2000 Newsletter - Volume
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101 Or More About Pogo And The Enemy
by Tom Crowe
In any basic economics course one
of the primary laws is the Law of Supply and Demand. Anyone owning
a fuel-operated vehicle knows quite a bit about the Law of Supply
and Demand. For instance, it is quite evident when the Demand for
fuel is low and the Supply is great the price per gallon of fuel
will decline. Likewise when the Demand is great and the Supply is
limited prices will rise. More important, however, is that the
hawks will swarm and take every advantage of the situation to
foster creative chicanery to profit by the situation. The Arab
cartel of crude oil suppliers know quite well about Supply and
Demand and the consumer pays at the pump, as we all know. What
does all this have to do with dogs and puppies and big business?
Please let me explain. There are
approximately 1400 all-breed Dog Shows, plus another 11,000
related dog events, including 1995 Specialty Shows each year with
probably a million and more spectators eyeing the contestants and
looking for a place to buy and own a puppy of their desired breed.
Television, if you havent noticed, has a dog on almost every
show in one role or another and in every commercial and they are
all cute. All these conditions create the DEMAND and it is growing
and growing with each passing day.
What about the Supply? What about
the breeders ignoring this situation and making puppy ownership
nearly impossible with almost ridiculous demands for ownership to
the prospective buyers? Are we, under these circumstances, able to
fulfill that huge demand for puppies with absolutely verifiable
registrations? Not with the present situation that exists. I think
that would be a wildly overly optimistic dream. What, therefore,
is the answer when the AKC with its present policies based on a
long outmoded system of controlling registrations seems unable to
A recent article in Dog News
written by John Mandeville clearly explains the problems with the
present registrations system. He has been an insider and has been
faced with the problems. In his article he offers an in-depth
analysis of the situation and a most sensible solution to the
entire registrations problems. His solution, however, will require
some concessions on the part of all breeders and the AKC. If you
have not yet read that article it is important for anyone
interested in the sport and its future.
If some solution such as John
proposes is not recognized and adopted I can see the demise of the
AKC as a power source of information given and accepted without
question as it once was. Dog shows, judging assignments and
winning are not the only things that matter in our sport. Our
integrity as a group and our whole existence in Purebred Dogs are
at stake if we dont soon realize: WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY AND
For several months MB-F and InfoDog
have been gathering information regarding breeders. We had a goal
of amassing 10,000 concerned breeders and others interested in
fighting the problem of irresponsible breeders. We are happy to
announce that goal has been reached and exceeded and it is
continuing to grow each day as we realize we do have a fight on
our hands. The majority of those joining the fight are breeders,
more than 8,000 to date have signed on bringing many plans and
ideas along. Serious breeders are interested in finding solutions
to solve the problems being foisted upon the public.
We are now looking forward to
thousands more joining this crusade. Plans are afoot to create a
National Breeders Association. We are discussing and formulating
the form this association, consisting of qualified and registered
breeders, will take. When this takes place the public will become
aware that there is an organization of honest breeders, and a
place where honest information and a supply of puppies are
available for their purchase puppies that are healthy,
affordable and correctly registered. Breeders will still have the
final say as to whom they will sell to but at least a step will
have been taken in the right direction to begin the end of the
irresponsible breeders and their fake registration papers.
We must increase the supply to end
the excessive demand. An association of true breeders with high
standards is only the beginning to the only real answers to the
problems in our registration system. Over this the AKC has no
voice and they cannot regulate honesty nor can they afford the
millions required to police the situation. They are not an
enforcement agency and do not have any enforcement jurisdiction or
powers over the situation. The attitudes of the breeders and their
willingness to face this situation will be the deciding factors in
this fight. To sit idly by and wait for someone else to do the job
will surely make you one of the enemies as Pogo says.
There are many more items and ideas
being generated within our Breeders Forums. Those ideas will be
forthcoming ASAP to further our programs along. STAY TUNED AND
STAY READY TO PARTICIPATE. IT TAKES A BIT OF TIME TO CORRELATE ALL
THE IDEAS BUT THEY WILL SOON BE ON THEIR WAY FOR YOUR INPUT AND
ACCEPTANCE IN THE PROGRAM.
Where I Sit
by John S. Ward
This column is being written two
days after my return from The Westminster Kennel Club show in New
York. Each year at this time I am once again impressed by the keen
interest and deep affection the American public has for the
purebred dog. The show itself draws thousands of spectators each
day but with the advent of television coverage it is seen
literally by millions of people. Almost everybody I will meet for
the next week or two will comment on how greatly they enjoyed the
spectacle and will enthusiastically discuss which dog in their
opinion should have gone Best in Show.
