Gleanntan Kennels - 2005:
The Year in Review


Looking back on 2005, this was a year marked by a “passing of the baton” from one generation of Gleanntan Skyes to another. While our veterans were making us proud in the twilight of their show careers, a promising new generation of Gleanntan youngsters made successful forays into the show ring.

Gleanntan Skyes were entered in a number of shows with national-level competition, including the Potomac Skye Terrier Club Specialty in April; the four-day Skye Terrier Club of America Supported Entry shows in Ohio in August; and the four days of the Skye Terrier Club of America National Specialty – Montgomery Weekend in October.

We are particularly pleased with how our youngsters fared in competition. In each of the three Specialty and Supported Entry show weekends described above, our youngsters earned major points for a total of 5 majors (four 5-point majors and one 4-point major).

On October 1, our veteran, Ch. Gleanntan Gee Whillikers – “Michael” established a new all-time Best in Show record for a male Skye Terrier, eclipsing a record that had been in place since 1969. Michael completed the year as the #1 Skye – Group Points – the 3rd year in the past 7 that he has finished #1 in either breed or group points or both (1999, 2000, 2005). At the end of the year, Michael was retired from competition.

Our veteran bitch, Ch. Gleanntan Grandxpose – “Emily” was shown on a very limited basis in 2005, largely to provide opportunities for her to be seen with her offspring. In just 13 shows, Emily earned 3 group placements, including a Group 4 at the Mahoning-Shenango KC – STCA Supported Entry show with an entry of 328 terriers. Emily capped off her year by taking Best of Opposite Sex at the Skye Terrier Club of America National specialty in October. Emily completed the year as the #1 Skye Terrier bitch - Group Points.

We also added a new youngster to our program Finnsky Gladiator - "Tony" (Int. Ch. Finnsky Alan x FIN Ch. Finnsky Claudia). Tony came to us in October from Thea and Rolf Dahlbom - Kennel Finnsky. He will be making his ring debut in 2006.

Looking ahead to 2006, we will be active with our youngsters including, Gleanntan Goodnessxposed – "Emma" and Gleanntan  Glindathegoodwitch – "Glinda" as well as our import puppy, Finnsky Gladiator – "Tony". Also to be actively shown will be Gleanntan Goodietwoshoes - "Gladys" who will be shown by her owner Anne O’Reilly and Gleanntan Grammy Girl - "Donna" who will be in the ring in Denmark. We will also look at a few selected shows for our veteran bitch, Emily.

It is hard to imagine that March 10, 2006 will mark the 5th anniversary of the passing of Donna Dale. Donna is missed every day here, but her spirit shines brightly in our lives and in the Gleanntan Skyes that she so dearly loved.

December 18

Gleanntan Goodnessxposed - "Emma" took Winners Bitch and Best of Breed from the Bred by Exhibitor Class at the final show of the year in Cleveland, Ohio.

November 21

For the better part of 2005, we have been focusing on the girls from Reggie x Emily's August, 2004 litter. There is one boy from the litter who is coming along, and he will be making his way into the show ring in 2006. This evening, after bathing him, I thought you might like to see a photo of Gleanntan Gottalookatme - "Boz" who we co-own with Travis Wright. When I look at Boz's strong, powerful headpiece, his very moderate size and pleasing proportions, I can't help but think back to his grandfather, Ch. Gleanntan Gotheriteonebaby - "Ray".


Gleanntan Gottalookatme - "Boz"
(Ch. Gleanntan Going For It x Ch. Gleanntan Grandxpose)
Age: 15 months

November 20

We are thoroughly enjoying training, socializing and sharing lighter moments with our import puppy, Finnsky Gladiator - "Tony". This weekend we were not at shows so we had an opportunity to take a few new photos of Tony.


