Thu, 09/21/2023 - 12:35am

10 Questions ...

... asked of Sylvie McGee

Profession: Grantwriter

Dog-sport involvement: Raise and show Basset Hounds, judge the Hound Group, about six Working breeds, one Terrier breed and all-breed Juniors. I also teach showmanship to 4-H youngsters.

Hometown: Olympia, Washington

Astrological sign: Ahhh, no …



1. Do you have any dog-show superstitions?

Not staying for group is BAD luck, not just that day!


2. TV-show guilty pleasures?

“Beat Bobby Flay” – completely addicted.


3. If you were president of AKC for one day, what would you do?

Assuming I can ignore actual constraints on the president … split the Hound Group!


4. Most valued material possession?

A small bone sculpture by a native Alaskan artist. I bought one for myself and one for my sister, who lives in Switzerland. I feel connected to her when I see it, despite the miles.


5. What is something no one would guess about you?

French was my first language.


6. Who would you compare yourself to?

I try not to do that. I do, however, observe other judges to learn how they manage dogs and their rings. So I guess I’m comparing my procedure and approach to theirs and hoping to always be improving mine.


7. What are you “famous” for?

In my social circle, my blackberry-peach clafoutis!


8. What website do you visit most often?  


9. What was more memorable, your most satisfying win or disappointing defeat? And what was it?

Actually, it was both in a matter of moments! I had been showing about three years, and had my first young home-bred bitch in the Bred-by class at our national specialty. I was pulled out first, and I thought I was going to fall over on the spot. It was, however, a Canadian judge, so you can see where this is going. I came in fourth — and of course, at the national specialty, was ultimately glad to come home with a ribbon, but that blue sure would have been nicer!

10. What do you wish someone would ask you?

To judge my breed in Europe!



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