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Another great weekend at the Baltimore Specialties!

On the cover, Vinnie wins 3 more American Best In Specialty Shows, over quality-packed entries of 58, 64 and 54 shelties.

Vinnie (AM MBISS GCHB 2X SELECT / CAN MBIS GCH Laureate Invincible, GCN) has just turned three years old and has already won 14 American Bests In Specialty Show and 1 Canadian!
First time in the ring for Ernie (Laureate The Importance Of Being), he wins a 4-point Specialty Major from the junior puppy class! At his next show, he repeats again, winning another Specialty Major.

Getty and Netta then win their competitive 9-12 and 12-18 classes.
Arrow then wins a 4-point Specialty Major and BOS over Champions and is now a new American Champion (our second so far this year). She is now Am/Can Ch. Laureate Sweet Thing. (I’m not the judge here – she just needed help holding the ribbons :-))
Thank you to the Greater Baltimore and Potomac Valley specialty clubs for putting on such a great show, year after year. Thank you Jen Milani for the fabulous photos and to sheltie breeder-judges Mrs. Sue Healy, Mrs. Melanie Williams, Mrs. Denise Cornelssen and Mrs. Susan Christie for the honour of these awards.
Breeders/Owners/Handlers: Kim Aston & Pete Culumovic, Laureate Shelties
Battle River Canine Association
March 24, 25, 26 2017
Friday Best in Show Judge: Stephen Dainard
BIS Setter (English) - Ch Sevenoaks Lady Penelope
RBIS Shetland Sheepdog - GCh Mystic Cabella
Saturday Best in Show Judge: Raymundo Lo
BIS Siberian Husky - Ch Ebonyshadow's Silverfox Rock'n
RBIS Shetland Sheepdog - Ch Emmy's Orange Julius
Sunday Best in Show Judge: Judy McVeigh
BIS Siberian Husky - Ch Ebonyshadow's Silverfox Rock'n
RBIS Tibetan Terrier - GCh Adominos Brigitte Bardot
Northwinds Dog Club
March 24, 25, 26, 2017
Friday Show 1 Best in Show Judge: Olga Gagne
BIS Portuguese Water Dog - GCh Claircreek Faro Do Atlantico
Friday Show 2 Best in Show Judge: Rick Fehler
BIS Bichon Frise - GCh PaRay's Molto Particulare
Saturday Best in Show Judge: Richard Paquette
BIS Bichon Frise - GCh PaRay's Molto Particulare
Sunday Best in Show Judge: Peter Machen
BIS Chinese Crested - Ch Wind's Da Vinci Code
Cobequid Dog Club
March 25, 26, 2017
Saturday Best in Show Judge: Colette Muldoon
BIS Poodle (Standard) - GCh CrystaltonChikoda Wht Diamonds
RBIS Newfoundland - Alegup's Hero Of Bishop Falls
Sunday Best in Show Judge: John Muldoon
BIS Spaniel (American Cocker) - Ch Conquest's Wanna Be Startin' Somethin
RBIS German Shepherd Dog - Ch Toska Vom Troyan Schloss
Oceanside Kennel Club – British Columbia
Red Deer & District Kennel Club – Alberta
Nickel Distict Kennel Club - Ontario

Top 15 All Breeds in Canada 

Rank    Name Breed Points

1   Ch Sevenoaks Lady Penelope  English Setter  1459
2   GCh Claircreek Faro Do Atlantico Portuguese Water Dog  1370
3   Ch Rexroth's Angelina  Miniature Pinscher  1256
4   GChEx Heartsease Empress Of India  Newfoundland  1197
5   Ch Ebonyshadow's Silverfox Rock'n Siberian Husky 1146
6   Ch CrystaltonChikoda Wht Diamonds  Standard Poodle 1002
7   GCh Gwich'inz Paparazzi Vizionz of Summerwindz  Afghan Hound  932
8   Ch Skyehigh's Here We Go Again West Highland White Terrier 819
9   GCh Carnaby Between Friends English Cocker Spaniel 722
10   GCh PaRay's Molto Particulare Bichon Frise 632
11   GCh Xoe's Heartbreaker Pug 616
12   GCh Gallardo Tybrushe GirlAlmighty Boxer 610
13   Ch Africanadian James T Kirk Basenji 536
14   GCh Cairnisles Sharp Dressed Man Cairn Terrier 532
15   GCh Winterdance's Let It Storm Samoyed 488
unofficial results courtesy of


