Top Notch Toys January 2017

Grand Champion Brylee’ s Heavenly Walkin’ On Cloud Nine

Judge Mr. Robert Stein Toy Group One

AMERICA’S No. 1 GRAND CHAMPION HAVANESE ** AME R I C A ’ S No. 1 HAVANESE * EXPRESSES HIS GRATITUDE TO FATHER TIME! 2016 was a very good year.

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*TNT breed stats as of 11.30.16 **TNT GCH stats as of 11.30.16

"Walker" will continue to walk the line! AND AS THE YEAR TWENTY-WONDERFUL BEGINS,

BABY NEW YEAR IS A BOY!

SOUTHERN MAGNOLIA HAVANESE CLUB - JUDGE MRS. AUDREY LYCAN “Walker” is awarded 4 Bests of Breed and 4 Toy Group placements during 4 days of Havanese Club supported entries! Grand Champion Brylee’ s Heavenly Walkin’ On Cloud Nine

Owned By: DR. DUNCAN SIMMONS & BONNIE SIMMONS

Bred & Owned By: MICHELLE ABELS

Presented By: HARRY BENNETT & S. D. ROWAN, JR.

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G O L D G R A N D C H A M P I O N C H A M P I O N S A N D E R L I N DANCE LIKE A DICKENS

T H A N K YO U J U D G E M S . J O A N N E ( J A N ) P A U L K

breeder/owner: ANGELA M. SANDERS, SANDERLIN MINIATURE PINSCHERS

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T H A N K YO U J U D G E M R . J O E WA L T O N

exclusivley handled by: KIM BYRD, PHA

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A M B R O N Z E G R A N D C H A M P I O N M B I S / M G C H / M U L T I C H

Pearl won BOS everyday she was shown in Orlando for the American Kennel Club National Championship week!

Thank you Specialty Judges Dr. Margaret Reed and Mr. Peter Green!

OW N E D B Y : C Y N T H I A L E E | i L O V E M A L T E S E B R E D B Y : V E R O N I C A & A L A N F A W C E T T | A L W A Y S M A L T E S E H A N D L E D B Y : T O N I A H O L I B A U G H | R H A P S O D Y M A L T E S E

H A N D L E D B Y : E D G A R C R U Z G U E V A R A

A S S I S T E D B Y : V E R N O R O V A R E S U G A L D E

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* A K C S TA T S P E R OWN E R R E C O R D S

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That was then...

To date the only Chihuahua to ever be our Nation’s Top Toy Dog!

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CH HOLIDAY GOLD JUBILEE

P R O U D L Y O W N E D B Y S H E I L A W E I S M A N - W A L K E R

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...this is now

T O B E H A N D L E D B Y L A U R A R E E V E S , P H A

AKC/CKC CH BLOOMSBURY BECAUSE OF LOVE Presley

P H O T O B Y S T E V E N R O S S

Three decades of waiting for the next right Chihuahua!

Presley finished with 4 majors, 2 of them prestigious Specialties and 5 Bests of Variety.

B R E D B Y L Y N N & J E F F H U R D | B L O O M S B U R Y

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GCHG DARTAN DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER AT VIVA RESERVE BEST IN SHOW, MULTIPLE BEST IN SPECIALTY SHOW

NOHS SMOOTH COAT CHIHUAHUA * # 1 SMOOTH COAT CHIHUAHUA BITCH ** # 1 SMOOTH COAT CHIHUAHUA ** # 2

*AKC OWNER HANDLED STATS AS OF 12/10/16

**TNT BREED STATS AS OF 11/30/16

BRED BY DARWIN DELANEY & KATHY SAWYER OWNED BY AND EXCLUSIVELY HANDLED BY CECILIA BOZZO

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MULTIPLE GROUP WINNING MULTIPLE SPECIALTY WINNING MULTIPLE NOHS BIS WINNING

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BROOKVIEW YORKSHIRE TERRIERS

SIRE IS: GCHB CH TAPYOCA’S YANCEY AT BROOKVIEW

DAM IS: MBISS GCHG CH BROOKVIEW’S REBEL YALE Rebel Yale A LWAY S OWN E R H A N D L E D C H I C # 8 9 4 5 1 E Y E S - N O R M A L P A T E L L A S - N O R M A L F U L L D E N T I T I O N p r c d - P R A - C L E A R Yancey is the very first CHIC Yorkshire Terrier to have genetic testing results registered with OFA! Yancey ALWAYS BREEDER-OWNER HANDLED MULTIPLE GROUP WINNER MULTIPLE BEST IN TOY SHOW WINNER MULTIPLE BEST IN SPECIALTY SHOW WINNER YALE HAS WON BOS AT ALL 4 NY SHOWS: -W E S T M I N S T E R 2 0 1 3 - P R O G R E S S I V E 2 0 1 4 - Y T C G N Y 2 0 1 4 - Y T C A 2 0 1 4 Yale was the first and is still the only Gold Grand Champion bitch in the history of our breed!

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P R E S E N T S I T S N E X T G E N E R A T I O N !

Watch their progeny take to the rings in 2017!

