THE WORLD ’ S A N I CER PLACE I N ROCKY ’ S BEAUT I FUL BAL LOON !
Up, Up and Away TOY GROUP ONE Mr s . Peggy Ha u c k
OWNED BY : D r . Du n c a n S immo n s & Bo n n i e S immo n s • PRESENTED BY : Ha r r y Be n n e t t & S . D . Rowa n , J r . Heavenly's Flying High Rocky GRAND CHAMPION
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ROCKY WEARS A N I CER FACE I N HI S BEAUT I FUL BAL LOON !
For We Can Fly TOY GROUP TWO Mr s . T o b y F r i s c h
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Centennial Farms Practically Prefect g r a n d c h a m p i o n
“ S w a g g e r ” i s a C a t c h e r b r o t h e r ! Swagger
Owner: Eugene Bellamy Jr., centennial Farms
Handler: jon Rawleigh
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Catcher p l a t i n u m g r a n d c h a m p i o n Centennial Farms Catch Me If You Can
Catcher won the National Specialty for the American Toy Fox Terrier Club of America four times under the following judges: Ed Biven, Dana Cline, Rodney Merry & Chuck Trotter. winning run catcher wins the national specialty for the fourth time! first time in the history of the breed.
Owner: Eugene Bellamy Jr., centennial Farms
Handler: jon Rawleigh
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MULT I PLE GROUP PLACING Yvari G R A N D C H A M P I O N CH BROOKVIEW'S EVERDEAN YVARI
GCHB CH Tapyoca’s Yancey At Brookview (YTCA TOP SIRE 2017) x MBISS GCHG Brookview’s Rebel Yale, ROM (YTCA TOP DAM 2017)
Proud participant in CHIC for a healthy future.
CHIC #123019 OFA Eyes - NORMAL OFA Patellas - NORMAL prcd-PRA - CLEAR
She is TYPE...She is MOVEMENT...
Thank you, Judge Mr. Norman B. Kenney!
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#2 YORKSHIRE TERRIER BITCH NOHS *
Always Breeder-Owner Handled by: Matina E. Johnson
AKC Breeder of Merit YTCA Top Breeder 2017 BKC Breeder of the Year
Brookview Yorkshire Terriers www.brookviewyorkies.com
*AKC NOHS stats as of 6/7/18
She is YVARI!
Thank you, Judge Ms. Teresa Garrod!
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My Girl Audie SONDRAROSE'N KYLINS R8 SPYDER AT WINDSONG Thank you judge Linda Hurlebaus Wins Best of Breed over specials out of the 9 to 12 puppy class.
Owned & Handled by: Linda Rakow
Bred by: Linda Davi & Tammy Lodien
Bred & Owned by: Linda Davi & Tammy Lodien Lincoln CH SONDRAS OVERDRIVE WITH OUR HOT ROD LINCOLN AT KYLIN
CH KYLINS LEXUS MY GIRLS TEMPTATION AT SONDRA ROSE
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12 This Month in Top Notch Toys 16 From the Executive Editor Emeritus Joseph Neil McGinnis III
62 Havanese 61 TNT Coming Attractions Extravaganza
70 TNT Top
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70 TNT All-Breed System 71 TNT Breed System 72 National Owner Handled System Top Toys 73 Advertising and Subscription Rates 74 Index to Advertisers
18 Toy Talk 34 Toy Box
63 Tracking the Health of Havanese — 20 Years Later Dr. Rafe H. Schindler & Sara Dellorto 64 The Havanese 65 Just a Slight Thought Alice Lawrence 67 Judging the Havanese Courtesy of The Havanese Club of America 69 Havanese History Courtesy of The Havanese Club of America
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38 Nor’East Toy Dog Cluster Tom Baldwin
44 Woofstock Cluster:
Summer of 2018 4 Days of Peace, Music & Dogs! Richard Pacquette
48 Cowboy Up in Oklahoma Richard Pacquette
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Pickles E X MOO R ’ S E X T R OV E R T X WO L P E R T ’ S OO P S - A - DA I S E Y WOLPERT’S PICK-A-DAISEY W O L P E R T ’ S Y O R K S H I R E T E R R I E R S FUN AT THE YTCNC SUPPORTED ENTRY AT MATTAPONI SHOW
Pickles was WB & BOS at the YTCNC supported entry at Mattaponi Kennel Club show for a 3 pt. major win. Thank you breeder judge Neil Feerrar. And thank you Jamie Bennett for selecting Wolpert’s Tom Hardy as your Best in Sweepstakes.
