It is with great pleasure that I thank your editors
for the chance to speak with you through my upcoming
column, "On With The Show."
Over the years, I've met many people in
the dog show world. While Collies have been my favorite
show dogs, I have worked with practically every known
American Breed as an artist, a breeder or a handler.
That's a lot of dogs!
One of the things people like about my Collie
kennel is that it was started in 1945. Actually, it
started before that, but I have, in our kennel files,
a sales receipt dated July 8, 1945, when the first Collie
puppy was bought for our Lochranza Kennels. Yes, I know
there is a Lochranza in England which started somewhere
around the same time. But, I believe they specialize
in Poodles and Spaniels. Ours is one of the oldest AKC
registered kennels in the United States. And it is in
its second generation of management.
This column isn't just about dog shows,
it's also about living today as a member of the dog
show community. In my writings and talks, I always say
animal lovers are the most sentimental and romantic
people in the world. I do believe that. And I believe
they should be treasured. I will do my best to keep
you posted on changing events that affect us in the
dog show life.
I am here for your letters, too. And, I'll
try to answer a few of your letters each time. Love
and romance are things I'm always asked about, probably
because of my life as an artist. I guess they think
artists know about such things -- or, maybe, they think
I've lived so long I must surely know a few secrets!
Competition is something else on our minds, and good
sportsmanship is something we need advice about, too,
sometimes. If you think I might be able to help on these
things, write to this column in care of the editors.
Until next time, I will be watching out
for us in these troubled and challenging times. Don't
be afraid. Love your dogs. And let's get "On With