Top Notch Toys October 2017

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photo by ©Michael McGuire 2017

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

HOUSTON CLARK

KIMBERLY MEREDITH-CAVANNA

EUGENE BLAKE

T H A N K YO U J U D G E S

DOUGLAS JOHNSON

DENNIS MCCOY

EUGENE BLAKE

NANCY SIMMONS

JOHN WADE

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NO. 1 AFFENPINSCHER DOG*

THANK YOU JUDGE ROBERT STEIN

NO. 3 TOY DOG*

*TNT BREED & ALL BREED STATS AS OF 8/31/17

THANK YOU JUDGE JON COLE

OWNED BY DOYLE & CAROL GIROUARD

BRED BY JACKIE & TERRY STACY TAMARIN KENNELS

PRESENTED BY ALFONSO ESCOBEDO & ASHLIE WHITMORE

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IN ONE SHORT YEAR… CHAMPION BY 8 MONTHS GRAND CHAMPION, 2 SPECIALTY AWARD OF MERI TS, 2 SELECT DOG AT SPECIALT I ES BY 10 MONTHS 3 GROUP PLACEMENTS BY 1 YEAR

Thank You JUDGES CAROLYN HERBEL (GROUP 4), CLAY COADY (OH GROUP 4) AND GARY DOERGE (OH GROUP 3) FOR F INDING THI S BEAUT I FUL YOUNG BOY!

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HANDLED BY CHELSEA HAHN OWNED BY CHELSEA HAHN & CARA RYCKMAN, TERL INGUA CHIHUAHUAS BRED BY JOSEE P I CARD & MELANI E TAI LLY

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*TNT BREED & ALL BREED STATS AS OF 8/31/17

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*TNT Breed Point System 8/31/17

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COOPER HAS PASSED ALL OF HIS HEALTH TESTING AT AGE TWO! Cooper

GCHB WynDancer Silver Lining

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to Mrs. Leslie Hiltz for recognizing Cooper and awarding him Group 2

OWNED BY SUSAN BARRETT, DVM WynDancer Cavalier King Charles Spaniels wyndancercavaliers.com

BRED BY DR. SUSAN BARRETT, DVM www.wyndancavaliers.com wyndancercavaliers@yahoo.com

BEAUTIFULLY PRESENTED BY MR. LUKE SEIDLITZ & TEAM

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Gait The Chihuahua should move swiftly with a firm, sturdy action, with good reach in front equal to the drive from the rear.… Head A well rounded “apple dome” skull, with or without molera.

Proportion The body is off-square; hence, slightly longer when measured from point of shoulder to point of buttocks than height at the withers.

Shoulders Lean, sloping into a slightly broadening support above straight forelegs that set well under, giving free movement at the elbows. Shoulders should be well up, giving balance and soundness, sloping into a level back (never down or low). this gives a well developed chest and strength of forequarters.

Eyes Full, round, but not protruding, balanced, set well apart-luminous dark or luminous ruby. in the front, with head carried high. The topline should remain firm and the backline level as the dog moves. …The side view shows good, strong drive in the rear and plenty of reach

Coat The coat should be of soft texture, close and glossy. (Heavier coats with undercoats permissible.) Coat placed well over body with ruff on neck preferred, and more scanty on head and ears. Hair on tail preferred furry.

Topline Level .

*adapted from the AKC Chihuahua standard

owned & presented by

owned & loved by

bred by daniel muñoz and cristian espinosa

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*TNT all breed stats as of 8.31.17

Sincere appreciation to breeder judge Mr. Mario Duarte

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TNT TOPNOTCHTOYS OCTOBER 2017 • VOLUME XXXIII, NUMBER EIGHT N T OCTOBER 2017 • VOLUME X II, NUMBER EIGHT O I

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TABLE OF CONTENTS 16 TABLE OF CONTENTS 18 COVER STORY L E S L N

TABLE OF CONTENTS 16 TABLE OF CO ENTS 18 COVER STORY

20 FROM THE EDITOR EMERITUS Joseph Neil McGinnis III 30THE BREEDER’S BIBLE as per the late, great Carol Garrison as told to Joseph Neil McGinnis III 32 TOY TALK Bonnie Guggenheim 52 ROYAL CANIN ANNOUNCES NEW EVENT VENUE PARTNERSHIP 54 TOY BOX Candids of our Canine Pals 60 CANINE CANCER DIAGNOSIS by BJ Andrews 62 RUSSIAN TOY SPANIEL NATIONAL CANDIDS 81 ON MONDAY CHIHUAHUAS! 64 THE CHIHUAHUA by Sharon Newcomb 65 THE OFFICIAL STANDARD FOR THE CHIHUAHUA courtesy AKC 66 BREEDING THE CHIHUAHUA FOR THE SHOW RING by Virginia Hauber 68 CHIHUAHUA AND MOLERA by Lauren Payne YORKIES! 70 JUDGING THE YORKSHIRE TERRIER by Joao Machado 72 THE OFFICIAL STANDARD FOR THE YORKSHIRE TERRIER courtesy AKC 73 YORKSHIRE TERRIER BLAST FROM THE PAST TNT VITAL STATISTICS 20 FROM THE EDITOR MERITUS Joseph Neil McGinnis III 30THE BR EDER’S BIBLE as per the late, gre t Carol Garrison as ld to Joseph Neil McGinnis III 32 TOY TALK Bonnie Gugg nheim 52 ROYAL CANI AN OUNCES N W EVENT V NUE PARTNERSHIP 54 TOY BOX Candids of our Canine Pals H I E I s il Gi i I E ’ I p lat , r l ri n ld t os il Gi i I ni u g i L I N EW E I X i f Cani l 60 CANINE ANCER DIAGNOSIS by BJ Andrews 62 RUSSIAN TOY SPANIEL NATIONAL CANDIDS 81 ON MONDAY C IHUAHUAS! 64 THE CHI HUA by Sharon Newcomb 65 THE OFFICIAL ST N ARD FOR THE CHI I E C C I I y nd I I N I A IDS M HU S! IHUA A ha b I IA S N A F T IHUA A HUA courtesy AKC r es AK 66 BREEDING THE CHI HUA FOR THE SHOW RING by V rginia Hauber T O I G b i gi i b 68 CHI HUA AND MOLERA by Lauren Payne M au P n YORKIES! 70 JUD ING THE YORKSHIRE TER IER by Joao Machado 72 THE OFFICIAL ST N ARD FOR THE YORKSHIRE TER IER courtesy AKC 73 YORKSHIRE TER IER BLAST FROM THE PAST NT VITAL STA STICS R ! IN T I E IE o I IA S N A F T I E IE r es AK I E IE L T H I I G T IHUA A IHUA A