BREEDERS, OWNERS, HANDLERS: FRED & MARCIA WOLPERT • MWOLPERT2004@VERIZON.NET
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GCHP Dartan Diamonds Are Forever at Viva
Best In Show Reserve Best In Show Multiple Owner Handled Best In Show Best in specialty show
BR E D BY DARW I N D E L AN E Y & KAT 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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I had planned an upbeat editorial about National specialties, dogs and dog shows, Toys in general and Toy people in par- ticular. However, with all the dissension and outright hatred running rampant in our society, I cannot find it in my soul to do so. I’m fighting hard not to fill my heart with hatred for the fac- tions on this earth who’ve declared war on the good people of this earth, but quite frankly it’s a battle I’ve not yet won. Yet if we, too, become blinded by hate, we join the ranks of the extremists we profess to disavow. In times like this we need a touchstone, a pillar to grasp to regain equilibrium. I turn, then, to the proclamation beloved by all true Americans, from child- hood on; it is my inspiration and my consolation: EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG, OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NA- TION, UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.
As a dog fancier, I live in a world surrounded by honest and dedicated—albeit very competitive—people who don’t hold many of the social and racial prejudices that we see in the mainstream press. I continue to be proud of our community which is wonderfully tolerant and inclusive. It’s hard to hate people when you love dogs. Here’s wishing everyone a won- derful holiday. I’ll see you at the shows and next month in Top Notch Toys.
JOE MCGINNIS, EDITOR EMERITUS
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CREATING AN AD YOU LOVE IN OUR National, All Toy gorgeous magazine TOY TALK ETCETERA by Bonnie Guggenheim, TNT Advertising Director & Associate Editor
T op Notch Toys has the most im- pressive and beautiful Toy dogs anywhere with ads that celebrate their awesome accomplishments. Our award winning design team with your assistance, will create a beautiful custom color designed ad only for you and offer you the opportunity to proof your ad andmake necessary changes. Making it easy to advertise is part of my goal so the following sugges- tions make it understandable for the design team to create an ad to your specifications. You may have a single page ad to “shout about” your success or perhaps a 2-page spread to truly give the readers and fanciers a visual experience with no distractions from an opposing ad. Once you have made the decision on which photo or photos you prefer, re- quest the photographer send us a digi- tal image or scan and email to me at 300 DPI. Most newer scanners will do this automatically. Email to me at: email@example.com and include text that would include your name, address, the dog information, and your ad ideas. For example, if you want specific colors to match the handlers clothes or a background to fit the registered name of the dog, or if you like only ads with no design, plain design or a lot of pictures and text, tell me in your initial email. I forward that information to the appropriate staff who will then start to work. It is important that you have photos that are sharp and clear but know that
we can move the dog or handler to fit the ad, include a judge or change col- ors for clothes. My recommendation is always to look through Top Notch Toys and see what ads you really like. We would not duplicate that ad but can see the style you prefer for your very special ad that represents not only your win but you personally as a breeder, owner or handler with a won- derful and winning dog. Once our design team has created your initial ad they will email a proof to you and to me for review which gives you the opportunity to make any changes you feel necessary which could include adding or removing a photo, increasing the font size or type, changing a background color. Many things that will make your ad stand out for you. The proof is emailed to you in low resolution so it may not appear as crisp as it will when in your full deluxe color ad in glossy print. Try and look at your proof on a laptop or desktop if pos-
process staff and designers will have looked at your ad to make sure it is an ad you love. Email the proofs depart- ment with your approval. Call me with your exciting wins, new puppies or thoughts for future articles. I’m excited for upcoming shows and hope to see many new Toy champions in ads you love. Contact me to reserve your page or pages at 512-971-3280. Inquiring minds want to know. Bonnie firstname.lastname@example.org 863.738.8848
sible as you can see it much better on these devices. Once you have decided on changes, please reply to proofs with all changes
on one return email. You are allowed up to three revisions, but we hope you can be concise on your first reply to allowus
to finalize your ad and forward it to the printing department. During this
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OUR THANKS TO JUDGES MR . FRED BASSETT, MRS. CAROL CLOUSE & MR . DAVID WILLIAMS Breeders Virginia Dorris & Kay Peiser Handler Kay Peiser America’s #1 Chinese Crested* *TNT breed & all breed stats as of 5/31/18 20 • T op N otch T oys , J uly 2018
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*TNT breed & all breed stats 2017
M I YAG I MOV E S I N TO J U LY W I T H
Thank you to the following judges, Marjorie Tuff, Desi Murphy, Bill DeVillenueve, Nancy D. Simmons & Molly Martin for the recent Group win!
