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Interview with Barbara Amidon in the October 2010 GSD Review

What created your interest in German Shepherd Dogs?

My first experience with German Shepherds was as a young girl, seeing a motion picture about a war dog, “My Pal Wolf” and later for  Christmas receiving a book, “Cop Chief of Police Dogs” by the late Reginald Cleveland. From there, the German Shepherd was a lasting love affair.

As young children, my family lived in New York and Miami. My father worked at Cape Canaveral; he was an Electrical Engineer. My mother was a Head Nurse; she later she worked in the operating room at The Polyclinic Hospital in New York. When my twin sister Jackie and I were ten years old, our mother was tragically killed on Christmas Eve. My father then chose a career in show business and traveled a great deal.

We went to live  with my aunt in New Jersey and found a stray German Shepherd. We named him Fury after a comic strip character. My love of dogs began very early, I attended a War Veterans Ceremony in  Atlantic City performing obedience. My hobby was studying various dog breeds. Jackie and I won contests by identifying them.

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Interview with Dave Rinke in the February 2010 Review

How did you get started in German Shepherd Dogs?

We used to have dogs around the house at my folks place all the time. We had a Cocker Spaniel and another time a black Lab. We were about to get another dog and I decided to buy a German Shepherd, because they were kind of a macho dog and a good thing to have around. So I bought a little female German Shepherd and I don’t remember whether she had papers or not. She only lived about a month before she died of distemper.

sm martha velvetNot to be deterred, this time I spent “big bucks” and got one with papers. He was a $50 dog but since a bag of dog food was about $5, he was a semi-expensive dog. He was a pretty nice dog; particularly in temperament. I ended up taking him down to the GSDC of Minneapolis and St. Paul for training. I had bought a Goldbecker and Hart book and I was convinced he was a Grand Victor. Like all neophytes, it appeared to me that he had it all!  I remember Helen Miller Fisher deflating me just a touch. After I ran him around a little bit, she said he would probably be best suited for obedience.

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Interview with James (Jim) Moses in the June 2010 Review
by D.D. Ardoin

When and how did you get into dogs?

My father bought my frst German Shepherd Dog for me when I was nine. I named him “Nageeb” which is my name in Arabic. My father was Lebanese and my mother was French Canadian. I fnished my frst German Shepherd Dog champion in 1958, when I was 13 years old. My mother bred Miniature Poodles and I won my frst all-breed Best in Show with a black Mini Poodle when I was 15 years old. I won my frst all-breed Best in Show with a GSD bitch when I was 16 years old.

When you became a handler, what dogs were popular & what was handling like?

When I became a handler, some of the bet-ter dogs were GV Troll von Richterbach, GV Bill von Kleiswig and GV Brix Grafencrone. I handled GV Lance of Fran-Jo early in my career and he was by far the most popular dog of that time. He crossed well with Ernest Loeb’s Bernd daughters. When I started handling dogs they were judged at a much more moderate speed and they had to have been trained. A good dog could and often did win owner-handled. Tey weren’t shown 20 feet in front of you racing like mad. I believe that early in my career we had a larger percentage of judges that knew the anatomical structure of the GSD and put more emphasis on smooth, coordinated, correct movement. Today the double handler has a more important part of showing our breed than the person actually handling the dog.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 10 June 2010 09:06