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My Letter To The Head Of Livestock Division
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KellyGa    Posted 10-12-2004 at 12:24:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tell me what you think. :)

Hi, my name is Kelly Corley. Let me begin by saying this. I do not under any circumstances want Mr. Dewey Prevatt to know I have spoken to you. I am writing this letter of my own accord, and I do not want Dewey to get in any trouble for me writing this letter. I just feel the need to be heard out.

I bought a wonderful border collie pup from Dewey 4 years ago, at this very fair. My family and I always went to the fair, and the first thing we went to see was Dewey Prevatts border collies and his demonstration. It was, for us, a big attraction. My husband and I had debated for 3 years about getting a border collie, and when my only daughter went off to kindergarten, I was very lonely at home, so I thought it would be the perfect thing for me to have such a wonderful dog. Thus, we bought her from a reputable working bloodline. I have been nothing but pleased with her from the very beginning.

Three years ago, Dewey called me up and asked me if I would be interested in doing something with my dog to add to his show. I was needless to say honored and excited to be asked. I hold Dewey very high, I have the utmost respect and admiration for him. Sometimes he thinks it is unwarranted, but I beg to differ.

Anyway, I had two weeks to think something up. My dog loved to herd soccer balls and play frisbee, but, that wasnt enough for me. I wanted to really put on a show. I wanted to make Dewey proud. So, I made an agility course in a matter of days, and my dog and I practiced and practiced. I had no time to order real tunnels so I made them out of pvc and ripstop material. We made it to the fair, my truck loaded down with the agility equipment. We drew the biggest crowd Dewey had ever seen. He said at one show there must have been over 2000 people watching! Needless to say, I was so nervous I never looked up to see, but he said there was standing room only! WOW!

Last year, I had a lot going on, family issues, so I was not able to do the fair, but this year, I promised my dog and promised myself we would be ready. I ordered real tunnels off ebay, I added a new obstacle to the course, we trained everyday to be sure we were ready. You see, I am a housewife and a mother, I do not do a lot for "me". This was a big deal for me. I didn't care that I didn't get paid a dime. I did it because I loved to do it for the fairgoers. I loved to show off what my dog could do, and I loved that it was part of Deweys show.

Now, this year, I came down with my family on Friday, we had our family day at the fair. Then, Saturday morning my daughter showed her rabbit in the rabbit show. Afterwards, I did my shows with Dewey. Saturday was a good day. Sunday, however was not. Sunday, Dewey was in need of some batteries for his remote for the speaker system, so he called for some. The woman who brought the batteries, I do not know who she was, but she was "somebody" apparently. She immediately tore into Dewey, asking him what in the world was all that "stuff" on the demonstration area. He told her HE had asked me there to do the demonstration, and she immediately told him NO NO NO. Told him I could NOT do my show with him, that it was not part of the "agriculteral story". Well, I don't know about that. Dewey was only demonstrating the "versatility" of the breed. It was not hurting anyone, and the fairgoers LOVE it. When fairgoers see that agility equipment out there before the show, they stop and inquire about the show, what it is, when it starts. I attract more people with my addition to his demonstration. BUT...this woman did not seem to care or want to hear any more about it, she had already made up her mind that I was not going to do my part of the show and that was final.

I can see her point, it isnt directly agriculteral, but the dogs are, so why not have a little side attraction? My show lasts all of 20 to 30 seconds, what can it hurt? The fairgoers love it. I don't hear any complaints from them. I think you will agree that most of the fairgoers don't know a whole lot about the agricultural scene, they just want to be entertained, and that is all I was doing, and for free, just because I loved doing it. Like I said, I only wanted to be there because I love the Perry fair, I love my dog, and I wanted to show her off and be part of the fair. It meant a lot to me to be part of this fair, and it hurt me deeply to be shunned, and her not even have the decency to talk to ME instead of Dewey. I was never even given a voice, so that is the purpose of this letter. To give me a voice.

I must say again, please do not let this get back to Dewey, I respect him dearly, but I did not feel I was given a fair chance, so I felt I needed to tell somebody what happened, and how I feel. Thanks for hearing me out. It may not be a big deal to a lot of folks, but it was to me.


