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18 ♦ The Upside Of The Seesaw BY SHARON ANDERSON

22 ♦ Question Of The Week BY MATTHEW H. STANDER

26 ♦ A Delegate’s Journal BY CONNIE VANACORE

30 ♦ Tributes To Corky Vroom


34 ♦ Bests Of The Week 38 ♦ Ten Questions BY LESLEY BOYES

42 ♦ Remembering Bob Condon BY LOUIS AUSLANDER

46 ♦ Big Is Beautiful BY YOSSI GUY

50 ♦ Stop The Insanity BY DIANNE MCKEE-ROWLAND

54 ♦ Schipperkes In Mayfair BY NICK WATERS

58 ♦ A Little Bit Of Paradise BY SHARON SAKSON

62 ♦ Adorable, Fluffly, White Athletes? BY M.J. NELSON

64 ♦ Wonderful Japan BY JACQUELINE STACEY

66 ♦ Re-gifting: A Wagging Tale BY SHERRY BOSLEY

68 ♦ Poster Children For Kennel Blindness BY SEYMOUR WEISS

70 ♦ All In The Family BY CHARLES C. ROBEY

72 ♦ Thyroid Medication BY CARLOTTA COOPER

74 ♦ Off The Leash BY SHAUN COEN

76 ♦ Tough Week, Those Judges Fees, Animals In War And More BY MATTHEW H. STANDER

78 ♦ Back To The Bluegrass BY STEPHANIE ABRAHAM

80 ♦ English Cockers Return To Wisconsin!! BY KATE ROMANSKI

90 ♦ The Gossip Column BY EUGENE Z. ZAPHIRIS

100 ♦ Click – Ladies Kennel Association BY EUGENE Z. ZAPHIRIS

114 ♦ Click – The Way We Were BY EUGENE Z. ZAPHIRIS

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CONTENTS May 28, 2010


18 ♦ The Upside Of The Seesaw BY SHARON ANDERSON

22 ♦ Question Of The Week BY MATTHEW H. STANDER

26 ♦ A Delegate’s Journal BY CONNIE VANACORE

30 ♦ Tributes To Corky Vroom


34 ♦ Bests Of The Week 38 ♦ Ten Questions BY LESLEY BOYES

42 ♦ Remembering Bob Condon BY LOUIS AUSLANDER

46 ♦ Big Is Beautiful BY YOSSI GUY

50 ♦ Stop The Insanity BY DIANNE MCKEE-ROWLAND

54 ♦ Schipperkes In Mayfair BY NICK WATERS

58 ♦ A Little Bit Of Paradise BY SHARON SAKSON

62 ♦ Adorable, Fluffly, White Athletes? BY M.J. NELSON

64 ♦ Wonderful Japan BY JACQUELINE STACEY

66 ♦ Re-gifting: A Wagging Tale BY SHERRY BOSLEY

68 ♦ Poster Children For Kennel Blindness BY SEYMOUR WEISS

70 ♦ All In The Family BY CHARLES C. ROBEY

72 ♦ Thyroid Medication BY CARLOTTA COOPER

74 ♦ Off The Leash BY SHAUN COEN

76 ♦ Tough Week, Those Judges Fees, Animals In War And More BY MATTHEW H. STANDER

78 ♦ Back To The Bluegrass BY STEPHANIE ABRAHAM

80 ♦ English Cockers Return To Wisconsin!! BY KATE ROMANSKI

90 ♦ The Gossip Column BY EUGENE Z. ZAPHIRIS

100 ♦ Click – Ladies Kennel Association BY EUGENE Z. ZAPHIRIS

114 ♦ Click – The Way We Were BY EUGENE Z. ZAPHIRIS

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The Plague Which Is Cancer

Two of the more visible and surely beloved individuals in our sport succumbed this past week to cancer. I refer of course to Corky Vroom and Bob Condon, both of whom fought valiant battles against this dreaded disease. Unfortunately it usually takes more than the perseverance of the stricken individual to overcome certain forms of cancer and such was the case with both Corky and Bob. Corky was a third generation son of the dog world from California who apprenticed under the famous professional handler Harry Sangster. He was the last licensed all-breed handler approved under the Brumby regimes of the late ‘60s. That in itself was a major accomplishment as the long time dog show goer will no doubt recall. He handled three different exhibits to Top Dog All-Breed and all exhibits were for the same clients Nat and Gloria Reese with whom he established one of the great relationships of loyalty and devotion in the dog show world. This team of handler and owners remains one of the most outstanding teams ever developed in our sport and is an example for anyone in these kinds of relationships to admire. The turning point in Corky’s personal life was marrying Sue some twenty-nine plus years ago. She complimented him and helped him perfect what at times could be described nicely as a less than perfect lifestyle. They too matured into one of our great dog show couples who helped set the standard for us to follow both in our dog show lives and otherwise. Corky will be sorely missed and our thoughts and best wishes are with Sue always. Bob Condon a man of respect and fortitude from the Chicago area was a Midwest fixture until he and his wife, Madeline, moved to Florida. In their hearts though they were Chicagoans first and world travelers for sure. Bob was a fun, intense sort of guy who reveled in telling stories. Perhaps not as diverse as Corky as a handler he still had major successes which distinguished him way above the ordinary professional handler. He was a sought after judge who was as pleasant in the ring as out of it and an incomparable traveling companion. His love of the Orient in particular could not be denied. Bob was an unusual person. It seems hard to believe that the dog world lost these two men within a week’s time but such unhappily is life. We all go on as they would have wanted us to albeit with heavy hearts but with extremely fond and loving memories.

It’s Obvious But Denied

The weekend of May 21st there were over 40 All-Breed shows held from Thursday to Sunday. This Memorial weekend from Thursday through Monday close to 50 All-Breed shows are scheduled! No matter how you look at it that’s an awful lot of All-Breed shows being held in a very short period of time. Too many?? These pages believe so as do many people in the sport. Indeed there are so many All-Breeds scheduled that it is mind boggling. Where are the dogs to come from? There are plenty of judges but where is the gene pool to supply the entries? If one is talking Cluster Events usually the exhibitor will attend and entries and majors are in abundance. But for two-day events or country fair type single events held say on the East Coast from Long Island to Maine to Virginia to Ohio to Tennessee (two sets) to Florida and South Carolina how can even the Delegates justify this kind of scheduling? These pages are fairly confident that the Board recognizes, indeed is even discussing the problem but just imagine a recommendation to cut back on shows or alternate annually shows in obvious competition. You think the howls about judges fees are loud – they would be insignificant compared to a paring of the show giving events. But something has to be done, hasn’t it? And it is the opinion of these pages that the Board should just act as they did in the case of introducing 10 Dog News

mixed-breeds into areas of conformations shows. Just do it and face the consequences of acceptance or failure. If the Board believes judges fees are necessary then implement them. If the majority within the Fancy disagrees then “vote the bums out” at the next Board election! Don’t resort to term limits – reject that idea the way the Brits just did in the UK – vote them out. You don’t want a realignment of the groups even if the Board believes it is in the best interest of the sport vote them out! But unless and until new ideas and regulations are implemented we all face the prospect of a decline in the value and meaning of an AKC pure bred dog competition. New ideas, new theories must be developed for both AKC to survive and for our sport to continue. Registrations are amok – require club members to register their litters – what’s wrong with that – don’t like the idea “vote the bums out.” But at least recognize that times demand new, progressive and different rules, regulations and attitudes. If this means altering the form of the present Delegate Body – so be it. If this means altering the change in membership for AKC – so be it. If this means altering the Board elections and officers – so be it. Call a Constitutional Convention to examine all the existing provisions under which AKC operates – put a moratorium on all changes while this is going on and agree to abide by the new adopted suggestions. Call in the top constitutional attorneys and people who run not for profits and restructure the corporation to meet the demands of today’s society. Restructure the entire operation – until that is started these piecemeal attitudes will continue the status quo which just cannot be permitted to happen.

A Surprising Report

There’s nothing like today’s society to totally confuse you. What was long accepted as fact is today dismissed as fiction as a result of that scary word “Study.” Well here’s the latest – it’s pretty well accepted that the Great Dane was bred as a guard dog, the Old English as a herder and on and on. The emergence of breeds was a rather strategic process of artificial selection that occurred over a long span of time. Humans bred dogs for certain personality traits, looks and ability and that’s how breeds evolved. An inadvertent consequence of these breeding practices is a new “study” relating to longevity. Docile, shy dogs tend to live much longer than bold, aggressive dogs according to a paper to be published soon in The American naturalist. It seems some people in Canada analyzed data and studies including one from a Swedish pet insurance company that evaluated canine longevity. For instance, the English springer spaniel is said to be 34 per cent more docile than the basset hound based on a scale established in a l995 Journal of General Psychology study and twice as likely to live longer than 10 years. Well we always thought a Basset to be more docile than an ESS for sure but what do we know. Similarly the poodle per this study is 29 per cent more docile than the boxer and is four times as likely to live past 10. The study was careful to compare dogs of similar size since it is known large dogs tend to die younger than smaller ones. Oh well, next week a new study will come out with a totally different interpretation. But we are all used to that aren’t we!

Thought For The Week

In USA Today a headline read, “Mother of 14 backs pet birth control.” It seems this mother of 14 children unveiled on the front door of her California home a sign which read “Don’t Let Your Dog or Cat Become an Octomom. Always Spay or Neuter.” PETA gave her $5,000 for this endorsement plus a month’s supply of veggie hot dogs and burgers for her and her 14 kids. Is that how PETA gets endorsements – by paying for them. One must wonder how much is paid to celebrities by PETA for endorsing them as well. Could the judge who wrote to PETA asking for them to bring suit against AKC because of the attempt to charge a judges fee be a PETA payee in disguise. Can you imagine anyone taking that kind of tact – going to PETA for help because they were against a fee charge. That person should be boycotted for sure and the truth about PETA buying endorsements publicized nationally as well. •

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Reading The Board Minutes

InsideOut by John Mandeville


f this isn’t proof positive I need to get a life, it’s the next thing to it: I have probably paid closer attention for a longer time to the public announcements, pronouncements, press releases, minutes and what have you coming from The Great American Kennel Club than 99% of the people in dogs. Good grief. In the interests of full disclosure, the preceding reference to “The Great American Kennel Club” is not an original witticism from yours truly. I wish I could claim it. To the best of my knowledge “The Great American Kennel Club” was coined by long gone all-breed judge and character par excellence Billy Kendrick, who delighted in using the phrase, especially when his friends from AKC’s upper echelons were around. Mr. Kendrick well knew neither AKC as an institution nor AKC higher-ups were anywhere near as great as they thought they were, but then that’s true for most things and nearly all of us. You could say the most instructive thing about The Great American Kennel Club’s aborted decision to start charging judges annual fees per breed is AKC caves when lots of people yell loud enough. But we already knew that… Petland, anybody? At least this wasn’t dragged out – a mere week from “It’s going to cost you” to “Oops, no it isn’t… for now.” AKC needs to regularly remind itself respect for authority isn’t what it once was. Even before the general erosion of respect for authority that occurred in the last decades of the Twentieth Century, there was built-in resentment toward AKC in the judging ranks, for the obvious reason: Judges want more; AKC gives less, although the approval system has so devolved we are almost certainly in the most sustained period of low or no complaining about approval from judges in AKC history. We can only hope the just appointed “committee to review the current judging approval system to see if any improvements could be made” does indeed make recommendations for, shall we say, tightening the system. It’s a good committee, wellqualified to undertake their assignment… although, how it’s possible today to appoint an eight person committee with only one woman member escapes me. In all of dogs there were no other women qualified and willing to serve on this committee? That seems far-fetched. In any case, however the collective 14 Dog News

”respect” of judges for AKC’s Board might be characterized, it took a significant hit with the one-two punch of first the Board allowing their spouses/household members then themselves to be approved for breeds – something never permitted in AKC’s first 116 years or so. However much judges and the fancy generally may have raised their proverbial eyebrows at such decisions, the Board appears to have scarcely thought they were being perceived as self-serving. If anything it was just a few years before the Board moved into “Why stop there?” territory. Why not exempt delegate judges from the proposed – and potentially substantial – new judges’ fees? May’s Board Minutes state, “As the AKC Bylaws prohibit Delegates from charging a judges’ fee, Delegate Conformation judges will not be required to pay this fee.” That should mollify most of the nigh onto 40%, or thereabouts is it, of the delegates who are judges, shouldn’t it? There’s just a tiny bit bigger problem than whether exempting delegate conformation judges from the fee is intended to appease – known in some quarters as bribe – a chunk of the delegates. Actually it’s much bigger than a “tiny” problem. Six of the seven approved conformation judges on the Board voted in favor of the proposal to impose an annual fee on judges and exempt delegate judges. Got it? Six of seven Board member judges – obviously delegates all – voted to exempt themselves from fees they voted to impose on all judges except delegate judges. Talk about damned if you knew/damned if you didn’t know: Either six of the seven conformation judges on AKC’s Board knew they were voting to exempt themselves from substantial fees – blatantly self-serving – or they did not know that’s what they were doing, which would be unimaginable if it weren’t AKC’s Board. AKC Board Minutes record the yeas and nays for all votes, as well as who abstains and who was absent. No reason is given when someone abstains. Just one of the seven conformation judges on AKC’s Board abstained from the vote to impose an annual fee on non-delegate judges. I don’t know why he abstained, but as far as I’m concerned Dr. Tom Davies is the only judge member of AKC’s Board who did the right thing. Some might say if all Board member judges abstained there would be no quorum and therefore the Board could not conduct business, e.g. no vote on the issue. That is correct. It is correct because the Board’s intent was to exclude a class of participants in the sport from a fee they intended to impose. Unfortunately they are all members of that class. They created a paradox which cannot be resolved. That’s about right for AKC’s Board. So, is The Great American Kennel Club’s Board a paradox, or what?

