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July 1998 Newsletter - Volume 2. Issue 19

 

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A Show Chairman’s Dream Come True
by Bobby Christiansen

MB-F has a philosophy that what is good for all-breed clubs, specialty and obedience clubs and all exhibitors is good for MB-F. For us over the years the philosophy has remained true. In the early 70’s we persuaded the AKC to allow us to accept telephone entries on the basis that a credit card was legitimate cash and that we would keep master entries and signatures on file. The computer became the only way to go and now we could not live without it and maintain the low costs involved in dog shows.

Everyone has benefited from this beginning. Fax machines were used in our dealings with the AKC during this early period and were just becoming useful. They were, however, too slow for entries and were abandoned at the time. Later, when the technology caught up and they became faster, the same logic applied as it did with Dial-N-Entry.

Recently MB-F introduced Internet entries online and the success has been phenomenal. It has been made available to all exhibitors and clubs and it greatly simplifies the entry situation. There have been other instances too numerous to mention where our philosophy has paid off for everyone, but what we are about to introduce will truly make the show chairperson’s nightmares become sweet dreams.

Are you ready for this? Hold onto your seat! We’re going to take you into the immediate future and beyond. Beginning right now we are introducing the MB-F Show Person’s Show planner. A short time ago we introduced as a first step, the Premium List copy submitted online. It is for all clubs to use regardless of who the superintendent is. The second step is “The Judges Available System” and other steps will follow in the near future.

The Judges Available System works this way:

1. The InfoDog web site helps your club select available judges based on the AKC rule of 30 days and 200 miles.

2. Access your Club’s home page. InfoDog has a complete list of home pages for all clubs superintended by MB-F and for all other clubs to apply for with no obligation on their part. It’s free. Club Home Pages can be accessed through the Calender of Shows, searching panels by show name or directly at http://www.infodog.com/clubs/########.htm where ######## is the eight - digit AKC event number.

3. At the bottom of each individual club home page is a box where at least four letters of a judge’s last name may be entered and submitted. The InfoDog system will find and display a list of all matching judges’ names. The list is clickable to display the breeds your selection judge is licensed for and eligible to judge, as well as possible conflicts within 30 days and 200 miles.

By the time you read this information the system will be expanded to include the number of dogs in each breed at the previous year’s show plus the tools to submit a complete new panel online to your InfoDog home page. A newly dedicated secure server for this club informational use only has been made available with backup. The general public, nor other clubs, nor superintendents (including MB-F) will have this information available at any time. It is strictly for your club’s use. InfoDog at your request and at the completion of your panel selection and coded release will provide you with a stream of screened data that you may print and e-mail directly to AKC for quick approval.

The entire system will be password oriented and will only be available to your club. The password will be known only to you. We suggest not more than two club persons have this access. In the event it is lost, strayed or stolen a method will be available for you to make a change.

Can you imagine? No more tedious arithmetic and waiting for an answer? This free InfoDog tool available to all clubs will take the guesswork out of planning a panel for a dog show, and will help resolve any Judging Program overloads.

Infodog really does do (almost) everything except take your dog into the show ring.

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If I Ever Get Like That
by Dorie Crowe

Very often at shows we encounter a situation that stirs the full range of emotions- aggravation, irritation, depression, pity, sympathy, empathy. This situation is one on which everybody has an opinion, but no clear, viable solution. And, above all, they don’t want to be the one to handle it.

Getting older. Can’t get around without help. Too ill to stand up. Past our prime. “Round the Bend.” Completely dotty. Unaware of our surroundings. Whatever your favorite euphemism, we see it and are up against it often.

Yes, we are referring to those cases in which an exhibitor, handler, club member, judge, superintendent, whomever, has reached the point when everyone around him/her believes and/or knows with certainty that person should no longer be out every weekend in charge of a dog, a vehicle, club duties, a ring, a show. And, for every one of these situations there are as many or more opinions on what to do and who should do it.

Well, what do we do? Mostly we talk about it.

What should we do:

In the case of an exhibitor we know is ill or just can’t do this weekend after weekend anymore - can’t take care of the dog in a show situation, can’t drive the car/van, etc., can’t walk across the grounds, can’t see the dog in the ring?

