2000 Newsletter - Volume
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Have Met The Enemy And Theys Us.
by Tom Crowe
The American Kennel Club is a club of
member clubs. Do people belong to the American Kennel Club? No, only
clubs belong to the American Kennel Club. Can people belong to these
clubs? Yes, people can belong to these clubs. Are employees of the
American Kennel Club members of the American Kennel Club? No, only clubs
can be members of the American Kennel Club, not people.
However, clubs can be members of the club
to which they belong and a Delegate can represent the member club to the
American Kennel Club. Is the Delegate then a member of the American
Kennel Club? No, only clubs can be members of the American Kennel Club.
Well, then, who owns the American Kennel Club? People who belong to the
member clubs I guess own the American Kennel Club, not exactly, but
Where, then, do all the people in this
sport fit in and how does it work?
Since there are no people members
evidently no one owns the American Kennel Club. No one owns. But every
individual that shows a dog, every club (either member or licensed),
every judge, every handler, every delegate, every superintendent, the
elected Board members and officers, in fact anyone associated in any way
with the American Kennel Club, has the responsibility for the operation
of the American Kennel Club.
The Staff is paid but they have no rights
of ownership. They are hired to do the grunt work necessary to keep this
large organization running. Their responsibility is to supervise and
administer the will of the Board and the Delegates of the clubs and
ultimately of the various clubs members.
So I guess we, you and I and all those
mentioned above, are the American Kennel Club. Let me repeat that.
WE ARE THE AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB. It is our responsibility to keep the
faith, to observe the rules, to fight the wrongful threats and the
undeserved bad publicity. It is our responsibility to see that the
registration system is kept intact and purified and to assist in the
reporting of charlatan breeders and puppy mills that will certainly
wreck all of the good we have done in our attempt to keep the
registration system sacrosanct. YES, WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY AND THEYS
It is up to each of us to join with OUR
club and assist in every way we are able to fight the bad press and the
wreckers of our wonderful family sport. Those among you who criticize
and blame the American Kennel Club for the turmoil facing us should look
inward and ask, What have I done in support of our Club of Clubs?
Have I ever bent the Rules or provided wrong information or know of
others that have and done nothing about it? If you have then you are
the enemy within and POGO is right.
A NEW CENTURY has begun and we the
American Kennel Club (thats us, we, you and I) has the duty to join
with our selected Officers and Board members to cooperate and put forth
our best efforts to right the wrongs thrust upon us. Most of us are
volunteers and we rank highly among some of the largest volunteer
organizations in the nation. Let us use that clout and move into the
fray to protect our sport from further reckless press and common gossip
What can you do as an individual? Easy.
First, if you belong to a club get the members together and sign a
petition and send it to the American Kennel Club pledging your support
and offering your services as individuals or as a club. That kind of an
offer will be more than well received. It will give the Board and the
Staff the confidence to fight the bad press and face up to those
assuming we are the bad guys when we are in truth the only organization
really working to protect the public from unscrupulous persons and
organizations that are bilking the public. Petitions numbering hundreds
of thousands of names can gain us (The American Kennel Club) support
from many areas including Dog Food Manufacturers, Pharmaceutical
Companies and others. It will also get us attention in the press and on
websites of AKC, AKCCHF, INFODOG, and ALL SUPERINTENDING ORGANIZATIONS.
Its the kind of news that will be picked up on browsers like YAHOO
We can win if we stand together.
We can fail if we ignore our problems and
just sit and wait for them to go away. Its your call.
WE ARE THE AKC. WE MUST DEFEND IT.
Where I Sit
by John S. Ward
In 1983 the AKC Board of Directors
commissioned the McKinsey Company, a management consulting firm, to
conduct a management and operations survey of the activities of the AKC
in the Sport of Purebred Dogs. In the course of the survey approximately
250 people of the Fancy were interviewed and asked their opinion and
comments on how the AKC was conducting the affairs of the Club. All
aspects of the Sport were considered, and individuals such as judges,
handlers, superintendents, and of course exhibitors were questioned in
depth. In January 1984 the company submitted a thoughtful and thoroughly
researched report. Leading the list of topics with the highest
percentage of negative comments was the subject of Dog Show Judging.
