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editorial irving’s impressions: the uk year in review/ ronnie irving babbling: incidents or accidents?/ geir flyckt-pedersen question of the week / matthew h. stander beat the heat (as in season)/ denise flaim prepotent or recessive genes/ patricia gail burnham bests of the week ten questions asked of santa claus remembering tom glassford a dog news xmas gift to... /eugene z. zaphiris an american gentleman: the boston terrier/mj nelson a thought to consider: ‘let ‘im pitch’ /seymour weiss angel on a leash /greer griffith naia 2012 conference/kerrin winter-churchill sgt. stubby war dog hero!/courtesy of judy mcdonald off the leash: ‘holidaze’ / shaun coen chihuahua, mexico/ desmond j. murphy tommy glassford, heading to ocala and more/ matthew h. stander festive shopping at the kc/ nick waters great dog men and women of the past and present: august belmont/ adrienne a. pagel courtesy of the akc gazette stem cell therapy/ sharon pflaumer rare breeds of the world: dogo saresco/ agnes buchwald looking back: history of the akc / chris walkowicz courtesy of the akc gazette the gossip column / eugene z. zaphiris click - shoreline dfa & malibu kennel club / eugene z. zaphiris click - the way we were / matthew h. stander letters to the editor
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editorial irving’s impressions: the uk year in review/ ronnie irving babbling: incidents or accidents?/ geir flyckt-pedersen question of the week / matthew h. stander beat the heat (as in season)/ denise flaim prepotent or recessive genes/ patricia gail burnham bests of the week ten questions asked of santa claus remembering tom glassford a dog news xmas gift to... /eugene z. zaphiris an american gentleman: the boston terrier/mj nelson a thought to consider: ‘let ‘im pitch’ /seymour weiss angel on a leash /greer griffith naia 2012 conference/kerrin winter-churchill sgt. stubby war dog hero!/courtesy of judy mcdonald off the leash: ‘holidaze’ / shaun coen chihuahua, mexico/ desmond j. murphy tommy glassford, heading to ocala and more/ matthew h. stander festive shopping at the kc/ nick waters great dog men and women of the past and present: august belmont/ adrienne a. pagel courtesy of the akc gazette stem cell therapy/ sharon pflaumer rare breeds of the world: dogo saresco/ agnes buchwald looking back: history of the akc / chris walkowicz courtesy of the akc gazette the gossip column / eugene z. zaphiris click - shoreline dfa & malibu kennel club / eugene z. zaphiris click - the way we were / matthew h. stander letters to the editor
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he American Kennel Club® and Eukanuba are pleased to welcome the more than 4,100 dogs competing for a total of $225,000 in cash and prizes at the twelfth annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship (AENC) on December 15 and 16, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.
Thank you for supporting the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship and we hope you enjoy the show as we celebrate the best of the world of dogs. The annual event truly brings together all dog lovers in a way no other series of dog events does. The two-day Championship is held in conjunction with the AKC Agility Invitational and the AKC National Obedience Invitational (entries of 618 and 127 respectively), the Junior Showmanship competition (166 competitors), and the Eukanuba World Challenge (42 participants). When combined with the Orlando Cluster Shows, this spectacular dog celebration tops all other dog events in the nation with over 15,500 combined entries! Don’t miss out on the activities that are part of the new Celebrate Dogs!, which includes AKC Meet the Breeds®, celebrity dog appearances, the Eukanuba SuperDogs® and more. The AKC and Dog Judges Association of America will also host the Advanced Judges Institute for Terrier Breeds in Orlando from December 1215, 2012. The many attendees will enjoy four days of terrier breed seminars and hands-on workshops. The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship will be broadcast on the ABC Television Network on Saturday, February 2, 2013. Check your local listings to confirm air times. For results and video/photo coverage of the show, visit www.akc.org and AKC’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/americankennelclub. For more up-to-the-minute results, video and photo coverage of the show, visit www.akc.org and to receive daily updates and show results via Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/americankennelclub. 6 Dog News
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THE LAST ISSUE OF 2012 The next issue of DOG NEWS will be January 4th 2013--another year gone by! Hard to believe that “Sandy” did our record in for consecutive years of weekly publication as for the first time in DOG NEWS history electricity failed lower Manhattan and we missed printing and publishing an issue! Fortunately we were able to make a rapid recovery and unlike some sections of the Northeast which are still suffering from the affects of that storm we bounced back with renewed vigor and enthusiasm. AKC’s office in New York City suffered from the storm as well but happily it returned to a business as usual mode as well. But one may want to ask just what is the present attitude at the American Kennel Club with regard to its constituents. Sadly two different incidents have been reported to these pages which makes one ask the question IS AKC A FRIEND TO YOU? And this philosophical question is raised by a Delegate in Ohio to her Club at its monthly meetings. It is primarily based on the fact that this year at the Orlando Circuit the Delegate Committee Meeting is scheduled to be held and will be held on the same day as the Medina Kennel Club show in Cleveland. The Delegate and two other Delegates from other clubs in Ohio predictably chose to attend their local show rather than go to the Delegate Meeting which conflicts with its show. In past AENC years Delegate Meetings were held after the AENC and not before it so there was no conflict whatsoever. How can AKC hold a Delegate Meeting in conflict with a member club’s show? It’s questionable enough in the opinion of these pages to hold the AENC itself in conflict with a Licensed show but a Delegate Meeting! One would have hoped the Delegates themselves would have risen as one in protest to this new practice. Then there is the Letter to the Editor in this week’s issue questioning the new Open Show policy which permits an open show to be held as a part of a club’s all-breed weekend on THE SAME DAY as a club’s main show on the Saturday preceding the other clubs two all-breed shows. The Open Show is located only 30 miles away from the All-Breed. Is this what AKC meant to create with its Open Shows? Conflicting and competing shows in the immediate area of an All-Breed show diminishing entries and participation at the all-breed? We certainly hope not! Amazingly according to the Letter from the Show Chairperson who happens also to be a Delegate neither the President nor Board Chair of AKC responded to her pleas for help! Is it wrong to ask whether AKC IS A FRIEND TO YOU based on the two examples cited above--these pages think not. Isn’t it time for those running AKC to put elections and power plays behind them and to think of the sport of the purebred dog and what they are creating or not? Obviously all contingencies cannot be addressed in advance but once it is brought to the attention of the powers that be the problems should be rectified immediately and not just ignored as though they do not exist.
THE JUDGING OF FRIENDS One of the more complicated relationships in any subjective sport such as diving, figure skating, horse showing and dog showing is the matter of judging. Based on the opinion of an individual hoped to be an authority in these competitions opinions are challenged as often as they are accepted. One of the more difficult areas encountered in these situations and particularly is this true in most livestock competitions, since the judges usually rise out of the ranks of the competitors, is when friends are asked or forced to give an opinion about another friends exhibit. Ideally a judge should be impartial in these kinds of situations but are they one must ask. Today these pages believe the judges themselves are far more honest than they were decades ago. Whether or not they are more knowledge10 Dog News
able is of course another matter. The query as to which one would prefer a crooked knowledgeable judge or an honest person with little authority is usually answered with the former being the choice. At least you have the opportunity of getting a knowledgeable opinion whereas in the latter case it’s merely guesswork. But how should a friend/ judge treat an exhibitor/ friend or acquaintance’s exhibit in the ring? Should the judge penalize the exhibit because of the relationship, ignore the situation or reward the situation? Many factors enter that sort of decision but basically the quality of the class must be the determining factor. If they are all sub par exhibits it makes little difference as picking the best of the worst is the least appealing kind of dog show adjudication with which to begin. If all the exhibits are all top quality then certainly your relationship should not enter the picture and the dogs must be rewarded according to the judge’s understanding of the breed standard and the performance on the day. But those are two extreme situations. What happens in the normal course of the day where there are some good and some bad dogs in a class. If the friend is showing you bad stuff he or she goes out with the trash--if it is the good stuff and you think it is the best reward them or not as you would a stranger and hope the relationship is strong enough to survive the consequences. If it is not than the friendship probably was not worth developing in the first place.
THE AKC/CANINE HEALTH FOUNDATION Certainly one of the great accomplishments of the last two decades or so within AKC has been the establishment of the Canine Health Foundation. AKC/CHF has gone through several phases not all of which have been happy experiences but fortunately the hard core and long time supporters have managed to overcome the various coup attempts and have succeeded in putting the health of the dog ahead of the interests of those concerned with the power plays. Today’s AKC/CHF is a recognized world leader and innovator in the field of canine health research and is a grand tribute to everyone who has worked so hard to make it a successful venture. In the spirit of the Holidays do not forget the needs of this great organization and support it in every human way possible--financial, moral and philosophically. AKC/CHF lets the world know of the true intentions of the concerned breeders insofar as the health of our dogs are concerned and quiets most effectively those so quick to criticize our so-called elitist motives in breeding dogs. The American breeder of AKC registered dogs basically can be counted upon to treat these animals starting at conception and through the final days of their life as an extraordinary and unique four-legged creature for whom our goals are to constantly improve the health and welfare of these dogs. Those who lump all breeders as one fail to understand and distinguish our true goals as compared to the puppy millers of the world and those who breed strictly commercially. AKC’s CHF is an organization which stands head and shoulders above the rest and is a leader in helping us to prove that the PETA and HSUS charges, to name only two of our main detractors,are totally unfounded. It is our obligation to make the general public aware of that which we are doing in these areas and the CHF is an ideal organization to do just that! A PLETHORA OF TITLES Has AKC devised so many new titles in the last four or five years that in both the conformation and performance areas the danger exists of these titles becoming so common as to become meaningless? True it maybe that it is not easy to get a field championship of any kind so that for sure walking gun dog championship is a good idea--See Letters to the Editor this week. Whether or not “grand championships” in this area or in conformation either is such a good idea remains to be seen. Yes there are people who want to keep going after a championship is earned and yes it does earn good money for most in the sport but in the field for sure these titles can be won without getting prior titles and in conformation some grand championships are awarded without having the exhibit even having won a BOB ribbon! Is there an explosion of titles in performance and conformation--some seem to think so. These plethora of titles with dogs having some a half mile long are great in establishing the owners perseverance but the number available cheapens to a degree, the very title a dog may earn--do you think? THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK Celebrating the dog in Orlando has become and is one of the main highlights of the dog year internationally. The magic associated with the diversity of this event cannot be over emphasized as every aspect of dog ownership and participation is grandly displayed at the AENC. What a way to end the year and to start the New Year. DOG NEWS joins in congratulating all participants and contributors and wishes you all a very Merry Christmas and Healthy and Happy and Winning New Year. See you in 2013 January 4th for sure!!!!!
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BY RONNIE IRVING
The uk year in review
ith the help of the archive of the UK’s weekly dog paper OUR DOGS, Ronnie Irving chronicles the major political canine happenings in the UK in 2012 – an eventful year on that front by all accounts.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) starts a publicity campaign attacking TKC’s breed standards saying that they don’t pay enough attention to health and temperament and that they pay too much attention to appearance. TKC responds by saying that its breed standards already highlight the importance of health and good temperament, TKC confirms that it has decided it will not be taking part in Pedigree Dogs Exposed 2, the new TV programme to be shown by the BBC before Crufts and produced by Jemima Harrison’s Passionate Productions as a follow up to the 2008 TV show. TKC says, ‘The Kennel Club is not willing to give an interview
Impressions because of the way it was treated in the last documentary. Dog people will be aware that we have worked for more than a decade, as genetic science has advanced, to improve dog health.” TKC releases a film, narrated by Clare Balding who normally heads up the Crufts TV programme. The film looks at what is currently being done in promoting dog health and well-being in the UK. The film is titled Dogs - A Healthy Future and describes the many actions that breeders, judges and TKC are taking to keep dog health and welfare at the top of the canine agenda. The film focuses on the main issues affecting dog health and welfare.
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It is revealed that total UK registrations in 2011 have fallen by 5.2% to 243,841 for the full year, as compared to 257,062 in 2010. The UK’s Animal Health Trust confirms it has received the interest free loan of £1.5 million agreed by KC Members at the Club’s Special General Meeting in 2011. The Trust says that the loan will significantly speed up the building and development of its new cancer centre, which will be known as the Kennel Club Cancer Centre. It is for companion animals. TKC Cancer Centre at the AHT will bring together the study of cancers, their causes, and hopefully aid earlier diagnosis, treatment, and the prevention of some forms of the disease.”
Entry figures for Crufts are announced. The total entry of 21,029 dogs for the show in 2012 is 328 dogs less than 2011 when the equivalent entry was announced as 21,357. The reduction of only 1.5 per cent on 2011’s recorded entry compares favourably with the general fall in UK points show entries over the last year. That overall fall was just over three per cent. TKC announces that UK breeders who register five or more litters in a year with it, are to be asked to produce copies of their official government breeding license, in order to help TKC to ensure that it does not Continued on page 74
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INCIDENTS OR ACCIDENTS?
an you believe it? Another year has just flown by and the weeks and months are getting shorter and
When we were actively show-
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the same time actually gave me a very happy memory. And proved of course that these poodle people are not so bad after all!!! But it was the time on board the ferry that made the lasting impressions and memories! It was really a fun time and you got to know new people on every trip- and some got to know each other rather intimately!! One year we for some reason ended up with a group of people who included a very well known and clever breeder of a couple of large breeds! She exported a couple of dogs that became big winners in the UK, which was rather a special achievement in those days. This lady’s profession was according to rumours “the oldest profession of all”- and she even owned a sex club in a town not too far from the Swedish capital. We were initially a little reserved as we did not know her, we knew all about her-or so we thought, but during dinner she proved to be just another lovely dog person with a lot of interesting views and opinions. After dinner we all had another set of drinks- and all of a sudden she stood up and said: Excuse me. Have to make sure this trip is paid for…. Went over by the dance floor- and in minutes disappeared in the company of an older gentleman. She reappeared a few times- then disappeared againand after a couple of hours she rejoined the group with the statement: I think I can afford to make the trip again next year..! Totally unashamed, which I found intriguing What puzzled me even more: How did she send the signals to the customers about her availability in a room filled with people? I never tried it myself, but have a feeling that if I had, I would still be standing there… And this incident just proved Continued on PAGE 94
shorter. Some people would say that it feels like that because I’M GETTING OLD!? Well, I don’t really know, but one indicator that they are right, is the fact that although this year has been filled with exciting and interesting experiences, most of them are nearly forgotten, while all those happenings from 30-40-50 years ago are still remembered as if they happened yesterday… But every December I seem to analyze and remember what has happened during the year and at the same time wonder what the next year and the future has in stall for the world in general and the Dog World in particular. The fact that AKC has finally appointed a new COO is of course exciting news for people in this country- and I hope he will be welcomed by all-and hope that he has some previous knowledge of this special world. Otherwise he might be in for quite a few surprises! I wish him Good Luck! Lots of negative thought about what’s going on in Sudan as well as other countries, but for us it if of course more relevant to look at our little world of pedigree dogs. And maybe what is happening in the UK is a warning of what might happen world wide- so why not forget about all Doomsday’s prophesies for a while and indulge in Happy Memories from days gone by?
ing and breeding dogs in Sweden, December used to be one of the most exciting months in the calendar: Stockholm, Gothenburg and Helsinki all had their major International shows. Highly respected judges from all over the globe (well in those days mainly the UK with a few thrown in from Germany and the USA). It was party time before the shows, during the shows and even after! My personal favorite was probably Helsinki International. Always so well organized, but what made it more special was that the journey involved an overnight trip by ferry from Stockholm to Helsinki. There was always a huge crowd of dog people from Sweden and Norwayand we were partying in both directions. The fact that on occasions the ferry was delayed due to heavy seas made it even more exciting, as it did happen frequently that some people missed their breed judging. We were close a few times, but I remember Wire Fox Terriers being in the ring when I entered the building, all our dogs still in their crates, but I was able to “throw” the dog into the ring, join the “once round the ring once together, please”, totally ungroomed, but being 4th in line, 4 different people (poodle people, actually) brushed one leg each while I did the head. We won the breed and the group, so on this occasion the drama just added to the joy of winning- and at
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We are about to begin the new show season for 2013. What if anything would you like changed in dog show competitions for the new year?
BY MATTHEW H. STANDER
to have far fewer ‘practical’ barriers than the AKC ‘subjective’ system to get just 10 more breeds--with no college degree required! 2) I would change the Group judging system so that the pre-show ‘win calculation,’ or feeling of a ‘set-up,’ isn’t as obvious. I would propose that only the breed judges be announced in the premium list. The morning of the show, the group/BIS eligible judges would be randomly selected for their group/BIS assignments. Crazy, huh??? Yes I know this could really mess with the ‘professional judge’ and his fee, plus a whole myriad of other issues (what happens on a cluster? Someone could do Hounds for two days in a row, etc.). So be it. SOMETHING has to be done to return the feeling of excitement and spirit of true competition back to the shows. Rationale: Nowadays, it is very possible to predict who (handler/dog) will likely appear at the show - and win!!!- based on the Breed-Group-BIS judge lineup. It’s so ho-hum, so why bother to stay and watch groups--or show in groups under many judges, unless you are a Top Tier handler? You know who’s gonna win and who’s gonna walk--it’s not about the quality of the dog, too many times--as evidenced by not seeing superior class dogs represented in the group, until they become specials! Dogs that good should have done some Breed winning and group placements while still in the classes, if their quality is that fabulous just a year later as a special! Practically speaking, how often does that happen?
Bergit Kabel I would give points to the Reserve Best In Show. All the points minus the group where Best In Show comes from.
Hans Kabel I would put a restriction on how many times one can show to the same Judge in a Calendar Year in Breed, Group and Best In Show. And the same as Bergit suggested for Reserve Best in Show: all the points minus the group from the Best In Show winner.
DOUG JOHNSON I love the sport of purebred dogs and the process of breeding quality animals, creating a breeding program and preparing them for competition. I am well aware of the workings of showing dogs today. However, am not too keen on the game of dog showing: the act of racing around the country for Best in Show wins generally under a select few. There are far too many dogs on planes multiple times in one weekend. I think this is a disaster waiting to happen. I would like the focus to return to the breed competition versus group competition by encouraging show giving clubs to hire breed/group specialist who have a depth of knowledge in all of those breeds. Consequently, this would lead to more independent adjudication and less following in our judging community. Personally, I think it is odd that so many people can come up with the same results weekend after weekend for Group and Best in Show. Carrie Chase Suggestions for next year and beyond: 1) I would revamp the ‘new’ judging approval system so it mirrors the Australian Kennel Club approval system. Rationale: Judges should EARN - by testingwhat they have, then be able to proceed as indicated. Aussie judges not only do ‘book testing,’ but are evaluated by breed experts on how they perform during the process. If they don’t pass, they write remedial essays, then return to test again the next year!!! I love that idea! (maybe I like this because I have a masters degree and am a nurse practitioner--and earning that degree is proving
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Bryan Martin I would like to see more show committees be more “exhibitor friendly”. Clean facilities, clean rings to start the day with (2nd or 3rd days!), Freshly cleaned and stripped exercise pens DAILY, a simple “Thank you” for attending. Too many shows today need to realize that they may not be the only game in town, that there are other shows in this country to attend. When I receive a premium list it is like receiving a party invitation. Which show is going to be the best party to attend? Beth Sweigart Unquestionably change the rating system. The current system encourages so much traveling to get to judges handlers think they can win under that the flying in and out of shows on weekends borders on cruelty to the dogs not to mention the abuse of the service dog appellation but that’s a whole different topic. One of my pet peeves.
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2012 Best In National Specialty Show Winner
GCh. Derby’s Toast With Gusto Gus Qualified To Compete At The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Show
Consistently Winning Group Placements With Limited Showing Back-To-Back Weekends,
Back-To-Back Group Firsts! (Plus, A Group Second & A Group Third!)
Team Gus Thanks Judges: Mrs. Cathy H. Daugherty & Mr. Clay Coady Thank You Also To Judges: Mr. James Frederiksen (Group Second) & Dr. Eric Liebes (Group Third) Sire: Best In Specialty Show Winning Ch. Derby’s Academy Award (Two-Time Westminster Kennel Club Best of Breed Winner) Dam: Ch. Derby’s Toast To Belline
GUS’S HIPS O.F.A. EXCELLENT! (Eyes & Elbows Normal) Bred By: Kristin Kleeman Robyn & Kenneth Toth
Owned By: Rick & Sue Copeland Richmond, Texas
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By Denise Flaim
Beat The Heat (As In ‘Season’)
When it was time to take my newborn children to their first visit to a pediatrician (I almost typed “veterinarian” … habit), I decided to take the same buffet approach with their vaccinations as I did with my dogs.
olio, not eradicated in some underdeveloped countries, transmission possibility enhanced due to globalized travel – yes,” I ticked off to my ever-patient pediatrician. “Influenza, pneumococcus, possibly lifethreatening, but a greater risk of vaccine reaction, I think, so nope. Chicken pox, I’ll hold off and hope they catch it naturally … ” Then we got to hepatitis B. “Let me get this straight – hepatitis B is transmitted through sharing dirty needles and unprotected sex, right?” I asked. “Yes,” the good doctor replied. “Well, my kids won’t be doing that until at least kindergarten.” He chuckled – but there was nothing funny about it. Today, almost a decade later, the hepatitis B vaccine is given even earlier, in the hospital, before a baby is whisked home. The reason has nothing to do with immediate health risks, and everything to do with social policy: There are certain demographics of our society that are at high risk for contracting and transmitting hepatitis B, and they are also less likely to seek out regular medical care for their children. By “capturing” these at-risk children at the hospital, health-care workers can make sure
they get the vaccine. But by assuming that all parents are the same, and applying social policy to suit the lowest common denominator, we punish the compliant and competent by not appreciating the nuances of the situation. One could argue – and I am about to – that we make the same mistake with our attitude about spaying and neutering our dogs. Never mind all those intact males who mill around Parisian cafes without so much as a cross look at each other, or the rule of law in countries such as Norway, where it is illegal to spay or neuter a dog without a compelling medical reason. In American society, the impetus to snip-snip-snip is reflexive and deeply entrenched; there is almost an evangelical quality to it. A radio commercial airing in the New York market recently promoted a new campaign called “Beat the Heat.” Its mantra? “Spay Before the First Heat (and don’t forget the guys!).” If you’re furry and four-legged in the U.S. of A., and want to hang on to your gonads, it’s an uphill battle. In our own sandbox, attitudes are slightly more relaxed, but not by much. While some fanciers have mounted strong efforts against early spay and neuter – such as Los Angeles’ mandatory desexing of puppies and kittens by four months old – the general consensus Continued on page 102
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The Next Winning The Mother
& Scott at Montgomery Winners of 52 All Breed Best In Shows
and two puppies Sired by
“Dru” & “Brinn”
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Generation “ ” DRU The Son
sire Ch. Hi-Kel Terrydale Fortune Seeker (Drake)
dam Ch. Hi-Kel Terrydale Soldier of Fortune (Ranger)
The first of her puppies Winner of Four All Breed Best In Shows
GCh. Hi-Kel Terrydale Fortune Forward breeders:Terrydale Knls. & K. McIndoe & C. & B. Dowd & C. Ruggles owners: Beth Dowd & Cecelia Ruggles & Terrydale Kennels Handled By Scott Sommer
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Prepotent VS Recessive Sires By Patricia Gail Burnham What is Prepotency? repotency doesn’t mean a sire is exceptionally potent (capable of sexual intercourse), it refers to the quantity of dominant genes that a sire has. Prepotency’s dictionary definition is “the ability of one parent to impress its hereditary characters on its progeny because it possesses more homozygous, dominant, or epistemic genes.” (Epistemic genes suppress the expression of a gene at another locus.) Prepotent sires stamp their offspring in their own likeness. They do this because they have a large number of dominant, and in many cases homozygous dominant, genes. (Homozygous genes are when both the genes at one locus are identical. They can be either two dominant or two recessive genes, but they are identical and will be expressed in the puppies. Heterozygous genes describe when the two genes at one locus are different, in which case the dominant gene of the pair will be expressed.) If the sire has a lot of homozygous dominant genes, all he can give the puppy is one of the same dominant genes that made the sire look like he does. In horse breeding all Morgan horses trace back to a single founding sire, Justin Morgan’s Figure, who stamped his get with his own muscular body type, good temperament and small size. Prepotency is generally spoken of as a good thing. But that deserves a second thought.
