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Hello to our wonderful readers all around the world and welcome to the hot Summer issue of The Working/Herding Dog Digest.

The topic of conversation in many parts of the country has been this devastating and highly contagious Canine Influenza Virus- resulting in some deciding to stay home. Causing entries to go significantly down. I’m a strong believer of “Once you know, you can never again act like you don’t know”. And now that we all know we must do everything in our power to safeguard our beloved pets the best way we can. This too shall pass. Let’s all work together to wipe it out as quickly as possible. My thoughts and healing wishes to all that have been affected.

An impromptu round table discussion was held on the California Mission Circuit to discuss ways to get new people involved in showing dogs - I reached out to Shane Hooper after seeing his suggestions on the video. He explains his ideas in more detail in this issue on page WD page 48. I so hope those in charge continue this great idea across the Country. I would love to offer my services in any way I can for the shows in Atlanta.

The show EVERYONE wants to one day win; Westminster Kennel Club has announced its panel. Longtime Doberman Breeder/Owner/Handler and Judge Robert Vandiver has the honor of stepping out on the big carpet Monday Night to preside over the Herding Group. This is Bob’s 2nd time judging a Group at Madison Square Garden, he judged the working Group in 2013. Awarding first in that hot Group to a very young Portuguese Water Dog “Matisse” who of course went on to become the Top winning male Dog of all Breeds in AKC history. The rest of next years’ exciting judging panel can be found on WD page 44.

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That’s all for now, I’ll see you at the shows.

James Taylor


289 Jonesboro Road # 371
McDonough, Georgia 30253


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