KADIKE-SKADINA, Rita Riga,
All her life, as she remembers herself, Rita has had dogs and they are one of the most important and wonderful part of her life. Sometimes she loves and understand dogs more than people. Dogs are the most beautiful present, what God has given us. Her "official Dog history" began in 1982, when she bought her first pedigreed dog, an English Cocker Spaniel - one of the first in Latvia. She has been President of the Latvian Spaniel Club since 1984 and leader of breeding. Since 1995 a Member of Judges Committee; and General Secretary of Latvian Cynology Federation 1996-2006. Rita has been judging since 1987 and her first breeds were English and American Cockers. She became an all breeds judge in January 2006. She loves all of them, but her favourite breed is her first and great love - English cockers. In 1998 she wrote a book about English and American Cockers using her photos. She has many publications with her photos in different magazines and newspapers about dog breeds and other animals. In November 2006 during an International dog show in Riga all exhibitors and visitors viewed her exhibition of more than 130 photos of dogs, cats and other animals from many countries. Over the past 25 years she has had Cockers in different colours. Her life style does not allow her to have a small puppy. Too often she travels around the world. Sadly, she is no longer a breeder or owner. Instead she enjoys all the dogs through judging. It is her only consolation and great happiness. Rita has judged International, National, group and breed shows in Latvia, Australia (Sydney, Perth), Belarus, Belgium, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine. Every year she judges several thousands of dogs in different countries. In 2006 she judged almost 4000 dogs, Group and "Best in Show" competitions in different countries of Europe and Australia. Everywhere in the world she is happy to find beautiful dogs and to meet interesting judges and wonderful, dog-crazy people, who very often become her good friends. Rita is fluent in Russian and English, and judged at the World Dog Show (Paris 2011) and will be in 2012 (Salzburg).