Top Notch Toys January 2018

AM /CA N C H G R OV E S H I R E ’ S C L A S S I C S E N S AT I ON Ariana

G C H S T A M A R I N T A I L B A C K M U L T I P L E B E S T I N S H O W W I N N I N G

MS. DENNY MOUNCE

MR. ROBERT FROST

MRS. LORAINE BOUTWELL

MRS. EVA BERG

*TNT BREED STATS AS OF 11/30/17 **TNT ALL BREED STATS AS OF 11/30/17

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#1 AFFENPINSCHER * & #3 TOY **

OWNED BY DOYLE & CAROL GIROUARD

PRESENTED BY ALFONSO ESCOBEDO & ASHLIE WHITMORE

BRED BY JACKIE & TERRY STACY TAMARIN KENNELS

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BROOKVIEW G O L D G R A N D C H A M P I O N M B I S S G C H G C H B R O O K V I E W ’ S

Rebel Yale MULT I PLE BEST IN SPECIALTY SHOW WINNER MULT I PLE BEST IN TOY SHOW WINNER

2 ALL CHAMPION LITTERS NEW ROM QUALIFIER

MULT I PLE GROUP WINNER #1 YORKI E BI TCH IN 2013

TOP 5 WESTMINSTER BREED INVI TEE IN 2014 YALE HAS WON BOS AT ALL 4 NY SHOWS:

WESTMINSTER 2013 PROGRESS IVE 2014 YTCGNY 2014 YTCA 2014

YALE WAS THE F IRST & I S ST I LL THE ONLY GOLD GRAND CHAMP ION BI TCH IN THE HI STORY OF OUR BREED!

A L W A Y S B R E E D E R - O W N E R H A N D L E D B Y : Matina E. Johnson

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YORKSHIRE TERRIERS W A T C H H E R P R O D U C E C O N T I N U E T O L I G H T U P T H E R I N G S I N 2 0 1 8 ! G C H B C H T A P Y O C A ’ S Y A N C E Y A T B R O O K V I E W X M B I S S G C H G C H B R O O K V I E W ’ S R E B E L Y A L E , R O M

C H B R O O K V I E W ’ S I R O N Y A T E S

O H B I S S G C H C H B R O O K V I E W ’ S F I R S T Y O E L L E

CHAMP ION

OHB I SS GRAND CHAMP ION

C H B R O O K V I E W ’ S G E N E R A L Y E A G E R

G C H C H B R O O K V I E W ’ S E V E R D E A N Y V A R I GRAND CHAMP ION

CHAMP ION

B R O O K V I E W Y O R K S H I R E T E R R I E R S WWW . B R O O K V I E W Y O R K I E S . C OM Matina E. Johnson T H R O U G H O U T T H E I R C A R E E R S . B R O O K V I E W Y O R K I E S E A R N T H E I R C H A M P I O N S H I P S F R O M T H E B R E D B Y C L A S S & A R E E X C L U S I V E L Y B R E E D E R - O W N E R H A N D L E D B Y

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Carolyn Herbel Gary Doerge Clay Coady Patti Widick Neale Jane Boatman Blackerby Robert Stein Barbara Dempsey Alderman Wood Wornall Anne Savory Bolus Coconut wants to thank We appreciate your recognition of this beautiful 1 year old dog! SEE YOU IN 2018!

Handled by Chelsea Hahn Owned by Cara Ryckman & Chelsea Hahn of Terlingua Chihuahuas Bred by Josee Picard &Melanie Tailly

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*TNT Breed Point System 11/30/17

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Heavenly’ s F lying High Rocky G R A N D C H A M P I O N

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Starry, starry night... Catch the breeze and the winter chills

LOOK FOR ROCKY & HARRY BENNETT IN THE RING IN 2018!

O w n e d b y DR. DUNCAN SIMMONS & BONNIE SIMMONS P r e s e n t e d b y HARRY BENNETT & S. D. ROWAN, JR.

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TNT TOPNOTCHTOYS JANUARY 2018 • VOLUME XXXIII, NUMBER ELEVEN

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TABLE OF CONTENTS 16 THIS MONTH IN TOP NOTCH TOYS 18 COVER STORY 20 FROM THE EXECUTIVE EDITOR EMERITUS Joseph Neil McGinnis III 28 TOY TALK Bonnie Guggenheim 52 TOY BOX Candids of our Canine Pals 56 AROUND THE RINGS AT AKCNC 2017 by The Winning Image 62 AKC’S MEET THE BREEDS by Joe McGinnis 64 KEEPING TRACK OF OUR FURRY FRIENDS by Judy Thompson 66 THE JAPANESE CHIN Richard Camacho 68 DON’T PRE-JUDGE THE JUDGE by Scott Toney

TOP NOTCH TOYS Editor/Advertising Director BONNIE GUGGENHEIM 512-971-3280 bonnie@aramediagrp.com Director, Social Media & Web Site DANIEL CARTIER

DANIEL@ARAMEDIAGRP.COM _______________________________ EXECUTIVE EDITOR EMERITUS Chief Media Consultant JOSEPH NEIL McGINNIS III EDITOR@ARAMEDIAGRP.COM _______________________________

70 YORKSHIRE TERRIER RESCUE 74 GROOMING AND MAINTAINING

TOP NOTCH TOYS is published twelve times per year by AraMedia Group, Inc. 221 Indigo Lane, Georgetown, Texas 78628. President, AJ Arapovic. Postage paid at Omaha, Nebraska. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without the express written permission of the editor. The opinions expressed in this publication either editorially or in advertising copy are those of the authors and do not necessarily constitute endorsement by the publishers. The edi- tor reserves the right to reasonably edit all copy submitted. All articles become the property of the publishers. Subscription price for third class service in the United States: $75.00. Canadian and U.S. First Class: $110.00. Overseas rates upon request. Inquiries to: Michael R. Veras, COO, AraMedia Group Inc., PO Box 18567, Tampa FL 33678512 686 3466 ext 105 or michael@ara- mediagrp.com.

