By Jackie Caruso,
Collie Club of America,
District Director, Connecticut

Collie Club of America members, Darci Brown, from the Collie Club of New Hampshire, Pat Holmes, Judy Virchow, Helen Campbell and Jackie DeCinque from Hartford Springfield Collie Club, joined me (Tri County Collie Breeders and the Collie Club of Connecticut) to represent the Collie among 160 dog breeds at the American Kennel Club's Meet the Breeds, a two-day event held November 19 and 20 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. CH Devinwood Ramble On, CH Inverarary Thunder Road and CH Tisbury's Love Ya Like the Devil were our ambassadors.

The Collie Booth at Meet the Breeds.

(L-R) Pat Holmes, CH Inverary Thunder Road (Bruce)
and Darci Brown
Greet Collie enthusiasts at the
MEet the Breeds Booth in New York City.

MTB seemed more crowded than last year and the allure of the Collie never ceases to amaze me. People young and old are just drawn to this breed. It was worth all the time and effort just to see their faces light up when they saw these dogs. People would just throw their arms around them and bury their faces in their coats . . . little children especially, and these dogs took it with all the
grace and patience that is typical collie temperament.

Jackie Caruso talks to the Girl Scouts

At times, we had people standing six deep taking pictures, waiting their turns to pet the dogs and then wanting their pictures taken with the dogs. The dogs were like rock stars! So many people who stopped by had a story of a collie from when they were growing up, and judging by the number of people who stopped by, I really think we were one of the most popular booths at the show.

Bruce, you are quite the celebrity!

Gaby (CH Devinwood Ramble On) gave out
kisses all day!

Bruce's specialty was connecting with kids.

We decorated the booth using the posters from pictures from the Collie as a Family Pet from the CCA website and also had wonderful collie performance photos loaned to us by Noreen Bennett. We also had the Collie Health Foundation and the Collie Rescue Foundation banners. We had their educational materials and color printouts of pages from the CFP from the CCA website. There was a great deal of interest in collie rescue and adopting dogs from rescue organizations.

It can't be all work -- Gaby with another kiss for Darci!

I cannot stress how important it is not only for CCA parent club participation in events like MTB and the MTB at Eukanuba, but local club and member participation at shows where they offer MTB and other events like this. The PETA and the animal rights people were there and they left their literature
everywhere . . . even in the rest rooms. We had one woman come up to us to tell us it was animal abuse to have the dogs in crates and ex-pens and on the tables.

(L-R) Jackie Caruso and Helen Campbell at the MTB

We need to have good representatives of the breed at these events, not only in conformation, but dogs with exemplary temperaments and people to man these booths who can answer the questions posed to them. Our enemies are at these events spreading their propaganda and we have to be there too, showing the public the value of pet ownership, particularly purebred pet ownership.

Jackie DeCinque and Bruce.

Judy Virchow and Miley Rae (CH Tisbury's Love Ya
Like the Devil) answer questions at the booth.

Collie lovers get a close up look at Gaby.

A great day All Around!

Once again, we want to give a big "Thank You" to the members who came to answer questions and show the public their dogs. It is important that we continue to participate in events like this and find more and more venues in which to do it.

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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