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Protest This Nomination For Sure!!!! Incredibly the Philadelphia Eagles football team has selected Michael Vick as its representative to win an Ed Block courage award as the player on that team who is the “role model of inspiration, sportsmanship and courage!” The Baltimore-based award is given to a player on all 32 teams and is named for a former Baltimore Colt trainer who was an advocate for abused children. Sponsorship proceeds promote the prevention of child abuse by raising awareness of the epidemic and assisting agencies who provide for the care and treatment of abused children. Vick’s teammates have chosen him for this prestigious award on the basis of his being the player with the best “commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage.” A ceremony on March 9th will honor him and the other recipients of the award at a ceremony in Baltimore. Unless of course sufﬁcient protests are made about this undeserved nomination which make a farce of the award to those in charge. First of all the alarming association between people who torture, abuse and kill animals and those who commit acts of child abuse and domestic violence is an acknowledged and accepted fact. Indeed it is said researchers have found animal abuse in 88 percent of those families where there is child abuse. Nothing Vick has done since serving his felony conviction of running a dog-ﬁghting ring and related scurrilous activities relative to the welfare of the dog indicates a full repentance in these matters. Indeed exactly what has he done to earn this award particularly anything which could in the wildest of imaginations deem his actions to have been “courageous.” The second-chance theory may work for some but even the most forgiving of individuals must be both shocked and appalled that Vick would be considered for any kind of an award much less a recognition and/or a commendation in this particular area. Letters of protest must ﬂood the ofﬁces of the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation at 8808 Orchard Tree Lane Towson Md 21286 – Sam Lamantia is the Chairman and his email address is sam@edblockorg or call them at 410821-6240!!!! Ask And Ye Shall Receive – Sometimes These pages were sent an explanation of the requirements for the new Grand Champion competition which was sent to all show superintendents and show secretaries by Robin Stansell. Coincidentally or not such an explanation was called for on our Editorial pages last week. Whether Staff realized how confusing the adopted verbage was or the explanation was a result of our Editorial or a combination of both factors everyone in the conformation area should be grateful to receive this new input. Actually it clears up a great deal procedurally and is reprinted in its entirety in this week’s issue. Admittedly there is not a set deﬁnition of what Select Dog or Select Bitch maybe. Some claim that this title is for ﬁrst Award of Merit when offered but certainly that is not spelled out in the explanation – anyways where we could ﬁnd it. That an explanation is a step in the right direction – probably not a ﬁnal step as once it goes into affect new bugs may be found, but at least this is a move in the right direction. Securing Twenty-Five More Billboards At the Ventura Show last week-end the ever-active California constituents so heavily concerned and motivated in its billboard campaign to preserve and SAVE YOUR RIGHT TO OWN A PET dreamed up an old fashioned “Bake for Billboards” where everyone had the opportunity to eat their way to success. In the process they raised enough money to secure new billboards to be placed on heavily travelled commuter streets in Southern California, which expose HSUS and PETA for the frauds most of us know them to be insofar as their relationship to the dog is concerned. The goal was to raise enough money for ﬁve billboard but the sale was so successful that in fact enough money was raised for 25 – that’s right TWENTY-FIVE more new billboards!! People traveling to work and on just ordinary trips see these billboards everyday which serve as a constant reminder of our right to breed dogs and of the individuals right to own one as well. This project has been adopted in some other states as well but in Souther California it truly has been totally successful and persuasive as well.
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Hats Off To Bob Smith At the last Board Meeting Bob Smith brought up the subject of re-visiting the judges approval processes. Per the Minutes he and Darrell Hayes are to discuss recommended actions. What that means is not too clear but one thing can be presumed which is at least the topic is back on the table. How it will be developed and the degree of discussion and input is naturally unknown but one would strongly suspect that now that Dr. Smith has his teeth in the subject and has been given some kind of green light there will be little holding back on a complete and through review. One of the most surprising implementations contained in the Minutes was the statement that “effective February 15, 2010 any new employee hires or rehires will NOT be eligible for the AKC’s pension plan but will be able participate in the company’s 401(k), which currently includes a company provided matching contribution.” That’s truly a major change in company philosophy intended of course to save them considerable money in the future. One of the biggest advantages for working for AKC was not in the salaries at the higher levels but in the generosity of its pension plan. This changed through the years as high level AKC salaries are now said to be at the top of the not-for -proﬁt scale. Whether the pension exemption will apply to new high level employees to be hired or will become a negotiating factor remains to be seen. A betting man would probably think it will become a negotiable issue – quite frankly it should be. Thought For The Week Well AKC has gone into the tele-marketing business as many owners and handlers have been abruptly made aware of now that AKC endorses, encourages and solicits the concept of people paying them for their wins under AKC accredited judges. Philosophically this is a total turn around for this organization which administers the judges approval process and which speciﬁcally bans a judge from soliciting advertising. This is an organization whose Constitution has as its base the concept of this being an amateur sport. So much so that a person who works for a publication which solicits advertisements of dogs’ wins may not be seated as a Delegate. Yet the Board has approved this new policy without a Constitutional amendment – now it must be up to the Delegates to decide – if they have the guts just whether or not Delegate approval was necessary in this area. This was much more than a business decision. This decision affects the very philosophy under which AKC was founded. Notwithstanding the legal argument one would have hoped that in entering the tele-marketing business AKC would have concentrated on its faltering registrations rather than to develop a legally questionable advertising business. The creative talents of Staff would have been better off to advise Board to telemarket litter registrations and to come up with a concept of increasing registrations through these daily phone calls. Sorry to say that the creative people at AKC seem to have forgotten about its reason for being in the ﬁrst place which of course is to register all the purebreds it can! •
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InsideOut by John Mandeville
ood for AKC Board member Dr. Bob Smith for recommending “the Board appoint a committee to review all aspects of the Judging Approval Process.” At one time the Board seemed to tinker with judging approval continuously. That hasn’t been the case in the Twenty-ﬁrst Century. If memory serves, the approval process hasn’t changed since 2003, e.g., approximately when the Board for the ﬁrst time decided their spouses/ signiﬁcant others could apply for more breeds. When that went down without a ripple the Board soon decided they could themselves apply for more breeds. After all, judging approval was completely in the hands of the staff. Yeah, except when the staff presented a list of proposed changes to the system, the Board was having none of it. Unless I’m missing something, judges… collectively speaking… complaining about the way AKC approves them for more breeds is at an all time low. That is no compliment to AKC’s Approval Process. Judges may not be complaining about the Approval Process but exhibitors are being brutalized by too many judges being approved for too many breeds too quickly. That observation comes from the ﬁeld staff. Its speciﬁc source isn’t cited to protect the innocent. Okay, the mostly innocent because an exact quote would include a few choice
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expletives DOG NEWS won’t print and pointed references about AKC biggies…. let’s just say “gutless” is one printable descriptive word used. Given our desire to contribute to the sport… you know, the same reason everyone gives for becoming a judge…in this column by commenting on what’s going on, we’ll pass on the enjoyable pastime of name calling. Everything to do with judging, however, is well within our purview. This deﬁnitely includes thinking the Judging Approval Process can do with some work. Please, that’s adjusting and tweaking, not overhaul. The system in place other than being soft on judges’ actual ability to sort dogs – hmmm, you know, the most important thing about judging – has its pluses, although one staple of the approval requirements, attending breed seminars, has always made me uncomfortable. Breed seminars are a good idea – obviously – with the proviso they have to be worthwhile. No question some are. “Some” is not all and that’s where AKC has been remiss. Requiring seminar attendance without doing anything to insure seminar quality turns seminar attendance into a box checking exercise. Not good… … and I can think of no reason other than staff and Board blind spots why AKC hasn’t put considerable effort into upgrading the skills of seminar presenters. Training the trainers is standard procedure in just
about every endeavor. There are individuals you and I know with superb qualiﬁcations to do just such training. Quality seminars, breed expertise and AKC’s Approval Process intersect where AKC has never wanted to go: Directly involving breed experts with assessing judge performance… which, like it or not, is what judging approval needs. AKC’s judges’ performance evaluation is riddled with contradictions. Either judges’ performance is substantively observed or it isn’t. But it’s inconceivable an individual’s ability to actually judge dogs isn’t part of the Approval Process. Right? But the only people whose observations of judges count are ﬁeld reps. This means, as one ﬁeld rep/ judge has infamously stated, they were anointed all-arounders when they were hired and were immediately downgraded to just another applicant after leaving AKC. I bet I speak for the vast majority of exhibitors when I say I don’t much care about the details of the process by which AKC approves judges; meaning everything from how many breeds applicants can apply for, to the number of times they must have judged their latest breeds, to education requirements and so on. I want applicants to be able to have a meaningful breed conversation (with me, say, about the breeds I know) and to apply their knowledge. I certainly think
the ﬁeld reps can be part of such a process. That may be sufﬁcient in some breeds with some reps; for some reps that would be a great number of breeds. No rep is qualiﬁed in the sense I mean for anywhere near all breeds. Bottom line: applicants’ breed expertise has to be evaluated in-depth by qualiﬁed individuals. To do that AKC has to, at long last, involve breeders/ exhibitors. The present approval system is great at assuring judges have procedure down pat. That’s nice. And who wouldn’t trade breed knowledge for good procedure? AKC needs to step up and make sure judges have the breed knowledge and the ability to apply it equal to their procedural skills. That can only happen by making breed experts part of the process. And, please, I don’t want to hear the usual nay saying cant about the lack of objectivity by breeder/exhibitors. Like the reps are paragons of objectivity all the time. None of this is to say it will be easy. So what? It’s what’s required to have an approval system worthy of the sport. And as readily as I’ll admit getting from where we are to a full blown system will be bumpy, I’ll as forcefully argue that experimenting with expert evaluation is easy. So, is there any better goal for a committee reviewing all aspects of judging approval than recommending evaluating a judge’s breed expertise be a major part of the process? •
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the Way Itis by Sari Tietjen
