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The Digest Volume 30, Issue 19

Of American Dogs $5.00

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Dog News Contents • May 9, 2014 10 Editorial 14 The Way It Is: Unmask Masking By Sari Brewster Tietjen 18 Babbling: The Bingo Effect And Other Effects By Geir Flyckt-Pedersen 94 handlers directory 22 Question Of The Week By Matthew H. Stander 96 subscription rates 98 classified advertising 26 Connie’s Comments By Connie Vanacore 30 Coast To Coast: Lilian S. Barber - Part Two By Marsha Hall Brown 100 advertising rates 34 Bests Of The Week 38 Ten Questions Asked of Bobby Hutton 42 Testing Finds Malamine, Aflatoxins in Pet Food By Carlotta Cooper 44 A Storybook Breed: The Dandie Dinmont Terrier By MJ Nelson 46 A Thought To Consider: Help! My Eyes Are Bigger Than My Dog Room By Seymour Weiss 50 Prison Program Helps Dogs, Inmates And Veterans By Erika Webb 54 Off The Leash: Positive Canine Legislation From Coast To Coast By Shaun Coen 56 Whippet Happiness In Hunt Valley, Maryland: Whippet National Specialty By Sharon Sakson 58 The Baker, The Candlestick Maker,

The June Delegate Vote, Bucks and Trenton And More By Matthew H. Stander 68 A Susquehanna Celebration: 19th Annual Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club National Specialty By Stephanie Abraham 76 Awesome, Awesome Aussies! 22nd Annual Australian Shepherd National Specialty By Robin Prouty 78 The Gossip Column By Eugene Z. Zaphiris 86 Click: Bucks County & Trenton Kennel Clubs By Eugene Z. Zaphiris 90 Click: The Way We Were By Leslie Simis POSTMASTER: Send address changes to DOG NEWS, 1115 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10010 92 Letters To The Editor DOG NEWS (ISSN 0886-2133) is published weekly except the last two weeks in December by Harris Publications, 1115 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10010. Periodical Postage paid at New York. 4 Dog News

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TOP PRESENTATION, TOP CONDITION, TOP MOVEMENT Of late these pages have been receiving an abnormally large number of complaints about judges putting up a predominance of professional handlers for the points and the breeds at allbreed conformation shows. And you know these people are correct! Judges do reward the professional handlers in a disproportionate number of instances but unfortunately not for the reasons given by the amateur owner exhibitor. The fact is that a very non-scientific study of the all-breed shows attended by DOG NEWS writers must conclude that the judges are rewarding in record numbers the best conditioned, best presented and best moving exhibits, which in the overwhelming number of instances are being presented by the professional handler. Certainly there are exceptions to the rule and these are mostly the breederexhibitor owners of long standing in the sport who these pages strongly believe have been taught or mentored by again the respected long-term professional handler. Which raises once again the point as to why the NOHS excludes from competition the professional handler and anyone who lives with the professional handler as well!! Guilt by association is what these pages see but the professional judge may participate in the NOHS!!! Come on, what kind of competition has been created by AKC? A competition of people versus people or a competition measuring the value of breeding stock? Are there so few real dog people within the higher structures of AKC that the true reason for holding a dog show is ignored or perhaps even worse not ingrained in the very blood of the long time participant? Stop listening to the gripers and continuous losers for a change and hear the voices of the successful participants with the top notch producing and showing exhibits. How many people on the Board have even bred one dog of outstanding accomplishment? Anyone can breed hundreds of Champions but what are their true worth and how if at all have they contributed to the improvement of the breed? That’s the question these pages would like answered not who you live with or what your profession may be!!!

THE JUDGES REVIEW COMMITTEE The overall reaction by most people has been quite positive insofar as working with the JRC established virtually one year ago. The rotating members who are primarily unknown to the applicants have been asked to serve another year and all have accepted. One person resigned immediately thereafter apparently unhappy with AKC in other areas. His replacement was selected from an existing pool of judges named to cover just those type of situations. These pages have heard that the sitting members of the JRC have been consistent and fair in their evaluations although as with any selecting body there are those who have been heard to complain of not getting all the breeds they should have gotten. Unfortunately that will always be the case. The masking fiasco ended by Board fiat at the April meeting and it is said that the Judges Task Force Committee is about to submit its report. The Board Minutes indicate that some sort of experimental “college” is to be established for various breeds--just three or four with which to begin. Whether or not the moratorium on inviting certain judges to have advanced standing will be lifted or that experiment totally dropped is unknown but what seems to be apparent is that the 80% judging rule intended to both enable clubs to fill out panels and for judges to gain additional breeds is not particularly working out. In an apparent move to establish a Major versus Low Entry Breed system as existed decades ago and was rejected for not working then since it was so apparently unfair to the Low Entry Breeds the Board established a system similar to the foreign judge of buying into a breed! The fact that under the current system a judge may never have had his hands on a breed (possibly never seen one in the flesh) renders the entire concept a travesty. Have $25 and pass a breed test and get a low entry breed--utter nonsense. Combine this with the NOHS edict, the masking concept, the two shows a day and what does it tell you about the understanding of our sport by certain elements on the sitting Board today!

AKC’S BLANKET APPROVAL POLICY FOR FOREIGN JUDGES Why does AKC continue to permit foreign judges to judge in America based solely on their approvals in their home countries? Should not the backgrounds and hands-on experience of these people be considered in one form or another? One of the first problems in giving blanket approval to overseas judges is that the method of qualification and education required of these judges particularly from FCI countries is that they vary tremendously from one country to another. According to Ronnie Irving in OUR DOGS magazine, “some countries have very little in the way of judge training while others have fairly rigorous education and approval systems which result is that the number of judges qualified for all breeds, or for all breeds in individual groups, differs vastly from one country to the other.” Of course in the USA AKC gives a blanket approval without asking the overseas judge to provide information about hands-on practical experience or whether or not they have actually judged dogs of the breed involved! In some FCI countries it would appear that there are scarcely any requirements at all while in others there are varying levels of theoretical knowledge and training required. In hardly any FCI country is hands-on experience a prerequisite of being approved to judge. So long as AKC approves overseas judges based on book knowledge and technical qualifications and that familiar $25 purchase price why require of American judges the strenuous and expensive seminar requirements that provide a hands-on? This is not required of the overseas adjudicator who judges here. This willy-nilly approach to the foreign judges with the exception of the grandfathered Canadian Judges should be re-examined for sure is the very strong position of these pages.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK Alan Kalter in one of his recent Answers to the DOG NEWS query as to what AKC is doing to encourage Junior Handlers in the USA to participate and become a part of our dog show world relies heavily both on AKC talks with The Kennel Club in the UK where a fabulous system is in place and on the enlarged role which social media plays in the equation. How’s this for an idea Mr. Kalter-why not ask (not mandate) the show giving Clubs to offer Juniors the opportunity to participate at Conformation Shows without charging them a fee for Junior Showmanship Classes? This is being done at selective shows throughout the country and with AKC endorsement should become an accepted practice and method to further get Juniors to participate in all aspects of dog showing and breeding.

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By SARI BREWSTER tIETJEN

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bye the ill-fated and poorly conceived policy of “masking” judges’ names and pertinent information in the application process for those seeking new/additional breeds under the American Kennel Club banner. Passed by AKC’s Board of Directors last year in Executive Session (Why Executive Session remains a question-mark as Executive Session should be reserved for sensitive Personnel matters pertaining to the corporation as a business and not its general constituents, unless there was a desire to hide who actually voted how?). Nonetheless, it was voted at the newly constituted Board with its two new Board members (one actually a former Board member and one truly new to the process) at its April meeting by a vote of 9 for and 3 against (with one absentee) to rescind the previous policy and once again permit judges to be identified by name and experience on the application forms as presented to the Judges Review Committee. Thank goodness is the collective sigh by members of the fancy who believe that experience and success in the sport actually counts more than anything else! The fact that of the three who voted in favor to retain “masking” one is the sitting Board Chairman and another is the sitting Vice-Chair (the third is

more involved in Obedience than Conformation) is viewed as troubling as it denotes a deep-seated distrust of the system and perhaps, some may draw the conclusion of even AKC, itself. As has been written many times over this past year, AKC’s process for approving additional breeds is unnecessarily onerous and expensive on the part of everyone involved. For a country this size and with its number of shows a year, AKC needs conformation judges and lots of them. It has to supply them somehow. The problem is whether or not the end result is worth the time and cost incurred. Do we have a better cadre of judges than in years past? Has the system given us a bigger pool of capable, knowledgeable judges than we had back in the days when “one man” made the decision as to who and who could not judge whatever breeds based on his inner instinct? In this day of shuffling paperwork and attending seminars near-and-far, are we better off? It is a fact that regardless of whatever system AKC adopts it presently has some very good judges, many average quality judges and some poor ones. The good ones possess the proverbial “eye” for a dog and are basically artistic in nature; many of the average ones are more technicians than artists – they dissect the dog or a part of the dog as it relates to

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the standard and are unable to “see the forest from the trees.” As for the poor ones, they are in way over their heads not understanding the breed, breed type or anything else. They are the ones who are most likely to just point to a known “face” as anything else. Many average exhibitors just want their dogs to have a good experience in the ring. Sure, they also desire to win but even more important is that they and their dogs have a good time. They want to know that they will have a “fair” shot at winning without being ignored by a judge who looks to that “face” in the crowd, or who appears bored and inattentive, or who is short and abrupt. No system is fool-proof. The former Smith Committee on judging was the closest AKC has come towards acknowledging the different types of judges and speed-tracking those with the proverbial eye while paving the way for the technicians to move forward in a concise manner. The fact that some fanciers complained and led the charge towards dismantling the process is regrettable and is demonstrative of a weak-kneed Board that gave sway under the pressure. What the future will hold is anyone’s guess. Surely the fact that our current Board voted by a majority in an open vote (and not a hidden Executive Session) to eliminate the “masking” concept is a good sign. Hopefully, it will go back and embrace the idea that not all judges are created equal!


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BAbbling

THE BINGO EFFECT and other effects… By Geir Flyckt-Pedersen

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am sure it can be exciting to play Bingo, but must admit I never did, so don’t really know all the rules, but as far as I understand, no skills or merits are involved: If you have the right numbers you win. (Sounds like any other lottery to me!) The use of this word in connection with dog shows started in Scandinavia sometimes in the 1970s and was a description of what seemed to happen quite frequently when certain all round judges were officiating. They definitely wanted to be unpredictable to increase their entries. We all knew, we all showed, we all swallowed our pride at times when defeated by some inferior dogs – as we all knew that next week it might be our dog’s turn. And eventually our patience would be rewarded, but at the same time: What is the value of wins under judges with that kind of attitude? Anyone who has attended a judges’ dinner somewhere in the world has surely been bored by fellow judges bragging about their huge entries- and my personal opinion is that this, although they might be telling the truth is nothing but an attempt at cheap self promotion, and I suspect it sometimes pays off. All over the world there are some excellent judges, knowledgeable, totally credible and honest, but there are also sadly those who play Bingo with the exhibitors. Predictability could in a way be proof that a judge knows what he/ she is looking for and knows what he is doing, but it may naturally also make the entire process rather boring and reduce the number of entries!

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Being true to yourself shouldn’t be a problem, but at times it must be tempting to just do things differently and shock the world! The late Joe Cartledge (husband and creator of Liz) was a very popular judge for terriers in Sweden and Norway- and was always rewarded with excellent entries. And I truly believe he did what he felt was right. In the 1970s he “discovered” a Scottish terrier male that proved to be an English import. The dog had a great career, but whenever Joe was judging the breed or the group for the next couple of years, the dog would be entered, shown and deservedly win. And we all come to expect to be beaten by that dog. I was standing with him at one show. The Scottie entered the ring and Joe’s comment was “Oh, no- he is here! Can somebody please tell that guy not to enter that dog under me again?” For the other exhibitors it made the shows rather predictable- as we felt we knew what would happen, but fortunately Sweden had some excellent terriers at the time, so eventually I think Joe found something to beat him. And if my memory is correct that one defeat ended their loving relationship… In a way you can understand the exhibitor, he knew the judge liked his dog and had a chance to do well, but it ended up looking like “judge abuse”. In Scandinavia, like in the US, the entries in many breeds are small, but still an obstacle you have to face to get into the group ring. And often we all enter more based on group judges than breed judges. Many of the British judges were shocked and surprised when they recognized a dog in their ring they

had previously awarded a Certificate or the Breed. But in my home country Norway, at the regular regional shows, we showed under the same judges over and over again. Nobody seemed to mind although we all knew what was likely to happen. In the UK it is really frowned upon to show a dog to which the judge previously has given a Certificate (CC) (maybe with the exception of Crufts and some breed shows) and I like that system and tradition. Particularly in breeds with large entries. In one of our breeds where in the UK one often had an entry of 200+ the predictability was often amazing. Some judges were famous for putting up the same exhibitors every time- and were rewarded by reciprocation next time the winner judged! Very little grumbling as it was obviously an expected result. Rather surprising that the other 200 exhibitors bothered to show at all, but that to me is proof that particularly in the UK a major dog show was as much a social event as a dog show. And many of the regular exhibitors were ecstatic with joy over winning a class and never expected to EVER win a Challenge Certificate themselves. In those days lots of people from Scotland and Wales showed despite the fact that they were convinced that their “Nationality” would leave them chanceless at shows in England, however outstanding their dogs were. Far too often they were right! But they still entered and they still showed up. Today the picture is of course very different and many of the country’s top dogs are actually bred in Scotland, Wales or N. Ireland. There is really no way we can compare what is happening on the British scene with how things are done over here. One country has in most breeds large entries, for some a full days work for 2 judges, but very few all breed shows. The other mainly small breed entries, but “thousands” of all breed shows. And of course in the US it is Continued on page 62