In the case of a judge who obviously is ill or has no clue of what’s going on around him/her, can’t keep track of classes, won’t admit any infirmity?

In the case of the handler whose knees are shot, who can barely make it around the ring without huffing and puffing, won’t admit any infirmity?

In the case of the club member who must be watched every minute and can no longer do any of the jobs within the club for various reasons?

In the case of the superintendent who can barely get out of a car, won’t admit to any infirmity, only remembers what it was like back..?

Maybe we should first investigate just what makes these folks need to continue past the obvious time to quit, or at the very least, let some of it go.

We know that in some cases this sport is truly the only support system or “family” some of our folks have. Dog Shows are where they are most comfortable and they have no other interests. Should this really be? Should we be examining a way to keep in touch with these folks or have something meaningful for them to do during the week so they don’t feel the need to be out every weekend just to get that “human contact” so necessary for everyone to thrive?

In some cases it’s our “friends” who keep us doing our job in the sport after we are no longer able to perform it the way we really want and should. They protect us from the “outside,” cover for us and shield us from those who would really be our friends (those who understand we would be better served if we were helped to realize we aren’t performing the way we should).

We know in some cases, walking dogs around the ring is the only source of income. Should this be beyond a reasonable length of time? Should we be examining presenting programs of insurance, investment, IRA’s, Keogh’s, etc.? If not programs, should we be making available information on where to go to get this type of planning into the forefront of their thinking? Shouldn’t it be done while they are young enough to formulate a plan that will enable them to do some of the things we all would like to do at some point (such as not really HAVE to work or take a pleasure trip without having to worry about making the mortgage payment, etc.)? Should the various handler organizations develop some type of program that our handlers who would like to quit could and still make a living? Could these handlers be teachers for our juniors, for the new handlers coming up? Figure Skaters go to coaches so their skills can be refined and developed. Kids go to sports camps to refine and develop their skills. Could our professional handlers do the same thing?

We know in some cases, judging dogs every weekend is the only source of income. And, again, it’s the major support system of friends. And, if they’re not out every weekend how would they stay in touch? Should this be? Should we be offering the same types of information noted above? Should there be some sort of program that gets these people on tape or in print or in some sort of mentoring or education program while they can still give us the benefit of their experiences and knowledge and that does not require them to be out weekend after weekend after weekend? Should judges’ associations have programs set up that will involve these folks? Could they be educators; speakers; advisors; consultants?

It may seem farfetched, but I know of cases where there has actually been a plan in effect in case someone in this shape died while “on the road”. Is this the type of situation we want to subject exhibitors to while in the ring; clients; the club while they are your hosts; the superintendent who is responsible for the smooth running of a show? Exactly what is the glory or benefit to the sport or others in the ring in collapsing while running `round the ring or going over a dog? What is the benefit to the sport or the exhibitor in judging a dog you can’t see or you can’t bend over or stand long enough to stack or to examine or you can’t remember once it goes to the end of the line?

One of the saddest things said at shows is “They used to be.” or, “This is the only thing that keeps him going.”. Why can’t we figure out how to keep this knowledge and experience in the sport with the respect due so we don’t have to hear “They used to be..”? Why can’t we help figure out what can be done so they don’t feel they must endanger themselves or others in their determination to be at a show? We aren’t heartless people we want the best for everybody - most especially for the person in this situation. Why aren’t we using the knowledge of these folks who have been involved in this sport through the years in an advisory or delegate capacity?

Many of us say, “If I every get like that, tell me it’s time to quit.” But how many of us are willing to listen? How many of us are willing to tell our best friend it’s time they quit? How many of us have put our friends in the position of having to develop an emergency plan because we insist on going out weekend after weekend? How many of us have had some type of surgical procedure or medical intervention of some type and start right back long before the doctors say we should? Have we reached a point it’s necessary to mandate such things as common sense?

Our kids must have physicals in order to play sports. Should our exhibitors have to certify on their entry forms they have had a physical in the last year? Should AKC or the judges’ associations require judges produce a doctor’s certification they have had an eye exam and a physical in the last year and there’s no physical reason they can’t withstand the demands of judging?

