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Source: Every U.S. Military Dog Will Be Brought Home, Thanks To New Law

In the past, many of these dogs were left to retire overseas.

The heroic pups who courageously serve and paw-tect our country are finally getting the recognition they deserve.

President Barack Obama signed a bill into law last month that guarantees the safe return of all retired military dogs to the United States after serving abroad. In the past, some of these animals were left to retire overseas because they were no longer considered service dogs, and were therefore ineligible for military-funded transportation home, The Washington Times reported.

The American Humane Association estimates that a military dog saves between 150 to 200 service members during his tenure by detecting improvised explosive devices and hidden weapons caches. Upon return from combat, these animals, if given the chance, often continue to protect their humans and help them transition back into society.-Read more on THE HUFFINGTON POST

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Margaret on January 25th, 2016

Source: Dog dilemma

DOGS ARE COMING OUT on the losing end as the economic sluggishness lingers in Barbados.

As the price of dog food soars, owners are dumping their dogs on the streets, tying them in open lots or dropping them off at animal shelters.

With the opening of the new year, reports from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Woodbourne Boarding Kennels in St Philip and the Ark Animal Welfare Society in St George indicate that abandonment and cruelty soared in 2015, linked directly to tight finances.

One dog was rescued after he was left tied to a pole with electric cord. He had scars around the neck from being tied all day.

The above article was written and published by The Nation newspaper.

From what I am seeing on Facebook, the Rescue facilities in Barbados are usually full but kind people still come out to find homes to help these dogs which have being abandoned by their owners.

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Margaret on January 9th, 2016
Happy and healthy 2016 to all

Happy and healthy 2016 to all

Hope this will be a good, and happy year for dog owners/lovers in Barbados and around the world.

In the photo are: Tibetan Terrier, Ch. Araki Miss Conduct at Calliope, C.D. “Tibby” and Ch. Chepam Valentina at Calliope C.D. “Isabella” who has also achieved the FCI BH working title.

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Margaret on December 14th, 2015

Jim Chrisp judging BH dog trials in Barbados

B’dos. Working Dogs’ Association hosts BH trials

First time ever in Barbados, BH trials were held. The BH is a working dog title recognized by the FCI which is the largest worldwide canine organization. The BH (Begleithund) is a mental/socialization test usually done in Europe and a required prerequisite for IPO (Schutzhund) working titles.

The BH starts with a written test for first timers to the BH. The handlers then proceed in pairs to an on and off leash obedience routine which the handler is required to know. After the obedience routine is judged as satisfactory, the handlers can then proceed to the temperament test.

The judge gives a verbal critique of the obedience exercise to the handler in front of where the spectators and other handlers are. If, in his opinion, the exercise is done well enough (the handler would need at least 70% out of the 60 possible marks), the handler is told that he/she can proceed to the traffic section. No marks are released, the exercise is either a pass or a fail

These trials were hosted and held through The Barbados Working Dogs’ Association who invited the Canadian certified judge Jim Chrisp here to conduct the seminar and to judge the trials.

Both the seminar and the obedience trials were held at Kendal Sports Club in St. Philip. For the traffic (temperament) test, the exercise was done at Six Cross Roads.

I attended the seminar on December 5th, without a dog. Other people attended with dogs and Jim Chrisp spent time with them, showing them pointers.

My Bouvier Des Flandres, Ch. Chepam Valentina At Calliope CD came out on Sunday for the trials. She is not yet 2 years old.

“Isabelle” is not accustomed to being tied out and/or left in a vehicle, even for a short period so that was a concern for me. I parked my vehicle under a shady tree and left the windows open (but not enough for her to get out) and checked on her on a regular basis. She did not appear stressed out at all by the experience. She was only allowed on the field with me for the duration of her trial.

Adrian Ward was the trainer for the B’dos. Working Dogs’ Association and he passed with his Malinois, also B’dos. Working Dogs’ Association members Trevor O’Neale with a German Shepherd Dog, and Shawn Fields with a Rottweiler.

Fabrian Blackman of The B’dos. Working Dogs’ Association was the Trial Secretary and the Club provided members and supporters for the group exercise such as the figure of eight and temperament testing.

getting ready for BH trials, Barbados

Getting ready to do the BH trials with judge Jim Chrisp

This photo was taken by Neil Springer, a member of The B’dos. Working Dogs Association in Barbados

Coming into these trials and passing were Sarah Hamilton with a Rhodesian Ridgeback with the UD title, Linda Pearson with a German Shepherd with the CDX title and my Bouvier with the CD title.

Linda Pearson should be credited for encouraging us (the non members of the Barbados Working Dogs’ Association) to enter these trials and also working with us. I did put in about two weeks of steady evening training before the trials as Isabelle already has the CD title so once I practiced the BH routine, I felt ready to go!

To progress further, I need to work on focus heeling. Hopefully, Isabelle will also be doing and passing CDX trials in 2016. And if there is an opportunity to do other IPO training and trials, we would be game.

I think the Barbados Working Dogs’ Association did a great job with the hosting of this event and I hope they will be stimulated to go further with IPO training and events.

The BH is the first step in the IPO (which has tracking, protection, and obedience sections).

The breeds which will normally succeed at IPO titles are the Malinois, German Shepherd, Bouvier Des Flandres, Rottweiler, Dobermann and other working type breeds.

Any breed can participate, and there can also be mixed breeds but where any breed/mixed breed may pass the obedience section, the dog has to have the drive and ability to do bite work for the protection section and also to do tracking. And that is where, in my opinion, the breed and pedigree become very important.

Besides, of course, the breed and the pedigree, training and trainers are very important, but this is a working dog’s sport which is why when it is described, IPO articles acknowledge the breeds that have a track record and will usually be able to succeed at IPO levels.

I would like to congratulate The Barbados Working Dogs’ Association for introducing the BH with a certified judge, to Barbados. And look forward to seeing the club progress further with IPO titles.

I found all of the club members I came in contact with very friendly and helpful.

First BH test in Barbados

Successful participants in BH trials after completing the Traffic Test

The above photo was taken by Neil Springer.

Congratulations to the 6 handlers and the dogs which passed the first BH trials in Barbados.

