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Contents 50 Off The Leash: The FDA’s New Pet Food Proposal
14 Irving’s Impressions: Differences In AKC, FCI & TKC Systems
By shaun coen
54 Road Warriors: The Travels of Genny & Tee
By ronnie irving
18 Babbling: Back In Fashion?
By MJ Nelson
56 The Italian Puppy Of The Year, Foreign Judges And More
By geir flyckt-pedersen
22 The Question Of The Week
By matthew h. stander
By matthew h. stander
26 Rare Breeds Of The World: Halden Hound By agnes buchwald
30 Heelwork To Music: Back To Basics
58 The Kennel Club Art Gallery Anniversary By Nick Waters
64 The Montgomery County Weekend 2013 Part 2: Now Desi Looks At Montgomery By desmond j. murphy
70 Del Valle Dog Show in Northern California
By richard Curtis
34 Bests Of The Week
By sharon Sakson
74 Meet The Breeds In Hartford, Connecticut
38 Ten Questions Asked of Carlos Puig
By peggy wampold
42 Montgomery Round-Up 2013 Part 3: Kerry Blue Terriers By carol brown
78 The Gossip Column
44 The Greyhound In Ancient Art
80 Click - Puli National Specialty
BY Eugene Z. Zaphiris
By Nick Waters
46 True North: A Report From Canada By allison foley November 1, 2013
84 Click - The Way We Were BY leslie simis
86 Letters To The Editor
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ONE YEAR LATER The effects of Hurricane Sandy are still being felt in the New York Tri-state area. Fortunately the debacle that occurred last year which caused DOG NEWS to miss one of its weekly issues for the first time in the over 28 years of weekly publication passed without any lasting effect and publishing life returned almost immediately to its normal routine. We were among the lucky ones in lower Manhattan able to resume a normal sort of life however along with New Yorkers everywhere our hearts and hopes go out to those less fortunate than ourselves who are still affected by the horrors inflicted upon us by Sandy. ONE YEAR AND THREE WEEKS LATER The Question of the Week in the October 5, 2012 issue asked whether due to the long standing controversy concerning chicken jerky treats manufactured in China “AKC should suspend or continue to permit its logo to be used on packaged chicken jerky strips and other treats made in China?” In light of unannounced action taken by AKC three months ago in taking its name and logo off of these products made in China we reprint the answers given then by all the respondents but call to your attention those given by sitting Board Members at the time. It is astounding to consider that some of the top elected people in our sport could have been so short sighted whilst others were so on point. Equally amazing is that knowing how controversial this issue is AKC never made a public announcement about its change of heart. Edelman where were you on that one? Prior to asking this Question editorially these pages strongly denounced AKC’s official stand of continuing these treats. Indeed the truth of the matter is that these pages were asked not to write on the subject at all which request was firmly rejected. A little street sense would have told those leaders on the Board who refused to take a position against continuing the practice that they were off base with which to begin. Now the FDA is continuing to test the jerky products from China but only two weeks ago three or four major distributors dropped the product as well. For years now these pages have 10 Dog News
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urged positive investigation into all dog products manufactured in the USA as well as China. Happily the FDA within the last few days has agreed to do just that--finally and belatedly we may add, as these requirements for the manufacture of dog food are long overdue. THE SIZE OF AMERICAN DOG SHOWS Many people from outside America stress that one of the biggest differences between FCI and UK shows is how much larger they are than are ours. And technically they are number ways correct but what they fail to take into account are the total number of all-breed dog shows held on a given day or weekend in the U.S. as compared to their counterparts in the FCI or the UK where the limit is usually one per day. Yes obviously the largest dog show in the US was the AKC/Eukanuba show with “only” 3,443 dogs but they fail to take into consideration that on that very same day all-breeds were held at least in Chicago, Cleveland, and Allentown, bringing the total number of dogs shown on that DAY to close to 8 or 9,000 dogs being exhibited on the same day. The very four days Crufts brings in 20,000 exhibits American shows are drawing on one day close to 10,000 exhibits a day and there are 3 to 5 shows on a weekly basis, which is not the case in the UK nor Europe at all. Furthermore more important than size is the quality of the dogs being exhibited and down the line the American dogs usually are, overall, far superior to their counterparts on the Continent for sure. The fact is that the first six months of shows in the USA probably outnumber the total number of exhibits in the UK for a full year of shows. ENTRIES AT SHOWS The common thread of conversation that seems to take place at shows throughout the world is that of alleged declining show entries. Yet AKC insists American show entries are up in number, which in fact, if true, is the result of the popularity of Agility and its rise on the show scene. It seems that many shows nationally are up conformation ways as well and that the drop off in entries, if there is one, has not been as bad as some have feared. Much discussion has centered on what AKC can do to prevent or minimize reductions and the AKC has been quite creative in this area. Whether the procedures such as Grand Championships will be long lasting remains to be seen but the organization seems quite willing to be open minded on this subject. What the role of the show giving club should
be in promoting its own shows seems to be less easy to define as the all-breeds seem to be relying on AKC’s creativity rather than coming up with ideas of its own. Undoubtedly the two must work together in this matter that’s a given. One question to ask is whether or not the clubs take the time to make sure dog shows are a more pleasant place for both exhibitors and spectators to spend leisure time. Well one Springfield Show is exactly the same as the next so fifty times over one knows the answer to that one. Another thing to ask is what is done to encourage new exhibitors once they enter a show or does the average person sit around merely grumbling about bad judges’ decisions? There is so much to explore and develop in these areas but one thing is for sure unless a united cause is created to improve the atmosphere at many a show the future will be hard to predict. THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK Sorry to have to question the motives of certain people in the British dog press but under the guise of protecting the children of Russia it would seem too many Brits are accepting the argument offered by the Russian lawmakers concerning the hate laws enacted towards not only the residents of the Gay and Lesbian societies in that country but to those who visit the country as well. And this is the case whether they be gay or merely support people who choose that form of lifestyle. The FCI has not taken a strong stand at all in this matter obviously for financial reasons. The AKC has come in for undue criticism due to the stands taken by Alan Kalter and Dennis Sprung and supported so strongly by these pages in asking that the World Show be moved from Moscow. But it is not only that dog show we believe dog people should not attend but all dog shows in Russia should be ignored by people who live outside that country until the those obnoxious hate laws are revoked. The Russian history of mistreating their own people on most every score is well documented and that maybe “political” for us to get involved with but the same does not apply to Russian discrimination against the rest of the world when people are interested in visiting their country for dog show participation. These laws are a form of BSL that is totally unacceptable and must be rejected by every free thinking individual.
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IRVING’s impressions By Ronnie Irving
differences In akc, fci & tkc systems
Although we are all involved in the sport of purebred dogs, there are some significant dissimilarities between the respective show scenes at AKC, TKC and FCI events. Are there any lessons to be learned from those differences? Here Ronnie Irving outlines various aspects of those variations in rules and practices.
Fundamental Differences Although we all take part in what we regard as being one and the same sport of purebred dogs, there are in fact three main variations on the theme of dog showing – the AKC system, TKC method and the FCI approach. Each has advantages and disadvantages. Are there lessons that we can learn from one another? Will time and the increasing ease of world communication eventually bring the various systems together? Or are the circumstances now so different in the three main show scenes that they will always retain their fundamental differences?
tradition of dog showing, and the restricted number of championship qualifying shows allowed by TKC in the UK, the size of British shows is probably on average bigger than anywhere else. The average number of dogs at the twentyfive multi breed championship ‘points’ shows in the UK is still over 8,000 despite annual falls of between 2% and 4% in the last few years.
The Size of Shows
It is that very differential in show size which itself leads on to a number of other major differences. In the USA and in the FCI jurisdictions, the number of all round judges is much greater than it is in the UK where specialist judges outnumber multi breed judges by about four to one. In fact the last statistics I had was that the total number of judges that are approved by TKC at championship level in the UK was about 9,000 with 80% of them approved for only one breed. Because the number of breed entries at the average UK show is relatively high, this means that the economics of showing does allow specialist judges to dominate. Whether or not that is a good thing is an argument for another day – but it is a fact. This means in turn that the number of multi breed judges who judge all of the breeds in their respective groups is very small. In the UK there is only one judge approved to judge every breed. Under FCI Rules there are at least 700, probably nearer 1000. There is a similar differential in the groups. In the USA the number of Terrier Judges for example who are approved for the entire Group is about 150. Under TKC Rules there are only 4 people approved to
Perhaps the biggest difference between the show scenes is that of size. The biggest of the FCI international events are the annual FCI World Dog Shows which, when they are held in Europe, gain entries of nearly 20,000. In addition the various Scandinavian International ‘Winners Shows’ usually manage to gain between 6,000 and 8,000 entries. Apart from that the entries at FCI shows probably average roughly the same as in the USA. There the average AKC all breeds show last year numbered 929 entries. The biggest all-breed show in the USA under AKC rules last year was the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Show in Orlando, Florida and in 2012 it attracted an entry of 3443 dogs. Only two other shows in the US last year had more than 3,000 entries and these were Evansville, Kentucky with 3066 and Palm Springs, California with 3048. The average size of the top twenty AKC all-breed shows last year was 2500 dogs. Contrast that with the situation in the UK. There Crufts manages regularly to attract entries of over 20,000. Due to the density of population, the long 14 Dog News
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babbling By Geir Flyckt-Pedersen
Back In Fashion??
know some of you will find it hard to believe, but when my original breed Wire Fox Terriers were at the peak of its popularity in the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, I was not even born! In the 50’s when I first got involved with terriers, the few serious breeders still around in Norway had a hard time rebuilding the breed’s reputation and image. It might sound ironic, but my first introduction to, and encounter with, the breed was on my way to school at 7 years of age, a WFT in the neighborhood bit my leg, scared the living daylight out of me and made me change my route to school forever after. No surprise to anybody, as that was what the breed was known for… When I some years later acquired my first WFT bitch, named Lady Lou, she had links back to the dog biting me- and although she was a great friend and family pet – she very soon gained the respect of all children in the neighborhood. If Loulou appeared loose outside our house, no child ever moved, some even did not dare to breathe…which was kind of scary. The number of kids’ pants she ripped up I never counted, but things must have been different in those days- as I don’t think we were ever presented with a bill for any of them... I showed her quite a bit, without much success, bred 2 litters from her sired by my own male, but temperament was still an issue, which is why the line was abandoned and a couple of bitches were imported from England based on the philosophy: Why keep trying to do things which will take years of your life when you could restart much further up the ladder...
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If you watched movies from the breeds’ heydays, they were frequently included- and most people my age or older can tell stories about Wire Fox Terriers in their own or other relatives families. And the stories were not always good ones- and it was no doubt that over-breeding for economical gain had negatively influenced the breed. But you would also hear stories about how clever they were and about their sense of humor! The Poodle expert Elisif Thrana was one of my mentors and idols from the beginning- and her mother was a well known WFT breeder. But what impressed me more were stories about Elisif herself standing on the horseback, galloping through her local town, with a” pack” of Wire Fox Terriers in hot pursuit! Wish I could have watched that!! One of my favorite stories came from HSH The Princess Antoinette of Monaco (oh sure, he’s name dropping again!). Her mother Princess Charlotte was a keen WFT breeder and even exhibitor, so the breed was very much part of their lives. Princess Charlotte had one particular dog as her closest companion, sadly I cannot remember his name, but he traveled with her everywhere and always came with her to their residence in Paris! And so did her personal footman, which the dog hated -and the feeling was totally mutual! And every morning the young daughter, Antoinette, from her own room, could listen to the same procedure: The Footman came with her mother’s breakfast tray from the kitchen. Immediately, as that door opened, the pitter patter of little terrier feet were rushing down the long hallway towards him, then she heard a “swish” as the dog was kicked all the way back to the bedroom door- and this happened 2 or 3 times until the footman finally arrived
in the bedroom, tray in one hand and a WFT attached to his trousers leg, but once in sight of his mistress, the dog let go and was just standing there with an innocent expression wagging his tail! Just another proof that the breed has brains! I must add that breeders have done a phenomenal job restoring the breed and its temperament, but there are still people out there claiming that WFTs have no brains! If you happened to live with the breed as a pet you would have a very different perspective. If you kept the breed crated for most of its life, you would probably have created idiots- and I think even intelligent human beings would have “lost it” living under similar circumstances ! The reason I babble about this is of course that just now, for the first time in many years, we have a Wire Fox Terrier competing amongst the crème de la crème of American show dogs for Top Dog All Breeds. Her main rival at the moment is the Portuguese Water Dog, but that breed has already had its moment as the Obama family’s chosen breed. Could it be possible that the success of the attractive Sky and all the publicity surrounding her, could bring the breed back in focus and make it seem more suitable and attractive to the general public than hitherto experienced? I must admit that I don’t know if the demand for Scotties increased when the lovely Sadie had her year of triumph or if the victorious Cocker Spaniel and German Wirehaired Pointer to name but a couple, in any way increased the demand for those breeds? Continued on page 66
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There is a long standing debate about chicken jerky treats manufactured in China and the role it may or may not play in causing illnesses or even deaths in dogs. The FDA is carrying on a long investigation into the matter and has stated “No specific products have been named or recalled because the cause of the illnesses have not been determined.” That being the case should AKC suspend or continue to permit its logo to be used on packaged chicken jerky strips and other treats made in China? This Question was Asked on october 5, 2012. In light of recent FDA and AKC changes in attitude the answers given then are most interesting to read again. See this week’s Editorial on the subject.
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ALAN KALTER All AKC licensed dog treats are tested with either SGS or BV - the two largest testing facilities in the world - for salmonella, mold, yeast, melamine, and cyan uric acid, amongst other microbiological contaminants as well as for correctness of the listed ingredients along with substantiating the crude analysis. AKC’s licensee and AKC continue to monitor the FDA’s conclusions, and will follow their lead and instruction. The FDA is actively investigating this claim, but has not identified any contaminate for several years. According to the FDA, many of the illnesses reported may be the result of causes other than eating chicken jerky. To date, scientists have not been able to determine a precise cause for the reported illness.
