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BRACE YOURSELF
By Andrew Brace (UK)
From
DOG NEWS, The Digest of American Dogs 1989
Reprinted with the permission of the author

Andrew Brace is a much-traveled judge who is currently approved to award Challenge   Certificates by the Kennel Club in more than 60 breeds across the seven groups. He is also approved to judge the Hound, Working, Pastoral, Utility and Toy Groups as well as Best in Show.
Andrew Brace is the author of THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO JUDGING DOGS, BEAGLES TODAY, THE PET OWNER’S GUIDE TO THE BOXER, edited THE ULTIMATE ROTTWEILER and was co-editor with Anne Rogers Clark of THE INTERNATIONAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF DOGS.    He is a regular contributor to DOG WORLD, YOUR DOG, DOG NEWS (USA), HUNDSPORT (Sweden) and DOGS IN CANADA.


Oftentimes it is intimated that position and the right of respect are one and the same.  Not so.  Position or standing of one sort or another can, and is obtained by various methods - some of which would not bear close scrutiny.  Respect does not follow position automatically.  Respect is earned.

Whether it be as an official of a governing body, a breeder, a handler, an exhibitor, a judge, a publisher or an administrator...no one in the dog game has a God-given right to respect.

Over the years this will come.  To the breeders who consistently produce quality animals of correct type; the handlers who present such dogs with flair, and with consideration;  the officials who do their level best to justify their position, and work for the good of the sport rather than self-advancement;  the publishers who print without fear of favour; the administrators who serve those who pay to the best of their ability; and the judges who go out there armed with knowledge and integrity and need nothing more to arrive at a sound decision.  To those will gradually come respect of their peers and that of the man on the street.

It should never be forgotten that the respect of others can never be expected unless there is self-respect.  Without a clear conscience and a positive self-image, no one in this sport of ours or in any other walk of life can ever be looked up to by others.  This does not involve material wealth, but rather the inner richness of honest endeavor.

All to frequently we find people demanding respect.  Respect can never be demanded.  And those who demand it are the very people who are least worthy of it.
 


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