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CONTENTS May 7, 2010
14 ♦ Inside Out BY JOHN MANDEVILLE
18 ♦ The Upside Of The Seesaw BY SHARON ANDERSON
22 ♦ Question Of The Week BY MATTHEW H. STANDER
26 ♦ HSUS Gets It Wrong BY CARLOTTA COOPER
30 ♦ Rare Breeds Of The World BY AGNES BUCHWALD
34 ♦ Bests Of The Week 38 ♦ Ten Questions BY LESLEY BOYES
42 ♦ Nipper Reinvented BY NICK WATERS
46 ♦ Disappointment As A Teacher BY SEYMOUR WEISS
50 ♦ All In The Family - Is Your Stud Book Correct? BY CHARLES ROBEY
54 ♦ Obedience And Rally Musings BY MINTA “MIKE” WILLIQUETTE
58 ♦ Off The Leash BY SHAUN COEN
62 ♦ “8 to 1,” South County And More BY MATTHEW H. STANDER
66 ♦ Letter From Sweden BY ROBERT PAUST
68 ♦ Poodle Club of America Outdoor Events Report BY JOYCE CARELLI
70♦ Western Hound Association of Southern California BY CAROL BEYERLE & DEBBIE LEGRAND
78 ♦ The Gossip Column BY EUGENE Z. ZAPHIRIS
88 ♦ Click – Treasure Coast Kennel Club BY JERI POLLER
90♦ Letters To The Editor 94 ♦ Click – Lake Mathews Kennel Club BY LESLIE SIMIS
98 ♦ Click – The Way We Were BY EUGENE Z. ZAPHIRIS
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Cancer And Dogs
The Wall Street Journal in its May 4th edition in the Personal Journal section had an interesting article written by Melinda Beck in her so-called “Health Journal” department. Ms. Beck, an apparent bereaved former owner of a Golden Retriever that came down with cancer at 7 years of age, wrote a poignant but hardly totally documented presentation of the problem of cancer in Goldens particularly and in all dogs generally. Requests for her background to write the authoritative type article she attempted to write on this critical topic for this national publication have as of this writing gone unanswered. Many of her statements make sense even if many are anecdotal in nature. She unfortunately fails to mention the work in progress by both the Canine Health Foundation and the Morris Animal Foundation in the area of cancer in dogs and totally omits any reference to the amount of research being accomplished in the Colorado veterinary schools on this subject. She is basically even-handed in her approach in comparing incidences of cancer between mixed breed dogs and purebred dogs and in comparing the rates of dogs that die of cancer to those of people who succumb to this dreaded disease. Had the presentation been made more as a personal observation rather than as a Health Journal documentary it would have been more palatable but as written still makes for an interesting but unfortunately non-authoritative presentation.
The April Board Meeting
The May Board meeting will be held in the next week or so. The April meeting saw the Board meet on Monday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:05 p.m. The Tuesday meeting ran from 9:00 a.m. to 11a.m.!! That sounds like quite an abbreviated time particularly if you read the last paragraph wherein it is stated, “The Board considered the possibility of extending a future Board meeting BY AN ADDITIONAL DAY in order to hold a Planning Session.” Why not just stay a full work day and cut out adding an additional day – wouldn’t that make sense? As to what they accomplished, well the existing Executive Ofﬁcers were re-elected and Board Committees were named, as were the Board members who are to liaison with the Delegate Committees. If you were unaware of it, as were these pages, the board chair and vice chair are ex-ofﬁcio members of all Board Committees. Both events and entries were down for the ﬁrst two months of the year and registration continues to tumble downward. What speciﬁcally is being done to reverse this downward spiral is still unclear. It would be nice to hear of speciﬁcs rather than generalities for a change as the situation is in a deteriorating status, that’s for sure, and immediate action must be taken – not proposed but taken. Paraguay was added as another country whose pedigrees the Board will now accept, which of course opens the doors to Paraguayan registered dogs to be shown and bred here but no mention made of any discussion about China, which of course could in the long run be an area from which vast amounts of monies could be made. Recognizing Cuba was also discussed but turned down not because they failed to meet AKC requirements but because AKC’s legal department believes AKC will be violating federal laws which currently prohibit doing business in Cuba or with Cuban businesses. Most of the other business conducted had been previously discussed on these pages. Oh yes, it really is necessary to hold eight Board meetings a year – isn’t it???? 10 Dog News
Damned Either Way
The emotional reaction to any stand taken with regard to any issue affecting animals generally and dogs and cats speciﬁcally can be overwhelming. And the organizations involved that attempt to protect or stand as the representatives of these creatures become so hardened and uncompromising in their viewpoints that even on issues about which there should be no disagreements the extremists within these organizations refuse to grant any validity to the opponents viewpoint whether it makes sense or not. Certainly a case in point is NAIA and HSUS-now then these pages basically agree and trust the people involved with NAIA. Not that these pages always agree with the stand it takes on all issues but overall its goals are more compatible and in line with our thinking than say those of HSUS. HSUS is without a doubt - whether it admits to it or not - out to destroy purebred dogs and we breeders of same. Wayne Pacelle’s recent February directive speciﬁcally so stated that goal. Yet when HSUS comes out against the breeding of greyhounds just to kill coyotes does that mean these pages cannot agree with them or for that matter what about NAIA-should they not agree with such a stand if they believe it to be valid? That HSUS can be and oft times is duplicitous in its various messages which seem to say one thing but actually are code words or phases for other things cannot be denied. But should any proposal it stands for be rejected merely because it’s in favor of it--these pages think not. Each issue should be discussed individually and accepted or rejected on its merits and not based upon who proposes it.
The Imported Dog Problem
Importing dogs--puppies or otherwise --in mass amounts is both unwise and could be dangerous. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 300,000 puppies a year are being imported to the States that can have behavioral or real health problems. The growing demand for overseas dogs--many from countries where rabies are endemic and the animals too young to be vaccinated --has put the CDC to work on putting in stricter laws. Okay these laws get passed but no one seems to enforce them!! Driving the import trend is the demand for puppies rather than the older dogs When are the new laws going to be enforced properly--probably never. It’s both too costly and quite frankly other national problems take precedence. That being the case, why go after the responsible American breeder in the manner that HSUS and PETA do? Just recently 20 dogs displaced by a ﬁre in the only animal shelter in Kuwait were taken in by the Washington Animal Rescue League. The group included desert dogs, alleged labs and huskies. The dogs had no place to go so the Washington DC shelter took them in--all ﬁne and good but why penalize the responsible American breeder when shelters are so motivated.
Thought For The Week
The AKC Canine Partners Program has begun in earnest now. In the ﬁrst two weeks where mixed breeds were permitted to compete there was a total of 1,100 entries. More than 2,000 events have already been approved in which mixed breeds are welcomed to participate. The ﬁgure quoted above sounds like an impressive start--let’s see whether or not it will continue. Financially it could be a good boon for AKC and all involved with shows but more importantly it will certainly help defuse the elitist image people try to pin on AKC, that’s for sure.•
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Ch. Sporting Field’s “Triple Crown Winner” : Top 20 winner
Thank you to Top 20 Judges Mr. Mike Stone, Ms. Mary Downing and Ms. Diane Malenfant
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Thank you to National Specialty Judge Breeder Judge Mr. Russell McFadden And to everyone who voted for her and to all Judges who have rewarded her
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Duh, More Shows, Fewer Entries
InsideOut by John Mandeville
eing a responsible member of the dog community, I am a close reader of the Minutes of AKC Board Meetings. Ok, ok…I’m looking for column material. The Minutes typically contain some interesting items, but few warranting a column. As a committed member of the fancy, you… believe it or not… should peruse AKC’s Board Minutes. Really. Granted it’s my job to let you know when there’s something worthwhile, thus sparing you the tedium of wading through much pro forma content with scant hope of ﬁnding a nugget. That’s no criticism of AKC – it’s the nature of all minutes. Every so often AKC Board Minutes contain an above average number of interesting items. Not BIG deal stuff, but things sufﬁciently interesting they require comment. April’s Minutes contained four such items. Today’s subject is the three show items, “The Number of Events,” “Requests for Two Shows in One Day,” and the “Amateur Owner Handler Class;” the fourth, “Registration Statistics,” will await another time. To give the devils their due, the Minutes’ statement on “The Number of Events” does not indicate what speciﬁc Board members said or even how the discussion was framed. Still it’s a summary paragraph of what took place, most certainly reviewed by AKC high-ups before being made public: “There was a lengthy discussion of AKC events and entries. While the number of AKC events has steadily increased, the growth in entries has not been as great. In some areas this has resulted in a smaller average entry per event when compared to just a few years ago. The Board considered the possibility of a moratorium on new clubs for some types of events. Staff was to do additional research on this and to report back to the Board.” Well, duh. That might most charitably be called “stating the obvious.” DOG NEWS was railing about the mindless increase in the number of shows long before I began writing this column, 12 full years ago… how time ﬂies when you’re having fun. “Moratorium,” “new clubs,” and “events” in the same sentence strikes me as thin ice territory, at the least. Then, too, why should AKC’s staff – the folks who may well have played the most signiﬁcant role in the extant morass – be the ones doing research on this issue? 14 Dog News
By the way, the simple test of that last thought’s validity is, “Has there ever been a memo or report or anything-in-writing from AKC’s staff suggesting the sheer number of shows needs review?” Current odds and rising are 25 to 1 there’s no such document. If not they shouldn’t be doing the research – they’re part of the problem… hmm, no matter what, they’re part of the problem. It’s no surprise the Dog Show Superintendents Association is reported to have asked “AKC to consider permitting two conformation dog shows to be held in a single day,” by which it can only be assumed it’s meant the same club on the same day or two clubs on the same site on the same day; e.g. another demonstration Board Minutes need more than ﬁne tuning clarity-wise. Add written English to AKC’s staff’s “needs improvement” list. Whatever, it was also no surprise the Board “voted (unanimously) to not consider this proposal further.” Actually I think there are places remote enough in this country where it would be appropriate for an all-breed club to hold two shows on the same day. Proof positive the Board appears to have given scant consideration to that possibility is that in turning down two-in-one, presumably for all-breeds, they instructed the staff “to bring back for Board consideration, a proposal to permit an independent specialty show to be held on the grounds of an all-breed show.” Assuming that means exhibitors are able to show at both the all-breed and independent specialty on the same day, on the same grounds, such a proposal should be wellreceived by exhibitors and clubs; it has existed in Canada for ages. Of course it still leaves all-breed clubs in remote places SOL. If the Board approves same day, same site all-breed and independent specialty events, its impact will be only a tick less than clusters and back-to-backs, the alltime most far-reaching show decisions by AKC’s Board. This brings us to the “Amateur Owner Handler Class,” which by way of full disclosure… and point of pride… I was skeptical about in this column from the day it ﬁrst surfaced. In any case the Board to its credit had asked the staff for “entry data for the Amateur Owner Handler Class in order to determine the effectiveness of the class.” Folks, you know perfectly well if you have to ask, entries suck and the class’ effectiveness – whatever that means – doesn’t rise to negligible. And if you think your plans “to increase the relevance and usage” of the class have a snowball’s chance, unless accompanied by fat cash inducements, have I ever got a terriﬁc bridge for you. Who else favors declaring the Amateur Owner Handler Class a dud and bagging it? And to be constructive… this column’s reason d’être… if a new class which might actually get entries is needed, how about “Puppy, Bred-by Exhibitor?” So, who thinks the same people who have presided over ever more shows can solve the mess they’ve been a party to?•
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he AKC Agility National Championship is over for another year but it proved a great success. The nearly 1,000 dog entry per day for three days featured the top dogs in the country. One of the “ﬁrsts” for the event was the addition of the preferred dog competition.
