Dog News The Digest Volume 28, Issue 19
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May 11, 2012
May 11, 2012
Dog News The Digest Volume 28, Issue 19
Of American Dogs $5.00
May 11, 2012
May 11, 2012
contents MaY 11, 2012
10 editorial 14 inside the sport/ pat trotter 104 handlers directory 18 the lighter side of judging / michael faulkner 106 subscription rates 108 classified advertising 22 question of the week / matthew h. stander 110 advertising rates 26 babbling / geir flyckt-pedersen All advertisements are copyrighted and owned by 30 the chairmanâ€™s report / alan kalter DOG NEWS, Harris Publications, unless received camera-ready. 34 bests of the week Permission to reprint must be requested in writing. 38 ten questions / lesley boyes 42 confused? / alan hedges 44 great dog men and women of the past: leonard brumby, jr. / james crowley 48 the montenegro experience / yossi guy 50 rare breeds of the world: karakachan dog / agnes buchwald 52 dogs with hemangiosarcoma / sharon pflaumer 54 off the leash / shaun coen 58 the hungarian problem, bucks and trenton and more / matthew h. stander 60 cavaliers in badgerland / stephanie abraham 62 the center of attention: the brussels griffon/ mj nelson 68 american pointer club 2012 national specialty / nancy rapoport DOG NEWS (ISSN 0886-2133) 90 the gossip column / eugene z. zaphiris is published weekly except the last two weeks 94 click - bucks and trenton kennel clubs / carla viggiano in December by Harris Publications, 98 click - the way we were / tim tucker 1115 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10010. 102 letters to the editor Periodical Postage paid
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GCh. Jamelle’s Aristocrat V. Elba, CGC, HOF Nice to be back from the Jersey Shore with Snooki.
FLASH Best In Spe cialty Show #14 at New England St. Bernard Specialty, May 5 unde r Breeder-Ju dge Mr. Horst V ogel • Shown with da KrukaGrroautp 4 May 7 at Trenton Ke Lin Judge Mrs. lubJu nnel Club C l e n n e K dge lley Mr. Carl Lie Pioneer Va pmann
Shown with Judge Mrs. Linda Krukar at Pioneer Valley Kennel Club.
Shown being awarded Best of Breed at South Windsor Kennel Club! Judge Mrs. Catherine O. Cooper.
Owners Ed & Linda Baker Elba Saints Hopewell, NJ Elba1@aol.com Breeders Michelle & Jack Mulligan Jamelle’s Saints Diamond Bar, CA Jamelles@earthlink.net Handler Melody “Snooki” Salmi Dog News 5
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MAY 4, 2012
WORTH THE FIGHT The appeal by Hungarian dog enthusiasts in Hungary to colleagues and outside kennel clubs to help in the fight against a governmental take over of the official Hungarian Kennel Club know as MEOE should not be ignored. The registration of dogs is hardly a governmental function nor is it the job of a Government to approve the running of a dog show. Yet new laws are being implemented in Hungary that will bring under state control both the stud/pedigree register and the running of dog shows. That the Hungarian Government’s Agricultural Ministry Department has decided to anoint a splinter group, which left the MEOE, is an internal matter. However, requiring the support of the Government to register dogs is entirely unacceptable. Governments in Europe can and do overextend these boundaries as has been attempted at times in both Italy and Spain but never to the extent proposed by Hungary. If you are interested in voicing your opinion in the matter either individually or as a kennel club the dog enthusiasts of Hungary suggest you contact the Hungarian Government Minister responsible, Dr. Sandor Fazekas at the Hungarian Agricultural Ministry-email address—firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com It is believed by some that evidence of international support for MEOE may help to persuade the Government to reconsider its decision in light of the expected negative effect the new laws would have upon Hungarian dog breeders. REACTIONS TO THE ABOVE The FCI’s tepid response to the Hungarian crisis is printed on the Letters to the Editors pages. One would have thought that with the 2013 World Show hanging in the balance what with FCI working so closely with MEOE, which is the host kennel club, and MEOE being powerless and illegal under the new laws a more fervent reaction would have been had. Our own AKC has apparently taken the safer route and gone through FCI rather than MEOE to offer its help. The reason being as these pages understand it is that no one from MEOE contacted AKC directly! Pretty weak excuse as far as we are concerned while the Canine Alliance group seems pre-occupied with Vet exams in the UK and the effect on the judges rather than over-all world wide problems confronting the world of the purebred dog. With ma-
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jor support for CA coming from the USA one would hope that this Alliance would have a broader based appeal than a single issue that arose at Crufts. How many Americans do you think would accept what is going on in Hungary? The entire situation only re-emphasizes the call of these pages which has gone unheeded for years which is to form an International Alliance of All Kennel Clubs in the world so that when major problems which arise, such as what is going on in Hungary, can be confronted by a united and strong international organization unafraid to speak out on contentious issues. YET ANOTHER BOARD MEETING While word of mouth on the latest Board Meeting is extremely limited it would appear very little was voted upon. However, as we all know once the Minutes are formally released that sort of information is directly contradicted by what actually took place. It is known that there was a major discussion and perhaps decision to reschedule and perhaps even reduce the number of Board Meetings themselves. That would be a major step forward for the Kalter regime if in fact this were accurate reportage. Let’s hope it is true! Other than another collegial type meeting with Mr. Gladstone- absent once again due to a foreign judging assignment- by early Tuesday all was ended. Once the Minutes are published a reassessment of this report may be necessary. Once again these pages sense that perhaps the Minutes will be expanded to give more information since Mr. Kalter certainly appears to be more of a public communicator than his immediate successors and hopefully he will even consider Press Conferences after Delegate meetings now that some Board meetings are to be combined with the Delegate Meetings. UPCOMING MEETINGS Salzburg Austria starting May 17th or so is when the latest FCI sponsored and Austrian Kennel Club hosted event will begin. Certainly a pall over these proceedings maybe the question as to whether or not the 2013 World Show scheduled for Budapest will be held at all. But knowing dog people the way these pages think they do the object at hand, which is the judging of the dogs, will become primary and in a sense so it should be. Another gathering of perhaps even more interest will be the May 16th Annual Members Meeting of the Kennel Club to be held in London. The effect of the Canine Alliance members on this meeting is anticipated with curiosity. What will their presence accomplish and will it have a negative or positive effect or even no affect upon the proceedings? Should be a fascinating upcoming week in the UK and mainland Europe one would think. THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK When should, if at all, AKC step in and urge retirement of judges due to illnesses or old age? Is this an area to be left to the individual or should a Committee of Peers of Judges appointed by AKC regulate it? With the graying of our judging community when is enough truly enough? Is it not time to take this thorny issue by the horns and make an overall decision one way or the other?
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A CALL TO ARMS BY PAT TROTTER
he firing of Arkansas head football coach Bobby Petrino because he “crossed over from infidelity into work-place favoritism”, according to athletic director Jeff Long, poses some interesting questions regarding ethics. Obviously with the coach’s big time winning record in the four years he coached the Razorbacks in the powerful SEC, the administrative decision must have been difficult even though it was the right one. After all, isn’t winning the name of the game? And how often do people sacrifice their scruples to accomplish it? Kudos to the university for this tough call. Shortly before Petrino’s motorcycle accident with his young mistress aboard brought the scandal into national focus, this supposedly good family man hired his girlfriend for a much-sought after job over 158 other applicants. What does all of this have to do with us? Here are a few questions to consider: Could something like this ever occur in our sport where judges’ decisions determine the success of handlers and their dogs? After all, that is their work place. Has anything like this ever happened in dogs? And why do prominent people put themselves in such a position? Why is winning worth losing your personal sense of values? And did the university make a strike for the good guys, especially for the 157 applicants that did not get the much-sought job, by firing him even though it greatly reduced the team’s chances of the anticipated national championship this fall? Even as we look over the innumerable injustices of our world in various areas, we need to recognize the good things that happen on behalf of justice that go overlooked because media plays to the bad news rather than the good. As discussed in a previous column, a strike for what is right on behalf of the English dog fancy oc-
curred when the winning Pug CC exhibitors denied themselves chances for highest honors and declined further competition at the recent big Toy Show in England. These exhibitors did not participate for the BOB judging because of The Kennel Club’s mishandling in executing its “fit for function” policy at Crufts in March. Because Pugs are amongst the 15 breeds on TKC’s “high profile” list as dogs determined to need special monitoring in evaluating health traits, each of the 15 BOB winners would be vet checked before being allowed to proceed to the next level. Imagine that! These Pug people simply pulled out of the opportunity for a huge BOB victory at this respected show (think Montgomery County) to make a point of behalf of justice and fair play! Keep in mind it was expected their exhibits would easily pass the tests and these individuals support the mission of the program if not its recent execution of it. Their legitimate issues with the program addressed pertinent concerns including the fact that health tests were breed specific, and the veterinarian checks were not as advertised. In essence, sporting exhibitors made a call against what they thought was foul play. Did you ever listen to handlers/exhibitors complain that BIS was a fix? If so, did you ever wonder why they showed up? What if the only dog to show up for BIS was the designated winner? What if those handlers complaining that the BIS judging will be unfair for similar reasons don’t show up for the competition? Of course such speculation is off the wall because no one ever enters a dog show in hopes of losing. However, they do enter the dog show in expectation of fair play. And since the program’s veterinary testing and process in England needs refining in order to present a level playing field, the Pug exhibitors made a point. Good for them. For in so doing, they bring further attention to
our sport’s dilemma resulting from the hate against us by animal activists. Most of the true dog people in England and around the world recognize that The Kennel Club’s vision in wanting dogs to be healthy and sound is a good thing. Nonetheless, it is also perceived that TKC over-reacted in implementing the program too rapidly and without enough attention paid to those things that could go wrong. In time I think the Mother Country will get this program right and continue to be the role model it has always been. Meanwhile, I applaud those who had the courage to take a most unique approach with Pug passive resistance. Perhaps Arkansas, the English Pug breeders and others like them can help us turn around our thinking. It is time for us to think of the good of the order long term rather than continuing our Band-Aid approach to solving immediate hurts without proper evaluation of the problem. Even though we know that crossbreeds, mongrels and other non-purebreds have as many, if not more, health issues as our own purebreds, how often do we help get that message out? And when did their ancestors ever get tested for hereditary diseases? Even though we know that their collective health problems are not publicized nor are there any statistics kept on this large mongrel segment of the dog population, how often do we take this message to John Q. Public? Indeed, the dog fancy needs to let the world know that few species, if any, have ever had more attention paid to their health than purebred dogs. The public needs to know there is a reason why most service dogs are purebred. The dog persons who come together to organize a movement designed to get that message out will be international heroes. We yearn for those who heed that call to arms!
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Thank You To Judge Ms. Sharol Candace Way 16 Dog News
Thank You To Judge Mr. Houston T. Clark
Ch. Derby’s Toast With Gusto Another Group Placement For “Gus”
Thank You To Judge Mr. Bruce E. Voran Sire: Best In Specialty Show Winning Ch. Derby’s Academy Award (Two-Time Westminster Kennel Club Best of Breed Winner) Dam: Ch. Derby’s Toast To Belline
Raise A Glass To More In 2012! NEWS FLASH: GUS’S HIPS O.F.A. EXCELLENT! (Eyes & Elbows Normal) Bred By: Kristin Kleeman Robyn & Kenneth Toth
Owned By: Rick & Sue Copeland Richmond, Texas
Presented By: Scott Sommer Assisted by Alfonso Escobedo & Ashlie Whitmore Dog News 17
BY Michael Faulkner
Lighter Side of Judging Country Ham
arly January…Big Michael presents me with a large, local bone-in Virginia Country Ham packaged in rough cotton. “I bought you a present! And remember just because there is mold growing on the outside does not mean it is rotten,” he says while handing over the salty, smoky delicacy. “Have you ever cooked one of these?” he asks. “Nope, but I shall figure it all out in due time,” I respond, taking the ham and placing it on the butcher block in the smaller of our two kitchens. Quickly touching the DROID’s screen, I activate a Google search: Storing a Virginia Country Ham. “Hang your Virginia Country Ham in a dry place. Virginia Country Ham may be kept whole without refrigeration for three years, maximum if kept dry and properly protected from insects and rodents,” I read out loud to Sam and Sally, our two house cats, informing them of their newly assigned extra duties, while I hang the ham from the top of the tall open-air wine rack. For the next several months, the constant smell of smoked ham and the sight of molding meat is an ever-present reminder to explore cooking methods and to nail down a date and time for feasting. In the meantime, Sam and Sally do their jobs. They are spot on… killing the random field mice that annually find their way into our three hundred-year-old house, with surgical precision. The mice fail in their quest to devour the twentypound ham. On the other hand, Murphy French, our French Bulldog, lives in a state of constant curiosity, wondering if he will ever locate the smoky, meaty, enticingly aromatic source. After much deliberation, I choose to prepare the Virginia Country Ham for Easter Dinner. Yes, I am one of those passionate dog show judges who celebrate all major holidays at home. I, particularly, in the company of Big Michael. Years ago after a meeting of the minds with Big Michael, we determined it best for me to refrain from judging dog shows during major holiday weekends---Easter, Christmas, New Years and Thanksgiving. Big Michael---using his best southern lawyerly persuasion---attempted to toss Memorial Day, Labor Day and St. Patrick’s Day into the equation, but failed in his quest. Knowing full well there is a soaking pro18 Dog News
cess involved, I begin the aquarian task on the Thursday evening before Easter. I select five cookbooks ---three from Virginia--- two from Kentucky---out of the floor-to-ceiling collection. The culinary tomes---located in the larger kitchen---comprise a mountain of material. I am in search of the perfect recipe for our special Virginia Country Easter Ham. Staying true to our geographical location and to Big Michael’s heritage, I select a recipe from one of the Virginia cookbooks. 1. Three days before you plan to serve the ham, begin its preparation. Make sure you have a pot large enough to hold the ham. In the South, many cooks have two-burner “ham boilers,” but we use a 40-quart pot, otherwise designated for outdoor fish and turkey fries. If it looks like the shank will stick out of the pot more than an inch or so, hacksaw it off or take it to a butcher for help. Neither have a pot big enough, nor a handy hacksaw to cut off the shank, I opt for the right side of the deep stainless steel kitchen sink. 2. Don’t be shocked by the ham’s initial grungy appearance. Scrape off exterior mold and anything else that looks unsavory with a stiff brush under running water. The mold is perfectly normal and the ham inside should be fine. I spend the next hour or so removing the mold and the extra fat and grunge before plopping it into the sink. 3. Plop the ham in the pot and place the pot where it will be near a sink---but out of the way for a couple of days. Then, cover the ham with water---but only after the pot is in place, because it gets very heavy. Over 2 to 2 1/2, days, change the water a minimum of twice and up to four times. Each time the water is changed, and the longer the ham soaks, you reduce the saltiness a bit. Every day for three days, I return from the office and tend to the Easter Virginia Country Ham. I drain the water… rinse out the sink… hose off the ham…fill the sink with water and soak the ham again. The Saturday before Easter, the last day of soaking, I ponder what dog shows are being held during the holiday, while flipping, rinsing and washing my new friend---the ham. I also take time to appreciate the fact that I will be
judging the Cherry Blossom Circuit in a few short weeks, providing a much needed break from my ham-relationship. 4. Now you’re ready to cook the ham. Remove the ham from the water. This will be easier to do, if you pour off the water and then move the pot with the ham in it to the stove, before filling it with a liter of Coca-Cola. Once the ham is covered with Cola, cook the ham in a 275 degrees F oven for twenty minutes per pound. Every thirty minutes, glaze the ham using the cooking Coca-Cola liquid. Let the ham cool in the water for about 1 hour. Then remove the pot from the stove---a task for which you’ll definitely want at least one muscular friend in attendance. Remove the ham from the pot, placing it on a cutting board, with the broader, flatter side up. Boil down cooking liquid until desired thickness is reached for the perfect Redeye Gravy (to be served with ham). Yes, I am ready to cook my Easter Virginia Country Ham. I rise from bed early Easter morning, in true biblical fashion, to facilitate sending my ham to the oven. With my muscular friend (Big Michael) still in bed, I manage to place my beloved ham in the pot and cover it with Coca-Cola. Placing a secure lid on the top, I insert ham into the 275 degree oven. Paying close attention, every thirty minutes I religiously flip the light of the AGA on, open the left oven door, slide the large cast iron pot forward. Using my left hand, covered with an oven glove, I lift the lid for inspection. 5. Trim off the skin and all but 1/4 to 1/2 inch of fat. Because the thickness of the fat can vary, it’s best to work with a small knife and shave off small portions. No further preparation is necessary, and the ham can be eaten warm, but the texture is best after letting it cool to room temperature or chilling it. We do not normally glaze this type of ham, because the taste gets lost when it is carved into paper-thin slices. However, if you will be presenting it whole at the table or on a buffet, the meat will look more attractive, if you smear the thickened Red Eye gravy over the top of the ham. Bake the ham briefly in a 375 Continued on page 66
Best In Show Winning
GCH. KAROLINA BONNYVALE
Just... Meant To Be
FLASH Group F Maury irst County Kennel Club Jud Mrs. M ge olly Ma rtin
Our appreciation to Judge Dr. Steve Keating for this Group Win Owners & Breeders Dr. Bill and Pat Stroud - Karolina Kees Darlene Bosch - Bonnyvale Kees
Handler/Owner Donna Smith
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Dogs in drivers’ laps have become quite the issue in Rhode island as a legislator has introduced a bill banning this practice as a means of distracting drivers--akin perhaps to texting and car phone use. What do think of this bill, which would ban dogs from the driver’s seat when their owners are behind the wheel?
special vehicles that might be necessary to transport pets, making pet ownership that more difficult and expensive? A good friend from Louisiana often says that “You cannot cure stupid”..The residents of Rep. Palumbo’s district can however remove same from their representation at the next election opportunity, and to that all we can say is “Attaboy, Good Job!”
Jane Myers A loose dog in a car whether in the drivers seat, passenger seat or back seat is nothing but a projectile. All passengers including dogs should be secured in some fashion. I remember when I was very young my parents telling me of a woman who had her great Dane loose in her car and when she hit the brakes the dog flew forward and broke her neck. I don’t like legislation but some people have no common sense and others are impacted by their ignorance.
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Elaine and Louise Paquette Yes it is wrong to have your dogs lose in a driving vehicle, but l do not believe the government should legislate this... big brother stay out our lives.
