non-sporting Q&A WITH LORAINE BOUTWELL, ELAINE LESSIG, INGE SEMENCHIN, CINDY STANSELL, JOE WALTON, MATT & PAU- LA ABBOTT, DANIELLE ARDAGNA & KA- THIE VOGEL, JAMES DALTON, DEBRA FERGUSON, SUSAN GILES, ELIZABETH MILAM, CONNIE UNGER, CYNTHIA CARLSON AND HELEN DORRANCE
CU: I wish that stud dog owners would be more cooperative with owners of the bitches. Ideas to help: 1. Have all health papers avail- able at time of breeding. 2. If you say you will collect your dog and ship, don’t change your mind at the last moment. 3. If you know a collection is coming, clean out your dog a few weeks before. 4. If your dog is often used as a stud, check his sperm count before a person travels a long distance to find out your dog is sterile. 5. Ide- ally, you should have a contract. I have had all those problems and if you try to have well planned breedings, stud dog owners should cooperate. 19. And for a bit of humor, what’s the funniest thing that you ever experienced at a dog show? LB: Many years ago I was judging a Dalmatian Specialty. I was to judge my first Brace, luckily I only had an entry of one Brace, so I thought this will be easy. Well, after examining both dogs, and after the down and back, I had them go around and about half way around the male mounted the bitch and I quickly announced they were first. After some time I was again judging a Dalmatian Specialty and the Brace handler said with a big smile, “Do you remember these two?” I said are they the ones that almost had a breeding in the ring, she said, “Yes, and they were much better behaved this time!” CS: At the time it was not funny. But now that I survived with no injury—catching on fire in a PortaJohn at a show. M&PA: Without citing any specific instances, the most fun thing to see is a puppy acting like a puppy! I doubt there is a handler (pro- fessional or amateur) that hasn’t been completely embarrassed by a puppy at some time. Embarrassed probably isn’t the word—hum- bled might be better. It’s much more fun to watch outside the ring. But they are just being dogs and remind us of their true nature and what keeps us involved in this great sport. DA&KV: I was watching Pee Wee’s or Juniors and a very small and obviously panicked boy put his Chihuahua on the exam table and yelled, “May I be excused?” Apparently he had to pee! JD: Where do you want me to start? Many years ago I saw a three- legged Pekingese (shown in grass) win BOB. True story ! EM: Much of the funniest dog show moments happened after the actual judging. So many great memories. Plenty of funny in-ring moments too. One fun memory was of a lovely woman showing her dog at an outside show. As the judge was handing out her rib- bon, her slip had fallen down around her ankles. I think I recall that she proceeded to say “I’ll do anything for a win”. JW: I have had a couple of funny or embarrassing things happen. Once I bent over to pick up a dropped ink pen, and felt the seat of my pants rip completely out. Another time, standing watch some breed being judged, I felt something cool and wet on my pant leg and looked down to see a Dalmatian peeing on me. And once at our set-up I saw a “know it all” father and son stop to look at our Pug and the father knowingly commented to his son, “Look son, a Pit Bull”. CC: An elderly judge whose suspenders came undone and his pants dropped to his ankles and there he was standing in his boxer shorts.
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