TOP NOTCH TOYS Editor/Advertising Director BONNIE GUGGENHEIM 512-971-3280 bonnie@aramediagrp.com Director, Social Media & Web Site DANIEL CARTIER DANIEL@ARAMEDIAGRP.COM _______________________________ Editor Emeritus Chief Media Consultant JOSEPH NEIL McGINNIS III EDITOR@ARAMEDIAGRP.COM _______________________________ TOP NOTCH TOYS Editor/Advertising Di ector BONNIE UGG NHEIM 512 971-3280 bonnie@aramediagrp.com Di ect r, Social Media & Web Site DANIEL CA TIER DANIEL@ARAMEDIAGRP.COM ____ Editor Emeritus Chi f Media Consultant JOSEPH NEIL McGINNIS III EDITOR@ARAMEDIAGRP.COM _ _ _ _ ____ P N T OY it r/ erti i Direct r I GU I - - 0 i r e i r . m ir t r, i l i We ite I TI I L@A A EDI GRP.COM i Eme i i i s lt PH IL I ITOR@A A EDIAGRP.COM __ __ ___ ___ __

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74 TNT TOP TWENTY TOYS 76 TNT ALL-BREED SYSTEM 78 TNT BREED SYSTEM 78 TNT NATIONAL OWNER-HANDLED SYSTEM 80 ADVERTISING & SUBSCRIPTION RATES 82 INDEX TO ADVERTISERS 74 TNT TOP TWENT TOYS 76 TNT ALL-BREED SYSTEM 78 TNT BREED SYSTEM 78 T T NATIONAL OWNER-HAN LED SYSTEM 80 ADVERTISING & SUBSCRIPTION RATES 82 INDEX TO ADVERTISERS YS - TEM E TEM I A E - A TEM S T N T T A V S R

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GROUP PLACING Solo

BEST IN SPECIALTY SHOW

BRONZE GRAND CHAMPION

BRED BY: GERRY & TAMMY DESJARDINS | OWNED/HANDLED BY: JENNIFER SNYDER CO OWNED BY: SYLVIA FARKAS | WWW.MARELTO.COM TEGS LET’S HAVE A PARTY

* T N T B R E E D S TAT S A S O F 9 . 1 2 . 1 7 # Breed *

# All Breed ** * * T N T A L L B R E E D S TAT S A S O F 8 . 3 1 . 1 7

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O n T h e C o v e r

Platinum Grand Champion 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 *

T h e F i r s t a n d O n ly T o y F o x P l a t i n u m G r a n d C h a m p i o n National Championship 2 0 1 5 E d d B i v i n 2 0 1 6 D a n a C l i n e 2 0 1 7 R o d n e y M e r r y

T o y F o x T e r r i e r f o r 2 0 1 5 - 2 0 1 6 - 2 0 1 7

Breeder/Owner: Eugene Bellamy Jr. centennial farms Handler: jon Rawleigh T o y D o g B I S S M u r r e l P u r k h i s e r Catcher *TNT breed stats 2015, 2016 and as of 8/31/17 T op N otch T oys , O ctober 2017 • 19

Linked Hands, Linked Hearts FROMTHE EDITOR EMERITUS

JOSEPHNEILM C GINNIS III

It’s too soon to tally results, but the amount of damage from the three horrid storms, Harvey, Irma and Maria, con- tinues to smash records and break hearts. As always, our fellow fanciers have banded together to aid one another almost as quickly as the hurricanes hit, and we’re getting constant reports of the efforts being expended and the open arms extended. If there’s anything good to be said about the situation, it’s that it is just one more example of the car-

ing nature of the people in this wonderful sport. Certainly Toy people have always been in the vanguard when it comes to helping each other and our dogs. Although the skies have cleared, the future’s cloudy. People are still in need and will be for quite some time. AKC was quick to jump in with Disaster Relief, as are many other dog- related organizations. TAKE THE LEAD is always on hand to help, and we’re so grateful to this source of comfort for the people who need it most We here at TNT welcome other information that can aid fanciers in this time of regrouping and rebuilding. Although in our hearts the show must go on, many didn’t, and Clubs, too, have been hit financially by this freakish force of nature And now our friends and family in Puerto Rico are suffering worst of all. We pray we find a way to help.. I included two photos below of my own dri- veway, only to give a tiny idea of the power of the winds. That 150-year-old Elephant Ear tree has withstood everything thrown at it for over a century; this was one gust too many for the towering beauty. Lesser flora, firmly rooted

Hurricane Help is standing by: Aid from within the fancy is available. TAKE THE LEAD has a disas- ter relief fund (up to $5,000 per incident). This can be a huge helping hand until FEMA or Insurance kicks in.If you are unable to get inter- net access you may call the TTL office at 1-800-814- 1123. Two AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailers were deployed to help evacuees from the storm, and AKC Reunite will continue to help shelters car- ing for pets displaced by the storm. To donate securely online, go to www.akcreunite.org/donate. Hurri-Canine Rescue founded in ‘92 in response to Hurricane Andrew has a hot- line: 863 816 8848 or hurricanine@dmcg.com. We will attempt to provide or net- work safe havens for fanciers and dogs displaced.

