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Dog News The Digest

Of American Dogs

Volume 28, Issue 23




June 8, 2012

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Dog News

Dog News The Digest

Of American Dogs

Volume 28, Issue 23




June 8, 2012

June 8, 2012

contents June 8, 2012

10 editorial

14 the lighter side of judging / michael faulkner

102 handlers directory

18 babbling / geir flyckt-pedersen

104 subscription rates


question of the week / matthew h. stander

108 advertising rates


the way it is / sari b. tietjen


brace yourself / andrew brace


bests of the week


ten questions asked of keith pautz


somewhere over the rainbow: bull terriers in canada / desmond j. murphy


her majesty’s pets / nick waters


heelwork to music /richard curtis

106 classified advertising

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50 the fancy speaks: questions raised by an owner-handler / alice lawrence 52

dalmatian club of america national specialty report / sharon boyd


off the leash / shaun coen


making money for show giving clubs and more / matthew h. stander


the english cocker spaniel national specialty / lauren ogburn


true north / allison foley


the american pomeranian club national / victoria oelerich


the gossip column / eugene z. zaphiris


click - dalmatian club national / robert w. von mayr

100 click - the way we were / eugene z. zaphiris

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contents June 8, 2012

10 editorial

14 the lighter side of judging / michael faulkner

102 handlers directory

18 babbling / geir flyckt-pedersen

104 subscription rates


question of the week / matthew h. stander

108 advertising rates


the way it is / sari b. tietjen


brace yourself / andrew brace


bests of the week


ten questions asked of keith pautz


somewhere over the rainbow: bull terriers in canada / desmond j. murphy


her majesty’s pets / nick waters


heelwork to music /richard curtis

106 classified advertising

All advertisements are copyrighted and owned by DOG NEWS, Harris Publications, unless received camera-ready. Permission to reprint must be requested in writing.

50 the fancy speaks: questions raised by an owner-handler / alice lawrence 52

dalmatian club of america national specialty report / sharon boyd


off the leash / shaun coen


making money for show giving clubs and more / matthew h. stander


the english cocker spaniel national specialty / lauren ogburn


true north / allison foley


the american pomeranian club national / victoria oelerich


the gossip column / eugene z. zaphiris


click - dalmatian club national / robert w. von mayr

100 click - the way we were / eugene z. zaphiris

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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. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to DOG NEWS, 1115 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10010

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Contributing Editors Sharon Anderson George Bell Lesley Boyes Andrew Brace Agnes Buchwald Patricia Gail Burnham Shaun Coen Carlotta Cooper Geoff Corish Michael Faulkner Geir Flyckt - Pedersen Allison Foley Yossi Guy Ronnie Irving John Mandeville Desmond J. Murphy M. J. Nelson Sharon Pflaumer 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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JUNE 8, 2012

the editorial

THE JUNE DELEGATES MEETING Traditionally the June Delegate Meeting held in Raleigh has the lowest attendance figures of the four Meetings held throughout the year. The figure is in the low to mid two-hundred area, which represents close to one third of nearly 600 Delegates elected to represent certain Member Clubs of the AKC. Most people consider this to be a pretty poor turnout, which candidly increases to a much larger figure and percentage increase say in the March elections meeting. Closer to 50% if not more of the Delegates have been known to turn out for that meeting. Therefore imagine the reaction of some to the recent Kennel Club AGM ANNUAL get together in the UK where only “just over 300 of the total 1,344 people who are Kennel Club Members” showed up to vote in London. This was hailed in the British dog press as being “a good turnout” for the meeting! Some of their more stellar and respected writers and officers (present or former) opined as to how the fact that fewer than half of those people actually voted was a negative sign. Yet, this was called a mandate by some! Hardly is the reaction of these pages. Even our Delegate Body with its questionable attendance record never has reached that low point in voting statistics nor attendance. And in the USA we have four meetings compared to their singular one! Happily, we expect — no demand more— and get one may add much more than a perfunctory reaction from our Delegates. Perhaps even too zealous in certain instances and areas than do the Brits. While these pages may question the expanding role of our Delegates in the running of the corporation and strongly denounce certain discriminatory rules which prohibit membership of selected professionals to represent their Clubs as well as refusing Agility Clubs to become Member Clubs there is a hard core of Delegates who go out of their way to attend and partake in activities in far greater numbers than do our friends cross the pond. RESTRUCTURING THE DELEGATE BODY The need to restructure the existing Delegate Body system of representation has been debated on the Board level for years now. As long ago as the Berndt administration if not before Board members have spoken of the need to include Companion Event Clubs particularly Agility Clubs in the Member Club category. Constitutionally today no Agility Club can become a member Club since they technically do not hold dog shows as specified in the original Constitution. The Conformation Clubs are understandably protective of their power status and are legitimately fearful that by admitting Agility Clubs into the existing scheme they will be outnumbered by these clubs and their representatives. Nonetheless as Agility grows in popularity and contributes enormous amounts of monies into the coffers of AKC it becomes more and more apparent that these clubs have earned and deserve some form of equivalent representation. Various schemes and ideas have been presented both formally and informally as to how to accomplish this most pressing matter. Unfortunately nothing has truly been formalized since there is a reluctance to undertake much less discuss this enormous quandary. What these pages have suggested before and we suggest again to the Kalter Board is the hiring of a constitutional law firm to study the structure of AKC and with input from Board, exiting Delegates and areas of the sport presently not represented within the Delegate Body to present a plan presented which represents all elements of participants within the purview of AKC. Some of you may recall that in 1984 the then Board Chairman William Rockefeller had a report commissioned called the McKinsey Report. While it was never fully made public parts of it were implemented by

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AKC and others ignored. It was eventually leaked and seen by certain individuals and did include a study of restructuring the Delegate Body which was never implemented. We would urge Mr. Kalter to take the similar and bold steps taken by Mr. Rockefeller and get this idea rolling again. It’s time to make major changes at AKC and without this kind of impetus nothing will be accomplished if handled on a piecemeal basis or left to the devices of internal leadership. AKC’S/CHF IN SWEDEN This past week-end in Sweden the Swedish Kennel Club held a two part international conference about canine and feline genomics and inherited diseases. The first days were devoted to what we have been told was to be strictly scientific discussions with a post conference workshop to follow. That theme “Breeding healthier dogs-from attention to awareness to action”. DOG NEWS first heard of this conference at the Washington DC conference sponsored by HSUS and the U of P whereby it was said key issues with relevance to canine genetic health were to be discussed. Over 170 people were in attendance in Sweden including the AKC/CHF organization. Unfortunately DOG NEWS never received an invitation to attend which is a shame since we probably would have accepted however we did the next best thing and several attendees have promised to write up the proceedings for us. AKC’s/CHF turned down the invitation to formally attend the conference in the District and from the standpoint of scientific discussions it was nice to learn that the new President of AKC/CHF supported attendance at the Swedish meeting. This notwithstanding the concerns these pages have about the one-sided approach of the Swedes in the matter of genetic canine health. It is important to partake and hear the other sides, viewpoints and perhaps counter it when it is different than someone else’s. It was good to see no AKC interference to CHF in attending this meeting, which definitely did occur in the case of the American meeting. Now we anxiously await the reports of the unbiased about the meeting itself. WORLD SHOW TO BE HELD IN BUDAPEST It has been announced that the Hungarian Parliament has modified its animal-breeding laws and they have been suspended until June 2013 after the World Show is over. This will enable the Hungarian Kennel Club (MEOE) to hold its proposed show and give everyone time, one supposes, to try and work out a solution to the attempts to penalize the activities of a ‘non-governmental organization’ in areas concerning dog shows and registrations. This solution, while anything but a cure, results in preventing an embarrassing situation from having occurred. Although it hardly solves the problem of government interference into areas it has no business being in with which to begin the immediacy factor is eliminated. This is almost akin to the California Horse racing authorities holding off a decision on the trainer of “I’ll Have Another” until after the race! It’s the principle that should prevail not an accommodation for an event-our thinking for sure. THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK Well certainly the celebration for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration captured the imagination of the world. Along those lines here are some facts about the Queen’s beloved corgis: The Corgi Breed was introduced to the Royal Family by King George VI in 1933 when he bought a Corgi called Dookie from a local kennel. The Queen has owned more than 30 corgis during her reign, starting with Susan who was a present for her 18th birthday. The Queen currently owns five corgis and four dorgis, a corgi-dachshund crossing. The corgis are called Emma, Linnet, Monty, Holly and Willow. The dorgis are called Cider, Berry, Candy and Vulcan. When the Queen is in attendance at Buckingham Palace the corgis and dorgis sleep in raised wicker baskets in a special room near the royal apartments. When the Queen is being fitted for a dress, she carries a special magnet to pick up the pins to save the dogs from pricking their paws!! ONLY IN DOG NEWS OUR FRIENDS, ONLY IN DOG NEWS!!!!!

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BY Michael Faulkner

Lighter Side of Judging Withholding


he large brown furry creature spent the last six weeks eating, moving, and destroying valuable trees---not to mention the creature-originated massive destruction to our small lake’s support structure and delicate ecosystem. Yes, Mr. Beaver, in all his glory, had caused me and Big Michael thousands of dollars worth of damage to our property and continued to explore new ways to torment us on a daily basis. Enjoying my first Friday evening home after six weeks of hectic dog-judging, I grab a glass of wine and slowly, with DROID in one hand and glass in the other, I carefully walk down the slope from the back patio to the dock for intimate time with nature. The Adirondack chairs are symmetrically placed for optimal viewing---allowing me to lower myself into a seated position, not dropping DROID or my wine glass into the spring fed water. Reflections from the trees reach deep into the seemingly bottomless water, taking my tensions for the ride. Losing myself in deep, relaxing, directionless communion with nature, I take no notice of the subtle sound of crunching limbs and leaves directly from behind. Not until I hear the swishing sounds of water, do I open my eyes and turn my head slightly to the left. “What the hell... you little b@#%^@#!” I shout. Mr. Beaver, with a large Weeping Willow branch clenched between his teeth, gracefully executes the perfect backstroke for my viewing pleasure, while also emitting the most polite “FU” through his malicious eyes. I quickly look around, wishing for a permanent way to capture and remove Mr. Beaver forever. “Do you know how much damage you have done and how much money you have cost us, you little B@*#&%(*% ?(not to be confused with Beaver),” I say loud enough for all to hear. I am almost certain the surrounding critters in the woods and the pond stopped and guffawed--rolling on their backs and pounding their chests with their little paws---at my verbal hysteria towards Mr. Beaver. Sitting back down in the Adirondack chair, I engage DROID through a verbal command. “Removing Beavers from your pond.” Within a matter of seconds the following selections are offered for my viewing pleasure: Controlling Beavers...A-All Animal Control North Houston Beaver Removal... Beavers: Beaver Control...Beaver Removal...Beaver... Beaver Damage Control...Beaver Problems...Crittr Catchr...and, glory hallelujah ....There is a Beaver in my Pond! U-tube. I click Beaver Damage Control, hoping for a miracle and download a fifteen-page PDF document. 14 Dog News

Landowner options: 1. Learn to Live with Beaver 2. Protect Your Property 3. Discourage Beaver from Colonizing 4. Removal of the Dam / Lodge And the last option gets my undivided attention! Landowners may shoot or trap beaver causing damage or nuisance on their own property. A 12-gauge shotgun, utilizing #2 or #3 steel shot, is an effective choice for shooting beaver. Use extreme caution when shooting near water, bullets and shotgun pellets ricochet easily! Unless exempted, you must comply with regulation shooting hours in your area---one-half hour before sunrise to twenty minutes past sunset. I retrieve my glass of wine and suck dry the remaining liquid from the bottom of the glass. Closing my eyes, I escape into an out of body experience (OBE). Dusk! A faint glow of orange dances across the rippling water. Dressed in camouflage, I kneel...perched behind the large oak tree waiting for Beaver to appear. In silent expectation, I hold Big Michael’s grandfather’s antique 12-gauge with both hands. Having never shot a rifle in my life, DROID remains close by, if the need to call 911 becomes necessary. I take several deep breaths in anticipation of Mr. Beaver’s arrival. Feeling the thrill of the hunt rush through my body, I raise the 12-gauge at the sight of a torpedo-shaped object propelling through the water. Loaded and ready--I take aim, pulling the trigger. Cause you got to have friends La la la la la la la la la Friends, I said you, Oh you, yeah you, I said You got to have some friends Something about friends Just right friends Friends, friends, friends DROID rings, releasing me from my murderous Beaver-adventure, signaling I have an incoming call from Daughter of Thor (DOT) my friend from Chicago. “Hellloooooo! It’s DOT. Do you have a minute to talk?” she enthusiastically inquires. “No, I am actually busy planning the death of a destructive and malevolent beaver and it’s

really not a good time,” I quietly think to myself while responding---“Sure DOT what’s up?” “Ooooooh I feel sooooooo bad. I judged two shows in Toledo this past weekend. Remember, you told me there will always will be judging moments with do-overs…well, I should have and I just did not do it because I was being watched by the Rep,” DOT rambles on. “I was judging a class of two American-Bred Dogs and they were both terrible. No breed type, not sound and in horrible condition. I should have withheld the first place ribbon. But, ooooh nooooo I awarded first and second. Oh Lord, what would have happened if I did not have entries in the other classes?” DOT inquires. Mr. Beaver with Willow stuffed between his cheeks continues traversing back and forth across the pond. “Hell, DOT, don’t worry. It’s all a learning process. What’s important is that the next time you will have the conviction to apply your knowledge and do what is right for the sport and what is right for the breed,” I say with encouragement. Hoping to have comforted DOT with my pearls of wisdom, I continue. “Ya know DOT, withholding ribbons is one of the hardest decisions in judging and I truly believe it is an essential tool to be utilized in the judging process.” “I knoooooooooooow! What do the Judging guidelines actually say regarding withholding? I can’t recall it word for word,” DOT inquires. DROID comes back to life through the vibrations of my voice, “ AKC Rules, Policies and Guidelines for Conformation Dog Show Judges,” I speak clearly and distinctly, so as to not totally confuse my electronic soul mate. In a matter of no time, I navigate through the AKC site, download the necessary file, open it and begin to read out loud to DOT. “Page 16 – Withholding or Excusing (Rules, Ch.7 Sections 15) authorizes judges to withhold any and all awards at any point in the judging process, you may award one placement in a class and no other placement, or you may withhold all awards. You may award class firsts and then withhold the Winners ribbon, and you may excuse any dog for LACK OF MERIT. THE DECISION IS YOURS ALONE, BASED ON THE MERITS OF THE DOGS. Oh, and DOT... here is the best part – When you withhold or excuse, you must note the reason in the judge’s book and initial your comments. OK, are Continued on page 66


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“Action is perfection achieved by drawing forth the utmost power, vigor and activity from nature.� Movement photo by: Dog Action Fotos

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Thank you Judge Mr. Lawrence Sinclair for this

great win!! Multiple Best In Show & Best In Specialty Show Winning

Gold GCh. & Can. Ch. Darkover Don’t Dream It’s Over Co-Owner/Breeder Owners: Darkover Springers Shadow Hill Springers Bobbie Daniel Silsby Pelissero Charles Pelissero Santa Barbara, California

Co-Breeder Pawmarc Springers Pat Wilaby Jansen

Presented & Conditioned By: Ellen Cottingham (360) 904-1777 Assisted By: Ariel Wolters Dog News 17

IS YOUR DOG’S PEDIGREE AUTHENTIC? e never know and we will probably never find out! During my fairly long involvement with the world of pedigree dogs, I have had a number of experiences which in many ways have affected my way of thinking and planning our breeding program! I am also pretty certain that if DNA had existed a 100 years ago- many breeds would have looked different from what they do today.


dogs!!! They all won their classes, but when I was about to choose best Terrier- she brought in only one. I asked politely where the other 2 were- and she just told me she could not find anyone to handle them. Later I found out that this lady brought a double crate into the show, one door in each end and according to reliable witnesses seemed to put the dog in to one end and take it out on the other side!! Very clever! So the 3 so identical dogs were actually identical, but the show secretary said they had no proof so could not take the matter any further.

