Top Notch Toys April 2018

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*TNT all breed stats as of 2/28/18

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TNT TOPNOTCHTOYS APRIL 2018 • VOLUME XXXIV, NUMBER TWO

AJ ARAPOVIC President aj@aramediagrp.com Office 512-686-3466 ext 102 Cellular 512-541-8128 HANIFA ARAPOVIC Vice President hanifa@aramediagrp.com michael@aramediagrp.com 512-686-3466 extension 101 SAMANTHA ADKINS Production Co-Ordinator Advertiser Relations samantha@aramediagrp.com 512-686-3466 ext 103 MAILING ADDRESS PO BOX 18567, TAMPA FL 33679 512-686-3466 ext 104 Cellular 512-541-8687 MICHAEL R. VERAS Chief Operating Officer

TABLE OF CONTENTS 2 COVER STORY Hunter Lehman Front Cover.indd 1

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8 THIS MONTH IN TOP NOTCH TOYS 10 FROM THE EXECUTIVE EDITOR EMERITUS Joseph Neil McGinnis III 24 TOY TALK Bonnie Guggenheim 42 TOY BOX Candids of our Canine Pals 46 PROGRESSIVE DOG CLUB by Scott Toney 50 SURVEY SAYS 52 NEW FROM AKC: TRICK DOG TITLE! 58 AROUND THE RINGS AT THE CELTIC CLASSIC by The Winning Image 60 MALTESE TIPS from the American Maltese Association 63 MALTESE HEALTH by Vicki Fierheller 64 MALTESE HISTORY by Denise Hunter and Tammy Simon 66 MALTESE CLUB OF ENGLAND FUN DAY by Pam Armstrong 68 MALTESE STANDARD courtesy AKC

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

70 TNT TOP TWENTY TOYS 71 TNT ALL-BREED SYSTEM 72 TNT BREED SYSTEM 72 NATIONAL OWNER HANDLED SYSTEM TOP TOYS 73 ADVERTISING & SUBSCRIPTION RATES 74 INDEX TO ADVERTISERS

DANIEL@ARAMEDIAGRP.COM _______________________________ EXECUTIVE EDITOR EMERITUS since Volume 1, Number 1 Chief Media Consultant JOSEPH NEIL McGINNIS III EDITOR@ARAMEDIAGRP.COM _______________________________

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bimmer AKC National Championship BOV 2017 | Multiple BISS | Group Winning and Placing 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

“There are no speed limits

on the road to success”

top 10 All-Breed*

Bred, Owned & Loved by Tina & Bill Bregman, OneLove Chihuahuas

*TNT ALL BREED STATS 2/28/18

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TOPNOTCHTOYS FROM THE EXECUTIVE EDITOR EMERITUS

Joseph Neil McGinnis III

The Importance of the Judges Institutes, Seminars & Workshops, and other stops this month

It seems like only yesterday that I turned 65. Oh wait— it WAS only yesterday that I turned 65 . Well, I don’t know how you spent—or plan to spend—that landmark day, but I spent it, and the four before, in a classroom with people much like you and me. A hot topic this month, and not just among judges, is the new judging approval system which kicked into effect 1/1. Although many changes were adopted, many remained the same, one being the educational opportunities available to prospective judges. They are in the form of Institutes, Seminars and Workshops. All are extremely valuable to the people who will give out ribbons, the canines we hope to receive them, and the breeding programs they’ll affect. I had the pleasure of attending a Toy breeds series in Raleigh on the Tarheel Circuit and found it to range from ill- luminating to entertaining. I did not feel that one second of my time was wasted, which is a tribute to the presenters and to the promoters. I have to send a huge congratulations and thanks to the North Carolina Triangle Area Judges Education Group, and especially Celeste Gonzalez (above in photo with yours truly by Lynda Wozniak) for a truly well-run and successful undertaking. As editor/publisher of dog magazines for 35 years, I’ve gotten to watch this facet of the fancy all through its infancy and development into the powerhouse tool we use today. But one of the things I’ve heard quite often, not just with Toys but in all breeds, is that on occasion parent clubs are less than coopera- tive with sponsoring groups. Providing materials and manpower by which to instruct the people to whom we’re entrusting our dogs’ rep- utations and our breeds’ future seems to me a primary responsibility of a Club. My hat is off to those whose hard work and dedication I was lucky enough to witness. We’re going to be addressing this sub- ject more in the months to come. In the month that just passed I enjoyed a whirlwind of doggie activity. My first stop after the Garden was a Garden of another type: Garden City Kansas KC. Hosted in the middle of the Plains, GCKC is testimony to the dedication of its members; the club is small and the city for which its named is but twenty-seven thousand people—and the closest major city is Wichita, over two-hundred miles away—yet each year their three-day cluster is a success. Numbers aren’t huge although I was surprised to see thirty-one Boxers and twenty-eight Rhodesian Ridgebacks, but all judges agreed that the entry reflected quality if not quantity. In Toys, Papillons outflanked all other entries. Educational opportunities for exhibitors and spectators were availble as well, including a discussion of Canine Terminology moderated by a panel of the event’s judges. Show Chair Odebt Massey, also a noted artist in addition to being a successful long-term breeder, pictured above right with AKC Rep Diana Wilson (on left in photo by yours truly), is justly proud of her club and her team which includes her husband Bill, a noted musician and excellent steward. From Garden City I was off to West Palm, where the two-day KC of the Palm Beaches shows always have a great group of people in

and around the rings. And I mean great. I want to share with you this following, heartwarm- ing, anecdote which says so much: At some point at these

shows I cut my hand but did not notice until I’d bled on my own jacket. When I discovered it, it seemed way too late to do anything so I just went about my day. A well-known han- dler noticed, then grabbed me and said “Don’t go far, I’ll be right back.” She then proceeded to her motorhome, got a bottle of peroxide, and removed the stain. What an incredibly kind thing to do. Thank you, Vanessa, for another example of the caring nature of peo- ple in this sport. > to page 18