Yates N E W C H A M P I O N CH BROOKVIEW'S IRON YATES ALWAYS BREEDER-OWNER HANDLED FINISHED WITH FOUR MAJORS (ALL IN DOGS) UNDER 4 DIFFERENT JUDGES! SHOWN EXCLUSIVELY FROM THE BRED BY CLASS

Yoelle BROOKVIEW'S FIRST YOELLE FLASH! Winner’s Bitch, Best of Opposite Sex and Best Bred By Exhibitor for 2 points under Judge Mrs. Terry L. Berrios and Best Bred By Exhibitor Group 3 under Judge Mrs. Ann D. Hearn

NOT P ICTURED: BROOKVI EW’S GENERAL YEAGER AND BROOKVI EW’S EVERDEAN YVARI

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

Matina E. Johnson

B R O O K V I E W Y O R K S H I R E T E R R I E R S | WWW. B R O O K V I E W Y O R K I E S . C OM

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MULTIPLE GROUP WINNING, RESERVE BEST IN SHOW WINNING & BEST IN SPECIALTY SHOW WINNING GOLD GRAND CHAMPION Fleur de Passy ™ Dauphin

“Valentino”

THANK YOU TO JUDGE ROBERT D. ENNIS

ORLANDO 2016 BEST BRED BY EXHIBITOR

Fleur de Passy™ in 2016: from the BBE class, Dr. Lopker finished two champions—L’Etoile Noire & Orion. Thank you esteemed Judges THANK YOU TO NOTED TOY AUTHORITY & ALL BREED BREEDER/HANDLER/JUDGE BARBARA DEMPSEY ALDERMAN (LEFT)

“VALENTINO” IS LOVINGLY HANDLED BY: DR. ANITA LOPKER AND DIEGO & EVE GARCIA

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#1 BREED * & #2 ALL-BREED **

GOLD GRAND CHAMPION Fleur de Passy ™ Dauphin “Valentino”

©Tom Weigand

1 # *TNT breed stats as of 11/30/16 **TNT all breed stats as of 11/30/16

THANK YOU TO JCCA INC JUDGE’S EDUCATION CHAIR & NOTED CHIN BREEDER/HANDLER/AUTHORITY, JUDGE RICHARD CAMACHO

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b r e e d e r o w n e r h a n d l e d b y FRED & MARCIA WOLPERT m w o l p e r t 2 0 0 4 @ v e r i z o n . n e t Yorkshire Terriers WOLPERT’S

Champion WOLPERT’S EXTRA EXTRA E X MOO R ’ S E X T R OV E R T X WO L P E R T ’ S K I S S M E G OO D

h a n d l e d b y LUKE & DIANE EHRICHT

Champion WOLPERT’S EXTROVERT E X MOO R ’ S E X T R OV E R T X WO L P E R T ’ S K I S S M E G OO D

Champion WOLPERT’S I’M NO SWEETIE E X MOO R ’ S E X T R OV E R T X WO L P E R T ’ S H OW SW E E T I T I S

h a n d l e d b y JAMIE BENNETT

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b r e e d e r o w n e r h a n d l e d b y FRED & MARCIA WOLPERT m w o l p e r t 2 0 0 4 @ v e r i z o n . n e t Champion WOLPERT’S CALL ME BUSTER Yorkshire Terriers WOLPERT’S

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

E X MOO R ’ S E X T R OV E R T X WO L P E R T ’ S I ’ M S O T E N D E R h a n d l e d b y JAMIE BENNETT Champion WOLPERT’S MIRACLE BOY

Champion WOLPERT’S UPSA-DAISEY E X MOO R ’ S E X T R OV E R T X WO L P E R T ’ S OO P S - A - DA I S E Y

Champion WOLPERT’S CAN’T TRUMP THIS

E X MOO R ’ S E X T R OV E R T X WO L P E R T ’ S K E E P M Y K I S S E S

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Koby

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PAMMAR My Eyes Adore You

Bred by PAMELA J. CHAREN & PHILIP M. MARTIN Owned by PAMELA J. CHAREN | PCHAREN7281@AOL.COM Selectively Shown by MICHELLE SOAVE

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GCHP LAMPLIGHTER’S TATTLE TAIL Defining an American Tail

Tatty

America’s Only

P L AT I N UM S I L K Y

S I L K Y 2 0 1 3 1 # BREEDERS: Barbara Beissel & Mark Benson OWNERS: Barbara Beissel, Mark Benson, James Dillman & Janet Aslett

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GCHS ENGA’S KING KOMPIS

SILKY 2016 1 # *all systems as of 11/30/16 ALL SYSTEMS

Kompis

BEST IN SPECIALTY SHOW SILKY TERRIER CLUB OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

OWNERS: Anita Bakseterveen & Mark Benson HANDLER: Barbara Beissel, barbarabeissel@aol.com

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O N T H E C O V E R

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Hotrod MOHBIS MBISS SILVER GCH H&H HOTROD GROUP ONE WINNER & MULTIPLE GROUP PLACEMENTS CHIC #114260 MERLE N/N

HOTROD HAD A GREAT SHOW IN TUCSON, ARIZONA AT THE COYOTE CLASSIC!

Thank you to these judges for recognizing Hotrod:

Long Coat Chihuahua NO. 1 BREED * Dana Cline | Group 2, OHRBIS, OH Group 1 & BOV Dennis McCoy | Group 3 & BOV Norm Patton | Group 3 Lisa Warren | OH Group 1 & BOV Fred Bassett | BOV

Long Coat Chihuahua NO. 1 OWNER HANDLED **

Long Coat Chihuahua NO. 3 ALL BREED ***

H&H Hotrod SIRE OF MULTIPLE CHAMPIONS! Head out on the Highway

Michelle Herod, Breeder/Owner/Handler & Todd Harris 928-445-9371 | See us on Facebook at H&H Chihuahuas Stud services available | www.chihuahuaacres.com

*Breed stats as of 12/14/16 **Owner-handled stats of 12/16 ***All-breed stats of as 12/14/16

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HERE AT RHAPSODY, WE TOOK THE YEAR OFF FROM CAMPAIGNING A MALTESE SPECIAL FOR THE FIRST TIME S INCE 2 0 0 0 IN ORDER TO CONCENTRATE ON OUR YORKIE AND LHASA CLIENT SPECIALS .