Adrian Ward and a Malinois
Trevor O’Neale and a German Shepherd
Shawn Fields and a Rottweiler
Linda Pearson and a German Shepherd
Sarah Hamilton and a Rhodesian Ridgeback
Margaret Ashby and a Bouvier Des Flandres

Also in the photo with the above participants are the judge, Jim Chrisp, and the Trial Secretary, Fabian Blackman.

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Rhodesian Ridgeback and Shiba Inu win in Barbados

Best and Reserve Best in Show November, 2015, in Barbados

This Barbados Kennel Club’s All Breeds Championship Dog Show was held at Waterford on November 22nd and was judged by Jeff Luscott from the UK. Jeff Luscott has judged here before. He has previously been approved by The Kennel Club, UK, to judge Best in Show, the Working, Terrier, Pastoral and the Utility groups. Most of the breeds shown here fall into the Working Group and he is approved in the UK to award Challenge Certificates to breeds such as the Bouvier Des Flandres, Great Dane, Rottweiler, Boxer, Bullmastiff, Mastiff, Dobermann and many other breeds in other groups shown here. He has also judged the Working and Pastoral groups at Crufts.

He spent an evening with exhibitors after the show, and demonstrated to us who had brought puppies/dogs how he would handle them in the show ring. I think the exhibitors enjoyed the evening with him and also enjoyed him as a judge as he has a very friendly personality.

His main winners at this show were a locally bred Rhodesian Ridgeback for BIS (Hound group)
Reserve Best in Show was a locally bred Shiba Inu (Utility Group)
Best Puppy in Show was an imported Domermann (Working Group)
Best Locally bred Puppy in Show was a Rottweiler (Working Group)

This show was sponsored by a new dog food distributor on our market, Spartan Animal Kingdom. Here is a display of some of their products. Besides dog food, they also have items for dogs such as supplements, toys, and training aids.  They can be reached at 243 7323.

Dog products

Acana for dogs

Below is Jeff Luscott’s critique, as published by The Barbados Kennel Club.

TERRIER GROUP

Terrier group winners

Terrier Group winners at November, 2015’s, dog show

Bull Terrier
Open Dog
1st Messrs L. & C. Mark’s Ch. Blue Point Imperial Black. Strong powerful muscled boy with the head shape, muscle tone in body and rear quarters, could be a tad shorter in loin, moves well on side action but not the accuracy in front. CC & BOB.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Limit Dog
1st Mr. W.A. & Dr. W.L. Welch’s Elthor’s Breaking Bad. Smart young brindle with the head type and shape, developing well, has the font with muscle building, good rear quarters and strong loin, going well on the move to take the CC, BOB and the Terrier Group.

TOY GROUP

 

Toy group Winners

Toy Group winners in November’s, 2015, dog show

 

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
Junior Dog
1st Mrs. G. Seale’s Lord Wilbur. Lovely youngster with good type in head and eye, appeals in expression, has the body development, carries tail a little gaily on the move but nice overall attitude. RCC.
Open Dog
1st Mrs. G. Seale’s Willber Lazy Lord. 11 year old star, still of firm structure, good appeal in head, neck, body and rear end, has the muscle tone and moved easily to take CC & BOB, Toy Group and Runner up Veteran in Show.

GUNDOG GROUP

 

Gundog group winners

Gundog group winners at November’s, 2015, dog show

Retrievers (Golden)
Novice Dog
1st Mrs. L. Husband’s Holders Sapphire Sky. Smart youngster with head developing, he is good in overall balance and proportion; excellent action on sidegait, good rear angles, with coat to improve. CC, BOB and Group Winner.
Open Bitch
1st Mrs. L. Husbands & Mrs. J. Ray’s Sh. Ch. Angelusparks Heaven’s Gift To Thatcher. Pleasing head, neck, topline and angles, good over front and chest, loin a little longer, moved these to take herself round the ring but not quite the stride of the dog in the challenge. CC

Retrievers (Labradors)
Minor Puppy Dog
1st Mrs. V. Challenor’s Zinzara Midnight Magic. 6 months old and future star, has the shape, balance, head and body developing, with good skull, neck and rear quarters, he is good on the move, when he settles.
Puppy Dog
1st Mr. E. Maynard’s Saruman Bella Mare. Quality and type with a good outline and overall balance, he has the head, neck and body, good on the move, he is so promising, one to watch. RCC, RBOB, Best Puppy and Puppy Group Winner.
Open Dog
1s Mrs. A. Elliot’s Maranatha Bailey. Stunning boy with the balance and angles, good through head and rear quarters, has the chest, front and muscled rear quarters, would prefer slightly better tailset, but excellent on the move, not quite putting all in at the group stage through. CC, BOB & Reserve in Group.
Minor Puppy Bitch
1st Miss S. Armstrong’s Zinzara Starlight Magic. Smart well built youngster with the head and body development, good neck and angles, has the body and moved easily. Best Puppy Bitch.
2nd Mrs. S. Leacock’s Zinzara Black Magic For Theberton. 6 months and has good bone and body, she is built on good angles, appeals in head, just needs this performance now and the practice in moving.
Novice Bitch
1st Mrs. Y. Thornton’s Theberton Tern. Lovely overall in shape and type, good profile and movement, just needs the performance and handling to show her best, good rear quarters and power.
Limit Bitch
1st Mr. E. Maynard’s Pitneze Princess Leah. Good type on the move with balance in head and neck, good quarters with chest and rear angles, she was fitter on the move to take this class.
2nd Mrs. Z. Gray-Marshall’s Theberton Titmouse Of Zinzara. Lovely overall balance of outline, good through head type, neck and rear end, just the extra in the middle affecting her shape on the move, will come back as she muscles up. Best L/B Bitch.

Open Bitch
1st Mrs. Z. Gray-Marshall’s Sh.Ch. Crosscroyde Calypso Magic For Theberton. Black girl, firm and strong, good outline with the tone in body, she has the front, lovely head, muzzle and neck, she is moving well with stride and purpose to take the class and CC.
2nd Mrs. S.H. Leacock’s Sh.Ch. Linthwaite Fantine Of Theberton. Good expression greets you on this girl with the skull width, nicely made through neck and body shape, she is square, not the biggest but a good mover, just wants the muscle tone to finish. RCC.

