Welcome Welcome Welcome to the beautiful October/November issue of The Working/Herding Dog Digest.
Everyone is talking about the new A.K.C. rule going into effect January 1st: Classdogs will be able to pick up additional points toward their Championships by not only Winning the group as it has always been but by also winning, 2nd, 3rd and 4th now. In rarer Breeds some can only find majors a thousand miles away. This is a wonderful new change for the better.
The shows really just are not the same without our Barbara Alderman. We love and miss you, Barbara.
The next issue is our A.K.C. National Championship issue! The deadline is November 15th. This is the issue we have circulated in Orlando at the prestigious last shows of the year. This is the issue that you give thanks on having a winning 2022.
Looks like we are going to have quite a few new Pew wee handlers in the future with beautiful Ladies Ashley Cuzzolino, Katie Bernardin and Madeline Petterson all expecting at the same time.
Our wonderful friend Jessica Baldwin @Jessicas.doggie.toys has branched out from her great dog toys to now delicious, healthy treats and if all of this was not enough her and fiancé Jimmy has set a wedding date for 2-14-23. We wish this beautiful couple who have been together since high School many decades of happiness and Love.
I remember calling the ever-wonderful Cheryl Robbins and talking to her about my idea of Publishing a respected National Magazine for Working Dogs only as no one else was doing it and I felt the Working Group was my passion. When she agreed to take the Front Cover with a Boxer Handled by her longtime exclusive Handler: Michael Shepherd I hung up that phone feeling like I had just sprouted wings and would be able to fly to heights I had only dreamed about. The BEST was truly yet to come.
It was a few years later that my friend Robert Chaffin that gave me the idea to add our cousins– The Herding Dogs to the family by again, doing something no one else was doing. A FLIP Magazine-two magazines in one. Working Dogs on one side with Herding Dogs on the other. We just had to get someone special to grace the Front Cover and we went straight to the very top and got the Herding icon himself: James Moses with a GSD to do us the honor.
In 20 years, we have published over 150 Front Covers-over 3,000 interviews with Breeders and Judges of Working and Herding Dogs– Thousands of articles and of course Thousands of ads showcasing the very best Working and Herding Dogs the world has ever seen. We also took time to celebrate and kick up heels by hosting 3 big parties in New York during Westminster Kennel Club.
I have to thank my genius art director Mark Martinez for not only being so great at what he does but also for putting up with me all those midnights and before dawn mornings to make sure the magazine out on time. I love and respect you so very much.
20 years is indeed a very long time to do anything and still love it, but as a child I was told if you find a job you are passionate about you will never work a day in your life.
I found it... here’s to the next 20 years.
That’s All For Now, I’ll See You At The Shows,