Top Notch Toys May 2017

A M G C H G C A N C H T H AT ’ S P U L L I N ’ AT YO U R H E A R T S T R I N G S

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G O L D G R A N D C H A M P I O N SANDERL IN

DANCE L I KE A D ICKENS

B R E D & OWN E D B Y: ANGELA M. SANDERS SANDERLIN MINIATURE PINSCHERS

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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flash! NEW GCH !

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

B R E D & OWN E D B Y: ANGELA M. SANDERS , SANDERLIN MINIATURE PINSCHERS 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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GCHB CH ZHEN' S THAT ' S WHO WE ARE

PRESENTED BY: TARA M. RI CHARDSON | OWNED BY: CAROL CLOUSE , KRI ST INA KARRAKER & NORMA FELDMAN

BRED BY: CAROL CLOUSE , amy thompson & b i ll thompson

TARA M. RI CHARDSON Sunlit Chinese Cresteds

NORMA M. FELDMAN &

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Dice SUNL I T ' S HIGH ROLLER PRESENTED BY: BRENDA MATHERLY OWNED BY: BRENDA MATHERLY & NORMA FELDMAN

Majick WORKA ART-DELENDE ' S SPELLBOUND AT SUNL I T PRESENTED BY: TARA M. RI CHARDSON OWNED BY: TARA M. RI CHARDSON, NORMA M. FELDMAN, PATRI C IA STEPHENS & SANDRA BRUNSELL BRED BY: PATRI C IA STEPHENS , SANDRA BRUNSELL , davi d & darlene sche i ri s

Jean-Luc SUNL I T ' S NOUVEAU C I RQUE PRESENTED BY: TARA M. RI CHARDSON

OWNED BY: TARA M. RI CHARDSON & NORMA M. FELDMAN

BRED BY: SUSAN ASHPAUGH , TARA M. RI CHARDSON, NORMA M. FELDMAN & TAMI LANE

BRED BY: susan ashpaugh, tara ri chardson, norma feldman & tami lane

Tabitha SUNL I T ' S BEWI TCHED PRESENTED BY: TARA M. RI CHARDSON

Preston WORKA ART-DELENDE ' S RUNNING BARE AT SUNL I T OWNED BY: TARA M. RI CHARDSON, NORMA M. FELDMAN, PATRI C IA STEPHENS & SANDRA BRUNSELL

OWNED BY: VI RGINIA WHI TE & BARBARA CURT I S

BRED BY: SANDRA BRUNSELL , PATRI C IA STEPHENS , davi d & Darlene sche i ri s

BRED BY: TARA M. RI CHARDSON & NORMA FELDMAN

Paris GCHS CH SUNL I T ' S MI STY MOUNTAIN HOP TOP 5 All-breed b i tch & #2 Breed B I TCH 20 1 6 * OWNED & PRESENTED BY: BRENDA MATHERLY BRED BY: TARA M. RI CHARDSON & NORMA FELDMAN

Secret Sunl i t ' s The Secret ' s Out at roccoco Owned by: Tara R i chardson & Norma Feldman

bred by: Tara R i chardson & Norma Feldman

* TNT ALL-BREED & BREED STATS 20 1 6

FAERYDREAMER N’ LES-LEE’S MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS

b r e d b y Jaime Coppage & Leslie A. Gould o w n e d b y Sunlit | Tara Richardson & Norma Feldman c o - o w n e d b y Jaime Coppage Felicia ALL the Judges who have recognized our stylish girl! Thank You To

Winners Bitch & Best of Winners Chinese Crested Club of Southern California ACCC 1 st Place in her class Selectively Shown Specialties & Toy Specialists only

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N E W P U P P Y B I T 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

Thank you Judges MR . MICHAEL J . (MICKEY) FE IGELSON & MS . TERESA CUCHIARO PROFESSIONALLY GROOMED & HANDLED BY: KIRSTEN MCGREGOR OWNED BY: TERESA LYNN BELL WWW. KEALOHAKENNELS .COM BRED BY: PRESTON & MARY LOU GROVES WWW.GROVESHI RE .COM

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Number One OWN E R H A ND L E D DOG * * Top 10 B R E E D *

*TNT BREED STATS AS OF 3/31/17 **AKC NOHS STATS AS OF 4/1/17

Owned by DA N MC L AU GH L I N & LONN I E P H I L L I P S

Bred and Handled by LONN I E P H I L L I P S

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Grand Champion Dazl Reh Ebonys Fiery Promise

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Havanese Gr oup 1 Seda l i a , MO Judge Be t t y Ne l son Po l l uc k hand l e r : Da r l ene Sche i r i s

Owne r s : Wi es l awa S t an i s z ews ka , Dav i d & Da r l ene Sche i r i s B r eede r s : Pa t r i c i a Lucas , Dav i d & Da r l ene Sche i r i s

Af t e r t ak i ng Eu r ope by s t o rm Ryan r e t u r ns t o t he US and i s t ak i ng To r nado A l l ey by s t o rm. S t . Joseph MO KC , Hea r t o f Ame r i ca C l us t e r, Kansas C i t y, Sun f l owe r C l us t e r - Wi ch i t a I n 3 week s o f showi ng , Ryan has a l l ma j o r s , AKC Champ i onsh i p , 21 po i n t s t owa r ds h i s Gr and Champ i onsh i p , & a Gr oup P l acemen t a t a Toy Spec i a l t y. Thank you Judges : Mr s . Ann Hea r n , Mr s . Po l l y Smi t h , Mr. Kenne t h Be r g , Mr. Timo t hy Robb i ns and Ms . Be t s y Da l e BOB & Gr oup 4 a t Kansas Toy Dog C l ub .

