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June 28, 2010 - Great Western Terrier Association - Skye Terrier Club of Southern California Specialty

Maida and I had the good fortune to attend the Great Western Terrier Association - Skye Terrier Club of Southern California (STCSC) Specialty show in Long Beach, California. The Skye Specialty was held on Saturday, June 26. The following day, Sunday, June 27 featured the same entry with the entry supported by the STCSC as well as the Skye Terrier Club of America.

I first attended Great Western Terrier in 1997 when I traveled to California with Donna Dale. Maida and I attended, without dogs, in 2000. Our first Great Western with dogs was in 2001 when we entered "Emily" - Ch. Gleanntan Grandxpose just three months after Donna's passing. Maida and I returned in 2002 and 2003 and then missed a few years. This year we decided to enter to have our Gleanntan Skyes represented. We also looked forward to the opportunity to show the 9-month old puppy of our breeding who is owned by our dear friend, Carol Fink. This was the inaugural showing for Carol's "Tara" - Gleanntan Gottamakereservations.

Our entry consisted of Ch. Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - "Mick" who is owned by Gary and Lynn Wolf. We also entered Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch - "Glinda". Our third Gleanntan representative was Glinda's 9-month old daughter, Gleanntan Gottamakereservations - "Tara" who is owned by Carol Fink.

On Saturday, June 26 at the Skye Terrier Club of Southern California Specialty, the entry consisted of 19 Skyes with the breakdown of 2-7 (5-5). Best of Breed went to a handsome California-bred male who was BOB at this show last year. Best of Opposite Sex went to a recently finished female also from California. The judge then awarded the Select Dog (AKC Grand Champion major) to Mick, Ch. Gleanntan Comeflywithme! and the Select Bitch (AKC Grand Champion major) to Glinda, Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch.

In the classes, this was the first outing for 9-month old Gleanntan Gottamakereservations - "Tara" and she showed beautifully. Tara earned Reserve Winners Bitch from the 9 to 12 month, Puppy Bitch class.

On Sunday, June 27, the entry was supported by the Skye Terrier Club of Southern California and the Skye Terrier Club of America. The entry was the same group of dogs - 2-7 (5-5). This day also featured the Sweepstakes competition for the youngsters - entry of 1-3.

In the Sweepstakes competition, Gleanntan Gottamakereservations - "Tara" earned Best of Opposite Sex to Best in Sweepstakes.

In the Regular classes, Gleanntan Gottamakereservations - "Tara" again earned Reserve Winners Bitch. It is worth noting that the Winners Bitch winner on Saturday was a lovely bitch from the Bred By Exhibitor class with Tara going Reserve. On Saturday, the Winners Bitch went to another nice bitch from the Open class with Tara going Reserve. We are delighted that Tara competed well against the Winners Bitch winners in her first two shows.

Finally, on Sunday Best of Breed was awarded to Ch. Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - "Mick". He also earned points towards his AKC Grand Champion title. After the judge selected her Best of Opposite Sex winner, she then went back to the large group of Specials lined up and awarded Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch with Select Bitch, giving her major points towards her AKC Grand Champion title.

Below is a short video clip of Tara in her first ring outing. The clip will also give you a sense of the beauty of the unique show location at the Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach, California.


On the day before the Specialty, we drove south to Point Loma - San Diego for the day.


Gleanntan Gottamakereservations - "Tara"
(Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch)
Age 9 months
Owned by Carol G. Gink


Gleanntan Gottamakereservations - "Tara" on the move


Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch - "Glinda"
(Ch. Gleanntan Going For It x Ch. Gleanntan Grandxpose)
6 years of age
Owned by Gleanntan Kennels, Reg.
Breeder/owner handled by Maida Connor


Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch - "Glinda"


Maida and Glinda and Michael and Mick - June 26, 2010


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


Ch. Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - "Mick" on the move in the Terrier Group - June 27, 2010

June 20, 2010 - Another Terrier Group Win for Mick

Maida and I were entered in the Bryn Mawr Kennel Club shows this past weekend with three Gleanntan Skyes - Ch. Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - "Mick", Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch - "Glinda" and Gleanntan Symphony in G - "Moya". Mick took BOB and Glinda took BOS under judge Michael Dougherty. In the terrier group competition, judge Dougherty had many nice dogs to choose from. What a thrill it was when Mick made the first cut for the final "go round". After that, Mick was put to the head of the line and he went on the win the Terrier Group.

