Great Dane Breed Magazine - Showsight


PAT CIAMPA I live in Merrimack, New Hampshire; I am now retired, after owning a pet care facility for 35 years. I am very happy to spend time with family who are all local and a special group of friends. My husband and I enjoy our winter trips to Florida. I have had Great Danes for 46 years and have been licensed to judge Danes for over 20 years. I started showing in Obedience first in the 70s and late 70s in the breed ring. KATHLEEN DAVIS We live on a small ranch in Northern California, about a half hour south of Sacramento. Outside of dogs, I specialize in software design and have had the pleasure of working for Wells Fargo Bank for a number of years. We also enjoy boating and hiking in the bay area. We have a houseboat, so we can take dogs with us comfortably. As a teen in Canada, I put obedience titles on my pet Yorkie. I had always wanted a Harlequin Great Dane, but my father was allergic, so I studied the breed from afar. I brought my first Great Dane home a week before my first house deal closed in January of 1997. He and I slept on the floor together for a week, while I acquired furniture for it. I bred my first Great Dane litter in 2002. Since, Davishire Danes has produced 25 AKC conformation champions, including three BISS Danes and the first natural-eared mantle champion and Best in Specialty show winner. I have been judging sweeps and matches since 2007, have made the short list for judging the GDCA Futurity for 3 or 4 years now and hope to be hon- ored with the assignment for 2018. My AKC judge’s application for Great Danes and Junior Showmanship is sitting on my dining table, nearly complete, as I write. JOHN & JESSIE GERSZEWSKI We live in Madison, Wisconsin. John is president of Allied Manufacturing out of Richland Center, Wisconsin. The dogs are full time for me. We’ve bred, handled and finished other breeds but our passion is Great Danes. I have been breeding and showing for 43 years; John for 35 years. We both have judged several sweepstakes, the Futurity and the Top 20.

JOY LOBATO I live in Kansas City, Missouri. I am retired from elemen- tary physical education (35 years) and I am now subbing in the school system from which I retired. I have been in dogs for over 40 years. I handled Whippets, Pointers and Mastiffs, but mostly Great Danes for about 15 years. I then became a breeder, in which I bred, raised and showed my own dogs. I started doing Sweepstakes Judging in 2000 and have done two Futurities in my breed. SUSAN DAVIS SHAW I live in Massachusetts and my life outside of dogs is still in dogs. I’m a retired administrative assistant for a superin- tendent of schools and I have transferred those skills to my breed clubs, serving as recording secretary and now cor- responding secretary for the Great Dane Club of America, trustee/secretary of the GDCA Charitable Trust, affiliate club secretary and division secretary. I am also a CGC evaluator for AKC and have taught conformation and obedience class- es. I also pet sit in my spare time. I have 40 years in Danes; 39 exhibiting in breed and performance. I have not yet applied for my judging license, but I judged the GDCA Futurity and many sweepstakes. WILLIAM “BILL” C. STEBBINS I am living in Florida. I retired in 2012 from an executive position with a manufacturing/distribution company. I have been involved with Great Danes since the late 60s. My wife and I were very fortunate with the dogs with which we were involved. I began judging in 1986 and am approved for the Working and Herding Groups. DALE SUZANNE TARBOX I live in Canterbury, Connecticut. I work as a clinical labo- ratory scientist in a local hospital. I have been in the sport of purebred dogs for 48 years. I have been showing for 46 of those years and judging for 26 years.

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