The Board at its last meeting announced a new procedure with regard to the National Owner-Handled Series (hereinafter referred to as NOHS). All Clubs MUST hold this event effective October 9, 2014 if the Club offers any Competitive Special Event such as Best Puppy, Best Bred By, etc. Additionally the names of the judges for the NOHS MUST be submitted along with the Judging panel for the Conformation show it is to accompany. WHAT IS YOUR OR YOUR CLUB’S REACTION TO THESE POLICY CHANGES? Bob Smith Frankly, I don’t see the relationship between a NOHS special event and any other special event. Furthermore, I think that having more than one special event of this type just prolongs the length of the show unnecessarily. If the NOHS isn’t as popular as we have been led to believe, and it has to be made semi-mandatory, perhaps the clubs are sending a message to the Board. These mandates and the accompanying requirements are just adding more burdens to clubs that are already over burdened. Jay Richardson It would appear to me that this is an attempt to force clubs to hold the NOHS. Many clubs use the special events to meet the requirements to hold a dog show, so the NOHS now takes priority over all the other special events. Putting together a judging panel for this event can be difficult, since it requires that the individual judging the group be approved for at least one breed in the group and AKC does not want the person doing the regular group doing the NOHS group. For clubs with small entries it makes it even more difficult in putting a judging panel together. It is also an event that continues to be confusing for the individuals ring stewarding and judging. As someone who has judged at a number of these events, there always seems to be some confusion at some point over the eligibility of a dog, who should come back to compete, etc. The event has merit and has created interest, but AKC should look at ways to make it easier to hold not more difficult.

the procedure has often not succeeded, and many stewards still don’t understand the process. I have spoken to some stewards, who have stated that they will not work at shows where the NOHS is offered. Many clubs are struggling just to stay afloat, and they are having a great deal of trouble finding stewards, especially those that are knowledgeable. My own club has offered puppy groups for many years, and they have been well received. This new initiative will cause a major hardship for us if we are now forced to participate in the NOHS as well. Like many clubs, we are faced with a dwindling and aging work force. It will be difficult to do any more than we physically are able to do. Let us remember that the other competitive special events are also owner driven, and it would be a shame to jeopardize their continuance. Scheduling for 3 groups will also be a monumental task. The mandate to submit the panel for the Owner Handler Groups at the same time as one would submit the panel for the regular conformation show is also poorly thought out. I submit my panel quite a bit earlier than the minimum 18 week deadline. Having to submit 2 groups of judges will cause more clubs to wait until close to the deadline, thus creating more of a backlog at Event Plans. I could continue indefinitely, but the bottom line is that this ill thought out directive may cause more problems than improvements.

out or show dogs belonging to others as a favor or when ring conflicts came about. Of course there is much more involved in being a “real” Professional Handler. Any person who has a quality dog that can be well presented and the ability to attend shows during the week in addition to weekends on a year-round basis has an advantage for the ratings over those who cannot do so. On the flip side, there are advantages that many owner-handlers have over professionals. Back to the basic question and my opinion. The thought that owner-handled dogs are unable to win when competing against the professional is bogus. An individual working with one dog has a distinct advantage over someone who is working with 10 or 12 dogs. For the most part this “syndrome” is brought about by individuals who do not take the time or make the effort and actually work to make it happen. You need to start with quality dogs, wellconditioned and trained, then it is up to you for the presentation. Typical of today’s world, it is easier to complain than to put in the effort, time and due diligence. Promoting this competition has caused and will cause more divisiveness between the owner-handler and the professional as the biggest complainers are looking for the quick fix and the hand-outs. Having seen nothing to the contrary, I believe it still stands that the group judges for this competition must be approved for one or more groups prior to the assignment. More time, ribbons, meals, lodging, and travel expenses for the clubs. Better get ready for 7AM judging. Most show sites I have seen, will not have enough open ring space to get shows over at a reasonable time or during daylight.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK Polly D. Smith My reaction is if you are going to start with directives such as this WHERE DOES IT END? I was not totally shocked as I know the board is very much in favor of the NOHS. As an aside (I do not understand why the placements that the ownerhandler receives in the regular groups are not counted within the point system of the NOHS.) That said I feel the members of a club are the ones who should have the say on what extra classes they offer or not as long as they are within the guidelines of AKC. Many within our club feel that only one extra class should be held a day so this pretty much means the end to Best Bred By Groups. On the other hand I understand the NOHS will count as a Major educational activity for compliance to hold your show next year.

Joy S. Brewster Interesting! Personally, I am not in favor of this competition and was shocked when I read this edict. I do feel this is being shoved down our throats at the expense of the kennel clubs running shows and trying to maintain a presence and Wendy Willhauck In my opinion, mandating participation in the exist! If the dogs are equal in NOHS for all clubs desiring to offer competi- quality and condition, an ownertive special events such as Puppy and/or Bred handled dog has just as much of by groups is a poorly conceived idea. I fear a chance to win as a dog shown by that instead of increasing participation in a Professional Handler under most the Owner Handler Series, it will cause some judges. The difference being preclubs to drop their other special events. I sentation. It would be my guess support enthusiastically the concept of the that most professional handlers NOHS; implementation, however, is often started out as owner-handlers, not difficult at best. AKC’s efforts to articulate necessarily as breeders. These individuals perfected their presentation, and then were asked to help

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CARL E. GOMES In view of the recent edict from the Board of Directors, it would appear that there needs to be greater input from kennel clubs around the country concerning the actual operation of the event. As an example, is it gaining in popularity in the Midwest and Western states as opposed to the Northeast and the South? Let’s gather some statistics and look at it again.


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NEWS FLASH... Brazen Wins the American Whippet Club National Specialty!

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Thank you, Judges, for these Firsts:

First In Our Hearts

1-5-14 Group First Judge Mr. Steven D. Gladstone

3-21-14 Group First Judge Dr. Robert Indeglia

1-24-14 Group First Judge Mr. Nelson R. Huber

4-5-14 Group First Judge Mr. Jon R. Cole

1-25-14 Group First Judge Dr. Edna K. Martin

4-6-14 Group First Judge Ms. Beverly Capstick

1-26-14 Group First Judge Dr. Daniel W. Dowling

4-11-14 Group First Judge Mr. Alberto Berrios

2-20-14 Group First Judge Mr. James C. Briley

4-12-14 Group First Judge Dr. Robert A. Indeglia

2-22-14 Group First Judge Mr. Allen L. Odom

4-13-14 Group First Judge Mrs. Marilyn C. Spacht

3-8-14 Group First Judge Ms. Bonnie Linnell Clarke

5-2-14 Group First Judge Mr. Charles E. Trotter

3-20-14 Group First Judge Mr. Robert Stein

5-4-14 Group First Mrs. Francine W. Schwartz

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C onnie’s Comments By Connie Vanacore

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comments made by Matt Stander in the April 18th issue of Dog News concerning his “interview” with Chairman Alan Kalter brought to mind my own feelings when reading the sketchy minutes published online of the March annual AKC Board meeting. It was interesting to note that attendance at this meeting was not recorded, an innovation that was first noted in the previous couple of published minutes. Motions made during the course of the meeting were acknowledged by the proposer and the person who seconded a motion, but a recorded roll call was not published for any motions made. Mention was made of the time the meeting was called to order, March 11, 2014 at 2:30 PM. This followed the annual meeting of Delegates. That meeting adjourned at 5:40 and reconvened on Wednesday, March 12 at 8:00 AM with an Executive Session. Nothing was reported out of that session and the Board continued its discussion of the day prior. It seemed somewhat unusual to this reader that judging eligibility concerning one recently seated Delegate was discussed in public forum. In prior matters of this nature I do not recall that these issues made their way into the public meeting minutes. Was the Board trying to set an example as a cautionary tale to others? Probably the most interesting news to come out of that meeting

was discussion dealing with a proposal to recognize and support all breeders who perform health testing recommended by the breed’s Parent Club. Information would be available at no charge to potential buyers. A recognition program would be developed by AKC to benefit breeders who abide by a set of good breeding practices for their breeds. It would appear that the foundation for such a program already exists within many Parent Clubs, and is linked to such organizations that already have databases on dogs tested for various inherited diseases. The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) comes immediately to mind, along with the eye banks, thyroid registries and other databases that already exist. AKC could do a great service to breeders and potential buyers by simplifying the process of listing all a dog’s clearances in one place, with the help of those databases already in existence. There was a discussion about the misuse of dogs labeled as “service dogs” in order to benefit from the access of these dogs onto airplanes or other areas restricted to dogs actually in service.

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The Board issued a statement strongly condemning the use of dogs as service dogs, when they are not. Although a despicable practice, it is hard to imagine how AKC can control this. Who would be the watchdog in these circumstances? Another welcome motion was approved at the board meeting, even though it was not included in the published minutes. The concept of “masking” a judging applicant’s credentials was rescinded. This was one of the most ridiculous rulings this writer ever heard, and one which should have been rejected out of hand when it was first proposed. It was really one of those “What were they thinking??” dictates. Thank goodness, it didn’t last long before it was consigned to the wastebasket where it belonged. AKC and AKC Reunite have reached out to AKC clubs and animal organizations in the wake of the horrendous storms that ravaged the nation last week. The AKC Reunite Canine Support and Relief Fund can provide resources, support and other assistance to not-for-profit animal shelters and similar not-for-profit organizations providing care for pets displaced as a result of natural or civil disasters such as those that swept across the country. The resources can be found by contacting either AKC disaster relief, AKC reunite, or by calling 212-696-8228. Continued on page 66


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COAST to COAST Part TWO

Lilian S. Barber

Forty-eight years with Italian Greyhounds BY MARSHA HALL BROWN

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rom Germany to England, across the Atlantic to New York City and then the long trek west to San Francisco, then to Orinda and finally to Murrieta, California, Lilian Barber is at once settled but still traveling. The blue and white cottage nestled on a level acreage absent of much that is green except for the thick banks of cactus that frame the landscape is home for Lilian and her husband of fifty-five years, Don Barber. Their sense of fun and penchant for the unique is obvious in the front yard where the only little house with a fenced run is not for dogs but is the home of one hundred pound Michelle – also called My Shell, the Sulcata Tortoise. And an eight foot wooden statue of a giraffe is the omnipresent sentinel that watches over the property. While at home Lilian keeps regular hours at the computer corresponding with friends and colleagues around the globe, advising newcomers about puppy care, and keeping up her work as president of the Kennel Club of Palm Springs. With the skills of a veteran journalist and experienced photographer, Lilian has contributed a wealth of information to the dog fancy with her four books on Italian Greyhounds – two of which are now considered classics for the breed: The New Complete Italian Greyhound Continued on page 70


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GVCh. Woodside’s Megabucks Judge Mr. Randy Garren Owners Kiki Courtelis, Joyce Wilkinson, Jody M. & Jason Duin Handler Lenny Brown

Gavilan Kennel Club - Sunday Field Spaniel

GCh. Promenade Pay It Forward Judge Mr. Leonard Reppond Owners Jane Chopson, Jane Schildman, Nicki Kuhn Handler Elizabeth Jordan Nelson Big Spring Kennel Club - Saturday Afghan Hound

GCh. Tells Matrix Reloaded Judge Mr. Edd Bivin Owner Missy Galloway Handler Christian Manelopoulos Continued on page 95

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How did you decide on your kennel name?

Brocaire became my kennel name years ago-a client of mine (with Irish Wolfhounds) picked it because it’s Gaelic for terrier.

What was your most disappointing dog show loss?

Who is/was your mentor in dogs? Norman Austin, Ruth Kraeuchi, Jack Funk and Edna Voyles.

What was your most important dog show win?

When my Bedlington puppy won his first major at the National Specialty held with Morris and Essex in 1956.

The loss and elimination from consideration for BIS under Lee Huggins when my Dandie fell in love with a Miniature Poodle bitch and totally selfdestructed.

Can you forgive and forget?

Which two people would you have face off on “Survivor”?

Yes I can forgive but never forget!

Patti Proctor and John Wade.

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The last book you read?

You get your news from CNN, Fox News, PBS, local or none? CNN and PBS.

Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell.

Bobby Hutton

Would you rather judge or win best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club? I guess judge it.

You would like to be remembered as? A passionate fancier of purebred dogs.

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Testing Finds Melamine, Aflatoxins in Pet Food A local Consumer Council test on dry pet food in Hong Kong has turned up evidence of harmful contaminants such as aflatoxins, melamine, and cyanuric acid in some of the tested products, as reported in an April press release. Aflatoxins have been the cause of a number of recalls in the U.S. in recent years. Melamine imported from China was responsible for the pet food recalls in 2007. By Carlotta Cooper

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ccording to the Consumer Council of Hong Kong, the products which contained these contaminants are unlikely to pose an immediate health risk to pets because of the low levels detected. However, pet owners faced with the problem of choosing safe foods for their pets may feel concerned. Testing Tests were performed on 39 dry pet foods in Hong Kong. Products included 20 dog foods and 19 cat foods. The testing revealed the presence of the known carcinogen aflatoxin B1, as well as the contaminants melamine and cyanuric acid in some of the product samples. Seven products – four dog foods and three cat foods – had trace amounts of aflatoxin B1. The amounts ranged from 1.0 to 2.0 µg/kg dry pet food. Although the products were made by U.S.-based pet food 42 Dog News

manufacturers, the press release did not state where these particular products were produced. Many large pet food manufacturers are global entities and have production facilities in different countries. Ingredients can also be obtained from different source countries depending on the country where the pet food is manufactured. Aflatoxins Aflatoxins are microscopic toxic molds that grow on crops such as corn, sorghum, pearl millet, rice, peanuts, wheat, cottonseed, and nuts from trees. Among the different kinds of aflatoxins, aflatoxin B1 is found on crops most often and it is the most toxic and carcinogenic. When animals are exposed to it, especially long term, it can result in damage to the liver and cirrhosis. Aflatoxins are

also associated with tumors, immune-suppression, and can lead to death. The Consumer Council in Hong Kong reports that the low levels of aflatoxin B1 found in the pet food samples were all well within the safety limits established by the European Union. The EU sets a maximum amount in animal feeds (moisture content of 12 percent ) at 0.01 ppm for foods that are complementary and for complete foods. The Food and Drug Administration in the U.S. likewise has an action level to regulate aflatoxins in animal feeds and ingredients. According to veterinarians, the low amounts of aflatoxin B1 in the test samples should not be a risk for pets who eat the foods on a short term basis. However, if the foods continued to contain aflatoxins, then long term exposure should be avoided because of the health risks. Animals most at risk of harm from aflatoxin B1 are very young animals and pets who are pregnant. Other factors that can affect the level of risk include the animal’s age, overall health, the amount of aflatoxin ingested, and how long the animal is exposed to the mold. Symptoms include lethargy, weakness, loss of appetite, vomiting, and bloody diarrhea. If you suspect your pet might have problems related to aflatoxin, you should take him to the vet for assessment. Melamine And Cyanuric Acid Other contaminants found in the foods tested were two products that contained melamine and two products Continued on page 74


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A Storybook Left: Sam (Clossongrey Truffle Hunter RN Can RN CGN W-FD/MF), one of Heather Van Oene’s Dandie Dinmont Terriers, does some nosework. Above: Sam detects a scent and sticks his nose into the cup where the scent was planted at a nosework competition.

