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Dog News The Digest Volume 30, Issue 24

Of American Dogs

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June 13, 2014


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Dog News Contents • June 13, 2014 10 Editorial 14 You And Your Vet By Merry Fitzgerald, DVM 18 Marxisms: Memories By Sid Marx 22 Question Of The Week By Matthew H. Stander 26 Views From A Delegate: June Delegate Meeting By Johnny Shoemaker 30 Remembering John Studebaker By Mary Norton-Augustus 34 Bests Of The Week 38 Ten Questions Asked of Gretchen Bernardi 42 That’s A Shame By Denise Flaim

112 handlers directory 114 subscription rates 116 classified advertising 118 advertising rates

44 The Lighter Side Of Judging: Say Cheese! By Michael H. Faulkner 46 Unite To Fight Pet Cancer By Eddie Dziuk 50 Book Review: Marsha Hall Brown’s Escape To The Seashore By Pat Trotter 54 Off The Leash: North Carolina’s Dog Owners Under Attack By Shaun Coen 56 Those Awesome Shih Tzu: 2014 American Shih Tzu Club National Specialty 68 Ladies Kennel Association and Long Island Kennel Club By Desmond J. Murphy 78 The Vote, Facebook No-No’s, Greenwich/Longshore And More By Matthew H. Stander 84 GSP’s Gather In Oconomowoc, Wisconsin: GSP National Specialty By Betsy Yates 90 Wieze 2014 By Karl Donvil 94 The Gossip Column By Eugene Z. Zaphiris 98 Click: Greenwich/Longshore Southport Kennel Clubs By Eugene Z. Zaphiris 104 Click: Woofstock By Remy Smith-Lewis 106 Letters To The Editor

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108 Click: The Way We Were By Leslie Simis

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A PRETTY COMPREHENSIVE DOCUMENT In this week’s issue Johnny Shoemaker writes an extremely interesting and informative report, which covers both what happened at many of the Delegate Committee Meetings as well as what occurred at the Delegate Meeting itself. While each Delegate Committee submits an Official Report to Jim Crowley these reports are not made public to the Fancy at large. As these pages understand it they are however posted on the Delegate e-line. Rarely do Delegates send these reports into DOG NEWS for publication so that total reliance as to what may or not have occurred at these Committee meetings is based on individual interpretations of Delegates who attend the meetings and are willing to share that information with the Constituency at large. Johnny’s “Views” are quite obviously his own and while these pages were fascinated by some of the reportage particularly the alleged behind the scenes maneuvering by two Board Members trying to postpone the eligibility occupational vote from taking place at all one of his major points was to take heavy issue with the way the NOHS series was mandated by the Board. While John had high hopes that the Board may have reconsidered this mandate I am led to believe this did not happen at all. In mentioning the defeat of the occupational Eligibility Amendment by the Delegates it had been reported to these pages that the vote was “overwhelmingly” against changing the By-Law perhaps in even large numbers than the last time the issue was brought up and defeated as well. Why the Board refused to take a stand on the issue is a legitimate question to ask which John did in no uncertain terms. Charlie Garvin apparently gave an update on the canine college and perhaps on his massive judging proposal outline the Judges Task Committee presented to the Board for discussion at the Board Meeting. There has been no release so far about what may have been contained in the JTF’s proposals but rumor has it that it was a lengthy and involved document difficult to understand. Hopefully the Board Minutes will reflect some sort of discussions about what may or may not have been proposed but don’t hold your breath for that to happen.

SHOWS AND HOW BIG THEY ARE The Dog Show Rules Committee too had a full day’s work getting involved in the very contentious territorial issues-Facility versus the Territory itself. In 2013 it was reported that there were a total of 4,048 conformation shows and over 1.5 million conformation show entries from which AKC receives at least $3 per dog entered. Specialty clubs host 51% of the shows, but the total entries for specialties account for only 102,000 entries or 7% of the total with an average of 49 entries per show. The majority (88%) of total 2013 entries come from all breed shows, with an average entry of 937 per show. There are a total of 830 unique show sites utilized to host the 4,048 shows!!! If one multiplies the 1.5 million conformation entries by the minimum number of $3 look at this income AKC is taking in from the shows. No wonder show chairman after show chairman write to these Editorial pages asking where these monies are spent. When AKC originally adopted this change some ten years ago one must ask if it was anticipated such huge sums of income would be forthcoming. Is it time to reduce this fee one may ask particularly with the financial problems so many clubs allege to endure? Entries have been flat the last 5 months with all breed shows down 3% while Companion has grown with agility up 2.8%, Obedience down 1%, Rally down 7.5% and tracking down 6%.

HOW AND WHEN WILL AKC’S FAN BASE BECOME MONETARILY PROFITABLE? Mr. Kalter’s Chairman’s Report emphasizes how high the AKC fan base is on Facebook. Indeed he claims higher than the Yankees and the Mets if these pages are reading him correctly. Following up Alan’s report was Chris Walker’s statistics showing AKC has 16 times more true fans than HSUS! Sounds pretty impressive but when is this going to turn into dollars for AKC one is forced to ask. The problem with these fan bases is that they run the gamut in interpretation-from loyal, to delusional, to hated to beloved to heaven knows what. If the Constituency is to take Mr. Kalter’s Chairman Report as gospel why was there a decline in litter registrations of a $1 million decrease so far in 2014 as aligned either the first four months of 2013. Certainly a good sign or at least not a negative sign is that there was a 0% drop in

dog registrations. Fewer breeders and more fans?? Could be and as charmed as many are in the lilt of Mr. Walker’s speech and as much as people want to believe that the Yankee fan base is not as strong as that of AKC’s it will take an awful lot of convincing until the money talks and the “bs” walks--do you think!!

A TEPID RESPONSE AKC’s letter to the Editor of The New York Times debating the wholesale endorsement of the interstate trafficking of shelter dogs in a May 26 op-ed article was well written and to the point. The problem is that only the Constituency and the Delegates at that got to see it! It is printed herein in Letters to the Editor. Hopefully this is not considered an aggressive response by the Board, Edelman and Messrs. Amen, Kalter and Walker for an aggressive response would have been to take out a full page ad exposing this op-ed article for what it was--a poorly thought out treatise based on one person’s experience with a shelter dog. If AKC really wants to turn the tide and get people to think about buying dogs from breeders and not merely adopting them helter skelter to keep certain shelter agencies in business they will have to spend money to accomplish this goal. So far these pages see no move in that direction whatsoever.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK Just crossing the desks at DOG NEWS is a fascinating little book written by Susan Bulanda titled SOLDIERS in FUR and FEATHERS. It is a rather amazing collection of stories of the animals that served in World War 1 replete with photos many of which are alleged to have never been seen before. Most of the animals used were dogs, mules, horses and carrier pigeons however others were used as well numbering in excess of one million animals, half of these were used in France alone. The demand for dogs was so great that supplies dried up and eventually the War Department appealed to the public to donate their beloved pets. Alpine Publications of Crawford, Colorado 81415 is the source and it is more than well worth the price of $15.95.

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Welcome to my new column. My name is Merry Fitzgerald, DVM. I am a small animal veterinarian with 30 years experience in general and emergency medicine. I own my own practice, Fitzgerald Veterinary, located in Lake Grove, Long Island, New York. I have been showing dogs since I was a teenager and am fortunate enough to have owned, bred, trained and shown top nationally ranked Doberman pinschers in conformation, obedience and agility. I am still actively competing in these three venues with my Dobermans and the most adorable Miniature Pinscher. Twice a month I will be answering veterinary questions submitted by you, the reader. You can email your questions to: dognews@harris-pub.com.

BY Merry Fitzgerald, DVM.

What is your reaction to the new FDA approved oral drug to treat fleas and ticks? I was excited to hear that an oral drug for flea and tick control was coming on the market. Flea and tick control is a concern for many people. While the topical products such as Vectra, Frontline, Advantix and Revolution, to name a few, are effective, they have their drawbacks. These products need to be applied correctly and can be messy. They can leave a greasy appearing residue on the dog’s coat. Handling the dog before the product dries can remove the product and decrease its effectiveness. This residue can stain furniture and no one wants it on their hands or their children’s hands. Bathing or swimming has also been shown to lessen the strength of the product. NexGard (afoxolaner) is a chewable tablet given orally once a month. It comes in four sizes for administration to dogs and puppies 8 weeks of age and older and weighing 4 pounds or greater. It is manufactured by Merial, the same company that makes Frontline. The package insert states that NexGard kills adult fleas and will prevent flea infestations. It also treats and controls ticks, including the American dog tick, the deer tick and the Lone Star tick. During a product introduc14 Dog News

tion seminar at my hospital, we were advised that the fleas and ticks must bite the dog to be affected. Fleas will be killed within 30 minutes before they can lay eggs. Ticks will be killed within 4 hours before any disease can be passed on to the dog. In areas where fleas are a problem year round, monthly treatment can continue the entire year. There are no known breed sensitivities to NexGard. The safety of the drug has not been evaluated in breeding, pregnant or lactating dogs. There is also some concern about using it in dogs with a history of seizures. The field studies used NexGard with other medications, such as vaccines, wormers, antibiotics (oral and topical), steroids, NSAIDS, anesthetics and antihistamines. No adverse reactions were observed from the use of NexGard with other medications. There is always concern about using a new product. I was satisfied with the testing done by the company and have dispensed NexGard to my clients for the last 4 months. There have been no reports of adverse reactions. Not every dog needs to be on these medications, but in areas where the risk of infestation and disease are high, this appears to be a product worth consideration.

What is your Heartworm protocol? I recommend puppies be started on heartworm preventive at 12 weeks of age. A heartworm test is not required before starting the preventive at this age. In my practice on Long Island, I do recommend giving the preventive year-round to prevent exposure. Fluctuations in the weather can result in mosquitoes hatching, even in January. Travel to warm weather regions necessitates protection from mosquitoes and other parasites. Most heartworm preventives also protect against intestinal parasites, such as roundworms, hookworms and whipworms. I advise yearly testing even if you are giving the preventive year-round to confirm compliance and verify that the dog is negative. Pills get dropped or lost or vomited after swallowing. If there has been a lapse in giving the preventive, you would not want to go years without treatment. Sentinel, the monthly heartworm preventive and flea control tablet is available again. I am saddened that Novartis, the manufacturer, has decided not to resume production of Interceptor, but it is nice to have a preventive that is safe for the collie and herding breeds. Milbemycin oxime is the heartworm prevention Continued on page 110


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I hate to admit it, but I have been involved with this great endeavor of showing dogs since 1963. As I think back on some of the great times, it seems that we were able to laugh a lot more at ourselves than we do today. I thought I would share a few of them with you as a reminder that we are supposed to be having fun with our dogs. A good friend of mine, Ann Savin, was showing her Pointer and she had very strong competition being shown by Bob Forsyth. The judge was Mr. E. Tipton, Jr. He asked Ann to take her dog down and back, and on the way back Ann’s young dog jumped up on her. As he did so, one of his paws got caught in the top of her dress, which had these big buttons up the whole front of the dress. As Ann pushed the dog down, all the buttons popped – almost in slow motion – one at a time, until Ann was standing in front of Mr. Tipton with her dress wide open, in her bra and panties. She was horrified and embarrassed. Always the quick thinker, Bob Forsyth turned to Mr. Tipton and said, “Now how am I supposed to compete with that?” It helped break Ann’s embarrassment. By the way, Ann’s dog won! Here is another example of Bob being a quick thinker. When I was a very new judge, whenever I was faced with a large class, I would divide it as I judged each dog. After examining and moving each dog I would direct the handler to put his dog on the left side or the right side. Bob quickly figured out which was the good group. On this day, I directed Bob to put his dog on the left side of the ring. As I turned to examine the next dog, I could see Bob out of the corner of my eye, slowly sneaking over to the other group. Trying very hard not 18 Dog News

B Y to laugh out loud, I had to send him back into his own group three times before I finally just let him stay where he wanted and placed the other dogs around him. I always had a very good success rate showing to Arlene Thompson. I showed a lot of good dogs to her, and won far more than my share. At one show, I was helping out Laddie Carswell and took one of his English Springers in the ring while he was tied up in another ring. As Arlene was moving down the line of dogs, I caught sight of Laddie hurrying to the ring. The judge came to my dog, and I meant to ask for a change of handlers, but instead it came out, “Can I have a change of judge please?” She stared at me and said, “Have you not done well enough showing to me?” Winnie Heckman was a well-respected judge who was always completely in control and composed. Showing my big-winning Irish Setter bitch to her, I very professionally set the dog’s front and rear and then when I started to kneel beside her, my pants split practically from my waist to my butt. I didn’t know what to do, but Mrs. Heckman calmly looked at me, grinned, and said, “Sir, your bitch is Best of Breed … and thank you very much.” Continuing with Mrs. Heckman, I happened to be standing near her ring, waiting to pick up an arm band, when an irate exhibitor that had just lost stomped up to her, and demanded to know why his dog had not won. Winnie tried to calm him down by stating, “well, it is just

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one show and that was my opinion.” But this guy would not let it rest, and he loudly stated, “Well, my opinion is that my dog should have won.” Winnie calmly looked at him and said, “well then, thank God that today my opinion counts!” And she turned on her heel and called the next class into the ring. End of discussion. There was a show that was held at a community center in New York. As was usually the case I was there very early, before the show started. I was standing next to an organist who was there practicing when I glanced over the balcony railing and saw three of the top judges of that era entering the center. Somehow, the organist broke into a rendition of “Three Blind Mice.” How did that happen?

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ne of the dogs I was hired to show was a very nice Basenji. However, this Basenji just would not keep his tail up and curled. Laddie Carswell handed me this “stick” of ginger-type stuff. He said, lick it to get it wet, then rub it on his butt, and he will carry his tail up. It worked beautifully in a big Open Dog class, and I easily won that class. I then went back in for Winners, and the dog started to drop his tail. I whipped that stick out of my pocket, licked it and … yuck! I looked over to see Laddie in hysterics (which was not normal for him) outside the ring. He stage-whispered to me, “You need more than one piece!” The last time I showed to Anne Rogers Clark was at the Spaniel show in Philadelphia. I had my

young English Cocker bitch, who was not always as focused as she should be. We managed to get through the exam, but when I started the “down and back”, I could sense her focus wandering. I reached in my pocket and showed her the piece of liver I had for just this occasion. I certainly got her attention. All she wanted was that bait. She proceeded to hip hop all the way down to the corner of the ring as she was jumping to get at the bait. Finally (I am not very bright) I figured out that this wasn’t going to work so I put the bait back in my pocket. Now she kept jumping at my pocket all the way back to Mrs. Clark. I sheepishly looked at her and asked, “Should I do that again?” Mrs. Clark looked at me as only she could and said, “Lord no! I couldn’t take that again. Please put her over there.” By the way, I did not win. When I moved to Colorado many years ago, most handlers did not take the lead off when they showed Irish Setters. I had always taken the lead off when I was a handler in the Dark Ages. I kidded the local handlers that they should watch me, and I will show them the proper way to show an Irish. Well I took my Irish in, took the lead off and laid it at my feet. After the dog was examined, I reached for my lead, and accidentally kicked it. The chain got all tangled up. It felt like it took me 30 minutes to get it untangled well enough to slip it onto my dog and move him. When I got to the end of the line, I looked up to see three or four handlers standing outside the ring, trying very hard not to break down in laughter. I still haven’t lived that down. Showing dogs today is expensive, and often stressful. It is fine to be competitive, but we need to take some time to realize this is not life or death. Let’s not forget to have fun and enjoy our wonderful fourlegged family.