Photo: Lee Herr

too, was no match for the onslaught. Imagine what this did to the homes and lives more directly impacted. Although extremely fortunate, we were without power for a week and the cleanup hasn’t even begun at my home in central Florida. Many fared far, far worse. Our hearts go out to them. All of us here at AraMedia Group send heartfelt wishes of comfort to those afflicted. Again, let us know if you or someone you know needs help. We will do everything in our power to assist. .

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WO L P E R T ’ S Y O R K S H I R E T E R R I E R S

EXMOOR’S EXTROVERT X WOLPERT’S OOPS-A-DAISEY

Daisey May finished her championship at the Delaware Valley Yorkshire Terrier Specialty August 25, 2017 under breeder judge Jim Hupp going WB and BOW for a Major win. She also won WB and BOS at Yorkshire Terrier Club of Nations Capital Specialty under Judge Lisa Warren, which was also a Major win. This makes champion number 8 for our very own Artie (Exmoor’s Extrovert). Breeders/Owners/Handlers: FRED & MARCIA WOLPERT | MWOLPERT2004@VERIZON.NET CH. WOLPERT’S DAISEY MAY

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WO L P E R T ’ S Y O R K S H I R E T E R R I E R S

CH. PASTORAL ALL EYES ON ME X WOLPERT’S LOVING FOOL

WOLPERT’S WATCH ME NOW

Our new boy Albert shown going WD for a Major win at the Delaware Valley Yorkshire Terrier Specialty on August 25, 2017 under Judge Lydia Hutchinson. This is Albert’s 4th major win.

Breeders/Owners/Handlers: FRED & MARCIA WOLPERT | MWOLPERT2004@VERIZON.NET

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Hotrod GCHG CH H&H HOTROD

S I R E : G C H G B K ’ S W I L D A B OU T H A R RY

DAM : G C H H & H A N N A B E L L A

number one CHIHUAHUA BREED & OWNER HANDLED 2016*

number one CHIHUAHUA BREED, ALL BREED & OWNER HANDLED 2017*

2017 Westminister Best of Variety 2017 Reserve Best in Show at Los Encinos KC, May 2017

Multiple Group Winning Multiple Group Placing

9 times Best of Breed at Speciality 2016 Best of Variety at Chihuahua Club of America Regional, Florida Winner of Top 20 and People’s Choice Sire of Grand Champions and Champions

C H I C # 1 1 4 2 6 0

M E R L E N / N

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

*TNT 2016 STATS **TNT BREED, ALL BREED & NOHS STATS AS OF 8.31.17

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C H 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

BRED BY TAMRA DELANEY & DARWIN DELANEY OWNED AND PRESENTED BY RACHAEL MILLER WWW.PPCHIHUAHUA.COM

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KARI EARNED 6 FIVE POINT MAJORS & AN AOM UNDER THESE JUDGES.

thank you MR. ROBERT E. HUTTON MR. MERLE TAYLOR MRS. CAROLYN TAYLOR MS. LINDA GEORGE MS. CARMEN D. BLANKENSHIP MS. SANDRA LONDON MRS. MARGO E. KLINGLER FOR RECOGN I Z I NG KAR I ' S AT TR I BUT E S A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO SANDI OLKKOLA FOR HER BEAUT I FUL CANDID PHOTOGRAPHY T op N otch T oys , O ctober 2017 • 29

The Breeders’ Bible ACCORDING TO THE LATE, GREAT CAROL GARRISON

JOSEPHNEILM C GINNIS III

In 1985 it was my pleasure to interview one of the Toy World’s greats, a woman who almost singlehandedly crested a dynasty, the quality and effects of which resonate to this day. Carol Garrison’s CARLEE MIN PINS still stands as a blueprint for what we’d all like to do. I now share with you the “rules’ she shared with us many years ago, If we heeded her words, I’ll bet it worked, and if we did not, perhaps now’s the time. I called it The Breeders’ Bible According to Carol Garrison . Here are the highlights:

that counts. EDUCATE YOURSELF. You can acquire an ‘eye’ even if you’re not an artist. Take pictures, draw, learn. And study. REMEMBER: EVERYING IS HEREDITARY. You can not rationalize faults. If the mind is sound, a single bad experience will not ‘spook’ a dog forever. If the rear is sound, jumping off the couch will not cause the dog to limp for days. LOCK IN YOUR GOOD TRAITS. Concentrate on keeping the positive characteristics in your bloodline, keeping in mind your priorities. CO-OPERATION BETWEEN BREEDERS IS VERY IMPOR- TANT. Pet people won’t wait – if you don’t have some- thing for them, they will wind up at a pet shop. We call back and forth, and can usually provide a good pet for these people. DON’T BE IN SUCH A HURRY. I always get suspicious of a dog that looks mature at 7-8 months. They will proba- bly end up looking like a Mastiff. KEEP RECORDS. I keep graphs and weights of the pup- pies, and it is a tremendous aid in grading them. If you keep good records, you will soon see in black and white what you are producing. PLAN EVERYTHING FOR THE GOOD OF THE BREED. We have to fight for what is right. We need to educate our judges to see what breeders are aiming for. And, we must breed to the standard. So, now I hope you see what I mean about Carol’s code of ethics. And as I said, it worked very well for her. To tell you the truth, I thought long and hard about publish- ing this article in this magazine. It would be easy to dis- miss it by saying “Well, that’s fine and dandy for Min Pins, but what about my Pugs (or Poodles, or you name it but here’s the key: breeder. If you run a successful hotel, you could probably run a successful restaurant, automobile dealership, or flower shop – many of the same rules apply...and as I have said, this is the best ‘set of rules’ I’ve put my hands on yet, and I didn’t want to waste time. Because if the above article can improve the quality of one litter, or save one person from heartache, it was well worth it. Thank you, Carol.