Kelly Corley

KatG    Posted 10-12-2004 at 19:26:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have learned that putting your feelings in writing helps alot and usually brings results...No matter what the outcome Kelly you relate how you felt and thought so you did good...Let the chips fall where they may...Tip and you will be getting alot of invites soon to do you show...Is there a local paper where you can write a letter to the editor to let folks know who you are and what you and Tip do???
There are so many nursing homes that would love for you to come set up and let the residents see the happenings...Proud of you...KAtG

on the other side    Posted 10-12-2004 at 16:27:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
it takes months to make a schedule for a one day .
you had no contact with the person who schedules the show.nor did mr dewey know you were n coming( you were not there last year )so he didn't mention it either.the person that informed you that you were not performing did the right thingmaybe a little harsh but maybe your stuff was in the way for schedoled performers
i am ready to be bombarded with answers to this

bob( who has broad shoulders ) ny

KellyGa    Posted 10-12-2004 at 16:32:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hokaay..lemme see if I can clear it all up. Dewey had known I was coming for months, way back in the summer. It doesn't cut into anything, since it is about 30 seconds long, and it is designated as part of his show. The area he uses is strictly for him and his show, nobody else is allowed to use it. One time, somebody put a bunch of pigs in there over night, boy was he pissed, pig crap everywhere. He even leaves his sheep in the fenced in area all week, so nobody is allowed over there but him.

bob ny    Posted 10-12-2004 at 16:43:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
different light on the subject.i junped the gun .i have been in charge of scheduling shows at our club shows and i know to run smooth it has to follow close to the clock . sorry i guess your case is not the same bob ( humbeling ) ny

KellyGa    Posted 10-12-2004 at 18:24:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thats okay Bob, I know I was kinda rambling and fuzzy around the edges when I posted. I am not always as clear as I think Iam, so don't be sorry, you just thought of it differently because you weren't there to see how it ran, and I wasnt explaining things the best, no problem! :)

deadcarp    Posted 10-12-2004 at 14:32:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
who's the boss? many situations require some clarification along these lines. i've caught people in mid-grumble and announced how glad i was to finally get the opportunity to confront whoever was responsible for all this. that will usually get them backing up in a hurry.

unfortunately this is another of those cases where some strange orangutan hops in among the group and starts hummping those nearby. uncomfortable though such impromptu, hormone-driven dominance demonstrations may be, it's a very natural occurrence - try to forgive those self-righteous biddies with less manners than the average dog. :)

note - the foregoing opinion is not copyrighted. (glad to help - heh heh)

To All    Posted 10-12-2004 at 14:02:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, I felt very good about the letter, and so it is sent, and I know it will probably get back to him. I look at it this way. I think he could have done more to stick up for me. I feel like the money was more important to him than my feelings. I didn't do this to get him in trouble, I did it because I am not one to stand around and be beaten down by anybody. Even if I didn't get his name involved, they would know who I was and who I was attached to, so it would be inevitable that he would know about it.

If he gets mad at me, he gets mad at me. I can't help that. But, as it stands, I can't do the show anyway, so I felt I could say my piece, and then I could lay it to rest. It would bother me some if he was mad at me, but I had to do what I had to do. If I never go to that fair again it will be too soon. Right now I think we will be checking out another fair for next year.

Who knows, they may go back and ask him to ask me to do the show, or they may not. If they do ask him to have me back, he will know I said something, and will be mad at me anyway, and opt for me to not be in his show, and he will have the last say so about that, but that is totally up to him.

I am not necessarily looking to do the fair with him anymore. What I want is for them to know what I had to say about it all. See, I never got to talk to anybody, they just cut me off. They should have come to me and talked to me, but they didn't give me that courtesy.

The head of the livestock division is a man, so I know its not the woman he talked to. :)

George in TX    Posted 10-12-2004 at 15:02:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Kelly I've read all of this thread as well as the longer one below. I feel you're doing the right thing by expressing your true feelings in a very polite manner. The fact that your show was or wasn't ag related isn't the issue. You were there to entertain the crowd, if only for 30 seconds or so. If your presentation were to have been for 30 minutes and would have been a conflict to another scheduled event then well .....

