2000 Newsletter - Volume
3. Issue 2
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Million - A Dollar At A Time
by Tom Crowe
Wow! Thats a lot of money. If
$43,000,000.00 were multiplied by 6½ % per year that would amount
to $2,795,000.00 per year wouldnt it? Do you believe the AKC
Canine Health Foundation could accomplish that feat? I do. Heres
Starting right now, every employee
of MB-F/Infodog is going to give me $1 and from that beginning we
will open a brokerage account in the name of the AKC Canine Health
Foundation CAPITAL ENDOWMENT FUND for safekeeping. I am personally
going to add $1,000 to that account as a beginning deposit. We
will also send letters to every dog club including the 13,000 or
so conformation, all-breed, specialty, field trial, obedience
clubs etc., asking that they ask each member to also contribute
$1. WE will ask the staff at AKC and each delegate and each club
to do the same.
We will also ask each
Superintendent to make their contribution from themselves and
their employees. We will solicit the many thousands of
veterinarians and their employees and all of the veterinary
schools and their staffs and students to send in their dollars. We
will ask the many dog food and dog-related companies to ask their
employees to contribute to this fund also. We will be asking
everyone contributing $1 to suggest to every dog owner they know
that they also contribute $1 until we have reached a very
meaningful amount of money. There are 43,000,000+ households in
the U.S. owning dogs. I would like to think that every one of
those households would be happy to donate the price of a cup of
coffee toward their Best Friends health.
Each week we will print a list of
donors of $1.00 or more to this fund along with the total raised
to date. The postings will be on the MB-F/InfoDog and Canine
Health Foundation web sites. All we need is a name and address
(optional) but desired. This is to keep the records straight and
let the donor know their $1.00 has been received, deposited and
appreciated. There will be no operating expenses in this plan.
Each dollar donated will remain in the Capital Endowment Fund not
to be spent. The Capital Endowment Fund per se will not be
touched. However, when a sizeable amount has been received and
interest payments are sufficient to contribute to grants dedicated
to research and dog health programs, only then may the AKC Canine
Health Foundation approve authorization of contributions to
grants. Let me repeat, THE $1 CAPITAL ENDOWMENT FUND CONTRIBUTIONS
WILL ONLY BE USED FOR FUNDING OF AKC CANINE HEALTH PROGRAMS AND
ONLY EARNED INTEREST FROM THE FUND MAY BE APPROVED FOR USE IN
Our plan is to be coincident with
the first month of the millennium NEW YEAR and we will remember it
as the beginning of the Millennium for the AKC Canine Health
Foundations Dollars for Dogs.
Send your Dollars for Dogs to the:
AKC Canine Health Foundation Dollars for Dogs 251 West Garfield
Road, Suite 160 Aurora, Ohio 44202 or www.infodog.com
It is well for all of us to
remember that the AKC Canine Health Foundation was established by
the American Kennel Club as a Non Profit Corporation to fund
research and dog health programs. It is the purpose of the program
to raise money and donate that money, after stringent
investigation, to worthwhile organizations engaged in research and
health programs for the benefit of dogs and dog owners. It is a
volunteer organization of experts in several fields related to dog
health and dog ownership. These are dedicated individuals with a
single purpose: To promote and extend the long lasting
relationship between Man and Dog by improving the health and well
being of the dog.
Where I Sit
by John S. Ward
The value of the current research
on DNA and the genetic makeup of the dog cannot be overestimated.
This is particularly true with respect to two problems which are
of great concern to all members of the dog fancy, and which I will
In the history of mankind we have
been occasionally blessed with scientific and technological
breakthroughs that have significantly altered our capabilities.
One such example of course was the invention of the transistor
which replaced the inefficient and unreliable vacuum tube. Without
the transistor the worlds satellite and space programs would
not have been possible. Of equal importance, the transistor
enabled us to develop the personal computer and other applications
of computer chip technology. The discovery and explanation of the
double helix model of the DNA program in all living things is of
similar inestimable value.
First and foremost of course in the
application of DNA research is our ability to identify and
possibly alter genes of importance to the welfare of human beings.
Nevertheless there are numerous beneficial side effects of this
research applicable to other living species, including being able
to map the genes responsible for the physical characteristics and
possibly behavior patterns of our friend the dog. If we are
fortunate we will at last be able to rid the dog of hereditary
disorders which have plagued us for years.
For example, let us talk about the
genetic flaw which produces Progressive Retinal Atrophy in dogs.
