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May 1998 Newsletter Volume 2. Issue 9

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What’s New at Infodog

By Bob Christiansen

 

Two new features will be released on the Infodog website during the month of May.

“The Winners’ Circle” is a showcase of web pages for champions indexed by group and breed. Each Winners’ Circle web page includes a photo, text information and an optional link to the champion’s show history and statistics which is automatically updated for all MB-F shows. We will even post information you provide for us for shows other than those hosted by MB-F. An entry to the Winners’ Circle may optionally contain a link to a web page you have published elsewhere.

The “Dog Fancier Directory” an on-line resource for finding a variety of products and services. Each entry to the Dog Fancier Directory includes a classified ad or an ad with a link to a web page published at InfoDog or elsewhere. The Resources section contains clubs and organizations, breeder’s, handler’s and classified ads indexed by group and breed. The Products and Services section contains Store Front and classified ads for vendors of dog fancier products and services indexed by category.

There are many advantages to a web page on InfoDog. A web page is dynamic. Photographs and text can easily be updated and changed. With the addition of media such as audio, video and animation’s, your web page also becomes interactive. A web page is inexpensive. Compared to print media, web advertising is a bargain. Why spend a bundle for a single static magazine advertisement when you can invest in a web page for less money?

Infodog continues to do everything for the exhibitor except take a dog in the ring!

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WHAT’S A DOG PERSON?

By Tom Crowe

Can you define what qualifications go into the make up of a dog person? Are Dog Persons breeders, handlers, judges, delegates, AKC board members, AKC employees? Just who are the dog persons in our sport? Are you one? Am I one? Who makes the decision?

There is an approximate turn over of 40% each year of persons showing dogs. Some persons go to a few shows, decide they don’t have a winning type dog and they’re gone. Others finish a dog and they’re gone. Still others become infatuated and they hang around and eventually they become the hard core of exhibitors, handlers, judges etc. I guess we can call them dog persons. Are they really? Are they special people? Tell me what are the necessary qualifications? If I am one, do I have special powers? Is my opinion recognized and am I qualified for special positions in our world of dogs?

Is this hard core good or bad for the sport? I don’t know. It can be good because it spells continuity. On the other hand it could be bad because the hard core keeps beating the same drums and progress becomes very slow and new ideas are ridiculed. It’s a hard call.

Because we are dog persons does that make us eligible to hold high paying staff positions in the AKC even if we are not accountants or personnel managers or computer experts, MBAs or PHDs etc? On the other hand can we hold those positions without being a dog person? Should being a dog person even be a consideration in the selection of staff and management employees? Depends on the position of course. A field representative should be a Dog Person and a respected member of the Dog Community but is it necessary for the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Operations Officer, the Chief Information Officer, the Treasurer, the Legal department, the typists and the filing clerks to be what we call dog persons? How can we justify that kind of operation from a business standpoint? The people that run the business end of our governing body should be the most qualified people we can find. Running a business has nothing to do with which breed is which or what the disqualifying faults are in a breed. Business is business and dog shows are dog shows.

Crunching the numbers and streamlining the operations is not a dog person’s forte. From another point of view persons having very pointed political views are not acceptable or desired in running a business. They must be apolitical. Political wrangling can lead to conflict or inactivity and eventually to disaster in business. (Does this strike a note?) Teamwork is the most desired goal and should always have top billing on an agenda spotlighting the advancement of our sport and the solutions to all of our problems. Sounds simple and it is if we recognize and prioritize our problems and attack them in their proper order.

Within the generic list of dog persons above can you name any one within your knowledge with the qualifications and the expertise to become the president of a $50,000,000.00 a year corporation? Don’t ask me. I’m asking you. What I do believe is that a corporation of that size requires a person with a substantial business background and a proven quality of leadership. They must understand budgets, business plans, and the rules of business. They must be able to surround themselves with knowledgeable subordinates capable of making sound judgement calls. Above all they must be a team leader and not a tyrannical ruler. It’s not mandatory or necessary that they be able to breed, handle or judge dogs to fulfill their obligations to the sport.

POSTSCRIPT

The committee of seven dog persons selected by the board to recommend candidates for the presidency of AKC were very thorough in their review of almost 200 applicants. They reviewed the resumes of all applicants in detail over a period of weeks. Many fine people were given scrupulous examination. We weren’t looking for dog persons per se; dog experience was only a relative part of the examination but received special attention if all other qualifications were high. Executive and business backgrounds were quite important and a demonstration of leadership ability was almost paramount in the selection of the final candidates. Of the 200 applicants only ten were selected for interviews. Of the ten only five were recommended to the board for their final decision. Any one of the five would have been a good selection. However, one person stood out above the rest. His qualifications met nearly every criteria set forth by the committee. The AKC Board interviewed the final five recommended candidates and their selection was no surprise to the committee. Al Cheauré is that person. Given the opportunity and cooperation he deserves he will lead us into the new millennia. Become a member of his team and watch our American Kennel Club grow into the envy of the dog world. World Wide!

