1998 Newsletter Volume
2. Issue 6
with our newsletter is being added as a first in this issue. We
have reached an agreement with a fine new magazine called "Dog
& Kennel". They will allow us to reprint
articles of interest to the dog fancy.
In this issue you
will find a special report on a new treatment for arthritis on
page 15. Those of you with older dogs will find it of great
InfoDog was first
introduced at Westminster in 1995. Each year we try to unveil a
new feature for the InfoDog website. Last year we recorded the
results "live" from the garden along with digital
photographs of the winners. InfoDog will contain "live"
results again this year along with an archived photograph supplied
in advance by the owners, exhibitors and handlers. The catalog and
these photos will be accessible beginning at 8:00 AM on Monday,
February 16th. The results will be input throughout the day and a
table of available breeds will be updated. Due to the overwhelming
response last year, we have upgraded our bandwidth to a full T1
(1536 kbs) and added additional Internet servers to handle the
volume. InfoDog will be the only web site with "live"
official results from Westminster.
InfoDog will also
have an entirely new look. The main menu screens have been revised
to include better graphics and an easier user interface for
navigation throughout the thousands of InfoDog information pages.
InfoDog will also unveil a new corporate sponsor. This new sponsor
will be the beginning of many exciting enhancements. InfoDog will
also enter a new dimension of information exchange. Watch for
exciting video clips and a tour of the MB-F facilities in
Greensboro, North Carolina and Detroit, Michigan. These clips will
also incorporate footage from some selected dog shows. We will
also have an ISDN high speed connection to InfoDog and the
Internet at the MB-F superintendents office in the rotunda of
Madison Square Garden. If you are planning to attend Westminster,
please feel free to drop by for a browse.
with our newsletter is being added as a first in this issue. We
have reached an agreement with a fine new magazine called "Dog
& Kennel". They will allow us to reprint
articles of interest to the dog fancy.
In this issue you
will find a special report on a new treatment for arthritis on
page 15. Those of you with older dogs will find it of great
Check it out with your
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By Jeff Trull
"Id like to
use InfoDog, but I dont know anything about computers, much
less the internet. What should I buy? Where do I start?" This
scenario comes up quite often between dog fanciers and MB-F
personnel. There are many services now offered on InfoDog to make
a dog fanciers life easier including show information, panel
searches by breed and judge, and even online entry of dog shows.
Id like to offer some guidelines that may make the seemingly
daunting task of purchasing a new computer and delving into
cyberspace more of a reality for the technically challenged. In
essence, bridge the gap between how to purchase the tools one
needs to access the services one desires. Computers come in many
varieties and price ranges. Having good information before going
out to buy is key in being able to sort through the jargon and
make a wise purchase. Two important considerations to keep in mind
are what will be the computers central purpose and what type of
budget is available for the purchase.
Lets spend a
moment discussing the particular components that are necessary to
consider when purchasing a computer. These components are
presented as big, bold descriptors on flashy ads and signs
wherever computers are sold enticing eager consumers to buy, buy,
buy. But what do they mean? What is enough? There always seems to
be something better and faster.
discuss the brains of the computer or the processor s
its known. The processor is rated in terms of megahertz (mhz)
and, to put it simply, the more megahertz the faster the computer
thinks. The most popular processor today is known as the Intel
Pentium processor and it comes in many speeds. For home use a
166mhz or 200mhz Pentium processor is plenty of power for a user
who wants to surf the web and maybe run a financial application
like Quicken or Microsoft Money. While this is quite a bit of
power, the market does not stand idly by. By the time this article
is published a 200mhz Pentium may be the least amount of power
available in a new home PC even though its more power than most
people need. The exception here is games. If the computer will be
used to play games then the extra mhz are a good investment.
If the processor is
the brain, then RAM (random access memory) is a high octane
energy drink that lets the PC "think and act quickly"
while working, surfing, or playing games. This type of memory is
used only when your computer is powered on and it stores no data
otherwise. Get a minimum of 16MB (megabytes) of RAM and seriously
consider 32MB for a significant performance boost, especially when
surfing the internet or playing games.
Another type of
memory is for permanent storage and is referred to as a hard
drive. This memory is for storing files like travel plans for
the upcoming national, pictures of the family, or a champions
pedigree. Think of it as a filing cabinet where all information is
stored even when you turn off the computer. Its usually
measured in megabytes (MB) and again, more is preferable. Get at
least a 1GB (gigabyte, equal to 1000 megabytes) hard drive. In
todays market the minimum available may be 2GB and thats
okay. Its like a closet in your home, the more storage space
"What big eyes
you have. All the better to see you with." is how the story
goes. What good is a computer without being able to see what is
going on? The monitor will capture and hold ones
attention each time the computer is used. Prevent eyestrain before
it happens by purchasing a decent monitor. Dont get less than a
15 inch screen with .28 dot pitch. (Additional hint: The lower the
dot pitch the clearer the picture.) Squinting is no fun and using
a computer is no fun either if looking at it is a strain.
element of the computers display is the video card. This
card sends a video signal or picture to the monitor. A video card
comes with its own built in ram often referred to as DRAM or VRAM.
The important thing to remember is to make sure the video card has
at least 2MB of this onboard memory.
What about modems?
Think of a modem as the lifeline to the online world (its where
the telephone line attaches to the PC). This is an area where
trying to cut costs is ill-advised. I recommend the US Robotics
Sportster modem period. Its probably $20-$30 more than some of
the bargain brands and it is worth every penny to make this
investment. Get the 33.6kbs or the 56K version and you will not be
disappointed. This excellent product may now be sold under the
3COM name because of their recent buyout of US Robotics. If the
computer comes with another type of modem preinstalled ask the
seller to replace it with a US Robotics model.
No PC today would
be complete without multimedia hardware such as sound cards
and CD-ROM drives. These components help make the computer
more interactive, friendly, and fun to use. Important things to
consider in this area are that the sound card is Sound Blaster®
compatible and the CD-ROM drive is at least 12 speed. No PC today
should be without these two items.
