Barbara J. Andrews
Journalist, Publisher, Owner-handler, Breed Pioneer
Barbara Andrews served as columnist for The Dog newspaper, Dog World, Kennel Review Magazine,The AKC Gazette, and Canine Chronicle from the late 60s until 1993 when she became exclusive columnist for ShowSight Magazine.
In 1974 she published The Akita Handbooks and instituted the Register Of Merit system for top producing sires and dams. The ROM title was subsequently adopted by numerous National breed clubs. BJ authored 8 breed books for the TFH (world' largest publisher of animal books) which were published in eight languages. Among them, World Of The Akita (Breed Book Of The Year Nominee), The Chihuahua, and The Miniature Bull Terrier.
"BJ" (CSI Hall of Fame Breeder) and husband Bill (deceased 2005) owner-handled multiple AKC Group and Best In Show winners to Top 10 national All-Breed show rankings.
The O'BJ breeding program which has never exceeded 12 dogs, has so far produced more than 290 AKC Champions including over half of the All Time Top Ten ROM Akitas. "Akitas O'BJ" are still the All Time #1, 2, and 4 Top Sires and two O'BJ bitches remain tied for the title of Top Producing Dam All Time.
Founder of the Miniature Bull Terrier Club Of America, BJ is known for exploring and developing new breeds but has been exclusively devoted to the Toy Fox Terrier since 2001.
Mrs. Andrews launched the world's first all-breeds website, TheDogPlace.org in 1998. Known as "the informer" she went on to publish the world's first digital dog news, TheDogPress.com in 2002 and TheJudgesPlace.com in 2005. She is a proud member of the dog world's first Science and Advisory Board and currently president of the NetPlaces Network.