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Dog News The Digest Volume 30, Issue 23

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Dog News Contents • June 6, 2014 10 Editorial 14 The Way It Is - Eliminating Some Delegate Occupation Restrictions By Sari Brewster Tietjen 18 Inside The Sport: An Owner-Handler Looks At The NOHS - Part 2 By Pat Trotter 22 Question Of The Week By Matthew H. Stander 26 Remembering Dr. David Doane By Jim Smith • Contribution From Eric Doane, MD 30 Babbling: A Jack Of All Trades! But Master of None? By Geir Flyckt-Pedersen 34 Bests Of The Week 38 Ten Questions Asked of Christian Rangel 42 Brace Yourself: Breed Standards, Interpretations And Fashions By Andrew Brace 44 Canine Freestyle By Sharon Pflaumer 144 handlers directory 46 A Thought To Consider: The Perceived Slight By Seymour Weiss 146 subscription rates 50 The British Scene By Geoff Corish 148 classified advertising 54 Preventing Dog Bites 101 By Patricia Burnham 150 advertising rates 56 Corgis And The Queen Mother By Nick Waters 58 Marxisms: This Judge’s Point Of View - To Thine Ownself Be True By Sid Marx 62 Off The Leash: Positive PR, Diving Dogs And A New Flea And Tick Treatment By Shaun Coen 66 Two Old Friends Pass, Two Clubs One Site - Same Day And More By Matthew H. Stander 68 Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen National Specialty By Carla Viggiano 82 True North: A Report From Canada By Allison Foley 90 Rare Breeds of the World: Guatemalan Bull Terrier By Agnes Buchwald 98 A Pilot Match Program: Having Fun And Working Memorial Day Weekend By Peggy Wampold 102 Brabo 2014 By Karl Donvil 124 Belgian Tervuren National Specialty: The Heart Of It All! By Janina Laurin 126 The Gossip Column By Eugene Z. Zaphiris 128 The Belgian Shepherd Quartet’s Second Member: Belgian Tervuren By MJ Nelson 134 Click: Kennel Club of Pasadena By Leslie Simis 138 Letters To The Editor POSTMASTER: Send address changes to DOG NEWS, 1115 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10010 140 Click: The Way We Were By Paddy Spear DOG NEWS (ISSN 0886-2133) is published weekly except the last two weeks in December by Harris Publications, 1115 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10010. Periodical Postage paid at New York. 4 Dog News

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Ian Miller 212 462.9624 Contributing Editors Sharon Anderson • George Bell Andrew Brace • Agnes Buchwald Patricia Gail Burnham • Shaun Coen Carlotta Cooper • Geoff Corish Michael Faulkner • Denise Flaim Geir Flyckt - Pedersen Allison Foley • Yossi Guy Ronnie Irving • Roz Kramer John Mandeville • Linda More Demond J. Murphy • M. J. Nelson Sharon Pflaumer • John Shoemaker Kim Silva • Matthew H. Stander Sari Brewster Tietjen • Patricia Trotter Connie Vanacore • Carla Viggiano Nick Waters • Seymour Weiss Minta (Mike) Williquette Dog News Photographers Chet Jezierski • Perry Phillips Kitten Rodwell • Leslie Simis

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THE MEETINGS TO COME-THE DELEGATES Come Sunday the 8th of June the Delegate Committee meetings are to be held with the actual Delegate Meeting to be convened Monday the 9th. Immediately after that meeting, which will be presumably after lunch, the Board meets for its meeting, which is scheduled for the rest of Monday into Tuesday. Those dates in them self raise some sort of red flag to the Delegates who have to choose between attending their shows held on the Saturday or Sunday or going to the Meetings. It is said airfares and hotel rooms are less expensive during the weekend but that’s not necessarily a given. Historically the June meeting is said to be the least attended of any of the meetings held throughout the year but this June’s looks to be the exception. This is probably due to the vote scheduled to be taken about the Delegate Occupational Eligibility By-Law change. Certainly the topic deserves to be voted upon by as many Delegates as can possibly attend but the tone of the debate conducted by some people on the delegate e-line was basically pretty nasty-anyways the majority of the copies of the statements sent to these pages fell into that category. Presumptively not all the comments were sent to our attention so perhaps calmer heads were involved in discussing the pros and cons from a reasonable side of the discussion. As you all know or should know by now it will take a 2/3rd vote to change the Bylaw-not a simple majority. That’s too bad but at least a much larger number of Delegates are anticipated to be in attendance than had been thought likely to attend so that bodes well for all. Whether or not a roll call vote will be called for and whether the occupations listed in the present By-laws are to be voted upon individually or as a blanket has of this writing not yet been decided. Those decisions may have a considerable impact upon the results of the voting so those features should be closely followed Monday morning--one would think.

THE BOARD MEETING The Board has a long and inglorious history of adopting ideas which in themselves may be worthwhile but it is done with little if any prior discussion among those in the Fancy to be affected by these new moves with even less apparent consideration being given to the implementation of these ideas. Specifically these pages refer to the last meeting where the NOHS was thrown down the throats

of show giving all-breed clubs as well as the adoption of the 2 shows a day theory, adopted in December 2013 and which is now in play. The first such event will not be effective until July 12. From what these pages have heard the reaction to the NOHS directive has been so negative that a series of exceptions to the rules established by the Board have been asked to be made. Similarly the reaction to the Premium list, which arrived in the mail offering two shows by two different clubs on the same day, resulted in reverberations from one end of the fancy to the other. And while these pages recognize the need to update and modernize today’s show procedures-some of which may be acceptable to some people but not to others- the fact remains that in all instances how to implement these ideas must discussed with the participants before they are put into play. Lest, which seems to happen time after time, the Board comes up looking foolish with much more than mud on its face. And again from what these pages are hearing the Judges Task Force Committee is about to finally make some recommendations about the role it believes it should play in determining judging approvals. Please, please before anything is finalized give affected parties time to react and to contribute accordingly. Nothing says the Committee has to react positively nor negatively to the suggestions from the people affected but don’t put anything in place with at least giving the judges affected the courtesy of token input for sure.

HEALTH ALERT BY THE CDC The Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) has received reports of an increasing number of dogs with questionable documentation of prior rabies vaccination. The dogs are being imported to the States from rabies-endemic countries and are imported or sold on-line by independent sellers or in pet stores and/or adopted through both U.S. and international sources. In some instances these dogs of all backgrounds may be incorrectly identified as having been born and raised here and distributors may claim or even have some kind of registration papers. CDC claims to have learned of several instances when importers have provided inaccurate rabies vaccine certificates for puppies arriving here. These documents state that the puppies are older than 4 months of age and fully immunized against rabies. However upon examination, these animals were found to be less than 4 months old and sometimes as young as 4-8 weeks of age. Documentation has also included falsification of birth location and breed registration! And what about the intertransportation of dogs from shelters to shelters - what are their histories in these matters? CDC recommends that veterinarians

request the original rabies certificates with English translations if necessary for any new patients particularly if the certificate comes from an unknown source or if the reported age does not match the physical appearance of the dog. Unfortunately these adoptions of interstate dogs and importation of foreign dogs have reached the point that in all too many an instance the problems have become so acute that looking behind the situation solves little and the only way to grapple with the problem is to look forward and onward.

NEW TITLES WHAT DO THEY MEAN? Within the last few weeks AKC has announced it will offer titles to dogs that belong to organizations with which AKC has no affiliation whatsoever. They are diverse associationsone the North American Diving Dogs and the other ANY certified Service Dog organization. Neither area involves nor has any direct training nor association with AKC yet titles from AKC may be awarded. Now then if this is merely yet another crazy scheme to earn outside monies for AKC one would have to accept the idea one would suppose. But if these are merely schemes to associate AKC with orgs usually not associated with them shouldn’t there be some sort of qualification requirement other than membership in the organization? Perhaps this is one of those social media conceptual ideas where introducing these titles today will hopefully result in future economic and psychological gains for AKC in the future--do you think?

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK The recent Delta Airlines fiasco over Philadelphia where a large dog did its business whilst in the cabin forcing an emergency landing was unfortunate on any number of levels. Perhaps the primary victim was the cause of those who believe dogs should have freedom of space within any plane. That’s never been the position of these pages, as it is amazing to think this kind of incident never happened before. True it is that there was a delay in take-off nonetheless and particularly when it comes to flying are there any assurances mistakes won’t occur. Be they service dogs or pets being flown with tickets these situations open the doors to unhappy occurrences and endings. What the future will hold for the flying of dogs and animals generally in cabins is uncertain but one can be pretty well certain more restrictions are bound to occur if the practice is permitted to be continued at all, is the thought for this week!!

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Eliminating Some Delegate Occupation Restrictions By SARI BREWSTER tIETJEN


hen the Delegates to the American Kennel Club meet this coming Monday, June 9th, one of the items on the agenda is an amendment to the Club’s Bylaws, Article VI, Section 5, governing eligibility to become a Delegate. Presently, the Bylaws restrict persons who are professional handlers or trainers, fee charging judges over and above actual expenses ( newly coined term for this by Delegates is “compensated” judges), people who trade or traffic in dogs, which includes commercial breeders or brokers of dogs, persons who are employed full time in the manufacture or sale of dog food or dog supplies, persons who serve as a publisher or promote show dogs/kennel through solicitation or acceptance of advertisements in commercial dog publications, persons who have a significant interest in dog registry, dog event giving or any other organization deemed to be in conflict with AKC or its objectives. There is an additional clause concerning persons convicted of a misdemeanor or felony. This amendment has been brought before the Delegates by the Delegate Bylaws Committee and has been sent on for a Delegate Body vote without AKC’s Board of Directors officially giving it thumbs up or thumbs down. Basically what the Delegate Committee has proposed is to eliminate some of the above restrictions on who can and cannot serve as a Delegate. The proposal – if passed by the required affirmative 2/3rds vote of those Delegates present and voting – would permit the following to be eligible to join the Delegate Body if proposed by a member club to represent that club: fee charging judges (i.e. compensated judges), professional handlers or trainers, persons involved in making or selling dog food or dog supplies, pub-

lishers and others who solicit or accept ads for commercial publications, and dog show superintendents. The proposal also adds convictions for animal cruelty as a reason for not approving or having someone remain as a Delegate. Those who have been following the machinations of the Delegate Body for years know that there have been several attempts to permit fee charging judges to serve if so asked by a member club with no success. However, this is the first time in recent memory that steps have been taken to revamp the entire occupational eligibility section and open the question up to allow for other occupations to served. The online Delegates’ list has been quite busy in discussing the pros and cons of the proposal. Sometimes the discussions have become unnecessarily personal and heated. Sometimes they demonstrate a complete lack of understanding of the various so-called occupations. However, most times they reflect a fair and thoughtprovoking discussion of all sides of the issue. It has been good to have this opportunity to gather thoughts and express opinions – an opportunity that heretofore had not been available. For the most part, those who have been against opening the Delegate Body to some individuals who are presenting ineligible to serve is more personal in nature than anything else. They do not want “so-and-so” to serve, even if a club wants him/ her to be its representative. They fear that one person is going to be able to sway the minds of the almost 600 Delegates! The other downside, of course, concerns fee charging judges. Many Delegates – and especially those who are paying out of their own pockets to attend the quarterly meetings – want to be able to charge something above actual expenses of travel, lodging and meals to judge a show. They point to the fact that they have other expenses than these and end up paying out of their pockets to cover those expenses. They would like

“There is valid concern that the present full packet of ineligibilities is too restrictive and out-dated given today’s society and the number of AKC member clubs.”

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to charge a fee to offset these expenses. Nonetheless, there are a lot of non-judge Delegates representing clubs that do not want to pay an additional fee for judges. This is the main reason why attempts in the past to let fee-charging judges serve as Delegates have failed. Those favoring the proposal do so because there is a firm belief that clubs should be able to appoint/elect anyone in good standing with the AKC (minus the handful of remaining restrictions) to serve as their representative. Clubs are responsible for those individuals they send to the quarterly meetings and those individuals are responsible to the clubs they represent for their decisions and votes in carrying out the wishes of their club. They are sent to the meetings for and by their representative club and not to serve themselves. With regards to those who fear having certain persons in the Delegate Body - Delegates supporting the proposal believe that those fears are overblown, unfounded, and too personal in nature to be sustainable. The dog world is basically comprised of competitive, strong-willed people who will not be led around like sheep. There is valid concern that the present full packet of ineligibilities is too restrictive and out-dated given today’s society and the number of AKC member clubs. There is true thought that the Delegate Body needs to be able to draw from all walks that can offer input, discussion, and judgment without prejudice, but simply based on experience and practical knowledge. It needs to be inclusive rather than exclusive and clubs should be able to choose their representative to serve their needs. As of this writing – which will be published on the Friday before Monday’s scheduled vote – the outcome is uncertain. The June quarterly meeting has traditionally been the one with the poorest attendance. While it is known that some clubs and Delegates are going out of their way to attend because of this vote, there is little idea as to whether or not the proposal will succeed in its entirety or whether the Delegates will decide to further separate out some of the occupations and vote oneby-one. Regardless of how it is handled, it is an important vote that deserves everyone’s attention.

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My previous column discussed those elements of mandating by the American Kennel Club board in stating that kennel clubs must offer the National Owner Handler Series (NOHS) if they wish to hold any other special attraction at their shows. In other words, the kennel club that doesn’t want to feature it, or doesn’t know enough about the process, or doesn’t know how to implement staging the NOHS, is in trouble.

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or such clubs can no longer offer the Best Puppy or Best BBE competitions they have been featuring for years. Instead of devising ways to help clubs embrace the process, the board decided to punish clubs if they didn’t feature it. In my previous column on the subject I expressed my disappointment in this approach. After all, if entries are increased up to 25% over the previous year with the addition of NOHS, what club wouldn’t want to try it if presented to them with a more understandable and courteous approach? Maybe AKC doesn’t realize that many senior citizens running small clubs just routinely do things the same way year after year and would be agreeable to change if circumstances were different. My disillusion about the plan of mandating was previously expressed loud and clear. Is this the only mistake involved with the rules surrounding the system? What about the rule that only the ring steward knows for sure who these ownerContinued on page 78

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Maryland is the latest state to pass laws against the debarking of dogs--After September there will be no more debarking of dogs there-How do you feel about these laws and what if anything should be done to fight them? Victoria Coffman These, along with many anti-dog laws, are based on ignorance. Legislators have claimed debarking causes dogs to be “silent killers,” an assertion that is clearly ludicrous to people with even very limited knowledge of the subject. Another purported motivation for these types of laws is the claim that such a procedure is inhumane. As someone who has witnessed many debarkings, I can attest that claim holds no weight. The procedure takes seconds and simply pokes a hole through the vocal cords of the dog. The result is not silence, but more of a quieting of the bark, with varying results. Once the vocal cords have healed, some dogs end up with a quieter bark, whereas many bark nearly has loud as they ever did. I have yet to see a dog made silent by this procedure. In reality, the only difference between a debarked dog and one that has not had the procedure is that the debarked dog may annoy the neighbors less, and may allow someone to have a dog where it may otherwise be a serious problem, possibly preventing fines, police being called, lawsuits, and bad blood between neighbors. Non-debarked dogs and debarked dogs are equally happy in a good home. As with all ignorance, the only possible way to combat it is education. An enormous amount of money is spent on anti-dog propaganda and several organizations that work fervently to pass anti-dog laws come to mind. How many can you think of that work to educate against their misinformation?

LATE ANSWERS TO LAST WEEK’S QUESTION OF THE WEEK, As a Veterinarian are you familiar with AKC’s Veterinary Out-Reach Program and if you are familiar with it how effective and robust do you consider this program to be? Dr. Sophia Kaluzniacki It’s a good program on many levels. The AKC Parent Club Health conference is especially wonderful. Gets breeders, veterinary students and the wonderful speakers on many topics together on a face-to-face basis, which lets everyone understand more fully what we are all about and that we all care for the dogs and their welfare. Elliot More Yes, I am aware of the AKC Veterinary Outreach program and my practice participates in the AKC Veterinary Network program. Where the Outreach program can make its most effective impact is at the college level and I know that an effort is being made. However my impression is that, despite their good intentions, the program is currently underfunded.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK Jackie Beaudoin I am coming from the perspective of a pet person so I pass no judgement on handlers or kennels that feel the need to debark. It is easy to have your pet living in the house and not disturb anyone. That being said, I have never debarked any of my dogs but I am never in favor of peoples’ right and freedoms being taken away. What if an elderly person was able to keep their pet with them by debarking or the pet may have just been put down because it wasn’t able to be debarked? A person should have the right to evaluate their circumstances and make the choice. For heavens sake you have that right for getting an abortion but not to debark your pet!

Stephanie Abraham While I might not choose to debark a dog, I do have an issue with states making laws against certain elective surgical procedures they choose to dub “inhumane.” Who is to say at some future date that any one of many surgeries are unacceptable? Spaying? Docking? Tooth extractions? These laws allow the ARightists among us to flex their muscles dangerously. We need to be very active in fighting these legislative proposals at a grass roots level in our respective states.

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Longtime breeder-exhibitor and judge, Dr. David Doane died on Memorial Day from complications following a fall at his home. He was 92. By Jim Smith • contribution from Eric Doane, MD


met Dave at my first dog show in June 1956. I was a brash teenager but in time, he was able to deal with me and over the years we became close friends. He grew up in Massachusetts, graduated from the Tilton School, Norwich University and Tufts University School of Medicine. He joined the Navy where he became an OB/GYN. During the Korean War, he was stationed on Midway Island and on a flight to another island, the plane he was on went down and he spent 18 hours in the Pacific clinging to debris before being rescued. He and first wife, Joan, started breeding Dalmatians in 1949 with the Green Starr prefix. They were a force to be reckoned with and he personally handled Green Starr’s Darling Dotter to third in the Group at Morris and Essex and as he would quietly state, “behind the two poodles.” In 1953 Dave moved with his family to Walton, NY where, over the next 18 years, he delivered over 2000 babies and became the local family physician for hundreds of patients. Dave and Joan divorced and in 1963, he married Marjorie Serle, who was a poodle breeder. He and Margie raised the five Doane children. In 1968 when his oldest son Stephen joined the military, Dave returned to the military by joining the Army Reserve. Sadly, Stephen

would be killed in action while serving in Vietnam in 1969. Some months after Stephen’s death, Dave learned that Stephen had been awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions. While receiving this award from President Nixon, Dave requested to return to active duty service in the Army. His request was granted. For the next ten years, Dave served his country attaining the rank of colonel. Of his many triumphs during a relatively short period, Dave’s crowning achievement was that of starting family medicine throughout the entire US Army. He would retire from Army Medicine in 1981 as the Commanding Officer of the Army Hospital at Fort Belvoir, VA. In 1981, Dave and Margie moved to Jonesborough, TN where for the next 13 years, Dave served as the Chairman of Department of Family Medicine at East Tennessee State University. Throughout his army and university service Dave & Margie continued to breed and show top Dalmatians, finishing numerous champions with group and best in show winners. Dave was a true dog man. Ch. Green Starr’s Colonel Joe held all the Dalmatian records for many years. Early on he had bred Irish Terriers and Green Starr’s Moon Coin was a big winner. Along with Arthur Higgins and Bill Fetner, he helped bring the Dalmatian Club of America out of the Dark Ages into the 20th Century. He served the DCA as President and Delegate for many years. He and Margie judged coast to coast and in many foreign countries. Beyond his family and dogs, Dave had many passions: he bred thoroughbred race horses, was an accomplished violinist, church choir member, completed six marathons including Boston, an avid reader and historian. He was a Master Gardener and took great pride in his extensive display of flowers and greenery at their lovely home. Very few are aware of his private philanthropy. He paid substantial portions of many individuals’ educational expenses and never accepted reimbursement. Dave and Margie were devoted to one another for more than 50 years. I know of few couples who have had as much fun pursuing their interests as the Doanes. I will miss him terribly. Funeral services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery sometime in the future.

