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August 1998 Newsletter - Volume 2. Issue 11
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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Ask the Vet

Discussion forum Unveiled at Infodog
by Bobby Christiansen

Infodog has now gone above in the quest to be the ultimate dog show information web site. Every dog owner will have questions about health and nutrition. While we cannot replace the quality care and advice you can get from your veterinarian, the “Ask the Vet” discussion forum can answer some of your questions particularly about nutrition and a pet’s diet. This forum is divided into seven main categories - Nutrition, Feeding, Puppy Care, Breeding and Whelping, Disease Prevention, Behavior, and Miscellaneous. The questions asked in this forum will be reviewed and answered by Dr. James H. Sokolowski, DVM, Professional Communication Manager for WALTHAM, USA and an expert on pet health and nutrition. In addition to his DVM, “Dr. Jim” has a Masters & Ph D in animal nutrition with more than 15 years of experience in dog and cat nutrition. He is also a past chairperson of the nutrition sub committee of the pet food institute.

We should also mention the Infodog discussion forum has grown tremendously over the past few months. Growth has been so rapid that we have added new categories to help facilitate those who are looking for a particular area of interest. You can access the Discussion Forum through the Infodog web site http://www.infodog.com by clicking on the discussion option.

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The Show Must Go On!

(Well, no, not ALL the time!)
by Dorie Crowe

As much as we want to think we are hearty and invincible “dog people” there are times that absolute common sense must prevail. There are times when the Show Chairman, the Show Committee and the Show Superintendent must be “Daddy” and make some hard decisions affecting whether there will be a judging delay, suspension or the cancellation of a show.

Some of these decisions are difficult for a club to make; after all, this is what the club has worked toward for a year. These decisions are not made lightly, but with a great deal of consideration and deliberation. These decisions are always made with the care, safety and well-being of exhibitors and their dogs at the top of the list.

Let’s get real, folks. How will you feel if your prized Special slips under severe conditions and ruins his shoulder? (Even though you elected to show him, it will be the club that gets the blame.) How will you feel standing underneath the tent and the person next to you holding their little dog gets struck by lightning? How will you feel if your motor home slides down the incline and crashes into other motor homes and injures or kills someone? What if it’s your motor home that gets struck? Just because we’re dog people and will brave anything so the show will go on, doesn’t mean that bad things don’t happen. It absolutely doesn’t mean we must encourage bad things to happen.

DELAY JUDGING: This is a decision made by the Show Chairman with input from the Show Superintendent. Sometimes traffic or weather concerns may prompt the club to want to discuss the delay of judging.

There are some determinations to make. Look around. Does it appear that most of the people with opening hour judging are on the grounds? If so, there’s no reason to delay judging. Are there large numbers of people running breathlessly up to the desk desiring to make move-ups because the traffic is backed up for miles? Look at the grooming tent, is it empty-looking? Are there numbers of folks making their way to the rings? Is the problem an accident that has tied up a major road to your site? Is the road into your site backed up for miles? Then perhaps judging should be delayed for a time. You as Show Chairman will have to make this determination with input from your Superintendent. Usually hour is enough of a delay. DO NOT delay the judging the rest of the day for hour; have the judges play catch-up. In most cases, the judges will be able to catch up by lunch time and the schedule will hold true for the afternoon, so there will not be big problems when it gets to be Group time.

If the problem is weather-related, remember this: it’s usually better NOT to delay judging. Usually, when weather is bad, most folks have had the sense to leave earlier in the morning (or the night before) to get there. Also remember this: the weather may be bad in the morning, but it could be a heck of a lot worse later in the day. You are better off to go ahead, start judging, go forward with the show and get the folks out of there in good time so they can journey home. It is going to depend upon what the actual conditions are that you face at that time.

Suppose judging has begun but some condition presents that would make it unsafe to continue judging. If there is a sudden thunderstorm that is accompanied by lightning and/or high winds there is no question the safety of the exhibitors and the animals is the priority. Lightning kills. If the show is outside and there is lightning you must get people out from under the tents. They need to go into an available building or back into their vehicles. If there are high winds people should be out from under the tents. High, gusting winds can come under the tent, lift it up, loosen tent poles and collapse the tent, all of which can cause injuries.

