Top Notch Toys November 2017

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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 #3 TOY ** #1 AFFENPINSCHER * &

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

MR. RAYMOND FILBURN JR.

COL JOE PURKHISER

MRS. SARI BREWSTER TIETJEN

THANK YOU JUDGES

GEORGE MILUTINOVICH

MR. JON COLE

DENNY MOUNCE

PEGGY LLOYD

DANA CLINE

*TNT BREED STATS AS OF 9/30/17 | **TNT ALL BREED STATS AS OF 9/30/17

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OWNED BY DOYLE & CAROL GIROUARD

PRESENTED BY ALFONSO ESCOBEDO & ASHLIE WHITMORE

BRED BY JACKIE & TERRY STACY TAMARIN KENNELS

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*All systems as of 9/30/17

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*TNT breed stats as of 9/30/17

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Silver Grand Champion

WynDancer Silver Lining

Toy Group 2 under Mr. Fred Stephens

Group 4 under Judge Col. Joe Purkhiser

Toy Group 3 under Mr. George Milutinovich

Group 2 under Mrs. Leslie Hiltz

MOST IMPORTANTLY, COOPER HAS PASSED ALL OF HIS HEALTH TESTING AT AGE TWO.

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Cooper GCHS CH & Toy Group Winner under Mrs. Vilas

*TNT all breed stats 2016 & as of 9/30/17 2016 & 2017* Top20 Cavalier

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

BEAUTIFULLY PRESENTED BY MR. LUKE SEIDLITZ & TEAM

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

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A Bronze Grand Champion

National Specialty Select

Dog Winner and Best of Variety Owner Handled

on his 1st birthday number sixteen All Breed* number thirteen *TNT All Breed stats as of 9/30/17

Handled by Chelsea Hahn Owned by Cara Ryckman & Chelsea Hahn

of Terlingua Chihuahuas

Bred by Josee Picard & Melanie Tailly

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TNT TOPNOTCHTOYS NOVEMBER 2017 • VOLUME XXXIII, NUMBER NINE

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FURIO Chihuahua (Long Coat) BISS GCH KOKURA YAMA JP GOLD MEDALIST

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TABLE OF CONTENTS 14 THIS MONTH IN TOP NOTCH TOYS 16 COVER STORY

18 FROM THE EXECUTIVE EDITOR EMERITUS Joseph Neil McGinnis III 19 TNT CELEBRATES ARLENE CZECH’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF JUDGING 26 TOY TALK Bonnie Guggenheim 38 TOY BOX Candids of our Canine Pals 52 BECOMING A BREEDER Fred Heal 56 BREEDERS IN HIDING Part II by Cara Ryckman 64 IN DOGS, EVERYTHING AFFECTS EVERYTHING by Joan Schurr Kefeli 66 IT CAN BE DONE! by Heather Tauer-Reid 70 LIVING WITH CANINESTEINS! by Judy Thompson 72 CHIHUAHUA CLUB OF AMERICA NATIONAL SPECIALTY by Cara Ryckman 76 ROYAL CANIN INVITATION TO THE AKC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TNT VITAL STATISTICS

TOP NOTCH TOYS Editor/Advertising Director BONNIE GUGGENHEIM 512-971-3280 bonnie@aramediagrp.com Director, Social Media & Web Site DANIEL CARTIER

DANIEL@ARAMEDIAGRP.COM _______________________________ EXECUTIVE EDITOR EMERITUS Chief Media Consultant JOSEPH NEIL McGINNIS III EDITOR@ARAMEDIAGRP.COM _______________________________

78 TNT TOP TWENTY TOYS 79 TNT ALL-BREED SYSTEM 80 TNT BREED SYSTEM

TOP NOTCH TOYS is published twelve times per year by AraMedia Group, Inc. 221 Indigo Lane, Georgetown, Texas 78628. President, AJ Arapovic. Postage paid at Omaha, Nebraska. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without the express written permission of the editor. The opinions expressed in this publication either editorially or in advertising copy are those of the authors and do not necessarily constitute endorsement by the publishers. The edi- tor reserves the right to reasonably edit all copy submitted. All articles become the property of the publishers. Subscription price for third class service in the United States: $75.00. Canadian and U.S. First Class: $110.00. Overseas rates upon request. Inquiries to: Michael R. Veras, COO, AraMedia Group Inc., PO Box 18567, Tampa FL 33678512 686 3466 ext 105 or michael@ara- mediagrp.com.

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Furio O N T H E C O V E R

B R E E D E R K A Z U YU K I YA M A

O W N E R S H E I L A W E I S M A N WA L K E R

H A N D L E R PA U L A M U R R A Y

#GOLDMEDALFAVORITE

GROUP 1 | WILLIAM USHERWOOD

GROUP 2 | RAYMOND FILBURN, JR.

