Top Notch Toys December 2019

BIS Ch. Ta-Jon’s It’s Raining Sugar Halley

Finished her Championship at the Bay Colony Pomeranian Club Specialty at 8 months of age under respected AKC Breeder Judge Kelly Reimschiissel

Best Puppy in Show - Judge Dianne Tyree Best in Sweepstakes - Judge Edward Moses

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2020 Looking forward to

HANDLER: KELLY SHUPP PHA OWNERS: CLAIRE WISCH ABRAHAM AND VICTOR MALZONI JR.

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RUSSIA from with Love

MOUNTAINVIEW KENNELS AND HAMPTON COURT KENNELS

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THANK YOU GLORIA KERR, ALLEN ODOM AND LISA WARREN FOR THESE WINS.

T O P T W E N T Y A L L B R E E D *

M U L T I P L E B E S T O F B R E E D S

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BREEDER/OWNER PATRICIA RUST

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M U L T I P L E G R O U P P L A C E M E N T S

GCHB D'ANGELIS DIAPHONOUS MORNING

*TNT ALL BREED STATS AS OF 10/31/19

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AN EXPLOSIVE BEGINNING

Thank you judges Carolyn alexander, steve hayden, Richard Lashbrook, terry stacy, john constantine-amodei, june penta, ray filburn, alan Odum & joe Walton.

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B R E D & C O - O W N E D b y DARYL MARTIN

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Judging the Chihuahua Linda George

TNT All-Breed System

Bonnie Guggenheim

26 So You Are An Owner Handler? Vicki Edwards 28 On The Line:

Volunteers The Backbone Of Our Sport Walter J. Sommerfelt

TNT Breed System

National Owner Handled System Top Toys

What Is A Breeder? BJ Andrews

Toy Box

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Judging the Silky Terrier Florence A. Males

Index to Advertisers

Entries in Toy Breeds 68

TNT Top Twenty Toys

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THANKS IT’S NOT JUST FOR PRESENTS

Joseph Neil McGinnis III EXECUTIVE EDITOR EMERITUS

Each November I’m disappointed at my ability to list all things for which I’m grateful. And every year I vow to do better next time...which smacks of a New Year’s Resolution in the works but don’t count on it. I’m too busy till after the Garden to undertake energetic self-improvement regimens. But I will take time to express, briefly, what keeps me going and—usually—keeps me smiling. My Family My four siblings and I, I think, were extremely fortunate. We had a childhood nice enough to gloss over any bad memories, and I have three sisters and a brother, very diverse individuals, whose talents and accom- plishments keep me amazed. But the gift we were given which counts more than any others was that of gratitude. I’ll let the senior member of my family speak for all of us: When asked, one time, at a reunion, how things were going, my eldest sister replied “I have a job; my house is warm. What have I got to complain about?” A great sentiment. From a Social Worker. And fromme: Love to all of you. My dogFamily This would be the incredible group of friends and acquaintences I’ve been lucky enough to collect through the years. Each year—especially in 2019— we lost many but the beauty of our world is that, daily, we make more. Get Until I moved in May, each direction one looked in my home and office contained some memento of the many dogs with which I was so happy to share my home. (We’re talking sixty years of dog photos, portraits and re- lated objets, some of value to anyone, others important only to me. I think those are the items most treasured.) As—almost a year later—I’m still in mid-move, all those happy faces are in storage but also remain constantly in my mind’s eye. I probably have mementos of you here, too. I never throw anything out, because I never know when I’ll need a little pick-me-up. And you, my fam- ily, and my dogs, never fail to deliver. out today and make another. You’ll both be glad you did. MyDog family I hope this holiday season delivers memories that you carry for a life- time. As I relay to you every single year—if you tire of hearing it, let me know—I give you my holiday greeting: Here’s wishing whatever consti- tutes Merry Christmas to you. Now I share with you one of my favorite holiday poems. Enjoy!