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MU LT I P L E B E S T I N S P E C I A LT Y S H OW & R E S E R V E B E S T I N S H OW W I N N I N G

A M G C H G C A N C H T H AT ’ S P U L L I N ’ AT YO U R H E A R T S T R I N G S

1 S T H AVA N E S E TO W I N A G R O U P 1 I N 2 0 1 7 !

JUDGE MERLE TAYLOR

*AS PER AKC THRU 3/9/17

BRED, CO-OWNED, HANDLED, & LOVED BY DAVID & DARLENE SCHEIRIS | 816-213-8100 | WESHOWDOGS@AOL.COM OWNED & LOVED BY DR. STEPHEN & MRS. PATRICIA LUCAS | PATTI JLUCAS@YAHOO.COM number one breed & al l breed *

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New Bronze Grand Champion Multiple Group and NOHS Group Placements

#1 Bitch All-Breed * #2 NOHS Italian Greyhound *

GCHB Infiniti She's Got Legs

#teampeaches

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Always Owner Handled by Taylor Barnes

Co-Owned by: Taylor Barnes, Becky Barnes, Kim & Randy Frennier Bred by: Kim & Randy Frennier

*All-Breed Stats as of February 2017 *NOHS Stats as of March 2017 T

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It is certainly a pleasure to be asked once again to join Top Notch Toys in a special issue that is dedicated to the Italian Greyhound. This, as you may know, became one of my favorite breeds in the early 80s. They reminded me of my Whippets, but I never could understand why their shaky personalities and temperaments were so different from the brave, friendly Whippets that I owned. I finally purchased several IGs for the challenge of better understanding them as pets and show dogs. For many years I worked with these sensitive small Toy dogs making efforts to improve their temperaments by not ever breeding the timid ones. This took a great deal of commitment and for years it became a full time job to improve many of their strange mannerisms. Today I can honestly say that the IG owners, breeders and judges have struggled to turn this difficult breed into an extremely entertaining, easy to love 89% normal pet and show dog. I feel their vast improvement should easily be called one of the many miracles that has occurred in the world of dogs. Our breeders have accomplished this quietly by themselves and I must say our breed has improved amazingly since the 30 years I first joined them. “My Love for IGs has Steadily Increased”

Our IG Breed Magazine & Stud Book was basically most responsible for educating us and its Editor & Publisher, Joan & William Cooper, should be credited for holding us together with their endless work of keeping our breeding and show records correct and informative during my enjoyable participation.

GCh. Bo-Bett’s Open Button #1 IG All Systems 2010 & 2011. Still siring top show puppies, much like himself, for Bo-Bett.

Ch. Tekoneva’s Dario, the top siring IG in the history of the breed. For Bo-Bett Farm, he sired 108 Champions!

Carol and Platinum GCh. Marchwind Barbara Ann. She became #1 IG for Bo-Bett Farm in 2015 & 2016. Purchased from Marchwind Kennels.

Bo-Bett Farm | Reddick, FL | 352-591-1020 | charris75@aol.com

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4. Ch. Bo-Bett’s Mister Bubbles Another top winning son of Dario. 5. Ch. Bo-Bett’s Perry Peridot Perry, a son of Dario, won the Italian National under Judge James Mitchell. 6. Ch. Bo-Bett’s Peter Platinum A top-winning son of Dario. 7. Ch. Bo-Bett’s Cute As A Button An exquisite daughter of

8. Ch. Bo Bett Bachelor’s Button A winning son of Ch. Bo-Bett’s Perry Peridot that won Best Opposite at the IG National. 9. Ch. Marchwind Dancin With The Stars She is an outstanding winning

1. Ch. Bo-Bett’s Sharon Gem Stone She was a favorite of the judges and also of mine. 2. Ch. Bo-Bett’s Emily Emerald Another daughter of Dario that was a consistent winner for Bo-Bett. 3. Ch. Bo-Bett’s Red Buttons A gorgeous son of Ch. Bo Bett Bachelor’s Button. I sold him to South Africa where he became Top IG as well as Top All Breed Show dog in S.A.

bitch that I purchased from Marchwind Kennels. She will become a priceless out-cross for Bo-Bett.

Ch. Bo-Bett’s Perry Peridot that I believe represented the breed as well as any IG I ever owned.

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16. GCh. Marchwind Barbara Ann Was one of the rare IGs that truly always enjoyed being shown by Justin Smithey. 17. Ch. Tekenova’s Dario & Ch. Windriver Ruby Tuesday Renewing their marriage vows after five litters and 22 champion puppies that certainly helped set records for both of them.

10. GCh. Bo-Bett’s Impossible Dream A son of GCh. Bo-Bett’s Open Button.Owned by Mary Fisher and Pat Toy, Wash. 11. Ch. Mach 4 Bo-Bett’s Dom Perignon MXF “Peri” did it like a champ. He was the #1 IG in Agility 2009, trained & proudly owned by Patti Campbell. 12. Ch. Tekoneva’s Dario & Get

My IG friend, Barbara Angelino, is holding Ch. Bo-Bett’s Red Buttons (left) before he went to South Africa and her own Ch. Horizon’s Lil Bandit Of Bo-Bett (right) , a fierce contender at shows and an amazing sire. 14. Ch. Bo-Bett’s Eldomar Button Up “Taylor” was the #1 IG Male in 2007. Bred by Bo-Bett, owned and campaigned by Lucy Doheny from California. A consistent winner in the US, but when we sold her, she became Japan’s Top Winning IG in 1996 & 1997. 15. Ch. Bo-Bett’s Charlie’s Angel

18. Carol has never stopped enjoying and caring for her beloved puppies.

Dario (center) and two Champion sons: Ch. Bo-Bett’s Tommy Topaz and BISS Ch. Bo-Bett’s Peter Platinum.