Mary Anne Brocious The standard practice for “Dog People” is to travel with our dogs in the safety of a crate inside the vehicle. This is safety for the dog, passengers, and other drivers. We ask the people with our dogs to do the same. It is part of responsible dog ownership. However, it is another area of legislating dog ownership, and again bringing negative attention to dog owners. I don’t know the content of the legislation, and alternatives that would be required for the location of a dog in a vehicle. Is this a first step in banning dogs from private vehicles? We must be suspect of every piece of legislation involving dogs. The AKC, not HSUS or PETA, should offer their knowledge of responsible dog ownership to this and any evolving dog legislation. The motives behind this type of legislation may have long term negative effects and lead to further restrictions on dog ownership. ROBERTA LOMBARDI Amen to that, I have always been against traveling with any dog loose in the vehicle, let alone in the drivers lap. It is dangerous to all involved. They need to be in a crate and the crate needs to be secured just like any other passenger! Legislation like this wouldn’t be necessary if everyone just used a little common sense, but unfortunately that is often not the case. 22 Dog News
Andrew I. Kalmanash Rep. Peter G. Palumbo, D-Cranston, clearly isn’t seeing the current condition of his state, our country and the economy when he proposed the legislation promoted by his Cranston constituent Suzanne Arena. Even former Governor of CA. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a similar bill when it was placed before him in 2008, saying that it “wasn’t a high priority”. Our state and local traffic ordinances certainly already provided enforcement officers with sufficient powers to address unsafe vehicle operation. If the sole intent of the legislation proposed by Rep. Palumbo is to place monetary fines on those who choose to drive with a dog in their lap, could this perhaps be another thinly veiled “Dog Tax” designed to raise revenue for a small state’s operations on the back of pet owners, or perhaps even another AR related piece of legislation, as the first step in an agenda to dictate those
Amanda Pough Since I haven’t seen the bill - or RI’s existing distracted driving laws - I am left to wonder how different this law would be from what is already on the books. Is this law really filling a unique niche, or is it just another example of trying to legislate common sense? If the former, wouldn’t it be simpler to strengthen existing laws to cover all manner of distracted driving rather than retroactively creating new laws for every new situation?
Joe Joly They say you can’t legislate common sense, and that’s too bad because many of us clearly need more. That said, I’m not crazy about having any more laws that pick into our private lives and decision-making. However, if a loved one of mine would get injured or killed by a driver who had a dog in his lap, I would certainly want some legal resource for punishing that person for his harmful stupidity. Thus, I have some ambiguous feelings about the proposal by a Rhode Island legislator for making driving with a dog in my lap illegal in that state. The numbers about the actual danger of, forgive me, such lap riding, are scarce. The New York Times cited a 2010 survey that showed one of five dog owners have let their pets ride in their laps while driving. A good 31% of them admitted the animals were a distraction. And California counted at least 152 accidents with 58 injuries caused by such lap riding in 2010. That’s not a lot for such a big state -- but is the tiny pleasure gained worth it? With the growing distractions of phone and texting use, it seems we’re not taking our driving as seriously as we need to. But the bottom line for me is, when I see a little dog standing on the windowsill of a car zooming by (much less a big one wagging away in the back of a pickup), I’m very scared for the dog’s safety, too. Those of us who think arriving safely is the best way to show love for our loved ones, including our pets, it might be better to legislate those who don’t. Such a law might be the lesser evil. Ruth Winston I think it is a good bill. A dog on the driver’s lap is an accident waiting to happen. It bothers me that people, and it’s not only pet people, take such a chance on their pets and themselves being hurt. Dog News 23
2012 American Pointer Club National Specialty Best Bitch in Show • Breeder-Judge Mrs. Denys Janssen
Am. Ch. & Canadian Best in Show Winning
Ch. Seasyde Berries Jubilee JH Sire: Ch Majesty It’s Good to Be King Dam: MBIS MNBISS MBISS Ch Cookieland Seasyde Hollyberry
Owners Lisa Canfield and Helyne E Medeiros Breeders: Helyne E Medeiros & Sean & Tamara McCarthy Handled by Michael E. Scott Dog News 23
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COULD YOUR PASSION BECOME YOUR PRISON???
Then we come to the point where I escaped from the school choir tour one summer and decided to visit this establishment. And what an experience! I turned up without previous announcement as her phone did not work. Unbeknownst to me she had just returned from hospital as an amputee. On the property I counted 126 dogs, half of them living in pairs in little sheds surrounded by very small runs. The remainder lived in the house, stacked in crates up the walls in living rooms, bedrooms and kitchen, plus a number tied to table legs and chairs around the house. The noise and the stench was unbelievable. The crated dogs were sleeping and living on beds of straw, she could reach to feed them, but they could only be let out during weekends when her “boyfriend” was visiting. The “chair and table leg dogs” she was able to occasionally let out, but they did what they had to do mostly in the house. The outside dog kennels were organized so she could drive her wheel chair between the runs, feed them, but of course never pick up or clean anything. To me this seemed like “Hell on Earth” and being the dog lover I am, decided to stay for a couple of days to do what I could do to make life a little better for these animals.(Well I really had no choice, as my luggage and my wallet disappeared during my sleep on the train). After 2 days my one way ticket back to Bergen arrived from my parents and as I understood there was really nothing I could do- I left after finding 3 litters of new born puppies in the mud in the kennels, which I knew the lady had no chance to take care of properly, but at least I moved them into the house where they probably still were
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the following Friday when the Boyfriend arrived. Any attempt to employ help fell through after their first visit, understandably! Lucky me was able to get the one way train ticket to Bergen refunded, purchased a new ticket to Oslo where I was offered work for the rest of the summer holiday, without pay,for a well known Poodle breeder who also owned a boarding kennel. My parents’ reaction? Despair, I suppose, and all those years in Sunday school seemed wasted as their little boy was clearly going to the dogs! Not through my action, but a few weeks after my visit the Norwegian RSPCA became involved. It was decided the dogs all had to be sold by auction, but the day before that event she hired a truck, loaded up most of her 126 dogs and they were driven to a secret location. So when the day of the auction dawned and the Auctioneer, plus RSPCA and a large group of journalists arrived, they were met by a little old lady in a wheel chair accompanied by 2 or 3 pets. To make this story a little bit shorter: Eventually the authorities caught up with her, forced her to reduce the number of dogs- so she decided to move, had a new kennel built and started a much better life for herself and the few dogs she had left. And she was now again able to attend dog shows. Which was really the main reason why she started breeding dogs in the first place. She actually did better in the ring with the few dogs she had than she ever had done before. But do remember: This was originally a well adjusted, well dressed lady who through her obsession with dogs and total mismanagement of her own life totally ruined her own quality of life as well as that of her dogs. The irony of it all: This lady loved her dogs, cried whenever she sold a puppy, all her dogs lived a long life and were never put to sleep until given every chance to live. But what a life.
Can so easily happen to anybody! Early in my life I was corresponding with a lady who bred Wire Fox Terriers- and the only reason I knew of her, was that she advertised nationally every week. For the first time I came across a commercial breeder. But she bred dogs, had a kennel, had just bred to a famous English stud dog and I was determined to visit this place- so during a tour with our school choir, I “jumped ship” and went to see these dogs. This single experience has influenced my life forever after- and in a way I owe her some gratitude: I understood how much self discipline is needed not to “drown” in your own dreams and passion! To give you some background stuff: This was originally a nice, respectable lady, married to a successful dentist, who bought a pet and decided to show it! Moderate success, but enough to make her want more. Bred her first litter of puppies, kept all the bitches, showed some of them, won a little, but bred them all- and kept most of the bitch puppies to make sure she kept the best! In a reasonably short space of time their home was transformed into a kennel. The dentist decided he’d had enough and committed suicide! She was then without income, had too many dogs to take a job or leave the house all the day- so decided to make dog breeding her livelihood! Advertised weekly in every newspaper in the country and was able to make enough money to live. Now she hardly had time to trim any of her wire coated dogs, so added the smooth variety to have something to show. The smooth variety was virtually unsellable- so the number of dogs just increased, increased and increased. The dogs turned up at the shows looking rather unkempt and never leadbroken, but young Geir felt pity for the lady and did what he could to help her at the shows.
Of course I have later in life come across a number of people in the UK as well as Scandinavia on the same path, but fortunately not so extreme, but it affected me in such a way that even if we at times had quite a few dogs in our kennel, I would always make sure the numbers were manageable. Which probably at times made me panic and sell dogs we should definitely have kept… I also realized that you may have 100 dogs in your kennel, but you would probably do 10 times better with 10 as they were given the love, time and attention to develop mentally as well as physically the way we need show dogs to be.
Whenever I get a chance to speak about training of dogs or puppies for the show ring, my slogan is ”You have to make a dog feel special to look special”. Although at times between 30 and 40 were dogs in our kennels, our ambition was that nobody should ever be able to tell which of the dogs were currently being shown. They were all kept in show trim and condition. As they were all trimming breeds, terriers and spaniels, it was quite a task, but we did keep it up. (Greyhounds and Whippets came much later.) All dogs were walked or exercised in large paddocks every day- and puppies were trained and played with from 3 weeks of age. I can assure you that breeding dogs, if done properly, is quite an undertaking. And if you are involved in this sport for the love of animals and want success, you simply have to keep your numbers at a manageable level. Most of us started breeding dogs because we love dogs and hoped to produce something exciting to show, but if overstocked so you cannot leave your home… What’s the point????
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Chairman’s Report AKC Breeders a Labor of Love
ew York, NY – One of the founding fathers of the American Kennel Club was William G. Rockefeller; his family is featured prominently throughout the history of the AKC. The Rockefellers had a family creed that formed their guiding principles. Visitors to New York will find it carved in granite at the entrance to the winter skating rink/summer restaurant area of Rockefeller Plaza. Included in the creed is the following principle: “every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty.” While I would venture that the vast majority of us don’t know a Rockefeller today, I believe we embrace the sentiment of the Rockefeller creed when it comes to our dogs. And nowhere is it more evident than among the breeders who are members of AKC Parent Clubs. Through knowledge, passion, and determination, these breeders not only help preserve breed type, but improve the health, temperament and quality of their respective breeds as well. Responsible breeders serve as canine ambassadors, opening their homes to prospective owners, matching puppies with suitable families and bringing the AKC into their puppy owners’ lives. But the most noticeable accomplishment of our breeders can be seen in homes throughout America, in the happy and healthy family pets that bring joy and rewards beyond measure to their families. In fact, 90% of the dogs from all AKC registered litters are not bred, nor are they entered in any AKC event. Families have experienced not only a wellbred puppy, but also a supportive breeder who is there to provide advice on every issue imaginable throughout their dog’s life. It simply is what our breeders do and do so well. The American Kennel Club values the hard work and importance of those who maintain and improve the future of purebred dogs; the Breeder of the Year award and the Breeder of Merit program were created to recognize these achievements. However, AKC’s commitment to our breeders goes far beyond recognition. The AKC has a number of supportive programs for breeders. The AKC website (the exciting re-imagination is coming this summer) is a deep resource for breeders, with help for all breeders. For the novice or infrequent breeder, there is solid informa-
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tion to help them through that somewhat scary, yet magical, experience. The first-time breeder’s resource covers everything from planning a breeding to whelping a litter to puppy care. We’ve made registering a litter easier through our online litter registration service. And by using your My AKC Account, a lot of the work is done for you. We developed AKC Online Record Keeping as a centralized area to maintain dog and litter records, your puppy owners and co-owners information, and the ability to quickly print pre-filled records – all free for AKC breeders. Breeders have told us that a constant flow of useful information is a crucial necessity in their quest for continuous improvement of their breeding programs. In response to that need, we created the AKC Breeder Newsletter, a free quarterly publication covering nutrition, breeding techniques, health concerns, genetics, and informative interviews with respected AKC breeders. If you haven’t seen it lately, check out the latest issue (and back issues as well) on the AKC website under the “Breeders” tab. Health is an important focus point for all responsible breeders. Even our most strident detractors are compelled to admit that AKC Parent Club breeders are dedicated to producing healthy puppies. Our commitment to health and our breeders led to the establishment of the AKC Canine Health Foundation. The AKC/CHF produces a series of podcasts on a variety of health issues called Genome Barks. All of the podcasts are available through the AKC website. In addition, the AKC and the AKC/CHF launched the Breeders Symposia in 1994 targeted to both novice and experienced breeders. Breeding, as exemplified by the Rockefeller creed of responsibility, obligation, and duty, and as practiced by our Parent Club breeders, is a labor of love – for dogs. Our breeders are not only at the core of what we do, they are a powerful force in creating the public’s perception of all we do. We are now developing a new social media strategy to help tell our story - our breeders and their stories will be a part of that. At the heart of those stories is that the difference between a purebred dog and a well-bred purebred dog is just this: an AKC breeder. How can you top a story like that? As always, please feel free to contact me at atk@akc. org. Sincerely, Alan Kalter Chairman
Continuing to catch the eye of judges and fanciers wherever she goes!
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GCh. Glentom’s You Were Mint For Me, ROM Our deepest gratitude for this Group Second Placement to Judge Mrs. Gloria Geringer for your appreciation of our girl at the Galveston County Kennel Club show! Owned by: Susan B. Lybrand, Mike and Terri Cournoyer, and Glenna Wright Bred by: Tom and Glenna Wright, Glentom Professionally presented by: Jill Bell • Assisted by: Chase Waddell Dog News 31
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MAY 11, 2012 Trenton Kennel Club German Wirehaired Pointer GCh. Mt. View’s Ripsnortersilvercharm Judge Mr. Carl Gene Liepmann Owner Victor Malzoni, Jr. Handler Phil Booth Badger Kennel Club Japanese Chin GCh. Pem We-Syng Lucky Mi Judge Mr. John Studebaker Owners James Daton, Dr. John Turjoman, Marsha Ballard Handler Nancy Martin Oconee River Kennel Club - Saturday Miniature Pinscher GCh. Marlex Classic Red Glare Judge Ms. Denny Mounce Owners Leah Monte & Armando Angelbello Handler Armando Angelbello St. Louis Dog Breeders Association Jefferson County Kennel Club of Missouri German Shepherd Dog GCh. Babheim’s Cap’n Crunch Judge Mr. James Maloney Judge Mrs. Michele Billings Owners J. and J. Moses, M. Deschamps, S. Moses, C. Navarro, D. Stern Handler James Moses Rio Hondo Kennel Club - Saturday Miniature Schnauzer GCh. Allaruth Just Kidding V Sole Baye Judge Mrs. Sue Goldberg Owners Ruth Ziegler and Yvonne B Phelps Handler Bergit Kabel Oconee River Kennel Club (2) Black Cocker Spaniel GCh. Casablanca’s Thrilling Seduction Judge Mr. James R. White Owners Bruce Van Deman, Carolee Douglas, Mary Walker, Linda Moore Handler Michael Pitts Kuvasz Club of America Spirit of the Heartland Kennel Club Kuvasz GCh. Szumeria’s Wildwood Silver Six Pence Judge Mrs. Barbara Dempsey Alderman Owners Mercedes Vila, L. Brady, C. Townsend & C. Muir Handler Diana Wilson Janesville-Beloit Kennel Club 15” Beagle Ch. Torquay Be Nice To Me Judge Mr. Harold J. Pybus Owners Marcelo Chagas, Marco Flavio & Alessandra Botelho Handler Marcelo Chagas
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Rio Hondo Kennel Club Standard Poodle GCh. Brighton Lakeridge Encore Judge Mr. Michael J Dachel Owners Toni and Martin Sosnoff Handler Tim Brazier
Big Spring Kennel Club French Bulldog Ch. Tinker Time Justus Smooth Operator Judge Mr. Jon Cole Owners Justus Kennels and Sherry and Richard Wolkowsky Handler Nancy Jane Pincus Badger Kennel Club Tibetan Terrier GCh. Rilee’s Stellar Performance Judge Mr. Gary L. Anderson Owner and Handler Nikki Kinzinger Gavilan Kennel Club Bloodhound GCh. Quiet Creek’s Kiss and Tell Judge Ms. Bettyann Hale Owners Susan LaCroix Hamil & Heather Whitcomb Handler Bruce Schultz Intermountain Kennel Club Maltese GCh. Scylla’s Small Craft Re-Lit Judge Mr. F.M. “Butch” MacDonald Owners Debbie Burke, Ron Scott and Tara Rowell Handler Tara Rowell Valley Isle Kennel Club Doberman Pinscher GCh. Fantasy Island’s Inspiration Owners Don and Nora Gau and Tina Beatty Handler Tina Beatty Crawford County Kennel Club Great Dane GCh. Lobato’s Code Red Judge Mrs. Lowell Davis Owners J. Lobato, A. Stilwell, L. Hotchkiss, K. Lyons, E. & S. Weber Handler Earl Shore Welsh Springer Spaniel Club of America National Specialty GCh. Royaile’s Man For All Seasons Judge Ms. Sandra Bell Owners Richard H. & Susanne E.B. Burgess and Nora Carlton Handler Karen Prickett Miller Field Spaniel Society of America National Specialty Ch. Capriole’s Normandy Commander Judge Ms. Bonnie L. Clarke Owner and Handler Karin Wiechmann
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ASKED OF Todd & April Clyde
What year did you start showing dogs and what breeds were they? Todd: 1975, Wire Fox Terrier. April: 1985, Airedale Terrier.
Which dog no longer being shown would you liked to have shown or owned? Todd: Ch. Anasazi Annie Oakley (Welsh Terrier). April: Ch. Rocky Tops Sundance Kid (Colored Bull Terrier).
Why do you think most people want to judge? Todd: It is a way to continue to participate in the sport while giving back to the sport. April: They want to preserve the desired type and temperament of the breeds they judge. Who are your non-dog heroes or heroines exclusive of immediate relatives? Todd: “The Greatest Generation” – where would we be without their sacrifices? April: All Health Care workers.
Born: TODD: West Babylon, NEW YORK ApriL: Rantol, IllINOIS Reside: Dagsboro, DELAWARE Married: nine years.
10 If you could change one thing about your relationship what would it be? Todd: That April would like doing flatwork. April: That Todd would not want to watch “shoot ‘em up movies and TV shows”. How would you describe yourselves in personal ads? Todd: Dedicated, old-fashioned smart ass who is trying to improve. April: Soft-hearted dog lover with a passion for achievement.
Do you think there are too many dog shows? Todd: Yes – please explain why we need a dog show on Wednesday, Thursday or Monday when we have one at the same place on Friday, Saturday AND Sunday! April: Yes – I think too many shows dilute the quality of the competition.
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Which are your three favorite dog shows? Todd: Montgomery, Crufts, and the ‘80’s Santa Barbara. April: Montgomery, Crufts, and Palm Springs.
