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CONTENTS October 29, 2010

14 ♦ Inside Out


18 ♦ The Chairman’s Report BY RONALD MENAKER

22 ♦ Question Of The Week BY MATTHEW H. STANDER

26 ♦ The Juniors Speak BY KIMBERLY SILVA

30 ♦ Responsible New Ideas In The Battle To Own Dogs BY SHARON SAKSON

34 ♦ Bests Of The Week 38 ♦ Ten Questions BY LESLEY BOYES

42 ♦Rare Breeds Of The World BY MJ NELSON

46 ♦Obedience & Rally Musings BY MINTA “MIKE” WILLAQUETTE

50 ♦ Princess Royal Opens Canine Cancer Ward BY LAURA QUICKFALL

54 ♦ Off The Leash BY SHAUN COEN

58 ♦ Judging In China, Solicitation Okays & More BY MATTHEW H. STANDER

62 ♦ The St. Bernard Club of America National Specialty BY CHERYL ZAPPALA

70 ♦ Before The Thanksgiving Classic Cluster, There Is The Big E BY PEGGY WAMPOLD

82 ♦ The Gossip Column BY EUGENE Z. ZAPHIRIS

92 ♦ Click – National General (China) BY EUGENE Z. ZAPHIRIS

100 ♦ Click – The Way We Were BY BARBARA BENDER

102 ♦ Letters To The Editor


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66 - Smooth Fox Terriers BY WINNIE STOUT 90 - Airedale Terriers BY LAURIE E. POST, PHD. 94 - Staffordshire Bull Terriers BY ANN LETTIS 96 - Scottish Terriers BY BARBARA ANDERSON LOUNSBURY

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10 ♦ Editorial

CONTENTS October 29, 2010

14 ♦ Inside Out


18 ♦ The Chairman’s Report BY RONALD MENAKER

22 ♦ Question Of The Week BY MATTHEW H. STANDER

26 ♦ The Juniors Speak BY KIMBERLY SILVA

30 ♦ Responsible New Ideas In The Battle To Own Dogs BY SHARON SAKSON

34 ♦ Bests Of The Week 38 ♦ Ten Questions BY LESLEY BOYES

42 ♦Rare Breeds Of The World BY MJ NELSON

46 ♦Obedience & Rally Musings BY MINTA “MIKE” WILLAQUETTE

50 ♦ Princess Royal Opens Canine Cancer Ward BY LAURA QUICKFALL

54 ♦ Off The Leash BY SHAUN COEN

58 ♦ Judging In China, Solicitation Okays & More BY MATTHEW H. STANDER

62 ♦ The St. Bernard Club of America National Specialty BY CHERYL ZAPPALA

70 ♦ Before The Thanksgiving Classic Cluster, There Is The Big E BY PEGGY WAMPOLD

82 ♦ The Gossip Column BY EUGENE Z. ZAPHIRIS

92 ♦ Click – National General (China) BY EUGENE Z. ZAPHIRIS

100 ♦ Click – The Way We Were BY BARBARA BENDER

102 ♦ Letters To The Editor


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66 - Smooth Fox Terriers BY WINNIE STOUT 90 - Airedale Terriers BY LAURIE E. POST, PHD. 94 - Staffordshire Bull Terriers BY ANN LETTIS 96 - Scottish Terriers BY BARBARA ANDERSON LOUNSBURY

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DOG NEWS EDITORIAL Policies Versus Rules

In 1939 when the Board at AKC first raised the matter of judges soliciting assignments they were called unfortunate incidents that should be discouraged. It was not until 1972 that the Board officially announced a policy prohibiting the practise of judges soliciting assignments. This policy, which had been in effect for over 75 years, has now been changed by the 2010 Board of AKC. One must ask, why? The explanation given for this change contained in the Minutes revolved around modern technology offering a way to connect clubs and people without regard to the traditional limits of familiarity as eliminating the need for a prohibition on soliciting assignments reads like pure hogwash. The fact is that soliciting has been and continues to go on despite the ban amongst all too many facets of the judging community perhaps led by those purists of the pure the Delegates themselves at their own meetings. Could that be the reason that so many outsiders, who have seen these objections to the lifting of the ban made by the Delegates on their own e-line, consider the objections to be self-serving since the Delegates will no longer be able to take advantage of the situation to further their own judging careers? Or are the objections to lifting the ban truly legitimate? It depends from where one is coming in the sport. These pages believe in continuing the ban on soliciting assignments were the ban to be enforceable. It has proven unenforceable and unwanted in certain segments of the judges community. Unwanted primarily by those people who are the least frequently asked to judge. Wanted by both the traditionalists and those in demand to judge. Nonetheless whatever your stance this is a policy decision totally within the purview of the Board at AKC notwithstanding the howls of anyone lobbying within the sport. The fact is that legal considerations may too have entered into this decision as there are unconfirmed rumors that at least one judges organization may have been involved with threats to AKC in the matter. Certainly one would hope that this is not the case but if it is true the issue of judges’ status as a profession or as a hobby activity comes to the fore legally and could very well have far reaching negative effects in the years to come. The motives of some people in all too many of these matters can be questionable for sure. Take the lady Delegate who interprets the lifting of the ban as “a one finger salute” by the Board to the fancy due to the overwhelming support of keeping term limits. This is contained amongst other messages on the Delegates e-line. And people wonder why these pages continue to ask for total publication of what these people communicate amongst themselves. That’s a perfect example of irresponsible and frivolous Delegate communication. Nonetheless the Board would have been wiser to have let the dog community know in advance its intention in revoking this policy. Just as in the matter of judges fees (whatever did happen to them?) possible contentious issues are best being forewarned about and explained as to why it is being done rather than to just deus ex machina throwing it out as an accomplished fiat. That’s a lesson well learned years ago starting with the Petland’s fiasco, which just seems to be a continuing error on the part of the Board.

Other Matters

Incredibly under “New Business”, the Board announced that it has decided to discuss at long last the number of conformation events held annually. Indeed it has finally directed staff to perform an analysis and present options on the way to control the number of AKC conformation shows held annually. For your information these pages have been campaigning for the last 20 years for AKC to undertake such a study! Well boys and girls that barn door has long been open and that old horse is long gone. Just like the Smith Committee we fear too little and too late. The Smith Committee these pages have high hopes to hear positive things from but whether or not the Committee recommendations will be effective and doable considering how long the present mess has been permitted to sustain itself remains to be seen.

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Wheels For Dogs

People who consider their dogs as family pets seem to be ever more willing to make life more pleasant for those laid up with injuries and illnesses. Perhaps we should reword that sentence to read more willing to make life more pleasant as the humans think it should apply to the pets. Take the pet wheelchair industry, which has a manufacturing niche in the US and is populated by a handful of fiercely competitive small companies. Most of the wheelchairs are designed for animals --dogs primarily-- with difficulties using their hind legs. Generally speaking the devices consist of a saddle in the rear with some sort of harness that goes over the animal’s midsection, connected to wheels that allow the dog to move by using its front legs. Andrew Farabaugh, a veterinary neurologist at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, says some animals appear to forget they’re even in a chair once they adapt. Diagnosed in 2008, a French bulldog had a spinal disease that required three operations and left him unable to walk. After the second operation the owner bought him a wheelchair for dogs and ever since he has been able to live a so-called regular life. It is estimated that 5,000 to 10,000 of these carts are sold annually with 90% being for dogs. Whether or not this kind of life is for you and your dog is up to the individual to decide. However, without being overly judgemental in the matter, it would take an awful lot of persuasion to convince these pages that this kind of imitation mobility is in the best interest of the dog itself. It sounds more ego gratifying to these pages than a health and welfare issue for the dog but again this has to be a very personal decision.

Aiding Tumor Research

An operation commonly performed to remove brain tumors from the pituitary glands of humans is now available for dogs, thanks to a collaboration between a neurosurgeon and some veterinarians in Los Angeles. And that is turning out good for humans! So far nine dogs that would have died have been treated successfully. All had Cushings disease. “Pet owners want all sorts of procedures done on their animals,” said Dr. Adam Mamelak, the neurosurgeon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, who taught the technique to the vets. Dr. Mamelak gained access to tissue samples from the treated dogs, which is significant since Cushings afflicts only one in a million humans but does hit over 100,0000 dogs annually. The canine tissue samples are enabling him to develop drugs to one day treat Cushings in both dogs and humans. ”We are using a human procedure in dogs and using their tissue to study the diseases,” he said. It’s a full loop and only shows but once again the miracles of modern medicine and highlights as well how sophisticated veterinary medicine has become as well. Interesting to learn if these procedures would be covered under a pet insurance plan, wouldn’t it. Speaking of which, consider how involved Pet Partners, AKC‘s pet insurance company, has become in supporting matters AKC. First the Meet the Breeds project and now the Friday prior to Westminster’s theatre party abandoned by the Dog Museum but taken over by the AKC Humane Fund. My how times change.

Thought For The Week

With all the controversy concerning whether or not a judge should be permitted to judge a dog he or she has bred everyone seems to have lost sight of the fact that under present AKC policies this is a perfectly legitimate thing to do. Provided of course certain standards are met. In most every situation that has proved controversial the standards have been met. Whether the concept of adjudicating upon a dog that one has bred is a good one or not is not the issue. It is fully allowable and until and if ever the rule or policy is altered or changed someone who does this cannot be penalized just for doing so! Other factors may enter into the picture but on the surface it is legally allowed. Whether it is something that is perceived by others as morally incorrect is another matter in the all together, that’s for sure. Some people seem to become preoccupied with personalities rather than facts whenever this subject comes to the fore and it would do everyone well to sit back and analyze the facts of each case and not dwell on the people immediately concerned. •

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InsideOut by John Mandeville

In some ways there’s no need to write about AKC’s second standalone Meet the Breeds held October 16-17, again in New York City’s Javits Center. It was terrific. Everything from last year’s outing was true this year and more so.


he weather cooperated, although there is a point of view that less than perfect weather – including, perhaps, below normal temperatures combined with overcast skies and a light, but only occasional drizzle – is “ideal” for getting Manhattanites to seek indoor outlets for their weekend entertainment. If that had occurred, the crowds might’ve had the fire marshals limiting new admissions until sufficient numbers left the building. As it was the perfect fall weather, sunny and mild, produced huge crowds. By midday on Saturday the aisles in many places were near impassable – think Monday’s Garden benching, except Meet the Breeds’ aisles are considerably wider. I was told advance sales were greater than last year and attendance – as of Saturday afternoon – was up. The two-day gate might have nudged 40,000. AKC has committed to taking more space – 30,000 additional square feet were mentioned – next year; for those of us who can’t readily translate square feet into room size, that’s a hall 300 feet long by 100 feet wide. AKC does a terrific job. The fabulous cooperation of the fancy makes Meet the Breeds the greatest purebred event for the public held in this country. That is no exaggeration… in the slightest. The willingness of fanciers to bring their dogs and represent their breeds is strikingly impressive. I don’t know how far the furthest breed representatives traveled but it was at least a solid day’s drive in many instances. As always the dogs were sensational. There’s a wonderful video to be made just wandering the aisles and taping young and very young children interacting with dogs. I was also again impressed by the public. They clearly liked meeting the breeds, wanting to touch the dogs but were respectful and asked first. Good for them. Any fancier who might have misgivings about bringing their dogs to Meet the Breeds should talk to the folks in their breed who brought dogs. It’s going to be a tiring day – for man and dog – but not one to automatically skip for fear the crowds will contain too many people who are too grabby or otherwise too problematic around the dogs. There’s no question – in my mind – Meet the Breeds’ success as a mid-October attraction at the Javits Center is assured. In just two outings it’s become part of New Yorkers’ event consciousness – the big dog fair where you can interact with every kind of dog imaginable… and cats too. The Cat Fanciers Association was also back for outing number two and appeared 14 Dog News

to be attracting their share of the gate… one cat in particular provided me one of my more entertaining experiences. Seated at an information table was a flat-faced, reasonably dense-coated, Persian cat, or so I assume; it didn’t occur to me to ask its breed but I liked its look and loved its attitude. It sat virtually at the front edge of the table, exuding typical cat inscrutability combined with complete indifference to the passing throngs. The cat’s imperturbability was impressive. After watching for a bit from the side, I stepped over to look at the cat’s face straight-on. As I stepped in front, albeit a good three feet from him, almost without movement, he swiveled his head to the side… assuring me, with scarcely taking a breath, I wasn’t worthy of looking into his face combined with, of course, complete disdain and contempt for me. I love cats. I want to have dogs. I was saying the continuing success of Meet the Breeds is assured because it is already implanted among New Yorkers as a mid-October event worth a visit. I believe that even though this was just the event’s second outing. This doesn’t mean AKC can coast, not doing sufficient promotion or taking the fancy’s participation for granted. AKC reimbursing parking, tolls and giving lunch money to fanciers who work their breeds’ booths strikes me as above and beyond what is necessary. But it is a smart gesture and appreciated. I think the fanciers who custom decorate their breeds’ booths – in some cases spectacularly so, in other cases extraordinarily cleverly so – and bring the dogs are what makes Meet the Breeds successful. Yet, I was told Labrador Retrievers, the most popular breed for decades, had no representation either day. If so, that is an unmitigated disgrace. Meet the Breeds II left me with two questions, one of which is self-answering: How is the event evaluated? The size of the gate substantially answers that. Even more, I am interested in why attendees came, would they come again, what they got from attending and many similar questions, all of which address, “How does Meet the Breeds help us?” Second, on the assumption everything about Meet the Breeds is terrific for putting purebred dogs before the public up close and personal: Where should AKC host other Meet the Breeds? That’s grist for an entire column, but the overwhelming success in New York City suggests it will work elsewhere. So, should AKC host multiple Meet the Breeds around the country each year? •

