CENTENNIAL event

Centennial Committee

Mr. Jeffrey Paul Helsdon
Chair

Ms. Dale Maddox Geddis
Honorary Co-Chair

Ms. Marsha Sheppard
Finance Subcommittee Chair

Ms. Sharon Pflueger and Ms. Tammy Rabold
Merchandise Sales Subcommittee Co-Chairs

Ms. Shani St. John
Media and Publicity Subcommittee Chair

Ms. Michelle Kramer
Website Chair

Ms. Jann Selleck
Servicemark Subcommittee Chair

Dr. May Jacobson
Foreign Dignitaries Subcommittee Chair

Ms. Meghan Munter
Special Projects Subcommittee Chair

Mr. Ray Carlisle
World War II Subcommittee Chair

Ms. Maria Ciski
Service Dog Subcommittee Chair

Mr. Jeffrey Paul Helsdon
Homeland Security Subcommittee Chair

Ms. Sherry Beck
Event Subcommittee Chair

Ambassadors
Peggy Boos
Lora Van Epp
Nicole Glasser

Executive Committee Members
Dr. Sam F. Burke, Jr.
Dr. Anthony DiNardo
Ms. Ellen Hanley
Ms. Robin Kelley
Dr. Carmen Battaglia

THE CENTENNIAL EVENT

Video of War Dog Handlers arriving on 10.15.2008

Slideshow of War Dog Handlers arriving on 10.15.2008

Slideshow of Centennial Celebration on 10.16.2008

On October 16, 2008, the Centennial Celebration was held in the Sunflower ballroom of the Capitol Plaza Hotel & Convention Center in Topeka, Kansas in conjunction with the DPCA National Specialty

The purpose of the Centennial Celebration is not only to recognize the role of the Doberman Pinscher in the United States over the last 100 years.  The purpose of the Centennial Celebration is much more than that.

In recent years, the reach of animal rights-inspired adverse dog ownership legislation has grown exponentially.  We members of a minority - the active dog fancy - constitute the vanguard of the much larger dog-owning population.  The vast majority of dog owners do not breed dogs.  Animal extremists have recognized an opportunity to use the issue of shelter relinquishments and shelter kills as a wedge issue between the vanguard and the general dog-owning population.  The emotional power that resides in film and photographs of shelter animals being euthanized resonates in our current age as do few other images.  Contemporaneous with the image comes moral condemnation from these extremists.

Thus we fight first from a position of responding to an emotionally-charged, morally-camouflaged barrage.  There is an old adage that, despite its age, is nevertheless true: A lie travels around the world before the Truth can get it boots on.  This is no position from which a defense should be made.  We are once more engaged in California.  Before long there will be other Californias.  The Adversaries are relentless.  They are determined.  They have been emboldened.

We must embrace a new strategic imperative.  The greatest challenge of our time is the protection of the homeland of the United States against terrorism.  In this war, working dogs will play a great role.  It will be an heroic role.

The Doberman Pinscher is no stranger to heroism.  In World War II the Doberman Pinscher fought and died alongside his human Marine brothers.  It was through the efforts of DPCA breeders that those dogs served so gallantly.  Yet today, the Department of Homeland Security obtains their dogs to counter potential terrorist attacks on the United States from foreign countries.  The status quo is unacceptable.  It is, however, rectifiable.

The strategic imperative is to move the argument from a debate about the causes of shelter relinquishments to a different level of discussion.  The strategic imperative is to position ourselves as the breeders and suppliers of working dogs for the protection of Americans from terrorist attacks in the United States. 

American Dogs for America's Security

 I. Structuring the Centennial Event

The Centennial Event will consist of three parts:

(1) Honoring the service to America of the Doberman Pinscher past.

(2) Recognizing the continuing service to America of the Doberman Pinscher today.

(3) Committing to providing American Dog for America’s Security for the future.

Taken together, these three parts of the Centennial Event will enable us to achieve the strategic imperative of taking the fight against anti-breeding legislation in particular, and animal extremism in general, to a higher plane.   We will wrap ourselves in the flag, forcing the Adversaries either to concede a higher moral priority, or to engage in an unwinnable debate in which they are ultimately and utterly defeated, as their opposition necessarily implicates the security of the United States.