Do you think there should be a limit on the number of times a dog may be exhibited in a year? Both: No. The owner and handler should know what a dog can handle and act accordingly.
How do you react to people flying in and out of shows on the same weekend? Todd: I have no problem as all panels are not created equal! April: The owner and the handler of the dog should seek the opinion of the judge they most respect!
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America’s Number 1* Basset Hound and Number 14** Hound
Tiger’s statistics, January 1-April 30, his first 4 months as a Special, include: 9 Group 1 15 Group 2 9 Group 3 4 Group 4 1 Specialty Best of Breed
Ch. Topsfield-Sanchu Eenie Meenie Miney Moe Sire: Ch Maredge Good To Go Dam: Ch Topsfield-Sanchu Teeter Totter 40 Dog News
Breeder/Owners: Claudia Orlandi Topsfield PO Box 169 Essex Jct, VT 05453 Claire “Kitty” Steidel Sanchu 10040 E Happy Valley Rd #229 Scottsdale, AZ 85255 Handlers: Bryan & Nancy Martin
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By Alan Hedges
Reprinted courtesy of Our Dogs in the UK
s the last couple of weeks have gone on I have become progressively more confused about what is going on in dogs. For clarity, I am a member of the Kennel Club and proud of it, I am a championship level judge of Staffords and proud of it, and I am also a member of the Canine Alliance and at the moment I think I am proud of that as well. Feel free to think I am sad on any of the above counts, but there you have it. Why I am confused is trying to work out why we are in the situation we are when it seems to me that both organisations seem to me to be saying the same things. Noted below are two of what I think modern folks call mission statements. Can you tell which is from which organisation? Thought not, so why are we where we are? A: Its aims are to protect and support the well being of pedigree dogs, to uphold the ethics of responsible dog breeding, to encourage health checking of all dogs, and to allow the exhibition of pedigree dogs without bias or discrimination B: The primary objective is to promote, in every way, the general improvement of dogs On the one hand we have Andrew Brace, leading light of the Canine Alliance working himself into a fearful lather and having to mop down with a damp directorial copy of his paper Dog World and on the other hand the KC issuing statements refuting statements made on behalf of the Canine Alliance by Mike Gadsby and everybody getting into a terrible state when it seems to me that we all want the same things! The Kennel Club want healthy dogs. Check. The Canine Alliance want healthy dogs. Check The Kennel Club want health checks on some breeds. Check. The Canine Alliance want health checks on all breeds. Check. Some Canine Alliance members want a two tier system of registration. One for the tested dogs and another for the rest. The Kennel Club has the Assured Breeders Scheme. How do you get to be arguing about things? Well Andrew tells us that we are not taking this lying down’ in response to the KC’s statement in reply to Mikes presentation. They state there are factual inaccuracies, Andrew says there are lies and who is responsible for this statement. How on earth did we get to this state of affairs? It seems to me that the people who have the HP15 (no it is not a sort of baked bean) feel that they are being victimised, HP15 is the 15 high profile breeds that get checked at the big shows now, and they think that everybody should be tested so that it is not just them. Do they have a point or is the undernoted article extract written by a lady on a Stafford forum got it right? I think people just get shirty because they have been so used to having things their way for a long time and don’t like a change of tide. So this lady breeds
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healthier bassets, compared to what? Every dog should be healthy. My friend has just had her basset put to sleep, apart from his legs and backend failing (and her other basset is going a similar way) he had health issues as long as my arm. Forget Crufts and the like, it’s families like this that buy a dog with good intentions but not much knowledge that end up on the bitter end of breeding a dog for extremities for long periods of time until they are accepted as the ‘norm’ when in all reality they are alien to anything that would be produced naturally. This couple have two young children and basically, like most of the general population, saw something they liked and bought it. You can argue it was up to them to research but I argue it is up to breeders to breed healthy animals free from any degenerative issues. My friend keeps saying how young my girls look (her boy was four) and how lucky I am. Well as a breed I do think we are fairly lucky when I see what others put up with. So like I said, the showing is just one side, a small side, for every litter where one dog is shown six or seven are not and go to family homes where this can happen. It devastated me, but not as much as those children or his owners. It’s just very sad. Until people open their eyes and admit there is a problem unfortunately not much will be done. What you witnessed earlier is people raging because they have been limited in what they can do. Until people who breed such extreme animals can see they are just that, everybody is fighting a losing battle. While I think recent events may have an impact I am not sure it will be for right reasons... Is the above correct? Have some of the people in these breeds lost the plot. I have had people contact me who have stated that they have been at group ringsides when dogs have come in and friends who are non dog people cannot believe that is the BOB in that breed. I know that many of us believe we should have gone on the attack after Hanoi Hannah’s programme, I am one of them, but there really does have to be an acceptance on our part that in this terribly PC age that we live in public opinion does get pandered to and some of our exhibits do not stand up to the closest of examination. I think the withholding of BOB but keeping the CC is a nonsense, but one lady has told me today that she absolutely believes that what has happened at Crufts will definitely make a difference to judges and they will be looking that bit harder for the healthier option. I have had a debate with myself as to what I would do if we in staffords had a major issue and I was judging. Do I put up what I see as the best one, albeit demonstrating the issue, or do I go with the one that is perhaps not quite as good, but is correct in the area that is at issue. It was a fairly short debate and I lost. My instinct has always been to go with the Continued on page 70
GREAT DOG MEN & WOMEN OF THE PAST
William Brainard, Jr., who awarded Len Best Brace at the 1958 Westminster show.
"Day with AKC “program from 1973. Len is shown with Alexander Feldman, the ﬁrst AKC Board Chairman.
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he term “real dog man” is often used in the Sport as the ultimate compliment or as a pejorative, i.e., “He is or is not a real dog man.” But what is a “real dog man?” The best deﬁnition of a real dog man that I can think of is Leonard Brumby, Jr. Dogs were always a major part of his life. Len’s father, Leonard Brumby, Sr., after emigrating from England, became a prominent Terrier handler and a founding member of the PHA. He also initiated a Children’s Handling Class at the Westbury Kennel Club show in 1932. This competition eventually led to AKC’s Junior Showmanship Program. He joined AKC as the ﬁrst full-time Field Representative in 1946, unfortunately passing away the next year. Leonard Brumby, Jr. resided in Syosset, New York for most of his life, with his wife Laura and their three children. One of his sons, James Brumby, also worked for AKC in the Events area in the 1970s and early 1980s. Literally raised with and around dogs his entire life, Len naturally followed in his father’s footsteps, becoming a renowned Terrier handler in his own right, also serving as President of the PHA. Len also owned the registered kennel name “Briar,” which was ﬁrst used by Len’s grandfather in England to breed Wire Fox Terriers in the 1850s, thirty years before AKC was organized. For many years, Len also served as ofﬁcer and show chairman for the Westbury Kennel Association. During World War II, he was a member of the armed forces assigned to the K-9 Corps. After a tremendously successful handling career, Len joined the AKC staff in 1965, as Assistant to the Executive Vice President, Al Dick. At the time the AKC
The year and the woman in this picture were not identiﬁed. Since she is holding a trophy and not a rosette, she is probably a club ofﬁcial and not the judge.
President was not an employee, and the Executive Vice President was the CEO. Len was elected as a Vice President in 1968, and in 1972 became the Senior Vice President, an ofﬁce he held until retiring in 1979. In this capacity, Len was responsible for the approval and monitoring of AKC judges and AKC licensed handlers, and for overseeing an expanding show Field Staff with nine new representatives added to the staff between 1972 and 1979. Under Len’s leadership, the Field staff literally became the eyes and ears of the AKC among the Fancy. As the Manager of the Show and Field Trials Department, I was fortunate to have worked with Len for most of my ﬁrst decade at AKC. There was no one as knowledgeable about the Sport, or who knew more of the Sport’s active and prominent people than Leonard Brumby, Jr. Len’s background and knowledge, as well as his connection in the Sport throughout the country, made him uniquely qualiﬁed to oversee the approval of judges, which is such a vital part of the Sport. With an increased presence of Field Representatives at AKC events, and with Len himself traveling to events extensively, he had an excellent perspective of what was happening at shows and who was ready for advancement as a judge or handler and who was not. Legend has it that Len Brumby had complete and absolute authority over the
Judge Edwin Megargee, who is known much more for being the prominent dog artist.
approval of judges and handlers. In the days when professional handlers were required to hold an AKC license, Len was also responsible for disciplining those “outlaw handlers” who charged clients for handling, although they did not hold an AKC license for the breed involved or in some cases for any breed at all. In fact, judging and handling approval and any discipline items were always within the purview of the Board. However, it would be foolish to think that based upon Len’s reputation and knowledge, his recommendation would not carry a great deal of weight, often being the deciding factor. In 1972, Len became Senior Vice President, the position he held until he retired in 1979. Although only on AKC’s staff for about 15 years, Len has left a lasting mark on the Sport and on all of the judges approved and advanced during his tenure, who in turn became the mentors, role models and legends for the next generation.
en continued as a part-time consultant after his retirement and in 1984 he ﬁttingly served as the Chairman for the local committee at AKC’s Centennial Show. Len died just six years later in 1990. I have seen many prominent individuals in the Sport come and go in
my forty-one years at AKC. Some are remembered for a time and some, no matter how well respected and inﬂuential in their prime, are soon forgotten. A very select few have become part of the lore of the Sport, and their reputation only grows in stature as time passes. Last year over two decades after Len’s death, and over three decades after he left the AKC, when the proposed changes to AKC’s judging approval system were being discussed, many comments were made about the good old days when Len Brumby was or was perceived to be the AKC’s judging approval system. In fact, his name inevitably arises whenever judging approval is discussed. These comments were not only from old timers like me, but also from individuals who started in the Sport years after Len’s death, who obviously never knew the man, but did know the legend. The last time I saw Len was about a year before his death, in the town square of Kennebunkport, Maine, which we both happened to be passing through on vacation with our wives. Len always had a dry sense of humor and there was a comment he often publicly made to AKC employees he really respected and liked. “Are you still working there? I can’t believe they haven’t caught on to you yet.” It was always taken in the spirit given. When he made that comment to me that day, I knew I had arrived. I felt respected and liked by a legend. Dog News 45
Best of Breed and Group First Thank you Judge Mrs. Kathleen Grosso
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Ten all-breed shows in three days, five national titles – and all this in a single venue amidst beautiful local scenery, who could ask for more? The concept has attracted show lovers from across the world to the tiny country of Montenegro, for the Aegean Cup.
The Montenegro Experience Story and photos by Yossi Guy
ome dog owners look for particularly prestigious shows in which they can proudly parade their precious prodigies. Others try to collect titles that can appear in their dogs’ pedigrees for generations to come. The first group will attend breed specialties with hundreds of entries judged by well-known breed specialists or world class affairs such as Westminster, Crufts, the World Winner or European Winner show, in hope of getting placed in their class, since winning a title in these shows is a game with extremely high odds. The second group looks for opportunities to slap as many titles as possible that will be added to their dogs’ name, satisfaction of a different type. By the way, a person may belong to both groups. The Kennel Club of Montenegro, along with those of several other countries in Eastern Europe, has come up with a way of cashing in on the rush for titles. It has signed agreements with other kennel clubs to award their respective championship titles not in the country of origin but in Montenegro itself. The same goes for the Bulgarian Kennel Club that has held this type of show for the past decade or so. The concept is simple but clever. The cost
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of living in these countries is extremely low, at offseason times hotels and resorts are willing to provide accommodations at very attractive prices, so the kennel club makes an agreement with such a venue, offering their services to show goers. On this particular occasion, room and half-board cost a whopping 26 Euros (approximately 30 dollars) a day. The rooms were extremely basic, no phone, TV or wi-fi (and in some cases no hot water either), the food was quite good, but the fact that the show took place on the same premises more than made up for that. The second part is finding countries willing to “sell” their national titles. The organizers pay the other kennel clubs a fixed fee per title. In this case, they paid €20 for each championship certificate they sold to the entrants at €40. In order to obtain the title, the dog had to win a class in two shows, so there were two national shows for each country, each costing €30. In short, getting the five national titles cost a whopping €500! And despite this, an entry of over 500 dogs flocked from all over Europe, travelling for days from far away Finland, Russia and Poland, surrounding countries such as Bulgaria, Romania and the former Yugoslavian countries and even some “show crazy” Israelis and a South African, Donne Lucas. Continued on page 103
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Rare Breeds of the world by Agnes Buchwald
THE KARAKACHAN DOG – BULGARIA
f you cannot serve, you cannot rule”, this is a Bulgarian proverb, and just one of many, but reflects that in the past today’s modern and democratic Bulgaria was so frequently forced to servitude that it knows how to rule. This proverb called my attention, and awoke my curiosity about this not so frequently mentioned country. I wanted to know if there is a Bulgarian born and selectively produced bred dog as well. Oh yes they have not only one, but three; the Bulgarian Hound, the Bulgarian Scent Hound, and the third; a very intelligent and powerful dog breed; the Karakachan. To talk about Bulgaria and the Karakachans made me better understand the emotions evolving mountain climbing; fighting to climb up, slip toward the abysm, and climb up again. To say as I always do that the history, the locale, and people related to a certain breed of dog deserve a book - in this case again - is so true. I tried to reduce, cut, compress this particular history in a regular article’s size, but it came out longer than I, and my gentle and understanding editors, may like. (The other article I remember having a similar work with was the V.I.D.P, when interviewed Mirna Continued on page 78
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The Future Is Hopeful for Dogs with Hemangiosarcoma BY SHARON PFLAUMER It’s every dog owner’s worst nightmare: your dog suddenly collapses and dies after jumping to catch a tennis ball or simply dozes off on the sofa never to awaken again. The cause? t may be an insidious cancer called hemangiosarcoma that has few warning signs and an alarmingly high rate of incidence in some of the most popular breeds. In the following interview, Jaime Modiano, VMD, PhD, Professor of Comparative Oncology at the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine, provides an overview of the disease. He also explains the findings of his past studies on this aggressive cancer and the objectives of new research that offers promise in its diagnosis, treatment and prognosis.
Dr. Jaime Modiano examines a patient at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center. Photo courtesy of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.
What is hemangiosarcoma? Dr. Modiano: Hemangiosarcoma is a tumor more frequently seen in dogs than other animals. The tumor forms at or near sites where there is a high density of blood vessels such as in the heart, spleen, liver or lungs. Historically, it was assumed the origin of the tumor was a malignant endothelial cell--a cell that lines the inside of a blood vessel. We now believe the tumor forms from cells that contribute to the formation of blood vessels but are not necessarily those lining them. That’s an important distinction because the abnormalities that create a tumor in one type of cell differ in another. In order to develop effective strategies for prevention and treatment, the exact type of cell in which the tumor originates must be known. What’s the average age of onset? Dr. Modiano: The median age of onset is between 8- and 10-years. What causes hemangiosarcoma? Dr. Modiano: Its high incidence in some breeds tells you there are almost certainly some hereditary factors that predispose tumor development and/or more rapid progression. Unfortunately, we don’t know if the heritable risk factors actually increase the chances a cell will transform into a malignancy or simply make the tumor grow faster. We also don’t know if it’s a combination of genes that work together, which is most likely, or a single gene, which is improbable. It’s also possible dogs have a greater risk than other animals and people because of their peculiar vascular anatomy and physiology. Could something in the environment cause the disease? Dr. Modiano: There’s no evidence that a single environmental factor contributes to developing hemangiosarcoma. For example, there’s extensive epidemiological evidence from the 70s linking work place exposure to vinyl chloride and angiosarcoma in the liver of people. Because of it, many dog owners are concerned about the use of rubber and plastic in the manufacture of dog toys and food dishes. There is no evidence to suggest these materials are linked to hemangiosarcoma in dogs. Likewise, the data out there right now are far from proving a causal 52 Dog News
The initial diagnosis of hemangiosarcoma is based on radiographs and ultrasound imaging. Photo by Sue Kirchoff, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.
Hemangiosarcoma under the microscope. Scientists are exploring new therapies for this aggressive cancer of the blood vessel cells. Photo courtesy of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.
Subcutaneous Hemangiosarcoma In 2008, this Doberman pinscher (Liberty and Justice for All, call name “Libby”) was diagnosed with cutaneous hemangiosarcoma on the first toe of its right front paw. The dog was treated with surgery only. It continues to do well today. Photo by Marci Poff , owner.
Oncology technicians at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center provide chemotherapy for a patient. Photo courtesy of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.
This photo of the Doberman pinscher’s front paws was taken after surgery to remove a cutaneous hemangiosarcoma and the first toe of the right front foot had healed and hair had grown back. Pathology revealed the margins were clear but narrow when the tumor was removed. Photo by Marci Poff , owner.
