Table of Contents Volume 5 Number 1 • Winter 2020
Editorial Muriel Lee
2020 Bonafide Gift Guide
Incredible International Sculptor, FanYu
A TerrierGroup Interview Deb Bednarek
Calypso: A Welsh Terrier Monty C. Floyd and Tristan Floyd
Complex Genetics of Diabetes Mellitus in Australian Terriers
Taking Apart the Terrier Group
REMEMBERING Alva Rosenberg
Canine Health Foundation Dr. Theresa Nesbitt Muriel Lee
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Muriel Lee • EDITORIAL
TerrierGroup Editorial Another three months of the COVID 19 pandemic and another three months where our lives are still far from normal. Dog shows are continuing when it is possible, but I find it a bit jarring in photographs to see masks on the faces of handlers and judges. Eventually this will all look like normal since masks will be with us for a long time. In the meantime the clubs who will be unable to hold their shows will have some financial difficulties as shows are the main source of income for most. We are pleased to be back to printed issues as the last two issues have been online only. Online is nice but, in my old-fashioned way, I still feel that a printed issue, like a printed book, is the best. I think this takes me back to when I learned how to read and my mom or dad held me on their lap, read to me and showed me the pictures, “Muriel, find Peter Rabbit!” This is still the best way to start an education. Speaking of pictures, lots of pictures in this issue! Judges Alva Rosenberg and BettyAnne Stenmark are showcased – two exceptional judges, one from the past and one very current! We have a new book reviewer, one who can follow the story line
and write a good review. Mary Larson is a retired reading teacher, lives in Manitowoc, WI with her husband, three Border terriers and an Airedale. She enjoys training her dogs for obedience, rally obedience, scent work and barn hunt. If you have a book, or know of a book that needs a review, let us know and we will put Mary on it. In this issue Kris Kibbee has a terrific article on gifts for your doggy-pal for Christmas and there are lots of new items around now, not just the usual squeaky toy or tennis ball. Theresa Nesbitt’s article shows a different way of looking at the terrier breeds and Deb Bednarek writes about the outstanding Japanese sculpture Fan Yu. We were so pleased when Monty Floyd contacted us about his new book about his Welsh Terrier, Calypso. Not only did we love his story and book, but it’s great to have an article on a fairly rare terrier breed. Jo Anne Frier-Murza will be back with us in the next issue with another of her articles on the working terriers and the great work they do in the field. The Washington Post had an interesting article on why dogs are gaining weight (along with some of their owners) during this pandemic. With many people working from home the dogs have had more attention, getting longer walks and perhaps healthier meals. But, like some of the human counterparts, it’s easy to give them an extra snack or two during the day. One problem of weight gaining for your dog is it may be leading to arthritis in the older animal, making it more difficult for him to get
around. “We spoil our pets because we love them, but watching their weight to ward off illness is really a better way to spoil them.” From the London Times comes an article about a hyper-active dog who has rescued over 100 koalas that were injured in the Australian bushfires. “Bear” has his own working outfit including booties to protect his feet. “The catastrophic landscape is really hard for us, but for Bear it’s an opportunity for him to be out and play and do what he likes doing.” Many animals were on the edge of starvation due to the lack of food but when Bear rescues a koala, the animal is nourished, cared for and released when there is a good chance of survival.
Bear the dog who has rescued over 100 Koalas (IFAW pic)
Ani-Meals on Wheels, located in several large cities around the country, provides meals for the animals of those who receive Meals on Wheels. Recognizing the role that animals play in offering companionship to those that may be somewhat isolated, they are finding that loneliness is a real problem for some individuals. “Pet ownership can curb the loneliness. It’s been credited with helping people make essential connections and providing the companionship that contributes to physical and mental health…an animal gives the unconditional love that feeds the soul.” The bond with an animal gives purpose and a reason to get up every morning as the animal needs them.
Olga Forlicz, our European correspondent, wrote, “There is nothing going on here. I’ve been to a few shows in Poland earlier this month but now everything is cancelled again, numbers of sick people are sky high and I just heard that a show in Holland that was supposed to take place in March, 2021, is already cancelled. Covid got totally crazy in Poland, growing rapidly from 1000-1500 cases to over 20,000 yesterday, so things are getting closed again, not a full lockdown, but plenty of restrictions.” I don’t have much more to report on in this issue but many of you know me, have read my columns and my books, so just having had a high number birthday that did’t thrill me, I will share a personal story that happened before my life in dogs began. In the late 1950s I graduated from the U of Minnesota with a degree in music and met my husbandto-be in the first coffee house that he owned in Minnesota. Two young men came by with their guitars and asked to play and sing and pass the hat. After a week or so of this I said to husband-to-be, you have got to tell that one kid to go – he can’t sing and is driving customers away. So away they went. Several years later, now husband went to New York and came home and said, “You’ll never guess who I met on the street in New York.” (Yes, the world was smaller then…) “Bobby!” “Really, what’s he doing now?” “He got a recording contract!” And I said, “You’re kidding.” And that, readers, was Bob Dylan, not only a singer but a recipient of the Noble Peace Prize in Literature. The other player is also well known among the blue grass singers, Johnny “Spider-Ray” Koerner.
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Muriel Lee • Editor
2020 Bonafide Gift Guide Do you find yourself constantly uttering the phrase, â€œBack in my dayâ€?? Do you instinctively reach for your â€˜cheatersâ€™ any time you read the back of a medicine bottle or an article with font smaller than 12-point (what sort of a sadist chooses 8-point Freestyle Script?!)? Do you scan the FM Radio dial and wonder when real music died in some alleyway outside of a random techno joint? If so, perhaps you too are *ahem* â€œseasonedâ€? enough to recall the old Sears Wish Book. Iâ€™d sit up nights with a flashlight and that beautiful behemoth tucked under my Star Wars bedsheets, pouring over each page like I was Indiana Jones, searching out the Holy Grail. Come December, the poor thing had seen more dog ears than Westminster, and my childhood wonder had saturated every page. And while it takes a little more than the bedazzled butt of a turquoise My Little Pony or a bigeyed Pound Puppy to strike my fancy nowadays, I do find myself pausing in awe at some of the creative new gifts and gadgets that folks dream up for our puppers. So travel back with me, my friends, to a time when bright plastic geegaws and squeaky things could make your eyes ignite like a Lite-Briteâ€Ś and maybe â€Śjust maybe, weâ€™ll find some nostalgic joy in the doggy toys of today.