Finnsky Gladiator - "Tony"
Age: 14 weeks

November 14 - Greensboro, North Carolina

Maida and I were at two shows this past weekend in Greensboro, North Carolina. The shows were the Furniture City Kennel Club shows, held at the Greensboro Coliseum. Ch. Gleanntan Gee Whillikers - "Michael" showed nicely both days and he earned a Group 2 on Saturday under judge James White and a Group 3 on Sunday under judge Linda More. We also had our 15-month old youngster, Gleanntan Goodnessxposed - "Emma" entered and I was pleased with her performance.

November 7

We were at two shows in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania with Michael and Emma. Also, Anne O'Reilly had Emma's littermate Gleanntan Goodietwoshoes - "Gladys" entered. Michael made the cut both days. Emma took WB/BOS the first day (see photo below) and Gladys took WB/BOS the second day. It was an enjoyable Fall weekend with the foliage at or slightly beyond peak colors.


Gleanntan Goodnessxposed - "Emma"
Age 15 months

November 7 - News from Denmark

Our friend Tina Toft Andersen, Kennel Skyewalker sent this wonderful news from Denmark today: "This weekend we participated on the last two shows in Denmark and I'm  proud to tell you that DJ (Gleanntan Grand Musicmaker) went Skye Terrier Of The Year 2005 and Donna (Gleanntan Grammy Girl) went Best Opposite of The Year 2005. In addition to that, Donna gained her number 4th CAC and DJ wrote Danish Terrier Club history by winning Best of Breed at all of the 14 shows he participated in this year. And above all, for the first time ever a Skye was placed in Top Terrier 4 - DJ went Terrier of The Year # 4.


DKCH KLBCH LCH VDHCH KFTCH INTCH KBHV´04
KBHV´05 DKKV´05 Bundessieger ´04
Gleanntan Grand Musicmaker
and his owner/handler Tina Toft Andersen

October 30

We now have photos from Montgomery Weekend of Emily and her two offspring, Bea and Glinda. Scroll down just a bit to the Montgomery section.

October 22

Maida, Roxan and I were at the Upper Potomac Kennel Club shows this past weekend and Ch. Gleanntan Gee Whillikers - "Michael" earned a Group 4 on Saturday under judge Ms. Betsy Dale.

October 11- Montgomery Weekend


Ch. Gleanntan Grandxpose - "Emily"  - 
Age: 8 years
Best of Opposite Sex
Skye Terrier Club of America National Specialty - Montgomery County KC
October 9, 2005
Judge: Mrs. Elaine Young
"Emily" is also the dam of Bea and Glinda, shown below.


New Ch. Gleanntan Givemebusybee! - "Bea"
Age 13 months
Winners Bitch (5 point major) - Hatboro Dog Club
Skye Terrier Club of America National Specialty Weekend
October 7, 2005
Judge: Mr. Lee Herr


Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch - "Glinda"
Age 13 months
Best Junior in Sweepstakes - Skye Terrier Club of America National Specialty
Montgomery County Kennel Club - October 9, 2005
Judge: Marieann Gladstone

We have just returned from 4 days of shows that included the Skye Terrier Club of America's National Specialty show at Montgomery County Kennel Club. This year's shows featured just about everything - excellent competition, fun times with our Skye friends, torrential tropical storm rains, the Devon show being cancelled completely and lots of mud. For us it was a weekend to showcase our Skyes and to welcome a new youngster into our hearts.

Gleanntan's lineup this year included our veteran special, Ch. Gleanntan Grandxpose - "Emily" and 3 of her daughters, Gleanntan Givemebusybee!, Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch, and Gleanntan Goodnessxposed. In addition, our friend Anne O'Reilly had a fourth Emily daughter entered, Gleanntan Goodietwoshoes and Roxan had Emily's brother entered, Ch. Gleanntan Gotitxactlyrite - "Arnie". Attending a national specialty always provides opportunities to spotlight your breeding program and also to benchmark your work against that of your peers. Although we knew it would be quite a bit of work (!), we decided to enter Emily and her girls to highlight what we value in our program - consistency of type in one litter; balance; strength of bone while at the same time maintaining the lowness, moderate size, and the lack of exaggeration that is occasionally seen in the Skye ring today.

