Sunday, August 23, 2015

Elgin Kennel Club, St. Charles, IL Sunday August 23, 2015

HAVANESE
Woo Hoo!  Another BEST OF EVERYTHING DAY!

R.E.O. - BBE - 1st / Winners Dog / Best of Winners

DELTA - BBE - 1st / Winners Bitch 

TAFFY - BEST OF OPPOSITE

ZEUS -  BEST OF BREED

THANK YOU JUDGE DONELLE RICHARDS
Group Judge Donelle Richards - didn't understand that one, she gave Zeus the whole shootin' match at the Oklahoma Toy Dog specialty in May, and he couldn't get a piece of this group?  Things that make you go Hmmm?


BLACK RUSSIAN TERRIER 

VARIAS - BEST OF BREED

THANK YOU BREED JUDGE WILLIAM de VILLENEUVE
Group Judge William de Villeneuve 

Elgin Kennel Club, Saturday August 22, 2015

HAVANESE

R.E.O. - BBE - 2nd / Reserve

DELTA - BBE - 1st / Winners Bitch 

TAFFY - BEST OF BREED 
ZEUS -  BEST OF OPPOSITE

THANK YOU JUDGE GAY DUNLAP
Group Judge Gay Dunalp 


BLACK RUSSIAN TERRIER 

VARIAS - BEST OF BREED

THANK YOU JUDGE ROLAND PELLAND
Group Judge Roland Pelland

HCA NATIONAL SPECIALTY, Saturday, August 15, 2015 Nationals Part 2

HAVANESE CLUB OF AMERICA NATIONAL SPECIALTY
THANK YOU JUDGE BEVERLY VICS

THE BITCH CLASSES

TAYLOR... 9 - 12 Puppy Class... 2nd

PIPER... 9 - 12 Puppy Class... 4th  A Keisha x Bugs baby... Owner Handled by Paula Bender
Congratulations ladies!!!

DELTA... BBE Class... 1st / WINNERS BITCH / MAJOR !!!
     A Keisha x Bugs baby...  
     Congratulations to owners Carolyn Knuth


THE SPECIALS

TAFFY... AM GCH CAN CH THAT'S MENDOTA PULLIN' AT YOUR HEARTSTRINGS
     SELECT 

ZEUS... BISS AM GOLD GCH CAN GCH MENDOTA'S ADORABULL GREEK LEGEND
    Made the cut

BUGS... AM CAN CH That's One Nirvana Couldn't Kill,  nothing...YET
     Thanks to Handler Robert 'Bobby' Alexander for all of his help with Bugs!  
     Nice Job, even though the judges did not find him this week. 

STUD DOG COMPETITION

BUGS... AM CAN CH THAT'S ONE NIRVANA COULDN'T KILL - BEST STUD DOG IN SHOW

The get that represented Bugs was Piper and Delta.  
THANK YOU KIDS!!!
SPECIAL THANKS TO PAULA BENDER FOR SHOWING PIPER AND JOHN DEJP FOR SHOWING DELTA!

Comment, from the judge, on Bugs, when we were doing photos:  "I really like this one, why didn't you show him?"  My answer:  "We did, he didn't make the cut.  I really wanted to show him but was showing another special."  Judge: "Oh really, which one, I don't remember you."  OK, slap in the face, since ZEUS was the first one she pulled for the cut, and the first one she examined when we all went back in!  But, does that mean she wasn't looking at handlers?  
Things that make you go 'Hmmm..."

Well, technically, the way she judged the specials class, one at a time, Dave could have shown all of ours I guess, but when we all were in the ring at the same time, we needed a couple of extra hands.  




HCA NATIONAL SPECIALTY, Friday, August 14, 2015 SWEEPSTAKES & NATIONAL REGULAR CLASSES PART 1

SWEEPSTAKES 

We had 4 dogs entered, but chose to only show the one who needed ring practice and give the other girls the day off and REO the morning off, since he had to show in the regular classes in the afternoon. 

DELTA - nuttin' nada zippo  (but keep reading, the practice was worth it!) 

