“Our sport is failing and only we can turn the tide…If our (dog) show world is to survive we absolutely must take on the challenge…” This rings so true to me and that’s what I’m writing about today, what I intend to do for my part to help turn the tide.
I promised myself that I was going to do more, that I would speak out, to help turn the tide in the war against breeders of purebred dogs.
I promised myself I was going to do more to help mentor and teach newcomers to the sport, so I started this blog.
I promised myself I was going to do more to be kind to other breeders, to encourage sportsman like conduct not only in the ring but also in every day-to-day interaction with other breeders and exhibitors.
I promised myself I would treat others in the sport with respect even if, and especially when, I disagreed with their opinion.
I promised myself that I would continue to speak out against injustice, poor treatment of dogs and other people. I know that this sometimes earns a label like controversial or possibly crazy, but what that means to me is that someone else heard, and by being heard have we not at least made a little difference, somewhere? How can this not be better than apathy?
And, I promised myself I would seek and endorse leaders for our clubs who understand and engage in open communication, who not only possess but also utilize negotiation skill to resolve conflict, those who actively engage in the preservation of the sport and the growth of organizations, as opposed to those who inadvertently drive membership away.
If we could all start here, by reading and understanding Viki Hayward’s – Mentoring The Power of Trust we might realize the importance of taking just one step toward turning the tide. Let’s bring new fanciers to the sport, bring success to another individual, bring back the recognition of our gorgeous purebred dogs.
I love Gordon Setters, don’t you?
What are you willing to contribute to bolster our failing sport?