News at Gleanntan
January through June, 2008

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June 30, 2008 - Happy 4th of July


SISTERS
Recently, Mackenzie (Gleanntan Glorious Legacy) spent a day with her littermate
Bailey (Gleanntan Gale's Grace) and Bailey's owner Kate Kozeliski. Ever the gracious host,
Bailey shared her favorite chair with Mackenzie.

June 23, 2008 - Virginia Terrier Weekend

Maida and I were at the Virginia Terrier Club and Virginia Kennel Club shows in Richmond, Virginia this past weekend. We had Ch. Finnsky Gladiator - "Tony" and his son Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - "Mick" entered all three days. Travis Wright had Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper" entered on Friday and Kate Kozeliski had Gleanntan Gale's Grace - "Bailey" entered on Saturday.

At the Virginia Terrier Club show on Friday, June 20, Winners Dog and Best of Winners went to Gleanntan Gaelforce with Reserve going to Gleanntan Comeflywithme! Winners Bitch and Best of Opposite Sex went to a bitch owned by a breeder from North Carolina. Best of Breed went to Ch. Finnsky Gladiator. The judge on this day was Sue Weiss. In the group, Mrs. Weiss did not make a cut and gave BIS to a beautiful Swedish-bred Bedlington. At the Virginia Kennel Club all-breed show on Saturday, under judge Gary Doerge, Winners Dog went to Gleanntan Comeflywithme! and Winners Bitch/Best of Winners/Best of Opposite Sex went to the NC bred bitch. Reserve Winners Bitch went to Gleanntan Gale's Grace. Best of Breed went to Ch. Finnsky Gladiator. In the group, Tony made the final cut but did not place. At the Virginia Kennel Club show on Sunday, under judge Fred Ferris, Winners Dog went to Gleanntan Comeflywithme! and Winners Bitch/Best of Winners/Best of Opposite Sex went to the NC bred bitch. Best of Breed went to Ch. Finnsky Gladiator. In the group, Tony made the final cut but did not place.

It was as most enjoyable weekend with opportunities to visit with friends in our own breed and in other breeds. On Saturday, Shirley Deasy came up to the show from North Carolina with her Skye, Emmee (Gleanntan Goodnessxposed). It was fun to see Shirley and sweet Emmee. We also had wonderful opportunities to walk youngsters, Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - "Mick" and his littermate Gleanntan Glorious Legacy - "Mackenzie" around the show building. Mick and Mackenzie made new friends for the breed while having great socialization experiences.

June 19, 2008 - Bryn Mawr Kennel Club shows

Quick update on last weekend's shows - the Bryn Mawr Kennel Club shows in Ludwigs Corner, PA. Shown were Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - "Mick" in the 12-18 Month Class and his sire, Ch. Finnsky Gladiator - "Tony" in Best of Breed. Tony took BOB both days. He did not place in the group either day. However, a friend (and talented photographer!) took a number of wonderful photos of Tony which are featured below.

In the next series of photos, the Best in Show winning Smooth Fox, the Skye
and the legendary Multiple Best in Show winning Sealy.

Photos above by Susan E. Etter

Photo above by Maida Connor

June 13, 2008 - Duffy's Finishing Photo


New Ch. Gleanntan Going For The Silver - "Duffy"
(Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x Ch. Gleanntan Givemebusybee!)
Owned by Judy Fatzinger
Handled to his championship by Maida Connor

June 8, 2008 - Skyline KC and Shenandoah Valley KC Shows

Maida and I were at the Skyline KC and the Shenandoah Valley KC shows this past weekend. Shown were Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - "Mick" in the 12-18 Month Class and his sire, Ch. Finnsky Gladiator - "Tony" competing in Best of Breed. On Saturday, Tony took Best of Breed under judge Mrs. Jacqueline L. Stacy. He went on to make the cut in the group under judge John (Tom) Ward. Today, at the Shenandoah Valley KC show, Tony took Best of Breed under judge Mr. Bill (R.W.) Edwards. He went on to a Group 4 placement under judge Mr. Alfred J. Ferruggiaro. Group 1 went to the Sealy; Group 2 went to a very beautiful Swedish-bred Bedlington who will be competing at the World Show in Sweden next month. Group 3 went to a Smooth Fox Terrier that has had many nice wins throughout the country.