G R O U P W I N N I N G
©photos by JANE HOBSON
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bred by DALE MARTENSON & ALY BELL
owned by KATHY JURIN, DAN PALANTINO & JANE MARTENSON
handled by DAN PALANTINO
Miyagi C H AM P I ON TOU C H E - KA R I X KA R AT E K I D
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GCHG MBISS INTCH NATCH BAYSIDE’S BEGINNING, CGC, HOF, ROM
BREED & ALL-BREED* # 1 TMT
*TNT BREED AND ALL-BREED STATS AS OF 5/31/18
OWNED BY DIANNA TEXTER BAYSIDEMANCHESTERS.COM 925-382-1050
BRED BY DIANNA TEXTER & KAREN CORNELL
HANDLED BY TRINA & ADRIAN GHIONE
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OWNER HANDLER BEST IN SHOWWINNER Adam
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Odessa G R A N D C H A M P I O N INDIGO’S ODE TO A DREAM B R O T H E R B I S S & S I S T E R B O S
In very limited showing, earned these awards...
Championship in 3 weekends as a puppy in Bred-By Exhibitor Grand Championship in 4 weekends, Best Puppy in Specialty Show
Royal Canin Cluster - all 3 days Best of Opposite Sex AKC National Championship - Award of Excellence
Regional Specialty - Best of Opposite Sex National Specialty - Best of Opposite Sex
Bred, Owned & Handled by Catherine Garretson
Handled by Jennifer Miller Farias
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Sonny B E S T I N S P E C I A L T Y S H O W W I N N I N G B R O N Z E G R A N D C H A M P I O N INDIGO’S THE SON ALSO RISES B R O T H E R B I S S & S I S T E R B O S
Award of Merit - Wendy L. Paquette, Best in Specialty Show - Dr. Clyde E. Shaw Group Four - Karen Day, Best of Breed - Jocelyn Gagne Best of Breed - Luc Boileau, Best of Breed - Robert Hutton In the last month...
Bred & Owned by Catherine Garretson
Exclusively Handled by Angela Cooke
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Moose CH ANGELHEART N ADORABULL ' S MOOSE ON THE LOOSE Bred by PAULA & BILL FRAZIER B R O N Z E G R A N D C H A M P I O N
Co-Owned by JANE CHAVEZ Co-Owned & Exclusively Presented by KAREN MARIE DUPRAT
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number one OWNER HANDLED HAVANESE * CONTINUES TO BE AMERICA’S
KENNETH KAUFMAN, GROUP 1 | ELIZABETH SWEIGERT & PETER GREEN, BOB & GROUP 2 | VICKI ABBOTT, OH RBIS DOUGLAS JOHNSON, OH BIS & RECENT GROUP 3 | PATRICK MCMANUS, OH BIS AT THE PROGRESSIVE TOY DOG SPECIALITY T H A N K Y O U J U D G E S
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*AKC NOHS stats as of 5/31 / 18
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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. 34 • T op N otch T oys , J uly 2018
Sidd AZTEX MARCH-ON BUDDHA AND THE CHOCOLATE BOX ALL BREED BIS & MULTI BISS Grand Champion
THANK YOU JUDGE MR. RODNEY MERRY
OWNER HANDLED BY LARRY & PENNY DEWEY
BRED & OWNED BY CHRISTINE SMITH & DAN BAYLESS
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OAKHURST PRESENTS BACK-TO-BACK CHAMP I ONS
CH OAKHURST ’ S THE FORCE I S BACK
CH OAKHURST ’ S ST I CKY F I NGERS MCGU I RE
Skywalker is awarded back-to-back majors to complete his Championship! Thank you Mr. Robin Stansell and Mr. Peter Green!
New CH Oakhurst’s Sticky Fingers McGuire would not be out done by his brother, Skywalker! He was awarded his final major on Sunday by Ms. Elizabeth “Beth” Sweigart! Sticky is pictured winning a 5 point major under Ms. Christine Ondo at Watchung Mountains Yorkshire Terrier Club!
OAKHURST | AKC BREEDER OF MER I T | YTCA TOP BREEDER 2017 | 412 - 310 - 5499
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by Tom Baldwin photos by Jordan Isom MAY 25-27, 2018 NOR'EAST TOY DOG CLUSTER N orth Kingstown, Rhode Island was the site of the 20th annual Nor’East Toy Dog Cluster on May 25-27, 2018. Classic Toy
Dog Club of Western Massachusetts and Town &Country Toy Dog Club of Eastern Massachusetts combined to present the only cluster in the country to offer four conformation shows, four obedience and rally trials and three agility trials for TOY DOGS ONLY. Total entries for the weekend exceed- ed 1400 in the three venues. There are two shows on Friday—one in the morning and one in the after- noon plus shows on Saturday and Sunday. There was an agility trial each of the three days. Daily parking is on blacktop next to the building with all RVs parked just a short dis- tance from the building. All RV and daily parking is next to grassy areas that were perfect for x-pens. The site has immaculate restrooms with plenty of hot water. Entire flooring in the building is sports turf with building-supplied tarps cover- ing all grooming areas. The facility provided a food vendor on site who had a varied menu of delicious lunch items. The clubs gave complimentary drink tickets (coffee, juice or soda) to all exhibitors every day. In addi- tion, there was a cooler filled with complimentary bottles of cold water available all weekend. Since it was Memorial Day week- end, the entire arena, Wide World of Indoor Sports, was decorated with American flags and red, white and blue tablecloths and streamers.
