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Dog News

Dog News The Digest Volume 28, Issue 13

Of American Dogs $5.00

March 30, 2012

Ollie

March 30, 2012

Irish, Int., & GCh. Cumhil Hell Raiser


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Dog News

Dog News The Digest Volume 28, Issue 13

Of American Dogs $5.00

March 30, 2012

Ollie

March 30, 2012

Irish, Int., & GCh. Cumhil Hell Raiser


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editorial

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inside out/ john mandeville

18 babbling/ geir flyckt-pedersen 22

question of the week / matthew h. stander

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inside the sport/ pat trotter

110 handlers directory 112 subscription rates 114 classified advertising 116 advertising rates

All advertisements are copyrighted and owned by DOG NEWS, Harris Publications, unless received camera-ready. Permission to reprint must be requested in writing.

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veterinary topics/ connie vanacore

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bests of the week

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ten questions / lesley boyes

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rare breeds of the world: austrian pinscher/agnes buchwald

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hangzhou, china / desmond j. murphy

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the upside of the seesaw/ sharon anderson

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hunting dog to war dog to home protection dog to all-purpose dog and friend/ mj nelson

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kentuckiana cluster: last days of winter in louisville/ sharon sakson

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true north/ allison foley

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the 67th american brussels griffon association national specialty/ anne k. catterson

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a record breaking whippet at christie’s/ nick waters

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off the leash/ shaun coen

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tests for delegates, the two third vote and more/matthew h. stander

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accelerant detection k9s fire up to sniff-out arson/sharon pflaumer

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the gossip column / eugene z. zaphiris

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click - the tar heel circuit / eugene z. zaphiris

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click - gent 2012 and the 14th ambiorix trophy / karl donvil

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click - the way we were /eugene z. zaphiris

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letters to the editor

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contents march 30, 2012

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editorial

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inside out/ john mandeville

18 babbling/ geir flyckt-pedersen 22

question of the week / matthew h. stander

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inside the sport/ pat trotter

110 handlers directory 112 subscription rates 114 classified advertising 116 advertising rates

All advertisements are copyrighted and owned by DOG NEWS, Harris Publications, unless received camera-ready. Permission to reprint must be requested in writing.

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veterinary topics/ connie vanacore

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bests of the week

38

ten questions / lesley boyes

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rare breeds of the world: austrian pinscher/agnes buchwald

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hangzhou, china / desmond j. murphy

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the upside of the seesaw/ sharon anderson

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hunting dog to war dog to home protection dog to all-purpose dog and friend/ mj nelson

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kentuckiana cluster: last days of winter in louisville/ sharon sakson

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true north/ allison foley

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the 67th american brussels griffon association national specialty/ anne k. catterson

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a record breaking whippet at christie’s/ nick waters

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off the leash/ shaun coen

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tests for delegates, the two third vote and more/matthew h. stander

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accelerant detection k9s fire up to sniff-out arson/sharon pflaumer

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the gossip column / eugene z. zaphiris

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click - the tar heel circuit / eugene z. zaphiris

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click - gent 2012 and the 14th ambiorix trophy / karl donvil

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click - the way we were /eugene z. zaphiris

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letters to the editor

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Dog News Cover Story - MARCH 30, 2012

Irish, Int., & GCh. Cumhil Hell Raiser Irish Import

“Ollie” was discovered in Ireland when I judged him at a show as a young dog and awarded him the Green Star and Best of Breed. He went on to win 17 Green Stars in Ireland and multiple Groups, as well as his International Championship. He made two visits to the UK, where he won a CC and RCC and came to America last year to become the Top* Staffordshire Bull Terrier Dog in 2011. — Zane Smith

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He is a Multiple Terrier Group winner in the U.S. and continues to be handled by Paul & Kelley Catterson, assisted by Marisa Bradley. “Ollie” was bred By Mr. Martin Fitzpatrick in Ireland Owners Zane & Shannon Smith Bullseye Home of America’s Top Winning Staffordshire Bull Terriers Since 1975 Home of the ~ Top Winning Staffordshire Bull Terrier Dog of All Time, Ch. Bullseye American Idol Top Winning Black Staffordshire Bull Terrier of All Time, GCh. Angranian Derry Mucker (co-owned by Adrienne Owen) First Breeder/Owner/Handled Best In Show winner, Ch. Bullseye Battle Hymn First Terrier Group Winner in America, Eng.Am.Can.Ch. Reetuns Lord Jim First Breeder/Owner/Handled Terrier Group Winner in America, For more up-to-the-minute results, video and Ch. Bullseye Red Renegade

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Contributing Editors Sharon Anderson George Bell Lesley Boyes Andrew Brace Agnes Buchwald Patricia Gail Burnham Shaun Coen Carlotta Cooper Geoff Corish Michael Faulkner Geir Flyckt - Pedersen Allison Foley Yossi Guy Ronnie Irving John Mandeville Desmond J. Murphy M. J. Nelson Robert Paust Sharon Pflaumer Kim Silva Frances O. Smith DVM PHD Matthew H. Stander Sari Brewster Tietjen Patricia Trotter Connie Vanacore Carla Viggiano Nick Waters Seymour Weiss Minta (Mike) Williquette Dog News Photographers Chet Jezierski Perry Phillips Kitten Rodwell Leslie Simis

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THE GROWING RE-HOMING PROBLEM Each year and in growing numbers organizations that arrange animal adoptions transfer thousands of dogs from animal shelters in other states, primarily from the south and parts of the mid-west to the north-eastern section of our country. Many of these socalled rescue organizations receive permits from the state of destination to bring the dogs in the new state and comply with policies in those states intended to reduce the risk of dogs carrying serious infectious diseases into their new home state. Unfortunately, however, not all states have established rules for these dogs to be re-homed and even sadder not all groups or individuals importing dogs are following any rules whatsoever. According to the top veterinarian in the State of Maine “a number of these dogs end up arriving sick or becoming sick shortly thereafter causing a tremendous amount of stress to the people who have adopted them” to say nothing of the prospect of spreading these infectious diseases to other animals close by. Historically interstate animal rescue exploded in popularity following Hurricane Katrina as shelters in stricken areas were overwhelmed with animals that had been abandoned, displaced or whose owners could no longer care for them. Long before that however rescue organizations in areas where spaying and neutering reduced the risk of euthanasia turned to and established relationships with specific shelters often in southern states. Where the practice is not as widely used as a means to both stop euthanasia of those dogs and cats as well as to provide a source of inventory. As their supply of animals to adopt and or sell dwindled to nothing, many rescue operations were forced to enter this form of state transfer or else face the possibility of going out of business in the altogether. One of the problems facing some of the states in the Northeast is that some of the exporting states have more lax vaccination policies say than in the state of Maine for instance. Maine requires that all dogs imported into the state receive a list of vaccinations for such diseases as canine distemper, hepatitis and canine parvo at least 14 days prior to their arrival there. Additionally, dogs are required to be quarantined for between two and five days—depending on the age of the animal—so that they can be monitored for sickness. So critical had the problem become in Maine that Dr. Hoening had contemplated an embargo on all rescue animal importations in order to address the issue but instead opted for a public education campaign. The number of rescue groups that operate under the radar in the northeast and meet people in parking lots is unknown but for sure we owe it to our dogs and ourselves to make sure that these re-homed dogs are at the very least meeting the standards which prevent any introduction of infectious disease in their newly homed environment. 10 Dog News

A ‘TICKING’ BOMB Warm weather means that ticks will be out early and the warmer temperatures are leading some experts to warn that tick activity is starting earlier than usual this year, putting more people and dogs at risk than ever before. “This is going to be a horrific season especially for Lyme,” says Leo J. Shea III, a clinical assistant professor at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine. There are all sorts of steps being promoted to reduce the chance of pickingup disease-bearing ticks for both people and humans. For dogs try to keep them out of the woods to cut down on the number of ticks brought into the house. Tick collars, sprays and topical pesticide treatments can also reduce the risks to you and your dog or cat. Again checking with your vet is the first thing to do insofar as finding out which are the best sprays and collars to use. Regularly checking your pet’s body for ticks is a must-do routine and removing them quickly can prevent transmission of any disease associated with the ticks. One Health Initiative is a global program working to improve communication between physicians and veterinarians to prevent the spread of infectious disease from animals to people but this is merely a start up idea and in the long run personal fastidiousness for humans and dogs alike is probably the best course to follow. THE CANINE ALLIANCE An official press release has been sent out by the Canine Alliance group formed initially as a response to the testing of 15 breeds at KC shows in the UK and specifically due to the failure of 6 of 15 breeds so tested having failed alleged health examinations after having been awarded Breed wins at Crufts. It came about no doubt as a result of a highly charged and emotional Facebook campaign which seemingly questioned the use of any health testing procedures and then intelligently refined its mission to include such methods BUT for all dogs at shows and not just the 15 picked out by TKC. How to implement this process is not described, as it appears to be a monumental task fraught with large costs as well as huge costs to exhibitors and shows alike. Nonetheless KC has agreed to meet with representatives of this group in an effort to hopefully resolve or at least lessen the unhappiness and frustration felt by exhibitors and judges alike with the new system in the UK. The results of this first meeting in what should be a prolonged series of meetings are not yet known as this editorial is being written. As soon as word is received these pages will keep our readers appropriately informed. SO FAR HOLDING STRONG Even after the meeting of the various Chairmen of the Delegate Committees and Board members whereby the Chairs were pushing to re-introduce liaisons between Staff and the Delegate Committees, Board so far has refused to buckle to their demands. These pages certainly side with the Board in this matter just as we remain firm in our belief that the $200 expense check given to each member of each committee should be eliminated as well. As many of you will recall when these Committees were first proposed these pages were against their formation. Nothing accomplished, if anything has been accomplished, by these Committees has changed our minds. David Merriam as Chairman, who had John Ronald introduce the package to the Delegates formulated the concept. It was constitutionally questionable then and remains so within the framework of AKC’s existing practices. Unfortunately there is no legal means to challenge the idea except through the Delegates themselves, who obviously are not going to vote themselves down. THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK New officers for CAR are to be voted upon after the April Board meeting. This is a traditional vote for CAR to take. CAR of course is an organization ‘independent of AKC’ but it is alleged that certain people on the Board were using the organization as a form of ‘carrot’ to gain support from others for Board maneuverings and votes. It will be interesting to learn whether or not Mr. Davies, who is no longer a Board Member of AKC, will continue as head of CAR or be replaced by Dr. Battaglia. That is if indeed the latter elects to challenge the sitting head of that organization. If the challenge fails to materialize that could be interpreted as a sign that Chairman Kalter will have a smoother transition period than anticipated at AKC. If the challenge is made, what with Ashby and Gladstone directors of CAR, Alan Kalter may have a tougher time getting his programs through notwithstanding his apparent majority control of the sitting Directors at AKC.


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BY John MANDEVILLE

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KC’s annual meeting and election of directors, Class of 2016, took place on the scenic outskirts of Newark Airport on March 13. If Newark Airport’s environs only rate somewhat better than your average war zone, at least the Sheraton Hotel used for the meeting is indistinguishable from all other halfway decent such facilities… although it’s doubtful many, if any, other Sheratons are just two-tenths of a mile from their front door to a state prison.

You think I make this stuff up? Prison sentences aside, it struck me numbers were prominent features of this Delegates Meeting. The seven candidates for AKC’s Board were obviously keenly interested in whether they would garner enough votes to be elected. It requires at least 50% of the valid ballots cast to be elected. 392 valid ballots were cast on the first ballot; meaning 197 votes were required to elect. Pat Cruz received 219 votes, giving her 56% of the ballots cast and making her the day’s largest vote getter. Tom Powers got exactly the 197 votes needed. So after one ballot, two new AKC directors Class of 2016 had been elected. The five remaining candidates were left to vie for the one vacancy remaining on the second ballot. 407 ballots were cast, of which eight were invalid, meaning 200 votes were required to elect. Tom Feeney received 172 votes, well short of the 200 required, but far ahead of the second place finisher’s 98 votes. 408 valid ballots were cast on the third ballot, making 205 the magic number. The third time’s a charm rule held, and Tom Feeney was elected with 207 votes. Tom Powers and Bill Feeney’s election brings the number of lawyers on AKC’s Board to three. That’s 3 out of 13, just 23%. The more amusing kibitzing I heard suggested either adding only two more lawyers to the Board won’t be nearly enough to keep the previously seated member of the bar in check or three lawyers on the Board is three too many. 396 delegates voted on the linked amendments to the Dog Show Rules which would have increased the number of Groups to 11, a 57% increase from the present seven. Unspoken were the fears four new groups would break the bank of many clubs – what with 16 additional Group ribbons required and who knows how much more in judges’ costs… unless there weren’t any. 14 Dog News

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58%, 231 of the 396 delegates voting, were in favor of adding the new Groups. That’s just two ticks below the accepted definition of a landslide political victory. Still 58% remains eight percentage points short of the two-thirds majority required. It would’ve taken 266 votes for the amendments to pass, meaning 35 of the 165 nay voters would’ve had to vote for the amendments. That seems unlikely. With untold additional breeds in the pipeline the necessity to do something to manage group judging isn’t going away. Chief Financial Officer Jim Stevens presented AKC’s annual financial report. In brief while 2011’s financial numbers weren’t good, 2012’s prospects for a solid seven figure surplus is obviously good news. Hopefully it means AKC’s finances will be such it won’t be necessary to add new fees or increase existing ones for event participants… true though it is that AKC subsidizes event operations to the tune of millions per annum. Stevens also stated AKC’s registration collapse has nearly leveled off. In 2011 AKC registered 550,578 dogs, which was 13,033 less than the 563,611 recorded in 2010, a modest 2.3% decline and, thankfully, far from the double digit declines in the worst years of the collapse and much lower than recent years’ single digit falloffs. Not so fast, bunky. AKC added four new breeds to its registry in 2011. When a breed is added to the registry all its Foundation Stock/ Miscellaneous registrations are included, providing a one-time boost to the breeds’ registration totals. Making the year over year comparison of the breeds registered in both 2010 and 2011 reduces 2011’s registration total to 527,553. Meaning comparing apples to apples AKC registered 36,058 fewer dogs in 2011 than it did in 2010. That is a 6.4% decline from 2010 to 2011. I was told Treeing Walker Coonhounds, which accounted for 80% (18,484) of 2011’s four new breeds’ registrations, have averaged about 1600 registrations per annum over the last five years…or 2011’s new breeds will have a tiny impact on 2012’s total registrations. So, numbers provide great insights, including deficiencies in those making them.


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PROUD OF YOUR CHAMPIONS??...

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f course you are- and maybe your dogs are Grand Champions? Even better!

And so are we even in other countries and parts of the world. Whenever an American title holder was registered in its new (FCI) country, the title was naturally included in the registration and appeared in catalogues and wherever the dogs appeared. Over the years we exported maybe 40 dogs to the USA, many of them champions in several countries, achieved by lots of traveling, hard work and great expense! The day they were registered by the AKC they were stripped of all titles and appeared by name only! To me this was a blatant overstep and demonstrated a lack of respect for what these dogs had achieved overseas. I don’t know the reason why this was done, but I’m hoping for a change!!!

