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Simi Valley Kennel Club Best of Breed - Judge Mr. David Powers

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10 editorial september 14, 2012 14 irving’s impressions / ronnie irving 18 babbling / geir flyckt-pedersen 22 question of the week / matthew h. stander 26 making a difference / sharon newcomb 94 handlers directory 96 subscription rates 30 internet postings 98 classified advertising 34 bests of the week 100 advertising rates 38 ten questions asked of pamela beale All advertisements are copyrighted and owned by 42 off the leash /shaun coen DOG NEWS, Harris Publications, unless received camera-ready. 44 santa barbara - the melting pot / desmond j. murphy Permission to reprint must be requested in writing. 46 attending westchester kc in new jersey, the delegate vote and more / matthew h. stander 52 gold country kc’s 12th anniversary show / diane young mccormack 60 the artistochiens of poncelet /nick waters 66 from a field-show judge’s perspective /george bell 70 rare breeds of the world: montenegrin mountain dog / agnes buchwald 82 the gossip column / eugene z. zaphiris 84 click - westchester kennel club / eugene z. zaphiris and tilly & jack grassa 88 click - cherokee rose cluster / jeri poller 92 click - the way we were / barbara miller 101 letters to the editor

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10 editorial september 14, 2012 14 irving’s impressions / ronnie irving 18 babbling / geir flyckt-pedersen 22 question of the week / matthew h. stander 26 making a difference / sharon newcomb 94 handlers directory 96 subscription rates 30 internet postings 98 classified advertising 34 bests of the week 100 advertising rates 38 ten questions asked of pamela beale All advertisements are copyrighted and owned by 42 off the leash /shaun coen DOG NEWS, Harris Publications, unless received camera-ready. 44 santa barbara - the melting pot / desmond j. murphy Permission to reprint must be requested in writing. 46 attending westchester kc in new jersey, the delegate vote and more / matthew h. stander 52 gold country kc’s 12th anniversary show / diane young mccormack 60 the artistochiens of poncelet /nick waters 66 from a field-show judge’s perspective /george bell 70 rare breeds of the world: montenegrin mountain dog / agnes buchwald 82 the gossip column / eugene z. zaphiris 84 click - westchester kennel club / eugene z. zaphiris and tilly & jack grassa 88 click - cherokee rose cluster / jeri poller 92 click - the way we were / barbara miller 101 letters to the editor

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ADOPTING A DOG A recent USA TODAY article in the September 5th Business Section warned that adopting a dog can be an expensive proposition and that certain breeders cannot be trusted either. The article written by Jayne O’Donnell almost turned into a debate between Wayne Pacelle and Lisa Peterson of AKC. Happy to report that a thorough reading indicates Lisa out did Wayne but that his old talking points put the breeder on the defensive much more than should be the case. First of all the article starts out with the caveat that “adopting” really is a purchase and that it can be an expensive route to take. It also emphasized the need for more research and reflection than in making other major purchases but it was unclear whether this was a reference to adopting a dog or buying from a breeder. The question is asked but left unanswered as to whether to buy from a breeder or from a shelter-at least the writer has the good sense to distinguish among breeders-the reputable ones as opposed to the less reputable ones. She never does adopt the Pacelle attitude of lumping all breeders together as 10 Dog News

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VETS AND MDS FIND RESEARCH PARALLELS Once unthought of the road connecting veterinary colleges and human medical institutions has become within the last five years or so a busy interchange of information exchanges between the two. Three times in the last two months, researchers from St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in Manhattan headed cross town to the Animal Medical Center to look at dogs. Doctors at the hospital’s Vascular Birthmark Institute were enticed by the chance to study anomalies of the arteries and veins that are rare in humans but common in dogs. And the flow can be reversed as well! Late last month, veterinarians from the Animal Medical Center began meeting with their counterparts at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center to set up trials of a noninvasive device for removing tumors of the urinary tract with electrical impulses. Exchanges of this sort are said to becoming increasingly common as there is a growing frustration with an inefficiency of using the rodent model in lab research, which often fails to translate to human subjects. There seems to be a growing realization that vets and medical doctors may have very good reasons to talk to one another, which has led to a host of collaborative research projects aimed at speeding the journey from lab to human clinical trials, and in the end, producing a result that can be applied to humans and animals alike. These projects often emanate from partnerships like the National Cancer Center’s comparative oncology program, created in 2006 to coordinate canine cancer among 20 oncology centers across the US, or the Comparative Medicine and Translational Research at North Carolina State University’s veterinary college, which recently signed a partnership agreement with the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to do research on regenerating organs in humans and pets. It is not unusual these days for veterinary surgeons to call in their human medicine counterparts for consultations or even to take part in tricky operations. While this is basically a ‘grass roots’ situation one finds Vets going on rounds for people and, vice versa! The big bet seems to be that veterinary science and human medical science can combine to achieve efficiencies that translate across species and indeed in some instances this has already come to pass.

one lot. In discussing whether to purchase a purebred or a mixed breed animal the writer and a professor from NC State’s Veterinary College of Medicine talk sketchily and in generalities about health issues but fail to mention temperament issues in the altogether. As to whether to purchase online or from pet stores, which is the highlighted part of the story this paragraph ignores the question totally and engages in a spirited debate of the role of different types of breeders and specifically what questions they think one should ask of a breeder. It is here that some of the major misstatements about purebred dogs and AKC’s role are made but basically answered most effectively by Ms. Peterson. Maybe worth your while to read this article as a general overview about the costs of dog ownership.

THE BROOKSVILLE MESS For the past 14 years the winter shows in Florida have been dominated by the so-called Brooksville shows. Developed in part through the generosity of the late Sam Lawrence, the Florida Classic Park became a staple on many a show goer’s calendar. Held together somewhat fragilely by a coalition of clubs and the strong arm of the late Michael Soave (who were he to be alive today would probably been able to prevent the institution of the Inverness lawsuit against the other clubs) it now appears likely that the 2013 shows will in large part move to Ocala. What a shame that this mess has been allowed to go as far as it has gone. Why is it that historically so many great Clusters and Circuits fall by the wayside due to petty bickering among club members? Here is a site developed from scratch, owned by three of the clubs themselves and they cannot agree amongst themselves to save these two weeks of shows. When AKC licences these events perhaps there should be contractual provisions which force arbitration overseen by AKC individuals in the event of misunderstandings be they financial or other ways which prevent the break-up of the agreements for a five or ten year period of time. It is apparent the parties involved are at odds and unable to reach an accommodation-then agree in advance in those instances to call in outside arbiters to amicably settle the differences--that’s the read here on what’s going on in Brooksville now, that’s for sure. ARE WE BEING FAIR TO THE AMERICAN JUDGES and some other thoughts The judge from overseas seems to be able to buy permanent approval to judge for $25 and passing a test on the breed that is not recognized in their country of origin. Is this fair to the American judge who has to go through months of lord knows what to get the same breed? We think not--Furthermore, what background and experience will be developed by the foreign judge to ensure adequate knowledge of the breed on future visits-absolutely not is the understanding we have of this latest policy implementation. It’s been confusing enough to attempt to understand on any level the new judges approval policies with which to begin. But the purchasing of these breeds by unqualified people goes a long way to further question the entire judging approval processes. Let’s correct this particular aspect of foreign judging approvals immediately before it gets totally out of hand. And on the subject of correcting procedures some of the changes going on in North Carolina read particularly strangely. One sometimes get the impression that employees are being incorrectly used in new positions to which they are being appointed. And if AKC is really so in favor of having Delegates who are absent from meetings email their votes in why not go the whole banana and have all votes recorded not just those of the absentee! THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK The phony Service Dog is the topic du jour on the Afghan hound list these days with David Frei fighting the good fight against it being continued. Amazingly there are many within that club upholding this cheating aspect of flying dogs. It is incredible and totally unacceptable to these pages for dogs to be used in this fashion when they are unaccredited as Service Dogs. How a debate in the matter could dominate a breed’s e-line is a devastating illustration of people supporting a practice which should be condemned in its entirety. Good for you, David, for standing up and taking strong issue with those people who support the concept of continuing the practice of using the phony Service Dog on airplanes.


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n some ways I am beginning to think that I have been involved in the breeding of dogs far too long and am starting to become a bit like a dinosaur. That’s not something that I would normally own up to, but the feeling has been brought home to me recently. It was when I started to look in more detail at some of the written advice being dished out to puppy buyers here in the UK and some of the requirements suggested for dog breeders by certain organizations. Every organization connected with dogs now seems to have jumped on the bandwagon of giving advice to puppy buyers as to how to go about finding the right breed, the right puppy and the right breeder. Also several organizations have attempted to produce lists of requirements for breeders.

Impressions My first reaction to all of this was to read some of the advice in disbelief. How could people be so silly as to write some of these things down and proffer them as serious advice? What kind of busybodies feel that they have to tell us how to socialise a puppy in this way or raise a puppy in that way. We’ve all been doing that successfully for many years. But when I eventually took more time to think about what was being said, I came to the conclusion that most of the advice was perfectly sensible. In fact, not only that, but I eventually convinced myself that it was indeed a very good idea to write these things down. Those of us who have

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been involved in dog breeding families all of our lives don’t actually realize just how much of what we do quite automatically, is not so automatic for others who have just come in to the world of dog ownership or dog breeding.

PERFECT SENSE Telling people that they should choose a breeder who is happy for them to visit the puppy where it was bred and see it with its mother, all makes perfect sense. So does the advice that the breeder ought to be prepared to provide plenty of information about the puppy, its behavior, its socialization and its experiences and that a puppy should not be removed from its

breeder until at least the age of eight weeks. The AKC seems to take a pretty sensible approach to such issues and in the appropriate section of its website says, “The starting point is for the litter to be raised within a home environment with frequent human contact, rather than secluded in the yard or a kennel. This is the first step in ensuring that the pups will be prepared for life in a household, with all the sounds, smells, and hustle-and-bustle that this entails. Some breeders will move a litter from room to room on progressive weeks, to change the scene and familiarize the pups with such varied sounds as Continued on page 50

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velopment program in the UK, which I think must have been an education in itself. Back to his article: His final question IN SUMMARY, he asks if this is what we are looking for in a good judge: Someone who has a good memory, A natural eye for a dog, Loads of hands on experience Complete integrity, Good strength of character, The ability to compare and contrast, The diligence to study individual breed standards. And my answer is YES! I think any relevant candidates should possess all the above qualities, but I disagree when he says that this make them a universal genius! AND I am not sure that every person who fulfills all these requirement necessarily will become a great judge. MEMORY is of course vital for many reasons. One is to remember the actual breed standard when you are judging. Also of vital importance when you judge big classes (in the UK you may have classes of 50 plus dogs) to memorize i.e. how each dog moved during the initial individual examination. The ability to remember dogs’ track records or their ads does in my opinion not come into the picture. Per-

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sonally I would be happy to remember wherever I put my glasses! A NATURAL EYE for a dog. Well I have already expressed my opinion about this, some people have it others not, but I have seen hopeless judges improve so there might be hope. COMPLETE INTEGRITY & GOOD STRENGTH OF CHARACTER: In my opinion: You can’t have one without the other. But far too often we see examples of the sheep mentality: Follow the leader. Very sad. Would the list of Best in Show winners be more diversified if communications were not as good as it is nowadays?? LOADS OF HANDS ON EXPERIENCE should be an absolute must. But not necessarily with a specific breed. The fact that you know, hopefully instinctively; how to “run your hands” over a dog is one of the most important points. More about this later. THE DILIGENCE TO STUDY INDIVIDUAL BREED STANDARDS. Well a number of breed standards leave a lot to your imagination, which is why I think the quality and qualifications of breed club mentor is so vitally important. I have personally attended a number of excellent seminars, a few that left me with absolutely no more knowledge than I had when I got there. But worse: A few presenters gave incorrect information- and had to be corrected. And of course immediately lost all credibility- and even value. THE ABILITY TO COMPARE & CONTRAST. This is for so many Continued on page 54


ery interesting to read Ronnie Irving’s Impressions regarding my views on “Having An Eye”. I am very sorry to say that I am no Pianist- although at one stage in my life I gave it a try-but after being convinced that violin was not for me either, TRUMPET became my instrument of choice. Although for some years a member of a brass band, I realized my talent was limited, but I learnt to “Blow My Own Trumpet” whenever necessary!!! I have heard the parable between a Pianist and a Dog Show Judge before- and it is of course totally true and relevant, but that is the same whatever different people pursue, studies or work. One guy may qualify as a Professor in 6 years, while another putting in even more effort might not have a Bachelor’s degree in the same time!! Different levels of intelligence you might ask? Not necessarily, but we just have to accept the fact that the ability to make use of knowledge varies from man to man! I personally think that Interest and Ambition in combination is what separates the two, plus of course a few other ingredients. That’s why it is virtually impossible to standardize a judges education program. Some candidates will benefit from “hands on sessions” while others will get more output from a theoretically based program. Ronnie was heavily involved in creating The Judges De-

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This past week Four consecutive Group Firsts

Number One* Skye Terrier & Number Seven* Among All Terrier Breeds Multiple All Breed Best In Show Winner National Specialty Best of Breed Winner American, Finnish, Estonian, Russian International Champion Of Skyeline Captain Hook

Owned by Victor Malzoni, Jr. Hampton Court bred by Kirsi Sainio Helsinki, Finland Handled By Larry Cornelius Marcelo Veras 20 Dog News

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question week

september 14, 2012


Joy S. Brewster Show Chairperson, Greenwich KC We received a couple of outright solicitations when this first was allowed. Generally, I feel Judges for the most part do not solicit assignments. If they are going to be in an area or judging a Specialty close to an all-breed show I have known judges to advise the all-breed clubs they will be in the area. Unfortunately, my experience is that many Specialty clubs wait until the last minute to assign judges. By this time the all-breed clubs have their panel already completed. I feel that

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Charlie Olvis & Liz Muthard Show Chairpersons, Penn Ridge Kennel Club, Inc. We don’t think about it that much... it makes no difference to us. We’ve not seen an increase in solicitations...those who did it before by trying to skirt around the solicitation issue continue to do so, just more openly, but we have not experienced an increase in requests for assignments... perhaps it is known we are not fond of the practice whether or not allowed by AKC. And, asking for an assignment is no guarantee of getting that assignment, might just be a guarantee of NOT getting the assignment instead, depending on who and how one asks!

the AKC “allowing” solicitation did remove the grey areas which is good. The key to the acceptance of solicitation is the manner in which it is done and the reasoning behind it. Jay Richardson Show Chairman, Wheaton KC This has only made legal what has been occurring for years, it removes a grey area which was really difficult to enforce. I couldn’t ask for an assignment, but my friend could ask you to hire me. Gary Doerge President and Show Chairman Jackson, TN Dog Fanciers Association, Inc. As a seasoned show chairman, I have learned that a quality judging panel on a regular basis will almost always equate to a larger entry for the show.

