“Whenever we were going to make a decision . . . throw out what everybody thinks and do what’s best for the breed.” – Richard Pittman about his and Terry Martin’s partnership on the ASCA Board.
I always thought I should interview Richard Pittman. Pretty much everything I’ve ever been involved with mentioned him at some point for having his finger on it. I tried to tease out all of the things he has done for this breed and for ASCA in my interview, but I know I barely scraped the surface.
Richard Pittman has done EVERYTHING. And the thing that makes him so awesome is that he has a good time doing it and I have never personally seen him get his ego behind it. I think in the dog world, that’s a big thing. Lots of people make the dog thing their whole life and a measure of their value as a person – he doesn’t.
Don’t mind the dog sounds – I sat next to him ringside at agility for this interview.
He’s a character for sure – and he’s one of the many reasons I do this podcast – because a text interview just isn’t the same. Moreover, he’s so low key – I love it. He’s a voice we need to just calm ourselves down.
In this interview, we cover:
- How he got in the breed
- Changes over the years
- How to dock tails
- What it takes to become a breeder and senior breeder judge (well, for him)
- What’s the biggest award that sticks with him after all the awards
- Bowling for Balance
- Changes in the conformation program – the good and bad
- Judging with flair and character
- How do you “breed up” to improve your dogs?
This podcast was brought to you by the generosity of Claire Thomas, of Capricorn Aussies, and ASCA Senior Breeder Judge.
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