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The Official Newsletter for the Lethbridge and District Kennel Club

News

May your Christmas be Bright
photo by Kim Tollefson

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Thought of the Month

photo by Amanda Shigehiro

Dogs are not happy because they have the best of everything. Dogs are happy because they make the best of everything.
-unknown

Favorite Links
• For information on CKC Events, Breed Standings, and to find a show near you- check out Canuck Dogs. http://canuckdogs.com • Check out our own website!! http://www.ldkc.net

Upcoming Events
• For information on CKC Events, Breed Standings, and to find a show near you- check out Canuck Dogs. http://canuckdogs.com

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Year End Reviews
A quick recap of a year gone by!

Julia’s big boy True has had a phenomenal 2012. She is looking forward to even greater things in 2013!

Cruiser finished 2012 as # 1 mini long BDIC point system and was the only mini long in Canada to get a RBIS in 2012. Not bad for only six shows!

Izzie ended the year as number 4 Rally pug in Canada and is on the AAC top dogs list for 2012 with 15 Qs and 2 titles

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Members Spotlight
Members are encouraged to submit brags and photos for the newsletter. Email manymuddypaws@hotmail.ca

Julia reports that True came home with THREE Group 2's at the Alberta Kennel Club Shows. A good way to start the New Year I’d say!

At the AKC show two members dogs came away with their first Scenthurdle title! Congrats to Judy and her dog Maizie and Amanda and her dog Brit on earning their Scenthurdle Dog Titles!

Tate, CH MARINER STORM CHASER TD RE AGI ADC CGN HIC TT VCX I took Tate to Calgary for the ASSCA Collie Specialty on Jan 19 2013, he was entered in the 10 & over Veterans Class as he will be 11 in April. He came home with Best Veteran In Specialty as well as an Award Of Merit!!! I had so many compliments on him, how he did not look 11, even the judge couldn't believe it. He moved like he was a 3 year old & kept up with all those Specials. To say I am proud is an understatement. To be in the ring again with Tate was a joy, & so very emotional. When we were gaiting in the ring flashes of the years gone by with him came to me, from a bouncing puppy, getting his first 3 points over the Open dogs at his very first show, to the day he became a Champion at just over a year of age. Tate in my eyes is perfect, everything a Collie should be & more, & I love him so much!

Bob & Ev Sera of Seransil Standard Poodles are proud to announce their wins at the Alberta Kennel Club Shows Jan. 18 20, 2013 in Rally Obedience. This was Promise's (Ch Seransil Promise Is A Promise) first time in Rally Obedience. She completed her Novice title with scores of 97, 100 (PERFECT SCORE), & 95. (pic attached). Ashton (Can/Am Ch KushNivas Winter Ash Seransil)started working towards his RAE and qualified in all 3 trials with scores in the 90's putting him as the top Rally Obedience dog Allbreed in Rally Obedience.

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Interesting facts, funnies, and history about the WKC Dog Show
Information and photos shared from the WKC Facebook page.

In 1884, Westminster held a non-sporting breed show in the fall after the usual all-breed event in the spring. When entries closed, they had twice the number they'd expected: 600 dogs. They came from every state in the Union (38 at the time) and included such foreign breeds as Great Danes, Chinese Cresteds and Leonbergs. A page out of Harper's Weekly presented some of the winners of that "forgotten show," so called because the show, said to lack the characteristic enthusiasm of its spring show, was the first and last time it would be held. Shown here, that page from Harper's Weekly 1884 - Collection of the New York Historical
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Between 1877 and 1963, Westminster's Miscellaneous Class entries included the Maltese Lion Dog, Owtchar,Angora Terrier, Australian Wild Dog, Brabancon, Danish Boar Hound, English Broken Haired Terrier, the Japanese Plume Dog, Danish Foxhound, Bergere de Bauel and the Berghund. In Poodles alone, we had the Corded Poodle, Spanish Silk Poodle, Belgium Poodle and Spanish Poodle. Last, but not least, the Clydesdale Terrier.

For all the benching tags manufactured in the early 1900s, (Westminster issued one as a ticket of admission for each dog entered) only one made its way back to the club's archives.

The entry at that first show was 1,201 dogs and giving particulars about the dog, such as its sire, dam and date of birth, was suggested, but not required. Many got to the show by rail, since most railroads offered passage to and from the show for free. Uniformed attendants took all entries into the ring, and it would be years before owners did it, themselves. Seen here is a general view of that first show held at the Hippodrome in 1877

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FYI: Did you know that Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show predates the invention of the light bulb and automobile?

From a 1896 issue of Harper's Weekly, a photo spread of some of the entries. And from the New York Times of February 20, 1896, "Among fanciers of poultry years ago there was a sort of hysteria that affected breeders known as the poultry fever. It was never so infectious, never so rabid in its workings as the fever that infects the man who is a breeder of fine dogs."

Did you know: The Westminster smart phone app is now available for iPhones (available for Droids next week); Search for 'Westminster Dog Show' in the app store, download it and have in the palm of your hand the show schedule, judging program, a map and directory, all about the judges, breeds, and live video of each ring. It’s being offered FREE! for a limited time!
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The Tail End
A few thoughts from the editor

When I was a little kid I would sit and watch my old recorded-from-the-tv Westminster Dog Show over, and over, and over again. I still have the old VHS tapes in my garage somewhere. Every year I’d beg to watch it, even making a deal with my brother once that I’d do his chores for a week if he’d let me... For days after I’d torture my family dog- a little poodle cross and parade (i.e drag) her around and around the yard. I loved watching all the different breeds, hearing about the individual dogs, and dreaming of a day that I’d be there. I’d make my pick in the first go-round of the Best In Show ring, and more often than not I was wrong. ;) As most of you know I am not a Conformation person, and only show on the odd occasion for a friend in need. So that long ago dream of being at Westminster is gone. But that dream was front and center for a long time. Now I am more into the performance aspect of the dog world- but I still admire a good show dog, and am a great cheerleader outside the ring for friends. ;) I’d still like to experience it once as a spectator- it looks magnificent. The crowds, the dogs, the atmosphere- it all looks pretty impressive. It was fun to read about how the show has evolved, the Kennel Clubs facebook page is chock full of great stuff. If you are on facebook definitely check it out. If you aren’t on facebook it could be a good reason to do so! ;) -Amanda

Want to join the LDKC?
We are always on the lookout for responsible dog lovers to join the club! Contact Andrea at andidog@telus.net for more information!

Comments/ Suggestions/ Submissions
Editor: Amanda Labadie: manymuddypaws@hotmail.ca

P.S Don’t be afraid to pass on the newsletter to your friends! Maybe it would be incentive to join so they can show off their wins and brags too! :)

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