RECENT BEST IN SHOWS (week ending July 15th, 2013) Evelyn Kenney Kennel Club – Alberta Friday West Highland White Terrier Ch. White Briars Jaw Dropper Judge: Glen Vernon Saturday Giant Schnauzer Ch. Innovation Dancing V Darkside Judge: Dianne Besoff Sunday Afghan Hound –Ch. Polo’s Air Force One Judge: Patricia Nemirovsky-Alsina London Canine Association – Ontario Friday Basenji Ch. Ahmahr Nahr’s The Lost Angel Gabriel Judge: Doug Gaudin Saturday Beagle Ch. Tashtin’s Looking for Trouble Judge: Avery Gaudin Sunday Doberman Pinscher GChEx. Goldgrove High Intensity Judge: Roberto Velez-Pico Association Canine Charlevoisienne – Quebec Saturday Show 1 Yorkshire Terrier Ch. NicNak’s Second to None Judge: Karsten Saturday Show 2 Australian Shepherd Ch. Hearthside Riveredge Sure Is Summum Judge: Janet Buchanan Sunday Show 3 Yorkshire Terrier Ch. NicNak’s Second To None Judge: Don Fitzsimmons Sunday Show 4 Yorkshire Terrier Ch. NicNak’s Second To None Judge: William Gunn Chaleur Kennel Club – New Brunswick Saturday Show 1 PBGV Ch. Auriga’s Rock StarJudge: Clara Inez Pulido Reyes Saturday Show 2 Std. Poodle Ch. Vetset Kate Winsit Judge: Fabian Daza Sunday Show 3 Std. Poodle Ch. Vetset Kate Winsit Judge: Miguel Umana Herrera Sunday Show 4 Airedale Terrier Ch. Regalridge Sound Investment Judge: Christian Gomez
UPCOMING SHOWS this Weekend Kars Dog Club - Ontario Lady Slipper Kennel Club – Prince Edward Island Club Canin Du Fjord – Quebec Valley Kennel Club – Ontario
This Week's Top 10 Dogs (All Breeds) Rank
Ch Whitebriar Jaw Dropper - West Highland White Terrier GCh Polo's Air Force One - Afghan Hound
GCh NicNak's Second To None - Yorkshire Terrier
GCh Roaneden's Int'l Harvester - Nova Scota Duck Toller Ch Champagne Charly V. Tani Kazari - Affenpinscher
Ch Ahmahr Nahr's The Lost Angel Gabriel - Basenji GCh Vetset Kate Winsit - Standard Poodle
GChEx Goldgrove High Intensity - Doberman Pinscher
Ch Hearthside Riveredge Sure Is Summum - Australian Shepherd Ch Tashtins Lookin For Trouble - Beagle
(TopDogWeekly does not verify these stats - they are supplied as a courtesy to our readers from our friends at www.canuckdogs.com)
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Meet our Judge of the WEEK... KRISTI FRANCIS, Ontario, Canada
1) Home city? Niagara Falls, Ontario 2) Breed or Breed’s you have bred? Pembroke Welsh Corgis under the Stonecroft prefix since 1973. Still active, I co-bred several Doberman Pinscher litters with my mother in the 1970’s. 3) Years you have been Judging? 18 years 4) Licensed for or, on Permit for? All-Breeds 5) Judged in what Countries? Canada, U.S.A. & Australia 6) All time favourite assignment? Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America - National Specialty 7) Favourite dog or dogs Judged from the past? Ch. Bayshore Russian Roulette – Austrian Shepherd, Ch. Karnovanda's Niklas Wolf – Siberian Husky, & Ch. Cracknor Cross the Ts – Norfolk Terrier 8) Pet Peeve’s in your ring? Handlers that move their dogs too fast. 9) How many shows a year do you Judge in Canada? 3 - 5
10) How many foreign assignments do you accept each year? 3 - 5 11) Favourite way to relax? Having a laugh with friends, watching TV, playing on the computer. 12) How do you occupy your time in travel? Reading or watching movies 13) Your thoughts on limit shows? I am not in favour of them. It is too much for the dogs, the handlers and the judges. One show a day is plenty. People can finish dogs much quicker when there are limited shows. Other clubs suffer with low entries because dogs are finishing so much quicker. 14) What do you think is the biggest problem facing our Sport? Far too many shows in Ontario, to be specific. Back in the 70’s and 80’s the entries were huge, less shows to choose from, no limited entry shows etc. We weren’t given options like – 3 different shows/the same weekend/ in Ontario all within driving distance.