Judge Lynn Nieto 


HCA NATIONALS - THE DOG CLASSES

R.E.O. - BBE - 3rd  :(

JUDGE BEVERLY VICS

HCA REGIONAL SPECIALTY, Thursday August 13, 2015

HCA REGIONAL SPECIALTY, Thursday, August 13, 2015
THANK YOU JUDGE DENNIS MCCOY

R.E.O. - (Formerly Rio)  That's Mendota Don't Let Him Go - 
A Keisha x Bugs baby
BBE Class - 1st /  Winners Dog !!!!!  MAJOR

TAYLOR - That's Shake It Off At Mendota - 
A Desi x Choco baby (a Roche Granddaughter!)
9 - 12 Class - 2nd 

DELTA - That's Designing Woman At Bejewel - 
A Keisha x Bugs Baby 
BBE Class - 2nd 

AND THE SPECIALS....
TAFFY - AM GCH CAN CH THAT'S PULLIN' AT YOUR HEARTSTRINGS
     SELECT BITCH 

ZEUS - BISS AM GCH CAN GCH MENDOTA'S ADORABULL GREEK LEGEND
     Made the cut 

BUGSAM CAN CH THAT'S ONE NIRVANA COULDN'T KILL 
     nuttin', nada, zippo :(   

 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Havanese Club of America National Specialty Week August 11 - 15, 2015

So much crap, so little time.  Thankfully, I was on drugs but kept some notes.  I still can't believe how many people don't pay attention to their dogs.  If you came just to visit, leave the dogs at home.  If you are taking your dog, or someone elses, for a walk, pay attention to them.  
The things I witnessed, and other things that happened, just make me cringe.  
AND DON'T WALK YOUR DOGS ON ASPHALT!!!!!  
It's summertime for God's sake.  
HAVE YOU NOT SEEN PHOTOS OF A BURNT PAD!!!  
ARE YOU THAT STUPID?  
OR DO YOU JUST NOT CARE?  

more later...

Monday, August 3, 2015

All-Girl Seminar

OK, so I am still not feeling well, but there was something on the news that gets me.

A 'Girls Only' seminar/class on getting girls into more scientific / computer fields. 

I am OK with that.  BUT, why can't they have an ALL-BOY one?  You know why?  Because THAT would be discrimination.  There would be some goofy mother out there with a lawyer threatening to sue them for not allowing her precious little girl in there.  

Studies have shown that both boys and girls do better in a segregated atmosphere.  I have no problem with all-girl schools or all-boy schools.  

No distractions from the opposite sex.  No teasing each other to 'impress' someone else.  Just a genuine interest in a topic. 




Sunday, July 19, 2015

Galveston Kennel Club, Houston, TX Sunday July 19, 2015

Black Russian Terrier
VARIAS 
BIS AM GCH CAN CH THAT'S WHAT'S IN A NAME
BEST OF BREED 
Thank You Breed Judge Sonny Ambrosio
Group Judge Terry Stacy

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Beaumont Kennel Club, Houston, TX Saturday July 18, 2015

Black Russian Terrier
VARIAS 
BIS AM GCH CAN CH THAT'S WHAT'S IN A NAME
BEST OF BREED 
Thank You Breed Judge Roger Hartinger
Group Judge Jon Cole

SearsPartsDirect.com - Are they screwy or what?

I placed an order for an 'in stock' part last night on SearsPartsDirect.com.  When the 'sale complete' page popped up, the expected deliver date was MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2015!!!  WTF???  What if it had been out of stock?  

Then I went back in to look at my order and at the top of the page it said Order Placed on 07/16/2015 at the bottom it said Ordered on 07/17/2015 (which is correct). It still said to expect the order on October 19, 2015  (and they spelled out October).

Today Tim went to the Sears store and the lady there looked it up and it now says expect delivery on October 20!!!!

I used to like Sears but now??????

Friday, July 17, 2015

Houston Kennel Club, Friday July 17, 2015 Houston, TX

Black Russian Terrier
VARIAS 
BIS AM GCH CAN CH THAT'S WHAT'S IN A NAME
BEST OF BREED 
Thank You Breed Judge Peggy Beisel-McIlwaine
Group Judge Karen McFarlane


UPDATE:
HAVANESE
PIPER - That's A FrontPage Special Report - 1st / Winners Bitch 
Piper, fka Ripple, is a Keisha x Bugs baby!
Congratulations to Owner-Handler Paula Bender on this win! 
Thank You Judge Paula Hartinger

Attack on Marines in Tennessee

I was just reading about the attack on our military personnel in Chattanooga, TN.  It is heartbreaking on so many levels - all of the way up to the response from the White House. 

BUT... 
One of the Marines took time to text to his girlfriend "active shooter."  Do you think that those couple of seconds cost him his life?  May have.  Yes, it's touching that he thought of her, but in those seconds of reaching for his phone and sending a text he lost his life, instead of readying his weapon and returning fire, covering one of his comrades, or taking cover himself.  

