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September 2000 Newsletter - Volume 3. Issue 9

In This Issue

2000 MB-F, Inc.

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From Where I Sit
by John S. Ward

Is it easier or more difficult these days to finish a breed championship than it was 10 years ago? Are we in an era of cheap championships or have these awards become more difficult to obtain than in past years?

These questions have been in the back of my mind for some time now because of my perception that the number of dog shows is slowly but steadily increasing accompanied by, I presume, a corresponding rise in the number of dog show entries each year. Two factors are involved in this increase, the emergence of Group dog shows and the ever more popular back-to-back shows.

It is somewhat early for evaluation of the impact of Group shows, but back-to-back shows have been around for several years and their impact on the number of entries is readily apparent to me. I belong to a moderate sized all-breed club which converted its single-day show to the back-to-back format a couple of years ago. We discovered to our surprise and pleasure that not only did we have two shows instead of one, but that the entry in the larger of the two shows was about 15% higher than the entry in our previously held one-day show. I am inclined to believe that most all-breed shows which have adopted the two-day format observed a similar increase.

How does one go about evaluation of the impact of more numerous dog shows on the task of finishing a dog’s breed championship? The first question that has to be answered I believe is whether the number of championships is increasing or decreasing in proportion to the general population of purebred dogs. A crude but interesting statistic would result from a comparison of the overall number of breed championships awarded in a single year to the total number of dogs registered with the AKC for that same year. If this ratio goes up it is reasonable to suppose that championships are easier to obtain.

Things become a little more complicated from now on. The AKC in effect determines the number of championships awarded each year by means of its championship point schedule. This schedule lists the number of points available at any show within a particular geographic division, and by the breed and sex of the dogs in competition. The point schedule changes yearly and is arrived at by a formula known only to the AKC. The last information I have on the matter is that the point schedule is set so as to provide majors at 20% of the shows held in that year, excluding breed specialties. The formula is far more complicated obviously than can be explained here, even if I knew how it worked. I am sure however that in this high tech era it should be possible to manipulate the data already collected in such a way that we can gain greater insight as to whether championships are easier or harder to win now than in the past. If it has not already done so, it would be interesting if the AKC were to develop a computer model for tracking this question and made their results known to the dog fancy.

There is one more approach to answering this question. Each year the AKC Gazette in its April issue lists data on dogs in competition at all conformation shows in the previous year. It should be possible somehow to combine this data with championship statistics so as to indicate the trends we have discussed above. I would like to be able to conduct such a study myself, but it is beyond my capability at this time. I would appreciate however hearing from any knowledgeable number crunchers among my readers as to how this or any other approach to answering the championship question could be carried out. You may write me care of MB-F or send e-mail to w4ecs@mindspring.com.

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You Didn't Ask, But...
by Dorie Crowe

You didn’t ask, but here’s what I think:

Every exhibitor who drives a motorhome or RV to a dog show should have to work the parking at their local shows at least twice.

Every exhibitor who drives to a dog show and unloads tack, crates and dogs should have to work the unloading area at their local shows at least twice.

Every exhibitor who comes through the admittance gate at a dog show should have to work the gate at their local shows at least twice.

Every exhibitor who chooses to bathe, dry, scissor and/or clipper their dogs at a show should have to clean up the grooming area after their local shows at least twice.

Every exhibitor who roams the grounds or building with their dog should have to work pick-up at their local shows at least twice.

Every exhibitor who believes they should let their dog lift its leg anywhere it chooses should have to help (1) break down the equipment at their local shows at least twice, and (2) help clean up the boxes, barrels, flowers, etc., after their local shows at least twice.

Every exhibitor who complains about the stewards at a show should have to work as a steward at their local shows at least twice.

Every exhibitor who complains about their judging time should have to write a judging schedule at least twice (taking into account club requests, the 27 requests to be first in the eight rings, the 32 requests for an early time, short-nosed dogs, black-coated dogs, meetings and lunches, judges’ planes, dogs that need much grooming vs dogs that need little grooming, separating the varieties, separating certain breeds, etc., etc., etc.).

Every exhibitor who complains about a judging panel should have to work on the committee that chooses judges for their local shows at least twice. (This does not mean choosing judges that benefit you, but judges that will benefit the club with a good entry and benefit exhibitors with good judges, keeping within the club budget, working around all the various schedules and needs of the judges and needs and wants of members and friends.)

Every exhibitor who complains about a substitute judge should have to try to find an approved judge who can take 175 dogs of different Groups who can be on the grounds by 8:30 on show morning. You should have to do this at least twice – once beginning at 4:30 p.m. on the day before the show and once beginning at 6:30 a.m. the morning of the show.

