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September 1998 Newsletter - Volume 2. Issue 13

1998 MB-F, Inc. You may use this paragraph as permission to reprint any article in the MB-F Newsletter providing articles are printed in their entirety, proper credit is given to the author and to the MB-F Newsletter, and a copy of the publication in which it was reprinted is sent to the MB-F Newsletter, P.O. Box 22107, Greensboro, NC 27420.

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Not Me
by Dorie Crowe

During a number of conversations over the last couple of years with various dog people there is one point in the talk that seems to be inevitable: What has happened to the people now in the sport?

As the “old guard” disappears, and those of us who knew them advance in years, there is a lot of talk revolving around attitudes, manners, dedication, etc., within the “Sport of Gentlemen”.

Elsewhere in this issue there is reference to the “Me” Generation. Many times we have been at shows and wondered what the official language of the day was, because it sure didn’t seem to be English. When there are signs posted all over the grounds with directions and advisories, when there are specific instructions in the premium list and judging program, there are always a good number who have the attitude, “These rules are for everyone else, not me.” “Doesn’t apply to me, I’m only going to be here a minute.” “Surely, I should be allowed to be here, do this, take this, etc.” There is no consideration to the fact these rules or instructions are in place for legitimate reasons. There is only the thought, “This is an inconvenience to me, so I’ll ignore it.”

Ethics seem to have taken a holiday. Every week we see some questionable behavior. Every week there is some exhibitor that wants us to break the rules so they can participate in this “Sport of Gentlemen.” “I know I mailed this late, (or, left off the class, or, left off the show name, or, left off the registration number) but I really want to show at this show. Well, I’ll never show at another one of YOUR shows. I’m going to tell my club never to use you.” Apparently the thinking goes something like this: Don’t care YOU could be fined, YOU could be reprimanded, YOUR license could be suspended, YOU need to break the rules so I can show MY dog. How dare you NOT break the rules so I can play! Or, “How dare the judge excuse my dog, it’s only limping a little bit (or, what does he mean foreign substance? It’s only a little bit of chalk, powder, polish....). He must be crooked!”

The other very disturbing topic that always seems to surface is that “Rage Syndrome” seems to have hit the dog show world, BIG TIME. At every show there is some eruption (sometimes more than one) over something. We’ve seen heated exchanges, fist fights, there are exhibitors or parking attendants run over by exhibitor vehicles, there are threats, there are ribbons thrown, there is foul and/or abusive language. Into our office come some abusive, rude phone calls, threats, and some abusive, rude e-mail messages. On the web site discussion forum some threads have escalated into name-calling and destructive, as well as derogatory exchanges between discussion participants. Someone asks a question and instead of help, advice, or educational answers they get reamed out by 12 strangers. These behaviors seem to come from less and less provocation.

Back in the “good old days” it seemed exhibitors had a real desire to learn and a real desire to listen to fellow participants in the sport. Heck, even the outdoor shows were benched, we couldn’t leave. We actually used to talk to one another. We even talked to the guy benched next to us with, horrors, a breed different from ours! We learned, we exchanged ideas, hints, tips, we enjoyed the companionship of others with like interests and formed strong bonds that have lasted through the years. What happens now? If someone loses their class, they pack up and leave. Many exhibitors display no interest in learning anything more about their breed or what happens in the rest of the breed judging. And, God forbid! Learn about another breed? And, there’s no room for anyone else’s opinion if it’s different.

We don’t seem to be able to pinpoint exactly when this change took place, but it certainly did. It was subtle and took some time, but here we are today, facing angry, unethical, self-absorbed folks every day.

We are fortunate that not everybody is in the throes of rage. There are still those sane, rational individuals who play by the rules, who try to be CONstructive rather than DEstructive, who try to be a friend to the sport, who are continually trying to learn, trying to nurture the novice, are respectful of other’s opinions, giving back in time, knowledge or monetary ways. We value them and are very happy to have them in our sport.

What do we do about the others?