If these conditions exist, the Show Chairman and Superintendent need to discuss SUSPENDING JUDGING until the storm passes. You will need enough personnel to remove people from under the tents. You will need to make many announcements. If you have access to weather reports or are able to call for weather information, this can help with your decision. If it is late in the day, and conditions permit, the Chairman and Committee may need to entertain the possibility of having two, three or more Groups at a time if space and completion of breeds and judge availability permits. You should also involve your AKC Rep in these discussions; however, this is the club’s decision. Remember, the Rep is there to back you up, as well as offer input.

If your weather information indicates worsening conditions, or, if inspection of the site indicates it will be hazardous to continue on the site, it may be necessary to discuss SUSPENDING THE SHOW (an action that takes place after the show has started). The Show Chairman and the Committee need to make this decision. Your Superintendent, as part of his/her duty to your club and to the show, may bring up this possibility for your consideration. Remember, your Superintendent is looking at this from the standpoint of the best action for everyone concerned. The site must be looked at with ONLY the safety and well-being of the exhibitor and the animals uppermost in mind. Is the possibility high an exhibitor or dog could be seriously hurt because of the conditions? Have you already witnessed an exhibitor or dog fall/slip due to the ground conditions? Is the possibility high conditions will not improve, or, if they will, the grounds are in such condition they will continue to be hazardous even if you wait it out?

If tenting is involved, are conditions such that the collapse of the tenting is a real possibility? Is the ground too soft to hold the tent poles? Are you able to erect the tents? Are the tent poles unable to be secured? Are they flying out at exhibitors/dogs? What about conditions in the parking/grooming areas? Will vehicles be able to leave safely? If there are possibilities vehicles could be stuck, has the club made arrangements for towing? What will be the impact on the grounds?

If the Show Chairman and the Show Committee are entertaining the decision to suspend the show, the determination must be made whether the show is at a point where all breed judging can be completed and then not have Groups/BIS. If the show has obedience, the determination must be made whether those classes with jumps (Open and Utility) can proceed, or if only Novice may be held. Whatever is decided IT MUST BE ANNOUNCED MANY, MANY TIMES.

CANCELLING A SHOW (an action that takes place prior to the opening of the show) is another serious matter decided by the Show Chairman and Committee. This is another serious decision for a club that must be made with the safety of the exhibitors and their dogs uppermost in mind. There is usually some indication prior to the day of the show that conditions may be dire enough to prompt consideration of this action. For example, heavy snowfall, serious ice storm, torrential rains, flooding, hurricane warnings, prolonged period of high heat, state closures of roads, state warnings for residents to stay in their homes, closures of airports (may mean judges cannot get to the show), serious problems with the show site as a consequence of one of the above-mentioned items, etc. In such cases COMMUNICATION is the key.

If the Superintendent’s truck has not left for the show it is very important to keep close communications between the Superintendent and your Club. It is important to let the set-up crew know these conditions exist before they leave and they should keep in close touch with the office in case a decision should be made to cancel. If the truck is on site and the Chairman and Committee is making this decision, it is very important the Superintendent KEEP IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH THEIR OFFICE. Remember, exhibitors will call the Superintendent’s office for any information on whether the show is going forward. The Show Chairman and Show Committee will need to consider all the items noted above regarding suspending, in addition to the breaking weather information (snow and ice are not the only weather concerns), state closures, warnings, etc., that may be serious enough to warrant cancelling the show.

If the decision is made to cancel the show it is extremely important your club produce enough signage to cover any possible entrance to the show site. If possible, you should have personnel there in shifts to advise anyone who does show up (yes, some will still show up) the show has been cancelled. In addition, your club should notify all local radio stations and television stations of the cancellation. Once the Superintendent is advised the show has been cancelled we can advise any callers and we can also post a notice on the web site.