Irish Setter
Open Dog
1st Mr. & Mrs. A. Moore’s Sh. Ch. Fearnley Fire Storm Of Moorlands C.D.. Excellent quality condition and outline, has the shape, held on the move, pleases in head, neck, topline and tailset, not quite the muscle strength on the quarters, but flows on the move and shows well. CC & BOB.

HOUND GROUP

Hound Group winners

Winners of the Hound Group in November, 2015, in Barbados

 

Rhodesian Ridgebacks
Open Dog
1st Mr. O. & Master K Holder’s Ch Crownridge Flash Forward. Impressive with his power and muscular agility, this mature red wheaten boy is good through skull, muzzle, long strong neck, deep chest and loin, he has a good flow on the move and certainly has the stamina to follow a pride of lions, smartly handled, getting the best from him, taking CC, a close decision for BOB, the Group and Best in Show & Best L/B Dog in Show.
Maiden Bitch
1st Mr. M. Forde’s Crownridge Flash Dancer. Quality girl of good type, she is strong and with the muscle maturing, she drives and is well blessed in angles, front and rear, would be capable of working all day with her structure, but could improve in front feet for even better front action. CC & Reserve in Group.

UTILITY GROUP

Utility Group winners

Winners of the Utility Group in November’s, 2015, dog show

Akitas
Limit Dog
1st Mr. D.P. De B. Boyce’s Donkemre Thor. Big lad with stature but not the type and quality in head or movement, he has good bone and topline, solid rear quarters and easy side action, lacks action in front and rear.
Open Dog 1st Mr. R. & Mrs. D. Alleyne’s Half Blood Prince. Smart and of good size overall in outline and balance, square shape, head ok with the ears, good side action, but not the accuracy in front and rear movement. CC & BOB – Best L/B.

Bulldogs
Junior Dog
1st Mr. M. Cottrell’s British Gladiator The Last Of Mohicans. Strong headed boy but in balance with the body, he has the front and the bone, more to come in chest, but has the substance and when he got going moved well. RCC.
Limit Dog
1st Mr. M. Cottrell’s British Gladiator Made To Measure. Good stature and structure and this lad has the bone, chest and body, good jaw and muzzle, strong skull, he is strong overall with the muscle tone and moves well, breathing easily. CC & BOB.

French Bulldogs
Open Bitch
1st Mr. H. Jordan’s Ch. Jafrak Wowing The Crowds. Beautiful for type with a good head, flat skull and bat ears, strong correct topline with the rise. She is well built through the chest and underline, she moved with good typical action to take the CC & Group Reserve.

Japanese Shiba Inu
Open Dog
1st Mr. A. Taylor’s Massima No One Greater. Impressive dog in quality conditioning, outstanding in profile and on the move, good front, body and angles, attracts in head with the alert ear set, not quite the obliquely set eyes but dark and well apart, would prefer more cheek in time, but head has the blunt triangle needed, shown in fantastic condition. A credit to the owner and handler and moving with the quick and energetic action required in the breed. CC, BOB, Group Winner and Reserve Best in Show.
Puppy Bitch
1st Mr. A. Taylor’s Massima I’m So Fancy. 11 months old and promising with a good outline, she has the foxy but finer head at present, good ear and alert expression, she is good on the move with potential if she develops in body and bone, exciting girl. CC & Best Puppy in the Group.

WORKING GROUP – Strongest and most competitive breeds here.

Working group dog winners

Working Group winners, November, 2015

Border Collie
Junior Dog
1st Ms. S. Blandford’s Pepperbox Zirconia. Exciting young dog with an excellent overall outlook, he has the head type, shape and height, work needed on his tail carriage, but just a coming of age thing, he is good on the move with the stealthy action needed. CC & BOB.

Bouvier Des Flandres
Open Bitch
1st Miss M. Ashby’s Ch. Chepam Valentina At Calliope C.D. Lovely honest type with the feminine head and style, she is strong in neck and topline, filled in body, could be a little more width about her but she has the best and truest of actions on the move. CC, BOB and also taking Reserve in a strong Group.

Bullmastiffs
Puppy Dog
1st Mr. R.J. Nurse’s Nexgen Year Of The Tiger. Rangy boy at present, not quite the squares in head. Goes well on the move, with a strong rear end.
Open Dog
1st Mr. B. Lowe’s Ch. Royceprides Epic Dreamer At Cottage. Solid boy, squares in skull from all angles, good bone and angles front and rear, he has the outline, strong neck, and rear quarters, has the chest but needs to fill in rib and loin area to mature on and push harder in the Group. CC & BOB.
Puppy Bitch
1st Mr. B.A. Bascombe’s Nexgen Hold That Tiger. Lovely brindle girl with the head but not using her ears at present, good bone and shape in front and can move when the handler does, work in progress. Best Puppy Bitch and Best Puppy.
Junior Bitch
1st Mr. M.J. Koeiman’s Koystad’s Alberta Delores. Very typical in head, squares in skull and muzzle, she has bone, the front, good angles and balance, filling in body, she impresses when she moves, handler to work on the animation. RCC.
Maiden Bitch
1st Mr. M.J. Koeiman’s Fortesque Alberta. Good in outline, shape and type, has the head, squares and neck, body and outline to firm in muscle strength, movement is best.
Open Bitch
1st Mr. R. Wood’s Ch. Woodney Diana White. Strong with a typical head and the tone in body, chest, front and outline, good power in neck and excellent rear quarters, with good side movement, would prefer her less close at the rear, pushed hard in the end decision. CC, RBOB & Best L/B.

Mastiffs
Minor Puppy
2 young newcomers, both dogs and handlers.
1st Dr. C. Goddard & Mrs. M. McClean-Goddard’s Swainsi Born to Be Wild. Head coming through, long way to go, has balance and shape, good body development and moves close but efficient, time and work needed to go further.

2nd Dr. C. Goddard & Mrs. M. McClean-Goddard’s Kenquince Break Out. Fawn with better features, good balance at front, not the body or rear end yet, straight angles and not the movement, but time on her side.