Back to the value of titles in different parts of the world: In all FCI countries I think you need 3 certificates under 3 different judges to obtain the Champion title. As you probably know, entries in some breeds are extremely low- and many dogs gain their title without having met or beaten a single dog… To add more titles-you only needed 1 certificate in each country-so the multitude of titles is not necessarily an indication of superb quality! To me that seems absolutely ridiculous. In the mid-60’s I had the pleasure of making up the first ever Norwegian owned SC Wheaten Terrier. Waiting to enter the ring for the first time, the judge pointed to my dog asking his steward: How come that mongrel has slipped through the gate? The steward, who happened to be a friend of mine, discreetly told the judge what breed it was and showed him the standard. 15 minutes later I stood there with CC and BOB cards in one hand and a fantastic critique in the other. That felt absolutely ridicu-

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Over the years we have owned and shown a few USA champions in Europe- and of course we were proud of them and their titles, but I always found it irritating when dog people in the UK as well as the rest of Europe, tried to devalue the American title arguing that any dog can become a champion in the US. Saying it was only a question of time and money… I can assure you that it costs money to show dogs in Europe also- and if any well qualified “shrink” could tell me how it is possible for supposedly intelligent human beings to spend a fortune trailing all over Europe- and I many cases the World- in the chase of Champion titles, I would greatly appreciate it!! But we did it and had a lot of enjoyment and fun with it- until one of our non doggy friends asked the question: Financially, what do you get out of it?? Prize money?? If you handle professionally you are the ones that can claim sanity, for the rest of us, well, what’s the reward???? Pride, Pride, Pride!

lous and 2 shows later our Wheaten could call herself Norwegian Champion Binheath Sweet Sorrell. Won under 3 judges who had never seen the breed before… And people from that system have the stomach to belittle the US title. The Kennel Club, UK, still thinks it has the best system in the world: 3 CCs under 3 different judges in competition with already established champions. But then of course the entries are higher and competition tougher? Well, in some breeds, Yes, but in many breeds, No. Maybe in days gone by, but today entries in many breeds, particularly terriers, are lower than in many other countries, the quality is no longer what it used to be. When I suggested they should copy the AKC system with Majors etc it made a couple of rather prominent people choke… I have myself over the years purchased Champions from the UK unseen, based on photos and show records, which I considered a waste of time to even try showing in Scandinavia for a variety of reasons. Movement probably the main problem. I have also seen a number of recent imports to this country which have been an embarrassment and that I feel the owners (after probably having paid a lot of money for the dog initially) will have to spend even more time & money to gain the US Champion title! I do not like the system critiquing every dog, but I do think the grading in quality can be very helpful. Very rarely in this country or the UK do you hear of judges withholding points or CC’s. In Europe it happens all the time, but still far too many dogs slip through and all too many champions do not look like champions. In my opinion any judging system is no stronger than its weakest or most incompetent judge- and after my visit to what I still think is the Greatest Dog Show in the world, where many breed winners made me wonder: Are they proof that certain breeds’ quality have deteriorated- or is this a result of bad judging? I did not watch the breeds so have no ideabut will just repeat what I have said before: The final line ups in groups and Best in Show in the US are on par or better than most major shows elsewhere and there is every reason to hold your head high and be proud of your American Champions! Times have definitely changed. One ambition that was high on the list of my late friend Joe Cartledge, was to become President of The Wire Fox Terrier Association in England. He never made it, despite having had a great career as a handler of several terrier breeds, but also winning Best in Show at Crufts with the Airedale Ch Riverina Tweedsbairn. This year’s WFT judge at Crufts was president of the association some years ago. A lovely girl who has bred wonderful pets and helped many pet owners, but who I still think is entitled to (and I believe still at time does ) show in the class for “Special Beginners “- which means she during her 40 years or so in the breed has never won a CC and of course never made up a champion. Back to the expression about “glorifying the past”- in some breeds things were better in the Good Old Days! Definitely!


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question week

March 30, 2012

In a recent Delegate vote 58% of the Delegates voted for a By-law change. The change was defeated since it was short of the 66% or two/third vote required by AKC’s Constitution. The Question of the Week is: Do you think the present requirement is outdated and should be changed to a simple majority vote or the present two/third vote should be continued?

Ellen Charles It is customary that changes in By-laws require a larger majority. I think it is an appropriate requirement because of the importance of By-laws in the function of the institution.

Torie Steele I don’t believe changing the way delegates vote is the way to solve problems. Normally votes get done pretty quick. There are much bigger issues of AKC becoming outdated that need to be worked on. 22 Dog News

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David Qualls Alteration or modification of the Constitution and By-laws of any organization is a responsibility not to be taken lightly by it’s Members. Change is often necessary, but change is not always good. For this reason something more than a simple majority has traditionally been needed. Requiring approval of a more significant number of voting Members before a document can be modified provides us an important safety net. This helps avoid hasty decisions which could have serious long term consequences. Delay due to requirements for a higher level of acceptance often lead not only to a more well thought out piece of legislation, but inherent problems not initially evident in an original proposal may be ferreted out through more extensive review and discussion. Requiring the approval of two thirds of the Members present and voting on any change to the AKC Constitution and By-laws continues to make good sense to me.

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Chris Ann Moore I believe the current two/thirds vote should stay in place.

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George Bell I’m generally in favor of making rule changes as difficult as possible. So for that reason, I agree with the two/thirds vote requirement. Robert M. Brown, D.V.M. Substantial changes in the structure or workings of our sport should require elevated numbers to effect a change. If 50 percent plus one was sufficient to change the number of groups, it is conceivable that every two or three years we could anticipate a push to change the group numbers to maybe 6 groups or 8 groups or 13 groups. For the sake of stability in the sport, significant changes should require significant numbers. Dog News 23


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AN IMPARTIAL BREEDER ON THE CRUFTS CONTROVERSY BY PAT TROTTER If ever the saying “the road to hell is paved with good intentions” pertained to a given situation, it very well might be the current fallout result from the disqualification of the six BOB winners at Crufts in March. Who would have known that such well-meaning ideas to do good for dogs could go so astray?

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reeders who have worked all their lives to produce living works of art that at the same time satisfy the health demands of their breed are wondering how something like this could happen. At the same time, the powersthat-be of the Kennel Club (England) feel justified in their continuing efforts to ascertain that purebred dogs are “fit for function.” This is a concept I truly agree with and think most breeders do. Yet few were prepared for the train wreck that happened at Crufts with the implementation of the program resulting in six BOB winners disallowed further competition. The maddened media attack on purebred dogs by the BBC a few years ago that defined breeders as terrible humans of the worst order was based on much misinformation and distortion of the truth. With animal terrorists worldwide fervently working to do away with dogs altogether and purebred dogs in particular, this is a real threat that has too long been ignored. Kennel Club actions and re-actions since then have been viewed by many as acquiescing to these critics with insufficient consideration of the damage done within the sport. Because the (English) Kennel Club has always had control of the breed standards, changes were made arbitrarily to some breed standards with little regard to the wishes of the breeders in the parent clubs. Other Kennel Club appeasement actions included the outlawing of close breedings and the docking

of tails. When six Best of Breed winners were denied group participation at Crufts because of their failure to satisfy the veterinary evaluator that they were sound, functional animals, the dog fancy reacted immediately with “enough is enough.” The questions posed by this unfortunate chain of events are many. Even if there is some merit in ruling that exaggerations of individual breeds have caused compromise in their functionality, is the world’s largest dog show the appropriate place to address these issues? Can on the spot veterinarians always determine whether a particular abnormality is the result of an injury or inherited by the individual? Is the outrage generated at Crufts amongst exhibitors and spectators what our sport wants to display to John Q. Public? Do we think that publicly airing this procedure will make us more acceptable to society or appease the animal terrorists who would do us in? And what will be the long term legal ramifications resulting from these actions? Is any dog that has suffered an injury yet fully capable of performing the breed’s original job description vulnerable to such action? And what can well-meaning dedicated breeders do to arm themselves to fight perceived enemies within the sport as well as those on the outside? Because the Kennel Club (England) announced in January of 2011 that it would begin designated health checks for Best of Breed winners at the 2012 Crufts show and for other shows to follow, owners of the 15 “high profile

breeds” were somewhat forewarned. I use the term “somewhat’ because it is my understanding that several of the “DQd” winning exhibits had already passed multiple health checks by veterinary specialists before competing at Crufts. Thus, their owners had every reason to anticipate they would pass the prescribed tests if they won the breed and be allowed to advance to group competition. Because these owners and/or breeders had done all the right things in their breeding programs and before the big day, they rightfully felt they were blindsided. A “high profile breed” is one described by the Kennel Club as requiring particular monitoring by reason of visible conditions which may cause health or welfare concerns. Apparently the Kennel Club and its Dog Health Group will regularly review the list and make appropriate revisions they deem needed. Certainly the organization’s goal for the show ring to be a positive influence on our sport and ensure better health in purebred dogs as well as protect the reputation of the show ring is admirable. And if appeasement of their enemies in the tradition of Neville Chamberlain is what was sought, then the Kennel Club is no doubt relieved by their critics’ praise in response to the Crufts actions. Amongst the 15 designated high profile breeds, the BOB winning Bulldog, Pekingese, Clumber Spaniel, Basset, Mastiff and Neapolitan Mastiff flunked their health tests following their breed victories. The Bulldog Breed Council issued a press release on March 12 supporting the winning Bulldog exhibitor as well as the “very experienced and respected judge.” Its statement included the fact that the Bulldog breeders have worked with the Kennel Club for the last eight years to improve the focus on Bulldog health and that this action was instigated by the breeders themselves, not a knee-jerk reaction to media frenzy. Continued on page 70

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By Connie Vanacore

VETERINARY TOPICS ‘Tis The Season

Spring…a time of rebirth and renewal. It is also the season when the less desirable critters creep, fly, and buzz around us and on our pets! Here’s the latest annual edition of our pest alerts.

Ticks From all accounts ticks will be particularly numerous and active this year and in many parts of the country. Unusually warm weather has brought out this miserable pest early. Some parts of the country are experiencing new varieties of ticks, carrying unfamiliar diseases into unfamiliar areas. Lyme disease is the most familiar of these pests. The most prevalent carrier has been the Deer tick which carries the bacterium Borrelia bergdorferi. Discovered in New England, it has spread to almost every state. The mild winter in many parts of the US this year has caused ticks to emerge from winter hiding much earlier than usual. Ticks become active any time the temperature rises above 50˚F. Ticks have spread their range and with them have appeared tick-borne diseases not commonly found in many areas. A newly identified tick-borne bacteria causing erlichiosis was discovered last Fall in Wisconsin and Minnesota. There are several species of ticks, some of which have migrated to unfamiliar territory, confounding veterinarians who have never seen them before. Deer are a primary host for many species, but other mammals also are hosts to a variety of diseases carried by ticks. In addition to deer, white-footed mice, rabbits, birds, and possibly other small mammals serve as hosts to these pests. Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne illness in the United States. It can mimic over 200 diseases. Fortunately, now there are blood tests to determine the presence of the bacterium which causes the disease. However, once a dog is vaccinated against Lyme Disease, it will always test positive for the bacteria.

Tick borne illnesses cannot be directly transmitted from pets to people. However, if an animal brings an infected tick into the house which then attacks a person, that victim may develop one of the diseases carried by ticks. Ticks are so tiny that they are difficult to detect until they attach to a host and start drawing blood from the victim. When first hatched, usually in the Spring, sometimes in the Fall, they are the size of a pin head or a grain of sand. As they feed on a host they swell so that they are detectable when attached to an animal or person. Clinical signs of Lyme Disease in dogs include anorexia, lethargy, sudden lameness, joint pain, fever and swelling at the site of the bite. If left untreated the spirochete which causes the initial symptoms migrates, sometimes into the heart, lungs and other organs. Even with antibiotics, symptoms may recur, mimicking arthritis. Humans may develop similar flu-like symptoms. In about half of the cases a rash that appears like a bulls-eye may develop at the site of the bite. In addition, people may experience dizziness, shortness of breath, encephalitis and Bell’s palsy which may last several months. Other tick-borne diseases are Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, transmitted by the American Dog Tick; Erlichiosis, transmitted by several species of ticks; Babesiosis, also transmitted by the American Dog Tick. Both Erlichia and Babesia are common in racing and rescued Greyhounds. Ticks are difficult to remove, once they have attached themselves to the body. They secrete a glue that holds the jaws in place while feeding. It is important to remove all parts of the tick to prevent further irritation and infection at the site. DO NOT remove ticks using methods such as smearing the tick with Vaseline, cleaning fluid, burning it with a match or a cigarette. These may kill the tick, but may leave the mouth parts intact. DO use a tweezers, dipped in alcohol as disinfectant, gently grasp the tick by the body and pull straight up. Do not jerk or twist, or you may leave the head attached. Wipe the site of the bite with alcohol or other sterilizing medication. If the mouth part remains attached, use a sterilized needle to remove the remaining part, as you would a splinter. Apply a sterilizing antiseptic. Continued on page 74

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Progressive Dog Club Maltese GCh. Scylla’s Small Kraft Re-Lit Judge Ms. Marjorie A. Tuff Owners Ron Scott & Debbie Burke Handler Tara Martin Powell Cary Kennel Club Ft. Worth Kennel Club Kuvasz GCh. Szumeria’s Wildwood Silver Six Pence Judge Mrs. Dawn Hansen Judge Mrs. Paula Hartinger Owners M. Vila, L. Brady, C. Townsend & C. Muir Handler Diana Wilson

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Durham Kennel Club Pug GCh. Riversong’s Doc Holiday Judge Mr. Michael Faulkner Owner Carolyn Koch Handler Barry Clothier Raleigh Kennel Club - Saturday Skye Terrier Ch. Of Skyeline Captain Hook Judge Mr. Thomas Bradley III Owner Victor Malzoni, Jr. Handler Larry Cornelius Fayetteville Kennel Club Alamance Kennel Club - Thursday Doberman Pinscher GCh. Protocol’s Veni Vidi Vici Judge Mr. Dana Cline Judge Mr. Eric Ringle Owners Suzy & Dick Lundy, Jocelyn & Kevin Mullins Handler Jocelyn Mullins New Brunswick Kennel Club - Saturday Lakeland Terrier GCh. Larkspur Acadia Save Me A Spot Judge Mr. Richard Beauchamp Owners Tony Barker, Susan Fraser, Maria Sacco Handler RC Carusi

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Leavenworth Kennel Club - Friday Tanana Valley Kennel Club Japanese Chin GCh. Pem We-Syng Lucky Mi Judge Mr. Robert Hutton Judge Mrs. Patricia Trotter Owners James Dalton, Dr. John Turjoman, Marsha Ballard & Nanette Wright Handler Nancy Martin   Dubuque Kennel Club - Sunday Doberman Pinscher GCh. Francesca’s House of Blues Judge Mr. Steve Hayden Owner Bob Hennessey Handler Dylan Kipp Non-Sporting Group Club of the Garden State Lowchen GCh. Windsor Bihar Chasing Rainbows - Thursday Judge Ms. Sharon R. Lyons Owners Carol A. Strong & Margaret Cropsey Handler Greg Strong

The Herding Group Association Of New Jersey - Thursday Belgian Tervuren GCh. Mishook’s Lulu @ Chateau Blanc Judge Mrs. Cathy Daugherty Owners D. Laurin and J. Laurin Handler Janina Laurin


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ASKED OF KELLEY & PAUL CATTERSON

Questions

What year did you start showing dogs and what breeds were they? Kelley: 2000, Australian Shepherds. Paul: 1989, Boston Terriers.

Which dog no longer being shown would you liked to have shown or owned? Kelley: Smokin’, CH Bugaboo’s Big Resolution, the OES. He was the most beautiful moving OES I’ve seen. Paul: Mick the Kerry Blue.

Why do you think most people want to judge? Kelley: I think and hope it’s the natural progression for people who are truly dedicated to the sport. At some point, we must move on and impart our dog knowledge outside of exhibiting. Paul: To pass on the knowledge they have gained over the years. Who are your non-dog heroes or heroines exclusive of immediate relatives? Kelley: I have tried to think of a hero that is not a family member, but I just cannot. My life hero is my dad. He is the most giving, hard-working and genuine person I have ever met. Paul: All of our service men and women that fight for our freedom.

Born: KELLEY: Kansas City, Missouri PAUL: Upland, CA Reside: Cameron, Missouri

Married: Going on 5 years of bliss!

10 If you could change one thing about your relationship what would it be? Kelley: That I wouldn’t have to hear every other day how many personal dogs I have. I’m a breeder; I have to have dogs to do that. Love you Paul! Paul: Nothing, she is perfect. You think I’m stupid enough to put that answer in print. How would you describe yourselves in personal ads? Kelley: Bold, outgoing, dedicated, loyal, and passionate. Paul: Shy huge sports fan and loveable.

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Do you think there are too many dog shows? Kelley: No, I like choices. Paul: No. Which are your three favorite dog shows? Kelley: Chicago, Louisville, Oklahoma City. Paul: Westminster.

Do you think there should be a limit on the number of times a dog may be exhibited in a year? Kelley: No. Paul: Yes, it would put everyone at a level playing field. In other sports, teams don’t get to play extra games to get ahead. Money would be less of a factor and it would then be more about the dogs. How do you react to people flying in and out of shows on the same weekend? Kelley: It doesn’t bother me, if they feel that’s best for their dog and the dogs can handle it health-wise and mentally, all power to them. Most dogs that fly and travel from show to show are more pampered than your average show dog, contrary to popular belief. Paul: I am alright with it. Unfortunately, if you want to compete at that level you have to.


