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Summer 2017




Melanie Feldges • PUBLISHER

Talkin’ Terriers Summer is here and there seem to be community festivals every weekend all over the country. Our terriers will not be left out of the celebrations! TerrierGroup sends it’s congratulations to the Cairn Terrier Club of America and to the United States Kerry Blue Terrier Club as both breed clubs gathered during the month of May for the 100th Anniversary of the CTCA and the USKBTC’s inaugural KerryFest! TerrierGroup has coverage of these events in the pages of this summer issue. I would like to extend an invitation to ALL terrier clubs to contact me at melanie@ terriergroup.org with news and information about your club’s events. TG has many sources for fund raising, awards, T-shirt designs etc. and we provide a venue for ads and articles dedicated to these events. Results and photos are always welcome! Did you know there is a Purebred Dog Day! May 1st is the day to recognize these purebreds that make our lives so full. As a breeder I take every opportunity to tell people just how wonderful my Kerries are and how beneficial they can be to a family with allergies for example. Since Kerries do not shed they are considered hypo-allergenic. Guaranteed!

taking an Award of Merit at the Kerry Blue Terrier Club of Pittsburgh specialty weekend. I am hopeful that Valli, Turbo’s Temptations and Jasper, Turbo Jet’s Just Right Jasper will be following shortly... In addition to Valli’s conformation efforts, she will be returing to Agility class planning to make her trial debut in the fall. Actually the classes are more for me. She has the courses down pretty well and will stare me down when I make a mistake! I cannot believe we are talking about Montgomery already! TerrierGroup Fall is already being worked on. The premier ad pages are going fast and the staff is busy contemplating some great articles! TG will be available during the MCKC weekend for distribution. Contact your sales rep soon: reita@terriergroup.org stephanie@terriergroup.org Happy Summer! Melanie

Speaking of my Kerries...they are so happy to be outside in the sun running through the hose! This year has brought a new activity at Camp Turbo...Bunny Wrangling! Thankfully the Bunnies are very quick and are good at getting to the fence before one of the dogs knows they were there. The summer is proving to be filled with adventure. I am happy to report a new homebred champion! CH Turbo’s Pistol Annie. Annie finished going Best of Winners and

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Table of Contents

Volume 2 Number 3 • Summer 2017

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Talkin’ Terriers Melanie Feldges Editorial Muriel Lee


Reach for the Skyes


The Puppy Paradox


Summer Water Dangers


100th Anniversary of the CTCA


KerryFest 2017

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Junior Handling - Justin Shook Judging in New Zealand


Final Piece of the Week


A Look at Books




Crufts 2017

Gary Bachman Kris Kibbee

Dr. Yvonne Costa DVM

Lydia Coleman-Hutchinson

Sue Impey

Jo Ann Frier-Murza Muriel Lee

Dr. Barbara A. Gibson Olga Forlicz



Advertisers • Summer 2017 Carl and Jamie Ashbey.................................................... 27

Craig and Reita Nicholson......................................... 41, 45

Chris Brill-Packard......................................................... 22-23

Teresa Prado................................................................. 32-33

Stephanie Clark................................................................. 31

Elaine Randall................................................................... 2-3

Kathy Elliot.......................................................................... 19

Linda Robison.................................................................... 19

Rick and Melanie Feldges................................................ 59

John Saemann............................................................. 32-33

George and Tuesday Hanna........................... Cover, 4, 39

Scott Schutte................................................................. 32-33

Suzanne La Mariana.............................. 60-61, Back Cover

Sally Sweatt............................................. 60-61, Back Cover

Lisa and Eric Leady.......................................................... 8-9

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Spring 2017


Muriel Lee • EDITORIAL

TerrierGroup Editorial Summer shows are here along with possible high heat and humidity. Keep yourselves and your dogs hydrated and stay out of the sun as much as possible when at the dog shows. Skip taking your dog to sidewalk fairs and let them stay home in the air conditioning. However, the days and weeks go fast and before we know it, Labor Day will be here and we will be thinking of the Montgomery County terrier show. In this issue we are giving attention to centenary dog shows since the Cairn Terrier Club of America held their 100th anniversary show the first week of May at Purina Farms in Missouri. Lydia Coleman Hutchinson has given us a great account of the week and the festivities, and Annette Williams has provided us with photographs of the various events. In going through my photos from the Scottish Terrier Club of America’s centenary I came across this photo of an antique shop window and what should be sleeping in a chair in the window? A Cairn Terrier! We are fortunate to have writers Jo Ann Frer-Murza and Barbara Gibson to cover the working activities which are becoming very popular with terriers and their owners. No longer are you limited to showing your dog in conformation or obedience, you now have a range of activities from rallies, agility, barn hunts, flyball and to whatever else may be on the agenda. Not only is this fun and a chance to really bond with your dog, but its good exercise for both of you. In this issue we have an interview with junior handler Justin Shook. Justin, along with other junior handlers, are the future of our sport and they must be appreciated and nurtured.



Moving on, Gary Bachman has found some exceptional Skye Terrier artifacts and as usual, has a large selection of beautiful pieces for this issue. Olga Forlicz writes about 2017 Crufts and Sue Impey judged at a show in New Zealand and found a Staffordshire Terrier that impressed her so much she put him up for best in show. For the summer months Dr. Yvonne Costa has written about being aware of summer water dangers and your dog. Kris Kibbee has a good article for newcomers on choosing your puppy, important as you will have this dog in your life between eight and fifteen years, terriers being a group of dogs that can easily live into their teens. Some items of interest. The CBS Sunday Morning program featured The Seeing Eye philanthropic organization earlier this year. The organization was incorporated in January 29, 1929 by Morris Frank who was sightless and

wanted to increase his mobility as well as to help blinded veterans who had returned from the World War 1. Located in Morris Township, NJ they have matched more than 16,000 dogs with partners since their beginning. They partner about 260 people per year with seeing-eye dogs. In Chester, N.J. they have a 330 acre breeding facility where they raise about 500 puppies per year. Three quarters of these puppies become seeing eye dogs after completing an extensive 25 day training period. At the age of eight the dog retires from service. This is a most worthy cause which is always appreciative of donations. The Washington Post has an interesting site. The easiest way to find it is to type in Looking Back at American Dog shows in the early 1900s and that will take you to the site. Wonderful photographs that “shows the dogs and their owners, all ready for a dog show.” It notes that the owners of the dogs, “show devotion that predates the invention of the light bulb, woman’s suffrage and the World Series.”

A recent article listed the questions that should be asked of yourself before a family buys their first dog; does your schedule allow time to walk the dog or do you have the finances to hire a dog walker, will you clean up after your dog, any allergies in the family, are you ready for a long-term commitment, and can you handle the cost of food, veterinary bills, pet insurance, in addition to the general wear and tear on the house. And that brings about a small article from the U.K. stating that smaller dogs are becoming more popular as the population ages and as the seniors move into smaller quarters. Smaller breeds need less exercise, food and of course, less space. My English correspondent sent several news items on the Crufts dog show. One was titled “The hair apparent! Crufts fluffy champ.” My friend was quite upset that this dog was picked as the winner and I suspect that a number of Brits felt the same way. She commented, “Where was the gun dog, the dog ready to go to the field for a day’s work!” Another article about Crufts mentioned the use over grooming by American handlers, especially bows in the hair of ShihTzus – in fact this was a big issue and covered several paragraphs. And this group sounded like the French Bulldogs. “At the edge of the arena, one group shared champagne and French cheese as they waited for their dogs to be called, others grabbed a pint and passed round ham sandwiches. All were competing in the Scottish Terrier category.” No Frenchies in the picture but you have to agree that the Scots know how to have a good time.

