Editor's Page: Rick, Kathy and Cotons

We say goodbye to long-time columnist Rick Beauchamp and hello to a new columnist and Non-Sporting Group breed.

By Allan Reznik | Posted: June 9, 2014, 3 p.m. PST

Editor-in-Chief Allan Reznik
 

What a sad day for all the dog world when we learned of Richard G. ("Rick”) Beauchamp’s passing. Most people hope to be remembered in their lifetime for doing one thing well. And then we have the talented Mr. Beauchamp. Rick evolved so easily from one role to another, combining his ability to breed, show and, eventually, judge dogs with his gift for writing about the sport. Kennel Review, the magazine he published and edited for several decades, blended solid writers like Vincent Perry and Lina Basquette with dramatic photography and breeder ads, giving the fancy an elegant monthly magazine that would raise the bar for publishers, editors and art directors everywhere.

Anyone who spent time with Rick, whether attending one of his seminars or being mentored by him at ringside, knew what an inspired and inspiring teacher he was. For those who didn’t know him personally, his prodigious output of books leaves a rich legacy that will benefit students of dogs for many generations to come.

Some of Rick’s many close friends share their thoughts and memories in this issue, along with some great photos of him as a breeder/owner-handler, a judge, an emcee in formal wear and a dog lover at home on the beach. He wore all those hats with ease.

We welcome a new columnist in this issue. Kathy Lorentzen has spent her lifetime in dogs. She is best known as a successful breeder, exhibitor and judge of English Springer Spaniels, but has also been involved with Golden Retrievers, Flat-Coated Retrievers and Bouviers des Flandres. Kathy has worked on educational programs for many parent clubs and is currently approved by the AKC to judge 20 breeds. She and her daughter, Melanie, have bred more than 50 English Springer champions, including all-breed and specialty Best in Show winners and top producers. Her refreshing candor in an age of excessive political correctness reflects her devotion to the sport. Not only is "Old School... and Proud of It” the name of her column but it describes her pretty accurately as well.

Also in this issue we introduce you to the enchanting Coton de Tulear, as it enters the AKC Non-Sporting Group (one of two breeds gaining full recognition this year; the other being the Wirehaired Vizsla that joins the Sporting Group). Unveiling the mystery of the Coton’s past and sharing the less mysterious requirements of correct Coton de Tulear type is breed pioneer Patricia Enright, a longtime Coton breeder, exhibitor, author and educator. As the president of the Alliance of Purebred Dog Writers, Pat is more than up to the task of presenting the Coton to our readership in a clear, informative and entertaining fashion. We thank the many Coton breeders and exhibitors who supported this feature with their ads, giving the AKC community as thorough an introduction to the breed as possible. Good luck to the Coton de Tulear and its admirers as you embark on this exciting new adventure.

From the June 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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