I had a grandmother who used to say, “You get old if you live long enough.” She was “old” when I first heard her say it. I’m in my 50’s and my take on what’s “old” used to be whatever my age plus 15 years, but now seems to change every five years or so. My daughter thinks I’m older than dirt. It’s all a matter of perspective - - and good genes. But all these situations are not necessarily about “old”. I’d stack some 80-year-olds against some 40-year-olds and come out a winner. It’s not a case of the “Young Turks” Vs the “Old Guard”.

What it IS about is individual capability. It’s about being physically and mentally capable of doing what’s required. If we just are not capable of doing the job anymore, without having many concessions exercised specifically for us, what in our nature keeps us from admitting it? What does it take to get us to cut back?

Is it strictly ego oriented? Is it fear? My grandfather worked with a man who never took a vacation. When he asked the man, “Why? Don’t you think we can get along without you for a week?” The man replied, “No, I’m afraid you’ll find out you can!” Is that it?

Would it be easier for us if there were a progression of activities and levels of involvement that could keep us active in the sport, contributing meaningfully, keeping respect, but letting some of it go? Would the sport benefit? Definitely. Could we benefit? Definitely.

Will we do anything except talk and commiserate about these situations? Probably not - - not until we’ve lost too many chances to preserve the wealth of history, experience and knowledge that crosses our paths every day.

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Guy’s Corner
By Guy Walton

Our May Newsletter contained an article on junior showmanship by Fred Lyman which was excellent. Fred has given me permission to expand on his with my own opinions (some of which will be controversial).

I go back to the 60’s and 70’s when juniors made their entries at shows (as Fred stated) and the classes were judged by multi-breed handlers who knew all techniques and tricks of showing various breeds.

What do we have now? In my opinion, we have a sad state of affairs. We have limited approved judges doing junior showmanship. These are people, for example, who applied for say five breeds and they awarded them only one considering them not qualified for the others. Then as a sweetener they award them junior showmanship. This is ridiculous and ludicrous. On one hand, they are deemed only qualified in one breed and then on the other hand are given all-breed status in junior showmanship.

Some of these judges never handled their own dogs (used handlers/agents); how does the American Kennel Club expect them to know the correct handling techniques for each breed? As a result, I see junior showmanship judges evaluating dogs and not techniques of the handlers. Case in point, why should we as superintendents have to send junior showmanship judges a list of the breeds entered under them at a show? Reading standards doesn’t give information on stacking, gaiting, baiting, tabling, hands on, hands off, etc. (also with today’s wholesale substituting what good is this list if most are replaced with a different breed?)

Many things gripe me. For instance, watching judges going up and down a line and continually going to two dogs checking and rechecking toplines, shoulders, bites, etc. Now try to convince me they are judging handlers and not conformation. Another case in point, how often do you see a junior with an obedience pet quality dog or an ILP dog and if so, have you ever seen them win? Actually, inexperienced judges can cause damage or injury to the dogs. Nonsense you say! Well what about forcing the jaws of a Pekingese open and breaking or fracturing its jaws? I can go on and on with this.

I remember when watching junior showmanship was really interesting. Florida and Georgia had a hot bed of top junior handlers [the late Ricky Koester (became a professional handler and a judge.), Cheryl Wine (now Stevens who is the daughter of former professional handlers Faye and Ray Wine), Joey DePoo (father was a handler), Kevin Swick (son of Betty Swick of Boston Terrier fame), Allen Harper (now a group judge who’s parents have been prominent in Jacksonville Dog Fanciers Association as is he), Katie Gallagher (daughter of Pat Gallagher of Irish Setter fame who became a multiple sporting breed judge. Katie became one of the first of her peer group licensed to judge junior showmanship.), Davin McAteer (prominent handler and his brother, Randy, also a handler), Ricky Smith (son of Ann and Dick Smith professional handlers from Georgia. Ricky was probably the most talented with the best hands just like his father. His father handled sporting dogs better than anyone I have ever seen and that’s a mouthful, but he never utilized his skills.)] There were so many more. These kids were graded on their skills by knowledgeable handlers. Our kids today don’t have that advantage.

