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Table of Contents Volume 7 Number 4 • Fall 2022

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Maripi Wooldridge

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Montgomery 1929

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Chyscott Scottish Terriers

Editorial Muriel Lee

TerrierGroup Interview Muriel Lee

Larae & Kristen Shafer and Krissy Shafer-Simmons

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Canine Chiropractic Dr. Bonnie Harder DC, VSMT

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REMEMBERING: The Hon. David Mirriam

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Look at Books: The Dog Who Came to Christmas

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Patron, Sniffer Dog

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Hope for the Diet-Related Dilated Cardiomyopathy Dilemma

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Mary Larson

Jo Ann Frier-Murza

Canine Health Foundation

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MCKC Best in Show List Muriel Lee

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Is This a Beginning of the End? Olga Forlicz

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Dogs, Rough and Smooth The Art of Lucy Dawson

Melanie Feldges

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Advertisers • FALL 2022 Carl & Jaimie Ashby..................................................... 22-23

Larae & Kristen Shafer........................................... Cover, 10

Lacey & Luisma Benitez............................................... 67-67

Krissy Shafer-Simmons........................................... Cover. 10

Jessica Branch.............................................................. 67-67

Matthew & AnnMarie Smith.............................................. 11

Sarah Calderon............................................................ 34-35

Constance R. Snider.......................................................... 51

Karen Coffey..................................................................... 2-3

Cheryl & David Stanczyk.................................................. 39

Ariel Cukler......................................................... Back Cover

Tricia & Russ Stanczyk....................................................... 37

Rebecca England............................................................. 37

Sandra Stemmler............................................................... 29

Melanie Feldges Fine Art.................................................. 46

Jennifer Stevens................................................. Back Cover

Melanie & Rick Feldges............................................... 44-45

United States Kerry Blue Terrier Club............................... 50

Kelly Francisco-Foos.......................................................... 47

Kathy Wakefield................................................................. 43

Alex Geisler........................................................................ 21

Scott Wasserman............................................................... 63

Nancy Han.................................................................... 18-19

Maripi Wooldridge............................................ Back Cover

Eva & Blake Hanson......................................................... 8-9 Ion Ispas........................................................................ 67-67 Karen J’Anthony................................................. Back Cover

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Charlene Johnson............................................................ 2-3 Jennifer Johnston.............................................................. 37 Maria Kelley....................................................................... 29 Susan Kuhn.................................................................... 16-17 Catherine LaBella............................................................. 2-3 Sarah LaGassa............................................................. 34-35 Janie P. MacBryde........................................................ 22-23 Jack Meyer................................................................... 34-35 Theresa Nesbitt MD....................................................... 52-53 Reita & Craig Nicholson.............................................. 40-41 Joe Pavlic........................................................................... 37 Keith Packard & Chris Brill-Packard................................. 57 Red Hills Animal Reproductive Specialties..................... 61 Heather Roozee............................................................ 16-17 Steve & Debi Russell.......................................................... 33 John Saemann............................................................. 18-19 Scott Schuette............................................................... 18-19

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Muriel Lee • EDITORIAL

TerrierGroup Editorial Labor Day has passed as I write this column and we all know that this holiday brings about the end of summer and takes us into fall and the winter months. Of course, that means that the big terrier show in Pennsylvania, Montgomery County, will be here before you know it. Terriers are being put in coat and are taken through their paces; plans are being made to attend the many national clubs’ banquets and everyone is looking forward to seeing old friends making new ones, and more importantly, getting a look at the new crop of terriers, and seeing the upand-coming dogs of last year that are now mature and ready to strut their stuff. A great time for all terrier folk. As usual we have some good articles,including two interviews. Maripi Wooldridge of Terrydale Lakelands is well-known throughout the show ring with her number one Lakeland, Multi BIS MBISS GCHG Hi-Kel Terrydale Nanhall Mizzconceived. The Shafer family, mother and two daughters, have become well known throughout the country with their winning ways with their Scotties. Again, Olga Forlicz brings us news from happenings in the Ukraine and we have a good article from a dog chiropractor. Articles and newspaper stories from around the country have been interesting, some concentrating on the pandemic and the changes that it has made to dog ownership, and others noting how our pets are becoming “part of the family and not just a pet” anymore. Big news here in Minnesota, since

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we are home to General Mills, is the growth of the dog food Blue Buffalo. It’s noted that the brand has grown due to the “humanization” of pets. This is the era of the “pet parent” with 2.5 times as many pets as children in the U.S… a humanization of the pet who is now fed and tested like human beings.” And in case you wondered, the pet food industry in the U.S. is a $37 billion industry – dogs and cats. Ninety million homes in the U.S. have a pet, so we aren’t talking peanuts here! Now that pets are becoming more humanized, it’s natural that they are returning to work with their owners, with mixed reactions. If one has an allergy, or has a fear of animals, this causes problems in the work place. However, those who bring their dogs to work think that it makes the workplace more enjoyable. Of course, any dog sharing a work place must be trained, up to date on vaccinations, should have proper IDs tags on their collar and on a leash at all times. Here’s something that could be fun! There is a dog television survey being offered at https.//tinyurl.com/2p92xxup. The University of Wisconsin wants to know what programs your dog finds interesting on television. I recall that our Wire Fox Terrier would come racing to the TV when she heard the music for Lassie and then she would sit and watch the program. Of course, her willing family (mine) always had the program on for her. Flying with pets has become harder per The Washington Post, which notes “Gone are the days of emotional support peacocks or your dog being allowed to sit on your lap.” Small animals can no longer sit on your lap and are required to be crated under the seat and pets must remain in their carriers. Owners should be calm– “I always tell people if they’re already wound tight or anxious, the pets pick up on that too.”