Every exhibitor who complains about a show grounds or show building should have to be part of the site committee of their local shows at least twice – once for an indoor show and once for an outdoor show – and be responsible for finding the ideal (or just plain adequate) site for their shows.

Every exhibitor who complains about the restrooms at an indoor facility should have to keep them supplied and clean during the show and then clean up that restroom at the end of the show - at least twice.

Every exhibitor who complains about a typo in their entry information or their ad should have to process entries or ads at least twice (taking into account the entry forms that have been chewed on by the dogs or crossed out one dog’s info and adding another, been spilled on, etc., and the ads written in crayon on paper towels, no identification on the photos, etc.).

Every exhibitor who stays in a hotel/motel with their dog should have to clean the rooms of other exhibitors at least twice.

Every exhibitor who does actually work at their local shows, devoting their time exclusively to helping the club(s) should be thanked at least twice.

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Memorial to Stuart S. Sliney

Our friend and former MB-F Superintendent Stuart S. “Bud” Sliney passed away August 17, 2000 in Palmetto, FL, at the age of 92. A native of Wilton, CT, he moved to Greensboro, NC in 1970 and obtained his superintending license with MB-F that same year. He became an Executive Vice President of MB-F in 1973. In addition to his primary duties as a Superintendent, Bud also had the additional responsibility of office manager and show coordinator.

Bud came to MB-F with a wealth of experience and knowledge of the dog business. One of the purchasing agents for the Shell Oil Company from 1930-1952, Bud’s career in dogs began
in 1948 as a breeder and exhibitor of Boxers. As a Boxer enthusiast he became a member of the American Boxer Club in 1949 (and a lifetime member in 1974), a member of the N.Y. Boxer Club from 1950-1970 and a member of the Newtown Kennel Club from 1951-1970.

After leaving Shell Oil, he became an account executive for the Cook Paint and Varnish Co. of Kansas City, until 1961, when handling became his exclusive career. He was a licensed Professional Handler of all breeds from 1954-1970. During that time Bud served on the Board of Directors of the American Boxer Club from 1954-1960; was Show Chairman of the American Boxer Club for two years (‘53-’54); Vice President of the American Boxer Club in 1959; President of the Newtown Kennel Club for five years, and President of the N.Y. Boxer Club for three years. He was also a member of the Professional Handlers Association for 10 years.

He worked out of our Greensboro offices from 1970 until 1984 when he moved to Palmetto with his wife, Margaret (Peg). He continued to go to shows as a “weekender” for several years and after that time kept in touch, occasionally attending shows as a spectator in Florida.
Bud was well-known for his distinct personality, ready wit, and an abiding love of dogs and the dog game, though he did make room in his heart for a cat in his household in Florida. We enjoyed Bud’s tales of the “old days,” tales of some new thing the cat was doing, and what new book he had found. He especially liked talking about his daughters, their families, and each of his grandchildren. His knowledge of the dog business helped many clubs along the way and he had a hand in the success of many a new club’s show. He will be missed by his many friends.
He is survived by his two daughters, Frances Hemstreet of Palmetto, and Florence Reinerman of Newton Centre, MA, and his six grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.

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A Word From  the AKCCHF


The First Annual AKC Canine Health Foundation Hackers & Backers Golf Tournament will be held January 8, 2001 in Sarasota, FL. It will be held in conjunction with the Manatee Kennel Club and Sara Bay Kennel Club dog shows. This year, the tournament will be dedicated to the memory of Eleanor Rotman and will be sponsored by VPI (Veterinary Pet Insurance) with support from Pedigree. Funds raised will benefit the Foundation to advance the health of dogs.

The golf tournament will honor the work of Eleanor Rotman, who passed away in May of this year. She was a much respected multiple group and obedience judge for 25 years. Mrs. Rotman truly loved the game of golf, so it is fitting that the First Annual AKC Canine Health Foundation Hackers & Backers Golf Tournament is dedicated to her. “She would have been pleased to be associated with an event that benefits the AKC Canine Health Foundation, a cause important in her life in dogs,” commented Dr. Sheldon Adler, event Chairperson and Director of the AKC Canine Health Foundation.

The tournament is a scramble, and will be held at the Legacy Golf Course in Sarasota. Tickets to the event are $100 per person. Tickets include a day of golf and a cart, with morning coffee and danish, a box lunch, and cocktails and dinner. Gift bags will be given to all attendees, and an awards ceremony will honor the highlights of the day. To register for the tournament or inquire about sponsorship opportunities, call the AKC Canine Health Foundation toll-free at 1-888-682-9696.


