Thank you judges N A N CY L I E B E S J O H N I O I A
J I MM Y MO S E S & D O N S U T TO N
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H I G H R O L L E R C H K E A LO H A’ S BRED & OWNED BY: TERESA LYNN BELL | www.kealohakennels.com PRESENTED BY: KRISTIE MILLER | www.IntuitionShihTzu.com
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MU L T I P L E GROU P P L A C I NG | MU L T I P L E B E S T I N S P E C I A L T Y S HOW MU L T I P L E B E S T I N S HOW NOH S Number 2
Number 16 Number 1 MA L T E S E DOG A L L B R E E D * A L L B R E E D NOH S * * MA L T E S E NOH S * *
H *TNT all breed stats as of 7/31/18 **AKC NOHS stats as of 7/31/18
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2 0 1 8 T O P TWE N T Y N A T I ON A L S P E C I A L T Y W I NN E R 2 0 1 8 AME R I C A N MA L T E S E A S S O C I A T I ON N A T I ON A L S P E C I A L T Y S E L E C T DOG
My many thanks to all the judges who recognize the quality in Harry.
Bred, Owned & Handled by Sandy Bingham-Porter
Harry B I S S G C H B S E A B R E E Z E T H A T O N E P A R T I C U L A R H A R B O R T op N otch T oys , S eptember 2018 • 5
Griffin GCHS PAMMAR I AM I SA I D OF K Y L I N At 5 years of age he is S I R E OF D I S T I NCT I ON E L I G I B L E with 16 champions! Our main man with Linda Davi & Tammy Lodien. Can’t thank Pam and Philip enough! Our main man Top 20 in the nation Sire of Merit only 2 litters. G ROU P W I NN E R | 2 0 1 5 B E S T O F B R E E D 2 0 1 5 TO P 2 0 CH I N E S E C R E S T E D | T O P 1 0 OWN E R HANDL E R S I R E O F ME R I T | MU LT I P L E G ROU P P L AC EME NT S Owned by: Linda Davi & Tammy Lodien Owner Handler Eukanuba | Bred by: Pamela Jill Charen & Philip Martin
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GCH K Y L I N ’ S LOV E A F FA I R
THANK YOU J UDG E B E TH SWE I G E RT
Bred by: Linda Davi Bred, Owned & Handled by: Mark Iseki
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Ms. Christine Salyers Anderson
Ms. Inge Semenschin
Mrs. Shelly Hennessy
THANK YOU TO ALL JUDGES
BISS Toy Group Winner GCHGWynDancer Silver Lining
TOP 5 CAVALIER 2018 *
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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 • email@example.com OWNED BY SUSAN BARRETT, DVM • WynDancer Cavalier King Charles Spaniels • wyndancercavaliers.com
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The Pug Charlotte P. Patterson
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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 TA I N A M E R I C A
Spanky moves into Septemberwith Multiple Group placements! Thank you Dr. Keating for the group placement among tough Toy competition!
OAKHURST • MARIBETH MITCHELL BOPP • BREEDER/OWNER/HANDLER • AKC BREEDER OF MERIT • YTCA TOP BREEDER 2017
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CELEBRATING YOU! a message FROM THE PUBLISHER
D id you know that more than 80 percent of show dogs are handled by their owners? Without owner- handlers, the fancy wouldn’t be what it is today. Now is a good time for us to celebrate and thank each of our owner-handlers. The success of our shows is the result of their dedication and hard work. Did you know there are approximately 22,000 AKC events held each year? La- dies and gentleman, our sport is grow- ing—and it’s not slowing down. One of the big reasons for this growth is the intro- duction of the National Owner-Handled Series. Since its introduction a little more than five years ago, this competition has helped the fancy to grow year after year. So, let’s be sure to thank the clubs that have offered this series as well as those that are looking to introduce it as part of their show weekend. The more clubs that offer the series, the better it will be for our sport. Show chairs, please remember that what’s good for the fancy is good for your club as well. I remember when the National Owner- Handled Series was introduced. Almost everyone thought it wasn’t going to be special. Some even thought that it was a second-tier competition. But with a positive attitude, a willing- ness to accept change and, most impor- tantly, a lot of hard work, the series has
become a success and the number of owner-handlers overall has skyrocketed. The National Owner-Handled Series is a reminder that there are many reasons to exhibit your “perfect” dog, not just for the ratings systems and winning at all costs. We do have to thank the American Ken- nel Club for instituting the series and for listening to you. They’ve been working hard making improvements for the better. Yes, there is long way to go. But everything takes time and refinements are sure to be made toward perfecting the point sys- tem, making the event more prestigious and getting more clubs involved. As they say, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” If our attitude remains positive, we can ignore the trouble-makers and bring a smile back to dog shows. If we have the will to work hard to make things better, we can achieve anything. Why did I mention trouble-makers and the negative crowd? Well, because there aren’t as many of them as youmight think. Over 98 percent of the people in our sport are amazing, positive people who want the sport to thrive. But then you have that two percent who just don’t share the same goals as the positive peoplewhowant to be happy, enjoy the dogs and make dog shows a perfect weekend getaway—a vacation! So, why do a lot of people think that the sport is hurting? Simple answer: Man, oh man, that two percent is loud and the
98 percent is often too quiet. The reality is that every community has positive and negative people, mean people and nice people, liars and honest people. This is true for our sport too. But most of us can agree to work together by being positive, motivational and loving. Together, we can continue to celebrate the sport. Let’s take this opportunity to focus on building our community, continuing to support one another and welcoming new dog owners into our sport. I would like to apologize for getting side- tracked a bit, because this was supposed to be a 300 to 500-word message just about owner-handlers. But while lay- ing down in my living room typing this message, my emotions led me elsewhere. We all deserve to be thanked. From the AKC to the professional handler, breeder, judge, photographer, groomer, supportive husband and wife and, of course, the own- er-handler, let’s celebrate one another by saying, “Thank you.” Live, Laugh, Love and Exhibit all of those Perfect Dogs!
