Friday, January 9, 2009


We’ve always liked the traditions of the AKC show ring…men in jackets and ties, the little touches of etiquette. There’s a comfort in the old fashion civility of our fancy that is mostly missing in the trash talking environments of other weekend pursuits. Therefore, it is with caution that we entered the blogosphere, a place notorious for its coarseness of manner and, by definition, disrespect of tradition.


Yesterday we got a comment on our DOGS2WATCH post, attacking one of the dogs featured. By blogosphere standards, the comment was only mildly offensive. However, by our standards it was particularly offensive. It wasn’t that the writer disagreed with us. We expect and welcome that. It wasn’t that it was critical of a top winning dog. Lot’s of people debate which dog is better than the other. It was that it was anonymous.

We want this blog to be a forum for the exchange of information and opinion, but we won’t host a forum for mean spirited gossip mongering. We want to apologize to any of the readers or parties who feel maligned by our publishing of the comment. We did it so we could make it clear that all comments are welcome, as long as the debate is respectful. After all, we are not trying to compete with Keith Olbermann or Sean Hannity.


  1. That is part of what I like about dog shows - people dress. Any other given moment in our world, it is as if no one cares about their appearance anymore. Going to a dog show is a relief because too many people now days look like they came out of Walmart, buying their daily 40 ouncer.

  2. I just want to say , that The comment sounds like the green eyed monster is rearing it's head. If someone is going to write a comment like that , then they should have the conviction of their opinion to sign their name.
    Many of us enjoy your blog, we love being able to keep up with what's happening at the shows when we aren't there. We don't always agree with what you write but we realize that this is your opinion of what's going on, and it seems always to be said with respect to all. In case some should forget , judging of dogs is an opinion that is subject to one's interpetation of a standard. Moderate to you , might be extreme to me.
    I will sign my name