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Rare Breeds of the world by Agnes Buchwald

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his year’s F.C.I. World Dog Show will be staged in Austria, which, at 83,855 km2, is about the same size of the US state of Maine. The capital and largest city, with a population exceeding 1.7 million, is Vienna. Austria is one of the richest countries in the world, and has developed a high standard of living. In 2011 it was ranked 19th in the world for its Human Development Index. The city of Salzburg, the local of the Show (Austro-Bavarian: “Salt Castle”), is the fourth-largest city in Austria and capital city of the federal state of Salzburg. The city has internationally renowned baroque architecture and one of the best-preserved sites north of the Alps. In 1997 Salzburg was listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is the birthplace of 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The capital city has three universities and a large population of students. Seemingly no matter how much effort was involved, some past Dog World Shows did not really please the visitors nor the presenters (amateurs or professionals). It amazes me that countries that are known for events like the Olympic Games, World Continued on page 78

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China

BY Desmond J. Murphy

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ue to nature controlling my body, I had to climb out of bed around five AM. I decided to have a quick cup of coffee, which told my body to just stay up. Feeling very proud of myself it would be a day of no great demands and I would catch up on several things. When I returned home from a late lunch I had become a bit sleepy from eating too much. I decided I was going to enjoy a long quiet weekend and at the moment treat myself to a well deserved nap. As I was headed in the direction of relaxation I thought I would just see if any pressing emails had arrived. My mind and body were given a quick jolt when around 3 o’clock I discovered an email from Andy Gong of the China Kennel Club. The very brief email just read “Desi I need your help.” Somehow I detected it was urgent. Immediately replying I found out he was asking if I could catch a flight the following morning to go to judge in China. Andy is a wonderful friend to so many of us in the States and I am always wiling to help him if possible. My mind started to race with the thought if this would be possible. Checking back with Andy the only immediate detail I needed to know was where I had to fly to. Within a minute I learned it was to Shanghai. Luckily Stacy Davis picked up the phone when I dialed her. She was a bit surprised when I informed

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veryone in dogs, no matter what the venue, needs to attend the largest dog show in the world, Crufts. It is held in England and you can see literally every facet of dog competitions. It features their Youth Kennel Club and all types of demos as well as the conformation, obedience, flyball, dancing with dogs and agility. The agility presence was strong. The competition was held in the main arena and the International agility competition was featured by The Kennel Club as it draws a full house even early in the morning. Great support was shown the USA exhibitor by AKC officials in attendance. The outstanding performance of the AKC/USA representative warranted all the attention she received. A former junior handler met the champions from 22 countries and nearly bested them. Tori Self, 19 years old (college student), and her Border Collie, NAC MACH Sagehills Change the World OF Rev, won second place the 26� Large Jumping in the qualifying rounds, missing first by only .15 seconds. The Standard competition was challenging and Tori was very accurate but came in third place based on speed. In the final competition a downside contact was

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Upside OF The Seesaw called on the team which moved them to the fifth position even though she had the fastest run. The speed and accuracy of this team was a sight to behold in all their runs. All three runs can be watched on YouTube from the AKC website on the agility page. Tori and Rev were on last year’s AKC World Team and earned first place in the individual large dog competition in France. She showed such composure with thousands watching her perform and the announcer right in the ring with them; this was helped by her past competitions at Nationals where she was the champion and her win at Worlds. Tori was also a wonderful goodwill ambassador for the AKC.To enjoy the travels of Tori she has set up a blog that covered her adventure. Excitement is in the air as the preparations for the 16th National Agility Championship and the 3rd Preferred National Agility Championship are being finalized. It will be held in 5 rings on dirt March 31 and April 1 (how many jokes will be played that day) in Reno, Nevada. California Continued on page 94

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Ohio Valley Yorkshire Terrier Club of Kentucky Judge Mr. Joseph Gregory Thank You!

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he Boxer has an interesting history. The breed began as a hunting breed. Then, during WWI, the Boxer became popular with the military as a courier, pack dog, attack and guard dog and in this role, the breed pretty much stayed until after WWII when returning soldiers brought Boxers home with them, which introduced the breed to a much wider audience. This led to Boxers becoming companion and show dogs. Finally, with the development of the various dog sports, Boxers have done well in performance sports, drafting and now are even doing some herding work. “Boxers are WORKING DOGS,” said Susan Kelly, whose dog “Cruiser” (Ch. MACH6 Kelly’s Cruise On Up Shalsade CE RE MXF TQX TDI) is currently the only MACH6 Boxer. “They are athletic, energetic, smart and willing to work hard to please their owners. They also love to have fun doing it. They develop a very tight bond with their owners. There are many good, young Boxers in the performance rings today.

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“Pip” (“ (Shera-n-Dynamic’s Great Expectations TDX AX AXJ HSAs), Reegan Ray’s Boxer, is the only Boxer with an advanced herding title from the American Herding Breeds Association in either the U.S. or Canada.

Pip demonstrates the true versatility of the breed as she follows a track.

People are beginning to understand the breed’s willingness to work, unconditional love and willingness to please their handlers. The more fun both the “Cruiser” ((Ch. MACH6 Kelly’s Cruise On Up Pip’s pups think that moving sheep is quite dog and handler have in these Shalsade CE RE MXF TQX TDI), Susan Kelly’s a bit of fun even at six weeks of age. events, the more willing both Boxer, is currently the only MACH6 Boxer. will be to try other performance events.” “This is a breed that is an excellent athlete that can excel in many sports. The breed 1 of this year, Sophie will begin her AKC herding career history shows them being used in many different functions. this spring, according to Tomas. They love to work with their people. That’s when they are the happiest. We are seeing Boxers perform in obedience, “They are very athletic, possess a lot of prey drive rally, agility, tracking, lure coursing and herding. Those that and generally are confident, curious dogs making them are competing are showing that they are capable of sucgood for training in many sports. But, they are also cess. But, it is a sad fact that there aren’t a lot of Boxers much, much more biddable a breed than most people rein performance sports. With only a few in certain activities, alize. Their desire to work with their owner is very strong people assume the Boxer can’t perform. Just because you and makes training them a lot of fun,” said Reegan Ray, don’t see that many doing these sports doesn’t mean they who owns “Pip” (Shera-n-Dynamic’s Great Expectations can’t do it. This is a working dog and they are at their hapTDX AX AXJ HSAs), the only Boxer with an advanced herdpiest when they are working. Boxers are unique among ing title from the AHBA in either the U.S. or Canada. the other working breeds in that they truly NEED to learn Herding seems to be one of the most difficult acand discover. If they don’t have that stimulus, they get very tivities to do with a Boxer. “There are so many factors bored,” said Sheila Tomas, whose dog “Sophie” (Ch Lemko involved. Not only are you training your dog to do the Starlight for Anden RA) has passed her herding instinct test right thing at the right time but also have to learn to read and has earned her first qualifying leg toward an American the livestock and know what they will do in response to Herding Breeds Association herding title. Since Boxers were your dog’s actions. Herding trainers say that it is the approved to participate in AKC herding events as of January Continued on page 96

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Kentuckiana Cluster:

Last Days of Wint It was so warm in Louisville this year that you didn’t need to wear a coat. The sun beamed down and everywhere you looked, yellow crocuses were sprouting, accompanied by brilliant violet-purple netted iris (Iris reticulata) and fresh white spring snowflakes (Leucojum vernum)—flowers not usually part of the scenery on March 14.

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nyone who comes to Kentuckiana regularly will remember years when we slushed through heavy snow or balanced umbrellas under sleeting rain. This year, we were wearing tee shirts and shorts, much cheered by the brilliant floral colors around the hotels. Driving into Louisville, a huge billboard towered over the highway, “Here come the dogs!” announcing the date and location, the Kentucky Expo Center. A Shar-Pei and Boxer lounged on the sign. It seemed another change was in the air. Not many years ago, Louisville had been considering strident anti-dog legislation. If it had passed, some people predicted, it would be the end of this big weekend of shows. After much controversy, the bill had been changed. We had survived to show again.

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Saturday and Sunday shows drew entries of 3500. There were top dogs from all over the country competing. Eleven of the country’s top 15 dogs were present. Thursday’s Best In Show at Mid-Kentucky Kennel Club went to the Wire Fox Terrier, Ch. AfterAll Painting the Sky, the tan and white who captured two back-to-back Bests in Show just last month in Chicago. The Doberman Pinscher, Ch. Protocol’s Veni Vidi Vici, won Friday’s Best in Show at Louisville Kennel Club. This was FiFi’s sixth Best this year, making her the country’s Number One Working Dog and Number Five Dog All Breeds, a huge accomplishment for breeder-owner-handler Jocelyn Mullins. On Sunday, the team did it again! On Saturday, Evansville Kennel Club, the Miniature Pinscher, Ch. Marlex Classic Red Glare, took the 3500 points. It’s a pleasure to watch the groups in Louisville. The rings are large and carpeted in bright blue. Huge white vases with giant floral arrangements decorate the ring. The lighting is strong.


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In the terrier group, handler Kim Rudzik had terrier fanciers buzzing about her new special. He turned out to be Lobotown Puppy, an Am Staff who came to Louisville with no American championship points, and ended up Group Three on Thursday. It turned out Puppy arrived here from Galatina, a town deep in the heel of the Italian peninsula. He was bred by Ermanno Corrada and is owned by Jari Spagna. At Louisville, he finished his American championship in two days by going Winners Dog at two specialties and then Winners Dog, Best of Breed, and Group Three. Quite a spectacular way to win a championship. Billy Wheeler called him “an impressive bruiser of a dog who managed to win Best of Breed two of the four days against formidable competition and cop a Group Three & Four.” Kim Rudzik said, “The group placements were just an awesome addition to an awesome weekend!” A Bullmastiff named Sam lounged on his blanket ringside, waiting for the Working Group. Like most of

his breed, he adored being petted, and looked at his owner, Jean Robinson, with doleful eyes when she stopped him from climbing into the lap of anyone sitting nearby. Sam’s real name is Ch. Ishana’s Singular Sensation at Leatherneck, and he’d won an impressive Best of Breed over an entry of 30. As she chatted, Jean Robinson commented on how lucky she felt to be here in Kentucky at all this year. She is the breeder of Leatherneck Bullmastiffs, accounting for 200 champions, so she has certainly been to many dog shows. But the past year was a particular challenge; Jean is recovering from bile duct cancer. “If you’d seen me last month, you would have thought I was a 90-year old woman,” she said. Today she was wearing a black and white checked suit with soft black leather boots, looking the part of the accomplished breeder-owner-handler that she is. It’s not easy handling a strong and powerful Bullmastiff, but she and Sam worked easily together as a team. Continued on page 102

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by ALLISON FOLEY If we are talking about dog shows (and we are) March came in like a lion and will sheepishly leave like a lamb. The month started off on a great foot entry wise, with the Purina National/Canadian Kennel Club Charity show drawing close to 900 dogs a day in conformation, but unfortunately this trend will not continue as the Nickel District shows, which are being held in conjunction with the CKC Annual General Meeting, have an entry of less than 150 dogs per show.

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he Purina Shows, which are held in the greater Toronto Ontario area, are just minutes from the airport in a fabulous venue. The proceeds from this event, which is heavily sponsored by Purina with cash prizes and a lot of publicity, go to the Canadian Kennel Club Foundation. The shows are a class event and have had their share of growing pains, but seemed to be making steps in the right direction in recent years. It does seem however that the growth towards a world class event is slowing. Entrants arriving at the show early on Thursday were rather rudely told by high ranking CKC officials that the building “doesn’t open until 4 pm.” Now this is all well and fine but to the new exhibitor that we are trying to encourage into the sport, wouldn’t a “we aren’t quite ready, please come back at 4” with a smile help just a little? There was a definite lack of flowers and other small details around the venue. As well especially during the groups and Best in Show on Saturday night with all of the who’s who in Canadian Dogdom around it was never mentioned that the proceeds from this event were going to the CKC Foundation or indeed what the Foundation does. The event is a good one, one of the best in Canada (if not the best) but I think it is the attention to these small details that could make the event a “don’t miss” on the world stage. The winner of the Purina National, the largest cash prize in Canadian Dog shows, was the Bernese Mountain Dog Ch Avatar’s Try Try Again. Ty, as he is known to his friends, was Canada’s top Dog all breeds in 2009. The Cash prize for Best in Show is $10,000.00 divided between the breeder, the owner and the handler, but as Ty is breeder, owner handled by Kim Groves, this was quite a nice pay day for her! Coming out of retirement to judge Best in Show here was Mr. Aldon Garland. Congratulations to Kim and Ty! The shows that close out March are the 6 shows hosted by the Nickel District Kennel Club, in Sudbury Ontario. Now these shows are in a more remote part of the country as they are in Northern Ontario, but realistically, they are not that far North. With the highway improvements and the mild March that we are having they are a mere 4 hours from the Toronto area. Sudbury does have a competitive, long standing and flourishing dog community. As well the CKC Annual General meeting is being held in conjunction with these shows and one might have hoped that this might have brought a few entries with it. Hopefully the board of directors will have time to come to the shows and see what the other half lives like! 54 Dog News

Back up north the Canadian dog show scene is starting slowly, the Top Dogs in the Country as of Feb. 27, 2012 according to Canuck dogs are: #1 Ch Mario n Beechwood’s Midnight Express #2 Bernese Ch Avatar’s Try Try Again #3 Malamute Ch Mytuk’s Technical Knockout #4 Gordon Setter Ch Sastya’s Twelfth Night By NCM #5 Pembroke WC Ch Coventry How High The Moon #6 English Setter Ch Sagebrush Bull Mtns Judee #7 Bouvier Ch Quiche’s Grand Finale #8 Welsh Ter Ch Darwyn’s I’m Not Arguing That #9 Great Dane Ch Burke’s Pinnocchio of BNV #10 Cavalier Ch Orchard Hill Shirmont Balktalk That’s it for know from the True North.


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GCh. Ha’Penny Mirimar Deja As You Like

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“Phebe” 2012 Westminster Best of Opposite Sex and Multiple Group Placements Owners Michele Marini Mrs. J. Richard Schneider Victoria Null

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The only dog on the Tar Heel Circuit to win all Five Groups Plus Best In Show Raleigh Kennel Club Judge Mr. Thomas Bradley III

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The 67th American Brussels Griffon Association National Specialty Louisville, KENTUCKY March 14 and 15, 2012

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embers of the American Brussels Griffon Association arrived early in the week in order to participate in the offerings and festivities of the National Specialty. Tuesday afternoon the very active Breeders’ Education committee, headed by Donna Vartanian and Pam Waldron, presented canine reproductive specialist Melissa Goodman, DVM, who discussed timing and testing for optimum breeding results. For some, this led into the annual Board Meeting, chaired by President Raul Peralta. For others, the evening afforded a chance to meet up with friends from around the country. On Wednesday, the Health Committee, headed by Mark Grigalunas and Meg Prior, presented Dr. Simon Platt, who updated the membership on progress in the SM research. This was followed by the annual General Meeting, again chaired by President Raul Peralta, who declared the Parent Club to be in excellent shape, with many active participants united in purpose and working toward the success of the club and the welfare of the Brussels Griffon. Katherine (Kay) Braukman of Palm Harbor, FL, was awarded a lifetime membership in recognition of her contributions to the breed and the Parent Club. Kay bred many champions under the kennel prefix K Dee B, including the 1993 National Specialty winner, CH K Dee B’s Rough Me Not. On to the competition. Obedience judge Marilyn Gormley had five participants in the various classes. Two qualifying scores were awarded: 179.0 to Gran’s Happy Hour in the Novice B class, and 180.0 to Wisselwood Seriously Sharp BT-S, CDX, RN, handled by Pamela Loeb, who was also High In Trial. After Obedience, Sweepstakes judge Cheryl Stevens, from Pinellas Park, FL, took the ring to welcome the first of her 44 entrants. Best In Sweepstakes was a 12 – 18 mo. bitch, New Year’s Eve Toast To Somerset, bred by Keith Jacobson and Rhonda Vandermeer, and handled by co-owner Francis Flavin. Best Opposite in Sweeps went to Walker’s Troop’n Off To Symphony, bred and owned by Karen Walker of Indiana, and co-owned and handled by Cynthia Muir. Best Veteran in Sweeps was CH Chismick’s Ain’t Too Proud To Beg, bred, owned and shown by Lisa Straub of Pennsylvania. After Sweepstakes, for the second year, the Senior Handling competition took place. This is a non-regular class for handlers 55 years of age and older. Judge, and former Junior Handler Dylan Kipp, had an entry of 8 willing to admit to being over 55. First and second places were awarded to husband and wife Mark and Karin Jaeger, with Karin beating hubby for the top award. This was just the start of a really good National for the Jaeger’s. Third was this author - pointedly, handling a puppy. Fourth place in Sr. Handling went to Dede Stevens of Georgia. The very charming trophies for this class were created and offered by Felicia Cashin. New this year was the raffle for front row seats. Tickets sold like the proverbial hot cakes, not only for the chance to sit ringside, but also for the fabulous items that went along with

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ARecord Breaking It is said that records are there to be broken and over the last few months pictures of dogs have been breaking all records with some staggering prices being achieved. First up was the London based Bloomsbury Auctions’ studio sale of the late Craigie Aitchison where buyers were clambering to acquire pictures of his beloved Bedlington Terriers. Then it was to New York where Bonhams achieved an auction record for the artist of $212,500 when they sold William Henry Hamilton Trood’s picture of hounds and a robin – high Victorian sentimental art at its very best. And then it was back to London, where Christie’s sold a collection of Lucian Freud’s etchings.