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by Bonnie Guggenheim, TNT Advertising Director & Associate Editor
TOY TALK ETCETERA
I had a fabulous time seeing lots of old friends a made a few new ones on a recent outing to a dog show. I saw many top quality Toy dogs of such quality that it made me know there is way more to those in Group 5 than beauty when they stand posed. It seems like more and more judges are not only looking for type, something that is critical for each breed, but they seem to care more about movement and structure. Those dogs in the Toy group—almost without fail—made me know our be- loved toys are in good handsand are progressing in the right direction. The quality was deep and I saw it again in the second setor shows where there were some additions to the lineup. Looking at winners across the
ever and the majority take advantage of it. Each day at a dog show should be a learning experience which can only happen if you stay at the show, listen and learn. Friendships developed over the years will sustain you when the going gets tough so treasure those people. Be a true friend—congratulate those who win and when it is your turn, win in a gracious manner. Revel in the joy of life, especially at our wonderful dog shows and remember to tell me about your successes. Inquiring minds want to know ! Bonnie firstname.lastname@example.org 863.738.8848
country again makes me aware that breeders, handlers, owners and judg- es “get it” with the respective breeds. As a former judge of many Toy dogs I can say they have come a long way. Great job to all of you competing! Aside from the quality of dogs, it seems there are so many unhappy people at shows—usually when they do not win. They trash talk online about judges and competitors and fail to evaluate the situation or attempt to learn what really happened. There are times you win when you should not have (really!) and lose when you should not. Judges make the best possible decision on that day, based on what they know and what the years have taught them. Ed- ucation today is more available than
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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 I S A V E R Y C O R R E C T Y O R K I E !
Our appreciation to Judge Mr. Benson Ray for Stryker’s exciting BOB win over a lovely group of ranked specials, and then on to a Group 3 in lovely toy competition.
BREEDER AVA TYREE TYAVA’S
OWNER / HANDLER VICKI EDWARDS SUGARFOOT
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DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT Cavallo’s 6 - 9 M O N T H C L A S S
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o w n e d & s h o w n b y C A T H Y C O U T U R E
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CHIHUAHUA CLUB OF AMERICA October 11 th – 14 th , 2018 Articles on history, grooming, living with Chihuahuas and judging the breed. Winning Pomeranians in 2018! Articles on judging grooming, health and history. TOP NOTCH TOYS, ALL TOYS, ALL THE TIME! ADVERTISE YOUR EXCITING WINS! PROMISING PUPPIES AND SUPERIOR STUD DOGS
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M B I S S G C H S B R O O K H A V E N H E R E C O M E S H O G A N
MULTIPLE GROUP & RESERVE BEST IN SHOW WINNER
O W N E R SUSAN SAVAGE GREEN
H A N D L E R KELLY RACKLEY
B R E E D E R S PAULA AYERS & BRENDA MARTZ
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GCHP Dartan Diamonds Are Forever at Viva
Best inShow Reserve Best in Show Multiple Owner Handled Best in Show
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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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A B I S B I S S GC H AZ T E X MA RC H - ON B UDDHA AND T H E C HOCO L AT E BOX
OWNER/HANDLERS: LARRY & PENNY DEWEY • BREEDER/OWNERS: CHRISTINE SMITH & DAN BAYLESS
B E S T TOY I N S HOW • A L AMO A R E A TOY DOG C LU B , I NC .
Sidd and Larry are pictured above receiving Best Toy from Mr. Richard V. Miller. Sincere thanks to Mr. Miller for this amazing win. Thanks to the Alamo Area Toy Dog Club for putting on this wonderful show. Thanks also to Mr. Timothy Robbins for the Group 3 on the following day.
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*TNT BREED & ALL BREED STATS AS OF 7/31/18
thank you TO ALL THE JUDGES WHO HAVE GIVEN THIS BEAUTIFUL BOY THEIR MANY COMPLIMENTS & PLACEMENTS
#1 OWNER HANDLED YORKSHIRE TERRIER * #6 YORKSHIRE TERRIER BREED ** 2015 #1 OWNER HANDLED YORKSHIRE TERRIER
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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
Shown to date exclusively in 9-12 month puppy class, winning Silky Terrier Club of America Best in Sweepstakes along with majors from 6-9 puppy class at Mattaponi KC and Virginia KC. Then he went on to take back-to-back Toy Group IVs at Tidewater KC on June 30 and July 1.