Every breed of dog registered by the American Kennel Club, from Golden Retrievers to Shih Tzus, Dachshunds to St. Bernards, will be represented at a conference that will focus on the health of dogs. The AKC Canine Health Foundation will host the 4th National Parent Club Canine Health Conference at the St. Louis Marriott Hotel the weekend of October 19-21,2001. The Ralston Purina Company will be the major corporate sponsor of the biennial event; additional sponsors will be named later.

This conference traditionally is the largest gathering of scientists and health representatives from each breed of dog registered by the American Kennel Club, and organizations involved in the field of canine health. Conference sessions will feature presentations and discussions about the latest advances in canine health research with speakers representing the leading veterinary schools and institutions in the country. International representatives from breed clubs are also expected.

In the past, such notable speakers as Dr. Elaine Ostrander of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, and Dr. Malcolm Willis of the University of Newcastle in England, have participated. Researchers will announce major breakthroughs as a result of their canine health research. The conference affords an opportunity for parent club representatives not only to learn, but to have an interactive exchange with the foremost scientists on canine health on a one-to-one basis.

The sponsorship of the Ralston Purina Company continues a partnership with the AKC Canine Health Foundation. Ralston Purina has provided support for research grants in canine genetics and for research and education conferences. This conference is a unique cooperative effort between the largest distributor of dog food in the U.S. and the largest funder of canine health research in the world.

The mission of the AKC Canine Health Foundation is to develop significant resources for basic and applied health programs with emphasis on canine genetics to improve the quality of life for dogs and their owners. For information about the work of the Foundation and ways to donate, contact the AKC Canine Health Foundation, 251 Garfield Rd., Suite 160, Aurora, OH 44202. Inquiries are also welcome toll-free at 1-888-682-9696. The website address is www.akcchf.org


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Morris & Essex Kennel Club,
by Arthur Frederick Jones

(This excerpted article is reprinted with permission from the July 1941 AKC Gazette. We hope you have enjoyed these glimpses into the past as Morris and Essex prepared to launch their upcoming October 5, 2000 event. We wish them much success in their revival of this event and look forward to an article and photos on their 2000 show.)

Some of us dream about retirement as the Utopian state, but the only ones who ever really enjoy it are those who were not of particular importance when active. Those who amounted to anything in the world of affairs usually itch to get back into the whirl.

This desire to recall the past must have been actuating a certain gentleman hunter one day in the middle of May. He’d been out on a short safari and had come back with a mixed bag that should have satisfied anyone. But he was restless. He yearned for something that had come to be meat and drink to him.

Approaching his home, he looked to right and left. There was no one in sight on the broad lawn. Thinking himself unobserved, he stood still. The better to crystallize a mirage that had appeared before his eyes, he lifted his head and drew his well-muscled body to taut attention. Now the scene was clear, vivid, and as close as it had ever been in the past.

That hunter was a dog – Ch. Nornay Saddler – the Smooth Fox Terrier whose winnings have surpassed those of any other dog in competition since dog shows were first instituted. Saddler had been living the life of a country squire for eight months; since that day at the Somerset Hills Kennel Club exhibition in Far Hills, NJ, when he had beaten all specimens to register his 55th Best in Show victory at exhibitions held in Canada or the United States. It was no wonder he ached for the crowds and the competition and the spirit of carnival. After such a career, Saddler was a confirmed trouper.

Saddler’s self-initiated tableaux on the deserted lawn, fortunately was not unobserved. From a window of the house sympathetic eyes noted the yearning apparent in that classically proportioned, black-and-white, saddle-marked body. The eyes belonged to James M. Austin, who, with young Miss Madeleine West, owns this brilliant Smooth Fox Terrier that has won so much in the ring and has added greater fame to the Wissaboo Kennels through the champion sons and daughters he has sired.

Mr. Austin decided then and there to bring Ch. Nornay Saddler out of retirement to challenge for Best in Show at Morris and Essex, an honor that had eluded him three times before. And this decision was not based, alone, on any sentimental desire to let Saddler drink deeply once more of a scene he loved. Mr. Austin was convinced that Saddler’s unrestricted outdoor life had put him in the pink of condition and that he might have a better chance of carrying off the final prize at Madison, New Jersey, than he had in 1937, when he got as far as Best Fox Terrier, and in 1938 and 1939, on both of which occasions he had won the Terrier Group and had been an undeclared runner-up for the main trophy.