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RANKED # 3 CAVALIER *

BISS, Multiple Toy Group Winner GCHS CHWynDancer Silver Lining

Ms. Shalisa Neely | GROUP 2 Santa Clara KC

Mrs. Ann Bolus | GROUP 3 Golden Gate KC * TNT breed stats as of 02/28/18

Mrs. Shelly Hennessy | GROUP 1 Oregon Trail KC

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BISS, Multiple Toy Group Winner GCHS CHWynDancer Silver Lining

Thank you Mr. Desmond Murphy for Best In Specialty and to the many judges who have honored Cooper. BEST IN SPECIALTY WINNER

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

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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

FOLLOWING DECADES-LONG TRADITION OF BIS AND GROUP-WINNING FULL-FACED POWDERPUFFS... THANK YOU TO ALL THE OWNERS AND JUDGES WHO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT OUR POWDERPUFFS Bred by ARLENE BUTTERKLEE & VICTOR HELU A N O T H E R S T A R I S B O R N ! Moche WITH AMANDA

Dancer BISS, WESTMINSTER AOM, & GROUP WINNING

Handled by AMANDA ROOP

Diva WESTMINSTER AOM AND GROUP PLACING

WESTMINSTER AOM, & GROUP WINNING Dadir Map le

1 ST WESTMINSTER BOB, FIRST PUFF AKC BIS, 2X NATIONAL WINNING

Cheesecake BIS, WESTMINSTER AOM, NATIONAL BOS

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We were very honored that JUdge Bradley odagiri recognized lucky exclusively handled by Victor Helu

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introducing

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SECOND MAJOR!

Puget Sound Shih Tzu Fanciers Specialty Thank you judge Marissa Clark. Winners Bitch, Best of Winners and Best Puppy! First show a major! Thank you judge Larry Abbott

Bred, owned & loved by Linda Davi & Mark Iseki

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Bred & Owned by: Linda Davi & Tammy Lodien

Handled by: Tammy Lodien

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TOPNOTCHTOYS FROM THE EXECUTIVE EDITOR EMERITUS continued from page 10

After Palm Beach it was off to Louisville for the blockbuster Kentuckiana Cluster which for years has reigned as one of the nation’s largest. Many Specialties—including several Nationals— accompany the five-day marathon and the entries are huge by any measure. The Toy Breeds had over four-hundred entries each day and Poms, with 61, topped the Group Five tally at the all-breed shows follow- ing their own seven-day national earli- er that week, the entry at which hit 338! The competition was, indeed, stag- gering; there were more magnificent Toys on hand than you could shake a squeakie at. Cluster Chair David Johnson (far right) and co-chairs Melinda Lyon & Cindy Lane-Smith went all out again this year to provide a cal- endar of events that rivals all others. And again this year the Itty Bitty Plush Dog class for “handlers” five and under was a crowd pleaser; to see these future fanciers being included is a thrill and we at TNT applaud all clubs that provide this exposure to our kids. Among the many wonderful things that took place in Louisville was the chance to see my friend Thomas Curley, above left (Photo by Joanna). Canadian reisdents Thomas and his wife Dianne Bell have been successful handlers and valued members of our sport for many years. Thomas recently had a bout of illness which cost him his left leg. In typical Thomas fashion, he’s back in the ring and showing his great spirit and sense of humor in the photo and the decoration on his new appendage. We wish him (and them) continued best of everything and thank them for years of dedication and respected work. And then, finally, it was the shows in Raleigh, home to AKC and the leg- endary Tarheel Circuit which was also home to the Seminars and Workshops I mentioned earlier. And I also men- tioned that the last day of “school” was also my sixty-fifth birthday. Well, word got around and three friends serenaded me in the cafeteria by singing “Happy Birthday.” (They were joined by people at adjoining tables.) Thank you Karin B. Erichsen Ashe Dr. Kenneth H,

Levison, and Judy Brown, pictured at right. To have these three esteemed judges do that for me was touching to say the least. But wait:

Later in the day, Celeste Gonzalez, supremely quali- fied and capable Chair of the Seminars and Workshops held by the NC Triangle Area Judges Education Group, co-spon- sored by the participating Tarheel Cluster dog clubs, during a break, announced to the crowd about my little event and the ENTIRE GATHERING sang to me. I was, indeed, humbled and quite moved. No photo of that, unfortunately, but it's forever ingrained in my memory. Next stop: who knows? Each weekend there is something wonderful hap- pening in the sport of dogs. I hope to see you soon at one or all of these events, and of course next month here in the pages of TNT. Till then, remember...He Who Lives with the most Toys Wins!

