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out of date and obsolete.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...
NAWBA Retrospective (Sept 2011)
Working Bouvier Association
This is not an official NAWBA web
site, even when it is the only NAWBA web site.
The Fat Lady Sings ! NAWBA goes belly up.
After years of abuse and decline NAWBA just hit bottom.
NAWBA was founded in the nineteen eighties primarily as a national
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,
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
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
The Heilenman Dilemma March,2003
The Resurrection Plan
Heilenman: “serious doubts about the viability
End Game May, 2002
November, 2001: The long planned AWDF conformation show has been
Johnson Throws in the Towel Aug 2001
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..
What is a Bouvier? Sept 2001
Who the Hell is Jim Engel ?
Decline and fall
The Time Has Come… Jan 2001
Woof Woof Select ?
Year 2000 NAWBA Membership Plunges!
SCANDAL BREWING ?
For the Schutzhund trainer:
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT March 2000
Time for a change ?
THE HAIL MARY PLAY
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
The Truth About the NAWBA Temperament Test
"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:
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
Competitive Event Rules
KNPV Certified Bouviers
Bouvier FCI Standard
The NAWBA Constitution
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Links to related pages:
AWDF Free Press