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long-bodied terriers, all named “Mustard” or “Pepper” that Vanbeest Brown discovered when invited to Dandie Dinmont’s farm after he had come to Dinmont’s aid when he was beset by thugs intent on robbing him, ultimately became known in wide sections of the border areas between England and Scotland as Dandie Dinmont’s terriers. After awhile, the possessive form of Dinmont was dropped and the breed became known as Dandie Dinmont Terriers. It was thought that Scott based the Dinmont character on a real-life farmer and terrier owner, James Davidson, who also used the generic names

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of “Pepper” and “Mustard” for his dogs depending upon their coat color with “pepper” assigned to any dog whose coat color ranged from bluish black to silvery grey and “mustard” to dogs whose coats were reddish brown to pale fawn. Davidson kept meticulous records of his breeding and is generally recognized as the progenitor of the modern Dandie Dinmont Terrier. Since the breed’s original purpose was to hunt badger and otter, the Dandie is quite athletic and is capable of succeeding in a number of dog sports. “Dandies are capable of so many things. They are smart and it is just a matter of finding sports that excite something in both the dogs and their owners

that makes them want to continue. I’ve seen many dogs in the ring that clearly were not happy. A sport needs to be fun and have variety for my dogs and I. We will be successful at it if those two aspects are present. One of the greatest problems with Dandies is that they get bored very easily. So, anything you do with them has to have variety and it has to be fun,” said Heather Van Oene, who owns Sam (Clossongrey Truffle Hunter RN Can RN CGN W-FD/ MF) and Gracie (Meriglen Gracie Mae CGN RN TDI W-HDFD WHDFD/MF Excellent.) “Dandies are a very confident breed,” said France Roozen, who owns Joie (Ch Windsedge Joie of Dunsandle


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Sam doing one of his freestyle moves with Van Oene.

Joie (Ch Windsedge Joie of Dunsandle VCD1 CDX ME RN), France Roozen’s Dandie, has titles in conformation, agility, rally, obedience, tracking and is a master earthdog. Slicker (Ch Mollibay’s A Hard Rain’s a Gonna Fall AX OAJ), Christine Maxfield’s and Barbara Baese’s Dandie is a happy agility dog.

Above: Gracie (Meriglen Gracie Mae CGN RN TDI W-HDFD WHDFD/MF Excellent) and Heather Van Orne doing their freestyle routine.

VCD1CDX ME RN.) “They like to try new things. The challenge is to convince them that they should work at a skill a little longer than they believe they need to. Dandies are increasingly rare so to see one holding their own in performance and companion events is unusual, to say the least. The most difficult activity I’ve undertaken with my Dandies has been obedience because it requires more rigorous training and boring repetitions. The aim in obedience as in other activities however, is to keep

a happy attitude in your Dandie. Dandies think all the areas where they compete such as earthdog, obedience and tracking are just one glorious game. They love being with people, being outdoors, being included and demonstrating what dandy little dogs they really are.” While a Dandie Dinmont Terrier is not the first breed to come to mind when thinking of agility dogs, according to Christine Maxfield who, with Barbara Baese, owns Slicker (Ch Mollibay’s

“Dandies are increasingly rare so to see one holding their own in performance and companion events is unusual, to say the least.”

A Hard Rain’s a Gonna Fall AX OAJ), but they can be a lot of fun in that sport. “Dandies like to be with their owners so agility works with them. When I became interested in agility, I had a Dandie (Happy Tales Silver Thread OA OJP) that became the first one in the breed to title in agility. The only problem, and this is true for any breed, is that it takes years of preparation to teach a Dandie to read your body language and understand the name of the different obstacles. They have to be able to interpret the signals you are sending them quickly and precisely while they are on the course so they can run to that obstacle and be ready to run Continued on page 80

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AThought To Consider Help! My Eyes Are Bigger Than My Dog Room. by Seymour Weiss

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y their most basic nature, dogs are attractive: sometimes too attractive. While this is a very simplistic observation, it resonates mightily of a truth most dog fanciers must come to grips with at some point in the course of participating in the common bond that links us all. For we who are drawn to Canis, whether for companionship or competition or both, we must recognize when we are at risk of a personal crisis that goes with a personal population explosion. And then we must do something to correct it before the adjustment is taken out of our direct control. In most communities there is a limit on the number of dogs one may legally maintain. However, keeping one step ahead of animal control remains one of the most time-honored (?) activities dog people engage in. Consider the fancier who lives where she is allowed to keep a limit of only three dogs, but has twelve. If all her dogs are of the same breed and the same color and/or markings, she has a fair shot at getting away with playing a long term game of chicken with local authorities. But she still takes a chance of getting found out eventually, especially if one of her neighbors takes a dim view of living near a kennel, even a hobby kennel. I once knew a family in just such a situation. These folks lived in a residential neighborhood and bred English Springer Spaniels; all their dogs were liver and white and they made sure to let only two or three dogs out at a time. I never heard whether these good people ever got caught, but I like to think they got away with their benign violation of the local regulations. But even if population limits do not factor into a specific situation, a fancier can paint himself into a corner that can be very difficult to get out of.

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The specter of kennel blindness has been with us since the beginning of dog shows. A litter is born and there is one puppy, maybe two that is / are just too good to part with. Eventually one puppy develops a blemish that goes unnoticed (maybe) by the breeder, but the puppy stays. If this scenario plays out often enough, one may find themselves with a collection of dogs of dubious merit. Such dogs may not be very competitive and their breeding potential may be questionable. These are the dogs that would have been so much happier placed in pet homes as young puppies. We cannot keep everything we breed and we may not always happen upon new owners who may be willing to show and breed; nice if we can but it’s nothing we can realistically bank on. At the risk of appearing to tell you, my esteemed readers, what to do with your dogs, it would be much wiser to limit numbers and keep quality high so that each dog you have contributes to the total merit of your breeding effort.

Thus far, my comments have been directed to those who restrict themselves to one breed only. But it often happens that a fancier can be drawn to multiple breeds and that can lead to multiple problems. In our present culture of accelerated recognition of emerging breeds, it can be very easy to take on a breed one didn’t even know existed even two or three years ago. Add a second breed to your home and you amplify everything in the fancier’s experience: more dogs, more breedings, more puppies, more clubs and on it goes. Some people can juggle busy personal schedules better than others, but everyone should be able to apportion their time and priorities without going nuts – or negatively impacting their dogs!

But even if one takes on multiple long-established breeds, there is still the risk of spreading oneself too thin. If you go into a fine restaurant and order a prime rib, would you set it aside at the sight of a succulent lobster on its way to delight another diner? Your capacity is what it is and most of us are not Henry VIII, nor would we wish to be. The lobster may look better than the steak from a distance, but could you do justice to both? Would you be able to enjoy both as much? It’s the same with keeping dogs, and it’s too easy to get in over your head. It’s important to know what you, as a dog keeper, can handle and impose your own limits on your household population. Better to do that than to have them set for you by a government agency. Remember also, your dogs, my dogs, everyone’s dogs are living things. And living things are NOT a low priority. We all understand that the life of a show dog is not like that of a house pet, but it can and should encompass the enrichment components to keep dogs happy. There can be no valid reason for any dog to languish its life away in a crate while its owner thinks about where it might be shown – if it might be shown. If you aren’t planning to put a dog in the ring and will not include it in your breeding program, that dog is best served in another home where it gets more personal attention. It’s a wise dog keeper that recognizes when there are too many anxious sets of eyes in the home hoping for a little personal attention: eyes that could be happily focused on a new owner in a new environment. I have a friend that wisely observes that the pets are really the lucky ones. Those are the ones that own the couch and get happily spoiled rotten. Here’s one final thought; many caring dog keepers have reached an age where the daily care and personal management of multiple dogs becomes more challenging than it would be for a younger person. Indeed, these same senior fanciers were very capable in the green days of their youth. For this reason, when the time comes to reduce numbers because one must, it is simple good sense to have control over numbers before those numbers overwhelm and drastic solutions must come into play. Our dogs do so much for us; we owe them the assurance that our dog rooms never become sardine cans. Thank you for reading.


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Prison Program Helps Dogs, Inmates & Veterans By Erika Webb

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attlegrounds come in many forms. They are in foreign lands where young soldiers lose their lives or suffer so much trauma the lives they bring back don’t seem worth living. Daily battles are waged on the streets where unwanted animals live, scavenging for food and in want of medical attention, love and shelter. Their best hope often is a sterile facility where at least the pain of trying to live is stopped. Too often battlefields are homes inhabited by young children, many of whom grow up without the right kind of care and wind up in the justice system. Matthew Sviben spent 23 years in the U.S. Army, three tours in Iraq and two in Afghanistan. “Initial invasions, good times,” he said with an edge. He is 45 years old, or as he likes to put it, “22 with 23 years of experience.” Mr. Sviben jokes around a lot. Raw pain seeps through the banter. In today’s world, video games have become reality, he said. Retired in 2012, part of Mr. Sviben’s career cache includes mild traumatic brain injuries, which are typically from explosions, “IEB’s hitting the vehicles,” he explained. He looked at several programs for veter-

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“It’s designed to provide a “no kill” alternative for shelter dogs to have a second chance at a good life.”

ans to adopt companion dogs, but he said many of them had a daunting application process, including 50-page forms to fill out. Mr. Sviben’s mother heard about Paws of Freedom on the news and contacted Jennifer Muni-Satoff, a mental health social worker at the Veterans Administration Daytona Beach Clinic. Prison Pups N Pals, a collaborative effort between Tomoka Correctional Institution, Halifax Humane Society and the West Volusia Kennel Club, aims to save lives. So does its offshoot, Paws of Freedom, which utilizes the original program to help veterans by training dogs for placement with them. Started in 2010, Prison Pups N Pals follows others like it throughout the Florida Prison system. It’s designed to provide a “no kill” alternative for shelter dogs to have a second chance at a good life. Beyond that, training and caring for the animals is a way for inmates to positively Continued on page 84


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s the weather begins to heat up around the country after a prolonged winter and storm filled spring, there will be those inevitable announcements of a dog in danger in a hot automobile. While warnings are issued every year, more needs to be done to prevent the accidental injuries and deaths of dogs left in vehicles under extreme temperatures. In New York the Senate Agricultural Committee was considering a bill as this issue of Dog News went to press that seeks to further protect and prevent dogs being left in dangerous conditions.

Senate Bill 6418 would allow police and peace officers to remove companion animals from a vehicle if the confinement may place the animal in imminent danger of death of serious physical injury. This amends current law, which only allows for the removal of an animal if the conditions are placing the animal in danger. In addition, the bill also removes the word “knowingly” from current law, so that anyone who violates the law – knowingly or otherwise – will be held accountable and will be fined no less than $250 nor more than $500 for a first offense and no less than $500 nor more than $1000 for a second and subsequent offenses (which would hopefully never occur). Current law contains exemptions if the vehicle is properly ventilated or if there is other protection against extreme temperatures – alarm systems, for instance, which ring if the temperature reaches a certain point, or a ‘hot dog’ feature that rolls down the windows at a certain temperature so the dogs can escape. Current law also allows for law enforcement to remove the animal from the vehicle if the driver of the vehicle cannot be promptly located,

provided they leave a written notice with the name of the officer who removed the animal and the location where the animal will be taken. Kudos to Sen. Ken Lavalle, who introduced the bill in the Senate, and to Assemblyman Fred Thiele, who introduced the bill in the Assembly. This bill deserves the backing of everyone, as it holds all dog owners further accountable when traveling with their pets. This is a serious issue that unfortunately has surfaced everywhere from shopping mall parking lots to dog shows and has affected pets, show dogs and law enforcement K9s. Hopefully other legislatures will follow suit and use Senate Bill 6418 as a template to draft legislation in their own states to further protect the health of all dogs. A second bill being considered in New York this week, Senate Bill 1495, would criminalize pet theft. Once again, the feeling here is it’s about time. While current law in NY declares theft of certain property grand larceny in the fourth degree, those properties do not include a pet dog or cat that is taken from a dwelling, enclosure or yard on the owner or a custodian’s property. This bill seeks to close that gaping omission. Actually, the bill should go one step further and address the circumstance of pets stolen when not on the owner or custodian’s property as well, but at least this is a start. This bill, like SB 6418, should also be a no-brainer for the Senate Codes Committee to vote unanimously in favor of, but we all know there’s no certainty when it comes to these matters and nothing should ever be taken for granted. This bill has been carried over since 2013 (it was first introduced by Sen. Carl Marcellino and prefiled on January 9, 2013) and if passed would go into effect come November 2014.

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eanwhile on the left coast, there is much rejoicing in California this week following the announcement from Assemblyman Mike Gatto that AB 2343, which contained provisions that would have allowed for-profit companies the legal right to take animals immediately on intake from shelters and sell them for any reason, has been pulled. This was a contentious battle that drew the ire of many from all sides but the end result is hopefully that the real agenda of the HSUS and one of its lobbyists, Jennifer Fearing, has been exposed not only on the state level but nationally as well. Wayne Pacelle, the President of the HSUS, put forth the argument that allowing animals to leave shelters upon intake would “reduce overcrowding, disease and result in more lives saved.” In actuality, allowing animals to leave shelters upon intake without a holding period would reduce the likelihood of animals being reunited with their rightful owners. California currently allows for animals to leave shelters after a period of 72 hours, which is on the low end, but only to non-profit organizations. Many states allow for owners to have up to five or seven days in order to find their pets in the shelter system should they become lost. Not every dog or cat is microchipped, not every scanner picks up a chip, identification tags get lost or torn, and some shelters aren’t sufficiently equipped, funded or staffed to get photos on Facebook or on their websites in the timeliest manner. Allowing adequate recovery time for pets and owners to be reunited is responsible and humane; allowing for-profit groups or individuals to swoop in, grab as many animals as they can at intake and sell them for anything from research to dissection to dogfighting rings is more than irresponsible it’s downright reprehensible. Nathan J. Winograd, Executive Director of the National No Kill Advocacy Center and a past guest lecturer at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine on animal sheltering ethics writes, “The fact that animal lovers won on this score and Gatto was forced to retract a very harmful bill is in no way a disservice to animals; it protected them. And Mike Gatto learned a valuable lesson: when it comes to shelter reform, blind faith in HSUS puts you on the wrong side of the animals, animal lovers, progress, and history. To the extent that this might make Gatto and others less likely to introduce harmful legislation proposed by HSUS in the future, the animals, again, come away the winners.” With donations to HSUS down a reported 13 per cent last year, to the tune of $20 million, and the latest Charity Navigator report card issuing the organization a grade of C-, stating that it spends $42 to raise $100 and spends as little as 55 per cent of its budget on program expenses, perhaps the general public is finally coming to grips with the fact that the HSUS does not have the best interest of animals in mind. All dog owners are encouraged to continually and respectfully engage, enlighten and warn legislators about the real agenda of the HSUS and its attempt to introduce laws that greatly affect the lives of animals and the rights of their owners.


