Table of Contents Volume 6 Number 1 • Spring 2021
6 Editorial Muriel Lee 8 Ask Aunt Aggie
Henry (Hap) Sutliff AKC Breeder of the Year Interview
Addressing the Behavioral Changes of Canine Epilepsy
AKC Canine Health Foundation
Jon Cole: AKC All-breed Judge A TerrierGroup Interview
REMEMBERING-Ric Chashoudian Muriel Lee
2021 Westminster Kennel Club
Look at Books: Griffin’s Heart
Glory, The Dock Diving Scottie
Puppies During COVID 19
Artist Joseph Sulkowski
Donna Winslow Olga Forlicz
A TerrierGroup Interview
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Muriel Lee • EDITORIAL
TerrierGroup Editorial Hopefully with the beginning of 2021 the pandemic, which has turned life upside down, will have settled somewhat and dog shows will return more or less on schedule. Before too long most Americans will have received the covid vaccination and life will begin to feel a bit safer. Mask wearing will continue, but I have to admit that I’m still a bit startled when I see the masks in show photos. The death on February 15 of well-known dog man Frank Sabella must be mentioned even though he was basically a Poodle man, but he judged many breeds and he was well versed on all things canine. I saw him show only once and that was at Westminster Kennel Club’s 1973 show when he handled the Standard Poodle, Ch. Arcadia Command Performance, to the best in show spot. I can close my eyes and still see him flying around the ring, both dog and handler giving a true command performance. Many years ago he was judging at a local show and a friend was the ring steward. A woman with her toy breed didn’t know how to handle her dog. Sabella gave her several suggestions, which she didn’t understand, so Sabella took the dog, went the down and back with it, gave the dog to the woman and said, “First in class.” Only several judges have gone best in show at Westminster and have also judged best in show… Percy Roberts, Peter Green and Frank Sabella. When one of the greats in dogdom dies it’s a loss for everyone. The AKC Museum of the Dog has been very active even during the pandemic and have had several excellent virtual programs. In addition, their gift shop is stuffed with all things dog. Hopefully, in the next issue we will have a good article on this wonderful show case for the canines. 6
A mea culpa from the last issues’ interview with Betty-Anne Stenmark. I noted that she had started judging in 1998 and have been corrected. This lovely lady has been gracing our show rings since1978. Lots of articles in this issue that our readers will find interesting. Kris Kibbee, our award-winning humorist, is starting a new series that will require a bit of audience participation. Read her article and see where she is going and then be prepared to participate! There are several very exceptional interviews, starting with the interview with the artist Joseph Sulkowski…not only the interview, but many images of his exceptional artwork. Hap Sutliff of Sealyham Terrier fame and AKC Terrier Breeder of the Year, tells us about his beginnings in this delightful breed. The ever-popular judge Jon Cole covers his life in dogs and as an AKC allrounder judge. Vandra Huber, Scottish Terrier breeder and AKC judge and friends with Jon since they all lived in Utah, noted “I have a couple of playful things to add about how Jon interacts with exhibiters. I attended the Michigan Scottish Terrier specialty that was judged by Jon Cole. As a fund raiser, the club was raffling off a beautiful hand-carved wooden Rocking Scottie (instead of horse). After finishing up his judging, we were all admiring this beautiful hand-crafted artisan made Scottie. Jon walked over and jumped on. Knowing how tall Jon is, it was really fun seeing him sitting on a larger, but still child size, hand carved Scottie fashioned as a Rocking Scotty, with his legs folded up high. He didn’t pause for a moment. Just jumped on and off he went...riding the Scottie and whooping with a big smile on his face. “At the Denver specialty, they had a wonderful state fair then. They had all types of playful games. They had a throw-toss on bottles. Rather
than rings, you tossed closed dog collars. They also had one of those wonderful body images with a round slot to insert your head. If I recall correctly, rather than a human painted body, the photo option featured the body of a Scottish Terrier. Jon, without thought, got behind the painted dog and let everyone take his picture. Coupled with his fair judging, it’s his sense of playfulness with members of the fancy that make him one of the most endearing judges we have in the U.S. He’s serious when he’s judging but ever so fun when the work is done.” Of course, the working terrier is not to be outdone and Jo Anne Murza has an always interesting article, this one about scent work. And for something new to many of us, we have an article on a Scottish Terrier that has two titles after her name in, of all things, dock jumping! Mary Larson, our book reviewer, has written up the new book, Griffin’s Heart: Mourning your Pet with No Apologies…A Memoir Healing, Journal and Keepsake. For those who have lost a dog and are mourning the loss. Mary recently lost one of her dogs and found that the book was helpful in moving one along through the grief cycle. Olga Forliez writes of the difficulties of shipping puppies in Europe during the pandemic. Whew! A lot going on with this issue and we always try to make the following issues even more fantastic!
News from around, and we start with…dogs have returned to the White House in the shape of two German Shepherds owned by President Joe and wife Jill Biden. What joy to see the bouncy, big dogs, Champ and Major, running around. I recently read that the family home in the White House consists of 19 rooms so there is plenty of space for these big boys. And speaking of White House dogs, President Obama in an interview in The New Yorker wrote about his Portuguese Water Dog, a gift from Ted Kennedy. “With Bo, I got what someone described as the only reliable friend a politician can have in Washington. He also gave me an added excuse to put off my evening paperwork and join my family on meandering after-dinner walks around the South Lawn”
As always, send us your ideas, your questions and especially, your ads! Muriel Lee • Editor
Ask Aunt Aggie... There are certain people who outlive the ages--people so outrageous, or quirky, or relentless or accomplished that they leave an echo in history. People like the fearless Rosa Parks… who’d be damned before she’d give up her seat on the bus. People like 15th century Vlad the Impaler, who thought folks dangling on skewers made for nifty yard art. People like Frank Zappa, and Martin Luther King Jr, and Charlie Chaplain—all who made a deep and lasting impression on this rock and the people who call it home. For me, that impression was made by my Great Aunt Aggie. Aggie was one of those women who defied traditions and stereotypes and pretty much anything that got her nose out of joint. While I never met her, my Mom’s late night yarns of Aggie’s audacious exploits became seared into my brain over the years. 8
There was the time that ole Aunt Aggie marched up to the local Pastor in her summer church dress…arms held out at her sides like Christ on the Cross…and pointed at the flab swinging from her biceps while yelling, “Pastor, this here’d better be some damn angel wings meant to fly me up to heaven, cuz I ain’t got no use for it otherwise!” (Mom said she near wet her Sunday best over that one). Then there was the time that Aggie… a southern dame of the fiercest sort...told the newly-seated mayor of Lafayette, Louisiana that his toupee looked like a dead baby beaver she’d seen on the side of Indian River Highway (that time Mom did soil her school jumper). But oddly enough, my Mom said that what stuck with her most about Aggie wasn’t the bullfrogs in her apron pockets or the way that she wagged her finger at fussy church folk….it was Aggie’s heartfelt and relentlessly honest advice. Aggie’d sit up in her creaky old rocker on the front porch; heather-grey bun pulled like a proper crown atop her head, and she’d shuck corn into a big, sloppy pile at her feet. Sure, she could’ve done it out somewhere on the back forty, or down near the cornfields—where lean, green stalks caught the wind and howled their gentle lullaby---but she never did. She sat right there on the front porch, almost waiting for folk to tootle by and conversate. Mom said she’d sit out there well past twilight, until the lightening bugs and the garden slugs lined up to listen to her tell folks how to do this, that, or the other. Want to know how to get that stain out of your best trousers? Go Ask Aunt Aggie. Want to know why your second-best ewe all of the sudden can’t stomach to leave the barn? Go Ask Aunt Aggie. Want to know how to get your chicken dumplings moist and firm all at once? Go Ask Aunt Aggie.