BeneBone Maple Stick Okay, so maybe Iâ€™m biased towards anything maple flavored (and before you askâ€Ś.no, I didnâ€™t lick it!), but when you combine maple with real wood, safe-to-chew nylon, AND donate a portion of the proceeds to dog rescues---Iâ€™m in! Plus, itâ€™s great for busy chewers and you wonâ€™t have to worry about splinters or pieces breaking off. This is like the Nylabone, on steroids. Maple-flavored steroids. đ&#x;˜Š Price Range - $11-$18
Trixie Mad Scientist Turn-Around Interactive Dog Toy This guy ainâ€™t for the faint of smarts. It takes some real brainpower. But letâ€™s face itâ€Śour Terriers are clever. Sometimes TOO clever. Clever enough to get into mischief if their minds are properly stimulated. Insert the Mad Scientist Turn-Around toy! This captivating contraption comes complete with three
All the hottest toys for your Terrier joys this Christmas season! rotating beakers that can be filled with treats. It’s even got interchangeable lids,in case you’ve got a real smarty-pants on your hands! Just be sure that your kiddo is tall enough to reach the treat dispensers. If not, there may be justifiable debate about which out you two is smarter. ;-) Price Range - 17-$30
Kong Cozies Squeak Toys You know your Terrier—boy, howdy--do you ever! He has a lust for all things small and furry which causes him to inexplicably gut anything with a cotton hide. If you’re at all like me, you’ve seen your living room blanketed in enough white stuffing to mimic a snowstorm. And while some of the non-stuffed toys are just dandy, everybody likes a little plump in their body (or so my husband says). These Kong Cozies have actually been around for a while, but as Kong has a reputation for doing, they continue to be some of the toughest, most durable toys on the market. I’ve seen two bullies go end-to-end with one, tug the bejesus out of it, and never make a tear. Now that’s the stuff of Christmas dreams! Price Range - $10-$20
Talking Babble Ball Have you ever come across one of these odd orbs? Trust me … you’d know it if you did. They make some of the most peculiar noises you’re likely to hear in the whole of your lifetime. They
squawk and squick (yup, just made that word up) and wiggle and giggle and…well…they’re just non-stop fun! But unlike the (also fairly epic) Wobble-Wag Ball, they’re pretty small (think slightly larger than a golf ball) and easy for little Terrier mouths to carry. And carry they will! Get one for your kiddo this Christmas and you may feel like a robot on the fritz is stalking you for the next several months. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Price Range - $8-$11
Bark Box Maybe you’re familiar, maybe you’re not … but Bark Box has become incredibly popular in the pet industry because it is the gift that keeps on giving! Like a jam-of-the-month membership (but WAY cooler) for your dog, these monthly treasure troves of toys, treats, and chews will show up on your doorstep every month for as long as you subscribe. Thanks to their active presence in the dog consumer community, Bark Box has their paw on the pulse of all the latest toys and treats, so your cool canine customer is sure to get some snazzy new stuff in every box. There are even a variety of subscription plans to choose from, so you can pick what’s right to suit your budget. And who knows…maybe you’re dog’ll grow to love the mailman? Or not. We can’t expect miracles. After all, it is 2020. Price Range - $22 and up
2020 Bonafide Gift Guide Max Glow Ball The days are getting shorter and the nights are coming sooner. And yet, our kids still wanna play until the wee hours. Wouldn’t it be nice to limit those fishing expeditions into the dark, spider-ridden brush, searching for your buddy’s misplaced ball? Trust me friend, this is as much for you as it is for him! Price Range - $4-$9
Snuffle Mat (for nosework/feeding) Now that you’ve finally broken your dog of snuffling around in your comforter and disrupting that carefully-placed cashmere throw draped over the
side of the sofa, it’s time to invite him back for more! The newly-released ‘Snuffle Mat” is a fabric funland where you can hide treats… heck…even your kid’s whole meal, and engage his senses as he roots around to find the kibbles. Spoiler alert, using wet food was a bad idea. Price Range - $15-$60
Consuela the Cactus Voted one of the “Best Toys Ever” by BarkSpot, Consuela the Cactus is a delightful little gal who’s got a surprise up her sleeve! Once your tenacious Terrier tears her open (which we KNOW he will), he’ll find a spikey ball core hidden inside—complete with its own disgruntled expression that tells him he probably should take better care of his toys. Price Range - 11-$12
Bully Stick Holder Folks…this here…this is one of my favorites. If not for the fact that our smaller terriers have stubby little legs that often find holding a long, bully stick problematic, it’s reassuring to know that hence forth, my precious girl will never again be holding a bull *ahem* “appendage” between her paws. And if you don’t already know what warrants the *ahem*, I’d suggest immediate googling, with a barf-bag at the ready! Price Range - $15-$26
Varram Pet Fitness Robot
Whatever the gift, whatever the budget, we at TerrierGroup wish our readers a joyous
If the Santa in your house had a VERY good year this year, you might think about asking him for a Varram Pet Fitness Robot. Like the Furbo craze of years past, this robot dispenses treats for your dog while monitoring his activity in your absence. But the big plus with Varram’s robot is that it’ll give your pooch a run for his money (or yours?) at the same time!
holiday and take heart in knowing that with
It’s official. The robots are taking over.
Price Range - $149 +
your best friend at your side, the spirit of the season is always love.
defefdfed Sources cited:
https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/pets/ g5121/best-dog-toys/ https://barkpost.com/answers/best-dogtoys-2019/ https://smartdogstuff.com/best-interactivedog-toys/ www.amazon.com (pricing)
WACKYwalk’r WUNDERBALL Our final submission for Santa’s sack this year is the epically weird and wonderful Wackywalk’r Wunderball. Earning a spot for sheer oddness, the Wunderball is made from all-natural rubber in an organic shape that will leave it bouncing, shooting, and bopping around your house all winter long. It’s great for cleaning teeth and for constantly fooling you into thinking that you have a half-molded lemon stuck in the cracks of your sofa. Price Range - $12-$13
INTERVIEW WITH Betty-Anne Stenmark Betty-Anne Stenmark started judging in 1998. She now judges the sporting, hound and terrier groups in addition to a number of working and herding breeds as well as the Coonhound Bench Show.
TG: Give us a rundown of your canine background – did you grow up with dogs and if so what breeds. You are well-known as a Dandie Dinmont breeder but we noticed that your original breed is the St Bernard. How did you go from Saints to Dandies, which is quite a change!
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BAS: I grew up with an unregistered English Cocker my family bought for $35 and it’s thanks to him that I am the dog person I am today. We weren’t “in dogs” but in 1967 I bought my first purebred dog, a well-bred Saint Bernard bitch, which was more good luck than good judgment. I bred a dozen litters of
Saints and managed to produce a line with endemic heart disease and I finally gave up. When my late husband Roy and I were married Richard and Barbara Webster (Urray) gave us a handsome Saluki dog as a wedding gift. Of course, we later bought a bitch and bred a litter, but found placing Saluki puppies responsibly a great challenge and decided we would remain Saluki fanciers rather than breeders. At that same time we acquired our first Dandie, a two-year old bitch bred by Lorna Rindal (Torcroft) of West Vancouver, B.C. She had a mature bitch before June Monaghan (Birkfell) of Abbotsford, B.C. had an adult Border Terrier bitch and the rest is history as they say. At that point in dogs we were not going to begin with a puppy.
TG: You’ve been judging now for over 40 years – is it still as exciting as it was when you first started? BAS: Truthfully, no it’s not as exciting as it first was but that’s a good thing. While I still get apprehensive the first morning of a cluster I am now very well settled into judging. I have spent thousands of hours in the middle of the ring and I am very comfortable there. Of course, some assignments are still exciting, I have been lucky to judge Westminster Kennel Club 12 times, including the hound group twice, the terrier group and best in
show in 2018. This past February the Azawakh made its debut at Westminster and it was my privilege to judge them and that was exciting.
