2021: What a Blessing

HAPPY NEW YEAR

 

2021 is finally here and I am quite sure it is going to be a great year!

Of course, I am not sure. I don’t know what the future will bring – and none of us do, but I do know that a positive mindset will always create a happier life than a negative one. Although we did have a lot of amazing clubs postpone or cancel their 2020 shows, we will soon be blessed with many others that are fast-approaching in January, including the famously large Florida Circuit, Pendleton in South Carolina, Glen Rose in Texas, and many others nationwide. I myself have had conversations with many Show Chairs of the canceled or postponed shows, and they are all eager to return. Just like the rest of us, everyone is waiting to make any major decision until the beginning of February. However, I can tell you one thing: It is more than likely that the last three quarters of the year could be the best we have had in decades. I know that it is hard for many to see the light at end of the tunnel “today,” but we all know that it is there and we also know that when it shines on us it will be extremely bright.

On occasion, we all hear about how our community doesn’t have a bright future. I beg to differ. Our dog show family has spoken, and the attitudes and actions of thousands have kicked such rumors and opinions, like a street sweeping truck, to the side of the road. New decade, here we come…

I can’t continue this message without applauding every single person and organization that had anything to do with putting together all the amazing shows we enjoyed in 2020. Thank you, truly, from the bottom of my heart for doing such a phenomenal job of providing a safe and happy environment for the fancy to come together to compete and have a good time. Although I can’t speak for anyone but the SHOWSIGHT family, I’d like you all to know that you have helped thousands keep their jobs this year. Because of you, SHOWSIGHT was published every single month during 2020 and, in return, we not only kept everyone’s job here and brought smiles to over 100,000 readers of our magazine, your support helped us donate over $250,000 to many who lost just about everything due to the pandemic.

I definitely can’t sign-off without thanking our amazing clients who decided to advertise and subscribe to SHOWSIGHT during these unpredictable times. Many thanks also to the American Kennel Club and the Superintendents, Show Chairs, and Judges for enabling us all to participate in the sport. We wouldn’t have been able to produce a magazine without you.

Last, but not least, many thanks to the Professional Handlers!! You have stepped-up so much for your clients, just as they did for you. Many of you left your homes for weeks and months at a time, driving thousands of miles week after week to keep us all whole.

If we have learned anything from 2020, it is that we all depend on each other. We are, indeed, one large family that keeps on giving. We should all be extremely grateful for one another—I know the SHOWSIGHT Family is!

As my wife and I reflect on the past ten years since joining SHOWSIGHT, we can’t help but feel very blessed that we have been given such a family. We’ve been given the opportunity to serve you and we are blessed to be surrounded by so many passionate people who just want to do well for our community. And I am blessed by having the privilege to consider so many of you our good friends. The trust you place in our magazine makes all the effort worthwhile. Your success—this year and every year—is our success.

Hanifa and I are excited to welcome our third child into the world this coming year. We are pregnant and looking forward to welcoming our baby girl/boy sometime in early August.

One more time, thank you to all our clients, readers, employees, and industry associates. I was taught that you can never give thanks enough to those who deserve it and, ladies and gentleman, you more than deserve it.

May you all enjoy the many blessings in the coming season.

Yours Sincerely,

AJ ARAPOVIC,
OWNER & PUBLISHER

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