Lee Arnold The most important attribute of the AKC logo and trademark is its integrity. We should reflect the highest standards in every aspect of the Sport and Fancy. At this juncture, since there is an ongoing FDA investigation, I would suggest a temporary suspension of the logo’s use, until the findings are completed and announced. Then we can act accordingly. Harvey Wooding I have done a little research since I received your request for my opinion. First it should be added that not only has no product been named or recalled because the cause of illnesses have not been determined, but also in its testing FDA has found no “causative agents” for the illnesses reported in the products tested. Testing began in 2007 and is ongoing. Second, my brief investigation indicates that the importer with which AKC has a licensing agreement has tested the product extensively as well and finds no indications of harmful ingredients. They continue to test. Last, prior to entering into an agreement to endorse the product with its logo, AKC required access to the test data for its own review and continues to require and monitor the testing as well. AKC has done its due diligence. I find no reason for AKC to suspend its licensing arrangement. GAIL LABERGE On the surface this seems simply to be a yes or no question, but in reality it is not. At this time, I have not seen any information that directly connects the treats to any health problems. Obviously, AKC should closely watch the FDA’s in22 Dog News
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vestigation and be prepared to act quickly should any action be required. As a breeder and owner, I certainly keep the welfare of the dogs uppermost in my mind. Marjorie B. McTernan I have had 25 years experience working in China for a top Fortune 500 Pharmaceutical & Health Care company. I was given the task of setting up a number of contract manufacturing sites in China and Hong Kong . We learned that the only way to assure compliance with all our specifications and testing requirements was to put our own well-trained Quality Assurance staff in the factories. This required setting up all our own procedures and meticulous record keeping. It also required having the home office staff visit China to audit the local staff we hired to manage the projects. I do not know what kind of contract the AKC has with the dog food companies it allows to carry its AKC trademark. The AKC has always had a pristine reputation and I would not like to see it damaged by adverse publicity or unsafe products. I don’t think we can depend on the FDA in this matter because all their investigation is after the fact. Once the damage is done it is almost impossible to get your good name back. AKC has to assure itself that the products they
are endorsing are safe. Not knowing how “hands on” AKC is in this product line makes it difficult to believe in the safety of the products. I would not feed these treats to my dogs given the number of unanswered questions. Dr. Patricia Haines First, as a practicing veterinarian I recommend to my clients *never* feed any product manufactured in China, or for that matter be very cautious of any product manufactured outside of the USA. When serving as a board member, I held quality and philosophy of a product endorsement above short term financial benefit to the AKC in the use of the logo. Obviously this was and continues to be a minority opinion in final board and staff positions. John Constantine I think AKC should withdraw use of its logo. If a product is of uncertain quality or even more so, safety, it should be a nobrainer. kenneth kauffman I think that the American Kennel Club should be endorsing and supporting American products. Continued on page 91
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Breeds Of The World Halden Hound â€“ Norway While in Norway looking around for a rare dog breed, I had the pleasure of being introduced to an extremely rare, and much cherished dog - the lovely, Halden Hound. I then went through this breedâ€™s backgound, history, etc., and found some interesting facts I had not mentioned before.
he Constitutional monarchy of Norway extends about 1,100 sq. mi (1,770 km2). It is slightly larger than New Mexico. The largest area of the country (about 70%) is uninhabitable and covered by mountains, glaciers, and rivers. There are hundreds of deep fjords that cut into the coastline giving Norway an overall oceanfront of more than 12,000 mi (19,312km). Continued on page 82
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Music BACK TO BASICS
By Richard Curtis
oing back to basics is something that no matter what standard your dogs are, they can benefit from. Teaching some new handlers to the sport recently it is easy to see how on the surface of the sport, it is all about doing the basic moves such as twist and weave. These are certainly basic moves but should not be the starting point for someone starting out in this sport. In the early days of the sport many handlers in HTM also competed in obedience so their dogs had a good grounding in their control training. Obedience might look boring but it has several elements which help throughout a HTM dog’s career. Good heelwork is essential not just for the heelwork to A good heelwork position is an essential foundation to build on in heelwork to music
music division but also it is very useful for the dog to know its left heel position when teaching certain moves. The other benefit in teaching the left heel position is that it gets the dog used to being close to you which then helps when teaching the other heelwork positions around the handler. Often I find dogs that have not had this type of early training always have a reluctance to come very close to the handler. I spend a lot of time when the dog is young kneeling down, cuddling the pup into the left heelwork position while feeding it some of its dinner. I want the pup to be relaxed in this position and not feel intimidated about being tight up to me. With small dogs like my tiny Betty it is also very important that you make sure you don’t accidentally tread on the dog when it’s near you. I remember well the first few months with Betty I was shuffling around a lot so I didn’t tread on her. The other exercise I did with Betty was to get her to target her right foot onto the side of my left foot as I wanted her to associate being close to me as being very rewarding. One obedience exercise that I place a lot of importance on is the down position. I sometimes find that teaching various elements of the down can be a great way of affirming to the dog who is in charge in a non confrontational way. I started teaching the down from a young age with the aid of food then I might switch to using a toy to reward the dog for the down. When I am using the toy I can then have a game with the dog in Continued on page 87
“One obedience exercise that I place a lot of importance on is the down position. I sometimes find that teaching various elements of the down can be a great way of affirming to the dog who is in charge in a nonconfrontational way.” 30 Dog News
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What person do you most look forward to seeing at the dog shows? The one saying...”Today you are my Best In Show.”
What is your greatest extravagance? My personal dogs.
What do you dislike most about your appearance? My nose.
What dog person would you like to see on ‘dancing with the stars’? Pat Trotter.
If you were forced to get a tattoo, what would it be? A weener.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? My Manny, some dogs and an
When and where are you the happiest? At home.
Other people think I am...? Stuck up...but actually I’m selfconscious. One of the reasons I love
dogs-they don’t judge us!
Resides: round lake, il.
Marital Status: “Merried” (33 yrs).
What did you want to be when you were growing up? To go in peace.
What would be your last request? “Merried” (33 yrs).
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Terriers by Carol Brown
No matter how many years I have been in this sport, Montgomery Weekend has continually held great excitement. Seeing the great number of Kerry Blues, the old friends, the foreign visitors and meeting people who you have only spoken or exchanged emails with has become a tradition in our breed.
hursday Hatboro was judged by Robert Shreve. Best of Breed was GCH True Blue Madonna, bred and owned by Elaine Randall. Best of Opposite Sex was Nick and Doreen Fletcher’s GCH Dornicks El Capitan. Best of Winners and Winners Bitch went to Natalia Kunze’s Aristocrat’s Firebrand of Cross the Rubicon. Winners Dog was Del Basaya Ason owned by Bill McFadden. Hatboro has once again disappointed us. After the premium list was sent, a judge change was made for the Friday show, without consulting the Board of the US Kerry Blue Terrier Club (which has a sweepstakes and supported entry that day). I heard many of the Board members expressing disappointment that they could mark their catalogs prior to the judging. Friday Hatboro was judged by Harry O’Donoghue. Best of Breed was GCG Class Act by Hallsblu owned by Bill Berry. Best of Opposite Sex was GCH True Blue Madonna, bred and owned by Elaine Randall. Best of Winners and Winners Bitch went to Natalia Kunze’s Aristocrat’s Firebrand of Cross the Rubicon. Winners Dog was Kebulak Naked Truth at Cashelmara owned by Ed and Kay Greer. The Sweepstakes was judged by Gary Alu. Best In Sweepstakes and Best 42 Dog News
Senior Puppy was Krisma’s Vive les Vacances owned by Thomas Fitzsimmons. Best of Opposite Sex was Michelle Grant’s Paxon’s Turning Heads at Kastlecove. Friday evening the Annual United Statues Kerry Blue Terrier Club and Annual Dinner was held at Williamson’s Restaurant in Horsham. Carl Ashby reports that ”at the Annual Meeting and Dinner a number of members were recognized for their work in Companion Events as well as Record of Merit Sires and Dams. We were joined by Kerry Blue lovers from around the world making the experience that much richer.” Saturday is always a very busy day – Devon in the morning, the Annual United States Kerry Blue Terrier Futurity/Maturity in the Afternoon. At Devon, the rings were impressively large – perfect for a Kerry. The judge was Betsy Dale. Best of Breed was Elaine Randall’s GCH True Blue Madonna. Best of Opposite Sex went to Nick and Doreen Fletcher’s GCH Dornicks El Capitan. Best of Winners and Winners Dog was Ed and Kay Greer’s Kebulak Naked Truth at Cashelmara. Winners Bitch was Nancy Westbrook & Doug Keene’s Soleibleu’s Kiss of Everglory. The Futurity/Maturity is judged by three breeders from different parts of the country. This year they were Gene Possidento, Barbara Price and Stephen Schellenberg. Best in Futurity was Nancy Han’s Kallehan’s Hidden Asset. Best of Opposite in the Futurity was John & Kathy Garahan’s Kilgawny’s Grainne O’Malley. Best in Maturity was Jaimie & Carl Ashby and Monica Adair’s Hotlicks Sungoddess at Blujac. Best of Opposite Sex was Beltane-Krisma’s Occam Razor owned by Lois Greer & Jana Deaton. There are some judges that make showing dogs fun. We were lucky enough to have one of them – Charlotte Patterson – to judge Montgomery. When Mrs. Patterson judges, everyone in the ring gets a fair shake. Not only are all dogs thoroughly and gently examined, but they are also spoken to. She carefully judged 100 dogs although she was in pain with numerous broken bones. Best of Breed was GCH Saredon Shockwaves of Irisblu, a beautiful typey feminine Kerry owned by Harold Quigg and Anita Norman. Best of Opposite Sex was Nick and Doreen Fletcher’s GCH Dornicks El Capitan (Teddy Jr – who was the dog that was the most consistent winner of the weekend). Best of Winners and Winners Dog was Ed and Kay Greer’s Kebulak Naked Truth at Cashelmara. Winners Bitch was Teagans Purple Rain owned by Heather Hunter and Alin Retezatu. Congratulations to all of the Winners. See You Next Year.
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In Ancient Art
By Nick Waters
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A dog of Greyhound type is arguably the oldest ‘breed’ in the world. For the purpose of historians on the dog the most important legacy of the Egyptians is that they brought the Greyhound to prominence. They held the breed in such high esteem that they were never sold but were given as gifts to dignitaries. This practice was one way the Greyhound began to make its journey around the world.
any cultures since that time have followed Egypt’s lead in valuing these elegant and fleet-footed dogs; the Greeks, Romans and on into Medieval England. In Greece and Rome the breed became intertwined with the myths and legends and is represented with many beautifully observed and delicately carved marble statues that it is hard to imagine that some ancient civilisations, the Roman in particular, were some of the most brutal ever where animals are concerned. For example, 5,000 animals died in the arena in a single day of the celebration of Emperor Titus’s first hundred days of power. Most of the marble statues are now housed in some of the great museums of the world and are some of the most sympathetic works of all canine art. The story of Diana the Huntress accompanied by her Greyhound has been a recurring theme throughout the history of art, and the marble group in the Vatican, showing one dog licking the ear of another while resting its left paw on its companion’s back, is among the most tender, best known and copied of all early dog sculptures with some fine examples in bronze, marble and porcelain. On a number of occasions in the art of ancient civilisations the Greyhound has been associated with women. Artemis was the Goddess said to have presided over all the biological transitions of females from long before puberty to the first childbirth and especially offered protection to expectant
mothers and women in confinement. Artemis worshippers were found all over the ancient Greek world. A pair of Greyhounds carved in marble from Paros are thought to have flanked the entrance to the Sanctuary of Artemis Brauronia. One survivor now in a distressed state missing its hind legs is now in the Acropolis Museum in Athens. Many of the early statues of Greyhounds are familiar for their reproduction in art and breed books but two little known ones, originally from Imperial Rome, are now in the National Archaeological Museum in Naples. Although not attributed to any sculptor, they are similar to a bitch in the Barracco Museum in Rome dating from the 1st century B.C. and inscribed as being sculpted by Sopatro, a Delphi sculptor. The Barracco bitch is shown licking a visible wound on both sides of her right hind leg which is replicated in the bitch in the museum in Naples. The dog also shows the influence of the Barracco bitch with the characteristic rotation of the lower part of the body and the lifted and folded right hind leg. Also in the Archaeological Museum in Naples is a fresco created around the time of the birth of Christ. It was originally in the Augustan Villa at Boscotrecase which was built by Agrippa, friend of Emperor Augustus and husband of his daughter, Julia, and thought to have been one of the most sumptuous villas along the Bay of Naples. In 11 B.C., the year after Agrippa’s death, the villa passed into the hands of his posthumously born son, Agrippa Postumus. As the child was only a few months old, Julia would have overseen the completion of the Villa. The frescos are regarded as some of the finest
existing examples of Roman wall painting. One of the frescos shows Meleager and Atalanta and two other mythological heroes resting after their six day hunt that culminated in the slaying of the Calydonian boar. Meleager sits upright, obviously exhilarated following his achievement, his left foot resting on a stone and in his left hand the spear that cast the fatal blow to the boar, whose head is proudly displayed at his feet. Between Meleager and Atalanta are two of Meleager’s faithful Greyhound type hounds, the darker one appearing exhausted after the hunt. Fast forward to 12th or 13th century England and two very rare quern-stones that would have been used to grind various materials, the most important of which was usually grain to make flour for bread-making. Because of the good condition of these two they were most likely used to grind medicine. They were probably made in France and are thought to have come from an Augustine priory in London built during the reign of King Henry I in the 12th century and destroyed in 1535 during the Dissolution of the Monasteries. The quernstones more recent past was a house in Hampstead in London and one in Putney from where they were sent to auction recently and sold for £5,200. In those far off days in Medieval England dogs of Greyhound type were an integral part of life. They helped enforce the laws of the forest, played an important role in sport, helped as providers of food by bringing down game and offered companionship in the great halls and castles.
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RUE T North A Report From Canada
By Allison Foley
lthough we love being “Canucks” and take pride in our ability to withstand everything Mother Nature can throw at us we still like to take the occasional trip South of the Border and visit our dog show cousins. Of course we like to take our show dogs with us. But recently in the effort to foil puppy mills the new requirements put forth by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency threatened our ability to cross the Canada-US Border seemingly at will. Was the arrangement for many years of just having a valid Rabies certificate about to come to an end? What would we do?