TG: All terrier people will wonder about the Coonhound Bench show judging. How did that come about? BAS: No one was more surprised to find I was approved to judge Coonhound Bench Shows than me. I first read it on the AKC website. I was judging it the weekend of the Portland shows, but it was a separate event. It was a fascinating experience and a great way to learn the nuances between the dogs. I had been judging Black and Tan Coonhounds, American Foxhounds and English Foxhounds for decades, but then a number of other Coonhound breeds came in to AKC conformation.
Like discerning the differences between Lakelands and Welsh, knowing the subtle differences between all the Coonhound breeds is the difference between generic judging and breed specific judging.
TG: Let’s get a little off the track of judging and get into dog shows themselves. What’s your first thought when you start into the ring of your first day of judging in a weekend. BAS: I spend most of my days judging peoples’ pets masquerading as show dogs, so it is exhilarating when a dog comes into the ring who is truly an
TG excellent example of the breed…a dog who exudes breed type. There has been a shift in the last 20 years…we used to show a dog to his championship and we knew that was a “finishable” dog and we were happy to put a title on that dog. There were a few of those finishable dogs who were good enough to “special”, to take out beyond finishing their title. This was happening before the introduction of the “grand championships” but it’s happening more now that exhibitors want to add a G(rand) to the title. I realize this has increased entries which is not a bad thing as clubs need increased entries to survive.
TG: What has been the most exciting show(s) that you have ever judged and why? BAS: There are two shows that rival each other. In 2006 I had the privilege of judging the national specialty of the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United States. There were 600 entries and three full days of judging 200 dogs per day. I had a handsome bred by exhibitor dog who was winners dog and best of winners and that dog went on to become, I think, the top winning Ridgeback of all times. After it was all done Frank Murphy came to me and said he was not leaving those grounds without that dog in his truck, and apparently he did manage to talk the breeder into letting him show the dog. The winners bitch was from the same family. There were 178 specials and I spent all day whittling them down, making cut after cut after cut. I finally had a ring full of wonderful dogs and it was decision time. The best of breed dog was a full brother to the best of opposite sex bitch. I
had no idea as I had never seen them before nor knew their handlers. The best of breed dog had sired the winners dog. The other most memorable assignment was best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club in 2018. That assignment falls in the category of “be careful what you ask for” as it is much more than judging seven dogs. That year I had a film crew following me for five days, making a new documentary for the series “Seven Days Out” which would air on Netflix. This was seven days out from Westminster. And there was a second documentary to air on Fox Sports called “Crowned” so yet another camera crew. I am not an actress, just a dog show judge, so it was quite a challenge! I got very lucky that evening as I had seven magnificent dogs before me. I am not being trite when I say I could have made a case to put any one of them up for best in show. The wonderful Sussex, the beautiful Borzoi bitch from Japan, the top winning Giant Schnauzer, a gorgeous Norfolk, a charming Pug, an eye-catching Bichon and a fabulous Border Collie. In the end the Bichon rose to the occasion as under that flawless coat was a very well put together dog of correct proportions, who kept coming out to greet me as I walked down the line, as if to say “you will be picking me, right?” I also loved the way the Giant Schnauzer dealt with the roving camera that has spooked some dogs at times, he just stared at it, daring it, displaying correct breed character. I said on the floor of the Garden, “I love all dogs, both purebred and crossbreds alike…but tonight is a special celebration of purebred dogs…the best of the best… purposefully bred by responsible dog breeders. Seven beautiful dogs…
TerrierGroup Interview with Betty-Anne Stenmark
This is a great lineup don’t you agree?” Great memories…
TG: Foreign shows – what makes them special, or sometimes difficult. BAS: I don’t accept many overseas assignments as I don’t feel comfortable judging breeds I’m not approved for in my home country, which is what happens so often, and I prefer to judge where English is the spoken language. I did especially enjoy judging the old Dandie club show in England a couple of years ago… a real honor and it was fun to see the dogs.
TG: What else have you gained from dog shows? BAS: Dogs and everything that surrounds them have been a major part of my life all these years. Owning, showing, breeding, judging, chairing our national specialty four times, chairing the Del Valle Dog Club show, being on the AKC Trial Board - it’s been all encompassing. My most cherished friendships come from the dog world and I am very grateful.
TG: Have any members of your family also been involved in dogs? BAS: I gained three step-children when I married my late husband Roy, but none of them were interested in dogs. The dog world has become my extended family these many years, my friend Vern became my brother and Ryan and Sandra became my adopted kids. Again, I am grateful.
BAS: The number one dog all breeds in 2006 was a Dandie Dinmont Terrier bred in New Zealand and owned in Australia, who came to America under the sponsorship of Capt. Jean Heath and Bill Cosby handled by Bill McFadden. His name was Austr/ NZ/ Am. Ch. Hobergay’s Fineus Fogg, called Harry. I had seen him in Australia as a teenager and thought him very promising. He went on to win 30 all-breed bests in show in Australia handled by his owner Emma Greenway, including both the Adelaide and Melbourne Royals. That is kind of like winning Westminster and at that point you stop showing the dog as he has nothing more to prove. He came to this country as a class dog and won his title with best of winners at the national specialty, followed by two all-breed bests in show, and then went on to win 63 all-breed bests in 14 months. Dan Kiedrowski, the late editor of Terrier Type magazine said when Harry made it to the final seven he went best in show more than 53% of the time. Few dogs have done that. No doubt Matisse, the great Portuguese Water Dog, and Mystique, the great German Shepherd bitch, had a record like that, but few others have in dog show history. Harry never met a dog show he didn’t enjoy, he loved to show, his personality was magnetic, you had to look at him as he was a charmer. He was not without his faults but like all great dogs he wore them well. He became an important sire and passed along
TG: Your breed, the Dandie Dinmont has been on the endangered list in the UK and is a low-breed number in the U.S. What do you feel can be done about this? BAS: Dandie club member Jody Moxham wrote in a previous TerrierGroup issue an excellent article on what the Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club of America is doing to reverse the trend. I think we have raised awareness about our breed, but unfortunately there are not enough real breeders breeding Dandies so there aren’t enough puppies to meet the demand. At some point a prospective owner gets tired of waiting and finds a more readily available breed and that, to me, is the current problem.
TG: Good memories over the years – great dogs that are remembered –
TerrierGroup Interview with Betty-Anne Stenmark
his many virtues while keeping his faults mostly to himself. One of his great virtues then seldom seen in this country was great length of body: he had it himself and he passed that along, a gene that was almost lost here. The Dandie stands 8 to 11 inches at the shoulder and measured from the withers is to be twice as long as he is tall, less one to two inches. That is a very long dog, truly rectangular. The outline is a series of “slight” curves and Harry had that. It is said in the breed standard, “no outline, no Dandie.” He also passed along his great temperament and breed character. No longer was it necessary to be down on your knees holding the dog’s head and tail as Dandies could now be shown as stand-up show dogs and move out well with the rest of the terriers. Their front assembly is the same as the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, with a rear to balance, so there is absolutely no reason not to expect a Dandie to move freely and easily.