Send us your ideas, thoughts and for sure, your ads. This is a good place to show the dog world that your dogs are winning.

Muriel Lee • Editor Crufts winner: Afterglow Miami Link

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Gary Bachman

Reach for the Skyes! The Skye Terrier is a very old terrier breed hailing from the Isle of Skye which is located in the northwestern corner of Scotland. This is a breed that has changed very little over more than three centuries. Kings and Queens of England have often fancied the Skye, but it was particularly favored by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. This is a dog with a body that is twice as long as it is high at the shoulder, with a long, flowing coat and ears that are either pricked or dropped. He has powerful jaws to do his job and a solid body with substantial bone. Many became familiar with the Skye terrier because of Greyfriar’s Bobby. John Gray, a police officer, acquired Bobby, the Skye, in the mid-1800s and the dog accompanied Gray on his daily rounds. When Gray died Bobby never left his grave site until he died 12 years later. A memorial fountain was erected in his honor, which can still be seen when visiting the city, Sir Edwin Landseer was unrivaled as an artist in his paintings of dogs and horses and Queen Victoria commissioned him to do a number of paintings of her pet dogs, particularly of the Skyes. Other artists that portrayed the Skye are Maud Earl, Morgan Dennis and Kurt Meyer-Eberhardt. Not to be left out are jewelry, porcelain figurines, sculptures and functional works of art such as bookends and humidors.

Do write if you have any questions about a piece of art you may own, whether it’s a painting, a print, a porcelain or a piece that you love and would like to know more about. Email me at bouly@comcast.net An 1873 statue and fountain of Greyfriars Bobby erected at the southern end of the George IV bridge in Edinborough, Scotland. 12


A pencil and charcoal drawing of a pair of Skyes by Morgan Dennis, America, 1920s.

A gilt and enameled spelter Skye terrier playing the drums and holding a cymbal, signed by the K&O company, America, 1930s.

A reverse intaglio Essex crystal brooch with a Skye terrier portrait, England, late 19th century.

A blanc-de-chine porcelain by Augarten, Austria, 1930s.

An Art Deco smoking set, when the head is lifted off there are four ashtrays, the bottom is a container for cigarettes, Goebel, Germany,1930s. Summer 2017


A 1903 engraving signed by Maud Earl is titled ‘Heavenly Twins.’

A porcelain figurine by Bing & Grondahl, Denmark, dates from the 1940s.

An etching of a Skye puppy by Kurt MeyerEberhardt, German, 1930s. 14


An oil painting signed by Robert Alexander, Scotland, early 20th century.

A watercolor on paper titled and dated ‘Skye 1852,’ by Scottish artist Gourlay Steel.

Skye Terrier Antiques and Collectibles

A carved and painted wood humidor, Anri Company, Germany, 1920s.

A Skye watercolor portrait signed by Marquerite Frobisher, England, 1920s.

A sketch of a Skye by Sir Edwin Landseer, England, late 19th century.

A pair of bronze bookends with a black finish on onyx bases, Austria, 1900s. Summer 2017


Kris Kibbee

The Puppy Paradox: Choosing your new puppy! It’s a heartwarming sight, that first interaction between a puppy and its would-be parent. You know the one . . . when that special pup breaks from the litter and dashes up to the person it’s meant to be with. There’s a locking of eyes, an electric connection and then a swell of soft music. OK, so maybe that’s just a bastardized Purina commercial, but you get the idea. Still…is this the proper way to pick your new best friend? Is this romantic, fuzzy version of your fated first meeting really the path to ensuring that you have the ideally-matched companion? Some would argue that nothing could be further from the truth.

Bowled over by the Boldest Most folks who are well educated in canine behavior know a dominant puppy when they see one.



He’s that pushy fellow who leaves paw-prints and teeth marks on all of his siblings. And yet he can be rather charming when we meet him in person. According to the experts at Your Purebred Puppy the majority of prospective puppy parents often gravitate towards these types of plucky pups, and are frequently encouraged by wellmeaning advisors to, “pick the puppy who runs right up to you!” As such many a poor sap ends up choosing the “bold and pushy puppy.” While it’s true that some dog owners desire a more dominant pup (perhaps to suit a working dog vocation), most of us, even if we’d like to think otherwise, enjoy an amiable and easy-going personality. Those more reserved and retiring pups are most often NOT the ones bulldozing their siblings to get to you first. Likewise, pick out the pup that is TOO wary and averse to approaching people, and you may find yourself with an anxious or shy adult.

And if matters didn’t seem complicated enough, factor in that puppy A may have just awoken from a nap while puppy B has been playing vigorously for the past twenty minutes, and you may totally misread the clues given by both of them! So with a mountain of variables to consider, how does a prospective puppy parent tackle the climb and ensure that they arrive at the summit with their perfect-matched companion?

Rely on a Reputable Breeder While there are a bevy of reputable breeders who allow prospective pet parents to choose their own puppy, there are also a good number who insist upon making that selection themselves. While this may seem overly controlling to some, it can actually be of great benefit to both puppy and puppy parent alike. Consider this -a responsible breeder has been with your puppy since inception. That breeder knows the pup’s sire and dam inside and out and likely has a solid handle on the temperament and drive of its lines. And that same breeder was there to observe your puppy’s behavior from day one to day fifty. They know whether your pup is always snippy and domineering with other dogs, or whether the pup is just having an off day. They know who stays up to play long before the other pups have gone to sleep, and they know who

conks out after round one. So who better to pair you with the energy, drive and dominance level best suited for you and your household?

When it’s all on you . . . Sadly, many breeders don’t have the time or desire to hand-pick the right homes for their pups. Some rely on kennel environments that may not permit much insight into the individual temperaments of puppies within their litters, and others still have been spurned by buyers who don’t understand the value of having their new family member selected for them. In instances such as these, choosing the pup best matched for your wants, needs and family dynamics may fall squarely upon your uncertain shoulders. But don’t despair! Even the most novice of dog owners can make an educated puppy purchase by following the outline of a simple Puppy Aptitude Test (PAT)!