you could compete in more than one discipline and easily keep track of your rings. Toy Dog Agility exceeded 150 entries each day with exhibitors coming from as far away as Bermuda. The clubs offer NOHS at the two weekend shows. Puppy Groups and BBEGroups each are offered at two of the shows. Both clubs use a number of Permit judges (formerly Provisional) each day so many of the judges are new to the exhibitors. Four different dogs and breeds won the regular groups. On Friday morning, Thomas E. Dan- iels chose the Maltese, CH. Melitica
The Italian Greyhound Club of America, Bay Colony Pomeranian Club and Patriot Pug Dog Club con- sidered the classes at the Saturday show as their specialties. In addition, two clubs held independent special- ties on Saturday evening, the Hudson Valley Chihuahua Club and the Yan- kee Miniature Pinscher Club held their annual specialties that evening. There were supported entries at all four shows for Chihuahuas, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Ha- vanese, Miniature Pinschers, Papil- lons, Pomeranians and Pugs. All rings were in a climate controlled building on great turf footing. Rings were close enough to each other that
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#3 A L L B R E E D * * D N S T A T S A S O F 5 / 3 1 / 1 8
M U L T I P L E B I S S , G R O U P W I N N I N G & P L A C I N G
flash THANK YOU TO BONNI E L INNELL CLARK
ON HI S BI SS WIN AT THE HEART OF NEW ENGLAND SPEC I ALTY
“ T H E R E A R E N O S P E E D L I M I T S O N T H E R O A D T O S U C C E S S ”
Bred, Owned & Loved by Tina & Bi l l Bregman, OneLove Chihuahuas
Handled by Michel le Scott
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“Four different dogs and breeds
WON THE REGULAR GROUPS.”
Gomes handling her Papillon, Draco ‘Say Cheese’. High in Trial under Mrs. Lynda S. Moore was the Miniature Pin- scher, Sunsprite Ms Molly Brown CD PCD BN RN owned and handled by Joy L. Hickman with a score of 196. High in the Obedience Alterna- tive Titling Classes also under Mrs. Lynda S. Moore was again the Cava- lier King Charles Spaniel, Royalteez Light My Fire RN owned by Jennifer LaGrassa and Joyce LaGrassa with a score of 199. The Pug, GCHGFoursquare Dancin’ Machine, owned by Dr. David and Judith Johnson and handled by Ja- son Bailey was the choice of Ms. San- dra Bingham-Porter on Saturday. Best in the Owner-Handled Group under judge Ms. Dianne Tryre was the Papillon, GCH. Enstones Nico- men Divine Comedy owned by Nan- cy and Allan Duke. Dr. Adam Stafford King selected the Toy Poodle, Simmetry’s Archangel owned by Pauline Simmons as his Group 1 winner in the BBE Group. The final group on Saturday was the 4-6 month Puppy Group judged by Mr. Jan Stachurski. Mr. Stachur- ski awarded 1st place to the Ital- ian Greyhound, Buchio’s Southern Belle owned by Carla Huitt and Ron Guzzino.
Prima Ballerina Ana Pavlova, owned by Dragica Hunter and handled by Tim Lehman as his winner. First in the Puppy Group under Mrs. Stepha- nie Abraham was the Pomeranian Foxworth Forever In Blue Jeans owned by Pamela Dodsworth and Larry E. Fox. Best Junior Handler under Judge Stephanie Abraham was Katie Gomes handling her Papillon, Draco ‘Say Cheese’. High in Trial under Mrs. Lynda S. Moore was the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Royalteez Lord Merlin Am- brosius RA MXB MJB NF RATN owned by Jennifer LaGrassa and Joyce LaGrassa with a score of 198.