Just remember all the fun you and Tip had in preparing for this show. And look forward to the fun you'll have by giving your presentation to a group of school kids somewhere someday. Don't ever stop with your training with Tip. It obviously gives you both great satisfaction so enjoy it even if your only audience is the chickens. LOL

And one more thought. Your letter may still do some good. The lady (?) who ran you off may have long been a thorn in the side of whatever committee that runs this affair. They just may be looking for an excuse to get rid of her! Who knows how this may turn out !?!

Melanie    Posted 10-12-2004 at 14:29:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, hey, I'm glad that you at least got the chance to vent how you feel about it. And it wasn't as if your letter was rude or insulting or anything, so that's not a problem.
And as far as it goes, I agree that your friend should have stood up for you.
So all's well that ends... um, if not well, then at least for now... okay.
And nobody would ever accuse you of not sticking up for yourself, Miss K. You are one strong person. :)
And here's a hug for the hurt feelings that old besom gave you:

~Lenore    Posted 10-12-2004 at 13:21:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Prehaps a letter is a good idea.
However, if you want to spare Dewey any trouble, dont even mention him.
Just let the fair honcho know how disappointed you were that you and your dog were now allowed to do your demonstration.
I would tell him/her how it was well recieved the year before last when you preformed.
I would ask if he/she knew why you were told not to do the second preformance?
I would mention how these dogs are excellent farm and herding dogs and the demostration shows off their intelligence and abilities.
I also would ask if there might be some way to plan for this to be a part of next year's fair.

I also think if you spoke to some of your local schools they might love for you and Tip to do the demonstration for the kids. If they do, call your local news media and have them cover it!! Then send news clips to the fair folks and let them know you might be available next year if your busy schedule allows it! LOL

Melanie    Posted 10-12-2004 at 13:29:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lenore, those are great ideas... the 'get more flies with honey' approach. Besides, I thought those agility courses were specifically designed to show the fact that BCs and other herd dogs take and respond to commands quickly, without distracting the audience by having herd animals in the ring with them. Pretty much that's how those courses evolved, right? So to me that's still agricultural in nature. Go take a quick look into the origins of the sport and I bet you have grounds.
But as far as aggravating the livestock people, I definitely think you should tread lightly and try the pleasant approach first.

tacon1    Posted 10-12-2004 at 13:16:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Kelly, are you sure of who the Head of Livestock Division is? Might just be the same woman who wouldn't let you in the show. I also think that your letter WILL get back to your friend no matter your asking it not to.

Melanie    Posted 10-12-2004 at 12:54:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh, crap. Well, here's the deal, call me paranoid...
Your letter will, more likely than not, get back to Dewey. It may actually get him kicked out of the fair program, because he "brought you in" and it created trouble. It doesn't matter if you say it isn't his fault or not, because all they will see is he brought you into the loop, and then you wrote an angry letter, posing a threat to the fair's operation practices.
That lady was a bureaucrat. Bureaucrats are schmucks. Don't let her stupidity and your temper mess up your good friend's livelihood. Sit on this and mull it over for at least a few more days before you do anything rash.
Trust me, and also ask yourself what's more important: your having a say in the fair's opinion, or your friendship with Dewey?
Also, cut him some slack. I remember you saying he was losing a dear friend and companion to illness; maybe that's why he was so abrupt with you.
It's hard to lose pets or friends or those we care about. Stopping right now and rethinking a hasty action could save you from losing one.

Texas    Posted 10-12-2004 at 12:51:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Atta girl....give em hell.

Zenia    Posted 10-12-2004 at 12:45:26       [Reply]  [No Email]

I think that you have very good points, but I think the chances are quite high that sooner or later Dewey will hear about the letter, although the part where you say you hold in in the highest regard may not get back to him. You've got to know your audience. Also, you need to know who the Fair Head Honcho woman was, exactly, and who makes the real decisions. Maybe she preferred your home-made agility stuff over the new Ebay tunnels?

I just saw a dog magazine that listed the top 10 dogs for agility; Border Collies were hands down #1. The article pointed to their herding instinct, I think you could tie the agility to the herding train-ability of the dog.

Honestly I think it's a great letter, but you lose most of your credibility by asking that it not get back to Dewey.

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