10 Questions ...
Profession: Retired from pharma and medical-device clinical research, still consulting on special projects of interest.
Dog-sport involvement: Basset Hounds from 1975 to present as breeder-owner-exhibitor and soon-to-be field trailer; Salukis from 1975 to 1989, breeder-owner-exhibitor-field trailer; Manchester Terrier owner and soon-to-be exhibitor this year, judge of all Hounds and Terriers.
Hometown: Thomasville, North Carolina, born and raised in Miami, Florida
Astrological sign: I don’t have one!
1. Do you have any dog-show superstitions?
No. God’s in charge.
2. TV show guilty pleasure?
“Antiques Roadshow,” of course!
3. If you were president of AKC for one day, what would you do?
Install a permanent policy that all conformation judges must give breed-specific oral reasons for placements while in the ring.
4. Most valued material possession?
My mother’s earrings. I don’t take them off.
5. What is something no one would guess about you?
I collect functional Southern folk pottery made by the old-timers.
6. Who would you compare yourself to?
7. What are you “famous” for?
My Cuban cooking.
8. What website do you visit most often?
Must I confess? Facebook and AKC.org.
9. What was more memorable, your most satisfying win or disappointing defeat? And what was it?
My most satisfying win(s): finishing my first Bred-by Basset and winning the National in 2021 with Frankie. There were happy tears each time.
10. What do you wish someone would ask you?
“Can I provide you with a permanent live-in housekeeper who will also take care of dogs when you travel?”