High Score in the Alternative Titling Classes, also under Mrs. Lynda S. Moore, with a score of 198, was the Cavalier King Charles Span- iel, Royalteez Light My Fire RN owned by Jennifer LaGrassa and Joyce LaGrassa. The Friday afternoon winner under Ms. Juliann Bitter was the Japanese Chin, Ch Teabear’s Something To CrowAbout owned and shown by L. J. Kip Kopatch. Best in the BBE Group underMs. Dianne Tyree was theMal- tese, Ecstasy’s Star Gazer owned by Cynthia M. Fern-King and Ashley King McDonough. Best Junior Handler under Judge Ms. Dianne Tyree was again Katie
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C J M , C M , G C H B D R E X E L D O L C E D O N AT E L A
MULTIPLE GROUP PLACING & NEW BRONZE GRAND CHAMPION A TOP YORKIE *
Thank you to all the judges who recognize her wonderful structure and type
o w n e r C H A R LOT T E PA R R I S H h a n d l e r DA R O N N E WC OM B
b r e e d e r s D E N I S E D R E X E L & A D R I A N G A R Z A * T N T b r e e d & a l l b r e e d s t a t s a s o f 5 / 3 1 / 1 8
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The Italian Greyhound, GCHB Ferazi GDM Titania At Jaro’s owned and handled by Jutta Kulic won the Owner- Handled Group under judge Ms. Carol P. Smith. Ms. Lau- ren A. Payne selected the Pomeranian, Foxworth Forever In Blue Jeans owned by Pamela Dodsworth and Larry E. Fox as her Group 1 winner in the Puppy Group. The 4-6 month Puppy Group was judged by Ms. Carol P. Smith who also awarded 1st place to the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Tibbedon Silver Belles owned by Edith Tibbets. Best Junior Handler under Judge Richard Camacho was again Katie Gomes handling her Papillon, Draco ‘Say Cheese’. Judge Mrs. Karen Wrey awarded Obedience High in Trial to the Papillon bitch, Camelots Lady Of The Lake BN RE CGCA CGCU TKN owned by Carol Ann Leblanc with a score of 190 and High in the Obedience Alternative Titling Classes to the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Kellene I’ve Got A Secret AX AXJ OF NJP owned by Lois Henry with a score of 185. If you have never experienced a true weekend of nothing but Toy Group shows and trials we invite everyone to join us next year onMemorial Day weekend. For information on next year’s events contact Tom Bald- win, Show Chairman, 529 Fuller Street, Ludlow, Massa- chusetts 01056-1310 or ToyDogClub@aol.com.
Best Junior Handler under Mrs. Sandra Bingham-Porter was Katie Gomes handling her Papillon, Draco ‘Say Cheese’. Judge Dr. Karen Westerfield Tucker awarded Obedience High in Trial to the Papillon, Camelot’s Lady Of The Lake PCD BN RE CGCA CGCU TKN owned by Carol Ann LeBlanc with a score of 190. High in the Obe- dience Alternative Titling Classes, also under Dr. Tucker, was the Cava- lier King Charles Spaniel, Sunny- acres Fast And Furious RN owned by Brenda LaRoza with a score of 189. The Sunday regular group was judged by Mr. Richard Camacho who selected the class Toy Poodle, Simmetry’s Archangel, owned and handled by Pauline Simmons as his Group 1 winner. 42 • T op N otch T oys , J uly 2018
INGRA NA BIS ROSSI I MATUSHKI
Winner of the 2018 Russian Toy Club of America National
Owned by: Anita Wright, email@example.com Bred by: N.P. Rasilynen (Russia) Welcome the Russian Toy to the Misc class July 1, 2018 Thank you Judge Jeffery Bazell Flash Rosa wins Best In Open Show, Richmond, VA. Thank you Judge Claudia J. Seaburg.
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SUMMER OF 2018 WOOFSTOCK CLUSTER 4 Days of Peace, Music & Dogs! JUNE 7 - 10, 2018 by Richard Paquette, photos by Richard Paquette
A festive and fun atmosphere pre- vailed over the four days of the Yosemite Kennel Club and Con- tra Costa County Kennel Club’s All Breed Dog Shows held in Vallejo, California on June 7th-10th, 2018. The shows are known affectionately as theWoofstock Cluster! For anyone who has not had the pleasure of at- tending these shows, I highly recom- mend you add them to your ‘Bucket List’ of memorable events. All the participants, exhibitors and judges were encouraged to come dressed in casual, comfortable fun outfits and many did so for all the shows while Saturday was designat- ed the ‘must’ dress up day. The club members bought into the occasion by also sporting easily identifiable bright ‘tie dye’ shirts. It was fun to meet up with old friends Kimberley Meredith and Barry Cavanna who seemed to grant every wish of the judges. Never have I been to a dog show with so many brightly colored outfits and ac- companying ‘hippie’ like accessories from wigs, bandanas and jewellery which definitely resulted in a laid back feeling and party atmosphere. For those who forgot to bring out- fits, the club had a wide selection of Woofstock emblazoned t-shirts, hoodies, vests and other memorabilia available for sale. The awesome entry of almost 10,000 dogs over the week was adjudicated in a serious fashion but my personal feelings are that camaraderie and
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Jazz Cruiser and Jazz say will see you in Sweeps & Conformation rings. Amor Jazz Man at Solstice bred by MARY LOPEZ, SHERYL ROACH & SHANNON STONE
Best Wishes to all at Havanese Nationals!
Both boys are owned & loved by
MARTHA MURRAY & MARY LOPEZ
photos by MAGGIE REIMER
GCH CH Amor Sol y Sombra RE NAP CGC TKN
will see you in the Agility & Rally rings.