June 12, 2010 - Duffy earns his CDX Title!

We are proud to report that on Saturday, June 12, "Duffy" - Ch. Gleanntan Going For The Silver, CD earned the final leg for his Companion Dog Excellent title. Congratulations to Judy and Duffy!

May 31, 2010 - Memorial Day Weekend

Maida and I were at the Memorial Day Weekend shows in New Castle, Pennsylvania this past weekend. We greatly enjoyed spending time with our friend and Gleanntan Kennels partner Roxan Rohrich who had her young male "Henley" entered.

Saturday was the New Castle Kennel Club show and the Skye entry was 2-3-2-1. Winners Dog and Best of Winners went to Roxan's handsome two-year old Gleanntan Desperado (Ch. Gleanntan Gotitxactlyrite x Ch. Gleanntan Goldminersdaugther). Reserve Winners Bitch from the Puppy class went to our Gleanntan Symphony in G - "Moya". Best of Breed was awarded to Ch. Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - "Mick" who is owned by Gary and Lynn Wolf & Gleanntan. Best of Opposite Sex went to Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch - "Glinda". We were delighted that Mick went on to earn a Group 4 in an entry of 155 terriers under judge Mrs. Barbara Dempsey Alderman.

Sunday was the Trumbull Kennel Club show and the Skye entry was 2-1-2-1 with 1 absent under judge Alice Watkins. Winners Dog went to Gleanntan Desperado. Winners Bitch, Best of Winners and Best Puppy was awarded to 8 month old Gleanntan Symphony in G. This gave Moya her first Championship point. Best of Breed again went to Ch. Gleanntan Comeflywithme! and Best of Opposite Sex went to Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch. Glinda is in the best shape of her life after having her litter last September. She is showing consistently well for Maida. It is a joy to watch Glinda in the ring with her full maturity and her remarkable resemblence to her dam, Ch. Gleanntan Grandxpose - "Emily".

Monday was the New Castle Kennel Club's second show. The Skye entry was 1-1-2-1 with 1 absent. Winners Dog and Best of Winners went to Gleanntan Desperado. Winners Bitch went Gleanntan Symphony in G very capably handled by Margery Good's assistant, Sarah. Best of Breed again went to Ch. Gleanntan Comeflywithme! and Best of Opposite Sex went to Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch.

Here are a few photos from our weekend:


Ch. Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - "Mick" on the move


Ch. Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - "Mick"


Gleanntan The Goodbye Girl - "Lilly"
(Ch. Finnksy Gladiator x Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch)
Born: September 21, 2009


Gleanntan Symphony in G - "Moya"
(Ch. Finnksy Gladiator x Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch)
Born: September 21, 2009


Gleanntan Desperado - "Henley"
(Ch. Gleanntan Gotitxactlyrite x Ch. Gleanntan Goldminersdaughter)
Born: March 11, 2008

May 10, 2010 - Bucks and Trenton Weekend

Maida and I were at the Bucks County Kennel Club and the Trenton Kennel Club shows this past weekend. Fortunately, a late ring time enabled us to drive to the beautiful Bucks show site on Saturday morning. As we drove down Route 32 along the Delaware River from the north, I couldn't help but reflect on the first time we attended this show seventeen years ago. In addition to being held at a beautiful show site, Bucks is one of those special shows because of its long tradition and its focus on the breeder. This year, the Skye entry consisted of three of our Skyes (0-1-1-1) - Ch. Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - "Mick", Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch - "Glinda" and 7.5 month old Gleanntan Symphony in G - "Moya".  We needed an extra hand on Saturday so we enlisted the help of Rachel, a junior handler friend, who did a very nice job with Moya. Mick took BOB, Glinda took BOS and Moya was WB. As the day progressed, a strong cold front swept through and the winds became very strong. By the time the group started, everyone was watching the tents and wondering if they would hold up to the gale force winds. Of course, the strong winds also make it nearly impossible to present a Skye to his best advantage.

