Editor's Page: What We Can Learn From Other Registries

If you’ve ever attended a competitive cat show, bird show or orchid show, you no doubt drew comparisons between those events and our own familiar dog shows.

By Allan Reznik | Posted: Mar 20, 2014 2 p.m. PST

Allan Reznik Editor

Welcome to the March Top Dogs Issue, in which we celebrate the 2013 Showdogs of the Year® — a tight race indeed, in some Groups. Besides their profiles, there is enough good reading in this issue to warrant building a nice fire, setting down the snow shovel and putting up your feet for a while. It appears we all need a reprieve this winter.

If you’ve ever attended a competitive cat show, bird show or orchid show, you no doubt drew comparisons between those events and our own familiar dog shows. While there are similarities in structure and goals, there are many differences, some of which might benefit the dog fancy if they were implemented. Dan Sayers attended a major show put on by the American Rabbit Breeders Association, and he came away with huge respect for the organization, its focus on breeders and its commitment to nurturing a lifelong interest among junior exhibitors. That should resonate with all of us who try to find creative, effective ways to bring new people into the fold. Dan’s "What We Can Learn From the American Rabbit Breeders Association” is a fascinating read. In upcoming issues, he’ll be profiling other non-dog organizations that offer worthwhile lessons for our own fancy.

Parent club websites range from fabulous to frustrating, and everything in between. There are those that address the immediacy of prospective owners’ needs and others that haven’t taken the time to update the names of their club officers in years. Karen Steinrock spent a lot of time surfing the Internet to prepare her informative feature, "How to Make the Most of Your Club Website.” Here’s your chance to get valuable advice from parent club webmasters who have created inviting, topical websites. You just might feel motivated enough to volunteer your services to your own parent club, or perhaps take a few courses to beef up your online skills.

Bo Bengtson’s feature story in the 2014 Annual on the Judges Approval System generated a huge amount of discussion. His follow-up article in this issue ("More on the AKC Judges Approval System”) includes feedback from many judges who feel disheartened by the process. Words like "disrespected” and "insulted” are used by people who have dedicated their lives to the sport. Strong opinions are expressed by other judges in our "Bark Back/Letters” section. The dialogue must continue if we are to get past the collective frustration felt by so many.

In honor of the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Associate Editor Cassandra Radcliff combed through back issues of Dogs in Review and Dog World to compile judges’ critiques and Westminster headlines that span 10, 25 and 50 years. Flip to this article, and you will instantly be enveloped by the sense of tradition that defines this venerable show. We are also rerunning one of the most popular profiles in Kerrin Winter-Churchill’s acclaimed "The Great Ones” series, that of iconic Boxer Ch. Bang Away of Sirrah Crest, who triumphed at Westminster in 1951.

 

From the March 2014 issue of Dogs in Review magazine. Subscribe to receive 12 months of Dogs in Review magazine, or call 1-888-738-2665 to purchase a single copy.


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