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Table Talk – December 5, 2018

The decision to charge ringside/candid photographers a $1,000 fee to take action and candid photographs in and out of the ring at the AKC National Championship and lead-up shows has caused some photographers to decide not to attend which has subsequently caused some exhibitors to be disappointed. Most people that I have chatted with think it is fair to charge some type of fee to be able to “shoot” ringside photographs, but most think a fee of $1,000 is pretty steep. Please keep in mind that vendors pay $2,150 for a 10-foot booth for the week. Let’s face it: The AKC National Championship week is expensive for all. The Orlando Convention Center is an expensive venue to rent, and it is costly for the AKC and show-giving clubs to host the show. It is also expensive for exhibitors to attend this circuit when you add up entry fees of $100, accommodations, parking at the venue, RV parking, etc. Exhibitors enjoy the candid photographs and depend on them for advertising. If you are fortunate enough to have your dog photographed by one of the candid photographers that is attending (and paid their fee), please consider purchasing some of those photos!

The Southern Handlers Charity League (SHCL) is having a clothing drive/clothing exchange in Orlando this year from Tuesday–Saturday in the Juniors crating area. Clothing donations are welcome! Juniors can bring an outfit and exchange it for a different one, or purchase items for $5 each or $10 per outfit. The public can purchase items for $10 each or $20 per outfit. A raffle will also be held Tuesday through Saturday and a Chuck-A-Duck contest will be held on Friday. All proceeds benefit the Southern Handlers Charity League, Onofrio Junior Achievement Challenge, and the Diane Albers Scholarship fund. For more information, please contact Arvind deBraganca, Jill Bell, David Williams or Terri Galle.

Congratulations to Scott Pfeil on being selected to judge Afghan Hounds and Salukis at the Sighthound Festival 2019 in Donaueschingen Germany. Scott and Jim Donahue are becoming quite the world travelers having just taken a trip to Singapore!

Peggy Beisel-Mcilwaine just returned from a trip across the pond to the UK where she judged a large Boxer entry. Peggy was able to get in some sightseeing as well. That’s the way to make sure your Delta status for 2019 is maintained, Peggy!

I was so happy to hear that AKC Field Representative Gina Wieser’s husband, Cliff, was given the “all clear”. Cliff is now 4 years in complete remission. May you have many more healthy years to come my friend.

In my opinion, the highlight of the National Dog Show broadcast was the little boy Haidn showing his Harrier. I think that this was a terrific portrayal of our sport and I hope it reaches many who may be considering getting involved in the sport of purebred dogs.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Patrice Lawrence who experienced a detached retina this past Sunday. Patrice has had successful re-attachment surgery and will be recuperating for the next several weeks. Take it easy, Patrice! We look forward to having you back on the show scene soon.

Congratulations to Jessica David-Tauber and Jason Tauber on the birth of their second child, Olivia Mae, weighing in at 7 pounds 6 oz.

The sport lost a great dog man yesterday. Colorado-based professional handler Chris Hallock passed away from complications due to a rare blood disorder. Chris leaves behind 2 boys and his girlfriend, Monica LaMontagne. Chris was loved by all and will be sorely missed by the fancy. Our thoughts are with his boys, Monica and those close to him at this difficult time.

AKC judge Rosalie Anderson passed away this past week at the age of 92. Rosalie had a long, 50-year judging career. We wish to extend our condolences to Rosalie’s family and friends at this difficult time.

Collie breeder Leslie Canavan also passed away this past week at the age of 88. Our thoughts are with Leslie’s family and friends.

Celebrating birthdays this week are: Johnny Shoemaker, Oscar Quiros, Alan Hargrave, Larry Harvey, Clint Livingston, Marti Johnson, Jordan Confer and Rachel Adams.

To those of you traveling to Orlando, please be safe, and I look forward to seeing you there. To those of you not able to attend, we will do our best to keep you in the loop with Table Talk Live! Until next time…

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