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Table of Contents Volume 8 Number 1 • Winter 2022 6 Editorial Muriel Lee 10 The Delights of Auggie Kris Kibbee 16 50th Anniversary of the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America Emily Hodges 19 SCWTCA Results 24 100th Year Celebration of the Kerry Blue Terrier Reita Nicholson 32 REMEMBERING: Rudolph Tausky Muriel Lee 38 Look at Books: And a Dog Named Fig Mary Larson 40 Do Lipid Droplets Play a Role in Canine Pyometra Canine Health Foundation 56 2022 MCKC in Pictures Melanie Feldges 4 TG TerrierGroup 2022 All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is strictly prohibited. Disclaimer: the editor reserves the right to refuse, edit, shorten or modify any material submitted. The editor’s decision on all printed material is final. The views expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of the publisher. The publisher can not be held responsible for breach of copyright rising from any material supplied. No responsibility is taken for errors and inaccuracies or claims in advertisements.Anyone wishing to contribute their artwork, short stories or comments can submit them to

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Janet E. Baker 21

Nelson “Skip” Begeot Jr 21

Jennifer Chappell ........................................................ 36-37

Marianne and Ernie Conti 25

Ariel Cukler 2-3

Melanie Feldges Fine Art ................................................. 34

Melanie and Rick Feldges 51

Laurie Friesen 30-31

Kurt Garmaker .................................................. Back Cover

Danielle Green 14-15

Nancy Han 44-45

Eva & Blake Hanson ............................................ Cover, 8-9 Marian Harding Back Cover

David and Susan Harris 14-15

Lemore Hedemark ...................................................... 36-37

Heather Hunter.................................................................. 25

Karen J’Anthony 2-3

Amanda Kozora ............................................................... 41

Maria Kelley ................................................................ 35, 41

Hayley Keyes 2-3

Susan Kuhn 54-55

Mark LaBonte 22-23

Michael Lynch 14-15

Dean Mapley ............................................................... 36-37

Bill McGinnis 22-23

Stacy McWilliams 36-37

Marie Murphy ................................................... Back Cover

Reita & Craig Nicholson 44-45

Jinece Rees 27

Heather Roozee ........................................................... 54-55

Steve & Debi Russell 13

Jeanne Schaefer 27

Cheryl & David Stanczyk ............................................ 28-29

Sandra Stemmler 35

Jennifer Stevens 2-3

United States Kerry Blue Terrier Club .............................. 52

Constance and Larry Varni ........................................ 14-15

Tonnie and Gerard Willrich 41 Scott Wasserman .............................................................. 51

Maripi Wooldridge .......................................................... 2-3 Stacy Zimmerman 36-37

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TerrierGroup Editorial

The terrier show held every year in Montgomery County, PA. had another great weekend with perfect weather, and terriers from around the country in attendance. I’ve always felt that there is nothing better than seeing a true Eastern fall in Pennsylvania, where everyone knows how to decorate their houses with corn stalks, pumpkins and scads of mums. The trees are turning into glorious colors and if the weather is good, it’s hard to beat! And coming from someone from Minnesota that’s saying a lot.

There will be a bit of a lull in shows in many parts of the country with the winter weather, however the shows in Florida can keep everyone busy during December. The AKC Championship Dog Show will be held on December 17 and 18 at the Orlando County Convention Center with performance events preceding it. It looks like it will be a busy weekend for all who attend – either showing your dogs or watching the competition.

Sad news was the death of Jane Flowers in early July…Jane, of Stanley and Jane Flowers. Stan and Jane raised both Boxers and French Bulldogs but either one of them could be seen in the Smooth Fox Terrier ring. Jane always looked just as smart as her dogs – well dressed and perfectly groomed. I’ve known Jane for over fifty years and remember the first time she showed a dog – a Boxer. The dog, weighing nearly as much as Jane, took her around the ring up and down and

back and forth, and as we watched we thought it a miracle that she was still in one piece. A quick learner however and it didn’t take her long to learn the dog showing ropes under Stan’s wing. Not many know that before she married Stan and became a handler, she had graduated from the University of Minnesota with a master’s degree in nutrition and held a very good job at General Mills in the Betty Crocker Test Kitchen. There was no funeral so the Frenchies are having a lunch in her honor at the Minneapolis Kennel Club show in November. It has been noted that they were hoping to have a major in Frenchies since “Jane was always looking for a major.” She was a good and a long-time dog friend and I shall miss her.

