Oh snap! Shots fired.
Oh snap! Shots fired.
"If you're too busy to duck hunt, you're too busy" - Jase Robertson
"You're going hunting again? In this weather?" - My fiance
Twin Willows Lil Miss Zoey SH
Soon to be the next big thing.
Andrew's Baby Saint 4/20/01-9/10/15
The queen bee. My version of the once-in-a-lifetime dog. I regret not sharing her with the world. Forever my baby girl
I think this would be a good time to place photos of all the competitors for the Nat. Am. along side photos of all the CH dogs from the past 12 months. I'd be willing to bet, if the standard were applied to all, more FC/AFC dogs would be "called back" than the bench dogs! Wouldn't that be fun?
Owned and handled by Cruisin' with Indiana Jones, JH
Alternate Handler: Westwind Buffalo Soldier
Apprentice Handler: Snake River Medicine Man, SH
The rules and standards for field trials were written as performance standards. To come in and suddenly apply a conformation standard, disqualifying someone's dog for a bad bite or being tall or short, especially after that dog has had years' worth of expensive training, would be arbitrary.
Step in the right direction, I M O....
APR SHR TDK's Dusty Gunslinger JH - "Churchill"
CPR Max's Black Diamond Girl Scout JH - "Scout"
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Last edited by Tim Carrion; 06-05-2014 at 09:27 AM.
You order a Lab; ask a Golden; but negotiate with a Chesapeake!
When Health conscientious America; start calling a show lab disgustingly Obese in public blogs, the LRC finally puts something out addressing it . Then there's the FT peeps who put their dogs in a conformation evaluation who are gasp in standard (weight and height), after being told they were too Tall- Leggy, and weedy thin something gets highlighted on a letter. So I wonder what we must do now to get the Long haired show lab back to the correct coat, and the rottweiler mug back to a retriever snout. Still it's just a letter, which will probably be ignored; unless someone puts up another scathingly account, after every Big commercial show that the LRC doesn't like
"They's Just DAWGS"; "I train dogs, Not papers"
"Hunting is a skill to be learned whether you do it early or late it still needs to be learned"
GMRH-I HRCH Quick MH (most importantly Duck/Upland Enthusiast) Rip. July-2014
GMHR HRCH Lakota MH (most importantly Upland/Duck Enthusiast)
MHR HR Storm SH (Beginning Upland & Waterfowl Enthusiast)
Julie R., Hope Springs Farm
Chesapeake Bay Retrievers since 1981
This letter is basically saying to conformation judges to enforce the rules already in the books--similar to when the powers that be in field events send out a letter saying to have an honor in AA stakes or make the handlers shoulder the fake gun in HTs. To add conformation to FT would take a serious change in the FT rules, would affect all breeds eligible to run, etc. and basically would never pass.
There are options available to the parent club if they want to ensure that FT dogs exhibit conformation or bench dogs have field abilities, but they can't require FTs to take them into account as they parent club doesn't control that.
What would be wrong with developing a Body Mass Index for competition dogs with say over 30% fat DQs or what ever number. It works for humans and I struggled to keep a BMI # to maintian a job. Military also has restrictions.
John Cottenham aka jacduck in many circles before the internet
"Duck hunter's minds are like concrete. All mixed up and permanently set."