We celebrate those breeders who campaigned dogs bred by Rhapsody this year! MBIS/MBISS MGCH Rhapsody’s Regarding Henry Owned by Craig Emmerson & William Warke in Australia MBIS MCH Rhapsody’s Oh So Fabulous Owned by Velika and Rex Wang in Taiwan MBISS GCH Rhapsody’s Poker Face Owned by Karen Morris in the US S/Nor/Am CH Rhapsody’s Heart Throb Owned by Trine Wisth in Norway MCH Rhapsody’s Phoenix Owned by Justyne Kolodzieiska & Katarzyna Forusinska in Poland

We finished three new titles from dogs owned from other breeders: MBIS CAN/AM GCH Euphoria’s Prince Charming Owned by Jessica Anderson/Billy Milne Florian was campaigned thru Westminster by Tonia Holibaugh completing his Grand Champion Title, BOB at Progressive Toy Dog Club and Award of Merit at Westminster Kennel and AMA National Specialty. He is now a Top Toy with handler Lynda Torrance in Canada. Congratulations Team Florian.

Multiple Champion Zingotrix’ Lasse Steffans Owned by Trine Wisth, May Selnes and Tonia Holibaugh

Lasse is a top winning dog from Europe that was generously shared by Trine and May with Rhapsody Maltese for 6 months. Lasse is now home in Norway, after siring many beautiful babies and completing his America Champion title. We are thrilled to have had Lasse here with us in the US!!! CH Great Master of Angela White Owned by Katherine Kasten, Adiane Stoller, Paula Bailly, Tonia Holibaugh Master came from So Hyang Kim of Angela White in Korea. Master finished his Champion title in short order here in the US and is now producing lovely puppies for us.

We had many new titles this year bred by Rhapsody Maltese: CH Rhapsody’s Im Worth Waiting For Owned by Dina Hunter CH Rhapsody’s Stairway To Heaven Owned by Adriane Stoller/ Tonia Holibaugh CH Rhapsody’s Believe it or Not Owned by Tonia Holibaugh CH Rhapsody’s Daydream Believer Owned by Adriane Stoller CH Rhapsody’s Im Worth It Owned by Tonia Holibaugh CH Adura Rhapsody’s Cherry Garcia Owned/Bred by Tonia Holibaugh & Katherine Kasten CH Rhapsody’s Frozen Hero Owned by Tonia Holibaugh CH Rhapsody’s Seductive Games Owned by Tonia Holibaugh

We also congratulate THE MANY NEW CHAMPIONS SIRED BY RHAPSODY SIRES. We thank all of these breeders FOR WORKING WITH US IN 2016! The future of our sport is blessed by teamwork of like minds!

Rhapsody Mal tese | Tonia Hol ibaugh | www. rhapsodymal tese.com | www. facebook .com/ RhapsodyMal tese

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Dogs that completed Grand Champions titles in 2016:

BIS/MBISS GCH Silver Xeralane’s Into The Storm (Lhasa Apso) Multiple Group Winning GCH Gold Rigair’s Unique Leo (Yorkshire Terrier) BIS/MGCH/CH GCH Bronze MCH Always Pearl (Maltese) Multiple Group Placing GCH Rhaphoria’s Jump For Joy (Great Dane) MBIS Can/Am GCH Euphoria’s Prince Charming (Maltese)

GCH MCH B-Boy of Angela White KR (Maltese) GCH CH Rigair Ooh Lala (Yorkshire Terrier) GCH CH Hylan Acres Ribbons and Brags (Yorkshire Terrier) GCH CH Rosemark’s Valor (Yorkshire Terrier)

GCH CH Rosemark So Cool She’s Hot (Yorkshire Terrier) GCH CH iLove Rhapsody Always St Nicholas (Maltese) Dogs that completed their Champions titles here with us in 2016:

CH Wildskye's Come Ryde With Me (Maltese) Am MCH Zingotrix Lasse Steffans (Maltese) CH Creeksong's Flying Mystic (Lhasa Apso) CH Dilemma Verus (Lhasa Apso)

CH Adura Rhapsody's Cherry Garcia (Maltese) CH Always Bubbly (Maltese) CH Always Heaven (Maltese) CH Always Pearl (Maltese) CH Always Perfect (Maltese) CH B-Boy of Angela White KR (Maltese) CH Divine's Regal Design (Maltese) CH Great Master of Angela White KR (Maltese) CH iLove Rhapsody Always St Nicholas (Maltese) CH Hylan Acres Merci Drops (Yorkshire Terrier) CH Hylan Acres Ribbons and Brags (Yorkshire Terrier) CH Hylan Acres Sarah Laughs (Yorkshire Terrier) CH Regal's Dazzling Moon Fall (Maltese) CH Rhapsody's Im Worth It (Maltese) CH Rhapsody's Daydream Believer (Maltese) CH Rhapsody's Im Worth Waiting For (Maltese) CH Rhapsody's Stairway to Heaven (Maltese) CH Rhapsody's Believe It Or Not (Maltese) CH Rhapsody's Seductive Games (Maltese) CH Rhapsody's Frozen Hero (Maltese) CH Shoe's Aria Story of Sisterhood Doll (Maltese)

CH Golden Tu Karlyn Sashellie Brioni Tuxedo (Lhasa) CH Karlyn Golden Tu Leap Of Faith (Lhasa Apso) CH Sashellie Sundancer What About Bob (Lhasa Apso) CH Xeralane's Born to Win (Lhasa Apso) CH Docura Niniz God of Truth (Shih Tzu) CH Durdach Candy Striper V Dynadaux MSB (Sm Dach) CH Stargang Clouded Leopard (Sm Dach) CH Paradise Dressed 2 The 9s (Yorkshire Terrier) CH Paradise High Flyin' (Yorkshire Terrier) CH Paradise High Society (Yorkshire Terrier) CH Jadestone Right Here Right Now (Yorkshire Terrier) CH Midyear Breaking Hearts (Yorkshire Terrier) CH Rigair Ooh Lala (Yorkshire Terrier) CH Rosemark Feel The Earth Move (Yorkshire Terrier) CH Rosemark's Moxie (Yorkshire Terrier) CH Rosemark's Nikita (Yorkshire Terrier) CH Rosemark So Cool She's Hot (Yorkshire Terrier)

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FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS, WISHING EVERYONE A SAFE AND SUCCESSFUL 2017. Happy New Year

We wish to thank all those clients who have entrusted us with their dogs. It has been a pleasure to represent you and your breeding programs in the ring this year!

