General Manager, Sodexho
Roseburg Public Schools
Education: Bachelor’s degree in home economics, Linfield College, McMinnville, Ore. Has done graduate work in food and nutritional sciences.
Foodservice director for 14 years. Also taught school for 17 years and worked as a 4-H youth agent.
Married, two children.
As a former youth agent for the 4-H Club, Marcia Moquin has always loved being around animals. For the past 30 years, she has channeled that love into raising and showing English springer spaniels throughout the western U.S.
“I got involved showing dogs over 30 years ago. At that time I was a 4-H youth agent in southern California and one of the 4-H families gave me an English springer spaniel puppy. I took some classes and started showing down there and really enjoyed it. I had a wonderful time, and it’s become a passion ever since.
I enjoy the different breeds of dogs and just being around the dogs, doing something with them. I have a little bit of a competitive nature but mostly I just look at it as a hobby, a fun thing to do that is different from what I do on a day-to-day basis.
I have two dogs. Their show names are Champion Mar-Ric Money To Burn and Mar-Ric Fast Money, but we call them Abby and Penny. They are little mates but they are very different. Abby is a very laid-back lap dog, very much of a cuddler. Nothing in the world bothers her. Penny is much more intense. She is an extremely friendly and happy dog, but she listens to you much more acutely and is much more aware of what’s going on.
A show dog has to stay in good condition. I have a dog I’m showing in Confirmation right now. One of the things they want to see when they look at her is that she is well-muscled and is ready to go out and do the job that an English springer spaniel, which is a hunting dog, should do. And a show coat doesn’t happen overnight. To maintain a shiny coat you have to constantly watch their diet and feed them the correct food, and groom them in order for them to be ready to go. I groom my dogs every single week. It’s much easier than trying to get them ready right before a show.
Springers are a sporting breed, and they love to please. They’ve been bred for hundreds of years to please their masters by hunting side by side with them. They’re a very friendly, loving, tail-wagging dog. But they aren’t as dedicated to work as some of the other breeds like a border collie or a German shepherd, they’re a little more relaxed, a little more casual. They can be somewhat of a clown.
When I was showing my first springer, we were in the obedience ring doing recall, which is when you position the dog, walk away from them and call them to you. It was fall, and as she was coming after I called her, a leaf drifted down off a tree. She took a little detour, she picked up the leaf in her mouth, came and sat right in front of me and presented me with the leaf. She got a good laugh from the crowd. It wasn’t exactly the way she was supposed to do it, and yet it was because her job is to bring the bird. For examination she had a little problem because she liked to have her tummy scratched. So she would lay down and roll over to have her tummy scratched instead of standing there like she was supposed to. I know more now so my dogs aren’t as likely to do those things, but it was a fun adventure every time we would bring her into the ring.”