Upside Seesaw THE
by Sharon Anderson
The regular championship classes required that the dog and handler had earned six double Q’s (qualifying in both Excellent B Standard and Jumpers with Weaves on the same day) during the year as well as 400 speed points (points gained for running faster than course time at a trial). The preferred dogs were required to submit six double Q’s but not the speed point requirement. Most of the preferred dogs are older dogs or handlers that might be slower in running the course. The jump heights are lower than the regular classes. The entry in preferred class was not up to the expected number, only 80, but with the featuring of these dogs at the ﬁnal rounds and how well that was received, it surely will grow in future years. Both my granddaughter with her 12-year-old Parson Russell Terrier and my husband with his 8-year-old Golden will be working toward the requirement for next year. The preferred dogs ran three rounds and then the ﬁnal championship round. It was tears-in-the-eyes time to watch Linda Mecklenburg and her wonderful Border Collie, Awesome that had previously been on the World Agility Championship team four times in his career as well as Jean LaValley run her Shetland Sheepdog, Taz, another past world team member, in the preferred championship round. Neither won but it was great to watch the older dogs give it their all. For many it was their retirement weekend. The oldest dog running was 14 and he enjoyed the ring time without a doubt.
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BY MATTHEW STANDER
of t he Week Do You Consider AKC Sufﬁciently Pro-Active and Publicly Communicative In Matters Legislative As They Affect The Dog In America?
Dorothy Macdonald No. I consider them to be more inclined to be reactive on most issues rather than pro-active. Patti Strand We’re in the ﬁght of our lives against a ruthless adversary that is spending millions to malign and displace us, and right now they’re winning. As the leading representative and voice of purebred dogs in America, we simply have to do more to get our message out. Steve Gladstone That’s a pretty complicated question which has many ramiﬁcations. There are some topics which must be handled behind the scenes without public knowledge or interference. But there are many matters which should be and must be openly discussed so that a foundation for taking
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present and future stands can be built. I know of no one at AKC who is doing this nor for that matter am I the least bit impressed by the manner in which AKC is handling its overall legislative program publicly. D. Jay Hyman Absolutely. When we were lobbying against the so-called “puppy mill” bill in Maryland last year (which was defeated), the AKC Government Relations Department was extremely helpful, including providing us with up-to-theminute statistics on the economic value of the dog fancy to this state. One legislator publicly thanked me for “bringing some much needed facts” to the debate--facts which were supplied to us by the AKC.
Chris Walkowicz AKC certainly keeps clubs and legislative liaisons up to date, sending us regular communiques. That said, I think they could do a better job in publicizing their own efforts to combat anti-canine legislation. I wish AKC would use mainstream publications and news sources to show the average dog owner everything the organization does to help dogs.
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by Carlotta Cooper
HSUS Gets It Wrong
The following piece was written for individuals, kennel clubs and state dog/animal federations to use when contacting legislators, especially following Humane Society of the United States Lobby Day visits. These visits can leave your legislators with the impression that HSUS speaks for all animal lovers and that they are experts on animal care. Nothing could be farther from the truth! A look at the HSUS web site reveals many ways in which their hands-on knowledge of animals is very lacking.
ere are some ways that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) “gets it wrong” about animals: Dog/pet breeding. For anyone who knows the slightest thing about breeding animals, it’s almost laughable to visit the HSUS web site. Dogs do not have “breeding partners.” They’re dogs not people. Dogs do not need to be “forced” to breed, as HSUS claims on their site when they write about “puppy mills” or commercial dog breeders. In fact, most dogs have to be restrained from breeding whenever a female is in season. Female dogs are ready and willing to breed whenever their hormones tell them they’re ready. Every single time HSUS “assists” with an animal seizure, it’s the “worst case” they’ve ever seen. The animals are ALWAYS living in deplorable conditions. And, every state where they try to pass a bill is the “worst state” for animal cruelty, “puppy mills,” or whatever else they are trying to pass. Every state is a “puppy mill” capital! HSUS used this phrase at least a dozen times in 2009 to refer to different states. HSUS even told the Tennessee Senate about a breeder’s dog with a dissolving jaw, blaming it on being over-bred — yet such a condition had nothing to do with breeding. Instead, loss of teeth and the loss of jaw is a condition that can occur in many Toy breeds of dogs, as well as other breeds that are prone to teeth problems. And, contrary to those population ﬁgures HSUS is so fond of quoting (“one cat can produce a gazillion kittens; one dog can produce a trillion puppies”), the fact of the matter is that, according to research, relatively few of the kittens and puppies produced by stray animals actually live to maturity to reproduce. <http://www. ncraoa.com/myths.html>
Oh, and Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of HSUS, the man who stars in those sad commercials on TV with the pitiful animals asking you for your money? He had this to say about his feelings for animals: “I don’t have a hands-on fondness for animals…To this day I don’t feel bonded to any non-human animal. I like them and I pet them and I’m kind to them, but there’s no special bond between me and other animals.” Wayne Pacelle quoted in Bloodties: Nature, Culture and the Hunt by Ted Kerasote. Spaying and neutering. Spaying and neutering pets is a veterinary medical decision that should not be made by the government. Instead, this decision should always be made by an owner who is fully informed of the pros and cons. Dogs who are spayed or neutered are more likely to suffer from many kinds of cancer and they are more likely to develop orthopedic problems such as hip dysplasia and cruciate ruptures, especially when they are spayed or neutered at a very young age. Spaying and neutering is most often done for the convenience of the owner. It does NOT cause pets to be more affectionate or less aggressive. In fact, according to research, spayed female dogs are more likely to become aggressive. Removing a female dog’s ovaries can lead to them having shortened lives. An ovario-hysterectomy is a serious operation for a dog, just as it is for a human woman, and it should not be chosen lightly. Even HSUS admits that some 75 percent of dogs in the U.S. are already spayed and neutered and 87 percent of owned cats are spayed and neutered. There is no reason or need to spay and neuter any animals that are needed to be used for intentional breeding. In fact, we need intentionally bred dogs to act as seeing eye dogs, hunting dogs, service and assistance dogs, show dogs, herding dogs and to ﬁll many other special roles with their humans. Spaying and neutering animals is a personal choice and it should remain so. Spaying and neutering all animals will not stop animals from ending up in animal shelters. Better enforcement of existing leash laws are necessary, as well as offering low-cost spay/neuter services to people who want to alter their pets. Education is the key. Mandatory spay/neuter laws (MSN), such as those backed by HSUS, do not work. CONTINUED ON PAGE 74
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E R RA S D E E R BOF THE WORLD ld chwa u B s e n by Ag
The Karelian Bear Dog