PUPPIES’ CHRISTMAS It’s the day before Christmas, and all through the house the puppies are squeaking an old rubber mouse. The wreath which had merrily hung on the door Is scattered in pieces all over the floor. The stockings that hung in a neat little row Now boast a hole in each dangling toe. The tree was subjected to bright-eyed whims, And now, although splendid, it’s missing some limbs. I catch them and hold them. Be good, I insist They lick me, then run off to see what they’ve missed. And now as I watch them the thought comes to me, That theirs is the spirit that Christmas should be. Should children and puppies yet show us the way, And teach us the joy that should come with this day? Could they bring the message that’s written above, And tell us that, most of all, Christmas is love. —Anonymous

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OWN E R S : J I R I H A L O N E N , J A N E T A S L E T T , B A R B A R A B E I S S E L , MA R K B E N S O N & J AM E S D I L L MA N P R E S E N T E D B Y : B A R B A R A B E I S S E L | B R E E D E R S : B E I S S E L - B E N S O N - D I L L MA N ( B B & D ) B A R B A R A B E I S S E L @ AO L . C OM | B E N D I L L S I L K Y T E R R I E R S @ J U N O . C OM 22 • T op N otch T oys , D ecember 2019

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DON’T GET LOST IN THE OTHER MAGAZINES, be found in Top Notch Toys! TOY TALK ETCETERA by Bonnie Guggenheim, TNT Advertising Director & Associate Editor

T oy dogs are more than special, they are fabulous show dogs, wonderful companions to loving owners, outstanding service dogs and protectors. They think they are the size of a Doberman or Rottie with a bark that alerts the entire house- hold. That is one big bark! Toys are smart, clever, funny, de- manding, darling, delightful and to- tally terrific. Our wonderful Toys are also in a very competitive group and are strong competition in the Best In Show Ring. Yeah for Group Five! I’m hoping the readers of TNT will email me old photos for publication in a future issue. I’d like to have a couple pages of win pictures, fa- mous dogs of the past, famous people from years ago, including handlers and judges. There is no criteria except they be Toy dogs and the pho- tos will print well. Email me anytime at: bonnie@aramediagroup.com Howmany of you check out our Face- book page? All ads are posted during the month of publication so you can share with interested people in and out of the country plus the entire magazine is online at no cost to read- ers so your ads gain a lot of exposure

worldwide. Check out our website: www.topnotchtoysonline.com where you can see complete issues starting with 2013. Review previous ads, read earlier articles and even check stats from that month and year. A new exhibitor asked me for advice on how to move forward in dogs and questioned why some breeders and show people have more than one breed. There was a time I felt strongly if you specialized in your particular breed, truly studied and focused ex- clusively on that breed, it would lead to greater success. That theory does work to a degree, but to truly learn about dogs you will benefit by becoming familiar with other breeds not necessarily Toys be- cause you will pick up wisdom from a wider group of friends and exhibitors. If you have the opportunity go to dif- ferent parts of the country to look at your breed and others. Pay attention to the strengths and weaknesses in that geographic area. Judges see it every time they leave a local area and you should too. As a former AKC judge and success- ful owner handler with years of expe- rience in all aspects of the dog world,

I’m here to help you. Together we can create winning ads, plan effective campaigns and show off your new champions as well as your Group and Best in Show winners. Representa- tion in TNT gets the word out and lets the fancy know about your success. Top Notch Toys is a collectable maga- zine that belongs on your coffee table! Won’t you join us? Email or call me to discuss advertising and be sure you stop by our booth at the AKC Royal Canin show or see me ringside at this exciting and wonderful show. This is the perfect place to purchase gifts for your dog-loving friends and check out the many, many booths. HAPPY HOLIDAYS and have a winning 2020! Remember, inquiring minds want to know. See you soon! Bonnie bonnie@aramediagroup.com 512.971.3280

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# 1 2 0 1 9 N O H S YO R K S H I R E T E R R I E R *

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GCHB TYAVA’S SUGARFOOTS STRIKE FORCE

THANK YOU JUDGE MR. JASON HOKE

BREEDER Ava Tyree | Tyava’s Yorkies

OWNER/HANDLER Vicki Edwards | Sugarfoot Yorkies

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SO YOU ARE AN OWNER HANDLER? By Vicki Edwards, Sugarfoot Yorkshire Terriers

