February 2016

  A short loving month  
  February brings with it  
  New awakenings   
 VS Herzon16  

am

what I appear to be

 

The love and passion that I have for Labrador Retrievers is what fuels my drive for my total involvement with the breed. The never-ending quest for the Betterment of the Breed is the legacy that I would

like to leave behind after it is all said and done.

 

This Blogging Off section reflects the "tell it like it is" persona that comprises one of the many hats that I wear in my daily activities with Labrador Retrievers and the people that own them. 

"Questions are the keys to understanding,
answers are the open doors that will follow,

choosing the right door to proceed through will
determine if the correct path was taken."
 
V. Sandy Herzon

The Blogging Off Experience

These blogs will cover every Labrador-related topic under the sun and then sum/some! There will be puns intended, off the cuff remarks will rule, attempts at acerbic, acidic and arsed-like humor will be on the menu. Since I have lived outside of the box for most of my life, parameters need not apply.

February 27th

Importing Is The New Look

 

The little old lady with her usual faithful companion Lab................she that breeds the one litter every 2 or 3 years and berates those other fanciers that have more than two Labradors at any one time approaches me as she does every couple of times a year to let me know that I create such an unfair advantage when breeding and showing ‘all’ those dogs!

 

I always greet her kindly and remind her that I am the ‘guiding shepherd that leads the flock to the promise land’, or course my seemingly benign response doesn’t set well with her and she mumbles something or other and goes off to her usual spot all the way on the other side of the ring as far as possible from ‘all’ those owners that own ‘all’ those dogs that I breed and show for ‘all’ those owners.

 

Such a recurring melodrama reminds me of the old “As The World Turns’ soap opera of yesteryear.

 

Since we live in the land of the free, everyone is free to perceive things from their very own perspective……………..to her having to compete against one other dog means that she thinks that she has a 50% chance of winning……….of course that only applies to flipping quarters and not to something as subjective as a judge selecting the best from a lineup of dogs.

 

If the two objects were equal than a jury of judges would probably cleave themselves right down the middle and she would have a 50% chance of smelling like a rose……………………however dogs are not created equal and her track record as a breeder over the tremendous amount of time she has been breeding sure as heck does not put her anywhere nears being able to produce the conformational level needed to win at that impressive percent of the time.

 

So, even if there were just one other dog in the competition, her chances of being awarded the eye’s prize is just not in her favor at all.

 

Now, figure that the average dog show in these parts will generate around 40 dogs………………….those numbers do not bode well for the average Joe dog……………………………..mediocrity has a way of settling towards the bottom and the percentages are way against any judge reaching that far down the barrel.

 

On this particular day, after the judge once again bypasses her dog for the awards and points, she makes it a point to walk past my crate setup to advise me that she now has several dogs that she just imported from Eastern Europe and that she too will be producing ‘her fair share of puppies’ that she “will ultimately be showing in the near future’!

 

My reaction to the news must have shown on my face as I was taken a bit by surprise……………………not that she was breeding more dogs or going to show more dogs………………….no, the surprise was that there are so many folk now delving into the importing of dogs from outside the US borders!

 

Just this particular weekend, she was the 5th person that I had communicated with that had either already brought dogs from outside the country or was expecting their first foreign adoptee!

 

You would think that I would know it all concerning Labradors and all of a sudden this importing of European Labradors is happening and has become the hottest news. I guess no one sent me the memo!

 

As chance would have it, one of those 5 other fine folk took the time to explain to me that she could bring a high quality dog from Europe……………….the quality that none of the top US breeder would make available to her and that she could obtain said dog for a fraction of the price EVEN if one of those high quality dogs would be made available to her!

 

She happened to be walking with one of those imported young dogs and sure enough, it was an outstanding specimen!

 

I have always believed where there is a will, there is a way and this new development of bringing dogs from Europe is a direct result of the ‘closed door policy’ that the top show breeders here in the states have held for as long as I could remember. This end around ploy by those that want in was long in coming and having the ease in exchange of information with distant countries and breeders from those countries will be something that the breeders here in the states will have to deal with now and in the future.

 

As for me and Chambray, we have had a total open door policy to all those that wanted the best and were looking for mentorship and education about the breed, so I welcome the newness and really hope that the breed benefits from this new wave we are experiencing.

February 26th
CONSORTIUM

 

con·sor·ti·um

kənˈsôrdēəm,kənˈsôrSH(ē)əm/

noun

  1. an association, typically of several business companies.:
     

association, alliance, coalition, union, league, guild, syndicate, federation, confederation, 

confederacy, conglomerate, cooperative, combine, partnership, affiliation, organization;

 

Well, that fits Chambray Labradors to a perfect uppercase T!

 

“CONSORTIUM” has a very elite air about it, mysterious too!

 

Yes, the T is feeling very snug and as they say, “if the shoe fits, wear it!”

 

An association, typically of several business companies.

 

Yes, that sounds very ‘businesslike’………………..that sounds pretty much how we at Chambray see things and do things…………………businesslike, like in ‘professional business’ from the word go in breeding puppies to the end product of making those puppies champions of the breed!  

 

Of course the opposite of the above is those that are ‘hobby breeders’ or ‘fun breeders’ or ‘backyard breeders’………………….none of those sound very professional because they simply are not!

 

We are an association of many……………………many owners, many breeders, many kennels, many exhibitors………………….many that have the exact same interest in the Betterment of the Breed.

 

association, alliance, coalition, union, league, guild, syndicate, federation, confederation, 

confederacy, conglomerate, cooperative, combine, partnership, affiliation, organization;

 

Yes, all of the preceding too! All in the name of perpetuating the great qualities of the breed of dog that all those that are part of this endeavor hold true and dear.

 

All those that now contribute their allegiance, time, energies, finances and also their emotions have made the choice to be part of this CONSORTIUM.

 

They first noticed the entity…………………then they investigated more on their own……………………then they contacted Chambray and elicited more information which each was supplied……………………they then proceeded further through one-on-one contact and took part in the Interview Process.

 

Through a mutual exchange of information between those inquiring and Chambray…………………..decisions are made as to be included into the CONSORTIUM or if the association was not a doable option……………in which case both parties are still whole and everyone leaves knowing more about each other…………………….those to be included into the CONSORTIUM and those that for whatever reason would not fit into the modus operandi of the project.

 

Those that FIT, then become part of the association, the alliance, the cooperative.....................the CONSORTIUM.................

Chambray Labradors

February 26th

Some Things Just Don't Equate

 

"Don’t your dogs compete at those ‘lesser’ competitions also that you just knocked at your blog?”

 

The above complaint lodged because I belittled those blokes that boast and brag and post up in any and all social media about their dog’s non-AKC titles and awards………………..in Face Book and the rest of those pesky shout-out, online minute-by-minute real life comedy sitcoms, where common folk hang their daily laundry for all of the rest of the blokes that follow, like, pin, tweet, twitter or whatever else it is that people with nothing better to do than announce to the world about their most recent bout with flatulence.

 

Yes, yes, assuredly so………….I advocate for all our owners to go to any and all places where exposure and experience may be gathered for both dog and man/woman alike. I even encourage my newbie owners to get their feet, crocks, sneakers and regular shoes wet at the International IABCA and ICE shows…………………………the whole Chambray Team also goes and debuts the newest puppies at those ‘lesser than stellar’ venues and locales!

 

We use those situations as a learning environment for puppies and new owners alike………………..great place to get started away from the pressure-packed AKC shows where getting in and getting out of the ring is timed and measured by the AKC and the judges have no time, nor do they really want to give anyone that time of day.

 

The humongous difference is that there is no comparison to the real value between an AKC champion’s title and those tossed around at those other unreasonable facsimile upstarts…………………….upstarts that never really get anywhere but bush league as far as weight is concerned for any win or title.

 

Every single day I receive numerous emails from Facebook from delusional owners boasting about their dog’s most recent ‘great outing’ and adding yet another stupendous award or title to its name. Some of those dogs now sport half a dozen or more abbreviated champion’s titles as part of their given name.

 

The problem with all that is that those same ‘multi-titled’ dogs can’t whip a gnat at the AKC shows! I know of several that are going backwards faster than a slick monkey goes down on a greased totem pole and yet the clueless owners chime in day after day, several times a day with proclamations of the feckless titles……………….at best in the words of the all-of-a-sudden famous other Donald “Lightweight”………..for those not into ‘Donalds’, Donald Duck is still the most famous.

 

Yep, in the words of a truly famous……………..he being Rudyard Kipling “Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.”

Kipling refers to the differences between his English brethren and those inhabitants of India where he actually was born in.  

 

So too occurs with AKC titles and those other nefarious ones that appear without much of a litmus test or weight scale.

 

Ascribe them as much as you will, but the two will never equate…………………no matter how many adorn a dog’s name, they just don’t carry the same weight!

February 25th

The Chambray Consortium

 

At Chambray Labradors, we are not shy!

 

We brag and boast because we can as we have all the reasons why!

 

That’s because we have a lot to say about all of our involvement with Labradors. Most Labrador breeders are just that…………….breeders, they breed dogs and are content as meadowlarks about that one activity.

 

Well, we take great pleasure with our breeding program because we bring together dozens and dozens of Labrador owners to the table as a collective where we choose from all those dogs that are available for our very unique ‘breeding consortium’.

 

Breeding consortium:………………….that is as unique and novel as it gets! Instead of the usual 6 to 10 brood bitches found at most breeding kennels…………..where they are bred over and over again………………our superb pool of breeding age females comes from well over 50 of our owners that have the very best, high level show status females…………………..those that we ‘strategically placed’ with those ‘specially chosen’ owners as part of our future show and breeding stock!