Tribune News Service had an article “When is a Pup Grown Up?” Nobody really knows but it’s thought that it’s usually between 18 and 24 months. “The process of a puppy reaching maturity is a physiological phenomenon. But other factors contribute, such as environmental stimulation. Behavioral leveling usually occurs when dogs have become familiar with their environment and know what’s expected of them. Fortunately, we have the terriers, as the article also noted “dogs from working lines, whether they are sporting breeds or sled dogs tend not to get serious or to slow down for years.” Having grown up with the Wire Fox Terrier, I do think that a terrier retains his exuberance until well on in age. Nothing to do with terriers but in the U.K. an English Springer Spaniel has donated more than 21 pints of blood which has helped to save more than 80 other dogs’ lives. It noted that dogs have only two blood types – positive and negative with positive being the most common. His owner noted, “Arnie isn’t the cleverest of spaniels, but he has done a wonderful job over the years – he’s a good boy.” And of course, I must mention a bit of local news that’s gone national. A dog at the

Minneapolis/St Paul International Airport won the TSA’s “Cutest Canine” award. Ebbers, an 11-year old Lab and Vizsla mix is retiring and is currently the oldest dog in the CSA Canine program. He loves squeaky toys, apples, swimming and helping to keep people safe at the airport. He’s assisted with two Super Bowls an NCAA National Championship football game and the Indianapolis 500. A busy boy! All terrier people are familiar with the Skye Terrier statue in Edinburgh but I thought this photo from a Scottish newspaper was too charming to pass up. On a sad note, we had to bid farewell to the Monarch of England, Queen Elizabeth II. She has been in the TerrierGroup editorial quite a few times in the past. Rest in peace your Majesty. May you all have a great time at the Montgomery show and may the weather be a perfect fall day and the wins also be what your heart desires. A perfect fall day in Pennsylvania is the best – the trees are changing and the countryside is decorated with pumpkins and beautiful chrysanthemums in all of their colorful glory.

Send us your ads and let us know what or who you would like to hear about in the terrier world. Muriel Lee • Editor

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Maripi Wooldridge Terrydale Lakeland Terriers

TerrierGroup magazine is pleased to have this interview with Maripi Wooldridge, well-known handler and breeder of Lakeland Terriers. I grew up in Rio Piedras in Puerto Rico. We did not have any pets until I was ten years old and I got a Scottish Terrier named Toby. He was purchased from what we would now call a back yard breeder. He was my pet that I loved and one day I started to attend a dog handling class that was offered in a parking lot in a neighboring town. This is where I met my first dog show mentors, Illiana Miller and Lydia RamirezFajardo, who bred Afghan Hounds and Whippets. 12

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The more I attended dog-related events the more I became interested in showing dogs. I started to go to Illiana and Lydia’s homes to learn how to brush, condition and train dogs. I started to read every book and magazine related to dogs that I could get my hands on and I still have some of those magazines and books today. The first dog show I attended was at the Peurto Rico Kennel Club’s show in San Juan in 1970. After attending this first show I went to every show and to every handing class and dog related event on the island. My mother would also take me to the Dominican Republic and to the Caribbean to attend dog shows. Fascinating and exciting is how I would describe the first dog show and it gave me an adrenalin rush with all the business and energy throughout the show! This is where I met Bill Trainor and Michael Dachel at shows in Puerto Rico. Throughout the weekend shows they would keep me busy running rings and doing all the young assistant-type jobs. And this is where I became hooked on the sport of purebred dogs. Tobi, my pet Scottie, and I were awarded best of breed at our first show. I had a “professional” groom him for the show. He used clippers to groom and in those days I did not know the difference between clipping and stripping. When I was showing in Juniors I had a chance to compete with legends such as Jamie Glodnik of West Highland Terrier fame, and Debbie Bull of Whippets and Border Collie fame.

Scottie handler to condition him and to bring him to the Florida circuit in 1976. And this was the circuit where I met Bergit and Clay Coady. They offered me a summer job to do terriers. I went back to the university after that summer and in September of 1977, and by the Florida circuit in January I had quit school and went to work for Bergit and Clay full time for 3 ½ years. The first time I walked into this famous show terrier kennel I thought I would never learn the names of all of the Scotties, Westies and Mini Schnauzers! Needless to say, it did not take long to learn all of the dogs’ names! Working for two great Terrier handlers with a long list of top terriers was an experience like none other. As much as I loved all of the other breeds I had been familiar with, the Terriers were the ultimate high! Trimming terriers became an obsession and I loved to trim them and show them. After leaving Clay and Bergit I got married and started showing dogs professionally on my own in 1980. I had many mentors in my early years. The noted persons above in particular. Many mentors, including peers who were experts and talented in their own breeds, shared their knowledge and history of their breed specifics. I still consider Bergit a mentor to this day.

I went to work for Bill Trainor in Massachusetts every summer from our first introduction. I would work at the boarding kennel and would go to the dog shows on the weekends. The dog shows became a part of my life and I was in contact with some remarkable dogs, such as the famous Irish Water Spaniel, Aristocrat, from the kennel of Mrs. Snelling in Canada and many other top dogs of that time. My family had moved from Puerto Rico to Miami and my dad was a commercial pilot when I was 14. When I was 16 my friend and I decided to buy a good Scottie from the kennel of Dick Hensel of the famous Dunbar Kennels. Unfortunately, I was getting ready to go to college during that time and I had no one to keep my precious boy so Dick recommended sending him to a famous

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TerrierGroup Interview • Maripi Wooldridge didn’t get your first best in show on your first year out, you would not make it in this business.” I was lucky to get a best in show on my first top client dog shortly after going out on my own. My first Lakeland special was Ch. Terra Copper Pampita owned by Lloyd Stark. There have been thankfully a lot of memorable wins. Different breeds provide different experiences and that makes it memorable. Big shows like the 1995 Westminster Kennel Club when the Scottie, Peggy Sue, was best in show, was a very memorable win. Santa Barbara, Beverly Hills, International Kennel Club, Houston – winning at these prestigious shows all create incredible memories. Sometimes winning a national specialty in a breed with a dog that you have so much invested in makes for unforgettable memories. Winning with a homebred that took generations to create is as big a high as winning any best in show, and sometimes more. Although Montgomery Kennel Club has been that elusive best in show, placing at Montgomery is always exciting and memorable. Of course, there are disappointments too! Who would have guessed Peggy Sue (Scottish Terrier) would go fourth in the group for three years in a row? Montgomery is my favorite show of all shows, and also my most disappointing and heart breaking of shows. My own homebred has placed second in the group at this most amazing show.

“What goes through your mind when waiting with six other dogs for the best in show rosette.” This is an interesting question as it varies from dog to dog, judge to judge and line-up to line-up. There are certain dogs that you walk into the ring and you feel that it should win every time. Being more realistic you know that when you are in the ring you have a shot at winning, not always but often. It could be because your dog is far superior to the others, or the judge likes your dog, or prefers the particular breed or group. Most of the time you are not thinking much other than to make your dog look his best, you still have the dog focused and concentrating, and you are concentrating to do your job as a handler the best. I have been very lucky in my career as a professional handler to win and capture the BIS or National Specialty ribbon at most of the country’s prestigious shows. I am at a different point in my life now and no longer handle dogs professionally, however, as always, I continue to show my homebred Airedales, Lakelands, Russells, Japanese Chins and now Brussels Griffons. The most recent memorable win would be the Lakeland, shown by Ariel and Sarah Cukier, winning the terrier group at the 2022 Westminster show. As I stated, winning a national specialty in your own breed is almost as memorable and I have bred many national specialty winners in Airedales, Lakelands and Japanese Chins.