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Mclaren FONTECHIA MCLAREN DEW TELL ME A TALE Grand Champion

A PICTURE TELLS

A THOUSAND TALES

AKC REGISTERED HANDLER BarbaraBeissel@aol.com

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GRAND CHAMPION FONTECHIA MCLAREN DEW TELL ME A TALE TELLING TALES

Group 3, Fort Lauderdale Dog Club Thank you Dr. Troy Clifford Dargin

OWNER/BREEDER Jody Roberts uptik18@yahoo.com

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Petite Maltese “ Josh ” Petite-TiAmo Dream Lover

Handled & loved by Eric Wilcox Bred & loved by Lucille Bardack & Mary Ann Paul Owned by Lucille Bardack

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Celebrating the life and legacy of Mary Ann Paul

“ Josh ”

Petite-TiAmo Dream Lover

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ETCETERA

by BONNIE GUGGENHEIM TNT Advertising Director & Associate Editor

M ost show dogs do not have a wealthy per- son behind them, but instead a dedicated owner who is either an owner handler or has a job that makes it possible to pay professional handlers and photogra- phers. I’m asked all the time how to find a backer but as a rule financial backers are interested in proven top winning dogs or those with the obvious poten- tial to be a big winner on a national or international level. Travel expenses, handling fees and entries total a cost to campaign a top special more than what the average person would earn in a year. It goes up from there and if you really want a

big winner you need to have your dog shown in 150 to 200 shows a year. You must have a dog with winning poten- tial and the stamina to compete on cir- cuits at the biggest and longest running shows in the country. It is more difficult with Toy dogs since they have a more difficult time holding up under stress, but it can be done. Proper care, han- dling and feeding are imperative. A well planned campaign will be for two years with the first year a starter year and the second aiming for the top. Handlers’ expenses include grooming, entries, travel, veterinary care and often include the cost of vans, motor homes, air travel and miscellaneous expenses. Sponsors are well aware of the cost and

nearly always work with some type of contract agreed upon by owners, back- ers and handlers. Trust is an important part of any arrangement and critical to the success of developing or creating a top winner. Looking at sponsors of top winning specials in all breeds, it seems most of them have strong connections with pro- fessional handlers who have had earlier success with dogs they either bred, owned or simply discovered watching them in the ring. Every dog person loves seeing a fabulous entry going around the ring and on occasion they want to be a part of making that particular dog number one and they enjoy looking at a beautifully put together animal. Remember you need to have the dog out and winning where potential back- ers will see it, you need to know the dog has a show temperament and then you hope that elusive backer will be looking at your dog. Few sponsors are seen in win photos—they go to shows to relax, watch their dog win and visit with friends. Maybe they will find your dog! I hope you win lots and place your ads in Top Notch Toys Magazine , we are National, the only all Toy magazine and we mail to every judge that will touch your Toy dog! Give us the opportunity to create a stunning and memorable ad that will promote your dog to all the right people. Let me know about the exciting wins you have had—inquiring minds want to know! Check out our awesome new website and opportuni- ties available to promote your dog! Call, text or email me. Bonnie bonnie@aramediagrp.com 863.738.8848

“YOU MUST HAVE A DOG WITH WINNING POTENTIAL AND THE STAMINA TO COMPETE ON CIRCUITS AT THE BIGGEST AND LONGEST RUNNING SHOWS IN THE COUNTRY.”

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BEST IN SHOW RBIS MISS MOHBIS

PLATINUM GRAND CHAMPION DARTAN DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER AT VIVA

BRED BY DARWIN DELANEY & KATHY SAWYER OWNED & EXCLUSIVELY HANDLED BY CECI L IA BOZZO

© STEVE SURFMAN

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Introducing our newest Champion... CH BallOFur's S AV E A HO R S E R I D E A COWB OY

Finishes in limited showing, handled by breeder/ owner Aly Bell.

Rider

bred by Aly Bell www.ballofurpoms.com Gail Bertrand www.reigningpoms.com presented by Aly Bell 832-562-0053

©Photos by Miguel

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N E W C H A M P I O N CH ISTA'S KISS ME KATE

Katie

Katie is a special little girl and is the first champion for her Father GCH Ista's Southern Gentleman. She is also the first CH for her mom CH Ista's Kiss My Ashley. Thank you to all the judges who helped finish this beautiful little girl. (Mr. Don Sutton pictured) Katie is enjoying life with Roxanne and being spoiled rotten.

BRED/OWNED/HANDLED BY GREGORY LARSON . ISTALARSON@AOL.COM . 612-791-5577 ALSO HANDLED BY BETH GRAY . OWNED BY ROXANNE MARSHBURN, MAPLE HILL, NC

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NOR’EAST T O Y D O G C L U S T E R “Come Play in our Toy Box” N E W S I T E - A I R C O N D I T I O N E D – P AV E D P A R K I N G S P O R T S T U R F F L O O R I N G I N A L L R I N G S

F O U R S H O W S & T R I A L S I N T H R E E D A Y S WIDE WORLD OF INDOOR SPORTS | 1 610 DAV I SV I LLE ROAD , NORTH K INGSTOWN , R I

CLASSIC TOY DOG CLUB OF WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS, INC. Friday morning and Saturday, May 25 & 26, 2018