uring the course of my research to ﬁnd the next rare dog I stumbled upon a very different country, or rather a region known as Karelia. Home to the Karelian Finnish peoples, this vast land in Northern Europe holds historical signiﬁcance for not only Finland but Russia and Sweden as well. Currently, it is divided between the Russian Republic of Karelia and Finnish Karelia. In 1940 when the new border was established, a big part of Karelia was ceded to the Soviet Union. However, during World War II most of the ceded area was occupied by Finnish troops and later incorporated into Southern Finland. The Finnish Karelians are considered a regional and cultural sub-group. Throughout its history, Karelia has been the objective of many bitter conﬂicts. During the 13th century Swedish-Novgordian Wars, Sweden and Novgorod (Russia) fought over the region. The Treaty of Nystad in 1721 between Imperial Russia and Sweden ceded most of Karelia to Russia. During the 1920s, Finns were involved in attempts to overthrow the Bolshevists in Russian Karelia (East Karelia). After the end of the Russian Civil War with the establishment of the Soviet Union in 1922, the Russian part of Karelia became the Karelian Autonomous republic of the Soviet Union (ASSR). In 1941 Karelia was re-conquered for three years by the Finns during the Continuation War 1941–1944 when East Karelia was also occupied by the Finns. Karelia stretches from the White Sea coast to the Gulf of Finland. In historical texts Karelia is sometimes divided into Russian Karelia and Finnish Karelia. The area to the north of Lake Ladoga, which belonged to Finland before World War II, is called Ladoga Karelia, and the lands on the old pre-war border are sometimes called Border Karelia. White Karelia is land in the northern part of Finland. I hope that the history of Karelia is clear enough because quoting the author W.R. Mead, “Karelia is the most divided province CONTINUED ON PAGE 76
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In the tradition of his Grandsire
Ch. Salilyn’s Condor“Robert” #1 All Breed 1992 and his Dam
Am. & Can. Ch. Winsome Winter Rose “Rosie” ESSFTA Show Springer of the Year 2004 #1 All Breed Brood Bitch 2007
2009 Number Three* English Springer Spaniel 2010 Group Winner 2010 Multiple Group Placements
Ch. Cerise Signature of Telltale, CGC, RN, CD, TDI Sire: Ch. Telltale Freestyle “Gorsha”
Dam: Am. & Can. Ch. Cerise Winsome Winter Rose “Rosie”
Our appreciation to Judge Mrs. Mary Ann Alston for this honor Owned and bred by Dorothy Cherry and Rosemary Fugit
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Multiple Group Winning
Number One* German Shorthaired Pointer
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Group First Judge Mr. Houston Clark
Group First Judge Mrs. Nancy Liebes
Group First Judge Mrs. Susan St. John Brown
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The Bests oftheWeek
MAY 7, 2010
South Windsor Kennel Club South County Kennel Club Bearded Collie Ch.Tolkien Raintree Mister Baggins Judge Mr. Rey Burgos Judge Mrs. Monica Canestrini Owners Ellen M. Charles, Larry & Angela Stein, Robert Lamm, Sue Ross & Lesley Woodcock Handler Clifford Steele Gavilan Kennel Club Sunday Boxer Ch. R and G’s Mystical Dancer Judge Ms. Susan Godek Owners Roberto Bezzera, Richard Servetnick, Carole Desmond, Barbara Bachman, Gary Steele, Kimberlie SteeleGamero, Gayann Jones Handler Kimberlie Steele-Gamero Chesapeake Virginia Dog Fanciers Association - Saturday Irish Setter Ch. Marlyn All About Magic Judge Mrs. Mildred K. Bryant Owners Marilyn D. Title & Carolyn L. McKenzie Handler Greg Strong Wilmington Kennel Club Affenpinscher Banana Joe Van Tanikazari Judge Dr. Eliot More Owners Mrs. Zoila Truesdale & Mieke Cooymans Handler Ernesto Lara Champagne Illinois Kennel Club Sandemac Kennel Club Black Cocker Spaniel Ch. Casablanca’s Thrilling Seduction Judge Dr. Robert D. Smith Judge Mrs. Robert D. Smith Owners Bruce Van Deman, Carolee Douglas, Mary Walker, Cindy Cassidy & Linda Moore Handler Linda Pitts
Treasure Coast Kennel Club - Sunday Skye Terrier Ch. Cragsmoor Buddy Goodman Judge Dr. Carol White-Moser Owners Carolyn Koch & Victor Malzoni, Jr. Handler Larry Cornelius Valley Isle Kennel Club Scottish Terrier Slievecroob Micolene Judge Mrs. Peggy Haas Owner and Handler William Kamai
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Beckley West Virginia Kennel Club Lakeland Terrier Ch. Talydales Friend of the Force Judge Mr. Stephen Hubbell Owner Sheri Smith Handler Michael Kemp
Lake Mathews Kennel Club Smooth Coat Chihuahua Ch. Lugari Holiday Rocco Judge Mr. John Ramirez Owner Ivan Lugo Handler Paula Murray
Fort St. Clair Kennel Club - Saturday Pomeranian Ch. Mountain Crest’s U Don’t Own Me Judge Mr. Richard Byrd Owners David and Carlene Gilstrap Handler Nina Fetter
Chesapeake Virginia Dog Fanciers Association American Foxhound Ch. Kiarry’s Walkin On Sunshine Judge Mr. Charles Olvis Owners Harry & Lisa Miller Handler Lisa Miller
South County Kennel Club - Sunday American Staffordshire Terrier Ch. Castlerock’s Sbiggstaf Mad About You Judge Mr. Kenneth Kauffman Owners Genoa Brown, Ruth Sampson, Dayna Pesenti Handler Kim Rudzik Magic Valley Kennel Club Beckley Kennel Club of West Virginia Pekingese Ch. Palacegarden Malachy Judge Dr. Alvin Krause Judge Miss Virginia Lyne Owners Iris Love, Sandra Middlebrooks & David Fitzpatrick Handler David Fitzpatrick Fort St. Clair Kennel Club Giant Schnauzer Ch. Skansen’s Sir August Brigs Judge Mr. Jon R. Cole Owner Mark Williams Handler Vicki Seiler Penn Treaty Kennel Club Irish Setter Ch. Shadagee Caught Red Handed Judge Mrs. Annella Cooper Owner Debra Burke and Nancy Lee Conner Handler Adam Bernardin Baytown Kennel Club - Friday Canaan Dog Ch. Mad River Cool Breeze Blowing Judge Mr. Vincent T. Grosso Owners Rosette Davila-Sargent & Charles Sargent M.D. Handler Linda Clark Shreveport Kennel Club - Saturday Boxer Ch. Winfall I Dream of Style Judge Mr. James E. Frederiksen Owners Tina Porter, Lee Stanton & Jorge Pinzon Handler Jorge Pinzon
Walla Walla Kennel Club - Saturday Doberman Pinscher Ch. Protocol’s Veni Vidi Vici Judge Mr. Kenneth E. Berg Owners Jocelyn & Kevin Mullins Handler Michelle Santana Mattoon Kennel Club American Foxhound Ch. Kiarry’s Foolish Pride Judge Mr. Gary L Doerge Owners Beverly Wyckoff, and Harry and Lisa Miller Handler Susan Kipp Poodle Club of America National Specialty Standard Poodle Brighton Lakeridge Encore Judge Mr. Hans J. Brunotte Owners Toni and Martin Sosnoff Handler Tim Brazier United States Australian Shepherd Association National Specialty Ch. Mysharas Dream Girl Judge Mr. George Murray Owner Sharon Fontanini Handler Jamie Clute American Rottweiler Club National Specialty Ch. Cammcastle Friar Tuck Judge Mrs. Jane Wiedel Owners Vick & Tony O’Brien Handler Holley Eldred Spinone Club of America National Specialty Couchﬁelds Fare Salti di Gioia Judge Miss Nicola Spencer Owners Phil & Lydia Perham, Michelle Brustein and Dave Brooks Handler Phil Perham Great Pyrenees Club of America National Specialty Ch. Rivergroves When Stars Go Blu Judge Dr. Robert Brown Owners J. Boyd, M. Cox, M. Stewart Handler Jean Boyd
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What is your favorite dog show moment exclusive of a win?
Being on the Idaho and Montana circuit and going to the doctors and them saying to me, “ IT’S A GIRL!”
If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
Which “Kalvin!!!! words or Alexis!!!!” phrases do you most overuse?
I would be more patient. I always want things now, and sometimes it is worth more when you wait.
I would love to be able Which to see into the future. talent would you most like to have?
Who is your real life hero or heroine?
My real life hero is my mother as she puts up with both my father and me and manages our dogs’ careers.
6 7 Other people think I am: Feisty
How would you describe yourself in a personal ad?
I would say I am talented, determined, and loving.
8 9 What was your most embarrassing moment at a dog show?
When I was little I used to go to Jack Bradshaw super and tell them I was lost, and they would give me ice cream. Until one day I went to tell them and my dad was standing in front of them. I was busted!!
Which judge, no longer alive or judging, do you miss the most? I would say George Heitzman as he always gave me pointers and when he did not think I was listening he would say, “ I am going to call your dad, Kid.”
10questions What do you miss the most at dog shows? I miss the camaraderie that once was.
Asked of Kimberlie Steele-Gamero Born: Riverside, California
Resides: Burbank, California
Marital Status: Happily married with children Alexis & Kalvin
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By Lesley Boyes
Remembering Our Cherished Friend and Mentor,
Ben Nolan Dale December 3, 1937 - April 26, 2010
Richard Bauer, Donna, Michael, Maida and Ben on the occasion of Ch. Gleanntan Sonsie Solway Maid - “Fiona’s” AKC Championship - May, 1996
On Monday, April 26, 2010 Ben joined his beloved wife, Donna C. Dale (d. March 10, 2001) along with many of their favorite Skyes, including Skippy, Buzzy, Charles and Emily. Ben and Donna enriched our lives for twenty years. Their gifts of wisdom, guidance, and loving kindness provide great memories and offer us inspiration. We will proudly continue to carry on their Gleanntan Kennels Skye Terrier program with honor. Sincere thanks to our many friends for your thoughtful expressions of sympathy. Michael J. Pesare Maida Connor Gleanntan Kennels, Reg.
Classic Skye Terriers Since 1970 www.gleanntan.com
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ne of the most iconic of all dog images is Nipper. He was the ﬁrst dog to have a major impact on advertising and led the way for others who, over the years, have helped sell everything from cosmetics to car tires and shoes to, dare I say, sofas.
