Top Notch Toys November 2018

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Number One MALTESE DOG ALL BREED * Number One MALTESE NOHS FOR 2018 ** Number Eleven ALL BREEDS NOHS FOR 2018 ** MULTIPLE GROUP PLACING MULTIPLE BEST IN SPECIALTY SHOW

Always shaken, not stirred

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Harry

AWARDED ANOTHER BEST IN SHOW SPECIALTY

BISS GCHB SEABREEZE THAT ONE PARTICULAR HARBOR

Many thanks to all the judges who recognize Harry’s quality

B R E D, OWN E D A N D H A N D L E D B Y S A N DY B I N G H AM - P O RT E R *TNT all breed stats as of 9/30/18 **AKC NOHS stats as of 10/12/18

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GCH GOLD

Ms. Christine Salyers Anderson

Ms. Inge Semenschin

Mrs. Shelly Hennessy

BISS Toy Group Winner GCHGWynDancer Silver Lining

Mrs. Sandy Wheat

THANK YOU TO ALL JUDGES

# 3 CAVALIER 2018 *

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*TNT all breed stats as of 9.30.18

THANK YOU JUDGES

Mr. Desmond Murphy | Columbia River Specialty BEST IN SHOW SPECIALTYWINNER MULTIPLE GROUPWINNER MULTIPLE PLACEMENTWINNER

BEAUTIFULLY PRESENTED BY MR. LUKE SEIDLITZ & TEAM BRED BY DR. SUSAN BARRETT, DVM • www.wyndancercavaliers.com • wyndancercavaliers@yahoo.com OWNED BY SUSAN BARRETT, DVM • WynDancer Cavalier King Charles Spaniels • wyndancercavaliers.com

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NEW AM GOLD GCH/ MULTI CH ALWAYS PEARL

Pear l i s pictured here ret i r ing, complet ing her Gold Grand Cham- pion t i t le and winning BOB under judge Mrs Lew Ol son. We are so proud of Pear l ’ s accompl i shments . I could have never guessed that thi s sweet l i t t le puppy would have enr iched my l i fe so much. Begin- ning wi th her f i rst show in Costa Rica as a puppy wi th handler , Ed- gar Cruz Guevara , she has cons i s- tent l y sparkled in the r ing. Pear l ’ s team of Edgar , Tonia Ho- l ibaugh—Rhapsody Mal tese and thei r Associate Vernor Ovares Ugalde guided Pear l to more than I could have dreamed. I wi sh to thank Edgar Cruz Gue- vara for making thi s journey poss ible wi th hi s incredible work wi th Pear l , pat ient men- tor ing and f r iendship. PEARL ’S SHOW CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: *Mul t iple Best Puppy In Shows . *25+ CH/GCH t i t les in Cent ral Amer ica *MBIS wins in Cent ral Amer ica *#1 Toy in Costa Rica 2014 *US CH, GCH, GCH Bronze , GCH Si l ver & GCH Gold t i t les *#3 Mal tese US Breed Point Sys- tem in 2016 *BOS AKC Nat ional Champion- ship in 2016 *BOS at Progress i ve Toy Dog Club 2017 *AOM at the Amer ican Mal tese Nat ional Special ty 2017 *AOE at AKC Nat ional Champi - onship 2017 *Select Bi tch at Progress i ve Toy Dog Club 2018 *Select Bi tch at Westminster Kennel Club 2018 *Select Bi tch at the Amer ican Mal tese Nat ional Special ty 2018 *#1 Mal tese in Grand Champion points in the US for 2018*

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PEARL ’S KIDS

Nicky

BIS NIC GCH/CR GCH/UNCACEN/ SAN JOSE/DIRIANGEN AM GCH i Love RHAPSODY ALWAYS ST NICHOLAS

AM GCH i Love RHAPSODY ALWAYS JORDAN Jordan

MULTI PUPPY BIS i Love RHAPSODY ALWAYS SNOW QUEEN Queenie

OWNED BY: Cynthia Chan Lee & Ar thur Chan i lovemal tese . com facebook . com/ i Lovemal tesecr / iLove Maltese

HANDLED BY: Edgar Cruz Guevara/Tonia Hol ibaugh ASSISTED BY: Vernor Ovares Ugalde

PEARL BRED BY: Alan & Veronica Fawcet t of Always Mal tese NICKY, JORDAN & QUEENIE BRED BY: Cynthia Chan Lee

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Thank you judge RODNEY MERRY FOR THIS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD

BR E D BY DARW I N D E L AN E Y & KA T HY S AWY E R

OWN E D & E XC L U S I V E LY HAND L E D BY C E C I L I A BO Z Z O

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GCHP Dartan Diamonds Are Forever at Viva Tiffany

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BROOKVIEW

Yvari

MULTIPLE GROUP PLACING GCHB CH TAPYOCA’S YANCEY AT BROOKVIEW (YTCA TOP SIRE 2017) X MBISS GCHG BROOKVIEW’S REBEL YALE, ROM (YTCA TOP DAM 2017)

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YORKSHIRE TERRIERS

*AKC NOHS STATS AS OF 10/16/18 NOHS FOR 2018 * 5 top

CHIC #123019 Proud participant in CHIC for a healthy future

OFA Eyes - NORMAL

OFA Patellas - NORMAL

prcd-PRA - CLEAR

BROOKVIEW YORKSHIRE TERRIERS | BROOKVIEWYORKIES.COM ALWAYS BREEDER-OWNER HANDLED BY MATINA E. JOHNSON AKC BREEDER OF MERIT | YTCA TOP BREEDER 2017 | BKC BREEDER OF THE YEAR Yvari

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Owner-Handled Optimism Dan Sayers

TNT Top Twenty Toys

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Chihuahua Dog Show Cluster Candids photos by Sandi Olkkola Photography

National Owner Handled System Top Toys

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Owner Handlers Judy Thompson, OHA 64