N U M B E R 8 S I L K Y T E R R I E R A L L B R E E D *
Thanks to all of the judges who have recognized this exceptional Silky Terrier puppy.
Cowboy was awarded Puppy of Achievement from AKC as of June 22, 2018
Breeder/Owner/Handler | Janet Aslett, Aslett Silky Terriers Home to beautiful Silkys since 1970, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Bimmer G C H B O N E L O V E J U S T C A N ' T D R I V E 5 5
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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
P I C T U R E D G O I N G G R O U P 2 U N D E R M R . W I L L I A M R U S S E L L I N T H E E V E R C O M P E T I T I V E S O U T H E R N C A L I F O R N I A T O Y G R O U P .
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T R U B L I S S AME R I C A ’ S P R I N C E C H A M P I O N
SINCERE APPRECIATION to Judge Mr. James A. Moses
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GREELEY KENNEL CLUB
Greeley, CO . August 18 th -19 th , 2018 photos by Tom Weigand
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A N G E L I N A R U B Y ’ S HEAVENLY DREAM
B R O N Z E G R A N D C H A M P I O N
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©DAN PEARSON PHOTO
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Joe C. Wa l ton , Al l en L . Odom, Ange l a Pi cke t t & Hous ton (Todd i e) Cl a rk
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GREELEY KENNEL CLUB
Greeley, CO . August 18 th -19 th , 2018 photos by Tom Weigand
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AFFENPINSCHER NATIONAL SPECIALTY
South Bend, Indiana . July 19 - 22, 2018 photos by Donna Wolf
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owned by GEORGIA HOENIG bred by MANUELA SCHROER exclusively presented by ALY BELL
Thank you judges Jon Cole for a Best of Breed win over specials for a 5 point major and Alane Gomez (pictured) for Best of Winners and Best of Opposite Sex in Specialty for a 4 point major! WE LOOK FORWARD TO WHAT THE FUTURE BRINGS FOR THIS NEW TEAM! PEARL HAS BOTH OF HER MAJORS IN LIMITED SHOWING
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Erica Passion Pekingese Proudly Introduces Our Newest Champion Champion Yakee Make Mine Special
CH Yakee Ooh Aah Cantona x Yakee Looking For Linda With grateful thanks to Judge Timothy S. Robbins for recognizing the merits of our beloved Erica, who scored a Major win over three Specials out of the 6-9 month puppy class to secure her Championship with a Best of Breed victory! Erica is Passion Pekingese's newest and brightest import from the famous Yakee kennel in Scotland.
Owners: Colleen & Roma Skinner
Breeders: Albert Easdon & Philip Martin
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AFFENPINSCHER NATIONAL SPECIALTY
South Bend, Indiana . July 19 - 22, 2018 photos by Donna Wolf
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THE HAVANESE NATIONAL AUGUST 6-10TH, 2018 LOMBARD, ILLINOIS
By Kathy Ambler
T he Havanese National Special- ty week was once again held in Lombard at the Westin Hotel. A beautiful dog friendly hotel, close to many amenities. This year the club focused on the health and versatility of the breed. An OFA Eye Clinic was held by Dr Adam King, a fellow Havanese Breeder who happens to also be a ca- nine Ophthalmologist. 35 Havanese took part in the clinic. Over the years, through annual eye exams and care- ful breeding, we are seeing fewer and fewer cases of juvenile cataracts in the breed. Dr. Rafe Schindler reported on the recent survey conducted by the HCA Health Committee, the Longevity Study. This survey included 512 Ha- vanese. It appears from this survey that the average lifetime of Havanese is about 13 years with about 1/3 liv- ing to between 15 and 19 years. Sur- prisingly however, about 20% died prior to reaching their tenth birthday. This survey has shown us that we as breeders need to find out the most common cause of death at such an early age. Now, the Rainbow Bridge survey is underway. If you have lost a Havanese, please take a look at the survey, fill it out and return it to the Health Committee. 512 dogs are quite a small sample considering how many Havanese are born each year.
I hope we have more participants in the Rainbow Bridge survey. You can download the survey at www.ha- vanese.org/health/health-surveys. Eddie Dzuik COO of OFFA, also pre- sented a Health seminar. He focused on utilizing genetic testing and health screening as important tool sets for responsible dog breeders in their ef- forts to produce puppies that not only conform to the standard, but will be- come lifelong healthy companions for their owners and families. Now, the fun stuff! The week started with agility and what talented dogs we have! HCA’s National Agility Trial was held on Tuesday, August 7th at Agility at The Farm in Campton Hills, Illinois. Judge Joan Mullen evaluated 24 Ha- vanese exhibitors performing 59 runs in the classes of Time 2 Beat, Stan- dard and Jumpers WithWeaves. High in Trial rosettes were presented to: Master Regular: Classical Master Rhett (Rhett)/Celeste Frohm. Master Preferred: Mylad ‘N Wys- teria I Wanna Rock (Rock’e)/ George Hart. Excellent Regular: Summerstone’s Mister Right (Nino)/SophieWilson. Novice Regular: Nauti Moon- bow Dare to Dream (Skechers)/ Jodi Zandstra. Novice Preferred: Havena Blast
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We are very excited by our new addition:
Barnum BARBARY KALLMEE THE R INGMASTER 6 months old and BOB and 8 points on his first weekend out! BREAKING NEWS! Barnum is BOB over specials at the ATFTC Supported Entry in Lexington for a 5 point major on his 2nd weekend!