“Are the terriers still holding their own in BIS?” I don’t think it’s a matter of terriers holding their own. There is an overall decline of quality at all of the dog shows. I am not sure how it is in Canada but here in the States we can have 10 to 12 shows on a weekend and the quality, presentation and conditioning of the dogs gets diluted, or it may appear that way. As far as BIS, I feel terriers are still the toughest group to beat if the dogs have correct type, conditioning and showmanship. But in general there are fewer and fewer terrier specialists left throughout the world. 14

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“In closing, what are your thoughts for your future?” We are in a very interesting time right now in our lives. My wife Jennifer Stevens and I are retiring from our boarding kennel business, Bed and Bone and Grooming that we purchased and ran after retiring from professional handling for 25 years. Our handlers and Lakeland coowners will be taking over the boarding kennel when we finally retire for good. We have bought a new house in Gibsonville, NC, which is very close to our current location in Mebane. North Carolina. I will continue breeding dogs as truly this is my passion and makes me the happiest. I am considering judging in the future.

TerrierGroup gives a special thanks to Maripi for this very thoughtful article on her life in dogs. Truly an active, hand working life, starting from the time she was a child in Puerto Rico, through her exceptional handling career and now into a life where there are still challenges for her ahead. She is ready for what comes her way!

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Montgomery County Kennel Club Show Sunday, October 20, 1929

Judges: Mr. W. P. Frazer, Toronto,, Ont, Canada Airedales, Smooth and Wire Fox Terriers, Irish Terriers Mr. Jeremiah J. O’Callaghan, West Roxbury, Mass, balance of breeds. NOTE: This is the first Montgomery County Kennel Club all-terrier show. Breeds that required at least an entry of 20 for a five-point major: Bull Terriers, Wire Fox Terriers, Irish Terriers, Scottish Terriers and Sealyham Terriers. For a five-point major the following breeds required six dogs: Bedlington Terrier, Kerry Blue Terriers, Miniature Schnauzers and the West Highland Terriers. Judging started at 11 AM for this benched show, with a one-hour break at 1 PM for exercising dogs. The entries: Wire Fox Terriers had the largest entry of 39, followed by the Airedale Terriers with 27, the Scottish Terriers with 25 and the Sealyhams with 15. Total entry for the show was 189. Prizes included $5.00 awards as well as trophies in the various breeds. The Airedales had an impressive trophy list and their trophies continue to be impressive at the current shows. The biggest exhibitor was the Rensal kennels with an entry of seven Sealyhams. Interesting ads: HUGHES AND MULLER – Clothes Made to Order for Gentleman. Dress and Sporting Clothes of Every Description. CH FLORNELL MASTERPIECE – Three wonderful Stud Dogs. Int Ch Flornell Miner, Flornell Speedway and Flornell Masterpiece. Fee: $35.

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“The Home of Champions” Percy Roberts, Reverly Kennels. The consistent winning of terriers emanating from these kennels proves conclusively they are the pick of the world’s best. From Ambler, PA, the following: MEYERS DAIRES. Tuberculi Tested Grade “A” milk. And of course, the usual dog foods, disinfectants and a place to dine. An aside: best of breed for the Scottish Terriers was Ch Ballantrae Wendy owned by Mr, and Mrs. Caswell Barrie. Many years ago I was at a flea market in Minneapolis and came across two best in show rosettes. The dealer was from Hibbing, MN, a town on the Iron Range. The rosettes had the name of Scottish Terrier Ballantrae Wendy on them, and of course, I bought them. However, I always wondered how a Scottie from Scarsdale, NY, had her winning ribbons turn up in Northern Minnesota and then end up in the hands of a Scottie breeder in Minneapolis. The ribbons were eventually sent to the STCA but since they have disappeared from sight I imagine that they have turned to dust by now.

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Chyscott Scottish Terriers Larae and Whitney Shafer and Krissy Shafer-Simmons

Chyscott Scottish Terriers was started by Larae Shafer when she was introduced to the breed in 1976. She was given a Scottie as a wedding present by her in-laws. She fell in love with the breed and within a year had to get another to be a buddy to her first Scottie. Mac and Albert, introduced her to AKC events through obedience and It was at this time that Larae discovered AKC conformation and was bitten by the show bug. She had a wonderful mentor in Betty Cooper (Besscott Scottish Terriers) who gave her the sound advice of going to Montgomery County Kennel Club show to watch and to find a breeder who had a type that she liked. Larae found that in breeder Nancy Fingerhut of Dana Scottish Terriers. After waiting a full year Nancy sold Larae a pick show bitch named Ch. Dana’s Amber Edition, known as Annie and this bitch would be Larae’s foundation bitch. In her first litter Larae finished all six puppies, making her STCA breeder of the year in 1984. Annie would end up producing a total of nine champions out of three litters. Larae’s two daughters, Krissy Shafer Simmons and Whitney Shafer, have both been actively involved in raising and showing for over the past 40 years under the Chyscott kennel name. Both daughters have whelped, groomed and shown almost all of the Chyscott Scotties since the early 1990s. Krissy and Whitney showed Scotties in Junior Showmanship and Krissy 24

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qualified in 1991 for Westminster KC and showed at 1992 WKC show. Whitney showed Ch Chyscott’s Evening Attire in Open Jr. at the prestigious Beverly Hills KC show and won best junior handler when she was just 11 years old. Whitney also won best junior at Montgomery CO KC in 2004 with her Scottie bitch Ch. Chyscott’s Written In The Stars. Krissy, after graduating high school and completing her associates degree in Mass Media, decided to further her knowledge and experience in dogs and moved to California to work and apprentice under famed terrier handler and now AKC judge Bergit Coady Kabel. The invaluable lessons that came from this experience were truly wonderful. Krissy, a few years later was able to work under terrier handler and Smooth Fox Terrier breeder Amy Rutherford for a year. The knowledge and opportunities that came from these apprenticeships helped Krissy to become the handler and groomer that she is today.