R H A P S O D Y S H O W D O G T E A M Tonia Holibaugh PHA as sociate: Edgar Cruz Guevara as s i s ted by: Vernor Ovares Ugalde, August Craven & Marilyn Lehnhardt

WWW.TONIAHOLIBAUGH. COM

WWW.RHAPSODYSHOWDOGS . COM

WWW.FACEBOOK. COM/RHAPSODYSHOWDOGS

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N U M B E R 4 breed *

all-breed ** N U M B E R 5

GROUP FOUR Judge Dar ry l Vi c e GROUP TWO Judge Lewi s Bayne Special thanks for recognizing Leo’s qualities:

FIRST AWARD OF MERIT AKC Na t i ona l Champi onship

OFA Hips YT-113F28M-VPI • OFA Elbows YT-3L8M28-VPI • OFA Patellas YT-EL8M28-VPI • OFA Cardiac YT-CA352/28M/P-VPI OFA Dentition YT-DE10/28M-VPI • CERF Normal (pending submission) • BILE ACIDS 4 umol/L and 6 umol/L

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SILVER GCH CAN CH RIGAIR UNIQUE LEO

presented impeccabl y by Tonia Holibaugh

groomed impeccabl y by Edgar Cruz Guevara

bred by Ilona Rodionova owned by Rosanne Fett & Ilona Rodionova

www.rosemarkkennel.com rfett@rosemarkkennel.com

*TNT breed stats as of 11/30/16 **TNT all breed stats as of 11/30/16

©Julien & Lambert Photo

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We ’ ve spend the ent i r e year t e l l ing eve ryone about Leo , but he r e ’ s wha t the r e s t of our t eam did . WWW.ROSEMARKKENNEL. COM Rosemark Kennel

WE ARE SO PROUD OF HOW WELL OUR FIRST LITTER OUT OF LEO HAS DONE IN THE RING.

Winners Dog and Best of Winners at the YTCA Roving Specialty CH ROSEMARK FEEL THE EARTH MOVE GCHS Rigai r Unique Leo x Rosemark E legant l y Aloof , ROM Breeder Owned by Rosanne Fet t Quake

Finished her CH and GCH this year GCH ROSEMARK SO COOL SHE’S HOT GCHS Rosemark’ s Dangerous l y Cool x CH Rosemark Up In Smoke Owned by Shanon Park Shown by Tonia Hol ibaugh Blaze

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Back-to-back Winners Dog at the Watchung Mountains Yorkshire Terrier Club Specialty Shows CH ROSEMARK’S WINSLOW AT CHRISMAN GCHS Rigai r Unique Leo x Rosemark E legant l y Aloof , ROM Owned and Beaut i ful l y Presented by Manny Comi t ini Winslow

New Champion CH ROSEMARK’S NIKITA Ch Rosemark L i v ing Dangerous l y x Rosemark’ s Ode To Spr ing Breeder Owned by Rosanne Fet t Shown by Tonia Hol ibaugh Nika

GCH ROSEMARK’S VALOR GCHS Hy lan Acre Unmer i ted Favor x Rosemark E legant l y Aloof , ROM Breeder Owned by Rosanne Fet t Shown by Tonia Hol ibaugh Valor

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G R A N D C H A M P I O N , C H A M P I O N iLOVE RHAPSODY ALWAYS ST NICHOLAS

Nicky is shown here completing his Grand Champion title with

his handler, Edgar Cruz Guevara, under Judge Mr. Timothy Robbins. Thank you Edgar for your professional presentation of all my dogs as well as being my friend!

owned & bred by Cynthia Lee | i Love Mal tese

handled by Tonia Hol ibaugh | Rhapsody Mal tese

handled by Edgar Cruz Guevara

as s i s ted by Vernor Ovares Ugalde

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2016 STARS

W E A R E P L E A S E D T O A N N O U N C E O U R S T A R S F R O M 2 0 1 6 . GCHB Mon’Esta’s Easy Rider,“Rider”

CH Rhapsody’s Stairway to Heaven, “Jacob” (pictured) Finished his Champion title in 7 shows! bred/co-owned/handled by Tonia Hol ibaugh CH Rhapsody’s Daydream Believer, “Eve” bred/co-owned/handled by: Tonia Hol ibaugh

#1 Owner Handled Maltese for 2016 * #6 Maltese All-Breed points for 2016 ** #4 Maltese Breed points for 2016 *** owned/bred/handled by Adr iane Stol ler

CH Regal’s Dazzling Moonfall,“Rosie” bred by Er ic & Es tephania Wi lcox handled by Tonia Hol ibaugh

Mon’Esta Maltese A D R I A N E S T O L L E R | W W W . M O N E S T A M A L T E S E . C O M | 4 8 0 - 5 8 5 - 4 8 5 5

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*AKCowner handled stats 2016 *TNT all breed stats as of 11/30/16 **TNT breed stats as of 11/30/16