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The Dog Show Business (and another Billy story)
By Tom Crowe

I can’t think of any business I’d rather be in than the Dog Business. The people I have known that are no longer with us; those from the old school that are still with us; and all the eager newcomers swelling our ranks each year make life very interesting. It is very pleasurable for me to read the INFODOG Discussion Forum. All the same old problems being resurrected by the newcomers with their solutions and their early commitment to great reforms. How well I remember. If you listen to the song, “There’s No Business Like Show Business” and substitute Dog for Show everywhere it appears you will come to know what makes the Dog Business come alive for so many of us. There’s no business like the Dog Business. If you are ever down and out you will quickly learn about the great fraternity of which you have become a part. Amen.

Now, let’s talk about Billy. One of the greatest parties ever held was what was referred to as the “Billy Roast”. It all began with (I am proud to say) an idea I had about honoring a great dog person, William L. Kendrick.

Billy Kendrick was a very revered character by all whom knew him and it was an easy matter to get everyone interested in what turned out to be a huge project. It was easy for me to guide the project because I had a centralized location available to everyone interested. I immediately sought the assistance of the Kennel Club of Philadelphia show chairman, the late Stewart Cochrane, (Billy was President) and all of the members of the club, all men. Philadelphia has always been a club for gentlemen only. Their wives or lady friends always wait in the wings to be called for their assistance in performing the tasks best handled by ladies that occur frequently but men consider women’s work. Even so the ladies were never invited to the Club Dinners or meetings until a mutiny occurred several years ago when Billy married. They are still not participants in the meetings. Dinners Yes, meetings No.

The Roast took on a life of its own. First a letter of explanation was prepared and mailed to all possible participants. The letter explained the plan and swore everyone to secrecy. Soon after the reservations rolled in and the roast was underway. A brochure was prepared with highlights of Billy’s life, the purpose of the Roast, the Participants (It read like Who’s Who in the business at the time), etc. Sailor straw hats (Billy always wore a Sailor Straw hat in the summertime) with purple bands stating “BILLY ROAST were ordered for all participants. Hotel arrangements were made at the Marriott across from the Convention Center and a “male type” menu was ordered.

Billy’s army came from everywhere. Nearly a hundred friends and admirers forked over $65.00 each to become a part of this gala event. They came by plane, train and automobile. They were Judges, Handlers, AKC reps, AKC officers and lifelong friends, each with a Billy Story to relate at the dinner, a prerequisite must. Wives were invited to a separate dinner with Vernelle Kendrick as the hostess but they could not attend the cocktail party or the dinner. Tuxedos were required; it was formal you know. Table decorations and favors were prepared and all was in order when a real hitch occurred. Billy was invited to this dinner and he refused to attend because he didn’t want to wear a Tux. Of course he didn’t know the dinner was in his honor. The secret was very well kept. Stu Cochrane to the rescue! Stu told Billy this was a political rally and dinner for George Bush, who was running for president for his first term, and every conservative in Philadelphia would be there but tuxedos were required. With much cajoling by Stu, Billy reconsidered because he liked George Bush and since Stu already had the tickets.... Phfew!

The big night arrived and Billy’s arrival, Stu driving, was scheduled for 7:30 PM one half hour after the cocktail party was scheduled. Everyone was there including a very longtime friend, Chris Teeter, that Billy had not seen for several years because of Chris’ ill health. We had Chris, his son and Maxwell Riddle flown in by private plane from Ravenna, Ohio as a real surprise for Billy. Everyone was given a nametag with a purple Billy Roast streamer attached, a Billy Roast sailor straw hat and a cocktail of their choice to toast the arrival of our honored guest. Billy and Stu arrived on time and entered the room to a toast of all assembled. He accepted the Billy Roast Straw Hat placed upon his head and acknowledged the toast but he didn’t realize it was for him. He turned to Stu and said, “Where’s George Bush? What are all of these Dog People doing here?” Then he saw Chris Teeter and the evening began for two old friends with many things to say and stories to tell each other.

A podium was on a raised platform in the dining area. This is so long ago that I’m not sure who was on the podium other than Stu Cochrane, the toastmaster, Billy, Chris Teeter, Bill Stiefel, then President of AKC, Henry Stoecker, an old friend and traveling companion, and two or three others I can’t recall. Never has there been an evening like this. After dinner cigars in Billy fashion were passed out, the stories began and the laughter rang out loud and often throughout the hotel. One story after another of Billy incidents had my sides aching, as they did everyone else’s.