If and when that gene is identified it will be possible to
determine whether individual dogs are carriers for PRA. Instead of
eliminating such a dog from our breeding program we could breed
him or her to a clear animal followed by testing of their progeny.
The clear dogs could be returned to the breeding program and the
remainder could go to pet homes after spaying or neutering. If
this procedure were faithfully carried out within a breed, one
could reasonably expect the disorder to be eliminated or at least
The other application of our new
knowledge of how to read DNA test results is of course our
enhanced ability to positively identify individual dogs. For
example, in the event that a bitch is bred accidentally to two
different studs, it is now practical to determine which puppies in
the litter came from which dog. Of far more importance however is
the use of DNA testing to maintain the integrity of a registry. It
is evident that the AKC has been moving in this direction in a
prudent manner by implementing a DNA identification system on a
step-by-step basis to insure that all the bugs have been worked
out. DNA identification is now routinely used as an adjunct by
field investigators in the inspection and verification of breeders
records. Certain other programs have been initiated, such as the
requirement recently adopted by the AKC Board that DNA tests of
regularly used studs must be submitted to the AKC for all such
The cost of DNA testing has been
raised as an objection to requiring such tests for the
registration of all dogs. The more widespread the use of this aid
to identification becomes the greater the likelihood that these
costs will be reduced. The same objection has been raised to the
use of microchips as identifiers, but in my opinion the use of
these two techniques is well worth some increased cost, if we are
able to say with positive assurance that our purebred dogs have
the ancestry we claim for them.
Of Exhibitor Survey On Dog Shows
by Dorie Crowe
Once again the Internet has
provided a great tool to aid Show Chairmen and Superintendents and
Our latest survey, the Exhibitor
Survey on Dog Shows, drew 938 responses. The survey had 26
questions pertaining to Dog Shows. Most of the questions were
multiple choice, but some gave the respondents the opportunity to
express their own opinions.
We can always count on the
exhibitors to be very candid and thoughtful when asked for their
opinions. The length of the survey makes it necessary to present
the results in two parts. This means youll have to wait til
the March issue to learn the exhibitors choice for Best Show.
As in our Exhibitor Survey on
Judging, this survey reinforced some things we suspected or knew,
told us some new things and also gave some food for thought.
Also like our previous survey, the
greater number of respondents has been in the sport more than 20
years. The greater percentage attends 21-30 shows each year and
the overwhelming percentage (69.08%) are members of a kennel club.
Of that number 75.80% have never
been a Show Chairman; 24.20% have been. It was interesting to note
that of the 75.80% that have never been a Show Chairman, 51.17%
have NOT worked at their clubs show; while 48.83% have.
In some instances you will notice
the total responses are more than 938. This is because some
respondents had multiple answers.
We are pleased to present Part I
below. We hope you find the results interesting and informative.
Number of Respondents 938
1. Please tell us how long you
have been exhibiting in dog shows? (years)
11 to 15
16 to 20
More than 20 218
2. Please tell us if you are:
3. Please tell us the number of
shows at which you exhibit each year?
Less than 10
11 to 20
21 to 30
31 to 40
76 to 100
More than 100 24 2.56%
4. Are you a member of a Kennel
Club? Yes 648 69.08% No 290 30.92%
5. Have you ever been a Show
Chairman? Yes 227 24.20% No 711 75.80%
6. If you have NOT been Show
Chairman, have you worked at your clubs show?
No 480 51.17%
If yes, in what capacity?
Obedience Chair 17
Asst Show Chair 15
Show Committee 05
Catalog Preparation 03 0.32%
Judge Transportation 02 0.21%
And 1 response for each of these
jobs: Veterinarian, Security, Training Classes, Newsletter Editor,
Lure Coursing Chair, Track Layer, Herding Chair, Ways and Means
Committee, Rescue Parade, Merchandise Mgr., Ribbons, Coordinator,
7. If you have a dog to show,
what one factor influences your decision to enter or not?
Distance from Home 227
Show is Indoor/Outdoor
Facility or Grounds
8. If you have a choice of shows
on a weekend, what one factor most influences your decision to
enter a particular show?
Distance from Home
Show is Indoor/Outdoor
9. If you attended a particular
show last year, how likely are you to attend the same show this
Somewhat Likely 224
10. Do you buy a Catalog?
Only if I
Share Tear Sheets 122 13.01%
11. When you attend a show, what
type of vehicle do you use?
