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Multi Best In Show, Best In Specialty Show

Rexroth's Angelina


Lesley and Steve Walter of RexRoth Kennels are proud to present their Miniature Pinscher Angelina, on this week’s front cover.
What an exciting time we have had with Angelina to date. We began showing her in June of 2016 as a puppy. In her first weekend at the Erie Shores Kennel Club she received group placements, her first Best Puppy in Show and Best Bred-By Exhibitor in Show awards.

As the summer progressed, Angelina continued to be awarded very highly. It became evident that she quite simply loved the shows and her favorite thing to do was stand at the end of her lead, and survey all that was around her. In typical Miniature Pinscher character she finds standing still for table examinations very boring, she would much rather be on the ground showing off and moving around the ring with Steve…

Angelina turned a year old in October, as a puppy she was awarded:
49 Best Puppy in Group awards
23 Best Puppy in Show awards
Enabling her to be:
Canada’s #1 Puppy of All Breeds in 2016
Throughout the fall, Angelina held her-own in the strongest end of year toy group competitions.
She finished 2016 as:
#1 Miniature Pinscher

# 8 Toy
With: 4 Best in Shows
          1 Reserve Best in Show
          Best in Specialty Toy Dog Club of Lambton-Kent
          23 Toy Group Firsts
          40 Group Placements

We would like to thank all of the judges and Angelina’s ringside supporters for your part in making 2016 such an incredible year.
We look forward to presenting our gorgeous homebred girl Angelina, who has proven she was “born to stand out” to the fancy this year.

Breeder/Owner/Handler: Lesley and Steve Walter
January 20, 21, 22, 2017
Friday Best in Show Judge: Cec Ringstrom
BIS English Setter - Ch Sevenoaks Lady Penelope
RBIS West Highland White Terrier - Ch Skyehigh's Here We Go Again
Saturday Best in Show Judge: Peggy Gutierrez-Otero
BIS English Setter - Ch Sevenoaks Lady Penelope
RBIS Cairn Terrier - GCh Cairnisles Sharp Dressed Man
Sunday Best in Show Judge: Peggy Beisel-McIlwaine
BIS Cairn Terrier - GCh Cairnisles Sharp Dressed Man
RBIS Irish Wolfhound - GCh The Dragonslayer Of Curiann

Top 10 All Breeds in Canada 

Rank    Name Breed Points

1   Ch Sevenoaks Lady Penelope English Setter 935
2   GCh Cairnisles Sharp Dressed Man Carin Terrier 506
3   GCh MeadowPark Goober V Regalbear Saint Bernard 215
4   GCh Xoe's Heartbreaker Pug 209
5   GCh Winterdance's Let It Storm Samoyed 160
6   Ch Goldstreak Hollykins Sport SLT Golden Retriever 145
7   Ch CrystaltonChikoda Wht Diamonds Standard Poodle 131
8   GCh Arwins The Toymaker Pomeranian 129
9   Ch Windwood Celestial Starlight Irish Setter 128
10   GCh MistyTrails N'Bopcha's Pandamon Havanese 124
unofficial results courtesy of


Top 10 All Breeds in The USA

Rank    Name Breed  

1   GChP Belle Creek's All I Care About Is Love Bichon  
2   GChG Round Town Queen Of Hearts Of Maryscot Scottish Terrier  
3   GChP Mephisto's Speak Of The Devil Boxer  
4   GChP Hill Country's Let's Get Ready To Rumble Pug  
5   GChP Cerise Blindside  English Springer Spaniel   
6   GChB Ingebar's Tynan Dances With Wildflowers Giant Schnauzer  
7   GChG Windy Hill God Of Fire RN JH CGC Flat Coated Retriever  
8   GChB Yarrow Venerie Winning Ticket Norfolk Terrier   
9   GChS Brisline's Baron Basil Of Woodside Airedale Terrier  
10   GChS Yarrow Hi-Tech Drills N Skills Affenpinscher  
for events processed through January 14th, 2017