School’s in Session! One of the oldest and most respected Puppy Aptitude Tests was compiled by Wendy Volhard in the 1970s, and first printed in 1981. Ms. Volhard pieced her test together using snippets from a variety of sources, some crafted, “as long ago as

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The Puppy Paradox

the l930’s for dogs bred to become Guide Dogs.” She also pooled materials from tests developed “later on in the early 60’s,” which were “developed to determine if pups could be tested for dominance and submission. These tests determined that it was indeed possible to predict future behavioral traits of adult dogs by testing puppies at 49 days of age.” While the Volhard test walks readers through topics as elementary as “Deciding what Kind of Dog to Get,” and “What is Puppy Testing?” it also presents a detailed, yet practical guide for conducting your own PAT examinations that measure: Social Attraction, Willingness to Follow, Submission and Dominance levels, Ability to Retrieve, Touch Sensitivity, Startle Response, as well as Sound and Sight Sensitivity, are all included in the Volhard model and a handy PDF (available in this article’s Sources Cited section) walks the tester through appropriate conditions and materials necessary to conduct each one. A score chart and according legend are even included to decipher your results. Some helpful folks have even augmented the original test’s score chart with supplements that make it more user friendly (see Sources Cited). Volhard’s test, despite its age, it comprehensive enough to include older/rescue dogs and even some tips on how to track down the right breeder! All in all, it was, is, and continues to be one of the most inclusive and reliable tests available to prospective puppy owners. Of course there are a number of other PAT tests available (see Sources Cited)—some more simplistic, some more detailed, but most are typically a diluted or altered version of the Volhard test. And while one could certainly argue that these updated versions have improved upon the original, Volhard’s test has become the standard for a good reason! Whatever PAT you defer to, you’re likely to find a common and poignant thread—“Never pick a



puppy based upon looks alone!” (AKC Gazette, March 1979.) If you make your choice with this adage in mind, employ the services of a reliable PAT and resist the siren song of that audacious pup in the front row and you may just find your ideal companion!

GOOD LUCK! Sources Cited http://www.yourpurebredpuppy.com/buying/articles/ how-to-choose-a-puppy.html http://www.volhard.com/pages/pat.php http://ftp.caradobe.com/volhardart.pdf Volhard Supplements http://www.utdallas.edu/~caldwell/PuppyTest.pdf http://www.caradobe.com/volhardtest.pdf Additional PATs http://landofpuregold.com/PAWS.htmhttp://www. k9infocus.com/pick_litter.htmhttp://www.dogtube.us/ using-the-campbell-puppy-aptitude-test-to-choose -a-dog

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Dr. Yvonne Costa DVM

Summer Water Dangers for Dogs Summer season is upon us and with it comes swimming time! Swimming is not only a fun activity but it also provides an excellent way for your dog to exercise without placing much stress on his muscles and joints. Swimming, however, does not come without risks. In this article I will highlight some important risk factors associated with swimming and the measures you can take to avoid them.

throughout the U.S. and also has worldwide distribution. This organism grows best in warmer climates so concentrations increase in the summer and early fall seasons. The algae can look like spilled green blue paint or green pea soup. The color can at times look red or brown and have the appearance of mats floating in the water. These mats can wash up on shorelines and look foamy. At greatest risk for toxicity are dogs that enjoy swimming, and hunting dogs. Exposure occurs when dogs drink the water, eat washed up mats or groom their furs and paws after swimming. The degree of toxicity depends on the level of toxins in the algae, the amount ingested, and the size of the dog.

Surface scum of blue-green algae along a lake shoreline

One of the greatest dangers to swimming in ponds and lakes is an organism called cyanobacteria, also known as blue green algae. This algae grows in ponds, lakes and anywhere stagnant water is found. Areas of water that receive run off from fertilized fields seem to have the greatest concentration. It is found



There are two types of toxins these organisms produce. One affects the liver and the other affects the nervous system. The onset of signs with the liver toxins can occur within the first few hours after ingestion. These signs include vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, distended and painful abdomen, lethargy, weakness and yellow or bluish discoloration of gums. Death can occur 12-24 hours after exposure. Only a few mouthfuls need to be ingested to produce the above clinical signs. The onset of signs for the nervous system toxins occur within 30-60 minutes after ingestion. These signs include weakness, lethargy, stumbling, muscle rigidity and trembling, depression, disorientation, paralysis, excessive salivation, seizures and difficulty breathing. Death can occur within minutes to hours after ingestion and will result from paralysis of the muscles that assist breathing.

Treatment for toxicity is not very successful, as the onset and progression of clinical signs occurs very rapidly. Treatment is best if it is instituted before the onset of signs. There is no antidote and prognosis is very poor once the signs have begun. Consult your veterinarian immediately if you believe your dog has been exposed to the algae.

pose a hazard to the safety of your dog. Here are some other safety tips for your dog on swim day:

Prevention is key to keeping your dog safe. Keep your dog away from bodies of water that contain the algae. Keeping your dogs leashed while walking along shorelines will allow you to prevent them from drinking the contaminated water or eating the mats. If you think your dog has been exposed to contaminated water, prevent them from licking their paws or coat and immediately rinse them off with fresh water or rub them down with a towel. Since these algae is also toxic to people, make sure to rinse hands off immediately after handling your dog.

3. Bring fresh water to drink to decrease the amount he or she will consume from the lake or pond.

1. Apply sunscreen: dogs with light colored skin and thin coats can get sunburned. 2. Always rinse your dog thoroughly with clean water after every swim.

4. Clean and dry the ears thoroughly after every swim to prevent ear infections. 5. Dogs get tired from swimming but will not tire of going after the ball or frisbee being thrown into the water. Make sure to stop when you see

Blue green alga is not the only health risk associated with swimming. Drinking lake and pond water exposes your pet to organisms and bacteria that can be harmful. Leptospirosis is one of those organisms found in marshy or muddy water. Ask your veterinarian about the vaccine that is available to prevent against this disease. Giardia is another organism found in bodies of fresh water. The main clinical sign of this bacterium is diarrhea with occasional vomiting. If you suspect your dog has contracted giardiasis, contact your vet who can run a fecal test to confirm infection. Besides the organisms mentioned above, common sense has to be exercised when taking your dog for a swim. Not all dogs are natural swimmers and life vests have to be provided for the safety of those that do not swim. When swimming in oceans or large bodies of water, be aware that large waves and undercurrents can

Blue-green algae bloom on a lake

your dog getting tired. You want to make sure that your dog will be able to make it back to the shore or boat.

Many dogs love to swim and it is an activity to be encouraged as it provides great form of exercise and just plain fun. Just make sure to exercise safety measures and to be cognizant of some the risks above mentioned. Have a great summer!

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Summer 2017


Lydia Coleman Hutchinson


Several years of serious planning and expectation came to fruition May 1st through May 7th, 2017 when a gathering of the Cairn Clan occurred at Purina Farms in Grey Summit, MO. To say it was a smashing success is an understatement! All the thousands of hours of planning and commitment by dozens of dedicated club members to put on a series of

Lydia Coleman Hutchinson and Karen Wilson with Danish Ch. Salvina’s Three Coins In The Fountain.



unique events were well rewarded. And unique it was since C.T.C.A. had never attempted to hold a stand-alone week of conformation, performance, education, social and official club meetings. But then again, C.T.C.A. had never before had an opportunity to celebrate 100 years since its recognition by the American Kennel Club. By choosing a location in the center of the U.S.A., members from all parts of our country, including Alaska and Hawaii and Canada were encouraged to attend and the size of the entries showed their approval. The national specialty drew 195 entries, by far the largest we’ve seen in many years. The national sweepstakes drew 73 with a record number of 24 Veterans. The multiple performance entries were huge, too, bringing the total of all entries to well over 1000! The first event of the week, held May 1, was an agility trial exclusively for Cairns - also a first. The enthusiasm of the participants was very evident, and spectators, many of whom were enjoying watching this sport for the first time, showed their approval. With all that was happening, each of us often referred to the schedules that were provided in our welcome packets. Agility was again featured on May 2nd, along with obedience and rally competitions. Dock diving and a barbecue supper rounded out day two.

