were not anticipated and the club must accept
the fact that the Delegate will sometimes be called upon to vote
without prior consultation with his parent organization.
Good Luck in your
selection of a Delegate!
Now, Id like to
discuss the structure of the AKC itself and offer my views as to
how it may be reorganized in order to function more properly and
structure of the AKC is essentially the same as it was over 100
years ago when it was first organized. Policy and Rulemaking are
vested in a Delegate body consisting of representatives from over
500 member clubs. There are now more Delegates than there are
Congressmen and women in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Quarterly meetings are held in New York City and some Delegates
travel as far as 3,000 miles to attend these meetings.
In spite of this
cumbersome process the Delegate body is not truly representative
of the Dog Fancy. The AKC is a club of clubs, but not all dog
clubs are members of the AKC. Roughly over one-quarter of the
total number of dog event giving clubs are members and have a
voice in governing the parent body. Nonmember clubs literally have
no way of influencing the deliberations of the Delegate body.
This situation was
addressed by a committee of AKC Delegates created for examining
the structure of the AKC and making recommendations as to possible
organizational changes. The committee produced a thoughtful and
well-reasoned set of recommendations for a structure that would be
more democratic and representative of the sport by adopting a
pyramid form of government.
underlying their proposal is that all event giving clubs are
entitled to become members of the AKC without going through an
election process. They further propose the country be divided into
a set of regions, each of which would have approximately the same
number of event giving clubs. These regions would hold periodic
meetings throughout the year, would elect governing bodies and
would designate representatives to a national Board of Directors
which would be responsible for setting Policy and making Rules
governing the sport on a national basis.
This type of
organization would have several distinct advantages. It would, of
course, be truly representative of the sport and would insure that
all voices would have an equal input on a geographic basis. In
addition, by carefully choosing the size of the regions, travel
costs would be held to a minimum and attendance would thereby be
This approach, of
course, is not without its problems. For instance, special
provisions would be necessary for national breed clubs and perhaps
for clubs devoted to performance events. Nevertheless, its
advantages are such that the concept should be seriously
What are the
chances of this approach being adopted? Obviously the biggest
hurdle to its adoption is the fact that the Delegate body would
have to vote itself out of existence. On the other hand, a
dedicated group of Delegates reached these conclusions and were
courageous enough to present their findings to their parent body.
What can you do about it? Raise the issue on every appropriate
occasion and let your views be known as opportunities present
Word From the Canine Health Foundation
International Kennel Club Shows, Sponsored by Ralston Purina
Raises over $75,000 For the AKC Canine Health Fountation
International Kennel Club with its new February dates and
beautiful McCormick Place location has added a jewel to the crown
of premier dog shows. The Blackhawk and Park Shore shows held on
February 25 and 26, and the IKC benched shows on February 27 and
28 drew entries of over 9,000 dogs. The spectator crowd was the
largest of any dog event ever held at McCormick Place.
Held as a benefit
for the AKC Canine Health Foundation, the IKC Saturday show had
both the biggest entry and the most spectators. Ralston Purina
added to the excitement with a new hospitality booth and the
addition of the Incredible Dog Events. The AKC Canine Health
Foundation also introduced its new booth and had a very successful
membership drive at this show. A charity ball was held Saturday
evening for over 700 guests which added to the total raised to
benefit canine health research.
Chairperson, Bruce Korson, said, The venue for this event is so
beautiful and spacious it easily accommodated record crowds,
entries and exhibits. We would like to send our sincerest thanks
to every dog person that supported this event, Ralston Purina, IKC
and everyone involved for making this an extraordinary celebration
and contributing to the health of dogs.
NOW AVAILABLE THE FUTURE OF CANINE HEALTH
and individuals can now order a video about the future of canine
health. Filmed at the University of Pennsylvania, School of
Veterinary Medicine, the video features leading scientists talking
about and demonstrating the canine genome mapping project. Some
of the work that scientists do is very visual, we hope people will
enjoy seeing research up close, said Robert Kelly, Chairman of
the Foundation Grants Committee. The video runs for eight minutes
and can be ordered for $10.00, including shipping and handling.
