Newsletter - Volume 2. Issue 26
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Have a Dream"
I have a dream in which I see the American Kennel Club, The AKC Canine Health Foundation, InfoDog, Inc., all Parent and Licensed Clubs, all Superintendents, all Breeders and Show Participants cooperating by coming together to form a strong coalition of dog enthusiasts. Its purpose would be to promote purebred dogs through the Internet and the market place. Together we have all the tools in place and the knowledge to make our presence felt. We have the integrity and sincerity established during 100 years of dealing with people from all walks of life. If we miss this opportunity our only path will be to our demise.
The marketplace is gearing up via the Internet to take over the $40,000,000,000.00 market that now exists in the pet market. They are already coming online in droves, Petopia, Petsmart, Amazon.com/petsplace, Petstore, Petsamerica, Allpets.com, Petmedexpress, all pet food manufacturers and on and on. They have and they are investing millions to establish themselves as reputable suppliers of pets and pet products. In several recent articles in Forbes and The Wall Street Journal, among others, it has been predicted that most transactions involving pets and pet supplies will be done online interactively on the Internet within the very near future. They predict the age of brick and mortar, as we know it, will disappear into the net. If we ignore this and go our separate ways with a shrug of our shoulders and continue to accept the status quo, we are fools. We will regret not taking the opportunity to take a giant step forward at a momentous time of change in our lives and in our sport.
We are already established as the experts when it comes to dogs. Between the AKC, The Canine Health Foundation, InfoDog and the Parent Clubs we possess the knowledge and the power to dominate the Dog pet market. Together we can create the Gospel when it comes to dogs and knowledge of dogs. Our only problems are bringing together all the participants in a common cause and the funds to do so. The funds can be raised. Many large organizations have the ability and knowledge to do that job and are willing to participate in such a venture. They also have the PR knowledge for public presentation. The AKC and InfoDog together with clubs and all Superintendents have the ideas and programming expertise to bring great things to the net. Finally the AKC and the Canine Health Foundation have the integrity and the cause Celebre to appeal to the public as well as the community of dog show participants. I cannot think of a better combination for the success of any project.
Dont you think its time to put personal agendas and petty politics aside and direct our efforts to the real purpose of the sport of dogs and the advancement of our true ideals? Dont you really believe its time to quit deciding what judges will get what breeds, how to politic our way to a win and who beat who and devote our time instead to the business of survival of the sport, our breeds and the AKC as well? If you dont believe this is so, you will wake up one day and find that the market place has taken over and we are slaves to the marketers and our ideals have succumbed to the quick-buck artists. A $40,000,000,000.00 market is quite an enticement for the entrepreneurs. They will not wait for us to decide what direction we should take. Time is of the essence for our sport. It will not wait a year, a month, a week or even a day for anyone or anything. We must proceed with all haste or the net will leave us far behind.
The time is now. Right now. Today. Our plans should be prepared, put in place and distributed as soon as possible. We cant wait. Too many companies and Internet sites are already formulating their plans and allocating the money to carry them out. We have the ability and the knowledge to do the same things they do, only we can do it better. Why are we waiting? Let the process begin. We intend to start NOW! Wont you join with us?
Yes, I have a dream. I go to bed with it and I awake with it and it never changes. I believe in the sport of dogs and I have lived with it for the past 50 years. I will die with it. My only hope now is that my dream will come true during my lifetime.
Vice-President, Detroit Operations
We are very pleased to announce the appointment of MB-F Superintendent Scott Singleton to the position of Vice President, Detroit Operations. He will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the MB-F office in Madison Heights.
Scott, who was featured in our May 99 issue of the MB-F Newsletter brings a great deal of both business and dog show experience to this task. He has been active in dogs for more than 40 years as an exhibitor, breeder, judge, and now superintendent. He served as a Show Chairman for many years in addition to his involvement in many other club duties and activities. He was also very active in the Confederacy of Tailwaggers, an organization comprised of kennel clubs in North Carolina and Virginia.
Scotts business background is also extensive. While with IBM, he was in engineering and sales. With General Electric Company he held positions in procurement, traffic, materials management and finance management prior to his retirement in 1994.
For the immediate future Scott may be reached at our Michigan office address of 32351 Edward Av, or PO Box 9999, Madison Heights, MI 48071. The Michigan office main telephone number is 248/588-5000. He may also be reached through the Michigan office toll-free club business only line 800/451-3034 or by cell phone at 513/325-4329. E-mail may be sent to Scott@infodog.com. Clubs should also continue to contact our Greensboro office at the toll-free club business line 800/334-0813 to talk directly with those departments involved in the production of your show.
We are continuing to streamline the Michigan operation to eliminate redundancies and are confident these changes will enable us to provide more efficient service to our clubs. Some of you have already noticed the difference and given us very positive feedback. We hope youll continue to provide your thoughts as we work through this change.