During my younger years I spent as much of my summer holidays as possible traveling the UK from kennel to kennel. Most places welcomed with open arms- and I dare say that these summer raids were probably my most important learning process. All breeds were of interest and hours and hours of interesting conversations with interesting people will never be forgotten! One of these visits had as its main purpose to find my first English Wire Fox Terrier male. I visited a number of breeders, but one of these visits made an impact which has had a tremendous influence on my way of thinking and planning ever since. My budget was at the time £35 which I had been able to scrape together- and you could actually buy a decent puppy for that sum in those days. Unable to find something I liked as well as afforded, I finally visited a famous terrier man and judge who was also famous as a “dealer “ of quality terriers. He brought in one youngster after the other of various ages- and finally he put in front of me a really handsome 6 months old puppy! “Can I really afford this one?” was answered with a surprising “Yes, he’s yours if you want him!!” Hallelujah! I was ecstatic! And being a pedigree “freak”(still, at the time), my next question was: “What is his pedigree???” The answer is one I will never forget:” Whatever you want it to be!!!” I was so shocked and disillusioned that I left without the puppy. Then I moved on and next visited a very well known and respected handler who also bred WFTs, told him that I was looking for a dog linebred to a certain very famous sire. His response was: “Forget about that dog, I worked for his breeders when he was around and he serviced up to 14 bitches on a week-end .“ So much for the value and importance of my studies of pedigrees!!!!

During one of my visits I was collecting a puppy from a breeder to bring back to Scandinavia for a friend of mine! To register the puppy in Norway we needed an entirety certificate, but when I asked the breeder I was told that was impossible as the sire was a monorchid!!! However she offered to switch the pedigree to a litter of about the same age by another dog out of the dam’s full sister! I decided (once more) to leave without the puppy, but I did hear the dog was later sold to another European country and became a very successful sire!! But what the Hell- the pedigree was nearly correct ….

Other incidents that made me question the honesty of some breeders was of course when I was offered a black English Cocker puppy out of 2 red parents: Shouldn’t really be possible. A rather funny experience happened much later in life: I was judging terrier classes at a rather important open show in South of England. Quality in general was very high, but one lady in particular really impressed me. She had 3 dogs entered in 3 different classes- and one after the other entered the ring and I was so amazed and impressed by the similarity of these 3

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I think and hope most of the breeders whose dogs we see in the ring today have a different attitude and are seriously concerned about health, longevity, temperaments, etc. and in some cases their efforts in this respect might be hampered by what happened in the good old days. Most breeds have evolved and improved through selective breeding- and I think that we today can feel very lucky that so many “defects” can be detected before dogs are bred from- so in a way we can avoid some of the more serious health problems… The perfect dog will never be born, but if not perfect, we will hopefully in the future have no excuse for breeding anything but healthy individuals…


From then on I made a very important decision-namely to breed more by looks than by pedigree until I had established my own line, which was what I did and I think it worked… Other stories, like the one about the dog that became an English Champion as both a Welsh and a Lakeland terrier, plus the fact that our first litter of Welsh Terriers (out of an English Ch bitch and a CC winning dog) resulted in 3 Wire Fox Terriers plus one slightly mismarked Welsh, made me very reluctant to ever believe any pedigree!

I know there has been a lot of discussions regarding the value of the AKC’s requirement for DNA testing of (at least) imported dogs, but based on my experience it is an excellent way to keep breeders on the ”straight and narrow”- and in particular breeders who breed for profit rather than for genuine interest in their breed.

These days we hear more about dogs being healthy and fit to do the job they were made for! OK in the show world we still talk about looks, but face facts: All these factors were as important for the early breeders of gundogs and working dogs, as training a dog for any “job” or function. Of course they wanted strong healthy animals that could be with them for a long time. Did not want to waste their time training dogs that wouldn’t last! And if you bred toy dogs, who of course became an important part of the owner’s family, you were equally keen to breed for health and longevity. But still being within the framework outlined by the standards! I don’t really know anything about this: But GSDs have for the last 50-60 years gone through an extensive Hip Dysplasia scheme in most countries- as have many other working and sporting breeds. How many thousands of puppies have been eliminated at an early age to eradicate this problem, nobody knows, but has the problem disappeared? I don’t think so. So despite all these tears and expenses, the problems have not gone away. Which in my opinion illustrates so well, that however much effort we make Nature will always come up with surprises which are beyond our control… But we will keep trying…and crying…. and there will always be new challenges to face along the way! And as we know, the recipe for breeding the perfect dog is something God probably forever will keep to Himself!


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How do you define the term “journeyman” judge and do you think there are more of those kinds of judges today than in the past?

Joy S. Brewster I am unable to recall ever hearing this term relative to dog judging. I would interpret it to mean someone who had been involved with showing and breeding dogs for a large kennel most of their life. Perhaps the Show Chair felt this judge, although admittedly very dog knowledgeable, could not disassociate himself from people to objectively judge the dogs presented to him? If this is a correct interpretation I do not feel there are more of these judges than in the past. The large breeding kennels with their private Managers, for the most part, no longer exist.

Bonnie Linnell Clarke Webster’s College Dictionary defines ‘journeyman’ as 1. a worker who has learned a trade and works for another person usually by day and 2. an experienced reliable worker or performer especially as distinguished from one who is brilliant or colorful. I don’t find these to be unduly negative but, apparently, this person had a different definition of the word. Perhaps, competent but uninspiring?

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A former ShowChair Person, now deceased, who had the reputation for having an impeccable panel of experts was once asked by me why a certain Judge of considerable renown was rarely asked to adjudicate at this event. The reply was, ” I consider that person to be a ‘journeyman’ judge!”

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Bruce R. Schwartz A person who judges more for profit than a true love of the sport. I do believe more people are applying for breeds to increase the number of their judging assignments rather than a true interest in those breeds. Roz Kramer To me a journeyman is someone who is educated or trained in their desired craft, but not a master. Someone that lacks the skills, talent and experience and does not perform at the highest level. A journeyman judge is like the baseball player that keeps getting traded, but always seems to find a spot on some team’s roster. Clubs are required to have a certain number of Provisional judges at their shows so the bench warmer will eventually land on somebody’s judging panel.

There are more “journeyman judges” today, but there are also more judges today and more dog shows than in the past. Robert A. Indeglia I have sought the definition of “journeyman” from several sources. I have arrived at my own definition: A journeyman, whether a contractor, electrician or judge within the legal system- as well as a dog show judgehas achieved a license required for certain trades (including dog show judging) by completing educational and apprenticeship requirements but has not become a true master. I suspect that he was saying the judge could regurgitate a standard but could not truly assess a dog. Does that exist today? I would have to say yes but at an extremely wide deviation of degree.

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BY Sari Brewster Tietjen


Among the many requirements for American Kennel Club’s final licensing/approving of judges for initial and additional breeds is the need to be observed by at least three AKC Field Representatives at three different assignments with preferably major entries. While this seems well and good on paper, in reality, with the cutbacks in Field Representatives (there are now only 11), it has become an increasingly difficult and expensive requirement to meet.


ust imagine for example, a judge who lives in the Northwest (where there is no stationed Field Rep.) seeking permit (formerly known as provisional) assignments. As a new judge, he/she is probably paying his/ her own way to judge with perhaps a slight stipend offered by the show-giving club. The show may be thousands of miles away. A major entry is present, which does provide a valuable learning experience, but without a Field Rep on hand to observe and file the necessary paperwork with AKC’s judges’ department, this assignment counts little towards gaining full status under AKC’s current requirements. With more and more shows occurring without a Field Rep being present, the above scenario is happening all too frequently for not just the new judge, but those seeking additional breeds as well. There has long been an argument that Field Reps should not be the ones observing judges. Several reasons why this is a valid opinion have been cited many times in the past, but now it is an even more important “can of worms” that needs addressing and retooling. Fewer Field Reps and fewer majors to be found, combined with the ever increasing expense required to meet AKC’s needs, will result in fewer judges and even fewer judges seeking additional breeds. While this may be a desired result in some quarters in order to slow down the increasing number of judges and number of breeds approved/licensed to judge, it has only lead clubs to seek judges from elsewhere, such as Canada, where the approval process is not so onerous or expensive and where they can be

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approved faster for more breeds at a time. Why have “our” judges go through all these steps when others from different countries can be hired in their place? This then leads to the question as to whether or not our present system (or even the enhanced system for advancement) is worth the time and expense on behalf of both the judges and the AKC. Why even require Field Rep observations if the appropriate number of Reps cannot be supplied? Would AKC be in a better and more cost effective position if such observations (if they are considered to have the weight currently placed on them) were performed by experienced judges? Would we not be better off by letting the Reps do their “real” jobs, which is being the presence of AKC at shows, answering questions, giving guidance, and offering a helping hand when one is needed? If AKC wants to reduce the number of Reps covering shows, let them just be present at the larger shows (in terms of number of exhibits, exhibitors, handlers and/or spectators) or at shows where there could be a problem to unshackle them to do their jobs without worrying about whether or not John or Jane Doe is putting the right dog, according to their opinion, fourth in a class and then completing all the paperwork, having it signed and transmitted to AKC. On the subject of AKC and judges, it is now AKC’s policy to have seminar presenters provide open book breed exams for the attendees as proof of attendance. The presenters are to then send these exams to AKC for marking. This is

fine if the exams are to be used as an educational tool during the seminar with the questions adhering to the breed standard as suggested by AKC, and a general discussion is held as to why a certain answer is the correct one. It helps presenters focus on the breed more by presenting a broader explanation during the Q & A session. It has no value, however, if the presenter merely offers the test ahead of time or at the end of the seminar to answer without any real discussion as to the whys and wherefores. Why the exams still have to be sent to AKC for marking is hard to comprehend. If it wants to cut down on costs, then it needs only to rely on the Attendance Sheet provided by the club/presenter after the seminar is over as proof of attendance. Clearly, the bottom line in all of this is that AKC is trying to decrease costs by cutting staff, having clubs provide more services and underwrite more of the expenses. There is nothing wrong with this as long as it has the staff on hand to fulfill its central mission of servicing the purebred dog community with a broader expansion of that being to reach out to all dog owners. It has a serious problem on its hands if it does not have sufficient staff to meet the needs of its core constituency. After all, AKC is a service organization that owes its very existence to this core. If it is going to make financial adjustments in one area, then it needs to “tweak” that area to be able to fulfill the needs of these dedicated dog lovers.

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Our appreciation to Judges Mrs. Michele Billings and M r s . R o b e r t S m i t h f o r t h e s e B e s t s i n S h o w.

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One of the major battles we have on our hands at the present time is restoring the reputations of our purebreds as happy, healthy animals that enrich the lives of those who choose to own them.


ennel Clubs are internationally notorious for failing in public relations; the American Kennel Club probably does more than any other governing body in the world as regards promoting the concept of the pedigree. So many of our breeds have been written off as be-

ing riddled with a lethal cocktail of health problems, and it has to be said that much of the ammunition used has come from the veterinary profession. It may be true that they will have seen in the course of their career many examples of popular breeds - or breeds who claim to be popular - that have major health problems. These cases immediately contribute to that breed’s profile and statistics. However, what is never made clear is where each individual case originated from. I am firmly of the belief that a very small percentage of dogs that require sustained veterinary care hail from dedicated breeders who actually exhibit their dogs and put their breeding stock through the various screening procedures set up by their national kennel club in conjunction with the veterinary organisations. More likely is the fact that they have either been produced by a commercial establishment, whether we choose to refer to them as puppy farms or mills, or some well meaning amateur who decided that taking a litter of the bitch that cost them $800 could pay for a very fancy holiday. To produce the requisite litter they need a sire and of course the usual criteria are convenience and cheapness. Well thought out breeding program it is not! The problem we face is get30 Dog News

ting health data and information verified and analysed in such a way that a more accurate picture is presented to the public; a picture that shows how few of the disease-riddled cases we hear about are actually produced by exhibiting breeders. To veterinarians this may not be any big deal – to their breeder/ exhibitor customers it most certainly is. They do not see any justice in having commercially bred puppies, born with little thought of health and welfare, being lumped in with their own healthy dogs to besmirch the reputation of their breed. One of the major problems we face in the UK is that the Kennel Club still chooses to register any puppies from registered parents. They require nothing whatsoever by way of verification that the parents are fit enough to breed from, much less if they actually look like the breed they claim to be. At the Kennel Club’s recent Annual General Meeting - after having agreed to an increase in the registration fee – it was suggested (presumably to appease those who, like myself, feel that the Kennel Club needs to take a stand on registrations and introduce a system that will ensure that Kennel Club registered puppies are bred only from well kept healthy parents) that a two-tier registration system should be considered. Understandably our governing body does not want to lose the considerable revenue that comes from amateur and commercial breeders who can still avail themselves of the present system. However, the bottom line is that buyers who are looking for a puppy of a breed purely as a companion will not care whether their magical Kennel Club registration certificate says “Class 1” or “Class 2”, and will for sure be ignorant of the difference between the two tiers. This is an attempt at window-dressing whilst not getting to the root of the matter. The fact remains that whilst a small percentage of dogs in any breed are owned by dedicated breeders who also exhibit their dogs, the vast majority are not yet it is this silent majority that largely contributes to the breed’s profile. This should be a major worry for the many breed clubs, and it is something that they could think about addressing by possibly assisting the veterinary profession in the way their statistics are collated and presented. Possibly issuing members of breed clubs with ID numbers that could be included in veterinary records may help towards presenting a more accurate picture of the breed. It is certainly imperative that everyone involved with a breed should do everything in their power to ensure that the breed’s image with the general public is as positive as possible, be it from guiding would-be puppy buyers to reputable breeders to publicising the breed in as broad a manner as they can. When we are facing the problems from outside that rear their ugly head at every opportunity, all of us need to remind everyone who will listen of the advantages of owning beautiful, happy, healthy purebreds and hope that it has the desired effect.

