Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Please Help Our Friends

Our dear friends Dan and Beverly McMullen, from Ferguson, MO need our help.  Their business, while not totally destroyed, needs to be relocated.  There is no assistance available to help them with what they need to do.  

Many of you know Dan and Beverly from the dog show circuit.  They have Giant Schnauzers and a Mini Bull. 

While not in their nature to ask for help, as they are usually the ones helping others, they have posted a request to GoFundMe.com
Please read their appeal and look into your hearts and pocket books to help them. 

Go to this page to donate:  http://www.gofundme.com/huiz2o

One building over. Thoughts and prayers for #Ferguson please.
Solo Insurance Services(TM)
   Hi, I'm Dan, a small busness owner in Ferguson, Missouri.  I started Solo Insurance March 1994 and have leased in the same building since I opened.  Solo is a locally-owned, family-run, small agency.  
   In August 2014 Solo was caught in the crossfire of tensions that put Ferguson on the world map.  Regardless of your thoughts on the situation, it's literally tearing down parts of West Florissant Avenue. It continues today, with our little part of West Florissant looking like a war zone you'd see in the news.  Buildings and businesses on both sides of us have been burned to the ground.  I've vowed to stay here but it's getting harder as it's very bad where I am.
   I have found property, in Ferguson, but need to raise funds to 'put down roots' [downpayment] to purchase the property.  Quite frankly, people are afraid to come to this address from the City and surrounding areas. Help get the good name of Ferguson back by investing in it. Let's start a new trend, revitalizing Ferguson!
  To survive here, I need an influx of money but none of other fund-raising you hear on radio/tv/internet seems to apply to me (I have been offered a few small loans however).  I have nothing to do with this issue, I'm just a guy that's trying to run a small business, who has successfully run it for 20 years.  I serve people who need car insurance, people of diverse racial/ethnic groups/creeds/beliefs.  It's car insurance for goodness sakes...required by law if you own a vehicle (so I shop rates to find the best I can for clients).
   Please support my goal to stay in Ferguson; it and I need help (even though I never thought I'd have to ask).  Thank you for supporting Ferguson and its small businesses.  We're all just folks trying to make an honest living by helping each other.
  
Dan McMullen
Solo Insurance Services




COPY, PASTE & SHARE: http://www.gofundme.com/huiz2o

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Our Mail Delivery

If anyone sent us a USPS PRIORITY ENVELOPE in the last few days, please contact me immediately.  There was a problem with the delivery. 

Cahaba Valley Kennel Club, Montgomery, AL Sunday November 23, 2014

HAVANESE
MORIAH - 2nd :(
ZEUS -  BEST of BREED  

SELENA - BEST of OPPOSITE

THANK YOU BREED JUDGE MS. SANDRA BINGHAM-PORTER

GROUP JUDGE MR. TERRY STACY

BLACK RUSSIAN TERRIER
VARIAS - Select Dog
THANK YOU BREED MR. HOUSTON CLARK

BRTCA Nationals 2014

Varias - That's What's In A Name is now CH That's What's In A Name.  YAY!!!
His new owner Char Madison Cassidy took a bunch of photos at the BRTCA National Specialty and other days that weekend in Salisbury, MD.  Since I wasn't there, I would appreciate some help with who the dogs and people are.  Here is a link to the photos on Photobucket.  
http://s1120.photobucket.com/user/weshowdogs/library/BRTCA%20Nationals%202014
If you right click on the thumbnail photos it gives you an image number.  If you would be so kind as so either list it in the comment section of this post or email me with any information, it would be greatly appreciated.  The photos are the property of Charlene Madison Cassidy, and if you would like to use any of them please contact her.  
It sounds like a good time was had by all.  
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE WINNERS!!!!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Montgomery Kennel Club, Montgomery, AL Saturday November 22, 2014

HAVANESE
MORIAH - 2nd :(
ZEUS - Select
SELENA - BEST of BREED, made the cut in group

THANK YOU BREED JUDGE MR. TERRY STACY
and GROUP JUDGE MS. BEVERLY CAPSTICK

BICHON FRISE
NURPLE - Select
THANK YOU BREED JUDGE MS. BEVERLY CAPSTICK


BLACK RUSSIAN TERRIER
VARIAS - BEST of BREED, made the cut in group

THANK YOU BREED and GROUP JUDGE MR. ADRIAN WOODFORK


GRAND BASSET GRIFFON VENDEEN
DUDLEY - BEST of BREED
THANK YOU BREED JUDGE MS. BEVERLY CAPSTICK

Friday, November 21, 2014

Montgomery Kennel Club, Montgomery, AL Friday, November 21, 2014

HAVANESE
MORIAH - 1st/ WINNERS BITCH - 4 point MAJOR !!!