When Do You Not Want Prepotency? In my breed, bitches are generally thought to be better than their brothers. Forty years ago one major breeder said that she wished she could breed her bitches to bitches, skipping the males altogether since the bitches were better. If you have a really fine bitch, do you really want her puppies to be stamped in the image of their sire? No. You would like to clone her, to produce more lovely bitches in their dam’s image. The male is just a necessary element in that effort. If you don’t want the puppies stamped in their sire’s image what you need is a stud dog that is the opposite of prepotent. You
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need a sire that has lots of recessive genes, the more of them homozygous the better. That way the bitch’s recessive genes have a chance to match up with the sire’s recessive genes and be expressed, and her dominant genes, along with the matched recessives, will control what the puppy looks like. When Do You Want a Prepotent Sire? If you have an outstanding male and want a son just like him, you want his sire to have a lot of dominant genes. If you want to found a new breed like the Morgan horses, you want a lot of dominant genes in the male. If there are things about the bitch that you want to change, you might want puppies that are the image of their sire. But if the bitch needs that much improvement, why breed her at all? Find a better bitch to start your breeding program. How Do You Found a Line on a Recessive Dog or Bitch? I faced this problem when I started breeding Tiger. His head and his temperament came through in the puppies, but, other than that, the puppies looked like their dams. It was obvious that Tiger had a lot of recessive genes that remained hidden in the puppies. Something similar happened when Secretariat was bred. It was a great source of disappointment that his offspring didn’t resemble him. But then he didn’t resemble his own parents or grandparents. In Secretariat a lot of recessive genes matched up to create a super horse. A once in a lifetime horse. When he was bred, those recessive genes were overwhelmed by the dam’s dominant
genes. Race horse breeders have a horror of incest so nobody did the one thing that could have let those recessive genes pair up again. They would have had to cross back on Secretariat to recreate him. No one did. Fortunately dog breeders routinely line breed, so I did what you need to do to recreate a dog that is predominantly recessive: I bred Tiger to a half dozen different bitches. In the next generation I crossed back on him and started to get dogs that resembled their grandsire. There was no magic about it. Crossing back had let his recessives match up again and be expressed. This is easier to do if you are trying to recreate a dog than a bitch because unless you start doing multiple sire litters you can’t get enough half siblings from a bitch to cross back on her effectively. Sires routinely create more offspring and more half siblings than bitches do. How Do You Tell if a Sire is Prepotent or Recessive? Look at his first offspring. If they resemble dad a lot, then he is prepotent. If they take after their dams, then the sire is mainly recessive. If the puppies are in between, and don’t closely resemble either parent, then the sire is somewhere in between highly recessive and prepotent. And most sires actually fit into this in-between category. So the next time you set out in search of a stud dog, first decide whether you want a dominant or recessive one. Because of the interplay between dominant and recessive genes, you don’t always get what you see in either parent. Check out his puppies. Do they resemble dad or their dam? Do you want your puppies to resemble dad or their dam? Good luck.
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The #1 Colored Bull Terrier All Breed! The Number #1 All Breed both colored and white Bull Terrier* with over 100 career group wins and ribbons. FLA SH Back to Bac Group w k in under Ju s dges Mr. Roge r Hartinge r and Mrs. Pau la Hartinge r in Alvara do.
GCh. Glentom’s You Were Mint For Me, ROM Our deepest gratitude to Judge Mr. Steven Hubbell for her win. Owned by Terri Cournoyer, Glenna Wright and Susan Lybrand Handled by Jill Bell and assisted by Chase Waddell *The Dog News Top Ten List
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Bests Week of the
DECEMBER 14, 2012
Clark County Kennel Club I & II Starved Rock Kennel Club Harrier GCh. Downhome HiTech Innovator Judge Mrs. Michele Billings Judge Mr. Chuck Winslow Judge Mr. Adrian Woodfork Owner Mr. Joe Sanchez Handlers Jorge & Susie Oliver Skokie Valley Kennel Club - Sunday English Springer Spaniel GCh. Wynmoor Champagne Supernova Judge Dr. Robert Smith Owners Celie Florence, Beth Fink, Dr. Erin Kerfoot, Dr. Ken Goodhue-McWilliams and Delores Streng Handler Robin Novack Malibu Kennel Club German Wirehaired Pointer GCh. Mt. View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm Judge Ms. Debbie Campbell Owner Victor Malzoni, Jr Handler Phil Booth Mississippi Gulf Coast Kennel Club - Saturday Miniature Pinscher GCh. Marlex Classic Red Glare Judge Dr. Dale Simmons Owners Leah Monte and Armando Angelbello Handler Armando Angelbello Texas Kennel Club - Friday Greater Collin County Kennel Club - Sunday Boxer Ch. Winfall I Dream Of Style Judge Mrs. Jacqueline Rayner Judge Ms. Betsy Dale Owners Keith and Cheryl Robbins, George & Barbara Adkins, Tina Porter, Lee Stanton, Jorge Pinson Handler Michael Shepherd
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Skokie Valley Kennel Club - Saturday Doberman Pinscher GCH. Protocol’s Veni Vidi Vici Judge Mrs. Keke Kahn Owners Dick & Suzy Lundy, Jocelyn & Kevin Mullins Handler Jocelyn Mullins Mississippi Gulf Coast Kennel Club II Standard Poodle GCH. Jaset’s Satisfaction Judge Mr. William Cunningham Owners Michele Molnar & Jamie Danburg Handler Ann Rairigh Forsyth Kennel Club - Sunday Greyhound GCH. GrandCru Paleo of Sobers Judge Col. Joe B. Purkhiser Owners Melanie Steele and Rindi Gaudet Handler Katie Shepard Forsyth Kennel Club - Saturday Irish Water Spaniel GCh. Whistlestop’s Riley On Fire Judge Ms. Judy A. Harrington Owners Gregory Siner and Tom and Bethany Urban Handler Rick Krieger Camellia Capital Kennel Club - Saturday Brussels Griffon GCh. Hilltop’s GQ Cover Boy Judge Mr. Darryl Vice Owner Pat Brown Handler Shari Lee Trinity Valley Kennel Club Cardigan Welsh Corgi GCh. Aubrey’s Tails of Mystery Judge Dr. H. Scott Kellogg Owners Cynthia & Vincent Savioli Handler Sherri Hurst
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ASKED OF santa claus
What person do you most look forward to seeing at the dog shows? the ones that don’t bite.
What is your greatest extravagance? gifts.
What do you dislike most about your appearance? my beard; it itches.
What dog person would you like to see on ‘Dancing With The Stars’? rudolph, but don’t tell mrs. claus.
Born: north pole Reside: north pole
MARITAL STATUS: married to mrs. claus
10 If you were to have a tattoo, what would it be of? mrs. claus.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? my sled, all those cookies with milk, and a couple of elves.
When and where are you the happiest? december 26th at home with my feet up and my red suit off. Other people think I am? jolly.
What did you want to be when you were growing up? a hermit. What would be your last request? and to all a good night!
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Tom Glassford 1940 - 2012
Eddie Dziuk I had the great fortune of working for Tom and Andrea over the course of several summers while in my teens. For me, it was much more than a summer job as Tom and Andrea became my 2nd family. I continued to assist them at shows whenever possible for some 15 years until their retirement, and without question Tom became the single most influential mentor I’ve had in my years of involvement with dogs. Tom was truly a great handler and deserves to be remembered as such. Unlike many of today’s handlers whose greatness is measured by their ability to get dogs to free stack at the end of a lead, Tom’s magic was in his hands. With the slightest push, pull, or stroke in just the right place, he could mold his charges and make them look extraordinary. Tom’s legacy however, goes well beyond an incredible win record. His influence was far reaching. His loyalty to his friends and the sport in general was unwavering. Countless individuals owe their success, whether as handlers, breeders, judges or in other dog related activities, in part to Tom. I consider myself lucky to be among them.
some that had not entered our minds in years. The Grand Hotel, golf games and of course a beer after. Competing in the show ring with no quarter given. Outstanding as a Rep. for the A.K.C., he took his work seriously but always with a smile. It was an honor to have known him and call him friend. Robert Fisher How do I define the good in this sport? In a word, TOMMY! Mr. Ohio, the ‘go-to’ guy. In my view our generations best, an extraordinary dog handler, breeder of dogs, beloved member of AKC’s field staff, friend and brother to me!! See you down the road brother. Save me a seat at the table.... Charlie and Lynn Garvin Tom Glassford was one of the most im-
Bob & Jane Forsyth It was with extremely heavy hearts that we received the news of the passing of Tommy Glassford. The past year or so were not very kind to him but as always he put up the good fight. Memories of all the wonderful times we enjoyed together came flooding back,
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portant and influential people in the Midwest dog show world for six decades. We first knew of Tommy in the 60’s as that guy with the red hair who kind of looked like Jack Nicklaus. He was a talented and strong competitor, always with good dogs that did very well in the ring. My few victories over him in the ring were always special. We got to know him very well when he showed our top dogs from the late 80’s until he retired from the show ring. We learned that behind his gruff, intimidating exterior was an expert dog person who truly cared more about what was best for his dogs than anything else. He always took remarkable care of our dogs; he was the best in the business. He transitioned to become an outstanding AKC Field Representative. Regardless of the size or prestige of the show, he made sure it was designed and run properly, looking out for what was best for the exhibitors and the dogs. I know he helped many, many people on their way to becoming successful judges. We were able to give some help with his various medical problems in his later years, and his resilience was amazing. He had an extraordinary ability to bounce back from many serious problems. That made learning of his final passage so surprising, even though we knew it was sure to come. The stories of Tom, both in and out of the ring, are legendary. I’ll remember him having a Heineken and Continued on page 110
Tom Glassford Memorial Party Join us as we celebrate the life of our wonderful friend, Tom Glassford Saturday, December 22, 2012 The Ramada Inn
1860 Austinburg Rd, Austinburg, Ohio 44101 440.257.2711 From 2:00pm until ? Room discounts offered if you mention the “Glassford Party”. Very casual attire – no black, please In lieu of flowers, please donate to either/both of Tom’s favorite charities: Greyhound Adoption of Ohio ATTN: Linda Perko 7122 Country Lane Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44023
New Vocations Racehorse Adoption ATTN: Cheryl Keller or Bowcrest Farms 292 S. Meadow Lane Hummelstown, PA 17036
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Aaron & Adam Wilkerson-Crossed swords Abbe Shaw-A guacamole recipe Adam Bernandin-A slice of Canadian bacon Adriano Rocha-A Big Briard year to come AKC’s Board of Directors-A moratorium on ribbon giveaways AKC’s Delegates-2 yearly meetings AKC’s Judges Approval-a lesson class in essay writing AKC’s Member Clubs-Informed delegates AKC Eukanuba National Dog Show-A New York City venue Amanda Giles-Sand from the Bahamas Al & Bettie Krause- Our love Alan Kalter-A meaningful AKC Chairman’s Report Allan Chambers-A Canadian sunset Alessandra Folz-Good health Alexandra Geremia-Every handler’s dream client award Alice & Steve Lawrence-Mensch Alisa Syar-That same role on Two Broke Girls Allison Foley-More trips to the States Allison Sunderman-Deserved recognition Amelia & Dan Musser-Good health American Kennel Club-National exposure Amy Kiell Green-Yankee box seats Amy Linton-Hot wife award Amy & Phil Booth- Congrats on a great year Amy Rutherford-Pilates classes Andrea Glassford-Our love Andrew Brace-An alliance, any alliance Andrew Green-A Yankee cap Andrew Peale-A Saville Row suit Angie Lloyd-Happiness Anna Franzoso-Giant steps Ann Rairigh-A trip to London Anne Fomon-Lots of spots 54 Dog News 44
Anne Katona-A non political tea party Annmarie Ruggieri-A role on The Good Wife Annemarie & Randy Kubacz-A daughter-in-law Anthony DiNardo,Jr.-More trips to Connecticut Barbara Alderman-A Doberman from Edd Bivin Barbara Beissel-A theme sweater for every holiday Barbara Humphries-Our love Barbara Keenan-That same ole cloumn Barbara Lounsbury-A spotted ass Barbara Miller-To always be nice to Susie Barbara Scott-A home in Yorkshire Basenji Sisters-Their own Garden benching Beep Lee-Winner of the Gene Simmons tongue award Bergit & Hans Kabel-A room for Crufts 2014? Bernie & Francine Schwartz-Our love Beth Dowd-Her own plane Beth Johnson – A home in Beijing Beth Sweigart-All breed judge approval Betty Leininger-The real Canadian queen Betty-Anne Stenmark-A recording of “The second time around” Bev Verna-A judge’s license Bill Truesdale-A “tea” party Bill McFadden-His own reality television show Bill Shelton-A long tailed Corgi Bill Taylor-A trip to Oyster Bay Bob & Jean Hetherington-Friendly Turkeys Bob Berndt-A King Charles Spaniel Bob Forsyth-More assignments for Janie Bob Smith-Another run for the board Bob & Helen Stein-Stay put Bob & Mary Indeglia-A New Year’s we spend together Bobbie Davis-Lunch with Fran Continued on page 181 Continued on page 100
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An American Gentleman
BY M.J. NELSON
THE BOSTON TERRIER
n his movies with Ginger Rogers, the late, great American dancer and actor Fred Astaire nearly always portrayed light-hearted, fun-loving, debonair characters that also happened to be excellent athletes, particularly on the dance floor. At least once in these pictures, the screenwriters contrived to somehow costume Astaire in white tie and tails and several polls of moviegoers as well as fashion arbiters said that, no one, with the possible exception of Cary Grant, wore “soup and fish” with more elegance than Fred. According to the folks who own them, Boston Terriers are the canine version of Astaire. They have a built-in tuxedo and they are fun-loving, debonair, athletic dogs with a wide range of ability in many different dog sports. “Boston Terriers are very intelligent, fun-loving dogs. They learn new things quickly and enjoy any activity they can do with their owners. They are very agile, great jumpers and truly enjoy the different dog sports. They’re also very food motivated which makes training a lot easier,” said Nancy Ames, who owns or owned Boomer (Skyfall’s Sweet Sonic
Boom VCD1(CD TD NA NJ) RN APDT RL1), Cisco (Ch Blue Sky’s Cisco The Kid BN RN AKC TD AKC NAP CPE CTL1-R), Lilly (Cadon Northern Tiger Lilly RN NJP CPE CL1-H CPE CL1-R TDAA TBAD TDAA TG1) and Sammy (Sweet Sociable Samuel CD AX USDAA AD NADAC NA Veteran NAFA FDX), the first Boston Terrier to earn a flyball title and also the first to get an AKC agility title. “I can’t figure out why more people haven’t recognized their versatility,” said Jill Moore. “They truly are like Labs in little black and white suits. Plus, you ALWAYS have an excuse when running a Boston in agility or obedience that the Border Collie/Golden Retriever people don’t have. And, don’t forget the ‘cuteness’ points. I remember running Teapot (UCD Ag’s No Handle No Snout CD RA NF NFP NJP NAP AX AXJ DSA) in an agility trial shortly after we had started training go-outs in utility. I had one eye on the clock figuring we could get some decent MACH points out of the run and the other on her little black highness. At the very last jump, losing focus for a second, I yelled ‘go out.’ Wouldn’t you know she did exactly what I asked. Ran up to the last jump, flipped around and did a perfect sit facing me as I ran up to her. The judge signaled a refusal and I was kicking myself six ways from Sunday as we left the ring because I had cost us that run. About 20 minutes later, the judge came to me and said she had changed 46 Dog News
In keeping with the desire for creature comforts, my goose hunting blind now is a fake haybale that stops the wind, has a carpeted Nancy Ames Boomer (Skyfall’s floor and for the dog and conSweet Sonic VCD1(CD tainsBoom a padded swivelTD chair NA NJ) RN RL1), one of with her forAPDT the hunter along Boston Terriers, demonstrate that several pockets for a thershort noses no handicap when mos,are ammo and a place to it comes to successful tracking. stand the shotgun when the bird action is slow. Cisco (Ch Blue Sky’s Cisco The Kid BN RN TD AKC NAP CPE CTL1-R), another of Ames’ Boston Terriers, shows his athleticism in agility.
her mind because she thought there was some forward motion going to that last jump. Let me tell you, if there was any forward motion it was caused by the earth’s rotation because the dog wasn’t MOVING! But, did I take the qualifier? You bet! After all, you should never argue with the judge.” “Bostons are social butterflies,” said Elizabeth Johnson, whose dog Jones (Ch Kayas A Dance With Tom Jones BN RA NA NAJ NF NAP OJP NFP CGC TDI) needs one more major win to finish his grand championship. “They love to be with people and they are a fun breed to own and work with. If you read the standard, Boston Terriers should be lively, athletic, intelligent and social. They were bred as companion dogs which means they generally want to please and that makes them good at sports. They’re also Continued on page 118
The Number One* Wirehaired Dachshund
Am. & Can. GCh. J’s Starbarracks Baby Bug’s Devil of a Bug Sire: Ch. TreisPinheiros Calgary SW • Dam: Ch. J’s Lady Bug’s Baby Bug
Thank you so very much to Judge Mrs. Avery Gaudin for this great win and helping make Limo Number One. Owner and Breeder Sharon B. Johnson
Co-Owner and Handler Liz Heywood *Breed points, All Systems
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AThought BY SEYMOUR WEISS
“Let ‘im Pitch”
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progression from the decision to breed a bitch to the ascension to the photographer’s stand of the victorious results of that breeding are all done for the right reasons, who is anyone to offer an unsolicited opinion to say that the potential any years ago a stand-up comic named Phil Foster was brood matron falls short of her intended making the rounds of night clubs and variety TV shows. His purpose? Who is anyone to offer an unsobrand of humor had a distinctly New York flavor and if you licited opinion saying that the selection of liked it, you found him truly hilarious. As a boy, I remember the stud dog is based on flawed thinking? seeing Phil Foster on the old Ed Sullivan show and particularly recall a And finally, who is anyone to offer an unroutine that was set at a baseball game and took the form of an exsolicited opinion of what a credentialed change between two bleacher aficionados. It went something like this: breeder chooses to keep from a litter Aficionado #1 – “Who’s pitchin’? will, in the end, cause her to hit the wall? I Aficionado #2 – “Furillo.” think we can all agree that when it comes Aficionado #1 – “I don’ wan’ ‘im t’pitch.” to showing and breeding fine dogs what Aficionado #2 – “Let ‘im pitch.” you see is not always what you get! Aficionado #1 – “I don’ wan’ ‘im t’pitch.” It is not uncommon for a judge, upon Aficionado #2 – “LET ‘IM PITCH.” the completion of an assignment, to be The exchange went on for a few volleys like a verbally fueled tennis told by a ringsider the judge may or may match until finally Aficionado #1 grudgingly said “Okay, he can pitch.” not know that they should really have The comic inference was that if Aficionado #1 refused to allow Carl selected a different dog for whatever. Furillo to pitch, the latter would have to leave the mound. Incidentally, The ringsider could not have observed there really was a baseball player named Carl Furillo. I don’t recall if he eye color, spring of rib or a host of other was a pitcher or not but I do think he played for either the Brooklyn features on which to base a decision. Dodgers or the New York Giants. (Ed. note: Furillo was a right fielder Conversely, the judge who becomes the who played his entire 15-year career with the Dodgers; 12 with Brooksubject of such reproof might be unaware lyn and 3 with L.A.) that the self-appointed performance critic Foster’s demeanor and delivery made the monologue funny. At might have a connection to the owner or least I thought it was funny and I imagine I was not alone. After all, Ed handler of a dog that is totally irrelevant Sullivan kept having him back. But what does this have to do with the to the faults and virtues of a specific dog conduct of conformation dog shows, you may ask? As with many other and how the judge feels about the dogs competitive pursuits, the dog sport has its share of Monday mornthat have been brought before them. ing quarterbacks. However, for dog people no one waits for Monday Whether we care to admit it or not, morning; many at ringside can’t wait for a break in the activities to get emotion plays a huge part in every aspect in a judge’s face to tell them they should have put the red dog over its of the conformation dog sport. We like a judge, he can do no wrong. We don’t like a judge, she was conceived before her black and tan rival. And they evaluation. To arrive at an inparents exchanged wedding vows. It’s didn’t even have to own the depth evaluation of any dog, the same with our peers. At some level dog under discussion. Offenit is imperative to put one’s we all reach for the same brass ring. The person who takes the sive? Maybe. Presumptuous? hands on it. purple ribbon does not always wear a black hat – or a white one, Probably. The vocal ringside Consider this vignette for that matter. It’s only human nature to dislike some people and pundits all fail, however, to from the bottomless lore love others, but our feelings about our competition should not grasp one simple truth; to of the dog fancier commube fueled by dog show wins or the dogs that make them. There get a real appreciation of any nity. At a gathering of Afghan is room in this game for all of us; we just need to be honest with dog, looking is not enough. Hound enthusiasts that took ourselves about our dogs, our rivals and their dogs, too. You (me or anyone else) must place many years ago, one For the most part, we do manage to call a spade a spade. The get hands on a dog to get the particularly vocal (and obviproof of that is the presence of so many exemplary dogs that, like total picture. ously opinionated) participant cream, far more often than not rise to the top because the good The late, legendary Ric informed her colleagues that judges that guide the gene pool of each breed identify the dogs Chashoudian once wrote she always evaluated her pupthat will move the breeds forward for future generations. that most of his evaluation of pies while they were still wet. Not all winning dogs are always deserving of their wins and a dog consisted of “eyeballAnother lady who was at the not all judges make the right calls every time. But please rememing” an exhibit. But even an same gathering and who had ber that the dog sport is a human endeavor and so is subject to authority of Chashoudian’s a long, accomplished record the imperfections that are an inherent part of that endeavor. stature had to put hands on with the breed inquired of the Regardless of what any fancier thinks, breeders will continue a dog to evaluate such items prescient commentator, “Okay to breed based on their own tastes and judges will do the same as substance, coat texture and Alice, what color are their – both guided by the breed standards we are all bound to honor. bite. These, and other pareyes? The perfect squelch? Legitimate differences of opinion are all worthy of respect whethticulars cannot be accurately Yeah, I would say so.” er we agree or disagree, so let ‘em all pitch. determined solely by a visual Assuming that the long
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Angel On A Leash:
By GREER GRIFFITH
Miracles by the Moment Photo courtesy of Angel On A Leash
der the leadership of Mary Ehrhart, continues to expand its presence at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House, and the LeBonheur Children’s Hospital. • A grant from the Bruce Geary Foundation will create therapy dog programs in several facilities in Staten Island, in partnership with the LGBT Community Center. • Angel therapy dogs continue to visit at the Fisher House at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, thanks to a continuing grant from the Fluor Corporation. • A grant from Petco is in place, awaiting the announcement of an exciting new partnership with one of the world’s most famous children’s hospital organizations. • In New York, Angel is now administering the therapy dog programs at the New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center and the NYP Allen Pavilion.
The wonderful therapy dogs and their human partners of Angel On A Leash continued to work their little miracles for patients and families in 2012.
ur dogs and our people are there for people in need,” says Angel President and Founder David Frei. “Just getting someone to smile or talk, or to think about something other than the challenges they may be facing, that can be that miracle, even if just for a moment.” • Angel teams have continued their long-time working relationship with the New York Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, where the program began in 2004. • Teams are visiting pediatric oncology patients every evening at the Ronald McDonald House in New York City, where Angel has had a presence for seven years. Angel administers the therapy dog program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. • In Memphis, Angel partner MidSouth Therapy Dogs, un-
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Angel programs are continuing in many other places, including Hackensack (NJ) University Medical Center, Providence Health System (Portland, OR), New Alternatives for Children (NYC), Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and the Ronald McDonald House of Milwaukee. Angel also oversees the therapy dog program for the Animal Medical Center of New York. Several other partnerships are in development in various locations. “We are so proud of our dogs and our people,” said Frei. “They are helping us to reach a lot of people in need. And we are also excited about the number of dogs and their human partners who we have helped to join us in this great activity every day.” Angel On A Leash works with Pet Partners (formerly Delta Society) to recruit, train and register therapy dog teams to visit in facilities around the country. In many of those facilities, Angel On A Leash administers the program as well. Angel on A Leash (www.angelonaleash.org) began as a charitable activity for the Westminster Kennel Club in 2004 and is now an independent 501(c)(3) charity. The Angel mission is to advocate working with therapy dogs in health care facilities in promoting the role of the human-animal bond. During the year, Angel On A Leash told its story to the public from booths at Meet The Breeds and at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Look for the Angel booth at Westminster in February.