On Sunday, we were at the Trenton Kennel Club show at the Mercer County Park in West Windsor Township, New Jersey. While Bucks is more of a breeder-focused show, the Trenton show always attracts a very large number of spectators. From the moment we arrived and started grooming, we were visited by folks with at least a curiosity about the Skye. One couple that visited actually own a Skye and they asked many good questions about grooming/coat care. The Skye entry at Trenton increased by one - a class male not of our breeding. The show was delayed by an hour due to the sustained high winds. Under an Australian judge, Mick took Best of Breed, Glinda took Best of Opposite Sex and Moya was Winners Bitch. Moya also went on to earn Best of Winners handled by our Bedlington Terrier friend, Joan. I was very pleased with the way Moya showed. She is a pretty, very typey girl with excellent sidegait. The terrier group was the last group of the day and with the delay in judging it was about 7 p.m. before the group started. The temps continued to drop from the 50s to the 40s and everyone was struggling to stay warm. We did not get home until after midnight.

May 2, 2010

Maida and I were at the Wilmington Kennel Club and Penn Treaty Kennel Club shows in Bear, DE this past weekend. These two shows were our first outdoor shows of the season. We had just two of our Skyes entered, Ch. Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - "Mick" and 7-month old Gleanntan Symphony in G - "Moya". The dogs showed well both days. On Saturday, Mick was one of 6 to make the cut in the terrier group. There was also a puppy terrier group on Saturday and Moya earned a terrier puppy Group 2.

We greatly enjoyed visiting with our friend Judy Fatzinger and her Gleanntan Skyes, "Duffy" and "Gertie" at the shows and at her lovely home in Bear, DE.

Below are a few photos from the weekend:


Ch. Gleanntan Going For The Silver, CD - "Duffy"
(Ch. Finnksy Gladiator x Ch. Gleanntan Givemebusybee!)
Born: April 17, 2007
Owned by Judy Fatzinger
Photo by Maida Connor


Ch. Gleanntan Going For The Silver, CD - "Duffy" on the move


Gleanntan Symphony In G - "Moya" - age 7 months
(Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x Ch. Gleanntan Glindthegoodwitch)

April 25, 2010 - 36th Potomac Skye Terrier Club Specialty

Maida and I are home now after participating in the 36th Potomac Skye Terrier Club Specialty, followed by the Old Dominion Kennel Club and Baltimore County Kennel Club all-breed shows. I cannot begin this report without first sharing the heartbreaking news that Ben is facing a serious health challenge and it has taken a turn for the worst. This is particularly hard because Ben is our family as was Donna. Our weekend at the show was consumed by having to focus on running the Potomac Specialty while at the same time presenting our four Skyes in the ring. Throughout each day, Ben remained in our constant thoughts and prayers. We also visited with him at the end of the Saturday and Sunday shows.

On Friday, at the 36th Potomac Skye Terrier Club Specialty, Best of Breed was awarded to 3-year old Ch. Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - "Mick" (Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x Ch. Gleanntan Givemebusybee!) owned by Gary and Lynn Wolf of Slidell, Louisiana and breeder/co-owner handled by Michael Pesare. The regular classes judge was Gary M. Vlachos. "Mick" also made the cut in the group. In the Sweepstakes competition, Best in Sweepstakes was awarded to our 7-month old bitch Gleanntan Symphony In G - "Moya" (Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch). The Sweepstakes judge was Kathy Schwabe.

At the Old Dominion KC show on Saturday, Best of Breed again went to Ch. Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - "Mick" under judge Barbara Dempsey Alderman. "Mick" also was one of 8 in the final cut in the group. Best of Opposite Sex went to Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch - "Glinda". Reserve Winners Bitch from the Bred by Exhibitor class went to Gleanntan Defying Gravity - "Elphie" (Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch).

At the Baltimore County KC show on Sunday, Ch. Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - "Mick" repeated in his Best of Breed win under judge Thomas Parrotti. We were also delighted that our Bred by Exhibitor bitch Gleanntan Defying Gravity - "Elphie" earned Winners Bitch for a 4-point major and she also went Best of Opposite Sex over her dam Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch.

I would also like to acknowledge the efforts of Travis Wright who superbly handled his littermate to "Mick" - Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper" (Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x Ch. Gleanntan Givemebusybee!) each of the three days. "Cooper" is maturing beautifully and moves with impressive power and happiness.

April 20, 2010

Maida and I were at the Harrisburg Kennel Club show on Satuday, April 17 and the Mason Dixon Kennel Club show on Sunday, April 18. The Skye entry both days was 3-3-1-1 with quite a nice entry of class dogs and bitches in competition.

