Approved for the Herding Group, Alaskan Malamutes, Boxers, Bullmastiffs, Doberman Pinschers, Dogues de Bordeaux, Great Danes, Mastiffs, Newfoundlands, Portuguese Water Dogs, Rottweilers, St. Bernards, Samoyeds, Siberian Huskies, BIS, Miscellaneous breeds and Junior Showmanship.
How did you first become involved in dogs? What breeds have you been involved with and in what capacity – breeder, owner, handler?
As a child I owned three dogs, but became seriously involved in dogs in 1964 after I visited Dr. Donald Jones’ kennel in Chattanooga, Tenn., where he raised German Shepherd Dogs and Pembroke Welsh Corgis. I became an owner and breeder of these two breeds, and later handled them professionally as an AKC all-breed professional handler. In the 1970s I handled a Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppy dog aged 6 months and 20 days to his championship with all major wins, a record that still holds as far as I know. I also bred other breeds, including a Best in Show Pointer.
Who has been your mentor or mentors?
My main mentor was George Rood. He taught me the mechanics of handling, which stayed with me forever, and educated me about many breeds and how to groom them properly.
What is, or was, your profession?
My professions have been an IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers — Ed.) journeyman electrician and an all-breed professional handler.
Do you have any hobbies or special interests other than judging?
I am very interested in World War II history and especially enjoy traveling to Europe to learn more about it. I also enjoy bicycling and photography.
Do you have any pet peeves when judging?
Yes! Handlers and exhibitors today don’t understand how to bait properly, and they race their dogs around the ring regardless of breed.