The Digest Volume 29, Issue 18
Of American Dogs $5.00
May 3, 2013
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Contents 52 Remembering William Bergum
BY rosalie and carl. j. anderson
14 The Way It Is: Mediocrity
56 A New Breed Of Guard Dog
By sari brewster tietjen
BY sharon pflaumer
18 Connie’s Comments
62 Helpful Tips For Navigating The World Show In Budapest, Hungary
By connie vanacore
22 Question Of The Week
66 Off The Leash: A Pastor’s Proposal And Other Local Legislation
By Matthew H. Stander
26 The Chairman’s Report
By shaun coen
68 The 2013 Miniature Pinscher National Specialty
By Alan Kalter
30 The Fancy Speaks: AKC Board Priorities
By joanne wilds
70 Some Self Analysis, Embarrassing For Sure And More
By roz kramer
34 Bests Of The Week
By Matthew H. Stander
74 AKC Board Minutes For April 2013
38 Ten Questions Asked Of Philip Martin
BY james p. crowley
by mj nelson
80 Good Times There Are Not Forgotten: The 2013 Irish Setter National Specialty
44 The Westminster Times: 2014 Judging Panel Announced
88 Luxembourg Spring 2013
46 Eliminating Environmental Allergies (Part II in a Series on Allergies)
108 The Gossip Column
42 A Slow But Steady Comeback: The Field Spaniel
BY karolynne mcateer
BY karl donvil
by Dave Frei
BY patricia gail burnham
50 VIDP (Very Important Dog People): Antonio Fernando May BY agnes buchwald
May 3, 2013
BY Eugene Z. Zaphiris
112 Click - Treasure Coast Kennel Club BY marcelo veras
116 Click - The Way We Were BY matthew h. stander
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WHAT A SLAP IN THE FACE!!!
AKC TAKES COMMAND
Going through the backdoor the proponents on the Board of doing away with any kind of evaluation of a prospective or actual judges ‘JUDGING PERFORMANCE’ have succeeded in substituting numerical requirements for quality of performance. Led by Pat Scully, hardly an example of a Board member versed in the needs of the conformation world, and backed up by her cohort, Steve Gladstone, they and the rest of a unanimous Board voted to mask the names of all applicants from the Judges Review Committee and award breeds based on an applicant’s solely meeting preset standards without any input as to the performances of the individuals concerned. This in effect gives anyone who wants the opportunity to judge any breed he or she desires without any consideration as to recommendations from the field and or the performances of the people applying. Something Steve Gladstone attempted unsuccessfully to accomplish years ago. Shame on this Board for doing this now!!!! If Edd Bivin and Dr. Robert Indeglia May accept this vote without a FIGHT these pages will be surprised and disappointed to say the least. The employees of AKC who are also on this committee have little choice but to accede to their bosses’ orders but can anyone in their right mind imagine that Ron Menaker would have allowed this to happen? Alan Kalter should be ashamed of himself for sure! The moratorium on inviting new judges is another matter since the implementation of the procedure was never explained properly to the Fancy at large nor to the judges as well. There were several positive aspects to the inviting procedures, the most obvious being the methodology that gave the Committee the opportunity to distinguish the wheat from the chaff among applicants. And of course that was its downfall as well since those rejected or not given all they asked for claimed favoritism, which in nearly most cases was not the case but was the opinion of the majority on the Committee. Now the Board has totally opened the doors for mediocrity to prevail both as to how dogs earn championship points and as to how in America we now will be appointing judges. Hardly a proud legacy, do you think?
Certainly in the area of the American Kennel Club’s Government Relations Department and its ability to communicate with its constituents that branch of AKC deserves and earns only the highest of grades. They also have helped in achieving some major victories on a variety of issues in at least a dozen different states but unfortunately there are so many anti-dog issues it just seems to overwhelm their substantial efforts. The North Carolina situation is particularly annoying in the area of breed specific legislation since one of AKC’s two main offices are located in Raleigh itself. Absolutely galling is the endorsement of the HSUS by one of the main sponsors of the bill to require anyone who 2013 owns a dog to enroll in a class provided by the HSUS! One would have hoped that by now the Board Chairman would have stepped in and demanded that at the very least this provision should be eliminated with a threat of leaving the state should these provisions be adopted. Yet another example of AKC losing the or about to lose a public relations battle to HSUS and other socalled animal rescue organizations. It takes more than respectful letters from the Director of Relations of AKC ‘s GR Department to succeed in these areas. It takes monies, which AKC seems unwilling to commit in these fights. And the money can be found for sure! The Reserve established in the Menaker days has over 50 million dollars sitting in it--perhaps by now closer to 60 million and while we all recognize the importance of this Reserve in protecting AKC in the event of future catastrophes unless a portion of this Reserve is not designated towards this fight one risks the possibility that in the long run there will be no AKC with which to begin. These are tough times that require immediate and strong action.
THE LEWISTON-AUBURN AMENDMENT In typical Kalter Board thinking rather than to take a stand on the Amendment proposed by the Lewiston-Auburn Club that exclusive of the President no future Board member may have been either a former employee nor receive remuneration or consulting fees from AKC nor may any member of their family do so and be a Board Member they just passed it onto the Delegates to vote on this in June. While these pages find the concept very appealing in order to be totally impartial it is obvious that any people who presently fall into these categories should be excluded from the Amendment lest it is interpreted as going after certain individuals. People such as Judi Daniels, John Mandeville, Larry Sorenson and Robin and Cindy Stansell to name those who come to mind deserve to be grandfathered out of the restriction. If this is added these pages will strongly support the passage of the amendment but if this is not accomplished we believe this to be a prejudicial document intended to penalize a very few but perhaps qualified individuals. 10 Dog News
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK We’ve written it before and here these pages go again! The $1,000 FEE in addition to expenses each Board Member receives on a monthly basis must be eliminated. Reimbursing expenses is one thing but for a not-for-profit organization such as AKC to pay Delegate-Directors a fee is outrageous and should be halted immediately. The fact is that most not-for--profit Directors serve voluntarily and probably make hefty donations to the organization that they serve. All AKC Directors should refrain from taking these fees forthwith.
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Mediocrity There was an interesting discussion between dog fanciers on Facebook recently. One of the FB friends brought up the topic by wondering whether or not mediocrity in the quality of dogs being shown was becoming the accepted norm. Ensued was a variety of thoughts with many believing that we are definitely leaning that way, if not already there.
ertainly the overall quality of dogs at some shows has a lot of serious fanciers scratching their heads. It sometimes seems that just about anything can be shown as long as there is no obvious DQ. Indeed it has been said that an ambitious exhibitor can hand over a poor specimen to a top handler and it will eventually finish! And breeders seeking extra titles for their stud dog and/or brood bitch will encourage this along. Also those looking for a big dollar for their pups will state that even the poorest quality puppy is a show dog and sell it with that in mind. All of this can be compounded by the fact that while we have many exhibitors and shows, we have fewer and fewer serious, dedicated breeders who are striving to improve their breed and want to show only the best of their breeding stock for the opinion of judges. These breeders will also be very careful as to where they place their puppies - they care not only about breed quality and health, but also that when they sell a puppy it goes to a loving home regardless of whether or not it is ever shown. These are stockmen in the truest sense of the word always there to guide and mentor. The other can of worms is, of course, the judges – do we also have more mediocrity in judges? Are judges who already are insufficient in the breeds they currently adjudicate just plugging along getting more and more breeds without AKC doing much to stop them? Is there really any serious effort to stop individuals who are in over their heads? We can all shake our heads and say, “Yes, Yes, No.”
Does any of this matter? AKC and showgiving clubs depend on entries – the more entries the more dollars for AKC coffers and ability for clubs to pay their bills. Handlers need the dogs to show in order to sustain themselves. Breeders need a market for their pups. Judges need clubs to be able to afford to hire them. What all of this really means is that we have come a long way from the showing of purebred conformation dogs for the purpose of seeking a just and viable opinion from a respected judge of one’s breeding stock. When conformation shows started it was for just that – evaluation of breeding stock. For the most part the exhibitors were wealthy individuals who kept large kennels with lots of help. The judge was often a revered, esteemed adjudicator well versed in dogdom. After the Second World War, ordinary people had more money and time to spend on hobbies and dog shows grew with the added interest in owning and showing a dog. There have been many changes in society since then and the dog show world flourished with this added involvement. Soon AKC let clubs have more than one show, more than one show on a weekend and, eventually, large clusters of five shows in one location spread among several clubs. Due to zoning restrictions and other elements, most large kennels went by the wayside (we do still have a few, but there are not many). Breeders now work with others of like minds to co-mingle stock and maintain lines. The interest in showing has both grown and retreated throughout the years. There are many fanciers who show just because they like the camaraderie, enjoy the social aspects of showing and are proud of their dogs. They seek an opinion from a judge who is, hopefully, knowledgeable, but most importantly, kind and gentle with both them and their beloved pet. Getting a Championship is a goal and now with the other “Grand” Ch. Titles, additional goals to seek.
As for the judges, shows need judges and clusters need multi-group judges. While AKC had tried to sort of put the brakes on poor adjudicators, this was a half-hearted attempt and those who could fill in the boxes were advanced, garnering more and more breeds in the process. Even today, this is happening and sincere judges, who watch this, just shake their heads. Back to the original question: has mediocrity become the norm? It is easy to say “yes,” but maybe it has always been there. We just have more and more shows, more and more dogs being shown, and more and more judges who are in over their heads – all meaning that they have perhaps leveled the playing field. If at the end of the day you have seven quality dogs in the Best In Show ring, regardless of what everyone went through to get there is that what is important? Especially as this allows everyone to pay their bills. However, if one goes back to the initial purpose of conformation dog shows – the just and respected evaluation of breeding stock – we have certainly strayed. The most important win at a show should be on the breed level. Everything else is icing on the cake. But is this realistic in today’s society? Do we not need all participants? If the best dog wins (and, I know, this does not always happen) regardless of the overall quality of the entry, is this not what is truly important? These questions and more are on the minds of many who have dedicated their lives to the sport of purebred dogs and the breeds they so adore. As our world is changing, so too must we adapt to changes that occur on our sport. But we must never lose sight of our main purpose – to maintain our breeds as breeds with an eye on their health and happiness.
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By Connie Vanacore
In the Eastern part of the country this has been one of the most colorful displays of nature in years. All the bulbs are in full bloom, the Cherry blossoms were spectacular on the Washington mall. How do I know that? Because the Irish Setter Club of America held its annual National Specialty close by in Fairfax, Virginia last month.
here is something magical about National events such as this. For us, it is the annual gathering of the clan from around the country and from around the world. They come for the camaraderie, to see the sights and to catch up on the state of their breed. Nationals bring out the best that a breeder has to offer to the fancy. They also put on display the best that the host club can offer in terms of facilities, food, entertainment and education. The Irish Setter Club of America is divided into four regions. The National rotates annually among them, with a local Irish Setter Club in each region bidding to hold the show. Nearly every Parent Club puts on a National Specialty of some sort. It may be held as a stand-alone show, as the Irish Setters do, or held in conjunction with an all-breed show. Depending upon the size of the club, National specialties can last a day or a week. The Irish Setter clan extends from Monday to the following Saturday or Sunday. Everyone with interest in showing a dog should make an attempt to attend a National Specialty. Even if you have no intention of breeding, attending one of these events gives an observer a feel for the essence of a breed. You will meet people with great knowledge who are usually more than happy to engage a stranger in conversation about their breed. At least at the Irish Setter ring! We also hold a National Field trial at a different venue in a different time of year. AKC has just granted us permission to hold a National Walking Field Trial Championship. This opens the breed to added op-
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portunities to participate with their owners in the sport for which the Irish were bred. Among the activities that occur during this packed week is “judges’ education.” This program occurs over several days, including slide presentations, ringside monitoring, individual tutoring and individual evaluations of a group of dogs selected from the classes. The dogs represent a spectrum of Irish from puppies to veterans. They are not chosen in advance and students may be subjected to a variety of tutors throughout the week. Prime among the topics for discussion is the importance of temperament. Irish Setters should demonstrate the “rollicking” personality described in the breed standard. Anything less should be penalized and mentors for the breed should emphasize this. Selection of individual breed-specific traits is an important component of many breed standards. Temperament should be emphasized in any presentation given to students of any breed. This is of critical importance in those breeds which specifically describe the behaviors which are essential to the dog’s character. Exhibitors, owners and particularly breeders, must know the temperament associated with that breed and strive to perpetuate it. There is, of course, the endless discussion about which is most important, nature or nurture. The answer in many instances is both, but there seems to be a willingness to forgive undesirable traits of temperament more than the physical appearance of the dog. There are too many instances of breeders or owners forgiving a bad or unreliable temperament, when they should be just as concerned about behavior as they are about perfect heads, feet or tail. AKC is putting much greater emphasis on the benefits of owning a purebred dog than ever before. Among the most important aspects of selling the public on the virtues of owning a purebred over a mixed breed is reliability. Temperament is
a key component of this approach. It is up to the breeders to honestly evaluate their breeding stock to eliminate dogs which would not fit the temperament of their breeds. If this is preaching to the choir, sorry, folks! Over the past few years there have been too many instances of aggression in breeds which should not be of a volatile nature. Persons on the other end of the lead must also be aware of what their dogs are doing. Too often, this is not the case when dogs are standing in close quarters and nerves are jangling. Judges, too, must be aware of what is going on around them. Returning to the essential nature of judges’ approval, there is apparently movement on the part of the AKC Board of Directors to change some of the more obvious flaws in the policies leading to the holy grail of more breeds. There has been so much dissension and discontent over the implementation of the revised procedures over the past year that the Board decided some things must change. What these will be should be revealed before another year goes by and some of the applicants have retired to the Bahamas. It should not take as long to get approval for a judging license than it does to get a PhD! There is also a mechanism by which disgruntled applicants can appeal to the Judges Appeal Committee of the Board of Directors, if they have been turned down by the Judges Approval Committee, which operates separately from the Board. I hope readers will understand these distinctions. If not, contact the fount of all knowledge, Jim Crowley, Executive Secretary of AKC. With the outdoor show season upon us, remember that the sun moves during the day, and so, too, should the shade cloths and umbrellas, along with the chairs, jugs of water, lunch coolers and grooming tables.
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A number of people who judge have been questioning the quality of certain breeds being exhibited primarily based upon all-breed shows they attend. Do you think this a valid thought without their having attended either a National Specialty or having large entries with which comparisons may be made? CHARLES OLVIS Yes. In today’s world a large entry does not guarantee outstanding quality, or lack thereof, and we are supposedly seeking the ideal (based on our interpretation of the standard) each time we judge. If someone’s main focus of education in a breed was a few majors or supported entries, they may never have seen a truly outstanding example of a breed. Or, that individual may have a mentor who has produced wonderful dogs and the judge never attended a national but has a fabulous understanding of the breed. But, then again, an entry of 1 or 2 could contain that outstanding specimen, though usually not the case. So, no 100% right or wrong answer to your question. Anne K. Catterson Questioning is always valid - it’s how we learn. The quality of many breeds varies from region to region, so, no, it’s not a valid thought unless it’s being voiced after considerable experience with average to large entries in all areas of the country. Chuck Winslow No, absolutely not. What are they basing their opinion on?