Clubs that would like to have a speaker and program on canine
health with the video should contact the office of the AKC Canine
Health Foundation, 251 W. Garfield Road, Aurora, OH 44202, or call
330-995-0807, or toll-free 1-888-682-9696.
A MEMBER OF THE AKC CANINE HEALTH FOUNDATION
information on canine health will be available to members of the
AKC Canine Health Foundation through a twice-yearly newsletter.
The cost of membership is $25.00 a year; $40.00 for two years.
Contributing members who give $50.00 or more receive a membership
Its a great
way to support canine health and become part of the effort to help
our dogs, said Dr. Robert J. Hritzo. Over 100 members were
signed up at the International Kennel Club in Chicago, the first
time that membership was announced. To receive a membership
application, call toll-free PH: 888-682-9696, or write AKC Canine
Health Foundation, 251 W. Garfield Road, Suite 160, Aurora, OH, or
contact the web site: www.akcchf.org.
AND CHF JOIN TO FUND UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA AND FRED HUTCHISON
CANCER RESEARCH CENTER ON GENE MAPPING PROJECT
The AKC Canine
Health Foundation and Ralston Purina Company are the co-sponsors
of a $200,000 research project titled, Integrated Map of Canine
Gene and Microsatellite Loci. In order to most efficiently
study canine inherited diseases, genetic maps are essential for
locating and identifying the genes causing such diseases. This
research will seek to create a genetic linkage map, which will
determine the location of the genes on the canine chromosomes.
Patterson, DVM, D.Sc., of the University of Pennsylvania and Dr.
Elaine Ostrander, PhD, will lead the effort. They hope to identify
dog genes along with adjacent markers, thereby determining the
location of these genes and markers on the existing human and
mouse maps. This would enable the canine gene map to be lined up
against the human and mouse maps, thus providing a substantial
amount of information to canine researchers that is already
available to human researchers. The homology between the human and
canine genome is over 85%.
From this study,
geneticists should quickly increase the rate at which they are
able to identify the genes responsible for inherited diseases in
all breeds of dog. We are pleased and excited to be involved in
a basic research program that should benefit all dogs in the years
to come, said Dr. David Bebiak, Vice President of Pet Products
Research and Development for Ralston Purina Company.
NEW GENETIC TESTS FOR DOGS BECAME AVAILABLE IN 1999
made a significant leap forward in 1998 with six new genetic tests
including; canine von Willebrands disease in Pembroke Welsh
Corgis; Manchester Terriers and Poodles, Dr. George Brewer,
University of Michigan; Stationary Night Blindness in Briards, Dr.
Gus Aguirre, Cornell University; Progressive Retinal Atrophy in
Cardigan Welsh Corgis, Dr. Simon Peterson Jones, Cambridge
University; and Cystinuria in Newfoundlands, Dr. Paula Henthorn,
University of Pennsylvania. This is the largest number of new
canine genetic tests made available in one year. Scientists
predict that this number will expand each year as research
progresses on the canine genome map. All of these tests were
developed by researchers in the United States and funded by the
AKC Canine Health Foundation, with the exception of the test for
Progressive Retinal Atrophy in Cardigan Welsh Corgis a project at
Cambridge University, England.
MAMMARY CARCINOMA STUDY FUNDED
The AKC Canine
Health Foundation has announced the funding of a study entitled,
Search for DNA Markers for Canine Mammary Carcinoma. Dr.
Vilma Yuzbasiyan-Gurkan, PhD, will conduct this two-year study,
co-sponsored by the Skye Terrier Club of America, at Michigan
Breast cancer is
one of the most common cancers in dogs. Cancer is the leading
cause of death from disease in dogs. The possibility exists that
in some breeds, there is a predisposition to the development of
breast cancer. The identification of this gene is the major focal
objective of this project.
Memory of Hugh M. Witt, Jr
It is with deep
sadness we report the passing of Hugh, a dear friend and one of
our Superintendents, after a lengthy illness. Hugh had been a
weekender Superintendent with MB-F since 1980. He and his
wife, Jean (a full-time employee), worked many shows together,
primarily up and down the East Coast.