Rumours abounded, things like all dogs would be scanned for microchips, and have to have special microchips just to cross the border, to each dog had to have a health certificate issued by a US veterinarian prior to returning home. This would mean a visit to a US Veterinarian within 24 hours of returning to Canada. No more Sunday night trips home? The dog show world (and hunting, coursing, obedience, agility, fly ball etc) were horrified. Luckily the Canadian Kennel Club was fast to respond to the worries of its members and released this statement:
Final Update: Revisions to the Regulations Regarding Importing or Travelling With Domestic Dogs This is a final update on yesterday’s posting that offered clarification on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s recent posting of incorrect revisions to the regulations around Importing or Travelling with Domestic Dogs for Commercial Purposes. After investigation and further consultation with specialists at The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the Agency has confirmed they now require that dog owners and exhibitors with dogs under eight months of age present proof of their entry in a dog show or event when crossing the American-Canadian border. As is current practice, a valid rabies vaccination certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian must be presented for dogs eight months of age and up if they are coming from the U.S. The CKC would like to thank the Canadian Food Inspection Agency staff for their prompt assistance in establishing some clarity around this minor change. The CKC and its clubs continue to welcome enContinued on page 92
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or the first time in its history the United States Food and Drug Administration has proposed new rules that would govern the production of pet food and farm animal feed. The initial reaction is: what took so long and how come the rules aren’t more comprehensive? Unless pet owners have been living under rocks, everyone by now is aware that there have been an inordinate number of pet food and pet treat recalls in recent years. In 2007 a massive pet food recall due to thousands of pet illnesses and deaths caused from melamine tainted food processed in China raised eyebrows and the ire of pet owners. Yet no drastic action was taken at that time by the FDA. In 2012, more than 30,000 tons of dry dog and cat food were recalled following an outbreak of Salmonella traced to a single facility in South Carolina that resulted in 47 people in 20 states and two in Canada becoming ill from coming into contact with the contaminated food. In the past five years the FDA has received over 3,000 complaints about pet jerky treats that involve more than 3,600 dogs and 10 cats and it estimates that about 580 pet deaths have resulted from jerky treats, nearly all of them imported from China. In 2010, public outcry led to the inclusion of animal food in the Food Safety and Modernization Act, which was signed into law by President Obama and in January 2011, becoming the first major overhaul of the FDA’s food safety laws since the 1930’s. The question must be repeated: why did it take so long? The new rules proposed last Friday are open for public debate for 120 days after their official publication in the Federal Register on October 29. All pet owners are encouraged to voice their opinion and to politely demand stricter regulations and compliance standards for pet food and animal feed, and to reiterate that humans can also become sickened by handling tainted pet food and feed. Foodborne illnesses remain a significant threat to the health of Americans, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 48 million people (1 in 6) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die annually from foodborne diseases. In this day and age of heightened terrorist alerts and the preponderance of tainted pet food, the food supply safety area is one in which we absolutely cannot cut corners. In addition to implementing precautionary measures to ensure the quality of human food the proposed rules would regulate the production of pet food as well as feed for millions of cows, pigs and chickens that ultimately result in food for pets. According to a press release the proposed rules would create “new current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) regulations that specifically address the manufacturing, processing, packing, and holding of animal food. The proposed CGMPs would establish procedures in areas such as buildings and facilities, design and layout, cleaning and maintenance, pest control, and personnel hygiene.” They would also require makers of animal food sold in the United States to develop a written plan to prevent foodborne illnesses such as Salmonella, and to put
you’d never eat out again. If we witnessed how pet food was processed maybe we wouldn’t feed it to our pets again. Perhaps even more shocking in the new proposals may be the omission of addressing the use of antibiotics given to animals in feed. Public health advocates have been warning for years that the practice of giving animals antibiotics in feed has largely contributed to dangerous levels of antibiotic resistance in humans. Will this issue not be addressed until there are multiple reports of illnesses or fatalities? Daniel McChesney, PhD, Director of the Office of Surveillance and Compliance at FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, wrote on Friday, Oct. 25, “…we at the FDA are committed to doing all we can to keep foods [pets and farm animals] eat free of contamination.” The feeling here is that more must be done. The rules need to be stricter and regulations tighter. The FDA will hold three public meetings on the Proposed Rule for Preventive Controls for Animal Food Facilities. The first meeting will be held on November 21, 2013 at the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition in College Park, MD, the second meeting will be on November 25, 2013 at the Ralph H. Metcalfe Federal Building in Chicago and the third meeting will be held on December 6, 2013 at the John E. Moss Federal Building in Sacramento, CA. All concerned dog owners are urged, if at all possible, to attend to voice their concerns. If that’s not possible, log on to the FDA website in the next 120 days and speak up on behalf of our beloved pets who don’t have a choice about they consume. Humans can choose where and what to eat, prepare their own meals and purchase alternative diets but our pets eat at our discretion. As the owners of more than 78 million dogs and 86 million cats, we must speak on their behalf and demand the utmost protection under these regulations to ensure that the food sources available to pet owners are the absolute safest they can possibly be.
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The FDA’s New Pet Food Proposal ByShaun Coen
those plans into effect. The rules also stipulate that producers would need to put protective procedures into place at critical points in the production process where problems are likely to arise, such as monitoring the duration and the temperatures at which foods are cooked. Plans would need to be re-evaluated every three years and all problems must be corrected and addressed. Standards of cleanliness would have to be maintained at the facilities and by the people who work in them. If companies fail to comply, they would be issued warning letters, and if necessary, products would be seized producers may be prosecuted. The FDA’s press release states, “The proposed rule would require makers of animal feed and pet food to be sold in the U.S. to develop a formal plan and put into place procedures to prevent foodborne illness. The rule would also require them to have plans for correcting any problems that arise. The proposed rule would also require animal food facilities to, for the first time, follow proposed current good manufacturing practices that address areas such as sanitation.” A little vague, no? Well, here are some ‘specifics’ as outlined in the announcement: “Specifically, the proposed rule would establish requirements for a written food safety plan; hazard analysis; preventive controls for hazards that are reasonably likely to occur; recall plan for animal food with a hazard that is reasonably likely to occur; monitoring; corrective actions; verification; and associated records. The proposed rule also would establish CGMPs (current good manufacturing practice regulations) for animal food.” What’s shocking about the announcement is that it seems to imply that companies are not already taking these precautions. Are there not checks and balances all along the production line at some facilities? Are the temperatures and duration for which pet foods are cooked currently not being monitored? Are animal food facilities not practicing good hygiene and sanitation? It’s often been said that if you saw how food was prepared in restaurant kitchens
Sandy Fund Update
This week marked the one -year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, which wreaked havoc all along the east coast, with New York and New Jersey being particularly hard hit by what was billed as “the storm of the century.” In the wake of the storm, the American Kennel Club through its AKC Humane Fund established a “Sandy Fund” to provide disaster relief for the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy and subsequent, future disasters. The AKC and the Westminster Kennel Club both kicked in $10,000 to launch the fund and the AKC encouraged clubs and not-for-profit organizations in the affected regions to apply for assistance. Some 91 per cent of applicants were awarded grants, including the Mohawk Valley Kennel Club, New England Saint Bernard Club, New Jersey Federation of Dog Clubs, Last Hope Animal Rescue, Staten Island Companion Dog Training Club, Northern NJ Great Dane Club, Nutmeg Border Collie Club, New York Humane Society, Bobbi and the Strays, Inc. and Seer Farms. The AKC continues to urge organizations that have been affected by Sandy to apply for assistance as the rebuilding process continues via www.akchumanefund.org and anyone wishing to make contributions can do so at the same website and designate that the donations are to go to the “Sandy Fund.”
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THE TRAVELS OF GENNY & TEE
Good morning and thank you for coming. My name is Genny and this is my sister, Tee. Actually, we have much fancier names but they are way too snobbish for a couple of blue-collar working dogs like us. Our friends and the people who hunt with us just call us Gen and Tee and that’s just fine with us. By M.J. Nelson (although perhaps the byline should read Genny and Tee Nelson)
he title of this conference is “Road Warriors” because that’s what we are having seen enough concrete, blacktop, gravel and plain old dirt pass beneath the wheels of the truck to cover both Dakotas and a goodly part of Nebraska. I mention this to establish our travel bona fides so you won’t think we’re a couple of dim-witted pups. You see, we live with a person who continues to have the mistaken impression that whoever buys the dog food is the boss. Despite extensive efforts on both our parts to train the dog food buyer that simply opening one’s wallet or writing a check or swiping a card doesn’t automatically confer bossdom, we have to confess that we haven’t enjoyed great success in this endeavor. But the one area where we have been highly successful is travel training. Since most of you have to travel with people to dog shows, performance events, field events or to hunt, we’re going to pass along a few of our secrets that can make these trips not just tolerable but quite pleasant. It is not easy to travel with people but they can eventually be trained if you are willing to work at it. They are poor 54 Dog News
travelers, for the most part, because they focus only on the moment and have very short attention spans. For example, their planning capabilities are really dreadful. They either bring way too little or they pack the entire household and very little of what they put on the truck or in the car is meant to make life more comfortable for us. While you may find this unbelievable, we have actually witnessed times when a vehicle transporting dogs contained nothing of consequence except a crummy, cramped crate and a few bags of some cut-rate dog food where the first ingredient listed, we’d be willing to bet, is sawdust. On the other hand, there are humans who cram so much into a vehicle that the only place left for the dog is a narrow spot between the fourth beer cooler and the twenty bags of decoys, outdoor clothing, shotguns, ammo, bird cleaning stuff and various pieces of dog equipment, none of which are designed to make life more pleasant for the dogs. Although there is not a whole lot we can do about the accommodations, there are a few ways of overcoming some of the worst shortcomings. The first thing you want to do is make sure you are comfortable. This means you
need enough lounging space to pass the miles without looking like a horse with spavins when you try to exit at the end of the journey. One very effective way to ensure this is something we learned from a terrier that lives with a friend of the dog food buyer. Although we have not yet had the opportunity to try this method for ourselves, he has assured us that it is 100 percent effective. If your person insists on imprisoning you in something less than a luxuriously roomy crate with a Memory Foam pad covered with a fleece blanket, enter it without making any fuss. Then, before they can latch the door, make a pile in the crate. It does not matter from which end you extrude the pile, Just make sure it is large enough to make your person recoil backward. When the door swings open, move to your chosen place in the vehicle and decline to move. If necessary, curl up and go to sleep like you are feeling really rotten. Chances are good that what with cleaning up the mess, finding new bedding and the fact that people are always running late, your person will say “Thehellwithit” and leave the crate home. The terrier said it
took awhile to make his person give up entirely on the idea of confinement but he said that terrier stubbornness apparently is also a characteristic of the people they live with. He noted that a Collie friend of his had used the same technique and his person had grasped the idea after only two training sessions. If your preferred spot in the vehicle is in the right-hand seat, there will be times when you have to assert your authority. This is usually not a problem if it’s just you and your person in the vehicle. The problem comes when your person has a two-legged partner who believes it is their prerogative to occupy that same space. In these circumstances, it almost always works to use a common gastrointestinal problem to clear space for yourself. Just put your head on the person’s lap, stare up at him or her with loving eyes to distract them and then as furtively as possible, release our version of a fuel-air explosive. The rapidly expanding wave of stench pushes objects away from the epicenter of the aerosol cloud and induces severe gagging reactions among such soft targets as stationary people in a confined area such as the cab on a truck. You may want to plan to eat old roadkill a day or so prior to your trip in order to maximize the effect of your gas attack. With any luck at all, this action will cause both the driver and the right seat passenger to press themselves as tightly as possible against either door and quite likely stick their heads out the side windows leaving you plenty of room to make yourself comfortable. One word of caution, however. You may have to close your ears to all the really naughty words that such action frequently provokes. You have to plan ahead for other contingencies also. After a hard day’s work, it is never easy to jump up into a truck. The people who build those things and the ones who buy their work never seem to understand that the last thing a tired dog wants to do is summon up the energy to make that high leap after a long day. Because of their failure to understand this problem, you need to practice faking an injury before you leave on the trip so you can deliver a convincing performance while you are on the road. This will almost always cause your person to feel guilty and they will lift you into the vehicle. Not only is this much better for you but it also pro-
vides good exercise for your person. If lifting you should cause them to strain their back, that provides an additional benefit. They won’t be able to keep going all day in the field until both of you are exhausted. You have to keep in mind that people have absolutely no sense of their limitations and given the op-
You have to keep in mind that people have absolutely no sense of their limitations and given the opportunity will walk or run the paws/legs off both you and them. It is the dog’s duty to watch out for the welfare of people as well as your own.
portunity will walk or run the paws/legs off both you and them. It is the dog’s duty to watch out for the welfare of people as well as your own. When you have finally arrived at your destination and you have worked all day, you can’t let people get by with tossing some dry kibble in your bowl and expecting you to be satisfied with that. After all, you have worked hard, put up with them and their bad jokes and their selfish refusal to share the jelly doughnuts all day. You need some decent food but, unfortunately, despite the fact that you are most deserving, people don’t usually just hand over a respectable meal. You almost always have to do some finagling. The first step is to act like you are too tired to eat and you have to be coaxed into even sniffing their food offering. You may have to work this from several angles because people are notoriously slow on the uptake. If you have been hunting, or coursing, or herding or even chasing rodents, limp slowly to your food, sniff at it and then turn your back. It really helps if you can suck in your gut to the point where you look positively emaciated. It is quite effective to stare longingly at the meat on the table and whine piteously. You have to appear so pathetic that it generates guilt in people in order to get them to give in and share with you. However, it is important to set your sights high. Don’t be satisfied with just a little canned dog food on your kibble. You deserve much better. Hold out for qualContinued on page 93
After all, you have worked hard, put up with them and their bad jokes and their selfish refusal to share the jelly doughnuts all day. You need some decent food but, unfortunately, despite the fact that you are most deserving, people don’t usually just hand over a quality meal.