 

A pool that grows and changes with each breeding year, as new females come of breeding age and of course some age out along the way as well.

 

What an immense luxury it is to have all these wonderful top of the line show females available to perpetuate the great qualities of the breed! That is what creates the winning advantage for all that follows………….be it conformation shows, agility trials, field work and hunt tests, service and therapy……………….you name it and Chambray dogs are there willing and able to do the task and excel at it.

 

Here is a real gem………………….all those females live in their owner’s homes, enjoying the great life of a loving pet and yet……………….they are the top show dogs in the country!

 

Another piece to the emerging puzzle, they will all have their litters in their own homes! Home-born and home-raised litters……………….there’s no other better way than the Chambray way!

 

Strategically Placed & Specially Chosen: That is the turnkey that gets the ball rolling for the perpetuation of the Chambray name to maintain the ability to produce generation after generation of the absolute best……………..each generation as good or better than the preceding! We Interview each and every prospective person interested in learning about the Chambray way! It is a most crucial step in the selection process of new owners.

 

We provide all the answers through our website………………..that’s part of the education process as to how this all transpires! We cover all the bases even before we invite good intended folk to come visit with us.................come visit with us so that we can continue the ‘Getting to know process’…………………..most of that time is spent in explaining all that comes with one of our puppies…………………..plus informing each of those parties what is expected of them in return.

 

Once all that information has been shared with the prospective puppy searchers, we then let them tell us about themselves and whether they are interested in proceeding with the ‘Chambray Puppy Placement Process’.

 

Chambray Puppy Placement Program: Once the Interview Process is complete and all the pertinent information has been provided each of those seeking a puppy and we have garnered what we need to be able to Strategically Place one of our top show puppies with a Specially Chosen new owner-to-be, it will then come down to a waiting period for that particular puppy to become available.

 

Chambray Training Facility: As I mentioned at the very beginning, most breeder have very little to say because most do very little for the advancement of the breed other than breed and produce puppies………………at Chambray all those activities we do with the breed, we call that the Betterment of the Breed.

 

So, besides breeding at the highest levels we are also involved at the higher end of training and conditioning…………..not so with the vast majority of Labrador breeders. Besides being the Top Champion Breeders in the country, we are professional dog trainers and conditioners and do rehab as well!

 

This is a fulltime job endeavor for us……………………… ‘us’ being 5 full time trainers working dogs 7 days a week………….with several part time assistants, interns and apprentices.

 

Now, here is another major perk that no other Labrador breeder in the country offers with the placement of any of their dogs! …………………FREE LIFETIME TRAINING!

 

Free Lifetime Training? Assuredly that can’t be right……….must be a typo! Well, no…………..you read right!

 

Each show puppy comes with as many private one-on-one training sessions as the owners is willing and able to come to and participate with the puppy. On a daily basis, this is my bread and butter as a professional dog trainer as I get $50 an hour for these one-hour sessions…………………………………………this is how I make a living…………….but to my show puppy owners, I give it away for free!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Yep, that’s my commitment to each of those specially chosen owners that will have a super Chambray show puppy placed with them………………….Free Lifetime Private Sessions!

 

That’s as many private sessions as the owners is willing to drive out to Chambray Acres and participate with their dog in the learning environment I provide!

 

That’s just half of the story because we conduct evening training classes, 3 nights a week………………………all of those are also Free Lifetime Class Training for all show puppies with the owners participating in the training sessions and learning how to work and ready their puppy and dog for whatever comes next!

 

There’s more…………………………..we also provide In-Kennel Training where the dogs may be left with us and we provide the needed training for the dog while it is here at Chambray Acres……………………these come at major discounted rates! For outside, non-Chambray dogs left here for training/boarding they pay $45 per day……………….Chambray show owners only pay $25 for training/boarding…………………that’s totally unheard of in the business!

 

There’s more……………………..as official AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluators and Trainers………………..the 4-Week CGC Training Course is free for ALL CHAMBRAY DOGS………………not just the show dogs! The CGC Test at the end of the 4 weeks of training is FREE too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

So what does all of the preceding lead up to?

 

Chambray’s Top Show Dog Management Program: Here is much more of all that we have to say……………..we are the winningest Labrador Retriever handlers in the USA. Not just Miami, not just the Sunshine State…………………..the whole kit and caboodle of states…………………that’s all 50 of our glorious states!

 

Guess what, there are major perks with being associated with the top Labrador breeders, the top Labrador handlers…………….instead of paying well over $125 as charged by the other top handlers……………………..major discounts apply to our specially chosen participants……………………some of the lesser handler blokes charge $100 per show…………………..our owners are at this time paying $65 per show!!!!!!!!!!!!! Most pros in the business would say “Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?” at the sound of that price…………………….not believing we provide our superior service at half the price they charge!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But that’s the dividends that our Chambray owners collect by being part of the collective………………the Chambray Consortium!

 

There’s more, much more………………but I have run out of time, so more will have to come at another time as all of the above is taken in and internalized by those under consideration for inclusion into the most novel and certainly unique involvement with the breed………………..did I say I had a lot to say and that we are not shy?

February 25th

 

Now with the Lakeland shows behind us, we excitingly await the West Palm Beach dogs shows on March 12/13 where our newest offerings for the betterment of the breed with make their little paws debut!

 

Just barely 6 months old and there they will be……………..5 of the very best puppies there is from the newest generation of Chambray produce. They are the handpicked stellar puppies from the 2 litters from late summer and now old enough to make their AKC presence felt.

 

Two beyond stellar puppies representing the litter from Ch Chambrays Mean Green Josephine “JoJo” bred to Devonshires Huckleberry Finn will be Chambrays Duke owned by Alyona and Gedi of Boca Raton and Chambrays Myles owned by Leslie and Albert of Miami. Both puppies have all it takes to excel at the highest levels and make a mark as youngsters.

 

From the litter of our black stallion, super star specials champion BISS Bronze Gr Ch Chambrays Tucker Everlasting bred to our Chambray-Belquest darling Int Ch Chambrays Titanic N Counter will be three astronomical puppies, two boys and one girl. Keeping the black on track will be Chambrays Yeti owned by Scott from Merritt Island…………………..keep in mind that Yeti follows in some super black shoes, two successive generations of Bronze Grand Champions worth……………his grandsire is Bronze Gr Ch Summithills Joshua’s Battle Of Jericho and Tucker is his sire, that’s back-to-back black Bronze Gr Champions and we expect Yeti to make it three!

 

A 2nd male puppy from Tucker and Tati……………..an almost white one, Chambray’s Max is owned by Mila of Miami. With Mila’s Max, we now have are hands to the max with Max’s…………………with Max in Guatemala from Jericho X Kika…………..and there is Max that resides at Chambray, the AKC and Col FCI Champion from Jericho and Charm.

 

The lone female puppy from the debutante group (also out of Tucker & Tati) coming out to the WPB shows will be Chambrays Scarlet N Counter owned with Juan Marrero of Miami. Making her super special besides being gorgeous, she is probably the darkest yellow Chambray dog ever to make it to the show level.

 

The above puppies are from the 2nd group of puppies that came from the 2015 fall/winter litters. We will also have several puppies and young dogs from the early set of puppies from the 2015 spring/summer litters.

 

Leading that awesome earlier 2015 group will be BISP Ch Chambrays Tank’d N Counter……………the youngest Chambray champion ever at just 10 months of age, also the youngest group winner at 8 months of age and a Group 1 to boot! Now at 12 months of age he has 5 Best Of Breeds and could very well attain his Grand Champion’s title at these WPB shows! Tank’d is owned by Cindy and Yessie of Miami.

 

Tank’d littermate sister will also be competing at the shows, Chambrays Rose On Center Stage owned by Juan of Miami. Tank’d and Rose are from our/Florida’s greatest dog of all times, BIS BBE Silver/Bronze Gr Ch Chambrays Celestial N Counter “Kika”.

Chambrays Vivacious N Counter will also return to the show roster for these shows competing from the 9 to 12 class. Viva is from Darrell Venters Chambray Summer and Ch Chambrays Maxed N Counter.

 

Also showing from the 9 to 12 class will be littermates from Eukanuba BOB BBE Bronze Gr Ch  Chambrays Ruff Jewel Walter…………..his son Chambrays Ruff Walter Jackson owned by David and Holly from the boys classes and Chambrays Promised Me A Jewel At Southern Palms from the girls classes owned by Scott.

 

The rest of the show roster lineup for WPB features some of our best class dogs ever......................more to come on that.

February 24th

Titles In The Midst

 

Titles In The Midst

 

The end product of all show breeding programs is the culmination of a show title!

 

There are hundreds……..nah, make that thousands that breed dogs left and right and topsy-turvy too and 999% of those breeders have absolutely zilch, nada, walay bisan unsa nga, diddley squat, nothing to show for their breeding efforts…………………… let alone for the gibberish and gobbledygook that they spout and proclaim at their website about their dog’s exploits and awards. These titles Chambray chirps about are the real deal, AKC seal of approval medallion certifiable………………none of those lesser off-brand, semi-legitimate outfits where a dog is bestowed a medal and a title by beating its shadow around the ring………………………………NOPE, this is a straight from the Pope proclamation, major ex cathedra stuff!

 

At Chambray we speak the language of the veritas………………yes siree Jack (we need to give Bob a rest here)……………that’s our way of doing things……………..any boast or brag is backed up, jacked up, and cemented with the truth and nothing but the truth so help me God, Buddha, Zeus and all the other celestial deities that good common folk subscribe to and that I stand before.

