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Volume 29, Issue 40
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October 4, 2013
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Contents 10 Editorial
14 The Way It Is: AKC’s Lack of a Ranking System By sari brewster Tietjen
18 Irving’s Impressions: What Constitutes The Terrier Group? By ronnie irving
22 The Question Of The Week By Matthew Stander
26 The Need For Clubs To Evolve By desmond j. murphy
30 Babbling: Those Breed Standards Again By geir flyckt-pedersen
34 Bests Of The Week 38 Ten Questions Asked of Mary Indeglia 42 A Judge Speaks Out: Judges Approval By RObert E. Hutton
44 Great Dog Men And Women Of The Past: Remembering Bill Kendrick
50 Disparage - Regulate - Prohibit - Monopolize: Animal Mobsters Collaborate To Eradicate Purebreds And Take Over The Pet Marketplace By patti strand
54 Brace Yourself: An Audience With Frank Sabella By andrew brace
56 Dog Hair May Expedite Diagnosis of Cushing’s Disease By sharon pflaumer
60 Great Dog Men And Women Of The Past: Remembering Horace ‘Jud’ Perry By marsha hall brown
64 Off The Leash: TV Or Not TV? By shaun coen
66 Meet The Breeds
By julie rice D’Amato
68 Montgomery Time, The Show of Distinction, Petsmart, Ralph Lauren And More By matthew H. Stander
78 Dogs On Tavern And Inn Signs By nick waters
BY geoff corish
By laura bedford
88 Wolf In A Lamb Suit: The Bedlington Terrier By MJ Nelson
94 A Dog Walk In The Park By nancy george-Michalson
102 What Moore Could One Ask For? By karolynne McAteer
104 The Gossip Column BY Eugene Z. Zaphiris
106 Summer In Paris: The Keystone Cluster’s Annual Charity Fundraiser By jean edwards
112 Click - Westbury Kennel Association BY Eugene Z. Zaphiris
126 Click - Wine Country Kennel Club BY gay glazbrook
120 Click - The Way We Were BY keith kerr
By sam peacock
46 The British Scene
84 Westminster Kennel Club Hunting Test: Look Out You Chukars, Westminster’s In Town!
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122 Letters To The Editor
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PROPOSED ELIGIBILITY AMENDMENT The Board was sent a request by the Delegate Bylaws Committee to amend AKC BYLAWS to remove a number of occupations and activities which would make an individual ineligible to become or continue to serve as a Delegate under the current Bylaws. The recommendation is to remove from the list: 1) Professional judges 2) Professional handlers and trainers 3) Employees of a dog food or supply company 4) Publishers and those soliciting kennel ads and 5) Superintendents. Of course this had been introduced by any number of different sitting Boards to the Delegate Body only to be defeated by the Delegates despite the prodding of most in the Fancy to do away with these restrictions. What is novel about this particular recommendation is that this time it comes from the Delegates themselves. This is a very positive sign as not only has this Delegate Committee decided to take progressive and important steps towards making the Delegate Body more diverse it has acted in an area in which no recent Board has dared to enter the fray. Along with any number of important proposals which recently have come from the Delegate Committees and not the Board nor the individual Clubs either a new maturity maybe developing through the use of these Delegate Committees. These pages were vehemently opposed to the creation of these Committees when they were first introduced. But as the Boards have weakened and shown less of a willingness to tackle modernization issues particularly within the past several years and have shown less of an interest to act progressively the Delegate Committees have assumed these roles. Certainly it is true that within the last several weeks the Board Chairman has notified the constituents of AKC of his desire to strongly fight the animal rights groups and to reintroduce to society the importance of the purebred dog as opposed to the adopted and/or shelter dog. But what specifically are he and his Board doing with regard to modernizing the Rules and By-laws of AKC. Very little which is made public at any rate insofar as these pages are aware. And that seems to be where the Delegate Committees are stepping up and taking the bull by the horns and good for them is our reaction good for them! 10 Dog News
Editorial October 4, 2013
RUNNING FOR THE MARCH SEATS Depending to whom one speaks either 5 or 6 Delegates have been interviewed by the Nominating Committee to fill the three seats which will be voted upon in March. The 5 people in alphabetical order who have been interviewed are Jim Dok, Charles Garvin (a sitting Board Member), David Hopkins, Ron Menaker and Dan Smyth. Confusion reins concerning the 6th possibility who is Pat Scully another sitting board member. She may or may not have decided to run again. Where there is no confusion however is the fact that the names of the nominated individuals must be submitted to the Secretary Jim Crowley no later than October 15th. This means that from today until that date the names must be submitted. Thereafter those Delegates interested in running from the floor must submit their paperwork no later than November 15. From what these pages hear there is considerable maneuvering going on amongst the Sitting Board Members for the role of Vice-Chairman to serve under Mr. Kalter. This surprises these pages somewhat since Alan Kalter is said to work very close to the vest and rarely shares his thinking, thoughts and/or projects with anyone but the closest of intimates. This attitude generates a suspicion of secrecy which is oft mentioned by certain people in private and not so private moments. One area of operation about which less than anything is usually spoken is how North Carolina is doing and operating and certainly how the Edelman Group is working with AKC and what the potential costs are and what in fact they are projecting to do. Discussion is virtually non-existent and seems to the private domain of two board members and the social media director. If this is not to be shared with the public at large then certainly one would expect that the fellow Board members would be alerted as to what is going on, you think? THE TWO SHOWS IN A DAY CONCEPT Board Member Cruz made such a suggestion at the last meeting for clubs with very low entries to hold two shows a day. What constitutes a very low entry one must ask? Nonetheless please reject this idea forthwith are our thoughts. First of all anyone who has followed the history of exceptions to Rules for Clubs knows that within five years, just like the backto-back theory exploded with exceptions by Boards fearful of exercising control so the two shows in a day would become de rigueur as an exception. Instead of granting two shows in a day for low entry shows why not grade shows or do away with certain shows
that cannot survive. Judges would be unhappy too for this would open the doors to more assignments for people who do not normally get asked with which to begin. The grading of shows into A, B and C shows could be developed through time and even result in less flying around by those seeking those elusive points for top dog in the breed or group. SHAME ON RALPH LAUREN Ralph Lauren’s “The Dog Walk” which for the first time will feature rescue dogs on the runway in collaboration with the ASPCA in honor of national Adopt-A-Shelter Dog Month must be questioned and condemned. First of all this is little more than a corporate gimmick aimed to take financial advantage with the ASPCA and shelter dogs. If the heart of the Ralph Lauren corporate organization were truly in the right place Rescue Dogs from All-Breed Clubs would be included in this sort of project. Considering all the negative pr the ASPCA has received within the last three or four months this joint venture should be more detrimental than positive. How Ralph Lauren Inc can risk the alienation of purebred dog owners in this obvious business promotional is mind boggling. Where are the Edelman Group and the social media today when the time to combat this sort of business motivated promotional is about to reap more free publicity than our forces can muster almost in a lifetime. THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK Many of you will be reading these thoughts at Montgomery and or Devon and with you it is trusted the weather as predicted will be top notch. But there’s more than weather at stake for all of us during these four days- there is AKC’s tanking registrations. How nice it would be for all the Parent Terrier Clubs to voluntarily help AKC out by requiring all members to register all pups born in a litter. Even if only 80% of the people asked would do so think of the additional monies AKC would have to fight off these animal rights organizations and their supporters. By taking a strong and positive stand for AKC the righteous fight Mr. Kalter has announced against the ARers can be accomplished less expensively and sooner and quicker than anyone can imagine.
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AKC’s Lack Of A Ranking System Another year is in the making and still the great American Kennel Club has done nothing about the racing around the country in search of those magical breed/group/ Best in Show points to make Fido the top ranked winning whatever for the year. While this has been a much talked about subject among the fancy for years and AKC’s Board of Directors has paid some lip service to the problem by sending the issue on to the staff’s Strategic Planning process almost ten years ago, nothing has been forthcoming: there have not even been trial balloons of possible solutions or serious discussions.
t is a fact that anyone wanting to have a top dog needs to be able to have that dog flown/driven around the country from Florida to Washington State, from Massachusetts to California and every place in between on any given weekend, any given day starting with the first shows of the year and ending on the last show of that year. An owner/lessee/consortium cannot afford to let even a day go by – if there is a dog show where the dog has a good chance of winning, then off the dog must go. Usually such travelling requires the services of a handler (although some owner-handlers with time and money on their hands have been able to have a top-ranked whatever without using a handler) and deep pockets for travel expenses and other fees. All of this boils down to the fact that top ranked dogs have to be at more shows in order to maintain or improve their rankings. More show days equal more shows, which, in turn, equals the opportunity to garner more points on which the rankings are based. A dog that stays home or in the kennel does not earn those magical points, which are calculated on number of dogs defeated or wins earned. With only 365 days in the year, it is easy to determine that some top ranked dogs have to be shown almost 200 shows a year. Combining this with the need to travel to and from shows meant that almost every day of last year the dog was “on the road” with little time off to relax and “just be a dog!” These dogs crisscrossed the country, going from one show to the next, with no thought as to travel time, time zones or anything else for that matter. Some of these dogs would have acquired platinum airline points for the year, if the airlines would permit dogs to be enrolled in their elite miles program! And while our focus is on the dogs, let us also remember that the handlers or ownerhandlers who pilot these dogs in the ring are under a great deal of pressure. Handlers have
owners, who are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on handling fees, board charges, travel costs, professional ads in all necessary print and online publications and sundry expenses, breathing down their necks expecting positive results. Owner-handlers are unique in that while they do not have the cost of handling fees and boarding charges, they do have personal expenses, travel costs and those ever present advertisements to contend with that they are responsible for. And, in the case of multiple owners, there is the obligation to a consortium of so-called “co-owners” who are helping finance a dog’s show career. Everyone who commits money expects results in return. A favorite subject of mine for years, and one that I have written about many times, has been how the ranking systems are totally out of hand. Handlers and owners have been flying/driving here and there, trying to stay ahead of the pack. Some of the races on a breed/group/overall wins are so close that it will probably be down to the wire with the last shows of the year determining which dogs defeated more dogs during the year in whatever ranking system. What can AKC do about all this? Should AKC step in? To answer the last question first: yes, I believe AKC should step in and, indeed, it has an obligation to do so. As the governing body, it has a responsibility to the sport and the dogs to not let excessive behavior get in the way of common sense. The best dog is not always the dog shown most often, most heavily advertised with owners who are able to use deep pockets to fulfill a goal. Furthermore, AKC directly profits from this behavior. It sells show result information to the various dog food companies and publications that use it for advertisement purposes. It sells online results. And, let us not forget, it adds to its coffers with every entry fee made regardless of whether a dog is present or not. AKC is the central source for all wins in every breed on any and all levels. It can develop a system with some constraints that controls excessive show-
ing of dogs. Some have suggested that any of these controls could be construed as a possible “restraint of trade,” i.e. a handler would not be able to show a dog at a particular show resulting in that handler not making a fee. However, that argument has no merit since many handlers who have agreed to devote their time to just one dog are on a contractual yearly retainer that is not dependent on the number of shows a year. Other handlers, who are not under an exclusive contract, can have other dogs to show if an AKC enacted requirement means that his “top” dog should not be shown (the key here is should not as opposed to cannot – a dog could still be shown but the win would not count in the official AKC ranking system due to built-in constraints, hence why show the dog?). What kind of a system could AKC develop? Some of the suggestions that have been made over the years include a concept of weighing the number of dogs defeated against the number of times a dog is shown, counting only a limited number of wins by a dog under the same judge in the same level of competition. There are other ideas that crop up from time to time that also deserve consideration. The sorry thing about all this is the fact that the wear and tear on the dogs (and the people) really counts for little except “bragging rights” at a single moment in time. After all, how many people remember who was the top dog in any ranking level in any particular year? Where is the value when there is so little in actual returns? Also, the top dog may not be the best quality dog within a breed. Or, the best stud dog or brood bitch. Instead, it may be the dog with the most finances behind it, who loves to show and travel, and who is willing to put up with a lot. It may also be a dog with no outstanding faults, nor any outstanding virtues, but a good all around dog that appeals to many different judges. This does not mean that the top dog is not a quality dog; just that the better dog may be one who does not like to show, does not like to travel and/or is not owned by someone with a lot of spare dollars to spend on a capricious show career that is not likely to be memorable. These dogs can easily be the better quality dogs – and the dogs that any serious breeder would want to live with or have in a breeding program – but for any of the reasons listed are not shown and flown constantly every show day in order to achieve that top-ranked status. It is obvious that all this talk is not going anywhere if AKC is unwilling or unable to devise a more equitable, reasonable, exclusive ranking system for it and its vendors to use. If AKC cannot do so, then it needs to call upon the fancy to devise such a system. After all, the health and well being of our show dogs should be more important than anything else. AKC clearly needs to step up to the plate, take a leadership role to control a process that has gotten completely out of hand, and stop putting its proverbial head in the sand.
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Thanks to Judges Mrs. Chris Walkowicz and Mr. Norman B. Kenney for Gus’ Independent Specialty & Group Firsts.
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IRVING’s impressions By Ronnie Irving
WHAT CONSTITUTES THE TERRIER GROUP?
With Montgomery in the immediate offing it is maybe a good opportunity to look at what actually constitutes the terrier group in various countries. It may also be of interest to study the differences that there are within the breeds in the group - in origin and function, and to ask ourselves which of the breeds in the group really are ‘true terriers’ in the formal sense of the word? Why Do We Have Groups In The First Place? First of all let’s look at what the division of breeds into groups actually means. Why make such divisions at all? Well in today’s terms first of all, the dividing up of breeds into groups is a matter of convenience. It’s just a useful way of splitting up a show into sections. In days gone by in the UK, when shows here were much smaller, the bigger events were split up only into Sporting Dogs on one day (Terriers, Hounds and Gundogs) and Non-Sporting Dogs (Working, Utility and Toy) the next. Indeed I am old enough to remember shows in the UK before there was any form of group judging at all. (I have a long memory and was only a small child at the time you understand!) At that time all of the Best of Breed winners of every breed came into the ring for the Best in Show competition on each day of the show. But of course the original division into Groups was entirely based on function. The Terriers, Hounds and Gundogs (or as they are called in the USA Sporting breeds), all fell fairly clearly into natural sub-divisions based on their broad functions – or did they? The other breeds however definitely did cause more of a problem of classification. The division between some of what we call Utility Breeds (Non Sporting in the USA) and Toy breeds and indeed even some of the Working and Herding breeds (Pastoral breeds in the UK) were more difficult to determine
with any degree of certainty. That’s why there are such differences in groupings between the various show systems. By and large the AKC and TKC groupings are at the moment at least, reasonably similar. The FCI however, with ten groups, creates even more difficulties. Terrier Group Should Be Simple Let’s turn then for example to the Terrier Group which ought to be one of the simplest. The only differences in breed make-up between the Terrier Group in the USA and the UK are that in the USA you have Miniature Schnauzers in the Terrier Group while in the UK they are in the Utility (Non Sporting) Group. You have American Staffordshires, Russell Terriers and Rat Terriers none of which TKC recognises. Under the FCI classifications however there are several other differences. They have Toy Manchesters, Yorkshire Terriers and Australian Silky Terriers in their terrier group and they also have some other terrier breeds including the German Hunting Terrier and the Japanese Terrier. So it can be seen therefore that even within what ought to be a relatively easy Group to classify – the Terrier Group – there are nevertheless several differences between different countries. Having said that, there are also questions to be asked about the origins of even the normal terrier group as we all now know and recognise it. Are all of the breeds in the terrier group, even those that the AKC, TKC
and the FCI completely agree upon, really terriers in the true sense of the word? And what of the different subdivisions that exist among those breeds? Origins Of The Word ‘Terrier’ To answer those questions we really need to go back and look at the origins of the word ‘terrier’ itself. It is thought to have come from the Latin word ‘terra’ meaning ‘earth’ and was applied originally to the type of dog that went to ground in Britain as part of the hunting of foxes and badgers. It is always said that the first description in writing of a terrier in English (but translated from Latin) was written by Dr Caius and was first published in its English translation in 1576. (Dr Caius was one of the founders of the famous Caius College Cambridge, England but actually died in 1573 three years before the English version of his oft quoted book was published.) The book was described at the time of its publication as being: “Of Englishe Dogges, the Diversities, the Names, the Natures and the Properties: A Short Treatise Written in Latine and Newly Drawne Into Englishe”. That book described the fundamental functions of the original dogs known as terriers as those which: “hunteth the Fox and Badger or Greye (another word for badger at the time) onely, whom we call Terrars, because they (after the manner and custome of ferrets in searching for Connyes) creep into the grounde, and by that meanes make afrayde, nyppe and bite the Foxe and the Badger in such sorte that eyther they teare them in pieces with theyr teeth, beying in the bosome of the earth, or else hayle and pull them perforce out of theyr lurking angles, darke dungeons, and close cause; or at least through feare drive them out of theire hollow harbours, in so much that they are compelled to prepare speedie flyte, and being desirous of the next (albeit not the safest) refuge, are otherwise taken and intrapped Continued on page 72
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What are the advantages and/or disadvantages of holding Concurrent Breed Specialty events with an all-breed show? John Constantine I see the main advantage as the ability to have 2 sets of points on the same day. While this has been obtainable in the past with evening specialties, the day becomes very long for the handlers, and especially the dogs. The concurrent specialty resolves that issue. This works very well for breeds with smaller entries, but for breeds with large entries the limitation of 100 dogs at both the specialty and all-breed show could result in some dogs being exhibited, but with today’s lean entries at shows, that would rarely be an issue for even those breeds. giselle simonds The Miniature Bull Terrier Club of America is holding its National this year in Pleasanton with the Harvest Cluster. For a small club like ours it really helps because getting a work crew together for a stand alone is very difficult let alone a show secretary. Unfortunately for this year only two Board members will be in attendance at the General Meeting. A good entry is forty to fifty dogs, one third of the entry is usually the best of breed class. Johnny Shoemaker I think the advantage is for both the Specialty Clubs holding Concurrent Breed Specialties and the All Breed Club working with the Specialty Club. The cost to hold an independent Specialty can sometimes involve the venue and other costs and just the problem of finding a venue to hold an independent specialty can be very involved. The advantage for the All Breed show is being able to offer classes for this breed at their show and most likely increasing the entry for that breed at the all breed show. I think it is a win/win situation for both the Specialty Club and the All Breed show. The disadvantage could be in the problem with having a dog being shown twice in one day and the strain on both the dogs and the exhibitors. There could also be the case where a choice whether to show at the group level may have to be made by the all breed winner. I think communication between the Specialty club and the All Breed Club Show Chairman and the Superintendent/Show Chairman is vital to the success of any concurrent breed specialty. I have seen Concurrent Breed Specialties work very successfully especially for small entry breeds as it can sometimes bring more entries for that breed and greatly reduce the expense for that Specialty Club. I think it was a very good step the AKC took to help both the All Breed Show and the Concurrent Breed Specialty. 22 Dog News
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Florence Males Good question, but I have not have any dealing with the concurrent specialty shows as yet, but will with the Harvest Moon Classic in a couple of weeks. However, if the specialty club’s resources are such that they can afford to do so, my thinking is it’s fine. They have to pay all the expenses they would normally pay for any independent specialty, such as Judge, facility, catalog, Superintendent/Secretary and such. My worry is the welfare of the dogs on multiple show circuits, showing twice a day. I may have a different opinion after this event!
