Border Terrier Canada CKC Earthdog Test - July 25, 2012 - Judge Judy Todd, Toms River, New Jersey
From our Judge, Judy
I would like to thank the Specialty Earthdog Test Chair , Pam Dyer, and the entire Committee for inviting me to judge earthdog at the first independent BT Canada Specialty. It was an honor to be asked. The members of the Committee made me feel very welcome during the weeks and months leading up to the event. Their hard physical labor during the day before, getting set up for the test, and the clean up of the site after the test was over was nothing short of remarkable. Everything was ready for the test before I even arrived on-site.
The pre-entries (14) were supplemented by gate entries in all the classes. I am sure that the gate entry number was directly influenced by the introductory session that was staged by the committee members earlier in the day. I noted that the introductory session on the lawn woke up the instincts in several dogs. This then inspired the handlers to enter their dogs in the test.
The one or two dogs that were reluctant to enter the tunnels in the Intro to Quarry test were more than outweighed by the enthusiasm of the remaining dogs, some of whom while being real novices, only needed to be shown what the test was all about. Many dogs had great improvements over previous attempts.
Junior Earthdog showed the greater experience of these dogs. A few ran the test like old hands and one or two also showed that, with a little more practice, they would easily pass the test.
Senior Earthdog proved to be the toughest class to pass. In this class the dog is expected to recall to the handler after having "worked" at the rats behind the protective wooden dowels for 90 seconds. The handler has 90 seconds to recall the dog out of the tunnel and to have physical control of the dog. Luckily our single passing dog, "Sophie", was inspired to come out of the tunnel when her handler promised her a "biscuit". Whatever it takes!
I would like to especially thank the Test Secretary, Anne Geall for all her hard work in keeping up with all the paperwork involved in running the test so efficiently.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time in New Brunswick and I hope to return in the future.
Introduction to Quarry
Total number of dogs entered - 10, Total number of starters - 10, Qualifiers - 2
- Ruffpups Star Border (Brewster), Breeder: Sharon Ivany-Melanson by Ch. Boldwind Star Attraction ex Ch. Boldwind Solo Star, Owner: Jennifer Oxner-Fifield & Kevin Fifield
Bernfield's Dixie (Dixie), Breeder: Carole Bernier by Ch. Bernfield's All Razzed Up ex Borderbend Teeka at Bernfield, Owner: Kevin Fifield
Total number of dogs entered - 9, Total number of starters - 9, Qualifiers - 3
Greywoode Nightjar (Alex), Breeder: Patrick Glover by Oldstone Sovereign ex Peaceable Greywoode Aster Spectabalis, Owner: Jayne & Mary Christie
Aberjona's Tabula Rasa (Rasa), Breeder: Hannah Gregorio & Judith Rivers by Borderhouse Lassiter ex Redgate's Nor'Easter, Owner: Margaret Thomas
Elwha's Juan Ta Trot (Fox), Breeder: Charlotte Metzer by Elwha's Dandy Juan ex Elwha's Etc. Etc. Etc., Owner: Carol Soeldner & Nancy Pemberton
Total number of dogs entered - 6, Total number of starters - 6, Qualifiers - 1
Falconbrook Sensibility (Sophie), Breeder J. Anna Fraser by Ch. Shelburne Stutz Bearcat ex Ch. Duet Spy in the Sky
PUPPY AND VETERAN SWEEPSTAKES - Judge Jo Ann Frier Murza, Lothlorien Working Terriers, Crosswicks, New Jersey
From our Judge, Jo Ann
I very much enjoyed being a part of the Border Terrier Canada Specialty and appreciate your confidence in inviting me to judge the Sweepstakes Classes.
The venue overlooking the St. John River was a spectacular pairing with the typical summer weather.
My focus is being in the field with the dogs, so the clear air and outdoor atmosphere suited me perfectly.
Pleasant, good sportsmanship abounded with an emphasis on dog and owner relationships and the versatility of the breed.
Although recognition goes to the winners, everyone seemed genuinely happy to go home with their own dogs, win or lose, after a few days of socializing with friends. This, to me, is the epitome of a dog show with Border Terriers.
Thanks for inviting me to offer my opinion of your dogs and share your specialty.
Jo Ann Frier-Murza
JUNIOR PUPPY BITCH SWEEPS
Brightrain's Hurricane Hazel
SENIOR PUPPY BITCH SWEEPS
Brrams Marytime Juniper Berry
12-18 MONTH PUPPY BITCH SWEEPS
Bandersnatch Defying Gravity
BEST IN SWEEPSTAKES: Bandersnatch Defying Gravity
7 to 10 YEARS DOGS
Sunkist Kissen' Run
Ch. Rovin Seventh Heaven JE.
