The rising costs of pet care, travel, hotels and fuel are making it prohibitive to travel to shows outside of ones immediate area. Most people, exhibitors and pet owners, that wish to travel to attend a Specialty show, the Nationals or special AKC sanctioned events may have the need to bring an elderly pet or puppies that they wouldn\'t leave in the care of anyone but themselves. While we respect the need to limit the number of dogs one may keep in a hotel room, for the obvious reasons, limiting this number of dogs to only dogs that are entered in a show places an unnecessary burden both financial and emotional on the exhibitor. Times have changed, needs of the exhibitor have changed and the rules applying to dog shows need to be adjusted to accomodate those changes. WE the undersigned members of the Dog Fancy are petitioning AKC to visit Chapter 11, Section 11 of the Rules Applying to Dog Shows to make the following changes. The first recommended change: Only dogs that are eligible to be shown under AKC rules shall be allowed in the areas that contain the show ring and grooming areas within the Show precints... Show Precincts is defined as the show venue and the hotels available to the exhibitors. (This allows the sponsoring club of the show to maintain control over the hotels and able to conduct bench committee hearings without limiting people who use the hotels ..) The second recomended change: IF due to space considerations or other reasons, a club wishes to restrict the presence of unentered dogs involved in special attractions, the club can restrict the presence of these animals from the show ring and grooming area with the exception of the time of the special attraction,... such restrictions must be clearly documented in the premium list. We thank the AKC for their attention to this issue.
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