BEGINNINGSWITH.. Thunder Kennels 10 COMMANDMENTS
"DO UNTO TO OTHER FELLOW THE WAY
DO IT FIRST."
Using unto others happens a little too often in the dog game, and the results arenít usually too pleasant for the person whoís getting it done to them.
In the past year, Iíve found that beginning dog men are often the worst "doers" of all, even though their bad doings are not always intentional. In fact, beginners probably wouldnít come off looking or sounding as uninformed as they often do if only they had a code of ethics to follow. A few simple rules on how to conduct themselves with other members of the fraternity.
That said, Iíd like to Commandments to follow when fellow dog man. While these mainly to beginners, thereís all of us.
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1. THOU SHALL NOT ASK STUPID QUESTIONS OVER THE PHONE
Iíve had beginners call me quite often as a result of this column, and more often than not they start a conversation by asking things like, "Are your dogs game?," "Do you match your dogs?" or "Can I come to your next match to see what your dogs are like?í A word to the wise; these are not the kind of questions a dog man wants to be asked by just anybody, especially a beginner or stranger heís talking to for the first time.
Ease into a conversation with a dog man the way you would with a girl you were calling for the first time. I mean, you donít ask a girl if she goes down like a submarine the first time you talk to her, do you? Anyway, when talking to a dog person for the first time, keep your conversation to generalities as opposed to specifics. Donít ask too many questions the first time you talk to someone and ask them if it would be alright to call them again in the near future. Youíll find this will put the other party at ease and make them more willing to talk with you again in the future.
2. THOU SHALT NOT CALL AT ALL HOURS OF THE NI GHT
Donít you just love it when some stranger calls you at 3 A.M. to see if you have any pups left out
HE'D LIKE TO DO UNTO YOU, AND
E. N. WESTCOTT
of a litter you advertised three years ago? Hell no, not me anyway. If you beginners out there have ever seen many dog people, youíll know how desparately we all need our beauty sleep, so please try to call before 11 P.M.. And for the overseas crowd, chances are if you call someone in the States at 12 P.M. your time, youíll probably catch them just sitting down to watch the Cosby Show, so a phone call would be more than welcome at that time.
3. THOU SHALT KEEP THY WORD
Iíve had my big rear end scorched more than once by beginners whoís word is about as good as a $3 bill. Hey, beginners, if someone sells you a dog or gives you one with the understanding that the dog be returned to them if you ever want to get rid of it, for God sakes donít go and sell the dog to someone else. I had a guy bug me for weeks to qet him a dog off a certain breeding, and after a lot of phone calls and running around, I got it for him with the understanding I was to have the first chance to buy the bitch back if he had to get rid of her. Less than one month later he sold the bitch to someone else without even having the courtesy to call me first. Itís people like that who end up making it even tougher for beginners to get into the fraternity.
4. BE PATIENT
I did a whole column on this subject last year, and it applies now more than ever to beginners. Donít expect a seasoned dog man to drag you off to a big match or convention after talking to him on the phone once or twice and buying him a couple of barley pops. You gotta pay your dues. Heck, I got started in this game under the tutelage of some of the biggest pricks going. I mean, I thought these guys pissed out of the top of their heads! But after about two years of proving myself to them and being patient, they eventually came to accept me and let me in the fraternity. Hey, their still pricks, but now at least theyíre accepting pricks.
5. DO YOUR HOMEWORK
If you plan on calling a dog man to buy a pup, dog or even to just shoot the breeze, find-out a little about him first. Dog men are usually only
known by a concealing nickname, so before yiu call one, find out what heís feeding and what he himself is like. For instance, you wouldnít want to call Pete Sparks and say something like, "I think all Colby dogs are curs, donít you Pete?" Cause if you ever ~aid something like that to Pete, youíd find out several things in a hurry.
6. DON"T SELL A CUR AS A GAME DOG
If youíve got a cur on your yard and youíre not sure what to do with it, call a seasoned dog man and youíll get your answer soon enough. But if you want to make a lifelong enemy, sell it to some dog man as a game dog. Believe me, thereís no way to get a bad name in this game quicker.
7. DONíT HANG PAPERS ESPECIALLY ON CURS
Hanging papers on dogs is a fact of life in this game. Heck, some people make a livinQ at it. But that doesnít make it right. To many dog men, papers are worth about as much as recycled dog food, but others enjoy knowing the true breeding of their dogs. And if the dog youíve hung papers on is a cur, refer to commandment 6 to find out what to do with it, donít sell it.
8. IF YOU TAKE ADVISE, USE IT.
Nothing makes a dog man madder than when a
begInner begs him for advice and then doesnít put that advice to good use. It tends to make most dog men feel like theyíre wasting their tIme, and most of us donít have time to waste.
9. SETTLE YOUR PROBLEMS IN PERSON
If youíve got a bone to pick with someone, donít write into this or any other magazine crying about what a jerk that person is, call or visit that person and settle it yourself. Contrary to popular belief, ~Jack Kelly is not Ann Landers nor
the name of the magazine The National Inquirier!
10. KEEP YOUR OTHER VICES AWAY FROM THE DOG GAME
ihis sport is unpopular enough with the general public, and it looks ever worse for us when a bust occurs and John Law also finds a bunch of guns and drugs. Hey, I donít mean to preach. If your into that stuff, more power to you, but at least try and keep it separate from the dogs.
Well, thatís ten of Ďem. If you have more than that to add to your own personal list, great. I just hope this is a starting point. Iíd also like to apologize for missing the last two issues. Some personal matters have consumed a lot of my time lately, but ~hings are now back on track.