Behind the Scene

With Dr. Rene Echevarria-Cofino
All Breed Judge - Puerto Rico, USA
1) What is your breed of dog? If you could have another breed, what it would be?
I have had several breeds, Miniature Pinscher, Doberman Pinschers, Dogo Argentino, etc. If I were to have another breed not related with them, I will tell you that it would be an Australian Cattle Dog.
2) What, and where was the best meal you have ever had while on an assignments?
I have had many excellent dinners while judging, but I still have in my mind one in Japan where they served us a five-course dinner combining Japanese and French plates, that was really excellent.  In Poland, every course was a surprise and it was really spectacular, and finally in Mexico at the San Angel Inn, something unforgettable.
3) Name a show that would be on your “bucket” list of dream assignments?
Judging at the Westminster Kennel Club would be the most for me as a judge.
4) What is the strangest question an exhibitor has ever asked you?
I don’t remember a specific strange question, but the most frequent is: “Judge what do you think about my dog, and then immediately followed by what you didn’t like from my dog”.
5) What is your favorite dog of the “past” in any breed?
A Miniature Pinscher, I judged in the United States named Ch. Marlex Classic Red Glare (Classie), she was something spectacular.
6) Do you believe the “sport” of dogs is getting stronger or weaker?
Unfortunately, I see that the sport of dogs is becoming weaker and weaker every year. There are different reasons that influence this situation in my opinion: we started with the critical economic situation a few years ago, then the difficulty of air transport that increased price and reduce number of dogs per fly and finally many of today exhibitors do not feel a real love for dog shows.
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?
No, I usually accept assignments every 3-4 weeks, and usually I do 4-5 long distance assignments annually.
8) Did you come from dog-show household? If not, what was your introduction to the sport?
No I didn’t, and let me tell you what happened. Since I was a little kid I loved dogs. But, when my mother was about 6 or 7 years old, she was playing in front of her home with her twin brother, and a street dog bite him, and he died from rabies.
So dogs were prohibited at my home. It was when I finished Medical School that I could have my first dog. After that my mother accepted dogs, little by little and finally she lost that fear to dogs and actually she loves them, by the way she lives and is now 95 years old.
9) Do you currently have dogs? Do you have any other animals?
Yes I have Min Pinschers, but I do not exhibit any more, after I became an All Breed Judge, I understood that judging and exhibiting can be in certain conflict and I decided just to judge. Yes I also have some rare birds.
10) Do you have time for any activities or hobbies outside of dogs, what are they?
Of course I have time for other activities. First of all I am a Medical Doctor with an active practice, and have my own clinic ( where I work every weekday except when I am judging. I love Soccer and I am a member of the Medical Committee at the Futbol (Soccer) Federation. Also I enjoy gourmet food (I am a Foodie) and wine (connoisseur); I cook at home for my family and friends frequently. I try to divide my days the best I can.

Flashback to Canadian
Best In Show Winners at Westminster

Westminster Kennel Club 1918
Judges: Vinton P Breese, Charles G Hopton
Could not agree on the BIS winner
Referee Judge: George S Thomas

White Bull Terrier
Ch Haymarket Faultless 
Owner: Mrs. Roy A. Rainey
Westminster Kennel Club 1975
Judge: Harry T. Peters Junior

Old English Sheepdog
Ch. Sir Lancelot of Barvan
Call Name: Dudley
Breeder/Owner: Barbara Vanward
Handled By: Malcolm Fellows
Westminster Kennel Club 1979
Judge: Mr. Henry Stoecker

Irish Water Spaniel
Ch Oak Tree's Irishtocrat
Call Name: Dugan
Breeder/Owner: Mrs. Anne E. Snelling
Handler: William (Bill) Trainor  
Westminster Kennel Club 1982
Best in Show
Judge: Mrs. Robert V. Lindsay