So nowadays, when I have a wonder about something—I often think of Aggie. Sometimes I see her perched on my Dad’s old recliner, crowing that, “only a damn fool would pick baby blue as a chair color!” and I ask her things. She knows as much about animal husbandry as any self-taught vet, as much about interpersonal communication as an armchair psychologist, and as much about the nonsense of current fashion trends as …well….as anyone who knows that they’re nonsense. And she’s not afraid to tell me. After all, Mom always said that Aggie’s brand of advice was, “like her Creole cooking. Spicy and bound to light a fire under your ass!”
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I think we could all use a bit of Aggie’s down-home, common-sense these days. So I invite you, my friends, to Ask Aunt Auggie. Ask her if you should wear a pencil skirt or a pantsuit to your next show. Ask her if you oughta run for club president. Ask her if your dog needs its own Instagram page. Trust me, she won’t hold back. She’ll tell it like it was, is, and will always be. Maybe Aunt Aggie’s advice will lead you along the right path, as it has me. Maybe just the image of her in her homemade trousers…with tobacco pipe smoke circling her head in a halo… will bring you a smile. Maybe just resting a spell beside her on the porch and giving her your burdens will make the edges of this hard world seem a little bit softer. Until then, Aunt Aggie waits patiently in her old rocker (which as I recollect, she said had seen “moreladies fannies than Elvis Presley”) to conversate…with you!
TerrierGroup Interview • Hap Sutliff
Henry (Hap) Sutliff 2020 AKC Terrier Breeder of the Year Terriergroup is very pleased to have this interview with Hap Sutliff, longtime Sealyham Terrier breeder and 2020 AKC Terrier Breeder of the Year. TG: Tell us about your background – where did you grow up, did you have a dog and what breed was it? HS: I was born in San Mateo, California and am a fourth generation Californian. My great-grandfather Tom Sutliff (aged 17) and his brother Henry (aged 19) took a ship from Baltimore to Panama, crossed the Isthmus and arrived in San Francisco on June 5, 1849. My Mom’s family were late commers to California, arriving in 1859 in Sonora. Curiously the first Sealyham Terrier ever exhibited in the US was Ch. Folly, shown at a San Mateo Kennel Club show in 1911. My father’s family had two Collies and a Cocker when I was born, and my mom’s parents had a Sealy. “Champ” had come to them in 1938 when Lindsay Howard and his wife had divorced. Mr. Howard was the son of Charles Howard, owner of Howard Buick in San Francisco and even more famous as owner of the famous racehorse Seabiscuit. Champ had been put to board with Dan Shuttleworth, a handler and an AKC judge, but Champ had not been reclaimed so he spent the remainder of his almost 16-year life with mom’s parents.
Sutliff Mame of Mannin
TG: When did you become interested in Sealyhams and how did you find out about this great terrier breed? HS: In 1953 my paternal grandfather moved his company back to Richmond, Virginia and we moved with it. We had a Collie named Sally which was followed by a Smooth Dachshund named Rusty. Rusty was forever digging up the yard looking for moles, and as our housekeeper had a Dachshund, Rusty went to live with her and mom said she would only have Sealys from then on. In December 1961 Tammy (Ch. Rinklestone Tam O’Shanter) came to live with us. My mom looked for a groomer for Tammy and found Beryl Pearson who was an assistant to Heywood and Inez Hartley. (I was on the High School Yearbook staff with their daughter Susie.) Beryl convinced my mom to give Tammy a try at the shows and we found that she was a natural show girl and asked for the win every second. She completed her championship in about five months, winning her majors under Edwin Pickhardt, Alva Rosenberg and Henry Stoecker.
TG: Tell us about your first dog show experience – when and where? HS: My first dog show was a Virginia Kennel Club Sanctioned Match where Tammy won the terrier group. My first time in the ring was at the Greenville (SC) Kennel Club show on July 25, 1963, where I showed Debbie (Tammy’s full sister, later litter) and
Beryl showed Tammy to BOB. The group judge was Heywood Hartley who had given Debbie RWB at the ASTC Specialty earlier that year, before she came to us. Beryl showed Debbie and I showed Tammy the next day, and Tammy won so that was the first point that I put on a dog.
TG: When and where did you find your first Sealy? HS: Mom found Tammy from an ad in Dog World magazine placed by Pat Miller (Rinklestone). Tammy was born in Ranchester, Wyoming and bred by Gertrude Tschirgi, but was sent to Pat in Peoria, Illinois and then flown to Washington DC, where mom and dad had to drive in a snowstorm to pick her up.
TG: Which Sealy became your foundation bitch? HS: Again, Tammy (Ch. Tinklestone Tam O’Shanter). In November 1963, just after Tammy’s championship, she was bred to Dorothy Wimer’s Alcide of Axe, who became famous just after the pups were born, when he won the terrier group at Westminster Kennel Club in February, 1964. Two bitches from Tammy’s first litter, Sutliff’s Assiniboine and Ch. Sutliff’s Alabama, are in most Sealy pedigrees worldwide. Daughters of Alabama were foundation bitches for two of the most famous American Sealy Kennels…Patsy Wood (Penllyn) and Margery Good (Goodspice). I will add that in August 1963 we went up to Danvers, Massachusetts to Robin Hill and bought Robin Hill Brigitte from Mrs. Robert B. Choate. Bridget’s father, Ch. Robin Hill Brigade, won the terrier group at Westminster in 1955 and 1956 and her grandfather, Ch. Robin Hill Brigand, was half of the best-in-show brace at Westminster in 1948. Bridget produced several champions and was WB and BOS at Montgomery County Kennel Club show in 1964. One of Bridget’s daughters became the First Dog of Virginia, being owned by Governor and Mrs. A. Linwood Holton. “Gina” was privileged to live at
GCHB CH Pegfield Tintern Tiggy-Winkle
the governor’s mansion which was designed by Thomas Jefferson. Our first British import was the Eng Ch. Brastedchart Seascout who took three successive bests of breed at Westminster and we won the fourth year in a row with our bitch Ch. Sutliff Mame of Mannin.
TG: Which Sealy was your greatest winner and what made him/her such a winning Sealy? I spent the three summer months of 1968 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, with my college roommate and his family. Our handler, Al Ayers, wrote to me to find out more about a British dog from a kennel he liked. The dog was Eng Ch Jenmist Dougal. Dougal was the grandson of Al’s most famous Sealy, Alcide, and a great-grandson of Al’s favorite Sealy, Ch. St. Margaret Steve (1959 Dog of the Year in the UK). I wrote Bert Lambert (Jenmist) and secretly bought Dougal for mom. Dougal arrived at the end of June 1969 when I was headed off to school in London. He made his American debut less than two months later and won the group at Annapolis from the classes at his first show. Dougal won 34 group firsts and 10 bests-in-show. His biggest win was best-in-show at Harrisburg in March 1972 under Johnny Murphy over nearly 3000 dogs. I was at home with Chickenpox so saw none of it. Recently my co-owned bitch GCHB CH Pegfield Tintern TiggyWinkle had a good run winning six bests in show and five reserves.