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Purebreds in Need of Serious Public Relations

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JUNE 8, 2012

Pasadena Kennel Club - Saturday Boxer Ch. R & G’s Mystical Dancer  Judge Mr. Davis Bolus Owners Bezerra, Servetnick, Bachman, Desmond, Steele  Handler Kimberlie Steele-Gamero Northlake Kennel Club of Greater Covington Mississippi Valley Kennel Club - Monday German Shepherd Dog GCh. Babheim’s Captain Crunch Judge Mr. Ralph Ambrosio Judge Ms. Linda Moore Owners J & J Moses, Carlos Navarro, Deb Stern, M. Deschamps, S. Moses Handler James Moses Butte County Kennel Club Standard Poodle GCh. Brighton Lakeridge Encore Judge Mr. Jon Cole Owners Toni and Martin Sosnoff Handler Tim Brazier Missouri Rhineland Kennel Club Mississippi Valley Kennel Club English Springer Spaniel Ch. Wynmoor Champagne Supernova Judge Mrs. Ann Hearn Judge Mrs. Mary Ann Alston Owners C. Florence, B. Fink, E. Kerfoot, K. Goodhue-McWilliams, and D. Streng Handler Robin Novack Charlottesville-Albermarle Kennel Club I & II American Foxhound GCh. Kiarry’s Pandora’s Box Judge Mrs. Debra Thornton Judge Mrs. Lisa Warren Owners Ellen M. Charles & Lisa Miller Handler Lisa Miller American Maltese Association National Specialty The Kennel Club Of Pasadena GCh. Scylla’s Small Kraft Re-Lit Judge Mrs. Loraine Boutwell Judge Mr. William R. Russell Owners Ron Scott & Debbie Burke, Tara Martin Rowell Handler Tara Martin Rowell

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Shasta Kennel Club II Alaskan Malamute GCh. Catanyas Latin Lover Judge Mrs. Kathleen M Grosso Owners A. Syar, P. Kendrick, A. Martinez Handler Mike Stone Flatirons Kennel Club - Saturday Miniature Schnauzer GCh. Allaruth Just Kidding V Sole Baye Judge Mrs. Anne Katona Owners Yvonne  B. Phelps and Ruth Ziegler Handler Bergit H. Kabel Huntington Valley Kennel Club Pug GCh. Castlerock Pine Cone Mountain Rain Judge Ms. Marjorie Tuff Owner Ashley B. L. Fischer Handler Michael Scott Flatirons Kennel Club - Sunday Bouviers Des Flandres GCh. Rocheuses Me And My Shadow Cornus Judge Mr. William Shelton Owners F. and C. Dreyfus, Colton and Heather Johnson, and Karen Brown Handler Heather Johnson Greater Philadelphia Dog Fanciers Association - Friday Weimaraner GCh. Northwoods Send Money Honey Judge Mr. Lawrence J. Sinclair Owners Heidi Warren, TJ Palmer & Phillip Warren Handler Michelle Scott Continued on page 109

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ASKED OF keith pautz


What person do you most look forward to seeing at the dog shows? all the people that are gone that i miss seeing. If you could change one thing at the dog shows what would it be? that people pick up after their dogs.

What is your greatest extravagance? my horse.

Born: Milwaukee, wisconsin

What do you dislike most about your appearance? too many things.

Reside: las vegas, Nevada

Married: single

10 What dog person would you like to see on ‘Dancing With The Stars’? michele billings. If you were to have a tattoo, what would it be of? i would never have a tattoo.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? sunscreen, red wine and my dogs.

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When and where are you the happiest? home with my dogs and horse. Other people think I am? a snob.

What would be your last request? that people thought well of me after i was gone.

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The Bull Terrier Fanciers Association – May 6, 2012

Somewhere Over The Rainbow By Desmond J. Murphy


bout a year ago I received an invitation to judge a Bull Terrier show in Canada. In 35 years of judging this would be only my third time judging across the border. With the Canadian shows being so small, they really need to use all rounders to make it practical to bring judges from the States. This show was held just over the Niagara Falls border so I realized I could even drive there in about 7 hours. After accepting the invitation I learned this was their “Bronze” weekend. It would be like our “Silverwood” weekend here in the States, but on a much smaller scale. For those not familiar with “Silverwood”, it is the Mecca to the Bull Terrier world. A brief synopsis is that it is for only dogs bred in North America. It is judged by two judges, with a referee when needed for a tie breaker. The classes are White dogs, White bitches, Colored dogs and Colored bitches. Each judge can pull up to five dogs in each class depending on the size of the entry. “Silverwood” is held the day before the National. The National is considered a second thought compared to “Silverwood”. There really is no other show quite like it in North America. Having a passion for Bull Terriers I was so pleased to be able to accept this assignment. I soon started to learn some of the details for the weekend, which is always a bit sketchy with shows outside of the States. From a premium list I learned there would be a R.O.M. show on Friday. The ROM shows are mainly the only shows most breeders and exhibitors attend. There are three-point ROM shows and they have to have a certain entry for the points to hold and if the entry is not large enough it goes down to a two-point ROM show. Most Bull Terrier people are not interested in the all breed system. Often they do not even stay to compete in the group. This holds true also in the Labrador world. It is quite difficult to become a ROM Champion because there is a limited amount of ROM shows held each year in the entire country. One can not accumulate all their points over the same weekend. The reason being, that the dogs should have to compete against various dogs. This means in order to become a ROM Champion breeders have to usually travel great distances. Also up until just a few years ago the only people who could award ROM points had to be breeder judges. A couple of years ago the parent club decided to allow three non breeder judges to be able to award ROM

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points. This does make for a rather closed circle of judges. There certainly are pros and cons to this system for obvious reasons. The feeling for not allowing non breeder judges is that they are not competent in judging the breed as an expert can. One has to understand breeders see the breed in such a different light than even most Terrier authorities do. Most Terrier judges have a hard time with a mouth being off and a tail being carried very gay. To Bull Terrier breeders an off bite and a gay tail are very secondary traits. This is the reason some great Bull Terriers cannot compete at the group level.


ears ago at “Silverwood” I said to Mr. Bull Terrier, David Merriam, don’t you think some of our best all rounders could do a pretty good job with the breed? His answer was that the likes of certain people, some of our best judges, could not. Shortly after I was in South America and awarded a young dog five points and also Best Pup in the entire show. The following day one of our best all rounders gave this dog zero points. When I asked why they said he was slightly undershot. This is a perfect example how judges see the breed so differently. Certainly “Rufus” would never have won Westminster, Morris & Essex, etc. if his bite was slightly off and/or if his tail was carried high. But in Bull Terrier circles he would have still been considered a great dog and would have won at most ROM shows he attended. Most Bull Terrier breeders are working on trying to improve the mouths and when the decision comes down to two superior specimens mouths are considered, but an inferior dog will never win just because of a perfect mouth. When judging a ROM show judges are required to do a written critique on Winners, Reserve, BOB and BOS. All of these critiques are printed for all breeders to be able to read. So it is not secret if a dog is a bit off in mouth or is even very poor in that department. Breeders certainly try to weigh the mouth problem in making breeding decisions. They are making much progress with this uphill battle. Tails are still not much of a concern to them. This Canadian weekend the “Bronze Show” was held on Saturday along with an Open Show which is for non champion dogs. I judged on Sunday which was their National, Continued on page 70

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Her Majes June in the UK and the country is gripped with Royal Jubilee fever. Everywhere one goes there are Union Jacks or images of Corgis, even television viewers to one of the great English traditions, the annual Chelsea Flower Show, were treated nightly to a Corgi family made from flowers with blackberry eyes.



he Queen is of course the breed’s most senior enthusiast. It began in 1933 when the young Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret were given Dookie as a present by their father, King George VI, then the Duke of York. Dookie was bred by the late Thelma Gray and his registered name was Rozavel Golden Eagle. Mrs. Gray’s kennel staff insisted that the puppy had become so ‘snooty’ after being selected by the Duke and Duchess of York that they named him ‘The Duke’ which was shortened to ‘Dukie’ and later Dookie’.

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ty’s Pets Dookie acquired a ‘wife’ three years later, Rozavel Lady Jane, but he was reluctant to consummate the marriage so Jane was mated to Rozavel Tafferteffy in 1938 and on Christmas Eve she had her puppies. Carol and Crackers were kept but Carol became subject to fits and was put to sleep and Crackers became the Queen Mother’s favourite. Jane was tragically run over and killed in 1944 by one of the estate workers in Windsor Great Park and as a replacement, Princess Elizabeth was given for her 18th birthday a two months old puppy named Susan (Hickathrift Pippa). Nearly all the Queen’s present Corgis go back to Susan’s first litter with Ch. Rozavel Lucky Strike in 1949. Although the Queen has never shown her Corgis she has always used well-bred stud dogs. The only Corgi bred by the Queen to have been campaigned was Windsor Loyal Subject who won two CCs for his owner, Thelma Gray. He was born in 1971 by Ch. Kaytop Marshall ex Windsor Brush and was one of two Corgis taken to Australia when Thelma Gray emigrated. Following Thelma Gray’s death in 1984, the Adelaide Hills Kennel Club decided to have a second championship show each year and named it The Thelma Gray Memorial Show. In January 1986 the Queen made a generous donation to the club to purchase a Perpetual Trophy in memory of the late Thelma Gray to be presented to the Best of Breed Pembroke Corgi. As my contribution to the Royal Jubilee I feature a painting of some of the Queen’s most recent favourite pets. It is an outsize portrait of four Corgis and three interlopers, Dorgis. These originated by crossing one of the Queen’s Corgis with a Longhaired Dachshund belonging to Princess Margaret and have gone through several generations. Even Her Majesty has ‘designer dogs’!

The picture was a commission from the Royal Household to mark the Queen’s 80th birthday and was painted from photographs sent from the Palace. It hangs in the Queen’s private quarters and I gather from all accounts, ‘Her Majesty is amused.’


he dogs are Corgis, Linnet, Monty, Holly and Willow, and Dorgis, Cider, Berry and Candy and as the Queen is reputedly not breeding any more, the Corgis may be the last of the line of royal Corgis. ‘The Royal Favourites’ was painted by self-taught artist, Cindy Lass, whose simplistic, almost child-like images with their instantly recognisable vibrant colours and bold forms which have become her trademark. Cindy left school with an Equity card and aspirations to act and radio voice-overs and acting jobs followed but in 1994 on impulse she bought a sketchpad and some paints, painted a blue and white vase and a new career began. In the years that followed, Cindy concentrated on flower paintings and still-life studies but when her Yorkshire Terrier, Cookie, died she wanted to dedicate something to her memory and so the seeds were sown for a series of portraits of celebrities’ dogs. The ‘Celebrity Pawtraits’ exhibition in London in the summer of 2001 saw the proceeds going to Battersea Dogs’ Home. Cindy’s art is as much about giving something as it is in receiving satisfaction from doing it and the London exhibition was followed by one in New York, the proceeds going to DOGNY – America’s tribute to search and rescue dogs, with a large proportion of the money raised by Cindy ring-fenced for research into the correct veterinary care for traumatised dogs. Cindy has given the UK charity, Dogs Trust, permission to use ‘The Royal Favourites’ on Jubilee T-shirts and tea-towels and Cindy herself has a range of coats for dogs with the image of the royal dogs on the outside and to give the coats a bit of extra class, they are lined with crowns and coronets. Must-haves for every Corgi enthusiast. There can be few other artists who can claim a fan base of admiring art lovers which includes such celebrities as Sir Elton John, Victoria and David Beckham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sir Richard Branston, the late Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Uri Geller and others. Cindy Lass can be contacted at cindy@ and her work viewed at www.

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heelwork to BY RICHARD Curtis


ecently I have started to teach a couple of monthly day workshops as well as doing one to one lessons at home. The workshops I enjoy as you get to see handlers on a regular basis and watch them develop. Also from a teaching point of view its challenging as each handler gets a short individual time to work on something relevant to them. They can basically ask whatever they want so it might be how they can teach their dog a move through to performing a short piece of the routine for feedback. Its nice that there is a wide variety of breeds some of which I have not worked with before. I do find that if you can get one of the non collie breeds to work well it does allow you to stand out from the crowd. There are some young dogs on the workshops that could do very well with the right handling. I do find that handlers tend to rush their puppies into doing the moves too early and don’t get the basic attention and control. My advice to someone with a new pup is always to get attention and attitude first. By attitude I mean a desire from the dog to want to be with the handler and interact with them. So I find the best way to get this attitude is through play which can be hard with some dogs. Handlers sometimes give up playing with their dogs as the dog doesn’t appear interested in the toy but this is often because the handler has not animated the toy enough. There are not many dogs who will not want to chase a rabbit if they see one out on a walk, so if you create this desire to chase during the play with the dog it can unlock its playful side. When people watch me train my dogs, they often comment how energetic I am when workTo get the right attitude there needs to be plenty of ing them. This is because you have to create the right play and interaction. energy to motivate the dog to want to play. If you stand still and just throw the toy then a lot of dogs might run out but then lose interest. If you can animate that toy on them. This is where you have to have pathe end of a cord or a piece of bungee rope as well as move around tience and read the dog. Some dogs take yourself with it this can stimulate the dog’s chase desire. a long while to settle and have to have a On the first lesson of one of the groups it became apparent early good look round before they can concenon in the session that we needed to look at the dog’s basic moves. trate. This is what we did with the dog in So we spent some time making sure that all the handlers knew how question and after an hour of little pieces of to progress the moves so that they can be done on a vocal. For me work the dog started to work through some if I can get a move onto a vocal command without any physical signal of the moves it could do. For me all this then it means the dog has a good knowledge of the move. It might dog needs is to get out and about doing be that I then decide to put the move onto a physical signal which is some basic work in different environments. part of the routine which I find easier having got the move to a vocal It’s important not to expect too much too only situation. soon as handlers often expect the dog to Motivation of the dogs across both of the groups was something be as good as it is at home when it is at a new place. that needed to be addressed as well. I find that handlers can get With all this teaching I have been doing recently it can mean into a habit of feeding the dog food and thinking that this is all they that you don’t get time to train your own dogs. For me though I have to do to motivate the dog. There is so much that you can do to use these different places I teach at to get my dogs used to a new make the reward more motivating and several things which you can environment. As I have mentioned before, Tikka, my young Border do as a handler in the way you move. Sometimes handlers joke on collie, is still needing to grow up and get her confidence. This is my workshops that it is more like a keep fit workout than a heelwork slowly coming and to help it I have been taking her into the different to music workshop. locations and just playing with her. I am looking for her to go straight Another observation I made was that some of the handlers didn’t into a venue and play as all my training is really playtime for the dog. use their voices to praise or engage that dog. Engaging the dog with At home her basics have been coming along well especially since the voice I think is very important as it’s the one thing that you have I have had a little more time since completing the first stage of the in the ring with you. Recently I had a handler come to me for a one to renovations of the house. one lesson at home and I noticed that she could be quite negative with With the other dogs it has been more of a case of developing her voice. It’s easy to get into that nagging situation when verbally what they can already do. Having recently qualified little Betty into communicating with the dog. If you keep telling the dog no, don’t do advanced my attention now turns to her next routine. Deciding on that, come here and use their name constantly then it’s no wonder the right piece of music and theme can be problematic. There are the dog will turn off and find other things which excite it. Sometimes so many things I take into account before I decide on the chosen a handler doesn’t realise they are doing it, so I had to keep remindtheme. I thought I had decided on an idea but then thought perhaps I ing them to try to be upbeat with their voice and use different tones/ should give her something a little easier to do. So I then found anothwords to engage the dog. er track/idea which I thought I could develop. Now you never know The other problem this dog had was that it was only used to when you might hear a track that you could use. Having thought I had working in a hall, so with the individual lesson being outside the dog found the right track I was then watching the television and heard a became very distracted. The classic saying of “he does it at home” alpiece which could be equally as good. So it’s back to the drawing ways comes out at this stage and I’m sure he does do it well at home board for Betty’s music for her next routine. as it is a familiar situation. Sometimes handlers give up when they are If you have any questions about heelwork to music please email in a new place as the dog is looking at all the distractions and not at me via my website