TG: Your feelings about judging during the time of this pandemic… BAS: It appears that the shows themselves are safe. Exhibitors are masked, keeping a distance from others and spectators are not allowed. It’s the getting to and from the shows that concerns me, staying in a hotel that may or may not be thoroughly cleaned between guests, and eating in restaurants. At the outset I said I was not going to die of Covid because I went to a flippin’ dog show! I have not judged since Westminster KC in February and cancelled everything for the balance of 2020. At
the moment I’m adopting a wait and see attitude about 2021. Frankly at the moment, with how cavalier some people are regarding this virus, I don’t see 2021 being much different from 2020 and I hope that sometime next year there will be a safe and effective vaccine available. Fingers crossed.
TerrierGroup is most appreciative of this informative and entertaining interview!
The Incredible International Sculptor, Fan Yu
How many of you have heard of Fan Yu? His bronze sculpture of the famous Kerry Blue Terrier Mick caught my eye on Facebook a couple of years ago and his style of sculpture, as well as the story behind the Mick sculpture, made me want to know more about this artist. Little did I know there’d be an even closer connection to this talented man for me, but I’m getting ahead of myself. Fan Yu was born in Beijing and currently he and his wife reside there as well as in California. His parents have careers in classical Chinese architecture and he was exposed to art from early on. When he was a child, his father would take him to the zoo where he’d sketch animals for hours. Animals, especially
dogs, were an obsession of his from early on. He’d study animal books every chance he’d get. It is interesting to note that he never systematically studied sculpture. His natural talent at creating an animal’s structure combined with his deep love for animals and much time spent observing them must be what gives his work such strength, beauty and spirit. He was involved with the world of dog shows for several years through grooming competitions, giving grooming seminars and becoming a professional handler. In 2001, he watched a video of the Westminster dog show during his first handling class. This is where he first saw Mick the Kerry Blue Terrier with his handler Bill McFadden. According to Fan Yu, it was love at first sight for him. He was so impressed with this duo and how they worked together. His goal was to meet Bill in person and be like Bill in the show ring. As Bill became his role model, he wanted to show Bill how greatly he was impacting his life. Chinese
people place a high value on giving gifts to show love and appreciation. He decided to try to make a sculpture of the stunning Kerry Blue Mick. This was his first sculpture attempt and he used clay. Through connections with friends, he brought the fragile sculpture to the United States and presented it to Bill. This was the beginning of a deep friendship between the two men, with Bill often referring to Fan Yu as his Chinese son. However, the clay that Fan Yu used wasn’t the strongest material to use for a sculpture and unfortunately it collapsed after a year. By then Fan Yu learned how to cast in bronze and recreated a Mick sculpture. The first one was in the standard standing position but the second one showed more movement with a back kick. The casting process starts with building a simple armature out of wire using a sketch or, as often is the case with Fan Yu, an idea in his head. He then builds the figure up with clay and sends it to a foundry for a mold to be made and the casting process to be completed. He also works with the foundry to create various patinas on
the finished product. The foundry has the setting and equipment to work with molten bronze but the details and work on the sculpture itself are all Fan Yu.
Since learning to cast in bronze, Fan Yu’s sculptures have become more fluid and impressive. His intent is to show the love he has for dogs and their spirit and it comes through incredibly in his work. The expression in the eyes and face in particular is amazing. Also, the attention to details such as including a little mouse under the dog’s feet or the way the dog’s hair moves as if it is running is remarkable. Anyone who knows a dog’s structure and movement can see how well Fan Yu understands these elements and portrays them in his work. His sculptures have been appreciated internationally with many awards and commissions coming from various dog owners, handlers, breed and all breed clubs and the AKC museum of the dog. Many authoritative people in the dog world have
praised him as being the being the best canine sculptor of this era. Fan Yu has also sculpted horses but his main focus is dogs. Since 2017, he has gradually pulled out of handling in the show ring though he still handles occasionally. He is now concentrating on his sculptures. Fan Yu is a very creative and enthusiastic person who willingly shares his talents with the rest of the world. He gets excited as he works and sems to genuinely enjoy himself, incorporating his sense of humor in the process. As I said earlier, I started following his work a few years ago. We purchased a retired show dog, a Kerry Blue, from Bill McFadden shortly after I discovered Fan Yu on Facebook. I wrote an article about that wonderful experience for this magazine a few issues ago. In corresponding with our dogâ€™s breeder after that article came out, I discovered that our dog Cindy lived in China for a while and was shown there. The breeder sent me a show picture from that time and guess who she was handled by? None other than Fan Yu. That set off a communication between he and I and he sent me a darling video of him playing with Cindy as well as more pictures. Small world!
If you would like to learn more about Fan Yuâ€™s work, he has a page on Facebook called AllFanYu as well as one on Instagram.
Monty C. Floyd and Tristan Floyd
Calypso: A Welsh Terrier In my entire childhood I had dogs: a German Sheppard, an Akita, a Weimaraner, mutts, but after having lived in England and learning of President Kennedyâ€™s dog, Charlie, a Welsh Terrier, intrigued me. I am blessed with two adventurous sons, Tristan (11) and Conrad (7), and my wife Claudia and I believe that because of their wild, fun and boundless energy, a Welshie would make the ideal companion for them.
