English Toy Spaniel Breed Magazine - Showsight



I have been active in dog clubs from the early 1970s onward and have held virtually every of fice and handled every role possible over the years. I am an honorary Life Member of the Ameri- can Pomeranian Club, a member of the Mid-Continent Kennel Club of Tulsa and two of the major judges organiza- tions in the USA. I have been active in mentoring and judges education for Pomeranians for many years and have given seminars all over the United States, as well as overseas when I have judged. I was appointed as Judges Edu- cation Coordinator for the American Pomeranian Club in January of 2008. My professional career was spent in the Information Technology/Data Pro- cessing field. I retired in March 2005 from a 32-year career in leadership roles working for American Airlines, Sabre Holdings and EDS. I have been married to my wife Janet for 40 years. Janet is retired from a career as a Principal and teacher and is now teaching at University level . We have two grown sons. Scott is 33 years old, married with one 7-year-old son and one 5-year-old son. He is an Aerospace Engineer. Todd is 30 years old, single and a Research Associate in Kinesiology at a large hospital complex in Dallas Texas. I al so have two “sons by choice,” Abraham and David Cruz . With them I started a clothing compa- ny called “Forever Faith” in 2010. This is a faith-based, spiritually-oriented company with a beautiful Lifestyle Philosophy, unlike any other clothing company today. We manufacture and sell casual sportswear, gym clothes, printed tees and team uniforms.

I have been involved with show dogs for 52 years, since 1961. Pomeranians were my major focus while I was active- ly breeding and showing. In addition to Poms I have also owned and exhib- ited Poodles, Keeshonden, Old English Sheepdogs, Miniature Schnauzers, a Chihuahua, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and an English Cocker Span- iel . We currently live with a Standard Poodle and a Ragdoll Cat. I was approved to judge Pomera- nians in 1977 and have greatly enjoyed judging dogs for the past 36 years. I am currently approved for all Terrier, Toy, Non Sporting and Herding breeds; as well as Basset Hounds, Junior Show- manship, Miscellaneous Breeds and Best in Show. I have judged all over the United States including many Nation- al Specialty shows, the Westminster Kennel Club and the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. I have also judged a number of overseas assign- ments including Australia, Japan, South Korea, Mainland China, Tai- wan, Europe, Mexico, South America and Canada.

In my native Britain, we call them King Charles Spaniels. Growing up in Wales, we had dogs, horses, chickens and all kinds of animals. My mother raised Poodles and Corgis while my father had a preference for gun dogs. I was always bringing home a sick or lost animal . When I grew up, I became a nurse. As a child, I began attending dog shows, which I loved from the start. I got my first show dog at age 16, tried various breeds and then my first Char- lie, from Madeline Harper of Huntglen, a heavily marked tricolor. It instantly became my breed of choice. My passion has always been for the whole colors. I was fortunate to also obtain a wonderful King Charles Black and Tan boy from Madeline Harper and this was the beginning of my ken- nel , Marsward. One of my mentors was the late great Mollie Castle of Oakridge. I am proud to say that I can trace my broken color heritage back to her lines. I am a life member of the King Charles Spaniel Club of the United Kingdom; a founding member of the English Toy Spaniel Club of New England and a member of the Camino Real ETS Club. Marsward dogs have been import- ed to many countries. I am proud to say there are Marsward champions in England, Canada, Sweden, Finland, France, Australia and of course here in America. Marsward dogs have won the breed at both Westminster and Eukanu- ba Championship since I came to Amer- ica about 12 years ago. In judging, I’ve had appointments in most of the toy breeds, Ridgebacks and some gun dogs in Britain and here in the States. I have also enjoyed giv- ing judges’ workshops at my home and seminars on the breed. I am very blessed to have known this great breed and I am thankful and proud of my dogs’ achievements both in the show ring and as wonderful pets to people around the globe. Next year will be celebrating 40 years with the Char- lies. I look forward to the next 40 with these loveable creatures. 4 )08 4 *()5 . "(";*/& / 07&.#&3 t

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