Finally after about an hour of these tales we all looked forward to a rousing rebuttal to all of the lovable and respectful razzing aimed at our guest. Billy took his place at the microphone and began a tale of a little Flicker chick that had fallen from its nest in his front yard. The chick was rescued by Vernelle and after many weeks of nursing and feeding of worms, bugs and whatever Flickers eat was brought to health and released to the wild. He described the whole story in great detail with great sincerity and drama including the final sad farewell as the Flicker rose to a nearby branch hesitated with one last look then darted away to his new life. Billy then turned away from the microphone without another word and returned to his seat beside Chris Teeter whereupon they resumed their deep conversation where they had left off completely ignoring what was taking place in the room. I’m not sure to this day that he heard all of the tales we told about him. I am still not sure that he realized this whole affair was in his honor. The only person with that answer is Mrs. William Kendrick. I do know, however, that everyone there had a great and once in a lifetime experience they will remember as long as they live. Billy is not gone. He’s away at a dog show and he lives in each of the hearts and memories of those who knew him, loved him and respected him. Mention his name at a Dog Show and the conversation always takes on a light and respectful tone. To me he was always a gentleman, always a friend, and a great man I never would have known except that we shared a part of life together in the Dog Business. He is missed.

William J. “Bill” Trainor
by Peggy Wampold

Bill Trainor was a special friend to the Thanksgiving Classic Cluster. He encouraged us to make it bigger and better. He always said we had the potential, because of our location, facilities and caliber of club members to make it one of the best in the East. Yet, his main concern was always the safety and comfort of the dogs.

Bill started in dogs in 1946 when he purchased his first Great Dane. In 1948, he began showing in both conformation and obedience. He trained the 8th Great Dane in the US to earn its Utility title.

He bred Great Danes, Poodles, German Shorthaired Pointers, Beagles, and under the Farmion prefix, Portuguese Water Dogs.

Bill was licensed as an all-breed Professional Handler m 1950 and handled professionally until his retirement in 1994. He was President of the Professional Handlers Association for 11 years. As a handler he attended more than 100 shows a year, handling an average of 10 to 20 dogs per show. He won hundreds of Bests in Show with dogs from all seven groups, including two Westminster Bests in Show, first in 1979 with the Irish Water Spaniel and again with a Pekingese in 1982. After his retirement as a Professional Handler he turned to judging and was approved to judge 25 breeds in the seven groups.

He was honored over the years with all of the awards of recognition the Dog World has to bestow. These include: Kennel Ration’s “Outstanding contributions by an Individual” (1974), the Professional Handler’s Association, while under his guidance, was awarded Kennel Ration’s “Outstanding Contributions of an Organization”, (1974). He also was awarded Gaines’ “Dogdom’s Man of the Year” (1982) and Gaines’ “Handler of the Year (1969) twice, the second time being the same year that his wife, Dr. Elizabeth F. Trainor. received Gaines’ “Woman of the Year” (1982). In 1994 he was inducted into the “Ken-L-Ration Hall of Fame”. And in 1997 he was awarded the Langdon Skarda Award.

One of Bill’s primary concerns and interests was always the health and well being of all the dogs at dog shows. Whenever there was an incident at a show with bloat, heat stroke, etc. Bill became distressed, but was always the first to go to the animal’s aid. He believed strongly in canine research in congenital disease. His wife of 40 years. Betty, a veterinarian by profession. is nationally known and recognized as an authority in canine reproduction. Bill took much pride in Betty’s accomplishments.

In honor of Bill Trainor’s memory, Windham County, South Windsor, Springfield and Holyoke Kennel Clubs are hosting a buffet dinner which will benefit the AKC Canine Health Foundation. We will have the dinner November 21, 1998 following Best in Show. There is a charge of $35 (checks are payable to the AKC Canine Health Foundation) per person/cash bar. In addition there will be a raffle/auction featuring many items. There is a limit of 170, so we urge you to reserve early. For futher information you can contact me at 48 Columbine Rd., Tolland, CT. E-mail pwampold@erols.com.