The Cluster Candids photos by Judy Thompson 73

Advertising and Subscription Rates

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Judging the English Toy Spaniel Club of America Regional Specialty Show Dr. Geno Sisneros

Index to Advertisers

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Judge: Peggy Lloyd

Handler: Paula Murray

Breeders: Lynn and Jeff Hurd

Owner: Sheila Weisman Walker

Boots G C H B B L O O M S B U R Y B I G F O R M Y B O O T S #GotEgo

A CLASS I C YOUNG DOG WI TH HEAD TURN I NG

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TOP 5 POMERANIAN Breed and All Breed * *TNT breed & all breed stats as of 9/30/18

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ON THE COVER

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Hold the press... FROM THE EXECUTIVE EDITOR EMERITUS Joseph Neil McGinnis III I know, I know, it’s not a Toy, but the smiles all around are familiar to fanciers of Group V as well. I guess the feeling that radiates from the group in the picture is good enough reason to share it with the world. At least, it was enough for me to scuttle my scheduled edi- torial and replace it with this. As it was, I was all set to type like the wind, telling tales of recent ac- tivities that made me smile wide, I opened one more email note and changed my gameplan, fast. For to my delight, this photo arrived and I really wanted to use it because I think it says so much. It was my pleasure to serve on the West Volusia KC’s recent panel, and part of my assignment was Best 4-6 Puppy in Show. Little did I know that my eventual winner, “Breeze,” would bring along her coterie of young admirers (and of course her young owner/handler) for this fun Don Meyer photo. The picture feels oddly familiar, for I wore the same ex- pression as these young ladies and gentlemen when I was their age and had a dog in my arms. I proba- bly still do.

Junior Ambassador Program, including how to sign up to be a men- tor or mentee, please visit https://www.akc.org/sports/juniors/ So it’s hats off to AKC for another big step in encouraging growth in our sport. Speaking of which, I extend my thanks and congrat- ulations to West Volusia Kennel Club, Cathy Driggers, President,

Mark Driggers, Show Chair, and especially my longtime

In any case it rekindled my passion for welcom- ing the very young, treating them with kindness and hoping, praying, that they will remain in the fancy’s embrace for the rest of their lives. It’s how many of us started. It’s how many of us intend to end up.

Although this photo’s not from a Junior Showmanship class (which, by the way, I also judged and was once again thrilled at the talent being shown by these promising young people.) I also need to point out that the finalists for BPIS held a depth of quality that was a joy to judge, and I’m very proud of these exhibitors for the happy attitude of their pups proving that they were trained with love. And I’m happy to report another program instituted by AKC to foster and promote the youth involvement in our sport. AKC LAUNCHES JUNIOR MENTORSHIP PROGRAM Designed to encourage, support, and educate youth participants. Raleigh, NC— The American Kennel Club, the world’s largest dog registry, leading industry authority and advocate for dogs, is proud to announce the launch of the AKC Junior Mentor Program. The goals of the AKC Junior Mentor Program are to provide Jun- iors just entering the sport or those looking to sharpen their skills with a positive role model and friend who will help them on their journey to become an accomplished Junior; and, to provide expe- rienced Juniors (mentors) the opportunity to improve their own skills while sharing their experiences. Mentors will provide advice and support in topics such as handling, grooming, proper dress and behavior, sportsmanship and more. Participating in the Junior Mentor Program as a mentor or mentee counts toward the number of activities required to become a Junior Ambassador, a program that recognizes Juniors for being active in the sport. “A mentor program is a great opportunity for Juniors actively involved in AKC events to assist new young people in AKC Events,” says Mari-Beth O’Neill, Vice President of Sports Services. To learn more about the AKC Junior Mentor Program or the AKC

friend, the amazingly capable Susan Shephard, head of Judges Panel & Publicity and a great breeder in her own right. And I’d like to give a shout out to the promising exhibitors in the photo: (l to r) Vaughn Hathaway, Sammy Schrager, Isobel Cloudman, Emily Cloudman and Liam Hathaway. You guys are awesome. And last but not least, we here at TNT send a huge congratula- tions to Larry & Penny Dewey, Ruffian Min Pins of Katy, Texas (in- sert above), for being selected as AKC’s TOP TOY BREEDERS FOR 2018. The Awards Site says “Min Pins are a plucky toy breed with a lot of heart, and, fittingly, the Deweys have been just as intently engaged in their four decades in the breed. Larry, who is also a judge, has served as president of the Miniature Pinscher Club of America and managed its Health and Research Fund. Penny is the club’s longtime judges’ education chair and was the president of the Miniature Pinscher Club of Greater Houston. Their dogs have equally impressive resumes, winning national specialties and Bests in Show.” Our best wishes to this dedicated couple; BREEDER OF THE YEAR will be announced during the AKC National Champi- onship this December in Orlando. Here’s wishing everyone a marvelous holiday, and hope we all remember the great deal for which we should give thanks. See you next month.

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NO. 1 AKC OH HAVANESE*

NO. 9 BREED**

NO. 10 ALL BREED***

NO. 14 ALL BREED OH*

MULTIPLE BEST IN SHOW OWNER HANDLED MULTIPLE RESERVE BEST IN SHOW OWNER HANDLED MULTIPLE TOY GROUP WINNING & PLACING AKC NEW LIFETIME OWNER HANDLED HAVANESE BACK-TO-BACK BEST OWNER HANDLED AT THE 2018 REGIONAL AND NATIONAL SPECIALITY SHOWS

all of the Judges who have found Moose along the way and who have rewarded Moose with placements in the Breed and Toy Groups and in the Owner Handled Group and Best in Show rings. we would like to thank

THANK YOU JUDGES OH RBIS: MS. DIANE TYREE BEST OF BREED: MRS. BARBARA ALDERMAN

*AKC NOHS stats as of 10/10/18 **TNT breed stats as of 9/30/18 ***TNT all breed stats as of 9/30/18