Hugh was born in
Richmond,VA, April 6, 1930. He graduated from Virginia Tech in
1952 with a B.S. in Science. Upon graduation he was commissioned
as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and spent the Korean War
assigned to a missile battalion outside Washington, DC. After the
war he became an Insurance Agent for the Insurance Company of
North America (INA). In September 1955 he was married to Jean
Stephenson and they moved to Charlotte, NC. Greensboro, NC became
his home in 1962 when he became a partner in The Insurance
Center. They had two children, Hugh M. Witt III and Mary Parker
Over the years his
love for dogs was the driving force behind his raising and
breeding first Boxers and then English and French Bulldogs. He was
Past-President of the Carolina Kennel Club and the Bulldog Club of
America, Div. VII. It was his involvement with Bulldogs that led
him to MB-F in 1980 when he became a weekend superintendent. He
retired from the insurance business in 1995 and from traveling to
shows in 1997. Below are some remembrances from his MB-F family:
A WORD about my
Friend, Employee and Insurance Agent, Hugh. He was a quiet,
gentle, warm and caring person. At the same time, when necessary,
he was strong, solid and steadfast. You always knew exactly where
you stood with him and exactly what he expected. There was also
his humorous side. He gave me a sign for my swimming pool a few
years ago. Thank you, Hugh. There is still no P in my ool.
A STORY comes to
mind that happened to the Witts (Jean and Hugh) and me while we
were on the New England Circuit a number of years ago. We had just
finished up at the first show, Holyoke KC and noticed that for the
last few hours, the sky had become quite threatening. We knew we
had about a two-hour ride that night to our next home away from
home, so we wanted to be on our way as quickly as possible. As
luck would have it, we no sooner got in the car than the skies
opened up. We managed to get up the road maybe 30 minutes, when
all of a sudden there was this PFFFFFFFFFFAFT noise. I was driving
and Hugh was sitting next to me and Jean was in the back seat
doing the move-ups for the next day. There was silence for a
second, Hugh looked at me and I looked at him, and he asked,
Wonder what that was? We both knew exactly what it was, but
because of the deluge outside we didnt want to face the fact
that we were going to have to stop to change a tire! Hugh looked
at me and said, Lets just drive a little further and see.
Of course being there was funnier, but this is just a small
example of Hughs immense dry wit. Without trying he was very
funny and quite an enjoyable person to travel with. Bob Carlough
WE called him
Huge a play on his name, but also pointing up the fact
that he was a BIG man. With Hugh, what you saw was what you got.
You could always count on him for a comment. He spoke his mind,
but he always offered a helping hand. He cared about what he did.
His quiet demeanor belied his wicked sense of humor (e-mail lines
will surely miss his daily proffer of jokes). He was a gentleman.
He had a great love of music that he was glad to share. He worked
and interacted wonderfully with young people (my daughter has many
delightful memories from time spent with Hugh and one of my
stepsons remembers him from Hughs involvement in the Civil Air
Patrol). During his last weeks he was doting upon the French
Bulldog that had recently joined the Greyhound, Bulldog and cat in
the household. That he lived nearly four years with an illness
that was supposed to take him in three to six months is in itself
a testament to the type of man he was and to his strength of
character. We are glad to have known him. Dorie Crowe
I DID not know Hugh
until I came to work at MB-F in Greensboro. Even though we had
both shown dogs in the southeast we had never met. Since coming to
MB-F, Hugh and I traveled to several shows/circuits together.
During that time I got to know the Hugh I will remember always
a gentleman, willing to do the job that needed to be done, proud
of his alma mater. He loved to talk about the places he had
traveled but also liked to listen to your tales and see pictures
of where you had been. Hugh was always willing to help and give
advice when needed. He loved fine things whether it was an
animal, a piece of music, or a pretty girl! Anna Tiedemann
MOST OF my work
with Hugh over the years was a lot of flying. We learned to fly at
the same time. We spent a lot of time in the cockpit of an
airplane together. He loved learning and he loved to read. He
loved to know everything there was to know about something. If he
didnt, he would read everything there was about that subject.