NEVER COMPROMISE. The quickest way to get burnt is to break you own rules. You must stick to your own code of ethics, in your breeding program, in deal- ing with the public…in all things.

LEARN WHAT IS EASY TO CORRECT, AND WHAT IS HARD TO CORRECT. For example, in Min Pins, eye color is easy to correct. The hardest things to correct in that breed are bad rears and bad feet. Once you get certain faults in your own line, they will keep cropping up forev- er. NEVER BREED TO A DOG YOU HAVEN’T SEEN. Don’t breed to the top-wining dog just because he is the top winning dog. If it doesn’t click with your line, you will be doing more harm than good. NEVER RULE OUT A BREEDING THAT MAY IMPROVE YOUR LINE. Appreciate the gene pool of a good dog – any good dog. No matter where it comes from, a com- patible gene pool is what you want. Some of the top-pro- ducing dogs are not Champions: you want then to pro- duce better than they are. Wouldn’t you think, if there was a non famous dog with the traits you desired, that it would be worth it to try? What’s one breeding? LISTEN TO BREEDERS. It is very important for new peo- ple to talk to breeders, but everything they say is not gospel. Listen to everything, then decide for yourself. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS ‘A GOOD BROOD BITCH’. Never breed a bitch that doesn’t possess as many posi- tive traits as possible. You have to be very critical. KNOW YOUR PEDIGREES. It is important to know what the dogs were, where the present ones came from, but remember: the genes only hold for 3 or 4 generations – then, the influence dies out. Watch for the Top Producers. Top Producers produce. PUT EVERYTHING IN PERSPECTIVE. Decide what comes first in your breeding program, and stick with it. NEVER OUTCROSS. To start your own line, find 2 lines that are compatible, that have no anomalies. This is where you derive dominance. If you don’t have a dom- inant dog bred to a dominant bitch, in lines what will ‘click’, you have nothing. KEEP YOUR NUMBERS MANAGEABLE. You can not keep every dog. Don’t keep anything that is not helping your breeding program. Having too many will put you out of dogs faster than anything else. The number of brood bitches you have means nothing. It is the quality

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by BONNIE GUGGENHEIM TNT Advertising Director & Associate Editor THE TAIL OF A SHOW DOG ETCETERA

E very owner who exhibits knows how important the tail is as it relays emotions and communicates with other dogs or the human it considers part of the Pack. The tail that shows a lack of confidence or aggression is a cause for concern, as is a tail that is not correct as written in the AKC standard for each specific breed. On occasion the dog will start out in the ring and suddenly drop its tail or act less than happy to be there. This is usually a no win situation for the owner who has paid the entry fee and traveled to the show and also leaves the dog with an unpleasant memory of dog shows. Consequently, such memo- ries can impact the adherence to the standard. For example, the English Toy standard states the tail and its car- riage is an index of the breed’s attitude and character which seems to be an excellent description. Every breed standard describes the correct tail quite well, so no one should miss a problem. The tail definitely has an effect on the go around when a beau- tiful side gait or outline can be lost with incorrect or poor carriage of the tail. THE TAIL CAN TELL THE TAIL! Affenpinscher: Tail may be docked or natural; set high and carried erect.

Brussels Griffon: Set and held high, docked to about one-third. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel: Well set on; carried happily but never much above the level of the back; docking is optional. Chihuahuas: Carried sickle either up or out or in a loop over the back. Chinese Crested: Tail is slender and tapers to a curve, in motion the tail is down with a slight curve resembling a sickle. English Toy Spaniel: Docked two to four inches in length and carried at or just slightly above the level of the back. Havanese: The pumed tail is carried arched forward up over the back. Italian Greyhound: Slender

Papillon: Long, set high and carried well arched over the body; tail is covered with a long flowing plume. Pekingese: The high set tail is slightly arched and carried well over the back. Pomeranian: His heavily plumed tail is set high and lies flat on his back. Poodle(Toy): The tail is straight, set on high and carried up. Pug: Tail is curled as tightly as possible over the hip: the double curl is perfection. Shih Tzu: Set on high; heavily plumed and carried in a curve well over the back. Toy Fox Terrier: The tail is set high; held erect; docked to the 3rd or 4th joint. Yorkshire Terrier: Docked to medium length and carried slightly higher than the level of the back. Have a winning and wonderful November and make plans to be a part of the Royal Canin Show in December. Send adorable puppy pictures for possible use in Top Notch Toys special page or on Toy Talk. I’d love to hear about your potential new stars and hope you plan to advertise your awe- some and exciting youngsters in the next issues of Top Notch Toys . INQUIR- ING MINDS WANT TO KNOW. Hope you have lots of wagging tails to greet you. Someone once said that a dog wags its tail from its heart. Enjoy the shows, win lots and love your dogs. Bonnie bonnie@aramediagrp.com 863.738.8848

and tapering to a curved end, long enough to reach the hock.

Japanese Chin: The plumed tail is carried over the back curving to either side. Maltese: A long haired plume carried gracefully over the back. Manchester Terrier (Toy): The tail is moderately short, reaching no further than the hock. Miniature Pinscher: Set high and held erect, docked in proportion to dog’s size.

