said: So the adults who
object to this article have stooped to
falsifying others names on comments. Congrats! Thanks for reminding
the rest of us of your unwavering maturity level.
Vicki said: Good article. There are major problems in the club - some of which
are why I resigned after being a member for over 20 years. Allowing
members to lie about dogs and their owners/breeders is a real
problem as far as I am concerned. And yes, I have the documentation
to prove it. I commend those that have stayed and tried to make
things better. I just could no longer be one of them. Not afraid
to say who I am!
Teresa said: I see continued response from cowards who aren't proud enough about
their stance to say their name. Love the message or hate it, many of
us will risk the insults and ugliness to stand for what we believe
in. Those without the guts to take a stand with their name must not
be too proud of their position.
said: There will always be
those who defend the indefensible. (sigh) However, the market has
spoken. There has been and will continue to be a mass exodus. People
are not stupid. They will only out up with lack of ethics and
nonsense for so long before they get eventually get fed up. All the
talent is leaving. All the best!
People have been running from the floor for years. It is not a
difficult process. You've made your complaints for a long time now.
The membership at large doesn't seem to agree with you. And, if you
are not smart enough to follow the simple process to run from the
floor, you are probably not smart enough to be on the board.
Anonymous said: You have had a very contentious relationship with the club and are
very bitter about it. That is clear. AKC has made it clear that
members guide their own clubs. They had no reason to intervene
before and nothing has changed. Announcement of the slate, call for
nominations and the elections happen at the same time each year.
Anyone who is not happy with the slate or the direction of the club
would go ahead and run.
Anonymous said: This article is (edited) not verified information. Our club is
running just fine and I personally wish all of this nonsense would
Anonymous said: (edited) The overwhelming majority of club members are good, decent,
level-headed people, any one of who can and should lead this club.
said: It is true. MCOA is failing. One problem we discovered is that AKC
likes to have its cake and eat it too when it comes to being a
governing body. It is happy to hand down rules and rulings, but when
a member parent club behaves like a house of ill repute, for
whatever reason the AKC turns the dodging of "jurisdiction" into an
art form. It holds its clubs about as accountable as it holds its
The unfortunate result is that invalidates the legitimacy of member
clubs while reflecting poor on the AKC's management and leadership.
In my opinion, MCOA really should lose its national and status as an
approved AKC parent club until it cleans up its act. Until the time
comes where accountability becomes a very real issue, MCOA has no
hope whatsoever of behaving like a valid parent club organization.
It is just a platform for a clique of people to do whatever they
want, whenever they want, and to whomever they want. So while I
sympathize with the pains of those who keep trying to clean house,
the Mastiff Club of America really does deserve to dwindle into
irrelevance. Ex-members are proving just how much better it is on
the outside WITHOUT the MCOA.
Anonymous said: Show me where in the Dog Press bylaws it says identity must be
shared. Oh, it doesn't. You're just making up rules and bullying
people to follow them.
Anonymous said: @Teresa, LOL Troll? I didn't post it but...Wow funny.
Teresa said: "anonymous", when you care to post your name, I will gladly address
your questions. Otherwise, you are just a gutless troll who is not
willing to come into the light to state your thoughts, opinions and
Anonymous said: Now the ballots have been fixed? Is that what you are saying? You
have had a very contentious relationship with the club and are very
bitter about it. That is clear. AKC has made it clear that members
guide their own clubs. They had no reason to intervene before and
nothing has changed. Announcement of the slate, call for nominations
and the elections happen at the same time each year. Anyone who is
not happy with the slate or the direction of the club would go ahead
Teresa said: And, for any of you that are proud of your opinion, why are you
staying anonymous? It takes courage to stand up for what you believe
in. It takes zero courage to post anonymous, trollesque comments.
The positive comments Identify the poster. Says volumes about those
anonymous posters, now doesn't it.
Teresa said: So, you are aware that communist/repressive/dictator countries have
elections too, right? They fix the ballots to only reflect who is
wanted to win. They work HARD to silence any and all opposition.
They make sure no one else CAN win by any and all means necessary.
Yup, very much like MCOA.
Anonymous said: Comparing the club to a communist country does not apply because we
have elections. People who feel things should be run differently can
run from the floor and see if the membership supports their view.
Teresa said: No, the lawyer you speak of was NOT hired once I realized her
methods were alarming. She very well may get a great deal
accomplished that way, but we agreed that our directions were
different. The lawyer referenced by Bonnie is a highly respected
lawyer from New York and is considered the top of the field in
parliamentarian issues. I believe I have said several times the
first lawyer was a mistake. Her solution was to get big money
members involved and let them run the club. I saw that as trading
one set of problems for another set of problems. A third firm was
consulted and the $100,000 to force reform was quoted after spending
$10,000 for research by the law firm. Yes, there was a suit there,
but no, none of us had another $90,000 to spend to reform our club.
Truly, I do not think this club will reform on its own. Membership,
as a whole, had thrown up their hands and given up in anything but
business as usual.
Nick Van Duren said: Thank you Bonnie for
having the courage to expose the parent club for what it is...a
menace to the legitimacy, credibility, and relevance of the Dog
Erika M. said: Yah conflate. "most could care less whose in charge" is the exact
problem. Perhaps you need to conflate a bit MORE - if you wouldn't
give someone an entry why would you be sanguine with them running
the parent club? Agreed the majority of the club are excellent level
headed people any of whom could do an excellent job running the
club. But if like yourself they don't care who is, we continue to
get stuck with a few who are NOT representative of the many. Please
Very well written. Thank you Bonnie Blink for your time and
dedication for writing it. It is never easy to try and correct the
"wrongs" of the past, but it must be done. It's such a shame that
membership is continuing to slide. At this point it would seem that
an audit of the books would be for the good of all and a starting
point. As a relatively new member to the club even I can see the
huge disconnect between the membership and the board. It's such a
shame. This is an awesome and magnificent breed. Very noble in every
way. It deserves better.
