The German Wirehaired Pointer Club of America would like to congratulate our very own President and member since 1974 with being awarded the 2014 AKC Lifetime Achievement Award in the area of Performance.
The AKC Lifetime Achievement Awards honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions on a national level. Dr. Ray Calkins has contributed decades of breeding, training, handling and judging knowledge to the sport of dogs.
Dr. Ray Calkins received his degree in veterinary from Iowa State University and purchased Wilsonville Veterinary Clinic in 1976.
Dr. Ray Calkins handled his first German Wirehaired Pointer to a red ribbon in a field trial puppy stake in 1975. Since then 10 "Cascade" GWP's, all owner-trained and handled, have earned field championships: three are dual champions, eight are master hunters, and two hold NAVHDA Utility ratings. Four Cascade dogs hold nine National Field Championships. Cascade sire are the number-one and-two producers of GWP field champions, and others carry Cascade dogs in their pedigrees.
Dr. Calkins has been a member of the GWPCA since 1974 and served on the board of directors for 10 years. He was Field Futurity chairman for 12 years, a member of the GWP Field Trial Advisory Board from 1985-2000, represented the German Wirehaired Pointer Club of America at the AKC Field Trial Advisory Board from 1986 until 1999, and is currently the GWPCA president.
Dr. Calkins organized the Oregon German Wirehaired Pointer Club in 1978, and he helped to form the Columbia NAVHDA Chapter and the Upland Bird Dog Association to work with the ODFW and Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation.
He is a National Championship judge for a majority of AKC pointing breeds and the AKC Gun Dog Championships. He has judged regional championships too.
Dr. Calkins was invited to join Portland Kennel Club in 1981. He serves as show veterinarian and speaks at breed clubs on health issues, field emergencies, and reproduction. His commitment to education extends to youth groups and pointing-dog clubs with hands-on field-training days.