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Larae in 1990 had an opportunity to travel with a Skye Terrier friend to shows in England and Scotland. It was at these shows that she met Scottie breeder Mrs. Shelia Maw of Pendlehill Scottish Terriers. Larae fell in love with a young bitch that Shelia had and was showing. After a few months of correspondence Larae was able to purchase Ch. Pendlehill Velvet, Meg, after she won reserve CC at Crufts. Meg can be found in every Chyscott dogs pedigree for the past 25 years and she ultimately became Chyscott’s second foundation bitch. Meg produced some of Chyscott’s biggest winners including, Ch. Chyscott’s Evening Attire, Ch. Chyscott’s Coat of Arms and Ch. Chyscott’s First Knight. Ch. Chyscott’s First Knight, Lance was Chyscott’s first national specialty winner, winning the breed at the 2002 national rotating specialty from the BBE class under breeder judge Barbara Casey. Lance also would become Chyscott’s first stud dog to reach a ROMS with over 25 plus champion offspring. Lance is in the pedigrees of all Chyscott Scotties today. Chyscott has produced 50 plus AKC Champions, most of which were finished breeder/owner/ handled by the Chyscott family and many are multiple group and specialty winners. Chyscott Scotties have consistently won WD, WB, or the breed at several national specialties. In 2014 Larae and Krissy stayed home from MCKC (which was very rare) to do a very special breeding, while Whitney flew out to show her bitch Ch. Chyscott’s Whisper In The

Dark to RWB at MCKC. This breeding was our stud dog, Ch. Chyscott’s Behind The Mask, (Drake) and Vandra Huber’s bitch GCHG. Mc Van’s Be Bop Baby (Betsy). This breeding would result in two beautiful and outstanding boys, GChB. McVan’s Be Bop Boy at Chyscott (Blake) owned by Chyscott and GCHB. McVan’s Big Bopper (Bopper) owned by Vandra, Rebecca Cross and Doreen Cross. Blake would ultimately be Chyscott’s first all breed BIS winner, also winning the breed at the rotating national specialty under English Scottish Terrier breeder Judge Laurie Herd. His full brother Bopper would win two national specialties at MCKC and breed/group at Crufts show in England. In the Fall of 2019 Chyscott would head to MCKC with three nice class dogs… a Bred By dog, Ch. Chyscott’s Kingsman (sire to the two younger dogs) Gch. Chyscott’s Ringmaster and GCHG. Chyscott’s The Greatest Showman. The sire, Memphis (a Blake son) would win WD at MCKC under Anne Katona. However the most exciting part was the young Silver brindle puppy that took RWD at the Devon dog show and won his class out of 9-12 months at MCKC. This silver boy was our Hugh, GCHG. Chyscott’s The Greatest Showman. Hugh was out of a litter of seven, his dam being Ch. Chyscott’s Darkest Before The Dawn (WB at MCKC in 2018). Hugh’s pedigree represents Chyscott’s years in the breed with seven generations of Chyscott dogs on his bottom side and eight generations Fall 2022

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on his top side. Hugh knew he was special from the start and made us all very aware of his presence as he never shut up, barking for attention constantly. Krissy’s two sons, Trent and Parker, attached to Hugh early on. Parker at the time was in love with watching the movie, The Greatest Showman. He demanded that this obnoxious silver boy had to be named the Greatest Showman. Krissy knew that this name was a big name to give a puppy and that at the time we didn’t know if he would quite live up to it, but with Parker’s unwavering persistence she finally gave in and registered the Silver boy as Chyscott’s The Greatest Showman with the call name of Hugh. Unfortunately, Covid would hit in 2020 and plans to take Hugh to MCKC in the classes would not happen. Hugh would ultimately finish going breed from the classes over specials to pick up his last major so he could qualify for the deadline for Westminster in 2021. We had no idea Hugh would hit the show ring with such a bang, but in his first month out as a special he had won his first BISS and his first all breed BIS and RBIS. We knew that at this point Hugh was going to be our biggest winner and everything Larae and her daughters had worked for in the past 48 years with their breeding program. With Krissy homeschooling sons Parker and Trent we decide Rotating National 2019 - WD GCh. Chyscott’s Ringmaster-Whitney, WB BOW Ch. Chyscott’s Arriving In Style-Krissy

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to hit the show circuit traveling to shows together as a family and witnessing a campaign by breeder/owner/handlers that has made history in the breed. Hugh finished out 2021 as the number one Scottish Terrier and number five terrier in Dog News statistics. Hugh also won the prestigious Scottish Terrier Club of America’s Llyod Memorial Trophy and broke the record for All Time Winning Scottie Owner Handled and Breeder Owner Handled Scottish Terrier. Hugh finished out 2021 with 16 all-breed best in shows, seven reserve best In shows, five best in specialty shows including best of breed at the STCA national specialty at Montgomery County under breeder Judge Merle Taylor, by far the most special and important win as breeder owners! Hugh also finished out the year by winning the BBE group at the AKC Invitational under Mr. Larry Cornelius. Hugh is everything we at Chyscott would want in a Scottie, feeling that he represents the Scottish Terrier standard completely. At only thre years of age he continues to shine in the ring, currently winning five more BIS, three more RBIS and two more BISS and best ofbrreed at Westminster KC in 2022. Hugh’s career is far from over and we are just so excited to see what the future holds for him in the ring, and with his new puppies that will begin to start showing this fall. BOB Rotating National 2002 - Larae - Ch. Chyscott’s First Knight.jpg


It is so exciting to have three generations of our family on this journey. Larae helps whelp and take care of dogs, but now leaves the majority of the grooming and showing to Krissy and Whitney. It is also very special to have Krissy’s two sons actively involved and interested in breeding and handling. Trent currently shows his Whippet in Juniors, but he can be seen helping in the Scottie ring on many occasions. Several other Scottie breeders jump at the opportunity to have Trent help them out to take dogs back in for winners or the breed.

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Parker currently shows his Scottie girl, GChB. Chyscott’s She Set’s The City On Fire and is currently leading the STCA’s top junior stats for 2022. Both boys just recently qualified for the AKC Invitational hosted by Royal Canin and will travel to Florida in December to compete. They have been asked on many occasions if they will eventually become handlers and they both always answer no as they tell people they want to be breeders and continue with the breeding program that their grandma started all those years ago! None of this could have been possible over the years without the two main men in our lives. Mike Shafer, Larae’s husband and the girl’s dad, has been an essential part of Chyscott by staying home to take care of dogs, litters of puppies, and helping shuttle kids during school and sports. Krissy’s husband and the boy’s dad, Rod, has helped with the kids and fixesanything that breaks down.

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We here at Chyscott are so proud to represent the sport of AKC dogs as a family, with three generations of breeder/owner/handlers and feel that we have proven that with a preservation to breeding really good dogs and sticking to the standard, that you can be rewarded at the level that we have!