over the last year from Judges as well as his fan club. If you are thinking about becoming involved in dog shows, my advice would be to attend shows and talk to as many owner/breeders that you can, (please wait un- til after they show). Most of us are more than willing to take time to answer questions. Watch the breed you are interested in while they show. Then hang around and watch the groups. Watch those handling the various dogs and seewhat ring procedures are used and how the dogs are set up and moved. Do your homework on your chosen breed. An excellent place to start is on the internet. Read books and go to more shows and ask more questions. Find a breeder that you are compatible with and ask to go to shows with them. Carry tables, carry crates and make yourself useful. In turn you will learn the ropes and the mentor will be more than happy to share their knowledge. Hopefully a wonderful friendship will evolve. If you are consider a particular bloodline, look at those dogs with that bloodline that are being exhibited, if possible look at the parents as well as other offspring. Learn about genetic testing and learn to understand the results and how they affect your breed. Study your AKC standard and if you have questions ask someone versed in your breed. Don’t be in a rush to get your first showdog.Wait for the right breeder and puppy. Then with the assistance of your mentor, start to look for the best example of your chosen breed that you can afford. Keeping in mind the exercise needs of some breeds. Practice, at home. When the big day arrives, get there early, as you might have a case of first show nerves. Re- lax, as it will travel right down the lead. Pick up your armband. Watch ring procedure. Remember to make it fun. Treats and a favorite toy are good to have on hand. When you leave the ring win or lose you will always be taking home the best dog! Yours!

M y husband and I have bred and shown Yorkshire Terri- ers for 30+ years. When I was a little girl I grew up in the country and had a multitude of different animals as pets. From horses to turtles. I found a picture of a Yorkshire Terrier in my world book encyclopedia as I was looking at what else? Pictures of dogs! The coat was so beautiful and silky and shiny! I said right then when I grew up I would have one. Who knew I would not only growup and own a Yorkie, but breed and show them. My kennel name is Sugarfoot. My grandmother use to call my grandfather Sugarfoot. I adored my grandfather and I figured what a fitting way to always have a sweet remem- brance of him. For the year 2018/2019 we are honored to have the AKC #1 NOHS Yorkshire Terrier. Multi Owner Handled Group win- ning, Multi Group Winning, BISOH, GCHB Tyava’s Sugar- foot’s Strike Force; his friends call him Stryker. Stryker loves the ring and is an awesome example of our breed. We are very proud but humbled at the support he has received

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ON THE LINE: WHAT IS A BREEDER?

T here’s only one path to success as a breeder and it’smostly uphill, winding across the rocky terrain of commitment in such as way as to get a lot of people lost. We can set goals by the dozens, be blessed with good looks, good dogs and a huge bank account. Wemay hire the best handlers, read all the right books, and travel in the best circles. We can soak up knowledge like a sponge and spew out platitudes by the hour. While this may bring short term satisfaction, there’s only one thing that earns respect from one’s peers and lasting success as a breeder. It’s not elusive, it’s not a mystery. It’s the foundation of every worthwhile seminar, every book on genet- ics, and it’s in my opening sentence. A breeder must commit to ethics and excellence. To omit it from a “breeding pro- gram” explains why so many would-be breeders wander aimlessly from one dead- end to another. AKC records reveal that it takes about five years before most people give up. Only a handful spurn the short cuts, and making a personal resolution to arrive at their destination, begin the climb to high ground. Make no mistake—walking the lofty path of commitment is the exact opposite of having one’s head in the clouds! It means being grounded in unwavering obligation to the breed, to the sport, and most of all, to personal standards of integrity. It means sacrifice to achieve excel- lence. Believe me, it’s not always convenient. That thing called commitment can get in the way just when you think you’ve arrived. Back in the early 90s I wrote a piece for Kennel Review, America’s premier dog magazine. It was reprinted in many other publications and then forgotten but I’ve been asked to share it with this generation of breeders. So for all aspiring breeders in today’s ultra-competitive world, I’m happy to “do it for the dogs.”

by BJ Andrews

What is a Breeder? W ebster’s gives us some interesting definitions: “To nourish, cherish...to generate, engender... to bring up, to nurse and fos- ter,” but more to the point, “to produce by special selection of parents or progenitors.”

“A nyone who puts two animals together for the pur- pose of producing young does most or all of that but here’s the rub: Only a handful of persons involved in the production of companion animals can be said to “produce by special selection of parents or progenitors.” “A Breeder with a capital ‘B’ is one who thirsts for knowledge but never knows it all, one who wrestles with decisions of conscience, convenience, and commitment.

“A Breeder sacrifices personal interests, finances, time, friendships, fancy furniture, and deep pile carpet- ing! A Breeder gives up the dream of a long, luxu- rious cruise in favor of turning that all-important specialty show into this year’s vacation. The Breeder goes without sleep (but never without coffee) while watching anxiously over the birth process, and afterwards, every little sneeze, wiggle, or cry.

