Newfoundland Breed Magazine - Showsight

a survey on the NEWFOUNDLAND



I live in New Jersey and I live closely with dogs—five Rottweilers—but love being outside and my tropical plants. I’ve been in the dog world all my life; as a professional handler in Working and other breeds, I showed for over 20 years and have been judging for 12 years. As far back as I can remember I've always had a dog of some type, starting with a Fox Terrier & German Shepherds as a child. Growing up my love for dogs did not diminish, and became very inter-

I live in Mahwah, NJ on “Preserved Farmland” where I have a Christmas tree farm and a private nature preserve. I have always lived with dogs and as a young teenager I earned a CD on a German Shepherd from the famous Longworth Kennels. In 1964 after college, marriage and three daughters, I found the perfect

family dog in the Newfoundland. I continued my love of train- ing in obedience and then began showing in conformation and breeding under the Kilyka prefix. I was fortunate with my foundation bitch. She was the top-producing Newfound- land bitch for over 30 years. The current top Register of Merit bitch was co-bred (from Kilyka parents) and co-owned with Dejah Petsch. Ch. Mollybrook Absolute Kilyka became the foundation for the well-respected Tempest Kennel. As the Newfoundland Club developed rules and regulations for Water Rescue and Draft work, I participated as a trainer, han- dler and later as a judge of these working activities. Many of my Newfs earned the coveted Versatility title, and I earned Utility titles on 18 breed champions. I served the NCA as a Board member for 18 years as well as President and Vice-Pres- ident. I chaired the Judges’ Education Committee and helped in the writing of three revisions of the standard and of the Illustrated Guide to the Standard . I started judging in 1995, and I have been honored to judge at two National Specialties and in nine European countries. JOAN ZIELINSKI

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ested in learning how to train them. My tastes always went in the direction of large Working and Herding breeds, and I purchased my first Rottweiler in the early 1970s. This dog was an import and I obtained a CD with her, also going High in Trial. As time went on I purchased other Rottweilers and began handling them myself. I had also owned Dobermans and German Shepherds, prior to the Rottweilers, which I did competitive obedience with. I've been judging a bit over 10 years now. I'm currently permitted to judge the entire Work- ing Group, Parson Russell Terrier, Vizslas and juniors. I've judged many Working breeds’ specialties, some as far away as Alaska. I also judged the Rottweiler National in 2015—what an experience! I would also like to add how deeply grateful I am to the Newfoundland community for their valuing my opinion for this survey. MEREDITH CAVENNA I am lucky enough to live in the San Francisco Bay area in the East Bay about 35 minutes east of San Francisco. Out- side of dogs: I used to be an avid snow and water skier until my knees betrayed me and had one knee replacement. Since high school I have collected and refinished antiques. I am an antique junky. My husband has a lovely 1800s farmhouse in Ohio, and recently I have been into shopping for antique lighting for the farmhouse. As it is an 1800s farmhouse, they only had gas lamps, but I have found several wonderful chan- deliers and lights that we had refurbished. It is a new passion for me. Having owned Malamutes for over 40 years, I get to “re-do” a lot of my landscaping. I started showings dogs in 1972. I have been judging since 1992.

We live in Auburn, WA, just south of Seattle. Outside of dogs, we spend time with friends and family including our fourteen grandkids and great grand- kids. Travel. Gardening. Reading. Going to movies. We've been in dogs 51 years; showing for 48 years and judging for 35 years. I've been in dogs since 1965 with

my husband, Stan. We have raised and bred many champion Saints over the years, about 175 of them, as well as many per- formance dogs and foreign titleholders. We did all this while raising our four children and Stan being an engineer at Boe- ing while I taught school, running home many short lunch- times to check up on litters of puppies and their dams. I began judging in 1983, but put advancing in my judging career on

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