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Ch. Horizon’s Lil Bandit Of Bo-Bett

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G C H L u f f e y l a n d ’ s

Toy Group One J. Mr. Charles L. Olvis | A 2017 Untrimmed Havanese First Bred & Owned By: Thomas & Margaret Luffey

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G C H L u f f e y l a n d ’ s

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Toy GroupTwo J. Mr. Ramon Valenzuela Podesta | Es El Mismo Perro Con El Collar Diferente

Presented By: Harry Bennett & S. D. Rowan Jr.

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#1 GCH CHINESE CRESTED DOG IN HAWAII* • TOP 20 CRESTED** GROUP WINNING • 2015 NATIONAL BEST OF OPPOSITE

A Magnificent Toy that lives up to its Million Dollar namE !!

BREEDER/OWNER/HANDLERS: BETTY LOU SCOTT & ARLENE BUTTERKLEE *AKC GCH POINTS AS OF 4/5/17 **TNT BREED & ALL BREED STATS AS OF 3/31/17

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MULTI-GROUP PLACING, WESTMINSTER SELECT

GRCH GINGERY’S HIGH VOLTAGE

Ellie She’s

Electric!

No. 1 CHINESE CRESTED FEMALE *

Owned by JACQUI DIPIETRO & ARLENE BUTTERKLEE Bred by ARLENE BUTTERKLEE Handled by VICTOR HELU

Thank you Lee Whittier, Dr. Roger Pritchard, Lydia Hutchinson, Bill deVilleneuve, Terry Stacy, Jan Paulk, Jan Pardue and Jackie Rayner for the recent Specialty and group wins!

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*TNT all breed stats as of 3/31/17

Unlike any

other!

photo by © Rhonda Cassidy

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knockout white owl Chihuahua* Top 10 Best in Specialty Winning

Group Placing Crufts Qualified

Special thanks to Jim Fehring for giving Izzie her first BISS at just 15 months of age!

Bred by Knockout Chihuahuas - Passion for the whole dog Rachel K. Green - knockoutchis@gmail.com - www.knockoutchihuahuas.com ALL BREEDING STOCK OFA CLEAR - ALWAYS BREEDER-OWNER-HANDLED Chihuahua Club Of Southern California, Specialty Best Of Variety under Dana Cline Flash!

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*TNT breed & all breed stats as of 3/31/17

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Let’s Have A Party GRAND CHAMPION TEGS Solo

©MATT DUNLAP

Amazing things

come in small packages!

Thank you to Fred Basset and Jon Cole for recognizing our beautiful boy his first weekend out as a special.

bred by GERRY & TAMMY DESJARDINS

owned & presented by JENNIFER SNYDER MAR-EL-TO CHIHUAHUAS

co-owned by SYLVIA FARKAS

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CHAMPION TEGS Every Mile a Memory

Bentley

Amazing

things x 2 come in small packages

Bentley is Solo’s first Champion son and is off to an amazing start in his own right!

Finishing in a whirlwind with 5 majors he’s now started his specials career and in just 2 weekends is almost a Grand Champion! Thank you to Judges Peggy Lloyd, Denny Mounce and Terry Stacey for awarding our boy BOV right out of the gate!

bred by GERRY & TAMMY DESJARDINS

owned & presented by JESSICA SIMON | JEM CHIHUAHUAS

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g r o u p w i n n i n g & p l a c i n g s i l v e r g r a n d c h a m p i o n

I S A’ S D A N C E D I N L A U G H T E R W I T H T H E E V E R A F T E R

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*AKC NOHS stats as of 3.31.17 ** TNT all-breed stats as of 3.31.17 *** TNT breed stats of of 3.31.17

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Ever’s younger sister, following in his footsteps and reaching for the stars...

©Thomas Dove

I S A’ S Y O U K N OW Y O U L O V E M E , X O X O c h a m p i o n

NO. 16 b r e e d * * * with limited showing GG

Judges Fred Bassett, Toddie Clark, Nancy Bodine and Gary Doerge. s p e c i a l t h a n k y o u t o

Excellent moving and saucy temperament! A family tradition!

bred , owned & hand l ed by MELANI E BOWL ING co-owned wi th HAI LEE BOWL ING

©Thomas Dove

a l w a y s g r a t e f u l t o Windsong Chihuahuas and True Shot Chihuahuas/Handling

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by BONNIE GUGGENHEIM TNT Advertising Director & Associate Editor NATIONAL SPECIALTIES IN THE SPRING ETCETERA

A pril, May and the first of June there are eleven National Specialties— Affenpinschers, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, English Toy Spaniels, Japa- nese Chin, Maltese, Miniature Pinschers, Papillon, Poodles and Shih Tzu and Chinese Crested! As a former breeder, exhibitor, Toy judge and advertiser, I understand the importance of these shows and wish it were possible to be at every one of them. Have a wonderful time and win as well ! Each club has promised to send a short write up of the show as well as candid ringside photos so for those of you who have agreed to take pictures or write the article, I extend my personal thank you. Your photos and article will be a perma- nent record of your National that judges and others can find on our pages. For every Nation- al Specialty, there are more man hours than ever accounted for, plus money and effort to host these events. A huge amount of work, but tremendously rewarding when you love your special breed. We all know our Toys are totally terrific and where will you see more of the best examples? If you have not advertised in TNT before, please call me and allow me to help you develop an adver- tising plan that will be effective, cost efficient and put you in front of those that matter the most. Our designers can offer creative, colorful pages that suit your taste and celebrate the wins in a way that promotes your winning dog and you. Together we can create an advertising plan that fits your budget and gives you the winning edge. Top Notch Toys ads reach a target audience, promote a winning image of your Toy dog and lend credibility to your breeding program. Don’t get lost in the other magazines, be found in Top Notch Toys ! Let me hear from you with your exciting new puppies, your winning show experiences in and out of the country and what is happening in your corner of the dog show world. Remember… inquiring minds want to know! Bonnie bonnie@dmcg.com | 863.738.8848