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ucian Freud was a British realist, figurative and portrait painter regarded as one of the greatest living artists of his time. He died last year at the age of 88. His brother was Sir Clement Freud, broadcaster, writer, politician and chef. They were sons of the Jewish architect, Ernst Freud who fled with his family from Berlin to Britain to escape the Nazis. Lucian’s and Clement’s grandfather was Sigmund Freud, the Austrian born neurologist who founded the discipline of psychoanalysis and who was a great Chow lover, his dogs often helping him to assess a patient’s mental state. Unlike his friend and contemporary, David Hockney, who worked quickly (they sat for each other for portraits), Lucian worked slowly, spending hours on a single picture. He had an obsessive devotion to his work, painstakingly mixing the paints as he went. With a fixation for the human form, his portraits went beyond just being portraits but were a study of the mind of the sitter, their feelings and emotions. His portraits and nudes became iconic of his generation but the one single picture for which Freud will forever be remembered is ‘Benefits Supervisor Sleeping’ which he painted in 1995. It shows his model, ‘Big Sue’ Tilly lying asleep naked on a settee, her body almost pouring over the edges, and sold in New York in 2008 for a staggering $33.6 million. Like his grandfather, Lucian was a great dog lover, his chosen breed being the Whippet and many of his human portraits coupled himself and friends with the dogs. His portraits though of his beloved Whippets show Freud the artist at his most tender and sympathetic and for some of his followers are easier to live with than his other work. One who admired Freud as a dog artist wrote: ‘You can almost smell the dogs, feel their weight and the heat of their breath. I’ve seen many picture-perfect dog paintings but that’s what they are, pictures of dogs. These are dogs with their aches and their age, and their doggy odour. And I think they’re spectacular.’ For a man who liked studying form and creating on canvas what he saw, with its contours and muscular structure, the Whippet was perhaps the ideal choice of breed.

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Christie’s offered 47 of Freud’s etchings which came to auction with an outstanding academic provenance. Under the title, ‘The Printer’s Proof: Etchings by Lucian Freud’, all had been consigned by the artist’s printer Marc Balakjian of the Studio Prints workshop established in 1968 by Dorothea Wight. Ms. Wight has an impeccable background in print making having taught the subject at various institutions including the Royal College of Art. Freud worked with Balakjian for nearly a quarter of a century, so the etchings in the sale, all printer’s proofs, date from 1985 to 2007. All were in perfect condition, unframed and untrimmed and were from small runs of between ten and 50. Collectively they sold for £1,200,500, with 86% sold by lot and 91% by value. The remainder have since nearly all sold. The previous world record for a Freud print had been £71,000 but it was beaten four times in the sale, with the top lot being a portrait of the Whippet Eli from 2002. Measuring 2ft 5ins x 2ft 9ins, the etching was from an edition of 46. It triggered a bidding war between five telephone lines and finally sold to a private buyer for £120,000. It was a particularly tender portrait of Eli asleep, beautifully observed and completed with great delicacy.

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he sale also included an etching of Pluto - ‘Pluto Aged Twelve’. Smaller than Eli at 17ins x 2ft, also from an edition of 46, but it lacked the delicacy of Eli. Similar in composition but Pluto is awake, aware that the hand of David Dawson reaches out to him from behind. This picture stayed within the £50,00070,000 price guide to sell at £55,000 to the trade. Pluto and Eli were bred by Jan Banyard of the Darquell Whippets. Pluto (a bitch!), as Freud named her, was bought as a present for his daughter, fashion designer Bella Freud, following his introduction to the breed by a friend who had one of Jan’s Whippets. Pluto became the logo for Bella’s clothing range. In common with so many parental gifts of animals to their children, Lucian ended up with Bella whom he adored. Eli, now ten, is the pet of Lucian’s assistant of many years, photographer David Dawson.


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nother victory on the canine legislation front was announced this week, this time in Arizona. Under a proposal in Pima County, those who bred a litter would’ve faced many new requirements, including obtaining a $200 litter permit for each litter bred. Breeders also would’ve been required to keep records on all ownership transfers for 10 years. At a hearing on March 22, discussions were also held on mandatory spay/neuter but those, reportedly, were quickly dismissed. Kudos to those who attended the meeting on March 22 to stand in opposition to such a measure, and also to all those responsible fanciers, breeders and dog owners who took the time to educate themselves and their representatives on the issues and respectfully contacted members of the Pima Animal Care Center Advisory Committee and County Board of Supervisors. The American Kennel Club once again lent support by coordinating communications amongst its constituents, alerting concerned dog owners of the hearing, writing a letter of opposition and supplying talking points to breeders and fanciers to include in their own correspondence. One more letter is now required: a note of thanks to Kim Janes, Director of Pima Animal Care Center, for supporting responsible dog owners and breeders in Pima County by tabling this proposal. He can be reached at kim.janes@pima.gov. A noteworthy bill was passed this week by the Georgia Senate, which voted 50-1 on Monday to pass legislation that would charge a dog owner with a felony for its second attack on a human. The Senate changed a version of the bill passed earlier by the House, so it now must return to the House for another vote and if it passes again will then be sent to Governor Nathan Deal’s desk to be signed into law. The bill concerns dog owners for obvious reasons, the first being that current law already allows for a court to declare a dog as “vicious” after a first attack on a person. The second being that some “attacks” may be provoked or even considered justified. Sen. Jess Stone, R-Waynesboro, succeeded in amending the bill to exempt so-called “working dogs”, which in this instance is defined to include guide dogs for the blind, companion dogs for the handicapped, and dogs used in herding sheep. But just because these dogs provide a service outside of the normal realm

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of being a pet, should it automatically be assumed that they could never be vicious? Does herding sheep or livestock preclude a dog from biting? And what if a dog is the victim of animal cruelty, or is protecting its home and family from intruders? It may seem far-fetched, but should a dog behaving in self-defense, if you will, on more than one occasion automatically be considered “vicious”? Seems like a bit of a gray area. The point is, all dogs are capable of biting, and some can be vicious and capable of killing humans. This proposal was purportedly inspired by reports of children in Savannah and Atlanta being attacked by dogs that had been involved in previous incidents. As understandable as that is, we must refrain from such knee-jerk reactions that condemn the acts of all dogs in all circumstances and examine each incident on an individual basis. That goes for acts of alleged animal cruelty as well as for those allegedly committed by vicious or dangerous dogs. There are already laws on the books addressing animal cruelty and vicious dogs, perhaps we need to better enforce them and take measures to better educate the general public about responsible dog ownership instead. Georgia is a state with a history of dogfighting, including perhaps the most infamous case ever in the United States involving NFL star Michael Vick, so any conversation involving responsible ownership and dog breeding and canine companionship that will help enlighten citizens as well as legislators should be welcomed. It must be remembered that when the 51 dogs were confiscated from Vick’s compound there were calls to put them all down, that they were beyond rehabilitation. None other than Wayne Pacelle from the HSUS said they were some of the most vicious dogs ever encountered (“They are some of the most aggressively trained pit bulls in the country,” he said, in lobbying to have them destroyed), yet only one of the dogs was deemed too vicious to save.

The vast majority of these dogs (47 of them) went on to become loving pets and in some instances therapy dogs, proof that we mustn’t rush to judgment and should never underestimate a dog’s ability to be reformed. Anyone trolling the Internet for dog stories will find no shortage in supply. Likewise, those looking for a puppy on the Internet will find no shortage of inventory. And this leads to many problems that affect purebred breeders, the American Kennel Club, responsible owners and society at large. Increasingly, it seems, those in the market for a puppy are foregoing the responsible breeders and turning to the shelter system or the classifieds, both of which are rife for corruption. Add social media into the mix and it can lead to a problem of epic proportions – a bubble, if you will, just like the housing bubble with its inflatable prices, no-look mortgages and look the other way moderators. We’re all feeling the pain of when the housing bubble burst, so we all must be wary of a new trend being exacerbated by Internet cites such as Craigslist, the free classified listing service: dog flipping. That’s right, people are flipping dogs. The same way that savvy investors swoop in to buy houses that are under water or priced below market value, splash a new coat of paint on the walls and update the kitchens and bathrooms and then quickly re-sell them for a profit, people are now trawling the Internet to rescue or purchase dogs from distressed owners, then turning around and selling them for a quick profit. There are currently no laws being broken by this practice but one would think it’s only a matter of time before legislators cop on to this exploitation and it is hoped that such legislation will not affect reputable breeders. Concerned breeders should prepare themselves for “limit laws” and “licensing laws” to sprout up in reaction to these practices, which must be frowned upon. It’s feared that laws limiting the number of dogs one can sell, while designed to prevent the flipping and selling of “free to good home” puppies to unsuspecting owners will have serious consequences for hobby breeders as well. Social media may yet prove to help combat such exploitation or at least help bring attention to it. A Facebook page called Citizens Against Flipping Dogs was started by a couple in Ohio that fell victim to such a scam but managed to track down their dog and get it back and are now trying to warn others about the practice. Prospective owners as well as those looking to place their pets must do their diligence to ensure that dogs are indeed coming from and going to proper environments. The AKC and all of its member clubs and constituents need to ramp up efforts to enlighten the general public on the risks involved with seeking dogs through online classifieds and the benefits of researching purebred dogs and reputable breeders before making an impulse purchase. Sure, there are lots of stories about showdogs purchased “sight unseen” from honorable sources that went on to have spectacular careers and proved to be wonderful pets but those are exceptions or come recommended by trusted experts in their fields. The source must always be considered and researched when making such an important purchase. It boggles the mind how many people are willing to buy or sell a pet with a mouse click or pick one up in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart without vetting the sources, or how many people looking to re-home a pet fail to investigate or build a relationship with the adopting party. The Internet has given rise to many snake oil salesmen; unfortunately these days some of them are flipping or peddling diseased and damaged dogs to an unsuspecting public and smearing the reputations of all breeders and owners in the process.

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TESTS FOR DELEGATES, THE TWO/THIRD VOTE...

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have never been totally in favor of the concept that Member Clubs should be able to appoint anyone they wanted to represent the Club as its Delegate. I have always believed that Delegates should be required to show some kind of credentials to hold that position and was certainly in favor of the move by the late Asa Mays to have some sort of basic requirements met by individuals appointed by the clubs. Well this never came to pass for any number of reasons, the primary one being that the clubs believed this to be too great an infringement upon its independence, I guess, so that in today’s atmosphere it could never be passed. But a story I recently heard gave me a new idea about how to assure oneself that at the very least a proposed Delegate is aware of some basic AKC workings. Most recall that one of the basic reasons open book tests were given to judges, when that idea was first instituted, revolved round the theory that well as least you know they have read the standards by doing that! How many people prior to that were thought never to ever have read a breed’s standard! And then of course there was the former Board Chair’s idea from David Merriam when he half in jest said that all judges after adjudicating and awarding Best in Show should be required to name each breed in the ring prior to the award being finalized. Sort of like the Brits with their health test and the vet’s okay--just sort of! Anyways I am told that the night before the recent Board elections a group of Delegates was sitting around the hotel-I presume the Sheraton and one person was giving forth with considerable authority--the person being the Chairman of the Board. One of the Delegates present asked the person his name and it was told to the Delegate who promptly asked and what is your experience to speak with such authority or words to that effect. The Delegate had no idea whatsoever who the Chairman of the Board was and to whom they were speaking. So the thought occurred to me, why not continue the present method of appointing Delegates since the club wants this authority but immediately after the approval give the newly appointed Delegate a basic test asking the following questions 1) Name the Board Chairman -2) Name seven of the 13 sitting Directors-3) Name the President of AKC, etc. Failure to answer all these questions disqualifies the individual from his or her Delegacy and the Club must then appoint someone else of its choice! What do you think of that idea my friends!!!! Continued on page 117

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Accelerant Detection K9s Fire Up to Sniff-out Arson BY SHARON PFLAUMER

All photos were provided courtesy of State Farm®, unless noted otherwise.

Each year, hundreds of people die and billions of dollars worth of property are lost due to arson. Because jobs and property tax revenue also are lost, insurance premiums are increased and tax dollars are spent investigating fires, the cost is even higher.

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ccelerant Detection K9s are trained to sniff out 60 different ignitable petroleum- based hydrocarbons that can be used to set fires. These include gasoline, diesel fuel, lighter fluid, kerosene and lamp oil. Mattie, a black Labrador retriever, was the first dog trained to detect accelerants. She was trained by the Connecticut State Police in conjunction with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in 1985. After she was tested extensively, it was determined that dogs are highly effective tools in the investigation of fires. Revolutionized investigations Indeed, the use of Accelerant Detection K9s revolutionized the way in which fires are investigated. Prior to their use, investigators collected random samples at fire scenes. The samples were sent for chemical analysis to determine if an accelerant was present in any of them. Not surprisingly, this method led to few confirmations and, therefore, few convictions of arsonists. “Investigators get better samples and there is a much higher confirmation rate when an Accelerant Detection K9 is used. That’s because the dog pinpoints the exact location of an accelerant at a fire scene when one is present,” Paul Gallagher says. He operates Maine Specialty Dogs, where he trains Accelerant Detection K9s exclusively for law enforcement departments tasked with fire investigation. At his facility, Gallagher has trained more than 250 arson detection teams that have operated in 43 states and three Canadian provinces. He began training dogs for law enforcement in 1985 as the Head of the Maine State Police K9 Unit. He started Maine Specialty Dogs after he retired from the state police force in 1996. Since 1993, State Farm® has provided funding and administrative support for arson dog training in order to ensure that law enforcement officials have every possible tool available to combat arson, a costly and oftentimes deadly crime. Although State Farm pays the costs to acquire the dogs and the tuition for the law enforcement officers who train with Gallagher to become Accelerant Detection K9 handlers, the dogs are the property of the law enforcement department they serve and not the property of the insurance company.

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Fire Investigator Brad Sloup and Accelerant Detection K9 Ashley, with the Nebraska State Fire Marshal’s Office, investigate a suspicious fire. Ashley is checking the sofa cushions for the presence of an accelerant.

Investigators from across the U.S. and Canada attended a State Farm Arson Dog Program Recertification Class in St. Augustine, FL in October 2010. Handlers and K9s searched a burn building where drops of accelerant were placed in various rooms.


Accelerant Detection K9 Taylor, with the Hampton, VA Fire Marshal’s Bureau, searches a fire scene for an accelerant.

Accelerant Detection K9 Zoe, with the Bensenville, IL Police Department, detects an accelerant on a sock during an arson dog demonstration.

It’s not always arson An Accelerant Detection K9 is always taken to the scene of a fire. However, the presence of an arson dog team doesn’t necessarily mean a fire was arson. In some cases, a dog is brought in to make sure it wasn’t. When an accelerant is present, the dog detects its exact location regardless whether it was put there deliberately or by accident, i.e., some people still use oil lamps and kerosene heaters that catch fire if accidentally knocked over. Once the presence of an accelerant is confirmed at a fire scene, it’s up to the fire investigator to determine if the fire was arson or set accidentally. When the dog and handler arrive at a fire scene, the handler commands the dog verbally or with a hand signal to “Seek,” i.e., search the area for the odor of an accelerant. “The dog does a search around the perimeter of the room. Then, it searches the center. After determining if the room is ‘hot’—has an accelerant present—the dog and handler move on to the next room. They repeat the same process until the entire house was searched for an accelerant. A dog can check an entire house in only five or six minutes.”

Accelerant Detection K9 Bailey, with the Knoxville, TN Fire Department, “Alerts” to an accelerant during the State Farm Arson Dog Program Recertification held October 2011 in Knoxville, TN. Ironically, the accelerant drops were placed by a fire hydrant. Bailey’s handler is Fire Investigator Travis Kincaid.

Food trained An Accelerant Detection K9 indicates the presence of an accelerant by doing an “Alerting” behavior, i.e., the dog sits and then looks up at the handler. It’s as if the dog is saying, “Hey, I found the accelerant!” “Accelerant Detection K9s are food trained which means they have to work everyday in order to eat,” Gallagher says. “If a dog needs three or four cups of food each day to maintain its weight, then, the dog must be worked enough each day to earn that amount. The dog is rewarded with a handful of food when it works a fire scene and finds an accelerant or when it does training exercises correctly.” (If the dog wasn’t given its entire food ration by the end of the day in instances when there was no fire to investigate, the handler does training exercises with it until all of the remaining food was fed to the dog.) “Training a dog to detect accelerants involves a series of progressive exercises. Initially, a small amount of accelerant—two drops—is put in a can. When the dog goes over and sniffs the can, it’s given a handful of food. The exercise is repeated until the dog learns it will be fed if it sniffs the can.” When the dog is ready, the trainer introduces the Alerting behavior. Because a “Sit” is something dogs tend to do automatically, the trainer reinforces that behavior until the dog reliably sits after sniffing the can with an accelerant. When the dog reliably Alerts, scent discrimination is begun. Accelerant Detection K9 Taylor “We have a 2-1/2-ft diameter daisy wheel that holds eight cans,” Gallagher says. “We put burnt wood, is with the Hampton, VA Fire Marshal’s Bureau. Her handler is Fire clothing, foam-backed carpet—anything you might Investigator Jesse Gomes. Continued on page 108

Officer Jack Barba, with the Bensenville, IL Police Department, and his Accelerant Detection K9 Zoe conducted several demonstrations at the International Kennel Club Dog Show in Chicago, IL. In this demonstration, the handler lined up concrete blocks; then, placed tin cans within the blocks. Two drops of an accelerant were placed in one of the cans. The handler walked the dog past the concrete blocks until it “Alerted” to the can with the accelerant. Dog News 69


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Evidently it was known that the winning Bulldog had incurred an injury to the cornea as a puppy and had publicly passed the very same health checks before the British Utility Breeds Association as a volunteer in December, 2011 that the individual veterinary surgeon performed at Crufts. According to reports from abroad, there was also much controversy surrounding the selection of the veterinarian(s) that performed the tests as well as the implementation of them. In its web site Introduction for the HP Vet Books section, the Kennel Club states: “The health check will be a veterinary visual observation and opinion at the time and for the purpose of establishing whether the dog is fit for function in continuing on to the group competition on the day.” Exhibitors were shocked when the use of veterinary instruments and complicated paraphernalia faced them before anticipated group judging rather than the visual observation they expected. Misinformation along with questionable veterinary expertise in the execution of the tests fueled the flames as word of the disqualifications spread both around the world and the humongous dog show. Obviously, the program will need to be reviewed and adjusted to make it less subject to such criticism if it is to continue with any support from the fancy. The Bulldog Breed Council was to meet with the Kennel Club on March 23, and amongst the planned topics was the issue of any mark on the cornea of any Bulldog being considered as an eye disease. Some of the general anger against the process involved the timing of the exam as exhibitors and others wondered why such health checks couldn’t be done in advance so as to prevent embarrassment to all. To examine thousands of dogs prior to breed judging would certainly present a logistical nightmare to any show giving club. The concept of evaluating the winners post-competition is practiced on the thoroughbred racetrack with the winners going to the barn for drug testing of the urine following the races, so this exercise may be something exhibitors have to live with if such a process continues. Perhaps the Kennel Club will design a future plan that will allow prescribed health checks with authorized veterinarians before the shows that will be more in alignment with the post-competition health check so that well-meaning exhibitors will not experience contradicting medical opinions. Other complaints heard questioned the issue of targeting certain breeds while other similar breeds were not tested. For that matter, should any program by any kennel club be breed specific?

