The Youngsters – 2016 Show News

There has been a lot of activity in and out of the show ring.   Here is a summary of what is going on with the kids so far for 2016.


Am./Cdn,/UKC Ch. Yasashiikuma I Am Not A Number

(Oban x Dolly October 30/14)


Patrick returned to the U.S. and completed his American Championship at the same she where he picked up his first two majors, at the Western Reserve Specialty.


Am. Ch. Yasashiikuma Codename Intrepid

co-owned with Gayle Petrick (Oban x Dolly October 30/14)



Duffy has returned to both the AKC & UKC rings.   He has already picked up 2 Grand Champion majors in AKC, and several group placements and a couple of group wins in UKC.  He attended UKC National and with the competiion there is so far qualified for Top 10 in 2017 too!   Duffy has also earned his Barn Hunt instinct test.


Am. Ch. Yasashiikuma Angie of Heulwen

co-owned with Lori Sams (Mick x Dolly December 26/15)


Angie has finished her American Championship and has already picked up two Grand Champion majors.



Am. GCh. Yasashiikuma Hwy Heading South

co-owned with Lynn Maxey (Mick x Dolly December 26/15)


Jacob had a whirlwind show debut starting his career in January at the Brookesville, FL shows and six showss later finishing his American Grand Championship!



Yasashiikuma Heart of A Lion

  (Patrick x Athena – August 30/15)

 gryphon-best-in-sweepstakes-smallGryphon has been having great success on both sides of the border,  he is 4 pts from his Canadian championship, and got his first US major at Western Reserve specialty weekend.  His successes also include Winners Dog at the Canadian National Specialty and at one of the following All-Breed shows.



Yasashiikuma Master of Time

co-owned with Angelika Ludwig (Patrick x Athena August 30/15)


 Chronos has been doing very well at a number  European shows earning consistent excellent critiques.   He is now a German Youth CH. and has earned other awards, including his first CAC.


Ch. Yasashiikuma Dare T’Believe

  (Mick x Dash  February 24/16)


Hope is another puppy that has flown through her championship – three weeks from her first show to her championship!!   The following week she picked up back-to-back Best Puppy in Group wins at the Burlington Kennel Club show.



Yasashiikuma Dare T’B Diffrent

  (Mick x Dash February 24/15)


 Susie has made her show ring debut, but has only earned one point being overshadowed by her sister.  Now that Hope is done Susie will have her opportunity to shine.


Yasashiikuma Truth or Dare

co-owned with Barb Luce (Mick x Dash February 24/15)

quinnQuinn has made her show ring debut, earning a Baby puppy Group 2nd and was awarded Reserve Winners bitch over several much older females at her first official show, but unfortunately contracted kennel cough at the show and had to abstain from showing for 30 days.   We look forward to her returning to the ring at the end of the month.


Catch up post – the Summer of 2016 – CCCC Specialty

So the specialty weekend for Canadian National was in Halifax this year. Since my son’s family is down in Nova Scotia it became a family vacation combination along with an opportunity to take in the Specialty. Along the route I picked up my good friend Helen who came along to give me a hand with the crew since I went a little over board on the entries, with three All-Breed shows as well as the Specialty.

Show #1 on Friday was judged by Nancy Popovich. She awarded Dragoon a Group 3rd.

Show #2 our judge was Michael Hill. He found Dragoon for Best of Breed, Jolene for Best of Opposite and Hope for Winners Bitch for her first 2 points.  He then gave Dragoon the Herding Group!


Group 1
Michael Hill



Best of Opposite Sex
Michael Hill


Hope - Yasashiikuma Dare T'Believe Winners Bitch/Best Puppy Michael Hill

Hope – Yasashiikuma Dare T’Believe
Winners Bitch/Best Puppy
Michael Hill



Saturday at noon the Specialty began with Puppy Sweepstakes judged by Jean Clifford of Trailwyn Cardigans in New York.


Hope – Yasashiikuma Dare T’Believe
Best in Puppy Sweepstakes
Jean Clifford

 Hope was awarded Best in Juvenile Sweepstakes, and Gryphon Best of Opposite Sex in Juvenile Sweeps. In the Veteran Sweepstakes Dragoon was Best in Sweeps and Dolly was Best of Opposite. The Regular Specialty was judged by Kristen Francis of Stonecroft Pembroke corgis, in Ontario. First Gryphon was awarded Winners Dog.


Gryphon – Yasashiikuma Heart of a Lion
Winners Dog/Best of Opposite in Juvenile Sweeps
Kristen Francis/Jean Clifford

Then Hope was awarded Winners Bitch, and Dolly  Veteran Bitch.

With Gryphon, Hope and Dolly all needing to go into the Best of Breed ring it was necessary to wrangle extra hands and I thank Addison White for taking in Gryphon and Stepanie Toman for going back into the ring with Dolly, while Helen showed Hope, Shannon showed Dragoon and I took in Jolene.