Jay Richardson In the present environment I see no disadvantage. It allows breed clubs with limited entries to save on building and judges’ costs. It allows the possibility of more points, therefore attracting more entries. It also replaces the “night” specialties, with having to wait until the entire show to be over before beginning, it avoids those late nights. It can affect the ability of the Best of Breed winner from the all breed show to sometimes make the group if the specialty is going on at the same time. I work to make sure the schedule at Wheaton avoids this type of conflict.
Ken McDermott For the Specialty Clubs (and a percentage of the exhibitors) the dogs get to compete in a fairly short time without further travel, thus bolstering the entry. The disadvantage, as we saw through the years, some of the dogs may get tired from the first show and not be up to an additional show on the same day. I am absolutely opposed to evening Specialties, another topic, because it is out of the norm for the dogs to be showing at those hours. They are used to resting and I believe they expect and deserve it.
Bruce R. Schwartz The advantages are the ability to hold another show without the added cost of showgrounds. The disadvantage is having this work without disruption to the show schedule of the all breed show. The schedule must be so there aren’t any conflicts - that is, the specialty breed should not take place during the judging of the group to which it belongs. W. Terry Stacy I think this is an excellent concept that if properly scheduled is a win win for all. This has been working well in other countries for years.
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By Desmond J. Murphy
oday I am sure finances are the major concern for the majority of clubs. It always amazes me that a show can have 300 dogs per day with six judges and still keep the club solvent. Next weekend on Long Island, the entries are 447 Friday, 544 Saturday and 622 for Westbury on Sunday. With the cost of renting venues, superintendent costs, judges, tenting, porta-johns etc., these clubs can still make a go of it. I do not think clubs should put on shows to make money, although we still have proprietary clubs that are privately owned for financial gain. But if a club puts so much effort into hosting a show some financial gain should result. The original purpose of holding dog shows used to be for educating the public about dogs and the sport in the local area. This is no longer true for most shows. Very few shows get a gate. Also so many shows are held way outside their territory. When a New York City show is held in Springfield, Mass,
it certainly does not educate the Queens public. But some of these clubs can use the profits made far, far away to better benefit pure bred dogs in their area. Many clubs no longer have venues in their area to hold shows or cannot afford the costs to rent these venues. One of the few last benched shows, Detroit Kennel Club, which is one of the oldest, most prestigious shows, cannot hold a show in 2014. This has come about due to finances. Entries have dropped, the gate is down and large sponsorship money is no longer available to them. Westchester is another example of shows having to leave their own area. The beautiful Lyndhurst Estate, which is a national historic site, was home to Westchester and Tuxedo Park for so many years. Westchester used to get an enormous gate, before the public looked at breeders as the “bad guys”. Without the large gate,
large entries and the tremendous Pedigree sponsorship, the club could no longer stay at Lyndhurst. The last year Tuxedo Park Kennel Club held the show there, the show lost $20,000. (Ed. Note: But it’s said TFKC has $200,000 in its coffers.) When Westchester was alone on Sunday most exhibitors, after being in North Branch for three days, chose not to enter Westchester. Not even one vendor came to Westchester. People forget Westchester, Westbury and Westminster were called “The Three W’s”. There was always the feeling if a dog went Best at Westchester it gave them an edge for Westbury and could go into the Garden with huge credentials. Westbury was known as the “Show of Distinction”, not the show of extinction. The Westchester members tried to hold onto the Lyndhurst grounds as long as they could. Even if they could eventually come up with a large sponsor, it would not work. Nobody Continued on page 80
The Need For ClubsTo Evolve
In the September 13th issue of Dog News, David and Deborah Anthony wrote an informative article. The title is “Thoughts For Putting On A Successful Dog Show”. (Ed note: This was a two-part article; Part II was published on Sept. 27). The first year they chaired a show the profit was China • August 14th &the 15th, $300 and the following year show2013 lost a few dollars. Last year, after lots of changes, the two-day show turned a profit of $20,000. In days past most clubs never worried about finances. The premium list was sent out; entries came in, bills paid and most clubs made a nice profit. 92 Dog News 26
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babbling By Geir Flyckt-Pedersen
Those Breed Standards Again!
e live in a time where whenever you watch other people judge- or even as a judge yourself- you will register that in so many breeds too many standard requirements are totally neglected or at least seemingly overlooked and forgotten about. The breed standards were originally created as “a plan” for the future to create breeds with construction and mentality to fulfill a specific function, be it as a sheepdog, guard dog or hunting dog, etc. Even Toys with no employment in sight were bred to be just suitable pets and lapdogs. So many breeds have evolved way past what some of the authors of the original standards could ever dream of, but I wonder if this is necessarily a bad thing. Studying many of the original standards you will still find that an amazing number of them fit the breed even 100 years after they were put together. While on the other hand you will find a large number which are seemingly outdated. Has something gone wrong or has this happened as a conscious effort from the trend setting breeders? I have been involved in the sport for 55 plus years and I have witnessed an enormous change in the look and presentation of so many breeds. In some cases I wonder if it really is just the “improved” presentation that has created the impression of a visually more dramatic change. Then over time many breeds have moved in different directions in different parts of the world. Many of the changes were started in the USA. Take a look at Siberian Huskies, Afghans, some of the Setter breeds, the Schnauzer breeds, Portuguese Water Dogs, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, Bichons to mention but a few. The changes created over here have seriously changed these breeds world wide, while other breeds like Boxers, Dobermans, Great Danes, German Shepherds, etc. have a very different look here than in most FCI countries. 30 Dog News
Who is right and wrong? I don’t know, but personally I have always liked the American version of most of these breeds. Elegance, coat in some cases, style and showmanshipthat’s what’s USA is all about according to some European critics, what about important features like breed type and in some cases size? There is some kind of irony in the truth that most breed standards were put together to create a functioning working dog, whatever the work might be. Then as time went by, many breeds were split in 2 or even 3 the show dogs and the working dogs. In other words, the original intention of the standard to describe the ideal worker is only applicable for one of the varieties. Look at a couple of “my” breeds, Greyhounds and Whippets. OK -many of the show dogs are lure coursing or even occasionally raced in some places, but if you compare the Racing, Lure Coursing and show versions of the Greyhound, you will find 3 distinctly different types. Same applies to Whippets. Look at a Racer in both breeds: Shorter in body, much more upright in shoulder with matching rear angulation. (In some cases hardly any! But still able to run like hell!) Why are we then finding these at times over-angulated show dogs so appealing and so much more pleasing to the eye? Personally I consider over angulation a serious weakness, be it for a terrier, hound, gundog or any other breed. Should we perhaps just throw these old standards away and replace them with updated versions reflecting the breeds as they look today? Only a couple of weeks ago I was watching breed specialists in action judging 2 sporting breeds. One of the breed should according to the standard be short coupled with a level topline. All the top winners were long with a sagging topline. The other breed should have tail carriage as a natural extension of the topline. Most of the winners had tail carriage that would have made a terrier owner proud, but made these dogs simply un-
showable in its home country, the UK. We frequently see judges ignoring standard requirements for size, amount of coat, coat texture, presentation, eye color and even bite! Where do you draw the line-should this really be acceptable? Of course not! I am afraid that we again see examples of ignorance being allowed to create fashion! Which is a very dangerous path…. In the 1980’s TKC in UK made a more “compact” and more rational version of virtually all breed standards, which in my opinion made many of them so generic that they could be used for a variety of breeds! In think this was a serious mistake. At the same time as many breeds have fewer really experienced specialist judges, they abbreviate the standards and I have a feeling that to understand most of the current versions of them, you really have to know the breed well beforehand to grasp it all. Which is why I suspect a lot of people don’t! America has fortunately been more conservative regarding standards. There is one huge difference between the US and the rest of the world. Over here the breed standards “belong” to the breed club, while in more or less the rest of the world they are in the hands of the country’s kennel club!! Although I am a little concerned that some of our breed clubs that originally were ruled by seriously competent breeders and judges, today are in the hands of people with “amateur status” and not enough experience! There have been changes made where in some cases I suspect that instead of trying to breed to satisfy the standard’s requirements, the standards have been adjusted to accept the current status of the breed! I feel that the old time breeders would be spinning in their graves if they could observe what goes on- and why! Whatever we do as breeders there are certain features that must always be in the forefront: Breed type! Which are the features that separate this breed from all other breeds and if it really had to, could it do the work it was intended for? Take the terrier breeds. Most of them cusContinued on page 110
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Since beginning his specials career the third week of May, he has been awarded Nine Best In Shows 23 Group Firsts Making him Number One* Skye Terrier & Number Eight* Among All Terrier Breeds
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What person do you most look forward to seeing at the dog shows? Bob Indeglia.
What is your greatest extravagance? Dogs and shoes.
What do you dislike most about your appearance? Where do I start?
What dog person would you like to see on â€˜dancing with the starsâ€™? Paolo Dondina.
If you were forced to get a tattoo, what would it be?
I would never be forced to get one of any kind.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? Bob, the Elkhounds and a bottle
When and where are you the happiest? On Tuesday night at the Symphony Hall in Boston.
Other people think I am...? The puppy wet nurse care keeper.
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What did you want to be when you were growing up? A concert pianist.
Marital Status: MARRIED.
What would be your last request? To reunite with all my dogs on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge.
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A Judge Speaks Out Judges Approval, 2013 By Robert E. Hutton
Having been involved in the fancy for fifty-seven years has been an interesting path followed with an unsated passion. For the love of the dogs and some of their people my life has been filled with opportunity, learning, excitement, good fortune, joy, and, of course, some disappointment. I am proud of these fifty-seven years.
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s a child I participated in “Children’s Handling Classes”. I also won my first points, a five point major, on a Bedlington puppy, a son of my first dog who won a five point major at the original Morris and Essex in the fifties. I was age ten when this happened with Tony Stamm judging at the Steel City Kennel Club show at Gilroy Stadium in Gary, Indiana. I shall never forget. That is how I met the Stamms and their wonderful Anstamm Scottish Terriers. I was very lucky to have many, many adults who took an interest in me. I shall be forever grateful to the Pragers, the Funks, the Downeys, the McClains, Ruth Cooper, Virginia Hardin, the Bennett sisters, both Martin families, and Wilda Woehr, who taught such values as hard work, patience, responsibility, and integrity. I will be appreciative into eternity to all of them and the many others who cared. I am proud of this childhood of mine. Later as I was growing up I was able to cross paths with many more of the Fancy’s finest participants. Who remembers Lee and Ruth Kraeuchi and Silver Maple Farm? Or maybe Mrs. West, Dr. Vardon, Jack MacNamarra, Frank Fretwell and so many others? Or a Boxer named Salgray’s Ovation, or Frosty Snowman the Bulldog, or Rock Ridge Night Rocket a Bedlington, or Chik T’Sun the Pekingese? The list could fill pages. While in school I finished many dogs in many different breeds, as well. I of course am proud of all of this, too. During my youth I had the opportunity to work for three top handlers. I could travel the country to show after show. Ahh, the bright lights of show business. Believe me I knew how lucky I was. I am so proud of all of this. Along the way I became friends and acquaintances with many of the Greats in our Fancy. Winnie Heckman, Derek Rayne, Alva Rosenberg, Forrest Hall, Haskell Schuffman, Bob Waters, Percy Roberts, Mr. Tipton, and many, many more of the great ones that are sadly gone. “What better way to gain knowledge?”, I could ask? I too am proud of this. I became the (for a time) youngest limited licensed handler and also bred some dogs. In five years I was approved for five of the then six groups and ten breeds in the sixth one. I enjoyed some successes and some defeats, as well. A wonderful life immersed in the Fancy! And, another decision to be made. Will it be the dogs or take advantage
of having been fast tracked to the head of the admittance list at The School of The Art Institute in Chicago? Of course the dogs won out! At times it was not easy, and add to it a family that just did not get it. That is okay, because I am proud of this life I chose. Having operated the top grooming shops and boarding kennel in town made me proud. Always do the very, very best I was taught. How proud I was. I am proud that I was lucky enough to meet the kind neighbors Mr. and Mrs. William J. Duncan, who in 1956, started me on this long journey of everything dogs. Everything dogs; at the shows, in the kennel, in the house, in the truck, all over my life. You know, I am proud to have been there for the admittance of the one hundredth breed into the AKC’s registry. Then came an application for judging approval. I was given sixteen breeds and varieties on a provisional basis. I passed muster. On I went to be granted approval for three and one half groups in total. The culmination of many, many years’ involvement and dedication. Establishing a history, a foundation, depth and breadth of knowledge, and hands on experience and realizing there is evermore a learning process to continue. There are not words to tell how proud I am. I am honored to have been invited to do many assignments in the US and abroad. Some shows large and prestigious, some smaller and intimate. And, the most important, specialties. To draw quality and good entries makes one proud. The one thing that by far has to be most important to any one person is their name. And a person cannot survive without a sense of integrity and honor; a good moral compass. I am proud of my good name and sense of right versus wrong. It has always been, or should be, and necessarily so, of tremendous importance to have your past performance be a very major consideration in the process of being advanced in the judging approval process. One’s background and journey through life and the Fancy should have some impact as well. Now I must face the fact that my good name is meaningless. My past experiences, work, and history is of no consideration. My life and accomplishments seem now to be a waste of time because it is mask, mask, mask, mask everything. Mask all of the above lest someone have a clue as to who I am. This is sad. It is frustrating. It is depressing. It is an insult. AND, I know I am not alone.