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Last weekend we were in Messina, Italy where Gene was invited to judge at the Purina Pro Plan Cup - Puppy of the Year in the Messina Sicily Division. I ended up being a substitute judge also in that competition while he ended up judging at the two all-breeds as well. In two weeks I shall be adjudicating in the Genoa competition of this Cup series but whether or not I will be judging at an all-breed or not is somewhat unclear at the moment and probably if Messina is any example will not be known until the last minute for sure. But first let me explain to you about this marvelous and I think unique competition put on by those imaginative folks at Purina in Italy for sure the charming and able husband/wife team of Sergio Bottino and Paola Daffunchio. The format for this year’s Purina Cup in Italy is something we could desperately use here in the States as a way of taking the emphasis off of throwing puppies into the ring merely for ring experience and to increase entries for shows. Indeed Janet York coincidentally in a Letter to the Editor this week questions the validity of the AKC 4 to 6 month old competition on other grounds but the point remains why does everything in America revolve round points and competitions for shows only? The Italian Pro Plan Cup shifts the emphasis from points and showmanship to a relationship between the judge and the exhibitor/breeder and turns into a lovely discussion about the puppy generally with someone who is supposed to be an experienced judge and breeder as well as the exhibitor and his or her dog. Here’s how it
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works. Four judges are selected in advance, 2 Italian and one from the UK and the USA to evaluate the pup but on a comparatively personal non-technical basis. Four dogs come into the ring, one for each judge, and then rotate and visit each judge for a conversation and evaluation about each dog. True points are awarded by the judge based on these “c’s and e’s” but the process adds a new dimension to judging as it provides a means of establishing a personal relationship between the two humans in the ring about the dogs which is totally missing and indeed discouraged in the actual show ring! You start off by asking, anyways, this is what I did, to not have the exhibit setup at all. I told the exhibitor who was frequently accompanied by a child of his or hers that I was going to comment about what I thought of the dog’s expression and attitude and whether or not it would be a good house pet and possibly a showdog. If the animal looked or acted timid, was it the show environment, whether it was fun to live with and the like. Fortunately I had a great translator named Matteo and we all worked well together. Based on this conversation up to 100 points could be awarded and we were asked by Sergio to be tough rather than easy as they were really looking to teach the exhibitor about the advantages and responsibilities of proper dog ownership. The next category was structure of Continued on page 101
Ch. Cedar Creek Sheâ€™s Got It All Pictured winning Group First Thank you Judge Ms. Marcie Dobkin Owner Carol Van Pelt 15247 South Michael Drive Plainfield, IL 60544 815 347-9576
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judge every breed in the Terrier Group while under FCI rules there are well over 1,000 in that category, nearly 500 of them in Australia!
Judges’ Critiques Another area where there are differences among the systems is in respect of the requirement for judges to provide critiques on the dogs and report on their judging. In the USA, as far as I am aware, it is usually only at some Specialty Shows that the adjudicator is asked to write a report on some of the main winners. In the UK it is compulsory for judges at points shows to write reports for the two weekly dog papers Our Dogs and Dog World. In these reports they are required to give their comments on first and second prize winners in every class. These comments are meant not only to give a brief description of the dogs’ faults and virtues but also, where possible, to give some indication of the reasons for the placings. Under FCI rules it is normal in many, though not all countries, to ask the judge to dictate a report on every single dog entered and hand it over to the exhibitor on the spot. For many judges, me included, this becomes a very tedious and distracting exercise but one that you just have to accept if you are to judge in these jurisdictions. One rather odd fact is that in recent years the FCI has decided that at its major international events such as the FCI World Dog Show and the FCI Section Winners shows such as the FCI European Show, no such reports are required. This is partly because the entries at these shows are too big for the judges to be able to judge enough dogs in time and also write the detailed reports that are normally required. Also, under FCI rules all of the dogs have to be graded into Excellent, Very Good, Good etc – something that does not happen either under AKC or TKC regulations.
Benching The provision of benching at shows is yet another area of difference. Most FCI shows have now abandoned benching though in Europe some shows in Belgium and the Netherlands will still provide some benching for those exhibitors who want it and are prepared to pay for it. In the USA the AKC’s rather quaint 60 Dog News
definition of a Bench Show is: “A dog show at which the dogs are kept on assigned benches when not being shown in competition, so they can be viewed and discussed by attendees, exhibitors and breeders.” Despite that rather old fashioned explanation, which seems to have come from a totally different era, it has to be said that hardly any shows nowadays are benched in the USA. In fact in recent years there have only remained five benched conformation dog shows each year, in Chicago, Detroit, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. The most famous of these is of course the Westminster Kennel Club Show, which at the Piers location nowadays has traditional fixed benching but at Madison Square Garden, the benching space for the Best of Breed Winners consists simply of individual draped spaces for each dog. On the other hand in the UK TKC still insists that at multi-breed points shows benching must be provided for every exhibit. This costs the show organising clubs between $4 and $6 per dog, which means that the entry fees are perhaps a little higher than they otherwise might be. In certain breeds only a few of the exhibitors use benches. In other breeds they are used intensively. It is not easy to predict usage. In Labrador Retrievers for example almost every bench is occupied while in Golden Retrievers on the other hand, hardly any are used. Whether benching should or will survive in the UK is a matter that is being hotly debated at the moment.
Classification Another difference at shows is the classification. Under FCI Rules there are classes differentiated mostly by age. Baby Puppy Class (up to 6 months), Puppy Class (from 6 to 9 months), Junior Class (from 9 to 18 months), Intermediate (from 15 to 24 months), Open Class (15 months and over), Veteran Class (from 8 years and over Working Class (15 months and over) Champion Class (15 months and over). In the USA as readers will be aware the regular classes are for dogs that are not yet champions - Puppy – 6 - 12 months, 12 – 18 months class, Novice (rarely used) - dogs 6 months and over, which have not previously won certain prizes, Amateur-Owner-Handler – 6 months plus, Bred By Exhibitor Class, AmericanBred Class - For dogs born in the United States from a mating which took place in the United States, Open - for any dog of the breed, at least 6 months of age and then Specials Class. In the UK there are five classes divided by age - Special Puppy (6 – 9 months), Puppy (6 – 12 months), Junior (6 – 18 Months) Yearling
(12 – 24 months) and Veteran (7 years plus). There is also a range of other classes available, ten in all, which depend on the wins that the dog has achieved up to the Open Class which is open to all. There are no champion classes in the breed competition in the UK.
Number of Champions Another difference in the systems is the number of champions that they produce. I have no details of the number of national champions produced under the FCI systems. It must be quite a large number. However a couple of years ago (the latest information I have) showed that there were annually around 6500 FCI International Champions – the highest accolade that can be given by the FCI. In the USA in 2012 there were as many as 20,766 American Champions finished in the conformation area, and even as many as 6,766 dogs became ‘Grand Champions’. In the UK on the other hand, the equivalent total number of Champions finished was only 966! This is partly because of the smaller number of shows but also probably because there is no Champions Class in the UK and dogs which are already finished still compete for the TKC’s qualifying Challenge Certificate at points shows.
Professionals Finally and again probably because of the bigger distances involved in the USA and increasingly for the same reason at many FCI shows, the number of dogs that are professionally handled is much greater than in the UK. Here the number of true professional handlers can almost be counted on the fingers of one hand. Does this make a difference to the presentation and showmanship of the exhibits? You bet it does. But it also, in my opinion, in the long run adversely affects the overall depth of competition and the size of show entries as well.
Questions I posed some questions at the beginning of this piece. Are there lessons that we can learn from one another? Will time and the increasing ease of world communication eventually bring the various systems together? Or are the circumstances now so different in the three main show scenes that they will always retain their fundamental differences? My own view is that yes - there are many lessons we can learn from our respective systems. I also believe that there are many areas where the increasing international movement of dogs and people from one country to another will mean that some aspects of our systems will converge. On the other hand there are some fundamental aspects where I think that our systems are likely to remain firmly different well into the future. Does that matter? No I don’t think so. As the French say – and they are even members of the FCI - : “Vive la différence!”
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For months all Terrier fanciers look forward to this one of a kind show. I can only compare it to little children counting the days until Christmas. Some people think of it as a group show, but it is actually an all-breed club that limits the entry to Terriers. We only have three clubs today that are in that category Montgomery County, Progressive, which is for Toys only, and Metro Mile Hi, another Toy show in Colorado. The
Montgomery Count big difference with Montgomery from any other group of all-breed show is that it is a show made up of National Specialties. Twenty different breeds held their specialty this year, along with eight others having supported entries. At the average all-breed show today Terrier entries average around sixty Terriers. Montgomery this year had 1,638 dogs competing with 1,910 entries. It is the large number of Nationals that make this show so unique. Although the Border Terrier Club was only holding a supported entry, it accounted for 76 Borders. Even such a rare breed as the Cesky Terrier had a supported entry of 26. This year it was the 100th anniversary specialty for Sealyhams. The specialty was dedicated to Howard Stone. Howard was the breeder of Ch. Stonebroke Right on the Money. This dog, known as â€œBen Lowâ€?, is the top winning dog of his breed with 67 Bests. In 2006, Gabe Rangel went BIS with this record setting Sealy. On six different occasions this rare breed has captured Best. There were 35 Sealys competing this year. This might not sound like a lot, but at the average show there usually is never even one. 64 Dog News
nty Weekend 2013 And Now Desi Looks At Montgomery By Desmond J. Murphy Photos by Eugene Z. Zaphiris
t was the Diamond Jubilee for the Skye Terrier Club of America. It was the 75th anniversary for the club and its 100th National Specialty. The show was dedicated to Sandra Goose Allen. Sandra and her Windflower Skyes were so prominent first in New York City and then St. Louis. Sandra died this past May and had also been a prominent figure in the Scottish Terrier Club of America. She had such a wonderful way with people and dogs. Her knowledge coupled with great charm made her an extremely popular judge. Even the losers enjoyed the time they spent in her ring. Nobody ever objected to the placement they received from Sandra. Many referred to Sandra as â€œMother Gooseâ€?. She had such a great love for the dogs and dog people. Sandra, when I first met her, had a great passion for food, which caused her to be an extremely large lady. Most people cannot believe how large she once was. She then took her weight control to the Continued on page 88
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Why and how some breeds all of a sudden gain the attraction and attention of the general public is a mystery I will never understand. Following Wire Fox Terriers, Min & Toy Poodles ruled the world for a couple of decades, German Shepherds and Labradors still enjoy the adoration of millions around the world. Just looking at what has happened in the terrier world is quite amazing. The traditional breeds like Fox-, Lake-, Welsh-, Airedale, Irish and even Westies are on a downward slope while breeds like Parson Russell, Russell, Border, SC Wheaten, Am Staff and Staff Bull terriers are slowly, but surely, taking over. In 1966 (I think) we made up the very first Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Champion in Norway. I have told the story about how one of the first judges who saw her, commented to his steward when he saw her sitting with me ringside: “How has he got permission to bring that mongrel into the show?” The steward was my friend, Torbjörn Aasheim, a famous Kerry and Sealyham breeder sadly no longer with us- had actually imported her from England so knew a little about the breed. Gave the judge a “briefing” after which we got a raving critique!!!! We tried in vain to find a suitable male for her, even were in touch with Maureen Holmes – an icon in most American breeders’ eyes - a few times, but a healthy partner with correct bite was never found. The point is: In those days you hardly ever saw a single representative of the breed at any shows- apart from the odd one in Finlandbut today at many Scandinavian shows it has the largest entry, followed by other breeds we used to see one or two of- like Staff Bull terrier, Parson, Cairns and Borders (well, Cairns and Borders were always good in Sweden). And if you go to shows anywhere in the world today breeds like French Bulldog, Bulldogs, AmStaffs and lately even Cane Corso are the numerically strongest entries. How and why this happens, I simply cannot understand. Nothing wrong with the breeds, I find them all attractive and interesting, but why this sudden surge in popularity? The fact that Toy dogs are increasing in numbers as pets is easily understandable. (Easy to handle, require little exercise and are cheap to feed.) It feels like a regression 66 Dog News
to the old days when the Aristocracy had their Sleeve dogs (Pekes) as part of their attireand many young professional ladies of today, all over the world, carry a Pom or a Chihuahua in their handbag… The films in days gone by including Lassie, Rin Tin Tin, the WFT Asta ,etc. certainly had an influence on the popularity of those breeds, but how and why some of these other breeds have reached their popularity is an enigma! I happen to like and admire all of them, but that’s beside the point. Still I treasure the memories when you came to the USA and there were substantial entries of breeds like Poodles and Cockers. Shown by great artists who through their skill made life very tough and competitive for each other! Today you will be lucky to see more than a couple, if any, at shows around the country. Then what about all the “Doodles” and other so called designer dogs? Here I think some profit hungry veterinarians might have had a finger in the pie! In my old neighborhood I regularly on my morning run met this lady with a very old, but quite fit Labrador. Then she disappeared for a while and reappeared with a Golden Australian Labradoodle puppy. I asked why she changed breed and she told me that since her old dog got blind (he was 13 when he died) her vet advised it would be a safer bet to stay away from purebreds and buy a healthy Labradoodle. Having a grandchild that suffered from some unidentified allergy, she was also told that the Labradoodle was allergenic! So of course she listened to the expert and purchased this mongrel for $2.500 and a year later she even purchased a Miniature Version of the same mix. Well, most likely a Min Poodle was involved this time! To make a long and painful story a little shorter: The Australian Labradoodle had PRA and was blind at 2.5 yrs of age. The Miniature version is probably still alive, but was hysterical and aggressive whenever he met other dogs- so the lady still walks- but without any dogs as she could not master him!!! I know there is never any guarantee with any living creature that they will escape all serious health problems, but what annoys me is that the Authorities on pedigree dogs in this
country and the World have not gone out more aggressively explained to the general public in any way possible, how many generations of careful, selective breeding are behind and the base of most purebred dogs that today are registered with the AKC and the FCI approved registers. I know of course that efforts have been made to recruit even the puppy mills to register their dogs with the AKC, which of course undermine the club’s image and credibility a bit, but with today’s requirements re DNA, etcat least you will have an idea of what size your cute little puppy will eventually grow up to? I have seen examples of Labradoodles, hairy monsters, the size of Great Danes! But back to the question: What or which are the reasons some breeds all of a sudden explode in numbers and popularity? The reason given why so many terriers are decreasing in numbers, as pets as well as show dogs, is the extensive grooming required! Then why has a breed (I must admit I have a soft spot for ) like Wheaten terriers exploded in numbers…? Although so many breeds seem to be on the verge of extinction, it is a mystery that there is always a number of enthusiasts who keep each and every breed alive. Which I think was the case with this breed until the “explosion”! Just one of the many mysteries that will remained unsolved, at least until Doomsday when probably we will know it all… Will there be another pure bred variety on top of the popularity list ever again? I am not so sure, but who knows, maybe some genius will bring back another new breed from somewhere which will set the world on fire… Whether or not it would be a good thing for a breed to gain huge popularity can always be discussed, but it is definitely not a good alternative to be on the “endangered species” list! Whichever is the world’s next number 1 breed in popularity, lets just hope and pray it is eligible for AKC (or FCI affiliated) registration… And as I hope to breed another litter of WFT in a year’s time or so, why not campaign to restore the popularity of this breed to what it once was… Or maybe that’s not really on my wish list!