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he World Team Tryouts were held on May 7-9, 2010 and proved as exciting as any agility competition could possibly be. Nearly 80 of the best dogs in the country tried out for the 12 spots on the AKC/USA World Agility Championship team that will be representing our country in the World Agility Championships held in Rieden, Germany.

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Six dogs and handlers would have an opportunity to win their way onto the team via the weekend competition, which means it was pressure packed. It is one of the only times other than the AKC National Agility Champions that the best in the country go head to head on the same courses. This means that all have the same conditions, courses, judging, and challenges. This is when the cream rises to the top and shows that they can handle the pressure of being ďŹ lmed live all runs, having the coach (Nancy Gyes) on the sidelines making notes on their abilities or lack of them and so many spectators expecting so much of them in all ďŹ ve runs they perform in. It takes courage to try out for the team but the win is well worth it. Many who have made the team have had life changes from the experiences, given up professional careers in many cases to become full time trainers and seminar givers. The Friday session is a practice run to acclimate to the surface which was perfect dirt in this case and the equipment. The contacts were all newly rubberized and gave perfect traction regardless of the angle of the entry. Hopefully all clubs will start rubberizing their contacts as it is very


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of t he Week What Was And Is Your Reaction To The Furor Over The Board’s Decision To Charge Conformation Judges A Fee? Grace Kosub I have been judging almost 20 years but have only five breeds, including juniors. I am still trying to finish provisionals for my last breed. Having to redo provisionals (on a breed in which I have bred champions of record) I have now lost some of the educational components I had completed on breeds that I intended to apply for next. At this time I will most probably not continue to pursue my dream of adding more breeds, as I cannot afford to repeat educational components that have already been done once. I am opposed to ANY fee that the AKC imposes on judges. However, if the AKC decided that I would be issued an official license to judge, would allow me to use the AKC logo on a business card with my name, listed as an AKC licensed judge, and allowed me to solicit assignments, I might consider a small one time fee, which would be the same for all judges regardless of the number of breeds for which they were licensed.

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Kerrie Kuper I think it was fantastic that people want to get involved and have their voices heard. I do believe too many people feel that they are not appreciated and that they are not listened to. Judging by the swift reaction from the subsequent follow up letter received from AKC I think that people WERE heard! David and Sharon Krogh We hope that there is a better way to fix AKC’s financial problems, and save the future of our sport. Obviously there are many dog show enthusiasts who have voiced a multitude of ideas. By coming together in a positive manner we might be able to work with the American Kennel Club. With that in mind, both a Washington and an Oregon group have asked AKC Board member Patti Strand to speak at two separate meetings. One to be held on May 26 in Auburn, Washington and the other on June 1 in Canby, Oregon. The title: “Planning a constructive future for AKC and the sport of purebred dogs.” Dr Alvin W Krause I do not object to paying an annual fee, but I do object to the methodology of the charges. I feel that the fee should be the same for all of us that are judging, regardless of how many breeds we judge or if we are a delegate or a board member. Most professions that I am familiar with charge a flat rate for all of their members, as should be done with judges.

Carolyn R. Kraskey This is ridiculous to ask judges to pay for this or any part of judging. If AKC is short of money there are thing they could change such as: move the site from New York to North Carolina as their main office and reduce the wages of top executives. Andrew Kramer The furor was understandable given how the judge’s fee was to be levied. I don’t think most judges would object to an annual fee, after all, there are administrative costs associated with processing and maintaining information on thousands of judges. Where I think most judges took umbrage was in the fact that delegates were exempted from the fees. Judges who are delegates incur the same costs as judges who are not delegates. To place fees only on the latter was unpalatable to many, including myself. I hope that the Board comes up with an equitable fee schedule which I believe would be received without too much opposition from the judging community. Roz Kraus-Kramer My first reaction was shock and disbelief, mostly because delegate judges were not to be charged fees. Over the next couple of days my resentment subsided as the idea of judges paying an annual fee seemed reasonable. But the fact that delegates were exempted from the fees still bothered me tremendously. Delegates are not REQUIRED to judge, it is their personal decision, and administration fees cost the same for delegates as well as non-delegate judges. So having all judges, not just non-delegates pay an annual fee is essential. The original per breed fee struck me as burdensome. All-rounders would eventually have to pay $1,700 annually, in effect penalizing them for their knowledge and experience.

Even a judge with one group could get hit with a $125 - $180 annual fee. A more reasonable fee schedule would be $50 per partial group and $100 per full group; a judge with two groups would be assessed $200, a judge with three groups $300, etc. I do think the judging community has, and still is, going overboard on their reaction. Many of the “complainers” have a hand full of breeds, and their annual fee would not be devastating. Simply put, if a judge has 20 breeds they would be charged approximately $150 – divided by 10 shows judged annually. Can you tell me that $15 spent per show is going to break someone? Entry fees are double that amount! Naturally some judges will try and pass those costs to clubs – clubs are already suffering – so my hope is they will not pass the buck. Registrations and show entries have been declining for 10 years, while the number of judges (and hence expense to the AKC) is increasing. Charging judges an annual fee is a small step in fiscal responsibility, but the much larger problem facing AKC remains. It is my hope that the Board will make the tough choices necessary to ensure the organization’s solvency. It is also my hope the judging community will do their part in helping to keep the sport we all love alive.

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wo items which appeared in the May minutes of the AKC Board of Directors appear to have stirred up the ire and wrath of some Delegates. The first has to do with the postponement of discussion concerning the admission of deaf dogs into Agility competition. An offshoot of the Dalmatian Club of America has asked that deaf dogs be permitted to compete in that venue. Two AKC Board members, Dr. Charles Garvin and Patty Strand, both Dalmatian breeders, are adamantly opposed to this possibility. There has been a great deal of discussion both within the Delegates Obedience Committee and on the Board about the ramifications of this. The one thing that seems to be missing here is acknowledgement that all purebred dogs evolved from different breeds for special purposes. One does not have to dig too deep into history to discover that the majority of our “purebred” dogs were custom-created for specific purposes by owners who wanted them for guarding, herding, cuddling, racing and hunting. Dalmatians have a world wide problem with calcification of uric acid. Many generations ago some Dalmatian breeders, having despaired of finding breeding stock which does not carry this genetic defect, did a trial breeding of Dalmatian to English Pointer. Descendents of that original crossed litter do not carry the defect and have come to the AKC for permission to register those offspring in order to enter them in performance events. The argument was such that many Dalmatian fanciers left the Parent club to form their own organization, which is now petitioning the AKC Board to recognize descendents of these dogs as purebred and eligible to compete in AKC events. Dalmatians, of course, are not the only breed which carries a gene for deafness. Their owners are merely the first to ask for admittance into AKC events. Some of the arguments against allowing them to compete are downright ridiculous. There has been no evidence that these dogs are more unpredictable, untrainable or dangerous than any other breed of dog, whether in competition or not. Although the recent poll of Parent Clubs on this subject has not been released (to my knowledge,) my own Parent Club Board concluded that deaf dogs should be allowed to compete, but that they should be spayed or neutered. I believe this was a reflection of the Principles of Integrity that our club promotes, stating that dogs with known hereditary 26 Dog News

defects should not be bred. There are two threads to this discussion. One is the fact that these dogs are deaf. The other is that the cross between Dalmatian and Pointer was originally made, not to cure deafness, but to eliminate the problem of uric acid stones forming in the kidneys. This cross has been able to produce dogs which do not carry that gene, but does not do anything about deafness. That research is still in progress. In the meantime, if AKC is now encouraging mixed breeds to compete in performance events, why would there be an objection to admitting these dogs as mixed breeds? There are least five generations of Dalmatian/Pointer crosses, with many having far more behind them, more than AKC calls for in admitting breeds from foreign registries to enter the stud book. At least they all have spots! Another ruckus has been stirred up by the Board in deciding to levy a charge on judges to help defray the expenses which are associated with the events area. The conformation department has always been subsidized by registrations. This is no longer the case, since that part of the annual budget has gone into steep decline. There have been some suggestions about how to rectify this situation, none of which would cut the deficit in that department enough to make it worthwhile. Some Delegates felt that the field representatives were not needed, so they could be eliminated. In my opinion the field reps are worth every penny, in helping clubs overcome problems that may arise on the grounds, to interpreting rules of discipline, to defusing arguments, to help novice judges overcome their fears, to evaluate judges looking for new breeds.

The fee schedule proposed was not in the Board minutes and since I am not a judge I cannot speak from personal experience. Perhaps, rather than being a detriment to judging, assessing a modest fee per breed would keep some judges from applying for licenses before they really know the breeds they apply for. Perhaps instead of an annual fee, a schedule could be devised whereby judges could be assessed every five years on new breeds which they have acquired during that period. Sort of like a motor vehicle license fee which is assessed every three years (depending on where you live.) Just a thought. There has been quite a bit of discussion about the number of Delegates’ meetings necessary per year. Some meetings are very well attended, like the annual meeting in March. Others, like the June meetings, are small and could possibly be handled in another way, or combined into an extra day three times a year instead of four. It is very expensive for both Delegates and staff to schlep around the country, especially when there is very little which needs to be discussed or voted upon four times a year. Perhaps regional meetings twice a year, with representatives from those meetings gathering for national meetings at regular intervals might be a solution. I am sure staff is working on this and it will be interesting to see if anything comes out of their discussions. This is National Specialty season. I hope you all attend your Nationals and enjoy the dogs gathered from all over. Have fun at the reunions of like-minded exhibitors and spectators. Remember it’s a sport and only a game!


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Corky Vroom

by Pat Trotter, Bruce Schultz and Carol Tobin Murray

By Pat Trotter

If ever a person was able to raise the bar for those who came into his world, it was Corky Vroom. His death last weekend at the age of 68 dealt a tragic blow to the sport of dogs and all who knew and loved this special man.


orky was the toughest competitor I ever knew, and he fought thecancer that ravaged his body for the last year like a champion prize fighter. In late April his courage pushed him to make his last public appearance to present his two-day handling seminar in Fairbanks, Alaska. His lovely wife Sue pointed out to him that flying to Fairbanks from his home near Dallas was a taxing trip, but he wanted to fulfill his commitment and answer the call like he always did. This unique man was not about to let anybody down who wanted to learn more about dogs. A native Californian who moved to Texas when his wife Sue became a field representative for the American Kennel Club, Charles Vroom, always affectionately called Corky, was born into dogs. His father Henry “Red” Vroom was a professional dogman whose mother raised Pekingese. It seemed natural for this third-generation dogman to himself become a professional handler following his apprenticeship with the famous Harry Sangster. Corky’s dog career had only one interruption in his entire life, a stint with the US Navy that saw him serve on the USS Lexington and the USS Hornet. When the handsome sailor returned from military service to Sangster’s set up and started honing his skills, he soon established himself as a rising star, winning his first BIS with the Norwegian Elkhound Rowdy Ringo, sire of my own Howdy Rowdy. Corky and Mike Shea, who apprenticed under Frank Sabella, were the last licensed all-breed handlers approved by AKC under the auspices of Len Brumby in the late 1960’s. It was about that time that Harry decided to

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retire and soon Corky was driving the big rig called Old Blue on Western Circuits. In 1969, right before the CalOre Circuit known as “the Death March” in those days, Corky gave me a desperate call as he and his wife at the time (Karen) were suddenly without kennel help for this exhausting trip. So off my dog and I went in Old Blue to work and learn more from this amazing dogman, whose animal husbandry and dedication to his dogs in 100 degree temperatures could serve as a lesson for all who care for dogs. CONTINUED ON PAGE 135


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Sunflower Kennel Club of Olathe Kansas Saturday & Sunday Polish Lowland Sheepdog Ch. Starpons Mustang Sally Rae Judge Mr. Zell Von Pohlman Judge Mr. Bernard Schwartz Owners Cindy Czerechowicz, Barbara Bruns & Wolfgang Stamp Handler Nancy Martin Greater Kingsport Kennel Club - Saturday Border Terrier Ch. Devon Lady Simper Fi Judge Mr. Jon Cole Owners Sandra Middlebrooks, and Leslie and Alison Miller Handler Erin Roberts Clarksville Kennel Club Jackson Tennessee Dog Fanciers Association Pekingese Ch. Palacegarden Malachy Judge Mrs. Robert D. Smith Judge Ms. Sandra Goose Allen Owners Iris Love, Sandra Middlebrooks & David Fitzpatrick Handler David Fitzpatrick

Winnegamie Dog Club German Wirehaired Pointer Ch. Ripsnorter’s Mt. View Lookout Judge Mrs. Lee Canalizo Owners Kiki Courtelis, J. & H. Witt, J. Wilkinson Handler Frank Murphy Vacationland Dog Club - Saturday Toy Poodle Ch. Smash JP Moon Walk Judge Miss Mike Macbeth Owners Ron Scott and Debbie Burke Handler Kaz Hosaka Mt. Baker Kennel Club Standard Poodle Ch. Brighton Lakeridge Encore Judge Mr. David Bolus Owners Toni and Martin Sosnoff Handler Tim Brazier York Kennel Club of Maine Bucks County Kennel Club Irish Setter Ch. Shadagee Caught Red Handed Judge Mr. Don Evans Judge Mr. Walter Goodman Owners Debra Burke and Nancy Lee Conner Handler Adam Bernardin 34 Dog News

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Blennerhassett Kennel Club - Thursday Ravenna Kennel Club 15” Beagle Ch. Torquay Midnight Confession Judge Dr. Robert A. Indeglia Judge Mr. Robert Slay Owners Marcelo Chagas, Marco Flavio and Alessandra Botelho Handler Marcelo Chagas Vacationland Dog Club Pug Ch. Riversong’s Broadway Joe Judge Mrs. Catherine Bell Owner Carolyn Koch Handler Barry Clothier Blennerhassett Kennel Club - Sunday Boxer Ch. Winfall Brookwood Styled Dream Judge Mr. Lawrence Stanbridge Owners D. McCarroll, Mrs. Jack Billhardt, & S. Tenenbaum Handler Diego Garcia Mount Ogden Kennel Club - Saturday & Sunday Whippet Ch. Starline’s Chanel Judge Mr. Brian Meyer Judge Mr. Charles Olvis Owners Carey & Lori Lawrence Handler Lori Wilson Ladies Kennel Association of America - Saturday Bearded Collie Ch. Tolkien Raintree Mister Baggins Judge Dr. Bernard McGivern Owners Ellen M. Charles, Larry & Angela Stein, Robert Lamm, Sue Ross & Lesley Woodcock Handler Clifford Steele Greater Fort Myers Kennel Club Skye Terrier Ch. Cragsmoor Buddy Goodman Judge Mr. Joseph Joly III Owners Carolyn Koch & Victor Malzoni, Jr. Handler Larry Cornelius Greater Kingsport Kennel Club - Sunday Papillon Ch. Wildfire On The Rocks Judge Mrs. Jean Fournier Owners Madeline Mosing & Cheslie Pickett Handler Brian Livingston CONTINUED ON PAGE 126

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The Team of the McFaddens and the I don’t know but for a little guy, Trouble is really heavy.