QUESTION OF THE MONTH How many of the Winners Dogs and Winners Bitches are from the Bred By class? This class should be your heart and soul and is the result of studying pedigrees, kennel visits and looking at the competition at Nationals as well as regular shows. Anyone who is a statisti- cian please email me with the numbers of winners that come from the Bred By class. You will get credit for this information!

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Leader of The Band C H A M P I O N S I R I U S ’ S

CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE ONE YEAR OF AGE. Finished his

THANK YOU JUDGE BEVERLY CHAPSTICK

OWNED BY JUDY WARD PASADENA, TX

HANDLED BY JOYCE STANDISH STANDISHBT@AOL.COM

LOVED, SHOWN & CARED FOR BY JOYCE STANDISH AND REGINA MAXWELL

Special thank you to PENNY & LARRY DEWEY FOR MY FIRST MIN PIN.

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A M / CA N C H . CA N T E X

B LUE J AYS ’ TO P DOG

C U R R E N T LY

I TA L I A N G R E Y HOU ND I N C A N A DA *

Breeders/Co-Owners: TRISH COOPER & BRENDA COOK Owner/Handler: NANCY JO ANDERSON, HOUNDS OF OJIBWAY, ITALIAN GREYHOUNDS

*CANUCK DOGS, STATS

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Colby AM CHAMPION SOUTH FORK’S Key to My Heart Poetry in Motion

© Turley Photo

W H A T ’ S N E W ? Special Delivery from France Elvis HUNDERWOOD LOVE ME TENDER 1st Show 3 pt. major out of the 12-18 month class. A special thank you to Judge Mrs. Murrel Purkhiser, Greater Muskegon KC.

Elvis is bred by: Eric Bernard | Owned by: Neil Feerrar Both are shown & loved by: MJ Held 1442 Orchard Park Road | West Seneca, New York 14224 | 716-675-4497

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Champion

K E E P E R OF T H E F L AME

CH SHAB R I ’ S MONTANYA DE OS I TO x GCH GENB ROOK ’ S P L AY I N ’ WI TH F I R E

O W N E D , B R E D & L O V E D B Y G A R Y & V I C K I S T I L E S

© PHOTO BY STEVEN ROSS

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Owned by Robin Nuttall & Jacqueline Zwirn Bred by Jacqueline Zwirn & Richard Johnson Sidels Miniature Pinschers www.sidelsminpins.com Watch for him in the Midwest!

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V I NC ENT E X EMP L I F I E S C ORR E C T TYP E MOVEMENT AND T EMP E RAMENT The Next Big Thing

*TNT all breed stats as of 3/31/17 A L L B R E E D *

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Justin GRAND CHAMPION LAMPLIGHTER BENDILL IT’S JUST A TAIL

BREEDERS/OWNERS: Barbara Beissel, Mark Benson & James Dillman HANDLER: Barbara Beissel, BarbaraBeissel@aol.com, BendillSilkyTerriers@juno.com Mark Benson, BendillSilkyTerriers@iuno.com

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B-Boy Multi CH B-Boy of Angela White KR Bronze Grand Champion

# 1 Maltese breed *

thank you Tonia & Edgar for making our boy shine!

THANK YOU judge Mrs. Vicki Abbott for honoring us with this win!

Owned by Laurence Didier | France • Bred by So Hyang Kim | Angela White Maltese Handled By Tonia Holibaugh | Rhapsody Maltese • Handled by Edgar Cruz Guevara • Assisted by Vernor Ovares Ugalde

*TNT breed stats as of 3/31/17

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WATCH FOR THIS YOUNG SUPERSTAR TO HIT THE RING RUNNING! Zhen Chinese Cresteds, TRULY WHAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF Bred by Carol Clouse (Zhen), Amy Thompson, and Bill Thompson Owned by Carol Clouse 50 • T op N otch T oys , M ay 2017

James MULTIPLE RESERVE BEST IN SHOW, MULTIPLE BEST IN SPECIALTY SHOW & MULTIPLE GROUP WINNING GCH STEPAMGAR SKYFALL Thank you MARK LUCAS FOR AWARDING JAMES A GROUP TWO.

PROUDLY BRED & OWNED BY: JIM & LINDA SHREFFLER | STEPAMGAR CKCS | CO-OWNED BY: MARY ELLEN TROIA | MIDDLEMARSH CKCS PROFESSIONALLY HANDLED BY: MICHELLE M. JONES | ASSISTED BY: MACKENZIE S. JONES JAMES IS A THIRTEEN TIME BEST IN SPECIALTY SHOW WINNER! A M E R I C A ' S # 1 C K C S *

*TNT all breed stats as of 3/31/17

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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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Canadian CH Old Havana’s Totally Honest

GCHB AMBLERS TOTALLY AWESOME DUDE X AM CH/CAN CH SONRISAS NENA AT OLD HAVANA Bred by Myrna McCal lum (pi c tured) Always Owner Handl ed by Kathy Amb l er / www.amb l er -Havanese . com