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“A Breeder’s ears are wondrous things, strangely shaped (from being pressed against a phone receiv- er), deaf to criticism yet always fine-tuned to the whimper of a sick pup. A Breeder’s eyes are blurred from pedigree research and sometimes blind to his own dog’s shortcomings, but they are ever so keen to the com- petition’s faults and are always, always searching for the perfect specimen. “A Breeder’s brain is foggy on faces but recalls pedigrees faster than an IBM. It’s so full of knowledge that sometimes it blows a fuse. It catalogs thousands of good fronts, hocky rears, and perfect heads... and bur- ies in the soul the failures and the ones that didn’t turn out. “T he Breeder’s heart is often broken but it beats strongly with hope everlasting—and it’s always in the right place! “O h yes, there are breeders, and then, there are Breeders.”

“T he Breeder skips dinner parties because a litter is due or the puppies have to be fed at eight. He or she disregards birth fluids and puts mouth to mouth to save a gasping newborn, literally blowing life into a tiny, helpless creature that may be the culmination of a life- time of dreams. “A Breeder’s lap is a marvelous place where genera- tions of proud and noble champions once snoozed. A Breeder’s hands are strong and firm and often soiled but ever so gentle and sensitive to the thrust of a puppy’s nose. ABreeder’s knees are usually arthritic from bending and lifting puppies but are strong enough to enable the Breeder to show the ‘keeper’ in Sweeps! “A Breeder’s shoulders are stooped and often heaped with abuse from competitors but they’re wide enough to support the weight of a thousand defeats and frustrations. A breeder’s arms are always able to wield amop, support an armful of puppies, or lend a helping hand to a newcomer.

Excerpt from World of The Akita, Chapter Eight—Breeding The Best. Copyright © 1995 – 2019 Barbara J. Andrews. All rights reserved. Except for brief quotations with source provided, no portions thereof may be stored or reprinted in any form, electronic or otherwise, without the express written con- sent of Barbara J. Andrews. BJ@ToyFoxTerriersOBJ.com or BJA@NetPlacesNetwork.com.

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THE NATIONAL DOG SHOW

The Kennel Club of Philadelphia . November 16-17 photos by Tom Weigand

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Wishing everyone a happy holiday season and a prosperous new year!

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THE NATIONAL DOG SHOW

The Kennel Club of Philadelphia . November 16-17 photos by Tom Weigand

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CH MARLEX SUNSPRITE DREAM MAKER

Owned and Handled by: Larry and Penny Dewey and Armando Angelbollo Bred by: Armando Angelbello and Marcia Tucker Seasons Greetings & Merry Christmas

Watch for Larry and Dreamer in the New Year in Texas and Louisiana. Dreamer thanks the following judges for appreciating his lovely type and movement:

Cypress Creek KC - Ms. Carol Jean Nelson and Mrs. Betty Nelson Pollock

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Travis County KC - Mrs. Cindy Lane and Mr. David Kirkland

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THE NATIONAL DOG SHOW

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CH Autumm Dancee Kiss N’ Tell at Vaiden Colton

Owner: Deborah Vaiden Co-Owner & Handler: Becky Mullins Breeders: Becky Mullins & Janet Danner He’s only just begun

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CANINE HEALTH RESEARCH— SOME EXCITING STUFF IS HAPPENING! by Jacquelyn Fogel

T wo weeks ago Purina sponsored a Canine Health Foundation (CHF) 2019 Conference for Parent Clubs in St Louis. It was the first time I had thought to attend, and I nearly didn’t make it this year. The sponsors wanted their writers to have a background in sci- ence, and lucky for me, I have a MA in Sociology—which in my mind qualifies as a science. I was offered a ticket, and excit- edly joined about 300+ other invitees to hear about the current status of research being done by researchers funded with CHF donations. All of the topics presented were infinitely interesting, but just as college professors have a knack for making the most inher- ently interesting subjects dreadfully bor- ing, some of the speakers did the same. The audience was an impossible mix of AKC Parent club lay-people, veterinar- ians and animal researchers, and a few writers. The topics were all related to scientific research currently being done on some really interesting topics. None of the presenters lacked passion, but some got so mired in minute detail that they left the audience to glaze over, pull out their phones or take extended bathroom breaks. Yet even with the complexity and depth presented, all sessions had some- thing of value for everyone in the room— not at all an easy task. The conference started on Friday after- noon with five presentations by special- ists in nutrition and disease. This was an outstanding opening to the conference. The speakers were informative and en- tertaining. You may think microbiomes in the gut and how they affect the immune system is not a particularly fascinating subject, but you would be wrong. I was mesmerized—especially consideringDar- lingHusbandwas recently diagnosedwith diverticulitis, I have a Basset that has long suffered from the effects of prolonged use of drugs to clear up chronic coccidia, and I recently took on three puppies that had been exposed to giardia. All three of these conditions affect the gut microbiome and require the use of the same antibiotics studied by these researchers. These are conditions that all breeders and most pet owners will have to confront at some time. Dr. Jan Suchodolski opened the session with an informative overview of the gut