TOWN & COUNTRY TOY DOG CLUB OF EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS, INC. Friday afternoon and Sunday, May 25 & 27, 2018

Italian Greyhound Club of America, Bay Colony Pomeranian Club and Patriot Pug Dog Club will consider the classes on Saturday as their specialties. Supported entry for Italian Greyhounds on Sunday. Supported entries for Chihuahuas, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Havanese, Min Pins, Papillons, Pomeranians & Pugs all 4 shows. Hudson Valley Chihuahua Club independent specialty & sweepstakes on Saturday evening. Judge: Carol P. Smith Yankee Miniature Pinscher Club independent specialty on Saturday evening. Judge: Marge B. Calltharp Yankee Miniature Pinscher Club All-Toy Rally Trial on Saturday evening. Judge: Ms. Donna J. Blews-Pappas NATIONAL OWNER-HANDLED SERIES (NOHS) & 4-6 MONTH PUPPY COMPETITION Saturday and Sunday, May 26 & 27, 2018

BREED OR CLASS

FRIDAY AM

FRIDAY PM *Juliann Bitter Not Offered Not Offered Dianne Tyree *Juliann Bitter

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

Toy Group

Thomas E. Daniels

*Sandra Bingham-Porter *Richard Camacho

National Owner-Handled Group (NOHS)

Not Offered

Dianne Tyree Not Offered

Carol P. Smith

Toy Puppy Group

Stephanie Abraham

Dennis J. Gunsher

Toy Bred By Exhibitor Group

Not Offered

Adam Stafford King

Not Offered

Affenpinschers Brussels Griffons

Thomas E. Daniels Thomas E. Daniels Stephanie Abraham Thomas E. Daniels Thomas E. Daniels

*Jan Stachurski

*Richard Camacho *Richard Camacho

*Jerrilin Lois Naylor

Sandra Bingham-Porter

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

Juliann Bitter Juliann Bitter Juliann Bitter *Juliann Bitter Juliann Bitter Juliann Bitter *Juliann Bitter *Juliann Bitter Not Offered

*Sandra Bingham-Porter Richard Camacho

Chihuahuas (Long) Chihuahuas (Smooth)

Sandra Bingham-Porter Sandra Bingham-Porter

*Richard Camacho *Richard Camacho *Richard Camacho

Chinese Cresteds

*Yancy Russell

*Marge B. Calltharp

English Toy Spaniels (Blenheim & Prince Charles) Thomas E. Daniels

*Sandra Bingham-Porter Richard Camacho *Sandra Bingham-Porter Richard Camacho

English Toy Spaniels (King Charles & Ruby)

Thomas E. Daniels Thomas E. Daniels

Havanese

*Adam Stafford King *Marge B. Calltharp

Richard Camacho

Italian Greyhounds

*Jane Snider Not Offered

Carol P. Smith Not Offered

Italian Greyhound Sweepstakes

Karen Mantie

Japanese Chin

Tammy K. Jackson Thomas E. Daniels Thomas E. Daniels

Thomas E. Daniels

*Sandra Bingham-Porter Richard Camacho

Maltese

*Juliann Bitter *Juliann Bitter

Sandra Bingham-Porter

Richard Camacho

Manchester Terriers (Toy)

*Sandra Bingham-Porter Richard Camacho *Sandra Bingham-Porter *Richard Camacho

Miniature Pinschers

*Jane Snider Jane Snider

*Jerrilin Lois Naylor Jerrilin Lois Naylor

Papillons Pekingese

*Marge B. Calltharp

*Carol P. Smith

Thomas E. Daniels

*Juliann Bitter

*Sandra Bingham-Porter *Carol P. Smith

Pomeranians

*Jane Snider Not Offered

*Jerrilin Lois Naylor

Jan Stachurski Dianne Tyree

Carol P. Smith Not Offered

Pomeranian Sweepstakes

Not Offered *Mark Threlfall *Mark Threlfall

Poodles (Toy)

*Dennis J. Gunsher

*Sandra Bingham-Porter Richard Camacho

Pugs

*Dianne Tyree

*Jan Stachurski

*Carol P. Smith Dennis Gunsher

Pug Sweepstakes

Jane Snider

Jerrilin Lois Naylor *Juliann Bitter Juliann Bitter *Mark Threlfall *Juliann Bitter Not Offered *Dianne Tyree Lynda S. Moore Lynda S. Moore Lynda S. Moore

Adam Stafford King

Shih Tzu

Thomas E. Daniels Thomas E. Daniels Thomas E. Daniels Thomas E. Daniels

*Sandra Bingham-Porter Richard Camacho *Sandra Bingham-Porter Richard Camacho *Sandra Bingham-Porter *Richard Camacho *Sandra Bingham-Porter Richard Camacho

Silky Terriers

Toy Fox Terriers Yorkshire Terriers

4-6 Month Puppy Junior Showmanship

Not Offered

Jan Stachurski

Carol P. Smith

Stephanie Abraham

Sandra Bingham-Porter

Richard Camacho

All Novice Obedience Classes

Lynda S. Moore Lynda S. Moore Lynda S. Moore

*Dr. Karen Tucker

Karen Wrey Karen Wrey Karen Wrey

All Obedience Classes Except Novice

Karen Wrey Karen Wrey

Rally

*= Permit Judge

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

Agility

*Frank Gilmer

*Jeffrey Boyer

*Jeffrey Boyer

For premium lists contact: Tom Baldwin | PO Box 243, Ludlow, MA 01056 | toydogclub@aol.com

