Table of Contents Volume 5 Number 3 â€˘ Fall 2020
Editorial Muriel Lee
Researching Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia in Dogs
AKC Canine Health Foundation
Crossing Paths with Rebecca Cross Theresa Nesbitt
The Show Must Go On- Or Does It? Muriel Lee
Look at Books Muriel Lee
Showing during COVID 19 Marilyn Cathcart
Make the Best of the Covid-19 Era:
European Shows in Times of COVID 19
Go-to-Ground with the Terriers Jo Ann Frier-Murza Olga Frolicz
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Muriel Lee • EDITORIAL
TerrierGroup Editorial 2020 – the year of the Covid 19 Pandemic that closed up dog shows for months for some, and for only a few months for others. It seems that those in the southern part of the U. S. had a better chance of shows reopening earlier than those in the North due to outdoor venues where social distancing was possible. Westminster Kennel Club carried on, and as can be seen by one article in this issue, it takes a lot to shut down Westminster. It was determined quite early that our great Montgomery County All Terrier show would not be held in early October. A friend was attending the first local show to be held in Minnesota and I asked her to write an article on it, but she commented that she may not be able to get photos as she could not bring along her husband- no spectators. My local show, the Minneapolis Kennel Club, cancelled, in June, its late November show as the show is held at the Canterbury Park and between the horse races and the gaming table restrictions, the show could not be held with any ease. Theresa Nesbitt has an excellent interview with Scottish Terrier handler Rebecca Cross, who has done extremely well in the show ring. Kris Kibbee has one of her fun Halloween articles and what one can expect from their terrier. We are fortunate to have a group of clever limericks written by Ralph Protsik. There are a couple of articles about the current state of shows, but bear in mind that by the time you read this with our ever-changing world, much may have changed in the dog world. There is
a book review for a new book by our writer Kris Kibbee and we have included a review of this book even though dogs are not mentioned. In these difficult times we like to do what we can to help those who work with us. Jo Ann Frier-Murza has an excellent article on how earth dog trials have continued through this pandemic while keeping handlers and dogs safe. Leave it to the earth-dog folks who can be so capable and adaptable. Readers of the New York Times are familiar with the wonderful journalist, Frank Bruni and in his weekly Wednesday column wrote, “What a dog adds to life isn’t just amusement or love. A dog adds rhythm. A dog adds ritual.” And during these times it is certain that a dog adds much to our lives. A recent article in my newspaper, StarTribune, wrote about how the pet business is feeling the bite of the virus. As people have stayed at home, dog walkers, pet day care and overnight boarding has almost slowed to a stop.
The pet industry had doubled in size from 2007 to 2017, where pet care was a $5.8 billion dollar industry. Businesses, such as boarding grooming and pet walking, have now declined 60% around the nation. Many individuals have adopted a dog during these times to keep them company and to have a daily exercise routine of walking a dog. Some have wondered, and with good reason, what will happen to these animals once life returns to a normal routine. The Washington Post noted that children ages two to five were 34% more likely to have
considerate behavior in sharing and helping others. “The mere presence of a family dog was associated with many positive behaviors and emotions.” Perhaps you have noticed an increasing number of Corgis out on dog walks. And then comes an article from the U.K. noting that the Corgis popularity owes much to the TV series The Crown. Queen Elizabeth has owned over 30 Corgis since she received her first Pembroke in 1944. “They’re really darned cute and they’re just fun to be with.” On our walks I noticed many more Corgis and many of them are looking like they could do well in the ring. Good for those owners who know the value of a purebred dog. Pet Insurance…when getting pet insurance there are several things you should watch for. Find out the cost to treat conditions that your breed is likely to get. Choose a plan with an affordable annual deductible and weigh the reimbursement percentages against the monthly premiums. There are usually three types of coverage: accident and illness, accident and illness with embedded wellness
and preventive care. And be sure to read the fine print! Thanks to Better Home and Garden magazine for these tips. Notes from the U.K. “Great Scottie! The Scottish terrier is making a comeback as dog owners downsize. The Scottie has been taken off the British list of breeds at risk as there has been a near doubling of registrations for Scotties, Jack Russells and the Parson Russell as home owners are looking for smaller dogs to suit the modern lifestyles. Decreasing in popularity in Britain are the Old English Sheepdog, Dalmations and Bearded Collies. The Jack Russell’s popularity may be because British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has a Russell. The Scottish Terrier Club of England noted, “Scottish terriers are affectionate, loyal and intelligent, so we are delighted that this heritage breed seems to be bouncing back from historically low puppy numbers. Animals and their intelligence – if you haven’t already seen this on TV or read about it in The Washington Post, look up on the internet the coyote and the badger and how they crossed the road together. There are various postings on the internet and it’s an exceptional story, one too long to tell here. And for those who are keeping busy with jigsaw puzzles, here’s another good one – Dog Tales from Re-marks. Fifty book covers of dog books from Lassie to Old Yeller to The Call of the Wild. A fun puzzle but of all the books I had read only one as I had a tendency to cry throughout dog stories – and I still do.
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Muriel Lee • Editor
Scarier T erriers
The Sinister Sprite
You can feel it coming . . . feel a biting chill stir the air as dead leaves tumble down the street like children ushered by an impatient hand. The skies grow darker. The short days cry out sundown’s woesome howl. Fall is coming, and nothing can stop her. Before you know it, pint-sized Snickers bars (that your husband says are for the trick-ortreaters but we all know he’s gonna eat) start appearing in your pantry and pumpkins painted with wicked smiles are enticing you to gut them alive. It’s a fine time, if you like death and candy. But what about your terrier? What does he think? Is the coming of All Hallows Eve a frightful festival of spooky sounds and befuddling masks or perhaps ... just perhaps ...do our terriers feel right at home during this witchiest of witching hours?