A.  The Centennial Event – Part I

The Centennial Event will begin with a ceremony honoring World War II Marines who served as War Dog Handlers in the South Pacific.  As of the date of this writing, ten such Marines have already accepted our invitation to attend.  We will strike medals to be presented to those World War II Marines in attendance.

 The Master of Ceremonies for this ceremony is yet to be determined.  However, we are attempting to obtain the attendance of General James T. Conway, Commandant of the Marine Corps.  We are also taking steps to obtain the attendance of a contingent of the Marine Corps Band to play at the ceremony, as well as a Marine Corps Color Guard.

 The invited Guests of Honor include:

1.      Mr. Dennis Sprung, President of the American Kennel Club.

2.      The Board of Directors of the American Kennel Club.

3.      Ms. Susan Bahary, Creator of Always Faithful.

4.      Mrs. Betsy Putney, wife of Captain William Putney, DVM.

5.      A delegation from the Department of Homeland Security.

6.      A delegation from the Congress of the United States.

7.      The Governor of the State of Kansas.

8.      A delegation from the Kansas Legislature.

9.      The Mayor of Topeka, Kansas.

10.  The City Council of Topeka, Kansas.

11.  A delegation from other Parent Clubs of the American Kennel Club.

The purpose of this portion of the Centennial Event will be to honor and remember the valued service that our breed has made during the first 100 years in America.  In addition to that purpose, this portion of the Centennial Event will provide the basis for the critical Finale, which will be described further herein.

 

B.  The Centennial Event – Part II

 The second part of the Centennial Event will recognize the important role played by the Doberman Pinscher today.  This part of the Centennial Event will consist of a ceremony in which we will honor Doberman Pinschers who have served America, and continue to serve America, as Search & Rescue dogs, Pilot and Service Dogs, and Therapy Dog.  We will invite noted owners and handlers of dogs in these categories for a ceremony honoring their service.

 This part of the Centennial Event is designed to remember that the Doberman Pinscher continues to serve uncommonly, a hero for the common man.  It is further designed to serve as a transition between Part I of the Centennial Event and the all-important Part III.

C.  The Centennial Event – Part III

The third part of the Centennial Event is the culmination of the evening. In this part of the ceremony, we will, as an entire fancy, express and commit ourselves to the representatives of the Department of Homeland Security, that American breeders can and will provide American Dogs for America’s Security.

Our expression of this commitment will be accomplished in the following way. During the prior nine months of 2008, the DPCA, in support of the efforts of the AKC, will have utilized its resources to attempt to get the Congress of the United States to pass into law HR 659, entitled the Canine Detection Team Improvement Act of 2007 ( hereafter referred to as " the Bill"). [1]

The Bill, if passed into law, would accomplish the following:

  1. "[M]ake it a priority to increase the number of domestically bred canines used by the Department (of Homeland Security – ed.] to assist in its counter-terrorism mission, including the protection of ports of entry and along the United States border;

  2. [I]ncrease the utilization of domestically bred canines from universities and private and nonprofit sources in the United States; and

  3. [C]onsult with other Federal, State, and local agencies, nonprofit organizations, universities, and private entities that use detection canines . . . to encourage domestic breeding of canines. . .

  4. [E]stablish a competitive grant program for domestic breeders of canines. The purpose of the grant program shall be to encourage the development and growth of targeted breeding programs that are best suited for breeding canines for detection purposes within the United States. . .

  5. There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $3,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2008 through 2012.”

During the course of our efforts to assist the Department of Homeland Security and the sponsors of the legislation to pass the bill, we will express our commitment, as dog breeders, to support the purposes of the bill by committing ourselves to fulfilling the needs of the Department of Homeland Security for domestically bred dogs to aid in its counter-terrorism mission.