A brief word must
be mentioned about backups. A tape backup unit is rarely
included with a new computer system and that is a shame. My
philosophy is if something is worth saving on a computer then it
is worth backing it up. Any company selling new PCs will add a
tape backup unit to a system if they are asked to do so. It adds
about $100.00 to the system and thats why its not included
with the base unit. Ive been through the frustration of hard
drive failure and deleted files and I have no desire to experience
it again. Performing religious backups is an excellent habit to
develop early in anyones computer career. A model I like for
home PCs is the HP Colorado T3000 by Hewlett Packard. Its
easy to set up and it will run automatically, all the user needs
to do is change the tape weekly and put it in a safe place.
Now that some
important computer terms have been demystified, lets examine
what I would consider a minimum recommended configuration for a
new PC that makes for happy internet surfing: A Pentium 166mhz
processor, 32MB RAM, 1.2 GB hard drive, video card with 2mb of
onboard memory, 12 speed CD ROM Drive, 16 bit Sound Blaster®
compatible sound card with speakers, mouse, keyboard, 33.6 US
Robotics modem, and a 15"monitor. Its quite possible to
surf with less, but it will be hard to find a new system that
doesnt closely rival this configuration.
Now that a
component list has been created, where should the purchase be
made? There are two main avenues for purchasing a new PC, a retail
store and through mail order.
The nice thing
about retail stores is they have many models on display in their
showroom where one can go and look at the different configurations
and brands and try them out. They usually offer services like home
delivery, setup and optional training classes that new users can
take advantage of if they are a little nervous about using
computers. They also offer attractive financing options like no
payments or interest until 1999. Their inventory is almost all
aimed at the home user and they offer systems from the low end to
the high end of the spectrum. Their salesmen can be quite
persuasive at times so remember to keep in mind what the computer
will be used for and the budget set aside for the purchase. Retail
stores will advertise systems for $899.00 and in small print will
state: monitor not included or monitor sold separately.
Beware, because if a deal sounds too good to be true then it
probably is. Another trick the retail stores like to use is
selling extended warranties. Any new computer system should come
automatically with a one year parts and labor warranty. If it
doesnt, then walk away. Extended warranties are up to the
individual user. They can be a life saver for new computer users,
but remember they can be purchased in yearly increments so dont
give the store all of the money up front for a three year
contract. If the PC is replaced before the warranty expires that
is money wasted. Retail stores often carry many brands. I like HP,
Compaq and Dell in the retail market because they have a history
of making quality, reliable products.
Mail order is a
nice alternative to the retail megastores. Their prices tend to be
cheaper than retail stores and their warranties tend to carry
longer terms. There is no hands on examination of systems through
mail order, just a picture, description, and price, so its
important to order from a reputable company like Micron, Dell, or
Gateway 2000. These companies publish elaborate well organized ads
in magazines like The Computer Shopper, which may be
purchased wherever magazines are sold. These companies have many
configurations available that will not be seen in retail stores
and they will even build a custom configuration to meet an
individuals needs. They also tend to have around the clock
technical support seven days a week. All that is needed is a
telephone and credit card. The downside to mail order is complete
payment is due up front, there is no "try before you
buy", and all customer service is handled over the telephone,
there is never any face to face contact with these companies. I
have had good luck with mail order, but it is not for everyone.
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By Fred Lyman
In the late Summer
or early Fall of each year, I begin to think about what type of
arrangements to create for the floor during group judging at the
Westminster Kennel Club show at Madison Square Garden in New York.
After pouring over many home decorating, gardening, and
landscaping magazines as well as clippings that I have taken out
of magazines earlier in the year, I make my decision on what style
of arrangements I would like to create. Oh! by the way,
decorating, gardening, landscaping, and floral design are some of
the hobbies that fill my free time away from dog shows. I have
been involved in the floral business for almost thirty years, at
one time full-time.
Once the decision
has been made on design, it is then time to locate all of the
materials needed for my creation. I rely on floral supply houses,
garden centers, and retail stores in the Greensboro and
Raleigh-Durham areas for my floral containers, supplies, and silk
flowers. The fresh flowers and foliage are bought in New York City
from supply houses in the florist district on the Avenue of the
Americas and delivered to Madison Square Garden.
I usually arrive in
the City early on Thursday morning. After checking in at the
Hotel, I am off to the floral district to visit my suppliers and
check out what is available this year in purple and gold or
yellow. Needless to say, everything must be purple and yellow.
Then on to Madison Square Garden to check to be sure all of my
supplies have arrived on the trucks from Greensboro and get them
Friday morning 5:00
AM, I am off to the Avenue of the Americas to select flowers for
the fresh cut arrangements. What a sight to see, thousands upon
thousands of bunches of different kinds of flowers. It seems as
though this would be easy, but it really is not. You have to keep
in mind several factors. Will the flowers last from Saturday
through Tuesday, will the color show up well on television, and
most important are they purple and yellow? After an hour or so of
selecting flowers, I am off to Madison Square Garden. Shortly
after lunch, it is time to move into my room somewhere in the
Garden to start getting the containers ready for the silk
arrangements for the group floor. Around 5:00 or so, it is time to
stop for dinner and an early turn in.
5:00 AM, back to the flower market to select the last flowers and
make arrangements for them to be delivered to Madison Square
Garden. Around 1:00, just after lunch, everything arrives. Time to
go off to the flower room to recut all of the stems and place them
in water to keep them fresh and beautiful for the arrangements.
When everything is in water, it is time to continue working on
silk arrangements for the group floor. Around 7:00 PM it is time
to stop for dinner and regroup for an early morning start.