What can we do? Fred suggests maybe going back to the old system. I can endorse that, but I would prefer a more radical change. First, I would grandfather in the present junior showmanship judges (with the requirement that they be graded by field reps or committees and those not deemed qualified have their privilege revoked.) I then would not approve anyone new unless they had substantial proof of broad savvy of extensive breeds (ex-handlers, etc.). I know you’re going to say, but, “Guy, we have a tough time finding junior showmanship judges now.” Most multiple group and all-breed judges turn down junior showmanship assignments.

Well, let’s see what we can do about this. One way would be to offer an incentive like an additional fee above their regular fees (there are many out there that are dependent on their fees). Another way, which I don’t particularly embrace, would be for the American Kennel Club to require multiple group and all-breed judges to accept a number of assignments within a period of time. I would also make a provision that, should a conformation/obedience judge also doing junior showmanship overload, junior showmanship cannot be taken away.

Secondly, I would go back to multiple group and all-breed handlers. Again, you’re going to say why would handlers give up potential handling fees? Well, pay them their fees with the understanding that junior showmanship that day be the equivalent of their prime dog and that it would not curtail them from showing at that show, but not allow them to attend pre-show dinners.

I have much more, but I’m going to stop here for now. We have got to improve junior showmanship judging and reward properly and enhance the integrity and expertise of these future handlers and judges through these classes.

What about limiting junior showmanship dogs to those which are entered in junior show only? That would take care of the conflict problem. If not, limit the dogs to those that are not titled or major pointed. If parents want their kids to learn how to handle, then buy them a good friend (dog) non-conformation quality dog to learn with (the toughest thing to do is make a bad dog look good). On that subject, Rufus Copeland was the best bad dog handler I ever saw. If you had a dog nobody else could finish, Rufus could finish it.

I have broached this subject with a number of old time handlers now turned judges and they have told me stories about junior judges totally missing handlers the day after they had judged the same juniors. The last one to tell me this was Corky Gauger last week.

We need multiple breed and all-breed judges and handlers to step forward and give back to the sport which has given them pleasure, financial security, ego satisfaction, comraderie etc.

That’s enough, folks.

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A most formal man. A Princeton graduate made evident by every spoken word and mannerism. Always the perfect gentleman but with a wry sense of humor. He accepted his nickname (Billy) with the perfect knowledge that it was offered respectfully. Few men that I have known in my lifetime have been held in such high esteem. His knowledge of dogs, the dog world, his grand way of life, his demeanor his staunch conservatism certainly set him apart in all circumstances. Billy was much to be admired for his strong sense of what was right and proper but he also had an ornery streak in him that led him into many extraordinary situations. That is what this article is all about.

Everyone who has ever known Billy has a Billy story. I have several and as Billy and I became better acquainted and occasionally dined together he would always entice me into telling stories of what he had done to me in the show ring. This gave him the greatest pleasure, as though he was hearing the stories for the first time and not as a perpetrator but rather as a spectator. Bless him, he could laugh at himself as no other could.

I have many incidents concerning Billy and his deep powers of concentration. Here are a couple of the best:

Many years ago in the 1950s when I was a handler I had a string of dogs on the Carolina Circuit. In the string 1 had nine Poodles consisting of three of each Variety - - a dog, a bitch and a special. The show was in a tobacco warehouse with a leaky roof. It had rained the night before and the show building had puddles of water on several areas of the building floor. One of those areas happened to be Mr. Kendrick’s ring. (At that time I wasn’t presumptuous enough to call him Billy).

Mr. Kendrick was undaunted by the water but he wasn’t about to let his Poodles go traipsing through puddles of water. He summoned a Mansfield Superintendent attendant and told him to bring a table into the ring, two feet wide and four feet long, The attendant complied and Billy (I’m beginning to know him better) placed four dogs (Toys) on the table, However, that left eight dogs still on the floor. Without hesitation Billy recalled the attendant and ordered two more tables delivered post haste. With the entire class 38 inches above the floor Billy began judging. At about this time A.D. Mansfield happened to walk by the ring. He rose straight to the top of the building and flew into Billy’s ring and a real serious conversation ensued with the result that two of the tables were removed from the ring. Billy then, with a very haughty attitude, proceeded to continue his judging with four dogs at a time on the table. But this did not happen until he made Mansfield send attendants into the ring to mop up the water. The crowd that had been gathering to watch the performance now cheered for Billy and conversation became focused on, “This is one of Billy’s days” and for me it certainly was.