Participation in the Westminster
show is of course limited to dogs that have won their
championships and the announcer on the microphone at the show
points out that none of these dogs was bought in a pet shop and he
very properly urges the spectators to buy their next dog from a
breeder. It might be interesting to speculate on what would happen
if everybody literally took his advice. Before we do that however
it is necessary to identify the various sources of purebred
puppies that are available to the potential buyer.
For purposes of this examination I
will assume that these puppies come into this world in one of
three situations. First of all there is indeed the individual whom
we in the dog game categorize as a breeder. This individual
is interested primarily in producing dogs that can be exhibited in
AKC dog events. The most promising puppies in such litters are
either retained by the breeder or sold to what we call show homes.
The other dogs in the litter are sold to those seeking a well-bred
pet. At the other end of the scale are those individuals whose
operations are usually referred to as puppy mills. These kennels
are operated as an economic activity without regard to show
quality and their sales are made primarily to pet shops.
There is also a third type of
breeder who does not fall into either of the above categories.
This individual typically owns a single purebred female dog which
is bred for a variety of reasons. It is probably a family pet and
oftentimes the breeding is made so that the children may see at
first hand the reproduction process. Another reason might be
simply to produce another pet and perhaps make a modest profit on
selling the rest of the litter. In most cases the female will be
bred only once in her lifetime. Most of the dogs for sale through
the medium of classified advertisements in the newspaper fall into
The laws of supply and demand apply
to the marketing of purebred puppies whether or not it can be
considered an economic activity. Obviously there is a large market
for purebred dogs that is currently being met by the three sources
listed above. It is unrealistic to think that this market can be
filled solely by the breeders of show quality dogs regardless of
how much we want this to come about. This then is the dilemma
faced by The American Kennel Club, i.e. how can the integrity of
the Stud Book be maintained in view of the wide variation in the
motivation and goals of dog breeders. On site inspection of all
breeders records is obviously impractical and even random
sampling would not result in total accuracy of identification of
dogs and examination of records. The use of microchips for
identification and DNA sampling for verification of parentage are
powerful tools for maintaining an accurate registry but their cost
is not insignificant.
Over and above the question of
accurately identifying a dog is the public perception that
registration should somehow also guarantee the quality of a puppy,
similar to the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. If this
certification is not possible it must be made perfectly clear that
a registration certificate is only equivalent to the birth
certificate of a human being and no other guarantees apply.
If you have read this far you are
perhaps waiting to see what solution I can propose for these
knotty problems. I must confess that I have no easy answer. All I
hope to accomplish in this discussion is to point out that getting
rid of the puppy mills will not solve our problems even were such
an action possible. Unfortunately some of the so-called exposes on
television would like you to believe that all would be well if
only the AKC would straighten up and fly right. I hope that some
of what I have said above will help to counter that simplistic
to the Editor
I am Kathleen Reed of Kaylar
Newfoundlands and would like to inform InfoDog about something
which happened recently here in the Midwest concerning the local
puppy millers organizations. I posted this letter to the
Newf-tech list of which I am a member. I feel this posting should
be forwarded to as many breed lists as possible. I thought that
responsible breeders might be interested in the following:
The Missouri Pet Breeders
Association has voted as of March 1, 2000, to stop registering
litters with AKC papers and also to use other registries such as
the All Breed Pet Registry and the United Kennel Club
International registry to paper their puppies for a
period of 60 days. All this in protest of the AKC ruling that any
stud dog used for more than five litters must have DNA
identification. The Iowa Pet Breeders Association will be holding
a meeting to see about following in Missouris footsteps.
This appears to be a case of
blackballing AKC to get them to stop the use of DNA for
identification of litters. It seems to me that it behooves those
of us who are always on the case of AKC to do something about
irresponsible breeding should back AKC on this one. They are
finally doing something!
I would suggest that it might be a
good idea to support AKC through a letter writing campaign FOR the
use of DNA identification. And, perhaps even donate an extra
$10.00 per puppy produced this past year as a support to AKC in
their efforts and to let them know that responsible breeders do
not want them to back down on the issue of DNA identification.
Please feel free to forward this post to as many breed lists as
Kathy and the furry gang http://www.kaylar.com/kaylarnewfs.html
~~~~~ This is a very important
letter - please take a moment to read it. It may be crossposted to
other lists but any questions should go back to Kim Townsend
please. Thank you.