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he American Kennel Club president Dennis Sprung has already issued a statement rejecting such ideas of its British counterpart and promising to guarantee what we think of as our breeders’ rights for the future. Meanwhile, the Brits themselves have tackled their internal problem by forming an alliance that is growing rapidly in opposition to this situation and appears destined to clash head-on with the Kennel Club administration. With such a leader as the well-known Andrew Brace and scores of prominent English breeders on board, this alliance could serve as the wake-up call the entire dog world needs to recognize that we need an international union to fight for our cause. Because artificial selection such as that practiced by dog breeders is much different than Mother Nature’s consistent 70 Dog News

and unforgiving natural selection, styles of the breeds have indeed changed as much in some breeds over the years as have clothing styles of fashion. In changing their interpretation of type over the decades, breeders often stray from the original type to a more modernized version. Although the newer version may require a lesser degree of functional expertise than the breed’s original purpose once demanded, it doesn’t necessarily indicate that the breed’s health is compromised. At the same time there are given breeds where we hear the breeders themselves bemoan the fact that the breed has strayed from true type. Yet wouldn’t we all agree that if a breed evolved to do a specific job, didn’t it evolve into the most functional form to do that job best? If once substantial bone was good, does that mean that more bone would be better? If some coat were appropriate, would more coat be better? If a broad head were desired, would a broader head be better? And so on across the breeds so that breeders themselves ask-at what point might extreme become incapacitating? Concern over such problems is nothing new in the world of dogs. More than 100 years ago the following statement was declared by H. Woodworth Huntington in his excellent book The Show Dog: “The specimen which is possessed of the ‘essential quality’ in the most abnormal degree is the winner of the blue ribbon.” In 1901 Huntington voiced concern that the quest for specific breed virtues could lead to the selection of increasingly exaggerated dogs. Huntington understood that dogs were originally bred to work, not to show so the interest of knowledgeable dog people in keeping our breeds sound and functional has been around forever. However, we must look at the facts resulting from the dedicated work of master breeders over those 100 plus years. I have personally witnessed great Pekingese running through the snow in the dead of winter and trotting around the rings in the relative warmth of summer with absolutely no breathing problems. I have been privileged to judge Mastiffs that were not only beautiful and healthy, they were also superb athletes that would have functioned as competent dogs of war for ancient Romans. Physically strong Basset hounds that actually run rabbits as well as collect honors in the show ring are being bred today. Sporting Dog Institutes feature Clumber Spaniels that can plow through thick underbrush in quest of prey. And Neapolitan Mastiffs that intimidate by their appearance and unique properties are seen in show rings around the world. In essence, most breeds are able, competent and healthy in spite of what the doomsday prophets would have you believe. Never in my lifetime have so many purebred animals been subjected to such numerous and various high tech health tests as those of today’s breeding stock. Kennel clubs, health foundations, breed study groups and others are striving to make the purebred dog one of the animal kingdom’s most healthy creatures. It is doubtful that many dogs of the past could pass such strenuous health tests and certainly most people could not! So if this controversial process is to continue, let us all join in the hope that the Kennel Club will iron out the kinks and eventually provide a service that is fair, consistent and healthy for the entire sport. There is little doubt that the Kennel Club has lots of room for improvement in the execution of this program and would be well-advised to take advantage of hindsight. Otherwise, such an endeavor could be viewed as a witch hunt aimed only at the appeasement of our enemies. History shows that such people cannot and will not be appeased. As for me, I’ll stick with the American Kennel Club with its much more rational approach in appreciating our breeding efforts.


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More Fun In The Sun Last December more than 20 cases of Leptospirosis were reported in the Detroit, Michigan area. The pathogen was identified by the Diagnostic Center for Animal and Population Health at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. The type of Leptospirosis identified can cause severe disease in humans and animals. The bacteria are carried by rats, but may be transmitted dog to dog or dog to human. According to the scientists at Michigan State, this is a very serious, rapidly progressing type of the disease. It is absolutely recommended that all pets in the Detroit area be vaccinated against it. Heartworm disease is still a major cause of fatal illness in pets, according to the American Heartworm Society. The biggest problem in combating this disease is owner compliance, according to the Society. The organization has developed a new educational initiative to help veterinarians and pet owners to implement the recommendations for reducing heartworm infection. Year-round protection is the best preventative, especially in areas where heartworm is prevalent. With the changing climate, mosquitoes, which are the prime vector for the spread of disease, will emerge earlier and stay later. Misuse of Flea and Tick Products There have been many complaints over the past several years about mislabeling leading to misapplication of flea and tick products. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced changes to the way spot-on flea and ticket products are labeled. Working with manufacturers, the new guidelines will clearly identify spot-on products for dogs or cats. EPA has also asked the manufacturers to include more information about possible adverse side effects. EPA also said that it lacks authority to require pet owners to purchase pet pesticides only from veterinarians, although the agency does recommend that they consult their veterinarians on the use of these products.

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AKC Canine Health Foundation Grant Recipient Honored Dr. Cynthia Otto, DVM, PhD. Associate Professor of Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania has received recognition from the U.S Army Veterinary Corps for the commitment to the health of working dogs, as a result of her ongoing contribution to those dogs deployed by the military. Dr. Otto was presented with an American flag which was flown in Afghanistan at a ceremony remembering those dogs who were deployed to Ground Zero after September 11, 2001. Since that time Dr. Otto has followed the dogs until their passing. There were over 900 dogs deployed to Ground Zero, some of whom are still alive and being monitored in their own communities by Dr. Otto and her team. As a result of this experience Dr. Otto and the University of Pennsylvania established the Penn Vet Working Dog Center, with funds supplied by the AKC Canine Health Foundation, Purina, Veterinary Pet Insurance and Fed Ex. Guidelines For Preventive Healthcare The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) have banded together and issued a set of guidelines for responsible pet ownership. This may be old news to many of us, but for some dog owners some of the conditions for responsible owners may come as a surprise. We are publishing a short version here, because it occurred to me that some or all of these would be applicable to any club which might consider a Code of Ethics, or a Code of Responsible Dog Ownership (or whatever you want to call it.) Many dog clubs already have these documents, but some do not. From time to time questions arise about how to proceed to develop guidelines addressing these concerns. Here is a blueprint you may build upon. For a full list of these guidelines you may go to www. avma.org/issues/policy. The benefits of pet ownership come with obligations. Responsible pet ownership includes: *Avoiding impulsive decisions about obtaining a dog suitable for your home *Recognizing that dog ownership requires an investment of time and money *Keeping only the type and number of dogs for your circumstances. A safe environment, adequate and appropriate food, water, shelter, healthcare and companionship

*Ensuring pets are properly identified and that registration information is up to date. (Tattoo or microchip) *Adherence to local ordinances, including licensing and leash requirements *Controlling reproduction through managed breeding or spay/neuter *Establish a good client/veterinarian relationship *Provide preventive care including vaccinations and regular health checkups *Provide socialization and appropriate training for your pet *Provide a positive environment for others, such as picking up regularly, prevent nuisance barking or intruding on the neighbors *Provide exercise, companionship and mental stimulation *Prepare in advance to ensure the pet’s well-being in case of emergency or disaster. Assemble an emergency kit *Make alternative plans for caring for the pet in the event of the owner’s death or disability *Recognizing the decline of a pet’s quality of life, consulting with your veterinarian about appropriate end-of-life care Top 10 Health Conditions PetPlan Insurance Company has issued a list of the ten most prevalent health conditions according to medical claims to that company. Starting with the most prevalent, vomiting and diarrhea come first, followed in order by cancer, lameness, skin infections, allergies, ear infections, cruciate injuries, foreign body ingestion, urinary tract infection, periodontal disease. An analysis of the study revealed that while cancer came in second, several types of cancer are on the rise. Lymphoma and osteosarcoma showed dramatic increases Lymphoma increased by 33% and osteosarcoma increased by 38% over last year’s statistics compiled by this company. Dog Stamps Last, but not least…the US Postal Service has issued the Dogs At Work Series of stamps, celebrating working dogs. The series consists of a guide dog, assistance dog, detection dog, and search and rescue dog. They are 65 cent denomination for mailing first class up to two ounces and square greeting cards. Happy Spring, everyone! Resources JAVMA, DVM Newsmagazine, AKC CHF, New York Times, Veterinary Technician, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine


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Fairs, Auto Shows, Flower Shows, Cattle Shows -you name it- for some reason can’t put up a dog show similar to the mentioned, as dog shows attracts the same number - in some cases even more - interested people. I understand that this is a gigantic work, and wish the Austrian Kennel Club’s staff a successful and memorable Show. The History of Austria (Republik Oesterreich) goes back to prehistoric times. The antique settlement was conquered by Celt, Roman, and Vandal warriors. Vandal was a Germanic tribe that once established a kingdom in North Africa as its base for raiding the Mediterranean Sea, much like the Vikings, Goths and Attila’s Huns (Vandals also participated over the Roman Empire’s decline, and due their destructive drive and violence the word “vandalism” is universally used in reference of any malignant destruction). For the following centuries Austria was a part of the Roman Empire up to its fall in the 5th century. In 788 a large part of Austria was occupied by Charlemagne, who favored the country’s Christianization. Centuries later the territories were inherited by the House of Babenberg, and in the 13th century was succeeded by the Habsburgs who, until WWI, became the main personages in Austria’s history. Their cultured ruling can be seen in its art and architecture. The Habsburgs contributed hugely to the expansion of the territories, and under their rule Austria was Europe’s centre of the cultural renaissance. Napoleon’s short war against Austria of 10 April 1809 starts with the invasion of Austrian troops into Bavaria, and ends with the Peace of Schönbrunn on 14th of October 1809. The war resulted in the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire and began the nationalism in Austria, and other countries, being Austria Europe’s greatest power of that period. From 1867 Franz Joseph I ruled the empire of Austria and the kingdom of Hungary (Austro-Hungarian Empire). After World War I the empire split up and Austria became a republic. From 1918 - 19 - Austria was named the Republic of German Austria, but international agreement on a common policy (Entente) did not allow the union with Germany. The First World War brought much chaos and destruction over Europe causing also the end of the

Austro-Hungarian Empire. In 1918 Austria was proclaimed a republic and the monarchy was abolished. At the Second World War (1938), German troops occupied the country, forcing it to incorporate to the Third Reich. The victory of the allies in 1945 proclaimed liberty of Austria, and the second republic was declared, but the country only became independent in 1955 forming the present Austrian Republic, and constitutionally secured its permanent neutrality. As all Hungarian students we were taught since elementary school about the Austro-Hungarian Empire. I developed a special curiosity about this historical period’s greatest figures in the persons of Emperor Franz Joseph I, and his wife Queen Elizabeth adored by Hungarians possibly for the suspicion in having Gyula Andrassy a Hungarian statesman who served as Prime Minister of Hungary, as her lover. The Queen always championed for Hungary, and was an incredibly beautiful Bavarian Princess later remembered by her nickname, Sissi. In an impressive monument at the Danube’s margin the Queen eternalized in white marble is resting with a bunch of roses in her hand. The statue by Gyorgy Zala is situated in a garden where children (my sister and I included) used to stroll, and climb the statue’s skirt, and relax on her lap. Elisabeth was an emotionally complex woman, and did not have throne heir (she married Franz Joseph on 1854) until 1858 when Prince Rudolf (1858–1889) was born. The Austrians were so pleased with the newborn crown prince that they forgave the Queen’s sympathy toward Hungary. This fact made Elisabeth the ideal mediator between the Magyars and the Emperor. Soon the queen became the personal advocate for Hungarians, and whenever difficult negotiations broke off between the Magyars and the court, they were solved with her help. No matter if her personal relationship was an intimate one or not, her love for Hungary and Hungarians were the same she felt for her own country and this love was wholeheartedly reciprocated by the Hungarians. Most of us when the name Austria comes up first remember the Appfelstrudel, the Wiener Schnitzel (a fried escalope of veal), and the Viennese Waltz. Of course Austria has much more to be remembered for. Personalities? Hundreds and hundreds of them. We can’t forget the composers Joseph Haydn, Gustav Mahler, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, Johann Strauss, Sr., Johann Strauss, Jr. Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, Stefan Zweig, writer. Actors Maximilian Schell, Romy Schneider (who immortalized Sissi at the movies), Arnold Schwarzenegger (the Continued on page 84

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MCCOY, RANDY GARREN, MARIBETH O’NEILL, TINA YUHL, and JOAN SCOTT, who put on a great fund raiser. Among the guests were JANET & JIMMY MOSES (I just love writing that), NENNA & GEIR FLYCKT-PEDERSEN, MARIPI WOOLDRIDGE, JENNIFER STEVENS, JACK NORTON, MARGARET POINDEXTER, BONNIE THRELFALL, MICHAEL FAULKNER, LINDA MORE, LEE HERR, LARRY CORNELIUS, MARCELO VERAS, ELLEN & DAVID ROBERTS, JACKIE BEAUDOIN, and VICKY HOLLOWAY. I don’t have the final figures, but they did raise a lot of money and job well done. The ADSJ ADVANCED INSTITUTE has been scheduled for August 12- 17, 2012 in Indiana, Pennsylvania. It is open to all approved judges. For further information or reservations contact GERARD PENTA at 724.834.3744 or www. adsj.org. JERRY WEISS is in the North Shore- Long Island Jewish Hospital recovering from a heart attack that required surgery. He is said to be doing well and hopefully will be up and about soon. SUSAN DALE, a name best known in the world of Poodles, has passed away at the age of 86. SUSAN and her late husband FRANK had many top and famous winners and bred under the Holyoke prefix. Leading the birthday parade is JANE KAY celebrating her 95th on April 3rd. Also celebrating are NICOLAS DEBOUT, DENISE FLAIM and CINDY COOKE. Saving the best for last, a lady I have unabashed love and respect for, MARY DUKES, is getting married in June to MILES HAMRICK. They have purchased a new home in North Carolina and MARY plans to remain on the job as field representative. All of us at DOG NEWS send our very best wishes to the happy couple.