Dobermann
Puppy Bitch
1st Mr. M. Forde’s Arisa Baltic Residence. Finer at this stage but superb and accurate on the move, good profile, type coming through in head, parallels and jaw, she has the neck, is nearly square in body and a good angled rear end, she is true in front with good feet and offers a pleasing overall impression on the move with reach and drive. CC & BOB. Stylish for Best Puppy in Show.

Dogue De Bordeaux
Open Bitch
1st Mr. O. Holder’s Ch Boldheart’s Flash Fire At Richelle. Good example of the breed with a typical head type, skull, jaw muzzle and inverted V, good in body and substance, chest is broad and deep, strong neck, good topline and rear quarters, good to go over and power on the move. CC, BOB and close up in the Group.

Great Danes
Puppy Dog
1st Mrs. J. Pinheiro’s Ashella’s Royal Duke Dylan. I feel for this young lady owner, she loves him as a pet, but she imported as she thought a Great Dane and as an involved person (my original breed) and having judged them at Crufts this year, I can only be disappointed for her. He has a pleasing outline, with balance, but he is weak in head with poor ear set, he has no width or strength through his neck, body and rear end, moved ok on side, but so close at the rear. Enjoy him as he grows and maybe he will be good at obedience or other related dog activities. Good luck.
Minor Puppy Bitch
1st Mrs. J. Pinheiro’s Ashella’s Wonder Woman Joy. This youngster has a lovely profile although heavily
marked harlequin, she narrows through body at present and needs bone to form, not the strength in head, neck or body, she moves ok when in her stride.
Novice Bitch
1st Mrs. J. Pinheiro’s Dragonfly Venue De La Bleu. Substantial blue with the potential, she carries nice balance and type in head, pleases in body with the chest and topline, sadly paced most of the time on the move but has potential if her handler can control it.

Rottweilers
Minor Puppy Dog
1st Mstr. X Forde’s Bim Rothershire Asgard. Promising baby with good potential, carries the type in head, neck and front, he is good at this stage in body and through quarters, lots of growing to do, but moves ok when he strides.
Puppy Dog
1st Mr. K.A. Mason’s Elthor Dark Primo. Quality boy with a good typical head, skull, muzzle, jaw and strong teeth, he has the balance in outline and shape, good topline and rear quarters, has balance on the move, but lost his way on the move as final choice for Best Puppy in Group, so today taking Best Puppy in Breed, and Best L/B Puppy in Show.
Limit Dog
1st Dr. W.L. Welch’s Elthor Dark Matcho. Impressive solid dog with good head type in skull and muzzle, he is compact with the neck, front and body with more strength to come in maturity, but great stride on the move holding his shape. RCC today and RBOB.
Open Dog
1st Mr. N. McClean’s Kent Ridge Suzuki’s Driver. Strong and powerful compact solid boy with the head and shape, good overall balance and strength in muzzle, controlled the class on the move to win this and BOB, but not quite as settled in the group, closely considered but not quite the performance today. CC & BOB.
2nd Mr. R.T. Alleyne’s Richwood Arreleus’ Fire. Powerfully muscled boy but certainly lacked the calm gaze indicating humour today, he was on a high, has the skull, chest, body and rear when standing, but not able to put in a show on the move with a wide front and uncontrolled rear, felt sorry for the owner.
Minor Puppy Bitch
1st Mstr. X. Forde’s Bim Rotheshire Amocah, Good overall type in head body and balance, not quite settled standing but handler can work on this, strong teeth, good mover for a youngster – reach and drive.
Novice Bitch
1st Mr. R. Bascombe’s Kent Ridge Miss Mayweather. Pleasing enough girl to go over with balance and outline, she has the shape, is a nice mover but not quite the strength in skull and muzzle yet, handled well on the move to take the RCC in the challenge.
Open Bitch
1st Mr. R.T. Alleyne’s Ch.Richwood Akina’s Fire. Won his decision on the move with her free flowing purposeful action, good strength in skull and muzzle, strong neck, bone and holds shape standing and on the move, topline firm. CC.
2nd Mr. O. HOLDER’S Ashtoria Diva In Black. Strong girl with the power and head type, good overall outline, has bone and chest, not quite shoulder angles of 1 and just needs to firm up in body and topline.

Russian Black Terrier.
Limit Dog 1st Miss A. Bynoe’s Kalaslane Addicted To You. Big powerful boy with lots of potential, he is large and imposing, well proportioned in skull with more to fill in chest, body and bone, he is almost square and can strengthen in loin, dark eye and strong teeth are a feature, his coat is maturing, on the move he has the best of actions, correct rear slightly wider than front, the side ground cover of reach and drive is so impressive, should have a great future as he matures and fills out. Well handled here and in the Group. CC, BOB and Group Winner today, but not quite there yet for BIS but close to making the last two today.

German Shepherd Dog
Junior Bitch
1st Mrs. B. Kaufman’s Thorsson Haus Ava. Liked this promising girl for shape and flow on the side action, she has lots of promise as she matures and grows, she is alert with the head, she is closer at the rear but hocks are sound, good control on the move. CC & BOB.

Boxers
Open Dog
1st Miss J. Wilson’s Ch Sundial’s Sun God Apollo At Kaibo C.D. Striking, square shaped, solid compact dog of excellent quality, good type in head with the skull, jaw, eye and alert ear set, strong neck, good shoulder, muscular topline, loin and rear quarters, good action on all fronts in this class and for BOB, but then decided not to put in the best performance in the group, pacing and with his handler trying hard to motivate him, not quite there today. CC, BOB and close in the Group, taking Best L/B bred.
Minor Puppy Bitch
1st Mr. M. & Mrs. E. King’s Tabor Ridge Princess Josie. I really like this youngster, lovely type with the overall outline and balance, good proportions in head at this stage, but just needs to settle and show her mouth, could have gone further, lovely action on the move, good project for the handler.
Novice Bitch
1st Mrs. J. Pinheiro’s Cobblers Rock China Bell. Good balance and shape with the square outline, has the front, bone and chest developing – head forming, coming through in skull, more to come in muzzle, she moved with style holding the shape. RCC with more potential here.
Open Bitch
1st Miss G. Leach’s Ch Worthington’s Pretty N Peach. Mature honest girl, she has the balance and square shape, appeals in head type, topline and rear quarters, great condition of coat and was moving well to take the CC & RBOB.

