WE ARE THE WORLD
There are already people posting that those with RV’s and private generators will have an unfair advan- tage because they will be able to groom and blow dry, etc. at their respective vehicles. Some have been around for many years and remember when electricity and other perks of today’s show sites were not avail- able and the sport did well and enjoyed great growth. In those days of yore, shows were one day events with exhibitors moving from show to show every day with no drop-off in entries. Many sites were outdoors and at fairgrounds or other venues with tenting, porta-potties and no hookups, often with just a field to park in. Over time, we have experienced many changes in our sport and we are now facing another change that is being forced upon us by an outside influence we have no control over. Our task is [to determine] how we attack the changes and learn to work together to make it work for the greater good and not just a privileged few. While sitting home on the weekends, I have watched more TV than normal. I happened to watch the season finale of the American Idol competition. During the finale, Lionel Ritchie and a group of current performers sang “We Are The World” for the first time in over 35 years. The song was written by the late Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie. It is a song that resonates with people trying to make our world a better place. The words tell a practical story;
WE ARE THE WORLD - MICHAEL JACKSON/LIONEL RITCHIE
There comes a time when we heed a certain call When the world must come together as one There are people dying And it’s time to lend a hand to life The greatest gift of all We can’t go on pretending day by day That someone somehow will soon make a change We are all a part Gods great big family And the truth, you know Love is all we need
WE NEED TO BOND AND LEARN TO LOVE AND RESPECT EACH OTHER IN A TIME THAT WILL TEST MANY. OUR FUTURE AS A SPORT DEPENDS UPON EVERY PERSON DOING THEIR PART. WE ARE THE DOG SHOW WORLD AND WE CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN.
We are the world, we are the children We are the ones who make a brighter day So lets start giving There’s a choice we’re making We’re saving our own lives It’s true we’ ll make a better day Just you and me Send them your heart So they’ ll know that someone cares And their lives will be stronger and free As God has shown us by turning stones to bread
So we all must lend a helping hand
When you’re down and out There seems no hope at all But if you just believe there’s no way we can fall Let us realize that a change can only come
When we stand together as one
As we move toward the future, are you willing to sacrifice and stand together as one? Will you be a happy and productive part of a successful solution? We need to bond and learn to love and respect each other in a time that will test many. Our future as a sport depends upon every person doing their part. We are the Dog Show World and we can make it happen.
70 | SHOWSIGHT MAGAZINE, JULY 2020
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