Does size really matter?



The ladies agree... SIZE DOES MATTER!

Yes, of course, size Matters!

You Bet!


Geez, why aren’t THE MEN holding back that Monster of a Dog?


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Handlers Bill & Taffe Mcfadden Virginia Cox Flatley ¶ Christa Reisinger Owners Joe & Carla Sanchez, Virginia Cox Flatley, Carol Anne Giles

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Sanchez’ with Giambi and Trouble... I’m Trying!

Taffe... hold him back.


I am so worried, hold on to Giambi, and keep him off me!

I knew you girls couldn’t hold Giambi back. If it’s gonna be; it’s got to be me.

f o e n O Giambi ’s a c i r e m A fs f i t s a M Top e n o e l b and Trou ’s a c i r e m A of !! ! s g u P Top

Stop that! Yuck. Stop him... yuck... sloppy, slobbery Mastiff kisses!!!



Trouble... Sit, Stay.

Are you kidding? Do you see the size of this Guy?

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Handlers Bill and Taffe McFadden Valerie and John Tortorella, Erica Tortorella Owners Joe and Carla Sanchez, Mary Delisa, Erica Tortorella

*Best in Specialty Show and Multiple Group Placing Ch. Lexington Divine’s Put Me In, Coach Dog News 37


What is your favorite dog show moment exclusive of a win?


Judging the Bullmastiff National Specialty in 1997.


“Oh, really?” Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

If you could I would like to be change one better organized. thing about yourself what would it be?


A better painter. Which talent would you most like to have?


Angela Merkel. Who is your real life hero or heroine?

6 7 Other people think I am: Pretty direct.

How would you describe yourself in a personal ad?

Don’t do personal ads!

8 9 What was your most embarrassing moment at a dog show?

When I was trying to show a dog that absolutely refused to move.

Which judge, no longer alive or judging, do you miss the most? Percy Roberts, Mrs. Augustus Riggs, Mrs. Godsol.

10questions What do you miss the most at dog shows? Individual character of shows and their sites; sharing of knowledge and encouraging of fellow competitors; friendly socializing after judging; emphasis on breed judging and wins rather than the current emphasis on group accomplishments.

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Asked of Helma Weeks Born: Celle, Germany

Resides: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Marital Status: Widowed

By Lesley Boyes

Corky Vroom 1942 - 2010

The Herding Group 1992 Westminster Kennel Club Judge Mr. Louis Harris Trophy Presenter Mr.William Chisholm Valiant,Vital,Victorious Goodbye dear friend Dog News 39

Absolutely Smooth Fox Sneek a Peek at What Happened the Sacramento Weekend Best Terrier Northern California Terrier Club Judge Ms. Betsy Dale Best In Show Sacramento Kennel Club I Judge Mrs. Houston Clark Best In Show Sacramento Kennel Club II Judge Mrs. Cindy Vogels

Owner J. W. Smith Absolutely Smooth Fox Terriers 40 Dog News 00

Breeders Joan & Mark Taggart

Handlers Edward & Lesley Boyes Grass Valley, California 530.272.4940

Terriers Judge Ms. Betsy Dale

Judge Mrs. Houston Clark

Multiple All Breed Best In Show & Specialty Winner

Ch. Slyfox Sneaks A Peek

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Re-gifting: A Wagging Tale By Sherry Bosley

I am doing what I never thought possible; I am writing a dog story, or really, a bit about dogs. I thought it not possible because I am a dog person. In my case this means lover of dogs, ownerbreeder, former dog show handler, and current AKC judge – and this means on most given days I make three people happy (Breed, Winner’s Dog, and Winner’s Bitch owners) and potentially 172 people questioning my own parentage. Somehow underneath all those layers it translates to mean I cannot watch the commercial in which Sarah McLaughlin sings for homeless dogs, watch movies where dogs die – alas it is never Marley and me in the theater, or read books where dogs perish, regardless of the literary allegory, as in Paul Austen’s Timbuktu. Dogs are my Achilles’ heel. And that tendon has been pulled, stretched, and nearly severed as the result of 15 brass, wooden, and plastic containers holding the ashes of my canine friends that line the floor of my walk-in closet. I suppose if I were a 120 year-old woman, or the owner of a large kennel, this might seem plausible, but I am not even half that age and I’ve only bred two litters. But, my breed of choice has been the Great Dane, the Apollo of Dogs, the Gentle Giant. Their average life span is supposed to be eight years. For my husband and me, it has varied from our oldest living to be almost ten, and our youngest to be seven months. Of course, we knew this going into the breed, but when you’re young, eight years seems a lifetime. It is only later that you realize it is a lifetime, a very short one, for a dog that claims a piece of your heart. There is a doctrine that most believe, that if you try hard, and do most of the right things, life should be fair, not that it is all the time, but that it should be fair most of the time. I’m not sure where this is engrained, maybe in the grape Kool-Aid, maybe in those yellow stars in Lucky Charms, but somewhere quite a few of us believe this mantra. And maybe it is true; it’s just hard to weigh it all on the tilt-a-whirl journey we’re all on.

It’s hard to lose a dog at 9 and threequarters to old age and be told you’re lucky, he lived a long time. And know that is true. It’s harder to lose one to bloat, cancer, cardio-myopathy, Addison’s disease, and seizures in the years before that. Harder still to show your children the joys of dog ownership and the wonders of unconditional love and question if you really are. My husband and I, in our twentysomething years of marriage, have always gone to the vet and stayed with each dog as we have been forced to euthanize him or her to end their suffering. “How can you do that?” friends will ask. “I just couldn’t – I wouldn’t be able to handle it.” How can we not, we say to ourselves and to each other. How can we not? “Handling it” is questionable at best. Tootie was seven when I noticed a bump on her front leg. I waited a week or two but then, yes, she was limping just a bit. The x-ray and tests were conclusive – she had a malignant tumor of a particularly aggressive cancer. My vet gave me two weeks worth of pain pills to keep her comfortable. I came back for a refill and he looked at me questionably before refilling it for another fortnight. “It isn’t time yet,” I told him, “I’ll know when that is.” The time was six pills later. I saw it in her eyes when she tried to position herself on her dog bed to sleep. I didn’t close my own eyes much that night knowing what waited in the morning. My husband made the call as I debated trying to feed her breakfast and the irony of it all. As I stood with her empty bowl, I heard her clumpclump up the steps to the second floor, something she hadn’t tried in more than a month. Puzzled, I trailed behind her, CONTINUED ON PAGE 84

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Bigis Beautiful

The Israeli Kennel Club put together a theoretically megalomaniacal project – and it worked out. The Tel Aviv Pet Show drew a huge crowd of pet lovers who, apparently are thirsty for the sight of some furry, scaly or downy creatures. And besides the regular Best in Show there was even a people’s choice award.


by Yossi Guy • Photos by Yossi Guy and Dalit Elan

t all started a couple of years ago, when Eitan Etinger, a self-made businessman and entrepreneur took over the position of president of the Israeli Kennel Club. Etinger was concerned over the financial situation of the IKC that couldn’t afford to fulfill many of its objectives due to lack of funds. At that time, shows were being budgeted at a deficit to begin with. Being the businessman he is, Etinger decided to take a huge risk and go for an enormous project that had worked well almost 20 years ago in the early 90’s, when he was president of the IKC for the first time – the pet show. The concept was that if we wanted to draw the ticket-buying public in large numbers we needed to offer them something more than a regular dog show. So we turned to a cat breeders’ association and they hopped on the wagon. Then we applied to the pigeon breeders’ association, added unique chickens and other birds. We found willing partners who breed snakes and other reptiles. A horse farm joined us as well as an alpaca breeder from the south. At some period, we believed we could muster a very famous bull belonging to no less than former Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon. With this Noah’s Ark, a public relations and advertisement campaign began. Items were placed in both written press, TV and internet and the primary result was the extremely nice entry (in Israeli terms) of 1,005 dogs, about 30% more than the usual attendance at all-breed shows. Thousands of tickets were sold in advance and the pet show became the talk of the day. CONTINUED ON PAGE 88

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Ch. Evergreen’s Go Get ‘Em Frogtown

“Jasper” J Judge M James White Mr.

Judge Mrs. Karen McFarlane

Owners: Maxine Evans Frogtown Boxers Jennifer Crane Jenbur Boxers Breeders & Handlers: Stan & Jane Flowers, DHG Evergreen 612 747-5770 Dog News 47

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Harsh words? You bet! It is time we all stood back and viewed the whole picture while examining just what we are contributing to our breed. by Dianne McKee-Rowland (Chairperson, OESCA; Breeder/Owner Education Committee)

Here are just a few of my concerns about my breed, Old English Sheepdogs. However they could apply to several other breeds. 1. The sculpturing of the dogs being shown has reached intolerable levels. 2. Breeders are encouraging the exhibition of dogs that are unsound. 3. Not enough comprehensive educational programs are being offered. 4. Clubs need to make use of AKC sponsored events. 1. The OES has some well earned new nicknames. Poodle or Bichon of the Herding Group, a poorly done caricature of a herding dog, Q-tip dog and a few less appealing ones. What does sculpting an Old English Sheepdog do for the breed? In my opinion it does nothing good. What it does do is hide the truth and create unrealistic expectations. Judges are being told and shown in strong language that they do not have to spend the time actually going over the dog to discover for themselves what the anatomy of the dog really is. They can just evaluate the appearance the handler/groomer has created. Why work when you can just look at a pretty picture? To create a dog by sculpting is to not only create a false impression but it is detrimental to those breeder/exhibitors looking for bloodlines to consider adding to or incorporating into their current ones. Often the selection of dogs to be used for breeding is done by photographs and as much information as the breeder/owner is willing to impart to the other person. This can be, and far too often is, a rude awakening for the uninformed or less knowledgeable inquirer. It is also not a practice of fair competition for the novice or less accomplished (grooming) owner and or handler. We are losing new exhibitors at an alarming rate and others are not joining in because they see that they cannot hope to compete against the appearance of dogs currently being shown. There is also a sad lack of mentorship within our breed. 2. Exhibitors, breeder/exhibitors, and owners need to rethink what they are doing by knowingly showing dogs, or encouraging the showing of dogs that are not sound and thus should not be used for breeding. I see dogs being shown that I know would not meet the criteria stated by the parent club

code of ethics or the Standard for the breed. It simply tears apart the fabric of our breed to show, and thus state to the fancy, that these faulty dogs are suitable for exhibiting and breeding. Everyone who sees these dogs not only exhibited, but receiving winning ribbons from Judges, who seemingly could care less about its quality, will then believe it is in the best interest of the breed to buy, show, and breed one like it. Of course this simply passes on to the following generations the same degenerative problems. The novice owner/exhibitors are being shown by a few exhibitors that it is OK to show and breed dogs who came from as many as five generations, or more, of dogs who exhibited the same problems. To sell a dog which may exhibit signs it too is unsound, without making the buyer aware, is tantamount to utter negligence on the part of the breeder. If it is learned at a later date that the dog is exhibiting signs of being unsound, and the breeder does not insist that it be retired from showing and possibly be surgically sterilized, then that breeder is deliberately demeaning the breed. Members of parent clubs agreed, by signing the Code of Ethics when they joined, to promote and protect the breed. We must honestly consider what is in the best interest of our breed with regard to breeding a dog which develops a disease, and must remain on drugs to control the symptoms. Dogs which exhibit signs of genetic diseases should not be bred. When you have a problem “fixed,” no matter how big or how small, that action cannot possibly alter the faulty genes which that CONTINUED ON PAGE 96

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hen I reviewed the latest exhibition at the Kennel Club Art Gallery in Mayfair, London, “Two Dissimilar Breeds,” I focused on the main breed, the French Bulldog.