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In light of the recent TKC Board (UK) action to bring back the printed version of the Kennel Gazette, Do you read the online version of the AKC Gazette; if not, why not? Dr. Daniel W. Fleitas I tried it for a month or two when it was transformed into the online version, but I have not read it again. Phil Freilich No, I do not enjoy reading magazines online. I like the feel of a book or magazine in my hands as I am reading. Susan Finn I do not read the online version of the AKC Gazette. It is not the same as the beautiful, keepsake magazine that they used to publish. I prefer hard copies of all my leisure reading materials (old school!). Mrs. Edna “Katie” Gammill No, I do not and neither do my friends. They all regret when it went online and would rather pay for it so they could read it in their hands and save it. It’s too hard on the eyes to read it and who wants to plant themselves in front of a computer to do so for hours? Not all of us are enchanted with computers. I don’t read other magazines sent to me by other breed magazines either.

Peter Gaeta Yes, I do read the online version of the Gazette, then it pretty much goes the way of yesterday’s newspaper. While some prefer the uncluttered advantage of online accessibility, I remain old fashioned enough to prefer to use hard copies as reference materials. There were always one or two issues of the printed Gazette within reach regardless of where I was at home, and they were easy to take with me wherever I went. Joyce Fortney I always bought the Gazette, but have not read it since it went online. Libbye Miller DVM I used to read the Gazette cover to cover each month but I’ve not read more than an article or two since it went digital. I’m quite a computer addict but find reading magazines on-line very unwieldy. Quite honestly, without the prompt of a hard copy, the Gazette gets lost in the information overload.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK Elizabeth H. Neff I have never once read the online version of the Gazette. I will be thrilled to see the real Gazette return to print! I understand saving money and that this is the “Digital Age” but I love my magazines and books and I love to be able to go back to old issues and reread pertinent breeding articles or articles about the greats in our sport, dog and human.

Marci Forrester No, I have never read it. It is not easy to do, small and not really something that I am going to sit here at my computer trying to do. I loved the Gazette and read it cover to cover every month but have never read the on-line version. Please bring it back. As a judge, I felt it kept me on top of changes or proposed changes.

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Ellen Johnson I do not read the online version of the Gazette. I do not like to read anything except short things on computer as it is not comfortable. Would really like print Gazette no matter what it cost.


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Views FromA Delegate jUNE dELEGATE mEETING BY JOHNNY SHOEMAKER Any reason to get out of HOT Las Vegas in June is always a good thing, even if it is to go to a Delegate meeting in Newark, NJ. The DoubleTree Hotel is located near the airport, which is good thing. It is also next to a men’s prison, which is not a good thing, unless you have a relative or friend staying there….how convenient for you. Just contact Barbara Mann if you wish to know the other wonders of Newark, NJ. Most of the talk at the Delegate Standing Committee meetings was about the AKC Board’s action at the April Board Meeting regarding the National Owner- Handled Series. This was introduced by Mr. Carl Ashby, seconded by Dr. Charles Garvin and voted unanimously to adopt effective October 9, 2014. Those absent for the vote were Mr. Fenney, Mr. Gladstone and Mr. Menaker. While I understand the stated purpose of trying to increase entries at dog shows, I do not know why it should be man26 Dog News

datory. The goal is to increase the number of entries in conformation events by providing a competition that is desired by the owner-handled exhibitors, embraced by the clubs, respected by the judges and supported by the superintendents. I think the only ones that will embrace this would be the owner-handled exhibitors. My opinion is that we would not have dog shows if we did not have breeders that produce puppies. That would be a shame if clubs no longer offer those two special attractions. That is what perhaps will happen if this is not changed. From what I can see and hear at this Delegate meeting the reason for adopting this mandate does not fly with most of the Delegates. I can see it being embraced by the owner-handler but not be the clubs, judges or superintendents. The main discussion was clubs must offer NOHS if any special attraction with competition is offered at an event. Whenever you introduce some-

thing that is MANDATORY, you always get resistance from those whom this action affects. In this case, it is any club that wishes to have Best Bred by Exhibitor, Best Puppy or Best Veteran. These Special Attractions give the opportunity for the breeders, puppy owners and those with our great veterans to showcase their pride and joy. From my conversations with various clubs on the West Coast I found out that many clubs will be offering NOTHING. This is a shame but very understandable. Having one SA at an event is time consuming for the clubs but having two at a show would be almost impossible. Cluster clubs cannot offer NOHS Group on one day and then Best Bred by Exhibitor (or any SA with competition) the following day. This applies to All-breed & Group clubs. Although some clubs have gotten information from some employees at AKC this does not apply to independent specialties or other specialties that offer best Continued on page 58


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only allowed to show and finish class dogs. John refrained from specialing for a full year before he judged. He felt to be totally impartial the judge should not be specialing in the breed ring. John however, believed that being a breeder was important in order to judge our breed. He was still breeding dogs and discussing with others different pedigrees. John and I did not always agree on breeding or showing but we both respected each other’s opinions. That was what was great about John; he would take the time to listen and then reflect. It was my greatest honor when he called me out of the blue last month to talk about dogs. He gave me the highest compliment when he said I had attained a good line and never went in the ring without it being a very good dog. John did not give compliments lightly to those he held close and when he told me my hard work showed I felt very honored. John was so excited to be judging the Samoyed National for the third time in 2015. He felt being asked to judge your National was the greatest honor. It is with greatest sadness that John will not be able to judge. The Samoyed people have lost an iconic and dedicated, breeder, judge and exhibitor of our breed. John has left a legacy with his dogs and the many people he touched and helped along the way! We in the Midwest and the Samoyed breed have lost a legend and a man with a great smile and soft spoken wit you always wondered did he say that with a chuckle.

By Mary Norton-Augustus

I had the privilege of knowing John Studebaker for over forty years. John has been an ambassador to the Samoyed while being active in breeding, showing and judging. John was active in Canine health research and instrumental in the formation of the AKC Canine Health Foundation.

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ohn was always very supportive of novices and has mentored many people through the years. John gave me and my brother the opportunity to handle some wonderful Samoyeds. When I went out on my own in professional handling after many years of apprenticing, John was my first client. John had much knowledge of genetics and nutrition that I still apply in my breeding program thirty years later. I have very fond memories of John and I had the honor of showing his first homebred specialty winner Ch. WindyRidge’s Starlite Express. Star gave John many great memories and he always said the only thing wrong with her was she was not a male. John did have firm male opinions and to my and many 30 Dog News

others’ delight Star proved him wrong by winning many specialties and Groups, which he had not achieved before. John would go on to promote and special many dogs in the future for many wins but never another “bitch.” That was Star and my legacy with John, which I would always remind him. John was also a big mentor in life. He helped me to have the courage to return to college and get my education. I have a college degree and masters partly due to his insistence of the importance of education and to be able to be an independent person. John also celebrated when I graduated by giving me the trip of my lifetime. He flew Star and I to San Diego and we drove up the coast to the San Francisco National. John, Joanne, Star and I visited every site along the way

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OF Bests THE WEEK Lake County Kennel Club Of Northern California - Thursday & Friday Portuguese Water Dog

GCh. Claircreek Impression De Matisse Judge Mr. Robert A. Indeglia Judge Mr. Robert Stein Owners Milan Lint, Peggy Helming & Donna Gottdenker Handler Michael Scott Acadiana Kennel Club - Friday Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

GCh. Derby’s Toast With Gusto Judge Dr. Robert D. Smith Owner Sue Copeland Handler Scott Sommer

Contra Costa Kennel Club Saturday & Sunday Old English Sheepdog

GCh. Bugaboo’s Picture Perfect Judge Mr. William Shelton Judge Mr. Bart Miller Owners Ron Scott, Debbie Burke, Colton & Heather Johnson Handler Colton Johnson

Midland Michigan Kennel Club - Friday Shih Tzu

GCh. Hallmark Jolei Rocket Power Judge Mrs. Barbara Dempsey Alderman Owners Patricia Hearst Shaw, Luke and Diane Ehricht Handler Luke Ehricht

Snake River Canyon Kennel Club - Tuesday English Springer Spaniel

GCh. Hil N Don & Canyonwood Seemore of Me

Judge Mrs. Pat Leakey Brenner Owners Silsby S. Pelissero & Jayne Crouch Handler Ellen Cottingham Asheville Kennel Club - Saturday Welsh Terrier

GCh. Shaireab’s Bayleigh Maid of Honor Judge Ms. Darle Heck Owners Keith Bailey, Sharon Abmeyer, Tony Lee & X Xie Handler Luiz Abreu Taconic Hills Kennel Club Skye Terrier

Ch. Cragsmoor Goodtime Charlie Judge Mrs. Cindy Vogels Owners Victor Malzoni, Jr. Handler Larry Cornelius McKinley Kennel Club II Standard Poodle

Ch. Litilann’s Showtime Judge Mrs. Robert S. Forsyth Owners Ann Rairigh & Julia Kinsey Handler Ann Rairigh Longshore-Southport Kennel Club English Setter

GCh. Stargazer’ N Wingfield Wait Wait Don’t Tell Judge Mrs. Beverly A. Vics Owners Don and Pat Coller and Eileen Hackett Handler Eileen Hackett Greenwich Kennel Club Afghan Hound

GCh. Tells Matrix Reloaded Judge Mr. James Reynolds Owner Missy Galloway Handler Christian Manelopoulos Continued on page 115

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How did you decide on your kennel name?

What was your most disappointing dog show loss?

My kennel name for my Irish Wolfhounds is Berwyck after a historical Irish regiment.

Years ago when a judge withheld on the dam of my National Specialty winner.

Who is/was your mentor in dogs? Stannye Musson of Louisville, KY.

Can you forgive and forget? Neither!

What was your most important dog show win? The National Specialty.

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

Patti Stand and the head of HSUS Wayne Pacelle.

Questions ASKED OF:

The last book you read?

The Goldfinch.

You get your news from CNN, Fox News, PBS, local or none? All of the above.

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

Gretchen Bernardi

You would like to be remembered as?

A breeder, not an exhibitor or judge. Although I did not exhibit at this year’s National, I took great pride in the wins by dogs from my breeding stock.

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Multiple Best In Show & Best In Specialty Show Winner Best In Show Judge Mr. Hal Biermann

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That’s a Shame...

The call came in the middle of Sussex Spaniels, and the voice on the other end of the line from Beavercreek, Ohio, held a lilt of concern. By DENISE FLAIM

see you ringside at the Garden, and it looks like you’re having an argument,” “I my friend said, as the long-bodied brown

dogs circled the green carpet at the Piers. “Is everything all right?” Everything was indeed all right: Having become fluent in body language in the mild-mannered Midwest, my friend had misread the Queens accent in my flying hands and air jabs as I conversed ringside at Westminster this year: I was being emphatic, not angry. (Although there’s a lesson to us all: In this video-streaming age, no gesture or body-part adjustment goes unnoticed.) There was, however, an impassioned discussion ensuing between myself and another friend regarding the “worthiness” of a breeding animal. The dog in question was a typey representation of the breed, sound in both body and mind. In his first and only breeding, he had produced a serious genetic defect. It was devastating for his owner, who vowed never to breed him again. But soon after, a genetic test for the recessive defect was made available, and the possibility of him being bred again was raised, as he could be bred to a clear bitch and never again produce the problem. “Yes,” my friend said, “but given what he has produced, is he really worthy?” “It’s not his worthiness you’re talking about,” I said, delivering another air jab. “It’s yours.” Dog breeding is supposed to be part art, part science. Nobody ever said there had to be aspects of a dysfunctional family dinner table involved, too. It’s natural to feel disappointment, or frustration, or dismay 42 Dog News

when a particular dog produces a problem. But when feelings like shame enter into the equation, then we’re no longer dealing with a breeding program: We’ve got a people problem on our hands. It turns out there is a name for what we dog people do when we subconsciously associate what happens in the whelping box with our sense of self-worth: It’s called “projective identification.” “We all project the parts of ourselves that we want accepted onto other people and animals and objects,” says psychologist, author and Bouvier fancier Dr. Joel Gavriele-Gold of Manhattan. “It’s wired in – it’s one of our major defenses. But it’s not the healthiest defense in the world.” Fraught as it is with imperfection, dog breeding almost guarantees insecurity and self-doubt: Armwrestling with Mother Nature can be humbling and terrifying, sometimes at the same time. Some fanciers deal with this by leaving altogether – the famous seven-year ditch. But others cope by deflecting their fears, oftentimes on the dogs themselves. You know them, because they exist in every breed: Smug and ever ready with the “gotcha,” they troll the OFA web site, looking for missing screenings and offering theories about their absence. They grab at flakes of gossip like hungry goldfish, passing them on with great gusto, never bothering to verify, or asking if the person to whom they are passing it even has a need to know. They crow about the importance of open disclosure, berate those who do not do it, then use the information to fan innuendo and speculation. Worst of all, they seed a breed culture with the wrongheaded idea that, somehow, the sins of the breeder are visited upon their dogs. This is never articulated, of course, because to simply say it aloud gives voice to how illogical it is. But the suggestion is there: That the reason bad things happen to a breeder’s dogs is because somehow, somewhere, the breeder has done something to deserve it. “If you define yourself by being in the dog-show world, then whatever happens with your dog reflects on you deeply,” Joel points out, adding that

the quest for perfection exacerbates this. We tell ourselves that there are no perfect dogs. (“I will never forget being told by an old Gundog man … that if ever I thought I had bred the perfect dog I should immediately take it out into the field and shoot it!” wrote Catherine Sutton of Britain’s wellknown and large Rossut variety kennel a half-century ago.) Nonetheless, we set that as our ideal. We strive for the unattainable, though we sometimes forget to measure our progress by how close we come to it, not by how far we have fallen short. “Mother Nature is going to do her thing, but people put it back on themselves,” Joel says. That tendency has become more commonplace as dogs are seen less as livestock, and more like family members with fur. When a human parent passes a genetic defect onto his or her child, there can be a palpable sense of shame, as if the parent is intrinsically defective or “less than.” “In terms of parenting, people say to themselves, ‘What kind of parent are you that let you this happen?’” Joel says. We know that every dog carries a certain number of lethal genes; not one has escaped this reality. Sometimes, the roll of the die that is breeding brings them forward so that they express; other times, they just quietly pass to the next generation, awaiting a future turn. Just because we don’t see them in the dog’s phenotype doesn’t mean they don’t exist in the genotype. Eve was naked before she ate that famous apple; it wasn’t until she was given selfawareness that she thought – wrongly, in my view – to be ashamed. So back to our ringside discussion: It had nothing to do with “worthiness,” as my old Catholic-school catechism might have defined it, about how pure our souls are or some kind of divine retribution from that great breeder in the sky. It is literally about the value of a specific dog or bitch in a specific breeding program: Is there a scenario where this dog’s positive attributes benefit the breed, and what is known of the undesirable traits he produces is minimized or avoided? It is really that simple – even without a wild gesticulation for emphasis.