t their December meeting, the Delegates to the American Kennel Club voted to adopt a Grand Champion title for conformation. As we know, other AKC competitive events offer a myriad of titles, whereas before this vote, the highest title a dog could receive in conformation was Champion. The theory behind those who supported the concept was that it would enable individuals with dogs who received their championship title, but were not exactly competitive beyond that point, to have a reason to continue with a goal of receiving the Grand Champion title as well. It is also believed to be a way of increasing entries at shows with dogs that otherwise would not be shown. The Delegates had a lot of discussion about the title in two particular areas: 1) As originally proposed by the AKC Board of Directors, neutered dogs and spayed bitches would not be eligible. However, on reﬂection, the consensus of the Delegate Body was that since neutered dogs and spayed bitches are permitted to compete in Veterans Class in independent, stand-alone specialties, those who win the Veterans Class and are already champions of record should be eligible to receive this new title if they are able to meet the requirements. Of course, this causes a bit of a wrinkle because of the method used in determining how a dog receives this title, the dog must be already be a champion of record – something that a judge would not know regarding a dog winning from the Veterans Class. Therefore, how does a judge determine whether or not that particular Veteran dog or bitch would be eligible to receive points towards a Grand Champion title and could be so awarded? 2) Does the wordage “Grand Champion” take away from Champion? Does it somehow make the title of Champion less meaningful? As one Delegate explained in talking about ranked and famous dogs of the past with others, the opinion expressed was not an opposition to the idea, but whether or not “the ability to have a Grand Champion would mean that the dogs that were in the past would somehow be lesser, or dogs that were too old to show would somehow be cheapened because they were just champions.” The Delegates went back and forth with a number of other words, such as Champion of Merit, Select Champion, Premier Champion, but nothing really ﬁt the bill since the title Grand Champion is used in many other species of competitive livestock. In the end, the Delegates’ ﬁnal analysis was to stick with Grand Champion. How does a dog become a Grand Champion? It is a little complicated to ﬁgure out, but basically it follows along the lines of the present Champion title – a dog has to defeat so many dogs following the regional point systems in place and acquire so many additional major wins beyond the present Championship requirement in order to receive the Grand Champion title. Only Champions of record may be in a position to receive Grand Championship points. According to the new rule, “Grand Championship points may be recorded for: Best of Breed or Best of Variety of Breed, Best of Opposite Sex to Best of Breed or Best of Variety of Breed, Select Dog and Select Bitch. “Grand Championship points will be recorded according to the number of eligible dogs competing in the regular classes of each breed 18 Dog News
or variety, as well as dogs entered in Best of Breed competition, according to the Schedule of Points established by the Board of Directors. “Winners Dog, Winners Bitch, and NonRegular Class winners that are not conformation Champions, are not eligible for Grand Championship points. “Any champion which shall have won twentyﬁve points shall become a Grand Champion of Record, if nine or more of said points shall have been won at three shows with a rating of three or more Grand Championship points each and under three different judges, and some one or more of the balance of said points shall have been won under some other judge or judges than the three judges referred to above and at least one Champion of Record was defeated at three shows.” Whew! In addition, in laymen’s terms – a dog winning Best of Breed shall count all eligible dogs of both sexes being shown in Best of Breed and regular classes; a dog winning Best of Opposite shall count all eligible dogs of their sex; a dog awarded Select Dog shall count all dogs of its sex defeated; a dog awarded Select Bitch shall could all dogs of its sex defeated. Everything will be tabulated using the Point Schedules as adopted for each section of the country where the win takes place. In order to become a Grand Champion, a dog must acquire 25 additional points and three major wins over and above those acquired to become a champion, plus must defeat at least one existing Champion at three different shows. What are the Select Dog and Select Bitch? New placements to be made by the judge after placing Best of Breed/Variety, Best of Winners and Best of Opposite Sex. The Select Dog and Bitch can only be existing Champions of Record and must be undefeated by any dog other than the BOB, BOS dogs. Dogs, who according to their owners’ records, have completed the championship requirements would be eligible much as they are eligible to be “moved up” from regular classes to Best of Breed/Variety competition. The additional need for judges to award Select Dog and Select Bitch will – in some cases – take extra time. This will be especially true in large Best of Breed classes where there may be several worthy dogs to choose from. And, as always, a judge has the discretion of not awarding Select Dog and/or Select Bitch if a determination is made that sufﬁcient quality does not exist in the remaining dogs. There is some questions about the process of the program that remain which have not been referenced in the Rules or any of the Delegate meeting minutes: what happens if a class dog or bitch goes Best of Breed? This dog or bitch is not eligible to receive Grand Champion points because it is not yet a champion, but what about the Best Opposite dog/bitch, assuming it is a Champion? Is BOS winner eligible for Grand Champion points? Also, if a class dog wins BOB/V, can a judge still pick a Select Dog and/or Select Bitch from among the competing champions? And, then what does all this do to the Awards of Merit? Where do they come into the equation? Can a dog receive an Award of Merit and a Select Dog/Bitch? My guess, would be yes. I am sure there are many other questions that will arise as we all learn about this new competitive aspect of our conformation sport. It would be helpful if AKC would prepare a sheet for judges, exhibitors, handlers and stewards outlining different scenarios and how they should be handled before this new program takes effect. The effective date is ofﬁcially a mid-week day in May 2010 when the new point schedules are adopted. •
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BY MATTHEW STANDER
of t he Week Now that AKC has decided to possibly reexamine the judges approval processes should one of the topics discussed be the reintroduction of professional handlers as judges at independent specialty shows?
Kaki and Robert Fisher Without question... Who better? Than those with a lifetime of 24/7 experience.!!!!!!!!!! Peggy Beisel-McIlwaine Interesting idea. I don’t think the situation with handlers is the same as with the handlers of yore. How would one designate someone as a professional handler? Would they have to be registered with AKC? The only way I’d agree is if these designated handlers went through the exact same application process, including the fees that we do. Also, I’d think they’d have to be limited to 2 or 3 breeds and these breeds would have to be only the breeds they have seriously bred and have the 15 years experience in, not as juniors or assistants or co-bred with clients or parents. They’d have to give up showing on the weekend of their assignment and perhaps AKC would allow us to show dogs at shows we are not judging. I think it would get terribly complicated, plus I can’t imagine a handler giving up the handling fees to judge a specialty, it would be a real cut in pay. Guy H. Fisher In growing up in the sport. I think it would be great to have the ablity to judge independent specialties, as a handler. It wouldl allow us to learn and understand the breeds better and with the knowledge we have we could give back to the breeders and give insight
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where the breed is going bad. It would make things also come out on an even slate and take away some of the negative thoughts towards the handlers, as always knowing the judge or stuff like that. Hell, it might bring the numbers back up also it could be a win win deal. Nicole Fisher I agree with Guy. Michael & Stacy Work I think that is a great question to raise, and feel that there are long time knowledgeable handlers who would be more qualiﬁed in some instances than the judges who are allowed to judge some of the specialties. With that in mind the short version of the questions that arise are (a) What is the deﬁnition of a professional handler? (There are plenty of knowledgeable professionals that do not belong to a organization and vice versa.) (b) What breeds would someone feel that a speciﬁc handler could judge? If they have shown a lifetime of that breed or just one? Obviously some type of qualifying process and licensing would have to go on but stating that “professional handlers” could judge independent specialties is a very gray area with the very deﬁnition. In the end, what is the best for the sport of dogs is that the most knowledgeable and best person for the job should do it. Getting to that point is the hard part!
Ernesto Lara This matter conveys many thoughts comparing the old days with today as the fancy has changed; big kennels with a large staff, a manager and private handler who oversaw the breeding and selection of the prospects and then prepared them for showing and select the future producers by comparing them at specialty and all breed shows are mostly gone. Today we are left with mostly bed side litters and in home puppies that are raised to perform at the ring from a much reduced pool to compare from. Nevertheless, there are handlers today who received the proper mentorship and formation who have an in depth knowledge and constant hands on experience with the breeds they are associated with by working with breeders, selecting stud dogs and suggesting matings to them and then show their results. Some of these handlers are breeders themselves and could bring a healthy perspective with their opinions about these breeds. It is known that no seminar or test would make a good judge if the individual doesn’t have an eye for a dog. And that is what is needed! To judge dogs is a learning process in which everybody involve with the sport takes part in one way or another
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BRACE YOURSELF by Andrew Brace
Judging for The New Decade
n the wake of both the Bateson report and recent directives from our Kennel Club all British judges who are worthy of the name are thinking seriously about the mindset that they must now take forward into the ring. In the past it has long been the desire of most top all-rounders to judge on a par with the very top specialists; rewarding dogs that not only have the desired shape, size, coat, movement and temperament but also all the subtleties and nuances of breed type that would satisfy the most demanding purist. Today, however, we have a slightly different brief where our priority has to be dogs that are “ﬁt for function,” their soundness of mind and body and their lack of any exaggeration that may compromise their health taking precedence over any “cosmetic” virtue that in the past may have been prized. We are all thinking long and hard about this, telling ourselves that in reality we will not judge any differently from how we did in the past. But is it really as simple as this? Will we I wonder? How easy is it going to be for us to adjust what comes naturally to us? I have pondered many hypothetical scenarios in preparation for the future, none of whose conclusions rest easily. For example, I imagined I was faced with two Boxer dogs. They were both close-up for size and shape, were in comparable condition and performing equally well. One dog had a superior head in that it was cleaner-cheeked than the other and had more tilt to its nose, however on the out-and-back it went away somewhat close. That is not to say that its hocks were rubbing, but there was a noticeable narrowness, however its proﬁle action showed freedom and drive. The other dog was noticeably down-faced with no tilt to its nose and was a tad bully in skull, yet when it moved away it showed much greater width than its competitor. Having grown up with Boxers, a breed that has long been considered – rightly or wrongly – “a head breed,” I have always attached particular importance to the head, following the essence of the Breed Standard. Consequently, faced with these two ﬁctitious animals my preference would instinctively
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be for the better headed dog, acknowledging his great virtue in this respect, whilst at the same time forgiving his slight narrowness behind. If I were to follow the letter of the law now, I feel I would be expected to use the dog who excelled in movement and ignore the shortcomings of his head. But could I actually bring myself to do this? Could I persuade my head to overrule my heart? Could I be indirectly responsible for allowing off-beat heads to become acceptable in this unique breed? In truth, I suspect that I would still have to go on the better headed dog, justifying it if challenged by pointing out that the dog’s slight failing in his rear action was not causing him pain or discomfort. This is just one example of the kind of situations we – in Britain for the moment – are going to face and we need to be prepared. We have already been told that we should excuse dogs that have serious physical defects, but in practice when this does happen the exhibitors do not take the decision well, and it is the judge who is the villain in the piece. And I speak from experience! Ever since we had the new directives from on high I have objected to their tone, because the implication is that in the past we have ignored health and soundness when making top awards. It must be said that in days gone by we have seen bad moving dogs not in great shape winning well (usually under breeder judges it has to be said) simply because they were dripping in breed type. It should never have happened then and it certainly should never happen now. Indeed, if it did, one would assume that any judges so guilty would be brought to book. The changes in many of the Breed Standards that have been made in the wake of the now infamous BBC television program “Pedigree Dogs Exposed” have changed some aspects of certain breeds that many feel risk robbing that breed of an element of breed type. They are however in place and judging still must revolve around the Breed Standard, yet these are – as always – open to personal interpretation. The revised Pekingese Standard requires that the nose should be “not too short.” But how short is too short? And too short for what? If a Pekingese comes to me in the ring in the future, shows no signs or respiratory problems, gets around the ring efﬁciently, and has wide, open nostrils, I suspect that a nose that was acceptable under the “old” Standard would still please me sufﬁciently if the rest of the dog impressed. I think that the biggest fear is that we are likely to see a new generation of judges emerging where their sole priority is ﬁnding happy, healthy, sound dogs that may just have a nodding acquaintance with classic breed type. When such dogs rise to the top there will no recourse, as these judges will be seen to following the edict from above. The judges of the past who valued the importance of Breed Type, accepting that soundness and ﬁtness can still be obtained in the ultra-typical, may risk being relegated to the ranks of dinosaur as the freshers dismiss the values of the past as being simply “old fashioned.” Without much care and conisderation, their future could look rather bleak.