This week I look at some of the Schipperke art, of which there are some interesting pieces, the most important being the pictures which represent the work of British, Continental, and American artists. However well painted a picture may be, or however important the artist, it is of far greater interest if the dogs portrayed can be identified, and this is the case with many of the pictures on show. They are led by two from the Kennel Club’s own collection: Lilian Cheviot’s double portrait of two dogs from the 1920s, one being Ch. Queen of Clubs owned by Miss Elliot Inchbald, and Frances Fairman’s portrait of Ch. Yaap with two Puppies. Yaap was born in 1898, owned by Mrs. Skewes and was the eighth male champion in the breed in Britain. Another important British dog is featured twice, in a pastel sketch by Arthur Wardle and in the photogravure from Maud Earl’s portfolio, Terriers and Toys. Ch. Fandango won the CC at Crufts in 1901 and 1902, was bred and owned by Dr. Freeman, the author of the first book on the breed, and was half brother to Ch. Yaap, both being sired by El Dorado, who also sired another early champion, Ch. Woodland Flink. There are two pictures of early Belgian dogs, one by the listed Belgian artist, Alexandre Clarys of an unnamed dog and one by the little-known artist, Zelia Klerz, of a bitch named Betsy, a prize winner at a show in Brussels in 1903. More up-to-date is a portrait of the American dog, Ch. Maroufke of Kelso, painted in 1941 by the American artist, CONTINUED ON PAGE 98


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The Outstanding Lakeland Terrier with Beautiful Reach and Drive

Group First • Judge Dr. Alvin Krause

Multiple Best In Show Winning

Ch. Talydales Friend Of The Force Breeder/Owner Sheri Smith

Handlers Michael & Michele Kemp 724 448-4104 Dog News 55

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Great Danes in Lodi, California

ALittleBit ofParadise By Sharon Sakson • photos by Everett Van Dye

Once upon a time, in a faraway land, a compact Pug of well-knit proportions roamed 130 acres of Chardonnay vineyards and fruit orchards. On either side of the long lane that wound towards his estate home, thousands of cherry trees blossomed, stretching out their pink flowers like hands toward the sun. The Pug’s name was Tugboat Willie, but he was called “Tug” by his friends, of whom he had many across the country. Tug was famous for his 40 All Breed Best in Show wins and winning the Pug Dog Club of America National Specialty three times. He was the Number One Toy Dog for four years. During his campaign he traveled far and wide, enjoying applause and acclaim in every region. But his favorite moment was always his return to his private paradise, Sycamore Kennels in Lido, California, where he lived with his owners Riney and Alicia Kahler. One day, Tug passed on, as all our dogs do, to the paradise in the sky, leaving Riney and Alicia sad and lonely. They had an idea; they would build lovely grassy fields between the vineyards and the cherry trees, and invite specialty clubs to hold their shows there. Then they would get to see many beautiful purebred dogs, and that would always remind them of Tug. The first club shows went so well that Riney improved the grounds even further, adding a pond and waterfall and footpath and then two fenced fields for performance events like rally and agility and Canine Good Citizen tests. Every time a specialty club came for a show, Riney strolled among the humans and canines, and felt Tug smiling down from above. That’s how it feels to enter Sycamore Kennels; you feel you are entering a fairy tale. You traverse the mile long driveway between grapevines and fruit trees. In one orchard, slivers of shiny pink, silver, and black foil dance among the limbs of the trees. Their purpose is to keep the birds away, but the way light flickers and sparkles makes the orchard look like one big art installation. CONTINUED ON PAGE 102

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by M.J. Nelson

Adorbable, Fluffy, White Athletes?


f you suggest that the last word in this description applies to Maltese to most dog people, if they are polite and possess a good deal of selfdiscipline, you’ll likely get a look of disbelief. With the others, having less restraint, the response very probably would be hysterical laughter followed by, “A Maltese? An athlete? Are you out of your mind?”

“This is precisely the attitude that gets people in trouble with Maltese,” said Jenny Cuccinello, who owns MACH 3 Carpe Diem Aristotle VCD2 RE NF TDX PK2 PD1 PG1 PJ2 UCD NAC OJC CL-1-R RS-N JS-N (“Ares.”) “These are dogs in every sense of the word. When people forget that is when problems occur. They can bark, rip things up and cause problems around a house if they are not trained and exercised.” “I decided my dog needed a job because she was a house terror from the day she came to live with Steve, my husband, and myself,” said Sandy Bingham-Porter who owns Ch. SeaBreeze Smooth Sailing CD and Sandy’s Hot Salsa UD. “Although these little companion dogs were originally bred to be lapsitters, they are very smart and can indeed display their intelligence when given tasks to perform. At the time I started obedience, the goal was to have a dog with good house manners. One success led to another and before long, my goals had expanded to breeding dogs that could attain both a conformation and a performance title. Maltese are not generally considered to be an ‘obedience breed.’ To see a 4-5 pound Maltese perform the same exercises that a large ‘obedience breed’ would with

the same kind of precision is a sight to behold and always a crowd favorite. At our national specialties and although it’s usually very early in the morning, obedience is very well attended.” These elegant little dogs, although known as “ye ancient dogee of Malta,” probably did not originate on that island but instead the breed was developed in Asia. There are dogs resembling Maltese in ancient drawings, art and writings dating back as early as 5000 B.C. If, in fact, the breed originated in Asia, it probably made its way through the Middle East with the migration of the nomadic tribes that lived in that area. Since Malta was a geographic center for trade in that era, the tiny white dogs explorers found on that island probably were left there by traders who had used them as barter for supplies. During the time of ancient Greece, the Maltese was a favorite lap dog for the nobility and as such was mentioned in the writings of Aristotle. They were also fancied by the Roman nobility and there are many drawings of small, long-haired dogs on Greek and Roman pottery from this period. The fact that Malta was an island allowed its people to develop a breed of dog that was free of outside influCONTINUED ON PAGE 106

Ares also enjoys weaves.

Displaying a lot of elan, for any dog but especially one developed to be a “lapsitter,” MACH 3 Carpe Diem Aristotle VCD2 RE NF TDX PK2 PD1 PG1 PJ2 UCD NAC OJC CL-1-R RS-N JS-N (“Ares”) Jenny Cuccinello’s Maltese emerges from the tunnel on an agility course.

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“Dewey” (Ch Kandu’s Thistle Dew Nicely CD MX AXJ) which Brenda Morris co-owned with the dog’s breeder Peggy Wanner, was the first Maltese champion to earn agility titles.

Select Ch. Shoal Creek’s Sangria V Barick Earns Her Twentieth Best In Show At Treasure Coast Kennel Club

Thank T h k you JJudge d M Mrs. P Patricia t i i A. A Mowbray-Morgan M b M

Owner: Edward Farrell Co-Owners: B. Stamper, L. Jewel & G. Middei (Breeder)

Handler: Scott Yergin Boss: Loren Yergin Dog News 63

Wonderful Japan

by Jacqueline Stacey


s I researched a few things about Japan before I began writing this article, I was reminded of how much Japan has been influenced by the West since the mid-19th century. Presently one would have to consider it a contemporary hybrid culture, combining influences from Asia, Europe, and America. It was clearly evident from clothing to literature to music to food, and to DOGS. The show we judged was a typical sized show, around 400 dogs, held just outside the major city of Osaka, under the authority of the JKC. This type of show is restricted to the Non-US champion titled dogs and to those not considered to be the big winners. An interesting twist and rather refreshing I might add. Harumi Shiba and Hiroki Shiba were our hosts; perhaps you will remember Harumi. She apprenticed under Gabriel Rangel for five years from 2002-2007. She is rather tall for the average Japanese woman, very beautiful with an infectious smile and marvelous sense of humor. I think Terry fell in love with her while she was in the States. We all reminisced how every time Harumi took one of Gabe’s dogs into the ring, it and perhaps she won. What fun memories. Harumi is remarkable in that prior to coming to the US she spoke NO ENGLISH and had never shown dogs. Yet she worked hard in her brother Hiroki’s grooming shop and was very interested in show dogs. When an opportunity arose to come to the States with her colleagues from the grooming school she jumped at the chance. For her it was an instant love affair. She wanted to come here and work for a handler and learn all she could. From what I understood she was shopped around to some well known, respected handlers to see if any one needed help. Gabriel got the prize. Harumi arrived just a few days before Gabe and crew headed off to Montgomery. Talking about jumping in feet first. Wow! Brave, ambiCONTINUED ON PAGE 110

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Number 1 Cavalier All Systems


Can. Ch. & AKC Ch. & CKCSC USA Ch. Mondrian V.H. Lamslag of Piccadil RE

Our appreciation to Judge Mr. Robert Sturm for this Group First Win!

National Specialty Winner 2010 Number 1 Cavalier 2008*, 2009**, 2010** Number Eight*** Toy Only being shown selectively! With 12 Best In Shows! Always shown naturally by

Owner-Handler Janet York *The Dog News Top Ten List, All Breed

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Bob Condon My Associate, My Dear Friend by Louis Auslander


ast Monday evening I received a call that my good friend Bob Condon had passed away. I was shocked but not surprised because about a week ago I spoke to him and he told me the doctors had advised him they could not come up with any new methods to prolong his life. He was kind of matter-of-fact about it and resigned to the inevitable. There wasn’t much emotion in his statement, and I presume he was tired of fighting the battle. Bob and Madeline Condon go back in time with Seme and me some 40 years to Libertyville, Illinois. While my memory is not exactly perfect I believe we met each other in the Miniature Schnauzer ring. Those were the days when you were competing with the likes of Wayne Miller, Dick Trubee, Larry Downey, George Ward and many more, too numerous to mention. It was not easy to compete in those days as the Midwest was the hotbed of the breed and beating those top handlers was pretty tough. But Bob and Madeline struggled as did Seme and myself and eventually we did our share of winning. Somewhere in those early years, Bob came to me and told me he was going to quit as he felt he wasn’t getting ahead as fast as he should. I spoke to him at length and I believe I was instrumental in him continuing on with the rest of us. Back in the late ‘40s, Bob worked for the local Board of Education as a chief engineer of one of the largest schools. Madeline used to groom the schnauzer and she did one heck of a job. Dick and Ruth Cooper groomed and showed our schnauzers but they were never able to put the dogs down as well as the Condon’s did. In fact, the Wayne Millers and the Dick Trubees were the best in that department. The Condons and the Auslanders lived about a half mile apart in the Libertyville area. Our social

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group included the Condon’s, the Downey’s, the Flower’s, Doug McLaine and most of the handlers in our area. Once Bob and Madeline became successful, he started showing dogs for others. He had a great Min Pin that he showed to a impressive record including winning some major shows. He also began showing some Standard Schnauzers and established himself as a competitor to be reckoned with. Somewhere along the line Madeline lost interest, and Bob began to do some judging. Madeline did as well, but she soon dropped out. Bob was not your typical “dog man.” He wasn’t terribly ambitious and was content in judging the Terrier Group along with some Toy breeds. While his judging career was limited, he was a prolific judge in the Orient. He probably judged in the Orient as much as any judge listed in the judge’s directory. From the day I met him, he never called me Lou or Louis, but he addressed me as “Moish.” Why, I don’t know, but I answered to that name. The word love is tossed around and used indiscriminately in our daily lives, but I say here and now that I loved Bob Condon. He was a very simple man. He had no ego and always thought of himself as just one of the guys. He reveled in his children and was so proud of them and his entire family. I never had a conversation with him that he didn’t give me a rundown on how each and everyone was doing. He became a member of the I.K.C. show committee early on after Dorothy Donnelly and I acquired it. He was a tireless worker and one I could always count on. I think the club will miss him terribly. I will miss his morning greeting, “Hi Moish,” his smile, his simple demeanor, and of course, his white socks.