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By Sharon Sakson
Del Valle Dog Show
in Northern California
Walking onto the Alameda County Fairgrounds, you get the impression of a great, welcoming space in the open air. The grounds are lovely. The rings are full of soft grass that has been neatly trimmed. Dozens of palm trees shoot up to the sky, their solitary trunks topped by large evergreen leaves and coconuts.
he weekend was blessed with mild weather. San Francisco’s big news story that weekend was a disabling strike of public transit workers. But exhibitors can’t take public transportation to dog shows, so the big news passed us by. There were 53 rings distributed throughout the fairgrounds, some indoors and some outside. So many rings meant that the 37 clubs holding specialties had rings to themselves, with room to spread out their trophy tables and lunch set-ups. And lots of room for those pop-up tents so favored by Californians. They place them ringside and peer out from the shade at the dogs circling before the judge. You got the impression that a lot of people were enjoying themselves. They just settled down and relaxed. There was plenty of room. The palm trees watched over everything. The weekend, known as the Harvest Moon Cluster, underwent a radical change this year. The old cluster was a five-day affair with all breed shows Thursday and Friday, specialties on Saturday, then two more all breed shows on Sunday and Monday. This year’s cluster was three days of all breed shows, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, with specialties joining in. “We couldn’t do it anymore,” said Betty-Anne Stenmark about the five-day cluster. “We were just losing too much money.” After a lot of agonizing and discussion, the two clubs involved, Skyline Dog Fanciers of San Mateo County and Del Valle Dog Club of Livermore, decided to change to a three-show weekend, inviting all the specialties to come with them. Continued on page 94
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Meetthe IN HARTFORD,CONNECTICUT By Peggy Wampold
In September we manned the AKC Booth at the Big E, one of the largest fairs in the country. The last Saturday of the fair over one hundred and fifty thousand people attended on that one day.
e have been doing this for several years. We have never in the past had so many people tell us that they would never buy a dog from a breeder and will only adopt a dog from rescue, as we did this year. We have learned through the years that they do not know our breeds. I always thought that the Irish Setter was a very well known breed. I cannot tell you how many different groups of people, when they saw the Irish Setter, (a grand champion in full show coat) asked if it was an Afghan. I heard people ask if the English Setter was a Springer Spaniel and if the Brittany was the puppy of the English Setter. Everyone who worked the booth or brought dogs in to be in the booth can tell you stories about the lack of knowledge the general public has about our breeds. Whose fault is this? In years past we did not have to educate the public about our breeds and tell them why they wanted to own a pure bred dog, but now we do. The Animal Rightist organizations have done an excellent job in their propaganda against breeders and pure bred dogs. We have stood back and let them. I have heard many times, AKC should be doing more to counter what the ARs are saying about pure bred dogs. But, we are the AKC. We are the ones that live in the communities. We are the ones that suffer the consequences of anti dog legislation. We are the ones who cannot sell puppies. We are the ones that need to be out in the community doing public education at every opportunity. We are the ones with the best ambassadors to change the current public opinionâ€Ś. 74 Dog News
our dogs. I know I sound like I am on a soapbox, but it galls me to the very core of my being every time I hear what AKC should be doing. I think it is what each of us should be doing. We are the ones in the local communities with the dogs and we are the ones that will have to live with the negative dog laws being passed across the country. We are the ones that are being hurt by the current campaign to rescue a dog from a shelter and not buy from a breeder. This past weekend CDF (Connecticut Dog Federation), which is comprised of the AKC member and licensed clubs in Connecticut, once again, did the Hartford Meet the Breeds in Hartford, Connecticut. As I watched the people come in with their dogs to set up their little area for the day, I thought these are the true dog people who love their breed and the sport. They came in with crates, grooming tables, ex-pens, grooming equipment and dogs freshly groomed and bathed to just set and talk to the public about their breeds. They were not going to get ribbons or points that day, but they were going to have a good time talking to the public about their dogs. People came from Maine, NY and New Jersey and all the states in between to try to educate the public about their breeds, the AKC and all of the activities that people can do with their dogs. Before I go any further, I should tell you that there were two All-Breed Dog Shows in Springfield (about 20 minutes up the road), several nationals, a two-day Agility Trial, several hunt tests, an earth dog event, etc. all going on the same weekend, all in the immediate area, well not the nationals. People like Cathy Cunningham, who has come every year to the Hartford Meet the Breeds (we have been doing this for 20 years) and the AKC Booth at the Big E went to the English Setter National, but not before she got some people to bring their English Setters (both colors). Several others went to the other events and most made sure they had people there representing their breed. Others gave up the chance for a ribbon and came with their dogs. One lady said me, “I can go to an agility trial almost every weekend this time of the year, you only do this once a year and I would not miss it for anything.
“I know I sound like I am on a soapbox,
but it galls me to the very core of my being every time I hear what AKC should be doing. I think it is what each of us should be doing.” Educating the public about my breed is more important and besides this is a lot of fun and you have good food.” She also reminded me that she had not missed coming once since we started doing it and she hasn’t. These are the people who love their breed for all the right reasons, they love the sport and want to see it perpetuated into the future. It is not what the dogs can do for them, but what they can do for the dogs. We are very fortunate that Jenk’s Productions puts on the Pet Expo and they give us the space to do our Meet the Breeds in. There is no way we could afford a facility big enough to do a Meet the Breeds on our own. It is a very good symbiotic relationship. They give us the space and we are a big attraction that brings people into their show. I send them the list of breeds coming and they make the breed signs to give out to our exhibitors. Some people call the week before the show to see what day a breed that they are interested in will be there and they come on that day. Because of space limitations we do four groups on Saturday and three on Sunday. The dogs and their owners come in the morning and stay all day. We do a group presentation in a ring with an announcer telling the spectators about the dogs, just as is done at the Invitational. In between the group presentations we do Obedience, Rally and Canine Good Citizenship demos. Many of our exhibitors have been coming from the beginning and they have a good time. We man information tables where we have people to answer the public’s questions, listen to them tell us about their dogs, and give out AKC informational materials. The most popular items that we generally run out of every year are the AKC coloring books and the candy in the big baskets. I am not sure which is more popular. Jenk’s Productions puts on Pet Expos all over the country, but the Hartford one is the only Pet Expo that does a Meet the Breeds on
the scale that we do. We had 150 breeds present over the two days. I know Dennis Jenks would love for some of you to do it in other areas of the country. Yes, it is a lot of work, but it is well worth the effort. If several clubs got together to share the work it would not be that hard. We originally started doing this because there were pet stores selling puppies at the Pet Expo, so we decided to go in and show the public what the dogs should look like. We could not tell them not to buy from a pet store, but we could and did tell them about reputable breeders and we could talk to them about health issues. Within two years the pet stores quit buying booth space because they could not sell their puppies. Success! Now we have the Connecticut Humane Society there with dogs up for adoption. Where the Animal Rightists goes, we should go to contradict their negative propaganda. We want to show the public that responsible breeders are not the devil incarnate, that our dogs are healthy and well cared for and have wonderful temperaments. We are not set up in booths (we do not have the space to do this). We are set up as if we were in a grooming area at a dog show with all the dogs nose to tail, so to speak. The spectators are most impressed when they see this and everybody getting along; no barking, growling or snarling, and everyone happy and content with tails wagging. We do not tell them that our dogs do this every weekend at various AKC events. We do tell them that temperament is an inherited trait and AKC breeders breed for good health and good temperaments (or at least we hope that they do). We had some very interesting new breeds that are in the miscellaneous Class or working towards that goal such as the Lagotto Romagnolo, which is an Italian hunting dog. The breed was originally bred to hunt birds, but now, due to its keen sense of smell, hunts truffles in Italy. I cannot wait to go to one of their hunt tests and I hope that we get to taste the “prey”. We also had a Boarbel, I had never Continued on page 95
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don’t often write about my personal activities in this column, but last weekend I had the pleasure of judging the PURINA PROPLAN PUPPY OF THE YEAR competition in Messina, Sicily. This was one of several competitions held throughout Italy with the regional winners competing at years end for the ultimate pup of the year. This back to basic event was a huge success thanks to the hard work of PAOLA DAFFUNCHIO and Birthdays…PETER GREEN, SERGIO BOTTINO. This dynamic JOHN MCARTNEY, PAM duo worked very hard to make SAGE, SALLY SASSER, this a unique event that is hugely MELISSA PILLOW, popular with seasoned exhibitors DOROTHY INGAMELS, and newcomers alike. The concept CHRIS WORNALL, BETTY is that four judges evaluate each ANNE STENMARK, BOBBI puppy, score them in three different DAVIS, RON JARAMILLO, areas and the puppy with the MELISSA TURNER, LORAINE combined highest score wins. While BOUTWELL, KARIN ASHE, the competition was held at an all CAROL MURRAY, LINDA breed event, the atmosphere was WILSON, SCARPO SISTERS, reminiscent of a match show, casual JIM HALL, MADISON and relaxed. I would like to see WEEKS, DON MARTIN, PURINA develop this competition in CHRIS MANELOPOULOS, this country, as I think it would be a DAVID ALEXANDER, popular addition to dog shows. RON JENNIFER FARIAS, REBECCA MENAKER has moved north again, HEIMANN, LINDA NOLL, well not that far north. He moved LAURIE CAMPBELL, ELLEN from Boca Raton to Jupiter, Florida. FETTER, DANIEL MEHLING, We were saddened to hear that MIGUEL BETANCOURT, SKIP STANBRIDGE, the Canadian KATHY BILLICICH GARCIA, all rounder, has passed away. SKIP PAM OXENBERG, ESTEBAN judged regularly in the States and FARIAS, ADRIANO ROCHA, was very popular with exhibitors. ERNESTO LARA, JULIE Friends say that SKIP has not been JONES, HAL BIERMANN, the same since he lost his wife last PAULA MURRAY, THERESA year and couldn’t overcome his LYONS, ABBE SHAW, grief. Our deepest sympathies to SYDNEY GOOD, ALISA his family and friends. Celebrating ANDRAS and JASON HOKE.
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Rare Breeds of the World Continued FROM page 26
Of Teutonic origin, the ancient Norsemen, also known as Vikings, ravaged the coasts of northwest Europe from the 8th to the 11th century and were ruled by local chieftains. In 1015 Olaf II Haraldsson became the first king of all Norway. After 1442, even retaining some independence in an unwanted partnership, Norway was ruled by Danish kings, and in 1814 the country was united with Sweden. Finally in 1905, the Norwegian parliament obtained the separation and invited a King Haakon VII, a Danish prince to the Norwegian throne. Norway is a relatively small country (4.5 million people) but has many things to be proud of as for instance the paper clip, the salmon, which is shipped all over the world. Norway is the 3rd largest exporter of oil in the world. There are famous Norwegians as Edvard Grieg – Composer (1843-1907), Roald Amundsen – Explorer, Lieder of the first Antarctic expedition to the South Pole (1872-1928), Edvard Munch (1863-1944) – Expressionist painter – his most famous work is The Scream. And can not forget Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906), the famous Norwegian playwright. (The strongest man in the word is he who stands most alone. H.Ibsen). Norway hosted in 1952 the first winter Olympics in Oslo. The Nobel Prize is presented annually also in Oslo. Evidence was found - particularly in the Svinesund area of Halden of early settlements from the Nordic Bronze Agege attesting the antiquity of the local named after a small farm Hallen (English: “rise” or “slope”) - and first mentioned in 1629. 82 Dog News
Halden is both a town and a municipality in Østfold county, covering an area of 247.9 sq miles (642 km²), and is one of only two cities in Norway National Anthem. Never captured by force by any invading army (although occupied by Nazi forces in WWII), the Swedes unsuccessfully attempted to invade Halden six times between 1658 and 1814. From the 1960s-1980s, Halden was known for high levels of industrial pollution, originating from the Norske Skog Saugbrugs paper mill. As a result of projects initiated by the same company and the city authorities, the polluted fjords and rivers of Halden have been cleaned up and the city became Norway’s Environment City in 1996. One of Norway’s two nuclear reactors is the Halden Boiling Water Reactor, which is one of Halden’s largest employers, and is the largest experimental facility opened in 2004. The Halden Reactor Project (established in 1958) is one of the world’s longest running international researchers with 20 countries participating (2005). The fact that Norway has no commercial interest in nuclear power ensures that Halden is viewed internationally as a neutral location. Interestingly, inside Halden, the most humane prison in the world was built. Everyone who is imprisoned inside Norwegian prisons will be released, and will go back to society. “We look at what kind of neighbor you want to have when they come out. If you stay in a box for a few years, then you are not a
good person when you come out. If you treat them hard… well, we don’t think that treating them hard will make them a better man. We don’t think about revenge in the Norwegian prison system. We have much more focus on rehabilitation. It is a long time since we had fights between inmates. It is this building that makes softer people.” Are Hoidal – prison director. Halden has hundreds of locales worth visiting including the easily accessible fjords and mountains. The locale offers activities such as hiking, glacier walking, fishing and cycling, besides marvelous restaurants known by its ethnic cuisine. This region is the cradle of the Halden Hound (aka Haldenstover, Haldenstovare, Haldenst), an elegant and intelligent dog, built for being an exceptional hunter but also for having many other lovely qualities. In recent years, this great hunter has conquered his place in the hearth of several families as an outstanding home companion. When hunting, this energetic breed is independent and has a great stamina, at the same time the dog would be docile and affectionate at home. They love to play with children and are the
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perfect companion of its masters whom they adore. The Halden Hound, one of the Norwegian hare hounds, was named after the town of Halden, where the breed was actually developed. This breed of scenthound is noted for being a lightweight, resistant and rapid hunter. Hunting hares with dogs became a favored sport in Europe of the 17th century. In Norway hunters worked to develop hare dogs obtaining the very capable Dunker Hound, the Hygen Hound and the Halden Hound. Of the three Norwegian hare dogs the Halden Hound otherwise known as the Haldestovare is considered to be the smallest. The breeding of the forefathers of the Halden Hound started in 1860. The dedicated farmer Hans Bisiberg Larsen was also an avid hunter who first developed the breed. The other sportsmen looking for an exceptional scent hound were satisfied with the new breed, and honoring Mr. Larsen named their dogs as the Bissenberghund. Due to its great potential the breed became popular but was known only in Norway. The present Halden Hound is believed to originate by cross breeding the old Bissenberghund with scent hounds from Germany, Sweden and England in the early 1900s. Although the breed standard was established in the 1950s this breed is still
commonly seen only in Norway, and it is relatively unknown by other countries’ dog fanciers, and most of the breed’s population still lives in the same region. Halden Hounds are rectangularshaped dogs, proud, strong but never heavy. This breed has a slim body that allows the dog to be very fast. The height for males and females is 17 to 21 inches (43 to 53 cm). In Norway these dogs are considered to be one of the best hunting dogs, one that has great endurance and one that is known to chase the prey for miles without tiring and without giving up. Apart from having a body that exudes power and agility, these dogs have muscled and well boned legs. Breeders of the Halden Hounds are trying to maintain an ideal foot shape. The dogs’ feet have to be high and tight. Dense fur should grow between the long toes. This foot shape provides the dog with warmth and greater flexibility and stability when they hunt and navigate difficult snowy terrain.