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New Additions to the Grand Championship Program and AKC/Eukanuba National Championship

The Chairman’s Report October 19, 2010

New York, NY – Since the introduction of the new AKC Grand Championship title in April, we’ve had hundreds of dogs in nearly every breed complete the requirements for a Grand Championship title. Thus far, the program has fulfilled the hopes we had for it - retired champions have re-entered the ring for a newfound showcase opportunity, and owners of new champions continue to compete for a new title. A section of the AKC website at grandchampionship/ is now dedicated to the program, and we’re continuing to add new features there on a regular basis. One new item is a Grand Championship Points Ranking that lists the top 25 dogs in each breed based on number of Grand Championship points garnered at shows by achieving Best of Breed, Best of Opposite Sex, Select Dog or Select Bitch. The drop-down box on the webpage allows searchers to easily find their favored breed or breeds. This new ranking element will help us to celebrate the exceptional dogs that have taken the next step in the AKC Conformation world and truly are the best of the best. Additionally, all dogs that completed their Grand Championship through October 12, 2010 will receive an invitation to the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship (AENC) in Long Beach, California to be held on Dec. 4 and 5, 2010. As Grand Championships are completed all dogs eligible for this honor will be listed on the AKC website. Beyond the Grand Championship program, however, we’re including several other high-performing categories of dogs on the 2010 invite list.

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For many years, dogs earning their championship during the AENC qualifying period with all of their points earned as Breeder/Owner handled originating from Puppy and/or BBE class have also been eligible for an invitation. This year, we’re also adding a new invitational category: the Amateur Owner Handler (AOH). All dogs that finish their championship out of the Amateur Owner Handler class will receive an invitation to the show. Those dogs that finish with all points earned in the AOH class also receive a special medallion. For AKC breeders interested in participating in the 2010 Eukanuba World Challenge, a spot in the competition could be yours as a winner in the Eukanuba Breeder’s Stakes competition. The four winners of the Eukanuba Breeder’s Stakes will compete against each other in Long Beach where the victor will have a berth in the Eukanuba World Challenge. More details are available on our website. Finally, we will be celebrating our Miscellaneous breeds with the Best in Miscellaneous Class Competition. This competition will be open to American English Coonhounds, Cesky Terriers, Chinooks, Entlebucher Mountain Dogs, Finnish Lapphunds, Norwegian Lundehunds, Rat Terriers, Russell Terriers, Treeing Walker Coonhounds and Xoloitzcuintli who have won a CM (Certificate of Merit title) or at least three Best of Breed, with competition or one Best in Miscellaneous class, with competition. Come cheer on some future AKC-recognized breeds. As you can see, the 2010 edition of the AKC/ Eukanuba National Championship will be busier than ever with the addition of our Grand Champions and other special qualifiers. We welcome any questions about AENC 2010 or suggestions for the Grand Championship program. We hope to see you in the rings and at the show! Sincerely, Ron Menaker

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of t heWeek AKC has recently launched a new BREEDER OF MERIT program. What is your reaction to this new concept?

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Patsy Wood Being modest by nature all I have ever strived for is the respect of my fellow Sealyham Terrier breeders. Everyone should read the recent DOG NEWS interview with Jim Smith and Lesley Boyes for the definition of a real dog breeder. That interview echoes my sentiments exactly. Whilst no doubt well intended, AKC’s recent rash of awards - Select this, Select that, etc. is already blurred and diluted. Pins, discounts, titles or other incentives cannot guarantee, nor suddenly create, truly meritorious breeders.

Kathy Beliew The implementation of a program to recognize qualified breeders is a concept long overdue. However, the program as presented, in my opinion, simply “lowers the bar” and in effect recognizes unqualified breeders perhaps for the sake of increasing AKC’s coffers. For example, the requirement to “certify that applicable health screens are performed” is not enforceable and does not make one qualified to be a mentor regarding which animals should be bred. This also applies to someone that has four performance titles. I see no merit in obtaining AKC registration for animals that should not contribute to a breeding program aimed at improving the quality of the breed.

Late Answer To Question of The Week For October 22

Two AKC Judges were recently found guilty of dog animal cruelty. They are appealing these charges. What steps if any should AKC be taking during this appeal process? Rita J. Biddle, Esq. I’m sorry for this late reply and hope it’s not too late. My other half has been in the hospital with pneumonia and I just got him home late last night and am just now going through my emails. Anyhow, here’s my answer if you are able to use it. Whenever we hear about someone abusing animals, our gut reaction is one of horror and disgust at how anyone could do such a thing, especially a member of the fancy. Then, when we cool down and start to think about it, we begin the rational process of trying to ascertain the facts before rushing to final judgment. This question, of course, goes beyond accusations to convictions. Nevertheless, an appeal of a conviction is an important part of one’s right to due process. Therefore, AKC can do nothing regarding the instant case until the defendants have exhausted their appeal rights. However, AKC might consider developing outreach and educational programs to help folks identify when they are having difficulty giving their dogs and other animals proper care and how and where they can seek assistance before matters get out of hand. Thanks you for the opportunity to comment.

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Travis Cramsey 16 years old Allentown, PA

How did you become involved in the sport? My mother had bred and shown Akitas. When I was 11, I told her I wanted “my own dog to show.”

The Juniors Speak

by Kimberly Silva

What is your favorite dog show moment? Recently I went Best of Variety from the bred by class on a specialty weekend, and on to a group 4 with my first bred by dog.

Do you have a mentor or someone you look up to in the sport? As far as a “breed”

mentor, Michael W. Reed has been an incredible teacher, mentor, and friend. I’d also like to thank Elaine Hanson for getting me started in the dachshund breed. As far as handler mentors go, there are simply too many to mention. You all know who you are, and thank you for all of the wisdom, guidance, and support.

What is the best advice you can give to current and potential juniors? No matter

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What would you like junior judges to know most when judging juniors? That you should not

be judging how well a dog can free bait, but how appropriately each junior handles their particular breed.

Do you have any plans once you age-out? I would like to continue my

Dachshund breeding program, attend college, apprentice under an all-breed handler, and eventually get into professional handling.

Do you compete in any other AKC events? If so, which? I’ve

dabbled in Dachshund Field Trials and Earth Dog, but the conformation ring takes up almost all of my time.

What, if anything, have you learned from competing in junior showmanship? Juniors has taught me

all aspects of sportsmanship, as well as given me ring experience for my future handling career.


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Responsible NewIdeasinthe BattletoOwnDogs by Sharon Sakson

Although she is soft-spoken, Patti Strand startled the crowd at the Symposium for Rational Animal Control on September 15 in Pennsylvania. “If the rate of decline in breeding continues,” she said, “in 12 years, we will not be able to replace the dogs we have now.”


he paused, aware that her assertion had surprised the audience of 100 owners, breeders, judges and delegates. Patti Strand is a small, reserved woman but much of her talk packed a big impact. She represents the National Animal Interest Alliance. The NAIA is the enclave for responsible breeders, owners, hunters and dog sport enthusiasts who are being threatened by animal rights groups. Groups like PETA and HSUS are pushing, as another speaker, Dennis Foster, said, “A meatless, petless society,” no matter what rhetoric they use. One of the recent slogans on the HSUS website has been, “There is no such thing as an ethical breeder.” Clearly, they don’t represent the interests of breeders of purebred dogs. NAIA is keeping records that can be used to dispute so-called “facts” that run rampant on the internet and through colonies of animal rights terrorists, such as exactly how many dogs are taken in to shelters, how many put to sleep, how many reunited with owners. This was especially interesting to me because a mixed breed pet owner in Petco had just that day announced definitively that “18,000 dogs a day are put to death in shelters in Philadelphia because of breeders.” (She meant to add, “Like you.”) “Eighteen thousand a day?” I asked incredulously. “That’s impossible.” “That’s what I heard,” she said stubbornly, “and I think it’s terrible.” She was using her “fact” to show disdain for my admitting openly that I breed one or two litters of Brussels Griffons every year, and one litter of Whippets every five to eight years. I asked Patti Strand if she had any numbers

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from the shelter this woman had mentioned. “No, because they won’t provide them,” she said. “If they refuse to provide records, there’s little we can do.” Why would they refuse to provide records of numbers of dogs killed in shelters? Doing so would obviously serve the community, because they would know if the number was going up or down. Patti Strand was too diplomatic to speculate. But hunting around on the internet, I found a number of answers proposed by other people. If you don’t keep records, you are free to “guesstimate” any number that suits you. Clearly, if the numbers of dogs taken in and put to sleep go down, your budget should go down, too, and maybe your staff will be cut, which shelter workers obviously don’t want. “Responsible” was a word that kept coming up in September. This symposium was the Pennsylvania Federation of Dog Club’s way of honoring the concept “Responsible Dog Owners Month.”


ew stories are more frustrating than that of Wendy Willard and her pack of Basset Hounds. She is famous for her hunting pack, which she has kept for more than 30 years. A photo shows Wendy in hunting livery, striding out with her hounds. She was not present at the symposium, so her lawyer, Charles J. Geffen, told the story. A year ago, animal control officers descended onto her property, apparently believing that since she kept such a large number of dogs, she must be a puppy mill. Wendy was bewildered by their CONTINUED ON PAGE 74

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At His First Dog Show Ever! Montgomery County Weekend Best of Breed from the Classes! Morris and Essex Kennel Club under Judge Mr. Peter Green... and Best of Breed at Devon Dog Association under Judge Ms. Beth Sweigart

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...and caps off the weekend at the Airedale Terrier Club of America National Specialty under Breeder-Judge Mrs. April Clyde

Texter Stronghold Legend Owners/Breeders Dr. David Post, DVM, MS & Dr. Laura Post, PhD

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The Bests oftheWeek

OCTOBER 29 29, 2010 To report an AKC All Breed Best In Show or National Specialty Win Call, Fax or Email before 12:00 Noon Tuesday Fax: 212 675-5994 Phone: 212 462-9588 Email:

Rapid City Kennel Club, Inc German Wirehaired Pointer Ch. Ripsnorter’s Mt. View Lookout Judge Mrs. Michele L. Billings Owners Kiki Courtelis, James Witt, Helen Witt and Joyce Wilkinson Handler Frank Murphy

Troy Kennel Club - Sunday Doberman Pinscher Ch. D’s Remember When Judge Dr. Thomas Davies Owners Dr. Anthony and Sheila DiNardo, Brinley Cuddeback Handler Jessica Plourde

Illinois Capitol Kennel Club - Monday Samoyed Ch. Polar Mist War Admiral Judge Mrs. Francine Schwartz Owner Laurie Olsson Handler Nancy Martin