If any show is delayed, suspended or cancelled there are no refunds to exhibitors and a statement in your premium list should cover this. Many people do not understand that even if you cancel the show, your club still has expenses. For example, you still have the show site rental. If you were outside and tents were erected, they did their job. You will get an invoice. If your judges flew in or drove in the night before, you have expenses. You have invoices from the Trophy company. Premium lists have been printed and mailed, ID’s have been printed and mailed, prize ribbons and rosettes have been made, ads have been typeset, catalogs have been printed. You have lost the additional revenue important to your club – concession fees, catalog sales, gate (this is revenue that sometimes makes the difference in whether your club has turned a profit on the show). If there was prize money to be awarded and you have been unable to complete or start the show, the prize money would be handed over to your club along with the settlement and check. When was the last time prize money paid your bills?

The decision to cancel a show is stressful and traumatic for a club. You have serious considerations and it may seem you are “damned if you do, damned if you don’t.” You will have people who stayed at home who will agree with you. You will have people in attendance at your show who will agree with you. You also will have exhibitors, agents, concessionaires and spectators who are rude, unsympathetic, uncaring about anything other than their own situation. These are precisely the folks who will be first to berate you and your club if something happens to them. You truly will have to be the “Daddy” and make the best informed decision based upon what’s best for all the people at your show. You should be proud you acted responsibly and kept the fools safe to show another day. They should thank you, but the majority won’t. Sometimes it won’t be the popular decision, but it will be the right one.

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Too Many Shows ~ Cheap Champions etc.
By Tom Crowe

They’re at it again; the purists that refuse to live in the real world. They remind me of the fairy tale of “The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg”. You all know what happened to that poor creature. The idiot owner ate the goose. All of you purists out there stop and really think about too many shows. Do you really believe what you preach? Do you really think having fewer shows will purify our shows and our system? The success of our sport depends upon more people being introduced to the “Wonderful World of Dogs”. Do you realize we have a turnover in exhibitors of 40% per year? There’s more to it than just finishing a dog to it’s championship. The “Roar of the Greasepaint and the Smell of the Crowd”, is a very large factor to be addressed. People use their dogs to satisfy an ego that was never possible before they were introduced to dog shows. Handlers and Judges as well as exhibitors are actors on a stage and in the spotlight each time they take a dog into the ring or fulfill an assignment. Do you want to deprive them of that glorious feeling of being on stage or winning? Do you want to deprive them of their bragging rights in their neighborhood? How did you do today? I went winners. How did your dog do?

What about the social side of dog shows, the dinners, the cocktail parties and the new and lasting friendships? Will you decide which shows should be eliminated? Try starting the eliminating process within your own club. Suggest to your club members at your next meeting that there are too many dog shows and that you are making a motion to discontinue your show. They’ll kick you out of the club.

What’s the point of registering a dog, aside from pride of ownership and the possibility it could be shown? What’s a pedigree with no champions, even if it is as long as your arm? Why bother at all? There are many great companions in the city dog pound. “Dog Shows,” that’s why. To make all of our dreams come true, to smell the crowds, to bask in the glory of winning our first blue ribbon and thirsting for more and bigger wins. Being a stranger in a crowded grooming area and being accepted by everyone around you as a friend and fellow exhibitor. Never mind your looks, your race, your dress or anything except you are one of us, a dog lover. To have all of this we must make dog shows available to the public. They must be convenient for the novice and first timer. Traveling long distances is for the judge chasers and the old timers looking to establish records and reputations. The novice needs to be coddled and welcomed to keep us alive as a sport.

Cheap Champions; there’s no such animal. There are point makers. Occasionally one may win but not in a crowd. Too many dog shows don’t make cheap champions. Too many chicken-hearted judges make cheap champions. Not awarding ribbons is the answer to that problem. The judge that fails to withhold a ribbon for lack of quality is either not knowledgeable enough to stand by his decision or afraid to displease an exhibitor. In either case it’s not fair to the exhibitor nor to the purpose of dog shows. An explanation to the exhibitor of the reason for withholding can and should be given in an instructive manner and a service is performed. A simple request to the exhibitor to return to the ring later between breeds so an explanation can be discussed is an easy way to handle this situation but somehow it never seems to happen.