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Whippet Happiness in Hunt Valley, Maryland Like the faithful on a pilgrimage to Mecca, Whippet folk from all around the world headed to Hunt Valley, Maryland for the American Whippet Club National Specialty Show April 19 through 26. They came from Hungary and Finland, Baltimore and Modesto, and everywhere in between.

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nd like the dictum in the Quran, there was a sign on the ballroom door, “Only Whippets May Enter!” (Non-Muslims are not allowed to enter Mecca, either). Although ranking only #52 in AKC breed popularity, Whippets have the fifth largest national specialty in the country! Only Poodles, Labs, Goldens and Collies have bigger nationals. One club member commented, “Does this mean that every Whippet born goes to the national?” Maybe not every single one, but a lot of them do. Lure coursing, agility, and other events drew even more Whippets to Hunt Valley. Activities began with lure coursing on the

weekend, a massive entry with 160 running Saturday and 130 running Sunday. Agility trials were Saturday. Monday and Tuesday saw big entries in Obedience and Rally, while other Whippets took CGC tests and had their hearts and eyes tested in health clinics. There was never a lack of things to do.


One of the evening events that Whippeteers look forward to is “Whippet Idol,” a rough approximation of the wildly popular television show, “American Idol.” The people who take part are truly an embarrassment to the Whippet community. They have no shame. Singing, dancing, and drinking went on long into the night. There were three judges (Scot Northern, Rhonda Gifford, Brad Briscoe) who

encouraged Whippet folk to make outrageous fools of themselves. The event is organized by National Show Chair Cindy Scott, who takes part in an indecorous lead-in act. This year it was “YMCA” by the Village People, with participants CJ Miller, Cindy Scott, Tad Brooks, Brad Briscoe, David Samuelson, and Todd Miller as the Indian, who costumed Continued on page 82

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me the perfect venue for a dog show is Tinicum Park in Erwinna Pa’s Bucks County and this year’s show only reinforced that belief. Aside from the fact that the surrounding area is one of the most picturesque and historically beautiful in the Northeast the attitude at the show is as upbeat and genuinely dog oriented as most any all-breed you will attend anyplace in the world. Everyone in attendance just seems to enjoy themselves tremendously. This event should be a must on every dog show goer’s list of “have to attend shows” at least once in a lifetime. If there is a drawback to the site it is those abysmal roach coaches, which provide the food. I guess the Park forces the club to use them for the general public. There has to be a better way and let’s hope that the new show chairman to be Bill Burland can overcome this problem. These food vans were a thorn in Dr. Deubler’s side, too, I know but perhaps Bill can pull some sort of magic strings and change this troublesome, continuous problem. The entry was very close to 2,000 with some truly lovely classes of English Setters, Labs, and Flat Coats as well as some glorious Mastiffs and Smooth

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Collies, too. The rains poured down for Best but up until then the weather was typical Bucks, warm and cold, cloudy and sunny but basically dry. We watched Best from the confines of our car as the Bouvier des Flandres guided by Greg Strong was awarded Best. Missing from the show were most of the higher Staff officers at AKC, who I assure you would have been present were “Doc” still alive, as well as every single Board Member absent with the exception of Pat Cruz. Amazing to think that this could be the case but c’est la vie one has to suppose and not too kindly at that either was my reaction for sure. The next day Trenton held its much more spectator oriented show at the spacious and spread out Mercer County Park. For what the show is it is as good as they come with massive rings and an almost state fair attitude, which is fun and totally different than the more compact show of the day before. Both achieve a friendly atmosphere but unfortunately Trenton got hit with some not so nice weather as tents were knocked down by the winds and Best did not occur until after 7pm I am told. We were long gone

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not at all taboo to show the same dog, even if it wins, under the same judge a multitude of times. In many breeds that is virtually impossible to avoid if you are campaigning a dog to compete for Top Dog or break breed records. I think it must be rather irritating if you have a favorite dog that follows you to every show where you judge the group or Best in Show! Still it happens all the time over here. I don’t think there is any limit as to how many Best in Show assignments a judge may accept per year- and some of the most popular ones are known to do quite a lot of them. Having never seen any numbers, I wonder how much influence one single judge may have on the result for Top Dog any given year. Today some of the dogs in the running for the ultimate title are flying all over the country wherever the judge is favorable to them. This fact has of course led to a lot of grumbling arguing THE that the average exhibitor, with average means, has no chance in hell to compete at the top level. I think it would be a brilliant idea to copy the Scandinavian system (at least as it used to be) where only your 10 best shows count- and where larger entries also gave more points. Of course we did not have the number of shows to choose from as you have over here, so to succeed all the top dogs were competing against each other at all the major shows, which made each win so much more meaningful. And the Ultimate Win so much more appreciated and exciting. It is a little sad that you hear stories about how handlers of top dogs agree not to compete against each other and agree to go in different directions most weeks. In days gone by, to become a Norwegian champion you had to win a Challenge Certificate at the annual Oslo show, which meant that all breeds had decent entries. I think France has the same system. You have to win at the annual Paris show to get your title, which certainly affects the entries positively. I don’t think a system like that would in any way be possible over here, but how to make a few more

also relieve some of the Best in Show and group judges from the trauma of being followed by the same dogs –their declared favorites- wherever they go. I would love to see a list that shows how some of our top judges by favoring one particular dog, individually by awarding the same dog one BIS after another have been able to decide the winner? Interesting reading I would assume? To have all the top dogs present and competing against one another was definitely making some of the British as well as Scandinavian shows more exciting- and in particular the final few shows of the year. Not only for the exhibitors involved, but also for the general public and the publicity in the media which attracted more interest and even spectators. In my opinion, if we want this sport to survive and BINGO EFFECT and other effects… be of interest to the general public, we have to let them know that we exist. I felt so sorry for all the exhibitors Don’t forget that people still who had traveled for days believing that read newspapers, watch televibased on entries there would be majors sion and listen to radio and the in their breeds, just to arrive and find more insight we give them about that the majors were broken… this peculiar dog world, the more I think a Champion should still be a interest we can generate. Which Champion. In many countries they have is hopefully what we all are aimcome up with ideas and systems that ing for. give your dog a Champion title, but a I suppose betting is not as title that is worth nothing. The fact that common in this country as in the you anywhere in the world can get a UK, but this year a lot of attention champion title without ever having met was caused by the fact that the or beaten another dog is ridiculous- but betting shops evidently refused what is even more ridiculous is if you can bets on the eventual winner…for be Top Dog of The Year in any country some obscure reason! But it gave without in theory having faced, met or the sport a lot of attention and beaten any of your most prominent oppublicityand if this was taken ponents! advantage of- lots of opportuniI personally think it would be a brilties to put the world right regardliant idea to select 10 or 20 shows a ing all the misconceptions about year- on rotation based upon the overpure bred dogs versus those all entries of the shows- which were the mixes which today are presented only shows giving qualifying points for as better and healthier alternathe Top Dog of the Year! With 10 or 20 tives…. different Best in Show judges and no Something those of us who repeat performance from any group consider ourselves serious breedjudge… ers know can never be proved a This way we would not only get truth! We will continue to fight some shows with better entries, but and protect our own little corner would also have the treat of seeing the and hopefully ”the world“ will best dogs in the country face to face come to its senses... and competing against each other. And shows more attractive to class dogs is another issue. As most of you know, in the UK allocation of sets of CCs per breed and year is based on numbers, previous entries I think. Three of the shows are “above” any rule- and offer CCs to all breed with CC status: Crufts, one of the Scottish KC shows and Belfast, N. Ireland. After having witnessed the lack of support by class dogs at Westminster as well as the AKC show, wouldn’t it be a brilliant idea to guarantee majors in all breeds at these 2 shows to increase the entries and interest? And if the entries were over a certain number, even a double major?

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The AKC Government Relations Department has grown from a small group of dedicated employees to a major resource to support dog owners, communities and state governments as these entities struggle with the ongoing problems of dog ownership throughout the country. Every local and state government body should be aware of the resources available through this department. Local and state dog clubs of every stripe can play a role in seeing that their jurisdictions are current on pending or existing legislation that would affect their rights as owners and breeders. Every club should have a government relations person, whose job it is to keep abreast of pending legislation (both good and bad) that would affect dog ownership issues in their communities. There is nothing closer to home than a home with pets, and there is no group of people closer to the issues of pet ownership than AKC’s constituents. No matter where you live, dogs play a role in your lives and the lives of your communities. Getting involved in a positive way with local dog owners and all those who provide goods and services to them is a great way to foster good will. As for politicians, any positive interactions between dog owners and the public can only be beneficial to them. What a good way for kids to learn first hand about how government works than to give them an opportunity to interact with local legislative representatives when laws come up for review or action. In the wake of the terrible weather that has raced across the country is it necessary to remind folks that the outdoor show season is in full swing? It is smart to take

extra precautions when traveling to shows and other outdoor activities with your dogs. There is plenty of advice out there, but how many of us really abide by it? Simple things can make the difference between a pleasant day at a show and a disaster. Here are just a few: Carry your own bottled water. Not only will is save trekking around the show grounds hunting for a faucet, it could prevent serious stomach upsets. Carry your own shade cloths and keep an eye on the sun as it moves across the show and parking areas. It is surprising how many people think that they will be in perpetual shade from morning until afternoon, never thinking about the dogs left under the tent or in the car. Feed lightly before showing your dog. It does not need a full meal before going into the ring, nor does it need a fist full of liver to gain its attention. Treat every show as a new experience, especially for puppies. Make it fun. Don’t expect your new “great one” to start off like a seasoned veteran. One of the most frequent errors that owners and handlers make is to expect a client’s new dog to perform like a pro, or a puppy to be anything but bewildered, wildly out of control or terrified. It’s just a game, folks, so as the long, hot days of summer unfold, keep that thought in mind. Common sense comes with age (sometimes) and practice (usually), so if you know your dog hates the heat, or if the humidity is off the charts, chalk it up to a bad day at the beach and don’t show. There’s always another point at another show, but a really horrible experience for your dog can ruin a promising career. Finally, the never-ending topic

“It’s just a game, folks, so as the long, hot days of summer unfold, keep that thought in mind.”

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of clubs holding two shows in one day has come around again. If I recall, this concept took hold during World War II during the time of gas shortages and later when gas prices went through the roof. Now we are used to gas prices going up. (They never seem to go down, do they?) However, entries at independent shows are dropping dramatically in some areas, prompting clubs to have daytime and evening shows in order to provide extra sets of points. At least, I assume that is the reason clubs would want to expend the extra manpower and effort it takes to run concomitant events. Who benefits from these two-a-day shows? The professional handlers, I suppose, would charge double their fees for single show days. Owners with single or two dog entries could pick up additional points on one day/evening event, if they were lucky.

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about the dogs? Those who are seasoned travelers, do well in crates and are of stable personalities could probably do fine. What about the owners, handlers, assistants and rookies brought along to do the grunt labor? Are they fine, too? It would seem that in order to care for a string of dogs with double grooming, double feeding, double exercising, it would be a grueling experience for all involved. Who gets short shrift from this arrangement? The dogs, of course! They don’t ask to be crated twentytwo hours a day (assuming they get to exercise once in a while and stand around in the show ring for a while). Have we so totally forgotten our roots that we consider it acceptable to subject these animals to treatment similar to chickens in a coop? Where is the fun in that? Dog shows used to be fun. Now, not so much, it seems to this writer! Will adding another show to a two or three-day weekend make up for the lack of entries for the clubs or the lack of points for the exhibitors? It is too soon to tell, but the outcome will be interesting.


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As the song

says, “Celebrate good times!”* We surely did celebrate at the 19th American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club National-- celebrated 20 years of our formation and amazing growth as a club, celebrated the great dogs that are our passion, and celebrated all the people who sustained us and gave us the incentive to grow and prosper. With a record entry of 398 dogs with 559 entries plus 45 in Rally and 72 in Agility, Cavaliers were certainly on parade at the Radisson Camp Hill in Harrisburg, PA during the week of April 21-24. From the very first night, with a Welcome Party second to none in camaraderie and good food to boot, the week kicked off on a rousing happy note. Much to his surprise, Rick Alexander, redoubtable head of our Oversight Committee, received the AKC Good Sportsmanship award— congratulations, Rick! Seemingly everywhere at once, Rick helps us out on so many levels—always with a smile (well, almost always ). Monday morning, bright and very early (at 7 AM), Lamont Yoder of Arizona stepped into the ballroom to begin his Futurity judging of 32 young Cavaliers. Nominated before four months of age, and produced by dams that were nominated before Show Chair Tina Sterling with fanciers

Grand Sweeps Winner with Judge David Frei • photo by Winning Image

A Susquehanna The 19th Annual American Cavalier King Charles

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they whelped, the Futurity is a true breeder showcase event. No stranger to the show ring, Lamont is one of the intrepid 12 who founded the American King Charles Spaniel Club all those 20 years ago. When all the shouting had died down, 2 hopefuls stood in the big ring—the Best Junior from 9-12, ORCHARD HILL DOUBLE TOUGH (Breeders E.and R. Venier. Owners—Shirley Fippin & Claire Parker & Rachel Venier), and the Blenheim boy from 15-18, already a CH of record, ALTHOF OVER N OUT (Bred by Connie Hansen and owned by Connie Hansen and Julie Kriebs). Owner handled by Connie. The Grand Prize (and plenty of ‘loot’) on the day went to the older boy, CH ALTHOF OVER N OUT. His mom was WB in 2010 at the Orlando National, so his genes were no stranger to the limelight! David Frei from NYC, not only “the voice of Westminster” but also founder of Angel on a Leash and a great friend to the ACKCSC, judged a grand entry of 102 in Puppy Sweeps and 17 in Veteran Sweeps just as soon as the Futurity concluded. The Best Veteran in Sweeps award, with nary a dry eye evident at ringside, went to the vivacious Tri girl from 7-9 Years, CH FLYING COLORS TIRAMISU (Breeder-C. Gish. Owner-Annette Edwardson). The Best in Sweepstakes award went to the 9-12 Black and Tan bitch all the way from Iowa, NORDIC HILLS STORMY WEATHER— bred and owned by Kim and Jason Maret. BOS in Sweeps to the 15-18 Blenheim boy from NC, STEPAMGAR SKYFALL (Breeders— Janes & Linda Shreffler,

owners James Shreffler & Michelle Jones). And did I mention…we had piano music as an accompaniment from ringside!? Always something different at the ACKCSC extravaganza. In the meantime, if that wasn’t enough excitement for you, Rally & Obedience classes were being held in a second ballroom just off the main corridor to the Continued on page 88

All the Major Winners through Nine Awards of Merit

David Frei, Judge Jeanie Montford, and Patty Kanan

Owner of Best of Breed Winner and Judge Jeanie Montford

Celebration!