microbiome. Don’t read his presentation abstract or you will become overwhelmed by his use of really big words. I was pre- pared to be bored silly and was pleasantly surprised at his ability to speak to a lay audience about the dangers and ineffec- tiveness of many antibiotics (including metronidazole—for me and every other person who travels with it when we go to dog shows), and the importance of main- taining gut stability with probiotics and nutritional diet changes. The newest re- search is showing some alarming results, eg., permanent changes in themicrobiome that can be caused by metronidazole, and a study in Germany showing Clavamox was contributing to an increase in drug- resistant bacteria, but was no more effec- tive at clearing up diarrhea than a placebo. Fecal transplants (yes, it is exactly what it sounds like) may become a common treat- ment in the future to restore colon bacte- ria balance, and are currently under con- trolled study. At least we can be assured that there will be no shortage or manufac- turing disruption for the product needed in this treatment. Dr. Michael Lappin from Colorado State University was highly informative and entertaining as he described his work with shelter animals and the chronic di- arrhea issues confronting them. We all know diarrhea isn’t really funny, and I so appreciate all of the supportive research being done on this issue that affects any- one with dogs, children or spouses with diverticulitis. Dr. Lappin reports very positive results from the use of probiot- ics, but cautions that we are still in very early stages of identifying which probiot- ics work best, and what the appropriate strains are to promote a positive result. He also cautions that more than a quarter of all probiotics on the market have no live organisms in them, and the research to support appropriatemixes of these organ- isms is in its infancy. His work is finding that some probiotics are also being found effective at turning on animal’s immune system to help mediate the bad effects of stress and disease. For those of us who deal daily with animal stress and anxiety, this is amazing news. Dr. Ragen McGowen spoke on the impact of a specific probiotic on anxiety in dogs. The issue is near and dear to my heart as

the owner of a boarding kennel that often sees dogs people claim have separation anxiety. I also have a couple of Bedlingtons who exhibit anxious behaviors like drool- ing and nervous peeing. Every speaker at this conference is re- quired to fully disclose their professional affiliations, and Dr. McGowan disclosed that she is a research scientist funded by Purina. This information is important on two levels. First, it discloses that there could be a conflict of interest between her research findings and the people who are paying her to do the research. This is very important because it can be relatively easy to report results that look favorable to the company providing the researchers’ pay- check. Everyone should have healthy skep- ticism when companies with vested inter- ests report findings from research they pay for. However, the flip side to this is that companies funding research are also more likely to use the results of the research in the development of their products. I am a huge fan of scientific research, but not al- ways a fan of how it is used for marketing a product. I believe that most researchers do good work, but I have also seen how results can be shifted to satisfy a marketing de- partment. Dr. McGowan studied a specific probiotic found in a Purina product, and she was very clear that her findings related specifically to that probiotic. It is possible that other probiotics will produce the same results, but her research could not verify that conclusion. Dr. McGowan’s results have been remark- able. She is proving that there is a direct link between gut activity and the nervous system. Manipulation of gut microbia can actually reduce anxiety levels in dogs, thus resulting in slower heart rates and fewer stress behaviors. Who knew that a simple pill or powder could reduce stress and anxiety! We may want to look at put- ting probiotics in human drinking water. Dr. Darcy Adin’s topic was about the im- pact of nutrition on Dilated Cardiomy- opathy (DCM). The presentation was extremely complex, but my takeaway was that nutrition can play a positive role in dogs with this diagnosis. Supplements like L-Carnitine, Taurine, COQ-10 and Fish oil with DHA provide supportive help and may be useful in managing symptoms of the disease.

