Fri, 02/16/2024 - 1:23pm

10 Questions ...

... asked of Jennie Chen


Profession: Data product management — I make data usable

Dog-sport involvement: Breeder-exhibitor, draft and weight-pull judge

Hometown: Austin, Texas

Astrological sign: Leo


1. Do you have any dog-show superstitions?

I have breeding superstitions for breeds that are challenging to impregnate and whelp. I don’t announce anything until puppies are safely on the ground and thriving. It tempts fate.


2. TV-show guilty pleasure?

I haven’t had cable in this century. But I will leave Law and Order reruns on when in hotels.  


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

Launch an educational program to help breeders, exhibitors and companion-dog owners better speak to the public about the role and value of purebred dogs. Connecting our passion to something that resonates with the public is critical for the future of purebred dogs. 


4. Most valued material possession?

Incubator and oxygen concentrator. 


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

I’ll try all kinds of food, but I avoid mayonnaise out of a jar.  


6. Who would you compare yourself to?

I’m bits and pieces of the mentors in my life, and I'm still working toward achieving what they have. I can certainly tell you which part of my mentorship pedigree contributed to who I am today. Some were in the world of purebred dogs, and some were not. I am deeply grateful for them all. 


7. What are you “famous” for?

I’m probably best known for having snacks and emergency supplies. Did your show suit get a rip? I have a microstitch. Need a hatchet at a show? I got it. Need an ice pack? I got it. Would you like a granola bar? I have that too. Who wants snacks? I got snacks. 


8. What website do you visit most often?

UPS/USPS tracking. Where’s my stuff? 


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

I have a satisfying achievement for each breed. My first group placement under Jimmy Moses with a Löwchen and earning a Companion Dog (CD) resulting in a Versatility Greater Swiss on my first dog ever, a Greater Swiss boy. If you have a sense of humor, try obedience with a Greater Swiss!


10. What do you wish someone would ask you?

“Do you want to get the tuxedo cake at Costco?” The answer is yes. 



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