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The Lighter Side of Judging SAY CHEESE! By Michael H. Faulkner

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hroughout my years as a Junior Handler, a Breeder/ Owner Handler, a Professional Handler, and throughout the first ten years of judging, I despised having my picture taken. No matter how special the win, I stayed focused on the dog, semi-listened to the photographer’s instructions, and never lifted my head, nor smiled directly into the camera. It was avoidance personality-disorder at its very best. Being so consumed with what I looked like and what the picture might end up looking like, I failed to allow myself the pleasure of savoring the moment and worse yet, I failed in capturing the genuine enthusiasm of the experience. I am sure my unhealthy approach to seeing myself in a photograph was partly due to my mother’s commitment to cut my hair, herself, in lieu of weekly trips to a proper barbershop or hairdresser. In her attempt to save money, I usually ended up looking like a child that was attacked by pinking scissors, a skinny waif with a shaved head--who offers a cup to passersby for loose change, or someone who looked like a bowl that was used for a sculpting template. These unique styles were often repeated in various yearly school class photos, junior showmanship win photos, and wonderful images that truly captured the meaning of the holidays. Relief from my mother’s fourteen-year stint as a cosmetologist came to an end, when I procured my first real job and I was able to pay the local hairdresser the big bucks to trim the thick mop that rested on top of my head.

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MS. SWIFT, the hairdresser and wife of the local postmaster, was a tall good looking blonde with large pointed breasts, which she loved to push directly into my face, or rest on my shoulders, while sculpting and layering my new look. I never complained, in fear of having to return to my mother’s eccentric coiffures, and also in fear of insulting a paid professional in our small village. To this very

day, I still cringe at her words during my first professional hair solon experience. “You know, from the look of your hairline, you will probably be bald by the time you are thirty. See just look!” She pulled my thick hair backwards exposing a forehead that displayed the start of classic androgenic hair loss, beginning at my temples. At the time I paid little attention to my reflective-self displayed in

the small mirror that MS. SWIFT held in front of my face. Instead, I concentrated on holding my breath---in fear of a disastrous mammary gland experience. No, at the time MS. SWIFTS’s knowledge of Androgenic Alopecia was beyond my youthful comprehension, and there was no way on earth I was not going to live my life without a thick head of hair. Continued on page 70

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Over the years, a lot of very special dogs have passed through my life, but Chevy (Ch. Lanbur The Company Car) and his daughter Judy (Ch. Lanbur Miss Fleetwood) will always be my two special “heart” dogs. Their great winning records are meaningless next to their years as my loving companions. Sadly, I lost both dogs to cancer, Chevy to melanoma and Judy to lymphoma. I’m sure many of you have suffered similar heartbreaking losses. On Sunday, June 22nd, my colleagues at the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA), our dogs, and I will be joining the Morris Animal Foundation’s Unite to Fight virtual dog walk to raise funds and awareness for canine cancer research. Many of

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the same cancers that plague humans affect our pets as well, and the research funded by Morris has many translational benefits for human cancer research. The OFA Team has set a fundraising goal of $2500. If we reach the goal, the OFA will match the contributions dollar for dollar, for a potential $5000 donation to support cancer research that benefits us all. To learn more about the Morris Unite to Fight Virtual Pet Cancer Walk, to make a pledge to support the OFA’s Team, or if you live locally in the Columbia, MO area and would like to join us for the walk, please go to: http://support. morrisanimalfoundation.org/ goto/ofa_eddie Thank you for your generosity—and for being a part of a compassionate community that cares about creating a healthier life for our pets!


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By Pat Trotter

Book Review

Marsha Hall Brown’s Show Dogs Escape To The Seashore Did you ever wonder what would happen if dogs became humans? In this fun frolic Show Dogs Escape to the Seashore by Marsha Hall Brown, one gets to enjoy a flight of fancy with the dogs! When seven group winners get upstaged by a rambunctious brown puppy who steals the show, they decide they are bored and have had enough of dog shows. So off the seven big winners go on an adventure of their own. This adorable tale for kids of all ages will keep readers turning the pages. It is a well-crafted book with stimulating illustrations by Dawn Secord that are in themselves collectors’ items. The surprise ending comes as no surprise to those who have shown dogs for years. Yet it will surprise newcomers to our sport, which is what we want to encourage youngsters to become. This book is for them!

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The ink was barely dry on last week’s column in which I commended the American Kennel Club’s efforts to engage and enlighten North Carolina’s legislators and general public with its recently held Canines at the Capitol Day in Raleigh, NC that brought spectators, legislators and canine authorities together in a celebration of dog-related activities when word arrived about a troubling measure being considered in the state. Canines at the Capital Day featured agility dogs, military dogs, therapy dogs and pets, but apparently legislators weren’t informed about the common practice of co-ownership amongst fanciers nor about responsible care and conditions, or perhaps they were and it just fell on deaf ears. Members of the North Carolina House of Representatives are currently considering language in the legislative budget that would call for the licensing and inspection of anyone who owns or coowns nine intact female dogs and/ or cats. Regardless of the number of animals one keeps the most important issue is the care and conditions in which those animals are kept. The irresponsible owner of a lone animal should be disciplined but to simply label anyone who keeps a certain threshold of intact animals as a pet dealer without considering actual breeding activity or the engagement in the sale of animals is ludicrous. In addition, the measure being considered in NC would remove the state’s Animal Welfare Act from the jurisdiction of the Department of Agriculture, which has an expertise in animal care and is headed by an elected official, and place it under the supervision of the Department of Public Safety, which has little or no expertise in animal care and is headed by a political appointee. This proposal is based on a recommendation from Governor Pat McCrory, and both he and his wife Ann have been vocal in their efforts to eliminate puppy mills in the state, considering the issue a ‘pet peeve’ if you will. Should the measure pass, the very real possibility exists that a like-minded political ally could be appointed to head the Department of Public Safety to oversee its enforcement and agenda. Despite the fact that the Department of Public Safety has no expertise in animal husbandry, 54 Dog News

once it has full regulatory authority it would be able to submit legislation to modify existing fees and standards at public shelters, pet shops, rescue and boarding kennels, as well as decide how breeders will be regulated. In short, it could advance an AR extremist agenda. To many, such a maneuver sounds like the handiwork of the Humane Society of the United States, which seems to have found willing foot soldiers in the form of the Governor McCrory and his wife. As Steve Wallis, President of NC Federation of Dog Clubs reportedly stated, “Ann McCrory and her husband Gov. Pat McCrory have drunk the kool aid and are now disciples of the HSUS agenda.” The HSUS apparently has a cozy relationship with North Carolina’s Governor and the first lady, as evidenced by Governor McCrory accepting an HSUS award on behalf of his wife Ann at a recent fundraiser in Charlotte, NC, where the Governor outlined his plan for the short session – namely, to pass a puppy mill bill and move the Animal Welfare Section from the Department of Agriculture to the Department of Public Safety. In a statement to the press McCrory said, “A transfer of animal welfare enforcement from the Department of Agriculture to the Department of Public Safety would help state officials work with local police to deal with puppy mills, a priority of first lady Ann McCrory.” McCrory also reportedly told the Charlotte audience that he needed them to bombard legislators and that “… if we get it to a vote, there’s no way they can vote no.” That remains to be seen. The measure, which includes

a definition of “dog dealer” to mean “any person who sells, exchanges, or donates, or offers to sell, exchange, or donate animals to another dealer, pet shop, or research facility, or any person residing in a household or on a premise that collectively maintains a total of more than nine mature intact female animals, regardless of ownership ” and doesn’t allow exemptions for sporting dogs, co-ownerships, working, herding, security or rescue dogs, was originally included in the Governor’s budget filed May 22 as Senate Bill 842. But the Senate rejected the recommendation when they considered and passed their version of the budget last week. In a letter to members of the North Carolina House dated June 5, the AKC stated, “The Governor’s recommendations would create unprecedented new regulation based on the ownership of private property, create new inefficiencies as responsibilities are shifted between departments, and do nothing to improve the well-being of animals.” Sheila Goffe, Director of AKC’s GR Dept., wrote, “The Governor’s budget recommendations violate personal property rights of North Carolina residents, would prove prohibitively expensive to taxpayers and, most importantly, would not be in the best interests of dogs in our state.” The House unveiled its version of the NC budget on Tuesday morning, June 10 at 9 am and at 10 am the subcommittee controlling this portion of the bill met to discuss it. Thanks in no small part to the AKC’s GR Department, the NC Federation of Dog Clubs, members of the 143 dog clubs in North Carolina, organizations

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such as the Sportsmen’s & Animal Owners’ Voting Alliance and the thousands of dog owners, breeders and taxpayers who urged their representatives to see through the AR smokescreen, the governor’s recommendations to define owners of multiple dogs as “pet dealers” was not part of the budget that made it out of the subcommittee. However, this victory may be short lived. The full House Appropriations committee will hear the bill today (June 11) and the HSUS is expected to apply a full court press to amend the bill to include the governor’s pet dealer language. The budget is expected to be on the House Floor for consideration on Thursday so stay tuned, this battle, which dates back to last year, will rage on, as the HSUS would love nothing more than to see such legislation pass in a state that the AKC calls home. New Yorkers must also be on the lookout, as the AKC also holds offices in the Big Apple, and there are measures that have received preliminary hearings in the City Council Health Committee that seek to regulate anyone other than a shelter who transfers a dog in NYC as a “pet store” and another measure that seeks to require that any animal transferred to an owner be spayed or neutered. There’s no end in sight on the canine legislation front and one cannot underestimate how important it is for dog owners to forge relationships with lawmakers to protect their rights to own and breed dogs responsibly. It’s imperative that all dog owners in North Carolina contact their House representatives immediately and respectfully yet forcefully ask them to continue to oppose this measure and to keep these provisions out of the House budget. If they have opposed it, thank them for doing so. The Animal Welfare Act should remain the jurisdiction of the Department of Agriculture and not with the Department of Public Safety and owners should maintain the right to keep intact animals without being considered pet dealers under the law. For contact information for the NC House Representatives, log on to www.ncga.state. nc.us/House/House.html and to contact the Governor’s office call 919 814-2000 or fax 919 733-2120.


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by Jo Ann White

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he 2014 ASTC National attracted exhibitors and spectators from around the country and the world to the St. Louis-Frontenac Hotel in St. Louis, MO. In addition to a large Canadian contingent, there were exhibitors from South Africa, Peru, France, and Thailand. In fact, the BOB, Select Dog, and Best Puppy and Best in Sweepstakes at the National were all Canadian-bred, and the Winners Dog was a South African champion that completed his American title at this show. The earliest arrivals were our dedicated and friendly agility exhibitors, who prove to us year after year that Shih Tzu are smart as well as beautiful (if a bit stubborn and independent). They cheered one another on at two ASTC trials held at a nearby venue. Overall highest scoring in the regular agility classes was Emily Ingersoll’s MACH6 Monys Sukimitzu RN MXS2 MJG2 NAP NJP NF T2B. Overall highest scoring in the preferred classes was MACH3 Ananda MXG2 MJBN3, owned by Supavee Janiekha and Paiboon Tanapipatkulchai. Trials over, most of the agility fans returned to the hotel for a sumptuous Meet and Greet in the Atrium and remained to watch their friends and/ or participate in the two ASTC obedience and rally trials. In these trials, highest scoring dog in regular obedience classes both days and highest scoring dog in rally advanced B on day one was Shente’s Bear Goldstein, BN RN OA NAJ THD, owned by Rochelle and Burton Goldstein. Highest scoring dog in rally novice B both days and in obedience open B obedience on day one was Trinket’s Gonna Be A Star, owned by Judi Gullickson. On day 2, Sawyer’s Blizzard Brewin’ UD MX AXP MXP OF RAE T2BP, owned by Elizabeth Scorzelli, was highest scoring in rally advanced B and Trinket’s I’ll Go First CDX RE, also owned by Judi Gullickson, was highest scoring in rally excellent B. Other early arrivals included vendors selling just about everything Shih Tzu. Needless to say, their wares sparked enthusiastic shopping sprees. Other attendees took chances on the many donated items on the raffle table or bid on auction items during the annual awards banquet, both of which benefit the ASTC Charitable Trust. A breeder education seminar

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organized by Judy Wilson, Jo Ann White, and Susan Kilgore gave attendees the opportunity to hear from long-time exhibitors about various aspects of the breed standard and ask questions during the hands-on portion of the seminar. It included not only stations on heads (Jennifer MillerFarias and Marg Brown), fronts (Richard Paquette and Carlene Snyder), rears (Pat Keen-Fernandez), and overall balance and movement (Michelle Jones and Wendy Paquette), but another at which breeders Deb Wheeler and Jan Sammons, experienced in both performance and conformation, discussed Shih Tzu temperament and how to evaluate puppies for the various aspects of our sport. Richard Paquette also conducted this year’s judge’s education seminar, which included a mock dog show and ringside mentoring. Best of Breed at the two regional specialties preceding the national, judged respectively by Kathy Sawyer and Elaine Lessig, were GCh Ista’s Southern Gentleman, owned by Roxanne Marshburn, and GCH Hallmark Jolei Rocket Power, owned by Luke and Diane Ehricht. BOS at both regionals went to GCH Zephyr Monogram Maybe Marilyn, owned by Dan Haley, Clay Williams, and Ann McDearmon. Best of Winners both days were Canadian-