He was on a never-ending search to know everything there was to
know about whatever he was doing and constantly looking for
more. While he enjoyed the new technology and its challenges, he
loved some of the older things best because they were more
difficult. For example, he enjoyed navigating using the old NDB
he found it more intriguing than just pushing a button. I
enjoyed knowing him and had a really great appreciation for his
intelligence. Bob Christiansen
with Hugh began at a benched show in Montreal, Canada more than 28
years ago. I turned around and Lo and Behold here was a man with a
Bulldog from Greensboro, North Carolina! I was impressed and I
told him so. We talked and became friends. He later joined with me
at Moss-Bow Dog Shows as a weekend Superintendent. Hugh was a
brilliant man with excellent ideas and he was a loyal friend. We
have missed him throughout his long illness and now we miss him
even more. He will always live in our memories. May God recognize
this fine man for the life he led and find a secure place in
heaven for a true Dog Fancier. Tom Crowe
InfoDog Discussion Forums
by Jeff Trull
The internet is a
good tool for information retrieval on any subject imaginable and
dog shows are no exception to that list. What makes the internet a
great tool is its ability to provide us with ways to
communicate, collaborate, and interact with other people having
similar interests and ideas all over the world without ever having
to leave our homes or computers. Sometimes this communication is
accomplished through e-mail between friends, e-mail discussion
lists also known as listservs, real time chat rooms, and online
newsgroups (usenet for you internet veterans). Each of these
methods has its own uses, benefits, and limitations. Lets
take time to do a small review of each of these communication
methods available on the internet and then compare them to the
features of an online discussion forum, specifically the new
InfoDog discussion forums.
E-mail is great for
one-on-one communication with friends, business contacts, and
soliciting information from web hosts on the internet. It is a
private means of sending messages intended only for designated
recipients. Technology now makes it very easy to send and receive
e-mail messages and most people today recognize an e-mail address
even if they dont have one themselves. How many times a week do
you hear or see this notation: firstname.lastname@example.org, pronounced
someone at somewhere dot com or the ever popular email@example.com?
E-mail addresses are becoming as common as phone numbers and
everyone online has one.
An extension of
e-mail communication is the e-mail discussion list or
listserv. This system allows people to subscribe to an
e-mail list that only discusses a certain topic such as dog shows.
Someone will post a message to the list and all subscribers to the
list will receive a copy of the message in their e-mail box. They
have the option of responding to the message and their response is
in turn e-mailed to everyone on the list or they can read or
simply discard the e-mail and wait for the next message to arrive.
Subscribers to a busy list or two could easily receive hundreds of
messages a day in their e-mail box that they would have to sort
through. Although somewhat inefficient, it is a very popular means
of following topics of interest electronically. Once you subscribe
yourself to a list the information is automatically forwarded to
your e-mail box and all you have to do is read through it.
internet communication method is real time chat. Chat rooms allow
multiple people with similar interests to speak (via typing) with
one another in real time. America Online users are most likely
quite familiar with these chat rooms as there are thousands
available through the AOL service. Internet enabled chats used to
require separate client software, but with new technologies such
as JAVA and DHTML oftentimes all you need is a standard web
browser such as Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer to
participate. People schedule chats and anyone interested just logs
in at the scheduled discussion time to talk with others about the
chat rooms topic of discussion. One drawback to this is you
have to be available at the time of the chat or you miss out on
the discussion and are left wondering what was discussed.
Sometimes a log of the chat is posted for people to review after
the conclusion of the discussion, but there are no means to
interject your own thoughts or opinions because the discussion is
Newsgroups are a
place online to read and post messages related to a single topic
and they are most closely related to online discussion forums.
Technically speaking they are first generation discussion forums
as far as the internet goes and there are thousands of groups
available for any topic imaginable. They exist with or without the
world wide web in the case of usenet and require their own client
software and protocol (NNTP) to view them. Dont worry though,
most web browsers today include a built in news group client that
makes viewing the newsgroups easy and seamless. Newer web sites
like www.dejanews.com even allow a web browser to view newsgroups
without the special client software at all. There is no need to be
online at the same time other people are to participate in a
newsgroup discussion. Newsgroup messages travel back and forth
more slowly than in chat rooms and they are stored for people to
review and comment on for an extended period of time. Usually
e-mail addresses are stored with the message thread so private
comments can be sent to the author of the message. People like to
peruse these newsgroups to see what is going on even if they
dont contribute to the discussion at hand. Two drawbacks to
newsgroups are they can be difficult to navigate when there are
many messages and sometimes they become cluttered with random
combine many of the previously mentioned features into one program
available on the world wide web at various web sites for people to
use. The new InfoDog Discussion Forums have been configured to
handle administrative and organizational tasks leaving
participants free to focus on their content. The discussions are
set up to be self maintaining and conversations will be allowed to
take place over days, weeks, or even longer periods of time.