May 3rd consisted of more obedience and rally, as well as earth dog trials, and the first conformation event, the National Sweepstakes, judged by longtime breeder Karin Godwin. This day ended with the annual membership meeting and board meeting at our host hotel, Holiday Inn at Six Flags, followed by a buffet dinner. May 4th was the big day for conformation enthusiasts with the national specialty highlighting that day. Our judge was Iain Shaw from Scotland who, along with his parents, has bred the Honeyhall Cairns for many years.

He went through his entry very thoroughly and gave spectators a marvelous opportunity to really watch each entry, especially in the best of breed class. His method, after checking in all the entries, was to have each of the dogs enter the ring alone, be examined and gaited and then leave the ring. From the 30 champion dogs he made two cuts and excused the rest. Then he followed the same procedure with the 38 champion bitches. The thrilling result was that an owner/breeder/handled bitch from the bred by exhibitor class won a stunning best of breed victory, much to the cheering approval of the ringside. Many thought it was most appropriate that an American-bred Cairn had won this anniversary show, especially since four of the past five national specialties have been won by overseas dogs. Earth dog competition followed the specialty judging which caused a number of participants to arrive late for the annual awards dinner and presentations. What good sports they were, as many of them and their dogs were covered with mud, thanks to the heavy rains in the St. Louis area. The rising rivers and local flooding were quite the topic of conversation, but the road closures we encountered did little to dampen our enthusiasm.

Charlee, DeRan Tell Me Something Good, a beautiful young bitch from the bred-by class walked away with the coveted Best of Breed. Photo by Diane Blair

On to Friday, May 5 when the Trinity Valley CTC held its specialty in conjunction with the Rollo MO. Kennel Club, with an entry of over 120 exhibits for long-time Cairn enthusiast Jon Kimes. Also occurring were barn hunt and FASTCAT lure coursing events. For me, the highlight of this day was a wonderful evening at the AKC Dog Museum in Queeny Park. The theme of the event was the U.S. history of our breed and club. Large impressive banners covering each of the decades since the club’s formation greeted us inside the museum, and then all attendees gathered outside in the courtyard for a Scottish parade (with bagpiper) honoring our regional clubs, past C.T.C.A. presidents, and past specialty winners. It was a glorious evening, the skies having cleared and the temperatures having warmed up. At this point I must mention the fabulous 350-page COMMEMORATIVE CHRONICLE that was compiled and published by the history committee, a truly gargantuan effort that is receiving rave reviews. Saturday and Sunday had supported entries at the all-breed shows, plus more barn hunt and FASTCAT. The highlight of this day had to be the first-time-ever

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Top Twenty competition judged by a breeder (Carol Ackerson), a terrier judge (Peggy McIlwaine), and a professional handler (Christopher Keith). There was also a presentation of Top Performance Dogs, a number of which presented clever routines. The human participants were dressed to the nines and added a touch of elegance to this fun event.

away from home for well over a week. The spirit of the whole series of events was marvelous, leaving us feeling exhilarated and uplifted. Our visitors from other countries (Canada, Denmark, England, Scotland, Sweden and Australia) greatly praised our efforts and hope to return.

The last official day was May 7th, although many of us needed to leave that morning having been

And now on to the next one hundred years of the Cairn Terrier!


Annette Williams Photography

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United States Kerry Blue Terrier Club

Inaugural KerryFest 2017 “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night... The mailman has nothing on dog show enthusiasts especially if they are traveling to a specialty! Purina Farm in Grey Summit, Mo. was the place to be during the first week in May. The weather was the worst with flooding, closed roads and canceled hotel room reservations. Everybody downloaded the MODOT app on their cell phones just to check closures and accidents. Exhibitors and fanciers alike made it safely in to celebrate the Cairn Terrier Club of America’s Centennial and to participate in the United States Kerry Blue Terrier Club’s inaugural KerryFest. This event featured the US designated specialty, a concurrent specialty, Challenge of Champions, the Kerry Blue Terrier Club of St, Louis’ specialties and Barn Hunt trials. A little something for everyone. The sun managed to shine on Friday morning as the KBTC of St. Louis hosted the first specialty. Judge Robert Hutton took a liking to Jaimie and Carl Ashby’s lovely GHC HOTLICH’S SUNGODDESS AT BLUJAC RATN for Best of Breed. Best of Opposite was Conor McFadden’s CH IRISBLU JACK OF DIAMONDS. Best of Winners was Lois and Ted Grier’s KRISMA’S DREAM ON DESIVE. Mr. Hutton chose GCH CH BLUEBEARD’S BAILEY owned by Larry and Carol Brown and Linda Pheasant and GCHS KRISMA’S XMAN FIRST CLASS owned by Lois and Ted Grier as his Select entrants.



Award of Merits were given to CH TRUE BLUE PINK’S HART, Elaine Randall and CH BLUJAC’S AWESOMELY IRISH, Jaimie and Carl Ashby. Friday evening held excitement and anticipation in the air. After a buffet dinner and cocktails eleven dogs were called to the ring for the USKBTC’s premier Challenge of Champions. Ms. Anne Katona (USA), Ms. Marie Hogarty (Ireland) and Mr. Steven Schellenberg (USA) had the honors of judging three dogs at a time. As the examination was being conducted in the ring, the audience also had the opportunity to cast their votes for the “People’s Choice” award. The end of this wonderful evening found Lois and Ted Grier’s Xavier, GCHS KRISMA’S XMAN FIRST CLASS gaiting out of the ring with the Best of Breed ribbon. A well deserved Best of Opposite was Craig and Reita Nicholson’s Ziva, AKC GCH / UKC URO1 CH KERRISEL’S FIGHT LIKE A GIRL, CGCA. This beautiful girl was also voted as the People’s Choice! Saturday was a very busy day with two specialties. In the morning, the USKBTC’s designated specialty took place with judge Ms. Georgianne Lorentz-Reiling in charge. Her choice for Best of Breed: CH TRUE BLUE PINK’S HART and Elaine Randall. Best of Opposite: HOTLICH’S SUNGODDESS AT BLUJAC RATN and Jaimie and Carl Ashby. Best of Winners: BELTANE’S AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ AT LINDMAR and Lindy Hickey. Select Dog: CH BLUJAC’S AWESOMELY IRISH, Jaimie and Carl Ashby. Select Bitch: GCH CH BLUEBEARD’S BAILEY, Larry and Carol Brown and Linda Pheasant. Award of Merit: GCH GOODSPICE BRODY KNIGHT, Christine Brill-Packard. Sweepstakes judge, Ms. Terese Worful chose KRISMA’S DREAM ON DESIVE as her Best in Sweeps and HOTLICK’S PANDEMONIUM and Kathryn Metke as Best of Opposite.

