Lagotto Kennels proudly presents on this weeks front cover, BPIS Group Placing LK Roxy Blue or "Guppy" as she is informally known.
Guppy is currently: Canada’s #2 Lagotto Romagnolo #1 Lagotto Romagnolo Puppy #2 Sporting Puppy in Canada
Since The Lagotto Romagnolo’s debut at Canadian Kennel Club shows in 2012. Lagotto Kennels has consistently been active in the show ring, bringing Canada the top-winning dogs in the breed.
We were very proud to have had the very first Lagotto Romagnolo Champion in Canada, as well as the very first of the breed to be ranked #1 Lagotto Romagnolo in Canada. That was Ch.LK Eva Angelina, her call name "Bug".
Ch.LK Eva Angelina
In 2013 and 2014, the #1 Lagotto Romagnolo was our 2013 World winner and Champion in six countries, Il Granaio Dei Malatesta Mario. "Mario" a lovely Italian Import.
GCh IL Granaio Dei Malatesta Mario
In 2015 & 2016 we carried on the tradition with “Chi” being the #1 Lagotto Romagnolo in Canada, his registered name being Ch. LK Nocino.
GCh. LK Nocino
We are so proud to have had the #1 Lagotto Romagnolo’s in the country since the breed’s recognition.
2017 is a year for the young future stars to have fun in the ring and showcase the breed, both in the ring and outside the ring. We are proud to have solid tempered and sound wonderful examples of the breed.
With no plans to campaign a special, we thought about possibly sitting back and relaxing … And then along came "Guppy”. She is the granddaughter of the now retired back in Italy, Vice European Grand Romanian Champion, a champion in 12 countries, Il Granaio Dei Malatesta Augusto. Ago's granddaughter Guppy has his amazing temperament and love of life all in in a superior Lagotto Romagnolo package. Her size is right in the middle of the ideal size, she has an amazing coat for such a young lady, her head type is spectacular, with perfect correct full dentition, and a temperament that is rock solid and happy.
Guppy started her puppy career as an older puppy due to the winter months and lack of shows in British Columbia. When Guppy did finally get to play in the ring she was a complete natural who you cannot ignore.
Multi Ch Il Granaio Dei Malatesta Augusto
"Guppy" quickly caught the eyes of the judges and ringside fans as well. She completed her Championship in two weekends with multiple Group placements and consistent Best Puppy in Group wins.
We decided to continue with Guppy as she is having such fun in the ring, and she most definitely enjoys all the attention the dog shows bring.
We were thrilled when she was awarded Best Puppy in Show under esteemed Judge Mr. James Reynolds in early April.
Thank you to the following Judges who have awarded Guppy so highly to date, with group placements, and puppy wins: Julio Rueda, Ainslie Mills, James Reynolds, Doug Gilmour, Walter Pinsker, Karsten Kaemling, Karl Erik Johansson, and Mary White.
We look forward to presenting Guppy to the fancy, now that the British Columbia show season is finally springing to life.