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San Fernando Kennel Club - Saturday Rhodesian Ridgeback Ch. Pupukea Ridge Ikaika O Spring Valley Judge Mrs. Valerie Carter Owners Tom and Barbara Peach, Pam Lambie, Sonnet and Ian McKinnon Handler Pam Lambie
Carroll Kennel Club - Saturday Annapolis Kennel Club - Monday Doberman Pinscher Ch. Allure Blazing Star Alisaton Judge Mr. Richard W. Powell Judge Mr. Walter Sommerfelt Owners Nancy Bosley, Julie Porter, Carmen Pitts Handler Carissa DeMilta Shimpeno Simi Valley Kennel Club - Friday Ventura Kennel Club - Sunday Pembroke Welsh Corgi Ch. Segni at Coventry Judge Mr. Keven Harris Judge Miss Joan Luna Owners Sophia Sadler, Steven Leyerly, Beckie Williams DVM, and Bill Shelton Handler Bill Shelton Carroll Kennel Club - Friday Scottish Deerhound Ch. Foxcliffe Hickory Wind Judge Mrs. Mary Ann Alston Owners Sally Sweatt, Cecilia Dove and R. Scott Dove DVM Handler Angela L. Lloyd Annapolis Kennel Club - Sunday Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Ch. Fireside’s Spontaneous Combustion Judge Mr. Thomas J. Feneis Owners Joan Coughlin and Elaine Hunsicker Handler Michelle Scott 34 Dog News
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Tualatin Kennel Club Dog Fanciers Association Of Oregon Irish Setter Ch. Shadagee Caught Red Handed Judge Mr. Dana P. Cline Judge Mrs. Betty-Anne Stenmark Owners Debra Burke and Nancy Conner Handler Adam Bernardin Dog Fanciers Association of Oregon - Saturday Boxer Ch. Duba-Dae’s Who’s Your Daddy Judge Mr. Ronald H. Menaker Owners Charles Vose, Wendy Bettis and Lynn Janson Handler Wendy Bettis Central Iowa Kennel Club II American Foxhound Ch. Kiarry’s Foolish Pride Judge Dr. Robert D. Smith Owners Beverly Wyckoff, Harry Miller, Lisa Miller Handler Susan Kipp Dog Fanciers Association of Oregon - Thursday Doberman Pinscher Ch. Protocol’s Veni Vidi Vici Judge Mr. Norman Patton Owners Jocelyn & Kevin Mullins Handler Michelle Santana Winnegamie Dog Club - Saturday Standard Poodle Ch. Jaset’s Satisfaction Judge Mr. Eugene Blake Owners Sandra Tompkins & Christi Bailey Handler Ann Rairigh CONTINUED ON PAGE 125
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What is your Meeting Laura for the ﬁrst time. favorite dog show moment exclusive of a win?
“Yes, dear.” – Which But it’s worth it. words or phrases do you most overuse?
To be one hell of a Which ﬁghter pilot. talent would you most like to have?
Who is My Mother and Father. They’re the reason I’m your real life the man I am. hero or heroine?
5 6 7 What is in your wallet/ purse right now?
Other people think I am:
Moody and shy. (I am.)
8 9 What was your most embarrassing moment at a dog show? Showing a Siberian bitch in BIS and falling ﬂat on my butt.
How would you describe yourself in a personal ad?
Politcally correct answer: Very happily married. But that being said, GLOTMOF – Good looking outdoor type male over 40. Looking for funny, pretty, younger, sexy, dog-show friendly female. Hmmm, already got that.
Which judge, no longer alive or judging, do you miss the most? Annie Rogers Clark – many years ago when I started showing she took me aside and helped me privately work with my dog. I will never forget that as it had a lasting impression to a newcomer.
10questions What do you miss the most at dog shows? Honesty, integrity, commitment and good sportsmanship.
Asked of Charlie Coomes
Born: Elmhurst, Illinois Resides: Summerﬁeld, Florida (for now) Marital Status: Very happily Married
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OFF TO A FLYING START 14 SHOWS 14 BEST OF BREEDS 1 BEST IN SHOW 11 GROUP FIRSTS 2 GROUP SECONDS 1 GROUP THIRD
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THE MULTIPLE ALL BREED & SPECIALTY BEST IN SHOW WINNER THE NUMBER ONE* AFGHAN HOUND & NUMBER SEVEN** AMONG ALL HOUND BREEDS 2009
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Kaylene Scotton 15 years old Foxboro, Mass
What is your favorite part about competing in juniors? irst and foremost my favorite part is having time to enjoy with the dogs. I also enjoy the lifelong friendships and relationships I have made.
The Juniors Speak
Favorite dog show moment? Yet to be determined.
Do you have a mentor, or someone you look up to in the sport?
Absolutely! I have been lucky enough to be assisting Michael and Stacy Work, who have shared their knowledge, their friendship and their house dog, Martha, for me to compete in juniors with!
When was the last show you attended?
I’ve been with Michael and Stacy for the whole summer, so I’ve been really busy with shows every weekend!
What is the best advice you can give to current and potential juniors?
Don’t take yourself so seriously; just have fun!
What would you like junior judges to know? That I appreciate them taking the time out of their day to spend some time in the juniors ring. And a small token of their time can mean a world of difference to a junior! 46 Dog News
Do you have any plans once you age-out of juniors? I’m living one day at a time.
What if anything have you learned from junior showmanship? ’ve learned that the dog show world is something that I will be a part of for the rest of my life.
The Glen that is spicing things up...
Judge: Mr. Al Ferruggiaro
Ch. Coleraine’s Mandalay Royalty “Curry” turned up the heat in the ﬁnal months of 2009. She swept the National Dog Show/Kennel Club of Philadelphia weekend, topped the ﬁeld at the big New England Supported Entry, and picked up several Terrier Group Placements along the way.
Royalty Glen of Imaal Terriers Always owner-handled by: Bruce Sussman
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by Desmond J. Murphy
AKC/Eukanuba National Championship
his year marked the 125th year for the AKC. Because it was a landmark year, the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship was not an invitational show. For the ﬁrst time it had an open entry to all exhibits. This proved to be very successful since of the 161 breeds being represented, 125 enjoyed a specialty or supported entry to celebrate this landmark year. The number of dogs entered rose by 1860, which meant the show was up approaching nearly twice the size of last year. A very large part of the increased entry was reﬂected the 1,600 dogs entered in the classes. Because of the supported entries, class dogs and the landmark year, it was
It is truly remarkable that in nine years this show has become one of the most prestigious shows in the world. No other show anywhere in the world enjoyed such fame as this one had in its’ initial years. Over the course of the weekend I asked a lot of people, including many foreigners, what their favorite show was. Not surprisingly the response from Terrier people was Montgomery. A large majority responded that the AKC/Eukanuba has become their favorite. Various reasons given were but one of the most mentioned was - a great location accompanied with top hotels and restaurants nearby. It proves the old adage “location-location-location”. The biggest praise for the show is the World Challenge. Everyone enjoys having the opportunity to see so many of the top dogs from around the world in the ring at the same time. This is the only show in the world where this happens. Eukanuba, the AKC and the FCI go to a great deal of planning to arrange for this. In only its third year, the World Challenge has been improved upon each year. Several of these World Challenge entries I have judged or seen in their native countries, but it is great to see just how well they stand up against other truly great dogs. Judging is always a comparison and some dogs look wonderful because we see them in lesser competition. This year there were a few less dogs. This was because some of the very small countries in certain parts of the world competed against each other in a preliminary runoff at the World Show in October. This meant the competition was even stronger this year. The Bred-By competition is still a major factor for the great success of the show also. This year it became a little more complicated. A dog could be eligible that was entered in the classes and it did not have to be entered in the Bred-By class. It could have come from the Open class, even if it had only placed fourth in that class. It all boiled down to any dog shown by the breeder was eligible until the point it was beaten by another Bred-By dog. That is why it was mandatory to place the AOM’s in exact order, since in many cases it determined the winner of Best Bred-By. Over 40% of the entry was Bred-By dogs. With so many shows today, in order for any show to have some distinction they have to include something different from the average show. This show is the best example. Without the Bred-By class, the World Challenge, meet the breeds and more, it would not be the show it has become. When International Kennel Club went through troubled times, it took great foresight on the part of Lou Auslander to come up with innovative ideas to restore 50 Dog News
that show back to its glory days. Having three shows preceding the National Championship attracts more exhibitors who must come from great distances. An added bonus is the four days the weekend before in a very close proximity. Besides the dogs competing in the World Challenge, a lot of dogs come to compete from foreign lands just because of the quality of the competition. Friends of mine brought quite a few entries from Brazil. Several of the leading handlers from Brazil were present and most of the other South and Central American countries were represented. A very large contingency was present from Asia also. Having eight all breed shows within ten days gave these foreign exhibitors eight chances to acquire a much sought after AKC Championship on their dogs. There were so many of the World Challenge dogs entered in the regular classes over the weekend that it was a great opportunity to see them against their own breed. On Saturday in the Challenge preliminaries I saw a Scottie bitch representing Denmark that greatly impressed me. With thanks to Andrew Brace he introduced me to the owners and I had a chance to go over her. She is one of the most impressive new dogs I have seen recently. The following day I got to watch her in the breed. Seeing her next to other Scotties only conﬁrmed her quality. When you think of all the positive aspects of this show it makes one realize just why it has become the favorite show of so many fanciers. This year this show had extra meaning for me. It was the 125th year of AKC and since I was judging it brought back a lot of memories. I won BOB in Chows 25 years ago at the Centennial Show. At the 150 year show I will be lucky if I am able to watch sitting in a wheel chair. I still have so many wonderful memories of that Centennial show. My assignment this year consisted of English Toy Spaniels, Afghans and Cavaliers. Because of the size of the Cavalier entry (66 which was the third largest entry in the show), I was only one of ﬁve judges that had over 100 dogs to judge. It made for a very enjoyable day. I felt I earned my keep, but still had plenty of time to watch the World Challenge Preliminaries after a very nice lunch that was sponsored by “Dogs In Review”. After the preliminaries, we had the opportunity to watch the Bred-By groups of the breeds that were scheduled for Saturday. A very short time after Cavaliers had CONTINUED ON PAGE 66
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onhams have held their position at the forefront of specialist sales of dog art since the ﬁrst one held many years ago in Knightsbridge, London. Having been involved with running a specialist auction I know only too well how difﬁcult it is to present an interesting catalogue year after year, and naturally some years are going to be better than others. Quite often it is just a few lots that make all the difference. Even when there has been a shortage of artistically important pieces, usually there have some interesting and historical lots tucked within to compensate and this year’s Bonhams sale is no exception.
The early sales in London always began with a wine and canapés reception. Such old-world niceties have long gone and been replaced in New York with a Barkfest at Bonhams Charity Brunch. Those who attend the Barkfest know it as an equally glamorous social occasion which, unlike the early receptions, helps a very deserving cause. All proceeds go to beneﬁt the AKC Humane Fund created to promote the joy and values of responsible ownership through education, outreach and grantmaking. With vendors from Europe, the UK and America, The Dog Sale offers a broad section of the best in dog art available at the time. Gustav Muss-Arnolt and Edmund Henry Osthaus were two of the leading artists working in America who specialized in dogs and sporting scenes and both are represented in the sale. Muss-Arnolt with an oil of a Setter and Pointer on point with expectations of between $20,000 and 30,000 and Osthaus with a similar picture but with two Setters ($15,000-20,000). Leading the sale with expectations of between $500,000 and 700,000 is an oil by John Emms of Foxhounds. Painted in 1896, it shows the bitch pack of the Meath, historically one of the most important hunts in Ireland. It has come to auction from a collector in Kentucky who bought it in 1994 from a collector in the UK and has not been seen at auction before. One of last year’s failures was a rediscovered picture by Sir Edwin Landseer of a Toy Spaniel belonging to a Mr. Plummer-Ward that had been exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1896. With a lower more tempting estimate this year of $40,000-60,000, hopefully it will ﬁnd a new home. One of the features of Bonhams sales are the pictures by continental artists and this year they include a charming portrait by Francisco
P. Simpson (British, circa 1930) A bronze ﬁgure of the champion Saluki ‘Sarona Gulshere’ signed ‘P Simpson’ and inscribed ‘Ch. Sarona Gulshere’ on base 8 x 7 1/8 in. (20.3 x 18.3 cm.) $2,000-3,000
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An amusing Zooray portable heater in the form of a Scottie dog, circa 1930 12 3/4 in. (33 cm.) high $300-500
Best In Show - Judge Mr. Carl Gomes
THE # 1 NON-SPORTING DOG 2009* Owners: Joan L. Fisher Robert D. Speiser Barbara Wolfe
Handler Extraordinaire! Phoebe J. Booth 203 938-0226 *The Dog News Top Ten List - All Breed
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Starts the New Year with Two Best In Shows and Six Group Firsts
Judge Mr. Madison Weeks
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by Robin L. Stansell
An Explanation of the Grand Champion Requirements (As sent to all show secretaries and show representatives.)