Isaac Est Etiam Junctus Maximus at ARILY
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those who only r fo ll Bi t ou ab t to write special. Indeed, t is very difficul so , ue iq un so as e. He w sure. knew him as a Judg as a National Trea m hi to ed rr fe ol to an of the old scho "Chuck" O'Neill re m le nt ge ne Li n ai d his lphia M Bill was a Philade r" in the summer an te oa "b w ra st s hi r mous fo occasion the "Nth" degree. Fa as always impeccably dressed for the n he w orian house in Devo ct Vi y derby in the winter, el at st a in s. be. He lived n Horse Showground vo De whatever that may e th om fr r fa r quarury" not e to move to smalle known as "Queensb ac pl e th ld so le el ife Vern When Bill and his w
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Kennel Club preters, the American r a beautiful leathe sented him with ographs of its inot ph of m bu al d boun r e had the characte us ho d ol e Th r. rio te with high ceilings, of Victorian elegance ll and an immense a huge reception ha the third floor. The to up g in go l el rw stai ' with the Kendricks d re ve co e er w ls al w t and many cabinets collection of dog ar ceramic, porcelain housed innumerable various breeds. and bronze dogs of iastic bird man. Bill was an enthus 's e saga of Vernelle Who will forget th e as related by Bill flicker saving episod e of years ago? Ther t" as Ro y ill "B e th at ers around the old were many bird feed t l over the place bu house in Devon-al "entire". They were none of them were e s and the trays wer nt de by d re ar sc t no nt. Why? Because askew or non-existe with a shotgun ev Billy blasted them arling or squirrel in ery time he saw a st ted "tree rats" and ha He . ty ni ci vi e th He was not fond of he hated starlings. e cats either becaus raccoons, crows or uld do to his beco ey th e ag m da e of th loved birds. m at Bryn Mawr I stopped in to see hi y cold and snowy da hospital on a very complained about I g. rin sp e on early sick as he was, he as d an er th ea w e th bluebirds yet?" He smiled and said,"no d especially goose loved duck eggs an eggs for breakfast. our sport. He Bill was devoted to unt of information. was an incredible fo l edic knowledge of al He had an encyclop e t so far as to includ breeds and this wen standards and the not only the breed d but the breed hisproblems in the bree st and present, the tory, the top dogs, pa the Judges who em, people who owned th e people who showed put them up and th n and where they them and even whe d total recall but on were shown. He ha y when he temporaril on si ca oc re ra e th a discussion with a forgot some point in likely to remember in friend, he was very in the wee hours of the dead of night or ! lephone on the spot te d an , ng ni or m e th e n, he would state th With no introductio d hang up. remembered fact an had known Bill Henry Stoecker, who at in the early days th d lle ca re s, ar ye r fo el Club during proof the Camden Kenn eetings a small ub m hibition, after the cl to a speakeasy n ur jo ad ld ou w p grou y said that he was to talk dogs. Henr
ll ne so young as Bi amazed that anyo uld know so much co ys da e os th in was s ds. Bill was alway ee br y an m so t ou ab gave the impression learning. He never r ity he was. He neve of being the author knew it all. acted or thought he a dog. When he He had an eye for g no messaging a do judged there was We are all familiar from chest to stern. be a casual applito ed ar pe ap t ha w with re and there at criti cation of a hand he d er, when he finishe cal points. Howev knew everything it gaiting that dog he ve. Furthermore, he ha t no d di d an d ha t a week from Tues could tell you abou day. iment a dog perThe biggest compl for Bill to say, "He's as w ve ha d ul co n so "She's a good dog a good breeder" or t her hand his mos woman." On the ot "She's a nice laas w t en m m co ng ni dam t e!" Such a commen dg Ju -o -o no ut -b dy ed by his staccato was usually follow ". "Do you follow me? laugh as he asked, htful, amusing He had a most delig arly unique a singul turn of phase and a g certain words in way of emphasizin . em special meaning sentence to give th , or btle sense of hum su , rb pe su a d ha He but never malicious sometimes caustic in our sport. Highly - an unusual trait ns, I am certain that verbal in his opinio never forget how ill w m hi ew kn ho w all t to AKC as "The Grea he always referred ub" meaning anyAmerican Kennel Cl ue case. thing but was the tr erned about the He was always conc g show. He felt that exhibitors at the do ould do more for the show giving clubs sh y awarding a ribbon. exhibitor than simpl shows with disdain ch su to ed rr fe re He s". He presided over as "just ribbon show iladelphia with this the Kennel Club of Ph thought in mind. that those of us It is unacceptable e never see Bill judg who knew him will r day an even greate again and that to e ver saw him judg number of people ne there, snappily ways at all. He was al e quite pink from th dressed, his face ir closely cropped ha summer sun, his metimes protected so te hi w ng ni te glis as Watching intently by the straw hat. ound the ring, he the dogs moved ar lean over to give a would occasionally el to confirm what he fe nd ha ck ba k ic qu e move....He was a had just seen on th s. dogs and dog show great man. He was ke him for all in "He was a man, ta " upon his like again. ok lo t no l al sh -I lal Dog News 45 75
There can be few shows, if any, that can match the scenery and PART ONE glamour of Windsor Championship Show. It is one of those than people go to even though the judge doesn’t suit but just to be there and take in all the views. The venue is Home Park, the back garden if you like of Her Majesty The Queen. Windsor Castle is the backdrop and this where Her Majesty spends her weekends when she can. She By Geoff Corish refers to Buckingham palace as her ‘the office’. indsor was always in fact won every bitch certificate in 2013, quite So we all look up to a show for overseas something. In Gundogs we are so used to seeing visitors; the show Judith Caruthers with her American imported Irish the castle and see if provides a special Water Spaniel Am Ch/Ch Whistle Stops Elements the Royal Standard overseas visitors tent where of Magic but here she was handling his daughter you can sit and watch from to win the group. Judith bred Stanegate Sorceress is flying, if it is, then a comfy chair and a cup of at Foulby for Angela Williams, David Craig and ‘proper’ English tea. Windsor Penny Willoughby. she is in residence. is also famous for its Pimms She is sired by Elements of Magic, out of bar, nothing better than that Show Ch Foulby Fired Up, who was bred by Angela Otherwise the union on a hot day, and this year we Williams. had plenty of them, hot days The herding group was won by an AustraJag is flown. l mean!! American visitors lian imported Border collie Australian Champion
would always be there, yes to visit the show but also to visit Windsor Town and a ride along the River Thames on which the dog show sits. So there is something for everyone here. The queen also has a farm shop, where you buy all sorts of food stuffs grown on the crown estates. But back to the show and this year we had an entry of 8,571 dogs, very nearly the same as last year, which is quite something bearing in mind the times we are living in at present. Whippets had the largest entry of 201 dogs. It was amazing just how many of the group winners had overseas connections. The Whippet that won the hound group is Belgium/Dutch/ German/International Ch Blue Springs Elektra who had come from France to compete. She is a World winner and has a reserve best in show in 2011 in the UK. She is sired by a Falconcrag dog from the UK and her dam has the same titles as her daughter and is called Blue Springs Tiffany. The toy group was won by the UK’s breed record holder in Chinese Crested’s Ch Debrita Diaz, she now has 34 challenge certificates and has
Waveney Kosmonaut, owned by Gary and Marina Clark and his Australian breeder Jackie Johns. This was his final CC so hew now adds his UK title and is a all-breed best in show winner in Australia. The non sporting group was won by the black Standard Poodle Ch Afterglow Maverick Sabre, owned by Jason lyn and John and Sandra Stone. His sire Ch/Am Ch Del Zarzoso Salvame from Afterglow is at present being shown in California by Amy Rutherford. The working group was a new face to top winning and was the Alaskan Malamute Chayo Blue Velvet, owned by Sue Ellis and handled here by Lisa Bridges, she was winning her second cc on the day. And so to the top award, best in show, and to carry on the theme of overseas winners, it was the US imported Irish Terrier Ch/Am Ch Kells Touch of Fleet St who went all the way. He was bred in the States by Kelly Wamsler and owned here by Tony and Jean Barker and John Averis. Sired by a dog that l handled for a while in the UK, Am Ch Redoaks Rapid Fire by Fleet St out of Mac Rua’s Fire Flower who was imported from Sweden Continued on page 127
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Disparage – Regulate – Prohibit – Monopolize Animal Mobsters Collaborate to Eradicate Purebreds and Take Over the Pet Marketplace Thirty years ago, animal welfare groups joined forces to wipe out ‘pet overpopulation’ and the resulting shelter deaths caused by indiscriminate breeding. At the time, puppies flooded shelters and animal control agencies, adoption programs were almost nonexistent, and massive sterilization campaigns were a thing of the future.
Emotional appeals used by retail shelters and rescues serve a dual purpose: making cash registers ring and disparaging legitimate, caring breeders of purebred dogs and the organizations that support them.
By Patti Strand
oday, all that has changed. The vast majority of pet owners and virtually all shelters and rescues neuter their dogs and dog population is under control in most areas of the US. However, despite regional differences showing massive improvement in actual shelter numbers, the entire country remains convinced that a huge pet overpopulation problem exists, and that helpful hands, sympathetic supporters and Herculean efforts are joining forces to “eliminate the problem and to save lives.” But appearances are deceiving. In many parts of the country, imposters who care less about dogs than about their own political agenda have hijacked the volunteer-based, grassroots rescue movement. In their hands, the movement has become a full-time propaganda machine aimed at eliminating competition and controlling the pet marketplace. It disparages purebred dogs and all breeders, promotes laws that restrict consumer pet choice, micro-manages pet ownership, injures historic dog breeds, and endorses shelters as the prime source for a pet. Digging for the truth Save dogs. What could possibly be wrong with such a noble pursuit? People and organizations have been striving to achieve that goal since the 1800’s. But the world has become a more complex place since then. In our brave new world of hi tech 24/7 communication and mass marketing, things aren’t always what they appear to be. To see what’s actually happening when a story doesn’t ring true, seasoned news reporters look past the words and focus on actions and outcomes. What are the players actually doing and why, and what is the result of their activities? When this technique is applied to the subject of pet overpopulation (and a host of other animal welfare
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by Andrew Brace
An Audience with Frank Sabella
few short years ago, when DOG WORLD TV was in its infancy, I had the pleasure of interviewing Pat Craig Trotter after she had judged the National Norwegian Elkhound Specialty here in the UK, the interview being filmed for subsequent online availability. That proved to be the forerunner of many televised “audiences” with famous names in the purebred dog world, the latest of which took place in July. Ever since DOG WORLD TV was born, the one person I have most wanted to get in front of the cameras was Frank Sabella but getting him to agree had proved impossible. So when it transpired that we were both judging in Portugal the opportunity presented itself and I suggested that Frank should come to the UK for a week after the Lisbon assignment and we would film an audience. After some discussion a deal was struck – if I personally took him to visit the Yakee Pekingese at home then he would agree. That was no hardship and so La Sabella set foot on British soil for the first time in a few years. The audience was publicised well in advance and soon sold out, with close to 200 tickets sold to enthusiasts who were travelling from as far away as Sweden. And so, on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Henley in Arden’s Golf Club, the life of the legend began to unfold. Having introduced my subject, Frank set the tone for the day by im54 Dog News
mediately asking “Is it OK to use the ‘F’ word as I’m likely to get carried away”! I assured him it was. Obviously we began at the beginning with Frank’s dogless childhood that took place in a cold water flat in New York where the bathroom was in the hallway. He was born in 1929 in the depression to a father who worked for the WPA and a mother who, like all her sisters, was a cigar maker. Having secured his first job as a dancer on television Frank became acquainted with a ballet dancer who arranged an interview with Ballanchine; this may have been a rather brief audition but it resulted in him getting a scholarship to the New York City Ballet. As he talks of his parents’ reaction to his yearning to become a dancer Frank’s was a real Billy Elliott story, having to hide his ballet clothes under the couch and pretend to go off to work at a job he had already quit. Frank struggled as a ballet dancer in New York earning $85 a week when he suggested that he and his partner should approach a beautiful blonde girl with whom they were dancing and set up their own act. After working in several leading night clubs the trio had the opportunity to perform in the Lido in Paris when Frank’s mother was diagnosed with inoperable
cancer. He then questioned the wisdom of leaving for France but his mother’s doctor suggested that he had no option as his mother had no medical insurance to cover what was going to be expensive treatment. The time in Paris was successful but not without its amusing moments. Frank’s regaling his audience with the story of suffering “Montezuma’s Revenge” on opening night was not for the faint hearted. Practising at the bar with Margot Fonteyn was the basis of a tale that left those present spellbound. After the run in Paris Frank had decided that dancing was not going to be his longterm career and so he returned to the USA where he bought his first Standard Poodle of Puttencove breeding for the princely sum of $125. He showed her at PCA, winning a third place in a class of three. Here he met Anne Rogers Clark who impressed him immediately and that day he made an appointment to visit her the next week. She agreed that the bitch was finishable, Mrs. Clark subsequently advised as to a stud dog and this was the start of a relationship that over the years had its ups and downs. When Tom Stevenson was about to marry his wife Ann he suggested that Frank should take over his grooming business in California. He did however point out that
if all he ever did was trim pet Poodles he would go crazy and so Tom suggested that Frank should also apply for a handler’s licence. This of course he did – with spectacular results – and repeatedly through the audience Frank refers to the fact that it was Tom who had such a profound influence on his career. One of Tom’s clients was Colonel E. E. Ferguson who ran three of the biggest dog shows in California and who had owned many Best in Show dogs when Frank took over the business. Ernie Ferguson became a great benefactor to Frank and, having told Frank that if he ever saw a dog he really liked he should buy it for him, the brown Miniature Poodle Cappoquin Bon Jongleur became the first and he won around 20 Bests in Show. Frank is very forthright in his view on the present style of campaigning for Top Dog and is clearly not in favour of the long distance travel that many dogs undertake in the US in pursuit of points. He reminisced about his many trips to judge Poodle Specialties in the UK and spoke at length about his awarding a Challenge Certificate to the black Miniature male, Frederick of Rencroft, a dog that he was determined to buy. It took $10,000 in the 1960’s to get him but Frank claims that Frederick was responsible for changing the way Poodles were trimmed in the USA. Even now Frank’s enthusiasm for the dog is evident and he got quite emotional when he recalled the day that Percy Roberts awarded him Best in San Francisco. There were many other Miniatures that Frank bought in the UK, but the true love of his life was clearly the beautiful black bitch, Ch Tranchant Annabelle. It was Frederick’s owner, Joe Glaser, who bought Frank the horse Satan’s Sister as a gift for $25,000. Frank was famously photographed astride this magnificent mare but sadly she was not particularly maternally inclined, rearing Frank as a young man in 1978
her two foals and then killing them. She then went to meet her maker. On his Miniature handling days Frank still gets obvious delight in telling the story of how he brought Ch Tedwins Top Billing back to Westminster at ten years of age to beat Mrs. Clark! The level of presentation in Poodles was discussed in great detail and Frank was exactly that when he confided in what he considers correct in show grooming in the Poodle. He thrilled the crowd when he pointed out that on this trip he had met one of the greatest Standards he had ever seen – our trip to Yakee had also taken in the Afterglow establishment en route. On the subject of his campaigning the white Standard, Command Performance, who won BIS at Westminster it was refreshing to hear Frank admit that he was the most difficult dog he had ever shown as he claimed his legs weren’t long enough to get the best out of the dog. Given that we had a time machine at our disposal he would love to have seen young Jason Lynn show Bart. Frank brought up the subject of sportsmanship, or lack of, and also spoke passionately about the Grand Champion title. Clearly he is not a fan. Frank is evidently of the opinion that only true excellence should be rewarded. It became apparent that Frank has through his life had great mentors of whom he is truly appreciative, none more so than Mrs. Godsol. It was she who prepared him for his first judging assignment in Australia where he achieved rave reviews. Of course Frank was instrumental in developing the styling of the Bichon Frisé at the invitation of Rick Beauchamp and Barbara Stubbs and this was obviously mentioned. Frank Sabella has clearly developed his judging ethos based on his experiences as a handler and he obviously suffered under some judges who, assuming he was coming in with
a special, would not put him up with class dogs. When judging Frank cares not one jot about giving every major award to the same handler ... if they have the best dogs. There was much hilarity when Frank admitted why he finally decided to quit handling and the subsequent visit to his “shrink”! He was generous in sharing his thoughts on what makes a really great handler and many of those present went away having learnt lots about the attributes a handler should possess. Frank’s transition from handler to judge was discussed and he made much of the power that the AKC’s Len Brumby wielded at the time and the fact that he gave Frank such excellent advice as to his judging career. Going back in time Frank has fond recollections of many of the great American judges of the past, notably Mr. Kendrick who was clearly something of a visionary. Frank does however point out that he feels that the likes of him could never survive under the present AKC regime. Talking of his judging activities, Frank remains firm in his resolve to help exhibitors as much as he possibly can when they show to him, even if it means falling foul of the AKC. “People helped me when I was a handler, and this is part of my responsibility and part of my job,” he says with feeling. Open book tests do not get off lightly either and Frank is fiercely protective of the better, long established overseas judges. Towards the end of the two-hour long session those present were given the chance to ask Frank questions and amongst the topics covered were Champion classes, grading systems, critiques and the legendary Malibu beach white vest photograph! With Mr. Sabella there is no holding back and all who were present for the day he spent in Henley in Arden certainly appreciated his candour, humour, knowledge and honesty. The whole session was recorded and a DVD will be available in the very near future. Copies can be ordered from the Dog World shop (books and DVDs) via www.dogworld.co.uk.
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Dog Hair Analysis May Expedite The Diagnosis of Cushing’s Disease in the Future By Sharon Pflaumer
Photos by Claudia Ouschan/Vetmeduni Vienna
This older, black Labrador Retriever diagnosed with hyperadrenocorticism was one of the dogs in the study. Note the dog’s pot-bellied appearance and symmetrical hair loss. Both are symptoms of the disease.
Cushing’s disease is one of the most common endocrine disorders that veterinarians see in dogs. It is named for Dr. Harvey Cushing, who first took note of its particular symptoms in 1912.
nyone who has owned a dog suffering from hyperadrenocorticism, the disorder’s scientific name, knows the process for diagnosing it is complicated. That’s because there is fluctuation in the excess amount of glucocorticoid hormones characteristic of the disease. That means the results of a blood test to measure them only reflects the amount at the time the sample was drawn. (Glucocorticoids are a Class of steroid
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hormones that block inflammation and help the body respond to stress, i.e., cortisol is a glucocorticoid.) As a result, special blood tests are necessary to confirm a diagnosis of hyperadrenocorticism. A dog suspected of having it may need to spend the entire day at a veterinarian’s office in order to complete them. Thanks to the researchers at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna,
The study demonstrated that the cortisol level in dog hair may be used to diagnose hyperadrenocorticism.
the process for diagnosing the disorder may be expedited. While studying hyperadrenocorticism recently, they found that glucocorticoids accumulate in the dog’s hair and analysis of the coat may provide a quick and reliable diagnosis of the disease. In the following interview, Dr. Erich Möstl discusses hyperadrenocorticism and the research that led to this diagnostic discovery. He is an Associate Professor at Continued on page 114
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Great Dog Men & Women of the Past and Present:
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n the latest (September) edition of the American Kennel Club’s newsletter AKC Communicates there is a section titled “Ways To Increase The Chance of TV Coverage for Your Dog Show or Event.” Amongst the tips provided for clubs to gain coverage of their shows are to offer to send a spokesperson to the local television studio to conduct an interview and to offer to bring a rare breed (or several) that will be on hand at the dog show along with them in the hopes of drumming up interest and attendance at the show. It also advises club members to address pending canine legislation issues in the community and to offer advice to prospective dog owners on buying the right dog to fit their lifestyle. The AKC also encourages clubs to demonstrate, if possible, other special events that may be held in conjunction with the dog show – agility, obedience, etc. These are all salient suggestions that would serve clubs and their local communities well in addition to adding some quality entertainment and informational value to local newscasts. If only the AKC were as proactive in following its own advice. There is a section on the AKC’s website titled “Televised AKC Events.” Unfortunately, there are only two listings under that heading, for telecasts that took place eight months ago: the taped version of the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship on Feb. 2nd, and the live airing of the Westminster Kennel Club, on Feb 11-12, 2013. There is no mention of the upcoming broadcast of the Kennel Club of Philadelphia, which will once again be aired on NBC on Thanksgiving Day on Nov. 28th. The decision to shun television coverage of the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in lieu of streaming for the 2013 AENC was not a popular one, if a sampling of answers to the Dog News Question of the Week on September 13th is any indication. The majority of respondents felt that the AKC blew a chance to increase its audience and bolster its image as well as that of the purebred dog and that more television coverage of dog shows is preferred, not less. It’s been reported that the decision to forego television coverage was made by Eukanuba and not the AKC, but it seems to be in keeping with the registry’s recent efforts to largely abandon traditional media outlets like print and television in favor of bolstering its social media presence instead. One would have to infer that this is an economic decision as much as anything else, as print and television advertising is costly compared to social media (though no expense is being spared with the live streaming of the show, which will entail having crews working dozens of cameras delivering more than 300 hours of video for all 190
show televised in HDTV accompanied by knowledgeable commentary about the virtues of purebred dogs? Perhaps, considering the portability factor of those devices, but unless one is aware of the free streaming coverage how does one find it? Those uninitiated in the world of purebred dog shows are more likely to stumble upon the event while channel surfing than they are to discover the online streaming of the AENC, especially now that mainstream media advertising of such events is virtually non-existent. Granted, last year’s live streaming of the AENC garnered more than 1.3 million views, which was more than the TV audience for the broadcast, but this had more to do with the fact that fans want to watch events unfold in real time. The taped highlights of the AENC event were broadcast in the middle of the afternoon on a weekend in February, nearly two months after the event. If the logistics of airing a live television broadcast are deemed too difficult or expensive, perhaps an alternative would be to find a better timeslot to televise the show. One need only look at the Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s taped broadcast, which has found a home on NBC’s Thanksgiving Day schedule, becoming a television staple in just a few short years after the Macy’s parade and before the NFL’s traditional football broadcasts. Even though the KC of Philadelphia is a taped broadcast and not aired live, it still pulled in over 20 million viewers last year. Jason Taylor, the Communications Director for P&G Pet Care, estimates that the AENC live streaming is expected to reach two million viewers this year. Michael Canalizo, the AKC/ Eukanuba National Championship Event Manager, stated in a press release, “There is no limit to how many people can watch an event streaming live, this is how people digest media today and it is exciting for us to be on the cutting edge.” There is no limit to how many people can watch a live or taped event on television, either. The audiences for the taped broadcast of the KC of Philadelphia and the live Westminster broadcasts would indicate that by living on the cutting edge and relying solely on live streaming Eukanuba and the AKC are cutting off millions of potential viewers and purebred dog owners. It seems awfully early in the social media revolution to sever ties completely with a large, dedicated television audience, some of whom are too young or too old and set in their ways to master modern technology but not to enjoy purebred dogs. The conflicting message that the AKC seems to be sending is that by all means small, local shows should attempt to increase their gate and drum up support and enlighten the general public about purebred dogs by seeking out television coverage but the largest spectacles of dog shows that reach national and international audiences and even offer five figure cash prizes should just preach to the choir by only being available to constituents via live streaming. Dog shows can be ‘must-see tv.’ (Indeed, NBC and the USA Network would argue that they are.) In order to reach the largest potential audience and to truly educate the public on purebred dogs and responsible dog breeding, social media shouldn’t be the exclusive outlet; it should be used in tandem with television coverage to augment the promotion of dog shows. Just look at the buzz created for the television series ‘Breaking Bad’, which started as a little watched cable drama on AMC six years ago with less than a million viewers per episode and had the Internet alight for days leading up to and following its conclusion last Sunday, which drew 10.3 million viewers. The power of social media cannot be underestimated but neither can the power of television. Both working it concert bring the best results.