LAKES DISTRICT KENNEL CLUB – BRITISH COLUMBIA Saturday Show 1 Best in Show Judge: Lee Anne Bateman BIS Irish Terrier - Ch Takala Trails Darcy RBIS Australian Shepherd - GCh Dancin' Eyes 737 Midnite Ride Saturday Show 2 Best in Show Judge: Darle Heck BIS German Shepherd Dog - GCh Bigsky's Kayene Pepper Marleesha RBIS Weimaraner - GCh Target's Ltd Edition V Rosewin Sunday Show 3 Best in Show Judge: Wayne Thompson BIS Bulldog - GChEx Lenbullan Mario Matteo RBIS Bullmastiff - Ch Garroway's Livin' On The Edge Sunday Show 4 Best in Show Judge: Michelle Scott BIS Irish Terrier - Ch Takala Trails Darcy RBIS Retriever (Labrador) - Ch Sweetwaters' Chalk Full O' Charm
HUB CITY KENNEL & OBEDIENCE CLUB – SASKATCHEWAN Friday Best in Show Judge: Dr. Richard Meen BIS West Highland White Terrier - Ch Skyehigh's Here We Go Again RBIS Boxer - GCh Gallardo Tybrushe GirlAlmighty Saturday Best in Show Judge: Linda Stevens BIS Retriever (Golden) - GCh Brio's Hotsicle RBIS West Highland White Terrier - BIS CH Skyehigh's Here We Go Again Sunday Best in Show Judge: Dr. John Reeve-Newson BIS West Highland White Terrier - Ch Skyehigh's Here We Go Again RBIS Spaniel (American Cocker) - GCh Fanciful's Let The Games
LAKEHEAD KENNEL CLUB – ONTARIO Friday Best in Show Judge: Cheryl Egerton BIS Newfoundland - Badbears Off Side RBIS German Shepherd Dog - GChEx Richtbar You Move Like Jagger Saturday Show 1 Best in Show Judge: Carmen Haller BIS Poodle (Standard) - GCh Crystalton's Fifty Shades RBIS Pomeranian - Ch Sunterra Sudden Impact Saturday Show 2 Best in Show Judge: Judy McVeigh BIS Bullmastiff - Ch Nightwatch's Tito Of Bramstoke RBIS Retriever (Golden) - Kashuba's I Hear A Symphony Sunday Best in Show Judge: Tom Alexander BIS Samoyed - Ch Vanderbilt 'N Printemp's Lucky Strike RBIS Pomeranian - Ch Sunterra Sudden Impact
SEAWAY KENNEL CLUB – ONTARIO Friday Show 1 Best in Show Judge: John Hodgkinson BIS French Bulldog - Ch Valpo's Man Of Steel RBIS Pekingese - Akarana Angelica Friday Show 2 Best in Show Judge: Joy Hodgkinson BIS Spaniel (English Cocker) GCh Wittersham Sunday's Child RBIS Pekingese - Akarana Angelica Saturday Best in Show Judge: Patricia Taylor BIS Portuguese Water Dog - GCh Claircreek Faro Do Atlantico RBIS Fox Terrier (Smooth) - Ch J'Cobe Broxden Hampton Court Detroit Tiger Sunday Show 4 Best in Show Judge: Sharon Derrick BIS Portuguese Water Dog - GCh Claircreek Faro Do Atlantico RBIS Border Collie - GCh Hollowshots A Twist Of Fate
ASSOCIATION CANINE CHARLEVOISIENNE – QUEBEC Saturday Show 1 Best in Show Judge: William Byrne BIS Bernese Mountain Dog - GChEx Belnois Locked N' Loaded RBIS Maltese - Ch Ace The Beauty Aupoildange Saturday Show 2 Best in Show Judge: Vickie Umpleby BIS Bernese Mountain Dog - GChEx Belnois Locked N' Loaded RBIS Pekingese - Ch Lionking Taylor Made Sunday Show 3 Best in Show Judge: Hal Pybus BIS Pekingese - Ch Lionking Taylor Made RBIS Dalmatian - GCh Element Standing Ovation Sunday Show 4 Best in Show Judge: Judith Byrne BIS Maltese - Ch Ace The Beauty Aupoildange RBIS Bernese Mountain Dog - GChEx Belnois Locked N' Loaded
MONCTON KENNEL CLUB – NEW BRUNSWICK Saturday Show 1 Best in Show Judge: Mike Jackman BIS Retriever (Golden) - GChEx Polarsky's Twinkle Little Star Saturday Show 2 Best in Show Judge: Glen Stark BIS Pomeranian - Ch Chriscendo Conquistador Sunday Show 3 Best in Show Judge: Kathrine Grant BIS Retriever (Golden) - GChEx Polarsky's Twinkle Little Star Sunday Show 4 Best in Show Judge: Anik Primeau BIS Pug - GCh Diamond Sand's Simply Perfect
UPCOMING SHOWS NEXT WEEKEND
TYEE KENNEL CLUB – BRITISH COLUMBIA CALGARY KENNEL & OBEDIENCE CLUB – ALBERTA FOREST CITY KENNEL CLUB – ONTARIO ARNPRIOR CANINE ASSOCIAION – ONTARIO DARTMOUTH KENNEL CLUB – NOVA SCOTIA
ShowScene congratulates all of the participants in the Saskatchewan Provincial Junior Handling Finalsthis past weekend held in conjunction with the Saskatoon Kennel & Obedience Club
Junior Novice - Halle Wulff
Intermediate Novice - Julianna Gadreau
Intermediate Open - Haylie Bro
Junior Open - Ana Wulff
Senior Open - Samantha Hadaway
Best Overall Junior Handler
Reserve Winner Junior Handler
ShowScene wishes Haylie good luck at the Junior Handling National finals in Newfoundland!!