We are so pleased in this issue to have writer Kris Kibbee back with an article on the trials of owning a Miniature Bull Terrier puppy, a far cry from when she owned a French Bulldog! There is also an article on the dogs of the new British royalty. Finally, we are finished with the Corgi’s and on to


the Jack Russells, and in this issue you will find a recap of King Charles and Camila’s life with their beloved rescue dogs. Foreign correspondent Olga Forlicz, busy with college studies, didn’t have time for an article but surprised us with this fabulous Halloween photo of her Sealyhams.

The New York Times had an article on “Will your dog develop dementia?” Some studies have found that dementia can occur in up to 35% of older dogs. There are over 15,000 dogs enrolled in the Dog Aging Project from the University of Washington. “Odds of getting the disease also appear to increase in dogs that have neurological disorders, or impaired hearing or sight.” For all of my years in terriers and with friends who also have them, I have found that terriers can be very long lived and no one mentioned that their dog has had mental disorders… perhaps failing eyesight or hearing is a problem instead. Of course, as in humans, the older a dog gets, the better the chances for some mental instability.

The Artful Living magazine, which writes about and photos high end homes, had an article on “barkatecture”, basically posh living for your dog, and cats too. There is an increase of 115% in searches for furniture for your pets since 2020 and top brands and designers are coming forth with all kinds of amenities to lure sales, along with mentions of over-the-top purchases by well-known individuals. Paris Hilton had a small replica of her massive home designed for her dogs - $300,000. However, it’s not just the architecture – over-sized, elevated tubs with steam showers and deep soaking tubs are also available for your pooch. Morgan Stanley says that the pet industry is growing every year, a $100 billion dollar industry. And that’s a B, not an M. There was an interesting article in our newspaper titled “In company with the queen.” Yes, the Queen not only had Corgis but she kept a kennel of twenty Labradors

at Balmoral and Sandringham. The Queen, on occasions, hosted the British Retriever Championship which a hunter from Minnesota attended on many occasions. He notes that when the Queen died at Balmoral her body left in an oak coffin which was carried by the estates six gamekeepers. “It affirmed the kinship she shared with those of common field interests, whether king or courtier.”

Ending the article, he noted that in 1913 her grandfather held a shooting party that killed nearly 4000 driven pheasants in one day. The King acknowledged contritely, “perhaps we overdid it today.” During the Queen’s reign four of her Labs won top placements at the championship show. The writer noted that the Queen “drove her personal Land Rover Defender to the shooting grounds with a friend, which had a small Lab emblem on its hood, carrying a pheasant in his mouth.

A good Thanksgiving to everyone and may your holidays be full of good cheer, good health and friendships.

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Kris Kibbee TG

I’ve owned my ne’er-do-well Miniature Bull Terrier puppy for 197 days (trust me, I’ve been counting) and in that space of time

I’ve heard the name ‘Target Dog’ shrieked at me a grand total of 687 times. Add in ‘Spuds MacKenzie’, ‘Patton’s Dog’, and the occasional, inexplicable ‘Eddie from Frasier’ and I’d put that total closer to 1,128. One woman from my local breed club recently told me that a passerby asked in earnest whether or not her dog was mixed with aardvark. Not a one of them knew what a Bull Terrier was.

I’m often amazed by how clueless John Q Public is with regard to purebred dog breeds. I would by no means label a Miniature Bull Terrier as obscure, but it’s easy to forget that we’re in the minority. And I think it’s important not only to recognize that, but also to use those powers for good.

As I venture out into the great wide world to socialize this guy, what I’ve now learned most is it’s like a unicorn covered in PET ME stickers. I’m stopped on the regular and regular doesn’t even cut it. Try a dozen interruptions to any average shopping trip. What is he? Why is he that color? How old is he? Is he always so chill? Where did you get him? How much did he cost? How can I get one?