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Guy’s Corner


SUCCESS
is Spelled
T•E•A•M•W•O•R•K

 

THE PASSING OF A FRIEND

I was saddened by the death of Charlie Prager. He was a friend and true lover of dogs and shows. Those of us older, past exhibitors (myself) and even older ones (Tom Crowe) remember Charlie with his outstanding Bedlingtons. I hope his club will dedicate one of their Medallions to him and make it twice the size of the others. He will be missed.

Let me preface this article by stating that I am not retiring. If I am retiring, I'm the only one who doesn't know. When and if I retire, I will certainly inform everyone so there will be no surprises. I don't know where that rumor started or why. Perhaps it is wishful thinking on the part of our competitors.

This is not the article I had planned for this edition, however, Tom Crowe beseeched me to report on a situation pertaining to our Ocala and Gainesville shows. Let me regress a bit. For the last three or four years, clubs have been complaining to me about huge cost increases of their judging panels and what they could do about it. One of my responses was to suggest using more provisional judges whose fees, if any, are less than large multiple breed judges. By hiring enough multiple breed judges to cover Groups and Best in Show and augment a lot of breeds with provisionals. Well, lo and behold, Greater Ocala and Greater Gainesville went the provisional route. Greater Gainesville on their own hired forty judges many of them provisionals. The result was that the entry went up over 400 dogs. This may be a fluke entry as verse the theorem of exhibitors willing to give a new face a chance and the fact that one or two breed provisionals are in effect specialists. The answer will be unknown until more statistics accumulate.

My article would not be complete without another one of my “Watermarks.” Sitting at the Dayton, Ohio Holiday Inn lobby bar having my early meal and talking to the barmaid (as is my custom as I don't like sitting at a table), she suddenly said, “Guy look”. I turned around and there was a Bevy of nuns walking down the hall. In amongst them was a very tiny nun who had to be the ugliest woman I had ever seen with her very large African Elephantine ears and leathery skin to match and a pugilists nose. She looked like a Ferengi from “Star Trek The Next Generation” series. I was thinking we don't have to worry about her breaking vows. I put it out of my mind until the next morning when I was riding down the elevator at 5:00 A.M. It stopped at the next floor and guess who got on? That's right, the little gargoyle of a nun. The elevator continued it's descent and then stopped between floors with smoke coming out of the roof. I pressed the emergency button. I'm not a very religious person (scientist, evolutionist), but I prayed “God,” help us. Don't let this beautiful (internally) young nun and me die in this elevator. Yes, I fibbed, but I was afraid that if He was not all knowing, He might upon seeing what evolved from what He created from Adam's rib He might abandon us. I thought if I'm going to die with a nun, why can't it be with a Hollywood type like the beautiful June Haver (who actually left the convent for movies and married Fred McMurray). Or how about Sally Fields (Flying Nun) or Shirley MacLaine (in Clint Eastwood's movie Two Mules For Sister Sarah). If I were Catholic, I'm sure that little distortion would have been worth 1,000 to 5,000 “Hail Mary's”. Of course, I would like to think He recognized my tongue-in-cheek humor of the situation as we were rescued.

Earl Graham (show photographer) after reading the proof of this article said, “You're in trouble. Not with the Catholics, but with God and you better have a good excuse after you die.” My reply would be “Lord” I thought if anyone would have a sense of humor, it would be you.

That's all folks.

P.S. Please realize this article certainly meant no disrespect to nuns or their religion. As a matter of fact, half of my family are Catholics and I was baptized Catholic and had two aunts who were nuns.


Humor is a good thing. If you have a favorite doggy laff -- particularly a true story -- please send it in and share a good laff with fellow dog enthusiasts in our humor section.

Send to:  MB-F, Inc., c/o The Shaggy Dog, P.O. Box 22107, Greensboro, NC 27420 or e-mail://www.infodog.com

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REGISTRIES, OPEN AND CLOSED

By Connie Vanacore

Breeders are going to hear a great deal about testing for genetic diseases over the next few years. As scientists unravel the mysteries of the genetic code which governs all heritable traits it will become possible to test for an increasing number of genetic diseases. The question then becomes how best to use the information which breeders will have available to produce better dogs.

Once reliable tests are developed it will be up to the breeders to utilize the research to eliminate those dogs who are affected or who carry the genes which produce the diseases. There are several examples of how this is working already. Eye diseases in several breeds now have the opportunity to be eradicated due to the discovery of the genes which cause these diseases and the development of tests to identify clear, carrier and affected dogs. Reliable tests have been used for years to reduce the incidence of hip dysplasia in many breeds. Research into the genes that play into hip dysplasia are ongoing and eventually will be found.