LEASH TV or not TV?
ByShaun Coen breeds and varieties as well as all Group and Best In Show judging). Diverting advertising efforts to social media has had some desired effects, as it has resulted in nearly 800,000 (789,000 at press time) people “liking” the AKC on Facebook but it’s difficult to determine whether those “likes” will lead to registrations or attendance at AKC events. There is a herd mentality to “liking” people, places and things on Facebook but that doesn’t always translate to sales or creating true converts. People ‘like’ books, artists and organizations because their friends do or because it’s trendy and they want to appear to be in the loop, but clicking a mouse and actually purchasing a product or buying into an organization’s philosophy remain separate entities. The same argument can be made for television numbers, but the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on the USA Network drew 3.719 million viewers, tops in its time slot, with 1.043 million adults in the 18-49 age range tuning in. That means that nearly 2.7 million viewers were either under the age of 18 or aged 50 and above, two demographics that the AKC is trying to lure into the world of purebred dogs: young people and empty nesters. As AKC Chairman Alan Kalter wrote in his September Report, “We will focus our efforts on two key audiences – families with kids 8-12 and empty nesters. These groups represent the critical inflection points for dog ownership and hold our best opportunities to correctly educate the public about purebred dogs and responsible dog breeding.” A good place to reach those audiences would be through television. There’s no denying that plenty of youngsters and folks of a more advanced age are logging onto social media, but an awful lot of them are still watching television. Can a handheld device or computer screen compete with a live dog
“Can a handheld deviceor computer
screen compete with a live dog show televised in HDTV accompanied by knowledgeable commentary about the virtues of purebred dogs?”
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TheBreeds From four-legged heroes to the latest in feline and canine fashion, tens of thousands of pet lovers came out to interact with cuddly cuties this past weekend at the fifth annual AKC Meet the Breeds® event at New York City’s Jacob Javits Center.
By Jessica Rice D’Amato photos by Barbara Miller Hosted by the American Kennel Club (AKC®) and The International Cat Association (TICA) and sponsored by PetPartners, Inc., AKC’s pet healthcare provider, AKC Meet the Breeds offered attendees the unique chance to meet and play with more than 200 different dog and cat breeds, all while learning about responsible pet ownership and what breed is right for their lifestyle. “AKC is grateful to our Parent Clubs for their participation,” said AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo. “Without their expertise and amazing dogs, this event would not be possible. The public got the chance to see hundreds of different breeds and speak to experts they might never have connected with if not for attending. The AKC is proud to be able to give the public such a unique opportunity to educate themselves on responsible pet ownership.” In addition to more than 200 different dog and cat breeds, spectators enjoyed a variety of exciting demonstrations, including Agility, the U.S. Customs & Border Protection team, the presentation of the AKC Humane Fund’s ACE Empire State Award which went to Spinone Italiano “Denali” for his therapy work in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the popular Kitty CATure Fashion Show, and for the first time ever, Canine Carting. This year’s Best Booth Awards were sponsored by ShowSight Magazine with the Samoyed Club of America’s booth winning for both the Working Group and Best Booth in Show for their volunteers’ informative and elaborate depiction of the breed’s history. The German Shorthaired Pointer booth took best in the Sporting Group, the Rhodesian Ridgeback best in the Hound Group, the Norfolk Terrier best in the Terrier Group, the Chihuahua best in the Toy Group, the American Eskimo Dog best in the Non-Sporting Group, the German Shepherd Dog best in the Herding Group, and the Cirneco Dell’Etna best in the Miscellaneous Class/FSS breeds. Attendees were also treated to vendor booths that allowed them to bring home something special for their four-legged family members.
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s I write this article the weather forecasts for the four days of shows in Pennsylvania, topped off by the wonderful Montgomery all-terrier show, remain good. As some of you read this let’s hope the forecasts prove true! There is a definite pall of sadness surrounding these events this year due to the illness of long time participant and officer of the Club Walter F. Goodman. His partner and long time companion Bob Flanders reports that Walter is gravely ill and all of us who know and respect him so very much wish him only the best. Walter was 91 last August. The Westbury Kennel Club was held last Sunday and of course the showgrounds themselves always seemed to remain close to Walter’s home on Centre Island outside of Oyster Bay even though it changed locations many times through the years. Known for years as “the show of distinction” it lost a lot of its glamor and star appeal primarily due to the radical changes in membership and the different goals of those people who replaced the real old timers such as Mr. Feldman, a former Chairman
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IRVING’s impressions Continued FROM page 18
with snayres and nettes ladye over holes to the same purpose.” This is undoubtedly a very detailed description of what, three centuries later, became the traditional use of many of the recognised terrier breeds. In ‘translation’ what that means then is that the fundamental function of the ‘terrier’ was originally to go to ground (earth) after foxes and badgers and then either to bolt them (flush them out) or to draw them (drag them out) or to give voice so that hunters knew where the fox or badger was and were able to dig down to them. Then come the questions: “Why is it then that even within the traditional terrier breeds originally bred for that purpose, there are so many differences of shape and appearance? Why is the Border Terrier one shape - and the Lakeland another and why are both of those different from the Dandie, the Skye, the Cairn or the Westie? Terrain There are two main reasons for those differences and these are linked firstly to the terrain over which the dogs were hunted and secondly to the particular method of hunting that they were bred to support. In every case the dogs had to be able to reach all those locations in that geographic region, where a fox or badger could go. For example in the border country between England and Scotland the Border Terrier was used mainly by three foxhound packs to follow foxes to ground and then bolt them so that the hounds could once again give chase. So they had to be able to go to ground in earths that foxes used as their lairs. They therefore hadn’t to be too big or too thick because foxes in the border country were fairly small. Border Terriers had to be able to get into any space that a border country fox was able to reach. In the Lake District on the other hand foxes made their lairs not just underground but in other places and Lakeland Terriers needed to be different because the fells of the Lake District are often different to the more bleak fells of the Border counties such as Northumberland and Roxburghshire. The Scottish terrier breeds again were different in shape because of the different places that foxes and badgers used as home. And among breeds such as Dandie Dinmonts which would have been used against badgers more often than Fox Terriers or Borders were, digging ability and size and strength were of great importance. Hence Dandies have very different feet and a different shape and size to those of a Fox Terrier or Border Terrier. Cairn Terriers as their name suggests were bred to bolt quarry from other more stoney ground such as the cairns (or heaps of stones) found on Scottish crofts and farms. 72 Dog News
Hunting Methods It is probably hunting methods however which have had the greatest influence over the size and length of leg of many terrier breeds. Those such as the Fox Terrier or the Border Terrier worked mainly with Foxhound Packs. Their job was to keep up with the hunting field (the horses and riders) and be ready to go to ground if the fox did so. Therefore they had to be rather more ‘leggy’ to (as the Border Terrier breed standard demands) be able to follow a horse throughout the hunting day. They therefore had to have stamina and some length of leg. Those breeds which on the other hand hunted with packs followed by people on foot rather than on horseback, or who hunted without hounds and only with terrier men or farmers and crofters, were not required to follow a horse at all and were therefore able to be rather shorter in leg. Examples of these are the Cairn Terrier, the Scottish Terrier or the West Highland White Terrier which were bred to work with crofters or small farmers to rid their modest properties of vermin such as foxes or weasels. They did not need to be very much on the leg, and were either used on their own premises or were taken on horseback to where the vermin needed exterminating. Some Never Used Against Large Vermin Then of course there are the terriers such as Norfolks, Norwich and Australians which were never intended actually to go to ground after large vermin such as the fox but were used instead for smaller vermin such as rats and mice and I believe in the case of Australians even snakes. The Manchester is another terrier but as its name suggests it was used more in an urban environment than the others listed above. But it too was given the name ‘terrier’ despite never really being an earth dog in the true sense of the word. It was primarily used as a ratting dog first of all in Manchester but then in other cities in Victorian England. The Larger So-Called Terriers Then we come to the somewhat larger breeds in the Terrier Group where the traditional function of ‘going to ground’ simply cannot ever have applied. The Airedale at some 22-24 inches could never have been sent into any small place where a fox could go but they were rather used above ground and mostly in water for dealing with otters etc. They are described by Rawdon Lee in his ‘Modern Dogs’ written in 1894 as a “comparatively modern institution” and “a breed produced by judicious crossing with hounds and terriers – otterhounds most likely”. He says that various dogs of this kind: “had always been kept in Yorkshire, there they were used for hunting the sweet mart and the foul mart, once a most favourite pastime with north country sportsmen and crossed with some ordinary dark-
coloured, wire haired terriers could very easily bring about such a dog as the Airedale is now.” The Irish terriers – the Irish itself, the Kerry Blue and the Soft Coated Wheaten all likewise fall into the category of being far too big to have ever gone effectively to ground. But they did of course have the common aim of despatching vermin of one kind or another as is the duty of every single terrier listed above. The Irish itself is thought to have been used as a terrier to guard the outside of the small Irish farmsteads at night and stop rats and other vermin disturbing and stealing food from the farm. In the showring – even in Ireland – these various breeds were not given separate classification until well into the latter half of the nineteenth century by which time Fox Terriers were well on their way with an established breed standard and a very prosperous Fox Terrier Club and dedicated breed following. The Bull Terrier Type And then we come to the Bull Terrier types which again have had little or no link to the ‘terra’ word included in the formal derivation of the word ‘terrier’. They too never went to ground as did many of what I would be so bold as to call “the true terriers”! They originated as crosses of terriers and the bulldog with, for some of the larger versions, a bit of mastiff thrown in. Some had been bred originally for bull-baiting or fighting and then also for killing rats but they never ‘went to ground’ after vermin and so their classification as terriers comes more from their ancestry than from the jobs of work that they ever did. The Staffordshire Bull Terriers likewise followed a similar pattern of development. Some were used to deal with rats as vermin and others to deal with them ‘pitted’ against them as a matter of sport. What Is A Real Terrier? So, with apologies to the terrier breeds that I have not mentioned here, we see that even the apparently ‘simple’ classification of all of the breeds in the Terrier Group is not perhaps so straightforward as it might seem. It may appear to have relatively uncomplicated and less diverse origins than some of the other officially recognised groups such as the Non-sporting Group but that is not really the case. Should the Miniature Schnauzer with its origins as a herding dog although subsequently downsized to be a good ratter, really have a place in the Terrier Group I wonder, or should it more correctly be placed somewhere else? And indeed you could well, if you were trying to cause trouble, ask the question: “Does not the Dachshund with its origins as an earth dog originally built to go to ground after vermin, merit a position in the ‘Terrier‘ Group? Would it not be more deserving of the title ‘terrier’ than some of the breeds that have traditionally been placed there by people who think of themselves as true ‘terrier people?” And then, dare I ask: “What about the Portuguese Podengo?!!!”
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How a Club may support Take The Lead:
lubs have been the keystones in enabling Take The Lead to provide education to members of the fancy, provide opportunities to support annual membership as well as opportunities for fund raising events in conjunction with their shows. There are a myriad of ways in which a club may support Take The Lead. A Club may offer space to set up a membership and educational booth at their event. This may be expanded to be an opportunity to do different forms of fundraising activities. A popular fundraiser is “Chuck A Duck”. We have invested in flocks of ducks that we can provide to a club with the appropriate directions for rental. The size of the flock is 100 and the ducks are rented for $5 to attendees at the show. At an appointed time, usually before Groups start or BIS a children’s wading pool is placed in the center of the ring and all duck renters are assembled to Chuck their rented ducks. The duck landing closest to the center of the pond is the lucky winner of half of the rental pot. The ducks are numbered and each renter receives a card with their duck’s number allowing us to verify the winning duck tosser. Winners of the duck toss have been very generous, donating some or all of the winnings back to Take The Lead. Raffles throughout the day at the Take The Lead Booth have become another means in which clubs and individuals can support the fundraising efforts. Clubs and members may coordinate theme baskets or items to donate to the raffle as well as solicit raffle items from the vendors attending their shows. The creativity of the items donated to the raffles is amazing, ranging from the ever popular “ It is five o’clock somewhere” Cocktail themed baskets, to Margarita makers, “Coffee Makers”, Holiday themed baskets, regional baskets, and the ever popular wine assortments top the popularity list. A recent addition to the donations from area Reproductive Specialists has been an assortment of services including progesterone testing, semen collection and storage for a year, ever popular and incents client to purchase lots of tickets. We have been fortunate to have continuous support from so many individuals and companies. Our appreciation to all who support our events and raffles with their wonderful, creative donations In the Northeast we are forever grateful for the artistic talent of Joan Scott who assists in putting together theme baskets and decorating the tables at multiple booths and events throughout the year. What if your club wishes to hold an event to support Take The Lead? The inaugural event was a cocktail party held the Thursday night prior the Tuxedo Park Kennel Club show in September of 1993. This was followed by what has become the annual Holiday Party held in conjunction with Eastern Dog Club in early December.
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If a Club or Cluster wishes to be involved with coordinating an event in conjunction with their shows things to consider: space and location of the party, theme, and most importantly how the party will be underwritten to allow it to be a successful fundraiser. One of the first fundraising parties which continue to be an annual Holiday party is held in conjunction with Eastern Dog Club. The donation of baskets and raffle items grows each year. The theme and decorating for the party is coordinated by Joan Scott with her band of merry elves, Whitney Perry and Sue King, who transform the host locations to Holiday Celebrations! Everyone in New England looks forward to our annual holiday gathering. The Take the Lead Board is fortunate to have as a member Michael Faulkner. His professional career includes fundraising and he has coordinated unique and fun parties, the most recent was at the Middle Peninsula Kennel Club of Virginia show this past January. The show is held at the Richmond Raceway Complex, in Richmond,VA. Attendees participated in changing tires in a simulated pit stop to racing miniature cars on a track. Probably his greatest talent has been his skill as an auctioneer, including tripling the earnings for the evening when auctioning off a gourmet dinner prepared in your own home; complete with wine. Bidding was consistent between three attendees at the dinner, at the point when a generous donation was being offered; it was asked if all bidders would be willing to be winners at that point? As a result, Michael provided three gourmet dinners and raised a substantial donation for Take The Lead in one evening. The Tar Heel Cluster in March has become an annual celebration for Take The Lead, with an extensive raffle table and on alternating years a party right on the Fair Grounds allowing easy access for everyone attending the shows. Live music and dancing the night away has become the theme! The Harvest Moon cluster consisting of Del Valle Dog Club of Livermore and Skyline Kennel Club have hosted parties over the years including an auction of artwork created by members of the fancy and most recently a comedy night. These are only a few examples of what has been done, the ideas for fun are endless, and it just takes some creativity and desire to create an evening of fun to benefit those in our sport who may need assistance. Take The Lead appreciates the support that All Breed and Specialty Clubs have provided over the years which have provided camaraderie, good times and support to this worthwhile cause. If your club has the interest to host a booth or coordinate an event please contact the office : Take The Lead PO Box 6353 Watertown, NY 13601 800-814-1123 FAX: 315-786-1874
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Dogs On Tavern Weather vanes and duck decoys epitomize folk art in America but in the UK it is tavern and inn signs, a familiar sight hanging outside hostelries in towns and villages up and down the country. By Nick Waters
ery early signs were flat against the sides of the buildings and were carved in relief, usually in stone or terracotta. Very occasionally a few of these signs were painted. Gradually it became the practice to have a sign hanging from the building, as distinct from flush against it, or even on poles a short distance away. In a very few cases a sign would completely span a street forming an archway. Such spanned signs leant themselves well to be named after sporting pursuits. Thus one would see a fox, hounds and huntsmen or stag hunting scenes spread across the top of archways. Early inn signs were adapted to
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attract the attention of different categories of wayfarer, crosses to attract Christian travellers and the sun or the moon to attract pagans for example. Coats of Arms, crests and badges made regular appearances as many inns were on land owned by the Church, the Crown or landed families. ‘The Talbot’ became very popular as this large white hound was on the arms of Earls of Shrewsbury (the premier Earls of England). Much of the art of the early inn sign painter ran a parallel course to that of the jobbing naïve painter. The history of the dog being the inspiration for inn names goes back a very long way to the reign of King James I. On the tav-
erns between Whitehall and the City in London there were two ‘Graihounds’ and one ‘Talbot’ and in the reign of Charles I the taverns listed in London included six ‘Dogs’ and five ‘Greyhounds’. In 1864, in London alone, at least 29 inn and tavern signs were named after dogs, including five ‘Black Dogs’ (steeped in old country folklore when black dogs were the terror of rustics), nine ‘Greyhounds’, three ‘Spotted Dogs’ (often associated with old coaching inns as the Dalmatian was a favourite carriage dog), three ‘Staghounds’ and nine ‘Talbots’ (sometimes also shown erroneously as a spotted dog). ‘The Greyhound’ became very popu-
& Inn Signs lar in both rural areas where coursing was popular and urban areas where Greyhound racing had a strong following. Many signs reflected sports, such as ‘Hare and Hounds’, ‘Dog and Pheasant’, ‘Fox and Hounds’, ‘The Bull’ and the ‘Dog and Bull’ both hinting at bull baiting. One infamous ‘Dog and Duck’ once stood in St. Georges Fields, London when, before being closed down by magistrates, it was frequented by thieves and prostitutes. Of the many variations of shooting with dogs there was at one time said to be over seventy ‘Dog and Pheasant’ inns in the county of Lancashire alone. Some inn names commemorate
sporting events, the best known with a dog on is the ‘Blue Cap’ beside the main Chester to Manchester road. It recalls a famous match which took place in 1763 between Hugo Meynell’s best hound, whom he hunted with the Quorn Foxhounds and Blue Cap, a hound of Smith Barry’s, Master of The Cheshire hunt. The two hounds followed a trail of aniseed over a specified distance and Blue Cap won. Such trails were the forerunners of today’s drag hunting. The dog also appears at times on humorous signs, such as ‘The Dog and Pot’, ‘Devils Lapdog’, ‘Dog and Bacon’ and ‘Dog and Hedgehog’, the latter
perhaps taken from the well-known engraving entitled ‘A Rough Customer’. The many aspects of the dog are not neglected in these signs, and we come across such signs as ‘Lame Dog’, ‘Mad Dog’, ‘Barking Dog’ and even ‘The Dog in the Lane’. Today, the chosen theme of the inn sign is often repeated further in the interior decoration. The many ‘Fox and Hounds’ and ‘Dog and Ducks’, for instance, will display hunting and shooting pictures on the walls, and the inn sign will often feature on menus and place mats.
