Fri, 05/26/2023 - 12:41pm

10 Questions ...

... asked of Celeste M. Gonzalez

Profession: Retired from pharma and medical-device clinical research, still consulting on special projects of interest.

Dog-sport involvement: Basset Hounds from 1975 to present as breeder-owner-exhibitor and soon-to-be field trailer; Salukis from 1975 to 1989, breeder-owner-exhibitor-field trailer; Manchester Terrier owner and soon-to-be exhibitor this year, judge of all Hounds and Terriers.

Hometown: Thomasville, North Carolina, born and raised in Miami, Florida

Astrological sign: I don’t have one!


1. Do you have any dog-show superstitions?

No. God’s in charge.


2. TV show guilty pleasure?

“Antiques Roadshow,” of course!


3. If you were president of AKC for one day, what would you do?

Install a permanent policy that all conformation judges must give breed-specific oral reasons for placements while in the ring.


4. Most valued material possession?

My mother’s earrings. I don’t take them off.


5. What is something no one would guess about you?

I collect functional Southern folk pottery made by the old-timers.


6. Who would you compare yourself to?

My mom.


7. What are you “famous” for?

My Cuban cooking.


8. What website do you visit most often?

Must I confess? Facebook and


9. What was more memorable, your most satisfying win or disappointing defeat? And what was it?

My most satisfying win(s): finishing my first Bred-by Basset and winning the National in 2021 with Frankie. There were happy tears each time.


10. What do you wish someone would ask you?

“Can I provide you with a permanent live-in housekeeper who will also take care of dogs when you travel?”


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