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rapher has been craving this information from the dog world, and here it is. You can bet I will be following the International Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs (HGTD) as it works to create com- prehensive breed-specific packages that that describe the health picture for all breeds internationally. They are evaluat- ing 300 tests done bymore than 30 provid- ers for more than 400 breeds—I can’t wait to see the results. The day ended with an extraordinary pre- sentation by Dr. Jerold Bell from Tufts University. He spoke about understanding breeds as populations—similar to early isolated human populations. My language again! A canine population specialist speaking to a sociological population spe- cialist—it was like finding the only other person in dogs who had the same scientific background I do. He talked about the im- portance of diversity in a gene pool, and howinappropriateselectioncandoserious damage. He talked about the importance of educating breeders on the proper use and understanding of genetic testing, and how to manage a population to increase health and genetic diversity without sacri- ficing important breed characteristics. He encouraged people to breed without fear, and to encourage and mentor more breed- ers to ensure the health of every breed’s gene pool. He encouraged all breeders to remain aware of breed conservation as they managed their breeding program. I don’t know how I have managed to miss so many of these conferences, but I am certainly grateful for the opportunity to attend this one. While much of the de- tailed science was way beyond my exper- tise, all presentations were interesting because they affect what real breeders do every day The researchers validate wat good breeders do. We know that our world of purebred competitions cannot exist without breeders, and these are the scientists who are helping us to breed bet- ter, healthier dogs. They replace myth and hearsay with science and fact, and the importance of that cannot be underesti- mated. I do have a suggestion for the par- ent clubs, however. Instead of sending the same people to this conference every year, I’d like to recommend selecting a seasoned breeder and a novice breeder to attend to- gether. Offer a scholarship to at least the novice breeder, if not both. Send different people every year but recommend that it is a great event for all breeders, even those who have to pay their own way. Encourage widespread attendance. This conference was one of the best I have ever attended, and it needs to bemade widely available to all breeders.

likelihood that many disorders are poly- genetic in origin, and will not be easily cured, though some research is promis- ing. Dr. Kidd’s workmay result in a shift in how we look at the immune system. She is determining that health, or homeostasis, is a balance of positive and negative bac- teria, and treatments must address both targeting what is harmful and preserving what is healthy. Dr. Jason Stull from Canada gave a truly frightening presentation on the resur- gence of Leptospirosis, especially in the Midwest. The disease can be transmitted to humans, is carried by asymptomatic hosts, is found in urine-contaminated wa- ter, and contaminated areas are virtually impossible to decontaminate. Vaccina- tion reactions are extremely low in the newer formulas, and he encourages wide- spread use of the vaccines, especially with young dogs who are most adversely af- fected by the bacteria. That is a huge shift in conventional wisdom among breeders who think young puppies should not be vaccinated against Lepto. Drs. Breitschwerdt, Dow, Dickerson and Modiano spoke on various causes and treatments for cancers in dogs and hu- mans. From identifying bacteria that may be causing some cancers, to using beta- blockers to treat some cancers, to explor- ing immune therapies to develop cancer vaccines, the research is challenging and rewarding. Clearly there will be new treat- ments for cancer coming to veterinary clinics near you. Dr. Stern spoke on car- diomyopathy and stressed the need for the OFA Advanced Cardiac Data Base. Dr. Clark presented on genetic risk assessment tools for multifactorial diseases and ex- plained how complex inheritance patterns make breeding away fromdisease difficult, if not impossible, without genetic testing. One of the final presenters was Dr. Brenda Bonnet, consulting epidemiologist and CEO of International Partnership For Dogs, which has started the international HarmonizationofGeneticTesting inDogs. This is important because so much DNA and genetic testing is being advised by Par- ent Clubs. She opened her presentation with a statement that nearly caused me to fall offmy chair! There is no quality control in canine DNA testing labs. There are too many labs, and all of them rapidly com- mercialize (sell for a profit) the DNA tests they develop. She says there is an overem- phasis on DNA testing, too early adoption of tests that have not been scientifically validated, widespread misunderstanding of how to apply results, and toomuch “deci- sion-making by Facebook.” Wow! She was talking my language! My inner demog-