TerrierGroup Interview • Hap Sutliff She had group placements under 105 different judges. She just became a mother of six pups on October 27th. My most famous homebred was INT Ch. Sutliff’s Algonquin, who was world and Euro winner, BIS winner and sire of 28 Champions. In 2013 “Diego” and four of his children took 3rd BIS at the World Dog Show in Budapest in the progeny competition. Although German-owned, he sired litters in the UK, and in 2015 and again in 2016, he earned the title of Royal Canin Stud Dog of the Year for Sealys. His son INT Ch. All About Aksel of Cesky Dreams was Germany’s Dog of the Year (All-Breeds) and best of breed at Crufts. Algonquin’s litter brother INT Ch. Sutliff’s Yuma was also a world winner in 2017 in Leipzig, and won the veteran terrier group at a major German championship show at the age of ten in 2020.
TG: You recently had a litter of six Sealys. How often do you breed and what determines who you will breed and to whom? HS: I do not breed often as I do not have the space and it depends a lot on the number of dogs at home. I try to give all my dogs a lot of attention so I keep the numbers small. Currently I have three Sealys. Boris and Vivien are littermates of Algonquin and Yuma and will be 11 in March. Last year GCHB Bluff’s End Breanna of Slyfox, a group and specialty winner was rehomed with me and I hope to breed her in 2021. I have not yet decided on who to breed “Cricket” to. Most of us tend to line breed, but the litter that contained Algonquin and Yuma was a complete outcross with fantastic pups resulting. I always look for correct bites, level toplines, parallel movement and substance, and the two most important factors, health and temperament. I was away from dog shows from 1992-2002 due to my father’s death and my mother’s ill health. Mom died in 2001 and I had an 8-year-old wonderful Sealy who was champion worthy but never shown. I was asked
Algonquin and 4 progeny winning BIS-3 in Progeny Competition at World Dog Show
INT Ch. Sutliff’s Algonquin winning the Group in Dortmund
to judge sweeps for the Sealyham Terrier Club of Southern California and had a huge entry. There was one 12–18-month-old girl that took my breath away and I made her best. I did not know anyone connected with her. She was Slyfox All Fired Up Seberdale who came back to take best of breed at this specialty the following year. I came back to Great Western in 2004 and was asked to come to the hotel room where there was a litter of seven pups who were from my 2002 winner, “Peanut.” Everyone liked a different pup (six of seven became champions), but I could not take my eyes off one boy. I asked the breeder if I could take him home to see if he would get along with my now 11-year-old. He was registered as Dunnville Draco Malfoy. Draco earned his championship in 28 days with four majors at Woofstock and Great Western. He was Algonquin and Yuma’s sire, and sire (from frozen semen sent to Germany) of INT Ch. Hermione Granger v d Löwenburg, best of breed at Crufts 2017. Draco, who died in 2018 at 14 ½, is father of Twiggy’s 2020 litter and ancestor of over 80 champions worldwide.
TG: You have been active in the American Sealyham Terrier club for many years, serving as president from 1980 to 1994. HS: Yes, I was barely 30 when I became ASTC President and never expected to serve so long. I also served
Hap, Peg & Pinkie
more recently seven years as president of Del Monte Kennel Club and am currently recording secretary and show chair of that club. I really think that participation in an all-breed club gives depth of knowledge and appreciation for all the hard work that so many have done over the years. I am surrounded by incredible judge friends including Pat Trotter, Pluis Davern, Jeff Pepper, Connie Clark, David and Carolyn Alexander and more. Every morning and every afternoon I have a conversation with 2001 Westminster best-in-show judge Dottie Macdonald...such good advice and wisdom and most especially, laughter.
TG: The Sealy is considered to be an endangered breed in both America and the U.K. What are the clubs doing to preserve interest in the breed? HS: In this time of covid all clubs are just trying to hang on. There are just two Sealy Clubs in the US, the parent club and the Sealyham Terrier Club of Southern California, of which I am also secretary. Unfortunately, our specialties had to be cancelled in 2020 and our 2021 California specialty has also been cancelled. Personally, I was disappointed about the cancellation of Montgomery County last
October as the AKC had tentatively approved me to judge the specialty after our original judge had to resign for health issues. In any event, it was a considerable honor. I am enormously proud to be a board member of the Sealyhams Forever Foundation which is our rescue/rehome organization for our breed. We have done heroic work in finding homes for dogs in need. Our most interesting rescue, in 2020, was in China at the beginning of the pandemic where a Sealy from Russia was about to be put to sleep. Our foundation, with the help of some great European friends, were able to get this dog to a dog groomer in Harbin, Tianyu Du, who not only has kept “Maximus” but showed him to his championship. In December 2020 we exhausted the foundation’s treasury by purchasing eight Sealys at auction. Fortunately, all eight have found loving new forever homes. We are vigilant in trying to protect and preserve our great breed and always will be.
Terriergroup thanks Hap for this wonderful interview, which probably brought back lots of good memories for him!
Dunnville Draco Malfoy
Sharon M. Albright, DVM, CCRT Manager of Communications & Veterinary Outreach AKC Canine Health Foundation
Addressing the Behavioral Changes of Canine Epilepsy Canine idiopathic epilepsy is the most common medical neurologic disorder in dogs. Approximately 30% of dogs continue to have seizures despite appropriate treatment with medication.
These medications can have undesired
side effects such as sedation and changes in appetite. In addition to the stress of managing seizures and medication side effects, behavioral changes have also been reported in dogs with idiopathic epilepsy. All of these factors negatively impact the human animal bond and create stress for epileptic dogs and their owners. While exploring potential new treatments for canine epilepsy, AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) funded investigators at the Royal Veterinary College are also analyzing the important behavioral changes that accompany this disease. (CHF Grant 02252: Investigating a Ketogenic Medium-Chain Triglyceride (MCT) Supplement for the Treatment of Drug-Resistant Canine Idiopathic Epilepsy and Its Behavioral Comorbidities) As part of this study, questionnaires were completed by European owners of epileptic dogs describing their behavior before and after developing epilepsy. Results were compared to those from healthy dogs of similar age and breed. Findings published in Veterinary Record1 showed that epileptic
dogs had a lower trainability score, but demonstrated more dog-directed fear and aggression, more non-social fear, and more attachment/attention seeking behavior. These changes could be caused by epilepsy itself, secondary to anti-seizure medications, or indicative of broader underlying cognitive changes. Nonetheless, this data lends support to the fact that significant behavioral changes are associated with canine idiopathic epilepsy and they must be addressed to improve quality of life for affected dogs and their owners. Investigators also completed a multi-center clinical trial to evaluate the effect of mediumchain triglyceride (MCT) oil on seizure frequency and severity, medication side effects, behavioral and cognitive problems associated with epilepsy, and dog stress levels. Participating dogs were fed either an MCT oil supplement or a control oil for three months, took no oil for one week, and then consumed the opposite oil for three months. Results showed promise in the use of MCT oil to reduce seizure frequency (See A Clinical Trial of Medium-Chain Triglyceride Oil for the Treatment of Canine Epilepsy). Results describing the oil’s positive impact on behavior were also recently reported in Epilepsy & Behavior.2 While taking MCT oil, epileptic dogs performed better on spatialmemory (remembering where a treat was placed in the testing room) and problemsolving tasks (the ability to access a food
reward covered by a clear plastic box) and their trainability scores improved. Specifically, they were better able to learn new tricks and respond to feedback while taking MCT oil. While only a small group of dogs (29) completed this behavioral evaluation, any improvements to cognition and behavior in epileptic dogs will support the human animal bond and improve quality of life for dogs and their owners. CHF and its donors remain committed to finding new and better treatments for canine idiopathic epilepsy. Since 1995, more than $1.4 million has been invested in exploration of the genetics underlying epilepsy and the search for new treatment strategies such as those involving the gut microbiome and dietary supplements. Learn more about this important research at akcchf.org/epilepsy.
