MCKC

October 7, 2009
MCKC

MCKC

Montgomery! To terrier enthusiasts around the world the name is as iconic as Crufts or Westminster. Held in Pennsylvania, USA, this is one of the most elegant events in the canine calendar.

I was very privileged to judge Parson Russell Terriers at this year’s show and gave BOB to Ch Brillwood Dress Blues, bred by Linda Edwards, and co-owned by the breeder with Mary Strom Bernard.

Of course, the downside of judging one breed is that it is impossible to watch what is going on in other rings, so there was no chance to see the Cesky Terriers entered at the show. However I did see meet up with most of the dogs at Devon Show the day before, and BOB on both occasions went to Lynne Kuczynski Veazle with Windrush Hailee’s Comet, bred by Charlene Ewen.

Windrush Hailee's Comet

Windrush Hailee's Comet

It was good to meet up with the American Cesky Terrier folk. The breed can only be shown in Miscellaneous classes at AKC shows at present. It’s a long, hard road to full recognition – in the UK it took eleven years before the breed was moved from the Imported Register (our equivalent of miscellaneous) up to rare breed status – and looks like being at least as long again before we are granted challenge certificates, and thus the right to make breed champions.

Many British terrier enthusiasts make the pilgrimage over to Montgomery, and amongst those I saw this year was a very happy Sheila Stoddart whose Australian Terrier, Ch Millvalley Red Rufus can now add Am Ch to his titles. Congratulations to Sheila and to Rufus – probably the first Eng/Am Ch in the breed. Congratulations!

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Mike, Jason and Donny

December 16, 2008
Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They say it’s the taking part that’s important – not the winning. So whilst taking nothing away from the glorious Saluki, representing Germany, who took the first prize of $10,000 at the Eukanuba World Challenge  in Long Beach, California, let’s celebrate here the success of the UK representative, Mike Gadsby and Jason Lynn’s Ch/Am Ch Afterglow the Big Tease – or simply ‘Donny’ to his many admirers – who was one of the finalists.


Eukanuba/AKC National Championship

December 14, 2008
An easy way to remember

An easy way to remember

I’ve left the girls at home this weekend, and jetted off to (not so sunny) California for the AKC/Eukanuba National Championships and the Eukanuba World Challenge. There is an American version of Discover Dogs, called Meet the Breeds. The Cesky Terrier booth had this sign well to the fore -what an excellent way of reminding people how the breed’s name is pronounced.