Full stop. Pedigree powers--ENGAGE!

What you see as a dapper, well behaved little man who is in fact a Tasmanian Devil with nefarious intentions, who has already tried to eat six 2 x 4s, an innocent passerby’s poncho, and an entire roll of fiberglass insulation since we walked into this Lowe’s 10 minutes ago. If not for my intervention and well-timed corrections, this place would be rubble. No, this isn’t a naturally obedient dog. No, he won’t heel at your side unless you’re prepared to invest months upon months in socialization and training. No, he won’t transform from a wrecking ball into a marginally manageable juggernaut unless you stimulate him both mentally and physically non-stop throughout each day. And no...if I’m being honest....I suspect you shouldn’t own one.

Of course, I’m met with long faces. I’m sure many of our readers have seen them too... those slack-jawed gazes...a mixture of disappointment and suspicion. Is this really true? Can I not immediately have this thing which has caught my fancy? Or is she trying to keep this dog all to herself? Is this dog a little angel-baby that needs to be rescued from its cynical owner? Is she part of some underground faction of dog breed extremists who are trying to purify the line by meticulously managing each individual pup that passes down the chute? maybe I’m letting my imagination do the talking here, but you get the drift.

Those of us who invest hundreds of hours in the health, training and care of our dogs with an objective to turn out true breed ambassadors are in just as much a minority as those who can easily identify a Miniature Bull Terrier. And while some breeds are certainly much easier than a mischievous MBT (which, as I say it, feels like calling Hitler a bit of rabble-rousing scamp), they all have their bugaboos.

Be it in an issue of time, dedication, or simple desire for ease, many average folks aren’t equipped to handle their initial breed of choice. And unfortunately, they aren’t knowledgeable enough to realize it. That’s where we come in! With a bit of educated intervention (aka

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Pedigree Powers!), we can stop these dogs from ending up in the wrong hands. We can stop them from ending up in already overwhelmed rescues. We can stop even worse. Nowadays. I actually delight when people stop me to ask about little Auggie. I enjoy being able to educate them. I enjoy telling them about my trip down the Rescue Rabbit Hole and about all of the physically and behaviorally challenging Bull Terriers that came to me before him. I enjoy watching their faces drop as I explain how he likes to eat wasps, and wake up at 2:00 a.m., and hucklebutt with such frenzy that all the windows in the house shake. Granted, they don’t always believe me. But then again... some of them still believe in unicorns.


The 50th Anniversary of the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America

Fifty years ago, the year 1973, marked the end of a quest for AKC recognition and the beginning of breeding for championships and the setting of records. Members of the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America were thrilled to finally have achieved what was necessary to be recognized as a pure-bred dog, eligible for exhibition for points, by the American Kennel Club. Along with having to exhibit in as many states as possible, two B matches and two A matches were required for membership. The Metropolitan New York Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club and the Delaware Valley Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club accomplished this in two years and all of the matches were well attended.

Carol Carlson showed her dogs up and down the East Coast. She and I even attended a Rare Breed Match in Raleigh, NC. I showed as far south as North Carolina and as far west as California, showing two dogs in California in 1972 while Peter Green showed our imported female. Jackie Gottlieb, Marjorie Shoemaker and Gay Sherman Dunlap actively exhibited mainly in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. We were all thrilled to show at Montgomery County Kennel Club this year and the shows preceding it and after it, on that wonderful weekend. The truly great excitement came when one Wheaten became a champion that weekend. Abby’s Postage Dhu O’ Waterford finished the very first weekend of championship points!

Fast forward fifty years and Marjorie Shoemaker, owner of Ch. Abby’s Postage Dhu O’ Waterford

Emily Hodges

ROM is awarded the Lifetime Award for her achievements both with the club and in her breeding and exhibiting programs. Marjorie, an accomplished artist, was the creator of the logo for SCWTCA, and also created the logo for the Delaware Valley Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club. In addition, she drew the example dogs used in our national club’s first grooming chart. In addition, she has served the club in so many ways, including as editor of our club magazine Benchmarks.