his elegant dog has a slightly domed skull, a medium sized muzzle and a straight nasal bridge. The cheeks are rather flat. Not too pendulous lips enclose complete dentition with a perfect scissor bite. A Halden Hound has medium sized dark brown eyes that show a tranquil expression. Ears that are set neither too high nor too low would reach the middle part of the muzzle when drawn forward. The ears hang down the sides of the head. This dog’s rather long neck is strong
without any dewlap. A Halden Hound’s back is strong, the topline is straight and the loin is broad and muscular. This dog has a slightly sloping croup. The deep chest has well sprung ribs and the belly is slightly tucked up. The thick tail that reaches to the hock is usually carried low. This breed has straight lean well boned forelegs and hind legs. The muscular thighs as well as the strong boned limbs give the dog agility and good speed. Oval shaped feet are tightly knit and well arched. Feet should have dense hair between the toes. This is very necessary as these dogs traverse snowy terrain when hunting. A Halden Hound’s coat is straight, dense and harsh to the touch. This breed has a dense undercoat. The white predominant coat color is made distinct with black markings on the dog’s body and tan shadings on the dog’s head and legs. Some individuals may have tan shadings between the black and white markings and tan spots above the eyes, on the cheeks and on the dog’s breast and legs. It would not be a good idea to keep these dogs in an apartment. A bored Halden Hound will be a destructive dog. This breed can be very noisy when bored. The dog has high exercise requirements, and would do best in a home with adequate areas where the dog can run and play. The dog may exhibit a dominant personality over other dogs. This behavior can be corrected with obedience training and socialization. (from the Standard). Presently because of the relatively small population, and the limited number of dogs, dedicated breeders are taking careful breeding measures to avoid the close inbreeding that could result in inheritable defects, and are working together viewing the future of the breed. Our dear readers can find the complete standard at the FCI and ARBA breeds section. Dog News 83
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LettersTo The Editor WELL THANKS SO MUCH Item: “Judging to Type” on Editorial page Oct. 11th issue of Dog News The most refreshing and to the point paragraphs written in any dog publication in quite a long time.......... bravo for writing this. It is indeed food for thought and something I have been a somewhat silent believer in for quite some time..........Goes against the grain of many in the dog game, but in my opinion very intelligent thinking........... Dr. Sophia Kaluzniacki Green Valley, AZ AKC RULE CHANGE NEEDED The 4-6 month puppy competition in AKC requires 15 CM points to achieve a CM title. At present there is no way that in a 2 month period that a puppy can achieve this goal unless it was offered at every show. As for example, I had a tri puppy dog win 3 BIS in the 4-6 month puppy competition for a total of 2 pts for each best is show totaling 6pts. The competition was only offered at 3 shows in my area in the 2 month period. AKC has to listen up and change the rules if it wants to continue with this competition. Thank you, Janet York New York, NY
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YOUR CHANCE TO NOMINATE AN OUTSTANDING YOUNG PERSON FOR A MAJOR CRUFTS AWARD The Young Kennel Club (YKC) is asking for the public’s help in finding the next winner of its Shaun McAlpine Outstanding Young Person of the Year Award. Now is the time to acknowledge someone you know, aged between 6 and 24, who has made an outstanding contribution within the world of dogs. If you know a YKC member who tirelessly trains their dog to the highest standard, or who gives up their free time for the benefit of dogs, make sure you put them forward for the award. Shortlisted nominees for the Shaun McAlpine Outstanding Young Person of the Year Award will be invited to Crufts 2014 in March for a special presentation ceremony and every finalist will receive an exclusive ambassador’s badge. The award is the highest level of achievement for young dog lovers, and by nominating someone for this award you are recognising young people’s achievements within the dog world, encouraging the future generations to make a difference for dogs, encouraging a sense of responsibility in dog ownership, and enabling young people to enjoy participating in all activities connected with dogs. Previous winners of the annual competition have been selected for their volunteering and fundraising for dog charities, helping organise dog activities in the local community and assisting others through training, stewarding and mentoring. They have shown dedication to competing, dog training and volunteering, with some even overcoming personal difficulties to do this. For over 25 years, Ed and Cindy McAlpine have presented the Shaun McAlpine Trophy at Crufts in memory of their son, Shaun, who was tragically killed in a road accident two weeks after his 22nd birthday in November 1984. The trophy is awarded each year to encourage young dog lovers to become more involved in dog activities, as Shaun himself had achieved considerable success as a dog handler. Anybody can nominate a YKC member for this fantastic award, including parents, trainers and teachers. Reasons to nominate can include anything that you believe warrants a young person to be applauded for their effort in upholding the aims of the YKC and ensuring all dogs live healthy, happy lives. To nominate someone for the Shaun McAlpine Outstanding Young Person of the Year Award, please fill in the form at www.ykc.org.uk/vote-youngperson-award. The closing date for nominations is 31st January 2014. Laura Quickfall London, England
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between each down position and make it lots of fun so the dog wants to do down quickly unlike in olden days when the dog didn’t always want to go down but felt it must due to the negative training it had received. In day to day life I find the down is great when I need the dogs to instantly stop and is especially useful when you are out walking multiple dogs. I often walk my dogs along the canal path so there can be joggers and cyclists coming past regularly. If I had to call the dogs back all the time they would probably not start returning quickly after a few recalls but with the down they know as soon as the person has gone past they will be released and can run on. When I have taught the down position it is then time to extend the dog’s training. I want to make sure that the dog is listening to me rather than perhaps just grabbing hold of the toy. Also I want to make sure that Trevor remaining in the down even though there are distractions around him
the dog is stable in this position as I might want to leave the dog in a down and go to the other side of the ring in a routine so I don’t want the dog getting up and running to me. To achieve these things I use the toy as a distraction. I start off with the dog in a down then as I am standing in front of the dog I am reaffirming the position whilst dropping the toy behind me. When the dog is able to remain in the down then I will start to drop the toy to my side and eventually I want to be able to throw the toy over and around the dog while it remains in the down. This last exercise is
“The only difference I find with freestyle is that it is better if the dog doesn’t come into a recall front position as tight as an obedience dog.” also teaching the dog about paying attention even though there are distractions about, as sometimes the toy I throw around I might leave on the floor and go back to the dog before rewarding it with another toy or food. The wait command in obedience is another which is very beneficial to keep training the dog no matter what standard it is. Sometimes in a routine you will want the dog to slow for a moment so a wait can be employed well then. Also when the dog is maintaining a static position it can be useful to use the wait when the dog is say in the beg just to emphasise to the dog that you want it to hold the beg there for a while. In obedience the recall often follows the wait command in the early classes. A good recall position can be a real benefit to the freestyle handler as not all dogs enjoy heelwork. From a young age we tend to reward the dog heavily when it comes to us as we want to make sure that the dog returns to us when on a walk. The only difference I find with freestyle is that it is better if the dog doesn’t come into a recall front position as tight as an obedience dog. The reason for this is that when a dog is performing a move from the front recall position if it is too tight to the handler it makes the move look a bit cramped. I encourage handlers to reward their dogs just a short distance away so that it allows the dog and handler some space when they perhaps twist together. These are just some of the obedience exercises which can really benefit a team if they maintain them during their training for HTM. There are of course many others such as sendaways and retrieves which can really aid a performance in HTM but are perhaps not thought of by new handlers as being necessary. It is easy to get distracted by the moves as these seem more important on the surface but if you don’t have good control then your foundations can be a bit rocky. Dog News 87
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extreme. In recent years many got on her case because of how little she would eat. They were concerned for her health and were scared she would starve herself to death. She carried a picture of herself in her wallet to let non believers see how heavy she once was. To satisfy a craving for food, she would have a carrot or celery in her pocket book. Like all she did in life she controlled her weight with great passion. She certainly was one of the most loved people ever in the sport. She judged several groups at Westminster and twenty years ago had the honor of judging the 1993 Best at Montgomery. She awarded Ch. Chidley William The Conqueror his second consecutive Best that year. Sandra, at one time or another, judged the National Specialty for nearly all the different Terrier breeds. She also judged many Nationals for breeds outside the Terrier group. Sandra was very prominent in judge’s education and also was an ardent student of dogs in general. 58 Skyes were competing in the
regular classes, which might have been a record entry for this low entry breed. Mrs. Gail Marshall, from Scotland, was brought over for this very special event. The first Montgomery County Kennel Club was held in 1929. It was an outgrowth of the earlier Gwynedd Valley Kennel Club, which in 1926 held a show, but limited the entry to Terriers only. I believe the Westbury Kennel Club in early years had also limited the show to Terriers only. At the initial Montgomery show in 1929, the entry was only 129. That year Jerry O’Call awarded the Wire
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Fox, Iveshead Scamp, Best. The head study of this dog became the medallion and emblem for the club. Since 1972 this medallion is given to all the breed winners. For thirty years it was always below 400 dogs. During the sixties the show started to grow and by 1998, the entry reached 2417. In the last 15 years, the show has not been quite that large. Most large, prominent shows do not get the entry they once did. But this year the entry was still 1910, with 1638 competing in the regular classes. Several breeds had still over 100 – Cairns were 109; Norwich 104; Scotties 126; and Soft Coats 113 and 108. During the years of so much growth of the club, Dr. Josephine Deubler was Show Chair for 29 years. Coordinating around 20 parent clubs meant countless hours of paperwork. This occupied the large part of her life. The majority of these years Walter F. Goodman held the office as President. For the 25 years between 1986 and 2013 Walter and Josephine worked so closely together on this unique show. It was with tremendous sadness when just before Best the word came that Walter had just passed away. Before Walter was President of the club, he was a celebrated exhibitor always at Montgomery. In a 12-year period, between 1963 thru 1974, we saw his Glamoor Skyes win the breed 10 times. Also this twelveyear span accounted for them placing in the group 6 times. This has to be a record for anyone in any breed at Montgomery. This was the first time in well over half a century that Walter was not one of the colorful attendees. Walter will be greatly missed but he will always be remembered at future Montgomery shows for many years to come. The dog world in general, but especially the Terrier world, will always remember Walter and Sandra. Also this past year we lost Dan Musser. Dan had been such a prominent figure in the Terrier world. Just four years ago, Gabe Rangel piloted the Scottie, “Sadie”, to Best at Montgomery. This was the highlight of dogs for Dan and Amelia Musser. It was so
good to see Amelia attending to root for a young “Sadie” daughter. Today a lot of people do not realize Dan was a nephew of the legendary George Hartman. Mr. Hartman judged Best in 1938, 1953 and 1960 at Montgomery. He also judged Best at Westminster in 1950 and 1960. Today Bruce Schwartz is President. Bruce, for so many years, helped both Walter and Josephine with the internal workings to put on the show. This year Bruce had the added duties of judging both Welsh and Norfolks. Carol Carlson, the Show Chair, could not be there, so this meant some extra duties for Bruce. Abbe Shaw and Sara Sewall, his Santa Barbara sisters, came to assist with hospitality chores. The unsung hero of Montgomery has to be Ken Kauffman, who chairs the grounds committee. This is a tremendous task laying out a show, where 20 Nationals have to be pleased. Also many handlers with large strings of Terriers have to be accommodated. Bob Black is his assistant. After Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday running Hatboro, Bob does not get a day off. He immediately shifts gears Saturday with assisting Ken laying out Montgomery. The Hatboro and Montgomery clubs have a good working relationship in making it the premier Terrier weekend in the entire world. The smooth running of the layout is also due in large part to the large parking crew of Big Harry. Harry Miller and his crew have become a major asset to so many East Coast shows today. Most clubs would not have the manpower to do it. However, it takes years of experience to make this task run so smoothly. I know the Santa Barbara shows and many other West Coast shows could not function without Ryan Koob and his crew. Ryan does not do the parking, which Ron Mattson does so well, but handles so much of the other details. Montgomery is the one show of the year where you see a long line of people from all over the world waiting to buy a catalogue. Most shows today sell few catalogues to the exhibitors. Due to the cost and being the internet supplies all the information needed there is no need to buy catalogues. Westminster, Eukanuba and Montgomery are the few exceptions. These catalogues are kept for historical reasons throughout the globe. Being there are so many Nationals exhibitors all want a catalogue. I learned from Michele Billings a good way to check in a huge specials class. Have
the stewards line them up in numerical order outside the ring. Have the first number enter the ring and circle to the exit. Each entry only has to go about a third of the way until the following number enters. This makes for a quick check in for the judge, stewards and spectators. The dogs do not get tired from standing in the ring for a long period of time. This procedure goes quickly and then the class can be brought in. I remember Anne Clark saying she learned to handle extremely large classes judging the Melbourne Royal. I also felt it was a learning experience while judging this same show. Michele Billings taught me years ago to only keep dogs in the cuts that might have the chance to go BOB or take AOM’s. Especially at Montgomery the handlers have many dogs in other rings competing. The one judge whose procedure was so bad the dogs could not be seen to their best advantage and their procedure was quite lacking. They had about 30 specials and kept them in the sun while checking them in. At the end all of the dogs were brought back in and with the size of the ring they were all
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bunched together making it hard to see them. Even though the procedure was terrible the consensus was the quality of judging was top notch. If this had been an American doing a provisional they would have been written up on bad procedure. There is an old saying, “alls well, that ends well.” The biggest fear for Montgomery is the weather. There have been so many years when everyone was ankle deep in mud. Even those years people made the best of it and were always in an upbeat mood. The weather conditions can make it difficult to judge the dogs to their best advantage. The last few years, the weather Gods have looked favorably on Montgomery. This year the whole weekend starting with the Greyhound show on Wednesday was sunny and bright. It was a little bit warmer than ideal and people who traveled long distances had brought clothes for cooler temperatures. Normally at this time of year early mornings and late afternoons it is a bit chilly. Most of the judges were considerate in keeping the dogs in the shade as much as possible. Until around one o’clock there was cloud cover so it was quite comfortable, but as soon as the sun came out, man and canines wanted to be in the shade. The AKC now allows an individual to judge a National Specialty who is not licensed to judge the breed. Here at Montgomery, Jean Heath, who set all records breeding Lakelands, judged the breed. Jean in her procedure looked like she had been judging forever. She looked so comfortable at her task. I do think allowing non licensed judges should work well for breeds that have reasonable sized entries. For Nationals that have up to 200 in the specials Continued on page 90
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class, it might be difficult for an inexperienced judge to handle a group of that size. Dividing by sex and counting quickly the number by making batches of ten, twelve or fifteen works well. It is always difficult to watch more than 15 dogs circle the ring together, no matter how large the ring is. Breeds go up and down in all areas of the world. For the last few years we have seen Cairns being influenced by the Scandinavian Cairns. Several of our longtime breeders have brought in Cairns from this corner of the globe. Lydia Hutchinson, who won BOB at Montgomery in 1960, over half a century ago, has now incorporated the Swedish “Hjohoo” line. Ken Kauffman has been doing some winning with a Scandinavian import. These are just two
“Sky” became the first Wire Fox Terrier to go BIS at Montgomery since Ch. Killick of the Mess, twenty-four years ago. This became the sixth victory for Gabriel Rangel at Montgomery. Peter Green still holds the record by winning this show seven times. My uncle, John Murphy, had won Montgomery five times. Over the four-day weekend only one dog in history has gone BIS all four days and that is Ch. Cracknor Cause Celebre. This Norfolk bitch, known as Coco, did this ten years ago, in 2003. Because of the tremendous competition in the group it is very difficult to win the group all four days. This particular weekend it is more difficult to win the group in Terriers
Through the years I have seen people get so obsessed with winning it has driven them to shades of insanity, alcoholism and bankruptcy. But, breeding dogs has kept some people mentally sharp and physically in top shape. Jackie Gottlieb is the perfect example. Midway through her life she started breeding Soft Coated Wheatens and this was 45 years ago. Jackie, on five different years, bred the BOB winner at Montgomery. Although Jackie has recently stopped running around the ring, her heart is still for breeding. This year during the weekend she celebrated a big birthday. Let us just say double the years she has been breeding. Jackie has also been breeding Welsh on a limited basis. This year she
examples. Many other Cairn kennels have been taking advantage of the kennels from that corner of the globe. In the last six years the breed winner has come from Scandinavia four times. At one time England was the source for American breeders to help bring in new blood. Last year the breed winner hailed from the Hjohoo kennel of Elizabeth Theodorsson. This year Elizabeth was so proud to watch littermates she bred go BOB and BOS. This kennel has become famous not only in Sweden and the US but many other countries. The Scandinavian Cairns of several kennels have increased the size a bit, but have helped to set a beautiful type with wonderful expressions and proper balance. This year “Mrs. Mini Schnauzer,” Joan Huber, judged the sweeps. Joan has bred and handled the breed for over 50 years. The regular classes were done by Penny Hirstein who dates back in the breed nearly as long as Joan does. What a thrill it must have been for Bergit Kabel to win this breed with the all time winning Mini Schnauzer, Ch. Allaruth Just Kidding V Sole Baye. His breeders, Yvonne Phelps and Ruth Ziegler, were famous in the breed even before they bred this dog. Between Bergit, the breeders and judges it accounts for a couple of hundred of years of Schnauzer history.