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bred--WB and Best Bred by Symarun’s Can’t Hurry Love, owned by Carol and Carrie Randle, on day one, and WD and Best Puppy Wenrick’s Don’t Stop Believing, owned by Wendy, Jody, and Richard Paquette on day two. The national itself began with puppy sweepstakes, judged by Kathy Bilicich Garcia. What a lovely lineup of puppies! Best in Sweepstakes went to Wenrick’s Don’t Stop Believing, who was also Best Puppy the following day under judge June Penta. Best Opposite in Sweepstakes was Hallmark Jolei Rocket Miss Fire, owned by Luke and Diane Ehricht. On day two, Mrs. Penta awarded BOB to Ch. Symarun’s Endless Love, owned by Carol and Carrie Randle and Amanda Carlson. BOS was GCH Zephyr Monogram Maybe Marilyn. BOW, WB and Best Bred by was Tian Mi’s Rumor Has It, owned by Leslie LeFave and Ralph Mishler, and WD was PUP’ 12 SA CH Midnight Dream Thril’F Victory, owned by Mrs. H. J. Erwee. After the shows were over, fanciers gathered for the annual awards dinner and one last chance to get together with old friends and new acquaintances from around the world. Both judges have been involved in our breed for a very long time. (In fact, June Penta used to help this author “cut and paste” the ASTC Bulletin in the pre-computer 1970’s.) How things have changed, including our breed, which they noted has become much more uniform and glamorous. A special thank you to show chair Polly Nauman and her assistant Pat Keen-Fernandes; to Terry Fencl, who prepared the wonderful banquet slide show; and to banquet auctioneer Richard Paquette. In addition to awards to the top winners and producers in conformation and performance, the AKC Good Sportsmanship Award was given to Barbara Ann Ewer for her work on the ASTC website and the Wenrick Sportsmanship Award to Liz Takamoto for her years of hard work in keeping everything running smoothly. A specialty is a great place to see the best Shih Tzu from around the world and learn more about our breed from the experts. For those who would like to join the festivities next year, pencil in the dates May 4-9, 2015. The specialty, plus agility trials and two specialties by the host club, the Golden Gate Shih Tzu Fanciers, will all be held at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Foy-Trent will be superintendent. As more information becomes available, we’ll be updating you about 2015 on the ASTC web site, at www. americanshihtzuclub.org. Dog News 57


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puppy, bred by exhibitor or best veteran, etc. From what I understand from some Board Members this Mandate will be discussed at the Board Meeting being held after the Delegate Meeting. I am anxious to see what action will be taken, if any, by the Board based upon the feedback from those at the Delegate Meeting. I do not have any objection to having this SA but give the clubs the opportunity to offer it on their own and not because they MUST offer it. Clubs want to increase entries and they will offer the NOHS if that is the case. Give the clubs credit for having the common sense to do whatever it takes to increase entries and attract the owner handlers. Lots of time at the Committee Meetings was also spent on the proposed amendment to the Charter and Bylaws of the AKC, Article VI, and Section 5. This section addresses the eligibility requirements to be an AKC Delegate. The proposed changes would remove restrictions on Delegate eligibility for certain classes of person previously excluded from serving as Delegates. These proposed changes were brought forward by the Delegate Bylaws Committee. It makes judges who charge in excess of expenses, professional handlers or trainers, persons who engage in the manufacture of or retail sale of dog food, or dog supplies, publishers or others who publish or promote show dogs/kennels through solicitation or acceptance of advertisements in commercial dog publications, and dog

JUNE DELEGATE MEETING superintendents, all eligible to become and remain Delegates. It also adds convictions for animal cruelty as a reason for not approving or removing a Delegate. (This addition was amended before the Delegate vote as it is redundant. Being convicted for animal cruelty would make a person not a person in good standing with the AKC). In the past the eligibility of becoming a Delegate has been voted on before in some form. The last time it was to allow professional judges to become Delegates. That was defeated then as it was again at this Delegate meeting. The Delegate Body voted the following day not to adopt the proposal presented by the Bylaws Committee. From what I heard from the Committee Chairperson this is not the end of bringing it back in some form to the Delegate Body. Before the Delegate Meeting a call was placed to the Bylaws Chairperson, by two AKC Board members, to ask the Bylaws Committee to withdraw the proposed vote from the agenda at the Delegate Meeting. The chairperson polled the members of the committee and it was decided to keep the proposal on the agenda. Do not ask me why this call was placed as I do not know. Could it be those people who made the call thought is may not pass as written or that it would pass….who knows? The proposal had already been submitted to the Board by the Bylaws Committee and was allowed to be submitted to the Delegate Body after two publications in the online Ga-

zette. This action was taken with no vote. If there was concern at that Board meeting why was it allowed to go through?

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when any proposal is presented to the Board there is a vote taken by the Board. Anytime a vote in the US House or Senate is taken a record of the elected official is recorded. How are we as Delegates going to have any idea of who to vote for at future Board elections if we do not know how they voted on such proposals? Do they not wish the Delegate body to know their opinion? If that be the case then they should not be seated on the Board. When a vote is taken on some action I always see how each Board member votes. If I disagree with their vote I usually ask the Board member why they voted as they did. Sometimes they may have a good reason but in most cases it is not a reason I can agree with in any shape or form. The Committees were very active again at this meeting. The All Breed Committee had a request from the field trials/hunt test events committee to have their rules voted on by the Board and not the Delegates. That makes sense to me as most of the Delegates do not know that much about these events to make an intelligent vote. I am one of them. There was also a conversation creating a best practice document that is now being worked on by AKC staff. Recruiting new members is another problem for all breed and other types of club. Suggestions of

how clubs are recruiting new members should be sent to the committee. There should be some way to streamline the event application process. Those that have specific problem areas should contact Alan Slay, head of the events department. Charles Garvin gave an update on the canine college and information for that is forthcoming. It was also mentioned that breeds in Junior Showmanship that are required to be judged on a ramp in breed should be judged that way in the Junior Showmanship competition. The policy now states that it is at the judge’s discretion. Alan Kalter spoke about how to deal with the low entry breeds at shows for judges to obtain regular status. There are now 180 recognized AKC breeds/varieties with 81 breeds considered low entry breeds. New breeds start off low and most of these breeds remain low entry breeds. Of the established breeds 8 breeds went to low entry in the last 10 years. Since 2005-2014 almost ½ of the recognized breeds are low entry. Finding majors is a major concern. Getting judges access to these breeds for the judges to be approved to judge them on a non permit basis is another problem. Finding shows where enough of an entry in these low entry breeds for a judge to be observed is also a problem. Is the answer to make it easier for the judge to receive approval an answer? Some people suggested that if a judge already judges a group future permit assignments observations by an executive field representative Continued on page 62

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Am. & Can. GCh. Symarun’s Endless Love Thank You Judge Mrs. June Penta for the Best of Breed win at the American Shih Tzu Club National Specialty. Breeders/Co-Owners Carol & Carrie Randle & Amanda Carlson Owner: Papitchaya Sukonnoi Handler: Doug & Mandy Carlson Dog News 59


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should not be necessary unless that judge has received numerous complaints from exhibitors or others that are documented in the judge’s file. Some other suggestions were to have someone that the AKC recognizes as a good judge or an expert on that breed be at that show to observe the judge when an executive field representative is not present at a show. Suggestions were also to have an AKC institute on low entry breeds that a judge could attend before applying for that breed. Maybe parent clubs could write a short synopsis of the most important characteristics in their breed or the essence of the breed. That could also have a suggestion for the judge of how to go over the dog and how to approach that breed. This is a project that is being worked on by Board and staff. At the Parent Club committee Chair Pat Laurens stated that there are now 126 clubs that have contributed to AKC Reunite to purchase trailers and stock emergency supplies to be used in a disaster. They have received $334,441 and $250,000 going to AKC Reunite. There are 7 trailers that will be delivered in the next few months. AKC Reunite Trailer Project is a great idea and one that each club should contribute to. Your donations will help those people with animals to get necessary emergency items during times of disaster by having a trailer on hand to deliver emergency supplies. Those clubs and individuals that wish to donate can go to www.akcreunite.org/ relief. There are lots of clubs

JUNE DELEGATE MEETING that do not have Delegates and a study is being done to find out why. If there are event plans problems please contact Dennis Sprung. Alan Slay also spoke at the Delegate meeting the following day on the progress of improving the Event Plans and approving the events and the judges’ panel in a timely manner. Lots of the employees in that department have worked overtime and the work flow has been modified. It should not take more than 8 days for processing of the applications. This is the lowest turnaround since 2011. Please let Alan Slay know if there are still any problems you may have. The Dog Show Rules Committee also had a very busy session. The AKC Board is working on Chapter 2, Section 3 regarding territory issues-Facility vs. Territory. Board Liaison, Harvey Wooding, previously had stated that the Board had discussed this issue at length in the February meeting. A sub-committee of the DSRC headed by Duane Butherus and Harry Miller had done lots of work on this issue of territories. These suggestions were submitted to the Board. Harvey submitted a recap to the committee of the very massive project that included the four-step process to the territoriality issue. Those four steps consisted of understand customer behaviors, define objectives, collect and analyze data and draw conclusion and submit proposals. Under the Collect and Analyze section there were very interesting statistics. In 2013, there were a

total of 4,048 conformation shows and over 1.5 million conformation show entries. Specialty clubs host 51% of the shows, but the total entries for specialties account for only 102,000 or 7% of total entries, with an average of 49 entries per show. The majority (88%) of total 2013 entries came from all breed shows, with an average of 937 entries per show.

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here are a total of 830 unique show sites being utilized to host the 4,048 conformation shows in 2013. I think that this will be a very involved project and one that is needed to help address the issue that is facing lots of clubs. The policy of videotaping at shows for commercial use was discussed. This is a result of the HBO Real Sports presentation that did not allow the AKC to give its side of the issues with the health of purebred dogs vs. the mixed breeds. When clubs apply for a show they must indicate that they are familiar with AKC policy regarding videotaping. The policy can be found on the AKC website. No more action will be taken by the DSRC on this topic at the moment. The sub-committee on Chapter 7, Section 1, 3, 10 and Chapter 11, Section 13 consisting of Sue Goldberg and myself presented to the committee our suggestions. Previously our committee had sent our proposal to the Board who sent it to staff. Tim Thomas head of Judges

Department and Bri Tresarz Programs Manger, Event Operations were very helpful in presenting to the subcommittee their suggestions on these various changes to Chapter 7 and Chapter 11. Sue and I reviewed the suggestions and came back to the committee with our suggestions. The first paragraph of Chapter 7, Section 1 would remain the same. In the second paragraph a reference to the Judging Conflict of Interest-Occupational Eligibility Addendum was suggested to be included. That along with other suggestions and changes were sent back to the Board for the final approval. Tim and Bri were very helpful and Sue and I appreciated their effort to help on this proposal. Cindy Stansell and Sue Goldberg presented their proposal of the idea to add to the Junior Showmanship Regulations and Guidelines a Reserve Best Junior. MariBeth O’Neill, who is a huge supporter of the Juniors, reviewed it with staff and offered their suggestions. The original amendment was to Section 5, Classes and Divisions. That section would add Reserve Best Junior Handler and also that each club that offers Junior Showmanship classes must offer Best Junior. The committee had constructed the procedure to judge Reserve Best Junior the same as the Best in Show and Reserve Best in Show is judged. The Reserve Best Junior would be selected by the judge from the remaining Juniors in the ring. MariBeth and staff suggested that after the judge has awarded Continued on page 66

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Best Junior Handler, the second place winner from the class that the Junior was awarded Best Junior Handler is to return to the ring to compete for Reserve Best Junior Handler with the remaining Junior Handlers who place first in each of the regular Junior Showmanship Classes. This is the way that the Winners and Reserve Winners are selected at confirmation shows. The committee discussed this and decided to keep the amendment as presented by the committee to judge the Reserve Best Junior the same way that Best in Show is judged. That decision to retain as is will be sent back to the staff with that recommendation. At the Forum in the afternoon Carmen Battaglia PHD presented a wonderful Powerpoint on Juniors before 2000. In 1929 a juniors’ Program was started to introduce new generations to the sport of dogs, which gave the Junior an opportunity to measure his/her skills. That was followed in 1931 by the Children’s Handling Class. A survey was completed by 1351 juniors. In that survey 78% started in novice class. Of that number 86% remained in Juniors. Girls consisted of 85% while Boys made up the remaining 15% of the entries. Why Juniors became involved in Juniors 47% the Juniors stated they did it when they saw others do it. Family members were a great support for 50.04 of the Juniors with not necessarily the parents giving the support but a friend or grandparents. Of these children that participated in the Juniors Program 37% of them completed a 4-year college degree….while 23% completed their GED or graduated from High School. Of these Juniors 75% became dog breeders or exhibitors with 41% exhibiting in obedience and 90% in breed. Of this number 44% finished 334 dogs and 45% bred 249 dogs. If you wish to view the Powerpoint please go to breedingbetterdogs.com/ article.

