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Ch. Midkiff Seductive

Ch. Midkiff Seductive

Ch. Midkiff Seductive was the first cocker spaniel to win a Best In Show at the Westminster Kennel Club. On that day, she also won Winners Bitch parti color, Best Bred by Exhibitor parti color bitch, Best Cocker Spaniel. She would later be bred to Ch Robinhurst Foreglow to produce Ch Midkiff Miracle Man, a two-time ASC Best In Show winner in 1925 and 1926.

William T. Payne dominated parti-colors for at least thirty of the first fifty years of the American Spaniel Club. In fact, he created a dynasty based on Ch. Blue Bells II and her son, Ch. Romany Rye-a dynasty from which almost all of today’s parti-colors (and many solid colors) are descended.

Payne made dogs his life. He was not a member of the elite gentry whose kennels were in the fashionable sections of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. He lived in northeast Pennsylvania between Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. Dogs were not just a hobby with him. He wanted to breed the best in the country … and there was no one who hadn’t heard of Midkiff.

Westminster was the show to which he returned annually. The year was not complete unless he took high awards with his dogs. His Best In Show in 1921 with Midkiff Seductive fulfilled part of his dream. But it did not keep him from planning for other Best In Shows to come.


The Cocker Spaniel Club trophy
The Cocker Spaniel Club trophy for best Cocker Spaniel bred by a member. Won by Ch. Midkiff Seductive, Westminster, 1921. It is now on permanent display at the AKC Library in New York.


At the 1921 Westminster show, Mr. Payne won the majority of the prizes from the Cocker Spaniel Club, the American Spaniel Club, and the Cocker Spaniel Breeders Club of New England. One of these was the Cocker Spaniel Club Trophy, a bronze Cocker model inspired, no doubt, by Mr. Bloodgood’s Baby Ruth trophy.

Greer, Frances (Ed.).(1980).A Century of Spaniels.(Vol.1)

Wilma Parker, ASC Curator

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This is a quote I love with regard to volunteering - “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”

Needless to say in an all-volunteer organization like the American Spaniel Club and the American Spaniel Club Foundation, volunteers make a vital difference because neither organization would exist without dedicated volunteers. Simply stated -- volunteers are essential for the health and well-being of both Clubs and ultimately our beloved flushing spaniels.

Studies show that there are six main reasons people volunteer: to make a difference in others’ lives; to support an organization or cause; to learn something new; to develop personally or professionally; to feel better about themselves; and to meet people. In other words, volunteering is personal. Advertisements that simply state an organization needs volunteers are not generally successful and I know ASC and ASCF have both found that to be true. However, just think if you could make a difference, support a cause you love (cocker spaniels and the other flushing breeds), feel good in accomplishing an important goal, and meet other people who also love spaniels, wouldn’t you want to volunteer?

As the ASC Board announced at the National Specialty in July, ASC has embarked on a strategic plan to make ASC stronger and more relevant in today’s world of pure bred dogs. There are many areas in which ASC needs help – ASC communications, including a new breed magazine, social media, the new website, breeders education, judges education and public education; membership development and events; marketing; branding; national conformation and performance events; and field events. To accomplish this strategic plan a wide variety of volunteers are needed.

I know ASC has an amazingly talented membership with diverse experiences and expertise that can help ASC accomplish its strategic goals. Accordingly, ASC would like to be sure its knows about your expertise and interests. In ASC’s Annual Mailing, which everyone should have received by now, and on the ASC website and by survey monkey, there is a Volunteer Interest Form. PLEASE fill out the form and return it to either Dee Torgerson Rismyhr or Laurie Foley. From the Annual Mailing, Laurie has already received a number of completed forms. Thank you to those members for your immediate response, but we need a response from everyone!

To give one's time and talent for a good cause is a special feeling. And to see what a group like ASC’s membership can accomplish will be amazing. WON’T YOU HELP? WON”T YOU VOLUNTEER?

I am always open to hearing your thoughts, so email me anytime at lmoore@estesokon.com

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