I showed eight Poodles in that ring without a win receiving only 2nds, 3rds and Zips. Finally it came down to one dog - - a very nice silver toy special which had won several groups and a couple of bests in show. My competition was Annie Rogers, at that time, with a special white bitch and another young lady unknown to me with a black dog. As we entered the ring Billy became deeply engrossed in following Annie and the other young lady with their black and white dogs. He seemed to completely ignore that I was even in the ring. When the dogs were examined on the table all at the same time he went over Annie’s and moved it; then proceeded to examine the black dog and move it. He then left the table and took the two dogs to the other side of the ring and spent considerable time moving and further examining them while I stood at the table waiting my turn He then as an after thought looked up and saw me with my silver male still on the table.

He walked over to the table and said to me, “Where’s Richard?” meaning Annie’s helper Richard Bauer. I replied, “I don’t know”. He snapped back, “ I don’t know what you two guys are trying to pull but you’ll not get away with it. That’s Richard’s dog.” I replied, “Mr. Kendrick this is my special not Richard’s”, He turned and walked away grumbling, “You’re not going to get away with it”. He then walked straight away to Annie and pronounced her Best of Variety and the other young lady Best of Opposite Sex. I left the ring bare handed and confused and headed for my crates. Annie came out of the ring bursting with laughter and said, “Wait until you hear this, you won’t feel so bad, as he handed me the Best of Variety ribbon he said, ‘Poor Tom, he can’t win with his own dogs and he can’t win with Richard’s either’.”

With that my only thought was ‘another day in the life of Billy Kendrick and another Billy story.’ It didn’t end there, however, he never missed an opportunity when we were in the company of others to have me relate the story and he thoroughly enjoyed it. So did I. It will always remain in my memory, as will other episodes to come later.


In this new section of our Newsletter we would like to introduce to you some of the MB-F Superintending family. Within the following months we will be featuring some of our new as well as familiar faces and giving you a little background information on each of them. This issue features some newcomers to this side of the sport.

W. HENRY ODUM, III

One of MB-F’s newest trainees is Henry Odum. Henry was born and raised in Covington, Newton Co., Georgia, where his father bred, owned and showed Quarter and Tennessee Walking Horses.

After college graduation (BA, Biology and Chemistry, Emory University) he moved to Northern Virginia, where he first bred, owned and showed Basset Hounds, followed by Border Terriers and Brussels Griffons. He also did graduate course work at George Washington U and Physical Oceanographic Training and numerous skills-enhancing courses at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Henry had more than 30 years of experience as an oceanographer/information specialist with the National Oceanographic Data Center and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

In addition, Henry has been owner and President of an independent insurance agency and a licensed Realtor for more than 20 years. An owner, breeder and exhibitor of purebred dogs since 1965, Henry has also been active in organized kennel clubs for more than 16 years. His experience at various times includes Old Dominion Kennel Club (Show Chairman, Board of Directors, Corporate Liaison, Match Chairman, Publicity Chairman); American Brussels Griffon Association (Board of Governors, AKC Delegate); Potomac Basset Hound Club (President, Independent Specialty Show Chairman, Board of Directors, Secretary); Represented the Virginia Federation of Dog Clubs and Breeders in discussions of breed-specific legislation with local and state legislators. Henry was an elected member of the AKC Delegates Parent Club Committee and a member of the AKC Board Nomination Committee (Class of the Year 2000). Henry is also a Charter Member of the recently formed Potomac Hound Club (a Group club).

A man who has yet to meet a stranger, Henry presently resides in Alexandria, VA and has two Brussels Griffons (Philip, 11 and Mikey, 6) to help keep him amused.

MARY JANE CARRBERRY

Mary Jane has been “in dogs” since she was a child - they had Wire Fox Terriers. After Graduating in 1972 from St. Bernard College in Alabama with a degree in P.E., and Graduate School at Rutgers in New Jersey, she went to work for the State of New Jersey as a teacher. She works at the DHS Regional School, Somerset Campus - a school for disabled children with a 12-month program.