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sportsmanship abounded as a result of this peaceful ambience. Another feature was the music from the 70s playing throughout the whole venue during the judging. I must admit as a judge I had to concentrate occasion- ally on the judging as I had an uncon- trollable urge to break out in dance when some of the myriad of popular songs selected by ‘The Music Man’ Bob Birdwell aired. Bob also man- aged to play ‘personalized’ songs for each judge at the group and Best In Show level. I was quite surprised to hear a song about my breed the Shih Tzu as I judged. Where did he come up with that?! The weather gods shone on the event as each morning started with cool temperatures in the 50s and the high each day reaching to 75 degrees. Sunny skies prevailed and both dogs and people alike enjoyed the ideal weather conditions. The setup of the spacious Solano County Fairgrounds was utilized effectively with ample parking for RV’s and cars, plenty of space for the multitude of vendors
with all things doggie, great food vendors and last but not least, spa- cious outdoor rings under tenting and with manicured grass and two indoor venues for additional rings. Every- where were bright colored decora- tions keeping with the theme of days of the old Woodstock of Peace, Music and now... Dogs. One cannot express the apprecia- tion to the army of club members and volunteers who successfully staged this ‘Unique’ event. To mention only a few and my apologies to those not mentioned... sharing Chairperson du- ties over the weekend and putting out small fires before they were a prob- lem were the ever busy Phil Freilich and Deb Franklin. Hard working couple Ken and Eva Berg, who I met last year when I judged the Solano Kennel Club shows were busy co-co- ordinating the many Specialties and supported entries and Ken as Clus- ter Treasurer working hard to keep the books in the black. What makes this show a great event was the at- tention to detail, such as the amazing
hospitality including gourmet snacks and beverages—thank you all mem- bers, especially Danielle Green and Andrea Bridges. Nice to see the fa- miliar face of Shih Tzu buddy Dave Boone taking on journey man tasks to contribute. Respective club Presi- dent’sShannonFreemanandMireille Bischel should be proud of their mem- bers. Many extra events such as the Best In Specialties Competition on Saturday night with generous cash prizes for the winners and pizza and salad party afterwards contributed to the success of the event. There was also a Costume Contest for adults and juniors and a Pee Wee Competition orchestrated by none other than the extraordinary Johnny Shoemaker. In addition to all these activities, the clubs showed their leadership and dedication by facilitating an OFA Eye Certification, All Breed Cardiology and BAER Clinics. If you feel the fun has gone out of dog shows, you need to mark your calen- dars for June 2019 and attend the un- forgettableWoofstock Cluster!
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COWBOY UP IN OKLAHOMA by Richard Paquette
T he American Shih Club National and Regional Specialty Shows as well as the Trinity Valley Shih Tzu Club Regional Specialty Show were held in Oklahoma City on May 25-29, 2018. Our host hotel the Sheraton Mid West City would also be the site for Obedience, Rally and Agility Trials. After four decades of attending the American Shih Tzu
doing 4-6 month Beginner Puppy and Dr. Clyde Shaw andMrs. Jacque- line Stacy doing the Regionals. Ms. Lynn Eggers was our Obedience and Rally judge. I am excited to report that this year was one of the ‘BEST’ Nationals I have attended. There was unbe- lievable atmosphere and camara- derie amongst all the participants.
ClubNationals I was especially proud and excited to be there as this year for the first time in the history of the breed a mother and daughter team would judge the National. Daugh- ter Jody Garcini Paquette would judge Sweepstakes and her mother Wendy Paquette would judge the National. The other Specialty judges were Breeder/Judge Dorothy Edge
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Ricky! GCH DARKS IDE ’S WALKER STALKER
2018 Select – Westminster 2018 BOV – Progressive 2017 BOS to BOV AMTC National Specialty 2017 AOM Royal Canin 2017 AOMWestminster (from the classes)
Multi variety group placing Multi NOHS group winning And only just 2 years old!
HEY R I CKY YOU’ RE SO F INE , YOU’ RE SO F INE YOU BLOW MY MIND
HEY R I CKY ! HEY R I CKY !
It was a great weekend in Tampa for Ricky! A clean sweep – five Best of Varieties, made the cut in the group on Wednesday and on Friday was awarded a Variety Group Three while competing against some of the nation’s top toys from the respected Mr. James Reynolds!