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by Alice Lawrence

Questions raised by an Owner-Handler



The Fancy read with great interest the responses to Matt’s Question of the Week and Pat Trotter’s column on the Owner-Handler Series. Like Mrs. Trotter, my first experience with this event came at the Trenton Kennel Club Show. Before continuing, let me say that I was pleased to receive the Best Owner- Handler In Show Award at that show with my Puli and I also won the Group First Owner-Handler Award for the Toy Group, and also the Group First Award in the REGULAR Herding Group. A good day all around, without a doubt. I have no complaints about the outcome of this event however, as a 40+ year veteran of this sport, I was left with concerns and questions, yet to be answered. Let’s start with my arriving at the show and dashing off to the port-a-pottie. While waiting in the line, a gentleman started a conversation. Turned out he had flown in for the weekend with his dog just for the owner-handler competition! I was taken aback as all of a sudden I realized this was becoming something so serious and important to people that dogs were going to be flown all over the country for these events. This was my first OMG moment of the day. That day, I was awarded Best Of Breed in both Pulis and Havanese. In the latter case, the entry was large and the competition very stiff. Receiving the Best of Breed ribbon, I was also presented with the Best OwnerHandler ribbon. The other “owner-handlers” in the ring were confused as they were of the erroneous opinion that once the BOB was awarded, they would be able to stay

in the ring to compete for the Best Owner-Handler, excluding the BOB winner. People were disappointed that that was not the case and my day started out with my concern over whether other people felt I was awarded the OH ribbon appropriately. When it came time for the Owner-Handler Group competition (in both in the Herding and Toy Groups), another pit arose in my stomach... would there be a conflict in scheduling between the regular groups and the Owner-Handler groups? As it turned out, it was very close to being a conflict between going in the Best In Show Ring for the Owner-Handlers vs going into the regular Herding Group ring. A Maalox moment for sure. Going into the Owner-Handler Group rings, I was faced with several more OMG moments... in one of the groups, there was a person who I know for a fact shows dogs, other than her own, for pay. What to do? I did nothing. Frankly, whether or not one gets paid to show dogs is between that person and the IRS. Was I supposed to challenge her right to be there? In addition to that OMG moment, I looked around and got a bit embarrassed. For the most part, the other contenders were CLASS dogs, not Champions. So here I was competing in the OH Herding Group with my experienced, Multiple Best In Show winning dog, and in the OH Toy Group with a Multiple Group winner against mostly puppies and other non-champion dogs. It was perplexing to say the least. Was this an uneven playing field in my favor? Further, had my husband not been with me that day and capable of legitimately qualifying as an owner-handler to take a dog in the OH BIS ring, I have no idea what the rules would say about having two dogs eligible for the OH BIS ring but only one person at the show eligible to show both dogs. One is required to show in the regular BIS ring; is it also mandatory to show in the OH BIS ring? Should one dog be marked “absent or ineligible” or can anyone present be allowed to show the eligible dog in the BIS ring? I think not, but the rules do not address this issue. People are forgetting that this is not a contest of “Who is the Best Owner-Handler” but rather which is the BEST OwnerHandled DOG. This is a competition of dogs not of people. 50 Dog News

This is NOT an adult form of “Best Junior Handler.” This raises another question relative to the often misunderstood Amateur Owner Handler Class. I have shown dogs in that class only to find the well-meaning judges (who do not know me) offer handling suggestions on how to hold the lead, put the dog on the table, etc. How nice that this class apparently has been deemed by some to be for novice handlers – though that was not the intent when this class was established. “Amateur” is not a synonym for “novice.” Furthermore, the Amateur Owner Handler Class and the Owner Handler series are NOT the same. This has not been made clear to the fancy. There is even confusion as to what to call the “OH Best In Show Award” ... should it be Best Owner Handler In Show? I don’t think so – the handler is not being judged “Best.” Or should it be called Best Owner-Handled Dog In Show? Yes, I think so - but that is not how people are describing this event or award. Unfortunately, by specifying that the award is (misleadingly) called “Best Owner-Handler,” AKC has only confused the issue. No doubt, there will be times when this competition will bring together the top Owner-Handled dogs in the country, if people choose to fly/drive around the country for this competition. OMG!!!! Here is the important issue: because our sport is so dominated by professionals at the Best of Breed level, most champion dogs today are handled by people ineligible to compete in the Owner-Handler Series. Thus, most of the dogs at the OH group and BIS level are NOT Champions. For the most part, at any given show, there will be a few top ranked, experienced OH dogs competing against puppies. WHAT DOES THIS PROVE? I am very proud to be a true owner-handler of top ranked dogs but I am also wondering if this is the right competition for such dogs. Maybe the OH series should be limited to NONChampions, thus spreading the wealth of ribbons around even further. Having received this recognition and with the years I have devoted to this sport, I think my concerns and questions have merit. On second thought [wink] maybe it should be the Owner-Handlers who are judged and not the dogs, just like the Junior Handler Competition, and make this another new Special Attraction!


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In the early 1830’s, just after Texas gained its independence from Mexico, Texas Native Americans were urged to make the long, dusty trip across the Red River into Oklahoma where they would be given parcels of land in exchange for their peaceful acceptance of settlers in the region. History has proven that this promise was never kept but Oklahoma became the home of many Native Americans and remains so today.

By Sharon Boyd

Photos by Robert Von Mayr


n May, 2012, another promise was made by Dalmatian Club of America national co-chairs Lori Finlayson of Jenks and Deby Harber of Mounds, Oklahoma, who beckoned Dal fanciers from across the country and abroad to once again make the trip to Oklahoma on the promise that much fun would be had by all. History has proven that this promise was most certainly kept. The seven-day Dalmatian Club of America National Specialty with the Native American theme began with the DCA unique Road Trial. Although not yet an AKC event, AKC has allowed confirmed Road Trial titles to be included in a dog’s official name. The Road Trial was developed to showcase the Dalmatian’s natural instinct to coach and is always well attended. Lori and her crew, which included Road Trial chair Becky Montgomery, set up this year’s event at the beautiful Zink Ranch, a local favorite for horse events of all kinds. The exhibitors were thrilled with the venue and all six competitors qualified

for their Road Trial titles under the expertise of judge, Janey Randlett of Newberry, Florida. High in Trial was earned by Aberdeen’s Let’s Make a Deal, owned by Peggy Strupp and Denise Powell and competing in the Road Dog B class. The weatherman cooperated to make this another memorable DCA Road Trial for all concerned. Friday was Obedience/Rally Day and Mrs. Helen Smith of Newalla, Oklahoma took control of her ring of 31 Obedience competitors while Mr. Gene Norman of Duncanville, Texas oversaw the 31 Rally entries. High In Trial honors went to the team of Jeannine Kerr and her Woodwynd’s High Tea at Crossroads who earned an impressive 195 ½ from the Novice B class. Saturday dawned in Tulsa with the threat of darkening skies but nothing could quell the enthusiasm of Dalmatian lovers who began to descend upon the Renaissance Hotel in Tulsa in droves. The next order of business was the ever popular Agility Trial, this year held at the Creek Continued on page 78

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urebred dog owners and breeders really have their work cut out for them in getting their message across to the general public. Not only are they up against such formidable, deep-pocketed opposition such as the Humane Society of the United States and PETA, but they are also facing ill informed media outlets that seem less concerned with getting things right than they are with getting attention. All too often misinformation or outright falsehoods are reported on the Internet and within an instant, thanks to email, Facebook and Twitter, have gone viral. Take for example this recent headline, ‘Designer Dogs’ Out-Cute Mutts in Pound, and the accompanying article explaining that ‘designer dogs’ are being adopted from shelters more frequently than mutts, which begs the question: what are ‘designer dogs’ but glorified mutts of a different name? In what goes on to rival an item from the satirical weekly newspaper The Onion, the article states, “…one thing sets him apart form the other dogs; this puppy is a “Chiweenie,” part Chihuahua and part Dachshund. Like many designer dogs, this puppy is a precise combination of two breeds. Even though this puppy is not even a year old, Chiweenies, and other modern dog breeds, such as the “Laberdoodle” (Labrador and Poodle) and the “Puggle” (Pug and Beagle), have been popular since 2005.” It further states, “’Designer dogs’ are an outcome of the latest understanding in animal husbandry, created by many litters where breeders mate two different pure breeds together and then a pure breed with the mix till the dog possesses the phenotypes desired.” One finally realizes this “news item” is not a joke when the writer states, “…the once desirable designer dogs are ending up where the undesirable ones go – the shelter.” Not to blow our own horn, but this is the exact type of warning that editors and writers of Dog News have been issuing for much of the last decade. It’s certainly a wake-up call to all purebred enthusiasts, fanciers, clubs, breeders and the American Kennel Club to heed the warnings and go on the offensive to educate the general public about who the real authorities on animal husbandry are and how hobby breeders differ from opportunists who think they can cross any two dogs, throw a fancy name on its offspring and pre-


tend they have created a new breed of dog with magical traits and characteristics. How many have read or heard the claims that the Labradoodle (which the writer of the above referenced article incorrectly refers to as Laberdoodle,) is hypoallergenic, a great dog for children because it’s playful but doesn’t shed? Ditto the ‘cockapoo’? Well, it’s no surprise that these concoctions are being bought a second or third time around in shelters because they didn’t live up to an unenlightened public’s expectations. It’s no wonder purebred dog owners and breeders are up against such difficult opposition amongst the general public when such reports receive widespread attention and little or no counteraction. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines mutt as “a mongrel dog” and a mongrel as “1: an individual resulting from the interbreeding of diverse breeds or strains; especially: one of unknown ancestry; and 2: a cross between types of persons or things.” So, the only difference between a mutt and a designer dog is that a market was invented to move product. Hipsters looking to catch on with a current fad were willing to pay exorbitant prices for bogus claims made by unscrupulous, unregulated breeders who wanted to make a quick buck. It’s no wonder that the result of these breedings are ending up in the shelter system or that their adoption rates in this secondary market surpasses those of the other unnamed mutts, as ‘mutt’ has taken on a negative linguistic connotation, often used as slang. Chalk this up to Marketing 101; not, as Caroline Silver cites for the reason in her article on LosAltos Patch:“Not only are designer dogs bred for temperament, but breeders rarely give buyers unhealthy dogs and breeders tend to try their best not to send them to abusive homes; which is definitely not the common past of the shelter mutt.” No facts or figures are offered to support this opinion, other than, “According to the peer-reviewed journal ‘Prediction of Adoption Versus Euthanasia Among Cats and Dogs in a California Shelter’ there is strong evidence that coat, color and breed also affect a dog’s chances to be adopted over other dogs.” Well, yes, along with the size of the animal, too, but isn’t that obvious?

First and foremost on the minds of responsible breeders is the health of the animals. They vet prospective owners and guarantee to take their puppies back should the arrangement not work out. Responsible breeders breed to improve their breed and to enhance the characteristics that make their breed unique; they also attend dog shows, the purpose of which is to compare breeding stock. ‘Designer dog’ breeders are in it for the money. It’s obvious that serious work needs to be done to improve the image of purebred dog breeders and owners in the general public’s eye. Founded in 1884, the AKC is the largest purebred dog registry in the world, registering nearly one million dogs each year. One of its nearly 5,000 licensed and member clubs, the Toledo Kennel Club, celebrated a 100th Anniversary milestone last weekend, featuring over 160 AKC recognized breeds of dogs. Such an accomplishment deserves public recognition, as the continuation of shows like this allow breeders to compare stock and better their breeds and is largely responsible for the health of the purebred dog throughout the past century. Also deserving of recognition is the AKC’s Canine Health Foundation, which has donated over $20 million to fund scientific research to prevent, treat and cure canine disease in all dogs, purebred and otherwise, and the AKC’s Canine Search and Rescue, which has donated over $3 million in disaster relief and preparedness efforts. The AKC has also, through its CAR (Companion Animal Recovery) program, reunited over 400,000 lost dogs with their owners, keeping them out of the shelter system, and recently announced a new Care and Conditions Policy for inspecting kennels each year, and is the only dog registry to inspect the facilities of its breeders. Wouldn’t it be nice if such notices received the kind of exposure akin to the push to adopt shelter dogs? The shelter business — and make no mistake, it is a business — delves into some very shadowy areas, not the least of which is the international and interstate trafficking of dogs. Breeds popular in certain areas of the country are transported from other areas of the country or imported from other countries to meet he demand. Whether they are advertised as purebreds, designer dogs or mutts, they are often times undernourished and diseased and adopted out to an unsuspecting public that either grows attached to the animal and has to spend enormous sums of money rehabilitating it, or relinquishes it back to the shelter system where it may end up being one of the three or four million cats and dogs euthanized in the U.S. shelter system each year. The lucky ones get adopted out again, for another ‘nominal’ fee, but with another questionable fate. This scenario cannot be blamed on purebred hobby breeders and it’s going to take a concentrated effort from all involved in the world of purebred dogs to make sure it isn’t, lest we be faced with an increase in ever-mounting canine legislation. To that end, the AKC has been crafting a periodic newsletter for lawmakers containing information on pending legislation as well as feature articles on AKC programs and events. One version of In Session is sent to all members of Congress and their staff, and a second version is sent to every state legislator. If some of that information could make it into the mainstream media and go viral, then we just may be able to protect our rights to own and breed dogs responsibly and take on the propaganda and PR machines of Wayne Pacelle’s HSUS and Ingrid Newkirk’s PETA, and the abundance of inaccurate and erroneous reports on television (i.e. Pedigree Dogs Exposed) and even at the venerable New York Times (i.e. its magazine cover story in November, 2011 Can The Bulldog Be Saved?), which then circulate at lightning speed via the Internet and social media.