Top 15 All Breeds in The USA

Rank    Name Breed  

1   GChP Belle Creek's All I Care About Is Love Bichon  
2   GChB Cordmaker Mister Blue Sky Puli  
3   GChP Hill Country's Let's Get Ready To Rumble Pug  
4   GChP Cerise Blindside   English Springer  
5   GChB Ingebar's Tynan Dances With Wildflowers Giant Schnauzer   
6   GChS Clussexx Man Of Steel Clumber Spaniel  
7   GChP Mojo's Continuation Of A Myth Akita  
8   GChP Silverhall Strike Force American Cocker Spaniel (ASCOB)  
9   GChP Fidelis Ripcord Doberman Pinscher  
10   GChG Nanook's This Girl Is On Fire Siberian Husky  
11   GChP Mephisto's Speak Of The Devil  Boxer   
12   GChS Tamarin Tailback Affenpinscher  
13   GChB Shaireab's Bayleigh Daenerys Stormborn Welsh Terrier  
14   GChP Lockenhaus' Rumor Has It V Kenlyn German Shepherd Dog  
15   GChS Yarrow Hi-Tech Drills N Skills Affenpinscher  
for events processed through March 14th, 2017

CKC Seeks Further Review on Banned Collars in Toronto

In light of the City of Toronto’s recent decision to ban choke collars, choke chains and prong collars “or any similar device at any time on a dog”, the Canadian Kennel Club has contacted City Council, reaffirming our opposition and seeking a more extensive review on the use of the banned collars, with a view to repealing the ban.

We also reminded Council that the Toronto Municipal and Licensing Standards Committee did not recommend a complete ban and 55% of the respondents to the City’s survey—in which many Toronto CKC members were invited to participate—also disagreed with a complete ban on the named collars. 

CKC supports the efforts of the City to strengthen its animal control bylaw, particularly where dangerous dogs are concerned, and we agree with the ban on tethering a dog with a choke, chain or prong collar. However, we think the decision to ban these collars entirely is misguided and falls short of its intent to target irresponsible dog owners.

For over 125 years, the CKC has supported our members’ use of a variety of collars in shows, trials, and training, and assured Toronto City Council that canine competitors are not under any duress.  

The Canadian Kennel Club, with the support of our respected Responsible Dog Ownership Committee, promotes positive and humane training methods for dogs and believes that positive owner influence and education are paramount throughout the training process. 

We have offered further consultation with the City and look to work with Council to find a solution that aligns with the goals and interests of all parties, in support of responsible dog ownership.
The 2017 Manitoba Provincial Junior Handling Finals

The Judges
Wendy Anderson
Cindy Kowalchuk-Corrigal
Linda Smith
Corinne Walker 

The Class Winners
Junior Novice: Lilly Raposo
Intermediate Novice: Lauren Kucey 
Intermediate Open: Sarah McIntyre
Senior Novice: Jamie Thomaschewski

2017 Manitoba Provincial Junior Handling Winner: Lauren Kucey 
2017 Manitoba Provincial Junior Handling Runner Up: Jamie Thomaschewski

ShowScene congratulates all of the Junior Handlers last weekend at the Northwinds Dog Club in Winnipeg, Manitoba on such a successful Junior Handling finals!!

Photos by Faye Unaru Photography

Behind the Scene

Dave D'Amour
Giant Schnauzers
Calgary, Alberta

1) If you could have another breed, what would it be?
Bull Terriers, I have loved them since I was a child.
2) What was the last movie you saw at a theatre?
I can’t remember it has been so long
3) If you could only attend one “must do” show a year, what would it be?
Alberta Kennel Club in the summer

4) What show in Canada have you attended that always gives that little extra to their exhibitor’s, which makes it your favorite to attend?
Alberta Kennel Club – Tina Gaudet your awesome
5) What is you favorite dog of all time?
Britta, my Giant Schnauzer bitch, she was my constant companion. She changed me and was such an ambassador for the breed.
6) What is a favorite grooming product or tool that you will not be without?
If I could put my brother in my pocket, I would say Adam Bernardin but I can't, so a stripping knife.
7) How do you pick which shows you attend?
It depends on the dog and what we are trying to accomplish.
8) Beside your dogs, what other animals do you have?
9) What is your favorite beverage?
10) Name something that is on your “life” bucket list to do?
To go beyond 200mph, I've made it to 188mph.

Proposed Bill Hopes To Put Fake Service Dogs Out Of Service

Written by: Dina Fantegrossi

Yet another state is taking aim at the shameful trend of passing off household pets as service dogs. Massachusetts has filed a bill modeled after similar laws in Florida and Colorado. If passed, it would become a civil offense to misrepresent a pet as a service animal in the Bay State. The bill further seeks to protect the disabled from receiving untrained or poorly trained dogs from unscrupulous organizations.