H Twenty percent of golden retrievers develop hemangiosarcoma. Photo courtesy of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.
emangiosarcoma has a subclass of tumors that occur under the skin in the subcutaneous space. Symptomatically, they look like a mass with a big bruise around it after the tumor ruptures. The bruise shrinks as the blood is reabsorbed and the mass gets smaller. Then, it grows in size again as the cycle repeats. While these tumors are more easily diagnosed with a needle biopsy, surgery is the mainstay treatment for them. Whether chemo also is necessary depends upon where they’re located, how deeply they are in the skin and if there were clear margins when they were removed. The prognosis for hemangiosarcoma skin tumors is quite good. The median survival is measured in many months to years.
association between hemangiosarcoma and diet or spay and neuter surgery. What are the symptoms of hemangiosarcoma? Dr. Modiano: Most of the time there are no symptoms because the tumors almost always develop inside body cavities. Owners don’t see a lump and dogs don’t feel any discomfort until the tumor is large enough to be life threatening. When owners do notice earlier symptoms, they’re non-specific. For example, owners notice their dogs have days when they act like they don’t feel well. Their gums look pale as if they might have lost blood but there’s no evidence of bleeding in the feces or urine. Initially, the dogs recover. But a few days or weeks later, the same symptoms recur. The cycle repeats because the tumor disrupts blood flow in the blood vessels. That causes blood clots to form. The clots prevent nutrients from reaching part of the tumor causing it to essentially die. When that occurs, the dead part of the tumor breaks open and blood is lost into the body cavity. In luckier dogs, the break in the tumor is small enough to clot or close. The dogs then reabsorb the lost blood and the bone marrow replaces it so they feel better. But it’s only a temporary reprieve because the cycle repeats in a few weeks. In unluckier dogs, the rupture causes massive blood loss that leads to shock and death. It’s all too common for the tumor to rupture, for example, when a dog stretches as it jumps to catch a ball. By the time the dog lands, it’s dead. How is hemangiosarcoma diagnosed? Dr. Modiano: The initial diagnosis is based on radiographs and ultrasound imaging that reveals a mass that’s in the right place—the spleen, liver, kidney, heart or lungs—and is associated with blood loss. Sometimes body cavity tumors can be more definitively diagnosed
with a fine needle aspirate. Most of the time, it requires a surgical biopsy. For example, when the dog has surgery to remove the spleen and any masses, a surgical biopsy is done and the diagnosis is based on the pathology results. Are there other ways to diagnose it? Dr. Modiano: For a variety of reasons such as the dog’s age or the owner’s inability to pay for surgery and pathology, a presumptive diagnosis may be made. Here, the dog’s clinical history, imaging and the experience of astute veterinarians and owners can be quite useful. So can basic blood work such as a Complete Blood Count [CBC]. Because evidence of chronic bleeding is symptomatic of hemangiosarcoma, a microscopic examination of the blood cells in a CBC can reveal evidence of chronic bleeding and whether the red blood cells traveled through diseased blood vessels. A CBC isn’t a test I would use to definitively diagnose hemangiosarcoma, but it certainly can move you toward a presumptive diagnosis of it. There also are a number of newer tests that can be useful in cases where a presumptive diagnosis is necessary. While these tests can move diagnostic certainty closer to hemangiosarcoma, it can’t be 100% certain without pathology. Please tell me about the treatment of hemangiosarcoma. Dr. Modiano: Treatment has several goals. The first is to remove the primary mass and reduce the risk of a fatal bleed occurring. In cases where owners are willing to take good quality but short life expectancy and don’t want to risk a fatal Continued on page 86
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iamond Pet Foods has expanded a recall of its dry dog food in the United States and Canada and has now pulled a total of eight of its branded products of pet food from store shelves, after several of its brands were linked to an outbreak of a rare sprain of Salmonella poisoning that has infected at least 14 people in nine states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is continuing its investigation of the outbreak, which was first detected on April 2 by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in an unopened bag of dry Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal and Rice dog food. Using PulseNet —which was formed in the wake of the E. Coli outbreak in 1993, to help “fingerprint” food-borne diseases and facilitate early identification of common source outbreaks— the CDC, the Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service and the Food and Drug Administration, health officials identified possible Salmonella cases. The AP quotes CDC spokeswoman Lola Russell saying,“People who became ill, the thing that was common among them was that they had fed their pets Diamond Pet Foods.” The CDC has also stated that the cause of humans coming down with Salmonella poisoning may be due to a number of reasons, including touching dog food and then handling their own food; cross-contamination through the use of dishes or utensils that came in contact with the tainted dog food and were not properly cleaned; or perhaps, because of direct contact with a dog carrying the disease. In April, Diamond Pet Foods began the recall by pulling three brands. The additional brands have reportedly been recalled as a precaution, and according to Diamond Foods, none of these additional brands have tested positive for Salmonella. Diamond began pulling some brands of dog food that were produced at a South Carolina plant after Salmonella infections were reported from October 8, 2011 through April 22, 2012, during which five people were hospitalized. The products were distributed in 16 states, mostly along the East Coast and Canada. Though The Christian Science Monitor and other sources were reporting online that up to 39 states and Puerto Rico may be impacted
by the recall, Robin Caulfield, speaking on behalf of Diamond Pet Foods said, “That is not the case.” While the products may be found in other states, this may be due to the fact that private labels that operate as separate companies may distribute outside of the confirmed 16 states. Caulfield emphasized,“It’s much more important that consumers check the product codes and the best buy dates on packages” and that they consult with the Diamond Pet Foods website (http://diamondpetrecall.com/) to make sure they are in possession of possibly tainted food. Cases of salmonella poisoning were reported in Alabama (1), Connecticut (1), Michigan (1), Missouri (3), North Carolina (3), New Jersey (1), Ohio (2), Pennsylvania (1) and Virginia (1). While there have been no confirmed cases of dogs having Salmonella, there have been reports in Massachusetts and New Hampshire dogs getting sick. No deaths have been reported and of the nine patients with available information, five of them have been hospitalized (56%). Anyone who thinks they or their pet might have become ill after contact with dry pet food is urged to consult the proper health care providers and consumers should check their homes for recalled dog and cat food products and discard of them promptly and properly. The brands of dry dog and cat food recalled were manufactured in a Gaston, S.C. facility between Dec. 9, 2011 and April 7, 2012. The additional five brands added to the recall on May 4 have not yet tested positive for Salmonella; this is a precautionary recall. Several other food companies, including WellPet LLC and Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Pet Foods Inc., have also recalled some brands of dog food as a precaution, as some of these products were also produced at the Gaston, S.C. facility, which is the same plant that made mold-contaminated food that killed dozens of dogs nationwide in 2005. In 2009, cat food made at this same plant was recalled because it didn’t contain enough thiamine, an essential nutrient for cats. The company states on its website, “We have taken corrective actions at our Gaston, S.C., facility and voluntarily expanded the recall out of concern for our customers and their pets.” Signs to look for in pets with Salmonella infections may include decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain, which, if left untreated, can lead to lethargy, diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, fever
and vomiting. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and can infect other animals and humans. People handling dry food can become infected with Salmonella and are urged to wash hands and all surfaces that come into contact with dry pet food thoroughly. Symptoms in humans are similar: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Infants, children under five, organ transplant patients, cancer treatment patients and people with HIV/AIDS are more likely to be infected with Salmonella. According to Caulfield, the eight recalled Diamond Branded Pet Foods are Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul, Country Value, Diamond, Diamond Naturals, Premium Edge, Professional, 4Health and Taste of the Wild. Diamond distributes to private labels that were also recalled, among them 4Health, Apex, Canidae, Kirkland, and Wellness. Check the Diamond Pet Foods Recall web page (http://diamondpetrecall.com/), which will be updated regularly, and call (866-918-8756) for instructions on how to receive replacement bags of food or refunds. If it seems like ‘déjà vu all over again’ or that pet food recalls have become alarmingly more frequent, that’s probably because Diamond Foods has had pet food recalls before. The privately-held, family owned enterprise, managed by the Schell and Kampeter family, does business as a U.S.-based commercial pet food manufacturer with plants located in Meta, Missouri, Lathrop, California and Gaston, South Carolina. In 2005, Diamond Foods recalled nearly one million pounds of dog food and the US FDA subsequently uncovered that there was a widespread failure to test corn and other ingredients that went into its food at the Gaston, SC plant; 16 batches of food tested revealed levels of aflatoxin that were beyond the government’s limits. Diamond Foods settled with pet owners for $3.1 million, with dog owners in the class action suit being awarded $2,000 — an amount no dog lover would view as acceptable. Diamond Foods hasn’t been the only culprit. The massive Menu Foods recall in 2007 resulted in some 95 brands of food — 60 million containers of pet food — being recalled because of melamine, cyanuric acid and aminopterin contamination that were causing renal and kidney failure and pet deaths. In 2011, the American Veterinary Medical Association issued no less than 15 such alerts, including possible Salmonella contamination in eight such recalls, in products ranging from pigs’ ears to dry cat food, in addition to aflatoxin contamination and inadequate thiamine levels in canned cat food. Possible aflatoxin contamination was also the reason for a wide recall by the Kroger Company in 2010, which pulled back 10 varieties of pet food sold in 19 states — one of just 20 recall alerts and pet food warnings issued by the AVMA in 2010. In 2009, the AVMA issued 22 such recall alerts and warnings. There is even a website devoted to the subject of dog food recalls, http://www.dogfoodadvisor. com/dog-food-recalls/. You can register to receive such alerts by submitting your email address. One must wonder if the proliferation of alerts and recalls is the result of better technology and testing techniques and the dissemination and sharing of information, such as the founding of PulseNet and the advent of the Internet and social media, or if there is an alarming amount of negligence on the part of pet food companies. Sources confirmed that the manufacturing process has become much more sophisticated and the likelihood of discovering tainted feed has become much greater. While any notice of a recall or threat of Salmonella poisoning tends to create a panic amongst pet owners, perhaps there is reason to be grateful that the odds of discovering bacteria and potentially deadly infectious disease are greater these days. One hopes that more improvements can be made in these areas to protect both the human and pet populations.
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BY MATTHEW H. STANDER
Photos of Bucks and Trenton Kennel Clubs by Carla Viggiano
The Hungarian Problem, Bucks and Trenton ...
he situation in Hungary with regard to the Government’s intent to close the existing Hungarian Kennel Club (hereinafter refereed to as ‘MEOE”, its official name) which has existed since 1899 and support a splinter group of people who organized a rival organization thirteen years ago which has gained the Agricultural Ministry’s official stamp of ‘state approval’ appears to be a pre-meditated take over of dog registration and dog shows by the Hungarian Government. Certainly all reports make this action appear to be an example of the creeping threat of outside governmental bodies and animal rights organizations attempting to and possibly succeeding in taking control of the dog fancy. This particular situation seems to be an example of government interference in the extreme and should be monitored, controlled and protested by the international dog world community. Now here’s something in which the recently formed Canine Alliance should sink its teeth in as this could be a defining moment for the life of the sport of purebred dogs in Europe to say nothing of the role of registration bodies throughout the world. This governmental attempt to have ‘state approval’ of dog registrations and the holding of dog shows has the possibilities of becoming epidemic in scope in Europe. AKC’s position seems to be not to get involved unless asked to by the Hungarian Kennel Club although I have learned that AKC did contact FCI in the matter and I am awaiting information on FCI’s response. Presuming it answers AKC at all. MEOE seems to have reached out Continued on page 92
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GCh. Redfield’s Itz My Tyme RN Number Six Rottweiler*
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Special Thanks to Judge Mr. Steven Gladstone for this Group Win. Owned by Francisco Sanguino and Alicia Everton *Dog News All-breed stats thru March 31st
PHOTO BY Dale Joachim • INSET PHOTO BY VICKi DEGRUY
Multiple Group Winning
GCh. Dunham Lake Scout Master Number Two Australian Terrier*
Thanks to all of the judges who have contributed to this young dog’s successful career.
Owned by Tim and Jane Steinmetz and Theresa Goiffon Bred by Theresa and Ellie Goiffon Handled by Jacqueline Johnson PaxMentes Kennels (715) 220-2978 *Dog News All-Breed stats thru March 31st
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The 17th Annual ACKCSC National Specialty
CAVALIERS IN By Stephanie Abraham
conomowoc, Wisconsin is a pretty little resort town on the shores of Lake La Belle—only about 40 miles from Milwaukee. From April 23-26 this year, the Olympia Resort and Spa was the site of the 17th annual American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club National Specialty plus two Regional specialties immediately following. One thing can surely be said for all those involved in hosting the shows (most especially the Badgerland Cavalier Club)— they sure do know how to have a good time while affording the most welcoming sort of hospitality. Despite the sad economy, we delighted with a fine showing of 282 dogs and 426 entries at the National, including 22 in Obedience and 14 in Rally for each of two successive events. When you consider that it now costs us $250 round trip on most airlines for the privilege of carrying our dogs under our seat (while fussy human babies ride free in their mother’s arms)…we were actually quite thrilled with all who supported us. Those who made the journey from coast to coast, plus Australia, Canada, Germany, England, and other countries I have probably omitted…were not disappointed! Mary Hanus, Show Chair, working closely with Rick Alexander’s ACKCSC Oversight Committee, as well as many members of Badgerland CKCSC, organized a delightful week for us. The ring was spacious and the sight lines were perfect. There were colorful vendors in the halls and beside the ring; the water/food bowl lady was practically mobbed when she arrived; the Winning Image photographer was within sight of the Steward’s table…and Cindy Huggins acted as ring steward for 6 days in a row—she must have been exhausted at week’s end! Continued on page 96
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ccording to the folks who know the breed, the Brussels Griffon is not content to be a “mere” family pet. Rather, they are constant companions that want to be the center of attention virtually at all times. They are also small, sensitive dogs making training a large, sensitive issue. “Brussels Griffons are known for being extremely sensitive and wanting to please their owners,” said Elizabeth McCarthy-Flores, who owns Sleepyhollows Waldo The Magnificent CD RN RA NAJ CGC (“Waldo”), MACH Sleepyhollow’s Lean On Me CD RN RA RE MXF NAP NJP CGC (“Sweet Pea”), Hilltop’s Joy For You RN RA NA NAJ OA OAJ AX MXJ NF (“BJ”) and Alvin Farms Yogi Berra Preshus One NA NAJ OA OAJ AXJ NF (“Yogi”). “Contrary to the myth that this breed is hard to train, my dogs have titles in agility, rally and obedience and Waldo does carting. But, I make all training and performance work a happy, joyous game. With this breed, if your facial expression, posture, voice or attitude are off in any way, they will get worried and not be able to concentrate, which makes it unsafe for us to run or perform. If they do something correctly
during training, it is imperative to let them know immediately. It is not unusual to see me doing a ‘happy dance’, clapping my hands, petting the dog and jack potting with treats galore if they do something spectacular in training. On the other hand, if they make a blunder, I use only a soft ‘uh oh’ or ‘oops’ in a neutral voice to mark the error and then we try it again with as much enthusiasm as I can muster. Brussels Griffons do not like being ‘wrong’ and it is difficult to keep them from becoming upset if a mistake is not handled gently.” “Brussels Griffons are extremely intelligent and have the ability to problem-solve and ‘think’ through almost anything they are asked to do. They also have very long memories. What they do correctly they remember as well as anything they learn how to do incorrectly. They will remember all the good things and will never forget a perceived injustice. They are very sensitive and cannot be trained with a heavy hand. People make a big mistake thinking that they are only cute little dogs that are meant to only be companions and pets. If they are taught with patience and kindness, they have unlimited capacity to learn almost anything they are physically able to achieve,” said Toni Johnson, who with husband Rob owns Int’l Am Ch Legacy’s Holly Jolly Magic RA OA NAJ (“Holly”), Abigail of Wildwood BN RE NAJ (“Abby”) and GCh Woodbridge’s Grand Slam (“Sammy”), with the latter two being certified therapy dogs. Sammy is also a courtroom assist dog certified to help as a therapy dog for witnesses during testimony. The “companion” aspect of the breed probably stems from the fact that the breed became a favorite of Her Royal Highness Henrietta Maria, Queen of Belgium in the 1870s.
“Sammy” (GCh Woodbridge’s Grand Slam), one of Toni and Rob Johnson’s Brussels Griffon found his true niche as a therapy dog. Sweet Pea ( MACH Sleepyhollow’s Lean On Me CD RN RA RE MXF NAP NJP CGC), another of McCarthy-Flores’ Brussels Griffons, is an agility champion proving that the breed can compete in performance activities at the highest levels
Int’l Am Ch Legacy’s Holly Jolly Magic RA OA NAJ (“Holly”), another of the Johnson’s Griffons has been successful in rally and agility but now is finding being in the field tracking to be a lot of fun.
As a result, the breed became the darlings of the Belgian elite. But prior to this elevation to the court, the coachmen of Belgium kept small, wire-haired terrier type dogs called a “Smousje” to manage the rodent population in their stables. These dogs likely were crossed with a Pug sometime in the mid-1800s to produce a smooth-coated dog called the “Brabancon.” The dogs that came from this cross were further crossed with the English Toy Spaniel, both the King Charles and Ruby. The final result was a dog that remains a companion but hasn’t totally forgotten its working past, which may explain the breed’s success in a wide range of performance activities. There actually are three small Belgian terriers that are virtually identical in history but differ in coat type and color—the Brussels Griffon (rough, red), the Petit Brabancon (smooth of any color) and the Griffon Belge (rough of any color but red.) However, of the three types, the American Kennel Club only recognizes the Brussels Griffon. According to McCarthy-Flores, toy breeds have a more difficult time in agility. “The A-frame, dog walk and teeter-totter have not traditionally been adjusted to really accommodate their size. Recently the AKC has lowered the A-frame to just five feet tall for the smallest dogs. I think this makes it safer for my little eight-pound dogs and I’m always enthusiastic about anything that makes it safer for us to compete in any sport. This is a breed that is very confident and intelligent as well as very curious and they have a huge desire to please. They have the heart, determination and drive to train and ‘get it right.’ However, they can be stubborn and aloof if you push Continued on page 74
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BY M.J. NELSON
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Specialty Best In Show Winner
GCh. Fanfare’s Cordova At Runners Wins Select Dog At The American Whippet Club National with an entry over 500 !!
“DOVA” is pictured winning SELECT DOG at the National under Breeder-Judge Dr. Connie Brunkow, also pictured is Dova’s breeder/co-owner, Shelley Kruger.
“Dova” would like to congratulate his mother, Specialty Best In Show Winner Ch. Fanfare’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend for winning select bitch and his son Runner’s The Chancelor at Runners for winning the 9-12 class (with an entry of 19) at the National.