Winners Dog & Best of Winners

Spaniel Club National Specialty

Story & photos by Stephanie Abraham

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Lilian S. Barber

COAST to COAST

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Ch. La Scala Il Leone Di Tucker on his way to title at Long Beach 1991 (Photo by Bergman)

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and The Italian Greyhound, 21st Century. Other published works are The Italian Greyhound Guide, The Complete Italian Greyhound, and her autobiography, My Mother Never Taught Me Songs. But Lilian is still traveling. Off to dog shows locally and in other states, she has piloted her own dogs to one hundred championships, specialty wins, national specialty wins and a coveted Best Owner Handler in Show at Santa Ana Valley Kennel Club in 2012. Her IG’s today all go back to her original bitch, Davette’s Tina Carlotta, CD with carefully thought out infusions of both line bred individuals and outcrosses. One observation that Lilian has made over the years is that too many breeders keep only bitches and in a breed with a limited gene pool, that can be a detriment over time. The Barber’s La Scala Kennels does keep males and has been successful in doing so as evidenced by the top producing Ch. La Scala Il Leone Di Tucker, which sired twenty champions out of ten different bitches. Another male, Am. and UK Champion Artemis Simone Di La Scala, bred by Lilian and Belinda Lazzar and now owned by Jo Amsel in the United Kingdom, has been the top IG stud in England for several years and was also the top Toy Breed stud.

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s a judge, Lilian has officiated at specialty and all breed shows in the United States, Italy, Japan, and Australia. She is also approved for seven other Toy breeds and JS. With an eye to the future, Lilian is planning one or two new litters this year. And whenever the opportunity presents itself Lilian Barber is ready to travel.

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Best In Show Owner Handler, Lilian Barber, at Santa Ana in 2012 with Ch. Peonya do Br Reino (Photo by Bergman)

Italian Greyhound Club of America National Specialty 1978, Galveston, TX – a major win for Ch. Ballatella Di La Scala

2008 National Specialty Best of Breed winner under Rick Weyrich, Ch. Voici Azzurra Di La Scala (Photo by Cook)


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Our sincere appreciation to Judge Mr. Richard Lashbrook for this recent win.

The Best In Show & Best In Specialty Show Winning

GCh. Gracyn Lost Creek The Descendant Of Elan Owners: Jon & Sue Finck and John & Jessie Gerszewski Breeders: Marshall Stoner and Karen McCance Dog News 71


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lubs have been the keystones in enabling Take The Lead to provide education to members of the fancy, provide opportunities to support annual membership as well as opportunities for fund raising events in conjunction with their shows. There are a myriad of ways in which a club may support Take The Lead. A Club may offer space to set up a membership and educational booth at their event. This may be expanded to be an opportunity to do different forms of fundraising activities. A popular fundraiser is “Chuck A Duck”. We have invested in flocks of ducks that we can provide to a club with the appropriate directions for rental. The size of the flock is 100 and the ducks are rented for $5 to attendees at the show. At an appointed time, usually before Groups start or BIS a children’s wading pool is placed in the center of the ring and all duck renters are assembled to Chuck their rented ducks. The duck landing closest to the center of the pond is the lucky winner of half of the rental pot. The ducks are numbered and each renter receives a card with their duck’s number allowing us to verify the winning duck tosser. Winners of the duck toss have been very generous, donating some or all of the winnings back to Take The Lead. Raffles throughout the day at the Take The Lead Booth have become another means in which clubs and individuals can support the fundraising efforts. Clubs and members may coordinate theme baskets or items to donate to the raffle as well as solicit raffle items from the vendors attending their shows. The creativity of the items donated to the raffles is amazing, ranging from the ever popular “ It is five o’clock somewhere” Cocktail themed baskets, to Margarita makers, “Coffee Makers”, Holiday themed baskets, regional baskets, and the ever popular wine assortments top the popularity list. A recent addition to the donations from area Reproductive Specialists has been an assortment of services including progesterone testing, semen collection and storage for a year, ever popular and incents client to purchase lots of tickets. We have been fortunate to have continuous support from so many individuals and companies. Our appreciation to all who support our events and raffles with their wonderful, creative donations In the Northeast we are forever grateful for the artistic talent of Joan Scott who assists in putting together theme baskets and decorating the tables at multiple booths and events throughout the year. What if your club wishes to hold an event to support Take The Lead? The inaugural event was a cocktail party held the Thursday night prior the Tuxedo Park Kennel Club show in September of 1993. This was followed by what has become the annual Holiday Party held in conjunction with Eastern Dog Club in early December.

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If a Club or Cluster wishes to be involved with coordinating an event in conjunction with their shows things to consider: space and location of the party, theme, and most importantly how the party will be underwritten to allow it to be a successful fundraiser. One of the first fundraising parties which continue to be an annual Holiday party is held in conjunction with Eastern Dog Club. The donation of baskets and raffle items grows each year. The theme and decorating for the party is coordinated by Joan Scott with her band of merry elves, Whitney Perry and Sue King, who transform the host locations to Holiday Celebrations! Everyone in New England looks forward to our annual holiday gathering. The Take the Lead Board is fortunate to have as a member Michael Faulkner. His professional career includes fundraising and he has coordinated unique and fun parties, the most recent was at the Middle Peninsula Kennel Club of Virginia show this past January. The show is held at the Richmond Raceway Complex, in Richmond,VA. Attendees participated in changing tires in a simulated pit stop to racing miniature cars on a track. Probably his greatest talent has been his skill as an auctioneer, including tripling the earnings for the evening when auctioning off a gourmet dinner prepared in your own home; complete with wine. Bidding was consistent between three attendees at the dinner, at the point when a generous donation was being offered; it was asked if all bidders would be willing to be winners at that point? As a result, Michael provided three gourmet dinners and raised a substantial donation for Take The Lead in one evening. The Tar Heel Cluster in March has become an annual celebration for Take The Lead, with an extensive raffle table and on alternating years a party right on the Fair Grounds allowing easy access for everyone attending the shows. Live music and dancing the night away has become the theme! The Harvest Moon cluster consisting of Del Valle Dog Club of Livermore and Skyline Kennel Club have hosted parties over the years including an auction of artwork created by members of the fancy and most recently a comedy night. These are only a few examples of what has been done, the ideas for fun are endless, and it just takes some creativity and desire to create an evening of fun to benefit those in our sport who may need assistance. Take The Lead appreciates the support that All Breed and Specialty Clubs have provided over the years which have provided camaraderie, good times and support to this worthwhile cause. If your club has the interest to host a booth or coordinate an event please contact the office : Take The Lead PO Box 6353 Watertown, NY 13601 800-814-1123 FAX: 315-786-1874


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Testing Finds Melamine, Aflatoxins in Pet Food Continued FROM page 42

with cyanuric acid. Both contaminants were found in very small amounts. Melamine was identified as the crucial factor in the 2007 pet food recalls. While it is a contaminant, it is also a non-protein nitrogen. That means when ingredients like corn gluten are tested for their nitrogen content, a supplier could cheat the testing by substituting some melamine for the more expensive gluten which contains protein. A pet food manufacturer would believe they are buying pure corn gluten when, in fact, they have been cheated. As a result, melamine can find its way into the pet food supply as it did in 2007 when thousands of cats and dogs died from eating this dangerous contaminant which can cause renal failure. Many pet food manufacturers now test for melamine (and the related cyanuric acid) before making pet food. The maximum melamine level in animal feeds, according to the United Nations’ food standards body Codex Alimentarius Commission, the FDA and the EU, is 2.5 mg/kg. While four foods tested did show some small amount of melamine and cyanuric acid, they were below this threshold amount. Veterinarians reported that the amounts of melamine and cyanuric acid detected were too low to cause concern and should not pose a health risk to pets. In addition, the two contaminants were 74 Dog News

found separately and not in the same foods, which makes them less harmful. These contaminants are particularly dangerous when they are combined, even though they are of low acute toxicity when measured individually. Cyanuric acid is considered non-toxic by itself. But, combined, when pets are exposed to both substances at the same time, it can lead to the formation of crystals in the kidneys that can result in acute renal failure in animals. The Consumer Council of Hong Kong reported that all of the 39 products tested were free of Salmonella and E. Coli. Results What should pet owners make of these results? In the United States the Food and Drug Administration considers aflatoxin to be an unavoidable contaminant because it is present in so many food crops. They do mandate recalls if aflatoxins are found above allowable levels in foods, pet food, or animal feeds for livestock, but it is not unusual for the FDA to allow grain producers to mix grains that contain aflatoxins with uncontaminated grains in order to arrive at batches that are within allowable limits for the presence of aflatoxins. This can result in batches of grain (and other foods) that have low levels of aflatoxin which end up in human food, pet food, and livestock feed. This will probably make

many people unhappy but it’s normal practice for the FDA. You can feed your dog a grain free food as a way to try to avoid grains that might contain aflatoxins but grain free foods are not necessarily perfect for every dog. As for melamine and cyanuric acid, the presence of these substances in the pet food tested are perhaps more troubling. Even though they were only found in very small amounts, these substances cannot arrive in pet food by any natural means. Melamine is not a normal ingredient in dog or cat food. (No one drops melamine tableware into a vat of dog food at the production facility. That’s not how melamine gets into pet food.) It can only be present in a pet food if someone, somewhere has added it to one of the raw ingredients in the pet food, probably in an attempt to defraud the purchaser regarding the quality of the ingredient. This could lead to serious harm in the pet food supply (or the human food supply) as it did once before unless it is checked. Pet food manufacturers need to be very cautious about their ingredients and do in-house testing before using foods that could be contaminated with melamine and/or cyanuric acid.


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ongratulations to BETTYANNE STENMARK and BEN THUM on their upcoming marriage to take place on the grand stairway at San Francisco’s City Hall on May 23rd. All of us at DOG NEWS send our very best wishes to the future MR. & MRS. BEN THUM. There is a big merger in the works with the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, not exactly a team merger but team fan merger with the engagement of handler and Red Sox fan TUNI CLAFLIN and Yankee fan ERNIE CONTI. All of us at DOG NEWS send our very best wishes and just one question, will the bride wear pinstripes? The weather held for the most part for the Bucks & Trenton weekend. Following a rain soaked Best in Show at Bucks, the GALLIZZO FAMILY, SHEILA & JOE and daughter LISA, hosted a dinner at their home. Among the guests pigging out on crab were AMY GREEN, BETH SWEIGART, PETER GREEN, ED FINNEGAN, MORGAN MILLER, ANGIE

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LLOYD, ERNESTO LARA and TOM DILWORTH among others. BRUCE SCHWARTZ was practicing his yodeling with a much too short holiday trip to Switzerland. MARIPI WOOLDRIDGE is celebrating with the ultimate Mother’s Day gift. Her son BRANDON “KELLY” WOOLDRIDGE has been one of eight people selected from across the United States as a finalist for a national leadership award given by the American Association for People with Disabilities (AAPD), the nation’s largest disability rights organization. BRANDON was the only member of the military or veteran community named a finalist. BRANDON enlisted in the Army in 2002 and while in Iraq, he was injured with a rocketpropelled grenade that resulted in his losing his left leg below the knee. In spite of that life-changing loss, he stayed in the Army and has been promoted to Staff Sargent and squad leader with the Warrior Transition Battalion (that helps wounded, ill and

injured soldiers) Europe’s Vilseck platoon. SHARON SAKSON has been invited to be part of a panel of journalists who worked in the Middle East to interview the Syrian opposition leader about the prospect of peace for Syria. The conference will take place at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. DAVE FREI joined family members in Eugene, Oregon to take part in the naming of a room at the NIKE Football center in honor of his father, JERRY FREI, who coached the University of Oregon football team for 17 years. On the heels of the major move of Meet The Breeds from the Javits Center to the Piers in conjunction with the Westminster Kennel Club… comes word that the original Discover Dogs will be moving from their Earls Court venue in 2015 as the property is being redeveloped. The English Kennel Club is actively looking for another London venue to house this very popular event.


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The Dandie Dinmont Terrier Continued FROM page 45

to the next obstacle. With a slower breed like a Dandie, you cannot waste any time on the course or you will not make the time. You can have no bobbles, no hesitations and no big loopy turns. It also becomes costly with renting a training facility and paying entry fees along with travel expenses especially when you are determined to take a dog to the highest title level that you can as we are trying to do with Slicker. I have been lucky in the fact that Barbara Baese, Slicker’s breeder and co-owner, has been willing to support our agility dream financially.”