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wants to sponsor a show with small entries and no gate. As beautiful a site as Lyndhurst is, people showing dogs did not enjoy showing there any longer. The average show goer wants convenience and the North Branch Park New Jersey site offers much more convenience. It is a tremendous effort in moving a motor home for just one day of showing and also expensive. Due to uncontrollable circumstances, International Kennel Club has suffered in entries the last couple of years. The Wisconsin KC in Milwaukee could no longer afford the venue. Westminster has been thrown some huge venue problems that luckily they have been able to overcome. Westminster in 2015 has to move one week later, which will be the same weekend as the large shows in Denver. I imagine Denver will have to change their dates rather than be up against the Garden, since their entry could suffer greatly. Other local shows will probably also have to change their dates and might not have their venues available for the changes needed. The Long Beach weekend in December was one of the major weekends of the show season. They enjoyed very large entries, but once Eukanuba moved to Orlando on the same weekend, Long Beach could no longer survive. It takes “X” amount of entries to pay for the rent of that large venue. Financially the wonderful weekend of shows could no longer exist. The great Eastern Kennel Club, which at one time was one of the five leading shows in America, has suffered greatly. With entries and gate dropping and losing the huge Pedigree sponsorship, they could no longer stay in Boston. The show moved to Providence, RI but here it also could not survive financially and could not hold a show this past year. For 2014 Eastern will hold shows in Springfield, MA, along with a Vermont club. The many clubs that held shows in Fitchburg, MA has lost that venue and will be also moving to Springfield. I imagine that the fairgrounds in Springfield will now be hosting roughly 50 plus shows a year. God forbid if this facility became unavailable what it would do to the dog show world in the Northeast. I just received a judging schedule for the Onondaga KC holding a show this coming Thursday. This is the first show 80 Dog News
of the Wine Country cluster and they have an entry of 1524 on Thursday. This huge cluster is held in the beautiful Sampson State Park of Romulus, NY. This is a very beautiful setting for shows. This will be the last year for the cluster to be held there. Next year they are moving to be indoors at the Syracuse Fairgrounds. Being the end of September the weather can be very tricky and they have been under water at times due to tremendous damage the grounds have sometimes suffered and it has cost the clubs large amounts of money. I have been told it was as high as $20,000 and like other clubs indoor facilities guarantee these expenses
“With so very few shows today being able to collect a large spectator gate most clubs depend strictly on entry fees for total income. Because of the economy many shows do not have as many vendors as they used to get.” don’t occur. Many shows have lost the ability of using beautiful Polo fields due to damage caused from bad weather. The shows that were held in the downtown San Antonio Convention Center can no longer afford that inner city venue. Luckily the fairgrounds outside of the city offer a more convenient venue for the shows and at more affordable costs. On Saturday, September 21st, there were twelve all-breed shows held for a total of 9,157 dogs being shown throughout the country or an average of 763 dogs per show. On September 14th there were sixteen shows held with 13,393 total dogs or the average show being 837 dogs. Of these 28 shows only 6 had entries of 1,000 dogs or more. We have more and more shows to choose from, but fewer and fewer shows that offer majors in a large number of breeds. Today even specialty shows for Poodles and Cockers don’t always offer majors. To finish dogs today can be very expensive. At the very small shows it becomes a hardship for handlers when a large part of the string is absent due to no majors or even a single point. Maybe it is time we consider a club being allowed to hold two shows within the
day. This would help the clubs financially. The cost of the venue, judges, etc. would be the same for holding a four hundred dog show and having eight hundred dogs entered during the day. Four judges could judge 400 dogs easily before noon. After lunch these same judges could easily judge 400 more dogs by 5 PM. Using two rings groups could move along quickly and these shows could be over by 7 PM. For an exhibitor that enters two dogs to make sure there will be a single point, they could at least get four points during the two days instead of just two points. Other than the four extra entry fees the exhibitor would still have the same cost of gas, food and two night’s hotel. These added entry fees would be the minor cost of traveling to shows for a weekend. This concept has been the saving grace for many clubs in Canada. Most foreign countries that have small entries also do the same. I judged in China last weekend and there were two shows each day for Saturday and Sunday. This gave the exhibitors four chances for titles in a two-day period. Some South American countries even run three shows within a single day. Being that rating systems are the big incentive to the American exhibitor it would give more opportunity to rack up more points. With so very few shows today being able to collect a large spectator gate most clubs depend strictly on entry fees for total income. Because of the economy many shows do not have as many vendors as they used to get. The recent North Branch Cluster has dropped on the amount of vendors. This year the total entries for the weekend were up over 900 from last year. If the entry fee was $32 this meant roughly $29,000 added income for the four-day weekend. In 2009, the last year Westchester held a show at Lyndhurst, the entry was 1,050 and this year at North Branch it was 2,020. This probably accounted for about $32,000 in additional entry fees. The venue is so much less expensive and costs were shared for tenting, judges, etc. In 1978 Westchester had an entry of over 3,600 dogs. This was a huge income from entry fees combined with huge gate and an enormous sponsorship of Pedigree. They were able to hold a show without having to even consider finances. Judges dinners ran well over $100 per head, luxurious luncheons and sterling silver trophies were the norm. I do not know of any show in the country today that has been able to put on a show in the style they once did. Morris & Essex might be the only exception. Through a great deal of private sponsorship the club can put on a show close to the olden days of the reign of Mrs. Dodge. Westminster and Eukanuba have also Continued on page 90
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WKC’S HUNTING TEST
Look Out You Chukars, Westminster’s In Town! By Laura Bedford • Photos by Steve Surfman
Despite the threat of rain, handlers, dogs and Hunt Test Committee assembled on Sunday, Sept. 22, for the Sixth Annual Westminster Kennel Club Hunting Test, held on the spectacular grounds of the Tamarack Game Preserve in Amenia, NY. Thankfully, skies cleared, and the breeze picked up, making the conditions ideal for scenting the chukars that had been planted on both courses.
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his year, professional photographer Steve Surfman was in attendance, documenting the event. His photographs bear witness to the enthusiasm and skill of dogs of various breeds, competing in the test. Handlers, spectators and committee spent the day watching these dogs joyfully work the fields, pointing with intensity, and in the case of the Senior and Master stakes, retrieving birds to hand. The judges were duly impressed by the performances, and the entrants expressed gratitude for the kindness and helpfulness of the judges. In the Junior stake, out of 14 starters, there were 9 qualifiers, out of two Senior dogs, one qualified, and of the five Master dogs, two qualified. Adding to the stunning grounds and the bird sense of the dogs was the fact that these dogs are great examples of their breed. Four of these dogs had been shown at the Westminster Kennel Club bench show in the past and many have plans to attend in 2014. Grand Champions and National Specialty winners were among the entries, and many have parents who have been shown at “the Garden.” They come from lines that repeatedly produce high quality dogs in conformation, while successfully maintaining the ability to do the job they were bred to do. The world of dogs is in a good state when the dual qualities of these dogs are encouraged -- “form follows function.” As a special bonus, this year, artist Paul Chinelli made a generous offer as well. He donated a life-size graphite portrait of the owner’s dog to the winner of our “Drawing for a Drawing.” All who entered the test, and all who attended were entered into the drawing, at no cost, and the portrait was won by hard-working hunt test secretary Harvey Wooding. This year’s hunt test was clearly a success, thanks in no small part to the hard work by the Westminster Hunt Test committee, headed by Chairman Steve Bedford, who said, “It was gratifying to see dogs that are traditionally associated with the bench, performing so wonderfully in the field. I appreciate the hard work of the committee and all of our helpers. We hope to continue to provide a first-rate test.” “The hunt test grounds were great and the weather held up, cloudy at first, a little breezy but no rain,” said Judge Don Bristol. “Great company, beautiful and talented dogs, a fun time had by all.” Judge Richard Dwyer, who judged the Junior Hunters, had this to say: “This was the most organized and most efficient event I have ever judged, great job by the committee. The grounds were perfect for a Junior course – sufficient running area at the breakaway, nice channeled back course and a wide bird field to allow the young dogs to do their work without being crowded by a brace mate. It all made for a good day observing some wonderful dogs.”
RESULTS - QUALIFIERS: 21 Entries
Judges: Steve Kreuser, Canterbury, CT, and Don Bristol, Oakville, CT, Senior and Master Hunter; Bill Fralick, Deerfield, NH, and Richard Dwyer, Warner, NH, Junior Hunter
MASTER HUNTER: Banjo’s Teddy Redboy MH Vizsla, owned by Lance & Susan Morrow, handled by John Boyles Mondai’s Soar ‘N Precious Tawny Heart MH Vizsla, owned and handled by Deborah Field
SENIOR HUNTER: GCh. Seasyde Berries Jubilee JH Pointer, owned by Lisa Canfield, Helyne Madeiros & Michael Scott, handled by Jeff Reis
JUNIOR HUNTER: GCH Seasyde Wynot Can Only Imagine Pointer, owned by Katherine Shorter & Helyne Madeiros, handled by Kathy Shorter Wynot Valcopy Step Right Up Pointer, owned and handled by Kathy Shorter Rose Mountain’s Royal Rock n’ Roll German Shorthaired Pointer, owned by Barbara Von Blarcum & Raymond Scarth, handled by Barbara Von Blarcum Halcyon Xemplar Gordon Setter, owned by David and Mary Myers, handled by Laura Bedford GCH. Sweetbriars Unforgettable Fire English Setter, owned and handled by Jane Danek Shadybrook Coralwood String of Pearls Pointer, owned by Susan London & Sally Barton, handled by William Bradl Cady Falls Kaia’s Harmony Four Seasons German Shorthaired Pointer, owned and handled by Dawn Bradshaw GCH Shadybrook Coralwood Harlington of Madison Pointer, owned by Susan London and Sally Barton, handled by William Bradl Blackthorne Snap Crackle Pop Pointer, owned and handled by Debra Freidus, DVM. Dog News 85
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THE bedlington terrier
WOLF IN A LAMB SUIT
Mild, gentle and quiet around the house, the Bedlington Terrier’s lamb-like appearance masks a ferocious varmint hunter, according to those who participate in barn hunts and earthdog competitions with their dogs.
By M.J. Nelson
udy (Ch Chelsea’s Rootbeer Float RE MX MXS MXJ MJS XF ME AAD TN-N WV-N TG-N TDI CGC) is to rats like ugly on a mud fence–all over it,” said Sandy Martin. “He’s famous, or infamous, among many earthdog judges for his exuberance and utter enthusiasm for varmints. He’s wonderful with people and other dogs but show him a rat or even say the word ‘rat’ and it is game over. Many times I’ve been awarded the ‘Order of the Broken Bar’ after he chewed up a dowel or two in his eagerness to get at the rat. At one senior test, he broke through two or three dowels and had his head inside the area or box where the rat cage was. The judge had to stick his hand in to hold the cage back because Rudy had his head in there trying to grab the cage. Even now, when he is nearly 12, he still goes crazy for rats. I recently had him at a barn hunt along with one of my Bedlington bitches. A judge who knew him from earthdog warned the ring crew about how fast Rudy is and to watch out. It’s not an easy task to keep him still to take off his collar and leash when there is a rat anywhere in the area. He had no trouble getting his first qualifying score towards his novice barn hunt title.” JoAnn Burtness, who owns Nike (Ch Carillon Nothing Could Be Finer OA OAJ NJ NAJ RATN CGC) and Thor (Thor The Mighty of DeBleu OA OAJ NF NAJ NA RATN RATO CGC) added, “It is a true challenge in agility to keep them focused on training when there are scent trails left by rats and mice gleaning the agility rings. Of course this day in age, we do not allow the dogs to actually hurt the vermin so I can only speak to the thrill of the chase—even in Lure coursing when it is a plastic bag. But mine do not have ‘turn on/turn off’ buttons. They are always ready to chase anything that presents a challenge by moving quickly. The hunting instinct is a breed characteristic that permeates their being.” “We had a real problem at the master earthdog level,” said Melody Guiver Steelman. “Hunter (Ch MACH8 Serendipity’s Heartbreaker ME TT CGC) was not interested in quietly honoring while his bracemate was in the tunnel. He would bark and bark, totally out of control and pull the stake out of the ground in
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Hunter (Ch MACH8 Serendipity’s Heartbreaker ME TT CGC), Melody Guiver Steelman’s Bedlington Terrier, was the first Bedlington to earn a MACH along with being the third dog in the breed to achieve his master earthdog title.
Rudy (Ch Chelsea’s Rootbeer Float RE MX MXS MXJ MJS XF ME AAD TN-N WV-N TG-N TDI CGC), Sandy Martin’s Bedlington, is wonderful with people and other dogs but show him a rat or even say the word “rat” and it is game over. He’s famous, or infamous, among many earthdog judges for his exuberance and utter enthusiasm for varmints. (Tien Tran photo)
an effort to get into the tunnel. Competition after competition we would fail the test. It was impossible for me to get his attention to quiet him as he ignored all my commands. His eyes were locked on the tunnel and he wanted to hunt. I had to find a way to get his attention without yelling or pulling on his collar. You don’t want to reprimand a dog for doing what all their instincts tell them to do. I finally hit upon a very simple solution. I took a spray bottle and when he barked, I would make a hissing sound and squirt water on his face. The first time I did it was a miracle. He stopped barking instantly. I did this over the next few days and it continued to work. But I didn’t know if it would work in an actual competition because he would be in an all-out frenzy to get into the tunnel. As soon as I attached him to the stake, I placed him in a ‘sit’ and made the hissing sound. When the other dog was released, Hunter lunged but didn’t bark. I repeated the hissing sound and while he was trembling, he didn’t bark. It seemed like that 90 second honor took two hours but he finally earned his first qualifying score in master. He eventually became just the third Bedlington to earn an ME.” The intensity the breed shows in hunting for vermin also aids Bedlingtons in other dog sports. “Bedlingtons are intelligent, agile, athletic dogs,” said Martin. “They have the Whippet-like build with the double suspension gallop to cover ground. Rudy loved agility but at first, he was so fast and wild that I couldn’t handle him the way he needed to be handled. It took a lot of effort to get comfortable. He also loved rally but it made me so nervous that once he got his rally excellent title, we quit. Lure coursing also makes him happy because he loves to run which ties right into agility for him. However, he loves earthdog more than anything else and when he needs to recharge or refocus in other sports, we do some earthdog work. I think if he had his way, he’d never do anything but go after rodents both above and below ground.” “Bedlingtons are a very stable and dependable breed. They are versatile, they have a solid temperament and they are extremely agile. Like most terrier breeds, they are not as easily trained as some of the popular working or herding breeds. With Bedlingtons, you have to make training fun. You also have to learn how to motivate them. It was definitely a challenge but the rewards were incredible. Showcasing them in performance and companion events just shows how versatile and athletic the breed really is,” said Steelman. “Bedlington Terriers have a very ath-
Thor (Thor The Mighty of DeBleu OA OAJ NF NAJ NA RATN RATO CGC), one of JoAnn Burtness’ Bedlingtons, demonstrates some of the breed’s determination on a barn hunt.