ZEUS - Select
SELENA - Best of Opposite

Thank You Judge HOUSTON CLARK

Slow day at that dog show.  Huey didn't get entered.  And we did not enter Nurple or Varias. 
Busy day tomorrow.  Fingers crossed for bigger ribbons!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Time to Enter...

Here are the shows that are closing this week. 
Please let us know if we can help with your dog at any of these shows. 
All the best, 
Darlene & Dave 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Greater Ocala Dog Club, Ocala, FL Sunday, November 16, 2014

CHINESE CRESTED
Huey - BBE - 3rd
Judge Walter Pinsker

HAVANESE
MJ - BBE 1st/Reserve
Moriah - 12 to 18 mo -  1st/Reserve
SELENA - BEST OF BREED / GROUP 4  
Thank You Breed and Group Judge Walter Pinsker


BICHON FRISE
BENNY - 1st / Reserve  
NURPLE - BEST OF BREED
Thank You Breed Judge Charles Trotter


BLACK RUSSIAN TERRIER
VARIAS - nuttin, nada, zippo :( 
Thank You Judge Nancy Liebes

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Greater Ocala Dog Club, Ocala, FL Saturday, November 15, 2014

CHINESE CRESTED
Huey - BBE - 3rd
Judge Randy Garren

HAVANESE
Moriah - 12 to 18 mo -  
SELENA - Best of Opposite  
Judge Randy Garren


BICHON FRISE
BENNY - 1ST / Winners Dog / 1st point!
NURPLE - BEST OF BREED
Thank You Breed Judge Barbara Dempsey Alderman


BLACK RUSSIAN TERRIER
VARIAS - 1st/Winners Dog/BEST of WINNERS 
NEW CHAMPION !!!!

Thank You Judge Francine Schwartz
VARIAS
That's What's In A Name
Thank You Judge Dr. Ronald Spritzer
11/07/2014 - 5 pt MAJOR

VARIAS
That's What's In A Name
Thank You Judge Garry Newton
11/08/2014 BEST BRED BY & BEST OF WINNERS - 5 pt Major - BRTCA National Specialty

VARIAS
That's What's In A Name
Thank You Judge Honey Glendinning
11/08/2014 BEST IN BBE SWEEPSTAKES - BRTCA NATIONAL SPECIALTY

Friday, November 14, 2014

Seminole Dog Fanciers Association, Ocala, FL Friday, November 14, 2014

CHINESE CRESTED
Huey - BBE - 3rd
Judge BARBARA DEMPSEY ALDERMAN

HAVANESE
Moriah - 12 to 18 mo - 1st / Reserve
Holly - BBE - not shown
ZEUS - Select
SELENA - BEST OF BREED, GROUP 3 

THANK YOU BREED & GROUP JUDGE BARBARA DEMPSEY ALDERMAN

BICHON FRISE
NURPLE - Not Shown


BLACK RUSSIAN TERRIER
VARIAS - 1st/Winners Dog/BEST of WINNERS 

THANK YOU JUDGE CHARLES TROTTER

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Seminole Dog Fanceirs Association, Ocala, FL Thursday November 13, 2014

CHINESE CRESTED
Huey - BBE - 3rd
Judge Charles Trotter

HAVANESE
Moriah - 12 to 18 mo - 2nd
Holly - BBE - 3rd
ZEUS - Select
SELENA - BEST OF BREED, GROUP 3 

THANK YOU BREED & GROUP JUDGE CHARLES TROTTER

BICHON FRISE
NURPLE - BEST OF BREED & GROUP 2

THANK YOU BREED & GROUP JUDGE FRANCINE SCHWARTZ

BLACK RUSSIAN TERRIER
VARIAS - 1st/Winners Dog/BEST of WINNERS 

THANK YOU JUDGE BARBARA DEMPSEY ALDERMAN

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Mispillion Kennel Club, Salisbury, MD Sunday, November 9, 2014

HAVANESE
Selena -  Best of Breed
Thank You Breed Judge Lydia Coleman Hutchinson


BICHONS
Nurple - Best of Breed

Thank You Judge Rita Holloway


BRTs
Varias - 1st/ Reserve - Best Bred By - 
Bred By Exhibitor Group 2

Breed Judge Ron Menaker
Group Judge James Reynolds

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Salisbury Maryland Kennel Club, Salisbury, MD Saturday November 8, 2014

HAVANESE
Well, The BRT ring overlapped into the Havanese so our class dogs didn't make it in the ring. Dave made it in time to take Selena into the ring.  