Station Wagon 70 7.46%
12. Do you know when certain
shows usually occurr during the year?
13. When you make entries, how
is it normally done?
Independent Entry Service 35 3.73%
14. After you complete the
entries, what do you normally do with them?
15. What is your PRIMARY source
of information about show entries?
Supts Table at shows
16. How important is it that you
receive the actual premium list in the mail?
Somewhat Important 177 18.87%
17. How often do you look for
show information on-line?
At Least once per week 506 53.94%
At least once per month 223 23.77%
18. In which of the following
are you most likely to exhibit your dog?
19. In Regard to parking an RV
or Motorhome at a show, which do you prefer?
First-Served 81 8.64%
Reserve in Advance
20. Do you think that there
should be a limit on the number of shows on a circuit (different
clubs, different locations each day)?
Yes 226 24.09%
If yes, what number
1 6 2.65%
2 38 16.81%
3 68 30.09%
4 85 37.61%
5 18 7.96%
6 5 2.21%
7 4 1.77%
21. Do you think there should be
a limit on the number of shows in a cluster (different clubs, same
location each day)?
Yes 231 24.63%
If yes, what number
8 or more
To be continued in the March issue.
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Kennel Club Helps Junior Realize Dream
by Dorothy McCarty,
The Caddo Kennel Club, Inc.,
located in Marshall, TX, is helping send a Junior Handler to the
2000 Westminster show in memory of one of our clubs Junor
Amber Lee Standridge, who was
tragically killed in an automobile accident on May 8, 1997,
accomplished many things as a Junior Handler. She began showing a
Bichon Frise at the age of nine; then a Fox Terrier, Boogie, and
at 12 she finished her Alaskan Malamute, Misty, in just four
shows, taking back-to-back five-point majors at a Specialty in
Houston. Because we lost Amber at 14 years of age, she left many
dreams unfulfilled. One of those dreams was to attend the ultimate
dog show, Westminster, in New York City.
Our club instituted a scholarship
in Ambers memory to help with the financial needs of a Junior
who might not be able to attend without this additional help. The
scholarship provides airfare, hotel and food expenses. Juniors who
qualified for Westminster had to submit a one to two-page essay
about themselves by December 1, 1999. The scholarship recipient
would then be chosen and notified by the Caddo Kennel Club.
In order to raise money for this
scholarship our club held fundraisers and also sought donations
from 35 clubs within a 250-mile radius of Marshall, TX. We raised
$2,000 and the first recipient of the Amber Lee Standridge
Memorial Scholarship was named.
The scholarship was awarded to
13-year-old Reece Avants from Brusly, LA. Reece is the first in
his family to enter the ring. He started showing his Beagle,
Mandy, in 1996. He has finished his Pointer, JD, and is close to
finishing JDs sister, Molly. He has a new Beagle puppy, High
Ball, that will enter the ring soon. He also received a 4-H Blue
Award for finishing in the Top Ten out of 64 Parishes in the dog
category for the Short Course at Louisiana State University. This
course encompasses two months of training and three days of
competition in speeches, testing and demonstrations. He qualified
to go to Westminster in May of 1999 by getting his eighth Junior
win with his Pointer champion, Tate, and has since received eight
The Caddo Kennel Club was started
in August, 1991, in Kilgore, TX as the Kilgore Kennel Club. They
had two fun matches a year and did community work. While seeking
AKC accreditation in 1996, it was discovered the Kilgore club was
considered to be in the same geographic area as the Longview
Kennel Club since both clubs were in Gregg County. In January,
1997, the club moved to Marshall, TX in Harrison County and became
the Caddo Kennel Club.
The members chose the name Caddo
after the fascinating natural lake located 15 miles from Marshall
in Uncertain, TX. Caddo Lake was named after the Caddo Indians and
is a beautiful area of swamps and tall Cypress trees. The members
agreed this name would take in the areas around Marshall.
Since CKCs move to Marshall, the
club has held eight fun matches with approximately 80 entries. The
club offers Canine Good Citizen tests at these matches as well.
Caddo also offers an obedience class in the spring and fall with
about 30 dogs attending each class. It was at the Spring 1997
match that Caddo Kennel Club set up the Amber Lee Standridge
The club participates in many
community events. In 97 members decorated a 37-foot float
complete with Cypress trees, canoes and Indians, winning the
Parade Marshalls trophy in the Wonderland of Lights Christmas
Parade. Members dressed as Native Americans and walked or rode
with their dogs, all in lights! That year members also started
working with the Humane Society of Harrison County to help educate
people about the proper care of animals and breeding, along with
the importance of spaying and neutering.
