Voices from the past – and present – are now available on CDs
Listen to some of the finest minds – ever – in purebred dogs while you drive or fly to your next show on Dog Talk with Ric Routledge CDs.
Whether you are breeding, handling, judging or simply spectating you will learn so very much while enjoying interviews with some of the most interesting people the sport of purebred dogs ever knew.
The interviews are part of an audio series that Routledge, publisher of Show Dog Reporter, began circa 1990. He recorded about 100 interviews on cassettes, some of which were never released. About one-third of those interviewed are deceased. Some tapes are disappointingly short, others quite lengthy.
Routledge, who began publishing America’s first successful show dog weekly, Canine Chronicle, in 1975, said that in addition to interviews recorded years ago, he is beginning a new series featuring current show dog personalities.
New titles are added to the list every month.
CDs currently available include:
__ Lina Basquette (died 1994) acquired her first Great Dane in 1937, and became a licensed professional handler in 1950. Not only that, she was married at age 18 to Sam Warner the man who brought out the first-ever talking movie. She has strong opinions on both subjects. Recorded in 1991.
__ Mark Bettis has worked for some of the top professionals in America including Corky Vroom and Clay Coady. He went to work for legendary George Ward as a teenager and now owns Ward’s former kennel in Constantine, Mich. where he watches birds, boats and eerie ghosts float by. Mark, now a professional in his own right, has a unique opinion on everything and he shares all with us in this very interesting interview recorded in 2009.
__ Edd Bivin is a powerful speaker with powerful thoughts. He discusses a multitude of subjects including his start with Pomeranians as a youngster, his years as a breeder-owner, and what he expects from AKC among other topics. This CD could serve as a judging seminar as Edd explains what judges should and shouldn’t look for right.
__ Damera Bolte is one of the most respected breeder-handlers in the sport. She has bred Basenjis for over four decades while holding down a fascinating job outside of the dog world. She shares her wealth of knowledge with us in this interview recorded in 1999.
__ Martin Buser competed in his first Iditarod Sled Dog Race in 1980. He has gone on to win the 1,200 mile Alaska marathon four times to date. The Swiss native recorded this interview shortly after winning for the first time in 1992. He talks about how his lead-dogs work 100 feet ahead of him with no reins and how he conditions the finest athletes in the dog world.
__ Bob Covey, who won 106 all-breed bests in show with the American Cocker Spaniel Ch. La-Shay’s Bart Simpson, presents a graduate course on proper American Cocker structure on this CD. Every Cocker breeder, handler and judge should pay close attention to this interview recorded in 1996.
__ Buddy Dickey (died) discusses the essence of the Poodle in this interview recorded circa 1992. A professional handler, he also devoted his life to developing an incredible blood line at his Dassin Kennel making it a house-hold name the world over.
__ Terry Durkes, DVM wasone of the first veterinarians in America to make use of acupuncture as a treatment for animals. Acupuncture has been a part of his practice since 1975. He talks about the treatment and what it can and cannot do.
__ Earl Dunn is a top owner-handler. He was the first person to handle a Bullmastiff to an all-breed best in show which he did with four different Bullmastiffs. In this interview recorded in 1992, he talks about the challenges facing owner-handlers and those handling lesser known breeds, and about the Bullmastiff breed standard.
__ C.J. Favre went from handling airplanes to handling dogs when he and his fellow air traffic controllers went on strike in 1980. As far as he is concerned life worked out for the best. He talks about the handler’s life, what’s right and what’s wrong in the sport of dogs, in this 2009 interview.
__ Robert Forsyth is a former professional handler who won all the big shows and since retiring has judged all of the big shows. He not only handled dogs in the ring, but handled dogs in combat in WW 2. His vast experience comes across in this fascinating interview recorded in 1996.
__ Julia Gasow (died 1999) was one of the most successful dog breeders in history. She talks about how her Salilyn Kennels of Troy, Mich. produced hundreds of champion English Springer Spaniels that won everything including Westminster. This two-CD set should be required listening for every breeder be it a newcomer or old timer. Her words still hold true today. Recorded in 1993.
__ Sylvia Hammarstrom is one of the most successful breeders in history. Her world famous Skansen Kennel in northern California has produced over 1,000 champions in a variety of breeds, mostly Giant Schnauzers. She discusses the numerous controversial theories and concepts that she has developed over the years. This two-CD set includes two interviews, both recorded in 1991.
__ Hannelore Heller is one of America’s most prominent breeders of Dachshunds and has handled them professionally for many years. Warning: Do not judge Dachshunds before listening to this CD! Recorded in 1993.
