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Judging Contracts - I agree with
the article (Gammill) but more and more judges are accepting
assignments, signing contracts, returning them and
then months latter having the assignments changed.
When a contract is accepted, signed and delivered
based on the fact not only that you want this
assignment, but the cost figures and history of
entries will pay for the trip, and the club contacts
you months later and arbitrarily takes away a breed
or two, you lose the economics of the contract and
you can't afford to do the assignment and are at a
loss as to what you can do or should do. You may
have given up other assignments because you have a
signed contract. Not only the dates but the terms
may specify that you can't accept assignments within
a period of time and/or distance of the assignment.
Food for thought,
Karen Skaggs - AKC Judge
It’s All About The Dog Shows - Yes
and after 26 years I can count the honest
judges on two hands. Most are so political
Jerry D Newton
Judging One Dog At A Time - I read Beverly Vics
article on judging one dog at a time. In judging 23 shows under FCI
rules around the globe, this is the methodology used. Each dog comes
into the ring individually, is appraised and given a ranking of
from excellent on down,( somewhat different terms in different
countries), A written critique is also given for each dog which is
given to the exhibiter. Upon completion of judging each individual with a ranking of excellent comes back into the ring (sometimes by
class entered) or all together for the final awards of the CC or
other awards. The most complex rating system I encountered was in
Al Grossman, Ph.D, Judge Emeritus
200,000 interested readers know what's on your mind and what we need to
Thank you - for reference in The Dog Press Headlines,
Please keep me on the active list. Thank you.
Terry Goldman - CFWGA President
at the Olympia Kennel Club show. I am a toy fox terrier
breeder/exhibitor from Washington state and the article was right on
target. Yes we knew about it. Wish AKC would wake up to this.
However, that being said, I did want to point out an error in your
article- The judges name was Joseph Joly not Jolly. Maybe you could make
a small correction in it. I would just love for every TFT
breeder/exhibitor in the USA to send a copy of your article to AKC -
They would like to know why more of us are not showing- this is why!!
Jane Reed Jane’s Toy Fox Terriers
Judges Panel or Rescue - What
better way for the fanatic animal rights groups to pose as rescue to
'collect information" to identify rescuerers. Someone should tell this
woman to get lost...she wants financial reports? Names and addresses? I
hope no one is fooled by this.
Bonnie West and the Windsong
Gratitude - First of all please
allow me to express my gratitude for your website! Someone gave me a
link few days ago and since then I can’t stop reading. I feel like I’m
in my own version of Disneyland for dog people. Thank you so much!
Elena Garazha - Domaine D’Elegar
Great Danes kennel
The Judge Says - ... both of the judging articles were enjoyed in my
house. My wife likes the One Dog method but unfortunately, it
can't be used at allbreed shows. I had a contract dispute
(resolved) early this year so that article was interesting too.
Katie usually is. I see you will withhold names and due to the
contract problem, I prefer that you withhold mine. Continue the
good work, we look forward to each issue. (name withheld)
The Plight Of Lennox
- (he) was
wrongly seized in Belfast last 19th May 2010. Lennox never had
any complaints and had never done anything wrong - the seizure by Belfast City Council dog wardens
is based purely on how he looks.
Lennox is a Labrador/American Bulldog cross, and has had a DNA
test to prove this, but apparently this isn't enough for the
court to decide that he isn't a pit-bull type. The family who
own him have also done more than required by law as responsible
dog owners, when Lennox was a puppy they had him neutered,
licensed, insured, DNA registered, Pet Safe registered and micro
chipped. The council who took him has also issued a dog license
for Lennox for the last five years and continues to still. He is
also a therapy
dog for the family's 12 year old daughter who is registered
disabled, and whose health has deteriorated because of this.
The injustice of it all is made worse by the dog wardens who
(seized) Lennox and they
also used the ADBA Inc (American Dog Breeders Association
Incorporated) breed standards guide to help identify Lennox as
possible Pit Bull type.
The petition for Lennox to be released and returned to his
family currently has over 47,000 followers worldwide. The ADBA Inc, various Animal
Rights groups, Animal Welfare organisations, Veterinarians, Dog
Breed and Behaviourist Experts have given support. Many regular
tourists to Northern Ireland have also stated they will not
return until Lennox is returned home to his family. All
information regarding Lennox can be found on the official
website, which is: http://www.savelennox.co.uk/
Open forum, any subject,
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Pedigree Commercials: Just the name of the dog food itself
"Pedigree" should raise eyebrows. Dog shows are for purebred dogs. Thus
the reason for their beginning. Robin
More On WKC &
Pedigree: I feel if it wasn't just a marketing ploy and they put
just half the money they spend in those commercials to practice
they could save thousands of dogs. I hate it and it is not the
place for it. It is just marketing and sad that people fall for
it. The new breed the rescue dog.
Pedigree Commercials: I feel that the commercials are fine,
but they should also promote the spay/neuter of mixed breed/shelter dogs
within these commercials. Jann Lanz
Yes to the Pedigree
Commercials: Since the AKC permits anyone to breed anything,
puppymill dogs, backyard breeders, etc. At the expense of
hundreds of thousands of innocent dogs each year. So many end up
in shelters. I do believe the Westminster has the best of the
best.... but.... it also breeds dogs when there are millions
killed in shelters yearly.
And Still More WKC &
Pedigree: The purebred world is under too much attack as it is.
Show commercials of happy endings with families who purchases pure breed
dogs! There are many many venues showing adoption of mutts, but few to
show the positives of getting a purebred dog.
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