THE YORKSHIRE TERRIER by Jamie Benett

78 BREEDERS’ FORUM:

THE BEAUTIFUL YORKSHIRE TERRIER 81 ADVERTISING & SUBSCRIPTION RATES 82 INDEX TO ADVERTISERS

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T H A N K Y O U

MS. MARCIE DOBKIN GROUP ONE

MRS. HELENWINSKI STEIN BEST OF BREED

2017 AKC ROYAL CANIN PUPPY & JUNIOR SHOW

INTRODUCING...

# T E A M K E K O

OWNED BY CAROL & DOYLE GIROUARD

PRESENTED BY ASHLIE WHITMORE & ALFONSO ESCOBEDO

BRED BY TAMARIN KENNELS

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N E W A K C C H A M P I O N ( 1 6 M O N T H S )

O N T H E C O V E R

Thank you Judge Mary B. Naper for finishing her Championship at the NorCal Toy Specialty and to all the other Judges for recognizing her qualities. Ariana is now currently working towards her Grand Championship.

C H G R O V E S H I R E ’ S C L A S S I C S E N S A T I O N

OWNED BY: TERESA LYNN BELL | WWW.KEALOHAKENNELS.COM BRED BY: PRESTON & MARY LOU GROVES | WWW.GROVESHIRE.COM PROFESSIONALLY PRESENTED BY: KIRSTEN MCGREGOR | KIRSMC@AOL.COM

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N E W C K C C H A M P I O N ( 1 7 M O N T H S )

Thank you to Judge Betty Anne Durrer for awarding her Grand Sweeps and a special mahalo to Judge Kim Skiba for finishing her Championship in style at the Canadian National Yorkshire Specialty.

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FROM THE EXECUTIVE EDITOR EMERITUS Joseph Neil McGinnis III AKC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP BREAKS ALL RECORDS

It is with great pride that I posed for this photo with Dennis B. Sprung, President & CEO of The American Kennel Club and Show Chairman for the AKC National Championship. To say that his work on our behalf is legion is an understatement; my admiration for him knows no bounds. And it was with great pleasure that I attended my seventeenth such event, one for each year since its inception. I share with you Mr. Sprung’s words about the show, and I join you in celebrat- ing one of dogdom’s most impor- tant, impactful productions.

I personally thank Mr. Sprung for his service to our world, and I wish you the very best of New Years as we enter a new calendar full of dreams to be fulfilled and fun to be had with our dogs and our fel- low fanciers. —JmackG “For seasoned owner-exhibitors and handlers to future owners, the AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin offered an experience like no other. Executing such a large-scale event with concurrent competitions, demonstrations and educational opportunities is a challenge and a labor of love. It is also an honor and a privilege to be entrusted with the important responsibility of promot- ing, advancing and celebrating the sport of purebred dogs. The 2017 AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin took our passion for purebred dogs to new heights. Broken records and growth are thrilling, yet nothing motivates us more than the immeasurable power of the bond we feel with our purebred dogs.” --- Dennis B. Sprung “IT IS HARD TO MEASURE THE SENSE OF WONDER, PRIDE AND GRATITUDE that has swelled in our hearts as we experienced The 2017 AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin. By all accounts, our flagship dog show was an unprecedented success. Over 8,600 entries from fifty states and forty-four countries were showcased at the highest levels of competition in Conformation, Agility, Obedience, Rally, Junior Showmanship and Dock Diving. Knowledgeable volunteers from one hundred sixty Parent Clubs created an outstanding visitor educational experience at AKC Meet the Breeds, we thank each one. More than 1,225 entries in our inaugural Puppy Stakes were a veritable celebration of the future of purebred dogs and a testament to our breeders. A steady flow of spectators, live stream- ing of every attraction and an auspicious air date of January 1 on Animal Planet point to robust viewer- ship across many media channels. “Yet no matter the numbers, as favorable as they are, nothing proves the success of this monumental event more than the quality line-ups we saw in our rings, the cheers we heard ringside, and the smiles we saw on so many faces. And certainly none of it would be possible without our immensely talented, experienced and dedicated team of AKC staff and our devoted sponsor, Royal Canin.

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SHOWING AT WESTMINSTER Blessing GCH DA Z Z LE S B LE S S I NG TOUCH

Owners Linda Evans & Sandy Hanson The Woodlands, Texas

Breeder of Merit Donna Jensen Dazzles Chihuahuas Aubrey, Texas

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WOLPERT’S YORKSHIRE TERRIERS

Fat Albert where the boys are

WOLPERT’S WATCHME NOW C H PA S TO R A L A L L E Y E S O N M E X WO L P E R T ’ S LOV I N G F OO L

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WOLPERT’S WATCHINGME C H PA S TO R A L A L L E Y E S O N M E X WO L P E R T ’ S LOV I N G F OO L

B r e e d e r s , O w n e r s , H a n d l e r s : FRED & MARCIA WOLPERT 301-260-1604 MWOLPERT2004@VERIZON.NET WOLPERTSYORKSHIRETERRIERS.COM 24 • T op N otch T oys , J anuary 2018

WOLPERT’S YORKSHIRE TERRIERS

IF YOU LIKE OUR BOYS, you'll love

our girls...

