Where I Sit
by John S. Ward
Some of you may recall that I wrote a
column last spring in which I proposed a rather radical reorganization
of the AKC. As you might have guessed, I had no real expectation of
seeing my reorganization implemented in the near future, but hopefully
it stimulated my readers to consider alternatives to the present
organizational set-up. In this column I am going to revisit the
structure of the AKC but this time I have a serious proposal to make
which I believe can be carried out quite readily.
We are approaching the annual election of
three Directors to the Board of the AKC and all the hoopla that precedes
the election. All of the dog publications will submit questionnaires to
the candidates, the candidates themselves will write letters to all the
Delegates asking for their vote, and they will wind up making
three-minute speeches at the Delegates Meeting. In my opinion this
process more closely resembles a popularity contest rather than a
reasoned attempt to find the best-qualified individuals for the Board.
In many cases this process has produced a
Board that does not have an adequate mix of managerial ability,
expertise in the many activities of the AKC, and representation of
geographic areas. Id like to propose a revision of that process which
I believe will retain the virtue of being democratic but which will at
the same time afford a means of raising the level of competence of the
Under present Rules only AKC Delegates
are eligible to serve on the Board. This of course results in a pool of
500 individuals who are potential candidates. Many corporations,
including not-for-profit and profit-making entities, have chosen to have
a certain number of outside Directors on their Boards. These individuals
have no formal affiliation with the corporation but are selected for
their knowledge, wisdom, and unbiased viewpoints.
I would like to propose that the AKC
Board consist of nine Directors elected from the Delegate body and four
Directors who would be chosen by the Board itself and who would not be
Delegates to the AKC. These outside Directors would serve four-year
terms as do the other Directors. (You will note that 9 + 4 = 13, which
also serves to eliminate the tie-vote problem.)
These outside Directors would of course
be selected from members of the Dog Fancy but would be chosen without
regard to their organizational affiliations. Nevertheless they would be
subject to the same occupational eligibility criteria that apply to the
Delegates. The mechanics of the process also would be quite simple.
Election of the Delegate Directors would continue to be held in March
but I would recommend that the term of the outside Directors would run
from September to September. This would give each newly constituted
Board a few months in which to identify and select individuals with the
qualifications the Board needs at that particular time.
In my view this organizational change has
many advantages. First and foremost it greatly enlarges the pool from
which certain Directors may be selected. Additionally it gives the Board
the opportunity to fill gaps in their collective knowledge of AKC
activities. For example, it presents an opportunity for the Board to
achieve expertise in the greatly expanded base of performance events.
This in turn keeps the Board from becoming captives of the staff in
areas in which the Board is weak.
One might argue that this procedure would
weaken the power of the Delegate body, inasmuch as they would have no
direct voice in the selection of outside Directors. May I point out
however that the elected Directors will in turn select the outside
Directors, and presumably they were elected on the basis of their
integrity and good sense as well as their knowledge.
What to do about it? If you belong to an
AKC Member Club, please give this idea some consideration and at least
talk it over with your Delegate who will be part of any discussions held
on the reorganization of the AKC.
by Norm Larangé
About a year ago I bought a German
Shorthaired Pointer. I wanted a hunting dog, but instead I ended up with
a 55-pound lapdog.
His name is Timmy. He became part of the
family real quick. When Id go out of town for a dog show, before Id
leave, Id tell Timmy, You take care of Momma and the babies. Dont
you let anyone hurt them. Hed do that, too. If a stranger, or
someone Timmy felt he couldnt trust, came around, hed let Suzy, my
The weekends that I was in town wed
spend Sundays at my Grandmothers house. She lived about 20 miles
away. Id ask Timmy if he wanted to go to Grandmas house and hed
get all excited and run to the van. He loved being out there where he
could run and play.
Then, on the first of May, we moved to a
better neighborhood. At the time we did not know that the garage and
basement were infested with rats. But shortly after we moved in,
whenever our four-year-old son, Stormy, would go out to play Timmy would
do everything he could to keep Stormy away from the garage. He started
sleeping at the end of Stormys bed each night. If my wife or kids
would start to go to the basement Timmy would bark and stand in the way.