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GCH MARCH-ON BUDDHA AND THE CHOCOLATE BOX

Reserve Best in Show, Best in Show & Best in Specialty Show Winning

BACK-TO-BACK GROUP ONES WERE AWARDED BY MR. WILLIAM H. RUSSELL & MRS. LINDA HURLEBAUS. Sincere thanks to these judges for a great weekend. BREEDER/OWNERS Christine Smith & Dan Bayless Number Two Sidd OWNERS/HANDLERS Larry & Penny Dewey Sidd & Larry are pictured receiving RESERVE BEST IN SHOW FROM MR. KENNETH A. BUXTON Miniature Pinscher All Breed *

*TNT all breed stats as of 2/28/18

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Bennie C H . C H A C A ' S B E N B R E A K ' N B A D C H . G A L A X Y C R Y S T A L J O H N N Y D E P P x C H . C H A C A ’ S M U S T L U V R I T Z Y F L A R E B r e e d e r O w n e r H a n d l e r C a t h y B a i l e y , c b i n d i a n a @ a o l . c o m

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C H K I B E T ’ S M A G I C M O M E N T @ W H I R L W I N D S Magic

Owned by Shelby Stevens, Frank Larrieu & Karen Bordelon

THANK YOU to all the judges who appreciated their qualities.

M A G I C & W I L L I A M F I N I S H O N E D AY A P A R T D U R I N G T H E T O U G H F L O R I D A C I R C U I T

S I R E O F B O T H D O G S : M U L T I C H , A K C G C H H U N D E R W O O D H E A V E N S E N T

C H WH I R LW I N D S H E I R A P P A R E N T Owned/Bred by Frank Larrieu William

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MULTIPLE BEST IN SPECIALTY SHOW & GROUP WINNING Bates Gr oup One LOUISVILLE KENTUCKY THANK YOU CHARLOTTE PATTERSON Grand Champion WENRICK’S N’PALAQUINS THEY CALL ME MR. BATES

Thank you MELANIE WILLIAMS, LINDA HURLEBAUS,

EDD BIVIN & JOHN BOOTH FOR BATES’ MOST RECENT GROUP PLACEMENTS.

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G C H B L U V L E E ’ S Y O U H A V E T O P A Y T O P L A Y

Fannie Mae

B R E E D E R O W N E R H A N D L E D BY L E E A L B R I T T O N , J L E E L B R I T T O N@ A O L . C O M T op N otch T oys , A pril 2018 • 35

top ten long coat chihuahua *

owned, bred & loved by gary & vicki sti les

* TNT breed stats as of 2 / 2 8 / 1 8

© Roberts photos

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YEEHAW!

THERE' S A NEW CHAMPION AT THE RODEO!

CH PARASOL BEDAZZLED BY THE JEWEL BOX

THANK YOU TO ALL THE JUDGES WHO WERE Bedazzled BY JEWEL owned by DOROTHY ANDERSON & JUDY THOMPSON

bred by DOROTHY ANDERSON presented by GREGORY LARSON & BETH GRAY

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Thanks to judge Janet Turnage Nahikian for this 5 point major. OWNERS Jennifer & Jon Aston | BREEDER TV Schetninina | HANDLERS Trish Kulessa & Ken Lambert De Lux Maryi Rox 38 • T op N otch T oys , A pril 2018

H I - L I T E M A L T E S E P R E S E N T S

CH HI-LITE SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE PITCH C H B E N A T O N E F A S T P I T C H R O M O U T O F C H H I - L I T E I R R E S I S T I B L E F E V E R R O M

HI-LITE MALTESE Pamela Armstrong 2240 South 308th Street, Federal Way, WA 98003 253-839-7663 . Hilite1@earthlink.net

“Pepsi” is pictured going Bred by Exhibitor Group Two at the Toy Dog Club of Puget Sound 2017 Group V event under knowledgeable breeder-judge Mrs. Sandy Bingham-Porter.

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

Spanky takes a bite of “The Big Apple” by being awarded Select Dog at The Yorkshire Terrier Club of Greater New York! Spanky made the cut in a very large and competitive BOB class at The Progressive Dog Show and The Yorkshire Terrier Club of America. THANK YOU, MR. BIVIN, FOR THE LOVELY COMPLIMENTS ON MY SPECIAL BOY! OAKHURST | BREEDER/OWNER/HANDLER MAR I BETH MI TCHELL BOPP | BREEDER OF MER I T | 412 - 310 - 5499

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by Kat, Sin-Sation Chihuahuas

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A T 8 Y E A R S O L D F R O M T H E V E T E R A N C L A S S . . . Dory & Lo

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Nashville Chihuahua Club 2018 Specialty BISS from the veteran class! Thank you Judge Mrs. Barbara Dempsey Alderman for this wonderful win! Owned & loved by LO WOLFSON & ROZ MASER, MAHOGANY CHIHUAHUAS | Always owner handled by LO WOLFSON B I S M B I S S P L A T I N U M G C H Champion Silver Bluf MAHOGANY SONADOR