Claudia and Conrad were spending the weekend at the grandparents when Tristan and I received the call. Jubilant news! Our puppy was ready to go! It was a seven-hour journey along the German autobahn from our house to the hamlet where a lady, one of the few in Germany breeding Welsh Terriers, lived. Tristan and I jumped into the car, sped along the motorway with our excitement gushing and waning. It was a tiresome drive, but one worth investing in as this was the ladsâ€™ first dog. For the last month they
had been counting the days, asking what seemed hourly, “When is he coming? Isn’t he already born?” I must admit, I too, was anxious, but Claudia was not so keen about this sizeable undertaking. Eight-hours later our car eased along a tree-lined drive of a quaint village. In a small pen, beside an enormous red barn, Tristan and I spotted the parents and the offspring of a sturdy and good terrier pedigree. Tristan bounded toward the pen, reaching in and holding five jumping and yapping wiry tan and black balls of fur. He selected the most rambunctious pup and the heavyset lady placed the little pup into Tristan’s arms. His huge grin beamed in every direction as he looked at me, cradling his dog. The family’s newest member thrilled Conrad and Tristan. They named him Calypso, the namesake of Jacques Cousteau’s ship, which John Denver made notable in his Calypso song. The name fit. As the lads fawned over the little guy, Claudia and I were having second thoughts. There is a reason Welsh Terriers rank low on the popularity
charts; they are clever as a fox, determined, stubborn, packed with energy and driven by their keen sense of smell and insatiable hunger. True, these are admirable attributes, but not when possessed by a one-month-old puppy. The first few weeks with Calypso were more exhausting than a newborn. This dog was a different breed - he was not an easy-going, trainable Labrador. No, this little fella had his own mind. I had to change tactics otherwise he’d be walking me. As the days rolled into weeks, and Winter 2020
TG weeks into months, Calypso showed promising potential of a good, obedient yet independent companion. The dog groomer and veterinarian remarked, “This is the best Welsh Terrier we’ve ever seen.” With his teddy bear looks, Calypso brings happiness to people, but none as big as the smiles the Austrian skiers have as they watch Calypso pull Conrad up the children’s slopes, or as beaming school children pass Calypso who is waiting to collect the lads, or the jolly bakery lady who not only gives Conrad little treats but Calypso also gets the treats, too!. However, appearances aside, it is his makeup, his incredible power and energy packed into his compact frame that impresses. He runs nonstop for hours on the mountain, digging, chasing the kids, ferreting into badger dens, and when it comes to water, good luck getting him out. Conrad likes to say, “He’s small but tough.” As for Tristan, he has grown into a fabulous dog owner who takes the responsibility seriously. He’s not only taught Calypso to dance for treats, but also to make him work for them. Knowing terriers need both physical and mental exercises, he commands Calypso to sit inside the house, and then hides a treat in the garden. No matter where the treat is hidden, Calypso locates it in seconds, even the tiniest morsel hidden under the biggest log. Almost as impressive though, is Calypso’s ability to scale a small ladder leading into the boys’ fort, which he’s keen to demonstrate for a
treat,. But the real entertainment begins with Calypso’s nemesis…a red squirrel. It is as if we are watching an episode of Pluto, Chip & Dale; the squirrel nags and antagonizes poor Calypso, racing through the hedges just high enough not to be snatched. He clearly finds demented pleasure aggravating our dog, making one think Calypso would either grow tired, or better yet, smarten up. But no, the humorous and tragic procedure unfolds daily. As in life, with the good comes the bad. It happened to us one morning, a dog owner’s worse nightmare, when Conrad let out Calypso. The family had breakfast, lads dressed and when Tristan went outside to call Calypso, he didn’t come. We searched the garden. We checked the house. Panic set in. Calypso was missing. With the school clock ticking, Tristan raced along the street one way while Conrad the other, calling, “Calypso. Come here, boy!” It devastated Tristan. Conrad was sobbing. I too, was concerned as we live by a bustling street. As badly as I wanted to find Calypso, the lads had to be at school. After finally wrangling them into the car, Claudia’s cell rang. A lady was on the phone … the bakery lady and she had found our dog! Elation washed over us as we drove like mad toward the baker. The lads were late to school that day and it took us weeks to break Calypso of popping down for a croissant. Calypso turns three in June. Claudia has joined his fan club, and a little girl, Gabriella, has
Calypso: A Welsh Terrier blessed us. At two, she is Calypso’s biggest fan. He looks after her and he allows her to crawl on him, to pull his tail and to give him treats. As dog owners know, these creatures become such an integral part of the family, sharing different dynamics with each member, that it is unfathomable to picture our lives without our trusted, loyal companion.
sunny day. I stroll with Gabriella and Calypso along a path vibrant with rich autumnal colors watching as Calypso chases the fluttering leaves, and I smile, thankful to have discovered this remarkable breed.
This is the reason I wrote, Adventures of Calypso, to capture the essence of our remarkable dog for my children and to highlight a beautiful, unique breed that deserves to be rediscovered. The short book is for children ages seven to eleven with a theme of discovering friendship in unlikely people. It also makes the perfect bedtime story for parents with smaller children, with or without dogs. I look up from my desk to discover Gabriella. She has Calypso’s dark leather lead draped over her shoulder, motioning me to come. It’s a crisp,
Sharon M. Albright, DVM, CCRT Manager of Communications & Veterinary Outreach AKC Canine Health Foundation
The Complex Genetics of Diabetes Mellitus in Australian Terriers Dogs can suffer from diabetes mellitus, which resembles Type I or insulindependent diabetes in humans. In this condition, the pancreas does not make any insulin, the hormone needed to move sugar from the bloodstream into the bodyâ€™s cells that use it as fuel. Insulin must be given as treatment for the body to function. Since certain purebred dogs have a higher risk of developing diabetes mellitus, it seems that genetics play some role in the development of this disease. For example, Samoyeds are 12 times more likely and Australian Terriers are 32 times more likely to develop diabetes mellitus than mixed breed dogs in the United States.1 If we can identify the genetic variations associated with diabetes mellitus, we can identify the dogs at higher risk for developing this disease. This allows initiation of preventive strategies in these high-risk dogs and guides breeding decisions to decrease the incidence of this disease. The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) funded research to explore the genetics underlying diabetes mellitus in dogs with Grant 610: Evaluation of Genetic Markers for Diabetes Mellitus in Samoyed and Australian Terrier Dogs. Working with national and regional breed clubs, investigators at the University of Pennsylvania examined variations in the insulin gene among Samoyeds and Australian Terriers with and without diabetes mellitus. The insulin gene is associated with several types of human diabetes. In dogs, it is located on chromosome 18 and has been studied in several other dog breeds. Results recently published in the Journal of Heredity showed that at least one gene 32
in the insulin gene region is associated with clinical diabetes mellitus in Samoyeds and Australian Terriers.1 The fact that the same gene region is associated with disease in two very different dog breeds indicates that the mutation occurred well before the development of modern breeds, or that the change occurred independently in each of the different breeds. To further refine our understanding of the genetics underlying canine diabetes mellitus, investigators focused on its heritability in Australian Terriers and published their results in PLoS ONE.2 Pedigree analysis showed that the mode of inheritance is polygenic sporadic, meaning that multiple genes are involved in the development of this disease in this breed. The heritability of diabetes mellitus was estimated at 0.18, which is relatively low. Heritability can range from zero to one and indicates how much visible or phenotypic variation in a population is due to genetic variation. If heritability is low, then phenotype (having diabetes mellitus or not) is not a good indicator of genotype (genetic variations associated with diabetes mellitus). The low heritability of diabetes mellitus in Australian Terriers in the United States indicates that while genetics do contribute to the development of disease in this population, only a small amount of genetic variation is involved. These results demonstrate that canine diabetes mellitus is a complex disease influenced by many factors including multiple genetic mutations, environment, and more. Additional study will continue to refine our understanding of the specific genes involved in diabetes, always with the goal of preventing or minimizing disease impact in dogs. Learn about CHFâ€™s research on diabetes mellitus and more at akcchf.org/research and support canine health research so that all dogs can live longer, healthier lives. References: 1. Hess, R., Henthorn, P., Devoto, M., Wang, F., & Feng, R. (2019). An exploratory association analysis of the insulin gene region with diabetes mellitus in two dog breeds. The Journal of Heredity 110(7), 793â€“800. 2. Mui, M.L., Famula, T.R., Henthorn, P.S., & Hess, R.S. (2020). Heritability and complex segregation analysis of naturally-occurring diabetes in Australian Terrier Dogs. PLoS ONE 15(9): e0239542.
Dr. Theresa Nesbitt MD
Taking Apart the Terrier Group or Telling Apart the Terrier Group...
