said very seriously, “I don’t have too many anymore.
I think word has gotten out that I don’t tolerate it. When a few handlers saw me
call a bench committee on a judge that was exhibiting, that did it. It shouldn’t
"I, as an
exhibitor, am at a show almost every single weekend of my life unless there’s
some emergency, and I have never been rude to a judge. Anybody that comes out of
the ring without a smile even though you’d like to kick tires should learn to
practice self-control and good manners."
with typical good humor, replied, “I would not take
it. Nobody pays me enough to deal with an irate exhibitor any more than I used
to deal with irate clients. If I had a client that wanted to be hard to get
along with, I just would inform them they needed a new handler. There were a
number of them that got “fired” and then wanted to know if I would take them
back and I’d say, if you’ve learned your lesson, then Yes.
think there’s enough money in this world to take abuse from people unless you
deserve it and (big chuckle) I never found I deserved it!”
reached for the hypothetical,
“Well, I would try to talk with them and try to find out what their problem is.
If they would like, I’m always happy to evaluate their dog for them. I’ve been
very lucky, I’ve not had very many irate exhibitors, and I don’t know whether
that’s because I keep pretty busy, or whether it’s that I try to talk with
people if they want to talk.
just this last weekend, I had two different people bring dogs back to the ring
and we went over them and talked about them. I don’t mind doing that, if I have
time, you know, if it doesn’t hold my judging up.”
said with emphasis, “I’ve never had an irate
exhibitor. However, I try to be kind of a no-nonsense person when I judge. I try
to be courteous and polite to every exhibitor, I try to give every dog its time,
and I believe and hope that they are treating me the same.
they understand that it is a serious process we judges are doing and that we
demand respect. I once had an exhibitor who snatched the ribbon out of my hand,
it was a fourth place ribbon and it took me completely off guard. No sense in