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t the coordinating committee meeting after the Forum Dr. Garvin stated that the judge’s approval improvement project will be presented to the Board at the June meeting being held after the Delegate meeting. Dennis Sprung stated that the December AKC Invitational will go on in Orlando in December and most likely it will also be held there in 2015. Dennis has met with Proctor and Gamble and Mars and those talks are going well. Three executive field representatives were hired in 2013. Entries have been flat the last 5 months with all breed shows down 3%. Companion event entries have grown with agility up 2.8%. Obedience was down 1% with rally down 7.5% and tracking down 6%. Doug Lungren stated that the new rally/ obedience manual is being worked on. At the Delegate Meeting the following day Chris Walker/VP-Marketing and Communications presented, in his wonderful accent, a Powerpoint which stated that 73% of the public use social media. There is an AKC Facebook page that people can visit and like. Social media is a great way to get your club and your breed out to the public. Chris’s department is asking those who need help with any of the social media to contact him or his office and they are very willing to help. Dennis Sprung presented a wonderful tribute to Dr. Bill Newman (Mr. Mastiff) and the many contributions he has given to the success of the AKC and the dog fancy. Alan Kalter presented his Chairman’s report that stated we already have begun to get a fan base with Facebook. HSUS is at 1.6% and ASPCA is at 4%. The AKC’s rate is an astounding 30%. The actual number of true fans is 535,000-higher than any of those he mentioned by a multiple. In fact, AKC has 16 times more true fans than HSUS. Peter Farnsworth, CFO, gave the state of the finances for AKC from January to April, 2014. The financials are not as good as last year. There was a decline in litter registrations of a $1 million decrease

while dog registrations are aligned with the first four months of 2013. As of April there is a 0% drop in dog registrations. There is $108 million in investments on the balance sheet with $70 million in pension and $14 million ear marked for future use. Doug Lundgren stated that the AKC is celebrating the 20th year of AKC Agility. Agility started at Crufts in 1978 with the KC of England adopting it in 1980. In 1986 the USDAA was started. In 1993 there was the beginning of the AKC Advisory committee on Agility. In 1994 the first AKC Agility Trial with one class with three levels of difficulty was held in Houston, TX. In 1996 the first National Agility championship was held in Tulsa, OK. And in the same year we sent the first AKC team to the World Agility Trials. There have also been added three additional classes with the preferred class to accommodate all breeds and handlers. In 1999 the MACH title was introduced. There are now 9 agility organizations in the USA. This is the 2nd sport to exceed 11 million entries in a year. There were 1650 dogs competing in the Agility National Championship in PA. Bob McKowen was the person who organized and conducted the first AKC Agility Event in August 1994. Bob McKowen is still alive and a Delegate. A plaque was given to Bob at the meeting to honor and recognize him for all of his contribution to the sport of agility. He received a standing ovation. It was a good meeting with my only disappointment the defeat of the proposal to allow more professions into the Delegate Body. Clubs should have the opportunity to nominate any of their membership as a Delegate regardless of what profession he or she is involved. Maybe in a future time the Delegate body will allow one or some of these professions and that will follow in the steps of the first woman allowed to be seated as a Delegate. Then and only then will we be inclusive instead of exclusive.


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bY Desmond J. Murphy

Other than AKC/Eukanuba, Westminster, Montgomery County, Poodle Club of America and Santa Barbara Kennel Club, I rarely write my observations. With the modern age of technology all results of shows are immediately posted.

With cluster shows becoming more and more popular so many clubs have lost their own individuality. Using Springfield as an example, I guess we now have around fifty all breed shows being held at the “Big E” in Springfield. This has become the savior for so many clubs for all the states in the New England area and even as far away as Long Island. Some shows can no longer be held in the popular Fitchburg, MA venue so several of these clubs had no other choice than moving to the “Big E”. For all the obvious reasons the venue in Springfield has enabled so many clubs to stay

in existence. Eastern Dog Club is a prime example. Eastern, which has always been called Boston, was one of the handful of the top shows in America years ago. For several reasons, but mainly loosing the venue at the Bayside Center, put the club in a downward spiral. Moving it to Providence it just could not make a go of it financially. Now Eastern has been able to establish a four-day weekend at the “Big E” and will be able to financially keep the club alive. Detroit Kennel Club also has had to give up their inner city show at Cobo Hall because of financial reasons. Detroit will be able

to resume their shows at a new venue and new date outside the city. Philadelphia is another example of clubs not being able to hold shows at inner city venues. I would not be surprised if in the near future International will have to move from McCormick Center because of financial reasons. Even Westchester, which held its shows at the magnificent Lyndhurst Castle, had to give up this beautiful setting. The main reason we can no longer hold inner city shows is that the clubs cannot afford to. We forget to realize so many clubs twenty years ago had huge sponsorship from Pedigree. Continued on page 82

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The Lighter Side

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SAY CHEESE!

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Well, from MS. SWIFT’s lips to God’s ears---my hairline followed a steady path through high school, college, graduate school, junior showmanship, handling and judging, and with each step of the journey---I lost more. Regular professional dog show photographs confirmed my biggest fear week by week. Upon reflection, I am truly grateful that digital media was unheard of at that time. Instead, we were forced to wait four to six weeks for our winning dog show photo proofs to appear in the mail. I would have thrown myself in the river if my androgenic hair loss stages instantly appeared in print as my beautiful baldness does today. Praise be that Facebook, websites, and the Internet were not even neo-natal. Now, don’t get me wrong, the process of accepting my beautiful baldness was a journey like no other. In my late teens and early twenties, it was devastating to hear the comments and to witness the remains of my beautiful hair flush down numerous hotel chain drains during dog show

weekends. Yes, I experienced denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. I contemplated “covering it up”, getting hair plugs, and a hairpiece. And after seeing far too many middle-aged men with comb-overs flying in the wind, and guys with corn rows of planted hair, I chose to embrace my inner beauty and shave my head. A simple procedure---I utilize a pair of my old, retired dog grooming clippers twice a week, and clean my neck and the top of my head with a straight razor. I contemplated growing a goatee or a beard and quickly came to the conclusion that it looked like I was compensating for my naked head and I would appear insecure. I was man enough to own my baldness. Sporting a shaved head made me look younger, tougher, sharper, and completed the professional dog show-judging image, I so desperately desired during my early days of pointing the boney finger. Also, being the creative type, my bald head provided an immediate artistic appeal within my many other circles, not to mention the street respect I received in Washington, DC. For first ten years of judging, during official win photo time---I remained committed to keeping my head low, never smiling, and focusing on the dog. The level of seriousness provided a mask for my desire to be respected among peers and provided a self-fashioned blindfold that prevented me from seeing myself in photographs. Rummaging through old dog show photographs and old dog show advertisements, I came across a copy of Dog News that featured me, Meg

(the Golden Retriever I was showing at the time), and a Best in Show win photo with the late MISS DOROTHY NICHOLS. I marveled at how happy, beautiful, and full of life MISS NICHOLS appeared in the photograph, while at the same time noticing my profoundly serious manner. Her eyes twinkled, her smile was big and broad, and she genuinely appeared excited, thrilled and happy with her Best in Show selection for the day. At that particular moment, sitting on the floor of my studio/office, I declared a MISS NICHOLS moment, channeled her infectious energy, and swore that I would endeavor to take things a bit less seriously and enjoy the dog show photographic experience. After a long day of judging, it takes effort to move from the mental mode of processing breed standards to becoming a mechanical statue for what seems, at times, an endless staging of individuals wanting the perfect dog show photo, representing their dog’s accomplishments. And, at times, some of the dogs to which you award ribbons, obtain this status by merely showing up in the ring with no others in competition. As a student judge, yes there was such a status, many senior members of the community had been gracious enough to offer me their dog judging photo advice over the years: • “Never take a photo if it is single class entry and there are no points awarded. If the dog is ugly, it will end up in some ad, somewhere with you in the picture.” • “If the win was forced upon you and you had no option but to put the creature Continued on page 74

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up, turn your ribbons upside down during the photo and look the other way.” • “If you are truly embarrassed, get a sudden gastro intestinal attack, run to the restroom, and never return.”

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ears ago, before I totally embraced my baldness and before my MISS NICHOLS’ epiphany, I over processed every award and every dog that desired a photograph. I lived in fear of being evaluated by what the photograph represented and by what the viewer did not know, relating to the quality of the competition, if there had been any competition at all. I truly agonized over the thought of seeing the win in print, for all to critique. Today---bald, bold and beautiful, I welcome all to the photographic podium out of love and respect. Instead of viewing the experience from an exhausted state of mind, I view the opportunity to share their joy, to help them obtain the best possible photograph, and to assist the professional photographer in their entrepreneurial endeavor. This quest is not always easy. It requires the judge to be razor sharp, focused, and ready at all times, especially in the case of the novice owner/handler. I view myself as a creative conduit between photographer and handler. “OK, listen to me…gently move the front right leg, your side, back one inch.” The photographer will direct. The handler lifts the left front leg and moves it forward two inches. “No, he said the front

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right leg back an inch, not the left leg---the other one.” I quietly whisper. “That’s good, that’s good ….leave it right there. Now, he has moved the left rear leg forward. “I want you to gently slide it back one-half an inch,” the photographer calmly instructs. The handler drops control of the leash around the exhibit’s neck, uses both hands to adjust the rear, the dog’s head lowers, the front goes all to hell and in the end the dog sits on the podium. I continue to smile and offer more coaching, “Now, get yourself collected. Don’t drop your lead. Listen to everything the photographer tells you.” “I know, I know…. it’s my puppy’s first point ever, it’s my first time and I am nervous as hell,” the newbie blurts out. “Let’s try walking the dog off the podium, do a little circle and walk back on…. that’s good, just like that….. now, slowly without dropping your lead…take the bait away from his mouth and listen to me,” the Photographer continues, becoming a bit more determined. “The front looks good…judge, would you mind slowly offering the dog a piece of bait while we work the hindquarters?” I nod in approval. Taking the remnants of a slimy hotdog in my right hand, I slowly entice the canine, while holding the ribbons in my left hand. “This is looking good…..OK…here we go.” The photographer tosses a squeaky, hairy creature ten feet in front of the puppy, sending it spinning and twirling in every direction. “Did you get a good shot?” The owner asks. “Well, NO! Let’s do the same thing all over and, Judge Faulkner, if you would, when I signal, use your right hand a toss a piece

of the bait forward and quickly grab the ribbon, look directly at me---and smile.” “Got it!” I reply. My stomach growls from hunger and I wished that I had lathered an extra inch of sunscreen on my bald head. The handler repeats the motions, I am ready to toss the weenie, the photographer is on the mark and offers one last adjustment, “Please collect the lead into your hand, it is hanging down and in front of your dog.” The novice handler jerks the leash, which the dog’s right front paw is standing on, sending him once again over the edge and into a sitting position. Hungry, hot, and sunburned, I am now more than determined to succeed. “No need to worry. Relax, third time is the charm. Remember to look straight at the camera and smile. This is your first win and it is one that you will always remember.” Procedures are repeated with success. I gently, in perfect synchronization with the photographer and the handler, toss Oscar Myer in the air. The young dog arches upward, forward, standing proudly for his winning photograph. In the matter of a second, I return my right hand to the ribbons, look upwards towards the camera, and smile from ear to ear. Comfortable in my own skin, totaling embracing my baldness, and wanting nothing more than a beautiful photograph for the owner, I believe that our photographic efforts succeeded. I take away with me, the hope that in years to come this exhibitor will look at me, the shiny-pated smiling judge, and experience the same feelings I do for my warm and nostalgic photo with MISS NICHOLS.


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ell the Delegates and the Member Clubs they represent, in their collective and infinite wisdom, turned down the proposal from its own Delegate By-Laws Committee to do away with what I consider to be the archaic Delegate Occupational Eligibility requirements. Needing a 2/3 vote and not a simple majority it seemed an improbable number to reach with which to begin and so the odds were strictly against the passage of this motion. Whether or not the vote should have been taken by occupational listings for eligibility, which motion was made and reportedly turned down by an even greater number of the Delegates than the overall change to the Bylaw, the fact is that certain people rightly or wrongly strongly believe that too many professional occupations within the dog world cause a sufficient conflict of interest for these people to become Delegates. Me, I believe that anyone in good standing with AKC and who wants the position and whose Member Club wants them to serve as well is entitled to become a Delegate. This would of course result in major power changes and shifts within the Delegate Body itself, which is one reason this type Amendment is defeated whenever it is brought up. Additionally there is a strong legitimate group of people who are opposed to anything professional being included within the AKC governing bodies although selective distinctions have and are made, which result in what some folk consider to be discriminatory selections. It is reported that fewer than 45% of the Delegates (and/or the Member Clubs) voted FOR the change, which of course was a major disappointment for its major backers. Surprised I was not- disappointed I surely was. I suppose it truly did not affect the vote but the failure of the Board itself in not supporting the Amendment and merely putting it though


to the Delegates was to my mind psychologically debilitating for those in favor of the change. I mean if you can’t get your own Board behind you (for whatever their collective nefarious reasons may have been) how can one expect the Clubs themselves to take a less than positive stand on the issue? Nonetheless this now buries this issue for at least the next 5 to 10 years unless of course some dramatic changes are proposed by the Board or its Chairman, which could result in major changes in thinking on this subject. Unlikely to happens one would think--boo-hoo--boo-hoo. By the way for the record I never wanted to become a Delegate nor even thought about becoming one-that’s not why I favored the Amendment--scurrilous and slanderous remarks on the Delegate e-line to the contrary notwithstanding. I am not a devotee of Facebook but out of necessity I peruse what my so-called “friends” have to say--anyways the things that I can find on my Facebook page. Candidly I find most of the stuff being posted to be somewhat trivial if not downright silly. I mean there is one lady judge who does nothing but write about her bad airport experiences coming and going to shows, for which she is getting paid to adjudicate upon. When I see that name I scroll away immediately. There are other “friends” who I guess have nothing else to do so they post and post and post til the cows come home! But the most annoying thing to me is the international judge who uses Facebook as a means to promote and justify his decisions worldwide. Not only that but he takes photos of the dogs he awards points to and then

enthusiastically endorses other judges to do the same for HIS dogs! Without meaning to be judgmental I find these kinds of posts totally unacceptable and am somewhat surprised his home kennel club does not at the least ask him to stop those kinds of posts. They just go above and beyond how I believe a judge should act at any time in their career. Fortunately the American judges whose posts I read never do anything that extreme. I did get a kick out of two posts I saw--one congratulating a “family” for an exhibit’s Best and the other congratulating a neighbor for a dog’s Best. I thought it was the dog we were appreciating not the people who own them but I guess under the thinking of the NOHS people it is the people we are admiring whilst the dogs are secondary.

“There are other “friends” who I guess have nothing else to do so they post and post and post til the cows come home!”