Montgomery County Kennel Club is the premier terrier club in the world and people from many countries come to watch, but this year the Wheaten specialty was televised on AKC TV for the world to watch from home. The show was dedicated to long time breeder and champion of the breed, Mrs. Jacqueline Gottlieb of Andover Wheaten fame.

Our ring was spectacular, thanks to the brilliant design of Chuck Rodamer. Chuck is a member of the SCWTCA and an expert landscape designer. His goal was to make an exceptional ring so that it would look beautiful in pictures and on AKC TV.

The beautiful and timeless specialty artwork was designed by Melanie Feldges, publisher of TerrierGroup magazine. The weather couldn’t have been better.

Our only drawback was that our show chair, who had spent a full year working on this special event, tested positive for covid on Friday morning before the Hatboro show where the Delaware Valley Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club celebrated fifty years of existence. That day was a special one for me since I was a co-founder of that club and I was honored to judge the puppy and veteran sweepstakes.

KC Gottshalk had worked tirelessly all year long on the specialty. She spent the entire year preparing for the week only to have tested positive for covid on Friday morning. She brought us amazing raffle items; a necklace from Hunting Horn, a custom-made crate from Best In Show, and stained glass made by Fool’s Glass that presented our logo in living color. KC also chose excellent chairs for her committees and they were able to carry on and the show did go on without any noticeable snags.

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America sweepstake was held Saturday in the ring we would use again on Sunday. It was judged by longtime member and breeder, Dana Barton of Jendu Wheatens. Her best in sweeps was Bryr Rose For Pete’s Sake! owned and bred by Carolyn Garrett, co-owned by Gwen Meyer, and

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Marjorie Shoemaker, owner of Ch. Abby’s Postage Dhu O’ Waterford ROM Jackie Gottlieb Bronze Wheaten Head

best of opposite sex went to O’Mannion’s Enchanting Moonlight Mile owned by Kirsten Pierson and bred by Joanne and Terry Manning. Gary Vlachos, longtime breeder of Brenmoor Wheatens, past president of SCWTCA, and AKC approved judge for many years, judged an entry of over 100 dogs. He wore his kilt and appropriate accoutrement as he has done judging MCKC on two previous occasions. Gary is a terrific gentleman, and he handled his ring and his entry with a smooth, caring hand, giving everyone the time and attention they deserved. His ring procedure made it easy to follow both at home and at ringside. Gary’s best of breed went to GCH WHINDANCER COMES AND GOES IN WAVES, owned and bred by Susan Ratliffe, Abby Kochan and Art Miller: best of opposite sex was awarded to CH. KEEPSAKE BOREAL VICTORIOUS, owned by Shari Robinson, Sydney Robinson and bred by Shari Robinson, Sydney Robinson and Katia Lemay.

mention a particularly poignant moment from the weekend. Friday evening, at our annual awards banquet, we joined in congratulating and thanking this year’s Wheaten Ambassador Award winners to Denise Linnert and Gilley, Kaler Gillegan Island Girl, CGC, members of the Therapy Animals of San Antonio CARE crisis response team.

On Wednesday morning, the day after an 18-year-old gunman carried out the second deadliest school shooting in US history, the dedicated members of the Crisis Animal Response (CARE) team of the Therapy Animals of San Antonio reported to the Uvalde Civic Center comforting members of the community, teachers, parents and children. Among these dedicated volunteers was a Wheaten Terrier named Gilley and her owner, Denise Linnert.

Our club is so appreciative and proud of all that we have accomplished in the last fifty years. We continue to strive to improve and protect our wonderful breed. Still, I must

They were evaluated and certified by The Therapy Animals of San Antonio in February 2020. Denise and Gilley officially completed their FEMA certification that same year. Their first deployment as a crisis response team was the horrific school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, supporting community members, teachers and counselors. It was exhausting work. “It has been a humbling experience,” said Denise whose drive to and from Uvalde takes four hours.

The entire story is told on the Soft Coated Terrier Club of America Facebook page.

Emily Hodges


JUDGE: Mr. Gary M. Vlachos

Puppy, 6 & Under 9 Months Dogs.