Thank you Ms. FRANCIS! Welcome to the TopDogWeekly family!
The Ultimate guide to Junior handling by Allison Foley
Junior handling becomes your career! We are going to discuss how Junior Handling can revolve into a career and explore the many different career choices available to the avid Junior handler. This article is meant to inspire the Junior Handler to think beyond the ribbon and what they might do in the future. Practical matters, such as educational requirements, should influence the decision you make. I think the most obvious choice and perhaps the one that most think is the only option for a junior handler is to be a Professional dog handler. Most of us understand what a handler does, what a dog show is and how it works. The sport of conformation dog handling has many handlers who show dogs for a fee. To become a Professional Handler most apprentice for a handler for many years and aspire to become a CPHA member. Another choice is to be a conformation dog show judge. A judge at a dog show decides how well the dogs in the show ring match their breed standard. Even though the job of a judge may be simple to understand, judging dogs is no simple task. As with becoming a professional handler, becoming a dog show judge takes years of experience and in-depth knowledge of purebred dogs. Some dogs that enter the show ring may not be good specimens of the breed. However, most dogs that enter the show ring are good specimens, and it takes a very trained eye to notice all the details that make one dog better than the others. Another choice with conformation dogs is to become a Show superintendent. Show superintendents perform the detail work involved in dog shows. Show superintendents are sometimes companies. As the number of dog shows increases every year, so does the need for show superintendents. A profession involving purebred dogs but away from the conformation venue is to be a Professional field trailer. They train and handle dogs for field trials. Field trials offer practical demonstrations of a dog's ability to perform in the field the functions for which it was bred. Field events are open to pointing breeds, retrievers, spaniels, Beagles, Basset Hounds, and Dachshunds. Events vary according to breeds and the specific functions they were bred to perform, but in each case, dogs compete against each other for placements and points toward their championships. Groomers are the barbers and beauticians of the dog world. Bathing, brushing, combing, trimming and styling a dog's coat are only some of the responsibilities
of a groomer. Cleaning ears and cutting nails, as well as cleaning teeth and getting rid of fleas, are also part of a groomer's job. Several breeds have unique requirements that groomers must also learn. They are several good grooming schools here in Canada. Dog obedience trainers teach dogs how to respond to commands. They also teach dog owners how to train their own dogs. ( Think of the Dog Whisperer!) As long as people continue to own and enjoy dogs, there will always be a need for dog obedience trainers. Some trainers will trial your dog for you to his title much like a professional dog handler does in the conformation ring. Doggy psychics or Animal behaviorists as they are formally called are to dogs what therapists and psychologists are to humans. They analyze behavior problems in pets and recommend solutions to their owners. They have also been used to help find missing dogs. There are even shows on television that feature doggy psychics. Many people prefer their dog is looked after in their home while they are away. Much like a baby sitter, a dog sitter takes care of a dog in the dog's home.Reliability and trustworthiness are essential to being a dog sitter. Basic dog knowledge is helpful as well. Dog walkers do just what their name implies -- they walk other people's dogs. Sometimes because the owner is too busy or because they cannot give the dog the exercise it needs to stay healthy. Boarding kennels are a great place to get employed in the doggy field. Some of the job opportunities that are available by working in a boarding kennel include owner, manager and assistant. Owning your own boarding kennel and having someone else manage it may be the most ideal situation, but to start out, assisting or managing a kennel is more likely. Dog food companies and companies that make pet accessories are closely linked to the dog world. Many of these companies also have special jobs for people familiar