Ch. St Aubrey Dragonora of Elsdon
Call Name: Dragonora
Breeders: R. William Taylor & Nigel Aubrey Jones
Owner: Mrs. Anne E. Snelling 
Handler: Mr. William (Bill) Trainor
Westminster Kennel Club 1998
Judge: Dr. N. Josephine Deubler

Norwich Terrier
Ch. Fairewood Frolic
Call Name: Rocki
Breeder: Lotus Tutton
Owner: Sandina Kennels
Handled By: Peter Green
Westminster Kennel Club 2015
Judge: The Hon. David Merriam 

Beagle (15 Inch)
Ch Tashtins Lookin For Trouble
Call Name: Miss P
Breeder: Lori Crandlemire
Owners:Lori Crandlemire, Kaitlyn Crandlemire & Eddie Dziuk
Handled By: William Alexander

Westminster Coverage in Canada

This year TV coverage will be found on the Fox Sports Racing channel. Be sure to check your provider, as not all carry the channel.

Monday, Feb 13, 8-11 pm ET    Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding Groups

Tuesday, Feb 14, 8-11 pm ET    Sporting, Working, Terrier Groups and Best
in Show LIVE from MSG

Breed judging competition will be tape delayed but will become available
to Canadians on (They will not be able to see
LIVE streaming of the breed rings, only the edited, delayed videos.)

The Fancy Speaks

At the recent AKC National week of shows in Orlando, various senior judges were seen mentoring a judge in their ring in numerous breeds. The person being mentored watched the judge examine the dog, stood with the judge while the dogs were moved, and they had short discussions after the class was placed.
Do you think "in the ring” mentoring at the shows should be done on a regular basis by our senior judges and breed specialist judges, for beginner (permit) judges? Would it be another valuable learning tool in addition to the seminars that must be attended?

Pamela Bruce, Ontario
I believe any education is of great value. It should be noted that the mentoring judge's opinion, is of a dog on a specific day.

Saying that I believe the person being mentored needs to understand the breed and mentally then make their own assessment.

I attended ADSJ Institute for almost 15 years. In that setting hearing fellow judges articulate the reasons for each award was often quite insightful as people see things differently - that is what the fancy pays for is a judge's interpretation of the dog on the day.

There are SO many variables in judging, and a dog's performance is one of them. The AKC shows are challenging, as there is great depth and quality. I had several groups of both experienced judges, permit judges, and breed mentors present while judging in Orlando.

My judging process was not hindered in any way, and there were several fruitful conversations, with only very positive feedback in regards to the exhibits. I believe it was quite helpful to those who attended, as the classes are larger than most would see at a smaller event. 

I was thrilled with my awards but found it quite challenging as many dogs that I truly thought were exquisite breed specimens were left out of the ribbons. Saying that - to see many dogs of such quality in your ring is a pleasure. New judges gain great confidence in the idea that we all need to just do our best on that day and if they are educated and act in good faith - any education is a positive experience!
Margaret Zacher , British Columbia
Yes.... In performance I have seem prospective judges watch (from the table) and score the dogs. This could be added to a first time conformation judge, after they pass the written test they need to mentor for a minimum of 4 hours with an all breed judge.  After the 4 hours there would be a form to fill out on ring procedure, and other items that the judge could add.
Andrew Brace, United Kingdom
I wasn't aware of the procedure at the AKC National but in the USA, I have watched in the past senior breed experts mentoring a small group of prospective judges for the breed that I was judging ringside, remembering what an excellent idea I thought that was.

I have on many occasions agreed to have a student judge in various Scandinavian countries, only doing so when I know I have ample time so that the exercise can be a positive one on both sides. Whenever possible I try to get together with the student the evening before for half an hour or so to discuss the breed for which they will be my student in general terms; it is not easy if the judge and student have widely differing ideas on "type" in that breed. I ask them what are their "must haves", what are salient breed characteristics and on what points they would be a little forgiving.