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Cindy Vogels Quality is very often cyclical, and breeds can be of uniformly high quality throughout the country only to fall into seeming mediocrity, but it is unfair to denigrate a breed based on small samples seen here and there. Although it’s impossible to attend as many Nationals as we’d like, there’s no better way to appreciate a breed.
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Wood Wornall Finding good dogs in any breed can be hit or miss. You would certainly increase your chances by attending national specialties also, the larger or more prestigious shows will attract better competition. It could also come down to what part of the country you are judging in. Your chances of finding an excellent cavalier are not high in Utah, but abundant in Georgia. Usually, good dogs cluster around good breeders. Keep in mind, the more shows we have, the more diluted the soup is. When we do find them, it makes everything worth while! Frank DePaulo I would also question the quality in certain breeds where there is no breed competition. You often hear somebody say well he is a group dog or if he gets out of the breed he does well in the groups. It certainly carries more weight in my mind if a big Best in Show winning dog or a top 10 whatever group dog wins its National Specialty or consistently wins breeds over large breed entries. Conversely I have seen many magnificent examples of their breed who couldn’t scare up a group placement compared to their generic competition. Catherine Bell Yes, this is a valid question. Shows with small entries rarely give you a total overview of the breed. I believe you have to see large numbers, either at large entry shows or National Specialties, to see and be able to comprehend the breed. Sure, some breeds will have one or two of good quality, but with the low entry breeds you will not see the breed as presented to you in the standard. The more you judge, the more you learn; after all, judging is a process of learning. It is so nice to have that WOW moment when the dog you have been looking for walks into your ring and you can say, to yourself, that’s the one. 22 Dog News
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REPORT Making a Difference for Canine Health and Well-Being
ew York, NY – At the March Delegates meeting, Article III of the American Kennel Club Bylaws was amended to include the following: “The objects of the Club shall be to advance canine health and well-being…” Someone unfamiliar with the AKC might see this as a beginning. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Instead, this amendment signals the commitment each of us has to the never-ending journey begun decades ago by our responsible breeders and breed Parent Clubs - a journey that is making a difference for dog health and wellbeing, but one that is not truly understood by the public. Probably the most well-known product of the journey is the AKC Canine Health Foundation, which was instituted by the AKC in 1995 and is the largest funder of exclusively canine health research in the world today. Since its inception, the AKCCHF has funded almost 600 grants, totaling nearly $30 million – all addressing the health needs of dogs during their lifetime by focusing on all aspects of their physical, emotional and social well-being. What is not known by many people is that over 30 years ago the AKC was the first and the principle funder of the research that developed the vaccine for canine parvovirus, thus saving thousands of puppies’ lives around the world. There is no doubt that responsible breeders - in their efforts to protect, preserve, and improve their breeds with every litter - embrace the advances in health screening and tests. These breeders apply their understanding of the science of genetics by utilizing the screening and testing protocols designed to aid in the selection of a sire and dam. Today there are a number of health registries that support breeders in that selection process, including the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) and the Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF). In addition, the AKCCHF and the OFA created the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC). Working with participating Parent Clubs, CHIC provides a centralized health database used as a resource for breeders of purebred dogs to research information 26 Dog News
on the health issues prevalent in specific breeds. The AKC recognizes our breeders’ motto of “Breed to Improve,” and offers significant information to help them achieve their ongoing quest. CHIC is but one of the many examples of available information and opportunities for advancing knowledge for the AKC breeder. The AKC offers breeders information via the website and the quarterly AKC Breeder Newsletter - covering a wide range of topics of interest to breeders. The AKCCHF hosts the National AKC Parent Club Canine Health Conference, affording dog breeders the opportunity to meet, learn, and share ideas with some of the most sought after researchers and experts in their fields. The latest addition to AKC programs helping breeders is the AKC Breeder-to-Breeder Workshop coming to the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Orlando this December. This will be a free workshop open to all AKC breeders. Pre-eminent expert AKC breeders will share the thinking behind their successful breeding programs in a learning experience that is sure to deliver “news you can use.” The improvements we are seeing in the health of our dogs are a direct result of responsible breeders’ commitment to utilizing today’s science. Our AKC Breed Parent Clubs are strongly committed to the journey of improving the health and well-being of their breeds through educational outreach and funding research studies. Virtually every Parent Club’s website includes a prominent health section supporting health awareness and education in their breed, identifying beneficial screening and testing protocols, and reporting on funded studies. In the aggregate, AKC Parent Clubs have contributed millions of dollars to fund research studies - many already yielding the science to change lives. As George Bernard Shaw said, “We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.” By adding “health and well-being” so prominently into our Bylaws, we are reaffirming our commitment and our responsibility to ensure that every AKC dog can be
a better dog and a quality pet. Our collective commitment to protecting, preserving, and improving the dogs we breed is vital and strong. While we continue our mission, we must address a crucial issue: The fastest way to improve the lives of dogs is to connect knowledgeable puppy buyers with responsible breeders who register with the AKC. Unfortunately, we know that is not always the case. Not every dog breeder shares the motto “Breed to Improve,” and not every puppy buyer knows how to discern those that do from those that don’t. It is imperative that we have a better informed, more knowledgeable puppy buyer – particularly in regard to health and well-being. In the spirit affirmed by Nelson Mandela, educating puppy buyers is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the destiny of dogs. We are aggressively committed to being at the forefront of that education. And it is imperative that we have a way for responsible breeders to identify themselves and their litters. Certainly, our 10,000–member Breeder of Merit program is one way for the public to identify breeders who certify that applicable health screens are performed on their breeding stock as recommended by their breed’s Parent Club. However, not every responsible breeder meets all of the Breeder of Merit requirements around sport participation. A manageable way of identifying all AKC breeders who certify that applicable health screens were performed is a necessary goal in our desire to help buyers find healthy puppies. In light of the importance of improving the health and well-being of all dogs, the Delegates acted wisely by writing the commitment to both into the Objects of the AKC Bylaws. While this is a reaffirmation of our beliefs and actions for the last 100+ years, it shall be addressed with energy – much like Yul Brynner’s pronouncement from Cecil B. DeMille’s epic film The Ten Commandments, “So let it be written; so let it be done.” Your comments and suggestions are most welcome email@example.com. Sincerely, Alan Kalter Chairman
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The Fancy Speaks By Roz Kramer
AKC Board Priorities What’s most important to the board? It appears to me their priorities are skewed…
he Board recently had an executive session to discuss the current judging approval process, and came up with a decision. In the meantime, NBC aired a most inflammatory news segment with regards to AKC kennel inspections, promulgated by the Humane Society. In my opinion the AKC spokesperson did a VERY incompetent job portraying AKC. Given that the shows’ producers wanted to portray HSUS’ agenda, why help them out by looking like a bunch of incompetent fools??? In and of itself that’s bad enough. But to make a bad situation worse, at the recent Board meeting the focus was not on improving AKC’s public appearance, or its ever bleeding financial situation…the Board focused on the judging approval process in a misguided attempt to replace merit with equanimity. WAKE UP BOARD! A) Why didn’t you have a prepared spokesperson for the national news segment? b) Why are you not concentrating on the financial affairs of AKC? c) Why do you continue to egregiously spend money in the face of falling revenues? D) What innovative new ideas have you come up with in the last 14 months to MAKE money for AKC? It’s inexcusable that with an advertising person at the top of the heap the AKC’s public communications are so woefully inadequate. Even the press releases, in which presumably there’s been sufficient time to craft a message, are impotent at best. It’s easy to be analytical, i.e. criticizing without offering up any proposed measures. I’ll proffer two specific things that the Board could be doing right now.
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a) When I worked at AKC, the AVERAGE, again AVERAGE cost for the delegate’s luncheon was $75,000. That was 4 years ago (and I guarantee prices have increased since then). Plus, with any and all hotel/convention centers, there is meeting space rental fees. So what do we have? $300,000 annually for food plus meeting space rental. If the delegates can’t go get their own lunch on their own dime—then don’t attend the meetings! That would have the additional benefit of weeding out the poseurs. Furthermore, Corporate businesses, conferences, etc., all do box lunches or do not provide lunch for their attendees. So why are the delegates so special? Club members work for individual clubs, on a voluntary basis, DONATING their time and many times money to help the club. Well the delegates can buy their own LUNCH, and help rescue AKC financially. Now that was a BIG BRAINER to save $300,000 plus per year! b) Encourage more entries at dog shows. At a recent event a friend of mine reminded me of an idea George Ward had many years ago to help exhibitors and entries at shows. In addition to regular entries at shows, exhibitors could enter on a conditional basis. The condition is that a major would be achieved in the dog’s respective breed and sex. Here’s an example of how this might work. Let’s say entries are $30 for a show, and that you have a dog that only needs its majors to finish. You could enter this dog in its regular class on a conditional basis for say $15. If there is no major entered in that breed the day entries close, you only pay $15. But if there is a major entered, your entry fee would automatically be increased to $30 the day the entries close. In this process the AKC would get its fee no matter what, the exhibitor has the potential to save money and potentially enter more shows, and Clubs would also get a fee and keep their entry. This would be a win-win situation for everyone! There are other specific proposals that would cut costs or increase income. But let’s start with the two I describe above. Don’t embarrass yourselves by focusing your energy on reengineering a judging approval policy that has been in effect for only one year. NBC and the HSUS don’t care whether or not there’s a perceived equality in approving judges. The AKC balance sheet doesn’t either. It’s time to act like executives and attack the pressing issues that confront AKC. Not 14 months from now. Not 14 weeks from now. Today!
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Champaign Illinois Kennel Club Bichon Frise GCh. Vogelflight’s Honor to Pillowtalk Judge Mr. William Potter Owners E.M Charles, M. & P. Abbott, K. Vogel Handler Lisa Bettis Wilmington Kennel Club II Portuguese Water Dog GCh. Claircreek Impression De Matisse Judge Mrs. Mary Ann Alston Owners Milan Lint, Peggy Helming, Donna Gottdenker Handler Michael Scott Progressive Dog Club of Wayne County II English Setter Ch. Stargazr ‘N Wingfield Time Will Tell Judge Mrs. Suzanne Dillon Owners Don and Pat Coller and Eileen Hackett Handler Eileen Hackett Progressive Dog Club of Wayne County - Saturday German Shepherd GCh. Karizma’s Ike of Edale Judge Mr. Robert Hutton Owners P. Buckles & D. Stern & J. Moses & S. & S. Birch & S. Moses Handler Lenny Brown South County Kennel Club - Saturday Gordon Setter GCh. Hollyhunt Take A Chance On Me Judge Mr. Robin Stansell Owners Mary & Chris Hunsinger DVM Handler Kristyn McCartney
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What person do you most look forward to seeing at the dog shows? Teri Tevlin.
What is your greatest extravagance?
My Powderhouse Pet Resort.
What do you dislike most about your appearance? Nothing, if there was I would change it.
What dog person would you like to see on ‘dancing with the stars’? Carol Harris, to do one more fabulous thing to add to her fabulous life!.
If you were forced to get a tattoo, what would it be?
A Star of David, but since it’s really
against the Jewish religion, I would never do it!
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? A five star hotel, people I love, and my
Born: Summit, NJ. Resides: Between Aiken, SC and Atlanta, GA. Marital Status: Single…any takers?.
When and where are you the happiest?
With people I care about by the water.
Other people think i am...? Helpful.
What did you want to be when you were growing up? Happy! (I knew I could do anything I wanted so just wanted to make sure I’d be happy)
What would be your last request? That All the people and animals I love live happily ever after.
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Jackson is the # 1 Doberman Pinscher*
After A Very Successful 2012-2013, Jackson Will Now Rest On His Laurels With His Love, Gwen Demilta Breeder-Owners: Dr Anthony & Mrs Sheila DiNardo 860-521-7339 Co-Breeder: Ann White Gwen DeMilta: Co-Owner, Handler, Agent 610-517-7160 *The Dog News Top Ten List - Breed points
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The Field Spaniel
A SLOW BUT STEADY COMEBACK Cheetah (Ch UCh UACH UCD URO3 BIMBS [ALT] Winfarthing’s Aislinn [B/T FX] BN CD GN RAE OAP OJP XFP OA AXJ CGC OF HOF ROM-R ROM-A), one of Daphne Stover’s Field Spaniels, on the way to a bird.
GCh BIMBS Ch UGCH UAGI Pemberly’s night Prowler BN RA OA NAP NJP NF CGC USA Therapy Dog (“Sabre”), another of Stover’s Field Spaniels, shows the breed’s athleticism over the broad jump. Sabre was also a UKC Top Ten Winner in 2011.