Another sad example of people who think that they can send/receive text messages and not lose their life or jeopardize the life of someone else.  

Thing that make you go "Hmmm."

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Houston Kennel Club, Houston, TX Thursday, July 16, 2015

Black Russian Terrier
VARIAS 
BIS AM GCH CAN CH THAT'S WHAT'S IN A NAME
BEST OF BREED 
Thank You Breed Judge Karen McFarlane
Group Judge Susan Godek

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Texas Working Dog Association of Greater Houston, Houston TX Wednesday July 15, 2015

Black Russian Terrier
VARIAS
BIS AM GCH CAN CH THAT'S WHAT'S IN A NAME
BEST OF BREED  Thank You Breed Judge Luis Sosa 
Made the cut in group!  Thank You Group Judge Namcy Aumbergy


Varias
BIS AM GCH CAN CH That's What's In A Name
Thank You Judge Patricia Lanctot

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Portage Kennel Club

Havanese Delta
- Best Puppy in Breed
Thank You Judge Patricia Lanctot

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Havanese Midas


video
HAVANESE MIDAS
That's A Touch of Gold
DOB:  September 29, 2013
Sire:  CH That's Havanney Truckin Along (DSL)
Dam:  BISS CH Nirvana's Mystic Nutmeg

Roaring Fork Kennel Club, Eagle, CO Saturday July 11, 2015

Havanese

MILO - BEST OF BREED & GROUP 3
That's Just The Way I Roll 
A Choco x Desi Puppy

Thank You Breed & Group Judge Murrel Purkhiser

CONGRATULATIONS TO 
OWNER/HANDLER DARLENE LICASTRO
WHAT A TEAM!!! 

Politically Correct? I am confused.

I just saw a commercial for a dating site called BlackPeopleMeet.com

I am confused.   I don't have a problem with it as the title says what it is, and will/should attract only the people who want to join,

BUT...

If it was WhitePeopleMeet.com, wouldn't somebody be taking somebody to court?

Just sayin'…


Maybe I am still shaking my head over the fact that a black woman is trying to sue the nail salon that I go to for discrimination!  She walked in late Friday afternoon, July 3.  No appointment, salon was totally packed.  Owner says cannot take you right now, come back in about an hour, or you can wait an hour here.  OK, fine.  BUT a white woman walked in WITH an appointment and he checked her in.  The black woman is accusing him of discrimination.  CRAZY.  The Friday of a Holiday weekend, the place is packed and you do not have an appointment.  MAYBE YOU SHOULD HAVE CALLED FIRST!  I always do. 

OR 

Maybe I am still shaking my head of the issues over the Confederate Flag.  One idiot wraps himself in it and shoots people.  It represents a big part in the history of the US.  One you may or may not be proud of, but part of the history - none the less.  

Another example of the US trying to appease a few by making us all 'the same.'  WAKE UP PEOPLE…WE ARE NOT THE SAME…AND PROUD OF IT… SAMENESS CAN BE VERY BORING AND SCARY.  

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Portage Wins



Just a few shots from this past weekend:

VARIAS & DAVE
With that Best in Show Ribbon in his hot little hands.
In the background, Darlene and Zeus, elated and dejected all that the same time.

ZEUS
BISS AM GCH CAN GCH MENDOTA'S ADORBULL GREEK LEGEND
in the BIS ring 

ZEUS
After winning Group 5 - The Toy Group - waiting for Best in Show.
It's a high stress life

ZEUS
THANK YOU JUDGES
Patricia Taylor, Michael Lanctot, Patricia Lanctot, and Mike Jackman

VARIAS
HIS FIRST BEST IN SHOW!!!!
THANK YOU JUDGE PATRICIA LANCTOT


Sunday, July 5, 2015

Portage Kennel Club, Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Sunday July 5, 2015

Another pretty good day at the dog show, if I do say so myself.
A great weekend all together.  Lots of great people, and great wins.

TODAY:
VARIAS - GROUP 2 - NEW CHAMPION
BIS AM GCH CAN CH That's What's In A Name
Congratulations Owners Drs. John & Char Cassidy

ZEUS:  GROUP 1 - 
BISS AM GCH CAN GCH Mendota's Adorabull Greek Legend
Congratulations Owners Dr. Stephen & Mrs. Patricia Lucas

BUGS:  Winners Dog & Best of Winners NEW CHAMPION
AM CAN CH That's One Nirvana Couldn't Kill
Bugs is our boy.

