On the Job

A Westminster Dog Show judge talks about his canine career

(Cheryl Carlin)

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Show dogs always have some of the most unique names. Why is that?
A judge never sees the catalogue or the name of a dog. The individuals who name the dogs generally have a plan. Sometimes the dogs' names all begin with the same letter or there might be a Shakespeare litter where all the names are picked from Shakespeare characters. They have their kennel name, which is like a family name. You could even have a "Gone with the Wind" theme. It would be Scarlet of Wipperwillow or Rhett of Sand Mountain.

Do you have any dogs yourself?
I do not have a dog now. I travel extensively. When my last dog went away, I have not replaced it because I travel and I live alone. So I satisfy my dog play activity with the dogs at the dog show.


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