Tux is pictured going Best of Breed under Judge Mr. Edd Embry Bivin at the Colonial Rottweiler Club. This win was just two weeks after winning The American Rottweiler Club National Specialty under Breeder -Judge Mrs. Jane Wiedel. Since this victory, Tux has been to five shows where he has won five Best of Breeds, five GROUP FIRSTS and TWO BEST IN SHOWS. Our sincere appreciation to Judges Mrs. Karen McFarlane and Mrs. Maryann Alston for Tux’s most recent Bests. Tux is currently the Nation’s Number One Rottweiler All Systems and the NUMBER THREE WORKING DOG.*

Multiple Best In Show, Multiple Best In Specialty Show Winning, V1 Rated

Ch. Cammcastle’s Friar Tuck, CGC Sire: CH. Gamegard’s U.S. Marshall

Tux is Owned by: Vicky & Tony O’Brien

Dam: Ch. Cammcastles Vintage Zenner V QR

Bred By: Suzan Otto

Handled By: Holley Eldred

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PosterChildrenfor KennelBlindness by Seymour Weiss

There’s nothing new about kennel blindness, right? Right! There have always been those among us who cannot objectively focus on the strengths and weaknesses of their own dogs, putting those attributes in proper perspective. And they cannot do this precisely because they involve their own dogs. And it is the only reason this happens.


ommercial livestock breeders and “gentleman farmers,” by contrast, are generally free of this taint. Generally, they are not emotionally involved with the animals in their lives so in a worst case scenario they can always “eat” their mistakes and breed in a new direction. The deep love so many fanciers have for their dogs often clouds judgment, preventing them from applying the standard objectively. In so doing, they are unable to be honest with themselves regarding the faults and virtues of their own dogs. The progression of thought is something like “He/ she is my dog, therefore he/ she is wonderful and for them there can be no further discussion. It’s a little like the overly aggressive driver who must compulsively pass everyone else on the highway and goes ballistic when another driver tries to pass him or her, in however orderly a fashion. The only reason for this? Ego. Sometimes people coming into dogs bring with them attitudes they developed in unrelated areas of endeavor. Our community is not without its type A personalities and soccer moms who have yet to realize that some of their perceptions about competition and parameters of quality do not quite fit the templates used in the dog fancy. At the least of it, they make themselves look foolish and become a detriment to our image as a group, making all dog fanciers seem bizarre. During this trend toward negative attention by animal rights activists and media types who know nothing about us, what we do and why we do it, this image is something we emphatically do not need. Often the newly minted are likely to abrade when their egotism spills over onto the sensitivities of their peers. But this is not by any means always true. There are those established fanciers among us who passionately trumpet their dog’s virtue to all who will listen or at least be polite enough not to turn away. And sadly, some who cheerlead publicly for their own dog would do well to spend a little time with their own breed standard, a little objectivity and some honest assessment of how good their dog really is. Many years ago there was a feisty lady with a reputation for producing very good dogs of her own breed. When asked why she often entered her young homebreds in the open class, she would reply “I want to get the bad news fast.” Now, it can be argued that showing an immature dog out of its depth is not fair to the exhibit and does not give a true picture. However, this lady knew her breed, her bloodlines and how her breeding grew on. If she felt comfortable going out on a limb, that was her privilege. The fact that the dogs she sent into the ring were usually of a high order of excellence lent authority to her game plan. It’s hard to find fault with a sound strategy that leads to legitimately earned success. When one’s dogs make the positive statement on their owner’s/ breeder’s behalf, nothing further need be said. It is for kennel blind egotists to proclaim the virtue of their animals when the actual virtue may fall far short of the true merit the poster child for kennel blindness will not see. 68 Dog News

It is surprising to learn that many who fall into the “poster child” class lack the familiarity with their breed standard that one might normally assume such people would have. While comprehending a standard is not rocket science, many standards include esoteric statements tucked into their text that can easily escape the notice of fanciers. These can be small specifications, but they can be important hallmarks of breed type. It is absolutely imperative, therefore, that all serious dog people familiarize themselves with all the specifications of a standard if they would think of themselves as knowledgeable. Keeping and showing dogs that do not make the grade is not the same as running on a puppy until its true merit is known. Sooner or later every breeder will come up with a youngster that appears to exude promise. It’s almost as though this puppy is a blessing from on high. Sadly, it is also not unusual for that flyer’s sweet early promise to go sour. When reality does set in, the wise breeder understands that Mother Nature was amusing herself at his expense; yesterday’s hopeful becomes today’s candidate for a pet home. It is also the wise breeder who can recognize a lost cause, take the appropriate action and cut her losses. That estimable skill, however, takes time to cultivate and perfect. But then there’s another aspect of kennel blindness justified. In a perfect world only the truly superior dogs rise to the top. Too often, however, mediocrity carries the day and the laurel wreath goes to the best of an indifferent lot. There are many reasons for this and they can vary from clever presentation to being in the right place at the right time to showing under judges less familiar with the fine points of a given breed. The fact is, we do not live and function in a perfect world and in the dog sport the human element often plays an important part in the outcome of competition. There is no across the board fix for any of this. It remains for each of us to do our part, aiming for the best dogs we can produce, showing them in the best possible condition we can achieve and bringing them to the most knowledgeable judges in the sport. Only in this way can we hope to make the most valid statement possible. The poster child for kennel blindness is a detriment to us all. He or she will never go away, but hopefully those who know the difference can minimize the negative influence of this segment of the dog fancy. Thanks for reading.•

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The “ALL IN THE FAMILY SERIES” takes a general practical common-sense approach to dog care. For a more detailed, scientific explanation of dog behavior, contact your local vetenarian.

Why The Decline In Dog Registrations


(Comparing Apples To Oranges)

By Charles C. Robey


rom the beginning of time, Americans have always wanted to get what they paid for. As Steven Dietz put it: “Getting your money’s worth is not enough. Get your heart and mind’s worth.” So, are the puppy customers getting what they pay for when registering their dogs – a healthy quality dog at a reasonable price? The question of the day is, “Why the decline in dog and litter registrations?” The answer to this question is as diverse as the people who are brave enough to tackle the question. I’m sure you’ve heard the old cliché, “Apples to oranges.” When you compare two things that are so unlike that the comparison makes no sense, you are said to be comparing apples to oranges. This old cliché assessment certainly holds true when registering dogs. Some registries are very prestigious by concentrating on the welfare of the purebred dogs and by offering very good benefits to the customers, while other registries simply issue a piece of paper. So, if a mind too, customers can “pick and choose” when it comes to dog registries. However, obviously registries, in and of themselves, are not necessarily the reason dogs are not being registered. It’s just the time we are living in. People just don’t relate to dog registries nor do they care, as the majority of puppy customers never intend to show or breed their new family pet. One need only to surf the Internet or talk to John Q. Public to get a glimpse of the general attitude, when it comes to registering puppies. Apparently, registration affiliation, breeding or showing the dog is of no concern Oh, an individual might buy a certain breed, after seeing the breed win a national dog show, or a certain breed may be bought, as a fad, after seeing the breed featured in a movie. However, in reality how many of the new found dogs turn out like the ones publicized? So, why the attitude shift? And, can the dog registries gain the public’s trust? The answer to these questions is as varied as the answers to the questions above. However, let us take a stab at answering. Basically, in today’s environment, the prospective puppy buyer is only looking at two important factors. That being a good quality healthy pet at a reasonable price. When it comes to registering dogs, now days cost is of great concern. Wal Mart, the nation’s largest retailer, found this out and decided to do something about the economy strain, by “ Rolling Back Prices.” Reputable breeders often times are hard to deal with and seem to charge too much

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for average dogs, thus prospective puppy buyers are turned away. And guess what, the puppies are not registered with the prestigious breeders registry. And, what about quality. Questions of health and safety surface, due to a number of reasons. What about the quality of import dogs? And breeders, whom by overpopulation the dog industry, cause genetic disease and bad temperaments. When registries only confirm that the dog, and puppy offspring are purebred dogs, and do not certify the quality and health of the puppies. Why should the puppy customers pay more for a registered dog? Also, many in the dog owning public had much rather adopt a dog from a shelter. This gives people a purposeful meaning for rescuing a dog in need of love and attention, at a reasonable cost. In my city, one of the biggest attractions, is the annual, “Dog Dazes.” People come from miles around to show off their dogs, while others visit the dog rescue booths. Some registries, especially the most prestigious constituents, have always found delight in being an elitist group. However, offering quality healthy puppies while chasing the bottom line dollar do not mix but rather are two entirely opposite concepts. One is based on increasing quality, while the other is based on revenues from a greater volume of inferior goods. This, in part, is why registers are where they are today. Registries must wake up, by being consistent and competitive in the registration fees, and offer a health puppy by requiring a breeder health certificate, when registering the dogs. . Then, and only then, will the puppy customer appreciate the “Apples to Apples” dog. REMEMBER! APPLES TO APPLES = A BALANCE OF QUALITY TO COST. •




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Thyroid Medication by Carlotta Cooper

When it comes to showing and breeding dogs, I have a coated breed. Not only that but, according to OFA, I have the #1 breed in terms of thyroid problems. English Setters are an overall healthy breed. Breeders dutifully x-ray hips. They are x-raying elbows more and more frequently in the last decade. And, thanks to increased BAER testing (Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response), they have significantly lowered the incidence of deafness in the breed in the last few decades. Yet there still remains that pesky thyroid problem.


hat’s most perplexing about the thyroid problem is the varying attitudes taken by different breeders. Some breeders are having their dogs thyroid-tested but many other breeders still take the attitude that it’s not that important. Afterall, it’s so easy and inexpensive to supplement a dog with low thyroid (hypothyroid) with a little pill. There are plenty of long-time breeders who know that they have hypothyroid dogs and don’t use thyroid as a factor when making breeding decisions. Let me say here that I am not casting stones at anyone. That’s not my purpose. In fact, there are probably so many English Setters that are hypothyroid or who have some compensative or reduced thyroid function that it would be virtually impossible to stop using all of them for breeding purposes at this point. However, it would be nice if more breeders were testing to find out the status of their dogs. At least if a dog’s status were known a breeder could make better breeding decisions with regard to thyroid function. What does trouble me in this coated breed with thyroid problems is the frequent use of thyroid pills as a way to grow coat. As many people know, some of the signs of low thyroid function can include hair loss, dry hair/coat, and excessive shedding. However, many people who have coated dogs who don’t grow a lot of coat simply decide to take a shortcut and put their dogs on thyroid pills in the hope of growing a more luxurious coat. The use of thyroid pills as a coat supplement is not a new practice. It’s been going on for years. This practice can be very harmful to any dog who doesn’t really have a genuine thyroid problem. Hyperthyroidism can result from giving dogs an over-supplementation of thyroid medication when they do not have hypothyroidism. This means there is too much thyroid hormone circulating in the body which can over-stimulate the body’s metabolism. The result can resemble an overdose of epinephrine (adrenaline). Continued use of thyroid medication when it’s not needed can cause the dog’s body to stop producing its own thyroid hormone. Despite this danger — possibly because they are not aware of the danger — there

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are owners, breeders and exhibitors who do supplement their dogs with thyroid medication for the sake of growing coat instead of for any legitimate veterinary medical reasons. They discuss thyroid supplementation the same way they discuss the latest nutriceutical from the dog show vendors. But it’s important to realize, for your dog’s health and safety, that thyroid medication is not in the same category as Show Stopper, flax seed or fish oil tabs. It’s a medication, no matter how easily it may be obtained from a vet. In fact, it’s a hormone, albeit a synthetic hormone in most cases. Soloxine is commonly sold in many pet supply catalogues. According to one pet supplier, Soloxine: “is a prescription medication used to treat hypothyroidism. It provides thyroid replacement when the pet’s thyroid gland isn’t producing enough of its own. It is the synthetic hormone levothyroxine. Hypothyroidism is caused by lack of thyroid hormone and is characterized by lack of energy and weight gain. It is a disease commonly seen in middle age and older dogs. Soloxine contains levothyroxine, which acts similar to the hormone thyroxine, which is produced naturally by the thyroid gland. Thyroxine normally regulates many body processes. When the body is not producing enough of this hormone on its own, the condition is called hypothyroidism. Soloxine works like thyroxine to maintain normal metabolism in the body.” The generic equivalent of Soloxine is L-Thyroxine. For people with English Setters and other breeds that are prone to hypothyroidism, we need to do our best to identify dogs that are Thyroid Normal through testing and use more of these dogs for breeding. Use all of our good dogs for breeding but try to select towards more and more Thyroid Normal dogs. And, as possible in the coming years, we can try to cut down on the use of dogs that are hypothyroid. This should become easier as we breed to more and more Thyroid Normal dogs and produce more Thyroid Normal offspring. I am not advocating that anyone should stop using good dogs that have important qualities to offer the breed. But we should start considering the thyroid status of all the dogs that are being bred. I certainly think we need to stop trying to mask coat length by giving dogs thyroid medication when they are not hypothyroid. If your bitch does not carry a lot of coat but she is Thyroid Normal, I wish you would show her anyway. I wish we had judges who could look past coat to find the best dog in the ring. Surely we have some judges who can still do that job. Coat isn’t everything. If you want your bitches to have more coat then you need to breed for it instead of getting it out of a bottle of pills. There are several breeds besides English Setters which can be prone to thyroid problems: Golden Retrievers, Kuvasz, Shetland Sheepdogs, German Wirehaired Pointers, Boxers, Welsh Springer Spaniels, Dalmatians, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Nova Scotia Ducktolling Retrievers, Doberman Pinschers, Irish Setters, Akitas, Leonbergers, Havanese, and Giant Schnauzers, per OFA. Certainly, if you suspect that your dog has a thyroid problem, please see your vet to have your dog tested. On the other hand, please stop and consider the health hazards to your dog before you give him or her thyroid medication simply to grow coat. •