Missy (Ch Bitterblue’s Miss Misbehavin TDX AX AXJ NF CD RA VCD 1CGC ROM-A HOF), one of Mike Roehrs’ Field Spaniels, on an agility course. (Woof Wear Photos)
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By M.J. Nelson
t one point in the not-too-distant past a fine sporting breed, the Field Spaniel, was on the verge of joining the Passenger Pigeon and the Dodo Bird on the “no-longer-with-us” list. Only the efforts of a few dedicated breeders in England kept the breed alive. In fact, there weren’t any Field Spaniels in the AKC’s registry from 1942 until 1967 when a few were imported and the revival of the breed in the United States began. While Field Spaniels remain rare in this country—they were 147th on the AKC’s popularity list in 2012—there is a growing recognition among hunters that this is a healthy, good looking and versatile breed with an excellent desire to hunt and a really good nose. But, it is not just hunters who have discovered, or rediscovered, the Field Spaniel’s talents. People who participate in dog sports have also noticed that the breed’s skills mesh well with what the dogs are required to do in agility, obedience, rally and tracking. Karen Balinski, whose Field Spaniel Mai Tye (GCh Ch CT Killara’s Here Comes the Sun VCD2 RE GN SH MX MXJ XF WDX) has earned championships in the show ring and tracking plus titles in the field, obedience, agility and rally, said, “Field Spaniels are a nice, moderate sporting breed that hasn’t been bred for one specific activity, other than hunting. The breed isn’t split like many other sporting breeds. Because of that, a Field Spaniel can be a show dog that still hunts, tracks, does agility and also be a family companion. The temperament of a Field Spaniel is like nothing else. They want to work for you and they absolutely love to work. Over the years, I’ve run into a lot of pre-conceived notions about what a Field Spaniel can and cannot do. I was told I couldn’t do both tracking and hunting with my dog, I was told that I’d ruin my show dog by doing obedience, that agility would break my dogs down. People said Field Spaniels couldn’t/ wouldn’t hunt. But, there are a lot of Field Spaniels that have proven these naysayers wrong. Mai Tye, for example, has 26 AKC titles including a grand championship, championship and a tracking championship. She’s on her way to a MACH and an MH. I think Mai Tye and a lot of other Field Spaniels are proving that this breed can be excellent examples of the breed and still have a brain and a strong desire to work.” Kristy Bartram, who owns Ch Catera’s Against The Wind NA NAJ OAP OJP (“Robert”) and Ch Catera’s Hey Look Me Over CD NAJ BN RN (“Clover”) said that she has found Field Span-
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Group First – Thank You Judge Mrs. Murrel Purkhiser Shreveport Kennel Club, Inc. II Our sincere appreciation to the judges who have also awarded group placements to DJ during the month of April. Group Four – Shreveport Kennel Club, Inc. (I) – Judge Mrs. Kathleen M Grosso Group Three – D’Arbonne Kennel Club (I) – Judge Dr. Steve Keating Group Two – D’Arbonne Kennel Club (II) – Judge Col. Joe B. Purkhiser Group Three - Big Spring Kennel Club (I) - Judge Mrs. Michele L. Billings Group Two – Big Spring Kennel Club (II) – Judge Miss Maxine V. Beam
Multiple Group Winner & Multiple Group Placer
GCh Karina’s You Can’t Stop The Beat Expertly Present by Jill Bell
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THE Westminster TIMES BETTY REGINA LEININGER IS WESTMINSTER’S BEST IN SHOW JUDGE FOR 2014
NEW YORK – Breeder-owner-handler, professional handler, judge, teacher and author Ms. Betty Regina Leininger of Frisco, Texas, has been selected to judge Best In Show at the 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show February 10-11, 2014. The club has announced that Ms. Leininger will head a panel of 44 judges from 20 states, Canada and Ireland who will officiate at the dog show world’s most famous and prestigious event, held at Madison Square Garden and Piers 92/94 in New York. Ms. Leininger began her experience in purebred dogs with the breeding and exhibiting of German Shepherd Dogs in her native home of Newfoundland, Canada. After a career as a paralegal, she moved to the United States in 1971 and became an AKC-licensed Professional Handler. She managed the show career of many top-winning dogs, and guided the breeding programs of many of her showdog clients. She became a judge in 1983 and today is licensed to judge all Working, Toy and Non-Sporting breeds, and a number of additional breeds.Ms. Leininger has judged multiple National Specialties and also in numerous countries in South America and Europe, and also in Australia, New Zealand and her native Canada. In the late 1970s, Ms. Leininger co-authored a book entitled, Preparation and Presentation of the Show Dog, under the name of Betty R. Brucker. She has conducted handling seminars throughout the continental U.S., Hawaii, Alaska and Canada. This is her sixth Westminster assignment; she judged the Working Group in 2012 and the Non-Sporting Group in 2004. Group judges are Mr. Sam Houston McDonald of Chester Springs, PA, Sporting; Mr. Douglas Johnson of Bloomington, IN, Hound; Mr. Clay Coady of Paradise Valley, AZ, Working; Mr. Bruce Schwartz of Los Angeles, CA, Terrier; Ms. Keke Kahn of Sarasota, FL, Toy; Ms. Virginia Lyne of Saanichton, BC, Non-Sporting; and Mr. Walter Sommerfelt of Lenoir City, TN, Herding. Mr. Peter Kubacz of Jackson, NJ, will judge the Junior Showmanship finals. Three breeds will be eligible for Westminster for the first time in 2014: the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno (Hound Group), the Chinook (Working Group), and the Rat Terrier (Terrier Group). The addition of these breeds makes a total of 190 breeds and varieties in competition. 44 Dog News
Here is the entire 2014 Westminster Kennel Club judges panel (subject to American Kennel Club approval):
SPORTING BREEDS AND VARIETIES (30): Mr. James Covey, Southport, NC: German Shorthaired Pointers, German Wirehaired Pointers, Vizslas. Ms. Pluis Davern, Royal Oaks, CA: Brittanys, American Water Spaniels, Boykin Spaniels, Clumber Spaniels, Field Spaniels, Sussex Spaniels, Welsh Springer Spaniels, Spinones Italiano. Dr. Elliott More, Deerfield, NH: Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Curly Coated Retrievers, Flat Coated Retrievers, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers, Irish Red and White Setters, Weimaraners, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons. Ms. Virginia Murray, Island Lake, IL: Pointers, English Setters, Gordon Setters, Irish Setters, Irish Water Spaniels. Ms. Bonnie Threlfall, Cary, NC: Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers. Ms. Julie Virosteck, Wellsville, KS: Cocker Spaniels (all Varieties), English Cocker Spaniels, English Springer Spaniels. HOUND BREEDS AND VARIETIES (31): Dr. Richard Meen, Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Afghan Hounds, Pharaoh Hounds, Scottish Deerhounds. Mr. David Peat, Scottsdale, AZ: Basenji, Greyhounds, Harriers, Ibizan Hounds. Mrs. Pamela Peat, Scottsdale, AZ: Norwegian Elkhounds, Otterhounds, Portuguese Podengos Pequeno, Salukis. Ms. Sandra Pretari-Hickson, San Bruno, CA: Dachshunds (all varieties). Mrs. Helen Stein, Chapel Hill, NC: Borzoi. Mr. Robert Stein, Chapel Hill, NC: Black & Tan Coonhounds, Bluetick Coonhound, Plotts, Redbone Coonhounds, Rhodesian Ridgebacks. Ms. Bonnie Threlfall, Cary, NC: American English Coonhounds, American Foxhounds, Basset Hounds, Beagles (both Varieties), English Foxhound, Petit Bassets Griffons Vendeen. Mr. Elliott Weiss, Durham, NC: Bloodhounds, Irish Wolfhounds, Treeing Walker Coonhounds, Whippets.
WORKING BREEDS (29): Mr. Peter Baynes, Lyman, SC: Bullmastiffs, Cane Corsos, Chinooks, German Pinschers, Tibetan Mastiffs. Mr. Edd Bivin, Ft. Worth, TX: Alaskan Malamutes, Mastiffs. Ms. Barbara Finch, Flat Rock, NC: Newfoundlands, Portuguese Water Dogs. Mr. Douglas R. Holloway, Jr., Newark, DE: Anatolian Shepherd Dogs, Black Russian Terriers, Dogues de Bordeaux, Giant Schnauzers, Komondorok, Kuvaszok, Neapolitan Mastiffs, St. Bernards, Standard Schnauzers. Dr. Robert A. Indeglia, Narragansett, RI: Boxers, Doberman Pinschers, Rottweilers, Samoyeds. Ms. Sandra Pretari-Hickson, San Bruno, CA: Akitas, Siberian Huskies. Mr. John Walsh, County Kildare, Ireland: Bernese Mountain Dogs, Great Danes, Great Pyrenees, Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, Leonbergers. TERRIER BREEDS AND VARIETIES (31): Mr. Richard Beauchamp, Cambria, CA: Rat Terriers. Mr. Edd Bivin, Ft. Worth, TX: Border Terriers, Glen of Imaal Terriers, Irish Terriers, Kerry Blue Terriers, Lakeland Terriers, Russell Terriers, Mr. Robert Black, Newtown, PA: American Staffordshire Terriers, Bull Terriers (both Varieties), Cesky Terriers, Dandie Dinmont Terriers, Miniature Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Standard Manchester Terriers. Ms. Christine Erickson, Gilbert, AZ: Airedale Terriers, Smooth Fox Terriers, Wire Fox Terriers, Miniature Schnauzers, Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers, Welsh Terriers. Dr. Richard Meen, Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Cairn Terriers, Skye Terriers, West Highland White Terriers. Mrs. Knowlton Reynders, Newbury, NH: Australian Terriers, Bedlington Terriers, Norfolk Terriers, Norwich Terriers, Scottish Terriers. Sealyham Terriers. Dr. Donald Sturz, Jr., Huntington, NY: Parson Russell Terriers. TOY BREEDS AND VARIETIES (23): Ms. Janet Allen, Pt. Reyes Station, CA: Papillons, Pekingese, Pomeranians. Mr. Richard Beauchamp, Cambria, CA: Brussels Griffons, Maltese, Miniature Pinschers, Silky Terriers, Toy Fox Terriers, Toy Manchester Terriers. Mr. Timothy Catterson, New Castle, IN: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, English Toy Spaniels (both Varieties). Mrs. Helen Stein, Chapel Hill, NC: Havanese, Italian Greyhounds, Japanese Chins. Dr. Donald Sturz, Jr., Huntington, NY: Toy Poodles. Ms. Sari Brewster Tietjen, Rhinebeck, NY: Pugs, Shih Tzu, Yorkshire Terriers. Ms. Judy Webb, Albuquerque, NM: Affenpinschers, Chihuahuas (both Varieties), Chinese Cresteds.
NON-SPORTING BREEDS AND VARIETIES (20): Ms. Janet Allen, Pt. Reyes Station, CA: Chow Chows. Mr. Edd Bivin, Ft. Worth, TX: Schipperkes. Shiba Inu, Tibetan Spaniels, Tibetan Terriers, Xoloitzcuintli. Mr. Timothy Catterson, New Castle, IN: Dalmatians. Mrs. Jean Hetherington, Oxford, NC: Bulldogs, French Bulldogs. Mr. Mark Kennedy, Murrysville, PA: American Eskimo Dogs, Bichons Frise, Boston Terriers. Dr. Donald Sturz, Jr., Huntington, NY: Miniature Poodles, Standard Poodles. Mr. Chuck Winslow, Monrovia, MD: Chinese Shar-Pei, Finnish Spitz, Keeshonden, Lhasa Apsos, Lowchen, Norwegian Lundehund. HERDING BREEDS AND VARIETIES (26): Dr. Albert Bianchi, Chesapeake, VA: Australian Cattle Dogs, Australian Shepherds, Border Collies, Entlebucher Mountain Dogs, Pyrenean Shepherds, Shetland Sheepdogs. Mrs. Liz Bianchi, Chesapeake, VA: Collies (both Varieties). Ms. Sharon Newcomb, Santa Fe, NM: Bearded Collies, Old English Sheepdogs, Pulik, Swedish Vallhunds. Mr. Ken Raynor, Hamilton, NJ: Belgian Malinois, Belgian Sheepdogs, Belgian Tervuren, Cardigan Welsh Corgis, German Shepherd Dogs. Dr. Donald Sturz, Jr., Huntington, NY: Pembroke Welsh Corgis. Mr. John Walsh, County Kildare, Ireland: Beauceron, Bouviers des Flandres, Briards, Canaan Dogs, Finnish Lapphunds, Icelandic Sheepdogs, Norwegian Buhunds, Polish Lowland Sheepdogs. JUNIOR SHOWMANSHIP PRELIMINARIES: Ms. Bonnie Threlfall, Cary, NC, and Ms. Julie Virosteck, Wellsville, KS.
Westminster is listening.
It’s America’s Dog Show and it’s already the best. In 2014, The Westminster KennelClub, with a little help from its friends, will get even better, adding to its unparalleled legacy for its 138th Annual All Breed Dog Show. We asked for and received your feedback about Westminster 137, in our first year at the Piers and in our continuing evenings at Madison Square Garden. We appreciate your constructive suggestions and for Westminster 138 we are pleased to announce these changes for our show to be held on February 10-11, 2014: X With so many great dogs at our show, we are happy to reinstate the Awards of Merit in breed competition. Following the choice of Select Dog and Select Bitch, the judge may at • 2-10 entries: One Award of Merit their discretion, select Award of • 11-20 entries: Two Awards of Merit Merit winners from the remaining • 21-30 entries: Three Awards of Merit entrants. The number of awards • 1-40 entries: Four Awards of Merit may be made is determined by • 41+ entries: Five Awards of Merit the size of the entry: X Millions of viewers see our show and these great dogs on live television and in live streaming video on the website. We want everyone at the Piers to be able to see more in 2014 so we will be providing more seating at the Piers for spectators. X Spectators at the Piers will be able to see even more in 2014, with 60” plasma TV monitors at each breed ring and a bank of monitors in one of the designated food areas at the Piers.
X You can stay all day and find more and varied food locations at the Piers in 2014, with TV monitors and lots of seating to make you feel like you are watching from the comfort of home. X And to get you there, improvements to and expansion of the bus shuttle service between the Garden, Garden area hotels, and the Piers. X News about tickets and hotels will be on our website (www westminsterkennelclub.org) by the end of May. Please watch our website for continuing developments.
Count with us: As of May 5, 2013 there are 280 days until Westminster 138!
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Eliminating Environmental Allergies
Part Two In A Series On Allergies By Patricia Gail Burnham
ENVIRONMENTAL ALLERGENS The first step in treating allergies in either a dog or human is to eliminate exposure to environmental allergies. The most common allergies are caused by food, pollen, one’s own tissues and environmental chemicals. It is important to reduce the environmental exposure as much as possible when also dealing with food allergies. Since I am highly allergic to most perfumes, scented house cleaning products, tobacco smoke, yard sprays, cats and cosmetics, my dogs don’t get exposed to those substances, but yours could be. Sometimes, when I am giving allergy advice I forget about the environmental causes of allergies, because I eliminated those from my life decades ago. It doesn’t help to use an allergy diet while filling the air with highly allergenic chemicals. Room fresheners, or human perfumes, not to mention tobacco smoke, will cause me to have major breathing problems. When I was a teenager, my parents happily installed wall-to-wall wool carpet and then had to rip it all out when my allergies got much worse. A good dermatologist at the same time recommended avoiding conventional cosmetics to prevent contact allergies. OUTGASSING Many new construction materials give off noxious fumes. This is called “outgassing”. Once, after having hardwood floors refinished, I spent months with severe bronchitis. The new finish was so reactive that it melted a ballpoint pen that I left on the floor overnight. When the army office that I worked for was moved into a newly constructed building in the 1990s, I visited the building while they were still finishing the interior and immediately started wheezing. Fortunately it was discovered
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that it was under-wired. If we plugged in all our computers, it would blow the circuits. The need to rewire the offices delayed our move-in date for several months. That time delay gave the carpet and other construction materials time to outgas most of their toxics, so when we finally moved in I was able to breathe. Be careful. Many new carpet materials, and the adhesives used with them, outgas a lot. HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS One of the odd things about allergies is that we deliberately expose ourselves and our dogs to a host of allergy inducing chemicals disguised as products to clean our houses and ourselves. It is as if there aren’t enough natural causes of allergies, so we buy more highly advertised ones. I was thrilled when soap companies came up with unscented and dye free laundry detergents. And unscented and dye free Kleenex and toilet paper are also hits. Everyday household products were making, and are still making, people and dogs sick. GERM KILLERS Germs will generally do us less harm than the chemicals that we are sold to combat them with. In fact there is a theory that raising kids in too germ free an environment keeps them from developing the antibodies that would protect them from the germs that most adults become immune to. Remember, you can only develop an antibody to something that you have been exposed to.
Another First For Twist Silver GCH & CH & CKCSC- USA CH Twist & Shout BN, CD
Our appreciation to Judge: Mr. Robert Hall for this Group First Win!