Anonymous said: People have been running from the floor for years. It is not a
difficult process. You've made your complaints for a long time now.
The membership at large doesn't seem to agree with you. That's not
shooting the messenger.
Bonnie Blink said: The attorney referenced in this article is not the attorney to which
you refer. You should try doing some actual research and not rely on
the people who tell you things to protect themselves and their
friends. Nominations and rules? Please. This is exactly what started
this whole thing for me. Trying to follow election rules. Before I
started researching those rules, I only had a vague idea of the
problems in this club. It was researching via professional
parliamentarians, not asking club officers/members who try to
dictate what works for them. That revealed to me exactly how much
this club did/does that is against our charter, our bylaws, and laws
of the state in which we are incorporated.
Exactly as mentioned in my article, so many members of this club
don't really want to know what is wrong and when it is pointed out,
they shoot the messenger. Exactly why people in this club just walk
away and stop caring. It all seems so hopeless.
(Bonnie Blink said "knowing that identifying myself as the author of the
article and comments will invite attack. Why can't those of you
shooting the messenger identify yourselves?")
Anonymous said: Very nicely put. It is disheartening that the MCOA has come to this.
And then to recycle the same old, same old.
Anonymous said: Whether or not there are future articles doesn't change the fact
that this article is full of innuendo. It speaks of hiring an
attorney. Let's remember that attorney chose to try to publicly (and
I would say inappropriately) make a case on Facebook. She tried to
poll members regarding misrepresented facts, was flat out arguing
with people and threatening to throw people off the list. A
disgruntled membership always has a recourse in elections.
Nominations can be made from the floor. The rules for submitting the
nominations are simple and clear.
Teresa said: To the poster saying this is only an
opinion piece, please note, this is an introductory article. There
was far too much information for one article. And, these problems
don't only affect one club. Apparently, other clubs have some of
similar issues. The hope is that AKC will finally take notice and
realize how important it is for THEM to take a lead role in cleaning
up the sport or there won't be much of a sport to save. It's within
AKC's ability to help, but right now, they are choosing to turn
their backs and simply say it is not their jurisdiction.
Teresa said: Who is speaking? Or are you too afraid of being one that is getting
the rug pulled out from under you? This publication verified their
facts as an independent party. Please, feel free to dispute using
actual information instead of hurling insults. That is how we choose
to proceed. Your grand president had an opportunity to respond and
give an other view, but typically, buried her head in the sand.
Teresa said: The club shouldn't in my opinion, but has in the case of several
people as "perks" for driving trophies or being on the board.
Anonymous said: Since I'm not terribly well versed in dog clubs, can someone explain
to me if it's normal for a club to pay for trips or for rooms for
members? I was under the impression that members paid the clubs for
membership, is this incorrect?
Anonymous said: OMG, hahaha. What complete hogwash. The same tired, recycled crapola
as last year about this time; i.e. preceding elections. Nice try,
bit it stinks even more this time around. Ripe.
Anonymous said: This is not a nonpartisan or some kind of investigative article.
It's the opinion of a disgruntled club member. There are a lot of
claims thrown around in this column including using a decline in
membership to bolster a claim of wrongdoings. But during the same
timeframe AKC has seen a 63% drop in registration. Dog show entries
have seen similar drops. It stands to reason that membership in
clubs would see similar declines. I see someone says that Dog Press
has sifted through tons of documentation. They make no such notation
here. This reads completely as an opinion piece.
Well said Bonnie.
said: Very well said, Bonnie! There are many of us that just hope that we
outlive the cancerous tumors!
great article bonnie..... just maybe...
said: There have been a number of years of
complaints and terrible arguments and uproars in the Club. I would
think by now that there should have been a complete voluntary
investigation. By-laws are made to protect both the Club and the
members who volunteer to be on the Executive. They should be adhered
to. But, having been on both sides of the coin, we have to remember
that there are very few people who will step forward to volunteer
their time. And it can be a thankless job, with constant complaints,
creating an atmosphere of hostility and indifference. Ultimately, a
complete audit should have been, and should be, done. Let's try to
resolve this once and for all. And remember, gratitude, to those who
serve, and all who move this club forward, is a great obligation and
Eerika said: I have been stunned by what has been going on in this club.
it is frankly amazing. I honestly have never seen anything like it.
NO ONE wants to join.
Nancy Serdich said: Bonnie, You have spoken
truthfully and eloquently about the cancer that is destroying our
breed club membership. Hopefully enough of them will hear and speak
Diane said: This is a great article and so true! Sad what is happening to
the mastiff club.
Anonymous said: For the anonymous person, you are a coward, but that's another topic
for another article. The fact is that the Dog Press sifted through
tons of documentation. They requested input from the board (no
responses). If there had been nothing to what Bonnie said, they
would NOT have published this.
Rick Cisneros said: Wow well said but you can already see what is being said why say it anonous if you have something to say fore ar
against grow a pair and put your name to it!
Kay said: Great article Bonnie,
unfortunately you will only continue to receive abuse by those who
are part of the problem. Anyone who has a difference of opinion is
singled out for abuse, verbal and other. As with many breed clubs
there are those with a different agenda than the charter and there
are those with the money to finance the group. Anonymous is wrong as
this is the truth and really not all of the problems. Come on
Anonymous step forward.