The American Kennel Club is establishing a health data base which will be separate from the registration system. It will be Parent Club driven, that is, each Parent Club can decide whether they wish to be part of this data base and, if so, what information should be included in it. For example, if a club decides it is useful for breeders and owners to have information about which dogs have been tested normal for hips or eyes, proof of those tests may be submitted to the data base.

A club may also decide in addition to asking that dogs tested clear of certain diseases that all dogs who have been tested be included. This means that not only normal results will be entered into the data base, but dogs who are affected or are carriers will also be included.

A data base or registry which lists only “normal” dogs is considered a “closed registry. OFA is an example of a closed registry because only those dogs given an OFA excellent, good or fair rating are published in their quarterly statements and are sent to AKC to be included on registration certificates and pedigrees. (Once the health data base is up and running, this information will be transferred to that data base and will not appear on registration certificates. It is envisioned that owners and breeders can access the data base for information, either by computer or by requesting a printout, possibly in the form of a certificate.)

An open registry to which Parent Clubs can send information has been established since 1990. The Institute for Genetic Disease Control in Animals (GDC) based in California has been working with several clubs on a variety of diseases, establishing registries for such genetic diseases as Legg Perthes in Cairn Terriers, Sebaceous Adenitis in Poodles and various eye and orthopedic diseases.

GDC describes its registry this way: “In an open registry owners, breeders, veterinarians and scientists can trace the genetic history of any particular dog once that dog and close relatives have been registered. The carrier animals are hidden in the unaffected individuals, but in order to control genetic diseases we must know how prevalent such diseases are within the breed and in any particular bloodline. In an open registry information about each dog is linked through the parents by computer with other relatives in the registry...in general data in the GDC registry is available to people who need support and information when purchasing a dog or choosing breeding stock which will lead to a reduction of genetic disease...”

In the absence of registries for some diseases, a few Parent Clubs have established their own. Periodically lists of dogs tested for specific diseases are published in their club publications and may be advertised as clear.

The two Parent Club Genetic Conferences which have been hosted by AKC were extremely well received by the attendees. The last conference, held in 1997, had representatives of every Parent Club present. The intent was to inform fanciers of the advances being made in genetic research with the hope that this information would be relayed back home, so that the leadership in each club would begin the task of addressing the issues which are rushing towards us.

Scientists are moving forward very rapidly in the field of genetic research. Funding from individual clubs and from the AKC Canine Health Foundation, Morris Animal Foundation and others indicate that breeders want answers to the vexing problems of genetic disease.

It would be tragic if a bottleneck at the Parent Club level prevented information from being disseminated to breeders and owners seeking to breed or buy healthy dogs. With AKC willing to establish a separate health data base, it is now up to the individual Parent Clubs to decide how to take advantage of this useful tool for the benefit of their breeds.


"Jesus Is Watching"

Sent in by Ginger Tierney

Late one night, a burglar broke into a house he thought was empty. He tiptoed through the living room but suddenly he froze in his tracks, when he heard a loud voice say: “Jesus is watching you!”

Silence returned to the house, so the burglar crept forward again.

“Jesus is watching you,” the voice boomed again.

The burglar stopped dead again. He was frightened. Frantically, he looked all around. In a dark corner, he spotted a bird cage and in the cage was a parrot.

He asked the parrot: “Was that you who said ‘Jesus is watching me’?

“Yes”, said the parrot.

The burglar breathed a sigh of relief, and asked the parrot: “What’s your name?”

“Clarence,” said the bird.

“That’s a dumb name for a parrot,” sneered the burglar. “What idiot named you Clarence?”

The parrot said, “The same idiot who named the Rottweiler, Jesus.”

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THE SHAGGY DOG STORIES

How to Read a Dog Advertisement Author unknown

THE QUOTE THE TRUTH

Noted Judge He put up our dog.

Respected Judge He put up our dog twice.

Esteemed Judge He puts up anything that crawls.

Shown Sparingly Only when we had it in the bag.

Show Prospect He has 4 legs, 2 eyes, 2 ears, l tail

Finished in 5 shows And 89 where he failed to win a ribbon

He has good points His head is shaped like a carrot

Won in heavy competition The others were revoltingly overweight

Multiple group winner At 2 puppy matches.

Specialist Judge Puts up anything that looks like his own breeding.

Well Balanced Straight as a stick, front and rear.

Quiet gentle natured After 4 valiums

Excels in type and style However, moves like a spider on speed.

Personality Plus Wakes up if you put liver up his nose.

Large boned Looks like a Clydesdale.

Good bite Missed the judge, got the Steward.

Lovely head 2 eyes, 2 ears, 1 mouth, 1 nose.

Excels in movement If he gets loose, put on your running shoes.

Gorgeous Coat If the hairspray lasts until the class finishes.

Handled brilliantly by Nobody else can get near him.

Won in stiff competition Beat 4 puppies and a 9 year old novice dog. At stud to “approved” bitches Those bitches whose owners check is “approved” by our bank.

Linebred from famous champions Ch. Whoozitz appears twice in 6th generation.