The painting of Nipper is possibly the best known of all dog pictures and arguably the most frequently reproduced picture in the world. Depending on which story one is prepared to believe, Nipper was either a Smooth Fox Terrier or Bull Terrier cross. He was the pet of Mark Barraud, a scene painter at the Prince’s Theatre in Bristol. When his master died he was adopted by Mark’s brother, Francis, a painter of sentimental Victorian narratives. His original painting of Nipper had the dog listening to an Edison Bell phonograph with a cylinder disc. According to Barraud’s own account, the painting was inspired by the puzzled but intelligent reaction of Nipper to the sound of a voice played back on a phonograph. Like Sir John Millais’s painting of 1886, “Bubbles,” which became a famous advertisement for Pears Soap, Barraud had in mind selling his image. He copyrighted it in 1899 and offered it to the Edison Bell Company who turned it down. Barraud’s painting received another knock when it was rejected by the Royal Academy for their 1899 summer exhibition. It was bought by William Owen, the managing director of the newly-formed Gramophone Company, on the condition that Barraud change the phonograph with a cylinder disk, to the Gramophone Company’s new product, a machine with a ﬂat disk. This Barraud did and the rest, as they say, is history. Barraud was later provided with a studio where he painted replicas for the Gramophone Company’s ofﬁces abroad. Much of the music Nipper was helping sell a hundred and more years ago may now be forgotten, but Nipper remains as one of the most recognized of all advertising icons – His Master’s Voice. The real-life Nipper lived out the latter part of his life in Fife Street, Kingston-upon-Thames, just outside London and is buried in a site that is now the car park behind a branch of Lloyds bank. A plaque remembering the dog is inside the entrance to the bank. Nearby a small road has been named after the dog, Nipper Alley. It is down this alleyway, in a converted public lavatory – the Toilet Gallery – where Nipper has been in the limelight once again. The gallery was opened in 2003 with art world super stars, Gilbert and George, cutting the toilet roll. An exhibition in honour of Nipper, “Open Road,” was the brainchild of three artists in residency at “the Toilet,” Dave Loder, Patrick Blower, and Kate Renwick. They along with Gilbert Whyman gave the iconic image a contemporary makeover; Nipper sitting on top of “his master’s” cofﬁn, Nipper and the gramophone sculpted from old records, a 12” Nipper disc, Nipper’s head formed from an old HMV record, and from Patrick Blower, a ﬁlm of a dog’s eye view of the streets of Kingston – would Nipper recognize any of his old haunts? Images from Open Road reproduced courtesy of www. copernicium.org.uk. •
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Not Just Another Pretty Face
Continues Her Winning Ways Best In Specialty Show Dogwood Rottweiler Club Judge Mr. Lester Mapes 4/18/2010 Group First Pioneer Valley Kennel Club Judge Mrs. Jean Fournier 4/24/2010
The Number One* Rottweiler Bitch Multiple Best In Specialty Show and Multiple Group Winning
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Disappointment AsATeacher by Seymour Weiss
In the dog sport, as in every life experience, there is always something to new to learn. Trying something you have never tried before and experiencing a setback as a result can offer a potent learning opportunity. This mad tea party which binds us as a community brings with it an enormous potential for personal disappointment. How an individual fancier gleans something valuable from a failed effort (or not) says a great deal about individual character.
lmost all of us came to the dog sport voluntarily; we wanted this. No one walked up to us, held a gun to our heads and told us to embrace the dog game or else! Usually participation was a voluntary option we selected. In some cases, being in dogs is a family affair; second, third, and subsequent generations of dog people go along with the environment that has always been a part of their lives. Names like Carswell, Herendeen, Green, and Keenan are all examples of an enduring connection to the community of the dog fancy. But most dog people found the dog game on their own. At ﬁrst, showing dogs reﬂected, for many, a glamour not found in the normally more mundane world. Often, the dog game radiates an irresistible aura that can intoxicate the outsider looking in. It is only after crossing the threshold from casual onlooker to active participant that newly minted fanciers come face to face with some of the harder truths of our world and our lives in the dog sport. But what are those truths and what can they teach us? Undoubtedly, you who read this will have your own ideas about the nature of those truths, but perhaps you may agree that some of the following observations are apropos.
Hard truth #1:
Showing dogs is labor intensive – Under the glitz and the glamour, showing dogs is hard work. We all know the work that goes into keeping show dogs happy, healthy, and competitive. If you do it right, you will present dogs that are not only in good coat, but also in good condition. Indeed, without good condition nothing else related to winning form is even remotely possible. The person who takes short cuts to reach the top spot is usually self-deceptive. Show dogs are an ideal example of “you get out what you put in.” Every experienced dog person knows this; for others it takes a while to sink in.
Hard truth #2:
You can’t win ‘em all – If you didn’t think your dog has the goods, you wouldn’t be showing, however a little objectivity helps. You may think your dog is the greatest thing to happen since sliced cheese, but your opinion is strongly fueled by emotion. Judges, however, are less likely to share your view and their impartial evaluation may not be in synch with how you see your dog. Those who are unaware of judges’ personal preferences may enter, show, and have the roof fall in on them. This does not mean that their dog lacks merit, but if they unwittingly show a dog to a judge who is known to object to a particular feature their dog carries, well… If a dog comes into the ring without the requisite training demanded of a show dog and disports itself like a landed ﬁsh, what is the judge to do? It may be the best dog in the ring, but if it cannot be examined or its movement cannot be accurately measured, the fair judge must ﬁnd a winner in another exhibit. Even allowing for the possibility that a given dog mirrors the breed standard admirably, is in proper condition, beautiful coat, and is showing ﬂawlessly, winning is not a given nor should it ever be. To the true fancier nothing is more breath taking than the sight of a large gathering of outstanding specimens of the same breed all vying for Specialty honors. It is what makes the collective heart of the faithful race joyfully. Even when every dog in the ring exhibits great merit, there can only be one winner. Only one person’s opinion shapes the outcome of a given event, no matter how important. There are often many wonderful dogs among the also-rans and many of those will go on to produce future generations to top dogs. The perceptive exhibitor will view a loss clinically and dispassionately. Often going back to the drawing board may reveal something that could have been tried to yield a better outcome, or the need for greater focus for greater success. And sometimes there is just nothing you can do to be on the right side of a decision. Most will lose more often than they will win, but if they can learn from those losses disappointment can be constructive. 46 Dog News
Hard truth #3:
This stuff is not as easy as it looks – The casual observer, watching Westminster or Eukanuba on TV sees beautiful dogs and gifted handlers working in amazing concert. Those teams know what to expect of one another and each contributes to the ﬁnal result. It doesn’t happen overnight and often takes a long time for dogs and handlers to develop such teamwork, but when it happens it is wonderful. Consider the amazing performance several Westminsters ago when Michelle Scott and her glorious German Shorthair, “Carly,” electriﬁed the whole dog fancy with a stack that will never be forgotten. Presentation is critical, as we all know regardless of whether you show a coated breed or not. Study and application of the standard and the ability to bring a dog closer to that standard by making it as ready as possible on the day provides an edge that is hard for even the toughest competition to get past. The importance of the ability to prepare dogs so they are competitive cannot be overstressed. Observation, experimentation, and the willingness to try anything legal will in time impart the requisite skills to the person willing to put in the time and effort to get into the winner’s circle. The veterans among us know this all too well. The newbies will experience many disappointments learning the art of presentation. However, if they learn from their failures and their successes it is likely that over time they will experience more of the latter and progressively less of the former. It takes time and dedication, but all good things come to those who are willing to wait – proactively.
Hard truth #4:
A poor workman blames his tools – The dog sport is distinguished as one of the few competitive activities where professionals and amateurs compete together. We are fortunate that there are many skilled participants in each group. Sadly, there are those among us who respond to a fair defeat by screaming politics. What a bore. If a rival beats your dog, he or she probably deserved to prevail. Whether amateur or professional, the person who worked for it is just doing to you what you tried to do to them. Instead of damning the judges and the competition as crooked, learn what they did better than you or more intensely than you and add new skills to your arsenal.
Hard truth #5:
Never trust beginner’s luck – This one is meant to be about breeding. Like most other dog people, when I was preparing to breed my ﬁrst litter I read everything I could ﬁnd and did whatever I could to bless the endeavor with success. I read all about everything that was known at the time of all the caveats involved. I guess Murphy (the law guy) hadn’t yet found out about me. Consequently, everything went beautifully. It made me think what is everyone saying about breeding? This stuff is easy. Of course, Murphy ultimately caught up to me and I learned through hard experience that those published caveats were real. I also learned how to anticipate and avoid their baleful consequences, sometime. Beginner’s luck happens in every aspect of dog sport as it happens in every aspect of life. The best we can do is give it our best effort based on planning, preparation, and study and hope that we can succeed enough to make the whole canine connection a personally rewarding one.
Hard truth #6:
And ﬁnally… – No one ever knows everything. When you attend a dog show as an exhibitor there is an excellent chance that you will be in the ring or the grooming area next to a person who has been showing longer that many dog enthusiasts have been alive. If you were to ask that person if one can ever know everything about dogs and the dog sport, you will probably be told that the wisest among us never stops learning, because there is always something new to learn. And learning from our disappointments is one of the best ways of upping our game. Thanks for reading. •
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One Bad Apple Will Spoil The Whole Barrell ( Is Your Stud Book Correct?)