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NATIONAL ANIMAL INTEREST ALLIANCE 2012 CONFERENCE By Kerrin Winter-Churchill
rave New World” the 2012 National Animal Interest Alliance conference in Redondo Beach, California was a powerhouse event featuring an impressive panel of leading experts from a multitude of animal and animalrelated industries, all assembled at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on November 10th and 11th to discuss; the emerging field of animal law, agriculture and government regulations, human nutrition, private property rights, the importation of “homeless” pets from third world countries, the battle for policy control in the farming and poultry business, promoting our unique expertise to the media, the circus and its commitment to the Asian elephant, why ranchers are worried about an “endangered” worm, wild horses and federal lands and much more. “This event is growing each year,” said NAIA Founder and Chairman Patti Strand, “these are world class conferences with the best speakers possible on virtually every subject that anyone with animals should be interested in.” 56 Dog News
Who and What is the NAIA? For those who may not know, the National Animal Interest Alliance is an association of business, agricultural, scientific, and recreational interests dedicated to promoting animal welfare, supporting responsible animal use and strengthening the bond between humans and animals. NAIA’s members are pet owners, dog and cat clubs, obedience clubs and rescue groups as well as breeders, trainers, veterinarians, research scientists, farmers, fishermen, hunters and wildlife biologists. The membership roster of NAIA includes some of America’s most respected animal professionals, advocates and enthusiasts. Animal People Founders, Animal People Members, an Animal People Board The NAIA board members are volunteers from a wide variety of animal fields, including dog and cat associations and sports, animal agriculture, rodeo, animal science, veterinary medicine, wildlife management and hunting associations,
entertainment and education. They are distinguished and respected members of their respective communities and serve without compensation in support of NAIA’s mission and goals. Acting as emcee for this event was AKC Bouvier des Flandres Breeder of Merit and NAIA board member Patte Klecan, who opened the conference with a few comments that the many dog breeders and exhibitors in the audience could relate to. “I joined the NAIA in 2004 when I began recognizing animal extremism. I knew I needed to do something to help spread the truth about what we crazy dog people do for the sake of our dogs. The National Animal Interest Alliance is based in truth, not sensational photographs and emotion-invoking slogans. Over the years, NAIA has endured attacks from animal rights extremists and even from some within our very own dog community. I want to tell you that if you’re picking out a group to join, the NAIA is not the flashy show dog in the litter but the really good one that you want to take home. The NAIA has grown to be the leader in animal issues and is dedicated to preserving our purebred dogs.” The crowd reacted to this sentiment with great applause and Klecan waited for silence to return. When it did, she introduced visionary Founder of the NAIA, Patti Strand and the entire audience leapt from their seats to give a lively, standing ovation. When the audience quieted, Klecan set the stage for the two-day event by dedicating the conference to all of those “real life heroes who have sacrificed much to ensure we have good products not just for America but for the world. Even though their jobs are made a little harder each year by the ever-over reaching onslaught of government regulations.” Continued on page 126
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South Windsor Kennel Club Group First Our sincere appreciation to Judge Mrs. Lydia Coleman Hutchinson
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99th and 100th Group Firsts on his way to Best In Show under Judges Dr. Mary Moser-White and Mr. Houston Clark.
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War Dog Hero!
O Meet America â€˜s first war dog, a stray Pit Bull/Terrier mix, named Stubby. He became Sgt. Stubby, and was the most decorated war dog of World War I and the only dog to be promoted to sergeant through combat. courtesy of judy mcDonald
ne day he appeared at Yale Field in New Haven, Connecticut; while a group of soldiers were training, stopping to make friends with soldiers as they drilled. One soldier, Corporal Robert Conroy, developed a fondness for the dog. He named him Stubby because of his short legs. When it became time for the outfit to ship out, Conroy hid Stubby on board the troop ship. In order to keep the dog, the private taught him to salute his commanding officers warming their hearts to him. Stubby served with the 102nd Infantry, 26th (Yankee) Division in the trenches in France for 18 months and participated in four offensives and 18 battles. The loud noise of the bombs and gun fire did not bother him. He was never content to stay in the trenches but went out and found wounded soldiers. Stubby entered combat on February 5, 1918 at Che-
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he end of the calendar year is a hectic time for dog fanciers as they look to put final points on their dogs and descend upon Orlando, Florida en masse from around the globe to attend what has quickly become the signature event of the year for the American Kennel Club, it’s National Invitational (or Championship or AENA, if you prefer). Perhaps it’s not as hectic a time for those who follow or believe in the Mayan calendar this year, but the end of the year also brings the holidays, a time for remembrance and reflection and of course, shopping. For those affected by Hurricane Sandy, the holidays this year will be bittersweet. The ‘superstorm’, billed as the storm of the century, caused upwards of $60 billion worth of damage in the tri-state area alone, and resulted in loss of life, homes, seaboards, infrastructure and many beloved pets. As usual, the dog loving community banded together to provide much needed relief and support. The American Kennel Club once again led the charge, establishing the Sandy Fund within days of the storm making landfall, with a $10,000 contribution from its AKC Humane Fund, a sum that was matched by The Westminster Kennel Club. The Sandy Fund’s first donation was made to the Staten Island Companion Dog Training Club to aid their relief efforts in Staten Island, NY, parts of which were absolutely decimated by the storm. Other clubs that have received Sandy Fund grants to help others include Bobbi and the Strays, Inc., Nutmeg Border Collie Club, Mohawk Valley Kennel Club, New England Saint Bernard Club, New Jersey Federation of Dog Clubs, Northern New Jersey Great Dane Club, the Humane Society of New York and the Last Hope Animal Rescue. Superstorm Sandy has spurred conversations of disaster preparedness all across the country and a large part of those conversations has been about how to deal with the transporting of pets and their owners during emergency evacuations. The fact that NYC allowed all pets to take public transportation and to be accepted at shelters contributed to a relatively small number of pets being lost or rescued considering that the five boroughs of the city alone are home to some 1.1 million cats and dogs. An estimated three hundred pet owners and their pets made use of the designated ‘hurricane’ shelters, according to Steve Gruber, Director of Communications for the Mayor’s Alliance for New York City’s Animals, who reports that “there are still two owners and their pets using a shelter in Staten Island.” Gruber said, “It’s been an amazing job by the Animal Planning Task Force,” adding that they’ve been thinking about planning for such a storm since “shortly after Hurricane Katrina [in 2005]. Now the plan is in place and it’s operational. Disasters are tough to prepare for. Different needs arise and it’s about how quickly we can address those needs.” That’s what makes initiatives like the Sandy Fund so important. It must be noted the Sandy Fund has been established not only to address the needs created by Hurricane Sandy, but also to provide assistance for pets and their owners during times of disaster. If you would like to donate to the Sandy Fund, log on to https:// classic.akc.org/humane_fund/donations/ index.cfm and indicate that your donation is to go towards the “Sandy Fund”. ‘Tis the season of giving and it feels better to give than receive, so what better time to help dog owning friends in need by donating to the Sandy Fund. If there’s
that special someone on your holiday gift list that has absolutely everything, why not make a donation in his or her name to the Sandy Fund instead? There are still people and their pets suffering from Sandy’s wrath, displaced from their homes, without food, heat and electricity, with the full brunt of winter about to bore down on them. Please be as generous as your means will allow to help those in their hour of need. In addition to grants for pet-related disaster relief via the Sandy Fund, donations to the AKC Humane Fund as holiday gifts will go towards grants for breed rescue, grants for women’s shelters that accept pets, educational scholarships including the Ward and Spurling scholarships, the Awards for Canine Excellence, the Library at AKC, and more. In addition to the aforementioned organizations that have benefitted from the Sandy Fund, AKC Humane Fund programs have also provided support to Akita Club of America, Inc., Golden Gate Basset Rescue, Inc., Tibetan Mastiff Rescue, Inc., Chow Chow Rescue of Central New York, Akita Owners Rescue Foundation d/b/a Midwest Akita Rescue Society, TikiHut Akita Rescue Association, Inc., American Manchester Terrier Rescue, American Rottweiler Club (Disaster Committee), Havanese Rescue, Inc., American Manchester Terrier Rescue, The Tibetan Terrier Health and Welfare Foundation, North American Border Terrier Welfare, American Bullmastiff Association Rescue Service, Mt. Graham Safe House, Inc., Crossroads Safehouse, Inc., Personal and Family Counseling Services of Tuscarawas Valley, Inc., The Shade Tree Inc., Family Violence and Prevention Services, Inc., Rancho Coastal Humane Society, Gateway Battered Women’s Services, Lonoke County Safe Haven, Inc., Victims of Violence Intervention Program, Inc. dba Artemis House, Women Are Dreamers Too, Inc., Crossroads Safehouse, Inc., Families First, Inc., Rural Human Services, Mitchell County SafePlace Inc., Young Women’s Christian Association, Lassen Family Services, Inc., Heart House, Inc., Lollypop Farm, Shelter House, Inc., Marin Humane Society, First Step, Violence Intervention Services, Inc., LACASA, Meg’s House Shelter for Abused Women and Children, Ahimsa House, Inc., Safe Harbor of Northeast Kentucky, Inc., Oasis Shelter Home, and The Shelter for Abused Women and Children.
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n a lighter note, if there’s a dog on your gift list that has absolutely everything, how about considering purchasing a license and insurance – and I don’t mean a dog license and pet insurance such as that offered by the AKC and PetPartners, but a driver’s license and auto insurance. Some dogs will chase cars while others love to ride in them and even stick their heads out of windows but the news out of New Zealand this week reported that several dogs have been taught how to drive a car. In what is purported to be an attempt to prove that dogs are smart and to boost dog adoptions, a branch of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, with the help of dog trainer Mark Vette, has taught three dogs — a 10-month old Border Terrier cross, an 18-month old Giant Schnauzer and a 1-year-old Beardie/Whippet cross— how to drive a car. Following a trainer’s verbal commands, the dogs navigate a car that has been equipped with a special ‘paw-friendly’ steering wheel along with other canine specific equipment. Those who subscribe to the theory that seeing is believing can log on to www.drivingdogs.co.nz to view the video of dogs driving the Mini Countryman on a closed track. What initially sounded like a gimmick may eventually prove beneficial to handicapped and disabled humans if indeed service dogs could learn how to navigate motor vehicles. Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney probably wishes he had ponied up for some driving lessons for his Irish Setter Seamus instead of strapping the dog crate to the roof of the station wagon for the family vacation; perhaps if he had Seamus could’ve taken a separate car and maybe Romney would be steering the country come this January. Or perhaps, if your dog is feeling amorous this holiday season, you’d like to splurge on a lovely rendezvous in a pet motel complete with a heart-shaped ceiling mirror and a red mattress. Then you’re in luck, if you plan on traveling to Belo Horizonte, Brazil, where the Motel Pet is situated within the eight-story ‘petropolis’ Animalle Mundo Pet, which also houses a dog spa, canine apparel, lodging for dogs and cats, a pet taxi service, a café featuring beef-flavored muffins, perfume for dogs and a non-alcoholic dog beer. Dog trysts can be arranged for about $50 a session and if no breeding takes place artificial insemination services can also be provided. The pet megashop has a staff of 35, in addition to veterinarians on call, which services Brazil’s estimated 36 million dogs, of which approximately 20 million weigh 20 pounds or less. Brazil’s pet shops generate more than $6 billion in annual revenue, according to the Brazilian trade magazine Pet Business. The dog motel was the brainchild of a Dalmatian owning 28 year-old lawyer, Daniela Guimaraes Loures, who along with her brother invested $1 million in leasing a former children’s hospital and tricking it out, looking to cash in on a trend that has seen similar stores open around the country offering services such as Botox injections for dogs. Apparently Brazilians are not facing a ‘fiscal cliff’, though some people, including this dog owner, think a few may have fallen off the deep end and could put their money to better use but to each his own. Merry Christmas and the Happiest and Healthiest of New Years to all, and Best Wishes for a Safe and Winning 2013.
Chihuahua â€“ November 17th & 18th, 2012
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t some point back in early summer, I got a call from a friend in Florida to see if I would be willing and available to judge in Chihuahua. Since I earlier had to turn down several assignments to judge in Mexico, I was so excited I had these dates available. Shortly afterwards I was contacted by Ismael Moreno with an official invitation. Ismael also asked if I could find another judge that would be willing and available. I had quite a few inquiries, but was not able to find someone. The one drawback with many of the Mexican shows is that they do not book judges very far in advance. Also right now some Americans have a fear of going to Mexico. We also have some judges that are fearful of going to Columbia or Venezuela. I have judged many times in these three countries and have always felt completely comfortable in regard to my safety. Continued on page 146
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BY MATTHEW H. STANDER
Tom Glassford, Heading To Ocala...
fter a valiant ten-year fight against melanoma Tom Glassford succumbed to the ravages of that disease notwithstanding the fact that not one public word was ever uttered by him about how ill he truly was. And his attitude of fierce determination to defeat this cancer was typical of Tommy in his lifelong career as a person devoted to the betterment of livestock generally and the world of the purebred dog specifically. His reputation as one of America's outstanding Tommy wins the Group in 1974 with a very young Bacchus, bred by the writer.
professional handlers and love for his horses and dogs as well as the people who were closest to him, particularly his wife Andrea, were as intense and meaningful as anyone's I have ever known. His sense of humor and â€œjoie de vivreâ€? were limitless and infectious to anyone with whom he came in contact but he could be and was a hard knot competitor and extremely demanding of those in his charge. Whether he was enforcing and or interpreting AKC Rules and Regulations as a Field Rep or handling and/or training the most stubborn of dogs or horses, the animal, two-legged or four-legged, basically came out loving Tommy Glassford, the individual. Now then there are some who claimed he favored those in the so-called "Ohio Mafia" of dogs, which is something I never definitively saw but did hear about. But I attribute those comments more to gossip and rumor than to reason and fact. I will tell you this that in the close to forty-year relationship I had with Tom I only saw and encountered one side of him. A fair, knowledgeable, understanding, hard working, fun man to be with on most any occasion who like any of us had basic human frailties. I feel lucky to have known Tom Glassford, who is a person our sport will sorely miss but which was fortunate to have as a participant and member lo these many years.
ell another major change in the January Florida Show Circuit scene as the switch from Brooksville to Ocala for the month of January begins. Those of you who have been around for awhile will remember the grand old times we used to have on the East Coast of Florida as we sought relief from the burdens of winter in the northeast and mid-west on the Palm Beaches, the beaches of Lauderdale and environs.
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register puppies from puppy farmers or puppy mills. It reminds breeders who breed five or more litters a year that they normally require a breeding license from their local community and now, in order to continue registering puppies with TKC they will have to prove that they hold such a license. It is announced that ‘independent’ veterinary surgeons are to be invited by TKC to apply to carry out the task of vetting the high profile breeds at Crufts rather than TKC’s own normal Crufts Veterinary Team.
BBC4, one of the minor TV Channels in the UK, shows a programme called “Pedigree Dog’s Exposed - Three Years On”. It causes a stir in the world of pedigree dog owners, breeders and exhibitors, though certainly a much lesser stir than the original 2008 programme. The consensus is that the new programme contains very little that is new and the public reaction is somewhat muted. TKC’s response is measured, and says: ‘The programme addressed some worrying but important issues that affect dog health and welfare, which the Kennel Club is working to resolve with vets, welfare organisations, breeders and geneticists.” It is announced that TKC, working with the British Veterinary Association (BVA), has appointed the Veterinary Surgeons who will carry out the health checks on the BOB winners in the fifteen ‘high profile breeds’ at Crufts 2012. In what is stated to be an attempt to ensure that there can be no accusations of partiality, the KC confirms that the BVA President is assisting KC Chairman Steve Dean in interviewing and appointing the successful candidates. The KC says: ‘The deadline for veterinary surgeons to apply to undertake the checks on high profile breeds at Crufts has now passed and the Kennel Club and BVA have selected those who will be carrying out these checks. While there is no doubt that those selected will do an excellent job, it is disappointing to note that the number of vets offering to get involved was actually very low.” OUR DOGS one of the UK’s weekly dog papers, with a certain degree of prescience, says of the Crufts vet checks: “While people will understand the KC’s wish to be able to demonstrate impartiality and independence in the veterinary surgeons who are to carry out the breed monitoring at Crufts, people have some concerns about the way this issue has developed. Perhaps the appointment of regular members of the Crufts Veterinary Team, independent professionals in their own right, would have been more acceptable to exhibitors. Such people are at least accustomed to dog shows.” Crufts takes place and the benches and ringsides of many of the breeds are abuzz with the controversy caused by the prevention of certain winners entering the group competitions. These eliminations 74 Dog News
are caused by the veterinary inspections introduced by the Kennel Club for the fifteen so-called ‘high profile’ breeds. The hysteria grows to fever pitch by the fourth evening of the show. Over the four days of the show, six of the high profile breeds are prevented from entering the group competitions while nine are given clearance to do so. As a result of the vet checks an open meeting of exhibitors is called to discuss the implications of the health checks carried out at Crufts and to arrive at some conclusions which will be forwarded to the Kennel Club. In addition a Facebook group called ‘Exhibitors Choice and Voice’ is created The statement calling the meeting says : “Everyone who is passionate about our sport is requested to attend - regardless of what breed you have as this affects everyone.” The British Veterinary Association welcomes the Crufts Vet Checks at Crufts as a positive step by the Kennel Club to improve dog health and welfare in the show ring. Six days after the original concept of a new voice for breeders, exhibitors and judges is launched on Facebook, the ‘Canine Alliance’ is born out of apparent frustration and concern over the way in which the Kennel Club has started implementing the veterinary health checks at shows. The Facebook campaign originally calls for something to be done and soon results in 320 concerned breeders and exhibitors attending an open meeting to address the concerns, many of which had spilled over on to the internet during and after Crufts show. The meeting inaugurates the Canine Alliance and appoints a Steering Group of 14 people to take the matter forward. Those present at the Canine Alliance’s first meeting vote to invite TKC: i) To suspend the high-profile breed veterinary checks ii) To agree that, on the available evidence from Crufts, the existing system is flawed and iii) Not to re-introduce the checks until they are transparent, there is clarity and fairness, and they are non-discriminatory. It is also suggests that the Canine Alliance and the Kennel Club should meet at the earliest opportunity. THE KC holds an informal committee meeting to discuss the fallout from the controversial health checks carried out at Crufts. KC Chairman Steve Dean announces that the veterinary checks of the High Profile Breeds (HPB) which commenced at Crufts 2012 are still scheduled to be repeated at all Continued on page 78
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major points shows and will continue for the foreseeable future. The first meeting of the Canine Alliance’s fourteen-strong Steering Committee takes place and it is agreed that the mission statement of the Alliance will be that “The Canine Alliance was formed to represent everyone involved with pedigree dogs,and to negotiate when necessary with any related organisations in the interest of all breeds. Its aims are to protect and support the well-being of pedigree dogs, to uphold the ethics of responsible dog breeding, to encourage health checking of all dogs and to allow the exhibition of pedigree dogs without bias or discrimination. It pledges to be fair and totally transparent, always working for the benefit of pedigree dogs.” TKC makes it clear that while some adjustments will be made to the procedure, there is no plan at this stage for it to drop the routine veterinary inspections of the fifteen high profile breeds.
A meeting is announced at the Kennel Club between representatives of the Canine Alliance and TKC. This is attended by Secretary Robert Harlow and Committee Members Mike Gadsby and Lisa Croft-Elliott for the Alliance, and Caroline Kisko Secretary and Kathryn Symns Executive Canine Activities TKC. There is much hype and excitement on social network sites prior to the meeting, followed by some disappointment expressed by members of the group who had been expecting rule changes to be agreed then and there. This does not happen. In the first high profile and public protest against the unpopular vet checks at Crufts, the exhibitors of the CC winning Pugs at UK Toydog Show both decline to challenge for Best of Breed. TKC takes no action. KC Chairman Steve Dean responds to a letter regarding the veterinary checks carried out at Crufts and says: ‘Comment has been made suggesting that members of staff are deciding
policy when this is absolutely not the case. Members of the General Committee (Board) are elected each year by the Members of the Kennel Club and ALL policy is set by the General Committee - thus ensuring that there is consistency throughout.” The RSPCA and the British Veterinary Association - Animal Welfare Foundation publish a suggested Puppy Contract along with its accompanying Puppy Information Pack (PIP). The document is 10 pages long and the information pack document has 44 questions to answer and 6 pages of guidance notes. TKC says:“Although we support the promotion of puppy contracts from all breeders, we are concerned that there are some flaws that need to be addressed in the BVA AWF and RSPCA’s version.” The Canine Alliance steering committee has a further meeting and discusses its constitution, rules and structure, the appointment of further officers, and plans for regional meetings and promotion. It says afterwards that it is adamant that it should it be given a meeting with the Kennel Club Chairman at the earliest possible opportunity and it calls for the granting of KC registration to litters bred from parents that have had no health testing whatsoever, to be made impossible. The Canine Alliance holds a Committee Meeting and says it continues to disapprove of the current veterinary checks of Best of Breed winners in the fifteen breeds. It says that, because the matter will be discussed at the Kennel Club’s forthcoming Annual General Meeting in May, it will do nothing further on that matter until after the KC’s annual meeting. The committee says it will also form sub-committees which will concentrate on three areas - Business and Finance, Media and Public Relations, and Membership. It says it is also putting together a veterinary advisory panel and that the membership of the group is being consulted over the kind of person who should be approached to be invited to become its President.
It is announced that three KC Members have put forward items for discussion at the Club’s AGM on the subject of the Veterinary checks on the fifteen high profile breeds introduced at Crufts 2012. One is to ask for the process to be ‘further re-examined’ and two for it to be ‘temporarily halted pending a complete review’. None of the proposals goes as far as to state that the process should be totally abandoned in principle. In the week before TKC’s Annual General; Meeting is announced that since Crufts, nineteen High Profile Breed dogs have been presented to the veterinary surgeon and passed, only one has been presented to the veterinary surgeon and not passed and three owners have refused to present to veterinary surgeon and their dogs were therefore ineligible for the Group. Just over 300 of the total of 1344 people who are Kennel Club Members, make the journey to London to attend the Annual General Meeting of TKC. TKC Chairman announces that there is nothing yet to report on the coat testing issue raised a year previously at the 2011 AGM and that the Club’s London property negotiations have been ‘protracted’ and final agreement has been delayed. Continued on page 82
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KC Registration Fees for both the Breed Register and the Activity Register are increased by £2 from £13 to £15 from 1st July. KC Members accept a proposal that TKC’s Board should examine TKC’s registration process with a view to incorporating a KC authenticated three generation pedigree into the basic registration document for all puppies registered and to introduce an enhanced registration document which should include formal notice of health tests carried out where required for all dogs exhibited or used for breeding. A proposal to suspend the vet testing of High Profile breeds at championship shows is defeated at TKC AGM by 92 votes to 56 a majority of nearly two to one. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee of the House of Commons (equivalent of a Congressional Hearing) announces that it is to examine the Government’s dog control and welfare policies and that it will also look at the response by the Government and by dog breeders to Professor Sir Patrick Bateson’s Independent Inquiry into Dog Breeding conducted two years ago.
TKC announces that the deal to swap its London Mayfair headquarters for another building next door, and have an additional £12 million paid into its coffers, is off. The developers who had signified their intention to develop TKC’s building and the surrounding properties, say that they will no longer be proceeding with the purchase which would have included TKC’s building. TKC writes to judges and breed clubs about the revisions that have been made to the High Profile Breeds veterinary check process, and to underline the important role that judges and breeders play in helping to improve the health of the high profile breeds. TKC says that it ‘particularly wants to ensure it fully informs and engages with both judges and breed clubs on this important matter, as they 82 Dog News
are an integral part in the continuing improvement of health for these breeds.’ The Canine Alliance set up in the wake of the Crufts Vet tests fiasco, issues an invitation to TKC Chairman to attend an open meeting of its members. At a meeting of the Alliance’s Committee it is felt that in view of the outcome of TKC’s Annual General Meeting and the subsequent comments made by Professor Dean, much would be gained by his meeting with members of the Alliance. In reply to the invitation the Alliance receives a communication from TKC’s Secretary on behalf of the Chairman saying instead that a working group is being created to focus on this in detail and that this group will almost certainly be seeking input and views from external groups and individuals in the near future. Robert Harlow, secretary of the Canine Alliance, says:“If this is the official response we have to the invitation to Professor Dean, it is disappointing to say the least.” Just four years after high winds had blown apart one of the UK’s biggest dogs shows - the Blackpool Championship dog show - the event again suffers massively at the hands of the weather as torrential rain in the North West of England washes the show off the calendar in a deluge described by one judge as ‘a tempest’. Conditions on the first day of the show become nearly impossible, the car parks become waterlogged and the Show Committee is forced to cancel the lest two days of the event.
The Secretary of the Canine Alliance’s Robert Harlow in a press release says of the exchange about a possible meeting between his organisation and the KC : “We find the KC Chair’s response to be rude and unacceptable. Like Mrs Kisko, he has failed to respond to our invitation directly. Prof Dean seems to display nothing but contempt for the many people (including Canine Alliance members) who have been working tirelessly to come up with acceptable alternatives to the controversial veterinary health checks of selected Best of Breed winners” APGAW (the Associate Parliamentary Group For Animal Welfare), a Group of Members of Parliament whose Secretariat is provided by the RSPCA, issues what the UK dog press describes as “a biased report” making many suggestions for the future of dog breeding which even the most responsible dog breeders will find unacceptable. Britain’s largest country fair, the CLA Game Fair 2012, is cancelled due to adverse weather and waterlogged ground conditions. It had been expected to attract about 150,000 people to Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire. It becomes yet another victim of the 2012 summer’s exceptionally high levels of rainfall alongside many canine events with suffered the same fate.
