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FWIW, I read that same 'tone'. I was somewhat offended by it, and I don't even do the breed ring.
Debbie
I have to admit I didn't read the whole article but I must say if you and Abby got that feel or tone about the article then it is somewhat apparent leaps and bounds are being made for the AR cause.
Since it was publized many people tend to
believe what they read. Saddly this is not a good thing.

Gwen
I am not sure if the article has an AR tone.

The AR part came on the first page with the cropping/docking, picking up the Poodle, "slicing off" the ears of a Dobe. However I thought the AR tone ended there.
Kinda seemed like something I would've written, had I been sent to report on a Miss USA type pageant, and found grown women putting tape on assorted body parts. A bit snooty, and with the 'I can't believe people do this!' sort oftone.

I don't disagree with the general tone of the rest of the article. I think the author was thinking "I'm amazed that people do this" while writing. The point about dogs being shown solely for their looks is correct, as is the rest of the article for the most part. Its a hobby and one that costs alot of money, competition, etc. but IMO its nearly worthless for determining the fitness or rightness of a dog. Maybe the author wasn't told by the breeders/owners/handlers that its a hobby, which I think puts it in a different light, allowing for more absurdities & extremes.

Tara
The AR part came on the first page with the cropping/docking, picking up the Poodle, "slicing off" the ears of a Dobe. However I thought the AR tone ended there.

I disagree there was any AR tone at all, and I'm an avowed PETA hater. Because the writer used 'slice' instead of the jargon used by the fancy doesn't make it AR. The writer could've used words like mangle, maim, disfigure, etc. That would've been AR.
I don't disagree with the general tone of the rest of the article. I think the author was thinking "I'm ... breeders/owners/handlers that its a hobby, which I think puts it in a different light, allowing for more absurdities & extremes.

I'd guess the author knew exactly why people do this as a hobby and even so thinks it's absurd. It's pretty hard for people who don't do it to take it very seriously. I like to watch it, and I have a small idea of what goes into the commitment, but I can still see the inherent absurdities of it.

Cate
That Newf is awesome! And I'm hoping Bunny will be present tonight. What a gorgeous girl she is.

I am very partial to Bunny, but my girl is her half-sister, so there is the family conection - look at her win photo in breeds, she is lovely.

(Speaking of beezers
www.mfrye.com/skyrocket/klitter.html )
I fell asleep also. :-) I really liked the LH Chihuahua, and, of course, the yorkie.

I really liked the LH chi too - what a cutie!
All in the family.

Definitly leads to biases!
Debbie

Melissa S. Frye
Skyrocket cockers www.mfrye.com/skyrocket/
Thanks Melinda. I was very curious about that since it ... have a Champion title, let alone going to the Westminster.

How difficult it is to finish a pup depends a lot on the breed in question. In Briards, it's not ... annoyed with WKC for not having the Briard results up yet, even though breed was judged over FOUR HOURS AGO)

Same with cockers.
Fast maturity
What is up with the Briard results??

Melissa S. Frye
Skyrocket cockers www.mfrye.com/skyrocket/
FWIW I really didn't like the article - it had a nasty tone to it that made you feel the author was *** she had to cover a dog show and just being bitchy.

Melissa S. Frye
Skyrocket cockers www.mfrye.com/skyrocket/
What is up with the Briard results??

Dunno why, but it took them 5.5 hours to get them up... they were much faster with the other breeds.
No real surprises in Briards I pretty much figured that Sassy (Deja Vu Ruffles Have Ridges) would take breed and either Tornado or Simon would take BOS, and that's exactly what happened.
Wish Sassy luck in group tonight, everyone my guess is that she's got a pretty good chance of getting a piece of it.
Dianne
Its a hobby and one that costs alot of money, competition, etc. but IMO its nearly worthless for determining the fitness or rightness of a dog.

And your reason for believing this is... ??
Dianne
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