Frank Sabella: Reflecting On 91 Fabulous years

 

When I learned that our dog world had to say goodbye to another great legend, Frank Sabella, my mind raced back to a glorious Spring California afternoon visit with him 29 years ago. We were joined by his favorite friend and mentor, Anne Rogers Clark. Frank asked me to be a contributing columnist for his new DOG WATCH magazine. I was honored and happily became a part of his team. For over two hours, Frank, Annie, and I shared stories and memories that I will not print, but will forever hold in my heart.

 

“Spring is a season that elevates the ordinary to the extraordinary. We may experience perfect weather days. We may choose to walk barefoot over a carpet of soft grass. In these moments, our bodies and minds get to experience a little of the paradise we were made for,” wrote my dear friend, Michael Chalmers, in an Easter letter to me.

 

I will always remember Frank Sabella. A big smile comes across my face as I imagine Frank and Annie dancing around with Poodles in a paradise like MichaelChalmers describes.

May each of you experience the JOY that happy memories and Spring brings into our lives!

 

 

  • Linda Ayers Turner Knorr

    At the age of four, Linda's love for TV's Lassie prompted her parents, Roy and Hazel Ayers to surprise her with a Collie. Her first times entering the confirmation ring began at age six. From showing her Conrad Collies in juniors, to judging, to becoming a part of an immediate family of three AKC judges, her life has evolved around the sport of purebred dogs. As a young professional just out of the University of Georgia, Linda served on the Executive Staffs of two Georgia Governors. She moved from serving at the State Capitol to assisting the Chairman of the Hyatt Hotel Corporation. As chairman and founder of a family owned Manufacturing Corporation and real estate holding company, Linda has overseen operations, acquisitions, and dispositions of considerable business holdings for over four decades. Her diverse companies have manufactured packaged goods for many household products you likely used in your homes, interior components for the automotive industry you enjoy in your cars, and industrial chemical products used in the electric utility industry. She partnered in commercial acquisitions in Washington, D.C. on a 250 million dollar level. Linda has developed significant properties delivering hundreds of home sites in Greenville, South Carolina in conjunction with NVR/Ryan Homes in addition to apartments, an IMAX theater, commercial tracts and much more. She is the proud mother of one son, Edward P. (Todd) Turner,III of Columbia, South Carolina. After retiring from many years as District Director of the Collie Club of America, Linda served for fourteen years as AKC Delegate for the Greenville Kennel Club. She is currently President of the Carolinas Judges Study Group, a Lifetime Honorary Member of the Collie Club of Georgia where she was their very first Junior Member, a Lifetime Honorary Member of the Greenville Kennel Club, and a Quarter Century Member of the Collie Club of America. Her Christian faith is exhibited in her belief that, “Time is the most important gift you can share to make someone happy or to make a difference.” Mentoring athletes from professional to high school levels has been a huge passion and blessing in Linda's life. At any given time you may find her in a locker room, on the playing field, or on the court inspiring winners. To quote her, "I would rather go to a ballgame than a ball." Linda has been on board since the inception of ShowSight

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