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here’s no denying the fact that one of the great problems facing show giving clubs today are the costs and expenses of putting on an all-breed event. While many clubs look for ways to increase income one factor seems to be ignored by all too many show-giving committees. That is of course ways and means to lure additional spectators onto your show grounds on the day or days of the show itself. Not only will this increase the gate for parking but this can be combined into a money making spectators gate as well. There are at least two activities that have a tremendous appeal for the general public above and beyond the conformation side of putting on a show. And with all due respect to the Special Events categories such as the Owner-Handler Competitions or the usual Bred by Competitions and the like is the excitement generated by having people have their own dogs take part in the show itself. This is being very successfully done through the Agility oriented promotional idea called MY DOG CAN DO THAT!

At those shows where people learn through proper advanced publicity that they can bring their pets-purebred or otherwise- to the shows and actually take part in the event the spectator gates have increased tremendously and immediately as well. Furthermore this is a way to induce people to partake in future dog show events once they have tasted the thrill of their dogs’ participation and successes. Let’s face it the O-H event is little more than an extension of a dog show competition, which has minimal appeal to John Q Public. But by intro-

ducing the concept of actual participation at a show with owner and pet the interest of the spectator is piqued, which results in the earning of additional income for the show-giving club. This idea is well worth exploring for all show-giving clubs!! Another potential draw for spectators is the Dancing Dog concept. This is a smash hit in the UK and draws spectators by the hundreds to the thousands as paying customers. Now then there’s no getting away from it when the dancing dogs were first introduced I was aghast and vehemently disliked the idea. I am still not so crazy about it but let’s be realistic-the dog loving public adores watching these acts and those dogs perform. Indeed so popular in certain circles are these acts that it is fully recognized in the UK as a sport alongside Agility, Obedience and the like. I have a gut feeling it would take off like crazy at many an indoor show and make a great deal of extra money for the clubs utilizing the event. I think it may be worth the while for the enterprising show chair person to look into and investigate this as a possibility. Little did I realize when I asked the Question of the Week about the Owner-Handler competitions it would become a cause célèbre. But so long as it has become one I would like to introduce you to the AKC letter being sent out to all Judges who may judge these classes at future shows and the Rules, which have been adopted about the competition. Continued on page 82

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he English Cocker Spaniel National Specialty is over for another year. Held in Gettysburg, PA this year it was a week of multiple venues for performance, working, and of course, conformation. As with all specialties it was also a chance to visit with friends from around the globe – besides the American exhibitors and breeders we welcomed fellow breeders from Canada, Britain, Australia and other far flung places, all there to celebrate the English Cocker.

The hard working and always gracious club members put together a number of activities in addition to the dog events. Besides taking advantage of the historical setting for tours, horseback rides and thrilling ghost tours (complete with eerie pics from some!), attendees had a smorgasbord of events from which to choose. The Breeders’ Education Committee held a PowerPoint session on the ECS and then provided prospective judges with hands-on opportunities Continued on page 86

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There have been many changes in the look and feel of shows here during the past couple years. Many changes within the Canadian Kennel club as well. As spring turns to summer we find new support for our Junior Handlers and a disappointing lack of support for Breed Specific Legislation.


or the past several years Proctor and Gamble, through Eukanuba Dog foods, had been the sponsor for Junior Handling Zone Finals competitions throughout Canada and also sent our National winner to Crufts every year. This ended rather suddenly earlier this year. Nigel Phillips did eventually get to the UK and represented us well but not without a few tense moments wondering where the funding would come from. As well several zones who had their Finals in March and April were left without awards for the Juniors. We are now happy to report that Royal Canin has jumped in and will sponsor Junior handling finals across Canada for 2012. The CKC released this statement to their members announcing their new partnership with Royal Canin: “Royal Canin, a worldwide manufacturer of high-quality, specialized dog and cat foods, will sponsor the Junior Handling Program with support for the Junior Handling Zone Finals right across Canada this year. Royal Canin will also provide support for the National Junior Handling Championships, held in scenic Orillia, Ontario on August 4th 2012, with financial assistance for competitors, gift packs and a dinner celebrating the Juniors’ outstanding achievements this year. Royal Canin Canada has also committed to help send the National Junior Handling Conformation Champion, chosen at the National Championships in Orillia in August, to compete internationally and represent Canada at Crufts, one of the world’s great dog shows, in March 2013” This announcement certainly came as welcome news to the CKC as well as the many Junior Handling Representatives across the country. Another matter plaguing Canadian Dog Fanciers, is the Breed Specific Legislation that has come to affect many dog owners in different parts of Canada. Unfortunately on May 9, 2012, in Ontario, Continued on page 84

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Shown taking another Group First, under Judge Mrs. Charlotte Patterson Making 13 Group Firsts and 27 additional Group Placements to his record

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you ready? Clearly and diplomatically explain your decision to the exhibitor(s) involved. So in other words, try your damndest to get out of the ring alive after telling some poor exhibitor that his or her beloved canine companion is as ugly as dirt”. “I knoooooooooow!! I’m just afraid I am going to hurt some poor person’s feelings and the worst case scenario is someone is going to go crazy and cause me bodily harm!” DOT shares with deep concern. “Well, let me tell you a funny, yet scary tale.” I begin as if it were a dark, dreary night at 4-H Summer Camp. “Thirteen years ago, I was asked to judge shows in New Jersey. I remember being thrilled with the assignment and clearly recall the overall quality was tremendous. Big Michael was along for the ride to escort the Black Pomeranian, that we purchased for my mother, to Florida---directly after the shows. I’m telling you, DOT, it’s like it happened yesterday.” “Ooooooooooookaaay, what are you trying to tell me?” DOT says with a slight edge to her voice. “Sorry, sorry, back on track…..I was judging Irish Setters. I remember like it happened yesterday.” “Ooooooookaaay, enough…..tell the damn story,” DOT chirps attempting to keep me on track. “Alright, alright….I entered the ring and I judged the Puppy Classes. There was an American-Bred Dog entered, handled by a man that I guessed to be in his late fifties---early sixties. However, I am a really bad judge of age. He could have been much younger, living with a tremendous amount of stress,” I add, painfully aware I was driving poor DOT crazy. “ I immediately could assess that STRESSED MAN did not have the finesse and skills of a seasoned handler. When I asked him to take his entry around the ring, I wished I hadn’t. I recall thinking to myself that the dog’s only redeeming quality was his rich coat color. I professionally and politely went through the standard judging procedures---individual examination, down and back on the diagonal, back to the judge and around the ring to the number one sign. But, I could not award the entry a first place ribbon – he resembled something between a Saluki, Irish Setter, Borzoi hybrid---something they could call a Borsal Setter,” I laughingly assert. “OMG, it sounds dreadful,” DOT interjects into my monologue. “ Oh, it was most dreadful. I went back to the judge’s table, took a deep breath before marking my book, picked up my pen and wrote, Excused – Lack of merit, followed by my initials. I turned towards the exhibit, looked the handler / owner directly in the eyes and said, “Sir – I am very sorry but I have chosen to withhold first place due to lack of merit. If you would like to speak with me in depth about my decision, I will be happy to talk after I finish judging the breed,” I remember articulating. The alreadystressed man’s face turned multiple shades of orange, red and gray. He looked ready to explode, when he snatched the second place ribbon from my hand and stormed out of the ring. I continued judging, keeping a close eye on STRESSED MAN, while he paced around 66 Dog News

my ring, arms folded, talking to whomever would listen to his ranting. At one point, when he circled for the fifth time, I was sure he was going to jump the judge’s table, wrap hands around my throat, and choke me. I took a bit longer than usual to judge the Best of Breed Competition, hoping he would disappear. No such luck! I awarded the breed ribbons, thankful the photographer, like STRESSED MAN, was waiting. Purposefully, I asked multiple questions of each winner about their exhibit... stalling for extra time. But, STRESSED MAN remained at the entrance of the gate. I walked back to my table, gathered my book and asked my ring steward to remain in the ring. STRESSED MAN came directly forward, shoving his fingers into my face, asserting, “You have no business judging my breed!!! My dog is pointed and I have been breeding Irish Setters for years. You will not get away with this!!! Do you hear what I am saying??? I will make sure you pay for this,” he bellowed, while continuing to shake and bounce up and down on the back of his heels. At this time a large crowd of spectators had gathered outside of the ring for the battle. I gave it the old college try, using several avenues of approach, to calm STRESSED MAN down... but, nothing worked. He ventured to leave the ring, but came right back for more. At one point in the conversation, I was sure his internal rubber band would snap...he would shoot my ass on the spot... and I was going to die in New Jersey over a pet quality Irish Setter. To my relief, a friend of STRESSED MAN came to the center of the ring and dragged him away. Clearly upset after the encounter and needing a peaceful place to retire, I quickly attempted to leave the ring. Several Irish Setter breeders / exhibitors approached me with apologetic tones and encouraged me along the way through the crowds. At one point, walking to the Superintendent’s table to return my judge’s book, I said to one exhibitor, “I was afraid that that man was going to go postal on me at any minute.” He looked at me---all funny like...with a bizarre expression, and said, “Well, you should be scared of him, as he does work for the Post Office!” At this point, I quickened my step and located Big Michael, making sure that he was at my side---guarding my well-being for the remainder of the weekend. “WOW! I hope I shall never experience someone so irate that I end up fearing for my life,” remarks DOT. “Trust me---you judge long enough---you experience just about everything,” I add. “Damn that Beaver!” I shout into DROID, totally insensitive to DOT’S pitch sensitivity. “Are you talking to a Beaver?” DOT asks somewhat gingerly. “No, I am screaming at a Beaver who is controlling our lives, destroying our property, and causing us thousands of dollars of damage,” I clearly state, hoping for sympathy and an instant solution. “Well, ya knooooooooooow, I’m a lifetime member of the NRA – maybe you should consider Beaver removal as an option,” DOT proudly states, while I envision my Rubenesque Swedish friend dressed in hunting gear and packing a rifle in pursuit of our unwanted pet Beaver. Beaver rolls over, slapping his tail in the water, while carrying yet another branch of willow across the pond. “It’s the time of year Beavers produce their young. You might have babies somewhere on the property, too,” DOT shares encouragingly. “What on earth are you talking about?” I ask in the disbelief that DOT would have extensive Beaver knowledge to share. “Beavers mate in January / February and have their babies four months later.” “OMG! OBE –

NO, NO BABY BEAVERS! Absolutely!!! NO BABY BEAVERS!!! Without any true grasp of the consequences, I have unintentionally fostered a Beaver Breeding program (close cousins to mice, porcupines, rats, and squirrels) without any awareness of the devastation to be visited upon my home and the surrounding natural habitat.” “Michael, Michael…..can you hear me?” I snap to and respond to DOT in DROID. “Yes, I’m here. What in the hell am I going to do?” “Well, do you own a gun?” She asks matter-of-factly. “Yes, we own a 12-gauge shotgun that belonged to Big Michael’s Grandfather. Neither one of us has ever shot a gun, let alone killed an animal,” I blurt out. “My suggestion is you apply just a little bit of your own advice. Pretend the Beaver is in your ring. Their legs are too short for their bodies...their incisors grow as much as four feet per year...a pair can destroy 400 trees per year...they are members of the rodent family...their eyes are too small...their teeth are orange and their tail is covered with scales. Not to mention the thoooousands of dollars worth of damage they have already caused you and Big Michael,” DOT preaches. And, this is not a scenario where you can simply excuse the Beaver for LACK OF MERIT---that little sucker will never go away. “OK, DOT, thanks for the Beaver-coaching. I need to focus on a solution. We will talk later in the week. Thanks! Bye!” ‘What in the blue blazes was DOT talking about--excusing the Beaver for lack of merit?” I mutter audibly. My only desire, when withholding ribbons, is to encourage breeders/owners to revaluate their breeding program...with the hopes they do not encourage another generation of inferior stock. Inferior stock.... which, in turn, could end up with teeth four feet long, large flat feet, bad temperaments, and with a breedspecific proclivity for destroying their homes---requiring thousands of dollars in veterinarian bills and unnecessary dog show expenses.


ig Michael---away on business for two weeks--will return home Friday and I depart Thursday afternoon for dog shows. The remaining weekend, I spend clearing downed trees, filling holes, and having multiple conversations with Beaver. Every evening after work, I return home to spend quality time with the overgrown rodent sucking my bank account dry. Thursday, I depart for a three-day dog-show judging weekend. I leave Big Michael a copy of my Beaver diaries, outlining my frustration and the damage caused by the large brown furry creature. My judging weekend ends on a high note---no cancelled or delayed flights, wonderful hospitality, no wait at the airport upon arrival, clean hotel room, wonderful ring stewards, polite exhibitors, great judging panel and over three days---no ribbons withheld for lack of merit. I return home late Sunday evening. I swing the Jeep into our drive, immediately turning off the headlights, not wanting to wake Big Michael upon my arrival. Opening the gate to the front garden, I proceed to the screened porch, quietly swinging open the door. I collect the spare key and enter the house. Framed on the tabletop, directly in front, lies a piece of eight-and-a-half by eleven paper. The paper is adorned with two strategically placed, red, 12-gauge shotgun shell casings in each of the two upper corners. The note, written in cursive states in gold ink: BEAVER IS DEAD – no signature, no date, no initials and no diplomatic explanation.

GCh. Windsong Bold Ruler The Number Two* Standard Schnauzer Female Westminster Kennel Club Best of Opposite Sex 2012

e l l e b a s I Our appreciation to Judge Mrs. Joan Anselm for this Group Placement!

Our appreciation to Judge Mrs. Cathy Daugherty for this Best of Breed win!

Breeder/Owner: Frances A. Kingery, Derwood, Maryland Handler: Greg O. Strong *Number 11 overall, CC Breed points

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STORY & PHOTOS By Victoria Oelerich


he American Pomeranian Club celebrated its one hundred and first year of National Specialty shows. The club decided to host back to back Nationally hosted specialties followed by the local Pomeranian Club of Greater Des Moines specialty. In addition, the specialty moved from our site of many years Louisville, Kentucky, to the state of Iowa with a theme of “Pomeranians Welcome To The Heartland” and welcomed we were. It was a well rounded week of activities celebrating Pomeranians with many thanks going to the hard work and the attention to detail shown by our show chairman Mrs. Pat Barnet.