Unlike mailing lists and newsgroups, the discussion forums will
store all messages in a central location and organize them in a
date and time format per topic so that threads can be followed in
an orderly manner. This will result in well organized discussions
that have more a feeling of actual conversation instead of
fragmented bits and pieces of discussion segmented over multiple
Lets examine a
few of the new features that have been included in the new InfoDog
Discussion Forums. First of all, each forum will be run as a
protected discussion. This means that anyone is free to browse and
read the discussions anonymously, but if you wish to post any
comments to the discussion you must first register and log in as
an authorized user. Registration is an easy, one-time process. It
is just a matter of filling out a small form online and selecting
a user name for use in the discussions. Once you are registered a
password will be instantly e-mailed to your e-mail box and you may
use it to log in and post to the discussion forum of your choice.
This process is very easy and it allows people to take
responsibility for their posts and any heated discussions that
arise will take place between real people and not anonymous
abusers. Once registered, users are allowed to log in and change
their password, account information, and user profiles.
A second new
feature that has been added is the user profile. Profiles allow
users a place to list any information they wish to disclose about
themselves including interests, hobbies, and a signature file. The
signature file would post a text message at the end of any message
the user posts and could be a name, quote, or whatever the user
wishes it to be. A profile button will appear each time the user
posts and people can click the button and see the posters
profile if they have one available. The profile option is an
optional feature and is not required to participate in forum
A third new feature
allows users to mark an individual forum with a date and time
stamp so when they return later they can view only messages that
have been placed since the last time the user was there using the
forum. This will be very useful for frequent users so they can
pick up reading the forums right where they left off in their last
Another new and
useful feature is owners of messages will have the ability to go
in and edit messages they have previously posted to correct errors
or add information. The message is then annotated with the last
date edited. This will allow those errors that slip through in the
excitement of posting a message to be corrected.
A powerful search
feature has also been added to allow keyword searches in specific
or all forums. Users will be able to search for key words in any
or all fields such as author, subject, or message, and they can
further limit the scope of the search within specific time frames.
A user might want to peruse all messages in the last seven days
that contained the keyword Beagle. With the new search
features they would be able to do just that.
To further protect
the users of the new forums and the integrity of the discussions,
a content filter has been added to prevent the use of offensive
language and this filter will be modified by the administrator on
an as needed basis.
A small, but fun
special feature allows the typing typing of :-) and/ or :-( in a
message. These text expressions will be replaced automatically
with a bright yellow happy or sad face graphic appearing in the
message. If people enjoy this feature more graphic expressions may
The new forums will
allow HTML image links to be posted, but other html tags will not
be allowed in an effort to preserve a consistent look and feel for
There is also an
experimental ALERT feature that allows you to alert an
administrator of messages containing content that goes against the
Rules of Usage. If this feature is abused it could result in the
disabling of your account.
One last feature
that may make it into this release of the discussion forums is
e-mail notification when a particular post is responded to. For
instance, someone may post a question concerning a particular show
and they do not wish to keep checking the forums to see if a reply
has been posted. They would simply click the e-mail notification
box for that message and anytime someone replies they would
receive an e-mail message informing them that a reply has been
Hopefully these new
features will allow users of the discussion forums to have a place
to exchange ideas, have frank discussions about the sport, ask
questions, and learn new things as well. The Rules of Usage that
applied to past versions of the forums will still be in effect and
users who violate them will lose their posting privileges. InfoDog
is excited about the upcoming release of the new discussion forums
and from the amount of e-mail we receive asking when it will be
available, it would seem that many fanciers are excited as well.