In 98 we won the Third Place
Wacky Vehicle Trophy in Marshalls Fireant Festival parade and
in December the club again placed in the Marshall Christmas Parade
and won the Presidents Trophy.
In 1999 the Caddo Kennel Club
worked with the Marshall Chamber of Commerce to host the six-day
United States Australian Shepherd Association, Inc. Specialty
Show, which included herding, agility, obedience and conformation.
After the USASA Nationals the club began the process of fulfilling
This year we plan to continue
matches, obedience and handling classes and our work with the
Humane Society of Harrison County. We also enjoy support in our
projects from the clubs in Longview, Tyler and Shreveport.
We are proud to have made Ambers
dream a reality and wish Reece the best of luck at Westminster
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MB-F has experienced
two recent losses in the ranks of former employees - Nelson
Gladstone (Greensboro office) and Dorothy John (Michigan office).
In this issue we remember Nelson. To many of our Show Chairmen
Nelson was the smiling voice on the other end of the line at entry
Nelson was born in
Winston-Salem, where he spent his childhood. He attended Baylor
Military Academy in Chattanooga, TN and graduated from Hanes High
School in Winston-Salem. Following graduation he served in the
U.S. Army in Korea. After returning home he attended Guilford
College and began working at Western Electric (AT&T) as a
technical writer. Nelson spent 36 years working at the very large
AT & T and following his retirement in 1990 he began working
at MB-F. He was responsible for writing judging programs and
planning ring layouts.
years with MB-F were some of his happiest and he enjoyed the
atmosphere of working for a smaller company, says Edith,
his widow. It was with reluctance that Nelson retired from MB-F in
1996 due to health problems. He passed away December 15, 1999. He
and Edith showed Siberian Huskies, Pointers and Dalmatians under
the Summerhill prefix. During the 1980s Nelson was a well-known
figure in the Group ring with their Best in Show winning
Dalmatian, Ch. Albelarm Starr of Summerhill. They were a very
successful team throughout the East Coast. Following his
retirement from MB-F, Nelson and Edith continued to enjoy
traveling to shows. While he was at MB-F Nelson made many
friends and he never lost touch with them. Their friendship meant
a great deal to him. He will be remembered for his great love
of people and his ready smile. He always had a kind word to
encourage beginners in the show ring and he treasured his many
Word From The AKCCHF
FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES ENDOWMENT
CAMPAIGN DOLLARS FOR DOGS
Aurora, Ohio, February 1, 2000
AKC Canine Health Foundation announced today a drive to expand its
endowment. The drive will ask everyone who owns, works with or
cares about dogs to donate at least one dollar toward the
development of a canine health research endowment. Tom Crowe, of
MB-F, Inc., the worlds largest dog show superintendent, will
chair the campaign. How can anyone refuse the contribution of
$1 to help dogs everywhere? said Crowe. We expect
veterinarians to be key in this campaign by putting donation boxes
in their offices and asking their staffs and clients to chip in.
The American Kennel Club
established the Foundation with $1,000,000 in 1995. The goal of
the campaign will be to raise $43,000,000 over the next five
years. All of the money raised will become part of an invested
endowment wherein only the interest may be spent on canine health
research. We spend 26 billion dollars a year on our pets,
said Crowe, but less than 1% of that total on canine health.
Recently, the Journal of the American Cancer Society and Discover
Magazine noted that advances in canine health will also lead to
advances in human health. We have already seen this happen with
the recent discovery of the gene for narcolepsy in Doberman
Pinschers by Dr. Emanuel Mignot, at Stanford University, said
Deborah Lynch, AKC/CHF Executive Vice President. Now that
scientists know the genetic components of this disease, treatments
and therapies can be developed that will help both dogs and
The Dollars for Dogs campaign
will be directed at the 43 million dog owning households; 13,000
dog events each year with their attendees and spectators; dog
clubs worldwide; 16,000 practicing veterinarians and their
clients; 27 veterinary schools, their students and clients; dozens
of dog food companies; and all other dog-interested organizations
and persons connected to canine health. People will be asked to
donate at least one dollar to the AKC Canine Health Foundation
through mail, the internet and donation points at dog shows,
veterinarian offices and other locations. The position is to
encourage all dog-related persons to participate on a small basis
toward a very large goal.