So what else is new? Here we are just
about 16 years later and that topic seems to be the No. 1 subject of
ringside gossip. In the intervening years the AKC Board has made valiant
attempts to improve the quality of judging through judges education
and various methods of testing the ability of judge candidates to carry
out the job. Dog judging will remain a highly subjective process and of
course it will never be possible to satisfy everyone since on any one
day there are many more losers than there are winners in the dog ring.
If one were to plot a graph of all AKC
judges ranked by ability I am sure we would come out with the usual Bell
curve, that is, a small number of very poor judges, an equally small
number of brilliant judges, and the great majority of judges falling in
the middle and being rated as competent. In my opinion, any program
designed to raise the level of public confidence in the judging process
should have two objectives, the first of which should be the elimination
of that small number of poor judges followed by a program to raise the
general level of knowledge and ability on the part of the judges we now
rate as competent. One need not worry about those judges which we rate
as brilliant, since they are naturals and will rise to the top in any
It would be fatuous on my part to pretend
that I have anything approaching an overall plan for selecting and
moving up individual judges. Nevertheless I would like to discuss two
aspects of any overall plan that I consider to be lacking at the present
Dog Show Judging is of course both an art
and a science. In almost any human activity or occupation there are
certain individuals who seem to have the innate abilities to be
successful. In most human resource management programs tests have been
developed to measure whether an individual possesses the necessary
skills that are required in a particular occupation. A typical example
would be a mechanical aptitude test given to any individual applying for
a technical position in a large manufacturing organization.
I believe that a similar test or tests
could be developed for each individual when initially applying for
approval as a Dog Show Judge. For example I believe that the quality
known as structural visualization, otherwise known as the ability to
think in three dimensions, is an essential characteristic of good dog
judging. Also, the ability to correlate motion with skeletal structure
is important. Specifically, I would suggest that the AKC utilize the
services of human resource consultants to devise a series of such tests.
The other aspect of the judges approval
program on which I would like to comment is the lack of what I consider
to be a formal educational program carried out in one or more schools
subsidized or managed by the AKC. There are literally dozens and perhaps
hundreds of judging symposiums being conducted all over the United
States but it seems to me that these efforts are poorly coordinated and
that there is a lack of quality control with regard to the instruction
itself. I believe there is no substitute for typical academic or
vocational instruction carried out in a school setting with standardized
lesson plans, oral and written testing of the students periodically,
carried out by competent professional instructors. This of course could
be a costly process, but I believe the results would be well worth the
effort. I should also like to point out that Dog Show judging has become
an economic activity, inasmuch as most judges are charging a fee above
and beyond their actual expenses for the services. I therefore do not
consider it to be unreasonable to suggest that would-be judges share the
cost of the above-described scholastic approach.
by Dorie Crowe
Elsewhere in this issue of the Newsletter
there is a line quoted from the Pogo comic strip. Over the years Pogo
or the other characters had some very insightful things to say. Another
of their insightful utterances went something like this, We are faced
with insurmountable opportunity. In this new century my belief is we
ARE at the crossroads and faced with insurmountable opportunity.
Right now we have the technology, we have
the drive, we have the support, we have the cause and we are poised on
the brink of making extremely good things happen within the sport.
At some point you have to stop whining
about whats wrong and get off your butt and begin doing something. It
starts with one person with one idea. It ends with a thunderous roar and
I am not talking about changing things
just for the sake of change. I am not talking about making completely
new systems. I AM talking about working within the systems in place to
make things better. It CAN be done. Were on our way to doing it right
If youve ever been involved with
something like a computer program or writing an article you know
you start with some facts, a direction to go and you eventually have a
finished product. However, along the way, things need tweaking,
adjusting, different words are put into play, different options become
available you still end up in the same place, usually with a better
result than you hoped, and youve arrived there in a better fashion.