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THE SECOND TIME AROUND

by PAT BULLARD

W hat would you change if you could start all over in the dog world? I imagine I’m not the only one who has been given a second chance. Life takes us away from our passion and sometimes brings us back again. Sometimes other responsibilities or unexpected changes take us away and sometimes tragedy. In my case it was a tragic car accident on our way home from the Ravenna, Ohio shows in August of 1991. Up to that point I had been campaigning Maltese specials and had just begun my breeding program, but after the accident I left the sport for many years. In 2012, when the last of my old line was geriatric, I put a post on social media asking if any of my Maltese friends could help me find a puppy. Fortunately, I got an answer right away from my most trusted and respected friends in the breed, Tara Martin Row- ell and Vicki Abbott of Scylla Maltese. All I asked for was a pet puppy since I’d never had the courage to go in the ring myself in the old days. The puppy they sent me was a joyful little guy and he awakened my passion for the show world again. I asked if I might learn to show by showing him and off we went to training class. Even though I had a history of suc- cess in our breed from the past it didn’t change that, as a handler, I was a rank novice. So much has changed in the grooming world since my old days. New products and new methods have had to be mastered but, most of all, overcoming the anxiety and nervous- ness of being an exhibitor has been a huge challenge. Standing beside me and behind me with untold support are my mentors, Tara and Vicki. I should also add that I was 60 years old when I began my second chance and I can no longer hear. Our first show was in Chattanoo- ga, Tennessee and a fellow exhibitor agreed to meet me the night before to

“THAT IS WHEN I ‘SAW THE LIGHT’ AND REALIZED THE BEST CONTRIBUTION I COULD MAKE WOULD BE TO JOIN FORCES WITH THOSE I RESPECT SO HIGHLY AND DO MY BEST TO PROTECT OUR BREED AND THEIR LINE.”

show me how to put up 21st century style top knots. My little guy took sec- ond in his class the first day and I was so nervous I missed going back into the ring for reserve. We had better luck at our next show and picked up a couple of single points. That first boy finished with three majors, the last being five points and I’d already begun dream- ing of coming back to breeding by that time. I’ve already said how much I respect and treasure my mentors, but it was at this point that I did some hard thinking about how I wanted to change from the first time around, how much time I have left to be a productive contributor to the Maltese through breeding and what would happen to the program when I am no longer able to continue. That is when I “saw the light” and realized the best contribution I could make would be to join forces with those I respect so highly and do my best to protect our breed and their line. At that point we found our foundation bitch in Germany and laid plans and dreamed dreams of our future together. As I write I’ve finished five champi- ons, put two grand championships on our dogs and our first litter of two are both grand champions and all three of the Maltese I showed in 2016 were ranked in the top 15 NOHS Maltese. At

this point I became very interested in competing in the NOHS and started the year with a BIS which took our girl to NOHS #1 Maltese. Now I look for shows offering NOHS, but that is all that’s changed. We still average one show weekend a month. I mentioned earlier that I am deaf, but I also have many old nagging injuries and who doesn’t when approaching the age of 65? My dear husband makes it possible for me to live my passion and for that and so many other things I am eternally grateful. I am also grateful for the stewards and judges of our sport who make accommodations for all of us with disabilities. I learned right away from the stewards they will always be happy to inform the judge of any dis- abilities of exhibitors. I let the steward know when I pick up my armband. After a while most of the stewards and judges know without a reminder. It’s also very helpful to watch the judge’s ring procedure in other breeds before your own judging time. Since I’ve been given a second chance in the sport my heart feels dif- ferently, too. In the old days I was fero- ciously competitive and it was hard to lose. None of us likes losing but now I realize I am competing with others who have dreams just as important as mine. Their passions run as deep and their

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“ONE THING THAT HASN’T CHANGED FROM MY FIRST TRIP AROUND THE BLOCK IS MY SUPPORT OF OUR BREED CLUB, THE AMERICAN MALTESE ASSOCIATION.”

wins are their dreams come true. My comrades are trying as hard as I am and are as tired as I am on Sunday morning. I’m sure we all say the same thing to ourselves, “I made it!” It’s hard to keep showing once we know where we stand with our competition at a show but con- tinuing to show up when we know we don’t stand a chance of winning is the true test of sportsmanship. An honest and sincere congratulations to the win- ners will be something none of us ever regrets. Don’t be discouraged if no one is there to congratulate your win. Pat yourself on the back and be kinder than ever to your comrades. They are disap- pointed and will recover given a bit of time. Monday always feels better than Sunday afternoon. One thing that hasn’t changed from my first trip around the block is my sup- port of our breed club, The American Maltese Association. I can’t do the same jobs I did in the old days without my hearing but there are still many con- tributions I can make to our club. I’ve been one of the administrators for our social media page for the past three years and it’s been a good marketing tool for our club. It’s also given me the opportunity to communicate with oth- ers in our breed in a forum where I can read every word and not have to hear or read lips. The second time around is even bet- ter than the first. Having a lifetime to ponder and make mistakes I’ve come to a place that is rewarding. Striving for something keeps our hopes and dreams alive. Loving our dogs and our breed gives comfort to our hearts. Mentor- ing others gives us hope for the future. Knowing our history and pedigrees gives a better insight in making breed- ing decisions. Knowing what we want gives us the courage to stand for what we believe even if we stand alone. Being a novice owner handler isn’t a bad thing but, instead, an admission that we are students each day of our lives.

Scylla’s Small Kraft Sky Kisses and Pat Bullard

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SURVIVING YOUR PET’S DEATH

by WILL GIBSON, PhD

As we think of our departed human friends, we also think of canine friends loved and lost and how best to cope with this added emotional injury all dog fanciers incur. We thanks Dr. Will Gibson for his professional opinion and advice.

