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Out On A Limb – July
Posted on 07/09/2010 in Out On A Limb.

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Todd Kellam

As you can see from the signature line above we do have some news this month. I will be taking over the duties of writing the Out On A Limb column for a while. UKC Cur/Feist Field Representative Eugene Hill has received his second major promotion within his company and his time is in short supply. I’m guessing cash is not in short supply, so if you need a loan, call Eugene. Just kidding. Eugene did want me to pass along to everyone that he has very much enjoyed writing the column. Don’t worry, you’ll still be seeing Eugene at the events. Good luck with the new position, Eugene!

Actually I’m kinda looking forward to writing the column for a while just so I can bring you up to date on the UKC end of things. For those of you who don’t know me, I am the Vice President of Hunting Programs at United Kennel Club. I just celebrated my 22nd anniversary with UKC, which is hard to believe but does indeed verify that I’m becoming one of the old timers in the world of hunting dogs.

First of all, I can let you all know that registrations for the Cur and Feist breeds are doing very well at UKC and continuing to rise. I hope that is the result of C/F enthusiasts seeing that UKC is serious about trying to administer a quality program for C/F owners. You saw the coverage from our most recent World Championship in last month’s Full Cry, and I thought it looked great. I’m not sure if you’ve had a chance to check out the short video of the World Championship on-line but if you haven’t, go
here and check it out. Recognition for you and your dogs is one of our primary goals and I think you will find that UKC is among the best at providing recognition for our winners.

The newest thing in our line of products and services at UKC is the four-generation P.A.D. (which stands for Pups and Degrees, and includes number of offspring produced by each dog in the pedigree and how many have earned titles), which was introduced in late March. The quality of the stock that it is printed on has been improved over the three-generation pedigree and it features the fourth generation of the dog, obviously, which is an additional 16 ancestors. That’s twice the amount of information for an additional $5. A standard transfer of ownership with three-generation pedigree is $20 and a transfer with a four-generation pedigree is $25. If you are holding on to older papers, it will not have the four-generation option listed as one of the services available. If you send in an older set of papers for a transfer that does not have that service listed, simply attach a note that indicates you would like the transfer to include a four-generation pedigree and send it in with $25. Something to think about.

I’d also like to mention that we do have a verbal agreement to return to central Indiana next spring for the running of the 2011 UKC World Squirrel Dog Championship. Our hosts will again be the Johnson County Houndsmen who did such a great job of hosting our event this year. Hopefully, you’ve heard from others within the sport what an outstanding job this club did in hosting the event this spring, so you don’t have to take it from me. The location change this past year nearly doubled our entry of the first couple years, and we are optimistic that we can further increase entries with a return to Johnson County. Get qualified by placing at a WQE in the coming year and join us. You won’t be sorry.

I would like to address one more issue this month. Hopefully, you have been noticing the growth of UKC’s newest coonhound program - the Hunt Test Program. I’ll discuss the program in more detail next month but basically this is a non-competitive format where dogs are tested individually against a basic performance standard specific to the type of hunting being done. It’s been around in the bird dog and retriever sports for years and makes as much sense or more as an option to owners of tree dogs and even Beaglers. I can tell you that the first draft of the rules and regulations for conducting squirrel dog hunt tests has been completed. By the time the dog days of summer are behind us, you will have an opportunity to put an HTX (Hunt Test Excellence) title on your squirrel dog. If you are one of those who have been waiting for a fun, easy, non-confrontational arena, you won’t have to wait long!