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When one of your golf-playing acquaintances refers scornfully to someone
who has Gone To The Dogs, he’s referring to one of us. We just happen to
think we have the very finest leisure time activity going; one that is
more than just a hobby, it’s a life-style. I’ve been told that the only
other group of people which compares to us in their fervor is the parents
of little leaguers. Though, I think that some of the Internet devotees
are likely to be in the same realm soon as well.
As a veterinarian, I find myself trying to reason with some of my pet
owning clients to alter their living arrangements to accommodate their
pet. Some of them find this an incredibly strange perspective, saying ‘What
do you want me to do? Move for my dog’s benefit?’ Well, of course this
is what I mean! Dealing as I do with dog breeding and exhibiting clients,
most of them have already done so. It’s only natural in my world. This
is the world of The Dog Fancy.
- Dog fanciers collect chain link fence, and value it as though it was
gold bouillon. Crates (wire or fiberglass cages) come a close second.
- Dog fanciers go to the grocery store and buy $95.00 worth of kibble,
canned food, milk bones and plastic garbage bags. Also a couple of cheap
TV dinners for themselves – say about $5.00 worth.
- Dog fanciers drive mini-vans, full-size vans, stretch vans, high top
custom vans, and cube trucks. Also frequently a travel trailer or a motor
home. Many own two vans; his and hers.
- Dog fanciers go out to eat at nice places on weekends with their buddys
and entertain the adjacent diners with discussions of how difficult it
is to chop the ‘poops’ out of the ice and snow.
- Dog fanciers travel up to 50 weekends a year, from state to state,
coast to coast, and country to country attending shows.
- Dog fanciers who engage in the field activities, such as herding or
hunting trials, must be suitably provided with appropriate accessories
- camo gear, shotguns, rubber bumpers and starters pistols, or Australian
oiled dusters and their own flock of sheep.
- Dog fanciers all have at least one shirt which proclaims that ‘My Dog
Walks All Over Me’, and they wear it proudly.
- Dog fanciers meet their friends at the show every weekend and enjoy
a continuing party celebrating their communion with each other and above
all, with their reason for being there, their dog. They will be quick to
encourage you to spell that word backward. Make no mistake about it, this
celebration of an entire species frequently does more than just border
Two competitors being 'set up' and one 'free baiting'
in the conformation ring.
The sport of showing dogs encompasses many activities, some of which
have nothing to do with ‘showing’ per se. It would be difficult to call
herding sheep, or hunting birds showing.
A Fancier may have one dog, which may compete in one activity year after
year, or may go from one activity to another, mastering many. Or, the household
may be centered around many dogs, with sons and daughters of the original
Star working their way through the different levels of competition.
Outdoor shows - colorful tents, green grass, beautiful
and if it rains, the show must go on!
There are so many American Kennel Club sanctioned activities that I
will probably overlook some here. There is something for most every one,
dog or keeper.
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