Fri, 06/10/2022 - 1:50am

10 Questions …

… asked of Maria Arechaederra

Profession: Attorney

Dog Sport Involvement: Kuvasz, Pumi and now Glen of Imaal Terrier

Hometown: Silverado, California 

Astrological Sign: Pisces


1. Do you have any dog-show superstitions?  

Cubans are notoriously superstitious. I have too many to list, but each dog has its OWN special lead, and if it's missing, I'm already jinxed. 


2. TV-show guilty pleasure?

Investigation Discovery television channel. Love true-crime television and podcasts.


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

Double the budget, resources and staff spent to fight anti-breeder/anti-dog legislation throughout the country.


4. Most valued material possession?

Nothing. While I enjoy my things, I know "stuff" doesn't matter, so I don't get attached. 


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

I can juggle, and I am a homebody at heart.


6. Who would you compare yourself to?

Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa. 


7. What are you “famous” for?

Memes and long stints in Facebook Jail. Lover of all Hungarian dog breeds, with special interest in the Kuvasz and the Pumi.


8. What website do you visit most often?

Facebook, Amazon, eBay, Dog News.


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

Wins are great, but losses are teaching moments. The best lessons are learned "the hard way." My most embarrassing loss happened 18 years ago. I was excused from the Bred-By Exhibitor class at the 2004 Kuvasz National Specialty in front of all my peers because the dog would not stand for exam. It was a co-owned dog I had not raised or trained, and I arrogantly waltzed into the ring with my beautiful dog thinking he was a clear winner. I should have made sure he was trained and steady when I took him in. I was defeated and humiliated by my own hubris and lack of preparation.  I never, ever made that mistake again.   


10. What do you wish someone would ask you?

“What can I do to encourage young people to become preservation breeders?”


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