Top Notch Toys December 2017

G C H S T A M A R I N T A I L B A C K

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*TNT Breed Point System 10/31/17

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SANDERL IN DANCES THRU THE GALAXY B R O N Z E G R A N D C H A M P I O N

B R E D & OWN E D B Y: ANGELA M. SANDERS , SANDERLIN MINIATURE PINSCHERS 6 • T op N otch T oys , D ecember 2017

T H E TOTA L PACKAGE

E XC L U S I V E LY H A N D L E D B Y: KIM BYRD, PHA

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*TNT BREED STATS AS OF 10.31.17

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*TNT breed stats as of 10/31/17

**TNT all breed stats as of 10/31/17

***AKC NOHS stats 2017

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TNT TOPNOTCHTOYS DECEMBER 2017 • VOLUME XXXIII, NUMBER TEN

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G C H S T A M A R I N T A I L B A C K

TABLE OF CONTENTS 14 THIS MONTH IN TOP NOTCH TOYS 16 COVER STORY 20 FROM THE EXECUTIVE EDITOR EMERITUS Joseph Neil McGinnis III 26 TOY TALK Bonnie Guggenheim 32 STEM CELL THERAPY FOR HD OR ATHRITIS BJ Andrews 44 THE UNSINKABLE ARLENE CZECH by Joe McGinnis & Judy Thompson 60 RINGSIDE: KENNEL CLUB OF PHILADELPHIA Winning Image 64 TOY BOX Candids of our Canine Pals 68 BEING AN OWNER HANDLER Kathy Ambler 72 THE RUSSIAN TOY TERRIER Jennifer Grebinoski 80 SO YOU THINK YOU WANT A TEACUP Cara Ryckman 86 SURVIVING HURRICANE IRMA by Arlene Czech 88 LEARNING ALL THE MOVING PARTS THE SUPERINTENDENT by Allan Reznik 90 MANCHESTER TERRIER COLLECTING 101 by Joann Emrick Girouard Front Cover TNT1712.indd 2 11/30/17 5:54 PM

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 _______________________________

93 TNT TOP TWENTY TOYS 94 TNT ALL-BREED SYSTEM 95 TNT BREED SYSTEM

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Peaches M B I S O H G C H B I N F I N I T I S H E ’ S G O T L E G S

WINS THE BREED at The National Dog Show, Philadelphia Kennel Club Under Highly Respected Breed Specialist JUDGE MR. TIM CATTERSON Thank you so much for honoring us with this win

Always Owner Handled by TAYLOR BARNES Co-owned by TAYLOR BARNES, BECKY BARNES, KIM & RANDY FRENNIER Bred by KIM & RANDY FRENNIER

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HAROLD “RED” TATRO

GARRY NEWTON

MARK HOUSTON-MCMILLIAN

LEWOLSON

CHRISTINE ERICKSON

TERRY BERRIOS

ELIZABETH “LANI” MCKENNON

MARILYNN ELLIS

HELEN TOMB TAYLOR

JOHN BOOTH

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O N T H E C OV E R

M U L T I P L E B E S T I N S H O W & G R O U P S P E C I A L T Y W I N N E R G C H S T A M A R I N T A I L B A C K #1 AFFENPINSCHER * , #3 TOY ** & #12 ALL BREEDS **

OWNED BY DOYLE & CAROL GIROUARD

PRESENTED BY ALFONSO ESCOBEDO & ASHLIE WHITMORE BRED BY JACKIE & TERRY STACY TAMARIN KENNELS

*TNT BREED STATS AS OF 9/30/17 **TNT ALL BREED STATS AS OF 10/31/17

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Introducing...

GCHB SWEET HOME ALABAMA

FLASH LYNYRD reaches Bronze GCH status

BEST OF BREED Breeder Judge Mr. Mark Lucas

TOY GROUP TWO | Breeder Judge Mr. William Usherwood With just a few select appearances since July Lynyrd is an ideal elegant and Graceful hit!

L Y N Y R D I S B R E D & O W N E D B Y S U S A N N O L E N B R A S H E R ( H I S K I N D O W N I N O L E B A M Y )

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Remains a

High Stepping & Free Bird...

...As he continues to soar up the charts!

GCHB SWEET HOME ALABAMA

TOY GROUP THREE | Judge Mrs. Melinda Lyons

L Y N Y R D I S P R E S E N T E D B Y H A R R Y B E N N E T T & S . D . R O W A N , J R . ( W H E R E T H E S K I E S A R E S O B L U E )

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C A N D I D B Y © I M A G E S B Y D E A R I L