WOLPERT’S I’MNOT TENDER E X MOO R ’ S E X T R OV E R T X WO L P E R T ’ S I ’ M S O T E N D E R Nottie

B r e e d e r s , O w n e r s , H a n d l e r s : FRED & MARCIA WOLPERT 301-260-1604 MWOLPERT2004@VERIZON.NET WOLPERTSYORKSHIRETERRIERS.COM CHWOLPERT’S DAISEYMAY 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

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BISS AM TH KOR NT GCH

Golden Castle’s Handsome Baron

Pomeranian all breed *

Reserve Winners Dog at APC National Specialty

Owned by Zenith Standard

Handled by Eolanda Lopez

*TNT all breed stats as of 11/30/17

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MULTIPLE BEST IN SPECIALTY SHOW & TOY GROUPWINNER

candid by photos by ©Elaine

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ETCETERA

by BONNIE GUGGENHEIM TNT Advertising Director & Associate Editor AN AMAZING SHOW FOR AMAZING DOGS

T he AKC National Champi- onship show in Orlando, Florida had so much to see and do at this amazing show, including a first time National All Breed Puppy and Junior Sweepstakes, many National Specialties, day and nightly events, Dock Diving, Agility, National Owner Handlers finals and the awe- some Meet The Breeds Booths. With 28 acres of dogs and dog related happen- ings it is a show everyone should attend at least once. Royal Canin did a fabulous job of promoting the show with a huge photography area where no charge black and white photos were taken and portions of the show were filmed and streamed live so those at home could enjoy all the excitement. So many booths you could find everything from comfortable shoes to perfect dog show attire and of course tons of dog toys, leads, coats, photographers and about everything imaginable for anything to do with the dog show world. Average walking for most people was about four miles each day! This is the largest dog show in the country with an entry of 4,000 dogs and 28 acres of floor space for the show held in the beautiful Civic center, attached to the Hyatt Regency and the Renaissance Center, all with a covered walkway to eliminate weather issues and easy access getting dogs into the building. One of the best things about the show was meeting so many of you and while there were some I couldn’t catch it was because Toy rings were at both ends of the venue. Wonderful that so many of you found time to chat with me and make plans for 2018! Progressive and the Specialties in New York will be the next exciting show so be sure and check out the Aramedia Group table at Progressive, or pick up a magazine at

“WARM WISHES, GOOD HEALTH AND LOTS OF WINS IN 2018.”

one of the hotel lobbies where you can also see lots of the specials advertised in this issue and ShowSight as well. Send me around the ring candid photos from your cell phone, in the largest size for possible publication in the next issue! Smile for the camera! Hope you have lots of success at the shows around the country, includ- ing the Florida Circuit as well as the fabulous Progressive show in New York City. What an opportunity to see many of the top specials from all over the

country and in some cases from out of the country. Report your exciting news to me here at Top Notch Toys because… inquiring minds want to know. Warm wishes, good health and lots of wins in 2018. Bonnie bonnie@aramediagrp.com 863.738.8848

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G R O U P P L A C I N G

C H A M P I O N TYAVA’ S SUGARFOOT ’ S STRIKE FORCE

GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY AN EXCEPTIONAL EXAMPLE OF OUR BREED WILL ALWAYS EXCEL.

WATCH FOR STRYKER

THANK YOU TO THE JUDGES IN 2017 THAT OFFERED KIND COMPLIMENTS ON STRYKER. WE LOOK FORWARD TO AN EXCITING 2018 .

BRED BY Ava Tyree | TyAva’s Yorkies

OWNED/HANDLED BY Vicki Edwards | Sugarfoot Yorkies

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A riana B R O N Z E G R A N D C H A M P I O N R O S E M E R R Y

N U M B E R F O U R B R E E D *

AOM MTC NAT I ONAL SPEC I ALTY, ORLANDO THANK YOU PAT HAST I NGS SELECT B I TCH , SPACE COAST K .C . , ORLANDO THANK YOU JAME S MOS E S

GROUP 4 ROSEBURG , OREGON THANK YOU R I CHARD LOPASHUK

OUR APPREC I AT I ON TO THE JUDGE S FOR AWARD I NG ROS I E ’ S FUL L DENT I T I ON , CORRECT S I ZE AND SUS PENDED S I DE GATE .

A SPEC I AL THANK YOU TO ANDY L I NTON , HANDL ER , FOR H I S EXPERT I S E .

B R E D & L O V E D B Y : E L I Z A B E T H A N D G A R Y H A I N S | A R I A N A M A N C H E S T E R T E R R I E R S

* T N T B R E E D S T A T S A S O F 1 1 . 3 0 . 1 7

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Tiffany #2 SMOOTH COAT 2017 ** NOHS SMOOTH COAT 2017 * 3 RD YEAR IN A ROW! #1 *AKC NOHS STATS 2017 **TNT BREED STATS AS OF11/30/17 PHOTO COURTESY OF ©ROYAL CANIN,

SHOWSIGHT MAGAZINE & KRISTA DROOP STUDIOS

BIS RBIS MBISS MOHBIS DARTAN DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER AT VIVA P L AT I NUM GR AND CHAMP I ON

BRED BY DARWIN DELANEY & KATHY SAWYER OWNED & EXCLUSIVELY HANDLED BY CECILIA BOZZO T HANK YOU TO A L L T H E J UDGE S WHO MADE 2 0 1 7 OU T S TAND I NG

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CARANE A L Nominated For Top Owner Handler of the Year, 41 Specialties By 8 Different Caraneal Dogs Multiple Group and Specialty Winning

CARANEAL ' S BUGSY MALONE

The Yorkshire Terrier Club of America (New York 2017), Breeder Judge Mickey Feigelson

Yorkshire Terrier Club of Greater New York (New York 2017), Breeder Judge Richard Sedlack

RETIRED AFTER HIS BACK TO BACK SPECIALTY WINS IN NEW YORK 2017. WE ARE TRULY PROUD AND EXCITED THAT HIS DAUGHTER, MI MI HAS CONTINUED WHERE BUGSY LEFT OFF AND THAT BOTH HAVE BEEN INVITED TO WESTMINSTER 2018.