The feeling is that the point system will suffer with more shows and poorer specimens will be winning in less competition. Well, I have been in the business of dog shows for more than 50 years and there are more and more dog shows every year and that hasn’t happened yet and never will. There are also more and more dogs entered in shows every year. The quality is not deteriorating, in fact it is becoming better. Go back to the old photos of the top winners and you will find they would have a hard time competing in today’s crop of dogs.

I base all of the above upon facts not upon opinions. We have a huge base of records in our computer systems between the AKC and the Superintendents. That data base makes it possible for us to prove we need more shows; more exhibitors who will stay in the sport; more valid registrations with DNA testing to establish credibility; more and better public relations and less defamatory press within our own ranks. Lincoln in all his wisdom said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand”. This applies to those of us within the framework of the AKC and every one of us who love the fancy.

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World Dog Show 1999 Mexico City, Mexico
By Fred Lyman

Soon the eyes of the dog world will be focused on Mexico City, Mexico for the 1999 World Dog Show, an FCI event. Plans are underway for the Show to be held in early June 1999. The event will be hosted by the Mexican Kennel Club under the guidance of Senora Thelma Von Thaden and Dr. Jose Luis Payro.

The Mexican Kennel Club has contracted with MB-F, Inc. to assist in the production of this world class event. As some of you will remember, MB-F, Inc. was very involved in the production of the World Dog Show 1997 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Even though the 1997 show had only 1,000 entries each day, it was a quality event and gave MB-F, Inc. a great deal of experience in producing an event of this type. The 1999 World Show will be much larger with 3,000 plus entries each of four days.

Even though MB-F, Inc. has 98 years of experience in producing AKC events, the production of an FCI event is quite different and requires a lot of communication with the host country’s Kennel Club. The judging procedure is quite different from that at AKC shows. The classes are basically judged the same and awards are first, second, third, and fourth. The big difference is that each placement also receives a rating of excellent, very good, good, or satisfactory. In order to continue in competition, the first place winner must also receive a rating of excellent. After all classes are judged, a Best Puppy is selected, a Best Junior is selected as well as Winners and Reserve Winners. At the winners level, the judge must award points toward a championship or withhold the points. At the Best of Breed level, the award of Reserve Best of Breed, Best of Opposite Sex, and Reserve Best of Opposite Sex is made. There is no award at FCI shows for Best of Winners. If two or more champions compete in the Best of Breed Competition the judge may also award grand championship points.

You may be wondering how I have become so familiar with the FCI judging procedures. A few weeks ago, I traveled to Acapulco to work with the Mexican Kennel Club on the preparation of a premium list for the World Show to be distributed in the United States On my arrival, I was given the usual very cordial welcome by Dr. Payro and his staff. Little did I know that I was about to be asked to fill in for a judge that was unable to officiate at the Acapulco Kennel Club shows held on Saturday and Sunday of that weekend (my friend, Raphael DeSantiago, organizer of the Puerto Rico World Show, was not able to attend). Well, the adventurous side of me took over and of course I decided to help out my friend, Dr. Payro. On Saturday, I judged 200 dogs, six groups, and Best Junior In Show. On Sunday, I judged 200 dogs, three groups, Best Puppy In Show, and Best In Show. What a treat! After 27 years in the dog business, and some A-1 great teachers and some previous judging experience, I felt, as did Dr. Payro, that I had the experience to do the job. I had a ball. One of the great times of my life. I felt even better when I watched Roberto Velez-Pico judge the breeds on Sunday that I had judged on Saturday and award a great deal of the same placements that I had made.

So you see, sometimes if you step a little bit out of your ordinary world, you may find some truly great experiences waiting for you. My philosophy of life is that when you quit learning and experiencing new things, the end has come. We should always be willing to learn and accept new challenges. This is why Bob Christiansen and I agreed to produce the World Dog Show in 1997 as well as 1999. A great deal of work, but wonderful new and great learning experiences have been the results of this decision.

Needless to say, MB-F, Inc. is very proud to have been involved in the production of the 1997 World Show. By the way, that was the first time this event has been held in the Western Hemisphere. We look forward to producing a great and quality event for the Mexican Kennel Club in June 1999.