The breed judge on Saturday was Billie Kellogg. We are proud to report that Winners Dog from the Bred by Exhibitor class went to Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard Of Oz - "Gus". This win also gave Gus the final points that he needed for his AKC Championship. Winners Bitch and Best of Winners went to Gus' littermate Gleanntan Defying Gravity - "Elphie". Reserve Winners Bitch went to our 7-month old puppy Gleanntan Symphony in G - "Moya". Best of Opposite Sex went to Gus, Elphie and Moya's dam, Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch. Best of Breed went to Ch. Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - "Mick". Mick went on to earn a Group 3 under judge Ken Kauffman. The total terrier entry was 195.

The following day's judge was Dr. Gerard Penta. Reserve Winners Bitch again went to our 7-month old puppy Gleanntan Symphony in G - "Moya". Best of Breed again went to Ch. Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - "Mick" and Best of Opposite Sex went to Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch.


Saturday, April 17 - Mick in the group at the Harrisburg Kennel Club show

April 11, 2010

Maida and I were at the Shenandoah Valley Kennel Club show today. We had three Skyes entered, 7-month old Gleanntan Symphony in G - "Moya", Gleanntan Defying Gravity - "Elphie", and Ch. Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - "Mick". Elphie earned Winners Bitch. Mick earned Best of Breed and then went on to earn a Group 4 in field that included a Border Terrier, Kerry Blue Terrier and Scottish Terrier that are all ranked in the top 3 in the U.S. The Scottie, who is currently ranked #1 in breed points won the group.

This was Moya's first show and it almost turned out to be a disaster. We had an 8:30 a.m. ring time and Moya was first up for Skyes. I placed Moya on the table and the judge began to go over her. Since this was her first show, I steadied her by supporting her head from under her jaw. In a flash, the table collapsed onto the judge's foot. Thankfully I reacted quickly and Moya never dropped nor did she even realize what had happened. Thankfully, the judge was OK but he did have to have his foot iced to minimize swelling.

It was a beautiful day in the picturesque Shenandoah Valley. The weather could not have been nicer. Although the judging was indoors, the grooming was outside and the Skyes enjoyed some outside time sitting in the grass.

March 30, 2010 - Duffy earns his second leg towards a Companion Dog Excellent (CDX) title

On Sunday, March 28, Judy Fatzinger and "Duffy" (Ch. Gleanntan Going For The Silver, CD) participated in back-to-back shows hosted by the Lower Camden County Dog Training Club in Hatfield, PA. Rather than paraphrasing Judy's wonderful account of the day, I thought I would include it as written.

"As we came into the ring for the morning show, the judge remarked what a beautiful dog Duffy is. Duffy sat instead of dropping on the recall. Otherwise would have qualified. Between shows he made new friends for the breed. At any of his shows or show'ngos people are always interested in watching him in the ring as they've never seen a Skye before. They also think he is cute, which he is. Outside of the ring people want to say hello and he's only too glad to oblige and give kisses. One man who was showing a Golden said he thought it was great to see the rare breeds in obedience. He also has a Clumber Spaniel but never thought about obedience. Maybe he will now. There are also people who have to ask what breed Duffy is.

Between shows we went outside and practiced our drop on recalls. It must have paid off as he got the job done. The afternoon judge complimented Duffy on his drop. When he does drop he drops like a rock unlike some dogs who take a few more steps and then drop. The judging was done in ascending jump height order so he was in the first group of stays. The group was a miniature Dachshund, a French Bulldog who placed in the morning show, a number of Corgis and Duffy. Duffy was the only one in that group that qualified.  Of the 32 dogs that were entered, just four qualified and Duffy was one of the four to qualify (4th). It doesn't get much better than this!

One more leg to go. We are entered next Saturday and Sunday at Howard County Fairgrounds. Wish us luck!

March 28, 2010 - Western Pennsylvania Kennel Association shows

Maida and I were in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the Western Pennsylvania Kennel Association shows at the David Lawrence Convention Center. The Skye entry on Saturday was 1-4-3-1 with one male special absent. Our entry consisted of Ch. Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - Mick, Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch - Glinda, and Gleanntan Defying Gravity - Elphie. I am pleased to report that on Saturday, Mick earned Best of Breed, Glinda earned Best of Opposite Sex and Elphie was Reserve Winner Bitch from the Bred by Exhibitor class. Mick also went on to a Terrier Group 3 under judge Lydia Coleman Hutchinson. On Sunday, the Skye entry was 0-3-3-1. Elphie was Reserve Winners Bitch. It was an enjoyable weekend, particularly because there was a nice entry of Skyes both days.