Georgette & Robert Franzoni // Warrenton, Virginia

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CARANE A L

Multiple Best in Specialty and Group Winning

CARANEAL’S IT ’S ALL ABOUT MI MI

The Yorkshire Club of the Nation’s Capital, Judge David Fitzpatrick, Williamsburg, Virginia 2017

YORKSHIRE TERRIER BITCH BREED AND ALL BREED*

*TNT breed & all breed stats as of 11/30/17

Georgette & Robert Franzoni // Warrenton, Virginia

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CARANE A L

Multiple Best in Specialty and Group Winning

CARANEAL’S IT ’S ALL ABOUT MI MI WINNER OF FOUR SPECIALTIES, INCLUDING THE NATIONAL IN WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA.

The Yorkshire Terrier Club of America, Breeder Judge Kathleen Kolbert, Williamsburg, Virginia 2017

BREEDER OWNER HANDLED YORKSHIRE TERRIER**

**AKC NOHS stats as of 12/3/17

Georgette & Robert Franzoni // Warrenton, Virginia

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Owned, Bred & Loved by: Gary & Vicki Stiles

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Va ly r i an s havan e s e g r and c ham p i on

photos by lorraine salem tufts

honor s ro s au r a s b r i an ' s m i l a

" p a s s i on , p r i d e , d e t e rm i na t i on , p r e s e n ta t i on & e xc e l l e nc e "

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grou p p l ac i ng mex i can ame r i can ch Drexe l Dol c e Donat e l a

Donatela

Owner: Charlotte Parrish | Breeders : Adrian Garza & Denise Drexel | Handler: Daron Newcomb

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GCHS ASLETT LAMPLIGHTER PAWS N’ TAILS Vicky BREEDERS: Barbara Beissel & Janet Aslett OWNERS:

Barbara Beissel, Janet Aslett, Mark Benson & James Dillman BarbaraBeissel@aol.com JanetAslett@aol.com BendillSilkyTerriers@juno.com

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see

COQUINA’S ROI SOLEIL BN RA CGCA TKN

Carol and

IN THE SUNSHINE STATE

bred by ARLENE CZECH Toy Breeder of the Year 2015 MARY JO KORPI Breeder of Merit

presented by CAROL RICE PHA

owned by JUDY THOMPSON ARLENE CZECH

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C H I N E S E C R E S T E D S

A C C O M P L I S H E D & E X Q U I S I T E

Ginger y's Wasabi I N T R OD U C I N G OU R 2 8 2 N D C H I N E S E C R E S T E D A KC C H AM P I ON

movement, structu re & type ! AN ELEGANT TRUE HA I RLESS EXCEL L I NG I N

B R E E D E R S K R I S T E N R I D D L E Y A R L E N E B U T T E R K L E E V I C TO R H E L U

H A N D L E R S A R L E N E B U T T E R K L E E V I C TO R H E L U

OWN E R S C I N DY K UM P F B E C K K R I S T E N R I D D L E Y A R L E N E B U T T E R K L E E V I C TO R H E L U

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G I N G E R Y C H I N E S E C R E S T E D S AC C OM P L I S H E D & E XQ U I S I T E W E S T M I N S T E R A N D N AT I O N A L S E L E C T S I LV E R G C H G I N G E R Y ' S H I G H VO LTAG E

Owned by JACQUI DIPIETRO & ARLENE BUTTERKLEE Bred by ARLENE BUTTERKLEE Handled by VICTOR HELU Breeder, Owner Handled by JACQUI DIPIETRO Ellie S H E ' S E L E C T R I C !

WHO APPRECIATE ELLIE’S BREED TYPE AND MOVEMENT. Select at the Regional National in Orlando 3 Group Placements Augusta Weekend Flash Thank you to all the judges

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HANDL ERS : KAREN NEWMAN & L EW OLSON OWNER : J ANNA P . MORGAN BREEDERS : MAX I NE FOX , J ANNA P . MORGAN & LOU A . NOVOSAD , DVM

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Wenrick’s N’ Palaquins They Call Me Mr. Bates MULTIPLE BEST IN SPECIALTY SHOW & GROUP WINNING GCH

THANK YOU RITA HOLLOWAY FOR AWARDING BATES THIS GROUP TWO.

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Oakhurst Spanky SILVER GRAND CHAMPION OAKHURST ’S GOOD MORNING CAPTAIN AMERICA

Owner Handled by MARIBETH MITCHELL BOPP BREEDER OF MERIT 412-310-5499 WE ’D LIKE TO THANK ALL THE JUDGES FOR A WONDERFUL 2017!