Multiple Specialty & Group First Winner Only being shown on a limited basis Bred, Trained, and Shown By Owner/ Handler Janet York Dog News 47
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by Agnes Buchwald Here I am again â€“ back to my VIDP articles which I do only once in a while, when I find a particular breeder whose work is worth mentioning. Usually it is about people breeding in places other than the USA, this way allowing me to share with the American dog fancier the efforts and results of dedicated and enthusiastic people unknown to most of us competing and participating in shows here in the homeland.
Very Important Dog People:
Antonio Fernando May
ahia is a state at the northeast of Brazil (the sunnier part!), it is a large place, as big as France. Its capital city, Salvador, is a sight to behold. An old city whose origins go back to colonial times, for a short time, during Portuguese rule, it was Brazilâ€™s capital. Bahia was an important producer (in fact, still is) of cocoa berries, the main ingredient in the production of chocolate. Salvador was also one of the places that received the bulk of the slave trade during colonial and post-colonial times in Brazil, brought to work in the cocoa and tobacco plantations. The slave trade in Brazil lasted longer and was at least five times larger in numbers than the American one and the result, especially in Bahia, can be seen as a profound impact in the cultural fabric of the place. Bahia as a whole has tremendous African influences, from religious practices to wardrobe to cuisine, to music, to martial arts. Salvador is a place of contrasts, very catholic via Portuguese colonization, but also heavily influenced by African traditional rites and practices, very rich, but with a significant poverty rate, rich in culture and tradition and also struggling with elementary education at the poorer areas. Bahia
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and Salvador in particular are very unique and by all means very inviting to all tourists. Add to that the fact that the place has some of the most paradisiacal beaches of a country known for having fantastic beaches, sunny all year long, colorful, populated by a warm and inviting people, and you have a perfect recipe for a tropical paradise. Music in Bahia is very unique, heavily influenced by African rhythms but with a distinct Brazilian accent, which makes it hard to remain still while listening. There you will find an absolutely fantastic percussion group called Olodum, they are featured in Paul Simon’s “Rhythm of the Saints”, and also performed in Michael Jackson’s “They Don’t Care About Us”, simply amazing! Singers and composers as Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil and Gal Costa, all of international renown, are from Bahia as well. Bahia has a very active Kennel Club and Salvador does, too. The show dog scene is very vibrant and exhibitors, breeders and judges are as involved and passionate as they are everywhere else. Now after having in very few words introduced Bahia’s Salvador, and in the hope that you all could in some ways enjoy the locale’s climate, I have the pleasure to also introduce a very passionate and serious breeder: Antonio Fernando May, breeder of French Bulldogs. His kennel, did I said kennel? No, his house is the place where his Frenchies allow him and his wife to live. Definitively May’s household is ruled by his dogs. Salvador’s temperature is very warm and he prefers his short nosed dogs living with him under a well balanced temperature. He does not mind to be called over zealous than to sell one of the puppies without having checked (and he means really checked) and informed about the prospective owner, so it is almost impossible to receive a dog from him unless he knows who is the new owner, or better, the new family, and the conditions of living they will offer for one of his “babies”. I see Antonio Fernando May as a true warrior whose mission in life is the conscientious selective breeding of the French Bulldog. The mating and the whelping are natural, the food is balanced, and the dogs must be happy. His whole life is dedicated to achieving these goals, always targeting the most natural life possible, for the healthiest, and most carefully raised dogs I have ever seen. In his words: Since I remember I have been involved with dogs. I always loved dogs, but my mother did not want them in the family’s home. Finally I achieved my first one in 1981 when married and passed to live in my own house, and could freely exercise my wife’s and my passion for dogs. Firstly I decided for a large breed, I liked to think about size and appearance, so a Brazilian Fila was our first choice. In the beginning we were unlucky for the dog we bought died after two Continued on page 86
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William Bergum By Rosalie and Carl J. Anderson
ill was one of the most dedicated individuals that we have known, not only to the Sport of Pure-Bred dogs but to the AKC, having been honored by the AKC for over 50 years of Judging. He also served on the Board of Directors of the AKC for many years and was responsible for the back-to-back shows as we know them today. Bill, Elaine and their children, Cathy and Clinton, moved from Arizona to Ventura, California in 1960 and he became very active in the Ventura County Dog Fanciers Association, being a member since 1961 and was President and Show-Chairman for many, many years, this, while judging and exhibiting their beloved Pekingese. Bill was very instrumental in the founding and very proud of the El Camino Real Summerfest Cluster, consisting of Channel City K.C., Santa Maria K.C. and the VCDFA, which he watched grow to almost 3000 entrees, with 14 Specialties on Thursday, the day before the Summerfest. A Memorial service was held on Tuesday, April 30th at the Ventura Baptist Church in Ventura, California that was well attended by family, friends, exhibitors and fellow judges. If you wish, donations, in Billâ€™s name, may be made to the AKC Canine Health Foundation. We went back a long way with Bill, he was always a gentleman, in and out of the ring, and always had a kind word of encouragement to all. Bill loved people and his Dog Shows; he will be missed.
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Irish and American GCh. Class Act By Hallsblu
IN ONE SHORT YEAR “JACK” HAS WON THREE ALL BREED BEST IN SHOWS TWO GROUP SHOW BEST IN SHOWS TWO KERRY BLUE TERRIER SPECIALTIES 31 GROUP FIRSTS *
Thank you to all the judges who have recognized jack and his many attributes Owner William J. Berry “Motherwell” Parsippany, NJ
Handler - Agent - Importer George Wright 270 Locktown - Sergeantsville Road Stockton, NJ 08559 908 996-3024 Kilwinning@embarqmail.com
Owner Mrs. AF Austin “East Fields” Princeton, NJ
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All photos provided courtesy of Kraftwerk K9
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ewspaper stories about an Executive Protection Dog that sold for $230,000 have piqued interest in a new breed of guard dog. Although other breeder/trainers selling similar type dogs ask substantially less for them, they still fetch hefty sums. For example, Wayne Curry sells the protection dogs he breeds and trains at his Kraftwerk K9 Kennel in Rochester, WA for $40,000. But $40,000 is still a lot of money. What makes these dogs worth the price? The new breed of versatile protection dogs are multi-purpose canines that have little in common with the stereotypical guard dogs posted behind wire fences at junk yard lots decades ago. They offer the temperamental stability of a family pet, while providing security at the same time. They readily transition between these two behavioral modes regardless of the environment or situation. “I don’t like the term guard dog because, to me, it describes a dangerous dog. A guard dog is bred and trained to behave in one way in one environment and one situation. A protection dog can transition back and forth between family pet and protector in seconds no matter where it is or what is happening,” Curry says. In addition to being playful and loving canine companions, protection dogs have some advantages over other forms of personal protection. Despite their initial price, they are expensive than the cost of paying a human body guard to provide Continued onless page 86 24-hour-a-day protection for a period of time equal to a dog’s lifespan. The presence Above: Wayne Curry and his young competition dog, Yackson the Boom vom Kraftwerk. Right: Wayne poses with his many trophies and awards.
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of a protection dog also doesn’t intrude on an individual or family’s privacy in the same way the presence of a human body guard would. For people not comfortable with having a gun in their house, obviously, there’s no risk of someone being accidentally shot with a protection dog either. “While an alarm system provides home security in terms of alerting owners and authorities to a break in, it can’t be taken along when an individual or family leave their residence. It also can’t play with children, when they’re outside, and protect them if need be as well,” he says. Obedience Doesn’t Equal Protection Curry has been training dogs for 37 years and got involved with it after getting his first German Shepherd Dog (GSD) when he was 8-years-old. It wasn’t until years later that he unfortunately learned an obedience trained dog doesn’t equal security when it comes to fending off thieves. “Early one morning, I arrived home from work to find the dog I owned at the time chewing on a bone in my front yard and the back door of my house kicked in. Everything of value in my home was stolen. Although the police were called to investigate the crime, nothing was recovered.” The experience left Curry determined to prevent it from happening again. He knew that, if a dog could be obedience trained, then, it could be protection trained. But he wasn’t sure how to do it. His search for the knowledge to accomplish this task led him to a local Schutzhund1 club. Schutzhund competition tests a dog’s temperamental reliability, level of obedience, ability to track and to perform protection work. In 1986, Curry began competing in Schutzhund trials with a Rottweiler. Since then, he and his dogs have earned just about every award in the sport, i.e., Highest Scoring American Dog/Handler at the World Championship, Winner of the American Kennel Club Working Dog Sport Championship, High in Trial Owner, Bred, Trained and Handled Award at the German Shepherd Dog Club of America-Working Dog Association Schutzhund Invitational, etc. He and his dog, Rudy (Oruger the Boom vom Kraftwerk SchH3), also have done numerous protection dog demonstrations, i.e., at the 2011 Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic. (To view that demonstration, go to: http://www. youtube.com/watch?v=wA0GJmKCfPk.) The Ultimate Canine Curry’s next quest was to find the “ultimate” canine. This led him back to GSDs, which he eventually chose to breed and train exclusively as competition dogs and protection dogs. “I chose GSDs because of their innate courage. That’s something a dog has to be born with. It’s not something you can train into it. For example, some of the breeds competing in Schutzhund are bred specifically to do that. Because their behavior is largely environmentally induced, they may behave erratically if you take them to a place they’ve never been before. When that happens, it’s because they can’t handle the change in the environment. I wanted a breed that would have the confidence to perform consistently wherever I took it. Top level GSDs often fly thousands of miles to a competition, as my dogs have done many times. After they get off the plane, they behave as if they went for a ride around the block,” he says. Tangent to the above, Curry also sought a breed that tended to be “stressfree.” “My goal is to produce a versatile, master level trained dog. One you can count on anywhere you take it because it never gets stressed. Stress is what causes dogs to make a mistake.” Schutzhund competition tests how much stress a dog can handle—so do everyday situations. “Stress comes in many forms such as when my son has a birthday party and there are 25 other children in our house. I wanted a breed that can handle that kind of stress—one that doesn’t have to be closed into a back bedroom because of a party.” Curry also wanted a dog that could rapidly transition from protector to family pet. Again, he chose GSDs over other breeds like the Belgian Malinois.
“Although a top working dog, the Belgian Malinois doesn’t readily switch from protection mode to friendly canine companion in my experience. The dogs I train for competition or sell as protection dogs must be able to live inside my house with my wife and I and our two children. They must be house dogs first.” Some trainers think a dog is like a tool and should be kenneled when it’s not working. “I don’t believe that. In competition, judges look for harmony between the handler and the dog. It’s impossible to achieve that harmony if the dog doesn’t live inside with the handler. Likewise, a protection dog is only going to protect a family it’s bonded to. That bond can only develop when the dog lives inside with the family.” Breeding Program Curry is the first American breeder to have American bred dogs compete in Germany and win. “One of my dogs was listed as First Place in the German National Working Championship Catalog in 2009,” he says. Most of the people, who buy one of his dogs, don’t want to compete in Schutzhund however. Instead, they want a well-rounded canine they can take anywhere. A dog that plays with their children, while providing a level of security. Since protection dogs fetch a tidy sum, buyers also expect them to have good health and a long life. Curry’s breeding program emphasizes all of these characteristics. Continued on page 90
A 3-monthold puppy is rewarded with a game of tug.
A 10-week-old puppy masters the hand signal for “stay.”
Group puppy training.
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Helpful Tips For Navigating The World Show In Budapest, Hungary FCI WORLD DOG SHOW - BUDAPEST, HUNGARY May 16 - 19, 2013
10 Albertirsai Street, 1101 Budapest MEOE (Hungarian Kennel Club) Magyar Ebtenyésztök Országos Egyesülete 1194 Budapest, XIX. kerület, Hofherr Albert u. 38-40. Phone: (1) 208 2300 Secretary’s email (titkárság) firstname.lastname@example.org
Hungarian Embassy of the United States of America
Szabadság tér 12. H-1054 - Budapest/Hungary Telephone;Office hours: (36-1) 475-4400 (Local time: GMT +1)
After-hours emergency calls For American citizens only: (36-1) 475-4400
U.S. Ambassador to Hungary;
Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis a prominent and successful businesswoman, Ambassador Kounalakis earned her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley. In 2011 she received an Honorary Doctorate in Law from the American College of Greece. Ambassador Kounalakis is a staunch advocate of interfaith dialogue, and served for nearly ten years as a Trustee of the World Council of Religions for Peace.
Emergency ambulance calls 104 (in the whole country) O check it pease visit www.mentok.hu/104_hu.html
Dog Friendly Hotels/Pensions www.kutyaszalasok.com http://szallas.hu/allatbarat www.utazzkutyaddal.hu www.puchner.hu/allatbarat kutyabarat.com/ and many others
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsnpKcY8gP8 http://www.iranymagyarorszag.hu/keres/budapest/latnivalok-p1/ and For Chrsitians; K’bányai Szent László Templom, and Szent Istvan Cathedral Churches For Israelites; Dohány utcai Zsinagóga - Synagogue - one of the world wide known historical Synagogue
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Also a must to visit is the bath Széchenyi fürd, where at the main entrances’ left side the great Mudi breeder Zsofi Balazs’ grandfather Balazs Istvan sculpture can be appreciated. (Hungary is very famous for its Turkish baths, they are everywhere (Szechenyi is the most well known) if you have time, try to enjoy one of these facilities.
There are several stores with Hungarian ethnic embroidery, porcelain (the famous Herendy, Kalocsai, Korondi etc..), fabric, silver, gold, wood, and other treasures. These stores deserve a visit. Every tourist will find unique pieces and marvelous souvenirs, besides the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the mostly hand made objects. http://otletekboltja.hu/ www.kezmuvesmagyarizek.hu/markabolt www.szkitabolt.hu/ www.kezmuvesmagyarizek.hu/markabolt www.korondkincse.hu/
One US Dollar equals: 236.16 Hungarian Forint (as of 3/23/2013)
Generally speaking all Hungarian restaurants serve ethnic food out of fish or meat. Do not forget to taste the famous Halasz-le (usually hot fish-dish), the Csirke Paprikas Nokedlival, (chicken dish with doug), and the world famous Dobos torta (typical chocolate cake). Hungarian Tokay is the leader of the several excellent local wines. The aperitif should be a Barck Palinka (Peach distillate), and the dessert drink a sweat heavy Pear liquor. There are tons of excellent restaurants, but the most picturesque is the restaurant at Fishers Bastion; the Halasz Bastya Eterem, and several others at the margins of the Danube River.
Veterinarians on call
(most have English speaking personnel) Vöröskö Állatorvosi Rendelö Budapest Vöröskö St 8• +36 1 213 7876 BUDA - VET: www.budavet.hu Budapest Tartsay Vilmos St 19 • +36 1 375 2624 DR. JUHÁSZ TAMÁS NON-STOP ÁLLATKÓRHÁZ (Vet.Hospital/Clinic) Bp. XI. Péterhegyi út 46. 06-1-310-1106 • 06-1-310-1554 • 06-1-310-0108
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The saying “All politics is local” certainly applies when it comes to matters of canine legislation. In addition to over 1,000 pieces of legislation being tracked on the state level, the American Kennel Club’s Government Relations Department is also closely watching local issues across the country. Common topics on the local level often include but are not limited to breeding restrictions, limit laws, mandatory spay/neuter measures, breed-specific legislation and dangerous dog measures. Some often involve a combination of such topics, as is currently the case in Los Angeles, CA.