After a while I started seeing the rats
upstairs. Suzy believes the only thing that kept these rats from
attacking us was Timmy.
The landlord would do nothing about the
rats. Suzy called the City Housing Inspector and he condemned the house
that day. We had 10 days to move and could not find a house, so we had
to put all our stuff in storage and moved in with my oldest stepson. He
lives in an apartment where they dont allow dogs so we had to take
Timmy and my wifes Maltese, Casper, to stay at my stepdaughters
until we found a house.
The very next day I had to leave town for
a dog show - that was October 13th. It seems that Timmy jumped from a
window two stories high and he just disappeared. We put up posters, put
ads in the paper, and went door-to-door. We checked with all the dog
shelters. The people from whom we bought Timmy put an ad on the
Internet. (And, wed like to thank all the dog show people that helped
look for Timmy, too.)
He was nowhere to be found. Suzy never
gave up hope. Grandma would go outside every morning and every night to
call for Timmy. They both prayed, along with the kids, for Timmys
safe return. It had been about three weeks and I was ready to give up
hope of ever finding Timmy.
Then, one day, Grandma called and said,
Norm, Timmy is here. Hes in my backyard! I got the wife and
kids into the van and we went the 20 miles to Grandmas house. Sure
enough, Timmy was there. I never got as many kisses as I did from Timmy
We couldnt find Timmy, but he found
us! My Grandfather passed away last April. Grandma and Suzy swear that
Grandpa showed Timmy the way home through Grandmas prayers.
(Editors Note: Those of you who work
with our Michigan office will recognize Norm as one of the MB-F set-up
crew. You can find more information about Norm and other MB-F personnel
in this issue in our Spotlight section.)
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IT WAS GOOD
by Jean Witt
How long has it been since you attended a
weekend of four shows and returned home feeling great? Of course, there
were long hours, the usual questions and complaints, some good and some
not-so-good food, and the lack of sleep, but I got home with a certain
exhilaration about the weekend.
All the wonderful people who run the
Virginia Beach shows (Langley KC on 11/4, Gloucester KC on 11/5,
Virginia Beach KC on 11/6 and Tidewater KC of VA on 11/7/99) make it a
good time for everyone, but this time there was something else for me.
First, there was a van with 11 dogs
inside stolen from a motel. We were all up-in-arms, ready to hang the
culprit if we did catch him and had no hope that we would ever see the
dogs again. The next day a 16-year-old mentally impaired boy was seen at
a local park exercising the dogs. He had watered and fed them and
realized they needed to be exercised. All the dogs were returned in good
shape and, except for a few scratches, the van was okay. We had expected
with worst but it turned out well.
Second, while the stolen van with dogs
matter was being resolved, a young girl came to our desk in tears. She
had lost her diamond tennis bracelet somewhere at the show. We took her
name and address, knowing items like that usually are never seen again.
The next morning a well-known handler came to us to report he had found
a tennis bracelet in the public ex-pen. Another happy ending.
Third, a wallet containing more than $400
was lost. Guess what? Returned with money intact.
There were several more items misplaced
but returned. Why are we always so quick to expect the worst? Frankly,
because usually it ends that way. Not this weekend it was good!
Maybe it signals a new trend.
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We just want to remind those clubs that
hold cluster events have additional show event policies to comply with
due to changes approved by the AKC Board of Directors earlier this year.
Below is a synopsis of those changes.
A cluster is defined as more than two
events held by more than one club at one site on consecutive days.
Clusters will consist of not more than four all-breed shows, except as
Host club to be clearly identified,
Approval of more than four all-breed
shows is contingent upon exceptional site capabilities and Executive
Field Staff recommendation, and subsequent site approval by Event Plans.
There is a checklist for site inspection.
Continuation of cluster approval will
be based on daily inspection, and subsequent monitoring of conditions to
provide dogs and exhibitors with stable and safe venues.
EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 1999
A Cluster Committee consisting of a
representative from each club must be established to coordinate dates,
grounds, special attractions, etc. The function of the Cluster Committee
is to coordinate overall plans for the cluster. Each club remains
responsible for the management of its own events. The individual event
committee must comply with existing AKC Rules, Regulations and
Guidelines for the Cluster Committee
Guidelines for Cluster Committee
Each club is responsible for the
conduct of its own event.
