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Table Talk – July 17, 2019

This past weekend seemed to be a weekend for shows at beautiful places! The Regatta Classic, held at Bill Stanton Community Park in Madison, Ohio is a lovely setting for a dog show! While the weather was hot, the scenery was stunning. Some might say that the cluster tried to pack too much in on Thursday as those showing at the hound show and the all-breed show were showing dogs for well over 12 hours. Of course, exhibitors can make a choice as to how much they want to do, and can elect to throw in the towel before the group show judging and the all-breed groups are done, but I personally wonder if it would not be a good idea for the AKC to provide guidelines that prevent what I will call overload. I am sure that the cluster is trying to maintain financial viability, and I hope that, after this years’ experience, the cluster committee will review the schedule and try to come up with other alternatives.

One of my bucket list items is to attend is the Del Monte Kennel Club cluster held in Carmel By the Sea, California. You have heard of destination weddings? Well, from everything that I have seen and heard, the Del Monte Kennel Club shows are a destination dog show. Both judges and exhibitors could not say enough great things about the show, as has been the case in years past.

Once again purebred dog enthusiasts and exhibitors did not disappoint as Ed Thomason and Brenda Combs, along with others, rescued a homeless dog during the San Antonio cluster this past weekend. They named the dog Promise, gave her a bath and a full belly, and ‘promised’ that if her owners could not be found, Brenda would take her home and find her a forever loving home. Kudos to those that people stepped up to help a girl in need!

I am pleased to report that Lee Herr’s daughter checked in and reported that he is now home, walking with assistance, and his speech has improved! We are all thinking about you, Lee, and we look forward to seeing you back center ring soon.

The fancy suffered two great losses this past week. Kathleen Kanzler, the founder of Innisfree Kennels, passed away at the age of 85. Karen Blasche, long-time historian for the Pointer Club of America, also passed away. Our thoughts are with their respective family and friends at this most difficult time.

I would also like to extend heartfelt condolences to Carol Grossman on the loss of her mother, Mary A. Ford. Carol’s mom was just shy of 91 years old. The family requests donations to Wounded Warriors in lieu of flowers.

Happy Anniversary to Thad and Patty Haines who left the dog shows in Ohio this past weekend to go home to the farm and bale hay for their anniversary. I hope you lovebirds had a great anniversary and wish you many more years of baling hay together.

Celebrating birthdays this week are: Paula Nykiel, Terri Erickson, Tammy Bohlke, Priscilla McCune, Barbara LaVere, Paul Clas, Carissa Shimpeno, Tabatha Buckley-Bettis and Mickey Feigelson.

To those of you who are attending the last stop of the Texas Trek in Houston, be sure to look me up! I’m always interested in fun ideas for Table Talk Live! I will be in Houston Wednesday through Sunday and the more fanciers we can get involved in the Table Talk Live! broadcast, the merrier!

Wherever your travels take you, please be safe. Don’t forget to reach out to someone new and make that person feel welcome! A little bit of kindness goes a long way, my friends! See ya’ll in Houston! Until next time…

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