Here are a few symptoms of seizures in dogs that may help you identify what’s going on: Collapse Jerking, stiffening, or twitching of muscles Loss of consciousness Drooling Vocalization Tongue chewing Foaming mouth Defecation or urination Paddling the legs
Watson, F., Packer, R. M. A., Rusbridge, C., & Volk, H. A. (2019). Behavioural changes in dogs with idiopathic epilepsy. Veterinary Record. Berk, B. A., Packer, R. M. A., Law, T. H., Wessmann, A., Bathen-Nöthen, A., Jokinen, T. S., Knebel, A., Tipold, A., Pelligand, L., & Volk, H. A. (2020). Medium-chain triglycerides dietary supplement improves cognitive abilities in canine epilepsy. Epilepsy & Behavior. Related Articles MCT Oil Improves Behavior in Canine Idiopathic Epilepsy (12/31/2020) The Gut Microbiome and Canine Epilepsy (07/21/2020) Epilepsy and the Gut Microbiome (07/21/2020)
Staring or looking dazed before the episode Disorientation, wobbliness, or temporary blindness after the episode Walking in circles after the episode Drool or blood from the mouth after the episode Hiding after the episode
Jon Cole All-breed AKC Judge Jon Cole, all-breed AKC judge from Nashville, TN. Jon and his wife have owned a variety of dogs over the years but Bull Terrier and Bedlingtons have been high on their list. He began his judging career in 1971 and has always been a popular judge judging not only throughout America but around the world. He has been active in a number of all-breed and breed clubs, and especially his local club, Nashville Kennel Club.
TG: Tell us about your young life in dogs – what breed did you grow up with and when did you discover the Bull Terrier? What appealed to you about the breed? JC: I grew up in a house of dogs. My mother went to her first dog show at the age of thirteen. After my parents were married, they had Springer Spaniels and bred a few litters. Much later, I came along and have been going to dog shows all of my life! Dog shows then were very limited in numbers, not like today. I remember going to benched shows and every show was benched at that time. While my parents were involved at the show I would help the Blue Mountain Dog Food vendor push his products. Mr. Baker ran this booth and he would feed the dogs at the show. I would get the water and mix the food and place it in bowls for the dogs. I would also pass out samples to the spectators. I would guess that I was five six, seven years old at this point. We had a lot of different breeds while I was growing up. I can remember my mom showing a Collie when I was five or six. At home we also had, at different times, a Scottie, Pointer, Poodle, Dachshund and Australian Shepherds. My mother was really into Dachshunds so I went with her to many specialties. A little trivia about the Aussie, which was a breed not recognized by the AKC at that time. In fact, it was not recognized until some time later. There were two or three groups of breeders trying to organize, get approval and create a standard for the breed. One of these groups was led by Elsie Cotton, if my memory is correct, a good friend of my mothers’ so my mother who was very knowledgeable about dog, ghost wrote the standard for Elsie. I have no idea if that standard played any part in the current standard of the breed.
In the early 1960s my parents decided to buy a Bull Terrier. My dad had a dog that looked like a Staffordshire Terrier in the 1920s and he always wanted something like that again Today it is known as an American Staffordshire terrier and that is where I got my start with Bullies. My parents bred and showed BTs or the next forty years. I enjoyed the breed so in the later 1960s I got my own Bull Terrier to show and breed. I also got involved with Bedlington Terriers, my wife’s breed. We did well in showing both breeds. Over the years we have had a number of different breeds and we have loved them all.
TG: At some point you decided to become an AKC judge. What led to this decision? JC: As a teen and into my early twenties I stewarded for various clubs in our area. In 1969 my wife and I took Anthony Stamm (AKC judge and also of Scottie fame with his Amstamm Scottish Terriers) to the airport. Tony asked me if I ever had any interest in judging. I replied that I had judged a few matches and had been a ring steward many times. His advice was to apply, if only for one breed, to get your foot in the door. I applied for a judging application a short tie later and the rest is history.
TG: What do you enjoy about judging? JC: What I like about judging are the dogs as I relate very well to them. There are many nice exhibitors that I have had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with. Also, through my years of judging I have had the opportunity to be on panels with many outstanding judges. I have also had the pleasure of them to show their dogs to me in the ring…Anne Clarke the Hartinger’s, the Forsyth’s Clint Harris – just to name a few.
TG: You have been active in many breed clubs in addition to your all-breed club. Tell us the importance of these clubs and why one should be active in them. JC: I have been active in all-breed club, group clubs and breed clubs. These clubs are the wheels and engines that facilitate dog shows. Without active members our clubs would wither and die. We are seeing all-breed clubs give up and close their doors because of the lack of younger, interested members. Just recently I was talking with a club member in Mississippi about all-breed clubs disappearing and she mentioned seven or eight clubs in the state that had given up because there were no new/younger members to pick up the reins and run the club. It is important to encourage juniors and people in their 20s and 30s to get involved with a club and how to put on a show. It takes a lot of work to put on an all-breed show, a cluster of shows or a specialty. Exhibitors must step up or this trend of clubs closing their doors will continue.
TG: You have judged at Westminster and at Montgomery County many times, in addition to foreign assignments. What do you consider to be the most exciting assignment you have had in all of your years of judging? JC: In my many years of judging I have been fortunate to officiate all over the world, including some of the big ones like Westminster Kennel Club, Montgomery County All-terrier Show. I have judged the Melbourne Royal and the Winter Classic in Norway. I have found almost all of my assignments, whether close to home or in Asia, Africa, Russia, Europe, New Zealand, South America, Mexico or Spring 2021
TerrierGroup Interview • Jon Cole
Canada, to have been a delight. The long air flights are not so much a delight!
TG: Do you find it more difficult to judge these days, with the Covid 19? JC: The Covid 19 has presented challenges to the dog show world. I had many shows cancelled in 2020 but I have judged quite a few shows since June of 2020. I would say that the shows have been well run and the participants have done a good job of masking and show-and-go. For the number of shows that have been held, our track record has been minimal for their covid issues, based on what I have heard. As far as the actual judging procedures involved, they have been easy to deal with.
TG: How do you find the state of terriers AND the state of dog shows? JC: The state of the terriers in the ring today are much like other breeds in various groups. Some good, some not-so-good. There are many very old standards in the terrier breeds and I find that the exhibitors/breeders are not always working towards breeding or showing animals that represent what is written within the standard. Size and coat textures are two areas that need to be watched. Breeders are the guardians of the breed standard and judges must reinforce those standards in the ring.
Get out and breed, show, work with the clubs and have fun in this great sport! TerrierGroup is very appreciative of the time that Mr. Cole spent with us and this interview! A lifetime in dogs is indeed remarkable and wonderful!