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attended the Greenwich Kennel Club Dog Show this past weekend and after years of mixed weather the two days in Norwalk were just magnificent. The weekend begins at the FDR State park with two shows held by Taconic and then moves to Norwalk for Saturday and again on Sunday there as Longshore-Southport has revived its show event, which is held in conjunction with Greenwich. Notwithstanding the large number of shows held in an extended East Coast area at the same time I believe that this site at Calf’s Pasture Continued on page 100

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Some of these shows were getting around $100,000. Purina and Eukanuba are keeping several shows afloat, but they have budgets that will not allow what Pedigree did. Long Island is a perfect example of how the sport has changed. Within such a small radius of Planting Fields there were numerous top breeding kennels years ago. There were so many huge estates with large kennels and stables. I grew up at “Mardormere’, a short walking distance from Planting Fields, where there were around fifty full time employees on the property. This is just one example of the many great kennels in that area. This was the “Golden Era’ of the sport. You had the leading people of the sport staging great shows at fabulous venues. In the middle of May PCA on Friday and Ladies Kennel Association on Saturday was at the legendary Garden City Hotel. On Sunday the Long Island KC held its show at the Piping Rock Club, which is one of the most exclusive clubs in the world. Then the end of September, Suffolk County held a show Saturday and Sunday at Westbury, which was known as the show of “distinction”. There was a saying called “The Three W’s”. This meant Westchester, Westbury and Westminster. Every top Terrier and handler from all of the US would come to Westbury with hopes of scoring big. They felt if they won the show it would give an edge to win Montgomery and then a big edge to score

big at the Garden. Although Westbury was founded as an all-breed show, it, for many years, limited the entry to only Terriers. Westbury and Long Island KC also at some point did not offer group competition. Saw Mill River was another club where no groups or Best was offered. When Ramona VanCourt was show chair for Westbury she was also show chair for

“After all these years finally Ladies Kennel Association and Long Island KC held their shows together at Planting Fields.” Beverly Hills, which was one the three largest shows in America. During this same period her husband, Kippy Van Court, was show chair of Westminster. No top East coast handler would not enter Beverly Hills and no top West coast handler would not enter Westbury. There was always a fear their entries would not get into Westminster. The Long Island shows have been hit hard with so many factors they could not control. Some of the great

venues became unavailable, but being in conflict with so many other shows has become the main factor. The May weekend also has shows being held in Maine and Virginia. In September they are in conflict with Old Dominion and the hugely popular Wine Country Circuit. Westbury, the show of “distinction,” has become known as the show of “extinction”. Last year the entry was down to 589. Since it is a one-day show on the beautiful grounds of Planting Fields, it is a detriment because people do not want to move from one location to another. Hopefully as the entry keeps dwindling, they will be able to financially stay at Planting Fields. After all these years finally Ladies Kennel Association and Long Island KC held their shows together at Planting Fields. Long Island always felt that with Planting Fields being a bit remote that it could not attract a good gate. When Long Island used the Museum in Roslyn, the gate was huge, but even with the large gate it became financially difficult to remain there. Having the back-to-back Ladies and Long Island finally in one location proved greatly beneficial to both clubs. In 2013 the total entry for the three days was 1,533 and this year it was 1,963. The increase of 430 entries represents an increase of 28%. This is a significant increase when smaller shows have been decreasing in entries. This is a perfect example that people like beContinued on page 92

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By Betsy Yates, On-Site Show Chairman

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German Shorthaired Pointer Club of America gathered in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin for our annual family reunion (National Specialty)! Though a bit smaller entry, as common in the Central area, those that attended were treated to a wonderful week of dogs and extracurricular activities. The National Specialty Executive Committee headed by the new chairman, Jane Handschumaker, ran a smooth, enjoyed-by-all show. Monday saw David Nauer run one of the first attempts at 2 Agility Trials in one day. Judged by Rhonda Bermke from Wisconsin we had 20 GSPs qualify. All went smoothly. Tuesday was spent with the German Shorthaired Pointer Club of Wisconsin for their Specialty, Sweepstakes, Obedience and Rally. Ms. Janice Hayes from California started Wednesday with 94 Puppy Sweepstakes entries. Best In Sweeps was awarded to CH VJK-Myst Garbonita’s California Journey, bred by Alice Manning, Anita Weiss and Valerie Nunes-Atkinson. Owned by Valerie, Alice and Yvonne HasslerDeterding. He was from the 15-18 month class. Best Of Opposite, from the 9-12 class, Kan-Point’s Summer Lovin was bred and owned by Richard and Linda Stanley and Lucretia Coonrod. Thirteen white-faced but young at heart Veterans brought applause and tears in the Veteran Sweepstakes. Best Veteran Dog went to GCH MACH PACH2 Summertime’s Made In The Shade UD VER RAE JH RXF. Bred and loved by Ann Carter. Best Veteran Bitch was awarded to CH Shomberg’s Celestial “D” Livery. The lovely solid liver bitch was bred by Sharon and Stephen Dattilio and owned by Anne Marie and John Tierney. We also held Obedience and Rally classes judged by Cynthia Pischke and Elmer Willems, respectively. Continued on page 86

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Highest Scoring Dog in Regular Classes was CH Shomberg’s Royal Fascinator. Handled by owner Karin Stiefel for a score of 198.5. Bred by Sharon and Steve Dattilio. Highest Combined Score in Open B & Utility was CH OTC Voyager’s & Stelor’s Hi Voltage Charm UDX5 OM7 BN GN GC RE. Bred by Karen & David Nauer and Dee Stelmach. Owned by Belinda Venner.

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ednesday afternoon we were treated to a Health Seminar presented by Rene Lara DVM of Ehrenvogel Kennels, Texas. One of our most enjoyable after hours activities is Adult Handling. Anyone who has ever attended one of our Nationals can attest to the fact that it is not your normal “handling” class. Judged by our own, Lou Torres of California, laughter abounds. He had no trouble examining each exhibitor and their dog! Exibitors were dressed as everything from a Lady of the Night to a prehistoric cave woman and her Stegosaurus GSP! All this frivolity was followed by Hospitality provided by the GSPCA. Thursday morning saw breeder, Ann King-Wallace, Olde Ridge GSPs of Delaware, escorted in the ring by Jim Yates, to begin the Futurity judging. Her Best in Futurity came from the Senior Dog Class, CH VJK-Myst Garbonita’s California Journey, bred by Alice Manning, Anita Weiss and Valerie Nunes-Atkinson. Owned by Valerie, Alice and Yvonne Hassler-Deterding. CJ also won Best in Sweepstakes the previous day. Best of Opposite to Best in Futurity was awarded to CH CRK Make Mine A Double. She was from the Senior Bitch Class. Owned, bred and loved by Margaret and William Farone. Again Obedience and Rally were offered with the same judges trading places. Highest Scoring Dog in Regular Classes and Highest Combined Score in Open B & Utility was CH OTC Voyager’s & Stelor’s Hi Voltage Charm UDX5 OM7 BN GN GC RE. Bred by Karen & David Nauer and Dee Stelmach. Owned by Belinda Venner. Belinda also took Highest Combined the previous day. Our Juniors were treated to a seminar and pizza party hosted by Valerie Nunes-Atkinson. What a lucky group of up and coming handlers to be tutored by Val. Because

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“We were very fortunate to start out our mornings with a beautiful rendition of our National Anthem...”

our Juniors are such an important part of our sport we also offer ringside mentoring where Juniors are paired with GSP people who know GSPs and understand Junior Showmanship. Because the German Shorthair is such a versatile breed we recognize them with a Parade of Show, Field, Obedience, Tracking and Agility Champions, along with Hunt Test Title Holders and the great Dual Champions and dogs with Versatility titles. The evening was hosted by Patty Crowley and her co-chair, Melodie Godfrey, who put together the bios of each dog. We also cheered on our Juniors with their own Parade of Junior Handlers. Thursday night’s fun was not to end until we had our annual Margarita and Tattoo Party hosted by Marty Cornell and tattooist, Lou Torres! The rest of the weekend you could spot many a fancier with a colorful tattoo that lasted a little more than a week if you didn’t scrub too hard! We were very fortunate to start out our mornings with a beautiful rendition of our National Anthem sung by our own, Mo Farley, Farook GSPs. Our 51st National was lovingly dedicated to fellow GSP enthusiast, Diane Engleking. We missed her beautiful smile. Mrs. Betty-Anne Stenmark from California had the honor of judging our dog classes on Friday. Her Winners Dog came from the Bred By Exhibitor Class. Bred and owned by Valerie Nunes-Atkinson and Yvonne Hassler-Detterding, VJK-Myst Goes Like The Wind took the honors. Mrs. Stenmark’s Reserve Winners Dog, Seven Hills HurriKane Force, was shown to his 3-point major reserve from the 9-12 puppy class by Junior Handler, Morgan Mandeville. He was bred by Rebecca McCasland and is owned by Terry and Angela Mack of Ohio. Bitch judging followed the Dog classes. Mrs. Loraine Boutwell, of Scottsdale, AZ, also chose the Bred By Exhibitor class winner as her Winners Bitch. VJK-Myst Garbonita’s Epic Journey was bred by Alice Manning, Anita Weiss and Valerie NunesAtkinson and owned by Valerie, Alice and Yvonne Hassler-Deterding. Reserve Winners Bitch, from the 9-12 month puppy class, was awarded to Minado’s Face To The Wind. She is owned and bred by Leanne and Douglas Farrell of California. Continued on page 88


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As class judging came to an end both judges remarked about the wonderful sportsmanship our exhibitors displayed both inside and outside the ring. What a wonderful compliment to our GSP fanciers. We all compete while in the ring but we are truly a family when judging is over. Top 25 Gala & Art Auction, a celebration of our top GSPs in the country, was held Friday night. This exhibition only event supported by the GSPCA was beautifully orchestrated by Mo Farley and Maxine Monier. Our judges this year were AKC judge, Mareth Kipp; breeder, Charlie Edwards, Pointsetter Kennels and handler, Lori Sargent. Winners are not announced until our Annual Banquet on Saturday night. 2nd runner up was GCH Dogwdcreek’s La Vita E Belle owned by Lynne Duncan. 1st runner up was GCH Schutzen’s Son Of A Gun CD BN RE SH CGC owned by Tracy, Daniel and Brandon Novoa. The Top 25 honor belonged to Dr. Renee Lara and Carlene Swensson. He is known as Cyrus, GCH Ehrenvogel Achy Breaky Heart. We had a special award this year for top owner handled dog, which also went to Renee. In order to showcase our Stud Dog and Brood Bitch Classes they were judged before the Breed judging by Betty-Anne Stenmark. GCH Kan Point’s Leading The Chase was the number one Stud Dog bred by Lucretia Coonrod and Kim Waller. Owned by Linda & Richard Stanley and Lucretia. CH Braerwood Crystal Ice was first in the Brood Bitch Class. Bred by Rebecca McCasland & Anne Cohen. Owned by Cathy Lewis and Rebecca McCasland. Renee Lara hosted a continental breakfast for all exhibitors. Rhonda Bermke judged 7 Juniors awarding Morgan Mandeville Best Junior. Very exciting for Morgan as this is her last year as a Junior. We had a new activity this year headed by Holly Faught. It was the 50/50 Duck Toss. Closest duck to the pond gets half the ticket sales. Robin Remondi was the lucky winner. Funny thing is she was not even there. Someone else tossed her duck and won her the pot. Loraine Boutwell judged 86 aristocratic GSPs in the Breed Class. She handled her ring beautifully and came down to her choices for BOB, BOW, BOS, Select Dog, Select Bitch and 8 AOM. 88 Dog News

“One of the most coveted awards is the “Velvet Elvis”, a trophy that began in 1995 being presented to a Club member who embodies good sportsmanship and has a helpful attitude to new and old alike.

GCH CH Ehrenvogel Achy Breaky Heart won the Triple Crown. He not only won the breed and Top 25 but the GSPC of Wisconsin Specialty on Tuesday. Dr. Renee Lara and Carlene Swensson were on cloud nine. BOW was awarded to the Winner Bitch. CH Shade Mountain’s Cane Bello Moon Dancer, JH handled by Phil Boyce went BOS. Owned by Patricia Busso and Brenda Abraham. Also bred by Brenda and Robert Straight. Select Dog was CH Robin Crest Rockpoint Masquerade JH. Owned by Robin and Rita Remondi. Select Bitch was GCH Kan Point’s Makin’ the Chase. Owned by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Stanley and Lucretia Coonrod. Award of Merit, in no particular order: Ch Coronets N Shortales Syncronicity JH, Lou and Sandra Torres and Leita Estes; GCH Seven Hills Custom Tailored For Sonnenschein, Denise Newman; CH CRK Ill Have Another, Tracy Sarama; CH Bleugras Check Six Fausti, Patte & Nathan Titus; GCH Kempfers Follow Me JH, Kirsten Fulk; GCH Ehrenvogel Key To My Heart, Ann Claire Lester & Rene Lara; GCH Eastbay N Brookstone’s Trailer Trash JH, Allison & Bernice Hanks & Kelly Kastros; GCH Voyager’s Catch The Wind RN MXB MJS NAP XF T2B, Karen & Dave Nauer, from the Veteran Bitch Class. The week came to a close with our Annual Awards Banquet Saturday night. Many happy people took home awards won by their GSPs. A few of the additional awards given were Honorary Life Membership of the GSPCA to Patty Crowley, past NSS Executive Show Chairman. A well deserved choice. Holly Faught was awarded Volunteer of the Year for her never-ending work on merchandise for all venues and Futurity Manager. Our Club awards accomplishments from all venues recognizing the versatility of our wonderful breed. One of the most coveted awards is the “Velvet Elvis”, a trophy that began in 1995 being presented to a Club member who embodies good sportsmanship and has a helpful attitude to new and old alike. This year‘s winner of the prestigious award went to Maxine Moiner of Hunterspride GSPs from British Columbia, Canada. Elvis will return to the fold next year in the Mile High City! All results can be found on our website: www.gspca.org.