If you or your Club would like more information about the 1999 World Dog Show, please feel free to call so we can get the information into your club’s hands. Try it, you might like it. This event will be held in one of the World’s largest cities in a very spacious, modern facility with very good hotel accommodations within a short distance of the show site. Mexico City is a very beautiful city, rich in history and culture.

I look forward to seeing you in Mexico City, and in the months between now and then at shows around the USA.

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Guy’s Corner
By Guy Walton

As I write this we are just completing our nine-day cluster in Florida. I think everything went well and the exhibitors and dogs fared well. The superintendents and field reps naturally had their share of off-the-wall questions. People for some reason at these shows were interested in what dogs counted for points. They were concerned about disqualified and excused dogs.

Really, it’s quite simple. Disqualified dogs never count even if the disqualification occurs in the breed (Groups and Best In Show). An excused dog never counts because it was not eligible at the time class placement awards were made. Dogs which are declared ineligible by the American Kennel Club after the fact (too young, too old, not qualified for Bred By Exhibitor, etc.) do count towards the points.

It used to be that dogs declared ineligible after the fact did not count. I know, I had the unfortunate experience of having to finish a bitch three times! After I thought I finished the first time (under Virgil Johnson), I bred her only to find out the American Kennel Club disqualified a dog. It took me over a year to recondition her after the puppies. Well, I took her back out, supposedly finished her again (under Louis Murr). Figuring lightning could not strike twice, I bred her again as she had trouble coming into season. Well, lo and behold, I received another American Kennel Club missile that points were reduced due to ineligibility. Well, it took me another year to recondition her. I took her out and finished her again (under Vincent Perry). This time I did not breed her and after many months, finally received my championship certificate. Don’t you know she never came into season again.

In keeping with our editor’s request for dog stories, I am submitting another “Justin Wilson” Cajun story. I am also attempting to reflect the colloquial Cajun accent.

“Justin” tells of a rich oilman who upon seeing Justin said, “Juice-ton” (that’s his front name, his behind name is still Wilson and he can’t did anything about that). I’ve got all kinds of dogs (Licking pot hounds and others), but have you ever heard of a sporting dog?” Justin replied, “Yah.” “Well, can you told me what that is, Huh?” Justin replied that, “A sporting dog is a dog what you took with you in the field and if you don’t find the birds, he will find them for you.” The oilman said, “You don’t mean to told me. I gotta get me one of them. Can you told me where I can get one, huh?” Justin said, “They’re very expensive.” He replied, “I don’t care, I make more money in a day then I can spend. Just tell me where they is?” Justin gave him the address of a friend of his who was a breeder of sporting dogs. The oilman went to see the breeder and said, “I’m looking to buy a sporting dog. You got some of them, huh?” The breeder replied, “Hell, yes, I’ve got the very best. You see that dog over there (pointing to a Pointer), he’s the best in the country.” The oilman said, “He don’t look like much to me. I can count every rib from here.” The Cajun said, “Hold on there. You can talk about my wife or my children, but don’t you talk about my dawg. You take him out and if you like him, he’s your dawg, but if you don’t like him, he’s my dawg, but let’s not talk about him like that.” So off went the oilman. After 5 or 4 hours he returned and the breeder asked him how he liked the dawg. “Oh, he’s a nice dawg, he’s good dawg, he’s a sweet dawg, he’s a wondermous dawg, I’ve got to have him.” The breeder said, “He’s your dawg.” The oilman said, “You know I only had one small problem with him at first. Going through the field, he would brought hisself to a dead stop just like he put on his emergency broke on. His head would be pointed straight ahead. He would raise one front paw and his tail would be straight as a rail. I would yell and shout, but I could not get him to move, but after I beat the devil out of him 4 or 3 times, I broke him of that habit.”

I believe Justin Wilson is one of the great story tellers of all time.

FLASH It was reported that a dog blew up downtown. No one was injured, however, 20 people were overcome by fur. It also was reported that 100 to 150 fleas were killed in the accident. (George Carlin 1975).

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Special Show Spotlight
By Anna Tiedemann

MB-F has three offices as most exhibitors know. There is an office in Greensboro that does “Greensboro” shows with “Greensboro” superintendents and an office in Madison Heights, MI that does “Detroit” shows with “Detroit” superintendents, and our office in California. Once in a while a Greensboro superintendent works with a Detroit superintendent. That is how this Greensboro superintendent got to work with Scott Singleton of the Detroit group at the Echo Hills Kennel Club shows in Troy, Ohio.