SUNRISE DRAGON SAFARI SAGA

We are pleased to announce our newest addition from Russia! Saga represents the best from Micklee and Livanda lines from England through the renowned Sunrise Dragon kennel from Russia. Thank you Elena for so generously inviting us to your home and sharing your lovely dogs with us. Look for Saga at upcoming specialties. Thank you Tonia for your professional presentation of all my dogs as well as being my friend!

bred by E lena Ar temenko | Sunr i se Dragon Pekingese | Moscow, Russ ia owned by Kathy Hami l ton | Sashel l ie Pekingese & Lhasa Apsos | Buda, TX co-owned/handled by Tonia Hol ibaugh & Edgar Cruz Guevara as s i s ted by Vernor Ovares Ugalde

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G R A N D C H A M P I O N DRAGON FLY SPARKLING IMAGINATION

We are so pleased how are Glitter came back of retirement to be shown in Orlando, FL at the Pekingese Club of America show winning Select Bitch and at the AKC National Championship Show under judge Dr. Margaret Reed winning Best of Opposite Sex. We are so proud of our 7 pound girl! Thank you Edgar for your professional presentation of all my dogs as well as being my friend!

bred/co-owned by Jan Breitenfeld | Dragonfly Pekingese owned by Kathy Hamilton | Sashellie Pekingese & Lhasa Apsos handled by Tonia Holibaugh & Edgar Cruz Guevara as s i s ted by Vernor Ovares Ugalde T op N otch T oys , J anuary 2017 • 45

G R A N D C H A M P I O N HYLAN ACRES RIBBONS AND BRAGS G C H H y l a n A c r e s B r a g g i n g R i g h t s x C H H y l a n A c r e s H o m e I s W h e r e T h e H e a r t I s

Thank you Judge Judy Webb for recognizing the quality of this outstanding bitch! This year, Tonia also finished Bows’ littermate Jade, CH Jadestone Right Here, Right Now. We are so proud of these girls.

owned by Annie Wyl ie

handled by Tonia Hol ibaugh

bred by Annie Wyl ie & Janice Wi l l iams

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by BONNIE GUGGENHEIM TNT Advertising Director & Associate Editor TERRIFIC TOYS AND MORE

H ow many ways can you describe the AKC Cham- pionship Show sponsored by Royal Canin? Fabulous, exhausting, fun filled, wonderful, excit- ing and filled with surprises and zillions of people! With an entry of around 4,000 dogs, it was the place to see the top-winning Specials from in and out of the country, as well as exciting class dogs. Many of the Spe- cials-to-be were presented for a “first time look” by the fancy and there was certainly a lot of take in, with Toys being the focus many will be the Spe- cials to watch in 2017. I’m predicting an amazing year for many of you! A great many of the class dogs were produced by parents in the Specials ring showing that a pedigree of quality does come shining through with generation after generation consistently reaching Top Dog status. Everyone looks for the stars of the future, and there were a lot of people with checkbooks open looking to purchase stars, find a new addition to their breeding program or locate the perfect stud dog. I hope they all found just what they wanted. Lots of those winners can be seen in Top Notch Toys —the place where Toys are found, not lost. “I’M PREDICTING AN AMAZING

February will be the start of 34 years for Top Notch Toys! THANK YOU to those of you who have con- tributed articles, ads and supported our awesome Toy Group throughout the years. If you are new to Top Notch Toys … welcome and please contact me for anything that may help you with ads or pictures, etc. Toy competition is very tough and seems to become more each year. Speaks very well for our beloved Toy Group. Lots of success in New York! I hope to hear your good news and report it here in TNT because… inquiring minds want to know. Warm wishes, good health and lots of wins in 2017! Bonnie bonnie@dmcg.com 863.738.8848

One of the best things was meeting so many of you and while there were a few I couldn’t catch because they were running from one ring to another, lots made the time to talk with me and start to make plans for 2017. Progressive and the Specialties in New York will be another opportunity to talk with those of you whom I missed. Please call, text or email to say hello, tell me what your plans are and allow me to help map out your 2017 cam- paign. Would you like to be on the mail- ing list of people to contact for dead- lines? Email me at bonnie@dmcg. com. Check out our excellent Face- book page and see the ads that are posted during the month of publi- cation and look at our online issue (topnotchtoysonline.com). Any of your ads can be shared with your Face- book friends in and out of the country which makes it more fun and gives you important international exposure.

YEAR FOR MANY OF YOU!”

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M U L T I P L E B I S S & G R O U P W I N N I N G SILVER GCH. CARANEAL'S BUGSY MALONE Number 2 Breed * Number 1 Breeder Owner Handler * BEST OF BREED WINNER three days in Orlando including The National Championship Dog Show Under Judge Robert Ennis GROUP TWO

at the Prestigious 2016 National Dog Show SEVEN SPECIALTY WINS including YTCA National 2015 and back-to-back wins in New York Westminster Weekend 2016

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Winners Dog 2015 aCCCC national

thank you Margot klingler for his 1st group placement with tara.

Breeders: Carol Clouse, amy thompson and Bill thompson owners: norma Feldman, Carol Clouse and kristina karraker handler: tara richardson Photos©Kathy Arnold 50 • T op N otch T oys , J anuary 2017

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Grand Champion CH Luv Bug’s Cabo San Luca Belamour

Best of Breed Group Placements Best of Opposite Best of Sweeps move! He’s on the 3 of 4 days | Philadelphia Show AKC National Show Mid-Florida Havanese Specialty

BRED BY Connie Banitt & Claudia DeVita OWNED BY Lorrilee Slaybaugh & Connie Banitt PRESENTED BY Kacie Davis ASSISTED BY Hayley Nitz

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T H A N K Y O U J U D G E S

Jocelyne Gagne, Janet Jackson, James Reynolds & Dr. Gareth Morgan-Jones

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N E W C H A M P I O N !

