To The Editor
Like all Bullies,
DoodleDog's nose is permanently bent out of shape so keep your letter
succinct or he'll bury it! He
selects only the best and most original letters, and he likes them
signed but if he knows you, and you ask real nice, he's trained to withhold your
to the Editor
implications I emailed several months ago concerning the ARR
program, prior to your articles, which I appreciate you writing.
Since then I'm sure you've heard about PRIME? PRIME is the next
generation of ARR and basically allows commercial distributors to
access AKC records and either determine or create pedigrees to
sell their puppies as AKC eligible. ARR now registers the
litters of unregistered dogs via the distributors and provides them
with paperwork or online registration ability as in PRIME through
PetLand. The story about puppy buyers being baited and switched was
just to get some semblance of acceptance. The real reason was to
continue their partnership with Hunte & PetLand and multiple other
distributors signing on. Another kicker to this story is the AKC
pays Hunte...and Petland...
Another issue behind ARR which the AKC is not even considering, is
it has given the commercial breeders the incentive not to register
litters with the AKC. Now they can register the litter with APRI or
ACA or CKC but advertise AKC registerable...
Answering your #1 question: AKC does honor limited registration,
unless of course if the dog comes through ARR - a breeder can sell a
dog on limited, the buyer does not have to register it with the AKC,
instead using a alternative registry...puppies produced out of this
dog are then AKC registerable unless the breeder notices and
complains but wait, there is even more - this dog could be 3 or 4
generations back and the the great grandchildren are still
eligible... none of the subsequent dogs are AKC (just) the
great-great grandparents...By the way CH3 section6 indicates dogs
that are eligible for registration, a dog that is eligible for
registration is one out of AKC registered parents.
Registration: I have had the opportunity to be involved with
questions regarding AKC registrations. After many back and forth
interactions with AKC and co-owners of dogs it seems that the AKC is
content with just accepting "one sides" statements" as they affect
registrations. It has been proved that an owner has signed others names
on registrations as well as changing information on transfers (changing
dates, names etc.) . They have decided to not pursue this issue, even
though it has been done multiple times and has been sworn to by the
person whose name was signed without permission. My question is
how do they sanction and fine people who "knew or should have known" and
let something that is legally attested to by those who are involved and
at risk as something to be ignored.
After more than
forty years of trying to abide by AKC rules and having great concern
regarding possible sanctions if a mistake is made. I find myself
questioning how pure AKC papers and registries are.
M D Heaney
we all agree that Darla is correct and AKC screwed up the registrations
for Tank and Trevor, wouldn't AKC's "Conditional Registration" process
introduced in 2005 now make any dogs born ages ago "legal"?
no student of Lofranco pedigrees, but just using the OFA database you
can find at least 7 generations. Under the "Conditional Registration"
process, after 3 generations, the dogs are eligible for full
registration. In the case of Trevor/Tank, the fourth generation was born
more than a decade ago.
Things Happen: Sometimes we need to hear that good things
can still happen. This past weekend, I and three of my "newbie"
puppy owners/handlers attended the Clemson show. On Saturday
the club held a new exhibitor seminar. In the breed ring for
American Eskimos, the judge, Mrs. Toddie Clark, not only was
extremely kind and helpful to these new exhibitors, but put up
for breed a dog - and handler - who had never been in an AKC
show ring before that day. In group, Mrs. Arlene Benko, was
also extremely helpful to this new exhibitor and gave him and
his dog a group 3. She was rather pointed in her comments that
his dog was fine, his handling needed improvement, but the fact
that this happened at an AKC show was in itself remarkable - and
delightful. Shades of the old days of showing! Kudos to the
club, its judges and other exhibitors, all of whom were so nice.