Who is Eligible for Grand Champion competition? The following categories of dogs are entered in this competition: Dogs that are Champions of Record competing in Best of Breed or Best of Variety class. Dogs transferred to Best of Breed/Variety which according to their owners’ records have completed the requirements for a championship but whose championships are unconﬁrmed. (The showing of dogs whose championships are unconﬁrmed is limited to a period of 90 days from the date of show where a dog completed the requirements for a championship according to the owners’ records.) Champions that win Non-Regular Classes and become eligible for Best of Breed competition. (Altered or spayed CH veteran class winners at independent specialties are eligible.) Winners Dog and Winners Bitch are not eligible for Grand Champion competition. At the judge’s discretion, Grand Championship points may be awarded to: Best of Breed or Variety Best of Opposite Select Dog Select Bitch Grand Champion competition will not continue beyond Best of Breed competition and in breeds that are divided into varieties, Grand Champion Competition will not continue beyond Best of Variety competition. What are the requirements to earn the Grand Champion Title? 25 Grand Champion points. A minimum of 9 points won at 3 shows with ratings of 3 or more points (Major wins) under three different judges, and one or more of the balance of points won under a 4th judge. At least one Champion of Record was defeated at three of these shows.
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How are Grand Champion points computed? Grand Champion points are only to be awarded to dogs the judge considers deserving. Grand Champions points awarded to the Best of Breed/Variety shall count all dogs of both sexes competing in the regular classes and in Best of Breed/Variety competition. Grand Champion points awarded to Best of Opposite Sex shall count all dogs of their sex competing in the regular classes and in Best of Breed/Variety competition. Grand Champion points awarded to Select Dog/Bitch shall count all dogs of their sex defeated in the Best of Breed/Variety competition as well as the dogs of their sex in the regular classes. (i.e. one less than the total entry in that sex) The entry of non-regular classes are not counted for computation of Grand Champion points to be awarded. Judging Procedure Choose BOB, BOW and BOS If quality warrants, choose a Select Dog (SD) and Select Bitch (SB) from the remaining Champions in the BOB ring (Do not consider BOW, WD or WB) Annotate the judge’s book certiﬁcation as to the eligibility and quality of the Grand Champion points being awarded or withheld. Award BOB, BOW, SD and SB ribbons if determined to be of eligible and deserving of the Grand Champion title. See: http:// www.akc.org/pdfs/judges_sheet_conﬁrmation.pdf for example of the revised judge’s book form. Administration On May 12, 2010 Grand Champion competition will be included in all shows offering BOB or BOV competition. Premium lists – Other than prize listings, there is no requirement to address Grand Champion competition in the premium list since it is included in all shows that offer BOB or BOV. However, there is no restriction should superintendents and secretaries want to bring attention to the new competition. Judging Schedule – No additional information is required. Ribbons – BOB and BOS do not require an additional ribbon. Light blue & white ribbons for SD & SB. Flat ribbons or rosettes are equally acceptable. “Select” is acceptable wording however “Grand Champion Select” is acceptable and more descriptive. Ring Markers – Just as with BOB, BOW and BOS, there is no AKC requirement to have SD and SB placement markers. These markers are provided as a service by the club or superintendent. •
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Full Circle Wire Dachshunds Midge & Don Martin Libertyville, Illinois Are so proud of
Specialty Best in Show Winner Best Opposite Sex Westminster Kennel Club, 2009 Best Opposite Sex Dachshund Club of America, 2009
Ch. Barmaud Joshua
A Top 5* Wirehaired Dachshund 2009 The Breeder-Judges like him…
Many thanks to Breeder-Judge Mrs. Andra O’Connell *The Dog News Top Ten List - Breed points
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…And the all-rounders like him, too
Thanks to Judge Mr. Daniel J. Smyth for one of Joshua’s Group Placements! Joshua is lovingly presented by Barbara Waldkirch Joshua is proudly owned by Edna Martin, Candace Krieger, and Genie Bishop Full Circle Wire Dachshunds Midge & Don Martin firstname.lastname@example.org Dog News 61
By Anna Stromberg
A First Time Event In White Plains I
could not move my arms I was so bundled up. The temperature outside was 11 degrees; my car prompted me and I could not see the hand in front of me due to crystal clear skies and a sun blinding as ever. It made for a perfect day at a dog show except that your nose and ears would freeze in a blink in the biting wind. “Ok, I can do this!” I thought. I was sitting in front of the County Center down town White Plains, in Westchester, New York and it was January 9th.
Getting out of the car covered in layers from head to toe, my whippet should thank me for purposely not dragging her out in this weather. Inside, The Kennel Club of Northern New Jersey was getting ready to start their annual winter show, moved up here from the Meadowlands Compound in New Jersey to join Saw Mill River Kennel Club for a trial two day event. This is a ﬁrst for both clubs since NNJ normally is held with Monticello Kennel Club in February-March and Saw Mill is a single show normally the second Sunday of March. Show ladies Linda Berberich from Northern New Jersey and Angela Porpora from Saw Mill River along with their committees and members got together to try something new. Traditionally Saw Mill River Kennel Club would have to settle for the few handlers that come to their show because it is a single day event in the midst of multiple-day circuits held throughout the Northeast. Moving the show to the very ﬁrst weekend of shows for this area was a smart idea in my opinion since that gave locals and not-so-locals a reason to stay home from Florida and the Midwest to start off the year. The only other event going on is the well known American Spaniel club specialty but for everyone else not spaniel, there are no shows until the following weekend. Just pulling up I noticed a few RVs and the parking lot was lined with the bigger trucks, indicating what what we could expect. CONTINUED ON PAGE 94
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been recognized by the AKC, I judged dogs at the National. This year it was amazing to see just how far the breed has progressed. I thought the depth of quality was very strong. There were ﬁve AOM’s allowed and several top quality exhibits that I didn’t even have a ribbon for. The breed winner last year was the winner of the Bred-By Toy Group. This year my Best Bred-By went on to be awarded the winner of the Bred-By Toy Group. The Cavalier breeders should take great pride on how far they have come. So many of the winners, I was told, were related which shows some strong lines have been developed in the US. Afghans, after going through some lean years, have regained a lot of their strength. The winning dog could have also won big when the breed was going through their “glory days”. It was interesting to learn the one that pressed him the hardest was the same dog that pressed him the hardest last year. The handler of the ﬁrst AOM has to be congratulated on the super condition she has this dog in, not only in hair, but also hard muscle condition. All of the AOM’s were ﬁne examples of the breed. I had not judged the breed winner for the past three years. I had judged him as a baby pup and predicted a bright future. It was very rewarding to realize just why he has done so well. It is always an enjoyable show to judge. Foremost, one hopes all the top dogs in the country will be present plus some from other countries. Example, the Afghan representing France in the World Challenge was also present in the breed ring. I see she is bred by the breeder of the BOB dog. This bitch from France won the breed on Wednesday from the classes. My only disappointment was that some of the Afghans from Chile were not present. The WD was also from Mexico and this made him an American Champion. He is owned and handled by Juan Miranda, who just a few years ago was a World famous Junior Handler. The very young Juan has moved his talents to judging and has quite a few groups in the FCI system. I am sure if you asked the nine judges that have judged Best they will all agree it has been one of the highlights of a lifetime in the Sport and several of them have handled a dog to BIS at Westminster.
rank Sabella who has judged Best at this show and also Westminster had the great honor of judging the ﬁnals for the World Challenge. Frank had twelve wonderful dogs before him which was no surprise since the entire world was involved with this outstanding event. Here in the states we have sometimes seven great dogs in front of us, but on this night Frank had a dozen great dogs to judge. The four section judges for the World Challenge were all world renowned judges who have credentials that would ﬁll volumes. One of the judges I noticed has been exhibiting since 1951. Initially when I read this I thought he must be ancient, until I realized I started showing dogs about ﬁve years later. We forget just how long some of our judges have been involved in the sport. Our BIS judge, Bob Moore, started 60 years ago. The Best Bred-By judge, Helen Lee James, began exhibiting in 1952. The Best Junior Handler judge, Jackie Stacy, started in 1958. Bill Taylor, who judged the Toy Group, bred his ﬁrst litter of Pekingese in 1945 – 64 years ago. Lee Reasin, who presided over the Herding group, started judging in 1945. Jane Forsyth, who judged
the Terrier group, has been in the Sport for 71 years and her husband, Bob, who judged the Bred-By Hounds, started in 1933 – 66 years ago. When you look at the nearly one hundred judges involved with this show several thousand years of experience are behind the decisions made. This was only overshadowed by the very large numbers of breeders from all over the world who represented uncountable years of experience.