A few hours later, the USKBTC concurrent specialty began as judge Ms. Monica Adair called the first class into the ring. She fancied CH IRISBLU JACK OF DIAMONDS and Conor McFadden as her Best of Breed. GCH CH BLUEBEARD’S BAILEY, Larry and Carol Brown and Linda Pheasant went Best of Opposite. Best of Winners and New Champion: SUNFLOWERBLU TIN GOOSE and Julee Manahan. Select Dog: GAELGORM SHADES OF DARKNESS and Ursala Sass and Donald Wilde. Award of Merits: GCH CH BLUEBEARDS BARNUM and Larry and Carol Brown and Linda Pheasant and GCHS GCHS KRISMA’S XMAN FIRST CLASS and Lois and Ted Grier. Later that evening a gathering at the Checkerboard Cafe found Kerry folks happily talking about the day and who won the Kentucky Derby! We were able to catch up with the Barn Hunt people and get the low-down on the rat pack from Patti Campbell... USKBTC’s inaugural KerryFest Barn Hunt was held in partnership with the Cairn Terrier Club of America and the Missouri Canine Athletic Club. The trial filled quickly, and there were lots of Cairns and Kerries to be seen enjoying hunting for rats in tubes! The sixteen Kerries entered represented all of the barn hunt classes; Instinct, Novice, Open, Senior and Master. Some were first timers! Barn Hunt Judges Mary Newman and Bonnie Gutzwiler set up fun and challenging courses to try. We were fortunate to have sunshine after a week of rainy weather in the area, but the wind proved to be a limiting factor to many of the dogs in their efforts scenting for the rat tubes. The Kerries had numerous special awards donated for the 4 trials. The Kerry Blue Terrier Club of St. Louis donated trophies from Fern Rogers Estate on Friday and the USKBTC offered medallions and a gift bag of prizes on Saturday for the high scoring Kerry in each class. A Dead Rat

Award for slowest qualifying Kerry and Perfect Run Weekend ribbons were also offered by Terry Worful and the Kerry Blue Terrier Club of Michigan. David Poynter sponsored two exquisite etched wooden plaques that were awarded at the club’s Saturday night get together. The highest scoring Novice/Open Kerry over all 4 trials was awarded the Oak plaque, which went to “Blaise” Valtera’s Let’s Make Magic, RATN (owned by Michael Przybylo). The highest scoring Senior/Masters Kerry over all 4 trials was awarded the Cherry plaque, which went to “Ross” GCH Valtera’s Lord of Castle RATCHX2, CZ8S (owned by Michelle Mills, handled by Tenille Gross). Other Kerries qualifying over the weekend included Abbey, Xena, Runner, Breanna and Sunshine. The dogs and handlers all had so much fun that the USKBTC is already planning to repeat barn hunt on Saturday and Sunday next year at KerryFest. Sunday the Kerry Blue Terrier Club of St. Louis held their second specialty starting with judge Ms. Karen Hynek taking her job as sweeps judge seriously. Best in Sweeps went to KRISMA’S DREAM ON DESIVE and Lois and Ted Grier. Best of Opposite in Sweeps was KRISMA’S FIRST CLASS PLAYER and Jinece Rees and Lois and Ted Grier. Judge Mrs. Carol Jean Nelson thought the Grier’s GCHS GCHS KRISMA’S XMAN FIRST CLASS bested the bunch for Best of Breed. Best of Opposite: HOTLICH’S SUNGODDESS AT BLUJAC RATN, Carl and Jaimie Ashby. Best of Winners: KRISMA’S DREAM ON DESIVE, Lois and Ted Grier. Select Dog: CH TRUE BLUE PINK’S HART, Elaine Randall. Select Bitch: CH KRISMA’S MYSTIC ABBEYLARA, Lois and Ted Grier. Award of Merits: GAELGORM SHADES OF DARKNESS, Ursala Sass and Donald Wilde and CH BLUJAC’S AWESOMELY IRISH Carl and Jaimie Ashby. Summer 2017


USKBTC KerryFest 2017 Plans are already in the works for 2018, and promises to be bigger and better. Congratulations to all of the winners and to all involved in planning a successful KerryFest!



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Summer 2017


A TerrierGroup Interview

JUNIOR HANDLING with Justin Shook



TerrierGroup is pleased to have the opportunity to interview Justin Shook, one of the eight finalists in the 2017 Westminster Kennel Club’s junior handling ring.

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Junior Handling with Justin Shook TG: Tell us about yourself… where do you live, what grade are you in school and what are your favorite school topics? Other than showing dogs, what are your hobbies? JS: I live in Longview WA. I am in 11th grade and I will be online schooled through the 12th grade. My favorite school topics are English and history. My favorite hobbies are grooming my dogs, playing video games, hiking, watching anime, and many other things.

TG: You are showing a Manchester terrier. How did you become interested in this breed, which is not a very popular breed, and how did you find your first Manchester? JS: I became interested in the breed because I liked Dobermans. I always wanted a Doberman but they’re too big to travel with so I was looking around with my mom and I saw a picture of a Manchester and it seemed like they would work out better to travel with. The first time I met my Manchester, Jack, was at the Portland dog show. My mom had mentioned to handler Dixie Sick that we were possibly looking for a Manchester and she just happened to show one for Lisa Nonog of Jet City Manchesters, Breeder of Merit. She introduced us to Lisa and her Manchester Jack and the rest is history. Jack (GChB Jet City Cactus Jack CA) is exactly what I wanted. He’s a serious perfectionist in the ring, but at home he is goofy and just wants to play fetch.

TG: When did you become interested in junior handling – have you had a mentor or did you just



go into the ring one day and decided this is something you like? Do either of your parents show dogs? JS: I became interested in junior handling after my mom made me watch the Westminster Kennel Club show on TV. It looked super cool and I wanted to try it out. My mom found a handling class and we got my first juniors dog Ty who is a Shetland Sheepdog. My first time in the ring I won best junior handler, and I knew right then that this is what I wanted to continue doing. My mentor is my mom. She has trained me well and gave me a solid foundation. She then set me up with several different handlers to fine tune my skills and to teach me how to show different breeds.

TG: How old were you when you started handling? Have you taken training classes in how to handle a dog? If you go to handling classes, how often do you go? JS: I was nine when I started showing. My mom has done most of my training, but I do occasionally go to drop-in handling classes with my puppies. I’ve spent hours and hours practicing in the back yard with my mom.

TG: How many dog shows do you attend in a month? JS: It depends on the month. We go to as many as we can in the area, which is usually about one to two times per month.

TG: Do you enjoy the comradeship of the other juniors? JS: I haven’t had a lot of time to hang out with the other juniors because I also show my dogs in breed so shows can get pretty busy. I do hang out with some of the juniors after the show but I mostly talk to them outside show times. I have enjoyed growing up with them and it has been sad that some of my friends are aging out of juniors.