Each club will have one
representative on the Cluster Committee.
Work out event schedule at least one
year in advance. Any date conflicts must be resolved by the clubs.
Submit all event applications
together in one package to Event Plans, if possible. This will prevent
unnecessary delay in issuing all event approvals. This applies to
applications for regular shows, not designated specialties.
Judges selection, contracts, etc. are
the responsibility of the individual show giving clubs and any disputes
must be worked out by the clubs.
Common Site Application form may be
submitted in lieu of individual host club letters. Form must be signed
by all club representatives.
Club representatives will work with
Executive Field Representatives, Grounds Chair/ Committee and
Superintendent on daily site inspections for their respective events.
Cluster Committee may remain the same
from year to year.
Cluster committee would also be
responsible for the following:
Securing accessory services and
equipment such as telephones, public address system, potable water,
chairs and tables, all concessions.
Submitting a consolidated Emergency and
Disaster Plan form to event plans. The form should identify all clubs in
the cluster and their event dates. The form may be signed for the
cluster committee by a designated individual.
Dealing with outside personnel such
as site management.
Each club is responsible to identify
itself on its event application as part of a cluster.
The Common Site Application must
accompany the event application for all participating clubs.
Some of the 160
participants at the 1999 Bill Trainor Memorial Dinner and Auction.
The presentation of the
First William J. Trainor Memoral Award to Grace M. Brewin.
Competitors by day
comrades by night.
Auctioneer and presenters
...By Peggy Warnpold
South Windsor Kennel Club, Windham County
Kennel Club, Springfield Kennel Club and Holyoke Kennel Club for many
years have been recognized for putting on a notable four-day cluster
known as the Thanksgiving Classic Cluster in November. It is the biggest
cluster in the New England area. The highlight of the weekend was the
Bill Trainor Memorial Dinner and Auction hosted by South Windsor,
Springfield and Holyoke Kennel Clubs to honor the memory of William J.
(Bill) Trainor who passed away January 4, 1998 and to raise money to
give in his name to the Canine Health Foundation. Bill was a special
friend to the Thanksgiving Classic Cluster. He encouraged us to make it
bigger and better. He always said we had the potential, because of our
location, facilities and caliber of club members to make it one of the
best in the East.
One of Bills primary concerns and
interests was always the health and well being of all the dogs at dog
shows. He believed strongly in canine research in congenital disease.
His wife of 40 years, Betty, a veterinarian by profession, is nationally
known and recognized as an authority in canine reproduction. Bill was
very proud of Betty and her accomplishments.
The dinner was held at the Colesseum
Restaurant on Saturday, November 27, 1999 after Best in Show. As the 160
guests came into the restaurant Joe Rivers and Jane Kaba handed out the
auction paddles. Upon getting their auction paddles the guests then went
into the dining room to peruse the auction items donated by the fancy,
have a drink and socialize prior to the buffet dinner. We tried to talk
Ray Scott, into letting us auction off the Springfield Best in Show win
the next day but he was only willing to give us a Get Out of Jail
Free card. Needless to say there was plenty of laughter and teasing
After dinner, George Alston and Fred
Ferris, the auctioneers for the evening, introduced Tom Davies
(Springfield Kennel Club), Bob Merkel (Holyoke Kennel Club) and David
Wampold, (South Windsor Kennel Club) representing their Clubs to make
the announcement of the first annual William J. Trainor Memorial Award
offered by the Thanksgiving Classic Cluster. Betty Trainor made the
presentation of this award to Grace Brewin for Meritorious Service to
the Dog World Signifying the Ideals Manifested by William J. Tainor.
Grace started breeding and showing
Terriers in 1957 and has been a judge for 30 years. She is the AKC
Delegate and Show Chairman for Holyoke Kennel Club. Grace is the founder
and main force of the Central New England Judges Workshop. Grace Mc
Grath Brewin is Irish, as was Bill Trainor, and like Bill always willing
and eager to help and educate. She is a great dog person and a great
lady. We were very pleased to surprise Grace with this award. All of you
know that to surprise Grace Brewin is a feat in itself. Dennis Vendrillo
helped get all of the auction items to the restaurant and Tina helped
set the auction up for display and she kept track of the bidding so
everyone knew what to anti up at the end of the evening. Marcia Adler
collected money from the bidders and Catherine Bell and Sheldon Adler
held the items up for everyone to see during the bidding.