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to performance titles has not always been smooth for these Dandie owners, however. “Sam doesn’t really like crowds of people watching him and he knows immediately when he enters a ring,” said Van Oene. “He would rather just do his job with me and forget the rest of the world. He also knows he won’t get a treat in the ring and that part of actually doing the work in front of a judge is a constant battle. I learned I have to let him know that it is just him and I and we do our thing. We’re working on that now by breaking his freestyle down into baby steps again. There are times when we take one step, reward and start again. We repeat this over and over until he forgets that others are around. We’re also working baby steps to get him to the point where he will always ‘think’ that I have a treat for him even though I may not be able to give

it to him until his event is over. It’s a work in progress and I believe we will always have to revisit this. Herding was also difficult for Sam to learn because he viewed sheep as play toys. Once he got that part, and he still doesn’t always ‘get it,’ then he does well. Keeping him focused on his work was quite difficult as to him, sheep were just toys to chase. Nose work was not a problem for the dogs but was for me. I had to learn to ‘read’ my dogs and really watch for their ‘communication’ to me which consisted of finding the hide and giving me a ‘look.’ Gracie is blind but she still gives me a ‘look.’ I have had to learn to trust my dogs 100 percent. There have been times when I think I’m the one that is correct and then the dogs show me that I’m not.” Maxfield said that Slicker was initially very put off by the teeter. “The teeter makes a loud bank when it hits the ground and she hated it. Through much work and practice we were able to more or less desensitize the teeter noise for her but it will never be her favorite obstacle. But, she gets a meatball when she is successful and that is her favorite treat. Another problem we are currently having is that she is so enthusiastic that she leaps over the ‘contact zone’ on some obstacles. This is an automatic elimination fault. I’ve been training her to look for treats on her way down so she doesn’t jump over those areas. The problem is that she doesn’t miss the contact zones in practice but at trials

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she gets overly excited and that’s when she jumps over those areas. We also frequently have a problem with the time clock. Dandies have short legs and as you get into the more advanced classes, the time allotted becomes tighter. Slicker has to gallop the entire course or we don’t make the time and that means elimination. The more confidence and drive a dog has on the course, the faster they will go and the better time they will make. Slicker has learned that fast means a reward. But, in her case, I need to slow her down enough on the obstacles that have contact zones so that she doesn’t leap over them. You have to work at it to keep agility fun for a Dandie. If they become ‘demotivated,’ it is very hard to rekindle that joy.” The greatest issue facing the Dandie Dinmont breed, however, is that their numbers are so few. Other than Cesky Terriers, which only became eligible to compete in the terrier group in 2011, Dandie Dinmont Terriers are the most rare terrier breed ranking 168th in popularity of the 177 breeds recognized by the AKC in 2013. “Our greatest challenge is keeping the breed alive,” said Van Oene. “With so few Dandies around–they’re even listed as a vulnerable native breed in England–they are at risk of becoming extinct. I would like to think that the more we get the breed out where people can see them whether it be at competitions, meet the breed events or just educating regular people during walks in the park, the better we are promoting what truly is an amazing breed and by creating more demand for Dandies, we may be able to save the breed from extinction.”


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Thank you to the Judges: Group Second, Mrs. Jacqueline Stacy Group Third, Mrs. Barbara Alderman Group Third, Mr. Terry Stacy Presented by Shannon Stone • Assisted by Collen Stone, Sydney Stone Bred by Sandra Wayne, SandCastle Havanese • Carmel Valley, CA Owned by Sandra Wayne, SandCastle Havanese, Mary Lopez, Amor Havanese • Janet Wahl, Janjems Havanese

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himself with a headdress and an open shirt with “AWC” blazoned on his chest! As Scot Northern groaned, “There are some things you just can’t unsee.” The Master of Ceremonies was Joe Buchanan, and since he promised that “What happens at Idol Stays at Idol” no more can be written about the event. After a long night of ambitious singers and dancers lacking only talent, finally the truly gifted entrants appeared and the eventual winner was Kelly Chaffee. Breed judging got started Wednesday and ran through Saturday. The judge was Pauline Oliver, Whippet breeder and photographer from England. Many Americans cherish the wonderful photos Pauline has taken over the years of their dogs. She won the popular vote for this appointment. She worked tirelessly day after day, sorting through the 800 entries. On Saturday, Best of Breed saw 163 Whippets enter the ring, lined up a dozen at a time, completely filling a huge ballroom. It was wonderful to see all these lovely dogs. Quality was deep in both sexes. Cindy Scott said, “It was great to see so many good males. That doesn’t always happen. We always have lots of worthy bitches. This year, the males were there, too.”

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At the end, the Best of Breed winner came from the Butt family, Ch. Sporting Fields Shameless, handled by Amanda Giles, third generation Whippet fancier. Pauline wrote, “I am exhausted but delighted at the end of my four days judging at this year’s national!” Pauline didn’t have time to linger because she was off to judge the Raduno, the national Whippet show of Italy, on the following weekend. Her countryman, Wendy Jones, made the trip over from England to attend. She made beautiful lanyards with each Whippet breeder’s name and logo, very helpful for identifying people who don’t see each other often. A brilliant idea. Wendy wrote to Pauline on Facebook, “You did a great job with a phenomenal entry. Such a daunting task. It was wonderful to watch you judge, and many comments ringside were about how you gave each and every dog a good fair look.” There was a bit of confusion caused by the differences in judging in England versus US. For instance, in this country, puppies are in the many years, the club’s faithful ring running for Winners Dog and Bitch; steward was Pat Dresser, who in England, they are not. But the kept everyone entertained with differences were quickly smoothed her many comments on the day’s out. events. Unfortunately, Pat was ailing The trophies and art awarded and couldn’t be there. Wendy Clark to winners were spectacular. stepped up to the job, ably assisted For many years, they have been by Christine and Steve Heath from handmade for the club by Amy Alabama. Christine is known for the Romaniec of Pennsylvania. Her volunteer therapy work she does High Horse Farm pottery is so with her Whippets; she was last beautiful it caused a problem; year’s winner of the Willow Award, she had booked a vendor booth which recognizes this work. at the national, but when people The Top 20 was a formal affair saw her unloading her treasures, with spectators relaxing with drinks they bought them immediately! As and music as they watched the she was unpacking her car, people country’s top Whippets. Judges were taking pottery and handing were Dick Meen, Karen Lee, and her money. She sold everything Karen Gibson. The winner was she brought before she got to the GCH Kamada’s New York Minute ballroom. So there was one less bred by Debbie Davenport & vendor booth, but of course one Kathleen Davenport and owned by happy vendor. them and Devon Kipp. A show doesn’t run properly Winner of the People’s Choice without good ring stewards. For Continued on page 64


“Congratulations, Whippet people. With so many hotels closing their doors to dogs, you have won over one hotel by being polite and careful.” Award was Ch. Sporting Fields Shameless, owned by Jane Cooney-Waterhouse, Dionne Butt, Amanda Giles, and Barbara Call and handled by Amanda Giles. Amanda posed with her ribbon and said, “This means the world to me!” Illinois Whippet breeder Lisa Costello amazed everyone by raising more than $11,000 with outstanding auctions and t-shirt sales. The money goes to put on the opulent Top 20 affair. Loretta McMullin was attending her first National with her Whippet, Quiz, entered in conformation and the field trials. “Each day was packed with events. It was hard to decide where we wanted to be and what we wanted to watch.” The event was held at the Hunt Valley Inn outside of Baltimore. Show chair Pat Spinazzola talked the manager into taking on a dog show. For a change, the exhibitors were pleased. It was one of the first nationals where people liked their rooms, liked the grounds, had a big enough ballroom, plenty of grooming rooms, and rooms for clinics. It was surprising to find out that this was the FIRST dog show the hotel had allowed! The manager told Cindy Scott, “We just never considered it before.” Cindy said, “I think the hotel that remains, people don’t pick up after and staff were wonderful. The their dogs! Lew Griffit and Teri de Luca housekeeping service was good. picked up 25 piles the first morning. They just seemed delighted to have We had buckets everywhere. You were us. Normally, they don’t even allow never more than 10 feet away from one. dogs! But they talked to some of our I felt like screaming, ‘Come on, people! past hotels and said, ‘We are willing Do you live like this? Why are you such to give this a try.’ When we met with pigs? Pick up after yourself when you them on Monday morning, they were leave. We are not your mother.’” bubbling over with excitement. And But she didn’t. Her warnings to on the last day, Sunday, I met the the crowd were stern but polite on the general manager in the hall. He said matter of Whippet cleanliness. they had no issues. He said, ‘Come All in all, it was a wonderful national. back next year!’” The complaints were along the lines Congratulations, Whippet of one posted on Facebook, “Help! people. With so many hotels closing I’ve been kidnapped by two Canadian their doors to dogs, you have won Whippet breeders and forced to drink over one hotel by being polite and Margaritas at the hotel bar!” The careful. victim was Patti Kula and captors Steve It was a big help that the grounds Pedro and Paul Allard; they were soon volunteers had plastic bags and joined by Bob Paust, Dick Meen, Tiina trashcans everywhere. It made it easy Paulaharju, Meri Pakarinen, Sharon to clean up. Still, show chair Cindy Sakson and hordes of other rescuers. Scott grumbled, “The biggest issue CGC testing had its largest turnout

ever, 19 entrants, most of whom passed. Irene Mullauer made sure it ran smoothly. Every adult, healthy Muslim who has the financial and physical capacity must perform the Hajj at least once in a lifetime and to travel to Mecca. The same seems to be true of Whippet breeders and their national! And many return again and again! AWC National FINAL RESULTS BOB GCH SPORTING FIELDS SHAMELESS. Brdr: Dionne Butt, Amanda Giles. Owners: Jane CooneyWaterhouse, Dionne Butt, Amanda Giles, Barbara Call. (Bitch) BOW BRETICA BRUSHWOOD EVIL AFFAIR. Brdr: Penny Lewis, Raymond Yurick, Dennis Sumara, Robert Mcateer Jr. Owners: Penny Lewis. BOS CH FANTASIA’S REIGN OF THUNDER. Brdr: Wendy Sasso, Eugena Damron. Owners: Paula Knight, Wendy Sasso. WD SPELLBOUND NOW THE TIME HAS COME. Brdr: Thomas Bankstahl. Owners: Thomas Bankstahl. Agent: Kim Pritchard. RWD KAMADA’S DANCING IN THE DARK. Brdr: Kathleen Davenport, Debbie Davenport. Owners: Debbie Davenport, Kathleen Davenport. WB BRETICA BRUSHWOOD EVIL AFFAIR. Brdr: Penny Lewis, Raymond Yurick, Dennis Sumara, Robert Mcateer Jr.. RWB JAAMA’S DELIRIOUS. Brdr: Mary E Alderman. Owners: Mary E Alderman. Agent: Lesley Anne Potts.

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Prison Program Helps Dogs, Inmates & Veterans Continued FROM page 50

contribute to society and potentially reap the mental and spiritual benefits of service. Many have not experienced the unconditional love and bond they may find with the animal in their care. Prison Pups N Pals has the power to heal more than just one being. Marj Blomquist and Allyn Weigel are members of the West Volusia Kennel Club and co-founders of Pups N Pals. Mr. Weigel also is a U.S. Army Korean War veteran. In 2011, the Veterans Administration adopted Paws of Freedom into its 2011 VA Innovation Program upon Ms. MuniSatoff‘s recommendation. Prison Pups N Pals dogs spend seven weeks training with the inmates to learn basic obedience as well as commands to heel, sit, down and come. They also do basic rally and agility training. The goal is to place healthy, spayed/ neutered dogs in forever homes as well as give inmates skills they can list on their resumes, according to the Florida Department of Corrections website. All dogs are given the American Kennel Club Good Citizen Test and after the dogs have passed the test, their trainers are presented with an AKC certificate for their successful training efforts. Adoptive owners are offered a free seven-week training course by the West Volusia Kennel Club to become familiar with what the dog has been taught. Ms. Blomquist and Mr. Weigel started the first class with five dogs. They train the inmates to train the animals, nearly all of which are mixed breed dogs from Halifax Humane Society. “Now we have two men (inmates) who are instructors for the class,” Ms. Blomquist said. “They’re excellent.” She said it has been her “joy” to work with the inmates at Tomoka. She doesn’t see their misdeeds. “I love these guys like they’re my kids,” Ms. Blomquist said. “They’re somebody’s son. I want to teach them things they can use on the outside.” Before entering the program the inmate-trainers are psychologically evaluated. “They’re quiet when they first come in,” Ms. Blomquist said, “but they develop such an attachment to the animals and work well together as a group.” She said the inmates often cry when the animals leave. Working with the dogs helps them release emotions and grow with their train-

ees, she explained. They feel a sense of accomplishment, and pride begins to fill the space where none remained. “One of the fellows told me ... I gave him a compliment one day ... and he told me, ‘You know ... nobody has ever told me I did anything well,’” Ms. Blomquist said. The adoption rate is nearly 100 percent. “What’s great is a lot are spoken for before graduation,” she said. “A lot of the inmates’ families adopt dogs and many are adopted by employees at the prison. Some take more than one.” The training process for veteran companion dogs is a little different than for the other dogs. They are trained for 14 rather than seven weeks, and often are taught a behavior called “place,” trained to move in front of the veteran “because sometimes (the veterans) are threatened or made uncomfortable by someone coming toward them,” Ms. Blomquist explained. “I just stay away from people, so I don’t have to worry about that,” Mr. Sviben said. Many veterans don’t want to leave their homes, but having the trained companion dog helps with that, Ms. Blomquist said. The dogs also are trained to retreat under the table at outdoor eating facilities. Once veterans are signed into the program, they go to Tomoka and work with the inmate-trainers and their chosen dog. Mr. Sviben’s dog, Davey, a four-year-old boxer bulldog mix, recently graduated from the program. “He had early graduation because we were doing so well,” his new owner said. After he was approved by the VA, Mr. Sviben went to the prison to choose a dog. Sometimes things happen the other way around. “Davey ran up to me and put his head in my lap,” Mr. Sviben said, “Sold!” Having Davey has provided him with companionship -- he added the word camaraderie -- as well a different sense of responsibility, one that is met with gratitude. “You have something else to rely on you. You’re not only that soldier in the field anymore,” Mr. Sviben said. He enjoyed working with the inmates. “They were nice guys, they just made the wrong decision,” he said. And then, in his customary joking manner, “I feel good that my tax dollars are at work,” he said laughing.

“The goal is to place healthy, spayed/ neutered dogs in forever homes as well as give inmates skills they can list on their resumes...”