Family By Charles C. Robey
ou remember the old proverb, “One rotten apple will spoil the whole barrel.” In other words, corruption must be rooted out or it will spread. So, how does this old cliché relate to the dog world? Simply put, it only takes one misled breeding to spoil a registry’s entire “stud book.” A breeder who was a member of a prestigious dog registry was once overheard to say, “What does it matter who I list for the litter sire, as I only have one dog breed and all my dogs are purebred dogs.” Oops! There goes the stud book. What is meant by a registry “stud book?” Basically, the stud book is the ofﬁcial record of a registered dog’s pedigree. And the stud book records the ﬁrst time a registered dog, be it male or female, is used to breed a registered litter of purebred dogs. So the question is, “Is it important that the stud book document the correct litter sire and dam, or is the only concern that of documenting the puppies as simply purebred dogs of the same breed as the sire and dam?” The answer to this question could conceivably weigh heavily on whether “one bad apple (dam or sire) could spoil the whole basket (stud book).” So how does a registry uphold its stud book principles and prevent this plausible problem? If you’ve been into dogs for any length of time and have communicated with other breeders, you know the importance of “breeder integrity.” Or, to put it simply, you should just sense “plain ol’ down-to-earth breeder honesty.” Thank the lucky stars, most breeders fall under the “honesty umbrella.” However, as stated it only takes one incident of bad breeding to corrupt an entire stud book registry. And once this occurrence happens, chances are many pedigrees could very well be tainted. This theme of breeder integrity was driven home to me recently as I was glancing over the “Dogs for Sale” ads in my local newspaper. As usual, the ads were as diversiﬁed as the kennel club’s the dogs represented. These ads prompted me to do a little spontaneous thinking, as I could not help but wonder what the main objective was for these various breeders. Were they interested in animal welfare, or was their main objective based strictly on proﬁt? This thinking continued to carry over when I speculated as to the various club rules regarding the control of breeding, identifying dogs to the ofﬁcial records, having proper kennel standards, and what checks were in place to allow ﬁeld inspections of the breeders’ operations. We know that dog registries are strictly volunteer agencies and that they have no ofﬁcial law enforcement powers. And, as mentioned before, if you have been in the dog business any period of time, you probably know that being registered doesn’t necessarily mean that the puppies are healthy and well bred. Also, as mentioned before, it doesn’t necessarily guarantee the puppy’s purebred heritage. As long as the dam and sire are registered, hopefully correctly, their puppies are also eligible for a registration certiﬁcate.
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The long standing dog registration philosophy isn’t altogether useless and is a good start in determining your puppy’s background. However, from a practical point of view, a theory remains a theory until it’s a proven fact. In other words, as long as a dog registry’s diversiﬁed policies remain unchecked, and the registry’s objectives remain secluded, the general public will have no idea as to the beneﬁts, or integrity, of the registry with which they purchased that little cuddly pup. For example, there are numerous accounts in which a breeder was suspended from one registry only to join another competitive registry and keep doing business. There again, what’s the answer to attaining a creditable stud book? Obviously one cannot rely, in part, on the trustworthiness of the breeders’ records or the dog identiﬁcation. And in some cases, credibility cannot be given to DNA testing unless the test is administered by a qualiﬁed animal inspector. So please review the recommendations listed below. THE FOLLOWING RECOMMENDATIONS ARE SUGGESTED TO ASSIST THE INTEGERITY OF THE STUD BOOK. 1. A registry should not certify a litter unless the breeder’s dog mating was conducted in a controlled environment and witnessed by a qualiﬁed dog professional, not connected to the breeder. The witness would also collect or witness the collection of a DNA sample from the breeding sire and dam and submit the DNA samples to the respective registry for processing. As the puppies are whelped, the breeder should submit DNA samples on all puppies to the same registry that received the sire and dam DNA samples. If the breeder’s registry does not participate in a certiﬁed DNA program, the litter registration should follow the same protocol, as number two below. 2. If the mating was not conducted according to number one above, the registry should include a disclaimer on the puppy registration papers stating the registry cannot verify the accuracy of the puppies’ heritage. Nor can the registry guarantee the puppies’ pedigree. This new procedure would certainly curtail the “puppy mill” breeding, as well as reduce the diseased animal, or inferior animal, breeding. How long have dog registries been relying basically on the breeder’s integrity to certify the accuracy of the stud book? With this in mind, the various dog registries would do the dog world a valuable service if they all voluntarily agreed to discontinue the current stud books and start anew under the aforementioned suggestions. What do you think? •
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Obedience andRally Musings by Minta “Mike” Williquette
Are you showing in Rally and have been afraid to make the jump into Novice Obedience? Then do I have news for you. Starting July 1, 2010, there will be a new AKC titling class. Beginners Novice is the name, and a combination of Rally and Obedience is the game. In this class ﬁve exercises are performed including Heel on Leash, Figure 8, Sit for Exam, Sit Stay, and Recall. Does this sound much like the same old, same old? Read on. The Heel on Leash will be like a Rally course with signs telling the handler which part of the heeling pattern to perform. Included will be turns (no left about turns or 270s), change of pace (both slow and fast), and only one halt at the end of the exercise. The judge will only give a forward command to start the exercise and an exercise ﬁnished command at the end. The Figure 8 will be very similar to the traditional ﬁgure 8 except the handler is permitted to give a one time single phrase of praise or encouragement. Sit for Exam is done on a sixfoot leash. The handler will leave the dog to the end of the lead and turn to face the dog. The judge will then touch only the dog’s head. The handler then returns to the heel position. The Sit Stay is unique in that the handler will have the dog on lead and when told by the judge to “leave your dog” the handler will drop the lead and then walks around the inside perimeter of the ring in the direction indicated by the judge. When returning to the dog the handler will approach the dog from the front and then walk around the dog to the heel position. The Recall is, in my opinion, vastly improved over Pre novice as the dog is off leash. The handler will remove and keep the leash, then will give the command and/or signal to “stay” 54 Dog News
and leave the dog to a distance of about 25 feet. On the judge’s order the handler will command and/or signal the dog to “come.” There will be one phrase of praise or encouragement allowed when the dog is coming to the handler. The dog must sit in front of the handler, but no ﬁnish will be required. The scoring for Beginner Novice will be the same as the scoring in Novice Obedience. The title designation will be BN. The complete rules for the class can be found on the AKC Web site. I think this will become a popular class with nice size entries as it removes many of the concerns of beginning handlers, such as the group stays. This class will be more fun and interesting for the exhibitors and those of us judging than Pre Novice. Which can still be offered if the clubs choose to do so. Now, on the extreme opposite end of the scale, is the new non regular class - Obedience Advanced Team Work. This class is different from any type of AKC obedience exercises encountered in our present classes except there is scent work included. And they have brought back a very old exercise that was used in Utility years ago call the Seek Back. At this point I am not going to detail the different exercises as they are quite complicated and are explained fully on the AKC Web site. It will be interesting to see if any clubs will offer the class as it will take a larger ring, and much more time to judge. The judging rate is ﬁve dogs per hour. I must admit I am apprehensive about judging this class as I am a ﬁrm believer in showing in the classes I judge, but, at this time, I doubt that I will train for this class. I do look forward to watching when I have the opportunity. Exercise ﬁnished. •
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What A Weekend for Multiple Best In Show Winning
Four Group Firsts and a
The Outstanding Lakeland Terrier
Group First - Thank you Judge Mr. Stephen Hubbell Breeder/Owner Sheri Smith
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Friend Of The Force Best In Show for “Chewy”
with Beautiful Reach and Drive
Best In Show - Thank you Judge Mr. Stephen Hubbell
the other three days: and Dr. Alvin Krause.
Handlers Michael & Michele Kemp 724 448-4104 email@example.com Dog News 57
f you own an intact dog or a cat but do not breed it are you still technically a breeder? What if you own a dozen intact dogs or cats but don’t breed them, would you then be considered a breeder? One would think that ‘potential’ wouldn’t ﬁgure into the equation when deciding who is or isn’t technically a breeder. After all, human beings have the potential to procreate but aren’t considered parents or breeders until they’ve actually produced an offspring. Why would it be any different when talking about pets? The reason for this semantic argument is the proposal that’s been fast tracked through the Oklahoma Senate without public comment, Senate Bill 1712, which was approved by a vote of 29-17 and is now before Governor Brad Henry. Oklahoma SB 1712 was amended to expand government regulation of anyone who breeds dogs or cats and who owns more than 11 intact females of either species. The bill has concocted a deﬁnition of commercial breeder that deﬁes logic. It offers no speciﬁc time frame, and requires anyone who owns or co-owns more than 11 intact females over 6 months of age and has ever bred a dog or cat, even if they are not currently breeding their animals, to be licensed as a commercial breeder. Owners or co-owners of show dogs are not excluded, nor are sportsmen, which could mean, in effect, that the days of seeing the numbers of enthusiastic owners of multiple show dogs dwindling if not being eradicated, at least in the Sooner state. Hunters will also have to license their hobby kennels as commercial enterprises under this provision. Should such a bill have a snowball effect, the results could be devastating to the sport of purebred dog shows. Dubbed the “Commercial Pet Breeders Act”, SB 1712 attempts to create a Board of Commercial Pet
Breeders, which would enforce and administer provisions of the Act. This board will also establish licensing fees and detailed rules and procedures for license application and renewal, including conditions under which licenses can be revoked and or denied. In addition, the board will establish qualiﬁcations for registered breeder inspectors, minimum standards for proper veterinary care, treatment, feeding and watering, shelter and conﬁnement, grooming, exercise, socialization, transportation, disposition of dogs, and other standards it deems necessary “to protect the public health and the health and welfare of animals”. The Board will also maintain a public directory (read: “hit list”) of licensed commercial pet breeders. So, even if you have no intention of breeding your intact female show dogs, hunting dogs or pets, even if you don’t own an intact male dog, have no intention of using frozen semen to impregnate your bitches and keep your charges under lock and key where no intact male could even sniff them, you would be required to register as a commercial breeder and pay the requisite fees that have yet to be determined. For this privilege, as a licensed commercial breeder regardless of your intent, you will then be subjected to the following laundry list: pre-licensure inspection of facilities, the undetermined cost of which must be paid by the license applicant; separate licenses for each premise, even if fewer than 11 intact females are kept at each; at least one inspection annually, during normal business hours but without advanced notice, of each facility kept by the licensee; additional inspections based on written complaints received by the Board; license display requirements at the licensed facility; license number disclosure requirements on advertisements, sales contracts,
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and transfer agreements; annual reporting requirements; recordkeeping requirements for each dog maintained in a licensee’s facility. Furthermore, under the bill, the Board is required to adopt all rules by November 1, 2010, and licensees are required to come into compliance by January 1, 2011. (Two months to come into compliance – happy holidays!) Licensees who violate the act may have their license revoked, and be subject to a misdemeanor punishable by a ﬁne of up to $500 and/or a year in jail. Those who interfere with an inspector would be subject to a ﬁne of up to $1,000 and/or two years in jail. So, who wants to own a bunch of intact female dogs or cats in Oklahoma? Under those requirements, probably no one, which is precisely the intent of this measure. This is a common tactic employed by the Humane Society of the United States and other so-called animal rights groups to reduce dog and cat ownership, which brings them one step closer to their ultimate goal of eliminating pet ownership entirely. Once any arbitrary number is established, be it 25, 20, 12, or in this case, 11, it can be reduced. It makes one wonder, where do they come up with these numbers? Do they have a lottery drum? Or is it more calculated? Do they research which numbers have a subliminal effect? Do they hope or believe that someday that number 11 becomes a 1? If owning one intact female dog would require owners to jump through those hoops and be subjected to those regulations and that type of scrutiny, owners – or, here’s that word again, ‘potential’ dog owners may decide that it’s simply not worth it. That’s exactly what the AR extremists want them to think and the reason why responsible dog owners everywhere must recognize these types of legislative movements and ﬁght them on all fronts. Hopefully, fanciers and dog owners will mount a successful last ditch effort to sway Gov. Henry’s decision (Gov. Henry can be reached by phone at (405) 521-2342 or via FAX at (405) 521-3353) or via email through this form: http://www.gov.ok.gov/ message.php). Otherwise, dog owners everywhere will be sure to see similar proposals cropping up in their hometowns, and sooner rather than later. •
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he show we attended in Richmond, Rhode Island this past weekend was a “new-old site.” New in the sense that it was a change from the site of the immediate past, old in that it was a return and sort of a “going back home” situation to a locale where it used to be held. Brought back memories of the “bluebird” for me and certainly the country fair atmosphere of the South County Kennel Club was one to savor. Perhaps not for every weekend but for a nice change of pace this was the place to be.