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he last time I was at the show in Wieze was in 2011. In between there was only one show, last year, but unfortunately together with the World Dog Show. I was curious to go this year to see if there were any changes and a new spirit in the committee. Besides this was the 35th edition and a CAC (national title) was to be won. The place to be was

still the same, the Oktoberhalls of Wieze, a small hidden village in the middle of Belgium and not too far from Brussels. Wieze, nearby Aalst, is a hop production area, an ingredient to brew beer, hence the title for the Best In Show, Hopkeizer (hop emperor) or Hopkeizerin (hop empress). In previous editions there was always a Hopkeizer and a Hopkeizerin and that caused often

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very illogical situations. I remember a bitch that was best bitch of group VII but where she ended 3rd. As she was the best bitch of the group she could compete for the tilte of Hopkeizerin and won it. But Hopkeizerin is supposed to be the 2nd Best in Show, while this dog was beaten by many others and still ended 2nd, as she was the choice of the BIS judge. Continued on page 102

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Ladies Kennel Association & Long Island Kennel Club Continued FROM page 82

ing in one location. Moving a motor home from one location to another is a great deal of work. Several hours are required to set up and then it takes a lot of time packing up again to move to another location. The 430 extra entries over the three days represent about $13,000 extra in entry fees for the clubs. Sharing the same grounds saves the clubs quite a bit on the tenting costs, porta potties, etc. It also increases the revenue from vendors. Most vendors do not like to set up their booths for a one-day show, especially for the smaller shows. The Riverhead KC has been a stand-alone show in July for several years. In order for it to hold its show in its own community it has had to hold another show at the “Big E”. The “Big E” show has enabled the club to stay in existence. This year on Saturday, July 12th, Riverhead and Brookhaven Kennel Clubs are each holding a show on the same day, same location. Going to Long Island in the summer entails fighting beach traffic and costly tolls. In 2012 the one-day show of Riverhead had only 423 entries. The following day Twin Brooks had an entry of 838. One reason has to be Twin Brooks also holds a show on Monday. Hopefully offering exhibitors and handlers two shows within one day will significantly increase the entry for the two Long Island shows. People will have a chance at getting two sets of points or even group placements and grand championship points. It

might be the first time in AKC history where a dog might win 2 BIS on the same day. It also will mean extra income to handlers. Their expenses will stay the same, but charging two handling fees doubles their income for the day. Double bonus monies will be availble. I believe bonus rates are the same for a BIS at a 300-dog show as they are for a 3,000dog show. The cost of hotels on Long Island are especially high, but this expense for one night will at least include two shows. I know many people are against the concept of two shows per day. Hopefully the benefits will outweigh the negatives. It should guarantee Riverhead and Brookhaven being able to hold a show in their own area. Yes, we all agree there are far too many shows now, but it is important that clubs can put on a show in their own community. Suffolk County is a densely populated area and the public should be

“I know many people are against the concept of two shows per day. Hopefully the benefits will outweigh the negatives.”

offered a dog show to attend. Most of that population will not travel into NYC to see a dog show. The Ladies Kennel Association and Long Island KC have to be congratulated on pooling their efforts in helping to bring back one of the class act weekends. Planting Fields is one of the most beautiful settings for a dog show anywhere in America today. Due to the filming of “Noah’s Ark” gravel roads and parking now guarantee no longer getting stuck in mud if torrential rains hit. Judges are a very small minority of staging a show. This year it was a great treat that the clubs housed the judges at the Glen Cove Mansion. This was at one time the grand estate of the Pratt family. It was one of the twelve grandest estates of all of America. I do not know of any other clubs where the judges are housed in such a magnificent setting. Including the taxes it was just shy of $200 per night, but considering this area is known as the “Gold Coast” the price was not out of line. Often I have stayed in places well over $150 that are just ordinary nice places. This year Long Island hosted the judge’s dinner right at the mansion in a historical dining room. Friday evening Evelyn Rechler hosted the Ladies dinner at her palatial estate. This has to be one of the grandest homes built in Mill Neck in modern times. Other than the SBKC weekend I cannot think of any other weekend where judges are treated to such splendor. Continued on page 96

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nce again, a vote to open up the Delegates to all (publishers, professional handlers, professional judges, show superintendents, etc.) was rejected by the Delegate body. Certainly the no vote came as no surprise, as why would Delegates vote to vote themselves out of a job? It would have taken a 2/3’s vote to approve and it didn’t even get half. A motion to break up the combined categories into individual ones, had an even smaller vote count. What was a surprise was the vile and nasty tone some Delegates took on the Internet with regard to opening up the Delegate body. Some people get so touchy about their Delegate (sic) positions. Tragic news that SHERYL SCHULTIS, a prominent Tibetan terrier breeder and exhibitor, had 32 of her dogs confiscated by the Prince William County Humane Society in Virginia. With criminal charges still pending, a civil case was settled with the county taking ownership of the dogs. It was said that she was overwhelmed taking care of the dogs herself. I remember her as a pioneer in the breed, who exhibited many best in show winners… what happened from then to now… very sad. They are now up for adoption, for further information contact the Prince William Humane Society at www. pwhumane.org. A special birthday celebration for a special lady, RITA HOLLOWAY. RITA was surprised when husband DOUG hosted a birthday celebration in her honor last week. It

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was a watermark event and among the guests were LISA & HARRY MILLER, GRAHM & JOHN MILLER, AMY & ANDREW GREEN, BETH SWEIGART & PETER GREEN, ROXANNE WOLF, KAZ HOSAKA, JANE FOWLER, JEAN & WAYNE BOYD, TERRY DEPIETRO, TOM FENEIS, KELLIE FITZGERALD, CHRIS BERG, MARTI & MICHAEL PAWASARAT, JEAN & PAUL EDWARDS, ELLIOTT WEISS and JIMMY MITCHELL. Congratulations to handler REBECCA CROSS & PABLO ALSINA on the birth of their daughter, ALICIA ROSE CROSS-ALSINA born on May 30th weighing at 7.13 pounds. That all American BOB SHARP is about to celebrate his 90th birthday on July 4th. BOB has had a wonderful life in dogs, from handler, a judging career that had him judge in every state and overseas, show chairman, club president, writer and owner of the first Affenpinscher to win a best in show. With these achievements, BOB has retired from judging as of June 1st. All of us at DOG NEWS wish him well. With a record entry expected at the WORLD DOG SHOW in Helsinki, Finland, DOG NEWS is featuring the show in our July 25th issue. Samoyed breeder and working and herding group judge JOHN STUDEBAKER has passed away. In addition to his love of the breed, he was a strong supporter of the AKC Canine Health Foundation. All of us at DOG NEWS send our deepest sympathies to his family.


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Best In Specialty Show Winning

Ch. Marlex Call Me La Lupe

Best In Group Show at all Four shows at the Nor’East Toy Dog Cluster Shows!! Thank you to all the Judges!!!!!! She is proudly owned by Kathy Helming/Armando Angelbello.

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Exhibitors usually out number judges by 100 to 1. Without exhibitors there would be no need for judges. Sorry to say many judges forget they are in the service business. Besides evaluating breeding stock, they also should make their needs be fulfilled in the easiest possible ways for the show-giving clubs. Also it is their responsibility to ensure exhibitors have a pleasant experience in the ring. Judges could not get through the day without the help of stewards, who are the unsung heroes of any show. Matt Stander and Gene Zaphiris once again hosted a wonderful party Saturday evening for many exhibitors. Their parties are always the highlight of the weekend. I know several handlers and exhibitors that enter this weekend with the hope of being able to attend these wonderful parties. I am sure these gatherings help to boost the entries for the show. On Friday and Saturday, I was a substitute judge for Arlene Czech. I had the honor of judging BIS on Saturday. I found it interesting that they did not assign BIS to one of the ladies, since it is normally judged by a lady. It was my only assignment of the day so I got to spend an entire day, with the exception of also judging Miscellaneous, relaxing in a gorgeous setting in perfect weather. Even though there were only 740 dogs entered, some of the top dogs in the country were present. The lineup could have been argued several different ways. There were three dogs present in the lineup that I felt were extraordi96 Dog News

nary examples of their breed. Due to the grass being a bit high the super Chihuahua I had a hard time seeing his movement, even though I know how sound he is. The Larry Cornelius handled Skye could not be denied. All dogs have better days than others and here he did everything to his advantage.

“It just shows we still do have some great breeding existing in an area where so many great kennels once stood.� Reserve went to the owner-handled-bred Bulldog of Cody Sickle. I had never judged this dog before and was extremely taken by so many virtues this dog possesses. The icing on the cake is that he moves with such great authority, which at times can be lacking in the breed. All seven dogs in the lineup had virtues that one would want to incorporate into a breeding program. Whitney Coombs awarded the Lenny Brown German Shepherd Best the following evening and I also was so pleased to have him in my lineup. Walking over to take the picture, my mind started rac-

ing with memories of decades ago. The ever gracious DeDe Pyn, one of the main stays for so long of Ladies, was a Skye breeder. She would have been so proud to see her beloved breed go BIS. Within a very short distance of Planting Fields I spent so much time at the legendary kennel of Skyes of Walter Goodman. Fifty years ago I took care of the dogs many weekends when Walter was shy of help. It was not until I read in Dog News that my Best and Reserve were both bred just minutes away from Planting Fields. It just shows we still do have some great breeding existing in an area where so many great kennels once stood. The end of a perfect weekend was enjoyed at the wonderful breeding kennel of Barbara Miller. The Long Island kennel clubs have been hit hard by so many factors they cannot control. Due to dedication and perserverence they have been able to still put on a great weekend with great class. It was very heartwarming for me to see not only these shows holding on, but actually going up in entries. They are an example that clubs can reinvent past traditions. Changes are needed in order to keep tradition alive. Del Valle is a classic example. Major changes had to be made to keep the past alive. Hopefully the likes of Detroit and Eastern will be able to reinvent themselves in their new venues. Hopefully Westbury and Suffolk County will realize they should share the same grounds to be successful.


Outbackred’s Advent Star

Sparkle won a Group Three under Judge Mr. Bill R. W. Edwards at the Woodstock, IL shows on Saturday...

We cannot wait to see what is in store for this team! ...And then she went on to win a Group Two under Judge Dr. Alvin Krause on Sunday.

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Expertly handled by Chelsea Neitzel

Outback Red Australian Terriers Alan and Dori Anderson www.outbackredterriers.com 414-630-9112

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Park will return to being a major East Cost venue since it is easy to maneuver and lays out quite well. The team of Joy Brewster and Phoebe Booth should provide formidable in attracting entries as both are proficient at running dog events. There were four different BIS winners each

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day starting with the Skye Terrier handled by Larry Cornelius, the German Shepherd bitch from Wisconsin, which was there at all breeds I think only that day as she was here primarily for Specialties I am told, the Afghan handled by Chris Manelopoulos and the English Setter handled by Eileen Hackett. All four are superior exhibits I think and have built a string of good wins throughout the year. As a final plaudit one has to really admire the tenacity of Joy in keeping Greenwich going through some rough times and now hopefully the rainbow is at the end of the pot! I would be more than remiss not to mention the passing of John Studebaker last week. John was a terribly nice guy, an ardent breeder and dogman and totally devoted to his dogs and his family. His role in the early development of the Canine Health Foundation was crucial in making it the success it is today and the family of the show dog world will certainly miss him.


Multiple Reserve Best In Show & Group Winning GCh.

Kaylen’s Kahlua A Top Five* Chinese Crested

Bred & Owned By Virginia Dorris Kay Peiser Check out Kahlua on Facebook: www.facebook.com/KaylensKahlua *ALL SYSTEMS

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“...I am glad that Wieze is on the yearly calendar again and not only on mine, but on many other dog show fanciers.”

Fortunately this is history and now every Best of Breed is called Hopkeizer or Hopkeizerin. The BOS is titled Hopkoning or Hopkoningin (Hop King or Hop Queen) and the winners males and females in Junior Class can call themselves Hopprins and Hopprinces. For the rest there is now a regular Best In Show election like in any other show. Compared to 2011 there was a huge increase of entries. While 2011 had hardly 1000 entries, this year there were 1485, an increase of almost 50%. Dogs came from 15 different countries including Mexico, Russia and the USA. There were 26 UK dogs entered and 7 dogs from Ireland. The judging panel was less international, but still within the norms of a CAC show. Eight Judges out of 13 were Belgians. There were two judges from Ireland, two from Italy and one from Switzerland. I suppose it was not expected that there would be so many entries, as some of the judges were in fact overloaded but finished the job head-up. On Saturday Mr. Norman Deschuymere was the day-record holder with 103 entries. He judged some Terrier breeds, Hunting dogs and the popular Chihuahua and a few other companion breeds. He was pretty busy on Sunday, too, with 81 dogs, mainly shepherd breeds. Mr. Mannucci Massimiliano had 88 dogs, Terriers, including 22 Westies, and the French Bulldogs, 34 in total. On Sunday he had 91 dogs from Group II and Group VI. His high number was achieved mainly by the 30 Rhodesian Ridgebacks. The nationality of Mr. Massimiliano is easy to guess. His compatriot, Mrs. Valeria Rodaro from Italy, was most popular on Sunday when she was welcomed by 56 Dachshunds, 10 Samoyeds, 10 Alaskan Malamutes and 19 Siberian Huskies. Mme. Rosier was invited from Switzerland to judge the Flats, Duck Tollings, English and American Cockers and all Poodle varieties, to end up with 99 dogs. And

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Sunday was hardly quieter when 23 Leonbergers, 46 Great Danes and a few more Breeds of Group 2 made their appearance in the ring. She ended the weekend with the highest score, 188 dogs, ex-aequo with Mrs. Luawless from Ireland. She had 57 dogs on Saturday and that means that in order to finish with 188 entries for the weekend, she had to judge 131 dogs on Sunday. On Saturday she had a few Terrier breeds, while on Sunday she took Group V for her part plus some popular Shepherd breeds like the 29 Border Collies, the 23 Australian Shepherds and 15 Swiss White Shepherds. No wonder that this affected time to start the main ring. Mrs. Paul Lauwless, Irish too of course, could focus on Companion breeds on Saturday. Thirty-three Chinese Cresteds and 33 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels helped him to achieve a nice number of 83 dogs on Saturday.