Veteran
1st Miss J. Wilson’s Ch. Worthingtons Wish Me Luck C.D. Stylish 7 year old Boxer with the typical head, neck and chest, he is a solid boy with the shape and movement, still in great condition and with muscle tone enjoying his day and looking good in the Group.
2nd Mrs. G. Seale’s Willber Lazy Lord. The lovely Cavalier who won the Toy Group, 11 years and sound as a rock.
3rd Mrs. J. Ray’s Sh.Ch. Fenwood Louis Vuitton Of Thatcher. Goldie of 7 years, still moving well and strutting his stuff, nice attitude and a worthy champion.

Stud Dog
Mrs. A. Elliot’s Maranatha Bailey. The Lab BOB and his youngsters looking very similar and a nicely produced type with lots of promise.

Brood Bitch
Mrs. Z. Gray-Marshall’s Labrador Retriever Theberton Titmouse Of Zinzara – The lovely mother of a lovely litter, well done – looking good.

Brace
Mrs. Z. Gray-Marshall’s Labrador Retrievers Theberton Titmouse Of Zinzara and Sh.Ch. Crosscroyde Calypso Magic For Theberton – Good type looking similar with balance and moving easily together.

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Margaret on November 20th, 2015

Barbados Dog training reaches a new height.

At The B’dos. Dog Training Club’s trials held at Waterford in November, the results were as follows:

First time ever in Barbados a dog has achieved the Utility (UD) title.

Sarah and Mac with the Utility dog training title in Barbados

Sarah Hamilton is the first person in Barbados to achieve the Utility title with her Rhodesian Ridgeback

Pix provided by Sarah Hamilton.

A huge training achievement for the dog, Ch.Crownridge Red Regent(AI), C.D. C.D.X. UD a six year old male Rhodesian Ridgeback, and his owner, breeder, trainer and handler, Sarah Hamilton.

This title takes the handler and dog to the highest level of training concentration. The dog is off leash for the total duration of the trials.

The exercises consist of a complex series of signal exercises, scent discrimination, directed retrieve, a moving stand, and directed jumping. The dog must pass all exercises with a total score of 170 or above, on three occasions, under at least 2 different judges.

“Mac” and Sarah achieved a score of 195.5 in the final leg of their trials. The passmark is 170/200.

Achieving the final leg of the CD title at the trials was “Lily” a Golden Retriever owned and handled by Angela Barnett. “Lily” was also first and high in this CD trial.

Congratulations to those who achieved their titles and also those who competed and achieved legs towards their titles. Better luck next time to those who did not achieve their passing scores.

Unfortunate for those of us who have had bitches go in season or in a false pregnancy after the season and so missed the trials.

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Margaret on October 26th, 2015

I think this judge enjoyed his visit to Barbados and judging dogs here.

October 11, 2015, was The Barbados Kennel Club’s second All Breeds Championship Dog Show for the year.

This was Robin Newhouse’s first judging assignment in the island. In the UK, he is approved by The Kennel Club to judge the Working, Pastoral groups and Best in Show at championship level. Breeds such as the Japanese Shiba Inu, Border Collie, Akita, Bullmastiff, Great Dane and Rottweiler which were in our show ring are breeds he is approved by The Kennel Club to award Challenge Certificates to.

Robin Newhouse

Robin Newhouse judging pedigree dogs in Barbados

He put up a locally bred Boxer (Working Group) for Best in Show

A locally bred Rhodesian Ridgeback (Hound Group) went Reserve Best in Show

Best puppy in Show was an imported Dobermann (Working Group)

Best locally bred puppy in show was a Japanese Shiba Inu (Utility Group)

There was only one breed and only one dog in the Terrier group, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

There was only the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breed in the Toy group.

There were several Golden Retrievers, and Labrador Retrievers and an Irish Setter in the Gundog group.

Just one lone Rhodesian Ridgeback was in the Hound Group.

In the Utility group the breeds were the Akita, French Bulldog, and Japanese Shiba Inu.

The bulk of the show’s entries came from the Working Group which has now become an interesting, very competitive group again with breeds like the Border Collie, Bouvier Des Flandres, Bullmastiff, Dobermann, Dogue de Bordeaux, Giant Schnauzer, Great Dane, Rottweiler, Russian Black Terrier, German Shepherd, and Boxer. (There is no Pastoral group in Barbados and those breeds are included in the Working Group) So 11 different breeds were presented by their handlers in this group which had more breeds than all of the other groups combined!

I think, in Barbados, the bulk of the dogs in the shows have usually come from the Working Group.

The German Shepherds were once so popular that they could put on their own breed shows, likewise the Boxers. At one time these breeds also had their own breed clubs. Today, I am seeing few German Shepherd dogs in the ring and also few Boxers.

Akitas, from the utility group. were also once very dominant in the show ring, and top Akitas out of UK and USA lines used to come in just before shows and in full coats. They also had a breed club which is gone and today very few Akitas are seen in the show ring.

I am grateful to Brian Lowe for the lovely pix. he took and sent to me for use on this blog. Much appreciated. Brian sent me a lot of pix. so if exhibitors contact me, and Brian approves, I will forward them the pix. of their dogs, if I have any pix. of them.

Best in Show Boxer

Boxer goes Best in Show

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Rhodesian Ridgeback goes Reserve Best in Show

Below is Robin Newhouse’s critique of the dogs he judged in Barbados.

TERRIER

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Junior Dog

1st & CC. Mr. W.A. & Dr. W.L. Welch’s Elthor’s Breaking Bad. Just a youngster but maturing well. Head coming on, correct eye shape and colour. Good body with level topline. Well angled front and rear. Showed and moved well. BOB.

TOY GROUP

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

Junior Dog

1st & Res CC. Mrs. G. Seale’s Lord Wilbur. Pleasing head with clean eye. Very good neck and body with good rib and level top.  Well bent stifles with straight rear. Free moving front and rear.