R.E.O. - PUPPY GROUP 1 
(Our Keisha x Bugs boy)

TAFFY - Winners Bitch, Best of Opposite - NEW CHAMPION
AM GCH CAN CH That's Pullin' At Your Hearstrings
Congratulations Owners Dr. Stephen & Mrs. Patricia Lucas

Zeus, Varias, and Bugs are all available at stud to approved, health certified bitches. 

Rion - (ShihTzu) Best of Breed
NEW CHAMPION on Friday!  
Congratulations to owner Troy Dargin

THANK YOU TO JUDGES PATRICIA & MICHAEL LANCTOT

Portage Kennel Club, Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada Saturday July 4, 2015

We had our own 4th of July fireworks today!  Celebrated the Red, White & Blue with a BIG RIBBON!

A great day at the dog show: 


Black Russian Terriers
VARIAS - BEST OF BREED & GROUP 1 & BEST IN SHOW
THANK YOU JUDGE PATRICIA LANCTOT

VARIAS
BIS AM GCH CAN CH THAT'S WHJAT'S IN A NAME
Thank You Judge Patricia Lanctot

CONGRATULATIONS TO OWNERS:
DR. JOHN W. CASSIDY & DR. CHARLENE MADISON CASSIDY
Havanese 
Reo - 1st / Reserve
Tux - 2nd 
BUGS - 1st / Winners Dog 
Delta - 1st / Reserve / Best of Breed Puppy!
Taylor - 2nd
TAFFY - 1st / Winners Bitch / Best of Winners 
ZEUS - BEST OF BREED & GROUP 1
THANK YOU JUDGE PATRICIA LANCTOT

Shih Tzu 
RION - BEST OF BREED 
THANK YOU JUDGE MICHAEL LANCTOT


Friday, July 3, 2015

Portage Kennel Club, Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada Friday, July 3, 2015

A VERY LONG BUSY DAY!!!  
Two All-Breed Shows and an All-Breed Sweepstakes.
TEAM SCHEIRIS WINS
Portage Kennel Club
July 3, 2015

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Canad Inns, Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada July 1, 2015

WOW!!!

Not a good wow.  After the GPS said we were there three blocks before we got to the hotel, after 30+ hours on the road, we were greeted by Alan, maybe Allan?

Now at 9:30 at night two weary travelers enter your hotel lobby.  A glance up.  No smile.  We walk to the desk.  "Yes?"  No "How may I help you?"  No "Checking in this evening?"  Just "Yes."  And that was the ONLY YES, we got from him.

We had a suite reserved.  He looks up the reservation and the conversation went something like this:

Alan:  "Just so you know, there is a wedding in the ballroom behind your suite on Saturday night, and many of those people are also staying here." (Basically, either move now or don't complain about the noise.)  "There is also a dog show at the hotel this weekend."

Us:   "That should be fine.  We are here for the dog show."

Alan:  "No dogs in the suites."

Us:  "What about a service dog?"

Alan:  "That depends.  What does it do for you?"

REALLY!!!!  I wanted to say "none of your freaking business, if you knew what I had been through this past two years you would be giving me the room for free. (well maybe not Alan), but I just said, "Never mind, I might want to bring a couple of the show dogs in from the motorhome.  What else do you have available?"

Us:  "Never mind, we can just leave the dogs outside in the motorhome."  We give him the debit card for payment.  Which we have already cleared a large payment in Canada through our bank since it will exceed their normal daily restriction (for our protection.)

Well that just through Alan into a total tizzy!  "No debit cards for the suites.  It's a rule.  No debit cards for suites.  I need a credit card."

Us:  "Is there really no exceptions to this.  We do not carry a credit card.  Can we pay cash? Can you run it for twice the cost of the room, as a deposit, then refund the rest upon checkout?"

Alan:  "It would take manager approval."
Us:  "So is there a manager on duty?"
Alan: "Yes, he is over there, but he knows the rules as well as I do."

Me thinking WTF???!!??!?!

Us:  "OK, what DO you have available then?"

He kept saying things, kind of to himself, like 'these are all sold out, Hmmm, that won't work," etc.  Not real sure if he was trying to get rid of us or what.

Hotel has a $25 pet fee.  Cheap at twice the price compared to other hotels with pet fees.  OK, fine.
Hotel is also part of Corporate Lodging.

Us:  "Do you have any Corporate Lodging rooms available?"