Owner: Kristen Williams. Breeder: Kristen Williams.


Owner: Kathy Clarke & Gwen Meyer Breeder: Kathy Clarke & Gwen Meyer.

Puppy, 9 & Under 12 Months Dogs.


Owner: Shari Boyd. Breeder: Amy Havely & Vicki Noah & Shari Boyd.


Owner: Barbara Smith & Neil O’Sullivan Breeder: Barbara C Smith. 12 & Under 15 Months Dogs.

1 RYR ROSE FOR PETE’S SAKE!. Owner: Carolyn Garrett. Breeder: Carolyn Garrett. 15 & Under 18 Months Dogs.


Owner: Phill Hood & Jean Hood Breeder: Marla Braun & Chuck Rodamer.

Bred by Exhibitor, 6 & Under 12 Months Dogs.


Owner: Shari Robinson Sydney Robinson Priscilla Tims. Breeder: Shari Robinson Sydney Robinson Priscilla Tims.


Owner: Denise Daniel. Breeder: Denise Daniel. Bred by Exhibitor, 12 Months & Over Dogs.


Owner: Brittany Phelps & Samuel Zimmer Breeder: Brittany Phelps & Sonya Urquhart.


Owner: Daria Gerety & Jeanne Ferris Breeder: Jeanne Ferris.


Owner: Ilona Shur & Roman Marutov Breeder: Ilona Shur.


Owner: Blaine & Lynda Frantz & Liz & Mike Jamiolkowsk. Breeder: Liz & Mike Jamiolkowski.

American-Bred Dogs.


Owner: Denise Daniel & Marty & Dawn Orr, Breeder: Denise Daniel & Amy Martin-Piesz & David Piesz.

Open Dogs.


Owner: Lana Campbell & John Slack Breeder: Lana Campbell & John Slack.

2 ANTIC BONNEY HOCUS POCUS Owner: Kristen Williams. Breeder: Patricia Rutherford & Bonita F Snyder.

3 WHINDANCER’S MOVING THROUGH THE NIGHT . Owner: Susan Ratliffe & Art Miller. Breeder: Susan Ratliffe & Art Miller & Abby Kochan.

4 WHINDANCER PRINCE CHARLES LEAPING IN AIR Owner: Susan Ratliffe & Caroline Burtner. Breeder: Marcy Kraus & Susan Ratliffe. Puppy, 6 & Under 9 Months Bitches.

1 ROXSTAR’S MY LADY IS THE SEA Owner: Cheryl A Johnstone. Breeder: Cheryl A Johnstone. Puppy, 9 & Under 12 Months Bitches.

1 ANAMCARA’S LUNA LOVEGOOD Owner: Meggan Abboud & Gwen Meyer, Breeder: Meggan Abboud & Gwen Meyer.


Owner: Cathryn Bennett. Breeder: Cathryn Bennett.


Owner: Barbara A Peterson B Smith N O’Sullivan. Breeder: Barbara C Smith.

4 LONESTAR DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT Owner: Thomas & Wendy Neill. Breeder: Thomas Neill & Wendy Neill.

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12 & Under 15 Months Bitches.


Owner: KC Frankenburger & Lauri Brooks Breeder: Lauri Brooks.


Owner: Susan Ratliffe Sarah Brad Taber-Thomas, Breeder: Susan RatliffeArt MillerAbby Kochan.

3 O’MANNION’S ENCHANTING MOONLIGHT MILE . Owner: Kristin Pierson. Breeder: Joanne ManningTerry Manning.


Owner: Donna E Baird & John W Baird Breeder: Joanne Manning & Terry Manning.

15 & Under 18 Months Bitches.


Owner: Nancy Draper & Gerard Thompson Breeder: Nancy Draper.

Bred by Exhibitor, 6 & Under 12 Months Bitches. 1/W/BBE/BBEB/AOM (5 Points) STAR EYE CANDY Owner: Denise Daniel. Breeder: Denise Daniel.


Owner: Susan Ratliffe & Art Miller & Abby Kochan. Breeder: Susan Ratliffe & Art Miller & Abby Kochan.