The culmination of the expression of our commitment will be a Signing Ceremony at the Centennial Event of a Contract Among Working Dog Clubs. Representatives of clubs of interest to the Department of Homeland Security in furtherance of this program will sign the Contract in duplicate originals simultaneously in a fashion patterned after treaty signing ceremonies at the White House. At the completion of the Signing Ceremony, a leather-bound original Contract will be presented to the participating representative of the Department of Homeland Security by the President of the American Kennel Club, Mr. Dennis Sprung.

The following morning, representatives of the Department of Homeland Security, as well as the other dignitaries in attendance at the Centennial Event of the previous evening, will be invited to attend the AKC Working Dog Trial to be held at the DPCA National. In addition, a Working Dog Instinct Test will be administered by Mr. Wayne Davis to dogs of various breeds. These two events are designed to demonstrate that American Dogs can perform the work necessary for America's security, as well as the ability of breeders to follow through with the commitment that had been made the previous evening

II.  Value of the Centennial Event

The Centennial Event will have intrinsic value to the United States. The commitment to be made at the Signing Ceremony to provide American Dogs for America's Security has intrinsic value to the nation. The great need for domestically-bred dogs is recognized in the fact that legislation in the form of HR 659 has already been introduced to correct and account for the deficiency in the numbers of domestic dogs for the pursuit of the counter-terrorism mission of the Department of Homeland Security. Therefore, the need is great. Recognition by dog breeders of the important role which we may play in fulfilling the requirement of the Department of Homeland Security must lead to action. In doing so, we tie ourselves to the historic role played by our club and breed in World War II. DPCA breeders provided the dogs of war to protect the United States 60 years ago. The first part of the Centennial Event is designed to cause us – and our guests - to remember that truth.

The Centennial Event also has extrinsic value to the American Kennel Club, the Doberman Pinscher Club of America and dog breeders and fanciers throughout the nation. Once we are able to provide to the participants from the Department of Homeland Security the symbolic Contract Among Working Dog Clubs, the United States government will have an express, vested interest in ensuring that state and local legislative bodies refrain from enacting any legislation that will interfere with the contractual commitment of America's dog breeders to fulfill the needs of the Department for domestically-bred dogs to aid in its mission. As a result, we will have moved the level of discussion about anti-dog legislation to a higher moral plane -the protection of America's security depends upon America's dog breeders. In this debate, we can have no greater ally than the government of the United States through the Department of Homeland Security. The strategic imperative introduced previously will have been achieved.

This is our call. We have an historic opportunity to use the celebration of the Centennial of the Doberman Pinscher in the United States to accomplish more than may first be apparent. If we work together - the American Kennel Club, all of the relevant clubs, and the DPCA, we can achieve this strategic imperative in which breeding of purebred dogs will be recognized as important to America and protected throughout the United States.


 

[1]  The text of the Canine Detection Team Improvement Act of 2007 is as follows:

H.R.659

Canine Detection Team Improvement Act of 2007 (Introduced in House)

To improve the programs of the Department of Homeland Security relating to trained detection canines, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 24, 2007

Mr. ROGERS of Alabama (for himself, Mr. CARNEY, Mr. KING of New York, and Mr. THOMPSON of Mississippi) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security


A BILL

To improve the programs of the Department of Homeland Security relating to trained detection canines, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `Canine Detection Team Improvement Act of 2007'.

SEC. 2. CANINE DETECTION TEAM IMPROVEMENT.

(a) In General- The Homeland Security Act of 2002 is amended--

(1) by redesignating the second title XVIII as title XIX; and

(2) by adding at the end the following:

`TITLE XX--MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

`Subtitle A--Canine Detection Teams

`SEC. 2001. COORDINATION AND ENHANCEMENT OF CANINE DETECTION TEAM TRAINING.

`The Secretary shall--

`(1) fully coordinate the canine training programs of the Department, including the research and development of new canine training methods, including the optimum number and type of training aids and research on all measurements for efficiency and effectiveness; and

`(2) ensure that the Department is maximizing its use of existing training facilities and resources to train canines throughout the year.

`SEC. 2002. CANINE PROCUREMENT.