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Dr. Bonnie Harder DC, VSMT

Canine Chiropractic My name is Dr. Bonnie Harder DC, VSMT, and I have an unusual job that brings up loads of questions. I have treated a variety of species in my ten-plus years of work experience as an animal chiropractor. The most notable were the rabbit that had problems jumping, the iguana that kept falling out of his hammock and the deer that got caught in the fence. I also treat many canines of all shapes, sizes, breeds and performance levels. The more memorable are an agility dog gracefully retiring while his “younger brother” is just starting agility, a champion dock diving dog, a terrier with severe back pain and a Pug with neck arthritis causing walking problems. While treating all of these adorable canines, I am asked many questions that can help you with your dogs and I have collected some of the common questions and their answer for you.

How did you become an animal chiropractor? There are two alternative paths when someone wants to become an animal chiropractor. First, you either become a chiropractor or you become a veterinarian. As a veterinarian I decided to become a chiropractor because I wanted more control of my work schedule, no emergency calls and I can treat people as well as their animals. I received a bachelor’s degree in science and then a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, which took eight years of college and once I was a chiropractor I was able to enroll and become certified in animal chiropractic. I chose an Animal Chiropractic Certification Commission (ACCC) and approved certification of Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy (VSMT) course through the Healing Oasis Wellness Center in Wisconsin. The VSMT course was vigorous with 260+ hours of classroom, clinical work and tests where animal adjusting, neurology, anatomy, physiology and pathology are all taught in relationship to canine chiropractic work. If you want to become a veterinarian you still need both a Bachelor of Science and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, which will take

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eight years of college. Once you become a veterinarian you will need to become certified through an ACCC approved animal chiropractic certification course. Unfortunately, veterinarians can only treat animals and not people. When deciding which path to take, I recommend checking your state laws where you will practice. Some states require a signed veterinary referral form for a chiropractor to treat an animal, and in a few states it is illegal for a chiropractor to treat an animal. The laws are actually in place to help pet owners and to prevent anyone from calling themselves an “animal chiropractor” with a “weekend certification course.” There are excellent canine body workers and canine massage therapists, but animal chiropractic is different. An animal chiropractor needs proper training to ensure your pet is not injured or harmed during an adjustment. Please make sure your animal chiropractor has taken an ACCC approved certification course. How do I know if my dog needs chiropractic? These are some of the basic questions I ask pet owners to see if their dog may benefit from chiropractic: Has your dog had a sudden change in behavior or movement? • Is your dog not jumping up on furniture or in the car like they used to? • Are they having problems going up and/ or downstairs? • Has his gait changed or is he favoring a leg?

• Is he wearing nails on one paw more than on the other? • Does he tend to arch his back? • Has he stopped playing and interacting with you as much? • Does he suddenly yelp, whine,or avoid petting in certain parts of his body?

If you answered yes to any question above, discuss chiropractic care with your veterinarian as a drug-free and no surgery option. Animal chiropractors commonly treat minor lameness, hip dysplasia, back pain, neck pain, tail pain, ear infections, spine disc injuries, arthritic problems and so forth. Animal chiropractors are also known for enhancing sport and performance dogs for showing, agility, dock diving, herding, disc dogs, flyball, freestyle, lure coursing, hunting and more. Chiropractors are trained to see and/or feel inconsistencies in joint movement and correct them for the best performance and injury prevention. I always “glow” when I hear about my canine patients winning trophies, performing better, or even just jumping on the couch and cuddling better. How does chiropractic help my dog? Chiropractic is a therapy where fast, low force thrusts are directed to areas where muscle or tendon attaches to bone. A strong knowledge in anatomy, physiology and neurology is needed to know where these areas are and how the thrust will affect the animal. The precise thrust resets muscle tension, breaks up joint adhesions, gaps the joint to re-align folds that can cause pain

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Dr. Bonnie Harder DC, VSMT when compressed and realigns the joint. What that means for your dog is decreased pain, preventing early arthritis, helping joints that already have arthritis, improved nutrients getting to the joint, improved joint mobility, improved joint loading and better body coordination. All of this leads to a happier, healthier dog and an incredibly happy owner. Some animal chiropractors will also combine other therapies with chiropractic, like canine massage, cold laser, pulsed electromagnetic frequency home exercises/activities, acupuncture or Chinese medicine. How do I find an animal chiropractor near me? You can ask your veterinarian for reputable person in your area. You can see who your friends or competition use. The American Veterinary

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Chiropractic Association has a “find a doctor” option on their website. The Healing Oasis Wellness Center has an Alumni/Graduate list on their website by state. Whoever you decide to treat your animal, please make sure they are a veterinarian or chiropractor with an ACCC approved animal chiropractic certification. Author: Dr. Bonnie L Harder DC, VSMT 2002 Animal Science Bachelors with Equine emphasis and business minor 2010 Activator Certification (chiropractic instrument technique) 2011 Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) 2011 VSMT (Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy/Animal Chiropractic) from Healing Oasis Wellness Center in Wisconsin 2011- Current Holistic Balance Animal Chiropractic 2012-2013 Kishwaukee Community College Human Biology Instructor 2012-2022 Independent Contractor at Aspen Chiropractic Clinic (where I treated people)


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Muriel Lee

REMEMBERING The Hon. David Merriam David Merriam’s life in dogs began as a young teenager when he received his first Bull Terrier as a gift from a retired colonel. Since that time (over sixty years) he bred many a Bull Terrier under the Broadside prefix, winning several best in shows along the way. Although he is well known as an AKC judge since 1966 when he was approved to judge all terriers, Merriam, a law school graduate (with a master’s degree from Stanford in political science) was a well-known municipal court judge for San Bernadino County , retiring from the court in 1993. He was well known on the American Kennel Club board where he served two different times, being first appointed to the board in 1979, being elected twice to that position and resigning in 1986. He returned to the board in 1994 and later served as interim chief operating officer of the AKC. In 1997 he was reelected to another four year term and became chairman of the AKC board. During his time on the board he worked, and succeeded, in getting the delegates representing the kennel clubs throughout the country more active in kennel club deliberations through the foundations of delegate committees. He enjoyed judging the terriers and judged not only in the US but throughout the world. Through his judging he met the Queen of England as well as Henry Kissinger, although he admits, “Not at the same time.”

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He received many honors throughout his years – judging best in show at the Montgomery County all-terrier show twice, in addition to judging the terrier group at Westminster. He judged Bull Terriers at Crufts and in 1996 he was named Gaines Man of the Year. He enjoyed his travels to judge throughout the world, he enjoyed gardening and reading, and throughout his life resided in California. Merriam passed away earlier this year.


