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Reverse the ice age on Judges who turn kennel clubs
and swapping assignments into dog show racketeering. They deserve
more than a cold shoulder, freeze them out!
don’t know about you, but every Wednesday morning, I run the
gauntlet of judges, trying to figure out if it’s worth the entry fee
to enter a Dog Show under them.
Nina Garcetti| The Dog Press | June 2010
It’s like the Ice Age in reverse. Somewhere between “Is this
guy incompetent” and “Is this one a crook”, I desperately search the
abyss trying to find a judge who will actually judge my dog on his
As entries plummet nationwide, the lame excuse I hear from C is “It’s The
Economy”. Well STUPID I am NOT! I guess no one at AKC has gotten
the memo… Exhibitors are fed up with spending our hard earned money on
crooks and incompetents. The knowledgeable honest judge has gone the way
of the Wooly Mammoth. If you are looking for the remnants of the Highly
Respected Judge, he can be found buried in a glacier with the rest of
our fond memories of dog shows past.
So what led to the demise of the Highly Respected Dog Show Judge? Like
all mass extinctions throughout history, environmental issues played a
big part. In our case it is the need climb the social hierarchy at AKC
that lends itself to the eventual plunge into the bottomless crevasse of
“He actually used to judge dogs. What happened?”
Now remember, Dog Show Judges may not “solicit” for assignments. So what
is a Judge supposed to do in order to get hired? Getting assignments
looks more like a violation of the RICO Act than an endeavor to hire
honest, reputable judges to officiate over the selection of our breeding
stock! And where is AKC on all of this? Turning a blind eye to the
blatant racketeering that goes on. Pretending they are still in the Ice
Age when judges were just judges instead of prehistoric caricatures.
Here is how the whole mess plays out...
You have a show giving club. You add a judge or two your membership
roster. That is easy to do because judges need to be in the loop in
order to get themselves hired and that means joining a lot of kennel
clubs. So your new member judges get a Judges Selection Committee gig in
your club. That makes your hiring job easier because the new guys are
anxious to do a little assignment swapping. That gets them provisional’s
or more assignments with the judges they help hire for your show. It’s
known as “quid pro quo”. “You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours”.
No one solicited but everyone gets hired.
Then there are the all-powerful Saber Tooth Tigers of the Dog Show
World. The “Cluster Chairs”. These are the guys that can pull down a
whole herd of assignments. It’s their game and if you don’t play it
their way, you’re done as a judge. Saber Tooth Tigers only put up their
friends, the ones who got them their connections. But there is no need
to fear the Tigers as long as you are a club president or show chairman,
you are part of the game. Now everything will come your way. The Tigers
and the Mammoths play ball, I know, that’s not a pretty picture. You
might think about applying yourself, the prehistoric beasts you are now
in league with will make sure your first assignment is right around the
But remember, they have tusks and claws and once you let them in the
door, they can also hurt you. Cross one (or a friend of theirs) and BAM,
you’re done. From Paradise to the Primordial in the wink of an eye.
Some of those judges campaign dogs in the Top 10 but being Tigers, they
are sneaky. They put them in someone else’s name so they can trade wins
with their friends. Got a major show that’s a must win? Easy. Use the
call of the wild network and it’s a done deal! All it takes is a willing
co owner and voila!, you have a big winning special. It’s just that
simple. Hell, put your own dog up. After all, he’s not in your
name. Your friend’s new special next weekend? It’s a done deal. Never
mind how foolish you look to ringside.
The situation is reaching Critical Mass. That point of no return when
extinction is eminent. With pressure from the Animal Rights movement,
anti-pet zoning laws, a nationwide recession and tons of bad PR for AKC,
you got to ask yourself “Is this “SPORT” really worth it?” How
long can we keep running from the Tiger and stay one step ahead of the
Mammoth’s crushing feet? I mean how much fun is this?
The game is beginning to smell like a Mastodon carcass that has
succumbed to global warming. AKC could care less about dog show people.
They care even less about making any of this look like it is on the up
and up. “Embarrass AKC? Give the Sport a bad name? Well these folks
don’t embarrass. It can’t be done.
Not even their peers dare say a word. They know that’s a toothy tiger
standing right next to them. And their own club has at least one ”Wooly
Mammoth In The Room”. Everyone who shows dogs perceives the ominous
glacial death of the fancy. It’s all you hear at ringside anymore. We
see the back slapping behind the concession stand and that wink when
they think they pulled it off without a hitch. That’s right, we’re all
stupid. But we’re not blind.
We see the all-expense paid trip to judge in Paradise; 4 days hotel,
meals, transfers and tax. We know the clubs that throw in a round of
golf with greens fees paid, compliments of Mr. Big Winner’s backers.
Just put up his dog and it can all be yours! You know he can’t walk, but
hey exhibitors are all stupid, remember? Well maybe we’re not so stupid.
We are all fed up with corruption and it is high time to name names. AKC
isn’t going to save us here. They can’t even save themselves.
Here’s what you CAN DO. Tell your fellow breeders to starve them out.
Don’t give them an entry. Put them on your Do Not Show list. No peanuts
for the bad elephant! If they can’t even draw flies they won’t be in
demand. Tell your local clubs. Put them on the Do Not Hire List. Spread
the word. Tell the AKC to stop allowing judges to campaign “specials”.
Never mind. You can’t tell AKC anything.
Tell the bad judges you will not give them another entry if they keep
putting up poor specimens of your breed. Never mind that either. You
can’t tell a bad judge they’re a crook.
One thing we can tell them is goodbye. If I don’t, I am just beating a
Dead Mammoth! I’m either part of the problem or I’m going to get the
monsters out of my way! I’m tired of it and I am not going to wait for
the next Ice Age to freeze them out. How about you?
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