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“ n o “ Ribb The Number Two Toy Poodle Group Judge Dr. Anthony DiNardo
Best In Show Judge Mrs. Pamela Peat
Many thanks to all the Judges that have loved our girl like we do ! Multiple Best In Show, Best In Specialty Show
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or another. TKC comments that while it broadly welcomes the report it considers that there are a number of other issues that need to be addressed. TKC announces that following a recommendation by its Dog Health Group, it has agreed that the Chinese Crested should be removed from its list of ‘high profile breeds’. The removal is effective immediately and means that Best of Breed winners in that breed at Championship Shows no longer require to undertake a successful veterinary examination before competing in the Group Competition or being granted the title of Champion. It is announced that three breeds which have been in the UK Gundog (Sporting) Group are announced as being about to be transferred to the Working Group as from 1st January 2014. The breeds concerned are the Kooikerhondje, the Lagotto Romagnolo and the Spanish Water Dog. Breed enthusiasts are not happy. In what has become an annual tradition, TKC Chairman Steve Dean delivers his ‘state of the nation’ speech at the Welsh Kennel Club’s Annual Dinner. He reminds everyone that last year he had expressed the hope that TKC should be viewed as “Our Kennel Club” and comments that some people are using this remark as a stick with which to beat him. He does not however withdraw his view and repeats that TKC is committed to demonstrating why owning a registered pedigree dog is the best decision a new dog owner can ever make. The Canine Alliance again expresses its astonishment at TKC and the vet checks still being routinely performed at championship shows on the High Profile breeds, following a failed check at the Welsh Kennel Club. It asks why TKC is ‘calling on everyone to join together one day, and the very next allows a decision to be made to exclude a dog on grounds that do not tally with their directives to vets’. TKC launches an online questionnaire to gather the views of dog owners, breeders, exhibitors and other canine competitors on what they want and expect from its registration system. The questionnaire is part of a consultation promised at this year’s KC’s Annual General Meeting in May following a proposal that the Club should consider the introduction of a two-tier registration system.
The independent Advisory Council on the Welfare Issues of Dog Breeding launches the final version of its much heralded ‘Standard’ which attempts to set out the Council’s formal recommendations for the minimum standards which must be met to provide good health and welfare for all dogs involved in breeding. It is hailed as “Over the top” by canine weekly OUR DOGS OUR DOGS says that at Crufts, nine dogs of the ‘High Profile’ Breeds were approved to continue to the Group Judging but six were not and that since Crufts and up to Richmond Championship Show at least a further 221 dogs have been approved to proceed to the relevant Group competition or for their champion title, five have not been approved and five breed winners have been withdrawn before testing could take place. TKC writes to veterinary surgeries across the UK to remind them to report caesareans and operations carried out on KC registered dogs, in order to help monitor and improve pedigree health. The letter reminds vets that any operations carried out which would alter the natural conformation of a KC registered dog should be reported to TKC. TKC issues three YouTube films to help people when they are buying a puppy and ensure that the puppy has the best chance of a home for life. The films are launched as part of Puppy Awareness Week and are available on the Crufts YouTube channel. Each aims to help people think carefully before they buy a puppy so that puppies find a home for life and don’t end up in rescue. It is announced that since Crufts and up to October, the approval rate for vet checks of ‘high profile breeds’ at major shows has been as high as 96% with only 2% nonapprovals and 2% non-presentations.
Breeders are praised by TKC’s Kennel Gazette Viewpoint article which discusses the pressures that expert breeders are nowadays under to consider issues such as genetic diversity, coefficients of inbreeding and estimated breeding values. The piece says that such experts in the past often ‘aimed at breeding the very best examples of their chosen breed based on deliberate selection of desirable characteristics whilst aiming to minimise or restrict the expression of less desirable traits and characteristics.’ and hopes that they will not lose sight of these tried and tested approaches. Appearing before the EFRA Select Committee of Parliament (equivalent of Congressional Hearings) Professor Steve Dean and Ian Seath, representing TKC, emphasise that although breeders have a role to play in developing strategies to solve genetically based problems in pedigree dogs and ‘significant progress’ is being made, there is only so much TKC can do for it has no formal legal powers and can only try to influence those who are prepared to listen. Continued on page 90
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The chiefs of the two national UK Veterinary bodies tell the Parliamentary EFRA Committee that the independent UK Advisory Council on the Welfare Issues of Dog breeding should be made into a regulatory body and that legislation on dog breeding must be updated to ensure the future health and welfare of dogs and puppies, and that licensing of breeders who breed more than two litters per year is what is now required. They say that breed standards should effectively be taken out of the hands of breeders and TKC and should be put into the hands of the veterinary profession. Following a large increase in the price of Registration Fees applied in July of this year, TKC says its registrations have fallen by 8.2% in the three-month period to September 2012 as compared to the same period in 2011. The total number of registrations for this period in 2012 was 60,081 as compared to 65,435 in the same quarter of 2011. The overall total for the nine months to September 2012 is 174,936 as against 187,185 a cumulative slide of 12,249 or 6.5%. TKC welcomes the British Government Minister’s oral evidence to the EFRA Committee of MPs in which the Government representative talks of the ‘impressive work’ being undertaken by TKC in relation to pedigree dog breeding and highlights the Government’s view that at present no additional regulation is necessary. Instead he says that the government wishes to encourage independent schemes that promote good breeding practices. The Minister also states that he does not consider that the independent Dog Breeding Advisory Council needs ‘more teeth’ and hopes that existing organisations such as TKC and charities will be enough without the need for a regulatory authority. TKC announces that the final night of Crufts next year is once again to return to being broadcast on one of the country’s most popular terrestrial TV channels - Channel 4. Another Channel in the same stable - More4 - will continue its coverage across the remainder of the four-day show. The Canine Alliance holds its first members meeting at which around 100 people attend and issues a press release saying that it agrees to ask TKC • To suspend the current vet checks as soon as an alternative can be put in place. • To produce a revised version of its health form presently completed by all judges of the
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‘High Profile’ breeds at the conclusion of their judging at points shows. • To consider introducing a grading system, with emphasis on health issues, be introduced at major shows • At the earliest practical opportunity to require that all dogs that are a) qualified for entry into the Kennel Club Stud Book, and b) qualified for Crufts Dog Show, obtain a basic health certificate from a veterinary surgeon before they are accepted for either. The meeting is also told that neither the Canine Alliance’s Chairman nor its Secretary will be seeking to continue in office next year. It is revealed that TKC has reviewed its previous decision taken in June to reclassify the Kooikerhondje, the Lagotto Romagnolo and the Spanish Water Dog into the Working group with effect from 1st January 2014. The Kennel Club now says: ‘Following consideration of information supplied by the relevant breed clubs - both those registered by the Kennel Club and, in the case of the Lagotto Romagnolo, a further unregistered club - the General Committee has agreed that the Lagotto Romagnolo and Spanish Water Dog will remain in the Gundog (Sporting) group.
The Princess Royal - Princess Anne, who is a very active and involved President of the Animal Health Trust, performs the official opening of the Kennel Club Cancer Centre at the AHT after chairing a meeting of AHT Trustees. The facility at the Animal Health Trust’s headquarters has been specially designed to deal with dogs, cats and horses. The building would not have been able to be put up so quickly without the £1.5m interest free loan from TKC. The December issue of TKC’s journal the Kennel Gazette contains some interesting pointers to Kennel Club thinking. In it Steve Dean Kennel Club Chairman takes a swipe at his own veterinary profession, which in the last year or so has spoken out on a number of occasions against pedigree dogs and pedigree dog breeders. He says: “Despite an admitted lack of evidence on the prevalence of health conditions, some appear convinced that Kennel Club Breed Standards and the registration of pedigree dogs are at the heart of poor health and welfare in dogs. We still have much to do to assist politicians and the veterinary profession in realising the major sources of poor health and welfare standards.”
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Festive Shopping At The Kennel Club
BY NICK WATERS
he work of nearly thirty artists will be on show, including old friend from previous fairs alongside new talent exhibiting in London for the first time, and with prices ranging from as little as a few pounds for a limited edition print, up to £9,000 for a larger than life-size bronze standing Whippet by Sally Arnup, there is much to choose from. Close on the Whippet’s heels is Elle Wilson’s Greyhound dancing at sunset at £7,500, Gary Stinton’s pastel of a Labrador at £7,500 and Claire Eastgate’s oil of a Greyhound at £6,350. Three highly respected artists within the genre, yet whose approach to the subject is very different.
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Proving popular with visitors to the fair are Elle Wilson’s stylised prints, but the one making everyone smile is ‘The Corgi is not Amused’, the Queen as never before seen enjoying a drink or three. The fair is not about the breed standard perfect model but showcases the character and personality of ‘man’s best friend’, epitomised to its full by Pippa Hall’s ceramic dogs enjoying a snooze or playfully rolling. For lovers of bronze dogs there is a great selection and for collectors with limited space there is an amusing range of small character bronze dogs by Joy Beckner and Deborah Burt. Jewelry features for the first time
If you’re spending Christmas or the New Year in London and looking to treat yourself or a dog loving friend to something special, the place to head for is the Kennel Club Art Gallery Christmas Fair which runs until the 11th January.
this year with a range of silver lapel stick-pins and tie slides designed by Selena Preece that feature a variety of breeds from a Poodle in show trim to a running Greyhound. Regularly seen in the show-ring in the UK is the young talented handler, Amelia Siddle, who won the Young Kennel Club final at this year’s Crufts, but she is also a gifted artist. She lives in rural Devon surrounded by Pointers and it is a picture of her favourite breed that is on show at the Christmas Fair. It’s probably fair to say that every dog lover in Britain will have received at one time or another a greetings card with a picture by Pollyanna Pickering on. Her art has sentimental
appeal as seen in her portrait of three Cocker Spaniels suitably titled ‘Autumn Gold’, but in this case there is a slight twist for she has added a couple of real Autumn leaves. There is no shortage of breeds to choose from, ranging from the ever-popular Cavalier King Charles Spaniel or West Highland White Terrier, as portrayed by Richard Ager and Jean Haines respectively, to a small coloured pencil head study of an Australian Cattle Dog by Caroline Howlett, or an oil of a Great Dane puppy by Sue Driver. For anyone after the really unusual there’s a dog made from recycled rope by Dominic Gubb that could stand in for a Komondor any day. A first at this year’s Christmas Art Fair is a competition in aid of the Bark and Read Foundation for which the first prize is a voucher worth £320 for a portrait by animal portrait artist Christine Varley. Funded by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, the foundation was set up to support and promote the amazing work of charities that take dogs into schools as reading volunteers to help tackle the UK’s literacy problems. Reading to dogs has been proved to help children develop literacy skills and build confidence, through both the calming effect the dogs’ presence has on children and the fact that the dog will listen to the children read without being judgemental or critical. The Kennel Club is situated just off Piccadilly in Clarges Street in Mayfair, a short distance from the Ritz Hotel.
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to me how we in this world of dogs meet people from all walks of life simply because we share this passion for our sport. People we otherwise would not get to knowand who can remind us that there are job opportunities we otherwise would never have thought of…. The Stockholm show was of course another favorite and an important fixture on your calendar! In “the old days” there was always a show dinner, attended by some very important members of the Swedish dog world, which at that time was dominated by the “Hunting Section” of the club, which counted a fairly high number of nobility and landowners. One of my personal favorites was a formidable lady named Mary Stephens who lived in a property on her family estate, which was made up of thousands and thousands of acres. She had no title, but was still addressed as “Her Grace”. She was involved in many aspects of the sport, but I believe she is most famous for making it her mission to save and revive the Swedish Lapphund and also the still very rare breed Smålands stövare! The love of her life, I am convinced, were her Skye terriers but she also bred and showed English Cockers. Her kennel name was the name of her home: Torne and all her dogs were shown by her uniformed chauffeur Bertil, who treated his boss as well as her dogs with the utmost respect and was loved by anybody lucky enough to get to know him. To be invited to lunch or dinner at Torne was involved with great risks- as under the table were always a couple of her Skyes, ready to attack any moving toe without any encouragement or warning… She used to attend the Stockholm show and dinner whenever 94 Dog News
she could- and this particular year she was the major sensation: She brought to the dinner a very special pet, a little mouse that lived in her hair-and or hat- who during the dinner went for little walks round her head! (I personally hoped it was “potty trained”.) Shortly before her death my wife and Joe Braddon were invited for lunch ( I had to pass as we were making hay !!!) and Joe came back absolutely in awe over the art collection in her home, several original Rembrandts, etc. etc., but what happened to her art and her dogs when she passed, I don’t really know. Although she did not actively breed or show for many years prior to her death, she was always well informed about what was going on in the dog world, critical at times I’ve been told, but I know she would have hated the loss of “freedom” and all restrictions imposed upon breeders in recent years. They don’t make people like that anymore… Another of my favorite people was SAS The Princess Antoinette of Monaco. I was lucky enough to judge her famous show a few times. Her mother Princess Charlotte (Duchess of Valentinois) bred and showed Wire Fox Terriers so we had a lot to talk about. And I enjoyed so many stories involving her mother’s favorite dog and his hateful relationship with her Footman. The Princess had a great sense of humor- and during a pre-show interview at her home, where she was surrounded by a variety of rescue dogs of all kinds- when the interview was near the end, the journalist asked: “What about your own dogs. What breeds are they?”
In the group were 2 similar looking dogs, one yellow/red and one black. One with only the right ear pricked, the other left ear pricked. Both of unidentifiable heritage. She pointed them out to the journalist and said: “These are actually Monegasque Retrievers, the family has bred them for generations and the reason the ears are pricked on different sides is that they are supposed to guard the Rock (where the Palace is situated) against attacks from the sea- in opposite directions!” But it was a family secret and she hoped they would not include this in the pre show article. Then followed a series of questions before a number of photos were taken. I never read the following day’s paper, so cannot tell if this discovered New Breed was featured. Her comment when they left, I will never forget: “Isn’t it unbelievable that these people believe all I say, just because I am who I am?” For the next couple of years we had a regular exchange of letters, where the Standard of the Monegasque retrievers was discussed and revised- and if you are able to keep a secret I can show you photos and even the suggested standard of the secret breed. One evening she picked me up at my hotel in her little Honda (I think) to take me to the show dinner at the Casino. It was Monte Carlo Formula One time and the place was turned upside –down. Approaching the Casino, we are met by a road blockade and a One Way sign (in the wrong direction). Fortunately there was a Gendarm standing nearby, she waved him over, told him we were heading for the Casino- and what the h… was this? Pas de probleme, Madame, was the response-a quick use of his walkie-talkie and we were driving down the street in the wrong direction!! Not even Jane Forsyth would be able to achieve that in her own town Pinehurst!
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BEAT THE HEAT Continued FROM page 26
“Is it really too commonsensical to ask: If nature gave animals sex hormones, aren’t we seriously unbalancing their bodies by shutting off the spigot at such an early age, if at all?”
is that animals that will not be breeding prospects should eventually lose their reproductive organs. Breeders demand it in their contracts, sometimes withhold papers until proof of the surgery is presented, and often look down on any owner of a “pet” whose breeder didn’t require it. (I am thinking of the shock and outrage on a breed email list when someone mentioned they had an unneutered ridgeless Ridgeback: You’d think they had burned the flag.) But in the face of growing scientific evidence about the downside of spay and neuter, it is fair to ask ourselves: Why? Altering dogs has been shown to have certain protective effects, against mammary cancer and pyometra in females, and testicular cancer and recurring prostate infection in males. But – if you’ll pardon the pun – mounting research shows unwanted behavioral side effects of neutering that are well worth heeding, including aggression, fear and anxiety in both sexes. (So much for the conventional wisdom, though if you’ve been nuts enough to take an intact male to a dog park, you know that it’s always the neutered males that start the fracas.) It’s always been widely known that spaying bitches can lead to urinary incontinence in a small percentage of cases. But the health risk that gets the most press these days is osteosarcoma: Studies show that when the testosterone supply is cut off prematurely, the growth plates stay open longer, which not only leads to a “weedy,” gangly appearance, but the lengthened long bones also predispose the dog to bone cancer. Other cancers are a risk, too: A retrospective study showed a five times greater risk of hemangiosarcoma
in spayed bitches. Higher incidences of cranial cruciate ligament rupture, hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, even adverse vaccine reactions have been linked to neutering. And a recent study of female Rottweilers found that those that kept their ovaries for at least six years were 4.6 times more likely to reach exceptional longevity (that is, 30 percent longer than average) than females with the shortest ovary exposure. As a result of this growing awareness, some breeders have been pushing the envelope back on their recommended age for spay/neuter of pet-quality puppies. With males, some recommend neutering at 12 to 18 months, which is when the growth plates on most medium-large breeds close. With females, some advocate letting the bitch go through one heat before spaying; though this marginally increases the risk of mammary cancer – an often-cited reason for early spay – anecdotal evidence suggests that permitting the sex organs and their estrogen receptors to mature lowers the risk of incontinence. Is it really too commonsensical to ask: If nature gave animals sex hormones, aren’t we seriously unbalancing their bodies by shutting off the spigot at such an early age, if at all? Women who have had total hysterectomies can well attest to the physical toll it takes, not just in terms of healing from the surgery, but from the absence of normal hormones such as estrogen and progesterone, which affect everything from mood to memory to hair growth. Ironically, most animal-rights advocates – who object to ear cropping and tail docking on the grounds that they are “mutilations” that impact a dog’s quality of life – see nothing wrong with removing an integral part of a dog’s regulatory physiology before the whelping box fades from the rear-view mirror. Here, of course, social policy intervenes. On balance, there might very well be a net plus to the animal overpopulation problem if certain young animals are desexed before they go to their new homes. But as my hepatitis B example shows, all
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“Like many issues that prompt strong emotion, the spayand-neuter debate is not black and white.”
homes are not equal in terms of the level of responsibility that can be reasonably anticipated from them. And that is not elitism; it is a statement of fact. On Long Island, where I live, for example, there is an absolute famine of young puppies in municipal shelters. That’s because in these relatively affluent suburbs east of Manhattan, spay/neuter is a foregone conclusion – so much so that the number of veterinarians knowledgeable in and capable of doing a Caesarian section is ever-dwindling. There simply aren’t many, if any, intact animals roaming the streets of Great Neck or Plainview or East Hampton waiting for a romantic interlude. This is one of the reasons for the brisk business done by North Shore Animal League, which literally has to import puppies from Southern states in order to meet demand. This point was driven home to me in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, when rescues from Louisiana were being transported to Long Island by the dozens. Many, if not most, of the dogs were heartworm positive, and I called around to some of the nation’s top veterinary epidemiologists to ask whether we could expect a heartworm resurgence in our communities. No, they answered blithely. Heartworm, too, has a strong socioeconomic component, and since so many Long Island owners are compliant about administering heartworm medication, there was little to no chance that a vector of infected mosquitoes would develop. (And they were right – it didn’t.) In her popular seminars and speaking engagements, performance enthusiast and veterinarian Dr. Chris Zink suggests a middle ground for those breeders who want to prevent their pet-quality animals from being bred without incurring the health risks associated with spay/ neuter. With males, Zink recommends vasectomy: Snipping the vas deferens ensures that the dog is not able to reproduce, but his body will still benefit from the production of testosterone. As for the distaff side, Zink proposes a similar surgery – tubal ligation, followed by spay once the bitch reaches maturity, to avoid the risk of pyometra. (Other vets recommend removing the ovaries, though
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this negates the longevity benefits of ovary retention shown in the previously mentioned Rottie study.) These surgeries are less invasive, and therefore theoretically cheaper, and they can be performed before puppies leave for the new homes. But the biggest obstacle with vasectomy or tubal ligation in dogs is finding a veterinarian who even knows how to perform the surgery: It simply isn’t taught in vet school. Dogs who undergo these procedures get to keep their hormones, which is a Very Good Thing, as Martha used to say. But it still makes for some inconveniences for the owner: Though a male may be vasectomized (that’s an actual verb, honest), his rivals will not know the difference – those neutered dogs at the dog park will still hate his guts. Tubally ligated females will still have heat cycles, a turn-off to many owners with Roche Bobois sofas. (Though often the uninitiated are relieved to know that bitches cycle only once, maybe twice a year: Many presume bitches menstruate monthly, just like people.) And maybe that is at the root of the bum’s rush to spay and neuter: Many owners just don’t want to think of their dogs as sexual beings. The idea of them having such, well, primitive drives is just disconcerting to those who see companion dogs as mini-kids in fur suits, with the advantage of them never asking you to cut the edges off a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich, or formulating embarrassing questions when they see you coming out of the shower. Bitch’s britches and lipstick erections just don’t fit into that sanitized world view. Like many issues that prompt strong emotion, the spay-and-neuter debate is not black and white. There is a strong social argument for desexing young puppies and kittens placed by municipal shelters, as homes are arguably not screened as thoroughly as a reputable breeder would, and there is a likelihood of the dogs not being properly managed or contained. But for those puppies that are purposefully and ethically bred, and placed in well-vetted and qualified homes, expediency should not be the goal. Rather, a rational, intelligent exploration of the available science, and the puppy’s individual circumstances, should be.
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Tom Glassford Continued FROM page 42
1940 - 2012
a big sirloin at the best steak place in town, finally relaxing after another big victory. We cherish Tom’s legacy and wish all the best for Andrea. Peter Green A great Dog Man and one of the most talented Dog Handlers ever. A great sense of humor. A true friend. To know him was to love him. A piece of one’s life no longer there. I’m sure everyone will miss his smiling face and good humor at the shows. Dr. Patricia Haines The dog sport has a large void left by the passing of Tom Glassford. Many in the sport only saw a handler who did a lot of winning or a field representative who was firm in his understanding of dogs and the sport. Those of us in Tom’s dog family knew a tough competitor who always expected the best from his dogs and those who were responsible for them. No one loved animals more, no one communicated with them better and no one was able to bring out the best in them than Tom. The saying goes someone has ‘a hand with dogs”, that was an understatement for Tom and it even expanded beyond his dogs to his horses. Tom’s friends always knew he would enjoy any situation and always made life fun. He would aggravate you and make you smile at the same time. While it seemed he was impossible to please sometimes, he always had the purpose to make you succeed and those of us in his dog family cherish the times he told us we had done a good job. He was that friend you could call if you needed him. The dog sport will never be the same but Tom Glassford was the best in the sport’s best of times. My first introduction to Tom Glassford was watching him show the Irish Setter Major O’Shannon while I was a young girl showing my mother’s Irish. I was in awe of the man and the dog…they never seemed to lose, though I vividly remember Major winning a group 2 and Tom happily allowing him to urinate all over the group 1 sign! As a junior I was fortunate enough to
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help Tom as an assistant. Not only learning how to show dogs but how to condition and groom some of the top dogs of those times. (I also experienced the relationships of many of Tom’s multiple transient wives and girlfriends and survived the often discussed travel to shows). After college, Tom had married Andrea (appropriately on Halloween). Thad and I, Tom and Andrea shared many years of shows, dogs and friendships making memories that last a lifetime! We were a part of a dog show family, the TAG team. Our circle included many of the iconic names in the sport (people and dogs) and many of the successful people in dogs today. Tom retired from handling to the position of AKC field representative. He aged into that role as a firm but fair representative of the AKC; he was a friend of the clubs and to the superintendents he worked with. He always put the importance of the dogs above anything.