©Brielle Marie Duprat

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Moose

bred by PAULA & BILL FRAZIER co-owned by JANE CHAVEZ & BILL & PAULA FRAZIER co-owned & exclusively presented by KAREN MARIE DUPRAT

silver grand champion Angelheart N Adorabull’s Moose On The Loose

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TOY TALK ETCETERA by Bonnie Guggenheim, TNT Advertising Director & Associate Editor

Be Found in Top Notch Toys FOUND IN TOP NOTCH TOYS ! Email or call me with your exciting wins or hot news…inquiring minds want to know! See you in December at the Royal Canin Show at our booth in Orlando or in print for 2019. Check out the Chihuahua Regional Special- ties as well as the Silky Terrier region- al where you can see many of the top winners in their breed. Have fabulous and safe holidays. Bonnie bonnie@aramediagrp.com 863.738.8848

D ecember seems like the right time to emphasize where you place your advertising dollars and how you plan your advertising cam- paign for 2019. Top Notch Toys is the premier all toy magazine for fanciers and judges who want to review outstanding Toy dogs of a particular breed or read the mul- tiple different educational articles authored by breed authorities which include judging the breed, history, owner handlers and amusing stories. We have owners and breeders adver- tise their kennels, past and current show dogs starting with young pup- pies in Sweepstakes competition on up to Best in Show. Top Notch Toys is online every month in full on our website: www.top- notchtoysonline.com and is available

worldwide and available 24/7. All Toy judges receive Top Notch Toys no charge and I encourage permit judges to let me know as soon as they are ap- proved so they can be included on our judgesmailing list. Our breed features are particularly popular with breed- ers and judges who often contact me for reprints of articles pertaining to featured breeds. Permit judges are always seeking information and they can easily locate it in “TNT”. I’m able to make it very easy to be represented in Top Notch Toys ; email me the picture and what you would like to say and let our award winning designers create the perfect ad for you at no additional charge. You can call or email me with any questions you may have. As a former Owner Han- dler and Toy judge let me help you BE

See adorable Toy puppies like below each issue in our TOY BOX!

Breeder/Owner/Photographer: Julia Van Patten

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G R O U P P L AC I N G G R A N D C H A M P I O N T YAVA’ S

S U G A R F OOT ’ S S T R I K E F O R C E Stryker

A VERY CORRECT YORKIE

T H A N K Y O U T O J U D G E H O U S T O N C L A R K F O R T H I S G R E A T O H G R O U P 1

BREEDER AVA TYREE | TYAVA’S

OWNER / HANDLER VICKI EDWARDS | SUGARFOOT

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H O N O R H AVA N E S E

I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE MANY JUDGES WHO HAVE RECOGNIZED THE QUALITY IN MY HAVANESE.

GCH CH Honor Love Your Enemies Matthew 5:44 Matthew

Matthew gained his Championship in very few shows. Then completed his Grand in style gaining some group placements during very limited showing.

Bordeaux

GCH CH Honor Turn Water Into Wine John 2:1-11

Bordeaux championed very fast in tough competition, winning BOW at Royal Canin and then later finished with a Breed over specials. Then on to complete his Grand very quickly.

Judge

CH Honor Judgement Day 2 Corinthians 5:10 Judge finished almost undefeated with his final win at the Havanese Regional Speciality in Chicago. Watch for him in the Specials ring soon.

Whatever You Do, Do it for the Glory of God. (1Corinthians 10:31)

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Red

J E N N I F E R M A N D E R S

www.HonorHavanese.com ForeverPups@gmail.com Breeding exceptional quality Havanese

CH Honor Hav you Red the Bible

Twist

Finn

Starr

CH Honor Shake 'Em Up Baby

CH Honor Revelation

CH Honor Let your Light Shine

Chase

Kneel

Peter

GCH Todo Entaya Chase -N- Dreams

GCH Honor If Life gets 2 hard 2 Stand

CH Honor Walk on Water

Worthy are you, our Lord & God, to receive Glory & HONOR & Power. (Revelations 4:11)

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O w n e r - H a n d l e d & B r e d B y DIANE TOMASEVICH Marl o CH LUDICO WHO’ S THAT GIRL Th a n k y o u J u d g e s J a n e t A l l e n & Fr e d e r i c k R . S t e p h e n s 28 • T op N otch T oys , N ovember 2018

Ellie M ae

CH PELUITO’ S CLOWNING AROUND AT COURT JESTER X LUDICO N’PIXC TAKE A CHANCE ON ME Ma r l o & E l l i e Ma e a r e l i t t e rma t e s & a l wa y s own e r h a n d l e d

LUDICO I GOTTA WAY WITH CRITTERS

T h a n k y o u J u d g e s S y l v i a B a r k e y & M e r l e T a y l o r

B r e d B y DIANE TOMASEVICH

O w n e r H a n d l e d B y DIANE TOMASEVICH & DOLLY NEUMANN

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THANK YOU JUDGES Melanie Williams & Carol Reid

OWNERS: Barbara Beissel, Mark Benson, James Dillman & Janet Aslett

BREEDERS: Beissel-Benson-Dillman

BarbaraBeissel@aol.com BendillSilkyTerriers@juno.com

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P L A T I N U M G R A N D C H A M P I O N L AMP L I GHT E R T A T T L E T A I L # 1 B E S T V E T E R A N & S P E C I A L T Y W I N N E R 2 0 1 3 P L A T I NUM Silky

Silky Terrier Club of Central Florida

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Dancing the Night Away

Owner Handled Havanese *

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Fun at the Delaware Valley Yorkshire Terrier Club Specialty T O M H A R D Y C H . WO L P E R T ’ S T OM F O O L E R Y X WO L P E R T ’ S E X T R A K I S S E S Winner’s Dog (4 pt. Major) Thank you Judge Mr. Wiliam DeVilleneuve Wolpert’s

© Joshua N. Rose

YORKSHIRE TERRERS Wolpert’s

TOM FOOLERY (Sire of Tom Hardy) Winners Dog at OVYTC of Ky Specialty Thank you Judge Mr. Jim Hupp Wolpert’s CH.