A seasoned, well rounded exhibitor knows who the quality judges are, whether they win under that judge, or not. These exhibitors will dictate whether ones show is a success. Very simply stated, they will enter under the friendly and knowledgeable judges, given the opportunity, and avoid the others. I feel that the judges who solicit assignments, do so due to their insecurities or lack of knowledge in the judging arena. Most of us know that the cost of the judging panel is usually the highest expense of a dog show. Even though it is also, in my opinion, the most important factor in drawing an entry, the inexperienced show chairman will probably become very excited when approached by someone who only charges half as much, or less, to bring in someone other than a quality judge. When they do this, it will ultimately lessen the entry, lessen the overall quality of their show, lessen the replaced quality judge’s ability to point at the right dog, and lessen the income made for their club and for AKC. It only seems to compound the current issues at AKC, i.e., low entries and diminishing income. It is for these reasons that I strongly disagree with the policy of allowing solicitation. Thank you for your inquiry. Linda G Rowell Show Chairperson, Central Florida KC I have no problem with it. It can especially help provisionals or judges with new breeds. Sometimes show chairs can get in a rut of hiring the same judges over and over and this can also open up meeting new people and bringing to the forefront new judges or judges not as frequently used! Sue Weiss Show Chairperson, Westbury KA I was so surprised when the AKC made their decision. I don’t believe it is appropriate for judges to solicit assignments. I have never done it. Continued on page 58

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America’s #1 Pointer All Systems Best In Show & Multiple Specialty Best In Show Winner

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Westchester weekend: Tuxedo Park Kennel Club - Best of Breed Judge Mr. Jorge Nallem (Uruguay) Somerset Hills Kennel Club Pointer Club of Central New Jersey Best of Breed Specialty Judge Mrs. Ruth Ann Freer-Godfrey Westchester Kennel Club Best of Breed - Judge Mr. Jason Hoke Group Second - Judge Mr. Jorge Nallem

Our sincere appreciation to all the judges who have recognized Brian’s qualities. Proudly owned by Jeanne Deeming • Bred by Marjetta Reg. and M. Andersen Exclusively presented and conditioned by Dan Buchwald • (201) 317-5923

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GCh. Jamelle’s Aristocrat

The Best In Show Saint & Number One All Breed Saint *

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“Head”ing To The Top...

V. Elba, CGC, RN, HOF Heads Up The Rankings with Two More Group Firsts! Group Firsts awarded by Judges Mrs. Rita Rynder & Mrs. Anitra Cuneo, pictured. Group Second awarded by Judge Mr. William Cunningham.

Owners Ed & Linda Baker Elba Saints Hopewell, NJ Breeders Michelle & Jack Mulligan Jamelle’s Saints Diamond Bar, CA Always Loved and Handled By Melody “Snooki” Salmi Assisted by daughter Mackenzie Dog News 25

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Use your hands, go inside the coat and check structure. Check topline from withers to rump. Run your hand down the middle of the back. IT IS A SQUARE BREED. — Mary Anne Brocious Breeder – Judge


Pertaining to coat, judge the dog on the day. Projecting if the dog will be affected with coat problems in the future, is unfair. — Noble Inglett Handler


Always reward round eyes. — Tara Martin Rowell Breeder, owner, handler


Short on leg is not appropriate and is hard to breed out. (The standard calls for square). Never put up bad temperament. ­— Bruce Schwartz Breeder


Please do training for photos with NO REWARD until the picture is taken. — Vicki Holloway Photographer


I like my show dogs, like my show girls. Not only should they have what it takes but they have to know what to do with it. — Henry Stoecker.

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is a Multiple Best In Show and Multiple

Best In Specialty Winner.


Wilmington Kennel Club Judge Douglas R. Holloway, Jr. Many thanks to Toy Group Judge Mr. William Cunningham. Handled here by Mr. Chris Berg

Newtown Kennel Club Judge Ms. Helene Nietsch Our Thanks to Toy Group Judge Mr. Rafael Malo Alcrudo, San Mateo, Spain Handler: Jason Bailey, AKC Registered Handler

GCh. Foursquare I’ll Be A Shostopa Tu Owners/Breeders: Dr. David Johnson and Judith Johnson

Foursquare Pugs, Reg.

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Internet Postings HSUS’ Uses Power in American Economy Do HSUS donors know how their money is spent? The basics behind HSUS’ spending habits from HumaneWatch are: • $200 Million in Total Assets • Less than 1% supporting local humane shelters • $74.3 million spent on mailing, salaries, and benefits

But, what about the rest? It is no secret that HSUS celebrates when buying shares in a specific company. At the cost of donors, HSUS will purchase enough shares in a particular company to be allowed to present shareholder proposals. Also known as Shareholder Advocacy. These proposals are then used to push their extreme agenda and influence in the market place. Recently, HSUS took it to the next level. Instead of purchasing shares in an individual company, they just purchased shares in four major investment firms. The goal?… “for the purpose of utilizing shareholder channels (e.g. shareholder proposals) to advocate for animal welfare improvements in the pork industry.” - HSUS Spokesman, Pork Network The top firms they chose were: J.P. Morgan, BlackRock, Ameriprise, and Prudential. Who all make significant investments in Tyson Foods and SeaBoard Farms.

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HSUS’ worked to change Tyson’s stance on sow gestation crates, but was never successful. However, they were successful convincing McDonalds, Smithfield, Burger King, and a long list of other companies to phase out gestation crates. Those same companies that listened to HSUS as a shareholder, also caved into believing that HSUS has good intentions. As a company, like Tyson, if you choose not to follow HSUS’ rules you are just opening the doors for actions like: “…Focusing on the potential financial loss associated with the failure to act by companies like Tyson and Seaboard, we believe we can garner significant leverage in the form of management and/ or shareholder support from the finance sector, thus exerting further pressure on the pork industry to move away from gestation crates,” - M atthew Prescott, HSUS food policy director, Pork Network Tyson continues to stand up to the giant, but HSUS is finding its own way around Tyson’s defense. HSUS is not concerned with compliance, but with promoting their radical agenda and destroying Tyson’s operation altogether.

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The $32.7 million that HSUS could spend helping local humane shelters actually ends up on Wall-Street. That is a lot of power and influence for a company message that reads: “We are the nation’s most important advocate for local humane societies,” – HSUS, About Us Overview Really? Do they expect us to believe that while spending millions seeking to destroy agriculture companies? HSUS’ spending habits do not align with that message. They insist on playing the stock market game with your money and the Farmer’s well-being at stake. That should be HSUS’ mission statement. A message to supporters of HSUS: • Is this how you saw your money being spent? … On Wall-Street? • Or, was it to support an actual animal shelter? HSUS drastically changed the playing field between American Farmers/Producers when it bought stock in those four major investment firms. It is no longer a secret, HSUS’ goal: use WallStreet to attack farmers/producers financially. You make the decision: Should HSUS, as a non-profit organization, be allowed to tank a corporation through shareholder proposals?

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September 14, 2012 Elgin Kennel Club - Saturday Basset Hound GCh. Topsfield-Sanchu Eenie Meeny Miney Moe Judge Dr. Robert Indeglia Owners Claudia Orlandi & Claire “Kitty” Steidel Handler Bryan Martin Manhattan Kansas Kennel Club Schipperke GCh. Dantes Fire When Ready Judge Mrs. Janis M. Mercer Owners Amy Gossman, Sandra Middlebrooks, Michael Jameson MD Handler Erin Roberts Topeka Kennel Club Saluki Ch. Sandstorm Blue Nile Bubbles of Jatara Judge Mr. Dana Cline Owners Sandra Middlebrooks, Jackie Harrington, Sara Winsted Handler Erin Roberts Sugarbush Kennel Club - Friday Doberman Pinscher GCh. Protocol’s Veni Vidi Vici Judge Mr. Carl Gene Liepmann Owner Suzy Lundy & Dick Lundy & J Mullins & K Mullins Handler Jocelyn Mullins Santa Barbara Kennel Club II Wire Fox Terrier GCh. Afterall Painting the Sky Judge Mr. Carlos Fernandez-Renau Owners Victor Malzoni, Jr. & Torie Steele, Mary & Scott Olund & Diane Ryan Handler Gabriel Rangel Lawrenceville Kennel Club Miniature Pinscher GCh. Marlex Classic Red Glare Judge Dr. Rene Echevarria-Cofino Owners Leah Monte & Armando Angelbello Handler Armando Angelbello Mid-Susquehanna Kennel Club – Saturday & Sunday American Foxhound GCh. Kiarry’s Pandora’s Box Judge Mr. Dennis Gallant Judge Mr. Chuck Winslow Owners Mrs. Ellen M. Charles & Lisa Miller Handler Lisa Miller Griffin Georgia Kennel Club Miniature Schnauzer GCh. Allaruth Just Kidding V Sole Baye Judge Mrs. Judith V. Daniels Owners Ruth Ziegler & Yvonne B Phelps Handler Bergit Kabel

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Bests Week of the

Conyers Kennel Club Of Georgia Standard Poodle GCh. Jaset’s Satisfaction Judge Mrs. Loraine Boutwell Owners Michele Molnar & Jamie Danburg Handler Ann Rairigh   Northwestern Connecticut Kennel Club Scottish Deerhound GCh. Brakenshire Scotch N’ Ice Judge Mrs. Paula Nykiel Owner Gayle Bontecou Handler Lesley Anne Potts

Mensona Kennel Club I & II Bouvier des Flandres GCh. Hatch Tillie de la Salsa Judge Mrs. Donna Buxton Judge Mr. Derek Hyde Owners Terry & Penny Peterson, Linda Haskell & Judy Kasper Handler Larry Fenner Conejo Kennel Club Basenji GCh. Jasiri-Sukari Win Tin Tin Judge Mr. Robert P. Widden Owners Julie & Kathy Jones and Chua Ming Kok Handler Julie Jones Metro Mile High Kennel Club Brussels Griffon GCh. Cashnross’ First Griff Tina Fey Judge Mrs. R. Ellen Fetter Owners Felicia Cashin, Carole Ross Handler Jenny Wornall-Rangel Singing River Kennel Club - Thursday & Friday Evergreen Colorado Kennel Club English Springer Spaniel GCh. Wynmoor Champagne Supernova Judge Mrs. Lee Canalizo Judge Mr. Carlos Navarro Judge Mrs. Betty-Anne Stenmark Owners Celie Florence, Beth Fink, Dr. Erin Kerfoot, Dr. Ken Goodhue-McWilliams and Delores Streng Handler Robin Novack

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What person do you most look forward to seeing at the dog shows? gene zaphiris.

What is your greatest extravagance? my dogs.

What do you dislike most about your appearance? do you have all day?

Born: marblehead, massachusetts.

What dog person would you like to see on ‘Dancing With The Stars’? beth sweigart.

Reside: peterborough, new hampshire. Married: to john beale.

10 If you were to have a tattoo, what would it be of? i could never have a tattoo but if i did the answer is censored. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? my husband, alcohol, good food.

When and where are you the happiest? at home with my husband and dogs. Other people think I am? what you see is what you get.

What did you want to be when you were growing up? i still have a lot of growing up to do. What would be your last request? To die peacefully and happily with john.

