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Bill Gorodner and Lloyd Alton

Bill Gorodner  Lloyd Alton
  Bill Gorodner                                                                  Lloyd Alton

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013
For contribution to the Organization

Lloyd Alton & Bill Gorodner

Lloyd Alton and Bill Gorodner were Life members of American Spaniel Club and have worked to benefit the breed and the Organization.

Both Billy and Lloyd have a long history as breeders. Billy began with his first cocker at about age 11. He competed in Junior Showmanship during his adolescent years and later owned a grooming shop in NYC. He taught grooming at the Nash Academy in New Jersey while he and Lloyd lived there. Lloyd’s interest in Cockers began in the 50's and he actually owned and started showing them in 1968. Lloyd and Billy moved to the "country" in northern Virginia where they operated a successful small scale boarding kennel. They continued to breed Cockers under the “Gings" prefix and produced champions in all three varieties. Their efforts have been recognized with top producers and top winners they have bred or owned. Among those would be the parti colors, Ch Gings Alydar and Ch Tagalong Macho Man.

But, beyond the breeding program, we are here today to celebrate these two men for their contributions to the community of ASC members and to the ASC organization. Their contributions are many.

Together with Lloyd’s business background and organizational skills and Bill’s knowledge of cocker spaniels and their history they collaborated in writing and producing the book The World of the Cocker Spaniel. This beautiful book is truly a “must have” for any serious Cocker breeder.

Lloyd was the “Voice” of the Flushing Show in January and again each July National show. For years we sat ringside at our ASC events and counted on those dulcet tones to call out the winners, absentees, announcements and the dogs to the show ring. What you may not realize is that Lloyd did this for 27 years, a laudable and amazing contribution in itself.

Billy has been educating, intriguing and entertaining us with his columns for decades, from columns like Butternut Wisdom through a number of other cocker related bulletins and magazines. Ask Billy a question and in giving you his answer he will share stories and information many breeders, owners and handlers may well have forgotten. His memory is encyclopedic. Just don't ask him where he may have left his glasses!

With his incredible knowledge of our history, Billy also wrote the Obituary’s for deceased members and sometimes a well-known dog or two. Both Billy and Lloyd were active members of the ASC Spaniel Sleuths until Lloyd’s death. Billy continues to work with the Sleuths and he is always on standby during the Annual Meeting to help during announcements.

Over these many decades of deep involvement and love of the breed and the ASC, Billy and Lloyd have touched many of us in some way. To some of us they are the extended family we chose because of our common love of cockers. To others they were dear loyal friends with whom a phone call, an email, a dinner, a drink or a tale of days long gone can be shared. To other people newer to our breed they are icons, knowledgeable and respected. Their life experiences of many years are fascinating to those of us with whom they have shared them. And most importantly, their talents and knowledge were always generously and freely given to anyone who truly wanted to learn more about the breed. Each of them encouraged and mentored many breeders and ASC members who have valued their tutelage and friendship. And whenever asked by ASC or any of the dog clubs to which they belonged you could count on them to be always willing to take on any job to help promote the breed in any way they could.

Their decades of devotion truly exemplify sustaining contribution to the ASC and its members. Today we recognize and celebrate these two men and fondly remember their many personal contributions to the organization with their induction into the 2013 ASC Hall of Fame.

Sharon Reed and Wilma Parker





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If you're wondering about the steps the Purina Event Center is taking to keep your dog safe from the flu, you can read their protocol below and do your part as well.

Purina Farms Canine Influenza Virus (H3N2) Protocol

We have started to receive an influx of questions about canine flu lately, and this document is in an effort to accurately convey the facts about the virus and to outline our prevention protocol. The Canine Influenza Virus is highly contagious and the symptoms are similar to tracheobronchitis (kennel cough), however, the cough produced by the flu virus is often soft and moist. Ranging from mild to severe, H3N2 flu starts as an upper-respiratory illness depicted by a persistent cough, clear nasal discharge and low-grade fever combined with lethargy and reduced appetite.

An H3N2 infected dog is most contagious during the two- to four-day incubation period when they are shedding the virus in nasal secretions but not showing signs of illness. (Virtually all dogs exposed to the virus become infected; 80 percent of dogs develop a flu. like illness and the 20 percent that do not become sick can still spread the virus to other dogs.) Sick dogs showing signs of respiratory illness should be separated from other dogs for two weeks. Regarding transmission: A sick dog transmits the virus to another dog through saliva, coughing and sneezing, contaminated objects such as food and water bowls, toys, collars, and leashes, and by people moving between infected and uninfected dogs.  Purina Farms consulted with a veterinarian on our internal advisory council whose area of active research is infectious diseases and his recommendation, along with recommendations set forth by the American Veterinary Medical Association (see below), helped establish our protocol:

- We routinely disinfect all surfaces. We clean using a bleach solution at a 1 to 30 dilution as the virus can survive up to 48 hours on hard surfaces

- Staff have been instructed to wash with soap and water often when coming into contact with dogs or items that may have dog feces, urine, saliva or blood.

- Staff wash their uniforms every night since the virus can live on clothing for up to 12 hours

- Purina Farms also uses disinfectants like Wysiwash and Oxyquat, which are pet-friendly solutions that help kill bacteria, viruses and fungi including parvo. Hand sanitizer is available throughout the facility as an extra precautionary measure

- We do not provide community water bowls and would recommend no sharing of bowls in general

- We request that all clinically ill dogs as well as those with concerning symptoms not attend events on the property

- We encourage exhibitors to have their dogs vaccinated for H3N2 to lessen the signs.  There is a vaccine for this strain and it is a 2 shot series (one shot and then a booster 3-4 weeks later). This vaccine is not the same as the H3N8 vaccine.

What we recommend exhibitors do to prevent contracting this and/or spreading the virus:

- Dogs should avoid nose to nose contact with other dogs and no shared drinking bowls

- Avoid using the off-leash exercise area where dogs come into contact with each other

- Consider getting the 2-series vaccine for H3N2

- Use hand sanitizer available throughout the building & wash hands w/ soap & water often