Mary Jane began showing dogs, her own Airedales and Welsh Terriers, after graduating from college. She also worked for Guenter Behr approximately seven years at shows and in his kennel, to learn the handling business.

In 1985, Mary Jane went on her own as a professional handler, specializing in Terriers. She was a Certified Professional Handler and still maintains her membership in PHA. She has also bred Norwich and Border Terriers and presently owns two Border Terriers and three Norwich Terriers (all retired Champions).

In the summer of 1997, she retired from professional handling and came to work at MB-F as a Superintendent trainee. “It was a move I’m glad I made, as I am totally enjoying working in this new capacity.”

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Women And Dogs

TOP FIFTY REASONS DOGS ARE BETTER THAN WOMEN...
(Now it’s equal time for the men.)

1. Dogs love it when your friends come over.
2. Dogs think you sing great. 3. Dogs don’t care if you use their shampoo.
4. Dogs don’t cry.
5. A dog’s time in the bathroom is confined to a quick drink.
6. Dogs don’t expect you to call when running late.
7. The later you are, the more excited dogs are to see you.
8. Dogs will forgive you for playing with other dogs.
9. Dogs don’t notice if you call them by another dog’s name.
10. Dogs are excited by rough housing.
11. Dogs don’t mind if you give their offspring away.
12. Dogs understand that farts are funny.
13. Dogs love red meat.
14. Dogs appreciate excessive body hair.
15. Anyone can get a good-looking dog.
16. If a dog is gorgeous, other dogs don’t hate it.
17. Dogs never need to examine the relationship.
18. Dogs like it when you leave lots of things on the floor.
19. A dog’s disposition is the same all month long.
20. Dogs don’t shop.
21. A dog’s parents almost never visit.
22. Dogs understand that all animals smaller than dogs were made be hunted.
23. When a dog gets old and starts to snap at you incessantly, you can....
24. Dogs don’t hate their bodies.
25. Dogs love long car trips.
26. Dogs understand that instincts are better than asking for directions.
27. Dogs like beer.
28. You never have to wait on a dog. They’re ready to go 24 hours day.
29. It’s legal to keep a dog chained up at your house.
30. Dogs luuuuv trucks!
31. No dog ever bought a Kenny G, Cher, Streisand, Tesh, or Yanni album.
32. No dog ever complains about weight gain.
33. Dogs never criticize you when you’re wrong.
34. Dogs agree you have to raise your voice to get your point across.
35. Dogs never expect gifts.
36. Dogs never worry about germs.
37. Dogs don’t want to know about every other dog you ever had.
38. Dogs like to do their snooping outside - as opposed to in our wallet, desk, and the
      back of your sock drawer.
39. Dogs have little use for flowers, cards, or jewelry.
40. Dogs don’t borrow your shirts.
41. Dogs don’t let magazine articles guide their entire lives.
42. Dogs would rather you buy them a hamburger dinner than a lobster dinner.
43. Dogs would rather you rub their tummy than their feet.
44. Dogs enjoy heavy petting in public.
45. Dogs find you amusing when you’re drunk.
46. Dogs can’t talk.
47. Dogs aren’t catty.
48. Dogs not only don’t mind having to go in the woods; they go and go and go.
49. Dogs never complain about finding a woman’s hair on the furniture.
50. Dogs seldom outlive you.

25 Thoughts to Get You Through Any Crisis

1. Indecision is the key to flexibility.
2. You cannot tell which way the train went by looking at the track.
3. There is absolutely no substitute for a genuine lack of preparation.
4. Happiness is merely the remission of pain.
5. Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.
6. Sometimes too much drink is not enough.
7. The facts, although interesting, are irrelevant.
8. The careful application of terror is also a form of communication
9. Someone who thinks logically is a nice contrast to the real world.
10. Things are more like they are today than they ever have been before.
11. Anything worth fighting for is worth fighting dirty for.
12. Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.
13. Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate.
14. I have seen the truth and it makes no sense.
15. Suicide is the most sincere form of self-criticism.
16. All things being equal, fat people use more soap.
17. If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame.
18. One-seventh of your life is spent on Monday.
19. By the time you can make ends meet, they move the ends.
20. Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious.
21. The more you run over a dead cat, the flatter it gets.
22. There is always one more imbecile than you counted on.
23. This is as bad as it can get, but don’t bet on it.
24. Never wrestle with a pig: You both get all dirty, and the pig likes it.
25. The trouble with life is, you’re halfway through it before you realize it’s a ‘do it 
     yourself, thing.