As Tom began his long 10 year battle with melanoma he continued with a positive attitude, fighting through a lot of pain but not complaining. He always wanted to be at his shows and continue with his job. As the disease progressed, he continued to amaze those close surviving brain surgery, set backs and cancer progression with a positive outlook. Some of Tom’s closest friends are so glad for dinner we enjoyed together at the Columbus, Ohio shows in November. His parting words gave sadness then but joy now. Fortunately, Tom enjoyed life to the end, still working with his horses at home with Andrea and Bus, the rescue Greyhound. We all miss you Tom, but embrace the stories we all reminisce over, even Pocahontas! Continued on page 114
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friendship with Tom, Patti and Thad, Doug and Wayne Zimmerman Margo,The Ritzo family, Sandy, Joyce, Eddie, Matt We in the dog world have lost a great friend. I received a call and Gene, just to name a few! from Andrea Glassford, on Tuesday 12-6-12, informing me of I know we will all miss you, our friend, Tom. Tom’s passing. I have lost truly my best friend! I sat for sevRest in Peace, God Bless. eral hours, reflecting on the many great times we had traveling together to dog shows. Tom was, without a doubt, the Pat and Chris Dresser best professional handler this sport has ever had; he could If ever there was a person who enjoyed life and get the best out of any dog. I met Tom at a Ludwig’s Corner excelled at his chosen profession, it was Tommy show, after winning the breed with my Alaskan Malamute. I Glassford. He was a true sportsman and a gifted approached him, and asked if he could handle my dog in the dog handler. Tom came from an era where showgroup. That particular dog became #1 in the breed that year, ing dogs meant more than picking up a lead and and he was the start of Tom showing many great working walking in the ring. dogs. His exhibits were put I recall many of the down to perfection great dogs Tom hanTom showing Corky the Garvins Fine and he was able to dled, of course many Dalmatian - Judge Winnie Heckman get amazing perforof the great springers mances out his most of Andrea’s, Irish setter reluctant stars. He Kelly Shannon O’Deke, amassed remarkable Bloodhound, Bacchus, wins on our ManchesPapillon, Julie, Malaters and Affenpinmute, Nanuke’s Winter schers before most Magic, the Keeshond, of the country knew Duke, the Afghan, Nowhat those breeds mad, just to name a few were. He acted as a of the top winning dogs mentor and shared he handled! his knowledge with I started traveling to many up and coming shows with Tom when handlers. When his he lived in my area. He handling days were lived in Chester Springs, done, he went to work PA. We would go every for the AKC and conweekend to the Ohio tinued to share his exshows...Tom would wait pertise with the fancy. for me every Friday, to He loved Andrea, his sneak out of work early, horses,his country life, and we would speed off good food and good beer but most of all, the to the shows! We did speed, and it resulted in many speeddogs. His passing leaves a void that cannot be ing tickets! I recall one time traveling to Kentucky, we got 3 filled. speeding tickets......the 4th time we got stopped on the same trip, for leaving a door open on the box truck. It was at that time, I asked Tom, how he never lost his driving license, at John McCartney which he replied, I have 3 different licenses , from 3 differI have known Tom for about 35 years, we had ent states! I have never ridden with Joey Chitwood, but you become very close friends working together at would have riding with Tom. Sandy, Eddie, Andrea...they can many shows. We owned several race horses toall tell many stories of our travels to and from the shows! gether and spent many an hour talking about I remember introducing Tom to a malamute friend, whom them. Horses were Tom’s other passion along with he later married, and I was his best man. That marriage didn’t the dogs and Andrea. He was one of the great last too long, and later he met a fiery little red head. Neil handlers of all time; if there were a hall of fame Koonts once told me Tom met and married one, that would for handlers Tom would surely be in it. No one got settle him down, and did she ever! more out of a dog than Tom. I will miss the calls I have met many wonderful dog people thru my from him that always started, “How’s John?”
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RUDY A Very Special Thanks to Judge Mrs. Lydia Coleman Hutchinson
GCh. Wingoldâ€™s Eagle Scout JH RN WC VC Owners: Jim and Jayne Cassella
Professionally Handled & Loved by Cortney Corral
Breeder/Owners: Julie and Ron Bell
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sturdy smaller dogs with good bone so they can run and jump without too much concern for injury. While they are built small and compact, they are very powerful and strong. They are also incredibly smart and they will train you if you are not careful. They love being ‘on stage’ and anything they can do to be told how wonderful they are excites them. They care about all the attention they get when they do something cute or when they do well and everyone cheers for them. The ribbons and the letters before and after their names are just for me. What they want are the hugs, kisses and the cookies.” “When we first started agility, our instructor told us that we wouldn’t see many Boston Terriers in agility and she couldn’t understand why because they are so full of energy and athletic,” said Dan Haddy, who with his wife Julie owns Ch MACH8 Wagtime Independenz@JoClem RE XF MXG2 MJC2 T2B2 CA ADCh JCh SCh RM GM TM-Bronze (“Indy.”) “We have encountered some bias when we were assigned to a team or pairs even to the point of ‘Oh no, I’m teamed with a Boston!’ We just let our performance on the field prove what a Boston can do. I would like to think that over the years, Indy and I have shown people that not only can Boston Terriers run agility but they can excel in it at the highest levels.
Teapot (UCD Ag’s No Handle No Snout CD RA NF NFP NJP NAP AX AXJ DSA), Jill Moore’s Boston, got tired of agility so they took a year off and did obedience. When they returned to agility, Teapot was once again happy to do the work and finished her excellent title in one weekend.
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I think what makes this breed successful in performance activities is that they love to be with people. Most of the time, it doesn’t matter what you are doing. Hiking in the woods, running agility or just curling up and taking a nap, they want to be there with you. They are lively, intelligent and athletic which are all good attributes for performance activities. But, sometimes they can be a little bit soft. They are very aware of your emotions and they’ll do a good job or not depending upon those emotions. Indy, for example, always seems to know when something is amiss with me. Another issue is weather, especially in agility. Boston Terriers can get hot very quickly or in cold weather, since they have little hair or fat, they can also get cold very quickly.” Kathryn Currier said that Boston Terriers have gotten something of a bad rap when rated for intelligence. “I find them very motivated with a high drive to please and I love their adaptability. I’ve worked with several different breeds and these little guys are not ‘just pets.’ They are extraordinarily capable. They are powerful dogs in small packages. They get a bad rap in the breed statistics showing breed ranking by intelligence and that’s not only unfortunate, it’s not true. They are easy to train because they learn quickly and don’t need the constant repetition and enforcement usually deemed necessary in training. What this means is that drill becomes boring for them and they either turn off or find unique avoidance tactics,” said Currier, whose current Bostons are Ch Why-Not Top Hand CDX NA NAJ RE (“Handy”) who also has two qualifying scores in utility and “Ernie” (Ch Why-Not’s Importance of Being Earnest CD RN NA NAJ).
Ernie (Ch Why-Not’s Importance of Being Earnest CD RN NA NAJ), one of Kathryn Currier’s Boston Terriers, shows that he is indeed a powerful dog in a small package.
There are some areas where Boston Terriers do have some difficulty according to Susan Herber, who owns, among others, Ch PACH BO-K Corral’s Wyatt Earp UD RAE2 MXS MJS MXPB MJPB PAX2 CGC CAN CD O-NAC NGC TN-O NJC WV-O TG-N TIAD TG2, Ch MACH3 LN’s Bonny Black Ice Stephy BN UD RAE MXG MJC CGCTN-N NJC TBAD TG1 and Ch Rio’s One Fist Full Of Dollars BN CD RN CGC. She said, “In agility, getting tight turns is difficult due to the Boston Terrier’s structure. They just don’t bend like a Border Collie can and they go wide. Heavy shoulder structure and a shorter spine can affect flexibility. In obedience, heeling close to the handler’s left leg can be challenging for BTs. Because of their short stature, it is more difficult for them to look up into your face and they can end up heeling a bit further away from your left side than what the judges prefer and they score it as ‘wide heeling.’ I’ve found that sometimes obedience judges have a harder time judging smaller breeds than the herding or working breeds commonly seen in obedience. A larger breed actually has more ‘fudge’ room for slight deviations in the heel position than what a Boston Terrier has as a compact-sized dog. One thing that bothers me is the lack of respect for the commitment, time, money and energy that’s required to obtain more than one type of title. Often times people don’t Continued on page 122
Ch MACH8 Wagtime Independenz@JoClem RE XF MXG2 MJC2 T2B2 CA ADCh Jch Sch RM GM TM-Bronze (“Indy”), Dan and Julie Haddy’s Boston, has shown that not only can Boston Terriers run agility but they can excel in it at the highest levels. Handy (Ch Why-Not Top Hand CDX NA NAJ RE), another of Currier’s Bostons, also has two qualifying scores in utility.
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care to learn about anything other than what they want bell away for six months. After the break, I took the dumbfor themselves and then they feel threatened by what they bell out and his retrieve was back with no problem. Giving don’t know which causes them to react in an inappropriate the dog a break for a time, making the activity easier and manner. This does not encourage new members nor does upping the reward for doing what I ask seems to help when it encourage participation in the many dog sports availyou and the dog reach a training impasse.” able. Mindset is a really big issue, I’ve found.” One of the problems faced by Boston Terrier fanciers One thing that it is important to always keep in mind looking to do many different things with their dogs is findwith a Boston Terrier is the “boredom factor.” This is a ing a dog that can compete in a number of areas according breed that apparently craves variety in its daily life. “Lord, to Moore. “When I was choosing a breeder, I only looked at yes,” said Moore. “Teapot got tired of agility so we took a those who had titled Bostons in performance. I realize that year off and started obedience. Then when we came back Bostons are considered a ‘head breed’ yet I know, from to agility, she completed her excellent title in one weekowning Teapot, that there is so very much more that the end. One of the real advantages to owning such a versatile breed can do. I wish more breeders would look at the big breed is that you can jump and skip around to different picture. You may have a dog that is drop dead gorgeous activities so that none of them get too boring for either the but if it can’t hold up in the performance ring, I, like many dog or for you.” others who want to do more than “There is no one activity one thing with their dogs, am gothat all dogs love,” said Johning to pass on that breeding.” son. “It’s just like kids where “There is still a gap between one may not like soccer but the ‘breed’ people and the ‘perforloves baseball. I start my dogs mance’ people even though the in rally just to see what their Boston Terrier Club of America is confidence, attention and demaking attempts to bridge that sire is like in a show environgap and to better educate and ment. I also generally show expose the groups to each other. them in conformation a few There are a limited number of times and I’ve discovered that breeders who show their dogs in not all dogs enjoy conformaconformation and also compete tion while others own the ring. in performance activities. Many Ch MACH3 LN’s Bonny Black Ice Stephy UD BN RAE I don’t ‘force’ my dogs to do conformation people have told MXG MJC CGCTN-N NJC TBAD TG, one of Susan Hersomething they don’t enjoy. me that if you teach a dog to sit ber’s Boston Terriers, does the article search in utility. It’s really about knowing your and heel, they won’t know how to dogs, what makes them happy show and stack in conformation. and knowing whether they are This is not true. I teach sitting as just doing something for me an automatic behavior because in or if they really like doing it for the obedience ring, you can’t give themselves, also.” commands. I teach stack or stand It is also critical not to mison a verbal command for the judge a dog’s desire for an acbreed ring. One problem I’m seetivity based on that individual ing is that the breed is facing an dog’s physical attributes, ac‘extremes’ challenge with shorter cording to Haddy. “Marley, backs, shorter muzzles and poor one of Indy’s sons, is the fastshoulder layback because of the est dog in the house by far. short back and neck. This is not We thought he’d make a great the ‘moderate dog’ called for in Jones (Ch Kayas A Dance With Tom Jones BN RA NA agility dog. But, we soon disthe standard. These dogs move NAJ NF NAP OJP NFP CGC TDI), Elizabeth Johnson’s covered he couldn’t handle the less easily or sidewind because Boston, needs one more major win for his grand mental stress of travel and the they are so extreme. Dogs like championship. ring. He thought everybody was this not only are not what the stanout to get him. We tried many dard calls for but they are handithings to help him get over his capped in performance activities,” fears but, alas, we were unsucsaid Johnson. cessful. Sometimes things just don’t work out and you can “Dogs that can do many things are an asset to the breed tell when a dog doesn’t like an activity. When this happens, that can help maintain a strong, healthy line or breeding we try to not force it on them.” program and not just be another pretty face. However, we “You have to be prepared for times when things don’t have to do a better job of educating the public because a go smoothly,” said Ames. “My Boston Sam, who was the lot of people wouldn’t know a Boston from any other shortfirst in the breed to earn an AKC agility title, developed a nosed breed. I’ve actually had someone ask me if Indy was problem with retrieving dumbbells when I was taking him to a pit bull. We need more education to teach people how to a class where they drilled the dog holding the dumbbell for be good dog owners and not to be bullied by the animal a long time. During one of those drills, I threw the dumbbell hate groups, the animal rights terrorists and people pushand Sammy angrily attacked it. I knew we had created a ing breed specific legislation that have an alternative objecproblem. So, I quit the class and purposely put the dumbtive,” said Haddy. 122 Dog News
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NAIA CONFERENCE Continued FROM page 57 YouTube Proofing Your Life Popular agricultural journalist Andy Vance who writes for Feedstuffs, the weekly newspaper of agribusiness, spoke of our American culture and how it’s changing. Using himself as an example, Vance, who is a former Shorthorn Cattle breeder and a recent fancier of Norwegian Elkhounds said, “I grew up on a working farm raising cattle. Now I am married living in the suburbs, raising grass, puppies and a baby.” According to Vance, the average American is very interested in food but knows little about where it comes from. “People today like food but are “squishy about how a cow goes from the farm to the plate.” The general consumer may love steak but will not be comfortable with cows standing in a muddy yard. They may not realize that mud is just a part of the average cow’s life. Suggesting that we take a serious look at our own animal facilities, Vance warned that we’re living in the age of small, easy to hide, digital recorders, so it is wise to “YouTube Proof” your animal facilities. “Remember, we are animal people and live with mud and dog hair. But someone on the outside? They may not understand. “If you wouldn’t want a 24 hour webcam in your kennel, barn or pasture, then you’re not doing something right,” said Vance. “Take a step back and evaluate your animal facilities. This is the price we pay for living the good life with animals in the 21st century.” Temple Grandin and Real Stuff Keynote speaker at this year’s event was Dr. Temple Grandin, PhD, whose groundbreaking book, Animals in Translation, drew on her own experience with autism as well as her unique experiences as an animal scientist. With six books and a biographical feature film behind her, Grandin was a big star in the eyes of the NAIA audience, many of whom she embraced as peers. Direct and down to earth, Grandin touched on DNA coding, and what it means to our breeding programs, animal rights activism and marketing an animal-related business in the era of social networking, and the changes in our American culture, “Young people don’t know how to cook, sew, ride a horse or cut wood. We need to get back to real stuff. You can help by exposing kids to something you do. What are chores to you, a city kid might find fascinating. Invite city kids to your farm or bring an animal to their school. They won’t know if they like animals or not if the animal people don’t show them the ropes.” Grandin skyrocketed to fame through the not so glamorous business of redesigning slaughter houses, making them more humane. Her video series on YouTube shows without question how animals can be slaughtered without fear or pain. Even though she’s the guru of animal-think, she has detractors. Don’t we all? In the spirit of advice, Grandin explains “I have a rule about who gets to comment on my videos. If they are simply against what I do, that’s okay, I let their voices stand. There’s no point in arguing with your detractors. It’s a free country. They’re allowed to have an opinion. But if they can’t type without using foul language, I call those, my “Nasty Boys” and I delete them very quickly.”
Touching on animal rights extremism, Grandin says, “We have over 350 million people in the United States. They’ve got to eat. As a nation, we’ve got to produce the food to feed our people but we can do it in a way that is humane and that while they are alive on this earth, the animals have a life worth living. Sure, some of the population is not going to like that we use animals but arguing with them just ends up reflecting badly on you. Rise above them. Do a good job and sell yourself. The best advice I can give you is to be positive and share your life.” An Expert’s Expert This year’s conference was so jam-packed with good information guest speakers were loath to leave after their scheduled presentations. Many stuck around for the entire conference, cross-pollinating with other speakers as well as an incredibly diverse audience of leading experts in myriad of animal related fields. Says Strand, “Our audience is always made up of a veritable who’s who of leadership in many of the animal hobbies and professions.” Each presentation concluded with a lively question and answer period in which lecturers and audience shared and benefited from each others’ unique wisdom. When Dr. Terry T. Warren, Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel of the AKC Canine Health Foundation told the story of how with the help of the American Kennel Club, the CHF was able to raise 2.8 million dollars for the eradication of disease in purebred dogs with the mapping of the Canine Genome, a very direct Dr. Grandin grabbed the arm of the nearest dog person, angrily exclaiming the AKC’s inability to effectively promote its own program. “I had no idea this level of purebred dog research was being funded through the American Kennel Club. I have actually trashed the AKC for promoting unhealthy purebred dogs because I didn’t know.” Borrowing the dog person’s iPhone, Temple swiftly went to YouTube comparing hits between the CHF and her video on pig stunning. “I have 2.5 million hits while the CHF has only 800. That’s pitiful. The AKC needs to do a better job of blowing its horn. They’re not using social media correctly if someone like me doesn’t know about this stuff.” Harsh words? Yes. Of course. But Grandin spoke them out of genuine concern. The AKC is the very best canine registry in the world and yet, only a small fraction of dog lovers really knows the depth of good the AKC is doing. That’s got to change. Does this Steak Make Me Look Fat? While the Grandin lectured on Day 2 of the conference, Day 1’s featured speaker was the scientist and bestselling author Dr. Gary Taubes, whose breakthrough book, “Why We Get Fat” discusses the science of obesity in terms that a lay-person can understand. According to Taubes, “The popular hypothesis known as the ‘Energy Balance Disorder’ (defined as: obesity is caused by eating more calories than you expend in exercise) “is based on bad science.” Equipped with a graphic-intensive, PowerPoint presentation, Taubes walked us through his research, beginning with a scientist who “got it right” Continued on page 130
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Stem Cell Therapy BY SHARON PFLAUMER
The Future of Veterinary Medicine Is Coming to Your Local Animal Hospital Now
ari Kobus, DVM, is on staff at the Hillcrest Animal Hospital in Rockford, IL. When not working at the clinic, she trained Gunther, one of her German Shepherd Dogs, for Search and Rescue (SAR). She’s also the current President of her regional SAR Dog Unit, Search and Rescue Dogs of Illinois. Fifteen months ago when Gunther was 5-1/2-years-old, he developed Fibrotic Myopathy in his left thigh muscle due to an injury caused by falling on ice. Because the effects of the injury hindered his mobility, Gunther no longer could work as a SAR Dog, i.e., he was
Once the fat tissue is removed surgically, the stem cells are separated from it. Because the stem cells are in a dormant state when extracted, they must be “turned on” in order for them to initiate tissue repair. Activation is done by exposing the stem cells to a special LED light. After the stem cells are activated, they are ready to be administered. The special equipment needed to perform this procedure is pictured above from left to right: MediVet Shaking Hot Bath, MediVet Cell Cycle 360 Centrifuge, and MediVet Stem Cell LED Light. Photo provided by MediVet America.
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unable to extend his left rear leg so he couldn’t jump into the back of his owner’s pickup truck, he couldn’t climb stairs, etc. Because traditional veterinary medicine offered no treatment to alleviate Gunther’s condition, Dr. Kobus decided to treat him with stem cell therapy. Stem cells are the basic building blocks of life: the cells upon which tissue grows and bodies are built. The procedure “In order to treat Gunther, his stems cells first needed to be harvested,” Dr. Kobus says. “To do that, we made a four inch
A four-inch incision where adipose tissue was removed from a dog’s inguinal area is pictured above. A six-inch scalpel was placed next to it in order to provide size perspective. Photo provided by MediVet America.
incision and surgically removed a section of fat tissue from his stomach after we sedated him with general anesthesia. Once removed, the fat tissue was processed. That means the stem cells were separated from it. When the stem cells were extracted, they were in a dormant state. In order for them to initiate repair of the damaged muscle tissue, they first had to be ‘turned on’ or activated. That was done by exposing them to a special LED light for 20 minutes. After the stem cells were activated, they were ready to be administered with an injection into the area of interest.”
This Search and Rescue Dog’s mobility was hindered by fibrotic myopathy which developed in his left thigh muscle due to an injury. After he was treated with stem cell therapy, he once again was able to climb stairs and jump into the back of his owner’s pickup truck. Gunther is a German Shepherd Dog owned by Kari Kobus, DVM. The photo was taken by Dr. Kobus.
According to MediVet America, most animals that have severe pain with a restricted range of motion are able to walk, run and jump again two or three weeks after being treated with stem cell therapy. Photo provided by MediVet America.
In Gunther’s case, the stem cells were injected into the hard band of fibrotic thigh tissue, which Dr. Kobus surgically cut in half. She acknowledges that surgically incising the fibrotic muscle tissue, in conjunction with stem cell therapy, was experimental. Normally, fibrotic muscle tissue rescars and grows back together, after being surgically incised, without correcting fibrotic myopathy. Gunther also was given stem cells intravenously during the procedure. When stem cells are administered with an IV, they travel throughout the body. While not proven, some researchers believe that the stem cells may then repair damaged tissue wherever they come in contact with it. Stem cells may be able to make these repairs by taking signals from the local cells in any areas of the body where there is damage. Gunther was able to go home the same day of the procedure. His activity was restricted for two weeks because of the incision for fat harvesting and the incision in his thigh muscle. “An incision in the area of interest isn’t always necessary when stem cells are injected,” Dr. Kobus says. “It depends on what’s being treated. For example, we treat a lot of
arthritic hips and elbows with stem cell therapy. In those instances, no incision is needed; only shaving the injection site is necessary.”
Just ten weeks after being treated with stem cell therapy for a partially torn ACL, Dancer (GCh UCh Sandusky Tanzen Mit Thistledown) earned his American Kennel Club Grand Champion title. He is owned and bred by Carri Lindblom. Photo by Barb Waltenberry.
Stem Cell Therapy Facts * When dogs are treated with stem cell therapy, their own stem cells are used. Thus there are no problems with cell rejection or disease transmission. Likewise, there are no ethical or moral issues involved because the stem cells are extracted from the dog’s own fat tissue. * The surgery to remove the fat tissue, harvest the stem cells and activate them, and then administer them by injection and intravenously can be performed in house by any properly trained veterinarian who has the proper equipment at his clinic. Stem cell therapy is done on an outpatient basis that takes no more than one day to complete. It is a drug free procedure that has no known side effects. However, anytime a procedure involves general anesthesia there is risk associated with it.