The four clubs of the Thanksgiving Classic Cluster take great pride in dedicating a dinner during our cluster in Bill Trainor’s memory. He would undoubtedly approve that it is being held for the benefit of the American Kennel Club’s Canine Health Foundation.

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Letters from the AKC Canine Health Foundation

August 28, 1998 Matthew Stander Editor, Dog News

Dear Matt:

Re: Are you aware???? by Denny Kodner, Dog News, August 21, 1998

Are you aware Mrs. Kodner did not contact the AKC Canine Health Foundation for any information prior to writing her column? Therefore, her statement that the Foundation raises in contributions as much as it spends was based not on misinformation but not even on a basic attempt to obtain facts.

In fact, contributions to AKC CHF have increased by hundreds of thousands annually since it was founded in 1995. In 1997 contributions totaled $1,173,665.00 including the AKC contribution for research of $400,000.00. Excluding this donation, total 1997 contributions were $773,665.00. Planned giving commitments for 1997 were $2.1 million dollars. While these dollars represent pledges for future giving, they signify confidence in the work of the Foundation. Since the operating budget for 1997 was $459,700.00 it is easy to see that contributions in both cash and planned gifts that equaled $3.2 million dollars far exceed fund raising costs.

One should also note that the operating costs of the Foundation include grants evaluation and monitoring, technical assistance to more than forty parent clubs annually, sponsoring and planning canine health education and research conferences, conducting health surveys, administration of a $1.1 million dollar endowment and in 1997, administration of 28 research projects. This is in addition to a number of fund raising activities that also fall under the operating budget.

In fact, the AKC Canine Health Foundation is the best bargains in dogs -- with 100% of every contributed dollar going to support research. This is possible because the operating expenses of the Foundation are paid by the American Kennel Club. The foundation is a new and independent organization founded by AKC in 1995. It is growing but far from struggling. It has been taken into the hearts of purebred dog lovers and clubs across the country and continues to grow steadily in contributors and supported research each year.

While Ms. Kodner mentioned many worth while activities supported by AKC, ranging from scholarships to educational programs, all of these activities are directed towards people. The mission of the AKC Canine Health Foundation is to advance the health of dogs. Dogs are the direct beneficiary of the work of the Foundation - and helping them to the best of our ability should always be our primary concern.

Anyone interested in the work of the Foundation or more details concerning finances, sponsored research programs or contributions may write or phone for a copy of the AKC/CHF 1997 Annual Report; PH: 330-995-0807, FX: 330-995-0806. AKC Canine Health Foundation, 251 W. Garfield Rd., Aurora, OH 44202. Information is also available on our web site: www.akcchf.org.

Sincerely,

Alexander F. Draper Treasurer

Matthew Stander Editor, Dog News

Dear Matt:

I am writing in response to your editorial concerning the Westbury Kennel Club statement on their premium list. The premium list stated that $1.00 per entry would be donated to the AKC Canine Health Foundation. Since only a portion of the proceeds of the show can be allocated as a contribution we have corrected the catalog to read as follows: "A portion of the proceeds of this show will be donated to the AKC Canine Health Foundation."

As a Boxer breeder of over 25 years my wif, Jeanne, and I have been involved in many different aspects of the dog world. We support the American Boxer Charitable Trust which works to improve the health of Boxers and believe that enhancing the health of dogs is a legacy that everyone benefits from in the companionship of dogs.

With the increasing frequency of anti-dog and anti-breeder legislation the dog clubs need to communicate to the public their support of organizations and programs that benefit dogs. Whether it is the AKC Canine Health Foundation, a local humane society, an organization that trains dogs for the handicapped or any other related cause, we need to demonstrate and communicate our commitment. Polices should be created to support these efforts not diminish them.

Now is not the time to decrease our efforts on behalf of dogs and canine philanthropy. Now is the time to show that we can and will work to help the dogs we care about.