Sandemac Kennel Club Tibetan Mastiff GCh. Seng Khri Bartok Of Dawa Judge Mrs. Shirley D. Limoges Owners Zane Smith, Dan Nechemias and Lois Claus Handler Ed Thomason

Newnan Kennel Club Del Valle Kennel Club of Livermore Pekingese Ch. Palacegarden Malachy Judge Dr. Robert D. Smith Judge Ms. Theresa L. Hundt Owners Iris Love, Sandra Middlebrooks & David Fitzpatrick Handler David Fitzpatrick Upper Potomac Valley Kennel Club Sunday Toy Poodle GCh. Smash JP Moon Walk Judge Mrs. Joyce G. Fortney Owners Ron Scott and Debbie Burke Handler Kaz Hosaka Atlanta Terrier Club Atlanta Kennel Club Ch. Cragsmoor Buddy Goodman Judge Mrs. Elaine Mathis Judge Mr. Ronald Menaker Owners Carolyn Koch & Victor Malzoni, Jr. Handler Larry Cornelius Mattoon Kennel Club Old English Sheepdog Ch. Lambluv’s Gambolon Blue Thunder Judge Mrs. Ann D. Hearn Owners Kay Richardson & Jere Marder Handler Jere Marder Del Valle Dog Club of Livermore Airedale Terrier GCh. Sherwood’s King Arthur Judge Mr. Espen Eng Owners Lisa & Scott Bryan Handler Jenny Wornall Albany Kennel Club II Irish Terrier GCh. Fleet St. Fenway Fan Judge Mrs. Patricia A. Mowbray-Morgan Owner Anthony Barker & Victor Malzoni, Jr. Handler RC Carusi

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Gloucester County Kennel Club Greyhound Ch. GrandCru Clos Erasmus Judge Mrs. Anitra Cuneo Owners Melanie S. Steele & Rindi Gaudet Handler Rindi Gaudet Douglasville Kennel Club of Georgia Friday Black Cocker Spaniel GCh. Casablanca’s Thrilling Seduction Judge Mr. Madison M. Weeks Owners Bruce Van Deman, Carolee Douglas, Mary Walker, Cindy Cassidy, Linda Moore Handler Michael Pitts South Jersey Kennel Club Lhasa Apso GCH. My Thai Ta Sen Halleluiah Chorus Judge Ms. Sharon R. Lyons Owners Susan S. Giles & Mary D. Vaden Handler Susan S. Giles Lawton Dog Fanciers Pharaoh Hound Ch. Northgate’s As You Like It Judge Col. Joe Purkhiser Owners Jennifer Mosing, Jenny Hall & Annica Lundqvist Handler Brian Livingston Stephenville Kennel Club of Texas Friday Bell County Kennel Club - Saturday & Sunday Smooth Fox Terrier GCh. J’Cobe Kemosabe Vigilante Justice Judge Mrs. Vicki Abbott Judge Ms. Denny Mounce Judge Mrs. Sally Vilas Owners Howard & Sandra Hoffen and Phil & Amy Booth Handler Amy Booth

Illinois Capital Kennel Club - Sunday Gordon Setter GCh. Firethorn and Sandpiper’ Easy On The Eyes Judge Mrs. Kimberly Meredith-Cavanna Owners Don and Pat Coller, M. Mcloughlin, DVM, C. Kirby Handler Eileen Hackett Platte Valley Kennel Club of Fremont, Nebraska - Friday 13 inch Beagle GCh. Del Rey Roosevelt’s Rough Rider Judge Mr. Houston Clark Owners R. Hilton, D. Lipari, E. Brandt, J. Catz Handler Heather Lindberg Gloucester County Kennel Club American Foxhound GCh. Kiarry’s Walkin On Sunshine Judge Mr. Douglas Johnson Owners Mary S.D. Echols & Harry & Lisa Miller Handler Lisa Miller Cornhusker Kennel Club of Lincoln, Nebraska Shih Tzu Ch. Hallmark Jolei Austin Powers Judge Mr. Neil W. Graves Owners Joe and Bobbi Walton Handler Luke Ehricht Platte Valley Kennel Club - Thursday Bouviers des Flandres GCh. Margaux’s Venture Capital Judge Mrs. Mildred Bryant Owners Priscilla Martin and Sandra Lyon Handler Doug Carlson Basset Hound Club of America National Specialty GCh. Blossomhil’s Momma Mia Judge Mr. William Barton Owner Sukey Shor Handler Mike Stone Afghan Hound Club of America National Specialty Ch. Thaon’s Mowgli Judge Mr. Reginald Nesbitt Owners Jay T. Hafford, James Blanchard, Ann Sterner Handler Jay T. Hafford Great Dane Club of America National Specialty Ch. Rojon’s Say Yes Judge Mr. Eric J. Ringle Owners Mary Anne Zanetos and Sharron Barney Handler Jeff Lawrence


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TWO - Judging the Herding Group What is at Westminster, and judging your my own national. favorite dog show moment exclusive of a win?



“Good grief!” Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

To sing well. Which talent would you most like to have?


Who is your real life hero or heroine?

The people who jump in to help others in need - such as all those who contributed their efforts to rescuing the Chilean miners.

5 6 7 If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

I would like to be a lot less fond of eating good food - especially desserts.

Other people think I am: A lot more serious more of the time than I actually am.

8 9 What was your most embarrassing moment at a dog show? Falling in the group ring - more than once - and sliding to a graceless stop in front of the judge. I recall my assistant threatening to score me on degree of difficulty and execution.

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Good sense of humor, happy grandmother, Yankees fan, and need I say it, loves dogs (and the funny things they do).

Which judge, no longer alive or judging, do you miss the most? There are a number - but to name two, Steve Shaw and Annie Clark.

Asked of Linda More

10questions What do you miss the most at dog shows? 10. Cheerful camaraderie around setups and crating areas, and seeing more exhibitors professional and amateur alike - simply enjoying themselves and their dogs.

How would you describe yourself in a personal ad?

Born: Washington, DC Resides: Cary, North Carolina Marital Status: Twice divorced

By Lesley Boyes

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by M.J. Nelson

Dispelling A Myth


or as long as I can remember, and that’s quite a long time, writers in the various outdoor and hunting dog magazines have flatly stated that Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are a stubborn and willful breed that is difficult if not impossible to train and is also surly and as likely to bite the hand that fed them as not. As most of these writers are or were Labrador fanciers, a significant amount of their negativity toward the Chesapeake can be attributed to breed bias. Even the great novelist James Michener succumbed to the anti-Chesapeake propaganda put forth by Labrador-owning dog writers as well as professional Labrador retriever trainers in his book Chesapeake where the black Labrador, Lucifer, was a sweet, kind, gentle-natured animal while Jake, the Chesapeake, was a nasty, foul-tempered brute that hated all humanity except his master who he barely tolerated. Almost everyone in the world of retrievers has heard the old saw about retriever training: You train a Golden with your voice, a Labrador with a stick and a Chesapeake with a two-by-four. This plethora of misinformation about the Chesapeake Bay Retriever would lead the average person to believe that the Chesapeake is a breed to be avoided at all costs. Indeed, Chesapeake people themselves are the first to tell prospective buyers that Chesapeakes are not the breed for everyone but not because of their alleged character flaws. “Chesapeakes have an independent nature and a strong sense of right and wrong,” said Mark Walsh, who owns Ch JJ’s Power Ranger Over and Under MH FDCh (flyball champion) WDQ CGC TDI (“Ranger.”) “Their ability to quickly pick up on what I wanted them to do and their willingness to please has made training an easy and fun activity. They are far and away the superior breed for adaptability to hunt and retrieve anything from doves to Canada geese along with the occasional lizard, gopher or rabbit. But, they are not the breed for everyone. Inexperienced dog

Ch Pond Hollow N TLC’s Glacier Bay MH NAP NJP WDQ (“Glacier Bay”), one of Kathy Heintel’s Chesapeakes, loves agility in addition to field work.

Ranger (Ch JJ’s Power Ranger Over and Under MH FDCh (flyball champion) WDQ CGC TDI), Mark Walsh’s champion master hunter Chesapeake does the job the breed was developed to do.

owners should not look to this breed. The very same strengths of high intelligence and a strong sense of right and wrong that I value can oftentimes make them the smartest and most dominant member of the household, causing numerous problems for inexperienced dog owners. It is also true that many professional trainers cannot or will not work with Chesapeakes because they are unable to understand the breed and its unique nature.” “Chesapeakes have willing temperaments. They are not ‘slaves’ but rather willing partners for the task at hand and this is where folks that think ‘I am are dog’ make mistakes with Chessies. This is a breed where you have to teach them what you want, not try to force them to do a job,” said Jaci Bowman who, in addition to her versatile Standard Poodles, also owns Am/ UKC Ch UATCHX HR Chaparal Oakwind InKahoots JH RA MX MXJ AD EGC OAC NJC WDX. “Once you teach a Chessie, they will remember it forever and gladly do the task. You need to be a tad smarter than the dog and willing to compromise to get what you want at times. You always have to have a sense of humor with a Chesapeake because these dogs are quite the characters. They’ll protect you with their lives and they have the focus to go through anything and back to retrieve a duck.” Lawrence Martens, an outstanding old retriever trainer who was successful with Labradors, Goldens and Chesapeakes in the years following World War II when field trials actually tested a dog for the things a hunting dog is supposed to do instead of the circus events that they have become, once told me “Chesapeakes aren’t so tough. You just have to make them think that what you want them to do is their idea.” He was also the one who, in comparing training the three most popular retriever breeds, coined the phrase, “You can tell a Golden. You can order a Labrador. But, you have to negotiate with CONTINUED ON PAGE 76

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Jackson Wins First Best In Show At 15 Months Of Age

CH. D’s REMEMBER WHEN Sire: Ch Alex de Akido San

Dam: Ch Cambria’s Victoria’s Secret

A Multiple Group Winner From The Puppy Class Is Now A Best In Show Winner!!!!. Look for Jackson with professional handler, Jessica Plourde. Thank You Breed Judge Mrs. Cathy Daugherty, Group Judge Ms. Angela Porpora, And Best In Show Judge Dr. Thomas Davies Breeders & Owners: Dr. Anthony & Mrs Sheila DiNardo Co-Owner: Ms Brinley Paige Cuddeback Handler: Jessica Plourde • email:

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Obedience andRally Musings


by Minta “Mike” Williquette

n my last column I made an observation that I now have to modify. I stated that the highest level of obedience competition was in the upper midwest. After judging in Atlanta a few weeks ago, I saw dogs that were every bit as talented as the Midwest dogs. In my Open B classes, which were around thirty-five dogs, the number of good dogs was amazing. The high score in the class was a 199.5. This is not too unusual, but what followed was. The next four dogs were at 199, which meant one

of the dogs that scored a 199 didn’t place. AND there were 198s and 197s that followed those scores. I am not known as an easy judge, in fact there are times it’s been suggested that I am a little too tight scoring, yet these dogs also had similar scores in Utility B and Open B under the other judges. What a thrill to be able to watch these dogs and handlers perform. I want to congratulate Jim Ham on being the AKC Lifetime Achievement Award choice for Companion Events. Jim is a wonderful man to show to and judge with. He always presents his stewards with painter’s caps that say “The World’s Greatest Stewards”, to show appreciation for these folks volunteering their time. I also know he has a special summer program for his students at the high school where he teaches, where they help him build a small boat. These are kids who need extra attention. And this is a man who goes that extra mile. The Advisory Committee for Rally met and presented its suggestions to the Rally community for comments, and is now winnowing through those suggestions to present the final changes to the AKC Board of Directors. There is no time frame for this that I am aware of.