*AKC NOHS stats as of 12/14/17 **AKC NOHS stats 2017 ***TNT all breed stats as of 11/30/17 ****AKC GCH stats as of 11/30/17

NOHS * # 1

# 4

# 12

# 7

2017 ALL BREED ***

IN LIFETIME

2017 NOHS **

2017 GRAND CHAMPION ****

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ELVIS CH HUNDERWOOD LOVE ME TENDER Elvis finished with 4 majors. Thank you Judge Mrs. Purkhiser for his first major. Like Father...

Bred by Eric Bernard Owned by Neil Feerrar

Carly finished with 4 majors no singles at the tender age of 9 months old out of the bred by class. Thank you Judge Mr. Rodney Herner. Breeder Owner Handled by MJ Held 1442 Orchard Park Rd. | 716-675-4497 West Seneca, NY 14224 ...Like Daughter CARLY CH SOUTH FORK’S FOREIGN EXCHANGE

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CH SKYLINE ALCHEMY Do you believe in Magic? ROYAL CANIN SHOW ORLANDO, FLORIDA, DECEMBER 2017

WINNER DOG, BEST OF WINNERS, NEW CHAMPION! AKC National Champion Show | Thank You Mr. Edd Embry Bivin

WINNERS DOG, MAJOR WIN Chihuahua Club Of America Thank You Mrs. Houston (Toddie) Clark American Chihuahua Club, Orlando, Florida. Winners Dog, Best of Winners and a New Champion the following day, AKC National Championship Show!

Breeder/Owner/Handler PENNY LYNN TUOMINEN SkylineChihuahuas@gmail.com

THANK YOU Mrs. Houston (Toddie) Clarkfor these exciting awards! Skyline Showdown, Winners Dog, Best of Winners, Major Win! Skyline Alchemy, Winners Dog, Best puppy!

Candid photo ©Teddy’s pic 17

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ZHEN' S DREAM ON G R A N D C H A M P I O N

Flash: October 13 th -14 th , 2017 AOM & BOS CCCN Specialty Select Dog Tri-Star KC

Until Your Dreams D R E A M

C O M E T R U E

Bred by Carol Clouse (Zhen), Amy Thompson & Bill Thompson Owned by Carol Clouse Presented by Terry Smith

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PORTRAIT YORKSHIRE TERRIERS PROUDLY PRESENTS THE AKC ROYAL CANIN NATIONAL YORKSHIRE TERRIER JUNIOR OF THE YEAR C H P O R T R A I T S D O N T G O B R E A K I N M Y H E A R T

ELTON

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

Elton, my bred by is out of CH Coco Chanels Kikispride and GCH Tell Me The Truth Stribren Prani. Watch for him as he rocks the BOB ring in 2018 with his confident, smooth and fluid motion. I want to thank Zack Newton for showing him in Orlando for me. I AM OVER THE MOON... JUDY MARKSBURY | BREEDER OWNER HANDLER | PORTRAIT YORKSHIRE TERRIERS

Lanesville, IN | jamyorkies@aol.com | www.visithappytails.com

Always breeding to the standard healthy beautiful dogs

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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.

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Premium Lists “NYMS” New York Metro Specialties

The Sky Top Ballroom & PennTop Ballroom at New York's Hotel Pennsylvania 18th Floor 401 Seventh Avenue at 33rd Street New York, New York 10001

Saturday and Sunday February 10 & 11, 2018

ENTRIES CLOSE JANUARY 24, 2018 ONOFRIO SUPERINTENDENT SHOW CHAIR VIOLA BURGOS 631-928-4312

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OUTCAST O U T C A S T F O R A L L S E A S O N S GCHB Who’s Love Was Outcast-S

TOP 20 ALL BREED 2016 & 2017* *TNT all breed stats 2016 & as of 11/30/17 Thank You To All The Great Judges In Recognizing Outcast In Breed And In Toy Group.

Group 2 | Judge Carolyn A. Herbel Warren County KC of Ohio | 5.27.17

Group 2 | Judge Fred C. Bassett Macomb KC | 8.20.17

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AKC MEET THE BREEDS® SETS NEW RECORD FOR ATTENDANCE With 165 breed booths vying for the crowd’s attention, MTB Orlando was just one more stellar offering from AKC to its present fanciers and interested prospects. One of the most impressive, heartfelt invitations to the general public from our world, this huge undertaking by AKC never fails to please. Again this year TNT’s owners sponsored the Best Booth Contest, marking parent com- pany AraMedia Group’s entré into the AKCNC weekend with a bow to tradition and a rein- forcement of the brand’s com- mitment to purebred dogs. The incredible work done by AKC in promoting and admin- istrating MEET THE BREEDS® begins early and lasts till the final moments of the show. (AKC also hosts MEET THE BREEDS® at Westminster each February as well.) Toy Breeds represented this year were:

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JUST JUDY’S THOUGHTS

by JUDY THOMPSON, OHA

T he old reliable way of iden- tifying our dogs was to have them wear a collar with an ID tag engraved with con- tact information. Just last week I found a small Yorkie wandering around the neighborhood, and thanks to her col- lar and tag I was able to contact her owner. But for some show dogs this is an issue, as constant wear on the neck can damage coat in that area, so exhibi- tors choose not to have their dogs wear collars on a continual basis. We can easily have our dogs micro- chipped by a veterinarian for a minimal fee, and using a scanner, the owner’s contact information can be displayed. In my opinion, every dog should be micro- chipped. But if a dog without a collar is lost and found by a kind-hearted soul, what are the chances that person will know the dog is chipped? And what are the chances that he or she will take the dog to a facility that has a scanner? Now the AKC, working with an affiliate, has introduced the Link AKC Smart Collar, which employs GPS tracking enabled by a cellular network. I had a chance to see it displayed at the AKC Nationals in Orlando. At first it seemed like a miracle of new technol- ogy, but there are certain downsides to

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consider, including that same issue of coat damage around the neck. The device is convex and about four inches long and a half inch thick. It is attached to a matching latigo leather collar, or you can attach it to your own collar. Sizes vary from extra small (9"- 13" neck) to extra large (20.5"-25" neck). For the extra small size the device has a nylon sleeve and that gets attached to a collar. In my opinion, the device is a bit too large to be comfortably worn by small Toy breeds, and the sleeve didn’t seem very durable.