June 1, 2008 - Huntington Valley KC and Burlington County KC

Just returned from an enjoyable weekend at the Huntington Valley KC and the  Burlington County KC shows which are held at the site of the Fall's Hatboro Dog Club shows. For these shows, the rings are set up in a lower part of the Middletown Grange Fairgrounds and the site is very attractive and easy on the exhibitors. Shown were Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - "Mick" in the 12-18 Month Class and his sire, Ch. Finnsky Gladiator - "Tony" competing in Best of Breed.  Tony took BOB both days and he also made the cut in the group both days under judge Roberta Campbell (Saturday) and Sue Goldberg (Sunday). Margery Good's Sealy won both days.

Tony has competed in 12 shows since the beginning of April, 2008. In those 12 shows he has placed in the group twice and has been in the final cut 7 times.  

Both Tony and Mick showed nicely both days. The career of any show dog is a continuum. They are animals with their own personalities - with strengths and areas that need to be the focus of work. As with all "performance" events, there is considerable satisfaction to be gained when you see measurable progress.

May 26, 2008 - Memorial Day Weekend 2008 - New Ch. Gleanntan Going For The Silver - "Duffy"

Maida and I were at three of the Memorial Day Weekend shows in Freehold, New Jersey. Judy Fatzinger joined us for two of the days and Sue Chandler and her Skye "Gracie" (Gleanntan Graceunderpressure, CGC, TDIA) visited on Sunday.

We entered Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - "Mick" owned by Gary and Lynn Wolf, Gleanntan Going For The Silver - "Duffy" owned by Judy Fatzinger, Gleanntan Gothappyfeet - "Mumbo" owned by Gleanntan and Ch. Finnsky Gladiator - "Tony" owned by Gleanntan.

On Saturday at the Monmouth County Kennel Club, Winners Dog went to Gleanntan Comeflywithme! On Sunday at the Plainfield Kennel Club, Winners Dog went to Gleanntan Going For The Silver. With this win, Duffy earned the final point for his AKC Championship. Duffy earned all of his championship points handled by Maida. On Monday at the Union County Kennel Club, Winners Dog went to Gleanntan Gothappyfeet. Ch. Finnsky Gladiator earned Best of Breed all three days. He also made the cut in the terrier group on Sunday under judge James Reynolds.

The weather could not have been better  - sunny and warm but not too humid. We greatly enjoyed the weekend in an area of the Garden State that remains rather rural.

Here are a couple of photos of Duffy taken by Judy Fatzinger and a photo of Tony on the move taken by Maida.



Ch. Finnsky Gladiator - "Tony" on the move in the terrier group - May 26, 2008

May 18, 2008

We were at the Carroll Kennel Club show today in Westminster, Maryland. The entry was 2-1-1-0 and the judge was Mrs. Margaret P. Mickelson. Winners Dog (1 pt.) went to Gleanntan Gothappyfeet - "Mumbo" and Winners Bitch/Best of Winners/Best of Opposite Sex (1 pt.) went to Gleanntan Gale's Grace handled by her owner Kate Kozeliski. Best of Breed went to Ch. Finnsky Gladiator - "Tony". In the group competition, Tony made the cut under judge Miss Dorothy M. Macdonald.

May 7, 2008 - More new photos - Tony and Nessie

Adding quite a few new photos this week!


Ch. Finnsky Gladiator - "Tony"
Group 4
Penn Treaty Kennel Club - April 27, 2008
Judge: Ms. Sharol Candace Way


New Ch. Finnsky Finesse - "Nessie"
Best of Winners & Best of Opposite Sex
The Wilmington Kennel Club - April 26, 2008
Judge: Mr. Gary L. Doerge

May 6, 2008 - A group of new photos from the Potomac Specialty


Ch. Finnsky Gladiator - "Tony"
BEST OF BREED
Potomac Skye Terrier Club Specialty
Columbia Terrier Association of Maryland - April 18, 2008
Judge: Mr. Madison M. Weeks
Owner/handled by: Michael J. Pesare