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BAbbling A JACK OF ALL TRADES! - But Master of None? By Geir Flyckt-Pedersen


his was the intended headline for this article, discussing the eternal question. Specialists versus All Rounders! Then I open this paper’s issue No 20 – and what do I find: Brace Yourself taking up The Perennial All Rounder vs Specialist Argument. Another case of industrial espionage or simply a confirmation that Great Minds Think Alike? Probably neither, but maybe rather an indication that this issue is an interesting as well as complex one. Whatever the reason: I have to start all over again… I hope I was not the one who expressed that you HAVE to live with a breed to know it, although it is a huge advantage, but I still think you actually have to have met and “known” individuals to know a breed and its very personal characteristics. I think Mr Brace and I have one thing in common- probably not what you instantly thought…-but that we have always taken an interest in any breed and had the benefit of counting among our friends breeders of a huge number of breeds. Which has allowed us to meet and get to know so many breeds on a personal and informal level- and also given us the chance to listen and learn from so many dedicated and clever breeders: What makes their breeds Special. Originally it was my intention to “attack” this question from a slightly different angle than Andrew did- as I was starting off by trying to prove how breeds could develop in different direction in a country dominated by All Rounders compared to a country ruled by specialists. In other words the difference between the USA & UK

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You only have to look at breeds like Siberian Huskies, some of the retriever breeds, Collies, Shelties, Boxers , Dobes, English Cockers and English Springers, a number of Toy breeds –and the list could go on. I think it has made a tremendous difference to what we see in the ring today based on different “cultures” and way of thinking. I vividly remember one year coming directly from Crufts to Westminster having watched the top winning Yorkshire terrier Ch Blairsville Royal Seal winning at Crufts while in NY the Best in Show winner was Ch Cede Higgins. As different as chalk and cheese and after this “incident” I started interviewing toy judges. Why so different and still able to win- and what if these dogs met, etc. One had to be wrong?? But was I right? I have previously mentioned that when we purchased winning champions from the UK for their bloodlines to use in our breeding program, a couple were nearly unshowable in Scandinavia. They all possessed the important breed specific details that we were after, but where they failed was normally movement and –or- showmanship. Many of the British judges were famous – or in some cases infamous- for hardly moving the dogs at all during their judging. If moving soundly down and back, that would do. On the other hand I think that a number of our Scandinavian and even Continental judges forgave too much as long as the dogs could move freely and effortlessly round the ring. In this respect I think the Scandinavian attitude is closer to what we experience over here. Flying round the ring with a strong, level top line is always impressive- be it right or wrong!

One year we had an Old English Sheepdog bitch, import from the UK as a strong contender for Dog of The Year. She had no success under breeder judges at all and after awarding her Best in Show, a well known all rounder came back to the table commenting: She was an easy choice as she was outmoving the German Shepherd and actually overtook him going round the ring. So where the breed judges failed her: lack of the required breed specific movement, was for others her greatest asset!? Britain had a number of admired and respected all rounders when I first started out. None of them approved by the KC to award CC’s in all breeds, but their Open Show judging background was taken into consideration and the rest of the world acknowledged that these guys had more experience in any breed than anybody anywhere else in the world. Britain exported dogs all over the world at a huge scale – and then supplied breed experts as well as all rounders to assess how the world dealt with their purchases. As I have said numerous times, the Brits bred the best, exported the best, but still people came back to Britain to buy their next star. And there is no doubt that there was a lot of “dealing” going on between some judges and exhibitors, but everybody knew about it- and the show results did not in any way influence most peoples’ breeding program. In many other countries breeders would copy combinations that produced big winners in the UK, which lead to many disappointments. Also the fact that a lot of breeder judges made illogical decisions made ground for a lot of suspicion regarding exchange of favors, etc, but as Andrew says, so many were focused on certain details that they tended to forget the overall picture. Which sadly often included movement. The Breeder judges (avoiding the word Specialist) will always be instrumental in shaping the breed for the future, but the all rounder will always be considered an important ingredient to promote soundness. Makes sense to me. Continued on page 110

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OF Bests THE WEEK Flatirons Kennel Club Saturday & Sunday Los Encinos Kennel Club Antelope Valley Kennel Club San Fernando Kennel Club Old English Sheepdog

GCh. Bugaboo’s Picture Perfect

Judge Mrs. Anne Katona Judge Mr. Joe Walton Judge Mrs. Suzanne Dillin Judge Mr. Eric Liebes Judge Mr. Peter Green Owners Ron Scott, Debbie Burke, Colton & Heather Johnson Handler Colton Johnson Missouri Rhineland Kennel Club Friday & Saturday Mississippi Valley Kennel Club Sunday & Monday Portuguese Water Dog

GCh. Claircreek Impression De Matisse

Judge Mr. Carl Gene Liepmann Judge  Mrs. Stephanie S. Hedgepath Judge  Mr. David Jay Hyman Judge  Mrs. Sue Goldberg Owners Milan Lint, Peggy Helming & Donna Gottdenker Handler Michael Scott

Ladies Dog Club - Sunday Affenpinscher

GCh. Yarrow’s Hi-Tech Ben There Done That Judge Mr. James Covey Owners W. & T. Truesdale, L. Wubbell Handler Ernesto Lara Toledo Kennel Club II Chinese Crested

GCh. Ch Dejavu I Want’a Talk About Me Judge Mr. Robert Hutton Owners Jo-Ann and Roy Kusumoto Handler Daryl Martin Fox River Valley Kennel Club Saturday & Sunday Standard Poodle

GCh. Dawin Hearts on Fire

Judge Mr. Chuck Winslow Judge Mr. Merle Taylor Owner Linda Campbell Handler Sarah Perchick Northlake Kennel Club of Greater Covington LA - Sunday Akita

PGCh. CR Wicca’s Trade Secret

Judge Mrs. Sara Futh Owners Ann and Tom Bavaria, JoAnn Charnik and Carla Burke Handler Tom Bavaria Ladies Dog Club - Saturday Gordon Setter

GCh. Sandpiper’s Castles In The Air

Judge Mrs. Dorothy Collier Owners Donna Grant, Donald Sneider, Paul Reilly Handler Adam Bernardin Continued on page 145

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How did you decide on your kennel name?

What was your most disappointing dog show loss?

Heritage Show Dogs because we are carrying on my father-inlaw’s business.

When I went second in Juniors at the World Show in 1999-I came so close.

Who is/was your mentor in dogs? Martin Egozeue in Mexico and Clay Coady in the U.S.

I can forgive but never forget.

What was your most important dog show win? My first National Specialty win at Montgomery County with an Irish terrier.

Can you forgive and forget?

Which two people would you have face off on “Survivor”? Clint Livingston and Doug Carlson.

Questions ASKED OF:

The last book you read?

You get your news from CNN, Fox News, PBS, local or none? I try not to watch the news, as most of it is bad.

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown.

Christian Rangel

Would you rather judge or win best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club? It would be an honor to judge, but it would be great to win.

You would like to be remembered as?

A good friend, an honest guy and a great dad.


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Judge Ms. Beverly Capstick

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Brace Yourself Breed Standards, Interpretations and Fashions By ANDREW BRACE

At a recent all breeds Championship show in the UK for the first time in living memory a Shetland Sheepdog imported from the USA won a CC. The judge who made the award was well known Finnish all-rounder Kari Jarvinen whose BOB winner was a male imported into the UK from Sweden. 42 Dog News


he judging over, several exhibitors lodged an official complaint, claiming that Mr. Jarvinen was not judging to the British Breed Standard. The incident proved the talking point of the last day of the show. The matter was given major coverage in DOG WORLD newspaper, this including a statement from the judge in question. Kari Jarvinen wrote: “I understand some exhibitors of Shetland Sheepdogs at Southern Counties signed a petition against my judging of their breed, claiming that I was not judging to the British Breed Standard. I thank the exhibitors for entering for my opinion of their dogs and this is what I endeavoured to give. In the first place I should point out that there is very little difference between the FCI Standard (to which I have been judging this breed since the 1980’s) as FCI routinely adopts breed standards from the country of origin. What there may be, however, are differences in interpretation and fashions which can change with time in many breeds from country to country. However fashions have nothing to do with breed standards. As far as the Shetland Sheepdog is concerned it is very important that we all - breeders, exhibitors and judges - remember that this is first and foremost a small, functional, herding dog. To do its job efficiently it must have the correct anatomy and structure, be well muscled and have the character and desire to do the job it was meant for. It must be soundly made and sound moving. Whilst some specialists may have personal preferences when it comes to interpreting the finer details of the standard the fact that this

is fundamentally a functioning working breed is a matter of fact, not opinion. I am now aware that both my CC winners were bred outside the UK but I was in the ring to judge to the breed standard and not to the passport. I would respectfully suggest that those who signed this complaint go back to their breed standard, study it, look at my winners again and then ask themselves if their allegations are justified.” Without going into discussing the individual animals involved, Kari’s reasoned reaction raises some very interesting issues that should make us all reflect. In the first place although Breed Standards vary subtly as regards the British Kennel Club, FCI and AKC are concerned, they remain fundamentally similar. In many cases the American Standards are much more detailed than their British counterparts, ironically particularly when it comes to coat and presentation. When my British Springer friends are critical of American dogs I frequently point out that the American Standard states quite clearly: “It is legitimate to trim about the head, ears, neck and feet, to remove dead undercoat, and to thin and shorten excess feathering as required to enhance a smart, functional appearance. The tail may be trimmed, or well fringed with wavy feathering. Above all, the appearance should be natural. Over-trimming, especially the body coat, or any chopped, barbered or artificial effect is to be penalized in the show ring, as is excessive feathering that destroys the clean outline desirable in a sporting dog. Correct quality and condition of coat is to take precedence over quantity of coat.”! There can be no denying that, despite the consistencies of the Breed Standards, Continued on page 118

Freestyle Canine

Before There Was Dancing With The Stars, There Was Dancing With Dogs! By Sharon Pflaumer


anine Freestyle is an international dog sport where choreographed routines are set to music and performed competitively by dog and handler teams who execute graceful, intricate movements with precision artistry. Although Dancing with Dogs describes the sport in the broadest sense, it is officially known as Canine Freestyle in the United States. Elsewhere, it is called Musical Freestyle, Freestyle Dance, Heelwork to Music, etc.

formalizing Canine Freestyle as a dog sport, several individuals in the US, Canada, United Kingdom and Netherlands became interested in the concept during the same time period. Many made important contributions to its eventual development and emergence as a dog sport.

The History of Canine Freestyle

The first official musical freestyle group, Musical Canine Sports International, was established in Canada in 1991. Former competitive ballroom dancer, Ray Underwood, was one of the now defunct organization’s founders. Shortly thereafter, other organizations were founded in the US and the UK. Currently, there are several national and international organizations that sanction Canine Freestyle competitions. They include but are not limited to the World Canine Freestyle Organization and the Musical Dog Sport Association, which sanction events internationally. The Canine Freestyle Federation, which sanctions them in the US. And Paws 2 Dance Canine Freestyle Organization, which sanctions them in Canada. In the UK, Heelwork to Music was recognized by the Kennel Club in 2005. It has been sanctioning events there since then. While each organization has its own rules for conducting trials known as titling events, all emphasize the same underlying principle for competition: each unique routine should emphasize the happy relationship between the dog and its handler.

The historical roots of Canine Freestyle can be traced to the dogs of circus performers and traveling minstrels who entertained crowds under the big top and at fairs years ago. The positive training methods introduced in the 1970s laid the foundation for its development as a modern day competition, when exhibitors in other dog sports like obedience sought a more positive attitude in their dogs that would lead to competitive performances with more vitality and flair. The sport’s first seeds were planted in the late 1980s and early 1990s when interest in performing obedience exercises to music emerged. Overtime, the concept evolved to include movements and figures similar to those found in Musical Kur, the Dressage musical equivalent. (Just as equine stadium jumping influenced the development of Agility; Musical Kur influenced the development of Canine Freestyle.) As far as whom should be credited with

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The First Organization


The Canine Freestyle Federation, Inc.

he Canine Freestyle Federation, Inc. (CFF) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1995 by Joan Tennille. It is the oldest canine freestyle organization in the US. Its founder was one of the first to formally introduce “Canine Freestyle” as a new dog sport in this country when she choreographed routines for four of the top AKC obedience dog and handler teams who performed them at The Gaines-Cycle Classic in 1993. CFF titles: CFF awards multiple titles in Canine Freestyle competition in the following regular classes: Level I, II, III and IV. The titles for each are abbreviated respectively as CFFI, CFFII, CFFIII and CFFIV. “If the Level IV title is earned with three scores of 80 or higher, then, the Champion title is awarded: CH CFFIV,” says Gaea Michel, CFF President. She competes in Canine Freestyle with her Rottweilers and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Within each level of competition, the handler may compete with a single dog or a Brace. Titles earned in Brace competition are designated as follows: CFFIB, CFFIIB, CFFIIIB and CFFIVB. There also is a team category in which dog and handler teams may compete. A team is composed of up to five dog and handler units. Each performance is scored by two judges. In order to earn each title, exhibitors must receive a combined judges’ score of 65 or better out of a possible 100 points at one titling event. Routines presented at all competition levels are scored in five different categories: technical training; teamwork; choreography; appropriateness and use of the music; and presentation and artistry. Each judge awards a maximum of 10 points in each of the five. As in other dog sports, the dog must meet certain requirements by performing some specific techniques or movements at each level of competition. “In Level I competition, dogs must heel on the right and left side and execute circles, serpentines, or pivots,” Mitchel says. “As competition levels advance, lateral movements as well as backing are added requirements. Dogs could perform backing for example, while heeling on their handler’s right or left side. They also could back away from their handler while in front of him or back

Elaine Nabors and Rhyme (CH Starbright Once Upon a Time, CD, CH CFF IV) are shown earning their first leg for the Champion title. Photo by Jim Poor.

Gaea Mitchel and PeliAnn (Lewiswood Coppelia Fianna, CD, RE, AX, MXJ, NF, CFF IIT, CFF IV) at the close of the performance that earned the CFF IV title. Photo by Jim Poor.

away from either side of him. A pace change at all levels of competition is required too.” While Level I competition is performed on-lead, all other levels of competition are performed off-lead. “With each advancing level of competition, there is increasing complexity in the choreography and dog work. Level I competition simply shows the dog’s movement to music with a rhythm that matches the dog’s trot and uses the space wisely. At Level IV, the dog and handler must perform a routine that’s 2-1/2 to 4 minutes in length and demonstrates the dog’s flexibility, athleticism and training,” Mitchel says. Despite some required movements, CFF competition affords the handler much latitude when choreographing routines. Unlike obedience competition where a specific number of exercises must be performed in a precisely defined way, here, the handler may emphasize his dog’s strengths while deemphasizing its shortcomings.

Betty Swenson and Yahtzee (HTCH Lacy’s Yahtzee, CDX, HXAs, CH CFF IV) shown during a live performance. Yahtzee is the only dog to date to have fulfilled the requirements for the CH CFF IV title twice. Photo by Jim Poor.

Eligibility, prerequisites and guilds: CFF competition is open to all dog and handler teams. In order to compete, it is helpful if dogs have some basic obedience training. “Basic obedience is the foundation for almost all dog sports that involve the dog moving in proximity to the handler. Most [Canine Freestyle] instructors prefer that dogs entering their classes have some obedience training, while others absolutely require it. “Rally training is even more useful. If all a dog has been taught to do is to ‘heel’ and ‘come’ in obedience, then, it doesn’t have much of movement vocabulary. Rally dogs are trained to do different kinds of movements like pivots; serpentines around cones; and sits, stands and downs while in motion. That means they come to freestyle with more skills,” Mitchel says. As an organization, CFF is composed of individual members who belong to guilds. Guilds hold titling events as well as support members as they develop their routines. With only four or five CFF Guilds holding a two-day trial annually at present, those interested in competing at a CFF titling event would need to travel in order to do so. (Although extremely popular in the UK, Canine Freestyle is a sport in transition in the US. Interest here is growing but hasn’t reached anywhere near the saturation of Agility. Although the AKC has expressed interest in Canine Freestyle, it has not recognized the sport to date either.) For more information about CFF, those interested may visit http://www. Continued on page 106

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AThought To Consider The Perceived Slight


by Seymour Weiss

he consequences of our actions often have a far longer lasting effect than we might ever consider. A perceived slight, a bruised ego or an unintentional offense can fester for years without resolution. While this is true in all areas of life, it is especially true in the dog sport. Those who find themselves blessed (or cursed) with a long memory are able to summon up vignettes of dog show days long gone where judging did not play out as hoped when a more favorable outcome was expected. Often the judge at the center of a disappointment is thought to have been influenced by considerations beyond the individual merit of the dogs in competition. Maybe yes, maybe no, but it’s the perception that makes all the difference. It’s altogether too easy to explain results that, upon closer scrutiny, just don’t hold up. How many times do fanciers without number conclude that a dog won because there was a handler at the other end of the lead? This may also assume that the winning dog only prevailed because of the perceived clout of the ownerexhibitor. Undoubtedly there have been times that a bad call actually was in play, but we usually can’t know that with any degree of certainty. There have been many times that the judge of the day was less steeped in the lore of the breed before her than would be considered ideal. Under such circumstances, it’s only a matter of human nature to point at a dog that could have been lacking in type when a judge’s uncertainty was part of the equation. Judges are frequently questioned as to their reasons and all too

often their reasons involve coat, physical condition or showmanship. Too many times breed type fails to factor into the decision. There are times that asking a judge “why” only leaves the disappointed exhibitor more dissatisfied and frustrated than if one did not seek reasons. What we can be sure of is that when a dog comes into the ring with a competent handler, certain conditions can almost always be taken for granted. What conditions? The dog will be in competitive condition in flesh, coat and attitude. The dog will be clean. Don’t laugh; too many dogs are shown borderline filthy and with mats that may have been overlooked. I have written this before, but it cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often. Not everyone can show a “Group” dog, but everyone can show a “clean” dog. Most judges could tell horror stories of having to wash their hands after going over one or more dogs that should not have been in the ring at all. There’s more; no judge should have to wrestle a recalcitrant exhibit, clean or dirty, into submission in order to be judged. And no judge should ever be expected to risk physical harm to him or herself to evaluate any entries brought before them. Perceived slights by disappointed exhibitors also often fail to consider the extent that one will take to make a good dog look its best. Amateur or professional, it is up to the dog’s human partner to determine how much work goes into a dog. It’s all well and good to say, “Okay, I think he (or she) looks good enough today. It is possible and has happened many times that one can easily spend an hour or more prepping a Doberman or a Weimaraner for the ring. If this is true, how much more so can the exhibitor of a coated breed devote grooming time to his or her charge? There can be such a thing as not enough effort given to making

“Perceived slights by disappointed exhibitors also often fail to consider the extent that one will take to make a good dog look its best.”