The first time we worked together at these shows was in 1996. Scott had told me how nice the members were and that he thought I would enjoy doing their show. I was very surprised to see how many members were present for the setup day. Everyone had a job to do and they didn’t waste time getting it done.

On the days of the back-to-back shows I observed the members carrying out their responsibilities. They had their own walkie-talkies for communication with each other and stayed in touch often. There were also a number of golf carts to cover the different areas of the fairgrounds. Judges’ hospitality was located under a special tent and the hospitality committee was always on the go to the rings (and the superintendent’s table) with refreshments.

Does all of this sound like a number of shows you have attended? I guess you really needed to be there to experience the enthusiam. There is such a welcoming atmosphere at these shows from the time you arrive on the grounds until you leave. It is a pleasure to watch a club work together with enthusiasm and comraderie.

I was asked to go to Echo Hills once again this year. I did not arrive early enough for setup day but did see the members in action during the two shows. Again their members stayed focused on putting on a great show. Again everyone seemed to be having a good time. This year they added a cookout on the grounds on Saturday night. The food was good and inexpensive. They also had a band for those that wanted to dance or just sit and listen. It’s my understanding this activity was so well received, they are planning to do it again next year.

I don’t know if I will be asked to go back next year, but I hope so. It is my pleasure to work for Echo Hills Kennel Club and with their hardworking, dedicated members.

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The 21st Century
By Tom Crowe

As Will Rogers used to say, “All I know is what I read in the papers. For those of you who don’t know who Will Rogers was I’ll explain; he was the top humorist of his time. He was a satirist that stood the politicians in Washington on their ears and they loved him. He died in a plane crash with Wiley Post, a top aviator at that time. The world lost two great men in the wilds of Alaska on that fateful day. I was a youngster but I remember the lasso twirling, gum chewing cowboy with the completely relaxed approach to all of the major problems in the world at that time. He was a breath of fresh air during one of the worst depressions the world has ever known. Too bad we haven’t got him around these days. I would be delighted to hear his thoughts concerning the Sport of Dog Showing.

I guess this is a subtle way of telling you some of my thoughts. I’ll begin with a subtle quote of my own. “All I know is what I read in Dog News.” For about the last two years most of what I have read is how the AKC should wake up and make a lot of drastic changes to prepare for the coming of the 21st Century. Now I have to admit I had the same thoughts. I felt the giant was asleep, as did many others. It was loudly acclaimed by the News that heads should roll and the AKC was going to the Dogs. Make that, “Hell in a handcart”. Skip the pun. Well, times change and so too the editorials. Now the AKC has taken up the cudgel and they have in the last year begun a marathon race into the Millennium. (Notice the change from the 21st century to the new Millennium.) Witness their Website. They have made more progress in one year than they have in the last 20 years.

The News now must take a different tack. Such as the horrendous mistakes being made in almost every effort the AKC plans or tries. The aim is strictly at the president and his new staff. The main critics claim is “They are not dog persons”. My answer is, maybe we should have turned the whole shebang over to business oriented personnel years ago and gotten rid of all the politicians at the same time. There are plenty of Doggy people on staff to act as advisors but the real emphasis needs to be on the business rather than the politics. From what I see the AKC will be well positioned for the new millennium if the politicians and the News get behind the effort now under way to reorganize and depoliticize the present conditions.

Give our leaders and staff a break. They know where they are going and it’s in the right direction. At the recent meeting I attended in Raleigh with some very knowledgeable “DOG PERSONS” it was quite evident the leaders knew what they were talking about. They may not be able to tell a Lakeland from a Welsh but they certainly know their pixels from their MHz’s. They also know what their problems are and how to solve them. It is very easy to criticize after the fact but more is accomplished when everyone joins the team and suggests and plans for the future. “ The Millennium” -- It will be here the day after tomorrow no matter what.