KALLMEE GL I TZ N GLAMOUR at 9 points in her two weekends shown.
KALLMEE A PREC IOUS GEM shown 3 weekends and already 3 majors and 11 points including a BOB over some of the country’s top bitches. Precious
came out of retirement for a fun weekend and rocked the ring. Sparkles GCHG BARBARY ’S GOLD N J EWELS
Sneaking a peek into the future by building on the past and we think it looks pretty exciting!
SUSAN & STEVE THI BODEAUX KALLMEE KENNEL HOME OF EXCEPT IONAL DOGS S INCE 1978 COCOA, FL
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Winners Dog: Honor Judgement Day/Jennifer Manders. Select Dog: GCHS CH Kolmar’s Steeler Of Hearts/ Stan Holt, Fredith Hot, Bob Hewlett and Carol Hewlett. Select Bitch: GCHG CH Shatara’s & Shira’s Figment Of Your Imagi- nation/Paula Perlmutter and Michelle Soave. AOM: CH Wyhaven Delta Dream’s Come True/Djuana Cartillar, Victo- ria Cartillar and EAnn Ingram. AOM: GCHBCHSalsa’s The Eyes Of Texas Are Upon You/Sandi Miller. AOM/BOBOH: GCHB CH Angel- heart N Adorabull’s Moose On The Loose/KarenMarie Duprat. Best Veteran: GCHS CH Heart- Land’s Keeping The Secret/ Pat Tschol. Friday was the start of the National Specialty. Harry Bennett judged the Puppy and Veteran Sweeps. Best of Breed Puppy Sweeps: CH Heartland’s Mystical Messenger/ SandraMcCabe andWade Koistinen. Best of Opposite Puppy Sweeps: Beseme’s Got Plenty To Be Thankful For/Dorathy Hart, George Hart and Charlene Stoutsenberger.
Best Veteran in Sweeps: GCHS CH Heartland’s Keeping The Secret/ Pat Tschol. Best Opposite in Veteran Sweeps: Bydand Rolling Thunder At Selah/ Lisa Hockin and Anthony Hockin. Judge Mark Kennedy took over to start with the 4-6 puppies. 14 pup- pies were entered and the judge’s choices were: Best Puppy: Marcosa’s Break- fast Of Champions/Corinne and Hannah Kolzow. Best Opposite Puppy: Oeste’s She Dances With Outlaws/Julie Vogel. Friday we saw all the dog classes, through winners dog and then Satur- day all bitch classes through Best Of Breed. Mr. Kennedy was only given a few weeks notice that he would be judging the Havanese after an un- fortunate accident kept Mrs. Anne Hearn from being able to attend. I am sure the breeders and exhibitors made it a tough decision for the judge, the entry was lovely. Anyone of the dogs in the ring could have gone home a winner. Best of Breed: GCHS CH Oeste’s In The Name Of Love/Mary King,
(Dynamite)/Marjorie Holland. Wednesday was the Obedience And Rally trials. In Beginner Novice B Obedience First place went to CH Cinna- barmm Signature Red MCMXJ NF/ Cheri Rippee. In Rally the Highest Combined Score in Advanced B and Excellent B was Kharln’s Bling Temptation CD BN RE AX AXJ CGC/Laura Lee Marshall. During the week a Trick Dog Seminar was also given by Gail Czarnedki- Mauldin. Several dogs took part and received certificates! The Regional Specialty on Thursday was judged by Fred Bassett. I am sure he had a difficult decision picking the winners from such a beautiful entry. Best of Breed: GCHS CH Oeste’s In The Name Of Love/Mary King, Rafe Schindler, Julie Vogel and Taffe McFadden. Best of Opposite Sex: GCHCHCara Dulce’s Gemma De Mi Vida/Marga- ret Kloske. Winners Bitch/Best of Winners/ Best BredBy: Askin I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’/AdamKing.