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But he’s seriously grateful. “The guys are really good, really seem to care. They’re learning a skill, a sense of responsibility,” Mr. Sviben said. On a recent Thursday, the guys and their dogs were being put through their paces at the Tomoka Work Camp. Pups N Pals Coordinator Officer Gail Irwin, Ms. Blomquist, Mr. Weigel and Ms. Muni-Satoff watched and encouraged. Inmate Kono Washington looked down at his trainee, a gentle bulldog mix with an incessantly wagging tail. She sees Mr. Washington in a way many might not. To her, he is a hero. So is his training partner, lead trainer Steven Francis, who encouraged her to smile using a high-pitched dog talk voice. Neither inmate can contain his love for this animal. And it shows in her behavior. “She’s good. She thinks she’s a cat,” Mr. Francis said laughing. “Sometimes when I can’t sleep, I get up and play with her,” Mr. Washington said. “I talk to the dog more than I talk to anybody.” The dogs sleep in crates at the head of the inmates’ beds. “Yeah, I just talk to her when I get lonely,” Mr. Francis said. “It kinda helps doin’ time and takes a lotta stress off you,” Mr. Washington said. “It gets emotional (when the dogs graduate and leave) because you get attached to ‘em.” Officer Irwin was chosen by Tomoka Assistant Warden of Programs Angela Gordon. The tiny officer with the big heart downplays her role, but her eyes reveal her passion for the program. She praised Mr. Washington, saying he’ll soon move from assistant to lead trainer. “I walk by him and he’s reading dog books,” she said proudly. Ms. Muni-Satoff said the program’s effectiveness is astounding. “We’re seeing a 43 percent reduction in mental health visits among veterans who receive companion dogs,” she said. “Avoidance and emotional detachment are symptoms of PTSD. These dogs bring out all sorts of feelings. They put you in a position to have to deal with feelings. That’s huge.” Maggie is a tiny mixed breed dog with a very sweet nature. Her tucked tail and tendency to back away tell enough of her story that one wouldn’t want to know the rest. But in a very short time, she’s coming around. Her trainers, William Surface and Pelman Arnold, employ patience and they don’t indulge her fears. Mr. Arnold, a big, gentle man held her lead. Mr. Surface rubbed her neck playfully when she appeared afraid. Soon, her ears were up and her tail wagged. “She’s come a long way,” Mr. Arnold said. The same could be said for him.


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Conformation ring. Judge was Debra Barrows from VA. Obedience classes were hotly contested for 25 entrants. HIT this year from Open B with a score of 193 was BUDDINGTON’S GLITTER IN THE AIR, CDX, NA (Breeder—E. Fortna. Owner Susan McVie). With 45 in Rally we had many qualifiers. High Combined Score in Advanced B and Excellent B was won by Kathleen F. Burke and her Glori’s New Addition@ Sunnyacres, CDX, AX, AXJ, RE (Owner—Kathleen F. Burke. Breeder— Elayne Powers) with a combined score of 188.

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ell—that was Monday! Three days to go and so much to see. We went to two health seminars on MVD research and BPA levels in bitches milk, qualified a score of new Canine Good Citizens, held a marathon Board meeting, attended meetings for the Rescue Trust and the Charitable Trust, Performance, Junior Showmanship, our own Royal Dispatch, and the Club’s Annual Meeting where the original “12” founders were individually introduced by club President Patty Kanan. The Juniors organized their own seminar & pizza party. Judges’ Education went off without a hitch on Wednesday, and the Futurity luncheon was enjoyed by almost everyone in attendance. We held Heart and Eye clinics with Board certified practitioners, all the better to chart the health of the dogs we love. On Tuesday morning, Stephanie Sterling judged Junior Showmanship for us. A former Junior herself, Stephanie’s choice this year as Best Junior was Malynn Johns from Open Senior. All the way from WA, and a repeat winner from 2013. The Juniors are the very future of our sport, and the ACKCSC honored the Top 10 Juniors in Cavaliers this year with a presentation rosette. Jeanie Montford from Australia, a Cavalier breeder since the 1970s, began to sort through her stellar classes of 97 Dogs on Tuesday after the Junior Showmanship competition. Over and over again she made cuts and cut again, until the “last dog standing” and the winner of those brilliant 5 points, was the B&T boy from Open B&T, TURRETBANK MAGIC SPELL (Breeder –Katie Sloan. Owner—Richard Green). Reserve, and owner handled winner of a 3 point Major, was CEMPA BOOM BOOM OUT GO DALITES (Breeder—Marianne Creary. OwnerPenny Freberg & Marianne Creary). From Open Blenheim. In the meantime, off premises, we held an all breed Agility trial where 72 Cavaliers competed in over 160 runs! Whew! Judged by Jacqui O’Neill. What a sight for the eyes it was, each

“We held Heart and Eye clinics with Board certified practitioners, all the better to chart the health of the dogs we love.”

dog trying to run faster than his competition and still complete his complicated course. The three individuals and their Cavaliers that earned MACH titles at the Agility Trial were: Yvette Clutter and Ivy, Joan Inners and Oula, and Jennifer LaGrassa and Zen. Thank you, Joan Tenille, our Performance Chair, for organizing these Performance events so well. 158 Bitches competed in Conformation on Wednesday, a record turnout for us and a nod of great respect to our judge. The 6-9, 9-12, and Bred By classes had to be split, as they included, respectively, 23, 29, and 21 entrants! At the end of the day, WB honors were accorded to Liz Keane’s homebred, KEAN ULTRAVIOLET (Bred and owned by Liz Kean from NH). From Bred By Exhibitor, no less. Reserve to CLAIRBORO TUESDAY AFTERNOON from Open Blenheim (Owner-Norene Oehler & William Smith. Breeder—N. Oehler). Handled by Pat Martello. Thursday was our starstruck Best of Breed day, with 89 glamorous champions in competition. Our waiting rosettes and trophies were especially beautiful this year, complete with brilliant turquoise blue sashes donated by judge Jeanie Montford to the major winners. As Ms. Montford sorted through the entries, arranged in groups by very capable stewards David Kirkland and Pat Fallon, the chatter at ringside grew quieter and quieter until you could have heard the proverbial pin drop as the major awards were bestowed. Beginning with her 9th Award of Merit and working forward to BOB, Ms. Montford kept us guessing until the last possible delicious second when she pointed to the lovely Black and Tan boy from NH, CH MILESLIP LICORICE, bred, owned, and handled by an overwhelmed (with joy) Sheryl Skidmore! BOB at the 20th Anniversary National! What an honor and what an achievement! The rest of the big winners: BOS—CH SAN-DI’S HOLLY BY GALLI (Breeder/owner—Sandra Harrison). BOW—TURRETBANK MAGIC SPELL. Select Dog—GCH WE SYNG ROYAL ETIQUETTE Wright. Owners—Gayle (Breeder—Nanette Reardon and Nanette Wright). Laura King, agent. Select Bitch—GCH ATHERCROFT LOVE MY JIMMY CHEWS (Breeders-S. Fippin & D. Turkelson. Owners- Shirley Fippin & Claire Parker). Select Bitch in 2013. Awards of Merit—in order: CH HILLWOOD PHOTO EXPRESS (Breeders-- J. Bennett & R. Hayes. Owner—Karin Ostmann). Continued on page 97

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animal experiments and the justification for these tests. “The Kennel Club does accept the need to retain confidentiality clauses, however, that protect intelDog News will consider all letters for publication but reserves the lectual property as well as the health right to edit these as required. Letters will not be considered for and safety of particular people and places involved in animal research. publication unless full name and contact details are supplied, including “We will be submitting a retelephone number. Letters may be emailed to dognews@harris-pub. sponse to the consultation which will com or mailed to Dog News 1115 Broadway NY, NY 10010. call for an amendment of Section 24 to allow for information to be disclosed in order to assist public understanding of the use of animals in scientific experiments “THE ENEMY IS US” GREATER TRANSPARENCY NEEDED IN whilst taking into consideration not compromising I hope I found the person who wrote the ar- ANIMAL EXPERIMENTS SAYS KENNEL safety and commercially sensitive data. Such a change ticle about the enemy being us in the recent CLUB AS IT WELCOMES HOME OFFICE would help reaffirm that the Coalition government is edition of “Dog News.” I want to thank you CONSULTATION genuinely dedicated to its commitment of promoting and say Hallelujah! You took words right The Kennel Club, the largest organisation dedia more open and transparent environment surroundout of my mouth. I didn’t see the HBO seg- cated to dog welfare in the UK, has welcomed ing animal testing.” ment you referred to but you were right on the release of a Home Office consultation to The deadline to respond to the consultation is with everything in the article. review the level of secrecy involved in legislaJune 13th. For more details, visit www.gov.uk/governMy husband was only nine when his tion on scientific experiments on animals, and ment/consultations/section-24-of-the-animals-sciendad died and his mom worked odd jobs for believes that greater transparency is needed to tific-procedures-act-1986. years. One of those was housekeeping at a protect animal welfare. Laura Quickfall very high-end hotel. After hearing her horThe consultation will review Section 24 of London, England ror stories I never leave a hotel without leav- the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 ing a tip and a thank you note. She has been (ASPA), which the Kennel Club says is a step in AKC PET DISASTER RELIEF ROLLS OUT HELP retired for several years but her exhaustion the right direction in increasing transparency FOR PETS IN MARYLAND will be in my mind forever. And I will never and ending the ban on sharing information on Raleigh, NC — AKC Pet Disaster Relief, a national understand why people can’t pickup after animal experiments. program spearheaded by AKC Reunite and dedicated their dogs. It isn’t that hard to keep one The Kennel Club previously responded to to keeping pets and their owners safe in the aftermath room clean and poopy bags aren’t that ex- the transposition of the EU Directive 2010/63/ of tornadoes, floods, wildfires and other natural or civil pensive to use outside. Everyone goes to EU consultation, which requires the UK and all disasters, donated its first-ever trailer in the state of the grocery - use those bags if you can’t af- other Member States to fully transpose the legMaryland. Members of the Northeastern Maryland ford a roll of bags. I’ve thrown away a brand islation into their domestic law by January 2015. Kennel Club presented the trailer to officials from new towel because it was all I had outside a One of the concerns the Kennel Club raised in Cecil County Department of Emergency Services in a ring at an outdoor show when my dog had its response to the consultation was the amendceremony held yesterday at the Cecil County Adminto defecate. No one else should have to ment of Section 24 to better improve transparistration Building. deal with my dog’s waste. ency and information sharing. AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailers help to create a I just finished shows last week with a The current provisions under Section 24 safe, temporary home-base for at least 50 pets impup just a week past one year. Every day mean that the Home Office cannot disclose mediately after a disaster is declared. Co-location of the three day show I had at least two or or release information surrounding animal exshelters, where people can evacuate with their pets, three people tell me we should have gotten periments received under ASPA even when the as well as emergency animal shelters for displaced winners. We got reserve one day. I heard provider has no objection. Currently, individuanimals can be created. The trailers house and deliver comments about no other dog holding a als who share this information risk committing a essential supplies such as fans, lighting and generatopline among other things. One day when criminal offence carrying up to two years’ impristors; cleaning supplies; maintenance items; and aniwe went in for winners the judge didn’t even onment and an unlimited fine. mal care items including crates and carries, microchips look to the end of the line. Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: and a scanner as well as bowls, collars and leashes. Again, I couldn’t agree with anyone “The Kennel Club calls on the government to The purchase of the trailer for Cecil County Deany more than I do with your article. I didn’t amend Section 24 to facilitate the sharing of partment of Emergency Services was made possible intend to go on so long but I had to say information on animal experiments which will by $22,000 in donations and grants from Northeastern thank you. I can only hope that lots of peo- promote openness and transparency in the inMaryland Kennel Club, Cecil County DES, the English ple read your article and really listen to what dustry, something that is of course paramount Setter Association of America, the Schipperke Club of it says - including judges. I commend you. when animal welfare is involved. America Rescue & Health Foundation, the Nova ScoKim Deel “Section 24 prevents the public from being tia Duck Tolling Retriever Club and AKC Reunite. Louisville, KY openly informed about what is being done in

LATE ANSWER TO THIS WEEK’S QUESTION OF THE WEEK, The Board at its last meeting announced a new procedure with regard to the National Owner-Handled Series (hereinafter referred to as NOHS). All Clubs MUST hold this event effective October 9, 2014 if the Club offers any Competitive Special Event such as Best Puppy, Best Bred By, etc. Additionally the names of the judges for the NOHS MUST be submitted along with the Judging panel for the Conformation show it is to accompany. WHAT IS YOUR OR YOUR CLUB’S REACTION TO THESE POLICY CHANGES?

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Marjorie Martorella This was the first year New Brunswick KC offered both Puppy Groups and the Owner Handler Groups in March. It was a lot to coordinate and some of the judges forgot they were doing one of these groups. When we just did Puppy Groups, things went smoothly as anyone can judge the Puppy Groups, not so with the Owner Handler Series. Many Group judges do not want to judge these additional groups after having a full days work and judging one or more regular groups. I think AKC is putting too many restrictions and requirements on these special attractions. There are many talented fanciers who for one reason or another have not applied to judge. I had one longtime Afghan breeder judge one of these groups and it actually spurred both she and her husband to con-

sider applying to judge. Both of our reps watched her judging and were complimentary. In order to have all of this going on at one time, the show must have ample empty rings. Additionally, the Puppy and OH Groups need to be started prior to the regular group judging. If AKC wants the judges on the slate to judge these groups as well, the show will be delayed as they will have to have concluded their breed judging. Another consideration is the extra time it takes to mark the judges book. At our shows the superintendent added another page for each breed. I judged a couple of small breed overloads and I know it took longer, especially because the stewards are not sure who is eligible for the owner handler competition. I don’t think AKC thought this out very well.


