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READER COMMENTS AND QUOTES
“The best show presentation in the world cannot make a bad dog into a good one – all it can do is to deceive a bad judge.” Nigel Aubrey -Jones

“The system isn’t perfect. Yet it demands perfection from its participants.” - Pat Gilbert, Breeder, Exhibitor, Educator, AKC and CKC Judge

“Judges can not change breeding programs, only breeders can.” - Joe Walton, Shih Tzu breeder and AKC Judge

“Judging is about putting up great dogs because of virtues and not putting them down because of their faults."-  Nigel Aubrey-Jones

"Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day." - Mary Ann - age 4
- See Juniors' Policy - A break for Juniors at Gilbert's K-9 Seminars

“The pedigree is never more important than the dog itself.”
- Claudia Waller Orlandi, Ph.D.

"Your writeup on examination of Toys was very well written. I am Chairman of Pekingese Club of America Judges Education. Have been to many seminars and always enjoyed Ed's speaking at those you used to have for Judges in CA."
- Roy W. Keiser Jr

“Type is steeped in the past and must be guarded in the present for the future.”
-Edd E. Biven

"I've seen a look in dogs' eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts." -- John Steinbeck

“Ever consider what they must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul - chicken, pork, a half of cow. They must think we are the greatest hunters on earth.”
- Anne Tyler

"ahhhhh... this is perfect! Nothing better than your newsletter on a Sunday afternoon! Thank you!"
- Betty Brask, Reader and Fan

SUCCESSFUL JUDGING AND BREEDING REQUIRES A THOROUGH UNDERSTANDING OF THE ESSENCE OF A BREED

"Never argue with an idiot; they'll drag you down to their
level and beat you with experience." ~ anonymous

"Those who don't read have no advantage over those who can't." 
-Dr. Carmen Battaglia, AKC Director, Judge and Lecturer

"A smile is the lighting system of the face, the cooling system of the head, and the heating system of the heart." - Unknown  (Thanks to Karen Browning, Albion Kennels for sharing)

“If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to Heaven, and very, very few persons.”
-James Thurber

A Reader wrote: “I have been reading your newsletter with interest.  Thank you for including me on your distribution list.  I am particularly interested in the thread about ring bait.  I am all for judges disallowing it in the ring.  As an exhibitor, one of my pet peeves is people tossing bait in the ring and leaving it.  Or having to take the time to retrieve it - slows the evaluation process.  I show 3 breeds and none of them need bait in the ring - I use it for training and tend to have bit in my pocket, but seldom even bring it out and have never had to throw it.  I've been in & out of the ring since 1972, so I have a bit of experience.

“Another peeve and I'd be interested in seeing your commentary - grooming in the ring.  It's one thing to smooth a stray hair or run a quick brush, but even my Afghan Hound does not need to be groomed in the ring and he has the BoB's to prove it <VBG>.  I almost lost my cool once when a known handler started spritzing his Afghan Hound while he was in line in front of me.  The spray was landing on Me and MY DOG and I did not appreciate it one bit.  I hissed at him to groom in the grooming area - the dog's coat did not have a hair out of place, so all that sprizing and brushing was just to show off.  Actually, I seldom bring a brush into the ring - just something to fall out of a pocket.  Even the Afghan Hound can be smoothed with a hand - no need to start brushing him just because he ran around the ring.  He isn't a statue.”
Name withheld

A website visitor wrote: “I came across your website and was very interested in your Abridged Newsletter articles!  Fascinating stuff!!

Is it possible to be added to your regular newsletter?  I would love to receive it!

Thanks for your time!” Comment: They have been added to the mailing list.

Umpiring
Umpiring and judging share a common basis - in both you have to be right every time and then work towards perfection! Judging perfection is arrived at by developing the three key ingredients, as identified by AKC, for excellence in judging: Breed knowledge - Judging Procedure - Impartiality
E. M. Gilbert Jr.

Absence of a defect is not necessarily the height of excellence, but unsoundness is the height of misfortune.

“Kennel Blindness – A disease powerful enough to destroy a breeding program.”
- Claudia Waller Orlandi, Ph.D.

“The pedigree is never more important than the dog itself.”
- Claudia Waller Orlandi, Ph.D.

“No dog gets genes from its owner!” -  Charlotte McGowan