The decision to enter Ch. Nornay Saddler in the show that has been built to such perfection during the past 15 years by Mrs. M. Hartley Dodge was such a last minute one that for a time Mr. Austin doubted that the entry blank would arrive in time. It did, and with its arrival the die was cast for an historic day of competition – a day that was to add the final accolade to a crown already well adorned.

It is believed that when the catalog of this year’s Morris and Essex show is checked by the AKC it will be discovered that Ch. Nornay Saddler went to the head of one of the largest collections of dogs ever benched under the miles of tenting on the big greensward at Madison. This statement is made advisedly, despite the fact that the number of dogs named in the catalog this year – 3,883 – was exceeded at each of the four shows immediately preceding it. The answer is that, this year, there was a much smaller percentage of absentees.

Everything else about Morris and Essex was bigger, this year, than at any time in the 15 years that the purebred dog has been glorified at Madison. There were more cars parked, more people flowing through the entrance gates, more luncheons served to exhibitors and also to the judges and special guests, more hamburgers and bottles of pop and hot dogs and bottles of beer sold at the special cafeteria tent, more catalogs printed and sold.

More space was allotted to the judging rings and all the aisles had been widened so that one could walk about the great show with more ease. And the number of chairs provided at the ringsides had been increased so that a greater proportion of the spectators could sit in comfort to watch the judging. The big canvas tops had grown some more, with greater square yardage spread so that had it been necessary to judge under them the rings would have been more spacious than in the past.

There were more dog writers in the special reporters’ building, and it is safe to say that the telegraphers’ “bugs” rattled off many more thousands of words than had been sent from the grounds at any previous Morris and Essex show. Dropping in at this busy spot one could see familiar faces from all over the country. It was truly a gathering of the clans.

The tremendous amount of work that had gone forward during the past year in leveling, enlarging, installing a modern sprinkling system, and reseeding the huge expanse of the polo field had borne rich dividends. It had a beautiful turf – so smooth and firm that there could not be the possible shadow of an excuse for a dog to do anything but move in the best fashion.

Once more Morris and Essex followed its policy of giving the exhibitors in all the breeds – and there were 91 benched – just what they wanted in the matter of judges and in the way of judging. In breeds such as Cockers, Dachshunds, and Fox Terriers, the three-judge system was employed, but it was up to the specialty clubs as to how the work of these men was divided.

American Cockers had one judge, English Cockers another, and a third man decided Best of Breed. The Smooth and Wire Fox Terriers followed this system, but in Dachshunds, all the males, regardless of coat, were judged by one man, and all the females came before another. The intersex competition, all the specials, and Best of Breed were judged by a third.

Out of the 91 breeds that came to Madison, again the classes of 34 were listed as specialty shows. Some of these breeds might not otherwise have been able to get together such large collections. The overhead expenses of separate specialty shows would be too much for the small memberships in these clubs to bear.

With one of the most beautiful days of the entire spring season definitely established by sunup, the smoothly geared Morris and Essex machinery rolled into action long before most people in this land had arrived at the breakfast table. Everyone connected with the show was given a last minute check-up on duties by “Mac” Halley, the omniscient generalissimo of the forces and every man and boy was at his post when the first station wagon sped up to the gates with its load of hopeful contenders.

And all during the long day, there was never a letup in the quiet flow of directed power that brought dogs into the ring when they were supposed to be there, awarded ribbons and trophies just as they had been listed, caused flowers to sprout in the middle of green expanses, made small rings disappear and other, large ones arise in their place, and that generally anticipated the needs of dogs, exhibitors, judges, spectators, reporters, photographers, movie camera crews, and everyone else who came to see or be a part of the world’s largest dog show.

So efficiently did the judging swing along – yet seemingly unhurried – that something of a record must have been hung up when Enno Meyer signaled Ch. Nornay Saddler to the center of the ring as the best dog in all breeds in the show before 5:30 in the afternoon. It was truly remarkable that 3,883 dogs could be judged between nine o’clock in the morning and such an early hour in the afternoon. Such a thing, of course, could not be accomplished without the best of cooperation among the 65 judges, their stewards, and the employees of the George F. Foley Dog Show Organization, to say nothing of the many permanent and special employees of Giralda Farms.

Shortly after Mr. Meyer had made his choice, Mrs. Dodge came to the center of the ring in a wheel chair for the presentation of the show’s major trophies and rosettes. The sponsor of the great show thus exhibited the splendid sportsmanship that always had characterized her actions. Two weeks before, at the Orange Kennel Club show, she had been bowled over by a dog and in the fall had broken her ankle.