The hotel site was the Holiday Inn Airport in Des Moines located literally across the street from the airport. The accommodations were clean, clean, clean (a personal necessity of mine). The public spaces were numerous and much more than ample to satisfy the club’s needs. The warm staff not only catered to our every desire but also seemed truly happy to have us there. The directors received not a single complaint from the hotel staff regarding exhibitors. Anyone that has been on a show committee knows that a nightmare can ensue if the hotel has lack of tolerance for the dogs or the exhibitors. Not so with this hotel and staff. The kickoff of events was a lovely Sunday evening “Welcome to the HeartContinued on page 96

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which like in the States was an added attraction to the “Bronze” weekend. For the first time the Miniature Bulls were included for the weekend. More and more Bull Terrier breeders have gotten involved with the Miniatures also. This has helped the Miniatures in developing to become just a smaller version of their big cousins. The Minis have to be congratulated in coming so far in a short period. In the beginning any of them that had good heads had terrible mouths. Also most of the stud dogs that had good type were extremely large in size. Mouths and size have made great strides. Because of some, many of the top dogs and bitches are carriers of the eye problem. This is another major hurdle for breeders. There are many breeders making great strides, particularly on the West coast. I was sorry having to miss the Bucks/Trenton weekend this year, but being able to take part in a Bull Terrier weekend would be much more exciting for me. Still being very old fashioned I still rely on maps and printed directions. Nearing the border I stopped at a rest area with an information booth to get more detailed directions and a map with more detail. When the kind lady informed me to go over the “Rainbow” it conjured up images of Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz. The only thing lacking was “Toto”. Yes over the “Rainbow Bridge” would be taking me to another world for the weekend. Once I crossed the “Rainbow” I was just a short couple of miles to this other world. I was not judging until Sunday, but Carol Gray convinced me to get up there by Friday to join in all the activities. After crossing a very nice officer of immigration asked where I was going. When I replied to a Bull Terrier show he asked where it was. He was a bit startled when I said I could not remember the name of the town, but it was fairly nearby. With a rather puzzling look on his face he asked how I was going to get there. I handed him some instructions on the Premium List and he assured me I was nearly there and only had about three turns to make. He even asked if I judged all breeds, but I informed him this was a very special show just for Bull Terries. He appeared to like dogs, but did not share my passion for Bull Terriers. Upon arrival at the Howard Johnson’s Express Inn, my initial thought was not a place that would be very exciting to spend three days. When the very nice man behind the desk informed me that the charge for three nights would be $125 this gave me more suspicion to what the room might be like. This room might be really taking me back to places I stayed 40 yeas ago. When I drove around to the back where my room was all fears vanished when I was surrounded by Bull Terriers and Bull Terrier people. I knew immediately the fun would begin soon. Lugging my bags up to the second floor I thought that I hope the room does not look like the broken concrete of the staircase. I was quite delighted when I opened my door and saw the contents. A large spacious, clean room with a very large red heart shaped Jacuzzi. I quickly remember I was in Niagara Falls, the “Honeymoon” capital of the world. I am sure thousands and thousands of newlyweds had enjoyed this wonderful tub before me. I have to admit I tried it out before the evening festivities started. It is on rare occa-

sions I get to stay in Honeymoon suites. Being by myself I did not feel lonely since I knew so many Bullies were only doors away. The club had also supplied my honeymoon suite with a huge welcome basket. There was no way I was going to consume all these goodies in three days. A lot of thought went into preparing this large basket.


riday evening was an open house in the bar/restaurant where all the exhibitors mingled and enjoyed lots of spirits and food. Everyone was all hyped up for the Bronze show. Since I was judging Sunday I could not go to watch. Having free time Saturday I went over to the all breed show that was taking place near the hotel. It was nice getting to see some of my Canadian friends that I rarely see. I was there only for a couple of hours since I was asked to come to where the “Bronze” show was being held to join in their fabulous lunch in between judging. The lunch buffet was prepared by the local ladies and it was a spread that was one of the best luncheons ever put on at a dog show. Having eaten far too much I retreated back to the hotel to nap for a few hours. An informal dinner was organized by Carol Gray at a nearby restaurant called the Mandarin. This was one of the most unique restaurants I have ever been to. I have never seen so many different food stations offering every different type of cuisine you could think of. Everyone made several trips back and forth with the crab legs and prime rib being some of the favorites. After a long dinner of eating, eating, and eating washed down by alcoholic beverages the large gathering retreated back to the hotel. Nearly all of the dinner group had dogs to walk for the last walk of the day. After a very long day of showing and dining several late nighters retreated to the bar in the hotel for a night cap. It was enjoyable for me to have some quiet time with the Kilpatricks over from England. Mr. Kilpatrick had been one of the judges for the ROM show. He and his lovely wife, Carol, have been leading breeders in England for many years. It was interesting attending all the social functions that no one mentioned anything about the dogs that we present. Even mingling around I never even overheard anyone mentioning a dog or discussing anything about the judging. I was only sorry in the bar Saturday evening I could not ask the Kilpatrick’s what they thought of the quality of the breed on this side of the pond since this might have led to information I did not want to know before judging. Joining the Kilpatricks and myself was Scott Ibbitson who had also judged on Saturday. There was no exchange of impressions on the day. They probably were thinking “Wish Desi was not here so we could exchange impressions”. Around midnight the gathering broke up and I retreated back to my honeymoon suite but my mind was still thinking about what great new dogs might show up that I had never seen before. I knew the quality would be high since I had seen walking around the hotel dogs I had given big wins to and some beautiful dog I did not recognize. Arriving at the show on Sunday I was pleased that Joy Huntley was my steward for the day and that we could spend some time together. Joy and I met several years

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ago and I judge a show she runs near Toronto. Joy is now judging and we share an interest in dogs in general. When judging a ROM show it is extremely helpful to have a very experienced ring steward. The entry always consists of several exhibitors who have never been to a dog show before. Even many of the seasoned exhibitors give the appearance of being at their first show. Sometimes if they have multiple entries the wrong armbands get attached to the wrong dogs. Several years ago at a ROM show in New Jersey when it came time for BOB the young WD who was with a family at their first dog show was missing. After waiting a short time period I was informed that they were so happy with their win that they left the show to go and celebrate. This meant no BOW could be awarded. The WB now was not able to get a major for going BOW, which she deserved.


hen it came time Sunday morning to start judging I learned we had baby classes. This is much like our new 4 to 6 month class and these do not compete for the points. It was great fun to view these youngsters and handlers using this as a practice session. The one big difference judging Bull Terriers in Canada is they are not separated by color. The US is the only country where they are divided by color. Beagles, Cockers, etc. are all shown together. Showing both colors together makes for less dogs to receive major awards, but it does increase the depth of quality and easier to get majors. As a youngster many of the old-timers considered the colored Bull Terriers as step children. Even in the standard it states within the colored variety that brindle is preferred. Today breeders do not put any emphasis on color whatsoever. Years ago, long before ever judging the breed, I had a hard time adjusting to dogs that I thought were mismarks. Today breeders do not consider color part of breed type. When it came time for BOB the ring was teaming with quality. The WB was a white bitch that my feelings for were known to all. Just several weeks earlier I had awarded her the breed at a ROM show and went on to give her a very highly competitive Terrier group. The following day when I judged BIS the number one and number two all breeds dogs in America today were present in the lineup. Also competing were several of the other top winning dogs of America. On the night I felt this white bitch worthy to go BIS so I imagine she was the odds on favorite. The class was packed with outstanding quality of both colors. After judging each entry I realized it was going to be no easy task choosing BOB, BOS and the AOM. It came down to splitting hairs and which dog was at the top of their mark. Since here time was not a factor I took this luxury to view and let the ringside enjoy just how much quality was competing together. Top condition and a terrier like attitude became a major factor in who would win BOB. My super WB had a long weekend of showing and on the day had been in the ring a long time being compared with the second place bitch in Open. Then was pressed hard in the winners class and now was competing in a long BOB class. Another white bitch I have previously done a lot for in

the States had the advantage of not burning out going through the classes. This bitch, Ch. Kilacabar Mystic Moon Dance, known as “Blanche”, was at the top of her mark. Just seven days earlier in the States, with only two champion bitches present, I had not even awarded her Select Bitch. Here she could not be denied BOB. This certainly gave really meaning to the saying, “What a difference a day makes”. While taking the photos I learned she had won this show the previous year also. Her breeders, the Kilpatricks, and their teenage sons from England were present to see her wonderful victory. She could not be shown at the “Bronze” since Mr. Kilpatrick was one of the three judges. BOS went to an older very handsome colored dog that has many virtues to offer the breed. He is a powerhouse of a dog and yet retains class. A bit overweight took away some of his style. I was pleased to learn that I had been an admirer of him in his younger days. The AOM went to a white bitch that also pressed very hard for the BOB award. This bitch can hold her own in any competition at any level. After a mind racing morning of judging a super quality entry of Bull Terriers a short break was taken before the judging of the Mini Bull Terriers. This gave Joy Huntley, my friend and steward, time for a smoke and talk about the super quality we had just viewed. This was the first year the Minis had joined their big cousins. Being a lover and big promoter of the Minis added great pleasure to a wonderful day. The Minis have made such great progress in the short span of their recognition. We are now seeing Mini that look like replicas of their larger cousins. Heads, mouths and overall type and quality have come on at a fast pace. The Mini breeders have to be congratulated on working around size to begin with. In the beginning the top quality was very large in size. Many of them were the product of crossbreeding. The larger cousins were needed to maintain bone, substance, head and general type. The various health issues have made the task much more difficult for breeders. Just alone the eye problem is still a major stumbling block. So many of the top dogs and bitches are still carriers. This makes the gene pool much more difficult to work with. The Code of Ethics does not permit members to breed a carrier to another carrier. So many top quality carrier bitches cannot be bred to some super dogs today since they are also carriers. Knowing how fast the breeders have come along with other problems I am sure in the near future this problem will not be a major issue to face. Since we have a marker for the gene this has made breeding much easier to correct the eye problem. Worldwide the Minis have made great progress. At the later part of last year I awarded a BIS to a dog that had just arrived from Russia. Now just a few months later he has broken the all time Best record. Two weeks later, at the largest show in Denmark, a lovely bitch that had beaten this aforementioned dog in Paris the day before the World Show, won the group under me. I believe it was the first time a Mini Bull had won a group in Denmark. The following week at the largest show of the year in China I awarded a Mini the group. I also made him Reserve Best to maybe the best Chow in the world today. Having owned so many great Chows, I am extra hard on them and this was the first Chow I have ever given a BIS to. There are several Mini breeders, particularly on the West Coast, that are breeding some great quality. Right now in the States we have three different BIS winning Minis being campaigned. Continued on page 107

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County Fairgrounds in Kellyville, Oklahoma; a short distance from the host hotel in Tulsa. Mr. David J. Nauer of Colorado Springs, Colorado officiated over a full complement of entries. Trial Secretary Dianna Barefoot reports that the trial progressed without a hitch and all participants were very pleased with the venue. Mother Nature smiled on Tulsa and sent the black clouds and storms in another direction, leaving spirits undampened. The Welcome party on Saturday night is always a crowd pleaser and this year was no different. Door prizes and delicious finger food started the evening on a roll while the live country music and dancing helped to kick off the mid-week festivities. Sunday morning the conformation portion of the week began with the Sweepstakes classes, judged by Michele Markoff of Warrenton, Virginia. Ms. Markoff found her Best Junior in Sweeps in the 8-10 months class with the team of Dawn Mauel and Saint Florian Literati’s One N Only, owned and bred by Dawn and Linda Sexton. Best Senior was Bayside N South Street’s Chili Today, Hot Tamale, owned and bred by Karen Moore and Trish Dreby and handled by Karen. Ms. Markoff awarded the Best in Sweeps rosette to the Junior bitch handled by Dawn. Sunday evening is always a treat when the Betty Garvin Memorial Speaker Series presents an educational program which is highly anticipated and well attended. Underwritten by the Dalmatian Club of America Foundation, this year’s speaker was Dr. Kirk Esmond of Dallas who spoke on common canine reproduction problems under the program title of “Tips and Techniques to Maximize Your Breeding Success”. Dr. Esmond explained in detail the relatively new and exciting concept of the Trans-Cervical Insemination technique. The evening culminated with a wonderful ice cream social presented through the generosity of the Dalmatian Club of Greater Denver and its members Kevin O’Connell and Kevin West. Bright and early Monday morning, Mrs. Beth White of Fort Collins, Colorado began sorting through the entry of 54 class dogs eventually awarding the purple ribbon to the open black spotted entry, Nspird Holiday With Smilin Dals bred by Sharyn Insley, Payton Scalzo and Carrie Jordan and owned and handled by Karen Whyte. Reserve winners dog was awarded to the Bred By dog London’s Earls Court, owned, bred and handled by Sharron Podleski. After lunch, Ms. Linda Lewin, of Falls Church, Virginia, opened up shop to take a look at 70 Futurity entries. Ms. Lewin found her Best Junior in the 9-12 months class with the team of Dawn Mauel and her sweeps winning Saint Florian Literati’s One and Only who was also awarded Best in Futurity. Best Senior was Anticipation Playful Blossom from the 12-14 months class, owned and bred by Donna Truitt. Monday evening saw the annual membership meeting happen during which the next year’s national specialty, which will be held on the Purina property at Gray Summit, MO, just outside St. Louis, had its official kick off with logo items available for sale by the 2013 show committee. Toni Linstedt, 2013 Show Chair, coordinated the sales, which were spirited indeed with most items being sold out. Tuesday morning, Mr. Todd Jardine of Oil City, Ontario, Canada, took control of the ring as he evalu-

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ated 112 lovely bitches finding his winners bitch in the 9-12 months class with the team of Jessica MacMillan and her Paisley Night At the Opera. Bred by Jessica and Sue MacMillan and Laurie Pitts, this cute liver puppy is owned by Jessica, Don Dvorak and Laurie Pitts. Reserve went to Sweeps and Futiurity winner Saint Florian Literati’s One N Only, owned and bred by Dawn Mauel and Linda Sexton and coming from the Bred by Class. What a good national this stunning bitch and her proud breeder/owners enjoyed!


fter lunch, Mr. Jardine then began to sort through the non regular classes. The winner of the Veteran Dogs 8-10 years class was Ch Givens N Allstar Royally Regal CD RN bred by Marcia Givens and Carol Korupp and owned by Lynda Brownson, handler Laurel Allen and Marcia Givens. The Veteran Dogs 10 years and over class was won by Ch Hansom For Hire, owned and bred by Ed and Carol Petit and handled by Carol. Lotzadots Jam’n to Jazz CDX TDX RA NAJ NA was the winner of the Veteran bitch 8 – 10 years class. She was bred by DiAnn Plaza, Raymond T Plaza and Lisa Wageman and is owned by Lisa and Don Wageman and DiAnn Plaza. The Veteran Bitch 10 years and over class was won by Ch Sunnyoaks Spicen’ It Up bred by Thomas and handler Michele Wrath who also own her, and Karen Rochen. The stud dog class is always an enjoyable site to behold as the ring is filled with stud dogs and their beautiful get. Winning this class for the third year in a row was GCH Paisley Inspird By Broadway, bred by Jordan, Picinich, Petitpa and Goddard and owned by handler Sue MacMillan. The brood bitch class, equally impressive with the lovely produce of the beautiful mama dogs, was won by Ch Sunnyoak’s Spicen’ It Up, bred by Thomas and Michele Wrath and Karen Rochen and owned by the Wraths. Tuesday evening is a night worth waiting for as DCA presents its traditional Top Twenty competition. Preceded by the Dalmatian Club of America Foundation Gala, the Top 20 featured 15 of the nation’s top winning Dalmatians gracing the ring to the sounds of oooh’s and ahhhh’s from the audience. DCA President Dr. J Charles Garvin emceed this formal event and Robert Stein managed the music. This year’s judges were Mrs. Doris Cozart filling the slot of all breed judge, Mr. Terry Wissinger serving as the breeder judge and Mrs. Brenda Lee Combs providing Continued on page 78




NEWS FLA Damon go SH! es Best o f Breed a Retriever t the Lena Club Spec pe Golden ialty Show o n May 4, Judge Mr. 2012 und David L. K Thank you er it tr e J d u g d e ge Mr. Kit ! Jamie Ca tr e d mpbell fo r your sup ge and thank you erb handli ng of Dam on!

