by Hundmutter on 17 February 2017 - 13:02
by Ryanhaus on 17 February 2017 - 13:02
Here's a good link to see Rumor:
by JonRob on 17 February 2017 - 14:02
Well, hell . . .
Not a fan of conformation shows or the ass-dragging nervebags so many ASLs I meet are, but . . .
Rumor is a gorgeous, confident, happy, substantial GSD. She does not have extreme overangulation. Her gait is beautiful to watch (thanks for the link Ryanhaus). She has the look of eagles. Judge got it totally right when he talked about "nobility." Rumor's got it in spades.
Much rather have Rumor as the GSD breed ambassador than some poor skittish roach-backed creature that looks like his back was broken and never healed right.
"Queer" judge? WTH? Who cares whether the judge is gay or not? This site sure does attract the haters.
by Jenni78 on 17 February 2017 - 15:02
by Koots on 17 February 2017 - 18:02
by Xeph on 17 February 2017 - 19:02
Honestly, probably not...not for some time. The reality is that the Old Guard is in charge. I am going to be 32 this year, and honestly, the only way it is going to change is for younger people to change it...and that is not going to happen in just a couple of years. Not when youngsters are not readily given opportunities to show these animals and truly learn about them.
Too many people (in general) want Yes Men, not inquisitive kids who challenge them.
A junior showed one of my dogs at the Garden this year. She recently went BJH down in Florida at Royal Canin (formerly Eukanuba). She went to crufts last year and will go again this year. Her breed? Great Pyrenees.
The young lady who got Soul Eater on the cover of the GSD Review? She handles sighthounds (usually Borzoi). She's 10 years old, tiny, and a little Dynamo. I will be co owning a puppy from my current litter with her for her to show in juniors sometimes. She took Mikasa to a match and after a ten minute lesson in how to set her up and properly exhibit, she went BJH in Match (with competition). She'd never handled Meep (or any GSD) before. The photo that ended up on the Review cover was her second time ever working with a GSD and her first time working with Soul.
I'm the idiot that just starts handing kids dogs, ribbons be damned.
I can't change what the Old Guard likes or breed for. But I can influence the littles
by Nans gsd on 17 February 2017 - 19:02
by Sersi73 on 17 February 2017 - 20:02
by Koots on 17 February 2017 - 21:02
Keep up your efforts to get young people involved - they are your greatest resource and your best chance to influence the breed.
by Xeph on 17 February 2017 - 21:02
I think one of my largest sources of frustration is from people who SHOULD know better wanting to see change...and thinking it's going to happen tomorrow. It took us years to get where we are (in all lines, because none are the same now as they were then), and it's going to take years to change again.
Like, I get it, people are upset and don't like what they see, but a whole breed doesn't just morph overnight...I'll probably be in my 50s by the time anything has been adjusted again. That's reality. I'm doing what I can, but it's gonna be a couple decades no matter how you slice it.
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