Senior Editor Christi McDonald has a few suggestions for encouraging more people to become involved in AKC events. The survival of many clubs – and indeed the dog sport – depends on attracting new members, including the “pet people” who are eager to share their passion with others. Learn how a user-friendly approach may be the best way to expand our base of support.
As the summer season winds down, the action in the ring can really heat up – sometimes to boiling. Blogger-in-Chief Billy Wheeler knows it’s the beginning of crunch time in this year’s race for the top dog title, and today he offers his perspective on surviving the final stretch.
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Surviving Down the Stretch
By Billy Wheeler
I am normally a pretty stress free guy. Since my by-pass surgery in 2005, I have made a conscious attempt to avoid stress. As a retiree, who dabbles in dogs, that’s normally a pretty easy thing to do. However, after returning from Colorado, I found myself with 30 shows to report out on, a stack of e-mails to go through, and full week of numbers to tabulate. While plowing through all my tasks, I began to wonder how those who are campaigning a top ranked dog are dealing with the stress of surviving down the stretch. more
My Take – Expanding the Base: Are We ‘User-Friendly’ Enough?
By Christi McDonald
When the new AKC Chairman of the Board Alan Kalter released his first chairman’s report in May 2012, he mentioned that 100 million Americans own a dog, whether mixed breed or purebred. He couldn’t be more right when he says that, as AKC fanciers and breeders, “We only scratch the surface of those who make dogs an important part of their lives.” more