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Northwinds Farms Maltese

Northwinds Farms presents our newest Champion CH NORTHWINDS FARM’S Professionally Handled by DAN HALEY Bred, Owned & Loved by ANNE HERNANDEZ SHE FINISHED WITH FOUR MAJOR WINS! Sweet Ivey

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PROGRESSIVE DOG CLUB SHOW 2018 BEHIND THE SCENES by SCOTT TONEY

T he founding members of the Progressive Dog Club of New York were uncannily prescient when naming their club, “The Progressive” as it is not only rich in history, but also has steadily marched into the future with a sharper edge than ever. The club is “progres- sive” in every sense of the word. On the Friday before Westminster, the Pennsylvania Hotel was packed with exhibitors eager to compete at the Progressive Dog Club Show; an event with one of the largest Toy entries in the country. The elevators were loaded with handlers and their dogs, and as the doors opened onto the 18th floor, they entered the venue of an event that not only carries the gravitas of its almost 100-year history, but also is perfectly in touch with the times, offering every amenity one could ask for. A photographer was set up in the lobby of the 18th floor with huge urns of flowers and a bright red Progressive banner awaiting those who would be lucky enough to gain a win later in the day. Members of the Progressive Club staffed a table welcoming exhibitors and spectators and offering programs, monogrammed Progressive chocolates and raffle tickets. Speaking of raffles, the generous donors for this year’s show donated amazing gifts; huge bas- kets filled with gourmet items, unique and useful dog-related items, and the icing on the cake…a gorgeous Best in Show Trolley, perfectly sized for toy breeds, donated by Kim Prelovsky,

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“SOMEHOW PROGRESSIVE MANAGES TO HONOR THE PAST WHILE OFFERING A FIRST-CLASS EVENT FOR THE PRESENT. THIS IS A SHOW YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS IN 2019!”

for purchase. In every regard this was a show set up to not only showcase the beautiful Toys present, but also make for a fun and stress-free atmosphere for all attendees. Huge kudos to Show Chair, Tim Lehman (who was working behind the scenes), and the hard-work- ing members of The Progressive Dog Club for thinking of everything and put- ting on a first-class event. Founded in 1922, the Progressive Dog Club is one of only three clubs join- ing Montgomery County and Mile High Kennel Clubs as group shows whose group winner is also regarded by the AKC as a true all-breed Best in Show Winner, and where the Group Two win- ner is recognized as Reserve Best in Show. This was an interesting tidbit of information that Group judge Mr. Fred Bassett thoughtfully explained to the audience before he made his picks. The group was filled with lovely represen- tatives of each breed, but the ultimate prizes were awarded to: the young Pekingese, Ch Pequest Feel the Burn, yet another Peke breeder-handled to Best in Show at Progressive by David Fitzpat- rick. Reserve Best in Show was awarded to the smooth moving Havanese, GCH Oeste’s in the Name of Love. Group Three went to the flashy Toy Poodle from Japan, Smash JP Louboutin. And, rounding out the coveted group place- ments was the Affenpinscher, GCHS Tamarin Tailback, as always, an eager and kinetic performer. Mrs. Kathleen Kolbert, president of Progressive, was a busy presence at the event and proudly joined in the official show photos for each group winner. As the day turned to dusk, competi- tors were still happily chatting while breaking down their set-ups. Progres- sive banners and club supplies were busily being folded and packed away in anticipation of next year’s show. All in all, the overwhelming sentiment and feeling in the air was one of a competi- tive yet friendly dog show environment that hearkens back to the sporting spirit of the earliest days of dog shows. Some- how Progressive manages to honor the past while offering a first-class event for the present. This is a show you won’t want to miss in 2019!

Northeast distributor for Best in Show Trolleys. Susan Gile’s PawMarks store was packed with every kind of sham- poo, brush, pet bed, lead and other show essential that you could imagine. The grooming area had plenty of space and outlets available for everyone. I was very happy to find the temperature of the grooming space to be very cool, so despite blow dryers whirring and a flur- ry of activity, the dogs and exhibitors remained very comfortable. There was even a water cooler equipped with mini plastic cups so attendees didn’t have to

scurry around looking for bottled water to purchase. The rings were surrounded by huge windows offering views of Midtown New York. The show’s organizers had thoughtfully set up the exhibition area with chairs for spectators and reserved seats for judges’ mentoring, as well as plenty of room to easily maneuver from ring to ring without stepping on toes. The ringside photographer had set-up a booth in another lobby area so own- ers and exhibitors could easily view the lovely ringside photographs available

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SURVEY: WHEN YOU WIN BEST OF BREED, DO YOU PARTICIPATE IN GROUP?

PAT SCHOHL Yes, we go to group and have many group wins. ROSEANNE FUCILLO Yes! Unless I have a class dog winning BOB and have young pups at home! A.M. LOPKER, M.D. Of course! Unless an urgent situation were to arise that prevents it! DENISE PANZICH Yes, it should always be an honor no matter how many times you win. I have been in the top ten in owner handler and always show up until less something major happens.