Sincerely,

Bruce A. Korson Show Chairman Westbury Kennel Club

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AT WHAT PRICE FREEDOM ? -- TAKING CONTROL
by Wendy Willhauck Show Chairperson, Hockamock Kennel Club

The other day I was leafing through some trade literature that had piled up on my desk. As I skimmed the articles laden with educational jargon, I stopped at one which attracted my attention. It was a debate between a teacher and a parent each asserting that his was the most difficult and undervalued job. As a member of both groups, I paused to read in more detail. I agreed with both, however, I decided to add one of my own - a job which has some of the same priorities as these other two, but which is also undervalued and abused - the job of point show chairperson.

If you ask a parent or a teacher what their top priorities are for their children, their answers may vary for some. The absolute top priority, however, is SAFETY. Children and adults have the right to be safe. As a show chairperson, I want a smooth running show where exhibitors enjoy themselves. Above all, when running a large event, I want to maximize every effort to ensure a safe environment. Exhibitors, judges, spectators, and dogs all have the right to be safe.

As a show chairperson with a 13 - year tenure, I have to state that this was the most difficult year that I have had dealing with exhibitors. This is the “me” generation, and the dog showing public seem to be the top of the hierarchy of rugged individualists. Often safety issues seem to be disregarded in favor of individual’s wishes. These individual wishes, be they a crate outside the ring or a parking space a few feet closer to the ring, impinge on others’ individual rights as well as everyone’s right to a safe environment.

A few of the safety hazards which must be dealt with at future shows include the following:

1. Crates and tables in the aisles or under the breed tent when the statement “crates and tables will not be allowed in the aisles or under the ring tent of the show” has been published in the premium list.

2. Baby strollers and playpens under the breed ring tent. Not only do they create a hazard as far as people falling over them, but the children are at eye level to some dogs who may not be used to children. (This year, for the first time, I encountered a playpen with two children in it under the tent and right outside the ring. When I asked the person to move, she retorted with “Don’t you know that this is a family sport?”)

3. Cloth crates with big dogs in them at ringside or blocking the aisle. Not only is this practice prohibited, but I seriously question whether these dogs could get out and escape or attack the dogs that they spend most of the afternoon barking at.

4. People not watching their dogs. Both large and small dogs can be out of control.

5. Flexi-leads used under the tent. Perhaps they shouldn’t be allowed at all on the grounds during show hours.

6. Exhibitors blatently ignoring parking rules and parking in fire lanes.

7. Smoking under the tent.

Above all, something has to occur to affect exhibitors’ attitudes when they are asked to abide by the rules. The prevailing attitude seems to be “ignore the rules until you are caught and then take the offensive.” You could never pay a show chairperson and the parking committee enough to make it worthwhile to take the kind of abuse that exhibitors give us. We need to take control and ensure a safe and secure show site for everyone.

The sport of showing dogs is not one where team work is a major priority. However, in order to ensure a safe, successful, and profitable experience for everyone, we need to stress collaboration and cooperation. We need to care about each other, not just our own personal wishes.

Clubs need to consistently enforce rules. If they are broken, we need to actively pursue taking an action such as initiating a Bench Show Hearing. WILLFUL DISREGARD OF DOG SHOW RULES RESULTING IN UNSAFE CONDITIONS IS PREJUDICIAL TO THE SPORT OF PURE BRED DOGS”.

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Club Spotlights

Share with our readers your club and what makes it special. Give us some club history, number of members, what you do in your community, charitable acivities, special things you do during your show to make it the best day possible. If you have photos to illustrate ~ GREAT! (Be sure to clearly identify and provide a name and address for their return).

Send your article to: Club Spotlights MB-F Newsletter P.O. Box 22107 Greensboro, NC 27420

Pure-Bred Rescue Directory Project
by Dale Cook, Secretary

Copies of a comprehensive Pure-bred Breed Rescue Directory of Dogs were presented in July to Contra Costa County for its animal control centers. The new books were given to Supervisor Donna Gerber and Animal Control Director Mike Ross at Gerber’s office in Danville, CA, by officials of the county’s major all-breed dog club.

Covering 150 recognized pure-bred breeds, it provides for each specific breed a photograph, breed standard and related descriptive information to facilitate the user to readily ascertain the bred identity of a dog. It also contains a listing of master breed “rescue” telephone contact sources for each breed.