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America’s Number 1* Basset Hound and A Top Ten* Hound

January 1 - September 9, 2012: Four All Breed Best In Shows Two Reserve Best In Shows Three Specialty Best In Shows

GCh. Topsfield-Sanchu Eenie Meenie Miney Moe Sire: Ch Maredge Good To Go Dam: Ch Topsfield-Sanchu Teeter Totter

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28 Group Seconds 17 Group Thirds Six Group Fourths Breeder/Owners: Claudia Orlandi Topsfield PO Box 169 Essex Jct, VT 05453 Claire “Kitty” Steidel Sanchu 10040 E Happy Valley Rd #229 Scottsdale, AZ 85255 Handlers: Bryan & Nancy Martin *The Dog News Top Ten List All Breed

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his past week the nation paused to remember and reflect on the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Embedded in those memories are the roles that the canine has played in the aftermath of the attacks and in the subsequent wars and anti-terrorist efforts. As the work of military dogs, police K-9s and service dogs continues to be recognized and expanded, it’s with great disappointment that we learned of the Department of Veterans Affairs decision to no longer cover the cost of service dogs assigned to veterans with mental disabilities such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The announcement came on September 5, just days before the anniversary of 9/11, a day that changed the lives of all Americans, especially those who were called to serve our country. The new ruling, which cites a lack of evidence to support the medical need for the veterans suffering from PTSD to receive a service dog, takes effect on October 5. The VA will continue to provide service dogs for veterans with visual, hearing or mobility impairments. Granted, these are difficult financial times for all and government agencies are seeing budgets slashed nearly across the board, but troops have been withdrawn from Iraq and returned to American soil and President Obama has vowed to end the longest war in U.S. history in Afghanistan by 2014, so there will undoubtedly be an increased need for service dogs for veterans, many of who will suffer from PTSD. Recent years had seen an uptick in the recognition of the services these dogs provided to veterans whose disabilities may not be as easily detected as physical ones but are no less real. Back in 2009, new Senator of Minnesota, Al Franken (yes, that Al Franken, he of the comedy

Paws and Stripes co-founder and U.S. Army Veteran Jim Stanek with his service dog “Sarge”. Photos by Kim Jackson duo Franken and Davis, longtime writer and performer on Saturday Night Live and author of the best-selling book Rush Limbaugh Is A Big Fat Idiot) introduced the Service Dogs for Veterans Act with a bipartisan group of colleagues. It was included as an amendment to the National Defense and Authorization Act that passed the Senate in July 2009, and was subsequently signed into law by President Obama. As Sen. Franken told me when championing the Service Dogs for Veterans Act,“I believe that our troops deserve the best care and assistance while they are serving and once they have become veterans. The Service Dogs for Veterans Act will provide the VA with one more key tool for ensuring that our veterans have the highest possible quality of life. “Service dogs raise their masters’ sense of well-being. They help reduce depression, ward off panic attacks and assist when a veteran needs help standing back up after falling. These dogs are the difference between a decent life and a very difficult one for troops experiencing service-related injuries. Just as importantly, they can provide a huge return on investment, lessening the need for human care and allowing our veterans to be more productive and return to work. Unfortunately, few of these service dogs are available to veterans… My legislation was designed to help remedy that.” Unfortunately, funding for the implementation of the legislation has apparently dried up and veterans in need of a service dog may have to look somewhere other than the VA. The Service Dogs for Veterans Act was intended to direct the


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During the course of the long weekend, some said NYC is the melting pot of the human race, but Santa Barbara has become the melting pot for dog activities.

BY Desmond J. Murphy Photos By Julie L. Mueller


ver fifty years ago, Westminster, International Kennel Club and SBKC were the three leading shows in America. After the death of Sydney Heckert in the early 70’s, SBKC was extremely fortunate to have Ann & Tom Stevenson adopt the club. During the reign of Ann & Tom the club grew to even greater heights. They made it to be an internationally famous show. It has been often said one person can make or break a show. I believe there is a lot of truth to this belief. Lou Auslander revitalized International, Wayne Ferguson brought back Morris & Essex and Tom Bradley has given new life to Westminster. What is sad is that so many of the great shows have become so ordinary or barely existing. It is very difficult for people of my generation to realize that the great Eastern Dog Club is not even having a show this year. As a child it was one of the five most prominent shows in America. In the days of Kippy and Ramona VanCourt they had such an enormous effect on the sport. Kippy was Show Chair for Westminster while Ramona ran Beverly Hills, which was one of the very largest, most prestigious shows. Ramona also ran Westbury when it was “The Show of Distinction”. In 1991 just before BIS at SBKC, Dick Meen did a wonderful memorial tribute Continued on page 74

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BY MATTHEW H. STANDER Photos of Westchester KC by Eugene Z. Zaphiris & Tilly & Jack Grassa




have not heard too much about the Delegate meeting held yesterday (Tuesday, September 11th) and nothing about the Board Meeting held part of the same day as the Delegates meeting and as well as today the 12th. What I did hear about the Delegate's Meeting is that it was reported that overwhelmingly the Delegates passed the Reserve Winners proposal for exhibits at National Specialties. To say that this vote disappointed me is to understate my reaction. My immediate thought was oh well what can you expect from a body of people fewer than 30% of whom actively show dogs. But then upon reflection I thought that if the Delegates were instructed to vote for this proposal it's the clubs themselves which are in favor of diluting the importance of an American Championship title and not necessarily the fault of the Delegates. The fallacy in that thinking of course relies upon the presumption that clubs tell their Delegates how to vote and that the Delegates follow these sorts of instruction. Without votes being recorded and made public to the Fancy there is no accountability whatsoever insofar as Delegates' votes are concerned. They remain as secret as the correspondence and communications among themselves which are made selectively public. What a joke to call this a democratic representative body of people. I understand there is move afoot to ask that absent delegates be permitted to email their votes in on some if not all proposals. Sounds like a good idea to me if these and all other votes are recorded and made public as well. If however the practice of keeping the votes secret continues I am against the idea of emailed absentee votes. And on the subject of the Reserves Winners don't think that I can't see the rationale of certain breeds wanting this form of recognition. It's the expansion from the National Specialty to other large entry shows that has me worried as I know only too well as in the heart of all supporters of this proposal do that the idea will be expanded within five years of the effective date of implementation of this new rule to all-breed shows, too. Unfortunately due to personal reasons we had to miss both Tuxedo Park and Somerset Hills shows on Friday and Saturday. We did however get to go to Westchester held on Sunday and as the third show of the weekend. Be sure to write something nice about us said a member of Westchester as I arrived on the North Branch Park Grounds in Milltown, New Jersey! I replied I always write nice things about Westchester it's just that this Westchester is not the same as the Westchesters of old held in Lyndhurst or Purchase or Croton-onContinued on page 90

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those of the dishwasher, television, and washer-dryer. Others like to situate the puppy pen near the home’s center of activity, so the pups are exposed to comings and goings and hear a variety of human voices. The litter should be accustomed to human touch from the start. Most breeders pick up each puppy at least daily, usually to weigh or otherwise inspect them and assess their condition. Puppies can be gently held in different positions and get used to having different parts of their body handled.“

A CURMUDGEON-LIKE ATTITUDE All of that broad-brush approach seems to me to be just fine. But it’s when the animal behaviorists are allowed to get totally carried away, that my old fashioned and curmudgeonlike attitude kicks in. The UK’s Advisory Council on the Welfare Issues of Dog Breeding was an organisation set up in the wake of the public outcry caused by the Pedigree Dogs Exposed TV Program in 2008. It has recently come out with some guidance notes on puppy buying and these are being sent to legislators and government departments as recommendations. Much of what they have suggested is perfectly sensible but at times this committee does seem to have let itself become a bit carried away. We all know that pups should become accustomed to different domestic sounds. Vacuum cleaners and washing machines seem fine to me, but when that eventually becomes translated to a recommendation that they should, by the age of eight weeks, be exposed to other noises such as “traffic and fireworks”, that is a step too far for me. A recommendation that pups should have contact with 50 Dog News

as many people as possible at as young an age as possible, seems very sensible to me too. But to go on to say that this should equate to “Contact with a minimum of four adults other than those in the family, including at least one person from both genders” for me begins to look like bureaucracy run riot.

A STEP TOO FAR I can perfectly well see that contact with children is a good idea but to tell puppy buyers that such children should be “preferably in different age groups” again seems to be a step just slightly too far. It is quite normal so suggest that puppies should have contact with adult dogs, other than the puppy’s mother, but to go on to suggest that these should be “of a breed or breeds which are morphologically distinct and without any behavioural problems”, is surely a bit over the top. Handling all over, including being picked up, feet handled and ears checked, all seems sensible but does it really need to be “by at least four people”? A previous booklet advising puppy buyers, this one actually endorsed by the Kennel Club here in the UK, actually suggested that pups should be accustomed to moving around on different surfaces. All of that seemed like a good idea to me. But when that particular piece of advice went on to include the suggestion that one of the surfaces ought to be a wet towel, I began to think I was reading Alice in Wonderland. Another committee-approved document suggested that more than one water bowl should be available to avoid any one puppy monopolizing the water. That I could just about accept, but to then go on to suggest that each puppy should be given a separate feeding dish was certainly not written by anyone who has had experience of dealing with a litter of eight week-old Border Terriers.

AKC’S ADVICE OK UP TO A POINT The AKC website-approved article on socialization seems to me to be OK when it says: “Most important of all is to expose the pups to as wide a variety of people as possible—people of differing ages, sizes, skin color, and dress. Many dogs can be particularly apprehensive of men and very small children if they were not exposed to them during the early socialization period.” But it then seems to me to approach the realms of fantasy when it says approvingly: “Dunbar recommends that a puppy meet at least 100 different people by age 12 weeks. “Not only is this easier to do than it might sound,” he explains, “it’s also lots of fun.” Breeders can arrange to have small groups of friends and family visit the pups, and take pups to public areas such as pet-supply stores and school grounds.”

WRITTEN CONTRACTS Another area of advice to puppy buyers that I do actually approve of, is that they and the breeder should have some form of written contract between them which stipulates various key issues. For example in the UK, TKC’s Assured Breeder Program recommends that such a contract should agree various things including what restrictions the breeder puts upon the future breeding from that dog. It also asks for sellers to include terms that describe the situations when the puppy may be taken back with a full refund of the price, or what will happen if the person eventually decides to change their mind and needs help in finding a new home for the dog. The UK’s Advisory Council on the Welfare Issues of Dog Breeding quite rightly says that puppy contracts can do a good job by containing information about the puppy, its parents and the way it was raised and that contracts are “a very useful way of avoid-

ing misunderstandings that can arise in buying a puppy, for example about the care that has been given and the obligations taken on by the seller.” So far so good, but they then go on to recommend as a good example the draft contact drawn up by the RSPCA. This contract contains ten pages of detail, lists forty-four questions that need to be answered and requires six pages of guidance notes. That is where I part company with the Advisory Council. I believe that very few breeders, even amongst responsible breeders, will be prepared to jump through all of the hoops that a standard contract of this kind demands. It is far too complex and cumbersome.

CAMELS OR HORSES There is no doubt that there is a huge need for the public to be educated on the best possible way of finding and buying the puppy which will most closely suit their needs and which will be likely to have had the best possible start in life. Anything we can do to prevent people falling into the hands of unscrupulous and irresponsible dog breeders is to be encouraged. But surely there is a need for some of the do-gooders to have their theoretical approaches to some of these pieces of advice tempered by a little bit of common sense and practical experience. How many of the people who sit down in committees dreaming up some of this stuff, have actually ever bred a litter of puppies and sold them to members of the public? Some of the recommendations they come up with, do make perfect and commendable sense. Others on the other hand lead me to believe the saying which, for me, puts the outpourings of these committees into perfect perspective – namely the expression that “A camel is a horse designed by a committee.”


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* m a e T d n u h s h c a D d e r i a h e r Wi Group Winning, Multiple Group Placing &

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Thank you Breeder-Judge Mr. Ronald Spritzer

Group Third Judge Mr. Malcolm Fellows

We would like to thank all the Judges that have recognized this young Owner-Handled Team for their most recent success in the strong field on the West Coast! Best of Variety - Mr. Robert Frost, Best of Variety - Mr. Ralph Ambrosio, Best of Variety - Mr. Espen Engh, Best of Variety & Group Third - Ms. Diane Young McCormack, and Best of Variety - Mrs. Patricia Ulloa! Breeders: Judy Anderson & Fred & Carol Vogel *The Dog News Top Ten List - Breed points

Always & Only Owner Handled by Catlin

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NearPerfect At The Gold Country Kennel Club’s Gold Country Kennel Club held its twelfth all-breed dog show over the Labor Day weekend at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. These fairgrounds were recently recognized as California’s “Most Beautiful Fairgrounds.” As club president, Chuck Teasley said, “With over 3,000 pines towering above the spectators and dogs and perfect weather, the exhibitors – win or lose – were treated to near-perfect conditions.”