 

So, in my usual braggadocio and chest thumping way, “Here’s Johnny” (to keep up with the Jack, jacked theme).

 

The Titles In The Midst are……………………..drum roll maestro!

 

AKC SILVER GRAND CHAMPION ~ 8 Points away ~ BISS Bronze Gr Ch Chambrays Tucker Everlasting JAE  JAMSS

AKC GRAND CHAMPION ~ 8 Points away ~ BISP Ch Chambrays Tank’d On The Boulevard

AKC CHAMPION ~ 3 Single Points away ~ Chambrays Grace Of The Field

AKC CHAMPION ~ 3 Single Points away ~ Chambrays Where Eagles Dare “Big Tank”

AKC CHAMPION ~ 1 Major away ~ Chambrays Triple Play

AKC CHAMPION ~ 1 Major away ~ Chambrays Shining Diamond Dazzle

AKC CHAMPION ~ 6 Single Points away ~ Chambrays Old Miss Zeta Lady

AKC CHAMPION ~ 2 Majors away ~ Chambrays Galactic N Counter

 

So, our record of 6 champions in 1 year is well within reach and as luck has had it for us, 3 times in the last 4 years we hit that magic number ‘6’ and it was enough to propel Chambray to Top Champion Breeder status.

 

What may seem a bit out of reach will be this past year’s 17 total titles earned by our dog’s collective efforts………………..but hey, never say “never”! Let’s see who crosses the finish line to add to our 1st title of the year of Guat FCI Young Ch Chambrays Saint John’s Maximus.

 

We have a full state and many chances to accomplish some of the above for most of the dogs with the West Palm Beach dog shows on March 12/13 and then the following weekend March 19/20 at Davie FL.

February 23

Big Blast At WPB Cometh

 

Well the first and only weekend of dog shows in February for Team Chambray came and went without any major glitches and we kept the Weekend Winning Streak alive! Yep, let’s up the ante to where it may never be equaled or bested again………………127 straight, consecutive, in a row, without a loss, dog show weekends with our Chambray dogs winning!

 

Contributing once again to the winning fest were some of our youngest champions and champions-to-be.

 

Kicking off the weekend’s wins was super-duper, Best In Show Puppy…………………..youngest Chambray champion ever, winner of a Sporting Group 1 and now with 5 Best Of Breeds and he is still 12 months old……………………..was BISP CH Chambrays Tank’s On The Boulevard with a Best Of Breed over major competition for a 5-Point Major……………………….now possessing 18 total Grand Champion Points, 3 Majors and 8 Wins Over Competition! He holds the youngest champion title and is now aiming for the youngest Grand Champion ever as well.

 

Phew! That was a key pounding feat to accomplish! But let’s add that he also won 2 Select Grand Champions for an added 4 points and those were also over major competition.

 

Not to be left out in the cold was Tank’d sister also from Kika, Gr Ch Chambrays Eventful N Counter , who brought home 8 Grand Champions Points with 4 Select Gr Ch awards. Evie who is now 20 months old, now has a total of 50 Gr Ch points and is half way to her Bronze Champion’s title.

 

Taking a Winners Dog award for 2 points was Chambrays Shining Diamond Dazzle at the 4th day of shows at Lakeland. He is now pointed out with 12 points and 1 major and needs just a major to wrap up his AKC champion’s title. Dazzle is now 15 months old.

 

So, now we set our sights for the West Palm Beach dog shows coming up on March 12th and 13th.

 

Team Chambray and all of our Chambray South Florida owners are gearing up for a grand celebration at these WPB shows. Through our collective efforts, we have managed the unbelievable status of US Top Champion Labrador Breeder (2014 & 2015) and Eukanuba Big Winners 2 years in a row also (2014 & 2015)………….plus a 3rd Top US Champion Labrador Breeder in 2012.

 

Not only will we have a huge entry with our Labradors and all of their owners, but there will also be a larger than normal crowd with the dozens and dozens that have interviewed for Chambray puppies that will also come to be part of the ‘home crowd’ cheering the home team on!

 

Several dozen independent Labrador breeders have also been invited to attend to watch our top stud dogs in action with most of these people owning females that will be looking for the right male to breed to.

 

All in all, we expect a great outing both show wise and also promotional wise for our future puppies and stud service to our top stud dogs.

February 17th

The Wizard Awaits

 

We are off to see the Wizard………………….well maybe not the Wizard but we are off anyways to the Lakeland dog shows………..4 days of shows, starting Friday and wrapping it up at the Monday show.

 

Since the entries have been on the low end lately and majors have been hard to come by, we have an abbreviated lineup of dogs for these 4 shows. That means that I anticipate those smaller numbers of dogs and then create the show roster with dogs that are just starting out……………in other words, most of the dogs are not the top winning class dogs that are already pointed out and need majors.

 

This actually works well for the majority of the dogs in our show management and development program. We get to rotate many of the dogs that are currently in training and development, alternating some into the shows and leaving others for future shows.

For those shows where majors are expected, then the starting lineup of dogs will be in play. Those dogs needing a major or those dogs that have pointed out and need both majors will take priority on the show roster.

 

A third scenario is also part of our strategies, those shows being the local South Florida shows where we can bring out as many dogs as the owners are willing to have entered. The lineup for these shows will include our heavy hitters/top dogs...........those needing majors, those needing single points, also the up and coming young dogs and the newest additions to our ever growing programs for the betterment of the breed, and then the newest additions to the breed, our puppies!

 

Since we are so close to home and so are the vast majority of owners/dogs in our show management program, we can accommodate three times as many dogs by using the owners to bring the dogs to the show venue and also we can have our entire show handling team available to handle all those dogs in the ring. We are the only Labrador breeders in the country that can field that many top level dogs all at one show.

 

Our record for numbers of dogs at one show was a West Palm Beach show last year where we handled 28 dogs, class males, class bitches and champions!

 

We expect close to 24 Labradors for the up and coming WPB show this time around, although more than 30 owners have expressed an interest in having their dogs compete there. We will limit the number because we may not be able to have our full complement of 8 handlers available for that weekend of shows.

 

So, right now the van is being loaded, some of the dogs are being groomed, while others are being worked with to get them ready for the action that will take place up in Lakeland. Let’s see if all the hard work and energies that we collectively put into all of this pays off with winning another weekend…………. Winning Weekend #126 will be the diamond in the sky for now!

February 17th

More Is Better

 

More on the Breeding Program

 

I knew it when I published to the Blogging Off section yesterday that there would be lots of feedback with the Breeding Program blog.

 

Sure enough, the floodgates have been opened and with a deafening ‘woooosssshhhhhh’……………..a torrent of inquirers have emerged wanting more information about ‘how we do it’………………..of course how we do it entails a huge ordeal, but what most really want to know is how we are so successful at the dog shows with our Labradors!

 

So yesterday, I whipped up a sweet cake of a synopsis, a scant cheat sheet to floss over with a passing blog. But I knew that there would be interest, I just didn’t know there would be so many inquiring minds that want to know.

 

What is so evident at those dogs shows, is the overwhelming success of winning weekend in and weekend out………………streak now standing at 124 consecutive winning weekends…………………..top US Labrador breeder status, not just one year, not just two years……………now 3 years in the last 4 years……………that’s what is apparent to those looking in from the frigid cold outside!

 

That is the proverbial iceberg that is what the Titanic missed seeing but assuredly did not miss physically……………what happens in the show ring is but a tid-bit of what it takes to accomplish those obvious results.

 

It all starts with the breeding of those dogs……………..actually it really starts way in advance, in some cases several years prior to those dogs being collected and inseminated. There are some breedings that are done with the intention of breeding the produce with a specific lineage in mind when those yet unborn puppies are well into adulthood, old enough to be bred themselves. How’s that for planning and waiting years to be bred?

 

There are many methods used by the many breeders out there to arrive at the right pairings to produce the next generation of dogs.

The vast majority use the old ‘eeny  meeny miney moe’ method. They own a female, any female……………..maybe one that they bought at a pet shop or that a relative gave them because they could no longer afford to feed it………………..now that female is in heat and needs to be bred to have puppies to be sold to ‘pay for her upkeep’.

 

Yep, I have heard that dozens of times………………but the old time favorite has been “breeding so that the kids can see what nature is all about’! Yep, that one takes the cake for great and not so great reasons to be breeding a dog.

 

Of course you would hope that anyone considering perpetuating the breed would use dogs that adhere to the breed standard and are also healthy and free of genetic hiccups. So, let’s say that they at least do have a decent example of the breed female, so choosing a likewise good example of the breed male should follow suit as well.

 

Most folk………………….the overwhelming majority that own a female start out with ‘eeny’ and may end up with ‘moe’………………… or less! That’s how most breeders decide which males they will breed their female to.

 

Now, let’s leapfrog the entire spectrum of methods used in breeding………………….one end would be the example from above………………eeny to moe…………………….in between you have ‘pin the tail on the donkey’…………………. ‘which one is bigger’………………….. ‘the flavor of the month’……………… and on and on…………….way too lengthy to mention every sort of method used to come to a conclusion as to which male to choose to breed to.

 

So, let’s fast forward……….way forward, totally away from all those, hit or miss (99% miss), neophyte, sophomoric/moronic…………………………way…………….so way to this side of the spectrum of breeding …………………we arrive at the ‘knowledgeable way’ based on years and years of layered experiences.

 

What does it take to arrive at those layers and layers of experience? Well stay tuned for more installments of The Breeding Program.

