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Welcome to another exciting issue of The Working/Herding Dog Digest!

This is the first issue of our magazine for 2017. It is also our 15th year of publishing the Nation’s only magazine exclusively focused on the Working and Herding Groups.

It is said that the New Year comes in like a lamb and goes out like a lion. Holding true to this tradition, many a new dog will make their debut in January as a promising bright eyed and bushy tailed prospect however only one of them will end the year as the dog to beat.

The K.C. of Palms Springs has become the show that begins the new show year for everyone. This year, all the ringside was buzzing and my cell phone was constantly ringing as Laurie Fenner walked into the ring with the big winning Akita Ch. Mojo’s Continuation Of A Myth. The new team would end the day by going RBIS over several thousand dogs.

Good luck to our many clients that are making the exciting journey to New York City for The Westminster Kennel Club. Make great memories and take lots of pictures.

At press time “Preston” The Puli had 97 Bests in Show and the title of  #1 Dog All-Breeds 2016. The lovely GermanShepherd “Rumor” winner of over 100 Bests in Show is also back out for another chance at the ultimate dog show win. She too heldthe title to #1 Dog All-Breeds in 2015. Never before have two Herding Dogs thathave both  been #1 Dog All Breeds met up in the Madison Square Garden center ring.This will be EPIC.

Our friend Eric Ringle suffered a stroke and is recovering at St. Mary’s Medical Center, 901 - 45th Street, W. Palm Beach, FL 33407. I know he would love to read a card or letter, better yet, send your PICTURES of him putting up one of your dogs and how that dog did after the pictured show win, would really lift his spirits.

If you are serious about breeding dogs you MUST read the Cheryl West interview with Dr. Carla Barstow on WD Page 50. You will truly learn something about reproduction. I KNOW I did.

It was a great time interviewing Faith Ott for this issue. I learned so much about Spanish Water Dogs. Faith is a wonderful person who was also one of the co-sponsors of the 2016 Winter Wonderland last year.

Throwback Thursday is my favorite day on Facebook. I have always been a history buff. I really enjoy seeing people of the past with their beautiful dogs of yesterday. Here is a favorite picture of mine with my first Akita. Her name was OB’J Photogenic. How appropriate! This picture was taken by world famous artist Gay Glazbrook, who was not yet a professional photographer but working with me selling ads at Kennel Review Magazine; proving that EVEN Legends have to start somewhere.

I’m looking for a special individual to add to my team. Someone who respects and loves the sport of dogs, as much as I do; a person who has the ability to represent the dog media with the utmost integrity as we move into the future. If you feel you are, or you know that person, please contact me directly today.

That’s all for now. I will see you at the shows.

James Taylor


289 Jonesboro Road # 371
McDonough, Georgia 30253


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