Terrier Terror, Unmasked! For the brave of heart, I present a rare glimpse into what lies beyond the wiry muzzle; the pleading doe-eyes; the softy wagging tail ...a monster of our own creation! Read on, if you dare, and gaze in horror at my catalog of these monstrous creatures. While each one will surely be as bone-chilling as the last, the greatest and most horrific revelation will come when you discover that one of them is living in your home!
One might commonly identify this contemptuous little devil by his slick coat and erect ears. Terriers like the Fox, Japanese, Manchester, Rat, and Boston marauding as fun little companions lay claim to this category. They often appear to the untrained eye as “easy keepers,” and many a poor schmuck has toted one home with visions of bath-time in the kitchen sink and smooth sailing from there. But don’t be duped! These feisty little instigators have nefarious plans. Heck, they’ve got plans on top of plans and plans in case those plans fall through! So how can you tell if a Sinister Sprite is hiding alongside the monsters under your bed? Well ... have you noticed your dog doing zoomies at all hours of the night? Have you startled awake to a preemptive vomit noise that was undoubtedly the best and worst alarm clock ever? Have you found yourself catching impromptu stink-eyes from your pooch whenever you mention low-cal dog food, neutering, or going to church (this last one is particularly telling)? If so, you might just have a Sinister Sprite at your heels RIGHT NOW!
The Wiry Weasel This classification tends towards your Westies, your Silkies; Scotties and Aussies. Notice a theme here? Those playful “ies’s” slapped onto the rear end of each name, as if to imply some innocently playful temperament? Well let me tell you ---it’s all a ruse! After intensive and meticulous investigation, I’ve discovered the shocking underbelly of these breeds, and is just as tangled and ugly as...well... their real underbellies!
A walk around Hogwarts.
Case study one was an innocuous Westie named Salty. One might even call this little scrapper cute. But I knew better! Five minutes into outdoor observation this Wiry Weasel had already transformed himself into a wee green monster by way of rolling in a freshly mown lawn and intentionally trailing his body through ever manner of sticker bush that could gum up a coat. Fall 2018
“Isobel” the witch!
A little kerry magic...Kerry Potter!
Kerry BOO Terrier puppy
Bo Peep & her sheep (Bedlington terriers; Mom & twins)
Then, as if mocking the occupation of grooming altogether, he took a final dip in a nearby mud-puddle, tousled his spikey hair, and asked to go inside. Spoiler alert---30 seconds later, he wanted out again.
calculated and nefarious monsters of them all! Though still reeling from my encounter with the most wicked of Wiry Weasels (a.k.a. Salty), I soldiered forth for you, my dearest TerrierGroup readers, and took on what is hotly contested as the most dangerous of the Scarier Terriers—the Darling Demon. I spent an afternoon with Boo, the Maltese. An afternoon that I would not soon forget (dun-dun-DUN!)!
BEWARE the Wiry Weasel. They will bite the heads off of live creatures willynilly and make enough racket to send you to the madhouse. They’re essential Ozzy Osborne in a terrier suit!
The Brooding Bruisers
One thing I’ll say for the Bruisers—they look the part. All you Staffy and Bull owners out there know the rub. They look tough. They act...well ...most of the time they act like pussycats ...but perhaps that’s all part of the rouse? This meaty monster’s particular skillset it seemingly innocent yet (cue dramatic music) undeniably deadly! If they don’t get you with their relentless, asphyxiating kisses, they’ll surely sideswipe you with that lethal tail wag. I’ve heard tell of folks who’ve lost kneecaps! You’ll never wear shortpants and feel safe again!
Be afraid. Be very afraid.
The Darling Demon
Buckle up, Buttercup... because things are about to get really terrifying---
Boo, for all intents and purposes, is like a living doll. White as the day is long. Eyes bigger than all creation. Soft, spiffy coat that almost begs to be petted. The perfect dog. BUT WAIT. Insert car. Insert Boo in car. Apply stranger (me). BARK. BARK, BARK, BARK. SNARL. EVIL SNARL. I-WANNA-KILL-YOU SNARL. BARK BARK. BIG BOOM BARK. SECOND SNARL. I-WANNA-CHEW-THE-FLESH-OFF-YOUR-BONES SNARL. Need I say more? Clearly this guy has a side deal with Ford Motor Company. How much more detestable and evil can you get?
Digger, Digger, Checkbook Figure If you’re having trouble finding the right category to fit your Scarier Terrier, don’t despair ...it’s out there! Research into this frightening field is still young and much like discovering spooky new sea life in the gut of the Mariana Trench, we’re unearthing spinetingling new types of Scarier Terriers on a near-daily basis. Or, maybe your terrier isn’t a Scarier Terrier at all? Maybe you have the one, saintly, pure little puffball left on planet Earth. But before you start busting your buttons and picking out a sticker for the back of your Subaru that features a winged Jack Russell wearing a halo, let me run a few Scarier Terrier red flags past you.