February 16th

Questions Abound For The Breeding Program

 

The Breeding Program

 

Sit a spell and read on, but only with plenty of time and an absolutely open mind for the avant garde, for the novel and at the same time, the most successful Labrador Retriever show breeding program in the country!

 

Do I have your attention yet? Well, for those still with me and eager to learn something new……………continue on with your most excellent adventure in the quest for knowledge.

 

Here are some eye-opening numbers and statistics to keep you glued to your seat.

 

I have the extreme luxury of overseeing more than 45 breeding age females and another 25 up and coming little misses! See http://www.chambraylabradors.net/#!portfolio/c7ho

 

I also manage 18 of the top producing stud dog champions and soon-to-be champions in the country!

See http://www.chambraylabs.com/#!stud-dog-gallery/c12yn

 

In those 2 out of this world…………………….beyond stellar groups of dogs are:

 

  • BIS ~ multiple Best In Show winners, BIS

  • BISS ~ Best In Specialty Show winners

  • Silver & Bronze Grand Champions

  • More than a dozen Grand Champions

  • JAE ~ Multiple Judges Award Of Excellence @ Eukanuba

  • JAMSS ~ Multiple Judges Award Of Merit at Specialty Show

  • 5 Years consecutive LRC Top 20 Inductees

  • 4 Years in a row Canine Chronical Top 10 Ranked Dogs

  • #1 Bitch USA

  • 16 Group 1 Winners

  • Over 250 Best Of Breeds won

  • The Top Best Of Breed/Group Placement Labrador ever at 75%

  • 27 New Champions in the last 5 Years

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There’s more, but somewhere along the way a long list of awards and titles that no other breeder can produce becomes repetitive, so we move on.

 

So, when I say that I have the ability to breed the best of the absolute best to produce the next generation of the totally unheard of absolute best…………..well take that to the bank and earn huge interest because that’s exactly what I do!

 

Now here is the most amazing fact for all those with wide opened eyes and imagining a large kennel full of dogs………………………..NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

All those superstars live in their own homes! Yep, you read right…………………………they all live the amazing life as household family companions…………………….and yet they are the number 1 Labradors in the USA………………….as made evident with the Top Labrador Breeder for 2012, 2014 and now back-to-back in 2015!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

So, how does it work, you may be thinking right about now?

 

Simple, all the owners of those dogs subscribe to Chambray Labradors in the form of loyal owners forming a consortium for the betterment of the breed. Those owners with their dogs, Chambray dogs……………….all participate in the various owner’s programs which includes the breeding/raising of those dogs…………………..the training and conditioning of those dogs…………………………and then the final coup de grace, the finishing touches on the canvas for all to see, the winningest Labrador Retriever handling team in the country.

 

There are some really great Labrador breeders in the country…………………………hey, I use their stud dogs when an infusion of some sort is needed……………………..the ability to know what’s out there, what’s out there now, that came from what was out these 10 years ago, 20 years ago, 30 years ago, 40 years ago and beyond is only accomplished by having been there all those years………………now 46 years!

 

That is something that only a few can do, maybe a few that can only be counted on the fingers of two hands! Everyone else besides that minuscule number is still learning………………..now imagine those with less than 10 years of experience breeding………………what do they really know, here’s a startling statistic, 75% of those breeding Labradors have less than 10 years of experience with the breed!

But hey, this is about us and not all of the ‘thems’!

 

Like I stated in first paragraph, we do things different…………………better too!

 

Want to know more……………well it’s going to take quite a bit of time to explain what it takes 46 years to learn and become a master at…………….so sit a spell and from time to time I will offer up some further educating!

February 16th
The Different Shades Of Chambray

Sandy

What do you consider a ‘loyal Chambray owner’ as stated in your blog about placing the top show puppies?

RJ

 

Yep, I knew as soon as I had typed that sentence and then uploaded and published it to the Blogging Off page at the www.chambraylabradors.net website that there would be those wondering what it takes to be at the upper levels of the Chambray hierarchy!

 

I knew that I would receive inquiries from both existing Chambray owners and from those interested in our various programs that are not offered by any other top champion Labrador breeder.

 

To begin with, there have been well over 1000 Chambray owners that are/were at one time or another part of our Chambray Owner’s Programs spanning 3 decades of our involvement at the dog show level.

 

There are some of those early settlers that are still part of our ever-growing Chambray family. Several dozen families are now on their 3rd generation of Chambray dog. There are even those families that are now into their own 2nd generation of kin that have obtained Chambray dogs……………….their kids have grown up and now have kids of their own and now own their own Chambray dogs.

 

All Chambray owners are great! Great because all of them, without an exception have given the greatest homes to my dogs, even the few that went wayward, still gave those Chambray dogs great homes!

 

Then there are Great Loyal Chambray Owners……………………..those that worked, are working and will work hand and hand with me to ensure that the breed would be perpetuated to the next great generation…………………the pay it forward at work for the betterment of the breed…………………..those are the Loyal Chambray Owners…………….those that put their trust in me that I would do the right things for them and ultimately for the breed.

 

The top level successes on a national level that Chambray has enjoyed in the last 10 years is a direct result of the nurturing and mentoring provided by us and the reciprocating appreciation by those that are working in concert with us for the betterment of the breed, the advancement of Chambray and the total benefit of their own dogs. We call that the Chambray Pay It Forward Movement, ‘ALL’ for the Betterment of the Breed!

February 11th

The Evaluation Process.............It's Not Just For The Dogs!

 

I have been breeding Labradors for 7 years now and want to start breeding show dogs. I am finding it difficult to get any show breeder to place a puppy on full registration with me. There was even this one that told me I must stop breeding the pet dogs and get rid of the ones that I have now. Your website provides lots of information and your emails filled in the questions I had. I would like to have one of your show lines but want to do it on my own.
Odessa River Retrievers

 

 

Most of the top show breeders will be very demanding with their dogs as it is not in their best interest to place their dogs in situation where those dogs will be used in the mass production for the pet market. Nothing worse for a known kennel name to be associated with a puppy mill type operator!

 

Every year I receive dozens upon dozens, probably numbering into the hundreds of inquiries from such places! Those emails come in under all types of stealth form. Very few identify themselves a mass producers, some offer considerable subterfuge in an effort to hide their true identity. For me it is a simple filtering out process…………………the specter of the ‘live Interview’, will fell the run of the mill, common interloper way before they consume too much of my time.

 

In addition, our unique ‘placing the best with the best’ also acts as a colander to sift out those that will not fit our agenda. In this case, the ‘best’ are those that know that they will be working with us in every aspect of the betterment of the breed………………which ultimately will lead to co-breeding with us at least 1 litter or as many of the co-venture will allow.

 

So, it would be very simple to answer you request by letting you know that I would not trust one of my best show puppies with a novice breeder. Even though you say you have been breeding for 7 years, you have absolutely no experience with producing conformation quality. The dogs posted at your website and the ones you brought to the shows in Ocala for me to ‘evaluate’ are so far away from the breed standard that they actually don’t resemble the breed and labeling them as “American Labradors” is insulting to both America and Labradors.  

 

If I were inclined to have you join our collective efforts for the betterment of the breed, I too would request that you no longer breed these dogs that you are now breeding and selling as Labrador Retrievers. I know for a fact that you will not adhere to my demands and that you will become one of those that do not want to hear what’s right and more than likely will become an adamant detractor of me and Chambray, but it is what it is and I know that I won’t win every situation in my quest to educate those that will do what’s right for the breed, but as I have stated over and over again, the buck stops here and I am willing to take it on the chin for the breed.

 

Good luck with your journey and I hope that somewhere along the line you see for yourself the right path to take with Labrador Retrievers

February 10th

Of Demons, Exorcisms & Jolly Good Times

 

Mr Herzon. I have to give you major props for sticking to your ‘place the best’ policy! No way that I would ever trust one of my top show puppies with a newbie or even someone that has been into it for a while. I have done that once or twice and sure enough that person turned into a ‘demon’ owner, possessing the dog like there was no tomorrow and never fulfilling the obligations that were set forth when the puppy was placed with them. In fact, there was once where the owner whited out my kennel name and inserted her brand new made up name that no one had ever heard of before! Nope, I place all my puppies with Limited Registration and will only lift it if the owner proves beyond any doubt that they will be doing right by the breed!

Cindee

 

 

I will be honest too…………………I too have been snookered many a times by those demonized owners that you mentioned in your email!

 

Yep, I even had to perform an exorcism to try and rid myself of one of the demented!

 

From one end of the spectrum to the other of those who claimed to come from the North Pole and then with puppy in hand, showed their true colors to be from the South Pole! There have even been a few that were Tri-Polar and of course the epitome of polarism………………………….one that was certifiably Infinite-Polar, way too many of those poles sticking out of her head to keep up with!

 

My traditional remedy has been to ‘let them go’! Let them flit with the wind because their minds fit no discernable pattern of modus operandi. That all worked well until the proverbial ‘exception to the rule’………………not that I didn’t follow through at of my end of letting go, but in the basket case of a scenario, the possessed became the obsessed ‘hell hath no fury of a let go woman’ and what followed was a decade of poisoned vendetta spewed my way. Fortunately for me, those days seem an eternity ago.

 

There have been those that skedaddled with the dog, never to be seen again, while others stuck around but did not abide by the original terms of the placement. Those that do that irk me to no end, because in most cases it dead ends a great dog’s chance of making it to where it was destined. They either derail the dog with poor decision making during the show end of the journey or totally catawampus the dog’s potential in producing the next generation of superior progeny with ill-conceived pairings. Either way, Chambray ends up losing a generation of deserved credit because of selfish, obtuse ways of thinking or maybe just no way of thinking.