Sunday was his day to judge also Shepherd breeds, 52 entries all together. Mr. Piet Roosenboom from Belgium, finished the weekend with a score of 142 entries, but his 46 English Bulldogs and 34 Bernese Mountain Dogs helped him to reach the nice score of 92 entries on Sunday. Mr. Norman Deschuymere was on term to judge the 10 Group winners that were send to him by his fellow judges. The Leonberger “Kujo From Yellow’s Garden” from Vanhauwaert Patrick was sent to the 3rd place. Kujo was entered in Open Class males and was born in March 2011. It was Mme Rosiers’s choice. His Group judge was Mrs. De Ridder. “Beardie Connections Kenji” is a familiar sight on the BIS podia over here, winning BIS in Hoogstraten and d Brussels. A ResBIS is not bad at all either. That is what Mme. Rosier awarded him. Kenji was entered in Champion Class and had 9 competitors under Mr. Deschuymere. Mr. P. Lauwless judged the group. From the five Hungarian Vizslas entered for Mr. Deshuymere, it was “Howard van de Verre Hoeve” that won the title of Hopkeizer as BOB. Mr. Deschuymere was also the Group judge and BIS judge and picked him out. A more convincing win is hard to get. Howard, little over 4 years old, was entered in Open Class, was bred by M. Verhoeven and is proudly owned by Lenaerts Dirk. It was Edwin Lenaerts who handled him. With almost 1500 entries Wieze can hardly be called a small CAC show. For some CACIB shows this number is hard to get, but I am glad that Wieze is on the yearly calendar again and not only on mine, but on many other dog show fanciers. So why not schedule the show for next year, it’s on 16 & 17 of May and again a CAC Show, but from now on with many Hopkeizers and Hopkeizerinnen.


win Best of Opposite Sex at the American Rottweiler Club and Colonial Rottweiler Club Specialties. Breeder Judge Ms. Donna Rice (CRC)

Bronze GCh. Antren’s Just Like That

Breeder Judge Mrs. Cathy Thompson (ARC)

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Dog News will consider all letters for publication but reserves the right to edit these as required. Letters will not be considered for publication unless full name and contact details are supplied, including telephone number. Letters may be mailed to Dog News 1115 Broadway NY, NY 10010 or emailed to dognews@harris-pub.com. THANKS FOR A LIFE IN DOGS Sorry to see of David Doane’s death, we were best of friends, also handled his dalmatians. Perhaps you know I will be ninety July 4th and as of June first have become judge emeritus. The judging sport has been kind to me, and I have been in the sport over sixtyfive years, judged in every state, President of the New York Boxer Club, American Lhasa Club, judged Westminster, World Show twice. Had the first affenpinscher to go best of show, “Bear”, top non- kennel dog in seventies, wrote articles for you, judged in every South American country, Canada, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, South Africa, Japan, Puerto Rico, Spain, Philippines, Australia, and many toy, working, terrier, non sporting specialties. If you have space, please thank the sport for a great wonderful life and please continue your great publication. Best and thanks, Bob Sharp Albany, NY BREEDERS AND THE WORLD SHOW We always enjoy reading the perspectives of American judges who describe their dog journey abroad. The most recent piece by Mr. Murphy was particularly enlightening. No doubt, DN is gearing up for the World Show in Helsinki which combines both a wonderful place to visit and a very friendly dog environment. We are sure that we will read about the ‘view’ of the show in your magazine from various AKC officials, the steady core of elite judges from the states and even the professional handlers who will be present as well. At the same time, maybe your magazine would consider devoting some space to the perspective of

the show from those individuals whose primary involvement in the Dog World is as an exhibitor and/or breeder? Such people may judge on occasion but their attendance at the World Show harks back to the basic purpose of dog events….evaluating breeding stock and how to improve one’s line. This goal seems to have taken a back seat to the myopic focus on being number 1 in whatever ranking that is available. The World Show is an opportunity to see the best in a Breed. The purpose of attending, beyond being part of the undeniable social aspect of the international dog community, is usually two-fold: 1) Compare how one’s own dogs ‘stack up’ to the competition and 2) Possibly identify some individual dog or dog line that would add to a breeding program either via obtaining a puppy or from importing semen. Maybe some attention can be devoted to this declining but essential aspect of the dog world. Sincerely, Steven and Miriam Lisker East Rockaway, NY P.S. My wife and I are both AKC judges and have been involved in breeding and exhibiting Akitas for over 30 years. I currently serve on the Board of the Akita Club of America (ACA) as the Region 1 representative and have served in the past for a number of terms as the Treasurer of the ACA. I also serve as the AKC liaison for the Finnish Lapphund Club of America, an of-

ficer for a local kennel Club and on the Board of the Owner Handler Association of America and its local Chapter… which still actually conducts handling classes so that people can learn how to show their own dogs. My wife serves on the Board of our local obedience club and figures out what dog I should run around the circle with as I enter my semi-retirement. AKC’s ADDITIONAL RESPONSE TO HBO’S Real Sports AND NY TIMES OP-ED ON ADOPTING SHELTER DOGS: Dear Delegates, In April, following the broadcast of HBO Real Sports, the AKC declared that “we are going to promote what we do every chance we get. We are going to respond to every unfair claim about breeders, every inaccuracy about purebreds, and every criticism of the standard and every falsehood about canine health.” We haven’t just talked the talk – we’re walking the walk. Our aggressive response to HBO Real Sports was multifold and expansive, and included most recently letters of complaint from Dennis Sprung to multiple network executives, including HBO CEO Richard Plepler. Just last week, AKC also took a stand against the perilous “shelter trafficking” industry by submitting a Letter to the Editor in response to the New York Times’ oped “Adopt a Dog With a Southern Drawl.” I invite you to read [my] response [to the NY Times] below. We are fiercely determined to stand up for what we believe, stronger and louder than ever before. I look forward to connecting with you this weekend in Newark. Best, Alan New York Times/Letter to the Editor sent in response to “Adopt a Dog With a Southern Drawl”:

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May 28, 2014 Americans love their dogs, no matter where they originate. But many aren’t aware that the nationwide “shelter trafficking” system seemingly saving dogs has in fact created a big-bucks black market and, thus, a nefarious supply and demand. J. Courtney Sullivan’s op-ed “Adopt a Dog With a Southern Drawl,” touches on both the good and bad players – those abiding by regulations and those operating underground. Unfortunately, there’s more to the story. Each year, countless dogs are relocated by unscrupulous rescue groups in deplorable conditions, with absent or falsified health and behavioral records, creating both canine and public health safety concerns that have been acknowledged by the veterinary community and addressed in states including Massachusetts and Continued on page 117


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component of Sentinel and it is recommended that it be given monthly for at least 6 months after exposure to mosquitoes to ensure complete prevention. With this advisory, year-round administration makes sense. Lufenuron is the flea “birth control” component in Sentinel. It controls flea populations by breaking the flea lifecycle in both the egg and larval stages. New this year from Novartis is Sentinel Spectrum, which includes the drug praziquantel to treat and control tapeworms. Dogs get tapeworms from ingesting fleas. This “broad spectrum parasiticide” could be a welcome addition in areas where fleas are endemic. 110 Dog News

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I would like to have my dog’s semen tested. How can I get the best sample? There are several reasons to collect semen from a male dog. A semen analysis can evaluate fertility and reveal medical problems such as infection or recent trauma. Artificial inseminations are performed when the dog cannot breed the bitch naturally. Semen can be collected and chilled for shipment or frozen for long term storage. Care should be taken to make the stud dog feel as comfortable as possible. Dogs unfamiliar with manual semen collection may be reluctant to perform. It is advisable to have the owner familiarize the dog to the procedure by manipulating the sheath prior to the

collection appointment. The collection may be performed on the floor or on a table, depending on what the stud is used to. If there is a particular item that the dog associates with breeding, such as a rug or breeding rack, bring that along. If at all possible, have a bitch in season of the same breed. If that is not possible, a female of the same size as the stud dog can be used. Many dogs may have semen collected without a teaser bitch, but semen quality and sperm count are generally better when a bitch in season is present and the stud’s libido is highest. Adequate footing should be provided for the dog, such as a rubber

backed mat or piece of carpet on the floor or table. Walk the dog and allow him to completely relieve himself before the collection. A dog’s sperm count can decrease significantly after two ejaculations in a oneweek period. A period of sexual rest of 10 to 14 days is suggested before collection to maximize the sperm count. On the other hand, a poor quality semen sample occasionally is obtained from a dog that has not been used for breeding for several months. In such cases, the dog should be ejaculated two weeks prior to presentation for semen analysis.


Greeley Kennel Club 2014 All-Breed Shows and Associated Specialties August 14—17, 2014 Island Grove Regional Park 501 N 14th AV Greeley, Colorado Saturday, August 16, 2014 Thursday, August 14, 2014 Greeley Kennel Club Specialties for the following All Breed Show Conformation, Group and Breeds: Obedience & Rally • Hound Group • English Setters Specialties: • Gordon Setters • Rhodesian Ridgeback Specialty • Irish Setters • English Setter Specialty • Golden Retrievers (including Obedience, Supported Entries: Rally, and all-sporting breed agility) • Bulldogs • All-Breed Rally Trial • English Setters Friday, August 15, 2014 • German Shepherds Specialties for the following • Portuguese Waterdogs Group and Breeds: • Akitas • Hound Group Sunday, August 17, 2014 • Cairn Terriers Greeley Kennel Club • Dalmatians All Breed Show Conformation, • Akitas Obedience & Rally • Scottish Terriers • Bedlington Terriers Supported Entries: • Dachshunds • Bulldogs • English Cocker Spaniels • German Shepherds • English Setters • Rhodesian Ridgebacks • Gordon Setters • Akitas • Irish Setters • Brittany • Golden Retrievers (including Obedience, Rally, and all-sporting breed agility) H Last year’s • Pembroke Welsh Corgis entries included • Beagles 214 majors • German Shepherds for GKC’s • Cocker Spaniels All-Breed • Poodles Shows • Boston Terriers • All-Breed Obedience Trial

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Integrity. Commitment. Passion. The American Kennel Club Registered Handlers Program “the care and well being of the dogs is of prime importance.” AKC Registered Handlers Current Membership Roster Jason Bailey Barbara Beissel Doug Belter * Amy Booth Phillip Booth Kerry Boyd Dana Bryson-Benn * Stephen Cabral Kim Calvacca Sue Cannimore Amanda Carlson Douglas Carlson Carlos Carrizo R.C. Carusi Kelley Catterson Paul Catterson Kevin Chestnut * Marianne “Tuni” Claflin Dave Clendenon Juliet Clendenon Page Conrad Gretchen Conradt Timothy Conradt Larry Cornelius Tom Davis Geoff Dawson Gwen DeMilta

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Connecticut. Many are being shipped in from foreign countries, potentially impacting the placement of homeless dogs from the United States. The AKC is committed to smart, successful rescue, and the ills of shelter trafficking have long been on our radar. Perhaps groups like HSUS and ASPCA can join us, for the benefit of all dogs and the families taking them home. Alan Kalter (Chairman of the Board, American Kennel Club) New York, NY Ed. Note: See Editorial response this issue. FIGHTING CANINE EPILEPSY If you’ve ever had a dog with epilepsy, you know it is scary and heart-breaking to watch a dog have a seizure. The seizure-related syndromes collectively known as epilepsy represent the most common neurological disorders in dogs. Sadly, as many as half of all dogs diagnosed with epilepsy are not able to achieve relief from seizures with the current drug therapies available, and current treatment options also carry possible negative side-effects. We need to do better by our epileptic dogs! To address this unmet research need, the AKC Canine Health Foundation has launched an Epilepsy Research Initiative. The initiative aims to fund research studies that will better classify the disease, provide a more thorough understanding of the underlying mechanisms that predispose dogs to epilepsy, and introduce new drugs into the canine epilepsy treatment pipeline. We expect this major, two-phase research effort to have a wide-ranging impact on not only canine epilepsy, but epilepsy in humans as well. Free Epilepsy Resources Available to Dog Owners Understanding Canine Epilepsy - a comprehensive, peer reviewed white paper on the current state of epilepsy research. This valuable resource, which includes a seizure diary, is ideal for pet owners and for veterinarians to distribute to clients. Research proposals are currently under review with funding announcements expected later in 2014. We need your help to make the Epilepsy Research Initiative a success. Please make a donation today so that together we can better prevent and treat epilepsy. Many thanks to the dog clubs who have already stepped up as sponsors of the Epilepsy Initiative!

Champion Epilepsy Initiative Sponsors ($50,000+): Collie Health Foundation Lead Epilepsy Initiative Sponsors ($25,000 - $49,999): Giant Schnauzer Club of America United States Australian Shepherd Foundation/USASA Charter Epilepsy Initiative Sponsors ($10,000 $24,999): American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club Charitable Trust Yellow LabAustralian Shepherd Health & Genetics Institute English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association Foundation German Shorthaired Pointer Club of America Keeshond Club of America Toby’s Foundation Epilepsy Initiative Sponsors ($2,500 - $9,999): American Belgian Tervuren Club American Pointer Club Field Spaniel Society of America Irish Water Spaniel Club of America Learn how your club can become a sponsor or make your individual contribution today! AKC CHF Raleigh, NC CHAIRMAN’S REPORT AKC’s True Fans If you’re anything like my wife and I, it all started the day you brought that one dog into your life. For us, it was Caesar - our first Bullmastiff. Since there was no Internet back then, we found him through the classifieds in our local paper. He was a great dog, just not a great Bullmastiff. But that didn’t matter to us. We loved him - and lost him much too early. But in that short time, he made us fall in love with the Bullmastiff breed. We researched the breed and breeders, learned about conformation events, attended dog shows, and began to collect that array of breed paraphernalia that somehow invades every corner of your home. I imagine many of you are wearing your breed on you somewhere right now – pins or jewelry or clothing or even, I would wager, some have a tattoo. In short, we, like you, became fans of a breed and fans of our sports. I like being called a fan, don’t you? I like what it stands for, even though some people believe the idea of “fans” came from “fanatics” - a usually pejorative word. Actually, The Dickson Baseball Dictionary cites William Henry Nugent’s work asserting that “fan” was derived from “the fancy,” a term from England referring to the enthusiasts of a specific hobby or sport – like dog shows. The word came into common usage in America in 1889, just five years after the launch of the American Kennel Club. Coincidence? I think not. It is an accepted fact in sports that your fans

can have a demonstrable impact on performance. In football, which allows 11 players on the field, the assemblage of fans in the stadium is collectively referred to as the “12th man.” A researcher from Harvard University discovered that the home team achieved a tenth of a point advantage for every 10,000 fans in the stadium. Imagine the advantage we could have for purebred dogs, for breeders, and for our sport with a much larger active fan base. We have already begun to do just that with Facebook. There are lots of numbers associated with Facebook, but the most important are those that identify your true fan base. There is a simple equation that does that: the number of “people talking about this” divided by the total number of “likes” which is called “engagement.” According to experts, an acceptable engagement rate, or true fans, is in the range of one to two percent. Two baseball teams with very strong fan bases are the New York Yankees and the New York Mets. The Yankees have an engagement rate of 4% and the Mets have 6%. Both are doing better than acceptable in growing their fan base. Apple, one of the world’s strongest and best-liked brands, is at 1.4% HSUS is at 1.6% and ASPCA is at 4%. The AKC’s engagement rate – the measurement of true fans – is an astounding 30%! The actual number of true fans is 535,000 – higher than any of those I just mentioned by a multiple. In fact, we have 16 times more true fans than HSUS. You cannot manufacture a fan base. You cannot buy a fan base. You create it by telling stories about the many things that happen in our world, throughout the day, throughout the years. Sometimes it is about winning, but mostly it is about unique, emotional experiences that can only happen when dogs and people come together. Those stories are best when told by fans - people like you. As Napoleon said, “Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.” At the Delegates Meeting on Monday, Chris Walker presented an informative guide to utilizing social media to help your clubs. It will be posted on AKC.org. I’ll reiterate the conclusion of the presentation: We need you to talk - promote yourselves, promote your dogs and promote the sport of purebred dogs. And educate people about responsible dog ownership. Be proud of the love and service you have given the sport over the years and nurture new people into the sport. In short, spread the truth. There are people and organizations that don’t want the truth about the AKC to be known. Hate may attack it and ignorance may ridicule it, but in the end, the truth is irrefutable. While yawns, laughter, and germs are infectious, the most powerful infectious thing is spreading the truth. As true fans, we will stay strong, stand up for dogs, and speak out for our values. And we won’t stop until every critic becomes a fan. Sincerely, Alan Kalter Chairman , AKC New York, NY Dog News 117


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