terrier terrifying! You know that cute little “doggie in the window” fuzzball—the one with the fluffy hair (yup, I’m callin’ you out Skyes, Dandie Dinmonts, Wheatens, and Ceskies) and the head tilt that’s just a little too on-point? Well, those can be some of the most I’m going as a Wookiee for Halloween
Have you ... Ever caught your dog digging a whole so large that they could fit a body in it? Been nearly impaled by a stick, Nylabone, or other weapon-shaped toy? Noticed that your terrier seems to be sharpening his nails into the shape of a shiv? Discovered a half-dug tunnel that appears to lead into the Underworld? Suddenly realized that your grooming and/or vet bills have probably paid for someone’s Mercedes? Had to travel into the far reaches of Narnia (or perhaps its wicked twin) to retrieve your terrier’s poo? Awoken in the middle of the night to find your terrier staring at you through the dark as if ...plotting? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may own a Scarier Terrier (insert chilling gasp here). I’d advise you not to turn your back. For the only thing worse than having a Scarier Terrier lurking at your beside, tracking your every move, and shadowing your steps ...is not to have him there at all.♥
Sean in the Canadian rockies
Peg Bundy and her Kerry Bluedle
The Dynamic Duo
Sharon M. Albright, DVM, CCRT Manager of Communications & Veterinary Outreach AKC Canine Health Foundation
Researching Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia in Dogs
Immune mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA) is a disease of dogs where the immune system attacks and destroys red blood cells. These red blood cells deliver critical oxygen to tissues throughout the body, so after enough red blood cells are destroyed, the resulting anemia can have serious consequences. While infections, drugs, vaccines, and even cancer can trigger this immune system malfunction, in the majority of cases no specific cause is identified. These cases are called idiopathic or primary IMHA.
Idiopathic IMHA can be seen in all breeds of dogs and mixed breeds, although it seems more common in spaniel breeds and their mixes. Affected dogs can have mild, intermittent symptoms such as lethargy, weakness, and pale gums; or the anemia may be so severe that they experience an acute crisis of collapse and difficulty breathing. Treatment involves blood transfusions and supportive care during a crisis, and treatment with drugs like prednisone and others that suppress the immune system. Unfortunately, 20-70% of dogs with idiopathic IMHA do not survive. Those that do respond to treatment likely need to take immunosuppressive drugs, and deal with their side effects, long-term. Relapses can also occur. The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) and its donors are committed to funding research that can help prevent, treat and cure canine diseases such as IMHA. They have invested over $350,000 in studies exploring the underlying genetics and mechanisms of this disease, as well as improved diagnostic and treatment strategies.
Several CHF-funded studies have examined the mechanisms of IMHA, attempting to identify the specific proteins on the red blood cell surface that are targeted by the immune system and picking apart exactly which inflammatory molecules are the primary attackers involved in the abnormal immune response. Studies have also used improving genetic technologies to examine the genetic mutations and changes that may cause or occur in association with idiopathic IMHA. This includes
CHF Grant 02348: Whole Blood Transcriptome Profiling of Dogs with Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA) which shows promise in identifying the genes that are turned on early in IMHA. Understanding which genes are activated and when, may help us identify dogs that are at risk for developing IMHA and pinpoint biochemical processes that we can target for treatment. Additional CHF-funded studies have explored practical ways to improve the accuracy of diagnosing IMHA. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania studied a new tool to identify increased clotting in dogs with IMHA. With funding from CHF Grant 02637-A: Reducing Misdiagnosis of Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia, investigators are working to refine the accuracy of the commonly used slide agglutination test, which screens for the clumping of red blood cells that indicates immunemediated destruction. Finally, CHF-funded researchers have also studied the use of immunosuppressive drugs approved for humans in cases of canine IMHA. Additional studies to determine safe and effective dosing schedules are needed.
Idiopathic IMHA in dogs is a complex disease influenced by genetics, the immune system, the environment, and more. CHF-funded researchers are tackling this disease from all angles â€“ developing more accurate diagnostic tests and exploring new treatment targets and medications. Thanks to the support of our donors, CHF is working to create a world where all dogs can live longer, healthier lives. Learn more about our research at akcchf.org/research. Fall 2020
Crossing Paths with Rebecca Cross I’ll never forget the day I first crossed paths with Rebecca Cross. It was February 2015 and I was at my first Westminster show. I expected it to be stressful, but I was completely unprepared for how overwhelming that show can be for the uninitiated. However, it was my good fortune to be benched
directly across the aisle from Rebecca. I was in a proverbial meltdown but Rebecca was as cool as cucumber. With laser beam focus she moved around the grooming table with the concentration of a sculptor putting the final touches on a masterpiece. Despite her commitment to the task at hand she still gave me some warm words of encouragement as well as some fantastic “pearls” on grooming. Of course, I wanted to see Rebecca and her beautiful Scottish Terrier in action so I made sure to get to the ring early for a front row seat. 18
You learn a lot when you watch skillful handlers in the ring with their dogs, but you have to pay close attention because it isn’t what they DO as much as what they DON’T do. Just like professional athletes, they don’t make a lot of unnecessary or distracting movements. Perfect presentation is the result of a lot of hard work and practice. I often hear competitors complaining that the judges “look up the lead” but I have spent a lot of time looking up the lead myself, as one can learn a lot by careful observation of skillful handlers. Rebecca Cross is one of the best and it was a pleasure to watch her and her Scottie, Knopa, win the breed that day. It wasn’t long before I crossed paths with this talented team again. Thanks to the confidence I gained from my “pep talk” I decided to show my dog at Crufts. I went into the ring hearing Rebecca’s voice … “make the picture, make the picture.” It’s still the single best advice I have ever received. It was a wonderful day for me, but a spectacular one for Rebecca and her American bred and Russian owned Scottish Terrier, as Ch McVan’s To Russia With Love won the terrier group. On Sunday they went on to win the coveted title of best in show. The last time a Scottie won this title at Crufts was in 1929. It was great to be in the stands to cheer her on and, of course, to brag to everyone that I knew her but the drama did not end there. Rebecca found herself in a swirl of controversy dubbed “Tailgate”
after she lifted Knopa on to the winner’s table by the muzzle and the tail. Although this is often seen in the States it is less common in the UK and it sparked an uproar in the newspapers. There was even a petition with 100,000 signatures to remove her title! When I got a chance to interview Rebecca, I asked her about the experience. It was such an important and unexpected win she remembers being absolutely thrilled and she certainly didn’t let the negativity of the tail mar her joy. She told me “It was a little bothersome but I shut off from it and it blew over within a week. What got me over it was the support from the dog community and the ongoing “I stand with Rebecca’ posts.” Upon returning to the states for the Louisville show she was so moved to find her reserved setup spot littered with armbands proclaiming “I Stand With Rebecca. That’s what meant the most - that they had my back”.
