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By Patricia H. Gilbert

I have been in purebred dogs all my life. There are new products but nothing is new to the fakers. There are many different ways to fake things for the show ring. You can fake tails, ears, and on and on. I have heard and seen most of it over the years.

In the past it was not so blatant and in your face. People would do their faking under cover of darkness and secrecy at home, in their hotel rooms or in their rigs. Now there is no shame. It is out in the open.

Today I see it in the grooming areas at any show. I have the proof on one of my most loved cream outfits because an exhibitor's dog whose mask wasn't quite dry rubbed up against me to say hello.

The AKC Board of Directors considers faking such a crucial issue that at its April 7, 2008 meeting it unanimously (absent Battaglia and Goodman) passed a change to the Rules Applying to Dog Shows, Chapter 11 Section 8.  The Board changed the wording of “Change in appearance by artificial means” to include banning the use of substances or drugs.

When did the judges turn into the faker police? Always and forever the responsibility has been placed on the judge, if the judge can catch it and more importantly be able to prove it. I have yet to see boxes on any application for the judge to check and/or a certificate for attendance at the Advanced Fakers Institute. Yet, the judge is expected to police a situation that is totally out of control. Do I withhold on a dog who looks dopey and I think appears to have been sniffing wacky weed? Maybe the exhibit is just dopey – or as an old Standard used to state “stupid appearing.”

The breeders are the ones who end up with the mess in their whelping boxes. The breeders need to start with one word. Integrity – “firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values” or “steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code.”

Then the exhibitors taught by the breeders and their mentors need to continue with one word. Integrity.

Then the judges who were/are breeders, handlers and exhibitors need to uphold a standard of excellence with one word. Integrity.

Integrity cannot be taught or enforced. Only the concept can be taught.

As judges we are held up to a higher standard. We must always show integrity at any level in the purebred dog world and lead by our example.