S ome readers may find it odd to discover an article by a psy- chologist in a publication of this nature. For others, it will make perfect sense. As a psychologist, I am interested in guiding each of you to a more fulfilling, happier life. In fact, I consider it unhealthy for you to choose anything less than the most satisfying life available to you. Primary among contributing factors to your psychological well-being are your meaningful, intimate relationships with others... caring, important associa- tions that extend beyond yourself and your own needs and desires. It comes as no surprise to any reader of this maga- zine that such relationships are often forged not with other humans, but in fact with our pets. Psychologist Abraham Maslow sug- gests that as we grow in our ability to love and participate in meaningful rela- tionships beyond ourselves, we become healthier and more actualized individu- als. Such relationships, in turn, contrib- ute to our enjoyment of an increased

sense of security, belonging and being loved... all highly contributory to our enhanced psychological health. I am trained as a family therapist. As such, it is my responsibility to con- sider the structure under which a family functions and the defined roles it expects from every member of its unique, individualized family system. Part of my professional work includes the training and preparation of graduate students working to become licensed family therapists. It is incumbent upon me to assure that these future therapists acknowledge the variations that will be presented to them by the families they encounter in their work. As every indi- vidual is wonderfully unique, so too is every family special and different from any other. Psychologists and other mental health professionals have long recog- nized the contributory and positive role pets play in our lives, as well as functioning as active members with- in our family system. I have person- ally been active in enlisting the use

of pets in family therapy as well as in medical settings as a component of enhanced treatment in both private and clinical environments. Early in the AIDS crisis during the late 1980s into the 1990s, as mental health workers, we immediately recognized the value of using pets as companions to terminally ill individuals rejected by their families and friends. Not only did loving pets offer the unconditional love and support often missing in the dying patient’s life, they created a stronger will to survive and to remain participa- tory in life on an on-going daily basis... something that often eluded our abili- ties as doctors and health care workers to create. Today, pets are actively used in treat- ing ill patients in virtually every clini- cal setting. Their positive influence is evident from the moment they enter the room! As a psychologist, I also find that John Bowlby’s theory of attachment often aids me in considering alterna- tives for methodology in working with

“TODAY, PETS ARE ACTIVELY USED IN TREATING ILL PATIENTS IN VIRTUALLY EVERY CLINICAL SETTING. THEIR POSITIVE INFLUENCE IS EVIDENT FROM THE MOMENT THEY ENTER THE ROOM!”

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“WE ACCEPT THE POTENTIALITY OF AN EMOTIONALLY CHARGED LOSS EXPERIENCE IN EXCHANGE FOR THE EXTENDED JOY AND INTENSE PLEASURE WE RECEIVE FROM OUR PET AND THE RESULTING RELATIONSHIP.”

my clients. It has a lot to offer as we consider the importance of our relation- ships with our pets. Attachment theory considers our ability to allow ourselves to care about, perhaps even love, others in ways that are both meaningful and contributory to our own personal sense of well-being and happiness. Bowlby believes that our early childhood experiences with caregivers are the determinates of our ability to positively participate in inti- mate relationships as adults... meaning- ful relationships with our primary part- ner, our children, our close friends and, yes, even perhaps with our pets. If you have lived long enough, you have probably experienced the impact of the emotionality that sur- rounds an unfulfilled or non-continuing intimate relationship. It is part of the human life experience for most. By defi- nition, in our willingness to explore a desired relationship, we accept, perhaps unconsciously, the risk that we may ultimately be rejected or abandoned.

Such rejection or abandonment can be psychologically intense and potentially damaging as it affects our willingness to seek out subsequent relationships. Bowlby’s theory states that with each successful experience of having our childhood needs met at a time when we are personally incapable of caring for ourselves, such as feeding, warmth and diaper changes, we become secure and trusting of our relationship with the world and less fearful of rejection or abandonment. Hence, as adults, we are more willing to seek out intimate relationships in spite of the risk of pain- ful rejection or abandonment. We have confidence that our needs will, at least sometimes, be met. Consider the unique attachment that evolves from our loving relationships with our pets. We may even consider a relationship with particular breed based upon our expectations of the length of the breed’s expected lifespan. This could ultimately become the crite- ria we use to determine whether or not

we even explore such a relationship. So, in most cases we voluntarily enter into an intimate relationship with our new pet with the knowledge and expecta- tion that our own human life span may well extend beyond the life span of our pet. We accept the potentiality of an emotionally charged loss experience in exchange for the extended joy and intense pleasure we receive from our pet and the resulting relationship. In effect, we’re agreeing with Tennyson: “‘Tis better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all.” Our willing- ness to participate is highly psychologi- cally enhancing as well as a sign of our positive personal attachment ability. The psychological consideration of all that our pets have to offer us is never ending in scope. As with every meaningful relationship we enjoy during our lives, this relationship is made up of a myriad of challenges and fulfilling moments. ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A resident of Bainbridge Island, Wash- ington, Will Gibson, PhD, is a profes- sor of Marriage and Family Therapy in Seattle. Will specializes in attach- ment, relationship and bereavement and loss issues. He consults profession- ally in the area of parental grief and teenage suicide. He is also an avid pet lover who shares his home with his family and four rescued dogs.