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Mary Larson

A Look at Books

The Dog Who Came to Christmas and Other True Stories of the Gifts Dogs Bring Us Selected stories from 29 different authors

For those who will be looking for a little respite from the Christmas rush, Callie Smith Grant’s book the Dog Who Came to Christmas and Other True Stories of the Gifts Dogs Bring Us may be just the answer. Tucked between the covers of this tidy little book, readers will find many stories that are sure to bring a smile to one’s face and serenity to the heart. The editor of the book selected the stories from 29 different authors. All of the stories hinge on dogs at Christmas and the different ways they bring joy to their families. Some of the authors reminisce about dogs from their past, while others tell their stories of current dogs now sharing their lives. Every story can be read in about five minutes, so keep it handy next to a comfy chair. Also included in the book is a short biography of each author. Readers will be able to read about the lives of the authors as well as contact some of them through emails or websites. Snuggle in and enjoy these uplifting stories. The Dog Who Came to Christmas and other stories… Your editor says, “A good little Christmas gift!” Barnes & Noble – Paperback - $14.99, hard bound, $29.99 Amazon- Kindle - $14.99, hardbound - $29.99

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Jo Ann Frier-Murza

Patron

The Sniffer Dog

It’s rare for us to have one of our own, a terrier, who is world renown as a war dog. Not since the working Airedales of WWI and Patton’s Bull Terrier, Willie, in WW II, has a terrier been as famous as Patron, the bomb sniffing Jack Russell Terrier who resides in the Ukraine. When Mykhailo Ilyev chose a show dog and pet for his family, he had little idea where this scrappy Jack Russell would end up. Patron, who is two years old, came of age as war was unfolding in Ukraine and all hands were needed to address the enemy. Ilyev is a soldier working for the State Emergency Services as a pyrotechnic specialist. He took Patron to work with him and learned, almost by accident, that the terrier had a gift for finding explosives. Patron’s name translated to English is “Cartridge or Bullet” and he seems to answer the call naturally. With his terrier skills, he is driven, tireless and accurate. Since he put on the service vest and received formal training, he has accounted for finding hundreds of life-threatening devices. Not only has he saved unknown numbers of lives, he provides a focus for patriotism. Art, wall murals, news articles, merchandise, and even his own Twitter account have appeared around Ukraine. He makes visits to educate children about the dangers of unexploded devices and hidden landmines, and the precautions to be

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taken to protect life. He is able to focus the children on safety in ruined areas where their lives have been turned upside down. On May 8, Mykhailo Ilyev and Patron were awarded a Civil Protection Award honoring a soldier and fighter, and probably Patron is the smallest soldier, for their dedicated service. President Zelenskiy presented the award himself with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participating, although Patron barked at them and looked for treats. At the end of May, Patron racked up another award. This one was “The Palm Dog Award” presented at the Cannes Film Festival. Although The Palm Dog Award is usually given to an actordog, Patron earned this for his “contribution to humanity, neutralizing anti-personnel mines to retrofitted anti-vehicle mines across rural and residential areas”. On March 19, as the war was escalating, a video was placed on YouTube by the Ukrainian State Emergency Services. The caption says it all from a grateful country--- “News from Patron, the mascot of Chernihiv pyrotechnicians continues to serve. Since the beginning of the war, he and SES sappers have cleared almost 90 explosive devices. Thank you, friend, for your tireless work.”


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Sharon M. Albright, DVM, CCRT

Hope for the Diet-Related Dilated Cardiomyopathy Dilemma For several years, scientists have been investigating the increase in reported cases of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dog breeds without a genetic predisposition to this disease. Other factors such as toxin exposure, infectious agents, and/or nutrition could contribute to disease development in these dogs, but diet has received the most attention.

What is Dilated Cardiomyopathy? Dilated cardiomyopathy, or DCM, is a disease where the heart becomes enlarged and the muscle cannot contract or pump adequately to

provide normal blood flow throughout the body. Clinical signs in dogs include increased heart rate, coughing, difficulty breathing, weakness, and fainting. Arrhythmias, congestive heart failure, or sudden death are also possible. Treatment involves the use of medications to support heart function and remove excess fluid from the lungs. Unfortunately, the disease is rarely reversible except in a small number of cases that respond to supplementation with the amino acid taurine. With funding from the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) Grant 02661: Investigation into Diet-Associated Dilated Cardiomyopathy

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in Dogs, a team of investigators at several US veterinary colleges screened apparently healthy dogs eating various diet types to better understand the extent of the problem and look for potential causes. They found higher levels of troponin in dogs eating diets that were grainfree or had peas, lentils, and potatoes as main ingredients.1 Troponin is a protein found only inside heart muscle cells. It leaks into the blood stream when heart muscle cells are damaged, making it a good biomarker or indicator of heart damage. Investigators hypothesized that these increased troponin levels indicated low-level heart muscle cell damage in these otherwise healthy dogs. While the investigation into diet-related DCM continues, CHF awarded a Summer Veterinary Student Educational Grant to Dana Haimovitz, a veterinary student at the University of Florida, to assist Principal Investigator Dr. Darcy Adin with data collection and analysis. Ms. Haimovitz (class of 2023) analyzed data on 20 dogs eating grain-free diets with subclinical heart damage from the original study. Physical exams, blood tests, and echocardiograms were performed on these dogs every three months for one year to see if their subclinical heart damage would improve after a diet change. In fact, troponin levels and left ventricular internal systolic diameter (a measure of heart contraction or function) decreased after one year of eating a diet containing grains. These results were presented during a poster session at the 2021 AKC Canine Health Foundation National Parent Club Canine Health Conference and were

recently published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.2 Additional study is ongoing to explore exactly how grain-free diets or those with peas, lentils, and potatoes as main ingredients contribute to subclinical heart damage and DCM in dogs. However, these latest findings offer hope. Results show that heart muscle cells can recover, and that subclinical damage appears to be reversible. CHF and its donors remain committed to studying diet-related DCM and other types of canine heart disease. Learn more about this research at akcchf.org/cardiologyRPA. Working together, we can help all dogs live longer, healthier lives. References: Adin, D, Freeman, L, Stepien, R, et al. Effect of type of diet on blood and plasma taurine concentrations, cardiac biomarkers, and echocardiograms in 4 dog breeds. J Vet Intern Med. 2021; 1– 15. https://doi.org/10.1111/jvim.16075 Haimovitz, D., Vereb, M., Freeman, L., Goldberg, R., Lessard, D., Rush, J., & Adin, D. (2022). Effect of diet change in healthy dogs with subclinical cardiac biomarker or echocardiographic abnormalities. J Vet Intern Med. https://doi.org/10.1111/jvim.1641 Related Articles Investigating Diet-Related Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Dogs – It’s Complicated (04/09/2021) Prognostic Value of Quantifying Right Heart Echocardiographic Values in Dogs With Pulmonary Hypertension (07/10/2020) Diet-Related Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Dogs (01/15/2020)