Open Dog

1st CC & BOB. Mrs. G. Seale’s Willber Lazy Lord. Loved this lad. 11 Years and a credit to his breed and owners. Lovely head of correct proportions, well shaped, clean eye. Good ears. Super body, correct front and rear angles. Moved and showed so well.

 

GUNDOG GROUP

Golden Retrievers

Novice Dog

1st CC & BOB. Mrs. L. Husband’s Holders Sapphire Sky. Well balanced with good body and deep, well sprung ribs. Well balanced head with strong muzzle and correct bite. Correct coat. Correct straight rear movement. Just pinning in slightly in front. Reserve in Group.

2nd Mrs. D. Marshall’s Thatcher Dance With Wolves. Excellent depth of chest. Well angled front and rear. Carrying too much weight and needs to strengthen on rear movement.

Limit Dog

1st & Res CC. Mr. J.S. Corbin’s Buzz Lightyear De Ria Vela. Well balanced lad all round with good head proportions. Good front and rear construction and correct bone. Correct level top. RBOB.

Open Bitch

1st & CC. Mrs. L. Husbands & Mrs. J. Ray’s Sh Ch Angelusparks Heaven’s Gift To Thatcher. Well balanced head but eye a little prominent. Excellent front construction and movement. Good body, sound rear.

 Labrador Retrievers

Open Dog

1st CC & BOB. Mrs. A. Elliot’s Maranatha Bailey. Excellent make and shape with strong body, well sprung ribs and good loin and topline. Loved his head and expression, correct muzzle and bite. Strong neck . Moved and showed so very well. Best in Group.

Limit Bitch

1st Mr. E. Maynard’s  Pitneze Princess Leah. Head a little too fine all round for me. Kind eye, correct ears. Topline needs to be firmer and needs to strengthen on the move.

Irish Setter

Open Dog

1st CC & BOB. Mr. & Mrs. A. Moore’s Sh Ch Fearnley Fire Storm Of Moorlands C.D.. Excellent outline with impressive deep chest and good slightly sloping topline. Lovely lean head with almond eyes. Very good neck and front. Just let down on rear movement.

 

HOUND GROUP

 Rhodesian Ridgeback

Open Dog

1st CC. BOB & Reserve Best In Show. Mr. O. & Master K Holder’s  Ch Crownridge Flash Forward.Such a good looking lad. Muscular, excellent, well made frame. Proud and strong. Very good head with correct flat skull, well shaped and coloured eyes and good ears. Clean neck and shoulders, Deep chest with well sprung ribs, correct topline and well made rear. Good bone and correct feet. Superbly free on the move. A wonderful example of his breed and a delight to judge.

 

UTILITY GROUP

Akita

Puppy Bitch

1st Mr. A. Taylor’s Massima Simply Red. Head developing. Good outline with correct topline. Needs to settle on the move.

French Bulldogs

Limit Bitch

1st CC & BOB. Mr. H. Jordan’s  Jafrak Wowing The Crowds. Lovely outline with good short body and correct roach to back. Lovely head and expression, correct eyes and lovely, well placed ears. Good width to front and strong rear giving true sound movement. Best in Group.

Open Bitch

1st RCC. Mr. H. Jordan’s Ch Jafrak Dorado. Another lovely bitch with good outline and very correct roach. Very good square head with good eye. Would like slightly larger ears. Correct front. Would like slightly stronger rear movement.

Japanese Shiba Inu

Shiba Inu at a dog show

Japanese Shiba Inu

 

Open Dog

1st CC & BOB. Mr. A. Taylor’s Massima No One Greater. Very smart lad. Well balanced with correct length to leg , good bone, correct feet. Well shaped head with good stop. Correct eyes and ears. Good coat texture. Sound on the move. Showed himself off well. Reserve in Group.

Puppy Bitch

1st & CC. Mr. A. Taylor’s Massima I’m So Fancy. Very well made bitch for her age. Balanced, correct front and rear angles. Correct feet and bone. Head developing well. Good on the move. Best L/B Puppy in Show

Best Locally Bred Puppy In Show was the Japanese Shiba Inu, Massima I’m So Fancy. Excellent, well balanced  outline. Good shoulders and front, correct well developed rear with correct bend of stifle. Head developing well for age. Very good on the move.

 

WORKING GROUP

Working group dogs line up in Barbados, 2015

Some of the Best of Breeds competing in the Working Group at a Barbados dog show, 2015

In the above pix. are the Border Collie, Bouvier Des Flandres, Bull Mastiff, Dobermann, Dogue De Bordeaux, Giant Schnauzer.

working group dogs in Barbados at a show

Working group dogs at a show in Barbados

In the above pix. are the Rottweiler,  Russian Black Terrier and German Shepherd. (absent from the pix. is the Boxer who went Best in Show but is shown in a separate pix. above)

This judge then short listed the breeds for his selection of the top dogs in the Working Group as follows:

Bouvier Des Flandres, Dobermann, Russian Black Terrier, Rottweiler and Boxer and gave Group 1 to the Boxer and Group 2 to the Rottweiler.

 

 Border Collie

Junior Dog

1st  CC & BOB. Ms. S. Blandford’s  Pepperbox Zirconia. Well balanced and good proportions without any courseness. Good head proportions with well shaped and set eyes. Good front construction and movement. Straight but a little close behind. Carried tail well, when settled.

Bouvier Des Flandres

Open Bitch

1st  CC & BOB.  Miss M. Ashby’s Ch Chepam Valentina At Calliope. Quality girl. Powerfull, well muscled with good bone. Coat of very good texture. Well developed head. Clean eyes. Strong neck, good front and rear angles. Very sound on the move.

Bullmastiffs

Junior Dog

1st Mr. D. Cobham’s  Fortesque Klaus. Correct ear placement. Good topline. Muzzle too long giving incorrect balance to skull. Movement needs to improve.

Limit Dog

1st Mr. E. Franklyn’s Freedom Diggah. Good body shape and outline. Movement could be truer. Too much head wrinkle and ears too high set, detracting from a true, square head.

Open Dog

1st Mr. B. Lowe’s Ch Royceprides Epic Dreamer At Cottage. Good ear set and placement but would like a slightly shorter muzzle to give the desired square head. Eyes a little to deeply set. Good neck and body shape. Needs to strengthen on the move.