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he Tar Heel Circuit, five days of shows in Raleigh, North Carolina, was highlighted by events. First, ELLEN & DAVID ROBERTS hosted a belated Congratulatory Westminster Victory party. Guests of honor were the owners of the Best In Show winner, SANDRA & BUSTER MIDDLEBROOKS and DAVID FITZPATRICK (unfortunately co-owner IRIS LOVE could not attend). With the dinner prepared by FRANCO LICCARDI and ELLEN ROBERTS, a cake designed and baked by the very talented TINA YUHL of a Peke and best in show rosette on top of layer cake capped off the evening. Among the guests present were JACKIE BEAUDOIN and her daughter TARA MARKEY, RANDY GARREN, JENNIFER STEVENS, JANE & BOB FORSYTH, CANDYE & BOB SLAY, JACKIE STACY, CINDY VOGELS, PAM BEALE, JOHN ASHBY, REBECCA & GLEN LYCAN, VICKY HOLLOWAY, MARY DUKES, JEAN HETHERINGTON, MARI-BETH O’NEILL, LINDA MORE, MARCELO VERAS, LARRY CORNELIUS, RACHEL CORBIN, CHRIS MANELOPOULOS, LINDA & MIKE PITTS, LENNY BROWN, SHELBY ROBERTS, EVAN THRELFALL, STACY SNYDER, MERRY JEANNE & TOMMY MILLNER, JOAN SCOTT, MARCELO CHARGAS, ARMANDO ANGELBELLO, ROBIN GREENSLADE, ROBIN NOVACK and LAURA KING. On Saturday evening, the local supporters of TAKE THE LEAD held their biennial raffle and dinner dance. I might add that of all the benefits held for TAKE THE LEAD this one ranks highest of them all. The raffle has gifts that include Mexican time shares, flat screen televisions, Louis Vuitton handbags and the like. The evening was generously underwritten by MERCEDES VILA and present was president PAM BEALE, who was joined by CINDY VOGELS, PAT LAURANS, TOM BRADLEY and locals DENNIS


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Gubernator), Hedy Lamarr (coinventor of spread spectrum wireless communications, along with George Antheil), Otto Preminger, film director Erich von Stroheim, (the ‘Austro-/.German Noble’ was Austrian, and parents Benno Stroheim, and Johanna Bondy, were both practicing Jews), Ferdinand Porsche, automotive engineer who designed the Volkswagen (the “people’s car”), Albert Salomon von Rothschild, banker, Theodor Herzl father of modern political Zionism and idealizer of the State of Israel (born in Pest, , then part of Austro-Hungary), and finally Simon Wiesenthal, 1908–2005, pre-eminent Nazi hunter. (Szymon Wiesenthal later known as Simon was born in Galicia, which was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire). Of course that there are many more worth to be remembered – but as always – a gigantic book would be necessary to mention them all. Austria is famous for its pastries, landscapes, castles, culture, and arts, but is also known for the Austrian Pinscher developed in this country, known as the Oesterreichischer Pinscher. Some paintings from the 18th century show dogs almost identical to today’s Austrian Pinscher. The precise origins of the breed are unknown but the paintings demonstrate a remarkable resemblance with present time’s Austrian Pinscher. In the beginning these dogs were developed as all-purpose farm dogs, used for driving and guarding livestock and rat catchers as well. The selective breeding began around 1921, when these dogs were in great number in Austria, and gained great popularity outside of farm life as well. Known at the beginning as the Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher, in 2000 the “shorthaired” word was dropped from its name. The breed is related to the German Pinscher, although it is distinctly broader and heavier. This is a medium sized dog with a short, thick double coat. The coat can be russet gold, brownish yellow, stag-red, or black with tan markings. Small amounts of white markings on any of the colors can be on the chest, muzzle, neck, throat, nape, feet, or tail tip. They stand between 14-20 inches and normally weigh between 26-40 pounds. The Austrian Pinscher’s tails were docked but when left natural it curls over the back. The Austrian Pinschers is a working breed and excellent guard dog as well because it is fearless and extremely vocal. This dog tends to be loud and takes its guard duty very seriously and may develop a tendency to bite if not properly trained at an early age. While suspicious of strangers the Austrian Pinscher is friendly, playful, and devoted to all people in its family. The former Austrian country pinschers that were widespread in the second half of the 19th century were modest, versatile farm dogs but since 1921 the selective breeding began. On Oct. 16th, 1928, the breed was recognized by the

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Austrian Kennel Club (Österreichischer Kynologenverband) as Österreichischer Kurzhaariger Pinscher (Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher). In the year 2000 was renamed to Österreichischer Pinscher (Austrian Pinscher). It is believed that the breed descends from mating German Pinschers with local dogs, and to have also terrier ancestry because of its similarity to the Miniature Pinscher, Manchester Terrier and Doberman Pinscher, although many historians and breeders believe that it is unlikely that the Austrian Pinscher is related to these breeds. The old Austrian pinschers – simply named Farm Biters - were used as livestock guardians but also kept the barns and the homes free of vermin. However at the end of the 1800s, the dog population began to drop. In the early 1900s the Veterinarian and Zoologist Emil Hauck started the search for the original type of dog that was identified as the dog of the marshes (Canis palustris). With Dr. Hauck’s efforts the correct breeding began. For the early breeders the main objective was to develop a dog type that would be distinct from the pinschers randomly found in the area. By 1928 the breed was already fully established with the name Osterreichischer Kurzhaarpinscher or Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher. At the same year it was recognized by the Austrian Kennel Club. “Austria” was added to the breed’s name not only because the place of origin but to differentiate the breed from any similar one. The Austrian Pinscher has spread and was widely accepted but similar to other breeds, suffered almost to extinction during World War II. By 1970 only one registered dog remained. This dog was mated until the breed type was completely revived. The name was changed definitively to Osterreichischer Pinscher or Austrian Pinscher in the year 2000. Unfortunately the breed that is recognized by the FCI and by the Austrian Kynologenverband is becoming rare even in its homeland. Requiring very little grooming the Austrian Pinscher’s history as a farm dog apparently does not make it very suitable for urban life. They do best when they have lots of room to roam as well as a job to do, but should at the very least have a large yard. If the owner can offer this dog daily walks and plenty of exercise it easily becomes an intelligent and gentle house pet. Our dear readers can find the complete standard at the F.C.I. breed page, and complete information about the World Show at Dog Show Portal at; http://eurodogshow. info/world-dog-shows/6-world-dog-show-2012


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her I needed a ticket to go to Shanghai in the morning. While we were talking she was researching my request and discovered the one flight of the day had just one seat available. I immediately told her to book me on the flight before someone else purchased it. Surprisingly the very last minute purchase was just shy of $1,600. I never fly anywhere without having an aisle seat, but in this case it was a window seat. I soon realized it was 2 o’clock in the morning when Andy got the call that one of his judges would not be arriving later in the day. In the States this would not be such a problem because there are always some judges available or they can grab anybody ringside and have them do the assignment. This is just not possible in China. First they do not even have one judge in the entire country and no one capable of judging various breeds. The dilemma for Andy was even more complicated by the fact that if someone was available they would need a visa that was not outdated. His only choices were narrowed slimly down to someone who had a current visa. This whole problem gave new meaning “to finding a needle in a haystack”. I knew which judge was already en route so I realized which judge had cancelled since I had spoken to them about accepting the assignment. Concern set in about what happened to him, but with everything moving so quickly I did not find out until I got off the plane in Shanghai. I was much relieved when I found out they were fine, but even found it humorous to learn they did not realize they needed a visa to go to China. I could picture the shock they went through while checking in at the airport and were asked to show their visa. It reminded me of the old joke when a lady was told she needed a visa to go somewhere and she replied she only used American Express. As Americans I believe the only countries we need a visa for today are China, Brazil and Russia. For anyone traveling to Russia it is quite a complicated process and it takes a lengthy time period to secure one. For China if one is willing to go to a consulate for China a visa can be obtained the same day. Indonesia also requires a visa, but one can be just purchased at the airport upon arrival by just paying a fairly small amount of money. With so many Americans traveling to China this was the first time I have ever heard of someone that did not realize a visa was required. When one is traveling to a foreign country some extra thought is required for needed necessities. A starting point is what the climate will be like and if the show will be held indoors or outdoors. In many foreign countries just because a show is held indoors this does not mean climate control. Even being in modern convention centers heat or air conditioning is not available for the show. One has to check to find out if their cell phone will work in that particular country. This past November before going to Beijing, I learned my Droid charge would not work so I would have to have my Blackberry connected for the trip. When I called Verizon to have my plan activated to include an international reduced rate for calls and internet services, I also learned that now the Droid would work in China. Without getting a needed plan from ones’’carrier very large bills can be run up very quickly. Here in the

States I never carry anything onboard, but on long hauls there are certain items that should be carried depending upon one’s needs or just wants. Basically I am not a sweet eater, but on long hauls I do at times crave something sweet. Unless you are flying business class it can be three times you might be served food that is rather unappetizing. On this trip I purchased a very nice sandwich just before I boarded that I knew I would enjoy along the way. If I have a late evening flight out of Newark I allow an extra hour or so and enjoy a nice meal at the well known steak house, Gallaghers. A traveling companion one evening while dining at Gallaghers commented on how they were enjoying their meal. I replied that it reminded me of “The Last Supper.” I explained it would be the last good food we would enjoy for the next twentyfour hours or more. Around 10:15 AM we boarded and I was not looking forward to the 15-hour flight and then driving several more hours from Shanghai to Hangshau. But as soon as I got seated a great sense of relaxation came over me. It was only about 15 hours earlier I had gotten the request to come to China and my mind and body had been racing to prepare for the trip. I had consumed some Airborne before boarding so I would not be anxious to secure water in order to take it. With my immune system having been already given extra precautions I could wait another twelve hours to give it some more protection. Looking at the movies that would be available I was so pleased to see there were several new releases that I had looked forward to seeing and several long naps I was looking forward to. After taking off my first treat was opening the “Sighthound Review” that arrived the previous day. Since I was not pressed for time I was able to enjoy this issue from cover to cover with no interruptions. When I finally read every word the young Asian gentleman sitting next to me asked if he could view it. I was quite surprised when I realized he was not only looking at the pictures, but was reading the content. He informed me that he always enjoys watching the dog shows on TV and was so impressed that I personally knew “Malachy”. He informed me that he had seen a Pekingese several days after Westminster being walked on the street and had asked the owner why it was not as beautiful as Malachy. The first movie I chose to watch was The Artist. I did not have any popcorn to watch with, but I greatly enjoyed the wonderful sandwich in my carryon bag that also housed several bottles of red wine and a large package of Reece’s Peanut Cups. Before the ending of the movie the lack of sleep, eating, enjoying several glasses of wine made me have to force myself to stay awake a little longer. Quickly falling asleep after the ending of the movie I then awoke to realize we had been flying for over seven and a half hours, which meant we were half way to Shanghai. With my body and mind feeling very much refreshed I decided to finish writing an article on the International show that was being written when the call came to go to China. Once this was accomplished I watched another movie and realized I might just take another nap. I was quite surprised when I was awakened for the last food service and given our landing cards to be filled out. I was very happy to see we had just a bit more than an hour until we would land in Shanghai. Upon deboarding I walked quite briskly to clear immigration and pick up my bag. Having not enjoyed a cigarette for eighteen hours, I was so happy to find a smoking lounge along the way. Smoking two cigarettes very quickly my full focus was locating my friend Andy and heading for Hangshou. Moving very quickly Continued on page 90

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and with my eyes focused only for the sight of Andy, I just rushed past all the people holding signs with the names of people they were meeting. It was very stupid thinking on my part that I did not realize Andy would already be in Hangshou since the first day of judging was going on. I never noticed a young lady holding a sign with my name. I was not as concerned as the young lady was, but she started to comb all over the adjoining arrival area waving her sign with my name. The young lady apologized, but I felt so embarrassed about my stupidity. I could sense her feeling of relief when she was able to call Andy and let him know they would have a judge for the following day. I do not think any club was ever so glad to see me. It is hard to comprehend, but without my presence the show would have to be cancelled and all the entry fee money for the day would have to be returned to the exhibitors. No wonder Ting Ting was happy to see me. Immediately as Ting Ting and I rushed off to an awaiting car and drive, I knew I was going to enjoy her company for the next few days. I was told that if I would smoke in the car the driver would be pleased since it would also allow him to smoke. I was not about to offend the driver of my chariot. Ting Ting informed me that they had driven close to three hours from Hangshou to Shanghai to retrieve me, but it was much easier than the day before because of some long, long delay in finding the first judge who was George Murray. Ting was in one terminal and George was in the other terminal with both of them searching for each other for close to two hours. After finding George late in the evening, they enjoyed dinner in Shanghai before making the long trip back to Hangshou. I believe it was after midnight upon their arrival back to Hangshou and George was judging the show the next day by himself since the other judge was missing. I was anxious to reach Hangshou, which I figured out looking at an atlas would be about one hundred miles away. A wonderful meal and sleeping in a bed would put me in the mode to judge the following day. Ting Ting informed me before leaving Shanghai that we had to go shopping for vodka and wine. I informed her there was no need to stop and shop since I was sure Hangshou would not be a dry city. She insisted we had to shop in Shanghai because she was scared once we reached Hangshou my preference of wine and vodka might not be available. I was informed we only had one more stop to make which would be Starbucks to get a supply of coffee that I could enjoy on the 100 mile drive to Hangshou. Quickly I realized in the days ahead not only would my needs be satisfied but also my wants. Around 8 PM we pulled up to the beautiful Hangshou Hill and River Hotel. Knowing we were nearing the hotel Andy was standing outside awaiting our arrival.

He was so happy to see my body and had a smile on his face as if Marilyn Monroe had appeared. Knowing what a trying day the committee had endured, I quickly hung up my clothes and washed my face. After traveling for over 24 hours a long hot shower would have felt great, but I did not want to delay their dinner any longer. After arriving at the planned restaurant it had already closed. The decision was made to return to the hotel where our party had the dining room and a large staff all to ourselves. Finally relaxing over a good meal and a few drinks we all decided to skip dessert, which meant we all could get to nice soft beds much quicker. Sunday morning would arrive all too quickly. George Murray had judged the whole show on Saturday. On Sunday he only would judge a Doberman Specialty in between my judging. This was separate from the regular show and George had already judged Dobes on Saturday. As Americans it is hard for us to comprehend how a judge can do the same breed two days in a row. The dogs do act different on different days and some dogs just show at the specialty. It is a common practice in China and also sometimes in Japan. On Sunday I would judge the whole show, which was about 130 dogs. The morning started with judging around 30 pups from 4 to 6 months, which is very popular in most foreign countries. It is nearly a year ago that we started these classes at selected shows. After I judged the baby pups, George judged the Dobe Specialty, which had an entry of around 25. After the specialty was completed we drove off a short distance for a fabulous lunch where I had wished I had not eaten such a huge breakfast. After a very relaxing lunch I judged the regular part of the show. It was fun for me in that I had never judged any of these dogs before. There was a good depth of quality in the Dobermans. Most of them were bred by a local breeder. The young lady, named Ting Ting, has been fortunate to acquire stock from some of our top American and Argentine breeders. She has had the ability to use these imports to produce some very lovely quality homebreds. On a sad note, there were some Dobes with questionable temperaments. Some were quite shy and I had to excuse one for trying to attack. It was the only breed whose temperament was not perfect. On many previous assignments in China the Dobes have always had good attitudes as a whole. When it came time to judge Best I had six really nice dogs in the ring. There were not any Hound dogs entered in the show. In many foreign countries Hounds are just not very popular. It is interesting to note that Border Collies have become very popular in China like so many other countries of the world. I was torn between a wonderful young male Dobe and a Pomeranian teaming with quality. Poms are in good shape in China. While judging in November, I saw some wonderful Chinese bred Poms. A dog I saw in Beijing came shortly after to our Eukanuba weekend where he captured the breed. I put the Dobe Best and the Pom Reserve. It is hard to get a really top male Dobe and the only two Dobes I have ever given Best to have been both times in China. The other being a bitch that lives in China and the US. This bitch is from the litter that the “Victoria Secret” bitch produced. Three of her littermates have been winning big here in the states. These are the new charges Gwen DeMilta is showing for the DiNardos, Anne White with the Glen Lajeski red bitch, and the red bitch Kelley Marquis is showing. Here at this show on Sunday, George and I co-judged a Breeders Class. It is copied after the Breeder’s Showcase held with Santa Barbara Kennel Club. All of the shows that are organized by the China Kennel Club offer the class on the last day of the show. The winning

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breeders accumulate points and at the end of the year the China Kennel Club, headed by Andy Gong, arrange for the winning breeder and two dogs to be sent to Santa Barbara to compete in the “Breeders Showcase”. Last year the winning breeder and her Chows went second in a very tough competition at Santa Barbara. At the particular show George and I judged the winners to be two wonderful Dobes. The Reserve in the Breeders Class went to two wonderful Samoyeds. These Breeders Classes offered by the China Kennel Club make us realize China has some very good breeders in many breeds. Even with a long lunch break I had finished BIS by about 5 o’clock. However, it was well after 7 o’clock when we finished photos. Like so many foreign countries no pictures are taken until the end of the day and the vast majority of the dogs that won a ribbon get a picture taken. The only time all the pictures are taken after the show in the States is at some specialties. After standing still and smiling for over two hours I was very glad to arrive in a private dining room in a huge restaurant. What a treat it was to be seated, being able to smoke, drink, talk dogs and choose from a lazy susan where wonderful dishes arrived, arrived and kept on arriving. I only wish on trips to Asia that I could just sample every dish that is offered. Even with eating three huge meals a day most people lose weight over the duration of the visit. George was engaged to do a handling class on Monday and Tuesday with nine student handlers. Andy Gong and I had a driver to tour Hangshou for two days. It is a very lovely tourist city and I only wish I had been there later in the spring. Normally at home I am not a breakfast person, but in China having a lot of time and such wonderful offerings, I tend to eat a huge breakfast. This makes me desire to have a late lunch and then it means finishing lunch in order to go for dinner. I am also embarrassed that I can not get more of the wonderful offerings. This was my eighth assignment in China so I have been able to learn some of the inner workings of the relatively very new sport of dogs to China. Here in the States most dog shows are put on under the rules of AKC or the United Kennel Club and a few other small organizations. In China there is not one main governing body. There are quite a few shows put on by local people that have no ties to any governing body. In mainland China there are four governing organizations that put on shows, plus an organization that only puts on shows for Tibetan Mastiffs. Hong Kong is a very old Kennel Club and is recognized by AKC and FCI. Never having been to Hong Kong, I know nothing about how the shows work there. The three main organizations in China are the China Kennel Club, National General K.C. and the China Kennel Union, which has ties to FCI and runs its shows with ten groups. China Kennel Club and NGKC use the AKC system as their model. Being that there are no judges in China all of the judges have to come from other countries. Both China Kennel Club and NGKC use mostly judges from the US. I believe the FCI organization uses judges from many parts of the world. This creates a large demand for American judges to judge in China. The main problem for the organizers in China is getting judges sometimes on very short notice. Sometimes a venue can not be secured until the very last few weeks before the show. China is a communist country and the clubs have to answer to government officials at times. This also reminds me that the government also puts on some shows that I know nothing about. Marjorie 92 Dog News