she is always the best she can be and she never stops trying to get better. It isn’t a trick and it isn’t an illusion - it’s a system. It’s obvious that Rebecca Cross is a woman that knows when opportunity knocks you better not just answer the door, you have to be ready to go through it. When she graduated from high- school she joined the Air Force and her eight years in the military exposed her to aficionados, experts and breeders from all around the world. She gives the most credit to her time in Japan under the tutelage of Hiroshi Tsuyuki. They say what goes around comes around as Tsuyuki trained in the USA for seven years under terrier masters Clay and Bergit Coady, as well as terrier legend Ric Chashoudian and dog show icon Annie Rogers Clark.
When I asked her the secret to her success, I quickly discovered that following in the footsteps of Rebecca Cross is a more than formidable task - her “footsteps” have taken her all around the globe for most of her life. Her story is a fascinating one. Raised in Alaska on a threeacre homestead with her parents, Rebecca learned about hard work, but finding and breeding top notch Scottish Terriers with her mother was a challenge that honed her determination, persistence and pursuit of perfection. Together they chose a challenging breed and set forth a program of producing quality and consistency in their Scottish Terriers. Collaboration with other breeders of excellence was an investment that has produced some of their top winning Scotties. It’s not enough to breed great dogs. In the dog show world presentation is very critical, especially in the grooming-intensive terrier group. To make a good dog great isn’t about luck or even talent. People always want Rebecca to “share her secrets.” She isn’t shy about sharing, that isn’t a secret at all…
It would be difficult, if not impossible, for most of us to commit to this level of training. But we can all follow the secret of being the best you can be and always strive to be better. Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities to learn from Rebecca in online or hand’s on grooming and presentation seminars - and then practice, seek feedback, and improve. Embrace criticism as an important part of the process. And by all means, when you make the picture, be sure you have prepared yourself and your dog as you can’t photoshop a dog in the ring.
THE SHOW MUST GO ONOR DOES IT? Dog shows. We’ve been going to them for years and some of us have been attending them for decades. Noted judge Anne Rodgers Clark attended the Westminster Kennel Club show, her home show, for 66 consecutive years starting in 1941. But what happens when a show cannot take place? And what causes the cancellation of a dog show? We know that certain things that can cause the cancellation of a specific dog show, which is usually due to unfavorable weather conditions where one’s life could be endangered. Judging panels can be changed at the last minute due to a judges’ illness, and another judge steps in. The two great World Wars certainly had an
effect on shows, but the 2000 world wide Covid 19 pandemic, for the first time, has brought everything to a stop. Here’s a rundown on when the shows went on and when they stopped.
WORLD WAR I July 28 1914 to November 11, 1918 At the Westminster Kennel Club 1914 show, there were twenty judges, two coming from Canada, three from England and one foreign judge, Lieut. Baron von Forstner of Stuttgart, Germany, who judged 64 German Shepherd dogs, Dobermans and Boxers. It was to be a long time before another German judged at the New York show.
In the 1917 show the only overseas judge to make it to America was British Major E. R. I. Hoskins from Burnham. He had been seriously injured in the war and was given an honorable discharge. However, he was able to get to America and judged Fox, Irish, Welsh and Sealyham Terriers. At this same show, dogs of war also received special attention. The Geman Shepard Dog, Filax of Lewanno, rescued 14 wounded soldiers and was a special attraction.
The flu epidemic of 1918 started after American soldiers returned home from war, bringing the flu with them. One-quarter of the U. S. population died of this flu, 675,000 people, and the life expectancy dropped by twelve years. Worldwide it killed an estimated 50 million people. As with the current pandemic, there was no vaccine and the population were urged to isolate, improve personal hygiene and to watch social interaction. Amazingly, I could not find that shows were cancelled at any time.
War or not, the show carried on. The 1915 show saw the Wire Fox Terrier bitch, Ch. Matford Vic, win best in show and she repeated that win in 1916. The 1917 show was won by a male Wire Fox Terrier, Ch. Comejo Wycollar Boy, and the 1918 was won by the Bull Terrier, Ch. Haymarket Faultless. In 1918 the $2500 profits from the show was donated to the American Red Cross and in 1919, which was called The Victory Show, the profits of $4000 again went to the Red Cross. By 1919 shows throughout the country were once again being held.
1918-1919 FLU EPIDEMIC The Spanish Flu
The Show Must Go On - Or Does It? MORRIS & ESSEX Mrs. Geraldine Dodges’ personal dog show, Morris & Essex, was first held in 1927 and continued to the last show, held under Mrs. Dodge, in 1953. During the war years there were no shows from 1942 through 1945 and shows commenced again in1946. There was no show in 1954 due to a dispute with the AKC over available dates and Mrs. Dodge decided to forgo the show that year.