Breeders/Owners/Handlers: Fred & Marcia Wolpert Mwolpert2004@verizon.net

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Barron C H A M P I O N T R U B L I S S A M E R I C A ’ S P R I N C E

T H A N K Y O U J U D G E D R . J O H N V . I O I A

B R E E D E R / O W N E R / H A N D L E R TruBliss Pugs | Julie Van Patten | Conroe, Texas | julie@trublisspugs.com

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BRONZE GRAND CHAMPION

EVRMOR INXS OF BLACKWOOD BN RA BCAT

T H A N K YO U , M R . R I C H A R D PAQ U E T T E F O R R E C O G N I Z I N G H U TC H I N S U C H A L I N E U P .

© SHARON CARVALHO

H A N D L E R : MICHELLE PAULIN | OWN E R : JANNA P. MORGAN B R E E D E R S : MAXINE FOX, JANNA P. MORGAN & LOU A. NOVOSAD, DVM

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BACK T O BAC K S P E C I A LT Y W I NS | MU LT I P L E B E S T I N S P E C I A LT Y G RAND CHAMP I ON AN I MAT I ON ’ S R I V E N

THANK YOU

Ms. Peggy Beisel-Mcllwaine and Mr. Darryl Vice for the Best in Specialty wins at the Pomeranian Club of Michigan Specialty shows.

Also, Thank-you to “Ivan’s” breeder/co-owner Lorinda Vasuta of ANIMATION POMERANIANS

FLASH Best of Breed for Ivan at both Monroe Kennel Club shows onto group #2 and an owner/handler group #4

Tisha Pomeranians Fred and Pat Dieball Always Owner-Handled lhasapom@yahoo.com

“ Ivan’s” first daughter, Ch. Tisha’s Hot and Spicey “J ill” (pictured Right) , finishes her championship at 7 months old, from the Bred By exhibitor class, with 3 majors.

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C E N T E N N I A L F A R M S GOO D F O R T U N E

B E S T O F B R E E D from 6-9 puppy class over special for a 4 pt major OWN E R HAND L E R at Sooner Kennel Club, Enid, Oklahoma

B R E E D E R / OWN E R : E u g e n e B e l l a m y J r . , C e n t e n n i a l F a r m s

H A N D L E R : J o n R a w l e i g h

P U P P I E S A V A I L A B L E

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Mclaren FONTECHIA MCLAREN DEW TELL ME A TALE

Telling Tails

AKC REGISTERED HANDLER BarbaraBeissel@aol.com

OWNER/BREEDER uptik18@yahoo.com

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ANDY C & M H O N E Y I ' M G O O D Bronze Grand Champion

Bred by Connie & Mack Williams

Owned by Sherri Madison Miller

Presented by Sharon Boyd, PHA

SHOWN WINNING AN AWARD OF MERI T AT THE CHIHUAHUA CLUB OF AMERICA NAT IONAL SPECIALTY SHOW UNDER NOTED TOY AUTHORI TY MR. RODNEY MERRY ANDY HAS HAD A GREAT SUMMER WINNING BACK- TO-BACK SPECIALTY BOB’ S AT THE CHIHUAHUA CLUB OF DALLAS UNDER MRS . ERIKA MOREAU AND MR. ROBERT STE IN, BOB AND GROUP 4 AT HOUSTON TOY SHOW UNDER MRS . BEVERLY NAPPER AND BOB AT ALAMO TOY SHOW UNDER MR. T IM ROBBINS .

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introducing...

Noel N O E L S H A R M D E L U X

Following in the footsteps of his brother, Magic Country Playboy, Noel is lighting up the ring in his true Belarusian style on his way to his American Championship.

A SPECIAL THANKS TO BREEDER/ JUDGE JIM HUPP FOR RECOGNIZING HIS MOVEMENT AND OUTSTANDING SHOWMANSHIP.

OWNERS DAVE AND BARB RORIE KING

BREEDER OLGA BULAVSKAYA

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S H I H T Z U National Owner Handled Series 2018 * number one MULTIPLE NOHS BEST IN SHOW | NOHS RESERVE BEST IN SHOW | GROUP PLACING S H I H T Z U All Breed ** number ten

*AKC stats as of 10/22/18

**TNT all breed stats as of 10/22/18

MA R J A - T U C H U I F W I S H E S C AM E T R U E B R O N Z E G R A N D C H AM P I O N Bocchi MARJA SHIH TZU | Mark & Jacqueline Stempel | Bohemia, New York | TU CHU SHIH TZU | Kathy Kwait | Forked River, New Jersey T op N otch T oys , N ovember 2018 • 41

Summer O L D H A V A N A ’ S S U M M E R S P I R I T US CH Carohav’s Do You Believe In Love (Lewis) x US/Cdn GCH Oldhavanas Shes Got The Spirit (Minnie)

T H A N K Y O U J U D G E S

MR. DARRYL VICE for this special award

MS. K. GRANT & MR. P. WENDLING of Canada for recognizing her beauty

MR. J. FREDERIKSEN & MR. P. F. WILLHAUCK of the United States for recognizing her beauty

Breeder/Owner/Handler: Myrna McCallum | www.oldhavanahavanese.com

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RICKY G R A N D C H A M P I O N DARKS I DE ’ S W A L K E R S T A L K E R B C A T Not shown every weekend with Susan’s travels for her job, but current stats, he’s 5th All Breed * , 8th Breed ** and 7th in NOHS *** !

Ricky is very proud — Winners Dog and Winners Bitch at the AMTC National Specialty are from the first litter he’s sired! Congratulations to their Breeders, Taylor and Renae Blankenship!

Simon and Demi are already multiple group placers.

Ricky is not only beautiful and athletic — he’s ranked in FAST CAT — Ricky can fly!