Finnsky Finesse - "Nessie"
Winners Bitch & Best of Opposite Sex (3 point major)
Potomac Skye Terrier Club Specialty
Columbia Terrier Association of Maryland - April 18, 2008
Judge: Mr. Madison M. Weeks
Owner/handled to her win by: Maida Connor


Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper"
Winners Dog & Best of Winners (3 point major)
Potomac Skye Terrier Club Specialty
Columbia Terrier Association of Maryland - April 18, 2008
Judge: Mr. Madison M. Weeks
Owner/handler: Dr. Travis S. Wright


Gleanntan Gale's Grace - "Bailey"
Reserve Winners Bitch (to a 3-point major)
Potomac Skye Terrier Club Specialty
Columbia Terrier Association of Maryland - April 18, 2008
Judge: Mr. Madison M. Weeks
Owner/handler: Ms. Kate Kozeliski


Gleanntan Gothappyfeet - "Mumbo"
Best in Sweepstakes
Potomac Skye Terrier Club Specialty
Columbia Terrier Association of Maryland - April 18, 2008
Judge: Mr. Don Evans

May 4, 2008 - New photo of Gleanntan Comeflywithme!

We were not at shows this weekend, though all of the Skyes had a thorough grooming, bathing, teeth cleaning and nail clipping. Here is a new photo of Mick.


Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - "Mick"
(Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x Ch. Gleanntan Givemebusybee!)
Owned by Gary and Lynn Wolf

April 29, 2008 - New Photo of Ch. Finnsky Finesse


New Ch. Finnsky Finesse - "Nessie" on the move in the terrier group
Harrisburg Kennel Club - April, 2008
Nessie was bred by Thea & Rolf Dahlbom, Kennel Finnsky.
She was acquired by Gleanntan Kennels, Reg. in November, 2007
and she completed her AKC Championship in 12 shows.

April 28, 2008 - New Photo of Gleanntan Going For The Silver


Gleanntan Going For The Silver - "Duffy"
(Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x Ch. Gleanntan Givemebusybee!)
Best of Winners (3-point major)
Greater Fredericksburg KC - April 5, 2008
Judge: Mr. Edd E. Bivin
Owner: Judy Fatzinger
Handled always by: Maida Connor

April 27, 2008

Maida and I were at the Wilmington Kennel Club and Penn Treaty Kennel Club shows last weekend.

The Wilmington KC show on Saturday was held at the beautiful Lums Pond State Park in Bear, Delaware. The site is well laid out and very exhibitor friendly. Under judge Gary L. Doerge, Winners Dog (1 point) went to Gleanntan Going For The Silver, owned by Judy Fatzinger and shown by Maida. Winners Bitch/Best of Winners/Best of Opposite Sex (1 point) went to Finnsky Finesse to complete her AKC Championship. Best of Breed went to Ch. Finnsky Gladiator - "Tony". Tony was also one of six to make the cut in the group. He ultimately did not place in the group that was won by Margery Good's Sealy - #1 terrier 2007.

The Penn Treaty KC show on Sunday was held at the Ludwigs Corner Horse Show Grounds, site of the Devon Dog Show during Montgomery Weekend. Under judge Sharol Candace Way, Winners Dog (1 point) again went to Gleanntan Going For The Silver, owned by Judy Fatzinger and shown by Maida. Best of Breed went to Ch. Finnsky Gladiator - "Tony". Tony went on to a Group 4 placement under judge Way. The White Bull Terrier was Group 1, the Sealy was Group 2, and a very nice national specialty winning professionally handled Norwich was Group 3. The Bull Terrier went on the take Best in Show.

You can read more about new Ch. Finnsky Finesse on her page. Below is a photo taken by Maida of Tony on the move in the group.


Ch. Finnsky Gladiator - "Tony" on the move in the terrier group

April 23, 2008


Ch. Finnsky Gladiator - "Tony"
Group 4
Chesapeake Kennel Club of Maryland - April 6, 2008
Judge: Mr. Alfred Ferruggiaro

April 20, 2008 - 34th Annual Potomac Skye Terrier Club Specialty

We've just completed the Potomac Skye Terrier Club's Regional Specialty show, as well as the Old Dominion Kennel Club show the following day and I am pleased to report our results.