GROUP 3 | PEGGY LLOYD

GROUP 3 | SANDY WHEAT

GROUP 4 | DENNY MOUNCE

GROUP 4 | CAROLYN ALEXANDER

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Bronze Grand Champion B E S T I N S P E C I A L T Y S H O W W I N N I N G

KOKURA YAMA JP GOLD MEDALIST

DANA CLINE

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A TNT Favorite hits the big 5-0 FROMTHE EXECUTIVE EDITOR EMERITUS

JOSEPHNEILM C GINNIS III

IT WAS MY PLEASURE TO BE PRESENT WHEN a friend was feted for years of good work. Arlene Czech and I forged our friendship almost forty years ago, and she’d already been judging for more than ten years. She’s spent a lifetime in service of purebred dogs—in particular, her beloved Papillons—and the people she’s helped and the contributions she’s made make a list far too lengthy to include here. Suffice it to say, Arlene has been a treasure in our world for a long, long time, and we expect her to be so for a long time yet. And so it is that I hand the microphone, so to speak, to Judy Thompson who wrote a great piece about Ms. Czech for us a few years back on the occasion that Arlene was chose by AKC as Toy Breeder of the Year. Arlene herself, of course, has written for me for twenty-five years. Enjoy a glimpse of this girl who’s had such impact on our sport and for whom we care so much...

Photo: Zell von Pohlman

ARLENE CZECH, by Judy Thompson EXHIBITORS, HAVE YOU EVER HAD A WIDE-EYED YOUNG SPECTATOR come to you at your set-up at a dog show and fall in love with your breed? Did you spend time talking to her and perhaps give her your business card? That is exactly what happened to a Chihuahua and Papillon breeder in 1948 at the Detroit Kennel Club show. The young lady was a college coed, and her name was Arlene Czech. Shows were benched then, exhibitors had plenty of time to talk to spectators, and Miss Czech ended up spending the whole day at the show. She left that day

Soon Taffy was joined by Dandy, a male imported from the English kennel, Stouravon, and that was the start of Czech’s breeding program. Together Taffy and Dandy pro- duced five champions. One of those pups became the #1 Papillon in the country after taking a Group 3, the only Group placing Papillon that year. Czech’s demanding career teaching Science to middle- school students with learning disabilities (for which she won an award for Excellence from the National Science Teachers Association) limited her breeding program. She has always been a hobby breeder, keeping only a select

enthralled with Papillons and the excited about the idea of someday bringing a dog into the Obedience ring. Six years later, in 1954, the Czech family lost their beloved Irish Setter. At first, they opted to never have another dog. But that lasted only a week. Then Czech pulled out that business card from 1948 and contacted the breeder. She saw Taffy and bought her instantly for the grand sum of thirty-five dol- lars. That was how her amazing relationship with Papillons began-- sixty years and counting!

number of Papillons, and preferring to keep her Toy dogs in her home rather than in kennels and runs. Still, as a Breeder of Merit, she has bred 44 Champions, an International Champion, the first Papillon to win

a Mexican champi- onship, nine Grand

Champions, one Silver and two Bronze level Grand Champions. Her breeding program includes four-genera- tions of Dam of Merit awards (soon to be five

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generations). Since the inception of Breeder of Merit Medallions, she has earned nine, and is very close to securing her tenth. In addition, since 2010, when the Papillon Club of America began the Top Twenty Five awards, she has had a dog in that prestigious lineup every year. Czech has always subscribed to the notion: “A well-bal- anced dog has titles at both ends”. She trained Dandy herself usin g some creative training methods. He earned his Utility Dog title at the Papillon National and became that year’s top Papillon in Obedience. For years she com- peted in Obedience and has bred 44 performance-titled dogs. At the Papillon Club of America National Banquet, seven Versatility awards went to her Coquina dogs. She taught Obedience classes for many years in Michigan, and after retiring to Flo rida continues to teach classes for the Greater Naples Dog Club, where she held many offices. She also serves as an evaluator for the AKC Canine Good Citizen and Community Canine programs. Papillons make wonderful therapy dogs, and five of Czech’s Coquina dogs are certified by Alliance of Therapy Dogs. They are often invited to visit and entertain resi- dents at area nursing facilities, where they are dressed in costumes and perform tricks. You might think all this would keep a lady in her eight- ies plenty busy, maybe even overwhelmed. And in fact, fifteen years ago she was joined by Mary Jo Korpi to help with the dogs. They now co-own all the dogs and they both train and exhibit their new hopefuls. But Czech has many other irons in the fire. She is an AKC judge (Toys, Non-Sporting and Herding ) who has judged on every con-

tinent of the world with the exception of Antartica (no dog shows there!). She still takes assignments on a limited basis, but never in Florida where she exhibits to avoid a conflict of interest. She has been the Papillon Club of America’s AKC Delegate for 24 years, is an Honorary Life Member and was awarded their Lifetime Achievement Award several years ago. She has att ended the Papillon National for 51 continuous years. Since the late 1980’s she has been writing columns for The AKC Gazette, Top Notch Toys, and ShowSight magazines. Now, at eighty-six years young, Czech hopes to contin- ue doing what she loves for as long as she is able. Her lifelong dedication to Papillons will be acknowledged in December at the AKC National Championships, when she will be the recipi ent of the distinguished and very well- deserved award of AKC Toy Breeder of the Year. n AND SO IT WAS A THRILL to be there, ringside at Greater Naples Dog Club on September 14th, as everyone gathered to celebrate Arlene’s special day. The icing on the cake was that she was judging Best in Show on the very day that we celebrated her storied fifty-year career. We’re proud of her and we value her very, ver y highly. (As an update, this lady is now 88 years of age, and it certainly doesn’t show in her appearance, attitude or actions.) We love you Arlene. Congratulations, my dear friend.