WORLD WAR II September 1, 1939 to 1945 The Second World War made a major change in not only dog shows, but the workings of the country and the world. Dog handlers were almost entirely men and the men were the ones who went off to war. Transportation became very difficult because of gasoline rationing, thus it was difficult to travel to a show if there was one being held. Westminster Kennel Club, as during WWI, continued with their shows. Winner of the 1939 show was the German-bred Doberman Pinscher, Ch. Ferry von Raubfelsen of Giralda, owned by
Mrs. Geraldine Dodge, the first Doberman to win top spot at Westminster. In 1940 it was noted, “This year’s Westminster, in spite of European wars, embargoes on importing dogs, general worldly unrest, a Presidential election and a blizzard, held its own in attendance, public interest, and excitement to the end…” Winner of the 1940 show was Cocker Spaniel Ch. My Own Brucie, who also won the 1941 show, the last show before America entered the war. Profits from the 1943 show went to Dogs for Defense. William Stifel, author of The Dog Show: 125 Years of Westminster, wrote of the 1943 show, “The show’s final session, which emphasized the War Dog, seemed to rouse more enthusiasm than the colorful ceremony of choosing Best in Show.” Westminster continued on in 1944 and proceeds were again donated to Dogs for Defense. The Doberman Pinscher was the star of the show with 107 benched and
the largest entry was the German dog, the Dachshund. An auction was held in which t he top bidder had first choice of puppies of â€œfamous ancestry.â€? The winner bid $130,000 and received a puppy sired by the famous Ch Nornay Sadler. ($130,000 a HUGE amount of money for the times!) The shows continued on in 1945 and by the 1946 show all was back to normal in the world of dog shows. The H1N1 virus of 2009, which killed 67,000 Americans appeared to have no effect on dog shows. However, there were changes to come in January of 2020 when the Covid virus 19 came to America. Westminster was held due to the date falling early in February but shortly after that our terrier show held in early October, Montgomery County, was cancelled. There were basically no shows during March and into the early summer months. Shows that were held were in the south and were outdoor shows. My home show, Minneapolis Kennel Club, which is held in late November, was eventually cancelled as the club was unable to meet the regulations required at their show site, the Canterbury Race Track. And now we are heading toward fall and winter and the Pandemic is still alive and doing well.
Time will tell when we all can return to dog shows in a safe manner. In the mean time we will continue on with our new life styles of wearing masks, practicing safe distancing and attending shows when we safely can. Sources: Dog News, Marcia Foy article Bo Bengsten, Best in Show: The World of Show Dogs and Dog Shows. William Stifel, The Dog Show: 125 Years of Westminster Wikipedia
A Look at Books
BEST IN SHOW: The Dog in Art from the Renaissance to Today This is a beautiful, large size (9 ½ x 12 ¼) hard cover book in full color. If you love dogs and the artistic work about them, then this one belongs on your bookshelf. The book features sixty artistic works beginning with Titian (1488) in the Renaissance period, through Sir Edwin Landseer and finishing withour modern-day favorites Andy Warhol, Andrew Wyeth and Jeff Koons. The book is basically the catalog from an exhibition that was held at The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston in 2006. There were 50 lenders to the exhibition, spanning The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog, the Philadelphia Museum of Art to individual lenders Walter Goodman and Robert Flanders. This truly was an exhibition of a life time covering all kinds of dogs in all walks of life, dogs in every medium and every photo in fabulous color. Several favorites of mine are “A Sleeping Dog Beside a Terracotta Jug, a Basket, and a Pile of Kindling Wood” by Gerrit Dou, (1613-1675). Another is a funerary monument in honor of a pet Bichon Frise owned by Bergeret de Grandcourt. In the photo, note the lap dogs supporting the tomb, and the top mantle holds the pet on what must have been the type of
pillow she slept on. The author noted that this monument was the type of overreach that led to the French Revolution. An exquisite bronze sculpture, “Tom, the Algerian Greyhound” is an exceptional work in bronze. Of course, a reader can’t help but be impressed with the Meissen piece “Bolognese’s.” This book can be found on line in hard cover or paperback. Hard cover runs between $25 to $75, depending upon condition, and the soft cover costs between $16.50 and $48.00. For a beautiful book, consider the hard cover as I think color photos are always much better in a hard-bound book which usually has a higher quality of paper. Obviously, one of the favorite books in my library.
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Showing during COVID 19 On the first weekend of March 2020, I showed my Scottish Terrier special at a weekend of shows held at Purina Farms. When we returned home to Minnesota, I was excited. My girl had 143 GCH points and was well on her way to achieving the 200 points needed for Grand Champion Silver. For the third year in a row, Kerra qualified for Top Twenty status in Scottish Terriers and was scheduled to compete later in March at the STCA Regional Specialty and Top Twenty competition.
Enter COVID-19. The world as we knew it stopped... Due to strict Minnesota state government guidelines and protocols, there were no local conformation shows held from January 5 until September 10 thus eliminating opportunities to compete. One pair of Twin Cities clubs whose shows are normally held in June bravely decided to schedule their cluster on September 10-13. Their motto for the weekend was “better late than never”. Following guidelines advanced by the AKC and conforming to state protocols, the shows set safety rules. All rings were outdoors and grooming was next to your parked vehicle. No stand or high velocity dryers were permitted and no power was available. The events were private. No spectators were permitted and only entered participants could attend. Face masks
covering nose and mouth were required at all times as was social distancing of six feet between people outside one’s “pod”. Unless continuing into the group judging, participants were required to “show and go”. Every participant was required to sign a waiver acknowledging risks, agreeing to follow the rules and attesting to the participant’s healthiness. Rings had designated entry and exit gates and were marked to provide social distancing in the rings. All armbands for all days entered were handed out at a main booth when the participant handed in the required waiver.
After much soul searching, I decided to enter all four shows. For my part, this decision was a huge leap of faith. I am part of the “vulnerables”, people at higher risk of contracting COVID-19. In the six months since the state had gone into lockdown in mid-March, I had stayed home, been in grocery stores only twice, had not shopped elsewhere or participated in any normal in-person activity. My world had been conducted via Zoom, delivery and curbside pickup. To commit to a public event with a crowd of people and the possibility of coming into contact with the virus felt like a large commitment. As the limited entry show was to be held outdoors with strict rules and grooming outdoors, I felt I would be reasonably safe. On the morning of the first show, the Twin Cities awoke to dense fog and the hourlong drive to the show site wound in and out of foggy conditions. Somehow it seemed an appropriate metaphor for the times in which we are living.
