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Best In Show Canadian and American Grand Champion

RedMoon's What The Duck?  

Am/Can WCI, Am/Can JH


Kendyl Schultze and co-breeder Linda Fitzmaurice along with Ducker's handlers Aaron Andriash and Amanda Williams are excited to have Ducker as this weeks front cover dog.

Ducker brings his goofy, fun charisma wherever he goes, and Canada has been no exception. Before making his way up north he was selectively shown in the USA, where he was a top 15 toller and received an Award of Merit at the US National Specialty, and multiple group placements. He spent most of his time doing what Ducker loves best retrieving ducks! 

He started his Canadian campaign off strong with multiple group placements and it wasn't long before Ducker was winning groups, and joining the very select few of BIS winning Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers. 

Ducker is a Second generation BIS winner. His Father is Wrangler MBIS MBISS AM GCHP Can GCH NSDTR-USA CH Javahill Surf2 An 8 Second Ride Am/Can WC RN Am BN CGC. Who not only was a National Best in Specialty show winner in the US but in Canada as well, and is one of the US top tollers of all time. 

Aaron and Ducker make quite the team, showing that sometimes you just have to jump for joy rather than just standing still all the time. 

Ducker is the ultimate example of Breed type meeting breed purpose. Ducker truly shows how the toller isn't just a pretty face, but is truly versatile and can do what they are bred to do. 

He has accomplished so much more than his owner and breeders could have imagined and we look forward to what is to come for this team.

Thank you to all the judges and supporters who continue to acknowledge the DUCKMAN!

Breeders: Kendyl Schultze - RedMoon Tollers & Linda Fitzmaurice - Javahill Tollers
Owner: Kendyl Schultze
Handler: Aaron Andriash and Amanda Williams
September 14, 15, 16, 17 2017
Thursday Best in Show Judge: Pedro Delerue
BIS Poodle (Standard) - GCh Diplomat's Stuck In The Middle
RBIS Dachshund (Standard Smooth-Haired) - GCh Barkerville Nelson
Friday Best in Show Judge: Osamu Toyokawa
BIS Poodle (Standard) - GCh Crystalton Chikoda Mystery
RBIS Yorkshire Terrier - Ch Pastoral Rising Star
Saturday Best in Show Judge: Dr. Tomasz Borkowski
BIS Doberman Pinscher - Ch Willowcreek's Midnight In Paris
RBIS Poodle (Standard) - GCh Crystalton Chikoda Mystery
Sunday Best in Show Judge:  Malgorzata Supronowicz
BIS Poodle (Standard) - GCh Crystalton Chikoda Mystery
RBIS Doberman Pinscher - Ch Willowcreek's Midnight In Paris
September 15, 16, 17, 2017
Friday Best in Show Judge: Elizardo Valadez
BIS Bouvier des Flandres - GCh Galheights Code Q A Qomolangma
RBIS Newfoundland - GCh Summerford's What Ever
Saturday Best in Show Judge: Francis Smith Moffat
BIS Portuguese Water Dog - GCh Claircreek Faro Do Atlantico
RBIS Tibetan Terrier - GCh Adominos Brigitte Bardot
Sunday Best in Show Judge: Dana Cline
BIS Bouvier des Flandres - GCh Galheights Code Q A Qomolangma
RBIS Newfoundland - GCh Summerford's What Ever
September 15, 16, 17, 2017
Friday Show 1 Best in Show Judge: Michel Bouchard
BIS Old English Sheepdog - GCh Lambluv's If I Could Turn Back Time At MerryMops 
Friday Show 2 Best in Show Judge: William (Sandy) Gunn
BIS Bichon Frise - GCh PaRay's Molto Particulare
Saturday Show 3 Best in Show Judge: Ray Smith
BIS Pekingese - GCh Coodeefoo Enkido
Saturday Show 4 Best in Show Judge: Virginia Lyne
BIS Retriever (Labrador) - GCh Masonridge's Right As Rain
Sunday Show 5 Best in Show Judge: James Reynolds
BIS Pomeranian - Ch Sunterra Sudden Impact
Sunday Show 6 Best in Show Judge: Sue-Ellyn Rempel
BIS Afghan Hound - Ch Taiga Once Upon A Time

The Sonny Tougas National Bursary Program

Post-Secondary Scholarship

Presented at the CPHA Top Dogs Awards Dinner at the Club Canin Chomedy show this past weekend 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the individuals and Clubs who have supported The Sonny Fund. Your generosity has made it possible for us to acknowledge the outstanding achievements of these young people.

Maurice 'Sonny' Tougas was an All Breed Judge, a CKC life member, whose life embodied honesty, integrity and sportsmanship. Sonny was the consummate teacher, always willing to lend a hand, offer advice or freely share his knowledge. He was the 'best' dinner companion, whose stories were filled with laughter, perhaps even some embellishment. He shared his adventures to the delight of his many friends and never failed to entertain, or be at a loss for words.

The 'Sonny Tougas' National Bursary Program (STNBP) recognizes that many youngsters of the dog fancy have contributed greatly to the sport of pure-bred dogs through participation in events such as conformation shows, obedience trials as well as other performance events sanctioned by The Canadian Kennel Club.

To honour the memory of 'Sonny' Tougas, this program is designed to aid a deserving student in support of his/her educational objectives in the form of a post-secondary scholarship.

This year we received applications from an outstanding group of individuals.
Not only are all of these youngsters are above average students, but they share the same passion as those of you who are here tonight. And that is our love of purebred dogs. I think it ironic that there are some who think our sport is in trouble when we have youngsters such as these sharing our passion.

This year because of the exceptional group of applicants, we have decide to expand our bursary award to include an additional award of $500.00.
Coincidentally both recipients are from Nova Scotia this year.

The award of $500.00 goes to Victoria Salt, a grade 12 student at Glace Bay High School in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia.
Victoria volunteers for the Girl Guides, 4H Canada, the Cape Breton Kennel Club and participates in Obedience and Rally-O. She has worked at the Sydney Animal Hospital and looks forward to a career in Veterinary Science.

The $1,000.00 bursary is awarded to Katherine McGinn.
Katherine entered the world of pure-bred dogs at the age of seven and has never looked back. She has participated in Junior Handling eventually representing Canada at Cruft’s at the International Junior Handling Competition. Katherine is currently studying at the University of Toronto majoring in Human Biology: Health and Disease with minors in Physiology and Immunology.

In her application, Katherine wrote:
‘If it weren’t for dogs shows I would never be able to balance a part time job and a full-time course load at university. As John Maxwell once said. “Dreams don’t work unless you do” and I am going to work harder each day to accomplish those dreams.'

Sounds like something Tougas would say!
Sincere congratulations to both winners!

Larry Kereluke
Director, The Sonny Fund

Top 15 All Breeds in Canada 

Rank    Name Breed Points

1   GCh Claircreek Faro Do Atlantico  Portuguese Water Dog  12381
2   GCh Summerford's What Ever  Newfoundland 9306
3   GChEx Heartsease Empress Of India  Newfoundland 7555
4   Ch Sevenoaks Lady Penelope  English Setter  6048
5   GCh Skyehigh's Here We Go Again   West Highland White Terrier  4784
6   Ch Rexroth's Angelina  Miniature Pinscher  4428
7   Ch Takala Trails Darcy  Irish Terrier  3798
8   Ch Raynbo's Foolish Pleasure  Borzoi  3657
9   GCh Gwich'inz Paparazzi Vizionz of Summerwindz  Afghan Hound  3564
10   GCh Gallardo Tybrushe GirlAlmighty  Boxer  3452
11   GCh Brio's Hotsicle  Golden Retriever  3378
12   GCh PaRay's Molto Particulare  Bichon Frise  3248
13   GChEx Triseter Celtic Player  Gordon Setter  3132
14   GCh Woodside's Southern Belle  German Shepherd Dog  2914
15   Ch Lindsayleigh's Thunder Struck Giant Schnauzer  2687
unofficial results courtesy of


Top 15 All Breeds in The USA

Rank    Name Breed  

1   GChB Ingebar's Tynan Dances With Wildflowers  Giant Schnauzer   
2   GChB Cordmaker Mister Blue Sky  Puli   
3   GChP Silverhall Strike Force  American Cocker Spaniel (ASCOB)  
4   GChP Belle Creek's All I Care About Is Love  Bichon Frise  
5   GChP Mojo's Continuation Of A Myth  Akita   
6   GChP Hill Country's Let's Get Ready To Rumble  Pug  
7   GChB Shaireab's Bayleigh Daenerys Stormborn  Welsh Terrier   
8   GChP Fidelis Ripcord  Doberman Pinscher   
9   GChP Sabe's Simply Invincible  Boston Terrier   
10   GChS Yarrow Hi-Tech Drills N Skills  Affenpinscher   
11   GChG Nanook's This Girl Is On Fire  Siberian Husky   
12   GChS Clussexx Man Of Steel  Clumber Spaniel   
13   GChP Cerise Blindside  English Springer Spaniel   
14   GChS Tamarin Tailback  Affenpinscher   
15   GCh Kamand's Full Of Beans @ Erinhill  Sussex Spaniel   
for events processed through September 6th, 2017

Letter to the Editor

ShowScene received the below letters, with a request to reprint, directly from their respected authors. 

Sept. 20, 2017
Bob Rowbotham
Chairperson CKC Board
Re: Oakville Kennel Club

Greetings Bob  
I had hoped to have the opportunity to chat with you and other CKC Board members during the Oakville event a week ago. Unfortunately, our paths did not cross; thus, this note. 

As you are aware two years ago the Oakville Kennel Club collaborated with the Canadian Pet Expo and hosted their annual event at the International Centre at the airport in Toronto. Together an all breed event occurred hosting  specialties including, for the first time in CKC history, a specialty for Canada’s Indigenous Breeds. 

This partnership introduced thousands of community members to the world of purebred dogs for the first time on site. It also, due to live screening, allowed Cindy Cherry and myself to have a live streaming conversation for two days discussing the sport of pure-bred dogs, which was distributed internationally to great acclaim.

As a result, the partnership was agreed for this year. This resulted in a significant increase in entries at the all breed show, an increase in specialty shows participating, including once again an event for our Indigenous breeds. Over 18,000 community members attended and Cindy Cherry and myself experienced over seven thousand viewing on the live streaming. Compound that with the millions of homes that the events marketing reached across Ontario and Eastern Canada to now, that is a great reach. 

I think it is, therefore, safe to conclude that there is no other event in the country that so effectively addresses the “VISION Statement” of the CKC. That is, to be “a dynamic service organization” and “ a dynamic authority for  pure-bred dogs” as well as “an advocate for ALL dogs.” 

I was most embarrassed by the absence of the CKC at this event. I do believe that 45 passes were provided to the CKC Board and staff to participate. I believe only one Board Member ( the Quebec member) attended. Participants from England brought their Canadian breed dogs to participate at the all breed and the indigenous breed event. The fact that the CKC Board could not show its face, when it was just across the street, and then publish on Facebook photos of the members devouring “hot dogs” in an essentially empty Rogers Centre instead! WOW, now that is beyond embarrassing, but insulting, incredulous and mind boggling. It also makes a clear statement as to the priority of what is obviously, an obsolete board of directors.

It has also come to my attention that the Oakville Kennel Club has been denied the opportunity to hold this event next year because of a conflict involving distance between shows (in reality the distance is less than 25 kms). That show this year averaged less than 150 dogs per show. I have no idea of the size of their “gate” or the promotion techniques used to engage their community in the world of pure-bred dogs, which is the responsibility of all clubs to warrant their existence. Local shows are, of course, essential in this country of ours, but it is also essential that the future of the sport be a high priority for consideration and often requires tough decisions to be made.

The Dog Show Rules and Regulations allow change to be made such that the Oakville Show could retain the dates they have had for the last two years and, therefore, the partnership with the Canadian Pet Expo can continue. To deny this partnership and engagement with the community at large is evidence of negligence regarding the world of canines in Canada. Even Air Canada has offered to assist in the transportation of Indigenous Breeds from Europe.

It has also come to my attention that there is an election coming up for the members of the board which, from what I have observed is a farce. I have seen no evidence to date of any movement by the CKC board to achieve the  “VISION” that it is mandated to achieve. It is no longer the 1880’s and the structure of the Board, is obsolete. In fact, in my opinion, it is destructive to the preservation of purebred dogs in this country. That I consider a tragedy.

I am always optimistic and believe that positive change is possible when motivated for the right reasons. I am asking the members of the board, and those who are considering to seek becoming members, to search their souls regarding their true motivation for taking on this extremely demanding, challenging and essential task preserving this aspect of our Canadian culture.

Richard Meen MD DPsych CRCP
Former President of the CKC
Former Chairperson of the Board of Directors
Former member of the Board of Directors. 
As well as a few other achievements in the world of purebred dogs. 

CC: Members of the Board of Directors of the CKC 
CC: CEO of the CKC

Sept. 20,2017
Re: Oakville Kennel Club

Hello Lance and those addressed to the CKC,

Off the top I would like to congratulate the CKC along with the ODKC in presenting and being a part of the 2017 CPE Classic which was what I perceived as one of the largest marketing campaigns in Eastern Canadian pet history to a great pet enthusiast demographic promoting the world of purebred dogs.

