Name: Ed Thomason
Where you live: Spokane, Washington
Breed: American Staffordshire Terrier
1) The best advice you could give to a new person just beginning, would be what?
Set achievable and reasonable goals. Once you have accomplished your first goals set the bar higher and higher. When you stumble don’t make excuses for it, just work harder mastering your craft. If you set the habit of reaching for greatness, one day your success will become someone else’s goal.
2) Who was your mentor in dogs?
I have had several, Laurie Fenner, Desmond Murphy, my wife Karen Thomason and Don Rodgers to name a few.
3) If you could make one wish for the sport and for purebred dogs, what would it be?
To not fold to Animal Rights groups. Be more pro-active in educating the public the advantages of a reliable purebred dog.
4) Name two dog show friends that you would take on “Survivor” with you, and why?
Luke Baggenstos, He has the ability to put his mind to something and almost always accomplishes what his goals are. Angela Allen a former Marine who has the set of tools to help us get through anything.
5) What do you miss at today’s shows, versus those of the past?
People sitting around talking dogs ringside. People staying and watching Best in Show. Nowadays people show and leave. I think I have learned more about dogs just sitting with my elders with my mouth shut watching different breeds.
6) Your favourite dog show anywhere in the world to attend is, and why?
Westminster. There is nothing like hearing the announcers voice, the crowds roar, and the green carpet. It’s our Super Bowl.
7) Your favourite way to relax is?
Watching a litter of puppies with my wife and a beer in my hand.
8) Which judge no longer alive or judging, do you miss the most?
Jane Forsyth, she was candid and to the point. You always knew where you stood with her.
9) Name a dog of the past which gave you goosebumps? Just one?
Mick the Kerry Blue Terrier, Lincoln the Griffon, Kid the Mini Bull, Bart the Tibetan Mastiff.
10) If you could sit down for the first time, and have a conversation with any dog person still active, who would it be?
This is the most difficult question of them all. I would say Edd Bivin. I feel like his approach to finding type before all else is a similar way I see dogs, and I would love to watch a National with him and listen to what he sees.