Top Notch Toys June 2017

2017 AMERICAN SHIH TZU CLUB NATIONAL IN ST. LOUIS, MO by KRISTIE MILLER, Intuition Shih Tzu

O nce again the city of St. Lou- is welcomed the American Shih Tzu Club for the annu- al Regionals and National show. The theme for the National show was “Get Your Kicks On Route 66”. Exhibitors in Obedience, Rally, Agility and Conformation arrived on or around April 24th at the Holiday Inn Route 66 in St. Louis. Those arriving early were able to enjoy some of the City’s outside attractions in beautiful spring weather. Mid-week turned to heavy rain and by Sunday, the entire state of Missouri experienced historic flooding, even closing down long stretches of I-44. Competition started with two AKC sanctioned Agility Trials on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017. The event was held at Dog Sports at Kim’s in Caseyville, Illinois. Ms. Karen Winter judged both shows and awarded High Scoring—Reg- ular to Emma handled by Shelly Gold- stein, High Scoring preferred went to Ananda MACH4PACH3 the top honor in the morning trial with the after- noon High In Trial going to Shente’s Precious Emma BN, RN, THD, CGCA. ASTC hosted a Meet and Greet in the Convention Center Lobby on Tuesday evening. Exhibitors then finished up final bathing and grooming in the ball- room, preparing for the first day of conformation judging. The 11th Regional Specialty with breeder Judge Joe Walton was held on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017. An impressive line-up resulted in the top honor of BEST OF BREED going to: GCHB CH WENRICK’S N’PALAQUINS THEY CALL ME MR. BATES; bred by Barbara Brem and Wendy Paquette and owned by Wendy Paquette.

WINNERS BITCH: SU CHEN’S SWINGING ON A STAR; bred and owned by P. Susan Cheney SELECT DOG: CH JAZZIE AND WANG’S I’M A CITY BOY; bred by Vicki Carder and Karen Millard and owned by Douglas Wang SELECT BITCH: GCH CH CREATIVE’S DON’T CHA WANNA BE LOVED, bred by Yuttharak Rattanachompoo and owned by Douglas Wang BEST PUPPY: DANCEE SOUNDS OF MUSIC AT INTUITION, bred by Janet Danner and owned by Janet Danner and Kristie Miller BEST BRED BY EXHIBITOR: JOCAR’S YOU BELONG TO ME; bred and owned by Carla R. Johnson. The annual ASTC Board of Directors Meeting was held Wednesday evening. ASTC 39th and 40th Obedience Trial and 16th and 17th Rally Trial was held the morning of April 27-28th, 2017 under Judge: Virginia “Ginger” Kinion. Day One Obedience High in Trial went to Halfway to Heavens All Eyes on Me, bred by Pat Uthoff and owned by Cath- erine Mchaffie. This was the first time attending a National Specialty for Cath- erine and her dog Gavin. What a thrill for them to place High in Trial. RALLY OBEDIENCE HIGH COM- BINED SCORE DAY ONE: SHENTE’S BEAR GOLDSTEIN CDX BN RAE AX AXJ OF THD CGCA; bred by Marga- ret Brown and owned by Burton and Rochelle Goldstein RALLY OBEDIENCE HIGH IN TRIAL DAY ONE: TRINKET’S I’LL GO FIRST CDX GO RAE; bred by Julie Burns and owned by Judi Gullickso OBEDIENCE HIGH IN TRIAL DAY TWO: HALLMARK JOLEI HOT ON THE TRAIL TOVA BN RN; bred by Luke and Diane Ehricht and owned by Judy and Thomas Harding RALLY OBEDIENCE HIGH COMBINED SCORE DAY TWO: SHENTESS BEAR GOLDSTEIN CDX BN RAE AX AXJ OF THD CGDC; bred by

RALLY OBEDIENCE HIGH IN TRIAL DAY TWO: TRINKET’S GONNA BE A STAR CD BN RA; bred by Julie Burns and owned by Judi Gullickso Following the obedience on April 27th was the Second Regional Specialty, judged by Charlotte Patterson. Top honors of BEST OF BREED went to GCHB CH WENRICK’S N’PALAQUINS THEY CALL ME MR. BATES, bred by Barbara Brem and Wendy Paquette and owned by Wendy Paquette BEST OF WINNERS AND WINNERS BITCH: JADESILK HELL ON WHEELS; bred and owned by Sandra Orford and Beth Chopey BEST OF OPPOSITE SEX: LUN LYNN’S VIVA LA VIVA; bred and owned by Sherry McGhee WINNERS DOG: JOLISSE SPECIAL DESIGN; bred by Catherine Garretson, Jocelyn Fuertes and Alex Rolon and owned by Joclyn Fuertes SELECT DOG: CH JAZZIE AND WANG’S I’M A CITY BOY; bred by Vicki Carder and Karen Millard and owned by Douglas Wang SELECT BITCH: GCH CREATIVE’S DON’T CHA WANNA BE LOVED; bred by Yuttharak Rattanachompoo and owned by Douglas Wang. Thursday evening a Grooming Semi- nar, including demonstrations and tips, was coordinated by Kristi Mann, assist- ed by her team of friends.

BEST OF OPPOSITE SEX: LUN LYNN’S VIVA LA VIVA; bred and

owned by Sherrie McGee BEST OF WINNERS AND WINNERS DOG: POINSUR DVIZCHEN

TRIUMPH WINNER (Russia); bred by Ponomareva A.N. and owned by Carol Randle

Margaret Brown and owned by Burton and Rochelle Goldstein

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