Purebred Tradition vs Designer Trends
In a Box store world we’re being beaten by everything designer, In this case dog breeds, and the question is why?
In years gone by, Mitzi, the Golden retriever would go on a midnight romp and we were none the wiser. In the morning she greeted us with an uncanny spring to her step. Low and behold a few pounds and nine weeks later, we had ourselves a backyard “faux pas” these mixed-breed sensations, or as several people referred to as mutts, were indiscriminately shared with family, friends and neighbors.
Over the past few decades our faux pas have morphed into a new era of designer breeds.
Dogs have been a welcome addition to the nuclear family for generations and the pet industry is without question one of the fastest growing sectors in business today.
People love their pets and everyone in the industry is trying to capture their piece of the pie.
We, in Purebred dogs however are losing ground at a rapid rate; particularly in North America.
We must ask ourselves why?
Baby -Boomers process information in a totally different fashion than the generations to follow. Generation X hold true to our parents’ values and traditions. But for the most part Millennials, have been part of the Technological era from the beginning; processing information in a totally different manner: quickly, efficiently and with ease. Furthermore if it’s not presented as stated, they lose interest.
As our shows are pushed further out of major centers, we lose our potential gate and our audience to grow our floundering sport.
Millennial are not going to go searching for what we have to offer: the further out we go, we lose more ground.
The Internet has become the number one resource; it impacts the information found and thereby buying decisions.
Ironically, on the top ten list of Designer Breeds, Sixty percent incorporate my own breed: the Poodles, we have to ask ourselves if we are losing out on the opportunity to create value in the benefits of acquiring a Purebred dog from a reputable breeder; matters such as history of achievements, health testing, and possible mentoring.
Most of our websites have been created on old forms, i.e Web 1.0 and have minimal updates.
If so it is time for an upgrades, we need to be aware that for SEO to locate our websites; they need to be created in Web 2.0.This will allow users to access our websites with ease using a mobile device. Eighty percent of all content searched for is done so on a mobile device, and if it can’t be viewed properly, it will not come up on Google (the number one search engine)
Create Puppy blogs, links to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and provide interesting and relevant content. Even if no puppies are available, take time to help people find another reputable breeder…If not chalk-up another loss for our team
Don’t let happen to the Purebred Dog take shape as the prophetic song VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR.
Written by: Shawn Nichols, British Columbia, Breeder/Exhibitor/Judge
ShowScene congratulates our Canadian judges on their 2018 Westminster Kennel Club assignments, what an honour for you all and so well deserved!!
Mr. Michael Shoreman
Border Terriers, Bull Terriers (both Varieties), Irish Terriers, Kerry Blue Terriers, Lakeland Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Papillons, Silky Terriers, Toy Fox Terriers.
Mrs. Rosemary Shoreman
Miniature Bull Terriers, Miniature Schnauzers, Standard Manchester Terriers, Welsh Terriers, West Highland White Terriers, Affenpinschers, Brussels Griffons, Havanese, Italian Greyhounds, Japanese Chin, Maltese, Pugs.
The Fancy Speaks...
As breeders, through the years you have answered hundreds of questions from people inquiring about your breed, or your puppies.
What is the most bizarre or memorable question that someone has asked you?
Bev Dorma, British Columbia - Havanese
I find it bizarre when people ask me for a mixed breed, or If I can do a 50% discount without registration papers.
The funniest is when our corded dog Eddie is the sire. They want to know if his puppies come out like that, corded!!
Lindy Barrow - Ontario - West Highland White Terrier
Do they come in any other colour than white? No, that is why they are called West Highland WHITE Terriers!!!
Barbara Magera - USA - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
A judge asks in the bitch class in New York..."is this a girl?"
Kim Ramey-Leblanc - Ontario - Siberian Husky This inquiry to me was a doozy
I have probably an unusual inquiry/ request and I know it is a little in advance but I'm the type of person that likes to have a plan.
I know you breed your own dogs there, but I'm wondering if you would be open to breeding my own 2 dogs there? Also would need to know the time window I have with less health risk to either dog.
However, breeding may be simple but I wouldn't want to chance anything going wrong. After researching different breeders, it seems you have an outstanding reputation and extremely long time in this profession.
I have a Husky Lab Mix that I got 2 years ago as a new puppy. Growing up I always wanted a husky or a husky lab, as my childhood dog was the sweetest lab named Sophie.
I stumbled upon an ad for husky lab puppies, about a five-hour drive from where I am locally. I found this ad at 9pm. Fell absolutely in love with one puppy in particular and called all were available. I said okay, I can send you an EMAIL Transfer and be there in the morning. They agreed, upon that and I drove through the night to get him first thing.
I didn't want to risk anyone else getting there before me even though I already paid in full. Once I got there all the puppies came out, and the one I fell in love with came up to me and gave me kisses, at that point I knew he was the one. And the other puppies were playing during that time. After inspecting the puppies and talking to the breeders, I felt they were lacking nutrition, fairly light and visually thin. I asked them a few questions and the guy said, well I didn't want any puppies but accidents happen. That really hit me hard because each and every one of those puppies, had so much joy in them, and love to give.
So long story short, I bought every single one of them and brought them home - took them all to the vet, spent time with each one to get their health in a better state etc, and then gave them to friends and family, friends, or friends of family friends, who were looking for a puppy and I kept the one I fell in love with, Buddy, for myself.
Fast forward and Buddy is 2 years and 1 month old. My pride and joy and I love him more than anything in this world. I just got a purebred Siberian Husky in December to give him a pack mate and companion, her name is Summer and she's only 3 months old roughly. But I love them both the same.
I'd like to breed them, and keep 1 puppy so I can have a piece of both to carry on when their final days come. I'm wondering what the best time for both is, with less health risk?
And I'm also wondering if I could pay you boarding fees etc, whatever it takes to have you breed them and follow through - also at the end I would be happy to have you keep the puppies aside from the one I keep, and find them a good home. I live in PEI, but I can stay in a hotel locally throughout the entire process to spend time with them all. Whatever it takes.
I appreciate your time in reading this and hope to hear from you soon!
Kristi Francis & Anita Cameron - Ontario - Pembroke Welsh Corgis
The most bizarre inquiry we have had was from a young couple who wondered if we had a puppy for them, and because they lived a distance from us, would we be willing to mail it to them!!!
Judy Taylor - Ontario - Golden Retriever
Oh! I do not want a “white” Golden. It will show the dirt!!
Kim Cowie - Alberta - Toy Poodles
Once at a dog show, the spectator asked why I had bubble gum in the ends of my dog’s ears. After a moment of panic I realized she was referring to the wraps!
Shannon Scheer - Alberta - Golden Retrievers, Std. Smooth Dachshunds
A puppy person that had been on my waiting list for sometime called me back to cancel her female Dachshund puppy that she had already chosen. The reason? She found one that was more expensive at Petland so figured it was of better quality than ours were, and she went and bought it instead.
I cant begin to count the number of enquiries I get for a Golden Retriever stud dog, as they have a Poodle and would like to start breeding Golden Doodles because they are in high demand.
Heather Wippler - Ontario - Bichon Frise
Well one would think with so many resources out there to research getting a dog, the responsibility of owning a dog, time commitment, and what would be a suitable breed for a person, that we would not be getting as many ridiculous questions.
Example " I really want a Bichon Frise and I think it would fit into our lifestyle, we would like a black one".
Or and this has been many times.
"I want a non shedding. hypo-allergic, bichon with very long legs, I don't like the short legged ones, One that doesn't bark, and is house trained"
Evelyn Susin - Ontario - Shetland Sheepdogs
Years ago, I received a call from a woman. She was very upset and proceeded to tell me that I owed her a puppy.... I asked her to explain why she felt I owed her a puppy.
She told me, her x-husband took her dog when he left and because he won't return the dog to me, you owe me a dog. I told her, even if her husband had taken her dog, that I was not liable and this matter is between her and her husband.
She became very angry with me, and demanded that I provide her a replacement dog immediately or cash, so she can purchase another dog.
I knew at this point this lady was making up a wild story just so she could get a dog for free. I told her...
1) I never sold you or your husband a dog 2) I will let the sheltie breeder list know to watch out for a woman wanting a free dog from a breeder.
After realizing her scam did not worked, she hung up the phone. It amazes me to this day the length people will go to try to a swindle a dog or money from a breeder, by fabricating a story.
Vicki Fierheller - Ontario - Maltese
I had someone inquiring if I ever sold seeing-eye guide dogs. Now, I breed Maltese, so guide dogs they are most definitely not!
I thought maybe she meant a service or therapy dog, which Maltese do excel at. No, the person was adamant she meant a guide dog.
She had a four-year old blind daughter and she wanted a small, non-shedding guide dog that was the right size for her daughter.
I didn't know whether to be dumbfounded or start laughing my head off.
The best I could do was say, no, Maltese cannot be a guide dog and perhaps she should do a bit more research and contact one of the guide dog schools. I had a good chuckle over that one!
Behind the Scene
St. Paul, Manitoba
Licensed for Groups 2 & 5
Skywalker Italian Greyhounds
1) What is your breed of dog, and if you could have another breed, what would it be?
My breed is the Italian Greyhound. This is a wonderful little dog with a long history, which is lovely to live with, and they are fun and challenging at the same time.
If I could have another breed, it may be the Saluki, which is another ancient breed of high beauty. A sobering second thought, Evelyn would love for us to return back to a small terrier breed!
2) What, and where was the best meal you have ever had while on an assignment?
The Renaissance show in B.C. offers a gourmet lunch buffet complete with desserts courtesy of Monika Pinsker’s home kitchen. This is much appreciated and definitely keeps a judge charged up!
3) Name a show that would be on your "bucket" list of dream assignments?
There are many thoughts on this question. Perhaps any National Sighthound Specialty (to include Italian Greyhounds) would be wonderful.
4) What is the strangest question an exhibitor has ever asked you?
Actually, I am pleased to say that questions that have come my way have been largely logical in nature. Newcomers to the sport have occasionally asked ….How can they make themselves look better?
Well, I want to believe that they are really asking --- is how they may present the dog in a better way, and I will offer a short reply on that note to provide them encouragement and that is a good thing. On the other hand, when wearing the hat of an exhibitor I have experienced more strange questions than I can count. Describing them will be left be for another interview.
5) What is your favorite dog of the "past" in any breed?
I have many favorites in all the groups. When I look back to the 1970’s and 80’s there were a couple from the Hound group that not only stamped images of outstanding breed type in my mind, but also stopped me in my tracks! .I can still see them. Afghan Ch.Pahlavi Puttin on the Ritz, and another red male the Saluki Ch. Canem Dei’s el Salta Aun.
6) Do you believe the "sport" of dogs is getting stronger or weaker?
The “sport “ is weakening on many fronts like so many aspects of our culture, but there is hope. There are community members exercising new and creative ideas while maintaining kind attitudes in the process. With new energy and a substantial increase in the “kindness factor” the sport could be sustainable and will eventually strengthen.
7) Do you limit the number of assignments you do in a year to a number? How many major long distance travel assignments do you do in a year?
I limit the number of assignments according to regulations while having the capacity to contribute more. Having to decline many wonderful invitations is challenging, counter productive and impedes progress in the sport. Long distance travel from Manitoba to most points in North America is quite comfortable and I remain open to that.
8) Did you come from dog-show households?
If not, what was your introduction to the sport? Our household was not pro dog show, although we had several different pets. We were competitive in different sports and surrounded in the “Arts “.
As a boy I was exposed to my grandparents farm complete with purebred Hereford cattle and a highly intelligent working Border Collie. Seeing my grandfather’s agriculture fair photos and ribbons was fascinating and then attending the Winter Fair and sales, my oh my, how much excitement could a Prairie boy take?
My father was an occasional judge of cattle and sheep. Later I was involved in horses, but because of urban logistics that interest was put to rest. Dog Show advertisements in the Winnipeg newspapers peaked my interest and I had to figure out bus routes to get to the show and find a way to participate. Distances for an eleven year old seemed so great at the time. We had very large benched shows in the 70’s that included junior handling. Those were the days of silver tea services for prizes while women wore mink stoles at Best in Show time. High quality
dogs that were shown here, provided a great frame of reference for a young set of eyes, and the exhibits went on to win the Chicago International and Westminster. Captivated by it all, I was then hooked on purebred dogs.
9) Do you currently have dogs? Do you have any other animals?
We currently have two homebred Italian Greyhounds that grace our home and they should be eligible for senior’s competition soon, A dozen crazy squirrels challenge our hounds through the windows panes, while seven whitetail deer pass through the property enjoying Hosta salads. Also two great grey owls that guard the forest at the river, and create occasional drama.
10) Do you have time for any activities or hobbies outside of dogs? What are they?
The dog passion is a priority while I maintain other life interests. Music, Architecture, Fine Art and gardening have accompanied the interest in purebred dogs always. I have sung in 12 countries with opera, choirs and symphonies and only on the rare occasion do I still partake.
I maintain an architectural interior design firm, and sculpt in glass and steel. Two years back I gave a formal gallery presentation of new paintings. Evelyn and I have built several gardens that have been published and currently have a two acre property for our privileged little dogs and families to enjoy.
Richard Meen MD & Cynthia Crysdale are pleased to present Scottish Deerhound “Lux” on this weeks back cover.
In 2013, Lux was shown two weekends in Canada before her first birthday and was awarded multiple group placements, along with 5 Best Puppy in Groups and 1 Best Puppy in Show award.
In the US Lux was also awarded a 5-point major at 9 months of age under noted Sighthound judge Shelley Hennessy, a Best in Sweepstakes under Borzoi breeder Caroline Thibodeau, and at the 2013 SDCA Specialty Futurity Best of Opposite Baby Puppy.
We showed her on a very limited basis in 2014 and she was awarded 5 Hound groups and 2 Best in Shows.
We brought Lux out in June of 2016 and she was awarded 3 more Best in Shows, as well she won the UK Limited Breeds Best in Show with 26 breeds competing, under Judge Lee Anne Bateman.
In 2016 Lux was: Canada’s #1 Scottish Deerhound #7 Hound
To date in 2017 Lux has been shown 8 weekends winning 6 Group Firsts 6 Group Seconds 5 Group Thirds 5 Group Fourths
She is currently ranked Canada’s #1 Scottish Deerhound #9 Hound
Well respected judge Mrs. Lorraine Boutwell awarded Lux a Best in Show “She has judged over 200 Best in Shows Worldwide, and had NEVER awarded a Scottish Deerhound a Best in Show, and said she was the nicest Deerhound Bitch she has ever seen”.
Judge Mr. Paul Stanton after awarding Lux a Hound group said “this is the nicest moving Deerhound bitch he’s seen in years.
We would like to thank all the judges who have awarded our beautiful sighthound Lux so highly to date.
We are very proud to be able present this feminine, graceful bitch who possesses classic breed type and elegance, who is graceful and light on her feet with beautiful correct lift, all covered in a correct wiry coat.
Our biggest gratitude goes to our handler Norm whose professional presentation and care has allowed Lux to flourish, she adores him and has successfully taken over his home and his heart.