7 - 9 YEARS BITCHES
Ch. Falconbrook Jane Austen JE.
10 - 13 YEARS BITCHES
Ch. Falconbrook Lust For Life JE.
BEST IN VETERAN SWEEPSTAKES: Ch. Falconbrook Jane Austen JE.
BEST OF OPPOSITE SEX IN VETERAN SWEEPSTAKES: Sunkist Kissen' Run
SPECIALTY - Judge Patrick Glover, Greywoode Border Terriers, Aurora, Maine
From our Judge, Patrick
First I would like to thank Border Terrier Canada for inviting me to judge your specialty. My wife Jill and I had a very pleasant stay. The countryside was beautiful and we took full advantage of this by roaming around.
I do not think I have ever been any place where the people have been so nice. It was a pleasure to meet all of you and put faces to your names.
I certainly appreciated having such a knowledgeable and pleasant ring steward. The ring set up was very accommodating, offering shade to all the Borders. If I felt too hot at times, I would just look down to all the sparkling water of the St. John and feel cooler. We were fortunate to have had such pleasing weather.
I found many of the virtues of a proper Border Terrier in evidence on the majority of my exhibits. Large teeth with a proper bite, respectable nose leathers, good pelts along with hard coats and proper size. All exhibits were spannable but one.
It was a pleasure to find my BOB and BOS, while of different type, they both fulfilled the standard nicely.
The Border Terrier is alive and well in Canada.
VETERAN DOG - 7 to 9 YEARS
Ch. Rovin Seventh Heaven JE. 05-May-2003, Breeder: Sheryl & Grace Shaker by Ch. Jansim Dandylion TT,CG,CGC,CD,JE. ex Gamekeeper's Blue Sky of Rovin, Owner: Lisa & David Lessard
Sunkist Kissen' Run 30-Oct-2004, Breeder: Harriet Haydon & Meg Ikard by Sunkist Skedaddle ex Sunkist Shut Up And Kiss Me, Owner: Carol Soeldner & Harriet Haydon
VETERAN DOG - 13 YEARS AND OVER
Ch. Jansim Toad In The Hole TT,CG,CGC,CD,SE.RA. 09-Apr-1997, Breeder/Owner: Chris & Pam Dyer by Dandyhow Topnotch ex Ch. Jansim Pennyroyal TT,CG,CGC,CD.
JUNIOR PUPPY BITCH
Brightrain's Hurricane Hazel 30-Dec-2011, Breeder/Owner: Dr. Kirsten Goodman by Ch. Fireland's Up In Smoke ex Ch. Brightrain's Quinntessential JE.
SENIOR PUPPY BITCH
Brrams Marytime Juniper Berry 22-Oct-2011, Breeder/Owner: Susan E. Hall by Ch. Hellas Jordgubbe ex Loyalties Daimhin At Brrams
BRED BY EXHIBITOR BITCH
Bandersnatch Defying Gravity 17-Apr-2011, Breeder/Owner: Margaret & Amanda Pough by Ch. L'Dickens Bandersnatch Devilry JE. ex Ch. Bandersnatch Rhapsody In Blue
Shivaree Millenium Falconbrook - 21-Feb-2009, Breeder: Melony McCarthy & J Anna Fraser by Ch. Rovin Jansim Summer Wine SE ex Ch. Falconbrook Jane Austen JE., Owner: Melony McCarthy
Faireview Double Back To Bandersnatch 9-Sep-2010, Breeder: Kathleen Henning & Margaret Henning by Sunkist Sweet Music Man ex Bandersnatch Odyssey At Faireview, Owner: Margaret B Pough & Amanda Pough
Elwha's Juan Ta Trot 16-Oct-2007, Breeder: Charlotte Metzler by Elwha's Dandy Juan ex Elwha's Etc. Etc. Etc., Owner: Carol Soeldner & Nancy Pemberton
WINNERS BITCH: Bandersnatch Defying Gravity
RESERVE WINNERS BITCH: Faireview Double Back To Bandersnatch
VETERAN BITCH - 7 to 9 YEARS
Ch. Falconbrook Jane Austen JE. 31-Mar-2003, Breeder: J. Anna Fraser by Ch. Shelbourne Stutz Bearcat ex Ch. Duet Spy In The Sky, Owner: Melony McCarthy
VETERAN BITCH - 9 to 13 YEARS
Ch. Falconbrook Lust For Life JE. 03-Jan-2002, Breeder: J. Anna Fraser by Ch. Jansim Holly Roger RA,JE. ex Ch. Duet Spy In The Sky, Owner: Anna Robaczewski
BEST OF BREED: Ch. Brightrain's Quinntessential JE (bitch) 06-April-2009, Breeder/Owner: Kirsten Goodman DVM by Kandu's Marathon Man ex Ch. Brightrain's First Edition SE.