Arriving at the site, each vehicle provided evidence of its entries and cars were directed to parking spots. Because three of us, all in separate cars, wanted to groom near one another, we met outside the site and caravanned onto the grounds enabling us to park near each other and share a pop up and a portable generator. Grooming was quite a walk from the ring so logistics became a bit complicated. It was difficult to tell when to head ringside because only one person was allowed per entry and there were no extra eyes to help with timing.
(“show and go” rules), I moved my vehicle to be a bit closer to the group rings and waited. Mercifully, the day was pleasantly cool so Kerra and I waited together. I ate a lunch that I had brought (there were food vendors but I do not trust eating “out”) and read. It felt a bit lonely and I reflected that part of the joy of showing was schmoozing with other exhibitors. On the day we went Breed, no announcements were audible in the car park. Not having any helper eyes, I seriously miscalculated the timing on groups so we stood for ages outside the rings. Group procedure was
Generally, actual showing was smooth. The stewards and judges were organized. At ringside exhibitors were respectful, wore masks or face shields without complaint, and helped one another when help was needed. Ring procedure was very “normal” with the slight exception that each placement picked up their own ribbons. On Friday, my special was Best of Breed so qualified for the Terrier Group and the NOHS Terrier Group which were scheduled to be the third groups judged. After my colleagues left
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normal and rings were large enough to handle the entries when the judges divided them into two groups. All group participants respected the protocols and also one another. The cluster was not without glitches. Many people were mask scofflaws, either refusing to wear them or wearing them improperly. The mask scofflaws included a member of the show committee and a food vendor as well as people grooming in their â€œpodsâ€?. The risk of exposure felt slight because the shows and grooming were outdoors. According to a member of the show committee, several individuals were hostile and rude about the location of rings and the fact that vehicles were not allowed to be driven to the distant rings. In addition, the committee member reported great concern about those refusing to wear masks.
A plea to exhibitors: managing a conformation show during COVID times is much more difficult than managing a show during normal times. State, local and AKC guidelines must be followed and those guidelines are very complicated and fluid. Respecting the safety rules protects all of us during these most difficult times. Would I participate in a conformation show during COVID again? Yes, if the show were outdoors and local, therefore not requiring a hotel/motel stay or
restaurant dining. The experience was a bit businesslike and the usual camaraderie of dog shows was quite limited due to the show and go necessity. On the other hand, we are nine points closer to the GCHS.
GCHB Riverroad Busy Being Fabulous, Kerra and Marilyn Cathcart
THE LIMERICK Terriergroup is very fortunate to have the opportunity to showcase the doggy limericks of Ralph Protsik. Ralph is the author of Shaggy Dog Limericks: A Cat Owners Guide to Popular Dog Breeds, (published by Beaconfiekd Press, San Francisco) a fun read and a good gift for a friend.
They (and, yes, their owners) lend themselves to a certain amount of spoofing, a bit of gentle ribbing, a tweak of the nose so to speak. How else to describe the amble of a Corgi, the buffoonery of a barrel-toting Saint Bernard, or the sheer goofiness of an English sheepdog? Like the writer who loves wine but still pokes a finger in the eye of wine snobbery, I seek to humble. This is grist, people, and it cannot remain unground.
About the Limerick Ralph writes: Just so you know, this is a collection of limericks, each focused on one or two of the most popular dog breeds in America.
The limericks themselves make little attempt at scientific accuracy or political correctness, i.e., what dog breeders would say about their breeds. On the other hand, the descriptions to the left of each limerick (adapted mostly from the American Kennel Club’s website) are true and honest. Now, I am fond of dogs, so don’t go getting your knickers in a twist if you happen to own a Bichon or Maltese. I have kept them, nursed them, romped with them, and even watched a dog show or two on television. I have put two to sleep—the indomitable beagle Penny and the irrepressible labradoodle Dusty. At the same time, I don’t get all weak-kneed at the sight of a Pomeranian in a picnic basket or a retriever gumming a tennis ball. I am, after all, a cat owner, and therefore inclined to regard all pets as the enemy. The fact is, most dogs are funny, and some breeds are very funny—in looks, habits, and other ways that only their masters appreciate.
To many, the only association they have with the art form known as the limerick begins with the line, “There once a man from Nantucket…” But the limerick is actually an old and distinguished form of poetry, described as follows in Wikipedia: “A limerick is a form of verse, usually humorous and frequently rude, in five-line, predominantly anapestic meter with a strict rhyme scheme of AABBA, in which the first, second and fifth line rhyme, while the third and fourth lines are shorter and share a different rhyme. In other words:
A Tutor who tooted a flute Tried to tutor two tooters to toot. Said the two to their tutor, “Is it harder to toot Or to tutor two tooters to toot?” The form appeared in England in the early years of the 18th century. It was popularized by Edward Lear in the 19th century, although he did not use the term. Gershon Legman, who compiled the largest and most scholarly anthology, held that the true limerick as a folk
was that, like the broom in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, I am a creature who does not know when to stop. Twelve years and 60-odd limericks later, I had created this useless, occasionally tasteless volume.
About the Author Ralph Protsik is a writer and retired wine educator and publishing executive. His two plays, Butterfly’s Child and Kafka in China, have been performed at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. He has written numerous light poems and short pieces of non-fiction and was co-editor of Our Stories, published in 2015. He lives with his wife Susan in San Francisco. form is always obscene, and cites similar opinions by Arnold Bennett and George Bernard Shaw, describing the clean limerick as a ‘periodic fad and object of magazine contests, rarely rising above mediocrity.’ From a folkloric point of view, the form is essentially transgressive; violation of taboo is part of its function.”