Selena -  Best of Breed & GROUP 4
Thank You Breed Judge James Reynolds
Thank You Group Judge Maria 'Connie' Gutierrez-Otero

BRTs
Varias - 1st/Winners Dog/Best of Winners 5 POINT MAJOR !!!
               Best Bred By
Judge Garry Newton


Black Russian Terrier
"Varias"
That's What's In A Name
with Breeder/Owner/Handler David Scheiris

BRTCA NATIONAL SPECIALTY RALLY

Congratulations to Lisa Shepard and Doodles!
That's Eh Doodle That Can't Be Undid
Doodles and Lisa Qualified with a 96 !!!! 
Winning the Rally Novice A Class for BRTCA NATIONALS!
(all that extra practice, and the match last night paid off!) Thank You Judge Ann Bright

Black Russian Terrier Club of America National Specialty, Salisbury, MD Saturday November 8, 2014

Black Russian Terrier Club of America National Specialty 2014

This was an incorporated specialty, I have just posted the results separate for anyone specifically looking for BRTCA results.  The points are a part of the win from the Saturday All-Breed show in Salsibury, MD.  It would have been great if it was a stand alone specialty but unfortunately it was not.

Sweepstakes:
Bred-By Sweeps
Doodles - 1st
Varias - 1st & Best in Bred By Exhibitor Sweepstakes

Veteran Sweeps
Doodles - 1st & Best in Veteran Sweepstakes
THANK YOU JUDGE HONEY GLENDINNING

Regular Classes:
Doodles -  2nd

Varias - 1st/Winners Dog / Best of Winners - 5 POINT MAJOR 
    Best Bred By Exibitor

THANK YOU JUDGE GARRY NEWTON


Black Russian Terrier
"Varias"
That's What's In A Name
with Breeder/Owner/Handler David Scheiris

BRTCA NATIONAL SPECIALTY RALLY
(Friday, November 7, 2014)Congratulations to Lisa Shepard and Doodles!
That's Eh Doodle That Can't Be Undid
Doodles and Lisa Qualified with a 96 !!!! 
Winning the Rally Novice A Class for BRTCA NATIONALS!
(all that extra practice, and the match last night paid off!) Thank You Judge Ann Bright

Friday, November 7, 2014

Salisbury Kennel Club, Salisbury, MD Friday, November 7, 2014

HAVANESE
Moriah - That's The Colours of the Wind - 1st/ Winners Bitch !!!
Holly (formerly Maggie) - That's The Original Parti Girl Eh - 1st / Reserve
Selena -  Best of Opposite
Thank You Breed Judge Marjorie Underwood


BICHONS
Nurple - Best of Breed

Thank You Judge Marjorie Underwood


BRTs
Varias - 1st/ Winners Dog / 5 POINT MAJOR !!!
Judge Dr. Ronald Spritzer


Black Russian Terrier
"Varias"
That's What's In A Name
with Breeder/Owner/Handler David Scheiris

BRTCA NATIONAL SPECIALTY RALLY

Congratulations to Lisa Shepard and Doodles!
That's Eh Doodle That Can't Be Undid
Doodles and Lisa Qualified with a 96 !!!! 
Winning the Rally Novice A Class for BRTCA NATIONALS!
(all that extra practice, and the match last night paid off!) Thank You Judge Ann Bright

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Talbot Kennel Club, Salisbury, MD Thursday, November 6, 2014

HAVANESE
Moriah - That's The Colours of the Wind - 1st/ Winners Bitch / Best of Winners !!!
Selena -  Select
Thank You Breed Judge Christine Salyers Anderson


BICHONS
Nurple - Best of Breed

Thank You Judge Maria 'Conny' Gutirerrez-Otero


BRTs
Varias - 1st/ Reserve

Judge Brian Meyer

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Talbot Kennel Club, Salisbury, MD Wednesday, November 5, 2014

HAVANESE
Moriah - That's The Colours of the Wind - 1st/ Winners Bitch !!!
Holly (formerly Maggie) - That's The Original Parti Girl Eh - 1st / Reserve
Selena -  Best of Breed & Group 3
Thank You Breed Judge Peggy Gutierrez-Otero
Thank You Group udge Christine Salyers Anderson


BICHONS
Nurple - Best of Breed

Thank You Judge Christine Salyers Anderson


BRTs
Varias - 1st/ Reserve
Doodles - 1st 

Judge Brian Meyer


Thursday, October 30, 2014

COMCAST !!!!