The promotion of purebreds was as evident as many enjoyed last week with the ODKC hosting over 1600 dogs over three days (Fri 251 Sat 712 Sun 656) in the sport of CKC Dog Conformation. Most importantly though is the outreach that the event showcased purebreds to, not just exhibitors of the CPE Classic but also to the 17 000 plus attendees, to the over 7 million reached in the Golden HorseShoe, over 6400 live feeds of the Canadian Indigenous broadcast and the over 1.2 million organic social media hits leading into the weekend. That is alot of possible future canine families being presented one of the many benefits that a well bred CKC purebred dog can provide in their family households.

I am sure all of you are aware that due to the schedule request change for the upcoming years the ODKC has requested an alternate weekend or swap of calendar weeks with a club that hosts their event 384 km’s away from the International Ctr home of the CPE Classic. As well I am sure everyone is aware that this request was declined by the CKC as the club which hosts their show after being offered remuneration and sponsorship support for the opportunity (from theODKC and CPE) to switch weekends was not in favor of doing so.

So I feel it is important to at the very least send this letter out to encourage and remind those involved what the ODKC and CPE are working towards. This is written without prejudice and all comments are those of mine (Grant Crossman) as the owner of the CPE with the admission that my interests are putting on a great event with exceptional partners as Heather Brennan and her crew of the ODKC and the promotion of responsible pet ownership.
  • On June 21st Dr Richard Meen and myself engaged conversation with the CKC at their office in regards to the future of the CPE Classic in relation to the date conflict which would be taking place in the future years. In that meeting it was agreed that it was a unique opportunity for the CKC to encourage all groups to work thru this “impasse” to ensure purebred dogs were promoted to the largest captive audience. As in the email received from the CKC June 22 stated “Because of the significance of this opportunity, CKC is prepared to set a precedent and become involved in the conversation with Clubs to help steer around this impasse. We propose to use Club experience, creative brainstorming and negotiation tools to bring the Clubs closer together and propose some options.” It was clear leaving that meeting and receiving the email the CKC was going to work closely with the ODKC and the CPE ensuring the legacy being built was to continue in a strong relationship.
  • On July 28th the CKC emailed myself “***** is coordinating a teleconference with the Directors Laventhall and Paquette that will convene in less than two week's time. The Directors' influence will encourage Clubs to engage in a broad discussion on options, with the help and support of the CKC team here.” Encouraging words that the understanding is still the CKC is supporting their words of confidence.
  • On Aug 17th the CKC emailed myself the following “I met with members of the CKC Shows & Trials team to brainstorm some suggestions for you, but I am disappointed to say that we can offer you no opportunities for variations on conformation shows for your dates in 2018. There's always alternatives like an agility or obedience trials, but our own conformation show rules have shot us in the foot – sorry.” Now the questions I asked were – rules? Which rules – When we met on June 21 we were under the impression one of the people sitting at the CKC table was from the CKC Show Trials Team – were the directors not contacted as per the email from July 28th.
  • Rules as per the rule from the CKC Show Rules and Regulations 2.2.5 Permission may be granted to hold simultaneous all-breed and/or specialty shows less than 250 road miles (402 km) apart, at the discretion of the CKC and after consultation with the local CKC Board member. – The CKC has the discretion to present simultaneous shows, as per the email June 22 the CKC showed commitment that this discretion was moving forward by setting a “precedent” understanding the unique and positive opportunity ahead of them. As well was the local member of the ODKC consulted on this, it would not make sense that the local member would offer any negative response to the request of his/her club being ODKC requesting this. As well the distance of 384km’s would see that two distinct audiences would engage in the two distinct events. (Reference - Show-Rules-and-Regulations.aspx)
  • What is interesting is that in an email from the CKC dated June 15th it is stated that the ODKC and the club in conflict are scheduled the same weekend of Sept 13 – Sept 15 of 2019. The only difference being the ODKC will show on the Friday as well as the weekend. As of now though that year with duel dates can take place. So why is 2019 acceptable and not 2018 I scratch my head over.
  • While sourcing out the rule that I assumed was the reasoning behind this email received Aug 17th I came across the Mission Statement of the CKC and its Strategic Plan for 2015-2018. Within this great plan was the following “Mandate (from bylaw “Objects”) encourage, guide and advance the health, welfare and on-going interests of purebred dogs, their responsible owners and/or breeders in Canada. To advocate, To promote the knowledge and understanding of the many benefits and joys that dogs bring to Canadian society. To advise and co-operate with governments at all levels in Canada in the development of effective legislation to promote responsible dog breeding and ownership, thereby enhancing the benefits that dogs bring to Canadian society. To co-operate with, encourage and assist associations, organizations, clubs and persons engaged in furthering the interests of purebred dogs and dogs in society. To maintain a system of registration of purebred dogs that meets the requirements of the Animal Pedigree Act, Agriculture Canada and Canadian Kennel Club members. To provide, manage and maintain a system whereby associated clubs, organizations and persons may, under the auspices of the Canadian Kennel Club, conduct shows, trials, tests and activities that are in accordance with the standards, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations as established by the Club.” This is exactly to what the ODKC is presenting and providing to the 17 000 plus attendees of the CPE Classic, so why would the CKC not want to as they said “set precedent” and approving this event. Would the other event provide the same exposure 384km’s outside of the largest population base in Canada the fourth largest in North America (Reference -
  • The CPE Classic saw a 30% increase from last year’s exhibitors, how does this compare to the conflicting show the numbers I saw was 525 for a full weekend. Still a great number of showing dogs but if the ODKC and CPE grew the number by 30% wow what would the event grow in 2018 or 2019 or onwards.
  • The CPE Classic is booked and will one way or another take place in the coming years, either with a UKC initiative as they are keen to see a strong event come to Toronto, or as a sweepstakes style dog show that will host the largest prize pool in Canada set in place by a committee of owners, handlers, interest groups and sponsors or a unique dog show engaging professional handlers and the general public.
In final I am with confidence encouraged to work with the ODKC and the CKC moving forward with the CPE Classic with the hopes CKC can see themselves through this stumble.