RUNNERS announced the arrival of our first litter in 5 years. Pups born 4/4/12, 1 boy and 5 girls. Dova is the proud sire and the dam is Multiple Group Placer, Specialty Best of Opposite Sex Winner GCH. Runner’s our Caprisious. Show girls available. OWNER: ISABELL STOFFERS • email: firstname.lastname@example.org OWNER/HANDLER: CHRISTY NELSON OWNER/BREEDER: SHELLEY KRUGER Dog News 63
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degree F oven about 20 minutes--- just long enough to set the glaze. Choosing not to serve my Easter Virginia Country Ham whole, I do not smear a glaze over the top. I remove the ham from the AGA and let it sit for 40 minutes before slicing. 6. Carve the ham by first cutting out a small V of meat from the top near the hock end. From that point, continue cutting the thinnest slices you can manage by maintaining a 45-degree angle with the knife. Because of the density of the meat, people will eat much smaller portions than with other moister hams. Country ham used to be left in a cool spot on the counter for anyone to help themselves. It is better, however, to refrigerate leftovers wrapped in foil. They will keep for weeks. Big Michael gifted me with a commercial meat slicer over a year ago. Its home has been the granite countertop to the right of the AGA the entire time. Louise the housekeeper, briefly moves the slicer for cleaning purposes. Now, I must admit my Easter afternoon is extra special at the thought of powering up the slicer and using it for the first time. “You can’t slice Virginia Country Ham too thin!” Big Michael’s words ring loud and clear in my head, while I prepare the ham for slicing. Since I am not carving by hand I remove a large section of the ham and move towards the slicer. With the motor running and all protective gear in place (I considered wearing goggles, but figured
and a glass of your house Cabernet - and, a glass of water, too.” I indicate. “Now remember, with your Holiday Inn Priority Status your second glass of wine is free,” Lynn adds. “OK, thanks!” I share, knowing full well that I will utilize the coupon on one of the later nights, when I do not have the prospect of judging such a full load of dogs staring me in the face. Dog show morning arrives. I awake before my alarm and the wakeup call. I turn off the alarm and attempt to strategize around my morning ritual and the impending wake-up call--- due to arrive in exactly nineteen minutes twenty-one seconds. Quickly, I use the bathroom, place my eyeglasses on my head, making sure I carefully tear open the regular coffee filter packet, place the packet in the small black plastic holder and slide it into the diminutive coffee pot. Returning to the bathroom, I contemplate filling the petite pot to the three-cup or four-cup line with water. “If I only fill it to the three-cup line, my coffee will be a bit stronger,” I say to myself--- hoping for a nice, strong aromatic cup of coffee. I return with the pot filled to the number three line and wait patiently for my brew and the phone to ring. My coffee completes its cycle nine minutes before my wake-up call. “Ring, ring, ring…….” I pick up the phone, dangle it a few inches above the docking station, and after three seconds place it back in the holder. My date with Mr. Coffee does not last long enough. I shower, shave and quickly prepare myself for a long day of judging the Old Dominion Kennel Club. The show site is less than two miles from the host hotel. With ease, I locate official parking area, gather my dog show judging essentials and proceed
“He grins…the teeth sparkle….” I am spreading ham-scent over my hands in an attempt to get the dogs to like me.” I mentally freeze. What do I say???” I could keep the flying ham bits to a minimum), I artistically slice the Easter Virginia Country ham in perfect paper-thin portions. Adorned with the Red Eye Gravy, the ham is a hit. Big Michael, Mom2, Uncle Ben and Aunt Barb each devour their initial plating and return for seconds. All smug, watching their happy faces, I relish in the fact we have another half of ham to put in the freezer for another feasting occasion. Easter comes and goes. With its passing comes the satisfaction of knowing that I shall be rewarded for my Virginia Easter Country Ham culinary success by judging the Cherry Blossom Circuit of Dog Shows in less than two weeks’ time. Overjoyed with entry, especially Pugs and Bearded Collies, I pack for three days of judging and impending rain. I activate Droid’s navigational system for the three hours and twenty-two minute drive to Timonium, Maryland. Arriving late, I miss the judge’s social hour and take dinner in the hotel restaurant. “Hello! My name is Lynn and I will be your server tonight. Can I take your order?” she asks. “Sure thing – I will like the Bacon, Blue Burger with no bun, sweet potato fries
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to the show building. Once inside, I navigate my way through grooming spaces, around several rings and into the Superintendent’s office to collect my purple with white letters, official judge’s badge. My morning begins in one of the outer buildings and ends with judging the Pug Specialty in a ring located in the main building, next to the entrance to the judges hospitality / lunch room. “Wonderful, immediately after Pugs, I can quickly retreat to lunch and relax,” I think to myself. As always, the Pugs and their owners are wonderful and the entry is exceptional. I am especially moved by my Winners Bitch---a small, correct, black, balanced bitch with a lovely outline, head, very sound on her legs. Futhermore, the dog is breeder, owner handled by a woman I have never seen before. “Oh, you are my new favorite judge in the whole wide world!” she exclaims while getting the photograph. “I cannot believe you like black Pugs. My bitch was the only black pug entered and you put her up,” she continues to ramble with joy. “I assure you, she won because of all of her other virtues and her color was only one contributing factor,” I proclaim, attempting to explain my thought process. Photos completed, I proceed to the lunchroom and select a chair on the far side of the middle table--- on the end--- next to the buffet line---with full view of everyone who enters and exits the room.
Staying true to my routine, I gather my beverages of choice first---Diet Coke and water---and place them at my seat before filling my lunch plate. Next, I walk to the start of the buffet line, grab utensils wrapped in a paper napkin and a paper plate. First, I toss a little salad on my plate and move forward to the first stainless steel chaffing dish, which is proudly guarded by a lady eager to use the serving tongs twirling in her left hand. Without asking, she mounds several slices of warm, thinly sliced smoked ham (Yes! I said ham!) onto my plate. I regretfully bypass the next stainless steel chaffing dish, filled with buttery mashed potatoes and opt for stainless steel chaffing dish number three, filled with green beans. The meal proves to be hot, tasty and satisfying. Half way through lunch a fellow judge, Mr. Teeth, settles down directly across from the table. “Hello Michael! I hope you don’t mind if I join you?” he asks while sliding into the seat. “Of course not. How are you?” I inquire. We engage in small talk for approximately fifteen minutes--- travel, food, our homes, etc. A friend and club member, whom I have not seen in years, comes to my side and engages me in conversation, leaving Mr. Teeth to himself. He quickly eats his lunch and exits the room leaving the two of us to our side conversation. After an additional five minutes or so, we end our talk. Tossing my paper plate, napkin, plastic utensils and cup in the trash, I collect my bag and head to my ring for the afternoon judging assignment. Squeezing by folks standing in line for food, I stumble upon Mr. Teeth. He is back in line waiting to be served more Ham. “Hey there! Didn’t you get enough to eat?” I inquire in jest, while watching the server place two large slices of ham directly into his bare hands. “What the hell!” I think to myself, while watching him gently slide, roll, and caress the ham in the palm of his hands and through his fingers. (I can seriously tell you it took every bit of strength I had not to retreat to one major out-ofbody-experience (OBE) as I watched Mr. Teeth’s hand / ham dance.) I wait in total anticipation of what he is going to say. “Oh, no I am not hungry!” He grins…the teeth sparkle….” I am spreading ham-scent over my hands in an attempt to get the dogs to like me.” I mentally freeze. What do I say??? Not really knowing what to say, all I can come up with is, “Wow! That’s really interesting! Maybe I should rub some behind my ears.” I retreat to my ring, wondering if he is judging Bull Mastiffs or some other large breed eager for hamscented hands. My Cherry Blossom weekend ends on a high note with an exceptional Bearded Collie entry and a wonderful gesture of support for my friend Patty Pace, arranged by fellow Golden Retriever breeders. I return home, early Monday evening, to a happy Murphy French---our French Bulldog--- Sam and Sally--- the cats---and settle in with a glass of wine and leftover Easter Virginia Country Ham for dinner. I remove several thin slices from the freezer, place them in aluminum foil and slowly heat the package at 350 degrees for fifteen minutes. I collect a white bone china plate from the kitchen cabinet…a set of silver flatware…a linen napkin… another glass of wine… a hunk of French bread… a small salad… and finish the setting by placing---none other than--leftover Easter Virginia Country Ham on the plate. It settles side-by-side with the bread and salad. I am oh so thankful that I did not have to rub it between my hands to get Murphy French’s attention and love.
…first all white Siberian Husky to win a Group First
Thank you Judge Mr. David Bolus for this exciting win
GCh. Tovik’s Pretty Fly For A White Guy Multiple Group Placings Handled Exclusively by Jessica Plourde Breeder/Co-Owner Tovik Linda & Kelly Boyd
Owner Liyaza Johanna DuWaldt Coutu
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American Pointer Club 2012 National Specialty April 25-30, 2012 Sacramento, CA
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By Nancy Rapoport
Photos by Nancy Rapoport and Tim Shelhamer
he American Pointer Club 2012 National Specialty was held in Sacramento, California. This show was dedicated to Nancy Dohlmar, Barbara Anne Quast and Shan Shiver. The host hotel was the Lions Gate Hotel & Conference Center at McClellan Park, the site of the former air force base. California show committee members Marva Petrequin, Deborah Harper, Barbara Witzke, and Susan Bleckley were on hand to prepare the grounds and make sure that all of the events of the week ran smoothly. They did a wonderful job of planning and presenting the show and related events. Show events started on Wednesday, April 25 with the Pointer Club of Southern California (PCSC) 18th Specialty Show and Junior Showmanship. Judging was held outdoors on the McClellan Mall adjacent to the hotel. Rain showers fell during the morning, but the skies cleared in time for judging. Mrs. Sandra McCue of Antelope, California judged junior showmanship and judged open junior A. Dawson Kissik, Jr., handling CH Brackenmoor Princess Royal, as best junior handler. Mr. Paul H. Robinson from S. Auckland, New Zealand judged conformation classes at the PCSC specialty. His choice for BOB was GCH Penpoint King Arthur, bred by Continued on page 107
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most positive one with the most to offer, but if we have a problem then I should be promoting the one that’s right. Breed type will not be lost, but surely when the boat is leaking plugging the hole is a better plan than worrying about the colour of the paint on the outside? Follow the acronym I wonder at the logic of having all BOB’s or CC winners tested and have differing views. On the one hand I think a lot of Canine Alliance people like the idea because it will be very difficult to do and will take the heat off them, and on the other hand I think there might well be some merit in a dog or bitch needing to have had its health tests before it can be bred from, that is always assuming there are required tests for that breed. Staffords have some for eyes, I believe poodles do too, and without them, their progeny could not be registered. It wouldn’t be compulsory, but without it, you can’t register the pups. Seems fair to me as an option and no one who for instance wants to just show but never breed doesn’t need to feel they have a responsibility to do the best for their breed. There does seem to be a number of areas that could be improved. For instance it seems to me that where the KC is concerned PR needs to see HR with a view to a job on LNER, maybe doing timetables, because the PR is not working. HR need someone who is more on the case and getting the info out there to the people. The EC&V, remember them? The Facebook lot that want the KC bashed and Steve Dean to get no wages, well they are singularly not well informed in my view and the question has to be asked as to why not. Surely PR & HR can and should be doing a better job. If HR can get someone in PR on the QT maybe it will be on the up and up and the info will get out there. The lack of knowledge about health tests for breeds is staggering. Maybe the KC could ask PR to require a page in all general show schedules advising people of where the KC website is and where they can look for health matters concerning their breed? Not so hard to do I think, and would generate a huge number of hits on the KC website. The Canine Alliance needs to be a lot more open about what their aims are, they have gone from being outraged of Ashford to a full blown organisation with a membership secretary and full meeting agendas without the membership ever needing to be consulted. This is not a good look guys. Remember transparency? You put the word in there, so let’s be having some please, and feel free to put your name at the bottom of your posts, so we the members know who we are talking to. You see our names, do us the same service please. Somewhere along the line recently and without consultation open membership of the KC is now an aim? Must have missed the consultation on that one. Even Steven Seymour writing in DW knows that it is not a one issue organisation. “The whole issue and the emergence of The Canine Alliance is not just about health. It’s about dozens of things that have remained censored and secret for too long”. Well now Steven, I’ll take the leap of faith and assume you are a member of
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the CA , just like me, but unlike me, you have the advantage of knowing about dozens of other things. Would you care to share them with the rest of us? Lots of folks are very worked up and seemingly in an anti KC lather with a little bit of health testing thrown in, and everybody seems to know that the CA is about all sorts of things, but none of us can actually find then in print. With this new open membership of the KC would it be the same as most dog clubs? Just send in your money and that’s you sorted? Sounds good except it isn’t what happens is it. Someone has to propose you and second you (bit like the KC really), the committee approve it, bit like the KC really and as a stumbling block they kind of want you to have something to offer the world of dogs. As far as I can tell, they are not keen on naked ambition, folks looking to join to further their own ends and Johnny come lately. So what would be the criteria for this open membership? Have a mate who will pay your membership and has a bit of string so your hand goes up when his does? Someone who wants the same things as you?? Someone with a different point of view? Oh alright, maybe not, wouldn’t want it to be democratic would we when we could have the EC&V model would we. TARGET BYB’s, back yard breeders to give them their full title, are the current target (of Mr Seymour) for taking away the focus on folks who are doing it all right and proper, but there are people who have even bred a Crufts group winner or champions in various breeds this way Steven. How many of them have you bred? It is very easy to disparage folks that you know nothing about and cannot quantify. Actually, how would you quantify a BYB? Someone who only breeds once in a while, but because they are not known to me or you and don’t show, can’t possibly be doing it right? When the major health tests were introduced in Staffords we had a job getting everybody in the show world to buy into it, but one way or another they did, and by endlessly going on about it and doing everything we could it the message got out there and lots of “BYB” adverts and dare I say it, even some puppy farmer ads for Stafford pups have “Health Tested for HC & L2HGA” on their adverts, so it can be done; frequently we have found that folks happily buy into something once they know about it, which takes me onto the vexed question of what are all the breeds about their own health tests. My newly burgeoning post bag and in box tells me that there are a lot of folks out there who see “swept under the carpet” as a standard MO in some breeds, notably the HP15. This cannot possibly be right, and looking to drag everybody into the show testing, or railing against BYB’s or Puppy Farmers is not going to change the fact that way to many of our own number do not do all that is available to them. I have had no problems and I have been in it for 30 years etc etc, I can’t afford it, but the puppy’s new owners can test them if they want. None of these is good enough, but apply a bit of pressure in your breed and find out for yourself just how many are NOT testing. I’m guessing that won’t be a topic for many CA supporters as it is a reality that many don’t want to face up to. (Just a guess!)
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them too hard. They will completely ‘shut down’ and refuse to work if their feelings get hurt. I had to learn this the hard way. Leaving them wanting more is a very important concept.” Johnson found obedience to be a major problem although she said that the rarity of Brussels Griffons in agility, where the field is mostly dominated by highdrive breeds, and Brussels Griffons tend to be driven by the pleasure of performing for their owner, also created some difficulties in that activity. “The Griffon is not naturally driven to herd or run obstacles so shaping the behavior needed for that sport or any other, for
Abigail of Wildwood BN RE NAJ (“Abby”), another Johnson Griffon shows the breed’s versatility in agility.
One of Elizabeth McCarthy-Flores’ Griffons hitches a ride in Waldo’s (Sleepyhollows Waldo The Magnificent CD RN RA NAJ CGC) cart.
Although clearly the smallest dog in the cart lineup at a carting test, Waldo’s not about to concede anything in the carting area to the bigger dogs.
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that matter, has to be introduced as a fun game always ending with the dog wanting to do more. In obedience, the breed’s size created some difficulties for me. Griffons want to be with their owners and see your face but in obedience, they have to worry about being so very close to your side. I had to rethink my strides, my body motion and how I walked so as not to cause the dog to walk away from my side in order to see my face or stay out of my path. The larger breeds are more able to see and understand the body language of the handler. I also had to resize my strides so that I was not taking too long a stride or too fast so the dog could keep pace with me. The same issues arose in agility. Wanting to be by my side and with me was opposite to the skill needed for agility, which is to work away from the handler or out in front of the handler. However the greatest obstacle to success with Brussels Griffons is the perceived limitation of the breed, that they are only cute little companions and pets. This does the breed a great injustice because they have a very high level of intelligence and a desire to please no matter what job you ask them to do. You just have to reinforce correct skills or behavior while training with praise, fun, play and treats. You really should never give a Griffon any negative reinforcement by either words or actions. It is also very helpful to surround yourself with people who have no preconceived notions or opinions on what a Brussels Griffon can and cannot do.” McCarthy-Flores has taken the unusual step of carting with her Brussels Griffon, Waldo. The first question that would immediately come to mind would be where would you find a cart small enough for a Brussels Griffon. “I saw a picture of a tiny Pomeranian pulling a little two-wheeled cart online. When I saw that, I knew I had to have one so I could try it with one of my dogs. I tracked down a person in Canada who made the cart the Pomeranian was pulling and a month later, I had a hand-made cart that was just the right size for my Brussels Griffons. It turned out that only Waldo had the right temperament for working within the cart shafts and harness. It can take a few minutes to release a dog from the equipment so they have to stay calm regardless of the environment. He was the only one of my Griffs that I believe can handle the restriction of movement necessary to maneuver the cart and not panic if something goes amiss. It was clear very quickly that my two females didn’t have the patience to tolerate all the harness attachments while being hooked and unhooked. They are much more active than Waldo and I didn’t think carting would be a safe activity with them.” One of the risks associated with doing a number of activities with a dog is that the dog will somehow “sour” on some activities. Johnson said that her dog, Sammy, lost interest in activities at which he wasn’t really good. “Sammy soured on the conformation ring. He got tired of the pressure in the ring and we had to retire him. He also stopped being receptive to both obedience and agility. He didn’t excel at either sport and he eventually just refused to participate. He has shown a talent for therapy dog work where he can set the pace of the activity and he has shown a natural ability to sense the needs of someone who is stressed or in need of some canine love and attention. I was never able to reestablish any interest in performance sports or conformation with Sammy. We have had to accept that he’s best suited for work as a support dog. The best way to work with this breed is to let them exhibit their talents and strengths in whatever areas they are suited to do. But, when you do begin training this breed for any activity, you really have to train them in short segments when you are starting to teach them a new skill. By short, I mean two to five minutes, twice a day. You have to leave them happy and eager to continue the game of training.” “It is important to constantly educate the public about the versatility and exceptional abilities of these little dogs,” said McCarthy-Flores. “They can do it all.”
