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Stories written by ralbee

Judges Hospitality – An Essential Element for Creating a Successful Show

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What can I tell you? It was a dog club meeting. Blah, blah, blah… As the old saying goes, everyone has an opinion and most of them… well never mind. So we were discussing the Welcome Reception for the judges ad nauseam; the room, the food, the wine, the signage, the decorations, the size of the tables. Finally, I looked at a couple of the biggest complainers and said what I believe (I always tell the truth because that is the way my Mother raised me). “I don’t mean to be rude, but it is not about you. It’s not about the show chair, the photographer, the super or any of the committee members. It’s about the judges. It is a Welcome Event for them.” The reply left me speechless.

August 13th, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Editorial,Featured | Read More »

The $50,000 Hunting Dog

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A few weeks ago, a guy I know called, more or less out of the blue, to ask if I might be free for lunch that week. I said, “It’s possible.” and added, since the guy is a CPA, “What do you have in mind?” He said he wanted to talk with me about getting a hunting dog because he knew I’d bred, trained and hunted with both retrievers and pointing breeds for more years than I care to admit. He then added the magic words, “I’m buying.” That sealed the deal for two reasons: First, it would be a violation of the journalists’ credo to turn down a free lunch. Secondly, I’ve known this particular CPA for a number of years and I can count the number of times I’ve seen him pick up a check for any meal on the fingers of one hand. To describe him as “frugal” would require a complete redefinition of the word. So, it was with both some amusement and a considerable amount of bemusement that I headed into the lunch meeting, knowing as I did that over the years, he had seemed perfectly content to hunt over other people’s dogs thus sparing himself the expense of actually keeping one.

August 9th, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Editorial,Featured | Read More »

Old European Hound Breeds

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Following a trail certainly applies to breeds in FCI Group 6 – Scenthounds, Leash (scent) Hounds and Related Breeds – that possess a great passion for game and rely on their keen noses and sense of detection.

In Europe, different names are used for scent hounds, such as chien courant (France), Bracke (Germany, Austria), Laufhund (Switzerland) and brak (Netherlands).

Various old European hound breeds share the same history as old French hounds or other breeds that have vanished: they became extinct or merged into one of today’s breeds.

August 9th, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Editorial,Featured | Read More »

Looking Back With Lee – Two Distinctive Ladies from Long Island

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As I was getting in the zone this morning, getting my material together for the next CC column, I received an email from my old friend Terry Hundt. She reported the sad news of the passing of our mutual friend Natalie Stebbins. Now, many of you present day folks may ask, just who was Natalie Stebbins? Well, let me tell you who she was! In the “glory days” of dog shows in the northeast, Natalie was one of the strong, clever and quietly powerful forces behind some of the top winners of the time.

August 2nd, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Editorial,Featured | Read More »

An Eye for a Dog

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“She sure has an eye for a dog” is a compliment and an expression of respect. This honor and accolade is reserved for those few people who seem to be able to identify unerringly the highest quality dogs coming closest to the standard in many and even most breeds. Is this eye for a dog a natural gift, is it developed over time, and can anyone acquire it with enough time and effort?

June 21st, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Editorial,Featured | Read More »

It’s Not What’s Wrong With Dog Showing… It’s Who’s Wrong!

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Dog showing is an interesting sport, or game, or as many call it, a fancy. It brings together a melting pot of people who are rather obsessed with dogs and in particular their breed and their dogs. It showcases fabulous dogs and you get to meet friends who share your crazy passion. It sure is something which can be tons of furry fun!

June 20th, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Editorial,Featured | Read More »

Wind at your Back

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Everyone has heard the phrase “the wind at your back”. It has been used by sailors and those struggling to succeed for decades. The idea is straightforward.

June 20th, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Editorial,Featured | Read More »

– Breed Priorities – Alaskan Malamute

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Alaskan Malamute mentors have always emphasized function. They pull heavy loads (freight). They work in brutally cold conditions.

May 19th, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Editorial,Featured | Read More »

Dansk-Svensk Gårdshund (Danish-Swedish Farmdog)

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The FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale), the World Canine Organization, includes 87 member countries and contract partners (one member per country). Each issues its own pedigrees and trains its own judges. The FCI ensures that the pedigrees and judges are mutually recognized by all FCI members.

May 17th, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Editorial,Featured | Read More »

Breed Priorities – The Boxer

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The Boxer is the most popular working breed based on AKC’s registrations. And they are often one of the larger entries at dog shows. And the quality often has one or more individual dogs competing successfully at high levels.

May 17th, 2020 | Posted in Current Articles,Editorial,Featured | Read More »

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