than it is to go BIS. Generally which ever Terrier wins the group the odds are that it will go BIS. Last year ”Sky” did not compete at Montgomery because her co-breeder, Al Pertuit, judged the breed. This victory at Montgomery became the 101st Best for “Sky”. Her owners, Torie Steele, Victor Malzoni and Diane Ryan, were over the moon getting to witness this victory. Coowners Scott and Mary Olund could not be present. Recovering from surgery it was the only day Victor Malzoni attended the shows. Even though “Sky” could not be shown last year, the Lakeland, Ch. Iron Van Foling Home, owned by Victor, captured BIS. Victor and Torie have both enjoyed tremendous wins with different dogs, but I am sure their great dream is to breed a BIS winner at Montgomery. This show is more about the breeding aspect of the sport than the actual wins. Better than 50 years ago I went RWD with a homebred Norwich and I still remember this win probably more than the large numbers of BIS I ever won. A couple of years ago, Victor Malzoni bred the WD and WB in Cairns and he was as excited as any Best he has won.
got to see a Welsh she co-bred with Peter and Jill See win BOB at Montgomery. What a thrill for Jackie to see her breeding skills still carrying on. Gay Dunlap and her “Gleanngay” Wheatens, like Jackie, date back to the beginning days of Wheatens in this country. 32 years ago a Gleanngay bred Wheaten won the breed at Montgomery. This year we saw a dog from this kennel that was sired by an “Andover” dog. The combined breeding efforts of Jackie and Gay make for a lot of Wheaten history. Gay is now seen showing a Mini Bull. These two ladies are just two examples of how breeding Terriers keeps one young, physically and mentally. Bob Bartos, who won BIS at the Garden in 1967, still has an interest in all Terriers. Now at 100 years old he still gets to some of the Seattle area shows. I remember early in the career of “Sky” by phone he asked every little detail about her. Now Bob and “Sky” have joined the 100 club. The entire show committee has to be thanked for staging this unique show, which gives so much pleasure to so many. Breeders, exhibitors and handlers have to be thanked for letting us see so many great Terriers.
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There is a long standing debate about chicken jerky treats manufactured in China and the role it may or may not play in causing illnesses or even deaths in dogs. The FDA is carrying on a long investigation into the matter and has stated “No specific products have been named or recalled because the cause of the illnesses have not been determined”. That being the case should AKC suspend or continue to permit its logo to be used on packaged chicken jerky strips and other treats made in China? This Question was Asked on october 5, 2012. In light of recent FDA and AKC changes in attitude the answers given then are most interesting to read again. See this week’s Editorial on the subject.
PATRICIA GAIL BURNHAM The AKC should absolutely not have its logo on the chicken treats that are under investigation for having made dogs sick and dead. I always check chicken treats for country of origin, and was appalled to see the AKC logo on Chinese ones. Cathy Nelson This is the old advertising sticky wicket concerning “celebrity” endorsement of a product without direct manufacturing involvement. If the sole falls off the brand new super costly Nike high tops, the buyer doesn’t go after the basketball superstar named on the shoe, he’s mad at Nike. With unproved allegations against all such treats made in China, I can’t see a huge negative impact to the AKC brand. However, if a firm connection is established for any variety of the chicken treat imports, of course the logo comes off. It’s a sad state that rumors can take on the appearance of fact. That said, when this debate first appeared, I pitched all the jerky treats and haven’t purchased any since. Bruce Schwartz If the FDA has been unable to determine the cause of the illnesses, I see no reason for the AKC to stop selling their products. Ronald Menaker If there is any doubt whatsoever then the product should be removed from the shelves until such time as a determination regarding its safety is made. Mickey Low I would not feed any jerky treats to my dog . I only feed organic treats. AKC should not allow their logo to be used on a product that has questions about its health risks. John Hamil, DVM Although the government has not been able to identify specific toxins in the chicken jerky treats, our hospital suggests that no food products from China be fed to animals (or people for that matter). Because of the many complaints and anecdotal reports of problems associated with the Chinese food products, I think the AKC should endeavor to have all licensees withdraw the use of the AKC logo on Chinese food products for dogs. Bob Smith (Robert D.) In view of China’s history of exporting unsafe food products (both human and animal) in the recent past, I think it would be prudent to suspend the use of AKC’s logo on such products until they have been proven safe. I am assuming, of course, that such a suspension can be done without exposing AKC to liability.
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tries at dog shows and events from across the border in a spirit of healthy competition and friendship. In other international news Canadians were very happy to hear that the #2 dog of all breeds here in 2012 was awarded Reserve Best In Show at FCI European Dog Show, 2013 in Geneva Switzerland – Canadian entry TsarShadow’s I Speak Of War was the winner of Reserve Best in Show. The final number of competitors could not be confirmed but estimates range from 10-18,000 dogs entered. Hearty congratulations go out to breeder Dawne Deeley, owner Doug Belter and handler Richard Hellman for accomplishing this outstanding achievement in international competition. “His win in Geneva represents an FCI pinnacle for the breed,” wrote Ms. Deeley. “No Karelian has ever been awarded in this fashion and Kosto is truly one of ours - his owner, breeder and immediate bloodlines are all 100% Canuck.” And from celebration to sadness the CKC released this news regarding one of their most beloved members. In Memory of Nelly Bennett We are all deeply saddened to acknowledge the loss of Nelly Bennett, a life member and the wife of former CKC Director (Ontario West) Al Bennett. Nelly died in a single-vehicle accident early Tuesday, August 6 near Brantford, Ontario. Nelly was a warm, friendly and enthusiastic woman who worked tirelessly as a volunteer, including running the kitchen at the Purina National in Tillsonburg. Spending time with her three dogs was 56-year-old Nelly Bennett’s favourite thing to do outside of work. In Al’s words, “She enjoyed her dogs, she enjoyed people and she was always quick to smile.” 92 Dog News
A CKC member since 1978, Nelly will be sadly missed. And in another release it seems that the Canadian Kennel Club is getting caught up in all areas of their administration. CKC Studbooks Now Up To Date The five-year project of publishing CKC stud books since 1985 is now complete. Converting all the data into a format that was suitable for publication was a monumental task. Once each of the studbooks for the Canadian born dogs was ready, all the data for foreign dogs registered in each given year, had to be produced, scrubbed and formatted, and then incorporated into the book. In total there were 98 books produced covering the years from 1985 to 2012. This makes the studbook library 100% “up to date”. The stud books cover over 170 different breeds, including dogs imported to Canada, registered in the records of the CKC. Congratulations to Leila Bahorie and Hayley Boam, who were the leads, on achieving this tremendous milestone.
The top dogs as of October 23, 2013 according to Canuck dogs are: 1 Westie Ch Whitebriar Jawdropper 2 Affen Ch Champagne Charly Tani V Kazari 3 Yorkie Ch NikNak’s Second to None 4 Std Poodle Ch Vetset Kate Winsit 5 Afghan Ch Polo’s Air Force One 6 NSDT Ch Roaneden’s Int’l Harvester 7 Basenji Ch Ahmahr Nahr’s The Lost Angel Gabriel 8 AusShep Ch Hearthside Riveredge Sure Is Summum 9 Dobe Ch Goldgrove High Intensity 10 Beagle Ch Tashtin’s Lookin for Trouble
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After all, who found the game and brought it back? Without your help, they’d be eating hot dogs and beans.
Our great-granddaddy Duke performed this act so perfectly when he was on the road being a show dog that his handler would cook whole chickens and cover his food with chicken meat and broth just to get him to even consider nibbling at the contents of his bowl.
ity and that means, at minimum, ground beef that has been browned in bacon drippings and completely covers the top of your kibble. Our great-granddaddy Duke performed this act so perfectly when he was on the road being a show dog that his handler would cook whole chickens and cover his food with chicken meat and broth just to get him to even consider nibbling at the contents of his bowl. If the people with you are eating in a restaurant and they bring a “doggie bag” with them on their return, keep in mind that the contents of that bag are yours. It is, after all, a “doggie” bag, not a “people” bag. Since there are some people who don’t believe that the contents of these containers are the dog’s property, you can’t give them any peace until the bag has been emptied into your dish. Pacing, panting, whining, paws on lap, staring and any other weapons in your arsenal may be necessary to crack their resolve. On a few occasions, if you can really be pitiful, you may wind up with a five-star meal of medium rare tenderloin with morel mushroom slices. Of course, if you have
Your place is in the motel room sleeping on the spare bed or the couch, if the room is a cut above the usual accommodations. If there is no spare bed, you’ll settle for part of their bed but only if they don’t move about too much in their sleep.