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Conditions 12th Anniversary Show! By Diane Young McCormack Photos by Lesley Boyes


everal specialties were held on Friday – Border Collie Club of Northern California, Doberman Pinscher Club of Reno, Sierra Vista Labrador Retriever Club and the Redwood Belgian Tervuren Fanciers. The exhibitors and spectators were greeted at the front gate entrance with a large “Information Booth” where day-of-show show information was available along with pamphlets from the American Kennel Club and vintage posters passed out to the children for them to color. Stickers that said, “I’m Here for the Dog Show” were also distributed as a way for local vendors to see just how much money is generated at a dog show. All members of the club were wearing their forest green shirts with club logo embroidered on the front, and all were available to help out since the club’s policy is that no members exhibit their dogs. All club members are trained to answer any and all questions they might receive from spectators or exhibitors. Four rings were set up inside a large air-conditioned building where the superintendent and AKC representative were also situated. These rings were made available for most of the toy and terrier breeds. There were seven large rings set up outside for the larger breeds entered in Conformation and three rings, away from the Conformation Continued on page 95

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babbling WHAT ABOUT HANDS?!!!! Continued FROM page 18

often the problem. When you have to choose between faults when placing your dogs. So often we hear: Well, he did not move so well, but was a better type! Isn’t movement part of the type?? Maybe more for some breeds than others. I think this is where so many have proved that their success as breeders do not necessarily make them great judges. Even in my own breeds I still come across “conflicts” like: What is worse (in a Fox Terrier) a wide front or a weak “back end” and naturally millions of similar problems. My old friends, the English professional handler Albert Langley once during a discussion said: “Judging dogs is very easy: You just put the best dog in front of the second best … and so on!” Just wish it was so simple and uncomplicated. For years I have tried to encourage somebody, as part of judges’ education, to make a film called ”HANDS”. I find it fascinating to sit ringside observing how different people approach the task of judging dogs and how they handle them, be it on the table or on the floor. At times you may discover uncertainty in their body language or even in their eyes, but what to me is the crucial test is how they use their hands! So many times you can detect that this is a ”learnt” procedure that serves no purpose whatsoever- and the observation of use of HANDS is in my humble opinion the best way to

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determine whether or not the judge knows what he/ she is doing and looking for. I have had conversations with judges who before they entered the ring could really “talk” a good job. Knowing the Latin name of every bone and muscle, but then enter the ring and seemingly forgetting all about how the different parts are supposed to be put together. Fortunately Judging Dogs will never become an exact science. We will all have different preferences as well as interpretations of standards and we will all criticize each other whatever we do… But that’s what makes this game so fascinating. The Integrity requirement will never be complete: As a Scandinavian breeder/exhibitor I was honestly believing that whenever I showed a dog, he/she would be judged honestly and impartially. Which I still think was the case most of the time. Visiting the UK you would discover a rather different scenario (at least within the terrier and even spaniel breeds we were involved in). Watching mostly breeder /judges in action, they would do an excellent or at least understandable job in the lower classes, then came Limit and Open and at times everything went haywire. Obviously there were reasons unknown to us, but

normally gracefully accepted by the majority of the exhibitors. Which forever to me will remain a mystery: People knew there was no way in hell they would win, but still entered their dogs again and again and again. How could any averagely intelligent person accept this over a long time?? Well, things did changeand the fact that so many newcomers to a variety of terrier breeds (in the UK) had a rather hostile reception is probably why so many terrier breeds struggle today… The conclusion: Just judge dogs, but make sure you know as much as possible about the breed in front of you. Simply looking at my own breeds, it is scary at times to see what happens in the rings, but even more scary that so many judges seem to believe that they know it all! There is probably nothing worse than a judge who knows a little about a breed, but believes he knows it all!!! Still, what is of the utmost importance to me when judging a judge, is that their performance proves that they really love dogs and respect them as well as their handlers. Although dog showing is a serious business it should be a pleasant experience for us all, be it we are spectators, judges, handlers or simply DOGS !

Dewi Does it!!! 8

Our Appreciation To Judges: Ms. Doris H. Miller, Best In Show and Mr. Ralph J. Ambrosio, Group, for these truly exciting wins!

8 8 Dewi is owned by Barbara J. Tannahill and Patrick A. Smith. Bred by Patrick and Jane Smith And beautifully handled by Amanda Roberson

8 The Best In Show, Multiple Best In Specialty Show Winning

GCh. Serah Celtic Legend of Llynhill Sire: Ch. Trudytales About Last Night Dam: Multiple Best In Show, Multiple Best In Specialty Show Winning Ch. Llynhill Autumn Breeze

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WHAT DO YOU THINK OF AKC’S DECISION TO ALLOW JUDGES TO SOLICIT ASSIGNMENTS? Arlene and Lowell Davis Mission Circuit Show Chairpersons We agree with Jay Richardson’s answer to this question. Lori S. Findley Show Chairperson, Somerset Hills KC The rule was not being enforced, well let me clarify, it was only being enforced when a complaint was raised. There are good and bad apples and some judges did not always follow the rules...It was ok to have your friend find you assignments. As a show chair, please do not call me at 10:00PM stating you want to be my panel. On second thought please do not phone me at all; email is acceptable. Vince Grosso Show Chairman, Palm Springs KC While I do not disagree with that decision in theory, I must confess that I’m somewhat “oldschool” and am, therefore, rather put off by judges asking for assignments. It really puts the show chair on the spot. With one exception, we have never hired anyone who asked. In our experience, it’s the newer judges with few breeds who are most likely to request an assignment because “it’s allowed now”. However, I don’t believe the judging community is comfortable with it yet – it’s simply too drastic a reversal to the culture of judging for some of us. Of course, that may very well change in the not-too-distant future. Honi Reisman Show Chairperson, Long Island Kennel Club Personally I don’t agree with it. It reminds me of those sleazy 1-800 LAWYERS/DOCTORS ads on TV. As a showchair I try and give provisional judges or judges with only a few breeds an assignment. It is uncomfortable when a judge approaches you at a show or calls to solicit themselves. I do get calls from people I know recommending judges and this I consider acceptable. Although I only judge Afghan Hounds, and love to judge, I would rather never judge than to ask or advertise for an assignment.

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Dennis McCoy Show Chairman, Raleigh Kennel Club Originally I didn’t like the idea of judges soliciting assignments, but you can’t put the cat back in the bag. Since AKC has made the decision to allow it, I have no problem with permit/provisional judges introducing themselves. I consider provisional/permit judges for our panels anyway, and it allows me to put a face with a name for someone that I otherwise might not know. Today, when most clubs hire multi-Group judges in order to stay within a budget, some newer judges may need to bring their names to the attention of show committees. Many show committees nowadays are also relativity new to the sport and are unaware of who judges are. However, I find soliciting assignments distasteful when abused by well-established judges that everyone already knows. I think their credentials should stand (or speak) for themselves and they should leave it at that. Robert D Black Show Chairman, Hatboro Dog Club In my 25 years as Show Chairman of the Hatboro Dog Club I’ve received lots of solicitations, some obvious and overt but the vast majority subtle. I have no problem in receiving judge suggestions regardless of the source but in almost all cases individual solicitations mean very little to me. Since the AKC lifted the ban I really have not seen an increase in solicitations. Cindy Meyer Show Chairperson, Blackhawk Kennel Club We all know that soliciting for assignments has always happened behind the scenes, but I do not believe that the AKC should have opened this door. However, personally I have not noticed any increase in this activity, perhaps because the quality judges do not find soliciting to be necessary. However, I did overhear a judge soliciting someone to get their club to suggest that this person be sent an invitation by the judge’s committee to apply for a group. I did find this to be particularly offensive.

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Thierry Poncelet’s work, with its combined sense of history and modern dog fantasy, was first exhibited in Paris, Vienna and his native Brussels and in the UK the Stephanie Hoppen Gallery in London championed his work. It has appeared in magazines around the world and in 1993 his dog portraits were published in a book appropriately titled Sit!



is pictures perhaps in some ways sum up many of the varying attitudes that the Victorians had towards animals and in particular domestic ones. The love and companionship for them, to the extent that they saw them as of one with themselves; the loneliness that many found themselves in and the need for friendship and amusement and to some extent a certain lack of regard for their dignity. His work will never be described as ‘an area of grey’ – something to look at casually in passing – you either love it or hate it, find it amusing and 60 Dog News

humorous or the complete opposite. Born in 1946, Poncelet is from an artistic background, his grandmother was a gifted and prolific painter and it was from her he learnt to understand art through the various periods and to appreciate style. He trained as an art restorer, at which he was successful and it was this training that enabled him to duplicate brush-strokes, to restore such delicate items as lace, clothing and jewellery and to add accessories as required, that may have been lost from the original. One day he painted the face of his own pet dog on an old portrait,

which delighted both himself and his friends and from then on he has devoted much of his artistic life to this unique approach. His ‘aristochats’ and ‘aristochiens’ soon became well known throughout Europe. Poncelet scours the shops and street markets in his native Belgium in search of damaged eighteenth and nineteenth century portraits and then breathes new life into a long forgotten family doyen or doyenne, reincarnating them as a Westie, Cocker Spaniel or a host of other breeds. The clothing and jewellery of the original sitter is retained. The 163 lots from a Chelsea,

London townhouse, the property of an anonymous vendor, made up Christie’s South Kensington’s recent ‘The Sunday Sale’. The townhouse contents were a mix of Gallic and Regency furnishings, predominantly French paintings and hunting, shooting and other equine and canine decorative elements. Among this eclectic mix were eight Thierry Poncelet ‘aristochiens’. They generated considerable interest, particularly from America and the UK and all readily found new homes with private collectors, but in the end it was the UK buyers who triumphed over the Americans. The prices paid, like the estimates, varied considerably and for those who set the estimates it must have been a difficult task juggling with breed appeal and the quality of the original painting. Several dramatically outstripped the estimate, one to the extent that it

set a new auction high for the artist. Wearing a floral hat, a gold locket on her chest and sitting serenely against a landscape background, A Distinguished Lady raced past its top estimate of $1,240 to take $11,760. Other highlights were The Old Guard, a military Westie which sold for $6,860 ($930-1,240); Discussing the News, a genre scene of two distinguished Cocker Spaniels which reached $2,744 ($775-1,085); an English Setter Grand Dame which went for $4,312 ($2,325-3,100), and the picture which Christie’s had the greatest expectations for, A Society Beauty – a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with her Victorian Toy Spaniel companion – which realised $8,232 against its top estimate of $4,650. Prices quoted include the buyer’s premium.

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Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a pilot program working in partnership with nonprofit service dog agencies to pair service dogs with veterans with physical and mental injuries and disabilities, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The VA was to cover a significant portion of the costs of the rigorous training of the dogs, which are estimated to be upwards of $25,000 (with some estimates as high as $60,000) per dog. Nothing to sneeze at, but compared to the sacrifices made by the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our safety and freedoms, is it not a worthwhile, justifiable and deserved investment? At the time of the introduction of Sen. Franken’s Act, he wrote,“My legislation will also require that the VA pilot program include a rigorous scientific study investigating the benefits of service dogs for veterans. If the pilot program shows real results, it will form the basis for an expansion over time of this useful tool for improving the lives of our veterans and doing so in a cost-effective way.” Inquiries to Sen. Franken’s office this week have not yet been answered, but with the VA’s recent ruling, questions abound about such a pilot program. Lindsey Stanek, co-founder and CEO of Paws and Stripes, a New Mexico-based nonprofit dedicated to providing service dogs for military veterans, said, “My understanding was there was a pilot program launched at Walter Reed but nothing came of it.” Despite the VA’s ruling that it “has not yet been able to determine that these dogs provide a medical benefit to veterans with mental illness” Stanek insists that there are reams of private research supporting that they do indeed.“The VA needs to rephrase that when they say that there’s not enough research to support the benefit of service

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dogs, to say that they do not have enough of their own research,” she said. She also took issue with the VA’s downplaying of the amount of servicemen and women seeking a service dog.“Their estimate that for 2013 only 100 veterans will have applied for service dogs is grossly inaccurate. We currently have over 600 vets on our waitlist wanting service dogs.” Of those seeking dogs she said,“Eighty-five per cent of them are recent vets from Iraq and Afghanistan but we also have some Vietnam vets that have also applied for service dogs.”


aws and Stripes was launched in June of 2010, when Lindsey’s husband, U.S. Army veteran Jim Stanek, who had served three tours of duty in Iraq, returned home with a brain injury, physical and mental trauma, and began suffering from chronic PTSD. During Jim’s stay at Brook Army Medical Center, Lindsey noticed the positive impact therapy dogs had on his recovery and adopted a Catahoula mix named Sarge, in the hopes that the dog could help Jim function in society. But there was no program in place for them to undergo proper training.“We couldn’t get into a program,” Lindsey said.“My husband was a guinea pig. We ran this program for a year and a half before we received any compensation. My husband and I were homeless for a year and a half.” The community rallied around their cause and through donations, grants, sponsors, fundraisers and merchandise sales, the program has grown from graduating one dog in its first year (Sarge) to having graduated 25 dogs. “Twenty more are in the program now and our waitlist exceeds over 600 veterans nationwide,” said Stanek. Jim Stanek serves as the company spokesperson and with four year-old Sarge at his side, does community outreach. Paws and Stripes differs from other organizations in that it doesn’t select dogs to pair with veterans and they only accept United States military veterans who have incurred Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with or without Traumatic Brain Injury. These veterans can have their own dogs assessed to see if they will be good candidates to be service dogs, though they must be in good health, at least two to four years old, spayed/neutered, and be medium to large in size (meaning at least 50 lbs. at a healthy weight) in order to physi-

cally support the veterans. Otherwise, Paws and Stripes provides the dogs (which it receives free of charge from shelters, thus keeping costs down), along with training, equipment, and initial veterinary care (if adopted through the program) at no cost to the veterans, who pick their own dogs based on who they bond with. The training employed is the “Dillinder Method”, which teaches dog owners to train their own dogs. It was coined by Heather and Rick Dillinder, Canine Behavioral Specialists who trained their own Border Collies to be Service Animals while battling through their own personal disabilities, including PTSD. They remain trainers on staff at Paws and Stripes, along with two protégés schooled in their method. Stanek said,“Each case is custom based but the average cost is two thousand dollars to train the dogs and the average length of training required is six months. Our program mainly trains for mobility assistance and for dealing with brain injuries. We’re not dealing with just psychological service dogs. The physical goes along with the psychological.” Paws and Stripes never received any funding from the VA so its ruling doesn’t change anything from that perspective. However, Stanek said,“A lot of vets are very upset about this. There has been a lot of controversy over VA care.” But, she assured,“Our program is going to keep marching forward. PTSD is only going to get worse; brain injuries are only going to get worse. For the VA to ignore it is simply irresponsible.” (For more information on Paws and Stripes, an organization that enhances the lives of veterans while saving those of dogs, log on to