It was a blur, but in the final line up Jolene won Best In Specialty, and Best Canadian Bred.  My little baby girl, at 17 months is now a National Specialty winner!


Jolene – CH. Yasashiikuma Jaunty Jolene
Best in Specialty/Best Canadian Bred
Kristen Francis



Dragoon – Am/Cdn GCH UK,FR, NL, Lux CH. Yasashiikuma Lest We Forget – RWW-’11, EUW-’11
Best of Opposite Sex/Best in Veteran Sweeps
Kristen Francis/Jean Clifford



Dolly – Am GCH/Cdn GCHEX Yasashiikuma Smoky Mountn Maid, CGN, CGC, TDI, TT, HIC, ROMB
Select Bitch, Best Veteran, Best Sexually Altered/Best of Opposite in Veteran Sweeps
Kristen Francis/Jean Clifford


And baby Hope at all of 6 months and 1 week was Best of Winners and Best Puppy


Yasashiikuma Dare T’Believe
Best of Winners/Best Puppy in Breed
Kristen Francis


Sunday, Dragoon again was Best of Breed, and Hope Winners bitch  for another 2 points.  And then he was in the All-Breed Veteran Sweepstakes – and won Best Veteran in Sweeps!


Best in Veteran Sweeps
Dr. Alison Jones


It was a whirlwind trip and I am still pinching myself! 




Catch up post – the Summer of 2016 – Western Reserve

There never seems to be time to actually post the news from the many things going on.   So I will try and catch up in a few posts so as not to be overwhelming by putting them all in one.  So first in the list – Western Reserve weekend 2016

This specialty had some interesting twist and turns.

The Western Reserve specialty #1 was judged by Sandra Wolfskill.    We passed on morning sweepstakes so as not to put a friend the judge in any type of compromised position.


In the first show Gryphon was first in the 9-12 month old puppy class, Jolene was first in Open bitch and Dragoon won the Veteran Dog class.


The second specialty a great family affair in the results.    While sweepstakes were not good  for the kids, the regular specialty results were under judge Mary Anne Brocious


First Patrick was Winners Dog.   This is his third time going WD at the Western Reserve weekend (he was WD/RWD/BOW/RWD 2 years ago) and this finished his American championship. Now American, Canadian & UKC Champion Yasashiikuma I Am Not a Number, and he was moved up to specials for the rest of the weekend.


Then his son Gryphon (Yasashiikuma Heart of A Lion) was Reserve Winners Dog! This would have been enough for the day but it continued.


jolene-reserve-winners-bitch-cwccwr-2016-smallJolene (Yasashiikuma Jaunty Jolene) repeated her win from the puppy class last year going Reserve Winners Bitch!

dragoon-aom-cwccwr-2016-smallDragoon (Am/Cdn GCH UK, FR, NL, Lux CH. Yasashiikuma Lest We Forget) was awarded an Award of Merit.

At both of the Lorain KC shows we ended up with judge replacements.  The first was announced change to judge Ole Nielsen from Ontario.     Unfortunately most of the dogs did not do as well as the rest of the weekend


Gryphon was Best Puppy in Sweepstakes under judge Sharon Ipser, a Bearded Collie breeder from Ohio.


Jolene, however, had a good day going Winners Bitch for her first U.S. Major. 

And then on Sunday we had another unexpected judge change 15 minutes before ring time.  All of the exhibitors were brought together outside of the ring and given options to replace the judge who had been unexpectedly detained.   The majority of the participants voted to have the Show Chairperson. Joe Holava judge, however that caused a scramble for handlers due to a conflict.   Again it was Gryphon’s day, this time going Winners Dog for his first U.S. major, handled by Betsy Nesselhauf.



So all in all, a very successful weekend. A new champion, two winners dog placements, a Reserve Winners Dog, A Reserve winners Bitch, and two U.S. majors….not a bad haul for a specialty weekend!


Sportsmanship – The good and the bad

Dennis the menace

In one of the groups to which I belong because of the Cardigan connection, there have been a few interesting posts on Sportsmanship in various media – newsletters, chat groups, etc.  I have no idea about the events that lead to the posts even though I do know the writers.    The future of dog shows as we know them is in jeopardy, and reasons such as too many shows, low expectations of success due to professional handlers, uneducated judges, have all received a portion of the blame along with poor sportsmanship.

Among dog people I have seen the best and the worst of the dog show world.  But there have also been many, far too many examples of poor sportsmanship and I hate to say it, but most have come from this same group. 

Here are some of the examples that stick in my mind…..some from a very long time ago, some more recent.

November 1996 – As the judge, R. Glendinning pointed to Hunter for Best Puppy in Group, I saw another Cardigan person directly across the ring point their finger down their mouth and make a gagging motion to the person next to them.   They then hurried around the ring to come over and hug me and say what a lovely dog he was and how he deserved the win.    Really???