Good Obedience prospect Smart enough to come in from the rain but he’s UG-LEE.

Terrific brood bitch Her conformation is the pits, but she throws big litters.

Great stud dog Mounts anything that can fog a mirror.

Loves children For breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Wins another Best In Show His second, under the same judge, our uncle.

International Ruffles At Heath-Row By Phi Visrea

“Oooh, oh Lydia, I do ‘ate to see you go, I do!”

“It’s been just wonderful Auntie,” Prattled the rotund Lydia Remove, as she hugged her Aunt Beatrice for the third time. Overwhelmed by the enormity of the luggage, the cabby shook his head then set to work loading the jaunty, little taxi as it groaned and relented beneath its burden.

“Uncle Harlow it has been a delight and always a pleasure to spend time with you.” In his traditional tweed and golfers cap, his eyes brimming with tears, he said,” Cherrio Dearie, and tell Sis I love and miss her.”

“I will Uncle Harlow! I will!

With the luggage tucked away, the pet carrier atop the taxi was all that remained. “Miss, I’ll just slip the moggie in the backseat. As the cabby reached for the carrier a low growl emanated form the wire mesh to the front.

“Oh now Ruffles, the nice man just wants to move you inside.”

[Yea, right Lydia, but we don’t know where those hands have been, do we?]

“I’ll get her driver; she can be a little testy at times.” The diminutive, short legged, shaggy, enlongated dachshund snapped to her feet as Lydia wrestled the carrier to the ground.

[Don’t drop me Lardo!]

As the little, black taxi clicked and clacked down the lane past adorable, thatch roofed cottages of stark white plaster and dark, exposed, support beams, the morning sun was breaking through the fog. A man in knee high, rubber boots, smoking a pipe, raised his hand in amiable gesture as his sheep crossed up ahead, and the taxi slowed to a stop. On their way once again, the cabby spoke, “We’ll make better time now, Miss, the fog is lifting.”

“As long as we don’t miss our flyte home, right sweetie,” croned Lydia as the cabby glanced, eyebrow raised, into the rear view only to note she was addressing the pet carrier. Glimpsing only the tip of a cute, long snout and two, glinting, pensive eyes, she said, “We sure had a nice visit with Auntie, Harlow and Churchill didn’t we, Ruffles?”

[That Churchill is short on manners. He brought new meaning to the word nosey.]

The cabby swung in behind a Rover, and the driver assiduously built a luggage mountain. “I’m gonna sit you right down here,” explained Lydia, as if speaking to a child. There’s a handsome English bulldog just across the way; see him?”

[Yea Lydia, I see “it”, handsome - I may hurl. Don’t get your engine revved and over heat, Beaurguard, drool and knobby knees doesn’t exactly wind me up.]

“Ruffles, I think he likes you,” beamed Lydia as the muscle bound beast towed its master down the sidewalk toward Ms. Remove and the pet carrier at her feet.

“Hector is so friendly,” explained the woman braking, now grasping at the leash with the other hand as well.

[Hold that big oaf, lady!]

The bull dog sniffed around the carrier, and suddenly, with no provocation, swung a leg up.

[OH MY GOD!]

Lydia colored. The woman lengthened Hector’s neck and retreated. “Top of the mornin’ to you Ma’am, needing some assistance?”, queried a man in a skycap uniform.

[Bring a pack mule?]

“And what do we ‘ave ‘ere, ‘es a cute little piece of fluff, ‘e is. Bet ‘es smart as your Lassie movie star.”

[He’s a Shetland she don’t like you - sycophant!]

“Why yes I do,” smiled Lydia turning from the servile cabby, hat in hand, “Keep the change.”

“Thank you MA’AM!,” chimed the cab driver feigning humlity, with downcast eyes, tucking away a twenty pound note.

[Jez, Lydia, that’s close-to forty bucks. You got mad cow disease?]

“Ruffles, you go with the nice man while I pick up something to read.”

“What airline Miss, I’ll check you through and your name?”

“Oh, yes, silly me,” bubbled Lydia to the handsome man.

[Silly you.]

“British Air, my name is Lydia, uh, Lydia Remove.”

“American Miss, I’m James, at your service, Miss.”

[Bond.]

“I’ll be right back, Ruffles, now you be nice,” leaning down she confided, “got to use the bathroom, dear, tea- you know.”

[What about me, greasy fish and chips, you know!]

“So Fido, let me get a good look at-cha.” Holding the carrier level, peering in, Ruffles turned her behind to the crate.

[Charmed I’m sshwa!]

“Turn around you little bugger, let’s give Ole’ James....”

[Bond.]

“a go at what’s around that pretty little neck of your’s.” Punching Ruffles with his forefinger, she turned baring her teeth.

[Watch it, Limey!]

The glint of stones about the little dogs throat elated the skycap, and his imagination raced to wealth, Brighton Beach, and easy living.