TG: Are you old enough to drive – if not, who takes you to the shows? JS: I am old enough to drive however I don’t have my license yet. I need to find a time for that. My mom takes me to the local shows, and to the shows she can’t go to I travel with Lisa Nonog , the McFaddens, or other handlers.

TG: You must have a lot of support from your mother. Tell us how she has helped and encouraged you. JS: My mom has been a great support for me and has encouraged me to be my best. She has allowed me to go to online school so that I could have more time to travel to dog shows. She has always found me the very best dog and makes sure I practice so I look my best. She is always there at ring side cheering me on, or waiting anxiously on the phone after my shows if I’m away from home. When my mom is not able to come to the shows with me I have had great support from people like Lisa Nonog who make sure I am fed and have a place to sleep. They look after me like I am their kid and that means so much to me.

of the juniors and sent us a framed certificate, and a medallion to the finalists. I am so happy I was able to have the opportunity to show at this amazing venue.

TG: Justin, what do you see for your future? JS: I hope to become a professional handler.

TerrierGroup thanks Justin for this interview and knows that, with his interest and dedication to the sport of dogs, he will do well in his career plan.

TG: Tell us about your favorite win. JS: I have two favorite wins. The first was the Woofstock show last year as I won owner handled best in show. It was exciting to have won at this show, and someday I hope to win a regular best in show. The other favorite win is when I made it to finals at Westminster. I never thought I would accomplish so much as a junior! It was a tough show because all the junior handlers were amazing and really brought their best to this show. It was an amazing feeling to be selected as a finalist. One I will never forget!

TG: And do tell us about your experience at Westminster and what you had to do to be able to show at this prestigious venue. JS: To qualify for Westminster, you need to have seven best junior wins in the previous year. Once I got my wins we started planning my trip. My mom had to work so Lisa Nonog was nice enough to take me. When I took my first step onto the green carpet of the huge ring I was blown away... so much that I almost forgot how to show! It was one of the coolest things ever. The whole event was more than I could think of. Westminster Kennel Club is really supportive

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Sue Impey – FICA all-breed judge from Cape Town, South Africa

Judging in New Zealand

I had a wonderful week judging in New Zealand for the Hamilton Kennel Club in March. I judged several groups and some specialist breed shows. My terrier group was won by a superb Stafford, very typical and not overdone in any way. He had been brought over from Australia where he was a grand champion. He was handled extremely well and showed his socks off. As I judged best in show that day he stood a good chance of winning. I really like a dog to have personality and find that “card board cutouts that get planted with legs screwed into each corner” are just not appealing when it comes to my final line up.



This Staffie did the right stuff – happy, brighteyed, eager, strutting his stuff, ensuring that he went best in show! My reserve was a wonderful Dalmatian.

The first photo, for me, shows the tenacity of my best dog in the show! The second photo is for the traditionalists. Supreme Ch. Swanky The Enforcer, owner Shane Avery, Tiffany Ross, Daren and Tania Slade. Multiple BISS, all-breed BIS in Australia, Australian bred.

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Jo Ann Frier-Murza

Montgomery County Kennel Club—the name conjures ideas of the cream of the terrier crop. It’s a kennel club whose show has been restricted to terriers since the first show in 1928.

The Final Piece of the Week’s Event: Early October for Terriers at Montgomery It’s no surprise that the club’s reputation for all-terriers-all-the-time has attracted the national specialty shows for numerous terrier breeds and multiple supported-entries in other breeds. The working class is offered more often in the terrier breed rings at MCKC than any other conformation show in the country. Parent clubs and breeders see more than the beautiful dogs in competition at the show on that Sunday in October; they also see the function behind the form. Many of those same dogs who strut on Sunday participate in performance and companion sports beyond the breed ring. For the past decade or so agility, obedience and tracking have been offered by various organizations in the week preceding the conformation shows and more recently barn hunt



competition has been available. The Montgomery Terrier Agility Cluster was organized to coordinate the popular agility events during that pre-MCKC week. But after the show-- that’s when the terriers and their owners get down and get dirty. With the primping over the terriers are in their glory as functional underground workers, and their owners can dress down to their dirt-dog duds. Rain or shine, the terriers work in the dens and the owners get them there.

1997 Awards Presentation

1997 Master Earthdog Hunt

The concept of combining the weekend dog shows with the earthdog event is an old one, dating back to the early 1980’s. Before there were AKC earthdog tests, there were American Working Terrier Association Den Trials, but in 1995 the purebred terrier fancy got serious about their working dog titles and the postMontgomery AKC Earthdog Test began on an October Monday. It was so popular, that many people unofficially dubbed it “the National Earthdog Test”. The Monday earthdog tests were held in Central New Jersey, less than one hour from the current MCKC location in Blue Bell, PA, and barely more than 30 minutes from the earlier MCKC site in Ambler. They were popular from the start. The earthdog site was set up and provided by Village Green Farm Earthdog Center, Crosswicks, NJ, and the sponsorship of the test rotated from one parent club to another as each supported their members’ participation and that of the other breeds, too. Over the 20 years of annual support, the AKC parent clubs for the following breeds hosted this annual test day: Bedlington, Border, Cairn, Fox, Lakeland, Norfolk and Norwich, Parson Russell, Scottish, Welsh, and the West Highland White Terrier, plus the local earthdog club, the NJ Beanfield Earthdogs. Some of the parent clubs have done it multiple times with the West Highland White Terrier club leading.

1997 Master Den Entrance

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October for Terriers at Montgomery

1997 Resting and Crating Area

And the terrier fanciers responded! That first year, in 1995, the West Highland White Terrier Club, attracted 137 entries in just two regular classes: 101 in Junior Earthdog and 36 in Senior Earthdog. In that year no dog had yet become eligible to enter the Master Earthdog class. An unknown number of dogs entered the Introduction to Quarry non-regular class, but recollection has it that at least 40 dogs tried that beginner class. Often hot and tired after a long week of traveling and shows, terrier owners reveled in the concluding day of competition when 36 dogs took home qualifying scores. Among those breeds were Westies, Borders, Fox Terriers, Lakelands and one each Cairn, Norwich and Scottie. That first year the post-Montgomery earthdog test attracted by far the largest earthdog entry in the U.S. and that massive support continued for the entire 20 years. Judges were hired from all over the country and from the background of many breeds and venue terrains. It was a huge melting pot of serious earthdog folks and new people from everywhere in the US. Many times foreign breeders who had come for the MCKC show spent one more day discovering how we Americans celebrate the working abilities of our terrier breeds.



Unfortunately, the Village Green Farm Earthdog Center closed and the last October earthdog test there was in 2014 and terrier fanciers mourned the loss. Other sites were considered, but none were located as conveniently as the NJ site. The Norfolk Terrier Club sponsored a postMontgomery test in 2015 at Cove Spring Farm in MD, but that site terminated earthdog events in 2016 and no one sponsored a test in 2016 due to lack of a suitable location. The terrier community noticed and missed that closing event of their MCKC show week experience. Fortunately for all terrier exhibitors, Ev-Ry Place in Mt. Laurel, NJ, is the newest earthdog venue and it is open for October earthdog testing! Located just a little more than an hour from the MCKC Blue Bell show site, Ev-Ry Place is a beautiful horse facility with wooded earthdog tunnel placement and plenty of parking. The West Highland White Terrier Club of America is once again leading the program by volunteering to sponsor this once-a-year special event on Monday, October 9, 2017. Plan to attend – if not to participate at least to watch!