Saturday, March 27 Western Pennsyvlania Kennel Association
Terrier Group - 1 - Norwich; 2 - Norfolk; 3 - Skye; 4 - Lakeland

March 21, 2010 - Happy Spring!

L to R: Ch. Gleanntan Gottalookatme - "Boz", Ch. Gleanntan Givemebusybee! - "Bea", Gleanntan Defying Gravity - "Elphie", Gleanntan Symphony in G - "Moya", Ch. Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - "Mick", Ch. Gleanntan Glorious Legacy - "Mackenzie", Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch - "Glinda" and Gleanntan The Goodbye Girl - "Lilly" (Photos by Maida Connor)

March 20, 2010 - Duffy!

We are very proud to report that today, at the Delaware County Kennel Club show, Ch. Gleanntan Going For The Silver, CD - "Duffy" (Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x Ch. Gleanntan Givemebusybee!) earned his first leg towards his CDX title. Duffy and his owner Judy Fatzinger have been training with the same group of dogs for the past two years. Judy noted that this group of dogs consists of 3 Labs, 1 German Shepherd and Duffy the Skye. It is quite an accomplishment that Duffy was the first of his training group to successfully attain his CD title and he is the first to earn a leg towards his CDX title.

March 20, 2010


Ch. Gleanntan Gottalookatme - "Boz"
(Ch. Gleanntan Going For It x Ch. Gleanntan Grandxpose)
Born: August 19, 2004
Photo by Maida Connor

March 14, 2010 - Monticello Kennel Club shows

Maida and I were at the Monticello Kennel Club shows in Milton, New York this past weekend. Milton is just across the Hudson River to the west of Poughkeepsie, NY. The shows were held at the Hudson Valley Sports Dome which was quite a unique facility for a dog show - the high-quality astro turf was terrific for the dogs. The Skye entry was 0-0-1-1 - Ch. Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - Mick and Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch - Glinda. On Saturday, Best of Breed went to Mick and Best of Opposite Sex went to Glinda. Mick was one of 6 to make the cut in the group. The breed result was the same on Sunday.

The shows also provided wonderful opportunities to introduce two of Glinda's 6-month old pups to the show environment in a very positive way. Gleanntan The Goodbye Girl - Lilly and Gleanntan Symphony in G - Moya spent about four hours on Saturday visiting with friends and their dogs. Our friend, Bridget, enjoyed visiting with the pups. Bridget is a talented junior handler who has handled some of our Skyes. On Saturday, she earned Best Junior Handler with her Smooth Fox Terrier.

On Sunday, as Maida and I were leaving the ring with Mick and Glinda, one of the ringside spectators asked if she and her husband and her austistic son could visit with the Skyes. The young man was about 16 years old and his parents shared with us that he has a major interest in dogs. His mother said that he reads everything he can about dogs. We spent about half an hour with them as they visited with Mick and Glinda. They asked many good questions about the breed and also about the shows.


 

March 10, 2010 - Remembering Donna Dale

Today is the ninth anniversary of Donna's passing. Donna remains in our hearts every day and her loss is still difficult to grasp. We hold onto many wonderful memories including the day captured in the photo below.  We were all beaming with pride on this day in 1996 when our first Skye from Gleanntan, "Fiona" earned her AKC Championship. I invite you to listen to "Harpsong" by celebrated Irish artist Moya Brennan.

 

March 7, 2010

Today, our friend Travis Wright visited and we were able to get a group of new photos of the Skyes. Although the weather was quite nice with sunny skies and temps in the 50s, the wind was strong and the Skye coats were flying. Despite the winds, it was still valuable to get new photos of the 5 month old youngsters as well as Elphie (17 months) and Cooper (3 years).