I was impressed to see that an owner can see a map on their cell phone app which will pinpoint the dog’s location. You can set up designated safe zones and receive an alert if your dog leaves that zone. You can monitor your dog’s daily activity, organize his vet and vac- cination records and set reminders. You can also turn on a remote LED light and set up ambient temperature alerts for when your dog becomes too hot or too cold. That last tool is a wonderful safety feature. I have seen it priced as high as $149 and as low as $99. It requires a service plan with a cost of between $6.95 to $9.95 a month. Do you have multiple dogs? In that case it can get pretty pricey. Plus, each device needs to be charged, just as you need to charge all your other devices. Is there a less expensive way to use GPS tracking for your dog? Though it is meant for finding lost phones, wallets, purses or keys, I have seen folks attach

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loss of show coat around the ruff. When out for exercise, they wear a martingale collar, nylon and chain, which is always attached to a leather six foot lead and has an ID tag. I never have to clip or unclip, it can just be spread over the head. It tightens just enough to pre- vent the dog from slipping his lead, but unlike a choke collar, it can never get too tight if properly sized. At a confor- mation show, I take them out for exer- cise in that collar and lead, and then I switch to a show lead, which I use only in the ring. Beads or knots are helpful in that lead so that the thin, slippery lead is easier to hold onto. In an Obedience ring, they wear a buckle collar and a six-foot lead. Tags are not permitted, so I purchased col- lars embroidered with ID information. In classes in which the dog works off lead, you just never know when a dog will decide to run out of the ring, and I surely want him to have my contact information at all times when we are away from home at a show venue. During therapy visits a four foot lead is mandated for my therapy dog. For my organization, a heart-shaped tag must be worn during visits in order for insur- ance coverage to be activated, but this tag may not be worn at any other time. So yet one more collar and lead combi- nation is hanging with the others. Finally, don’t get me started on those odious retractable leads. I’ve seen too many dogs take off at a gallop, and then when they reach the end of their wire they get that unexpected painful jerk on their neck. They don’t provide enough control over a lunging dog, and for that reason are not permitted at AKC venues.

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the TrackR to their dog’s collar. A free app uses Bluetooth technology and then can set off a ringing tone. With the app running in the background, you can see on a map where and when you last had possession of the missing item (or dog?). Yet the range is no more than 100 feet, so in most instances you will need to rely on the network of other TrackR owners. You receive a private notifica- tion when a TrackR app user passes by your lost item (or dog!). The cost ranges from about $75 to $90. Batteries need to be changed, which some users say was difficult to do.

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JUDGING THE JAPANESE CHIN

carrying those measurements, but for some reason, they don’t move to type nor do they come close to that image of delicate poise and squareness that is the ideal form that is in a judge’s minds eye. A good visual artist will tell you that balance doesn’t only mean equal amounts on either side or top and bot- tom, but also refers to the way in which the elements of how the pieces are arranged and fit together to produce by RICHARD CAMACHO

I t is not my purpose in this article to requote, restate or reinterpret the AKC standard for the Japa- nese Chin. There are numerous good commentaries already out there with that intent. My objective, succeed or fail, is to highlight the need for aspir- ing judges to first and foremost see bal- ance, type and general appearance as it is of the utmost importance when judging this wonderful breed and to

to breed type. You see, balance is also a state of mind. The other pitfall that judges some- times stumble into is the over empha- sis of the head piece in the big picture. This dog has been given the title “head breed” and rightly so. It is certainly a joy to behold an attractive head. Large and square with a slightly rounded skull. Lustrous eyes looking astonished with small areas of white in the corners.

stress how important it is for judges to develop true and impartial skills of observation. Judging the Chin, and indeed any breed is an art form tempered by accu- rate observation, the abil- ity to weigh up the good and the bad and the pos- session of a clear, ideal image of what you are looking for. You can read and memorize the stan- dard until you are blue in the face but this will not help you assess the dog in front of you unless you strive to develop the abil- ity to consider the animal as a whole and not as a number of separate parts. It is in fact entirely possi- ble for a dog to score quite well on individual charac- teristics (short in back and muzzle, broad in head,

Muzzle wide, short and well cushioned, form- ing the bottom portion of the number “3” when viewed in profile and small V shaped ears, set high and wide, carried slightly forward. Keep in mind however that no matter how attractive the head, it cannot move jauntily aroud the ring on its own. We do not want the Chin to suffer the fate of other breeds whose overall integrity has suffered in the quest for the ideal head. The Chin is the truly balanced, yin/yang of the dog world. In all regards it should be a harmonious interplay of forces…delicacy with substance…gentleness with liveliness. A dog who is calm and serene

“JUDGING THE CHIN, AND INDEED ANY

BREED IS AN ART FORM TEMPERED BY ACCURATE OBSERVATION, THE ABILITY TO WEIGH UP THE GOOD AND THE BAD AND THE POSSESSION OF A CLEAR, IDEAL IMAGE OF WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR.”