With the mountain now on a luggage float, the man moved into the lobby suspiciously glancing about for Lydia or security. Ruffles stood and watched as the British air counter came and went. Little Ruffles new something was amiss, and while speakers blaired and jets roared away, she cringed and huddled to the rear of her carrier.

[Help Lydia, I’ve been Shanghaied!]

Shoving the mountain and Ruffles around a corner off the main lobby, the man stopped. “Mistress will never miss this until she is over there, and I’m over here, and you can’t talk, now can you?”

[No, but give me a shot at your behind!]

Balancing the carrier on one knee, he opened the latch and eased his hand into the pet carrier.

“Holy God in ‘eaven!” screeched the man as he brought his hand - Ruffles attached - out, falling, sprawling backwards, the carrier going one way, Ruffles the other.

[Free at last, good God a1 ....]

Ruffles cut the corner close on two legs. A scream resounded, then a gasp, “Hedgehog!” followed by, “wharf rat!”

And dear little Ruffles, upon seeing Lydia’s derriere, began yapping at the top of her lungs. Lydia turned to the commotion and stooped, teetering on high heels. Ruffles struck her arms and chest like a rifled football, taking her to the lobby floor. “What....where....?” Like a porpoise out of water, Lydia struggled to right herself as a little, pink tongue lashed her face.

[Mommie! Mommie!]

“What .. Embarrassed beyond death, colored to her hairline, Lydia stood stroking her attire as a crowd gathered. Suddenly, a mountain and a familar face came into view, and the crowd parted like the Red Sea.

“What....what happened!” she exclaimed hysterically, her voice, noting the crowd, trailed off.

“Ma’am, uh, the moggie got out, and I was .....”

[Humans are such dogs!]

THE VERY END

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THE AKC CANINE HEALTH FOUNDATION
BOARD MEMBERS OF THE AKC CANINE HEALTH FOUNDATION

In our March Issue we began introducing to you the members of the Canine Health Foundation. Unfortunately in the April issue we were unable to spotlight members due to deadline. In this issue we will be able to continue spotlighting two members of the board until we have presented all nineteen. We feel you will be quite surprised at the talent and the power of these volunteers in their regular daily lives. We are indeed very fortunate to have such talent within our midst with the knowledge and the willingness to carry out our mission of WORKING TOGETHER FOR THE HEALTH OF YOUR DOG.

Highlighted in our March issue, Mr. John A. Studebaker and Mr. Robert Kelly.

This month we will spotlight Mrs. Myrle Hale and Mrs. Susan Hamil.

Myrle Hale is the delegate for the Tampa Bay Kennel Club, a club which she has served for over twenty-five years. She has been, among other things, Vice President, Board Member, Show Chairman. She does not believe in belonging to any club unless willing to be an active member. She is the secretary of the Canine Health Committee of the Delegates Committees.

Myrle and her husband of 40 years Charles “Chuck”, have been breeders, owners and exhibitors of Chihuahuas (exclusively) for thirty eight years. They have bred and exhibited over 100 champions and have had them consistently listed among the top Chihuahuas in the country.

Myrle is also a member of the Chihuahua Club of America and was a board member or officer for more than twenty years.

Myrle is a registered, practicing Dental Hygienist. She feels that regardless of one’s age, one should still work --- if not for financial reward --- for the good that it does one’s grey matter.

Being a member of the Canine Health Foundation (and its Secretary) is very rewarding for Myrle. Her experience in dogs emphasizes the need for sound dogs in body, mind and spirit, coupled with proper breed type. Doing this requires consistent study because, like a jigsaw puzzle, all the parts must fit together properly.

The most profound reward for any individual “in dogs”, comes from the payback given. The ego trip for exhibitors must be balanced with what those exhibitors can do for the health of the purebred dogs.

Susan LaCroix Hamil is currently a Technician and Veterinary Hospital Manager. Married to John A. Hamil, DVM, with three adult sons.

She graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education in 1972 and received a Masters Degree in Library Science from California State University, Fullerton in 1975. She has held a California Teaching Credential and currently is Licensed by the State of California as a Registered Veterinary Technician.

Susan has bred Bloodhounds under the Quiet Creek prefix since 1970. In that time Quiet Creek has finished or produced close to 45 Champion Bloodhounds including Specialty and Best in Show Winners. Quiet Creek's Bloodhounds or their offspring have been consistent winners at Specialties particularly in the Veterans and Stud Dog/Brood Bitch Classes as well as Best of Breed. At the 1990 National Specialty, Quiet Creek's Winning Bloodhounds earned her the title of Top Breeder/Owner.

Also she has judged both in the United States and Europe and is currently Licensed by the American Kennel Club to judge both Bloodhounds and Greyhounds. In addition to exporting Quiet Creek breeding stock to Europe, South Africa and South America, she has imported Bloodhounds from Switzerland, Italy and Belgium as well.