As for a release date, the new forums should be available a few
weeks after this article is published. Keep checking
http://www.infodog.com/main.htm for details.
the Good Ol' Days
by Dorie Crowe
In the March issue
of the Newsletter we had a letter from a reader who remembered
that Champions entered in Best of Breed competition did not, at
one time, count in figuring points. She said she was having a hard
time convincing many of her exhibitor friends who did not realize
this was relatively new. It was, to our recollection, in the
late 70s when this change occurred.
Did you know, for
example, there were no judging schedules or catalogs as we know
them today, at one time? Indeed, George Foley was responsible for
many of the things in existence at shows today - and for many of
the Rules. There have been many other changes that todays
exhibitors take for granted. Heres just some of the ones that
immediately come to mind:
to Best of Breed This came into the picture July 1,
1980. Prior to that time, if you entered your dog in a show and he
became a Champion, your choice was to either show him in the same
class originally entered or absent the dog and lose the entry fee.
Although he still could not use the Ch title, with this new
option people could show the dog under his new status.
Breed Competition This class used to be called For
There is no Rule requiring any club/ superintendent to print
breakdowns in the judging schedule. The first time this was done
(in the 60s) it was by the superintendent A.D. Mansfield
(out of Virginia). He was soundly questioned when he did this. It
was our organization that provided the format for printing we
recognize in todays schedules.
Dogs There was a Rule that dogs that were not entered
in an event could not be on the show grounds unless they were en
route to a succeeding show (in transit), or they were being
delivered to their owner/agent. Clubs had to state in their
premium lists whether there was space for unentered dogs. At shows
that provided space for unentered dogs, those dogs had to be in
their crates, in that space and there was a special identifying
crate tag that was used.
Dogs Must be Shown Any entered dog that was on the
show grounds had to be shown under pain of disciplinary action.
This Rule was changed, as we recall, in the 80s.
Measuring Dogs Wickets first came into use in 1974
and dogs were to be measured only by the judge in the ring. Prior
to that time exhibitors had the option of pre-measuring. All
measurements, both in and out of the ring, were done exclusively
by the Show Committee. Pre-measuring was done prior to the start
of any judging by the Show Committee. The superintendent then
wrote the measurement in the judges book.
Veterinarians Prior to 1972, if the Show Veterinarian
was not on the grounds the show could not start; the show could
not continue if the vet had to leave the grounds. Did you know
that it was the veterinarian who came into the ring to determine
whether a dog had two normal testicles, was deaf, blind, spayed,
changed in appearance, etc.? Now the judge is solely responsible
for making these determinations. In addition, its only been
recent history that permitted the veterinarian to be on
Entries Under AKC Rules and Regulations telephone
entries were illegal until 1982. The AKC approved superintendents
taking telephone entries based upon a system developed by MB-F
called Dial-N-Entry. In order to meet AKC Rules all superintendent
telephone entry services are to have a completed Master Entry Form
on file in their offices. (Too bad independent entry services
dont have to comply with AKC Rules.) It was also at this time
that credit cards were first permitted for payment of entry fees.
Showmanship It was in the late1980s that Juniors
were first allowed under the Rules to substitute a dog. Prior to
that time it was permitted only in limited competitions and had to
be specifically spelled out in the rules of the limited
competitions. Under these new Rules for Junior Showmanship it was
allowed only in cases of the dogs illness, injury or bitch in
season. It was further revised in the early 90s to allow
Juniors to substitute for any reason (and weve discussed this
in earlier editions of the Newsletter.)
Classes Did you realize that prior to the 90s
if you sent in a puppy class entry that did not have the age
division on it and the class was divided by age we were obligated
to return the entry? It was only at the beginning of this decade
we were finally permitted to figure the age division, providing
the class was indicated and the birthdate was on the entry form.
(It took us about 15 years to accomplish this change.) And, its
only been in very recent times exhibitors were permitted to move
within the age divisions (which weve also discussed in earlier
editions of the Newsletter).
The Rules under
which we all live came into being for very good and sound reasons.
Many of the Rules, Regulations and Policies have changed over the
years in order to progress with the times and remedy what were no
longer reasonable constraints. Remember, change should be based
upon what serves the entire Fancy, not just one individual or
group or fad. Some changes have been for the better; some not,
depending upon with whom you discuss the changes.
In January of next
year I will have had my Superintending license 30 years. I
distinctly remember a lot of these above-mentioned items. What do
you remember? What would you change if you could? Why?