Martorella and Sharon Lyons judged a government run show this past year and they could give details. Many American judges do not like to judge outside of the States. This is because of not wanting to endure long flights. From Newark to Shanghai is 15 hours and then to Hangshou is another 3 ½ hours by car. Besides the long travel time, people sometimes do not want to judge in unknown territories. If one is able to endure long flights and is in physically decent shape they should not hesitate going to China. Needless to say, certain precautions need to be taken. The most important thing is to find out the organization you are judging for and if it is a location you will enjoy visiting. With the vast number of Americans who have judged in China you should contact someone who has been there to learn all the details. I and many others that have judged shows run by the China Kennel Club, headed by Andy Gong, can vouch that you will be well taken care of and your stay will be very pleasant. The China Kennel Club always puts up judges in a first class hotel where English is spoken and western food is available if desired. Chinese food in China is very different than the Chinese food in the States. I did judge once for an independent show and the hotel was very luxurious but NO English was understood. This meant ordering even coffee was a real problem. There are also places where knives and forks are just not available. Some disposable forks can be a lifesaver if you want to eat without using chop sticks. I have only judged once for the FCI organization called China Kennel Union. This was the largest show in China and everything was perfect right from the first correspondence in easy to understand English. Even here in the States there can be a huge difference in judging for various cubs. A lot of foreigners are surprised at the lack of hospitality in the States. Since most foreign countries do not pay a fee they offer some extra sightseeing days at the club’s expense. I always look at it as a paid vacation. I am sure many of you have read and heard about the disaster that Marjorie Martorella suffered while in China in December. This could have happened anywhere in the world today, but being detained in China without a visa is a very serious problem. The individual club she was judging for went to great lengths to assist in replacing her visa; otherwise it would have taken a week instead of just a few extra days. Apparently the problem arose from an employee that was new to the position and was just not capable. The NGKC organization has gone on to try and prevent judges’ pocketbooks from being stolen. A chest has been secured, which will cut down on thefts. One of the other judges at the same show also had her pocketbook stolen. I was lucky when my wallet was pick pocketed in Paris. It was just a matter of calling Visa and American Express to cancel some cards. In the hotel I had lots of cash, extra credit cards and passport. These precautions should be used even while traveling in the States. Especially when going to a foreign country extra safety measures have to be taken. On this trip to Hangshou the organizers thought of every detail for my comfort. Not only did they make sure of my wine and vodka likes – a large supply of Starbucks instant coffee was secured. It really is just like getting fresh brewed Starbucks. In closing if you are invited to judge in China I assure you that you will enjoy the trip as long as you investigate details before you accept the assignment. If you are not willing to use mileage to upgrade to Business Class it is well worth the extra few dollars to be in Economy Plus seating where you have a bit more space. It also helps to board the flight after having very little sleep. It is a joy to sleep through some bad food service and arrive not in a state of exhaustion. Minutes ago I accepted an assignment to go to Beijing in November. I’m looking forward to it already.


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always has the largest entry at any Nationals so this should be a reward for them to have it in their time zone instead of usually facing a three hours difference. Showing up for walk thrus at 3:00 AM has to be very hard on those exhibitors as it always is walk thrus at 6:00 AM as it was last year and often Eastern time zone. The Friday part of Nationals, March 30, has changed and will be interesting to see if it is successful. This will be the new class that has become so popular called Time 2 Beat. The class will loosen up the nerves on the six judges of the Championship and also stretch out the dogs, many of whom will have driven two days or flown to Reno. If your club has not added Time 2 Beat to your Friday schedule, you should as it has been a very profitable entry and does not require much work as it is one course for all levels. It is great to see that the sponsor from the very first Nationals is still with this event for the AKC, J & J Dog Supplies, a very loyal supporter of agility. The agility equipment for the rings is donated by J & J Dog Supplies and Max 200. These suppliers hope to sell everything at the end of the event for a reduced price. They never once have charged AKC for the equipment in 16 years. Agility has since its inception relied on donations and support from the fancy as it started out with a zero budget for the 1st Nationals. Louie Auslander from Chicago International Kennel Club was a huge supporter of the Nationals in Chicago for the 2nd Nationals held at McCormick Place. Tom Davies was instrumental in working at the Nationals held in Springfield, Massachusetts. AKC agility has learned to use the Facebook updates wisely as well as frequent updates on its website. You can follow all the action of that weekend by checking on either place. As chairman for the AKC 2012 Agility World Team Tryouts, I am busy preparing for this small but intense competition. It will be held in Minnesota at the Hopkins Pavilion on May 5 & 6 and will be live streamed. Be sure to watch for information on how to watch the best in agility compete that weekend. The time zone in Minnesota is pretty equal for the competition from both coasts as it will be a two hour difference and the start time is at 8:00 AM, therefore not such a disadvantage for any exhibitor. This competition is held on carpet as it will be in Europe for the FCI World

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“There are several requirements for the teams that want to compete at the Tryouts and they are difficult to achieve.”

Championship. The past world team members continue to try and ensure the future world team members will have the money necessary to compete and have come up with a great world team calendar that you can order. To order, visit the website http:// usagilityteam.com/store. The FCI championship will be held in the Czech Republic on October 5-7, 2012. The tryouts are a must see competition for the serious agility exhibitor or if you just want to learn from the top competitors. There are several requirements for the teams that want to compete at the Tryouts and they are difficult to achieve. The course speed times are very fast yards per second and the requirement of double Q’s can be difficult on the really fast dogs. One of the routes some handlers can take is to compete at the major International Sweepstakes Class (ISC) qualifying events. There are seven of them throughout the country. Winners automatically receive an invitation to the tryouts. These events are held in Dixon, California; Houston, Texas; Springfield, Massachusetts; Cleveland, Ohio; Portland, Oregon; Fletcher, North Carolina; and Tempe, Arizona. All of the locations are major dog shows such as the Fiesta Cluster and Rose City Cluster. These events are well attended by the public and bring in exhibitors from all over the country. The first Preferred Agility Championship was just written about and already it was announced that a PAC 4 was achieved. This was done by Lori Brison and Ebany Sand’s Tiny Sweetart, Schipperke. The preferred program is a success story for AKC as it addressed the older dogs, slower handlers as well as dogs that weren’t meant to compete at higher jump heights. Now that they have a championship title as well, the exhibitors love it.


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most difficult event you will do with your dog but at the same time the most rewarding. It’s really important to me to have many different titles on my dogs because it shows the versatility of the breed. This is a working breed and was originally developed to do many tasks that required athletic ability, drive, courage and intelligence. In the show ring, the dogs are not required to show any of these qualities and judges are not required to select their winners based on these qualities either. As a result, we have Boxers that are conformation champions but are lacking in the ability or desire to work. This can lead to the perception that ‘show Boxers’ and ‘performance Boxers’ are two separate animals so to speak and that one type rarely crosses over and does well in the other’s arena. One thing that really concerns me is that I’m seeing an increasing number of Boxers that are from show lines that are shy and spooky, lacking the confident self-assured attitude the breed should have,” said Diane Stephens, who owns Ch Dynamic Shera’s Supreme Court TD HCT (“Penny”), CT Dynamic Shera’s Here Comes Trouble TDX VST CA PT JRD HRD1 (“Darby”), Ch Dynamic Shera’s Court Jazztr HCT (“Andy”), Bix-l’s Red Passion at Dynamic TD CA HCT JRD (“Teagan”), Dynamic Shera’s Spirit of Adventure TD HIT (“Bindy”) and Dynamic’s Jedi Master AX AXJ RN CGC (“Gunner”). “Competing with a Boxer can be very disappointing for many people if they are chasing trophies and ribbons. Golden Retrievers and Border Collies are usually the ones winning classes, particularly in obedience, but if you set your own goals and strive toward a better performance with each event, it can be very satisfying work-

Joanne Klauer’s Boxer, (VBX) Can Ch OTCH Dorado’s Res Integra AgN DDX RAE Am CDX RE AgN-P CGN TT HIC HIT (“Tega”), is the first (and only) boxer to have earned the CKC’s Draft Dog Excellent title.

ing with a Boxer. In obedience, boredom is absolutely the death of a Boxer. You must keep training sessions short and keep them wanting more. I use a lot of play rewards after a hard, successful workout pattern. Boxers are not natural retrievers so you have to spend extra time with young dogs to make this activity fun and rewarding. Attention work with heeling is an absolute MUST. Anything can be distracting to a Boxer so you will need to work through distractions with many hours of proofing. There will be failures but if you view a failure as a ‘good thing’ because it shows you where the dog’s weak points are, it takes a lot of the sting out of failing. It also helps to train with your competition because that teaches you what you need to know in order to beat them,” said Tracy Hendrickson, who owns U-ACH, U-CDX, INT’L Ch. Sunchase’s Zero to Hero UDX MX MXJ AD BH HIC TDI RN (“Spencer”) and “Chili” ( U-OTCH U-ATCH U-CDX INT’L Ch Sunchase’s Suicide Blonde UDX MX MXJ AD BH TT HIC TDI AM/ CDN/BDA CD).

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oanne Klauer, who has (VBX) Can Ch OTCH Dorado’s Res Integra AgN DDX RAE Am CDX RE AgN-P CGN TT HIC HIT (“Tega”), the first (and only) boxer to have earned the CKC’s Draft Dog Excellent title, said that sometimes judges don’t expect much when a Boxer comes into the ring, “But that attitude changes when the dogs do well. The two areas where I have encountered some problems are with ‘down’ and retrieving. Anything to do with ‘down’ seems to be a challenge to Boxers at the beginning because they generally don’t want to go down. I’ve usually been able to resolve this issue by working on downs with a lot of repetition and doing random downs for meals, treats, toys, frisbee throws or anything else the dog likes to do while on walks or in the house. If the dog doesn’t drop, I remind them when a light swat to the shoulders and then I bounce them up and try again. The result, at least with my dogs, has been fast, happy drops. As for retrieving, Boxers aren’t natural retrievers so I do a lot of ‘takeand-hold’ work with pups and the young dogs. When they are about 18 months old, I teach them the forced retrieve with an ear squeeze. Then I do a lot of motivational retrieving games—the dumbbell is hidden, it’s on a chair, it’s in a crate or up the stairs—anything that makes retrieving fun for the dogs. Still, when campaigning in obedience, it’s not easy to keep a dog going with enthusiasm and precision trial after trial. Tega, for example, went through a period when he simply wasn’t giving me 100 percent in the ring. So, I changed my training to get rid of leashes, collars, treats and toys for some sessions so it was just the two of us and our connection. I also stopped being ‘formal’ in training and made things more challenging and fast paced for him by quickly switching from one thing to the next and playing with him. When we were training for utility, he went off his go-outs. He’d fail to do them, I’d correct and then he’d do it correctly the second time. It got so he thought the correction was part of the exercise and the whole thing just went into a crap spiral. So, I took the go-outs out of the formal training routine and only did them on walks to something fun like his Frisbee. The things we did during these informal sessions changed the picture of the exercise for him and took the stress away. Generally, we Continued on page 100

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had beautiful go-outs in the ring after that.” Ray also admitted to some errors in her training of Pip. “When I first started with Pip, I did not have the patience to learn or teach competitive obedience. I just wanted to see what my dog could do well naturally. So, one of the things I did was take Pip to a few lure coursing events and came to regret that immensely. She was not a failure, in fact, quite the opposite. At an event that had the course go through obstacles, jumps and tire hoops, at the end the course stopped and the lure went through a small hole in the bottom of a large backdrop of canvas that looked like a brick wall. Pip broke the record on the course but she was going so fast and was so eager to catch the lure that she tore through the backdrop at the end of the course. Just totally wrecked it by pummeling headlong through it. From that time forward, any small thing that moved in the distance had her entire attention. I had to desensitize her to small moving objects and flapping ribbons, stuff you find at agility trials. That took some time and our entire yard was covered with pink surveyor’s tape when we worked agility. No more lure coursing ever again! I also overtrained and trialed in agility in the beginning and was far too intense about being perfect. It is a handler’s sport and a Boxer is not a dog on a rope. If you are not having fun, they turn off farily quickly. Pip started getting slower and slower and eventually started to sniff and act disinterested. I fixed the problem by taking a very, very long break from trialing and getting my expectations about her in the activity in better perspective. As for herding, it is still the most difficult sport I’ve done. Unless you were a stock handler in some past life, herding requires a lot of time to become a good competition team. You have to train your dog continually on different stock, at different locations, in different weather to keep up conditioning and have a trialready herding dog.” “My problem was trying to train Boxers the same way as other dogs,” said Tomas. “I trained my first Boxer in the usual manner with corrections and praise when she performed the exercise correctly. She caught on quickly and I was thrilled but then things started to go south. We got caught in the repetitions to proof a dog that most trainers advise but Boxers can’t tolerate. We kept going over the same exercises with me correcting her when she would throw in something different. She didn’t understand what I wanted. In her mind, I surely wouldn’t have asked her to do something again if she had done it correctly in the first place. She finally shut down and refused to work for me. I was so discouraged as I sensed I had a very intelligent dog and had seemed happy to be working with me. ‘Boxers are so hard to train,’ ‘Boxers are stubborn,’ and ‘Boxers just don’t get it’ were some of the comments I heard. Then I met up with a trainer who had experience with Boxers. We had to completely start over with training and I had to

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“Sophie” (Ch Lemko Starlight for Anden RA), Sheila Tomas’ Boxer, has passed the AHBA’s herding instinct test and has earned a qualifying score toward an AHBA herding title and will begin doing AKC herding program this year.

use completely different commands or she would again begin to shut down. For example, ‘heel’ became ‘strut.’ She came back to her enthusiastic self working with me but I learned that once she had learned an exercise, we didn’t repeat it. I just praised her and moved on. We went on to earn her CDX and she had two high-in-trials along the way.” Kelly also said she had to be careful with pushing Cruiser too hard. “When I began to teach him the basic obedience foundation needed for agility I found out how smart he was and how easily he got bored. One of the biggest issues was to keep the training sessions interesting and challenging but not overwhelm him. I always tried to maintain a positive attitude and make each lesson fun for him. I’ve seen a lot of potentially good working Boxers get ruined because they were overworked and too much was expected at one time before the dog had learned the job the handler wanted him to perform. Boxers do not train like other breeds and especially not like the herding breeds. They will not run the same sequence over and over like many other breeds will. They get bored quickly and soon start doing other off-the-wall stuff that some people consider stupid and willfully disobedient but is really just the dog’s way of making things interesting for themselves. You have to keep training short and simple enough with a Boxer so they can be successful every time. Never allow the dog to fail over and over again at an activity, especially if the dog is a Boxer.”

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mong the issues facing Boxer people these days are some serious health problems along with uneducated owners, according to Hendrickson. “Our breed has many health issues such as cardiomyopathy, degenerative myelopathy and cancer. Fortunately there is now a genetic test for the first two, which is a huge milestone. On the other hand, there are way too many Boxers winding up in shelters and ending up in euthanasia. Part of it may be the economy but so many are dumped because of training or behavior issues resulting from uneducated owners.”


