Dobebug, what a wonderful story! Thank you. I want an encore. Going to start mornings by saying, 'Bug, tell me a story.'
LOL--You and Kenny--you both better keep reminding me to tell you a story--before my memory goes along with my sciatic nerve.
I will copy and let MB read it. I tell her she will do great with Dobermans cause she kinda looks like a Doberman, with her black hair and
being tall and slim. lol. That is a compliment I think.
Sounds like one to me--tall and slim in the Dobe ring is an asset--you can still move the dogs.
I started with an interest in showing when living in Seattle and purchasing my first Great Dane. Clair Lincoln of Hightone prefix? You might
recognize being from that area. That was in the mid 70's
Wow! When I started showing Dobes, Clair Lincoln was breeding under "Lincoln" But that was in the 50's and 60's. She and her husband, Hazel Mage (Laurado) and Johnny Long (Long-Crest--professional handler) were the local breeders and there was Dollymount in Spokane (the Ranney's). Those were the ones I remember from my neck of the woods. I was raised in Seattle and was there until I moved to Sacramento in 1963 and later to Los Angeles. My friend (my college roommate, actually) who had the Dane puppy and introduced me to dogs shows had a couple of Danes--a fawn male (who died young from kidney disease) was bred by Hazel Mage as was the later Dane, the one I knew, Thane, a brindle male who finished his championship owner handled.
Here's a weird little backstory for you. By the time I got my first Dobe my folks had moved out to Bothell and their vet and mine, were at the Bothell Kenmore Vet clinic--a mixed practice (large and small animals. Dr Venema did crops--in fact he cropped both Clair's Dane's and Hazel Mage's Danes--and he did the recrop on my Dobe--we had a long discussion about why I hadn't taken him to them in the first place. Well, duh! Because I didn't know they cropped, and I sure as heck didn't realize that they were doing most of the show crops on Dane's who came from all over the place to get puppies cropped.
Most croppers who can do a good Dane crop can do a good Doberman crop.
I think we will use you as a mirror and I will send you video's of MB training for you to critique!
Someone from the Doberman Club here suggested she join UKC and enter shows to use as fun matches.
Be my guest--and that's a good suggestion--showing in UKC--and for that matter UDC--are good practice places--I just never managed to live in an area where there were many, or at all, shows.
Those weekend fun matches were always so helpful, but they have gone the way of.
<VBG> Yeah, when I started there were lots of fun matches around--in fact my first dog and I went to an all breed fun match the week before his first AKC show and he went Best in Match--the handler who judged half of the match (working, hound and sporting and Best in Match) was very anxious to talk to me about getting a handler for my puppy. At the time I was much too ignorant to figure it out--my breeder had to explain why all these handlers wanted to talk to me about the futility of trying to actually show my own dog.
But then once your dog had points most of the match regulations said you couldn't continue to show them in matches--and he got that 5 point major when he was 6 months and three weeks.
Thx again, Bug. BTW, have any pictures of your first Doberman?
I do--but I'll need to get them rescanned--there might be a picture of him on DobeQuest--I can't remember but he was Am/Can Ch Mars of the Gladiators (and before anyone asks--no--he was not oversized--his breeders first champion was Ch Cloud's Gladiator and Jim thought that was a good kennel name for a Doberman. It was a lot of years before Gladiator, King, Warlock came to be associated with oversized dogs.