`The Secretary shall--

`(1) make it a priority to increase the number of domestically bred canines used by the Department to assist in its counter-terrorism mission, including the protection of ports of entry and along the United States border;

`(2) increase the utilization of domestically bred canines from universities and private and nonprofit sources in the United States; and

`(3) consult with other Federal, State, and local agencies, nonprofit organizations, universities, and private entities that use detection canines, such as those participating in the Scientific Working Group on Dog and Orthogonal Detector Guidelines (popularly known as `SWGDOG'), as well as the Office of Management and Budget, to encourage domestic breeding of canines and consolidate canine procurement, where possible, across the Federal Government to reduce the cost of purchasing canines.

`SEC. 2003. DOMESTIC CANINE BREEDING GRANT PROGRAM.

`(a) Establishment of Program- The Secretary shall establish a competitive grant program for domestic breeders of canines. The purpose of the grant program shall be to encourage the development and growth of targeted breeding programs that are best suited for breeding canines for detection purposes within the United States.

`(b) Authorization of Appropriations- There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $3,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2008 through 2012.

`SEC. 2004. HOMELAND SECURITY CANINE DETECTION ACCREDITATION BOARD.

`(a) Establishment of Accreditation Board-

`(1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 180 days after the date on which the national voluntary consensus standards referred to in subsection (b)(1) are issued, the Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of State, and the Attorney General, shall establish a Homeland Security Canine Detection Accreditation Board to develop and implement a process for certifying compliance with such standards.

`(2) MEMBERSHIP- The membership of the Accreditation Board shall consist of experts in the fields of canine training and explosives detection from Federal and State agencies, universities, other research institutions, and the private sector, such as those represented on the Executive Board of SWGDOG.

`(b) Accreditation Process- The Accreditation Board shall establish and implement a voluntary accreditation process to--

`(1) certify that persons conducting certification of canine detection teams appropriately ensure that the canine detection teams meet the national voluntary consensus standards for canines, handlers, and trainers developed by SWGDOG;

`(2) ensure that canine detection teams do not put public safety and the safety of law enforcement personnel at risk due to fraud or weaknesses in the initial or maintenance training curriculum; and

`(3) maintain and update a public list of entities accredited by the Department to certify canine detection teams.

`(c) Compliance With Standards- Beginning not later than the date that is 180 days after the date on which the standards referred to in subsection (b)(1) are issued, the Secretary shall require that grant funds administered by the Department may not be used to acquire a canine detection team unless--

`(1) the canine detection team is certified under the process established under subsection (b); or

`(2) the Secretary determines that the applicant has shown special circumstances that justify the acquisition of canines that are not certified under the process established under subsection (b).

`SEC. 2005. DEFINITIONS.

`In this subtitle:

`(1) CANINE DETECTION TEAM- The term `canine detection team' means a canine and a canine handler.

`(2) CERTIFYING ENTITY- The term `certifying entity' means an entity that oversees the processes and procedures used to train and test canine detection teams.

`(3) SWGDOG- The term `SWGDOG' means the Scientific Working Group on Dog and Orthogonal Detector Guidelines.'.

(b) Clerical Amendment- The table of sections in section 1(b) of such Act is amended by striking the items relating to the second title XVIII and adding at the end the following:

`TITLE XIX--DOMESTIC NUCLEAR DETECTION OFFICE

`Sec. 1901. Domestic Nuclear Detection Office.

`Sec. 1902. Mission of Office.

`Sec. 1903. Hiring authority.

`Sec. 1904. Testing authority.

`Sec. 1905. Relationship to other Department entities and Federal agencies.

`Sec. 1906. Contracting and grant making authorities.

`TITLE XX--MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

`Subtitle A--Canine Detection Teams

`Sec. 2001. Coordination and enhancement of canine detection team training.

`Sec. 2002. Canine procurement.

`Sec. 2003. Domestic canine breeding grant program.

`Sec. 2004. Homeland Security Canine Detection Accreditation Board.

`Sec. 2005. Definitions.'.

(c) Report- Not later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall report to the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate on the plan of the Secretary to coordinate and consolidate the canine training and related programs of the Department of Homeland Security in accordance with section 2001 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, as added by subsection (a).