This web page, a chronicle of the decline of NAWBA, is increasingly
out of date and obsolete.

NAWBA today is little more than a derelict ship floating on the sea of
irrelevance, the officers mostly people nobody has ever heard of:
been noplace, done nothing.

Think of this page like a newspaper archive, ancient history but
perhaps with some lessons relevant even today...

Jim Engel's
NAWBA Free Press
North American Working Bouvier Association
This is not an official NAWBA web site, even when it is the only NAWBA web site.

NAWBA Retrospective (Sept 2011)

The Fat Lady Sings ! NAWBA goes belly up. (Sept 2007)

After years of abuse and decline NAWBA just hit bottom.

NAWBA was founded in the nineteen eighties primarily as a national level
organization to support serious working people, those engaged in the new
to America protection sports such as Schutzhund and French Ring.

This year there will be no Ring trial, no Schutzhund trial. Basically, nothing
more than the little old ladies afternoon play herding, some carting demos
and I suppose the pathetic character test.

Oh yes, and the conformation show with a real live French judge.

What an irony, the working dog organization founded to break free from
the grip of Mickey Mouse dog shows reduced to nothing but a pathetic
Mickey Mouse dog show.

Charlie Price should be ashamed of himself.  Sept 2007

In the end, the events foretold in this ten year old article
have come to pass
Destined to Die

Previous articles:

The Heilenman Dilemma   March,2003
The Resurrection Plan       July, 2002 

Heilenman: “serious doubts about the viability of NAWBA”
End Game
                           May, 2002

November, 2001:   The long planned AWDF conformation show has been
cancelled,  placing the future of the Federation in serious doubt.  Prior to
the cancellation,  the Catalog for the Beauty show in St. Louis had
confirmed that the Bouviers would  have been allowed to masquerade
as working dogs on the basis of the Temperament test.  Other breeds,
including the Doberman, also would have had similar requirements,
rendering the whole thing a farce..

Johnson Throws in the Towel Aug 2001
What is a Bouvier?
                     Sept 2001
Who the Hell is Jim Engel ?
Decline and fall                            June 2001
The Time Has Come…                Jan 2001
Woof Woof Select ?
Year 2000 NAWBA Membership Plunges!
                 March 2000

For the Schutzhund trainer:


Time for a change ?
THE HAIL MARY PLAY                    March 2000

Is there a Bouvier field of Dreams in Virginia ?
Click here to read all about it:
IF THEY BUILD IT....                       Nov 1999

In the spring of 1999, the NAWBA board invented a
"temperament test" as a shameful shortcut for those
whose dogs can not earn real titles or whose owners
are unwilling to do their work. Read all about it:

The Truth About the NAWBA Temperament Test

So who are we going to see popping up as "Official
NAWBA Temperament Testers" ? Perhaps some of the
same committee members who know how to verify
working dogs even though they never demonstrate
relevance by training a serious dog ?

In 1998 Frank McEniry imploded as NAWBA president.
See what all the fuss was about:

The McEniry Affair!

A little ancient history:
Various 1998 Memos

Breeding Certification

Competitive Event Rules

KNPV Certified Bouviers

Bouvier FCI Standard

The NAWBA Constitution

To the editor: 

Links to related pages:
Angel's Lair
AWDF Free Press