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Welcome to the first issue of 2019 for The Working/Herding Dog Digest.

Congratulations to Milan Lint and the Johnson family on “Elsa” the OES bitch gaining the title of Top Dog All Breeds for 2018. The first time an OES bitch has held such a honored position.

The mighty Michael Shepherd had a heart attack in the middle of year but rallied back stronger than ever piloting his Boxer Bitch “Wilma” to #1 Working Dog. I do believe this is the 3rd Boxer the Team of Shepherd & Robbins have taken to # 1  Working Dog. 

Rare do I talk about dogs in this column unless they are retired.  But I’m so looking forward to watching Laurie Fenner and “Nik” the Akita make their final appearance at an all breed show at Westminster next week. Winner of 100 Bests In Show, he is the  6th top winning Working Dog in A.K.C. history  behind  such iconic dogs as “Matisse” the PWD. “Cryptonite” The Doberman Pinscher, “Bang Away” The Boxer and “Spirit” the lovely Giant Schnauzer bitch. Enjoy your well deserved life of luxury upon retirement your majesty.

The week after Jamie Clute won the Herding Group at the A.K.C National Championship with “Slick” the top winning Border Collie in Breed history he underwent major knee surgery-his next and final time will be at Westminster. I understand the wonderful owners of “Slick” will let him live out his wonderful life with his buddy Jamie.

I’m so sorry to say in 7 years of being a staff writer for us Leah James’ Rants, Raves and Cudos article is absent this time. I wish my dear friend a 100% recovery and wish her many more years writing for her legions of family and friends.

Speaking of  our writers our very own Stephanie Hedgepath is working on putting all of her “Form Follows Function” articles in one book that is sure to be a best seller in the neat future.

Our Spring issue Boxers, Newfoundlands, Rottweilers, Belgian Sheepdog & Tervurens. This issue will get distributed at each Breeds National Specialty.Deadline is March:15th. Contact me today to reserve a great article or ad for your Breed in this special issue.

2019 is here. The road you chose to travel on is not always easy. Sometimes you need your dog to carry you and sometimes you need to carry your dog....just make sure you carry on!

James Perry Taylor, Publisher


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