Owner: Shari Robinson Sydney Robinson Priscilla Tims. Breeder: Shari Robinson Sydney Robinson Priscilla Tims.


Owner: Barbara Smith & Neil O’Sullivan & Melisa Lopez. Breeder: Barbara SmithMelisa Lopez. Bred by Exhibitor, 12 Months & Over Bitches.


Owner: Brittany Phelps Breeder: Brittany Phelps & Sonya Urquhart.


Owner: Deborah Van De Ven,Breeder: Deborah Van De Ven.

3 VILLANOVA HARD AS A ROCK Owner: Cynthia Phelps. Breeder: Cynthia Phelps.


Owner: Barbara Peterson. Breeder: Barbara Peterson Roxanna Springer. American-Bred Bitches.


Owner: Wendy Neill & Thomas Neill. Breeder: Thomas Neill & Wendy Neill. Open Bitches.


Owner: Cheryl Turner. Breeder: Cheryl Turner.

2 WHEATNBROOK’S STEEL MAGNOLIA Owner: Kristen Williams. Breeder: Kristen Williams Susan Sowmick.


Owner: Catherine Wesley. Breeder: Catherine Wesley.


Owner: Brittany Phelps. Breeder: Brittany Phelps. Veteran, 7 Years & Over Dogs. 1/AOM CH DHOWDEN FUNNY BUSINESS Owner: C Denise Bendelewski & Emily Henry, Breeder: Denise Bendelewski.

2 GCH CH VILLANOVA BLAME IT ON THE BOSSANOVA Owner: Cynthia Phelps & Brittany Phelp. Breeder: Cynthia Phelps.

3 GCHB CLOVER’S MR BLUE SKY Owner: Liz Jamiolkowski & Mike Jamiolkowski, Cedar Grove, NJ 070091915. Breeder: Liz Jamiolkowski & Mike Jamiolkowski & Beverly McDonald & Kevin McDonald.


Owner: Kate Heller & Donna Baird & Beverly McDonald. Breeder: Donna Baird & John Baird & Beverly McDonald & Kevin McDonald.

Veteran, 7 Years & Over Bitches. 1/AOM CH KEEPSAKE TIMTARA IM A ROCKSTAR Owner: Shari Robinson & Sydney Robinson & Priscilla Tims & Cheryl Satherley. Breeder: Shari Robinson & Sydney Robinson & Priscilla Tims.

2 CH STAR SHUT UP AND DANCE Owner: Denise Daniel & Amy Martin & David Piesz, Breeder: Denise Daniel & Amy Crowell & Rob Crowell.

3 GCHB CH TOUCHSTONE SPOOK-TACULAR Owner: Shelly Sumner. Breeder: Shelly Sumner. Best of Breed Competition.


Owner: Susan Ratliffe Abby Kochan & Art Miller, Breeder: Susan Ratliffe & Art Miller & Abby Kochan.

BOS (5-GC Points) CH. KEEPSAKE BOREAL VICTORIOUS Owner: Shari Robinson Sydney Robinson Breeder: Shari Robinson Sydney Robinson Katia Lemay.

BW(5 Points) TYRONE QUINTESSENTIAL PINEHOME Owner: Lana Campbell & John Slack Breeder: Lana Campbell & John Slack.

SEL (5-GC Points) GCHG CH ADAKO MICKEY MOUSE CLUB HOUSE Owner: Brittany Phelps & Sonya Urquhart Breeder: Brittany Phelps & Sonya Urquhart.


Owner: Meggan Abboud. Breeder: Gwen Meyer. AOM/BBED CH DHOWDEN FUNNY BUSINESS Owner: C Denise Bendelewski & Emily Henry. Breeder: Denise Bendelewski.

AOM CH KEEPSAKE TIMTARA IM A ROCKSTAR Owner: Shari Robinson & Sydney Robinson & Priscilla Tims & Cheryl Satherley. Breeder: Shari Robinson & Sydney Robinson & Priscilla Tims.

AOM CH SAM HILL’S SONG’S ABOUT JANE Owner: Amy Havely. Breeder: Amy Havely & Vicki Noah.