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M U L T I P L E G R O U P W I N N I NG & P L A C I NG A TOP 10 SHIH TZU

#1 SHIH TZU - NATIONAL OWNER HANDLED SERIES 2017, 2016, 2015 2016 - #2 ALL BREED NATIONAL OWNER HANDLED SERIES 2016 - AKC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS BEST OF BREED AND BEST BRED BY

The “Dream Team” would like to thank all the wonderful judges that made this the run of a lifetime. A big thank you to our friends and fans for pushing and supporting us on this journey. A special thank you to Kathy Kwait for over 40 years of sharing the world of Shih Tzu.

MARJA SHIH TZU MARK & JACKIE STEMPEL • BOHEMIA, NEW YORK

TU CHU SHIH TZU KATHY KWAIT • FORKED RIVER, NEW JERSEY

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2017 # 1LIFETIME ALL BREED NAT IONAL OWNER HANDLED SERI ES* GCHS MARJA-TU CHU DREAM CATCHER Dreamer * A K C NO H S F I N A L 2 0 1 7 S TAT S NATIONAL OWNER HANDLED SERIES CAREER:

58 - GROUP 1

12 - RESERVE BEST IN SHOW

16 - BEST IN SHOW

KM PHOTOGRAPHY

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M U L T I P L E G R O U P P L A C I N G CH ASHTON WINMAR FINNAGIN OF DRAGONGATE

OWNERS: DR. DARRELL THOMPSON & DR. MARVIN WINTERS

BREEDERS: TOBI ADAMS, DOUGLAS JOHNSON, JAMIE HUBBARD & JEANE HAVERICK

HANDLER: HEATHER REID

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

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GRAND CHAMPION BLACKWOOD MORNING GLORY HANDLER: KAREN NEWMAN

GRAND CHAMPION BLACKWOOD VOL DE NUIT

OLLI

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ETCETERA

by BONNIE GUGGENHEIM TNT Advertising Director & Associate Editor BREEDING DOGS IS A FORM OF ART

T he art of breeding good dogs like any other art form takes a long time to learn. It requires a devo- tion to what you feel is ideal based on the AKC Standard, strong determination and the ability to interpret what your pedigree consists of as well as the ability apply that knowledge to the actual dog. In other words, see the art you created, in the ring! The successful breeder breeds not for financial gain, but for genuine love of dogs and the improvement with each litter which is a satisfying accomplishment. It is important to choose breeding stock with knowledge and to breed the individual bitch with the stud dog most likely to correct her faults. Breeders absolutely must become familiar and knowl- edgeable regarding the fundamental laws and principals of genetics.

LISTED ARE SOME LONG HELD PIECES OF INFORMATION: 1. No dog is perfect! 2. Most dogs carry a recessive gene for nearly any fault. 3. Undesirable traits may remain hidden and can appear when least expected. 4. Never forget that type, personality, markings and temperament are inherited. 5. Puppies usually resemble the whole pedigree more than their sire or dam. 6. You may have success through half Brother/ Sister breedings by doubling up on the traits you admire. 7. If you are working with an outcross they should have no major faults and good physical structure. 8. An outcross should be done every few genera- tions to maintain the vigor and health of the line you are working with. This outcross should then be bred back into that line to promote those virtues you are seeking. I’m always ready to talk Toys and inquiring minds want to know…about your wins and your plans. Have a wonder Fall season, an awesome Thanksgiving and see you in December at the AKC Nation- al Championship show presented by Royal Canin. Check out our booth, say hello and pick up a copy of TOP NOTCH TOYS!

“IN OTHER WORDS, SEE THE ART YOU CREATED, IN THE RING!”

Win lots more, Bonnie bonnie@aramediagrp.com 863.738.8848

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Number One 2 0 1 5 - 2 0 1 6 - 2 0 1 7 * T o y f o x t e r r i e r f o r T hree d i f f e r e n t j u d g e s T hree d i f f e r e n t h a n d l e r s

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 Platinum Grand Champion T h e f i r s t a n d o n ly T o y F o x P l at i n u m G r a n d C h a m p i o n T hree n a t i o n a l s p e c i a l t y w i n s R e s u l t s Catcher i t m u s t b e

Breeder/Owner: Eugene Bellamy Jr. | centennial Farms | Handler: jon Rawleigh *TNT Breed stats 2015, 2016 and as of 9/30/17

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" B R E E D E R S S U P P O RT I N G E A C H O T H E R , W O R K I N G T O G E T H E R F O R W H AT R E A L LY C O U N T S . . . . B E T T E R M E N T O F T H E B R E E D ! T H A N K Y O U B R E E D E R - J U D G E L A U R E N PAY N E , F O R R E C O G N I Z I N G T H E S E T W O B E A U T I F U L D O G S ! "

smooth coat Chihuahua *

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

Izzie

knockout white owl

20 1 7 CH I HUAHUA C LUB OF AMER I CA REG I ONAL & NAT I ONAL SPEC I ALTY BEST OF BREED W I NN ER

T H A N K Y O U J U D G E J A S O N H O K E F O R F I N D I N G I Z Z I E AT T H E R E G I O N A L !

