….and the breed leading them in is……

AKC dog lovers has a new page up

June 23rd marks the United Nation’s Public Service Day. Since 2003, this date has been dedicated to rewarding and raising awareness about public service around the globe.

Here at the AKC, we have our own way of honoring the hard-working dogs who serve us so well.. The AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE) are given each year in five categories: Uniformed Service K-9, Search and Rescue, Therapy Dog, Service Dog, and Exemplary Companion. It’s got some fabulous photographs of some fabulous dogs but for Glen of Imaal Terrier owners & enthusiasts it has to be the animal at the top for the applause. Thanks for representing us Winston!

 

Leading the pack

Last month the American Kennel Club announced the latest title dogs registered with them could achieve. Glen of Imaal Terrier regularly lead the way in many things and, once again, this is no different. Lure coursing is a very popular event at the EFG PRA FUNd Raising Event and this year (July 16th) it’ll be happening again. Any breed is welcome to come and show what they can do!

Gr Ch….what’s that?

The Glen of Imaal Terrier Westminster qualifiers are all Gr Ch which is something unknown in Europe so the question came in. As it is an American title the best way of finding was out was to ask the American Kennel Club. It seems there must be quite a lot of confusion over just what it is as they very helpfully suggested looking here.

Eyes go west….

This weekend any Glen of Imaal Terrier people who are interested in exhibiting may be thinking “westerly thoughts” as the big Eukanuba Invitational Show and accompanying circuit happen in California. EFG people never miss a good bash so we have somebody normally UK based there to report on it first hand as well as the US people.

An interesting thing has already happened though. The US Glen standard used to say that “imported” tailed Glens should not be penalised and this was changed to full tails not to be penalised when the breed got full recognition in 2004. A judge at a show yesterday excused a US bred Glen for having a full tail and his reason for doing so was that as it wasn’t imported it was wrong. All exhibitors there told the judge he was wrong but he would have none of it and the dog was excused. Somehow or other the judge did not have an updated standard and he stood by what he had.

The KC have just changed the standard here, the change is slight and doesn’t come into affect until next year, but the above indicates that folk will have to be vigilant with the reading of critiques if anybody thinks their adult Glens are being penalised for something that was “fine” before 2009. Well we still have judges that would swear on the bible that the Glen of Imaal standard says “eyes- dark brown” when no shade at all is mentioned!

Still international but a bit different….

Back in 2004 Glen of Imaal Terriers joined the “full” register of the AKC with Scoobie and India actually gaining their Championships that first weekend. A mere four years later there have been 72 Glen Champions in the States. To many Glen exhibitors in the rest of the world that appears an incredible number; the US is a huge place but WOW!

The UK Glens hit “full” status in 2007 with Homer and Daisy being the first two Champions but since then there has only been one other. The first Champion in Germany was Rhett Butler in 1985 and he also had the registration number of 001 but how many Champions have there been since then? Anybody know the figures for the rest of Europe? It would make interesting reading.

Anybody who read this earlier on today will now be blinking and asking themselves if they had read the number of AKC champions wrong because “didn’t it say…..” Yes it did but Monique forgot to take her socks off when counting all the American Champions so got a little cross eyed with the number of times she had used her fingers. She suddenly thought she may have and counted up with fingers AND toes….hence the reduction to 73. Still a WOW of a figure!

Did you wonder?

You may have noticed the initials after Dermot’s name and wondered what they are? His owner Laura sent the following

Rally Obedience is a competition where the dog heels through a course of stations designed by the judge.  At each station the dog performs the exercise on the sign for that station.  The exercises include Fast Pace, Slow Pace, Dog Sits and Handler walks around dog, Sit and handler takes one step and dog sites, 2 steps Sit, 3 steps Sit, 270 degree turns, 360 degree turns, Jumps, Back up while heeling etc.  There are three levels of competition which give the titles of RN – Rally Novice, RA – Rally Advanced, RE – Rally Excellent.  The dog must earn three qualifying scores to be awarded a title.  Dermot has earned his RN and then RA level titles.  The RN level competition is done on leash.  The RA level competition is off leash and the exercises are more difficult.  The RE competition exercises are harder yet.

For more information see this page.

 

http://www.akc.org/events/rally/getting_started.cfm

 

Agility is a competition where dogs run an obstacle course designed by the judge.  There are three different types of courses Standard, Jumpers and Fast which use different pieces of equipment and have different rules.  The dog must complete the course under a time limit with a certain level of accuracy to receive a qualifying score.  Three qualifying scores are required to earn a title.  The degree of difficulty increases from Novice to Open and then Excellent levels of competition.

 

Dermot has earned his NJP – Novice Jumpers Preferred title.  The courses for Jumpers have only jumps and tunnels.  The Preferred refers to the handler’s choice of running the dog at a shorter jump height.  This gives the odd body configuration or older dogs a more level field of competition.  For more information see this page.

 

http://www.akc.org/events/agility/what_is_agility.cfm