Patrea L. Pabst
Rough On AKC
My wife and I enjoy your Dog Press and although I've been
judging quite a while, we learn a lot from getting it. Yes,
I'm an Insider. I do find your articles a little rough on AKC
though. It is not a perfect world but they do a good job of
providing the best venue to judge and display our dogs. Just a
friendly criticism, no offense intended. We enjoy the variety of
articles. (Name withheld)
appreciate your thoughts on whether when a local club hosts a regional
specialty show, their committee members should be allowed to enter their
own dogs. I ask this because it is common for club committees to
wine-and-dine the specialty judges. This creates more than the mere
appearance of impropriety, as I see it. It goes beyond that into a true
conflict of interest, yet I have seen nothing from AKC on such a
Big Money Turn-off: My wife was interested in becoming a hobby
level breeder of toy poodles. We love them. She would have been a new
generation of enthusiast for the breed and for dog shows in general.
Instead we learned that people like my wife are really just a stepping
stone to help the big money breeders and handlers achieve their goals.
We wasted some time and money on our own and even hired a handler before
figuring out the whole thing was a sham. My impression was that poodles
were on the far end of the corruption spectrum (which is sad for people
like us who love them) but I'll bet its gaining ground in other breeds
as well. Pretty soon the only person showing up to shows will be the big
handlers and breeders and they will have to submit enough dogs to create
and share majors with each other.
I wish the article would have talked about the cheating and the
bastardization of the standards for the dog which are also going to ruin
the animal’s health and functionality. For example: we witnessed people
putting in hair extensions; haircuts that hide bone issues b/c the
judges don't/won't check closely; oversized dogs (MOST toy poodles are
over sized but nobody says anything b/c they are all in on it); face
judging that encourages under developed mouths and loss of teeth; doggy
orthodontics. I was a really casual participant and these are abuses
that I witnessed personally.
Judge On Withholding A judge may
withhold ribbons at any level from the
class to BOB. Sometimes in the classes
1st through 4th is awarded in the hope
that there will be more deserving dogs
to come. Sometimes when you look at the
Winners lineup it becomes apparent that
there are no dogs (on the day) who are
deserving of the points. Remember that
every judge signs the book stating that
WD and WB were deserving of AKC points
on the day. (It has nothing to do with
dashing hopes of the handlers. It has
all to do with protecting the integrity
of the breed being judged.)
Certainly a dog with no disqualifying
faults can have no inherent quality as a
showdog. (Many petshop dogs have no DQs
but are certainly not suitable for AKC
Championships.) And each judge can only
offer their opinion. If you don't like
it, show to another judge. Sandra
firstname.lastname@example.org AKC judge
Open forum, any subject,
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Letter To Editor.
Shelter and Animal Rights: When's the last
time you went to a shelter? If you don't believe they are full, then
you are clueless. You are part of the problem! DISGUSTING!
email@example.com On Behalf Of Buddha Dog Animal
Judge Takes Exception: As the head
of ASSA Sheltie Rescue (parent club) I take GREAT exception to your
lumping breed rescues in with HSUS and PETA. Our people are well aware
of what HSUS and PETA are all about and we are aware that some shelters
import dogs from other countries to satisfy the public demand for small
and cute rather than big and black (lab type). you talk about these
organizations smearing breeders yet you see nothing wrong with smearing
the many purebred rescues in this country, many of them affiliated with
AKC parent clubs. I doubt I will get a reply but had to vent. You just
lost my respect. - Dorothy Christiansen, Founder/Coordinator ASSA
Sheltie Rescue Network judge #4808
Editor: If there is any statement in
the article that is untrue, please
help by pointing it out. Otherwise, we ask that you take a deep breath
and read it again. It is a condemnation of HSUS and PETA,
not what YOU do. It was written to inform the public; to expose the
fraudulent representations by animal rightists and the unfair picture of
dog breeders painted by “commercial” shelters and rescues. I’m sorry you
took this personally but surely you do know there are countless corrupt shelters
and individually operated “breed rescues” that are operated for profit. If we stay in denial,
how will the public know there’s a difference?
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