*TNT all breed stats as of 9/30/18 **TNT breed stats as of 9/30/18 ***AKC NOHS stats as of 10/12/18

SUSAN & STEVE THIBODEAUX

KALLMEE KENNEL

© STEPHANIE MULLINS

HOME OF EXCEPTIONAL DOGS SINCE 1978

COCOA, FL

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W Y N S O N ’ S D A S H A N D T O P P E R G C H C H V O I C I B O R N I N B L U E J E A N S X G C H G C H W Y N S O N S W A N P R I N C E S S

At last year’s National Show, Orlando, these 2 boys were silly babies. Grown up now. Winning and wonderful. Carrying on the pedigree of Odette and her sire,

Louie, and Bianca, who started it all.

B I L L A N D D I A N A C H A P M A N | W Y N S O N D O G @ H O T M A I L . C O M

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A S L E T T T E S S I E R C OW B OY C A S A N OVA

BOW Saturday and Sunday at the California Silky Terrier Club Specialty followed by NOHS Toy Group 3!

Thank you Judges Christine Erickson and J. David Kirkland

Breeder/Owner/Handler | Janet Aslett, Aslett Silky Terriers Home to beautiful Silkys since 1970, janetaslett@aol.com

Cowboy was awarded Puppy of Achievement from AKC as of June 22, 2018

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TOP NOTCH TOYS

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SUBMIT YOUR CUTE PHOTOS TO OUR TOYBOX DEPARTMENT. Any clear photo will do—black & white or color, regular photo or digital. (If sending digital images, send high resolution 300 DPI for best quality.) Please submit your name and the name of the dog. 46 • T op N otch T oys , N ovember 2018

BEST IN SPECIALTY SHOW WINNING & MULTIPLE GROUP PLACING

BRED, OWNED & ALWAYS OWNER HANDLED BY: CLAUDIA JONES, TITANIA CAVALIERS

FUTURE T H E F A C E O F T H E THANK YOU JUDGE LYDIA C. HUTCHINSON FOR THIS WIN

G R A N D C H A M P I O N T I T A N I A B R I N G O N T H E B U B B L Y

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OWNER HANDLER Q&A WITH MARIBETH BOPP

I have lived all of my life as a resident of the City of Pittsburgh. We cur- rently live north of the city in the Township of Shaler. My breed is the Yorkshire Terrier. I purchased my first show yorkie in 1997 and began exhibiting that year. So this is my 21st year of exhibiting Yorkies. 1. What is the toughest thing about being an owner-handler or breeder owner handler? The hardest part of being a breeder owner handler is raising a litter of puppies and evaluating the litter for show quality, puppies. There are so many variables in the Yorkshire Terrier standard to consider in se- lecting a show quality puppy that isn’t always easy at 12 or 16 weeks to be definitive about the choices for showing. Therefore, raising the pup- pies and evaluating them for breed standard and becoming attached to the little puppies is very tough, espe- cially when you decide one must be sold as a pet. 2. What is the BEST thing about being an owner handler or breeder owner handler? The best part of being a breeder own- er handler for me, is the journey. The selection of the damand sire that you will breed, the pregnancy and birth of the puppies. Raising these babies and growing and training them, be- ing part of their lives each day is wonderful experience. Waking up everyday and seeing those beautiful

We go in our motor home and also use this as time to spend together, as he spends many hours working in his company. 5. What advice would you give the newcomer to our world. I would and do tell new exhibitors to read as many books as they can devour about their breed, showing and dogs in general. Attend as many local shows as you can and speak and ask questions of the breeders you meet, when they are done show- ing, so you can learn and share as many exhibitors perspectives about showing as you can acquire. Then make your choices and let this guide your decisions. 6. What are your interests/hobbies outside of dogs? Bill and I are project people. We al- ways have something major or small we are doing to the house every year. We love to work together. Bill and I love to golf, but haven’t over the past three years due to his construction accident in 2016. However, now that he is healed and the surgeries are over we are ready for the spring! I volunteer at the nursing home where my mother lived the last eight years of her life. I just feel that so many of the residents need ad- vocates who do not have any fam- ily to come and see them. It makes your day so much brighter when you know you brought some joy into someone’s life!

faces and then being the proud own- er on the end of the show lead in the ring is a complete journey to cherish! 3. Does your bondwith your dogmake it easier to campaign himor do the de- feats hit a little too close to home. My bond with my dogs makes it so much easier to campaign them. You are with them to assure comfort, safety, happiness in all their sur- roundings all of the time. Nobody likes to lose, but losing is part of win- ning. If you cant lose gracefully as an adult perhaps you should not be competing. As long as the dog I am showing does his best I am happy with him. The dog can only show as well as his handler demands. 4. Is fitting your show schedule into your “regular” life a constant balanc- ing act? How do you manage? I retired from 38 years of teaching in 2013 to care for aging mother, and up till then it was difficult to manage caring for my mother, working and showing. However, a person must al- ways be true to their core values and moral fiber as the definitive factors that define your choices. Once you are able to live each day this way you can keep your perspective clearly defined. Now that I am retired my husband and I have set several pa- rameters to keep in making our de- cisions about when and how many shows to enter. Bill and I do every- thing together and try to balance showing with his interests as well.

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O A K H U R S T | A K C B R E E D E R O F M E R I T | Y T C A T O P B R E E D E R 2 0 1 7 | 4 1 2 - 3 1 0 - 5 4 9 9

2015 NOHS #10 Series Finalists 2016 NOHS #4 Series Finalists 2017 NOHS #4 Series Finalists 2018 NOHS #10 Series Finalists * * pending AKC final stats Thank you to all the judges for their many wonderful compliments on Spanky!