This year's Potomac Specialty, held on Friday, April 18, attracted a nice entry of 18 (6-8-2-1)-1 for judge Dr. Harry Smith. Dr. Smith is a popular judge in the Skye community, having judged the Skye Terrier Club of America's Roving National Specialty in 1997. Unfortunately, less than two weeks before the show, Dr. Smith had to cancel due to health issues. The Columbia Terrier Association of Maryland selected Dr. Smith's replacement, Mr. Madison Weeks as he was on the panel for a few other terrier breeds that day.

Of the 9 Skyes that were present at the Specialty on Friday, there were exhibitors from Canada, Washington, DC, Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

At the Old Dominion Kennel Club the following day, the entry was about the same, with 8 Skyes present. The judge this day was Dr. Gerald M. Mager.

We are proud of the fact that the breed winner both days was our import, Ch. Finnsky Gladiator, from Thea and Rolf Dahlbom, Kennel Finnsky, Finland. Tony came to us as a young pup about two and a half years ago and he has matured beautifully. Winners Bitch both days was earned by another of our Skyes bred by Kennel Finnsky, Finnsky Finesse. In just 13 shows, Nessie has earned both of her majors and is one point shy of her AKC Championship. Winners Dog/Best of Winners both days was earned by a promising youngster of our breeding, Gleanntan Gaelforce -"Cooper", proudly owned and shown by Travis S. Wright, Ed.D. Cooper is sired by Ch. Finnsky Gladiator out of Ch. Gleanntan Givemebusybee!. Three of the pups from this litter are major pointed at one year of age.

Each one of the Skyes in the list of winners below has a story associated with him or her. These Skyes represent the care and love that is required to fulfill the potential of even the most promising show dog. I have posted the results for our Skyes below and I should have a few photos to share in the coming week.

34th Annual Potomac Skye Terrier Club Regional Specialty Show
Friday, April 18, 2008
Maryland State Fairgrounds
Timonium, Maryland

Best of Breed
Ch. Finnsky Gladiator - "Tony"
Breeder: Thea and Rolf Dahlbom
Owner: Gleanntan Kennels, Reg.
Handled by: Michael J. Pesare

Winners Dog/Best of Winners (3-point major)
Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper"

Breeder: Gleanntan Kennels, Reg.
Owned and handled by: Dr. Travis S. Wright

Reserve Winners Dog
Gleanntan Going For The Silver - "Duffy"

Breeder: Gleanntan Kennels, Reg.
Owner: Judy Fatzinger
Handled by: Maida Connor

Winners Bitch/Best of Opposite Sex (3 point major)
Finnsky Finesse - "Nessie"

Breeder: Thea and Rolf Dahlbom
Owner: Gleanntan Kennels, Reg.
Handled by: Maida Connor

Reserve Winners Bitch
Gleanntan Gale's Grace - "Bailey"

Breeder: Gleanntan Kennels, Reg.
Owned and handled by: Ms. Kathryn Kozeliski


Sweepstakes
Judge: Mr. Don Evans
Entry: 6 Skyes - 3-3

Best Puppy in Sweepstakes and Best in Sweepstakes
Gleanntan Gothappyfeet - "Mumbo"

Breeder: Gleanntan Kennels, Reg.
Owner: Gleanntan Kennels, Reg. & Darren & Lynn McMillion
Handled by: Michael J. Pesare

Best Junior in Sweepstakes
Gleanntan Going For The Silver - "Duffy"

Breeder: Gleanntan Kennels, Reg.
Owner: Judy Fatzinger
Handled by: Maida Connor


Old Dominion Kennel Club Show
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Maryland State Fairgrounds
Timonium, Maryland

Entry: 15 Skyes - 4-8-2-1 (with 7 absent)

Regular Classes Judge: Dr. Gerald M. Mager

Best of Breed
Ch. Finnsky Gladiator

Breeder: Thea and Rolf Dahlbom
Owner: Gleanntan Kennels, Reg.
Handled by: Michael J. Pesare

Winners Dog/Best of Winners (2-points)
Gleanntan Gaelforce

Breeder: Gleanntan Kennels, Reg.
Owned and handled by: Dr. Travis S. Wright

Reserve Winners Dog
Gleanntan Gothappyfeet

Breeder: Gleanntan Kennels, Reg.
Owner: Gleanntan Kennels, Reg. & Darren & Lynn McMillion
Handled by: Michael J. Pesare