“HE IS YOUR FRIEND, YOUR PARTNER, YOUR DEFENDER, YOUR DOG. YOU ARE HIS LIFE, HIS LOVE, HIS LEADER HE WILL BE YOURS, FAITHFUL AND TRUE TO THE LAST BEAT OF HIS HEART. YOU OWE IT TO BE WORTHY OF SUCH DEVOTION...” -AUTHOR UNKNOWN

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iffany IN EACH OTHER! best

BRINGING OUT THE

SMOOTH COAT NOHS *

SMOOTH COAT ALL BREED **

SMOOTH COAT BITCH ALL BREED **

© MELISSA HAMPTON

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

BIS RBIS MBISS GCHP DARTAN DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER AT VIVA

*AKC NOHS STATS AS OF 9/13/17 **TNT ALL BREED STATS AS OF 8/31/17

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grand champion B E S T I N S P E C I A L T Y S H OW W I N N I N G AZTEX MARCH-ON BUDDHA AND THE CHOCOLATE BOX

Best in Show

D A L L A S - F O R T W O R T H T O Y D O G C L U B

Mr. Larry Abbott is shown above awarding the Group 1 to Sidd and Larry. Sincere thanks to Mr. Abbott and Mrs. Margo Klinger for the Group 2 the following day.

Ow n e r H a n d l e d b y LARRY & PENNY DEWEY B r e d & Ow n e d b y C. SMITH & D. BAYLESS

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C H B R O O K V I E W ' S E V E R D E A N Y V A R I SHE IS TYPE SHE IS MOVEMENT SHE IS . . . GCHB CH TAPYOCA'S YANCEY AT BROOKVIEW X MBISS GCHG CH BROOKVIEW'S REBEL YALE

Yvari

CHIC # 123019 OFA Eyes - NORMAL OFA Patellas - NORMAL prcd-PRA - CLEAR

T H A N K YOU , J U D G E M R S . PAU L A H A R T I NG E R ! ALWAYS BREEDER-OWNER HANDLED BY: MatinaE. Johnson BROOKVIEW YORKSHIRE TERRIERS www.brookviewyorkies.com

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Grand Champion LaCas itas Keeper of the Flame

CH Shabri 's Montanya De Osito x GCH Genbrook's Playin' with Fire

Little Guy

Owned, Bred and Loved by: Gary & Vicki Stiles Picture credit: Steve Ross

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TREASURES PLAYING WITH FIRE Bronze Grand Champion

MULTIPLE BEST OF BREED WINNER AND A TOP 10 NOHS GROUP WINNING HAVANESE * Always Breeder/Owner Handled by KAREN A. WARNCKE HAVANESE TREASURES | HAVANESETREASURES.NET | HAVANESE TREASURES THANK YOU JUDGE JANIE M. BOUSEK *AKC NOHS STATS AS OF 9/13/17

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CH EUPHORIA’S P IN CO DE

Owned by Whitney Hill

Breeded by Nina Shvets

Handled by Trish Kulessa & Ken Lambert

T H A N K S T O A L L T H E J U D G E S WH O H AV E P U T U P PA S H A T O H I S G R A N D C H A M P I O N S H I P.

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M U LT I - G R O U P W I N N I N G | B E S T I N S P E C I A LT Y W I N N I N G M U LT I - O W N E R H A N D L E D B E S T I N S H O W

CH knockout white owl

smooth coat Chihuahua * *TNT breed stats as of 8/31/17 Thank you judge Jason Hoke for Izzie's fantastic group 1 win in a stunning lineup of toys at the Evergreen Colorado Kennel Club!

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

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What's New?

Gogie's Glory Bee

OWNED BY: MJ HELD & DAIL CORL 1442 ORCHARD PARK RD . 716-675-4497 WEST SENECA, NY 14224

FIRST SHOWS, BIG SHOWS CANFIELD, OHIO WB & BOW A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO JUDGE JERRY PARISEK MAHONING SHENANGO KC SPECIALTY CHIHUAHUA CLUB OF HUDSON VALLEY WB & BOS JUDGE MICHAEL FORTE

Happy Hands She's the Bees Knees

OWNED BY: DEBBIE DUNNE HANDLED & LOVED BY: MJ HELD

BEE HAS CAPTURED THE BREED OVER SPECIALS

THANK YOU JUDGE MICHAEL FORTE

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perfect

LITTLE PACKAGE!

THE

GRAND CHAMPION TEGS EVERY MILE A MEMORY BENTLEY

TYPE, SOUNDNESS

and

TEMPERAMENT! WE COULDN’T ASK FOR MORE.

as all that meet him can't help but fall in love with his beauty and endearing, playful personality. Truly a Chihuahua after ones heart. to make us proud BENTLEY CONTINUES

OWNED & PRESENTED BY Jessica Simon Jem Chihuahuas BRED BY Gerry & Tammy Desjardins TEGS Chihuahuas

Pictured here with his sire GCH TEGS Let's Have A Party, both being awarded Best Of Variety under Mr. Jon Cole.

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

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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Portraits Yorkshire Terriers Presents our newest Rock Star

Champion Portraits Don’t Go Breakin My Heart Out of CH Coco Chanels Kikispride x GCH Tell Me The Truth Stribrne Prani Elton

At 12 months, Elton completed his championship.

Now he will rock the ring as a special. Both parents have been genetically tested and are DM clear, PRA clear and PRCD normal.

THANK YOU TO Stacy & Zach Newton for taking Elton out to finish his Championship in just a few weeks.