CH SOUTH FORK’S Key to My Heart A special thank you to Judge David Kirkland for the Best of Breed to finish Colby’s American Championship at the Onondaga KC.

Colby is Always Breeder Owner Handled by MJ HELD 1442 Orchard Park Rd. West Seneca, New York 14224 716-675-4497

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CHAMPION HYLAN ACRES Echoes of Love O w n e d b y J a n i c e W i l l i a m s , A n n e Wy l i e & M a r y K e e l i n g PICTURED WITH JANICE WI LL IAMS & JUDGE DARLE HECK

B r e d b y A n n e Wy l i e

TERRY BERRIOS , DONNELLE RICHARDS & MERLE TAYLOR

FINI SHED WITH ONE BEST OF BREED AND 3 MAJORS ( 5 POINT & 2 EACH 3 POINTS) AT 1 5 MONTHS OF AGE .

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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

Celebrating S O M E O F O U R R E C E N T M A J O R w inner s!

CH GINGERY’S CHUPACABRA

GINGERY’S SPIRITUAL JOURNEY

GINGERY’S OUIJA

BREEDER: ARLENE BUTTERKLEE

HANDLER: VICTOR HELU

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Hutch!

OUR SINCEREST APPRECIATION AND THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE JUDGES WHO HAVE RECOGNIZED OUR BOY , S FINE TYPE AND QUALITY.

12.12.16 | SPACE COAST KC | SELECT UNDER JUDGE RICHARD CAMACHO 12.13.16 | BREVARD KC | BEST OF OPPOSITE UNDER JUDGE JASON HOKE 12.15.16 | AMERICAN TOY MANCHESTER CLUB SPECIALTYSELECT UNDER JUDGE DENNIS MCCOY FLASH

NEW PERF ORMANC E T I TLES ! BN ( BEG I NNER NOV I C E ) , RA ( RA L L Y ADVANC ED ) AND C A ( L URE C OURS I NG A B I L I TY ! )

HANDLERS : KAREN NEWMAN & LEW OLSON OWNER: LEW OLSON BREEDERS : MAX I NE FOX , J ANNA P . MORGAN & LOU A . NOVOSAD , DVM GCH EVRMOR INXS OF BLACKWOOD BN RA CA

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Wenrick’s N’ Palaquins They Call Me Mr. Bates Grand Champion

Watch for Bates in the ring with Michelle Jones in 2017.

Bred By: BARBARA L. BREM & WENDY PEGUETTE | Owned By: WENDY PEQUETTE | Professionally Handled By: MICHELLE M. JONES | Assisted By: MACKENZIE S. JONES

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E V E R Y O N E L O V E S LOVI E Grand Champion BLUE-FANTASY’S DREAM LOVER

BIS BISS GCH Trio’s Big Shot x CH Blue-Fantasy’s Sweet Land Of Liberty

Carolyn A. Herbel, Darryl Vice, Jason Hoke, Eugene Blake, Sandra Bingham Porter, Timothy Robbins, Shelley Hennessy, Lovie finished her Championship at 9 months and her Grand Championship at 14 months with two Group 2 placements, two Best of Opposite Specialty wins, Reserve Best in Show Owner Handler and many Breed wins. This little girl rocks the ring at her young age! Thank You Judges Kenneth McDermott, John Constantine, Ann Hearn, Richard Mullen, William Usherwood, Paula Hartinger, Roger Hartinger, Murrel Purkhiser, Anne Katona, Sandy Gelinas & Carolyn Taylor (pictured above). LOVIE is making DREAMS come true! B R E E D E R O W N E R H A N D L E D B Y S H E R R I S P I E T H

Lovie with Judge Richard Mullen and litter mate, Ch. Blue-Fantasy’s Dream Big

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SHOWN COMPLET ING HI S CHAMP IONSHI P AT WI L LAMETTE TOY DOG FANC I ERS WI TH RESPECTED JUDGE JOE WALTON.

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

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THE UNFAIR COST OF PET OWNERSHIP by BJ ANDREWS

WHICH DID YOU GET FOR CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR, A NEW CAR OR A NEW PUPPY? B uying and maintaining an automobile is cheap com- pared to paying a fair price for a purebred dog and then getting hit with rip-off veterinary service fees. Why is there such a discrepancy? Sure there’s business insurance and advertising for a veterinary practice and there’s staff and equipment. But if you are a successful breeder, you may have kennel help. You spend a fortune either owner-handling or paying a profession- al handler which is often cheaper than travel expenses. You have a dog vehicle or motor home and all the grooming gadgets and you advertise too so it all pretty well equates to an x-ray machine and other standard office stuff. So here’s the rub. In 2016 pet owners will invest $2 billion on pet purchases and spend over $67 billion on food, supplies and veterinary care. The disparity is staggering. You will pay many times more to care for your pet than you paid for the pleasure of his company or the services he provides such as protection, emotional or physi- cal therapy and companionship. You love your car and depend on it to get you where you have to go. But whether you buy a top of the line auto- mobile or a late model used car, your ownership costs over a five-year period won’t come close to the purchase price (Kelly Blue Book). Why is that not a comparable fact when purchasing a purebred dog? In 2015, American pet owners spent $60.28 billion (APPA) and 2016 owner- ship costs will be higher. Breakdown: Food: $23.05 billion Supplies/Medicine: $14.28 billion Vet Care: $15.42 billion