A Pastor’s Proposal And Other Local Legislation ByShaun Coen
he LA City Council’s Personnel and Animal Welfare Committee is considering modifications to the current mandatory spay/neuter ordinance to require spay/neuter for any licensed dog that is impounded twice, and will remove exemptions in current law for dogs that have earned or are being trained for and are in the process of earning a title in agility, carting, herding, hunting, working or other titles. It will also require anyone who holds a breeding permit to submit to inspections by the LA Department of Animal Services, and require breeders to implant all dogs sold with a microchip that identifies the breeder’s identity as well as the owner’s. The measure was deferred but is expected to return, so all area breeders and fanciers must remain on guard and reach out to their local constituents, councilmen and politicians. Matters of canine legislation are oftentimes either won or lost because of the persistence and perseverance of those involved. Thanks to the dedication of dog owners that speak up on behalf of their beloved dogs, much of the potentially damaging and overly burdensome requirements on breeders and owners have been defeated at the local level but all must remain vigilant. Mandatory spay/neuter is also the topic du jour in Macon County, Illinois – and in fact has been part of the animal rights agenda there for the better part of two years. Since 2012, the Humane Society of Decatur, IL has been seeking to impose mandatory spay/neuter on the dog owners of Macon County and the City of Decatur. It has sought to collect 1,000 signatures on two petitions asking lawmakers to make it a law. The first petition sought to make it a law that would require sterilization for all dogs 5 months of age of older and the second petition proposed that any dog or cat considered a “stray” should be sterilized at the owner’s expense prior to release from the shelter. For a first offense, one would think such a permanent solution would seem a tad extreme. Granted, there were exemptions in the petitions for those who hold breeding licenses, which are required for anyone breeding a dog, and for show dogs and cats, though no definition of those terms were provided. Owners who obtain a letter from their veterinarian stating that the dog is not healthy enough for the procedure would also be exempt, though there’s no word on whether or not a vet would charge for an office visit before issuing such a letter or if another trip the vet would be warranted before such a missive was drafted, nor is the length of the grace period provided. As a sign of the persistence and perseverance of the humane societies, they are circulating these petitions again and publicizing that an additional 250 signatures are needed in order to present them to the council. The AKC’s GR Department is matching wits and efforts, working along with the Illinois Federation of Dog Clubs to educate local officials and the general public to oppose these proposals. In Kingman, Kansas a brouhaha is brewing over the city’s breed-specific bans. For years the city has banned “pit bulls,” which were defined as Bull Ter-
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riers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, mixed breeds of dogs that contained any of those breeds, or “any dog which has the appearance and characteristics of being predominantly of” the above mentioned breeds. In March, the Kingman City Commission put a moratorium on enforcing the pit bull ordinance, but the moratorium didn’t make it legal to own a pit bull. However, in further evidence that these types of bans don’t work, these breeds of dogs began appearing on city streets as if out of the woodwork, as owners that had been laying low now began to surface thinking they were allowed to own these breeds of dogs. So, the Commission ended the moratorium at its next meeting two weeks later. Then a Presbyterian pastor who conducted some online research and looked up other communities’ dangerous dog ordinances furnished the Commission with a proposal that would allow “pit bulls” in Kingman, but only if owners were in compliance of the following regulations: they must apply for a special permit and display Beware of Dog prominently on the owner’s premises; the owner must undergo a criminal background check; the owner must carry $100,000 in liability insurance; the dog must be confined in a locked pen or dog run made of at least 9-gauge chain link with no more than one inch spacing and the pen must have sides of at least 6-feet high and be secured over the top and if the bottom isn’t secured to the sides, the sides must be imbedded into the ground at least a foot deep; if the dog is outside the house or pen, it must be on a leash not exceeding 6 feet and having a minimum tensile strength of 300 pounds; all male dogs must be neutered by the age of two unless the owner applies for an exception and the certificate of neutering must be provided to the city; if the owner moves, or sells or gives away the dog, it shall be reported to the city within 10 business days, and the dog must be microchipped by a licensed veterinarian. Any violation of the provision would be considered a misdemeanor. Wait, there’s more. The pastor’s proposal would not only apply to “pit bulls” but the same regulations would also apply to owners of Akitas, Alaskan Malamutes, Argentine Dogs, Chow Chows, Dalmatians, Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherds, Great Danes, Rottweilers, Siberian Huskies, American Staffordshire Terriers, Cane Corso, Dogue de Bordeaux, Fila Brasileiro, Perro de Presa Canarios and Staffordshire Bull Terriers. Thankfully, cooler heads have since prevailed and Kingman City Commissioner Stan Hacker deemed the pastor’s proposal “ridiculous”. The Commission has further studied the issue and has now proposed an ordinance that would expand the city’s ban by defining a “pit bull” as a dog that meets five of eight general physical characteristics based on descriptions of the dog’s head, eyes, ears, neck, body, tail, hindquarters and coat. This was the compromise? And you thought that the pastor’s proposal was preposterous? What’s next? I’m almost afraid to mention it, because stranger things have happened, but will all dog owners be forced to buy one of those kits and swab their dogs’ cheeks and mail the samples away to have the DNA tested to determine the breed(s) of dog they own? Such a solution is hardly foolproof and could be rife for corruption. In other words, it would be no more effective than breed-specific legislation in addressing the issue of irresponsible owners and dangerous dogs. The AKC’s GR Dept. has wisely sent a letter of opposition to each member of the Kingman Commission, the mayor and city attorney, along with information on more effective dangerous dog laws and suggestions on how to increase responsible dog ownership without discrimination.
Best of Breed Poodle Club of America 2013
Best In Show, Specialty Best In Show Winning
Am. Swed. Nor. CH. ALEPH AMERICAN IDOL Thank you to the Judges, Mr. James G. Reynolds for Best of Variety and to Mr. Jack MacGillivray for Best of Breed And a special thank you to all of Simon’s fans, especially his best friend and handler Lotta Sandell for her beautiful presentation at PCA Owned by Paula Morgan – Ardent Elizabeth Brown – Donnchada
Handled by Charlotte Sandell - Huffish
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Club of America Sacramento, California The 2013 Miniature Pinscher Club of America (MPCA) National Specialty was held at the Clarion Inn Arden Conference Center, in Sacramento, California. The hotel layout, grounds and ballroom venue were perfect for the Min Pins and their people, with wonderful hospitality provided by the Host Club, the Miniature Pinscher Club of Northern California.
By Joanne Wilds, MPCA Secretary Show Photos courtesy of Oâ€™Brien Photography, and Candids from Shelley Erdman
he 3-day annual event began on Tuesday, April 9th, with the Obedience & Rally Trial Classes in the morning. Judge Mrs. Linda House awarded High In Trial to Ch. Sultans Stolen Love CD BN RN, bred, owned and handled by Gretchen Hofheins-Wackerfuss. In the afternoon, it was time for the Futurity and Maturity Stakes competition, judged by breeder Mrs. Angela Sanders. Her Best In Futurity was the puppy dog, Copperspurs Rough Seas, bred, owned and handled by Ruth Tarlton. Best Of Opposite in Futurity went to the puppy bitch, Aztex March-On Crowning Glory, bred and owned by Chris Smith, Dan Bayless & Barbara Stamm. The Maturity Stakes followed, with last yearâ€™s Futurity Winner capturing Best In Maturity, the dog GCh KISA The Iceman Cometh V Marlex, bred by Armando Angel-
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ell the recently released Board highlights indicate what most people realized was going on with the recent change in the judging approval methods, which of course was that the implementation of it was being handled peculiarly to say the least. The upper most thing in most minds revolved round the so-called invitations and letters attendant thereto and who and how were they to be handled. From the start of things I questioned this interpretation as I must admit did many people. The original intent as I understood it was for this process to apply to a select group of a few seasoned veteran dog judges and perhaps seasoned handlers and exhibitors as well. But somehow the interpretation became much broader and began to include most everyone in the sport, which of course had its positive points but in reality went far beyond what the Board had intended. In fact the implementation of the invitational process accomplished a lot of what many people had been clamoring for for years, which was to put somewhat of a halt to handing breeds out on an open basis and try to analyze the performance of the people applying to
judge rather than to base everything on a point of light system. Unfortunately this was never explained to the general public affected by the process and began to look all too arbitrary to most involved. I do hope that after the Board Minutes are printed— do not forget this info is strictly from the Board Highlights— a more detailed plan for the future will be forthcoming.
have now seen the full Board Minutes of late April. Better I had not. (These Minutes are reprinted in this issue of DOG NEWS - see pg. 74). The most disastrous part of the Minutes I picked up on after an initial reading was the announced unanimous vote of the Board in requiring the Judges Review Committee to receive and act upon masked judging applications! First of all there is no way in the world that I believe this was a unanimous vote particularly since the vote was announced as coming out of Executive Session. The Board for years has adopted this kind of tom foolery about unanimous votes coming out of Executive Session in an effort to discourage the possibility of discord. As for the results of this so-called masked thing this is to my mind nothing more than Steve Gladstone getting his way and eliminating the need for judges performances to be analyzed and opening the doors to letting anyone who wants to judge any breed he or she wants to judge!! With Pat Scully as his dupe--she made the motion and Steve finally has pushed through what every other Board has rejected. The Fancy should rise in arms again over this development and demand an immediate turn around. This is a ruse and must be exposed for what it really is doing. It is eliminating the ability to distinguish talent and ability and marking everyone equal as a judge!!!
Some Self Analysis, Embarrassing For Sure...
More By Matthew H. Stander
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hen you write weekly as do I on as many dog related topics as I do you are bound to cause a certain amount of controversy since opinion pieces are just opinion pieces. The biggest and most creditable criticisms to my mind which people make to me about my writings is that I tend to forgive or sometimes ignore friends’ mistakes--people in high places-- and hit on the errors of people I do not know or basically disagree with. For instance it is said I hit on Judi, Steve and Carl too hard and ignore say Ron when he was Board Chair or Dennis as President. And while this may be true I must say that when I have disagreed with Ron and or Dennis I have done so openly but perhaps without the harshness I may have written about the others. I think though that now that we have seen Dennis working under two different Board Chairmen-Ron and now Allan for a year plus-- there are subtle changes in his running the corporation as President. Alan is not half as often in the New York office as was Ron and it would appear Dennis has more leeway than before but whether or not he has taken advantage of this to assert the power his office holds is hard to tell. I sense that things at AKC are more covert than they were under Ron and that in fact the emphasis is less on being communicative with the general fancy than ever before. On the other hand the Delegates are being treated with a kid glove that Ron would never have condoned and are in the process of usurping power they should not be and legally are estopped from having. I have no intention of losing my friendship with Dennis by publicly disagreeing with him on every Staff change and the like but that certainly does not imply that I totally agree with him either.
was somewhat taken aback at the Old Dominion Cluster by the advert taken by some animal hospital on the inside front cover headed «a breath of fresh air for our beloved pets» which then went on to explain how they specialize in soft palate surgery naming 8 breeds as having this problem. I just thought it was a wrong message for a purebred club to come across with without at least offering a positive explanation as to how breeders are working to eliminate the problem and how to eliminate the problem other than through surgery. Worse even than AKC permitting an exhibitor to sponsor the Columbia Terrier Association through its PC and to exhibit at the show as well.
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AKC Board Minutes April, 2013
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Best In Specialty Show Winning
GCh. Sweetgrass Johann Tipper A Top Five Longhaired Dachshund*
Group Placement Columbia Kennel Club Thank you Judge Mr. Robert L. T. L. Dawson
Group Placement Myrtle Beach Kennel Club Thank you Judge Ms. Nikki Riggsbee
Owner Dr. Catherine J. Martine Charleston, SC
Richard & Dalia Sak
Rhanda Glenn Anderson, SC
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The Field Spaniel
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iels to be analytical dogs. “They are thinkers and like to please their owners. They are problem-solvers. Most Fields also have many different motivators–food, toys, praise–so you can use a variety of training methods to achieve your goals. They tend to be very agile but they are also sturdy enough for events in the field or for tracking. I believe that almost any Field is capable of earning a title in any event but most people only have so much time to dedicate to dog training. One dog can do it all if you have the time to train it and compete with it.”
ield Spaniels are a fairly active breed and teaching them to have an “off” button is important, according to Mike Roehrs, who owns Missy (Ch Bitterblue’s Miss Misbehavin TDX AX AXJ NF CD RA VCD 1CGC ROM-A HOF), Tilley (Ch CT Bitterblue’s Windward Tiller MX AXJ NA-P NAJ-P RN CGC TDI WDI ROM- A ROM-T HOF) and Rosebud (Ch CT Windward’s Compass Rose OA OAJ NF RN). “Field Spaniels need to learn to focus and work TOGETHER with their handler no matter what sport they’re doing. By nature, they like to work independently. While they learn to do whatever it is you are trying to teach them quite quickly, it takes longer for them to become your partner in that activity. I used to do a lot of obedience competition with my dogs and Field Spaniels can certainly do obedience and be competitive. But, this breed has a wonderful sense of humor and they don’t like to be serious for too long. They like to be more active and less structured than obedience competition allows. No matter what you are doing with a Field Spaniel though, positive approaches are very important. They can be unforgiving of owners who are too harsh or rough on them and will shut down. Unfortunately, this is sometimes mistaken for being ‘stubborn.’ I’ve found this unforgiving trait to be particularly true for the females. My male dogs have been more forgiving and quicker to recover from my training mistakes. They really want to be with ‘their people.’ Whether it’s walking in the park, going for a car ride, running an agility course, hunting or following a track, they want to be part of the fun. They are naturally curious and they are ‘thinking’ dogs. They want to figure things out and master ‘the game’ whatever it is. They are definitely not ‘little robots.’ Some breeds, once you get them trained to a certain level, will become very consistent at that level. This is not true of most Field Spaniels because they are a ‘thinking breed.’ They learn something really quickly and just when you think they have it down pat, they start to come up with new ways to do it with less effort or they start to take creative shortcuts. While I personally like dogs that challenge me, it can be infuriating to some trainers. You really do need to have a sense of humor to successfully own and train a Field Spaniel.”
Daphne Stover, who is the Field Spaniel Society of America’s Performance Chair, echoed the need for positive training techniques with the breed. Stover, who owns seven Field Spaniels with multiple titles in the show ring, obedience, rally and agility from both the AKC and the UKC, said, “Fields can be soft so training them must be done with positive training techniques and motivators, not corrections. The ones I’ve had have been fast learners that are easily motivated to work Continued on page 82
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Tilley (Ch CT Bitterblue’s Windward Tiller MX AXJ NA-P NAJ-P RN CGC TDI WDI ROM- A ROM-T HOF) is one of two champion trackers Roehrs owns. (Ed Presnall photo)
Clover (Ch Catera’s Hey Look Me Over CD NAJ BN RN), one of Kristy Bartram’s Field Spaniels, displays the breed’s retrieving desire or perhaps its sense of humor with a good sized branch.