Alan:  "Yes but you can't have the Corporate Lodging rate and have dogs in the room.  There is a $25 pet fee."

Us:  "Not a problem.  We do this all the time in the US and Canada.  At other Canad Inns even.  You run the room on CLC and we pay the hotel directly for their pet fee."

Alan:  "Oh we would never do that.  The entire room must go on the CLC card.  You will have to pay $119 per night, plus the one time pet fee, plus a deposit since you are using a debit card."

At this point we are going on 30 minutes with this guy, thinking we would talk to someone in the morning  so said "Fine, we'll take the king.  Where can we park the motorhome?"

Alan:  "Anywhere along the grass, or next to Canadian Tire, or park across some parking spaces"

Us:  "OK.  Thank you very much for your help"  As we walked away thinking what an ass this man was as well as what a bad representative for the hotel.

We had a room close to the corner, near an exit, away from the main entrance to the hotel.  So far, so good.  We parked across some spots near a brick 'planter' and set the expens up between the motorhome and the brick wall.  Dave went back and checked with Alan and the parking spot was fine.

Finally about 11:30 Dave wanted some supper.  The sign out front said ½ price wings so he went into the bar.  Couldn't find anyone, then the hotel manager asked what he was doing in there!   "Trying to order food!"  "Well it about time for them to go home.  Last call is at Midnight."  Dave looked at the clock and said "It's 11:30."  Finally he ordered two 'meals' and the hotel manager brought them out to him.  The bill was $25.  Some freaking expensive wings!  When Dave questioned that, he pointed to some stairs and said that you had to order them upstairs - same kitchen - same staff!!!

What a screwy place this is.

I am finishing this up on Thursday, between 'helping' Dave groom.  Today was another adventure with Canad Inns.  More to come….

We have two shows and a sweepstakes tomorrow but I will update as I can.  I have to re-sign in to the hotel wifi every hour, our phones are screwed up.

Somehow our house phone is forwarded to Dave's phone, and it is ringing when his wifi is connected.  VERY WEIRD THINGS ARE HAPPENING HERE. 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Lawton Dog Fanciers, Oklahoma City, OK Sunday June 28, 2015

YAY!!!  Dave ending the Oklahoma City Cluster on a good note!  He sounded very sad and disappointed yesterday.  I know, most of us would be happy to go BOS in a Havanese entry that large, but that's not what we enter for.  
WE WANT THE BIG RIBBONS!!!!  
OK, yeah, who doesn't...whether you admit it or not.  
Most of us don't strive for the minimum.  
(Well I did have that one ATCS trainee who didn't really strive for anything.  But that is another story.)
So today was pretty good.  BEST OF BREED in HAVANESE, BLACK RUSSIAN TERRIERS, and AFGHAN HOUNDS, and a Group Placement on Taffy!!!

HAVANESE
R.E.O. - 1st / Reserve
DELTA - 1st / 
ZEUS - Best of Opposite
TAFFY -  BEST OF BREED & GROUP 4
Thank You Breed Judge  Nikki Riggsbee
Thank You Group Judge Margo Klingler


BLACK RUSSIAN TERRIER
VARIAS - BEST OF BREED
Thank You Breed Judge Virginia Lyne
Thank You Group Judge Bill Shelton


AFGHAN HOUND
TAZI - 1st / Winners Dog / Best of Winners / BEST OF BREED
Thank You Breed Judge Virginia Lyne
Group Judge Bill Shelton

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Lawton Dog Fanciers, Oklahoma City, OK Saturday June 27, 2015

HAVANESE

R.E.O. - 1st
DELTA - 1st / Reserve
ZEUS - Nuttin'    :(   :(    :(
TAFFY - Best of Opposite  :(
Judge Brad Jenkins   :(
Group Judge Brad Jenkins


BLACK RUSSIAN TERRIER
VARIAS - BEST OF BREED
Thank You Judge Polly Smith  :)
Group Judge Nikki Riggsbee


AFGHAN HOUND
TAZI - 1st / Winners Dog / Best of Winners!!!
Thank You Judge Jerry Watson  :)
Group Judge Jerry Watson

Friday, June 26, 2015

Mid-Del-Tinker Kennel Club, Oklahoma City, OK Friday June 26, 2015

HAVANESE

R.E.O. - 1st - First time in the ring for Keisha puppy That's Mendota Don't Let Him Go
DELTA - 2nd
ZEUS - Best of Opposite
TAFFY - Select
Judge Col. Joe Purkhiser
Judge Nicolas Debedout


BLACK RUSSIAN TERRIER
VARIAS - Select
Judge Michael Woods
Group Judge James Reynolds


AFGHAN HOUND
TAZI - 1st / Winners Dog 
Thank You Judge Nikki Riggsbee 
Group Judge Nikki Riggsbee

Losing to a Puppy or Beating a Top Dog - Things that make you go "HMMMMM..."