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Select Bitch: CH Gemstone’s-N-Mt. Breeze’s Tip The Bottle/Terri Mc- Guire and Sandy Moyer. AOM: GCH CH Yaya’s Enchanted/ Barbara Lamb, Bridgette Callahan and Karen Brown. AOM: GCHBCHSalsa’s The Eyes Of Texas Are Upon You/Sandi Miller. AOM/BOBOH: GCHB CH Angel- heart N Adorabull’s Moose On The Loose/Karen Duprat. AOM: GCHS CH Heartland’s RIP In Time/Pat Tschol, Sandy McCabe, DebMcHugh andWade Koistinen. AOM/Best Veteran Bitch: GCHS CHHeartland’s Keeping The Secret/
Pat Tschol. Best Veteran Dog: Bydand Rolling Thunder At Selah/Lisa Hockin and Anthony Hockin. Best Puppy In Breed: Kolmar’s Ma- terial Girl Of Del Adora/Rita Marsh, Marjorie Muller, Mark Kobe and Lisa Soars. Best Stud Dog: GCHP CH Joyful- noise Come Fly With Me CDX RA OA OAJ. Best Brace: GCHB CH Angelheart N Adorabull’s Moose On The Loose and GCHS CH El Divo’s Oh No You Didn’t/Karen Duprat. Junior Handling was judged by Dr. AdamKing. Best Junior Handler: CH XR’s Acts Of Valour/Kailey Mastronardi and Heather Mastronardi. All in all it was successful National Specialty week. We learned a lot about the health of the breed as a whole, and agree we need to find out more.We watched our Havanese have fun in companion events and confor- mation. The banquets/raffles/auc- tions were fun and many old and new friends were able to get together and support our breed. See you in Las Vegas, October 14-19th, 2019 at the Alexis Park Resort Hotel! T op N otch T oys , S eptember 2018 • 53
Rafe Schindler, Julie Vogel and Taffe McFadden. Best of Opposite: GCHG CH Shata- ra’s & Shira’s Figment Of Your Imagi- nation/Paula Perlmutter and Mi- chelle Soave. Winners Dog/Best Of Winners: Del Adora’s Shakespeare On 4th Street/ Rita Marsh, Margaret Muller and Chris Wilson. Winners Bitch/Best Bred By: Ivy Hills Ruby Slippers/ Jennifer Clevenger. Select Dog: GCHS CH Kolmar’s Steeler Of Hearts/Stan Holt, Fredith Holt, BobHewlett andCarol Hewlett.
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY by George Milutinovich
A s we enter the last months of 2018, let’s take a minute or two to reflect on the world of pure- bred dogs and the sport that we all profess to love! It is imperative that we look back at our involvement and ask ourselves what we could have done to be a better ambassador for our breed, the American Kennel Club and the fancy in general. Many of us wear multiple hats in our lives. For example, in addition to judging purebred dogs since 1999, I amcurrently the Vice President of the CCSPCA in Fresno, California! We have a monumental task of attempt- ing to find forever homes for tens of thousands of unwanted dogs and cats each year! Unfortunately, many wind up being euthanized! Education here is key in teaching each genera- tion responsible dog ownership and stopping the cycle of indiscriminate breeding! Change hats and I become a committed advocate for the pur- poseful breeding and preservation of purebred dogs! This goes far beyond the sport of showing dogs! It goes to the very existence of our breeds and the original purpose for which they were bred! As with almost everything today, it becomes an “us versus them” sce- nario and solutions rarely come to fruition because not enough people are willing to step across the aisle, get involved and help educate! Often reputable breeders are demonized as being the root of the problem! We must do our part to dispel this myth to avoid unrealistic government bans and restrictions that could decimate our sport! Get involved! Are you will- ing? Toy breeds comprise an ever
photographers, superintendents, ex- hibitors and vendors; there is plenty of room for all of us in dog shows! No one has ever advanced themselves by ridi- culing their colleagues! At least not for long! The original purpose of dog shows was to evaluate breeding stock and that objective should remain to- day! Given the current political cli- mate in our country and the divisive rhetoric coming from all directions, let’s all strive to be the individuals that make our sport great! Have re- spect for one another, admire qual- ity and talent, congratulate one an- other and keep personal attacks out of our sport! And finally, I recently attended a se- ries of shows in an attempt to finish my young dog! There has always been two schools of thought regarding judges showing their own dogs and the perceptions and biases that might be created! Without getting into that controversy, I am certain after that cluster of shows, I walked away with a renewed respect for the owner han- dler! It had been over 25 years since I had entered a ring as an exhibitor! Literally I was a nervous wreck; I was sweating profusely through my sport coat in 60 degree weather and did a mediocre job at best of show- casing my dog’s attributes! Friends and colleagues watching ringside would certainly confirm my account. I came away from the experience of those four days with the sincere belief that all judges should be required to change hats and “become the exhibi- tor” from time to time to reconnect with the beginnings we all share!
growing segment of Dog Shows! More and more fanciers are flocking to the Toy Group and honestly, competition for a group placement in any part of the country is intense withmany wor- thy exhibits exiting the ring without a ribbon! Judges coming from other groups face new challenges evaluat- ing Toy breeds! The American Ken- nel Club National Owner-Handled Series, has provided judges who are permit or approved for at least one breed in the Toy Group or an entire group to judge the NOHS groups and Best in Show! It is a wonderful learn- ing experience for the judge but he or she must be vigilant in learning cor- rect examination techniques of a Toy dog before the assignment! This ap- plies to Bred By Exhibitor and Puppy Group judging as well! Show Chair- men must confirm the judges desire to judge a particular group before the assignment is approved by AKC and published. It is imperative that aToy judge is light handed. Knowing hands can gently feel without poking, prodding or be- ing intrusive! The table is the place to evaluate fine points within a breed but toplines must be evaluated on the ground and on the go around! Bites and teeth can be a bone of contention between judges and exhibitors of Toy breeds! Judges must follow each par- ent club and AKC directive regard- ing the proper way to evaluate a Toy mouth! Many a worthy exhibit has been negatively impacted by a care- less examination! Inexcusable! Sportsmanship at Dog Shows is in desperate need of resurrection! True competition is a cornerstone of our sport. To all judges, handlers,
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Thank you Judge Mr. Joao Machado Richmond Dog Fanciers
and climbing Miniature Pinscher *
Grand Champion Sidels Feisty Francesca
Thank you Judge Mrs. Ann D. Hearn Miniature Pinscher Club of America National Specialty
Thank you Judge Ms. Shalisa Neely Pacific Northwest Miniature Pinscher Club
In just two months, Francesca is a multiple BISS Winner, Best Opposite at the 2018 Miniature Pinscher Club of America National Specialty, NOHS BIS winner and Group winner.