The therapy’s effect The full effect of Gunther’s stem cell therapy wasn’t known for a month. But Dr. Kobus began to see improvement in his mobility only two weeks after he was treated. “Stem cell therapy enabled Gunther to fully extend his left leg. That means he once again can jump into the back of my truck and climb stairs. He still has a little hitch in his giddy up however. Had stem cell therapy been done sooner than three months after his injury, he might have come back 100 percent.” Although Gunther is free of pain now and once again physically capable of working as a SAR Dog despite a slight limp, ironically, Dr. Kobus was forced to retire him due to public perception. “We are volunteers who deploy for emergency management organizations that are closely monitored by the public and the media. Gunther can’t be a SAR Dog anymore because public perception of his lameness precludes his working. He’s not happy being retired, however, so I may retrain him for certification in a related field such as Human Remains Detection,” she said. If Dr. Kobus had been a client at Hillcrest Animal Hospital, she says the cost for the stem cell therapy that Gunther received would have been $1500. At other Continued on page 170
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NAIA CONFERENCE Continued FROM page 126 way back in the 1920’s. Bringing us forward to modern times, Taubes suggests that “Diabetes and Obesity are just opposite sides of the same coin. Eliminate Obesity and you will almost always eliminate Diabetes.” Unfortunately, the US recommended diet, in Taube’s opinion, is also based on bad science. “The consumption of red meat and fat doesn’t raise your insulin levels. Sugar does. Quit eating sugar and complex carbohydrates - both of which are converted and stored in your body as fat and watch the pounds melt away.” With Cattle Ranchers and steak lovers in the house, Taubes’ lecture concluded with a hearty applause while many hands flew up, keeping the author at the podium fielding questions while his book signing line grew long at the back of the room. Wild Horses, an Independent Study Every horse lover has an opinion about the wild horse roundups on U.S. public lands but very few of us truly understand the issue in its entirety and the truths are almost always obscured by deep emotion. Putting things into proper perspective for the NAIA audience was Dr. Betsy Greene, a Professor of Animal Science and Extension Equine specialist in the Animal Science Department at the University of Vermont. In 2010, Green was one of four equine experts, chosen to participate in the American Horse Protection Association Independent Observer Pilot Program. Her role was to document the humane care and handling of the animals while they were being removed from the range by Bureau of Land Management contractors and personnel. Standing at the podium, Dr. Greene presented her own video of her time spent in Nevada’s wild horse country. In her video presentation, we witnessed the truth - in times of drought, an over-abundance of wild horses die of dehydration and lack of food. Through Dr. Green’s video, we watched how the surplus numbers of horses are humanely rounded with the aid of helicopters which are used to guide the horses through long chutes of rope fencing. The helicopters fly low but the horses in the video are jogging, and cantering, not extend-trotting and galloping. Their ears are forward, no one is “snaking,” kicking or biting and they aren’t bunched together. If you’re a horse person, you will recognize these signs as those of a relaxed horse, not stressed. When they are almost to the enclosure, a trained gelding is released to head the herd into the first enclosure. In Green’s video, we horse lovers saw young, wild foals so thirsty they pushed past their natural fear of man for the chance to drink, deeply from hand held buckets of fresh water. We saw horses so thin, one could count every bone in their body and learned how horse owners and breeders compete with the federal government over available hay to feed the wild horses to prevent starvation. Clearly, Dr. Green’s independent findings are in direct contrast to what the animal rights activists portray but the bottom line is, when there is not enough water and grass to feed a herd of wild horses, they dehydrate and starve to death. There are fates worse than death in this world and Greene’s video of deceased horses and foals laying in a wasteland of dry, cracked 130 Dog News
earth, reminds us that nature is a cruel mistress. The life of a wild horse in an overpopulated region can be very harsh, indeed. Protecting Our Private Property Rights With Dr. Greene’s eyewitness presentation on wild horses, we should feel more comfortable with their management through the US’s Bureau of Land Management and yet, every cattle rancher knows how government regulation can over-step boundaries and interfere with private property. Karen Budd-Falen is a 5th generation Wyoming cattle rancher and a rare expert on the U.S. constitution. Her riveting lecture had the audience at the edge of their chairs because our private property rights extend to those who own animals. Quoting Budd-Fallen, “Sadly, the US Constitution isn’t taught in school so most local, state and federal government officials have no understanding of private property laws.” To emphasize how to view the US constitution, Budd-Falen said, “The US Constitution does not give you rights. God gives you rights. The Constitution is the document that stops government from taking away your rights.” So? What does that mean to you and me? Think about those stories we’ve heard about the dog breeder whose neighbor calls and complains and the next thing he knows, an animal control officer is standing on his property to confiscate the dogs. Says Budd-Falen, “If that happens - if a State or Federal Government officials walk onto your property, ask them, ‘by what statute and regulation are you trying to govern me’? If they can’t produce a document proving that you are operating in violation of the United States Constitution, you are to say, ‘you are trespassing on private property and need to leave’.” In Budd-Falen’s ceaseless research, she discovered that “Webster created the dictionary so lawyers could not change the meaning of a word so that the constitution could not be changed.” She said, “If you look at Federalist papers and the purpose of the Bill of Rights, the bottom line is the rights of private property -ownership of land, acres, guns, dogs...we have got to understand our constitution or we’re going to lose not just our animals, but our entire country.” Animal Loving Attorneys Please Stand Up Dovetailing Budd-Fallen’s lecture on private property rights was the forward thinking lecture presented by attorney Phil Goldberg of Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP’s Public Policy Group in Washington D.C. “We are in the era of Animal Law,” said Goldberg. If you thought that only animal rights activists focus on animal issues, you are living in the past. According to Goldberg, in 1977 the first Animal Law program was instituted. Now, there are 150 Animal Law programs and many Animal Law Sections and Committees. Because they exist, Goldberg urges all lawyers with a hobby or professional interest in animals to join these Sections and Committees. It doesn’t matter if your area of expertise is in a different field. You, as an animal person and an attorney should stand up for
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NAIA CONFERENCE Continued FROM page 130 animals. “If you exclude yourself because you’re thinking that these Committees are only for the animal rights activist, then you’re going to be left out of the decision making process,” warns Goldberg, who also suggests that you take your area of animal expertise and become a guest lecturer at a law school. “If you’re articulate and have something to say, the law students will enjoy your lecture.” It’s time for science-based, logical animal thinkers to lead the way for animal lovers of today and tomorrow. Kennel Inspections - the AKC Way On hand to spread the good news about the American Kennel Club Inspections Program was Margaret Poindexter, J.D. The lecture was eye opening for most of us - even for those of us who’ve been involved in dogs for a very long time. Gone are the days when a commercial breeder had to fear an onsite inspection of their kennels. Not because inspections no longer exist, “since the year 2000, we’ve done over 55,000 inspections,” said Poindexter. The difference between the “old days” and the new is the approach and attitude. Said Poindexter, the updated program is “meant as a basis for helping individuals ensure that facilities are maintained and care practices are performed in a safe, humane and responsible manner.” When an inspector walks into a facility, he or she will consider the number of dogs housed in the building structure, ventilation, lighting, waste removal, sanitation, food and water receptacles, bedding, condition of dogs including their muscle tone, access to exercise, parasites, medical problems and whether or not the kennel is in compliance with local, state and federal regulations. Surprising to many in the audience, the AKC Inspectors also consider whether or not the dogs and puppies are receiving the socialization appropriate to their age. They will also question the breeder to learn if they are prepared for an emergency or disaster and will consider if their staff on hand is adequate for the number of animals housed at the location. Initially launched in 1991, the AKC’s “Care and Conditions of Dogs Policy” was revamped just this year. No longer thought of as a “punishment” oriented program,” Today, the AKC’s goal is to assist customers in identifying areas of deficiency; educate breeders about AKC expectations of care and conditions, dog identification and record keeping; and assist customers to come into compliance.” Inspecting Kennels throughout the United States is an expensive endeavor for the American Kennel Club but the AKC is a brand, representing the best registry in the entire world. Annually, the AKC spends $1.5 million on the inspection program. Disaster Relief and the Federal Government When hurricane Sandy hit the East coast, many animal lovers worried about stranded pets. Unlike Hurricane Katrina, there was no national call to “come and help the animal victims of Hurricane Sandy.” According to guest speaker, Dr. Kay Carter-Corker, Assistant Deputy Administrator for the APHIS-Animal Care, “we don’t
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advise animal rescuers (no matter how experienced they are) to travel out of their area to assist in another region’s animal rescue. These days, if they come, they’ll be turned away.” According to Carter-Corker, when a disaster hits a region, the APHIS office will contact the chief veterinarian for that area and rescue efforts will begin from inside, spiraling out. Certified rescue workers from that region will be the first to be tapped and as needed, the U.S. offices will supply the appropriate groups to help. When asked why the Humane Society of the United States is able to get into areas where other rescue groups would be turned away, she said it’s all about “compliance,” explaining that as a government employee, she is not allowed to take up sides. “For instance,” Carter-Corker says, “I can’t judge one person as a dog breeder and another as an animal rights activist. I have to work by the book. If the state veterinarian has their volunteers certified and ready to deploy, if they comply with the APHIS regulations, it’s the state’s chief vet who makes that call.” Regarding rescue volunteering, Carter-Corker said, “if you truly enjoy rescue work on that level, I would recommend finding a civic organization in the area where you live that is training and certifying disaster relief volunteers. Then, you’ll be ready to deploy when a disaster finds your neighborhood or state.” The Federal Government and 3rd World “Homeless Pets” According to Patti Strand, the practice of moving dogs from areas of high supply to humane societies and rescue groups in areas where there are not enough dogs to meet demand is growing, even reaching into third world countries to keep US supplies high. According to Strand, “NAIA’s Shelter Project shows a steady decline in the number of dogs entering most US Shelters. “ According to Strand, animal shelters in many large Northern cities are running out of little dogs so they are importing from distant places including offshore territories and third world countries where there may be little or no industry standards for vaccines or health. A few dogs have actually developed rabies after being imported. Importing dogs from outside of the United States might make warm-fuzzy headlines but when animal activists continue to blame responsible breeders in America for the mythical “animal overpopulation” while importing dogs from beyond the borders, they’re playing dirty pool. Many in the NAIA audience wanted to know if the federal government can step in and stop this misleading practice. Dr. Carter-Corker responded by reminding us that as a government employee, she must be blind to animal rights vs. animal breeders. “My concerns are 1.) is a dog at least 6 months of age? 2.) is it in good health, 3.) is the animal appropriately vaccinated? Dr. Kay Carter-Corker says that when animals come in from different parts of the world, it can put a lot of pressure on indigenous species but of course, foreign dogs are still just dogs. What they do have to be careful of Continued on page 138
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NAIA CONFERENCE Continued FROM page 134 is secondary parasites not native to this country when the dogs are brought over. “Besides Rabies, Distemper and Parvo, our office is very concerned with foreign pet parasites such a screw worms and Trichinosis which are always on the radar at the APHIS-Animal Care inspection stations.” Why the Circus Came to Town In the not so distant past, when the circus came to town, the animal performers would unload at the train station and promenade right through Main Street, U.S.A. In those glorious days of old, the air rang with laughter from excited crowds of circus fans cheering the parade of horses, ponies and llamas as they pranced and trotted in the thunderous footsteps of the mighty Asian Elephants leading the way to The Greatest Show on Earth. Fast forward to the year 2013. The Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus still arrives into towns across America by train, but their famous promenade through town is now usually done after dark, after most people are asleep. Circus personnel made this decision soon after the summer of 2012, when animal rights activists in Los Angeles struck circus fans on their heads with protest signs, shouted obscenities at the animal handlers and tried to scare the horses and elephants into a stampede, in a failed attempt to tarnish the circus in the eyes of the media. Sadly, animal rights activists fighting against the use of elephants in the circus operate without a moral compass and are wholly ignorant of the leadership role Ringling Brothers has taken towards the care, protection and preservation of Asian elephants worldwide. According to Janice Aria, Director of Animal Stewardship Training at the Ringling Brothers’ Center for Elephant Conservation, “The Asian Elephant is one of the most endangered species in the world and Ringling Brothers is deeply committed to preserving them. In fact, a piece of every circus ticket sale goes towards funding our elephant research.” Created in 1995, The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation was created to preserve and protect the species’ well-being. The 200 acre elephant, reproduction center and semen bank is a state of the art facility which shares its semen, technology and knowledge with other elephant facilities throughout the world. So far, 24 baby elephants have been born at the Florida facilities. As a part of its ongoing effort to save the Asian Elephant species, Ringling Brothers funded the first ever census in Sri Lanka to better understand the changing relationship between its native people and the Asian elephant. With a smile on her lips, Aria told how the Ringling Brothers’“passion for pachyderm” led them to help create the International Elephant Foundation, which sponsors emergency veterinary care, supplies, research scholarships and grants to elephant researchers and trainers around the world. As for Aria herself, she directs the student intern program, teaches training methods to animal handlers and is involved in the care of the largest herd of Asian elephants in the Western Hemisphere. She is responsible for designing and implementing a standardized 138 Dog News
curriculum of best practices in training, working closely with trainers and their animals to maintain high standards of animal care. Attending the NAIA event in support of Aria was fellow elephant enthusiast, Kari Johnson, owner of the California based animal talent company, “Have Trunk, Will Travel.” Johnson’s claim to fame is her Asian elephant, Tai, who starred in the 2011 Reese Witherspoon film “Water for Elephants.” Johnson’s trouble began when the film was released. Set in the 1930’s the movie depicted out-dated methods of training and restraint. “Animal rights activists saw the film and assumed the scenes were real but of course they weren’t,” said Johnson, who also said she “trains using positive methods and lots and lots of patience.“ Of this film, Janice Aria laughed, “It’s a movie. It’s not real but animal rights activists don’t necessarily want to believe that.” The NAIA Serving the People Serving the Animal World The 2012 NAIA conference was a dynamic summit for those involved in animal related fields from all walks of life. But it was more than a format for sharing gripes and grievances. This was a problem solving event where ideas, best practices, and suggestions were given (and taken) across the species-aisles. During the two day conference, audience attendees and speakers listened and shared experiences. We learned how to speak proactively to the media, we understand our society better and what it means to our breeding programs, we know how to protect our facilities against self-interested activists who may slander our good reputations, we know what to say to an over-reaching government agency when they appear at our door and more than ever, we understand how the media can manipulate a story to sell “newspapers.” If your life centers around the animal world and you are not a member of the National Animal Interest Alliance, it’s high-time you joined. Kennel clubs, equine societies, cattle organizations, et al, now is the time to come together for the greater good of all. Join the NAIA. Not only is there protection in numbers, there is a sense of peace in knowing that you are not alone and that your problems are solvable. As an advocate and lobbyist fighting for the rights of animal owners, whether they are hobbyists or people earning their living in the animal world, the National Animal Interest Alliance has worked hard to become the recognized voice of authority, where common sense, hard science and reason are King. In the words of a wise old cowboy attending this event, “Hey, we gotta stick together or we’re all gonna fall.” Please add power to our collective voice by joining the NAIA today. The National Animal Interest Alliance can be found on line at: http://www.naiaonline.org/, Visit and “Like” our NAIA Facebook Fan page fan page and join our ongoing discussion on Twitter, http://twitter.com/TheNAIA
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Rare Breeds of the world by Agnes Buchwald
DOGO SARDESCO or DOGO SARDO – SARDINIA - ITALY
ardinia, a magnificent beauty, is after Sicily the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea (24090 sq. km). Its coasts are popular points for swimming, boating, and windsurfing. The population is about 1 650 000 inhabitants (2010), with larger concentration in Cagliari, the capital city. Sardinia and the Valle d’Aosta region have the lowest density of population in Italy. The name Sardinia is from the pre-Roman word ”sard” or “sardus”, and had a religious connotation suggested from its use as the adjective for the ancient Sardinian mythological hero-god Sardus Pater as well as being the stem of the adjective “sardonic”. The island is home to the old and mysterious Nuragic* civilization (ca 1500 BC). One of this finds are the “Giants Tombs,” built from stone slabs that measure up to 20 meters high, (it was said that the burial chambers were built by giants. In reality were built by humans, which surprisingly had known the proper technology in producing these unsolved architectural wonders. The other puzzles are the also Nuraghi built hundreds of stone towers from the Bronze Age – (some are 20m tall) - Six of these structures are classified as a world heritage site. More testimonies of the Nuragics presence are the bronze-age figurines of chiefs and warriors, which can be seen at the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Cagliari. Cagliari Sardinia’s capital – Casteddu (in Sardinian**)
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literally means castle and has been inhabited since ancient times. The Phoenicians, around 1000 BC, founded the city, and testimonies of prehistoric inhabitants were found in Monte Claro and in Cape Sant’Elia. Cagliari under the name of Karalis was established around the 7th century BC by the Phoenicians, becoming an important port under their government. It was conquered first by Carthage and then by Rome (238 BC), which defeated the Carthaginians. With the fall of Rome, heavy raiding of the coastal areas by pirates forced the population to move to hinterland. The whole island of Sardinia from 14th century on for the next nearly 400 years remained basically out of Europe’s history. The rise of the House of Savoy and the constitution of SardiniaPiedmont realm was the first step toward all Italy’s unification. “Casa di Savoia was formed in the early 11th century, and thru gradual expansion, grew to Kingdom of Italy. For centuries Sardinia was again forgotten until the fascist dictator Mussolini took over the kingdom ruling Italy until his execution. In 1948 Sardinia received the status of autonomous region, which retains to the present day. With its magnificent cuisine, great wines, various interesting places to visit, Sardinia is one of Italy’s many touristic jewels. The locale’s tourism is growing famous especially
in the Costa Smeralda (“Emerald Coast”) where the beaches are incredible, and the water assumes emerald green tones with crystal clear transparency. While Sardinia is slowly becoming into a tourist destination the old tradition of sheep-herding still can be seen over its fields. Naturally the shepherds needed a dog to watch over the herd, and no dog did this better than the Dogo Sardesco. The Dogo Sardesco is an ancient breed which is thought to be in existence for over 800 years before the Romans invaded the island but its exact origin is still a mystery similar to Sardinia’s inhabitants, who are the only non-IndoEuropean people in Southern Europe. The native Sardinians have some similarity to the Basque people as the Basque’s national dog, the Villano delas Encartaciones, has some similarity to Dogo Sardesco. The Dogo Sardesco –named by the island - was developed in Sardinia’s villages. Clay statues dating back 3000 years were discovered testifying the breed’s ancient existence. Besides this molosser type guard dog, Sardinia also has a herding dog, the Mastino Fonnese. Both breeds are highly appreciated, valued, and cherished by the Sardinian people. During the middle ages these Dogos were called Jagaru. Those Jagarus were mentioned in the first European Code of Laws (written in Sardinian language) in the 14th century. Probably Dogo Sardescos has an influence also on the Neapolitan Mastiffs. Unfortunately it’s difficult to achieve a Dogo Sardesco because most of the Sardinians refuse to sell them to strangers, also a fine is imposed for stealing one of these dogs. Beside the name Dogo Sardesco the breed is also known in the Italy as the Dogo Sardo, The archeological findings of dog statuettes resembling to Dogo Sardenco speculate that the Dogo Sardesco has lived with and have been utilized by the Sardinian people for over 3000 years - long before Sardinia was invaded by the Romans. The dog was developed to be a watchdog but it also is an excellent herder, dependable, trustworthy, and tireless working dog, and fearless and tenacious hunter as well. Several ancient artists have depicted scenes on Dogos hunting deer and wild boars. However, hunting, herding and guarding are not the only outstanding abilities of this breed. The breed has proven its value as a war dog because it contributed in shaping the history of Sardinia in the Napoleonic, and the African wars. The Sardencos also excelled in the now prohibited dog fighting rings, which were popular some decades ago. Noted for its aggressive temperament, the Dogo Sardesco was included on the list of banned breeds. But with the recently
initiated selective breeding they finally gained acceptance and popularity as great companion dogs. They are affectionate, and adore attention from the family and at the same time keep the master’s property safe. The Sardesco is not recommended for families with small children if the dog is not socialized and trained since early age. This is an intelligent and stubborn breed therefore the trainer must be patient and imaginative, diversifying the exercises to make it pleasurable. Very active, the breed has high exercise requirements. The breeders do not recommend them to small living spaces or apartments for their need to run and play to spend energy. This rare breed is unknown outside Italy, and was near extinction but recently local enthusiasts have started a serious and intensive program in recovering the Dogo Sardesco. This is a brachycephalic molossoid, rustic, well boned with muscular and athletic body. The average size for both males and females measure from 56 to 68 cm at the withers and weighs from 30 to 45 kg. Not having size limits, these dogs can be seen in a variety of sizes. This breed has a muscular and lean body; it exudes great strength. The dog has well developed chest, powerful neck and strong limbs. This breed has a massive, square shaped head. The muzzle is long but it is slightly shorter than the skull. Complete set of dentition is strong and meet in a scissor or pincer bite. A Dogo Sardesco has prominent lips. The round eyes have a disturbing look. The irises come in varied shades of amber. Small ears are usually cropped or completely removed so that some specimens are seen with rose type ears. The long tail can either be docked or left in its natural state. A Dogo Sardesco’s tight skin is covered with a short, thick and smooth coat. Coat color ranges from red, gray, black or brindle.(from the standard). Our dear readers can find the complete standard at Amici del Dogo Sardo at http://dogosardo.it/Chi_Siamo.htm - in Italian. The breed is not recognized by any major kennel club. *The Nuragic civilization was a civilization of Sardinia, lasting from the Bronze Age (18th century BC) to the 2nd century AD. The name derives from its most characteristic monuments, the nuraghe. They consist of tower-fortresses, built starting from about 1800  BC. Today some 7,000 nuraghi dot the Sardinian landscape.(Wikipedia) * *Since 1997 Sardinian has been an official language on the island, together with other languages spoken there. It is a co-official language, jointly with Italian.
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Following the retaking of Chateau-Thierry by the US, the thankful women of the town made Stubby a chamois coat on which were pinned his many medals. There is also a legend that while in Paris with Corporal Conroy, Stubby saved a young girl from being hit by a car. At the end of the war, Conroy smuggled Stubby home. min Des Dames, north of Soissons, and was under constant fire, day and night for over a month. In April 1918, during a raid to take Schieprey, Stubby was wounded in the foreleg by the retreating Germans throwing hand grenades. He was sent to the rear for convalescence, and as he had done on the front was able to improve morale. When he recovered from his wounds, Stubby returned to the trenches. After being gassed and nearly dying himself, Stubby learned to warn his unit of poison gas attacks, continued to locate wounded soldiers in no man’s land, and since he could hear the whine of incoming artillery shells before humans could, became very adept at letting his unit know when to duck for cover. He was solely responsible for capturing a German spy in the Argonne. The spy made the mistake of speaking German to him when they were alone. Stubby knew he was no ally and attacked him biting and holding on to him by the seat of his pants until his comrades could secure him. 142 Dog News
fter returning home, Stubby became a celebrity and marched in, and normally led, many parades across the country. He met Presidents Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge, and Warren G. Harding. Starting in 1921, he attended Georgetown University Law Center with Conroy, and became the Georgetown Hoyas’ team mascot. He would be given the football at halftime and would nudge the ball around the field to the amusement of the fans. Stubby was made a life member of the American Legion, the Red Cross, and the YMCA. In 1921, the Humane Education Society awarded him a special gold medal for service to his country. It was presented by General John Pershing. In 1926, Stubby died in Conroy’s arms. His remains are featured in The Price of Freedom: Americans at War exhibit at the Smithsonian. Stubby was honored with a brick in the Walk of Honor at the United States World War I monument, Liberty Memorial, in Kansas City at a ceremony held on Armistice Day, November 11, 2006.
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* Number Three Black Cocker Overall Breed, Number Two All Breed, The Dog News Top Ten List ** Number Four Black Cocker Overall Breed, Number Two All Breed, The Dog News Top Ten List
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aving had two weekends of disastrous travel and having to cancel Moscow made me look forward even more going to Chihuahua. I love judging in any of the Latin countries and every one of my assignments has been memorable. The atmosphere is so much more relaxed than the shows here. This could be because the shows are so much smaller, but you might also judge until very late in the evening. They do have rating systems, but the rating systems do not control the dog shows like they do here. Chihuahua is directly 232 miles south of El Paso, Texas. For me it made for very easy traveling. A three hour flight from Newark to Houston, and just over one hour from Houston to Chihuahua. Jon Cole, who was the other judge, did have a very round about itinerary. Jon had to go Nashville up to Detroit, then all the way down to Mexico City and then all the way back up to Chihuahua. This made for long, long flying hours. Even though Chihuahua was not a very far distance to travel, I treated it as an international assignment. I booked the travel for
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my arrival late Thursday. In case something went drastically wrong I had time to make the first days judging. Here in the states it is easy to replace a judge, but in Chihuahua it would have been a great hardship if I missed the first day. Arriving in Chihuahua shortly after 8 PM, clearing immigration, customs, etc. Ismael Moreno, Javier Garcia and another young gentleman got me to the Hotel by 9 PM. The very American newly built Encore Hotel was in an area they call the American section of the city. This was a very central location being close to the dog show and a very short drive to the Old City area. Quickly hanging up my clothes, which had been stuffed in a suitcase for 24 hours, and washing up quickly, I was ready to enjoy some Mexican entertainment. The three charming hosts picked me up around 9:30. Jon had gotten in early in the after-
noon and decided to have an early evening. I know my hosts had a long day and had a tremendous amount of work still to do. I informed them a quick close by spot would be good. Not far from the hotel was a very informal Taco place. Being very thirsty some Mexican beer was my choice of beverage. I let my hosts order for me and tacos were the best I had ever eaten. I was surprised how much I ate, but my appetite paled in comparison to my hosts. I was back in my room by midnight to quickly check emails and looked forward to a good nightâ€™s sleep. Upon waking up early Friday morning, I quickly pulled on some jeans and headed outside for my only vice â€“ to smoke. Breakfast was not set up yet, but it was a treat to see coffee was available. Having escaped from the cold northeast it was a treat sitting outside in mild temp with coffee, smoking and enjoying a beautiful view of the modern city. Around 10 AM, Javier Garcia came to the hotel to take Jon and me on a tour of the city. Javier does not live in Chihuahua, but lives about a three hour drive away. Not being an expert on the history of the city he hired a professional tour guide that spoke perfect English. This young man was born in Chihuahua, but like so many residents of the city, had grown up and was educated in the States. Ismael also was born in Chihuahua, but went to high school just outside of Philadelphia. It was a very short drive to Continued on page 150
Judy L. and Rainy
Best Friends with Competive Spirit
Handler Judy L. King 870 814-9032
Encore / Obermark Dobermans
Cheerleaders Beverly Seielstad Jerry & Kathy Drake
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A Pretty Face Can Go A Long Way Multiple Group Winner & Placer A Top Ten* American Staffordshire Terrier Breed & All Breed
GCh. Chavez Let It Ride At Bonsai
Shown by Adrian Ghione & Oscar Quiros
Multiple Group Winner & Placer
Ch. Kingsmere Rambunctious Romeo Owned by Breeder Linda Lethin & Giselle Simonds
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And We Wonâ€™t Forget The Girls Group Winner & Multiple Group Placer
GCh. Bonsai Winning Colors At Bulli Kountry Shown by Breeders Giselle Simonds & Robin Kennedy And, of course, Adrian & Oscar
Pioneers Carolina CM
Portuguese Podengo Pequeno One of the first to win a Best of Breed Multiple Best In Miscellaneous Poised and Ready for the Hound Group
Thank you Team Animal Handler for such a great year
Bonsai Miniature Bull Terriers Giselle Simonds
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A the Old City, but the contrast was like going from the States to Mexico. Staying in the new part of the city reminded me of so many Texas cities. But then again, we were just a couple of hours from the border. Arriving in the Old City immediately we saw such a huge contrast in atmosphere. The Old City is composed of beautiful old Spanish buildings, gardens and giant palm trees. It was like stepping into a whole other world. The first stop was a magnificent old home that had been an official palace from over one hundred years ago. The detail and splendor was amazing to view. The next stop was once the residence of the famous Poncho Vila. This was his main residence and where his primary wife also resided. It was state of the art for its time having radiator heaters and running water. There were several tunnels below the palace so he and his forces could retreat on horseback to other areas of the city or even to a bunker in the mountains during threats of attack. None of his surrounding Generals or guards was permitted to consume alcohol. This assured that they were at all times in total control of their abilities – not sure this would fly in our country today with all the Presidents men. Not a position I would care to be in on a constant basis. The stained glass windows were done by Tiffany and are such a beautiful collection of art. The collection of silver was also so beautiful and the furniture decorated in gold leaf is so impressive. When one goes to any of these old homes and sees the beds, it reminds us of how short people used to be. I teased Jon since he would only fit in the bed from the waist up and would need an additional bed for his legs.
