2010 Rocky Mountain Cluster …

This is unabashedly a repeat of last year’s post (and the year before)  … the same information holds true for 2010!

Once again, we’re gearing up for the largest dog show in Colorado … The Rocky Mountain Cluster held February 12-15 at the National Western Complex (Expo Hall), 4655 Humboldt in Denver. The Premium List, which contains information on the show, parking, maps and entry, can be found here … Premium List.  The actual times for judging and the ring numbers are not disseminated until just a week before the show; we’ll post a link to the judging program when available.

Update:  As promised, here’s the Judging Program with Apsos as follows:  Friday – Ring 10 at 1:55 pm; Saturday – Ring 9 at 10:35 am; Sunday – Ring 6 at 11:25 am; and Monday – Ring 6 at 1:00 pm.  There will also be a breed seminar at 1:00 pm on Sunday with AKC judge Barbara Schwartz.

If you’re thinking of attending, please be sure to give yourself plenty of time for parking, getting into the facility, and then finding the right ring and some chairs (rings are marked by numbers on tall poles).  Parking, depending on where one finds an open lot, can run anywhere from $5 to $10 — and it may also be a very long walk!  Entry fee to the Expo Hall is $5.  Please note that dogs not entered in the show are not allowed on the site.  If considering crowds/parking, Friday or Monday would probably be the better of the four days to attend.   As the largest show in the region, the selection of vendors and their wares is pretty amazing … if it’s dog related, you’ll find it at this show!  From art prints, to clothing, to grooming supplies, to dog beds, to K9-related jewelry, to crates and tables, it will be at this show.  Might want to bring the plastic along (and keep in mind that the vendors start packing up on Monday for the return home).

Besides the conformation competition, one can also find other venues such as Rally, Obedience, and Agility. These are generally held in the Events Center which fronts 47th Street; Rally is held on the 3rd floor of the main building.  Hope to see you there … it’s a great reason to come out and support the breed!  If you need more information, please feel free to contact me at:  ApsoRescue@aol.com.

Winners … by any definition

Dante ...
Dante ...

Today is a my catch-up after spending a three-day weekend at the dog show.   Sorting through and putting away everything that was so carefully packed up on Thursday … finishing up on laundry … returning email/phone calls … moving the week’s schedule around to accommodate my father’s doctor’s appointment … performing a final check on my taxes so I can get them filed … setting up a CERF eye exam for Dante.  So much for a “day off.”

We had some very stiff competition this weekend, including the #1 Apso in the country and Dante’s littermate, Fernando.  Needless to say, Dante came home with nothing to show for his weekend except a bath and a good grooming.  So goes the dog show.  Can’t really complain, though.  Dante did everything I asked of him and more … like not throwing some heretofore unknown behavior into the mix.  At one point, the line-up was squeezed together with little room between the dogs.  Dante, much to his credit, was solid and didn’t react.  And I agree with the old saying about dog shows … “Win or lose, I always bring the best dog home … my dog!”

To put it all in perspective … I was already a “winner” before leaving the house on Friday.  My 8-year old male, Frankers, is back … back to my quirky little guy.  He’s been running up/down the basement stairs (two weeks ago I was carrying him up because he couldn’t make it).  While fixing food bowls, I turned around and he was sitting up, waving his front paws at me.  He’s enthusiastic about eating.  He’s been tossing his toys around and engaging Ali to play with him.  Just last night, he was jumping up on the couch again.  He bounces in and out of the house, taking the steps with a spring.  The lymph node is down and shows no signs of infection.

His eyes are bright; his tail up and wagging … no ribbon can take the place of that.

Spring Specialty …

Melissa and a bored Josie ...
Melissa and a bored Josie ... ho, hum. I'd rather be in the agility ring ...

This year our local show club … the Lhasa Apso Club of Central Colorado … opted to have our Spring “specialty” show in April rather than lumping it in with the large cluster of shows in Denver this past February.  Accordingly, our specialty will be held in conjunction with the TerryAll Kennel Club’s All Breed Show in the Exhibition Building at the Adams County Fairgrounds, 9755 Henderson Road in Brighton, Colorado.

Details for attending (all Apso events in the Exhibition Building):

Friday:  Lhasa Apso Ring at 3:00 p.m.

Saturday:  Ring 3 at 12:50 p.m.

Sunday:  Ring 2 at 12:40 p.m.

As part of the weekend, we’ll be having a light potluck Saturday evening following Non-Sporting Group judging  and a breed seminar presented by Richard Camacho, including a slide show presentation and hands-on with Apsos, following Best in Show judging.