REMEMBERING - Ric Chashoudian Handler, Judge and Artist 1931-2011 Ric Chashoudian was a larger-thanlife man. He made his marks and that is in the plural, as one of the best terrier handlers in the country, as a wellknown AKC judge and as an artist. Quite a legacy. Ric was born in California into a family that had no canine background, whose father was a classical violinist who played with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and also worked inthe film industry. At the age of ten Rick had a neighbor who had an Airedale terrier and that was his introduction to dogs. At the age of 12 he acquired his first Airedale and from then on his life was associated with dogs. His first show Airedale was CH Roy-El Tiger Lily, his first owner handled champion, and by the age of 17 he had his first allbreed best in show with Airedale Ch. The Sheik of Ran Aire at the Golden Gate Kennel Club show. From then on, he always made his living indogs – whether as a top handler,
an AKC judge, or a sculpturer capturing the essence of each terrier breed. At the time of Ric’s entry into the dog world, dog showing was basically situated on the east coast. However, reaching out, Ric’s mentors became Bob Bartos from Carnation kennels at Carnation, WA with his Scotties, and Phil Prentiss, top handler from the east coast. Bob met Ric while he was checking out his competition after he moved to the Carnation Kennels, and he was impressed with Ric’s abilities and his competitiveness in hot competition. Although Bob and Ric were top competitors, often with top dogs, they would have dinner together after a show and relax and discuss the day. In 1953, when he returned from his stint in the army, Ric purchased Bonnie Brier Kennel in Sun Valley. (Later owned by Bergit Coady-Kabel.) By now he had become a top Kerry handler, revolutionizing the grooming of the Kerry which, at the time, was a fairly new breed.
Ric’s handling took off and over the years he employed a number of assistants, attending all of the major shows throughout the country. His list of clients became long and there were substantial wins from one side of the country to the other. It must be noted that Ric was not always an easy individual – he held his ground when needed. He could be outspoken and had several notable run-ins with the AKC which made headlines in the canine press. Over the years he handled the top show dog of the year, three times, with three different terrier breeds.
and had the best of handlers on both the east and west coasts. Ric’s philosophy was to work hard, to be first at the show site and the last to leave it. In 1983 he felt it was time to move on and he was approved to judge the terrier group, eventually judging all groups except the hounds and herding. At a later date he became a featured writer for Canine Chronicle where his articles were always interesting, stating facts as he saw them and noting points of interest that only he would know or see. However, his career in dogs did not end with judging and he became a well-known sculpture of dogs. He worked primarily in bronze, doing private commissions, including a life size bronze statue of President George Bushes’ Scottish Terrier, Barney, on display at the Presidential Pet Museum. He also sculpted the Quaker Oats Award trophy. Ric died in 2011 and was buried at Araral Cemetary in Fresno, CA. Sources: AKC site • Amy Fernandez, Canine Chronicle
The high point of his career was in 1976 when he was best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club’s 100th show with the Lakeland Ch Jo Ni’s Red Baron of Crofton. Judge William Brainerd noted, “The Lakeland is in top from…perfection tonight, a truly outstanding dog.” In 1981 Ric won the group at Westminster with the Fox Terrier Ch. Ttarb the Brat, a fabulous smooth who eventually sired 237 AKC champions. Ric was active in dogs for over 60 years and won more than 500 all-breed bests in show. His list of handling well-known terrier greats is long, and many of those dogs became top sires in their breeds. And these were the years where terriers were the top breeds, the top winners Spring 2021
The 2021 Westminster Kennel Club Show NEW DATE• NEW SHOW SITE! Lyndhurst, originally built in 1838 for William Paulding, Jr. and his son Phillip, is described as an outstanding example of Gothic Revival architecture. The father, born in 1770, was a New York lawyer, elected to congress in 1811, and became mayor of New York in 1824. The location was selected as it was near the home of Washington Irving, a good friend of the family. In 1864 the son sold the home to George Merritt, a dry-goods merchant, and Merritt expanded the home with a five-story tower, embellishing the rooms and making them more elaborate than previously.
Fortunately, Merritt had a great love for the land and hired horticulturist Ferdinand Mangold, once the primary gardener for King Leopold of Bavaria, who with a crew of over 100 men, built the roads and planted the trees and lawns. A magnificent greenhouse, complete with a glass dome, completed the picture. Financier Jay Gould bought the house in 1880 and the name changed from Lyndehurst to Lyndhurst. Gould and his family used the home as a “retreat” from their Fifth Avenue mansion in New York city. Gould died in 1892 and his daughter Helen lived on the property, adding
a bowling alley, dog kennels and an indoor swimming pool. The last owner was her younger sister, Anna Gould, whose main home was at The Plaza in NYC but she visited the home until 1961. She left Lyndhurst to the National Trust for Historic Preservation and it is now operated as a museum, open to the public. Because of its Gothic nature, the home has been used in a number of movie and television sets, especially those with a Gothic or Halloween background.
Live coverage will be on FOX Sports. New breeds are the Barbet, Biewer Terrier, Belgian Laekenois and Dogo Argentino. Source: Great Houses on the Hudson River edited by Michael Middleton Dwyer
And of course, it’s been open to dog shows. Westminster will not be the first dog show as the Westchester Kennel Club has held their show on the site for many years. Walter Fletcher, the New York Times reporter on all things canine, wrote “It’s one of the most beautiful show sites in the country.” Check out the Westminster Kennel Club site for specifics, not only on the show but on safety precautions in this time of the pandemic.
Westminster Kennel Club Terrier Judges TERRIER GROUP JUDGE - Mr. William Potter of St. Louis, MO Terrier Breed Judges : Mr. Dan Ericsson of Enkoping, Sweden: Airedale Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Bull Terriers (both Varieties), Smooth Fox Terriers, Wire Fox Terriers, Parson Russell Terriers, Rat Terriers, Russell Terriers, Scottish Terriers, Sealyham Terriers, West Highland White Terriers.
Mr. David J. Kirkland of Sanford, NC: Miniature Schnauzers. Mrs. Knowlton A. Reynders of Newbury, NH: American Hairless Terriers, Australian Terriers,
Bedlington Terriers, Cairn Terriers, Cesky Terriers, Dandie Dinmont Terriers, Glen of Imaal Terriers, Irish Terriers, Miniature Bull Terriers, Norfolk Terriers, Norwich Terriers, Skye Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Standard Manchester Terriers, Welsh Terriers.
Ms. Bonnie P. Threlfall of Cary, NC: Border Terriers, Kerry Blue Terriers, Lakeland Terriers, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers.
