Nina Marie Sherrer  970-461-7767

 UKC Judge #2824 All Breeds, Groups, Jrs & BIS, APBT, TFT, AE

  SKC Judge All Sporting Breeds     NCA Judge All Breeds, Groups, Jrs & BIS

          American Canine Education Foundation, Inc. Director of Education





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Honor Your Mentors

Have you ever wondered why people act the way they do?  Why some forget, often on purpose, their beginnings in our sport of dogs?  Why they forget who led them along the way to success?  Granted, everyone makes their own success,  but first you must have a direction or you will continue to hit dead ends. 

Those many people who are so gifted and giving of themselves are the ones who are often in the background, do the planning, and create the direction used for steps toward success.  They are the ones who do not demand to be in the spotlight but should they find themselves there, they are gracious, always a good sport, never undermining or wishing ill will on those around them.   They are not gossips, nor do they ever speak ill will of others.  They share of themselves their knowledge and their experience freely.   They are strong in their convictions and commitments.

Often these treasures are called mentors in our sport, they are the people who have many keys to unlock the necessary knowledge to succeed.   If you wish to be a true successful person in the canine world, you must search for these mentors.  You must be open to learn, to accept failings whatever they may be, and continue to step forward with goodness in your heart and excitement in your soul.  This will extend to your dogs and in the end, you will truly be the winner.

Be thankful for your beginnings, for without beginning there is nothing...


This was sent to us by LAURIE JENKS who is working with her lovely Weim SCULLY in obedience...

                        " What Is A Title Really?"

Not just a brag, not just a stepping stone to a higher Title, not just an adjunct to competitive scores. A Title is a tribute to the dog that bears it, a way to honor the dog, an ultimate memorial.  It will remain in the record and in the memory for about as long as anything in this world can remain. 

Few humans will do as well or better in that regard.  And though the dog himself doesn't know or care that his achievements have been noted, a Title says many things in the world of humans, where such things count.  A Title says your dog was intelligent, and adaptable, and good-natured. It says that your dog loved you enough to do the things that please you, however crazy they may have sometimes seemed. And a Title says that you loved your dog, that you loved to spend time with him because he was a good dog, and that you believed in him enough to give him yet another chance when he failed, and that in the end your faith was justified. 

A Title proves that your dog inspired you to have the special relationship enjoyed by so few; that in a world of disposable creatures, this dog with a Title was greatly loved, and loved greatly in return. And when that dear short life is over, the Title remains as a memorial of the finest kind, the best you can give to a deserving friend, volumes of praise in one small set of initials. A Title is nothing less than love and respect, given and received permanently. 

--Author unknown


In March 2005, I spent five days in Louisville, KY as part of the administration team for the American Canine Education Foundation, Inc. NON-SPORTING GROUP SEMINAR.  As has become custom, this seminar was held in conjunction with the Louisville show cluster.

As usual, Col. Wallace Pedé, his staff, and the breed presenters who worked together to put this seminar on did an outstanding job!

We covered every AKC Non-Sporting breed, plus as a special treat had a wonderful presentation of the Norwegian Lundehund. There were many fine dogs for hands on experience.  The breed experts giving the presentations were available for questions and most had several handouts which helped to draw clearer mind pictures ...the essence of each breed.

Each day began at 8:00am and ended around 4:00pm.  We had a break in the morning, a delicious lunch, and a break in the afternoon.  Often these breaks were used to grab a drink and then wander the show which was being held just a few steps from our classroom.  Several specialties were being held in the evenings which allowed for additional observation of breeds.

Our hotel was within walking distance to the show site, which was a nice way to get a little exercise after being in a classroom all day.  But, the hotel graciously provided shuttle service to and from the motel and show site.

In August 2005, I will travel to Washington, D.C. where I will spent a week assisting with the ACEF's 17th Annual Judges Institute.  This will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel near Reagan Washington National Airport.  If you'd like further information send me an email:, and please put in the Subject: ACEF Jdg Institute.

The ACEF Graduate course on the HERDING Group will be in Louisville, KY next year in March 2006.

 I highly recommend all seminars put on by the American Canine Education Foundation.  It will be a awesome educational event that you will never forget!

Until next time...  Never stop learning!



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