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Muriel Lee

A Look at Books

PRINCE AND OTHER DOGS – 2000 PRINCE AND OTHER DOGS II – 2002 POSTAL DOGS – 2004 The above books are authored by Libby Hall and published by Bloomsbury.

Instead of looking at expensive, hard to find or out of print books, we are going to look at some fun, easily accessible and inexpensive books. These are wonderful, well-made, hardbound books that will warm your heart! The Prince books are in black and white or sepia and Postal Dogs has many tinted photos. Both books consist of great photos of dogs and their masters. About the mid-1800s, when dogs became a part of the family rather than working the farm, cameras were also becoming popular and the family dog became part of the family history. Whether it is in the work place, at the war front, in the back yard or in the photographer’s studio, the dog was front and center in the photographs. Ms. Hall writes, “Though I do not suffer from the fashionable post-modern terror of sentimentality and anthropomorphism, I have tried to avoid photographs that have a facile or phoney sentimentality. For me, each one of these photographs, whether funny, sad, odd, or beautiful, demonstrates clearly that this relationship between Man and Dog is both important and necessary.” These books, used, can be found easily for around $5.00. New, they can be found at Barnes and Noble and run about $18. They make wonderful hostess gifts and are just nice to have on the coffee table. 46


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Muriel Lee


A centenary dog show –the celebration of one hundred years of a breed club’s successful existence. This year the Cairn Terrier Club of America held their centenary show at the Purina Event Center located at Purina Farms in Gray Summit, MO. In the AKC terrier group there have only been eight other clubs who have been in existence for 100 years or more; the Bull Terrier (1887), Airedale Terrier (1888), Fox Terrier 1888), Scottish Terrier (1895), Irish Terrier (1897), Welsh (1900), Westie (1909), and the Sealyham (1913). A centenary show is different from a national specialty in as much as it is a celebration of the existence of a breed club for 100 years. This is usually a monumental event in a club’s history and the celebration can take four or five years to plan with numerous committees covering various events and activities. Plans are drawn up, changed, events added, judges discussed, many phone calls, emails (and probably a few arguments) before the final decisions are made. I have been fortunate to have attended three centenary shows and they have all had a different flavor.



In July of 1983 I attended the centenary show of the Scottish Terrier Club (England) which was held at Chicheley Hall, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, at an 18th century mansion with extensive grounds. The show was held outdoors, the weather was beautiful and the scene was very colorful. In the evening we were all bussed to dinner which was held at Woburn Hall, the ancestral home of the Duke of Bedford. It was a festive evening and throughout the weekend it was a chance to meet many Scottie fanciers who came from all over Europe. In 2000 the Scottish Terrier Club of America held their centenary in conjunction with their rotating specialty which was held in Washington, DC. It was noted in the STCA 1986-2001 handbook, “In 2000, the Scottish Terrier Club of America celebrated its 100th birthday with two very special events. The first was a Centennial Show weekend, held in April 2000, in Frederick, Maryland, hosted by the Scottish Terrier Club of Greater Washington DC. Sweepstakes Judge Barbara DeSaye and Class Judge Edd Embry Biven reviewed a record entry and the weekend was highlighted with a gala dinner and program. Many friends and members from all over the country as well as from overseas – Australia, Canada and Europe – joined in the celebration. Then in October, the Club ended its birthday year

at our Annual Meeting and Dinner with a Champagne Toast to our past 100 years and to the future!” On September 25 and 26, 1997 the French Bulldog Club of America held its Centennial Specialty show in Kansas City and it surely was a gala event. On page 3 of the over 200 page catalog the president of the club noted, “We are deeply indebted to the many breeders and fanciers over the past 100 years who have striven to breed dogs according to the high standard of the French Bulldog.” Sweepstakes were judged by Herschel Cox, breeder of some of the finest Frenchies that America had seen and Anne Rogers Clark judged conformation. Total entry was 429 and this was before the Frenchie became so popular. This was indeed a gala event with cocktail parties, auctions (of course preceded by cocktail parties) and with a banquet where formal dress was optional. (Formal dress was also optional at the Cairn centennial dinner.) Of course, a good time was had by all with the foreign visitors mingling throughout the five days. Centennial shows seem to have several things in common. Of course, if it weren’t for the dogs, there wouldn’t be a show and everyone was eager to see the stars in the breeds and the up and coming youngsters. Cocktail parties, banquets and auctions were also part of the weekends. Some shows were more celebratory than others but the stars for all of the weekends were the dogs. The second highpoint was the opportunity to get together with old friends and to make new friends. If your breed has a centenary in the near future, do make every effort to attend as this is like Christmas and Montgomery County rolled into one show!

THE NATIONAL TERRIER BREED CLUBS THAT ARE ONE-HUNDRED OR MORE YEARS OLD. 1887 - The Bull Terrier Club of America 1888 – Airedale Terrier Club of America 1888 – Fox Terrier Club of America 1895 – Scottish Terrier Club of America 1897 – Irish Terrier Club of America 1900 – West Highland White Terrier Club of America 1909 – American Sealyham Terrier Club 1917 – Cairn Terrier Club of America Summer 2017


Dr. Barbara A Gibson

A Big Hit! The STCA and WHWTCA Black & White Agility Trial

Most terrier breed national clubs only sponsor an agility trial that is in conjunction with Montgomery Week every fall. This series of agility trials is currently dubbed the “Montgomery Terrier Agility Cluster (MTAC)�, and is hosted in Palmyra, PA with various terrier clubs taking turns hosting one of four days during the week.

Unknown to some national breed clubs, the AKC allows a club to hold up to 12 licensed or member agility events in a calendar year, so there is the opportunity for our national terrier clubs to hold additional trials outside of the Montgomery Terrier Agility Cluster.



AND it should be noted that these trials can be open to all breeds! In fact, around the Midwest there are a handful of breed clubs (not terrier) that regularly sponsor all-breed AKC agility, rally and obedience trials outside of their specialties. More and more clubs are seeing these additional events not only as a way to expand public relations and showcase the versatility of their breeds to the public and other dog handlers, but also as a source of income. In early 2013, Lysiane Huber (West Highland White Terrier Club of America - WHWTCA agility chair) and I talked about how fun it would be for our two clubs to co-sponsor an all-breed agility weekend. As we tossed the idea around for a while we recognized that there were various obstacles we would need to overcome in order to hold an event outside