We were honored to have the judges reward our girls as follows:

October 6 - Morris & Essex Kennel Club - judge: Kenneth McDermott
Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch - 1st in the Bred by Exhibitor bitch class which featured some very nice exhibits from across the U.S.

October 7 - Hatboro Dog Club - judge: Lee Herr
Winners Bitch (5 point major) to complete her championship - Gleanntan Givemebusybee! (from the BBE class)
Award of Merit - Ch. Gleanntan Grandxpose

October 9 - Skye Terrier Club of America National Specialty
Montgomery County Kennel Club - judge: Elaine Young

Best of Opposite Sex (in a field of 5 quality bitch specials) - Ch. Gleanntan Grandxpose
Best Junior in Sweepstakes - Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch

We also welcomed a new male Skye puppy into our hearts. Our friend, Meri Aalto, attended the Specialty weekend and brought our newest addition Finnsky Gladiator - "Tony" (INT, FIN, S, N CH Finnsky Alan x FIN CH Finnsky Claudia) from Finnsky Kennels, Thea and Rolf Dahlbom, Finland. You can read more about Tony on his page.

October 11 - More news from Denmark

Tina Toft Andersen, Kennel Skyewalker, and DJ - Gleanntan Grand Musicmaker, continue to accrue very impressive accomplishments in the show ring. Tina recently wrote that in 3 weeks, DJ has obtained 4 new titles. Thus, his record in Championships and winner titles is as follows: DKCH KLBCH LCH VDHCH KFTCH INTCH KBHV´04 KBHV´05 DKKV´05 Bundessieger ´04 Gleanntan Grand Musicmaker. Below is a new photo of DJ:


DKCH KLBCH LCH VDHCH KFTCH INTCH KBHV´04 KBHV´05 DKKV´05 Bundessieger ´04
Gleanntan Grand Musicmaker

 

October 1- A History-Making Best in Show

Maida and I were at the Warrenton Kennel Club show on Saturday, October 1 and the Old Dominion Kennel Club show on Sunday, October 2. On Saturday, our 8-year old veteran dog, Ch. Gleanntan Gee Whillikers - "Michael" earned Best in Show under judge Lawrence E. Stanbridge. Earlier in the day, he was awarded a Group 1 under judge Glenda Dawkins, thereby giving him the opportunity to advance to the BIS ring.

This was the first owner/handled/non-professionally handled Skye Terrier Best in Show win in over a decade. It was also Michael's 9th Best in Show win, which eclipsed the 35-year record of BIS wins for a male Skye Terrier. The record had been held by Walter F. Goodman's legendary Ch. Glamoor Go Go Go - "Junior" who set the record in 1969 (source: Terrier Type Magazine - Volume 38, Number 1, January, 1999).

On Sunday, Michael earned a Group 3 under judge Kenneth McDermott.

Below are a few photos that Maida captured from Saturday's group and BIS competition:

September 19

We had two of our Skyes entered in the Lehigh Valley KC and Berks County KC shows this past weekend. These two shows are held at very exhibitor-friendly sites and are favorites in this area. The competition at the terrier group level is always intense as handlers and owners prepare for the big Montgomery Weekend. The Skye entry was our two only -  veteran, Ch. Gleanntan Gee Whillikers - "Michael" and Gleanntan Goodnessxposed - "Emma" in her first shows. We are very fond of Emma's conformation and temperament and I have been looking forward to starting her on her show career. So, we went to the shows to give Emma the experience. Michael took BOB both days and made the cut in the group on Saturday. The weather was a bit warm but quite nice. All in all, a most enjoyable weekend at the shows. Below is a photo of Emma taken yesterday:


Gleanntan Goodnessxposed - "Emma" - age 12 months

September 11 - Beautiful Gladys

We just received this photo of Gleanntan Goodietwoshoes - "Gladys" from the Western Reserve KC show a couple of weeks ago. This young bitch exemplifies the Gleanntan headpiece and balance that we strive for.