February 2000 – Megan was 5 months old, and I took her to the Ontario Breeders show to get her used to the noise and commotion.  While there I asked a group of Cardigan exhibitors if they would be entering the Orangeville show, which was the first show she would be old enough for.  I was told “Oh no! The judges suck!  But we will be entering Credit Valley (the week after)  because Stan and Eve (Whitmore) are judging”    So I entered Megan just for the practice, since shows were less than $10 a day back then.   Was I ever shocked to see EIGHT other class dogs entered and she went BOW/BP all three days putting her at 9 points.   At Credit Valley the only other entry was a special she defeated to finish her championship.

August 2012 – I was allowed to be show chair for the Canadian National specialty ONLY  if I agreed that Dolly and Dragoon would not be shown (never before or since has the show chair been told they cannot enter dogs).   I am not saying – I could not handle them (there is no way I would have shown being the chair – I was told flat out that they could not be ENTERED.  The day of the show, was extremely hot, and our ring was used for the Junior Handling Zone finals which ran overtime.   Rather than help us try to get ready by offering any assistance to Beth Bowman and myself trying to sort through the mounds of class trophies, people sat ringside complaining and saying “When are we going to get started?”   They could see what the delay was – it was nothing that we caused, or that could be helped.   When people got their class prizes which Kathryn Arthur & I had gone to a lot of trouble to acquire, they did nothing but complain.  Each class placement received a stainless steel bucket, with the show logo, a 4′ kennel lead in the class placement colour (blue, red, yellow, white), and a bag of treats.  Prize quality went up from there, but exhibitors complained that the leashes were only 4′ long.  I still use some of them to this day, and I don’t know how short other people’s corgis are, but they work just fine on my dogs!  One person came up the judges that were there for mentoring and said “My name is xxxxxx.   Please note that one persons opinion is not necessarily the opinion of the rest of the club”.  At the end of the show, everyone disbursed and went to dinner, leaving Marilyn Boissoneault and I to take down and put away everything (and do without dinner).  I resigned the next day, disgusted at the behaviour of some of the exhibitors.

Calgary 2014 – at the all-breed show prior to the specialty, Dolly was defeated in the veteran class.  With the amount of cheering, clapping and whistling that went on you would have thought the bitch won Best In Show.  Since I wasn’t showing her people were asking me “What was THAT about?”, including the handler I was using.  How do you explain that type of behaviour?

This doesn’t even begin to cover the number of times I’ve asked if there will be competition at a show, only to be told no, and then find out  there was.  Or the times people have not shown up after the first day of a show.

And of course there are the mysterious “genetic” issues my dogs supposedly have that people searching for puppies hav been warned about!   I still have to figure out what they are myself!

I have honestly given up sharing any of my dogs’ successes in this group.  If someone else’s dog takes a placement anywhere, congratulations abound.   Successes by my dogs are totally ignored, so I no longer mention them.  When asked to write an article about Dolly’s accomplishments I said I would not do it myself, but I was willing to be interviewed for an article that someone else would write.  Quite sad that I don’t feel comfortable  talking about my own dog’s accomplishments:(

At the Guelph show this year I was verbally attacked for something that a handler was told I had said, that I never said!  Thankfully I had the entire conversation on my phone as a text conversation and was able to prove that the gossip that had been passed on was NOT what had actually been said at all.

All of the people who have written the posts I’ve read complaining about the lack of sportsmanship are in at least one of the above scenarios …. some in more than one 🙁

On the other hand…..I have seen some shining examples of good sportsmanship.

Carolyn Cannon – after Dolly won Open Bitch at the U.S. National in 2009, told me to get lost while she re-bathed and re-groomed her for Winners.  I’m sure Carolyn’s grooming made her look much better and contributed to her success. I have always said if my dogs win it is despite my handling and grooming, not because of it!

Lori Sams and Gayle Petrick, who helped by showing my dogs last year at Western Reserve, as well as to others who have helped with my set up and shades in the past – Philip Myers especially coming to mind!

Tim & Tracie Zeitz – who when my van blew a transmission line on the way home from the 2012 National drove out and took all my dogs out of the van back to their house, and kept them until the van was mobile again.

One shining example….and I can’t even name specific people….but when the final go-around for Winners Bitch at the 2010 U.S. National was happening, Eileen Eby took a video.  Dolly isn’t an American bred or owned bitch, but the volume of the cheering increased noticeably when she and Tim took their turn.   So there was an entire of room displaying sportsmanship, cheering for a dog that they had no reason to be supporting.

Sportsmanship, like friendship and love, is an exponentially growing resource – that is the more you give it away or display it – the more of it you get in return.   Display sportsmanship including losing gracefully, and winning even more gracefully, and it is one step in the demise of dog shows that you can eliminate.   If you have a comment to make, make it away from the rings, and even better, away from the show grounds.   People love to gossip, and twist words – don’t give them the opportunity!