Cathy Zemaitis is a spokeswoman for NEADS, a nonprofit organization based in Princeton, MA that provides impeccably trained service dogs to disabled Americans and veterans. She says that the issue of fake service dogs is far more than a problem - it's an epidemic; an epidemic that undermines the very concept of service animals when impostor dogs behave badly.

“What’s happening is you get somebody who thinks it’s cute to slap a vest on Fluffy and take Fluffy to CVS. What’s the harm?” asks Lowry Heussler, a Cambridge resident who uses a service dog to help her walk. “The problem is that all the work we did of convincing the public that if you see a dog wearing a cape, that dog is safe and reliable and you don’t have to worry about anything — that work is being undone.”

Unfortunately, anybody with the will to do so can easily go online and obtain a service dog vest, cape, “official certificate,” or “instant ID." Dogs can even be “registered” for free. There is currently no official service dog registry, and service animals are not required to have special equipment, documentation, or even formal training.

Making the scheme even simpler for the impostors is the fact that the Americans with Disabilities Act forbids questioning those with service animals, unintentionally protecting the wrongdoers in its effort to preserve privacy and protect against discrimination.

Businesses may only ask: Is the animal required because of a disability, and what work or tasks has the animal been trained to perform? They may not inquire about the person's disability, ask for proof that the animal is a service dog, or require the dog to demonstrate its training.

According to Zemaitis, it costs about $42,000 for NEADS to produce one service dog for a disabled American. The video below features a highly-trained NEADS dog in action.

The bill filed in Massachusetts would target people who use fake service dogs to obtain privileges meant for the disabled, such as entering businesses where pets are otherwise banned, and flying fee-free on a commercial airline. If passed into law, Massachusetts fakers will face fines up to $500 and 30 hours of community service.

The legislation would not apply to animals that provide only psychological comfort such as emotional support animals - another subset that has been rampantly abused by impostors. An organization called Assistance Dogs International has developed minimum standards for service dogs, but without an official national registry or certification process, anyone can self-train a pet and call it a service animal.

reprinted with permission

The Fancy Speaks

These days anyone can go to a website and sign up their show dog, or pet as a service dog and fly with it in cabin at any time, at no cost and no questions can be asked.

I recently was on a fight from Florida to Toronto, and walking to the bathroom I saw a family of 3 in the middle 3 seats, each family member had a pet Bichon cross on their knee, 3 people 3 dogs, no service dog identification on any.
We have an article in this issue of yet another state in the USA proposing a bill to stop the fraudulent use of "service dogs." Yes, we all agree on legitimate service dogs!!! 

It has become totally out of control in North America. We all travel to shows and we see a large increases in this misuse of a very important service that genuine service dogs provide.

We see show dog service dog travel spike in hot weather, when airline embargos are in place, as well for the "big important shows", and when airlines can not accommodate the larger breeds on their aircraft.
 What are your thoughts on show dogs used as service dogs? 
 Should there be consequences to those who abuse the system?