Sunday morning 6:00
AM, off to Madison Square Garden. Back to the flower room to swing
into action making fresh cut arrangements. Arrangements are made
for the judges tables, the Westminster Office and Booth, the
Superintendents offices, the Clubs lunch buffet, and the
tables in the Clubs lunch room. A total of fifty six fresh cut
arrangements are needed. At 8:00 PM everything is ready for
delivery early Monday morning. Off to the Hotel for a quick dinner
and some rest.
Monday morning 5:00
AM, off to the Garden. The rings are all set up, so it is delivery
time. Flowers are placed on the judges tables and delivered to
all of the offices. Back to the flower room to continue work on
the silk arrangements for the group ring for tonight. Around 10:00
it is time to stop and deliver the arrangements to the Clubs
lunch room. Back to the flower room to finish the silk
arrangements for tonights group judging. Usually around 2-3:00 the
group arrangements are complete. Now it is time to decorate the
columns for the group winner picture area and make a large
arrangement of fresh cut flowers for the photographers area.
Time to cleanup. Around 7:00 PM it is time to deliver the
arrangements to the group ring and help the setup crew set up the
arrangements. Looking back at the floor all setup, it looks really
great. I only hope the Westminster Club, the exhibitors, and the
spectators will be as pleased as I am.
The end of the job?
Not yet. On the completion of group judging, all of the
arrangements must be removed from the floor and restored in the
flower room. Around 11:30 PM, with everything back in the flower
room, I am off to the Hotel for some rest.
Tuesday 5:00 AM,
off to the Garden to freshen up the arrangements for the judges
tables. After everything is delivered, back to the flower room to
freshen up the arrangements for the group ring for tonights
judging. At 6:30 PM it is time to deliver the arrangements to the
floor and help the setup crew display the arrangements. While
group judging is in progress, it is time to repack everything and
get it ready to go on the trucks to come back to Greensboro.
A lot of thought
and work goes into this project. I do have the help of Chris
Edmonds who is an interior designer in Burlington, NC. He has been
a tremendous help in giving ideas and opinions about my creations
as well as helping with the actual work in progress at the Garden.
Sneak Preview: This year the
arrangements will all be different. The containers will be square.
Some arrangements will be topiaries. The flowers will be purple
and yellow Tulips, Daffodils, Forsythia, and other spring flowers.
Please let me know how you like them.
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! ATTENTION !
By Bob Carlough
To all dog show
exhibitors, we need your help! Thats right, you! Help with what
you ask? Well please read on as I attempt to explain some of the
problems we face each and every day in the Entry Department here
Let me start by
giving you some figures which many of you may not realize. Some
weeks of course are busier than others, but on an average, we have
approximately ten shows closing in a week. And some shows have
larger entries than others. But as an average, 1440 entries would
be a fair estimate. As you can see by doing quick math we handle
quite a few entries every week. Now comes the part where all of
you can help.
If you do the old
fashioned way of writing out your entry and mailing a check,
before "tucking it into an envelope and mailing it, please
look it over, honestly look at your handwriting. Like most people
you may be very smart because you know Latin, but chances are we
are not going to be able to read it. Remember, we handle thousands
of entries every week. We do not have time to sit and analyze
every word and letter on all of those entries. Please, please
write legibly. Take a moment or two extra to make things clear.
that comes up constantly with which you can help, if you move,
make sure your correct address is listed AND highlight it, or add
a note to bring the change to the attention of the data entry
operator inputting your entry. Do this also for any new titles
your dog, or your dogs sire and dam may have earned. Sometimes
some of you are in such a hurry, that you even leave out one of
the most important pieces of information. Believe it or not, many
entries arrive without a class. Again I urge you to read over your
entry before sealing that envelope.
Lets talk about
that newfangled thing, the fax machine. I feel sorry for those
poor things! They are on 24 hours a day and they are worked to
death! But seriously, the fax machine is great. A fast way to get
your entry in and with relative ease, too. However, there are
problems with this mode of communication also. Many times we get
black sheets; blank sheets; sheets with the information so badly
blotted we cannot make out what you are trying to convey.
Sometimes we only get half sheets of information. Here again, plan
ahead. Send your entry as soon as you can. Then CALL our fax
department to see if we received it. If there is a problem we can
then suggest that you re-fax. If you are like many who wait until
just before noon on any given Wednesday, you will be out of luck.
You will not have time to re-fax because the chances of you
getting through before the closing hour will be very slim. Those
poor machines are running constantly and it will be very hard for
you to complete your transmission before noon. And please
remember, it is not when you started to send your entries we go
by. Its when we receive your entries. If the entry is not
received until after noon, its too late. Remember to send a
cover sheet with each transmission. On this cover sheet, plainly
print your name, credit card number with the expiration date. Also
include the dogs registered name, not what you call him/her at
home, the AKC registration number, the class you would like to
enter and each show you would like to enter. If we have this
information, we can at least help you to get your entry in if the
rest of your transmission is perhaps illegible or incomplete. If
you are faxing entries for your friends along with yours, you are
to be commended for helping out your fellow dog exhibitors. But
please be clear in saying which entries go with which credit card.
Remember the volume I told you about earlier, it goes for the fax
entries too. These are sorted by hand and it slows down the
process if we have to try and put together which entries go with
which credit card. We do our best, but because of sheer numbers,
we sometimes are rushed, and this is where errors occur. Please
help us to eliminate these unnecessary errors.
One of the most
important ways for you to help us would be for you to include on
every entry a daytime phone number where you can be reached and
that will accept a collect phone call. If we have time, we try to
call and get problems taken care of with your entries. We do this
as a courtesy, not because we are obligated, but because MB-F and
the show giving club would like every entry possible. And when we
attempt to contact you the exhibitor, we do call collect. If you
are not at the number given to accept the call, then we are not
able to get the information we need in order to accept your entry.