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this discussion, we moved on to our Welcome Party, which the hotel set up like a meal. We had a huge long ta- ble and everyone was having fun and talking after the previous discussion, (planned to happen that way). I made a fool of myself purposely to hawk our logo-d t-shirts. For fun, I told every- one that bought the shirts that they had to give the club a tip as well. All the attendees were generous, and we not only shared artfully designed t- shirts, but added more to the budget both for the show and for the club! Sunday dawned too early for us, but it was a great day! Both Sweepstakes Judge Jeffery Kestner and Specialty Judge Jeffrey Bazell did an excel- lent job evaluating our Russian Toys. Their feedback to the attendees was helpful and informative. The winners were great specimens and made our club proud of the accomplishments we have made so far. The dinner/banquet was a success, and our President, Deb Cawley, ran a great annual meeting. At the end, extra welcome bags were given as prizes to the person from the longest distance away, etc. It created lots of laughter and camaraderie. We had many many new attendees who hail from other breeds and breed clubs. Perhaps the best thing about the show was their comments: It was the friendliest National they’d ever attended. They learned a lot about the breed, and most important, they were coming back again! That is my idea of a successful show! Finally, I have included candid and win pics for the show. I think everyone who attended is a winner, so haven’t named names in this article.
RUSSIAN TOY NATIONAL SPECIALTY 2018
by Nona Dietrich
T he show is over and I have had my time to rest afterwards. As show chair, the event is a whirlwind of fixing problems and being at the right place at the right time so that the attendees perceive it as seamless. (It never is!) Now I have time to reflect and review. The Show was held at the Roberts Centre in Wilmington, Ohio on May 12 and 13th. On Saturday, we had
two events. On the way in to the room for the Roundtable Discussion, there was a display of posters recogniz- ing dogs from our past, and their ac- complishments. It was our “Hall of Fame”, the theme for this year. The Roundtable Discussion became a huge round circle of participants who all shared their perception, concerns, and thoughts. Once everyone had a chance to get to know each other in
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by Donnelle Richards JUDGINGTHEPUG
T he Pug is a thumb breed. Do not open the mouth of a Pug. AKC has a chart of all breeds and how to check their bites. This is a thumb breed, as are: Brussels Griffons, Eng- lish Toy Spaniels, Japanese Chin and Pekingese. These five breeds (as of June 23, 2018) are the ones that are examined without opening the mouth. Wehavehada lot of complaints of judg- es wrestling with the dogs to check the teeth. Please don’t wrestle this breed. The bite should be slightly undershot (reverse scissors) but there must be a chin—not mushmouthed. Check- ing the bite is quick and easy. This is a thumb breed and you must examine on the outside of the muzzle and bite. We only state that we are slightly un- dershot. You can feel this with your thumb. Below is how you should go about judging the head of a Pug.
beautiful shape of the head and ex- pression. Your examination of the head is now over. You may judge the head last—that is fine. The Pug must have a large round head. The head of a Pug usually matures rather slowly and will generally not reach full size until after two years of age. The rather small ears should reach only to the cheek bones. They are soft like velvet and very expressive; help- ing to give the Pug the sweet soft ex- pression we so love in our breed. The large, dark, globular eyes are set so that the middle of the eye is at the top of the nose and the bottom of the alert ear. A light eye gives a much harsher expression to the face and they should be penalized to the degree of the fault. Pugs should appear cobby (standard says “Multum in Parvo”—meaning a lot in a little). It is a heavy little dog.
EXAMINING THE PUG HEAD CORRECTLY Cup your fingers behind the Pug’s ears. This gives you a good look at the beautiful wrinkles on the head and will help you to feel the head. As Pugs have a lot of skin on the head it is im- portant to feel the bone structure. • Use your thumbs to feel the top of the head, slide your thumbs down and feel the good width of skull. • Continue to slide your thumbs down to the muzzle which should be at least as wide as to be to the middle of the eyes. Feel for a wry bite at the same time. • Then put one thumb in front of the lips. (If your thumb bends forward slightly you will have a correct slightly undershot bite. As your fingers are still cupped be- hind the ears you can again see the
“The head of a Pug usually matures rather slowly AND WILL GENERALLY NOT
REACH FULL SIZE UNTIL AFTER 2 YEARS OF AGE.”
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“THE STANDARD CALLS FOR A HIGH SET CURLY TAIL CURLED OVER THE HIP. A double curled tail is perfection.”
your consideration in the ring is color. Fawn does consist of many different shades and they may have black hairs mixed in. Smuttiness in the Fawn col- oring is only a minor fault. When the standard says clear color that is to say there is a clear delineation between the fawn and the black of the mask and ears on the Fawn dogs. Black pugs are just that—black. By saying only Fawn or Black this should eliminate any other off color. Just remember that Fawn does come with black hairs mixed in. If you are a judge of junior showman- ship and don’t know what to do when you ask the junior to show the bite. I ask of all juniors, “Please showme the bite and mouth as you do in the con- formation ring.” I expect the junior to either explain to me (politely) that we do not open the mouth of the Pug or to show how the examination is done. I hope this helps all of us to under- stand our wonderful breed and how it should be judged.
