We here at Dogwise lost a family member, friend and colleague this week when Bill Woodward died after a short illness. Bill, along with his wife Judy, were the team who ran our traveling dog show booth operation for 15 years before retiring four years ago. Bill made hundreds if not thousands of friends among the dog show community including exhibitors, fellow vendors and locals who waited for the once or twice a year opportunity to buy books from him at their home town dog show.
Many of you have known him as that warm and friendly dog book guy who took the time to get to know you and your dogs. The guy who was willing to search, sometimes for months, for the out-of-print book you needed for your library and the fellow who welcomed your recommendation of a good local restaurant so he could really appreciate each community.
Bill's fellow vendors will remember him as someone who would always take the time to help load or unload their trailers, haul some extra inventory to the next show or watch their booths if they had to step away. He was known as as a great story-teller about the trials and tribulations of traveling around the country for months on end.
Not only did Bill do an incredible job for Dogwise selling books on the road, he was, in many cases, the first contact people had with Dogwise and he always made a good impression. We could not have a better representative than Bill who was hard-working, fair, ethical and fun. He was an integral part of our growth as a company. He was often the one who discovered new titles that quickly became best-sellers and when he met people with interesting ideas for new books he was quick to send them to us. Dogwise would not be what it became without him.
I believe that Bill will be remembered by customers and co-workers alike as a kind and good man. For me, personally, he was a wonderful older brother. And I can think of no greater legacy than that.
Bill (left) and Larry
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