Brad Pitt has one of the most recognizable faces in the world - yet he finds it very difficult to recognize other faces. I also have prosopagnosia, a rare neurological disorder more commonly known as face blindness. As an obstetrician no one expects me to be able to recognize and remember the
faces of one day old infants. Most people, even parents find this difficult. For me everyone has a face like a newborn. Without the use of other cues like voice, mannerisms, hairstyle — most people look the same to me. I find it difficult to impossible to recognize some of my family members or even my husband - unless they are where I expect to find them. I routinely walked past my handler — until he began wearing his “stylin’ shoes”. As a child I was aware I had a problem, but I didn’t know what it was called. I coped with the embarrassment by making “cheat sheets” that would help me to use other identifying information. The first big dog show I attended was Montgomery. I was a little overwhelmed with the variety of terriers, so I started my Terrier Group cheat sheet. I didn’t realize at the time that my cheat sheet was really about type -
Publisher’s Note: This article is by no means the “standard” for each terrier. It is the author’s interpretation of the breeds in the Terrier Group. Find the AKC standards at www.AKC.org
the observable characteristics of a breed that made it distinctive from the other breeds. Over the years, as I talked to breeders, judges, handlers and exhibitors, I have made modifications but I still consider this a handy cheat sheet for THE GROUP. The standards are still “the standard” for breed judging. I like to use words and phrases as memory shortcuts. For the Bedlington Terrier I chose the phrase Lamb Mammogram. The lamb part is obvious, but for those who haven’t had the dubious pleasure of a mammogram - it works by squashing your boob like a tortilla press. This helps me remember that the Bedlington is very narrow all over, and even more so at the “edges” with the distinctive V shaped front with feet close together and the longer foreface to skull proportions. Another Bedlington phrase is “dainty dancing whippet” to remind me of their unique gait and the graceful curving lines of a whippet. To help my cheat sheet stay organized I made subgroups. You might have a very different cheat sheet but I included one that works well for me. Perhaps you can use it as a starting point or let me know if you have words that you think distinguishe breeds or captures breed type particularly well. My first group is the long legged terriers with wire coats. I start with Welsh and then compare the others. I don’t think how a Welsh is like a small Airedale - I think how an Airedale is like (and unlike) a tall Welsh — which helps me remember that the Airedale was crossed out with Otterhounds to create a purpose bred otter hunting hybrid dog. Although I used Welsh Terriers as a starting point, I had a hard time succinctly defining this breed until I was given this wonderful summary given in a critique by William Kendrick.
“Let it not be forgotten that the standard weight for a Welsh exceeds standard weight for a Fox Terrier by two pounds. Yet standard height for a Welsh is 1/2 inch less at the shoulder than a Fox Terrier. It can be seen, therefore that a Welsh of the true type must carry considerable bulk. Ample bone and big rib cages with flat skulls of reasonable width and correct Welsh ears (a far cry from the overdone, tiny ears, set high on the head) cannot go with shelly bodies, legginess and narrow skulls with overdone long forefaces”. At first I could only distinguish the Lakeland by the facial fall. I didn’t really understand the breed until I visited the Lake District and saw the bleak and rocky fells - where the Lakelands hunted and killed the large fell fox. They have a more flexible build AND Expression compared to the “stink eyed” tough and stocky but not stuffy Welsh terrier. But because they still need to kill rather than bolt their quarry they must have adequate fill and muzzle strength. For Lakelands I think of Flexible, Fall, Fell, and Fill. The correct front for most of the long-legged Terriers, much to the surprise of many Terrier breeders themselves, also requires a long, sloping shoulder blade. The straight front line of the “Terrier front” is actually created the, nearly upright humerus (upper arm) - not by upright shoulders!
Dr. Theresa Nesbit
The Fox Terriers, like all the long leg legged terriers, should have a “terrier front”. As a passionate anatomist I find the misuse and misunderstanding of this term to be quite frustrating. Technically the Irish Terrier belongs with the long-legged wire coated breeds but instead I substituted the Smooth Fox Terrier in this group as there are so many similarities to the Wire. The Fox Terrier standards use quite a bit of archaic language, but I find the key words Pendulum, Pasterns and Propulsion capture the essence of the distinctive gait of this “cleverly made hunter”. When I think of the long-legged Irish Terriers I think of a blonde, a brunette and a redhead. The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier is like a blond farm girl, the Kerry Blue a sultry dramatic brunette and the Irish is the racy and reckless redhead. SCWT and Kerries are Square and Single coated and Irish is longer backed with a double coat. The Bullies remind me of powerful wrestlers. They differ in their toplines among other things. The Am Staff has a downward sloping topline from withers to rump on to a low tail set. This gives him coiled power - like a wrestler at the start of a match. The level topline of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, along with shorter height, neck and muzzle, give the impression of a Sumo wrestler. Although they both possess great strength you wouldn’t borrow the term graceful from the Am Staff standard. The
colored, white and miniature bulls have extremely distinctive toplines - from the eggshaped head to the muscular arch in the loin to the low set tail which is held straight out like a jousting stick. In my imagination the only thing that these comical dogs wrestle is a beer keg. Next comes the carrot tailed Highlanders - The Cairn, The West Highland and The Scottish Terriers. The longer and lighter (but not light) bodied Cairn is a balanced rectangle with a slightly scruffy look. The head is broad and the muzzle wide and relatively short. The West Highland Terrier is white and upright with a visually very round head and broad short muzzle. Their very dark and deep-set eyes have an especially piercing look. Although a short dog the Scottie has more substance than the other two. The brisket hangs below the elbow and they should possess an obvious fore chest with a lot of rear behind the high set tail - like the bosom and bustle of a dowager duchess. Scrappy Scotties have a dour expression under their distinctive brows. They have the only standard that penalizes failure to show terrier temperament. I always remember it like the coin toss - heads up or tails up …. For the diehard Scottish Terrier, failure to show either is a no-no at the show. Achondroplastic terriers are often called long and low and what they really are is normal torso dogs with very short limbs - in other words dwarves. They have a wraparound front, not a terrier front - the shoulder blade and upper
arms are of equal length - which brings the legs well under the body with a prominent prosternum. The forearms curve around the chest making wrists closer together than shoulders. The larger and more heavily boned Glen of Imaal terrier has slight but perceptible turn out at the pasterns in balance with the dog much like the more heavily built and boned Cardigan Welsh Corgi has some turnout but a Pembroke does not. In this group the toplines and tail sets are distinct and hallmarks of type. The “weasely” Dandie Dinmont topline is a series of curves with a low tail set. The Skye Terrier topline is straight and level and tail when raised is a continuation of the backline. The Glen of Imaal Terrier has a slight rise in topline with no fall off at the croup and a high tail set. I fell in love with the short-legged Sealyham Terrier in Maurice Sendak’s illustrated children’s books. Powerful with plenty of substance, their proportions are a 10 inch square inside a rectangle. Compared to the Sealy, The Cesky Terrier is a slighter, sooty, scissored terrier with an S shaped topline. The “spannables” all have a rather narrow compressible chest that makes them superb earth dogs. The Border Terrier has a distinctive short muzzled “otter head” and loose, thick graspable skin. They have a look of implacable determination compared to the up for anything “What are we doing next?” expression of the Parson. The Russell Terrier is sturdily built and is the only one of the dozen short legged terriers to have a spannable chest. The Russell should have perfectly straight legs with no wrap or “hint of achondroplasia”.