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a dog competitive; conversely, there is no such thing as too much! Dear readers, please remember that in any effort good enough is NEVER GOOD ENOUGH! The person next to you in the ring may have taken the need for homework a tad more seriously, so if your rival takes the purple you could practically feel in your pocket, try not to be too disappointed; just try harder next time. Perhaps one of the most pervasive of all perceived slights in the show ring is the notion that on any given day, some judges give every indication that they are bored with certain of the dogs that are brought before them. This is manifested by the judge who appears to be paying more attention to the goings on in the next ring than in observing intently a dog, however unfit to compete, that is being shown to him. Under these circumstances, the exhibitor’s pique is fully justified. A dog show is a public competition that may be participated in by almost anyone. Everyone pays the same entry fee and all are entitled to what they paid for – the judge’s unbiased opinion. There is a fine line between affability and the atmosphere of good ol’ boys’ (or girls’) club. A judge that conducts animated conversations with some exhibitors and not others opens themselves up to justified criticism from the exhibitors. We all understand that judges are going to be acquainted with many of those who show to them. It would be unrealistic to think otherwise, but the wise judge does not allow what, for all intents and purposes, smacks of blatant impropriety plain and simple. The perceived slight has another potential for damage. Those who are new to the dog sport and are not sure of themselves are not helped by the image of a judge whose body English is openly intimidating. Today’s dog press is full of dire warnings about the lack of new people coming into the sport and what that lack predicts for the future. And yet, every weekend numerous beginning exhibitors are exposed to badge-wearing sourpusses. If these prospective future participants are dipping a proverbial toe into the waters of Lake Dog Show, snapping turtles in the middle of the ring will not work toward their long-term input. It’s so easy to encourage or discourage someone just starting out or even one who has been around the block several times. If we are all ambassadors for the conformation dog sport, we may never know how or when interactions with others will exert a positive influence. Certainly we can’t always act as shining examples of great fanciers, but we should always try. To perpetuate the game we all love, it’s what we must all do. Thank you for reading.

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The British Scene By Geoff Corish

With Crufts over for another year, it was nice to get down to the ‘real’ dog shows and the early part of the year in the UK is the time for the group championship shows and the first is always the UK Toy Dog Championship


onsidering how popular toy dogs are in the UK this is the only championship show for this group, as is the terrier show. The toy dog show is again held in that very popular venue in the middle of the country at Stafford Agricultural Showground. Exhibitors really like this venue as it’s close to the motorways, good parking and once inside it’s warm. This year the committee had been very clever in making anyone entering 5 dogs for 100 pounds, normally it would have been 26 pounds each dog. This resulted in a 7.5 increase in entries. Therefore the numbers entered this year were 1,965 (1,828 last year). Pugs had the highest entries with 202 dogs. Fresh from her win at

Crufts was the Chinese Crested Am Ch Kaylens Girls Just Want to Have Fun and again she was best of breed for her owners Tom Isherwood, Kay Peiser and Virginia Dorris. The only other overseas win, well if you can call him that, was the Bichon Frise, Multi Ch Pamplona Just Magic. Bred of course by Michael Coad, he was sold to Regina Belsted, who lives on the Island of Majorca. She has shown him extensively all over Europe and has been Best of Breed at The World Show in Austria and is in fact a champion in ten different countries. UK Toy was his first show and he won the dog certificate. But the star of the show was the Yorkshire terrier Ch/Int/Jap/Norw/Fin/Dan/ Port/Blr Ch Royal Precious JP’s F4 Juliana owned by Yoshiko Obana from Japan and handled by Sergio Amen from Spain. She won the same award last year too and was group 3 at Crufts this year. One week later at the same venue with 1500 dogs was the national Terrier, again the only group show for terriers. I wish l could compare this show with Montgomery, but sadly l can’t, the two shows are just so different in so many ways. But we do the best we can and it’s always a show with a lot of atmosphere, maybe that’s the only similarity with MC? In days gone by this show would be full of overseas visitors, but that just doesn’t seem to happen anymore, quite Continued on page 122

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Preventing Dog Bites 101 By Patricia Gail Burnham


he University Of California Vet School was offering a free evening seminar on preventing dog bites. There were nearly 50 attendees with an additional 100 people following it via webinar. (The electronic folks missed the extraordinarily good refreshments, provided, I suspect by the Universities’ word famous Food Sciences Department.) The seminar was conducted by Dr. Melissa Bain, chief of Clinical Behavior Service, and Dr. Julie Meadows, chief of Community Practice Service. They were particularly impressed by the statistics on dog bites given in a Dangerous Dog Symposium by Bonnie Deaver DVM. I love statistics and started taking notes thinking that I could use the figures in a future article. I was right. But not the way I expected. The first statistic was that there were 4.5 million dog bites annually, one million of which required treatment. That is an interesting figure. Dog bites that require medical treatment get reported to authorities. But nobody reports the 3.5 million remaining dog bites that are not treated. Where did that figure come from? It was to go downhill from there. A lot of the information in the seminar seemed to have 54 Dog News

come from the internet (And everything on the Internet is true. Right? I think not.) The statistics that really got my attention were for the reasons that dogs bite. These were given as: Fear/Anxiety 70% In response to punishment 60% Resource guarding 60% Sick or Injured 50% Territorial 23% What is wrong with these statistics? Percentages, by definition, add up to 100%. These add up to 263%, which is nonsense. When I pointed out the problem during the question and answer period, the speaker was baffled and obviously not into mathematics. Then there was the most interesting set of assertions. They said that of biting dogs: 80% had bitten before 33% had bitten a child before 90% were neutered 65% were obedience trained The problem with these is that less than 90% of the total dog population is neutered and far less than 65% of the total dog population is obedience trained. So if you were to believe these statistics, you would have to believe that neutering and obedience training increases the chances of a dog becoming a biter. And increases it by a lot. These

are bogus numbers. And they are being circulated on the Internet for other trusting folks to quote. When you see figures like this given, pay attention to them and question their source. I suddenly remembered that the Animal Rights Folks, because they believe that the end justifies any means, lie a lot. I wouldn’t expect veterinarians to be fooled into passing along these inaccurate figures, but perhaps vets are more trusting of figures than I am. Engineers like me want proof of what is behind figures. The old saying is that, “Figures don’t lie, but liars do figure.” AR folks will say anything to support their cause. I was just surprised to find that they have resorted to bogus statistics. With this many dubious figures given in the seminar I was not too sure whether I should trust the rest of the figures. And there were a lot of other figures that I didn’t have the facts to challenge. But in view of the figures that I knew were wrong, how Continued on page 136

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dogs in the same breath as the British Royal family and the Corgi springs instantly to mind. At the time the Queen bred her last litter a few years back she was the longest breeder of Pembroke Welsh Corgis in Britain. Although she was never an exhibitor, like earlier members of the Royal Family had been, some of the early ones she bred were shown in the ownership of Mrs. Thelma Gray of the famous Rozavel kennel from whom the Royal Family’s early dogs came. It was her late father and mother, King George VI and the Queen Mother, who introduced the breed to the royal household when they bought one as a present for the young Princesses. Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, as very young children, used to go playing with the children of Viscount Weymouth and they had a Corgi puppy. Like most children the Princesses went home and asked their parents if they could have one too and so in 1933 Dookie – Rozavel Golden Eagle - entered the royal household. Mrs. Gray had taken three puppies to show the Duke and Duchess of York – as they were titled before they became King and Queen – at their home at 145 Piccadilly, London for them to select one. Two were tail-less and one had a tiny stump of a tail and that was the one the Duchess of York decided upon. “We must have one with something to wag,” she said, “otherwise how are we to know whether he is pleased or not?” Scattered around London are a dozen or more statues with dogs on and just off The Mall, on the left hand side going up from Buckingham Palace, are two large memorial statues to King George VI and the Queen Mother. The Queen Mother, who is shown in her younger days dressed in the flowing robes of the Order of the Garter, was sculpted by Philip Jackson and unveiled in 2009 by the Queen, who was joined at the ceremony by senior members of the Royal Family and members of the Bowes-Lyon family, relatives of the Queen Mother. Beneath the statue are two 11 ft-long bronze relief panels sculpted by Paul Day, who along with Philip Jackson was chosen from a short-list of artists. Paul Day’s high-relief sculptures in terracotta, resin and bronze have been exhibited widely in Europe and his work is known for its unusual approach

to perspective. Anyone who has passed through St. Pancras station in London will be familiar with his nine metre high bronze The Meeting Place modelled on an embrace between Paul and his French wife Catherine. It is symbolic of the station’s role as a terminus of the rail link between England and the Continent. At the base is a bronze frieze showing images recalling the history of the tube and trains, including a bag lady descending the stairs with her faithful dog whose head has been polished by countless hands stroking it as they have passed to destinations unknown. One of the panels beneath the Queen Mother’s statue shows scenes from the life of the King and Queen together, one of which shows them visiting bombed-out Londoners. The other panel shows episodes from the Queen Mother’s life. Paul remembers her as a widow, so focused on her life with horses, dogs, meeting war veterans and her love for her Scottish retreat, the Castle of Mey, bought in 1952 the year her husband died. Paul had no brief but studied extensively the photographic archives at Windsor Castle and Clarence House. His working sketches were taken up to Balmoral for the Queen and Prince of Wales to approve the narrative. He thought it would be a fitting end to the memorial – the final tableaux – to show the Queen Mother, alone with her dogs and thoughts sitting in the rose garden at the Castle of Mey. Like the Queen, the Corgi was the favourite breed with the Queen Mother and two paraded on Horse Guards Parade at her 100th birthday celebrations. At the time of her death in 2002 she owned three, Rush, Minnie and Monty who lived to be 13 and died in September 2012. He is buried at Balmoral in the pet cemetery established by Queen Victoria when her beloved Collie, Noble, died there in 1887. Monty was named after the Californian horse whisperer, Monty Roberts, who first arrived at Windsor Castle in 1989 to advise the Queen on her dogs and horses. Monty was one of the Corgis which greeted James Bond - Daniel Craig – as he arrived at Buckingham Palace in what was for most of us the most memorable scene in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games which was watched by countless millions around the world.

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To Thine Ownself Be True

No matter whether you are exhibitor, breeder, or judge you have probably attended many breed seminars. I would conservatively estimate that I have attended more than a hundred. Without fail, every one of them (except for short-haired breeds) beseeches each attendee not to reward excessive or exaggerated grooming (no, I have not attended a Poodle seminar). Have these people looked at what is being shown? Of course there are exceptions, but think about the majority of what you see in the rings. Describing coat, the standard for the American Cocker says “… well feathered but not so excessively as to hide the Cocker Spaniel’s true lines … as a moderately coated sporting dog.” Also, “Excessive coat … shall be severely penalized.” How much does it take to be excessive? Dragging on the ground is not enough? I recently had a discussion with a respected Canadian breeder judge of Goldens who was offended by the grooming she had seen at one of our shows. She was shocked that exhibitors had used a ten blade against the grain on the foreface, resulting in a sharp look and feel to a breed that should be soft and appealing. The Golden Standard says, “…open coats, and limp, soft coats are very undesirable.” Really? So who is buying all 58 Dog News



that powder and those blow dryers? The Welsh Springer standard says, “The ears and tail are lightly feathered….Obvious barbering is to be avoided as well.” So why are we seeing representatives of this breed with ears completely shaved and necks that are stripped to the skin? Not only is this incorrect, but it destroys the “feel” of a breed that is warm and friendly – making it harsh instead. Except for tidying, Beagles used to be a wash and wear dog. The standard says, “A close, hard, hound coat of medium length. Defects-A short, thin coat, or of a soft quality.” Today Beagles are shown with the hair on their necks clippered or stripped out completely. Not only does this ruin the look of a hardy hound, it destroys the quality of the coat. Are judges considering coat? When I asked a respected Beagle breeder why this was being done, she said, “Two reasons. One, most don’t understand the importance of a quality coat and two, monkey see monkey do.” Speaking of Beagle grooming, a respected hound judge friend of mine asked me, “Do they really think we are that stupid?” Many breeds like my

M A R X Irish Setter are groomed to “groom in” the appearance of shoulder layback that is not there. Of course, some groomers are better than others, but the dog that is clippered or scissored 10 minutes before ring time simply points out where the judge should look to find the fault that that is now made more obvious. Grooming doesn’t help when the dog is moved and the front reach is barely three inches. Why is this being done? There is only one reason – the search for the holy grail of dog shows – the winning ribbon. I wonder how many of today’s handlers know breed specific grooming. So many of the breeds being shown are all groomed the same. Many, many years ago, as a young handler I would observe the masters to learn grooming and handling techniques. (OK, so knowing and being able to do it are two different things). In my opinion, the absolute best Setter groomer was George Alston. I know that George would take weeks and weeks to get the grooming done to his satisfaction. Laddie Carswell was the master at using a candlewick to make the coat feel smooth as glass (I am NOT advocating anyone

TRYING this now). Laddie, as well as Bob and Jane Forsyth, were the best at smoothly showing a dog to her best without ostensibly calling attention to themselves. I’ll tell you a secret – most judges and professional handlers know what is correct. Judges have to decide whether to penalize a dog for improper grooming and give the win to a dog that is not as good a breed specimen. Professional handlers who win with dogs that are not built or groomed correctly know that they should not have won. Do they respect the judges who put them up? Absolutely not! But they will continue to show to them because that is what they are paid for. So if you are an exhibitor of a breed that is being presented not in accord with the standard you have a choice to make. Do you show your dog how you believe it to be correct – and your dog will definitely look different from the rest of the class - or do you fall in line and groom the same way as the others? If your dog is being shown by a handler, you have the right to say how you want the dog groomed. What is important to you? You have to decide. To thine ownself be true.

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laud the AKC’s Meet the Breeds program, modeled after The Kennel Club’s Discover Dogs in the UK, and some have voiced the opinion that they would like to see the event rotated or expanded around the country. In previous years Meet the Breeds was held at the Javits Center in New York City, and despite the friction caused last year when the event was held on the same weekend as some Long Island shows, the events have been by and large successful even when not all breeds and clubs were represented. Now that Meet the Breeds has been moved to coincide with Westminster in 2015, there will be no such event held in the 2014 calendar year in New York City, but the fact remains that this is the kind of positive, highly publicized event that increases public awareness and enlightens legislators about responsible breeding and pet ownership and may even help to grow the sport of purebred dogs. More public displays and campaigns of its kind are needed, and one such example can be found in an event the AKC recently held in Raleigh, NC: Canines at the Capitol day. Legislators, state employees, staff and the general public gathered on the capitol’s grassy lawn and spent the day learning about dogs and the AKC. Spectators watched agility dogs do their thing, Senators met with purebred dogs including a Bull Terrier, often the target of breed-specific legislation, the public met and pet a Plott, the state dog of North Carolina, and all learned about training military dogs from an Army veteran who brought along a German Shepherd. AKC staff members were on hand to answer questions about responsible dog ownership and to distribute information on AKC events and fun activities involving dogs. The canines in attendance boasted resumes including titles such as therapy dogs, military dogs, hunting and field dogs, show dogs, working water dogs, herding dogs, agility and obedience dogs and of course family pets. There are 1.3 million dog owners in North Carolina who own some 2.2 million dogs, along with 145 AKC clubs in the state that provide public dog training classes, Safety Around Dogs presentations, support

for canine health research, donations to local K-9 units and other public education and community service activities. All of these owners and club members are valuable members of the community that have a voice and a vote come election time and this event provided them an opportunity to speak to their representatives in a laid-back, fun-filled, yet informative atmosphere. Canines at the Capitol is an excellent model for all states and clubs to emulate and incorporate into their own attempts to enlighten legislators and the general public about the benefits and joys of owning purebred dogs. Even though the AKC holds its operations in North Carolina (for how much longer remains to be seen, as Ron Menaker’s Real Estate Committee is examining whether or not the AKC’s New York and North Carolina offices should be consolidated, relocated or left alone when their respective leases are up in 2019 and 2020) that hasn’t exempted the state’s dog owners and breeders from facing potentially detrimental canine legislation. Ditto for New York’s canine enthusiasts. The fact is, dog lovers everywhere face an extraordinary amount of overly harsh and discriminatory legislation on all levels - local, state and federal - and every effort must be made to protect the rights to own and breed dogs responsibly. The powers that be behind the annual Canines at the Capitol event held in Raleigh deserve credit for present-

ing a prime example of positive public relations, displaying exactly how to bring purebred dogs, breeders, handlers and other experts in canine related fields together with legislators and the general public.


he AKC made an announcement this week that provides another example of trying to grow its events department and bring new constituents and revenue streams into the fold, this one involving Diving Dogs. The AKC will now recognize titles earned by dogs competing in events sanctioned by North America Diving Dogs, an independent governing body for canine dock diving that offers two types of competition for purebred and mixed breed dogs: Distance Jumping and Air Retrieve. Distance Jumping offers two classes – Open Class (any size dog) and Lap Class (for dogs under 16” at the withers). Division titles are earned by accumulating five qualifying jumps and there are five divisions ranging from Novice to Elite, with Advanced and Excellent level titles earned by completing additional qualifying jumps after the initial division title. A similar division and title structure is constructed for the Air Retrieve competition, in which a dog and handler team earns one qualifying grab toward a division title based on their longest grab. Much like agility events, dock diving events are fun and enjoyable for dogs, handlers and spectators alike and may help bring a new revenue stream into the AKC’s cof-

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fers and more constituents under the umbrella, a factor that cannot be underestimated in these contentious canine legislation times. For more information on North America Diving Dogs (NADD), log on to www. and the NADD/AKC titling program, visit titles/index.cfm. FDA APPROVES ORAL DRUG FOR FLEAS AND TICKS ust in time for summer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) has announced the approval of the first oral flea and tick medication for dogs that lasts up to 12 weeks. These chewable tablets for dogs treat and control three types of ticks — the brown dog tick, the American dog tick and deer tick for 12 weeks — and the lone star tick for eight weeks. The approval of Bravecto (fluralaner) marks the second animal drug approval by the FDA under collaborative initiative with Canada. The FDA and Health Canada’s Veterinary Drugs Directorate (VDD) under the Regulatory Cooperation Council are attempting to speed access to products, eliminate duplication and reduce regulatory obstacles that can impede trade and investment opportunities and increase costs to manufacturers and consumers. Under this initiative, FDA and VDD allows simultaneous submissions and collaborative reviews but each country maintains the right to decide whether or not the products will be brought to market. Sounds like a win-win situation for all concerned parties. Bravecto is being marketed by Intervet, Inc. and will require a valid prescription from a veterinarian for its use. According to a study summary, Bravecto is effective for the stated time periods in dogs and puppies 6 months of age and older weighing 4.4. pounds or greater, though some studies in Europe and Japan suggest it may be safe and effective for 12 weeks in puppies as young as 8-weeks old, as well. As with any new medication hitting the market, owners are urged to use caution and consult their veterinarians before administering it to their pets.


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Multiple Thai Best In Show, Multiple

Ch. HiTimes What Owners: Bonnie Bird and Udomisin Littichaikun

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BEST OF THEIR LOVE! Thanks to Judges Best In Show Mrs. Debbie Campbell Freeman Mr. Norman Patton Reserve Best in Show Mr. Robert Widden Group First Judges Dr. Anthony DiNardo Mr. William Usherwood Mrs. Gloria Geringer

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an early photo of the doanes

by Matthew H. Stander


he passing of two old friends is always hard to take even if you have not seen them very much within the past decade or so. Memories about times spent and association with different people flood the mind and one comes to realize how truly precarious any personal relationship can be. Certainly in the cases of both David Doane and Cynthia Guzevich Sommers, who were both in their early ‘90’s when they passed last week. I cannot say that we were the closest of friends but in both instances we had spent considerable time together both at and away from dog showsthe Doanes I must say more so than with Cynthia. Both had been comparatively inactive within the past decade in dogs certainly as compared to the days that you would see them almost week in and week out either adjudicating or exhibiting at all-breeds and the like. David’s Green Starr Dalmatians and Irish Terriers were of course well known on courts of the dog world stage nationally and internationally particularly in the ‘60’s, ‘70’s and ‘80’s. Marjorie, who survives David, was and still is one of the great characters of our sport who

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never was afraid to speak her mind. In a 1985 answer to a DOG NEWS Question of the Week about how Husbands and Wives react to each other when they disagree about placements of the same dogs she remarked that with them the results of those discussions bordered on divorce proceedings!! David bought his first Dal in the mid cynthia guzevich sommers forties and he and his first wife became formidable competitors during those days. After his divorce and marriage to Marjorie the real development of Green Starr Dals and Irish began and they became a tough team to beat on any level. David, who was a very successful Medical Doctor, returned to the Military after the death of his son Stephen in the Vietnam War. His Army life was filled with promotions and he was advanced to become Commander of the DeWiitt Army Hospital in Ft. Belvior, Virginia. A devoted family man as well as a Master Gardner and avid reader, he was surely “a man for all seasons”. His cynthia and john guzevich with their white Continued on page 147 sand missile recovery dogs

2014 Norwegian Elkhound Association of America National Specialty Winner!


Thank you Judge Mr. Kjell Oybakken for the honor of this Breed win!