he Bred-By class has become a major part of the show and the breeder receives $15,000 for the top award, $1,500 for ﬁrst in the group and $200 for Best Bred-By at the breed level. This comes to the winner walking away with $16,700, but I am sure the prestige of winning remains a lifelong memory even after the money is spent. For the fourth year in a row the Best Bred-By has been captured by a Sporting dog and in 2006, 2007 and now 2009, it has been won by a Golden Retriever. This years’ winner, Ch. Rush Hills River Road Payoff, co-bred and handled by Tonya Struble, also won the breed and placed third in the group. Tonya, like the other Golden winners, is also a prominent handler in the breed like her predecessors, Laurie Fenner and Amy Booth. So many shows today offer Best BredBy classes, but this is the only show where the awards have a signiﬁcant meaning. The overwhelming sensation of the show this year was the winner of the World Challenge. Most people in this country had never seen a Bracco Italiano. I have to admit the ﬁrst time I ever judged this dog I did not even know what breed it was. After the show I ran into Mike Billings, Frank Sabella, Ginny Lyne, Jim Reynolds and others. This short answer is even if you do not know a breed a truly great one will and does jump out at you. When Frank realized he was going to have a Bracco in the line-up he was able to acquire a copy of the Standard in English to study in order to fully evaluate this memorable dog. “Axel” is no stranger to the world and has a long list of credentials. In this fast pace of life, some might have forgotten he went BIS at the World Show in Poland in 2006. And now “Axel” is the ﬁrst dog ever to have won the World Show and the World Challenge. I would predict it will be many years before we witness this happening again. I imagine “Axel” will stir some interest in the breed now in the states. Right now the breed is not even eligible for the Miscellaneous class. “Axel” is a very good dual purpose dog. When he is not being a star in the ring, he is a very good performer in the ﬁeld. It is hard to imagine just how this unusual looking dog possesses such high credentials, but once he started CONTINUED ON PAGE 88
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Dr. W. Jean Dodds By: Karl M. Stearns
r. Jean Dodds thinks back to fond memories of her dog-showing days. “I used to show Viszlas, English Setters and Pointers,” she recalls. “We would all get together and travel with our motorhomes to shows in the Northeast US. To make it fun, we’d each pick a country and make up a menu based on the food of that country. Then we’d each take a turn preparing dinner.” For Dodds, the camaraderie was part of the experience. “We made it fun, even though we knew we weren’t all going to win every time. There are a lot of very competitive people in the dog world. You have to be able to accept the losses as well as enjoy those nice wins.” Although she stopped showing in 1985, Dr. Dodds continues to have an enormous impact on the sport of purebred dogs. Dodds’ background goes back to receiving her DVM degree with honors in 1964 from Ontario Veterinary College, University of Toronto. In 1965, she joined the NY State Health Department in Albany and began comparative studies of animals with inherited and acquired bleeding diseases. She attained the position as the chief of Laboratory of Hematology at the Wadsworth Center. In 1986, she moved to Southern California to found Hemopet. Many people know her because of her services analyzing blood tests as well as the transfusion services Hemopet offers. An important part of Dodds’ California facility is the Animal Restore Health Center. Designed to be a facility for recovering animals, Dr. Dodds has received important help from a noteworthy source, Joanne Carson, PhD, second wife of the late entertainer Johnny Carson. “Dr. Dodds is a close friend who, like me, has a deep love for the health and well-being of animals, especially family pets,” said Dr. Carson. “This exciting facility will accommodate the recovery needs of pets and the needs of their caregivers.” In 2007, Dr. Carson announced she was donating a portion of the proceeds of the sale of a 2-DVD set of Johnny Carson’s performances to the Hemopet Animal Restore Health Center. Dodds has another passion that will have an enormous impact on the dog world, the Rabies Challenge Study, being conducted at the University of Wisconsin, under the leadership of Dr. Ronald Schultz (http://www.vetmed.wisc. edu/people/ronald d schultz). Dr. Dodds has contributed her time as well as the time of her staff to this cause in an effort to determine the efﬁcacy of long-term rabies vaccinations. “Rabies vaccinations are the strongest of all vaccinations,” said Dobbs. “There are a great many adverse reactions to them, including fever, joint pain, seizures, sudden behavior changes, liver effects, tumors at injection sites, hemolytic anemia. Our goal is to prove that a
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vaccine can be supplied that will provide immunity for ﬁve years, and then we’d like to extend that to seven years.” The Rabies Challenge is starting year four of its ﬁve year study. “Funding is critical to keep this study going,” commented Dodds. “We are close to ﬁnalizing funding for year four, and then will have to raise the funds for year ﬁve. Fortunately, the University will proceed as long as we’ve raised 80 percent of the funds.” People in the dog world who are interested can access the Fund’s Web site at http://www. rabieschallengefund.org/ In addition to getting updates, it’s also possible to make donations on the site. “People may think we need high-proﬁle donors with large pockets,” observed Dodds. “While that’s something wonderful, it’s not real-world. If we could simply obtain modest donations from all the dog clubs in the United States, we’d make it. I’m donating my time and the time of my staff. My webmaster donates services. Kris Christine has been a tireless volunteer. We don’t take a dime from the monies donated. It all goes to research.” Has Dodds seen changes in the dog world since her start in the ‘60s? “A major difference is the way people run their breeding programs today,” Dodds said. “There have always been the haves and have-nots. What I observe today is the access to information has allowed people to run smaller breeding programs while focusing on health issues. The enthusiasm and knowledge has made people stronger, even able to challenge their vets to question what’s important.” Does that pose any problems in the relationships between breeders and their vets? Dodds answered: “More and more vets and techs come to my seminars and they’ve learned their breeder/clients are not the ‘bad guys’ they used to think they were. Conscientious breeders have earned the respect of vets – they teach each other. Vets are starting to understand conscientious breeders, and want to learn what the breeders are learning.” Dodds has a referral consultation service at her facility in Garden Grove, California. Her Web site is http://www. hemopet.org •
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Thank you Judge Mr. Thomas Kirsten
Thank you Judge Mrs. Robert D. Smith
Thank you Judge Dr. Klaus Anselm Thank you Judge Mrs. Bonnie Threlfall And thank you to Judges Mrs. Priscilla A. Gabosch for kicking off the weekend with a Best of Variety at the Penn Treaty Kennel Club, Inc., Oaks, Pennsylvania, November 12, 2009
Ch. Tollgate’s Diamond In The Ruff Owners: Jim and Joan Bay P.O. Box 95 Clifton Forge, VA
Breeders: Susan Watts, Tollgate Boxers & Dachshunds Dr. Andrew & Dianne Kostic & Kandice Kostic Dollidachs Dachshunds, Brandy Station, VA Breeder/Owner/Handler: Susan Watts, Upper Black Eddy, PA Dog News 73
by M.J. Nelson
Living A Dream H
ave you ever dreamt of having a dog that could do it all? Be a great show dog, a ﬁne ﬁeld dog and an outstanding agility, obedience, rally or tracking dog? Well, with the increased opportunities available to dog owners, a number of German Shorthaired Pointer owners, taking advantage of the breed’s built-in willingness to do almost anything their owners want them to do, are actually living this dream. “Hubert” (BISS DC Can Ch/OTCH Cheza’s Michael Magic Birdog UDX Can UD MH MX MXJ on point) and his son “Homer” (DC Hubert’s Yankee Doodle Dandy JH OA AXJ in foreground), Jeffrey Drogin’s two German Shorthaired Pointers do what the breed was originally developed to do.
Like most of the continental sporting breeds, the German Shorthair was developed to be a very versatile hunter. The Germans who developed the breed wanted a personal gun dog that could ﬁnd, point and retrieve upland birds, be willing to go in the water after downed waterfowl and also be capable of hunting small game animals depending upon what was either plentiful in the area where the hunter lived or what was desired for the dinner table that particular day. Hunting such varied game required that the dog possess different skills for each type of game the hunter was pursuing. They also wanted a companion and a family dog. The breed was developed in response to the middle class being permitted to legally hunt in Europe, something which prior to the 18th century, had been reserved, almost exclusively, for the nobility. But, unlike the
nobles, the members of the middle class did not have the money necessary to maintain large kennels of specialist dogs— water dogs, upland dogs, earth dogs, varmint dogs—but they needed and wanted to hunt all the critters that these specialist dogs hunted and they wanted a dog that could comfortably live with the owner’s family as there was no extra money for kennels. Thus the need was there for a versatile hunting dog. This innate versatility has carried over into other dog sports besides those that reﬂect the original hunting purpose of the breed. “Versatility is what breeding dogs is all about,” said Katrin Tazza who owns DC AFC NSC Up N’ Adam UD SH ROMX, DC NGDC AFC Up N’Adam’s Super Sioux CDX SH and DC AFC Up N’ Adam’s Piper Cherokee CDX MH. “It is actually pretty easy to breed just a show dog as I found in the early 1980s with three top producing show bitches. But what do you do with them after their show career? Not every dog is a special and not everyone cares to campaign a special. I started doing obedience just as something else to do with my dogs. After my dog that eventually became DC AFC NSC Up N’Adam UD SH ROMX won the GSPCA national specialty and CONTINUED ON PAGE 104
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Best In Show & Multiple Group Winning
Ch. Talydales Friend Of The Force
Sire: Ch Ch.Talydales T l d l Gluteus Gl t Maximus M i
Dam:Talydales D T l d l Little Littl Miss Mi Magic M i
Judge Dr. Lee Anthony Reasin
Breeder/Owner Sheri Smith
Handlers Michael & Michele Kemp 724 448-4104 email@example.com Dog News 75
CH. FABELHAFT ROBOBULL
Winning the 2008 French Bulldog Club of America Best in Sweepstakes, CA$H started his show career off with a bang, ﬁnishing quickly with multiple Breed wins and Group Placements. He made his debut back into the specials ring at the 2009 FBDCA National Specialty, winning an Award of Merit under Breeder-Judge Mrs. Patricia Sosa. CA$H is out in 2010 winning multiple Breed and Group Placements already in the ﬁrst week of the year, proving that this CA$H is a HOT COMMODITY! Owner: Jane Cooney-Waterhouse, Darjeeling Dogs • Co-Owner/Breeder: James Dalton 76 Dog News
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CH. TIMBER’S NEXT
2009 Number One American Eskimo Bitch,
Thank you to Judges Dr. Lee Anthony Reasin for this Group First Winning Back-to-Back Group Firsts on the same Thank you to all the judges who ﬁnd Taiga to be Owner: Steve Sung • Handler: Kathy Eiler & Joe T. Caton, Safari 78 Dog News
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& The Number Four American Eskimo*
and Mr. Jon Cole for awarding Taiga BEST IN SHOW. weekend, Taiga kicked off 2010 with a bang. an excellent example of the American Eskimo! Handling and Training, www.safarihandling.com
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couple of legislative measures that deserve the attention of dog owners everywhere have cropped up this week. First, the Memphis City Council was meeting this week to consider an ordinance to require that “pit bulls” (in this case, American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers and any dogs displaying the physical characteristics of these breeds) over eight weeks of age be sterilized unless the owner qualiﬁes for a medical exemption, operates a commercial kennel or the dog is recognized as a show dog. The ordinance requires that owners submit pedigree information and “dog show registration” to be eligible for this show dog exemption, which could cause confusion as any dog registered with the American Kennel Club can participate in AKC events. Would simply registering a puppy with the AKC allow for an exemption? The Memphis proposal seeks to ﬁne any owner whose dog is in violation a fee of $50 per day. In addition, the dog will be impounded and sterilized, with either a $100 deposit paid to the shelter or a non-refundable fee of $60 paid to animal services to deliver the dog to the owner’s vet. Owners who are unsure if their pet falls under the ordinance’s deﬁnition of “pit bull” will have that determination made by an animal services staff member. The qualiﬁcations required of such a staff member aren’t deﬁned, but those cheek-swab DNA mail order tests that supposedly determine what breeds of dog are present in a mutt retail for around $100 a pop. Would DNA tests be used at such a cost or would the animal services staff member’s guesswork alone determine a dog’s fate? Hopefully, Memphis City Council members will come to the conclusion that such an ordinance will do nothing towards corralling irresponsible owners while placing an unnecessary and costly burden
on responsible owners. The actions of all dogs should be examined and addressed, based on their deeds and not their speciﬁc – or in this case, presumed - breeds. Also unveiled this week were plans in the Hawkeye State to regulate dog breeders. Under the measure, the state of Iowa would increase the licensing fee ﬁve-fold, from the current $20 fee to $100. This increase would reportedly go towards paying the salary of an inspector at the Iowa Department of Agriculture, who would respond to complaints at breeding operations. Iowa currently has roughly 400 licensed breeders, so if all of them re-upped at the new suggested fee, that’s $40,000 as opposed to the $8,000 currently being collected. Would the difference of $32,000 (assuming that all 400 breeders pay the new fee, no guarantee in such lean times) and the hiring of one inspector really bring irresponsible breeding practices into compliance? Iowa’s dog breeders are currently licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, whose 150 inspectors are so overwhelmed that supporters of the measure believe they don’t have time to check out complaints about facilities. Iowa’s 400 licensed breeders produce approximately 20,000 dogs annually, which reportedly ranks it third in the nation behind Missouri and Oklahoma. The actual numbers are hard to substantiate, as unlicensed breeders produce an untold number of dogs in each state. Responsible breeders who are opposed to the measure think they’re being unfairly targeted to foot the bill for irresponsible breeders - and that’s not all that’s being asked of them. They’re also being asked to help weed out the irresponsible breeders. The Associated Press reports that Sen. Matt McCoy said, “We are asking for help from the legitimate breeders in the state. We believe that there are legitimate breeders in the state who will in fact turn those unlicensed, unregulated breeders over.” So, on top of raising the licensing fees of re-
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sponsible breeders 400% in these tough economic times, they’re also asking them to police their industry in their spare time? Sure, jobs are tough to come by these days, but whoever gets the newly proposed post of the Iowa Department of Agriculture breeding inspector with the extra $32,000 that would be collected should this measure pass and all breeders comply with the new fee is certainly going to get an earful of complaints from the responsible breeders in the Hawkeye State. CHINA TO BAN DOG AND CAT MEAT? Due to a growing, afﬂuent middle class of pet lovers in China, legal experts are proposing a ban on eating dogs and cats, a culinary tradition dating back thousands of years. Under the law, individuals caught eating dog or cat meat could face a ﬁne of 5,000 yuan ($735 USD) or up to 15 days in prison, and businesses caught serving it could be ﬁned up to 500,000 yuan ($7,325). The ban will be submitted to higher authorities in April as part of a draft bill designed to curb animal abuse. Once considered medicinal, with warming qualities, dog meat is still available throughout the country, particularly in the north. Cat consumption isn’t as widespread, perhaps due to the superstition that the cat will come back at night to retaliate. Despite being closely monitored and censored by the government, the proliferation of Internet use and access may be partially responsible for the shift in an increasingly modern and animal-loving China. The new, afﬂuent, pet-loving middle class has been posting online petitions against dog and cat consumption, and videos depicting the maltreatment of farmed dogs have spurred protests at markets where the animals are bought and sold. This same afﬂuent population is less dependent on dog and cat meat, and opposition to the practice is causing many social problems. There have been reports of murders and thefts related to the dog meat trade and protestors have attempted to block trucks carrying animals to meat markets. While this proposal is certainly a welcome change, there’s no certainty that the draft will be adopted by the government or the National People’s Congress. As we’ve seen here in the U.S., legislative change and a shift in the collective ideology can be a long time in the making if it happens at all, but pet lovers in China remain hopeful.