Victoria King firstname.lastname@example.org
Chinese Crested Rescue (+ other small dogs) Orlando, Florida
From: Kim email@example.com
Sent: Saturday, March 04, 2000 8:42 PM
Subject: NoPuppyMills THE BIGGEST NEWS EVER!!!
I am tempted to write this entire
letter in capital letters....I am so excited! The following is the
latest news from the Missouri Pet Breeders Association (MPBA).
MPBA is comprised of mostly commercial dog breeders in Missouri
and is a very powerful factor in making Missouri the #1 puppy
producing state in the nation. The following letter is from the
president of the MPBA:
******start of letter********
The ninth Annual Seminar and
meeting is now past. There were approximately 300 present for the
annual meeting on Saturday, February 26th.
Many of these were present due to
the recent DNA information issued by AKC. Breeders are up in arms
over this, and, after a very lengthy discussion, attempts at
various motions, and then more discussion, the members passed the
following NON-BINDING RESOLUTION: That members stop registering
with AKC as of March 1, 2000, and stop furnishing AKC papers as of
March 15, 2000. This resolution carried overwhelmingly.
PLEASE UNDERSTAND: this IS NOT a
part of MPBA By-laws, and MPBA is not a governing body with the
power to enforce any such action. This could be looked upon as a
resolution and will be complied with by the members at their
discretion only. There obviously will be no compliance
requirements by the MPBA to see whether you comply or do not.
It is my personal belief that if
everyone stands together and does this, it will make a huge
impact. However, better planning is needed before it can be done.
Several other state organizations have contacted me stating that
more time than the motion allowed was needed. This could affect
the reputation of the entire pet industry. On Sunday, February
27th I had, as did many other board members, multiple phone calls.
Many of the calls were from very angry members who could not
believe that MPBA could condone such activity. Some want to pull
their memberships. Others were applauding that some action was
finally taken. Still others were very confused over what to do.
(Reminds of [sic] us UFO days, no? Or are you too young for that?)
The only way to change what is
happening in our industry is for everyone to stand together. AKC
has made it very clear that they do not want our business. There
were some very disparaging remarks made at the Westminster Show
concerning our industry for the second year in a row. The expense
associated with their recent DNA mandates will bring many dollars
into their coffers; taking them from us. They give us no choice as
to where to get the DNA testing done, and if you dont comply,
they can pull your privileges. If they pull your papers, dogs you
sold before will then be unregistered, and you may be expected to
refund the purchase price, and maybe more. All papers that you
have from AKC will no longer be valid if you lose privileges. They
dont belong to you, they belong to AKC.
Remember, if and when you do go to
an alternate registry, and there are several that can get papers
to you in a hurry, be sure to keep all records as though you were
still registering with AKC, because they can still come back on
you for several years and cancel papers on dogs you have sold,
making you liable for them. Any credible registry must have
accurate records kept to assure the public that the puppies are
actually purebred puppies.
Another thing that needs
clarification: MPBA is not going to act like AKC. This is YOUR
industry. As said before, approximately 300 were at the Saturday
meeting, and I think the rest must have called me and other
officers Sunday and Sunday night. I wish everyone could have been
at the meeting. Im sorry that some who were there and called
Sunday in opposition to the measure didnt feel they could speak
up against it at the meeting.
And when you do have an issue with
something that is done, feel free to write or call to express your
thoughts. Not everyone will be happy with everything we do. We can
only try to do the best we know how to further the welfare of the
Missouri Pet industry. We still feel this is our primary goal, as
stated in MPBAs purpose for being.
(signed) Brenda Kemp MPBA President
Of Exhibitor Survey On Dog Shows (Part II)
by Dorie Crowe
And now we present the final
section of our Exhibitor Survey on Dog Shows. These last last five
questions give the Show Chairman and show-giving club additional
information regarding things exhibitors would like you to consider
when you are planning your event, and the show(s) they think come
closest to their ideal. In the interest of space, and because the
questions deal with the same subject matter, we are combining the
opinion answers to questions 22, 23 and 24. So, the
questions/answers appear below a little out of order.
23. What do you see as the major
problem at the shows you attend?
that accept dogs
22. What can kennel clubs do to
improve their shows?
23. Other (please specify)
24. What exactly is the problem
with the item you checked above?