FROMTHE EXECUTIVE EDITOR EMERITUS

JOSEPHNEILM C GINNIS III

PUPPIES’ CHRISTMAS It’s the day before Christmas, and all through the house the puppies are squeaking an old rubber mouse. The wreath which had merrily hung on the door Is scattered in pieces all over the floor. The stockings that hung in a neat little row Now boast a hole in each dangling toe. The tree was subjected to bright-eyed whims, And now, although splendid, it’s missing some limbs. I catch them and hold them. Be good, I insist They lick me, then run off to see what they’ve missed. And now as I watch them the thought comes to me, That theirs is the spirit that Christmas should be. Should children and puppies yet show us the way, And teach us the joy that should come with this day? Could they bring the message that’s written above, And tell us that, most of all, Christmas is love. —Anonymous With over fifty years’ experience in purebred dogs, Joseph Neil McGinnis III has been fortunate to serve in myriad capacities, from rescue work to chairing large all-breed shows. Joe was a multiple breeder/owner/handled All-Breed Best in Show and Specialty Best in Show winner and breeder/owner of more than fifty champions before putting his breeding/exhibiting passion on hold to co-found Doll-McGinnis Publications, which for 34 years reigned as one of the most prolific of the purebred- dog publishing houses. Joe is currently Executive Editor and Chief Media Consultant for AraMedia Group. a job of which he is justly proud. Joe has been editor of multi- ple leading dog magazines since 1983, including TNT from Volume 1 Number 1.. Joe was fortunate to be able to work with several charitable organizations within the sport, and continues to do so today. With his partner, the late Duane Doll he co- founded the Hurri-Canine Rescue Effort in 1992 in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew, which was credited with saving over 500 pets. He is also a huge fan and supporter of Take The Lead. Always taking a back seat to his love of dogs, Joe’s interests are in cars, music, architecture and design. An ex-lifeguard, Joe remains an active watersports enthusi- ast while also indulging his love of live theatre. Joe’s education was in Pre- Med/Psychology before changing career directions. In addition to being a multiple Dog Writers Association of America award-winner, Joe is a Tony Award® winning Broadway producer and Olivier Award® (UK) winner. Originally a nightclub singer, Joe swapped hats to executive produce four albums in Nashville and provid- ed backing vocals on several tracks as well. Joe is also a licensed REALTOR® special- izing in properties for dog lovers and breeders. Joe was recently approved by AKC as a provisional judge of Pekingese and Junior Showmanship..

IT HARDLY SEEMS POSSIBLE that this is the thirty-third time I’ve gotten to affix my signature to a holiday issue of this maga- zine. And yet it has been that many years and that many won- derful times we’ve shared through our mutual love of the Toy breeds. The people that I’ve met and cherish and might not otherwise have known make up a collection of bright minds and detemined hearts, all with a mutual goal: the preservation of the vibrant, varied, fascinating Toy Group. It’s no wonder we’re a tight-knit bunch. Getting back into our regu- lar routine another tremen- dously successful event for AKC and then going right into the holiday season adds extra stress to all our lives. I hope that this issue will alleviate that a little bit, with much to make you think and even more to make you smile. I smile all the time when work- ing on TNT, and for more fun I also included the piece above right whose author is unknown but who deserves a round of applause. As do all of you for another year in service to the breeds we value above all others. Here’s wishing you a wonder- ful holiday season, from all of us at TOP NOTCH TOYS.

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The handler or owner of these champions may have received Pro Plan dog food as Purina ambassadors. Purina trademarks are owned by Société des Produits Nestlé S.A. Any other marks are property of their respective owners. Printed in USA.

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

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WORLD WINNER 2017 LEIPZIG, GERMANY

OWNER : L EW OLSON BREEDERS : J ARMO H I LP I NEN &MARKO SALME LA

THANK YOU J UDGE J ANUSZ OPARA , POLAND FOR PETI T BRABACON AT THE WORLD SHOW

© FREYA K I RCHNER

© FREYA K I RCHNER

BEST OF BREED OVER AN ENTRY OF 74 !

© FREYA K I RCHNER

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T H A N K YO U Judge Dr. John Davidson & Judge Daryl Vice A very special thank you to Kirsten McGregor for showing, grooming & conditioning Joy to perfection and finishing her in 2 shows.

J OY I S L OV E D B Y Barb Polen

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T H A N K YO U Breeder Judge Kathleen Kolbert for recognizing Prize's high quality at the YTCA National Specialty GCHP TRIO’S BIG SHOT X CH SILVER POISE LADY REBEL

I ’ M V E RY P RO U D , this is Prize & Kim Goldfarb’s first show.

P R I Z E I S B R E D , OWN E D & L OV E D B Y Barb Polen

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by BONNIE GUGGENHEIM TNT Advertising Director & Associate Editor SEE YOU IN ORLANDO! ETCETERA

W onderful, fun filled, exciting and a shop- ping extravaganza plus surprises inside and outside the ring. There is no other way to describe the AKC National Championship Show sponsored by Royal Canin except to say Wow! With a huge entry of over 4000 dogs it is the perfect place to see top winning specials from all over the country as well as up and coming class dogs. Many of these class dogs are produced by parents in the Specials ring which proves a pedigree of qual- ity comes shining through generation after generation. Many of the specials and the newcomers have been highlighted in Top Notch Toys …the place where the finest Toys are found and not lost. Meeting many of you that I only talk with on the phone is one of the best parts of attending this fabulous show—for anyone missed let’s get together in New York. A face with a name makes TNT lots more personal and fun for me and

nicer for advertisers that call. The competition in Toys is very tough and becoming more so each year so use your ads to celebrate your success and let everyone know what you have accomplished during the year. Remember, don’t get lost in the other magazines be found in Top Notch Toys . National, fabulous and a coffee table publication that is a collectable for Toy aficionados. See you in Orlando! Tell me all about your great wins and hot news because inquiring minds want to know, Bonnie bonnie@aramediagrp.com 863.738.8848

Photo courtesy of breeder/owner Judy Bucci.

THE FOLLOWING RESOLVE FROM DOGS FOR 2018!

