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Table Talk – May 16, 2018

I understand that a judge’s ring is just that: It is their ring to run as they see fit. While there are guidelines that judges must adhere to, they do have the right to run the ring their way. Some judges have specific practices that may not be “the norm” and are not covered under the guidelines put forth by AKC. Examples include no bait in the ring or a judge not allowing an exhibitor in for a handler change. I have heard several exhibitors who have had issues recently with a judge not allowing handler changes, even though their dog has not yet been examined. Most judges who prefer exhibitors to not use bait in the ring post a sign outside notifying them about that preference. It would be helpful to exhibitors, and cause less stress to the exhibitor, owner and dog, if a sign was also posted if the judge is not prepared to allow handler changes. Exhibitors may make different decisions about which dog they are showing if they are aware of this practice.

A frightening situation occurred at the Albuquerque, New Mexico shows on Tuesday when individuals not involved with the dog show were shooting at each other outside the gate. The gunfight continued and moved inside the gates of the fairgrounds. The show committee was pro-active and made certain that no one was injured and the shooters were caught. This is yet another indication of the frightening times in which we live: We should exercise caution at all times!

It is with great sadness that I share with you the passing of Joseph Rodrigues, loving father of Amy Booth, and husband to Agnes Rodrigues. Our thoughts and prayers are with Amy and her family at this most difficult time.

Michael Brantley is home recuperating from back surgery. We look forward to having you back running those left-handed circles soon my friend!

Happy anniversary to John and Rhonda Holloway. May you love birds have many more happy years together.

Moe Miyagawa has defied the odds and is healing from his recent illness. Moe is starting to reach out to his friends which is a terrific sign! Hurry back, Moe, we miss you!

Congratulations to Glen Lajeski on his recent Gold Medal win at the New York International Olive Oil Competition! His Split Rock Springs Ranch was awarded a gold medal amongst 1,000 entries from 28 countries. Job well done my friend!

Celebrating birthdays this week are: Polly Smith, Rhonda Holloway, Cody Koch, Jay Richardson, Tony Vacha, Bill McFadden (the big SIX-O), Kim Rudzik, Brenda Combs and Georgette Schaeffer.

Wherever your travels take you this week, please be careful, and remember to be kind to the volunteers that work hard to put on these clusters. A kind thank you goes a long way for the hard-working volunteers. Acts of kindness go a long way with your fellow exhibitors, too.

Cheers my friends! Until next time…

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