Our thanks to all the judges who have recognized and rewarded this beautiful young Toy Manchester’s conformation and movement. CO-OWNEDWITH MADONNA LEE
SUSAN & STEVE THI BODEAUX KALLMEE KENNEL | HOME OF EXCEPT IONAL DOGS S INCE 1978, COCOA, FL
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Everyone seemed to be having a re- laxed, festive and FUN time and Sportsmanship abounded. Congratu- lations to Chairperson Allison Ather- ton and both The American Shih Tzu Club and the Trinity Valley Shih Tzu Club. Thank you Lauren Coxen of Royal Canin for your support. Jody choose as her Sweepstakes win- ner a handsome dog from Texas bred and owned by Dan Haley name Zeph- yr Irresistible. Wendy gave the Na- tional to a striking dog fromThailand from the Open Dog Class. His name was Hearty Love Him If You Dare and he was bred, owned and handled by Papichaya Sukonnoi and co- owned by Peter Ratchapol Chaykom- hang. At the Trinity Valley Shih Tzu Club Specialty judge Dr. Clyde Shaw selected GCH CH Indigo’s The Son Only Rises bred and owned by Cath- erine Garretson and shown by Angela
Cooke as his BISS Winner. At the American Shih Tzu Club Regional judge Jacqueline Stacy selected GCH CH Tian Mi’s Something To Talk About bred by Leslie LaFave and co-owned with Janis Clary Oehlschlager andDavid Barber as her breed winner. Highlights of the week were of course the dog shows but also some of the educational opportunities for partici- pants. An evening grooming and han- dling seminar was well attended and featured ‘topknot’ stations maned by Kathy Bilicich, Greg Larsen and Jen- nifer Miller with Adrian Agard shar- ing his handling expertise. Amazing Hospitality of the host clubs included an opening Meet and Greet and the next evening a Margarita Madness party which was very popular and resulted in everyone having a fun and festive time... probably due to an
over indulgence of libation by many. At every National we hold an Awards Banquet and Live Auction. This year the theme was ‘Cowboy Up’ andmany came dressed for the occasion. Dur- ing the dinner a running slideshow of dogs and people from the past en- tertained guests. The Awards rec- ognising our member’s accomplish- ments over the past year followed. This year’s winner of the Wenrick Sportsmanship Award voted on by the exhibitors and participants was Peter Ratchapol Chaykomhang. The festivities ended with a fun filled live auction to raise funds the American Shih Tzu Club Charitable Trust. Next year the National will be held in Florida during the week of April 22- 29, 2019 with the theme of ‘Flamingle’ with the hopes of continuing the atmo- sphere of festive fun and sportsman- ship that prevailed in Oklahoma.
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Stryker GCH TYAVA’ S SUGARFOOT ’ S STRIKE FORCE
IN A SMALL PACKAGE OF SILKY BLUE STEEL & TAN.
JUDGE MR. KENNETH BERG FOR THIS BOB & BOB OH WIN.
BRED BY AVA TYREE, TYAVA’S YORKIES
OWNED/HANDLED BY VICKI EDWARDS , SUGARFOOT YORKIES
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GCHB CH Amblers Totally Awesome Dude, ROM x Grandviews My Treasure
Thank you to the judges who have recognized Phoebe’s beautiful type and movement. Most recently, Houston & Toddie Clark for BOB over specials in Midland, Michigan.
Phoebe needs just three singles in very limited showing, for her Championship. See you at the Havanese National Specialty in Lombard , Illinois in August Owned & Shown by Kathy Ambler, Ambler Havanese Bred by Laura Vivolo, Grandview Havanese W W W . A M B L E R - H A V A N E S E . C O M
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Judge Pamela Peat Group 2
CH SEVEN SEAS DANCING THE NIGHT AWAY TKA Bronze Grand Champion
Owner Handled by Mary Watt | Bred by Joan & Greg Conover | Seven Seas Havanese
Judge Pat Putman OH Group 2
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Rarely has a breed appeared on the scene and captured the imagination of the fancy quite so fast. Although thought to have been imported into its official home, Havana, Cuba, in the early sixteenth century, the Havanese didn’t hit the American show ring until 1996. Since then the record books have frequently seen winning members of the breed make their mark. Enjoy our special tribute to this very special breed. We here at TNT say muchas gracias y buena suerte to all Havanese lovers worldwide. EXTRAVAGANZA
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TRACKING THE HEALTH OF HAVANESE— 20 YEARS LATER by Dr. Rafe H. Schindler & Sara Dellorto
T he Havanese breed was recog- nized by the AKC in 1996. Since that time the Havanese Club of America (HCA) has spon- sored major health surveys every eight years, the last being in 2012. We learned from these surveys that Havanese are a relatively healthy breed with very few life threatening issues, thus leading to the common belief that they were “long lived” as well. Last year, the HCA asked the Health Committee to research the question of how long Havanese actu- ally lived. The results turned out to be quite surprising. We began by distributing what came to be known as the “Longevity Sur- vey” at the 2017 HCA National Spe- cialty in Asheville, North Carolina. We asked only for the age and sex of dogs living in their homes that were at least seven years old, and at what age any of their other Havanese had passed away. We also specified that all Havanese being reported were AKC registered. The survey was next sent to all HCA members, then ex- panded to include members of local Havanese clubs; Havanese Yahoo groups; and anyone else we could
Havanese (making up about 20% of the total) who died around nine years of age—this is the motivation for our follow up survey, the “2018 Rainbow Bridge Survey.” You can find the full text of the 2017 Longevity Survey on the Health Com- mittee page of the Havanese Club of America website: https://havanese. org/health. The 2018 RainbowBridge Survey is an attempt to identify the most frequent causes of death as a function of age, sex, and lifestyle within the entire Havanese population. This informa- tion will not only help us learn more about our breed, but will also give us a much clearer direction for investment in future research. We hope you will take a few minutes to fill out and return the 2018 Rainbow Bridge Survey found on the HCA website https://havanese.org/ health at the bottom of the Health Surveys tab.
