Message From the Judge

Thanks to Tina and Gary, I was able to participate in a unique educational opportunity that I had long believed should be held on a regular or frequent basis. At AKC shows, at least where an AKC “rep” is present, judges are in­hibited from making any comments at all except for non—committal answers to direct questions. I don’t think this is right, and (don’t tell anybody) I make a practice of telling those who place in the ribbons what I’ve seen in their dogs. At the Homecoming Match, I was able to judge without the restraint of AKC rules, which meant I could give critiques on every dog, and invite owners, breeders, and other interested parties into the ring to hear, see, and feel.

 Exhibitors appreciated the fact that they got definite, overt evaluations based on the Standard of the Breed and my understanding of canine structure and movement. Some remarked that no one had ever pointed out certain faults or virtues in their dogs, and many said they had never before been told what to look for and how to find it. One of the high points in my judging experience so far was the comment by an exhibitor that she was about ready to give up showing, but changed her mind when she saw how a judge could be fair, pleasant, and helpful.

Another great blessing related to my judging and Hip Dysplasia seminar assignment was the special relationship of family on a spiritual level that is only known by Christians who’ve experienced the new birth. Tina and Gary’s testimony that they had had the same experience that I had in 1966 was music to my soul. I’m so glad that we not only share a love for the German Shepherd Dog, but also an infinitely greater love for the Lord.

Fred L. Lanting

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Yearly since 1974, Shiloh Shepherd™ owners and fanciers from across the continent (and beyond)  have had the privilege of attending Homecoming, an event started by our Breed Founder, Tina Barber, and sponsored, since 1991, by the Shiloh Shepherd™ Dog Club of America, Inc.

Unfortunately we have not been able to share the original pictures taken prior to 1998 due to the tragedy that befell the original Shiloh Shepherds farm, but some of them may still be seen inside of the old Newsletters!!

Thanks to Rich Lewis and Karen Ursel, we have been able to recreate ALL of the recent years, since 1996, and would like to share these pages with you!

Remembering Homecomings Past | Homecoming from a Newcomer's Perspective | 9th Annual Homecoming 1983  | 21st Annual Homecoming 1995 | 22nd Annual Homecoming 1996  | 23rd Annual Homecoming 1997 | 24th Annual Homecoming 1998 | 25th Annual Homecoming 1999 | 26th Annual Homecoming 2000 | 27th Annual Homecoming 2001 | 28th Annual Homecoming  2002  | 29th Annual Homecoming 2003 |30th Annual Homecoming 2004 | 31st Annual Homecoming 2005 | 32nd Annual Homecoming 2006 | 33rd Annual Homecoming 2007 | 34th Annual Homecoming 2008 | 35th Annual Homecoming 2009 |

Please plan to join us in sharing pictures and stories from previous and future HOMECOMING celebrations!

Join Us For Our 36th Anniversary Homecoming Celebration!