been hunting and the people are eating some of the day’s harvest, it goes without saying that the game should also be part of your evening meal. After all, who found the game and brought it back? Without you, they would be eating hot dogs and beans. If your people are staying in a motel and they believe that your place is in a crate in a freezing truck, you have to quickly convince them that such ideas constitute heresy. Your place is in the motel room sleeping on the spare bed or the couch if the accommodations are a cut above the usual. If there is no spare bed, you’ll settle for part of their bed but only if they don’t move about too much in their sleep. If they insist on incarcerating you in a frigid vehicle, you have only one recourse. You must bark, howl and moan until the motel management knocks on your person’s door and tells them, “Do something about your dog!” in firm tones. They’re not going to want to pack up and leave at 0200 hrs after a day of hunting, coursing, herding, tracking or digging out varmints. So, they’ll cave in to the demands of the management and bring you into the room with
them. But, you need to show some gratitude for this even though they are the ones who created the problem. So, immediately when they let you into the room, jump up on the bed, curl up and quietly go to sleep. It won’t take many of these episodes for them learn that they can avoid these embarrassing episodes by taking you into the motel room with them as soon as the vehicle stops moving. So, this is our counsel on how to make the long trips bearable. But, you have to keep in mind that people are almost always slow learners and they can be very stubborn, strong-willed and independent. You’ll have to demonstrate to them that you are also made of stern stuff. You can never give them an inch no matter how frustrating and difficult the training may be. One day you’ll discover that they have finally understood what you’ve been trying to teach them. Since most humans want to please, once you achieve this breakthrough, you are set for life. Thank you for attending this conference on traveling with humans. Good luck to all of you as you put these principles in practice. Dog News 93
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Almost all the specialties agreed, but for many of them, it was a tough decision. “We can’t have neutered and spayed dogs in veterans anymore,” one specialty show chair pointed out. “We can’t have our own obedience classes like we used to.” By and large specialty club officers admitted that things had gone well. Most club members hadn’t noticed much of a change. “There was a problem with the ribbons,” one specialty show chair grumbled. “We thought they were ordering our rosettes and they thought we were doing it. So we didn’t have the rosettes we usually give.” She sighed. “But you know, that’s a communication problem. We’re not going to pull out over it.” “We worked really hard to do everything we could for the specialty clubs,” said show committee member Florence Males. “We picked up the contract for every judge and accepted it just the way they had it.” Her face clenched, as if in pain. “And some of those contracts were expensive! They were not written the way we would have done it.” She wouldn’t single out any one-breed club. But a Black Russian Terrier Club member mentioned how proud they were to have a judge in from Russia for their national, an assignment of 50 dogs. The cluster paid all his expenses. The cluster’s willingness to accept some financial pain paid off, because 37 of the specialties gave up their independent date and went with them. Only Bulldogs and Yorkshire Terriers went their own way. How did it go? “Like a well-oiled machine,” said Betty-Anne Stenmark. “There were no unintended blips. It ran just as we hoped it would. This is the format for the future.” Most people in the fancy refer to these shows as the “Del Valle” weekend. But the catalog names it, “the Fourth Annual Harvest Moon Classic Cluster.” “That’s because when Skyline joined us, the AKC made us name it,” Betty-Anne laughed. “We had no idea what the hell to call it, so we came up with that.” Betty-Anne and Roy Stenmark originally founded the Responsible Dog Breeders of San Mateo County club and successfully fought off the nation’s first animal rights inspired law. The club morphed into Skyline Dog Fanciers and started holding its own show at the San Mateo County Fairgrounds. “Until San Mateo raised the rates so high it 94 Dog News
was impossible to hold a show there,” Betty-Anne said. “They cast about for new grounds, and were about to disband, when we said, ‘Come to Del Valle and we’ll make it work.’” The five-day cluster worked for a few years, and then, “It became very obvious that some people were entering Thursday and Friday, and others were entering Sunday and Monday. Nobody was doing all five days,” Betty-Anne said. “I wouldn’t do five, either. There were not enough dogs on Thursdays and Mondays to pay for these grounds. 1600 dogs are not enough. This is a very expensive venue. This is not some little fairground built in 1920 and never updated. Everything is updated, even the washrooms, and very well cared for. We are happy to have the venue but you pay for that.” The new format worked so well, it will definitely be used again next year. The three days drew 7000 dogs in the classes. Quality was deep because so many top dogs had come
to take part in the specialties. The Best in Show line up was almost entirely different on all three days. Only two dogs appeared twice, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, GCh. Coventry Allure at Wyndstar, and the Irish Setter, Ch. Vermillion’s Sea Breeze. Two different individuals, GCh. Mistic’s Longfellow Serenade on Saturday and GCh. Blackhawk Finnegan’s Wake on Sunday, represented Standard Schnauzers. One of the lovely things about Del Valle is the artwork on its catalog cover every year, always a painting of purebred dogs by artist Heidi Martin. She is the sister of Brian Martin, who was doing AKC rep duties at Del Valle. The big building used for toy breed rings and group rings was “Very plain and needed some dressing up,” according to Betty-Anne. “Our solution was to make the cover art into banners.” Beautiful banners of purebred dog portraits lined the walls as the dogs paraded in for group competition. Another banner showed the work of a different artist, Canadian judge Ray Yurick. He painted a blue harvest moon with a man looking ecstatically up at it to symbolize his happiness at being selected to judge at Del Valle. Betty-Anne saw the painting when he posted it on his Facebook page, and asked him to bring it along to decorate the show. Betty-Anne pointed out how hard it is to keep a dog club going. “The membership is going very gray. No young people join dog clubs anymore. That, I think, will be the death of purebred dogs. Not the animal rights groups. It will be the apathy on the part of the youngsters. Who take-take-take and never give back. Don’t tell me you have a job and limited time. We have all been there. Give me a break. I am shocked at what little foresight younger people have. They don’t want to give up one weekend for a local show. Well, think of all the weekends you go and show at someone else’s show.” She added, “You are welcome to quote that because I feel very strongly about it.”
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heard of the breed so I called Tom Davies to ask him about it, and he told me it is an African Mastiff and I should invite the owners and their dog. Our Black Russian Terrier is owned by a Russian who told me his dog was born in Moscow. I guess that you cannot get a more authentic Black Russian than that. Thanks to Carmen Battaglia’s help we had a very nice GSD presentation, one used in search and rescue and two in training for Fidelco as well as a show dog and family companion. I loved the lady that came up from Long Island with her search and rescue dog. I asked her to have him wear his vest. People came up to her all day and wanted to rescue her dog and she told them no, he was not up to be rescued, in fact; his job was to
water and soda and bringing it in Friday night. Then setting up the lunch area and bringing in the food both days and serving it, cleaning up that area and helping Dennis V. load up the truck. The lunch was fantastic. South Windsor, Farmington Valley and Windham County Kennel Clubs provide morning hospitality and lunch for all of our participants. More thanks go to Becky Smith, who brought her obedience equipment for the demos, helped Dennis R. with the demos, did obedience demos herself, helped on Sunday checking people in and then took over narrating the obedience demos when Dennis R. lost his voice. I should mention that she gave up a specialty to come and work this event. Dara Shea and Sherry, you both were great in helping Mike and Chuck serve the lunch and checking in people, going around and getting the people to the ring when it was show time. Thank you. Another big thanks to Lee and Roger Gerrish who worked the table, checked in people, handed out the breed signs, helped get our area ready for the public, hung banners etc. on Saturday and came back on Sunday with their dogs, then helped with the break down and getting us out of the Convention Center.
trucks (both packed to full capacity) and helped set up our area and they stayed on Sunday and helped Dennis and Mike dolly everything back out and load up the two trucks. Bill Farone, another member of Farmington, also came on Friday night to help out. Another, big thanks to Steve Sackter, President of CDF (Connecticut Dog Federation), and a member of Newtown Kennel Club. He worked the table both days answering people’s questions and giving out the AKC literature. Many thanks to Kevin Thomas, a member of Holyoke Kennel Club and the Classic Toy Dog Club; when Kevin comes he gives up a day of pay and he came both days, not just to show his dogs, but Kevin was in every group presentation taking dogs in for other people who either could not do it themselves or had brought more than one of their breed. He was awesome. I hope that I have not left anyone out who worked so hard to pull this off. Last, but not least, thank you to all who brought your dogs and selflessly gave up a day in your life to do this. Again, thank you each and every one of you who helped make this such a successful public education event. The Pet Expo is a pretty big event and gets a lot of spectators. In addition to us, there is a cat show,
The one thing you can say about dog people, they are
versatile and adaptable and up to meeting whatever situation may arise and they do it with effortless grace and style. rescue them. With the Police dogs there doing demonstrations, I think that it is important to show the breed as a companion animal and what the breed can and does do, other than Police work. Steve Gladstone helped me find Corgis, Carl Ashby got us the Kerry Blue Terrier, and Lee Arnold provided the script that we use for the group presentations. A few years ago I could not find a Sammy. John Ronald got someone to do it and they have come every year since that first time and now we have several Sammys. Thank all of you for your help. Dennis Rembiesa was our announcer. Usually it is Ed Lyons, this year he went to the Great Dane National, but not before he got his replacement. Dennis put a lot of work in preparing his script and organizing the demos before the event and never stopped talking on Saturday, announcing for both the group presentations and obedience demos. He talked so much that he lost his voice by Sunday. Dennis, I hope you are feeling better and have your voice back and we thank you for all that you did. A big thanks to Dennis Vendrillo for going up to the storage unit with Ed, before Ed left for the Great Dane National, to organize what he had to get out, going and getting everything on Friday and bringing it in on a dolly as they would not let him drive the truck into the building. Then helping set up Friday night, working the table all day Sunday and dollying everything out to his truck and getting it back to the storage shed. Another big thanks to Mike Zeruk and Chuck for buying all of the paper goods, non-perishable food, coffee,
Sulie Greendale-Paveza, a member of Elm City Kennel Club, came to help out on Sunday. She was supposed to sit with Dennis R. and help him with recognition of the breeds and work the table and ended up taking over announcing for the Terrier and Sporting Group presentations when it became obvious that Dennis could not do it. (It is hard to announce when you have no voice.) Thank you to both Sulie and Sue Carr, who narrated the Non-Sporting Group, stepping in at the last minute as Sulie had to leave. The one thing you can say about dog people, they are versatile and adaptable and up to meeting whatever situation may arise and they do it with effortless grace and style. Thank you to Ken Doeg, who came both days to help. He sat with Dennis R to tell him what the breeds were in the group presentations on Saturday and then came back early Sunday to help with checking in people and to work the table giving out information and answering questions. A big thanks and to Sheila Walker, I called her late Saturday night and asked her to come and help check in people, she came bright and early to help out and worked all day. Chris Voronovitch was scheduled to do this and her husband was rushed to the hospital, he tripped over a dog and broke several ribs. Family emergencies do come before all else. Another big thanks to Farmington Valley Club members, Sue Stillwell and her son Daniel, who were fantastic and we could not have done it without them, especially Daniel. He is young and strong and still has a good back. I asked them to come and help and come they did. They came Friday night to help set up and helped Dennis V. and Mike unload the two big pickup
a rare breed dog show, a bird show, a petting zoo, pony rides, the Connecticut Humane Society’s adopt a dog, a lot of vendors and a home show. If we do not get active in fighting the negative dog legislation, then we will not have a future with dogs and dog shows. If we do not try to educate the public as to why they want an AKC pure bred dog, then we are not going to have people who want to buy our puppies. We are seeing this now; people are having a more difficult time selling their puppies. We see fewer puppies in the ring than in years past as a lot of people have quit breeding because they have experienced a difficult time selling their puppies in the past few years. Well, it is going to get worse as time goes by unless each and every one of us devotes some time to public education and telling the public about our breeds and why they want to buy a pure bred dog from a reputable AKC breeder. If we do not get more active and less passive, then the public is going to go along with the indoctrination perpetuated on the them; that the socially correct thing to do, is to adopt a rescue dog from a shelter or off of a truck in some parking area. Remember, the public is bombarded by the various media telling them that they should rescue a dog and save its life. I was listening to the breed descriptions during the presentation of the groups this weekend and I could not help thinking how impressive it was hearing the longevity of the breed history in our breeds, some of our breeds are more than a thousand years old. I would hate to wipe out a thousand years of their history on our watch in time because we could not take the time to fight for their right and all of our breeds right to exist and live on into the next century. Dog News 95
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the dog without moving it or really touching it, which was worth up to 200 points and the third category was structure of the dog while being moved-again up to 200 points. In each category I awarded 0 to 100 or 200 points as some of the pups were timid to the point of really being unhappy while some would not move at all. It was a fun, different and I believe important type experience for everyone involved. Something to be explored here in the States for sure as a means to expand the meaning of what a show dog is all about. This all happened Sunday afternoon at about 2pm prior to the regular Groups at the Association Shows. It turned out there were to be two regular dog shows FCI style with CACIB’s and all about which we were totally unawares and that Gene was expected to adjudicate there as well although he had received no prior notice of this obligation. Fortunately just as we were heading for the pool in hot and lovely Messina friends at the show called us at 9:45 am and told us Gene was due at the show in 15 minutes to judge and evaluate some 90 dogs and two groups. As the call was coming in the driver who took us from Catania to Messina showed up to take us to “a dog party”. Gene threw on a suit, thank heaven his luggage finally arrived, and we arrived at this show which had over 1,000 entries fashionably Italian late. He proceeded to do some terriers and hounds and Group 7 but not 10, which was inexplicably taken away notwithstanding the catalogue which indicated he was to judge it. Eventually all got straightened out and I quickly want to add the problems were strictly a matter of communication and had nothing whatsoever to do with the Purina organizers who were perfect in every dog show detail. I spent most of the day watching Gene judge and he had some lovely Am Staffs and Staffies. I must say I think the FCI system of critiques is laborious and makes each class twice as long
as it should be but the exhibitors seem to enjoy reading and hearing what the judge says. Personally I find it contrived but that’s me. Of course they judge the Groups much differently in Italy than I have ever seen before as one neither pre-judges nor moves the dogs in the groups individually. Although one may do so if they so choose. The thousands of spectators who attended both days of shows really seemed to enjoy themselves and it sort of reminded me of the way shows used to be here in the States 20 or 30 or 40 years ago. Enthusiastic crowds applauding for their favorites and making the day a family outing rather than a quest for more and more points. Some of the handlers were quite good and many of the dogs in competition lovely and in good condition. The first night one of the top dogs in Italy was awarded Best-he a Clumber bred by Clussex in the USA. An adorable Chihuahua was Reserve and a nice Bobtail 3rd Best in show.
aturday evening was a lovely club dinner held in the hotel we were staying in and among those on the panel was Ole Staunskjaer from Denmark accompanied by his lovely wife. The President of the Association was an interesting man who spoke no English but at least Gene was told that the next day he would be judging 75 dogs-Dachshunds, American Cockers and Goldens and two Groups 4 and 8. Additionally I think he was to judge the Purina Cup, too. Next day I dressed for the occasion, which was mea culpa time since I should have realized I would be drafted into judging if anything got out of schedule, which of course you know it did. Sort of like the handler who wears a suit to Montgomery but has
“One observation I cannot help but
make is that foreign judges who come to whatever country they adjudicate at have to learn how to adjust their eye to the differences between certain breeds in that country as compared to the country in which they live.”
nothing entered, just wants to see the event and within 5 minutes is working harder than usual to help out his counterparts. Well that’s what happened to me but fortunately it was for the Purina Cup, which as I have already explained I thought was a grand experience. I loved walking the grounds and seeing the excitement of the spectators and exhibitors as well. There was a great and huge food stand offering many Italian delicacies whilst right across the road-less than a twominute walk was a Patisserie with incredible Messina style cannolis and pizzas. I was taken there by some locals but did not tell Gene since he was busy working although I did bring him back a pizza--nice guy that I am! Watched a number of Italian judges and thought they acquitted themselves quite nicely-2 or 3 of the foreign judges--nonItalians were another story and one would have expected that all male judges would wear a tie and jacket instead of polo shirts or dirty looking shirts that looked as though they just came from cleaning the kennel. I was asked to judge around 2 pm and that experience is outlined above. Best the second night was reversed between the Clumber and the Chi with a different Bobtail-same owners and breeders though number 3. This was to my eye – that is the Bobtail - the exhibit of both days of the show- it was not shown on Saturday and even with a tail would be quite a contender here I would think. The line-up on Sunday was to my eye far superior than Saturday-true there were 500 dogs more than on Sunday but whether that would cause such a radical difference in quality remains to be seen. All in all we both had a great time and really are looking forward to our upcoming trip to Genoa. One observation I cannot help but make is that foreign judges who come to whatever country they adjudicate at have to learn how to adjust their eye to the differences between certain breeds in that country as compared to the country in which they live. For example the Bassets, few as they were, were so different and European and overdone than our Bassets as are the European boxers to the UK and of course to the boxers in the USA. It’s not that one is better than the other it’s an interpretation and understanding. Why for instance at Montgomery there was a judge who dismissed immediately 11 of her 13 American dog specials and kept only 2 foreign-bred specials in for BOB competition. That shows an individual with an unworldly attitude towards judging which is why certain people can judge anywhere in the world repeatedly and are invited over and over again as opposed to the individual who is seen once in a lifetime in that country unless he or she may control a show and invite the showchair back as a little tit for tat. Dog News 101
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