Gleanntan Gulliver's Travels - "Roscoe"
(Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch)
Age: 5 months


Gleanntan The Goodbye Girl - "Lilly"
(Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch)
Age: 5 months


Gleanntan Symphony in G - "Moya"
(Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch)
Age: 5 months


Gleanntan Symphony in G - "Moya"


Gleanntan Defying Gravity - "Elphie"
(Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch)
Age: 17 months


Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper"
(Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x Ch. Gleanntan Givemebusybee!)
Age: 3 years

March 6, 2010

Yesterday, Maida and I received a group of photos from our friend Carol. I thought I would share our favorite photo of the series. This is Carol and her much loved "Tara" - Gleanntan Gottamakereservations (Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch) - born September 21, 2009.

March 5, 2010 - Read Across America 2010

This morning, I made one final guest reader visit to a local elementary school close to the office. This was a smaller group of students which provided the students with more one-on-one time with the Skyes. For this visit, I took Ch. Gleanntan Givemebusybee! - Bea and the male puppy from Glinda's litter, Gleanntan Gulliver's Travels - Roscoe. After initial introductions, the kids sat in a semi-circle around the Skyes. Roscoe made himself right at home, rolling over on his back for his obligitory belly run. Like his father, Tony, Roscoe also enjoys giving enthusiastic kisses. The kids found this very amusing.

March 2, 2010 - Read Across America 2010

This morning, Maida and I had the privilege of serving as guest readers at a local elementary school as part of the National Read Across America Celebration. This annual event is held on the occasion of Dr. Seuss’ birthday and it is designed to inspire children and teens to read.

We have been participating in this event for the past five years. The first two years we visited with just one Skye, Ch. Gleanntan Grandxpose - “Emily”. Emily set the standard for high-quality, gentle interactions with the kids. More recently, we’ve participated with more than one Skye. This year, we decided to take Emily’s 5.5 year-old daughter, Ch. Gleanntan Givemebusybee! - “Bea” and Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch’s 5 month-old puppy, Gleanntan The Goodbye Girl - “Lilly”.

Click here to continue reading and for more photos.

February 28, 2010

Maida and I were at the Saturday and Sunday Rockland County Kennel Club shows in Suffern, New York. We first attended this show in the mid-1990s and the last time we showed here was in 2003. It has been a few years - but we enjoy this show venue. We also like the fact that this show typically draws exhibitors from our current mid-Atlantic region as well as exhibitors from New England. So, we had a chance to visit with old friends from New England as well as friends from our area. We had two specials entered, Ch. Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - "Mick" and Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch - "Glinda" and this constituted the Skye entry (0-0-1-1). Mick took Best of Breed both days and showed nicely in the group.

 


Mick in the lineup behind the eventual Group Winner, the Smooth Fox Terrier

February 25, 2010 - Mick and Glinda's Westminster photos


Ch. Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - "Mick"
(Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x Ch. Gleanntan Givemebusybee!)


Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch - "Glinda"
(Ch. Gleanntan Going For It x Ch. Gleanntan Grandxpose)
Handled by Dr. Travis S. Wright

February 18, 2010 - New photo of Glinda at the Garden State All Terrier Show


Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch - "Glinda"
(Ch. Gleanntan Going For It x Ch. Gleanntan Grandxpose)
Best of Breed - Garden State All Terrier Club - February 12, 2010
Judge: Ms. Carrie Paine, Australia

Glinda returned to the ring less than 5 months after giving birth to her litter of 7

February 17, 2010 - 134th Westminster Kennel Club Show

Maida and I have just returned from New York City after participating in this year's Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden. This year, we had two Gleanntan Skyes entered, Ch. Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - "Mick" (Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x Ch. Gleanntan Givemebusybee!) who is owned by Gary and Lynn Wolf of Slidell, Louisiana and our own Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch - "Glinda" (Ch. Gleanntan Going For It x Ch. Gleanntan Grandxpose).

The Skye entry consisted of a total of 7 Skyes, including the top five ranked Skyes in the country (2009). The breakdown was 5 males and 2 females with one female absent. The judge this year was Mr. Peter J. Green. I have always had the highest regard for Peter Green, first as a fellow terrier competitor and more recently as a judge. I looked forward to having this opportunity to show under him at the Westminster KC show.

There were three awards available to Skyes on this day - the top prize of Best of Breed; Best of Opposite Sex; and a single Award of Merit. We are thrilled that Glinda earned Best of Opposite Sex, handled by Travis Wright, and Mick earned the Award of Merit, breeder/owner handled by me (Michael Pesare).