Rosebud (Ch CT Windward’s Compass Rose OA OAJ NF RN), another of Roehrs’ Field Spaniels, and her pal Mike at the completion of a tracking test. (Ed Presnall photo)
Robert (Ch Catera’s Against The Wind NA NAJ OAP OJP), another of Bartram’s Field Spaniels, on an agility course at the national specialty.
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pring in Virginia, harkened the 41st year of the Irish Setter Club of America’s National Specialty at Frying Pan Farm Park, in Fairfax (Herndon), Virginia. The host hotel, 8 miles away and easily accessed by back roads, was the Hyatt in Fair Lakes, and both the site and the hotel were spacious, dog friendly, and prepared for the onslaught of red dogs. 474 entries plus 37 in Rally and another 45+ runs in Agility rounded out a full week in the many arenas in 80 Dog News
which our Irish are so versatile, and for the second year a Biathlon was run. This site was not the original destination, as two years ago the ISCA had contracted with the Meadow Events in Doswell, VA, which regrettably went bankrupt in 2012, leaving our hosts The Irish Setter Club of Greater Richmond to scramble for a second site. Chairs Patty Fanelli (from the host club) and Debra Hamilton (from the board) therefore had the
distinct pleasure (NOT) of planning two nationals, but maintained the “horsey theme” from Doswell where Secretariat had been born and carried it forward to the cross country horse course where our event took place inside Frying Pan Farm Park. Our National, a week-long event, starts with a Board Meeting on the Sunday, and as it was our first of the year, much was discussed, policies revised, potential new events added, and the remaining three quar-
Are Not Forgotten” Fairfax, Virginia By Karolynne McAteer • win photos courtesy of David Sombach
ters of the year mapped out. Several board members sit on the event committee, so they broke away after lunch to get to the site for the set up and arrival of the first rig of dogs at 3PM. Anne Marie Kubacz has headed up site plans across the country for the past decade, so we were given our marching orders, steering rigs to their appointed destinations each clearly marked and named so no one went astray. Before we knew it, the day’s rigs were in place, and we headed back to the hotel as dark descended, to join friends at
dinner in one of the many gorgeous malls around Fairfax. I did make everyone laugh as they headed into the restaurant, and I headed to Ann Taylor! Monday the event committee headed back to the park for tent set up, which is one of my specialties! Chairs Debra Hamilton and Patty Fanelli had fired up their golf carts, Anne Marie and Pat McGarry were at the entrance guiding RVs into place, and John Laabs negotiated cars into their
“unloading at the tent.” Neighbors came out with their many breeds of dogs just to see what was going on!! Sam McDonald had negotiated our tents from Southern Tents and they were terrific. Our main tent weighed in at over 2,000 pounds, 120x60, which we split into half, with the front half over the ring, and the back half for grooming. It keeps everyone together, and for several years we have Continued on page 106
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The Field Spaniel
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which helps when you are teaching them new skills. The only areas where I’ve encountered any problems are in agility where jumping skills have been challenging to achieve and getting them to focus on any job when a ‘bird’ or ‘scent’ was around. They are very birdy and great tracking dogs. As far as jumping is concerned, Field have a very deep chest and large bone which makes jumping more of an issue for them than it is for many other breeds. But with jump skill training, they can learn to jump correctly and efficiently. My personal difficulty in agility has been getting them to follow me past the tunnel. They love agility tunnels and have a desire to run through every one they see on a course. We need to continue to encourage breeders and owners of Fields to realize the breed’s capabilities and their ‘need’ to have a job. These Field people have to be encouraged to try dog sports with their dogs because the multi-titled dogs have a huge impact in the performance aspect of the breed. Every year Fields reach new milestones. They keep amazing us. This has shown breeders and owners what a Field is capable of doing.” Jumping in agility and the precise demands of obedience created issues for Balinski and Mai Tye. “She was a chronic bar knocker in agility and obedience has been a long road for both of us. Field Spaniels are a sensitive
Mai Tye (GCh Ch CT Killara’s Here Comes the Sun VCD2 RE GN SH MX MXJ XF WDX), Karen Balinski’s Field Spaniel, has earned 26 titles from the AKC and UKC.
Mai Tye is currently working on her master hunter title.
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breed so when she doesn’t get something, she will crumble because she hates to fail. We overcame most of those issues in agility by a combination of teaching her how to jump correctly and slowing myself down on a course so she didn’t feel rushed. Once we figured that out, we started having a lot of clean runs. In obedience, it was finding and using different methods and talking with other people to try and find solutions. No one method works for all dogs. Sometimes it is a matter of figuring out what is going to work best with that particular dog. But, even though this breed is hard-wired to hunt, the hunt test program presented the greatest challenges for me because to take a dog all the way through the master level requires a lot of work and foundation training, not to mention trouble shooting the problems that arise along the way. In addition, field work can be very unpredictable. So you are often faced with situations that require fast thinking and handling. It took me a LONG time to get the timing right in the field. On the other hand, tracking was really easy because Field Spaniels are natural trackers and they catch on to that game really quickly.” For Roehrs, the issue was pushing his dogs too hard. “In my early days in both agility and tracking, I pushed my dogs too much and was much too serious. Field Spaniels are quick to humble you if you make an activity more about you than them. When my first champion tracker started on non-vegetative surface work, she was doing very well. I set an aggressive time frame in my mind to get ready for a test but I forgot to ask her! I totally burned her out and it stopped being fun for her. She shut down. She would look like she was totally on the track but was just picking any line across the parking lot. It took two years to get her back to the point where we were both having fun and could trust each other again. After that, it didn’t take long before she passed her VST. Especially with the small gene pool that we have, it is very important to breed dogs that not only conform to the standard but also perform to the standard. While not a lot of people will use their dogs for hunting as they were originally intended, continuing to breed dogs that can use their nose, be responsive to their owners’ commands, demonstrate good trainability and be healthy and agile enough to run and jump is critical to the breed. It’s good to see that many of the Field Spaniels that are running in hunt tests also have conformation championships.” “This is a very small breed and it is important that all breeders work together to keep the integrity of the breed,” said Bartram. “Our breed standard has a statement ‘symmetry, gait, attitude and purpose are more important than any one part.’ I think that is what all breeders should look at when breeding and placing pups. This isn’t a breed that should be separated by colors of the dogs or specific interests of their owners. We all need to work together to keep this wonderful breed what it is and what it has been.”
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For the 2nd year running Best In Show & Best In Specialty Show Winning
Am. Gold Grand Ch. & U.K. Ch. Laffords Fly Me Too Farleysbane J.W. Best of Breed Crufts 2013 entry 273 Best of Breed Crufts 2012 entry 260 Group Fourth Best of Breed Westminster 2012 Top Papillon 2010 UK # 2 Papillon USA 2011* Sire of Champions Best In Specialty Show both sides of the Atlantic Four Time All Breed Best In Show USA Congratulations to owners Sharon Newcomb and Elyse Vandermolen (USA) on their fantastic wins with this special dog From proud breeders Carol Lees and Sue Victor *The Dog News Top Ten List - All Breed
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weeks of its arrival, and we were devastated. Then I went after a Great Dane, and found an attractive black female –Ananka- who introduced me to Dog Sow Rings. She was very successful, and shortly completed her championship and was my teacher regarding the serious breeding, and selecting, always caring for the dogs’ physical, and metal health. I analyzed seriously our conditions referring to space and closeness to our dogs. At the time already familiar with the fancy and dog breeds I decided to look around. The Frenchies showed up in my life for a chance, and this was a passion from the first glance. This was the breed which perfectly matched my aims. At a dog show I met a breeder of Frenchies who was showing Lion, a male with great qualities, and ended up friends with both breeder and dog. As soon as it was possible I bought a gift for my wife; a puppy sired by Lion, “Josephina,” who adopted me instead. Since this day I became understanding and enjoying the wonder to live with a French Bulldog. She was the first who enchanted me, and still does from the height of her 13 and a half years still strong and happy, a true matriarch who rules the other dogs beside my wife and me. Josephine motivated me to establish the breeding kennel “Super Cao Salvador” that we own today. Presently besides the Frenchies we also have three Brazilian Filas, my first passion for their character, and love toward their human family. Excellent guards, they do not let anybody unknown from them to cross the threshold, defending the premises and the Frenchies, but we do not breed them anymore. I can not dedicate myself to proper
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breeding unless dedicating my whole attention to the breed I love the most, so I decided to go around to find the best specimens Europe has to offer and establish a serious breeding stock. The main goal was to find, besides the specimens closest to standard, was the search toward healthy and good tempered (happy) dogs. We traveled across Spain, France, Italy, Croatia, the Czech Republic, and Hungary visiting kennels, and talking to breeders. Following my instinct and my particular taste I ended up on the Czech and Hungarian stock for their healthy dogs with an excellent movement and great balance. I watched some Hungarian shows and made friends with several kennels. My importations came from Kiss Bully Finnesse Kennel of Mrs. Diàna Kiss whose dogs excel uniformity and quality. I am proud to say that my kennel is our whole house where all dogs transit freely. I just separate them in groups to avoid altercations especially between the males. At the moment we have eighteen Frenchies (not counting the litters) –some out of the breeding programand two Shih Tzu, besides the Filas, who have a house off the house. My wife always helps me with the breeding and whelping besides the feeding of the dogs. Naturally added to our family, children, and grandchildren, the dogs are considered our kids as well... Here in Salvador –Bahia we have some difficulty in accessing the most modern veterinarian technology, and a lot of misinformation from part of the population makes me more zealous regarding the form the dogs will be attended when leaving my house. On the other hand Salvador’s constantly warm climate offers constant humidity, which is a great help to maintain our dogs’ they are very resistant. I do not go frequently to dog shows because I have chosen to live in a distant location far away from serious show centers. The distance besides expensive is not the only reason I go to only a few shows, the fact is that I never permit a dog of mine to travel without me. I always go with them wherever they go. I always prove that
the fancy can be exercised by anyone without any influence or much advertisement. I am so proud to say that my top show dog, Ch. Amber Dancer Bitt Box “Bam-Bam”, is one of the top winning dogs in Brazil. He is the first National Grand Champion French Bulldog, having won five BIS in five different states. Presently he had won 10 BIS, 4 BISS, and over 40 Group placements. Today at almost five years of age he is practically retired, for he already holds every possible title disputable in the country. We have other winning dogs, many if them sired by Bam-Bam, which have had great success and major wins, but my major concern is focused on the genetic betterment of my dogs; I am worried about their temperament, movement and breeding capacity. I am very lucky in regard to my dogs’ natural reproduction (no C. sections have been needed now for years). These are the most important points I want to be known for, and this is what I wish to imprint on my stock and in their offspring. I am always worried on who will have, and take care of, our puppies. If our requests regarding the maintenance are accomplished, because without proper Zoo technical care, proper feeding and housing, the continuity of our serious work will be lost no matter how well the puppy was cared for and raised at our home. I always alert the new owner if he wishes to breed the dog in the future to ask for the sire or dam’s health certificate, and study the standard, and to care about the future of the puppies they may sell. Many times we are misinterpreted in our effort questioning and explaining how we feel about what is proper and what is not in dog breeding, and in dog ownership. I would love to see people breeding dogs because they love to do so, and do it with dedication, never because this is a “good business”, or because a certain breed is in fashion. I would love to see any person before buying a dog looking for correct information and not be cheated by backyard breeders. I would love to see the Brazilian dog fancy flourishing, more and more. Please whenever coming to Salvador remember to visit not only the city, but our French Bulldogs, too, I will be honored to show our dogs, and give a taste of our typical vatapa (is a Brazilian dish made from bread, shrimp, coconut milk, finely ground peanuts and palm oil mashed into a creamy paste) and have good dog-talk, until then you are welcome to visit my page at FB Antonio May Supercao Salvador.
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The show held in 2009 was until now the most successful dog show with an entry of 5487 dogs. But this year Luxembourg crashed his own success and finished with no less than 5529 entries. Amazing how a little country like Luxembourg can beat a lot of bigger countries in the neighborhood.
Story & Photos By Karl Donvil
ts success lies in the fact that the title of Luxembourg championship can be won in open class, champion class and working class. If you win a class twice on this show your dog can be called the Luxembourg champion. But your dog can also be, Junior or a veteran champion if he wins at least excellent 1 in his class, which is relatively easy. And as you can compete twice in the year, becoming a Luxembourg champion is in many peoplesâ€™ reach, depending of course on the popularity of the breed and the quality of your own dog.