• Addition of Rally to the Versatile Companion Dog Title (VCD1) with dogs that earn the Rally Master (RM) title. (This would of course only happen if the Rally Master title is approved.) As Rally originated to encourage exhibitors to continue on to show in obedience I feel that the VCD title should only include the now required titles, which are CD TD NA NAJ . • Suggested Dog Per Hour -Novice – 22 -Advanced – 20 -Excellent – 18 (This change would be sensible as it is faster to judge a Novice course than Advanced or Excellent. Advanced is usually slower than Excellent as many of the dogs are entered before they are ready to work off leash). • Highest Combined Score in Advanced B and Excellent B classes (This might be hard to determine as there are so many tie scores in Rally I would guess times would have to determine a winner in this case.) • Elimination of Classes -Rally T Challenge class (non-regular) -Rally T Challenge Team class (nonregular) -Rally Plus (non-regular) (pending approval of Rally Master class) (I for one would be happy to see these classes go. There are usually very few entries and take considerable time to set up) 46 Dog News

National Rally Competition 4 rings – 2 Advanced/2 Excellent Advanced & Excellent exercises Pre-approval of courses. In order to qualify, teams must compete in both Advanced B & Excellent B, earning a minimum combined total score of 180. Dogs chosen by breed. I am not sure if this competition would be in conjunction with the National Obedience Invitation and follow similar guidelines. New Classes – Rally Novice Plus (RNP) Optional titling or mandatory No jumps Course must have between 12 to 17 stations Course must have 3 Advanced level stations Last 5 stations will be off lead Halt-SitRemove Leash (New sign) Handler is to carry the lead. The Stay Exercise (Excellent class/ replaces the Honor exercise) Immediately following the finish sign the handler must leave the dog in a sit stay. Owner will retrieve leash from 10 feet away, return to the dog, attach leash and exit the ring. No retries NQ if dog breaks sit. Rally Master (RM) Must have a Rally Excellent (RE) No retries Course must have between 12 to 15 stations; start, finish and mandatory exercises are not included Course must include 1 Masters and 3 Excellent exercises Have a minimum of 3 and a

maximum of 5 stationary exercises. Points accrued under minimum of 2 different judges. Judged as in obedience with 1⁄2 points Maximum 200 points Title earned by accruing 100 points based on point schedule. This class has several new signs and judging criteria if you are interested in the details go to the AKC web site and look for the Rally Advisory Committee. This will give a detailed description of all the classes, and proposed changes. The following suggestion that this statement be included in the guidelines is to me a discredit to judges. There is no place in an events rule book for this type of statement. Our Rally and Obedience judges are entitled to their opinions, and I don’t feel that there are many who would verbally discredit Rally to the public.

These guidelines reflect the policies and practices set forth by the AKC Board of Directors. Judges are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the guidelines in these regulations and in a manner that will reflect credit upon the sport of Rally and all exhibitors. A judge must never disparage the sport of Rally, all exhibitors or the American Kennel Club. Failure to comply with these guidelines subjects a judge to possible disciplinary action. It will be interesting to see what changes are presented to the board, and which the Board will actually approve. Exercise Finished. •

Three Group Firsts & Best In Show!


AKC GCH. & CAN. CH. & CKCSC USA CH. Mondrian V.H. Lamslag of Piccadil RE

Thank you Judge Mrs. Houston Clark

Thank you Judge Mr. Houston Clark

Thank you Judge Ms. Arlene Czech

National Specialty Winner 2010 Number 1 Cavalier All Systems 2009, 2010 With 14 Best In Shows! And 119 Group Firsts! &

Multiple Specialty Wins! Always shown naturally by

Owner-Handler Janet York Dog News 47

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Ch. Winfall I Dream Of Style

“Macey” Style... It’s Not Just A Fashion Statement, It’s A Way Of Life Owners Keith & Cheryl Robbins George & Barbara Adkins Tina Porter Lee Stanton Jorge Pinson 48 Dog News

Breeders Tina Porter Lee Stanton

Handler Michael Shepherd Assisted By Dottie James

Judge Mrs. Mildred Bryant

Group First Judge Ms. Jane Roppolo

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PrincessRoyal OpensCanine CancerCareWard

SupportedByTheKennelClubCharitableTrust by Laura Quickfall


new dog ward for canine cancer patients was officially opened at the University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies Hospital for Small Animals by Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal last week. The Kennel Club Charitable Trust provided £30,000 towards the 26-kennel ward, which is specifically designed to provide recuperative care and comfortable kennelling facilities for dogs at the University’s Hospital for Small Animals. The canine oncology support ward has been created as, like humans, dogs are living longer due to improvements in treatments. However, longer life spans also increase the chance of being diagnosed with cancer at some stage of their life. Around one in three dogs and one in five cats will develop cancer and the disease is the main cause of mortality in household pets. Although cancer rates are increasing, new treatments have led to better survival rates. The facilities the new dog ward provides will complement the School’s £3 million Riddell-Swan Veterinary Cancer Centre, which opened last year. The cancer care

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centre houses state-of-the-art equipment including a computerised tomography (CT) scanner and a linear accelerator that can provide radiotherapy treatment. Caroline Kisko, Secretary of the Kennel Club, said: “The Kennel Club Charitable Trust is extremely pleased that the money it has given to the University of Edinburgh has helped to ensure that its Canine Cancer Care unit could be built. “The Trust has supported the groundbreaking research being conducted by the University, which is helping to improve our ability to diagnose and treat cancer in dogs, for some time. The Cancer Care Unit will help in a different way, by providing post-treatment and after care for dogs that have been through cancer therapy. “People love their dogs as a member of their family, so this is a vital part of the care process. It is comforting for them to know that there are comfortable kenneling facilities where their dogs will receive the recuperative care that they need, as well as the potentially life-saving treatment. “The Charitable Trust has given millions of pounds to projects which help to improve the health and welfare of dogs across the UK. This unit has established the University’s place as a leader in conducting not only lifesaving but also life enhancing work for dogs, and the Trust exists precisely to help projects such as this realise their goals.” The canine oncology support ward replaces the old feline ward, and the cats have been moved to a new ward further away from the dogs to help prevent cats from becoming stressed by the noise of barking. Professor Elaine Watson, Head of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies said: “The dog ward, along with our new feline ward enhances the facilities for animals receiving treatment at the School’s Hospital for Small Animals and we are very appreciative of the tremendous support from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust.” •




Thanks to all the Judges who have recognized Jack’s breed type, soundness and showmanship!


Sire: Ch. Blythewood Straight Shooter

Dam: Ch. Blythewood Capital Lady

Thank you to Judges Mr. Stephen Hubbell and Mrs. Phyllis Wolfish for these recent Group Wins. Adding to an already Successful Career!

Owners: Jim & Kristi Clark and Joan L. Huber 5th Avenue, New York, New York


Owner/Handled by Breeder: Joan L. Huber 6531 Upper Ridge Road Green Lane, PA 18054 (home) 215-234-8330 (cell) 215-859-3259 Dog News 51



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he biggest threat to the future of purebred dog shows is the barrage of anti-dog owning and breeding legislation that dog lovers are facing all across the nation. This week dog owners and breeders have the opportunity to fight back against much of the harmful, restrictive and discriminatory legislation by supporting dog-friendly candidates and dismissing or unseating those who align themselves with and advance the agendas of radical groups such as the Humane Society of The United States. The turnout and the results of this Election Day will have a tremendous impact not only on the shift of power in the Senate and the House of Representatives and for the country at large but for the microcosm that is the dog fancy. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Missouri, where residents must be exhausted by the amount of publicity bestowed upon Proposition B, the ballot initiative that seeks to impose breeding and ownership limits. Then again, maybe they’re not, which is why we should all be alarmed. Responsible dog owners and breeders are certainly aware of the threat Proposition B poses but what about the rest of Missourians who vote? There is no guarantee that voters will understand what exactly is at stake with Prop B when they get into the booth and pull the tab. A quick glance at the ballot initiative may cause a lightning quick reaction resulting in its passage. Who wouldn’t want to stop animal abuse? What some of these voters will fail to understand is that the HSUS has funneled a reported three million dollars into the campaign to get Proposition B passed in Missouri, which the Better Business Bureau states is responsible for some 30 percent of the nation’s puppies — a number that proponents of the measure are using to convince those unfamiliar with the initiative to vote in the affirmative. The responsible breeders and owners

in Missouri simply don’t have the coin necessary to take on the HSUS, which is further filling its coffers while calling on the importance of passing this bill in Missouri and beyond. With the demands of the day and rigorous show schedules to boot, fanciers, breeders and owners can’t possibly keep up with the legislative onslaught across the nation, let alone in their own hometown or state. Like the majority of Americans, they probably don’t even know all the candidates on the ballot or where they stand on all the issues that affect them now or will in the future. Likewise, they can’t be expected to devote all their free time, attention and resources towards electing the best candidate for them and their dogs and defeating or unseating the ones that threaten their very rights to breed and own dogs. Thankfully, the American Kennel Club has been stepping up to the plate to look out for the best interests of dog owners and breeders and there are still ways for those who aren’t up to date on all the issues to ensure that the right candidates get elected and make responsible, informed decisions on the legislative matters that have far-reaching and longstanding consequences. The AKC has been instrumental in defeating numerous pieces of detrimental legislation on all levels of government. It has joined with its member clubs and vast constituents in getting out the vote to defeat local ordinances as well as state and federal measures. To take on such formidable and wellheeled opponents, these types of campaigns cost a lot of money. To that end, the AKC has established two funds, the AKC Political Action Committee (AKC PAC) and the AKC Canine Legislative Support Fund. One hundred percent of the funds received by the AKC PAC goes directly towards helping to elect dog-friendly candidates.

OFF LEASH by Shaun Coen


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Individuals may contribute up to $5,000 per year and there is no minimum contribution, so whatever your means will allow in these uncertain economic times will be greatly appreciated by all dog owners. Any member of an AKCaffiliated club may contribute and clubs may hold fund-raisers for the PAC. These contributions may not by earmarked for individual candidates, though donors may recommend to the PAC which candidates they believe are worthy of its support. The funds received by the AKC PAC may only be used for campaigns and may not be used to lobby officials once they are in office or to influence legislation. Donations made to The Canine Legislative Support Fund may not be used to contribute to political campaigns, rather they are used to educate and lobby elected officials at the federal, state and local levels to ensure that the rights of responsible dog owners and breeders are protected. So, basically, the AKC PAC is the fund used to help elect dog-friendly legislators and the AKC Canine Legislative Support Fund is used to enlighten those already elected. (It’s never too late to learn and some legislators, like some of us, are slow learners). The AKC established its Government Relations department in 1990 to help track and defeat legislation and sway the opinion of elected officials to take into consideration the best interest of dogs and the rights of people to own and breed them responsibly. It created the AKC PAC and the CLSF because of the resources needed to fight the onslaught of breed bans, breeding restrictions, litter permits, excessive licensing fees, mandatory spay/neuter bills, ear cropping and tail docking bans and myriad other threats to the rights of dog owners. The future of the sport of purebred dog shows as we know them relies on enforcing existing laws that stop animal cruelty and making sure that the rights of responsible owners and breeders are protected. Fanciers must continue to help educate the voting, general public, as well as their candidates and representatives in office, about the pieces of legislation that achieve those goals. To contact the AKC Government Relations Department, call 919 8163720. Contributions can be mailed by check or money order to help fight against threatening legislation to AKC Government Relations, 8051 Arco Corporate Drive, Suite 100 Raleigh, NC 27617-3390. •

Multiple Group Placing

GCh. Saravilla’s Sweet Misty Isle

“Mist y”

The First and Only Mantle Grand Champion.