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From A Field-Show Breeder’s Perspective by George Bell

photos by herb wells unless otherwise indicated


ecause I’m involved in training/breeding/conditioning and judging sighthounds in open field competition, I was irresistibly tempted to make comparisons between athletic events in the 2012 Olympics in London and those of athletic sighthounds in their favorite event, known as open field coursing. The first surprise was the men’s swimming event that included Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte in the 400 meter IM (Individual Medley) where Ryan Lochte was awarded gold. Michael Phelps placed 4th in the event and didn’t medal. At a later event the next day, Ryan Lochte competed in a backstroke race. What absolutely fascinated me was that after the backstroke competition, Ryan Lochte had a half hour break before his next event, which was to be the 200-meter IM where the field again included Michael Phelps. Ryan remained in a lap pool for the entire half hour, swimming at a slow pace. The TV coverage explained he was dumping lactic acid from his muscles after the backstroke competition, to ready himself for the 200 IM. This was a direct comparison to our sighthounds. Lactic acid is also the enemy in the muscles of coursing Greyhounds, as will be explained later in this article. With only a half hour break for Ryan, Michael Phelps scored gold in the 200 meter IM. By its very nature, water immersion is said to be 33 times more efficient than ordinary air-cooling in keeping the body cooler and providing more endurance for the athlete. This is the reason swimmers need more calories to build and maintain muscles, and can exert more energy because their bodies are cooler due to water immersion. A male swimmer such as Michael Phelps probably consumes more than 6,000 calories per day dur-

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Summer Olympics 2012, Usain Bolt, Ryan Lochte, and Michael Phelps and the Comparison to Coursing Sighthounds. Also, Overheating Effects Dr John Burchard with his Arabian Salukis, Jet and Sha’ila, in Saudi Arabia in 1976. Photographer unkown.

John Burchard received his PhD from Princeton University studying circadian rhythms, what’s often called the “Biological Clock”. John went on to do research in animal behavior at the Max Planck Institute for Behavioral Physiology in Germany, working with Konrad Lorenz, the famous Austrian zoologist, who was awarded a Nobel Prize while John was there. After an expedition across the Sahara Desert, John held teaching and/or research positions at Universities in Nigeria, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, and was for several years environmental consultant to ARAMCO. In Germany and thereafter, especially in Arabia, John was also an active falconer. In Arabia that brought him into contact with Bedouin hunters, from whom he obtained desert bred Salukis. Their descendants traveled with him to Europe and later to the U.S. Because of the Salukis, John eventually found his way to southern California to course and judge sighthounds in Open Field Coursing for NOFCA (National Open Field Coursing Association). He was our over-qualified scientist in the collection of data for our little study.

ing competition. This is also the reason swimmers must train for more years to accomplish feats not only against each other, but also against the clock, and world records. Is it any wonder Michael Phelps is going to give it up at a relatively young age as the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time? Lochte and Phelps are friends and com-

petitors and are teammates when they swim on the same relay teams or when they swim for the same country as in the Olympics. As a matter of pride, Michael congratulated Ryan when he won the 400 IM as Michael and the USA has won that event for many past Olympics. Coursing breeds of dogs run in the wintertime to help minimize heat buildup resulting from exertion. To reduce the

effects of heat accumulation, the dogs are cooled in canals or portable ponds in the field if warm days are expected or if the dog has an elevated temperature over 108 degrees. Sled dogs consume thousands of calories per day in the Iditarod race in Alaska. The race in the snow enables the dogs to help keep cooler while expending tremendous amounts of heat building energy in the thousand-mile race. Another comparison we find between human and canine athleticism is with the sprint and endurance track competitors. This comparison can be related to body type, and is true in both humans and sighthounds. The sprinter has more bulk and a greater muscle mass, thus greater heat production. The sprinter weighs more than the distance marathon runner of equal height. The 1,500-meter and longer races found human contestants with almost no body fat with long skinny muscles, veritable human radiators of heat. We will find examples later in the spreadsheet measurements of breeds of dogs that exhibit a body type that can run cooler at longer distances, at the sacrifice of some speed. That is not to say that distance runners are slow, it is that they can keep a relatively faster pace up for a greater distance than the sprinters, and this requires a different body type. At the medal Olympics awards in the marathon race, the distance athletes on the podium were mirror images of each other in body type even though

The Greyhound Bitch Percy, hot on the lure at the 2004 speed test.

they represented the different nationalities of Uganda and Kenya. The Olympics were blessed to again have the fastest human on the face of the earth. Usain Bolt, the 6’ 5” Jamaican athletic specimen, has been clocked at a world record speed of 27.79 mph average speed as measured between the distance of 60 meters and 80 meters in a 100-meter dash. Future world sprint records will probably only be equaled or beaten by the taller sprinters developing faster speeds. We find that taller sighthounds can develop higher speeds than the smaller Greyhounds for instance, but the taller, heavier dog cannot stay with the hare coursing on turns, or where braking and acceleration of the smaller lighter Greyhounds give it an advantage. The taller, larger Greyhounds also generate heat faster than the smaller Greyhounds. Speed is only one requirement for a successful coursing dog. Endurance, agility, visual acuity, durability, correct size and desire are also required in coursing. Speed alone does not a coursing dog make. In comparison the fastest Saluki can generate speeds between 33-35 mph, a Whippet at just over 40 mph and a top racing Greyhound with a burst of speed up to about 45 mph. If you saw the prelims of his 100-meter race, replays of Usain Bolt show he is taller than the average sprinter so must work hard out of the blocks. But after about 50 meters he achieves a greater velocity and begins to leave the other sprinters and he looks left and right to make sure no one is close before he begins to shut down at about the 75 meters and coast to the finish line. A sprinter is rapidly building heat through exertion. What may mistakenly look like arrogance on Bolt’s part in slowing down is actually a preservation of heat building energy that may be needed in a later race. In other words, he is saving himself for a world record attempt at the final 100-meter race later that night. He has said the 400-meter race is nothing but pain for him, and the only way he participates in the 400 is as a relay participant. When he ran in the 4 by 400 relay, the Jamaican team of 4 runners set a world record. Thus far, our human and canine comparisons are; • Lactic acid build-up in muscles is a detriment to human or canine function. • Water immersion is an effective tool in keeping the body cool or lowering body temperature to combat heat-building exertion. • Body type is a primary factor, or at the very least a contributor to either speed or endurance. • Dog athletes can still run a lot faster than humans. • The Saluki body type compares to the distance track runners. • Usain Bolt is easily the equivalent of the Greyhound in comparison on the 100 and 200-meter races. • A slightly slower sprint racer of the Greyhound type would probably be competitive in the intermediate distances, such as the 400-meter race. Continued on page 68

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This is a portion of the monthly Lure Test from April to Oct. 2004. The distance of the actual speed test was a running start and the dogs were clocked in a 200 ft. distance for, MPH, number of strides, frames per digital video, how many feet per second of the 200 ft. distance. The body temperature of the dog was recorded at the end of the 800 ft. lure course. The height of the dog measured at the shoulders was compared to the weight of the dog for the height to weight ratio to define body type. All of the Greyhounds tested were with in 5 months of the same age. 68 Dog News

In attendance (7/10/04): Larry & Marjorie Lopez, Frank Morales & Cathy Courtney, Steve Downs, George Bell, John Burchard, Herb Wells, & Julia Holder In attendance (9/12/04): Steve Downs, George Bell, John Burchard, Herb Wells, Daniela Imre & Julia Holder In attendance (9/19/04): George Bell, Jim & Cynthia Evers, Bob & Jane Bulman, Larry & Marorie Lopez, John Burchard, Jo Lamb & Herb Wells, Daniela Imre In attendance (10/23/04): George Bell, Bob & Jane Bulman, Sheryl Steckel, Patrica Gail Burham, John Burchard, Herb Wells, Daniela Imre; and Julia Holder

In April of 2004, I decided to collect data on three 9-month-old Greyhound pups from diverse lines of show to racing dogs to test their speed on a lure, to generally collect data with no particular agenda in mind to see what the data tell us. We also tested other sighthounds (coursing Whippets and Salukis) each month as a comparison to the Greyhounds (see chart on opposite page). The three 9-month-old bitch pups were: 1st Cara, from English coursing stock bred to a pure NGA racer. (100% racing Greyhound.) 2nd Percy, from an almost equally divided several generations of AKC/racer blend. 3rd Ruby, from about 75 percent show Greyhound to about 25 percent AKC/racer blend. I was especially pleased to have Dr. John Burchard to scientifically assist and direct us in collecting data and transferring them onto a spreadsheet. To be sure all the measurements were consistent, John did all the measuring and weighing. Also assisting us with photographic details of the study for more than a year was retired Air Force pilot Major Herb Wells, with the able assistance of Julia Holder and Daniela Imre compiling the spreadsheet and slipping dogs. I shot digital video of the dogs passing through the 200-foot speed trap, (to record the exact number of strides and to calculate the dog’s speed) and reset the drag lure after each run. What does the data tell us? We compiled data from the 8-month study on the lure in 2004, from April to Oct. 2004 and continued collecting data with the same dogs in the open coursing fields beginning in Nov. 2004 for the 4-month extent of the open field winter coursing season. This entire study took slightly more than a year, with both lure and open field coursing data. The hounds chased a white plastic drag lure towed by a gasoline powered lure machine. The overall distance of the course was only 800 ft. The

Emergency water immersion pond for over heated dogs. The collapsible pond is 36” in diameter by 12 “ tall. Large enough for a 75 lb. male dog. Will hold about 30 gallons of water. Pops up from 1” tall to 12” tall in 5 seconds. Light-

dogs were allowed a flying start and clocked in a 200 ft. measured section of the track. The running surface was packed dirt with a slight dusting of sand. The hounds were run one at a time and then given a second chance to run, recording their best time for the day. We ran another sighthound breed at each event for comparison. All runs were recorded on digital video and the number of video frames in the 200 ft. distance was used to calculate the average speed in mph. The number of strides was counted in the 200 ft. distance in stop action. Each dog was measured and weighed at each event and their progress, or lack thereof, was recorded on the spreadsheet. We had offers from local Greyhound breeders in CA. that had pups of similar age, such as Patricia Gail Burnham and Bob and Jane Bulman, that were able to take part in our study that began at 6 am during the hot summer months. Soon we had pups from 8 Greyhound litters: one litter of 100% AKC GHs, pups from 6 AKC/Racing litters and one litter of 100 % racing breeding. We also tested other sighthounds on the same day as the Greyhounds for a comparison of speed and body temperature. The height to weight was recorded from the beginning, helping to describe body type. It really got interesting when we started recording body temperatures after the runs. We found 10-second rectal thermometers to be the most useful of the several varieties found on the market. We soon had more dogs than we could handle, and some of my original 3 dogs didn’t have a chance to run in the later months of the lure test. Even though this was to be a study on speed, the interest of the dogs on the lure varied, and the study revealed more interesting data on heat control and cooling data on the efficiency of body type than it did on speed. Some of the hotter blooded Greyhounds’ temperatures (in the short run of 800 ft.) such as Cara’s, rose to 105.3 in the short Continued on page 97

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Rare Breeds of the world by Agnes Buchwald



lready in Europe, I was really curious to visit the new countries which formed from the now extinct Yugoslavia, which had chained together different ethnic groups and quite recently split into BosniaHerzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia. Each country has its particular habits, costumes, music, cuisine, and language. The Latin name Montenegro (Crna Gora in Montenegrin) means Black Mountain, and probably refers to the “black” mountain’s forests that covered Mount Lovcen. Its history, and beauty is larger than the country itself, and almost impossible to be resumed. Montenegro is famous for its rich culture, patriotism, hospitality, and food. The traditional dishes of Montenegro’s heartland, are firstly Italian, but there are influences from Turk, and Hungarian dishes, and the coastal area’s food is traditionally Mediterranean with seafood as common dish. As always- my first research goes to dogs, and nobody can imagine my surprise when I realized that “Triumph” the Insult Comic Dog puppet has as its model the Montenegrin Mountain dog.*** Montenegro is one of the most southern countries of Europe, lies on the Balkan Peninsula in the very heart of Europe covering 13,812n sq. km., and its population is of 632,261 (2011). The country is about the size of Connecticut. The capital city is Podgorica. The 2011 census declared Montenegrin the native language. Montenegro is a crossroad between Europe