PORTRAIT YORKSHIRE TERRIERS breeding to the standard,

healthy, beautiful dogs. BREEDER OWNER HANDLER Judy Marksbury www.visithappytails.com Lanesville, Indiana

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Silver Grand Champion

THANK YOU JUDGE BRAD JENKINS

BRED BY: Barbara Beissel & Janet Aslett

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MULTIPLE RESERVE BEST IN SHOW MULTIPLE BEST IN SPECIALTY SHOW & GROUP WINNING STEPAMGAR SKYFALL Grand Champion AMERICA’S #1 CKCS* James *TNT breed stats as of 8/31/17

BRED & OWNED BY: Jim & Linda Shreffler | Stepamgar CKCS CO-OWNED BY: Mary Ellen Troia | MiddleMarsh CKCS PROFESSIONALLY HANDLED BY: Michelle M. Jones

Mrs. Heidi Mohn (pictured) for awarding James his 16th Best in Specialty Show Win. Ms. Ann Ingram for awarding James his 17th Best In Specialty Show Win. It is such an honor to receive these wins from such highly respected breeder judges! Thank You

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Ebi GR AND CHAMP I ON Ni Kokoro Kuro To Shiraebi GROU P WI NN I NG

P H OTO B Y T U R L E Y P H OTOG R A P H Y

number eight

J A P A N E S E C H I N A L L B R E E D *

Always Owner Handled by Sue Collands CO-OWNER Carla Jo Ryan

BREEDERS Carla Jo & Thomas Ryan Jr.

* T N T B R E E D S TA T S A S O F 8 / 3 1 / 1 7

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ROYAL CANIN PET NUTRITION ANNOUNCES NEW EVENT VENUE PARTNERSHIP

R oyal Canin, a global dog and cat food brand, recently unveiled a newly renovated global destination for dog and cat shows at The Roberts Centre in Wilmington, OH. The new venue, titled “Royal Canin Ring” is the most recent commitment to the sport of dogs; the company also sponsors some of the world’s largest dog shows, includ- ing the World Dog Show and the AKC National Championship. Royal Canin Ring is complemented by dedicated performance space: Eukanuba Field. The scalable indoor and outdoor space includes fencing, obedience and agility equipment to showcase extraordinary canine abilities. “The American Kennel Club and its 5,000 affiliated clubs hold over 20,000 events per year and appreciate a good venue,” said Doug Ljungren, Vice Presi- dent of Sports and Events at the AKC. “Royal Canin Ring and Eukanuba Field at the Roberts Centre have it all: a won- derful indoor facility for conformation and performance, a great outdoor loca- tion for sports that require that set- ting, convenient accommodations, easy access, a big parking lot and a knowl- edgeable staff. The American Kennel Club appreciates what Royal Canin and Eukanuba have done here and congrat- ulates them on this wonderful facility!” Royal Canin Ring, formerly known as Eukanuba Hall, offers the prestige of a beautifully designed, yet functional, venue for conformation events for dogs. The indoor venue has more than 80,000 square feet of flexible space to sup- port a variety of conformation events, plus ample facilities for educational

seminars, banquets, grooming, vendor malls and more. Amenities provided to

All-Breed and Performance clubs. Fol- lowing the tours, a VIP reception and a special ribbon cutting ceremony were held. The event included such attend- ees as Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor, Wilmington Mayor John M. Stan- forth, AKC Vice President of Sports and Events Doug Ljungren, AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo, Royal Canin National PRO Sales Director Jason Taylor, Royal Canin Marketing Direc- tor Amanda Hilton, Royal Canin Brand Manager Erica Vogt, Office of Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger rep- resentative Bryce Miner and Columbus Hospitality Management Chief Operat- ing Officer Kathryn Burton. “Purebred dogs are at the heart of our products and our company,” said Jason Taylor, National PRO Sales Direc- tor for Royal Canin and Eukanuba. “We are committed to making Royal Canin Ring the ideal venue to highlight the Breeder’s efforts and showcase the details that make every breed unique.” The Old English Sheepdog National Specialty, held September 17-22, 2017, was the inaugural event to open Royal Canin Ring. It was immediately followed by the Akita National Specialty and Clermont County Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Show in October. Anyone interested in booking an event or scheduling a private tour should contact Katie Cull, Royal Canin Ring and Eukanuba Field at the Roberts Centre Sales Manager, at 937-283-3275 or katie.cull@robertscentre.com.

all hosted events include: • Specialized ring carpeting • Overhead, lit ring signage • Dressage-style ring gating • Official win photo area • Ring placement signs

• Examination tables and ramps • Hot-water dog bathing facilities • Exhibitor gifts, prize packages and customized signage (National Spe- cialty shows only) “Royal Canin Ring is stunning,” said Gina DiNardo, Executive Secretary of the AKC. “Every detail from the ring setup and upscale signage to the red carpet contribute to the feeling of gran- deur you experience as soon as you step inside. This is an optimal venue for a National Specialty.” In addition to the first-rate ameni- ties for dog shows, The Roberts Centre caters nicely to their people as well. The attached Holiday Inn provides pet- friendly accommodations, on-site din- ing options and RV parking, including 26 all-new standard electric RV hook- ups available for rent. These on-site fea- tures allow competitors from around the world to visit and have all the necessities for their event in one place. The property is conveniently located in southwest Ohio in the town of Wilming- ton, less than 70 miles from three major airports: John Glenn Columbus Interna- tional, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International and Dayton International. A grand reopening ceremony took place on Thursday, September 14, 2017 and featured private tours for numer- ous Parent Clubs as well as local Breed,

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“Incredible in every detail,” the new Royal Canin Ring includes exquisite florals and a beautiful, yet traditional, win photo area.

Royal Canin Ring offers an opulent ambiance with elegant décor, including overhead, lit ring signage that serves as a focal point for the space.