Committed to Judges' and Breeder Education, Susan has presented Educational Seminars on the Bloodhound in the U.S., Canada and Europe. She has served on the American Bloodhound Club's Standard Review and AKC Video Committees.

Susan is a past President of the American Bloodhound Club and currently serves as AKC Delegate for the Parent Club. She was elected to the Delegate's Committee on Dog Show Rules and now serves on the delegate's Committee for Canine Health and Education. She has also served as Hound Group Director and AKC's Public Education Coordinator for Shoreline Dog Fanciers of Orange County. Also she has been a member of Santa Ana Valley Kennel Club, the Greyhound Club of America and the Bull Terrier Club of America. She serves as a Board Member of the California Federation of Dog Clubs and is a past President of the Auxiliary to the California Veterinary Medical Association.

Susan is Chairman of the Blue Bell Foundation for Cats, a Non-Profit Foundation Housing over 120 cats and dedicated to Public Education regarding cat care responsible cat ownership and feline health problems. She served on the Orange County Animal Shelter Advisory Board and was elected Chairman of that Board in 1989. DOGS USA selected her as Breeder of the Year for 1992 not only for her success as a breeder of Bloodhounds, but for leadership and dedication to the sport of purebred dogs.

In 1978, Susan was instrumental in forming Bloodhounds West's Rescue and Welfare Program which was one of the first breed club sponsored welfare programs. Since that time Bloodhounds West has rescued hundreds of homeless Bloodhounds and placed them in permanent homes. As a result of this effort her Parent Club and numerous Regional Clubs have formed welfare programs to benefit homeless Bloodhounds and educate the Public regarding proper breed selection and responsible dog ownership.

Susan currently authors a weekly column about dogs and cats in her local newspaper and has previously written articles published in periodicals including the AKC GAZETTE and DOG FANCY.

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“CHARLIE PRAGER” ALWAYS MY FRIEND

by Tom Crowe

There is a saying among men that a man lives as long as he resides in someone’s memory.

The last time I saw Charlie he was very much alive even though he had a serious health problem. One would never have known that he was anything but, “Good Old Charlie”. He was seriously funny and as always presented an enthusiastic and happy face. Always.

I have a story to tell that happened many years ago on the Florida Circuit when he and I and a lot of others were the core handlers in the dog show world. Charlie always had a good Bedlington and was always a threat to the rest of us for a Group or Best in Show. This incident happened in Jacksonville the then beginning of the circuit right after the New Year Holiday. It was a time when all handlers were chafing at the bit to get back to showing and it was out of the cold and into the sunshine of Florida. We all looked forward to a couple of weeks of fun and competition and a some extra bucks in our pockets after the Holidays. We all brought strings with us, some beginners, some to finish and a few Group and Best possibilities.

A.D. Mansfield was the Superintendent of nearly all of the shows on the Circuit. If you knew A.D. you knew a conniver and a prankster. As was his usual idea of fun he scheduled all three varieties of poodles under three different judges in three different rings at the same time in the morning, 9:00 AM. Talk about absolute perplexity amongst the handlers, we were beside ourselves. Meanwhile A.D. was thoroughly enjoying himself. We the handlers, Bill Trainor, Jane Kamp, Anne Rogers. Wendell Sammett, to name a few plus several others and I not to be outdone hatched a plan where we would all gather outside the rings at a favorable distance and no one would enter the rings until all entrants were present. With much shuffling of dog s and handlers between three rings the plan was was working well until A.D. got wind of what was happening.

The Toy ring was empty and Louis Murr, the judge, was sitting in his chair just waiting for somebody to come into the ring. He could see all of the dogs but the stewards couldn’t get anyone to come into the ring. Mansfield showed up and asked Louis what the problem was. Louis explained no one would come into the ring. Charlie was standing at ring side with a scruffy little toy bitch, a filler in his string brought along by the owner on vacation, He heard the conversation and slyly stepped into the ring. Mansfield said to Louis, “Mark them all absent”. He then turned and saw Charlie and said, “There’s one judge it” and Louis did. Once around the ring and Charlie and his toy were Best of Variety. The moaning and groaning was akin to an Irish Wake more than twenty handlers wondering what happened, but the win stood. Mansfield the ornery devil laughed all the way to his office. Charlie, meanwhile, left the ring with three ribbions, a first, Winners and Best of Varitey. Charlie reveleing in his win, with bragging rights went smilling all the way back to his crates.

The story will ever live and so will Charlie in all our hearts and memories. God Bless him he was a joy to know and a loyal friend.

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MY JOB – AND MB-F
By Dianna Bolden

My name is Dianna Bolden. Chances are you have never heard of me but I know every exhibitor that has ever shown a dog in a Moss or a Moss Bow or a Moss Bow Foley dog show. I have never met you and probably never will but I know you, where you live and how many dogs you own and have been shown. I also know your children from Junior Showmanship. We are old friends from the catalogs I compose and you didn’t even know I existed until you started reading this article. Someday, perhaps, we might meet if you ever visit our headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina. I shall look forward to that time.

