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Dog Show Icon Nina Fetter Retires From Active Dog Handling

By Brian Clegg

Nina Fetter retires from active dog handling this weekend in Lansing MI. The accolades for what Nina has contributed to our sport are endless. Nina has been a tireless worker at almost every dog show she attends to the benefit of all the exhibitors there, never asking for anything in return. The long days and late nights spent with her setting up shows will be an everlasting memory.

As a mentor to young handlers, my daughter Caroline included, is way too large to mention them all. Yes, she could be a tough task master, but if you listened she taught you how to take care of dogs and present them and yourselves properly. She also is a great teacher of taking both the wins and losses with a grain of salt and wisdom as there is always tomorrow. If anyone in the sport needed help whether just moral support or some material help Nina was always there for them once again never expecting anything in return

On a personal note in my first venture in 1995 to Ohio at Columbus as an unknown from Western Canada with my Golden Retriever it was Nina who found me a spot and introduced me to people to ensure that I had a great weekend ( she won’t remember). When Mary and I moved to Ohio to build our handling business it was Nina who was there from the start making us feel welcome and helping us at every turn, and we have never forgotten that.

How many times at a dog show has there been some sort of problem and you hear “ Where’s Nina” and low and behold a solution would be found. Those days will be gone as there is no other quite like Nina Yes Nina is headed on a new exciting venture Executive Dog Show Services but dog shows as we know them now will never be the same without her. THANK YOU NINA FETTER FOR EVERYTHING YOU DID!

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