If you’d like to see other breeds, complete information can be found in the Judging Program.

Need more info?  Then contact me at ApsoRescue@aol.com.  Please note children in strollers and unentered dogs are not allowed on site.

Show Time!!

While this is basically a repeat of last year’s post, the same information holds true for 2009!

Tibetan Apsos at Show ...
Tibetan Apsos at an early show ...

Rocky Mountain Cluster: Once again, we’re gearing up for the largest dog show in Colorado … The Rocky Mountain Cluster held February 13-16 at the National Western Complex (Expo Hall), 4655 Humboldt in Denver. 

The Premium List, which contains information on the show, parking, maps and entry, can be found here … Premium List.  The actual times for judging and the ring numbers are not disseminated until just a week before the show.  

Show Schedule:   Saturday, Ring 6 at 3:00 p.m.; Sunday, Ring 7 at 9:30; Monday Ring 7 at 10:25.  Ring and show times on all the breeds can be found in the Judging Program.

If you’re thinking of attending, please be sure to give yourself plenty of time for parking, getting in the facility, and then finding the right ring and some chairs (rings are marked by numbers on tall poles). Parking, depending on where one finds an open lot, can run anywhere from $5 to $10 — and it may also be a long walk! Entry fee to the Expo Hall is $5.  Please note that dogs not entered in the show are not allowed on the site.  If considering crowds/parking, Friday or Monday would probably be the better of the four days to attend.

As the largest show in the region, the selection of vendors and their wares is pretty amazing … if it’s dog related, you’ll find it at this show!  From art prints, to clothing, to grooming supplies, to dog beds, to K9-related jewelry, to crates and tables, it will be at this show.  Might want to bring the plastic along (and keep in mind that the vendors start packing up on Monday for the return home).

Besides the conformation competition, one can also find other venues such as Rally, Obedience, and Agility.  These are generally held in the Events Center which fronts 47th Street.

Hope to see you there … it’s a great reason to come out and support the breed! If you need more information, please feel free to contact me at:  ApsoRescue@aol.com.

Loveland Pet Expo:  Now an annual event, ApsoRescueColorado will be attending Loveland’s Pet Expo on Saturday, February 28th at the Chilson Center from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This will be our fourth year in attendance. If we don’t have a foster dog ready for adoption, we’ll take a couple of our Apsos and use it as an opportunity to educate folks about the breed and rescue. If you’re in the area, please come by and say hello!

Thoughts on Westminster and PETA …

image002-25There’s been a great deal of discussion making the rounds in the dog communities about a recent LA Times article wherein PETA is calling for the USA Network to discontinue airing the Westminster dog show. While I do believe in animal welfare — so much so that I’m deeply involved with rescue and have been for almost a decade — I do not buy into the animal rights extremist movement as it seeks to destroy the relationship between man and animal.

Libbye Miller, DVM, left the following in the comments section of the LA Times article and which content gives great pause for thought …

No one ever seems to mention the millions of dollars that AKC and the Canine Health foundation have invested in medical research that benefits ALL dogs as well as humans.

Adorable mixed breeds” get cancer, epilepsy, allergies, heart disease, and orthopedic problems just like purebreds. I see it every day in my veterinary practice but mixed breed dogs aren’t tracked like the purebreds so they have a reputation as “healthier” that is actually undeserved in many cases.  … 

Another poster — Debz — goes on to state …

”  … All animals have a certain amount of genetic load, which is to say there is absolutely no animal without some genetic problem of some sort of another. Know anyone who wears glasses? Has allergies? Thyroid problems? Weak knees? Flat feet? A skin condition? Arthritis? A gap between their front teeth? These are all genetic imperfections.

No human is genetically “clean.” Neither is any individual of any species on earth. So this idea that dogs should not be bred because they might have a genetic problem, and that breeders are somehow “evil” for breeding them, is ridiculous. Every single individual of every single species has at least a few genetic conditions.

To use PETA’s logic, all breeding of all kinds (including having human babies) should halt immediately. And to be honest, Ingrid Newkirk (the woman who founded PETA) does believe exactly that. She thinks that humans should become extinct, along with dogs, cats, etc. This ridiculous scenario is precisely what she would like to see happen.

So folks, if that is what you want … if you agree with Ingrid Newkirk’s whacky views, send your hard earned money to PETA. They will help to ensure you are not able to own a dog or cat or hamster or any other pet in the future. They will see to it that you can’t eat meat or fish or eggs or any type of animal-based nutrition. They will work to shut down places like Sea World, the zoos, etc. so you cannot observe the many wonderful animals on the Earth. Eventually, once they accomplish these things, they may turn their efforts to making it illegal for humans to procreate.