NOHS BEST IN SHOW WINNER & GROUP WINNER

MULTIPLE NOHS GROUP PLACEMENTS

Spanky S I LV E R G R A N D C H A M P I O N O A K H U R S T ’ S G O O D M O R N I N G C A P T A I N A M E R I C A T op N otch T oys , N ovember 2018 • 49

MY FELLOW OWNER HANDLERS

by Judy Thompson, OHA

W hen I was younger and com- peting at horse shows, I didn’t hop off the saddle and give the reins to my riding instructor and ask her to jump my horse around the course, even though she was a far superior rider. When I skied, I didn’t step out of my bindings and let a better skier use my skis to ski down the mountain, even though she could handle the double black diamonds and I was still on the intermediate slopes. Now that I golf, I don’t give my ball and putter to a golf pro on the green and ask him to putt out for me, even though that would surely save me some strokes. Why then, do we give our dogs to professional handlers and ask them to present the dog to the judges at conformation shows? How much more satisfying would it be to show your dog yourself? What can match the joy of winning with your beloved companion, who then comes home with you and snuggles with you on the sofa? As an owner-handler, you and your dog have a special bond, one that might not be possible if he were “on the truck”. You’ve become a team and your dog wants very much to please you, and I think that shows in the ring. Exhibitors often mention that connection, and the pride that

goes along with training and bringing along a winning dog, especially one that they’ve bred themselves. When those sportsmen gathered for the first dog show in New York City to show off their Pointers and Set- ters, I’m guessing they showed their dogs themselves. Somehow we’ve evolved to the point where it takes a team of breeders, multiple owners (including one who is willing to pick up the tab for a mul- titude of expenses) and a well-known handler with a couple of live-in assis- tants to campaign a top show dog. What will happen when we turn over our dog to a professional handler? Will the structure, type and move- ment of the dog magically improve? Will toplines become more level? Will eye color and shape better fit the standard? Will tail and ear sets sud- denly be perfected? Granted, profes- sionals may better train the dog to self-stack with every paw in place. They excel in grooming and in artful trimming. They have learned every nuance of showmanship in the ring. But if we are judging breeding stock, and judges are looking for inherited traits that could be passed along to the next generation, then a great show dog is one that has type, struc- ture and movement based on the standard. Grooming, trimming and

presentation are not inherited traits. If you have a dog with excellent breed type characteristics, shouldn’t it be put up over a mediocre dog that is pre- sented to perfection? Still, competition is tough and it is in- cumbent upon us to show our dogs in the best possible light. Are we dressed for success? Have we taken some han- dling seminars? Is our dog immacu- lately clean and properly trimmed? Have we asked a friend to take videos of us in the ring so that we can be sure we are gaiting and stacking properly? We need to do our best to show like a pro. On my piano, in a silver frame, is a photo of my first show dog, a Papil- lon bitch I showed to Bronze Grand Champion. She is stacked on a table covered with a purple cloth trimmed in gold bullion fringe. A Pointer is emblazoned on the front. Yes, she was at Westminster, and in the photo I am behind her stacking her on the table. No, she didn’t win anything that day, but we were there together and she showed beautifully. I was very proud of her, and it is a memory I will always cherish. Make your own memories, and re- member, as someone once said, “An amateur built the Ark, professionals built the Titanic.”

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OWNER HANDLERS by Kathy Ambler

I t’s all Politics. That is what we hear every single weekend. Owner/Han- dlers just don’t have a chance when there are pro handlers in the ring. The judges always look at the wrong end of the lead. We pay the judges for an evaluation of our dog and we ex- pect the judging to be based on the dog’s merits, but it just never is, it is all politics. My name is Kathy Ambler and I am an Owner/Breeder/Handler. I am a successful one too, at least I think so! My kennel name is Ambler Ha- vanese. So what separates me from others? Why do other Owner/Han- dlers give up and quit completely, or hire a pro handler to show their dogs? Why do I feel I am a successful Owner/Handler? I started out wanting to showdogs as a child. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the luxury of growing up in a dog showing family. We always had purebred dogs; a Poodle, Pointer, Mini Schnauzer, American Eskimo and we had sev- eral Mutts too. But we didn’t show the purebred dogs and didn’t breed them either. I graduated from high school and married and had a family. I would slip away every year to go to the dog show in London, Ontario and would stand

do learn by watching and watch I did. Every breed. I talked to everyone who would talk to me. I quickly learned that to get breeders to trust you, you had to listen to them, take their advice and then show them you understood and could do this and were serious about it. I went to every show I could, driving long distances and making mini–vacations out of it with my hus- band. Soon people were beginning to recognize me and let me help them show their dogs too. I think that really boosted my confidence when other breeders let me take their dogs in the ring, even if they were the “fillers”. I had a bit of success with Yorkies but then discovered the Havanese. After finishing my bred by Yorkie boy “Jes- se” (Am/Can CH Amblers American Outlaw) under Richard Beauchamp at the Mt Rainier Yorkie Specialty show and being awarded Best Bred By in Show, I decided he would bemy last bred by Yorkie and I would concen- trate on the Havanese. I absolutely love the Havanese breed and really feel it was the best move I ever made. Presently, I amspecialing Silver GCH CH Windfall’s Dude With Attitude, “Opie”. Opie is the #1 Havanese in the AKC Owner/Handler series and has also been a top ten Havanese in breed

in awe of all the beautiful dogs in the rings and be jealous that I could not be out there doing the same thing as an Owner/Handler. Of course, I would watch the Westminster Dog Show on TV each year too. It was my dream to one day have a top five dog and be in- vited to compete there. My first mar- riage ended in divorce. When I met Richard, my husband now, I think one of the first things I told him was “I want to breed and show Yorkies.” Together Richard and I went on the hunt for someone who would sell me a show potential puppy. It was very dif- ficult. It seems that show breeders are very leery of people who come to dog shows saying they want to do this too. But finally, I did find a Yorkie breeder who was willing to give me a chance. When I look back at my start in the show ring, I have to laugh at how far I have come in such a short period of time. Of course, I was a bit younger then, skinnier too, but “skorts” and tee shirts with sandals, are not re- ally proper professional attire for the show ring. The first thing I noticed was that professional at- tire consisted of nice dresses or suits and good leather shoes! So, I went shopping. I can’t really say I had a mentor, but I