• Not to bite my nails or any other body parts. • Reorganize my toys. • Log more training time with my owner. • Stop wearing my emotions on my tail. • Find a soul mate on Doggie.com

• Try not to sniff every butt at the show or dog park. • Stop rolling on the floor causing mats in my hair. • Relish the toy squeaker a bit longer before “killing it”. • Whine less, bark less. • Learn New tricks. • Follow the correct pattern when in the ring with my handler or owner. • Devote more time to napping, preferably on the couch or bed. • Stand on the table better so the judge can examine ALL my body parts. • Let my owners know how much I love and appreciate them.

Sincerely, The Dog

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THE RUSSIAN TOY JOINS THE MISCELLANIOUS GROUP Moving right along... July 1st, 2018

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FROM GINGERBRED HAVANESE AND RUSSIAN TOYS Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

NONA DIETRICH | NONA@MTN.ORG

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GOOD LUCK TO ALL SHOWING AT THE AKC NAT IONAL SHOW IN ORLANDO

P INK PAW CHIHUAHUA PROUD TO BE A BREEDER/OWNER HANDLER BRED BY TAMRA DELANEY & DARWIN DELANEY OWNED AND

PRESENTED BY RACHEAL MILLER WWW.PPCHIHUAHUA.COM Kari

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DA R TA N K A R I O N T H E T R A D I T I O N AT P P C

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I N T R O D U C I N G

ANGELHEART N ADORABULLS MOOSE ON THE LOOSE

SHOWN BY DAVE SCHEIRIS

IN JUST 2 WEEKENDS AS A SPECIAL MOOSE HAS EARNED HIS GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP IN STYLE BY GOING BEST OF BREED OVER THE #1 ALL BREED HAVANESE

ESTEEMED JUDGE DR. JOHN V. IOIA FOR THIS FABULOUS WIN AND A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO HIS NEW CO-OWNER KAREN MARIE DUPRAT FOR SHOWING HIM TO HIS POTENTIAL

OWNED BY: BILL & PAULA FRAZIER, KAREN MARIE DUPRAT & JANE CHAVEZ BRED BY: BILL & PAULA FRAZIER OF ANGELHEART HAVANESE PRESENTED BY CO-OWNER: KAREN MARIE DUPRAT OF MEADOWVIEW HAVANESE

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Wishing everybody a

prosperous

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On The Line BY BJ ANDREWS STEM CELL THERAPY FOR HD OR ARTHRITIS?

A recent news feed stat- ed “Veterinarians at 23 clinics are participating in a clinical trial of a stem cell therapy for canine arthritis.” They harvest the stem cells from newborn canine umbilical cords.” It is then injected into arthrit- ic canine joints and “early study results are promising” says veteri- narian Kathy Petrucci, founder and CEO of Animal Cell Therapies, which is sponsoring the studies. True, medical doctors use human stem cells to help the healing process of injured or degenerated joints. Stem cells built your brain and our largest organ, the skin. In the labora- tory they’ve shown that stem cells can build muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, and bone. But before we go too far,

ical treatment, the patient no longer has that particular condi- tion. With other disease problems, like hepatitis B, there is no cure. The person will always have the condition. So let’s read the claim again, with hope but better eyes. It would be wonderful if stem cell treatment could cure your dog. Perhaps it can but my bet is that it depends on the problem and note that is only claims to be therapy, not treat- ment. As mammals age, cells go through a process of degenera- tion and regeneration until we finally reach a stage wherein they lose their oomph, become worn out. When your car engine groans, you get a new one. With your body it’s not so easy. Speaking of which. Stem cell therapy can cost as much as a new car … and it is not yet reliably successful. So please understand that we’re talking about a therapy in pet animals that is only partially successful in humans. Skin cells have been used to grow grafts since the late 80s but overall stem cell success is iffy in people so you can be sure it is not yet reliable in animals. CanineOrtho.com states

let me set the stage. Hip dys- plasia has been the bane of dog breeders since first defined by Jerry Schnelle, DVM {1} in 1937. Dr. Bardens claimed credit for early diag- nosis with his fulcrum x-ray {2} which many breeders and vets said probably harmed more puppies than it accurate- ly identified as likely to devel- op HD. Why was that? Because breeders wanted to believe

“Bone marrow or fat derived stem cells may improve com- fort for a limited time by mediating inflammation. ... Canine hip dysplasia that results in chronic pain and interferes with an active lifestyle is best treated with surgery.” As one of the coun- try’s leading authorities, they state “Bone marrow or fat derived stem cells may improve comfort for a limited time by mediating inflamma-

that they would prevent hip dysplasia even though there was no statistical evidence that the new x-ray could do anything more than damage barely forming hip socket and femoral bone. Okay, so let’s realize there is a huge difference between “therapy” and “cure”. The term "cure" means that, after med-

tion.” That assessment is supported by the veterinary group cell- trovet.com which says in part “Bone marrow or fat derived stem cells may improve comfort for a limited time by mediat- ing inflammation. n

Barbara J. Andrews published The Akita Handbooks and instituted the Register Of Merit system for top producing sires and dams in 1974. Bill and “BJ” set multiple breed records in Rottweilers, Akitas, and Miniature Bull Terriers. She now owns 7 Toy Fox Terriers. BJ served as columnist for The Dog newspaper, Dog World, Kennel Review Magazine, The AKC Gazette, and Canine Chronicle until 1993 when she became exclusive columnist for ShowSight Magazine. BJ has authored eight breed books published in eight languages, including World Of The Akita (Breed Book Of The Year Nominee), The Chihuahua , and The Miniature Bull Terrier . Ref 1 “Dr. Gerry Schnelle, who in 1937 published the first paper on what we now call canine hip dysplasia.” Google “thedogplace.org, Schnelle, hip dysplasia” Ref 2 “Fulcrum Hip X-rays and Hip Joint Palpation Certification ... promoted by Dr. Bardens… ineffective and danger- ous…” Google “thedogplace.org, Bardens, fulcrum x-ray, dysplasia”

