December 2008 Issue

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Ch Troymere Whos That Girl, born June 2006
Sire: Ch Troymere Independence Day Dam: Ch Troymere Chastity
Troy Tanner & Lex Henery troymere@ozemail.com.au 61 (0)2 9654 9219

 

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December 2008 Contents

Editorial:

The Spring Fair cluster was an outstanding success, with fantastic entries supporting all events including the Specialties. It also appeared to attract numbers of visitors, which is so essential to our survival. Well done to all and see our pictorial coverage this issue.

However, we have some very dear neighbours who have owned German Shepherds all their lives and recently acquired a new youngster as their companion. They decided to visit a show and at our suggestion opted for the Spring Fair on the Sunday, so they could view vast numbers of GSDs. They enjoyed watching them being judged but they did NOT enjoy being around the GSD Specialty rings. They were appalled at the crude language being used at ringside, and the insults being hurled between spectators, handlers and exhibitors and even between a man and his wife.

They came across to the regular show area in a state of total shock. "Why do they behave like that?" they asked me. "They do not seem to be enjoying showing their dogs at all, so why do they do it?" I had no answer. They then wandered around the general show area, chatted to people, were invited to pat dogs, and made welcome. They rang the next day to say they had thoroughly enjoyed the day in total, but would not again visit a GSD Specialist ring. We suggested they come to a regular show again and hopefully one where there is a reasonable entry of GSDs and they might get a chance to relax and enjoy the breed in that environment.

A while ago there was considerable anti Australian Quarantine material being circulated about a dog having to remain at Sydney Airport all night and for several more hours next morning because it arrived after hours. This was distressing to read and certainly received wide publicity in the UK, not good of course and may well have strengthened the resolve of some breeders not to export to Australia as many already have concerns about their dogs going into quarantine.

Dr Margaret Giles recently had another Lagotto arriving from Italy and - connections from Italy being what they are - she was due to land at 8pm. Having read the "horror story" Marg assumed her bitch would have to stay crated at the airport until the next day, a necessary evil apparently for arriving after hours. She rang the Quarantine Station around midday to see if her girl and had arrived and if so how she had settled in. She was delighted to be told that the bitch was bright and happy and eating well after arriving at the station around 10 pm the night before!

On the matter of imports, we hear there are many exciting dogs who have recently arrived in Australia or will do so during the next month or so, welcome to them all, and our very best wishes for successful futures in the show ring and the whelping box. We look forward to seeing them in the flesh!

From Paula Heikkinen-Lehkonen on the European Winners Show.... The list of biggest breed entries looked rather different from that at Stockholm. The most numerous breed was the Amstaff with 327 entered dogs. Then as one could expect, the Labrador Retriever, 265, but the third breed was Cane Corso with 232.

Also 226 Bulldogs were entered, 221 Siberian Huskies and after that 220 Golden Retrievers. Big breeds numerically were also the Yorkshire Terrier, the Bullmastiff, the Dobermann and the Bernese Mountain Dog, about 200 in each of them.

For us here in Australia, it is hard to believe that one could view 327 Amstaffs at a single show.

Paula goes on to say... The biggest country was naturally the hosting Hungary with 3459 dogs. About two thousand dogs had come from Russia, about 1500 from Italy, about 1000 from the Czech Republic and almost a thousand from Poland. The most exotic exhibitors had come from Australia, Azerbaidzhtan, Korea, Hong Kong, Iceland, Canada and Taiwan, one or two from each, some also from South America.

From Anne Sorraghan, Victorian Correspondent, talking about Australian dogs ... On the international front, Sue Huebner's Puli, AmCh Cordmaker Field of Dreams, won the US National for the second time and Anne and Ron Sorraghan's Airedale GrCh Oldiron Foreign Xchange, won the Terrier Group the first time out with Maripi Wooldridge also in the USA. In the UK Erica Schelforst and Celia De Coverley's Staffie, who won something like seven Specialties here, before his visit to the UK, is now English and AustGrCh Koendida Umrum. He won the breed at the prestigious National Terrier along the way. and on Sunbury ... Entries again increased and more clubs held breed shows, a mere 36, many by using the services of some of the Specialist judges already contracted to Sunbury. At the Hound Show (there was ) an entry of 303. At the Gundog Show (there was) an entry of 408.

And from NZ, be sure to read about a very special gesture from a very special judge in Elaine Banks' notes, a little too complicated to repeat here but a MUST DO for all our readers. The onflowing benefits of actions like this from "icon" figures like judges to young people entering our sport/hobby are inestimable. In twenty years or so, the lucky recipient will probably be telling his children about it - and equally probably still be IN DOGS as a result of such an experience!

From Barbara Skilton IG Breed Correspondent... I was recently horrified to hear a judge say that they took no notice of the Standard - thereby setting their own standard for the breed. This attitude would account for some of the problems creeping out until accepted as correct: lack of any forequarter angulation would seem to be the most obvious in many breeds.

We have all seen and heard what has happened in the UK recently - and possibly it is this attitude that has been a contributing factor. We are supposed, as breeders, to maintain and improve our chosen breed. However, improvement does not mean altering the breed to fit the current fads in the show ring; particularly when these fads ultimately alter the breed type. Cosmetic features and the pretty picture, which are to the detriment of soundness and breed type, should never allowed to prevail.

Belated but sincere apologies tor two errors which occurred in our Adelaide Royal coverage, Puppy in Show should have read Frieden Man O The Moment, and there is also an error with RUBIG Group Terier, in that the photo is of an Australian Terrier, who in fact was Group 4th, not Group 2nd. 2nd placegetter was a Staffordshire, Knightsky Double Impact, we are told thse were his first points and what a great way to start!

There is much more to read of course in this issue, as always!

Our best to everyone. Remember we do NOT do a January issue, as we are working on our Annual for the next four weeks, then it is back in harness in time for the combined January/February issue, so until next year, stay safe and enjoy your dogs.

Wendye Slatyer - Editor

Features:

Articles:

  • Farewells: Ossie Scales, John Wearing, Ian & Gail Taylor
  • ANKC Conference Summary
  • OES Club of SA - memorabilia
  • Trainee Judges Sweepstakes at Melbourne Royal
  • Rangeaire Win Prestigious Video Award
  • Rachel Page Elliot has written her autobiogaphy
  • Allen Parton, James Bond & the Royal Princes
  • The German Spitz Mittel in Obedience
  • World Animal Day at Murdoch University
  • AKC Proposed Group Realignment
  • The British Scene - Geoff Corish
  • Sled Dogs in Austria
  • The Necissity for HEALTHY dogs
  • It Ain't Necessarily So - Rick Richardson

Regulars:

  • Summertime - Handy Hints to Help Keep Your Dog Happy, Honey Gross Richardson
  • Communic8tor
  • Informant
  • Why choose National DOG?

  • And - as always - some of Australia's most beautiful dogs

December 2008 Breed Feature Cover

Breed Feature:

24 page stand alone Breed Feature on Bull Terriers & Miniatures, Staffordshire Bull Terriers and American Staffords

  • Miniature Bull Terriers Exciting breakthrough on PLL
  • Inter Variety breeding
  • What A Record
  • Space Buddies
  • Full Circle
  • The Staffordshire Bull Terrier - Amplification - Yvonne Reeder
  • Colour Draws Interest
  • Stafford Anatomy
  • An Illustrated Standard - The Bull Terrier - Tom Horner
  • Breed History - The American Staffordshire - Life Began With Pioneers - Misconceptions? Unfortunate! - Bill Godfrey
  • The Bull Terrier - Product of a Tougher Era - Walter Beilby
  • Our Breeder Profiles
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