light stylish and straight in movement, silky straight coat, good tail carriage etc.) and yet still not be balanced nor come close to that ideal mental picture that should be in a judge’s head. Ask a Japanese Chin judge what “balanced” means and he is likely to tell you that the length of the dog from the pro-sternum to the buttock bone be equal to the height of the dog from the withers to the ground. Correct, but this is not the full picture. There are many dogs in the show ring today

an over all harmony. So too, the square construction of our beautiful Chin. A truly balanced dog is a graceful combination of dynamics and propor- tion…the length of the back, length of the upper arm, depth of chest in rela- tion to the elbow, shoulder lay back (40- 45 degrees) head size, substance and tilt of the pelvic bone to name just a few. Then there is the “X factor”. That intelligent aristocratic yet playful atti- tude that permits the elements to gel, allowing the dog to move correctly and

but has the expression that tells you he is ready for a game should the occasion arise. If all this seems too much, then remember this is the challenge a good and sincere judge takes up. He or she spends many hours training his or her eye to develop the skill of true observa- tion. So the next time you are watching our breed in the ring, open your mind as well as your eyes, think of the words… balance harmony..and train yourself to see what is really there.

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DON’T PRE-JUDGE THE JUDGE! BY SCOTT TONEY, Midwood Japanese Chin

A friend, who is a 30–plus year exhibitor in the Non– Sporting Group, recently shared a story with me that validated my own beliefs and spurred me to action to write this article. Many years ago he felt the need to bring “new blood” into his breeding program and

all–rounder is qualified to judge their breed whether at an all–breed show or a specialty. Or, if their dog loses while showing to an all–rounder, they ascribe the loss to “generic judging” or the judge, not understanding breed type. I couldn’t disagree more with this mindset!

their opinion as to what is the perfect specimen. Contrast that to an all–round judge who has an excellent knowledge of canine structure, a keen mind for attention to detail, and an eye for propor- tion, balance and beauty; a judge who has thoroughly absorbed the standard, been mentored by a variety of knowl-

was looking for a male that had the pedigree and conformation to complement his own line. To make his task even more daunt- ing, he wanted to find a young dog not only meeting these criteria, but also one with the potential to be a top special. Most of us know this is easier said than done! He enlisted sev- eral of his most trusted friends, including some judges, to keep their eyes open for him. About a year later, an AKC judge who was not even approved to judge his breed, found the perfect dog in a junior class while judging in Europe. Long story short; intro- ductions were made, my friend bought the dog and it did indeed go on to have a very long and successful career as a stud and show dog including multiple best–in–show wins. To some of you, this may not be an unusual story, and perhaps, you can relate to it through your own experiences. But, there are many long–time breeder– exhibitors who subscribe to the

edgeable and objec- tive breeders and has a love for your breed despite not breeding them. Who then is bet- ter qualified to judge your exhibit? To be clear, we are blessed to have a large num- ber of competent and passionate breeder– judges present at every AKC show. It’s always a special feeling to have your dog judged by an expert who has been hands–on with your breed from mat- ing through maturity. It’s a given that we should continue to hire, show to and learn from them. But, don’t discount the all–breed judge who excels at his or her job! A brilliant judge is a brilliant judge regardless of their breed background.

notion that only a breeder–judge could have found this exceptional example of “their” breed. Relating all of the above to the conformation ring and the judge hiring process gives us the opportu- nity to examine the value of hiring an all–breed judge (or all–rounder) to adjudicate our specific breeds. Many times I’ve heard show or breed club members insist that there is no way an

“It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view.” – George Eliot. While there are indeed many respected breeder–judges, there are also breeder–judges whose interpreta- tion and vision of the standard is biased by their own breeding program. Some- times their home–bred dogs with incor- rect characteristics are what inform

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NATIONAL RESCUE Celebrating 20 years by MARY ELIZABETH DUGMORE, PATRICIA KUSHNIR AND HANNELIE VERMEULEN YORKSHIRE TERRIER

I n 1997, Mary- Elizabeth Dug- more founded Yorkshire Ter- rier National Rescue (YTNR). She started it per the request of the Yorkshire Terrier

dogs, or dogs post dental, leg and other general surgeries, (e.g. Corrine, Paula, Patti, MaryElizabeth), with dogs pre- and post- liver shunt surgery, (e.g. Mary- Elizabeth and Barbara), dogs in tracheal collapse (e.g. Corrine, MaryElizabeth, and Marge) and in hospice (Corrine). MaryElizabeth is also mentoring oth- er volunteers on how to care for liver shunt dogs. We rely on donations and grants to support the care of the dogs we take in. We have a few monthly donors, other kind hearts who help out during times of special needs, we have Jackie and her team of volunteers, who raise thou- sands of dollars a year for the care of our precious little pups and Corrine’s dog- gie clothing line which helps line our pockets. We are also supported by Life- Line4Paws in many of our major surger- ies and by local veterinarians across the US who work with us to ease pain and discomfort. However, we have limited money and limited grants for what we do and are always in need—but never say no to a doggie in need.