The Norwich and Norfolk used to be a single breed with two different types of ears. I call the Norwich “the munchkin” to remember the shorter back and the wicked witch ears. The “perfect demon” Norfolk is still compact and cobby with a slightly longer back and fold-over ears. The never cobby Australian Terrier is rectangular in shape with chest slightly below elbows and a prominent keel. In profile his short legs are well under him. The luxuriant ruff and apron that I call “the snake scarf” protects him from the bites from the nasty native reptiles. A wedge-shaped head is particularly suited for killing rats, a job the Rat Terrier performs with ease and relish. The American Hairless Terrier is easy to identify as the “hairless one” unless, of course they are the “haired” variety in which case they look like a Rat Terrier. The Manchester Terrier is Black and Tan in color and like the drink of the same name should have distinct borders of color. The Manchester has a distinctive topline with an arch over the loin and complementary arch in the moderately short undocked tail. There is one final dog in the Terrier Group - the Miniature Schnauzer - easily identified as the one that looks just like a “miniature schnauzer”. This small square dog should never appear toyish. The backline is slanted downward from
Dr. Theresa Nesbit withers to the very short docked tail. There is no tuck up. Miniature Schnauzer colors are salt and pepper, black and silver, and solid black.
Although it isn’t easy for me to recognize separate breeds of dogs, I have almost as much trouble with dog faces as I do with human ones. I always laugh when I hear about judges “looking up the lead”. Whether looking up at the handler or down at the dog, I usually see the line up with fresh (and ignorant) eyes!
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REMEMBERING Alva Rosenberg… One of the Great Dog Show Judges Alva Rosenberg was born in Brooklyn in 1892. At the age of eight his mother took him to the Westminster Kennel Club show, his first dog show, travelling to the city on his first subway ride.
Schnauzers, German Shepherds, and English Toy Spaniels, the last breed that he owned.
After spending the day at the show, he left vowing to someday own a purebred dog and especially a Boston Terrier. From that point on dogs became his life and remained so until his death.
The Berendsohn’s took Alva to dog shows and with each show he attended his knowledge of dogs grew and within a short period of time he was encouraged to think about judging dogs. The Long Island Kennel Club had him judging matches and he was invited to judge at the dog club in Red Bank, NJ. where he was given the assignment of judging Pomeranians, and that was the beginning of his life in judging dogs
His first pet was a Pug and later canine friends included a Smooth Fox Terrier, a Mastiff, Bostons and in later years Brussels Griffons, Miniature
As a youth he worked in the kennels of Dr Edward Berendsohn who had Bulldogs, Japanese Spaniels and English Toy Spaniels. The Berendsohn’s appreciated his enthusiasm and while still a teenager they recommended him for membership in the Long Island Kennel Club.
In addition to the dogs, he was also the owner of an antique shop with his partner Melvin “Bud” Wilson. The well-known antique shop, The Toby House, was located in the stylish antique district of New York at Third Avenue and Lexington. The dog show community would stop by when in the city and visit with Alva while checking out the antiques.
In 1915 he acquired his first Boston Terrier and bred under the Ravenroyd prefix. His Ravenroyd dogs became known for their excellent conformation. Ch Ravenroyd Rockefeller, out of the famous Boston Terrier Ch Million Dollar Kid, was winners dog at Westminster in 1926 and the sire of seven champions including Ch. Rockefeller’s Ace who was best of breed at Morris & Essex in 1934. At that time not many American judges were invited to judge in Europe, but Alva was invited to judge all variety groups and best in show at the prestigious Windsor Dog Show. The British loved him and this was one of the highlights of Alva’s career. He was in demand to judge throughout the U.S. and Canada and specialty clubs were delighted when he accepted an assignment at one of their shows. He judged Westminster 21 times, judged at more than 1000 shows in his lifetime and had a full judging schedule year after year. And as a true New Yorker he never did learn to drive a car, and other judges were happy to offer him a ride to a show as they knew the conversation would never lag and that it would be interesting. It was said that Ava never forgot a dog and there are stories of him talking to a breeder and saying, “What ever happened to that dog of yours that I saw three or four years ago? I didn’t put him up but I recall thinking that he had a lot of promise.”
Walter Fletcher, well-known New York Times reporter, noted that “Rosenberg had the same knack for antiques as he did for the dogs he judged. He took me through his shop and held every piece with such love and he could tell me a story about each item.” Eventually having an expensive shop of antiques in the city was not as safe as it had been at one time and Alva and Bud moved themselves and the shop to Wilton, CT., where they lived until each of their deaths. He was awarded the Gaines Fido Award as “Outstanding Dog Show Judge of the year in 1946, 1947 and 1948. Afraid that the award would continue to be given to Alva, Gaines put a cap that the award could only be won three times by one individual. When Alva died of a heart attack Fletcher wrote, “The most difficult story I ever was called upon to write was the obituary for this great man.” A quote from Anna Katherine Nicholas: “People may wonder why Alva was so successful and so widely loved. In my opinion it was his true INTEREST in dogs. He was never bored with judging no matter how big or plentiful the assignments. He was a student of every breed and saw the good in all of them. He had an amazing memory, and owing to the fact that his interest in each dog made him especially observant of its every detail…Alva really UNDERSTOOD type and quality and of what they consisted of in EVERY breed! He was quick and smart and intelligent. He had the courage of his convictions. And, MOST OF ALL he CARED. No class dog was unimportant to him. He saw something deserving in them all. He was an EXPERT dog man who loved every moment of being a judge.” Sources: Anna Katherine Nicholas. The Canine Chronicle, date unknown AKC web Library
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A BOOK REVIEW
Adventures of Calypso by Monty Floyd and Tristan Floyd In true children’s book fashion, authors Monty Floyd and Tristan Floyd’s Adventures of Calypso hooks readers from page one and propels them through this tidy 39-page novel. Calypso is a young Welsh Terrier who finds himself lost in a far away city when he accidentally gets locked in a train boxcar. He manages to escape the boxcar and meets a Wire Fox Terrier named Audrey and her young owner. When he finds out that Audrey and her family are only there on vacation and will be heading home, he is determined to reconnect with her. Not having any survival skills, he is at the mercy of those who will cause him harm. Fortunately, there are new friends who help him along his journey to find Audrey. A pattern begins to emerge as each animal he meets leaves him with words of wisdom to help him survive and grow. Words that are relevant in today’s world as well. Illustrations are unnecessary in this vividly descriptive book with short chapters, making it an ideal read aloud for parents or children reading independently. As this reviewer read the book, the words of John Denver’s song “Calypso” kept floating through her mind, “Aye Calypso the places you’ve been to, the things that you’ve shown us, the stories you tell…” Adventures of Calypso seems to fit those words.