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og owners everywhere should take note of an interesting piece of legislation being considered in Tennessee. A bill awaiting Governor Phil Bredensen’s signature could have a significant impact on how criminals use, train and own dogs. Felons convicted of violent or drugrelated crimes would not be allowed to keep “potentially vicious” dogs for ten years after being released from prison or probation under the provision. It would also require that any dog owned by felons be spayed or neutered and implanted with a microchip for identification, the logic being that unsterilized dogs are apt to be more aggressive. The law is similar to one enacted in Illinois, where the sterilization requirement is used as a way to identify and build cases against suspected drug dealers. An intact dog can be just cause for a police officer to stop a dog owner on the street for questioning or even to search their homes. While some may claim this is a violation of civil rights, perhaps it’s more a sign of the times. In the post-9/11 world, legislators identify the bigger picture of homeland security and public safety when drafting laws and civilians are more apt to allow themselves to be frisked or their bags to be searched if it means insuring the greater safety of our nation. Proponents of these laws claim that it will allow officers to capture more drug dealers. Guard and attack dogs have long been employed by drug dealers to serve either as a threat or deterrent to trespassers or to alert its owners. Barking dogs have been cited as the reason why residents of known crystal meth labs and drug dens have been able to flush goods down the toilet before officers were able to enter the home. In other instances, officers have simply shot the aggressive dogs. The law does not cite specific breeds, and any breed can be deemed “potentially vicious” if it has been reported twice for lunging at people or biting. While this is certainly fairer than a blanket indictment of certain breeds rather than deeds, this does leave open the possibility of false reporting of incidents. Under the Tennessee proposal, if a dog owned by a convicted felon is labeled potentially dangerous, it must be given away or turned over to animal control. Sherry L. Rout, a

legislative advocate in Memphis for the ASPCA, said, “Breed-specific laws do not get at the root of the problem, which is the owners.” Ms. Rout helped draft both the Illinois and the Tennessee bills, and elected officials in other states with a ‘drug dealer and dangerous dog problem’ may wish to consult her expertise in crafting similar bills. She claims, “The thought is that a dog in the hands of a wrong person can be dangerous but a dog that’s walking the line may not be dangerous in the hands of the right person.” This progressive thinking addresses a very real and serious problem, while also walking that fine line of infringing upon civil rights. In this instance, though, the feeling here is that such a law allows officers to do their jobs, it saves lives of those addicted to drugs or caught up in their dangerous trade, while also saving the lives of dogs in the process. Right in the American Kennel Club’s backyard, a bill is being considered by the New York Assembly Committee that seeks to change the state’s existing definition of “pet dealer”, create a new definition of a “commercial kennel” and hit those designated as such with extensive - and sure to be expensive - operational restrictions. Known as “Charlemagne’s Law”, or Assembly Bill 5507, it also seeks to redefine the terms “inhumane condition,” “animal facility” and “humane treatment standards”, but make no mistake, this bill is not simply about semantics. The bill has been bandied about for several years, championed by a group calling themselves Laws for Paws, as well as other animal rights groups and humane societies. Should the bill ever come to fruition, a pet dealer would be considered someone who sells more than five animals per year at wholesale or retail. Current state law sets that limit at nine. The law also seeks to further amend Section 752 of the General Business Law to change the definition of “pet dealer” to someone who sells fewer than ten animals per year rather than twentyfive that are raised on the breeders’ residence. In addition, the passage of AB 5507 would allow the inspection of any animal “facility” – another term redefined under Charlemagne’s Law, as it will be considered “any area built, installed, or designed to serve as a breeding or maintaining area for animals.” Completing

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the new dictionary entries contained within AB 5507, “commercial kennels” will be defined as anyone who sells a dog to a pet dealer or sells or transfers more than 60 dogs per year. All responsible and reasonable dog owners are in agreement that dogs should be treated humanely, receive a proper diet, clean water and safe living conditions, as well as regular veterinary care, proper socialization and training. Unfortunately, they don’t always receive this type of care and conditions found in puppy mills are appalling. So, on the surface, concerned dog owners would be in support of such a bill. However, “Charlemagne’s Law” won’t do much to ensure that dogs will receive the care and treatment they deserve. No real plan is in place on how to identify breeders that are operating outside the realm of the law and history has shown that they will continue to do so. What “Charlemagne’s Law” will do is place an unnecessary burden and expense on responsible breeders who sell as few as one litter of five well-raised and properly trained puppies. Is that really the intent of a law that purports to address animal cruelty? Or, as we have seen in other municipalities and states across the union, is it an attempt to reduce the number of puppies being sold to the ultimate goal of the animal rights extremists: zero. Responsible owners and breeders are all for sensible, easily enforceable laws that protect the health of animals and are in the best interest of the consumer, but they have a zero tolerance when it comes to laws that infringe upon their rights and lump them into a category that continually shows blatant disregard for the law. HARD TIMES A pit bull terrier awaiting adoption from a shelter doesn’t usually make the news, but six yearold Ingrid is an unusual case. Ingrid has a life-threatening heart condition that requires two daily 50 mg. doses of Viagra. Rescued by the Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center in Huntingdon, Long Island two years ago, Ingrid was found to have heartworm. A veterinarian recommended Viagra, the drug developed to promote blood flow for human patients with heart conditions. The drug, however, has proven to promote blood flow to other parts of the human body as well, resulting in an increased libido, and has been cited in saving some marriages and blamed for ruining others. Now it may save a dog’s life, too. The Little Shelter’s Viagra drive two years ago resulted in donations pouring in – a single pill with a note here and there, and even a whole supply, donated by a wife who feared her husband was having an affair. However, Ingrid’s supply has run dry. The little blue pills go for about $10 each. So, if you happen to be looking for a dog with whom to share your home and your supply of Viagra, or save your marriage, or know of someone who can spare a few, contact the Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center in Huntingdon at (631) 368-8770 •

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t’s been a tough week for all the long term people in dogs as two very prominent people – Corky Vroom and Bob Condon both passed away after bouts fighting cancer. Corky’s name, after over five decades in dogs may have been better known than Bob’s, but both gentlemen rose to the ranks of the more respected individuals insofar as their devotion to the sport was concerned. Corky goes back to the days when he worked as a teen-ager on weekends for the immortal Harry Sangster in California while Bob was in the Mid-West competing with the Flowers, Coopers, Wards and Downeys of their era. Proper homage is given in this issue by Pat Totter, Bruce Schultz, and Carol Tobin to Corky while former Board Chair Lou Auslander eulogizes Bob. I knew and was close to both men who were outstanding dog individuals in their own right. Corky of course was involved with a multitude of dogs covering the broad spectrum of handling some of the top dogs of our era. Bob’s approach was more limited in scope insofar as the breeds he showed were concerned but comparatively as well known as Corky. Corky was intense, stern and unflinching as a professional handler. He could point out the virtue’s of his charges publicly just as he admitted their faults privately. I would have to say that arguably Punky Greyhound owned by the Reeses was his preeminent exhibit although I can think of any number of dogs which were of equal stature which he also handled. Corky was a fierce exhibitor, the most loyal friend and totally unpredictable in reaction. Under the influence of Sue he calmed down considerably but one thing for sure you never wanted to get on his bad side. He expected and got the respect and admiration from his friends which he gave to them except if anyone crossed him ... then beware his reaction. And his philosophy was understandable – he gave his all to you and expected the same in return. Corky was a great and longtime friend who taught me as much about this sport as anyone I have ever known – I will miss him terribly and love and adore Sue. Bob was perhaps an easier going guy whose wife Madeline was his pride and joy. We spent 10 days in Shanghai with the Condons many years ago and had


one of the great judging dogs and vacations of our lifetime with them. Bob’s schnauzers were his pride but of course his MinPin was the pinnacle of his success. A devoted family man who was fun to be with its just hard to believe these two men were shot down by cancer at almost the same time. We are all losers in their deaths but at the same time winners for having had the privilege of knowing and being friendly with the two of them. God rest..... Well the controversy about the Judges fees continues to boil. There is no easy answer. I love it when people say close New York and move to North Carolina to save money. Why not the opposite close NC and save more money and get more qualified people in New York – I say. Or those who are complaining about executive salaries – surely they must realize the figures listed on the Internet are not what is earned on the W2’s – those inflated figures are required by the Federal Government to include pension plans and health benefits too. What I say is to require member clubs to get their members to register all their litters with AKC as a way to counter the decline in registrations. That way registrations will go back up and then taxes will become unnecessary. I mean let’s face it name the organization which does not require members to pay a fee. Belong to AARP – pay a fee. Be a delegate judge – pay a fee too. Is it wrong to charge on a pro-rated basis depending upon the number of breeds you judge. Some people think so – I do not – why should the single breed judge who gets an assignment every other three months pay the same fee as a judge who adjudicates at over 100 shows a year? And those who argue that the judges fees supplement their income truly diminish what judging dogs is all about. This is supposed to be about giving not taking – the professional judging status in America has grown like Topsy with no regulations ever having been applied. What is this a tea party thing where a regulation less philosophy is the action du jure? I don’t think so – You want to judge at AKC shows do so on their terms. What about the judge who wrote she would judge only FCI shows – I say let her but she had best recall that unless she is approved by AKC FCI won’t let her judge. Or what about the judge who claims to have written to PETA asking them to bring suit against AKC – she or he should be banned from the sport in the altogether as far as I am concerned. And should the delegate judge pay a fee – of course they should but those saying the delegate-judges on the Board should have recused themselves really are going overboard. Should the delegate judge on the Board not vote on anything concerning judging – of course they should have a say. Extremists – they’ll do you in on every chance they get! Interesting book to read called “Silent Heroes.” Written by Evelyn Le Chene and devoted to the bravery and devotion of animals in war. Published by Souvenir Press in the UK it involves animals, dogs, bears donkeys and more which have been awarded the American Purple heart and the French Legion d’Honneur among other awards and some animals which have received no awards but have performed deeds of valor too. It is a just tribute of the undaunted spirit of all these animals. It was first printed in l994 with the paperback edition coming out in 2009.•

Tough Week, Those Judges Fees, Animals In War...

by Matthew H. Stander

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Thank you Judge Ms. Marjorie Underwood for this prestigious award Best In Specialty Show, Multiple Group Placements, 45 Best of Breeds Award of Excellence & Award of Merit Number Three* Miniature Schnauzer in Breed Standings to date in 2010 and going strong. Bred by Bonnie Warrell Belgar’s Miniature Schnauzers *All Systems

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BackTo TheBluegrass The 67th annual American Boxer Club National Specialty, beautifully orchestrated by Show Chair Salli Moore-Kottas, delivered its usual measure of excitement and drama at the Drawbridge Inn in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky during the week of May 8-14th. by Stephanie Abraham photos by Daniel & Stephanie Abraham


here were 709 dogs entered for the Specialty and Trials, with a total entry of 978—up a bit from last year. The fragile economy affects us all, but the upswing in entries demonstrated a dedicated commitment from the fancy. Obedience and Rally took place on Saturday and Sunday in the big ballroom at London Hall. Judges this year were Fred Buroff from Illinois and Richard Strong from Indiana. High in Trial on Saturday, from an entry of 63 Obedience and 32 Rally, with a score of 197 from Open B, was Sunchase’s The New Black RN UD NAJ, bred by Rhoda Brouillette and owned by Tracy Hendrickson & Rhoda Brouillette. High Combined was Tealcrest’s Half a Sixpence UD RN MX AXJ. Bred by Jill Hootman and owned by Mary Nee. Sunday’s winners competed in an entry of 65 Obedience and 31 Rally contestants. High in Trial with a score of 198.5 from Novice B was Sunchase’s Simply Can Can Can Can, bred by Rhoda Brouillette and owned by Tracy Hendrickson & Rhoda Brouillette. High Combined was Sunchase’s Seize the Moment UDX4, bred by Brian, William, & Kara Curry and owned by Larry Moody & Tracy Hendrickson. Highest Scoring Champion of Record on both days, with respective scores of 193 and 196, was Ch Regal’s Hereee’s Johnny UD, bred by Korinne & Evan Vanderpool and owned by Peggy McConnell & Korinne Vanderpool. Anyone who has trained a Boxer to do anything at all, knows the level of dedication and skill required to get these stunningly intelligent animals to agree to do repetitive exercises when their every instinct is saying “I did that already, why do I have to do it again?” The great Breeder showcase, the Futurity stakes, took center stage on Monday and Tuesday, judged by Clifford W. Steele from New York, who grew up in a household of boxers as the son of professional handler Chuck Steele and mom Lu Steele, now an AKC judge. 203 contestants vied for the enviable Grand Prize, their dams nominated before whelping, and each individual puppy nominated before 4 months of age. The top winners this year, taking home lots of glory and no few dollars as well, were Best Puppy, the fawn


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EnglishCockers ReturnToWisconsin!! by Kate Romanski • Photos by Heather Sammis & Delores Burkholder

ECSCA National Specialty, April 30-May 7, 2010 Oconomowoc, Wisconsin


n a moment of weakness? madness? – whatever – the ECSC of Southeastern Wisconsin decided to host the parent club national specialty once again, a mere three years since we plunged into the daunting task in 2007. Amazingly we were able to book the site on rather short notice, thanks to a cancellation, and so the 69th specialty of the English Cocker Spaniel Club of America, Inc. took over the Olympia Resort and conference Center in Oconomowoc, WI for the first week in May. English Cockers, being a versatile breed, do lots of different things with their owners, and this year a hardy spectator could watch every venue. A local field events club, the Fox Valley ECSC held two cocker field trials on April 28-29 at the Rock River Kennel grounds in Beaver Dam, WI. Then the ECSCA followed with TD/TDX test on April 30 in Eagle, WI, followed the same day by an ECSCA Working Test at the Beaver Dam site. Two days of AKC Hunting Tests ran on May 1-2, also at Beaver Dam, and on May 2-3 two days of Agility were held at the Olympia site outdoors. Conformation, rally and obedience followed inside at the Olympia May 4-7. Not quite sure how we managed all this, but thanks to many fanciers outside our little club, we pulled it off. The tracking tests, held on the Ottawa Field Trail Training Area, part of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, were judged by Annette Cochrane and Pam German. Our limit of four in each level was filled. The weather was clear, but a bit dry and windy. Four dogs were successful in the TD, but sadly none passed the TDX. Later the same day with the weather turning rainy, the Working Test at Rock River Kennel, which drew a good entry for Danae Steel to judge with a number of ECs earning the club’s WD or WDX title. Saturday May 1 and Sunday May 2 we held Hunting Tests also at the Rock River venue, with filled (limit was 40) tests each day. These events were open to all flushing spaniel breeds with ECs having priority) and we had entries from Clumbers, English Springers, Field Spaniels, American Water Spaniels, and even one Airedale! The weather was somewhat temperamental, but not disastrous, and we appreciated every bit of help from all who assisted in these events.


y Sunday, the weather had cleared and although windy it was sunny, bright and almost spring-like for the back-to-back Agility trials open to ECS only held on the grounds of the Olympia Resort. Judge Kim Reeher came out from Pennsylvania to do both days and there were well over 100 “runs” for each event. AKC rules do not permit High in Trial awards at Agility events, but we were able to offer a special award to any exhibitor whose dog qualified in each venue of the trial – Standard, Jumpers with Weaves and FAST – four teams of English Cockers and their owners accomplished this feat. Known as a Triple Q !