We also want to provide an update on Guys condition. He continues to improve and appreciates the cards and letters he has received. For the immediate future you may continue to forward any personal correspondence to the Michigan office and we will see that Guy receives it. We are also in the planning stages of providing localized service to our clubs in Florida through Guys knowledge and expertise when he returns to his Florida home.
(After The Disaster)
The East Coast was hit by the wrath of Hurricane Floyd, September 1999. Many people lost their homes and lives. Some lost relatives, friends and their beloved pets.
I am writing this article because I am concerned about the animals that are lost, hurt, hungry, scared and needing a place to stay until they can be reunited with their owners.
What better place to ask for help than the MB-F Newsletter? Everyone that reads this newsletter, loves animals as much as I do! I felt drawn to write this article.
I was watching the news this morning and it was heart breaking to hear of all these special animals needing food, medical attention and most of all love!
We have had reports that EARS Emergency Center at East Carolina Universitys Medical Center has an urgent need for large and extra large crates. (See below for contact information.)
The National Humane Society has set up an emergency operations center at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine, where displaced pets are being sent for examinations, treatment and placements. MB-F has made a donation to this fund and would be willing to forward any donations sent to our office to the appropriate place. (See below for contact information.)
There is a pet supply store here in Greensboro, called All Pets Considered accepting donations to send to the Animal Rescue Foster Program. (See below for contact information.)
I know if you feel the same love and companionship as I feel about my dog, Burley, you would be glad to know someone is helping him/her until you could be reunited with your special friend! Please help us give these animals a little happiness until they can find a loving home. Open your heart and give life to our special friends and companions!
I am so thankful that I still have my Burley! Floyd could have taken anyones trusting and loyal companions! If you would like to make a donation for this special cause, please contact:
EARS at East Carolina University Medical Center Greenville, NC (252) 816-1813
Animal Disaster Relief Fund NC State College of Veterinary Medicine Campus Box 8401 Raleigh, NC 27695-8401 (919) 715-9679
Animal Rescue Foster Program (ARFP) c/o All Pets Considered Pet Supply 2134 Lawndale Drive Greensboro, NC 27408 (336) 574-1444
Where I Sit
If you will bear with me I would like to revisit the age-old question of What kind of a dog should I buy? Much has been written on this subject but I think I have a slightly different approach that you might find useful when asked for your advice.
Initially, of course, the prospective buyer is primarily concerned with the physical characteristics of the breed that he has in mind, such as size, color and the coat quality. From there on, however, he runs out of steam and ideas and neglects to ask certain important questions the answers to which will have a highly significant effect on the relationship between the buyer and his new pet. Occasionally the new buyer will ask the good question, Is the breed friendly? He is on the right track but unfortunately doesnt follow this question up.
If I am asked what is the single most significant characteristic of a breed my unhesitating answer is temperament. For purposes of this discussion the word temperament can be defined as the way in which the dog reacts to his environment. This includes how he reacts to people, whether they are members of his family or strangers, how he responds to other dogs, and how he conducts himself in unfamiliar situations. Also included is his approach to life in general, i.e. is he outgoing, energetic and cheerful or is he quiet, laid-back and a real couch potato. Does he bark every time a leaf falls in the backyard or does he confine his noise to what he conceives to be emergency situations?
In order to analyze a breeds temperamental characteristics it is necessary to examine the reasons for which a breed was created. Every breed was developed with a specific function in mind even though, as in the case of the Toy breeds, the function was to be small and cuddly and capable of being carried around in the owners arms. The division of breeds into the conventional dog show Groups gives us a useful starting point for our examination. Dogs in the Sporting Group were selectively bred to search for wild fowl, to flush it, to wait until the hunter has fired and then to retrieve the fallen bird and bring it back to the handler. It is evident that Sporting breeds must be able to work in all kinds of terrain and weather situations, and must not be disturbed by the sounds of gunshot. Additionally, he must be capable of working with his handler by means of various voice commands, whistle commands and hand signals both cheerfully and willingly. Finally, since bird dogs must often work in pairs they should not be aggressive with other dogs. We can easily translate these performance characteristics into behavior suitable for a pet or a companion dog. These breeds are usually easily trained to work one-on-one with a human being, are stable, and are friendly with other dogs.
The Hound breeds on the other hand have been bred to track down or to chase game in an independent fashion and were not selected for their ability to listen to and be guided by a humans commands or signals. On the other hand Hounds very often work in packs and are therefore good in their relations with other dogs.