with the dog show world. Do you have a favorite dog cookie recipe? Or can you make dog toys out of recycled blankets? If so you may have a budding career in the dog novelty item field. Working in a Pet supply store is a way to use your knowledge of dogs in your workplace, you will also undoubtedly learn a lot about other animals as well. Veterinarians are the first people who probably come to mind when anyone thinks about a career with dogs or other animals. Being a Veterinarian is a lot of time in school but it is also very rewarding! Veterinary technicians and assistants share many of the same responsibilities. Since these two jobs are similar, sometimes the term "veterinary assistant" is
used to describe both positions. These are rewarding job choices in the doggy field. Veterinary science and research is a large field that offers several career opportunities. It is a specialized field that you would consider after becoming a Veterinarian. Animal control officers work to better the life of animals and enforce laws regarding them. These agencies are usually contracted or created by cities and towns to enforce animal control laws. Animal shelter staff is often comprised of a large number of volunteers. These volunteers help with the more basic and time-consuming tasks, such as exercising the animals, cleaning their holding areas and helping people who come to the shelter to adopt a dog or cat. This is a good way to gain experience in the animal field. Police and military K-9 units use dogs to search for illegal drugs, bombs and explosives, missing persons and people who become trapped after natural disasters, such as earthquakes and hurricanes. ( think of Katrina and September 11th ) Police K-9 units also use dogs to apprehend criminals attempting to escape arrest. Military K-9 units use dogs during war to help with guard duty and to send and receive important messages. Writers have many kinds of opportunities available to them in the dog world. Some outlets for dog writers include magazines, newspapers and books. There are several general-interest dog magazines across the country that cover a variety of subjects. Write an article and submit it to Top Dog Weekly and you just might end of reading it the next time you open us up! There are a number of photographers specializing in dog photography both for portraits and at Dog shows. Maybe you could assist the dog show photographer in your area to get a head start on this career. Illustrators can have their drawing bought for books or magazine. Additional outlets for animal illustrators include note paper, clothing, calendars and other similar products. You could start your own Novelty pet line! I hope these ideas help you to understand the many facets of purebred dogs and how they affect us. I hope it also gives you added enthusiasm to really study dog breeds as you one day might use that knowledge for more than just Junior Handling. Until next time have fun handling! !
QUESTION OF THE WEEK... Recently, the news cross the country has been filled (as it is every summer of late) with stories of animals and children being allegedly left in hot cars to suffer and in some recent cases die. Have you ever come across either a child or pet left in a vehicle in the heat? What would you do? Call the local SPCA, call 911 and/or smash a window to rescue the child or pet? Please watch this interesting video of an Ontario SPCA Agent who recorded spending 30 mins in a hot vehicle! Bev Dorma
I would do exactly that!!!! Phone in hand, I would call 911 and tell them there is a dog or child, in an unattended vehicle in the sun. I would tell them I am going to smash the window, I would not askâ€Ś I would tell them that if someone does not come back to this vehicle in 60 seconds that I will smash the window, as this vehicle is an oven and this is neglect. Some people think I will ONLY be gone for 5 minutes, but what if in that 5 minutes, you fall, hit your head, have a stroke. NO one knows you have left a life in your car. They are going to tend to you and get you to a hospital and the pet or the child left behind in your car, are in grave danger. Bob Boxma
I have never experienced an incident but, if I did, I'd smash the window. Florence Erwin
Thankfully no, I would call police or 911, wait 5 minutes and if no response in that time, smash the window. Kim McIntyre
I have not encountered this issue personally. My heart aches for those poor children who