Gleanntan Goodietwoshoes - "Gladys" and owner/handler Anne O'Reilly
Age 12 months
with breeder/judge Sandra Goose Allen, Windflower

August 29 - Emily takes BOB two days in Ohio and a Group 2

Maida, Roxan, Ben, Anne O'Reilly and I were at the Sugarbursh KC and Western Reserve KC shows at the Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field in Chagrin Falls, Ohio this past weekend. The entry at both shows consisted of 3 class bitches, 1 male special and 1 bitch special. We had our veteran bitch, Ch. Gleanntan Grandxpose - "Emily" entered  in BOB competition and Anne had her one-year old Emily daughter Gleanntan Goodietwoshoes - "Gladys" entered in the 12-18 month bitch class.

We are pleased to report that Emily took Best of Breed both days - at the Sugarbush KC under judge Dr. Gerald Mager and at the Western Reserve KC under breeder/judge Sandra Goose Allen. Emily also earned a Group 2 at the Western Reserve show. Gladys took Winners Bitch both days proudly handled by her owner, Anne O'Reilly (Anne also earned a 3 point major on her Basset Hound at Western Reserve!).

As I have written previously, we decided to return Emily to the ring in late July for a limited show schedule because her weight, body, muscle and coat condition has never been better. We also wanted her to be seen by selected judges and the fancy with one or more of her offspring puppy bitches. We feel that Emily has put her stamp on her get and have enjoyed watching her kids develop (and meet with some success of their own in the ring.)

August 18

With a very heavy heart, we sent our beloved "Fiona" (Ch. Gleanntan Sonsie Solway Maid) to heaven on Tuesday, August 15. I feel sure that she ran into the arms of her breeder, Donna Dale.

August 17 - Photos from the Fort Steuben Kennel Association show - Canfield, Ohio

Below are photos from the Canfield shows. For details on these shows, scroll down to August 8.


Ch. Gleanntan Grandxpose - "Emily"
Best of Breed - Group 4
Mahoning-Shenango KC, August 7, 2005
Judge: Lydia C. Hutchinson


Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch - "Glinda"
Winners Bitch & Best of Opposite Sex (5 point major)
From the 9 to 12 month Puppy class
Fort Steuben Kennel Association, August 4, 2005
Judge: Desmond Murphy


Gleanntan Givemebusybee! - "Bea"
Reserve Winners Bitch (to her littermate's 5 point major)
Fort Steuben Kennel Association, August 4, 2005
Judge: Desmond Murphy

August 14

The Gleanntan Skyes had a nice weekend in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. On Saturday, August 13, at the Penn Ridge KC show, Gleanntan Goodietwoshoes - "Gladys", owned and shown by Anne O'Reilly, took Terrier Puppy Group 1 under judge Peter Green. Today, August 14, at the Harrisburg Kennel Club show, Ch. Gleanntan Gee Whillikers - "Michael" took a Group 3 under judge Mr. Frank J. Washabaugh.

August 8 - Emily and her two puppy bitches at the Skye Terrier Club of America Supported Entry shows


Ch. Gleanntan Grandxpose - "Emily" in the group
at the Mahoning-shenango KC show - August 7, 2005

Maida, Roxana and I were at four shows from Thursday, August 4 through Sunday, August 7 in Canfield, Ohio. The four shows were supported entry shows for the Skye Terrier Club of America. These shows typically attract majors in both dogs and bitches most or all of the four days and that was true for this year's shows. The entry each day was 5 class dogs; 7 class bitches; 1 male special and 1 bitch special.

We entered our 7.5 year old veteran bitch, Ch. Gleanntan Grandxpose - "Emily" and two of her 11 month old puppy bitches, Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch - "Glinda" and Gleanntan Givemebusybee! - "Bea".

