DOGS OUTSIDE THE RING
DOGS THAT SERVE
BY PAM LOEB, EDITOR, DOGS OUTSIDE THE RING PHOTOS BY MARGARET FOXMOORE
I n 2017, artist Margaret Foxmoore decided to pick up a camera to photograph the beautiful dogs she encountered in her daily life. Walking through a park, she photographed dogs and their people. Traveling into New York City, she captured images of dogs playing in parks and participating in parades, homeless people and their four-legged companions, working police K9s… dogs of every size, shape, and color. Margaret added dog shows to the list of places she photographed. How- ever, she wasn’t so interested in the dogs gaiting in the ring; there were already plenty of photographers capturing that. Instead, Margaret focused on the intimate scenes all around the show site. The beauty of a dog on a grooming table, with someone’s gentle hands arranging a topknot. The con- nection between the handler and the dog at the other end of a leash. Scenes of love, joy, pride, and even the exhaustion at the end of the day. The more images she collected, the more she was determined to share them with the world. An idea came to her; a publication to be called Dogs Outside The Ring . It would feature dogs during the twenty-three hours and fifty-eight minutes that they aren’t in the breed ring (it has been said that a judge has two minutes per dog in the breed ring); a showcase of dogs seen through the lens of an artist.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Pam Loeb often says that her life has gone to the dogs. She grew up with German Shepherd Dogs, and when a breeder offered a "rebate" for an Obedience title earned by a certain age, she enrolled in her first Obedience classes.
Her next dog's breeder included Obedience classes in the price of the dog, and soon her Rottweiler was racing her to the car to go to class. Over the next 30 years, Pam taught Obedience classes, showed a friend's dog at Westminster, trained assistance dogs, fought breed-specific legislation, earned a UD with her Brussels Griffon, did therapy visits with her Rottweilers and Frenchie, and did lots of jobs for various clubs. Dogs Outside the Ring allows Pam to combine her love of dogs with her love of books and reading.
146 | SHOWSIGHT MAGAZINE, APRIL 2023
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