#1 Norwegian Elkhound* Multiple Specialty Winning

GCh. Silverdal’s Crown Of Cortez

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The remainder of the events were held at the Radisson at Camp Hill in PA. This facility is a great venue for such an event (having just hosted the Cavalier National the prior week provides further endorsement). Accommodations were simple but served the exhibitors and attendees well. Although there were no hook ups for the RV’s there was plenty of level ground and grass for x pens and exercising. A separate building for the conformation rings included meeting rooms for seminars, health screenings, and committee meetings in addition to the ballroom which was where the first Top Twenty Invitational was held as well as conformation and obedience and agility. Access to the dining room, bar and main hotel lobby was centrally located adjacent to this other building, making everything a simple short walk to anything one needed. Show Chair, Pam Helmer and Assistant Show Chair/Planner, Helen Ingher made certain that photo by In A Blink Photography all details were well covered and to this observer, everything flowed smoothly. Jeanne Hurty spearheaded all the Hospitality along with her Assistant Hospitality Chair, Lynne Florian and Cindy Wilt, who was the mastermind behind the wonderful welcome bags that all participants received. Wednesday the 7th began with the Regional Agility followed by the National Agility. Other events at the Camp Hill site began with a grooming seminar given once again by handler Zach Helmer. This was followed by the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen event, along with a seminar on Canine Athletics given by Dr. Best of Breed and Best of Opposite Sex Winners Shoemaker and ending with the Welcome Party hosted by the Story & PHOTOS BY CARLA VIGGIANO Hospitality Committee. Thursday morning was kicked off with the to these two days of hunting events, there his year’s PBGVCA National kicked off its Eastern Regional Obedience was also a tour of the Skycastle French list of events with the Hunt Tests which and Rally in the Ballroom. Shortly Hounds of Downington, PA, a pack that were held May 4th and 5th at the Carlisle thereafter the conformation events consists of 100% AKC registered PBGV’s, Beagle Club in Carlisle, PA. The quarry was wild took place at the location, with on the proceeding Saturday, May the 3rd. rabbits and the chairperson was Betty Barth Sweeps judged by Carol Doerge Members were not only given a tour of and Co-Chair was Susan Smyth, hunt secretary and the Regular classes were the kennel but were taken to the nearby was Paul Urban. A panel of 8 advertised judges judged by Dr. Anne P. Gallant. It fields along with the pack and Huntmaster, included the following: George Barth, Megan was unfortunate that this National James Scharmberg and his hunt staff, Esherick, Phyllis Lindquist, Sue Smyth, Nick (and other associated events) had in search of game. Following the foot Reading, Gwen Weisgarber and Vickie Willman. such a light entry as compared to hunt members returned to the kennel for Tests included the HC (or Hunting Instinct Test) Continued on page 70 refreshments and a review of the events. and the regular HT (Hunting Test). In addition


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previous years. One presumably attends National Specialties to see a sizable number of dogs in that particular breed, as well as to reconnect with friends, old and new within the breed. Regrettably, this National seemed to be somewhat light in entries and so was not quite as deep within the classes or even the Breed, as has been in prior years. Nevertheless, it is always fun to see some new faces appear in the classes and such was the case here. Judging resulted in the 6-9 mos. puppy dog, M&M’s Legend of the West, winning Best in Sweeps., for owner Donna Moore. Best of Opposite Sex in Sweeps came from the 12-18 mos bitch class, Crepu Visage & Suton’s Get The Party Started, for owner Sandy Bustin. Junior Showmanship was held before the start of the regular classes and Best Junior went to Cameron Henson. In the regular classes Dr. Gallant found the Open Dog, Soletrader Zee or Zed, owned by Donna Moore, as her Winners Dog, with the 6-9 Puppy Bitch, Lemouv Mirepoix All About My Mother, owned by Jan Zigich, as her Winners Bitch, Best of Winners and Best Puppy. For her Best of Breed, Dr. Gallant chose the 3 year-old dog, GCH. M&M’s Rawhide Ramrod Movin’ Out, owned by Kathleen D.

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Crist. Her choice for BOS was the bitch, GCH. Mirepoix’s Figgy Pudding, owned by Jan Zigich. Selects went to GCH. M&M’s Fear The Beard and CH. Mirepoix’s Perrier-Jouet. AOM’s were awarded to GCH. Ice Cream Von Tum-Tums Vriendjes and CH. Gebeba’s Yours Truly. Congratulations to all the recipients of the first day’s events. Following the judging, Kitty Steidel presented a seminar on “How to Mentor,” a timely and much needed topic to be sure. The club’s first Top Twenty Invitational was held at 7:30 in the ballroom. Once again, it is unfortunate that there were not more dogs entered for this hallmark event. The 9 entrees certainly did represent the breed well however. Heather Helmer spearheaded the organization of this first time ever event for the PBGV’s and provided everyone with a well organized program with a lovely dessert buffet to indulge in while the judging took place. Breeder Judge Corey Benedict, AKC Judge Mrs. Debra Thornton, and Handler Judge, Mr Ernesto Lara chose GCH. M&M’s Fear The Beard as their pick for the Top Twenty. This fine male was also chosen as the People’s Choice.


riday morning’s events began with the Mid NJ PBGV Sweeps, judged by Ron Pock. Mr. Pock’s choice for Best in Sweeps once again went to the 6-9 Puppy Dog, M&M’s Legend of the West and BOS in Sweeps was a lovely 6-9 puppy bitch, JUS Crazy About You, bred by Julie Shannon and owned by Conny Otero. Juniors and then Conformation judging followed Sweeps, with Judge Anne D. O’Reilly officiating. Once again, Cameron Henson was awarded Best Junior. For her Winners Dog, Judge O’Reilly awarded the Open Dog, Mirepoix Weskyuwin Champagne on Ice, owned by Sharon Betker. This nice young dog was also her choice for Best of Winners. Winners Bitch was given to Clementine’s Moonlight Sonate, owned by Debra Mills. Best Puppy was given to the 6-9 Puppy bitch who had won Winners Bitch on the previous day. The Best of Breed winner for the Mid NJPBGVC regional was GCH. M7M’s Fear The Beard, owned by Donna Moore, with Best of Opposite going to GCH. Mirepoix’s Figgy Pudding, owned by Jan Zigich. Select Dog was GCH. Ice Cream V. Tum-Tums Vriendjes and Select Bitch was awarded to GCH. Ston Crepu Visage Collage de L’Amour, CDX, GN, while the AOM’s went to CH. Nykarth Moonlite with Soletrader, GCH.

Jaren’s Put A Girl in It, and GCH. Just Strike It Rich. Following Breed judging there were a multitude of health clinics available in addition to a very well presented seminar on Breed Standard Education done by judge and PBGV expert, Jeff Pepper. The evening’s festivities included the Awards Dinner and POAG update. The Awards Dinner was wonderfully emceed by the very talented and enthusiastic, Beverly Childs. Beverly does this every year, narrating the slide show and handing out the awards with much flourish. This year’s recipient for Top PBGV was awarded to the #1 PBGV from last year, GCH. Celestial CJ’s All’s Well That Ends Well, otherwise known as “Wills,” who is owned by Jeanne and Charles Hurty, Lynne and Mark Florian and Pam Helmer. I wish that I could recall the multitudes of plaques that were presented prior to the grand finale as there were so many very deserving recipients in all areas of performance and conformation. The morning of the big event, the National Specialty, dawned with slightly overcast skies and a flurry of activity in the large grooming room adjacent to the ballroom. The day’s activities began at 8:30 a.m. with Rally and Obedience, judged by Nancy K. Withers, followed by Sweeps, which was judged by Lindley Henson. I Continued on page 74

Living Up To His Name

GC h . M&M s F e a r



W i n s T h e N at i o n a l ! 2014 Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Club of America National Specialty Best of Breed Judge Mr. Kent Delaney, thank you for this honor!

Wilson also won the First Top 20 for PBGVs as well as

People’s Choice! Thank you

Ernesto Lara, Corey Benedict, and Debra Thornton as well as all the other breeders and owners for your support

Breeder and owner: Donnie & Donna Moore, m&m pbgvs Owner & handler: Janice Hayes Dog News 71

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GCh. Ice Cream V. Tum-Tums

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Ice Cream is owned by Jeanne & Charles Hurty Lynne & Mark Florian Benseri Chaiyah

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Ice Cream is bred by Ice Cream is Presented by Gwen Huikeshoven Netherlands

Greg Strong, AKC reg. (410) 822-2187 Assisted by Sara Miller-Cukier & Ariel Cukier

Show Winning

Vriendjes Our sincere appreciation to Group Judge Mr. Luc Boileau for this Group win!

Many thanks to Best in Show Judge Mrs. Janet Langford for this wonderful

Best in Show!!!

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have to apologize for not being able to present all of the winners in these events, but I was unable to get my usual marked catalogue for results and am relying upon results in a piecemeal fashion. In Sweeps. M&M’s Legend of The West was Best in Sweeps, while Lemouv’ Mirepoix All About My Mother was BOS in Sweeps, once again. The National was judged by the always entertaining, Judge Kent Delaney. His choice for Best Junior went to Helen Goldberg from the Open Senior Class and then Mr. Delaney wasted no time, as he jumped right into the classes. With the entry being a total of 68 entries, but 41 in the regular classes, for a total of 54 (with several absentees lowering that original number) Mr. Delaney was able to quickly sort through the classes and proceed to his Best of Breed entries. M&M’s Legend of The

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West was Mr. Delaney’s choice for Best Bred By Exhibitor, and his Winners Dog award went to the Open Dog, Soletrader Zee or Zed. He found his choice for Winners Bitch from the 6-9 Puppy Class, Lemouv’Mirepoix All About My Mother, whom also gave Best Puppy and Best of Winners. In his usual grand finale manner of judging, Mr. Delaney made his choice for Best of Breed, GCH. M&M’s Fear The Beard, owned by Donna Moore and presented by Janice Hayes, and Best Opposite was the top winning PBGV of all time, CH. Celestial CJ’s Jolly Fairchild. This incredible bitch was Mr. Delaney’s choice for Best Veteran, coming from the 11 years and Under 13 class. At almost 12 years of age, this bitch entered the ring with her handler, Greg Strong, and absolutely owned it! Although this observer can hardly be even

close to objective about this bitch, I can report that there wasn’t a dry eye in the ballroom room as the roof came off the building and the crowd cheered this great little bitch on. It was especially poignant to observe her breeder, Pam Helmer, watching Fairchild being shown for her “last hurrah.” There are so many folks in the breed who came to be PBGV owners after having watched Fairchild either on television or in person at a dog show, and quite a few made that known to the Hurtys once again at the National. In every breed there are dogs that the fancy never forgets, and truly, Fairchild will always stand proudly amongst them. Having chosen his Breed and Opposite, Mr. Delaney’s Selects went to GCH. Mirepoix’s Figgy Pudding and GCH. HiCotton Can’t Stop Rockin’, owned by Beverly and Tony Childs and was this year’s

Best of Breed at Westminster. His awards of merit went to GCH. CJ’s Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile, proudly (and beautifully presented) by her owner, Lynne Florian, Celestial’s Extreme Makeover, and GCH. Jaren’s Put A Girl in It.


he week’s festivities ended with the PBGVCA Annual Banquet held that evening. All of the judges gave their comments to the assembled group along with the Club Trophy Presentations. Rounding out the evening was the annual Silent and Live Auctions. Next year’s National will be held in Arizona and I truly hope that all those involved in the breed will make a diligent effort to come out to support the club endeavors.

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America’s Number One Skye Terrier All Systems Number One* Among All Terrier Breeds Number Four* Among All Breeds *

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big specialty “If the judge is honest and with numerous specials in the competent enough to judge the ring, I designatbest dogs in every other area, ed BOB, BOW, BOS, Select Dog why are they suddenly unable to and Select Bitch judge in this NOHS area? “ and held the other competitors in the ring enhance dogs and into await the news from the secret ring competent handling steward book concerning the eligibilcan compromise them. ity of the aforementioned. After being But that’s across the told by a very efficient and competent board in any competiring steward that one of them was elitive activity. Exhibitors gible, I dismissed the others, marked able to climb the ladder my book and started distributing the in the NOHS rankings ribbons. When I got to the designated know this even though owner-handler, she informed me she Continued FROM page 18 the actual honor is best wasn’t the owner and that the owner handlers are? Would allowing owner-handled DOG, was handling a dog in another ring! the judge to know who is eliginot handler. In the beThe book was marked, and this was a ble for NOHS honors expedite ginning (2012) even huge show where it was impossible to the judging or cause preferenjudges experienced bring all the others back anyhow. Yet tial treatment-one way or the some uncertainty about some of them later complained (and I other? Although I have no certhis issue. In my humdidn’t blame them) that they lost the tain answers to these questions, ble opinion, the hidopportunity to win some big points let me share a few scenarios that ing of the designation that day. actually happened in my ring of owner-handler is a Would the exhibitors have more with our readers. Two years ago, dark cloud questioning complaints if the judges actually knew at the inception of the program, the integrity and judgwho the owner-handlers were? In the there was a rather large specials ment of every judge. If aforementioned situations, the ring entry in a terrier breed and my the judge is honest and stewards were very competent and decision was made for BOB, etc. competent enough to in no way could have predicted the The ring steward read her secret judge the best dogs in events that transpired. But what about book and properly informed me every other area, why the shows where there are Boy Scouts, that the BOB winner was ownare they suddenly un4-H kids or PTA mothers ring stewarder-handled. It seems the owner able to judge in this ing who do not have a clue? Perhaps checked the box indicating she NOHS area? Wouldn’t it is their first dog show. Would allowherself would handle, then later a change in this rule ing the judges to have the same asdecided a professional handler help reduce confusion, terisk currently appearing only in the would do the handling. Meanplace fewer burdens secret book be in the best interest of while the lady with the BOS on already overworked the process? Or in the worst interest winner stated she did not check ring stewards and show of the process? the box for owner-handling besupport for the judging Do judges favor exhibitors who cause she felt able to trim, precommunity on the part are wearing the PHA (Professional pare and present her dog as of AKC? Why must so Handlers of America) pins? Or the well as any professional handler. many things that are relOHA (Owner handlers of America) By the way, she was right! I can’t atively simple be made pins? Or exhibitors wearing AKC remember if everyone else had so difficult by misguided Delegate pins? According to many left the ring and run elsewhere bureaucratic decisions? judges I have engaged in conversato show other dogs, but think Although I do not tion with over this issue, none of them the NOHS ribbon went to the participate in social mehave a bias for or against any of these class dog that day. dia, I am told many exexhibitors. We aren’t judging the hanRecently, on the day of a hibitors are venting that dling anyhow, competitive breeds cost we are judging them any chance to win “Would the exhibitors have more the dogs. NOHS honors because True, outcomplaints if the judges actually they usually lose in the standing hanknew who the owner-handlers were?” dling Continued on page 86 can 78 Dog News

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TRUE North A Report From Canada

By Allison Foley

photos by Todd Foley


h, the True North. The one assumption about the True North that we dislike is that when one arrives at the Canadian /United States border crossing by car that upon crossing into Canada it is all snow and ice and Mounties. Sadly this year those MEMES may be all too true. It is less than a week away from June 1st and temperatures over most of the country are struggling to get out of the low 60’s!!!! That is unseasonably cold even for us! This late start to spring and summer seems to have parlayed itself into a slow start in the dog show season. Shows have been cancelled and entries have seemingly stagnated. Indeed the entire culture of dog shows seems to be slow in getting out of its self-inflicted hibernation. While everyone is slowly waking up it seems that the Canadian Kennel Club has taken some initiative over the winter and the fruits of its labours are now being introduced to the fancy. Recently the CKC launched its new updated and streamlined website. Their press release; The Canadian Kennel Club is excited to announce the launch of a newly-designed website on May

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20th, 2014 boasting enhanced navigation and functionality and clean, contemporary design. The new public face of CKC online, at will attract new audiences, enhance information on purebred dogs and offer extra support for those looking to find and raise their perfect purebred puppy. At first glance, visitors will notice more streamlined menu options, giving easier access to the topics that they need to find quickly. Visitors will also discover new national breed club information, an easier way to search the CanadaChip recovery service and enriched content on CKC breeders, events and dog clubs. The new site will soon offer improved breeder visibility, breeder search functionality and better promotion of purebred dogs and the CKC members who breed them. Dedicated

events pages, reflecting the broad diversity of dog activities, will now act as a one-stop shop for related event news, rules and results. Clubs will soon enjoy increased exposure on breed and event pages providing a higher profile on the site and eventually, the ability to add Club-specific content right on the CKC site. Our French-speaking members will appreciate an improved experience and more accurate content and forms. Phase Two, to launch Fall 2014, will be CKC member-focused and based on member input. Proposed changes include an updated and simplified memberonly site offering broader and timelier event results reporting and a member dashboard that will display member profile, activity and transaction history. Further details will be provided shortly. We think you’ll find the new CKC website a welcome change, made possible by your Board’s decision to direct funds to this important initiative. The CKC is excited about presenting this fresh thinking to members and other dog-lovers and invites you to test drive the new site on May 20th. In other news within the CKC the Annual General Meeting, open to all members in good standing, is June 7, 2014 in gorgeous Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. One topic that is sure to come up at this AGM is the threat of the Canadian Government dissolving the Animal Pedigree Act. The Canadian Kennel Club has built its policy around this act. Again the release by the CKC;

Animal Pedigree Act May Be Axed CKC Managers and Board of Directors recently learned that the Ministry of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is considering repealing the Animal Pedigree Act. On April 5, in Calgary, the Canadian Livestock Records Corporation hosted a meeting that featured a presentation by the director of the Animal Industry Division at Agriculture and AgriFood Canada, John Ross. CKC board members Mrs. Lee Steeves and Ms. Wendy Maisey were present and spoke on behalf of the CKC. Mr. Ross stated that the Federal Government has made it a priority to reduce the size and reach of government and eliminate red tape. He asserted that numerous breed associations would benefit from less government oversight and, in his mind, the Animal Pedigree Act is outdated and too costly to administer. The response from those in attendance was near unanimous in opposition to this assessment. As Ms. Steeves eloquently stated, “Everyone here values the APA. So, why you’re here trying to tell us that for (a budget saving) $200,000 that we should get rid of the very act that makes us unique in the world, is just beyond me”. Mr. Ross informed everyone that there will be further consultation meetings in Brantford, Ontario and likely again in Calgary. However, these are not open meetings and not all dissenting voices are likely to be heard. Afterwards, his department will make recommendations to Minister of Agriculture and AgriFood, Gerry Ritz regarding how to proceed. He noted that nothing will happen overnight and that any changes would have to be passed by Parliament. Our members can be confident that the CKC Board is very much involved and engaged with this issue. We will discuss it at the upcoming Board meeting and continue to make our position clear to both elected members and to the bureaucracy.