Thank you Judge Mrs. Joan Anselm Specialed by Joel Rosenblatt Breeders Mimi Kim Rebekah Mursencavage

Owners Paula Sweet John Lilliston Mimi Kim Dog News 55



VER “THE AFFENPINSCHER” FROM THE WORLD SHOW In limited showing in the last six months The Number One Affenpinscher All Systems Number Six* Among All Toy Breeds

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CH. BANANA JOE V. *The Dog News Top Ten List

Best In Show Judge Mr. Douglas Johnson


Owner Mrs. Zoila Truesdale Hi-Tech Kennels Breeder & Co-Owner Mieke Cooymans Handler Ernesto Lara Dog News 57



Judging In China, Solicitation Okays...

by Matthew H. Stander

Photos by Eugene Z. Zaphiris

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aving been judging in China and speaking at a forum devoted to discussing the positive role of the dog in that country we missed the "momentous and earth shattering" news that the Board, on the so-called recommendation of the Staff (as though I really believe the Staff institutes new ideas without prior Board input) has approved and overturned the long standing BOARD INSTITUTED policy--not a rule but a policy of the Board-- that judges may not solicit assignments from clubs or individuals. I have bolded the words Board Instituted since this was a POLICY established by the Board in 1972 although in 1939 that Board decided to 'look unfavorably upon the practise of solicitation by judges'. This is therefore not a Rule and is not an issue for the Delegates —or the Judges for that matter— to determine in any fashion whatsoever. Whether or not one may agree with this particular policy is another matter altogether but the fact is that this is totally within the purview of the Board to rule upon without consultation of any sort whatsoever with the Delegate Body. Indeed the two Delegate postings sent to me on the matter were shockingly ignorant in the matter. One of them coming from someone running for the Board, a Bob Amen. This was my introduction to Mr. Amen publicly as I never heard of him before and I must say it did not leave a pleasant flavor in my mouth for sure. One would have thought that as a non-conformation judge-he is an obedience man-he would as did I, I may add, at least contact someone at AKC to find out why in the world such a policy change would have been adopted. For you see, along with many others, I do not like the idea of permitting judges to solicit assignments although we all know in fact this has been going on for years with the Delegate Body being one of the hotbeds of such activities. (Like it or not this is the case Mr. and Mrs. Delegate "wherever you may be" to quote old Walter Winchell.) But to get back to Mr. Amen and my calls, which he apparently did not make to AKC, I was told that in the long run it was due to the possibility of lawsuits that this policy was done away with although the people at AKC to whom I spoke were in favor of the principal of doing away with something most people were in violation of anyways. And in the long haul how critical a policy change is this if so many people were violating it anyways! I shall repeat myself-I am against this change in policy- but I am also not in favor of the policy instituted by the Board that prohibits judges from showing and having dogs exhibited on the same weekend. The problem of course with permitting solicitations of assignments is that it fractures the very foundation upon which our judging community is founded but of course that was totally done away with anyways years ago when judging fees in addition to expenses were established. That is the amateur and hobby basis of our sport. Indeed the judges themselves are merely licensed by AKC and while some people refer to judging as a profession there are those who say it is anything but and is merely a hobby activity. Certainly the three judges' organizations contribute mightily to the concept that judging is a profession and if it is equitable to other



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Absolutely Smooth Fox The Montgomery Smooth National Specialty Best of Breed Judge Mr. Peter Green Group Third Judge Ms. Peggy Beisel McIlwaine

America’s Number One* Smooth Fox Terrier Number Two** Among All Terrier Breeds and Number Ten** Among All Breeds

Multiple All Breed Best In Show & Specialty Winner

Ch. Slyfox Sneaks A Peek

Owner J. W. Smith Absolutely Smooth Fox Terriers 60 00 Dog News

Breeders Joan & Mark Taggart *Breed Points, All Systems **The Dog News Top Ten List

Handlers Edward & Lesley Boyes Grass Valley, California 530.272.4940


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TheSaintBernard ClubofAmerica NationalSpecialty Oct. 4-9, 2010 Branson, Missouri By Cheryl Zappala Photos by Wm. Buell Jr. and Diane Radcliffe

“Saints Rock”

was the theme for our recent 72nd National Specialty Show, but it might just as well have been “Bitches Rule” because for the first time in 12 years, a bitch won the highest honor of Best of Breed. A splash coated, shorthaired bitch, Ch. Benbaron’s Taboo of Yondo, bred by Brian and Tony Beninger (Canada), owned and handled by Marty Glover (California) took home the big prize. Taboo is only the 8th bitch to go Best of Breed since our first National in 1935 (and in case someone is counting the years, there were 4 years in which we had no show.) As you read our results, you may notice we have many breeder/owner/ Best of Breed handlers at our Nationals. Our breeders and exhibitors take great pride in their own dogs and breeding programs and where else better, to show case them than at the National? We are also fortunate to have handlers too, while maybe not listed as the breeders or owners, who have a proud and proprietary kinship with whomever they are handling at the time. Specialty judge Horst Vogel from New York judged the Breed as well as the Dog classes. His other winners included Best of Opposite Sex for Ch. Kings Mill Lombardi, bred and owned by Roy and Lacey Wilson, handled by Lacey (Wisconsin). Best of Winners, Winners Dog, and Best in the Bred By Exhibitor Classes went to Melon City Capone, bred and owned by Jeff and Darcy Petersen and handled by Darcy (Iowa). Reserve Winners Dog was Trademark’s Zephan, bred, owned and handled by Art Shook (Michigan). This was our first year to award Grand Champion points and the Select Dog went to Ch. Opdyke’s Drive Me To 62 Dog News

Drink, bred and owned by Carolyn Cataldo and Glenn Radcliffe, handled by Carolyn (New York and Arizona). “Driver” was also the Best of Breed dog at our 2009 and 2008 Nationals. The Select Bitch went to Ch. Kings Mill Kaydence, bred and owned by Roy and Lacey Wilson, handled by Roy. Both these Saints also received an Award of Merit. Other Award of Merit recipients included Ch. Woodhaven’s Friar, bred by Sherry Cole-Sykora (Indiana) and handled by Jim Fitzgerald (Indiana); Ch. Cache Retreats Host’s Taser, bred and owned by Ivan Palmblad (Utah), co-owned and handled by CONTINUED ON PAGE 80


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Smooth Fox Terriers BY WINNIE STOUT

lthough entries this year were down, quality was high and the weather was outstanding all 4 days at 4 separate venues. The cluster commenced at Morris and Essex with an entry of 37 for Dr. John C. Shelton. Winners and Best of Winners was a 9-12 puppy, HIGH MTN HEARTBREAK KID OF FOXLORR (Ch. Foxlorr Red October At High Mountain - Ch. High Mountain Serendipity) bred by Linda & Schuler Nelson & Carolyn & Richard Snavely, owned by Carolyn Snavely & Lorraine Gyenge. Reserve was the Open Dogs SPRINGHILL SOMETHING SPECIAL (Ch. Kenterra Mr. Millimeter - Ch. Spring Hill Starry Night) bred and owned by Jane Nolan, Mary Beacon & Linda Reece, who handled. Winners Bitch was the 9-12 puppy WARFOX HIGH MTN SWEETHEART, littermate to the Winners Dog, owned by Linda & Schuler Nelson and handled by Douglas Carlson. Reserve was SPRINGHILL SOMETHING SWEET, a littermate to the RWD in the same ownership, shown by Jane Nolan. Best of Breed and Group 2 to the current #1 dog all breeds, CH. JCOBE KEMOSABE VIGILANTE JUSTICE (Ch. Lil’Itch Game On - Ch. Kemosabe Broxden Barb Wired) bred by William Dalling & Stacy Turner, owned by Sandra & Howard Hoffen & Phil & Amy Booth, handled by Amy. Best Opposite was the bitch GCH. FOXLORR DOUBLE DARE (Ch. Kenterra Mr Millimeter - Ch. Warfox Wild Wisteria) bred by Lorraine Gyenge, co-owned with Joel Samuels Fishbach and handled by Andrew Green. Hatboro on Friday hosted the American Fox Terrier Club Sweepstakes judged by Carolyn Snavely of the very successful High Mountain Smooths. First in 6-9 puppies and Best in Sweepstakes was WEDIGIT PAPARAZZI (Ch. Lil’itch WeDigIt Rugged Larke - Ch. WeDigIt Sunlyn Centerfold) bred by owner & Lesli & Jim Smith, owned by Trudy Haines. The 9-12 dog winner was AVALON QUISSEX DEVIL’S ADVOCATE (Ch. Quissex Now Be A Devil - Foxjar Arianna of Quissex) bred by Mrs. W. H. Stout and owned by Dr.Daniel Buchwald & Norra Hansen. First in 15-18 month dogs went to SPRINGHILL SOMETHING SPECIAL. In bitches, 6-9 puppy winners was QUISSEX PHILIPPA (Ch. Aimhi S.W.M - Foxlorr Magic Moment) bred and owned by Mrs. W. H. Stout. 9-12 bitch winner was HAREWOOD I’M TAKING OVER (Ch. Blackthorn Bear Neccessities - Ch. Foxlorr Fatima) bred by Madeline Aroney and Annebly Harwood-Aroney, co-owned by Madeline Aroney & Cortney Corral. 15-18 bitches went to SPRINGHILL SOMETHING SWEET, who was Best Opposite Sex in Sweepstakes. In the 66 Dog News

Regular Class entry of 43 for judge Mari Morrisey, Winners Dog was WEDIGIT PAPARAZZI with Reserve winners to FOXTERITY WARFOX DOWNRIGHT DASHING (Ch. Rapidan Impressive-Ch. Warfox Thistle Down) bred by Linda & Schuler Nelson, owned by Martin & Pat Kralik and shown by Martin. Winners bitch and Best of Winners was WARFOX HIGH MTN SWEETHEART with Reserve to HAREWOOD I’M TAKING OVER. Best Veteran was the bitch CH. HEXHAM POLICEWOMAN (Ch. Hexham Professor Fate - Hexham Hedda Hopper) bred, owned and handled by Elizabeth McLean. CH. JCOBE KEMOSABE VIGILANTE JUSTICE and GCH. FOXLORR DOUBLE DARE repeated their Thursday wins with “Dodger” moving on to Group First. He then departed for shows in other states. Select Dog was CH. NILEEFOX DIRTY IDEA (Ch. High Mountain Bright Idea - Ch. Nilee Dirty Deeds) bred and owned by Debbie & Scott Rathgeber, handled by Debbie. Select Bitch was CH. NILEEFOX BLACKTHORN INKY WAHOO (Ch. Nileefox Dickins Boy - Ch. Buchanan Belladonna Blackthorn) bred by Don Barnes & Judy Franklin, owned by Debbie Rathgeber & CONTINUED ON PAGE 88

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TheBigE by Peggy Wampold

Photos by Judy Vircho and Christine Kasulis


ime passes when you are busy and having fun with your dogs. It is Fall again, and the leaves are changing early in New England due to the hot dry summer. The Fall Season, for those of us in the New England Area, means the Big E, the gigantic New England States Fair. It is unbelievable, all of the livestock, equestrians, Future Farmers of America, 4H, the variety of food, large number of vendors, carnival rides, many different concerts, and the circus. I find the large number of people who come to the Big E over the 17 days of its existence the most fascinating: people from all walks of life and ethnicity, families with newborns, elderly, teenagers, couples in love, you name it and you will see them at the fair. The outfits that people wear are more than enough to make you want to come and watch the crowd as they go by. The newspaper said that over one hundred thousand people came each day. Needless to say, the attendance on weekends is even larger. The fair supposedly opens at 10 A.M. but people start coming in as early as 8 A.M. and the gates close at 10 P.M. I talked to one woman who had come on a one day bus trip from New York City. I have not tried some of the delicacies such as the hamburger with a sugar glazed donut for a roll, or the fried butter or fried jelly beans and to tell you the truth, I doubt if I ever will. I am just not that adventurous. But, one need not worry that they may go hungry; there are enough food vendors and varieties of ethnic foods to satisfy everyone and then some. South Windsor, Springfield and Windham County Kennel Clubs once again manned a booth in the Farmarama Building the first and last weekend’s (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) of the fair, along with the Llamas, goats, pigs, ducks, chickens, Clydesdales and other assorted animals. Due to space, we were limited to a 10 x 10 area on four aisles. We had four dogs on four hour schedules(10 to 2, 2 to 6 and 6 to 10) in the booth for the crowd to pet and ask questions etc and a table with AKC handouts. We gave out over four thousand boxes of crayons (with labels printed on each box:” Compliments of the AKC and its member clubs,, and”) with the AKC coloring books and ran out. We were concerned that the firemen were going to shut us down as we blocked those 4 aisles the whole time we were there, our booth did not block the aisle, but the crowds of people around us petting the dogs and asking questions did. We all wore AKC tee shirts, which proclaimed us “Official Dog