of our specialties during Montgomery week. A few of these were finding a date that is available on the AKC calendar, enough club members willing to be on the trial committee and a location with all the needed equipment. Moreover, the cost to our respective clubs was a major consideration, as well as a long-term commitment from them and fellow members. Lysiane knew of a dog training club in Ohio that provided their services and training facilities to other clubs with a fixed profit to the hosting club; after considering membership demographics, and some discussion with the OH club about their contract, dates, etc., the Queen City Dog Training Club in Sharonville, OH was picked for the location. This facility was a great solution for what our needs were: they had all the equipment and a nice venue we could use; they had access to an experienced trial secretary; they would coordinate workers needed for the event; and they would even take care of logistics such as booking the judges and ordering rosettes. We only needed to provide input on possible judges we wanted and have our trial committee present – very low maintenance on our end! It was decided that the STCA would host the agility trial on Saturday, and the WHWTCA would host the trial on Sunday. Lysiane and I also gave

some thought about who to invite as our judge for the inaugural event – we really wanted to invite a judge who had either Westies or Scotties, and were known for their fun courses. This really limited us as only a handful of judges. Luckily, Scottie-owner Ginger Robertson was available that weekend and graciously agreed to judge our first event. Given the history and past partnership seen in advertising with our breeds, we dubbed it the “Black & White Agility trial” a name that has stuck and caught on with the region’s agility community. We held our second Black and White agility trial this past March, and in keeping with the “theme” of hiring terrier judges, we had Scottie/Westie/ Cesky owner Stephanie Capkovic as the judge.

Moreover, for the second year in a row, the trials filled with a wait-list. And even though it is an all-breed trial, we had fantastic participation and representation of Scottie and Westies, with folks coming from as far away as Maine, and nine dogs of each breed running at various levels and classes. Several non-terrier exhibitors mentioned how wonderful (albeit unusual!) to see so many Scotties and Westies running and doing so well in agility.

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The STCA and WHWTCA Black & White Agility Trial

Due to the success of its first two years, and based on feedback from our exhibitors, the trial will be expanded to a three-day event (STCA hosting on Friday and Saturday, and WHWTCA hosting on Sunday). The extra day will add value to many of our club’s members since they travel so far to compete that weekend. We also hope that it will entice even more Scottie and Westie exhibitors to come play in future years! Based on the success of the Black and White Agility Trial, I hope to see more national terrier clubs taking advantage of being able to hold regional agility trials, and offering all-breed trials outside of their specialty.

It truly is a fantastic opportunity to get your breed more exposure to the larger dog fancy and to the public, to engage your performance sport club members and to bring income to your national club.



Summer 2017


Olga Forlicz

No matter what words one might use to describe the greatness of Crufts, it is hardly describable. Calling Crufts “a dog show” is simultaneously perfectly accurate, but also an understatement as it is a dog show and what a canine celebration! From early morning, crowds were gathering and cueing up to get into the show grounds. Everything went smoothly and the doors opened at precisely eight A.M. At the same time five big halls and thirtysix show rings were opened up to the public - a combined area of twenty-five acres including over 400 shopping stands. It was impossible for every person who entered not to find something of interest during the days’ long event. Of course, the main attraction was the conformation judging, but for anyone interested in more than just the beauty there was plenty to see and to do. The daily schedule was jam-packed with other activities and competitions: agility, obedience, flyball, heelwork to music, the international junior handling final and… Scruffts.



Crufts is not only an event for purebred dogs but Crufts is a celebration of every canis familiaris specimen. Hence Scruffts – the nation’s favourite crossbreed competition. While Scruffts is a fun competition, it stresses responsible dog ownership. Throughout the year, heats of the popular Scruffts contest take place at events around the country, searching for crossbreeds with that extra special something. The grand finale takes place at Crufts, where the winner is crowned. Making the Crufts March weekend even more splendid, another spectacular event was added this year. Quoting Gerald King, Crufts Chairman, “With Crufts also hosting the tenth anniversary of the Eukanuba World Challenge this year, it is a fantastic opportunity to have the entire dog world in one place celebrating the most successful and well-known dog show in the world. This will throw the spotlight on the magnificence of pedigree dogs and enhance the partnership the Kennel Club has with Eukanuba, supported by the FCI.” The winner of the Eukanuba World Challenge, representing

Italy, was the eye-catching Maltese Cinecitta ‘Ian Somerhalder’, owned by Stefano PaolantoniProsperi and handled by Javier González Mendicote

Not without reason is Crufts called “the world’s largest dog show.” During its centenary celebrations in 1991 Crufts was officially recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the world's largest dog show with 22,973 dogs exhibited in conformation classes that year. This year we took part in the most international Crufts ever, with a record number of dogs travelling from abroad to compete in the overall entry of almost 22,000 dogs. Crufts 2017 was a truly global affair with 3469 dogs competing from fifty-five overseas countries, including thirty-nine dogs representing the United States – a more than 2% increase from 2016! Including all the additional events, it is estimated that around 28,000 dogs take part in Crufts each year, with around 160,000 two-legged visitors.

“Everything is on sale, and everything is of very poor quality and of low price, so people are coming there to buy these rags.” He also mentioned that he couldn’t figure out where the dogs were. “When I saw the rings and the rest – Yes, the dogs were there, but there was no feast!” Even though the Kennel Club declined to comment, social media exploded and many Russian exhibitors felt compelled to apologize for Mr Inshakov’s comments.

As most terrier breeds originate from the United Kingdom, one would certainly hope to see the crème de la crème of terriers at Crufts, if nowhere else. Over 2300 dogs were entered in the Terrier Group, but unfortunately the quality of many dogs representing the UK left much to be desired. A much higher level of quality was seen at the World

Despite the general good reception, not everyone was impressed with Crufts. According to the President of the Russian Kennel Federation, Alexander Inshakov, Crufts is a flea market full of rags. “Everything there is organized around selling, around sales of the easiest consumer goods,” he said.

Photos by Olga Forlicz

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Crufts 2017

or European shows arranged by FCI. For me, it is always a pleasure to see the beautiful dogs of the continent succeeding at Crufts. The group competition is usually of high quality, but this year’s final was not the most exciting, with a few exceptions, of course. The winner of the terrier group was a beautiful Lakeland from the world famous Saredon kennel. Saredon Enigma only 20-months-old, was shown by his breeder, John Averis. “This dog has quite a history,” said John, “his grandfather, grandmother and mother were all best of breed at Crufts, so he had a lot to follow and I believe he excelled himself.” Alan, as the dog is called at home, did not place in the best in show final, but there is a great future ahead of him, I’m sure! Best in show was awarded to a stunning, nearly two-year-old, American Cocker Spaniel, Afterglow Miami Ink, bred by Jason Lynn and Michael Gadsby, owned by Rui da Silva and



his breeder/handler Jason Lynn. It is not the first time a dog bred by Jason and Michael won best in show at Crufts. They also won at Crufts in 2014 with their Standard Poodle, Afterglow Maverick Sabre (Ricky), well-known to American audiences. Reserve best in show was won by a Miniature Poodle owned by Melanie Harwood. Without a doubt Crufts should be on every dog fancier bucket list. You can read about Crufts, listen about the show and even watch the live streaming, but you have to be there and experience it to fully understand and appreciate the gigantic event, and the work of hundreds of volunteers who arrange the perfect canine festival.

I know one thing – I will be there in 2018!

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Crufts Terrier Group Placements 1. Lakeland Terrier


2. West Highland White Terrier


3. Dandie Dinmont Terrier


4. Kerry Blue Terrier






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