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Shibboleth and her Canaan Dogs, recently focused again in our Dog News). In this case the reason is that the Karakachans and their animal breeding need a special history. How should I do? Talk about Bulgaria, where the Karakachan dog live and Bulgarians proudly call it their own or about the Karakachan people who live their own history and breeding skills in Bulgaria’s womb, and call this dog theirs? I want to share with you their history, and the spider web that attach their peaceful life together. I hope you will enjoy reading, as much I enjoyed researching, learning, and sharing it. The Karakachans are an ethnic group living in Bulgaria that has preserved its own language, culture, self-identity, and nowadays may be nomads or not. Some Karakachans explain themselves as Greeks because Greek is their mother tongue but then they add immediately that they are “Bulgarian” Karakachans because it is here- for centuriestheir ancestors were born. Bulgaria is a small country on the east coast of the Balkan Peninsula. It’s approximately 42,823 square miles, making it slightly larger than the state of Tennessee. Bulgaria’s population is about 8.9 million. Ethnic Bulgarians are 85% of the population, 15% are Turks, Gypsies, Macedonians, Armenian Russians, and Greeks (1991 estimate). The official language is Bulgarian. The richness of the country’s culture is reflected in a great number of architectural treasures, and only Greece and Italy have a greater number of historical monuments. Throughout Bulgaria one will find ancient Greek sites, Roman amphitheatres and Byzantine churches. Seven sites have achieved a coveted place on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The main agricultural regions grow large quantities of corn, tomato, tobacco, grape, sugar beets, oil-seeds, and potatoes. The famous crop of the Tundzha Valley, or the “Valley of the Roses,” is where the fragrant oil is produced. The valley is famous for its rosegrowing industry cultivated for centuries, and produces 85% of the world’s rose oil. Every year a big festival is held celebrating roses and its oil. The rose picking season lasts from May to June. During this period, the area gives off a pleasant scent and is covered with multicolored flowers. The gathering process requires great ability and patience. The flowers are carefully cut one by one and laid in willowbaskets which are then sent to the distilleries. Bulgaria is the world’s largest exporter of rose extract. About the first millennium B.C. the ancient Thracians inhabited the eastern Balkans including parts of modern Bulgaria. The weak leadership of Thrace’s turned them easy target for the conquering armies of Persians (6th Century B.C.), and Macedonians. The Roman army won over Thracians in 50 A.D, and when the Roman Empire split into two parts, Thrace fell under the administration of the Byzantine empire. Two centuries later, a Turkish tribe from central Asia called Bulgars conquered the region, and assimilated into the larger resident Slavic population. The Bulgar conquerors soon fused with the Christianized, agricultural Slavs, and from this fusion a unified kingdom has born rivaling culturally and militarily with the fanatic Byzantines. The first Bulgarian Kingdom arose in the 9th. Century and almost immediately the war against Byzantium, Bulgaria won, and declared Eastern Orthodox Christianity the official state religion, and established its own independent patriarchate. The Medieval Bulgaria reached pinnacle in culture, and territorial growth under King Asen II (1218 – 41), and became center of the Slavic world. In 1240 Tatar hordes invaded Europe and Bulgaria, unable to repel them, was forced to pay tribute to invaders. Following the Tatars the Ottoman
Empire occupied the country, destroyed great masterpieces of Bulgarian art works and enslaved the population, forcing them to convert to Islam. When the 17th Century arrived the Ottoman Empire was close to its disintegration. In 1870, Bulgarians expatriated from the Turks, formed armed revolutionary groups to overthrow the invaders but they failed and the brutal Ottoman reprisals killed 30,000 Bulgarians. Outraged and backed by international public opinion Russia led the clamor for Bulgarian autonomy, and Czar Alexander II of Russia declared in April 1877 the War of Liberation- ending with Turkey’s defeat. In World War I, Bulgaria signed alliance with Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Ottoman Turkey. At World War II, King Boris III, forced by the Nazi invaders, cemented Bulgaria’s relationship with fascist Germany and Italy, declaring war on the United States and its allies on December 13, 1941. The Soviet army invaded Bulgaria on September 1944, and the Bulgarian resistance group of communists passed to govern the country. In 1946 under the watch of the Soviets, Bulgaria abolished monarchy and established the People’s Republic. As the 1980s drew to a close, Bulgarians expressed their unhappiness with the regime through public protests and dissident activity. On November 10, 1989, one day after the fall of the Berlin Wall, reformers within the Communist party forced the resignation of President Zhivkov. The country joined the European Union on January 1, 2007. Bulgaria is one of the oldest wine making regions in the world, and varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and the indigenous Mavrud are beginning to arrive into the world market. The country’s forests have inestimable global and ecological importance. Bulgaria ranks third in Europe’s biodiversity with a number of rare species, many of which have disappeared from other parts of Europe. For the preservation of this diversity, national parks and reserves have been established. Recently enormous quantities of gold treasures were found dating back to at least 4000BC. Thracian artifacts from royal tombs dating from the 5th and 3rd centuries BC can be admired in museums, and new finds are being exhumed almost daily. Wherever you go, there is still plenty to see, including one of Bulgaria’s nine UNESCO World Heritage sites the Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak. The Bulgarian cuisine is famous for its kebabs, cucumber soups, and smoked meats but nothing is so well known and respected than their yoghurt with its famous Lactobacillus Bulgaricus. Bulgarians are proud to say that yoghurt is their exclusive invention and heritage that dates back many centuries. There is a saying; Want to live 100 years? Eat Bulgarian yoghurt! It is surprising how quickly Bulgaria is catching up to its EU counterparts. The biggest city of the country, Sofia, the capital, has been rebuilt after the WW2 bombings. With its eclectic mix of architecture this is a fast growing eastern European modern city. When visiting Bulgaria one finds a different kind of treasure everywhere; the Karakachan dog certainly is one of them. Karakachans (call themselves Vlachs, or Karakachan Vlachs) Continued on page 82
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have ancient origins with particular linguistic evidence, traditional culture and social organization. The anthropologists affirm that the characteristics of this people classify them as one of Europe’s earliest populations. Their origins have been the subject of permanent study, and there are various hypotheses about. Their own historical registry is that for centuries they lived on the Pindus Mountains (extension of the Dinaric range of the Balkans) in an area called Sirako conquered by the Ottoman Turks. Unable to bear the despotic rule of Ali Pasha Tepelene, Karakachans fled to the mountains where they started raising sheep to support themselves. Their history may be associated with the overthrow in southwestern part of the Ottoman Empire which also concurred with the resettlement of the Vlachs at Bulgaria. This fact is also mentioned in Ottoman and earlier sources. The Thracians of antiquity had numerous sheep flocks which were guarded by large long-haired local dogs. Later on, Asian fighting and livestock guarding dogs came to the Balkans following conqueror’s hordes and nomad’s caravans. The Bulgar tribe settled on the Balkan Peninsula (around 600 AD.) with their livestock, and those big dogs had probably collaborated in the formation of Bulgarian dogs. While other Asian nomad people use donkeys, the Karakachans use only horses (with or without horse shoes) as their transportation. Because of extremely conservative traditions the Karakachans became famous breeders of livestock. Of all the primitive horses in the entire region, it is the Karakachan pony that is considered the most consolidated breed. The human intervention has guided this development without interfering with the animal’s instincts. The nomadic Karakachan dog noted for its vitality and adaptability to unfriendly living conditions is a breed that remains healthy in spite of meager food rations a tough breed that is proven to be an excellent protector of livestock against predators. In 1957 the communist Bulgaria nationalized the farms, and everything was taken from private owners. The communist regime was particularly hostile to Karakachan dogs, and launched an extermination campaign against them. The breed came close to extinction but thankfully a small number of dogs have been saved. Nowadays these dogs are living in the Bulgarian mountains but can also be found in northern Greece and Macedonia, where once the nomad Karakachans had passed thru. Descendant of the early Thracian Molosser, the Karakachan Dog is believed to be one of Europe’s oldest breeds. For centuries during the summer Karakachans grazed their sheep flocks on the Bulgarian mountains, and in the winter they stayed in the Mediterranean part of Thrace. The continuous round trip provided all-year-round grazing to their flocks. This feeding method, and breeding traditions led by their animal’s instinct, preserved the most ancient coarsewool sheep, the primitive Karakachan horse, and formed the ancient livestock guarding dog shaped to complement their nomad life, and living habits. The Karakachan dog is massive, powerful with a well developed musculature of harmonic proportions known for their aggressiveness towards carnivores. Bulgaria is a country with large population of wolves and bears but the big and heavy dog can chase wolves and compete with their speed anytime, and even fight with bears for they have the necessary strength, agility and excellent fighting skills to deal with any predator. “The Karakachan dog is strictly territorial. It accepts the flock as its territory, wherever it is. Being close to the flock, they become visibly aggressive if the flock is threatened. If a stranger tries to
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remove an animal from the flock, the dogs will become seriously aggressive. However, when a flock is passing through a village the dogs walk calmly without paying attention to people. There is another reason for the lack of accidents: the tradition of guarding livestock with big, aggressive dogs has always existed in Bulgaria. Everyone knows about them and people simply avoid the flocks, so conflicts do not occur. Also there are dogs, which are not really aggressive towards people, but at the same time are excellent guards against other animal predators. The trends in breeding these dogs are to produce offspring less aggressive towards people.”(From the Standard) Because depending on them, these dogs are highly valued by the nomadic shepherds. It is almost unbelievable that having a hard and rustic life they reach an impressive average age of 18 to 20 years. At 10/12 years the dog still works perfectly well with the flocks. Some females produce offspring when they are 15 to 16 years old. Karakachans treat their dogs as respected family members, and are even allow the dog to eat first. These dogs have a vegetarian diet made from ground oats and wheat mixed with water and a little milk. According to the literature, in the past some livestock breeders, who had had a huge number of sheep (about 12 000) had owned 100 dogs for protection of these flocks. Until the World War II the Karakachan dog had been used in the Bulgarian army.(sempervivia ass) Deservedly named after the Karakachans the dog appears in the works of some classics of Bulgarian literature, and in 1938 H.B. Peters wrote about it in the German cinologycal magazine “Festschrift fur Hundeforschung” making them known by the whole dog world. The first researcher of the breed was Todor Gajtandjiev, who proposed the standardization of the breed in the 1970s. The Karakachan Dog’s bravery and dignity, together with its incredible loyalty, make him an invaluable help and friend as well as a real treasure for its country. Note - The Karakachan dog has been used for the creation of new breeds. In the last 15 years, the breed has been used by some amateur dog fans in Bulgaria to create a new big show breed, the Bulgarian Shepherd dog, with which the Karakachan dog should not be confused. 1. The official breed standard was written in 1991 and approved in 2005 by the State Commission for Animal Breeds within Ministry of Agriculture of Republic of Bulgaria. Our dear readers can find the complete standard at www.dogbreedinfo.com and the Karakachan Dog Association of America - If you want to watch the way of life of Karakachans, and their dog, please go to http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=aME2H21zvEE – I am sure you will enjoy this video.
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Judges: All Breed: Mr. Howard “Butch” Engel Breeder: Jane Hamilburg-Guy Handler: Michelle Pinsker Yeadon
Owners Keith & Cheryl Robbins George & Barbara Adkins Tina Porter Lee Stanton Jorge Pinson
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bleed, the potential to do surgery can be discussed even when there is metastasis. When there’s extensive distant spread, surgery might be contraindicated because little can be done about metastic tumors in the lungs, brain, spinal cord or other organs. If the spread is regional, however, it’s useful to discuss surgery even though it probably won’t be curative. While surgery is always the first line of treatment and the one of most benefit, sometimes tumors develop in places where they can’t be removed such as the brain, both kidneys or wrapped around a large blood vessel. Is chemotherapy effective? Dr. Modiano: The use of chemotherapy in addition to surgery provides the best opportunity to prolong life even though it’s not intended to be curative in dogs. Various protocols for chemotherapy can be used. All seem to be equally effective against hemangiosarcoma. What’s the prognosis? Dr. Modiano: Affected dogs are at great risk of death without treatment--Life expectancy is less than a month. If you do surgery only, then, life expectancy increases to six to twelve weeks depending on the site and size of the tumor. If you do surgery and chemo, life expectancy increases to four to seven months. It should be noted that 15 percent of dogs treated with surgery and chemo go on to survive a year or even much longer. Some of them eventually die of something else. Not all of those, who survive 12 to 14 months, are cured, but a significant proportion of them are. We’re not sure what accounts for this. We don’t know if the disease was regional and surgery removed most of it so chemo only had to kill a small proportion of it. Or if some forms of hemangiosarcoma are more sensitive to chemo than others. What were the most significant findings of the past study you’ve done on hemangiosarcoma? Dr. Modiano: Perhaps the most important finding is that there are tumor cells in the blood stream in most or all dogs with hemangiosarcoma. This explains in part why the disease spreads rapidly and to so many different organs. We also showed there are fairly unique patterns of gene expression associated with the tumor. For example, hemangiosarcomas like to maintain some level of inflammation as well as active blood vessel formation. That means hemangiosarcomas do better in tissues where there is a specific type of inflammation, with the associated changes in the microenvironment as well as formation of new blood vessels that allow for nutrients and inflammatory cells to reach more of the tumor. This isn’t surprising because inflammation and blood vessel formation are the hallmarks of most tumors. The proteins used for this purpose are good targets for therapy. Recent data from our groups also suggest that hemangiosarcoma may arise from cells that retain stem cell properties. We intend to use all of this information to develop new diagnostic, therapeutic and preventative strategies. What are the objectives and possible ramifications of your current research? Dr. Modiano: There are several ongoing or recently completed studies in our lab and in those of our close collaborators which are funded by grants from the American Kennel Club Health Foundation, the Golden Retriever Foundation, Morris Animal Foundation, the National Canine Cancer Foundation and other agencies. In these studies, we want to determine how hemangiosarcomas are similar or different in various dog breeds. We also want to identify the heritable factors that account for the elevated risk of golden retrievers to develop hemangiosarcoma. And we want to determine the precise role of cancer stem cells in this disease. We’re very excited about the preliminary results of this comprehensive approach, which is at the point of being translated to the clinic. Through collaboration with Dr. Daniel Vallera at the Masonic Cancer Center, we showed that a targeted toxin has the capacity to effectively kill the cancer stem cells in hemangiosarcoma. Based on this data,
Breeds with an Increased Lifetime Risk for Developing Hemangiosarcoma
emangiosarcoma accounts for seven percent of all malignancies in dogs.1 However, some breeds have an increased lifetime risk for developing the disease, which means there is a greater probability they will die from it. Increased risk is estimated from retrospective analyses, breed club surveys and health studies. For example, an apparent breed predilection for the disease in German shepherd dogs originally was noted in the 1970s.2 This predilection was later confirmed by additional retrospective data in the 1980s.3 At present, there are no precise estimates for the breed’s lifetime risk of developing hemangiosarcoma. But it’s probably close to 20% according to Barbara Williams, the current Health and Wellness Committee Chair for the German Shepherd Dog Club of America.4 A review of the veterinary medical databases of more than 20 veterinary schools in 1980 found that the breeds with the highest risk of developing hemangiosarcoma—those with a two to three times greater risk than the average for all dogs--included boxers, great Danes, English setters, golden retrievers, pointers and German shorthaired pointers in addition to German shepherd dogs.5 For a more current and comprehensive list of breeds for which hemangiosarcoma is a concern, visit the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation Website at http://www.akcchf.org/research/researchpriorities/breed-health-concerns/ Breed Club Health Surveys: As already stated, information regarding which breeds are more likely to develop the disease has been gleaned from the health surveys conducted by many national breed clubs. For example, the Golden Retriever Club of America Health Survey conducted between 1998 and 1999 showed that 18.7% of all deaths in Golden Retrievers could be attributed to it. Further, the data in a report prepared by Margaret Slater, DVM, which was based on the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America Health Survey conducted between 2005 and 2006, showed the cause of death for almost 15% of the Portuguese water dogs that were deceased and included in the study was hemangiosarcoma.7 Health Studies : In June 2000, a pathology study of Salukis that died suddenly showed 17 of 55 of their hearts, or 31%, had cardiac hemangiosarcoma.8 Likewise, in a study of 537 Australian shepherds, hemangiosarcoma was found to occur significantly more often (26.4%) than any other cancers.9 Mixed Breeds: In terms of the number or percent of mixed breeds at increased risk, no reliable data are available according to Dr. Jaime Modiano. “All we know is it happens. It happens frequently. And, often, it is undiagnosed until after death,” he says. “Even then, it may not be diagnosed in many cases.
Angiosarcoma Awareness, Inc. provided funds to support a clinical trial to test this toxin in the clinic. The drug is reaching the final stages of manufacturing and quality control, and the trial is expected to begin soon. Has your research brought you closer to developing a diagnostic blood test? Dr. Modiano: We developed the patented principle for a diagnostic blood test for hemangiosarcoma. Before it’s aggressively marketed, we want to establish benchmarks defining how often it produces false negatives or positives. We also need to know how early it detects the disease and, if it does detect it early, we need to develop additional tests to pinpoint tumor location as well as treatment that help the patient. Knowing your dog could die from the disease has no benefit if there’s nothing that can be done about it and you don’t know when that’s likely to happen. The availability of this test is one aspect of our comprehensive approach that could become exceptionally useful as we are better able to predict the differences between tumors that arise in different organs and develop additional tests that isolate their source.
Notes: 1. Vail DM, MacEwen EG. Spontaneously occurring tumors of companion animals as models for human cancer. Cancer Invest. 2000;18(8):781-92.) 2. Appleby EC, Hayward AH, Douce G. German shepherds and splenic tumors. Vet Rec. 1978 May 20;102(20):449. 3. Brown NO, Patnaik AK, MacEwen EG. Canine hemangiosarcoma: retrospective analysis of 104 cases. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 1985 Jan 1;186(1):56-8; Prymak C, McKee LJ, Goldschmidt MH, Glickman LT. Epidemiologic, clinical, pathologic, and prognostic characteristics of splenic hemangiosarcoma and splenic hematoma in dogs: 217 cases (1985). J Am Vet Med Assoc. 1988 Sep 15;193(6):706-12; and Spangler WL, Culbertson MR. Prevalence, type, and importance of splenic diseases in dogs: 1,480 cases (1985-1989). J Am Vet Med Assoc. 1992 Mar 15;200(6):829-34 4. Williams, B, Health and Wellness Committee Chair, German Shepherd Dog Club of America - Phone conversation on April 24, 2012. 5. Priester WA, McKay FW. The Occurrence of Tumors in Domestic Animals, NCI Monograph 54, US Dept. of Health and Human Services, NIH Publication No. 80-2046, Nov. 1980. 6. Glickman, L., N. Glickman, and R. Thorpe. 2000. The Golden Retriever Club of America National Health Survey. Golden Retriever Club of America. (See http://www.grca.org/pdf/health/ hemangio.pdf <http://www.grca.org/pdf/health/hemangio.pdf>) 7. Slater, M. 2006. The 2005 Portuguese Water Dog Health Survey: Final Report. Portuguese Water Dog Club of America. (See http://www.pwdca.org/ health/surveys/2005/2005PWDHealthSurveyPresentation.pdf <http://www.pwdca.org/health/surveys/2005/2005PWDHealthSurveyPresentation.pdf>) 8. Presentation given at the annual meeting of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, Nov. 2000 by Tom Bell DVM, PhD, Pathologist, Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Michigan State University and Mary Dee Sist DVM, Saluki Health Research. (See http:// www.salukiclub.org/SalukiHealth/salukhealth-hemangio.html <http://www.salukiclub.org/SalukiHealth/salukhealth-hemangio.html>) 9. Monti, K. Success in Raising Awareness, and Funding for Canine Cancer Research. Genes, Dogs & Cancer: 5th International Canine Cancer Conference, Feb. 13-15, 2009 - Orlando, Florida, USA. American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation.
