Another in a Continuing Series of Reports by the Shiloh Shepherd™
After having heard
rumblings of more splintering among the “TSSR” for several months, and with
the knowledge that this may be my last opportunity to see what these various
groups have been producing (since they obviously are all splintering off), I
chose to attend the Cherry Blossom Classic again, so that I could add a more
detailed updated report to this series.
Unfortunately, I had no
idea of what to expect, and therefore had not prepared myself for the
onslaught of hatred that was being poured out on me. Maybe it was just
fallout from all of the stress that these people were already dealing with?
Nevertheless, I kept getting a strong urge to check my hands for possible
signs of leprosy.
As I arrived, I noticed a
few dogs in various parts of the stadium, but it seemed as if the “camp” was
missing. Normally the “Shiloh people” gather in a large happy “family” group
that is very impressive! Not this time! It didn’t take me long to see that
various factions seemed to be “huddled” in small groups sprawled all over
the Show Place Arena. Despite the fact that nearly 30 dogs had been entered,
the only time that you could see them in a group was when they had to gather
The remaining time each
faction seemed to be doing their best to hide their dogs in crates so that I
couldn’t get any close up shots! You would think that they would be excited
and proud to “show off” the best that they were able to produce? After all
they have continued to insist on calling these dogs by MY name—so why were
they trying to hide them from me?
Although I tried to be as
non-invasive as possible, I had no choice but to walk closer to the ring
(spectator section) in order to get a few shots. During that time, the
handlers were doing their best to cover their dogs’ heads with their hands
or bodies, making it almost impossible to get an honest clear shot.
Since this was an indoor
show, the lighting just wasn’t sufficient enough for me to take any high
speed pictures (because they just wouldn’t let the dogs hold still long
enough while waiting at ring side) thus I had no choice but to resort to
turning on the flash so I could get a few quick shots of these dogs in order
for you to see what they looked like. Of course, once they realized that I
was going to get some pictures despite their diversionary tactics that
angered most of them all the more.
In the meantime, Karen was high in the stadium
bleachers using her high-powered zoom lens to pick off a few shots at will
from her vantage point.
|On a personal note:
Shortly after my arrival, the tension
seemed so thick that you could have cut it with a knife! As I went out
for a smoke, someone from another breed asked me “Why are earth would
these people hate you so much? Didn’t you create these dogs to begin
with?” My response was that yes, I started to develop the Shiloh
Shepherd™ in 1974 and am still continuing to develop MY “breed” within
the ISSR. These people are not following my vision, or my “recipe”—they
have refused to conform to the ISSR rules and have instead split into
may different cliques, each claiming to be operating their “own”
registry, yet none of these “’cliques” have lasted more than a few
years. The TSSR, the newest one, is already falling apart! IMHO
the best comparison I could think of would be this:
As Sophie (on
Golden Girls) would say, “Picture it!” Several groups of people attempt
to display (and sell—yes, of course, money is always the motivator),
their famous counterfeit pieces of artwork, claiming that they have an
authentic collection of “Picasso” and as they let the credulous public
in to view the "masterpieces"—who should walk in but Pablo Picasso
himself! Can you imagine the reaction that he would receive from such
charlatans? (Can you imagine what he would have done!)
At one point Ms.
Yonavick (former registrar for the SSBA and now a recent proponent of
Patti’s TSSR registry [sic]) yelled out to me stating that I was nothing but
a “Pain in her a—“ because I was trying to take a few pictures of her dogs!
Someone also asked John to have me removed from the grounds (even though
Karen and I paid $40 to enter for the two days, as did the other spectators
who were freely taking pictures of many of the breeds). Of
course, he was extremely nice, and offered to give me photography lessons
LOL and promised to find and send me one of the ARBA books, since they
were sold out! Nevertheless, I left the
aisle and went to the other side of the ring, at which point the ring
steward approached me, informing me that I was “disturbing the dogs” and had
to stop taking pictures. I took a good look at the dogs, and they
didn’t seem to be disturbed by my presence, so I must assume it was their
owners that were being stressed out. I wonder why? What could they
have been trying to hide from me?