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Lovers”. You would be surprised at the number of people who wanted to buy one of the tee shirts (they were not for sale). Barbara Ohmann came up from Raleigh with boxes of AKC materials. She is amazing. She was there at 7:30 A.M. every morning and never left the booth to go eat or see the rest of the fair for the three days in each weekend. She never sat down and she never stopped smiling and talking to the people who stopped at our booth. I do not know where she gets her stamina and good spirits from. Tom Davies, Ed Lyons and I helped her out every day, and we were exhausted. We had to sit down and rest, but not Barbara. She handed out her business cards and asked people to call her when they told her about a problem they had. She evidently was great in what she said because the 4 H people asked her to talk to the 4 H kids about the Canine Partner’s Program in another building one night and then were back the next day to ask that she come over and talk to them again in the Mallary Building, which is the 4 H building for the fair. The kids and their parents were at our booth for most of the weekend asking questions and taking the handouts. A lot people signed up then and there for the Canine Partner’s Program, others took the applications home with them. A large number of people were interested in the CAR Program and took the information home with them. Did you know that if you have CONTINUED ON PAGE 111

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confusing statements about what rules she might be breaking. They ended up confiscating 11 of her 23 hounds, including her beloved house pet. It was the beginning of a nightmare, which has cost thousands in legal fees, and so far, a year of torment. And it’s not over yet. Pennsylvania has a problem with puppy mills. Yet, instead of targeting actual offenders, they swept up the Murder Hollow Basset Hound pack, somehow not realizing that her dogs are clean, healthy, trained and well looked after. Her dogs were neutered and spayed without her consent, one dying as a result. The remaining ten became infected with a lung virus in the PSPCA facility, and then handed over to an unlicensed “rescue” network. Before her trial was called, all of her dogs were “adopted out” -- that’s rescue lingo for “we sold the dogs.” The nightmare of Wendy Willard is a potential nightmare for all of us. Dennis Foster, Executive Director of the Masters of Foxhounds of the US, supplied another chapter in the battle of laws vs. animals. He is an avid sportsman and defender of the rights of dog owners from overzealous animal control and humane societies. He revealed a fascinating fact -- when England passed the ban against fox hunting in 2004, the sport had been in decline for decades. No longer -- hunts are full and vigorous! Instead of disappearing, the sport has never been healthier. Is anyone being arrested and punished? No. The Bobbies, sensibly, spend their investigative time on more urgent crimes. There is a movement afoot to repeal the law, which organizers think has a good chance of passing. (At the crux of why no one gets arrested is the fact that fox hunts don’t normally kill foxes, they chase them, then go home and hopefully chase them again another time.) Then, we heard from the man who is truly a model for what the Animal Control Officer of today should be, Bill Bruce from Calgary, Canada. “Our focus is on getting the dog home,” he emphasized, explaining that his 11 officers carry microchip readers and computers in their trucks. When they find a loose dog, they stop and look up the license or run the chip, resulting in an astounding 27% of the dogs being driven directly home instead of taken to the shelter. “They don’t need a trip to the shelter,” he said. “That’s manpower, gas money, processing the dog, and a big expenditure of time for us. Nearly all the dogs are found very close to the neighborhood where they live. We just want to get them home.” Bill Bruce is such an enthusiastic speaker that all eyes were glued to his presentation.

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Here was someone who was thinking out of the box, coming up with solutions where most shelters see only problems. For instance, his “get the dog home” program will only work if you know where the dog lives. How did he persuade 90% of the Calgary dog owners to license their dogs? By making it convenient. You can license your dog online, by phone, by mail, in person, or at your bank. The license fees go directly to Animal & Bylaw Services, not into the general city fund, and pay to feed, shelter, socialize and provide medical care for the pets in the facility. The animal services operation is not a burden on the city’s finances. Then, he provides a financial incentive -- when you get your license, you get a special reward card called “I Heart My Pet” that gives discounts at pet stores and restaurants that is worth many times what you paid for the license. If you use the card (and people do), the finances work out so that you are being paid to license your dog. “We’re researching a lifetime license,” he told us, “giving the owner access to the computer to update the info if they move or change their phone number.” Next, the punishment for not licensing your pet is $250. He enforces a zero tolerance policy. “We will not use the term ‘no kill’ because there is no such thing. There will always be pets who are too sick, too injured, or too aggressive to save. Our goal is, ‘No more homeless pets.’”


he community abides by the dog rules, he said, because they’ve seen their value, like keeping your dog leashed, picking up, and keeping noise down. There is no limit on the number of dogs you can keep. “You want to keep five dogs, it’s none of my business,” he said. It only gets to be his concern if you can’t keep them quiet, under control, well fed, and clean. He is cautious when interviewing rescue groups who want to work with the shelter. “We don’t want unstable people working with our pets,” he said. Not many rescue groups make the grade. But he cherishes the relationships he’s forged for the shelter with some hard-working breed rescue groups. When dealing with the city government, he always has records and figures to back up his statements. He told us that in dealing with government bodies, “You don’t want compromise, you want consensus.” Everyone in that room dreamed of having an animal control officer like Bill Bruce in their town. Failing that, we are all moving to Calgary. Note: To read more about the Murder Hollow Bassets seizure, go to You can support Wendy Willard with a donation at the site or send a check to Hound Defense Fund, 1229 Chestnut Street, #107, Philadelphia, PA 19107. •

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a Chesapeake.” Almost everyone who has ever successfully trained a Chesapeake will attest to the wisdom of that statement. You simply are not going to always be the winner when you and a Chesapeake have a disagreement about how something should be done. George Makatura, who owned “Brave” (Ch Meadowoods Home of the Brave UD MH AX WDQ), said “Even though Brave ultimately got his UD, obedience was not easy for either of us. At first, we had a problem with him wanting to visit the girls who might be alongside him on the long sits and downs. It was not something we ever completely overcame. We just lucked out that he was sitting between males enough times. In utility, it was the same ordered sequence that proved to be too predictable for him. We overcame that by moving him from utility A to utility B where the order of the exercises doesn’t always start with the signal exercise. If we started with something different like the scent articles or the directed retrieve, everything after that went fairly well. But, while I’ve encountered prejudice against the breed and sometimes against my dog, poor judging, poorly designed tests and any number of other obstacles, the only real obstacle to success in any dog sport with a Chesapeake is giving up.” Kathy Miller said, “Chesapeakes are smart, love to work and please, are very trainable and really bond with their people. They are also grossly misunderstood. People who don’t know what makes them tick think they are stubborn when in fact they are very smart but often quite sensitive with high energy and a natural protection instinct. They need to fully understand what you want them to do and changing the training environment can temporarily confuse them. People, including some long time Chesapeake owners, often don’t understand this and try to force the dog when the dog is confused so the dog shuts down. Hence they are deemed stubborn. My first bitch, Ch Sandy’s HiHo Shooting Star UD JH WDX CGD ROM had a problem on the stand in the signal exercise in utility. She would do it perfectly with a verbal command and with a verbal command and the signal but she wouldn’t do it on a signal only. I got so frustrated with her until it dawned on me that maybe she never had learned the signal. I had been using the signal for a long time with the verbal command and I assumed she had made the connection. Once I figured out what had gone wrong and went back to teach her the signal properly, she finished her UD with qualifying scores in three of the four trials we entered. I had a similar problem with Rusty (BIS BISS Ch Sandy Oak’s Rainbow Rider UD JH NA NAJ WD CGC.) He earned the first two legs on his UD and then had a complete breakdown on the signal exercise that took three years to figure out. It turned out he didn’t want me to have direct eye contact with him when we did the signals. If I did, he’d bail. But if I looked off at a 45 degree angle to his right and slightly up, he would nail the signals. He never missed his signals after that as long as I didn’t make eye contact with him when I signaled him. What caused this problem no one but Rusty will ever know but once we figured it out, we could fix it. I’ve never found any obstacle to success with a Chesapeake that we couldn’t work past. It’s just important to never give up.” Kathy Heintel, who owns nine Chesapeakes that are champions and have at least a junior hunt test title including kennel “stars” Ch Pond Hollow N TLC’s Glacier Bay MH NAP NJP WDQ (“Glacier Bay”), Ch Safe Harbor Treasure Lake Geo MH WDQ (“Tigger”) and Ch Treasure Lake Ray’s Red Hawk SH NA NAJ (“Red Hawk”), noted that her four dogs 76 Dog News

BIS BISS Ch Sandy Oak’s Rainbow Rider UD JH NA NAJ WD CGC (“Rusty”), one of Kathy Miller’s Chesapeakes, developed a problem with the signal exercise in utility that required a considerable amount of perseverance on his owner’s part to resolve.

While not ordinarily thought of as flyball dogs, Ranger proved that he could reach championship level in that sport.

Ch Meadowoods Home of the Brave UD MH AX WDQ (“Brave”), George Makatura’s Ches, taught his owner that the only real obstacle to success in any dog sport with a Chesapeake is giving up.

with senior hunter titles were very sensitive and needed special handling. “They didn’t like to make mistakes and so when they were learning the advanced skills that are needed to pass the senior hunter tests they worried more. While they had a great time retrieving, they always worried they would make an error and get told to do it my way instead of their way. They didn’t like taking instructions. Chesapeakes are very competitive and they like doing a good job at whatever you ask. They like to work and take working very seriously. They like to do new things and they don’t like a lot of repetition although with the worriers in field work, it was a matter of repetition and giving them confidence by making them feel they were awesome. It helps that I’m not afraid to look silly by rewarding my dogs with praise and enthusiasm when they’ve done a good job. However, you have to keep coming up with new and interesting things to keep their minds occupied. They like to do new things and they don’t like to repeat because once they learn something and that’s usually very quickly, they think if you ask them to do it over, they did it wrong. This causes them to lose confidence. You always have to keep in mind that Chesapeakes do not think along the same lines as Goldens or Labradors. You have to not be afraid to learn new and different methods to get the job done CONTINUED ON PAGE 78

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as each dog is different and they encounter different problems. Chessies need a very gentle, understanding teacher because although they are tough dogs, they are also very sensitive. If too much pressure is put on them or if they put too much pressure on themselves, they can easily shut down. Everything with a Chesapeake has to be positive learning.” “I’d say the greatest problem in working with Chesapeakes is their independent nature,” said Walsh. “On occasion, they are absolutely certain they know better than their handlers what needs to be done and they definitely know the difference between training and competition. In flyball, for example, Ranger was a terrible ‘practice dog.’ He could be as solid as one could be one minute and then decide that it was time to do things his way the next. He would get something in his mind and he just could not get over it in a short period of time. It could be something as simple as believing that he should be running on the other side of the flyball course or being ‘certain’ that there was a bird down in the bush way over yonder. Unfortunately, these things did not bode well in a competition situation. All the training and trust in the world cannot overcome a dog’s certainty that he is right and you are wrong in a given situation. I believe that this is their way of keeping us humble. As for difficulties with field work, if you cannot do your own training, finding a pro who actually understands the breed is a tremendous hardship. Unfortunately some ‘pros’ are actually anything but and many a dog has ended up on a truck just being ignored for the most part in order to pay the pro’s gas bill.” Chesapeakes are the only retriever breed that still produces dual champions, something in which the Chesapeake fanciers take great pride and there are also at least as many Chesapeakes that are conformation champions and have earned a hunt test title as there are Labradors, a pretty remarkable achievement when you consider there are only about 4,000 Chesapeakes registered with the AKC each year as compared to more than 100,000 Labradors. There are also many Chesapeakes that have titles in three or more different dog sports. This is a pretty good indication that Chesapeake breeders are doing a decent job of preserving the breed’s ability to do a variety of tasks. “The multi-title dogs hold the essence of the breed and document it for generations to come,” said Bowman. “That is the reason to have a pedigreed dog instead of a mixed or crossbred. A dog should look like the breed standard, perform the job it was bred to do as well as do other jobs and be a good companion. But, there are some problems surfacing in the breed. For whatever reason, when some folks hear ‘Chesapeake Red Hawk (Ch Treasure Lake Bay Retriever,’ they Ray’s Red Hawk SH NA NAJ), immediately think another of Heintel’s Chesahuge, 100 pound peakes, was a “worrier” in the plus dogs. I try to more advanced field work and explain that they required some special handling have to fit in boats, as a result. not be boats. More 78 Dog News

Am/UKC Ch UATCHX HR Chaparal Oakwind InKahoots JH RA MX MXJ AD EGC OAC NJC WDX (“Kahoots”), one of Jaci Bowman’s Chesapeakes, reminded her that you need to keep a lively sense of humor when training Chesapeakes because they can be major league characters every now and then both in training and in competition.