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

*TNT breed stats as of 9/30/17

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" A L L G O O D T H I N G S G E T B E T T E R W I T H T I M E . "

Destiny's Astronomical Kid , ROM

20 1 7 CH I HUAHUA C LUB OF AMER I CA

NAT I ONAL SPEC I ALTY BEST LONG COAT AN D BOS TO BOB AT 6 YEARS OL D .

" KNOCKOUT & D EST I NY CH I HUAHUAS WOU L D L I KE TO EXTEN D SPEC I AL THANKS TO DARTAN CH I HUAHUAS FOR ALWAYS ENCOU RAG I NG , MENTOR I NG AN D SHAR I NG TH E I R STUNN I NG BLOOD L I N E W ITH TH E N EXT G EN ERAT I ON OF BREED ERS . W ITHOUT YOU , OU R SUCCESS WOU L DN ' T BE POSS I BLE ! BOTH OF TH IS YEAR ' S NAT I ONAL SPEC I ALTY VAR I ETY W I NN ERS W ERE S I RED BY DARTAN DOGS . " Astro

BRED BY DESTINY CHIHUAHUAS - HOME OF MANY CHAMPIONS, ROM DAMS AND TOP PRODUCING SIRES LANA BOWES - BREEDER/OWNER/HANDLER - 321-271-8056 - WWW.DESTINYCHIHUAHUAS.COM

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LA LA LUFFEYLAND City of Stars...Are You Shining Just For Me?

Curious George slips into a passionate improvisation and is selected first seat at the Chattanooga Toy Dog Gig. Our appreciation, and all that jazz to Accomplished Performance Judge Mr. Joseph Gregory. DISOBEDIENT GCH LUFFEYLAND’ S

“GEORGIO” continues to receive rave reviews from connoisseurs of standard conforming Havanese!

Georgio & Baby are Bred & Owned By Luffeyland Producers: Thomas & Margaret Luffey

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LA LA LUFFEYLAND City of Stars...You Never Shined So Brightly! LUFFEYLAND’ S BROADWAY BABY successfully auditions for the role of Winners Bitch at the Havanese Club Of America National Speciality Show. Our appreciation to Casting Director Judge Mr. Dana Cline.

Aspiring actress “BABY” looks forward to taking her one-woman show on tour!

Georgio & Baby are Presented By Toy Dog Talent Agents: Harry Bennett & S. D. Rowan Jr.

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Many Thanks to the Following Judges... w h o h a v e c o n s i s t e n t l y c o m m e n t e d o n h e r “Flawless Movement” Jason Hoke Alfred Ferruggiaro Dr. Robert Smith Terry Berrios

Brian Meyer james moses kathi brown larry abbot lisa warren rodney herner Elaine Lessig Jim Fredricksen

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Kabuki C h . T o u c h e K y o t o K a b u k i

B r e d b y : d a l e m a r t e n s o n & v i c k i d o v e l l o s O wn e d b y : k at h y j u r i n & D a n P a l a n t i n o H a n d l e d b y : D a n P A l a n t i n o

Photos by jane hobson

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SilkyTerrier * *TNT breed stats as of 9/30/17 America’s Number One

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GCH ASLETT LAMPLIGHTER PAWS N TAILS # 1 * Vicky

BREEDER/OWNER HANDLED BY: Barbara Beissel BarbaraBeissel@aol.com JanetAslett@aol.com

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Submit your cute photos to our TOYBOX department. Any clear photo will do—black & white or color, regular photo or digital. (If sending digital images, send high resolution 300 DPI for best quality.) Please submit your name and the name of the dog.

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LIZ DA Z Z L E S MGM N B I S S G C H S Diamonds Are Forever

Liz comes out of retirement and wins Best Of Variety under Jason Hoke for the second year in a row. Chihuahua Club America awards: 2017 CCA Regional Best Of Variety 2016 CCA Regional Best Of Variety 2016 CCA National Best of Variety 2016 CCA National Best In Specialty of

Owner: Bob Gentile, MGM Chihuahuas www.MGMchihuahuas.com

Breeder: Donna Jensen

Handler: Shelley Guthrie

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He shoots,

and scores!

CHAMPION DREAMTIME’S HALF COURT SHOT

Thanks to Judges Margo Klingler and Dr. Roger Pritchard FOR BACK-TO-BACK 5 POINT MAJORS TO FINISH “PLAYER’S” CHAMPIONSHIP

BREEDER AND OWNER DESERAE BUCKMASTER | HANDLERS TRISH KULESSA AND KEN LAMBERT

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Tiffany

CHIHUAHUA CLUB OF AMERICA TOP 20 JUDGE’S CHOICE AND PEOPLE’S CHOICE WINNER

BRED BY DARWIN DELANEY & KATHY SAWYER

OWNED & EXCLUSIVELY HANDLED BY CECILIA BOZZO

SMOOTH COAT BITCH ALL BREED **

SMOOTH COAT NOHS *

BIS RBIS MBISS GCHP DARTAN DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER AT VIVA

*AKC NOHS STATS AS OF 10/12/17 **TNT ALL BREED STATS AS OF 9/30/17

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Cogie's

What's

New?