 

So, yes, each and every time that I evaluate a puppy and it receives the 2 thumbs up…………………..in actuality, with the three Herzons performing all the evaluations, a top show prospect must receive 6 thumbs up……………………….I then retreat to the solitude of my Labrador Museum room and mull over and over and over with whom my prized possessions will be placed with!

 

It is not an easy process…………………..nope, not an easy-peezy deal, not at all. Hours spent reading through each email of those under considerations…………………….going over the notes taken by my assistants during the Interview Process……………….thinking and re-thinking, reading and reading again each and every email from all the rest that have contacted me or that have Interviewed. Going back outside and seeing each puppy over again and having one of the handlers stack it, move with it, play with it………………on and on I go and assuredly sleepless nights will follow.

 

During the decision placement process which can last 3 to 4 days after the litter evaluation…………………I try my best to go incognito…………………………………..laissez faire at its best, in other words, leave me be to my precious treasure trove……………….my puppies!

 

Then comes the inevitable……………..the actual pairing of puppy to prospective new owner…………..of course the easiest placements are those to existing loyal Chambray owners! Yep, a track record with a tried-and-true owner, the best of the best are those that have been through the process and proved themselves true-blue Chambray through and through! The ones that fit into the program and those reading this blog know exactly who ‘they’ are.

 

I should be so lucky, but the reality is that scenario happens only for 20% of our puppies……………….the rest, the lion’s share of around 80% will need to be on the ‘In God We Trust’ method……………………trusting my instincts with those that came in from the cold, those new to the ways of Chambray, those that decided from all the information made available to them, from all the time extended to them that they will come through for the betterment of the breed credo and mission.

 

That they, the chosen ones to have a Chambray puppy placed with them, that they will follow through after taking advantage of all the amenities made available to them, that they will become the next perpetuators of the breed by adhering to what’s totally best for their dog, what’s best for Chambray, what’s best for the breed.

 

So, there it is………………the whole kit and caboodle…………………..the entire ball of yarn un-furrowed, and knitted into a blanket that can be worn by those that appreciate the endeavor and pay it back with the ‘Chambray Pay It Forward’ movement………………….proudly becoming the next owners that will participate in the collective consortium for the betterment of the breed.

February 9th

What Say Ye?

 

Mr Herzon. I have to give you major props for sticking to your ‘place the best’ policy! No way that I would ever trust one of my top show puppies with a newbie or even someone that has been into it for a while. I have done that once or twice and sure enough that person turned into a ‘demon’ owner, possessing the dog like there was no tomorrow and never fulfilling the obligations that were set forth when the puppy was placed with them. In fact, there was once where the owner whited out my kennel name and inserted her brand new made up name that no one had ever heard of before! Nope, I place all my puppies with Limited Registration and will only lift it if the owner proves beyond any doubt that they will be doing right by the breed!

Cindee

 

 

Sandy

We are so thankful that you placed our new show puppy with us. We cannot wait to start the show process with him now in March.

As you know we had contacted several Florida breeders and a other top show breeders from out of state and all of them would not make a top puppy available or not even give us the time of day once we told them we wanted to show.

One breeder wanted over $5000 for an 8 week old puppy and it would have been the 4th pick puppy in that litter! They would have kept the 1st two show puppies themselves, just like you say, they keep the best and sell the rest!

You have been so gracious and encouraging with your time and efforts with us and the puppy. We hope to do you and Chambray proud.

G & E

 

Mr Herzon

I am so discouraged with the entire group of Labrador breeders that think they own the breed! I have been rudely treated because I an honest and let them know that I am interested in showing and breeding! I only wish that I lived close to you there in Florida. In fact I am now looking into arranging this year’s vacation time into visiting you in Miami because there is no one else willing to place a prospect show/breeding puppy with me. I am hoping that I pass your interview process and that you will indeed place something that I can get started with in Labradors.

Melody in Colorado

 

Hi Sandy

I am so proud of my association with you, now going on 16 years. You have been there for me through every imaginable situation and continue to do so all these years. I would have gotten out of Labradors a long time ago, but you made it possible for me to stick with it even when I was going through very personal problems. I can’t wait to get back on my feet to join you once again and enjoy all the success you have brought about for all of us that have been part of your journey with Labradors.

GD

February 9th

What's In Your Background?

Hi, Sandy.

I loved reading about Jericho again. Maybe it would help people understand what goes into breeding by talking about the pedigree of the dogs and that it isn't just the sire and dam, but the coming together of all the dogs that came before them. If someone is comparing Hogan and Jericho you should tell them it is coming together of both of them. Just a thought.

CW

 

Hi Sandy you talk about produce and get and prepotent and other terms that may not be understood by the lay person. Maybe it would help some of you explained those terms to all of us.

DL

 

Dear Sandy

You always do such a great job in teaching people about Labradors. You seem to make each dog come alive by giving it so much attention and value to the breed. Keep up the great work.

NP

 

 

Thank you all for the input. It’s good to know that there are so many that still keep up with my ramblings, musings, diatribes, lectures, dissertations, boastings & bragging and general sounding off moments. I will keep them up as long as there is some value to anyone that takes the time to visit the website.

 

First and foremost I want to reiterate that everything I do with Labradors is about the dogs themselves. They come first, first and first……………………..the fact that I derive great satisfaction from what I do and also make a living from my involvement with dogs comes in way back in line somewhere.

 

The added bonus of being extremely successful in the dog show world, specifically the Labrador Retriever realm as a breeder, as a trainer and then topping it all off as a handler just sweetens the royal jelly that much more. I love what I do and I am blessed that I can still do most of the task that are needed to keep the whole ball of wax going into the 46th year with Labradors.

 

I have a tremendous group of people that are very involved with making sure that the end product is as good as it gets.

 

My wife and daughter, Johanna and Jessie are on the front lines of the family run dog-related business on a daily, fulltime basis. We have assistants, interns, apprentices and aids that all take part throughout the year with the different aspects of raising, training, conditioning, and well-care of the puppies/dogs here at Chambray Acres.

 

We also employ great, caring professionals that take care of our dogs for medical needs. We provide ‘clinics’ right here at Chambray Acres for radiology for hips and elbows every 2 to 3 months, where the vets come in their mobile units and spend the day here at Chambray with state of the art, digital x-rays to be submitted to OFA for the many dogs that participate in our breeding program.

 

We also have aligned ourselves with several vet specialists to ‘take care’ of our owner’s dogs for specific surgeries at major discounted fees. Just recently, one of our owners was looking into an $8000 surgical fee for both knees ACL operations…………………………..through our connections, a savings’ of over $3500!

 

Lower cost spay and neuters are also arranged for those dogs that medically need those procedures………………….keep in mind that the mindless spaying and neutering for no medical reason puts are dogs at major risk for cancer and for early onset arthritis and auto-immune disease {Google search UC Davis study on neutering and spaying}.

 

I also volunteer my services for performing DNA testing for all available conditions that can be tested by using buccal swabs. The dog owner orders the kits and then they come here where I make the time to do the procedure at no cost.

 

The largest group of contributors to the ongoing successes for our various dog-related businesses is our dog owners and all those others that came on board with dogs from elsewhere, that are now considered to be part of our Chambray family.

 

Once they choose to be part of our collective……………….they enter into our consortium for the betterment of the breed. Some will be co-owners with their dogs, some will be co-breeders with their females, some with be part of the stud dog program, some will be more or less independents as breeders and exhibitors and most will be totally dependent on us for everything Labrador-related. All will benefit from their experiences, learning in our mentoring environment.

 

The biggest winners are the dogs because this is all about the dogs, first and foremost!

 

 

 

 

Get, Produce and Prepotent.

 

A stud dog that passes on his outstanding qualities to future generations is said to be prepotent. The further away from him that his descendants still appreciate his affects, the more prepotent he is considered to be. That is what has made some of the dogs of the past become great contributors as stud dogs because 3, 4, 5 and even some well into the 8th generations in our present dogs can lay claim to being the ones responsible for a certain trait or look.

 

So, the better a certain dog ‘combines’ with other great producers, the better that dog’s chances of becoming known to be a top prepotent producer for the breed.

 

It really bodes well for a breeder as myself to have known which dogs of the past have combined well with other dogs…………………….that is what makes studying pedigrees so important. It is not just merely reciting a 5 generation pedigree of Joe Blow that makes someone knowledgeable of the breed and the pedigrees behind the really great dogs…………………it’s knowing what those dogs produced that will make a person savvy about using pedigrees to build up their own great dogs.

 

I always derive amusement when I see in someone’s website that they claim to spend loads of times…………….in some cases I have seen where some yokel claim in their resumes ‘years of studying pedigrees’ and they think that time qualifies them as some sort of expert. That’s like someone claiming they spent 10 years in primary school when they usual fare is 5 years and wanting other yokels to think that they are smarter than the average 5th grader!

 

It’s not the time that will tell in this case…………………..it’s the results of the time invested!

 

For those that are a bit more aware of past prepotent dogs, for Chambray Labradors the magic mix in the formula to our successes has been the original investment back in 1988 into Receiver of Cranspire bred to the Canadian lines from Ebonylane Labradors, in specific Ebonylanes Aslan. These two dogs were the founding stud dogs to the Chambray lines in the late 1980’s. The fact that both dogs in subsequent years came to be known as great prepotent dogs gave me some credibility as a wise investor.

 

Receiver has contributed the great heads that the Chambray lines are noted for. Aslan gave us the coats and super classis Labrador facial expression.

 

The continued delving into those dogs that were consistently producing at a higher rate than others led to the inclusion of other dogs that came along that would augment the Chambray lines.