Gee Willickers!!!

For weeks now, heck maybe longer, we have been having internet issues.  Some days I have no interent for longer periods that we have a connection.  The last two weeks, when it does work, it is slower than dial-up used to be.  Finally called and they said "Well, yes it would be intermittent and slow, I see that your modem is outdated.  We recently upgraded in your area and you will need a new modem.  THANKS COMCAST FOR TELLING ME!"  I was thinking it was the computer, or the construction behind us, as that always has an adverse effect on the cable.  It would have been nice to send an email, or a snail mail and let us know that this was coming and we would need to go exchange our modem for a new model. 

Will drive the hour tomorrow, I guess, to do the exchange. 

Hopefully that will work.  Finding cofee shops with WIFI in our little podunk town is not the easiest thing. 

Keep your fingers crossed for me. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Black Russian Terrier - That's What's In A Name - "VARIAS"

MEET VARIAS….
A fabulous 2 year old who is starting to grow a brain!  YAY!!!!

Black Russian Terrier
That's What's In A Name
Call Name:  Varias
With Breeder, Owner, Handler David Scheiris

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sioux Empire Kennel Club, Sioux Falls, SD - Sunday, October 26, 2014

HAVANESE
Belle - Not Shown Today
ZEUS- Select
SELENA - BEST OF BREED & GROUP 4
Thank You Breed and Group Judge Mark Houston-McMillon

BICHONS
NURPLE - Select
Breed and Group Judge Guy Jeavons

BLACK RUSSIAN TERRIERS
VARIAS - 1st/Winners Dog/Best of Breed
Thank You Breed and Group Judge Barbara Dempsey-Alderman

CHINESE CRESTEDS
HUEY - 1st/Reserve Winners Dog 
Thank You Judge Mark Houston-McMillon

Sioux Empire Kennel Club, Sioux Falls, SD - Saturday, October 25, 2014

HAVANESE
Belle - Not Shown Today
ZEUSBEST OF BREED
Selena - Not Shown Today
Thank You Judge Ann Hearn

BICHONS
NURPLE - Not Shown Today
Breed and Group Judge Ann Hearn

BLACK RUSSIAN TERRIERS
VARIAS - 1st/Winners Dog/Best of Breed
Thank You Judge Mark Houston-McMillan

CHINESE CRESTEDS
HUEY - 1st/Winners Dog/MAJOR !!!!!
Thank You Judge Guy Jeavons

CONGRATULATIONS to our dear friend AUDRA LYNN
Audra won the Halloween Costume Contest with one of her female Hairless Chinese Cresteds - as a stripper complete with music and pole, and a male in putting dollar bills in her C-String (yes, I said  C - crested-string!)  :)  A lot of training and thought went into this.  It was fabulous.  Check out the pictures on her facebook.

Some of the other entrants included:
Lynette Spitzer Bichon as Lego

Since I was on drugs and pretty much passed out last night when Dave called, these are the only two that I remember.  I know he told me about several, but I don't remember what they were.  SORRY

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Why, Oh Why?

Why are people so willing to believe the bad stuff they hear about somebody?  
AND 
Why are they so willing to pass it on without verification?

Do they really have no idea how much damage one comment can make?  

When you inform a person in a position of authority what has happened and the response is "Oh, nobody listens to her anyway, they all know that she is crazy."  
What can you do?  

My response to them is "If a 'crazy' person told you that she saw your wife or husband kissing a certain person in the grooming area after hours, what would your gut feeling be the next time you saw your spouse with that person?"  It would always be in the back of your mind, no matter what.  If you are human, you can't say it wouldn't be.  You would just have to dismiss that feeling every time, but crazy person or not, they have planted the seed. 

If not erradicated, those seeds can grow to the point where a healthy, good thing is irreparably harmed. 

I do feel sorry for people like that, but I feel more sorry for the people they are harming by passing along unsubstaniated rumors.   

AND IT'S NONE OF THEIR BUSINESS !!!!!