The next show I attend, I will just bring a camcorder so that I can record
all the action!
I must admit that I did talk to a few
“friendly” “splinters” that have been around for a long time, and are
fed up with all of the politics they have had to deal with since they left
the ISSR. These people should be considered political veterans because they
were among the first to join the ISSDCr movement in 1998, officiated on
various committees and have had first hand experience with the NSBR, USSDCR,
SSBA and now, the TSSR—all within the past 6 years. It may seem like it took
them a long time to wake up and smell the pizza, but at least they did wake
up! Once they firm up their new plans it will leave the TSSR with only a
handful of “newbies” that really don’t know much of anything about dog
breeding! What kind of horrors will they be producing then?
From what I was able to see at this
show—when they brought out the “Best” they had to offer—I was not
impressed!! Although a few of the dogs still had a little bit of size left,
many were extremely small boned—and not even as big as some of the Kings! At
one point I pointed out a nice young bitch—that turned out to be a mature
male! Yet my biggest concern was with the long “needle nosed” dogs that
seemed to be displaying their “new” direction. A few were tall (and leggy)
but their heads were so narrow with NO stops! They almost resembled Big
Eared Tervs on stilts with horrible tails!
only dog in this sea of counterfeit “Shiloh” wannabees that was a good
representative of the true Shiloh Shepherd™ Breed Standard was
Apollo—but of course he came from two ISSR dogs that were both bred
under my direction. If his owner had not “jumped ship” in 98, he would
probably be a great asset to the ISSR NB program, since he carries the
best of MY dogs in his pedigree. However, due to the present over-inbred
situation that plagues all of the splinter registries, using him at stud
to any other over-inbred bitch could be extremely hazardous—and
out-crossing him to some of the “OTX” sic GSD’s that are presently being
used would be even more ridiculous!
Photo courtesy of
What a waste! A dog like this could add so much to our
giant NB Orbit dogs, but he can never enter the ISSR.
Personal Note: Despite the continuous
accusations of “political” nonsense being spewed forth at me over the years,
I have stood firm to uphold the ISSR Constitution at any cost!
The ISSR rules were
written in ’91, the few amendments that were passed over the years, have
always been listed on our web site—and hundreds of members within the SSDCA
are committed to upholding our high standards! Period!
It was “Political unrest”
stirred up by a few key players that caused the
original club split and ushered
in the first “splinter” (now defunct) “registry” back in ’98, since that
time many others have been formed! It seems like each time there is a
dispute within the ranks of the “powers that be” a new registry is being
formed. Whoever heard of such nonsense!
Shiloh Shepherd™ History
Timeline: the first 40 years |
Since the Shiloh
Shepherd™ is not even a “breed” but still under development, the registry
plays a critical part as the “Central Repository for genetic data! It is
imperative that accurate data be maintained for many generations in order to
establish proper breeding goals! Unless sufficient information is collected,
just “issuing” “papers” becomes a totally useless venue!
With this in mind, the
ISSR did offer full amnesty to all dissidents in the fall of 1999. Many
returned and have been productive breeders within our ranks, helping me to
expand our gene pool in order to someday attain full recognition for MY
Shiloh Shepherds™ as a genuine established breed! I know that these people
must care about the future welfare of our breed. Obviously this is not
the case within the dissident groups that chose to ignore my offer of
amnesty and encouraged others not to take it (although they were fully aware
of the fact that it would not be offered again) and have proceeded to “do
their own various things” for the past 5 years now.
I fully understand
how much these people love their pets! These dogs become a part of their
families, they are continuously referred to as their "furbabies" and
often treated even better than their "friends". These dogs provide them
with unconditional love, loyalty and an exceptional type of
nonjudgmental companionship. Dogs can be such a joy in our lives--but it
still does not give all of them the right to indiscriminately breed
their best friends without some plan or purpose! That is why there are
millions of dogs being euthanized in dog pounds.