have lost their lives in such a tragic way in recent weeks. If I were to ever see a human or 4 legged passenger in a vehicle unattended in the heat, I would take whatever measures necessary to make sure they were safe. Once they were out of harms way, I would contact the proper authorities. I am hopeful that most people would also do the same. Deborah Sullivan
Let me tell you something, I carry a hammer in my purse for such occasions and I am not afraid to use it. I would smash any and all of the windows to rescue the person or animal. Heck, after I have rescued the dog, cat, or any animal, person or living thing, I will then use it on the owner. I am appalled no, not appalled, but sick to my stomach to think that people can leave behind such precious things such as an animal or person in a vehicle where they cannot escape on their own, to get away from the heat, the sweltering heat that will take their life painfully. I cannot even imagine what this would be like. What on earth are they thinking??? Oh, I guess there is no thought to this act other than their own selfishness, I can only say that the guilt that loved ones have to face on a daily basis after doing such a horrendous act, must eat them alive!!!! This alone would stop me in my tracks and think first before I leave anything in a vehicle in the sweltering heat. On a side note, after I have rescued the animal I would then take it to the SPCA and not return it to the rightful owner and quite frankly they could lay charges on me for this act as I could sleep at night no matter what!!! Gerry & Tammy Desjardins
We have never come across a pet or child in a locked vehicle, but would not hesitate to smash a window to save a life. Shirley Baxter
I have never come across a child or a pet locked in a car in hot weather, but I wouldnâ€™t hesitate to smash a window and get them out and then phone 911. Car windows arenâ€™t easy to break so I would hope somebody had a tire iron handy. Caroline Thibodeau
Once at work an employee had his dog in the car in the parking lot in the heat. Luckily we were able to find him and all was ok but I wouldn't hesitate if I thought the child or dog were in immediate danger. If not, I would call 911. Cathleen Cogan Bird
While I have never come across a child or animal in a locked car with windows up in the heat, I would think the same rules we follow when responding to a first aid situation would apply. We're bound by the principles of being a Good Samaritan to act when we see a person or animal in distress. I would think a logical person could make a judgment regarding the temperature and the obvious condition of the animal. For children there is no question they should not be in the car alone. So that being said, for sure I would break the window if all of the above are obvious…and mia culpa later! Jennie Behles
Yes, while calling the police on my cell simultaneously and or 911 so as to protect myself from charges from damage to the property of another. Noreena Seery
Yes I have, I was lucky enough to find the person right away. I told them I would be calling the police on them if they didn't return to their vehicle. It worked and they did. But I would definitely have no problem breaking a window to free a dog. LeeAnne Bateman
Recent news on this subject has been horribly sad and tragic. In a perfect and responsible world, children and pets wouldn't be left in vehicles where the threat of over-heating and heat exhaustion is all too real. It is a matter of common sense, which unfortunately is not that common. I have a hard time understanding how anyone can leave a child in a vehicle, even if it's just for a moment. No one can be THAT busy that a minute to take the child from the seat would compromise some time-sensitive schedule. And, it is similar for pets. If the day entails zipping in and out of the vehicle, leave the pet at home in their comfy kennel, with their water bowl. As for breaking someone's window - if the child or pet were in distress...absolutely and immediately - and a call to 911! Several judgments need to be made on the spot, Is the vehicle in full sun or shade? Is there a partly opened window for any type of air exchange? Is the little being inside distressed? It is alarming how quickly temperatures can spike in an enclosed vehicle, so there really isn't a lot of time to mull things over. People, people...take the baby and the pet with you when you get out of the car ... or, take the baby with you when you get out of the car and leave the pet at home!