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Past Montgomery County Kennel Club Winners

MONTGOMERY COUNTY KC BEST IN SHOW WINNERS Year

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1929 189 Wire Fox Terrier Iveshead Scamp 1930 202 Airedale Terrier Flornell Tavern Maid 1931 193 Scottish Terrier Rookery Repeater Of Hilda 1932 159 Airedale Terrier Ch. Walnut Challenger 1933 181 Faultless Bligniy

Bull Terrier

1934 167 Scottish Terrier Ch. Flornell Soundman 1935 179 Airedale Terrier Ch. Shelterock Miss Sentiment 1936 209 Sealyham Terrier Ch. Wolvey Noel Of Clairesdale 1937 155 Airedale Terrier Warland Watto Of Oxxon Hill 1938 167 Smooth Fox Terrier Ch. Nornay Saddler 1939 222 Bedlington Terrier Ch. Lady Rowena Of Rowanoaks 1940 192 Irish Terrier Ch. Newtonards Aristocrat 1941 135 Smooth Fox Terrier Ch. Desert Deputy NO SHOWS 1942, 43, 44, 45, 46 and 47 1948 165 Kerry Blue Terrier Blucote Deidre O’ker-Wel-Aire 1949 152 Scottish Terrier Deephaven Sensation 1950 214 Stately Lady

Irish Terrier

1951 183 Smooth Fox Terrier Ch. Downsbraugh Two-O-Clock Fox 1952 211 Welsh Terrier Ch. Toplight Template Of Twin Ponds

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1953 198 Welsh Terrier Ch. Toplight Template Of Twin Ponds 1954 211 Scottish Terrier Ch. Edgerstoune Troubadour 1955 322 Dody’s Demitri

Miniature Schnauzer

1956 339 Kerry Blue Terrier Ch. Tailteanns Marcie’s Son 1957 288 Lakeland Terrier Todhole’s Monsoon Miss 1958 319 Airedale Terrier Ch. Weshay Fiona Of HarHam 1959 396 Scottish Terrier Ch.Blanart Bewitching 1960 426 West Highland White Ch. Symmetra Snip 1961 486 Welsh Terrier Ch. Caradoc Llyd Of St Aubrey 1962 493 Welsh Terrier Dewi Of St. Aubrey 1963 507 Scottish Terrier Ch. Carmichaels Fanfare 1964 585 Scottish Terrier Ch. Carmichael’s Fanfare 1965 589 Wire Fox Terrier Ch. Rigadon Right Again’ 1966 608 Smooth Fox Terrier Ch.Foremark Ebony Box Of Foxden 1967 710 Wire Fox Terrier Ch. Hetherington David Piper 1968 671 Miniature Schnauzer Mankir’s To The Moon 1969 716 Miniature Schnauzer Ch. Mankir’s To The Moon 1970 824 Lakeland Terrier Ch, Special Edition 1971 937 West Highland White Ch.De-Go Hubert


1972 973 West Highland White Ch. Purston Pinmoney Pedlar

1997 2415 Norwich Terrier Ch. Fairewood Frolic

1973 1251 Scottish Terrier Ch, Schwer’s Dynamic Happy Boy

1998 2437 Irish Terrier Ch. Rockledge’s Mick Of Meath

1974 1205 West Highland White Ch. Bradholme Toronado Of Binate

1999 2254 Norwich Terrier Ch. The Duke Of Copperplate

1975 1285 Lakeland Terrier Ch. JoNis RedBaron

2000 2253 Kerry Blue Terrier Torem’s Scarf Of Michael

1976 1421 West Highland White Ch. Ardinrun Andsome Of Purston

2001 2288 Kerry Blue Terrier Ch. Torem’s Scarf Of Michael

1977 1428 Lakeland Terrier Ch. Terra-Copper Chuca

2002 2192 Airedale Terrier Ch. Tartan Scottshire Ultra Glide

1978 1508 Welsh Terrier Ch. Copperboots Blaste

2003 2260 Norfolk Terrier Ch. Cracknor Cause Celebre

1979 1486 Sealyham Terrier Ch Goodspice Tarragon

2004 2269 Lakeland Terrier Ch. Northcote Celzar Serious Riot

1980 1503 Norwich Terrier Ch. Thrumpton’s Lord Brady

2005 2244 Smooth Fox Terrier Ch. Penfox Trackway’s Wicked Brew

1981 1540 Airedale Terrier Ch. Brqvo True Grit

2006 2022 Sealyham Terrier Ch. Stonebroke Right On The Money

1982 1785 Lakeland Terrier Ch. Jamboree Judilra

2007 2104 Airedale Terrier Ch.Evermay’s High Performance

1983 1809 Wire Fox Terrier Ch. Dynamic Super Sensation

2008 1904 Sealyham Terrier Ch. Elbe’s Hidalho At Goodspice

1984 1746 Scottish Terrier Ch. Braeburn Close Encounter

2009 1858 Scottish Terrier Ch. Roundtree Mercedes Of Maryscott

1985 1732 Wire Fox Terrier Ch. Forchlas Caraid

2010 2131 American Staffordshire Ch. Castlerock’s Sbigstaff Mad About You

1986 2075 Wire Fox Terrier Ch. Galsul Excellence

2011 1903 Sealyham Terrier GCh. Elbe’s Goodspice Easy Money

1987 2126 Lakeland Terrier Ch. Killel Pointe Of Vu

2012 1838 Lakeland Terrier GCh. Iron Van Foliny Home

1988 2107 Wire Fox Terrier Ch. Talludo Minstrel Of Purston

2013 1982 Wire Fox Terrier GCh. Afterall Painting The Sky

1989 2312 Wire Fox Terrier Ch. Killick Of The Mess

2014 1920 Norfolk Terrier Ch. Yarrow Venerie Winning Ticket

1990 2266 Scottish Terrier Ch. Brookhill Morning Edition

2015 1949 Wire Fox Terrier GCh. Hampton VCouirt’s Monte Cristo

1991 2244 Scottish Terrier Ch. Brookhill Morning Edition

2016 1776 Norwich Terrier GCh. Taliesin Twicd As Nice

1992 2413 Norwich Terrier Ch. Chidley Willum The Conqueror

2017 1945 American Staffordshire CGh.G Roadhouses Life Of The Party

1993 2275 Norwich Terrier Ch. Chidley Willum The Conqueror

2018 1469 Welsh Terrier GCh. Brightluck Money Talks

1994 2466 Irish Terrier Ch. Rough And Ready’s Wild Irishman

2019 1410 Welsh Terrier GCh.B Abbeyrose Captain Jack

1995 2424 Sealyham Terrier Ch. Fanfare’s Goodfellow

2020 NO SHOW DUE TO COVID 19

1996 2301 Welsh Terrier Ch. Anasazi Billy The Kid

2021 1383 American Staffordshire GCHP Roadhouses Life Of The Party CA RATN DN CGCA Fall 2022

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Olga Forlicz

Is This a Beginning of the End? One day, 13 years ago, the police brought an Amstaff-looking canine to the dog hotel where I worked. The dog’s owner had been arrested in connection with drug trafficking and he was to spend this time in custody. He was the owner of the dog and was therefore fully responsible for him, and the police refused to give the dog to anyone else because it looked like an American Staffordshire Terrier.