Friday, October 24, 2014

Sioux Empire Kennel Club, Sioux Falls, SD - Friday, October 24, 2014

HAVANESE
Belle - 1st/ Best of Breed Bred-By-Exhibitor/ 
            Bred By Exhibitor Group 4
Zeus- nuttin, nada, zippo
SELENA - BEST OF BREED
Thank You Judge Barbara Dempsey-Alderman

BICHONS
NURPLE - BEST OF BREED & GROUP 3
Thank You Breed and Group Judge Mark Houston-McMillan

BLACK RUSSIAN TERRIERS
VARIAS - 1st/Winners Dog/Best of Winners/
Best of Breed Bred-By-Exhibitor/ Best of Breed
Bred By Exhibitor Group 4
Thank You Judge Guy Jeavons

CHINESE CRESTEDS
HUEY - 1st/Winners Dog/Best of Breed Bred-By-Exhibitor
Bred By Exhibitor Group 3
Thank You Judge Barbara Dempsey-Alderman

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

OUR EMAIL ADDRESSES

It appears that we are having some problems with the emails that are going through our website. 

If you are trying to reach us at: 

Dave@WeShowDogs.com 
or 
Darlene@WeShowDogs.com 

The emails don't seem to be coming through.  My website host site has changed their format and it looks like everything is OK, but something must be wrong, so I guess I will have to call them tomorrow, as I am too tired tonight.  

IF YOU NEED TO REACH US, PLEASE USE:

WeShowDogs@aol.com or call 816-213-8100 


THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Held Hostage Once Again….

And no, not Dave keeping me locked in the basement! :)

I am so sick of being ripped off by show photographers.  

You know when the show photographer is one that really sucks, that will be the weekend you do well. 

I guess on one hand you could always hope for crappy show photographers, but then you would never have a really good record of your wins.  Catch 22. 

So Nurple got a Group 1 last weekend, and when I saw who the photographer was, I didn't want to get a photo, but it's kind of hard to explain that to the Judge, in front of the photographer, why you really don't what a photo.  So, we got a picture.  There are 4 shots of Nurple on her website.  Two with him in a profile stance with his head turned towards the camera.  He looks like his neck was removed and his head was pasted on top of his shoulder.  Two were profiles.  Not great, but at least you can tell he has a neck.  

So, what is the problem you ask?  

The pricing structure.  In Canada the photos were $50 each (YIKES!) but she worked her butt off to make sure that everyone got what they wanted, and in a timely fashion.  

The photos from last weekend:  $30 for an 8 x 10 hard copy (not bad, if it was a good photo), $45 for an emailed 300 dpi digital, $45 for a cd with 300 dpi photo.  I don't understand why it would be that much less for a hard copy than an email, except for extortion.  They know that we want them right away for ads, and bragging.  For the hard copy or the cd, they have to process the order, print a copy, put it in an envelope, put an address on the envelope, and deliver it to the post office.  Email requires processing the order and hitting send!  It should be less instead of more.  

OK, so I get past that and decide that I would suck it up and order a picture.  I get into the check-out phase of the order and find that now there is a $4.00  'PROCESSING FEE!'  WTF?!?!?!

I can't bring myself to order from them.  Group 1 or not.  

This isn't the only place that exhibitors are taken advantage of.  ONLINE ENTRIES!  We have to pay anywhere between $2.95 to $4.95 per entry online, when we do all of the work.  When we mail an entry in, or turn it in at a show, the superintendent has to have a team of people to collect, open, type, and process the entries, and then deposit our checks.  They should be giving us the discounts to enter online!

If it weren't for exhibitors, neither the show photographers or the superintendents would exist yet they continue to take advantage of us and there isn't a whole-heck-of-a-lot that we can do about it!  

I guess we could all get together and just decide to pick a month, or even just the weekend of a large show, and mail our entries in.  Would they get the hint?  Maybe I'll have to start a campaign.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Illinois Capitol Kennel Club, Springfield, IL Sunday October 19, 2014

HAVANESE
Belle - 1st/Reserve Winners Bitch
Zeus - Select
Selena - Best of Breed

Thank You Judge Sharon Krogh

Baby Taffy - Best of Breed & Group 3
Thank You Judge Sandra Bingham-Porter


BLACK RUSSIAN TERRIERS
Varias - 1st/Winners Dog/Best of Winners/ Best of Breed

Thank You Judge Houston Clark

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sandemac Kennel Club, Saturday, October 18, 2014

HAVANESE
Belle - 1st/ Reserve Winners Bitch 
Zeus - Select
Selena - Best of Opposite