Meanwhile, I want to tell you of my life at MB-F. Twenty-eight years ago I applied for a job at Moss Dog Shows and was accepted. I knew absolutely nothing about dogs or printing or dog shows. I was soon to learn a lot about dog shows, show catalogs, breeds and classes. I felt absolutely lost. The folks at Moss were patient and understanding and they taught me and guided me through my mistakes until I became fairly proficient at laying down individually typed cards on a slotted board which ended up in a camera room where they were shot and eventually became plates for the presses.

It wasn’t long before things began to change and Mr. Crowe was smart enough to know we had to keep up with the changes. My job remained the same but my how it changed. Now we were punching tape that was converted into galleys of type that had to be converted into folios to be photographed and finally made into plates for the presses. I still did the composition but now it was mostly cut and paste. I had hardly become proficient with scissors and glue before we changed again to the world of computers. We have been here a long time but the changes come so fast that we are constantly updating and moving into a high speed operation that is very exciting. I am still the compositor but my work life day is now in front of a computer.

I feel very fortunate being a part of the MB-F family. In 1972 I had my first child, a daughter, Frederica Octavia Bolden. Mr. And Mrs. Crowe always asked and wanted to know how she was doing. They really made me feel they were concerned about me and the welfare of my family. Also at this time my husband was in college working to complete his degree and each day as I arrived at work I would always be greeted by at least one member of the Crowe family with a kind remark about what we were trying to accomplish. That really made my day.

Because of the Crowe family and the MB-F family my daughter was able to graduate Magna Cum Laude from the School of Pharmacy at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida. She is now a full time registered pharmacist employed by the Eckerd Drug Corporation in Orlando, Florida.

The positive foundation that the Crowe family laid for me years ago will now enable my son to fulfill his dreams of going to North Carolina A&T State University and majoring in either Mechanical or Electrical Engineering. I have to say thank you Thomas J. Crowe and family and MB-F for making my dreams come true. Again Thank You.

Dianna it has been a pleasure all these years!

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Shaping our Advertising Future
By Amy Wall

In the last few months the advertising department has been preparing for our busiest time of the year. The number of shows, along with the shear size of the events can be overwhelming at times. For example some catalogs we produce can have as many as three hundred ads or as little as two ads with fifteen to twenty shows in a given week. By this you can tell how important deadlines are to us and how important it is for an ad chairman to be deadline conscious also. In the following you will find an excellent example of a Ad Chairman that we have enjoyed working with.

When first asked to write an article for the Newsletter, struggling with a topic, asking myself what could I write about that would be interesting to the dog show public. Taking a good look at myself and the role I play here at MB-F. Then a wonderful thing happened to me, an average everyday phone call blossomed into a great working team. At last I had come across a subject that affects everyone who owns a computer that wishes to create their own catalog advertisement.

The phone call was to Mary Lou Budd, our advertising coordinator, from Kathy Bray, Ad Chairman for the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America. She was asking for information on how to submit ads on disk. Mary Lou referred Kathy to me, to give her some basic specs.

To my surprise Kathy wanted to submit all of her ads for the catalog on disk. Explaining to her that we had never attempted a catalog in which all ads were created outside of our system. Needless to say, I first shied away from this idea due to past experiences with preset ads and photos. In most cases we have problems getting the right information and correct format - e.i. Macintosh instead of PC - even when we are working with large advertising agencies on major sponsors ads. Kathy assured me she could produce ads for us already converted from Mac to PC. We agreed to try out test sample disks she was to send us.

Within the next week Kathy sent a few file examples by fedex. I began down loading all of the information onto our system the same day and was able to give her a call back and deliver the good news. All information turned out to be exactly what was needed to produce the ads. With a little more information on our specs she would have the perfect setup. Faxing the information helped her on ad size, fonts and help control ad spreading.

By the following week we received a call from Duane Neverman, who introduced himself as Kathy’s friend helping with the preparation of the ads for us. He asked for information on types of disks to send and preparing the photos for the catalog. The disk part was easy, 3 1/2” floppy or CD ROM. The photo question was a bit unusual because normally set the black/whites for the .tifs (scanned photo files) once we receive them. At this point he had already began scanning and setting the black/whites for the photos. Comparing notes, I told him they would be checked upon arrival and compared to our settings.

As we conversed he mentioned the company he worked for, also had an image setter that was similar to ours. Just before saying good bye, he gave me his email address in the case of disk errors and missing files. This was almost to good to be true.

Within a few days Kathy Bray called me back, asking how to send the disks and copy. Going by standard request, to enclose all copy and photos sent to her from advertisers, along with our standard ad sheet for each ad and numbered to correspond with her control sheet. Disks for each ad should be attached, with in an envelope, to each corresponding ad. This would guarantee correct information for each ad when we proof them.