Puppy Bitch

1st & Res CC. Mr. B.A. Bascombe’s Nexgen Hold That Tiger. Body developing well for age with correct front and rear angles. Head developing but muzzle must not get any longer. Ears set a little high. Moved soundly.

Limit Bitch

1st Mr. H. Franklyn’s Freedom Kandia. Good strong body with correct outline and topline. Good muzzle and skull proportions but ears set too high which detracted from squareness of skull. Good front construction and movement. Weak  rear movement.

Open Bitch

1st CC & BOB.Mr. R. Wood’s  Ch Woodney Diana White. Lovely well balanced head with correct ears, giving square appearance. Strong body, good bone. Correct chest and front. Just needs to strengthen on rear.

Dobermann

 

Dobermann

Best puppy in Show, October, 2015

Puppy Bitch

1st CC, BOB & Best Puppy In Show. Mr. M. Forde’s Arisa Baltic Residence.

Best Puppy In Show was the Dobermann. Arisa Baltic Residence. Loved this youngster and, when she was handled correctly, she moved and showed with such style. Very well made and built for her age. Excellent head with good, almond eyes of good colour.  Excellent body with good, straight topline. Great depth of chest with well sprung ribs. Excellent front and rear angles. Moved exceptionally well, when handled correctly. Should have a great future.

Dogue De Bordeaux

Open Bitch

1st  CC & BOB. Mr. O. Holder’s Ch Boldheart’s Flash Fire At Richelle. Impressive head with correct muzzle. Strong body, strong neck good lay of shoulder, strong bone. Would like cleaner eyes and stronger rear movement.

Giant Schnauzer

Limit Dog

1st Mr. T. Bynoe’s Bellgard Ghetto Amoroso. Good outline with strong appearance. Correct front and rear angles. Would like cleaner eyes and correct bite.

Great Danes

Great Dane

Great Dane

Minor Puppy Bitch

1st & Res CC. Mrs. J. Pinheiro’s Ashella’s Wonder Woman Joy. Just a baby but everything developing at the rate you would expect. Head and muzzle developing well, with good balance. Body and balance coming on well, correct bone for age. Moved well when settled but needs a lot more ring training.

Novice Bitch

1st  CC & BOB. Mrs. J. Pinheiro’s  Dragonfly Venue De La Bleu. Still a youngster but developing so well. Good, proud neck holding head so well. Good balance of skull to muzzle. Good angles front and rear and very good depth of chest. Well boned, correct feet. Moved well when settled.

Rottweilers

Minor Puppy Dog

1st Mr. K.A. Mason’s Elthor Dark Primo. Good puppy with lovely head and expression, correct bite and eye.  Correct body for age, good front and rear angles. Very good, firm topline. Very good rear, just needs to settle on front.

Junior Dog

1st CC & BOB. Dr. W.L. Welch’s Elthor Dark Matcho. Loved everything about this young lad. So very well proportioned with excellent balance to body , great bone, correct feet, so very sound on the move. Excellent head and muzzle, correct eyes, good ear shape and placement. Strong neck. Correct front and rear assembly all giving true movement. Should make up to a Champion so very easily. Reserve in Group.

Limit Dog

1st & Res CC. Mr. N. McClean’s Kent Ridge Suzuki’s Driver. Very substantial lad with good body and topline Would have liked a slightly shorter muzzle to create a better balance of muzzle to skull. OK on the move.

Open Dog

1st Mr. R.T. Alleyne’s  Richwood Arreleus Fire. Another substantial male with excellent topline.  Well sprung rib of good depth. Good front and rear angle with strong bone and good feet. Head proportions could be better.

Minor Puppy Bitch

1st Mr. R.T. Alleyne’s Richwood Cia’s Heat. Correct bone for age. Good topline, chest and rear angles. Would like a slightly larger eye and tighter feet. Needs to strengthen on the move.

Junior Bitch

1st Mr. T. Worrell’s Amays Carisma At Tropic. Very good outline with correct neck , chest and topline. Very good bone and correct feet. Head developing with correct eyes. Very poor rear movement.

Limit Bitch

1st & Res CC. Mr. R.T. Alleyne’s Richwood Bea’s A Burning. Pleasing outline and balance. Good head with correct eyes. Good bone and very good feet front and rear. Moved ok.

2nd Dr. W.L. Welch’s  Elthor Dark Kendra. Rather longer and lighter in frame, lacking depth of chest . Would like a better balance of head.

Open Bitch

1st & Bitch CC. Mr. R.T. Alleyne’s Ch Richwood Akina’s Fire. Very well balanced head and muzzle with very good eye shape and size. Excellent bone and feet. Good topline, depth of chest and rib. Correct neck. Moved ok. RBOB.

Russian Black Terrier.

 

Russian Black Terrier

Russian Black Terrier

Junior Dog

1st  CC & BOB. Miss A. Bynoe’s Kalaslane Addicted To You. Only 13 months but maturing and developing so well. Strong body with correct, deep chest, good rib and correct, short loin. Very good shoulders and strong hind quarters with correct stifles. Strong bone, well made feet with strong pads. Good tail set and carriage. Excellent type of coat. Head maturing well with good overall balance. So very sound on the move. Should do well.

 German Shepherd Dogs

Junior Dog

1st Mr. P. Blunte’s Chomahaus Jaxx. Very disappointing lad lacking substance and quality. Very unsound on rear movement.

Junior Bitch

1st Mrs. B. Kaufman’s Thorsson Haus Ava. Excellent bite, Pleasing head with correct eyes. Good bone, correct feet. Needs to strengthen on move. BOB.

Boxers

Open Dog

1st CC & BOB. Miss J. Wilson’s  Ch Sundial’s Sun God Apollo At Kaibo. Best In Show & Best L/B in Show. Very smart, upstanding lad, well muscled and with so much breed type. Excellent, well balanced head  with good, broad muzzle.  Good strong neck  of correct length, going into good lay of shoulder. Exceptionally well made body with good depth and lay of rib, correct topline and loin.  Excellent front and rear construction giving  strong, true and clean movement.

Minor Puppy Bitch

1st Mr. M. & Mrs. E. King’s Tabor Ridge Princess Josie. Such a typical Boxer baby. Everything developing well with very good body and rib for age. Lovely head, good neck. Very sound on the move.