Kahoots demonstrates the kind of agility needed to be a good waterfowl dog.

is better in our society so when we get some size and mass, we seem to want more, forgetting what these dogs do. They have to be agile to hunt and have enough leg under them to efficiently swim, get through cover and move fluidly. My greatest fear is a major breed split into conformation and working lines. These dogs historically have the ability to play in the show ring in the morning and then go out that evening for the night flight and do their historic work. In fact, a few years ago, Roger Reopelle, the old gentleman who owned Ch AFC Caroway’s Wild Goose Chase and was a highly successful professional trainer and contemporary of all those great retriever trainers who came out of World War II, took great pride in the fact that at least twice he and Chase successfully hunted ducks in the morning when dog won in the show ring that same afternoon. We NEED to keep it that way and having dogs with titles at both ends is the way to maintain and document it for generations to come.” Walsh agreed. “Every breed was developed to serve a purpose and for us, as keepers of our breed, it is crucial to maintain that distinction. Otherwise why have a purebred dog? It is impossible to overemphasize the importance of maintaining the integrity of the breed. Like all breeds that have ‘show people’ and ‘field people’ the divisions between these two factions may someday take Chesapeakes the way of the Labrador. It is so important for breeders to remember that neither ‘form’ nor ‘function’ alone makes a breed. Neither can be ignored. Once one group stops looking for the other group’s genetic traits and begins breeding exclusively within their group’s own ‘sub’ gene pool, the breed as a whole loses.”•

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Pam Hathaway (Utah); Ch. Kings Mill Yazmine, bred by Roy and Lacey Wilson, owned by Cindy and George Valko (Pennsylvania) and handled by Dale Hassel (Ohio); and Ch. Hamlet Van’t Hof Ten Eynder, bred by Franky De Tandt (Belgium), owned and handled by Sherry ColeSykora. It was a delight to see such quality in the Best of Breed ring. I think that is what all of us always look forward to – the Breed ring is the frosting on the cake! Mr. Vogel’s Best Puppy was Jamelle’s Bravehearted v Devine, bred by Michele and Jack Mulligan (California), and owned by Karen Brunnette and Karen Parkman (Oregon) and handled by Marty Glover. Ken Buxton (Ohio) judged the obedience trial and rally classes. Highest Scoring Dog in Trial was awarded to Robert’s A B Normal, with a score of 185.5, owned and handled by James R. Trunk (Oklahoma). Ron Allerdice and Vi Brown (both California) oversaw the draft testing where we had low entries this year – 3 teams and only one passing. Barry Roland’s (Georgia) team of Ch. WDCH Eastgates Remember the Knight, CDX, RE, WPS, DD, and Ch. WDCH Benbaron’s Tinker of Yondo, CDX, WPS, DD, were awarded a Team Draft Dog title, TDD. Barry was in charge of the weight pull, which is always popular with spectators cheering on their favorites. Out of an entry of 22 hard working Saints, Ch. Vicdory’s Manhattan Transfer, CGC, RE, WPS, owned by Dana and Celeste Gregory and Vicki Graves (all Washington) pulled the highest weight for body weight – 3,625 pounds at 21.71 times the body weight. Wanda Pevahouse (Tennessee) judged our Sweepstakes classes, and out of a group of 42 lively puppies, found Ch. Cache Retreats Host’s Taser, who had just completed his Championship a couple days before under specialty judge Jerry Wallin (Texas/Wisconsin) for her Best in Sweepstakes. Cornerstone’s Feature Presentation, bred, owned and handled by Marilyn Balikowski (New York) won the Best of Opposite Sex in Sweepstakes award. Joan Zielinski (Washington) judged all Bitch Classes and her Winners Bitch was Ch. Lasquite’s Lohlah v Orlando, bred by M’Lynn smith (Canada), owned and handled by Linda Symons (Canada). Reserve Winners Bitch was awarded to Mytymo’s Drama Queen of Big Mac, bred and owned by Phil and Jeanne Woods (Missouri), handled by Phil. Mrs. Zielinski also judged Junior Showmanship, Stud Dogs and CONTINUED ON PAGE 84

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As a result of Taffe McFadden’s recent surgeries and the monumental hospital bills that are building, the friends of Taffe McFadden are planning to hold a silent auction and raffle on the three days preceding the AKC/Eukanuba dog show at the Kennel Club of Beverly Hills, Los Encinos Kennel Club and the Long Beach Kennel Club dog shows on December 1st thru 3rd in Long Beach, California. For those wishing to contribute money or to donate items for the auction (some items already include bronzes, paintings and other objects d’art, advertising in Dog News and much more). For further information please visit our website or contact Luke Seidlitz You can view the items available at auction and/or bid for those items for auction and get additional information on our website FRIENDSOFTAFFE.COM Thanking you in advance for your generosity. Dog News 81


Gossip column DOCTORS, DENTISTS, LAWYERS and now JUDGES ADVERTISING… if you ever questioned that judging dogs in America hasn’t morphed into an income producing occupation… get ready for the latest AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB press release. Effective immediately judges may solicit judging assignments (have some of you been living under a rock, judges soliciting assignments has been going on forever) with an added salvo, that judges can now advertise their services. So DOG NEWS is pleased to establish a JUDGES DIRECTORY for the benefit of those of you who wish to advertise. In the United

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Kingdom, judges would advertise their plans to travel abroad to let foreign dog clubs know they were available to judge while visiting their countries. I would guess that the same laws that allow doctors, dentists and lawyers to advertise applies to dog judges. This past weekend KAREN WILSON, JOAN & KLAUS ANSELM, CARL GOMES, MATT STANDER, ANDREW BRACE and KARI JARVINEN were judging in China. As they were arriving in China, JIM REYNOLDS and LIZ CARTLEDGE of English fame were leaving, having judged the weekend before, and DESI MURPHY

flies there this weekend. Love was in the air at MORRIS & ESSEX when JOE DAVIS of CHERRYBROOK proposed to CAROL RAPPAPORT at the Vizsla ring. Of course, she said yes, as judge BOB SMITH looked on. PILAR KUHN, the name behind the voice that sings the National Anthem at several California dog shows, was recently married to Scottish Terrier and Bouvier des Flanders breeder ROD OTT. The couple met at the 2008 AKC/ EUKANUBA dog show. And you thought that the celebrating birthday boy HOWARD STONE was the only one to sing the National Anthem at dog shows in California. Our best wishes to

both couples. The multi-talented LIVINGSTON FAMILY, the dog world’s answer to the theatrical BARRYMORE FAMILY, has been blessed with another member of the next generation. Handlers KAREN & CLINT LIVINGSTON became the proud parents of their first child, a son named LANDON LIVINGSTON… all of us at DOG NEWS send our best wishes to the entire family and look forward to seeing LANDON in the junior showmanship ring. Retired professional handler GEORGE ALSTON is going into rehab as he recovers from recent triple bypass surgery. GEORGE was that

rare individual who chose not to become a judge when he and his wife MARY ANN retired from showing dogs. While MARY ANN has become a popular judge, GEORGE chose to hold handling clinics around the country with great success. All of us at DOG NEWS send our very best wishes for a complete and speedy recovery. All of us at DOG NEWS send our deepest sympathies to handler ERNESTO LARA on the loss of his father. English Toy Spaniel breeder and exhibitor CHERYL ABBOTT has passed away. CHERYL was the show chairperson for the Charlie specialty that was held at Del Valle for the last several years. Our deepest sympathies to her family.

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in a lot of money to the Club during some lean times. Individuals could complete a square for the quilt whether in needlepoint or cross stitch or some other medium and then Gloria would have them put together and organize the fundraising. Each was unique and the competition to win a quilt was fierce. Continuing with that tradition, Barb Allen (Arkansas), our show Chair, had another quilt made this year to raffle off and the winner was Rob-Lyn Hiltz (Minnesota). We were pleased to have Gloria’s husband Jerry present that evening along with two of their children to accept a plaque in her memory. Other special awards presented that evening included Penny Janz receiving a Lifetime Membership and a Special Recognition Award to Diane Radcliffe (Arizona). I have worked with all three of these women over the years and each of them is more than deserving of the accolades they received. Well, it was a great week and we owe big thanks to Barb who had a hardworking committee with members from all over the country. At the risk of leaving someone out, I will attempt to list her volunteers here. Ivan Palmblad, Jack Adams (Pennsylvania), Karen Tucker (Tennessee), Kara Wilson, Billy Buell Jr. (California), Marty Thurman (Tennessee), Melodie Phillips-Sorenson, Phil and Jeanne Woods, Lyle and Margaret Rothschiller (Missouri), Carole Wilson, Barry Roland, Marilyn Santell (Ohio), Cindy Valko, Penny Janz, Jean Anne Dugger (Tennessee), Kaye Wessar (Wisconsin), Erin Hines (California), Sara and Terry Temple, Susan and Bob Carter (Connecticut), Marguerite Yarnell (Georgia), Marc and Pam Repp (Tennessee), Amy McCarthy (Oklahoma), David Ivers (Texas), Diana Oliver (Oregon), Wanda Pevahouse), Joanne Schullier, Sherry Cole-Sykora, Raina Lewis (Indiana), Doug and Faye Martin (Arkansas), Elaine Cooper (Ohio), Myra Wallis (Ohio), Pat Serressque (Ohio), Lisalee Sobey (Texas), Vic Dingus, Lynn Jech (Arizona), Dianne Lange (Ohio), Vi Brown and myself (Washington). Lots of others helped as necessary – including Diane Radcliffe, Pat Wiggins (California) and Sharon Bourke (Nebraska), who jumped in at the last minute and helped me sell catalogs. There were no major glitches, even the weather was nice though it did start to get warmer later in the week. We had 175 dogs for a total entry of 244 beautiful Saints. Everyone agreed the quality was excellent. As usual, we had guests from all over the world including Canada, Australia, Slova86 Dog News

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kia, Germany, England, Belgium, Sweden, Finland and Norway. Enough free time was available so many fanciers were able to see the sights in the Branson area, taking in some shows and restaurants. This was a scenic area, with three “different” Bransons, or at least that is how it appeared to me. First, there is the entertainment section with most of the theaters, clubs and some hotels and restaurants along the main strip where our show was held, at the Ramada Inn. Then a few minutes away, there’s “old town”, a smaller, quieter section with older brick buildings and tree lined streets. And finally along the waterfront, there’s Branson’s Landing, a huge, modern, outdoor walking plaza filled with upscale shops, lots of restaurants, and a free music and fireworks show on the water viewed from the center of the plaza with plenty of seating for those strolling the plaza. Now we look forward to September of 2011 where the Saint Bernard Club of America’s National week will be held at the Peek’n Peak Resort in Findley Lake, NY. Start packin’!•

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dogs, a collection of less-than-show-quality Scotties, Westies and Wires. For some unaccountable reason, she purchased a very nice Wire puppy from legendary breeder Evelyn Silvernail, and apparently thought it would be cute to have a child show him, and so we began to travel to the shows. Back in the late ‘50’s, ladies often wore hats, and some even showed their dogs in white gloves! My most vivid memory of that last M&E is the box lunch which was served to everyone by Mrs. Dodge’s uniformed servants. This tradition has been continued in the new M&E era, but I’m not sure that it doesn’t provide more frustration than pleasure now. Lines were frightfully long, as it appeared that the caterers were assembling each box as its owner appeared. The only other opportunity for food was a very small catering tent which served only hot dogs and hamburgers. There was no opportunity to get tea or coffee other than early on, when breakfast snacks and coffee were kindly made available in the Take The Lead tent. Unfortunately, by the time we arrived there after checking out the rings, waitstaff were clearing the table. I must admit that I was so desperate that I cried, “Can I have that?” and literally snatched the last piece of coffee cake out of the hand of the waiter! Otherwise, we would have had to do with no food until well after noon. Please, folks, have a proper catering truck somewhere on the grounds next time!


