WOW! Grits and GRINS!!!

by Anne Cross

Oh, you say . . . didn’t I mean grits and GREENS? In the South we think of grits with gravy and beans and greens! If you’ve ever been to a Crackerbarrel Old Country Store, you’ve seen Beans n’ Greens (and cornbread) on the menu! Yum!

I am talking about charitable spirit and support for our beloved Collies at our Show of Shows, the Collie Club of America National Specialty.

WOW is an acronym for Women Out West . . . those California girls and Washington state beauties, et. al. Or, is it GROW? Girls Raised Out West? How about both!

GRINS is Girls Raised In Northern States. Judie Dunkle (yes, I know she now lives in Idaho, but she was RAISED in Northern States, so she’s legit!) Judie is the “go to” gal for GRINS.

I’m not done!! For the rest of you snowbirds, there is WIN. That’s Women In
ortheast, which already has 25 members! See Sally Futh to join. Sally’s granddaughter, born and raised in North Carolina, is our youngest GRITS member.

THIS ALL STARTED when the Oklahoma CCA 2005 trophy list was published. I was stunned to see so many major awards not yet pledged so close to the deadline. I called ten good ol’ Southern girls and we sponsored Best of Variety Rough that year. Called ourselves GRITS. Girls Raised In The South. Gracious!

GRITS has grown to 30 members sponsoring Best of Winners Rough, Best of Winners Smooth and last year four major performance awards. Several of our members also sponsored performance awards individually.

The object of this piece is to encourage you to follow this lead, whether you ever have given or not. And, yes, I know entry fees are up, thanks to AKC and the superintendent, and yes, I know there are a kazillion performance classes to be covered. And, yes I know, when you compete in agility, obedience, rally, herding, etc. you feel like you shouldn’t have to buy your own trophies!

So, cover a class you won’t be entering. Ditto conformation folks. We all have our favorites . . . doesn’t everyone LOVE to cover the puppy classes?

Sponsoring a major award by joining friends is good; even better is to also sponsor another award that’s close to your heart. Do this in honor of a much loved dog.

With newly available information about our very successful National in North Carolina, I’ve heard that some are unhappy. Hey, don’t shoot the messenger! To change what you don’t like, work together with other CCA folks and fix it. This club is about YOU, and your Collies. What does our Collie do when he thinks we are unhappy with him? He comes back and tries to make it right.

Let’s make it right. Support YOUR and HIS “really big show” in 2008 and every year. Deadline for catalog listing is January 7. Check your local CCA website for still available awards! Hurry! That’s the spirit!

The Collie presents an impressive, proud picture of true balance, each part being in harmonious proportion to every other part and to the whole.

– from the AKC Collie Breed Standard

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