Judge Toddie Clark

BLACK RUSSIAN TERRIER
Varias - 1st/ Winners Dog / Best of Winners / Best of Breed 

Thank You Breed Judge Chris Walkowicz

Friday, October 17, 2014

Show Schedule FALL 2014

Here is Dave's show schedule for this fall, through Eukanba.  He has room for a few more dogs if anyone is in need of his services.  There are specialties available in various breeds almost every weekend.  Check the premium lists to see if there is one for your breed.  REMEMBER:  Dave has been winning in every group for 30+ years.  Please contact us at WeShowDogs@aol.com for more information, or call 816  -  213  -  8100.
David 'Dave' Scheiris Show Schedule Fall 2014

Mattoon Kennel Club, Springfield, Il Friday October 17, 2014

HAVANESE
Belle - 1st/ Reserve Winners Bitch 
Zeus - Best of Opposite
Selena - Best of Breed

Thank You Breed Judge Houston Clark

BLACK RUSSIAN TERRIER
Varias - 1st/ Winners Dog / Best of Winners / Best of Breed

Thank You Breed and Group Judge Rita Rynder

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Illinois Capitol Kennel Club, Springfield, IL Thursday October 16, 2014

HAVANESE
Belle - 1st/Winners Bitch 
Zeus - Select
Selena - Best of Breed

Thank You Breed & Group Judge John Davidson

BLACK RUSSIAN TERRIER
Varias - 1st/ Winners Dog / Best of Winners / Best of Breed
Not Bad for his First time in the ring.

Thank You Breed and Group Judge Toddie Clark

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Lawrence Kennel Club, Lawrence, KS Sunday October 12, 2014

HAVANESE
Belle - 1st, Winners Bitch 
Zeus - Best of Opposite
Selena - Best of Breed & Group 3

Thank You Breed Judge David Kirkland 
Thank You Group Judge Murrel Purkhiser


BICHONS
Nurple - Best of Breed & GROUP 1
Thank You Breed and Group Judge Murrel Purkhiser

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Lawrence Kennel Club, Saturday, October 11, 2014

HAVANESE
Belle - 1st in her class
Zeus - Best of Opposite
Selena - Best of Breed & Group 3

Thank You Breed Judge Murrel Purkhiser
Thank You Group Judge David Kirkland


BICHONS
Nurple - Best of Breed
Thank You Judge Col. Joe Purkhiser


BABY PUPPIES:
HAVANESE
Baby Taffy - Meg x Mason - Best of Breed, Group 1
Baby CC - BeBe X Flash - 2nd 

Thank You Judge Jane Boatman Blackerby

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

THANK YOU !!!

A very special thank you to my husband and family who have made this a very special birthday.  

It started out with a dozen roses and breakfast in bed.  Then later Dave told me that we needed to leave for dinner at 4:45.  OK, sounds good, I'm old and don't do late night suppers much anymore.  
I had a wonderful dinner, complete with presents and cards, with Dave, my brother Tim, my sister Vicki, and my 'kid' Laura.  Then they handed me tickets.  "Cool!"  Not having my glasses on, it took me a minute to figure out what they were for...Mama Mia! at the Music Hall in Kansas City.  "Awesome! What night?"  TONIGHT!!!!  
So, that was the ulterior motive for the early dinner. 

It was a fabulous show.  Love ABBA, Loved the movie, Loved the stage musical!  While the entire cast was great, the singer/actress who played Donna, Georgia Kate Haege, was amazing.  

And for anyone who has the soundtrack and wondered about songs on the CD that weren't in the movie...they are in the stage performance.

What a wonderful day!  Time to head to bed and fall asleep looking at my beautiful roses. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Desi x Drifter Puppies

The puppies are 3 weeks old today.  There are 6 boys and 1 girl.  Just a few photos below, click on the link to see them all:
Carolyn Knuth has a live streaming video of the pups, I will post the link as soon as I have it. 
http://s1120.photobucket.com/user/weshowdogs/library/Desi%20Drifter%20Puppies%20100314









Raymore at War !!!!


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Desi X Drifter Puppies!

WOW!!!  WOW!!!   WOW!!!

Just saw the Desi X Drifter puppies yesterday.  They will be three weeks old tomorrow.  Fabulous heads and structure.  Of course, with these parents, I would expect no less. 

I see another Desi ALL-CHAMPION litter in the works.  C'mon people, contact Carolyn Knuth and help her get these puppies in the ring! 

Seven puppies in all, but only 5 left to choose from.  I took some photos and will post them and send them on to her for her website today.  