The 100 Year Celebration of The Kerry Blue Terrier

The exact origins of the Kerry Blue Terrier are lost in the mists of time, but any Kerry owner can tell you there were both fairies and blarney involved in the process. One hundred years ago the AKC recognized the Kerry Blue Terrier in 1922 and what a ride it has been! Since that time the evolution of the Kerry is well documented in photographs from the first dogs to the modern Kerry we have today, but they have retained much of their natural traits which makes them the exciting breed that they are.

A Kerry can be mischievous, adventurous and intelligent dogs that are able to do all types of activities, or have down time next to their owner. You may see them in the conformation ring, agility, obedience and all other performance areas. They were bred as an all-around farm dog and they still herd sheep, and some work on

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farms with different types of animals. When socialized from an early age they can get along with other dogs as well as other animals. They also have a mind of their own so they need a firm but gentle hand to guide them in the right direction.

A Kerry is an elegant dog with substance; he should be upstanding and well knit with proper balance in a muscular body. He is a dog that flows when he gaits, not a restricted or high stepping gait, and he should be balanced in both the front and rear. The coat is soft, dense and wavy, and the beautiful blue color is a hallmark of the breed. He has a look that announces that he is a very proud and noble breed. And just then he remembers how much fun life is and turns into a clown, which will keep you smiling and quick in your step.

When born, Kerries are little black bundles of joy, but as they mature into adulthood they change to a shade of blue/gray anywhere from a deep slate blue to a lighter silver blue, part of the adventure of owning a Kerry is to see as they age what color they will finally become.

Kerries are comfortable on a farm, in the suburbs or in a high rise in Chicago. They are very adaptable and will do anything for their owners. They are a breed that needs a stable environment and an owner that is willing to put some time into this wonderful breed. They need a job to keep them happy, whether it’s working in performance or watching over the children as they play.

When you live with a Kerry Blue Terrier they will make you laugh every day; they are amazing wondrous creatures that get into your soul and hold you captive. At times they might challenge your decisions, but they are also a loyal dog that will be your best friend throughout their life. People that live with a Kerry understand that there may well be a bit of a leprechaun in them!

The dedicated preservation breeders work hard to ensure that this beautiful breed continues forward with purposely bred dogs. Ongoing health testing ensures that the Kerries are well bred, healthy and fun to live with.

Please go to our parent club’s website USKBTC. com for more information about the Kerry Blue Terrier or contact one of the local chapter clubs in your area.

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Ch. Gulf Stream, Kerry Blue Terrier. 1942
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REMEMBERINGRudolph Tausky, famous dog show photographer

Rudolph Tausky born in 1888, educated in Budapest, Hungary, the country of his birth, and emigrated to Canada in 1905 and by 1910 was apprenticed to a horse show photographer in New York City. With the outbreak of World War 1 he signed up as a civilian photographer for the U.S. Signal Corp and eventually accompanied General John Jay Pershing (“Black Jack”) to Mexico to find Pancho Villa in Mexico.

After the war he returned to new York City and began to attend equine shows to photograph the winning horses. He found that the wealthy horse owners also owned purebred dogs and soon he was photographing the canines as well as the horses. By 1924 he was offered the job of staff photographer to the American Kennel Club, which he accepted as long as the AKC would allow him to continue with his private photography work.

He was shrewd with finances and by 1924 not only about photography but about finances and by 1924 and accrued enough money to purchase a small estate in Viper Saddle River N.J., a perfect location to continue to work in New Jersey and New York City and its environs. His estate became his studio with the beautiful gardens serving as the background for his photography. His clients travelled to his home with their canines or horses for the opportunity to have photographs taken.

He also obviously travelled to dog shows as there are a number of show photos taken. Tausky had a huge knowledge of not only breed traits but of anatomy, and he was excellent at retouching photographs and could remove stray hairs and fix a top line with finesse, all of which caused some controversary.

“During his 50-year reign as king of canine portraiture, Tausky developed a reputation as an imperious genius. Peter Green commented. Tauskey was temperamental and famous for shunning anyone who questioned his work.”