We are very pleased to report that Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch earned Winners Bitch for a 5 point major from the 9 to 12 month puppy class on Thursday under judge Desmond J. Murphy. She also went on to Best of Opposite Sex over her dam. On Saturday, Gleanntan Givemebusybee! took Winners Bitch under judge Walter F. Goodman and then went Best of Opposite Sex over her dam for a 5 point major.

The exclamation point of our weekend came yesterday - the final day of the Canfield circuit. Ch. Gleanntan Grandxpose - "Emily" took Best of Breed under judge Lydia C. Hutchinson and then went on to a Group 4 in a strong field of terriers. With specialties and supported entries in many of the terrier breeds, there were 328 terriers entered at this show. Much to our surprise and satisfaction, we looked through the catalog and noted that Emily was the oldest terrier at this show.

Here are the results for our Skyes for the four days:

Thursday, August 4 Fort Steuben Kennel Assoc. Winners Bitch (5 point major) and Best of Opposite Sex Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch
    Reserve Winners Bitch Gleanntan Givemebusybee!
Friday, August 5 Columbiana County KC Reserve Winners Bitch Gleanntan Givemebusybee!
    Best of Opposite Sex Ch. Gleanntan Grandxpose
Saturday, August 6 Beaver County KC Winners Bitch and Best of Opposite Sex (5 point major) Gleanntan Givemebusybee!
Sunday, August 7 Mahoning-shenango KC Best of Breed Ch. Gleanntan Grandxpose
    Reserve Winners Bitch Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch

Emily continues to make us very proud for her accomplishments in the show ring and for what she has produced in the whelping box.

For the Skyes, the highlight of the long weekend came each evening when Emily and her 3 puppies (Glinda, Bea and Emma - who will be making her ring debut later in the year) got to spend time on the king size bed!!


Ch. Gleanntan Grandxpose - "Emily" in the group
at the Mahoning-shenango KC show - August 7, 2005

A short video clip of Emily on the down and back in the group ring. The movie was taken by Maida using her digital camera so you may find it a bit grainy and choppy. It is a 14 mb mpeg file so it should open in an application such as Windows Media Player.

PLAY NOW

You may want to right-click on the "play now" link and save the file to your local drive temporarily and then play it from there.

July 24 - Emily takes a Group placement in her first show in two years

Just over two years ago, in April, 2003, Ch. Gleanntan Grandxpose - "Emily" captured Best of Breed at the Potomac Skye Terrier Club's Regional Specialty. This was the capstone of her show career that included multiple group wins and group placements and the ranking of #1 Skye bitch in 2001 and 2002 (#3 Skye overall).

After the Potomac Specialty, Emily retired from the show ring to try her hand in the whelping box. She had two litters - one in 2003 and one in 2004. Since her August, 2004 litter, we have been patiently conditioning Emily and yesterday marked her return to the show ring. We had Emily and her 11-month old puppy bitch, Glinda - Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch (x Ch. Gleanntan Going For It), entered in the Putnam Kennel Club show in Stormville, NY.

We are pleased to say that Emily earned a Group 4 in a decent group of terriers (#1 Mutiple BIS winning Colored Bull Terrier took G2 and #1 Soft Coated Wheaten took G3) under judge Dr. Gerald Mager.

July 17

This photo of Bea - Gleanntan Givemebusybee! was taken a few months ago at the Potomac Specialty. The photo, taken by Ginger Lindsey, features 8-month old, Bea and her co-owner, Jo Ann Lyons.


Gleanntan Givemebusybee! - "Bea" with her breeder (left)
and co-owner, Jo Ann Lyons (right) - the photo was taken in April, 2005
when Bea was 8 months old.