The newest mode of
making your entries is the internet (InfoDog). There is one very
important thing you all need to realize. When you dust off that PC
and sit down to make your entry, whatever you type, is what will
be accepted. In other words, no one here at the office goes in and
adjusts your entry. If you put Open as a class, thats where
your dog will be. If you mean Open A obedience, make sure you put
that. If you put Puppy and then realize that your dog is too old,
you need to change it. Providing it is before the entries have
closed. Do not assume we will change it for you. We will not. As
the exhibitor, you are responsible for the information on your
Because of jobs and
other busy events in our lives, we are all rushed at one point or
another. But if you take the time to think about what you have
just read, you will see that all of what I have mentioned is very
cut and dried. Take a moment to make your entries clearer. Make
sure all of the information is included. Give us a way to contact
you if we need to and help us in our jobs to make your dog showing
experience fun. Hey if its not fun, whats the point?
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By Tom Crowe
The words Conflict
of Interest as defined by Webster are as follows: "A conflict
between ones obligation to the public good and ones self
interest, as in the case of a public officeholder who owns stock
in a company seeking government contracts."
It is pretty clear
in the above definition that money is involved as well as other
interests through which the position of a party might benefit. How
does all of this pertain to the sport of showing dogs? Let us take
some examples: You are a dog food salesperson and an AKC licensed
judge. Its easy to see that you could have a Conflict of
Interest if a large kennel owner were to show under you. You might
lose a large contract for a food sale, money is involved. On the
other hand, suppose your life long friend brings a not too
wonderful specimen under you in an average class, would you have a
Conflict of Interest? Morally, you bet your bippy. On the other
hand would you have a Conflict of Interest if you were a Delegate
or a Board Member of the AKC and charged a fee for judging as a
professional judge? From a practical point of view I can see no
real conflict. Additionally, I can see a real benefit of a
professional opinion to have more professionals as delegates
and/or board members. The professionals in our sport are the
backbone of the sport along with the long time breeders and hard
The turnover rate
of the average exhibitor is much greater than you would think. We
at MB-F estimate it to be approximately 40% each year. We know
that 40% of the dogs being shown this year will not be shown next
year. We also know that our mailing list is in a constant state of
flux. Here today and gone tomorrow is normal except for the hard
core and many of those are dying, losing interest, or becoming
disillusioned by poor leadership.
But, back to
Conflict of Interest. Who is to define Conflict of Interest? Can
it truthfully and realistically be defined? In some instances,
"yes", but in most cases "Not Exactly". Is a
person making a living in the business of dogs and serving on a
committee or as club officer, spending his/her own money to attend
meetings etc. and receiving no
the good will of the organization he attends, in a Conflict of
Interest? To some envious or jealous souls yes, but to the
organization he serves NO. Who amongst us should make the
determination? Who should cast the first stone? "Not I",
said the first little piggy, nor I and so on. Much easier to sit
back and whisper to others he/she has a Conflict of Interest than
to stand and be counted. If one serves on a Board where all
members are selected by committee based on their talents and
history of performance to a common cause, are they in conflict
because they gain popularity or praise for the work they are doing
as a Board Member? Should his/her services be lost because of
foolish assumptions by those who are really not aware of the facts
and the values gained by their volunteered services? You answer
that question. You be the judge.
It seems to me that
we all have conflicts of interest at many points in our lives. For
instance, my wife says to me, "Youre more interested in
the #*! Dog business than you are in me." Now theres a for
real CONFLICT OF INTEREST. How does one handle that sort of
conflict? Flowers, Candy, nights out or take her to a DOG SHOW?
Conflict resolved. If things were only that simple.
I guess what I am
trying to say is that, no matter what the situation, conflicts do
arise. Some are real and some are imagined. However, each
situation should be handled on an individual basis. Many times
things are not what they seem but alls right with the world.
Have faith the game is not lost in spite of the rumblings of
defeat. The Dow will rise again along with the Sun and the Moon.
The Dog Sport will in the end profit by the present turmoil caused
by dissidents. So it has been in the past 100 or more years with
thousands of important players but it will all pass and we will
have new players and new problems.
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Way It Was (And The Way It Is Now)
By Tom Crowe
Lets talk about
show sites. Many years ago there were very few good show sites.
Off hand a few of the better sites were The Old Garden. Not the
old, old Garden but the one before the present Garden. All of the
dogs were benched down stairs. Oh those stairs! After two days one
was completely wiped out with Charlie Horses in both legs and
lungs full of smoke and chalk. However, in many respects except
for the stairs it was in many opinions better than the present
venue. It easily accommodated more than 3000 dogs. The quiet of
the show ring area was almost mindful of a chapel. The Taft Hotel
was only two blocks across town and it was sumptuous when compared
to todays Pennsylvania. (To be fair in those days the
Pennsylvania 2-5000 was in its heyday and too expensive for
most doggie folks.) The Taft Hotel was headquarters. No matter who
you were looking for, if you waited in the lobby, sooner or later
they would come traipsing by. Those who are old enough to remember
sorely miss it. The benching area was divided in Group Areas with
large signs over each area to make it easy for spectators to spot
the breeds they wanted to see. All in all it was a good venue in
Today the New
Garden, which to some is really old, is still the New Garden to us
old timers. The New Garden has many pluses and negatives but all
in all its an easier place to work. Its all on one floor,
the benching is a bit crowded, but workable and the multiple
breeds benching has solved many problems concerning the care and
handling of the dogs. The rings are better controlled but are in a
smaller area than the Old Garden and accessibility is easier
coming from the benching area.