__ Alan Levine handled many top winning dogs over the years including the famed Newfoundland, Newton. While he seemed to favor larger breeds, every breeder and judge should listen to Alan as he talks about many topics including canine structure in this interview recorded in 1999
__ Michael Kemp has, as a handler, won all of the big ones including Westminster with the top winning terrier of all time, Ch. Registry’s Lonesome Dove. The former professional entertainer talks about his extraordinary career in this interview recorded in 1999.
__ Jere Marder is one of the single most successful breeder-owner-handlers in history. The Chicago native has left her mark on her favorite breed – the Old English Sheepdog – forever by producing dogs that have won top honors all over the world – and on a rather limited breeding program, no less. She tells how she did it in this interview recorded in 1992.
__ Jimmy Moses is one of the single most successful handlers of the modern era. But few people realize he has been involved with purebred dogs since 1956 with a heavy concentration on German Shepherds since 1968. He is candid, very open and very entertaining in this interview recorded in 1993.
__ Dorothy Nickles (died 2009) judged all breeds and obedience until her death at age 99. Her delightful personality comes through loud and clear. You can feel her passion for the sport just listening to her on this CD. Recorded in 1993.
__ Tommy Oelschlage has owned and bred Siberian Huskies since 1975. In this interview recorded in 2009 he talks about the good and the bad of his favorite breed. Tommy O, has he is known in many canine circles, delivers an education to breeders and judges alike in this open and frank discussion. Every Husky breeder and judge needs to hear this CD.
__ Derek Rayne (died 1998) owned the first Pembroke Corgi to become an American champion. Though British born, he won the hearts of every exhibitor in America. The epitome of canine knowledge, he was as gracious to the novice as he was to old timers and it shows in this interview recorded in 1993.
__ George Rood is one of the most interesting members of our sport. A professional handler for over 50 years, he was also a professional pool player who regularly defeated the likes of Minnesota Fats, and was an Olympic-caliber diver. He tells all in this interview recorded at his Dayton, Ohio home circa 1993.
__ Delmar Shackleford (died) bought his first Bulldog in 1931 and continued to breed them for over 60 years. He produced over 125 champions including specialty and best in show winners, and about 50 more champions in other breeds. This is a fun interview with an old-timer who really doesn’t care what you think. Recorded in 1991 at his Indiana home.
__ Buddy Stevens has bred Miniature Pinschers for over three decades. His tremendous success in the show ring is due in part to his tremendous success in the whelping box. This interview, which was recorded in 1992, is still full of invaluable how-to breeding information.
__ Joe Tacker became a licensed judge in 1957, and has been an all-breed judge since 1991. Though he loves all breeds, obviously there is a special place in his heart for American Cockers. He talks about his six decades in dogs in this interview recorded in 1993.
__ Corky Vroom, before his retirement, was one of the most successful professional handlers in the history of the sport. At one time he had the winningest hound in history, the winningest working dog in history and the winningest herding dog in history. He talks about his amazing career in this interview recorded in 1993.
__ George Ward (died 2004) handled two dogs to Best in Show at the Westminster, and won BiS at Montgomery County several times. The legendary handler from Constantine, Mich. also handled the first dog of any breed to win 200 all-breed bests in show. This is a two-CD set. The first interview was recorded in 1992, the second in 1993.
__ Michael Work, a professional handler who has been involved with Basenjis since 1966, made a fascinating trip to Africa in 1987 seeking new blood lines for the breed in America. AKC registered those specimens two years later and altered the breed forever. He tells a fascinating story about that trip in this interview recorded in 1992. You don’t have to be a Basenji fancier to enjoy this tale.
CDs on the near horizon, but in no particular order, include Ric Chashoudian, Nina Fetter, Peter Green, Robert Moore, Bobby Barlow, Bob Hastings, Anna Nicholas, Edd Bivin, Roy Holloway Sr. and many, many others.
The following CDs are pure fiction presented with one purpose in mind – to entertain you with stories about the dogs you love while driving down the road.
__ Bar Sinister one of the greatest canine classics ever published, was written in 1916 by Richard Harding Davis. It’s a sad story in the beginning but ends well. This is the story that helped popularize Bull Terriers.
__ Gulliver The Great is one of the greatest short stories ever written about a dog. The story was written by Walter A. Dyer and was first published by “The Cavalier” in 1912. It features a Great Dane that finds himself on a life raft in the middle of the ocean with a guy that really doesn’t like dogs.
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