If you don’t agree with their extremist views, wise up and start supporting those who truly do love, care for and enjoy interaction with other species here on our little blue planet.

The fanciers of the breeds, those you see exhibiting their dogs at Westminster and other dog shows, work very hard to eliminate serious genetic conditions. They screen their breeding stock with every available test. They research pedigrees before breeding into other lines, to check for similar clearances in those animals. They contribute money to research organizations to further the work being done to track down genetic problems. They contribute blood, cell samples, etc. from their own animals to help with DNA and genome studies. They have made great progress so far, and they continue to work hard at it.   [Emphasis added]

Are there unethical breeders? Certainly, there are. Just as in any group of humans, you will find the good and the bad. United States VP Elect Joe Biden, for example, managed to find a not so good one when he got his new German Shepherd puppy. I don’t know who did his research for him, but they obviously didn’t do their homework if they were looking for a responsible breeder. Joe has the right to get his dog from whomever he wishes, but if he was trying to set an example of purchasing from a responsible hobby breeder he went off the track this time. That’s too bad, but it was his choice.

Unfortunately, breeders like that may be a lot easier to find because of their high volume and high profile. If you are looking for a nice family pet from a breeder who will be there for you forever, you need to do due diligence. You won’t get that from a pet store. You won’t get that from the guy selling dogs out of his pickup truck in the WalMart parking lot. You won’t get that support from a high-volume breeder, either. Yes, it takes a little more time and effort to find someone who really cares and does all the work to breed the healthiest, happiest puppies possible and then stands behind those puppies.

This is a living being that will be part of your family, hopefully, for many years. Isn’t it worth a bit of effort to find a breeder who will be there for you and that puppy forever?

And guess what? Shows like Westminster are a very valuable resource for finding breeders who do care and who use the best possible practices, as well as for learning more about the various breeds.

Bravo to USA Network for broadcasting the Westminster Kennel Club show all these years. May they enjoy continued success through the ongoing inclusion of such programs. I will be eagerly watching this year’s show!”

You can bet I’ll be watching as well!!   As pointed out in the above, there are “Breeders” seeking to preserve who expend a great deal of time, effort, passion and personal funding in order to produce sound, healthy dogs.  There also those “breeders” who seek only to capitalize on what can be produced with no regard for dog or purchaser past net profit.  As diligent owners, it falls upon us to distinguish between the two.

Westminster:  NIGHT 1:
Monday, February 9
Hound, Terrier, Non-Sporting and Herding Groups
8-9 p.m. (ET) live on USA Network
9-11 p.m. (ET) live on CNBC
NIGHT 2:
Tuesday, February 10
Sporting, Working and Toy Groups, Best In Show
8-11 p.m. (ET) live on USA Network

Breed judging highlight videos are available throughout the day on Monday and Tuesday on the Westminster Web site. These highlights will be available after the show.

News Flash from the Eukanuba National Dog Show …

Fernando (Best in Show, Seward, NE)
CH FFT Fernando

Just got word this afternoon that Dante’s littermate … CH FFT Fernando … took Best of Breed and Best Bred-by-Exhibitor at the Eukanuba National Dog Show in Long Beach, CA, with his breeder/owner/handler, Julie Timbers.

Best of Opposite Sex was CH Nothing But Trouble handled by Cindy Butsic. 

Shirley Clark and Paris picked up one of two Awards of Merit handed out.

Expertly handled by Julie, Fernando is a beautiful representation of the breed and well deserving of the placement.  Congrats to going out to Julie and Debby for this major win!

Dante says …. Go, Brother, Go!!!  And we’ll be keeping our paws crossed for a win in the Non-Sporting Group!

The Ranch …

In the GroupsUp until last year, the “local” dog show in Larimer County was held at the Oval on the campus of CSU in August.  An apsolutely beautiful setting … unless it was 100 degrees in the shade or raining (and you could usually count on one or the other or both during the course of a weekend).  Beginning last year, the Buckhorn Kennel Club changed dates and venues for its show — definitely a good thing!

This year finds us at The Ranch the weekend of June 28/29.  An all-breed show, one can find their choice of dog to cheer on and in an air-conditioned venue.  The Judging Program contains information on ring times, rings and judges.  Looks like we’ll have a fairly decent turn out of Apsos in Ring 3 at 1:00 p.m. on both days.  There will also be a Canine Art Show and Sale both days.  Should be interesting as Loveland is a mecca for fine artists.  If making a special trip to Loveland for the show, one should definitely plan on visiting Benson Sculpture Park!!

Come join us at the show …