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“THE BEST TIPS I CAN GIVE OWNER/HANDLERS WHO ARE STRUGGLING AND ARE FRUSTRATED BECAUSE IT IS “POLITICS”, IS TO PAY ATTENTION.”

take time. It also takes commitment. You can’t put a leash on your dog only on show days and expect he will perform like a champion. Practice, practice, practice. The best tips I can give Owner/Han- dlers who are struggling and are frus- trated because it is “politics”, is to pay attention. Lose the kennel blind- ness, quit making excuses. Is your dog truly the best one in the ring? If it is, and a breeder should know, show it! Dress and act the part. Have your dog trained and groomed and be ready to go in the ring when it is your turn. If you have more than one dog, have someone helping you change armband numbers. Don’t make the judge wait. Don’t rush into the ring and stress yourself and your dog out. Know your dog’s greatest points and show them to the judge. And most of all, have fun! If it quits being fun, then you have lost perspective and you need to step back and figure out why it isn’t fun anymore. Has winning all the time become your main objective? Dog shows were created to evaluate breeding stock, to show off what you have and to see what others have and to find your next stud dog or find the girl you want your next puppy from. It is about breeders sharing experiences for the betterment of the breed. Suc- cess isn’t always about the wins, re- member that. If youhave the right per- spective and are prepared, the wins will come. You must have the right at- titude and show good sportsmanship, and even when the win seems “politi- cal” and you feel your dog should have won, congratulate the winner! Don’t give up! Being on the end of the lead when your dog does win is absolutely the best feeling ever!

ring like they are just taking a stroll in their local park. They are not “show- ing” their dog at all. While I don’t agree with all the artificial products used to make the dogs “look better”, and I don’t do it, I do feel you need to present your dog to the judge as if it is the best dog he will see all day. Show off that good rear, beautiful neck and superb gait. Be an aggressive handler. Don’t let that pro stack their dog out in front of yours. Go in the ring like you mean it! Smile! Show your pride at being an Owner/Handler, always with a positive attitude. And again, dress appropriately! Do like I did in the beginning. Watch and learn. How do the pros do it? They show many dogs, an Owner/ Handler has one or two. They should know every in and out of their dog. What bait works best, what shampoo works best, what speed they should be gaited at. What are your dog’s faults and what are his good points? Re- member, this is not a walk in the park. It is a dog show. A “newbie” will lose more than he wins. It is a fact. Why? Because you probably can’t show your dog like a pro can. Judges have two minutes per dog. They cannot give you five minutes to try to get your dog to walk down and back to try to see his gait. And if you can’t get your dog to gait right, chances are you are not going to win, even if your dog truly is the best dog in the ring that day! So, instead of giving up and hir- ing a pro handler. Watch and learn. Dress the part. Groom your dog. Train your dog. Show like a pro and mean it! It is so satisfying when you finally get the hang of it and can show like a pro and be competitive. It doesn’t take 15 years, but it does

all year, as well as a multi–group plac- er and winner. So, although I say I have been suc- cessful, the closest I have come to a Best In Show was winning a Group One this year. To others, I suppose what I consider success, isn’t success at all! Success, in my opinion, isn’t just measured by how much you win, but by how many friends you have in the show world, how many people ask your advice, how many stay to cheer you on when you are in the group ring, and even how many are there to help cheer you up when you lose! It is also successful in the whelping box, having or not having a CH in front of the parents’ name does not change what they can produce there! Produc- ing happy, healthy puppies who also conform to the AKC standard is very important. So, long ago, I decided the judges were not the ones who would determine my breeding plans. Maybe I realized I was actually successful when I was asked to judge the sweeps at the Southern Magnolia Regional Specialty, and then chosen by the Ha- vanese Club of America members to judge the sweeps at the National Spe- cialty this year. What an honor! I real- ized then that other breeders actually felt I knew a good dog! So, back to the show ring. So many times I read on the judge’s “report card” type lists that So–and–So is political, So–and–So doesn’t know a good dog, So–and–So hates judging the Havanese. People report that So– and–So is a great judge because they gave their dog the win. Or they are a bad judge because they didn’t give their dog the win and they clearly had the best dog in the ring. Unfortunately in reality, what I have seen is Owner/ Handlers taking their little dog in the

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OWNER-HANDLED OPTIMISM AMATEUR EXHIBITORS HOPE FOR THE ‘BEST’ by Dan Sayers

I t used to be said that dog shows are the only sport where amateurs compete head-to-head with the pro- fessionals. Though this statement is still true, today’s amateur owner- handlers can also enter their dogs in contests that exclude participation by paid professionals. Since 2012, the AKC National Owner-Handled Se- ries (NOHS) has provided bonafide owner-handlers—a designation that’s strictly defined—the opportunity to compete for Group and Best in Show wins without going head-to-head with seasoned pros. The series has increased entries at most show-giving clubs where the competition has been offered and bolstered support for a sport that depends on individual en- tries to sustain itself. However, some critics have suggested the program’s success has created a two-tier system that rewards owner-handled dogs as second-class citizens. Time will tell whether the series proves to be a time-tested tradition or a short-term solution. In the meantime, owner- handled dogs have given their han- dlers every reason to feel optimistic. IT’S OWNER-HANDLED, NOT OWNER-HANDLER The NOHS is a competitive forum that allows dogs that are owner-han- dled to compete only against other dogs that are owner-handled. The series is intended to celebrate the caliber of the canine, not the merits of its owner-handler. Although the

competing in the program. Partici- pants must be mindful not to jeopar- dize their amateur status by receiving payment for services rendered in the ring. “Any type of remuneration as- sociated with the service of handling a dog in the conformation ring meets the definition of a professional han- dler in regards to eligibility for the AKC National Owner-Handled Se- ries,” according to the AKC. “Com- pensation for expenses outside of the conformation ring does not meet this definition.” Owner-handlers who show dogs for family and friends should be compensated for their ef- forts only through gifts of a lunch or dinner and a full tank of gas. ENTRY IS BY ELIGIBILITY Any exhibitor may compete in the NOHS provided he or she is not a professional handler or a member of a professional handler’s household. As characterized by the AKC, “Pro- fessional handlers are defined as any person who belongs or has belonged to a professional handlers’ organiza- tion, distributed rate cards, or oth- erwise advertised or represented themselves as handling dogs for pay within the last five years.” Assistants may compete with their dog in the NOHS provided they are a genuine Junior Handler as well. As recorded in the April 9-10, 2018 AKC Board Minutes, “Current assistants that are eligible to compete in Junior Show- manship (meet age and amateur