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e missed the ﬁrst part of the so-called Florida Classic held in Brooksville but did manage to get down there for the second half. It certainly seemed strange not to see Michael Soave there, and I must admit for the ﬁrst hour or two I could not take my mind away from his no longer being with us. But life goes on as I am sure Michael would have wanted it to, and I am pleased to have read that at least the second half of the Cluster was dedicated to his memory. Certainly he would have delighted in seeing the “burning of the mortgage papers” held prior to the groups as the show giving clubs celebrated the fact that the land is now ofﬁcially theirs. the foresight of these shows to purchase permanent show grounds cannot be denied and through the years the hotel situation has vastly improved. Now if only the restaurant investors could act with only half the enthusiasm of the hotel builders perhaps it would make the trip more tolerable. As it is you can only eat at Papa Joe’s so often while the trips to Dade City or Spring Hill for dinners which are ordinary at best hardly are overly appealing. On the grounds both Hot Java and Captain C’s (from New Jersey) cater along with two or three other providers decent sort of luncheons and breakfasts and acceptable dinners for some but eating out in Brooksville has never been a joy – and that remains true today too. As for the shows they are decently run with large rings which were pretty well-trampled by the end of the Circuit or else damaged by the early-on frost. I never have been a fan of these long drawn out affairs and with little if any innovation offered for the exhibitors – certainly on the tail-end of the Circuit ennui seemed to have settled in. The Smooth Fox Terrier shown by Amy Booth swept the four all-breeds in lineups which on one day looked top notch to my eye and on other nights looked questionable at best. Nonetheless this Smooth just trucks CONTINUED ON PAGE 110
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Ch. Kaylen’s In A Perfect World
Sire: Am. & Can. Ch. Tivin Colours Of The Wind
Dam: Ch. Kaylen’s I’M Here For The Party
Thank you Judge Mr. Robert Sturm Owners: Nancy Trombley Vic-Tori Standard Poodles Trenton, MO firstname.lastname@example.org and Kay Palade Peiser
Breeders: Mary Ellen Macke and Kay Palade Peiser
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Celebrating 100Yearsof ThePekingese ClubofAmerica by Tony Rosato
he Pekingese Club of America celebrated its 100-year anniversary with Regional and National specialties at the Wyndham Indianapolis West Hotel the weekend before AKC/Eukanuba. It was an exhilarating weekend for the club which doubled its entries from the previous year, and there were a number of special events, seminars and new developments – such as Junior Showmanship competition for the ﬁrst time in over 50 years – that made the centennial celebration memorable for all. Judging PCA for the 3rd time were longtime breeder-judges Martha Olmos-Ollivier for the National and Peggy Dillard Carr for the Regional.
BOB, BOW, BOS & AOM with Judge Martha Olmos-Ollivier
In honor of the club’s centennial year, 18 new silver challenge trophies were offered for the ﬁrst time at the National, a number of which pay tribute to prominent members who are no longer with us, such as the Kay Jeffords Trophy offered by William Secord, and the Nigel Aubrey-Jones Trophy offered by Knolland Farm. Another is the Whitworth Trophy offered by Michael Dachel in memory of Mary Lou (Mrs. Fortune) Roberts who was a PCA Vice President in the 1960s and 70s. Her kennel name was established by her aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Mapes, both of whom became PCA members in 1915. Other the new silver challenge trophies were donated by Sascha Rockefeller, John Shaw, Edie and Cliff Jones, Hiram Stewart, Erna and Herb Holcombe, Tony Rosato and John French, Dr. Gabriel Covo and Gioia Covo, Peggy Dillard Carr, Charlotte Karpinecz, Lucille Tulloch, the late Dottie Schuerch, as well as Joey Franklin and Margie Catlett who offered the Edward B. Jenner Trophy. Another ﬁrst-ever occurrence came unexpectedly from The Pekingese Club in England which donated three of its historic “Silver Medals” for each of the Best in Shows at the Centennial, which includes the Sleeve Show – a special event at the National for dogs and bitches seven pounds and under. The UK Peke Club’s Silver Medal goes back to 1907 and has never before been awarded outside of the British system. The medal is highly sought after in Britain CONTINUED ON PAGE 121
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Arlon Duit judging Sweepstakes at the National - Pat Martello with Beijing LionShadow Enchantment whcih went BISS
PCA Challenge trophies
Bessie Pickens (WA), Joy Sprimple (AZ), Tom Curley (CN), Diane Bell (CN)
Like Father, Like Son Ch. Aksala’s Arie, CGC, TDI, RN
The Top Specialty Winner In The History Of The Breed, The Number One Saint Bernard All Systems, 2004, 2005.
Introducing Arie’s son,
A Specialty Winning, Group Placing Saint Bernard
Ch. Jamelle’s Aristocrat V. Elba b being i awarded d d a Group G Placement Pl t under d Judge J d Mr. M Douglas D l Holloway. H ll Proudly Owned by Elba Saints Linda & Ed Baker
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Domingo Marqués of his own dog asleep ($15,00020,000), a Pointer bitch and her puppies by the Danish artist, Simon Simonsen ($8,000-12,000) and hounds on a scent in a woodland by the French artist, Charles Olivier de Penne ($8,000-12,000). Work by British artists includes three originals by Maud Earl for her portfolio, British Hounds and Gun-Dogs, including the Curly Coated Retriever, Ch. Preston Rattler ($5,000-8,000), a watercolour by Arthur Wardle of the Bulldog, Ch. Pen-y-lan Duchess ($4,000-6,000) and a Bloodhound at full gallop, an unusual subject for Thomas Blinks ($3,000-5,000). In the more affordable range are a quantity of sketches by Lucy Dawson that she had given to her friend, Dr. Mortyn Jones, with estimates starting at $200, and eight lots by Reuben Ward Binks, including the Labradors, Ch. Grateley Ben and Ch. Solemn Sage ($1,000-1,500 the pair). For collectors of historically important art and memorabilia on pedigree dogs, the most interesting has to be a bronze by the British sculptor, P. Simpson. With expectations of between $2,000 Thomas Blinks (British, 1860-1912) and 3,000, it is On the scent a model of the signed with monogram (lower left) oil on canvas Saluki, Ch. Sarona 46 x 25 3/4 in. (117 x 65.5 cm.) Gulshere, owned $3,000-5,000 and bred by Brigadier Lance. He was BOB at Crufts in 1933 and when shown in 1932 and 1933 won nine CCs in succession, all under different judges. His ﬁnal total was ten. His sire was the imported Sarona Kelb, the ﬁrst dog champion, whose parents were bred in the desert, and his mother was Sarona Nessa, a granddaughter of Kelb. Gulshere was the dog Lance could not fault. It has come to auction from a UK vendor having been in the family for thirty years, his wife having previously owned the breed. An interesting section of old collars includes a traditional Swiss collar from the Appenzell region ($800-1,200), a 17th century iron spiked collar from Germany ($800-1,200) and a 19th century English collar engraved with sporting scenes ($2,000-3,000). Bonhams sales can always be relied upon for their diversity and this year’s ultimate Kitsch object has to be a 1930s electric heater in the form of a Scottie ($300-500). 86 Dog News
John Emms (British, 1843-1912) The Bitchpack of the Meath Foxhounds signed and dated ‘Jno Emms/1896’ (lower right) oil on canvas 43 3/4 x 62 in. (111.2 x 157.5 cm.) $500,000-700,000
Edmund Henry Osthaus (German, 1858-1928) Two setters in a ﬁeld signed ‘Edmund Osthaus’ (lower right) watercolour on paper 20 1/4 x 28 1/2 in. (51.4 x 72.4 cm.) $15,000-20,000
Arthur Wardle, RI (British, 1864-1949) A portrait of the bulldog ‘Champion Pen-y-lan Duchess’ signed, inscribed and dated ‘Arthur Wardle Ch. Pen-y-lan Duchess 1923’ (middle right) watercolor on paper sight 11 x 16 1 1/2in (27.9 x 41.9cm) $4,000-6,000
The Dog Sale is on February 16th at Bonhams new galleries on Madison Avenue, New York to coincide with Westminster. Fully illustrated catalogues are available or can be viewed online at www.bonhams.com/us. The Barkfest is on Sunday February 14th between 10:00 a.m. and noon also at the galleries and canine companions are welcome. •
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to move we can understand why he is wonderful in the ﬁeld and has done so well in the ring. One can understand when Bitte Ahrens and “Axel” enter the ring there is such a glow that comes over Bitte. It must be such a thrill just to sail around the ring with this dog, win or loose. While judging the Italian Purina Breeders Cup this past September, a daughter of “Axel” made it to the BIS lineup, but lost to a super Greyhound also owned and handled by “Axel’s” handler, Bitte. Both Italy and Sweden have to be very proud of Bitte. Although living in Italy now, Bitte is a native of Sweden where her grandmother founded the world famous “Sobers” kennel of Greyhounds and Italian Greyhounds. Not only has Bitte carried on the Greyhounds and IG’s, but she has had great success with Whippets. It was just a year ago we saw a Greyhound here doing big winning and she was bred by “Sobers” kennel of Bitte. Two years ago we saw the lovely Greyhound “Galethea” from Sobers place in the Hound Group at Eukanuba. This year Melanie Steele was at home whelping “Galethea” while a young homebred won the Hound group here. The number two spot in the Challenge was captured by the Saluki, Ch. Shiraz California Dreamin, who was representing Sweden. He is owned in Sweden by Nicklas & Ingunn Eriksson. This beautiful Saluki was bred in the US by Michael & Elan Edwards along with Valerie NunesAtkinson. After all these years of breeding top winning German Shorthaired Pointers, Valerie has also bred a great Saluki. Earlier in the day Valerie won a very competitive breed win in Whippets also. Just a few short years ago we saw Valerie competing in Junior Showmanship with Susie Olivera and Amy Booth. These three talented young ladies have certainly all the expectations thrust on them. The weekend before Long Beach I heard about this Swedish Saluki that won a group from the classes and was getting a lot of attention. It was just last year the World Challenge was won by a Saluki from Germany. Saluki breeders throughout the world should be very proud of the state of their wonderful breed. Another American bred dog was third in the Challenge. This was the Wire Fox Terrier, Ch. Sanherpinc