Sire:  Desi
MBINS BIS AM GCH CAN CH Gingerbred Yukon Jack Desiderio











Dam:  Drifter
CH Sonador's Pink Powder Slide











Contact Patti Lucas if you are interested in using Desi or Zeus at stud.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

OFFA Exam or Conformation Judging?

I am hearing of this more and more, as well as having experienced it first hand.  What about you?  

Is this a new AKC directive, or are these judges rogue judges who think that they are doing OFFA exams on my dog's patellas and seeing if they can pop their hips out!  

We all know that there are judges who are 'heavy-handed' and not necessarily the most gentle.  We don't show puppies to these judges, because after all these years, if they haven't lightened up yet, I wouldn't expect them to start now.  Still, those heavy-handed judges examine the dogs, checking the head ratios, the eyes, the bite, following down for the proper shoulder layback, and front legs.  Proceeding down the back checking for proper topline with rise, slope, or level, then the tail, tailset, and rear.  At no time do these judges grab my dog by their elbows and hold on and continue to hold on and pull forward when my dog freaks and tries to back up.  Why are you grabbing and holding my dogs elbows?  What are you looking for?  

Why are you manipulating her patellas?  Are you a vet?  
Did I ask you for an OFFA patellar luxation exam?  NO, I DID NOT!   I paid for your so-called educated opinion on whether or not my dog meets the approved AKC standard for the breed and is worthy of receiving points towards it's championship today.  

And speaking of educated... if you are going to tell me that there is something specifically incorrect with my dog, and are 'quoting' the standard, you had better be quoting the correct standard.  I don't like arguing with judges but when you are so adamant about a specific item, to the point that it makes me question my knowledge of the standard, I am going to go immediately to the standard and look it up, then I am coming back for a chat.








Sunday, September 28, 2014

Monroe Kennel Club, Monroe, MI Saturday September 27, 2014

HAVANESE

BENNY - Select Dog 4 GCH points

Congratulations to a great BeBe x Benson puppy:

GCH THAT'S THE ORIGINAL PARTI DOG AT MAPLE HAVEN

Owner Handled by Carol Janes 

THANK YOU JUDGE DR. JOHN IOIA

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Forever

OK, I may have found a new show.  FOREVER. 
It is a new ABC series that started this week.  

About a man who is forever 40ish, currently working as the NYC Medical Examiner.  He can't be killed, doesn't really know why. 

Whenever anything happens to cause his death, he is re-born, naked, in water.  

Don't yet know how he explains all that to the cops each time but that brings me to my question:

Does this plot sound familiar?  Dying, coming back to life in water, immortality, etc.  It seems like this is something that I have seen in a movie or on TV, maybe when I was a kid?  I don't know and it is bugging me.  Kind of like Quantum Leap, but he just went from time to time, I think he was naked sometime, but never died. 

IF ANYONE HAS AN IDEA OF WHAT SHOW, OR EVEN WHO MIGHT HAVE STARRED IN IT, or IF IT WAS TV or MOVIES, PLEASE LET ME KNOW.  

Just click below where it says 'no comments' or 'comments' and let me know or drop me an email.

THANKS. 
Darlene

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Does YOUR Handler Have Confidence in YOUR Dog?

Well, it happened again today.  

Breeds have been changed to protect the 'not so innocent.'

Handler tells Judge, "Oh, thank you so much for the breed win in Bichons and Maltese.  I am sorry I can't show my Poodle to you today, the one you gave the breed and a group placement to last week, but my assistant Susie will have him in the ring for you"  Handler proceeds to wave at Susie, Susie waves back while holding the Poodle, Judge smiles and waves back.  Handler walks off your Poodle and goes off to show another breed.  The only other Poodle in the ring is owner handled.  Handler saw, and beat, the other dog yesterday, under different judge.  

This judge could have avoided this by walking away and not even acknowledging the comment or at very least, made it look more appropriate and not looked at, or waved to, the assistant outside the ring.  The judge should have been insulted by these comments as well.  The Handler assumed that she could sway the judge, but it also implies that the judge does not have the ability to pick the best dog, therefore she should tell him which one it is.   Now those people who witnessed the interaction, will always believe that the judge was swayed by the Handler's comments, and that maybe he did not choose the best dog.
As a judge, would you want that reputation? 

Should the owner-handler take this as a compliment that the Handler saw your dog as such heavy competition that she had to pull a stunt like this?