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Owners/Handlers Linda Evans & Sandy Hanson Just Won Chihuahuas Breeder Donna Jensen Dazzles Chihuahuas DazzlesChihuahuas.com

to the following judges who believed in Blessing Thank You Elizabeth Muthard, Nancy Amburgey Helen Tomb-Taylor, Terry Stacy Rodney Merry, June Pentagon Pat Hastings, João Machado Carmen Blankenship, Ted Eubanks BOS to BISS Margo Klingler awarded BOV, Larry Abbott awarded BOV Patricia Trotter awarded BOV, Lauren Payne awarded Select Bitch National Specialty

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NEW GRAND CHAMPION FROM CHIHUAHUA CLUB OF AMERICA NATIONAL SPECIALTY AS SELECT BITCH. WATCH FOR BLESSING AT THE AKC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.

DAZZLES BLESSING TOUCH Sired by GCHS Dazzles Touch Of Midas who was BOV at Westminster 2015 Grand Champion

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Va ly r i an s

Westminster! On the road to

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Va ly r i an s havan e s e " 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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Umpqua Kennel Club Judge Dr. Dale Simmons | Bell Vernon Kennel club Judge mr. Jeffrey Bazell | Lewsiton Spring Cluster Judge Mr. william deVilleneuve a special nod of appreciation to judges mr. william devilleneuve, mr. jeffrey bazell, dr. dale simmons, miss virginia l. lyne, ms. leewhittier and ms. carolyn a. herbel for their bob awards A very special thank you to the photographers at dart dog

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ride

ride!,

You can't slow this Mustang down!

no. 1 NOHS AFFENPINSCHER 2017, 2016 & LIFETIME* *AKC NOHS stats

FIVE TIME NOHS RESERVE BEST IN SHOW

Central Wyoming Kennel Club Judge Edweena McDowell, 7/30/17 Metro Mile Hi Kennel Club Judge Marjorie Tuff, 6/2/2017 Coronado Kennel Club Judge Yvonne Savard, 5/15/17 Rapid City Kennel Club Judge Ralph Sonny Ambrosio, 10/22/16 Arizona White Mountain Kennel Club Judge Letitia Bett, 10/1/16

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Ferlin's Mustang Sally INTERNATIONAL BIS CH, AKC BRONZE GRAND C H A M P I O N THE GROUP WINNING AND MULTI-GROUP PLACING SILVER AFFENPINSCHER

Group 3 Cornhusker Kennel Club Judge Barbara Dempsey Alderman 10/8/17 Group 3, Buckhorn Valley Kennel Club Judge Colonel Joe Purkhiser 10/28/17

Owner/Handler: Kathie Timko, Gizmo Affenpinschers Owner/Breeder: Linda Ferris, Ferlin Affenpinschers Co-Breeder: Sharon Boyd, Cottondale Kennels top 15 BREED 2016, 2017*** ***TNT breed stats as of 10/31/17 top 10 ALL BREED 2016, 2017** **TNT all breed stats as of 10/31/17

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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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U N L I K E A N Y O T H E R

F L A S H : I Z Z I E D O E S I T A G A I N ! B E S T I N S H O W # 2 AT T H E A R R O W H E A D K E N N E L C L U B I N A S I N G L E W E E K E N D U N D E R J U D G E M A RG E B . C A L LT H A RP , T H A N K Y O U G R O U P J U D G E R I TA H O L L O W AY !

O U R D E E P E S T G R AT I T U D E T O O U R G R O U P J U D G E J A M E S F E H R I N G F O R A W A R D I N G I Z Z I E T H E G R O U P T H AT L E D T O H E R V E RY F I R S T B E S T I N S H O W , U N D E R R E S P E C T E D J U D G E S H A R O L C A N D A C E W AY AT T H E S C O T TS D A L E D O G FA N C I E R ' S A S S O C I AT I O N I N C H A N D L E R , A Z .

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IT WAS MY PLEASURE TO BE PRESENT WHEN a friend was feted for years of good work. Arlene Czech and I forged our friendship almost forty years ago, and she’d already been judging for more than ten years. She’s spent a lifetime in ser- vice of purebred dogs—in particular, her beloved Papillons—and the people she’s helped and the contributions she’s made make a list far too lengthy to include here. Suffice it to say, Arlene has been a treasure in our world for a long, long time, and we expect her to be so for a long time yet. THE UNSINKABLE ARLENE CZECH BY JOSEPHNEILM C GINNIS III and JUDY THOMPSON

I call this visit The Unsinkable Arlene Czech because through the recent hurricane, as she has her entire life, Arlene has weathered many storms with a smile on her face and spring in her step. She’s a ray of sunshine everywhere she goes and brightens up even the darkest day. And so i t is that I hand the microphone, so to speak, to Judy Thompson who wrote a great piece about Ms. Czech for us a few years back on the occasion that Arlene was chosen by AKC as Toy Breeder of the Year. Arlene herself, of course, has written for ShowSight for twenty-five years, and often for TNT . Enjoy a glimpse of this girl who’s had such impact on our sport and for whom we care so much...