Dr. Stephanie McGrath presented infor- mationon theuseofCBD, and the research being done at Colorado State University. The research on this topic is just begin- ning. Early work suggests CBD is well tolerated and has few negative side effects. However, dosing amounts in products on the market are not standardized, and not based upon clinical research. Her next research will focus on the use of CBD for epilepsy treatment. After individual presentations, the speak- ers were asked to stay for an hour for a panel discussion that included questions from the audience. This deliberate addi- tion to the conference was well thought- out and highly effective. Questions could be directed at individual presenters or directed to the entire panel for discus- sion. The questions were intelligent and challenging, and the resulting discussions were to the point and relatively brief. The conference moderator could step in to move things along, but rarely needed to do anything except to say they had run out of time at the end of the panel discus- sion. Thankfully this was not a political debate, so the presenters were not trying to have their own voices heard at the ex- pense of a good discussion among the ex- perts. Sometimes a question was directed to one individual who would quickly defer to a colleague they thought could provide a better answer. As a political junkie who listens to lots of debates, I found this re- freshing—just a group of experts trying to get difficult questions answered in the best possible manner. The second day of the conference was a bit more challenging. Themorning presenters were all experts in their fields, and their presentations were extremely detailed in their science. I found myself often looking formy phone to check emails or visiting the bathroomor on-site Starbucks. Eddie Dzuik opened with a brief descrip- tion of the work being done at the Ortho- pedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). The DNA repository currently has more than 30,000samples thatmaybeused for future health studies. More DNA from affected animals is needed for future research, and they are encouraging all parent clubs to re- mindmembers to donate samples. Drs. Steven Friedenberg, Karen Munana, Anita Oberbauer and Linda Kidd spoke about current research on Addisons dis- ease, Steroid-responsive meningitis, au- to-immune and endocrine disorders, and the link between auto-immune disease and vector-born (think tick bite) infec- tions, respectively. Mostly their presen- tations clearly stressed the complexity of the issues they are addressing, and the

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Khloe GCH Marja-Tu Chu Always Dreaming

Thank you to all the wonderful judges who awarded Khloe her Grand CH title points: Mr. Raymond V. Filburn • Dr. Gareth Morgan-Jones Ms. Patricia W. Laurans • Ms. Evalyn Gregory Ms. Marjorie A. Tuff • Ms. Rosalind Kramer Mrs. Tammy K. Jackson Owned & Exclusively Handled by Dean Tagatac Bred & Co-Owned by Mark & Jackie Stempel and Kathy Kwait

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BIG NUMBERS, BIG EXCITEMENT 2019 AKC National Championship ENTRIES IN TOY BREEDS

Enthusiasm is higher this year than ever before for the Orlando Extravaganza and many- breeds are showing a marked increase in numbers. Topping the list is Golden Retrievers with 159, tied with Junior Showmanship at 159 as well. The following is the entry for in- dividual Toy Breeds. TOY BREEDS: 737 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Group Judge Ronald H. Menaker 12 AFFENPINSCHER 1-2- 5-4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Desmond Murphy 24 BRUSSELS GRIFFON 3-7- 8-6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jeffrey Bazell 82 CAVALIER KING CHARLES SPANIEL 20-23- 26-12 . . . . . . . . .Shirley Flippen 1 VETERAN BITCHES 36 CHIHUAHUA LONG 11-7- 13-5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Richard Miller 26 CHIHUAHUA SMOOTH 1-11- 7-7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Richard Miller 49 CHINESE CRESTED 11-12- 13-13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Heather Lindberg 6 ENGLISH TOYS SPANIEL B&PC 0-0- 6-0 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Richard Miller 8 ENGLISH TOYS SPANIEL KC&R 1-1- 4-2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Richard Miller 37 HAVANESE 8-13- 11-5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Beverly Vics 26 ITALIAN GREYHOUNDS 3-7- 6-10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Janice Pardue 13 JAPANESE CHIN 5-1- 4-1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jeffrey Bazell 1 VETERAN DOGS 1 VETERAN BITCHES 34 MALTESE 12-10- 7-5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dana Plonkey 33 MANCHESTER TERRIER-TOY 5-8- 15-5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Clay Coady 21 MINIATURE PINSCHERS 3-4- 5-9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Desmond Murphy 63 PAPILLON 14-14- 25-10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jeffrey Bazell 30 PEKINGESE 12-5- 10-3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jeffrey Bazell 73 POMERANIAN 28-21- 19-4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jordan Chamberlain 1 VETERAN DOGS 16 POODLE TOY 2-2- 3-9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jordan Chamberlain 37 PUG 7-9- 14-6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pugs 1 VETERAN BITCHES 26 SHIH TZU 8-5- 8-5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jeffrey Bazell 10 SILKY TERR 0-5- 2-2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dana Plonkey 1 VETERAN DOGS 20 TOY FOX TERRIER 6-3- 6-5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dana Plonkey 55 YORKSHIRE TERRIER 15-18- 15-7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dana Plonkey