distinction may seem obvious, some participants have gotten into the habit of referring to the series as an “owner- handler” competition. This is not the case. Unlike Junior Showmanship, the NOHS does not instruct judges to evaluate the competency of the handler. Instead, they are to consider how closely each dog conforms with its breed standard, just as they do in the regular classes and for Best of Breed. As stated on the AKC website, “The determination of the awards in the AKC National Owner-Handled Series is based solely on the quality of the entry. The owner-handler’s han- dling ability is not of consideration.” According to the AKC, more than 80 percent of American show dogs are taken into the ring by their owner- handlers. This figure represents a lot of competitive people. “The purpose of the AKCNational Owner-Handled Series is to recognize and showcase the quality dogs being exhibited by owner-handlers and to provide a ven- ue for the owner-handlers to compete against their peers,” instructs the AKC. Participation in the program has helped to maintain (or increase) entries at those shows where the se- ries has been offered. The offer of additional trophies and rosettes has proven irresistible to many owner- handlers around the country. Although it’s the dogs that are re- warded and not the exhibitors, it’s important for owner-handlers to maintain their amateur status while

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postponed due to conflicts with the show calendar. Birthdays, anniversa- ries and weddings can be missed. Va- cation time can be spent alone in mo- tel rooms on the outskirts of nowhere. In the pursuit of their dreams, many owner-handlers regularly make the kinds of difficult decisions that can have a negative impact on other areas of their lives. Having an understand- ing spouse or partner—and children— can help to ease the burden. Like their professionally presented counterparts, owner-handled dogs must be kept in competition-ready condition. The regimen required de- pends largely on the breed, but every dog demands attention. Maintaining optimal health and providing physical and mental conditioning for the ring can be as demanding as training for a half marathon. Drop-coated breeds come with their own conditions for success as do breeds that require continual scissoring. Many breeds require roadwork and a place to safely run free each day. Too much time spent on the road can be damaging to muscles and harmful to the spirit. It’s important for owner-handlers to be mindful of balancing the demands of competition with the ability to take the road less traveled on occasion. A NOHS Best in Show rosette is not earned simply through dedication and hard work. It comes with the sat- isfaction of knowing the owner-han- dled dog has been rewarded together with its very own person. The enthusiastic embrace with which the AKC National Owner-Handled Series has been embraced by the fancy emphasizes the important role owner-handlers play inhelping topre- serve a sport that is, in turn, preserv- ing purebreddogs. Sincemany owner- handlers are also dog breeders, their recognition cannot be overstated at a time when the purebred dog’s value in society is being challenged. Today’s owner-handled dogs represent the eternal bond that has been shared by our two species for millennia. This bond cannot be broken, which should give every owner-handler a reason to feel optimistic.

Best Owner-Handled (BOH).” Each BOH dog is eligible to compete in its respective NOHS Group. Judg- ing of these Groups may take place 30 minutes before regular Group judging and in a separate ring. For maximum recognition, the AKC advises clubs to “schedule the NOHS Best in Show just prior to the Best in Show judging for the regular show.” This exposure has inspired many owner-handlers to renew their dedication to both their dog and to the sport. This commit- ment is recognized through a scale of points that rewards NOHS Group placements and Best in Show wins. Each BOH Breed win earns 5 pts. (BOB at a National Specialty earns 10 pts.) Groups One through Four re- ceive 30, 20, 15 and 10 points respec- tively and RBIS receives 75 pts. For an all-breed NOHS BIS, 100 pts. are earned. Since points are accumulated at each show, the top NOHS dog re- ceives 135 points for a day’s work. DEDICATION HAS ITS REWARDS The contribution owner-handlers make to the sport of dogs is acknowl- edged each year as part of the AKC National Championship, held in Or- lando, Florida. This year, the NOHS Finals begins on Friday, December 14th with Breed and Group compe- tition, and wraps-up the following evening with the awarding of NOHS Best in Show. Dogs that have finished the year (from October 12, 2017 to October 10, 2018) ranked in the top ten (including ties) for their breed received an invitation to compete. This invitational tournament all but guarantees the highest level of com- petition available to the sport’s most dedicated owner-handlers of every recognized breed. Accumulating the qualifying number of points necessary to make it to the finals in Orlando doesn’t come with- out costs. Pride of ownership requires serious dedication, sacrifice and reserves of energy on the part of own- er-handlers and their families. The risks can be as great as the rewards. Personal commitments are often

status requirements) may compete in NOHS.” Any dog that is co-owned by a professional handler or a member of his or her household is also eligible to compete in the series, provided the professional handler or household member doesn’t handle the dog dur- ing the breed level competition for that point show. Dogs that are eligible to compete in the NOHS must be entered accord- ingly for each show where the series is offered. These events are identi- fied on the club’s premium list club’s where an eligibility “check box” ap- pears beneath the signature line on the entry form. No additional fee is required. All eligible dogs must be handled by eligible owner-handlers throughout Breed, Group and Best in Show competition. The NOHS com- petition occurs immediately follow- ing Best of Breed judging. According to AKC regulations, “All dogs in the BOB competition (including WD & WB) will stay in the ring after the judge makes their placements in BOB competition. The ring steward will ask all professional handlers, house- hold members and current assistants to professional handlers to leave the ring and then the judge will select Walter Goodman owner-handled his homebred Skye Terrier Ch. Glamoor Good News to Best in Show at Westminster in 1969. Photo courtesy The Dog Show, 125 Years of Westminster.

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