President and AKC Delegate Messages

President's Message:

We just finished our annual "busy period" when our all breed shows, obedience and rally trials, and our agility trials all happen within a five week span in August and September - a big "thanks" to all of our members for sharing your valuable time and financial resources to help the club offer these outstanding events for the dog community.

Our August shows were again a big success! We returned to the Royal Plaza Trade Center in Marlboro and the exhibitors complimented us on the great job we did handling reserved parking and grooming spots, the easily accessible and clean/well-maintained venue, large fully matted rings, and great concession food at reasonable prices. Our Pee Wee event was great again, even getting local TV News coverage on ABC Channel 5. Unfortunately, given the cost of the venue and a fee increase from MB-F, we lost money for the second year in a row. The Board voted to move our August 2018 shows to the smaller, much less expensive Regency Boxborough, just off of I-495 in Boxborough. Planning is well underway to continue the club's quality show tradition in this new location.

Our September 23 and 24 agility trials ran smoothly with lots of exhibitor compliments. Our Saturday trial was one of the few this year that filled to the maximum 330 runs, and Sunday only declined to 284 runs. The trials our club puts on every year have developed the reputation of "must attend" given the extensive worker raffle prizes, a free dog toy for every qualifying run, great judges, the food and snacks we provide throughout the day, and lots of friendly, helpful club members to keep everything running smoothly. Thanks to all the members who helped make these trials a success.

I hope you and your dogs enjoy the upcoming shows. I'll see many of you at our annual meeting at the Old Mill on Thursday, October 19 - the meeting notice, speaker information and reservation form are included with this FIDO.

John W. Seeley

AKC Delegate Message:

The Quarterly Meeting of Delegates was held in Newark on June 13. At the meeting delegates were advised that at the September meeting we will be updated on the new AKC website which is to launch in November.

From Board minutes of the April Meeting:

In the first quarter, both Litter registrations and dog registrations are up 7% over 2016.

In 2016, total entries across all sports were up by 37,000. Entries in Performance Events and activity in the CGC program were at all-time record highs. Agility grew with the introduction of the Premier class and the ACT class. The decline in conformation entries was the smallest in 13 years. Two new sports were launched - Fast CAT and Farm Dog Certified. Junior Showcase Events were approved in order to promote Junior participation in companion events.

2017 initiatives include the launch of AKC Scent Work, the AKC Trick Dog program, the Achiever Dog pilot program, the conformation Puppy of Achievement pilot program, and the addition of two new classes in Rally.

From the Board Minutes of the May Meeting:

Breeder of Merit Levels of Recognition
The Board approved a recommendation for tiered levels of recognition in the Breeder of Merit (BOM) Program based on titles earned by dogs bred. The purpose for this enhancement is:
(1) provide an incentive for breeders to encourage their puppy buyers to become involved in AKC sports since accomplishments will reflect back on their breeding program, and
(2) provide recognition to those long-term successful breeders that have produced numerous titled dogs.

These tiered levels will be effective October 1, 2017.
Breeder of Merit (Current) - Minimum of 4 dogs earning titles.
Breeder of Merit Bronze - Minimum of 10 dogs earning titles with at least 5 earning prefix titles.
Breeder of Merit Silver - Minimum of 25 dogs earning titles with a minimum of 15 being prefix titles.
Breeder of Merit Gold - Minimum of 50 dogs earning titles with a minimum of 30 dogs having earned prefix titles.
Breeder of Merit Platinum - Minimum of 100 dogs earning titles with a minimum of 60 having earned prefix titles.

The Board approved a recommendation to allow protective footwear for dogs in AKC Tracking tests. On occasion, sites used for AKC Tracking tests have dangerous foxtail and thorny plants as well as lawn chemicals and broken glass. Chapter 2. Regulations for Performance and Judging Section 24. Protective Clothing. Dogs may wear a protective coat and/or footwear. If worn the coat, tracking harness and footwear must be put on in the presence of both judges.

AKC Director Steve Gladstone died in Australia on a judging assignment with his wife in early June. Not known (to me) when the AKC Board will vote on his replacement.

Respectfully submitted,
Virginia Rowland

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