Many years ago there was a judge who would dump any of the top dogs in the country, especially as the year came to a close, and put up decidedly less deserving dogs.  I was on the winning end of some of those awards.  I had had my hands on the top dogs that I beat, and my grooming (and yes, it's just hair) was not then, what it is now.  At that time, I would have been happy to just take Best of Opposite to them.  After a conversation with this particular judge, never probably thinking that 20 years later I would remember his words, he said "I am so sick of everyone putting these 'top' dogs up all of the time.  Somebody needs to take them down a notch."  When these dogs are in the last weeks of being qualified for Westminster (which used to mean something) that was just WRONG!  Well, I have to admit that I do agree with the first part of his statement.  But the latter is as offensive to me as having a dog win because they 'are a top dog.'  

I remember telling a friend, who was excited about her win over a top handler with a top dog, and came out of the ring saying "My Fluffball beat TopDog!  And I didn't think she showed that well.  I guess I was wrong."  She wasn't.  Her bitch showed badly, as always, skittish, tail down, etc.  Having had my hands on both, and not showing in that breed, that weekend, I had to tell her "Congratulations!  Your win is your win, but the dogs really had nothing to do with it.  The judge dumped TopDog & TopDogHandler.  TopDogHandler lost to you."  Fluffball was shown many times before and after that never winning another Best of Breed.  Actually, it was a miracle she even finished.  TopDog was in great shape (scissored to the 9s, coat that looked like velvet) and deserved every Best in Show he got, which happened to be every day of that circuit, except for that one.  

This is just warped.  


And when a judge puts a puppy up because they have a 'softer coat' when the standard calls for soft, is this right?  No, it doesn't say, "the softest coat in the ring"  it says 'SOFT."  Now that I just returned from the hair salon, my hair is very soft and silky.  It is, and never will be as soft as a young child's hair.  Both are soft and silky, but that kid is always going to be softer than an senior.  

When a judge does this, is this another example of dumping a line-up of top dogs, or is it just a mis-interpretation of the standard?

Who knows? 

I have won with puppies under many judges who thought 'soft' meant 'softest' and while that puppy may have deserved Winners Dog or Winners Bitch, did they really deserve the breed? 

All we can do is take the win and run with it!  
Then hope we can do the same or better the next day.  

Done ranting...til next time!!!  - It's a SHOW, why does the quality of the dog's showmanship count as much as the quality of the dog - especially at the BEST IN SHOW level???  

OK, I am going to keep going....  
7 nice dogs in the BIS ring.
5 Dogs showing very well. 
1 Dog showing exceptionally well.
1 Dog showing poorly.  
(To the point that spectators knew that if this Irish Terrier dog broke the lead, or somehow got away from the handler, he would kill the Corgi.  He had his sight set on the Corgi from the minute it walked into the ring.)

What does the judge do?  You guessed it, and I quote "The Best in Show today will go to the badly misbehaving Irish Terrier."  WFT?!?!?!!  
If that handler has lost his deathgrip on the dog, it would have been a murderous Irish Terrier!"

OK, I am done for now.  I have work to do.  
HAVE A FABULOUS DAY!  
I am off to clean up branches from the storm last night.  At least it isn't supposed to be as hot as the last couple of days. 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Oklahoma City Kennel Club, Oklahoma City, OK Thursday, June 25, 2015

HAVANESE

DELTA - That's a Designing Woman at Bejewel - 1st / Reserve
ZEUS - Not shown today 
TAFFY - Select
Judge Virginia Lyne 
Judge Polly Smith 


BLACK RUSSIAN TERRIER
VARIAS - Select 
Judge Lorraine Boutwell
Group Judge Col. Joe Purkhiser


AFGHAN HOUND
TAZI - 1st/Winners Dog/Best of Winners & Best of Opposite
Thank You Judge Polly Smith 


Group Judge Lorraine Boutwell

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Oklahoma City Kennel Club, Oklahoma City, OK Wednesday, June 24, 2015