The standard says 14 to 18 pounds for a dog or bitch but many today weigh slightly over 20 pounds and are still cobby. Pugs are square (dog or bitch). Mea- sured from point of shoulder to point of rump and ground to top of withers. They should never be too long in body nor too short on leg. Pugs have only a slight tuckup. The front legs when viewed from the front should appear straight. Theremay be somemuscling on the outside of the front legs and that should not be taken as not being straight. They are set well under when viewed from the side. The pasterns are only slightly bent. The neck should be strong and of suf- ficient length to hold the large head proudly. The head with no neck and set on the shoulders is not correct. The straight topline should remain level moving or standing. A sloping topline is not level. The standard calls for a high set curly tail curled over the hip. A double curled tail is perfection. You see tails curled tightly directly on top of the back and this certainly is acceptable. A Pug with the tail down when mov- ing is an unhappy Pug and today that Pug should not win. The Pug has a double tracking gait. There is a slight convergence as speed increases, but look at a normal speed and you will see a slight convergence. The front and rear legs should be in a straight line. If you look at the rear going away you should see only the rear and when coming at you only the front. This would be a true double track gait. I ask that the handler take the Pug down and back on as loose a lead as possible so that I can see the gait. If the Pug is on a tight lead you will not see the proper double track. The last thing you want to look at for
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
My family raised Samoyeds when I was growing up. One time my fa- ther brought a Pug home to stay with us for awhile as he was showing it for someone. I fell in
love and decided this was the breed for me. I showed several different breeds in junior showmanship when I was young, but never forgot the breed I wanted. My husband, Del, and I purchased our first Pug, a little black girl, Kim Su of Toyah Dell, CD, in 1965. We bred her and this litter produced our first home- bred Champion, “CH. Donn-Del’s Kyling, CD. We have owned and co- owned several different breeds through- out the years, but will always have a Pug. Our current Pug is “Howdy”, he is the result of frozen semen from our CH Glory’s Rowdy Moran, CD x Ch. Riv- ersong’s Miss Molly, and is the love our lives. He has his CDX degree in obedi- ence and his RE degree in rally. I was an AKC licensed professional handler. I handled all breeds until I began judging in 1999. As a judge I am approved for the Hound group, the Working group, the Toy group, and the Non-sporting group, all Miscellaneous breeds, plus Best In Show and Junior Showmanship all breed. I have been a member of the Pug Dog Club of America since 1970 and have been honored with lifetime member- ship. I am a founding member of the Northern California Pug Club and a lifetime member of the Gavilan Kennel Club, our local all-breed dog club. I was chairman for the National Spe- cialty in 2008 and 2012. I was Judges Education Chairman for many years.
“THE NECK SHOULD BE
STRONG AND OF
SUFFICIENT LENGTH TO
hold the large head proudly.”
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THE JOY OF TRAINING A PUG
by Donna Manha
E veryone loves Pugs! They are lov- ing, loyal, friendly, comical and smart; they can also be a bit stub- born! If you own a Pug you know already how easily he has trained you to give him whatever he wants—just by using big eyes and his charming personality. So now it’s time to think about training him for Companion Events. Pugs were indeed bred to be companions and lap dogs but they love to be busy and can do so much more. Pugs are happy and success- ful competitors and they make their
presence known not just in the breed ring but also in American Kennel Club (AKC) Obedience, Rally and Agility Companion Events! People are discovering that Pugs can do it all. What do you need to train your Pug? You will need patience, a sense of hu- mor, creativity, a commitment to the time and energy it takes and lots of no-calorie or low-calorie treats. When my first Pug came on the scene I was thrilled at how fast he learned! I don’t breed so I have had no more than three Pugs at home at one time,
usually two. That means there isn’t al- ways another dog waiting in the wings to show in conformation once the dog I am showing has finished its show career. What to do next? For me, the answer is easy because every dog goes on to train and compete in at least one Companion Event. Both of us need to still be doing something. If you don’t do conformation, just jump right into whichever venue you choose. So where do you start? Start by eval- uating what fits both you and your Pug’s personality so that you have
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“There is nothing more satisfying THAN WORKING WITH A WELL-TRAINED OBEDIENCE DOG.”