Such an amount of entries supposes dogs from many countries and a lot of breeds. No less than 34 countries were present. The best represented country was France with no less than 1653 dogs. Germany had 1099 dogs and Belgium 956, and if we add the 641 dogs from the Netherlands and 154 dogs from Luxembourg itself, we have more than 80% of the dogs that were entered on this show. But still, this means that the remaining 20% are coming from 29 different countries farther away. Only a little further is Italy, which had 156
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representatives, but here lies a big potential for the future. Spain had 125 dogs entered, a nice number, as it is a country that was struck very hard by the financial crisis. Denmark, not that far away, but far enough, had 90 entries at the show. But if the date is very well chosen, and doesn’t interfere with an important show in the country itself, the Russians come in large numbers. Russia comes in fifth-place with no less than 220 dogs. If we see that United Kingdom had only 41 entries, then this result is amazing. Of course a lot of dogs are entered by professional handlers who show dogs from all over Europe and even from across the ocean as there was one entry from the United States. Saturday was relatively quiet, there was not so many public spectators and “only” 2573 dogs to judge. All the rest was for Sunday. But still, the rings were relatively large, and it was not too difficult going around. This show is always run very smoothly with-
out much hesitation. I can’t remember incidents. And although there were a lot of visitors on Sunday, I had expected it to be much more crowded, as on Saturday television was there giving flashes in the evening program. Usually television generates more public as it is free publicity, and reminds the locals that something special is going on in the exhibition center. The traders were satisfied and in general realized nice turnovers. And of course the organizers were very satisfied too, another record broken, a good team, happy helpers and a spectacular table with trophies, it all contributes to a successful event and a most attractive international reputation. For judges too it adds to their prestige to be invited to Luxembourg. They were 38 altogether and coming from no less than 20 different countries. Judges are treated very nice but I can assure you, they need to work hard in return. A lot of
them have over 80 dogs in a day, some even over 100. Mrs and Mr. Spruyt –Vermeire from Belgium had 326 together. Mrs Vermeire had 111 dogs on Sunday. Mrs and Mr. Yerusalimsky from Russia had 295 dogs. Eugene had 101 Shepherds to judge. Couples are interesting to invite, they share the room and come together, which is more economic. Jean Louis Grunheid from France came alone but judged 102 dogs on Saturday and 99 on Sunday. Liesbeth Mach from Switzerland is also a very popular and appreciated judge. On Saturday she found 52 Newfoundlanders (with other dogs 73 dogs) and on Sunday she had a record entry of Chihuahuas, no less than 103! Norman Deschuymere from Belgium had 99 dogs on Saturday and 80 on Sunday, Marie Jose Melchior from Luxemburg had 93 on Saturday, including 64 Cane Corsos, and 96 on Sunday. Bill Browne from the UK had 98 and 86 dogs, Jean François Continued on page 110
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“The very first thing I breed for is good health. On the average, it takes two to three years to train a versatile protection dog. Likewise, most dogs are 4-years-old before they’re trained to the level where they can win a national event. If you’re going to put that kind of training time into a dog, you need to know you’re going to have a long time with it. Otherwise, it’s not worth all that effort. The last dog I euthanized was 15 after he went blind.” Since Curry wants a courageous dog with the ability to rapidly transition from active to passive behavior on command as already indicated, he also breeds for a balanced temperament. “Most dogs are either too active or too passive. A dog that’s too active is easily stimulated mentally and has difficulty remaining calm. A dog that’s too passive is somewhat lazy and slow to respond to stimulation. I want to produce the dog that’s in the middle.” Protection dogs must be calm; yet, instantly responsive to any threat. Protection Dog Behavior Is Bred And Learned “Everything has a foundation. We begin training by shaping behavior between 8- and 12- weeks-of-age using a food reinforcement system and by marking desired behavior with a clicker. We teach a puppy its name first, then, we move on to ‘sit’, ‘down’, ‘stay’, walking beside us on a leash and going to heel position on command,” Curry says. It’s important to make sure foundation commands are taught correctly. Thus he never rewards a puppy until it performs a behavior exactly right. “We don’t give a treat for just doing a ‘sit’. We wait until the puppy is sitting straight. Anytime a dog is under stress, it reverts back to its foundation training. So, it’s essential that foundation training be done correctly.” After foundation behaviors are trained, Curry transitions away from food rewards. While the dog still needs to get a paycheck, you don’t want to be giving it food every time it does something. So we look for what else motivates it. Typically, that’s some kind of toy. We give a rubber ball to a dog, to play with, after it does a desired behavior correctly.” While Curry’s dogs next learn commands specific to protection behavior, he says breeding is the most influential factor shaping it. “The dog’s inherent courage, hardness and fighting drive are most important. For example, I sold an untrained female puppy to a family a few years ago. One night, an intruder tried to jimmy the lock on their front door. He deliberately did it at a time when the owners were home because he wanted to cause serious harm to them due to their profession. The dog responded instantly by gripping the intruder’s arm, which was already inside of the house. After the intruder broke free of the dog and went over the fence, the dog ran to the back door where another guy was trying to jimmy the lock on it. When the police arrived, they were able to nab the guy at the back door. Despite the fact the dog had no protection training, she effectively stopped two intruders intent on home invasion. She instinctively knew danger was present and that she needed to protect her human pack.” Presence In addition to an instinctive desire to protect, a protection dog must have a certain presence about it. “If people want to break in, they’re going to test the dog. They’re going to do something to try and scare the dog so they can see what it does. If they see it’s serious and has the courage to not back down, most of them will leave. Only rarely have any of the dogs I’ve sold been forced to actually grip someone’s arm as was the case with the untrained female I mentioned. Most intruders are deterred once they see the dog won’t back down. Protection dogs 90 Dog News
Running a dog through a tunnel. Agility is part of a versatile protection dog’s training.
Motivating a dog with a ball.
Testing a young male’s grip quality.
Advanced protection dog training.
don’t look for a fight, but they’re ready to stand their ground and defend their human pack if need be.” In situations where a person doesn’t give off signals suggesting he’s dangerous but the owner still suspects he might be, the owner can verbally command the dog to “watch him” and then reinforce the command with a physical cue. “The owner physically cues the dog by putting his hand on its collar and slightly pulling it back away from the suspect. At the same time, the owner directs the dog’s attention to the person with his other hand. In this way, the owner can actually aim the dog at the target person. Once the dog feels the pressure on its collar, it begins barking at the person. The next step would be to tell the dog to ‘sit’ and ‘stay’ so it remains beside the owner while it continues to bark.” For high threat situations where intruders are armed, the maximum a dog should be trained to do is to take the gun out of the person’s hand and then stand next to him and not allow him to move according to Curry. This is called “bark and hold.” He does not train his protection dogs to knock an intruder down. “In nature, canines know they can bring all other four-legged creatures to the ground. But most dogs don’t know they have the power to take a person down. For this reason, few dogs bite people. “If you teach a dog that it has the power to bring a person down and control him, that’s what it’s always going to try to do—and that makes a dog dangerous unless it’s handled properly.” This kind of training is appropriate for a Police K9 but not for a personal protection dog owned and handled by a private citizen. A law enforcement handler must complete at least 400 hours of handler training before he’s certified to handle a dog trained to perform protection work at this level. Videos Clicker training foundation behaviors with treats: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIUJ5qQJ5aY Two puppies practice obedience commands: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHG9Etd6bTM
Endnote: 1International Pruefungsordnung (IPO) rules, which are under the auspices of the Federation Internationale Cynologique (FCI), are similar to Schutzhund rules; and IPO trials are run in the same way with one exception. There is no evaluation of fighting instinct, courage or hardness during the protection phase of the trial. CachedYou +1’d this publicly. Undo
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Ch. Forever Greene Talis, CM, RN Judge Mr. Ronald Menaker Owner, Breeder, Handler for all shows: Patti Richards Forever Greene Chinooks
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“Formal announcement of the Top 20 Winner selected by the Judges was announced at the Annual Banquet, and the winner, for the third year in a row, was the bitch GCh Marlex Classic Red Glare, owned by Leah Monte & Armando Angelbello, bred by Carole Mohr-Rio, and handled by Armando.”
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bello & Kim Byrd, and owned and handled by Larry & Penny Dewey. Best of Opposite Maturity went to last year’s winners bitch, GCh Satin’s Has To Be Deva, breeder owner handler Judy Stout-Reynolds. In the evening, the Top 20 Competition commenced, preceded by a social hour with snacks and cash bar. The Mistress of Ceremonies, Ms. Jane Heuer, introduced the 3 judges selected by the Top 20 Committee; AKC Judge Mr. Leonard Reppond, Breeder-Judge Ms. Christine Smith, and Handler-Judge Mr. Shinji Takemura. The Top 20 competitors entered the ring all together, followed by individual examinations, where the judges individually scored each of the exhibits, turned in their sheets, sealed under dual control for later tabulations. At conclusion of judging, the catalog ballots were collected from spectators for Top 20 People’s Choice, which went to the dog GCh Brackley My Amazing Warrior, owned by Keri & Daniel Haney, bred by Wendy Boyette, handled by Merlyn Green. Formal announcement of the Top 20 Winner selected by the Judges was announced at the Annual Banquet, and the winner, for the third year in a row, was the bitch GCh Marlex Classic Red Glare, owned by Leah Monte & Armando Angelbello, bred by Carole Mohr-Rio, and handled by Armando.
ednesday, April 10th, started with the Judges Education seminar in the morning, followed by Sweepstakes Judging, with breeder Mrs. Trudy Roundy officiating. Her Best Puppy In Sweepstakes (6 months & under 12 months) was the dog KISA N Marlex Firefox, bred by Armando Angelbello & Kim Byrd, owned and handled by Kim. Best Of Opposite in Puppy Sweeps was awarded to the bitch Wannawins Symbol Beauty, bred and owned by Suherman Hartanto, handled by Pam CampbellDziuk.
On to Junior Sweepstakes (12 months & under 18 months), the dog GCh Sunsprite Marlex Rum Runner, bred by Marcia Tucker and Ann Hearn, owned by Shelley Erdman & Armando Angelbello, and handled by Armando, was awarded Best Junior In Sweepstakes. The bitch Ch Pinnacole Winters Feel The Fire, bred by Mike & Melissa Cole and Katie Winters, owned by Kim Swilling, Ruth Tarlton & Katie Winters and handled by Kim, was Best of Opposite In Junior Sweeps. Then the young at heart came in for the Veteran Sweepstakes competition (7 years & over). Best Veteran In Sweepstakes was awarded to the almost 10-year-old dog Ch Bellamoon’s Tahoe Zephyr, bred by Rhonda Brookshier & Sharon Marotto, owned and handled by Rhonda. In the late afternoon, a well-attended member’s education presentation was conducted by Carol Dry on aftercare techniques for cropped ears to stand beautifully. In the evening, the Annual Meeting of the membership was conducted. The Regular Classes started on Wednesday afternoon, and concluded on Thursday, April 11th. This year’s judge was breeder-judge Mrs. Janis M. Mercer of Columbia City, Indiana. Her major awards were as follows: Best of Breed to the bitch GCh Marlex Classic Red Glare, bred by Carole Mohr-Rio, owned by Leah Monte & Armando Angelbello, handled by Armando. Best of Opposite Sex to the dog GCh KISA The Iceman Cometh V Marlex, bred by Armando Angelbello & Kim Byrd, owned and handled by Larry & Penny Dewey. Select Dog to GCh Sunsprite Zeidgeist Castaway, bred by John Makos, and owned by Marcia Tucker & Pat Prellwitz. Select Bitch to GCh Marlex KISA Wildfire, bred by Armando Angelbello & Kim Byrd, owned by Joanne Wilds, Kim Noel & Armando Angelbello, handled by Erin Roberts. Best Of Winners & Winners Bitch to the Open Bitch for a 5-point major, Wannawins Symbol Beauty, bred and owned by Suherman Hartanto, handled by Pam Campbell-Dziuk.
Winners Dog & Best Puppy for a 5 Point Major to Risingstar It’s My Life, bred and owned by Carol Dry & Deborah Stumm, Reserve Winners Dog for a 3 Point Major to Wannabee M’Daddy’s Hooked On Hooch, bred by Carole & Ken Rerko, owned and handled by Myrna & Dixie Keyser. Reserve Winners Bitch for a 3 Point Major to Aleigh Satin’s My Eyes Of Jorja, bred and owned by Janis Leigh & Judy Stout-Reynolds, handled by Judy. Awards Of Merit to the dog Ch Sultans Tight Squeeze, owned by Gretchen Hofheins-Wackerfuss & LouAnn King; the bitch Ch Pinnacole Winters Feel The Fire, owned by Kim Swilling, Ruth Tarlton & Katie Winters; the dog GCh T’Seas Mi Carizmas Passionate Man, owned by Deb Long, Sandra Davis-Moorwessel & Sherry Haynes; the bitch Ch Sunsprite Frolic For Jalwin, owned by Ann Hearn & Marcia Tucker; and the bitch GCh Satin’s Has To Be Deva, owned by Judy Stout-Reynolds. Best Bred By Exhibitor was the bitch Mightymites Steal You With Hello, owned by Bonnie & Steve Foster. Best Veteran was Ch Sagehill Camera Ready, owned by Beverly Creed, Lynn Knapp. 1st Stud Dog was Ch Altanero Barnstormer, owned by Kim Byrd, Susan Goldman & Joanne Wilds. The MPCA event concluded in the evening with the Annual Awards Banquet, emceed by Gretchen HofheinsWackerfuss, where awards for people and dogs were celebrated and honored, along with raffles and auction. Last but not least by any means, recognition and huge gratitude goes to Show Chair extraordinaire Susan Souza, whose attention to planning and detail was flawless, awesome ring stewarding by Peggy Ann Inman, great hospitality headed by Jacqueline Zwirn, and the committee members of the host club. A great time was had by all! Next year, Harrisburg, PA!