So it is with most of the limericks in this archive. Although not obscene, they are unremittingly “catty,” out of intention, and therefore a “violation of taboo.” In reality, not all limericks follow a strict format where every word or syllable constitutes a “dah” in the line, i.e., “dah-DAH-dah/dahDAH-dah/dah-DAH.” Often syllables are “slurred” or bunched, as in “tried to tutor” in the second line above. I’ve tried to be true to the formal rules of limerick writing while straying occasionally into the realm of author’s license and (occasionally) such made-up gimmicks as “astern-y” and “fatwa-den.” A bear’s gotta eat.
Acknowledgments It all started with Dennis Cross, who gave me a simple assignment: write a limerick about his sister-in-law’s Golden Retriever. Dennis is prone to giving assignments, whether or not they are of any value, and damned if I was going to disappoint. What I failed to realize at the time
Thanks to Ralph and his cleverness TerrierGroup is fortunate to forward his following look at the terriers and a couple of their friends.
KERRY BLUE TERRIER You ask, why include a new terrier? Not a hound or a pinscher or a harrier? Include them indeed Not a different breed ‘cause they’re fun as a bun and lots harrier. Kerry Blue Terrier Art Dogs by Christopher Hugues
AUSTRALIAN TERRIER By a billabong puddle or lake In an Outback savanna or break They will leap-twistand-pounce Using every square ounce To pursue and subdue any snake.
Shaggy Dog Limericks by Ralph Protsik
SCOTTISH TERRIER Though Airedales are larger and peerless They cannot match a Scottie as fearless And because they are aloof And will ration a woof They’re the dog you are likely to hear less.
And for good measure a few other breeds. THE YORKSHIRE TERRIER The Yorkie has visions of grandeur Such that bigger dogs simply can’t stand her She’ll nip at their heels Abscond with their meals
And then yap ‘til she raises their dander.
Airedale, king of the terriers Domaine without borders or barriers Stubborn and proud
On alert, never cowed
I once knew a hound that was Ditch
Justly known for their cute little derriers.
Can’t say that I cared for him much He lived on a barge
CAIRN TERRIER Cairns have been bred to hunt vermin Be it in Spanish, Australian, or German Its body is wise Though tough as a tree And as ruthless as general Sherman.
THE JACK RUSSELL TERRIER A pocket of fizz the Jack Russell Full of dashing and daring and bristle with engine on race And the world left to chase Any wonder he makes such a tussle? 34
That was smelly and large And that grinned at a hint of a touch.
Jo Ann Frier-Murza
Make the Best of the Covid-19 Era: Go-to-Ground with the Terriers There’s no argument anywhere that the year 2020 has been like none other. Dog fanciers have been challenged to adjust for the sake of their dogs and to find ways to keep our dog sports viable. It’s a daunting task to raise promising puppies without the social opportunities we once took for granted. Our breeding programs have suffered from lack of mobility, and communicating with new puppy owners is an effort.
promotion, since most people were staying home and cancellation of dog activities was commonplace. Earthdog owners turned up in record numbers! The one-day, two-test event drew nearly twice the usual entry, including many first-time earthdogs and handlers. Some changes had to be made in the traditional procedures. BCKC published and followed the guidelines suggested by the AKC for earthdog events, There were masks, social distancing, sanitation of touch points and separation of the secretary, among others. Food was BYO, but participants managed to socialize in spite of the restrictions. The club found that
We are resilient, as are our terriers, and the outdoor performance sports are thriving in the void left by the slowdown in indoor sports. The earthdog sport has proven to be especially adaptable with the dedication of terrier and dachshund clubs to sponsor events and the terrier fancy’s recognition that our terriers need to keep active. The Covid-19 virus is not the terriers’ problem, thankfully, and terrier lovers are actively looking for ways to keep their terriers occupied. Earthdog tests are a perfect place for human interaction, too, and dog folks are responding. The first earthdog tests of the Covid era were held in June by the Burlington County Kennel Club at their permanent earthdog site at Ev-Ry Farm in NJ. It was the early days of America’s response to the virus threat, and Club officials had no idea how their event would unfold. In spite of the uncertainty, they commited to offering the tests and forged ahead. Chairman Lini Federici and Secretary Anne Rosenfeld did a lot of
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they didnâ€™t need any more volunteers than usual, and exhibitors were conscientious to get to their rings on time so their dogs could run. Hard on their heels and ready to provide a great experience for all, the Finger Lakes Kennel Club held their 24th annual earthdog tests in July in Newark Valley, NY, at their beautiful site. The long-time Chairman of this event, Marg Pough, was prepared for everything. The club required masks and distancing for all, plus they encouraged all participants to follow AKC
guidelines. To protect judges, FLKC rented a house which gave each judge privacy but also allowed some socializing in a controlled situation. Marg and Secretary Amanda Pough noted that their entry was encouraging. People had traveled from unexpectedly long distances and came from at least five northeastern and mid-Atlantic states. There was no shortage of volunteers to handle the separated staging tents. Everyone was in good spirits and recognized this event as a wonderful place to enjoy the outdoors, get their puppies started, and give their experienced dogs a refresher in the earthdog sport. Many qualifying scores and titles were earned!