“8 to 1,” South County...
by Matthew H. Stander
A complimentary BBQ to thank all exhibitors – all 527 of them – was held on Saturday evening, for which we were unable to stay. Actually we did not show anything there as we were picking up a bitch we had bred artiﬁcially from Bill Truesdale, whose nearby clinic is as modern and spotless a place as I have ever seen and on the way back decided to take a sailor’s holiday. It was a really pleasant and unexpected nice time and experience. On the subject of a club’s thank you efforts, I forgot to mention last week how Old Dominion had a large food spread during groups for all exhibitors – a really nice touch unlike some of those shows particularly on the West Coast in the LA area where large food spreads are offered to judges only with the exhibitors left to gawk at these people stufﬁng themselves. Indeed some of these clubs have people stationed to prevent interlopers from catching a drink or a bite. Poor taste I think anyway. I was a bit taken aback by John Mandeville’s violent reaction to the Supreme Court’s 8 to 1 vote in the Stevens case relative to the decision which struck down the law which criminalized the making or selling dog ﬁghting videos and other depiction’s of animal cruelty. Not that I CONTINUED ON PAGE 82
South Shore KC photos by Matthew H. Stander & Eugene Z. Zaphiris
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Ch. Primaveraâ€™s Samwise Gamgee We would like to thank the following Judges for recognizing this exquisite butterfly:
Mr. Rey Burgos, Ms. Marcie Dobkin, Mr. Raymond Filburn, Jr., Mrs. Jean Fournier, Mrs. Lydia Coleman Hutchinson, Mrs. Kathleen Kolbert, Mr. William Usherwood and Mr. Darryl Vice.
Breeders: Richard L Bauer and Maxine J. Gurin
Owners: Barbara Ridder Irwin and Maxine J. Gurin Dog News 63
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Judge Mr. Frank Sabella
Judge Mr. James Frederiksen
Owners Tina Porter Lee Stanton Jorge Pinzon Breeders Tina Porter Lee Stanton Handler Jorge Pinzon
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he long, slow days of this past winter are ﬁnally turning into longer, sunny, warmer days. A most welcome spring has ﬁnally come to Sweden and the hope for a great summer. Old man winter has thrown out a few reminders that he will return, but the little bit that has fallen quickly melted, leaving just volcanic ash to fall from the sky.
by Robert Paust
The ﬁrst shows of the year have brought to light the possibility of a year with falling numbers in entries. Malmo in southern Sweden had 1500 less dogs this year. Part of it could have been the fact that last year the show had the title Swedish winner added to each male and female that was best. The little Stockholm show was hit with a loss of about 100 dogs, while the Vasteras show was held to only a few hundred. Several all-breed clubs will be hard pressed this year with several shows to be held in the middle of June. The three day show to be held in Jonkoping, Sweden the 19-21 of June and the World show to be held in Herning, Denmark, will drew a good many dogs as well as money to those shows. This of course will leave the other shows to hold their breath and hope for a respectful turnout. The three day event has made several clubs unhappy with the organizing club for moving there own shows to be back to back with the world show and denying several clubs the use of there regular yearly time slot. The world show has excluded American and British judges, but we do have several Americans coming to enjoy the Swedish summer. Betty Richards, Sandy Frei, Edith Hansson, and Valerie Hamilton will be judging at Sighthound shows. Also coming this year is Lydia Hutchinson, Carl Gomes, Beth Sweigart, and Peter Green.
Malmo the 20-21 of March had a very healthy looking Rainer Vourinen judge BIS. His choice was the Scottish terrier from Denmark Ch.Ayrzol Ozone, a multi champion bitch that was bred by Lotte Knudsen and John Steffensen; they are also the owners. Stockholm the 3-4 of April had Evgeny Rozenberg as there BIS judge. His winner was the Saluki bitch Qirmizi Global Temptress, owned by Ingunn and Nicklas Eriksson. This 6-year-old bitch has already had a string of wins, including the group at the big December Stockholm show, several years ago. 66 Dog News
This last weekend Vasteras was able to hold their show, even after 16 judges cancelled due to the volcanic ash problem. Swedish all-breed judge CarlGunnar Stafberg gave the American bred smooth haired Dachshund Ch. Grandgables Carpaccio In Red BIS with owner Dimitrios Antonopoulos. At the February meeting of the Swedish Board of Directors there was a discussion about the unwanted trend in the show ring regarding over exaggerated and aesthetic background. Some examples given are shaving of whiskers, over abundance of coat, trimming of unwanted hair on the naked dog and more. The Board decided that these changes are against the rules of the SKK, by changing the natural state of the dog. It was decided to write to all Swedish judges and ask them to check for these changes and at the least make a comment about the change in the critique. It would be interesting to see poodle exhibitors trying to clip the face of a dog around his whiskers. The German KC-VDH has also taken notice to the trimming of longhair dachshunds, Any dog that is shown that has had the hair scissored around the neck or any other parts are to be given a “cannot be examined” judgement. This given to dogs that are not ring trained, in bad condition (thin or to fat), or a dog that is in so bad or lack of coat that it is impossible to have a true idea of the dogs coat quality. Being this has come from the breed’s country of origin, all FCI judges are to follow the rule and excuse the dog. •
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PoodleClub ofAmerica Outdoor EventsReport O by Joyce Carelli • photos by Ron Scott
utdoor events at Poodle Club of America include Tracking, AKC Hunt Tests, and PCA Working Certiﬁcate and Working Certiﬁcate Excellent Tests. Tracking day was Friday at Fair Hill, Maryland, and judges Michele Ann Gillette and Carol Pernicka judged both Tracking Dog and Tracking Dog Excellent tests. This was the ﬁrst Excellent test sponsored by PCA and one Poodle earned its TDX title. The Hunt Tests on Saturday at Frank Durham’s Anatidae Farm included all three levels – Junior, Senior, and Master Hunter tests. Four of seven Poodles passed JH and three of those four earned their JH titles with that pass. SH saw four dogs compete and two passed. MH had ﬁve entries and two passes. Judges Dave and Peggy Bauman repeatedly commented that the work they saw from the Poodles was exceptional and on par with any retriever tests they had judged. Sunday’s tests were PCA sponsored WC and WCX tests. Eight were entered in WC resulting in seven passes. WCX had an even greater entry of 15 with 11 of those passing WCX that day. Although the weather was a bit “iffy” on Sunday, the rain gods again smiled on Poodles and the rain didn’t appear again after about 9 a.m., making for ideal duck hunting conditions for the Poodles and handlers. Poodles showed off their retrieving skills (and entertainment capabilities) by bringing back ducks from both land and water. The weekend concluded with the celebratory dinner on Sunday evening where many Poodles and their handlers were recognized with gold, silver, and bronze medallions representing many hours of training and testing with their Poodles. •
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Western Hound Association ofSouthern California Fourth Hound Classic
By Carole Beyerle and Debbie LeGrand Photos by Carole Beyerle and Debbie LeGrand
The fourth Western Hound Association of Southern California’s independent back-toback Hound Classic was blessed again with beautiful blue skies and sunny weather at Oak Canyon Private Park in Silverado, California. Hound fanciers set up among large, shady trees that surrounded rings festooned with ﬂowers, ﬂags, and beautiful trophies. Sparkling white tenting shaded exhibitors while in the ring and an ice cream social welcomed them on Saturday after the judging. Western Hound was again supported by the elite Hound Clubs in Southern California. There were ﬁve specialties on Friday: The Afghan Hound Club of California, Orange Coast Rhodesian Ridgeback Club, The Pharaoh Hound Club of America held their Western Regional on the grounds, and the Southern California Whippet Association held back-toback specialties. San Angeles Saluki Club also had a specialty at a nearby location. Supported entries included the Afghan Hound Club of America, The Afghan Hound Club of California, The Basset Hound Club of Southern California, The Southern California Beagle Club, The Irish Wolfhound Association of the West Coast, The Orange Coast Rhodesian Ridgeback Club, The Southern California Whippet Association, and the San Angeles Saluki Club. Our large entry of hounds, which exceeded last year’s number, attracted judges from all over the country to come in for mentoring. In addition, our Sanctioned “B” match had a nice turn out. Dennis Sprung again honored us CONTINUED ON PAGE 84
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The dogs and handlers that were going for the title of Champion (NAC) were fast, accurate, and exciting. The ﬁrst three rounds that all dogs compete in can often be slightly conservative to make sure they have the clean rounds to make the ﬁnals. To place in a round is tough when you consider the quality of dogs in the class. The Challengers round is always a crowd pleaser because it is winner take all. The handlers must take ﬁrst place to move into the ﬁnal championship round. They are the dogs that are usually very fast and made one slight error in one of the ﬁrst three rounds. The ﬁnal round is to determine the champion and this is a time to see who can take the pressure, negotiate a challenging course, and rise to the top. They are run in reverse order so the last dog to run is the one that had the highest score. Everyone starts with a clean slate when they step to the start line. As each dog/ handler run the course they sit in a chair at the ﬁnish line until another team bests their score; that is always fun to watch. The new champions for 2010 were 8” Johanna Ammentrop with a Toy Fox Terrier, Blink; 12” Marcy Mantell and Shetland Sheepdog, Wave; 16” Angie Benacquisto and a Rat Terrier, Dylan; 20” Roseanne Demascio and Border Collie, Drifter; 24” Jackie Bludworth and Border Collie, Pete; and 26” Daisy Peel and Border Collie, Solar. It was great to see a previous world team member who had won the individual gold medal win the 12” class. Wave is an incredibly fast Sheltie. The new requirement this year was that the dog must run in its ofﬁcially measured height or had the option of entering the 26” class. This made a big difference in the way the Border