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good for the dog’s body with the give of the material and excellent footing for the dog. The viaduct is a challenging new wide jump obstacle presented to the dog and definitely the dog and handler needed an opportunity for the dog to jump repeatedly on this obstacle. Each dog is given three minutes practice on three different courses, so nine minutes total in the full course area. Practice is allowed at the World competition based on the number of dogs on the team so it is also a preparation for the handler to know what to expect in Germany. Friday night the competitors are allowed to draw their own running order and of course all hope it is not number one in the lineup when they pick out of the hat. This is the fairest method for running order in my opinion for such an important event. Also on Friday a measuring in process is done on all dogs trying out for the small and medium team, two dogs were measured out and could only run FEO at the competition as they must be within a certain height to be on the teams, measuring is done at the World competition before any dog can run as well as a check on the microchip or tattoo. The Saturday competition was three courses, one jumpers, and two standard courses, which at the completion of the day all scores are combined to determine the first three team members. The winners on the first day were nearly all experienced previous team members with excellent dogs that showed consistency on all three runs. The Sunday competition is one jumpers and one standard course, which now allows the adding up of all five scores earned and produces the next three team members. Six in all are chosen, half the team needed of twelve. The six winners should have produced the most consistent and speediest dogs since the course time was set for each round by the fast dogs time. Consistency for the team is paramount but they must be fast as well.

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The difficult task ahead is now for the Director of Agility, Andy Hartman and coach, Nancy Gyes to pick the rest of the team to compliment the six that have earned a spot. Toni Osojnicki, team manager, supplies them statistics from the full year of the handlers competition, information from the Agility Nationals competition as well as all information on the Tryouts competition, several pages of stats that will help them make an informed decision. The current team members are large dogs (26” jump height), Terry Smorch and his Border Collie, Presto (second time team member but new dog) and Channan Fosty and Icon her Border Collie (second time team member); Medium team (18” jump height) is Karen Holik and her Shetland Sheepdog, Sizzle (fourth time team member) and first time team member, Diane Goodspeed and her Shetland Sheepdog, Demon; and Small team (14” jump height) Marcy Mantell and her Shetland Sheepdog, Wave (third time team member) and Dee Anna Gamel another Shetland Sheepdog, Kelsi (fourth time team member). Many new dogs and handlers rose to the top of the competition and it will be expected that the teams will be a mixture of experienced and new. As is so often the case in caring dog people, another example was present even in this high powered competition and a story emerged to show the support of dog people to those who need it. One of the competitors, a previous team member, is facing very severe cancer issues and she signed her dog over to a friend who ran the Sheltie. He did outstanding and it was so heartening to watch how well the dog ran for the new handler and gave his all even though the experienced previous team member was not calling out the commands. The stands erupted each time they ran in support and it spurred him on without a doubt. The new handler may have a chance to make the team and I can only wish them the best. If you have any interest in traveling with the team, be sure to visit the AKC Web site for information. It will tell you to contact Toni Osojnicki who has secured the rooms right on site of the competition which is Gut Matheshof Event Center in Rieden, Germany on October 1-3, 2010. Matheshof is a state of the art horse arena with the same type of dirt surface that the tryouts were held on. The hotel is on site next to the arena, one of the easiest to date locations. All supporters will be able to just walk over to the show site at will. The package plan for the trip will be given you upon request and a yahoo group is formed before you go and you get to know the other people that will be traveling with you. The team members also chime in and you get to know them better as well. As a consistent traveler to these World Championships, if you like agility, it is a must see event. •

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catching sight of her as she went into my son’s room. I stood in the doorway as she hobbled to the side of his bed and lifted her soft fawn muzzle to the side of his face, not touching, just seeming to breathe in his scent. She paused to look at me before turning and going through the door, to repeat the same good-bye at my daughter’s side. Later my husband said he found us both at the top of the stairs, me sobbing and Tootie with her head on my shoulder, seemingly trying to console me. We carried her 140 pounds down the 13 steps to save her any more pain and my husband told me to sit this one out that he would take her the rest of the way as she had already said her good-bye to me. It was a bittersweet pact we made to not get another Great Dane. We did this with our last one, at two and half, battling Addison’s disease. The battle consisted of a monthly shot that cost four hundred dollars, a period of almost two weeks where she was almost normal, and a period of two weeks where she spiraled down, where she was incontinent, and listless. This went on until the almost normal period was only a few days. Other “people in dogs” told us we should get a Standard Poodle as our next breed. Our new breed. “They are smart, they are hearty, and they don’t shed – they are the perfect dog.” I wandered the show grounds. I visited breeders. And finally, I bought a white standard puppy and named him Eliot, after T.S. (I am a writer and teacher in my other life) and fell into all things standard. He was all things promised. He was so smart I expected to come home to find him reading my books. And he was more. He was the peacemaker, getting between our two cats where one really needed some anti-bullying instruction. He would drink half of the leftover milk in the cereal bowl (sorry mom – that’s why I tell you the white bowls are for salad) and then step away so the cats could have their share. He followed me from room to room, lying just beyond the bathtub, or beside my desk, or chair. People often talk about the great love of their life, and the one special dog. I’m not discounting any of that, because I have had mine also, but I have to add, there are different dogs for different times. Eliot’s gentleness calmed me merely by looking in his eyes, and it was a time in my life when I needed calm reinforcement. My children were in college, I was publishing my first book, and I was dealing with the change of a promotion and a reassignment. To celebrate, I joined a small group going on a Caribbean cruise – my husband hates the

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sun, the water, and crowds and elected to stay home and work and dog sit. I returned after nine days to discover Eliot had stopped eating and had lost about five pounds. Guiltily, I believed he had missed me to the point of making himself ill. I took him to the vet after two days and we began the journey that enlisted specialists and numerous tests. Two weeks later, he was much worse and we had no answers. He was now down 14 pounds. He could not eat, and finally, he could not drink. I had been taking him to the vet and leaving him during the day and then bringing him home at night. On Tuesday of that week, I knew we had reached the T in the road. The vet told me she would call me in a few hours after the latest blood tests were analyzed.


t was the first day for teachers at my new school where I was the newly appointed Assistant Principal. I’m sure I came across a bit cool and reserved when I was really just numb, afraid for the phone to ring, afraid for it not to. My vet called at 10:00. She explained it in degrees and stages but my gentle boy had developed cancer in the stomach lining. He had hours to perhaps a few days to live but they would be painful hours and he could not process food or water. I wanted to call my husband during the twenty minute drive to the vet’s office, but I couldn’t put any of it into words so I didn’t use my cell phone. I cried, I tried to bargain with any deity on duty. I told myself there could be worse things – this wasn’t my son or daughter. It wasn’t my husband. Could I survive that, when I could barely function doing this? At the vet’s I asked if I could take Eliot outside – it was August. The sky was a perfect Duron blue. “Can you come outside, in the back, on the grassy field behind the center? In ten minutes or so?” Eliot staggered and I wound up carrying him until we reached the grass and then we both just sat in the quietness. I watched a bird glide without using its wings for what seemed like an impossible amount of time. And then I started talking. I thanked Eliot for bringing me joy, and showing me what a difference tenderness in spirit makes in life, how his kindness and gentleness would never be forgotten. And then I just held him. CONTINUED ON PAGE 86

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I continued even when the vet came out and put the needle in the IV still in his leg. I felt the tension of life leave and then he was limp. I continued to sit in the grass after they carried him away wondering if the vet had closed his eyes or if he had, his last act to comfort me. A week later, my vet sent me a card that his ashes were ready to be picked up. The box was a quarter of the size of the others, and they had misspelled his name, using two ls, but my heart didn’t think it mattered at that point. Eliot had been 8 years old. And how I missed him. Not sitting against my feet as I read a book, not feeling his weight against my leg as I watched TV, tried to sleep. Not able to rub his curly knot.


y October I was angry. I had played by the rules. I bought the best dog food without cancer causing additives. I had crab grass because I didn’t want pesticides in my yard. I bought from breeders who cared about health and registered and verified and certified. How was this possible? How was this fair? I turned to the Internet looking at Rescue sites, looking at Standard Poodle rescues from all over the country, at the horror stories, at the sad stories, at the disappointing humans behind the horror and sad stories. By November I had stopped trying to make myself angry by looking at the stories of people who didn’t deserve the dogs they had forsaken and started looking at the dogs. This is how I found Atticus. Atticus? “Are you just screwing with me now?” I asked the same deities that periodically gather to watch if nothing else. I made the calls. I planned the trip. My husband made a tentative comment. “This is a rescue dog right?” “Yes.” “And, don’t they have like fifty rescue groups in Maryland. Do you really have to drive through five states to get a dog?” “Yes, I do.” End of discussion. So I went to Connecticut for Atticus. I had my doubts of course. I am a Dane

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person who had purchased a Standard Poodle because they live longer and because they are touted to be the best dogs in the world. The second part was true. Was I really going to now gamble on getting a five year old? It was not really love at first sight. I took Atticus for a walk and discovered he was seemingly better trained than any of my previous dogs (show people are not big on the automatic “sit” and heeling is also a lost art). He was much bigger than Eliot, but I had told myself I would not compare the two. Still he had kind, intelligent, and trusting eyes. We accepted each other in that we recognized we each had a need. On the way home, Atticus sat in the back seat of the SUV and looked out the window, at the back of my head, or at my eyes in the rearview mirror. Once in the house, he, a former kennel dog, raised his leg on a library chair and I told him “NO” and that was the last time I needed to correct him about anything. Initially I said he was a rescue dog, but then I stopped after the second utterance because it seemed ridiculous – much like someone getting a current year Mercedes for a dollar because the former owner sold it because she didn‘t like the color. Then I tried to describe it as re-homed, but again that didn’t seem to fit. Finally, I just say I got him through a re-gifting process and only I really understand the significance of this logic. He has a gentleness, a kindness, and a tenderness of spirit that is uncanny. He is not truly white, but is termed “apricot” which means he is white with a little bit of red highlight (something I try to pull off at the tune of 90.00 every 8 weeks or so in my own hair). He is not the replacement dog, he has earned his spot on his own. But, the dog before him showed me what it means to trust and be open to the gentleness there is in life. I know I have started the clock five years past the time I usually start, and that hasn’t always stopped where I wanted it to. But Atticus has love to last a lifetime, his lifetime, and however long that might be, I’m going to be there to love him right back. •

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The show was held at the Tel Aviv showground, the largest venue in Israel, with some rings outside on a tidy lawn with lots of shade while others were in air-conditioned pavilions. The panel of judges included representatives from as far away as Japan as well as Russia, Finland, Ireland and Italy, and of course top local judges. A small but elite group of foreign entries included dogs from Russia, Italy, Spain, France and the Netherlands. These dogs, mostly champions, were drawn by the premise of winning an Israeli championship title at a single show (local dogs must win at three shows) and could also get the Tel Aviv Winner title, a title awarded at this show only.


he first impression when entering the showground was: “Wow, this is huge!” One could definitely lose one’s way around the place. On the other hand, there was plenty of room around the rings for the exhibitors and their dogs and the rings themselves were of a generous size. At around 10 AM the visitors began to arrive. Soon there were no spaces left in the adjacent parking lots and traffic began to amass, causing the police to divert traffic to other, further locations. But the crowds continued to flow, with long lines collecting at the ticket office. The judging progressed at a regular pace. This was the first time the IKC had based the entire show on its new online software. With direct connection to the stud book, the stewards could enter the dog’s critique and qualifications and they were immediately updated in the dog’s records within the stud book, thus ensuring dogs would get all the titles they were eligible to receive. Screens in the rings displayed the class being judged and the number of the dogs in the following class, making it easier on the exhibitors. There were hitches here and there: the computers sometimes had a mind of their own, causing the support team to run between the rings like mice in a maze; some of the visitors had a hard time finding their way around the show for lack of signage and printed maps; not everyone enjoyed the heat or the dense crowds. However, these things were to be expected at such a huge affair. A visitor wrote on one of the internet forums: “At the beginning, we felt a bit like at the Oscars’ – we were able to see in person all the amazing dogs we had only seen on the Web, and their owners too. That’s cool – we know them but they don’t know us. Have you ever thought that you are a type of celebs? Despite the heat, parking problems and other logistical issues, e.g. long lines for the cafeteria and restrooms, we had a wonderful time. This was the first time we had seen such a rich and diverse array of dogs. Hats off to the organizers. Although there is room for improvement, we had lots of fun. I believe the spectators were impressed not only by the dogs but by their owners and the cooperation and support they displayed. They got to know the open, positive dog breeding community, were able to see how interesting this hobby is, received detailed explanations and were impressed by the family idylls as little children laid down to rest besides their dogs that were three times bigger than them. Those experiences attract more people, and that is wonderful!” CONTINUED ON PAGE 94

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We have combined our resources to give the breeder the recognition that we feel that you deserve. This year on August 28th at the Santa Barbara Kennel Club Show there will be the Second Annual Breeder’s Showcase – this Special Attraction will showcase your breeding program. All it takes is two dogs and/or bitches bred by you. You don’t have to show them and you don’t have to own them. Anyone can own either or both and anyone including professional handlers can show them for you. You are also invited to join us for dinner compliments of our many patrons – “Dinner At The Dog Show” on Saturday night!! It is to highlight your breeding program. Come show everyone what you have done.