When we get to the ring I like to have the student in the centre with me as each class assembles. I ask them to study the line-up and tell me what, if anything, jumps out at them as being an excellent specimen. We then watch them on the go-around and I ask the student if they still hold the same opinion.

In Scandinavia every dog is given a written critique that is dictated to the ring secretary. The student listens to my critique but has no input in it. Before I give the dog its quality grading, I ask the student what would be their grading, and it is always interesting to see if we agree.

Once I have examined all the dogs and they have placed in order of grading, we watch the dogs going around and I ask the student what would be their placements.

Personally I feel that "in the ring" mentoring is an extremely effective way of learning, the student being faced with actual dogs in a real life competitive situation ... given that there is ample time to do it properly and the show management agrees to the extra time it should take.
Honey Glendinning, British Columbia
Definitely. I have done both, in ring mentoring and have been mentored by judges while in their ring. The AKC requirements are very well defined as to who can do it. The entry must be a major. As well beforehand, permission must be given, by the show the AKC, the AKC Rep and the judge. It is all arranged well a head of time. The only time it is withdrawn is if the entry after the show closes is not a major. It gives the upcoming judge great insight to your years of knowledge in the breed. I am an AKC credited English setter mentor. What the person learns from the judge is how they first evaluate a class, break it down and then place it. The judge deals with a breed’s DQs first if any, then briefly talks about the breed specific points, and how they put them in order. Never to focus on the negative, but praise the strong points of each exhibit. Then say which one they prefer and why, according to the breed’s purpose. I love it. It opens up their eyes and seeing the breed from a different point of view. It drives that breeds purpose home in a whole new light. You can’t get all that knowledge just from reading the standard, and siting outside the ring by yourself.
Janine Starink, British Columbia
The answer is quite obvious… Yes!
Heather Jardine,  New Brunswick
Yes, I totally agree with "in the Ring" mentoring, as you would pick up something new from each and every judge. I feel you learn more by doing then by readying, and with this you can see it though the experienced judges eyes.  
Dr. John Reeve-Newson, Ontario
I was one of the mentors in Orlando. I felt it was a positive experience for the beginner, as well for myself as I had to “think out loud”.
In the ring mentoring, can be a very valuable tool when in the right hands.
Michelle Chisholm, Ontario
I think that this type of mentoring program can be a great resource for beginner judges if done without bias. I think that our senior judges have a great wealth of knowledge from their years of experience and are imperative to the future of our fancy.

When I say without bias, it is ok for the senior judge, to explain why they placed the dogs they did, but it is important that beginner judges have their own eye and develop their own sense of what they interpret the standard to read.