What it comes down to is this:
1.     Your Group Placing Poodle is evidently lower on the totem pole than the other dog. 
2.     Your handler doesn't have enough confidence in the quality of your Poodle or her assistant to just let them win on their own. 
3.     Your handler has to try to undercut the competition instead of winning on the merits of the dog and how well she has prepared him for the ring that day.

My questions for you are:
1.     Why do you continue to hire this handler?  
2.     Is winning that much more important than integrity?  
3.     If you are an 'absentee owner' are you even aware that your handler is doing sh*t like this? 
4.     Or did you hire them because they pull these stunts?
5.     If you knew that a judge was so far in somebody's pocket (or up their ...) would you enter to them again?

When I got started in showing with my Bichon, my first handler Lynette Spitzer (mentored by Tammy Roth), was super-ethical, she still is.  That's why I hired her.  She was honest with me, and about my dog.  I learned a lot from her, and will always consider her a friend.  I brought my dog home because I was spending more time and money going to the shows to see my girl compete, than on anything else.  I took what Lynette taught me, went home and started grooming and showing Geneva by myself.  Hopefully I have done her proud.  I still remember those days, and I don't let Dave forget them either.  Every owner needs to be informed (because there is a pecking order) and every dog deserves the best care you can possible give them. 

But, back to the 'good old days:'
As I entered and attended more shows, I later learned that the handlers that I had interviewed, and did not hire, were the ones that pulled stunts exactly like described here.  I learned that I did not like them as people, and I did not like the way they treated the dogs, or their clients.  The more I won with my dogs, the worse they got.  I worked full time so could only go to shows close to home, so saw them at almost every show that I attended.  Kind of flattering, but at the same time very depressing.  

Even after some of those handlers killed dogs (due to neglect or irresponsibility) people continued to hire them, 'because they win.'  Really, people?  Where are your priorities?  If they do it to one dog, who's to say that your's isn't next.  

I'm not saying that I don't want to win every time I step in the ring, because I DO.  I just want to win because we have the best dogs.  When we lose, we don't like it, but if it's to a dog that we wouldn't mind taking home, then OK, I guess.  Or if the judge is consistent and you can see where he/she was coming from, then you make a mental note and only show that type to them.  

But if it's to a stunt like this, or to just plain bad dogs, then that judge is off of our list of acceptable judges.

The AKC, breed clubs, and judges wonder why numbers are down.  They act like the "Owner-Hander Series" and the "Baby Puppy" shows will bring people in, but it's not enough.  If the AKC doesn't remind judges, that this sport is for everyone, not just handlers, we will continue to lose people.  

Dave has been a handler for 30 years, but even at my prodding doesn't schmooze with the judges near as much as I see other handlers doing.  It makes him uncomfortable, because he doesn't want people making comments about him, like I have made here.  When it comes down to it, he's only going to show a good dog, so feels that his conditioning, training, and presentation should be what shines through to the judge.  

(Yeah, I know the ads, the ads!  It doesn't always help but when you have a top dog, it doesn't hurt to brag!)

I have set this to accept comments, if anyone wants to put your 2 cents worth in.  

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Mississippi State Kennel Club, Sunday September 14, 2014 Jackson, MS

HAVANESE
Jewels - 1st/ Reserve
Moriah - 1st 
Zeus - Best of Opposite
Porter - Select Dog 
Selena - BEST of BREED & GROUP 4 

Thank You Breed & Group Judge Mrs. Terry Carter


BICHONS
Nurple - Select
Thank You Breed Judge Raymond Filburn

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Greenville Kennel Club, Saturday September 13, 2014, Jackson, MS

HAVANESE
JEWELS - 1st / WINNERS BITCH / BEST of WINNERS
Moriah - 1st 
PORTER - SELECT DOG
ZEUS - BEST of OPPOSITE
Selena - BEST of BREED & GROUP 3 

Thank You Breed & Group Judge Mrs. Terry Carter 

BICHONS
NURPLE - Select
Thank You Judge Mr. Raymond Filburn

Friday, September 12, 2014

Mississippi State Kennel Club, Friday September 12, 2014 Jackson, MS

HAVANESE
Jewels - 1st/ Reserve
Moriah - 1st 
Zeus - Best of Opposite
Porter - Select Dog 
Selena - BEST of BREED & GROUP 4 

Thank You Breed Judge Dr. Michael Woods
Thank You Group Judge Charlotte Patterson

BICHONS
NURPLE - BEST of BREED
Thank You Breed & Group Judge Charlotte Patterson