Thor is always ready to chase anything that moves quickly including a plastic bag.
letic physiology. They have powerful and muscular hind legs which give them the potential to be very fast and be excellent jumpers. They are also very intelligent as well as being very determined, especially when it comes to vermin hunting. Mine took to barn hunts like Labradors take to water as this activity is pure fun for Bedlingtons. They love this event and excel. Thor just earned his open title in this new event which makes him the first Bedlington to earn this title. But, they excel in many activities and they quickly gather a cheering section at dog events. While agility and obedience bring the challenges of focus and learning not to hunt the vermin scent that is frequently found in training areas, they make up for that necessary extra effort with heart and enthusiasm. Of course, on the flip side, they are a very light hearted breed and they can clown around a lot which the crowd loves; me not so much during a competition,” said Burtness. One of the issues that early perfor-
mance enthusiasts faced with Bedlingtons was there was little recognition of their success from the parent club. “We had to get the parent club to recognize our dogs’ accomplishments,” said Martin. “In previous years, there just haven’t been many Bedlingtons competing in anything. Being a small breed in numbers, it is difficult to find more people who will participate in dog sports. Bedlingtons still have the image of a fancy show dog and couch ornament but we are so much more than that. Lately we have seen a few more people in our breed participating in activities other than conformation and having a lot of fun doing it. Rudy tries his best to prove that Bedlingtons are performers, sometimes in more ways than one. It’s really important for the future of the breed to show the dog world that Bedlingtons are more than just a pretty face and a classy grooming job. Rudy, like many Bedlingtons, also loves people so when he’s out at a trial or some other activity, he’s a real ambassador for the breed.” “Multi-titled dogs are not just great ambassadors for our often overlooked breed but they also show just how talented the Bedlington Terrier really is. It is great fun to see the breed participating and excelling in such a wide variety of events. Bedlingtons have earned titles in earthdog, barn hunt, coursing, freestyle, agility, rally and obedience. I had a photographer comment recently on how her impression of the breed had changed after seeing what great hunting ability the dogs have. For some reason, spectators are drawn to this breed. I often get comments from people that mine are the first working Bedlingtons that they have seen. I have been overwhelmed by the positive responses and encouragement for Bedlington Terriers in performance or companion events. I hope that more owners are encouraged to get out and enjoy training and working with their dogs,” said Burtness. “The one thing about this breed, unlike other breeds, is that they do not need constant training,” said Steelman. “You always want to stop when they are wanting more. You never want them to stop and walk away from you. In fact, repetitive training is the quickest way to sour a Bedlington on any activity. If they could talk, they’d be saying, ‘Okay, got it. We did it three times and that’s enough.’ So, you need to keep training sessions short with high energy and lots of fun. It is very important to show the dog world that Bedlingtons are not just pretty faces with a ‘foo-foo’ coat. They are more than capable of competing alongside Border Collies in agility and Fox Terriers in earthdog. They love lure coursing, flyball, tracking and obedience. I have a new puppy that really likes to swim so I have been thinking about doing dock diving with him. Bedlingtons really are a breed that can do it all.” Dog News 89
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been able to retain some of the style of the olden days. Most clubs have had to curtail the extravagant judges dinners and after show parties for exhibitors. Detroit and International at one time were able to hold lovely after show parties for the exhibitors. Westbury served a sit down lunch for the handlers. Today a few clubs are able to hold an informal party for the exhibitors one evening and this is usually sponsored by Purina Pro Plan. Purina Pro Plan hosts a very nice lunch during Westminster for handlers and exhibitors, which means they do not have to stand in long lines for food or even a bottle of water. Gone are the days when some clubs were getting close to $100,000 from Pedigree. However, Purina Pro Plan on a much smaller scale is helping to keep many shows to put on a nice show for exhibitors. Eukanuba is in large part responsible for AKC/Eukanuba being one of the best shows in the world today. In order to do this the budget does not allow them to sponsor as many shows as they once did. The North Branch Cluster is one example, but Purina Pro Plan stepped up to help sponsor this weekend. Because of the entire world economy, it has taken a toll in entries throughout most of the globe. The Scandinavian shows have not dropped to the degree of so many other countries. Yes, here in the States we saw 9,157 dogs being shown on September 21st, but we are one of the largest countries in the globe. Some shows in the tiny country of England or Switzerland can attract 5,000 dogs or more. Here in the States we only have three shows that draw 3,000 entries – Eukanuba, Palm Springs and Louisville, which has also dropped the last couple of years. Louisville is in competition with a large cluster in York, Pa. which is growing year by year due to more and more specialties coming with them. Clubs today cannot just sit on their laurels and expect to hold the entry they once enjoyed. Most shows that get a large entry is because of having specialties or supported entries with them. Del Valle is a perfect example of how clubs have to react to changing times.
Once one of the largest shows in the country, the last few years has only been around 2,500. The cluster comprised of Skyline holding a show Thursday and Friday, many specialties Saturday and Del Valle on Sunday and Monday. Even the Monday show had 1,600 last year. I imagine for financial reasons this cluster has reorganized for this year. Betty-Anne Stenmark and her late husband, Roy, made Del Valle one of the largest shows in the country. Betty-Anne and a great committee have revamped the entire weekend. The five-day cluster has been condensed into three days. Now there will be Skyline, Friday and Del Valle, Saturday and Sunday. Saturday had been a day of just independent specialties. Under the previous way the venue had to be rented for five days. Now it will just be for three days. On Saturday, 37 breeds will be holding specialties within the all breed show. I believe there also will be forty plus supported entries. Per day the entries should be much larger than the past and a financial gain to the all-breed and specialties alike. I would suspect the entry on Saturday will be much larger than the Sunday show the past few years. This change of the Del Valle cluster is a perfect example of how clubs need to change with the times.
he highly successful “Woofstock Cluster” with Kim Cavanna leading a great committee has developed a cluster enjoying an entry of 2,500. The weekend is made up of Lake Country, on Thursday; Skyline on Friday and Contra Costa on Saturday and Sunday. Just a couple of years ago the weekend comprised of Contra Costa on Saturday and Sunday with a handful of specialties on Friday. Contra Costa due to having their funds embezzled went through a very stormy time. They quickly turned a small show weekend into a major cluster. They hold the cluster at the Vallejo Fairgrounds, like so many other Northern California Clubs do also. This cluster has become unique due to the innovation and hard work of a very
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progressive committee. The main reason for the huge success is making it a very fun weekend for exhibitors and handlers. This, in turn, makes for many specialties and supported entries to be held over the weekend. Panels are made up of top judges to include many breed specialists. Just the Bulldog entry is around 80. Other than Palm Springs I believe “Woofstock” is the largest cluster in California. After Eukanuba, Palm Springs is the largest show in the country. This is due to many factors. Vince and Kathy Grosso head up a great committee. I believe the main ingredient is securing a very beautiful Polo Field in Palm Springs, which is one of the garden spots of the world for the beginning of January. Palm Springs is a great treat for exhibitors living in the cold areas of January weather. Besides holding two back-to-back shows the weekend offers many specialties on Thursday and Friday. Back-to-back Terrier shows are held, along with a Sporting, Hound, Toy and Non-Sporting group shows. It pretty much guarantees majors in nearly all breeds. But here again, finances come into play. Over a two-year period when the entry had dropped a bit the club had suffered a financial loss. The extremely beautiful Polo Field and a huge amount of tenting, etc. depends on very large entries to cover the costs of putting on one of the most beautiful shows in the world today. Like so many other top shows today, Purina Pro Plan is a major sponsor for the weekend. Dog shows should not be about finances, but it requires a great deal of money to put on a first class large show. Most clubs that make a profit donate these profits back to charitable organizations within the sport or the community. So many shows today raise large amounts for Take The Lead, Canine Health Foundation and many others. Some clubs even add a dollar to the entry for designated charities. Hopefully in the future clubs will be able to attract outside commercial sponsorship. Detroit had for a short time a grocery store helping to put on their show. While in China this past weekend the local officials helped finance the show. It is a sad fact of life in these economic times that clubs must turn outward to have a successful show; however without this type of sponsorship the costs to exhibitors would be even more prohibitive.
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There were more than 100 dogs and their people on hand and they called it a dog walk. Many of them did indeed walk, but a lot of them just hung out for the festivities on the promenade at the Second Annual Ronald McDonald House Family Fun Dog Walk held at Carl Schurz Park in New York City on Sept. 21, 2013.
f they walked or rode in a stroller or a wagon on the course, they would have partaken in a scenic route past Gracie Mansion (the Mayor’s official residence located in the Park), past the park’s two dog runs and along the East River on the esplanade over the FDR Drive. NBC’s Cat Greenleaf (“Talk Stoop” on NY Taxi TV and more) and David Frei (voice of the Westminster Kennel Club and the National Dog Show) were the cohosts for the walk, a fundraiser for the
House and its Angel On A Leash therapy dog program. A costume contest and a number of raffles were among the highlights. The main sponsor for the walk was Anthony Lolli and Rapid Realty of Brooklyn, who presented a nice check to the cause in the opening ceremonies. Petco, Yappy Treats, Dogo Pet Fashions, Bark Place, Staples and Barking Dog Café also helped support the event, as did New York Police Precinct 19, longtime friends of the House.
Special guests at the walk included Dan & Lindie Bacon and Ken & Dorene Murdoch of Save the Children-Newtown Kindness (www.newtownkindness.org), and Ronald McDonald House board member Joel Newman and his wife, Sheila. “We were pleased with the turnout and the enthusiasm of all the dogs and their people,” said event chair Cherilyn Frei, director of family support for the House. “All in all a successful and fun event with good results for the House and for Angel On A Leash.”
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ketplace advantage by pretending to be one thing while operating as another. They are not what they seem to be. For responsible stakeholder groups like the American Kennel Club (AKC) a perfect example for this article - this is a huge problem. While AKC uses its resources to improve the lives of dogs, provide dog lovers with venues where they can enjoy their dogs, promote responsible dog ownership and solve canine health and welfare problems, an expanding predatory fundraising enterprise uses its resources to identify dog welfare problems it can exploit for profit. Operating as animal protection groups armed with emotional fundraising appeals and staffed with lawyers and slick cause marketers, these opportunists work constantly, converting animal welfare problems into cash. In order to squeeze every dollar possible out of their campaigns, the animal fundraising groups have discovered that giving the public someone or something to blame for the problems they see is the ingredient that makes the cash register ring. A masked protester hides his identity as he harasses and defames a San Diego pet store owner.
problems for that matter), it becomes clear that not everyone who is talking about ending dog overpopulation is on the same team. And notably, not everyone is working to solve the problem. The players in this Orwellian drama include the good, the bad and the truly ugly. The field runs the gamut from actual stakeholders, such as people, businesses and organizations whose work revolves around animals to individuals and groups that seldom work with animals but connect with animal issues in the public’s eye through emotional media and fundraising campaigns. Many stakeholder groups view these latter players as opportunists or parasites because of their propensity to turn troubles and tragedies into fundraising opportunities instead of rolling up their sleeves and helping to solve problems. The entities in the middle of this continuum are hybrids, neither stakeholder groups nor pure fundraising fronts, but a combination of the two. They are businesses that gain a mar98 Dog News
Conflict fundraising The technique used by these fundraising groups to generate public scorn against a chosen target actually has a name. It’s called conflict fundraising and it requires only three things: 1. an apparent victim of animal abuse that can be used to evoke sympathy from the public; 2. someone or some recognizable target that can be vilified as being responsible for the abuse; and 3. a vehicle (media outlet) the fundraising group can use to promote itself as the one capable of saving the victims … if the money arrives in time. The bad news for those who appreciate and keep purebred dogs is that AKC with its high profile and recognizable brand has proven to be a very lucrative target for these predatory tactics. Simply put, attacking AKC and its constituency generates more media attention and fundraising dollars than attacking any lesser known or truly negligent organization, so they are targeted continuously. The bonus for the predatory fund-
raisers using AKC in this way is that the sheer number of AKC registrations nationwide assures that no matter how diligently it performs its mission, there will always be shocking or appalling situations to blame on the organization. If only one tenth of one percent of individual dog owners and breeders associated with AKC develop problems annually, it is more than enough to keep the sensational media coverage going year round. Jackpot! Thinking people understand that within any group there will always be a small number of bad actors or unfortunate life experiences that lead to or cause poor decisions, but with the aid of unethical fundraising tactics and friends in the media, the exploiters have been able to make this small percentage of bad actors and scenes appear to be representative of AKC and its constituency. Activists and shelters reap the profits In the end, and because AKC puts its money (literally millions) into procanine programs instead of public relations, these activist campaigns have had an unimpeded path to falsely define AKC to the American public. As a result, public opinion of AKC, purebred dogs and their breeders has shifted over the last two decades. Proof of that shift is the avalanche of poorly drafted anti-breeder legislation that is now introduced every year. The activists have achieved this revolution in consumer perceptions and legal preferences using pitches that simultaneously disparage existing sources of dogs – in particular purebreds and breeders – while positioning rescues and shelters as the only humane alternative. It’s a brilliant marketing strategy, but it is lethal to the future of dogs and widespread dog ownership. Working alongside the rescue and shelter groups that benefit from this shift, activists have convinced lawmakers that breeding is inherently, or at least usually abusive, and that deliberately bred puppies displace strays and are therefore responsible for pet overpopulation and euthanasia. It’s in the public interest, they argue,
for policy makers to tighten controls on private in-home breeders, close down regulated pet shops and replace them with dogs from rescues and shelters, which typically are unregulated. Several jurisdictions have already voted to limit the sources of dogs available to their citizens. (1)(2) In one of the most creative scams ever perpetrated on the American public, many of these largely unregulated, retail-style rescues and shelters have managed to gain a competitive market advantage over well-bred and socialized dogs and regulated breeders as well as many traditional shelters and animal control agencies by trading in dogs whose health, temperament and origin are often unknown and whose prior treatment and ultimate sale are neither regulated nor warranted. Unlike their now-dislodged predecessors, today’s dominant pet providers, retail rescues and shelters: • are exempt from most animal welfare laws; • are exempt from consumer protection laws; • are exempt from taxes; • are not required to document the source of their dogs; • are not held responsible for the health or temperament problems of the dogs they place; • market their sales as adoptions, making their motivations appear loftier than other pet sellers; • market their dogs’ shortcomings, disabilities and diseases as selling points, even when they will cause their new owners great hardship and expense; • fraudulently advertise their mixes and mutts as breeds to get the public in the door; • engage in, or are the beneficiaries of, the mass transport of dogs from other parts of the US or from foreign countries; • saturate the marketplace with dogs from undisclosed origins including foreign countries, creating a black market in dogs; • introduce diseases and parasites to US regions where they never existed or were formerly eradicated; • maintain the façade of a traditional animal shelter dedicated to helping local animals in need while often closing their doors to most local animals and importing more attractive ones from great distances - even foreign countries - in order to have a constant inventory of saleable pets; and • diminish the production and availability of long-standing breeds through legislation and media campaigns, and by saturating the dog
If anti-breeding activists have their way, well-bred dogs will fade into the past, and be replaced by dog of unknown origin, temperament, and health history.
marketplace with out of state and foreign dogs. The impact on purebreds and consumer choice Decades of activist campaigns against breeding dogs and against purebreds have taken a toll. Purebred registries show an enormous decline (more than 50 percent over the last 20 years) and the AVMA’s 2012 US Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook (3) shows a decline in overall US dog ownership as well. Without question Americans now have fewer and poorer choices of dogs available to them than just a couple decades ago, but the problem is much worse than it appears on the surface. After 20 years of propaganda, social engineering and a mountain of laws favoring their interests, animal protection groups are in the driver’s seat, and many of them are misusing their newfound power to monopolize the dog marketplace for their own benefit. The turning point occurred as dog overpopulation ended in some parts of the US. For a century the primary mission of animal shelters had revolved around sheltering and rehabilitating unwanted pets. But with the success and the emergence of empty runs, many shelters quietly altered their missions. Some shelters turned to conflict fundraising to keep their doors open by identifying and exploiting sensational animal welfare issues and launching outrageous legislative campaigns to arouse media attention. Others tried to get into the animal cop business, a role that is fraught with
conflict of interest for shelters that profit from the adoption of seized animals, especially when they use high-profile animal raids as fundraisers, thereby prejudicing future lawsuits. Private animal shelters successfully lobbied for laws granting themselves police powers and sought laws allowing adoption or euthanasia of seized animals prior to a guilty verdict unless the accused paid exorbitant fees in advance. They created laws limiting the number of animals kennels can keep and made themselves the approved repository for the excess, thereby creating a pipeline for animals bred in failing large-scale kennels. Amazingly, once confiscated and in the hands of humane societies and rescues, these same animals become healthy within 72 hours and worthy of adoption into the very homes that had been warned against taking such animals when in the hands of breeders. Once inside a shelter, the health problems and alleged lack of socialization become a badge of honor. The transition from traditional animal sheltering to retail sheltering In the late 1990’s as the number of dogs entering public shelters decreased, local shelters started working together more cooperatively. Shelters with space began accepting dogs from nearby facilities that were temporarily overloaded with animals. It made no sense for one shelter to euthanize dogs for lack of room while another had the space and resources to help get them adopted. But as the number of dogs in some cities plummeted, many shelters began importing dogs from distant locations and today, humane relocation, Continued on page 108
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Cragsmoor Skye Terriers Since 1972
From our foundation bitch
Ch. Glamoor Too Good To Be True Bred by Mrs. Adele & Mr. Walter Goodman To the Top Winning Skye Terrier in the History of the Breed our home bred
Ch. Cragsmoor Buddy Goodman to our current Standard Bearer
Ch. Cragsmoor Good Time Charlie The Number One Skye Terrier All of this would not be possible without our good friend & mentor
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It is so rare when all things just come together and the result is the perfect weekend! dog shows. Terrific dogs, great judging panel, wonderful grounds with enough tenting
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But…that was the experience for this year’s Moore County Kennel Club (MCKC) to cover the state of NC, vendors extraordinaire and picture perfect weather. So...
lmost 700 dogs made the trek to the two-day event, to show off for judges Douglas and Rita Holloway, Susan St. John Brown, Robert Stein, Richard Beauchamp and Linda More. They were joined on Sunday by Cindy Huggins, who came in to do the Cavalier entry. The shows themselves are preceded by a Friday Carolina All Terrier event and the Central Carolina Cavalier King Charles Spaniel specialty. MCKC is more than just a twoday dog show. We, as a club, celebrate the diversity of the dog, and support and host events throughout the year in breed, obedience and agility and sporting members belong to the local pointing breeds club. We welcome members for their love of dogs; those that compete in any and all AKC arenas, or just dogs who stay at home as companions. Monthly meetings include dinner together for an exchange of ideas and always with the chance to brag about your own dog’s recent accomplishments. The current board is all hard working and fully involved in the “dog fancy.” But the club itself stands on the shoulders of those who have led it over the past 25 years. They set the original standard, and we follow and hopefully enhance. As a club we pride ourselves on our community outreach, annually supporting the nearby Military War Dogs, the local Pet Responsibility Committee, Animal Control, the Spay and Neuter Clinic, MIRA (guide dogs for blind children), and with scholarships to the local veterinary college and for vet techs at Central Carolina College. It is a lot, but we are committed to making a difference. The show started each day at 8:30AM under North Carolina’s promised blue skies and light breezes. People were not hovering under the tent looking for shade, but rather sat in lawn chairs ringside, or enjoyed the view of all rings from the “social center” which is the club’s second 200 foot long tent that houses all vendors and a special “social section” with tables and chairs to enjoy lunch, and not miss a dog under judgment. The local radio station Star 102.5 broadcast live from the grounds on Saturday, enlarging the
attendance at group time on Saturday and Sunday. Vice President Beth Dowd extended Southern Hospitality to all with a Saturday group-side wine pour. There is a formal lunch break at noon, and this year the club held its first AKC 4-6 month puppy competition in this timeslot, drawing a great local crowd of spectators. Legendary members Jane and Bob Forsyth are a guiding hand and have been over the past two decades. Patty Pace, show chair, and her husband Bill Pace are to be honest everywhere from the show grounds, to the Saturday dinner they host in their home for judges and committee, and Bill carries his duties forward to chair the Benefit Golf Tournament on Monday whose proceeds fund our annual scholarships. And it just goes on and on…the trophy table gleamed with goodies that trophy chair Lisa Schrank had collected, and vendor chairs Ursula Walsh and Katie Bolt put together a shopping extravaganza that rivals Saks. And this just names a few, the commitment of the Board and its total membership goes on and on. Group time arrived each day before you knew it; quality groups that I know pleased the judges. One dog was victorious both days under Best In Show judges Richard Beauchamp and Douglas Holloway; the Portuguese Water Dog GCH Claircreek Impression de Matisse, owned by Milan Lint, Peggy Helming and Donna Gottdenker, and handled by Michael Scott. I guess you could say “Matisse” painted his own picture in Pinehurst. Members gathered with judges for a group photo and with that 2013’s event closed, but they were already talking about next year!!! Just closing with a mention of Friday, where rings are available if a breed or group club is interested in holding a specialty or National. The work is already done for you, tents are up, rings are already set. It is a spectacular setting, with dog friendly hotels 5 minutes away, and wonderful nearby restaurants. What MOORE could you want!