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and Asia, and has 290 km of coast over the Adriatic and Mediterranean Sea, which makes it an extremely important point for this part of Europe. The favorable geographical situation attracted other civilizations to its fertile plains and coastal zone leaving behind their particular marks on the country. The Roman Empire left its colonnades and aqueducts, the Ottomans left minarets and Turkish spas, and the medieval Christianity gifted Montenegro with churches, architecture, and icon paintings. At the 12th century, Montenegro was known as the Principality of Zeta. Between 1276 and 1309 Zeta was ruled by Queen Jelena, who secured autonomy of Zeta from Serbia. A cultured lady, she built and restored around 50 monasteries. The Montenegrin territories many times changed possession, but the medieval principalities of Doclea and Zeta survived integrally. In 1496 Zeta fell under Ottoman rule but obtained a certain degree of independence and permission to form a governed theocracy ruled by “prince-bishops”, starting with

Archbishop Vavil in 1516. The further creation of a theocratic state and its advancement into an independent country became evident in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. In the 18/19th centuries the House of Petrovic unified the Montenegrins and established strong ties with Russia, Serbia, and Austro-Hungarian Empire, and in 1878, the Congress of Berlin recognized Montenegro as the 27th independent state in the world. Montenegro participated in the Balkan Wars of 1911-1912, as well as in World War I at the side of the Allies. By a turbulent and illegal decision Montenegro joined Serbia on November 26, 1918 becoming a part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. Montenegrin leaders realized the political manipulation, and in January 1919 promoted a revolution known as the Christmas Rebellion, which was crushed, and in 1922 the annexation of the Kingdom of Montenegro was internationally recognized. In 1929 the new Kingdom of Yugoslavia was organized into provinces one of which was the old Kingdom of Montenegro. At World War II a great number of Montenegrins joined the Yugoslav Partisan forces against the Nazis, and one third of all officers in the partisan army were Montenegrins (others had joined the Nazi Ustachi group). In 1945 when the Federal People’s Republic of Yugoslavia was formed the Communists recognized the national identity of Montenegrins as distinct from the Serbs and other South (Yugo) Slavs. Even before the Bosnia-Croatia war ( April 1992 - December 1995) Milo Dukanovic, a Montenegrin leader, came out with a platform defining the relations within the federation, demanding a greater Montenegrini involvement for independence. The most important political personage of today’s Montenegro, Dukanovic was elected Prime-Minister in three consecutive terms from 1991-1993, 1993-1996, and 1996-1998, and from 1999 to 2002 and from 2003 to 2006 as well. He oversaw the conversion of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia followed by Montenegro’s separation from Serbia culminating in the victory at the 2006 independence referendum. He returned to office as Prime Minister in February 2008. His coalition won the 2009 election with an absolute majority, securing his sixth term in office. He stepped down as Prime Minister in December 2010. Dukanovic is also the President of Montenegro’s Party of Democratic Socialists. After the post WWII turbulent years Montenegro became a full right member of the South-Eastern Association of States. Its strategic position and peace loving orientation were its best recommendation. Young in terms of independence, the goal of Montenegro’s people is to preserve its cultural identity, and the continuous progress of the country. Among hundreds of places worth visiting in Montenegro one certainly is the city of Kotor, situated at the head of Boka Bay, one of the most important settlements along the largest fjord in Southern Europe. Many medieval edifications of the 12th century, the

St. Tryphon Cathedral, completed in 1166, and the Maritime Museum displaying Kotor’s naval history, welcome the visitors. For a biologist there are 2,833 plant species and sub species of which 22 can only be found in Montenegro, and nowhere else in the world. There are also 4 national parks, one of the last rainforests, and the deepest canyon in the world after Colorado. This is the land of the most southern bay of glacial origin, the cleanest river in Europe, the biggest lake on the Balkans, the longest underground river in the world, and of many other interesting things. At this point somewhat familiar with Montenegro and its history, I wish to introduce our dear readers to one of the country’s greatest pride and joy; The Montenegrin Mountain Dog. Great areas of the mountains and forests of Montenegro are the natural habitat of diverse size predators. Therefore the hunters needed a dog capable to hunt, and to help them provide food on the table, as for the hunting “sport” enthusiasts. Formerly known as Yugoslavian Mountain hound, the Montenegrin Mountain Hound is a scent hound. The breed changed name when (2006) Serbia was separated from Montenegro. This scent hound shares origins with other Balkan hounds, and has the same ancient history. Ports of the Balkan countries were used as major trade routes of the Phoenicians so it is very likely that the local Hounds developed when crossed with Phoenician’s scent hounds. These old hounds of the Balkan Peninsula are similar in general appearance but have points differing one from the other. In common they have moderately sized bodies, and are excellent hunters that would tirelessly hunt on any type of terrain, and at the ancient times were generally referred to as “black hounds”. The Montenegrin Mountain Hounds are intelligent, and easy to train while still young when they learn fast under a firm, consistent and positive training system. Its natural beauty - strong, well built body covered with glistening smooth black hair, lively regular trot, smart and attentive expression are features easy to fall in love with. At the same time the calm and affectionate dog always gentle with its human family may be unfriendly with

strangers - therefore it must be taught to accept, and differentiate friendly from the unfriendly approach. A Montenegrin Mountain Hound when well trained can develop into a wonderful house companion. They are very trustworthy, and affectionate with their human family, good with children and may tolerate other animals in the household if raised with them. As observed before to introduce them to a family’s life they need consistent, firm and positive training methods. Never punish this dog as both verbal and physical punishment can result in aggressiveness. Love, patience, encouragement and consistency are the methods dogs would accept and respond to in a positive way. This dog has a rectangular appearance given that the body is about 10% longer than the height measured from the well pronounced withers. The back as well as the loin is well muscled. A Montenegrin Mountain Hound’s chest is strong and deep, the belly slightly tucked up. This dog has a darkly pigmented tight fitting but elastic skin. The hair is short, smooth, but quite rough to the touch. The hair is not too thick and lies flat to the body of the dog. The undercoat though is well developed. Basic coat color is black. Dogs may have tan markings the size of hazelnut above the eyes, on the dog’s muzzle as well as on the lower part of the leg. The tan markings on the muzzle can extend to the corner of the dog’s lips. These markings can be light red, bright red or brownish red. A white spot on the chest may not be desired by the standard but it makes the dog more attractive. This breed has a dolicocephalic head and a slightly prominent stop. This dog has a well developed nose that is always black in all specimens of the breed. The muzzle that is shorter than the skull has a thick and broad base. The breed has a tight upper lip that envelopes the lower lip. Lips have black pigmentation. Jaws are strong. Complete and regularly implanted teeth meet in a scissor bite. Black rimmed oval shaped eyes can be light brown to dark brown in color. Set on high oval shaped ears are quite long, of medium thickness and hangs close to the head. The tail forms an extension of the croup thins gradually. The tail that is covered by abundant hair is always carried below the level of the back in a saber fashion (from the standard). This breed even if calm inside the house is not really suitable for apartment living. A home with a fenced in yard would be the most suitable living arrangement for this breed but they would always prefer to live outdoors as long as provided with an adequate shelter. In 1996, formerly known as Yugoslavian Mountain Hound, it was renamed to Montenegrin Mountain Hound, and obtained official recognition by FCI on July 15, 1997. Our dear readers will find the complete standard at FCI’s Breeds list. ARBA also recognized and accepted the country’s original standard ***Perhaps the most popular depiction of the Montenegrin Mountain Hound (then called Yugoslavian Mountain Hound) had been Robert Smigel’s hand puppet“Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog”, regularly appearing on the NBC television Late Night show...The puppet displays physical characteristics of the breed, and was identified as such during many appearances, the caption identifying Triumph as a Yugoslavian Mountain Hound (promptly removed after NATO military action ensued against former Yugoslavia). Robert Smigel (February 7, 1960) is an American actor, humorist, comedian, producer, and writer known for his Saturday Night Live “TV Funhouse” cartoon shorts and as the puppeteer and voice behind Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog. (from Wikipedia).

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to Ann Stevenson. While listening and thinking what she did for Santa Barbara, I thought this show will never be the same. I also thought maybe it was time to close the club as Morris & Essex had done for years. My thoughts did become somewhat accurate. Slowly, but surely, the club started on a spiraling downturn. There were factors beyond the club’s control – losing the venue of the university, having to change dates, etc. etc. But because of internal factors many prominent members saw Ann’s legacy going down the tube. Most of the high profile members resigned because they could not bear to see what was happening to this classic show.


he club could never have made a comeback without David Powers and Abbe Shaw. The sport owes a great deal of gratitude to these two individuals. As most were abandoning the sinking ship, Abbe and David never lost faith or dedication. The spirit of Ann Stevenson gave them strength to weather a long, massive storm. Abbe is a master at organizing the troops with her ability of getting people to devote endless hours. David, as Show Chair, having a great flair for detail and style, was able to keep the show looking like a Hollywood production. In a few years from now people will have forgotten just how difficult it was for them to have kept the show from going under. (Ed. note: We would add that the writer of this article, Desmond Murphy, was a major factor in the revitalization of Santa Barbara as well. A role he has modestly elected not to mention.) After settling into the new date and the new venue the rebuilding of the show started to take place. Having virtually not one penny in the treasury, bills to be paid and an entry of less than one thousand dogs made for rebuilding no easy matter. Abbe realized from her clinic just how many dog lovers lived in the Santa Barbara area. Most of these people were not show people, but love all animals and especially dogs. These

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local enthusiasts were invited to become Patrons for the show. Many locals were willing to donate financially to the show. A Dog Day Afternoon was put on for the local non breeders to see what a dog show was all about, in a relaxed, very social atmosphere. After they were able to get the show stabilized a rebuilding process started. Due to the combined efforts of the remaining members and some new blood the rebuilding process went quicker than imagined. It was realized many changes would have to be made in order for old traditions to be held onto. The show could not continue in the style of the Stevensons if new innovations could not be implemented. In 2009 SBKC and Purina Pro/Plan held the first “Breeder’s Showcase”. This was an instant success. For an entire year many members worked and worked on the planning for the initial event. We were overwhelmed by the entry when it was well over double of our greatest hopes. For the 2010 show we instituted a competition for Foreign Bred dogs. This competition requires no pre entry, entries are submitted the day before and it is free. Here again we did not expect such a large entry and were a bit overwhelmed and realized in following years two judges would be needed. In 2009 we also instituted honoring individuals from the seven different groups. These are people who have made outstanding contributions to the sport. It mainly consists of the breeding backgrounds, but also other areas they have

contributed to the sport. This could include AKC participation, working for canine legislation, etc. etc. and aspects from any area that they have made the sport a better place. For our initial year we honored the late Dicky and Porter Washington of Flakee Keeshonden fame. Not only did Dicky & Porter breed dogs that broke records, Dicky backed several different breeds that broke records. Porter was one of the greatest handlers this country has ever seen. They both contributed to the sport on many different levels. This year was the first time we have honored individuals from a foreign country. This was Michael Gadsby & Jason Lynn. Jason still holds an American citizenship, but his talents have come to the forefront because of the partnership with Michael Gadsby. The “Afterglow” kennels not only have been a major force in England, but the USA has gotten so many record breaking dogs from different breeds that have added to the American breeding programs. This is just one example of how SBKC is trying to keep alive the international presence that the Stevenson’s strived so hard to establish and maintain. Not all of our new ideas have been totally successful. We did try in 2011 to put on an Earth Dog Event. Being that it was separately run by a separate organization I am not sure the details why they did not join us again this year. I believe their organizers were not available for the date. This was something we had to totally depend on outside sources for. This year was the initial “Bullyganza” competition. It was for the nine different Bully Continued on page 78

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breeds. With my extreme passion for so many of the Bully breeds, I had this in my mind for two years. Talking for endless hours to Bully people I got lots of interest, but no feed back on what the mechanics should be. For this initial year, I decided the BOB, BOW and BOS winner of each breed on Saturday would be eligible to compete. At group time it would be possible that 27 dogs would compete for 1st thru 4th and 2 award of merits. Dick Meen was picked to judge this competition since he is licensed for all of the breeds, but would not have judged any of them at the breed level. I was the only SBKC member that was extremely involved with the organization of it. But we had tremendous support from so many Bully fanciers promoting the competition. Arlie Alford designed a logo. She also had the most beautiful three page layout in her magazine, The French Bullytin. Alex Geremia opened her palatial ranch for dinner and a tour to all Frenchie exhibitors for a magnificent evening. Several Bull Terrier breeders beat the bushes to get the leading breeders to attend. Claudia Sharp, President of the Bull Terrier Club of America, flew from St. Louis to show support. “Mr. Bull Terrier”, David Merriam, came to give the opening remarks and present the challenge trophy in memory of the great Raymond Oppenheimer and William Kendrick. Ed Thomason, who handles so many of the Bully breeds, promoted the competition for months in advance week after week. Several of our own SBKC members got flyers passed out at shows months in advance. I mailed flyers and