The dissolving of the Animal Pedigree Act would result in sweeping changes to the policy of the CKC. In other news from coast to coast, starting in the West- the Top Dog of all Breeds last year, the West Highland White Terrier Ch Whitebriar Jawdropper or “JD”, has come back out this year and it looks like the first goal is to reach the 100 BIS milestone. Only 3 dogs here in Canada have reached such heights. At last count JD and handlers David and Pat Gignac were at #98. Good luck to Team JD. In the middle of the country we send our Congratulations to Kim Groves and Ray McLaughlin as they welcomed their first child Brayden! Born May 26, 2014 at 7 lbs 13 oz, the whole family is doing well. And on the East coast we say goodbye to a canine icon as the infamous English Cocker Spaniel Carnaby Adventures of Thomas CGN sadly passed on May 28, 2014. Thom will be missed by all in the fancy. Meanwhile the Top Dog standings as of May 28, 2014 according to Canuck Dogs are: 1 Standard Poodle Ch Crystalon Suspence 2 Barbet Ch Flacon d’Paris of Neigenuveaux 3 Afghan Hound Ch Polo’s Air Force One 4 West Highland White Terrier Ch Whtebriar Jawdropper 5 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Ch Miletree Northern Star 6 Basenji Ch Ahmahr Nah’r the Lost Angel Gabriel 7 Standard Poodle Ch Vetst A League of Her Own 8 Shih Tzu Ch Symarun’s Forbidden Love 9 Samoyed Ch Vanderbilt’s Let the Games Begin 10 Newfoundland Summerford’s Remember Me That’s it for now. As we try to warm up here in the True North you can follow me on twitter @salukitamer. Dog News 83

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classes to professional handlers and feel that those owners who place high in classes at large specialties should be able to move on to compete for NOHS status. According to my source, Facebook pages are full of such complaints and exhibitors yearn for trickle down opportunities to advance-especially at national specialties and other highly competitive events. And of course this is also true in competitive specials classes where awards of merits are treasured. Exactly how AKC could respond to this complicated situation is unclear. Perhaps there might be a way to utilize the Amateur Owner Handler Class. Certainly, in recent years AKC has done much to encourage exhibitors to stay in the game. Many old time fanciers believe elements of this approach contribute to the dumbing down of breeders, exhibitors and judges that results in lesser dogs in our show rings today. Yet I personally have never seen any Elkhounds much worse than some of those that were in the show rings in the late 1940s and early 1950s. In those days people were so very proud just to own a purebred dog and joyfully took any ribbon

“Certainly, in recent years AKC has done much to encourage exhibitors to stay in the game. “ they received-whether it defeated another dog or not. Is the fancy today making it too easy for poor dogs to advance? Our collective rose-colored glasses hope novice exhibitors with poorer dogs (or good dogs that are unfit, untrained, ungroomed and unbathed) will be guided in the direction of acquiring better animals and more skill at exhibiting them. Do we truly need to focus on more user-friendly plans to improve dogs instead of just making sure that every dog at the show gets acknowledged? And what about those exhibitors who work Monday through Friday and only show their dogs on weekends? Are they being penalized if weekday shows offer the NOHS competition from which they are exempted? I have long felt that this is a very grey area when it comes to the Junior Showmanship competition. Should kids be getting “home schooled” by parents who want their offspring to make every possible show in order to rank high in the statistics? Do dog show bragging rights mean more than a child’s education?

Dog shows were once a lot more fun than they are today. Maybe more focus should be on putting that element back in the sport. Shows like the Harvest Moon and Woofstock Clusters in California and the Michigan Winter Classic offer much pleasure to people who willingly take a few days of precious vacation time to participate. The huge entries at these shows reflect their popularity. Nothing is more rewarding than the one-on-one bonding that the owner-handler enjoys on weekends with his or her dog. Quality time is a rare treasure in our fast-

forward world, and this experience on weekends when it is just you and your dog is truly meaningful. The two of you are able to share so much more closeness in this situation than you usually do in the busy environment of home. The AKC is definitely right in trying to capitalize on this human-dog relationship to make our sport healthier. Personally, if I were involved in the inner sanctum of the powers-thatbe, I would reach out to the dog fancy at large for suggestions and ideas that would appeal to all and energize our sport. According to T. A. Powers in a definitive work Implementation Intentions, Perfectionism and Goal Progress: Perhaps the Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions published in 2005: “When judging intentions, people are more likely to interpret good intentions for their own actions than they are for those of others.” Perhaps hearing from the fancy first and taking action based upon that collective feedback would be in the best interest of all. And please keep in mind that the fancy consists of a wide range of breeders and exhibitors who are neither delegates nor officials. Yet these are the very people who raise the registration numbers and the entries at the dog shows.

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Lately I have been talking about some of the American native dogs, and curiously some days ago I received a photo from a friend, an all rounder, who recently judged in Guatemala City and sent me an interesting photo of a ceramic frog, a very popular subject of ethnic art work. My friend also mentioned being introduced to a dog breed hardly known outside the country: the Dogo Guatemalteco. Needless to say my curiosity was awakened and I couldn’t lose the opportunity to go after this rare breed. The name “Guatemala” comes from “Nahuatl Cuauhtēmallān” (place of many trees), a name the Spanish conquerors learned from the natives, and ended up giving to the territory. Guatemala was also referred to as “Quauhtemellan,” (land of the eagle), or “Uhatzmalha,” (mountain where water runs, understood as the land of eternal spring). The country total area is: 42,042 sq mi (108,890 sq km), (almost the same size of the State of Tennessee) and the Population (2013 est.): 14,373,472. Guatemala borders Mexico on the north and west, and Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador on the east. It consists of three main regions; the cool highlands, the tropical area along the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, and Ptenthe (Petén) tropical jungle in the northern lowlands. Evidence such as arrowheads suggests human presence dating back as early as 18,000 BC. There is archaeological proof that the early settlers were hunters and shepherds, and samples from the Pacific coast indicate that a careful maize cultivation was developed by 3500 BC. The pre Columbian period of the Mesoamerican civilization (from 2999 BC to 250 AD) of Guatemala had small villages of farmers who lived in huts, however, the “small” notion had to be reconsidered after the discoveries of gigantic edifications of ceremonial sites dated from 1000 BC., and monumental masks found at the Mirador Basin. There are the El Tigre and Monos pyramids, with a volume greater than 250,000 cubic meters. This period is characterized by heavy building, the development of city-states, and contact with other Mesoamerican cultures. The greatest part of the Mayan civilization lived in Guatemala (from 2500 B.C. to 250 A.D). The Maya are an indigenous people of Mexico and Central America who have continuously inhabited the lands comprising modern-day Yucatan, and other regions in Mexico and southward through Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador and Honduras. Maya Civilization -- Ancient History Encyclopedia In 800 A.D., the Mayan Empire consisted of a number of powerful city-states spreading from southern Mexico to northern Honduras. These cities were home to vast populations and were ruled by dominant elite who could command mighty armies and claimed to be descended from the stars and planets themselves. Mayan culture was at its peak: mighty temples were lined up in precision with the night sky, stone carvings were made to celebrate the accomplishments of great leaders and long-distance trade was flourishing. Yet a hundred years later, the cities were in ruins, abandoned and left to the jungle to reclaim. What happened to the Maya? ( The fall of the Mayan is one of history’s great mysteries. In a very short time one of the mightiest civilizations in the ancient Americas simply fell into ruins. The

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Mayans were competent astronomers, predicting eclipses and other phenomena. They had accurate calendars, religion and pantheons. Stonemasons created statues recording the accomplishments of their leaders. The Mayan was a strong and powerful empire when out of the blue the civilization collapsed and the mighty cities were abandoned. The deciphered hieroglyphic characters at several sites indicate a growing culture in the ninth century A.D., but the records became silent after 904 AD, which is the last date carved on a Mayan stone slab. There are many theories as to what happened to the Mayans, but none of them found consensus among the experts. Archeologists simply do not have enough answers. There are several theories that Natural Disaster (earthquake, epidemic disease), Wars (they were belligerent), Famine (caused by agricultural calamity), Revolution, or Climate change, were some of the reasons, or some combination of the factors above, but archeologists have not given up trying to solve it. The digs are ongoing and modern technology is being used to re-examine the already excavated sites and the studies continue. The Classic period of Mesoamerican civilization corresponds to the height of the Mayan civilization. The Post-Classic period is represented by the regional kingdoms in the Highlands, which preserved many aspects of Mayan culture. Mayan influence can be detected from Honduras, Guatemala, and Northern El Salvador to as far as central Mexico. The Spanish conquerors after arriving in the New World (1519) started several expeditions to Guatemala. The Spaniards’ contact with the natives resulted in an epidemic that devastated the population. Hernan Cortes, leader of the Spanish conquest of Mexico, granted a permit to Captains Gonzalo de Alvarado and his brother Pedro to invade Guatemala. The brothers, after fighting the natives, held the entire region under Spanish domination. During the colonial period, Guatemala was a General Captaincy of Spain, and a part of New Spain (Mexico). The first capital was founded on July 25, 1524 with the name of Villa de Santiago de Guatemala, which was moved due to heavy rains and earthquakes to other places until its current location. Founded in 1776 La Nueva Guatemala de la Asunción, called by the locals as Guate, is the present capital and the largest city of the Republic. Independence from Spain came in 1821 but the living conditions worsened for the Mayan people. Huge pieces of

Mayan land were stolen for tobacco and sugar cane cultivation, and the Mayan people were enslaved to work the same land. The Guatemalan provinces formed the Central American Federation that was dissolved in the civil war (1838 to 1840). The “Liberal Revolution” happened in 1871. The leader Justo Rufino Barrios modernized the country. Coffee became an important produce for Guatemala. Barrios had ambitions of reuniting Central America and took the country to war in an unsuccessful attempt; he died on the battlefield (1885) against El Salvador. On February 4, 1976, a major earthquake destroyed several cities and caused more than 25,000 deaths, especially among the poor. The government’s slowness to respond to the aftermath of the earthquake and to relieve homelessness gave rise to discontent contributing to the popular revolt. Guatemala’s history since Mayan

civilization until very recently is bathed in blood. The last and terrible civil war lasted from 1960 to 1996. The number of people killed is so high that it’s compared to a holocaust (most of the victims were of Mayan origin). Governors and cruel dictators succeeded each other during the years when thousands of nationalists and revolutionaries were killed. Lands were confiscated and the population went through immeasurable suffering. This country has an interesting and art loving population. In 1992, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Rigoberta Menchú for her work to bring international attention to the governmentsponsored genocide against the local Indian population. The country has unique ceramic works, interesting hand woven fabrics, and the curious Worry Dolls, created by the indigenous people from the Highlands generations ago as a remedy for worrying. According to the Mayan legend, when the worry keeps a person awake, he or she tells one worry to as many dolls as necessary. Then the worrier places the dolls under the pillow. The dolls take over the worrying for the person who sleeps peacefully through the night. When morning breaks, the worrier awakens without the worries that the dolls took away during the night. (Now this is a medicine without any side Continued on page 94

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effects!). Since the last decade Guatemala has witnessed both economic growth and democratic elections. Most recently in 2011 Otto Pérez Molina of the Patriotic Party won the presidency. The government has much to do as the estimated median age in Guatemala is 20/21 years old. This is the lowest median age of any country in the Western Hemisphere and comparable only to most of central Africa and Iraq. There are marvelous sites to visit, many of them left by the Mayans. Volcanoes have played a part in the history of Guatemala since its inception. The central highlands site along the Motagua fault, Pacaya, can be seen from the capital, and regularly erupts. Tours take visitors out onto Pacaya to witness live lava flows. Lake Atitlan, formed by the explosion of a single volcano 80,000 years ago, is another prime location to visit. The country is the cradle of the Mayan civilization. Despite its small size, it is home to 33 volcanoes. Half of the population is direct descendants of the Mayans. The first chocolate bar was created by the Mayans in Guatemala. Mayans came up with the mathematical concept of zero. Guatemala produces more jade than anywhere in the world. The blue denim comes from Guatemala! And finally the country is the home of the Dogo Guatamalteco. There are many discussions about the first appearance of the breed in Guatemala. Some fanciers affirm that dogs very similar to the D.G. could be seen in paintings and photos of the late 1890s, others say that the breed was first developed in the 1930s. The photos that allegedly show D.G. are dated in 1890 and 1910. However, it is impossible to say if those photos were of Dogo Guatemaltecos or if other dogs were used in the development of the breed. The only certainty is that there is no written records of the Dogo Guatemalteco until the 1930s, when it was beginning to be identified as a pure breed. There are discussions about who developed the Dogo Guatemalteco. The first ones working for and on the breed were the Galusser family, Senor Hector Montenegro, and the Girardi family, closely associated with the breed, especially during the first half of the 20th Century. The dog breeds used to develop the Dogo Guatemalteco are the Bull or the Staffordshire Bull Terrier (possibly both), the Boxer, and the Dalmatian, (some believe that the Dogue de Bordeaux and the now-extinct Cordoba Fighting dogs were used as well). Based principally on the Bull 94 Dog News

Terrier, the Dogo Guatemalteco was known for many years as the Bull Terrier Guatemalteco or the Guatemalan Bull Terrier. Back in 1920 the dogs had black or brown large spots on their white coats attributed to the Dalmatian ancestry. This was eventually bred out when the breed was defined in 1930, and for over five decades the Guatemalan Bull Terrier has remained a stable breed. The Dogo Guatemalteco is known primarily for its white coat, loyalty, great courage, and intimidating physical appearance. Many times compared to Dogo Argentino because the two breeds share a similar appearance and ancestry, the Dogo Guatemalteco is not closely related to the Dogo Argentino, nor are they the same breed. The grandson of Sr. Hector Montenegro, Dr. Antonio R. Chavez, a doctor in veterinary medicine, had extensively studied the breed. He examined Dogos across the country and developed the first written standard using dogs whose quality best described the breed. Dr. Chavez began to contact owners from across Guatemala questioning if they would either sell him the dogs or if they would agree to participate in an organized breeding program. The first breeders needed a guard dog that would protect their homes and families. The package which “made” the D.G. is made of guard, defense, and war dogs. Consequently the Dogo Guatemalteco became a much feared protection animal, with a reputation for being highly aggressive and absolutely fearless. Dr. Arturo Chavez became concerned over the

aggressive temperament exhibited by many Dogos. Consequently his primary mission was to educate the breeders/owners to properly raise and socialize their dogs. His patience and insistence resulted in much less aggressive animals with a well balanced temperament. The Dogo Guatemalteco of today has a reputation for being very gentle around children if introduced and knows them well. It is of paramount importance that early obedience training and many properly educated Dogos are kept as family pets. Dr. Chavez also renamed the breed Dogo Guatemalteco. The change was made because the word Dogo sounds Spanish, therefore more appropriate to a Spanish speaking country. The Kennel Club of Guatemala (ACANGUA) approved Dr. Chavez’s work, and granted full recognition to the breed. Presently Dr. Chavez is the President of the Kennel Club and is championing to obtain the recognition of the Dogo Guatamalteco by the FCI. Being named Guatemala’s national breed and its improved temperament have greatly contributed to these dogs’ local popularity. The fame continues to grow and nowadays it is one of the most sought after breeds in the country. Recently, besides being the great companion and trustworthy guard and working dog, finally the Dogo Guatamalteco can be seen also in its country’s show rings. In 1981, the government of Guatemala officially named the Dogo Guatemalteco the National Breed of Guatemala. Our dear readers can find the complete standard (in Spanish) under php?option=com_content&view=se ction&id=8&Itemid=8.

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Working & Having Fun Memorial Day Weekend

By Peggy Wampold

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outh Windsor Kennel Club and Farmington Valley Kennel Club held two independent matches together on the same day and at the same location. We share the expenses and the work. We also have a good time working together. Tina Toohey was the South Windsor Match Chair and Bill Farone was the Farmington Valley Match Chair. The two clubs participated in an AKC pilot program that provides marketing support for stand-alone matches; the purpose of this pro98 Dog News

gram is to try to get new people involved in AKC activities. It is a fantastic program and our two clubs cannot be more enthused about this pilot program. Prior to the match, I sent Mark Dunn the information on the match. His department sent out an e-mail to everyone who had registered a dog within the last 3 years in a 100 mile area, inviting them to the match. We did this last year, so we had the benefit of experience this year. The two clubs had more than a 100 entries each and more than half were from people who had never been to a dog show before, in other words, new people to the sport. They all seemed very interested in what we were doing and why we were doing it. We had members to meet and greet all of the novices and welcome them to the match and answer their questions. I have been

told that other clubs that participated in the marketing pilot had similar results and AKC is now developing a system that will be able to support all clubs that hold such events. A little more than an hour before the start of the first match, which was Farmington Valley Kennel Club, we offered a free handling class. Originally we planned on using one ring, but the interest was such that we opened a second ring and offered a second handling class when we observed all of the people standing outside of the ring waiting to go into the class. Some people seemed a little hesitant at first to come into the class, but after watching for a few minutes, they joined the class. We tried to make them fun and emphasized making it fun for the dogs. None of the dogs had show leads, but

we were prepared this year and our members brought extra leads. What dog show person does not have several extra leads? We started off the classes by explaining why we do what we do, what the judges are looking for and why we show our dogs, etc. We explained the basics such as the breed standard and urged the participants to join their national and local breed clubs. I must say that it was interesting to work with these novices. South Windsor Kennel Club sponsored the George Alston Handling Clinic for 25 years and we had all been there working at the clinics those many years, so we copied his style. George, you would have been proud of us. Maybe next year we will have to use three rings for the handling classes. Teaching people how to stack their dog, which had never been stacked before, and how to gate their dog, that was not leash trained, was very interesting. But since we had all had to do this with our own puppies through the years, we knew how to do it. People kept coming into the classes and they did not want to stop when we had to start the match. But, alas, the National Anthem was played and the match began. I think for us, Cheryl Gerzabek, Dennis Vendrillo and myself, who had worked with these novices, the gratification of later seeing them in the ring with their dogs and the way their dogs behaved and the smiles on their owners’ faces made it all worthwhile. No, they did not hold their stack like little soldiers at attention, but they did stack and hold it for a few seconds and they did move with their handlers when gaited and were not jumping up and down and out of control. We were thrilled to see the difference and the enthusiasm of the owners. There were a few children who tried Junior Showmanship as well. The parents were very interested when we told them how much money the AKC and some of the local kennel clubs give out in scholarships each year. Farmington Valley Kennel Club offered CGC testing and had about 20 try it. I do

not know if any qualified, but they looked like they were having fun. Joanne Getzan and Diane Connelly chaired this. South Windsor Kennel Club offered Obedience with Becky Smith chairing. Obviously, there was a lot of interest because it went on long after the conformation part ended and there was quite a crowd standing outside of the ring watching, just as there was with the CGC testing. Roger and Lee Gerrish ran people through AKC’s “MY DOG CAN DO THAT” from early morning to late in the day. Lee ran over 30 people and their dogs through for the first time and said, “They kept coming back to run again and some tried it quite a few times. We did not keep track of how many ran more than once. We offered this for no charge and it was extremely well received. I think that people would still be there doing it, if we had not told them that we had to break down the ring as the match was over. ” We have already started throwing around ideas for next year and Tina hopes to have some other demonstrations, such as basic grooming, carting, herding (if we can get a group to do this at the match), the same goes for Lure Coursing and Going to Ground Trials for Terriers. Please contact Tina or me if you are interested in joining us next year. The grounds are quite spacious and we can accommodate you. For the clubs that do not hold independent matches, I strongly urge you to reconsider. They are a lot of fun and a great way for people to learn the art of stewarding and judging as well as giving exhibitors a chance to introduce their puppies to the wonderful world of dog shows. In addition to being fun, it also gives club members an opportunity to get to know each other and become friends. So many of us came into the sport via matches and with the entries and club memberships declining,

matches just may be the road to turning this trend around. They are relaxed and a great way for novices to get addicted, just as we are. Our two clubs firmly believe that we need to get new people involved in our sport and this is an excellent way to do it. It should be a win win for the club by bringing in more entries to the match, maybe new club members and hopefully in the future an increase in their show entries. We want to try to expose new people and give them the opportunity to see all the many activities that they can do and enjoy with their dogs in our wonderful and versatile AKC world.


he day was lovely; it poured the night before and cleared up while we were setting up the tables and chairs in the morning. Everywhere I looked people were laughing and talking and seemed to be having a good

time. It was a great day and two great matches. We all commented that it reminded us of the matches of old. Monday, Memorial Day, South Windsor Kennel Club members turned out bright and early to be in the Town of South Windsor’s Memorial Day Parade, complete with a float for us oldies but goodies. David Gerzabek drove the truck pulling the float. All of the politicians in town were there and when we went by they gave us quite a nice round of applause and high fives. When the people saw the dogs they started applauding and cheering. It was a lot of fun and the AKC banner was prominently displayed as well as the South Windsor banner. We want the politicians to know that we are part of the community, we are active in the community and we vote. All in all it was a very busy holiday weekend and we had a good time.