BEST OF OPPOSITE SEX: Ch. Jansim I'm Your Man (dog) 04-Mar-2009, Breeder: Anna Robaczewski & Pam Dyer by Ch. Rovin Jansim Summer Wine SE. ex Ch. Lothlorien Jansim Hazel Tor SE., Owner: Anne Geall, A. Robaczewski & P. Dyer
BEST PUPPY: Brrams Marytime Juniper Berry
AWARD OF MERIT: Ch. Shivaree Hermit The Dog (dog) 04-Aug-2008, Breeder: Melony McCarthy & J. Anna Fraser by Ch. Rovin Jansim Summer Wine SE. ex Ch. Falconbrook Jane Austen JE., Owner: Melony McCarthy
BEST VETERAN MALE: Ch. Jansim Toad In The Hole TT,CG,CGC,CD,SE.RA.
BEST VETERAN BITCH: Ch. Falconbrook Lust For Life JE.
BEST BROOD BITCH: Ch. Falconbrook Jane Austen JE.
BEST BRACE: Ch. Falconbrook Jane Austen JE. and Ch. Shivaree Hermit The Dog
Ch. Brightrain's Quinntessential JE (bitch) 06-April-2009, Breeder/Owner: Kirsten Goodman DVM by Kandu's Marathon Man ex Ch. Brightrain's First Edition SE.
Ch. Brightrain's First Edition SE. 11-May-2006, Breeder/Owner: Kirsten Goodman by Ch. Conundrum Co-Writer ex Ch. Bernfield's Bright Rain Ruby
Ch. Falconbrook Jane Austen JE. 31-Mar-2003, Breeder: J. Anna Fraser by Ch. Shelbourne Stutz Bearcat ex Ch. Duet Spy In The Sky, Owner: Melony McCarthy
Ch. Jansim You Know Who I Am SE. 04-Marc-2009, Breeder/Owner: Anna Robaczewski & Pam Dyer by Ch. Rovin Jansim Summer Wine SE. ex Ch. Lothlorien Jansim Hazel Tor SE.
BEST OTTER HEAD: Ch. Jansim I'm Your Man
JUNIOR SHOWMANSHIP - Judge Margaret B. Pough, Bandersnatch Border Terriers, Ithaca, New York
BEST OVERALL JUNIOR: Joshua Adams
BORDER ESSENTIALS - Presided over by Judges: Patrick, Jo Ann and Judy
BEST HEAD: Ch. Jansim I'm Your Man, Anne Geall, Anna Robaczewski & Pam Dyer
BEST GAIT: Ch. Brightrain's Quinntessential JE, Kirsten Goodman DVM
BEST TAIL: Ch. L'Dickens Bandersnatch Devilry JE., Marg & Amanda Pough
BEST RIBS: Ch. Brightrain's Quinntessential JE, Kirsten Goodman DVM
BEST PELT: Jansim Boomerang TT,CG,CGC,RA,SE., Chris & Pam Dyer
JUST FOR FUN
LONGEST DRIVE (a.k.a. MARSHMALLOW CHALLENGE)
LADIES: Mary Christie (New Jersey) 58ft 11in
GENTLEMEN: Kevin Fifield (Nova Scotia) 82ft 10in
FREDERICTON DUMPSTER DIVE: Faster time to locate the varmint was 16.02 seconds posted by first-timer Penny (Brrams Marytime Juniper Berry) closely followed by Hazel, Alex, Geordie and Brewster who all had times under 25 seconds.
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Best Puppy in Sweeps
Best Veteran in Sweeps
Best of Breed
Best of Opposite Sex
Award of Merit
Best Veteran Male
Best Overall Junior
Presentation of Annual "Molly Award"
This year, the last year for the Molly Award, saw the presentation of the award to two Borders who have demonstrated the high standard of embarrassing behaviour set by Molly herself
Lothlorien Scrimmage ME,BTCA-FSC,AWTA-CG,Am.CD. submitted by Jo Ann Frier-Murza
Those old Borders, you gotta love 'em!