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fter driving to see more of the Old City sites we opted for a late lunch. We went to a wonderful Mexican restaurant that specialized in great beef. Mexico is known for magnificent beef and consumes huge quantities all day long. Around 6 o’clock we drove back to our hotel. Since Jon and myself had eaten so much and consumed a few beers a siesta was at the top of our wish list. Ismael and Javier offered to come back around 9 or 10 and take us out to dinner. We both opted to have a quiet evening. I knew both Javier and Ismael still had a great deal of work to do in preparation for the show. The hotel also offered a Happy Hour that had all kinds of food in addition to drinks. I did not go down there until after 8:30, but the bartender lined me up with three or four glasses of red wine so I could sit there comfortably for as long as I wanted. Having several glasses of red wine, I knew I would get a good night’s sleep. Like most Latin shows there was a bit of a delay in getting the show started on time Saturday. There were only 220 dogs entered in the show. The club was very pleased with the entry because the Federation of Mexico was also holding a show in Mexico City. Dog shows are quite new to the area and this was only the fourth show the club had held. Ismael and Javier are very popular with many Mexican handlers and exhibitors. Because of this several top handlers drove their whole string from Mexico City to support the club. This was an 18-hour drive from Mexico City. Several other handlers also flew in from different parts of Mexico. About half the entry came from Chihuahua and the other half from distant parts of Mexico. Having forgotten I was going to a foreign country I neglected to bring my stamp with my signature. This was a bummer and Jon had forgotten his also. This meant a lot of time signing a ton of cards for the winners of anything. Usually when I have my stamp the Stewards are kind enough to stamp all the cards. Continued on page 154
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Before the start of regular judging was the Baby Class. This is for three to six month olds. Jon did it Saturday and was able to move through twenty-five puppies fairly quickly. Then there was a supported show of German Shepherds to be judged before the regular show, which Jon did also. So it was not until around noon that the regular judging started. There were only about 200 dogs to judge, but 10 groups. Each group has a puppy group, a junior group and a regular group. Then the three different Bests with 10 dogs in each Best. Even though Jon and I are two of the faster judges it did make for a long day on Saturday. The one big difference with foreign assignments is the pictures are not taken until the show ends. This sometimes can be a couple of hours.
e did manage to get back to the hotel around 8:30 PM. Ismael had secured a very nice hotel that was right next to the venue of the show. It made it very nice for the handlers and exhibitors. They could either keep their dogs in the hotel or the building. Ismael was able to get the hotel to offer a very reasonable rate since they guaranteed a very large number of rooms for at least two nights and some for three nights. The club hosted a free dinner for all the exhibitors and handlers. They said they would be back to pick us up around 9 o’clock if we would like to join in the party. Jon opted to have a relaxing evening when they said they would have us back between 11 and 12 o’clock. I felt it would be a fun gathering even though it probably would be well after 1 in the morning when I would get back to the hotel. The hotel also provided the club with a huge meeting room with large tables and chairs. Javier spent several hours over a huge charcoal grill preparing twenty-four pounds of meat for tacos. I was fascinated watching his preparation. All kinds of spices and a lot of beer to keep the meat moist. Once the meat was finally prepared everyone moved inside to savor the super tasting tacos accompanied by some fabulous beans. The Corona continued to flow and some of the young
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people consumed large, large portions of tacos and Corona. It really was so nice that handlers and exhibitors did not have to stray away from the hotel in search of a late dinner. This way they could all party together, eat, drink and just walk to their nearby rooms. When I left the party around 1:15 AM I was amazed a lot of the younger guests were still full of energy and still consuming tacos and Corona. It made for a long day for me, but I enjoyed the evening so much. I got to spend time with some Mexican friends that I had not seen in a long time. Like in most foreign countries the show on Sunday started much more on time. Even I was surprised to be able to start the Baby group shortly after 10:30 AM. Having watched them all the previous day helped me move through them very quickly. Even though I was doing a supported entry of Chihuahuas, it became part of my regular judging. This way Jon and I could both start judging as soon as the Baby class was finished. This made for being able to finish the show several hours earlier on Sunday. Being that dog shows are quite new to Chihuahua many of the exhibitors are brand new to the sport. The quality of their dogs was a bit lacking, but they had a lot of enthusiasm. I was very forgiving and gave out excellents when at times they not deserving. Hopefully if they continue to show they will realize they have to improve from their initial dog. The seasoned exhibitors and handlers had some outstanding dogs and certain breeds were very strong in depth of quality. I was quite surprised just how good the Shepherds were. Nearly all of them could finish in the States very quickly. This has always been a strong and popular breed in Mexico. Several years ago Peter Green discovered “Capi” in Mexico. In the hands of the master, Jimmy, Continued on page 158
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he has had a great career here in the States. A breed that I am not licensed to judge and do not feel I am an expert on, even had to look up the spelling, was Dogues De Bordeaux. I have learned about them from judging them in Mexico before and quite often in South America. These foreign assignments do help greatly when a breed becomes recognized in our country. I was pleased to learn that the quality was as high as I thought it was. I did them the first day so I did not know how Jon would feel about them. Even though I am not an expert, I had two males I thought were outstanding specimens of the breed. One dog I thought had a close to perfect head, the other not quite as good in head, but a front assembly far superior than is usually seen in the breed. I do feel fronts have been the drag of the breed, but improving. I went with the better fronted dog, which I also felt had superior overall balance. I was later pleased to learn he had been Winners Dog at our National. My best bitch also was Winners Bitch at our National. The next day Jon reversed the two males because of the difference of heads. This better headed dog I was very pleased that Jon awarded the group to and I was pleased to award him Reserve BIS. Besides the quality of the older Dogues, there were some very nice Juniors and a puppy I thought was outstanding. Being able to judge such top quality, being able to discuss them with Jon and the breeders, I came away feeling I had a great learning experience. Boxers have always been strong in Mexico, but on this trip I found the overall quality lacking. There was one outstanding dog that could win big here in the states. I understand he was bred and owned by Javier Rameriz, who has had outstanding ones for many years. Bulldogs have always been strong in Mexico, too. They have often won at Westminster, the National etc. Here the overall quality was quite good. Like all FCI countries they compete with the other Working dogs, Boxers, Dobes, Schnauzers and Affenpinschers.
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s soon as you go anywhere South of the States, Sighthounds and Sporting dogs become rare. This was the first show I have ever been anywhere in the world that did not have even one Golden Retriever. Actually Labradors can be strong in Mexico. Everyone knows my passion for Bull Terriers. Mexico and all the South American lands have produced top ones. In the last few years our National has been won by dogs coming up from Mexico. Having Jon Cole and me being the two judges, both of us are R.O.M. judges, was an attraction for bull terrier people to drive long distances. In the summer of 2011, while judging a R.O.M. show in Houston a 12 to 18 month dog entered the class. He immediately excited me greatly and won the breed in a heartbeat. Several months later he won our National. I was so pleased to see him again. Both Jon and I awarded him BIS. I was perplexed why he was shown in the Open Dog class. It was not until Sunday night I learned he had never been shown in Mexico before, even though he has a big record in the States. So his first two shows in Mexico resulted in 2 bests. He is by an English dog, Emred the Huntsman, who is an unbelievable sire and his dam is royally bred also. I was so pleased to have a wonderful Junior dog that is a son of him. This dog should go on to be a sire like his sire. This club is a very small group of people and it was just about a handful of workers that put the whole show on. Ismael not only was chief Show Chair, he also acted as my main steward and translator. He was only getting a couple of hours of sleep each evening. After the party broke up around 2 oâ€™clock on Sunday morning he had to clean the room and make sure everything was spotless. Sunday evening the club hosted a wonderful dinner for the members and workers. It was held at a restaurant that had buffet stations of every type of cuisine. After living on fabulous tacos for three long days, the Italian cuisine became very appealing. Monday morning Ismael and Javier had to pick Jon and me up at 6 AM to head for the airport. Before picking us up they had to go to the hotel where two of the handlers were staying and load up their dogs also. After making this very early run to the airport it was back to the exhibitors hotel for those flying out a little later. I cannot imagine there is anybody in this country who would devote the energy needed to put this show on. If anyone ever gets invited to judge in Chihuahua I certainly hope they will be available. Hopefully I will be able to return to Mexico in the near future. Even though it is so close to the States it really is a different world in all the best ways.
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Oh those were the good old days when our contemporaries from all over the country would meet on this circuit as we showed our dogs during the day and partied throughout the night. Somehow that circuit of independent one day shows petered out, probably in large part to the suburban sprawl which intruded upon that area of Florida. Eventually the West Coast of Tampa became more attractive for the show entrepreneurs of that time but as Tampa-St. Pete-Orlando became as popular as the East Coast land and sites became as difficult to secure as it had become on the East Coast of Florida. During that period of time AKC was actively involved in promoting the idea of trying to get clubs to buy their own land as protection for future development and one of the areas to which this idea appealed were a group of shows in the Tampa vicinity. These clubs struggled financially but finally achieved in putting together what looked to be an attractive dog show area as its venue. Truth is they took a rather remote site and turned it eventually into one of the better show sites in America with the financial help of people such as the late Sam Lawrence and the hard work of the clubs involved. Indeed but for the lack of comparatively top motels to stay in, although this was improved upon with time and the dearth of restaurants in the immediate area to dine at this site developed into one of the truly more desirable venues in America. And things on the surface went swimmingly for a while. Under the tough hand of the late Mike Soave any discordant notes were kept basically private and controlled. With the untimely death of Michael and probably Sam too, although I don't think Sam was as hands-on as Michael, things began to deteriorate until it became impossible for these various clubs and their Boards and officers and Members to continue to work together. THIS WAS THE POINT OF WHAT I HAD WRITTEN when the news of the lawsuits and break-up became public knowledge about the show giving clubs of the Brooksville circuit. Some people for whatever reason (you be the judge) decided to misinterpret what I wrote and said I was criticizing the move to Ocala the venue where the Florida Circuit in Florida is to be held for at least this year. Nothing could be further from the truth-the Ocala venue may not be as large as Brooksville and perhaps in able to accommodate all the motor homes and extra-facilities offered in Brooksville but it is equally as inviting and appealing as Brooksville and has the added attraction of providing superior motels and restaurants and other services Brooksville never did have with which to begin. That should shut up those people who are trying to say I am anti-Ocala-I am not anti-Ocala! What I am
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“anti” is clubs which are unable to get along with each other and cannot luxuriate in their successes of the past. Good luck to everyone in Ocala at your fine site and may your entries be larger than ever before and hopefully the Ocala Dog Show Circuit will serve the Fancy in January for years to come.
he Question of the Week I asked in last week's DOG NEWS-issue December 7th had interesting and diverse answers. The question revolved round whether National Specialty's should be judged by so-called “authorities” in the breed as determined by the Parent Clubs. Obviously there are pros and cons on both sides of the issue but I was fascinated to see that two of the leaders of the Judges Association did not even answer the question at all. I would urge anyone interested in the future of the competitive nature of our sport to read these answers. Just as the answer to this week's Question raises very strongly the matter of people flying around from show to show on the same weekends. Unfortunately the system as it is set-up encourages this since in fact there is no system which AKC supports nor has devised in this matter. Everyone seems to act at will. Now then I fully understand the reluctance of many of us to have AKC act as a regulatory agency for everything but the fact is that our free-fall attitude has been extended to and this is being nice to it an unhealthy level which could result in disastrous results unless some form of regulations are put in place. AKC licenses and runs this sport and we as constituents are obliged to follow their Rules which must apply to the entire system and not to individual parts only! Many of you will be reading this at the AENC or at home after the last set of shows has been held. It seems totally unacceptable to this writer that AKC would hold its Delegate Meeting in conflict with existing shows! Friday the 14th is the date of the Ohio show in Cleveland and the Delegate Meetings itself! Three delegates from Ohio have opted to attend their show instead of the Delegate meeting where they would also like to be. It is unconscionable for AKC to establish this kind of conflict. There is no reason the Delegate Meeting not to have been held after the AENC and not on the same day as a licensed show . With that last thought I leave you for the year 2012 to return on January 4, 2013 wishing you all a very merry Christmas and Holiday Season and a Happy and Healthy New Year.
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Pouch Cove Portuguese Water Dogs Proudly Introduces
his first few weekends with
Five Group Firsts
Judge Dr. Wanda Spediacci Judge Mrs. Houston Clark Judge Mr. Houston Clark Judge Mr. Jon Cole Judge Mr. Charles Olvis
Two Reserve Bests
Judge Mr. Jon Cole Judge Mrs. Keke Kahn
Judge Ms. Linda More
Owned By: Milan Lint & Peggy Helming • Pouch Cove Presented By: Michael & Michelle Scott Bred & Co-Owned By: Donna Gottdenker • Claircreek
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GCh. Claircreek Impression De Matisse photo by Alexis Ditlow
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locations, it probably would have been closer to $2000. “Our clinic’s prices are somewhat lower because Rockford is a more socio-economically depressed area than other cities in Illinois,” she says.
Jasper Jasper is a 5-year-old Great Pyrenees owned by Debbie Norvell. As usual, he chased the family cat down the stairs one day in 2008. Still in hot pursuit when he reached the bottom of the steps, he cornered sharply after the cat. That’s when he tore his left kneecap in half completely. Jasper couldn’t use his painful, injured leg and that made it impossible for him to walk or go up and down stairs. That, in turn, made getting him outside to eliminate more difficult. (It’s bad enough when a 50-lb. dog has mobility issues but what if it’s a 180-lb. Great Pyr?) After being treated with stem cell therapy, Jasper had a slight but permanent limp. Nonetheless, his mobility is pretty close to normal. “He can walk again, go up and down the stairs again—and, yes, he can and does chase the cat again!” Norvell says.
The research Because stem cells can divide into specialized cells that do different jobs, like make cartilage, bone and muscle, they’re being researched around the world by scientists for the future treatment of humans who have vision disorders, spinal cord injuries, heart problems and auto-immune diseases. It’s also likely they’ll be used to treat a multitude of diseases and conditions in animals. The latter might include pancreatitis, diabetes, degenerative myelopathy, end stage renal disease, inflammatory bowel disease, hepatitis and spinal chord trauma. Currently, stem cell therapy primarily is Dancer being used in veterinary Dancer (GCh UCh medicine to treat dogs, Sandusky Tanzen Mit cats, horses and other Thistledown) is a 6-yearanimals with orthopedic old Bernese Mountain issues: osteoarthritis, hip Dog owned by Carri dysplasia, ligament and Lindblom. In 2011, he cartilage injuries and other partially tore one of degenerative diseases. his Anterior Cruciate Surveys conducted by Ligaments (ACL) and MediVet America, the was unable to use the company that developed injured leg. Lindblom, the procedure for stem cell who is a Berner breeder, therapy described above, had owned other dogs show more than 90 percent that suffered the same of dogs with arthritis had painful injury. Because improved quality of life after surgery to repair their being treated with it. The ACLs wasn’t successful, company also says most Lindblom wasn’t eager animals that have severe to have it performed After stem cell therapy, Jasper, a 180-lb Great pain with a restricted range Pyrenees, is able to enjoy an outing in the car with on Dancer. She chose of motion are able to walk, his owner, Debbie Norvell. Photo by Jerry Norvell. stem cell therapy for him run and jump again two or instead. three weeks after being “In my experience, treated. this is the first time a While scientists are optimistic about the future procedure to fix a damaged ACL actually worked,” role stem cell therapy will play in both human and she says. “Dancer’s mobility was completely veterinary medicine, to date, there’s no scientific restored after stem cell therapy. Just ten weeks proof that the therapy has long–term effects. after he was treated, he finished his American “However, if we regenerate the damaged Kennel Club Grand Champion title. In order for him cartilage in a dog’s hip for example, the duration to do that, his movement had to be flawless.” may be for the rest of a dog’s life because a dog One year after receiving stem cell therapy, won’t live for another 20 years,” Dr. Kobus says. Dancer’s mobility hasn’t deteriorated any either. “My dog was treated a year ago and he still shows “In September 2012, he competed in the Draft the same degree of improved mobility.” Test held by the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of There’s also no scientifically based certainty Southeastern Wisconsin where he hauled a cart that every dog treated will have equally positive with a 20-lb. weight across an elaborate course,” effects. But it’s difficult to argue with the results she said. experienced by the dogs treated with stem cell therapy at Hillcrest Animal Hospital. Many now are able to run and play with their owners. For them, it’s as if the hands on the clock were turned back. For example, consider the results of two other dogs whose injuries were treated with stem cell therapy at the clinic.
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breeder to judge and author of many breed books plus the former editor of POPULAR DOGS. CAROL GROSSMAN had some of her jewelry stolen from a hotel this past weekend. It should be a reminder to put your valuables in the hotel or room safe. GARY & SUSAN CARR just returned from England, where GARY judged at the British Utility Breeds Association. PATRICIA & JOSEF ULLOA are off to holiday in Israel. A special birthday wish to JACKIE STACY, who with this birthday can start taking back what she contributed all these years, if you get my drift. Does anyone remember west coast dog show photographer GENE BENNETT? I recently received an email from his daughter, who is writing his biography. She is looking for photographs of him. If you have any, please contact MONICA FIRCHOW at monica2188@ sbcglobal.net. Celebrating Birthdays…RON MENAKER, MARY DUKES, ANDY LINTON, TERRY HUNDT, SUE ADAMS, HANS KABEL, CHARLENE
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 22nd in Ohio. I send ANDREA my love and deepest sympathies and know that my thoughts are with you at this time. Just as we are putting this late issue of the year to bed, comes word that CATHERINE OCHS WEISS has passed away. In poor health for sometime, CATHERINE and ELLIOTT grabbed every minute and tried to live life to the fullest. They married, travelled and enjoyed one another knowing that her time was limited. All of us at DOG NEWS send ELLIOTT and her family our deepest sympathies. There will be a service at 11 am on Friday, December 21 at St. Mary Church in Branford, CT. JOAN BREARLEY, Afghan houn d breeder under the Sahadi prefix, has passed away. She was a clever breeder who incorporated two major kennels’ bloodlines with great success and produced many top winners whose names are still spoken. But that wasn’t enough for JOAN, who did it all from
Here we are the last dog show weekend (thank you San Mateo, or unless the American Kennel Club approves another show during the Christmas/ New Year’s break) of the year. Hard to believe another year has gone by so quickly. I must make a big correction. I recently wrote that all breed judge ROBERT BERNDT had retired from judging, that is not true. What is true is that BOB will no longer accept assignments where he has to fly. Sorry for the mix up. As we embark on the holiday season, we sadly say good-bye to TOM GLASSFORD. TOMMY was a professional handler, who later became an American Kennel Club field representative. Many years ago, in the early 1970’s TOMMY showed one of our Bloodhounds. I have fond memories of that time; I’m sure much fonder that TOMMY had, as the dog was quite handsome but stubborn as a Bloodhound can be. TOMMY never had that client/handler relationship; with him you were family and all in. His masterful talent was legend and he put the Irish in Irish Setters. The redhead and the red setter, an unbeatable combo. His understanding of each dog he showed together with great hands produced a string of top winners. He had several marriages but in the end found his soul mate in yet another redhead, ANDREA GLASSFORD, breeder of English springer spaniels. They were quite the pair, but distance put our time together on a limited basis, but once you were back in his company it was as though you never left. Hard to write about someone you cared for but suffice to say it was an honor to know him and even a privilege to be his friend.
MASCUCH, HELEN INGHER, MIKE BOWSER, CHARLES ROGERS, NANCY SELF, LINDA GEORGE, CARLOS PUIG, TOM BRADLEY, LEE HERR, GARY WITTMEIER, IRVING BONIOS, HEIDI COLE, MARCELO SANTIAGO, COLE GABLE, BOB FLANDERS, JOHN REEVE-NEWSON, BOBBY PAUST, DAVID HARPER, ADRI AN GHIONE and SHARON KROGH. Wishing you all the happiest of Holidays and the best for the coming New Year. Thank you for your continued support of DOG NEWS and for the love of the dogs that brings us all together. PEACE.