Arepa. Her breeder Santiago Pinto had to be very proud since her little brother won the breed twice over this weekend. Santiago, besides being a top Terrier Handler, has also bred several top dogs in different Terrier breeds. This wonderful bitch was representing Brazil and is owned by Victor Malzoni of Sal Paulo. Besides uncountable wins in Brazil, Victor owns many top winning dogs in the states. Just this year he has campaigned the German Wire bitch to one of the top Sporting dogs, as well as the Portie bitch that has done so great on the West Coast. Victor has recently added the top winning Skye Terrier and the Irish Terrier to his already top kennel of Terriers. This is just an example of how many dogs owned in South America an also Asia are being campaigned in America. Besides the dogs entered in the World Challenge, there were hundreds of dogs entered in the regular classes from foreign countries. The dog fancy is getting smaller and smaller. Of the top 10 dogs in Sweden this year, four of them are American bred. While watching Samoyeds in Long Beach, a friend commented on a dog. I replied that I had just judged that dog several weeks ago in China. It is no longer strange to judge the same dog in different continents over a period of time. Last January in Milan, Italy, I put a Toy Poodle bitch BIS that a year ago to the day I had given BIS in Japan. Bob Moore, when he walked in to judge BIS brought 60 years of experience with him. Bob has always been one of our most respected, colorful judges. At times Bob has been seen as controversial. He has always had strong opinions 88 Dog News
and has had a difﬁcult time forgiving stupidity. He has never been a follower in the fancy, but has always been a leader. Bob was very lucky coming up in the sport to have had some great mentors and was smart enough to beneﬁt from their vast knowledge of all breeds. A top win under Bob has always carried a lot of weight. When I judged the Sporting Group in 2006, I thought of the previous judges counting backwards – Bob Moore, Marjorie Martorella, Jan Forsyth, Bob Forsyth and Mike Billings. It was a very humbling experience to be lumped with the likes of these judges. My only consolation was that every one of them had taught me a great deal about Sporting dogs. With Bob doing Best, there was no preconceived sure shot predicted this year. Yes, “Sadie” was by far the top winning dog in the country by a landslide, but this would not mean anything to Bob. Since Bob has always been a great Terrier man, it would take a great Terrier to please him. There have been many big winning Terriers that have not met Bob’s high standards. Bob had a wonderful lineup of dogs sent to him. The judges that did the seven groups accumulated 415 years of involvement in the sport. This is an average of 60 years for each group judge. The average age of the 7 handlers that own the groups is probably only a little over 30. We certainly saw a generation gap between the judges and the handlers. This was the 125th anniversary show and I would be surprised if any of the group judges will be around for the 150th anniversary show. Some of the winning handlers might be judging then and I still feel lucky to have won at the 100th year and to have judged at the 125th year. “Sadie” has won over a hundred Bests, but along with Montgomery County this has to be the highlight of her career. Bred by the Anstamn Kennels representing over 60 years, Bob’s 70 years, her owners and handler, the group judge and breed judge, this win encompassed well over 300 years of dog knowledge. This might prove the old saying, “There is no substitute for experience”.
hen some people said the AKC/Eukanuba show is their favorite show, they probably do not realize how much knowledge is involved. Between the people involved in the World Challenge, Best Bred-By and BIS volumes and volumes could be written about. Is there any show in the world today that can boast all of these credentials? If this is not enough we also have the honoring of sever great breeders. The seven breeders, again this year, represent hundreds of years of top breeding and hundreds and hundreds of BIS awards. As in past years, these seven breeders have given all of us great pleasure whether judging or just watching the CONTINUED ON PAGE 102
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Charging into The Number One* Basset Hound 2009 Kicks off 2010 with One Group First Three Group Seconds One Group Third
Owners: Claudia Orlandi, Topsfield Claire “Kitty” Steidel, Sanchu Sue Frischmann
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WESTMINSTER WEEK continues to offer many social events all around the dog show. On Sunday, February 14th from 10 A.M. to Noon, the AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB and the AKC HUMANE FUND will host BARKFEST at BONHAMS CHARITY BRUNCH. Your dogs are welcome at the BONHAMS GALLERIES located in the IBM Building on Madison Avenue between 56th and 57th Street. The cost is $50.00 per person (with reservations and $60.00 without reservations). That money will be donated to the Humane Fund. Also on hand will be WILLIAM SECORD for a book signing of his latest publication DOG PAINTING, A HISTORY OF THE DOG IN ART. For reservations call 212.696.8277. Then of course, is the
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annual BONHAM’S ART AUCTION with previews from Saturday, Sunday and Monday, February 13th, 14th, 15th and the sale on Tuesday, February 16th at 10 A.M. Also on the charity list is the AKC CANINE HEALTH FOUNDATION cocktail party and ANGEL ON A LEASH cocktail party, both held at the Afﬁnia Hotel. Don’t forget that the specialties are being held at the Nassau Coliseum in Hempstead, Long Island and not in New Jersey. This week our favorite Canadian, R. WILLIAM TAYLOR, celebrated a birthday. BILL is really a man of the world by virtue of his knowledge, judging and dog breeding prowess. All of us at DOG NEWS send our very best wishes. One of the country’s best dog show pho-
tographers, KITTEN RODWELL, was bitten while getting ready to photograph a dog at the show this past weekend. She required surgery on her ear and all of us at DOG NEWS send her our best wishes for a speedy recovery. This past weekend a bake sale thought up by handler MARTIN CABRAL and organized by handler BEVERLY WILSON called BAKE FOR BILLBOARDS was held at the Ventura, California dog shows. The bake sale was held to raise money for ﬁve billboards to grace the roadsides of Southern California with anti HSUS and PETA messages. The sale was so successful that there was enough money raised to secure 25 billboards. If you would like to contribute to help buy more billboards,
send your checks to LAMAR, c/o KATHY GRAYSON, 25060 Hancock Road, Suite 103 #188, Murrieta, California 92562. The CANINE HEALTH FOUNDATION has awarded JILL SCHAPPA the ﬁve thousand dollar ROBERT L. KELLY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP to help pay her tuition expenses at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. The ten most popular breeds according to the AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB are in order, Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherd Dogs, Yorkshire Terriers, Beagles, Boxers, Bulldogs, Dachshunds, Poodles and Shih Tzu. JULIAN BRIER, who bred Frendch Bulldogs under the Morgan Manor preﬁx started by his late partner DANA HARLOW, passed
away on January 25th. Our deepest sympathies to his son and daughter and family. Happy anniversary to EDDIE & LESLEY BOYES, who are expecting yet another grandchild. Happy Anniversary to HARRIET & GEORGE MURRAY. Birthdaying… PAT TROTTER, JEAN HETHERINGTON, MATT STANDER, AMY GREEN, MIKE WORK, NANCY MARTIN, JOHN WADE, ADAM PETERSON, JEAN SHEEHY, BILL SAHLOFF, CORKY VROOM, DARYL MARTIN, PENNY DUGAN, BRENDA SCHLEIBLAUER, MARK GEORGE, NEIL O’SULLIVAN and WILLIAM DOLAN.
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Judge Ms.Carmen Blankenship Breeders & Owners: Jeﬀ & Vicki Mauk New Albany, Ohio 614 855-3095 email@example.com *The Dog News Top Ten List
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Inside I could shed the ﬁrst two layers of clothing and felt a whole lot more comfortable. Happy to see that the grooming area downstairs (with the Foley boys happily dragging your stuff up and or down the ramp) was ample and not crowded at all, easily holding a lot more dogs. It was well lit compared to some dreary dungeons I have visited throughout the past year, travelling with a black dog trying to ﬁnish off some trimming it was more than bright enough. Hiking upstairs to the main area, the ﬁrst thing I saw was a lot more vendors than during previous dog events in this arena. I am sure by getting two consecutive days of shows they had attracted a lot more quality vendors than if they stuck to a single day event. My favorite sharpening guy was even there! Northern New Jersey is used to a bigger building but with the entry around 750-780 this was plenty of room. I am sure that you could possibly have somewhat bigger rings at the Meadowlands arena but truthfully this show has enough space and average sized rings for an indoor show. We all fret over the narrow rings, loaded with pillars in a popular arena here in the Northeast, and one suggestion I have for all shows I visit is to fully mat if you can afford it or double mat at least for indoor events on slippery ﬂoors. And I will suggest that to these clubs as well! An effort to make sure the bigger dogs can safely and easily move around a ring surely makes me want to come back to a certain show, and I cannot be the only one to feel this way. I am naturally very aware it is all about cost.
he aisles can get really crowded for Saw Mill’s March show, and I remember one year carrying the dogs from the entrance of the main room to the rings just to get them safely there. Any club’s dream is a big gate of spectators but it can also be a downfall to entries after one experience such a day making moving about a dramatic event every time you have to get to the rings. Saturday deﬁnitely could have handled more spectators in attendance, but Saturday is also a day when your average visitor is busy with shopping, work and events for the children. Groups started nice and early and the panels held enough judges that such a thing was possible. There is nothing more frustrating than a small show with 3 p.m. Groups. I think we can all agree on that but again, cost is a factor and most times it’s cheaper for a club to hold a show with a panel of fewer multiple group CONTINUED ON PAGE 96
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Last Year Was Good. This Year Will Be Great.