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owned by GEORGE & DEBRA KAILER

bred by GAIL GARVEY

presented by DEBORAH WHEELER

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AMAZING TEAM DEBORAH WHEELER

SPECIAL “THANK YOU” TO MRS. TOBY B. FRISCH & MRS. MARJORIE TUFF

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INTRODUCING CH TUNCAP’S CREDIT

Exclusively Presented by Taylor Barnes Owned by Russell & Debra Tuncap Bred by Dr. Jason W. Poynter DVM

Finishing his AKC Championship by going Best of Breed over Specials! Followed by multiple Breed wins. THANK YOU TO THE JUDGES FOR AWARDING CREDIT.

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CAVALIER INTERVIEWS

natured breed that popularity will soar once word gets around. The up- side to being popular is that people get to enjoy this breed that they would otherwise be missing out on. Placing puppies is never a Problembut finding the right homes can be. The gene pool is growing so there are always dogs to use at stud, the trick is finding the right ones who produce well and have passed their health tests. Is the Cavalier the ideal household companion? Absolutely. They are great apartment dogs due to the fact that they are not barkers. They get along with all kinds of animals and are great with kids. They adapt very easily to almost any situation. What about the breed serves them well in the living room and in the show ring? Given enough exercise, when they come in they like nothing more than to cuddle up on the sofa with their owners. That “Cavalier” at- titude is what makes them great little show dogs The crowds and noises of the shows don’t usually faze them and those tails will wag all day long. At what age do I start to see definite signs of show-worthiness? I have al- ways said (and I feel this is true of almost any breed) that if they are balanced and still beautiful at four

months, chances are they will stay that way. However most puppies, even the best of them can go off. Nothing is really show quality until they are done growing and have all their adult teeth. Anything promising before that time is only a show prospect.What is it that makes showing dogs all worth- while? When the time comes and you have those special wins at your na- tional specialty. It is such an honor to be recognized and awarded by your peers who are experts in the breed. The other thing that makes it worth- while is when you receive those let- ters and emails from your pet fami- lies, telling you how much they love their dog and how it has made such a positive impact on their family. What is the most important thing about the breed for a novice to keep inmind when judging? First and fore- most that just because it is a Toy dog that doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t move well and keep their topline on the move. Also to keep in mind they are Toy Spaniels and the standard calls for no more than 18 pounds. What is my ultimate goal for the breed? For the breed in general, to overcome some of the health issues we have so that in the future they will all live long happy and healthy lives. My favorite dog show memory? Oh I have so many but I would have to say my AOM with a home bred dog at our independent specialty during our national and Best In Futurity with a home bred boy at our national. Both of these judges are very knowledge- able and well respected judges. I feel overall the breed is in good hands as there are many excellent breeders in this country. I am looking forward to see what the future holds for these wonderful little dogs.

CLAUDIA JONES I have been involved in purebred dogs most of my life. I have put champi- onships, obedience titles and agility titles on Shetland sheepdogs, Great Danes, a Pomeranian and Cavaliers. I have bred two MACH Cavaliers a few therapy dogs and others with the new scent work titles. I will be taking out my Great Pyrenees this winter in addition to some new upcoming Cavaliers. I have been involved with Cavaliers for over 25 years and hope to continue for another 25! I live in Dix Hills, New York which is on Long IslandWith the recent come- back of bald eagles on the island, when the weather is nice I love going down to the harbor where their nesting area is and watching them. When my hus- band was alive we went target shoot- ing all the time and the nice weather was used for taking his cobra out for a drive. I quilt when I have the time and I have recently started needle felting. I own a construction company so be- tween the dogs and work I have to find time to squeeze other things in Is the breed’s huge popularity good or bad? I hate the fact that they have become so popular and fallen into the hands of the puppy mills and back yard breed- ers but it is inevitable with any sweet

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