Photo: Zell von Pohlman

ARLENE CZECH, by Judy Thompson EXHIBITORS, HAVE YOU EVER HAD A WIDE-EYED YOUNG SPECTATOR come to you at your set-up at a dog show and fall in love with your

only a week. Then Czech pulled out that business card from 1948 and contacted the breeder. She saw Taffy and bought her instantly for the grand sum of thirty-five dollars. That was

breed? Did you spend time talking to her and perhaps give her your business card? That is exactly what happened to a Chihuahua and Papillon breeder in 1948 at the Detroit Kennel Club show. The young lady was a college coed, and her name was Arlene Czech. Shows were benched then, exhibitors had plenty of time to talk to spectators, and Miss Czech ended up spending the whole day at the show. She left that day enthralled with Papillons and the excited about the idea of someday bringing a dog into the Obedience ring. Six years later, in 1954, the Czech family lost their beloved Irish Setter. At first, they opted to never have another dog. But that lasted

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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

MULTI-GROUP PLACING, WESTMINSTER SELECT BRONZE GCH GINGERY’S HIGH VOLTAGE

Thank you to all the judges who appreciate Ellie’s breed type and movement.

C E L E B R A T E S A G R E A T Y E A R !

flash!

3 GROUP PLACEMENTS AUGUSTA WEEKEND!

Owned by JACQUI DIPIETRO & ARLENE BUTTERKLEE Bred by ARLENE BUTTERKLEE Handled by VICTOR HELU Breeder, Owner Handled by JACQUI DIPIETRO

SHE’S ELECTRIC!

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NOHS SMOOTH COAT *

NOHS ALL BREED *

ALWAYS AT HER best

BRED BY DARWIN DELANEY & KATHY SAWYER OWNED & EXCLUSIVELY HANDLED BY CECILIA BOZZO *AKC NOHS STATS 2017

P L AT I NUM GR AND CHAMP I ON

BIS RBIS MBISS MOHBIS DARTAN DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER AT VIVA

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Left with some early, winning homebreds, and above during her modeling career THE UNSINKABLE ARLENE CZECH continued

how her amazing relationship with Papillons began-- sixty years and counting! Soon Taffy was joined by Dandy, a male imported from the English kennel, Stouravon, and that was the start of Czech’s breeding program. Together Taffy and Dandy pro- duced five champions. One of

(soon to be five generations). Since the inception of Breeder of Merit Medallions, she has earned nine, and is very close to securing her tenth. In addition, since 2010, when the Papillon Club of America began the Top Twenty Five awards, she has had a dog in that prestigious lineup every year. Czech has always sub- scribed to the notion: “A

those pups became the #1 Papillon in the country after taking a Group 3, the only Group placing Papillon that year. Czech’s demanding car eer teaching Science to middle- school students with learning disabilities (for which she won an award for Excellence from the National Science Teachers Association) limited her breed- ing program. She has always been a hobby breeder, keeping

well-balanced dog has titles at both ends”. She trained Dandy herself using some creative training methods. He earned his Utility Dog title at the Papillon National and became that year’s top Papillon in Obedience. For years she competed in Obe dience and has bred 44 performance-titled dogs. At the Papillon Club of America

National Banquet, seven Versatility awards went to her Coquina dogs. She taught Obedience classes for many years in Michigan, and after retiring to Florida continues to teach classes for the Greater Naples Dog Club, where she held many offices. She also serves as an evaluator for the AKC Canine Good Citizen and Community Can ine pro- grams.

only a select number of Papillons, and preferring to keep her Toy dogs in her home rather than in kennels and runs. Still, as a Breeder of Merit, she has bred 44 Champions, an International Champion, the first Papillon to win a Mexican championship, nine Grand Champions, one Silver and two Bronze level Grand Champions. Her breeding program includes four-generations of Dam of Merit awards

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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.GROVESHI RE .COM

PROFESSIONALLY PRESENTED BY: KIRSTEN McGREGOR K I RSMC@AOL .COM

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N E W C H A M P I O N

G R A C E A C R E A L L B E T S A R E O F F georgie owned by TRISH KULESSA & KEN LAMBERT bred by TERRI DEJARNETT

O U R F I R S T C H I H U A H U A C H A M P I O N ! Thanks to Breeders Terri DeJarnett and Paula McSwain for the opportunity to be owned by this little bundle of energy!

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g c h p c h C e n t e n n i a l F a r m s C a t c h M e I f Y o u C a n

Number One 2 0 1 5 - 2 0 1 6 - 2 0 1 7 * T o y f o x t e r r i e r f o r

*TNT Breed stats 2015, 2016 and as of 10/31/17

Breeder/Owner: Eugene Bellamy Jr. centennial Farms

Handler: jon Rawleigh

Catcher

T h e f i r s t a n d o n ly T o y F o x P l at i n u m G r a n d C h a m p i o n

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THE UNSINKABLE ARLENE CZECH continued