The Shaggy Dog Stories
granddaughter was young and traveling the dog show circuits with
me and our Kerry Blue Terriers, she, of course wanted to Jr.
Handle. So she practiced with my bitches and was doing quite well.
Then she wanted to try handling our male. After I explained to her
how strong they are and more difficult to control, she departed
with Blue Boy for her practice ring in the garage. Sometime later
she came to me with a look of worldly wisdom on her young innocent
face and stated: Grammy, youre right, males are harder to
show than bitches. You know when you stackem, their bladder
gets in the way! A true story submitted by Jo Ann Custer
I've been in
dogs for so long I can't remember when I wasn't. When I die and
an autopsy is done, I know they're going to find a 20 pound hair
ball somewhere. But I honestly wouldn't change the last 30 years
for nothing ....... except maybe for a Best in Show.
Anyway, not long
after I had gotten bitten by the show bug and I finally had what
turned out to be an real honest-to-goodness show dog, I was
forever hooked. In preparation for a long awaited event where I
knew the points were mine, even before I left home, I was
frantically packing my van for the trip to 'stardom'. I needed a
crate to ride in, a crate to wait in, stand hair dryer (all Old
English exhibitors have them), grooming table and tack box crammed
full of all the essentials (combs, brushes, corn starch, hair
spray, dry shampoo, medicine for the runs, rags to wipe whiskers
and feet, scissors, stripping comb, nail trimmer, cigarettes, gum,
candy bar, ash tray, medicine for motion sickness, bait, bait bag,
arm band number holder, safety pins, cosmetics (for me!), ear
cleaner and on and on and on).
Then, there's the
dolly, suitcases, ice chest, fold-up chair, hanging clothes,
extension cords, fans, buckets, bowls, extra towels and crate
blankets, trash bags, paper towels and on and on and on. No matter
how organized you think you are, you ALWAYS forget something. And
you spend the whole time you're driving trying to figure out what
it was ...... that you forgot. Such was my case over 20 years ago.
I pull into the
show sight, relieved I had made it safe and sound. Spent twenty
minutes finding just the right spot to 'land', playing bumper cars
jockeying for the best seat in the house. Jump out, stretch, lock
the van to run to the little girls room, get a cup of coffee,
check out the ring sight and buy a catalog to see if there's going
to be any competition for Sonny and then mosey on back to begin
unloading all the stuff that took me days to prepare and pack. And
four hours to get it where I was going.
I was so excited I
could barely stand myself. I had it in the bag today and no one
knew it but me. Just the right judge, with just the right dog. It
was a gorgeous day and I was planning on where to put my newest
Best of Breed ribbon in the kennel. Ahhhhhhhh, life was wonderful.
Until I opened the back of the van.
honey, is Sonny still in the backyard?"
A true story submitted by
Ellana L. Clarke, MyLuv O.E.S. (1969-1981)
Many Dogs Does It Take To Change A Light Bulb?
The sun is shining, the day is young, weve got our whole lives
ahead of us, and youre inside worrying about a stupid
burned-out light bulb?
Border Collie: Just
one. And Ill replace any wiring thats not up to code.
cant reach the stupid lamp!
Toy Poodle: Ill
just blow in the Border Collies ear and hell do it. By the
time he finishes rewiring the house, my nails will be dry.
Ahead! Make me!
Puh-leeze, dah-ling. Let the servants. . . .
Lab: Oh, me, me!!!
Oh Pleeeeeeze? Pleeeeeeze let me change the light bulb! Can I? Can
I? Huh? Huh? Can I?
Broken? Who says? For your information the light bulb isnt
broken until I say its broken.
Malamute: Let the
Border Collie do it. You can feed me while hes busy.
Cocker Spaniel: Why
change it? I can still pee on the carpet in the dark.
While its dark, Im going to sleep on the couch.
are NOT afraid of the dark.
quiero Taco Bulb.
Can somebody else do it? Ive got a hangover.
Pointer: I see it,
there it is, right there...
isnt moving. Who cares?
Shepherd: Put all the light bulbs in a little circle...
Sheepdog: Light bulb? Light bulb? That thing I just ate was a
Submitted by Norman
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