9. Tell us about some of your other hobbies. I recently started taking my dogs swimming and began Dock Diving. My current Dobe special just achieved his Dock Senior title. 10. What would you like to achieve in the next 5 to 10 years? I think that is a list too long to write in this interview! But for starters, I want to continue handling dogs and building my business as a handler. I also want to begin breeding more often. Learning to balance handling and breeding is an art and a very hard one at that, but I want to become more involved in my breed and become part of a great group of dedicated people that want to pre- serve our breed. 11. What advice would you give an aspiring and up- and-coming Junior Handler who would like to one day show dogs professionally? My first piece of advice is stay in school! There is always another dog show, and education is so important. Second- ly, in order to make it in this business you have to have an incredible work ethic and realize that you want to make animal care taking your job, so say goodbye to days off because that will no longer be allowed. But if you have the passion and the drive, then you can make it in this world. Also patience is key, there is always something to be learned. Work and apprentice for many different han- dlers and breeders, and be patient and wait for when the time is right for you to go off on your own and you are ready to support yourself and take on the responsibilities of a handler. 12. What has been your favorite DPCA National? Unfortunately I haven’t been to many so my list of options is very short, but to date I think my favorite was Pomona. It was a beautiful venue and not to mention Disneyland was very close!
in your dog you will get there. Another quality that I think a Doberman handler needs to have is commitment. Since Dobermans are not a coated breed and do not require hours of grooming, I take a lot of pride in condi- tioning. If you are going to show an athletic breed, then they need to be athletic--whether it be biking, running, jumping or my new favorite thing swimming. A Dober- man’s handler needs to be committed to making their dogs look their absolute best. 6. Name your top three favorite Dobermans, past or present. Why are they your favorites? Off the top of my head I want to say all the ones that I have shown and owned. “Tara” (Ch. Toledobes Turbu- lance v. Enjoys) and “Paris” (Ch. Paradigm’s Pop Sensa- tion) since they were the reasons I fell in love with the breed and were my first champions. The next would be “Eddie” (Ch. Cambria’s Cactus Cash) because of his large contribution to the breed as a stud dog and how his off- spring have continued to be producers as well. And lastly “CJ” (Ch. Allure Blazing Star Alisaton) because of great representation of the breed, from being a loyal compan- ion to the show stopper show dog that she was. 7. Who, in our sport, do you admire the most? Why? In our sport I admire our breeders the most. Coming from a family of breeders, I know the hours upon hours of work and dedication it takes in raising litters. And being a handler, without these breeders I have no job, and without breeders there is no sport period. Not only are they keeping this sport going, but they are actively working to better their chosen breeds bettering the future of purebred dogs. 8. What are your favorite dog shows to attend? My favorite shows to attend are the Waukesha Kennel Club, Palm Springs and the AKC Eukanuba National Championship.
left to right: dylan representing the uS at the Crufts dog Show; dylan and Ch. Paradigm’s Pop Sensation winning Best Junior handler at the westminster Kennel Club; winning a Specialty Show with a Golden retriever to come: dylan and “dakota”, GCh. Francesca’s house of Blues; and dylan and “Blitz” in 2015, GCh. treu’s the whole truth v touchstone.
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