I think the Walmart employee should have been commended for her actions, not fired. I have come across a Great Dane in distress in a vehicle almost 40 years ago, my mother and I went inside the building and they announced over the PA system that there was a dog in distress and to remove the dog immediately. The owner did respond quickly and the Dane was removed from the car. While owners and others helped care for/cool down the dog, the car caught fire!!! Had they waited less than five more minutes the dog would have burned up in that car. I could only imagine how hot that poor dog was before he was removed. It was very memorable to me for many reasons. #1 I was quite young, #2 It was at one of my very first dog shows!!! Yes, it was at a dog show! #3 It was the first time I saw a car catch fire just because it was that hot, the car was in the parking lot outside of the show, the motor was not running and yet it still got that hot. Unbelievable! #4 I had nightmares for years about dogs, family, friends, etc. being trapped in a burning car. If I do come across an animal (or a child of course) yes, I would report it. If the animal were is distress I would make an attempt to find the owner. If they were not available immediately or not willing to rescue their dog I would smash the window without a second thought. Ed Graveley
Owner/Exhibitor/Retired Police Officer/ CKC Director
In all my years, including those spent working on a radio car in downtown Montreal, I have never come across the problem! I would smash the window without hesitation!!! The Ontario SPCA in conjunction with many provincial and community SPCAâ€™s and Humane Societies launched an award winning campaign "NO HOT PETS" to provide a call to action for the general public to take a pledge to never leave a pet in a hot vehicle and to share the dangers of doing so! SPCAâ€™s and first responders across the country receive thousands of calls each summer about hot dogs in cars! It is an easy issue to stop! Leave your pets at home! If you visit www.nohotpets.ca you can sign the pledge and you will be sent (while quantities last) a decal for you vehicle that you can display letting people know they will never find a hot pet in your vehicle!.
Thank you to all of this week's responders! !
BREEDER PROFILE... TDW had a chance to 'sit down' with Mike Macbeth of Glahms Dandie Dinmont Terriers for a brief history of the breed & Dr. Emma Greenway of Jollygaze Dandie Dinmont Terriers Australia. Here is what they had to share with us.... The Dandie Dinmont Terrier History Glahms Dandie Dinmont Terriers
by Mike Macbeth -
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier as a breed has existed for well over 300 years. First known as `Pepper and Mustard Terriers' they originated in the Scottish border country and were owned by gypsies. They gained their popularity and unique name from Sir Walter Scott who included a description of them in his book Guy Mannering (1814). In this book a pack of â€œMustard and Pepper Terriersâ€? were owned by a character called Dandie Dinmont, it is from him that they gained their quaint and unusual name. Dandie Dinmont Terriers share common ancestry with Bedlington Terriers, Skye Terriers and Scottish Terriers, they were also used in the development of wire-haired Dachshunds and the Australian Terrier. Today, despite its' endearing personality, soulful eyes, tasseled ears and magnificent topknot, the Dandie is not a well known breed, Those lucky enough to own one called it `the best kept secret'. Consequently the Dandle is considered a rare breed with only a few hundred born around the world each year.
Multi BIS Aus Sup Ch & Am Ch Hobergays Fineus Fogg known as “Harry” caused a sensation when he was imported into the U.S. when he won several Best in Shows from the classes at his first American shows. He was the ultimate show dog. His tail never ceased wagging, he exuded enthusiasm and charm, and when he was gaiting, showed an endearingly naughty side when he would dive for wayward bait while never missing a beat. I followed his exceptional career with interest as I had bred his paternal grandfather (Ch Glahms Oedipus Rex) and had sent Emma semen in the early days when she only had three Dandies. Harry had the essentials of the Dandie Dinmont – a beautiful head set upon a correct curvy body, and that un-definable serene and noble character that sets the Dandie apart in the Terrier group.”
Dr. Emma Greenway Jollygaze Dandie Dinmont Terriers Australia
What attracted you to your breed? Many years ago, I was leafing through an old dog book and came across a picture of 3 Dandies, all looking very serious and very wise. I was completely smitten and although it took me many years to get my first one, I just knew I was meant to have them. How many years have you been breeding? While I have been breeding and showing dogs for over 28 years. I have had Dandies for approximately 20 years. Did you have a mentor? Sadly at the time I got my first Dandie, there were no active Dandie Breeders in Australia. However I have been fortunate to receive wise advice and guidance from many Dandie Breeders and clever Terrier breeders from around the world. Wendy Weatherstone from the UK, from whom I bought my foundation bitch, Mike Macbeth in Canada, Cathy Nelson and Betty-Anne Stenmark in the USA and numerous Terrier folk in Australia, in particular the very clever Anne Sorraghan of Oldiron Airedales taught me a lot.