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configured our sites to accommodate a similar set up. Individual additional tents went up for obedience, judges lunch, rescue and vendors. Again, the day flew by, with some wind added into the mix, and as the sun left we headed back to the hotel to clean up and head downstairs for a casual supper. I usually find hotel food somewhat “ok” but not great, and must say our food experience at this particular Hyatt was stellar. I stopped by our event registration desk in the lobby to find Christy Rankin and Lynne Pitchford handing out welcome bags, and generally filling in the arriving troops on the plans for the week. Tuesday was the official start of the national, and was a day packed with agility, grooming clinics and breeders’ seminar. The day started with a very good agility entry, chaired by Lynne Harley and with judge Sam Banks viewing the proficiency of our breed. I spent some time “stewarding” the event, and must say I learned a great deal about the ins and outs of the ring, and have a good deal of respect for our Irish in this venue. Many quali-
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fying scores were awarded this year, which has not always been the case, and High in Agility Trial was awarded to Ch. Rumraisin Feather In The Wind JH bred by Weintraub, Bettis, Hamilton and Murphy (sounds like a law firm) handled by his trainer Debra Hutchinson and owned by Susan Sullivan. He walked away with many blue ribbons over the course of the performance and companion events. At 1PM the Grooming With The Stars clinic began under the main tent, organized by Anne Marie Kubacz; the stars who demonstrated their own personal grooming techniques were Ken Wall, Katie Shepard, Shelley DeChambeau and Peter Kubacz. The group was split into attendees with dogs, and observers, and the star studded groomers switched dogs so everyone viewed the different techniques. I do believe this clinic probably made a big difference in the “appearance” of dogs in the ring the remainder of the week. At 4PM we were back at the hotel to participate in the breeders’ education symposium organized by Sue Griffiths, and this year to hear fellow member, attorney and mediator Debra Hamilton discuss the issues
in Animal Conflict Mediation. Her specific topics were contracts, conflict and collegiality and the group was pretty rapt with attention and much note taking. At the end, and at the urging of the crowd, she touched on what she very irreverently refers to as “I’m Not Dead Yet.” It’s a presentation on protecting your dog(s) if you are injured and become incapable of caring for the animals yourself, (hopefully temporarily). We all usually make provisions in our Will for our animals, but rarely think about serious injury while still alive! Wednesday morning we awoke to decent weather, and sunshine for the pups, in fact temps rose to almost 80. Breeder/judge Sharon Reilly judged the sweeps, where she watched 86 pups vie for her attention. After a lunch break, Mrs. Reilly judged her bitches and awarded her best in sweeps to Shadowmere’s Storm Chaser, bred by Karren Harrison, and owned by Karen, Joan Fiser and Coleen McGee and handled to this win by Coleen. Best of Opposite in Sweeps went to Evergreen Set Fire To The Rain, bred, owned and handled by Mary Merlo. It was a stunning collection of youngsters and speaks so well of the hard work of breeders. On the other side of the field, two rings busily tested the obedience and rally potential in our breed. Obedience and Rally events were chaired by Dawn Coleman, and judges were Christopher Cornell for Obedience and Patricia Hess for Non-regular and all Rally. The Team competition complete with a theme of “Let Us Entertain You” and dressed in spangles/sequins and tutus closed out the day and were quite the vision, and made the nearby breed competition seem awfully tame!! The High Score honor went to Ch. Blue Rose Rhythm in Motion BN, RA, AX, AXJ, NF, bred by Phil and Amy booth and Dr. Robert Wickes and owned and handled by Judy Bonfiglio. Turns out “Rhythm” as she is called, is more than a little versatile, too, and won the Biathlon title! The ISCA members are committed to health in our breed, and exhibitors and members met in the neighboring horse barn for our annual blood draw chaired by Linda Kalmar DVM. Linda was assisted in the organization of the afternoon by many members of ISCA and vet techs and I am told this blood clinic ran very smoothly. Back to the hotel in a mad dash, to cleanup and get ready for our black tie Veteran Sweeps organized by Tracey McNeal and followed by our annual Veteran Celebration hosted by the ISCA Foundation and organized by Connie Vanacore. The evening began with the Parade of Titleholders, chaired by Sandy Jones, and commentated by Ron Perry. Titleholders from all areas of sporting competition were in evidence. The Veteran Sweeps Celebration has been in existence for decades, this was the inaugural year for our cur-
rent Veteran event, which was dedicated for the first time to good friend and supporter Virginia Perry Gardiner, and attended by Virginia’s friend and work colleague Julien Goulet who presented the trophy. Julien brought with him what will be the perpetual trophy, a wonderful bronze of two Irish designed by Virginia and mounted on a base that will in the future contain each year a brass plaque with the winner’s name. 38 Veterans paraded in front of our breeder/judge Lisa Schrank and the emotions ringside ran high and wild as dogs in age groups from 8 to over 12 years of age remembered what a ring is for! Mrs. Schrank chose for Best Veteran Ch. Pin Oak Castlebar Success, bred by Nancy and Jimmy Godbey, owned by the Godbeys and handled by Katie Shepard. Opposite in Veteran Sweeps went to Ch. Bryn Myrddin Ramblin Red Arawyn, bred by Harry Hatton, Michael Riley and Jean Ryan and owned by Anne Marie Kubacz, Tina Toohey, Nancy Salmon and Mariette O’Malley. He was handled by Anne Marie. The condition on these two winners was amazing and neither made a misstep nor had forgotten that bait is involved! A crowd of over 100 attended the Veteran celebration after party and Heidi Laabs’ well prepared auction, proceeds supporting the ISCA Foundation Health Committee. I happily came away swinging the Rebecca Ray horse bag, but was beaten out on my other ‘must have’ item!! Thursday started a bit damp, as judge Thomas H. Bradley III began his judging of 98 males, but as luck would have it, nothing more than an occasional spritz occurred, and the day ran beautifully from puppy through winners. I thought the quality in males was as good as I have seen in a decade. For a breed that has dropped in registrations from ranking in the top 5 to somewhere around 75th, it was a true testament to breeders bringing their best efforts to the national. At the end of the day, Mr. Bradley chose for WD from the 12-18 class Northwinds Clash of the Titans, bred by Karren Harrison and owned by Jeffrey and Rebecca Arch; he was handled by Rebecca. Reserve was awarded to Conamara & Dancin’ Class Dismissed, bred by K. Grayson and R. Kibbee and J Albritton and owned by Georgianne Carney and Kathy Grayson and Roger Kibbee. He was handled by Katie Shepard. We headed back to the hotel for a southern themed Region 1 hospitality planned by member Mariette O’Malley; let me tell you no one left hungry!! At 8:30PM hospitality closed, and the Annual Meeting enjoyed a packed crowd. While much business is discussed and many reports and updates presented to the membership, there is no doubt the highlight is the “reveal” of the judges for the next year’s national. The 2014 na-
tional will be held at Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron, Ohio, with the following judges: Bitches and Intersex Laura Edwards Johnson; Dogs, Edd Bivin; Veteran Sweeps, Ken Wall and Puppy Sweeps, Sue Hahnen. Performance and companion will be judged by Tim Pinneri, Agility; Anthony Cherubini Obedience; Sharon Redmer, Rally and non-regular obedience. Despite the fact that it seemed a mad dash of a day, and we all pretended exhaustion, the lobby bar was packed until late hours... Friday was “bitch day” and 113 ladies came to be judged by breeder/judge James Covey. Joyful youngsters made way to splendidly mature bitches and the final lineup crossing the ring was a display of serious type coupled with differing styles. Balance and correct silhouette were so much in evidence, and I could not help but think what a great opportunity this was for the Judges Study Group, who sat ringside with Sam McDonald and mentors to witness what we think of as the “must haves” in our breed. In the end Mr. Covey pointed to the American Bred bitch winner, Jamonds Back With A Shamrock bred by Duane and Jackie Drummond, owned by Robert and Rita Schmid and handled by Jackie. Reserve went to Evergreen’s Set Fire To The Rain, bred, owned and handled by Mary Merlo. We retired back to the hotel, for a quick “feet up” hour, and then appeared in our Kentucky Derby finest for the Host Club dinner and hat contest. What a fun evening, video races run by Ed Meyer and called by Sam McDonald were open for betting, hats that could proudly be worn at the Derby or Ascot for that matter, sat on hundreds of heads and paraded around the room to be viewed for final hat competition. It looked to me like many a vintage hat box had been raided, and perhaps the Queen’s hat maker had been called in for a consult. For me, Denise Porterfield’s black tulle concoction, hand crafted by Denise herself was a sight to be seen, though I am not at all sure how her neck held it up! The whole fun evening was the brainchild of Gloria Askins, though I know she had much help from all the members of ISCGR. We left the evening event to the sounds of seriously high winds, and buckets of rain overhead. UGH!! Saturday started with the wail of bagpipes and a serious pull on tent ropes and a viewing of the ring for safety and soundness. First breeder/judge Norbert Dee circled the ring looking for pot holes and serious puddles, mentally adjusting his judging pattern before subjecting any junior to the vagaries of the grounds. When deemed safe, Mr. Dee began his judging of juniors, and those we
hope will be the future of our breed. Juniors were represented in four age groups, all highly proficient and working like a team with their redheads. The competition concluded with the win going to Anna Hagood, handling Avon Farms Mr. Paddy McIntyre. The crowds had begun to form outside the ring, as almost 100 collected to enter the Specials Ring. Karen Wilson had come down to help with the stewarding on this day, and as we started to sort first the male specials and then the bitch specials into groups, Mr. Bradley toured the ring, consulted with cameraman Ken Davis and decided where the “stack” and where the “go” would be. Bringing all entrants into the ring, including non regular winners and WD/WB the groups were divided into sections of 15, divided by sex. After a once around for all, the first 15 males entered the ring. Looking over at Judges Ed, I could see a filled section, in good view of all the dogs, and in what seemed a spirited discussion. After all male specials had been judged Mr. Bradley indicated that the ground was becoming overly soft, and switched to the other hand of the ring for the three sections of bitches. After a first round of cuts had been made in both sexes, a lunch break was called giving all contenders a chance to tidy up and have a bit of a break. During the break, ISCA’s rescue parade took place. Introduced by rescue coordinator Bonnie Foster, the stories are heartwarming, and heart wrenching, but a real testament to us taking care of our own, and finding dogs their forever homes. All dogs sported beautiful rosettes and wonderful goodie bags. Judging resumed with all the male cuts entering the ring, followed by the bitch cuts and then a gathering of these cuts together for final judging. A good bit of applause started as Mr. Bradley laid out his final lineup, with the placement of the 9 awards of merit, leaving a small selection from which would come Select Dog, Select Bitch, BOB, BOW and BOS. The applause just grew to thunder as those were quickly headed to the top of the line, with Best of Breed going to Ch. Vermillions Sea Breeze, bred by B and M Foote and C. Deslauriers and K. Kazee, owned by Bruce and Mary Foote and handled by Adam Bernardin. Best of winners went to the young male Northwinds Clash of the Titans, with Opposite going to GCH Shadowmere’s Sentimental Journey, bred by K. Harrison and S. Walker and owned by Karren Harrison. She was handled by Coleen McGee. Select Dog went to GCH Evergreen Good Intentions bred by Mary Merlo and M & D Dunbar and owned and handled by Mary. Select Bitch went to GCH Crimsonacre Windchime, bred and owned by Ron Perry and handled by Peter Kubacz. 10 AOM’s were awarded. And with that, 2 years of work was in the history books. Enormous kudos to chairs Patty Fanelli and Debra Hamilton and to the membership of the Irish Setter Club of Greater Richmond. Special mention to ISCA’s national events committee who are a constant resource to all national events. And I want to make mention of the absolute need for that AKC Emergency Plan. We had to make use of vets and paramedics, all instances turned out well, but it was really good to know how to get help and just how quickly you could get there. An amazing week, ending in the Annual Awards banquet Saturday evening, organized by Geri Savory and Carolyn Hills, with awards themselves headed up by Fran Sloughy. Celebrating the successes of 2012 was a perfect way to end our 2013 national, and gave all of us something to strive for this year. Dog News 107
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ON RELLA, former American Kennel Club employee and multiple group judge, is recovering from a brain aneurism. A longtime Poodle breeder, I’m sure that PCA was a little less joyful without RON in attendance. All of us at DOG NEWS send him our best wishes for a complete and speedy recovery. A kennel club twist of a Tale of Two Cities or A Tale of Two Exhibitors. Both committed the same offence at a dog show…One well known was fined $100 and the other less known was suspended for three months. It must be old French justice. The recipients of the 2013 American Kennel SHATTUCK from University of North Florida, Club Junior Scholarship Awards were KYLIE SOAFER, a high school senior from Roswell, recently announced. The 19 students are Georgia, WILLIAM SWANSON, a high school senior from 14 different states and will receive from Jamestown, New York, EMMA THOMASON, a anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000. They high school senior from Petaluma, California and are attending high school, college or KALI YOUNG, a high school senior from Chelsea, graduate school…The recipients are Michigan. Congratulations and best wishes to TONI rewarded for their academic achievements & MARTIN SOSNOFF on the birth of their grandson and their involvement with their dogs AUDEN SOSNOFF, the first child of LAUREN & and American Kennel Club events. The JASON SOSNOFF. The upcoming WORLD DOG recipients are TAYLOR AULT from the SHOW will be held the weekend of May 17th in University of Tennessee, SARAH BROOM Budapest, Hungary. Some of those attending from Washington State University, include JACKIE BEAUDOIN, FRANCO LICCARI, LAUREN DUCKWORTH from Auburn JEAN HETHERINGTON, RON MENAKER, PETER University, KATHERINE ELDRIDGE GREEN, BETH SWEIGART and FRANK SABELLA. from Cornell University, LAUREN HAYCelebrating Wedding Anniversaries PAULA & LAVITT from Long Beach City College, ROGER HARTINGER and SARAH & RICHARD ALLISON KIRK, a high school senior LAWRENCE. Celebrating Birthdays…LESLEY from Corrales, New Mexico, AMANDA BOYES, CHUCK WINSLOW, TOOTIE LONGO, LOFTHUS, a high school senior from RANDY GARREN, CHERIE VIRDEN, MARY BURKE, Nampa, Idaho, LAUREN MOORE, a high ELAINE PAQUETTE, HOWARD ATLEE, BARBARA school senior from Norman, Oklahoma, MILLER, NANCY SPELKE, PAM LAMBIE, SAM SAMANTHA PARSONS from Ohio State PEACOCK, JIM REYNOLDS, DYLAN KIPP, LESLIE University, HALEY PEMBLE from Everett NEWING, ALESSANDRA FOLZ, BETH FINK, BILL Community College, MELINDA POPE USHERWOOD, KATHY MINES, CARLA VIGGIANO, from Texas A&M, AMANDA PRINCE from BARBARA WALDKIRCH, TIM LEHMAN, PATTI UC Davis, BRIDGET RATCLIFFE from LAPINSKI, ANDREA LANE, PETER ATKINSON Johns Hopkins University, VICTORIA and BARBE LYNCH. SELF from University of Florida, CALI
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Vanaken had 82 (all Staffies) and 110 on Sunday and this includes an unusual high number of 49 Havanese. The 112 American Staffordshires were for Nikola Smolic from Croatia. Laurent Heinesche judged Teckels on Saturday, 101 in total. Mr. Victor Lobakin from Azerbaijan shared 75 with him. A big show attracts also big numbers of dogs. 73 Boxers and 69 French Bulldogs for German judge Roland Bebber. Zelkjo Gajic from Slovenia judged the remaining 82 French Bulldogs. The 66 Pugs were for Hans Joachim Otto from Germany. He shared the 145 Great Danes on Saturday with Margrit Volver, another compatriot. Hana Ahrens from Austria had 71 Bulldogs on Saturday and 83 Rhodesians on Sunday. Mr. Mile Aleksoski from Macedonia had 117 Golden Retrievers, amazing! The Labradors were for Mr. Per Iverson
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from Norway. He had 96 of them and on Saturday he had another fantastic number, the Whippets, 74!! Istvan Szekely from Hungary was invited on Sunday only and he had 139 dogs, the highest score in a day. This number included 82 Border Collies. His compatriot Robert Kotlar also judged on Sunday only. He did all the Aussies, 88 altogether. Katie Sloan came from the United Kingdom also for one day, but it was worth it, 98 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Top judge this weekend was Mrs. Adriana Griffa from Italy. She is not the youngest anymore but certainly the most appreciated as she broke every other judge’s record. On Saturday he had the day record with 121 dogs to judge and on Sunday she had 110, a total of 231 dogs. She is a most adorable person and was very tired but satisfied after the weekend.
est In Show was for Mrs. Yolanda Nagler from Israel. She judged the 62 Newfoundland bitches and had time to focus on BIS judging as on Saturday she had only 54 entries. She has judged in Luxembourg many times and now finally the BIS. The group winners of Saturday were supposed to come back on Sunday. Only the winner of the Sighthounds, the Afghan Hound, was not to be able to return and so the 2nd of the group, the Piccolo Levriero Italiano, took his place. The first persons that Yolanda made happy were Michael and Lotte Kristensen from Denmark. Their American Cocker Spaniel Pbj’s Back in Black won 3rd place. This dog was an import from the States and is a 3-year-old male, entered in Champion Class to be judged by Mr. Laurent Heinesche. Mr. Rudy Feyaerts selected him to represent the breed in the Group judging. Gwen Huikenshoven from the Netherlands followed in the main ring to take the second place with her Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen Soletrader Bjorn Borg. Soletrader was entered in Champion Class too, along with 12 others. It was Yolanda Nagler who had judged the breed and Soletrader was the Group winner under Portuguese judge Luis Catalan. Her Best In Show was the again a group winner of Sunday. It was a little white dog coming all along from Spain, Bichon Frisée Pamplona just Magic. He beat 22 competitors in the ring and was awarded Best Of Breed by judge Jean-Francois Vanaken. Pamplona is a 2 ½ year old male, bred by Mr. M.Coad and owned and handled now by Regina Belstad and Oddvar Havelin from Spain. There was space left on the podium with these 3 relatively small dogs and they almost disappeared behind their huge trophies. I wonder where this success story will bring us at the end, how many more dogs can this show take? Success is addictive but also encouraging and the committee and all the helpers enjoy more, every time again and will do whatever is possible to host a lot more dogs and people. Luxembourg is a phenomenon in the dog world, a classic. Winning Luxembourg is often the start of a promising career or a must to fill the gap in a dog’s palmarès. Don’t miss it next time, don’t miss it ever.
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