Papillons make won- derful therapy dogs, and five of Czech’s Coquina dogs are certified by Alliance of Therapy Dogs. They are often invited to visit and enter- tain residents at area nursing facilities, where they are dressed in cos- tumes and perform tricks. You might think all this would keep a lady in her eighties plenty busy, maybe even over- whelmed. And in fact, fifteen years ago she was joined by Mary J o Korpi to help with the dogs. They now co-own all the dogs and they both train and exhibit their new

hopefuls. But Czech has many other irons in the fire. She is an AKC judge (Toys, Non-Sporting and Herding) who has judged on every continent of the world with the exception of Antartica (no dog shows there!). She still takes assignments on a lim- ited basis, but never in Florida Above winning under Ronald N. Menaker and

adding another homebred champion to the lengthy list; Right, with business part- ner Mary Jo Korpi at the 2015 AKC National Champioship where she was awarded Toy Breeder of the Year.

where she exhibits to avoid a con- flict of interest. She has been the Papillon Club of America’s AKC Delegate for 24 years, is an Honorary Life Member and was

awarded their Lifetime Achievement Award several years ago. She has attended the Papillon National for 51 continuous years. Since the late 1980’s she has been writing columns for The AKC Gazette, Top Notch Toys, and ShowSight magazines.

Now, at eighty-six years young, Czech hopes to continue doing what she loves for as long as she is able. Her lifelong dedication to Papillons was acknowledged in December or 2015 at the AKC National Championships, where she was the recipient of the distinguished and very well-deserved award of AKC Toy Breeder of the Year. n AND SO IT WAS A THRILL to be there, ringside at Greater Naples Dog Club on September 14th, as everyone gathered to c elebrate Arlene’s special day. The icing on the cake was that she was judging Best in Show on the very day that we celebrated her storied fifty-year career. We’re proud of her and we value her very, very highly. (As an update, this lady is now 88 years of age, and it certainly doesn’t show in her appearance, attitude or actions.) We love you Arlene. Congratulations, my dear friend.

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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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GCHB TREASURES PLAYING WITH FIRE

CANDID BY ©ERIKA VENCI PHOTOGRAPHY

*AKC NOHS STATS 2017

THANK YOU JUDGE MR. RODNEY R. MERRY

NOHS HAVANESE 2017 * Always Breeder/Owner Handled by KAREN A. WARNCKE HAVANESE TREASURES | HAVANESETREASURES.NET HAVANESE TREASURES

THANK YOU JUDGE MR. JON TITUS STEELE

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Owned, Bred & Loved by: Gary & Vicki Stiles

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D r e x e l D o l c e D o n a t e l a

m e x i c a n & A m e r i c a n c h a m p i o n

Owner: Charlotte Parrish | Breeders : Adrian Garza & Denise Drexel | Handler: Daron Newcomb Donatela T op N otch T oys , D ecember 2017 • 57

Cogie's Glory Bee What ’s new?

Gl ory f i n i s h e d h e r Am e r i ca n C h am p i on s h i p w i t h 3 majors.

Thank You A Special t o J u d g e Mrs. Nancy Smith hafner K a na da s agaga K C B o t h d o g s l ov e d & H a n d l e d by M J H e l d 1 4 4 2 O r c h a r d Pa r k R d 7 1 6 - 6 7 5 - 4 4 9 7 We s t S e n e ca , N Y 1 4 2 2 4

b r i gh t o n i s own e d by na n c y d e ru p o

from Russia Special delivery

CH Kendlait Shine Bright B r i gh ton f i n i s h e d w i t h 3 majors Thank You A Special t o J u d g e Mrs. elaine lessig N e w c h a m p i o n

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O U R S TA R S S H I N E !

SUSAN & STEVE THI BODEAUX

COCOA, FLOR IDA KALLMEE KENNEL EXCEPT IONAL DOGS S INCE 1978

Ricky, our beautiful young Toy Manchester Terrier, co-owned with Madonna Lee, is maturing into a stunning dog. Multiple BOB, Group Placing, NOHS Groups Winner, Westminster AOM from the classes.

Group placing, NOHS Group Winning, Top Ten, Westminster AOM BEST OF OPPOSITE SEX at the ATFTC National Specialty for the 2nd year! Our thanks to Dana Cline and Rodney Merry for these prestigious wins.

© BARBARA ELROD

© BARBARA ELROD

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2017 NATIONAL DOG SHOW PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA | NOVEMBER 18-19, 2017 | PHOTOS BY TOM WEIGAND

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BEFORE HIS 1ST BIRTHDAY, AMMO HAD SEVERAL BOV WINS AND TWO OHS GROUP PLACEMENTS! TWO GROUP ONES AND A GROUP TWO! Thank you judges MRS. ELAINE J. LESSIG AND MS. JOANNE N. PAULK HANDLER: SUZANNE GRANDE / GRANDE STYLE POODLES / POODLEPENTHOUSE.COM / POODLEPENTHOUSE@GMAIL.COM CHAMPION ZIEGFELD HARTEN ROCK ME AMADEUS I N T E R N AT I ON A L C H AM P I ON T op N otch T oys , D ecember 2017 • 61

2017 NATIONAL DOG SHOW PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA | NOVEMBER 18-19, 2017 | PHOTOS BY TOM WEIGAND

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from left to right: WYNSON’S Diamond, Lacie, Dash and Topper

Hope for

the Future

GCH Voici Born in Blue Jeans “Bo” x Gold GCH Wynson Swan Princess “Odette”

© Don Meyer Photography

TO ALL EXHIBITORS at the 2017 AKC National Show! Best wishes

CH Wynson’s Amulet “Mu” x GCH Wynson’s Truth or Dare “Dare” Wynson’s Truth or Consequence Connie

© Don Meyer Photography

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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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SILVER GRAND CHAMPION

OAKHURTS’S GOOD MORNING CAPTAIN AMERICA

SPANKY IS AWARDED BEST OF OPPOSITE SEX AT THE WATCHUNG MOUNTAINS YORKSHIRE TERRIER CLUB MORNING AND AFTERNOON SPECIALITY UNDER MRS. JOAN GOLDSTEIN AND MR. FRANK WASHABAUGH. THANK YOU FOR THIS HONOR!