SUSAN THIBODEAUX

Absolutely I participate in the group. It’s only been a few occasions where circumstances (group at six in the evening—12 hour drive home and a requirement to be at work at eight a.m. the next day) that has causedme to skip the group. Even if the judge might not be favorable for us there are others there at ringside that we might show to in the future. And I find the group to be more fun and less stressful than breed. I’m thrilled to get to show in group and very appreciative of the consideration! DIANNA TEXTER Yes of course! KATHIE TIMKO Yes.

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by JACQUELYN WATT breeder/owner

TAKING AKC TRICK DOGS TO THE NEXT LEVEL T he new AKC Trick Dog Titles encourage dogs and own- ers to explore relationships and develop skills that ben-

act and easily bounces from platforms through suspended hula hoops and then back again to perch on the plat- form. Raleigh excels in listening and will perform complex tasks such as playing basketball and putting his dolly to bed with it’s bottle and a blanket. He is intuitive where Samba is reactive. A handler needs to understand the partic- ular skill sets that best showcase each puppy performer and then incorporate them together for a cohesive perfor- mance. We are still learning. One of the first things we learned was that the dogs need a station, so two small beach chairs served that purpose, when not working they sit in their chairs. Then each dog takes turns performing their specialties plus the duplicate tricks they both know such as tunnel work, hula hoop routines and skateboarding. It works but there is always a bobble in the program which the handler needs to accept and work into that day’s performance. We have performed at retirement homes and now have a weekly gig at an adult daycare nearby. All of us have great fun and it is an honor to share the wonderful talents our dogs have with others. Our tricks constantly keep evolving and I suspect our next trip to a toy store will be for a shopping cart big enough for Raleigh to sit in and low enough for Samba to push.

efit both owners and their pups. In our case it began with our two havanese dogs Raleigh (age nine) and Samba (age three) after we had completed our con- formation Grand Champion and Trick Dog Advanced Titles. We started small…with skateboard- ing; then added hula hoop jumping com- binations plus grocery cart pushing (a toy from Walmart along with basketball slam dunking as just some of the tricks.) Our routines grew and improved and soon we were ready for audiences. Then came the real challenge. One dog doing a trick dog show is one thing…but with two dogs the show difficulty increases exponentially. It requires a lot of preplanning to pre- vent two pups trying to complete the same trick at the same time and get- ting in each other’s way, also planning the tricks for each dog’s specific exper- tise. The pups will do what the han- dler tells them either via voice or hand signals….it there is a mix–up it usu- ally isn’t the dogs fault. For example, two dogs can’t push the shopping cart at the same time there isn’t room and the steering becomes crazy, same with the skateboard. Samba with her shorter more com- pact body is superb at any balancing

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The American Maltese Association appreciates your interest in the loveable Maltese and hopes that this information will help you make an informed decision as you choose a dog for your family. Maltese owners become loyal fanciers! We welcome you to the wonderful world of Maltese. GENERAL TIPS ABOUT MALTESE courtesy of THE AMERICAN MALTESE ASSOCIATION

I t would be really difficult to find a more charming breed than the Maltese. Their intelligence and out-going personality make them a joy to own and their beauty attracts many admirers. Although the Maltese is a toy dog, this small breed is full of delightful personality with a zest for life. Their small size makes them easy to manage and they fit in with nearly anyone’s lifestyle—from simple apart- ment living to being a world-wide trav- eler with a glamorous owner such as Elizabeth Taylor! The Maltese is happy to be your companion—ready to play and take walks or curl up in your lap. MALTESE AND CHILDREN Maltese love children, but do not always make the best pet for a child too young to understand that these dogs can be seriously hurt by rough handling. If you have a very young child and plan to add a Maltese to your household, be careful to supervise their time together and teach the child that the fragile build of the Maltese calls for gentle care. PRICES There are no “set” prices for Maltese puppies. Prices vary from breeder to breeder and from one area of the coun- try to another. This is not the time to “bargain hunt”. Pet shop prices are usu- ally as much as or more than a breeder’s puppies. Chances are that veterinary bills for a pet shop puppy will be higher

than a puppy bought from a breeder which is something to consider. Some breeders offer price options such as a reduced price on a puppy that is sold on a spay/neuter contract. FINDING THE BREEDER Impulse buying can be fun as long as it’s for new clothes and not a living being that will depend on you for love and care the rest of its life. So, since you have decided to own a Maltese, you will need to locate a breeder. A pet shop is not a good place to pur- chase your Maltese. Most of these dogs come from commercial breeding farms (aka puppy mills) concerned only with producing for the retail market. Little or no concern is given to the quality, socialization, care or even health of the animals. Answering newspaper ads are another source that can be risky. Try to locate a dedicated, experienced breed- er-exhibitor. The goals of these breed- ers are to improve the breed and they spare no expense in trying to breed the best Maltese they can. By contacting a breeder, you will have the opportunity to see where your puppy was raised and, possibly, see several generations of ancestors. The personality and appear- ance of these older dogs is a good indi- cator of how the puppies will mature. Adult Maltese should be friendly, confi- dent and appear healthy, clean and well groomed. When you choose a puppy from a breeder/exhibitor, you will have

someone to call on for advice and assis- tance in all aspects of puppy care. A breeders’ commitment to his puppies is lifelong and he will welcome hear- ing from you, now and for the lifetime of your Maltese. To enable you to find a breeder in your area, the American Maltese Association can provide a list of its members. PET OR SHOW? One question you will be asked by the breeder is whether you want your Maltese to show or as a pet. A very young puppy can have “show poten- tial”, but cannot be guaranteed show quality. If you intend to show your Mal- tese, you should consider an older pup- py—between 6-12 months of age—as the breeder can better determine if the puppy conforms to the standard. Many people who want a “pet quali- ty” do not understand why buying from a pet store is not a good idea. Many of the qualities which breeders select in their efforts to produce a show dog are also essential for pets. The parents of your pet puppy represent years of knowledge and study. They were bred to produce the best in temperament, conformation, coat, intelligence, health and soundness. Those puppies who do not meet the rigid show requirements possess all the same essential inherited qualities of the puppy who is a show- able specimen. Your pet puppy will be a