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Collies were entered. The 20” class was the largest by far. The ﬁrst day of competition is called State Team Day and International Sweepstakes Day. Everyone from a state is put on the team and the top four scores count toward your state’s score. This year Texas had the largest entry of 118, and followed by California with 78 who often has the largest entry. The state team winner was California – who in the past was always in the ﬁnals but could never win, they deﬁnitely celebrated their victory. Second was Ohio and third was Texas. There was the amazing number of 258 Border Collies and 171 Shetland Sheepdogs entered with Australian Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, and Poodles coming up next in numbers. It was great to see 62 breed champions entered and the tradition again was upheld at Nationals of more bitches than dogs entered. The winners of the ISC day at the international heights of 14”, 18”, and 26” received the prize of being invited to the World Team Tryouts to be held May 8 and 9, 2010 in Minnesota. They now will vie for position on the World Championship team. The winners of the 8”, 12”, 16”, 20”, and 24” also received placements but were not competing to be on the world team.
t was announced that Georgia will be the location of next year’s end of March event. This will be a repeat location for National Championship as it was held there in 1998. The breed speciﬁc laws in the state will prove a challenge but hopefully overcome for this type of event. The breed speciﬁc dog legislation has become a major problem in many great locations for Nationals such as Colorado, their breed restrictions are lengthy. The latest buzz on agility lists is the request for allowing deaf dogs in the AKC Companion Events venues. Deaf dogs are allowed to compete in all other agility venues but AKC. Only once was one dog reported to AKC that I know of that was showing and deaf in agility. That dog was removed and the owner more or less said, “No problem; I will just do the other venues.” As a trainer of obedience classes I get a ﬁrsthand look at owners of deaf dogs that come in to be trained and asking for help with the problem of communicating well with a deaf dog. To date, I don’t know of any owner that put the dog down when told their puppy was deaf. They still were keeping the dog and therefore had to train it. As the dog owner was exposed to all the fun activities available to trained dogs, some wanted in as well. It was always discouraging to tell them they could not compete in AKC events. In agility it is almost impossible to know if a dog is deaf and showing since so many handlers use hand signals and body motion when directing their dog around the course. I do not know if this new request will be passed by the board of directors, but I always remembered the sage advice given me from John Carroll, then director of operations, when I started the AKC agility program in 1994. “Don’t make a rule you can’t enforce.” Enforcing no deaf dogs in agility is pretty impossible since it is so hard to detect the problem dog. This rule was already in the Dog Show Rules and not an agility regulation option.•
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HSUS is one of the few organizations that still promotes mandatory spay/neuter laws. These laws have failed everywhere they have been tried in the United States. The American Veterinary Medical Association and even the ASPCA now oppose mandatory spay/neuter laws (MSN), as do practically every other animal organization. Yet HSUS has not disavowed this failed approach which punishes responsible animal owners. They still believe that the way to reduce shelter populations is to spay and neuter the cats and dogs of responsible pet owners who are kept safely at home instead of offering low cost spay/neuter to people who would like to have their pets altered. Instead of focusing on containment issues, they want to use surgery to force people to spay and neuter their pets. Instead of trying to increase adoptions, they want to use strong-arm tactics. And, instead of looking at the reasons why people surrender their pets, they want to charge people with intact pets higher fees. HSUS’s approach on mandatory spay/neutering is archaic, at best, and totally out of step with leaders in this area. Breed-Speciﬁc Legislation. The Humane Society of the United States has one of the worst records imaginable when it comes to breed speciﬁc legislation — legislation that targets speciﬁc breeds of dogs. They have repeatedly shown themselves to be intent on killing “pit bulls,” even as young as newborn puppies (North Carolina). In the Michael Vick case they raised money to care for the dogs taken from Mr. Vick’s premises while telling the New York Times that the dogs should be killed on the grounds that they could not be rehabilitated. Of course, as we soon discovered, the dogs were never actually in the care of the HSUS, so they were raising money under false pretenses. Plus, virtually all of the dogs were rehabilitated by others and are now leading happy lives. Shame on HSUS! HSUS seeks to encourage breed speciﬁc legislation in every city and state where they have the chance, often using higher licensing fees for Bully breed dogs and other socalled “dangerous dogs” for no good reason. Or, trying to pass mandatory spay and neuter laws for these breeds as a way to reduce their population. This is a form of discrimination. Horse welfare. For people who cannot keep their horses in the current economy HSUS recommends that they donate them to riding schools and police departments — places which have to be extremely selective about the horses they accept. Just how many riding schools and police departments with horse units does HSUS think this country has? If that doesn’t work, HSUS tells people to donate their horses to “sanctuaries.” Unfortunately, these refuges for unwanted horses are already ﬁlled to overﬂowing. So, as a last resort, HSUS tells people to consider euthanizing their unwanted horses. But, they don’t tell you what to do with your dead horse. Because it’s rather expensive to euthanize a horse and it’s even more expensive to dispose of the body. Most people don’t have a place to bury a horse, especially if they board their horse at a stable. The wrong focus in dogﬁghting. Most people can agree that dogﬁghting is a bloody and disagreeable sport. Yet 74 Dog News
HSUS has managed to stigmatize people who love these dogs, including people who rescue them. They talk about recognizing the “signs” of dogﬁghting as though simply having a pit bull and a treadmill in your home makes you a dogﬁghter! Many people exercise their dogs using treadmills. They’re very popular with dog show people to keep their dogs in good physical condition. Many people with dogs use springpoles so their dogs can get more exercise by leaping after a toy or something fun on the end of the pole set just out of reach. It’s very entertaining for a dog. But, according to HSUS, this is another sign that you’re a dogﬁghter. Breaking sticks, used to stop a dog ﬁght, are considered another sign that you’re a dogﬁghter. The truth is that if you keep more than one dog, especially a large breed of dog, it’s possible that your dogs may ﬁght or squabble on their own. Some people may choose to break up a ﬁght with a breaking stick. It doesn’t mean that they are operating a dogﬁghting ring. This is another instance where HSUS shows that it does not understand (or deliberately misunderstands) animal husbandry. And, then there is the infamous “rape stand” used by so-called dogﬁghters. Ordinary (non-HSUS) people call these breeding stands. According to HSUS these stands are used so female dogs can be “raped” by male dogs for breeding. But, as already mentioned, breeding does not happen between dogs until the female says so. It’s a matter of hormones and timing. A breeding stand holds the female steady and in a good position to make it easy for the male since they will stay together for some time after the act. It makes things more comfortable and keeps the dogs from accidentally injuring each other by turning or getting twisted while they’re still connected. That’s all it does. There is no “rape.” And these stands are used by people who are not dogﬁghters. Even people with the gentlest dogs may use a breeding stand to help their dogs reach each other at a good angle. Attacks on so-called “factory farming. HSUS relentlessly attacks what they call “factory farming.” Yet most farms in the U.S. are family-owned. What HSUS characterizes as “factory farms” are simply farms that use modern methods of farming. Besides raising the cost of production (and the cost of animal products at the grocery store), the “humane” methods that HSUS advocates often result in increased mortality, increased injuries, and decreased overall health of the animals themselves. Many people wouldn’t be able to afford to buy these products at the grocery store. Most people don’t realize that HSUS promotes a vegan lifestyle and would actually like to see an end to animal agriculture. That is one of the real reasons behind these attacks on modern agriculture. They don’t actually care if people can afford to buy bacon or beef products. Please keep this in mind the next time you hear HSUS attack “factory farming.” These are just a few of the ways that HSUS “gets it wrong.” If you look at their web site there are many other ways. They may seem like an organization that’s friendly to animals but they’re not. In many cases they don’t actually know anything about the animals they talk about. They really don’t know about animals and yet they are in our legislature, talking to lawmakers, trying to tell you how to pass laws. Please think twice before listening to HSUS. Thank you. •
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Dam: Ch. Symphony’s Allegretto