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GCH. KEN’S N’ ROOBARB N’ THE HORSE YA’ RODE IN ON
AMERICA’S NUMBER ONE BOSTON TERRIER IN THE BREED*
* 16 Specialty Best of Breed Wins * Eukanuba Best of Breed Winner * Westminster Best of Breed Winner * Multiple Group Winner
*Breed Points, All Systems
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Dog Show is scheduled to be held in Budapest, Hungary except…13 years ago a splinter group broke away from the Hungarian Kennel Club making two competing organizations. Now fast forward to present day and as of May 15th the government approved only one kennel club to register dogs and hold dog show events. Unfortunately, it is the splinter group that is getting the approval not the F.C.I. member Hungarian Kennel Club. So I would say as of right now the 2013 World Show might be held in another country, unless this can all be worked out. Sounds like a lot of goulash, pun intended. Back home, we hear that a very popular yearend dog show is not going to be held this year, citing money problems and the competition from the AKC/EUKANUBA DOG SHOW as the reasons for its cancellation. However, it has not officially been announced, so as soon as we hear so will you. Congratulations to DOG NEWS’ SEAN KEVIN GAFFNEY, who has written and illustrated a children’s book (ages 9 and up) titled AREA 51: UFO MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR MANUAL. The 48 color pages contain mazes within alien spaceships. Very cool! Although it’s due out this fall (Dover Publications) it can be pre-ordered on Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com. Five Veterinary Colleges, COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY, OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT DAVIS, WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY and WESTERN UNIVERSITY OF HEALTH SCIENCES, have formed
Congratulations and best wishes to LOUISA BAKER and American Kennel Club field representative JOHN WADE, who were married this past Thursday. Best wishes are also in order for TRACEYANN MCKAY and DOG NEWS’ CHRIS KING on their marriage that took place last Saturday evening. Surrounded by their seven children in total, 3 from CHRIS and 4 from TRACEYANN, the ceremony was a real family affair. MR.& MRS.KING are honeymooning in Puerto Rico. For those of you who have attended the Crufts dog show and marveled how the four-day event with over 20,000 dogs in attendance is run so smoothly, thank show manager VANESSA MCALPINE. VANESSA is currently nursing a broken leg and I want to send our best wishes for a speedy recovery. After all, the next Crufts is just 10 months away. On the international front… in conjunction with the up coming World Dog Show in Salzburg, Austria (where RON MENAKER and ZANE SMITH will be judging) there will be a Skye Conference with Skye breeders from around the world participating. The United States will be represented by the parent club president KAREN J’ANTHONY and fellow Americans JUDY DAVIS, JAN SIMONDS, KAREN SANDERS and PEGGY KOPF. DWIGHT & LYDIA COLEMAN HUTCHINSON will celebrate LYDIA’S birthday with a trip to Austria visiting Vienna and Salzburg where they will attend the World Dog Show. Next year the World
a consortium called the CONSORTIUM OF WESTERN REGIONAL COLLEGES OF VETERNARY MEDICINE to create more opportunities to work together.
and Betty win again!
GCh. Hauerdane’s Don’t Bury The Treasure V Cap’s Thank you to Judge Mrs. Houston Clark for this prestigious win. Owner: Annette Brill Breeders: Beve Hauer, Treasure Wylie, Catherine Harlow & Jeannette Copeland Handler: Betty Jo Costantinidis Dog News 91
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to both the Romanian KC and FCI for help. FCI has tepidly, which response is in Letters To The Editor (pg. 102). The Romanian KC has asked its own Commissioner for Agriculture to broker a solution with the Hungarian Government! The official AKC line seems to be no request for help-nothing we can do which I find strange and unacceptable since in the long run this is a threat to all kennel clubs worldwide. It would seem that according to a report filed in OUR DOGS, a British contemporary, that the problem for Hungarian exhibitors and judges is that if ‘“MEOE” does become ‘illegal’ on May 15th and if the FCI continues only to recognize the MEOE, they will have no way of legally showing and judging outside of Hungary in FCI member countries under FCI rules and regulations. Export pedigrees from that country’s MEOE the primary registering body also would be in question worldwide. This of course has a double ententre since many purebred breeders in America question a lot of the East European pedigrees with which to begin but that’s another story. And then too what happens to the World Show of 2013 to be held in Budapest-will that be held or not?? Governmental intervention in the basics of dog breeding and dog showing must be prevented for sure. Those of us unhappy with aspects of the governing of our own kennel clubs should take a close look at what is going on in Hungary and consider whether governmental interference on the level taken by Hungary is acceptable. Personally I think it is deplorable based on the facts at hand and that both TKC and AKC, the two most powerful kennel clubs in the world, should get involved to attempt to prevent this governmental take over immediately. (See Editorail on this topic as wel). Understand Bucks and Trenton went well as usual with Bucks running late due to the judging of a breed judge from England with Mastiffs. One thing about our system which I never understand is why when these lateness problems occur, sometimes due to scheduling, sometimes due to the judges themselves, the group schedules are not just automatically changed on the spot. In the Bucks case I am told Working was last anyways and still the delay went on-well either
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have the breed involved come in towards the end of the group or miss the group altogether. Bucks was won by the California wire while Big Trenton by the Wirehaired Pointerthe Monday Trenton show by the Affenpinscher. I really love Bucks and think it is one of the outstanding and meaningful shows in the world. Well another Board Meeting down the drain so to speak with two absentees. One person, Dr. Garvin, due to illness I think but Charlie was able to contribute by telephone throughout the meeting. Charlie is one of the nice people in our sport and I am happy to hear that he is making great progress towards recuperation. Steve Gladstone missed yet another meeting due to what I am told was a foreign judging assignment, this time in St. Petersburg, Russia. You know Steve could be a valuable contributor to the sport as a Board member and at times probably is. However, declination of an offer to sit on a Board Committee this year and his absence again for a foreign judging assignment-he did something similar last year but did attempt to phone in at the end of the meeting--which I am told he did not even do this time are signs of a loss of interest on his part. Come on, get with it Steve-you lost your March election fight but that should not be enough to stop you from at least making your presence known. As an aside I would have preferred being in St. Petersburg too as it is one of my favorite cities in the world but obligations do precede tourism and judging assignments which can always be cancelled or rescheduled one would think. From the Board’s standpoint I am told it was a quiet and uneventful meeting. Now let’s read the Minutes to find out what really happenedthere is always a surprise or two or three, isn’t there - despite immediate reports and reactions.
AUTO Finished from Bred by Exhibitor
Ch. Dun Roman’s Getaway Driver Sire: Best In Specialty Show Winning Ch. Meadowood’s I’m Stormin Norman Dam: : Best In Specialty Show Winning GCh Dun Roman’s Element of Earth LMLD
Thank you Judges: Mr. Alberto Berrios, Mr. Mauro Anselmo Alves, Ms. Joanne (Jan) Paulk, Mr. Jay Richardson, Dr. James D. Sillers, Mr. Burton Yamada and Mr. Bruce E. Voran, pictured. Bred by: Dun Roman Danes EST 1942 Owners: Jennifer, Betty & Zoe Costantinidis and Brandon Pyle Handled Exclusively by: Betty Jo Costantinidis
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CAVALIERS IN BADGERLAND Continued FROM page 61
Janet York (Piccadil) from New York City was greeted with a ring full of Futurity hopefuls on Monday morning. A true breeder’s showcase, the Futurity invites the best of the best to show their ‘stuff’ and in turn be rewarded with a bit of “cash” as well as that all important placement. This year, the Best Junior went to the lad from 9-12 Puppy Dogs: Stepamgar’s The Duke. Breeders/owners: Linda & James Shreffler. Best Senior was the 12-15 bitch Chatham Take It To The Limit. Breeder, Anamaria Ruggieri. Owned by Lisa Ross. After evaluating both of these lovely winners, Ms. York chose Chatham Take it to the Limit as her Grand Prize Futurity winner for 2012, sending her connections home happy and considerably richer! Immediately following the Futurity, a very dapper David McCullough (Caribelle) from Victoria, Australia, began to evaluate his 109 Sweepstakes entries. Classes were large and very competitive, but David was more than up to the task, justifying the faith of the exhibitors that had entered so spectacularly for him. After several hours of careful judging, David chose his Grand Sweeps winner from 12-15 Dogs (one of 3 littermates in competition)-- Kinvaar Believer Fever. Breeder: Debbie Kerr. Owner: Marianne Creary. Best of Opposite laurels went to the 12-15 import from Germany--Bonitos Companeros Gianna Nannini. Breeders: Markus Kirschbaum. Owner: Lana Adair. The Veteran Sweeps is always a competitive affair, and this year was no different. Best Veteran in Sweeps went to the 7-year-old Ruby bitch, GCH Kimark Bright Eyes. Breeders and owners: Kim & Mark Baillie. BOS in Sweeps to the 11-year-old Tri, Rattlebridge HarleQuinn Man CD RE OA AXJ NAP NJP BN. Breeders: Albert Snyder. Owner: LuAnn Stuver Rogers. Monday evening witnessed the fun and frolic of the Welcome Party, “Fun at the Fair,” sponsored by the Badgerland club. The room was all done up with blue and yellow balloons, and floating balloon cows—all to remind us we were in Dairyland, after all! Who knew how many fine dancers were in our midst?! Many introductions were made, many friendships begun and others renewed—starting the week off on just the right festive note.
n Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, the Obedience And Rally contestants took center stage, judged by Richard Wood and Mrs. Sharon D. Hodgens-Wood from WI. Tuesday’s High in Trial went to Lyricc Hot Coco Kisses CDX RA with a score of 195 ½ from Open B. Bred by Maureen Pogorzelski & Alicia Dunn. Owned by Penelope Edmund & Raymond Guarascio. Wednesday’s high honors went to Castlemar Bode’s Xena UDX OM1 RN with a score of 198 ½ from Open B. Bred by Penelope Edmund & Raymond Guarascio. Owned by Michael Bode & Rita Bode. This year we had an exciting High Combined award given to the nearly 6 year old Tri bitch Castlemar’s Bode’s Xena, with her 198 ½ from Open B combined with 194 in Utility in the Wednesday competition. Rally contestants competed enthusiastically on both days. Happily, there were many qualifiers, including two perfect scores of 100 each, proving the versatility of our lovely breed. If that was not enough drama for you, we were very committed competitors in a Silent Auction presided over by Helen Jesse and Lu Dunham for several days, all to benefit Rescue. Many exhibitors participated, earning much needed $$ to support those Cavaliers less fortunate. All took place in the big ballroom, across from the ring and the stunning display of silver trophies, colorful rosettes, and perpetual trophies just waiting to
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be retired. We supported the newly formed Breeder Education Committee (headed by Cindy Huggins) with a turnout approaching 100 strong, listening to several respected breeders both domestic and foreign who offered insights and answered questions; we held a Juniors seminar; we had great participation in Heart and Eye clinics; we achieved 44 blood draws for databank access to researchers investigating Cavalier health issues; we attended a very instructive seminar from two of our most successful owner handlers, Karin Ostmann and Elaine Mitchell, teaching the basics (and not-so-basics) of getting our puppies ready to show; Judges’ Education (chaired by Stephanie Abraham) was held on Wednesday morning, with about a dozen participants who also stayed on for ringside mentoring; Dee Wallis presided over Canine Good Citizens; we held an Agility seminar led by Debbie Motley; Mrs. Kylie Jo Hirschy-Seivert judged 7 keen contestants in Junior Showmanship, awarding best Junior to Shayla La Monica from Open Senior; and there was nary a dry eye in the house when our 37 glorious Veterans trotted into the big ring to parade before us, many of us reliving their glory days in a truly inspiring display. If you were hungry, if you were tired, if you just needed a place to unwind, the Badgerland contingent offered the Cavalier Café each day, well stocked with homemade food. I have been attending dog shows for a thousand years, and I must say this was the first one where lovely fat shrimp were offered to the exhibitors, along with lox, chocolate fountains, cheesecake, and many, many other assorted and extravagant goodies— much appreciated extras! And to help us wake up, several regional clubs as well as individuals sponsored breakfasts to energize us for the events of the day ahead. Mrs. Catherine (Katie) Sloan (Turretbank) from Scotland began Tuesday’s Dog Judging in the afternoon. With 92 to adjudicate, it was a difficult task. The large classes were cut and cut again, and finally emerging from all the others was the precocious Blenheim 9-12 Puppy, Orchard Hill Kid You Not. Breeders and Owners: Erica S. Venier & Rachel A. Venier. Shown by a delighted Rachel. Reserve honors went to the 12-15 Blenheim, Burbrook Storm Chaser. Breeder: Peggy M. Wallace. Owners: Carol Rose & D. Petralia. Shown by Darlene. On Wednesday the bitches took center stage—all 115 of them! Mrs. Sloan yet again cut and evaluated the huge classes until two stood alone in the center of the ring. WB on the day went to the sweet Blenheim, Burbrook Storm Warning. Breeders: Peggy M. Wallace. Owners: Carol Rose & Darlene Petralia. Shown by Carol. A littermate to the RWD, surely Carol and Darlene had a great day. Reserve to the lovely Bonitos Companeros Gianna Nannini, David McCullough’s Sweeps BOS. Shown by Elaine Mitchell. It was nice to see such consistent placements. On Thursday, the crème de la crème in Cavaliers swept into the big ring to begin Best of Breed judging—all 54 of them! 38 Dogs and 16 Bitches all vied for the supreme honors of the week. It was a treat for the eyes to see so many fine animals assembled in one place—one of the many reasons to educate our eye by attending our National specialty. Mrs. Sloan judged group after group of specials, cutting and sorting. With much tension in the room, the spectators broke into great applause for the final victors. BOB this year was last year’s RWD, CH Sheeba Expresso. Breeder: Barry Ostmann. Owner: Karin Ostmann. Handled by a very thrilled Karin. Best of Opposite trophies went home with the WB, Burbrook Storm Warning! What a great honor to go over all those fine bitch specials. And the WD, Orchard Hill Kid You Not, went on to take Best of Winners. Never a dull moment! Grand Champion Select Dog was CH Bonitos Companeros Halli Galli. Breeder: Markus Kirschbaum. Owners: Ted Eubank & N. Morrison & M. Kirschbaum & K. Vorderstrasse. Handled by Ted. Grand Champion Select Bitch was GCH Torlundy Courtlore A Taste Of Honey. Breeders: Patricia Kanan & Cindy Huggins. Owner: Michelle Dusel. Agent Burk Hughes. Continued on page 100
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GCh. Silverado’s Bijoux Precieux Skyfield Sire: Ch. Celtic’s Vengeance
Dam: Ch. Skyfields Nothinfancy In Miaka
A grateful thanks to Judge Mr. Robert Fetter for Group Fourth and so much appreciation to all the Judges who have seen Bijoux’s potential. Loving Owners Ann Darnell T. & J. Armstrong Maria Devier firstname.lastname@example.org
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The coveted Awards of Merit, in no particular order, went to: CH Althof Cafe D’Amour. Bitch. Breeder and owner: C. Cornelia Hansen. CH Flying Colors Versace. Breeders: Cathy J. Gish. Owners: Debbie & Jim Uren & Johann Emedi & C. J. Gish. Also Best Veteran from the 7-9 Dog Class. CH Orchard Hill Charismatic. Breeders: Erica S. Venier & Rachel A. Venier. Dog. Owners: Mrs. E. S. Venier & R. Venier & C. Hodgkinson & S. Hodgkinson. Last year’s WD and BOB. CH Orchard Hill Play For Keeps. Breeders: Erica Venier & Rachel Venier. Dog. Owners: Catherine A. Darr & Mrs. Erica S. Venier. Agent Jody Paquette Aranel Fanatic. Breeders: Mark Smith & Rick Aldous. Dog. Owner: Lana Adair. Agent Elaine Mitchell. Best Stud Dog this year was GCH Miletree Northern Star at Shirmont. Breeders: Peter C & Ruta K Towse. Owners: Bruce & Shirley Henry & Betsy George. Agent Clint Livingston. Brood Bitch honors went to: CH Dansyn Toast With Cristal. Breeders: Elaine Dempster & Fred Becke. Owner: Elaine S. Dempster. And this year we had a competitive Brace class, won by Sue Shidler’s Sevenwoods Wildberry and Sevenwoods Hollyberry At Westgate.
n Thursday evening the Charitable Trust held its annual gala banquet and both live & silent auctions, with little toy Cavaliers peeking out of cheese crowns as centerpieces on the festive tables. Presiding over the live auction once again was one of our great supporters, the “voice of Westminster,” David Frei—soon to add his 2nd Cavalier to his own family and author of the 2011 book ‘Angel on a Leash,’ recounting his experiences with therapy dogs. With his easy and personable style, he elicited over $23,000 on the night, all to benefit our beloved Cavaliers. What a great way to acknowledge our love for these special animals that so enrich our lives. Carl Tenille was the 5th winner of the Patricia L. Kanan Charitable Trust award—for exceptional service and dedication to the Trust. Carl was truly surprised, but no more so than his wife Joan, who took home a well deserved AKC Good Sportsmanship award. On this night, the important ROM awards were also handed out to our new qualifiers—1 ROM Sire and 4 ROM dams--with suitable photos and biographies on dual screens in the hall. But the biggest Producer honor of all went to our 2012 Legion of Merit recipient—Orchard Hill Surprise Party. Bred and owned by the Veniers. This year we were also proud to announce the recipient of the Advanced Performance Award-- MACH Daisylane Galaxy Déjà Vu. Bred by Kristine Kilfoil and owned by Kristine Kilfoil and Dianne Jamison. What do most Cavalier people do after attending the National Specialty? Why, they stay on for two more Regional club specialties—in this case those put on by Badgerland on Friday and Saturday. Entries were still very high, approaching 200 with an easy 5 points at stake each day in both Dogs and Bitches. Judged by Sherry Daigle (Twintree) from Canada and Tanya Engel (Angels Pride) from Germany, each judge presided over a different gender on the successive days. WD and BW on Friday under Ms. Daigle was Burbrook’s Storm Chaser, the Reserve winner from the National. Reserve to Amantra Paisley from Open Black & Tan. Breeders: Mrs. D. Fry & Mrs. T.M. Jackson. Owner and handler: a very thrilled Janice S. Gallagher. WB honors from Ms. Engel went to Bonitos Companeros Gianna Nannini, moving up a notch from her Reserve at the National. The Reserve was Chanctonbury Viva La Diva from Am Bred. Breeder: Janet Beck. Owner: Michelle Dusel. Agent Joseph Berkau. The Select Dog from the National took home all the silverware on Friday under Ms.