A long-term collaboration between the Madison Area Dachshund Club and the West Highland White Terrier Club of Northern Illinois has provided earthdog sport at a lovely permanent venue at the Northern Illinois Brace Club Field Trial grounds in Roscoe, IL, for 20 years. This year was no different for the clubs’ plans, and they offered earthdog tests on Labor Day weekend with the necessary modifications to meet the Covid-19 safety guidelines. Their weekend started on Friday with a work day to prepare the dens and then a practice to alert the dogs to the coming fun. Larry Gohlke, secretary of the MADC event, always welcomes groups with ingenious earthdog hunting games to entertain their dogs. There was a good turnout for the pleasant weather and everyone appreciated a chance to enjoy it. Once primed by the Friday warm-up, workers and participants got down to business with the Saturday tests. Although there is a nice clubhouse on the site, it was off-limits for food and general socializing on this weekend. Judges were allowed to eat lunch inside, and a limit of 10 people was enforced for any other necessary uses. Larry set up his secretary’s table in an airy pole barn and created a safety shield with an old storm door mounted on a tall work bench. Ribbons were offered outside DIY next to a listing of the qualifiers. Participants were naturally separated by the arrangement of den areas in well separated areas. A farm vehicle helped those who needed to get to distant dens, but it made extra trips to keep ridership limited to the driver and two others. The Sunday tests were marred with wet weather, but the dogs accepted the challenge. Mask wearing has become something of a social statement, and dog fanciers love to wear their sports and breeds. As the public protection procedures have grown, masks have become mandatory almost everywhere. Especially at this September event, there was a fun display of everyone’s new masks. Seeing dog faces on
people faces and endorsements of dog clubs and dog sports will become even more common. It’s a great opportunity to show off your loyalties in the dog world. The earthdog sport is adapting easily to the Covid-19 era and our terriers can look forward to many more events to come. Although the Montgomery County Kennel Club has cancelled its iconic terrier show for 2020, the regular accompanying earthdog test will be held on October 3-4 i n NJ, sponsored by the Bedlington Terrier Club of America. It’s a perfect time to get out and enjoy this sport at one of the 14 scheduled earthdog weekends to be found from coast to coast before the end of the year. Get down, get dirty, and get out with your earthdog!
EUOPEAN SHOWS IN TIMES OF THE COVID-19 Speculations and forecasts, and perhaps also specialists’ hopes that COVID-19 would be slightly calmer at higher summer temperatures, turned out to be wrong. Not only has the pandemic not subsided, but for some time there has been a noticeable increase in the number of cases. No later than yesterday I heard information that Spain is preparing for another strike in November, including building a new hospital in Madrid, dedicated to COVID-19 patients, and it is in the capital of Spain that the World Dog Show is planned in December, the date which has already been changed twice. I am concerned that the third shift will be inevitable. Not much can stop dog people who, after several months of show-fasting, dream of returning to normality. For a long time it seemed that the shows, if they come back later this year, would not be held until the fall. However, as soon as the situation allowed for organization of an event, the more courageous kennel club activists decided to organize dog shows. Regardless of the country, shows during the pandemic are not ordinary for either participants or organizers, especially the latter because they bear the responsibility and risk. In mid July a group of Croatian dog enthusiasts, led by Ante Lučin, decided not to succumb to the pandemic and to organize the Four Summer Night Dog Shows in Split, Croatia. Ante commented „that it was very stressful to be preparing for the shows while, until the last moment, not being sure if the shows will actually will be held. Normally we work very intensely on the show preparations for at least three months before the shows. This year the whole show was arranged in one month, and most of the things we confirmed and paid for in the last moment as we were afraid of having too big financial losses if the shows got canceled.” 40
Many rules have to be followed in these unusual times and they differ from country to country and also between cities, and the rules change from one day to another. No indoor events are allowed in most, if not all, European countries. The number of participants vary; in some countries only 50 people can meet in the same place, and in others an unlimited number of people, but keeping distance is an obligation. “The Croatian government has very strict rules for organizing events and we had to follow all of them. First, we emailed all exhibitors a form which they had to fill out and sign every day before entering the showground. This form consisted of all the details of every person who enters the showground so in case someone gets infected the epidemiologists can track all of the people who were at the show. The form was also confirming that the people entering the show were healthy, were not in contact with anyone infected with the virus, were not in self isolation and were not outside of the EU in the last 14 days. We also had disinfectants on every entrance to the rings, in the rings and all around showground. We had banners with instructions about the rules that needed to be followed. We were constantly reminding people through the speakers to keep social distance. Handshaking was not allowed. We also made it obligatory for judges, ring stewards and exhibitors to wear face masks all the time.” In many places arranging big events allowing over a certain amount of people is forbidden so you can see the show calendar changing and clubs arranging several small shows, breed or group specialties, rather than all-breed shows. In October one terrier show is planned in Sweden, but due to COVID restrictions no finals will be held, only breed judging. Last weekend there was a terrier show in Denmark and almost everything was done as usual but without an audience, and the breed judging was scheduled with the judging assigned to
specific hours. Only exhibitors from a certain time were allowed at the showground, and those that did not win were told to leave as soon as the breed judging was done. The show calendar in Poland has changed drastically, but so far several shows have been held and there are many more planned. As Grzegorz Weron, a chairman of the Opole branch of the Polish Kennel Club, told me: “In order to organize the shows we had to arrange the details with the authorities of the Kennel Club, and then the Sanitary and Epidemiological Station, from which we had to obtain permission to organize an event with the participation of people. We had to apply the restrictions issued by the Ministry of Health: adequate size and spacing between exhibitors, use of masks and helmets during the presence in the ring and the provision of disinfectants. It was all checked by representatives from the authorities. Of course, we have given up on audience participation.”
All the changes and adjustments seemed to work fine, especially for the exhibitors. Most people just want to go out there, pack a show lead and a brush and drive several hours to be able to enter the ring for a few minutes. Perhaps no big indoor events can be arranged this year and perhaps there will be no World Winners 2020, but there is space for small, local, club shows, specialties, and even all breed shows with restricted number of entries. Unfortunately, small shows are often unprofitable, but most of the clubs are prepared to arrange them anyway. “Economically, to put it mildly, the events we organize are not profitable. But it is not about money, but it is about being able to cultivate a true passion despite adversities and difficult times” said Weron. And that’s indeed the passion that holds us all together.“
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