Glory Bee

Handled & Loved by MJ Held Owned by MJ Held and Dail Corl

A special thank you to Judge Michael Forte

1442 Orchard Park Rd West Seneca, NY 14224 716-675-4497

Specialty Chihuahua Club of Hudson Valley

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Shimmer GCHB JUSLYN STARFOX SHIMMER N SHINE I T ’ S A R E P E AT !

Group placing, NOHS Group Winning, Westminster AOM BEST OF OPPOSITE SEX at the ATFTC National Specialty for the 2nd year!

© BARBARA E L ROD

Our thanks to Dana Cline and Rodney Merry for these prestigious wins.

© BARBARA E L ROD

CH DARKS IDE ’S WALKER STALKER Ricky!

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

SUSAN & STEVE THI BODEAUX

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

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Grand Champion LaCas itas Keeper of the Flame

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

Owned, Bred and Loved by: Gary & Vicki Stiles

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photo by Steve Ross

GROUP PLACING

CH. TYAVA’S SUGARFOOT’S STRIKE FORCE This young boy finished his Championship in short order then hit the ground running in the group ring with this exciting Group 2 at the Toy Dog Specialty in Mississippi. Thank you Judge Brad Jenkins for finding Stryker in a stellar group of toy dogs. OWNED/HANDLED BY Vicki Edwards | Sugarfoot Yorkies Great things come in small packages. We’re chasing the dream! BRED BY Ava Tyree | Tyava’s Yorkies

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Grand Champion # 1

A lways Own e r Hand l e d

H e r N e x t G e n e rat i on c om i ng t o a show N e ar Yo u i n 2 0 1 8

" P r i d e , D e t e rm i nat i on , P r e s e n tat i on & E xc e l l e nc e - Va ly r i an Havan e s e " A lways Own e r Hand l e d by Va l e r i e S cha p p e l l

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

Flash: October 13 th -14 th , 2017 AOM & BOS CCCN Specialty Select Dog Tri-Star KC

Until Your Dreams D R E A M

C O M E T R U E

Bred by Carol Clouse (Zhen), Amy Thompson & Bill Thompson Owned by Carol Clouse Presented by Terry Smith

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G R A N D C H A M P I O N Bronze

F I N I S H E D # 4 H A V A N E S E N O H S 2 0 1 7 * *AKC NOHS stats 2017

T R E A S U R E S P L AY I N G W I T H F I R E

Multiple B E S T O F B R E E D W I N N E R Thank you Judge MR. JON TITUS STEELE

Always Breeder / Owner handled by KAREN A . WARNCKE Havanese Treasures havanesetreasures.net Havanese Treasures

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C H I N E S E C R E S T E D S

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BECOMING A BREEDER: THE SIX STAGES

by FRED HEAL

W hen people purchase a purebred dog, they may be on the road to becoming a “breed- er” in their chosen breed. Sometime down that road, if they persist, they will pass through several stages; some very rewarding and others filled with set backs, heartbreak, financial drain, enormous pride and, hopefully, satisfac- tion. At the end of that same road there will be tons of memories and, if you have done things right, the good memo- ries will outweigh the bad. One thing you will eventually learn is that having someone to guide you along the way (a mentor) will make the road much eas- ier, but you have not learned that yet. The six stages of becoming a suc- cessful breeder are: THE “WANNABE” This is when you have acquired your first dog, gone to a few shows and seen people with immaculately groomed examples of your breed winning big rib- bons and you want to get involved and do the same. You may have even shown your first dog and maybe won a white or yellow ribbon. That alone is enough to send you on your way to a life long

a few classes and you have the taste of winning so strong in your mouth you just have to do more. Maybe you got lucky and garnered more than your share of wins with your first puppy and now you want to set the world on fire and win a Best of Breed or even get a Group placing. You look at the success- ful breeders in your area and think, ‘Just watch me go! I am going to learn this sport and beat you guys every time out!’ Well you can think this all you like, but it ain’t going to happen... yet! You talk to everyone who thinks they are a breeder, even those with other breeds. You pick their brains and store all the information in the back of your mind. After a while, all the con- tradicting things you have been told gives you a headache and you decide to just jump in and begin your career as a breeder. But, now is the time when you are going to make lots of mistakes. Even if you realize your dog is not really an animal that should be bred from, you go ahead anyway. If you happen to see the light and purchase a real “Show Pros- pect” as your foundation bitch, you can bet it won’t be the dog that you really hoped for. Now is when you rational- ize everything you have been told and think, “Well, I will breed her to a better dog and produce better pups.” Wrong! The genes from your bitch will off- set the hopefully superior genes from the male and you will be haunted for

the rest of your breeding life by this initial mistake! Now you have bred your first litter, had pups die, paid the veterinarian tons of money for health tests, maybe a C-section, shots, etc. and now you hope to sell all your pups to “show homes”, keep the best puppy for yourself and then take the wonder pups to their first show and prove to everyone how good a breeder you are. Again, it ain’t going to happen... yet. THE “NOVICE STAGE” Well, now you are ready for the “Novice stage”. This is when you have gone through the trials of your first litter, paid your dues and have decided to continue on your quest to become a breeder of great show dogs. Well, you still don’t know enough to be set loose in a breeding kennel but no one can stop you now! In fact, this is the time to really get into studying blood- lines, genotype, phenotype, genetics, health inheritance factors and all those other words you heard people talking about at the shows. Considering you have made the commitment to become a breeder, you should now be prepared to study the breed standard, learn the dog show rules of the game and most important... find a mentor! A mentor is someone who has been around for years (let’s say 20 or 30 years) preferably in your breed and

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“HAVING SOMEONE TO GUIDE YOU ALONG THE WAY WILL MAKE THE ROAD MUCH EASIER.”