BEST IN SHOW JUDGE - Mrs Patricia Craige Trotter of Carmel, CA
A Look at Books
GRIFFIN’S HEART by Reagan J. Pasternak
“When you love big, the loss will feel big” is just one of the beautiful quotes found in author Reagan J. Pasternak’s book Griffin’s Heart: Mourning Your Pet with No Apologies…A Memoir, Healing Journal, and Keepsake. Griffin, Reagan’s Devon Rex cat, died at the age of seven from heart failure. Reagan’s grief was inconsolable so she started pouring her grief into her journal. The result is an interactive guide to help people experiencing grief at the passing of their pet. The author leads the reader, through steps, to use the book with suggestions to take time to write in the journaling sections. The goal is to use the book however it works best for the reader. The reader will find some sections will be easier to work through than others. “Journaling is good for healing” writes the author. “All too often we get distracted and find it is hard to stay focused. Journaling forces us to address our thoughts.” This reviewer found herself mentally journaling the exercises, using the passing of her beloved Border Terrier Rocky as the focus. Along with journaling, the reader will have exercises that serve as goals to help with the grief process. Some of these “intentions” as they are called, are physical in nature while some are mental. In one exercise the reader will learn how changing “why
questions” into “how questions” will help with closure. “Why” probably won’t be answered, but the “how” questions will have answers over time. At the end of the book the author has food for thought, “He, Griffin, showed me how a short life is still a beautiful life. That you can never ever know what’s around the corner, so you must live with purpose. These things are ingrained in me now.” After finishing the book the reader will have a personalized keepsake, full of memories and photos, in a journal for remembering a special pet. This is a specially published hardcover book that is enclosed in a gold foil stamped slipcase…a beautiful keepsake. Now available at Amazon
Glory, the Dock Diving Scottie Glory was born by C-section to her mom, Ch. Springbok’s Storybook Tale Too, -“Paige.” Our nine-year old grandson, Dustin, was anxious to be at the birth and our veterinarian didn’t object, so Dustin occupied a stool in the surgical suite and when a wet puppy came out he provided one of the set of hands to wipe the pup dry. When all was said and done we came home with six beautiful puppies. Dustin stayed with us for several weeks, living close to the whelping box. Glory imprinted on Dustin quickly, so there was a reason to keep her although she was slight of bone and didn’t make size. Of course, as she grew up she had to do something more than just hang around the house, so my friend Morgan Jacoby, with her BIS Boerboel bitch Amina, aka the Flying Brick, invited us to try the challenge of dock diving. That was a real stretch for me because for years every breeder would tell me that Scotties can’t swim. I disagree, Scotties can swim, but they certainly can’t get out of a swimming pool and eventually sink because of their density of bone and quantity of hair that weighs them down, and eventually they drown. Life jackets are an absolute must.
In 2018 we headed south to the outdoor Houston Docking Diving facility and met Emily Heyler and husband, Jason. I believe Emily took on a challenge when she met Glory, but she persevered that whole first summer, determined that we’d get Glory into the water…eventually. Gloria would gladly stand to get the life jacket on, and galloped up the entry ramp to the dock. She’d go down the exit ramp from the pool and get her front feet wet, but that was as far as she was willing to go. After many weeks she allowed Emily to carry her into the pool. Upon releasing her close to the exit ramp she’d paddle like crazy to get the exit ramp under her feet.
And then she did it! Emily sat on the dock with her feet hanging over the side, with Glory between her legs and nowhere to go except into the pool. After what seemed like hours and a lot of coaxing by Emily and screaming encouragement by Morgan and myself, she actually jumped and then swam directly to me sitting on the outside of the pool. That was a breakthrough and Glory repeated it, eventually without being between Emily’s legs, but she wasn’t consistently jumping within the time allowed to qualify by NADD rules. Practice makes perfect, I’ve been told, so Glory and I kept the road warm, heading south to Emily’s throughout the summer. By the first event weekend in June, 2019, I decided there was no better time to enter Glory than in two days of competition. There are two trials per day and placement in a class is determined by height…Open is above 16 inches and Lap is less than16 inches. Glory was entered in Lap. There were around 50 dogs at each competition so the days were long and hot, but Glory, the social butterfly, was quite entertaining for many. She even managed to crawl out of her 3 x 3, go under the fence to the horse pasture, and visit the horses. Emily and Jason do field trials with their horses and German Shorthaired Pointer so the horses paid no attention to the little black dog running around in their pasture. On the other hand, I was in panic mode. By the end of that two-day weekend Glory had done well, earning her DN (Dock Novice) title (1” – 4 ft 11”) and a qualifying splash (jump) toward her DJ ( Dock Jr.) title (5 ft to 8 ft 11”). Dogs can work on multiple titles depending on the distance traveled in their splash. Glory picked up a few more qualifying splashes toward her Dock Novice Advanced (DNA) in August 2019 and then in Sept 2019 she earned her Dock Junior title. She has 10 qualifying splashes toward her DNA and DJA titles combined. We didn’t go to any competition in 2020 because of Covid-19 so we’ll see what the summer of 2021 holds for our Dock Diving Glory! For rules, etc: northamericadivingdogs.com Spring 2021
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PUPPIES DURING THE TIME OF While walking in a park almost a year ago I met my friend, a well-known and respected whippet breeder, who was full of uncertainty about the emerging pandemic. We talked about whether we would have a litter in such strange times, or rather wait until the situation calmed down. We had different views on this, but none of us foresaw what was about to happen in the coming period. In May when all our Sealy girls decided to come into heat simultaneously driving our boys crazy, we did the math very carefully, weighing pros and cons, and decided to do something we had never done before...breed two bitches at the same time. This may not sound like a big deal to many, but for us, who have never had more than one litter a year, juggling the time between work and school, dog shows and travels - two litters at the same time sounded like a challenge. But the vision of spending summer playing with the puppies, instead of waiting for the world to re-open from the covid coma seemed quite tempting, and the more so because the immensely handsome American Sealy – Cooper (Thunder Road’s Little Deuce Coupe) came to visit us for a year, with plans to date our girls. Also, our list of potential puppy buyers was already pretty long so everything seemed to speak for carrying out the plan of two litters.
However, we did not take into account the fact that when the toddlers are old enough to leave to their new homes traveling will still be difficult, or impossible, which changed our export plans a bit. I was hoping for a nice trip to the USA while escorting little Mei Mei to her new home in California. Of course, that didn’t work out. I tried to get a permit to enter the US, which didn’t work out, and in the end we had to send the baby with the pet transport company. Actually the biggest problem in shipping our puppy was in transporting her to the UK. Restrictions changed often with national borders closing and opening overnight, and planning a trip and crossing half of Europe was practically impossible. Since traveling by plane with a dog on board (and even in the hold) to Great Britain is forbidden, the only option was to use the pet transport company, and I checked that option as well. The price for the service was twice as high as shipping to California. When looking for a different solution, I came up with the idea of a flight to Ireland
THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC with a transport by land including a ferry between Northern Ireland and Scotland. Three more people were brought on board and ready to help with this shipment. I bought tickets, went to get the necessary export documents for little Molly, only to hear five days before departure that the borders were closing immediately and all flights were suspended. The pandemic also had other unexpected side effects, including a boom of people interested in owning a dog. The ability to work remotely, more free time, lockdown in many European countries... all of this made for the sudden increase to have a dog. Certainly, for a group of people, the pandemic had become a perfect excuse to fulfill their long-term dream of owning a dog. However, for some, buying a puppy seemed like a purchase... out of boredom? for lack of other activities? companionship? In some countries the covid restrictions imposed allowed people to leave their place of residence only in special and necessary cases and one of them was going for a walk with their dog. There were even advertisements about lending a dog for walks (for a small fee), only so that in the event of a stop, tangible evidence of leaving the house could be presented...the dog. Was it also one of the reasons for the increased interest in buying a dog? Most of my friends in various breeds have noticed a significant increase in interest in puppies, and while you might be glad that the dog hobby is making a comeback, I am personally skeptical about such a large-scale change. First of all, the question arises what will happen after the pandemic? Will all dogs purchased during this period stay in their homes forever? Or, maybe, when the owners return to their offices after a period of working at home, there will be no more time for a pet?
