Maintaining the Standard by Sheila Atter


  The question of falling entries continues to vex a good many people. Show societies obviously need a decent entry to be maintained in order to at least break even, if not make a profit, while for most exhibitors the pot of money is not bottomless...
  It seems that it’s almost an unwritten rule of KC policy that when someone comes up with a potentially good idea it is embraced without further ado, only to come a cropper because no one has really considered what effect it will have in the long...
  A few weeks ago Professor Dean asked exhibitors who travel to shows in Europe to give him an indication as to why they found these shows enjoyable, bearing in mind the extra cost of travelling and the higher entry fees.
  THERE is nothing like spending a few days at a championship show, not as an official and not even as an exhibitor, but just as a visitor, in order to give a completely different viewpoint of the current situation with regard to the falling entries...
  In last week’s edition of Dog World there was a letter from Joy Bradley on the subject of the Assured Breeder Scheme. Having heard Joy speak on this subject, I know just how passionately she feels about it...
  It’s the thing most guaranteed to cause comment among exhibitors. No, not the judge, the benching, the cost of entries or the traffic on the journey down – what will really get exhibitors going is the call to say that there are dogs in distress in...
  Logic is not a word that can easily be associated with the Kennel Club. Take, for example, the latest statement on the allocation of CCs.
  Well, what is the answer? We are now more than halfway through the year, and at last the recession seems to have caught up with us.
  Those of us who show dogs have to be, by nature, optimists. There are some who are so supremely confident that their dogs will get their just desserts at every show that optimism becomes over-confidence and their natural disappointment at not...
  The one thing you can be certain about is that we will always have weather. Good weather, bad weather – it’s sometimes said that we have weather, other countries have climate.
  At an open show the other week, the terrier judge had drawn a nice entry of quality dogs, maybe because she was herself a terrier lady through and through and her opinion was respected.
  There can only be one topic of conversation this week. The idea for Jilly’s Jolly Jaunt may have started off as a simple sponsored walk, aiming to make money for some very worthy causes, but by the time Gavin and Amelia set out from the NEC with...