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dogs that you could use to compliment your bloodline or maybe buy if the spe- cial qualities have not been noticed in that animal yet. You show your dogs often and prove your ability to win over the best competition. Now other novices and new breeders are coming to you for advice. You have arrived! THE “BREED AUTHORITY” There is still another stage, however, that exists somewhat beyond the top breeder stage and that is when dog peo- ple and your peers consider you a “Breed Authority.” This is when you have been at the top breeder level for many years, made your place in the history books of your breed and now either don’t breed anymore or are involved only at the National Breed Club level. You have “been there and done that” many times over. When other top breeders want to confirm their breeding plans or get a knowledgeable opinion on their up and coming new show dog, they come to you as a Breed Authority. If they are planning an outcross breeding they ask you—the breed authority—for an opin- ion. Where else can they go? A breed authority has reached the top of the pile in their breed. They have done it all, several times. So what is the next stage for Breed Authorities? Who knows but what ever it is, they will have enough great memo- ries to last them a lifetime!

acceptable dogs for the show ring. So this is the “practice” stage. It is where you try to improve your bloodline, establish consistency in breed type, produce healthy animals for your cli- ents and develop a “presence” at the dog shows. You win the breed and gracefully accept your wins, compete in the Group and maybe once in a while you win one. You are still not a national figure in your breed but your name does sound familiar to a couple of veteran breeders. They may even have noticed your dogs in the ring. Maybe even said “nice dog” to you when they pass you at the Nationals. But you still have many things to learn! THE “TOP BREEDER” Being recognized as a “Top Breeder” is a stage that is not based on age, sex, years in the whelping box or by any attribute except success. This is when you may have won your National Spe- cialty several times, have produced top winners in your breed and other breeders are buying dogs from you to improve their bloodlines. When you enter a dog show, people in your breed say, “Oh damn; s/he is here again, what chance do we have?” You have learned the dog game and are playing it well. You have an eye for a dog and can look at your breed in the ring and pick the winners. You travel to shows to watch the competition and rate your chances of beating them. You look for

even more importantly, someone who has been successful in the breed. I mean a mentor who should have pro- duced a national specialty winner, won multiple Groups and at least one BIS on their dogs and be respected by breed- ers, handlers and even those that are envious of them. There is no use in hav- ing a mentor who has not “been there, done that” in dogs. When you find this person, plead with them for advice, suggestions, assistance and for them to teach you what you don’t know. This is a big job so don’t be surprised if they beg off! But don’t give up, a good men- tor can save you thousands of dollars and make the road to your becoming a successful breeder much shorter and enjoyable. THE “INTERMEDIATE STAGE” Okay, now you are ready to enter the “Intermediate stage” as a breeder. This is the stage that may last for the longest period of time of any other stage. In fact, if you don’t learn from your mis- takes, it could last for the rest of your life in dogs! This is the stage where you have bred several litters, been through most of the problems a breeder might encounter and hopefully learned how not to have those problems again. You still don’t know what you don’t know, but you have faced the dragons in the whelping box and produced some

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BREEDERS IN HIDING: PART 2 RESCUE: WE ARE NOT YOUR ENEMY.

by CARA RYCKMAN

H ey you! Rescue Person! Yeah, you! Me? Yes, I am a breeder. But I’m not your enemy. In fact we used to work together hand in hand. I remem- ber when most breeders were a large part of rescue. Then the animal rights agenda came in and told you that all breeders are evil. Maybe some individ- ual breeders are. Some rescue folks are in it for the wrong reasons, too. Again, some individuals. And those individuals caused breeders to back up from help- ing you out. I’m thinking back to the days when rescue was a strong part of every breed club, when breeders and rescue folks worked together to make sure none of our beloved dogs ended up in a bad situation. You don’t see my dogs in your work, or if you do, when you first scan one with a microchip reader, you will find that every dog I put into this world has a microchip that first contact listed is me. No matter who I sell or give or retire a dog to, it’s going to have this micro- chip. The new owner can add their name, but they can’t remove mine. So, you will call me and I don’t care if you are in Zimbabwe, I will come get my dog. Many breeders I know—the good guys—do the same. So, why can’t we be friends? The animal rights agenda is telling you that all breeders are bad. That bringing one puppy into this world of overcrowded

shelters is irresponsible. Maybe you know or maybe you do not know the true agenda of the animal rights move- ment is eradicating dog sports along with circuses, rodeos, even service dogs; of eliminating purebred dogs through banning breeding; of finally eliminating pets and returning all ani- mals to wild status to be enjoyed only from afar in their natural habitat. How- ever, most rescue folks I know do not fit the animal rights mold. Not the ones who actually do the work. They are much more interested in animal wel- fare. They want to see animals treated right. They want each animal to be well kept and loved. They don’t want to see animals dumped on the street or at the shelter. They want pets to have loving homes. Most rescue people I know are dear, sweet loving people who have a heart for animals. I am not talking about the crazies. I am talking about the real peo- ple who take in and rehabilitate dogs so they are not euthanized and find them a new loving home. This may surprise you, but most breeders I know in the show world are dear, sweet loving people who have a heart for animals. Most breeders I know want the same thing you do. We are more alike than you think. Why do we breed? We breed because we love our chosen breed. We are pres- ervation breeders who fell in love with