The owner claimed that it was not a purebred American Staffordshire, but he had no evidence of the dog’s origins, so he was unable to prove that the dog was either a purebred or a mix of what breed it was. In Norway, it was enough for it to look like one of the forbidden breeds. After several weeks at the hotel, the dog got attached to us workers and showed that he was a wonderful, friendly and cheerful dog. We then received a police order to put him to sleep. The officials didn’t care what his individual temperament was, as it was enough that he looked like a breed that was deemed potentially dangerous.

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According to the regulation of Mattilsynet (Norwegian Food Safety Authority), it is forbidden to keep six breeds considered . American dangerous in Norway: Pitbullterrier, Staffordshire Terrier, Fila Brasileiro, Tosa Dogo Argentino, Ceskoslovensky Vlcak, as well as any of their hybrids. It is also forbidden to breed, import dogs, semen or embryos of any of these breeds. The reason for the ban is that these breeds (although one might ask “why exactly these?”) are considered potentially dangerous, and especially aggressive. In case of any doubt as to the behavior of the animal, the police and customs authorities may require the owner to prove its breed, and if this also raises reservations, the police have the right to kill the dog or send it abroad.


Norway is unfortunately not the only country introducing various types of restrictions related to dog ownership, but earlier this year Norway became famous again as a result of the verdict of the District Court in Oslo, published on January 31. Norwegian animal rights organization, Dyrebeskyttelsen, sued the Norsk Kennel Club (NKK; Norwegian Kennel Club), two NKK clubs - the Norwegian Bulldog Club and Norwegian Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club, and six breeders for violating Section 25 of the Norwegian Animal Welfare Act.

The lawsuit was based on the fact that the breeds dealt with by the above-mentioned clubs and often compared to other breeds, struggled with health problems, such as breathing issues and eye diseases, in addition to heart and joint defects. All defendants unanimously agree that the dog’s welfare comes first with their goal being to keep dogs healthy and long-lived. However, they lost the case which prohibited the breeding of English Bulldogs and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. The verdict aroused great controversy around the world and reactions from other cynological organizations. The ban affects breeders of purebred dogs with documented origin, i.e. breeders associated in NKK. However, it does not include dogs from pseudo-kennels or those imported from uncertain sources. The demand for both breeds is huge, and uncontrolled breeding may create even greater problems than those currently faced by the forbidden breeds.

Immediately after the court’s verdict, NKK was supported by other kennel clubs, including SvenskaKennelklubben (SKK; Swedish Kennel Club), commenting on the events in Norway

very negatively in terms of the future of these breeds in the world. Norway, although the first, will not necessarily be the last country to prohibit the breeding of certain breeds. Perhaps animal rights organizations will not stop at bulldogs and cavaliers...? “SKK does not believe that a breed-wide ban on breeding is the right path, but advocates a constant dialogue between breeders, judges, clubs, veterinarians and authorities to influence breeding in the right direction,” writes the organization on its website. At the same time, SKK sees the ruling in Norway as a clear signal to intensify efforts in terms of the welfare and improvement of the health of animals used for breeding. Already in 2009, special instructions for exterior judges were introduced in Sweden, obliging them to pay special attention to specific problems in individual breeds, by writing a report after each judging. These instructions have been supplemented with training of judges and conferences for breeders. SKK also asked veterinarians to report all surgeries performed due to breathing problems. Judges, on the other hand, have the option of disqualifying a dog due to poor health, which results in excluding the dog from breeding. The Swedish Kennel Club also works with authorities, universities and veterinary organizations on dog health issues.

Although at the moment it may seem that the problem does not concern us, it is worth taking a look at it and to take action to work on improving the health of breeding dogs before it is too late. It is also worth remembering that although the legal problems in Norway cover only two breeds, it may not end at two, so the issues of dog health, regardless of the breed, should be treated as a priority. Sources: Norsk Kennel Klub, Svenska Kennelklubben, Mattilsynet

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Melanie Feldges

Dogs, Rough and Smooth The Art of Lucy Dawson As a fine artist, illustrator and graphic desinger, I am always on the look-out for beautiful peices of art that in a sense, calls out to me. If there is a dog or horse in the image...well that is even better! I was walking through a little antique shop in a small town west of Chicago on a bright Saturday morning when I saw this tattered book cover with a Sealy and a Smooth Fox Terrier pencil drawing on it. I was immediately intrigued by this pair of terriers. Their expression. The lights and darks of the drawing and the general mood that definately says “I am a terrier, even though I am laying down and looking sweet.”

Needless to say, I bought it. Lucy Dawson’s art, to me is so full of life and movement. Something I like to portray in my own artwork. I look at this book constantly and learn with every turn of the page...

Dawson Lucy 1867-1954 Lucy Dawson (who also worked under the name of ‘Mac’) was famous primarily for her portrait work and etching, but she was also of the most talented and, until recently, underrated dog artists of the early twentieth century. Lucy Dawson worked in pencil, pen, ink and oil, but was mainly known for her work in pastels. Her charming sketches of every breed of dog are reminiscent of the work of Cecil Aldin. She lived in Bristol until about 1930, and then moved to London after the death of her husband. In the late 1930s, she moved again to Hertfordshire, where she stayed until she

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died just before her eightieth birthday. Lucy Dawson wrote and illustrated a number of books, including Dogs as I See Them (1936), Dogs, Rough And Smooth (1937), Lucy Dawson’s Dog Book (1939) and Neighbours (1939). She also had reproductions of her drawings featured in both English and American magazines.Lucy Dawson was commissioned by the British Royal Family to go to Windsor Castle and paint their favourite corgi, named Dookie. This painting was later reproduced as the family’s personal Christmas card. She also exhibited for many years at the R.I. Galleries in Piccadilly, London.


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