(Both items submitted via the Internet

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SCIENTISTS DISCOVER GENE CAUSING von WILLEBRANDS’ DISEASE IN POODLES AND MANCHESTER TERRIERS

AURORA, OH, June 10, 1998... Scientists at the University of Michigan, Medical School, today announced another breakthrough in canine genetics - the discovery of the genetic defect that causes von Willebrands disease in Poodles and Manchester Terriers.

The first accurate DNA test for this disease in these two breeds is now available. Canine von Willebrands’ disease is a form of blood clotting disorder causing excessive and sometimes fatal bleeding and hemorrhaging in dogs. The form of von Willebrands’ identified in the Poodle and Manchester Terrier is identical to the gene causing the mutation in Dobermans. Because this test has already been developed it is now immediately available to veterinarians and breeders interested in testing Poodle and Manchester Terrier dogs.

Research on Canine von Willebrands disease was supported by a grant from the AKC Canine Health Foundation, the Poodle Club of America, and the American Miniature Schnauzer Club. “We congratulate Dr. George J. Brewer and the scientists at the University of Michigan for this advance in canine genetics which means another important tool in breeding healthier dogs. This is the third ground breaking advance in less than a year. First, the mapping of the canine genome, then the discovery of the gene causing cystinuria in dogs and now the discovery of the gene for von Willebrands in two breeds” said Dr. Robert J. Hritzo.

“This discovery would not have been possible without the help and support of breeders in providing samples and pedigrees in addition to funding,’’ said Dr. Brewer, who led the research effort. Other breeds at risk for von Willebrands’ disease are German Shepherds, Rottweilers. Dachshunds, Miniature Schnauzers and Airedales. Research continues at the University of Michigan for the genes for these additional breeds.

“The Poodle Club of America is excited about the results achieved by Dr. Brewer and our collaboration with the AKC Canine Health Foundation. We are looking forward to the test being available at our National Specialty in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, June 8 through June 12, 1998,” said Mike Wahlig, Executive Director of the Poodle Club of America Foundation.

The AKC Canine Health Foundation, established in 1995, is the only nonprofit organization in the country dedicated exclusively to improving the health and longevity of dogs through scientific research. This year the Foundation supported 27 research grants to 21 universities and health centers across the United States for research into inherited and breed specific diseases of dogs.

FOR INFORMATION ON von WILLEBRANDS RESEARCH CONTACT:

Dr. George J. Brewer The University of Michigan Medical School Department of Human Genetics 734-647-3149

FOR INFORMATION ON DNA TESTING FOR von WILLEBRANDS DISEASE CONTACT:

Customer Service VetGen 313-669-8440

FOR INFORMATION ON SPONSORED CANINE HEALTH RESEARCH CONTACT:

Deborah Lynch AKC Canine Health Foundation 251 W. Garfield Road, Suite 160 Aurora, OH 44202 PH: 330-995-0807 FAX: 330-995-0806

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Additional Information from the AKC

Toll-fee number established for returns of The Complete Dog Book, 19th edition

To better serve those people who are interested in exchanging the 19th edition of The Complete Dog Book for the revised 19th edition, a toll-free number has been established: (877) AKC-BOOK. Operators will answer calls from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. Please call this number for more information. u

Legislation hot line discontinued

The AKC’s Canine Legislation department’s toll-free hot line, 1-800-AKC-TELL, was discontinued as of July 1. The Canine Legislation department can now be reached directly by phone at (919) 233-3720, by fax at (919) 854-0168 or (919) 233-3720, by e-mail at doglaw@akc.org. u

Re-engineering e-mail address

Questions, comments or concerns about the AKC’s vision for the future - and the re-engineering project - can now be sent directly to the re-engineering group by e-mail at re-engineering @akc.org.

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