One of the best
ever dog show sites was in Chicago in back of the Stockyards. The
main ring area was the International Amphitheater where Franklin
Delano Roosevelt was nominated to be president of the United
States in 1932. I was always humbled in that place knowing it
played such a great part in the history of our country. All of us
Depression kids remember the rough times that came to an end under
FDR. There were many other areas in the acres of area available
for rings and special events. There was never a question of ring
sizes. The only query was how big do you want it? The acoustics in
the amphitheater were above average for the time. The hotel
accommodations were not great but if you wanted convenience they
were part of the complex. The beds were horrible and the bathroom
was down the hall, but they were for the Cowboys that drove the
herds to the yards. One thing Ill always remember was the
"The Stock Yard Inn". One of the best and fanciest
restaurants in which I have ever had the pleasure of dining. The
help were dressed in very fancy "King something" or
whatever and featured knee britches. If you were a steak lover you
would have realized immediately that you were in Steak Heaven. The
service was outstanding and the decor sublime. After a few drinks
and good conversation, and a good cigar (Cuban), it was time to go
back in time and find out first hand how sleeping on the range
must have been. Well not quite that good but the convenience of
the nearby bushes would have made the difference in favor of the
great outdoors. What happened to this marvelous place? The
neighborhood became dangerous, the yards closed, the other
attractions fell off and they closed it to the public. I last
heard they now use it for a warehouse if it hasnt been torn
down. "Thats progress" as Lois says.
Kennel Club of Chicago in the newly built McCormick Place is a
gorgeous building of nearly one million square feet and they love
dog shows. You should never miss this one. They are planning an
outstanding celebration to be held there in February of 1999 and
it will be one you certainly do not want to miss even if its
just to see this beautiful building. Of course if you want to
bring a dog or two they will certainly make you feel welcome. A
brand new hotel has also been erected on the site and you can walk
inside directly from the hotel to the show. At least three large
dog shows could be held in this facility at the same time and they
would be entirely separate from each other. Mr. Auslander really
has his chest puffed out on this one and rightly so.
Chagrin Falls, Ohio
one of the great outdoor events of the Midwest held on a beautiful
Polo field in Chagrin Valley just East of Cleveland. It became
harder and harder to compete with the local officials until the
club finally disbanded when they lost their leadership. It now is
part of Western Reserve KC in the old Chrysler Tank plant at
Cleveland Hopkins Airport.
Club, a real survivor moved from a small Civic Center building in
a Northern Area of the city to the newly built Cobo Hall and
recently almost doubled in size. They have without a doubt one of
the finest venues of any Kennel Club today. If you have never been
to this show it is well worth your effort to go. I almost forgot
to mention the place is so large that an elevated train runs
through the building overtop the show and you dont even know
its there unless you happen to be looking toward the roof of
the building. What hath God wrought in Detroit?
In our next issue
Ill try to give you some of the flavor of the Old South and the
beginning of circuits and clusters including the old January
Florida Circuit when a ball of twine and a suitcase was the total
equipment of the Superintendent.
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Tale of Two Dogs
By Tom Crowe
I want to tell you
a story, a very personal story and I want you to repeat it and
repeat it to everyone who will listen. Its a tale of Two Dogs
that have shaped my life.
DOG NUMBER ONE:
Ch. Highland Sand
Many years ago when
I was a struggling handler an opportunity came to me from a lady
by the name of Dorothy Thompson. Ms. Thompson was a very wealthy
lady, the sole heiress of a large corporation. She was also a
poodle breeder of some renown. She was the lady behind the famous
Highland Sand Kennels. It seems Ms. Thompson had seen me at some
shows with poodles and she liked what she saw. She called me out
of a clear blue sky and asked if I would like to handle for her. I
jumped at the chance and she had me fly to Chicago to meet her
kennel manager and to look at some puppies she thought would be
future champions. One dog named Highland Sand George and one bitch
named Highland Sand Georgia. She asked which one I liked most and
I said the male. These pups were only 5 months old and little did
I realize what the future would bring. Ms. Thompson said,
"Take him back with you and get him ready, call me when and
where you decide to show him".
The first show of a
two show weekend he went reserve from the puppy class and at the
second show he went BOB and on to win the Group. I was elated. He
was in full bloom of coat so I took him home and put him into an
English saddle trim and entered him again this time in the open
class and he went from there to Best in Show. The rest is history.
He became a top poodle winning many Groups and Bests. My career
was launched as a top poodle handler even though sporting dogs
were my primary breeds. Several years after Georges career
ended and he was still in my kennel and owned by a fine gentleman
and a good friend by the name of James Farrell.
When I announced I
was leaving the handling profession behind and that I had
purchased a share of the Bow Dog Show Organization. Jim came to me
and said, "Tom whats going to happen to George? He has
never been in my home and he has really always been your dog.
Would you care to own him and take care of him?" My
answer," I was hoping you would ask". George was part of
my life for nineteen years. I cried when he left me for Doggy
Heaven and I still get a lump in my throat when I think of him. He
loved me and I loved him and I will always remember the times we
had together. His picture, done by "Tauskey" has a
prominent place in MB-F headquarters in Greensboro and he will
forever be part of our MB-F heritage.
DOG NUMBER TWO:
Louis and T. J.
It took eighteen
years for me to get over George. I had retired from the everyday
life of dog shows and suddenly I realized something was missing in
my life. I had never in my memory been without a dog except for
those past eighteen years. I talked it over with Lois and we
decided to look around and maybe get a dog but not a poodle. I
didnt want to be reminded of George and I didnt want the
grooming or the care that goes into the proper care of a poodle.
We let the word out that we were looking for a dog, a Min Pin or
some such breed with little grooming and small enough to carry
around with us wherever we would go. One day we walked into the
office in Greensboro and were told that we were wanted in an
office down the hall. When we walked into that office Lois was
handed a white ball of fluff and we were told it was our dog. Not
exactly what we were looking to own, a white toy poodle. Well you
know the story, Love at first sight. That puppy was all over Lois.
He was in love and no doubt about it, so was Lois. I cringed at
the thought of all that grooming at this late stage of my life.
Long story made short he went home with us when we returned to
Florida. That was nearly six years ago. He rules the Crowes
nest. I have never in all my life met an animal so eager to please
and so quick to learn. Show him one time and he forever remembers.
Sometimes I believe he is George reincarnated and I dont even
believe in reincarnation.