HAVANESE
PATCHES - 1st / WINNERS DOG / BEST OF WINNERS / MAJOR  - NEW CHAMPION !!!! 
CH Bejeweled That's Shabby Chic
Patches
CH Bejeweled That's Shabby Chic

Show with Judge Janice Pardue awarding winners dog at the 
Central Oklahoma Toy Dog Specialty 

DELTA - That's a Designing Woman at Bejewel - 1st 
ZEUS - Select
TAFFY - BEST OF BREED
Thank You Judge Murrell Purkhiser 
Group Judge Lorraine Boutwell 


BLACK RUSSIAN TERRIER
VARIAS - BEST OF BREED 
made the cut in group
Thank You Judge Nikki Riggsbee 
Group Judge Dana Cline 



AFGHAN HOUND
TAZI - 1st/Winners Dog/Best of Winners/BEST OF BREED !!!!
Judge Col. Joe Purkhiser 
Group Judge Polly Smith

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

NEW CHAMPION - ALBERT

Congratulations to Paula Fly, proud owner of Albert & George, and grandmother of Hannah, her handler!
 Hannah finished Albert a couple of weeks ago at the Stillwater shows, going Best of Winners under Judges Eugene Blake and Fred Bassett

GREAT JOB!!!!
We are very proud. 

ALBERT
CH That's Prince Albert Smudge
Hannah 
Judge Fred Bassett

And Beautiful George - yes, she is all girl!!!
George
That's Geminiis Cosmic Enchantment



OK…Scared myself.

Well, OK, sometimes that happens looking in the mirror, but today is was searching for Dave's flight to China.  It said 'diverted to Guam due to mechanical difficulties.  YIKES!  Flashbacks to all of the things that have happened on the other side of the globe to international flights. 

Then I realized that I had fat-finger syndrome, and the bandaid on my pinky didn't help.  I hit the '1' twice so the flight number was incorrect.  Whewww!!!!

He is still in the air.  Probably another 12 or 13 hours before he reaches his destination. 

Safe travels my love!

Monday, June 8, 2015

RYAN'S FIRST SHOW.

Formerly 'Rain' - a Keisha x Bugs puppy, now living in Poland.  Ryan was Best Puppy at his first show in Kaunas Lithuiania.  Under Judge Bruno Nodali from Italy.

He looks so good!  We are proud grandparents!

Ryan
That's Sun Ray at Pilosus

Wheaton Kennel Club, Wheaton, IL Sunday June 7, 2015

HAVANESE
PATCHES - 1st / WINNERS DOG / BEST OF WINNERS / 
DELTA - That's a Designing Woman at Bejewel - 1st / Reserve Winners Bitch
ZEUS - BEST OF BREED
Zeus
BISS AM GCH CAN GCH Mendota's Adorabull Greek Legend
Zeus
BISS AM GCH CAN GCH Mendota's Adorabull Greek Legend


TAFFY - BEST OF OPPOSITE
Thank You Judge Hank Williams 
Group Judge Jacqui Weekes 


BLACK RUSSIAN TERRIER
VARIAS - BEST OF BREED 
made the cut in group
Thank You Judge Hank Williams 
Group Judge Hank Williams 
Varias 
GCH That's What's In A Name



AFGHAN HOUND
TAZI - 2nd 
(Not what we wanted but not bad for a specialty show weekend with tough competition!)
Judge David Peat 
Group Judge David Peat


BICHONS
LEILANI - 1st / WINNERS BITCH 
NURPLE - Not Shown today
Thank You Judge Jan Paulk
Group Judge Jan Paulk


Sunday, June 7, 2015

Wheaton Kennel Club, Wheaton, IL Saturday June 6, 2015

HAVANESE
ANOTHER BEST OF EVERYTHING DAY!!!!

PATCHES - 1st / WINNERS DOG / BEST OF WINNERS / BEST OF BREED
Patches
Bejewel That's Shabby Chic
Pictured with
Judge Janice Pardue as Best of Winners
Central Oklahoma Toy Dog Specialty, Sunday May 17, 2015
DELTA - That's a Designing Woman at Bejewel - 1st / WINNERS BITCH




I hope they got a picture, because this is the last one that I have of Delta before she went to live with Carolyn Knuth! 