Our website posts information about how to deal with some of the ailments particular to Yorkies, such as liver shunt, collapsing trachea, Legg-Perthes and Yorkie encephalitis. It also shows off our available Yorkies and showcases some happy endings. In our chat room we give each other advice with issues our dogs and we ourselves deal with, or share new information we come across. We have volunteers who do the heartbreaking trips to bail dogs out of kill shelters (e.g. Corrine, Marge, Patti, Paula, Jackie), volunteers who transport them to areas where we have fosters (Patti, Marge, Adriana, Corrine, Jackie, Suzanne, MaryElizabeth) and we even have a volunteer who at times can help us fly an ill dog to where it can receive care (Eva). And then of course, we have skillful volunteers who take in little dogs and help socialize them, potty train them, work with their skin issues and get them to a healthy weight—all to give them a second chance. But most of all, we have amazing adoptive parents that track down our lovely little angels,

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Club of America, but it became so big, she was asked to take it private. Now, 20 years later and 4,000 plus little dogs re- homed, MaryElizabeth, (our YTNR pres- ident), the YTNR Board, the state direc- tors, the volunteers and our donors, are still rescuing, treating, sponsoring and finding forever homes for dogs in need. YTNR, a 501c(3), is more than a rescue group. It’s a group that brought together people with big hearts, differ- ent skills and wonderful qualities, from across the country—with the mission to find every little dog the best pos- sible home. Foster providers like Cor- rine have fostered more than 200, Paula more than 150 and Marge more than a 100 Yorkshire Terriers over the years. Board members like Corrine, Julie and Ronnie have provided continuity for the majority of the 20 years and Linda for all 20 years. MaryElizabeth, our volun- teers and foster parents, work wonders with dogs they take in from shelters, as owner surrenders, from puppy mills, as lost—and often as neglected and in need of medical care. We have skilled fosters who work with special needs

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“BECAUSE ONE WOMAN HAD A VISION, A COMMUNITY CAME TOGETHER AND SPREAD THEIR LOVE.”

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fall in love with them on the internet, get in contact with YTNR and eventu- ally, after an application, a home and reference check, adopt them and allow them to live out their lives in comfort and happiness. We also have a few fos- ter failures (e.g. Paula, Patti, Corrine, MaryElizabeth, Jackie), who loved too much to let go... And several others, who shall stay unnamed, who also failed Fostering 101. Our Yorkies are never first come first serve. We work to make the best pos- sible match, taking into consideration age, health, attitude, size and adaptabil- ity, to the circumstances of someone in love with them. When we take in a Yorkie, we promise each little dog a forever family. All our dogs are micro- chipped to YTNR for life—so we are able to find them and take care of them again, should anything ever happen to them, their human parents, or if their parents cannot be found when they get lost. A few years ago, on a cold winter night, a sweet little dog was found by a Good Samaritan on the edge of a small town. Wet, shaking and shivering, but with her YTNR chip, no one in the area, no local vet, or local Humane Society, knew her, or was able to track down her parents. Sunshines’ old address and phone number on file with YTNR, were no longer current. We rescued her a sec- ond time with open arms and treated her medical concerns. Now, a few years later, she still lives like a little queen, with her mommy and daddy (Lisa and Ron) who spoil her like the royalty she was born to be. We have so many success stories, of lives changed, for both animals and people (Who rescued who?) and we keep counting—one at a time.

Twenty years ago, MaryElizabeth had vision, a dream—and with hard work and dedication, she succeeded to bring together this community we call York- shire Terrier National Rescue. Over the years we have grown and changed and we keep growing and changing. Today we stay connected in our chat room, on Facebook and through a lovely news- letter put together by MaryElizabeth, Amalia, Michele and all the volunteers who write articles for us. We share lively conversations over the phone, by text and on e-mail. We rescue togeth- er, support each other, cry together, mourn together, laugh together and celebrate together. We also have a small boutique, with amazing Yorkie couture, designed and made by our inhouse designer and tai- lor, Corrine—to doll up our dogs, as well as provide practical options, such as princess pants and belly bands. Of course we also sell lovely human t-shirts with our logo and a few other specialty items. The income thereof help support the care of our dogs. September 7-10, 2017, we celebrated our 20th anniversary. Some of us were together in person in Nashville, oth- ers were there in spirit. Some Yorkies joined in to mark the festivities and to strut their stuff in an informal fashion parade, others were at home waiting for their families to return. Many more looked upon us from across the rainbow bridge, knowing that they will always be family, always loved and never for- gotten. All of that because one woman had a vision, a community came togeth- er and spread their love. Thank you MaryElizabeth and thank you YTNR. In closing, Happy Anniversary to Yorkshire Terrier National Rescue and

a profound thank you to its leaders and supporters, for 20 years of dedicated and life saving service! BACKGROUND AND HISTORY OF SMOKY AND THE SMOKY AWARDS Smoky was a four

pound Yorkie who was found in an abandoned jungle foxhole in New Guinea in early 1944 by a soldier whose jeep

had stalled in the jungle. The next day the Yorkie was sold for two Australian pounds ($6.44) to 20 year old Private First Class Bill Wynne. Bill and Smoky flew combat missions and went through many air raids together. She lived on rugged army tropical food including at times C and K rations, while they served 18 months straight in combat. They traveled 40,000 miles overseas. One of the highlights of the York- shire Terrier National Rescue Annual Gathering is the announcement of the winners of the yearly Smoky Awards. All our rescues are special and we like to acknowledge them and their rescue stories. All rescues adopted between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017 were eli- gible for nomination. Since new people have joined our great group since the last time, it might be fitting to retell the story of who the Smoky of the “Smoky Award” is. We turned to Bill Wynne whose heart was stolen over 60 years ago by his four- pound Yorkie, Smoky—his angel in a foxhole. When YTNR was planning its very first rescue Ball in 1999, the first thing that came to mind was creating a spe- cial award for the Yorkie Rescue of

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