Heidi Gervais – British Columbia
I questioned someone that flew to Westminster with their dog on the plane with them. This was a VERY large dog and I asked him if they flew her as a service dog, his reply was no that is wrong - she went as an "emotional support" dog. All he had to do was go to his doctor and he would give him a letter.
I think this is where the problem is, because they don't need to wear a jacket or have an ID because no one can question "what the emotional support is for" ... I said we should all be able to fly with our dogs because I think we ALL need emotional support!!
The bottom line is - if you need to go to a show so badly get in your vehicle and drive. 
Cynthia Crysdale – Ontario
I think it is incredibly selfish to represent a show dog who is not truly a service dog, as a service dog, in order to avoid paying carriage fees. 
To perpetuate the abuse of the system in this way is arrogant, and obviously self-serving. At some point, something will happen on a flight, or several flights, and then service dogs, which actually have a valuable function, will not be allowed on any flights. 
As intelligent and responsible adults, we should be able to self-monitor, and have a sense of common decency and sensitivity to those people who actually need and use service dogs.
Caroline Thibodeau – Quebec
I'm not sure how you can control this, as the investigation that the airlines can do into the status of a service dog is very limited. I personally know people who have legitimate service dog status on their dog, but the dog flies with a handler who does not have the issue that requires a service dog.
It's a hard one to police and it seems that many of the people in the fancy do not have a conscience. I would like to see it controlled better but unless someone is able to actually determine why the dog is being used as a service dog, I'm not sure that is possible. It would be nice to think that our colleagues were not abusing the system but that doesn't seem to be the case.
Carol Graham – Alberta
It seems this is happening more and more today. I am hearing of many of our show dogs travelling as service dogs when they are not, and I have been on a plane as a judge when I have seen an exhibitor with their dog as a service dog.
Apparently you can buy service dog vests very easy. I think the first thing that needs to happen is this needs to be corrected where it has to be made harder for a dog to qualify as a service dog, and indeed have proper documentation etc.
Unfortunately once again when this type of thing goes on and the system is abused, everyone will suffer in the end. We could see the time come when dogs will not fly at all, then what?
Heather Acheson – Ontario
This is fast becoming a crisis… It will not be long before legitimate service dogs will be denied access with their owner, and those who have no credentials will be allowed on flights. Personally I prefer to see a central testing criteria for licensing service dog trainers. If all dogs who are providing had a place to go to work with their dogs and become certified as a service or therapy dog, that is accepted by all venues and that standardized gear for the dog to wear when on duty be put into place. Airlines need to know what are accepted patches and gear for dogs before allowing them on a plane. A copy of a license should also need to be provided… Much like a passport.
Family pets need to be put in the cargo holds, show dogs need to be paced in the cargo hold, or make alternate plans that may require extended travel by other means, well in advance………Hey a pet transport or show dog transport service. Is someone looking for a new business idea?
Dr. Richard Meen – Ontario
Your question really isn’t about authentic “service dogs”. I am confident but rather the unethical practice of some “fanciers”. All dogs are “service dogs”. That is what they were bred to do?
Some human beings are not clear what the particular breed’s “service” is supposed to be. I suppose it is possible that a canine may have a dual purpose because they all seem to want to please their owners. Heavens, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever was designed to be multi-purposed. Ands they do it well.
The truth is that you are raising a much greater issue: “What is a show dog?” and “What purpose is truly being served, by flying them around the country?”
My guess is that many dogs would prefer to be in the safety of their crate with some peace and quiet away from their neurotic owners, or handlers, if it is really essential for them to so travel. Being at the show itself is enough for them to have to put up with. They like the break.
I have experienced large dogs in the seat sections of a plane, and then seen them at the show the next day. I have never noticed them being properly harnessed to be safe but rather stuffed between their person’s legs with a very uncomfortable expression on their face, and an even worse one on many of the other passengers!!! No wonder dog people get a difficult reputation.  It would be nice if the owners gave their dogs the same consideration that their dogs give them.
Robert Denis – Ontario
Years ago while on a flight from LAX to Tucson, Arizona we saw one of the top US Handlers and his show dog ready to board our flight.
The dog was one of the top dogs that year, and he had on his little “service dog vest” and was playing service dog to his not very needy handler. As a judge it was very obvious that the handler/exhibitor was bending the rules, and trying to get preferential treatment for himself and his dog.
There should be consequences to such action. BUT the problem is that
there are always those that try different ways to bend the rules and often they are successful at doing it. Rules are “bent” by so many in so many ways, that it becomes very difficult to police.
Airlines can’t ask questions and you must be worried about the potential to offend somebody. It is often simpler to avoid confrontation and eliminate potential conflict, but in the current state of affairs with the mass abuse… One day no animals might be able to fly.
Dave d’Amour – Alberta
This one is a kicker, it's pretty sad to see the Saint Bernard run to Orlando as a service dog. I've had personal friends do it, a lot of the handlers have service dog vests in their tack box. 
Now what that does for somebody like me that lives life in a wheel chair, that really needs my dog, is make it very difficult. It even makes it more difficult for people that don't have such a visible disability such as mine.
I have used a wheelchair for almost three decades, and I've seen it get ridiculous especially in the US. It is no longer just service dogs, it's service horses, turkeys, cats, rabbits, and whatever else. My Giant Schnauzers are very well behaved and trained well for their job they perform for me.
Currently in Canada: Approved by the OHRC: June 27, 2016
Available online:
Policy on and discrimination based on disability:
People with disabilities who use service animals to assist them with
disability related needs (such as anxiety) are also protected under the definitionof “disability” in section 10 of the Code.
Service animals do not have to be trained or certified by a recognized disability related organization. 
People with disabilities who use service animals to assist them with 
Disability related needs (such as anxiety) are also protected under the definition of “disability” in section 10 of the Code.
Service animals do not have to be trained or certified by a recognized disability related organization. 
Service providers and others who receive such documentation should not use their own assumptions and observations to second-guess this verification.
Right now certification for service animals is a monopoly in our country, and only ADI can certify dogs in Canada. 
Right now anybody can get away with it because, nobody really knows what they are looking for in certification anyway. The abusers buy a vest and sew on a patch, and away they go, travel anywhere… Until there is a total revamping of the certification process, one acceptable vest and one ID across the board, it will continue as a free for all, being abused until in the end we all suffer.