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notes to literally hundreds of exhibitors. Nobody would believe the man hours that so many people put into getting this off the ground. If you are going to have a new competition you have to get people’s attention. The only idea I could come up with for attention getting was to offer large cash prizes. For some reason when people see a large cash prize offered it does get their attention to read the flyer and see what it is being offered for. After the prizes were offered several people within the Bully breeds were asked if they might help sponsor the event. It was surprising how many people offered their support. Zane Smith, who has an interest in all Bully breeds, became a major sponsor. Andrey Klishas, from Russia, involved with different Bully breeds, added international sponsorship to the event. Over 20 different individuals became sponsors of the event. The most difficult task was to get exhibitors to enter that normally would not be coming to Santa Barbara. This took many sales pitches done in person, emails, hand written notes, phone calls, texting, asking friends to pass the word on etc. etc. There were several exhibitors that drove from Texas, Kansas, the Northwest, Arizona and other states. Even I was surprised that Diego Celis from Venezuela joined us with a Frenchie. His trip entailed driving 9 hours from his hometown to start flying from Caracas, which alone consisted of 3 flights. Being that Frenchies are now considered a Pit Bull type of breed and having to

fly her in the cabin, the flight crew had to be convinced his Frenchie was a Boston Terrier. There are only so many hours that can be assigned to the various competitions. The show committee felt the Bullyganza should be judged in the group ring just before the regular groups. This meant all the Bully breeds would have to be finished judging before 1:15 PM. With the possibility of 27 different dogs being able to compete a full hour had to be scheduled for. With so many other attractions already scheduled for Sunday, Saturday was the only available time that could work. The hardest part of the weekend is finding the best time spot for extra activities. Four years ago when we decided to do the Breeder’s Showcase there was great debate over when it would be scheduled. For some, Saturday evening was the obvious choice. Several members did not want to give up the formal traditional judge’s dinner. SBKC had become world famous for holding very lavish dinners at a great club or a member’s home. This only entertained judges, members and a handful of Patrons. By giving up these formal dinners it allowed the Breeders Showcase to be held starting at 6 PM in the big arena. Well over 1,000 exhibitors, handlers and fanciers could be entertained for a lovely evening. A free dinner was offered to all. The formal judge’s dinner could still be held at the other end of the arena with wonderful food and drinks with the added pleasure of watching great dogs being judged under the starlit sky. It truly is a one of a kind evening within the sport.


o much of the new innovations at SBKC are not original concepts – they have been copied from other clubs, here and abroad. The Breeders Showcase came about when one of the members saw a breeder’s class in Sweden won by Sylvia Hammerstrom with Black Standard Schnauzers. The Bullyganza has been taken from competitions that are offered in Europe. The honoring of 7 individuals was an idea picked up the AKC/Eukanuba show

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Judge Mr. Robert Stein

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Water Spaniel Best In Show #6

Judge Dr. Robert A. Indelglia

Best In Show #7 Judge Mr. Charles L. Ovis

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MASCUCH, JOAN GOLDSTEIN, KAREN MAYS, RITA & DOUGIE HOLLOWAY, ERNESTO LARA, LISA CROFT-ELLIOTT and CARRIE RUSSELL-SMITH. Congratulations to handler ROZ MINTZ FOSCO and husband JASON on the birth of their first child, a son named DEVON EDWARD FOSCO born on September 4th weighing in at 7.12 pounds. ROZ is the daughter of new grandmother, Standard Schnauzer breeder LEONA MINTZ. Two well known hound fanciers have passed away. Longtime Whippet breeder CAROL “DIGGER” WILLUMSEN passed away several weeks ago. CAROL was also a judge of several hound breeds. Our deepest sympathies to her family and to her niece, Labrador Retriever judge SUSAN WILLUMSEN. Reports of his death have circulated for years but in fact TOM FOY, the notorious Beagle breeder, has passed away. TOM and his partner MARCIA FOY (they were never married but MARCIA used his name for many years and had it legally changed after they broke up) were a formidable force in the Beagle, group and best in show ring and held many records in the breed. Following their break up, MARCIA lived with us for


were the flowers, gone were the members selling catalogs at tables around the venue, gone were members in blue and white, gone were pennants blue and white, gone is Lyndhurst, gone is New York, gone were all things blue and white (club colors)……gone was JUDDIE STREICHER; that says it all. Gone but not forgotten, the show was held in his memory. AMY & ANDREW GREEN hosted a dinner party Saturday night following the Somerset show. AMY was the force behind the hugely successful CAKE THE LEAD cupcake sale held at Somerset and Westchester that benefited TAKE THE LEAD, and benefitted quite well from what I’m told. The cupcakes were made by CARLO’S BAKERY as seen on the television series THE CAKE BOSS. Head baker MAURO CASTANO attended the Saturday show to the delight of his many fans. Back to the dinner party, the guests included CHUCK WINSLOW, MARI-BETH O’NEILL, PAM BEALE, BETH SWEIGART, PETER GREEN, LISA & HARRY MILLER, DEBBIE BURKE, RON SCOTT, PETER KUBACZ, ANNE MARIE KUBACZ, PEGGY & DAVE HELMING, CHARLENE



As the song goes “Money makes the world go around…” And so another successful dog show circuit is about to end, owing to money. Amazing how the list of successful clusters fall apart after the real workers who made the cluster successful are put out to pasture. The latest is the FLORIDA CLASSIC WINTER CLUSTER held annually in Brooksville, Florida. Four kennel clubs own the site and one club has sued over monies (which is to be shared equally by the four clubs) that they allege is owed them. The FLORIDA CLASSIC PARK grounds are jointly owned by CLEARWATER KENNEL CLUB, TAMPA BAY KENNEL CLUB, PASCO FLORIDA KENNEL CLUB and the club that brought the lawsuit, the INVERNESS KENNEL CLUB. The two weekend show dates, consisting of five shows over each weekend, one day off and another five shows, are scheduled for January 10 thru 14 and 16 thru 20, 2012. Because of the lawsuit, CLEARWATER, TAMPA BAY and PASCO are said to be moving to the OCALA KENNEL CLUB site in Ocala, Florida and the INVERNESS show will stay in Brooksville. So while Paris burns, most exhibitors will be looking at the Virginia dog shows as a good alternative. While on the subject of shows moving, I think I attended the WESTCHESTER KENNEL CLUB on Sunday, not that I or anyone else could tell. Since its move out of the state, the once esteemed dog show has just become the Sunday show of another four-day weekend. If the American Kennel Club doesn’t have the to rein in this state hopping and back-to-back shows, then at least have clubs change their names to reflect their location. I know my GPS is awfully confused when I punch in the Queensboro Kennel Club (a borough of New York City) and it takes me to Springfield, Massachusetts. So as with WESTCHESTER. Gone

awhile and then moved in with ANNA KATHERINE NICHOLAS; the rest of the story you know. TOM just slowly disappeared from the dog shows but would show up every now then. Their most famous of course was the great Triple Threat, bred by MICHELE BILLINGS. TOM was quite the character and the stories about him are still circulated around the shows today, and whatever you heard was true. Our deepest sympathies to his family.

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and slight adjustments made to the concept. The Foreign Bred competition is an original idea. It is just reversing the old time idea of American Bred competition. It came about one day when it was noticed in a publication just how many of the top winning dogs were bred or owned in foreign countries. Anytime new additions are added to the show there is always a lot of nervous anticipation. The Breeders Showcase has a seasoned large committee that has it down to perfection. Bruce Schwartz has the Foreign Bred Competition down to flowing easily. The Bullyganza being put on for the first time did have me a bit nervous. This year Anita O’Berg was the new showchair. With so many details to oversee this new responsibility weighed heavily on her for months leading up to the show. Anita knew she had a great committee to back her up, but her initial show had to be mind boggling. I would not have wanted to be in her position. West Coast shows are very different from most parts of the country. Here at SBKC all the equipment has to be rented and a large crew is hired to set up the show. Empire Events Staffing, owned by Ryan Koob, is the reason the show runs so smoothly and looks so beautiful. SBKC could not survive without Ryan and his fabulous crew. They also handle the Valet parking for several of the social events. Ron Mattson handles all the motor home parking and electrical needs for the four-day weekend. Ron and Linda are great liaisons from the Conejo Kennel Club. Don and Bobbie Davis from the Simi Valley show help doing all kinds of chores for the entire weekend. Purina Pro/Plan has become such a large part of the weekend and Carol Grossman is a great liaison between the club and Purina. This requires an enormous amount of planning. This year the Canine Chronicle came on board to help sponsor the exhibitor’s dinner. Geoff Browne, who was with Pedigree for so many years, just went

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to work with the Chronicle. This required added work this year coordinating details between SBKC and the Chronicle. SBKC is extremely lucky to have a very large working committee. Many East Coast members go to great expense and time to devote their different talents to details small and large. SBKC could not put on a top notch show without many, many hard working members. Some of these members work all year long. The day after SBKC several members start the wheels turning for the following year. Mrs. Geraldine Dodge had three full time employees that worked on Morris & Essex all year long. It is very hard to comprehend in the glory days of SBKC that Ann Stevenson did the bulk of the work. SBKC is a medium sized show, but because of all the extra attractions requires the man hours of a show three times its size.


fter the initial Breeders Showcase in 2009, quite a few clubs said they were thinking about also doing a Breeders Showcase similar to SBKC. Now three years later no club has put one on. I imagine when these clubs investigated just how much work and expense it entails they felt they were not capable of staging such an event. The only place it has been somewhat duplicated is with the China Kennel Club. They offer a breeders class at most of their shows and then the breeders that accumulate the most points win a trip to SBKC to compete in the Breeders Showcase. The AKC and Eukanuba were so impressed by the initial Breeders Showcase they immediately established the “Eukanuba Breeders Sweepstakes”. The mechanics are quite different and it is offered at various locations throughout the country, which differ from year to year. With Eukanuba sponsoring fewer large shows it will be interesting to see if the “Breeders Sweeps” continues. Hopefully the AKC will continue to sponsor the event at some major shows. These are some of the key ingredients that went into the SBKC melting pot. The results and flavor of the melting pot become another story to tell another day.

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Hudson or in Rye! For what it is today, a Sunday show held in a venue out of its geographic charter, it is more than an acceptable dog show event. The close to 10,000 spectators who used to attend in Westchester County are now deprived of the opportunity to see the purebred dog up close. The excitement generated by the anticipation of the event itself is basically missing as it has become just another show on a circuit. Which may be fine for some people but I for one miss the glamour and pizazz of the days of old and the failure of this show to create what it had achieved in the past. I realize times have changed but that does not mean certain traditions and standards should be totally sacrificed to meet the needs of the present show going public. And do not get me wrong--I think Somerset is one of the most valuable and creative and distinguished shows we presently have on our show circuit. They and its members set the standard for the weekend today and do an incredible job at it! It's just that I believe Westchester has an obligation to preserve its own tradition and standard and that the people of Westchester County deserve and need the exposure of a major dog show event within its geographic boundaries. And if tradition alone is not the factor which moves you what about the obligation of a club to expose to the area it represents the importance and need of owning a purebred dog and what better place than in Westchester County to get this message across! It's more than a dog show with entries that we are talking about it is fighting the animal rightists with all the tools available to us and what is one of the most successful tools of all but a dog show which encourages rather than discourages the populace in its area from attending its annual event. Eastern I heard this weekend is thinking of holding its winter show in Springfield!!! To my mind that is a dereliction of duty to a city whose interest in dogs should be encouraged rather than deserted. If it's a financial thing surely there are people and or corporations to be found to underwrite these clubs--starting from the licensor of the events themselves, AKC. Help should be sought out and methods developed to promote the very events and geographic areas where it is so important to get our messages across. This is not a matter of holding a show for majors or for power brokers but a means to save both our beloved sport and our beloved dogs from the disparaging and untruthful tactics of the HSUS and other animal rights organizations. These events are a means to counteract the activities of those who fight so strongly against us and

by capitulating to the difficulties of finding venues to hold our events we further their arguments by giving in to these people. Certainly the use of foreign judges for these three days of shows was greater than usual and I must say that on the one day I observed them I thought that overall they were of a particularly high quality. Ann Ingrahm from Ireland I have known for years and on her first assignment here in the States received excellent reviews from the people with whom I spoke. I was happy to hear that sort of reaction as I have long admired her competency when I saw her judge in the UK. Of course the other judges, two from Uruguay and one from Finland, also seemed to receive high marks, all three of whom I known and have admired for years-Jorge Nallem, Adrian Landarte and Elena Tan-Hietalahti. It goes to show that people with experience and exposure to dogs of many different breeds can do well in the States-any one of the four I would be happy to have on a panel. Unlike some people from our own hemisphere who seem to lack the needed exposure to a sufficient number of dogs in breeds when they come down here to judge. I think the Canadian situation will become even more obtuse what with this business of buying a breed for $25 by passing a test. This is certainly something AKC should reconsider and refine asap!!!!!


ops almost forgot this tidbit-Last week in Letters to the Editor was the invitation sent out by the Nominating Committee to ALL Delegates asking each and every one if they were interested in running for the Board. 11 delegates actually applied to the Committee and at least 9 of the 11 were interviewed in person by the Committee last weekend before the Delegate Meeting was held. Hats off to the Chairperson Gretchen Bernardi for introducing this format and her Committee for supporting this unique procedure insofar as Board Nominating Committees are concerned. This new format truly gives anyone interested in becoming a Board member an opportunity to be vetted by their peers which as far as I know has never been done before. Almost eliminates the need to run from the floor mentality which exists in certain Delegate circles unless someone is afraid of being rejected initially by his or her equals. Helps strengthen for sure the status of the overall philosophy for the need of a Nominating Committee, doesn't it!!!!