July 11

We were at two shows this past weekend in Maryland. The two littermate bitches, Bea (Ch. Gleanntan Givemebusybee!), owned by Jo Ann Lyons and Gleanntan, and Gladys (Gleanntan Goodietwoshoes) owned by Anne O'Reilly, were the Skye entry. At the Upper Marlboro KC show on Saturday, July 9, Bea took WB/BOB under judge Mr. Gary Doerge. In the group competition, Bea made the cut. On Sunday, July 10, Gladys took WB/BOB under judge Ann Katona for her first point. Gladys also made the cut in the group. It was very nice to have these youngsters recognized for consideration in the group.

July 6

Roxan and Ch. Gleanntan Gotitxactlyrite - "Arnie" went to shows in Mooretown, Ontario, Canada during the July 4th weekend. Arnie earned a Terrier Group 1 on Friday; a Group 2 on Saturday; and a Group 2 on Sunday to complete his Canadian championship. Congratulations to Roxan and Arnie.


Am. & Can. Ch. Gleanntan Gotitxactlyrite - "Arnie"
Group 1 - Sarina Kennel Club - Canada - July, 2005
Owner/handled by his mom, Roxan Rohrich

Ch. Gleanntan Gee Whillikers - "Michael" was at shows in Urbana, Illinois and he earned a Group 2 at the Champaign Illinois KC show on Sunday, July 3 under judge Mrs. Dorothy Hutchinson.

Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch was single-entered at the Rock Creek KC show in Southern Maryland.

June 28

Farewell dearest "Piper" - Gleanntan Galactica. From your littermate, Fiona.

It is hard to believe that we are at the midway point of the 2005 show season. Ch. Gleanntan Gee Whillikers - "Michael" has been at shows with Lisa and Mark Bettis. At the same time, we have been devoting our energies this year to training our youngsters from the Reggie x Emily litter (born 8/19/2004). We have been very pleased with the pups in this litter and it has sharpened our focus on the attributes that we value in the Gleanntan breeding program including strength of bone, balance, and confident/loving temperaments.

Due to work schedules, we were unable to travel to Southern California this June to participate in the Skye Terrier Club of Southern California Specialty at Great Western. We decided to enter the small South Hills KC shows in Western Pennsylvania that same weekend, essentially for practice and to continue to benchmark the girls. We entered littermates, Bea (Ch. Gleanntan Givemebusybee!) and Glinda (Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch) and our friend Anne O'Reilly had a third littermate entered, Gladys (Gleanntan Goodietwoshoes). The total entry also included a Open class bitch and a Specials dog. We are very pleased with the way all three girls showed. Bea was Winners Bitch for 2 points each day and Gladys was Reserve.

June 20

Ch. Gleanntan Gee Whillikers - "Michael" was at three shows this past weekend and took Best of Breed all three days. He also had success in the group ring. On Friday, at the Conewango Valley KC show, her earned at Group 4 under judge Mr. Robert Forsyth. At the second Conewango Valley KC show on Saturday, he earned another Group 4 under judge Mr. James White. On Sunday, at the Erie Kennel Club in Western Pennsylvania, "Michael" won the terrier group under judge Mrs. Peggy Beisel-McIlwaine.

June 16


Ch. Gleanntan Gee Whillikers - "Michael"
Group 1 - Battle Creek Kennel Club - May 30, 2005
Judge: Richard Powell

June 12

Maida and I were at the Greenwich Kennel Club and Longshore-Southport Kennel Club shows this past weekend in East Norwalk, CT and Yorktown Heights, NY respectively. This was the first official outing of our 10-month old puppy bitch, Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch. We had an enjoyable weekend and here are a few photos from the two days.


Glinda made a new friend

Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch
Age: 10 months

 

Glinda on the move

From Tina Toft Andersen in Denmark: "On June 11, we had an International show with almost 2,800 entries and Int. Ch. Gleanntan Grand Musicmaker - "DJ" went Best of Breed. Gleanntan Grammy Girl - "Donna" went to her first show in Denmark and went BOS and took her first CAC. She was too young to become the CACIB (they need to be 15 months before that can happen) To become a Danish Champion you need three CAC's given by 3 different judges. Also the dogs must be at least 18 months before that can happen, but they can win all the CACs that is possible until they are old enough to get their championship. The judge was Mrs. Lynette Brown from Australia.