Now comes the sad
part and the real reason for this Tale. Fuzzie is one of those
dogs that has some genetic problems. Poodles as a breed have 26
known genetic defects. All breeds have genetic defects, some more
than others. Any one dog of course does not carry all of these
defects. But every breeding produces and carries on some of the
defects. Fuzzie has three of the poodle defects. One is cataracts.
At five he was rapidly going blind and becoming listless and not
able to find his way around. We contacted the Vet School at North
Carolina State, friends of MB-F, and told them of our problem.
They arranged an appointment with their chief eye surgeon and we
had both cataracts removed. Fuzzie now sees fine and we and he are
almost back to happy times except; occasionally he pops a stifle
joint and we must rush to his aid and maneuver it back into place.
The first time it happened he screamed with pain. I recognized the
problem and quickly corrected it. Now when it happens he grits his
teeth and hobbles to me on three legs and waits for me to fix it.
It tears my heart out. The third problem is one that is common in
poodles and that is Epilepsy. He has had a Petite Mal seizure but
we have that under control, for the time being, with diet and
other proper measures. He is the greatest dog we have ever owned
and we are at a loss to help him.
Because of this
dilemma we have become very much involved with the AKC Canine
Health Foundation. I am on the Board of Directors and on the
Founders Roll. I believe this organization is the greatest single
thing that has ever happened to our Sport. At the recent Parent
Clubs meeting in St. Louis the world was informed as to whats
occurring as a result of the research now underway. It is also
amazing how much has been accomplished. It also makes us aware of
what can be done and how soon results are beginning to become
CANINE HEALTH FUND NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT.
Clubs can make a
TREMENDOUS contribution if they will do one single thing. Raise
your entry fee by $1.00 and donate that dollar to the AKC Canine
Health Foundation. Inform all exhibitors what the increase will
accomplish. Put the information in your very next premium list and
judging program then do it. MB-F will help you with the accounting
and send the funds directly to the foundation and you will receive
a certificate of appreciation suitable for framing in the name of
all dogs, all breeders and exhibitors. As an example of this small
MB-F last year
processed 750,000 entries nearly half of all entries processed.
That translates into $750,000.00. If every club and every
superintendent will participate in this effort the Canine Health
Fund would be self sufficient and we would have the research
assured to remove this terrible tragedy from our canine friends.
If you dont think thats the greatest thing to happen in our
sport then I believe you show dogs not for improvement of the
breeds but rather for that ego trip that everyone talks about.
Write to me at MB-F, P.O. Box 22107, Greensboro, NC 27420. Tell me
you believe what I say and Fuzzie and I will be forever in your
debt. And the Dog World will know your club is a true member of
the Sport of Showing Dogs and improving the breeds, their health
and well being. PLEASE HELP!
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HEALTH FOUNDATION NEWS
American Kennel Club
January - March 1998
BUSY FEBRUARY and
MARCH FOR CHF!
Monday - February
11:00 A.M. - 2:00
P.M. at the
AKC Canine Health
Sponsored by the
A silent auction
will be held.
If you would like to
donate a special item of art work or memorabilia
- please call the
- (330) 995-0807
March 7 and 8, 1998
DETROIT KENNEL CLUB
- The dates for the Detroit
Kennel Club are Saturday and Sunday March 7 and 8, 1998. CHF will
have a booth at the show and a portion of the proceeds of this
event will benefit CHF research. If you attend please plan on
visiting the AKC/CHF Booth for information.
March 26 - 29, 1998
KENNEL CLUB will have their
show these dates. They have provided CHF with booth space. Please
visit the CHF booth let staff know if you are planning on
attending the show.
February 25 - 28,
KENNEL CLUB will be hosting
a four day spectacular in 1999 to benefit the AKC Canine Health
Foundation. The Co-Ordinating Chairman of this event for the
Foundation is Bruce Korson (516) 922-5160. Parent clubs and
regional specialty clubs are invited to host specialties and
supported entries at this event which will help build health fund.
AKC Board Approval
of 1998 Budget Request -
On January 13,
1998, AKC/CHF Treasurer,
Alexander F. Draper, and Executive Director, Deborah Lynch
presented the 1998 budget request to the AKC Board of Directors.
The AKC Board approved the administrative budget request and
approved $500,000 for grants in 1998. This is an increase of
$100,000 over the 1997 grants amount.
1997 Fund Raising
Goal Reached and Passed -
The 1997 CHF goal
for fund raising was $600,000. The year will close at over
$670,000 in funds raised for canine health and education programs.
Hurrah and thank you to all board members and volunteers who
worked so hard to help us get there!!
Canine Health Foundation
WORKING TOGETHER FOR
THE HEALTH OF YOUR DOGS
January 28, 1998
The important word
to consider here is TOGETHER because without your commitment to
the AKC Canine Health Foundation our goals for the future health
and well being of our dogs will not be realized. As we move into
the millennium not only will the century change but the entire
scientific community will change as well.
Genetics is the
future not only as it concerns canine health but human health as
well. I mention human health as because many of the diseases that
plague our dogs can be equally as devastating to humans as well.
To date the AKC Canine Health Foundation has funded in excess of
one million dollars in research projects that will hopefully find
the answers to unravel the mystery of some of the devastating
diseases that we now have to face on a daily basis.
The various Parent
Clubs, all breed and individual donors have made the difference in
getting these projects started, but this is only the beginning we
need your support to keep these projects moving forward. The
Canine Health Foundation is your legacy to the future health of
the dogs that we love and care for. I think it is more than safe
to say that there would not be one of us who has not experienced
the unnecessary loss of an animal before it's time.
I am pleased to
announce that on February 25, 26, 27 and 28 in 1999 The Ralston
Purina Co. will sponsor along with The International Kennel Club,
Park Shore Kennel Club and the Blackhawk Kennel Club a four day
extravaganza for the benefit for the Canine Health Foundation.
