ALICE BIXLER I live in Summerfield, Florida. I can’t honestly say I have an “outside of dogs.” I first started showing in obedience and then conformation in 1960 with an Irish Setter. When I lost him to gastric torsion, I was dogless for a while until Bear- dies came into my life in 1969, followed by Briards in 1971. I’ve had both breeds ever since then and participate in obedi- ence, rally, conformation and lately, nose work. I started judg- ing while living in Canada. When I moved back to Florida in 1990, I applied to the AKC, but was only granted approval to judge Briards and Beardies at that time. PAT HASTINGS I live in Aloha, Oregon, outside of Portland. Dogs fill my life pretty well, but I love gardening and spending time with my family and friends. I got my first dog, a Toy Poodle in 1958. I starting showing in 1960 and started judging in 1991; so I have been around awhile (actually probably longer than many of the magazine’s readers have been alive). JOE HOLAVA Having grown up amidst what was a center for the steel industry and the heavily sports-minded area of southwestern Pennsylvania, my graduation from college and ensuing work and marriage took me to the Cleveland, Ohio area where I have lived in North Ridgeville the majority of my years. Retired from the Sherwin-Williams Company where I was Director of Finance for its International Division, my interests outside of dogs and family have been mostly centered around golf, girls fast-pitch softball and photography/digital arts. I first was involved in showing dogs 40 years ago with some periodic cut backs as our four daughters were growing up. I have been a show chair for over 30 years and started judging just over 25 years ago when the exhibitor in me felt that not enough of the judges were getting my breed at the time right! BRIAN & CINDY MEYER We live in Cherry Valley, Illinois. During our career as pro- fessional handlers we campaigned six different Best in Show Briards, and finished several others.
Brian: I have been in dogs my entire life. My parents were breeding Boxers before I was born, and continued to breed until the late 1980s. I showed my first dog when I was 10. I chose a career as a professional handler, and was a pro- fessional handler for 31 years. I retired from handling in 1999 to become a judge. I am currently approved to do the Sport-
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ing, Working, Non-Sporting and Herding Groups. Cindy: My parents began showing and breeding German Shepherds in 1956. I showed my first dog when I was 13, and chose to have a career as a professional handler. I was a professional han- dler for 31 years. I retired from handling in 1999 to become a judge. I am currently approved to do the Working, Terrier, Non-Sporting and Herding Groups, plus Rhodesian Ridge- backs and Salukis. LINDA ROBEY We live in High Ridge, Missouri. It is about 25 miles west of St. Louis, Missouri. My husband and I are very active in a couple of RV clubs and we travel quite a bit. I did golf a lot before a shoulder injury, hope to get back to it. I also shoot skeet and trap when I get a chance. I’ve been into dogs all my life. I’ve been showing about 38 years and judging for almost 20 years. STANLEY SALTZMAN I live in Westport, Connecticut and am semi-retired, but do still manage my business, which is located in New Jersey. Lynette and I spend some of each year in the homeland of the Briard. We have seen some marvelous entries at shows in France. We started showing dogs in 1956 and l began to judge in 1970. WALTER SOMMERFELT I live in Lenoir City, Tennesse; a western suburb of Knox- ville. I am an agent and financial services specialist with Nationwide Insurance. I started as an exhibitor in 1970 and have been judging since 1985.
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