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Table Talk – March 13, 2019

March 13, 2019

I’m off to Louisville today to attend one of my favorite clusters of the year! The Kentuckiana Cluster Committee has once again done a spectacular job of community outreach to the fancy and the general public, which is so good for our sport. As I write this column, Nina Fetter and many volunteers including Erin Olsen, Elizabeth Salewski, Ryan Wolfe, Chuck Lalunga, Sue Cassel and Zach Newton are hard at work taping off areas of the building with spots for free reserved grooming. Thanks so much to everyone who volunteered to assist with this overwhelming task. The space is huge and it takes a village to get the work done in preparation for the shows. For those of you attending the cluster, you can find a list of reserved grooming spaces at the front of the building. Make sure to log on to the Canine Chronicle Facebook page for Table Talk Live! segments from Louisville. We hope to make those of you who cannot make it to the show feel like you are there with us; and we will most certainly keep you apprised of what is happening around the rings. I have been saving my “cheat day” for Ehrlers Ice Cream and my favorite: Wicks Pizza.

Fancier Anne O’Neil’s recent automobile wreck and post on social media reminds me of how important it is to always crate our dogs when travelling by car. If you are like me, you occasionally let your dog ride loose if you are just running a quick errand, or if you want company in the front seat while travelling across the country. Unfortunately, automobile wrecks are called ‘accidents’ for a reason: We never plan for them, and things can go awry from one minute to the next. If you want to take your canine friend for a cruise, put them in a crate and keep them safe!

I heard Jeff Wright had a bit of mishap and twisted his knee last week in Texas. Once again, others at the show stepped up and demonstrated how those within the fancy have each other’s backs. Big kudos to David Williams, Ann Ramsbottom, Matt Hawley, Sergio Espejo and Lois DeMers for stepping up and making sure that Jeff’s dogs got in the ring.

Jason Hoke judged 41 junior showmanship entries from all over the world at Crufts last week and did a wonderful job representing the United States, too! Job well done, my friend. Jason, along with many of our fellow judges, exhibitors and breeders are returning from across the pond this week. Crufts once again had an impressive entry of 20,565, which was actually down a few hundred dogs from last year.

I was sorry to hear that Doug Carlson’s father, David Charles Carlson, passed away this past week. Our thoughts are with Doug, Mandy and their family at this difficult time.

German Shepherd fancier Jane Kerner past away recently. The fancy also lost Jeanne Frye, who was known for her Scottish Deerhounds bred under the Thistleglen kennel name. Our condolences to the friends and family of these two lovely ladies. They will be sorely missed.

Daryl Martin just informed me that famed Maltese breeder Vicki Fierheller passed away this week after a battle with cancer. She bred over 100 champions including many BIS winners under the Fourhall prefix. Daryl and her mother were very close friends with Vicki and her mother, Glenna. Her loss leaves a hole in our sport that will be hard to fill.

We wish a Happy Anniversary to lovebirds Dave and Darla Daugherty, who are celebrating their 32-year wedding anniversary. It’s hard to believe that you guys are old enough to be married that long! We wish you many more, happy, healthy years together, guys.

We also wish a Happy 87th birthday to Joe Waterman, who celebrated his special day last week. Also celebrating birthdays this week are: Diana Wilson, Jean Gauchat-Hargis, Kate Hanlon, Matt Perchick and Marion Thompson.

Play nice out there my friends, and don’t forget to enjoy the moment! Please take the time to give a nod to those volunteers who work so hard to put on the dog shows that we attend week in and week out.

Be safe, my friends!

Until next time….

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