Mrs. Dodge (l), Mr.Myer (center),
Mr. Austin and Saddler.
(Photo by P. T. Jones)

Mrs. Dodge was reluctant to enter the ring in a wheel chair, but her love of good dogs is
so great that she would not disappoint the throngs who had come to witness the finale.

Ch. Nornay Saddler accepted the honors with his usual natural-ness, jumping up
to kiss the hand of one who has done so much to put the purebred dog on such a high plane in America and throughout the world. The principal prize accepted by Mr. Austin – who had piloted his favorite through all the classes – was the beautiful P.A. Rockefeller Trophy.

Mrs. Dodge also presented to Mrs. Pearl Armstrong of Long Beach, Calif., the Geraldine R. Dodge Trophy which had been won by the latter’s Bloodhound, Ch. Buccaneer of Idol Ours, as the Best American-Bred in the show. It was the first time a Bloodhound had ever gone so high at this show.

In the two previous years at Morris and Essex the dog that went Best in Show also won the American-Bred honor, but Ch. Nornay Saddler’s victory made the edge 8 to 7 for dogs bred outside the United States . . .

One could write of quality among the 3,883 dogs at Morris and Essex, but unless one became specific regarding each dog, it would mean very little. Suffice it to say, then, that the dogs that came up to take the major honors had been deemed supreme by judges so experienced that no comment is necessary beyond a listing of their placings . . .

Great honor attached to all the dogs that scored, even in the lesser classes, because of the tremendously large entry. But before everything else at Morris and Essex, the perfect presentation of a show of purebred dogs is the big and lasting thing.

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wpe9.jpg (1939 bytes)    The Shaggy Dog Stories


“I was walking along the beach with your new girlfriend the other day, and the wind blew her hair in her face.”


“Yes, then the wind blew her hair in my face.”

“Yes, so what?”

“Well, then the wind blew her hair in the ocean.”

(submitted via the Internet)


A single man wanted someone to help him with the household chores, so he decided to get a pet to help out. He went to the local pet shop and asked the owner for advice on a suitable animal. The owner suggested a dog, but the man said, “Nah, dogs can’t do dishes.” The owner then suggested a cat, but the man said, “Nah, cats can’t do the ironing.”

Finally the owner suggests a centipede, “This is the perfect pet for you. It can do anything!”

“OK,” the man thought, “I’ll give it a try,” so he bought it and took it home. Once home he told the centipede to wash the dishes. The centipede looks over and there are piles and piles of dirty dishes that look to be a month old. Five minutes later, all are washed, dried, and put away. “Great,” thought the man.

Now he told the centipede to do the dusting and vacuuming. Fifteen minutes later the house is spotless. “Wow,” thought the man, so he decided to try another idea. “Go down to the corner and get me the evening paper,” he told the centipede, and off it went.

Fifteen minutes later, the centipede hadn’t returned. Thirty minutes later and still no centipede. Forty-five minutes and the man was sick of waiting, so he got up and went out to look for the centipede.

As he opened the front door, there on the step was the centipede. “Hey, whatcha’ doing there? I sent you out for the paper 45 minutes ago and now I find you out here without the paper! What gives?”

“Hold on a minute!” said the centipede, “I’m still putting on my boots!”

(submitted via the Internet)


A man was in his front yard mowing grass when his attractive blonde female neighbor came out of the house and went straight to the mail box. She opened it and then slammed it shut, and stormed back in the house.

A little later she came out of her house again, went to the mailbox and again opened it, and slammed it shut again. Angrily, she huffed back into the house. As the man was getting ready to edge the lawn, there she was again, marching to the mailbox, opening it, and again slamming it shut harder than ever.

Puzzled by her actions, the man asked her, “Is something wrong?”

To which she replied, “There certainly is!”

(Are you ready?)

(Are you really ready?)

“My stupid computer keeps saying “You’ve got Mail!”

(submitted via the Internet)


A local charity’s office realized that it had never received a donation from the town’s most successful lawyer. The person in charge of soliciting donations called him to persuade him to contribute.

“Our research shows that out of a yearly income of at least $500,000, you give not a penny to charity. Wouldn’t you like to give back to the community in some way?”

The lawyer mulled this over for a moment and replied, “First, did your research also show that my mother is dying after a long illness, and has medical bills that are several times her annual income?”

Embarrassed, the representative mumbled, “Um...no.”

“Or that my brother, a disabled veteran, is blind and confined to a



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