In my breed, the Shar-Pei, it is a ramp breed, there are still judges who do not love the ramp and are slow to adapt. Judges who pry open eyes and don't like a particular type or coat. As well in the Pugs, there are many preferences in type and size, which may not conform to the standard of a 14 - 18 pound Pug or a preference for the fawn over black. So with this in mind I think mentoring is a great thing as long as the senior judge helps with the understanding of the judging and ring procedure and not their preferences in a breed's type or size or coat/color. Having said that not all seminars are given without bias and frankly not all presenters are great at educating the future judges about their breeds. We as a fancy don't want sheep that just follow what others do...We want educated and confident judges who want to judge dogs based on their own interpretation to the standard. I think this senior judge/beginner judge mentoring can be a great education tool but must be in addition to the seminars. It would be great if in the perfect world a beginner judge could attend a breed seminar, have an "in the ring" mentoring with a breed specialist AND a senior judge mentor. A combination of the 3 would be great for education.
Virginia Lyne , British Columbia
I have had several judges apprentice with me doing in-ring observations. In it is a very valuable productive way of sharing knowledge. The but to this response is that there must be entries large enough to generate a helpful discussion. Those entries are not commonly seen at many of our Canadian shows. Specialty shows might be an option but entries of 4-5 are not very useful.
Tracy Dineley , Ontario
I think this kind of mentoring is a great idea. There is nothing like being right in the ring with the dog, seeing it from the same point of view as the judge. You really don’t get the same prospective from outside the ring no matter how hard you try. This could be invaluable.    
Andrew DiGiorgio, USA
In the ring mentoring is certainly an improvement over ringside mentoring for a number of reasons. The mentor can explain what he or she is looking for in the breed, and can answer questions that might be asked…real time…up close. Judging is not only about picking out virtues/faults but looking at the entire dog as a unit. Are the proportions and gait correct for that breed?  Does the balance and size conform to breed type, as stated in the standard? This can only be done from inside the ring. The commitment that’s made from the learning judge, shows the mentor the seriousness and interest that person has and is not just a check off from a list of requirements.
David Gignac, British Columbia
My immediate answer is YES! But then I want to qualify it with how you define a breed specialist judge and senior judge. In theory it is a fantastic learning tool. Ideally, a breed specialist judge would be the judge on the day. But that cannot always happen. So, if it then becomes a “senior" judge for your breed that day, who then becomes responsible in appointing them? Does that senior judge at least come from a background in your group?? I believe, that if the mentoring process is logically thought out…it is indeed a great learning tool.
Kim Leblanc, Ontario
I think in ring mentoring is an excellent tool for teaching, and a wonderful way for breed specialists to share their knowledge. From an educational point of view, it would be a wonderful addition to judges education requirements with some provisions.