What Moore Could One Ask For?
The Moore County Kennel Club Two-Day All Breed Shows September 14th and 15, 2013 By Karolynne McAteer
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ONTGOMERY COUNTY KENNEL CLUB, the annual Terrier fest with over twenty national specialties held in one day… An amazing weekend highlighted by the Sunday event. If you have never attended, I urge you to put it on your dog show calendar, you won’t be disappointed. This past weekend the American Kennel Club in association with the International Cat Association held Meet The Breeds at the Javits Center in Manhattan. I’m BOYES who is at home while LESLEY recuperates told it was a success, but with smaller from surgery, so this Montgomery County will be crowds than in the past and not a full without the annual visit to Friendly’s where EDDIE compliment of dog breeds represented. likes to celebrate with a sundae or two. Two well The lesser crowds, either by actual count known Floridians recently passed away. MARGARET or by the additional space created by the GREENLEE, a Basenji breeder with the affix of absence of breed club stands or it was Serengeti, passed away on September 3rd. She the Summer weather late in September served as the parent club president for ten years and that kept the crowds away? Nonetheless, a director for 5 years. Our deepest sympathies to her it was roomier. There was a protest, held family and friends. Shih Tzu breeder WENDELL two blocks away by some 80 protesters BREWER, a judge of Toy breeds, passed away in against pure bred dogs. Sad, but yet September. Highlights of his judging career include another example of how our reputation has the 1986 Shih Tzu national specialty. Our deepest been tarnished by supporters of animal sympathies to his partner of nearly 47 years DAVID rights. RICHARD & SARAH LAWRENCE LEHMANN and family. Sadly, we just received word are the proud new owners of Chatterbox, that Herding group judge SANDI GOLDMAN has a farm in Ocala, Florida. They are busy passed away. SANDI and her late husband RALPH redecorating and organizing the stables were Bouvier fanciers and regulars at the East coast and kennels. BOBBY HUTTON is off to shows for many years. We spent many a happy judge in Korea. Happy wedding anniversary hour together and I’m saddened by her passing. to HILDA & JOHN BRADSHAW of the Our deepest sympathies to her family. Happy superintendent BRADSHAWS. MURREL Birthday to ANDREW GREEN, PAT BERESFORD, & JOE PURKHISER just returned from BARBARA RUPPERT, CHERYL ROBBINS, ROBIN a week-long holiday to Campbell River, NOVACK, ADAM WILKERSON, BILL BUSCH, B.C. where they celebrated MURREL’S LINDA SPRINGTHORPE, DENNY MOUNCE, birthday. Forty of JOE KINNARNEY’S BARBARA HECKERMAN, BARBARA CASSIDY, nearest and dearest gathered at a dinner REBECCA LYCAN, ARLENE BUTTERKLEE, party to celebrate his 60th birthday. This MICHELLE SANTANA, KAREN MAMMANO, weekend at Montgomery County, the first AMANDA CONNEEN, CINDDY HUCKFELDT, lady of Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, and CAROL CARLSON, GERARD THOMPSON, PHOEBE one of the most unique and wonderful BOOTH, SUZANNE READMOND, LESLIE SIMIS, ladies I know, JACKIE GOTTLIEB will BEVERLY SIMIS, AMELIA MUSSER, DICK MEEN, celebrate her 90th birthday. Others GLORIA LEWIS AND DEANN ULMER. celebrating their birthdays include EDDIE
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s u i Jul Ch. Windsong Roman Ruler Many thanks to Judge Mr. Peter Gaeta for this Best of Breed win! Our appreciation to all the Judges who have recognized the quality of this young dog, who is just beginning his Specials career. Breeder/Owner: Frances A. Kingery, Derwood, MD Expertly conditioned and presented by Zackary and Heather Helmer Dog News 105
ummer S The Keystone Clusterâ€™s Annual Charity Fundraiser
Charles Olvis and Liz Muthard, show chairs for the Penn Ridge Kennel Club, created a beautiful panorama of Paris for this yearâ€™s Charitable Foundation fundraiser.
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he essence of Paris with a number of iconic buildings such as the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, a café, and streetlamps created a setting for a number of characters from Parisian history. Judges, exhibitors and the show chair arrived dressed as historical personages- Marie Antoinette, Lafayette, the Pink Panther and Marie Antoinette’s executioner. Liz Muthard stated, “Since the first year, we
have stayed with the ‘casino night’ theme, going from Monte Carlo to the Caribbean to a Las Vegas casino, to this year ‘Paris’.” She also said that Casino Night has become the theme of the shows as well, with Paris signs at the officials’ area. The show chairs as well as the club members work arduously and spend many hours of preparation for this event. They have great sponsors who donate the fabulous prizes. The members of the Penn Ridge Kennel Club work hard at the shows and at the fundraiser. Harrisburg Kennel Club treats judges and club members in lieu of a judges’ dinner. Charles Olvis stated that so many contribute to the success of the charitable event including the Farm Show, the great catering staff who design a menu
around our theme, the DJ, the casino staff who make it fun for everyone at the tables, and the support of each and every person who attends. He said, “It takes an enormous amount of help from everyone, but when we see the dog show folks having a great time and realize that when it’s all over, we will be able to help some in the fancy who need a hand, it is so worth all the time and effort!” The Keystone Cluster’s annual charity fundraisers to date have resulted in donations totaling well over $100,000 with the main beneficiaries being Take the Lead and the AKC George Ward Scholarship Fund. Muthard said, “Everyone who plays a part in the orchestration of these events should be proud of the contributions we’ve been able to make to the Fancy.”
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or dog trafficking as the critics call it,(4) has morphed into a huge enterprise, moving tens of thousands of dogs each year from areas of high supply to areas of low supply. For some shelters, having inventory began to matter more than helping local animals in need. Some became limited admission shelters, turning away all but the most adoptable pets and importing more attractive dogs from distant areas. New shelters sprang up to get into the lucrative import business. Using marketing tactics that would be considered predatory if they were associated with a for-profit business rather than a nonprofit animal protection organization and with the help of confiscatory laws on the books, the activist-rescueshelter complex is using its newfound power to monopolize the pet market place. For example: • Today, Northern shelters routinely import dogs from distant states and many work with rescue groups and shelters in border cities and states to import dogs from foreign countries. (5)(6) • Stop by the rescues at big box pet super stores in Southern California virtually any weekend and you’ll find dogs openly advertised as rescued from Mexico or even Taiwan. • Rescues and shelters in the state of Colorado, one of a handful of states that require its shelters and rescues to report the source of their animals, imported 13,531 dogs from out of state in 2011. (7) Numbers like these saturate the market for dogs and eliminate other suppliers. Although this practice keeps household dog ownership rates stable in the short run, over the long haul it systematically eradicates traditional sources of locally bred dogs. Without major consumer education campaigns and appropriate policy changes, this operation assures severe shortages in American-sourced dogs in the future. Do you miss me yet? So what happens to the health and welfare of dogs if the anti-purebred, antibreeding activists succeed in convincing Americans that the most constructive stakeholder organization for dogs in the world and the responsible breeders associated with it are the source of all the problems? What choices will be available to Americans wanting to add a dog to their family? Will they be able to find the breeds they grew up with or 108 Dog News
will their choices be limited to ones approved by the activists? Will shelter and rescue dogs imported from distant states and foreign countries be the only choices available for all but the wealthy few? Will many Americans have the opportunity to raise a dog from puppyhood or will their choice be limited to adopting an older one that was relinquished to a shelter or a street dog imported from Mexico, Puerto Rico, or Taiwan? The truth is, American dog ownership is at a tipping point and the future availability of many historical breeds is threatened. Perhaps some Americans would be willing to trade the breeds they’ve grown up with for a feral dog from Taiwan, Puerto Rico, Mexico or India, but a public awareness campaign is surely needed to awaken those who haven’t knowingly signed on to this transaction. Otherwise they may only learn of these under-theradar trends as a fait accompli when the damage has become irreversible. A call to action NAIA and NAIA Trust have played the leadership role in developing and disseminating these issues for more than a decade. We have written countless articles (go to the www.naiaonline.org website and put in key words), collected and published vitally important shelter data(8), studied and reported pet ownership trends, drafted and promoted model legislation to prohibit irresponsible importation and improve consumer protection laws(9,10), supported and opposed numerous pieces of animal legislation(11) and filed comment letters on proposed rules(12,13) After years of work, we can take comfort knowing that stakeholder awareness is very high. This is a huge accomplishment when you consider that twenty years ago many stakeholders naively supported the fraudulent groups. Also on the good side of the ledger, our legislative successes increase each year as lawmakers, policy experts, and regulators slowly become aware that these groups are using emotion and isolated incidents to raise money, harm legitimate animal interests and take over the marketplace. But at the same time, and this is critically important problem for us, news media continue to report and promote animal activists’ stories as fact instead of doing their homework. Until we fix that situation, we will remain on the losing end of a propaganda war that threatens purebred dogs and dog ownership in the US.
But progress is too slow to keep pace with the activist juggernaut. To turn the tide and actually start winning this battle, we need to revitalize and redouble our efforts – and we are asking for your help to help us raise the profile of this issue in the media, legislatively and in the courts. We need your support! Please sign up at http://capwiz.com/naiatrust/mlm/sign up/ to receive our campaign messages and alerts and email us at email@example.com and put “Save our dogs” in the subject line. Notes 1. “San Diego approves store pet sale ban” by Clay Jackson, Veterinary Practice News, July 11, 2013, http://tinyurl.com/lgxolzc 2. “LA bans the sale of puppy & kitten mill pets,” Dogster, November 12, 2012, http://tinyurl.com/k6qbjdh 3. U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook (2012), American Veterinary Medical Association, http://tinyurl.com/ a64l2mz 4. “Humane or Insane? Importation of foreign stray animals into US shelters threatens health, sustains ‘overpopulation’” by Patti Strand January 30, 2003 5. “Life-lift for dogs is fatal, 100+ die,” Puerto Rico Daily Sun, March 14, 2011, http://www.naiaonline.org/uploads/WhitePapers/PuertoRicanImportTragedy.pdf 6. “The good, the bad, and the biters,” by Kim Kavin, Boston Globe Magazine, May 12, 2013; http://tinyurl.com/oumwcj5 7. Colorado report, NAIA Shelter Project, http://tinyurl.com/nxvb5ph 8. NAIA Shelter Project, http://www.shelterproject.naiaonline.org 9. NAIA Shelter Import and Reporting Act Model Law, http://tinyurl.com/lzxrm5j 10. NAIA Dog Buyer’s Protection Act Model Law, http://tinyurl.com/mv52hv4 11. NAIA letter in opposition to HR 835 and S 707, the PUPS bill as currently drafted, http://tinyurl.com/m4xgn5a 12. NAIA comments on USDA retail pet stores and licensing exemptions rules proposal, http://tinyurl.com/alzefgy 13. NAIA comments on CDC advance notice of proposed rulemaking for animal importations, http://tinyurl.com/lg5qfch Ed. Note: This article originally appeared in the Summer 2013 Animal Policy Review.
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tom made to suit the topography in a certain region. You have to take into consideration that most of them should be able to go to ground- and actually be able to come out again!!! Therefore if you breed or judge, say Lakeland terriers, you really ought to know a little about the topography and type of hunting they were used for, etc. in the Lake District. If you tried to use say a Glen of Imaal Terrier for the same purpose in that area, I think you would have problems. Then if you consider all the “interbreeding” between some breeds, terriers as well as many others - a close look or breed specific details are necessary. Whatever has happened over the years, which we may describe as evolution, we have as judges focused on maintaining and preserving each breed’s identity. As mentioned, so many judges seem to ignore parts of standards like size, coat texture, level of presentation, eye color and bite. Shouldn’t we really try to judge by the book? I recently went over a Hound with a great record. The standard says: Scissors bite! Undershot or level should be penalized. This animal was clearly undershot! A guilty breed judge defended himself by arguing: It is not a Retriever, he does not need a scissors bite to do his job…so he did not consider a bite fault in this breed as a major fault!!! If we all adopted this attitude in all breeds, what would happen? By ignoring such requirements, we might just as well reduce the number of breeds severely and make life so much easier??? If you ever happen to discuss my “own” breeds, Fox Terriers, with me and try to impress me by quoting the standard’s given measurements, I must admit: You will fail! I have gone through breed standards back to the 1920’s and in some of the old standards you will find the same requirements for height at withers, length of head, etc. as given in the current AKC standard. I suppose it might have been helpful at a time when both Wires and Smooths were not unlike the Parson Russell Terriers of today and the breeders wanted to change and improve important features, like the length of heads. I have been involved with the breed since the late 50’s and during my frequent visits to shows and breeders in the UK, not a single person ever complained that a head was too long. The longer and leaner the better! If you had the chance to measure the 110 Dog News
heads of the top winners in this breed over the last 40 years, you would most likely be very surprised. I have always criticized “headhunters” in any breed, but in this breed I could mention a number of clever, well respected breeders and judges under whom you could win with a head on a stick! Ear carriage, expression and a long, but balanced head, was often seen as a ticket for success. Preferably in combination with a long neck, but that was all it took. Movement was not necessarily of any significance and if you knew the old terrier world in the UK, side gait was of little or no interest, but coming and going was all that mattered. Personally I imported English champions for breeding purposes, which were nearly unshowable in Scandinavia as we there, like in this country, like to see animals able to walk comfortably and efficiently round the ring. Others did really well after a little schooling! I believe it was Ernie Robinson of the famous Zeloys (Ch Zeloy Emperor is behind every living WFT) who once gave me the following lecture about the breed: A head can never be too long or too fine, eyes and ears never too small, the neck never too long or the back too short as long as the overall picture is BALANCED and the dog can MOVE properly! It is evident that this “lecture” is perceived differently by different people and when I have quoted this on previous occasions it has lead to, in some cases, serious discussions and disagreements. To me as a breeder and exhibitor it was very clear from the moment I heard it. I think I had the proper frame of reference- and that because of the BALANCE and MOVEMENT addition, there would be no risk of unhealthy exaggerations. Then add EXPRESSION. It is my opinion that when a WFT, or Smooth for that matter, enters the ring he should excite you and in none of them you should look for anything in moderation apart from angulation! The Fox terrier is the most extreme and elegant of all terrier breeds, but with only one of the parts mentioned above out of balance, he becomes just another dog! Occasionally you will come across a dog looking like a caricature of the breed. Ears too small placed on top of the head, small slanted eyes and an overlong foreface, often without much underjaw. And of course the back can be too short and the neck can be too long- if it ruins the balance! If you really want to upset me just mention “the Shelf”. There is the old saying: Plenty
behind the tail! But no freaking shelf. A shelf is something you find attached to a wall or in a cupboard on which you can place a book, cup of coffee or maybe even your grooming equipment. I have actually once experienced a very proud terrier breeder in Europe showing a dog to me with great pride because of its fabulous tail-set! OK the tail was half way up the back, but behind it was something more appropriate on a chimpanzee. It looked revolting! So no shelf for me please, but plenty behind the tail meaning a natural, balanced continuation of the outline, which actually seems to be a part of the dog itself! And another tip if you really want to annoy me: Just call a very upright front “a terrier front” as if it is a plus! Describing a front with no angulation and lay-back whatsoever!!!! I would during my years as a breeder never show or even keep a WFT who had a straight upper arm with too little lay back of shoulders. I wish I could show you photos of all my Champions to prove that each and everyone of them had their front legs placed directly below their withers, looking totally at ease in their own skin without the supposedly acceptable “pushing” of the front legs! Not that you want a Schnauzer front, as a protruding forechest is as undesirable for a WFT, Lakeland or Welsh as lack of it in a Scottie. And do remember that most terrier breeds should be able to keep their outline identical whether standing or moving. There are so many clichés out there regarding so many breeds, but if you don’t know what you’re talking about, make sure you don’t misuse them. Your credibility might instantly be flushed down the loo! Well, I am sure I make that mistake myself from time to time, but I am still a student of so many breeds so will hopefully be forgiven. I think it is of major importance that when studying new breeds, you actually also get familiar with the breed’s “tribe language” or terminology, as the same expression can mean something totally different in relation to different breeds. I know we can discuss dogs and judging forever and ever without coming up with answers that we all agree with. Our individual interpretation of standards and perception of what we see in the ring will always give room for discussions and disagreements-which is why this world is so fascinating. But we should never allow ourselves to totally ignore the standards… Maybe in the future judges will be surplus to requirement and the dogs simply scanned, and then the computers will tell us how to place the dogs. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?