GRAND CHAMPION****

ALL BREED***

2017 NOHS**

LIFETIME

NOHS*

Breeder of Merit MARIBETH MITCHELL-BOPP | 422-320-5499

***TNT ALL BREED STATS AS OF 10.31.17 ****AKC GCH STATS AS OF 10.31.17

*AKC NOHS LIFETIME STATS AS OF 11.8.17 **AKC NOHS STATS 2017

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GCHS ASLETT LAMPLIGHTER PAWS N’ TAILS # 1 Vicky Silky * *TNT breed stats as of 10/31/17

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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BEING AN OWNER/HANDLER BY KATHY AMBLER

I t’s all Politics. That is what we hear every single weekend. Owner/Handlers just don’t have a chance when there are pro han- dlers in the ring. The judges always look at the wrong end of the lead. We pay the judges for an evaluation of our dog and we expect the judging to be based on the dog’s merits, but it just never is, it is all politics. My name is Kathy Ambler and I am an Owner/Breeder/Handler. I am a suc- cessful one too, at least I think so! My kennel name is Ambler Havanese. So what separates me from others? Why do other Owner/Handlers give up and quit completely, or hire a pro handler to show their dogs? Why do I feel I am a successful Owner/Handler? I started out wanting to show dogs as a child. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the luxury of growing up in a dog showing family. We always had purebred dogs; a Poodle, Pointer, Mini Schnauzer, Ameri- can Eskimo and we had several Mutts too. But we didn’t show the purebred dogs and didn’t breed them either. I graduated from high school and married and had a family. I would slip away every year to go to the dog show in London, Ontario and would stand in awe of all the beautiful dogs in the rings and be jealous that I could not be out there doing the same thing as an Own- er/Handler. Of course, I would watch the Westminster Dog Show on TV each year too. It was my dream to one day have a top five dog and be invited to compete there. My first marriage ended in divorce. When I met Richard, my hus- band now, I think one of the first things I told him was “I want to breed and show Yorkies.” Together Richard and I went on the hunt for someone who would sell me a show potential puppy. It was very difficult. It seems that show

breeders are very leery of people who come to dog shows saying they want to do this too. But finally, I did find a Yor- kie breeder who was willing to give me a chance. When I look back at my start in the show ring, I have to laugh at how far I have come in such a short period of time. Of course, I was a bit younger then, skinnier too, but “skorts” and tee shirts with sandals, are not really prop- er professional attire for the show ring. The first thing I noticed was that pro- fessional attire consisted of nice dresses or suits and good leather shoes! So, I went shopping. I can’t really say I had a mentor, but I do learn by watching and watch I did. Every breed. I talked to everyone who would talk to me. I quickly learned that to get breeders to trust you, you had to listen to them, take their advice and then show them you understood and could do this and were serious about it. I went to every show I could, driving long distances and making mini–vaca- tions out of it with my husband. Soon people were beginning to recognize me and let me help them show their dogs too. I think that really boosted my confi- dence when other breeders let me take their dogs in the ring, even if they were the “fillers”. I had a bit of success with Yorkies but then discovered the Havanese. After finishing my bred by Yorkie boy “Jesse” (Am/Can CH Amblers American Outlaw) under Richard Beauchamp at the Mt Rainier Yorkie Specialty show and being awarded Best Bred By in Show, I decided he would be my last bred by Yorkie and I would concentrate on the Havanese. I absolutely love the Havanese breed and really feel it was the best move I ever made. Presently, I am specialing Silver GCH CH Windfall’s

Dude With Attitude, “Opie”. Opie is the #1 Havanese in the AKC Owner/Han- dler series and has also been a top ten Havanese inbreed all year, as well as a multi–group placer and winner. So, although I say I have been suc- cessful, the closest I have come to a Best In Show was winning a Group One this year. To others, I suppose what I consid- er success, isn’t success at all! Success, in my opinion, isn’t just measured by how much you win, but by how many friends you have in the show world, how many people ask your advice, how many stay to cheer you on when you are in the group ring, and even how many are there to help cheer you up when you lose! It is also successful in the whelping box, having or not having a CH in front of the parents’ name does not change what they can produce there! Produc- ing happy, healthy puppies who also conform to the AKC standard is very important. So, long ago, I decided the judges were not the ones who would determine my breeding plans. Maybe I realized I was actually successful when I was asked to judge the sweeps at the Southern Magnolia Regional Specialty, and then chosen by the Havanese Club of America members to judge the sweeps at the National Specialty this year. What an honor! I realized then that other breeders actually felt I knew a good dog! So, back to the show ring. So many times I read on the judge’s “report card” type lists that So–and–So is political, So–and–So doesn’t know a good dog, So–and–So hates judging the Havanese. People report that So–and–So is a great judge because they gave their dog the win. Or they are a bad judge because they didn’t give their dog the win and they clearly had the best dog in the ring. Unfortunately in reality, what I