 

Monarch’s Black Arrogance ‘Gunner’ was such a dog. I was able to obtain a grandson from this awesome dog. Gunner gave the Chambray lines the awesome movement that our dogs display in the show ring.

 

Langshott’s Gale Force From Kimvalley ‘Garry’ (Hogan’s grandsire) would contribute greatly to our trademark ‘perfect rears’ and otter tails………………..of course as opposed to the dastardly cow-hocked rears seen in abundance in the ring against our superior rears!

 

So, heads from Receiver, expression from Aslan, movement from Gunner and rears/tail from Garry……………..as the Guinness Beer commercials would say ‘brilliant’!

 

Looking at our 10th and 11th generation of production, I still see each of those great dogs from the 80’s and 90’s in these 2016 dogs of today.

 

When I mention a present day dog such as Hogan or Jericho, I know what’s behind each and I know from all the ‘real’ pedigree knowledge that I use and put into play that it is the propentency of all the great dogs in their background that they themselves possess that will ultimately raise them to that great level of being considered prepotent themselves!

February 8th

Time Out

 

"I have Tollers, so I don’t compete in the Labrador ring, however my friend that lives close by has a real nice young male Lab but she is reluctant to bring it out right now because one of your males has been winning so much.  I tried explaining to her that even when this particular male finishes out, there will be others and younger ones that will take his place. Can you write a blog explaining your process so that she can get it direct from you?"

 

Gladly! Since our method of breeding, training and handling differs vastly from the norm, so does our operating system at the dog shows. Whereas breeders and exhibitors are ‘solo’ entities, we are a consortium of many owners and breeders pooling our vast resources for the betterment of the breed.

 

It starts with our breeding/raising program where dozens and dozens of specially chosen owners and breeders participate with their females and their males to produce the absolute best of the next generation of Labradors. Proven beyond any doubt with Top Champion Breeder 3 out of the last 4 years in the country! Top Champion breeder in Florida with more than twice as many champions produced (50) than the next breeder in line.

 

Next comes our training and conditioning programs, totally unlike anything else in the country. Each and every show puppy placed with a new owner comes with unlimited private training and class training for the lifetime of the puppy/dog………………..free!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Starting with Puppy Kindergarten Training, the AKC’s CGC Training and Testing, Obedience Training, Show/Conformation Training……………….all the way to Service Dog Training!..................................................Did I mention that all that was free?

 

That training takes place 7 days a week at our training and conditioning facility at Chambray Acres. That training includes Private One On One with the owners and their dogs……………………..3 Nights A Week Class Sessions………………………..In-Kennel Training where the dogs are left with us for specified periods of time…………………….CGC Training & Testing and other specific seminars and workshops throughout the year.

 

Then it is all wrapped up by our Show Dog Management Program. We are the winningest Labrador Retriever handlers in the country. More champions, more Best Of Breeds, more Labrador group placements, more Eukanuba winners, more AKC Grand Champions, more dogs pointed………………..more is better!

 

All of the above is happening all year round, there are no lulls and no hiatus for all of the above. There is a new group of young puppies chafing at the bit to make their AKC debuts at 6 months of age…………….not one, not two but usually half a dozen or more at any given point in time.

 

So waiting for a particular dog to be out of the way was the way it was in the past and maybe in other areas of the country. Here in Florida, in the Labrador ring, there is no let up because the puppies and the younger dogs are pushing and shoving their way to those Winners Points awards just as the mature dogs are vying with the same fervor.

 

A dog either makes it now or maybe never because the ones coming up may be as good as or better than they are. I can honestly tell you and your friend that as good a conformation that this dog that has been winning at the recent Winter Circuit shows has, there are 6 or 7 others in the management program that are at the same level and there are 5 to 6 puppies under 6 months of age that will be coming out soon. The only limitations we have in working with all these great dogs is the limited number of handlers we have and also the feasibility in handling all of them at any given show.

 

However, we plan on having 14 or 15 of our best class males all come out for the West Palm Shows and the Davie shows in March.

 

If your friend is tentative in showing her dog in Florida, there are many handlers that will take the dog to those shows in the surrounding states where the competition is lessened.

February 8th

Jericho Again

 

The recent blog about breeding to stud dogs that have a strong prepotent record of producing show quality brought about some feedback and of course some questions.

 

There are many ‘angles’ and philosophies used by breeders for coming up with their pairings that they will swear by. We hear mention, ‘linebreeding’, ‘outcrossing’, ‘type breeding’, ‘paternal distant breeding’, likewise ‘maternal distant breeding’ and even ‘inbreeding’……………..to which we can add ‘whatever breeding’, ‘dismal breeding’, ‘what were you thinking breeding’, and ‘no clue whatsoever breeding’.

 

The above types, angles and philosophies about breeding will bring about the spectrum of produce and get! Yep, from one end of quality to the other end of dastardly results will be evident by the amount of know-how or severe lack thereof as is employed by the taskmaster breeder or pseudo-wannabee breeder!

 

The example I used for that blog was the one that I am having firsthand experience with. Maybe I should state…………the one dog that is bring about an extraordinary level of quality in the offspring being produced…………….in other words, the yield of produce and get raise the dog’s breeding resume to the much desired level of being a ‘prepotent’ stud dog!

 

I have been very fortunate to have had more than my fair share of such dogs………………..thus the heightened level of success that Chambray Labradors has enjoyed for decades on end.

 

In the recent past it was the produce by BIS BBE Ch Chambrays Out Of The Ruff ‘Hogan’……………………Florida’s all-time champion producer and of course the state’s first state-bred Best In Show winning Labrador (since then there has been a 2nd state-bred Best In Show winner, Hogan’s granddaughter, BIS BBE Silver/Bronze Gr Ch Chambrays Celestial N Counter ‘Kika’).

 

Now we are experiencing another beyond stellar producer with ‘prepotent’ already stamped on his legacy resume…………………..Bronze Gr Ch Summithills Joshua’s Battle Of Jericho.

 

Because there were some that more or less questioned my comparisons to Hogan and some of the other great producers of the past, I was compelled to provide this follow up blog.

 

So, here we have a dog that has not turned 5 years old yet and the following are his produce/get record with AKC titles and AKC points. 

 

  1. BISS Bronze Gr Ch Chambrays Tucker Everlasting JAE JAMSS Winner of 33 BOBS, 11 Group Placements with 4 Group 1’s. Canine Chronicle 2015 USA #2 Lab Gr Ch ranking, 2015 USA #5 Lab All-Breed ranking, 2015 USA #6 Lab Breed ranking. Dog News #3 All-Systems Combined ranking. LRC 2015 Top 20 Inductee. Florida’s #1 Lab all rankings and all systems. Tucker finished his AKC champion’s title at 18 months old and won 2 Group 1’s before he was 2 years old.

  2. AKC Ch/FCI Col Ch Chambrays Maxed N Counter JAMSS. Colombia’s fastest finishing champion in 6 shows, with Best Of Breeds over champions in all 6 shows and 4 Group Placements. 2014 LRC Specialty 5-Pt Major Winners Dog. 2014 Eukanuba LRC Judges Award of Merit at Specialty Show.

  3. AKC BISP Ch/Int BIS Ch Chambrays Tank’d On The Boulevard. Youngest Lab champion at 10 months ever in the state. 4 Best Of Breeds. Winner of a Group 1 at 8 months of age. Best In Show Puppy winner. Back-to- back Best Of Breed winner at the Florida Winter Circuit at 1 year old.

  4. AKC Maj Ch-Pted Chambrays Grace Of The Field. 12 Points and 2 Majors. 2014 Eukanuba LRC Best Bred By Exhibitor Labrador. 2014 Eukanuba week dog show 4 Pt Major Win, 2015 Eukanuba week dog show 4 pt Major Win. Reserve Winners Bitch 2015 Eukanuba.

  5. AKC Maj Ch-Pted Chambrays Where Eagles Dare 12 points and 2 Majors.

  6. AKC Maj Ch-Pted Chambrays Shining Diamond Dazzle 10 Points 1 Major. 5 Winners Dog at the 2016 Florida Winter Circuit.

  7. AKC Maj Ch-Pted Chambrays Little Miss Magic Stella 5pts 1 Major.

  8. AKC Ch-Pted Chambrays Bella From Ipanema 2 Pts

  9. AKC Ch-Pted Chambrays Thor God Of Thunder 2 Pts

  10. AKC Ch-Pted Chambrays Diesel 2 Pts

  11. AKC Ch-Pted Chambrays Black Diamond Out Of The Ruff 2 Pts

  12. AKC Ch-Pted Midnight Delta Lady 2 Pts

  13. AKC Ch-Pted Chambrays A Hankerin For Trouble 1 Pt

 

The 2 champions Jericho produced this last year gives him 2015 Stud Dog Honorable Mention. On cue to finish their championship in 2016 are 3 of his kids (#4, #5 and #6), two of those dogs just need the single points to finish and 1 of them needs a major……………….all within easy reach.

 

So in just 2 years that Jericho’s get/produce have been showing and with 3 possible new champions this year, he will be within 2 of tying the state’s all-time leading top champion producer. There are not too many dogs that can boast these numbers.

February 7th 

Feel The Beat

 

It befuddles my mind how incredibly shallow some folk think! I use this blog page to elicit meaningful conversation about Labrador Retrievers that hopefully will be used to enhance the betterment of the breed movement that seems to have come alive and surged in recent years.