Live animal purchases: $2.12 billion Grooming & boarding: $5.41 billion So let’s get real here. A car is a neces- sity for most families. What about your pet? Whether you are suburban or urban, a pet can be an emotional or physical necessity as in the case of handicapped owners. Rancher or res- taurant owner, a canine companion brings laughter, appreciation for nature, gets you outdoors and is a significant health benefit. There’s little doubt that a Porsche or Ferrari makes you feel good, power- ful and provides pride of ownership. A devoted dog does likewise and like your wheels, some breeds signify that you’ve arrived whether you own a country estate or a Manhattan high rise with built in grooming parlor and dog walking services. Okay, so let’s compare cost of own- ership. Online research and breeder interviews show that the cost of a well- bred, lovingly raised purebred will average $1,500. Some breeds, especially the giant breeds will be much higher. Beware of any cost lower than $700 because no one who cares about their breed’s temperament (personality), type (correct appearance) and overall

health can create a litter for less. If the breeder has provided genetic assur- ance, quality food, hygiene, loving attention and veterinary care, they will have that much invested at least that much in your puppy. It goes without saying but I will any- way; any caring breeder will want to know something about you, and unlike the car salesman, he or she will be there for you throughout the life of that dog and often long after. So now let’s compare upkeep. You take your car in for servicing in order to keep it running at top efficiency. It will be washed and polished and get fuel appropriate for its engine. You chose a mini-sport for good mileage and scooting around town. If you have a big family, you choose a bigger car or a van. If you appreciate a nod from a sports car or classic car enthusiast, you bow a little to your vanity and choose some- thing exotic. All of the above applies to buying a dog that you will have for at least twice as long as the automobile! So let’s compare upkeep. You can wash and polish your car or pay some- one to do it for you. You bathe and groom your dog or pay someone to do

“IN 2016 PET OWNERS WILL INVEST $2 BILLION ON PET PURCHASES AND SPEND OVER $67 BILLION ON FOOD, SUPPLIES AND VETERINARY CARE.”

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it for you. Cost will be about the same. Either way, having someone do it means you won’t get wet. When the engine is making a funny noise, you take your car to a mechanic. Do you listen to your dog when he speaks silently to you of his discomfort? If he isn’t “running right” do you take him to the veterinarian? Either way you’ll pay but you’ll be given an estimate on service or repairs cost

on your car. You can comparison shop but… as a dog owner, it is unlikely that you’ll receive any estimate until after x-rays and/or lab work has been done. Is that why there’s such a discrep- ancy between the cost of owning a nice car and a purebred dog? Take a junker to the shop and they let you off easy. Used parts, quick fix to get you back on the road. Take a dog to the vet and it can be like going to Mayo Clinic where

everything is secret until you get the whopping big bill. You don’t hesitate to price shop and get a feel for customer service at your auto dealer. They expect it and thus very competitive. You buy a great puppy for 1% of what you paid for your hot wheels and then pay 10 times more to get him serviced for stuff you don’t understand? Did your loving heart rob your brain of common sense?

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TOP NOTCH ADVERTISING SIMPLE RULES FOR EFFECTIVE ADS by SCOTT TONEY Midwood Japanese Chin

H aving spent almost 20 years as a commercial marketing executive for a major bank, I have come to understand the value of an effective marketing and advertising campaign. A comprehensive marketing campaign is a multi-pronged endeavor encompass- ing advertising, public relations, media relations and community involvement, to name but a few. For the purposes of this article let’s examine the role of print advertising, and how you can ramp up the impact of your ads in vari- ous publications. PRINT VS. ONLINE ADVERTISING It’s no secret in the internet age that online publications and adver- tising have replaced many of our beloved publications including news- papers, periodicals and breed maga- zines. Internet advertising can reach a broader audience for less money, but it’s important to remember that the impact of an online ad can be fleeting. For example, if an online ad has a click- able “call to action” like directing you to a 20% off coupon or a website where you can purchase goods or services, it is very effective, but also very tempo- rary. For the type of meaningful, last- ing impressions we are trying to make

as dog breeders and exhibitors, noth- ing replaces advertising in print. BENEFITS OF PRINT ADVERTISING There is no better way to target a specific or narrow audience than print advertising. As dog breeders/exhibi- tors, we are fortunate thawt we can send our message to as broad or narrow an audience as we like. For example, we can market in all-breed ( Showsight ), Toy ( Top Notch Toy s) or specific breed publications ( The Orient Express ) mak- ing our audience as broad or as narrow as we’d like. Print ads not only target your specif- ic audience but are sustainable (publica- tions are permanent records, and often valued reference guides), delivered to loyal readers and can be repeated as often as you’d like. Your message can evolve from month-to-month as the sto- ry, history and wins of your dog grows. SOME SIMPLE RULES TO FOLLOW • Develop a look and feel for your “brand” and stick to it. As stated, you can create sustained impact by advertising on a monthly basis. Don’t lose your kennel or your dog’s identity by having radically different looks each month. Work

with a graphics person or the ad contact of your favorite magazine to identify key elements that you will consistently use in your ads such as a font (clear and large enough to be easily read!), color palette, logo, and boilerplate language. For example, consistently using the same signa- ture information such as: a. owner/breeder/handler info b. Logo c. Tagline d. Contact info including email address, web or Facebook URLs, etc. • Make sure you deliver pertinent information. What is the dog’s name? Who is handling the dog? What judge is pictured in the photo? Where was the dog shown?

“PRINT ADS NOT ONLY TARGET YOUR SPECIFIC AUDIENCE BUT ARE SUSTAINABLE...”

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“IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO CREATE A ‘BRAND’ OR A LASTING MESSAGE OR IMPRESSION ABOUT YOUR DOG (OR ANY ‘PRODUCT’) PRINT ADS HAVE PROVEN TIME AND AGAIN TO BE THE BEST WAY TO DO THIS.”