“IT WOULD BE REALLY DIFFICULT TO FIND A MORE CHARMING BREED THAN THE MALTESE.”

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“WHEN YOU FIND A BREEDER YOU LIKE, SPEND TIME DISCUSSING YOUR FAMILY AND LIFESTYLE. THEN ALLOW YOUR BREEDER TO HELP PICK A PUPPY FOR YOU AS HE HAS SPENT WEEKS OR MONTHS WITH THE PUPPIES AND KNOWS THEIR PERSONALITY AND TEMPERAMENT.”

When a Maltese is used to a crate, confinement at a veterinary hospital is not so bad. Likewise, the crate-trained Maltese is not overly stressed when he has to be confined for unusual situa- tions like traveling, moving, boarding, when a female is in heat, or recupera- tion from an illness. An investment in a crate is small compared to cleaning or replacing car- pet or vet. bills for a broken leg. A crate or exercise pen approx. 2' x 3' is a good size to consider especially if the dog will be confined for several hours. For short term or for traveling, a lightweight Vari- Kennel #100 or #200 is a good choice. All things considered, a Maltese in a Remember that a young puppy does not have complete control over its elimination—the smaller the breed, the more often they must go. Frequent trips to the yard (or papers if you want a paper-trained dog) are very necessary in the first weeks. Do not play or talk to the puppy on these outings; he is learn- ing that this is the elimination time; not play time. Always take him to the same area for this purpose. When he goes, lavish praise to reinforce his behavior— and then allow him in to play. If, within a reasonable amount of time, he doesn’t go, it’s a good idea to put him back in his crate for a short time and then try again later. Use frequent periods of crate time to advantage (young puppies need a lot of rest anyway) to avoid mistakes in the house. The trick is to prevent mistakes from happening in the first place so don’t hesitate to confine him especially when you are too busy to watch him. Your love and approval are necessary to your puppy and he will do anything to earn them. crate is a safe, not sorry, sight. HOUSEBREAKING TIPS

dog others will admire and one you will be proud to own. MALE OR FEMALE? Actually either sex makes satisfac- tory pets. The male Maltese is equally as affectionate and loving as the female. A neutered male does not “mark” his territory if he is properly housebroken and neutered at an appropriate age nor does he exhibit other undesirable traits associated with male dogs. You have picked a breed in which there are gen- erally more male puppies born in a litter than females. For that reason, it may be hard to find an available female as some breeders tend to keep those females for future breeding. If a breeder feels that a dog is not of breeding quality, although it would make an excellent pet, he may obtain a limited registration certificate for such a dog. This means that the off- spring of the dog cannot be AKC regis- tered. Breeders will prefer you to spay or neuter your pet Maltese to prevent breeding and future health problems. WHICH PUPPY? When you find a breeder you like, spend time discussing your family and lifestyle. Then allow your breeder to help pick a puppy for you as he has spent weeks or months with the pup- pies and knows their personality and temperament. The reputable breeder wants you to have the puppy that best suits you and with which you will be happy. If you aren’t happy, he knows the puppy won’t be happy, either. Most reputable breeders require unwanted puppies be returned to them. Depending on your lifestyle, if the breeder suggests that an older puppy or young adult would be better for you, keep an open mind and consider the possibility. People who are away from home for eight or more hours a day

are not ideally suited to raising a very young puppy. Breeders sometimes have older puppies that they have held on to as potential show prospects. These old- er puppies will be house-trained much sooner than a very young puppy. If they have been well socialized, they may be the ideal choice for a working family. In some circumstances an adult dog may be available. Older Maltese are very adaptable to new environments and quickly make themselves part of their new fam- ily, allowing those who could not raise a young puppy to have the company of a Maltese. CRATE TRAINING—WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT! Most experienced dog people are advocates of crate training—a method of dog management which involves keeping the dog confined in a crate. Crating is especially appropriate for Maltese because they are small; they take well to crating and thus can avoid many risks. Crating aids in housetraining. The fact that dogs are disinclined to relieve themselves where they have to sleep is an important factor in teaching toilet habits. A Maltese over six months old can usually “hold it” eight hours is kept quiet in a crate while his owner is work- ing or sleeping. The owner of a crated Maltese never comes home to a potty mess on the rug, chewed electric cords or unraveled toi- let paper! A crated Maltese is safer from burglars, service people, other dogs and visiting children. When the crated Maltese goes away from home, he’s less likely to pick up germs or become lost, stolen, or hurt. Hotels are more likely to accept a dog they know will be con- fined to a crate.

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