What are your accomplishments in the breed? In addition to having bred and or owned over 40 Champions, my dogs have won many all-breed BIS at some of Australia’s most prestigious shows, these include Melbourne Royal, Sydney Royal and Adelaide Royal. I was also blessed to own “ Sup Ch & Am Ch Hobergays Fineus Fogg”, “Harry” the breed’s world record holder, with a total of 93 BIS. He was also America’s Top Dog All-Breeds in 2006 and a Group winner at Westminster in 2007. His last show was at Crufts where he won Group 2nd, as did his grandson 3 years later in 2010. Through the innovation of frozen semen shipping, Dandies sired by my dogs can be found all over the world including Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Belgium, Canada and the USA. Do you believe judges have a good understanding of your breed? I don’t think many judges have a full appreciation of the finer points of a good Dandie, In part this is because so few are shown and judges rarely get an opportunity to judge a large class where they really have to sort them out! There are of course those judges who like the breed and have taken the time to really think about them and ask questions of breeders. I think many judges get caught up in thinking the breed is a ‘head’ breed rather than looking at all its virtues, its form and function. Describe the essence of the breed? For me the word that best sums up the essence of a Dandie is the word ‘weasley’. It captures the long, curvy flexible agility of the Dandie. Sadly this word has been removed from the American breed standard with I think some consequence. Of course the other essential element of the Dandie is his gloriously top-knotted head, and wise and soulful expression.
Medical problems in the Breed? For a breed with a gene pool the size of a puddle (fewer than 400 puppies are born worldwide each year) the Dandie is remarkably healthy. Having said that, Glaucoma has been identified as an issue in the breed and certainly I suspect some Dandies have a pre-disposition to certain cancers. Fault wise what needs Improvement? I think there are a few profound issues in Dandies that as breeders we must be vigilant in breeding to improve. First, I think we have an issue with length, many Dandies I have seen are too short and as a consequence often too curvy and roach backed. This often goes with a shortness in the length of ribbing. Secondly I am concerned by the number of dogs I see with poor front assembly and a lack of fore chest heaviness of the shoulder and straight angulation. Last I see an over emphasis on ‘Head’, often to the detriment of the whole dog. I think it is sometimes forgotten that while the Dandie has a big head, the next phrase makes clear that a Dandie’s head should be ‘in proportion to its body’. Bigger is not always better, a Dandie should never be a caricature. Who is the best dog you have ever bred? This is a difficult one to pin down, the bitch Ch Jollygaze Cilla Black, who was BIS at Sydney Royal in 2009, was for me the most beautifully made Dandie I’d ever bred, she was
however a typical bitch to show, having good days and bad. Her Half brother Ch Jollygaze Harvey Wallbanger is her equal, at 10 months old he won Best Puppy and BIS 2nd at Melbourne Royal and is a joy to show. What dog would you have loved to have owned? There are so many Dandies who are outstanding in my memory. The mother of my foundation bitch, ‘ Eng Ch Borderstone Black n Blue’ was a stunning bitch as was ‘Am Ch Pennywise Gambit’ and of course the lovely Am Ch Kings Mtn Pennywise MVP. How many Dogs do you normally have in your Kennel? I never have more that 7 Dandies at home and usually only 5, as the only breeder of Dandies in Australia I do have to maintain an extensive gene base but I am blessed to have friends and collaborators who help me and who give my dogs wonderful and loving homes. How many litters do you have in a year and what size are your litters? There are some years where we do not breed at all, but on average we have 1 or 2 litters a year. Litter sizes vary but on average we have 4-5 puppies in a litter. Do you have trouble selling or placing your puppies? When I first started in the breed it was often difficult to find pet homes because people just didn’t know about the breed. However over the last 10 years we have actively promoted the breed at community pet events and I am pleased to say we have a healthy waiting list of people eager to own the breed. All dogs of any quality that are not kept in our breeding program, go to serious breeder’s overseas.
Thank you Mike Macbeth & Dr. Emma Greenway for sharing your love of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier with the TopDogWeekly Family! !