The Directory was compiled by the Contra Costa County Kennel Club, Inc., with the assistance of the Contra Costa County Veterinarian Association. Data compiled was coordinated with San Francisco area breed clubs.

Its purpose is basically to provide users, such as animal control officers, with meaningful photographic and descriptive data about any pure-bred dog picked up or turned in to its Centers in the county. Many of these pure-bred dogs are valuable -- frequently show dogs - and having such informational material at hand permits early identification for staffers to respond to inquiries. Also, the various breed “rescue” organizations often can reclaim such dogs that have been abandoned by their owners and place them in responsible homes instead of the animals being destroyed.

Copies of the Directory are being placed in several of the county libraries. Each of the Rescue Breed Committees are being furnished copies of the Directory.

Kennel club members Frances Lloyd, Danville, and Erica Allen, Concord, were the principal compilers of the Book. Dr. Gerry Dzendzel, Orinda, president of the veterinary group, coordinated the association’s assistance on the project. It represents about two years of work.

The Contra Costa County Kennel Club was founded 55 years ago (1943). It is an open club of pure-bred dog fanciers. A member of the American Kennel Club, it sponsors a back-to-back all-breed dog show each June averaging an entry of about 2,000 dogs each day, weekly conformation and obedience training classes, and bimonthly information meetings. The club has worked closely over the years with animal control in formulating county dog legislation.

Each year since 1965. the organization has offered three $1,000 scholarships to veterinary students from the county at the University of California at Davis and since the same date purchased dog books for the county library system.

Presently officers are: Carl Lindstrom, Concord, president; Bob Asztalos, Concord, vice president; Dale Cook, Brentwood, secretary; Jim Anderson, treasurer; Joyce Evans, Walnut Creek, American Kennel Club delegate.

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Spotlighting Our Superintendents

In this month’s issue of our Newsletter we would like to spotlight two of our officers and superintendents, whom many may have spoken with via phone or seen behind the desk at a show. Here are our President and Executive Vice-President/Treasurer.

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BOB CHRISTIANSEN President

Bob came to work at MB-F in 1981 as a programmer/analyst. From 1981 until 1985 he was responsible for the updating and development of all software used for the mailing, entry and processing, reporting, typesetting and management of MB-F. Bob also helped Digital Equipment Corporation pioneer the development of the voice synthesis hardware used by “ROLF” to automatically take entries and give information to dog show exhibitors. Bob was promoted to the office of President when Tom Crowe retired in August, 1985. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from East Carolina University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina. He is a Commercial, Multi-Engine, Instrument Rated Pilot. His outside interests include golf and spending time with his wife, children and Cocker Spaniels.

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FRED J. LYMAN Executive Vice-President, Treasurer

A native of Greensboro, NC, Fred was first employed by MB-F in 1971 in the premium list department where he worked in typesetting, editing premium lists and judging programs. He later became a Supervisor of the Data Entry and Typesetting Department. Fred is now the Controller for MB-F, responsible for all accounting and financial statements and insurance. He holds an Associate of Arts Degree from Rockingham Community College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from UNC-Greensboro. Fred’s outside interests include Ballroom Dancing, (he was ranked 3rd in the U.S. in Latin Competition and 6th in the U.S. in Smooth Dance Competition) and gardening. He also enjoys the company of his “family member”, Rosie, a red Pomeranian.

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Ask the Superintendent
(Some of the most frequently asked questions answered by our superintendents)

Q: Recently at a show a man took a dog into Bred by Exhibitor. He was the only entry in the class and got a first place. He later took Winners Dog, then went on to Best of Winners (there were two dog points and a three-point major in bitches). The man showing the BBE dog was not the owner; he was the breeder, but not listed as a co-owner. Does the reserve dog get the dog points, or does he get the bitch points?

A: In the Bred by Exhibitor class there are two conditions that must be met: First, the dog must be owned or co-owned by ANY ONE of the breeders of record OR a spouse. Second, the handling of the dog (in that class) is restricted to ANY ONE of the breeders of record OR a member of the breeder’s immediate family. In any subsequent class for which the dog becomes eligible there are no restrictions as to who may handle.