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ITALIAN GREYHOUNDS ONE TO 18 OR SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN by LILLIAN S. BARBER

W hen we acquired our first Italian Greyhound in 1966 I had no idea that this charismatic breed would become a hugely impor- tant part of my life and now, in retire- ment, just about my whole life. There is something about the IG that can insert itself, if not directly under one’s skin, at least into any plan one might have for a so-called normal existence. I certainly didn’t think we would be living with up to 18 of them for the rest of our lives. Much has been written about the sweet and overwhelmingly loving nature of this breed, the fact that they are “a big dog in a small body”, their quietness, their aloofness with strang- ers and the not-so-flattering difficulties with housetraining. Well, forget all of that, or at least most of it. Except for the loving nature part, most of it just isn’t so. IGs, or “Iggies”, as many prefer to call them, are in one way like humans.

No two are completely identical in per- sonality. I can authoritatively say that after having lived with multiple IGs for over 50 years. We have never had two of them with exactly the same outlook on life. Italian Greyhounds are definitely extremely affectionate. As wonderful as that may sound, the term “separation anxiety” immediately comes to mind. The strong attachment these dogs have to their people makes that a com- mon condition and one that should be addressed early on. We recently had a graphic experi- ence along those lines when I gave a six-month-old show quality puppy to a friend. We were going to co-own “Cara” and take turns showing her. She seemed to adjust to living with my friend, her husband and two other IGs. Everything went well for several months, until my friend needed seri- ous surgery that required her return- ing Cara to me. Cara and my youngest

resident IG took up where they had left off and wild behavior that threatened an imminent broken leg started up again immediately. I decided to place Cara, by then ten months of age, with another experienced IG person who was anxious to show her and eventually breed her. That didn’t work. Cara was very obviously unhappy and showed no inclination to bond with her new fam- ily. She refused to eat enough to remain in proper weight, became extremely stubborn in rejecting her show training and just failed to fit into her new envi- ronment. She was returned to me and immediately began to stick to me like proverbial glue along with eating her meals down to the last kibble. I’m quite sure she is here to stay. While on the subject of forgetting oft-repeated stories, it should be kept in mind that the couch potato reputa- tion of retired racing Greyhounds does not extend to the big grey’s smaller cousin. One IG may enjoy a snooze on the sofa and half a dozen of them will often occupy all available comfortable seating in the room, but they will just as readily wildly chase one another, run- ning and jumping precariously on and off all sides of the furniture, often with scant regard for checking out their land- ing site. Arranging furniture for safety rather than esthetics is a priority with multiple IGs, most of whom think they can fly. Aloofness with strangers is almost universal with these dogs. Sometimes they appear to be extremely fearful of people they don’t know, a trait that increases if the perceived intruder is too aggressive in attempts to make

“ITALIAN GREYHOUNDS ARE DEFINITELY EXTREMELY AFFECTIONATE.”

Just about any IG can be pretty as a picture.

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her own regular space. All of them will trot through the entire house to use potty pads in the dog room during the night. They can do this so stealthily that I’m rarely awakened when it happens. My husband sleeps with a puppy that wakes him by gently kissing him while standing on his chest if she needs to “go” during the night. Multiple dogs are, of course, a fact of life for breeders and exhibitors. There is always that “They’re small—what’s one more?” syndrome. It becomes impor- tant to note that IGs are Hounds and, therefore, pack animals. As sweet and gentle as they normally are, they can behave like pack dogs and attack, and even kill, a sick or weak pack member. Remaining alert to changes in group behavior becomes vital as one’s pack of IGs grows. Feeding multiple IGs is best done with each dog having its own bowl placed in the same spot each time. Some are inveterate food thieves and must be watched, especially if there is a slow eater in the group. Free-feeding may take less time but rarely works with a group of IGs, almost always result- ing in some obese dogs and some very skinny ones. Since show dogs must be kept intact, I strongly advise keeping dogs and bitch- es separated unless close supervision is possible—even when no one appears to be in season. Although housetrain- ing isn’t impossible, marking behavior when intact boys and girls are allowed to interact is a fact of life. Dogs equate marking with signing their name rather than seeing it as urinating. Living with a houseful of IGs can affect all the senses. They can be destructive chewers as youngsters and they love toys, which they are likely to leave everywhere. They also love to kill the toys by gutting them. They can be loud at times, such as when they see their humans preparing to leave with- out them—they always know no matter how carefully we try to conceal that fact—or they spot a squirrel or other small animal somewhere, and they can make odorous messes. However, they are breathtakingly beautiful crea- tures and the way they press up against those they love in order to be caressed is calming and satisfying. Most people who start with one Italian Greyhound eventually wind up with two of them if not even more.

IGs seem to be genetically programmed to get under covers.

friends with the handsome little dog. This is one reason the IG is not an easy breed to show, although they can be trained to accept being examined by a stranger while they are standing on a table. Almost all of them, if given a gentle approach and a little time, will at least be cordial to strangers. They are definitely not a breed that automati- cally loves everyone, although there are occasional exceptions. They can also be stand-offish and even aggressive with strange dogs and other animals. They almost invariably recognize their own breed or even a larger Sighthound and will interact with these quite differ- ently from their behavior around other canines. Surprisingly to the uninitiated, if there is a cat in the household most IGs will make friends with it and even happily share sleeping quarters. It is often written that IGs rarely bark. There is even a much repeated story regarding how history might have been changed if Frederick the Great had been accompanied by a barky breed rather than a quiet Italian Greyhound. It may be true of one IG, but a group of them can be very loud and annoying barkers. All it takes is for one to start it. The barking often turns into howling and the decibels continue to increase, a behavior some people choose to call “singing”. To my opera-loving ear, it cer- tainly is not and one’s neighbors don’t have to be opera fans to decidedly not enjoy the IG chorus. Housetraining difficulties with IGs have been almost legendary. Over the years I have learned, however, that they occur mostly under the following situations: 1) The owners work only evenings and on weekends at house training and leave the puppy to its own devices in the daytime during the work week. 2) Two or more puppies