 

Yes, I brag and boast about our dogs and the successes that we have been enjoying as a collective organization………………………..that’s the operative word, ‘collective’………………..in like whatever it is Chambray Labradors is doing is benefitting hundreds and hundreds of fine folk that have aligned themselves with our various offerings and programs for this very betterment of the breed movement that I mentioned above.

 

Of course, as the headmaster, the one that leads the charge of the ‘Light Brigade’………….thus the one that gets to rattle the sabers and the one that postures as the protagonist of the saga, I do end up getting the pats on the back, the praises and the commendations from those that appreciate what it has taken to climb to this Mt Nemo level!

 

Every single chance I get, I share all that congratulatory bestowments with the Chambray owners, co-owners, co-breeders, stud dog owners, show dog management participants and the dozens and dozens that attend our various training and conditioning class throughout the week.

 

That’s the collective at work……………………Dumas said it best in the Three Musketeers , ‘all for one and one for all’…………………..so maybe we are not merry men/women running off to new adventures everyday……………….in fact our singular mission is very repetitive on a daily basis……………………..caring for and loving our dogs…………………….training and conditioning and then off to the dog shows we go.

 

Yes, as a group we do have fun, we do support each other while at the dog shows, yes we show favoritism when our dogs are in competition, yes we cheer when any of our owner’s dogs does well and wins an award or points or Best Of Breed. That’s what comes with camaraderie, that’s what comes when there is history in the path that has been taken and in the dog’s background…………………….keeping in mind that many of Chambray’s dogs are now 10 generations deep with the Chambray name……………….THAT’S HISTORY!

 

So, when I hear that some bloke complained to one of our more recent owner/exhibitor/breeder additions that “the Chambray group cheers for themselves”……………I think to myself “And What’s Wrong With That?”

 

That’s the American way of life…………competition is one of the things that makes our society great! It pushes for better and those that don’t keep up are left behind, which makes those that are good, want to be even better!

 

We root for our home team like there is no tomorrow, be it football or underwater basket weaving…………..that’s the way it is and in Florida………………..Chambray’s own backyard, we are the home team because the vast majority of our owners live in Florida..........…………………….from the furthest west you can travel and still be in the sunshine state in Pensacola, to the southernmost end tip of the country, Key West……………………..from the world’s destination city of Miami/Miami Beach, to the state capital of Tallahassee, to the Magic Kingdom of Orlando……….over to the bay area of Tampa/St Pete……………………..all up and down the Gold Coast, the Treasure Coast, the Space Coast, the First Coast, the Sun Coast, Lee Island Coast, Cultural Coast, Nature Coast, Emerald Coast and let’s not forget the Forgotten Coast!

 

So, whatever city we travel to in our sunny state, you can well bank on it that there will be hometown attendees either showing or showing up to root for the home team on! It is as American as driving the Chevy to the levy, as eating Key Lime pie…………….I know, it’ supposed to be apple pie, but when in Rome, do as they do and when in Florida……………..you have to sample the Key Lime pie!

 

Besides with all the sun we get down here our blood is a bit thinner and our excitement shows much more and with all the Cuban coffee that is consumed by the natives and the insurgents that brought it with them……………we just have much more octane then our northern brethren……….so we celebrate with much more gusto!

 

To all of the above I say “Vive la difference” and let’s keep the conga line going and to those that don’t get the beat………………..hey a little piece of Key Lime and a cortadito of Cuban Coffee will get your juices flowing and maybe will it get you to appreciate what those that are having fun feel...................feel the beat!

February 5th

2 Wrongs, 3 Wrongs, 4 Wrongs Don't Ever Add Up To Any Rights

 

A couple of days ago the blog of the day was about my longtime adversary………………….COW-HOCKS or ‘cowhocky’ or ‘hockkneed’ as some northerners call them!

 

I listed as my #1 pet peeve the state of being COW-HOCKED…………………….#2 was those judges that ‘don’t look at rears’ or just plain, overlook the dastardly fact that the dogs they are putting up for points are of the infamous persuasion………………………………….well, I am going to revise my irkiness and make #1………………….make Numero Uno………………………….straight to the top of the Mount Trashmore of stink will now be those breeders that are breeding the COW-HOCKED dogs to begin with!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Yes siree Tom, Dick and Harry………….(giving Bob a break here and putting those 3 other guys on notice)………………if it weren’t for the initial culprits producing the off-wares, actually more than just off-wares because according to the official dictum for the breed by the New Testament for Labrador Retrievers, COW-HOCKS are a SERIOUS STRUCTURAL DEFECT…………………if it weren’t for those culpable breeders perpetuating the wayward produce, then those judges need not walk an extra 3 steps around to the rear of the dog to inspect to make sure that the rear was of the politically correct construction!

 

So, we shift the whole truth and nothing but the truth of culpability to the one group that can make it or break it………………the one group that has the ways and means to make a difference and once and for all do the right thing…………………………………ELIMINATE COW-HOCKS for the good of mankind…………….well, in this case Labrador-kind will be better served.

 

All of the above in response to yet another foggy-headed bloke that communicated to me that every breeder she knows has dogs that are COW-HOCKED!

 

Wrong is wrong is wrong, no matter how many wrongs there are! No amount of wrongs added together will ever make a single RIGHT! You can go around in circles all you want and you will never ever be able to catch up with me who is headed in a straight ahead direction with this subject!

 

Unless the written breed standard is ever revised to read something bass-ackwards than what it states today, then all COW-HOCKED dogs are WRONG! Worse yet, DEFECTIVE!

 

I don’t care which person judged which show and how famous they may think they are or how well-known their kennel name is…………………….if they put up dogs that are visually DEFECTIVE, then in my book, they don’t know squat! By their admission of not knowing squat by rewarding WRONGS, they don’t stand in the same league I do and are not worthy of my time……………….time that will be better spent on those that want to do the right thing with and about the breed.

 

If the preceding stepped on anyone’s toes, then we are making headway and hopefully can right the ship that is listing badly. I am willing to take heat for the breed……………………………how many out there are willing to step up to the plate and do likewise?

February 4th

The Writing On The Wall For All To Read

 

The ‘writing on the wall’ makes it perfectly clear for anyone that is literate enough to gather information without getting it secondhand, getting it from the ‘more than not erroneous’ grapevine or adulterated by schemers and car salesmen!

 

It is the purist form of ‘truth by baptism’ available to those that are wise and sharp enough get past all the facades and debris that is tossed around for the unenlightened and the ‘easy to lead to water’ types that abound.

 

So, here’s the deal……………………….it is right in front of your nose, staring holes into your very existence are hard cold facts, how do some folk not see it for themselves?

 

Ok, let’s get to today’s ‘Sandy Pet Peeve’!

 

I mentor dozens and dozens of fine folk about all matters concerning Labrador Retrievers………………..maybe over 100 to be more ‘numbers accurate’.

 

There is a large segment of those people that own females that are involved with me in our Breeding & Placement Program. This means that I will be a co-breeder in a litter with a female that those people own. I will be there the whole way, from the selection process of the stud dog to the very end placement of each of those puppies produced.

 

All of the above in the name of the Betterment of the Breed; perpetuating the very best of the best and then making sure that the produce of those breedings have the absolute best chances of also being perpetuators themselves of the next great generation of puppies produced.

 

So, what’s the ‘writing on the wall’ that has my hackles in a raised mode today?

 

Simple!

 

When considering a pairing of a female to any male…………..besides making sure that all the proper clearances have been met for health and structure………………..the next most important agenda that has to be taken into account ‘is the production track record of the dogs being used to breed’!

 

For most people that are considering a breeding, the following is what they consider when thinking about a stud dog……………………most being about 98%:

 

  • breeding to the flavor of the month dog

  • breeding to whomever Debbie Harry bred to

  • breeding to the dog that won Westminster

  • breeding to the winningest dog in the Solar System

  • breeding to the nearest dog down the street

  • breeding to the farthest dog in the country

  • breeding to the prettiest shade of yellow

  • breeding to the neatest sounding name

  • breeding to the dog with the most titles

  • breeding to the cheapest stud fee

  • breeding to the most expensive stud fee

  • breeding to the biggest dog

  • breeding to a dog no one has ever heard of

 

Nowhere in the above considerations is “the production track record of the dogs being used to breed”!

 

That is the ‘writing on the wall’ that I allude to!

 

If you have a female with Chambray lineage as two of my co-breeders are now dealing with, then the absolute, NUMERO UNO dog that should be under consideration is the stud dog that has produced the winningest track record with those same Chambray lines!

 

Right now in Florida, there is no stud dog that comes close, in fact not even in the same ball park than Bronze Gr Ch Summitthills Joshua’s Battle Of Jericho has produced with those females that have the deep-rooted Chambray lines, that also have BIS BBE Ch Chambrays Out Of The Ruff as an outcross.

 

It is as clear as 31 days in May………….not just a day in May! It is as plain as all the Janes that live in the plain…………………………..it is the writing on the wall that gets there without any fibbing, cribbing or any of the other sleight of hand shenanigans that hooligans perpetrate!

 

Part of my mentoring process is getting folk to see it for themselves because I won’t be around forever………………….so there is a time sensitive element that I am working with and against! If this most successful program that has been dominating at a national level is to maintain its leading edge identity, then those around me need to start seeing the big picture and the first step to that is to learn to read the writing on the wall!

February 3rd

More Sounding Off

 

Doing ‘nothing’ more than likely will result in ‘nothing’ coming of it!

 

I did ‘something’…………………………….I did not bring my entries to those shows that the judging slate was not appealing. This action brought about reciprocal action by those that it affected………………..club officials that noticed the dismal entries for Labradors at those shows and in particular the absence of the Chambray dogs there.