The AKC Canine Health Foundation
supports research studies in canine genetics, cancer, epilepsy,
hip dysplasia, heart disease and auto-immune disease, as well as
many other areas. To make a donation to Dollars for Dogs,
log onto the Foundations website, www.akcchf.org or
www.infodog.com. Donors will be thanked online.
The Shaggy Dog Stories
A breeder named Patti received a
free ticket to the Westminster Dog Show from the premium dog food
company. Unfortunately, when Patti arrives at Madison Square
Garden she realizes the seat is in the last row in the corner
she is closer to the ex-pens than the rings.
About halfway through the first
Group, Patti notices an empty seat three rows from the ring gates,
in plain view of the examining table. She decides to take a chance
and makes her way through the celebrities, owners and big time
breeders, around the security guards to the empty seat. As she
sits down, she asks the woman sitting next to her, Excuse me,
is anyone sitting here? The woman says,No.
Now, very excited to be in such a
great seat for the most important dog show in the dog world, Patti
again inquires of the woman next to her, This is incredible!
Who in their right mind would have a seat like this at the Garden
and not use it?
The woman replies, Well,
actually, the seat belongs to me, I was supposed to come with my
husband, but he passed away. This is the first Westminster Show
here at the Garden we havent been to together since we got
married in 1967.
Well, thats really sad,
says Patti, but still, couldnt you find someone to take the
seat? A relative or a close friend?
No, the woman replies, theyre
all at the funeral. (submitted by Dot Newkirk of Washington
1. The Dog is NOT allowed in the
2. Okay, the dog is allowed in the
house, but only in certain rooms.
3. Okay, the dog is allowed in all
rooms, but has to stay off the furniture.
4. Okay, the dog can get on the old
5. Fine, the dog is allowed on all
the furniture, but is not allowed to sleep on the bed.
6. Okay, the dog is allowed on the
bed, but only by invitation.
7. Okay, the dog can sleep on the
bed whenever he wants, but not under the covers.
8. Okay, the dog can sleep under
the covers by invitation only.
9. Okay, the dog can sleep under
the covers every night.
10. We must ask permission to sleep
under the covers with the dog.
A Dog Person's Dictionary
ANGULATION: Degree to which dog
handlers will bend over backwards to impress the judges.
BALANCE: How to arrange the
checkbook so your husband won't know how much money you spent on
dog shows last month. Usually done in the bathroom with the door
BITCH: a) Name for a lady dog. b)
Name often overheard at dog shows, not always to describe a lady
COAT: The hairy covering of a dog
that usually falls out about one week before the Specialty show.
DAM: a) A lady dog with children.
b) Expression frequently overheard at dog shows as losers leave
ELBOW: Method of getting to
ringside when late.
EXPRESSION: "Sweet" look
adopted by dogs while staring ravenously at the chunks of liver.
FANCIER: Degree to which some
gentlemen handlers dress more than others.
FEATHERING: What winners are
accused of doing to judges' nests.
FRONT: Part of the dog often
stacked toward the outside of the ring.
HEEL: a) You feel like when your
dog beats the one you had just sold to an eager novice. b)
Expression often screamed to attract the attention of deaf dogs.
HEIGHT: As in "Maximum
Allowed:, a measurement which all champions fall under by AT LEAST
HOCK: A way of financing your dog
shows by the use of jewelry such as wedding rings.
KENNEL: Where you go when the kids
fight and your husband yells at you.
LITTER: Trash left all over the
building and parking lot after a dog show.
MASK: What to wear when you have to
show the pet you sold six months ago.
MUZZLE: What to put on your kids at
a dog show to prevent them from calling your competition what they
overheard you call him last night.
NOSEPRINTS: Cute marks left all
over your French doors.
OUTCROSSING: What your husband
tells the minister you are doing out in the kennel with the dog
and the bitch.
POINTS: Minute, invisible awards
for winning which you cannot convince your spouse are more
important than cash prizes.
PUPPIES: Small, dog-like
food-processing machines with the ability to stink up an entire
house and collectively deafen a band of magpies (These creatures
have not yet been perfected, as they come with a leaky system, and
can also be dangerous to weak hearts and bank accounts).
(The above items submitted via the
internet by Trey Pickard.)
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.
c/o The Shaggy Dog
P.O. Box 22107
Greensboro, NC 27420
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