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Mary Ellen Fishler
It is with great sadness that I must inform you of the passing of Mary Ellen Fishler. We prayed for a miracle cure so that she would stay with us longer, but it was not meant to be.
Mary Ellen was a lifelong breeder of Toy and Miniature Poodles. She bred many AKC Champions under the Camelot and Halcyon prefixes. Many of her Poodles achieved National recognition and contributed elegance and intelligence to other Poodle families.
She was also a gifted writer and relentless worker. Mary Ellen cared for and promoted Meet the Breeds and the Juniors’ Program, which encourages young people to embrace the sport of pure-bred dogs. Even as she endured the ravages of cancer, she never gave up or missed a meeting. She always had new ideas and suggestions to promote PCA and the breed that she loved.
For over ten years she served on the Board of the Poodle Club of America and was an active Delegate to the American Kennel Club. She supported our National Show working and chairing many of the committees and activities. In addition, she was a vital and integral part of the Washington Poodle Club. Mary Ellen will be missed. Her suffering is over and she is at peace.
On a personal and presidential level, I will miss her terribly. Mary Ellen was an excellent mentor and always willing to give all of us guidance and support. Let us join together to remember her and celebrate her life.
Susan T. Burge, President of the Poodle Club of America
Mrs. James E. Clark (1929-2006)
Dog people and sports enthusiasts throughout the world knew her first as Anne Hone Rogers and later as Mrs. James Edward Clark. But to Poodle people, the single word “Annie” was all you needed to hear. Everybody knew who you meant. Many called her Annie, and a few addressed her as Mrs. Clark out of respect.
Annie died peacefully this morning, December 20, 2006.
She had endured a long battle with cancer and late last week chose not to continue the fight. She died at the home of a special friend, Betsy Lebet, and in the company of lifelong friends who were dear to her.
The Poodle world – and dog world in general – mourns her passing.
Her life-long association with dogs began as a child. Her mother was a noted dog authority, and their early involvement was at a time when purebred dog activities – and Poodle activities in particular – were just beginning. Annie had more than a nodding acquaintance with many of the people who founded the Poodle Club of America.
Her East Coast location served her well, as that was the center of dog breeding and showing at that time. Many of those early Poodle breeders were her competitors when she and her mother were showing their Poodles. And her mother’s interests in several breeds likely led Annie toward her own involvement and interest in dogs of many breeds, although her long-term love was Poodles.
And so she was able to observe and learn from not only of Poodle breeders but of handlers and breeders of many breeds. Henry Stoecker, Howard Tyler, and Ruth Sayers had strong ties to Poodles. Many others working with other breeds and groups were also her mentors. And she always cited William Kendrick, Percy Roberts and, of course, the dean of them all, Alva Rosenberg, as dog people of great stature who became respected dog judges.
Their influence on her – as well as the influence of friends and colleagues such as Bob and Jane Forsyth – was immeasurable.
Those who came to the sport – and to Poodles in particular – saw her as a legend – whether she saw it that way or not. Her years of involvement ranged from the early years, the 1940s and 50s, to 2006. She was a breeder, a handler, a judge, an author, a teacher, and in a dozen other ways contributed to the well-being and improvement of Poodles, of several breeds, of dog clubs and associations, and in fact of nearly everything influencing the sport of dogs.
She was all that. But she was also a person who would help a young girl learn to put an English saddle trim on a pet-quality dog.who would stop in an open area on her way to the ring where she was judging to help a young girl work on ring training her Doberman.who would keep a young man lying on his belly in the gravel of her driveway while she moved a Miniature Poodle and yelled, “Watch him move and think about what you see! If you can’t see it, you can’t fix it!”
Annie reserved to herself judging juniors at the Poodle Club of America specialty each June and delighted in that assignment at the Garden. Her influence on young handlers – in learning respect for the sport, their dogs, and themselves – cannot be easily measured. Without her stewardship and ultimate authority, the sport as we know it would not be the same.
It is impossible to acknowledge all of her contributions and all of the dimensions of her personality and character that made her so special. She was a great character. Quick with a remark, often a joke directed at herself, she at the same time suffered no fools.
And now she is gone.
Those who know her are confident that when she arrives in Heaven, she’ll give her Jimbo a quick kiss on the cheek. Then she’ll turn quickly to Festoon to see how she really compares with Spice Girl. Then it will be Dancer, Horse, Lofty, and Ruffian, and the others in turn. Mousie will get a quick check. If ears and teeth are in good shape, and if the runs seem properly cleaned, all will be well.
But if there are issues on any of those fronts, stand by. Higher authorities will be called in, and new protocols will be soon put in place. “Those are just the basics of good dog care,” she’ll explain. If Ruth Sayers joins her in that effort, “Thy will be done” will forever mean that Annie and Ruth got their way.
The Poodle Club of America will miss her.
Mrs. Doris Cozart, President, PCA (2004-2008) and Mr. Del Dahl, Publicity Chairman, (2006-2009)
Dr. Jacklyn Hungerland (1930-2008)
There is one less champion for Poodles today. Dr. Jacklyn Hungerland died on January 23. She was with her son and daughter. Jacky fought a long battle with cancer. She was very private about her illness and we all respected her silence about this.
Jacky had a large impact on the breed and the sport of dogs. Her accomplishments were many. Jacky was the first woman on the Board of Directors of the AKC. She was a trailblazer in many ways. She was one of the founders of the Dog Fanciers Association. Her help was instrumental in getting our performance events acknowledged by AKC. Her deRussy kennel name is still recognized today.
She had many top winning and top producing Standards. Jacky was the author of several breed books. She was a breed and obedience judge. She had served as a board member and President of PCA. Jacky this past fall was very disappointed that she was not able to judge at the PCA Regional in California. I am sure she is with Annie and organizing a Poodle Show. She will not be with us at PCA but we will remember her.
Mrs. Doris Cozart, President, PCA (2004-2008)
Helene Whitehouse Walker (1900-1986)
One of the original founders of the PCA… read an article about her here: