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Thursday, May 12, 2005

Elitist Nonsense

Vixen and I are enrolled in a Rally Obedience class, which is, in a way, an exercise in futility, as she is ineligible to take part in any Rally competitions. Currently, Rally Obedience matches are under the auspices of the American Kennel Club only -- and Vixen is a mixed breed.

Any organization that says it promotes responsible dog ownership and yet doesn't permit mixed breeds to take part in performance events (that is, not breed/conformation) is, well, barking up the wrong tree.

The United Kennel Club does allow mixed breeds to compete in obedience events; alas, they're not going to be offering Rally for at least another year.

Of course, it's not the destination, it's the journey, and we're having a heck of a good time in class.

But the AKC really needs to get over itself, and reach out to the folks who adopt mixed breeds from shelters across the country and offer them a chance to show what their dogs are capable of.

Maybe they're just afraid that the mixed breeds will prove to be much better competitors.

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