What do you want your audience to know about this dog; i.e. that he’s #1 in the country, cleared for knees, hearts and eyes, youngest to ever win a national specialty, available at stud, etc? • Use high-quality, true-to-life photos. Make sure your photo is at least 300dpi and shows your dog at a flat- tering angle. Small technical flaws in the photograph can be photo- shopped, but never at the expense of altering the true look of your dog. You want your dog to wow fellow exhibitors and judges when seen in person and not be a big let-down from an artificially created illusion of them. • While it’s important to have a con- sistent look and feel for your ads as far as stylistic elements, remember to mix up the photos and layout from time to time. Stacked show photos can become boring. A beautiful candid shot can really let your peers and judges see the dog’s natural expression. If you want the dog and its handler to be recog-

nized as a team, be sure to include photos of the dog and handler together. Don’t always use the stan- dard layout of a headline at the top of the page, show picture in the middle, and boilerplate language at the bottom. Create visual interest by making the reader’s eye move across the page in different ways. Make them want to stop and study your ad. • Don’t over-do it! This is one of the most important pieces of advice I can share. It’s tempting to use too many photos, too much copy or over-the-top, hyperbolic words when describing your dogs. Remember the old saying “less is more.” Make your words count, and don’t inundate the reader with too many superlatives when describing your dog, their win or the competi- tion they defeated. There is a fine line between a humble “brag” and obnoxious boasting. Not every win was accomplished by “beating top specials” or under the country’s most esteemed judge. Choose your

words wisely or after a while they will become only so much back- ground noise. • Recognizing judges: Please respect the judge(s) by mentioning them by name (spelled correctly please!) and extending your thanks. Remember, the thank you is not because the judge “gave” you or your dog the win. The appreciation is for their hard work and dedication in honor of our sport and for their upholding and recognizing the breed standard. CREATING YOUR BRAND Print advertising creates a perma- nent record of your message that can be accessed over and over again by multiple people. If you are looking to create a “brand” or a lasting mes- sage or impression about your kennel, dog, or any “product,” print ads have proven time and again to be the best way to do this. Take your time to place clear and compelling ads on a regular basis and you will be surprised at the positive results.

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CHEATING AT SOLITAIRE

by CAROLINE COILE

W hat would you give to own a top dog? It’s no secret it’s going to cost a lot of money for trav- el, entries, handling and advertising. Oh, and the dog! In return you get the excitement of a campaign, the admira- tion of others and the acknowledge- ment that you have the best dog in the land! But what if you bought those acco- lades? What if some of your expenses were in payments to judges? Would that be as fun? Such was the case with 1986/1987’s top dog, the Fox Terrier, Ch. Galsul Excellence, winner of 103 Best In Shows. “Paddy” was undoubtedly a stunning example of his breed, but co-owner William MacKay wasn’t satis- fied with the many BISs the dog could have won without any additional help. He apparently funneled millions of dollars of company funds for his own uses, even signing up AKC judges to the company payroll. An IRS investigation along with irate business associates brought these matters to AKC’s atten- tion and MacKay was banned from AKC for life. Paddy’s record was allowed to stand, but since all his dogs, even co-owned ones, were banned from AKC activities, Paddy’s offspring couldn’t be registered for five years while things were sorted out. MacKay’s was certainly not the first such instance. Some years before several prominent judges were barred for life from AKC affairs for accepting bribes in the form of swimming pools and new cars. Who says judging can’t be lucrative? And just a few years ago the show world was buzzing when a prominent handler was caught offering a judge $500 (or $5,000—the stories differ) for a BIS. The initial response of everyone I knew was not so much outrage at the offer, but at the fact that had they known it was so cheap, they would

have bought a BIS a long time ago! May- be a dozen! After all, either sum is far less than most of us shell out before we can even dream of bringing home the big rosette. But if it came down to it, would you really pay for it? We might initially say, “You bet!” but upon a moment’s reflection most of us would change our minds. Because if it’s just about buying a ribbon, you can get a really big one for about $20, with anything printed on it you want. True, you won’t get that win picture and your dog’s name in the show results, but here’s a news flash: Nobody but you cares. Basically, all this stuff you’re doing, all this running around, freaking out about the competition, spending money—nobody but you (and maybe your dog’s breeder) really cares wheth- er your dog wins or loses. So if you’re cheating for wins and records only you care about, how is that any different from cheating at solitaire? How is it a win if it’s bought and paid for? Or is winning at any cost, outsmart- ing the competition through any means, the ultimate challenge? As exhibitors, we’re all faced with this same dilemma, just usually on a much smaller scale. If we entered dog shows simply to get a judge’s opinion on our prospective breeding stock, we wouldn’t scour

premium lists for judges who “like us” or “like our type.” We’d either take them as they came or choose them solely on their knowledge and integrity. And we wouldn’t hire handlers based on their face recognition. When I was just a teen I had a Borzoi who was not a very good show dog; I talked to a handler about taking her and the han- dler agreed she wasn’t great but said she could finish her because several of the judges coming up were friends with her father, who was a judge. I didn’t want to finish her like that and I ended up showing her myself. She never won a single point, but I’m more proud of that today than had I given in and bought a title. What would the title mean if it was based on the handler and not the dog? We wouldn’t accept it when judges tell us we’re going to win before the show even starts, as one judge told a friend of mine on his birthday—that he’d be getting a nice present from him. And sure enough, he “gave him” the group. Many years ago I was show- ing a top ranked Saluki, but we were at the last day of a three-day weekend and had yet to get a group placement. I was bemoaning my lack of wins to a friend who said, fear not, he was very good friends with the group judge, he’d put in a good word. Sure enough,

“HOW IS IT A WIN IF IT’S BOUGHT AND PAID FOR?”

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