Puppies During the Time of the COVID 19 Pandemic Of course, it didn’t take long for the reactions of “dog producers” who, seeing the huge interest in a cute puppy, not only increased the number of litters, but also raised prices. In Sweden there were no puppies left for sale by the summer. I’m serious, and that’s what the newspaper headlines were announcing. Breeders ran out of puppies. More and more advertisements popped up about puppies imported from other countries, most often from Eastern Europe, for sale. Some officially vaccinated and imported in accordance with applicable regulations, i.e. almost four months old, however, many of the puppies coming to Sweden were smuggled in. Very young puppies with no vaccinations. There is not a week without media telling us about a stopped transport of puppies. From time to time photos of a dozen dead puppies lying next to each other were published. The puppies, due to the failure to comply with legal entry requirements, have been put to sleep. Even so, the nightmare continues and dogs are still imported illegally, often transported in a horrendous way. And they are still bought with one click of a finger, just like any other item purchased online.
We all want to forget about the pandemic and the past year as soon as possible. We want to come back to dog shows, start traveling again and meeting friends. We all would like to delete the pandemic from our dictionaries and imagine it never took place. But as breeders, now even more than before, we must remember to monitor who we sell the dog to and whether it is not just a temporary corona-whim, but a deliberate decision to take responsibility for the dog for the rest of its life.
TerrierGroup Artist Interview • Joseph Sulkowski
Artist, Joseph Sulkowski Terriergroup magazine is very pleased to have an interview with exceptional artist Joseph Sulkowski, who does wonderful work with canines of all breeds. For us, his specialty is the terriers. His wife is also a well-known artist, working in fields other than canine.
Joseph knew from the age of five that he would be an artist. Following high school he studied at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. His works are represented world wide in public and private collections.
TG: Tell us about your early years and your foundation in art. Did you show talent at a very early age and if so who encouraged you with your drawings, guided you and nourished your talent? JS: When I grew up back in the 1950s, Cocker Spaniels seemed to be the popular dog. We had a black Cocker named Rocky. His formal name from the breeder was Nightrocket, which was much more impressive. When we moved to Nashville and our daughter was born, Elizabeth and I brought a Jack Russell terrier puppy named Whistler, after the painter, into our family. After Whistler came Theo, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Theo was the subject of many of my dog paintings over the years. Later, as our two children were growing up, Elizabeth brought home two beautiful Red Bone Coonhound puppies who were litter mates. They were both female and their names were Pinkie and Anne. When Pinkie passed away we introduced a little brindle Boston terrier, Sadie, to Anne. Anne didn’t take kindly to this rambunctious puppy right away, but gradually accepted her. When Anne left us a year later, and our children were in college, a second Boston Terrier puppy, Vincent, came home to us. I’ve done paintings of all of our dogs and I’ve enjoyed and continue to enjoy painting the dog portraits of my many clients.
TG: Which mediums do you prefer to work in and why? JS: I work exclusively in oil because I love the unique capabilities it gives me to achieve the depth and luminosity that are the inherent and naturally organic qualities of this ancient medium. Oil also gives me maximum potential to achieve my artistic intentions regardless of the actual subject matter, whether a still life, landscape, or animal. By literally cooking my own walnut and linseed oils, sometimes in the March sun or over a low heat, preparing my mastic and damar varnishes and creating my painting mediums from old recipes and techniques in use from the early Flemish and Dutch ateliers of the 16th and 17th centuries, I’m able to create both luminous transparent shadows and heavy luscious opaque textures in the lights.
TG: What do you look for in your subject before you start a commission? JS: Every idea is first perceived in terms of the light and how best it reveals the essence of my subject. Light, space and atmosphere play a
major part in my creative process and technique. Rather than seeing my subject literally, I am inspired to create a work of art that is more of a poetic realization in a way that will make it live on canvas.
TG: You sell your art in England and on the Continent. How were you able to get your artwork recognized in these venues? And how early on in your career did this happen? JS: While I was developing my abilities in draftsmanship, anatomical studies, color theory and craftsmanship over the years, I always sold my artwork along the way. At the culmination of my studies at the Art Students League of New York, I was awarded a major commission of two historical murals for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Royal family. This was the beginning of my official professional career as I opened my studio in mid-town Manhattan. Later, my artist wife, Elizabeth, and I moved to her home town of Nashville and we opened our studio downtown. While developing a local clientele, I was always keen on expanding my exposure on a national and international basis. This led to my being represented by the largest and oldest gallery in the United States, the Wally Findlay Galleries. They sold my work primarily through their New York and Palm Beach galleries. Representation expanded to include galleries across the U.S., in Aspen, Taos, Jackson Hole, Charleston, and Martha’s Vineyard, etc. By the time I reached my 40s, I received a call from the director of Halcyon Gallery in London, UK. He asked me to work exclusively with them and made me an offer to purchase everything I painted. Through their network of five galleries in Mayfair, New Bond Street and Harrod’s, they would represent and sell my work to collectors throughout the UK, Europe and as far away as Asia. After a twelve year exclusive relationship, I left Halcyon Gallery but continued to work with representatives in various parts of the U.S. while establishing my presence with my website. Clients reach me from all over for both the purchase of originals and commissions.
Joseph Sulkowski I’m particularly excited to present my newest mural project over my website entitled Apokalupsis. Apokalupsis is a Greek word which means “ an unveiling” or “to take the cover off.” This multi-year masterwork project is an allegory about unveiling our connection to one another and to all of life. I’d like to encourage your readers to take a look at the work and to explore the background of this project in my blogs.
TG: Tell us, if one should commission a painting of their dog, how do you go about getting your subject to sit for you? Do you meet your subject in person and take photos? How long does it take to do this type of painting? JS: I always request a live photo session, if possible, whenever a client commissions me to paint their dog’s portrait. On rare occasions a client will have their dog or dogs professionally photographed and provide me with those as reference. Other times, when I’m asked to paint a posthumous portrait, the client provides me with a selection of photos from their collection. In general, I feel it’s important for me to meet the dog. This allows me to experience his/her personality firsthand. I can observe and interact with the dog and get to know its general character and body language. Secondly, I know how to put my subject in a pose with the natural light best revealing its form and structure. The correct ratio of shadow to light on the dog’s face and body is critical in creating the classic feel I’m looking for. My philosophy is that the portrait should not only be a good likeness, but it must be able to stand alone as a beautiful living work of art in itself. I’m able to complete a commission from between six months and a year of the initial arrangement.
TG: Your wife is also a well-known artist: tell us a little about her artwork. JS: My wife, Elizabeth, is well known for her still life and floral paintings. In addition to receiving several awards for her work in national exhibitions, she established the look for Cooks Illustrated magazine by becoming their cover artist over an eight-year period. Her luminous and poetically expressed still life’s of fruit and vegetables were expressions in the classical tradition. 38
Most recently, the US Postal Service asked permission to create a series entitled “Flowers from the Garden” of four Forever Stamps of her floral paintings. I would describe Elizabeth’s paintings as expressions of poetic realism, a style that is more interpretative than literal. Her brushwork is luscious and her colors vibrant. She has a passion for the natural world and its revealing and inspiring effects of light, shadow, form and texture.