ZEUS - SELECT
TAFFY - BEST OF OPPOSITE
Thank You Judge Jason Hoke 
Group Judge Jason Hoke


While we are always appreciative of our wins, this is another example of a judge awarding baby puppy coat over more deserving adults.  There is another judge who has awarded Havanese puppies Best of Breed over specials over 96% of the time.  Yes, I did the math.  She never uses them in group.   We no longer enter specials or adults under her.  The standard calls for 'soft & silky' coat NOT the softest coat in the ring.  As I have always said, it's like comparing a 5 year old child's hair to a supermodel's beautiful long silky hair.  Both may be soft & silky, but that supermodel's hair is never going to feel like that 5 year old, and it shouldn't, but that doesn't make it any less beautiful.  If a judge has the ability to judge different breed 'against' each other in a group, why can't they understand that adults are different than puppies?



BICHONS
LEILANI - 1st / WINNERS BITCH 
NURPLE - SELECT
Thank You Judge George Milutinovich
Group Judge Jacqui Weekes


BLACK RUSSIAN TERRIER
VARIAS - BEST OF BREED 
Thank You Judge Jacqui Weekes
Group Judge Jacqui Weekes


AFGHAN HOUND
TAZI - 2nd 
(Not what we wanted but not bad for a specialty show weekend with tough competition!)
Judge Donald Martin 
Group Judge Edna Martin

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Afghan Hound Club of Greater Chicago, Friday June 5, 2015

AFGHAN HOUND
Two Shows and a Sweepstakes today.  Tazi and Dave were busy!

Show 1 - Judge C. Gill Ullom
TAZI -  3rd

SWEEPSTAKES - Judge Sandy Nelson
TAZI - 2nd 

Show 2 - Judge Patricia Franklin
TAZI -  2nd 

 Overall, not what we wanted, but still not bad for a large entry and only his 2nd weekend showing.  He was also the youngest in his class.  - OK, no more excuses!!!  

(No promises about the whining though!)

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Jerry Seinfeld Quote - sort of

This morning on one of my very favorite TV shows, CBS Sunday Morning, there was an interview with Jerry Seinfeld.  Evidently he has a show that has been on some cable network for 6 years (or seasons?) called Comedians in Cars with Coffee (or something like that).  Who knew?  Anyway they talked about how he still does stand-up because it keeps him down to earth.  Like someone worth $800 million can be down to earth.  Might have only been $80 million but after the firs $20 million isn't it all about the same?  I wouldn't mind finding out....

The quote that I actually laughed out loud and wanted to share was from a clip they did of his stand-up act went something like this: 

"A lot of people my age are making Bucket Lists.  I made one, looked at it, changed the 'B' to an 'F' and was done with it!"  
- Jerry Seifeld

I think that's my plan.
HAVE A GREAT DAY!

Norsk Miniatyrhund Klubb Østfold. Rygge, Norway Sunday May 31, 2015

HAVANESE

SIZZLE - THAT'S MELTING HEARTS AT PETIT AMI

BEST OF BREED 

THANK YOU JUDGE ROY FJERDINGBY

Dave & Sizzle
That's Melting Hearts at Petit Ami

Breeder-Owner-Handled by David Scheiris
Thank You Judge Roy Fjerdingby
Congratulations to the BOS Havanese puppy girl too!


After huge airline delays, cancelled flights, etc, Dave and Sizzle finally made it to Norway late Saturday.  BUT it was in time to be at the show this morning and do very well.  While Sizzle has three AKC Beginner Puppy Group 1s here in the US, this was his first show outside of the US and his first show on outside on grass.  We are very proud of our boy that will be in Norway with his new mom Wivi-Anne Olsen.


Saturday, May 30, 2015

METRO MILE HI KENNEL CLUB - TOY DOG SPECIALTY -Longmont, CO Friday May 29, 2015

HAVANESE
WOW!!! WOW!!! WOW!!!

MILO - THAT'S JUST THE WAY I ROLL 

Owner - Handled by DARLENE LICASTRO 
FROM 6 - 9 PUPPY CLASS to BEST OF BREED!!!
1st, WINNERS DOG, BEST OF WINNERS, BEST OF BREED
5 POINT MAJOR !!!

THANK YOU JUDGE SHARON NEWCOMB

WOW!!! 
We knew they would be a great team, but this is AWESOME!  
EXCELLENT JOB!


MILO
That's Just the Way I Roll
Thank You Judge Sharon Newcomb
Owner-Handled by Darlene Licastro

Milo is a Desi son & Roche Grandson.
Pedigree:  http://havanesegallery.hu/pair_en.php?id1=37424&id2=37421

Good Luck the rest of the weekend. 
MILO
That's Just The Way I Roll
May 29, 2015
Longmont, CO