For instance in ring mentoring should only be allowed where there is an entry of 15+ dogs in any given breed, and the mentoring judge must meet a certain criteria to qualify to do the mentoring.
Jennie Behles, USA
It can be a good idea. I have seen it from both ends of the program. However, it is best done by a breed specialist judge, generally at some type of specialty or supported entry, where there is a large entry and a specialist judge. We do not need to teach more people how to pick a good general type - this should be to refine judging skills, the entry must be good - sorting out the best of the worst is not helpful - this also collects an AKC fee and you must have the agreement of show chair and judge - hard to get at nationals etc.     
Kim Cowie, Alberta
I think it would be a great idea. Especially under breed specialists if up and coming permit judges, are struggling with the finer points of a breed. 
Sandra Lex, Ontario
In ring mentoring is a valuable tool for new judges coming up in the system. However, I feel there must be some criteria set as to who is considered competent to apply the mentoring. I’m sure if you took a group of judges and asked them to verbalized their decisions, for some it would be difficult.  Not everyone would be comfortable verbalizing in this exercise. You also have people who do not want to participate in this activity.    In order to get value from this experience there has to be time allowed for Discussion, which entails the show secretary planning it in their show schedule. There should be permission from the all breed or specialty clubs prior to having this take place. Also the judge needs to be contacted prior to the show to get their permission. This cannot be a last minute decision on the part of the permit judge. Also the permit judges must ensure they have read the standard before entering the ring so that a discussion is meaningful. The CKC would have to set the parameters for this to be successful.   
Ann Ingram, Ireland
The idea of student judges in the ring is a widespread practice in Scandinavia. We have fairly recently introduced the system in Ireland. I have on several occasions had student judges in my ring. They go over the dogs, and we discuss the placing and grading’s. I feel it is a very useful way of educating up and coming judges, as it gives them the chance to learn about a breed from a knowledgeable person, and they have the opportunity to have real hands on experience. The senior judge can identify dogs which have outstanding breed points, or alternatively faults which are considered unacceptable by a breed person. Even if the trainee does not handle the dogs personally, it is still a valuable learning experience, and an opportunity to see how to go over dogs in a breed specific way.
Susan Crawford, Ontario
I believe the ring mentoring is great. However; I believe that after the class is done, then discuss the dogs. This is done with horse judging. Junior judging we call it. The junior judge, judges the breed and places them as would the regular judge.  After the breed, the junior judge give their reasons for their placements and has a discussion with the senior judge. Personally I don’t think you should discuss during breed judging.
Brian Harper, Ontario
I think this would be an excellent idea to further ones education in the different breeds. I do think this would be best for judges starting out as well for when you are going to be starting new breeds or a new group .  There would have to be some sort of control maybe with the CDJA or CKC so no one person receives multiple mentoring sessions and others get none. With the smaller entries we have been getting for most of our shows, I don’t think the extra minute or so per breed would have much effect on the total time for the show.  
Kristen Francis, Ontario
I ABSOLUTELY AGREE that “in the ring mentoring” should be made mandatory for permit or beginner or for that matter, also be a part of the pre-requisite for applying to judge. I have seen this done many a time in the United States, at the odd All-Breed show and several Specialties through the years. It is a very useful tool for the up and coming or new judges to learn from the more seasoned or breed specialist judges. Also, I see nothing wrong with a judge of 5 or more years, asking to do “in the ring mentoring” with a judge that is judging their own breed, and is on their National Club’s mentor list, if they feel they need more education on a particular breed. I have seen several judges who look as though they are not secure on certain breeds, who could certainly benefit from something like this. “In the ring mentoring” also helps with ring procedure for the new and upcoming judges. For some, it is easier to actually participate than by just reading it on a page. They can ask questions and have them answered right away. So, in a nutshell, as I said above, the CKC should add this to the requirements to become a judge and also, it should be a requirement in the education portfolio of judges of 5 years or less. Any judge of 5 or more years that wants to hone their skills on a certain breed (best done at specialties where numbers are larger) are free to request to stand in with the mentor judge.  One last point, I am a strong believer that there should be Reps watching our judges and their procedure in Canada as they do in the United States.
Beth Hilborn, British Columbia
Absolutely! Being able to shadow a senior judge is something that can only strengthen the caliber of judge that goes forward. AKC had this practice in place in the 90’s, and it only slowed the ring a minor amount, and, if memory serves correctly, it was also noted in the premium list that the judge would be mentoring. I think this is something that should be available to all judges on permit (at their request), but mandatory for at least the first 3 new breed permits.
Linda Young, Ontario
Yes any opportunity to educate judges is great. It would be wonderful to also include foreign judges that are breed specialists to help mentor.  Hopefully CKC follows suit.

Once upon a time...

By Pam McClintock

Once upon a time, in a land far away, lived a wonderful group of people who truly and unconditionally loved animals, and in particular, dogs. These industrious and learned folks bred and proudly exhibited their lovely purebred creatures in a fair and just manner so that all who wished too, could join in the celebration of magnificent animals.

Breeding’s were carefully planned and everyone in the small community protected their creations from vandals and pirates who would steal the blueprints in an attempt to mass- produce and thus bring to ruin all that was treasured. For years the pedigrees and royal lineage of handsome canines was jealously guarded and fiercely maintained. The resultant offspring from all of these meticulous and dedicated mating’s were lovely to behold and each and every breeder looked with pride upon his canine designs, secure in the knowledge that his dogs were bred to perform and structured in the plan of the original founders.

One day, a newcomer arrived in the small town. Outward appearance belied the fact that he was a lazy charlatan intent on a lucrative scheme that would bring to an end the breeding principles of the many kennels, situated throughout the area. The interloper soon became friendly and interested in the dogs and their keepers. Carefully planned lies and deceitful ways allowed him to endear himself to the breeders and in time they began to trust him and allow him access to their kennels and to the dogs. With properly chosen words and a well timed ear scratch, the visitor had soon convinced the townspeople to welcome him into their fold and into the secret domain of their breeding ideals.
In a while, several stunning and promising puppies of various breeds were adorning the temporary home of this cunning evil swindler. He had managed to insinuate himself into the lives and breeding practices of the fine individuals of the little town and now had in his possession a lifetime of effort and knowledge. After an appropriate time the newcomer departed the town as quickly as he had arrived, taking with him the beautiful puppies. He was never heard from again and the whereabouts of all those puppies was never determined. But soon crossbred puppies by the score were appearing in pet shop windows all across the land as well as in shelters and rescue facilities.