Winners Bitch (2 points)
Finnsky Finesse

Breeder: Thea and Rolf Dahlbom
Owner: Gleanntan Kennels, Reg.
Handled by: Maida Connor

Reserve Winners Bitch
Gleanntan Gale's Grace

Breeder: Gleanntan Kennels, Reg.
Owned and handled by: Ms. Kathryn Kozeliski

April 13, 2008 - Blue and Gray Cluster

Maida and I were at two of the four Blue and Gray Cluster shows in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania this weekend. We entered just a few of our class dogs this weekend to give them opportunities for ring experience. Also, "Boz" (Ch. Gleanntan Gottalookatme) was invited by the show committee to participate in the Meet the Breeds Booth on Saturday and Sunday. Boz was invited because the committee wanted to have local Westminster Kennel Club winners/participants there and also to increase awareness for the Skye Terrier.

On Saturday, the Skye entry under judge Jerry Roszman was 2-1-1-0 with one of our class dogs absent. The male special who was present is a professionally-handled dog not of our breeding. Winners Dog was Gleanntan Going For The Silver owned by Judy Fatzinger and handled by Maida. Winners Bitch/Best of Winners and Best of Breed from the Open class was Finnsky Finesse owned by Gleanntan and handled by Michael. The group competition was filmed by Animal Planet for broadcast at a later date.

On Sunday, the entry under judge Robert Sharp was 2-1-0-0. Winners Dog (1 point) and Best of Opposite Sex went to our Bred by Exhibitor dog Gleanntan Gothappyfeet - "Mumbo" handled by Michael. Winners Bitch/Best of Winners (1 point) and Best of Breed  went to Finnsky Finesse.

We greatly enjoyed spending time on Saturday and Sunday at the Meet the Breeds Booth with Boz and Mumbo. These two boys hung out together and were perfect gentlemen. There were quite a few visitors at the booth with lots of curious youngsters with excellent questions about the breed. Today, we even had a visitor in a wheelchair who enjoyed holding Boz in her lap.


Meet the Breeds Booth
Blue and Gray Cluster - April 2008
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Ch. Gleanntan Gottalookatme - "Boz" (age 3.5 years)
and Gleanntan Gothappyfeet - "Mumbo" (age 1 year)

April 6, 2008 - Show Season Resumes

This past weekend, Maida and I were at the Greater Fredericksburg Kennel Club show and the Chesapeake Kennel Club show.

The entry on Saturday, under judge Edd E. Bivin, was 4-3-2-0 with one absent. Winners Dog (3-point major) and Best of Winners went to Gleanntan Going For The Silver - "Duffy" owned by Judy Fatzinger and handled by Maida. Reserve Winners Dog went to Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper" owned and handled by Travis Wright. Winners Bitch (2 points) and Best of Opposite Sex went to Finnsky Finesse - "Nessie" handled on this occasion by Travis Wright. Reserve Winners Bitch went to Gleanntan Gale's Grace - "Bailey" owned and shown by Kate Kozeliski. Best of Breed went to Ch. Finnsky Gladiator - "Tony". In the group competition, Tony showed nicely and made the cut under judge Bivin.

The entry on Sunday, under judge Alfred J. Ferruggiaro, was 4-2-2-0 with one absent. Winners Dog (3-point major) and Best of Winners again went to Gleanntan Going For The Silver - "Duffy" owned by Judy Fatzinger and handled by Maida. Reserve Winners Dog went to Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper" owned and handled by Travis Wright. Winners Bitch (1 point) and Best of Opposite Sex went to Gleanntan Gale's Grace - "Bailey" owned and shown by Kate Kozeliski. Reserve Winners Bitch went to Finnsky Finesse - "Nessie". Best of Breed again went to Ch. Finnsky Gladiator - "Tony". In group competition, Tony earned a Group 4 in a nice field of terriers - Group 1 went to Margery Good's amazing Sealy who was the #1 terrier in 2007; Group 2 went to the #1 Bedlington - 2007; Group 3 went to the Smooth Fox Terrier.