Included in this weekend our plans are to hold a major dinner
dance at the show site an event that hopefully everyone will
support. Letters have gone out to all of the parent clubs with
details on the show so contact your club secretaries for more
information. Or you can contact me directly at (516) 922-5160 or
the Canine Health Foundations offices Mrs. Deborah Lynch (216)
995-0807. Of all of the things you have done in your years in dogs
be assured that the part you play in the success of the Foundation
will be long remembered in annals of the history of our canine
Presidents Council of the AKC Caine Health Foundation
HEALTH AROUND THE UNITED STATES
Irish Wolfhound Club of America - The Board of Directors of the
Irish Wolfhound Club of America will hear about the AKC CHF and
the Parent Club Partnership Program at their Board Meeting on
January 31, 1998, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Portland Kennel Club - CHF Director, Susan Hamill visited Portland
Kennel Club shows to host information sessions on the Foundation
and to present a booth with information on CHF at their shows
which were held January 15 - 18, 1997. The National Animal
Institute Alliance also held a breeders seminar on January 14,
1998 - attended by 50 of the leading breeders and exhibitors in
the area. CHF Executive Director, Deborah Lynch presented a
program on the Parent Club Partnership Program at the seminar.
NEW JERSEY -
Ramapo Kennel Club - CHF Director, Asa Mays and other directors
will visit the March 11, 1998 meeting of the Ramapo Kennel Club
and present a slide show to the members that describes the work of
AKC/CHF. Twin Brooks Kennel Club will hear a presentation
including slide show on AKC/CHF on March 22, 1998.
ALASKA - Anchorage
Kennel Club - Jocelyn Barker, President, of the Chinese Shar-Pei
Club of America, will present at the 1998 slide show on AKC/CHF at
the February 1, 1998 meeting of the Anchorage Kennel Club and
distribute material to the member on CHF research projects.
THE 1998 CHF SLIDE
SHOW IS READY.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO
PRESENTATION TO YOUR
LOCAL CLUB -
CALL THE OFFICE TO
OUR AREA CODE IS
CHANGING - FROM 216
AKC Canine Health
Phone (330) 995-0807
Fax: (330) 995-0806
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CANINE HEALTH FOUNDATION RESEARCH UPDATES
BLOAT STUDY - ENTERS
Follow up of dogs
in the AKC/CHF funded bloat study being conducted by Dr. Lawrence
Glickman at Purdue University is progressing on schedule. Nearly
2,000 dogs from eleven breeds have been enrolled in the study. The
study is designated to estimate the incidence of bloat in each of
the participating breeds and to evaluate the relationship between
bloat risk and body conformation, family history, diet and
participating in the bloat study and number of dogs enrolled
include the following: Akita (116), Bloodhound (133), Collie
(212), Great Dane (228), Irish Setter (271), Irish Wolfhound
(183), Newfoundland (303), Rottweiler (120), Saint Bernard (186),
Standard Poodle (137), Weimaraner (100).
data analysis will begin in January. Dr. Mark Tetrick, The Iams
Company, will advise on how to evaluate the large amount of
dietary information provided by owners. A final report to each of
the participating breed clubs and the AKC Canine Health Foundation
and the Morris Animal Foundation will be ready in one year.
SURVIVAL OF CANINE
In a separate study
Dr. Glickman is analyzing the short and long term factors that
will predict survival for dogs with bloat. The results of the
final analysis will be published in the Journal of the American
Animal Hospital Association. Dogs in this study were recruited for
a case control study of bloat risk factors. Points to remember
from this study are:
Canine bloat is an
emergency and must be treated immediately.
In general, once
dogs make it to surgery, their changes of surviving in the near
term are about 85%.
Therapy for shock
and gastric decompression should be considered only as first aid
for dogs with bloat. Some form of gastropexy is needed toprevent a
recurrence. After gastropexy, bloat recurrence is rare and most
dogs lead normal lives.
Although bloat can
occur in young dogs, the risk increases significantly, as dogs
grow older. A retrospective study of VMDB showed that overall,
78.8% of dogs were at least 4 years old before they bloated.
introduction of improved techniques for treatment of shock and for
gastropexy, case fatality rates have improved from a high of near
50% in 1977 to below 30% today.
(Bloat Notes, Issues 98-I, January
NEEDED FOR STUDIES OF CANINE CARDIOMYOPATHY AND SUB-AORTIC
Kathryn Mears, DMV,
DACVIM, PhD and Linda Lehmkahl, DMV, DACVIM of the Ohio State
University are conducting two separate studies of canine heart
disease. Additional cases are needed for both studies which will
investigate the mode of inheritance and genetic causes of
cardiomyopathy and sub-arotic stenosis. Participation of families
of dogs with related symptoms are particularly helpful for these
studies. Confidentiality will be strictly maintained. Dogs need to
visit the clinic at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio for
evaluation which will include non-invasive testing and a blood
test. Interested individuals should call Ohio State University
Veterinary Hospital - Phone: (614) 292-3551 and have Dr. Mears or
Dr. Lehmkahl paged.
CARDIOMYOPATHY - Breeders
and owners of Boxers and Dobermans of dogs with diagnosed
cardiomyopathy, a history of fainting or exercise intolerance may
have dogs that qualify for this study.
- Breeders and owners of
Newfoundland and Golden Retrievers with diagnosed or suspected
sub-arotic stenosis, or dogs that have a history of heart murmur
may qualify for this study.
These heart studies are supported
by the AKC Canine Health Foundation and the American Boxer
Charitable Trust, Newfoundland Club of America, New PenDel
Newfoundland Club and the Golden Retriever Club of America Health
Fund in honor of Carol Buckmann.
MB-F, Inc. fully
supports these worthwhile projects. We are proud to be part of
the Canine Health Foundation and have pledged both time and
money to the success of these endeavors. What better way to show
our appreciation of the sport we cherish and promote. In turn we
encourage support from all Dog Show particpants in this most
Tom Crowe, Chairman
of the Board MB-F, Inc.