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a heart attack, that was what happened to the president when he was informed how many entries came in a couple of days prior to closing date and when his secretary told that they didn’t even reach the number of 1000. But in those few days the number climbed to 2094, 37 entries more than last year, which is a very good number. There was also a very high number of Dachshunds, 109, and that it’s been a

2014 Shows In Belgium long time since we’ve seen that on a Belgian Show. Dogs were entered from all over Europe representing 19 nationalities including Russia. The UK had 28 entries on Saturday and 38 on Sunday. Two halls were rented with enough space for 14 rings, a big main ring and a spacious resto-area, 10.000 sq.m. In the catalog we find a page with statistics in diagram format. We can see that Group 2 and Group 9 represent almost 44% of the entries, followed by Group 1 with 14.5%. The bitches hold the majority with 53%. I had always thought that the dogs were in the majority. And I also thought that there were more male champions than bitches. But of the 53% bitches, 17.5% were entered in Champions Class, and there were 194 bitches. The Champions Class males had 11.5% of the male entries and that

results in 113 dogs and that is a significant difference. It is a pity that it would take me too far to compare this with other shows as they don’t have those statistics. The number of nationalities of the 29 judges was limited to 7. Brabo gives always priority to the Belgian judges. There were 13 altogether. 6 Judges were Irish, 4 Dutch, 2 British and one from Germany, one from Austria and one from Czech Republic. Foreign judges will never be able to say that they judged Best In Show, let stand a group, simply because that is the Brabo policy. To say that it was an Irish festival is not an exaggeration. With 6 judges (20%) they took care of 809 entries (38.5%). Leading was Mr. Beare, who had 232 dogs including 53 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, 39 Bulldogs and 34 Newfoundlanders. He had the best day score on both days and the best score overall. Mrs. Beare had 87 in

total. Mrs. Delmar came second with 209 dogs in her ring. On Saturday she judged 58 Bulldogs and 27 Pugs and she did all the 111 Dachshunds on Sunday. Her husband had more time to enjoy our Belgian beers. He had a total of 109 over both days. Mr. Hehir had the Staffies and American Staffies, 42 and 26 respectively, and his final result was 115 dogs. It is striking how many judges only officiated one day and that, notwithstanding the fact that the total number of entries was high, there were hardly any outstanding breeds, only 47 Chihuahuas, 32 Golden Retrievers and 17 Labradors. However 55 Border Collies is not bad at all, thanks to Mrs. Van de Laar-Houtsma from the Netherlands, as is 71 Poodles for Mr. Wellens, also a Dutchman and the 39 English Cockers far outnumbered the Americans. They entered for Mrs. J.P. GillDavis from the United Kingdom, who also judged the Welsh and English Springers and had 70 dogs in total. His compatriot Mr. H. Jones, had 74 dogs includ-

ing no less than 32 Akitas, both judged only one day. Mrs. Myriam Vermeire is one of Belgium’s popular judges, still young but judging a lot of breeds, enough to judge Best In Show. She liked the black American Cocker Spaniel of Mrs. Meijmans from the Netherlands. “Chicorny’s Quite Sexy” was one of the bitches that were entered in Champion class, born in Sept. 2011 in the States, she was chosen Best of Breed by Mrs. Gill-Davis and was awarded Best of Group by Mr. Norman Deschuymere. Reserve Best in Show went to “Seasyde View From The Top”, English Pointer, co-owned by Helyne Madeiros and Lenaerts Edwin. This male is little over 2 years old and was judged by Mr. Beare and later awarded Best of Group by Mr. J-P Achtergael. Best In Show is no surprise as Groenendaels are Mrs. Vermeire’s favorite breed. “Dandy de Bruine Buck” is Mr. Van de Riet’s 6 year-old Champion who lives in the Netherlands. Mr. Spruyt, partner of Mrs. Vermeire and Groenendael-lover too, made him Best of Breed. And after him, another big fan of the breed and breed specialist, Mr. Deschuymere, made him Best of Group. All those wins and choices of breed specialists had to result in the final-big-overall win. Dandy is more than welcome at Brabo’s next edition on April 18 and 19 of next year, the year prior to Brabo’s 50th anniversary that will take place the very same year as the European Dog Show of Brussels. Dog News 103


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The World Canine Freestyle Organization, Inc. The World Canine Freestyle Organization, Inc. (WCFO) has a membership of 5,000 in 17 countries around the world including the US. It was founded in Brooklyn, NY as a 501c3 non-profit organization in 2000 by Pattie Ventre and a group of 12 others that included Illini Obedience Directors, corporate sponsor directors and attorneys, and rising canine freestyle performers. Ventre, a former competitive ballroom dancer and champion roller skater, was the driving force behind the organized demonstration of Canine Freestyle dancing at the Gaines-Cycle Obedience Classic held in 1993. Divisions WCFO holds competitions in two divisions: Musical Freestyle and Heelwork-ToMusic. "Musical Freestyle is a choreographed musical program performed by handlers and their dogs. The object of Musical Freestyle is to display the dog and handler in a creative, innovative and original dance, using music and intricate movements to showcase teamwork, artistry, costuming, athleticism, and style in interpreting the theme of the music. “Heelwork-To-Music incorporates traditional dog obedience and the art of Dressage with the inclusion of musical interpretation,

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dance elements, and costuming. There is an emphasis on non-standard obedience movements. Both Musical Freestyle and Heelwork-To-Music routines should create a visually exciting display which is enjoyable to watch and is equally enjoyable to perform for the dog and handler teams,” Ventre says. The requirements for Musical Freestyle and Heelwork-To-Music are exactly the same for each level of competition. Titles “We title in Singles, Pairs, Brace and Team for adults. We title in Sassy Seniors for handlers over age 65 and/ or dogs over age 9. And we title in Handi Dandi for physically disabled handlers and/or dogs. “Our highest level of titles is called Dance Dog Titles. They are a combination of our Proficiency Tests and titles achieved in competition. Proficiency tests are offered at three levels in two classes where Bronze, Silver and Gold Bars and Medals are awarded,” Ventre says. See below for more information about WCFO Proficiency Tests. To view an extensive listing of the titles offered by WCFO, those interested may visit http:// www.worldcaninefreestyle. org/index.html?http%3A// www.worldcaninefreestyle. org/guidelines/titiles_list. html.)

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Scoring Routines presented by dog and handler teams are judged on their Technical Merit and Artistic Impression. Both are scored on a 10-point system similar to that used at Olympic Games. Depending upon the level of competition, dog and handler teams must achieve the required score for that division at two of five titling events; with each qualifying score being earned under different judges. Between one and six judges judge each titling event. The number of judges depends upon the number of entries and whether an event is local or global in scope. “Beginners need two shows with a Technical Merit and Artistic Impression score of 7.3 each, while our Champion competition level requires three shows with a score of 9.2 in both Technical Merit and Artistic Impression. Scoring is slightly lower for both Sassy Senior and Handi Dandi than in the regular divisions,” Ventre says. WCFO title competition does not require specific movements or figures be performed with the following exceptions. At the Beginner level, the dog must be shown in two different positions. To satisfy this requirement for example, the dog may be positioned in front, behind or beside the handler. At the Novice level, the dog must be shown in three different positions. At the Intermediate level, the dog must be shown in four. At the Advanced level, the dog must be shown in at least four positions with no visible signals, body cues or direction from the handler.

Bronze Bar and Medal Proficiency Tests As already stated, WCFO also offers proficiency tests where dog and handler teams may demonstrate their skill in order to earn Bronze Bar and Medal awards. Proficiency tests are judged on a Pass/Fail basis and may be retaken an unlimited number of times. Dog and handler teams must pass the Bronze Bar Proficiency Test in order to earn the award and advance to the Bronze Medal Proficiency Test. After earning a Bronze Medal, the team advances to the Silver Bar and Medal level; and then, to the Gold. Eligibility and titling events All WCFO titling events are open to members only but non-titling events and proficiency tests are open to everyone. No previous dog training experience in any other dog sport is required. WCFO sanctions between 50 and 75 titling events held by its clubs in the US annually. Although this is more than CFF sanctions, those interested in competing in a “live” venue would likely need to drive several hours. Alternatively, WCFO allows handlers to videotape their performance and submit it for judging to earn titles or pass proficiency tests. For more information about WCFO, visit http:// www.worldcaninefreestyle. org/

The Leading Competitor in the UK Dog News columnist, Richard Curtis, is one of the UK’s leading Heelwork to Music competitors, judges and instructors. He is the only handler to win the Crufts Heelwork to Music Finals Competition Richard Curtis and Whizzy in their award-winning performance at the Crufts Dog Show in 2014. Photo credit: On Edition/The Kennel Club.


four times with his dogs, i.e., Disco in 2006, Pogo in 2010 and 2011, and Whizzy in 2014. He also won the Crufts International Freestyle Competition in 2011 and 2014. And he judged the Freestyle and Heelwork to Music Crufts Finals in 2007 and 2012. When not winning or judging competitions, he conducts Heelwork to Music training seminars

throughout the UK and around the world. To view Curtis’s awardwinning performance at Crufts in 2014, click on the following link http:// watch?v=M8cM66DmJ7Y. For more information about him and Heelwork to Music, visit his website “K9 Freestyle Dancing Dogs” at http://www.k9freestyle.

Heelwork to Music Wows The Crowd At Crufts

ach year, the Crufts Dog Show hosts the Finals for the Heelwork to Music, Canine Freestyle and International Canine Freestyle Competitions. These events never fail to wow spectators, who respond with thunderous applause. (Almost 160,000 people attended the 2014 Crufts Dog Show.) “Heelwork to Music is always a real crowd pleaser. Everyone reacts very positively to it. The routines take great skill to compose and are mesmerising to watch,” says Heidi Ancell-Day, spokesperson for the Kennel Club. There were ten competitors in both the Heelwork to Music and Canine Freestyle competitions held at Crufts in 2014. “These competitors qualified by being the First and Second Place Winners in competitions held throughout the UK. This qualified them for a semi-final level competition, which was held prior to Crufts and had more than twenty competitors in each discipline. The Heelwork to Music The top ten competitors from demonstration performed by each category, then, qualified Mary Ray and Richard Curtis the 2014 Crufts Dog Show. for the final competition at at Photo credit: On Edition/The Crufts,” Ancell-Day says. Kennel Club. In the International Finals, there were 12 countries competing including the home countries of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. “Richard Curtis, the English competitor, was the highest placed in the Canine Freestyle Final at Crufts. All other competitors qualified at competitions in their own countries and, in some cases, were nominated by Kennel Clubs overseas. As yet, there hasn’t been a competitor from the USA,” Ancell-Day says. Extreme Popularity Heelwork to Music is the generic term for the sport in the UK and encompasses both Heelwork to Music and Canine Freestyle. It is very popular dog sport with the general public there, who appreciate it not only for its entertainment value but also for the skill involved in training the dogs and creating the choreography. “At this moment, the Heelwork to Music demonstration

performed by Mary Ray and Richard Curtis, which took place on the final night before Best in Show at Crufts, is the most popular video among the hundreds of Crufts 2014 videos posted at YouTube. It has had more than 100,000 views,” Ancell-Day says. To watch this amazing performance, click on http://www. The Sport’s History In The UK Although handlers have trained with music playing for many years, the first organised demonstration of Heelwork to Music before an audience in the UK took place in 1990 when two routines were presented at a demonstration evening by Mary Ray. “A member of the Kennel Club General Committee, who was in the audience, was impressed by the skill involved. Subsequently, Bill Hardaway, Kennel Club General Committee Member, invited Mary Ray to demonstrate the sport in a Special Events Arena at Crufts. Other handlers, who were interested in the sport, also were invited to demonstrate at Crufts subsequent to Ray’s performance,” Ancell-Day says. The first organised competitive Heelwork to Music show took place in 1996. The first demonstration in the Main Ring at Crufts took place the following year. “The sport received a wonderful reception from the audience as most people had never seen anything like it before. By then, Heelwork to Music had progressed in both the complexity of the dog training and its choreography,” Heelwork to Music Freestyle Ancell-Day says. International Competition Given the above, it competitors Heather Smith and became apparent to the Moonlight Magic Dancer from Scotland performed at Crufts in Kennel Club that Heelwork to 2013. Photo credit: On Edition/ Music was going to become The Kennel Club. extremely popular. Although it is an entertainment, the Kennel Club realized that it was based on sound dog training principles. Thus Heelwork to Music was recognised by the Kennel Club in 2005 as an official discipline. For more information about the Heelwork to Music Competitions at Crufts, visit activities/heelwork-to-music/heelwork-to-music-at-crufts/. Dog News 107

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You will naturally find crooks in all fields of life, but still it is my theory that although you in the UK were required to judge a number of Open Show breed classes prior to being “passed” by the KC to award Challenge Certificates in a breed, what screwed up so many decisions was lack of experience. So many clearly lost their concentration and control when they were faced with a class of 20-40 entries- and I am sure we can all recall moments when a judge continued judging the class for the second time- forgetting they had already gone over them all… I believe in the saying “Practice makes Perfect” even when it comes to judging dogs, well with some exception… If you are not stupid, and judge every week it would be a mystery if you did not learn anything. Both about being Master of your ring as well as being able to calmly judge your dogs without worrying about the procedure… I can name quite a few names during my lifetime, judges with high aspirations and ambitions who when we first saw them in action were less than impressive. In a few cases even laughed at. But perseverance-lucky enough to get invitations to continue practicing judging- eventually made them very respected and respectable judges. I don’t, however, think that any of the hundreds of all rounders we have scattered all over the world today with hands on hearts can say they are feeling comfortable in every breed or every group. I have friends who are excellent judges for Hounds and Terriers, but lousy when it comes to Sporting dogs. Others that do a great job in Working and Non Sporting, but stink when they try to judge Terriers etc., etc. I think too many people are far too focused on achieving that All Breed Status as it opens so many doors. If you judge all breeds, well or not well, you will surely be invited simply because you are needed in many places and many countries. In an ideal world your responsibility out of respect for all breeds would

be to limit the breeds you judge to those you know and are interested in. With this aspect of the game in mind, I think the UK’s approval system works quite well. I find it rather ironic and ridiculous that a judge from Croatia judges Haldenstöver- a Norwegian hound breed that any Norwegian judge can hardly do justice- and the same applies to so many similar situations round the world. A favorite memory of mine was from Sweden some 10 years ago. The prestigious Terrier Derby with breed specialist from all over the world, preferably the breed’s country of origin, giving seminars on their breeds,

learnt a lot, discussed dogs and breeds with some well informed fellow judges- and he could not possibly understand why the Kennel Clubs in the US and the UK made it so complicated to achieve all breed status??? Then a little while ago I was shown a bunch of photographs of the group and Best in Show winners from a major show on the European continent that were kind of scary! So maybe judging afterall isn’t that easy and straightforward - and maybe the rather strict and rigorous approval system applied in some civilized countries ain’t such a bad idea? Still I think there should, like in most professional areas, be a way to promote and reward special talentsand at least give the most qualified candidates a chance to prove themselves. It’s kind of scary in a way, that if we in the US followed the requirement and qualifications needed for all rounder status in some FCI countries- and to a certain extent even Canada- I think even I as a fairly recent immigrant could mention at least 100 candidates who deserved promotion to this level. Would they all do a fantastic job with all breeds?? Most likely not, but so far after my close to 60 years involvement in this world of dog shows, any ”Judge Almighty” has never surfaced. Having asked a number of people over the years about their intentions and interest in all breed status I have found it rather paradoxical that it has been the most experienced and knowledgeable judges who have vehemently denied any interest. While others who I think ought to think that way would without scruples accept. Proves again the relevance of the old quote: “I have never met a Great Man who considers himself Great- and never met a Little Man who knows he is just that: Little.” Food for thought isn’t it?


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A JACK OF ALL TRADES! - But Master of None?

etc. Followed the next day by the show itself. An English judge who in the UK was a Terrier Group judge with light years of experience was listed to judge Best in Show. Suddenly he was informed that he was unable to judge the group as he did not have Black Russian Terriers, Yorkshire- and Silky Terriers on his list of breeds- so they had to let the only person on the panel with complete FCI Terrier group competence take over. Which is what happened. A 28 year-old judge, exhibitor of Staffordshire Bull terriers with over 5 (!) years experience from a country where at least half of the terrier breeds he was to judge in the group that day did not even exist. Well, I am sorry to admit that he did a decent job and seemed to know what he was doing. And he told me that he had had judging appointments somewhere in Europe or the World on average every second week since he became an all rounder 2 years ago! Obviously he had seen a lot,

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How a Club may support Take The Lead:


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

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

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Brace Yourself Breed Standards, Interpretations and Fashions

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breeds can develop in different directions in different countries. If you take a breed with which I have been involved for more than fifty years – the Boxer – the general perception of the breed in the USA and in Central Europe where it was created is nowadays markedly different. Just as with its geography, Britain’s Boxers are generally somewhere in between the two extremes. These developments may be considered as refinements or fashions but with time a very different “look” can be produced. In recent years with the ease of travel and opening up of borders, purebred dog breeders have had access to a much wider gene pool than in the past and the clever ones have seized the opportunity to import with good effect – in both directions. There are many breeds that I can think of in the UK that have benefited hugely from the importation of stock from the USA – Boxers being one them – Beagles, Lhasa Apsos, Basenjis, Standard Poodles and several others also springing readily to mind. In the past I have listened to many wise observers claiming that the very solid and classic breed type of the British dogs, coupled with the style and presence of the new American blood, made for great advancement and in some cases took breeds that had hitherto been seen as mundane into the ranks of serious show dogs. Kari’s reference to the Shetland Sheepdog as a

functional herding dog is also worthy of note and should hopefully get British breeders thinking. It is not only this breed where we see many long-term breeders in the UK setting great store by the intricate minutiae of breed type but forgetting that their breed should be correctly constructed to facilitate free and sound movement, being in optimum muscular condition and having the mental desire to do the job for which they were bred. Whilst our forwardlooking and open-minded breeders have been keen to take advantage of outside influence (be that from the USA or elsewhere) we sadly still have some whose mind-set is bogged down with apartheid. Believe it or not I have actually heard some long-standing breeders admiring American imports but openly saying they would never put them up or use them because they were American. How sad is that? Not to mention totally wrong when it comes to judging. Wherever we may live in the world, and however we have seen our breeds developing; no matter what fads and fancies have affected our breeds over the years; regardless of how we personally interpret what is essential in our own breed, we should all – be it breeders, exhibitors or judges – from time to time go back to the drawing board and actually STUDY our Breed Standard, being ruthlessly honest about what we have around us and how closely, or otherwise, we have stuck to it.