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club’s generous sponsorship of cash prizes to the winners of the various Junior Showmanship classes on both Saturday and Sunday. Individual club members made these donations to the juniors. Said one member, “We have to support our juniors. I mean, after all, they need to take over for some of us when we won’t be able to run around the rings with our dogs. They are our future and we club members need for them to realize that we appreciate the sacrifices their parents are making and not only are dog shows a way for them to make money, but it’s a fun hobby.” Best Junior Handler on Saturday was Mallary Ross from the Open Senior class. On Sunday, Best Junior Handler was Hailey K. Webb from the Master Class. The culmination of both day’s judging proved that the song, “Tis a Great Day for the Irish. It’s a Great Day for the Fair,” the Irish-American song written in 1940 by Roger Edens and made popular by Judy Garland, was right on as the Irish Terrier, “GCH Rockledge McCallen of Meath,” bred by Linda M. Honey and shown both days by Jennie Wornall Rangel won BIS both days. Reserve Best in Show on Saturday was the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, GCH Quail Garden Lock Lomand Déjà vu, and on Sunday, it was the Alaskan Malamute, “GCH Catanya’s Latin Lover.” Co-chairperson, Lesley Boyes, told club members, “The parking people told me that as people were leaving the show grounds, they were waving to us and saying, ‘thank-you’ and all of them were smiling. They had a really good time. They especially loved the ice-cream vendor.” Many exhibitors came up to me and expressed their thanks for the club hiring good judges. “We were so grateful that all of them showed consideration to the exhibitors.” Yes, it was a great day for a fair and an especially great weekend for the dogs. “People were just very happy, “said Mary Lou Just, Show Chairperson. “It was a very, happy show.”

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run, while Sofi, the Saluki, maintained an even temperature that didn’t rise at all during the lure test and maintained her resting temperature of 101.5 after her run. The Saluki Sofi was 23 inches tall at a weight of 29 lbs, giving a height to weight ratio of just over 1:1.1. The NGA Greyhound Cara, also a smaller Greyhound at 25“ tall was 60 lbs giving her a height to weight ratio of 1:2.4. Cara isn’t a particularly heavily muscled Greyhound and Sofi isn’t a skinny rail of a Saluki. According to their height to weight ratio, they are complete opposites in body type. Sofi has the body type of the marathon runners while Cara has the body type of the Olympic sprinters. The body type is the determining factor in the difference of these 2 sighthounds, and is the same in the distance and sprint track runners of the Olympic track stars. Sofi runs the lure without an elevated temperature in August in the California desert, and Cara’s temperature skyrockets at the same distance. When these 2 bitches ran in open field coursing on hares the following winter, Sofi could run a hare for more than a 2 mile course for over 4 minutes, while Cara ran her back off in a 1 minute course. This could be why Usain Bolt said the 400-meter race is nothing but pain to him compared to the 100 or 200-meter race. To use an automotive analogy, for about the same sized “radiator,” the Greyhound’s engine is about 50 percent bigger than the Saluki’s. Ambient temperature affects a dog’s ability to lose heat, one reason we run dogs in the cold winter months in open field coursing, but when the ambient temperature rises above 60 degrees F. their heat production can still exceed their ability to lose heat, resulting in an elevated body temperature (hyperthermia), which if sufficiently severe can lead to heat stroke. At the same

Cooling overheated smooth Saluki and Greyhound in an irrigation canal. The Saluki didn’t need it, but if you show a dog a canal after a course, they are only to happy to jump in to cool their bodies in less than 5 minutes.

time, accumulation of heat and lactic acid in the muscles (as what Ryan Lochte experienced) may result in “Exertional Rhabdomyolysis” (ERM), often referred to as “running the back off” in dogs. ERM represents direct damage to the muscle cells; setting in motion a chain of events that in the worst case can result in kidney failure. Important information on cooling an overheated dog. Dr. Burchard explains: “The energy moving a Greyhound’s muscles is produced by chemical reactions in the muscle cells. The immediate energy source is a molecule called ATP. ATP is stored in muscles in very limited quantities, so a Greyhound uses up its stored supply during the first few seconds of a run. ATP is then regenerated (as it continues to be used by the muscles) by the rapid conversion of glucose (blood sugar) and glycogen (the storage form of glucose) into lactic acid, a process not requiring oxygen and therefore not limited by the animal’s lung capacity. Lactic acid is then converted more slowly into carbon dioxide and water by an oxidation process that does require a supply of oxygen to the cells. This kicks in toward the end of a Greyhound’s run and continues for some time afterwards, converting the accumulated lactic acid to CO2 and water and restoring the original chemical balance of the body. “No machine is 100% efficient, and a great deal of the energy released by those processes appears as heat. During the extreme, short duration exertion of a Greyhound’s run, the body temperature therefore rises sharply, and heat and lactic acid accumulate in the muscles. When that accumulation goes beyond a certain point, it may cause serious or even life-threatening damage both specifically to the muscle cells, and to all systems of the body.” After coursing for years, we knew this was happening in Greyhounds at least, but I was shocked to find it happens in humans to such a degree as what Ryan Lochte experienced. To put this in plain language, could it be that water immersion cools the swimmer, thus allowing for more exertion, thereby producing lactic acid in the swimmer’s muscles? Was it any wonder Ryan Lochte didn’t win the 200 IM after only a half hour to recuperate after the preceding race? We continued to monitor temperatures of the dogs after each run on the lure and in the open field. With the information learned in the tests, we have devised ways to cool dogs to prevent organ failure and to save lives by disseminating our findings to others that use their dogs in hunting venues. It is a good idea to monitor temperatures of all hunting dogs to know when they might be in trouble and to take steps to reduce their body temps quickly. Any body temperatures over 108 Continued on page 99

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Borzoi) in mixed open field coursing with the Greyhounds to compare body type and body temperatures. It was always the case, the heavier the dog at the same height, the more the temperature rises on a longer run. It is also the case, that the taller and larger the dog, the more it suffers from heat elevation and is susceptible to heat stroke. Why is this? If you have 2 Greyhounds of the same height of 27 inches, one dog weighs 81 lbs and has a height to weight ratio of 1:3. The second Greyhound is within the Greyhound standard for a male, and weighs 67.5 lbs at the same height and his ratio of height to weight is 1:2.5. They both have the same approximate amount of cooling skin surface, but the heavier dog has more mass to cool and generates more heat while running. There are Greyhounds in the show ring that are at least 30” tall and weigh 100 lbs. Dogs of this size could not run in the coursing field and survive the stress because of heat generating exertion. This is why Stonehenge specified the size he did in the first ever Greyhound standard in the mid 1800’s. My Grand Course winning Greyhounds are within the standard for bitch Greyhounds and weigh around 60 lbs, and are less than 25” tall. It takes massive amounts of heat building energy for a 100 lb dog to accelerate up to 35 mph. Not to mention braking stress to toes, or survive directional changes to limbs of a 100 lb dog. I’m using sighthounds for my example here, but the body type case can be said for any breed of dog. I would also caution against using cooling blankets on an overheated dog with a wet coat. The blanket prevents evaporation of the wet coat and the warmth from the body making the wet coat warm. This traps body heat from the dog making a bad situation worse. The more general consequence of overheating is exertional hyperthermia, which is a form of heat stroke. When the dog’s temperature rises above about 107 or 108 degrees, and if the temperature remains that

Swimming exercise to maintain a conditioned dog that is under Vets orders to not exercise by running. This pedal boat is just the ticket. Photo by Kelly Fidler.

high or higher for a period of time, multiple organ failures could result. To abort such an occurrence, our coursing dogs have told us by example in the past by jumping into a lake, pond, puddle or canal to quickly cool their bodies. Until 2004, we hadn’t consistently monitored their temperatures and so didn’t realize what the dogs were trying to tell us. Heat lost from the body is a function of the difference between the skin temperature and the outside air or water temperature multiplied by the skin surface area. Putting an overheated dog in the canal or a doggy pond cools it much faster than spraying it with water. Spraying cools the dog mainly by evaporation. Being immersed in water allows transfer of heat by conduction from the dog’s skin directly into the water. Water has a much greater heat capacity than air, so cooling the dog in a body of water such as a canal or pond happens very quickly. You should carefully monitor the dog’s temperature while cooling the dog in water, as lowering the dog’s temperature below about 103 degrees can cause the dog to go into shock. You should keep a leash on your dog while cooling in a canal, unless the dog is experienced, as it may otherwise swim to the other side of the canal. Also, NEVER use freezing cold ice water to cool a dog, as very cold water can constrict blood vessels close to the skin and thereby reduce the rate of heat transfer. I keep about 25 gallons of water and a pop-up dog pond in my vehicle all coursing season in case of emergencies. Most years I don’t need the immersion equipment, but if needed for any dogs it is available. My first choice, and that of most dogs, is water immersion in a nearby canal. John, it is now 8 years later after making this dramatic discovery of quickly lowering the temperature of the overheated patient by water immersion. You have seen the results of this application, and what is your conclusion to the success or failure rate of this procedure in open field coursing? “In the meantime I’ve witnessed a great many Greyhound courses in all kinds of weather. I’ve seen incredibly long exhausting courses, some of at least five minutes’ duration (practically unheard of for a Greyhound). From what I’ve observed on those occasions, I conclude that immersion cooling in a sufficient volume of water, if performed promptly, is nearly 100% effective in preventing the otherwise potentially serious aftereffects of exertional hyperthermia.”

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THANK YOU! hank you so much for the many, many years of fine articles on pure-bred dogs! Unfortunately, I must now request that further publications be discontinued due to my resignation as a Working, Herding & BIS Judge. I have been judging since the late 60s and, although, I will surely miss having the great opportunity to review, with “hands on”, so many great dogs of all breeds - the time has come to retire. Therefore, I would appreciate if you would discontinue forwarding your GREAT MAGAZINE, DOG NEWS, to me! With Appreciation, Doris Elaine Werdermann Foster City, CA

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT Together We Are Truly the Dog’s Champion! ew York, NY, September 11, 2012 – At the Delegates Meeting in June, we spoke of the proposed new regulations to the Animal Welfare Act and the onerous impact on AKC Fancy breeders, like you and I. We were determined to act quickly and with great purpose to address this issue. And we did. The AKC Government Relations team developed comprehensive, compassionate, and convincing comments requiring a re-think of the USDA proposal. Thousands of you took individual action and offered constructive comments, also. And the petition we started that day advocating for the AKC position ignited the passionate support of over 70,000 people. We made our voice heard strongly and undeniably. The quest for equitable regulations will continue for some time. This was just the beginning of a long journey – one that we are prepared for and committed to for as long as it takes. Earlier this year, as I was travelling to New York for an AKC Board meeting and with these anti-breeder actions on my mind, I was approached by a flight attendant shortly after boarding the plane. She mentioned she had noticed my AKC Breeder of Merit pin and asked if I was a dog breeder. I responded “yes” and steeled myself for what she might say next. I was truly unprepared for it.


She said, “Thank you.” She went on to explain that a dog has always been an important part of her life, her family’s life, her children’s lives, and now her grandchildren’s lives. Each a purebred dog, albeit several different breeds; each acquired from a breeder. She understood the life-long joy her dogs brought to her and her family was made possible by breeders. She just wanted me to know my role as breeder was appreciated and worthwhile. Unfortunately, every day we are confronted by those who see a breeder very differently than she does – those who work law by law by restrictive law to take our rights away. Every day we fight to protect those rights from the onslaught of extremists who would see breeding restricted to the point of elimination. The American Kennel Club believes in your rights as responsible owners and responsible breeders. We stand up for your rights wherever and whenever necessary. We will not stand by and let breeders be bullied into hiding. To ensure that will not happen we need more than a strong argument about what we are against; we need to be just as strong about what it is we are for. In September, we have the perfect opportunity to tell everyone about that. This month hundreds of our clubs will participate in the tenth annual AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day by hosting free community events reaching dog lovers, potential pet owners, voters, and legislators. The AKC will host its flagship event in Raleigh, NC on Saturday, Sept. 22. We welcome AKC clubs, Canine Good Citizen® evaluators, rescue groups, dog trainers, vet clinics and all other dog-loving groups to join us in making this year the biggest month-long celebration yet. If you haven’t already, I urge you to sign-up your club or organization for an event. Last year, more than 630 dog clubs and other organizations hosted events reaching millions of dog lovers and potential pet owners through extensive media coverage. Dog lovers also posted thousands of “Acts of Responsible Dog Ownership” on our Facebook and Twitter pages to help us celebrate “Virtual AKC RDO Days.” This year, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest AKC RDO Days updates and participate in our virtual celebration. President Kennedy had an inspiring thought that I believe applies to us: “One person can make a difference, and every person should try.” We not only each have that responsibility for individual activism, but together we have a requirement for collective action. By doing both, we will shape our own future and ensure our rights as responsible dog owners and breeders. Together, we will continue to stand up for what we believe. Together, we will continue to fight for our rights. Together, we are truly the Dog’s Champion. Sincerely, Alan Kalter Chairman Dog News 101

Dog News, September 14, 2012  

Dog News The Digest of American Dogs Volume 28, Issue 37 September 14, 2012

Dog News, September 14, 2012  

Dog News The Digest of American Dogs Volume 28, Issue 37 September 14, 2012