f the lunch situation was frustrating, the M&E folks surely made up for it during group judging when they put on a wonderful spread under the big tent adjacent to the ring. There was fresh fruit and cheese, wonderful little pastries, and a “bar” at which one could get a glass of sparkling cider. It was from there that we had the privilege of watching the legendary Bob Forsyth judge his final show under lights. For some reason, even though group judging begins at a usual time, this show always seems to end in the dark. As soon as Mr. Forsyth pointed to the Peke for BIS, Geoff and I high-tailed it to the spot were we were told to wait for a golf cart to return us to the car. Wait we did, as carts sped by, ferrying judges to the bus in the nearby parking lot. Geoff became so desperate that he was nearly hurling himself in front of the speeding vehicles, only to be told “WE’LL BE BAAAAACK!” by a departing show committee member. And then we realized that most of the carts were parked, devoid of drivers, near the sign. It would NOT have been possible to negotiate the wooded trail in pitch dark back to the parking lot, nor were there lights of any sort in the field. We began to panic. Finally, Geoff literally jumped into a cart that slowed slightly as it passed and demanded that we be taken to the parking lot. Of course, golf carts have no real headlights either, and so the driver told us that he wasn’t sure how successful he’d be at finding the path! “I hope we don’t take the other path,” he said. “It’s very uneven and the carts are in danger of tipping over…. OH DAMN! This is the wrong one!!!” Geoff and I 98 Dog News

held on for dear life as we drove aimlessly around and around the enormous pitch black field by a distracted committee member who was trying to drive and talk on his cell phone simultaneously. I was on the verge of tears when Geoff said, “Is that it?” There, in the distance, in the middle this huge now-empty field, sat my forlorn minivan. Folks, next time I’ll even do without lunch if you make sure that those of us who park in the distant lot and stay for Best In Show can safely return to our cars!


atboro’s only event of the weekend was judged by Marian McPherson. She gave the top spot to “Henry,” GCH Blueberry’s Surely You Jest, the BOS winner from the previous day. Her BOS was the Swedish import bitch CH So What Dhurazzell owned by Carmen Thompson, Robbie Garvin and Deborah Mackie. Mrs. McPherson found new winners in the classes. Winners Dog went to Rococo’s Heart Thief, owned by Scott Rutherford, with reserve to Rockinghams Blue Boy Burnett of Westscot, owned by R. and D. Harris and handler Geoff Dawson. In bitches, the points went to Shofarr Fiddle-Dee-Dee owned by Seon Farris, who ultimately went BOW, with reserve to Lucia’s Dream Summer Breeze, owned by Kathy McAra. The Lucia’s Dream Scotties hail, if memory serves, from the Netherlands. This breeder has exhibited a number of lovely Scotties at Crufts in past years. Oddly enough, I don’t find this bitch listed in the Montgomery catalog, so perhaps she wasn’t entered on Sunday. Select Dog was a repeat of the previous day, with CH Princescot Prime Suspect capturing the Select Bitch spot. She is owned by Helen Prince, Ann Frankewich and Geoff Dawson. This show is always well-run, and the fact that pivotal people on the show committee are also in the landscaping business truly shows. It’s one of my favorite shows, and it never disappoints. While I don’t love watching terriers being judged in metal buildings under less-than-ideal lighting, I do understand that this is at the request of the clubs, members of which obviously live in fear of having to show dogs in the rain. I have white dogs, and I’ve been there, done that, so I can appreciate the paranoia, but they’re TERRIERS folks! Nothing compares with seeing them powering around or facing off in a big ring in the autumn sunshine. As always, there was hospitality for overseas visitors. Why M&E and Devon don’t do this remains a mystery. All it takes is a couple of coffee urns and some muffins under a small tent. Now that Devon is in the hands of some newer folk, perhaps there will be changes made. The STCA holds its independent Sweepstakes on Friday afternoon at LuLu Temple. Thus entries at Hatboro are lighter in the younger classes, as many exhibitors choose to avoid the nerve-jangling rush in bumperto-bumper traffic from Hatboro to Plymouth Meeting. Nancy Xander did the honors this year, finding her Best In Sweeps in Anstamm Prime Minister. He came from the 6-9 month division, and is owned by Anstamm Kennels. He also won his class at Montgomery, two days hence. A year or two ago, the Board decided to add a Veteran Sweeps class, and this time it was won by Ch Glengala’s Llewelyn Lothario, owned by Joann Orth and Cliff Schultz about whom you’ll hear more later.


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Letters to theEditor OCTOBER 29, 2010


Educational Seminars? Why Bother? he Detroit Bulldog Club has always exceeded the minimum required educational components for show approval. As a parent club approved mentor, I volunteered to conduct a Judges Education Seminar in conjunction with our annual specialty shows held on October 9-10, 2010. Additionally, a Workshop was planned so participants could have actual class judging experience to add to their resumes. The club thought it a great idea. Then our club president suggested that we draw names from the list of registered seminar attendees to select our puppy match judge for Saturday evening. In other words, 2 specialty shows, a parent club approved seminar, a parent club approved workshop, ringside mentors, and a possible specialty match assignment. How much would all that education cost the prospective Bulldog judge? We decided on FREE as an appropriate amount. Additionally, Bulldogger hospitality is proverbial. No one had to purchase any meals at the hotel if they did not choose to do so. If you build it, they will come. Well...not lately, they won’t. Despite advertising in the AKC Gazette and sending notice to all the judges study groups in the country, we had a grand total of ONE non-Bulldog breeder judge sign up, as well as 8 Bulldoggers, two of whom are planning to apply for provisional status in the near future. That’s a great turn out of Bulldog breeders in our area - but only ONE allbreed judge? Bulldogs are not easy for outsiders to learn; they are difficult to judge - even by experts of the breed - and they are certainly a key breed in the group. The reasons for poor attendance at these educational events are many. There are plenty of other dog shows that one many decide to attend or be judging at on any given weekend. In our area, maybe some folks decided they would rather stay home and watch the Michigan/Michigan State football game, instead. And certainly, the economy is an easy target for blame. Besides gasoline and lodging expenses, more than a few judges are rethinking whether they really want to spend yet another $25 each to apply for new breeds, especially in light of the fact that a judging tax from AKC still looms on the horizon and may be based upon the number of breeds one adjudicates. And, frankly, from an advancement point of view, nobody in their right mind would venture into Non-Sporting at this time. This is because the NS group has become the default dumping ground for new breeds - with no end in sight to the annual additions. What this means is that it is becoming increasingly impossible to complete this group because of the lack of significant numbers of corresponding required-for-approval educational events in these new breeds. You can’t attend what doesn’t exist. Like many other specialty clubs, our entries were down somewhat from previous years. To compensate, we went to back-to-back specialty shows, held a sweeps, and also a puppy match. Additionally, we brought in breeder-judges from Oklahoma and California to attract entries.We ended up with about 60 Bulldogs entered, 27 in sweeps, and an outstanding entry of 40 puppies in our match. That’s a lot of quality Bulldogs to study in just one weekend. But, I guess you had to be there to know that. The Detroit Bulldog Club is committed to 102 Dog News

educating future judges of our breed. We rented an additional room and projection equipment for the seminar, gave away copies of the official illustrated standard, lined up volunteers and dogs for the workshop and, we think, created an informative program. But, having only one all-breed judge attend makes it difficult for me to convince my club to repeat the event - and expense - in the future. Anne M. Hier North Branch, MI


A Reaction erriers have been in existence for a lot longer than any of us, and they will continue so regardless of what Ms. Sweigert opines in the “QUESTION OF THE WEEK” of Oct. 8, 2010.” How very unfortunate, NO, insulting to all of the Terrier devotees past and present for Ms. Sweigert to give HER opinion that she thinks “TERRIERS ARE ABOUT TO BECOME AN ENDANGERED SPECIES.” And this lady doesn’t want us to be “depressed?” - Please While the other Terrier ladies in the “Question of the Week” gave true and knowledgeable comments and opinions on some of the Terrier breeds, and while this particular issue was very much devoted to Terriers, it being so close after Montgomery County, and John Mandeville’s excellent column on this one and only Terrier Show, we should not be “depressed?” (Ms. Sweigert) I have faithfully and joyfully attended Montgomery County since 1960 as an exhibitor, handler, judge and spectator, and I simply cannot understand what prompted Ms. Sweigert to make her uncalled for “observation” on Terriers in general. Being with Terriers by association and breeding and exhibiting one breed, long after so many of us have already paid their dues does not an “EXPERT” make, neither does my 60 plus years in Terriers make me an expert, only a very devoted Terrier person who will be one forever, and will not, under any circumstances give up just because of one opinion. I will, however, give an opinion on the state of conditioning of terrier coats, my sore fingers give me that right. Terrier exhibitors and handlers of late have taken to scissoring and other various short cuts in bringing the dogs into show. Don’t do it, a real Terrier judge will know. Thank you and may Terriers and Montgomery County reign forever. Annemarie Moore Bartonville, TX


A Correction am writing in response to the article by L.Sue RooneyFlynn regarding the Saluki standard and the brindle color. (September 10, 2010) First, let me say that I am not a Saluki person and I would not assume to get in the middle of a debate about color in that breed, but Ms. Rooney-Flynn states in her article that if a brindle Chinese Crested walked into the ring, it should be excused for lack of merit. I would, respectfully, refer Ms. Rooney-Flynn to the Chinese Crested standard. “Color- Any color or combination of colors.” After bringing this up at a board meeting of the American Chinese Crested Club and, after questioning several knowledgeable breeders, it was the unanimous agreement that, not only have we seen brindle Cresteds in the ring, but many of us have shown and finished dogs that would be considered to be brindle. I notice that in Ms. Rooney-Flynn’s list of references, there is neither a reference to our standard or a reference cited that would be specific to Cresteds. My concern is that judges reading this article might start discriminating against Chinese Cresteds which exhibit coloration that could be considered to be brindle. As long as our standard allows for any color or combination of colors, it would be inappropriate to disqualify any Crested on the basis of color. Sue Klinckhardt-Gardner, Breeder judge and president, American Chinese Crested Club West Palmdale, CA


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professions where solicitation of business by advertising is permitted why should not the same apply to judging! Well there are those of us who do not consider judging to be a profession-then why are they paid a fee in excess to an expense? And the circle goes on and on. And then there are the traditionalists who think, come on, that's the way it's been and do not change it except for the fact that the realists amongst us know it is being violated in fact anyways. For a change I think the Board should have let people know in advance what they were contemplating and why before they did it but they don't seem to operate in that manner, do they! As to China the dog show world is very obviously in its infancy there. How far it develops is going to depend today at any rate on the attitude of "the government" over there whatever "the government" may mean there today. It's very confusing as to who controls what in China but one thing is for sure the place of the dog in Chinese society overall is not looked upon favorably primarily due to the rampant street roaming packs of dogs and the rabies attendant to them. It is not unusual I am told to find dogs clubbed to death in the countryside due to the rabies problems. The conference I spoke at was trying to encourage shots and pills to counter rabies amongst other methods and there is a devoted number of people looking to humanely treat a very difficult almost epidemic situation. There is a small vocal set of dog lovers and dog show-goers who

seem to be growing in large numbers almost similar to the USSR of years ago and of course the vastness of the area and population lead to limitless conclusions as to the state of the dog in China. The three main clubs seem to be the CKC, the CKU (which is FCI affiliated) and the NGKC, which is AKC oriented at the present time anyways--that's the club I judged and spoke for and seems to be the one most involved with working with "the government" to make things better for the dog in China. Judging or accompanying us on the trip were the Anselms--Klaus and Joan, Karen Wilson and Carl Gomes from USA, Andrew Brace from the UK and Kari Jarvinen from Finland. Was this an excessive number of people for approximately 300 dogs--of course it was but that's how they seem to want to operate. I did see an unusually good Chow pup I awarded the breed and group to but since we recognize no Chinese kennel clubs nothing can be exported and shown nor bred here--this has happened before with a black Chow similarly seen in China, purchased and sent to the US with all wins taken away even though registered with a recognized Korean KC . This was a terrible interpretation of our rules--legally valid one supposes but morally wrong I believe. These are topics that must be discussed and reevaluated by our board and I suppose Staff but never seem to get that far. Certainly in the case of countries like Brazil, Russia, China and Korea to say nothing of the merging Eastern European bloc the old standards of 20 or 30 years ago are totally outdated and must be brought to meet modern needs. An issue no one seems to want to face notwithstanding the internationalization of our sport.• Dog News 115

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