If both these requirements were not met, and AKC becomes aware of it, any wins the dog had that day would be disallowed and they would have to return any ribbons and trophies and would not receive any points. The dog that was Reserve would move into Winners. There would be no BOW award.

The other variable in this is what was on the entry form. Printing errors are possible in catalogs, but what appears in the catalog is not what AKC goes by. Whenever there is any question regarding info AKC goes directly to the entry form.

Q: I get some premium lists for shows in my area, but not everything. How does this work?

A: Each kennel club orders how many premium lists they want printed, which determines the total to be mailed. Some clubs mail 8,000, some clubs mail 5,000. You would not necessarily receive every premium list in your area. Labels are pulled in the following fashion: First, all those who attended the corresponding show the year before (sent to the address that appeared in that catalog - they’ve been before, they’re likely to come again), then those agents within 500 miles (they’re likely to bring multiple dogs), then, beginning at the zip code of the show and working in circles outward, names are pulled by zip code in relationship to the show’s zip code, until the total is reached. Now, with technology as it is today, what you get in the mail can certainly be augmented by what you can access on our web site and what you can pick up at our office at any show you attend.

Q: Do I have to use the entry form in the premium list to make an entry?

A: No. You may use any official AKC entry form from any premium list by crossing out the top and writing in the club name and date of the show you wish to attend. You may photocopy the entry form (remember we need both the front and back for the entry form to be acceptable). You can obtain blank entry forms from the superintendent’s office at any show you attend. If you fax an entry we must have both the front and back of the entry form. Of course, if you make entries through Dial-N-Entry or online, you don’t need an entry form at all.

Q: I received my acknowledgement for the show and I think the class is incorrect. What can I do?

A: We must look at your original entry form. If we input the class incorrectly we can change to whatever class is on the entry form. If we input the class as it appears on the entry form, it cannot be changed.

Q: My dog is now a champion! When may I start using the title?

A: While you may enter the Best of Breed class with your next entry you may not use the “CH” title on your dog until you receive your confirmation certificate in the mail. It would also be a good idea to confirm with AKC Event Records that you do have the required number of points/majors, just to be on the safe side. We often see exhibitors enter Best of Breed for several shows only to find out they are one point shy.

We would like to hear from you!

Do you have a question to Ask the Superintendent? Just jot it down or email it to:

ASK THE SUPERINTENDENT MB-F Newsletter PO Box 22107 Greensboro, NC 27420 E-mail: mbf@infodog.com

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The Shaggy Dog Stories

Ruffles In Central Park West
by Phi Visrea

Ruffles pulled and tugged at the comforter to get her short legged, enlongated body up and onto the bed where Lydia lie asleep. [Jeez, Lydia, you sound like a snow plow without a muffler.] The little dog immediately lunged for the ear nuzzling and whining as Lydia groaned turning her head. Attacking the other ear, Lydia slapped at the long snoot as it went inches into her skull. It was now a full blown game as Ruffles leaped from ear to ear licking and yapping. “Ruffles, dear, it’s Saturday,” moaned Lydia, “I don’t have to go to work. Go-way.’’ With this explanation, the little dog licked the face with renewed urgency. [The park, Lydia, you promised last night. You senile at twenty-seven?] “Okay okay, just please put a cap on it for a moment.” Ruffles leaped from the bed as Lydia swung one leg over to find a slipper, the other fished without success. She glared at Ruffles and said. “Bet you had something to do with this!” Now on all fours, Lydia was looking beneath the bed when Ruffles hit her from behind driving her head into the bedframe. [No, but I had something to do with this!] “YOU LITTLE RASCAL!” bellowed Lydia rubbing her forehead, throwing a lose high heel at the longhaired, little dog as it scurried from the room. Moments later, Ruffles reappeared with the missing slipper her mouth, her eyes glinting with smug satisfaction as she dropped it beneath Lydia’s nose. “I’m sorry, Ruffles.” [I’m also sorry - I have to dress you - Knothead!] “Ready to go to the park are you?” Ruffles began to circle Lydia dancing and barking. “Okay, okay, simmer down, we have to dress and eat first.” [Ah, let’s just go buck naked and pickup a couple of dogs on the way.] It was a sun shiny day as Lydia exited the brownstone with little Ruffles in rhinestones, on a leash. Looking like a forties film star, Lydia, in her natural weave hat with wrap ties across her shoulders, slacks and huge sunglasses, was entertaining self buffoonery. Darling Ruffles had to run, almost, to keep up. [Slowdown, Lydia, I’m not a Greyhound, you know.] Noting a bulldog, on a leash, coming their way, Lydia stopped and plucked Ruffles from the walk. [Hey. . . . . home-boy, gimme four!] The bulldog, with it’s far away eyes, passed looking right through Ruffles with no recognition. [Yea, me too. Rehab is down in the Village there, sunshine!] “Let’s stop at the market here, Ruffles, and get a few things.” [Please, please Mommie, get some of those sweet pickles.] “I’ll get you some of those small, sweet pickles you like so much.” [E.S.P. can be so rewarding.] “Sorry lady, but you can’t bring the mutt in here, law you know.” “Well, it’s open air, is it not?” protested Lydia. “Hey, I didn’t make the law!” [Ask mellon head for his green card, see if he should be “in here”.]