a certain breed of dog; it has a certain look, but it also has a certain tempera- ment and certain endearing traits. I can’t just go get a dog from a shelter, because that is not what I want. I grew up with Chihuahuas and I love Chihua- huas. I have owned a Chihuahua since I was four years old and shown my Chi- huahuas in conformation since I was eleven. I want future generations to be able to enjoy Chihuahuas and the world of dog showing as I have my whole life. I know if I get a Chihuahua that my dog is not going to get over six pounds. If I am an apartment dweller, which I am not, or a frequent traveler, which I am, this matters a lot to me. If I do my homework, as all prospective pet own- ers should, then I know the common issues that a Chihuahua owner may have. I know that maybe I shouldn’t get this breed for a small, rowdy child. I know that it’s not going to drool, it’s not going to tear up my furniture and that it is going to be an incredibly loving lap dog for my family. It may not be a social butterfly, though some are—our stan- dard calls for Terrier-like temperament. It may—and probably will—be a barker. It’s not going to require a lot of groom- ing, but it will shed. I know exactly what my dog is going to look like. More importantly to me, if I buy from a breeder like myself, I know that the puppy has health tested parents. Our breed club recommends certain tests

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“A BREEDER IS A LIFELONG FRIEND TO THEIR PUPPY BUYERS, WHO THEY CAN COME TO AS A RESOURCE ANYTIME.”

that any dog used for breeding should pass. I don’t expect that my Chihuahua is going to have patella problems or heart problems or eye problems, which are the testing recommended by The Chihuahua Club of America. What’s more, if my Chihuahua does have any of these issues, a responsible breeder stands behind their dogs and their puppy owners. I know that the temperament of my puppy has been shaped from the moment the breeder considered breed- ing a litter. Parents were chosen for appropriate temperament for their breed. Puppies were reared in a clean brain stimulating environment. We have tunnels and play mats and toys everywhere for our puppies and they are handled constantly. Within a range, I know what type of temperament to expect and a good breeder is going to know their puppies better than anyone and should be talking to me about what I’m wanting and putting the best puppy with me. A breeder is a lifelong friend to their puppy buyers, who they can come to as a resource anytime. A good breed- er will also provide a lifelong place for their puppies at any age or situation, should they need to come home. In fact, they are required to! By my contract, they can’t go anywhere else. Am I talking perfect world? Sure I am! But many breeders are like this. Look to our national breed clubs, often that’s where you will meet them. I can’t say every single breeder in a national breed club or local kennel club is good, but you can’t say every rescue person is good, either. We need to get back together to really solve a problem. You don’t want to eradicate pets! You love pets. We do too. Is the solution getting rid of dog events and show breeders? You know as well as I do we are not usually where your rescue dogs come from. I won’t say never. But usually it is the backyard breeder, the commercial

breeder, the money breeder, the pet store. Our world operates separately from these worlds, most of the time. We could be your ally, as we used to be but there has to be some changes. Right now, you are forcing us to have the need—distasteful as it may be to us—to learn to ally with the very peo- ple we both have issue with. When our ability to own, show and breed dogs is at stake, we have to think about ally- ing with the circuses, the rodeos, even the labs. Even the commercial breeders and the money breeders that neither of us feel good about. Why? Because you are allying with those who want to end all pet ownership, all dog shows, all breeding, all purebred dogs. My breed that has been my life for just about my whole life, you want to see it end. The only way that we are going to beat the well funded slick commercial animal rights movement is to band together with people of like mind. Unfortunate- ly, what you’re forcing us into is the like mind that agrees on “the right to own and work with and breed animals.” The Adopt Don’t Shop movement giving a stigma to anyone who breeds dogs or buys a purebred dog is driving the wrong people into hiding. If you look at Craigslist or Hoobly or Puppy- find, you will see that it’s not targeting the types of breeders I listed above. The ones it has running are your for- mer friends, the ones who would actu- ally help with rescue and who could be your strongest ally. Why are we run- ning, you ask? Because we care what people think. We have worked so hard to get to the point where we are with our dogs. We have a reputation that is extremely important to us, as respon- sible breeders of our chosen breed. In advertising a retired girl who I was looking for a loving pet home for, I orig- inally wrote Breeders In Hiding: Going Extinct because misguided people are so negative to a responsible breeder in the name of rescue. We’re getting old,