Novice Bitch

1st & Reserve CC.  Mrs. J. Pinheiro’s Cobblers Rock China Bell. Quality bitch with expressive, well balanced head and correct eyes and ears. Good neck, correct shoulders and front assembly. Very sound on the move.

Open Bitch

1st  CC & RBOB.. Miss G. Leach’s  Ch Worthington’s Pretty N Peach. Smart bitch, well put together and balanced with correct square outline. Excellent front with correct amount of bone. Well shaped feet both back and front. Very good on the move. Showed herself off with typical Boxer confidence.

Variety Classes

Veteran
1st Willber Lazy Lord. C.K.C.S. Best Veteran In Show.

Stud Dog
1st Ch Calicelesti The One N’Only At Massima. Japanese Shiba Inu.


 

I have found that spectators coming to a dogs’ show do not always supervise their children and children should always be supervised at these dog shows.

Here is Isabelle at the show (her critique is above), a young Bouvier Des Flandres, with a child she had not met before  but the child’s guardian asked if the child could come and speak to the Bouvier and also another group of children came to hug and pat her, with my permission and supervision.

Bouviers des Flandres at a dog show with a child

Ch. Chepam Valentiana at Calliope (who passed the final leg of the CD (obedience) title in July this year with first and high in trials

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Margaret on October 17th, 2015
puppies at a training class in barbados

Puppy socialising class in Barbados

Kybo Calypso Kid, a Tibetan Terrier and new to the island attended a puppy socialisation class on October 17th.

The class, organised and held by The Barbados Dog Training Club was just for puppies to help them socialise with other dogs, people, the environment. This is so very important for puppies.

Puppy breeds such as Labrador Retriever, a Bull Terrier, a Boxer and other breeds attended the class. I understand some of the puppies like a German Shepherd and an Akita were absent.

“Teddy” the Tibetan, did great as he was not phased by anything and I think he enjoyed his first outing with other puppies and people. Kybo the Calypso Kid (Teddy) is not owned by me but I came out to help him with his class this morning. I do own a Tibetan Terrier, Ch. Araki Miss Conduct at Calliope, C.D.

Hopefully, he will attend 2 more classes with the rest of these puppies and later attend basic group training classes. I am a believer in group obedience dog training as it is important for dogs to get the opportunity to socialise with other dogs.

It is very important to socialise puppies from early and it is also important to ensure that these puppies are fully inoculated from parvo and other virus before they attend these classes as Barbados has already had a serious parvo outbreak this year.

The below pix. was taken by Zoe Marshall who has Labrador Retriever puppies which she bred on the class.

Kybo The Calypso Kid, a Tibetan Terrier, is enjoying himself exploring the Waterford world with lots of other puppies on the class.

 

a Tibetan Terrier puppy in Barbados

A new Tibetan Terrier puppy in Barbados

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Margaret on September 7th, 2015

 

Rita3

 

In the above pix. is Ch. Calliope Rita C.D. a very fun loving Bouvier Des Flandres.

She was bred by me and came from two of my imported Bouvier Des Flandres: Ch. Farleycross So Far so Good at Calliope (from the UK) and Ch. Rick Lois From the Dogsfarm at Calliope (from The Netherlands).

I very seldom breed dogs.  Both Rita and Rhapsody (Ch. Calliope Rhapsody C.D. who is still my favourite  dog ever) came from this litter.

Tumeric is regarded as a root which has all kinds of positives for health use.  For humans and also dogs.

Humans have been using it for cooking in their foods for years but besides giving dishes like curry a great taste, Tumeric is becoming very  valuable for its possible healing properties.

 

The video below tells a story of how it helped a dog.

 

I recently took Rita to the vet to get her teeth cleaned as her mouth smelt foul and she was off her food.

Rita is approximately 9.6 years now and has very seldom visited the vet.

At my request, they did a full blood panel and found everything good as in vital organs like kidneys, liver, etc. but the white blood cell count was slightly off and because Barbados has had a lot of tick fever, it was thought that maybe that could be accounted for with tick fever.

My dogs are on NexGard now but Rita could have had tick fever earlier and might have been strong enough not to show the symptoms unless under stress.

Under the anaestethia, a large hard lump was discovered behind her lips which would have been inoperable. A needle aspirate was sent to the Govt. lab. but I understood later that the chief person at that laboratory was overseas. It was thought that this could be why the white blood cell count was lowish. The two vets at the clinic who examined the cells independently of each other, felt the large hard mass in her mouth could be sarcoma.

Of course, I felt devastated.

I was given antibiotics and anti inflammatory tablets for Rita and told to return when the tablets were gone, in 10 days time.

I gave Rita the tablets prescribed by the veterinary clinic but I also gave Rita Tumeric every day with her food, twice a day and I also steeped sour sop leaves and put the water in her food once a day.

I returned to the vet last week, and this time I requested and saw the chief vet at that clinic. The large hard mass in her mouth had gone.

I don’t know whether this was a large abscess or anything like sarcoma but Rita is full of energy and a very happy dog again.

I still put tumeric in her meals and plan to, at least once a week, give her and my other dogs, sour sop juice from sour sop steeped leaves. I have a sour sop tree on my property.

And I will check Rita’s mouth every week for the next few weeks and hope and pray that whatever was there before does not return.

 
Excellent article This is worth a read, about dogs and tumeric and its possible benefits.
 

 

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Margaret on August 13th, 2015


 

Formula One’s Racing car celebrity, Lewis Hamilton, visited Barbados for Crop Over celebrations and festival in August this year. He was seen partying with his friend, our local singing superstar Rihanna, and other friends.

He was also seen having a relaxing and fun filled time in the sea.

Accompanying him were his two English Bulldogs.

Our new import regulations for dogs make it  easier  for celebrities and other persons to visit Barbados and bring their pets.

Importing dogs to Barbados

Lewis Hamilton can possibly travel with his pets by private jet but he,  like everyone else,  will still have to adhere to the Barbados regulations for bringing pets to the island.

I hope  his  English Bulldogs also enjoyed their swimming and had a great time here as well!

 

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