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October 13 - 20
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2018 GSDCA Sieger Show
& Breed Survey
September 27-30
Shiloh Park, Zion, IL

2018 GSDCA Natl IPO3/FH Championship
Universal Sieger Show & Breed Survey

May 4-6 Wilmington, OH

2018 WUSV
Joint Qualification Trial
June 8-10

Weekends. They happen every week, and there are usually 52 of them each year. For some people a weekend is two days away from work each week, days to sleep late, have a lazy breakfast, read the paper, work in the garden, go for a leisurely afternoon drive, join friends for a relaxed dinner in the evening. For others weekends are spent working on home improvement projects, enjoying the satisfaction of doing the work themselves and saving money in the process

For a small segment of the population, weekends consist of getting up very early, often well before dawn, loading their cars with all manner of equipment, and driving long distances to their destination. Upon arriving at said location they will begin unloading all the equipment, setting it up and then preparing themselves and their charge for inspection. They will then display the  fruits of their labors for approximately five minutes, after which their efforts will be evaluated, often by a complete stranger, and a winner declared. Only two can ever win, no matter how many compete. Then these people will undo everything they’ve done at that location, pack it all up and either drive to another location several hours away, or return home because the two days set aside for rest and relaxation are over and they must return to work.


Perhaps you’ve noticed in the last couple of months that here have been a few changes to your Review, and maybe you’re a bit confused.  We couldn’t blame you at all if you are. Even our printer got confused.

Here’s what is happening. At its regular meeting at the end of April, your Board of Directors voted to make a few changes that would result in some significant cost savings to the GSDCA. One was to change the coating on the cover. Many never even noticed this change, some commented that they liked the new look better than the glossy look. Another change reduced the weight of the  paper inside the magazine; we had no comments on that .


Some time ago friends of mine were at a dog show that I could not attend. Mid-afternoon the phone calls came, reporting the results, who showed well and who didn’t, all the typical post-show analysis. But one call mentioned something else, how new members of our club were so excited when their puppy took first in her class and then went on to Best Puppy. According to my friend, they were going to take the ribbons home and frame them, their puppy’s first awards. Apparently it warmed the hearts of those around them just to see their joy.

Do you remember the first time one of your dogs won a ribbon? If you’re as old as I am, the classes were bigger and the competition stiff, and even a fourth place ribbon made your heart beat a little faster. Whether your memories go back one decade or four, reach back there and try to remember how it felt to be new to this game. It seemed as though all the people around you knew so much more than you, that you didn’t know enough to even have a German Shepherd Dog, much less show one.


By now you will have noticed that your magazine was delivered without the plastic bag. It is not a mistake. It is one of several cost-cutting measures that your Board of Directors approved recently. Eliminat-ing the poly bag saves $9,000 a year. That’s a lot of money by anyone’s measure. Postal equipment has im-proved over the years and it is likely that this change will not a?ect the condition of your magazine. If you should receive a badly torn magazine, let me know and we’ll make arrangements to replace it.

Nearly a century ago Robert Frost wrote “Good fences make good neighbours” in a poem called “Mending Wall.” Most readers concede that he did not agree with the statement made by the neighbor on the other side. Nevertheless the phrase was adopted by the general public and is oft repeated even today. As dog lovers and responsible dog owners we likely all agree with that sentiment, but there’s an adaptation that I’d like you to consider: Good (writ-ten) contracts keep good friends.

Yesterday I spoke to a friend across the country and she related the woes of an understanding gone awry. Seems she had given a young bitch to a friend of hers because the friend just had to have that particular puppy. Notice I said given, not sold. Te recipient of this puppy promised to show her. My friend, being the trusting type, didn’t give it another thought and promptly transferred ownership of the pup to her friend.

Fast-forward a couple of years.