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the Institute of Medical Biochemistry at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna in Austria. His primary field of research is the endocrine processes in animals under stress.
What Is Hyperadrenocorticism? Dr. Möstl: Hyperadrenocorticism is a complex of physical and biochemical changes caused by chronic overexposure to glucocorticoids; especially cortisol, one of the hormones produced by the adrenal glands.
What causes the overexposure? Dr. Möstl: In about 85% of the cases, the cause is a tumor of the pituitary gland, which secretes adrenocorticotrophic hormone, ACTH, and stimulates the adrenal glands to produce excess glucocorticoids. About 15 % of the cases are caused by a glucocorticoid producing tumor of one of the adrenal glands.
Does hyperadrenocorticism affect certain age groups more often than others? Dr. Möstl: Hyperadrenocorticism is a disease of middle-aged and older dogs. It is most often found in dogs between 7 and 12 years of age.
What are the symptoms of hyperadrenocorticism? Dr. Möstl: The clinical signs in the dog include excessive thirst and urination, excessive hunger and weight gain, a potbellied appearance, muscle weakness, and skin and hair changes such as symmetrical hair loss on the trunk.
How is it treated? Dr. Möstl: Hyperadrenocorticism is mainly treated with drugs that reduce the glucocorticoid production of the adrenal glands. Other options include the surgical removal of the tumor or radiochemotherapy.
What is the prognosis with treatment? Dr. Möstl: In most cases, it is a slowly progressing disease. With successful therapy, the dog would gain some additional years of life.
How was the disease diagnosed in the past? Dr. Möstl: The standard approach for diagnosing hyperadrenocorticism is to test the function of the hypothalamic– pituitary–adrenal axis. This can be done by measuring the cortisol concentration in urine. The ACTH stimulation test or the dexamethasone suppression test is the other diagnostic possibility. ACTH is a hormone which stimulates the adrenals to produce more cortisol. Dexamethasone is a synthetic glucocorticoid that suppresses the production of endogenous glucocorticoid. To perform the ACTH or the dexamethasone test, the hormone would be injected and blood samples would be collected to see if the dog’s adrenals reacted correctly to it [by increasing or suppressing production of glucocorticoid]. This is a complicated diagnostic process that is time consuming and disturbing for the patient.
Can either of these tests definitively diagnose hyperadrenocorticism? Dr. Möstl: There is no single test or a combination of tests that is 100% accurate for diagnosing hyperadrenocorticism which makes diagnosis difficult in some cases. Diagnosis should be based on clinical signs, supporting abnormalities in the blood work and confirmed with the appropriate hormone test.
What led you to believe hyperadrenocorticism may be diagnosed by measuring the level of glucorticoids in the dog’s hair? Dr. Möstl: In human medicine, hair cortisol analysis has proven to be a useful tool in the diagnosis of hyperadrenocorticism as well as in the diagnosis of chronic pain, stress and drug exposure.
Please talk about your research. Dr. Möstl: In 2001, hair samples from twelve dogs with a confirmed diagnosis of hyperadrenocorticism were obtained from the Clinic for Small Animals at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna. Ten dogs considered healthy on the basis of physical examination served as the control group.
What were the findings of the study? Dr. Möstl: We found that the cortisol concentrations in the hair were significantly higher in the dogs diagnosed with hyperadrenocorticism than in the healthy dogs in the control group.
How was the cortisol concentration in the dog hair measured? Dr. Möstl: We used an enzyme immunoassay test.
Could the frequency of shampooing, swimming or medication given to the dog for other conditions affect the cortisol concentration in the coat and thus skew the results of the test? Dr. Möstl: Good question. Right now, we have no data on that. Those investigations still need to be done.
How soon would veterinarians be able to use this new method to diagnose hyperadrenocorticism? Dr. Möstl: Again, we need more data and experience with this diagnostic tool before we can recommend it as a routine procedure. In the future, the hair cortisol test may be used as a method of first line screening because it is non-invasive. But first, we need more samples to determine its sensitivity and specificity.
Is there anything you would like to add? Dr. Möstl: This new diagnostic tool has the benefit of not causing the dog any additional distress by measuring hormone concentrations [with blood tests].
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of AKC and Ramona Van Court, who helped keep the shows sterling reputation throughout the time she was so heavily involved. I am happy to say that I was most pleasantly surprised by the changes in attitude at the show this year and at the comparatively large spectator gate the Club enticed to the magnificent Planting Fields Arboretum, which is now a State Historic Park and was originally the old Coe Estate. This is the Estate where the Duke and Duchess of Windsor visited over and over again and where they came immediately following his abdication as the King of England. Westbury’s old grounds at the C.W. Post College on the Polo Fields were lost due to the College’s development programs but these grounds of course was the baronial home of Marjorie Merriweather Post (who is pictured above) and her Hillwood Kennels which have been continued in Georgetown in D.C. by her granddaughter Ellen Charles. But I digress... Westbury’s allure faded considerably both entry ways and as to its gate until this year when what was described to me as a “total change in administration occurred”. I thought something was up before the show took place as the town and environs of Oyster Bay were overwhelmed with signs and messages about the forthcoming show. 118 Dog News
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This was most unusual I assure you. It evidenced to me that positive things were going on at Westbury and indeed my reaction proved correct. And while no entrance fee can be charged due to it being a State park with many other outside facilities each car was charged $8, which had to add up somewhat for sure. The entries were in the high 600’s plus a concurrent Specialty (about which I will tell you) and surprisingly the Sunday entries topped the weekend which was Suffolk County on Friday and Saturday by over 100 if not more exhibits. Just proves that new and energetic faces and people can help reverse a Club’s problems and in this case the leaders as I understand it were Pat Enright the new President and Pam Rowley the Club Coordinator amongst others. And speaking of leaders and Suffolk County KC, its entries held their own despite Meet the Breeds and I understand that on Saturday the gate there was large as well. That’s thanks to the Eisle’s who work so hard to put this show across. The Airedale shown by Adam Bernadin swept the Bests the first two days while the German
Shorthaired Pointer shown by Pam Bober was awarded Best at the Sunday event. Candidly I only attended the Sunday show which was very close to home since I had a myriad of chores to attend to but I was really happy for both clubs. A different GSP was awarded the breed at the Concurrent specialty while Deb’s dog won at the All-breed and then onto Group One and BIS. Spectators were heard to comment, “but I thought that dog lost the breed” -there has to be some way to make spectators and others understand the significance of a Concurrent win and that in fact a Concurrent show is actually taking place. If you had not known it was going on there is no distinction at all made at the show itself. This caused confusion for sure. The Petsmart relationship with HSUS is disturbing to many people including this writer. Until Petsmart disassociates itself from that relationship or alternatively decides to support Breed Club Rescue Groups I would suggest buying your dog food and pet supplies from other organizations. HSUS’s goals are just too convoluted and nefarious for any real breeder to support them. Petsmart of course is a company looking to make money for its operations and is using HSUS just as HSUS is using Petsmart to help accomplish its goals. Let us all not be a part of their little conspiracy, for sure.
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LettersTo The Editor THank YOU! Thank you for the many years of the complimentary issues of your wonderful magazine you have sent me. I have retired from akc conformation judging and wanted you to be aware of this so you may cease sending me your magazine. Thank you again for sharing your beautiful, educational and informative magazine with me. Susan Malinowski The Villages, Florida American Kennel Club September 20, 2013 Earlier this year the Event Operations department experienced a delay in processing event applications and judging panels which has been brought up to date. We have listened to your feedback and made a number of changes to improve our department’s customer service to you and your clubs while reducing processing time. •Effective August 1, 2013 clubs began receiving event correspondence via email. This change improves our communications to you by increasing the frequency and speed of event correspondence. •Specialty clubs can manage their events, including reviewing pending reasons, using the Online Competitions Management System (OCMS). This allows clubs to resolve many of the pending reasons without having to contact AKC for an explanation. •At the July 2013 Board Meeting, a revision to the catalog sales policy was approved. This revision makes it easier and more cost effective for clubs to use a combined catalog for multiple events held on consecutive days. We are continually reviewing our processes and procedures
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to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our customer service. Recently, several areas have been identified for enhancement. Event Operations is working with our customers, superintendents, and other AKC departments to implement these improvements and enhancements including: •Adding headcount •Developing a user-friendly checklist of items that need to be submitted with an event application. •For events held after January 1, 2014 the most common Special Attraction competitions, parades, demonstrations, and tests do not have to be applied for by clubs. Standing approval has been given for those Special Attractions and written approval is no longer required. Please see the revised Special Attractions application for complete details. •Application and judges panel late notices will be sent out via email 21 days prior to the deadline as well as the day after the deadline. The notices will go to the event chair and club secretary. •The Event Committee Bulletin will become part of the AKCommunicates! club newsletter which has a wider and more frequent distribution. We will now be able to communicate rule, regulation, and policy changes and other necessary information monthly to more people. We encourage our customers to contact us with feedback and ideas of how to improve our customer service. Please send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org. Sincerely, Alan Slay AKC Event Operations Raleigh, NC KENNEL CLUB CHANGES POLICIES FOR FIRST TIME CC JUDGES AND APPEALS FOR NON-APPROVED CC JUDGES The Kennel Club General Committee has altered its policies on the consideration of appeals against non-approval to award Challenge Certificates and the process of evaluations for first time CC judges. As before, appeals must be received within six weeks of the decision not to approve a judge to award CCs for an appointment and must be accompanied by a letter of support from the nominating society. Appeals can only be made on the basis that significant new information is available, or circumstances have changed since the questionnaire was originally considered. The Kennel Club has now decided that failing to include all available information in a questionnaire will not be considered an adequate basis upon which to appeal. If further information becomes available between the time of submitting a questionnaire to the Kennel Club and that questionnaire being considered by the Judges Sub Committee, the judge and/or nominating society must make every effort to ensure that such information is forwarded to the Committee for consideration in a timely fashion. The Kennel Club has also altered its policy on the evaluation of first time CC judges. Although it is vital to assess a first time CC judge’s grasp of Kennel Club regulations, their ring procedure and the rate at which they judge, it is recognised that it is often difficult for breed clubs or councils to arrange an evaluation. To assist, experienced judges, defined in this instance as those who have been previously approved to award two breeds with CCs in a group, need not now be evaluated every time they are approved for a new (or additional) breed in that group. If breed clubs and councils cannot provide an evaluator for experienced judges, the Kennel Club will no longer appoint one. Should an experienced judge not perform to the level expected, or if they breach the code of best practice, the matter will be brought to the Kennel Club’s attention via the complaints procedure. Laura Quickfall London, England
BRITAIN BETRAYING MAN’S BEST FRIEND AS ‘DOG GHETTOS’ FEAR ARISES Kennel Club warns of dangers caused by unnecessary dog bans across Britain • 42 per cent of dog owners worry they will be forced into overcrowded ‘dog parks’ • Almost one in three say their area underperforms when it comes to dog friendly credentials • Businesses are losing out on the ‘hound pound’ as more than half of dog owners say they would use local shops and services more frequently if they were dog friendly • Kennel Club launches its Open for Dogs Week (30th September to 4th October) to encourage businesses and workplaces to reap the rewards of trialling a dog friendly policy Almost half of Britain’s dog owners fear they could become marginalised by society and forced into restricted areas, as more and more places are clamping down on dogs and their owners across the UK. The Kennel Club has found that man’s best friends aren’t necessarily being treated as such, and has released the results of a survey of over 2,000 dog owners[i] for the launch of its Open for Dogs Week this week. The survey found that 42 per cent of dog owners in the UK fear that they will be forced into a small number of overcrowded dog-friendly parks as local authorities close their public spaces to dogs by issuing draconian dog control orders. Since the start of 2011, the Kennel Club has formally responded to more than 70 dog control order consultations, indicating a decline in the number of places which welcome dogs. Almost
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one in three dog owners say that their area performs under par when it comes to its dog friendly credentials and 40 per cent say that the attitude towards dogs has got worse when it comes to places to go, meaning dog owners face frustration when trying to take their dogs out with them for the day. A quarter report that shops that were previously dog friendly are now less so, and almost one in five say the same of pubs. This is a worrying trend which is likely to have a knock on effect for Britain’s businesses, many of which may suffer a loss in business and miss out on the valuable so-called ‘hound pound’. Kennel Club research has shown that dog owners are almost twice as likely as those without a dog to regularly visit their local shops and stores, with a quarter saying that they frequent them, and more than half of people with dogs would be more likely to use local shops and services more frequently if their dogs could go with them. In addition, dog owners were found to spend 22 per cent more a month on eating out and drinking in pubs and restaurants than non-dog owners, meaning that dog friendly businesses are reaping the rewards. Lee de Villier, who runs the Old Sergeant pub in Wandsworth, South West London, said: “Letting dogs into the pub has been nothing but good for the business for us. Both our dog owning and non-dog owning customers love it and it has improved the atmosphere of the place as a whole. “Being dog friendly helped us to secure the award of Best Community Pub in the Great British Pub Awards in 2012, as we consider dogs to be an integral part of the community, as many people do. We get lots of positive feedback from customers and often get people enquiring about the pub on Twitter because they have heard that we are so dog friendly.” Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “It is a worry that, as more places ban dogs, more often than not unnecessarily, owners around the UK will be pushed into restricted areas with their pets which just won’t be big enough to cater for the demand. “We refer to dogs as being man’s best friend, but as a country we don’t seem to be showing this, as we increasingly turn our backs on dogs and stop them from spending time with their owners when out and about in public. “An increase in dog bans and places becoming less dog friendly gives way to a whole new set of issues, including putting dogs’ welfare at risk as owners are forced to leave their dogs in cars, or tied up outside shops and pubs, putting them at risk of being frightened or stolen. “The Kennel Club wants to see the UK being as faithful to dogs as they are to us, and we are encouraging businesses and workplaces across the UK to open their doors to dogs for the week to experience the many wonderful benefits that being around dogs can bring.” Open for Dogs Week is dedicated to encouraging businesses and workplaces across the UK to trial a dog friendly policy and to experience the many wonderful benefits dogs bring, which include raising levels of serotonin, the socalled ‘happy hormone’, increasing workplace productivity, and appealing to a potential new market through the millions of dog owning households in the UK. To find out more about Open for Dogs Week, or to join in, visit www.openfordogs.org.uk. Laura Quickfall London, England Dog News 123
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Its hard to believe that the UK waited 77 years before we had a men’s Wimbledon champion in tennis, but its been even longer for one of the countries native dog breeds to win a best in show at an general championship show.
hen Maibee Theo took best in show at East of England Ch show, he was the first King Charles Spaniel (in the USA they are called Toy Spaniels l believe?) to achieve this since 1929. The judge was Dan Ericsson from Sweden, who had previously given Theo at group first two years ago. Theo is now the breed record holder with 42 challenge certificates, and this year became the first King Charles in modern times to win the group at Crufts. He was bred by the late Shealagh Waters and Joyce Robins, a partnership which produced many champion King Charles down the generations. Shealagh maybe better known for her Maibee Cavaliers and in recent years her Ch Maibee Make Believe has been a top winner. Joyce robins own Maplehurst line provided the background to many of Britain’s most successful King Charles. It was a great loss when Shealagh was taken ill two years ago, and died in November 2011. It was thankful she was able to enjoy Theo’s early successes, handling him to his first five cc’s,and was able to watch his first group win on Sky TV. Of course there is always a ‘backroom boy’ and this was in the shape of Shealagh’s partner Bill Moffat and so it was good to hear that Bill has teamed up with Joyce and carry on with the King Charles breeding program. But 20 years ago a young girl went to stay at Maibee and has never left!! Tanya Ireland now usually handle’s Theo and in fact she has also campaigned a number of their previous champions.
British SCENE By Geoff Corish
And for those interested in Theo’s breeding, his sire is Maibee Teddy was shown as a youngster and did quite well and then Theo came on the scene and so he took a back seat. But recently he made reappearance and won his first certificate. Both he and Theo’s unshown dam, Maibee Sweet Memory descend from the influential Tewit line. So you are probably wondering what the rest of Dan Ericsson’s line-up was like? Well he had a quality bunch chasing the King Charles. For a start he had the lovely yellow Labrador from Italy Franco Barberi’s Show Ch/Italian Ch Loch Mors Giulietta and with her brother Romeo she did the double again for the third or fourth time. This was her second group win of the year and for those of you interested in her breeding would not be surprised to read that she is bred out of that gorgeous bitch Franco has Sh Ch/It Ch Loch Mor Sugar. The terrier group was the Irish bred in Germany but sent to the US where he was handled by RC Carusi. Am Ch Kell’s Touch of Fleet St is owned by tony Barker and John Averis and sired by that great dog Am Ch Redoaks Rapid Fire by Fleet St, he was recently best in show at Windsor. Dan also judged the hound group and this was won by the red and white Basenji bitch Ch Tokaji California Dreaming. All American bred by the big winning Ch/Am Ch Kazors Make Way For Riley and out of that stunning tri bitch who did even more here including the breed record, Ch/Am Ch Klassics Million Dollar Baby. And a family she has too! Her litter brother is also a group winner, her sire a reserve best in show winner and dam a best in show winner. Dog News 127
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