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The American Kennel Club
ROBERT P. RIO
Phone: (919) 854-0173
Assistant Vice President Fax: (919) 854-0151
Show Events Email: RPR@AKC.ORG

Memorandum

July 17, 1998

To: All AKC Show-Giving Clubs All AKC Annually Licensed Superintendents

Subject: Videotaping/Televising Guidelines

Policy adopted by the AKC Board of Directors on July 13,1998:

A dog show or obedience trial is a team effort. AKC establishes the rules and guidelines; the show-giving club fulfills these requirements and provides overall management and presentation through the Show Committee, the judges, superintendents or show secretary. Impressions that are taken home from the show by exhibitors and spectators are a direct reflection upon the efforts of the show-giving club, the AKC and the sport in general.

To assist clubs in planning these media events, the following AKC Guidelines are provided:

l A notice of the videotaping/televising must be printed in the Club’s premium list.

l A letter will be required from the Club Secretary to AKC’s Event Plans and the judging panel notifying of their intention to participate in a media event.

l The Club has the responsibility to correct all situations that might interfere with the normal operation of the event.

l No camera person or equipment will be allowed to be in a position to block the ring entrance or the aisles leading to the ring.

l No lights or other equipment that are distracting or would affect the performance, health or welfare of the dogs, exhibitors and/or the judge will be allowed.

l Any equipment placed inside, above or around the ring must not interfere with the normal judging procedures.

l Published judging schedules may not be delayed to accommodate the videotaping.

l Judges are required to exclude from the rings in which they are judging all persons except the steward or stewards and the show attendants assigned to the ring and those actually engaged in exhibiting. (Chapter 7, Section 16 of Rules Applying to Dog Shows)

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Larry Nichols     Darlene Nichols
In this issue of our Newsletter
we would like to introduce our Chairman of the Board
and our newest trainees in the MB-F Superintending family.

LARRY & DARLENE NICHOLS

Larry and Darlene have both been involved in pure bred dogs for about 22 years. Darlene has bred and shown Basenji’s while Larry bred and showed Labrador Retrievers and Clumber Spaniels. They have also owned and shown a variety of other breeds including Flat-Coated Retrievers, Norwich Terriers, Beagles, American Staffordshire Terriers, and a French Bulldog.

For the past 12 years, they have been professional handlers, handling mostly Sporting, Working, and Herding breeds. Both are members of the Professional Handlers’ Association and are Certified Professional Handlers. Larry is currently serving on the Board of Governors of the PHA.

Prior to being a professional handler, Darlene worked as a handler’s assistant for five years. Larry has been the show chairman of all-breed and local as well as national breed specialties and has been a show secretary for a national specialty. He has served as an officer and/or director of all-breed kennel clubs and national and local specialty clubs. Larry was also a working member of the Eastern Pennsylvania Stewards Association for eight years. Both have judged a number of matches and sweepstakes.

For the past 14 years, Darlene has worked for a printing and advertising specialties company in Gaithersburg. She is currently in sales, promoting business forms, ad specialties and other printed material.

Larry had a 25-year career in Information Technology, starting as a computer programmer in 1968. He held a variety of management and analyst positions in government and the private sector and was most recently the Network Manager at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He left that career in 1992 to become a full-time professional handler.

Darlene is a Maryland native and has lived there all her life. Larry was born and raised in Ohio, lived in Virginia for 12 years and has lived in Maryland for the past 23 years. They met at dog shows, of all things, and were married in 1986.

Larry has two sons, David and Daniel, and they now have five grandchildren, all living in Virginia Beach.

Larry and Darlene started with MB-F in May of this year, in training as Superintendents.

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Tom Crowe, MB-F Chairman of the Board

Tom Crowe, a native of Monessen, PA., was with the former Bow Dog Show Organization in 1963 as Treasurer & Vice President. He has more than 50 years experience in the sport of pure bred dogs as an exhibitor, as a professional handler for 15 years, and as a licensed superintendent for over 35 years.

He was a regular columinst for two years with Popular Dogs magazine, a member of the Board of Governors of the Professional Handlers Association, and the Editor of PHA Bulletin.