Best In Specialty Show Winning

GCh. & Can. Ch. Pennylane Yankee Renegade Best of Breed at the Chesapeake Golden Retriever Club Specialty Show April 28, 2012 Wilmington Kennel Club in Bear, Delaware A special thank you to Judge Mrs. Sharon C. Smith for this win! Damon is Bred, Owned & Loved By: Beryl Scaggs Pennylane Goldens

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the handler judge duties. Capable stewards were John Cramer, Jen Cramer and Donne Stein. Intermission was highlighted by a well stocked dessert table. Silent bids were taken on an array of original pieces of art the proceeds from which benefitted the Dalmatian Club of America Foundation. The winner of the Top 20 was announced on Wednesday evening at the Annual Awards Banquet and coming up to claim the DCA Bronze medallion was Marie D Zink for Ch. Bret D Engine Co to The Rescue, bred by Joanne Shupp and Michelle Jarus and owned by John & Elaine Bachey, Marie D. Zink and Joanne Shupp. Wednesday morning always arrives with much anticipation by the exhibitors as this is the day the ring will be filled with the specials and the Best of Breed Dalmatian will be crowned. Preceded by the Junior Showmanship classes judged by Dr. Charles Garvin who awarded Best Junior to the single entry of Russell J. Langlois, handling Ch. Kastle’s In Your Dreams in the Open Senior class, the Best of Breed class, as usual, brought tears to the eyes and chills to the spine of any true Dalmatianist. 43 dogs and 32 bitch specials entered the ring all at once as cameras whizzed and clicked. Mrs. White divided them into groups of 10 to carefully sort through them, keeping a few from each group for further evaluation. In the end, her Best of Breed winner was GCH Choco Chip Krash Asteroid RN, bred by Rosie Branaman and owned by Rosie and handler Jordan Cartwright. Best of Opposite Sex was Krash’s litter sister GCH Paisley Choco Chip Brownie Delight, owned by Wendy G McCance and handler Jessica MacMillan. Best of Winners was the winners bitch. Select dog was Ch. Spotlight’s Ruffian, bred by Connie Wagner and owned by Jim and Barbara Lyons. Select bitch was Ch. Spotlight’s Salutation, bred by Connie Wagner and owned by Connie and Jennifer Johnson. Awards of Merit went to GCh Kastle’s Go Speed Racer, bred by M Knight and Mary Squire and owned by Mary Squire. GCH Royalty’s Taylormade Call me Sir, bred by Walter Polaski and owned by Jim Mayfield. The Veteran dog 8 – 10 years, Ch Given’s N Allstar Royally Regal CD RN. Ch. Fiacre’s Seeing Is Believing, bred by Robert Schaible and owned by Carol Chase and Denise Powell. GCH Royalty’s Splash of Taylor bred and owned by Walter and Peggy Polaski. GCH Blackflash Star’s Comet, bred by Steve and Sharon Neilsen and Marsha Smith and owned by Marsha Smith and Jay and Ellen Mirro. The final AOM was awarded to the Winners Dog, (new Champion) Nspird Holiday With Smiln Dal. The Annual Awards Banquet culminated the week’s activities with a delicious BBQ dinner with all the trimmings and a competitive wine pull. A country duo serenaded the diners with country favorites. Banquet chair Nancy Gallimore planned and executed an extremely 80 Dog News

enjoyable evening during which the DCA Bronze medallion was awarded to the winners of Best of Breed, Best of Opposite Sex, Winners Dog, Winners Bitch and High In Trial. In addition, outgoing members of the Board of Governors Meg Hennessey, Laura Lightholder and Sharon Boyd were awarded engraved medallions in appreciation for their years of dedicated service to the Club. Lori Finlayson and Deby Harber, show co-chairs, were also recognized for their hard work in planning this show. Kevin West and Kevin O’Connell were awarded the beautiful and coveted Greenstarr MVP trophy, which will undoubtedly take its place on their mantel until it is awarded again next year to a deserving recipient. DCA Lifetime memberships were awarded to 4 worthy DCA stalwarts, Charles Garvin of Marion, Ohio, Meg Hennessey of Marengo, Il, Sheila Wymore of Sedona, AZ, and Sharon Boyd of Richmond, TX in appreciation for their respective many years of dedicated service to DCA. Induction of these members brings the total of Lifetime Memberships bestowed since 1905 to nineteen.


he Dalmatian Club of America National Specialty serves as a Mecca to all true Dalmatian enthusiasts. Old friends are reunited and new friendships cultivated. Breedings are planned in the exercise areas and judges are discussed. Not unlike every other breed national specialty and its attendees, DCA is looked forward to all year long with anticipation and excitement. This year the show did not disappoint. The venue was wonderful with a helpful and cooperative hotel staff; the show committee was adept and prepared and the judges friendly and qualified. Exhibitors treated the property as they would their own homes and many compliments were received from the beautiful hotel as well as an open invitation to return. As DCA 2012 goes into the history books, the Club stands firmly dedicated to the promotion, protection and betterment of the breed and the well-being of the Club. Meet us in St. Louis next year. We’ll be there!

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Help us dear lord--help us!! On an unhappy note is the passing of Sheldon Adler. Sheldon was a major factor in helping the AKC/CHF during its early years. He played a major role in helping the organization to develop into a major player in the realm of the health of all dogs and so his recent passing is noted with sadness but tempered with thanks for all he did in assuring the continuity of that organization. The AKC/

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CHF Foundation is a living memorial to all those thousands of people so concerned with promoting the health of the dog. Sheldon Adler was proud of his many accomplishments with AKC’s CHF as well he should have been and particularly was this true in the role he played in developing the C.H.I.C. wing for that organization. Our thoughts are with his wife Marcia and his entire family.

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(Canada’s largest province by population and dog population) during a clause-by-clause review of Bill 16 by the Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills, Liberal Party representatives elected not to support the six proposed amendments to the current Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) in Ontario - legislation originally enacted by the provincial Liberal government August 29, 2005. As stressed by MPP Randy Hillier on his Riding Association website,, “This is a serious concern,” as the lack of Liberal support for Bill 16 could “suggest that the Liberal Government will not advance this bill to final reading. By not advancing the Bill, the Liberal Party will effectively defeat this bill.” “Despite this disappointing turn of events,” says Sonny Allinson, CKC Manager of Marketing and Communications, “we ask that the public and CKC members continue to speak out against BSL in favour of Bill 16 by contacting their local MPP especially if they are Liberal.” Further to this, in the April 2012 of Kennel and Bench, the CKC’s online magazine for members the CKC urges its members to contact local government. In part “As only the Liberal Minority Government can call a Bill for Third Reading, it is crucial that you call or contact your local MPP, especially if they are a Liberal, and let them know that you want Bill 16 brought forward for Third Reading.” As MPP Randy Hillier reminds us, “we are in a minority government situation, where the opposition Members outnumber the government. This means when the House Leaders of the three parties get together, there is a significant probability that as the opposition parties, we will be able to convince the Liberals to call Bill 16 for a Third Reading, or they risk exposing themselves to a possible vote of non-confidence on their own government bills later.” There is still time to influence the upcoming vote. Know that your phone calls and emails can collectively make a difference! Thanks to all who have shown their support for Bill 16 since it was first introduced by MPP Randy Hillier, November 30, 2011. Let’s continue to see the challenge through, with a view to permanently removing Breed Specific Legislation from Ontario! The CKC would also like to thank the Dog Legislation Council of Canada for their passion, relentless commitment to eliminating breed specific legislation, the necessary pursuit of legal funding and—for carrying the torch for so many years to further the promotion of responsible dog ownership. The CKC, our members and the canine community at large, truly appreciate your efforts! We cannot stress enough that CKC opposes Breed Specific Legislation and as stated in its official BSL Legislative Policy, “supports dangerous and/or vicious dog legislation, which would serve to protect the public from dangerous dogs.” CKC maintains that “a dangerous temperament is a product of many factors and cannot be determined by breed alone.” Although no one is sure where this will all end up it is encouraging to note that the CKC is working towards having BSL a thing of the past. Another interesting item in Kennel and Bench was the report on dogs and litter registrations with the CKC in 2011.

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Litters Registered in 2010/2011: Sporting Group 2495/2381 Hounds 695/621 Working 1701/1619 Terriers 1054/1015 Toys 2701/2653 Non Sporting 1829/1793 Herding 1688/1627 Total 12 165/11 709 Individual Dogs Registered 2010/2011 Sporting 16 678/ 14 723 Hounds 3544/3008 Working 9683/8972 Terriers 4602/4106 Toys 8387/7308 Non Sporting 7224/6393 Herding 9233/8322 Totals 59351/52832 What these numbers indicate is an approximate 115 decrease in the number of dogs registered in 2011 compared to 2010. This is a significant number as the CKC generates revenue from purebred dog registration. The numbers gain more significance when you realize that the decline in number from 2009 to 2010 was only 5%. Again showing why the CKC had such a large hole financially to dig themselves out of. The hope is that the comparative numbers from 2011 to 2012 go up. Now onto some results news. With several of our larger spring shows in the books the top dogs as of June 4 2012, according to Canuck Dogs look like this. #1 Am Cocker Ch Mario n Beechwood’s Midnight Express #2 Gordon Setter Ch Sastya’s Twelfth Night By NCM #3 English Setter Ch Sagebrush Bull Mtns Judee #4 Malamute Ch Mytuk’s Technical Knockout #5 Pembroke WC Ch Coventry How High The Moon #6 Borzoi Ch Taigo’s Ulric #7 Welsh Ter Ch Darwyn’s I’m Not Arguing That #8 Karelian BD Ch TsarShadows I Speak of War #9 Boxer Hi-Tech The King of Sherry Shoot JP #10 Giant Ch Innovation Dancing V Darkside Top Toy Brussels G Ch Hilltop’s Zoom Zoom That’s it for know from the True North.

Cosmo Perfect Cosmopolitan Recipe Ingredients: National Specialty Winners Best In Show and Best In Specialty Show Winners Multiple Group Winners All Time Winning Elkhound in Breed History

Directions: Blend, Shake, Enjoy

Result: A Perfect Cosmo with Style, Type and Substance!

Thank you Judge Mr. Christopher Tighman Neale for the prestigious Group Second

Ch. High Point’s Cosmopolitan Owners / Breeders Kathi & Bob Molloy Denny Engstrom

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with dogs from around the nation. Dr. Bruce Barrett, an ECS exhibitor himself hailing from California, gave a fact filled presentation on slipped stifles and patellas after the annual club meeting. A breeder’s symposium, a craft filled ECS boutique and the annual meeting were also on the agenda. During a dinner of tapas and desserts, the much anticipated biennial Top Dog Event attendees were entertained by three mystery judges evaluating the invited ECS on the table and while gaiting. After announcing the runners up, applause met the selection of the 2012 Top Dog the solid red, WD from last year’s National - Ch. Fieldstone Carousel Hell’s Kitchen, handled by co-owner Chris Kirby and bred by Mary Ann Alston. This year’s Sweepstakes were judged by handler and ECS breeder Robin Novack with help from steward Laura King.


he conformation breederjudge, Ms. Virginia Lyne, spent three days evaluating the dogs, bitches and Best of Breed entries from around the nation and Canada. Ms. Lyne ran a very efficient, smooth ring. What a thrill, and testimony that the top winners were all outstanding dogs, that were all Breeder-Owner handled! Ms. Lyne chose for her Best of Breed the gorgeous red bitch, GrCh. Golden Gait’s Never Lose Hope, with Debbie Owczarzak, the owner-co-breeder, at the end of the lead. When the final pull was made, Debbie looked to either side, and mouthed, “Did she just point at ME?” A classic moment. It was Debbie’s first National Specialty BOB, and there were grins, tears and wags all around. Best of Opposite, as well as Best of Winners, were dogs owned and shown to perfection by Deborah, “Dr. Deb” Mauterer. Her blue roans took the following honors; BOW from the Open Parti class, a stunning girl, Foxwood’s Dublin Diva. Granted Best of Opposite, the breathtaking Ch. Foxwood’s Rock of Cashel. Best of Winners, and Best of Opposite are littermates! How’s that for consistency! There were many comments, and the authors concur, the entry overall showed beautiful type. Fronts, rears, shoulders are being paid attention to, and the overall quality of our English cockers proved that. Good job, breeders!

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to Helsinki where they were judging several terrier specialties. Well it looks like the Hungarians put aside their differences, and the 2013 World Dog Show will be held in Budapest after all. Then the goulash will hit the fan, when the government only approves one kennel club and at present it is not the FCI member Hungarian Kennel Club. Picking shamrocks, DOTTIE COLLIER, TOM BRADLEY and MICHELLE & MICHAEL SCOTT are holidaying in Ireland. Speaking of TOM BRADLEY brings us to the WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB. Its first announcement in DOG NEWS was very well received by the fancy. It plans on updating these announcements on a regular basis. While it does keep its judging panel in the dark, it is very forth coming about the plans for the upcoming February event. It is making every effort to make this transitional year as easy and painless as possible. SHELDON ADLER, well known breeder and exhibitor of Giant Schnauzers, passed away on June 1st. SHELLY and his wife MARCIA made up over 50 champions in the breed. He retired as the chief of surgery from the Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, New York. Upon his retirement, the ADLERS moved to Southern Florida. All of us at DOG NEWS send MARCIA and her children and grandchildren our deepest sympathies. The family has requested those wishing to send a contribution in SHELLY’S memory to the AKC Canine Health Foundation, a charity close to the ADLER family. MONTE STOLLER, Maltese breeder and exhibitor from Scottsdale, Arizona passed away while attending


TINA YUHL, who for the last several years has fielded questions for those telephoning the American Kennel Club as its “expert special services” person, is getting close to answering her last inquiry. TINA is leaving the kennel club at the end of the month and starting a new career in her own bake shop. TINA studied dessert making and baking in New York some years ago and has continued to bake the most amazing cakes for special occasions, which I have been lucky enough to attend. Her cakes are creative and great tasting. She is certain to be the new SYLVIA WEINSTOCK, all she needs are large black framed glasses. While she did a yeoman’s job at the kennel club, she truly was wasting her talents. I will pass along her email and website information when I receive it. KRYSTEN MESSER, a Sheltie breeder, has been hired to replace TINA at the kennel club. Mr. & Mrs. Saint Bernard, STAN & JOAN ZIELINSKI, are off to judge in Brisbane, Australia where STAN will judge a Saint specialty and both of them will judge several all breed shows. In the other direction Mr. & Mrs. Sheltie, TOM & NIOMA COEN, judged in Denmark and then holidayed in Paris on their way home. While Lady Labrador, LISA WEISS, is off to judge the Labrador national in Brazil. PETER GREEN and BETH SWEIGART spent last Tuesday in England, to join in the celebration of QUEEN ELIZABETH’S diamond jubilee. They were on their way

the Maltese national specialty in California. Our deepest sympathies to his wife ADRIANE and family. BIRTHDAYING… JANET LANGE MOSES, BUD MCGIVERN, JOHN MILLER, LISA WEISS, LESLEY HILTZ and PAMELA ROSZMAN.