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Bobby Fisher-A judge’s license Bonnie Threlfall-A grandchild Brian Livingston-An apology from Fran Brian Still-Another year closer to 90 Bruce & Tara Schultz-A healthy new year Bruce Schwartz-A Montgomery assignment for Woody Bruce Sussman – A Glen named Lola Bryan Martin-To remember when Mama’s happy everyone’s happy Bud McGivern-Good health Candy Caciolo-A trip to Zachy’s Captain & Kathleen Sevastopoulos-A sea cruise Carissa Shimpeno-Some kind of talent award Carla Sanchez-A new Mastiff Carla Viggiano-Someone to unpack her boxes Carey & Lori Lawrence-A greyhound Carmen Battaglia-An FSU-BCS bowl assignment Carmen Skinner-Two opera tickets for Carmen Carlos Puig-A traveling pet show Carol & Honi Reisman - A rebuilt, waterproof home Carol Beattie-Her own brand of hair spray Carol Grossman-A break down man at the booth Carolyn Koch-Unsung hero award Ceil Ruggles-A Leona moment Celie Florence-Private wings Charles Foley-A Boston show in Boston Charlotte McGowan-A healthy shelter dog Charlotte Patterson-Good Garden box seats Cheryl Robbins-Strands of Pearls (can’t get it out of mind) Chris Berg-Gravlox Chris King-A baby makes 8 Chris Manelopoulos-To always listen to Rachel Chris & Woody Wornall-A grandson Christian & Jenny Wornall Rangel-Happiness Chuck & Pam Krothe-Tartan plaids Chuck Winslow-Mandarin lessons Cindy Cassidy-A winning new year Cindy Vogels-Her own fashion line Claudia Orlandi-Spit rags Clay Coady-5 more Guys
Cliff Steele-Anything he wants Clint Harris-Playing through Clint Livingston-A third home in the East Connie Barton-A royal flush Connie Vanacore-A trip to Ireland Correy Krickeberg-A great choice in Sarah Cristina & Jose Hererra-Good health Curtiss Smith-His own trust fund Darlene Bello-A clean desk Darrell Hayes-A new band David Helming-The Prince of M& E among others Daryl Martin-A choker David Fitzpatrick-Another great year David Frei-Spanx, it is too late for cabbage David Merriam-A new champion Bull terrier David Murray-Rollers David Roberts-Scapegoat award Deb Cooper-Miss Manners Deb Shindle-To cancel our Brooksville reservations Debbie Butt-A son in law Dennis Brown-His own Skye Terrier Dennis McCoy-A Tar Heel chair he can’t fall off Dennis Sprung-A happy Board Derek Glas-A trip to Wisconsin Desi Murphy-A Garden assignment Diana Wilson-Two weeks at home Dick Meen-A mustache Dick Schaefer-A beret Diego Garcia-Unrecognized talent award Don & Pat Rodgers-Sushi Don Snyder & Tracy Monahan-Big apples Don Sturz-Dumb bells Dorothy Cherry-Her own ballet shoes Dorothy Ingamells-Carrots Dorothy Welsh-A visit to the Wheaton Kennel Club show Dottie Collier-A gentleman caller Dottie James-Glitter Doug & Rita Holloway-Only the best Doug Huffman-A new horse Doug Johnson- Something nice two years in a row Continued on page 182
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Ed Thomasson-A trip to Tibet Edd Bivin-Curry in a hurry Eddie Boyes-Skye bronzes Eddie Dziuk-A new Beagle Elizabeth Nelson-Parents who love to babysit Ellen Charles-Winners on the track and field Ellen Cottingham-A week in Hope Ranch Ellen Roberts-Something she doesn’t know Elliot More-The written word Elliott Weiss-An artist’s studio Enid Wright-Cliff’s biography Erin Roberts-The how do you look so good and work so hard award Ernesto Lara- Airedale’s he doesn’t co-own Esteban & Jennifer Miller Farias-More shows in the Northest Ethan Wheeler-Deadlines,deadlines and deadlines Evan & Stacey Threlfall-Remember the first year is the hardest Felicia Cashin-A Japanese Griffon terrier Florence Foti-A month in the sun Florence Males-Gala queen Fran Smith-Articles Frank Murphy-A trip to Barclay’s arena Frank Sabella-Comfortable shoes Fred Basset-A wardrobe he can wear wherever he wants Fred Olson-An occasional visit Fred & Carol Vogel-A Russian holiday Gabriel & Yvonne Rangel-More calls to Mickey Gary Doerge-A Tennesse Walking horse Gary & Michelle Steele-Assignments Gary Wittmeier-Stabler (without the badge) Gay Glazbrook-More visits to your uncle Gayle Bontecou-Plants she can cut Geir Flyckt Pedersen-A babbling brook Geri Kelly-A hat shop for drag queens Gina DiNardo-A new last name Glenda Dawkins-Our love Gloria Reese-Our love Glorvina Schwartz-Another Sandina contender Grace Acosta-A tale of tails
Greg Myers-Two tickets to the Masters Greg Strong-A trip (down the aisle) Gretchen Schultz-An invitation to judge 29 new breeds Gwen DeMilta-The award for making it through the whole year Gwyneth & John Spurling-More titles Harriette Borsuch-An email account Harry & Lisa Miller- To lead the pack in 2013 Heather Alderson Lindeberg-A top dog Heather & Colton & Doug & Michaelanne Johnson-An award for all the volunteer work they did during the Colorado fires Helen Chrysler-Greene-A call to Joe Helen Lee James-An article on any topic Helyne Medeiros-Pointer pups Hiram Stewart-A modeling career Holly Eldred-American judges Howard Huber-The father of the son below Howard Huber Jr.-The son of the father above Howard Stone-Our love Iris Love-A new shovel and a new dig site J.W. Smith- His own buffalo Jack & Karen Smith-Great Western the way it was Jack Bradshaw-A trip to the NAIA conference Jack Secrest-A haircut Jack Simm-A visit to Long Island Jackie Gottlieb-All the awards she is eligible to win Jackie Beaudoin-That Skye terrier waiting at your front door Jackie Stacy-A trip to the SS office Jamie Bernandin-A beau Jamie & Jaki Cluke-More Clukettes Jane Chopson-A Long haired chocolate colored Dane Jane Doty-A new Engie special Jane Flowers-A judge’s license Jane Forsyth-A full calendar of judging assignments Jane Kay-A cocktail with your sister Margaret Jane Myers-A doggy clothing line Janet Lange-Straight hair, makes for unquestionable extensions Janet York-An award from the AMC Jean Fournier-Our love Continued on page 184
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Jean Heath-Judging approval everywhere Jeff Brucker-A real Jersey Boy Jeffery Deaver-A Pulitzer Jennelle Larson-Knees she can get down on Jennifer Stevens-A receptionist Jere Marder-A bobtail with a bob tail Jesse Sutton- Gas up the truck it going to be a busy year Jessica Plourde-Hereeeeee’s Johnny (not) Jim Crowley –The walking AKC encyclopedia award Jim Frederiksen-Just say Noe Jim & Marjorie McTernan-The people we miss most at dog shows Jim Moses-A home in Zambia Jim Reynolds-His own passport control office Jim White-A basset puppy Jimmy & Wendy Bettis-A great new year Jimmy Mitchell-What he likes best soft…Ice cream Joan Fisher-Another Kander & Ebb hit Joan Huber-Another 100 champions Joan Katz-Our love Joan Scott-Party princess Jodi Paquette-In a word…Isagenix Jodi Longmire-Who every mother wants for her son Joe Kinnarney-A week in North Carolina Joe Sanchez-Congrats on a great year Joe Vergnetti-A two-legged Somebuddy Joe Walton-A good year Joe Waterman-New business cards Joel Rosenblatt-Only good things John Ashbey-Some kind of photography award John Low-A new Westie John Mandeville-SCW license plates John McCartney-A judge’s license John Penatello-From Johnny Five to Johnny Gone John Reeve-Newson-A beard John Wade-To take care of Eddie John & Tammie Wilcox-More trips east Johnny Shoemaker-Lunch with Connie Stevens Jon Cole-A standout in any crowd Joy Quallenberg-To never wear those white socks again Joyce Rowland-To build another great show dog career brick by brick
Jr Das-Bird feathers Judi Daniels-The Why is she running again award Karen Lefrak-More red strapless gowns Karen Miller-Murray puppies Karen Williams-Artichokes Kathy Ferris-A tall dark stranger Kathy Kirk-Ballet lessons Kathy Menaker-A week to herself Kay Palade-Peiser- Her own gym wear line Kay Radcliffe-Good health Karen Fitzgerald-A Jack Border Terrier Karen Wilson-The best looking grand great mother award Karen & Paul Bruneau-A White Christmas and white dog Kaz Hosaka-Good legs Keith Pautz-Anything that pulsates Keith Venezia-A trip to Japan Keke Kahn-Something she doesn’t know Kellie Fitzgerald-A great Detroit Ken McDermott-A new bird sighting Ken Murray-A letter from Clay Kenny Saenz-A wirehaired Chihuahua Kiki Courtelis-All things bright and beautiful Kim Booth-More candids Kim Griffith-A donor Kim & Tony Calvacca-Koi visitation rights Kim Langlands-To be behind the camera not in fornt Kim Silva Garrett-More grandchildren for her parents Kimberley Steele-A beer man Kirsi Sainio-A job at Cold Spring Harbor labs Kitten Rodwell-More Specialty shoots and stories Kitty Burke-A big winner Krista Nuovo-Something black and hairy Larry & Carol Brown-A pre Montgomery party Larry Cornelius-A weekend off a month Larry & Laurie Fenner-Trips to Hawaii that include the whole family Laura King-Her own Charlie Laura Coomes-Tomato sauce from you know who Lee Canalizo-Whatever she wants Lee Riddle-Overseas assignments Lesley Boyes-Ten questions she asks
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Leslie Simis-A sexy farm hand for the fabulous farm Letisha Wubbell-A delegate committee seat Linda Rowell-Not to be confused with Tara Rowell Linda Stark-A top winning Akita Linda & John Krukar-Pinschers of any variety Linda & Mickey Low-A real estate sale or two Lisa Bettis-A big winner for the new year Lisa Croft Elliott-A frantic free Wednesday Lisa Weiss-Labs…her way Lois Demers-A trip out of Texas Loren Morgan-A call from Ian Lorene Hogan-A top winner in all three varieties Lori Wilson-Americanized Swedish meatballs Lorrie Richer-To take care of Joel Luc Boileau-A home office Luke & Diane Ehricht-A traveling bar Lynn Bernard-A new dog for Regina Lynn Meyer-A Florida home Lynette & Stan Saltzman-A visit to Raleigh Madeleine Condon-Where is Cookie Madeline & Jennifer Mosing-A trip to Egypt Maggie Renihan-Our love Marcelo Chagas-Something between 13 and 15 inches Marcelo Santiago-Ditto Marcelo Veras-A week in the saddle Margie Sullivan-Her own eye glass collection Margo Koga-A home on the mainland Mari-Beth O’Neill-The “Carolina Crowley” award Marilyn Mayfield-A weekend of shows she can control Mark Desrosiers-A green truck Marjorie Good-Black dogs Marion Bradshaw-The anti PETA poster girl award Marion Lawrence-We miss you the most Maripi Wooldridge-Preferred and reserved parking during the Montgomery weekend or any weekend she attends a show Martin Sosnoff-A dressage medal Mary Donnelly-Secretary of the year award Mary Dukes-A honeymoon Mary Ann Alston-To take care of George
Mareth Kipp-To keep the Wonderful Wisconsin weekend alive Maxine Beam- That Garden BIS assignment Meg Callea-Flashes Mercedes Vila-A Derby winner Michael Canalizo-His own home Michael Dachel-Lunch with Chuck Winslow Michael Faulkner-To keep his clothes on at parties Michael Greenberg-A lesson in selecting judges Michael Kemp-Membership to the BAMA Michael Pawasarat-An entry in the Breeder’s Cup Michael & Michelle Scott- World travel with a few dog shows in between Michael Shepherd-Leather chaps Michael Work-A judge’s license Michele Billings-A month at home Michele & Elliott Federman –Barns of red Michele Molnar-Paris, Rome and of course London Miguel Betancourt-All access passes Mike Buckley-Anything Asian Mike & Linda Pitts-A buff cocker Mike Stone-An email address Mike Szabo-Good luck in your new job Mimi Winkler-Jdate Miyuki Ueno-A new year to be Uno M.J. Nelson-A non working anything Moe & Tammy Miyagawa-A spring wedding Nancy Bosley-Another winner Nancy Martin-1 Chin, 2 Knees Nancy Spelke- A Dog News delievery Nancy Sweet-Apples Nancy & Mike Shaw-More trips to New York Nenna Flyckt-Pedersen-To author a cookbook Nick Viggiano-Young talent award Nina Fetter- Anything for Deb Noble Inglett-A Pom performance Norm Kenney-The best for last, whatever you want Norman Patton-To always to be nice to Gary Paddy Spear-Our love Pam & David Peat- A white Affenpinscher Continued on page 190
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Sofia wins Back to Back Best in Shows
GCh. Skansen’s C’Sofia of
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Breeder: Sylvia Hammarstrom Owners and Handlers: Anna and Ben Stromberg-Franzoso
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Ch. Sporting Fields Glory Bound pictured on left, with her 2010 Valhalla offspring Three out of Four whippets Finished. Owners, Handlers & Beeders of whippets: Ben Franzoso & Anna Stromberg Franzoso
Bruno starts out at six months with major wins
Skansen’s Kalifornia Breeder Sylvia Hammarstrom www.Skansen.com
Valhalla’s All The Glory Major pointed Whimsey gets his time in the spotlight Co-owned with Dr. Ulrike Reinisch VDM
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Pam & John Beale-The second best team in baseball Pam & Jerry Oxenberg-Golden days Pam Desrosiers-More dog shows Pam Lambie-A crash course in diaper changing Patricia Hearst Shaw-To attend more shows Pat Billhardt-A Summer in the East Pat Cruz-More articles Pat Laurans-Either run for the board or enjoy your retirement Pat Trotter-To run a judge’s education program Pat Scully-Pugs, Pugs and more Pugs Patti Gallagher-The terrier group Patti Haines-An article or two Patti Proctor-Finally somebody who fits the job and gets it done Patti Long Smith-Puds Patti Strand-Never say die NAIA Patty Keenan-An east coast job Patty & Phil Smith-A white dog Paul Catterson-Not to be confused with Tim Catterson Paul Flores-A black dog Paul Levesque-That trip to Japan with Keith Paul Reilly-A travelling companion to India Paula Nykiel-The youthful award Paula Spector-Smooth travels Peggy Beisel-McIlwaine-The complete video set of the little red bird (Cardinal) that took down the big bad Tiger Perry Phillips-Good knees, hips, lips and don’t get caught Peter & Valerie Atkinson-A completed ranch Peter Green-Another meeting with the Queen Peter Kubacz-A cheeseburger and fries Phil Guidry-Portugese lessons Phoebe Booth- To reopen that closed up shop Polly Smith-A rose named in her honor Queensboro Kennel Club-A New York venue R.C. Carusi-The deed to his Springfield grooming area Regina Keiter-Regular calls to the “Girls” Randy Benns-An Hawaiian tan Randy Garren-A Lakeland terrier from Jean Heath Renee Gumbs-Great expectations Renee Idonne-A Bullie year Ric Plaut-A week on the Chesapeake 190 Dog News
Rick Justice- For all Ricky Kreiger-A successful PHA presidency Rindi Gaudet-Her own Greyhound Roberta Lombardi-To always be Number One all systems Robin Greenslade-A trip to the Northeast Robin Novack-A long vacation Robin Remondi-A German Longhaired Pointer Evelyn Rechler-An invitation she accepts Ron Scott & Debbie Burke-A world cruise Ron Mattson- Parking tickets Ron Menaker-The Mike Bloomberg plan Ron & Suzanne Readmond-A new Norwich Terrier Ronnie Irving-Impressions Roxie Sutton-A black & tan year Roy & Jo-Ann Kusumoto-Good health Roxy Wolfe-A clinic at the dog shows Roz Kramer-A Devon slate she approves of Roz Mintz-Fusco-A son Russella Wilkerson-Those promised articles Ruth Sampson-Another record breaker Sally Sweatt-A hot Sealy Sam & Karen Mammano-One less hill to climb Sam McDonald-A strong muscled kennel assistant San Mateo Kennel Club-A free ad Sandra Goose Allen-Our love Sandra MIddlebrooks-The nicest lady award Sandy D’Andrea-Good luck in her job Sara Melichar Lopez-Her own camera Sarah Lawrence-A driver Sari Tietjen-Only the best Scott Kellogg-Less work more play Scott Yergin-His smoothie recipe Scott & Susan Kipp-A motorhome Scott Sommer-A copy of Paul Bunyon Sandy Frei-Zooooooooooomy Sean McCarthy-The new face of Westminster Sergio Brown & The Crew-Indispensible Shari Carusi-French lessons Shari Lee-Hot looking award Sharon Anderson-A playground Continued on page 194
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Sharon Newcomb-Lunch with Joanne Paulk Shaun Coen-A visit with Michael Kay Sheila DiNardo-Still hot after all these years Shelley Hamilton-An appearance Sheree Moses-Assignments Sioux Forsyth-Happy endings Sonnet McKinnon-A Ridgeback special Spankey Clothier-The human mapquest award Stan Flowers-An all breed judge’s license Stephanie Ingram-Another cup of Coco Stephen Gladstone-One course directors’ dinners Steve Sipperly-Nice newlywed neighbors Sue Capone-A job at AKC Sue Hamil-President of the AKC Canine Health Foundation Sue Vroom-A judges license or a rich dude Sukey Shor-A successful new year Sulie Greenslade-Paveza-No more red dresses Susan Fraser-Another new last name Susan Sprung-The biggest Thank You ever Susie Atherton-Her own southwest cook book Susie & Jorge Olivera-Polished, Polite and downright nice Sydney Good-A nice fella Taffe McFadden-Good luck, health and fortune Tara Rowell-Not to be confused with Linda Rowell Tonia Holibaugh-The dark haired Maltese girl from Texas Teresa Nail-A hot Dobie special Terry Hundt-All the assignments she deserves Terry Miller-A live-in dog sitter Terry Stacy-Free to be any size he wants The James Brothers-Free grooming spaces Tiffany & Shea Skinner-The prize of the Northwest award Tim Catterson-Not to be confused with Paul Catterson Tim Brazier-A new suit for the white party Tim Thomas-A title that aptly describes his job Tina Truesdale-A Boxer boom Tom Bradley-A smooth Garden Tom Davies-A kennel club he won’t allow to hold a show at the big E Tommy O-Listen to Marlene, it makes life easier 194 Dog News
Toni Sosnoff-Smooth air Tommy Millner-The prince of Aksarben Tony DiNardo-See Gwen DeMilta Tootie Longo-A record breaker Torie Steele-Congrats on a great year Tracy Szaras-Happiness Tray Pittman-A Shetland sweater Tuni Claflin-First the Babe, then Johnny, now Kevin Youkilis, thanks Vernelle Kendrick-Lunch with Chuck Vicki Holloway-More trips to England Vicki Seiler-Another year to wear another glamorous gown at the AKC/Eukanuba show Victor Malzoni, Jr.-A month in the States Walter Goodman-A cruise ship he hasn’t sailed on Wayne Cavanaugh-Wayne who-where are you? Wayne Ferguson-Start mowing the M& E show grounds Wendell Sammet-The best of everything Zane Smith-A Bullie new year
And to all of our advertisers, readers and columnists and to all of our many friends who we missed this year, we send you all the best wishes for this holiday season. Until next year...peace.
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Race To The Finish Richmond Raceway Complex And Torque Club January 25, 26, 27, 2013 Middle Peninsula Kennel Club, Potomac Hound, Virginia Terrier, Chesapeake Toy Dog Fanciers Three Group Shows and Two All Breed Shows $1000 in Cash Prizes Supported Entries with Breeder Judges Best Bred-By Exhibitor in Cluster Over 80,000 sq. ft. Climate Control Building 180 R.V. hookups on grass Take The Lead Race To The Finish Party in the Torque Club Race your car and pit stop games MB-F Superintendent Information: Dr. Robert D. Smith 804 769-0113 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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NEW CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT AND TWO TITLES ENHANCE AKC POINTING BREED FIELD TRIAL PROGRAM ew York, NY — The American Kennel Club® (AKC®) is expanding its Pointing Breed Field Trial program with several new offerings: the AKC Walking Gun Dog Championship and two new titles, Grand Field Champion and Grand Amateur Field Champion. “We’re pleased to add the Walking Gun Dog Championship and the Grand titles to the activities available in AKC’s field events program,” said Doug Ljungren, VP of Companion and Performance Events. “AKC hunting tests and field trials allow for participation at many different levels, from novice dogs and owners to the highly experienced. The AKC wants to provide an opportunity for all sporting dog
owners to enjoy their dogs in the field. The Walking Gun Dog Championship and the Grand titles add to the breadth of AKC’s field activities.” AKC Walking Gun Dog Championship: Walking field trial stakes, where the handler is on foot, make it easy to get involved in pointing breed field trials. Today, more than 20% of AKC’s gun dog stakes are walking, which represents a fourfold increase over the past ten years. Walking stakes have encouraged the owners of dogs earning the Master Hunter title in the Hunting Test program – where all handlers must walk, like a hunter normally would -- to transition into walking field trials, where there is no requirement for a horse. To acknowledge and promote this growing segment of the sport, the AKC has created the AKC Walking Gun Dog Championship. The inaugural event will be held at the Mingo Sportsman Club near Bloomingdale, Ohio (50 miles west of Pittsburgh, PA) starting Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event format will be one-hour, single series, non-retrieving. All dogs that have earned a placement in any AKC gun dog stake or have been awarded the Master Hunter title are welcome to enter. The winner of this annual event will be crowned National Walking Gun Dog Champion (NWGDC). Bookmark the AKC website or join the new AKC Walking Gun Dog Championship Facebook group to receive regular updates on the event as they become available. New Titles: Grand Field Champion and Grand Amateur Field Champion: Two new field titles are planned for Pointing Breeds: Grand Field Champion (GFC) and Grand Amateur Field Champion (GAFC). The titles will allow owners who have put in the work and time to develop a fully trained field trial dog the opportunity to continue working toward a goal and participating in field trials. In order to earn points toward Grand titles, a dog must already have earned a Field Champion or Amateur Field Champion title. Points toward the Grand titles must be earned in one hour or longer stakes which will be called “Grand” stakes. To be awarded a Grand title, a dog will need to earn six points under the existing point system in Grand stakes, including one three point or greater win. The new Grand stakes are additions to the existing field trial program and can be offered at the discretion of the host club. Starting in July 2013, clubs may start applying for Grand stakes to be offered at trials held after January 1, 2014. Clubs without the resources to offer Grand stakes may continue to run their trials like they always have. Clubs interested in offering Grand stakes could run the stake by adding a course, running it on Friday or Monday, or hosting an additional trial if the grounds allow. The last time a new title was added to the AKC field trial program was 1966 when the Amateur Field Champion title was introduced. To learn more about the Grand titles or the upcoming Championship,visit the AKC website or contact PerformanceEvents@ akc.org. Get Social with the AKC! Join Us on Facebook and Twitter. Lisa Peterson New York, NY
Letters ToThe Editor
I have a suggestion for Question of the Week: hat do you think of a club having Sunday and Monday shows adding an Open Show on Saturday, the date of a major weekend companion show held within 30 miles, and of AKC approving such event?” This is not a figment of my imagination. Trenton has received approval for an Open show on Bucks’ show date, May 4, 2013! You can look it up on AKC’s website. I had contacted Dennis Sprung and Alan Kalter, they have been silent. Our secretary contacted Dennis and was sent on to Bobby Birdsong. Under the rules, all this is permissible! As there are not too many show weekends like the Bucks/Trenton weekend, this probably won’t happen too often. I read it as an encouragement for clubs to form circuits in ONE place -- (preferably indoors)-- for the convenience of the handlers and exhibitors with big rig set-ups. Why do you think registrations are down so much? In part because the public in communities large and small is no longer exposed to the annual dog show at the Fair Grounds, Race Track, or Horse Show grounds; now they see dogs in large buildings under artificial light with handlers rushing around from ring to ring, speaking in their own lingo, surrounded by tons of equipment for grooming the dogs. That artifice discourages people who are looking for a companion/pet. It’s discouraging. Dog shows are not what they used to be! Helma Weeks Philadelphia, PA (See Editorial this issue for our reaction to AKC’s reaction to this misapplication of a new Rule.)
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DOG SHOW SUPERINTENDENTS ASSOCIATION DONATES $5,000 TO AKC CANINE LEGISLATION SUPPORT FUND ew York, NY –A recent donation of $5,000 by the Dog Show Superintendents Association to the AKC’s Canine Legislation Support Fund (CLSF) will allow the American Kennel Club® (AKC®) the ability to strengthen even further its efforts to ensure that the rights of AKC registrants as responsible dog owners are protected. “The DSSA shares a mutual interest with all dog fanciers, clubs, and the AKC that any legislation enacted about dogs be reasonable and enforceable,” said Bob Christiansen, DSSA President. “We are pleased to be able to help protect the right to own and enjoy dogs throughout the US. The association fully supports all efforts for good\ legislation and the election of dogfriendly officials in state and federal governments.” “We thank the Dog Show Superintendents Association for their generous contribution,” said Sheila Goffe, AKC’s Director of Government Relations. “Each year, we expend significant resources fighting threats to the right to own and breed dogs, and this donation will go a long way to helping preserve the rights of responsible dog owners and breeders everywhere.” Formed in 2002, the Dog Show Superintendents Association represents professional AKC-licensed superintendents in all important matters impacting superintendents and the dog fancy. The DSSA contains well over 100 years of experience in providing support services to the AKC, show giving clubs and dog show exhibitors. The AKC established the Canine Legislation Support Fund to help AKC fight legislation that infringes on the rights of responsible dog owners, and to support legislation that protects the right to own and enjoy dogs. One-hundred percent of donations go to supporting legislation, securing formal representation of AKC’s interests in Congress and statehouses, and educating legislators about responsible and fair policy for dog breeding and ownership. Lisa Peterson New York, NY
LOSING TOM GLASSFORD e have lost another great! Tommy Glassford. My condolences not only to the family, but to the A.K.C. and the dog fancy and sport as a whole. Tom Glassford has always exhibited good sportsmanship, sound knowledge and judgment, and the epitome of what the sport should be as a handler, fellow exhibitor, trainer, and Representative. He will be missed by all and let his work continue. Marthena Scollon Clearfield, PA
FIRST MEMBERS’ MEETING HUGE SUCCESS – KENNEL CLUB TO BE GIVEN ALTERNATIVE TO VET CHECKS he first meeting of Canine Alliance members was held on 7th November when the function suite at the Henleyin-Arden Golf Club was virtually full, many members having travelled long distances to attend. Prior to the meeting, the Steering Group met with representatives of the High Profile breeds who were keen to share their experiences of the controversial vet checks and to discuss alternatives. The suggestions that had been proposed by the Steering Group were accepted unanimously and taken to the evening Members’ meeting. After an opening PowerPoint presentation several members of the Steering Group spoke on individual issues which ranged from internal matters such as the membership list, accounts and rules to the more far reaching methods of providing the Kennel Club with an alternative to the present vet checks and tackling the question of health in all pedigree breeds. It was unanimously agreed that the Canine Alliance should propose to the Kennel Club that it: 1) Suspends the current vet checks as soon as the alternative can be put in place. 2) Produces a revised version of its “yellow form”, presently completed by all judges of the High Profile breeds at the conclusion of their judging at Championship shows, which should be completed by judges of ALL breeds for a period during which valuable data can be collated and analysed. 3) Considers that a grading system, with emphasis on health issues, be introduced at Championship shows, such a system being a valuable tool for judges and a help to exhibitors. 4) At the earliest practical opportunity require that all dogs that are a) qualified for entry into the Kennel Club Stud Book, and b) qualified for Crufts Dog Show, obtain a basic health certificate from a veterinary surgeon before they are accepted for either. The Alliance members present believe that in this way the Kennel Club can convey to outside organizations that is serious about its commitment to improving health in all breeds. It was felt that unless the Kennel Club takes the lead the Dog Advisory Council will be running the sport. It was also unanimously agreed that the Canine Alliance should apply for Associate Membership of the Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare. The members present unanimously agreed that the existing Steering Group should remain in place until next year’s Annual General Meeting when a committee and officers can formally be elected in accordance with the Alliance rules. There was also lengthy discussion on the Kennel Club Assured Breeders Scheme and the proposals of the Dog Advisory Council with whom it was recommended the Alliance sets up dialogue in the immediate future. All present agreed that the meeting had been hugely constructive and the Alliance now looks forward to nearing its original aims. Canine Alliance Northallerton, North Yorkshire
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