$12,300 Cash Prizes If you have any questions, please give one of our co-chairpersons a call: Connie Miller – 269-375-8846 Desi Murphy 914-523-6091; Entry forms are on our web site: or through Jack Bradshaw, Superintendent – SBKC Show Chair; David Powers – 818-367-5785 Dog News 89


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CORKY VROOM, retired all breed handler and husband of American Kennel Club Field Representative SUSAN VROOM, passed away this week from the cancer that he fought till the end. CORKY was catapulted into the front lines at a very young age when his employer, all breed handler HARRY SANGSTER, was killed in an auto accident. He inherited his clients and the responsibility of running a handling business. He was a giant in his profession, and the halcyon days of his partnership with GLORIA & NAT REESE produced three different dogs that were number one all breeds in the nation, plus lots of other record breakers and holders. He married three times to KAREN, BARBARA and of course SUSAN who tamed the wild beast in him (no easy task). He won seven groups at the Garden but never did win best in show at that event. But what he did win was the love and respect of everyone in the sport from the

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novice to the most cynical amongst us. Upon the VROOM’S handling retirement, they moved from their native California to Texas and SUE began her career as a Field Rep and CORKY, not wanting to judge, worked with another former handler, GEORGE ALSTON, in conducting handling seminars. He was a good friend to me and I’ll miss him. He leaves a void in the sport that can never be filled, but leaves many great memories to remember him by, but I can’t help but think of that Christmas dinner (an annual event) with SUSAN, CAROL & MICHAEL GROSSMAN, MATT STANDER and myself and that conversation about the Oldsmobile station wagon (but that story is for another time). A memorial service has been planned for late June in Texas and another memorial service to be held in California at a later date. All of us at DOG NEWS send SUE and CORKY’S mother

and sister who were planning a move to Texas to be closer to the VROOMS our deepest sympathy and love. Just as we say goodbye to CORKY, word comes that yet another old friend and former handler turned judge, ROBERT CONDON, passed away. BOB was a former Miniature Schnauzer breeder and handler along with his wife MADELINE. Upon their retirement the CONDONS moved from the Chicago area to Florida and just enjoyed life. They planned trips and traveled the world, visiting the most remote places and sending us postcards that we read with great envy. Better than the postcards were MADELINE’S care packages of home baked cookies. It always seemed to me that she would bake a batch of cookies, pack and send them, then pack for them and fly off to some part of the world. BOB not only leaves his beloved MADELINE but his sons and their families and a host of friends not soon to forget that man who always wore white socks,

no matter what the occasion. God, I’m getting tired of saying goodbye to so many friends… The American Kennel Club has announced the dates for its second stand alone MEET THE BREEDS (all recognized American Kennel Club breeds plus all pure bred cats recognized by the Cat Fancier’s Association) with PETPARTNERS, the dog insurance company, as its major sponsor to be held at the JACOB JAVITS CONVENTION CENTER in Manhattan. The Saturday & Sunday event will be held on October 16th & 17th from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. I would strongly suggest that those breed clubs who did not participate in last year’s hugely successful event sign up for this upcoming one. BIRTHDAYING… TORIE STEELE, LOWELL DAVIS, PETER ATKINSON, JOHN SAEMANN, SKIP HERENDEEN, BARBARA KEENAN, ROMANA ARNOLD, BILL MCFADDEN, KEEGAN

MCFADDEN, JERRY PUTMAN, BILL CUNNINGHAM, PAT WILLER, DENNIS MCCOY, JAY RICHARDSON, GAY GLAZBROOK and SIBYLL SOMMER. In the NEW YORK section of the Monday, May 24th issue of the WALL STREET JORUNAL there was a nice piece about TERRIERS UNLEASHED IN CENTRAL PARK written by RALPH GARDNER, JR. It was about a group of Norwich Terrier and Norfolk Terrier owners gathering in Central Park with their dogs. No parent club or American Kennel Club participation, just pet loving owners of pure bred dogs. The event was organized by MARCIA LEWIN. According to the author several dozen dogs with their owners showed up including former California Senator JOHN TUNNEY. Nice outing for a common interest and best of all some good publicity on pure bred dogs and their owners.

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Throughout the day, the agility club and obedience club put on demonstrations that drew large crowds. In the afternoon, their ring was transformed into the ring of honor and the final judging began with junior handlers, then breeders’ groups, progeny groups, braces, Best Puppy, Best Junior and Best Veteran. Then came the 10 FCI groups. About half the groups were dominated by foreign exhibitors who had flown in from various countries. Naturally, they had brought top quality and top winning dogs with them, including a Giant Schnauzer and Miniature Schnauzer from Moscow who placed 1st and 2nd in their group and a Miniature Poodle that had also flown over from Russia. The most prominent group of dogs had been brought over by two handlers, Ante Lucin of Croatia and Javier Gonzales Mendicote, a Spaniard. Between them they brought eight dogs: one Pug who placed second in its class, two Boston Terriers who placed BOB and BIS, a Chihuahua and Shiba Inu both second in their groups and three group winners, an American Cocker Spaniel, a Dalmation and a Maltese. When the 10 group winners were presented to Finnish judge, Paula Heikkinen-Lehkonen, the crowd was rooting for the latter three dogs, all beautifully groomed and presented. The judge put up Italian-bred and owned Maltese, Cinecitta Quentin Tarantino owned by Franco Prosperi first. She placed the Dalmation, Alphadirato Future Brand, also Italian owned, in second place. Third place went to an Alaskan Malamute, Nanuke for ayla of Navarama Mal, a dog imported from the Czech Republic by local owner Ayelet Shushan. Dan Simkin: “The BIS judge was Finnish. I am not familiar with the Maltese, but I saw Ante with his Dalmation give a real show in the ring at Cruft’s and taking third place in the group. His quality of handling and the quality of the dog could also be seen at our show. I personally would have given him BIS even at the expense of my personal dog. I hope more and more exhibitors and dogs come to our shows and I will gladly lose to a better dog or one handled better than mine. This is the way to learn, if you don’t lose, you can’t win.” Before the Best in Show judging, “Israel’s Pet of the Year” was chosen. This competition was among all the animals entered to the show, including dogs, cats, reptiles and larger animals too. Throughout the day, visitors and exhibitors could send text messages thus voting for their favorite participant. After the votes were tallied, the top prize – a huge trophy – went to a pony. One can say this show was a pivotal event for the Israeli Kennel Club. The immediate result of the financial success was expressed in a 10% discount in stud book fees. The IKC board also rented new offices that will cater to all the needs of the organization and provide members with better service. Next May, Israel will host the Mediterranean Winner show and hopes to draw more and more foreign exhibitors. Or at least foreign judges, as expressed by Sean Delmar, Irish Kennel Club president, who judged with his wife Cathy: “Many thanks for the hospitality shown to us on our visit to Israel. We will keep good memories of your committee and exhibitors. Such a special place with special people. By the way, the BIS line-up was world class.” • 94 Dog News

Robert Condon 1932 – 2010 Dear friend and associate, he will be missed by all members of the Show Committee of the International Kennel Club of Chicago

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dog carries. Fixing any part of the anatomy of the dog is not only against AKC rules, but is against all ethical practices. Breeders must stop talking themselves into believing it will do no harm to show and breed these faulty dogs. The problems will simply show up in future generations and be spread throughout the World by exporting for breeding, those dogs which have produced the problem or show that they are affected.


ne specific and personally troubling symptom of unsoundness is in the shaking hindquarters of some dogs. I first published my concerns about this problem in a Canine Chronicle ad, Feb 26, 1983. From what I see in the ring it has only escalated. I frankly do not know all the possible causes of this condition, but I do feel strongly that it must be genetic as it has occurred in several generations, and is against one or more statements in our Standard. One line that fits from the Standard would be “Therefore, soundness is of the greatest importance.” Another is “with no sign of aggression, shyness or nervousness.” The Code of Ethics for the Old English Sheepdog Club of America states: “Only dogs and bitches that are physically sound and of good temperament are to be used for breeding”. Dogs that have hip dysplasia, eye defects, auto-immune disease, deafness, or any other significant hereditary problem must not be bred if we are to keep our breed viable. The soundness, healthy appearance, and temperament of dogs that we have bred reflects our dedication to the good breeding practices and best interests of the breed as set forth in this Code of Ethics. As with many Clubs, we have members threatening members who talk openly about the problems in our breed, and of course this only spreads distrust and animosity among those who truly want to find answers to all the disease processes our breed is subject to. To be fully informed is to be forearmed when considering a future for our beloved pets. We need to encourage everyone to participate in all ongoing health studies, and Clubs need to provide clinics where DNA or blood samples may be collected to be provided for those studies. Grants need to be supported by Parent Clubs to facilitate the studies designed to promote the health within that breed. These studies will hopefully add to the overall health of all breeds. 96 Dog News

3. Education needs to be ongoing and should be open and available to everyone, no matter how little or how much experience they have with the breed. Nor should it be a matter of what their current aspirations or future dreams may be. Educational Seminars should never be held behind closed doors or presented by just one person who travels across the Country. What is being taught should never be done on a limited basis, with only a chosen few allowed to sit in on the event. This simply promotes the idea that personal agendas are being followed and leaves an unpleasant memory for those denied admittance. If limited space is a concern, then a video representation of the event needs to be made available to those who were denied attendance. Mentor programs need to be implemented by Mentor Meetings, where the Standard and Illustrated Guide are discussed with an eye to making the dissemination of information more uniform. Education should be sought with all possible diligence by everyone who wishes to make raising and showing dogs a hobby or avocation. Our breed is not a singular entity, but rather one of a complex group. I often suggest that people interested in learning about a breed that interests them attend seminars offered by other breed clubs, as well as those about their breed. Learning what your breed is not isn’t only of interest, but is of actual value, as it identifies and offers contrasts to what is vital to your breed. The study of any breed, needs to start with basic anatomy and form and function. The AKC now has a Mentor program that will be of great value to companion animal owners, as well as those whose interest is in breeding and showing. I urge all knowledgeable owners to list themselves as being willing to mentor to new owners in their area. Passing on factual information will contribute to the well-being of the AKC, and all Breeds. 4. Clubs need to promote events sponsored by the AKC rather than other entities when at all possible. We turn to the AKC for assistance when unfair dog laws are being proposed that will impact us, and then complain when the AKC needs to make some adjustments to fund raising so they can continue to afford to lobby in our favor. In our breed, herding is an example. Instead of providing an AKC sponsored event, my Club this year has elected to provide an event sponsored by another entity, and thus we will deny the AKC their share of the income that will be generated by the event. It is not a great amount of money, but every dime counts in these tough times. Only AKC supported events will yield titles that will be included on our AKC Certified Pedigrees. •

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Lillian Tiffany, and British artist, Julia Brenan’s portrait of the South African bred but British owned, Ch. Pudi of Moorehaven, who has the distinction of being the only (to date) Schipperke to win BIS at a championship show in the UK, which he achieved at Bath in 1981. A historically interesting exhibit, as it goes back to the very roots of the breed in the UK, is the front page of The Stock-Keeper from September 1891. It features the imported Ch. Shtoots, who won the Challenge Class (this was in the days before Challenge Certificates) at the first Crufts show in 1891 and again in 1892 and was the first British champion in the breed. Shtoots, together with Drieske, Mia and Skip, all imported, helped form the nucleus of the breed in England. The Schipperke models include a bronze by the Californian based sculptress, Christine Baldwin, of a dog with a clog, a cold painted Vienna bronze and a Belgian bronze, both the latter being from the early years of the 20th century. Dominating the sculpture, and rightly so, is a life-size terra cotta model by the French Artist, Richard Fath, one of the most important French dog artists of the 20th century who comfortably worked in many mediums.


lso on show are some rare medals awarded by the old St. Hubert Schipperke Club in 1910. The club was founded by George Krehl, one of the breed’s earliest supporters, indeed he was instrumental in the importation of several breeds during the last two decades of the 19th century. On a visit to Antwerp Krehl visited Mons. Reussens’ kennel who maintained ‘the true Belgian type’. However, he would not sell any of his dogs for exporting since he truly believed all good Schipperkes should stay in Belgium. Krehl was concerned that the breed in England was becoming ‘a black prick-eared, wire-haired terrier’, it being a question of mane and breeching with the British dogs. Money appeared to be no problem with Krehl and he managed to pursued Reussens to part with his famous Ch. Hubert so that he could convince the fanciers in England that the Belgians were right and that the British dogs were not the true type. Thus was born the ‘St. Hubert Schipperke Club’, with Ch. Hubert placed at stud at the ‘Spratts Sanatorium’. He was to be available to any St. Hubert Schipperke Club member on payment of a three guinea stud fee. Krehl’s ‘club’ adopted a standard embodying the missing points of breeching and mane, and they have remained ever since. Two Dissimilar Breeds: The French Bulldog and Schipperke runs at the Kennel Club Art Gallery, 1-5 Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London until June 11th. • 98 Dog News

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