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Am. Bronze GCh., Guatemalan Ch., Grand Guatemalan Ch., Las Americas Y El Caribe 2011 Trumpet’s Winner Takes It All A Multiple Group Winning and Placing Keeshonden! A Top 10* Keeshonden

FL ASH Group Fourth Denton Kennel Club I Judge Ms. Glori a M. Geringer Group Third Mid-Continent Kennel Club of Tulsa I Judge Mrs. Pau la Hartinger Thank you for th ese wonderful place ments!

Thank you Judge Mr. Carl E. Gomes for this Group Fourth Placement in very tough competition! Always Expertly Presented By Jill Bell Assisted By Chase Waddell Owners: Vickie L. Louie & Chase Waddell Karina Keeshonden

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Breeder & Co-Owner: Beth Blankenship Trumpet Show Dogs


Am. Ch. Karina’s You Can’t Stop The Beat A Multiple Group Placing Keeshonden!

Thank you Judge Mrs. Patricia Hastings for this Group Fourth Placement! Two weekends of shows, Two Group Placements! What an exciting start for this young special! DJ will be selectively shown this year and is always breeder, owner handled. Breeders/Owners/Handlers: Vickie L. Louie & Chase Waddell Karina Keeshonden Dog News 91

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Q & A WITH BREEDER-JUDGE MS. VIRGINIA LYNE: 1. What are the highlights and lowlights of judging a national specialty? Highlights are the incredible privilege that comes with being able to judge a breed with the best of the breeding stock there for you to assess. It is like being able to take a snapshot of the breed at that moment in time. After 52 years of breeding English Cockers there is no greater honour than judging your own breed at a National. I really don’t find any lowlights to judging a National – for me it is THE most desirable judging I can experience. 2. Did you note any positive trends in the breed compared to past years? Yes, as this is my 4th time judging the English Cocker Spaniel Club of America National Specialty I am so pleased to see the progress we have made in moving away from the “racing setter” interpretation of our breed and getting closer to the compact big-ribbed cockery animals our standard calls for. We do still need to address more bone and a greater attention to return of upper arm and soundness especially in front movement. 3. What value does a national specialty offer to exhibitors and spectators? A National should be a ‘must’ attend occasion for breeders to be able to evaluate the current state of the breed, to assess stud dogs that might be helpful to one’s breeding programme, to meet the people one respects as breeders and see their dogs and to attend the seminars and information sessions, particularly health related topics. It is also an opportunity to share a social time with your peers. 4. Any other comments you would like to add.... re: your BOB, etc. or anything else you would like to contribute? I found the National to be a relaxed occasion with excellent sportsmanship demonstrated by the winners and all the others who had good dogs but were not necessarily ‘in the ribbons’ that day. The Specials class of 72 was outstanding. I excused dogs that on a given day at an All breed show I would have been so pleased to have present to win BOB! That was the depth of quality. My BOB bitch and BOS dog were wonderful to go over with excellent condition and angles in all the right places. Thank you for the opportunity to both judge and to make a few comments. Ginny Lyne


rom baby sweepstakes to Best of Breed, the opportunity to watch and if you were lucky, put hands on English Cockers from around the nation and globe is unsurpassed at a national specialty. No matter the economy’s ups and downs, it is a not to be missed event that cannot be equaled in its opportunities for breeder and judge education, networking and fun. See you next year in San Diego! 92 Dog News

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land” hospitality orchestrated by Carlene Gilstrap. Old friends and new got an opportunity to socialize and snack in a relaxing way before the competitions began. Directly following the hospitality was our “Fun Puppy Match” judged by Mr. Lloyd Franques with an impressive entry of over 40 puppies. The proceeds from the match will go entirely toward Health and Genetics funding to benefit the Pomeranian. The Best Puppy in Match went to Celeste Solano with her 9-12 month puppy “CR’s Return of The King” and Best of Opposite Puppy in Match went to “Horizon’s This Is It” owned by Laurie Otis. Kicking off the National on Monday morning was Ms. Aly Bell singing a beautiful rendition of The Star Spangled Banner. Sweepstakes followed judged by Mr. Tony Cabrera of the famous Starfire Pomeranian partnership. The entry was very impressive not only in the number of entrants but was also steeped in quality for such youngsters. It is always a pleasure to see the new pups each year and watch the progression of exhibitor’s breeding programs. The winner of Grand Sweepstakes came from the 9-12 month bitch class, “Springwoods Top of the Chart” owned by Rebecca Jackson and Best of Opposite in Sweepstakes awarded to the 9-12 month dog entry “Callevys Empire” owned by Fredrik and Mikael Nilsson. Veteran Sweepstakes winner was “GCH. Pufpride Somewhere in Time” with the Best of Opposite Veteran Sweeps going to “Ch. Mountain Crest Private Dancer.” After lunch Mr. Fabian Arienti (the other half of the famous Starfire Pomeranian team) began judging the regular classes with a lovely entry of 66 dogs. The flavor of this year’s national was very interesting because of the wonderfully large number of foreign entrants. The extensive international travels and wonderful reputation held by Mr. Cabrera and Mr. Arienti brought exhibitors and spectators literally from all over the globe. Winner’s dog was awarded to a dog from Sweden, “Believer Unexpected Dreams” owned by Fredrik and Mikael Nilsson and Kristina Bertilson. Interestingly this dog was also a winner at the 2012 Crufts dog show. Reserve Dog was awarded to “Chelane’s The Stone Builder Refused” owned by Elaine Waugh and Diane Finch. Monday evening’s Top Twenty event was expertly organized by Christine Creasey and Carlene Gilstrap. The sunflower, with red and white gingham checked runners on the tables lent themselves perfectly to “Poms Welcome to the Heartland.” Our three judges were Mrs. Sally Baugniet, Ms. Diane Finch, and Mrs. Jerry Arnold. This year’s People’s Choice winner was “GCH. Char’s Secret Obsession” and The Judges Choice winner was “GCH. Expression It Is What It Is.” Tuesday’s itinerary again brought Mr. Arienti judging. The morning’s events were the bitch classes with so many gorgeous exhibits. In the end Winners Bitch was awarded to “Char’s Truly My Dream Parti” owned and

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bred by Char Meyer and a dream she was! The reserve award was presented to ”Mountain Crest Mango Punch” owned by Kim Nowland and bred by David and Carlene Gilstrap. After a wonderful buffet lunch in the atrium Mr. Arienti returned to complete his judging assignment wearing a fabulously handsome tuxedo. It added a beautiful touch of class to the event. The specials class is always a sight to behold at our National and this year was no different. The ring was lined with dogs in profuse coat and fantastic quality. This is a tribute to the hard work of our breeder’s and the tenacity they display in their whelping boxes. After much consideration the Best of Breed 2012 was given to “GCH.Bar-Net Rocky Road of Samron” owned by Lavonne Beard & Norma Smart, bred by Norma Smart and handled by Jana Klein. The Best of Opposite was “Ch. Char’s Love Story” owned by C. Meyer and Mona Lisa Pardes. Best of Winner’s went to winners dog, “Believer Unexpected Dreams.” Completing his choices were as follows: Select dog GCH. CR Chase What Matters owned by Margo Koga Select Bitch - GCH. Sofine Lemony Snicket of Lilliput owned by Nannette& Ron Walker Awards of Merit: • CH. Starlight’s Sugar Daddy- owned by Douglas Stratton • CH. Wilhoite N. Rodi’s Golden Boy owned by Michelle Wilhoite • GCH.Her-She’s What a Woman Want owned by Anne Berryman • GCH. Char’s Secret Obsession owned by Char Meyer & Mona Lisa Pardes • GCH. Pufpride Somewhere In Time owned by Virginia Dimick Best Veteran: • GCH. Pufpride Somewhere In Time Best Puppy: Callevy’s Empire Continued on page 98

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It was quite an array of beautiful, and deserving pomeranians. In addition, the presentation of these beauties, between their condition, grooming and training, was nothing less than breathtaking. Tuesday afternoon was finished up with a grooming seminar and presentation called “Grooming The Natural Way” given by Mr. Curtiss Smith. It was sold out to the point of standing room only. The topic covered so much information that even the experienced pom groomer came away with special tips on trimming the pomeranian with subtlety in order to preserve the beauty and correctness of the double coat. His work enlists the use of thinning shears almost in its entirety. Mr. Smith’s hands move like those of Edward Scissorhands (those of you that have seen the movie know what I’m talking about). That evening was APC’s Annual Awards banquet and Auction once again orchestrated by Carlene Gilstrap, our hospitality chair. Sunflowers galore filled the atrium room, the food was delicious, the awards were plentiful and if that weren’t enough, the speeches by all of our judges were captivating. Mrs. Charlotte Patterson had arrived in preparation for judging the next morning and in time to join us for the early festivities. She entertained us all with a humorous presentation before the awards portion of the evening began. Mr. Arienti made a heartfelt presentation about his dream of judging a national being fulfilled and his insight into the breed today. Mr. Cabrera then finished up the judges’ portion of the evening with a letter he wrote about one of his most beloved poms. Not a dry eye remained at the conclusion. The banquet then opened into a night of rousing bidding wars between members trying to acquire pomeranian specialty items all donated for the benefit of the club. Mr. Robert Fiddick was auctioneer extraordinaire. He has much experience under his belt as he has been the club’s auctioneer for years and years. The event once again raised not only the club’s treasury but more importantly the level of camaraderie amongst our members. Wednesday morning began the second set of pom specialty shows termed Our Parent Specialty. Our well respected judge was as I have already made mention, Mrs. Charlotte Patterson. She looked beautiful, confident and in great command of her ring as she set off to find the best poms for her class line ups. The ballroom was quiet as people watched in anticipation. Mrs. Patterson lightened up the atmosphere by requesting applause after she apparently couldn’t take the deafening silence anymore. She is master at making a dog show “A Dog Show.” She seems to thoroughly enjoy what she does and imparts the feeling to the exhibitors showing under her. She fin98 Dog News

ished up Wednesday’s assignment with the Winner’s dog class going to a lovely dog from the open ROCS class “Randy’s Huckleberrie Friend” owned by Randy Buske and Mary Lou Goucher and bred by R. Buske. Following up was her Reserve dog placement going to “Two T’s Ezee Ryder” owned and bred by Dorothy and Neal Trosino. Wednesday evening karaoke was on the agenda with a packed house full of talent (or not). It really didn’t seem to matter because fun was had by all. The cheering, the laughter the music was not to be rivaled, not even by American Idol! The membership stayed until the last song was sung and tales told, the fun spilled over into the wee hours. Thursday morning’s schedule was set aside for the Obedience and Rally classes. Eleven dogs competed for qualifying scores under judge Mr. Robert Burgin. The level of accomplishment these dogs and their owners have achieved is always an amazement. After lunch on Thursday Mrs. Patterson began the bitch classes. Once again looking lovely, she began sorting out her bitches with expertise. Winner’s bitch was awarded to “Randy’s YKnot Enjoy a Wynter Mystery” owned and bred by Randy Buske and Bev Allen with reserve going to “Cinbow’s I’m Too Sexy For My Skirt” owned and bred by Cindy Bowling. The bitch classes as well as the dogs were steeped in quality. After a break for preparation, the Best of Breed exhibits entered the ring. It was a beautiful sight to behold. They lined the ring and the silence was palpable. Mrs. Patterson called for a round of applause in respect for this beautiful class as well as to break the tension in the room. She then got right down to work. One by one, giving each dog and exhibitor their due, she made it a “dog show.” Right down to the very end she gave each dog their chance at winning the title of Best of Breed. Now the tension was building again as she pulled forward her final choice for the breed, “GCH. CR Chase What Matters” owned by Margo Koga and bred by Celeste Solano. Her Best of Opposite was “CH. Char’s Love Story” owned by C. Meyer and Mona Lisa Pardes and bred by C. Meyer. Best of Winners went to WD “ Randy’s Huckleberrie Friend.” The final pieces were awarded to Select Dog ”CH. Jan Le’s Deck the Walls” owned and bred by Jane Lehtinen while Select Bitch went to “GCH. Gucci Powderpuff Ala Maybelline” owned by M.K. Smith and E. Smith and bred by E. Smith. All in all the events were a huge success for pom lovers from all over the world. It was wonderful getting together for three separate specialties and a week of pom inspired fun, frolic and fraternizing. The “Poms Welcome to the Heartland” theme ultimately summed it all up. Sometimes a change of scenery is good for the soul.

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ere in Canada the entry was a bit mixed. In dogs the quality was with dogs that were a bit large for my liking, but had good virtues. In bitches there were several top quality bitches with bone, substance, good heads and balance and still being pleasing in the size department. There was a White champion dog that impressed me greatly. A super head, great bone and substance, wonderful balance, moved great and was full of virtue. Awarding him BOB made for the ending of my assignment very fulfilling. At the completion of Mini judging I was surprised to learn there was a run off between the standard and the mini and the white standard bitch became the victor. This show was a big celebration to Minis since it was named the “Don Cherry Show”. Don Cherry, the famous Canadian hockey star, loved Minis and did tremendous work in the area of rescue. Since the show ended slightly after one o’clock I had the rest of the afternoon free. Kimberly Landman from the Detroit area and Tracy Shaffner from the Buffalo area wanted to spend the remaining hours walking their Minis down by the Falls. They very graciously invited me to join them. After changing my clothes at the hotel, they escorted me to the nearby Falls. I had not been to view the Falls in well over fifty years. This was a special treat for me. Being at one of

the seven great wonders of the world with two attractive young ladies and Bull Terriers made for a perfect afternoon. The streets in town and the walkways along the Falls were packed with tourists. It was amazing just how many people, when they saw the Minis, yelled out “Don Cherry dogs”. Quite a few of these tourists were overjoyed when they could have their picture taken with the Don Cherry dogs. Returning to the hotel I enjoyed a quiet dinner by myself and reflected on being part of the great weekend. The following morning starting out for the long drive home I was now excited to go over the Rainbow Bridge. I quickly realized that just entering over the Rainbow did take me to another world. The Bull Terrier world, no matter what country you are in, is truly a world of its own. Even when they hold ROM shows in conjunction with an all breed show it still is a whole other world. Competing is not focused around winning or losing. It is all about showing off their breeding stock and seeing what other breeders have to offer in areas they might need improvement with. There are always great lunches, fabulous gatherings in the evenings, a positive, positive attitude about their beloved breed. One has to attend the “Silverwood” show to get a glimpse of what this whole world is about. This year the Minis are holding their National weekend again with their big cousins. It will be in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania the weekend following Montgomery County. This is like Christmas and trick or treat all rolled into one – a wonderful treat. Dog News 107

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