Heather Wippler – Ontario
It is sad in this day and age, that once again what should be used by a
person in genuine need of a service dog, has just become a fraudulent act by many to get from point A to B.
People who use it as a means to get their show dog to the next show should be ashamed of themselves. This abuse will only go on for so long, and one day we may see air travel in cabin stopped for all…
There is no greater joy for me than seeing a service dog performing the life saving job it has been trained to do for their person.
On the other hand a top winning show dog laying on the floor in an aircraft, going to a dog show, should a) be in the hold below, b) under the seat in a carrier, or c) in a vehicle driving to a show.
Tracy Dineley – Ontario
I absolutely think that there should be stringent rules for service dogs and their people. The service dogs that I have known had to go through special training. They were certified. The owners also went through training.
When working, the dogs wore something that made it very clear that they were working. Generally other people were not to touch or engage with dog while working.
The abuse of the term service dogs because people want their dogs in cabin on the flight, hurts everyone. I think the people with the service dogs should carry certification or a card, I think anyone caught abusing the system should be punished by a fine or something. 
We all would like to travel with our dogs on our laps. But since we can not do that, we should all obey the laws and rules. If we don't, there will be a day that airlines will no longer fly any dogs, service dogs or not. 
Vicki Fierheller - Ontario 
I find it is very upsetting that people try to pull this stunt. It really is an abuse of the system when every Tom, Dick or Harry thinks it is their right to do this.
There are legitimate handicapped people with legitimate service dogs who legitimately should be able to have their dogs with them on the plane.
If you are traveling with your pet or showdog, you should darn well be ethical and either pay to have the dog in the cabin under the seat or in the cargo section.
I have even seen ads for buying fake service jackets. I mean, really!
I do feel strongly about this issue and yes, there should be fines for those that abuse the system.
I think the only way around this is to have service dogs issued their own special "passport" if you will, that certifies them as being true service dogs.
Sad, that it has come to the honour system no longer working.

McThought of the week...

with Doug McIntyre

Grand Champion

Essexshire Sir Jack of Essex

Throughout my journey handling show dogs, I have long admired the  Miniature Bull Terrier breed.
Owning, handling, and breeding Bull Terriers, I love a type of Miniature that mimics the traits of outstanding examples of their larger counterparts.
Through social media I have kept an eye on Miniature Bull Terrier "Jack" as he grew from various postings Catherine Woodliffe had featuring this youngster she had.
From an early age he reminded me of a Bull Terrier dog, I first met at the Bronze Trophy show named CH Teirwgwyn Welsh Dragon – “Cummins” who was bred by Alison Roberts of the United Kingdom, and owned by Bianca Tylock of the United States.
“Cummins” like his littermates is a tremendous example of the Bull Terrier, and easily made the Top 5 while I showed him here in Canada. "Cummins" was an amazing dog to handle. He was truly a showman and I cherish the memories of my time in the ring with him.
CH Teirwgwyn Welsh Dragon   

CH Teirwgwyn Welsh Dragon   
I was lucky enough to breed to him, producing a litter of champions, grand champions, and earned multiple top dog in Canada placements.
Like "Cummins" the impressive red dog I could not get out of my head after meeting him, "Jack" to had captured my attention.
"Jack" not only mimics this dog in color and markings but in head type, structure, substance, and movement all this in a small package fitting perfectly within the Miniature Bull Terrier breed standard. Something quite rare as this breed, has gained popularity here in Canada.
I conversed with Catherine Woodliffe from time to time and encouraged her to send a dog west to Alberta for me to show, hoping all the while "Jack" would be her choice!!

After much discussion a flight was booked and this young champion flew out west to make his mark. And that he has!! I am ever so proud to be showing "Jack" this year.

Along with Jack, I have been entrusted with a beautiful import from Zsolt Bagi's Bully Lake kennels. Her name is Lucia of Bully Lake, "Reggie" is owned by Catherine Woodliffe of Essexshire kennels.

Look for this little firecracker in the baby puppy class at upcoming shows. Red Hot Reggie is how we refer to this delightful little girl with a beautiful feminine head, short back, and tremendous structure. Her elegance shines through, along with her fiery attitude, and playful nature, make her the ultimate show prospect.

2017 will certainly be exciting, I would like to thank Catherine whole heartedly for entrusting me with these two amazing examples of the breed. Essexshire Kennels is going places in the world of Miniature Bull Terriers, and I am honored to be a part of this journey.
Breeder/Owner: Catherine Wood, Essexshire Miniature Bull Terriers
Handled By: Tami Butterwick
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