In 1961 he was the recipient of the Ken-L-Ration Award as handler of the top winning dog in the Eastern Division of the U.S. In July of 1963 he was the organizer and chairman of the First Educational Conference of the Professional Handlers’ Association. He is presently active on the Professional Handlers Certification Board and a Director on the AKC Canine Health Foundation Board.

He served in World War II as a pilot and navigator and for several years following the war was employed by the U.S. Army. He held a license as a Commercial Instrument Rated Pilot until recently. He studied at Case School of Applied Science and the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in Metallurgical Engineering and General Medicine. He holds a doctorate in Medicine, but his interests in dogs and dog shows have kept him too active to even consider another way of life.

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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

 

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

Q: I am curious why your staff will not tell you when you phone if an entry for a show was received. If you know your entry has not been received, you at least have the option of entering via fax before the closing deadline.

A: Our staff is following AKC policy. AKC does not permit checking of entries prior to closing. If someone does, they are in violation of this policy. The reason this policy is in effect is essentially to protect you and the integrity of the competition. When you call there is no way to identify you. Suppose you have stiff competition and you are trying to avoid going to a show where that dog is entered. You can look in a catalog where that dog was shown, get the dog’s name and registration number, call to see if it was entered and then enter a different show, thereby changing the competition and avoiding competing against that dog. You do have the option of resubmitting entries using any of the various methods. As long as the entry is an exact duplicate the system would kick it out as a duplicate and your entry fee would be returned or your credit card would not be charged.

Q: When my dog is finished I want to do obedience with him, eventually hoping to attain at least his CD title. After that my long term goal is for him to be a therapy dog. First, does he have to be in his show coat (which is a natural coat) for obedience trials, or can I have his coat trimmed? Second, are there additional professional courses that I have to take with him to train him for therapy, or is just being a very loving, very well-behaved dog satisfactory?

A: Good for you and your dog! First, your dog can be clipped down to show in obedience. Second, in order to do therapy work most places, due to working around wheel chairs, etc., require the AKC’s CGC and/or the TDI (Therapy Dog Int). TDI info can be obtained from them at 6 Hilltop Rd., Mendham, NJ 07945.

Q: Don’t all clubs now offer the 12-18 class? How do I know?

A: No, they don’t. The 12-18 class is optional and it is up to the individual club whether to offer it. All classes offered at a show are listed in the Breed Classification pages of the club’s premium list. (As an interesting side note: Do you realize Winners Class is only allowed at shows where American-bred and Open Classes are given?)

Q: I sent entries for several shows at one time. One entry did not have a class on it and it was returned. Why couldn’t you take the class from my other entries?

A: Believe us when we say we would rather take your entry than return it. However, AKC does not permit us to assume that just because you wanted to be in a certain class at other shows that you would want to be in the same class on that day. We process more than 750,000 entries a year, many of which are for circuits or clusters. You would be amazed at the frequency with which exhibitors change classes within a circuit or a cluster - sometimes it’s a different class each day! There are days when the classes are divided (and we must have that division in order for the entry to be valid). And, there are days when exhibitors add juniors or obedience OR remove. If you had a daytime phone number or email address noted on your entry form we do attempt to contact you at least once, if there is sufficient time for you to get an answer to us. We are not required to contact you, but we do try as a courtesy.

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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MB-F Video Available

A video depicting the MB-F Dog Show Organization and the work they do as superintendents was debuted at the 1998 Westminster show.

The newly released video was mailed to all Licensed, Member and Sanctioned All-Breed Clubs and to all National Parent Clubs during the month of March. A copy of the video was sent to each Club Secretary along with a letter explaining a bit about the Video and noting it was a good possibility for a club program (it runs approximately 19 1/2 minutes). For your convenience, it is a regular size VHS cassette.

If you have not seen this video, please inquire of your Club Secretary. If, for some reason, your Secretary did not receive the video and you would like your club to view it, please get in touch with the MB-F office in Greensboro, NC. You may call on our toll-free club business line 800-334-0813, or drop us a note at P.O. Box 22107, Greensboro, NC 27410 requesting the video and giving us your name, title, your club’s name and complete mailing address.

We believe you and your club members will find the video interesting and informative and would like to hear your comments after viewing it.

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