TG: Tell us about your shop, where it’s located and the hours it’s open to visitors. JS: We built our studio as a connected but separate wing onto our home in Franklin, Tennessee. The space has a very high ceiling allowing us to construct large skylights facing the traditional northern exposure. We have hosted several groups to our studio to visit and discuss art in the classical tradition. Clients and others come on an appointment basis.
TG: Joseph has been published in books and magazines and he can be found at his website: www.joseph sulkowski.com, His book, Master and Hounds was released in London in 2004 and his newest book, The Sporting Life, was published in 2018.
TerrierGroup appreciates the time that both Joseph and Elizabeth have spent in working with us to put this article together.
Let your inner artist emerge as you Paint your Pooch with Melanie Feldges Friday in the KBTCGP building after breed competition. A canvas with your dog’s image already on it, paint, brushes and creative supplies will be provided.
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Jo Ann Frier-Murza
Most of the breeds in the Terrier Group were created to hunt whether as their only job or as a part of the general assignment of helping on the farm. They have awesome noses: to track a fox through its burrow and assess its location in the pitch darkness of its den, to locate the active hole of a busy rodent in the hen house or to catch a rabbit hiding in the garden. Terriers, small and large, are focused on their quarry and persistent in their need to engage that quarry.
for decades. Participants have noted that their dogs often find new confidence by hunting according to their instincts, and then partition their instincts into appropriate behavior at events while abandoning those same behaviors at home.
In today’s world there’s little opportunity for a dog, or a desire of an owner, to search for wild pests. Those environmental constraints on the 21st century pet dog do not take away the instinct bred into its ancestors which have been sent down the line. Many a terrier owner has discovered the hunt instinct through the delight their dog demonstrates when doing something rather naughty, like creating a hole in the wall to reach an otherwise hidden mouse. To our credit, we humans have created a new world of hunt that is appropriate and satisfying, even to a discerning terrier. These invented sports are driven by a new awareness about the intrinsic needs of dogs in general which are not addressed by a life of leisure in the home. Terriers want to hunt and organized dog sports now offer many layers of controlled hunting and searching that brings out the best in them.
The sports which are closest to real hunting involve the scent of live quarry and the promise that a search for the source of the scent will get the terrier tantalizingly close to it.
Bev Thompson has participated in earthdog tests for years with her Sealyhams, most recently Pip (Goodspice Full of the Dickens, CA BCAT JE RATO CGC TKP SCN SIN SEN SBN SHDN). Bev says that Pip “is always at her best as my companion and performance partner when she is free to scent her way through life. Our strong bond has only increased by giving her the freedom to ‘scent and hunt’ to her heart’s content.” Pip and Bev have also spent time honing their skills by searching for vermin in Riverside Park near their New York City home, and by participating in many dog sports.
The American Working Terrier Association has offered den trials since 1971 and the American Kennel Club has sponsored earthdog tests since 1994. These field events simulate the original work of the go-to-ground breeds. At progressive levels the terriers are challenged with scented tunnels and caged rats. These events have been popular
Created around 2012, the Barn Hunt Association offers competitive events where rats, protected inside ventilated tubes, are located among hay bales. Dogs search for the rats in many levels of classes with single to multiple hidden rats. More recently, in 2016, an organization known as North American Sport Dog Association began to offer Spring 2021
Jo Ann Frier-Murza also quickly attracted dog handlers of all breeds. The two sports’ rules are quite different and the goals and higher levels of detection vary, but terriers excel and their handlers are eager to reach for the highest achievements in both types of events. The challenge suits terriers, who are always ready to search and hunt. This kind of training and competition is becoming a primary way for terriers and their people to share the hunt.
events where dogs can follow trails of rat scent on top of the ground, find rats in man-made areas, or even locate shed antlers by scent. The NASDA has increasing levels of difficulty for each of these scenarios. Janet Noble, the dedicated owner and trainer of several Scotties, says her dogs love NASDA events the most of all. Through the years she has entered the Scots in many sports and she emphasizes that this breed thrives with a balanced training program that assures there is something in it for the dog and hunting/scenting seems to provide that. Her present Scottie, Freddie (CH. Glendarra’s No Foolin’ Fate RATM, TL-1, UL-1, TB-1), has achieved many Scottie firsts in BHA and NASDA and is well on his way to becoming the first dual bench and RATCH (BHA Championship) Scottie. While terriers are instinctively drawn to the scent of rodents and furry predators, their desire to hunt can easily be transferred to manmade scents with training. The trainer’s goal with a terrier, as with any breed, is to make the target scent desirable. Terriers love their treats and willingly accept food as a good reason to seek the scent they are offered. After that, the little hunters are ready to apply their many hunting skills to the new scent sports. The first organized scent sport for dogs was created by North American Canine Scent Work (NACSW) in 2006. (It is also known as K9NoseWork.) Its basis is mimicking law enforcement canine detection dogs, but using specific common plant oils as target scents. The sport was an instant success and has since inspired other such scenting sports. The American Kennel Club developed a Scent Work sport in 2017 which has 44
Judy Smith has been active with her Border Terrier “Mochi” (Greley’s Cali No Mochikata UDX OM1 BN VER RE FDC JE CAA SWN SIE SCA SEA SHDN RATN TKA; NACSW Elite 1, LV1, LC1; BTCA VX; ASCA CDX; AWTA CG; NASDA TL-1, UL-1, Shed Dog-1). Mochi is now a veteran at 12, but he maintains his mental acuity by participation in scenting games and has impressed trainers with his typical terrier style - self driven and determined. He enjoys the outdoor rat-oriented events of earthdog and NASDA as well as the indoor/outdoor scenting events of NACSW and AKC Scent Work.
Wire Fox Terrier, Watson (RATM RATCHX SWA) also participates in a newer version included in an organization called Canine Work and Games (C-Wags) started in 2007. This organization combines obedience, rally and scent work to provide training, exercises and games to occupy the busy canine mind and body. Libby White, who trains and searches with Watson, sums it up: “I love the [scenting] activities because it allows me to participate in how my terrier takes in his world. I have learned so much about how he thinks.”
with unlimited insights into the canine mind and scenting abilities and have attained multiple titles as scenting dogs and more. She notes that during the scent work sports, “the dogs are in ‘the driver’s seat’ with the handler in the support role, so, for independently-minded terriers, the activity is a great match.” She found that many of the overlaps from one sport to another were helpful, like pattern searching, working odor to source, and checking corners of search areas while other overlaps were a bit of a problem. Getting a terrier to concentrate on a trained odor is a challenge when a scent trial is held at an active wildlife location. Any way you approach these sports, there is a lot of fun and companionship for a dog and handler team. Go out and give them a try! For more information: American Working Terrier Association www. awta.org American Kennel Club: Earthdog www.akc.org/ sports/earthdog/ Scent Work www.akc.org/ sports/akc-scent-work/ Barn Hunt Association www.barnhunt.com North American Sport Dog Association nasda.dog North American Canine Scent Work www.k9nosework.net Canine Work and Games c-wags.org
Anne Dove has spent the last two decades with terriers in performance events, beginning with the family pet, a Scottie, who earned his Junior Earthdog title with ease. She followed that with a talented Cairn (Peebles BN RN JE SWA RATO CGC TKN), then entered the world of dog shows and breeding. Anne was so thrilled by the scent events that she has qualified as an AKC earthdog judge and also an AKC scent work judge. Her champion Cairns have provided her Spring 2021
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