my friend. We are a dying breed. You are losing the very people who could help you with the answer to the prob- lem and supporting the ones who want to eradicate pets as a whole. Do I have all the answers? No. Do I have some? Absolutely. We need responsible breeders and the real rescue people to get back on the same page. There are some rescue people out there who are the most awesome peo- ple on the planet. They usually have pets themselves and they love animals. They are angry to see dogs being eutha- nized in the shelters and they are tak- ing in every dog they can to try to find it the right home. The good ones are helping the dogs through the behavior issues, evaluating temperament, actually screening homes and placing the dogs with the best home they can find. The bad ones are extremists, or even worse, profit rescuers who are “rescuing” dogs for resale and making a profit off it. We need to educate people again: what is a responsible breeder, what they should expect when they go to a breed- er. It was working before. People were getting it. They were starting to under- stand the difference between a respon- sible breeder and a backyard breeder and a commercial money breeder and a pet store. Now, anyone who men- tions getting a purebred dog has some misguided friend on Facebook saying “Adopt don’t shop!” We need to educate people about how to obtain a dog, whether it be from a responsible breeder or a rescue. If they are going to go to a rescue, they need to know how to find a reputable rescue. If they are going to go to a breeder, they need to know how to find a responsible breeder. And we both need to learn how to refer each other again. We used to. You may be too young to remember, but it happened. We need to educate breeders about rescue and somehow find a way to

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“THAT’S WHAT WE NEED, FRIENDS. EDUCATION.

NOT AGAINST BREEDERS OR PUREBRED DOGS. AGAINST THE PROBLEM!”

identify rescue groups who are not extremists out to get us so that we can work with them again. We need to edu- cate rescue groups about breeders. Do you realize how many extra hands you turned away, people who know the breeds who know temperament and grooming and care and training, who were valuable resources to you? We got scared, my friends. The extremists on both sides drove us away from each other and it is hurting the true passion of both of us—the love of dogs. Imagine an alliance. Eliminate the crazies and profiteers on both sides. Working together, for the true cause. Education of everyone, including the public. That’s what we need, friends. Education. Not against breeders or purebred dogs. Against the problem! The biggest challenge we both face is that person who doesn’t know where to go for the purebred dog they are going to get. For whatever reason, they don’t want a shelter dog. They don’t want a rescue dog. Maybe as in the situation of a friend of mine, they couldn’t qualify for a rescue dog because they have chil- dren; she watched the shelters, but the breed never came in. Even if the card said it was that breed of dog, it didn’t look like that breed at all. But this per- son isn’t in the show world and doesn’t know much about the AKC. CKC reg- istration is registered, right? The most visible outlets are the bad ones. The pet store. The money breeder cheapo ads. That person down the street with a lit- ter of Goldendoodles. They don’t know how to find a breeder who is respon- sible. They may be considering the absolute wrong breed for their family, but the money breeder isn’t going to tell them! (Sadly, most shelters aren’t going to either.) They are going to pay their money, take that puppy home and have no support. No support when the pup- py starts having behavior problems or

getting “too big” or if it’s not a compat- ible breed for their family. And they are going to take that puppy to the pound or dump it beside the road or pass it off on another unsuspecting family because the money breeder is long gone. I went to a dog show in Hot Springs, Arkansas, last weekend where there is a kennel club that is actively working on the very issue we need to address. In parking our motorhome, we met Leah, who was with the kennel club— very obviously, as they all had match- ing shirts to make them easy to iden- tify. She was friendly, helped us park and let us know where to park the car we had brought. She then began tell- ing us about what her club had done; they went out and talked to the general public. They talked to businesses and city officials and they told them about the dog show. Fees were waived. Busi- nesses actually donated trophies when they heard about the $350,000 that dog show people would be bringing in to their city. Leah let us know that even though the premium list said not to arrive until that day, people were there a day early; spending money in Hot Springs. They had been advertis- ing. They had a Facebook guy who was blasting info about the show every- where. Leah mentioned that one of our Chihuahuas would have been great for Meet The Breeds and I asked what day that was; oh no, it’s a separate event! And while last year they had about 75 people total, this year after the “with it” Facebook guy got to work, they had 103 people in the first 40 minutes com- ing to talk about purebred dogs. Leah was excited and the more she talked, the more excited I became. A kennel club was doing something to com- bat this issue. When I went inside the show, I was amazed; there was a long table with large posters that explained how dog shows worked. There was

a chart of all the breeds. There was information about responsible dog ownership. There was even informa- tion about leashing your dog and boat- ing with your dog, grooming, AKC— why it is the best registry, “What’s New At AKC,” and what kids can do with dogs. There were photos from the Meet The Breeds. It was incredible. And you know what else there were? There were people. People from the general public like I have not seen at a dog show since the grand days of Astrohall. The kennel club had set up rows of seating around every ring, and like the baseball story, if you build it, they will come. They came! They asked a million questions and asked to pet dogs and asked what kind of a dog this was and that was and they were wonderful. Inquisitive, curious and wanting to learn about purebred dogs and dog showing. I bet I person- ally talked with and answered questions for 20-25 people. Everyone was. And the groups! People were clapping for their favorite dog, not just the owner’s friends but the general public was there en masse and they were loving it. We can do this. Each and every ken- nel club around the country can emu- late this model. Don’t let the naysayers get in the way. Ask the people to come again. Explain to the town. Explain to the businesses. Get the support. And ask all your local rescue groups to come too, like the good old days. Rescue, please put the animal rights agenda aside—it wasn’t yours to begin with! They’ve tricked us. They started a war where there never should have been one, because they are smart and well funded and have a pretty shiny ad campaign. Controversial stuff, my friends. I know. Throwing the baby out with the bathwater is not the way to address this issue. We can be friends again.

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