We began with one idea No More Puppy
Mills. From that has come a plan for a National Breeders Alliance.
Now theres a National Breeders Directory forming. From these
discussions come ideas regarding registration. From these ideas come
suggestions on how Breeders and AKC can work together to benefit our
canine companions and the sport. From these discussions come do-able
ideas on education, and the list continues to grow.
Its time for you to take stock of the
things you bitch about regularly. Prioritize them and begin doing
something to constructively change the situation.
Join with us. One person can be a small
voice at the beginning; several thousands are a strong voice that can be
heard around the world.
Its your chance to make a difference
in the sport. Its your choice.
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Knowledge Is For Breeders
by Tom Crowe
One hundred and sixteen years ago a
distinguished group of gentlemen met on Long Island and decided to form
a club of Gentlemen Hunters and Breeders of dogs as part of their
stalking of game and riding to the hounds. They were very proud of their
dogs and of the part they played in this Gentlemens Sport. Eventually
the bragging of the prowess of the dogs and their conformation led to
the comparison of the different packs. The Kennel Managers became the
judges of the dogs while the Gentlemen watched and cheered for the best
performers and the handsomest of the pack as individuals.
Thence came the idea of producing charts
(pedigrees) of the lineage of the top dogs of those days and their
outstanding traits. From this simple beginning the American Kennel Club
was born to maintain these records with the purpose of Improving the
Breed by selective breeding of these top specimens.
A short step away, when comparisons
needed to be made, the Kennel Managers mostly became the judges and Dog
Shows were born. The sole purpose was The Improvement of the Breed
and so it is today. Its quite true, we have slipped a bit in our
motives for showing, but nevertheless if you want to win in the show
ring you must have a better dog and we all therefore try to improve the
breed with our own outstanding specimens. When this occurs we really are
carrying forward the original premise of our forefathers, Improving
So wheres the problem? The problem is
that many of the large well-managed Kennels and Kennel Managers have
disappeared and too many people have fancied themselves as breeders.
Many well-meaning persons, anxious to rush headlong into the Sport,
believe all one has to do to become a breeder is to choose a dog and a
bitch of the same breed, mate, them then wait and hope for a top
specimen. Surprisingly this sometimes works, but very rarely. Another
idea that has many followers is that inbreeding and line-breeding
produces top specimens by multiplying all the good points.
Unfortunately, quite the opposite usually occurs. Two poor specimens
will not produce a better one and the faults and weaknesses are doubled
The Canine Health Foundation, in their
quest for knowledge and the study of genetics and research, has a better
way. They are funding research within the Veterinary Community and the
Veterinary Schools. With your help it is the right way of Improving
the Breeds. There is no better way. As a result of the long-term
amateurish handling of breeding without sufficient knowledge we have
come to a situation that has foisted untold misery on some breeds and is
quickly bringing most other breeds into this quagmire.
Help is available for those of you who
really want to become educated and recognized as top breeders. Learning
and education is the answer and the Canine Health Foundation can lead
you in that direction. A NEW publication is hot off the press and it is
a primer for those wanting to become serious breeders. Its title is,
Future Dog: Breeding for Genetic Soundness (Foundation members, $17.95,
non-members, $19.95, including tax and shipping costs). If you have not
seen this book or you do not own it you are missing an important link in
the breeding and showing of dogs
The author is Patricia Wilkie, Ph.D
currently a researcher in the University of Minnesota Department of
Genetics and Cell Biology. She has been involved in breeding Shelties
since 1962 and enjoys training and showing her six Shelties in herding,
conformation, agility and tracking classes. For information on obtaining
this well-written treatise, contact the AKC Canine Health Foundation,
251 West Garfield Road, Suite 160, Aurora, OH 44202 or to order, call
toll-free 1-888-682-9696 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. I guarantee you will
be well rewarded.