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have seen is Owner/Handlers taking their little dog in the ring like they are just taking a stroll in their local park. They are not “showing” their dog at all. While I don’t agree with all the artificial products used to make the dogs “look better”, and I don’t do it, I do feel you need to present your dog to the judge as if it is the best dog he will see all day. Show off that good rear, beautiful neck and superb gait. Be an aggressive handler. Don’t let that pro stack their dog out in front of yours. Go in the ring like you mean it! Smile! Show your pride at being an Owner/Handler, always with a positive attitude. And again, dress appropriately! Do like I did in the beginning. Watch and learn. How do the pros do it? They show many dogs, an Owner/Handler has one or two. They should know every in and out of their dog. What bait works best, what shampoo works best, what speed they should be gaited at. What are your dog’s faults and what are his good points? Remember, this is not a walk in the park. It is a dog show. A “newbie” will lose more than he wins. It is a fact. Why? Because you probably can’t show your dog like a pro can. Judges have two minutes per dog. They cannot give you five minutes to try to get your dog to walk down and back to try to see his gait. And if you can’t get your dog to gait right, chances are you are not going to win, even if your dog truly is the best dog in the ring that day! So, instead of giving up and hiring a pro handler. Watch and learn. Dress the part. Groom your dog. Train your dog. Show like a pro and mean it! It is so satisfying when you finally get the hang of it and can show like a pro and be competitive. It doesn’t take 15 years, but it does take time. It also takes com- mitment. You can’t put a leash on your dog only on show days and expect he will perform like a champion. Practice, practice, practice. The best tips I can give Owner/ Handlers who are struggling and are frustrated because it is “politics”, is to pay attention. Lose the kennel blind- ness, quit making excuses. Is your dog truly the best one in the ring? If it is, and a breeder should know, show it! Dress and act the part. Have your dog trained and groomed and be ready to go in the ring when it is your turn. If you have more than one dog, have someone helping you change armband numbers.

Don’t make the judge wait. Don’t rush into the ring and stress yourself and your dog out. Know your dog’s greatest points and show them to the judge. And most of all, have fun! If it quits being fun, then you have lost perspective and you need to step back and figure out why it isn’t fun anymore. Has winning all the time become your main objec- tive? Dog shows were created to evalu- ate breeding stock, to show off what you have and to see what others have and to find your next stud dog or find the girl you want your next puppy from. It is about breeders sharing experiences for the betterment of the breed. Success isn’t always about the wins, remember that. If you have the right perspective and are prepared, the wins will come. You must have the right attitude and show good sportsmanship, and even when the win seems “political” and you feel your dog should have won, congratulate the winner! Don’t give up! Being on the end of the lead when your dog does win is absolutely the best feeling ever! ABOUT THE AUTHOR My name is Kathy Ambler and

but got tired of telling families with small kids that a 4-6 pound Yorkie just wasn’t a great choice for a pet for their family. I started looking for a breed suitable for all ages. I found the Havanese before AKC recognized them in a Dog World Magazine! It took a year for me to convince Richard we needed one and finally I met Pamm in Kansas City when I went for a Yorkie specialty show. I went to her home and fell in love with the breed. Cupid, Am/ Can CH Tapscott’s Valentine Cupid was my first Havanese. I then added Am/Can CH Tapscott’s Blonde Bomb- shell, Am/Can/IABCA CH Tapscott’s Mr. Hot-Shot and CH Tapscott’s TNT At Amblers. Karolyn Harrison also had faith in me, as well as Lisa Workman, Bea Sawka, Katie Say and Karen and Diane Sako. I am grateful to all these ladies for entrusting me with their dogs, enabling me to build a beautiful and healthy pedigree. I have been lucky enough to be on the lead of my friends dogs of other breeds and showed them to their cham- pionships. Yorkies, Min Pins, Cresteds, Poms, LowChen and Pointers. I love showing dogs and hope I will be able to continue until I am dead. I have judged sweeps at the National Specialty in Chicago and the regional sweeps in Alabama. I am scheduled to judge the sweeps at the Mid Florida Havanese Club Specialty in Orlando! I love judging the sweeps. It is a tough job, especially when everyone brings me gorgeous babies! But I really enjoy doing it because it shows me what a great job we are all doing as breeders and we should be very proud of our accomplishments. The breed has come a very long way. I am very proud of the fact that I am a successful breeder/owner/han- dler and that other breeders have had enough faith in me and my dogs to build their own foundations from dogs they have acquired from me. It is also very nice that regional and national clubs have also had faith in me when choosing me to judge the sweepstakes for their specialties. I believe anyone can show their own dogs and win. But it is much more than taking your dog for a walk. It takes practice and dedication but it can be done! Previously in TNT

together with my husband, Richard, (unpaid Kennel help) I am Ambler Havanese. I acquired my foundation from Pamm and Jeanne Tapscott about 15

years ago. Since then I have been lucky enough to breed and buy selectively and build what I think is a great line of dogs. My first litter just turned 13. Over the years I have bred 35 champions, many of them also Canadian Champions as well as being Grand Champions. All but one of these dogs was totally Owner Handled (mostly novice Owner han- dlers) to their championships. I have several group winners and placers and specialty winners. I also have had a few of my dogs in the top ten in the last 5-6 years, all Owner Han- dled. I am proud of the fact that my dogs have been able to compete and do well, in what is becoming a very heavily filled pro handler breed ring and of course the group rings always have been. I started out almost 20 years ago with Yorkies and did okay with them,

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