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You Don’t Give a Tweet? Here’s Six Reasons Why You Should. It’s time for Scottie lovers to take our place in the Twitter arena. Animal rights activists and political influencers who are anti-purebred dogs have dominated Twitter for far too long. We’ve been “dithering about twittering” until now but the board of the Scottish Terrier Club of America (STCA) believes the time is right for us to make our mark. Many STCA members have dipped a toe into social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram, while others have embraced them fully and gone “all in.” Both responses are perfect. Social media is flexible that way, adapting to whatever time commitment you’re comfortable with. These days PETA and others supporting anti-dog and anti-breeder legislation tweet and retweet with very little response from breeders and purebred dog enthusiasts.
It’s almost like we aren’t there, or we never hear them. Well the truth is, we aren’t there, and we aren’t sure what they’re saying about us. Sadly, we’re not alone. The purebred cattle industry and thoroughbred horseracing are also the subject of PETA’s increasingly frequent attacks. Lucky for us, those breeders are a little more organized than we are (so far) and there are many lessons we can learn from them. In 2014, PETA released a hidden
camera sting-video filmed by members posing as workers on a prominent thoroughbred horse farm. Selectively edited and completely one sided, the film was an out-of-context look at some of the saddest moments in the life of a racehorse. First reported by the New York Times on March 19, the report and video were a hot topic on social media, particularly on Twitter, where horse racing fans and professionals are active. Led by California Horse Racing Board chair Bo Derek (yes that Bo Derek), horsemen (and women) and their fans used the #FullStoryPETA hashtag in their own tweets to fight back against PETA’s claim they didn’t care about their horses. Digital media coordinator Molly McGill came up with the theme for their response, in her words, “PETA showed the public their side of the story, now the racing industry (is doing the same) with images of our own.” (Claire Novak, Bloodhorse Magazine, March 22, 2014.) Heartwarming images like the samples included in this article have been tweeted and retweeted thousands of times. In the days after Crufts in March 2015, one of our own was the subject of a Twitter attack by PETA using the hashtag #abusedshowdog. Although several STCA members were using Twitter and our Board knew of the momentum PETA’s sensational attacks were getting, the Scottish Terrier Club of America’s social media presence was not formally organized, and we were unable to effectively respond on our own. All was not lost however. The American Miniature Schnauzer Club led an aggressive response, taking
over PETA’s hashtag by posting photos of schnauzers playing, napping and cuddling including PETA’s tag #abusedshowdog in their tweets. Several of their club’s Facebook posts encouraged owners of current and retired Showdogs to keep tweeting positive images. Facebook groups in the United States, Canada and across the world shared the Miniature Schnauzer club’s Facebook posts and fans of those pages shared them on their own pages. The happy result was a flood of photos of happy healthy show dogs on Twitter representing dozens of breeds. Part of the power of the group that took back the hashtag was their ability to find each other’s posts through the hashtag and retweet each other’s photos - exponentially multiplying their impact. By the next day, searching for the term #abusedshowdog on Twitter only turned up positive images. We had effectively taken back the hashtag. Score: Showdogs - 1, PETA - 0.
Still not convinced? Here are six reasons you should tweet:
1. Find local information faster. Have questions about local traffic? Search your city and traffic by hashtag. For example #laxtraffic. Searching for #scottishterrier information or #scottiepuppies, well you get the idea.
4. Tweets are fast. Books take years to get to print. Magazines take weeks. Tweets can reflect what happened in the last 24 hours. Vet colleges, research facilities and other professional industry contacts are on Twitter and routinely post links to new research of interest to us and other Scottie lovers.
5. STCA tweets often link people to the STCA website and Facebook accounts for more information. Every time you retweet one of the STCA tweets, you’ll increase the traffic at our website and online Scottie Boutique where they’ll find event information, contact a breeder or buy our Scottie-themed wares, videos and manuals. 6. Get a politician’s full attention. Ever want to write a letter to a politician so they know exactly where you stand on a topic? Ever want to add your name to a petition so it would really carry some weight? Unfortunately, letter writing campaigns end up in a neat stack on someone’s desk and very few people will ever know you sent a letter. If you want a politician to sit up and take notice, mention them in a tweet. The bonus is anyone who follows them on Twitter will see your tweet as well. From there, your tweet can really gain attention if others agree with you enough they “like” and retweet your tweets. Pity the politician who tries to hide from a groundswell of Twitter chatter.
2. The Scottie community needs you. The STCA twitter account’s slogan is “Working hard to make things better for you and your Scottish Terrier.” The club is gaining momentum on Twitter at @STCAScotties with 382 followers to date. Follow us and we’ll follow you back. We promise to retweet the advice, links, photos and newsy items you share on Twitter to all of our followers, many of who are Scottie and terrier fanciers from across the world. You’ll get full credit because retweets capture the full Twitter name associated with the original tweet.
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3. You can ask your followers for a retweet. This technique works best when the tweet is designed to assist someone else. Having followers helps here of course. See number 2 above.
Create a public account. It doesn’t help our cause if your tweets are private and no one can see them. Add a cute Scottie photo on your account to replace the “egg” that comes with your account when you sign up. Have some
Want to know more about how to tweet? Google “how to tweet” and you’ll find dozens of expert sites that go into great detail and provide step by step directions. You can’t really use Twitter wrong because no two people use it for exactly the same reasons. The only caution is Twitter is the world stage. It’s so much more than a group of people who “like” each other. On Twitter, you can reach and influence people who aren’t part of your circle of friends.
You Don’t Give a Tweet! fun. Promote yourself or your kennel. Skim through the accounts the STCA account is following to get some examples. Personalize your account without giving too much information ... add just enough so folks get a feeling for who you are. Don’t know who to follow on Twitter? Check out who the STCA Twitter account is following and send follow requests to anyone who seems interesting to you. In the end, if you think you’ve chosen wrong, you can unfollow or block them. On my personal account (KarenP-HD also known as @ sunnysaskie) I follow all kinds of purebred cattle, horse, dog and cat breeders and associations and they tend to follow me back. I believe we have to stick together and if one of our clubs is ever under attack I’ll have their back. Search for #hashtags. Hashtags start with the # sign and help you search for and find posts. For example, if you’re looking for tweets about show dogs, search #showdogs to bring up tweets tagged with that hashtag as well as user accounts and top news about them. So take a chance and flex your “Twitter muscles.” Follow and retweet what you see on the STCA Twitter feed @STCAScotties. Purebred dogs need you. Our Scotties need you.
Social Media Etiquette by Lisa Filpi Goeckler in Forbes Magazine online On line lives forever. Though you may delete or change your message, living in 2018 means that anything you post can and may live on in “forwarded messages” and “screen captures.” Ask yourself these questions before posting:
1. Should I target a speciﬁc audience with this message?
2. Will anyone really care about this content besides me?
3. Will I offend anyone with this content? If so, who? Does it matter?
4 Is this appropriate for a social portal, or would it best be communicated another way?
5. Did I spell check?
6. Will I be okay with absolutely anyone seeing this?
7. Is this post too vague? Will everyone understand what I’m saying?
8. Am I using this as an emotional dumping ground? If so, why? Is a different outlet better for these purposes?
9. Is this reactive communication or is it well thought-out?
10. Is this really something I want to share, or is it just me venting?
Run through these 10 questions in your mind--before clicking “post.” Trust me--you’ll be happy you double-checked before sharing with the world. 50
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