come into the home at the same time. 3) The puppy is expected to “hold it” longer than comfort demands. 4) The IG must depend on the owner to let it go outside and the owner insists on first finishing whatever she is doing. 5) The owners haven’t a clue about how to house train a dog. Most IGs learn fairly easily how to use a doggie door and the ones that are kept with that option are the most eas- ily housetrained. If that is not possible, the next best method is to supply a lit- ter box or an area with pads or newspa- pers that the dog can use at will. I don’t know whether IGs have exceptionally small or touchy bladders or they just don’t like to wait when they have to go, but expecting them to relieve them- selves only at our convenience seems to be the factor in causing or exacerbating the housetraining difficulty. Some people confuse intelligence with trainability. I consider IGs to be high in the first of these and average in the second. Using positive meth- ods, either treat or praise based, IGs can be trained to do just about every- thing most other breeds can do. Most of them delight in Agility work and can do well in Rally or Obedience competi- tion. Some have been trained for track- ing and even weight pulls. These little dogs are very strong for their size. They are extremely well suited to becoming therapy dogs. IGs are almost genetically predis- posed to want to sleep under covers and do so even in warm weather. They almost always settle down quickly and will sleep as long as their humans do. Even people who would never have considered allowing a dog in their bed have said that one or more IGs can be a calming influence. I currently have five girls sleeping with me, each with

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CH DONMAR’S SCARLET RIBBONS: THE MAKING OF A LEGEND by MARY ANN SMART

A ll serious, committed breed- ers set out to produce the best possible dog, of what- ever their breed of choice. s a breeder, I look carefully at what I am trying to accomplish and what faults or problems, I am attempting to correct. Breeding dogs is not an exact science. Once you toss the genes together, you sit back and hope for a good outcome. Even a geneticist must also have some good luck. When I decide to breed a bitch, the first step is to make what I call “paper puppies”, the pedigree, my blueprint, in an attempt to build a bet- ter dog. This is a calculated risk and with hopes for a good outcome. One does not say, “I think I will produce the top-winning fill-in-the-blank in history!” Nope, you just try to correct a fault or two, breed a nice, healthy, sound dog with a good temperament. This was true of the breeding that pro- duced CH Donmar’s Scarlet Ribbons. EDWINA & “ROSE” I first met Edwina Martin at a dog show about 19 years ago. She was show- ing another breed at the time and was a novice owner handler. She asked for some advice on the dog she was show- ing, a breed that I knew nothing about. At the time, she seemed interested in Italian Greyhounds and asked a few questions. I thought nothing of it. Little did I know that she was to become a great friend and that we were to share an experience together that I would never forget. She and I had many things in common, since both of us had grown up with horses. Edwina did not have much dog showing experience, but she had shown her Arabs and had an eye for a good horse and dog; she was already a step ahead. At about this same time, I had got- ten a nice show quality puppy bitch back from a woman who was moving and needed to get “down on dogs”. Since IGs were not her primary breed, Rose was responsibly returned to me,

her breeder. She was 8 months old and I was thrilled with how she had turned out. She was from CH Viva’s The Carioca’s first litter. I was happy to have her back and set out to get her trained for the show ring. Not wanting to waste any time, I took her with me to handling class a few days later. There, I again saw Edwina. I had two dogs at the class that evening, so Edwina end- ed up holding my fawn puppy bitch, Rose, while I worked with my other dog. Rose curled up in her lap and was completely content. Edwina seemed to feel the same way. We chatted for a few moments and exchanged contact infor- mation. Edwina inquired about com- ing to my house; she was interested in Rose. I had thought of placing her, since I had kept two others from that litter. After seeing her all grown up, I had no intention of selling Rose a second time! She was lovely. The first time that Edwina came to my house, we had a pleasant visit. She seemed to have a mission, she was there to see Rose. I spent some time giving her information about the breed. I don’t recall how many visits there were, but at one point, Edwina took on all the characteristics of a stalker. She wanted Rose. My husband finally said, “Oh, let her have the bitch!” Guess he wanted Edwina to go home. As I was walking her to her car, one evening, Edwina abruptly stopped, turned in her tracks, looked me in the eye and said, “Are you going to let me have her?” She had the iron will of Winston Churchill. I finally caved in and agreed.

Edwina and I formed an alliance. She was to co-own with me, Rose would be finished, breeding decisions would be shared, it was a done deal. I became Edwina’s mentor and handling teacher. Edwina took Rose home with her that night. I always thought that it was meant to be, Rose clung to Edwina. She seemed to belong to Edwina before any papers were signed. Edwina soaked up information like a sponge, learning as much as she pos- sibly could. She did a wonderful job of showing Rose, who was beautiful mov- ing. They painted a pleasing picture together. Always in harmony, the two made a good team. Rose finished with what seemed to be little effort and a nice breed win. Rose went on to win another breed or two with Edwina at the helm. CH Viva Lightning Strikes, “Rose”, was Edwina’s first champion. Her second would be amazing. “SAILOR” That year, I went to the Wine Coun- try shows in California, taking Rose with me, to show on the specialty weekend. I showed her with pride and was able to win a nice BOS, in very stiff competition. While at the shows, I was told that Mira Red Sails At Night, “Sailor”, was available. He was a little over a year old and was being returned to his breeder, because the owner could not finish him. His pedigree was different than any- thing that we had in Texas at the time, which made him very interesting. Since his breeder, Roseanne Rogers, had his

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