reachable goals. Just like people, Pugs come with a variety of mindsets and natural abilities. They have their pref- erences and strengths just like you do, and your dog may be better suited for one type of companion competition over another. Fortunately it’s the rare Pug that isn’t happy doing whatever you want him to. If you are happy they are happy. Go and watch Obedience, Rally andAgility.Which ones of these do you think you would enjoy?Where do you feel comfortable? Which ones “fit” you and your dog physically and mentally? I have never been totally at ease in the Rally ring. You could say it doesn’t fit me mentally. If my dog messes up it is never his fault, it is alwaysmine. I read the sign wrong, turn the wrong way, give the wrong command and more. But Pugs seem to love Rally because you can talk to them and they eat that up! Many people with Pugs love Rally and devote their entire time to it. Rally was originally designed as an introduction to Obedience but it has taken on a life of it’s own. I train the
Rally exercises because I believe they help with a dog’s Obedience prepara- tion. Once in a while we will venture into the Rally ring with the hope that Mom can get it right. For me, Obedience is the most rewarding and Agility is the most fun. There is nothing more satisfy- ing than working with a well-trained Obedience dog. As a trainer, Obe- dience has continuing challenges such as focusing on my timing, being clear with my commands, being con- sistent, having a training plan and most of all keeping it fun. All of these challenges make a difference in how fast the dog will learn and how well he will perform. Pugs will not toler- ate harsh corrections, jerking or what I call “drill and kill”. Short, varied training sessions seem to be the most successful for Pugs and always use positive reinforcement. What does your Pug need to excel in Companion events? Your Pug needs to be structurally sound, fit and trim. Trimness was an issue for me when I was campaigning one of
my champions and trying to train in Agility at the same time. In Confor- mation, many judges want “hefty” Pugs and knowing it wasn’t safe for my dog to be doing agility at his Con- formation weight I had to make some choices. I chose to finish showing him that year and was thrilled to win an Award of Merit at the Garden at his retirement show. After he was done with this show career, I dropped his weight down and we started compet- ing seriously in Agility. He earned many placements and titles and we had a ball! In Northern California with our year-round mild weather, all Agility training facilities and trials are out- doors or under covered horse arenas. When I first starting going to Agility class there were some definite chal- lenges with my breed. The surface at the training facility nearest my house was wood chips. Did I mention Pugs will eat anything? I would toss a treat reward and he would eat the reward along with a mouthful of bark! Need- less to say I had to find another place
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“My years with Pugs have been a complete joy. I HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH BEAUTIFUL SOUND DOGS THAT COULD “DO IT ALL” AND THEY HAVE.”
Regional and the National Special- ties, and every year since 2004 the club has offered a “Pug only” agil- ity trial. The complete Pug: titles at both ends!
to train. So, even though this facility was very close to my house I made a commitment to drive over an hour, or usually more depending on traf- fic, once or twice a week to a beauti- ful training facility with nice grass. It was for my dog and was the smartest move I could have made. I also gained an amazing trainer! Having a trainer that is flexible and understands that all breeds do not train the same is what you need to find. I have had the good fortune to work with not only top-winning re- nowned trainers, but who also un- derstand that one size does not fit all—we are not all Border Collies. As an example, in Agility it is common to train a “nose touch” on a target at the bottom of the equipment so that the dog has stop at the bottom and not fly off the yellow contact zone. OK, well, that’s fine if you HAVE a nose. When our new trainer said, “That’s ok, just do a running contact—you don’t have to have him stop at the bottom,” I could have kissed her. My first agility trial was at a Pug National Specialty—a great place to start. We ran a good Novice course, dropped a bar toward the end which disqualified us, but what I remem- ber most as that I left the ring feeling exhilaration and saying “WOW, that was so much fun!!” Years later I still
feel that way. Over the years I have experienced and witnessed some Pugs that definitely tested the pa- tience of the owner-handler in Agil- ity. I’ve seen Novice Pugs doing zoomies around the ring and all you can do is stand there and wait, or they decide their own course is way more fun, stopping in the middle of the tun- nel requiring the handler to crawl in and get them, leaving the course to go say “hi” to the judge or the ring crew, leaving the ring to go find their treat bag, and much more. Each of these dogs mentioned above went on to earn Master titles or a Master Agility Champion title…patience and a sense of humor are required. My years with Pugs have been a complete joy. I have been blessed with beautiful sound dogs that could “do it all” and they have. Pugs will generally give and give and give to make you happy…and did I men- tion they like treats? More and more people are looking at Companion Events as a way to enjoy their Pugs to the fullest. According to the AKC 2017 Annual Stats there were 301 conformation titles earned, 19 Obe- dience titles, 32 Rally titles and 126 Agility titles. So, get that Pug off the couch and get going! I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowl- edge the support the Pug Dog Club of America (PDCA) has given to those who venture out into Companion Events. The club was instrumental in getting AKC to lower the Obedience jump requirement for Pugs down to three quarters of their height rather than jumping their actual height. PDCA offers a yearly, leveled Versa- tility Award to encourage participa- tion inmultiple venues, with the high- est level requiring a conformation championship. Obedience and Rally competition are offered at both the
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Donna was born, raised and resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. A retired Elementary School Principal she has been competing in the dog world since the ‘70s. As a firm believer in “titles at both ends”, all of her earlier Great Pyr- enees and for the last 27 years all of her Pugs have been owner-handled Cham- pions and earned titles in one or more of the Companion Events (Agility, Obedi- ence and Rally). Her top-ranked black Pugs have earned Best of Breed at the Eukanuba Invitational and Award of Merit at Westminster along with Specialty Best of Breeds and many Companion Event titles, including High In Trial. She is currently working toward a Com- panion Dog Excellent (CDX) title in Obedience with “Jet”-GCHS Karon’s Moonlite Phantom BN CD RA MXP MJP2 CGCA VL5, and soon will be starting a new puppy in Conformation. Donna has held every office in her lo- cal Obedience club and is a past Board member, Secretary, Vice President and President of the Pug Dog Club of America.
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