Royal Canin Ring was officially unveiled at a special press event held on September 14, 2107. Here, Columbus Hospitality Management Chief Operating Officer Kathryn Burton, AKC Vice President of Sports and Events Doug Ljungren, Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor, Royal Canin Brand Manager Erica Vogt, Royal Canin National PRO Sales Director Jason Taylor, AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo, Royal Canin PRO Marketing Director Amanda Hilton, Royal Canin OMNI Marketing Director Danielle Kyriakos, Office of Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger representative Bryce Miner and Site Director for Royal Canin Pet Health and Nutrition Center Dr. Jill Cline, pose for the first picture taken in the new event space.

A special ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the opening of Royal Canin Ring at the Roberts Centre and included notable speakers: Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor, Wilmington Mayor John M. Stanforth, AKC Vice President of Sports and Events Doug Ljungren, Royal Canin National PRO Sales Director Jason Taylor, Office of Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger representative Bryce Miner and Columbus Hospitality Management Chief Operating Officer Kathryn Burton.

Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor attended the unveiling ceremonies of Royal Canin Ring. Here she poses with a Beagle highlighting the upscale overhead signage that is sure to bring an elegant feel to every show.

Clubs will appreciate that all of the functional elements needed for hosting a memorable event were considered when creating Royal Canin Ring, including variable ring sizes with a ready ring capability, sleek ring rails, ring placement signs, specialized carpeting and examination tables and ramps.

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Top: Submitted by Wendy Ascher Ascher Shih Tzu

Right: Submitted by Cynthia Lee

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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NotBad for a 9MonthRun! FLASH NOHS GROUP 2 WIN IN DELAND TO FINISH OUT HER REIGN *AKC NOHS STATS AS OF 9/12/17 #1SilkyTerrier BITCH NOHS*

G R AN D C HAMP I ON ThankYou JUDGE CARMEN BATTAGLIA FOR THIS WONDERFUL GROUP 1 WIN! B R E E D E R | OWN E R | HAN D L E R : J O D Y R O B E R T S Mercedes T op N otch T oys , O ctober 2017 • 55

“ROYAL CANIN RING IS STUNNING,” SAID GINA DINARDO, EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OF THE AKC. “EVERY DETAIL FROM THE RING SETUP AND UPSCALE SIGNAGE TO THE RED CARPET CONTRIBUTE TO THE FEELING OF GRANDEUR YOU EXPERIENCE AS SOON AS YOU STEP INSIDE. THIS IS AN OPTIMAL VENUE FOR A NATIONAL SPECIALTY.” 56 • T op N otch T oys , O ctober 2017

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PLAN AHEAD! COMINGATTRACTIONS

In November —Deadline October 18th STAR LIGHT, STAR BRIGHT – SEE ALL THE SHINING STARS IN THIS NOVEMBER ISSUE! Pre-Royal Canin Showcase AKC’s show of shows happens but once a year and TNT will be there again this year in full force! Share your great up-and-coming pups and current winners with this huge enthusiastic crowd Owner/Handlers You get the honor of escorting your own dog in the ring and you’re justly proud! Share last year’s results and next years plans in theMagazine of the Toy Group—TNT! Breeder/Owner/Handlers You took it one step further—you were there when they were born! Now you gladly show the results of your research, hard work and late-night whelpings to people who understand how tough your job is and howmuch heart and soul you put in. FOR ADVERTISINGAND PREFERRED POSITIONS CONTACT Bonnie Guggenheim, Editor and Advertising Director bonnie@AramediaGrp.com 512-971-3280

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WHY BOTHER?

by RICHARD MILLER AKC JUDGE #5872 , MAR-RICH CHIHUAHUAS

O ver the years since I began judging (1991), I have attended a significant num- ber of breed seminars often at national specialties. As one might expect, some of these have been super, others mediocre and the remainder only fulfilling an application require- ment. When a presenter uses the words never, always, must, etc. my attention is piqued. Presenters of coated breeds will often say something similar to, “Get under that coat…feel the skull, feel the front legs, find where the tail is set on to the body, feel for rear angulation, etc.” Other presenters will be most emphatic about the carriage of the tail. Remarks like, “The tail carriage must be that of a tea cup, the tail should never drop, the tail must be set on high and carried at _ o’clock.” “Feet in this breed are impor- tant” is another statement often heard. The presenter goes on to say, “Remem- ber the early function of their breed.” I could go on and on. However, my point is never, always, must, etc. should not be used in seminar language unless you want the students that attend your seminar to judge your breed remember- ing these words.

I strive very hard to go back to my introduction to a breed as I am judg- ing. I do go under the coat and feel the front legs for desired straightness; I do feel the skull of dogs with top knots to determine if there is a skull under that mound of hair; I do watch the tail carriage for what I heard was the cor- rect carriage (never flat on the back always carried in a loop over the back similar to a tea cup); I do watch when the dog stops. I drop an imaginary line down from the base of the tail to the floor to see if the rear extends beyond that point. Too often when I make these assess- ments of a special in the ring I find very crooked legs under the coat; I find a fluff of hair but no massive skull; I drop that imaginary line and find a rear decidedly under the dog; I watch the dog go around the tail carriage is flat on the back, etc. these findings cause me again to wonder if the seminar pre- senter should have used words besides always, never, must, etc. Once, I experienced a classic depar- ture from the desired when judging Toy Poodles. I brushed the coat away from the feet with my finger to see if there was a neat tight foot. The exhibitor said to me, “Tight feet in this variety are

optional.” The seminar at PCA and my mentors told me that tight feet were the ideal in all varieties of Poodles. My point in sharing my thoughts with you is to be very careful of the words never, always, must, etc. unless you expect us to judge your breed in this manner. Once I have the catalog for the show I often look up informa- tion about a special that was a disap- pointment to me. I sometimes learn the seminar presenter is the breeder or owner of the special. I have to won- der why bother making never, always, must kinds of statements if these same persons are going to exhibit or pay to have a dog exhibited that departs so markedly from these nevers, always, musts, etc. In conclusion, I know that we don’t judge pieces of dogs, rather, we judge the dog as a whole. Finding massive skulls, straight front legs, proper tail carriage, etc. in my opinion separates a group winner from a dog that has fin- ished its championship. The words mentioned in the content of this article make me wonder. It seems to me that words like never, always, must, etc. should be used only when they refer to a DQ for a given breed. Seminar presenters: think about it.