Throughout, his wife, daughter and son all assisted with the business. The family was obviously well-known as when his daughter, who was marrying a young man of wealth in 1981, there was a write up of the wedding in the New York Times.

He worked for fifty years as a canine photographer even though arthritis struck him at the age of 50 and he walked with two canes. After his death in 1979 his entire canine photography was donated by the family to the AKC library, where four decades of photos and negatives can be seen by anyone interested. It should be noted that many of the photos are unidentified, but without a doubt, it’s an outstanding collection of dog photography.

Muriel Lee Sources: Internet Best in Show by Bo Bengtsen American Kennel Club
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A Look at Books And a Dog Named Fig

Want to take a walk down memory lane? If so, then Helen Humphrey’s new book And a Dog Called Fig might just fit the bill. In her memoir Humphreys takes readers through the acquisition of her third Vizsla who she named Fig. The author’s memories of her past two dogs, both Vizslas, Hazel and her heart dog Charlotte, intertwine with the upbringing of her new puppy Fig. As dog owners are prone to do, she compares Fig, an active puppy, with her well-behaved adult Vizslas and Fig falls short. The new Viszla does have her redeeming qualities though and Helen and Fig continue to bond day by day.

When Humphrey’s got her new puppy she realized she couldn’t possibly write a novel, considering all the care the puppy needed, so she did the next best thing and she wrote a memoir about life with a growing, mischievous puppy. Readers will be included in the day-to-day activities that makes up what goes into the raising of a puppy. They take daily walks with Humphreys and Fig in the woods, who alternately runs off and then returns shaking with cold. Remember those needle-sharp puppy teeth that grab you around the ankles??

The author deals with that, too, along with all the other antics that come with puppy training and ownership.

A nice surprising addition to the book is Humphrey’s list of some of her favorite authors and their dogs. Readers will be introduced to Emily Dickinson, Virginia Wolff, E.B. White, Agatha Christie and others, as well as the dogs who shared their lives. Photos of both authors and dogs are included.

And a Dog Called Fig takes readers into the life of author Helen Humphreys, showing her as both author and dog lover, as the act of rambling walks with her dog throughout the day inspired her writing.

Readers, what will a rambling walk with your dogs do for you?

Available at: Amazon – on sale at $19.79 and Barnes and Noble - $27.00.


Do Lipid Droplets Play a Role in Canine Pyometra?

Canine pyometra, or infection of the uterus, is a life-threatening disease of intact female dogs. While medical and surgical treatment can be effective, a better understanding of how infection takes hold and how the disease develops may provide clues to develop more effective treatment and prevention strategies.

Previous studies have shown an increase in lipid droplets in the uterine lining during diestrus (the resting phase of the estrous cycle) and during pyometra. In a healthy female, the droplets are assumed to be a source of fatty acids for the developing embryo(s) and associated membranes. But since pyometra also tends to occur during diestrus, what, if any, role do these lipid droplets play in uterine infection? What are lipid droplets?

Lipid droplets are specialized structures inside cells that store fat molecules. They also send signals to help regulate fat and energy levels within the cell. Lipid droplets are coated with various proteins based on each droplet’s contents and function.

With funding from AKC Canine Health Foundation Grant 02669-A: Lipid Composition and Lipid Droplet Dynamics in Canine Pyometra Affected Endometria, investigators at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna conducted a pilot study to examine the location and characteristics of lipid droplets in canine tissue samples. They compared the characteristics of healthy uterine tissue to those

of uterine tissue affected by pyometra. Results showed more numerous and larger lipid droplets in the diseased tissue. Lipid droplets in the diseased tissue also had a unique protein coating compared to those in healthy tissue.

Lipid droplets in the uterine lining likely play a role in the development of pyometra, or uterine infection.

Because lipid droplets are so common in the lining of the canine uterus, they must play a role in reproduction. Since this study showed that lipid droplet levels and characteristics differed between healthy and infected uterine tissue, they likely also play a role in disease development. Additional study will further examine the function of these lipid droplets and

Sharon M. Albright, DVM, CCRT

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