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Remembering Dr. Richard Meen

December 12, 2018
DrMeen_WM.jpgThe Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) is deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Richard Meen, a Canadian leader in the purebred dog fancy who inspired many. Our hearts go out to his family and friends around the world.
 
Born in 1940, Dr. Dick as he was affectionately known, was an accomplished psychiatrist and became involved with purebred dogs at the age of 25. While he bred and exhibited many breeds, it was Borzoi and Skye Terriers that captured his heart, breeding under the kennel prefix “Kishniga”. The accolades that Dr. Meen and his husband, Dr. John Reeve-Newson, achieved in the ring together were tremendous, setting top dog records and winning many Best in Shows with Dobermans, French Bulldogs, Old English Sheepdogs to name a few, and of course with his beloved Borzoi and Skye Terriers.
 
Dr. Meen was a Past President and Chair of the Board of CKC, was involved with numerous clubs in Canada and internationally over his career and established the Canadian parent clubs Borzoi Canada and Skye Canada. He was a highly regarded judge, welcomed by kennel clubs globally. One of his crowning achievements was judging the prestigious Best in Show at Westminster in 2016.  
 
Dr. Meen’s inspiring contributions and achievements leave a legacy that will benefit the dog fancy for decades to come. His smile, his creativity and his devotion to purebred dogs and their people are best captured by members of our community. We are honored to share a few of the messages of the many that we received when the sad news of Dr. Meen’s passing became known.

 

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I had the pleasure of serving on the CKC Board of Directors when Dr. Dick was Chair.  He had the ability to make one think "outside the box" and be forwarding thinking, and yes, challenge oneself to set, and attain, higher goals.  
 
Outside the dog world, Dr. Dick was highly respected in his professional life, and gave tirelessly helping people.  
 
The legacy of Dr. Dick will live on.  It was an honour and privilege to have known you. 
– Joan Bennett, CKC Board Chair


With the point of his finger he made my dreams come true.

He shocked me that night, truly. I will be forever grateful and humbled that this Man, whom I held in such high esteem, deemed my homebred dog BEST.

As my heart breaks, my mind races to relive the night. A night special to both of us. With the point of that finger in the BIG ring, our lives became intertwined into the history books.


God speed my friend, your time on earth was well lived. You made a difference to so many, you will forever live on in my dreams. 
 Valerie Nunes-Atkinson, VJK-Myst Kennels


An original and larger than life person he will always be remembered as a passionate and caring person and inspiration to all. A great loss for the Purebred Dog Family who will always be remembered for his sharp wit, sense of humour and endearing smile. 
– Richard Paquette, CKC Director

I grew up looking at pictures of his dogs and him from the magazines my dad brought home from Canada/USA.  He was my idol and a Borzoi God to me. Never imagined he would put up my Borzoi for RBIS at Westminster 20 years since then. He made our dream come true and he made sure that the younger generation could carry on. 
– Mai Hirai, Belisarius Kennels

All of us at CKC are saddened to hear of the recent passing of Dr. Richard Meen.   He had a positive impact on everyone he worked with at CKC and will be greatly missed.  We have received so many comments and stories from the membership about their interactions with “Dr. Dick”.  To this day, his time as Board Chair is revered as the model of leadership, forward thinking and teamwork.  The legacy he has left us with includes many ideas and concepts to keep us thinking and building on for years to come. 
– Lance Novak, CKC Executive Director

Dick was one of the “good” guys and did a LOT of good for the CKC internationally. He was a great CKC Chair, had a wonderful sense of humour, and said what he thought….but was usually very diplomatic, and had a wonderful sense of humour.
– Sandy Briggs, Wimberway Kennels


I have very fond memories of Dr. Richard Meen. I remember Dr. Meen as a well-dressed gentleman, who was generous both to the CKC and myself.  I personally handled many registrations under the Kishniga prefix for Dr. Meen over the years.  I will sadly miss this iconic figure of the Canadian dog fancy.
 
Dr. Meen was a successful breeder and a shining light in the world of purebred dogs.  I always enjoyed a good conversation with him and great laughs.  Wishing Dr. John Reeve-Newson, and his daughter Sandra Pierce, peace and comfort during this difficult time 
– Leila Bahorie, CKC Director, Registration & Member Services


Fare thee well my dear friend. Thank you for being a mentor, a leader and an inspiration. You leave this world a better place because of you, and it will not be the same without you”
– Rick Hayward, CKC Member


 

We invite everyone to leave your comments, stories and memories of Dr. Dick in the comments below.

The opinions expressed by authors on the Canadian Kennel Club Blog and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of the Canadian Kennel Club or any of its employees.

Les opinions et les commentaires exprimés dans le blogue du Club Canin Canadien sont ceux des auteurs et ils ne reflètent pas les opinions du Club Canin Canadien ni de ses employés.


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Cherie Hunchak
Several months have gone by now, and the truth remains: we miss him. We always will.

Everyone is made for a purpose, everyone is made for a time and place. Dick, I'm glad I was in your time and place. In the flower garden of life, you were the sunflower - rising taller than all the rest in so many ways, huge and brilliant and commanding, yet charming, warm and full of seeds of wisdom. Sandra and John, I pray for your comfort and peace. And I pray that you know that the those seeds of wisdom and joy that Dick sowed into the hearts of the dog world will continue to flourish and grow into the future. Love knows no bounds, love never fails.