Puppy Producers: What are They?
Each of the
established FCI-AKC-CKC, etc. dog breeds have one recognized parent club
that represents its particular breed. Most of these organizations have
hundreds--thousands of members--that elect the most experienced REB's to
guide them in promoting and protecting their particular breed's welfare.
Power plays are settled internally and dissidents are left by the
wayside! Anyone not happy with the direction their particular breed is
taking is free to attempt to develop their own version, a/k/a a "rare"
breed. As a matter of fact, that is how most of the
recognized breeds we have today were established. Breeds like the
Doberman, Leonberger, JRT etc. --even the GSD--were all created by a
person with a vision, that devoted decades of his/her life to the
development of their specific (ideal) "type" of dog. They wrote a breed
standard and followed a long term plan (selecting a few pups from each
litter that best fit that standard) in order to reach their desired
goals. This process would be repeated for decades, until consistency was
attained. I cannot think of one breed (other than mine) that has ever
had to deal with the type of insanity that my Shiloh Shepherds™ have
been plagued with!
I continued to mentally evaluate the dogs that these “registries” [sic]
were falsely presenting as MY Shiloh Shepherds™, I noticed one dog that
reminded me of Pax—he looked just like Pax did 10 years ago! Since his
owner did not object to me taking his picture, I told her how I felt
about her dog, and that I was disappointed that he didn’t win in any of
guess the judges must have been told that a “Shiloh” should look like a
needle nosed long haired GSD, because that is what they were selecting.
What a shame! I am sure that if this allowed to continue, over the next
few years things will only disintegrate even further—soon these dogs
will end up looking more like the two King Shepherds, although I must
admit, at least they had wonderful temperaments), pictured below.
Maybe they should just try registering their dogs as Kings? After all,
their breed founder doesn't seem to mind the hook/gay tails and I had a
hard time distinguishing much of a difference! Both groups look like
Long Haired GSD's to me, so what difference should a "name" make?
Why don't you take a few minutes to look
at the beautiful AKC (properly registered)
Shepherd on these pages and compare them to the Best of Breed
Dogs in the ARBA group ring? The sable claimed to be a "Shiloh", the
dual was registered as a King Shepherd. You be the judge--what
differences do you see?
If that’s the “look” that the oxymorons are
striving for, why don’t they just get some
ADS? At least then they would have nicer heads—without those
horrible hook/gay tails.
There are many breeds that should have
tails that look like what the splinter Shilohs are sporting; because their
breed standard actually requires that type of tail carriage. For example,
the Malamute, Akita, Tibetan Mastiff, Ovcharka and many others would
actually appear to be faulty if they didn't carry their tails proudly over
The magnificent Leonberger is another
beautiful large working dog that looks great with such a tail set, but it
just doesn't look "right" on a Shiloh Shepherd™!
Real Show Quality Shiloh Shepherds™ do not
carry their tails like this! Please take a moment to read my
Hearted Breed Founder Redux article and take a look at some ISSR dogs!
In conclusion, I must admit that during the
two days I spent at these shows, aside from getting the “cold shoulder” and
a few venomous “looks” most of the owners did not verbally attack me, and a
few of the “old timers” were actually very nice to me—except for Christy’s
outburst, the only person that actually threatened me with everything in the
book was Patti Schaffer. Her confrontation was quite nasty and not
worthy of being repeated here! Obviously she either cannot see any faults in
her dogs, or doesn’t know how to eliminate them. In either case—from what I
saw this weekend, I truly sympathize with the poor suckers that will be
misled into buying one of these faulty pet quality unregistered Long Haired
GSD pups because someone duped them into thinking that they are
getting a real Shiloh Shepherd™.
If you would like to
see more pictures taken at this Cherry Blossom please click on
our large collage
that we have prepared for you.