“I OFTEN LOOK UP INFORMATION ABOUT A SPECIAL THAT WAS A DISAPPOINTMENT TO ME.

I SOMETIMES LEARN THE SEMINAR PRESENTER IS THE BREEDER OR OWNER OF THE SPECIAL.”

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On The Line Canine Cancer Diagnosis by BJ ANDREWS Why are dogs diagnosed with cancer more frequently than people? Is the canine cancer rate really higher than for human cancers? Have there been any cures? Most reference sites state exactly the same thing “Dogs and humans get cancer at simi- lar rates without clear causes” but I found none that offer statistics for that claim. That missing info was enough to motivate me to dig a little more but canine cancer facts are scarcer than hen’s teeth.

Think about this. Your dog doesn’t smoke, drink, or take drugs and is less likely to be exposed to carcino- gens in the workplace or home. On average, dogs spend more time out- side in relatively fresh air than do humans. Your dog may or may not eat as healthy as you because few

cancers. The type of breast cancer that affects dogs spreads to bones – just as it does in women. And the most frequent bone cancer of dogs, osteosarcoma, is the same cancer that strikes teenagers.” That was hardly comforting news.

I found a lot of sites that offer to test your dog’s DNA, as though knowing if he were likely to develop cancer would make his life or yours any more bear- able. I deemed them all “catcher sites” i.e. of no value other than to their visitor stats. This statement was interesting although not hopeful. “The tumors with potential relevance for human cancer biology include osteosarcoma, mam- mary carcinoma, oral melanoma, oral squamous cell carcinoma, nasal tumors, lung carcinoma, soft tissue sarcomas, and malignant non-Hodgkin's lym- phoma. {3} As in human cancer research and treatment, canine cancer is big business. Even so, I was astounded by the $$$ involved in acquiring compa- nies that do animal health research {4} and market their products. Quote “As part of its $3.6 billion purchase of King Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer’s animal health organization will acquire King’s animal health organization, Alpharma Animal Health. Alpharma develops, manufactures and markets pharmaceuticals and nutritionals for food produc- ing animals. The organization’s 2009 sales were $359 million.” My radar went up when I spotted this blurb. “TGen and VARI study cancer in dogs to find new treatments for humans … They could provide the DNA keys to findings new treatments for rare can- cers and other diseases in both dogs and human

dogs are fed a natural diet. By definition, natural diet for wild canids means he would select vegeta- tion as needed and otherwise subsist on raw meat , fish, fowl, carrion and occasional nest eggs. So why then are dogs so frequently diagnosed with cancer? They don’t see a veterinarian as often as we see a doctor. They can’t self-diagnose a sus- picious lump or growth and call a physician. Are we to believe this statement from Pets.webmd “Fifty percent of dogs over the age of 10 develop cancer at some point”? There is no reference cited nor provided. Not to worry, the same site then pur- ports to list those breeds but first it wants you to watch a slide show. Right, time on site boosts search engine ranking. I didn’t watch and did not find the list of most affected breeds. INSERT ATTACHED “cancer-diagnosis-rate- human-canine- ILLUSTRATION HERE Instead I sought other sources for canine cancer rate and more information on how often it is diag- nosed compared to human cancers. What is the frequency and most common cancer diagnosed in dogs? The first and most profound thing is that “mixed breed” dogs have the highest cancer rate according to statistics provided by Embrace Insurance company. {1} The second thing that caught my eye was this statement on fetchacure.org .{2} “Dogs and humans are the only two species that naturally develop lethal prostate

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Canine Cancer Diagnosis continued

patients.” The blurb was dated April 15, 2010. In late July 2017, I could find nothing connecting either cancer study to any cure or treatment or additional information release relative to the 2010 release or this one that held such great promise - “The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and the Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) have created the Canine Hereditary Cancer Consortium, a program designed to study naturally occurring cancers in dogs to better understand why both pets and people get sick.” In fact there just doesn’t seem to be any defini- tive “cure or successful treatment or prevention for cancer”. The eliminating factor in all internet search engine returns seems to have been the words “cure” and “successful.” After billions of dollars in funding over the last 2 decades, we are left with but two conclusions. Either there is no cure for cancer or the research funding is of more value than a cure. In fact, many health experts in both animal and human medicine have said as much.

In the meantime, multi-million $$$ “federal stim- ulus grants” such as those to the “Canine Hereditary Cancer Consortium, which includes TGen and VARI in partnership with the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the University of Pennsylvania, Michigan State University, dog breeders and veterinarians” will continue to roll in. Note that such donations are tax-deductions to the giver. When you look at the good publicity gained by mega-names such as PetSmart, Hills Pet Nutrition, and other pet supply companies, mega- donations are like “found money” in addition to providing invaluable press coverage. The Executive Chairman of PetSmart stated “We're proud to be part of such an innovative approach that fully supports our mission of provid- ing total lifetime care for pets, and one that will offer hope to people and dogs who are suffering from these illnesses.” Let us hope that some dog, somewhere, sometime, will benefit from canine cancer research.n

{1} http://www.embracepetinsurance.com/blog/rates-of-cancer-by-dog-breed {2} http://www.fetchacure.org/resource-library/facts/ {3} https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF00046339 {4} http://alcherabio.com/deals_info_archives.php

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