Cherie Hunchak, Elance Borzoi reg'd.
4/17/2019 6:59:00 PM

Martha (Devlin) Sutton
When my late husband, Judge John Devlin died, Dick came out to Port Hope, Ontario to give a eulogy. He also took care of me on a difficult day. Proud to call Dick friend.
1/2/2019 1:36:41 PM

DIANE A BELL
I am saddened to the core, I have lost two great friends, Richard and Squibs, both of whom had a great influence over me in my past 30 years in dogs. John and Sandra, I hope you know how beloved Richard was and how great a hole there is in the fabric of our dog community. He stood for so many things in dogs, he was a true dog man ( we seem to be losing so many lately) he had the best sense of humour, his smile and laughter lit the room up,and that VOICE! How many Show of Shows, special events, even just sitting at ringside, it was magic. He sat at the Skye terrier ring at Montgomery with me,mentoring me in the breed, he did the same with Borzoi, not because he had to, but because he loved to. He awarded us many times with our Pekingese and Thomas and I will treasure those moments. God speed my friend.
12/17/2018 5:31:10 PM

Russ Cridland
The C.K.C. and the whole dog world has lost a true gentleman. My thoughts are with John and Sandra,good bye Dr. Richard Meen thank you for all you did, R.I.P. Russ Cridland Crishmal Collies Reg'd.
12/17/2018 1:46:24 PM

Layna Allan
On behalf of the Borzoi Canada Executive and the Borzoi Canada Membership, Borzoi Canada offers sincere condolences to Dr. John Reeve-Newson, Sandra Pierce, their friends and family. Dick was a founding father of our National Club, a fellow breeder, mentor and friend to so very many! We will miss his laugh, his caring, his humour, his great depth of knowledge, rest in peace Dr.Dick, we will forever be thankful for all that you have done and for everyone that you have touched with your kindness,
Sincerely,
Layna Allan President Borzoi Canada
12/17/2018 1:28:45 PM

Tracy Hiuser
Condolences to Dr. John. Both of you gentlemen contributed to my love of the dog shows, by encouraging a new kid in a tough crowd. Godspeed Dr. Dick
12/17/2018 10:56:58 AM

Tracy Dineley
There are no words to discribe how I feel about the loss of this great man. He was a mentor and a friend. He fought for all dogs during our fight with BSL. He awarded me my very first BIS. Breeder owner handled. Then with a twinkle in his eye he asked if I was surprised and if I thought others were. This was the time that awarding a Staffordshire Bull Terrier was not politically correct. He loved to do the unexpected.
He meant so much to so many. I hope he is sitting ringside in heaven, watching a great dog show with the other greats that left before him. I will miss those ringside talks.
My love to John and Sandra in this saddest of times.
12/16/2018 10:33:21 PM

Joan Colbourn
The tremendous, wonderful character of Dick was what made him such an asset on the HABAC (Human Animal Bond Assoc) committees a few years ago.his wit and intelligence made his help just wonderful. Same is said about all of he touched....his work & his dog related endeavours. So sadly I say RIP Dick.
12/16/2018 1:25:31 PM

Anne Clark
The memories of Dick Meen are so fresh even now after over 40 years. I so well remember showing at the Sportsmen's show and taking a Group second after Dick and Moustache - I considered it a very high compliment & still do!
My heartfelt condolences to his family and dear friends of whom there were so many! RIP my dear Dr Dick!!
12/16/2018 3:23:38 AM

Josephine Lambert
It certainly is a tremendous loss to the dog world. I was priveldeged enough to have Dr Richard Meen finally point his finger to us at the All Hound Specialty this year awarding my Basset Hound Cecil a Group 2
We waited a long time for the point of a finger to know that this win met more to us than all of the other wins, and even more bittersweet because shortly after my Cecil passed away. I am sure Cecil is with many of Dr. Meens other friends in heaven and keeping him on his toes.
My sincere and heartfelt condolences. The good ones always leave us far too soon!
12/15/2018 1:15:41 PM

Sue Fenton
The dog world is greatly saddened at losing one of its best. Condolences to all who were close to his heart. RIP Dr. Dick!!!
12/15/2018 10:05:38 AM

branko and frieda krpan
Back in the 70's I had the honour to be contracted by Dr. Meen to renovate and enlarge his kennels in Campbellville. He showed a male
Beagle for us at thd CNE. Dick was a great guy to work with. A man who knew dogs, all breeds, and willing to share his knowledge. Heartfelt condolences to Dr. Reeve Newson and Dicks' family and friends
12/15/2018 10:05:31 AM

Sue Fenton
The dog world is greatly saddened at losing one of its best. Condolences to all who were close to his heart. RIP Dr. Dick!!!
12/15/2018 10:04:30 AM

Richard Paquette
Condolences to John & Sandra. In our thoughts and prayers. Rest In Peace Dick !!!
12/13/2018 2:18:31 PM

Margaret Jones
It is with sadness to learn of the death of Dr Dick.His passion for dogs was so evident when he participated in many educational seminars for Conformation Judges.We learnt so much from him as he willingly imparted his knowledge of dog breeds.His passion and humour will be missed.
Margaret Jones
President Canadian Dog Judges Assocoation
12/13/2018 12:05:38 PM

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