These new and innovative crosses were given appealing catchy names and proclaimed to be healthier and disease free with perfect coats that would not mat or tangle thereby requiring little to no care. It was no longer necessary to travel to the isolated small town in the glorious countryside to purchase a quality puppy. Now, one just needed to visit the nearest pet shop to choose a pup from the several that were crammed into cages.

And in a clandestine area, on a remote road, hidden from curious eyes was a puppy mill operation, the very source for all the puppies and the domain of the thief who had procured his original beautiful purebred puppies by devious means. Many of the youngsters were malnourished and just plain sickly. Well meaning purchasers would buy the pups at the pet shop without benefit of guarantees or return policies. Their hearts most often ruled their heads as they and their children gazed into the eyes of these pathetic creatures.

After each sale the pet shop owner would call his supplier requesting more puppies to replace those sold. The puppy miller supplied puppies on an ongoing basis from the repeated couplings of the beautiful animals that he had cheated from the previous breeders in the little country town. Gradually the purebred designated appearance gave way to more and more canine aberrations as crossbreeding with no regard for purebred selection was continued. The goal was to produce as many oddities as possible thereby being able to tout them as rare and exotic, which in turn exponentially elevated the price tag for these now indistinguishable creatures. The puppy miller flourished, as the uneducated and compassionate buyers were deceived into purchasing a family pet without benefit of a pedigree, health clearances or guarantees. As the happy family walked away with their 'prize' years of heartache was only just beginning.

McThought of the week...

with Doug McIntyre
photo by Todd Foley


Skyehigh's Here We Go Again

photo by Celso Mollo
2017 marks the 50th year that David Gignac has been involved in his beloved breed the West Highland White Terrier.
Lindy Barrow did a very special breeding a couple of years ago, when she bred her lovely Ch. Mac-Ken-Char Skyehigh’s I’m No Tramp, to Canada’s All Time Top Winning BIS Dog Of All Breeds, Multi BIS BISS Am & Can Ch. Whitebriar Jaw Dropper, known around the world as “JD”, who David had shown.
They say “timing is everything” and in this milestone year for David, we are so proud to be able to introduce the “JD” son we call Mr. Bates, who David has raised and been so excited to introduce to the fancy.
Mr. Bates registered name of Skyehigh’s Here We Go Again, is our way to pay tribute to his illustrious sire.
Having made only 4 ring appearances until this year, Mr. Bates began his career winning his Canadian Championship in one weekend from the
junior puppy class with 2 Group Firsts and 2 Best Puppy in Show awards.

He made a stunning debut in the USA at 7 months old winning Reserve Winners Dog in an entry of 35 males at the famed Morris and Essex KC show under Mr Edd Bivin. Mr. Bates followed it up with Best in Futurity at the WHWT American National at Montgomery County KC under Mrs. Jane Kays.

His next appearance would be over a year later, again in the USA where he was awarded a lovely Group 2 from the classes under terrier expert Mr. Richard William Powell.

Mr. Bates physical resemblance to his sire is uncanny, but the fact that he has inherited so many of JD’s characteristic’s and personality traits, has for David indeed made this little white dog all the more special. The apple indeed has not fallen far from the tree.
His 2017 debut resulted in a Group First win and Reserve Best In Show at Alberta Kennel Club.
We look forward to what this incredible young dog Mr. Bates can achieve in the coming months for his proud owners David Gignac and Lindy Barrow.

Breeder: Lindy Barrow, Skyehigh Kennels
Owners: David Gignac & Lindy Barrow
Owner/Handler: David & Pat Gignac
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