Below are a few candid photos from the show. Also, you can read more about Tony on his page.


Ch. Finnsky Gladiator - "Tony"


Kate and "Bailey"


L to R: Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper" and littermate Gleanntan Gale's Grace - "Bailey" - age 12 months.

March 7, 2008 - Three Generations of Gleanntan Skyes Participate in Read Across America '08

Today, Maida and I, and three generations of Gleanntan girls - Ch. Gleanntan Grandxpose - "Emily", her daughter, Ch. Gleanntan Givemebusybee! - "Bea" (Ch. Gleanntan Going For It x Ch. Gleanntan Grandxpose), and her granddaughter, Gleanntan Glorious Legacy - "Mackenzie" (Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x Ch. Gleanntan Givemebusybee!) participated in the national Read Across America celebration. Sponsored by the National Education Association, Read Across America is designed to focus attention on how important it is to motivate children to read.

This is the third year we have visited a local school to read to students. In 2006 and 2007, we visited with Emily (Ch. Gleanntan Grandxpose) and read passages of the Greyfriar's Bobby novel and the Greyfriar's Bobby children's book. This year, we decided to try something a bit different by visiting the same school with not only Emily, but also Bea and Mackenzie.

In her retirement, Emily is the much-loved matriarch of Gleanntan, living with Ben Dale and periodically spending time here at her Aspers retreat when Ben is traveling. All three girls visit as therapy dogs at the Ronald McDonald House in Hershey, PA. Emily started visiting the house in 2004 at age 7. Bea also began doing therapy work in 2004 at the tender age of 4 months. Mackenzie is just starting her therapy activities with visits beginning last Fall.

After Maida and I arrived at the school, we walked to the school's gymnasium where about 75 children, ranging from kindergarten students to 2nd graders, were gathered. As part of my brief introduction, I explained to the children that Skye Terriers are an old and rare terrier breed with only about 100 dogs born each year in the U.S. I asked the children how many of them owned dogs. Within seconds, the room was filled with raised hands. I then read passages of "Skippy the Little Skye Terrier". After about 20 minutes of reading, the children were allowed to visit with the Skyes. The teachers had the children form two long lines and the Skyes made their way down the lineup of kids.

Next we walked down the hall to another large room where another group of 75 children were gathered. This group was comprised of multiple combined classes of kindergarten students and 1st graders. After the reading, the kids remained sitting on the floor and formed two large circles. Emily, Bea and Mackenzie made their way around the circles of children. Emily displayed her keen empathy as she visited with groups of kids, occasionally climbing up into a lap to give kisses. As you can see in one of the photos below, Emily walked around each circle of kids on her own without anyone holding her lead. Bea and Mackenzie were also very tolerant of the kids, even though at times, children approached them from all different angles. Bea and Mackenzie are best of friends at home and I could see young Mackenzie relying on her mom to set the pace for interactions.

The photos below capture a special day of sharing the Skye Terrier.

February 19, 2008 - Nessie

In November of last year, we had the good fortune to add this Skye bitch to our home and our program. Our objective was to add breeding diversity with a bitch that would be of complimentary phenotype. This recent photo of 3.5 year old Finnsky Finesse - "Nessie" illustrates what we value in this pretty girl.

February 13, 2008 - 132nd Westminster Kennel Club

Maida and I are home now from the 132nd Westminster Kennel Club Show - held on Monday, February 11 and Tuesday, February 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. It has often been said that "there is only one Westminster" and this show has long been a source of inspiration for us.

This was our sixth Westminster KC, the first coming in 1995. For four years in a row from 2002 through 2005, our entries consisted of Boz's dam Emily - Ch. Gleanntan Grandxpose, Ch. Gleanntan Gee Whillikers - "Michael" and/or Ch. Gleanntan Gotitxactlyrite - "Arnie". In 2002, 2003 and 2005, Gleanntan had two of these three in the entry at Westminster. Ben and Donna Dale, as well as Roxan Rohrich, and the Gleanntan Skyes have an even longer history with Westminster, dating back to the early 1970's. The last Gleanntan Skye to win Best of Breed at the Garden was Ch. Gleanntan T'Roc O'Gibraltar - "BG" who won in 1994, breeder/owner handled by Roxan Rohrich.