The Herding breeds furnish another example of dogs that have a strong instinct to listen to and obey the commands of a human individual, specifically the shepherd. It is interesting for example to compare two of the Hungarian breeds, the Puli and the Komondor. The Puli is a Herding dog responsible under the direction of the shepherd for keeping his flock together and moving from place to place as necessary. The Komondor on the other hand is the guardian of the flock and is prepared to defend it from all predators that might be looking for a meal. The Komondor is classified as a Working dog and is entirely on his own. He is characteristically very independent, very territorial and has all the characteristics of a good guardian.
It is thus evident that it is possible to match up the characteristics of a breed with what one can determine are the requirements of the prospective buyer. If nothing else, it is useful to acquaint the prospective buyer with the above concepts so that he or she will realize that there is no such thing as a generic dog, and that the more knowledge one has about specific breeds and their functions the more likely it is that a good match can be made between the buyer and his new pet. Unfortunately much of the canine literature tends to perpetuate the belief that every dog is a potential Lassie instead of being made up of a variety of attitudes and abilities. We do our friends a disservice if we fail to point out these differences.
Some of my readers are bound to raise the question of the relative impacts of heredity and environment on the temperament of a dog. There is no question that a dogs temperament can be strongly influenced by the way in which it is treated, especially in the early months of its life. It is equally true that not all dogs of a single breed share the breed characteristics. Nevertheless it has been amply documented that functional attributes and temperamental characteristics are genetic in nature and can be strongly influenced by proper breeding. I heartily recommend the book by Drs. Scott and Fuller entitled, Genetics and the Social Behavior of the Dog, published by the University of Chicago Press in 1965. It describes the research the authors did on behavioral characteristics of dogs and how they were able to demonstrate that this behavior was indeed genetic and could be modified by selective breeding.
I trust that none of you misinterprets any of what I have said above. I have owned and bred a number of dogs in my lifetime and no two of them were every totally alike. We must never lose sight, however, of the fact that the greatest benefit of buying a purebred dog is that one can not only predict its physical characteristics but can often tell with a high probability of accuracy how that dog is going to behave. Let us try to insure that the public appreciates this predictability.
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A woman has a dog who snores in his sleep. She goes to the vet to see if he can help. The vet tells the woman to tie a ribbon around the dogs testicles and he will stop snoring.
A few hours after going to bed the dog is snoring as usual. Finally, she goes to the closet, grabs a piece of ribbon, ties it around the dogs testicles, and sure enough the dog stops snoring. The woman is amazed!
Later that night her husband returns home drunk after being out with his buddies. He climbs into bed, falls asleep, and begins snoring very loudly. The woman thinks maybe the ribbon will work on him. She goes to the closet again, grabs a piece of ribbon, and ties it around her husbands testicles.
Amazingly it also works on him! The woman sleeps very soundly.
The next morning the husband wakes up very hung over. He stumbles into the bathroom to urinate. As he is standing in front of the toilet, he looks in the mirror and sees a blue ribbon attached to his scrotum. He is very confused. He walks back into the bedroom and sees a red ribbon attached to his dogs scrotum.
He looks at the dog and says, Boy, I dont remember what the hell happened last night, but wherever you and I were, we got first and second place! (submitted by Kuno Spies via the Internet)
A very successful lawyer parked his brand-new Lexus in front of his office, ready to show it off to his colleagues. As he got out, a truck passed too close and completely tore off the door on the drivers side. The lawyer immediately grabbed his cell phone, dialed 911, and within minutes a policeman pulled up.
Before the officer had a chance to ask any questions, the lawyer started screaming hysterically. His Lexus, which he had just picked up the day before, was now completely ruined and would never be the same, no matter what the body shop did to it.
When the lawyer finally wound down from his ranting and raving, the officer shook his head in disgust and disbelief. I cant believe how materialistic you lawyers are, he said. You are so focused on your possessions that you dont notice anything else.
How can you say such a thing? asked the lawyer.
The cop replied, Dont you know that your left arm is missing from the elbow down? It must have been torn off when the truck hit you.
My God! screamed the lawyer. Wheres my Rolex? (submitted by Rita Lynch via the Internet)
Mrs. Jones goes to see her obstetrician, Dr. Smith. She says, Dr. Smith, Im pregnant again. I need a hearing aid.
Dr. Smith says, Mrs. Jones, I thought we decided last time that your 12 children were more than you could handle, and that you should not get pregnant again. Im going to give you a powerful contraceptive.
Mrs. Jones replies, But, doctor, I dont need a contraceptive. I need a hearing aid.
Dr. Smith: How come, Mrs. Jones?
Mrs. Jones: Well, you see, doctor, Im kinda hard of hearing. At night, when the mister and I turn off the lights and go to bed, he asks me, Do you want to go to sleep, or what? And, I always say, What? (submitted by Angela Porpora via the Internet)
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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 Internet)
Humor is a good thing.
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