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why l am not sure, maybe the financial situation has something to do with it, who knows? But we miss the overseas visitors. But overseas dogs did well though. In smooth Fox Terriers it was a French ch that took the breed, Graindebeaute du manoir St Adrien for the Breton family and handled by Jennifer Thornton. I brought two new dogs in from the USA and both took best of breed. In Sealyhams it was Jennifer Hetherington and Marjory Good’s Goodspice Efbe’s Know Easy Way Out; this was her first time in the UK ring. I saw this young bitch win best of winners all 4 days on the Montgomery weekend last year and persuaded Marjory to let her come here for a year; she has started well. As has Julie Seaton’s Australian Terrier Am Ch Temora Ri Diercc, he was the top Aussie in the US in 2013 and again his debut show and later in the day he went group 4 for his delighted owners. Judy Averis and Tony Barker’s Airedale bitch Ch Katherinas Land Spicy Cherry of Saredon finished her career with yet another best of breed. And in Lakelands it was a first best of breed in the UK for Tony Barker, Susan Fraser and Maria Sacco’s Am Ch Larkspur Save Me A Spot. There was a battle of the giants in the Wire Fox Terrier ring between Victor Malzoni’s Ch Trav122 Dog News

ella Striking Steel and the 2014 Crufts group winner, Dini De Munter-Uiterwijk’s Ch King Arthur Van Foliny Home. In the end Striking Steel won and went all the way to best in show yet again. Judges for Crufts 2015 have been announced and as previously reported the best in show judge will be ex-chairman of the Kennel Club Mr. Ronnie Irving. Group judges are for hounds Portugal’s Carla Molinari, Mr Chris Atkinson for gundogs, Martin Philips of the Jaeva Norfolk and Norwich will do the terriers. Former Crufts best in show judge Zena Thorn-Andrews of the famous Drakesleat Mini Wire Dachs will do the non-sporting. Bob Gregory will do working and Vic Salt will do the herding. Stephen Bardwell will do the toys. There are several overseas judges for various breeds. Espen Enge from Norway will do Afghan males. Per Iverson also from Norway will do Deerhounds and Italian Greyhounds. Bitte Ahrens from Italy will do Whippet bitches. Goran Bodegard from Sweden will do Irish Wolfhounds. Renne Spore will do Norfolks, Maremma Sheepdogs, Pyrenean Sheepdogs and Coton de Tulear. John Burgess from Australia will do Australian Silkies. Dan Ericsson also from Sweden will judge West Highland Whites and Kirsi

Saino from Finland will do her beloved Skye Terriers. The increase in the number of puppies and dogs being imported from Eastern Europe has led to the ministry to make several changes to the Pet Travel Scheme. Action has been taken as fears grow about disease being brought to the UK, and the welfare of the animals being transported and breeding stock in the EU countries involved. The changes include the introduction of a blanket minimum age of 12 weeks for the puppies to be vaccinated against rabies. There will be additional passport security featuresincluding a laminated page for the animal’s details, information on the vet who issues the passport; and the inclusion of a unique passport number on each page. A new checking provision will require all member states to carry out checks on intra-EU movements. These changes will come into force in December. The President of the British Veterinary Association said the fears about the welfare dogs being transported across Europe and unregulated breeding on a ‘very large scale’ was ‘very real, very significant and happening now’. And he said ‘The only way to tackle it is to stop the trade’.

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2014 Belgian Tervuren National Specialty BY JANINA LAURIN

Photos by Karen Johnson, Libbye Miller and Trish Borgo


eart – The heart of it all was found at the Sawmill Creek Resort, Huron, OH for the Belgian Tervuren National Specialty April 29-May 3. The weather gods were not particularly kind with precipitation or warmth. No matter, the outpouring of generosity and kindness prevailed from beginning to end. It was evidenced from the flexibility of Chairperson Brooke Cole and her committee to the hotel owner personally attending the show and greeting most guests at the hotel restaurant. The facility is large with plenty of green space to walk dogs. The hotel was particularly accommodating by fencing in large expanses of grass for outruns. It’s the first I’ve ever seen at a hotel and it was welcome delight for our high energy breed to truly stretch it out off-leash in a safe environment. Everyone seemed to respect the opportunity to let their dogs run and shared run times nicely. The Huron/Sandusky area was particularly welcoming of our group during this “pre-summer/amusement park” season. While Italian fare is not say, what we may be used to in the New York/ New Haven triangle, I will vouch for walleye cooked any which way as well as perch. Amazingly, I heard some of the Mexican restaurants were quite good. On to the show – agility was virtually a mud bowl with torrential downpours & cold temperatures. Many with less seasoned or aging dogs opted to observe from the comfort of their automobiles. For the brave souls who carried on despite the conditions, they were rewarded with many “Q’s”. Herding & Tracking were off-site events equally as successful for its participants. Tracking was handled by our own club member judges – Beth Walker of Wisconsin 124 Dog News


Heart Of It All! & Carol Ruthenberg of Illinois. Obedience – A RECORD ENTRY! It was the largest entry in the history of the club at 253 (including Rally). High In Trial was awarded to Ch. Starbright Bettin’ on the River owned by Bobbi Siccardi & Mary Janek, bred by Sharon Redmer & Diane Allen… remember those names for later. High Combined to Ch/OTCH Chiron Incyta More to th’ Story UDX BNRNOMs owned by Susan Harris of Georgia and bred by Jutta Hammermueller of Canada. None strangers to the top spots when it counts. Puppy and Veteran Sweepstakes (88 entries) were significantly delayed by the outstanding obedience entry but still had exhibitor and spectator support. This year’s judge was longstanding member breeder Christine Mednick, Bijou Luisant Tervuren, Florida. Topping the puppy sweeps from the 12-15 mo bitch class – Blak Jak’s Danica owned by Patty Naulty of KY and bred by Patty & Alteta Hayton. Best of Opposite to the 6-9mo male Starbright Dancing with the Stars owned by Teresa Harrison of MI, bred by Sharon Redmer & Dianne Allen. Veterans is ALWAYS very competitive right down to a 4th place. Continued on page 130

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ne of my big disappointments was missing the wedding of SHELBY ROBERTS to LENNY BROWN this past weekend. Even though the ROBERTS’ decamped to North Carolina years ago, they are still like family to me. All reports confirm that SHELBY was a beautiful bride, and we send our love and best wishes for a long and happy life. This week the board of TAKE THE LEAD met in Chicago for their annual meeting. DAVID DOANE, breeder of Irish terriers and Dalmatians, has passed away. A judge along with his wife MARJORIE, DAVID was a multiple group judge. With his passing, another personality from the golden age of pure bred dogs is lost to us. We have lost a dear friend and we send our love and deepest sympathies to MARJORIE and family. Elsewhere in this issue of DOG NEWS, DAVID is eulogized by his dear friend JIM SMITH with the help of DAVID’S son ERIC. Of all my recollections of the DOANES, of which there are many, one in particular comes to mind. Many decades ago, when BOBBY & SUSAN HECKMANN FISHER were handling the DOANES’ Dalmatians. Following one of the shows on the then Cherry Blossom Circuit, we stopped at

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the DOANES’ lovely home. When we left the DOANES’ it was already dark and the driveway was long and not illuminated. As BOBBY was backing out of the drive, he took the side off DAVID’S pride and joy, a classic Corvette. I told BOBBY to stop, but he continued down the driveway. With that I said, “BOBBY in that case turn off your headlights so they don’t get your license plate number.” Needless to say the phone was ringing when we arrived at the FISHER residence. As I recall, BOBBY showed their dogs for a while, free of charge (it’s expensive to repair a ‘vette)!!! Another well known and respected judge, CYNTHIA GUZEVICH SOMMERS, has passed away. A multiple group judge, she judged the toy and hound groups at the Westminster Kennel Club. A well established and sought after judge, she then married all breed judge GLEN SOMMERS following the death of her husband JOHN. When GLEN’S health deteriorated, CYNTHIA curtailed her judging to stay at home with him. She later resumed her judging on a bigger scale, much to the delight of exhibitors. All of us at DOG NEWS send our deepest sympathies to her family. The ZANE SMITH family, nine strong, are vacationing


, National Celebration

We have been proud to bring one of the breed’s finest bitches to the fancy on the national, all breed & herding trial venues. Always the National BreederJudge choice:


Reserve Winners Bitch 6-9 Puppy Bitch 2008 Mr. Steve Sorenson


Best of Breed 2011 Mrs. Sharon Redmer Award of Merit 2013 Ms. Peri Norman Best of Opposite 2013 Canadian National from the classes Mrs. Linda Friedow


Best of Opposite 2014 National Dr. Rory Friedow (pictured)


Multiple Best In Show/Reserve Best In Show Best In Specialty Show National Specialty

Our appreciation to judges, exhibitors and spectators for all the support.

Breeder: Mr. Lawrence (Skip) Stanbridge • Mishaook Owner/Handlers: Darlene & Janina Laurin • Chateau Blanc

It’s been a great ride! She and Darlene will be at the shows on occasion.

Am/Can GrCh. Mishaook’s Lulu @ Chateau Blanc, HXCs Multiple High in Trial


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THE BELGIAN tervuren

The Belgian Shepherd Quartet’s Second Member by M.J. Nelson

In the art of choral music, as you start with the dark, deep bass notes and progress up the musical scale through tenor, alto and finally to soprano, the changes in pitch and timbre– what makes a particular musical sound different from another even when they have the same pitch and loudness–become lighter. The same could be said as you go through the quartet that makes up the family of the Belgian Shepherd breed.


f the black Belgian Sheepdog equals bass, the mahogany to fawn with a black overlay Belgian Tervuren would be the second member or tenor in the Belgian Shepherd quartet with the shortcoated, fawn-to-mahogany Malinois as alto and the Laekenois with its woolly brown and white tweedy coat as the soprano. The job of a tenor in choral music requires something of a split personality in that they must be able to perform as a solo as well as blending into an ensemble. The historical job of a Tervuren also needed a dog with the ability to do seemingly contradictory tasks. The breed was used to guard, to protect and as a herding breed but it was also expected to have the stable, affectionate and loyal personality of a companion dog. The ultimate result, when the breed

was re-established following WWII, is, according to the people who own Belgian Tervurens, a dog that is fun to live with, beautiful to look at, athletic and capable of doing just about anything from being a service or therapy dog to excelling in herding, obedience, agility or Schutzhund. “They have a great deal of heart, athleticism, willingness to please and they are very willing to forgive their humans. They also bond ‘hard’ and actually try to live under your skin. That’s the most difficult characteristic of a Tervuren to describe. My dogs have approached

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everything with gusto and that’s what each particular dog in the best way. Honmeans in practical terms with this breed I love about them,” said Dana Mackoestly, with some dogs, this is a life-long is that if you are displeased with a Terv’s nis, who is the American Belgian Terproject. Just like some people, these performance at a trial, they may no lonvuren Club’s columnist for the AKC’s dogs are high maintenance where othger want to do it. I have learned that no Gazette and owns Natti (Boncouer’s ers are just easy peasy types. We learn matter what their performance at a trial, Naughty Surprize HSAs HRD I-S HRD from the high maintenance types while I have to praise them whether they did II-S HTAD I-DS JHD-S RLF I-S CA CGC the other kind is good for your ego. The anything good or not. You have to find RATS), Lola (Cachet Noir Untie My problem always is figuring out how to something that they did well on that day heart CD RE NA HSAs JHD-S HRD 1-S bring out the best in each dog in each or they will no longer perform in a trial sitCGC RATS TDI, certified in Birch ORT), activity you try and to be a complement uation. They may still be willing to ‘work’ Simon (Ch Mahagonny Paperback to the dog, not a hindrance. I watch the for you because that is a job and they Writer NAJ PT CGC) and Banner (Sevarious reactions my dogs have to a lot love having a job but trialing isn’t enough lect Ch StarBright Bonne Chance CDX of different stimuli and take it from there. like a job. So, it is important to be careful Am/Can TD HIC BAR-X PD1 PD2 TDI I also watch other people train and hanhow you train and trial with a Terv. If you Delta certified working drug detection dle their dogs and that helped me learn reward them with praise, they’ll do anydog.) what I wanted to do and what was not thing for you. You have to be consistent “Tervs are very capable dogs and such a good idea. There is always a lot and fair and add fun to learning and you not having them excel in more than of trial and error and rethinking with any need to learn how to think like they do.” one activity is almost a crime,” said Continued on page 132 “You have to figure out what reaches Nancy Pugh who, with Gwen Engler, owns Frankie (DC De La Corps Parle Francais HSAs HIAsd HXAsd HS HA HAS HAD SDI SDA HX HC HTDIs HTD Iisd HTDIIIsd HTAD Is HTAD Iis HTAD IIIsd HRD I HRD II HRD III Herding Champion). “Frankie is a herding champion in both the U.S. (AKC and American Herding Breeds Association) as well as in Canada as well as being a conformation champion but she is also our sheep farm’s stockdog whose job is to help with daily chores. Tervs are Multi BIS/BISS National Specialty winner GCh Mishaook’s Lulu @ Chateau Blanc very intelligent and athletic HXCs, Darlene Laurin’s Tervuren, keeps a watchful eye on a flock of sheep. but their greatest attribute is their desire to please you and this makes it easier to do just about anything with them.” But, the fact that they want so desperately to please can sometimes be an issue when they fail, according to Judy Vanderford, who owns Ashley (HC Blackwater’s Ashley at JuVan HSADS HSCS HIADS HXADS HXCS) and is a herding trial judge and trainer. “If you make a mistake in herding, it is pretty hard to fix. What this Above: Frankie is a herding champion in the U.S. (AKC and AHBA) as well as in Canada. Left: Frankie (DC De La Corps Parle Francais HSAs HIAsd HXAsd HS HA HAS HAD SDI SDA HX HC HTDIs HTD Iisd HTDIIIsd HTAD Is HTAD Iis HTAD IIIsd HRD I HRD II HRD III Herding Champion), Nancy Pugh and Gail Engler’s Tervuren, at a herding trial. Dog News 129

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Our breed is very unique, I think, in how well it ages. Best in Veterans Sweeps went to the 10-12 year old favorite Ch. Starbright Summerstorm U!Run UD PT RN NA NAJ owned by Fran Friedman of Ohio, bred by Sharon Redmer, Diane & Dutch Schultz. Best of Opposite to the charming 12+ over Ch. Pathfinder Starbright Elion CD RE owned by Robin Polivka of Wisconsin, bred by Maureen Foley & Sharon Redmer.


ur breed judge was Dr. Rory Friedow of Anduin Belgians, Iowa. He and his wife have been breeding Tervuren for over 30 successful years. Dr. Friedow made an arduous task look easy and comfortable for all the exhibitors & dogs (332 of them)– from the young puppy male who rolled over on his back for the exam and then looked so pleased with himself when everyone laughed to the stately specials who owned the ground they walked on. Four or five hours from when the specials walked in, the nail biting, nervous pacing for breeders, friends and the like was over. Best of Breed went to one of the nicest folks in our breed with an incredibly talented dog...ready? Dianne Allen of IL and 7 year-old GCH/OTCH/MACH Starbright Casino Royale TD OM5UDX3 MXF RE bred by Dianne and Sharon Redmer. Best of Winners to the Winners Bitch HushHush du Bois Du TOT OA, OAJ owned by Laurie Thal of Michigan & bred by Sophie & Joel Jouannet of France. Best of Opposite Six to GrCh. Mishaook’s Lulu @ Chateau Blanc HXCs owned by Darlene & Janina Laurin, bred by the late Skip Stanbridge. Winners Dog was awarded to Blackwater Peloton Highly Desired owned by Debbie Smith, Andrea Debbins & Dr. Linda Fung, bred by the Debbins, Kathy Zahs and Fung. Reserve Winners Bitch to Cinema Mon Coeur Leanan Sighe from the bred-by class owned by Marnie Polivka & Mikki CapparelliLally of WI. Reserve Winners Dog awarded to the 6-9 Swedish import puppy Eternity’s Imagine owned by Gale & Lisa Kingsley of OH, bred by Jesper & Karin Andersson. Select Awards went to Ch. Hillside Xtra Special, Stan & BonnieKrieder, PA & the veteran bitch Ch. Pathfinder Starbrigt Elion CD, Robbin Polivka, WI. Ten Awards of Merit were issued and earned by: Ch. MACHPACH Toujours Jeune Leola MXS,MJS,MXP7,MXPG,PAX2, Lori&Kelly Keele with Vici Salerno, Rigby, ID, Ch. Caskya’s Giovanni, Carol Hein-Creger, Joyce Geller, Ch Deja My Song de L’Aurore, Regina Callear, GCh Starbright Betting’ On the River, Bobbi Siccardi & Mary Janek, GCh Hillside

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Special & Hamazing, Bonnie & Stan Krieder, Ch. Domburg Don’t I look Good, Gale & Lisa Kingsley, Ch. Icon’s Hittin’ the Big Time of L’Aurore, Karen Simcheck & Lynn Brandenberg, Ch. Katahdin Av Vikholmen, Linda & Bob McCarty, GCh Blackwater Peloton Federal Offense, Kim Vent & Dr. Fung and Ch. Tangster’s Texas, Kathy Kraft. If I missed anyone, I apologize. The parent club has been diligently working to bring the next generation of breeders, owners and handlers of our breed forward. As such, a soon to be announced scholarhip program will be offered. This year’s national also had an outstanding entry in junior handling. Taking home the Best Junior award was the very elegant Rebecca Grinsell with her GCh. Bilgay’s Eye of the Hurricane CD RN OA OAJ NF. Earning the Good Sportsmanship award from the ABTC Board was Kate Eldredge of PA. Kate, a former junior handler herself, now is a breeder/owner/handler successful in her own right. We look forward to many successes by Kate & Coyote Run Belgians. Truly the best or worst kept secret depending on who you were was the President’s Award, given by any of our Club presidents to the person who has served the club through any number of good works. Previous winners are a walk through

Belgian history. This year was no different when President Teresa Nash announced that Edeltraud Laurin would earn the President’s award for over 30 years of service as chair of the ABTC Education Committee and an additional 20 years of serving the club in other capacities. Teresa and the Board had created a lovely montage of photos of Edeltraud through the years…the clothes! The hair! The dogs! It was fun. This year’s banquet fulfilled in every sense of the word – heart. It started when Edeltraud was outbid on a quilt she coveted all week. Jan Koster, who outbid her, proceeded to give her the quilt afterall with a lovely speech thanking her for all she’s done for the breed and introducing it to him. Kelly Keele, who bid on a substantial item, immediately re-offered it so double could be earned. Keith Jackson volunteered to match through a donation whatever the final item auctioned drew. When it was said and done, the ABTC Rescue Fund was the beneficiary and everyone came away from the banquet feeling wonderful about our breed and its people. Next year we are in Gettysburgh, PA with Robyn Cosenza as show chair, Alleyne Dickens – VA of Bonheur Kennels judging sweeps & Dr. Joni Freshman-CO, Zephyre Kennels judging breed. My thanks to Karen Johnson, Libbye Miller and Trish Borgo for photos.