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Dog & Kennel Special Report
Wedding bells for ADEQUAN Canine
By Kelly Stevens
In case you
missed the Federal Register for August 26 this year, pages
45157-58 served notice that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
was amending its animal-drug regulations. That change was made
"to reflect approval of a new animal-drug application filed
by Luitpold Pharmaceuticals." The newly approved drug is
known commercially as Adequan® Canine, but if you prefer long
scientific names, feel free to call it polysulfated
glycosaminoglycan. Delivered in an intramuscular injection,
Adequan is an osteoarthritis drug that slows the cycle of joint
degeneration by facilitating the repair of damaged cartilage and
the replacement of played-out joint fluid - while also providing
relief from pain and inflammation.
approval of Adequan for use in dogs is somewhat reminiscent of a
wedding between two people who have been living together quietly
for some time. Adequan, to be sure, has been approved for treating
horses for more than a decade, and many veterinarians have been
using it to treat canine patients as well. At a seminar at the
North American Veterinary Conference in 1992, the year that formal
testing of Adequan with dogs began, veterinarians were asked to
raise their hands if they were using Adequan to treat dogs. About
half did. One vet attending the conference, Robert Goring, a
veterinary orthopedic surgeon, quipped, "I suspect the real
number is closer to 75 percent." This crossover prescription
is an example of one kind of off-label or extra label
drug use, a practice wherein veterinarians may prescribe an FDA
approved medication for a Species other than the one for which
that medication has been approved - if there is no comparable
approved medication available. Another kind of off-label use
occurs frequently in our own species when people take aspirin, a
medication approved for treating headaches, to prevent heart
attacks. While looking benignly for the most part on these kinds
of arrangements, the FDA sternly forbids drug manufacturers from
advertising unapproved drug uses, but even that proscription is
softening. Legislation making its way through congress would allow
drug companies to distribute professional information on off-label
drug uses under certain conditions.
Adequan is made of
the same material present in joint cartilage. After entering the
bloodstream, Adequan is carried to the various joints of the body,
primarily the hip joints. If one of those joints is arthritic,
Adequan goes to work; but before discussing how it works, we
should consider the way a hip joint works. The hip joint is a
ball-and-socket arrangement in which the ball (the end of the
thighbone, or femur) sits in the hip socket. Normally the
surfaces of the hip socket and the femoral head are smooth,
covered by tough, slick cartilage that allows the bones to glide
past each other without undue friction when a dog moves. Otherwise
dogs would squeak when they walk. In addition, the hip joint is
surrounded by a durable, fibrous sack called the joint capsule,
which is filled with synovial fluid, a thick substance that
lubricates the joint, and functions as a fluid-filled shock
strikes - often,, but not always, as a result of hip dysplasia -
the bone surfaces of the hip joint and femoral head become rough.
They grate and grind against each other. At the same time the
cartilage surrounding the bones wears out. This roughs the way for
more grinding, which, in turn leads to more arthritis. Meanwhile,
the joint fluid becomes thin and watery, causing increased
friction in the joint and yet more arthritis and pain.
Upon arriving on
this scene, Adequan stimulates chondrocytes and the cells of the
synovial membrane. Chondrocytes produce new cartilage that
replaces worn-out cartilage in the joint. The cells of the
synovial membrane replace degraded synovial fluid with hyaluronic
acid, thereby lubricating the joint and separating bone surfaces
to prevent their
each other so much and so painfully. Whats more, Adequan puts
paid to the roguery of inflammatory agents that invade a joint in
response to stress or injury. Thus does Adequan control the pain,
lameness, reduced range of motion and disability associated with
dose of Adequan is two milligrams per pound of body weight twice
weekly for up to four weeks. The cost per injection usually runs
between $20 and $30, a cost that will most likely be accompanied
by the cost of an office visit. "Adequan is a recommended
onetime therapy," says Dennis Nelson, DVM, director of sales
and marketing for Luitpolds animal health division. "In
our clinical trials about 80 percent of the dogs that responded to
Adequan were still showing a positive response at six months.
Sometimes, depending on how severe the arthritis is and exactly
what is causing it in a dog, you may have to come back and get
periodic booster injections of Adequan. We do not have that on the
label because individual cases vary so much. Theres no way to
make a hard-and-fast recommendation.
We leave that to
the discretion of the veterinarian, the owner and the pet."
Adequan is the
second arthritis medication to win FDA approval this year for use
with dogs. The other is Rimadyl antiinflammatory drug that
neutralizes the effect of cyclo-oxygenase two, the enzyme that
produces inflammationand damaged tissues in arthritis victims.
Adequan, by comparison, is a disease-modifying osteoarthritis
Rimadyl is like taking aspirin," says Nelson. "It
strictly takes care of inflammation and, as a result, pain, but it
doesnt do anything to interfere with or to modify the disease
does not preclude the use of these drugs in concert, however. One
veterinarian of our acquaintance reports that she will begin
Adequan injections with a dog suffering from severe arthritis.
After the dog has shown signs of improvement, this veterinarian
might then prescribe Rimadyl and either Glycoflex or Cosequin.
The last two are oral drugs with effects that are similar to, but
slower acting than, Adequans. Rimadyl may be discontinued if
the dogs response to Glycoflex or Cosequin - or to periodic
booster shots of Adequan - warrants.
No matter what the
treatment strategy, the earlier it begins, the better a dogs
chances of improvement. If your dog seems sluggish when it gets up
in the morning or after a nap, if it walks stiffly or is reluctant
to climb stairs, to jump onto furniture or to lark about as much
as it used to, consult your veterinarian. If arthritis is the
problem, there are effective solutions at hand.
CHILDS is a writer and editor living in Washington, D.C.
(Reprinted from February 1998 issue
with the permission of "Dog & Kennel"
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