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Daigle--CH Bonitos Companeros Halli Galli. BOS to the Tri bitch, CH Orchard Hill Buy Me A Pony. Breeders & Owners: Erica Venier & Rachel Venier. A littermate to the AOM dog from the National, Orchard Hill Charismatic, who was Select Dog this day, keeping it all in the family! Awards of Merit on Friday—in no order: GCH Mcytation Irish Blessing. Tri Dog. Breeder/Owner: Marji Mccormick. CH Storeyland Golden Ransom. Dog. Breeders/Owner: Janice S. Gallagher. A Ruby heard from! CH Sheeba Expresso. Dog. Breeder: Barry Ostmann. Owner: Karin Ostmann. Still on cloud 9 because of his great BOB win at the National only 24 hours earlier. CH Turretbank Beaujolais. Dog. Breeder: Katie Sloan. Owners: Richard & Stacy Green. Another Ruby in the finals. Best Junior Handler judged by Mrs. Janie M. Bousek was Morgan A. Edwardson. Morgan repeated her exciting win the next day under judge Mrs. Mareth K. Kipp. Still needing an entertainment fix? On Friday night, the Badgerland folks put on an Oktoberfest in April— complete with the infamous Squeezettes—just to remind us that we were all present to have fun, win or lose. Saturday came with a rush—all of us suddenly realizing that our whirlwind week in WI would soon conclude. In between packing the suitcases, grooming the dogs one more time, and sharing one final meal with dear friends, we managed to appear for the last show of the week. This time Ms. Engel judged Dogs and Intersex and Ms. Daigle presided over Bitches. Principal winners were as follows: BOB--Aranel Fanatic. Breeders: Mark Smith & Rick Aldous. Owner: Lana Adair. BOS--GCH Flying Colors Tiramasu. Breeder: Cathy Gish. Owner: Annette Edwardson. WD--Kinvaar’s Mile High Club. Breeder: Debbie Kerr. Owner: Ginger Harris & Ginger Harrison. From Open Blenheim, he went on to take an Award of Merit. He is a full older brother of the Grand Sweeps winner at the National. RWD--Alberica Duke Of Earl. Breeders: Mrs. D.H. Lucas & Mr. A.G. Lucas. Owner: Joyce R. Crommett. WB--Rose Arbor Hoochie Koochie. Breeder: Betzie Smith. Owner: Glen & Linda l McKinnon. From Open Blenheim. RWB--Chanctonbury Viva La Diva. Repeating her win from the day before. Select Dog--CH Bonitos Companeros Halli Galli. The BOB winner on Friday and Select Dog at the National. Select Bitch--GCH Torlundy Courtlore A Taste Of Honey. Also repeating her Select Bitch win at the National. Awards of Merit—In addition to the WD—In no order: CH Turretbank Beaujolais. Repeating from Friday. CH We-Syng Royal Etiquette. Breeders: Nanette Wright & Pam Moesinger. Eamon To Please & We-Sung Social Etiquette. Dog. Owners: Gayle Reardon & Nanette Wright. Agent Laura L. King AKC Registered Handler. GCH Mcytation Irish Blessing. Repeating from Friday. That wrapped up the week! Immediately following the BOB judging, exhibitors and spectators hurriedly finished packing up, rushed to airports, loaded up vehicles, all to go back to their ‘real lives,’ wherever they might be. Friends we may not see again for a year or more bade tearful farewells. Through it all, our sweet Cavaliers remained wagging and happy, delighted just to be with us, to share in this VERY big adventure, and to remind us why we were all gathered together to share in these special moments in the Heartland.
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Ed. Note: See Editorial and And More Columns for additional thoughts on “the Hungarian situation”. GSPCA NSS RESULTS ARTICLE CORRECTION saw the Dog News issue with the results from the German Shorthaired Pointer Club Of America National Specialty Show. Where Kit wrote about the Winners Dog on Thursday and Best Of Winners on Friday, at the Dessert GAP Club shows. She stated that Berihill Edelmarke Moment Of Glory was a stud fee puppy who was bought “back” from Berihill, Jennifer Mills. Robin Remondi owns him now, but, she did not buy him back. She purchased him. I am his breeder. Lisa Huck-Gaede & K. Gaede. Edelmarke Reg’d. I think Kit assumed that Robin had bred him instead of looking in the catalog. Is there a way to retract that and let people know who his breeders are? Thank you. Lisa Hauck-Gaede & William Cornell Carp Lake, Michigan
CANINE ALLIANCE STANDS FIRM IN OPPOSITION TO VET CHECKS aving had the opportunity to study statements from Caroline Kisko and Kathryn Symns on behalf of the Kennel Club in response to Heather and Derek Storton, owners of the Best of Breed winning Basset Hound winner at Crufts whose BOB award was nullified by one veterinary surgeon at the show, the steering group of the Canine Alliance remains more convinced than ever that the present arrangements are not only flawed but not in accordance with natural justice. It is aware of the fact that items have been placed on the agenda of the Kennel Club’s forthcoming AGM calling for the suspension of the vet checks in their present form and sincerely hopes that common sense will prevail amongst the members who would not wish to see their Kennel Club placed in a position of great vulnerability. The Alliance is aware that it faces an uphill struggle if it is to comply with the wishes of its ever-growing membership and reiterates its current priorities. To this end it emphasises: 1) The unacceptable vet checks were the reason the Alliance was created. 2) Its aim is to ensure that no Kennel Club award, made by a judge that it has itself approved, should ever be cancelled by a vet as this undermines the whole judging process. 3) It aims to convince the Kennel Club that it should arrive at a system where all dogs that are exhibited at its licensed Championship shows have some kind of health clearance BEFORE they are in a position to receive a Challenge Certificate. 4) Long term this is best achieved by the Kennel Club insisting on appropriate health clearance from parents before registration of any litter. 5) There are other matters which need addressing beyond that of the vet checks but for the present time this has to be the immediate focus. Members of the Canine Alliance steering group will be in attendance throughout Birmingham National Championship show and new members are invited to join at the show when their membership can be processed immediately and they can obtain their Alliance badge. Andrew Brace Gwent, UK
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Letters ToThe Editor
FCI STATEMENT ON HUNGARIAN SITUATION onsidering the current situation that our member in Hungary, MEOE, is facing, the FCI members and the FCI General Committee wish to reiterate their full support to our very long-standing member that has been sharing our wonderful existence since 1933. Talks and negotiations will take place with the Hungarian political authorities to envisage (sic) the future but we want to insist the world dog community that MEOE can count with our unconditioned support and friendship. H.W.Müller FCI President
KENNEL CLUB APPLAUDS MICROCHIPPING CONSULTATION BUT RUES MISSED OPPORTUNITY TO BETTER PROTECT PUBLIC he Kennel Club has commended the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (Defra) plans to consult on the introduction of compulsory microchipping which will help to crack down on the owners of dangerous dogs, but has also labelled it a missed opportunity to better protect the public by preventing dog attacks before they occur. The Kennel Club has long lobbied for the introduction of compulsory microchipping, which brings a raft of benefits including reducing the time taken to reunite dog and owner if a dog is lost or stolen, cost savings to local authorities in the kennelling of strays, and helping to trace rogue breeders who sell puppies from puppy farms. The measure would also help to increase the traceability of irresponsible owners should a dog be out of control in a public place. However, the Kennel Club also views Defra’s package of measures as a missed opportunity to do more to hold the irresponsible owners of dangerous dogs to account for their actions. The Kennel Club has been lobbying for the introduction of Dog Control Notices as genuine preventative action which would allow authorities to take action against irresponsible dog owners at the first signs of their dogs displaying aggression. These pre-emptive measures would mean that ‘problem dogs’ and indeed, problem owners, can be addressed before a serious incident occurs. The Kennel Club firmly believes this to be a more effective solution than the current legislation which ties up police resources in seizing specific breeds deemed to be dangerous regardless of the behaviour of the individual dog, rather than focusing resources on dogs of any breed that have actually displayed aggressive behaviour. Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Communications Director, said: “The introduction of compulsory microchipping would be a bold move which would have far reaching benefits for dog welfare in this country. It would help the authorities to reunite dogs and owners more swiftly, to ensure that puppies sold in pet shops can be traced back to their breeder and to clearly link owners to dogs and their dog’s actions. “However, it is not a catch all solution for protecting the public from dangerous dogs and their irresponsible owners, which can only be done by introducing measures to penalise irresponsible dog owners before an attack occurs. The time has come to stop wasting limited resources seizing innocent dogs deemed to be dangerous purely because of the way that they look and instead focus on positive solutions to tackle irresponsible dog ownership which has huge welfare implications for innocent dogs and puts the public at risk.” The Kennel Club has welcomed some aspects of the ministerial announcement including Defra’s decision to extend the law to private property and to remove the mandatory requirement to seize and kennel all dogs suspected to be ‘of type’ under section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act. Whilst it welcomes local authority and community projects to promote responsible dog ownership and the government’s commitment to invest in such measures, the Kennel Club does not feel that £50,000 will make a real impact in improving the current situation. The Kennel Club’s Charitable Trust has made several grants for such schemes, with individual projects alone costing in the region of £10,000. £50,000 shared throughout the UK is therefore unlikely to give local authorities sufficient resources towards improving measures to prevent dog bite incidents and protect the public from aggressive dogs and their owners. Laura Quickfall London, England
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Donne had flown in with her Doberman bitch, Chaldonne Chekpoint Charli, European Winner 2011. “I can only get out of South Africa for 10 days, so I looked for two weekends with as many shows as possible. After this show is over, we will drive to Serbia for a specialty and then to Poland. The whole idea was to see how this dog compares to European dogs, but also due to the fact we are unable to pick up more than the local championship title at home. My bitch has travelled a lot and has done very well at large shows.” The South African authorities give their citizens a hard time when leaving the country with their dogs. They make it even harder to return after more than 10 days abroad. Donne, a seasoned traveler, did not expect to have such a hard time this trip, but after flying from Port Elisabeth to Capetown in South Africa, she flew to Amsterdam – where the airline lost her. She turned up safe and sound at the airport kennel facility. They caught the train from Amsterdam to Frankfurt and after spending the night there, flew to Podgorica, Montenegro. The day after the show in Montenegro, they flew to Belgrade and from there to Poland via Vienna and then back to South Africa. “This show is a cultural experience,” remarked Donne. “It’s nice to see people from other parts of the world show their dogs. It makes me realize we have excellent, world-class dogs back home. South Africans should venture more into the world. What the show lacks is communication. They should have let us know what was going on. The culture here is extremely laid back and the long waits between the shows and then between the final judging were quite frustrating. Had they told us what to expect,
it would have improved the overall experience.” That is quite true, one must admit. The shows began with the morning queue at the office to pay for the entry, for those who had not pre-paid. This meant wasting at least one hour in line. The exhibitors received a printed report along with the dog’s number and then went to the rings. Even though the catalog cover said the first shows would begin at 9:00 AM, they seldom began before 10:00 or even 11:00, causing handlers and dogs to bake in the bright Mediterranean sun. Then the entire operation halted until around 5:00 PM, causing the main ring to begin no earlier than 7:00, when the last rays of sunlight still lingered just to taunt the photographers because the lighting in the basketball court was not up to par. On the first day, the day of the Montenegro CACIB show and another all-breed show to enable gaining the local title, breed judging ended and the main ring judging began after night fell. Since there had been two shows that day, the breed winners from the first show were paraded into the ring and then the BIS judging of the second show began. Both these shows, by the way, were won by a Bedlington Terrier from France. The two following days had four shows each – Macedonia and Moldova on Sunday, and Azerbaijan and Cyprus on Monday. There were two adjacent rings for each breed. The dogs would be judged in one ring by the first judge and then move to the second ring. Most dogs managed to get the championship candidacy (CAC) certificate at both shows, therefore entitling them to the appropriate national championship title. So, the owners had to queue up again – this time to buy their certificates – for at least one hour. Continued on page 105
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Some of these owners actually missed the BIS judging, again due to the communication gap. However, those who made it attended a “BIS Marathon”, with dogs going in the ring and coming out at unbelievable speed. The prizes, too, were not abundant. Only on the first day did BOB winners receive a trophy. On the two other days, only group winners received a trophy, no wonder one smart entrepreneur managed to sell a lot of trophies to participants who wanted some souvenir from the show. Actually, the best souvenirs were the championship certificates themselves, quite embellished and printed out in advance. While sitting in the queue, I asked a lady from Italy, another lady from the Czech Republic and a gentleman from Serbia how they felt about the show. They all agreed they had received their money’s worth. Swedish judge, Henric Fryckstrand, a well-known Golden Retriever breeder, was in the judging panel. He was extremely impressed with Montenegro. “A beautiful country, with lovely scenery – mountains, lakes and waterfront – and nice atmosphere. As in all counties, dogs are of varied quality. I was happily surprised with my entry and my group winning Labrador could have won anywhere. Many of the dogs were happily showing despite the warm weather. I’m greatly impressed with the international atmosphere. Apparently, people are willing to make the effort to come to a relatively distant country. The local people are very warm and hospitable and many came over to me just for a chat.” Yvonne Weber came from Germany with Papillon, MultiChampion Starblaze Hugo Boss, owned by Tracy Clements, an Australian. “The dog is with me on loan from Australia. I really
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American Pointer Club 2012 National Specialty Continued FROM page 69
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uring Friday evening, judges’ education was conducted by Susan Bleckley. After that, a dessert social was held, followed by a health seminar. Wendy E. Wallace, DVM, CVA of Lafayette, California presented “Keeping your Athlete at the Top of Its Game.” After explaining how structure affects performance and continued soundness, Dr. Wallace used several dogs to demonstrate performance dog structure evaluations. She suggested that exhibitors looking for a performance prospect should be as interested in the pick of the litter puppy as a conformation exhibitor, as a structurally sound dog will generally hold up better and longer than a dog with a conformation fault. Judges’ education continued with ringside mentoring on Saturday. Junior Showmanship judging on the McClellan Mall was conducted by Ms. Janet Allen of Point Reyes Station, California. Ms. Allen selected Diana Chan as best junior handler with Bookstor Willy Wonka, bred and Continued on page 109
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owned by Karen Spey and Howard Spey and Diana Chan. Ms. Denys Janssen of Columbia then took to the ring for conformation judging. Her BOB was GCH Seasyde Edgehill Heart of Gold, bred by Helyne Medeiros and Tammy and Sean McCarthy and owned by Megan Lane and Jane Johnston and John Kearney and Helyne Medeiros and Rick Goldstein. BOS was CH Seasyde Berries Jubilee, bred by Helyne Medeiros and Sean and Tamara McCarthy and owned by Lisa Canfield and Helyne Medeiros. Winners bitch, best of winners and best puppy was Seasyde Mona Lisa Smile, bred by Helyne Medeiros and Donna Miskiv and Picabo Miskiv and owned by Helyne E. Medeiros and Lisa Canfield. Select dog was GCH Marjetta In the Limelight JH bred by Marjorie Martorella and Maribeth Anderson and owned by Jeanne Deeming. Select bitch was GCH Brackenmoor The Duchess JH bred by Julie and Mike Pullan and M. Platt and owned by Julie Pullan and Stacey Cronyn. An Award of Merit went to CH Cookieland X-Files of Blackthorne, bred by Cheryl and Richard Buchanan and owned by Debra Freidus DMV. An Award of Merit was also presented to CH Penzance Inca Rose of Indica, bred by M. Platt and C. Sablone and S. White and owned by Maggie Platt. Winners dog and best bred by exhibitor was Dawsik’s Wyatt Ziegler bred by Anthony and Susie Kissik and owned by Michael Ziegler and Anthony and Susie Kissik. Reserve Winners Dog was Bookstor Willy Wonka, bred and owned by Karen Spey and Howard Spey and Diana Chan. Reserve winners bitch was Creeksyde’s Heartbreaker, bred and owned by Geri Griffin and Jean Walton and Kathleen Rath. Best veteran dog and best veteran was CH Jaderiver Ptarmigan TD, bred by S. Welch and owned by Brenda Cox. Best Veteran Bitch was CH Nowwithem Double Barreled CD RE JH AX AXJ OF, bred by Jill Koch and owned by Marva Petrequin and Deborah Harper and Jill Koch. Best field and hunt was CH Penzance Inca Rose of Indica, bred by M. Platt and C. Sablone and S. White and owned by Maggie Platt. Brood bitch was CH Nowwithem Top Caliber RN JH bred by Marva Petrequin and Deb Harper and Jill Koch and owned by Jill Koch. Brace was the Petrequin Brace. Generations class went to Griffin Generations. After judging, Ms. Janssen presented her BOB winner with a beautiful original painting by a young Columbian artist who is losing his eyesight. The painting was a head study of two lovely Pointers. Saturday evening was the annual awards banquet held at the host hotel. Everyone agreed that the food was exceptionally delicious. During the awards presentation, Deb Harper conducted
a live auction that was not just live, but lively. On Sunday April 29, the venue moved to Hastings Island Hunting Preserve in Rio Vista, California for the hunting test. There were no qualifiers from the master hunter stake. Judges Linda Azeveda and Gayle Moynier awarded orange rosettes to five qualifiers in the junior hunter stake. The junior hunter qualifiers were CH Penzance Inca Rose of Indica, owned and handled by Maggie Platt, CH Nowwithem Pointgold’s Gunsmoke RE JH NA NAJ OF owned by Deborah Harper and Marva Petrequin, Shadybrook Marlow of Heartstone owned and handled by Brenda Cox, Skooter Honky Tonk Time owned and handled by Glenn Loriaux, and CH Kinnike Commentator JH owned by Leslie Puppo and John Puckett and handled by Leslie Puppo. A dinner and auction was held that evening at the hunting club.
n Monday, the final event of the National was held at Hastings Island Hunting Preserve. Field trial judges Terry Zygalinski and Pierre Urrutia awarded first place in Open Gun Dog to CH Nowwithem Pointgold Masked Man RN JH OA owned by Marsha West, Marva Petrequin and Deborah Harper and handled by Marsha West. First place in Open Puppy was awarded to Marjetta The Sky’s the Limit at Pointgold owned by Marva Petrequin and Deborah Harper and handled by Deborah Harper. Amateur Gun Dog was won by CH Nowwithem Pointgold’s Ready Aim JH RN OA, owned by Marva Petrequin and Deborah Harper and handled by Marva Petrequin. Open Derby was won by CH Penzance Inca Rose of Indica owned and handled by Maggie Platt. First place in the non-regular stake Amateur Hunting Dog was awarded to GCH Brackenmoor The Duchess JH owned by Julie Pullan and Stacey Cronyn and handled by Julie Pullan. Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to the judges, exhibitors and guests who made this year’s National memorable. The quality of the exhibits was excellent. The 2013 American Pointer Club National will be the 75th anniversary National. Many special events are planned. Join us April 15 through 20, 2013 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Information is available on the APC web site www. americanpointerclub.org.
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