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Lulu keeps a flock of sheep moving toward the objective in a herding trial.

they need to stick to that standard. A real problem for me has been finding judges who can get past the ‘color’ of my Tervurens. Grey is not a preferred color in the U.S. but is widely accepted in Europe. So, to finish a championship in conformation became a very frustrating experience for me.”


or Laurin, the increasing number of sports injuries among performance dogs has become worrisome. “Sometimes, we are so comNatti (Boncouer’s Naughty petitive that we forget Surprize HSAs HRD I-S Lola Lola (Cachet Noir it’s not just us. There HRD II-S HTAD I-DS JHD-S Untie My heart CD RE NA is another creature RLF I-S CA CGC RATS), one HSAs JHD-S HRD 1-S CGC involved. Dogs are of Dana Mackonis’ Belgian RATS TDI, certified in Birch Tervurens, is the first Terv ORT), another of Mackonis’ trained too much and Another of Mackonis’ Tervs to earn a senior title in the Tervs, exits the tunnel on at too young an age. obviously enjoys lure coursing. sport of barn hunt. an agility course. We are seeing more and more sports-related injuries in our dogs One of the issues encountered by from over-training and constant compePugh has been with judges in herding. tition in many different activities at the Continued FROM page 129 “Often the expectation for a Terv in herdsame time. We have dogs that compete ing is that the run will be fast and somewhat in agility, obedience, rally, conformation breed or dog activity. We’re all novices furious so some judges are apprehensive and tracking all on the same day. The at some time and there is always somewhen they see us enter the field. I do my dogs don’t care if they have an alphabet thing new to learn,” said Darlene Laubest to change that image and present a at the end of their names, they just want rin, who owns multi BIS/BISS National dog that is a slower, more deliberate worktheir owners to be happy. We need to Specialty winner GCh Mishaook’s Lulu ing, kinder herding dog with the skills and consider the dogs’ health and happiness @ Chateau Blanc HXCs. confidence to impress on judges that Tervs before we start doing some other event “One of my dogs was a working are outstanding herding dogs. All the with them.” drug detection dog and he was havsame, I have sometimes felt that the judge As is the case with many breeds, there ing the hardest time with scent articles was judging the breed, not the individual is a concern that the breed is splitting into in utility,” said Mackonis. “He knew I dog. We have also encountered problems “show” and “performance” types. “I’ve wanted something but he didn’t know gaining championship points when we’re been talking about this challenge for 30 what I wanted. The day he brought the compared against Border Collies. Border plus years,” said Mackonis. “We have entire tie-down board to me I finally Collies herd so differently that it is like comone standard and there is no reason for figured out that he didn’t know what I paring apples to oranges and it’s a bit of a dogs to diverge into working lines and wanted him to do. So, I tried making crap shoot whether the judge likes orange show lines. Cosmetics of a breed are like it an entirely new exercise with a brand juice or apple cider. In other words, it befrosting on a cake. You still need a good new command to tell him what to do comes a matter of style, not skill. You just cake to make the foundation but your icwith his nose. It took one lesson and have to keep at it until you find judges that ing is what people think of. Working and he never made an error again. I’ve appreciate the way your dog works. But show breeders should not steer away found that sometimes Tervs get ‘stuck.’ no matter what you do with a Terv, it is imfrom each other but cross over occasionThis seems to happen when we don’t portant that you do something. They are ally to maintain the essence of our breed ‘explain’ things correctly to the dog fantastic dogs. They shouldn’t be couch which is a herding/working dog that looks or when we start acting like it isn’t fun potatoes.” like what our standard proclaims. The anymore. Our dogs work for us and An issue for Vanderford has been inbreeders are the ones who deserve the when we’re not happy during trainconsistency in judging in the show ring. blame if we split lines. I have actually met ing, they think it is something they did. “All too often, it’s not the best dog that some Tervs that I thought were not that They don’t understand the concept of wins but rather a case of who is holding the bright and did not have a sparkle for life ‘grumpy’ or ‘not into it.’ Once we fix our dog’s lead. Judges need to be better eduin their eyes. I hope I’m wrong because attitude, it generally fixes theirs.” cated about the breed standard and then for me, there is nothing like a Tervuren.”

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right could the rest of the figures be? The figures that I listed above are circulating on the Web. We need to be able to challenge them when they turn up. Ask for the source of the figures so they can be back checked. Point out the inconsistencies. People tend to trust statistics. We were actually well into the seminar before I realized that there was a problem with the numbers. Once we got past the statistics, the rest of their advice was better. For causes of bites to children they listed: 1. Children being left alone with a dog. 2. Unrealistic owner expectations of the dog. (Expecting the dog to tolerate abuse from the child). 3. Lack of knowledge about dogs. 4. Size Differential (Children are often bitten on the face while adults are generally bitten on the extremities.)

Do your think that new parents wouldn’t bet that clueless? My friend Betty Lou used to take her 100-pound black Greyhound to visit shopping malls. Lancelot loved babies. When a couple with a baby approached he would pull forward and look intently at them. They noticed his gaze and asked what he was doing, and Betty Lou would explain that he loved babies and wanted to meet theirs. Whereupon most parents would unhesitatingly hold their 10-pound infant down so this large predator would very gently touch noses with the baby and make it giggle. Would you hold a baby down for a black panther to meet?

The obvious recommendations were: 1. Don’t leave a child alone with a dog. And this includes having an adult in the same room as the kid and dog but now paying active attention to the pair. 2. Expect all dogs to bite if the provocation is sufficient. 3. Take every chance to educate the general public about dog behavior. The worst examples of ignorance leading to tragedy are the folks who put a new baby next to a dog. Babies are about the size of the prey animals that many dogs are bred to hunt. And if they get bitten they make cries that can stimulate a continued prey attack.

The seminar recommended NOT disciplining a dog for growling. Dogs that are disciplined out of growling can to straight to biting without warning. Their basic rules for dogs were: 1. Games should have rules. 2. And time outs where the game is interrupted, and then resumed. 3. You should teach the dog to “wait” for the play to resume. 4. Teeth should not touch people even in play. 5. Dogs should look to humans for leadership.

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In the question and answer period the subject of strangers petting dogs came up. The best recommendations came from the audience: 1. Teaching the child to ask the dog owner if it is OK to pet the dog. 2. Having the owner tell the child that it is OK to meet the dog and to teach them to do it by: A: speaking to the dog B. holding out a hand towards, but no touching, the dog C. Patting their thigh D. Let the dog step forward to meet the child E. If he doesn’t step forward, then don’t pet the dog. This sequence puts the greeting at the dog’s initiative. It gives him the choice of whether to say hello or not. And it teaches the child how to safely approach a dog. Learning is a rewarding behavior for children. They like to learn new things. This way, whether the dog volunteers to greet them or not, they have learned to let the dog initiate the contact. Another approach is to have the child hold out an open hand palm up. Place a treat in the palm and let him give it to the dog. Kids love to feed animals. This way you can teach the open palm method that I was taught when I was a kid and wanted to give a horse a treat. The open palm avoids having big horse teeth get a grip on little fingers. The same applies to big dog teeth. Cheerios work well for the treat. They are easy to carry and kids are not as nonplussed by them as they might be by cooked liver. (How many of you knew that if a dog has a yellow ribbon tied to its leash that indicates that it is NOT OK to pet the dog. This was the first time I had seen that used. I know that they used to tie red ribbons to a horse’s tail to warn that it kicked. But I had never seen the yellow ribbon warning for dogs before.). There will be future seminars. The attendees asked for one on dog vs dog aggression. That should be interesting.

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Dog News will consider all letters for publication but reserves the right to edit these as required. Letters will not be considered for publication unless full name and contact details are supplied, including telephone number. Letters may be mailed to Dog News 1115 Broadway NY, NY 10010 or emailed to LATE ANSWER TO LAST WEEK’S QUESTION OF THE WEEK, As a Veterinarian are you familiar with AKC’s Veterinary Out-Reach Program and if you are familiar with it how effective and robust do you consider this program to be? JERRY KLEIN, D.V.M. I had never heard of the program, nor had any of my 12 other ER vets. My hospital might be different in its specialty and emergency scope rather than being a “typical” family practice. But, good public relations is good public relations. CORRECTION TO PHOTO CREDIT IN BELGIAN SHEPHERD NATIONAL ARTICLE The photo that appeared on page 69 of the May 23, 2014 issue (the middle photo on the left hand side) was taken by Susan Hoffman, President, Belgian Sheepdog Club of America.

everything from glitzy collars to delicious delicacies for dogs, and the agility displays and Scruffts semi-final for crossbreeds are always huge crowd pleasers.” The idea behind Discover Dogs, which is sponsored by Eukanuba and dog friendly Metro Bank, is to create a fun, family event that celebrates our unique relationship with dogs, in addition to informing people about the importance of choosing the right breed for their lifestyle and making sure they buy a puppy responsibly. Caroline continues: “There are thousands of dogs that come in to breed rescue centres every year, simply because their owners are no longer able to cope. We have more information at our fingertips than ever before, but people continue to buy dogs on a whim because of how the dog looks or because it is simply the one they are most familiar with due to celebrities, or the man next door. Discover Dogs helps people to learn more about dogs and to make the best choices that they can.” VIPs and celebrities who came out in force to support the event last year included Merlin actor Anthony Head, radio DJ Sara Cox, the Geldof family and Olympic swimmer, Sharron Davies. Tickets cost £13.20 or £9.90 for concessions and under 12s go free. For more information and to buy tickets visit www. Laura Quickfall London, England

3,000 CANINES CUTIES AT LONDON’S BIGGEST DOG EVENT All dog lovers will go to heaven at London’s Discover Dogs event, which will see more than 3,000 canine cuties under the Earls Court roof, on 8th and 9th November. Tickets are now on sale for one of London’s most unique events, which last year welcomed almost 35,000 dog lovers, who came to meet and greet nearly 200 breeds of dog, to shop ‘til they dropped for dog related products, and to watch fun four-legged displays and competitions. “There is no other event quite like Discover Dogs. We have almost 200 different pedigree dog breeds, of all shapes and sizes that people can meet and find out if they would be good for their lifestyle. This includes the most popular Labradors and  French Bulldogs all the way through to those rare breeds that you will rarely ever see on the streets, such as the Otterhound and the Lancashire Heeler,” says Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary. “Not only does the event have a massive cute factor, but it also helps people to make responsible choices when buying a dog and about caring for, training and living with dogs too. There are hundreds of trade stands selling 

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AKC TO ACKNOWLEDGE TITLES EARNED IN NORTH AMERICA DIVING DOGS EVENTS The American Kennel Club® will now recognize titles earned by dogs competing in events sanctioned by North America Diving Dogs (NADD), an independent governing body for canine dock diving. NADD offer two types of competition for all dogs -distance jumping and air retrieve. “NADD events are an exciting activity that can be enjoyed by all purebreds and mixed breeds. The AKC is pleased to now be able to acknowledge the achievements of all dogs in this sport,” said Doug Ljungren, AKC Vice President of Sports and Events. “North America Diving Dogs strives to promote the sport of canine dock diving in a setting that is convenient, safe and enjoyable for all dogs and owners,” said Debbie Markwardt, President of NADD. “We welcome all dog owners to try out dock diving. We know you’ll enjoy the camaraderie and fun!” In the distance jumping competition, there are two classes -- Open Class (any size dog welcome) and the Lap Class (for dogs under 16” at the withers). A division title is earned by accumulating five qualifying jumps within one division. There are five divisions ranging from Novice to Elite. After earning the initial division title, dogs can earn Advanced and Excellent level titles by completing additional qualifying jumps. In the Air Retrieve competition, a dog and handler team earns one qualifying grab towards a division title based on their longest grab in the Air Retrieve. Like distance jumping, a division title is earned by accumulating five qualifying grabs within one division, and there are five divisions ranging from Novice to Elite. Additional Advanced and Excellent titles can be earned with additional qualifying grabs. Rules governing NADD events, the complete titling requirements and information about how to sign up to host a NADD event can be found here. Specifics about the NADD/ AKC titling program and the AKC title application form can be found in the AKC Title Recognition Program section of the AKC website. AKC Communications Dept. New York, NY

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Judges And Their Assignments BEST IN SHOW E. Engh SPORTING Group: Y. Mori J. Hoke: Pntr-GS, Span-Eng Ckr Mrs. D. Ernst: Ret-Curl, Ret-Lab Mr. J. E. Noe: Balance of Sporting Breeds HOUND Group: Mr. James E. Frederiksen Mr. H. Tatro, III: Whip L. L. Nelson: Balance of Hound Breeds WORKING Group: Mr. J. E. Noe E. Engh: Boxer, Grt Dane, Leonberger, Mast, Rottw Mr. J. E. Frederiksen: Balance of Working Breeds TERRIER Group: Y. Mori E. Engh: Cesky Terrier, Rat Terrier, Russel Terr J. Hoke: Fox Ter (Smooth), Fox Ter (Wire), Manch Ter, Welsh Ter

Mr. H. Tatro, III: Airdle, Bdlgtn, Border, Kerry, Lakelnd, Min Schn, Norwich Norfolk, Parson Russell, Soft Coated, Wst Highlnd Y. Mori: Balance of Terrier Breeds TOY Group: J. Hoke Y. Mori: All Toy Breeds NON-SPORTING Group: Y. Mori J. Hoke: Boston, Lhasa E. Engh: Balance of Non-Sporting Breeds HERDING Group: Mrs. D. J. Francis Mrs. D. J. Francis: All Herding Breeds MISCELLANEOUS Group: Mr. James E. Frederiksen Mrs. B. G. Pepper: All Miscellaneous Breeds JR SHOWMANSHIP: J. Hoke






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OF Bests THE WEEK Continued FROM page 34

Cincinnati Kennel Club - Monday Doberman Pinscher

GCh. Cambria’s Vraiment Parfait

Judge Mrs. Gloria Geringer Owners G. Lajeski, A. Wulbrecht, K. Thompson, A. White Handler Ann Ramsbottom White

Charlottesville-Albemarle Kennel Club Sunday Siberian Husky

GCh. Highlander’s Rumour Has It

Riverside West Kennel Club of Greater New Orleans I Kennel Club of Greater Covington, LA I Pug

GCh. Caper’s Sirius Endeavor Judge Mrs. Janet Turnage Nahikian Judge Mrs. Fay Dorval Haupt Owners Phil & Carol Fisher and John & Linda Rowell Handler Linda G. Rowell

Metro Mile High Kennel Club - Friday Toy Fox Terrier

GCh. Ultraquest Go For The Gold

Judge Mr. Joe Walton Owner Wendy Howard Handler Allan Chambers Conewango Valley Kennel Club Great Pyrenees

GCh. Rivergroves Enough Said

Judge Mrs. Houston Clark Owner & Handler Jean Boyd Papillon Club of America National Specialty

GCh. InVolo Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ Judge Mr. James Reynolds Owners Madeline Mosing & Donna, Michael, & Gia Garofalo Handler Gia Garofalo

Judge Ms. Helene Nitsch Owners Marc Ralsky, Corine Pacht Handler Frank Murphy

Boston Terrier Club of America National Specialty

Butte County Kennel Club Shasta Kennel Club Field Spaniel

Judge Ms. Colleen Brossard Owners A Hullender/A Hullender/M Lippert Handler Adrienne Hullender

GCh. Promenade Pay it Forward

Judge Mrs. Judy Webb Judge Mr. Fred Bassett Owners Jane Chopson, Jane Schildman, and Nicki Kuhn Handler Elizabeth Jordan Nelson

GCh. Katbird’s Evolution Matters At Kayas

Mastiff Club of America National Specialty

GCh. Loutheironhorse

Judge Mrs. Elizabeth Simon Owners Shaun Olesen, Diane Becker, Cheryl Kendrick Handler Pam Gilley

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background was Renaissance in nature, which of course is unique in the dog world and for that matter unique in life generally. He will be missed by all who know him.


ynthia too had much more than a lifetime devoted to the sport of the purebred dog. Born in Germany her first husband was John Guzevitch together with whom she not only developed a long history in the show world of dogs but also maintained and ran the famous White Mission Sand Missile Recovery Dogs of the desert in Las Cruces, New Mexico. An accomplished artist who worked in oils, she studied with some of Germany’s top artists before emigrating to the States and gave many one woman art shows in the hotly competitive world of the New Mexico art communities. She judged dogs and dolls worldwide and in 1980 and 1985 adjudicated upon the Hound and Toy Groups respectively at Westminster. Her opinion was one well sought after and meaningful. An erudite person with very strong and outspoken convictions after the passing of her first husband John, she married all breed judge Glenn Sommers to whom she remained devoted until his passing. Indeed when Glenn become ill Cynthia virtually left the judging world to care for Glenn and it was not until he too passed that she returned somewhat back to the dog world where once again her well-respected opinions were basically highly valued.


he receipt of the Riverhead/ Brookhaven Kennel Club Premium Lists labeled Show # 1 and Show #2 to be HELD ON THE SAME DAY OF JULY 12 this year as OUTDOOR SHOWS limited to 500 Dogs for each show certainly was an eye-opener for many in the sport. The cover is printed above. I believe this is the first time the new edict of the December 2013 Meeting of the Board has been put to an actual working test insofar as the 2 shows a day policy is concerned. Notwithstanding the fact that I consider this so-called “pilot program” to be absurd, unnecessary, unneeded and unworkable to hold the very first show outdoors in the potential heat of a summer’s day in Mid-Island-not even close to the potential ocean or bay breezes-- borders on the ridiculous. Asking people to face the potential of weather in the high 80’s or ‘90’s for a 9-hour period of time--the show hours are 8:00am to 7pm-- makes no sense to me at all. At least if you are going to try this experiment do it under the potential of a more favorite result. Go to an indoor air-conditioned building where both the dogs and the exhibitors have a bet-

ter job of performing well. Notice I did not mention the judges as most seem to take any assignments they can get whatever the potential climate may be-so long as they are being paid for their time they’ll be there circumstances notwithstanding. They may gripe about the day and the conditions that’s another matter. Read the FB remarks of some judges who do nothing but complain about weather delays at airports--don’t like the conditions don’t judge is my reaction, which is the same as the 2-show a day thing for me--can’t draw the entry don’t hold the show--there are too many dog shows as far as I am concerned anyways. According to the analysis I received from a show super these shows can’t be over before 6:30 pm in an area which only two years ago had a mean average temperature of 93 degrees for the day’s high-- THE SHOW SUPER’S REMARKS. These time frames would depend on the total amount of judges the clubs hire. Let us say that there are 5 judges each with 100 dogs each. (RIVERHEAD HAS 5 JUDGES; BROOKHAVEN 6). The rule is at least 25 dogs per hour. Due to expected absentees and the speed of the judges the groups could start at 11:30am or noon at the latest. Taking 20 minutes for each group the BIS would most likely be 2:25 PM with absentees and starting groups at 11:30 AM or starting groups at 12 noon the show should be over by 2:55 PM. The time could be shorter if multiple group rings are used but that would not go over well with some handlers. I would think if you use multiple rings it could be over by 2PM or 1pm, as most likely the groups will not have all the breeds. AND ACCORDING TO THE PILOT DESCRIPTION CONTAINED IN THE BOARD MINUTES IT IS STRONGLY SUGGESTED THAT MULTIPLE GROUP RINGS BE USED so let’s give that the benefit of the doubt and look to 5-hour shows. However the Premium list further states on the cover that the 2nd show can’t begin until 30 Minutes after 1st show ends!!!!!! Of course the possibility is strong some won’t stay for the second show you say--then why hold it with which to begin one must ask. Dog News 147


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