These answers/opinions fell into
several categories we have organized for you below:
JUDGES: (No. of Responses: 378)
knowledge of the breed and/or Breed Standard
up the other end of the lead
judges over and over
of judge (goes through motions, bored, no sense of
(looking for favors, trading assignments, etc.)
only basis for hiring
number of judges hired for show
receive whole Group
enough good ones
not interested in our needs
Amenities (restrooms, phones, porta-potties, water, etc.)
ring size 64 5.00%
rules not enforced
not appropriate for size/type of show
set up close enough to ring
area of town
lighting, electrical, or hookups
Accessibility, loading and Unloading
place to bathe dogs
Not available with dogs
dog people guests
The next question gave exhibitors
some problems. For example, they were quite sure what was the best
for them and why, but some either knew only the location, or mixed
up the name of the cluster with a different clusters location,
etc. Those that had conflicting information or not enough
information to identify the particular show had to be thrown out
of the equation; those that gave us enough information that we
were reasonably sure how to count their vote, we did. And, of
course, there were some that thought there was no club worthy of
being called The Best. These are the clubs whose shows had
great sites, wonderful judging panels, ample space for grooming
and parking, reasonable food, good motels/hotels, great
concessions, nice trophies, ample ring size, friendly club members
who organized a clean site in a good location. So, ladies and
gentlemen, we give you the 491 votes for the kennel clubs that
offer everything a Dog Show should be:
25. In your opinion, what kennel
club show that you have attended offers everything a Dog Show
should be (please use proper club name, NOT the city where the
show is held)? If the club has more than one show, list the one
you think exemplifies the best.
Series Cluster (TX)
Blossom Cluster (Perry, GA)
City Cluster (TX)
Colony Cluster (Boston, MA)
State Cluster (ID)
Gull (Va Beach) Cluster
Classic Cluster (Springfield, MA)
Country Cluster (NY)
Valley Cluster (Canfield, OH)
Prairie Cluster (WA)
City Cluster (OR)
Cluster (Louisville, KY)
of America Cluster (KS)
Cluster (Raleigh, NC)
Crown Classic Cluster (OH)
Bay Kennel Club
Valle Dog Club of Livermore (Fall Show)
Valle Dog Club of Livermore (Spring Show)
Antonio Kennel Club
Dominion K.C. of No. VA
County Kennel Club
Hills Kennel Club
Florida Kennel Club
Club of Palm Springs
Reserve Kennel Club (December Show)
Reserve Kennel Club (Summer Show)
Note: There were 185
individual shows and Clusters that received only one vote. In
addition, some of these club names were not recognizable or
foreign. In the interest of space we have not included them here.
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SHOW ETIQUETTE POSTER
The following poster appeared at
the November Springfield, MA, Thanksgiving Cluster. We were so
impressed by it that we followed up to determine who was the
idea-person behind it. We are pleased to let you know that it was
the original idea of Joan Malek, Public Education Coordinator of
the Toledo Kennel Club. She laminates their 2 x 3 poster and
mounts it on an easel at the main entrance and also uses this same
copy as a handout at each other entrance. Were always looking
for good ideas to share with other Show Chairmen, so were
passing it along to you.
WELCOME TO OUR
DONT FORGET TO:
TOUCHING OR FEEDING A DOG! Often people have spent hours
grooming their dog. Other dogs are nervous at shows or maybe not
used to crowds or children. And some dogs grab for treats or they
might have finicky stomachs.
NEVER LET YOUR
CHILD HUG A STRANGE DOG! Just like most people object to being
grabbed and hugged by strangers, so do many dogs!
WATCH WHERE YOU
STEP! We want you to make sure that you dont step on any
feet, noses, or tails of our friends. Also, unfortunately, not all
dog handlers are considerate enough to clean up after their dogs.
KEEP ALL FAMILY
MEMBERS ON THE OUTSIDE OF RING BARRIERS! Each dog and handler
has only moments in the ring for the judge to evaluate him and any
distractions (food or objects thrown into the ring, body parts
hanging over or under the ring barriers, and/or loud disturbances)
can throw their performance off.
ALWAYS ASK FIRST
IF IT IS A GOOD TIME TO TALK! You might be catching someone as
they are nervously waiting to go in the ring, or hurriedly
grooming for an upcoming ring time, or maybe just closely watching
dogs that they are interested in. If we are engrossed in
something, we will be happy to let you know when and where is a
better time to talk.