Sheldon and his wife, Marcia, Catherine
Bell and Iris Love came for the weekend to help promote the Canine
Health Foundation and to work the auction. Dr. Adler, Catherine Bell and
Iris Love are on the Board of Directors of the Canine Health Foundation.
They also manned a table at the shows to give out information about the
Foundation and sell tee shirts for its benefit.
There was an excellent representation of
exhibitors, handlers, judges, and owners for this event. The William J.
Trainor Memorial Award was the surprise of the evening as it had not
been previously announced so as to keep it a surprise. The guest list
read like the whos who in dogs. This was also the judges dinner
for the Springfield Kennel Club whose show was on Sunday.
We had hoped to raise $10,000 to give to
the Canine Health Foundation and we raised that amount and more. It was
a wonderful evening. The food was great, the laughter and good will was
over abundant and the bidding got to be pretty fierce at times. Fierce
competitors in the ring sat together laughing and having a good time in
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The Shaggy Dog Stories
Bet You Can't Own Just One!
Why own a dog? There's a danger you know,
You can't own just one, for the craving will grow. There's no doubt
they're addictive, wherein lies the danger. While living with lots,
you'll grow poorer and stranger.
One dog is no trouble, and two are so
funny. The third one is easy, the fourth one's a honey. The fifth one
delightful, the sixth one's a breeze, You find you can live with a
houseful with ease.
So how 'bout another? Would you really
dare? They're really quite easy but oh, Lord, the hair! With dogs on the
sofa and dogs on the bed, And crates in the kitchen, it's no bother
you've said. They're really no trouble, their manners are great. What's
just one more dog and just one more crate?
The sofa is hairy, the windows are
crusty, The floor is all footprints, the furniture dusty. The
housekeeping suffers, but what do you care? Who minds a few noseprints
and a little more hair?
So let's keep a puppy, you can always
find room, and a little more time for the dust cloth and broom. There's
hardly a limit to the dogs you can add, The thought of a cutback sure
makes you sad.
Each one is so special, so useful, so
funny. The vet, the food bill grows larger, you owe money. Your folks
never visit, few friends come to stay, Except other dog folks, who all
live the same way.
Your lawn has now died, and your shrubs
are dead too, But your weekends are busy, you're off with your crew.
There's dog food and vitamins, training and shots. And entries and
travel and motels which cost lots. Is it worth it, you wonder? Are you
caught in a trap? Then that favorite dog comes and climbs in your lap.
His look says you're special and you know that you will Keep all of the
critters in spite of the bill.
Some just for showing and some just to
breed. And some just for loving, they all fill a need. But winter's a
hassle, the dogs hate it too. But they must have their walks though
they're numb and you're blue. Late evening is awful, you scream and you
shout At the dogs on the sofa who refuse to go out.
The dogs and the dog shows, the travel,
the thrills, The work and the worry, the pressure, the bills. The whole
thing seems worth it, the dogs are your life. They're charming and funny
and offset the strife. Your life-style has changed. Things won't be the
same. Yes, those dogs are addictive and so is the dog game!!
(Submitted by Trey Pickard)
A group of men were given the assignment
to measure the height of a flagpole. So the men go out to the flagpole
with ladders and tape measures. Theyre falling off the ladders,
dropping the tape measures - the whole thing is just a mess.
A woman comes along, sees what theyre
trying to do, walks over, pulls the flagpole out of the ground, lays it
flat, measures it from end to end, gives the measurement to one of the
managers and walks away.
After the woman has gone, one man turns
to another and laughs. Isnt that just like a woman! Were
looking for the height and she gives us the length!
(submitted by Angela Porpora via the
Humor is a good thing.
If you have a favorite doggy laff
-- particularly a true story --
please send it in and share a good laff with fellow dog enthusiasts.
c/o The Shaggy Dog
P.O. Box 22107
Greensboro, NC 27420
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