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gown that Michelle Billings wore to judge Best in Show at Westminster Kennel Club. (Mike and Mike had been lifelong friends). For me the highlight was watching David Gignac accepting the award for handling the Westie “JD” to Top Dog all breeds. I have looked up to David from my days as a Junior Handler and have marveled at his dedication to everything Westie. To see his emotions as he accepted this award for being the very best was very rewarding and humbling all at the same time. Congrats to all of the winners and especially to my favourite Westie guy.
The winners were: 1 West Highland White Terrier Ch Whitebriar Jawdropper 2 Affenpinscher Ch Champagne Charly Tani V Kazari 3 Standard Poodle Ch Vetset Kate Winsit 4 Yorkshire Terrier Ch NikNak’s Second to None 5 Afghan Hound Ch Polo’s Air Force One 6 Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Ch Roaneden’s Int’l Harvester 7 Basenji Ch Ahmahr Nahr’s The Lost Angel Gabriel 8 Beagle Ch Tashin’s Looking for Trouble 9 Australian Shepherd Ch Hearthside Riveredge Sure Is Summum 10 Barbet Ch Flacon d’Paris of Neigenuveaux Top Working Dog: Doberman: Ch Goldgrove High Intensity Top Puppy : Lakeland Terrier Ch Northcote’s No Doubt About It Sportsmanship-Wenrick Award: Edgar Rojas Breeder of the Year: Maureen Murphy / Vanessa Edwards Junior HandlerMojito Colton O’Shea Top Obedience Dog GMOT Ch Rideauview’s Bright Horizons Humanitarian: Nelly Bennet Lifetime Achievement: Mike MacBeth The CPHA would like to thank all of our sponsors but especially our premier sponsors without whom this event could not happen. They are Purina, the Entryline and Canadian Dog Fancier Magazine.
all is in the air. As everyone here in the True North gets ready for what the Farmers Almanac says is going to be the grand daddy of tough winters (wasn’t that last year?) it seems that there is no time for change…or is there? Everyone talks about it. You hear them at dog shows and you read about it ad nauseum on social media. The sport of purebred dogs, and more specifically Conformation shows, are going downhill, and going there at a very
fast speed. Everyone seems to know uting factor in the decline of entries why. There are no young people in in the True North. the sport. There are no more mentors For the sake of comparing apin the sport. There are no more large ples to apples and not to bananas kennels. Too many people just want a lets compare Canada to Australia ribbon not an opinion. Those giving and not to our Southern US friends. the opinions don’t know what they are According to the Olympic Committalking about. And my personal favoutee, Canada and Australia are the rite, there are too many dog shows. most alike when it comes to income, Everyone wants to talk about it geographic dispersion of populayet no one wants to do anything about tion epicenters and the like. So why it. Ask a club to allow new members does Australia manage to have dog and they balk at the idea. Ask a young shows that number thousands of person to join a club and they are too dogs over several days? Yet here in busy. Ask a club to give up a priority Canada we cannot fill a show limdate for a year and they say no way. ited to 175 dogs in the 4th largest When are we going to learn? Or city in North America? I believe it is will we ever? When will it finally be too because we have too many shows late to do anything? and now they don’t mean a thing. You would never know it from the Whereas Australia has fewer shows preceding paragraphs but I am a truly so there is time to anticipate them, optimistic person. I see the glass half look forward to it and not just take full ALL of the time. I think if you aren’t the laundry out of the suitcase, wash part of the solution you are part of the it and put it right back in. problem. How can we fix this? Most clubs In the True North the geographido not want to give up holding a cal areas that have the least amount of show. As previously mentioned they dog shows have the highest entries in won’t even give up a show for a year. the country. They also by percentages Maybe we could convince them that have dropped off the least since dog they hold a one-day show? I don’t shows were in their hey day in the 90’s. know if this is the solution but I am (It’s true everything was bigger in the willing to say that it is at least worth 90’s, not just women’s hair!) taking a chance to see if it is. We When you look at the history of love our sport and we love our dogs shows it was when the American Kenand the solution is out there if we nel Club started to allow “clusters” or just take the time to find it. multiple shows on weekends in the Meanwhile the race for next same venue that show entries began year’s winners continue... to decline. Fast forward to now when there are often 4 and 5-day show weekends The Top Dogs in Canada, according to Canuck Dogs, and majors are scarce. In as of Oct. 22, 2014 are: Canada we have the phenomenon of 2 shows a Standard Poodle day. (Often called limits). Ch. Crystalton Suspence These were great for REMOTE areas where clubs West Highland White Terrier needed this to make Ch. Whitebriar Jawdropper holding a show even a possibility but if you look Barbet back at the notes of when Ch. Flacon d’Paris of Neigenuveaux this ruling came into effect it was meant for areas Afghan Hound that could not reach the Ch. Polo’s Air Force One limit of the entry. Once German Shepherd Dog the club hit the limit of the entry the following Ch. Signature’s Harry Nile V Kridler year they were to have Giant Schnauzer just 1 show a day. Now Ch. Lindsayleigh’s Sherman we have 2 shows a day at venues in the Toronto Basenji area (Canada’s largest Ch. Ahmahr Nahr’s The Lost Angel Gabriel city population of 2.79 million, 4th largest city in Samoyed North America) and these Ch. Vanderbilt’s Let the Games Begin shows are not reaching their limit. I hate to say Cavalier King Charles Spaniel it but I believe that the Ch. Miletree Northern Star Canadian Kennel Club allowing 2 shows per day Bouvier des Flandres in non-remote areas has Ch Brocade Lil Deuce Coupe Barjen been the biggest contribDog News 83
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