As has been discussed here before, many clubs are experiencing resistance and at times, downright hostility to what we do, i.e. dog training and testing. This resistance may come from anti-gun groups, anti-hunting groups, or simply groups that feel as if they are in competition for the public grounds we use.
I believe that the financial data that some clubs have attempted to gather could form the basis of a very cogent and persuasive argument to be made to the authorities that control these grounds. What elected official or employee of a commission reliant upon tax dollars can ignore the positive economic impact that dog clubs have upon a local economy, meals, beverages. Included in these numbers must be $$$ spent on fuel, lodging, meals, beverages, veterinarian services, local attractions, etc.
I would greatly appreciate any data that a club has been able to gather to use in our issues with the local government agency that regulate the land we use. Furthermore, all suggestions and contacts are appreciated.
I am the president of an AKC retriever club and have been working with 2 other AKC retriever clubs, 2 NAVHDA clubs, and a NAHRA club.
Please help us by sending whatever information or anecdotal evidence you can supply.
We have had meetings with local political figures and they seem to be impressed by number$$$$$$
Westchester Retriever Club, Inc.