Judge Mrs. Michele L. Billings
CH. GENTRY’S BRAVEHEART (Best In Show x 6, Best In Specialty Show x 27, Group 1 x 46, Group 2 x 43) Breeder-Owner Patti Gordon Gentry’s Collies 4908 163rd Ln. SW Rochester,WA 98579
Handler-Owner Laurie Jeff Greer 1.928.380.4517
Owner Dr. Gerard K. Nash Von Karronberg Kennel P.O. Box 50055 Amarillo,Texas 79159 Dog News 95
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judges able to do cover most of your entry, needless to say they would need most of the day to ﬁnish off their load. There were majors in many breeds and almost majors in several more. Right there you have a testament that it was a plus going to two days. I walked around the rings and checked in on CGC and many demonstrations that the clubs had on the stage area during both of the show days. Judge Rita Biddle had drawn a nice junior entry and the winner on Saturday was a young man named Tyler Wells.
must admit I did not look deeper into the hotel situation but that is always a tricky topic. The central location secures you to have many hotels of different levels close by, but would the prices be affordable and did they take dogs? Many stayed at home and with friends I found out when asking around, but I did see far away friends in for the show and no one really complained about the hotel situation so I hope that means it was satisfying. Both clubs offered best puppy in group and show and most of the groups were well represented with some really nice upcoming stars amongst them. Even with the entry right under 800 we saw many top winning dogs and handlers present. The winner on Saturday with Dr. John V. Ioia ofﬁciating over the chosen seven was the smooth fox terrier Ch. Foxlorr Double Dare handled by Andrew Green for owners Joel Samuels Fishback and Lorraine Gyenge. In with “Phoebe” was one of the top winning Labrador of last year, Ch. Casbar’s Hart to Hart, handled by Joy Quallenberg for owner Diane Ammerman, a top winning whippet Ch. Sportingﬁeld’s Bahama Sands handled by Amanda Giles for owners Jane Cooley-Waterhouse and Debbie Butt. From Working came a new talent, Black Russian Terrier Ch. Kamilla at Aristes Nadezhdinoi Poljany handled by Jessica Plourde for owners Sara Gaunt and William Nelson, S. Stumm and F. Dilsaver. Kim Calvacca breeder owner handled “Sarge” Ch. Kimro’s Soldier Boy to ﬁrst in the toy group for co owners Linda and RJ Stark, while Jessica Plourde won the non sporting group in nice company of the number one and two non sporting dogs of 2009 with her keeshonden Ch. Quest Stand By Me for owners Maureen Winters and Jennifer Sturgeon. The bearded collie another big winning dog for 2009 Ch. Tolkien Raintree Mister Baggins handled by Alessandra Folz for owners Ellen Charles, Stein, Woodcock, Lamm and Ross was the winner of CONTINUED ON PAGE 100
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fruits of their labor. They have helped set the standard for all of us in what we should look for in breed type. Some of our great all-rounders from the past have said the two most difﬁcult breeds to judge are Bulldogs and Pekingese, probably because they are so different from other breeds. These are two breeds I feel very comfortable with due to two of our honored breeders this year. I had the great fortune about forty years ago to have lived for a period with Jean & Bob Hetherington of “Hetherbull” fame. Many years ago Florence Broadhurst worked in a Bulldog kennel so she could really learn the breed. My living at Heatherbull certainly was a great learning experience in Bulldogs. David Fitzpatrick and his “Pequest” Pekingese has set the standard on what is classic type. David has been able to instill in me the difference between a very good put together Peke from one that exempliﬁes truly classic type. David like Bob and Jean have been able to carry on the knowledge from the greats of the past. I have singled out these two breeders because of my close relationship, but all seven breeders have contributed so much. Our Sporting winner, Leslie Russel of “Avon Farm” Irish Setters can always be counted on to make judging Irish Setters in the Northeast more enjoyable. Judy Cooper and her “Tip’ N Chip” Great Pyrenees have become a “legend in their own time”. Maripi Woolridge and her “Terrydale Kennels” have supplied us with so many great Airedales, Lakelands and now Chins. The Lakeland named “Ranger” we have seen win over 50 Bests recently is just one of Maripi’s achievements. Not only has Maripi been a top breeder, but managed the breeding programs of so many top kennels while she was handling. Our Herding winner, Michelle Edling and her “Sky Acres” Belgian Tervuren’s have been able to keep this breed in the limelight for so many years. This year we saw Claudia Orlandi and the “Topsﬁeld” Basset Hounds named Top Breeder of the year. In this fast moving world we look at records and a culmination of wins as a standard of success. Certainly Claudia and the “Topsﬁeld” Bassets fulﬁll this criteria. Over 100 champions, over 100 BIS and 500 group wins certainly shows Claudia has been a real successful breeder. Hopefully her success will also be viewed in other areas. Claudia has been able to produce many top specimens that never get campaigned heavily. This kennel has dominated the National many years starting at the class level. Each year there is more than one top dog being shown. Just this year we saw a “Topsﬁeld” dog win the breed at the Eukanuba that has never been campaigned. I am sure this meant a great deal to Claudia, since it was under Blackie Nygood, who has bred the breed for over 45 years. Claudia who started just 40 years ago in Junior Showmanship, is now giving back so much to the sport. Besides being a top breeder she is on the lecture trail teaching other breeders the genetic management to produce top quality. All breeders and fanciers of the sport owe a great deal of gratitude to Claudia in helping to advance this great sport. In 1992 the AKC put on an invitational show in Baltimore. This was a one shot show since the powers that be at that time did not have the foresight to iron out some minor complaints about the show. It took the great foresight of Ron Menaker to revive the concept and make it work. After not having a show for nine years, Ron was able to stage a show that was an immediate success. In 2003 when the Bred-By class was offered, this immediately added great prestige. This was only the third year for the World Challenge and each year we have seen it improved upon. When the show moves to 102 Dog News
Florida in 2011 we will see many more entries from foreign countries competing at the breed level. It will be much closer for people to come from Europe and many of the South American countries are a short plane ride away. Many exhibitors are hoping the AKC will open it up to class animals like this past year. It would add the excitement of seeing new dogs unveiled.
he entire staff of AKC has to be congratulated on their efforts. It takes dozens and dozens of individuals to put on this show. Ron has so many hard working people on this team. Michael Canalizo is the Event Coordinator and works on this event 365 days a year in one form or another. A very large portion of the Field Reps get very involved with the actual production of the show. Mary Dukes, Robert Fisher and Tom Glassford have done a super job laying out and organizing all the details of the grounds. Gina DiNardo and Michael Liosis deserve great credit in arranging “Meet the Breeds”, which has become such a very important part of the show. The “Super Hero” of this long weekend has to be Paula Spector. Paula, to start with, does the hotel reservations for all the judges, AKC employees, delegates, etc. etc. This entails dealing with several different hotels. You have people arriving for the all breed shows on Tuesday or earlier and most of the Delegates are there until the following Wednesday. Organizing the judge’s dinner on the Queen Mary is another of her duties. Paula arranges for breakfast, lunch and dinner each day, plus the wonderful after show party. In all these years over the very long week, I have never seen this working machine relaxing just for a minute. I hope AKC is not paying her by the hour. So many people owe Paula a great deal of gratitude for making our long weekend so enjoyable. The three all-breed clubs have to be also thanked for adding to the weekend. The Los Encinos, Long Beach and Beverly Hills clubs work very closely with AKC in staging this one of a kind event. None of this would be possible without the generosity of Eukanuba. The entire sport throughout the world owes a great deal of gratitude to Eukanuba for making this gala event possible. Without the ﬁnancial support of Eukanuba we deﬁnitely would have a World Challenge and so many other great features of the show. This year Eukanuba also hosted a party at dinner time in honor of “Take The Lead”. This was attended by hundreds of exhibitors and guests. The drinks, food, band and dancing were enjoyed by all. It is very rewarding to see that Eukanuba is so generously giving back to the sport of pure breds and breeders in general. The 2010 show on December 4th & 5th will mark the 10th annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. I am sure it will be an ever better show next year. Each year we see more and more reﬁnements being implemented. What other show in the world has come so far in so few years? I am truly excited to be even a small part of it. •
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Best of Breed both days was the bitch handled by Hiram Stewart, Ch. Franshaw Hear Me Roar, breederowned by John Shaw. This bitch has 16 all-breed Best in Shows and is the only American Peke ever to win the CC and Best of Breed at Crufts (2009). She also won the Breed at PCA twice in 2008, giving her four PCA Breed wins. The other Peke that won top awards both days was the puppy dog, breeder/owner-handled by Pat Martello and co-owned by Edie Jones, Beijing LionShadow Enchantment. He won sweepstakes both days under Brenda Sheiblauer and Arlon Duit, and was WD/BOW and Best Puppy at the National. Mrs. Olmos-Ollivier also awarded Winners Bitch to his litter sister, Beijing Pure Magic, which Pat Martello co-owns with Lois and James Mullany from New Jersey. The puppy bitch was also Best Puppy under Mrs. Carr the day before. Best of Opposite Sex under Mrs. Carr was Ch. Mar-Joe’s It’s All About Me, breeder/owner-handled by Joey Franklin. BOS at the National was the Canadian-bred Ch. Pekeden Ringmaster Lorricbrook, breeder/ownerhandled by Tom Curley and co-owned by Max Magder and co-breeder Diane Bell. The Sleeve Show was judged by Dr. Simone Small from London, England, who awarded Best to a typey 4.5lb. dog called Purkees One and Only, bred by Michael Hill in Canada, and
co-owned by Bert Custodio and Donna Hamblin. It was the second PCA Sleeve Show win for this little guy who is a son of Ch. Taeplace Monet who was Top Dog All Breeds in Canada and a Breed winner at the Garden. We all know that breeders are the backbone of the sport, and Juniors are clearly its future. So it was a welcome sight to see Juniors in the ring again at PCA after an absence of over half a century. Sue Barlow and Peggy Carr judged Juniors with Best Junior Handler going both days to Brittany Cassar from Michigan. Mrs. Barlow, who started out in Juniors herself in 1949, took time out to mentor the Juniors after judging which was much appreciated by the PCA Board of Directors. For complete judging results for both days, see the club’s Web site: www. thepekingeseclubofamerica.com. PCA’s upcoming 2010 New York specialties (PCA Regionals) will be held on May 15-16 at Holiday Inn Buffalo Airport with Sari Tietjen and Luc Boileau judging. Sweepstakes will be judged by Ken Winters from Canada and Jorge Bendersky from New York City who gained recognition as a ﬁrst-season cast member of Animal Planet’s “Groomer Has It.” The 2010 National Specialty is planned for October in New Orleans as 3-day event Oct. 15-17 with Delta Pekingese Club’s specialty the ﬁrst day, followed by the PCA Regional and then the National. The judges are Helen Lee James, Jean Fournier and Zell Von Pohlman.
PCA National Specialty ~ Judge Mrs. Martha M. Olmos-Ollivier t was a wonderful assignment judging the 100th year of the Pekingese Club of America. This was my third time to judge PCA and may I say this event was absolutely super. John French and Tony Rosato put the event together almost bi-coastal which turned out fantastic; working in theater certainly is a plus. Gentlemen Congratulations! I failed to take notes on each exhibit and dislike reporting on each one anyway. I can say the heads were gorgeous and the plush coats on many were a delight. There were many who could win on another day. My WD was a stunning puppy who is near his title at seven months. WB was his litter sister who needed one point to ﬁnish. I want to go on record and say, “I was never this lucky in 30 years breeding and showing Pekes.” I felt like grabbing these two and running for the door! Not that I would have gotten very far because several exhibitors would have tripped me and grabbed the puppies for themselves. When I was an exhibitor I often ran into this: “Your bitch is just beautiful, gorgeous head, lovely coat, moved like a dream. Okay, the male is BOB and the bitch is BOS.” I wanted to strangle the judge. I vowed to judge and NEVER make that mistake. So here’s saying that I loved the bitch who won BOB! My BOS was an extremely beautiful male. And now you know. •
Donna & Quinto Burchi
Dr. Nicolas Small and Dr. Simone Small from the UK
Dr. Udenberg, Dr. Shoenebeck & Dr. Small
John French, Cliff Jones, Edie Jones
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