One certainty in life is change. (At least that’s what people say!) History shows us that change is inevitable, so why do we resist it so much? For many, it is hard to accept change, especially when we have worked so hard to perpetuate what we have been taught. We want to protect the “old ways.” But we should also embrace change, or at least be prepared when it happens. We have to be ready to improve on what has been passed down and feel ownership in the new and improved. At AraMedia Group we are meshing the old with the new. Our plan is to not only improve our business model, but to find ways to improve the dog game all-around while protecting the legacy of the Fancy. I understand that in order to be able to make positive changes, we don’t just need a bigger team, we need to welcome top-quality teammates who can help us connect the traditions of the “old” with the value of the “new.”
Our newest Contributing Editor, Allan Reznik, brings a wealth of experience to our team. For more than four decades, Allan has been immersed in the world of purebred dogs as a breeder, exhibitor, award-winning journalist, editor, broadcaster and occasional judge. Although he has written for television and radio, taught journalism at university, authored books and reviewed theater and film, he is probably best known for his many years of editing show dog magazines. Since 1993, he has been the Editor-in-Chief of Dogs in Canada, Dog Fancy, Dog World and, most recently, Dogs in Review, all of which have won national magazine awards from the Dog Writers Association of America while under his stewardship. In 2011, Allan won the prestigious Arthur F. Jones Award for Best Editorial Column of the Year, given by the Alliance of Purebred Dog Writers. He appears regularly on national radio and TV discussing all aspects of responsible dog ownership and is quoted widely in newspapers and magazines. Allan’s involvement in the sport began in the mid-1960s as a junior handler. Since then, he has successfully bred and exhibited Afghan Hounds, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Tibetan Spaniels. He has judged many prestigious specialty and Hound Show sweepstakes over the years, and stewards regularly around the country. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of his two parent clubs, the Afghan Hound Club of America and the Tibetan Spaniel Club of America. Allan is an active clubman, and a proud member of the Morris & Essex Kennel Club, the Western Hound Association of Southern California, the Gateway Hound Club (charter member), and his two local all-breed clubs. Allan still occasionally exhibits, and finished his last homebred Afghan Hound champion, from the Bred-by-Exhibitor class, in 2016. Welcome to our team, Allan!
As ShowSight Publisher, I would like to thank every one of our contributors and advertisers, along with the staff members who have helped put out our latest edition. I’d also like to say “thank you” to our loyal readers for the success of this publication. You all have made this change of ownership transition a snap! Thanks to you, our circulation has grown immensely and we’ve connected with more people than ever before. We have even found a top firm who will be working to improve our appearance and content across the board. Something is always changing around Showsight /AraMedia Group and we’d like you to join us as we grow. So please don’t hesitate to contact me with any comments, questions or concerns. I am here to serve you and the Fancy.
Best wishes to you & to your loved ones.
AJ Arapovic, CEO, Publisher