Glinda was shown to her championship by Travis Wright in April, 2007 and she showed beautifully for him despite the fact that she has only recently returned to competition after a break of nearly 3 years. Mick is a young son of our beautiful Finnish import, Tony, out of Bea. Mick was shown lightly in 2009, completing his AKC Championship in September, 2009 and he completed last year as the #5 Skye in the U.S. (breed points).

The show was particularly enjoyable because Maida and I were able to share the Westminster experience with friends. This was the first time that Mick's owners were able to see Mick in competition. Also joining us this year were friends Ernie and Jan Kowalec from Calgary, Canada who were attending their first Westminster show. We also enjoyed spending the full day on Tuesday in the benching area with fellow Skye exhibitors. During the 9 hours in the benching area, we all fielded a steady stream of visitors with the full range of "frequently asked Skye questions". Having multiple Skyes in the benching area also allowed us to give one or two a break from the nearly continuous visits to the benching area.

We didn't have too much free time during our visit but we were able to spend a portion of Monday walking down Fifth Avenue to the "glass cube" Apple Store and then we spent a few hours at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Guggenheim Museum. We also enjoyed dinner at Carmine's in the Theater District.

Breed results page on the Westminster KC website

Video of the Skye judging on the Westminster KC website


Ernie Kowalec, Michael, Maida & Jan Kowalec at the NY Public Library

Mick's owners Lynn and Gary Wolf with Mick and his very own New Orleans Saints cap.


Mick on the table


Mick on the move


Skye friend Jill Campain from Australia visits with Mick in the benching area


Travis Wright and Glinda


Inside the Frank Loyd Wright-designed Guggenheim Museum

February 13, 2010 - Garden State All Terrier Show

The Garden State All Terrier Show was held at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Long Island, New York. The total Skye entry was 2-2-0-1. However, there were a few absent so the final entry was one class bitch and one Specials bitch. We had the Specials bitch, 5.5 year old Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch - "Glinda" (Ch. Gleanntan Going For It x Ch. Gleanntan Grandxpose) returning to the ring on a limited basis this year - less than 5 months after her litter of 7. Fortunately, Glinda's pups were easy on her coat and we worked hard to bring Glinda back to full bloom. Glinda completed her AKC Championship in April, 2007 and she was not shown in the intervening time until a couple of weeks ago.

Glinda earned Best of Breed. I was pleased with her showing in the breed and the group. Now, we are getting ready to head to New York City for the Westminster Kennel Club show.

February 9, 2010 - First Shows of 2010 - Mick Group 1 and Group 2!

Maida and I were at the Erie Kennel Club shows last weekend. The Skye entry was (0-0-2-1) and consisted of Ch. Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - "Mick" and Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch - "Glinda" as well as one additional male Special. On Saturday, Mick earned Best of Breed and Glinda earned Best of Opposite Sex under judge Marieann Gladstone. Mick then went on to earn a Terrier Group 1 under judge Ms. Marjorie J. Underwood. The following day, Mick repeated his Best of Breed win and Glinda repeated as Best of Opposite Sex under judge Mr. Robert D. Black. Mick then went on to a Terrier Group 2 under Mr. Black. Mick is owned by Lynn and Gary Wolf of Slidell, Louisiana and co-owned by Gleanntan.


Ch. Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - "Mick"
(Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x Ch. Gleanntan Givemebusybee!)
Group 1 - Erie Kennel Club - January 30, 2010
Judge: Ms. Marjorie J. Underwood


Ch. Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - "Mick"
(Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x Ch. Gleanntan Givemebusybee!)
Group 2 - Erie Kennel Club - January 31, 2010
Judge: Mr. Robert D. Black


Ch. Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - "Mick" winning the terrier group
Erie Kennel Club - January 30, 2010

February 3, 2010

Four of the seven pups from our September, 2009 litter are now with their new owners. We are delighted that "Purple Boy" - now known as Gleanntan Showstopper - "Teddy" is now with his new owner Barbara Shickley and "Green Girl" - Gleanntan Gottamakereservations - "Tara" is now with her new owner Carol G. Fink. "Dark Blue Boy" - now known as Gleanntan Goin' To Show-Me - "Harry" is now with his new owners Beth and Brent Willis and family. "Light Blue Boy" - now known as Levi is now with his new owners Christopher and Carrie-Ann Jordan and family. Two more pups will be going to their new owners in 2010 and one girl, Gleanntan Symphony In G - "Moya" will stay with us.


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