Western Hound Association of Southern California’s Judges: Saturday Breed: Mr. Brett Hamilton, Australia Sunday Breed: Ms. Kay Sneath, Australia Sunday Group: Mrs. Gloria R. Reese Breeders and Owners: Kevin & Deborah Whelan, Symphony Bassets Beautifully Presented by Stephanie House Dog News 75
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in a most divided land.” I must say that even loving history and geography as I do, I had to go through and condense this statement several times and concluded – as always – that it is better to talk about the dog, because the bitter wars and the politics may change borders and the course of the history, but the dogs – ah, the dogs! – they preserve their characteristics (due the breeders, no matter their nationality). It is always interesting to observe what geographical isolation, ethnicity, and the necessity of the inhabitants of a given region can do for the formation, reformation, and characteristics of a breed. Of course, there is a great part of us that heard about the Karnelian Bear Dog, but let’s confess, unless you are a Karnelian Bear Dog breeder, a born Finnish, or a rare breed judge, just a small group of us ever bothered to learn about Karelia. The Karelian Bear Dog is considered by the FCI as a Finnish breed. In its home country this dog is regarded as a national treasure. In Finland they are still used for hunting moose and elk, but they will hunt any kind of animal. Bear and moose hunting tests are conducted in Finland, Sweden, and Norway to determine a dog’s individual ability as a bear dog. This test weighs heavily in the dog breeding potential. This dog will put a bear to ﬂight or attack it with great pugnacity and will sacriﬁce its own life for its master. It was the breed’s ability to hunt and offer protection against a bear that the earned the breed its name. The breed has a striking coat of straight, stiff hairs and a ﬁne, soft, thick undercoat. There should be no curl in the hair at all. The color must be black with white markings. Preferably, the color percentage is around 70 percent black and 30 percent white. The bushy tail curls in a circle over the back in a ring and has a white tip. It falls gently onto the dog’s back or to one side. The tail must curve into a circle. Males stand 54 to 60 cm (22 to 24 inches) at the withers, while females stand signiﬁcantly shorter at 49 to 55 cm (19 to 22 inches). The ideal Karelian Bear Dog has bright, intelligent eyes. Being very territorial, often the breed tends to be aggressive towards other dogs. They are cautious around strangers at ﬁrst but usually warm up to them. This is a very independent dog and as a good bear dog should be, able to actively hunt for hours. Proper socializa76 Dog News
tion and training is necessary, as these dogs demand authority and respect to work well with their master and other animals. Treating them harshly will cause mistrust so one must be ﬁrm but careful when working with them. They must have a trusting and obedient master/dog relationship for everyone’s safety. They are extremely loyal to their master and love their people. For this reason, they must be around them. They also love children and love to play. It is very unusual for a KBD to bite a human but they will kill another animal if they feel threatened. There is a hierarchy in the pack much like wolves. One will be the alpha dog or leader and the others will usually defer to him/her. They are very social, and they need plenty of space to run free and get lots of exercise. This is a very territorial breed, and will alert their master to the presence of any strangers or other animals nearby that they do not know. Our readers can ﬁnd the complete Standard of the breed at the FCI, and if interested, can also contact the Karelian Bear Dog Club of America. •
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The PURINA EVENT CENTER at Purina Farms in Gray Summit, Missouri will have its grand opening gala On August 18th, 2010. This world-class facility will be available for all breed and specialty dog shows and other dog related activities. This dog friendly designed building joins its very popular outdoor facility, which is already a well known dog show venue. The combination of these two St. Louis area venues will enjoy even more popularity than it does now. The WORLD DOG SHOW will be held on June 24 through the 27th in Herning, Denmark. While Denmark is centrally located, the city of Herning is said to be remote and there are very limited hotel accommodations close by. The panel of international
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judges does not have one from the United States. So my advice is save your money for next year’s event, which will be held in Paris. Far from Paris, this past weekend I attended the SOUTH COUNTY KENNEL CLUB dog show held at the fairgrounds in Lincoln, Rhode Island. It’s a small show reminiscent of the shows that were held years ago in New England and Upstate New York. No clustering, no pretense, held within its own territory, just a nice, relaxed country show with local club members. It was refreshing to say the least. In the Tuesday, May 4th issue of the WALL STREET JOURNAL in the Health Journal section there was an article written by MELINDA BECK that goes into detail about cancer in Golden Retrievers, which
sadly claimed the life of her beloved pet. It quotes among others RHONDA HOVAN, research facilitator of the Golden Retriever Club of America, wellknown veterinary oncologist DR. ANN JEGLUM, and WAYNE JENSEN of the MORRIS ANIMAL FOUNDATION. Interesting reading, which stated that 60% of all Goldens die of cancer, more than twice the average rate for all other breeds. The article went onto say that 1 in 3 dogs die of cancer, but that some breeds have a lower average than others. Among the breeds with the highest risk are Boxers, Golden Retrievers, Rottweilers and Bernese Mountain Dogs, and breeds with the lowest risk are Beagles, Standard & Miniature Poodles, Collies and Dachshunds. Another lost
opportunity to let the public know the good works of the MORRIS ANIMAL FOUNDATION and the CANINE HEALTH FOUNDATION, which fund research for improved canine health, and a boost to the animal rights groups that discourage the public from buying pure bred dogs. Double best wishes to KAREN WILSON, who is celebrating one of those memorable birthdays along with her and her husband GARY’S 50th wedding anniversary. They must have pushed KAREN down the aisle in a stroller… Happy wedding anniversary to that popular all breed judging couple PAULA & ROGER HARTINGER. A special birthday greeting to someone I miss speaking to on a
regular basis, the one and only SAM LAWRENCE. I miss those phone calls from SAM’S command center and hope that he and MARION are doing well… Birthdaying... CHUCK WINSLOW, TOOTIE LONGO, JACK DEWITT, CHERIE VIRDEN, RANDY GARREN, MARY BURKE, ELAINE PAQUETTE, JOAN FRAILEY, HOWARD ATLEE, BARBARA MILLER, NANCY SPELKE, PAM LAMBIE, SAM PEACOCK, JIM REYNOLDS, DYLAN KIPP, LESLIE NEWING, ALESSANDRA FOLZ and that ever youthful grandmother, several times over and counting, LESLEY BOYES.
CH. PEPPER TREE ZORRO V. MORGENWALD Thank you to Judge Mr. Lawrence Stanbridge for this Group First at Detroit Kennel Club
Zorro continues to make his mark at the shows!! #1 Standard Schnauzer - All Systems Multiple Group Winner Multiple Specialty Winner Best of Breed - 2009 AKC Eukanuba National Invitational Best of Breed 2010 Westminster Kennel Club Presented by Jody Paquette Leonardo Garcini
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Our sincere appreciation to Judge Mr. Roger Hartinger for this Group First Expertly bred and handled by Mary Augustus
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Owner: Laurie Edel Owner/Breeder: Terry Litton James Augustus Mary Augustus
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Ch. Shenanwood Simply Imagine This Multiple Group Placing
We would like to thank the following Judges: Ms. Elizabeth Muthard Mrs. Doris Cozart Mrs. Ann D. Hearn Mr. David R. Miller Mr. Richard Beauchamp Dr. Robert A. Indeglia Mr. Randy E. Garren
Breeder-Co-Owner Shenanwood Colleen Bias Chaffee William Chaffee
AKC Registered Handler Mary Norton Augustus
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think any of those kind of ﬁlms or actions should be condoned in anyway whatsoever. Quite frankly my initial reaction when I heard about the case was to support the law. But when it was pointed out to me how broad the law was and that in fact when then President Clinton signed the bill into law he warned against using it for very limited purposes I began to waver. Furthermore after hearing AKC’s arguments as to why they could not support it as written since it could interfere with many of its core practices I realized the need to rewrite what was intended in a more limited style which hopefully Congress will now be doing. HSUS was a major supporter of the law with some people saying this was a way for them to get at AKC as well too. Now then just because HSUS is for something should not mean one is automatically against their stand – which is the attitude of some people I fear – see the “Letters to the Editor” in this week’s issue which makes that point very strongly. Too strongly I believe since the writer seems to think that is the attitude of DOG NEWS, which it is not. It seems that no matter what is written about HSUS one is damned if they do and damned if they don’t. For instance in the controversial greyhoundCoyote situation in Oklahoma I think the practice of breeding greyhounds just to kill coyotes and the attendant harming of the greyhound is abhorrent. This practice is illegal in Washington State and Colorado. HSUS is totally against it and so am I. As far as I can tell AKC has taken no stand even though I have called a number of people there on the subject and cannot get an answer out of anyone. Overall in the area of legislation I strongly believe that with the unfortunate deaths of Jim Holt and Walter Bebout any sort of proactive legislative activity insofar as AKC is concerned has been put on hold since I cannot ﬁnd anyone who is truly independent and pushing these issues. Say what you want about Holt and Bebout they certainly were just that independent and strong believers and movers and pushers. You know we have our extremists too and they can be as dangerous sometimes as the animal rights extremists themselves.•
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Published on May 13, 2010