Mr. Slay from Cary, North Carolina was married to his wife, Candye, for 49 years and has one son and two grandchildren. He graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1962 and then served as an officer in the United States Navy. The German Shepherd Dog has been a major part of Mr. Slay’s life for over 50 years. He bred and personally showed many of his German Shepherd champions. He was approved to judge in 1979 and is now approved for three groups and eight Terrier breeds. He has judged around the world including the AKC Championship. Mr. Slay has held office and belonged to several specialty and all-breed dog clubs. His judging career was put on hold when he became Vice-President of the AKC. He retired from the AKC in 2004 and resumed judging. He is approved to judge the Sporting, Working, and Herding groups, Junior Showmanship and Best in Show. This is his seventh Westminster assignment including judging the Herding group in 2009 and the Working group in 2018.