I’LL be right back, Ruffles,” said an indignant Lydia. Removing and dropping the leash loop over the corner of a crate. “Just stay under there for a few minutes, sweetie.” “Mommy, look at doggie, here doggie,” exclaimed a delighted toddler in harness, juggling an ice cream cone, a helium filled, multicolored balloon in the other. “Want some doggie?” said the child, squatting awkwardly, shoving the cone in Ruffles’s face. [Don’t mind if I do there, shorty.] Ruffles was lapping away when mother “tuned in”. “Alex, stop that! You don’t know anything about that dog. FOR GOD SAKE, don’t eat it now!” “Here doggie,” murmured the child laying the cone at Ruffles’s feet. [Poison dog lips, Allah be praised.] The brilliant day had brought picnikers, lovers and frisbees to Central Park West, and Lydia and Ruffles strolled observing, smelling and enjoying. The frisbee hovered lazily, caught by a warm breeze, and Ruffles watched it intently as it began its decline. [I got it! I got it!] Leaping into the air, she jerked the leash from Lydia’s hand, caught the frisbee in her teeth and was on a dead run. “Hey!” shouted one of the shirtless boys as Ruffles reached full stretch, her leash slithering behind. “Cut her off,” exclaimed another racing in a circular direction. “Ruffles!” squalled Lydia as she began to accelerate her body moving in so many directions at once. [If I can just get to that motorcycle.] Ruffles was soon surrounded, and she cowered following Lydia’s last bellow. “Young lady, you just give that back!” exclaimed Lydia, but a reluctant Ruffles was now in mid-air, locked onto the frisbee like a blue marlin out of water. Around and around she went, little Ruffles almost horizontal. [Wheeeeeee!] The frisbee team, on the run, intercepted, plucking Ruffles out of mid-air. “Got ya, cutie,” smiled one of the boys as he cradled Ruffles in his arms. Lydia, holding her bountiful chest, sunk to earth. [Charmed I’m sshwa!]

********* Ruffles, sweetie, let’s have a picnic, here, beneath this tree. What do you say?” [I’m speechless.] Lolling beneath the trees, Lydia spread lunch. Delicately she unwrapped the cheese, but the chips bag exploded upon entry, potato chips flew like butterflies on wing. And Ruffles, garnished with chips, received two, small, sweet pickles on a napkin. “What... what is going on,” murmured Lydia, looking into the tree as she scooted over, observing nut shells descending. “Ruffles those squirrels are throwing their nuts at us!” The diversion had worked. Another squirrel had descended from the tree “snagged” Ruffles pickle and was making his escape when Lydia, startled, shouted, “That thing’s got your pickle!” Little Ruffles sprang to her feet like a trained guard dog. [Gimme that pickle, you tree rat!] The leash looped onto Lydia’s wrist, same arm, hand that gripped the juice with the straw, went taut in less that a second. Lydia got juiced, Ruffles got whiplash and the squirrel, in a “pickle”, with the pickle - got away.

THE VERY END

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