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For Beginning Juniors
The South Windsor Kennel
Club sponsored a handling clinic for beginning Juniors in August in
Manchester, CT. The clinic was designed for children who had little or
no handling experience and were interested in learning more about the
(left) and Chris Ryan go over some
fine points with their registrants.
South Windsor Kennel Club heavily
subsidized this clinic in order to keep the price down to $15 per
handler and in the realm of affordability for the Juniors and their
Participants from three states attended
and dogs ranged from huge Mastiffs on down to a small Pug. Instructors
Chris and Karyn Ryan established a rapport with the dogs and their young
handlers to introduce them to the ways of the Juniors ring.
Both Chris and Karyn have an extensive
background in Junior Handling and their firsthand knowledge of that
arena was communicated to the beginners.
Chris and Karyn gave the youngsters quite
a workout as they taught them to gait and stack their dogs. Advice was
tailored to the individual teams, with an understanding of how each
breed should be presented. The results were impressive there was a
definite difference in the ability and confidence levels of the handlers
as the day progressed.
Finer points of baiting and presenting
the dogs outline were discussed as we read placement and use of the
table (for smaller breeds). Juniors were instructed on how to take
directions from the judge, what ring procedures normally occur, and what
judges are looking for in a good handler. Chris was particularly adept
at the latter as he is an AKC provisional judge for Junior Handling.
Chris and Karyn did not only limit their
discussion to the ring experience. Such important points as
sportsmanship and practicing regularly were stressed, as well as some
key points of general dog care and grooming. The key theme of the day
was Junior Handling is supposed to be fun for the dog and the handler.
If one or both are not having fun, it is time to re-examine priorities.
After all, the same dog that is presented in the Juniors ring is the
companion at home.
The feedback from the handlers and their
parents was very positive. The children left the seminar bursting with
plans to practice with their dogs and maybe enter some upcoming shows.
Their level of enthusiasm and their confidence in themselves was
bolstered by their new knowledge. The South Windsor Kennel Cub will
definitely consider plans for more such lectures in the future.
Chris and Karyn discuss some of the
individual breed characteristics in relationship to exhibiting.
One of the registrants
practices what hes learned.
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Word From The AKCCHF
VETERINARY PET INSURANCE THROWS ITS
SUPPORT BEHIND CANINE HEALTH FOUNDATION
Aurora, OH, December 1, 1999... The
nations leader in pet medical insurance is proud to announce that it
will now provide financial support to a Foundation dedicated to
improving canine health. Veterinary Pet Insurance, the nations oldest
and largest pet medical insurance provider, has formed a strategic
relationship with the Canine Health Foundation. Beginning January 1,
2000, Veterinary Pet Insurance will make a donation for every policy
purchased by a new, American Kennel Club dog owner to the Canine Health
Foundation. Additional donations will be made each year as these
policies are renewed.
The Canine Health Foundation, founded in
1995 by the American Kennel Cub, is the only national foundation with
the exclusive mission of advancing canine health. The organization
identifies and sponsors research and education programs, with particular
emphasis on canine genetics. Other responsibilities include making
research results public through scientific journals, and other materials
geared towards dog owners and breeders.
Because of the millions of dollars the
Foundation has raised, scientists are doing vital research that could
someday lead to life-saving treatments for canine genetic disorders,
said Jack Stephens, DVM, President and Founder, Veterinary Pet
Insurance. This relationship is another way for us to help dogs of
all breeds lead longer, healthier lives. We are currently working on a
hereditary endorsement which pet owners could add to a base policy to
help pay for treatments of hereditary conditions, and we plan on making
that endorsement part of this new program as well.
This is the first time our Foundation
has supported a pet medical insurance company, said John
Vice President of the AKC Canine Health Foundation. We looked at
several companies in this industry, and chose Veterinary Pet Insurance
because of its longevity and outstanding customer service record, as
well as the companys dedication to the wellness and veterinary care
of dogs. No other company even comes close.