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“If you get bile duct cancer, do not go on the internet and read about it. That’s what I did. The news is all bad. You are supposed to die in a very painful method in a few months, suffering the whole time. “It mostly affects people who are around 20 years older than me. And the main cause of it is a bug from South America! I’ve imported dogs from Colombia. Could one of them have been carrying it? I don’t know. “Prayers were coming in from my dog friends all over the world. That made a difference. That’s what got me through. “I had really good friends who took care of my Bullmastiffs while I was away. “Now, all the tests show I’m clear. It was caught at an early stage. It had not spread to my organs. If it came back, my husband would want to fight it again, but I don’t know, I would never want to go through that again.” Had such an awful experience changed her? “I’m more easygoing now,” Janet said. “Things don’t seem so urgent anymore. I’m more relaxed. I survived this awful cancer. Other things, particularly about dog shows, don’t make me nervous like they used to. “I give the credit to my doctors. They always made me feel that I was going to beat it.” She smiled. “And my dogs,” she said. “Sam stays by my side all the time. He can tell when I don’t feel well. When I want to stand up, he comes over to help me. I never taught him to do that. But he just knows when to come and help.” What a great story of survival from one of our own. Then, Non-Sporting finished up and the Bullmastiff team headed into the Working Group. It was huge, with 26 breeds present, including Kuvasz, Komondor, German Pinscher, Neapolitan Mastiff, Leonberger, some of the ones you don’t see at every show. Winning the working group would garner 730 points. Janet and Sam didn’t win, but I couldn’t help but feel they were very big winners anyway. It was a double-whammy weekend for the sighthounds from Bo-Bett Farm. The Whippet, Ch. Bo-Bett’s Speed Demon, won the breed all four days over 40 entries, and on two days won the Hound Group. His kennelmate, Italian Greyhound Ch. Bo-Bett’s First Class, only 11 months old, also won the breed four days in a row and scored a Group Two on Thursday. Both dogs were bred and owned by Carol Harris, 2010 AKC Toy Group Breeder of the Year. Carol has longevity in this sport that few can claim – she has been breeding dogs for 76 years, first at her childhood home in New Jersey and now in Ocala, Florida. The handler for both is Justin Smithey of Georgia.

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hen I got back from Louisville, I checked Billy Wheeler’s blog, just to see if he was as exhausted as the rest of us. He said that watching four days at Louisville had given him “canine sensory overload,” a feeling many people shared. We also share his next comment, that even as tired as one gets, seeing big entries of so many beautiful dogs makes him feel “like a kid locked in a candy store.”

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each seat, including the apron and grooming bag with this year’s logo, and a much coveted puppy bed sewn by Joann Adamson. The seats were festively decorated and proved to be a lucrative venture by Ways and Means. Thursday was the big day. The National Specialty judge, elected by the membership, was Pamela Waldron, of Mt. Vernon, WA. Mrs. Waldron has had success as a breeder/owner at the National in the past. She bred the 2004 National Specialty Best of Breed winner, CH Bobcat’s Ruby B’gonia of Donandru, who remains the only black to have won the National, as well as the only natural-eared bitch to do so. She also coowned the ’05 and ’06 BOB winner, CH Runors Pete ‘n Repeat At Jimijo. Mrs. Waldron sorted through 100 Brussels Griffons efficiently. Exhibitors commented that she made them feel very comfortable in the ring. Twenty-eight class dogs later, Mrs. Waldron awarded Winners Dog and a five-point major to the Bred-by Exhibitor dog, Luna’s Jefferson Street Huntwood, bred and owned by Beverly Wyckoff, Charles Ginsberg and Susan Kipp, and handled by Susan Kipp. Reserve was open rough dog Moonlights Wee Man, bred by Vickie and Joe Simpson and owned by Patricia Poole.

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n to the bitches – 40 lovely girls in their finest. Winners Bitch, again from the Bred-by class, went to Sleepyhollow Game Replay, bred, owned and shown by Jaye Schultz of Wisconsin. It was a good day for Jaye and her girls, as she also took Reserve WB with her 6 – 9 puppy bitch, Sleepyhollow I’Mma Hyper Girl. After lunch, the Veterans preceded the Best of Breed competition, effectively prolonging the anticipation. The winner of the Veterans class was GCH St. John’s Your Name In Lights, bred by Jeffrey Bazell, Jeffery Kestner, and Jill Booth, and owned by St Johns Kennel. “Ivan” is seven years old, and has contributed his genes to several of the class winners and placers on the day. He went on to be awarded Select Dog and an Award of Merit. Twenty dogs and thirteen bitches were entered in Best of Breed. Mrs. Waldron moved and examined, observed, divided, cut, until she pointed to the winner of the 2012 ABGA National Specialty winner, GCH Chismick’s Lights On Broadway, bred by Lisa Straub, owned by Mark and Karin Jaeger, and handled by Karin Jaeger. This is the first amateur owner-handled breed winner in 13 years, the last being CH Toobee’s Rembrandt in 1999. Lined up behind “Tony” and Karin, were WD as Best of Winners, and Best of Opposite Sex, CH Knolland Amber Moon, bred by Luc Boileau and owned by Beverly Wyckoff, Charles Ginsberg, and Susan Kipp, and handled by Susan Kipp. Select points went to “Ivan” and GCH Cashnross’ First Griff Tina Fey, bred by Felicia Cashin, owned by Felicia Cashin and Carole Ross, and handled by Jenny Wornall. Tina Fey also received first Award of Merit. Other Award of Merit winners were GCH Krossfire Bellini, CH Tregoad’s Reflective, and CH Winzall Dressed For Success. The banquet, raffle and auction held at the hotel that night was well attended. The Ways and Means committee, headed by Rhonda Vandermeer, did a smashing job this year. The theme logo was a set of Griff eyes, taken from an original painting by Dayne Thomas, and donated to the club by Dayne for use on the many fun items for sale, including grooming aprons, wine glasses, grooming bags, tee shirts and jackets. JoAnn Adamson, from Oak Harbor, WA, also worked tirelessly beside Rhonda to make the Ways and Means projects a success, so it was especially fitting that JoAnn Adamson received the annual AKC Sportsmanship Award. This award is kept totally under wraps to all but the committee until it is announced at the banquet. It was a very popular choice. In testament to the overall quality of the entry, three other judges found three other combinations of breed and opposite-sex winners on subsequent days at the Kentuckiana all-breed shows. Friday judge Kent Delaney awarded Best of Breed to GCH Marsdon Frankly Speaking, handled by Blake Hansen, with Best of Opposite Sex going to GCH Cashnross’ First Griff Tina Fey, handled by Jennie Wornall. Saturday judge Tim Catterson pointed at “Jacob”, GCH Endor and Donandru’s New Moon, handled by Paul Catterson, for Best of Breed, awarding Best Opposite to “Lanie”, GCH Knolland Amber Moon, handled by Susan Kipp. And to complete the mix, Sunday Mrs. Michele Billings awarded Best of Breed to GCH Cashnross’ First Griff Tina Fey, and Best of Opposite Sex to GCH Endor and Donandru’s New Moon.


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find at a fire scene--in seven of the cans. An accelerant is put in the eighth can. The dog is brought over to the daisywheel. It works over the daisywheel, disregarding all of the other cans until it finds the one with the accelerant. Then, it Alerts. “Next, drops of accelerant are put on the floors in rooms and the dog has to find and Alert to them. Once the dog does that reliably, it’s taken to a burn building—a smoky training building used by fire departments. Drops of accelerant are put on the floor in some of the rooms but not all. That way, the dog learns that not every room has an accelerant in it.” Taking a dog to an actual fire scene is the last step in the training progression. Again, drops are put on the floor of some rooms but not others. The dog must find and Alert to all of the accelerant. Dog and handler certification At the conclusion of the training process, both the dog and handler must pass a certification test. The handler completes a written exam, while the dog must demonstrate proficiency at scent discrimination, floor sniffs, and outside sniffs, i.e., accelerant drops are put on the ground in a 20- by 20-ft. area and the dog must find them. The dog

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erry Means is an Agent for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation in Denver. His six-year-old, black Labrador retriever, Sadie, is an Accelerant Detection K9. One fall night around midnight in 2010, Means and Sadie were called to investigate a suspicious fire by a small Colorado law enforcement agency. The fire occurred in a rental house occupied by two, twenty-year-old men from California. After the fire department extinguished the blaze, a large hole was found in the living room floor. Means brought Sadie in and she began searching the area for evidence of petroleum-based hydrocarbons so samples could be taken before the area was contaminated. As Sadie worked the house, she did several Alerts around the large hole in the floor. After debris was pulled out of the hole, a onegallon metal Coleman fuel can was found. While Means and his dog worked the scene, the two young men who rented the house were standing across the street in a crowd of people watching the fire investigation proceed. “Because it’s very common for someone who sets a fire to remain nearby to watch it, we always check bystanders for accelerants without being obvious about what we’re doing. When the crowd approached the fire crew and began asking questions about the fire, it gave us an opportunity for the dog to sniff everyone’s shoes. “After I cued Sadie with a hand signal, she sniffed four or five people. Then, she went up to the two young men. She sniffed their shoes, stopped and backed up. Then, she sat down on her bottom and pointed with her nose at one of the twentyyear-old’s feet. It was as if she was saying, ‘There’s petroleum based hydrocarbon on this guy’s shoes.’ When the kid saw Sadie repeatedly sniffing his shoes, he turned to his companion and said, ‘Hey look! The dog likes me!’ Of course, Sadie was really saying, ‘You’re going to jail.’” The above is an example of how Accelerant Detection K9s also are used to identify arsonists at the scene of a fire. 108 Dog News

also must do a “blind sniff.” “A chemist makes up a blind sniff test with eight or more cans. As is the case with the daisywheel training exercise, all of the cans except one contain materials that would be found at a fire scene. The remaining can contains an accelerant. All of the containers are sealed for a week. After the lids are opened on the day of the test, the dog has to identify the can that contains the accelerant.” The above is called a Agent Jerry Means carries Sadie, blind test because neither the train- his Accelerant Detection K9, so she er nor the handler knows which can doesn’t walk on debris that might has the accelerant in it. It’s done to injure her paws. The photo was taken make sure the trainer isn’t inadver- at the Arvada Fire Training Academy by two-time Pulitzer Prize winning tently cuing the handler and the photographer Kenneth N. Papaleo. handler isn’t inadvertently cuing the dog as to which can has the accelerant. Training is an ongoing process even after a dog is certified. As long as it continues working, it’s trained seven days a week. Dog and handler teams also meet with Gallagher annually to be retested for recertification. A perception issue Labrador retrievers are trained and used for accelerant detection work because of the general public’s positive perception of them. “People view labs as nice friendly dogs that are used to guide the visually impaired or as hearing dogs for the deaf and hard of hearing. While German shepherd dogs could do accelerant detection work just as well, often, they’re thought of as attack dogs when seen with a law enforcement officer wearing a sidearm. The lab’s more positive image facilitates public education programs about fire prevention,” says Gallagher, who primarily trains “career change” labs— ones that didn’t make the cut as service or assistance dogs. He looks for labs that are friendly, food motivated, high energy and unafraid of noise.

No work related injuries At no time during the training process or when dogs are working a fire scene are they put in situations where they might be injured, i.e., they’re never taken into areas where hot ash might burn their paws, their handler carries them across debris that might cut them, etc. That’s not to say that being an Accelerant Detection K9 can’t be dangerous. “We had an Accelerant Detection K9 shot while it was working a serial arsonist case in Southern Illinois a few years ago. When the handler left the dog in an outdoor run for an hour, somebody did a drive by with a shotgun and wounded it. Fortunately, the dog survived.” Evidence collected with Accelerant Detection K9s is commonly presented in court cases involving arson. As a result, these dogs often go to court to demonstrate how the evidence was collected. “Currently, Maine Specialty has 80 active Accelerant Detection K9 teams working in the United States and Canada,” Gallagher says. “Many people haven’t seen these dogs or know how they work. If the judge and jury were never exposed to Accelerant Detection K9s, for example, they often want to understand how the evidence presented in the case was This photo of Agent Jerry Means and Arson Detection K9 Sadie found.” appears on a baseball card that’s For more information, those interested distributed to youngsters at fire may visit http://www.arsondog.org/index.asp prevention presentations.


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setting of goals t a meeting of the steering committee of the CANINE ALLIANCE – Responsible for Pedigree Dogs - on 21st March 2012 the following mission statement was agreed: “The Canine Alliance was formed to represent everyone involved with pedigree dogs, and to negotiate when necessary with any related organisations in the interest of all breeds. Its aims are to protect and support the well-being of pedigree dogs, to uphold the ethics of responsible dog breeding, to encourage health checking of all dogs and to allow the exhibition of pedigree dogs without bias or discrimination. It pledges to be fair and totally transparent, always working for the benefit of pedigree dogs.” The meeting agreed that the most appropriate structure for the Canine Alliance was to be a company limited by guarantee which is currently being set up. The following officers were elected: Chairman – Martin Wyles; Vice-Chairman – Andrew Brace; Secretary – Robert Harlow. The Alliance was encouraged by the reply from the Kennel Club, in response to the recommendations it made following the open meeting held the previous week, in which the Kennel Club invited two or three representatives to meet with Kathryn Symns and Caroline Kisko, an invitation that was immediately accepted. In less than seven days, 948 supporters had donated generously, each of whom is to be granted 12 months membership. New members are encouraged to join the Canine Alliance. The annual membership fee has been set at £10 with a junior membership (for those under 16) being available at £5. Membership can be paid by visiting www.paypal.co.uk, using credit or debit card or PayPal transfer. Payment by this means should be made to membership@ caninealliance.org. Cheques should be made payable to Canine Alliance Ltd and sent to: Canine Alliance Membership Secretary at 33 Stamford Road, Geddington, Northants NN14 1BB. As secretary of the Canine Alliance, Robert Harlow said, “Obviously the Canine Alliance is delighted with the support it has received in its infancy from all those allied to pedigree dogs. We seek to achieve a level playing field and fairness for all concerned.” The official Canine Alliance Facebook page is open to all. Andrew Brace Wales, UK

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Correction -pet partners he correct name of akc’s pet insurance partner is Pet Partners not Pet Protect as mentioned in last week’s editorial. In any event our point remains the same which is that this niche insurance product of pet insurance is one of the faster growing businesses in the usa and certainly should be developed into a major money maker for akc.

FIND OUT HOW HEALTHY, HAPPY DOGS ARE BUILT imed at dog show judges, as well as those aspiring judges who want to know more about how a dog is constructed and how and why it moves in certain ways, the Kennel Club is holding two Conformation and Movement seminars during its Education and Training Month this April at the Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. Highly recommended by previous delegates, the Conformation and Movement – Hands on Assessment seminar will be presented on Tuesday 17th April 2012 by Christina Chapman. This seminar will give attendees the opportunity to learn each of the relevant points, angulations and measurements of a dog. The seminar also includes an assessment where participants will ‘go over’ a dog as they would in the ring to show the assessor on a one-to-one basis what they have learnt. This is an ideal opportunity for exhibitors as well as novice judges as the assessment is a requirement for qualification towards awarding Challenge Certificates. The Conformation and Movement Seminar will be held on Wednesday 18th April and is to be presented by Kathy Gorman. This seminar is designed to aid the understanding of the ‘Points of the Dog’ and how conformation affects movement, and complements the Hands on Assessment. This seminar is ideal for exhibitors and judges who want to gain more insight into the form and function of a dog. Attendance at a ‘Points of the Dog’ seminar is also an essential requirement for judges wishing to award Challenge Certificates. Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “The Kennel Club runs the dedicated Education and Training Month in April to ensure that both exhibitors and judges are as well prepared as possible when they are taking part in shows. “These seminars will ensure that delegates have a good understanding of how a dog moves and how a dog is constructed, to ensure that everyone can recognise how a healthy, happy dog should look and move.” The two seminars are expected to last a full day and cost £10 and £25 respectively. Bookings are taken on a first come first served basis. For further information and to register interest, please contact Lesley White, Canine Activities Education and Training Specialist by phone on 0844 4633 980 ext 225 or by email on lesley.white@thekennelclub.org.uk. Fern Howard London, England

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ow for a more serious subjectthe two third vote requirement. I was somewhat surprised to see the unanimity in answers to this week’s Question of the Week as all respondents as of this writing are in favor of keeping that requirement. My surprise is not so much in their philosophy since I basically agree from where they come but I would have thought more people would have made the distinction between a business operation and a governmental type institution in applying their theories. AKC is such a hodge-podge corporate institution neither being purely business nor institutional that it requires different rules and regulations than assigned by Roberts Rules of Order for strictly governmental operations. That’s not to say that our Federal Government should not require a 2/3 vote to change our Constitution but in order for a business to operate in today’s society that kind of requirement is probably too restrictive. One should be able to distinguish between running a business and a government agency with the two having totally different needs. Think of term limits as well—perfectly fine in certain governmental situations if you believe in the process at all but definitely questionable if not totally undesirable in a business operation--anyways as far as I am concerned. And I believe the same distinction must be made insofar as AKC is concerned in its business operations. It cannot and must not be saddled with outdated restrictions that hinder the operation of the corporate side of its functions treating them as governmental agencies. Until and unless this distinction is made AKC will remain a Constitutional disaster prevented by old mores and ideas from operating competitively in American society today. I recently heard of the passing of an old friend of mine, Susan Dale, the wife of the late Frank Dale, who played a prominent role in the development of the Poodle in America. Susan was an unusual woman who was a grand supporter of DOG NEWS and someone I met lo those many years ago--over 45. She was a progressive thinker and fun person to spend time with and while I have not heard from her of late her name evokes fond and happy memories of the “good old days” which I happily recall.

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