“The Northeastern Maryland Kennel Club wanted to make it easier for our local community to help pet owners in times of disaster and our club members are very proud to donate this AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer to Cecil County to assist in their future response efforts,” said NEMKC’s Mary Lou Olszewski. Cecil County Department of Emergency Services Emergency Planner Mark Sweitzer said, “This new trailer will allow us to set up an extensive emergency shelter to assist pet owners during future natural disasters. We’re excited about our improved ability to care for our county’s pets and thank the members of the Northeastern Maryland Kennel Club and other donors for their efforts in helping us acquire an AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer.” Individuals, corporations and other interested parties can donate to trailer projects in local areas or across the country. Donations are tax deductible and accepted online. Approved organizations that raise a minimum of $1,000 will have their logo featured on the AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer. Learn more about how to get involved in AKC Pet Disaster Relief at www. akcreunite.org/relief or contact us at 919-816-3980 and relief@akcreunite.org. The June, 2014 Delegate Meeting and Future meeting Dates The agenda for the June, 2014 Delegate meeting will be mailed later this week. You should note that the Delegate Committees will be held on Sunday, June 8, with the June Delegate Meeting held on Monday, June 9. As a reminder and for future planning, all Delegate Meeting dates for 2014, 2015, and 20016 are posted on the AKC web site at the list below. 2014 will show on the screen and you may scroll down to see 2015 and 2016 dates. There are some Monday Delegate Meetings and some Tuesday meetings, so you should check before making any travel plans. As is noted at the top of the calendar for each year, it is expected that all meetings except December will be held in the NYC/NJ area, with the December meetings held in Orlando, Florida in conjunction with the AKC events. As has been the case with meetings in the NYC area meetings for several years the June meeting will be held at Newark airport. Should a suitable Manhattan hotel that meets our meeting needs ever become available at a competitive price in the future, a NYC/NJ meeting could be moved there with as much advance notice given as possible. http://images.akc.org/pdf/about/ board_delegate_meetingspdf James Crowley, Executive Secretary New York, NY May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month Join us in our fight against canine cancer by sharing photos, taking our survey and supporting research... Throughout the month of May the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) will provide news and information to help educate dog owners about the cutting-edge research and improved

treatment options in the field of canine cancer. Since 1995 CHF has awarded 188 oncology grants and funded nearly $10.7 million in canine cancer research. Scientists are studying lymphoma, hemangiosarcoma, osteosarcoma and other common canine cancers, providing veterinarians with better tools to diagnose cancer earlier and to treat it more effectively. Many of the CHF-funded research studies have One Health implications, impacting the study and treatment of cancer in humans. Visit www.akcchf.org/cancer to learn more and access canine cancer resources. AKC CHF Raleigh, NC Premune Establishes U.S. Subsidiary Premune, Inc. to Become U.S. Headquarters for Leading Swedish Animal Health Company Premune, an animal health company focused on the development of new therapeutics for companion animals, today announced the formation of Premune Inc., a wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary that will be established as the Company’s U.S. headquarters in New York City. Premune Inc. will be led by CEO and co-founder Viktor Karlsson. The New York headquarters will serve as the base of operations for the Company’s global partnering, licensing and business development efforts. Premune’s core research and development team will remain inSweden, under the supervision of Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Alf Lindberg, former secretary of the Nobel Committee in Medicine. With a strong foundation in immunology and inflammatory diseases, the Company’s pipeline targets several of the most prevalent problem areas in companion animal health, including the world’s first preventive treatment for allergies. Premune’s research team was the first to demonstrate that delayed exposure to gut bacteria is a major risk factor for allergies in humans. The adaptation of this science to companion animal health is the basis for several of the Company’s pipeline products. Premune’s first product is expected to launch in the United States in 2015. “The formation of Premune Inc. and the establishment of our corporate headquarters in the world’s largest animal health market is a significant milestone for our Company as we continue building our global presence,” said Mr. Karlsson. “With approximately 67 percent of U.S. households owning a dog or cat, Americans spent over $55 billion on their pets in 2013. According to the American Pet Products Association, pet-related spending in the U.S. has increased for each of the last 20 years, making it one of the few industries immune to macroeconomic weakness. This steady, long-term growth supports our belief in the significant market opportunity for our unique animal health products.” “The business development ef-

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forts we are undertaking now will set the foundation for the commercial success we anticipate as we bring our existing products to market and continue to grow our pipeline. We utilize a twofold approach to pipeline development -- leveraging our world-class R&D capabilities and further expanding our in-licensing portfolio with products that increase Premune’s footprint in companion animal health.” About Premune: Premune is an animal health company focused on the development and commercialization of novel therapeutics for the treatment and prevention of some of the most common conditions affecting companion animals. The Company’s pipeline targets indications such as allergies and inflammatory diseases that are highly prevalent in cats and dogs. Premune’s current product candidates are the result of decades of collective research in bacteriology and immunology at University of Gothenburg, one of Sweden’s leading academic institutions. Premune’s pipeline consists of products in various stages of clinical development. The Company is continuously expanding its therapeutic portfolio through a combination of in-house research and development projects, projects in conjunction with its academic partners, and the strategic inlicensing of additional product candidates. The Company’s inlicensing strategy is to identify therapeutic entities in development for humans that exhibit potential efficacy in companion animals as well. Premune advances these products through clinical development and brings them to market in veterinary pharmaceutical and nutraceutical arenas. Premune’s goal is to improve the quality of life for companion animals worldwide by translating leading human research to pets. www. premune.com

Premune: Adapting human science to improve pet health CONTACT: For more information, please contact: The Ruth Group Melanie SollidPenton / Lee Roth The June, 2014 Delegate Meeting and Future meeting Dates The agenda for the June, 2014 Delegate meeting will be mailed later this week. You should note that the Delegate Committees will be held on Sunday, June 8, with the June Delegate Meeting held on Monday, June 9. As a reminder and for future planning, all Delegate Meeting dates for 2014, 2015, and 20016 are posted on the AKC web site at the list below. 2014 will show on the screen and you may scroll down to see 2015 and 2016 dates. There are some Monday Delegate Meetings and some Tuesday meetings, so you should check before making any travel plans. As is noted at the top of the calendar for each year, it is expected that all meetings except December will be held in the NYC/NJ area, with the December meetings held in Orlando, Florida in conjunction with the AKC events. As has been the case with meetings in the NYC area meetings for several years the June meeting will be held at Newark airport. Should a suitable Manhattan hotel that meets our meeting needs ever become available at a competitive price in the future, a NYC/ NJ meeting could be moved there with as much advance notice given as possible. http://images.akc.org/ pdf/about/board_delegate_ meetingspdf James Crowley, Executive Secretary New York, NY

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Big Spring Kennel Club II Mastiff

GCh. Willow Ridges Risky Business Judge Ms. Denny Mounce Owners Jill Swarts, Nancy Walker, Mark Tichenor  Handler Colette Livingston   Olympia Dog Fanciers Association - Saturday & Sunday Basset Hound

Crawford County Kennel Club Samoyed

GCh. White Eagle’s The Sky’s The Limit For Alpine Glo Judge Mr. Joseph Gregory Owners Dr. Terry Litton & Carol Montgomery & Mary & James Augustus & Carly McNeely Handler Mary Norton-Augustus

GCh. Topsfield Sanchu Eenie Meenie Miney Moe

Bichon Frise club of America national specialty

Judge Mrs. Paula Nykiel Judge Mrs. Debbie Campbell-Freeman  Owner Suzanne Sukey Shor, Claudia Orlandi & Claire Steidel Handler Mike Stone

GCh Saks Winning Card

Judge Mrs. Toby Frisch Owners Sarah Ayers, Sandra & Keith Hanson, Cecilia Ruggles Handler Scott Sommer

Jefferson County Kennel Club Heart of Iowa Kennel Club Shetland Sheepdog

English Cocker Spaniel Club of America National Specialty

GCh. Grandgable’s The Frat Boy

Judge Ms. Linda Robey Judge Mr. Carl Liepmann Owners Pamela Buckles & Andre Buckles & James Moses Handler Sarah Krickeberg

GCh. Dawnglow Knight Rider

Judge Mrs. Margaret Wilson Owners Elizabeth H. Neff, Sandy LaFlamme, Beth Hendrick Handler Elizabeth H. Neff Schipperke Club of America National specialty.

GCh. Rivendel’s Barefoot Bandit Judge Marilyn Busse Owner & Handler Amy Halterman

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GCH KARLEE GRAYSTONE PLAY IT AGAIN (Breeders—C. and K. Rose & Darlene Petralia. Owner— William J. Smith). CH KIMARK TURN IT UP AT NORDIC HILLS (Breeders—K. & M. Bailey. Owners—Kimberly & Jason Maret). CH PICCADIL’S DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME (Breeder/Owner—Janet B. York). CH SHEEBA DO-SI-DO (Breeder—K. Ostmann. Owners—Karin Ostmann & Jasmin Becker). GCH KLARMARIAN KISS AND CRY (Breeder/Owner— Holly C. May). CH FLYING COLORS TIRAMISU, winner of the Veteran Sweeps. GCH KIMARK CARPE DIEM AT CUYUNA. (Breeders—M. and K. Baillie. Owner—David Eckardt). GCH KINGSHAVEN MR MAJESTIC (Breeder—F. Blair. Owner—Robert Parris). Note: By far the great majority of exhibits this year were owner handled. We had barely recovered from the joy of watching the best of the best in our ring, and sharing in the happy tears of the winners, when it was time to watch the Veteran classes, totaling 23 entries. Who could not be touched by the sight of these perpetually youthful dogs reliving their glory days? Best Veteran this year went to the petite 7-9 girl from CT, ROYAL FLUSH QUEEN OF HEARTS, CD (Breeder—C. Vitolo. Owners—Anne G. O’Reilly & Annita Broberg). Owner handled by Anne. BEST PUPPY—FOLKLORE DERBYRUN HENNESSY AT SUMMIT VIEW (Breeders—S. McNabb & V. Bailey.. Owner—Aloha Brokopp). From 9-12 Dogs. BEST BRED BY ULTRAVIOLET.

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“...This year there were commemorative wine glasses on the tables, floating gold stars over the sparkles of crystal and silverware, and conversation and merriment in abundance!”

our breeding programs. There is nothing quite like the sight of these sires and dams standing in the big ring at the head of their “family” of beautiful offspring. The Stud Dog class this year was won by GCH KIMARK CARPE DIEM AT CUYUNA, also an AOM winner on the day. Brood Bitch honors went to CH DANSYN TOAST WITH CRYSTAL (Owner/Breeder—Elaine Dempster). If you needed a momentary vacation from the show ring (hard to believe!), there was much to do in the Harrisburg area. The Gettysburg battlefields and National park were an easy drive, as well as the Amish country just to the west of us. Many enjoyed a night or two at the shoreside restaurants along the swift running waters of the Susquehanna River. And of course, some of us enjoyed longer trips in to Washington DC and the environs.

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hursday night is a time to wind down and truly enjoy the company of our friends and competitors who we may not see again for another year. The Charitable Trust Auction and Banquet takes place after the conclusion of the show, and this year there were commemorative wine glasses on the tables, floating gold stars over the sparkles of crystal and silverware, and conversation and merriment in abundance! All week long, Helen Jesse and Lu Dunham ran Silent auctions on the long tables outside the show ring, earning many valuable dollars for the Rescue and Charitable Trusts. Thank you, Lu and Helen and their hardworking Committee! At the dinner itself, there was yet another Silent auction, and attendees enjoyed sometimes fervent bidding to secure the items of their choice—all generously donated by friends of the Cavalier. The highlight of the banquet is always the auction run by David Frei as our “MC,” who selflessly donates his time to us. This year we outdid ourselves, with especially desirable items of Cavaleriana and original art available to the highest bidders, and secured an amazing $41,000 over the course of the week to benefit the Rescue and Charitable Trusts that invest our dollars so wisely in order to assure the future health and welfare of the breed. There you have it! But I would be remiss if I did not mention our uber-energetic Show Chair, Tina Sterling, who has been working to make this show a great success for literally years before a dog set foot in the ring. Thank you, Tina, for your great efforts on our behalf. Departure day is a bittersweet moment for us all, and this year was no exception. One by one I watched vans and cars and RVs leave the Radisson parking lots for far flung destinations, and witnessed emotional partings between long time friends. But we all hope to return to this great show next year in Asheville, NC, where more dreams will be spun, some hopes dashed, others realized—and all of it in a perpetual celebration of the lives of these little dogs that give so much to us. Dog News 97


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before that and missed the lovely Welsh bitch handled by Luiz Abreu go Best in Show. I believe she also won Trenton last year as well, as Luiz and Tracy do such a great job in turning her out. The Thursday and Friday Specialties are held on these grounds as well and provide a great advance for the All-breeds. The stories always seem to float around how Bucks and Trenton are going to hold their shows on the same grounds but I am assured that is not going to happen. From my viewpoint the status quo should be encouraged as both shows have totally different and needed personalities and raison d’etres, both of which are needed by the competitive sport of the purebred dog for long term survival. The Monday show held on the same grounds was awarded to Matisse, who was elsewhere for the weekend.

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ome June and the Delegates are to hopefully vote and pass by a 2/3rd vote the By-law Amendment to eliminate occupational eligibility as a pre-requisite to be a Delegate. Whether or not this vote will be by categories as specified in the By-laws or voted upon on the whole has not yet been determined as far as I know. Voting on it by categories may be the easy way out but by doing that and keeping some occupations as being restricted in my opinion defeats the entire purpose of changing the By-laws. The

simple fact is that any club should be able to have any person it chooses to represent it so long as the person is in good standing with AKC. The present system not only encourages discrimination it also results in a system whereby certain people on a technicality or by just misrepresenting the truth evade the By-law. Indeed it becomes an extremely biased and selective procedure. Some people become Delegates in obvious violation of the existing By-laws by seemingly tweaking the facts just a mite and the Board and the Delegates seem to have no choice but to accept these tweaks especially when they are in the mood for selective enforcement of the By-laws (which seems more often than not). It’s a way to give the Clubs an opportunity to get the person they want without compliance to the By-laws from stopping them. Just an unfair discriminatory procedure, which hopefully will be changed in June. If I live to be a hundred (which unfortunately does not seem that far away) I will never understand FCI approvals for judges and who may and may not award the CACIB. Certainly some of our American judges seem to enjoy living on the precipice of the reality and keep two or three addresses internationally and then get approvals from FCI based on not a primary address but by using a swinging door address-They may judge say Poms on a Spanish address and Terriers on a USA address even though FCI says specifically you cannot do this. Under section 2 of FCI Judges Rules it says: “A judge – or candidate judge – who has been living in a country different from his original country of residence for more then three years - is obliged to take further education and to get his approval for new breeds from the country where he lives at present. This disposition does not ap-

ply to International FCI all-breed judges.” Later the rules say: “Judges emigrating to a country whose national canine organization (hereafter named “NO”) is not an FCI member or contract partner can, on application to the FCI, remain admitted for the breeds for which they had been licensed in an FCI-NO, provided that no disciplinary action is or has been taken against them, that the inviting organizer is informed about it and that the FCI agrees to it accordingly. The FCI Office keeps a corresponding list and issues the authorizations to judge. The FCI has jurisdiction over these judges. Those judges do not have the possibility anymore to take FCI education for further breeds and/or groups.” It’s all fiddle as far as I am concerned but certain people are so narcissistic they think they have the right to judge anywhere and just move from country to country to travel and spread their all-important decisions as though they are the only International Judges in existence. Some people just want to be all things to everyone no matter the case. Be they a baker, a candlestick maker, a teacher, a publisher, an editor, delegate or a dog show judge they seem to make the rules and ignore the regulating bodies. Dog News 101


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