Five Minutes With Anne Savory Bolus

How much do we know about Anne Savory Bolus? Dogs in Review asked some of them a few questions.

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Approved for the Sporting and Hound Groups, BIS, Miscellaneous breeds and Junior Showmanship.

How did you first become involved in dogs? What breeds have you been involved with and in what capacity – breeder, owner, handler?

I was raised in Durham, England, and grew up with Labrador Retrievers but became seriously interested in dogs in 1962 when I came to America and decided to stay here. My choice at that time was an Irish Setter, and I set out to own, handle and breed a Best in Show dog in each category. I accomplished this in the 1970s. I have also bred some English Cockers and Beagles.

Who has been your mentor or mentors?

My mentors were Ted Eldredge (Tirvelda) and Lucy Jane Myers (Draherin), both well-known and well-respected Irish Setter breeders and judges. These mentors became close friends and were completely dedicated to their chosen breed. I was very fortunate to learn from them both.

What is, or was, your profession?

In England I had been a teacher. In the States I became an AKC-licensed handler in 1970 and in 1984 joined the AKC as an Executive Field Representative. The Centennial show was my first show to work. I retired at the end of 2003.

Do you have any hobbies or special interests other than judging?

I love to cook, garden and embroider. I am also an avid traveler and enjoy bicycling with David.

Do you have any pet peeves when judging?

Yes, I don’t particularly like to see choke chains used as much as they are, and exhibitors feed their dogs instead of learning how to bait them correctly. I also dislike seeing dogs moved far too fast.

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