Westminster is one of the few remaining benched shows in the United States. The benching is such an integral part of the Westminster experience and it provides the general public with a wonderful chance to see the dogs up close and personal and it provides opportunities for exhibitors to spend time with each other to share knowledge.

On Monday morning, our beloved Boz - Ch. Gleanntan Gottalookatme earned Best of Breed. After the breed judging, Boz returned to the benching area and spent quite a bit of time on top of his crate. Boz offered his gentle temperament to the steady stream of dog lovers that visited. People of all ages stopped by and Boz patiently allowed them to pet him while they asked the questions that always come to mind when you first meet a Skye i.e. "How do they see?"

Also joining us were our friends, Travis Wright, who is Boz's co-owner and Kate Kozeliski who is the proud owner of Boz's niece, Bailey. This was both Travis and Kate's first Westminster.

Later that evening, in a live, national television broadcast, Boz gave me one of his finest performances in the ring and represented the breed well in the Terrier Group.

You can see the breed results and watch a 5-minute video of the breed judging on the Westminster KC website here: http://www.westminsterkennelclub.org/2008/results/breed/skye.html

February 8, 2008

January 29, 2008

We always enjoy using this page to share the times when our Skyes bring joy to families at the Ronald McDonald House in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Today, Boz visited the house to bring early Valentine's Day wishes to families staying there. Boz enjoyed spending time on the sofa with a family who has been staying at the house for the past few weeks. Four-year old Gabriel hugged Boz, listening to "Skippy the Little Skye Terrier" read aloud, and getting Skye kisses on his face. Gabriel's one-year old sister has been receiving intensive treatment at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center Children's Hospital as a result of injuries suffered in a fall. Thankfully, she is recovering nicely and the family looks forward to returning to their own home, family, and their dog very soon.

January 22, 2008 - Boz's Video on You Tube

We hope enjoy this 5-minute video tribute to Ch. Gleanntan Gottalookatme - "Boz" and his accomplishments in 2007. From the time Boz was born in August, 2004, he has occupied a special place in our hearts. Some of the images in the video commemorate Boz's successes in the show ring. Many others convey Boz's gentle temperament that makes him a joy to have here at home.

January 10, 2008 - BOZ

We are proud to announce that Ch. Gleanntan Gottalookatme - "Boz" completed 2007 as the #1 Skye Terrier in the United States - All Systems (breed points, group points - all rating systems). Boz competed in 62 shows in 2007 and earned Best of Breed in 57 of those shows. He was Best of Breed at the Potomac Skye Terrier Club Specialty in April, 2007 and he also earned BOB in the two subsequent shows held that weekend. In August, Boz earned Best of Breed in three of the four Skye Terrier Club of America Supported Entry shows at the Steel Valley Cluster in Canfield, Ohio. In October, on the STCA National Specialty Weekend, Boz earned Best of Breed at the Hatboro Dog Club II show. In group competition, Boz earned a total of 16 group placements, including two Group 1 wins. Boz was always presented his co-breeder, Michael J. Pesare.

I checked the records on the last time a breeder/owner handled Skye Terrier earned the #1 - All Systems title and learned that it occurred 15 years ago - in 1992 - with another Gleanntan-bred favorite, Ch. Gleanntan T'Roc O'Gibraltar - "BG" lovingly handled by his co-breeder Roxan Rohrich.

Boz is co-owned by Travis S. Wright, Ed.D. of Washington, DC.

January 10, 2008

Maida, Roxan and I were at the Rubber City Kennel Club shows in Akron, Ohio last weekend. The Skye entry this year was 0-1-2-0. The class bitch was Finnsky Finesse - "Nessie" bred by Thea and Rolf Dahlbom, Kennel Finnsky and owned by Gleanntan Kennels, Reg. One of the male Specials was Ch. Finnsky Gladiator - "Tony" also bred by Finnsky and owned by Maida Connor. There was one other male Special entered.

On Saturday, Best of Breed went to Ch. Finnsky Gladiator and Best of Opposite Sex went to Finnsky Finesse. On Sunday, Gladiator was absent. Best of Breed went to Finnsky Finesse who earned the honors from the Open Bitch class over the male Special.

 



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