A while ago, while perusing Facebook, I came across a post from an acquaintance bemusing their recent experiences in showing their Siberians in AKC conformation. To read their post was very disheartening to see how so many newcomers perceive the welcome from what are supposed to be some of our breed's mentoring members. Of course, their experience has not been a pleasant one. But as I read and really let it sink in, I realized I could not fault their post. To be entirely honest, our experience has not been too different from theirs. People lurking in the shadows just waiting for a slip, a mistake, a mispost, a misquote, ready to pounce and spread it around like wildfire. In our limited experience in showing we have come to find there seem to be far too many mean spirited people who seem to revel in causing turmoil in the world. Set on complaining behind people's backs rather than working to make a change. Why is this?
Unfortunately, many feel this kind of behavior is very counter productive. It does very little to help your breed or your sport grow in a positive way. So what is the point? What is there to gain from this kind of behavior? I can't find any justification behind nasty rumor milling and spreading dangerous falsehoods when we should have the same goals in mind. Those goals should be mentoring newcomers into the breed to carry on a positive, healthy, sound future for your breed. Newcomers who will carry on a sport or activity your dogs compete in that you love so much. Turning newcomers away because you don't like who their friends were, how they got started, things years in the past that they have learned from, doesn't serve any real purpose. Especially when so much of what has happened since was a direct result of you turning your back on a newcomer looking for guidance all those years ago- When someone comes looking for guidance, give it. If you can't pass them on to someone who can. Don't leave these people twisting in the wind and get upset when people that are deemed unworthy pick them up, dust them off, and put them on a path that they can choose to follow or not.
At the end of the day what you do with your dogs is what really matters- Let the dogs to the barking and keep the rest to yourself.