solicit information from. The survey was meant to be a snapshot of the Ha- vanese population; we collected data for only three months and in the end included 512 Havanese in the study. We didn’t ask people how or why the dogs died—just how old their dogs are now, and when others had passed away. We hoped we would have a large response to these simple questions, and we could answer the question of longevity in an unbiased fashion. And it might indirectly provide some guidance for future studies on how “healthy” Havanese really are. Now, you say, howold is old?How long should you expect your Havanese to live? (spoiler alert—we documented Havanese between 18 and 19 years old). When we averaged all the dogs together, it didn’t matter if the dog was a male or a female—the average age ended up just over 13 years. But the most fascinating observation was that if a Havanese lives beyond their 9th or 10th birthday, they are likely to live a lot longer—with an average age of over 15 years. Indeed, these are the dogs who live to be 16, 17, 18 or so years old. A second important obser- vation was that of a distinct group of
All informationprovided to theHealth Committee will be treated confiden- tially. No information identifying a survey responder or a dog’s name, registration or pedigree will ever be released publicly or privately. “WHEN WE AVERAGED ALL THE DOGS TOGETHER, it didn’t matter if the dog was a male or a female THE AVERAGE AGE ENDED UP JUST OVER 13 YEARS.”
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some have a tearing problem. I am talking about more than that. This is a lot of routine work. On the other hand, I have watched some overdo the grooming part, even using flat irons to take the curl out so it “flows” nicely. A correct natural coat will, on its own, do this. It is hard for a judge to know if the exhibitor has done this and you have to judge what you see. DAVID & DARLENE SCHEIRIS What is the biggest problem facing your breed today? Judge’s not utilizing the entire Ha- vanese standard as it is written. To many times judges are using a single word or parts of a sentence rather than taking in the whole sentence and paragraph to truly evaluate the Havanese. The word natural is the most misused and miss quoted in our standard. “Havanese should be shown as naturally as is consistent with good grooming.” “Havanese should be pre- sented at a natural speed on a loose lead to properly assess the character- istic springy gait.” No where in the standard does it state that the Havanese is to be shown anything but with “good groom- ing” The coat should be clean and well conditioned” Make placements in accordance to the standard is all a great breeder ask of great judges.
describes the “essence” of this de- lightful breed. In my opinion, the correct structure and resulting breed specific gait are lacking in many ex- hibits...they do not have one or all of the required top-line, short upper arm and moderate shoulder layback. BETTY PEPLIN Do you feel the average exhibit you see is properly conditioned and trained? I can tell you that from ringside most of the Havanese are ring trained quite well. I do like this as a judge, it can help to really be able to judge the dog and not have to bounce around to see them move. I know some pup- pies can not contain themselves, understandable, but I want to see them put the feet where they are sup- posed to be. Bouncing won’t work here. Table work, to properly go over the dog, feel the rise, structure etc... It helps if they stand still. Training classes take time but it is worth it. Conditioning of the flesh is hard to tell unless you put your hands on them. As far a grooming goes, some of them could be groomed a bit more some less. I know Havanese are supposed to be natural but some, have gone overboard in making them look “not” so nice. I personally like to see a Ha- vanese that has had a brush put to it, (no mats) and had some time put into it to be not so stained, I know
KATHY AMBLER What is the most difficult trait to protect in a breeding program ? I have talked to judges who judge the Havanese across the country and I hear over and over from them, that we are losing the short upper arm. That one element of the Havanese structure plays a huge part in our breed’s outline and spring of gait, hallmarks of the breed. In watching the breed in the ring, I am seeing more and more “generic” reach and drive. Why? Because the judges love dogs that can move out like a sporting dog. But unfortunate- ly, it is not correct for the Havanese. Running or moving too fast, ruins the Havanese spring of gait. That jaunty little bounce also goes along with their happy personality. The short upper arm also plays part in creating the rise to the rear in the top line...al- though it is supposed to be slight, I am seeing more and more dogs with arti- ficially created top lines, and unfortu- nately, they are still being rewarded in the ring. A Havanese without a correct top line, does not have the correct outline and this is an outline breed. JIM FEHRING What is your main concern for this breed overall, conformation-wise? The very first paragraph in the Havanese breed standard, to me,
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