When the advertisements arrived, they were separated and banded into each section with a copy of the divider, in which the ads were to follow, began each pack. Enclosed was the control sheet with a letter describing the order of placement for the catalog. Mary Lou and I were impressed by the organization and time she had taken. We were even more impressed by how easy Kathy’s instructions were to follow while down loading onto our system and combining them into one PageMaker file. After completing, we ran a plate and put it on a press to test the file. It looked great!

After the ad file was completed it totaled 114 pages of ads and 173 .tif files. Only 9 of the files sent on disk had any problems, which were quickly corrected by email. This shows how much time and patience Kathy, Duane and Christine put into creating these ads for our use.

I would like to thank them for all their help and for showing me that there are good people out there who are not afraid to ask questions. The advertising department here at MB-F sends all of you a great big THANK YOU!

Hopefully what has been learned from the experience shared with Kathy, Duane and Christine, will help us better deal with outside computer advertising in the future. Because the old methods are slowly being laid to rest.

For information on sending computer files for advertising in any catalogs that we produce, feel free to call with any questions and we will send a copy of our computer requirements. Contact our Advertising Coordinator, Mary Lou Budd at (336) 379-9352 ext. 207.

Editors Note: Bravo Kathy Bray and Duane Neverman. Working together we can create wonderful things.

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EDUCATING JUNIOR HANDLERS
By Fred Lyman

Having been a former educator of teenagers in public high schools in years past, I have noted over the the last several years a significant change in the attitudes of junior handlers and also the policies governing our youth in the sport of pure-bred dogs. Not all of these changes have really been for the good and betterment of junior handlers.

In the late 70’s and early 80’s when I began going to shows as a superintendent trainee, a junior handler made his/her entry into a show the same as any other exhibitor, and assumed the responsibility for his entry as all other exhibitors did. If the junior handler entered his dog in the incorrect class, it could not be changed and the junior handler lived with and learned from his/her mistake. If the junior handler’s entry was an additional entry and the breed class was scheduled at the same time as the junior handling class, they made the decision as to which competition they wished to compete in and the other class entry was marked absent. If the junior handler’s dog was sick, lame, or in season the day of the show, the entry was marked absent and the junior handler could not compete.

None of these situations are true today. If the class is entered incorrectly, we are expected to correct it. If there is a time conflict, we are expected to take a substitute for the entry so that the junior handler can still show. If the dog is ill, lame, or in season, we are expected to take a substitute entry. I do not totally disagree with a substitution for a legitimate reason (the dog being lame, ill, or in season), but I do feel that we have given the junior handlers a loop hole and a tool which allows a good number of junior handlers to be dishonest and show poor sportsmanship.

In the last few months, I have superintended shows where 60% to 75% of all junior showmanship entries were substituted. It seems that when everyone arrives on the showgrounds and one junior sees another with what he/she considers a better dog the junior handler immediately finds a dog that he/she feels is of better quality than the other and does a substitution. This is not an occassional happening. The same junior handlers substitute their dog week after week after week. Again my question is, have we given them a tool to help them or to hurt them? I feel that the junior handling ring is the place to educate our youth not only in the correct way to present a dog at its best, but also to teach them about good sportsmanship and give them some honest morals. All to often, I get the impression from the junior handler that he/she feels no responsibility for the entry and that the superintendent is obligated to correct or substitute per his/her wishes.

Is there a solution to this problem? Perhaps we should go back to the method of making entries for juniors to what it was many years ago. The junior handlers arrive at the show and make their entries with the superintendent the day of the show. Or another solution might be to have the junior handler entry himself/herself only and then decide what dog he/she is going to show when they come to the show. Since this competition is one between the actual handlers and not the animal itself, is it absolutely necessary that the information for the animal be printed in the show catalog?

I realize that there may not be a quick and easy solution to this problem. I merely wanted to give some facts that I have gathered over the last few months and express my opinion.

Exerpt from the The American Kennel Club Regulations and Guildlines for Junoirs.

Section 6. Eligibility of Dog. Each dog handled in a regular Junior Showmanship Class must be entered in one of the breed or obedience classes at the show or must be entered for Junior Showmanship only. However, a dog that must be withdrawn for good and sufficient reason, such as a bitch in season, or a veterinarian’s excuse, may be replaced by another dog meeting the below ownership requirements. Such substitution must be requested in writing stating the reason for the substitution and must be accompanied by and official AKC entry form. All such requests must be made on half hour prior to the judging of any regular classes at the show. Each dog must be owned by the Junior Handler or by the Junior Handler’s father, mother, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, grandfather, or grandmother, including the corresponding step and half relations, or by a member of the Junior Handler’s household. Every dog entered of Junior Showmanship must be eligible to compete in Dog Show or Obedience Trial. BITCHES IN SEASON ARE NOT ELIGIBLE. At a Specialty Show, each dog must be of the breed for which the show is held.

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