* * * * Kennel Club
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Longtime MB-F employee and friend,
Dorothy John, passed away December 23, 1999. Dorothy served as a
dedicated employee since June of 1962. She was supervisor of the
printing department when the company was located on Broad Street
in Detroit and lived and worked through many changes in the
In recent years she was in charge
of the shop area. Some of her valuable duties included handling
all mail going out of the building, and packing judges bags,
paperwork, materials and all necessary supplies for the shows
going out of the Madison Heights office.
Dorothy was also responsible for
keeping our office and shop areas neat and tidy, printing ribbons
on some temperamental-at-times equipment (until this duty moved to
the Greensboro office) and taking our truck drivers and shop help
under her wing by offering help and advice.
Her desk was directly across the
aisle from the time clock and she was often the very first person
most of us greeted each morning upon clocking in for work. She
often enjoyed sharing stores about her beloved family nephew,
Gordon, and his wife, Karen and their three children of whom
she was very proud. They were her grandchildren in every
sense of the word.
Dorothy was totally committed and
dedicated to her job at MB-F. She was truly a valuable part of our
company family and will be sadly missed by all.
The Shaggy Dog Stories
You Know You Have Too Many Dogs...
When you have more grass in your
driveway than in your backyard.
When your neighbors find ANY dog
running loose and automatically bring it to your house.
When you want to watch TV and you
have to sit on the floor because all of the furniture is occupied.
When it takes you longer to wash
your dogs dishes than your own.
When you have to use a wash tub for
a water dish.
When you have to run an obstacle
course to get to the phone.
When you see one of your dogs doing
something bad (like chewing something up or leaving a dog
deposit on the rug) and you have to run through the entire list
of dogs names in order to yell at the right one and by then it
is too late.
When the HazMat team comes to your
house on trash day to handle the deposits that you have
placed in your trash can.
When you have all of your dogs in
the back seat of your car and it automatically changes lanes when
they move to the other side of the car.
When you NEVER go anywhere for a
vacation because it costs more to kennel your dogs than to go to
When you have an extension on your
king-sized bed so you all fit.
When Eukanuba makes home
When you move your bedroom into the
garage and put a king and queen-sized bed together so all of your
Rottweilers, I mean dogs, can sleep with you.
When you cant remember all of
your dogs names and just call them all brown dog [or
black dog, or red dog, etc.].
When you take your dogs for a run
in the park and people think it is a dog show. [More like a 3-ring
submitted by Patricia Reuter via
A man and his dog were walking
along a road. The man was enjoying the scenery when it suddenly
occurred to him that he was dead! He remembered dying and that the
dog he loved had been dead for years.
He wondered where the road was
After a while, the man and his dog
came to a high, white, stone wall along one side of the road. It
looked like fine marble. At the top of a long hill there was a
tall arch that glowed in the sunlight. When he stood before it he
saw a magnificent gate that looked like mother of pearl. Beyond
the gate the street looked like it was paved in pure gold.
He and the dog walked toward the
pearly gate. As he got closer he saw a man sitting at a desk. When
he was close enough he called out, Excuse me, what is this
This is Heaven, sir, the man
Wow! This is wonderful! By the
way, would you happen to have some water? the man asked.
Of course, sir. Come right in
and Ill have some ice water brought right up. The man
gestured and the gate began to open.
Can my friend, the man
gestured toward his dog, come in, too? the traveler asked.
Im sorry, sir, but we dont
The man thought a moment then
turned his back on the man at the desk. He continued to walk with
his dog along the road as before. After another long walk, at the
top of another long hill, he came to a dirt road that led through
a farm gate that looked as if it was always open. There was no
fence. As he approached the gate, he saw an old man inside who was
leaning against a tree, reading a book.
Excuse me! he called to the
reader, Do you have any water?
Yep, come on in, theres a
pump over there.
How bout my friend here?
the traveler gestured toward his dog.
There should be a bowl by the
The man and his dog walked through
the gate and, sure enough, there was an old-fashioned hand pump
with a bowl beside it. The traveler filled the bowl and gave some
to the dog. Then he took a long drink himself. When they had their
fill of fresh, cool water he and the dog walked back toward the
man who was standing by the tree waiting for them.
What do you call this place?
the traveler asked.
This is Heaven, the man
Well, Im confused, the
traveler said. The man down the road said that was Heaven, too.
Oh, you mean the place with the
gold streets and pearly gates, the man at the old gate said.
The man with the dog asked, Doesnt
it make you mad for them to use your name like that?
No, the man with the book
stated. I can see how you might think so, but were happy the
way they screen out the folks wholl leave their best friends
behind. (submitted by P. Mondok)
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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