Founded in 1980 by 750 independent
veterinarians, Veterinary Pet Insurance is the nations oldest and
largest health insurance provider for dogs and cats. Policies are
licensed in 47 states and the District of Columbia. More than 850,000
Veterinary Pet Insurance policies have been sold and are exclusively
endorsed by the American Humane Association. For more information, call
1-800-USA-PTS (in Texas, call 1-877-PET-HEAL) or visit
The AKC, which initiated the Canine
Health Foundation, continues to be the Foundations largest donor. The
mission of the Canine Health Foundation is to develop significant
resources for the basic and applied health programs to improve the
quality of life for dogs and their owners. Since 1995, the foundation
has raised more than $2 million in planned gifts and bequests for the
Foundation from their estate plans. The majority of these gifts are
pledged to the Foundation endowment and will assure the continuation of
canine health research and education.
DNA SAMPLES NEEDED FOR CANINE GENOME
RESEARCH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-DAVIS
Aurora, OH, November 30, 1999... If you
are the owner of one of the following breeds: Chow Chows, Keeshonden,
Jack Russell Terriers, Miniature Bull Terriers, Papillons, Pugs you
can help a canine research project. The Veterinary Genetics Laboratory
at the University of California-Davis is presently involved in an
ongoing research project funded by the AKC Canine Health Foundation.
The primary goal of this project is to
establish panels of microsatellite markers which are in total
representative of the 39 linkage groups (one X and 38 autosomal
chromosomes) of the canine genome. The secondary intent of this project
is to determine allele frequencies for each of 21 breeds, representing
at least three breeds from each of the seven AKC recognized Groups. The
database for each breed is to consist of a minimum of 50 dogs unrelated
within the first generation.
This work contributes to the ultimate
goal of genome screening for linkage to disease associated genes. The
research will provide a most cost-effective and expedient means of
screening the markers characterized in this project against affected
pedigrees and will be available to researchers pursuing genetic disease
research within these and other breeds.
Currently, DNA samples are still needed
from the above-recognized breeds of dogs. Sampling is simple and
harmless, requiring only a cheek swab of your dog. Any information
associated with the samples is held in the strictest confidence and is
solely used to determine the genetic profile of the breed as a whole.
Animals in this study are not analyzed individually and no data will be
available on specific dogs.
Your breed can directly benefit by
participating in this research project. Once a genetic profile of your
breed exists, researchers worldwide are in a position to begin looking
for markers linked to a specific disorder. At that point, they would
simply need pedigrees to confirm that the trait is of genetic origin and
to collect additional DNA from affected dogs.
For more information or to request a free
DNA sampling kit, visit the web page of the Veterinary Genetics Lab at
www.vgl.ucdavis.edu/research/canine or e-mail email@example.com or
call 530-752-8312. PEDIGREES AND SAMPLES NEEDED FOR EPILEPSY, HIP
DYSPLASIA AND SKIN DISEASE RESEARCH
Aurora, OH, November 30, 1999... Two
institutions funded by the AKC Canine Health Foundation are in need of
samples to continue their research. If you have two or more dogs in a
family in which a clinical diagnosis has been made for the following
diseases, you can help.
The University of Michigan needs samples
from nuclear families (parents and/or related offspring) for epilepsy
and hip dysplasia research. Breeds for which samples are being sought
for epilepsy include Australian Shepherds, Beagles, Collies, Dalmatians,
English Springer Spaniels, Irish Setters, Shetland Sheepdogs and Vizslas.
Breeds for which samples are needed for
hip dysplasia include Airedale Terriers, Alaskan Malamutes, Bernese
Mountain Dogs, German Shepherd Dogs, Golden Retrievers, Labrador
Retrievers, Mastiffs, Newfoundlands, Old English Sheepdogs, Portuguese
Water Dogs, Rottweilers and Samoyeds. Contact Dr. George Brewer at
734-669-8440 for more information.