Scrimmage is celebrating her 15th year with the best of lounging around the house, disciplining and playing sparingly with the dachshund puppy, and doing pretty much as she pleases. She's always been a good dog, never any trouble, so she's getting easier and easier as she eases into her limited-hearing world.
A couple of months ago, I was hosting a couple of earthdog judges in my home, and one had brought his Border. To be cautious, we had two barriers between the main rooms and the back bedrooms where the judges were staying. Usually this area is off-limits to my house dogs, so there wasn't so much change in Scrimmage's routine. She isn't much into darting out the door, especially now, or bothering guests, so she was my only dog who stayed in the house for the duration.
The judge had shown me how he had carefully packaged his dog's food into small zip lock bags, one for each meal during the week. There were lots of zip locks.
Day 2, the judge shows me a ripped-up zip lock and related his story.
He entered his bedroom after a brief errand, passing the doggy gate and bedroom door, both agape, only to find dottering Scrimmage deeply immersed in premium dog food, one zip lock at a time. Most of it was gone. Score one for Scrimmage, who usually eats ordinary Senior dog food.
Her senses heightened, she lurked, passing herself off as the one who has no clue what's going on. Secretly, she knew she had zeroed in on a remote, typically unused room with great success. Guests....
Days passed, the festivities of people in and out, dogs in and out, busy days and short nights. Scrimmage bided her time.
Late in the week, a NEW guest arrived and occupied a room on the opposite side of the house, also normally off-limits with a doggy gate. The guest brings in her luggage, her crates, her dogs. Scrimmage waits.
Unaware, guest #3 leaves the gate slightly ajar and returns some minutes later. Scrimmage wasted no time. In-and-out. Guest returns to gently rifled luggage and one small container removed. The small container has a screw-off lid, also removed-no teeth marks or damage of any kind-a three-week supply of very tasty joint supplement missing. Scrimmage is found looking innocent on the dog bed.
I called the vet. Once the tech stopped laughing, my long-suffering vet said he thought there'd be no problem. On the contrary, Scrimmage was quite spry all through the next month!
Never assume that the apparent absent mindedness of an old dog is a sign of senility, it might be scheming in disguise.
Ch. Falconbrook Happy Go Lucky FM-ONYX Can.ME, CGN. submitted by Megan McGovern
When Lexi was around 2 years old, I was working at a vet hospital with a wonderful group of people. One of our vet techs decided to host a BBQ and everyone was invited. Lexi was my sidekick everywhere I went, so I asked if I could bring her along. I promised Lexi was very well behaved so Lexi got the thumbs up to come.
When we arrived, Lexi could smell all the delicious food cooking and could see all her friends around. She was so excited! I let her off her leash at the door so she could greet everyone. Lexi then promptly got a case of the zoomies. She ran up the stairs, across the kitchen, THROUGH the screen door, across the deck containing everyone I worked with, down the stairs and started doing zoomie circles in the back yard...until she fell in the koi pond. Within 20 seconds of arriving she managed to break a door, terrify a bunch of koi, and throughly embarrass her mother. My friends still talk about that day, lol.
I just remembered another story that happened recently.
My friend Becky and I decided we were going to make home made dog cookies. Before Becky arrived, I needed a few more last minute supplies so I put the "bad" dogs in their crates, and because Lexi is so perfect, she got to stay loose on the main level. I ended getting caught up in traffic, so when Becky arrived at my house before me, I told her where to find the key and to go ahead and let herself in. 2 minutes later I receive this text from Becky, "Soooo....when you left the house was there garbage spread all over the floor?" Oh Lexi! I had pulled the garbage bag out of the can and intended on putting it outside when I left, but I forgot about it. Lexi did not forget about it, lol.
Ok, one more
We were racing flyball, it was our last race of the day on Sunday. We were tied 2 to 2, the next race won our division. Lexi could feel the excitement in the air and was super pumped. The race started, one dog zooms by, the second dog zooms by, the third dog too, now it's Lexi's turn! I let her go and she takes off with the power of a race car! We're in the lead! Lexi is running with all her might! She goes over the jumps, hits the box and grabs her ball! She's still in the lead! She goes over the first jump then STOPS! She's hidden behind the jump so I can't see her...then I hear people laughing. What is she doing?? I run up and realize what is happening...Lexi is having a poop.
Gotta love my girl