 

My response to all those that asked was “Canvas the exhibitors that attend your shows and find out which judges they would prefer NOT seeing!”

 

It seems that the same old, same old re-tread judges are rotated around the state from show club to show club. I would like to see a rule where a judge is only allowed once per every 2 years in a given state! That will mean plenty of new faces to give exhibitors more choices and it would force those judges that do not ‘deserve’ to either change their ways or get on with something else!

 

If enough people voice their concerns, those that it affects will make something come of it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sandy Pet Peeve #2 – Since most of my readers know what the #1 Pet Peeve is…………..COW-HOCKS, the #2 goes hand in hand with the #1!

 

Nothing irks me more than COW-HOCKS and second to that are judges that do not take a second of their time to walk around the back of the dog and LOOK at the dog’s rear!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

For God’s sake how in hell blazes is anyone going to know if a dog is COW-HOCKED unless they actually take a look at the dog from the rear with it standing naturally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Actually a good indication of a dog that is COW-HOCKED is watching how the handler continually ‘fixes’ the dog’s rear set to try and get the dog to not ‘LOOK’ COW-HOCKED!

 

Since the Labrador Breed Standard specifically covers the issue that COW-HOCKS are a ‘serious structural defect’ then it is a dictum that must be addressed as part of the physical evaluation of the dog and those dogs displaying that dastardly DEFECT, must be dealt with accordingly!

 

If a judge takes an inordinate amount of time checking the dog’s bite and counting the dog's teeth, which is NOT a STRUCTURAL DEFECT according to the Labrador Breed Standard, then why oh why do they dismiss a REAL STRUCTURAL DEFECT????????????

 

It just doesn’t make sense that a physical defect that can lay a dog lame is overlooked and a dog with a missing tooth is severely faulted????????????????

 

What’s up with that??????????????

 

AARRRGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

“Your blogs on cow-hocks affects what others think of my dogs!” was a recent lament/complaint from a breeder.

 

My answer was “Read the Breed Standard, then don’t breed dogs that are cow-hocked and you won’t have to deal with those that don’t like cow-hocked dogs!”

 

Of course easier said than done when there really isn’t a driving impetus to fix the problem, other than one lone voice squawking over and over again about this detrimental issue and the continued sweeping the dirt under the carpet by breeders and judges!

 

I even heard from a puppy buyer that a Labrador breeder she had just dealt with claims that cow-hocked dogs have better balance and are not as likely to tilt over because their rear feet act as anchors!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

“WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT????????????????”

 

AARRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG some more!

February 3rd

Speak Up And Be Heard

 

There is absolutely no place for inattentive, disinterested and most assuredly rude judges at the dog shows! Then add gobs of ineptitude and total lack of knowledge of the breed they are purportedly licensed to judge and it all adds up to a soured cocktail of hubris!

 

The above may sound like sour grapes by someone (me) whose dogs didn’t win diddley!

 

Not the case…………………..not the case at all because one of my dogs did win, maybe not diddley, but it did win the biggest prize for the breed, a Best Of Breed awarded by that sorry excuse of someone that gets paid ridiculous amounts of money to ‘bless’ us exhibitors with their presence.  

 

The display of behavior by this particular judge was beyond the godly syndrome, it was a blatant showcase of the ‘untouchable’ attitude that those in power thrust about when there are no repercussions and no one to answer to!

 

Those that stand in silence are as guilty as the culprit because they add the enabling fuel for these ingrates to continue with their accrued misconception of their value.

 

Well, ladies and gentlemen the buck has to be taken by someone and that someone is me! Come heck and high water, or slaps on the wrist, face or butt or whatever else it is that the powers that be dispense to those that speak up about injustices…………………….I am not going to take it any longer.

 

I made sure that everyone at ringside heard that lone voice, although almost everyone else was shaking their collective heads in their displeasure of the proceedings displayed by the rude and arrogant persona that was anointed to act as judge and jury for the day in the Lab ring.

 

As soon as the fiasco at hand concluded with a Chambray dog receiving the coveted BOB award, I trekked over to the dog club’s table and addressed my deeply founded concerns about the happenings that had just transpired. This in the hopes that there would be other voices that would speak up and create a consensus that would hopefully lead to better selection of judges for future shows.

 

If enough folk stand up and have their heads counted………………..which means their wallets as well, then those that need that financial windfall that they receive by our collective attendance will be on notice that taking it over and over in places where it hurts is no longer acceptable and there will be a price to pay.

 

If those in positions to hire these highly mistaken miscreants didn’t take notice that at the recent Florida Winter Circuit, 10 shows in Brooksville and an additional 4 more shows in Ocala, that the entries for Labradors were the absolute lowest in the last 20 years………………………..NOT ONE MAJOR POINTED days’ worth for Labradors……………..then Houston we have a problem!

 

Voice your concerns to the club officers at the shows, let them know that without exhibitors, there wouuld be no shows!

February 2nd

Foodhog At Chambray Sees Its Shadow!

 

Not to be outdone or bested by those pesky groundhogs, Phil and Chuck and all those other reasonable facsimiles...................our own resident hog, Charm the foodhog saw her shadow and that means that it won't snow in Miami this year! She has not failed with her predictions for the 8 years that she has been the acting weather predicter..................whether she sees her shadow or not, she has predicted each year that it won't snow in Miami and she has been 100% accurate these last 8 years!

February 2nd

7+ Billion & Going Strong

 

Just as there are 7+ billion inhabitants on the planet, so too there are 7+ billion differing sets of opinions/fodder orifices. I am sure that there are many that would argue that statement. There are even those individuals that would argue with themselves, so nothing ever surprises me anymore.

 

Just when you think that there is some type of cosmic order, something swirls up to throw totally catawampus the supposedly natural order of things.

 

At a recently discussion about breeding and showing, one of the conversation participants questioned why ‘So & So’ was breeding so many dogs…………………keeping so many dogs……………………showing so many dogs.

 

I am sure that very same question has been posed about yours truly…………..so the same general query and yet a totally ‘other end of the spectrum’ answer depending on the ‘who’ the question/answer is applied to!

 

There is a general pattern that people that breed dogs for show go through and since most folk that own animals tend to be hoarders…………………………….it follows naturally that they would tend to augment their menagerie with each litter/year that passes by.

 

So, it is no surprise to watch as a breeder accumulates an inordinate amount of dogs, either externally obtained or those that they bred and kept, so that by their ‘Intermediate’ years of participation as breeders which usually is anytime from the 5th to the 10th year of involvement, they may have a large seemingly ‘manageable’ array of dogs.

 

‘Seemingly’, because what creeps in unnoticeable over a period of time is that there comes a point of ‘overwhelming numbers to scarcity of time’…………………………..simply stated……………………not enough time for the numbers of dogs on hand!

 

Time and time again, in my ‘almost half a century’ of involvement with breeding and showing Labrador Retrievers, I have seen that pattern repeat itself with predictable frequency with those upstarts that hang around long enough to make it to the intermediate level.

 

The accumulation of numbers of dogs, numbers that drain the amount of time to adequately maintain a controlling command on quality produced and also on performance demanded to stay competitive.

 

The end results for those that carried on long enough and accrued unmanageable numbers has varied……………………..most were overwhelmed and fizzled out, got out of the rat race and moved on to something else even if they had reached some level of success with breeding and showing………………….some trudged on with the numbers but failed to maintain a presence at the show end of the business, thus becoming pet producers as an after affect………………….the unexpected number or lack thereof is that none of those continued on with the inordinate numbers AND maintained any level of success at the show dog level!

 

Too many dogs + not enough time + not enough money = DOOM!

 

So, that is my learned opinion, just as the other 7+ billion have on any subject!

February 1st

Xenophobia No More

 

The Chambray Difference

 

Even after we explain it, most still don’t get it!

 

It is not a question about a lack of their intelligence; it is more from fearing the unknown.

 

So a rational explanation would be ‘Xenophobia’!

 

Which means we arrive at a conundrum…………………..fear of the unknown, which is explained as an ‘irrational sensation of fear experienced about a person or a group of persons as well as situations that are perceived as strange or foreign’.

 

So, we can either blame it on the bossa nova………………….or better yet since not many of the younger folk know the bossa nova from Boss Hogg from the Dukes of Hazard……………..let’s pin it on xenophobia!

 

Yep, that’s the ticket……………….xenophobia!

 

Something irrational becomes the rational explanation for there still being good, honest, hardworking, God fearing folk that still don’t understand the Chambray Difference.

 

So, let me try my best once again to illuminate through this nebulous anomaly and see if we can’t expose the fear factor and make it clear for those with fear-induced notions that there is nothing to fear but fear itself.

 

Let’s do a comparative sequential parable of the usual ways of those involved in breeding/raising/placing and showing dogs compared to the Chambray Way.

 

Ok, so now we have laid bare the differences between the ‘business as usual way’ and the ‘Chambray Way’……………………………………now that it is crystal clear, there shouldn’t be any ‘unknowns’!

 

By removing the unknowns, we have in essence quashed xenophobia…………………………………fear, no longer has a niche to hide in and we can move ahead and dispense with all the fear-driven innuendos and ill-formed assumptions that those that didn’t know any better have been harboring or worse yet for them, passing on as rumor mongers.

 

So, armed with the ‘right stuff’ of correct information, you be the judge. What’s the best source of a well-bred show puppy………………….the ‘business as usual’ old way of doing things or the Chambray Way.

 

As I stated in the 2nd sentence to this blog; it is not a question about a lack of their intelligence; it is more from fearing the unknown.

 

So, using that intelligence and now knowing what is what………………..what say ye?