JOHNSTON, Mr Tom H Mphil Mphil (CNAA)
Tom's first introduction to dogs was while he was still living at home and the family owned a Labrador Retriever. When he left home the Labrador went with him and he has never been without a dog since. After owning two horses he moved into the world of dog showing. He became associated with Dobermanns in December 1974 when he obtained one of the last daughters of Ch. Iceberg of Tavey which started him showing in 1975. His first litter was breed in 1977 and he started judging in 1983. He awarded CC's for the first time in 1994 at the North of England Dobermann Club. His second breed was Border Terriers. He obtained his first one in 1976, started to show in 1977 and bred his first litter in 1978. He awarded CC's for the first time at The National Terrier in 1995. Tom's third breed in which he has had an active interest in since 1981 when he obtained a bitch from the Tenki Kennels are Basenjis. He awarded CC's in the breed for the first time in 1993. He still enjoys showing and at present this includes a Rhodesian Ridgeback imported from Sweden and a Dobermann. He has also owned one Fox Terrier (Smooth). He awards CC's in the following breeds: Dobermann, Basenji, Border Terrier, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, West Highland White Terrier, Parson Russell Terrier, Welsh Terrier and Kerry Blue Terrier. He awards Green Stars in the following breeds : Elkhound, Irish Wolfhound, Whippet, Dobermann, St. Bernard, Bernese Mountain Dog and Newfoundland. He judges at Open Show level in all Groups, and is eligible to judge stakes classes in the UK. He has judged in Russia, Australia, South Africa, Malta and Ireland, also Jersey and Guernsey. Has appointments in Australia and South Africa in 2006 and Sweden in 2007. He has passed and has judged Terrier, Hound and Working groups in South Africa. He judged American Staffordshire Terriers and awarded CC's, also Jack Russell Terriers in SA, breeds which they do not have in the UK. At present he is a Committee member of the Executive Council of The Scottish Kennel Club and serve on the Finance and Administration sub-committee and is Vice-Chairman of the Show Scheduling Committee. He has served on the Liaison Committee of the Scottish Kennel Club for several years. Chairman of The Caledonian Canine Society, and is a member of The Kennel Club. He serves on the Disciplinary (Scotland) Kennel Club Committee, and is Chief Steward at the Scottish Kennel Club and a Group Steward at Crufts.