The University of Missouri needs samples
from Keeshonden and Pomeranians for a skin disease called adult onset
alopecia. This condition is characterized by a loss of hair on the back
of the legs, followed by hyperpigmention and the skin turning dark. Hair
loss can also progress over the body. Pedigrees and samples from nuclear
families are needed to continue this research. For more information
contact Dr., Gary Johnson at 573-882-6723.
Since 1995 the AKC Canine Health
Foundation has raised over $3.8 million to fund 60 canine health
research projects. For information on donations and membership, log onto
the AKC Canine Health Foundation website www.akcchf.org or call
Contra Costa County Kennel Club joined
their local Marine Corps Toys for Tots program after they decided that
instead of exchanging gifts with each other theyd do something
meaningful for their community. Their local Concord Detachment was in
the midst of processing toys for 61,000 kids in Contra Costa and Solano
counties and used the CCCKCs collection for a local hospitals
childrens ward. They filled their barrel to over-flowing and didnt
spare the dollars. The Contra Costa membership liked this first-time
project very much many of them said it was the first time theyd
been in a toy department since their own kids left home. (l to r, Mary
Cook, Bob Asztalos, Ryan and Heather Hutchinson.)
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The Shaggy Dog Stories
Picture yourself near a stream.
Birds are softly chirping in the crisp,
cool mountain air.
Nothing can bother you here. No one knows
this secret place.
You are in total seclusion from that
place called the world.
The soothing sound of a gentle waterfall
fills the air with a cascade of serenity.
The water is clear.
You can easily make out the face of the
person whose head youre holding under the water.
There now......feeling better?
Jons working at the lumberyard,
pushing a tree through the buzz saw, and accidentally shears off all 10
of his fingers. He rushes to the emergency room.
The doctor says, Yuck! John, give me
the fingers, and Ill see what I can do.
Jon says, But, Doctor, I havent got
The doctor says, What do you mean, you
havent got the fingers? Its 2000. Weve got microsurgery and all
kinds of incredible techniques. I could have put them back on and made
you like new. Why didnt you bring the fingers?
Well, Doc, Jon says, I couldnt
pick em up.
If you receive an e-mail entitled Badtimes,
delete it immediately. Do not open it. Apparently this one is pretty
It will not only erase everything on your
hard drive, but it will also delete anything on disks within 20 feet of
It demagnetizes the strips on ALL of your
It reprograms your ATM access code,
screws up the tracking on your VCR and uses subspace field harmonics to
scratch any CDs you attempt to play.
It will re-calibrate your refrigerators
coolness settings so all your ice cream melts and your milk curdles.
It will program your phone autodial to
call only your mother-in-laws number.
This virus will mix antifreeze into your
fish tank. It will drink all your beer. It will leave dirty socks on the
coffee table when you are expecting company.
Its radioactive emissions will cause your
toe jam and bellybutton fuzz (be honest, you have some) to migrate
behind your ears.
It will replace your shampoo with Nair
and your Nair with Rogaine.
It will date your current main squeeze
behind your back and bill their hotel rendezvous to your Visa card.
It will cause you to run with scissors
and throw things in a way that is only fun until someone loses an eye.
It will give you Dutch Elm Disease.
It will rewrite your backup files,
changing all your active verbs to passive tense and incorporating
undetectable misspellings which will grossly change the interpretations
of key sentences.
If the Badtimes message is opened
in a Windows95 environment, it will leave the toilet seat up and leave
your hair dryer plugged in dangerously close to a full bathtub.
It will not only remove the forbidden
tags from your mattresses and pillows, but it will replace all your
luncheon meat with Spam.
It will molecularly rearrange your
cologne or perfume, causing it to smell like dill pickles.
It is also a rather interesting shade of
These are just a few signs of infection.
(all the above items submitted multiple
times via the Internet)
DOWN IN FRONT
Two guys, who obviously partook of way
too much New Years Eve punch, find themselves at the zoo.
They wander into a cage and have to sit
down. At that moment a very large lion stands up in front of them and
lets loose with a mighty roar.
I believe we better get outta here
quick, says the first.
Not me, says the second, the
movies just about to start!
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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