Edd Biven is
usually seen as very serious, absorbed in studying the dogs, a bit of a
disciplinarian. He and wife Irene Biven were in great demand as judges, both
well supported with large entries. Not long after this was published,
Irene Bivin passed away Sept. 8, 2008. She lost her battle with cancer and
we're told she went gracefully with Edd at her side. ~
EDD BIVEN, JUDGE WITH A SENSE OF
This happened around 1984-85. I had gone to a Chow Specialty in Dallas. The hotel that was holding it was the Greenwood Inn and it had ( as you have seen many times) a huge Ballroom for this Specialty, divided it into two rooms.
Chow Chows are very quiet and we could hear nothing from whatever was going on in the room next door. The judging went
smoothly, until the winners bitch class came into the ring. Mr. Bivin was in the center of the ring and
he called to come to center whichever dog he wanted to see at that time.
He looked at the 6-9 puppy bitch and called her over to go down and back, she did, (very quite in the room). He then went to the Open Black, down and back, ( very quite) then to the Open Red, down and back she went
with not a sound from Chow judging in the room next door, and no applause in our room.
Then he looked at the 12 -18 and called her out. As she stepped out of line an outburst of song was heard! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
The lady handler stopped mid stride! Mr. Bivin called her over
to gait the dog again. She went down and back and back into line as had the rest.
He then went to the Open AOC and had her go down and back, very quite again.
Mr. Bivin looked at all the dogs and then once again called the 12-18 out.
The second she stepped out of line “Hallelujah! Hallelujah!” once again rang out from next door!! Ed Bivin said “I guess that says it all. Winner’s Bitch!”
This is really my favorite judging story.
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