The ODKC and the CPE have grown to understand one another’s needs with wants, some feelings have been shared, some hurt, there has been questions but at the end of the day it’s a mutual respect, mutual admiration and most importantly all working towards the same goal of putting on a great dog show! The respect for Heather and her crew is growing and well earned, she sees the vision, long term objective and with knows that each year we will get that much closer to putting on an event that will make the CKC proud to be a part of.

The regal, the class, the trust, the confidence and the education of a dog conformation will continue to be the characteristics of the CPE Classic hosted by the ODKC with the hopes of the CKC. With hopes the CKC would stand by their email of June 22 that showed the determination of “setting precedent” with the clubs and “help steer around this impasse”.

I respect the history of the CKC and the rules of the board however in today’s state of affairs where electronic pets are competing with the interest level of possible first time purebred families and the regal sport of dog conformations on the decline, all common sense, marketing angles and respect to the canines that bring so much joy to the lives of many would only point to seeing the CKC being the HEROs in this impasse and doing what is right for the sport and keeping their initial word of intent.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope to see positive comments coming from all copied on this email.

Grant Crosssman 
Canadian Pet Expo Inc. 
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Name: Brian Harper
Wotarukus Briards

1) If you could have another breed, what would it be?
This is very hard, a Scottish Deerhound, Irish Wolfhound or a Berger Picard.
2) What was the last movie you saw at a theatre?
Star Wars Rogue One
3) If you could only attend one “must do” show a year, what would it be?
Crufts such an amazing show with fantastic organization.
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?
Even though we have not been in a couple of years, I would have to say the Nipissing Kennel Club show in Trout Creek. We have gone there twenty plus times. It was especially nice back in the day when Al and Nelly Bennett ran the kitchen. Also when Richard Paquette was there and he ran auctions, getting us to buy stuff that we had no use for, and buy we all did!
5) What is you favorite dog of all time?
Oh, too numerous a list to name them all.
6) What is a favorite grooming product or tool that you will not be without?
A BURGHAM Comb (purchased over 38 to 40 years ago in Scotland). We cannot find another like it. They have changed their design. If anyone knows where you can get one of the old ones please let us know.
7) How do you pick which shows you attend?
The judging panel and in the past it depended if I was on shift or off. I am now retired so that makes it a little easier. 
8) Beside your dogs, what other animals do you have?
None at this time but lots of wildlife around the property including deer, coyote, wolves the odd black bear, also we see about thirty species of birds including hawks and owls. Searching for a horse and a large pony for the whole family to enjoy.
9) What is your favorite beverage?
A good single malt whiskey like BenRiach Tawny Port, 21 years old is my favorite.
10) Name something that is on your “life” bucket list to do?
Attend the world Dog show and travel to the South Pole.
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