The day after we had our Terrier Club show with 330 entries and here the judge was Mr. E.W. Darby, Great Britain. Again DJ went BOB and Donna went BOS with her number 2 CAC! Also DJ went BIS 3 under our Australian judge from the day before, and this means he is currently number 3 on the Top 10 Terrier list in the competition Terrier Of The Year in Denmark."

May 31

Ch. Gleanntan Gee Whillikers - "Michael" was at four shows in Kalamazoo, Michigan this past weekend. We are pleased to report that he earned a Group 2 at the Grand Rapids KC show on Saturday, May 28 under judge Dr. Harry Smith. On Monday, May 30, at the Battle Creek KC show, he earned a Group 1 under judge Richard Powell. These shows had entries in the 1,700 to 2,000 range.

Maida and I spent the Memorial Day Weekend in Williamsburg, Virginia with our puppy bitch, Gleanntan Givemebusybee! - "Bea". Although Bea was the only Skye each of the three days, we valued the training and socialization that came from her time both in the ring and outside of the ring. We also had a wonderful "guided tour" of Colonial Williamsburg's Duke of Gloucester Street from our Scottie friend, Bob Moore.

Bea will now have a few weeks off while we introduce her littermate Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch - "Glinda" to the ring.

May 23 - Lucky Three

Our 9-month old puppy bitch, Gleanntan Givemebusybee! - "Bea" took a Group 3 at the Mattaponi Kennel Club show under Skye breeder/judge Sandra Goose Allen. With a total terrier entry of 162, there was depth to the group. GR1 went to the Green Team's Norwich; GR 2 went to Joan Scott's Parson Russell; GR 3 to the Skye; and GR 4 to Damara Bolte's Border. At the Carroll Kennel Club show the following day, Bea competed in a Puppy group and earned a Group 3 under judge Ann Hearn. Of course, it will be hard to top the thrill of earning the Group 3 in the adult group on Saturday!

At the Genesee County KC show in Flint, Michigan, Ch. Gleanntan Gee Whillikers - "Michael" also earned a Group 3 under judge Norman L. Patton.

May 16

Ch. Gleanntan Gee Whillikers - "Michael" earned a Group 2 at the Midland Michigan KC show on Saturday, May 14 under judge Linda C. More and a Group 3 placement the following day under judge Charlotte Clem McGowan.

May 8 - Gleanntan Givemebusybee! takes Best of Breed at the Bucks County KC show


Gleanntan Givemebusybee! - "Bea" - age 8 months
Best of Breed (from the Puppy class)
Bucks County Kennel Club - Erwinna, Pennsylvania
May 7, 2005 - Judge: H. Peter Luyten, Victoria, Australia

The Bucks County Kennel Club show was held on Saturday, May 7 in Erwinna, Pennsylvania. This prestigious show is always highly anticipated as it is considered to be a breeders' showcase. With specialty shows and supported entries for a number of clubs, Bucks is a favorite venue for introducing promising youngsters to the fancy. The group competition at the end of the day is always keenly competitive with an enthusiastic audience at ringside.

This year, we returned to the Bucks County KC show and we had reason to celebrate. Our promising 8-month old puppy bitch Gleanntan Givemebusybee! - "Bea", co-owned with Jo Ann Lyons, went all the way to BEST OF BREED from the Puppy bitch class under judge H. Peter Luyten, a terrier breeder judge from Victoria, Australia. The entry was 9 Skyes (3-4-1-1 with two class dogs absent and one of the specials absent). Later in the day we returned for the terrier group which included a number of the nation's top terriers. The icing on the cake was that Bea was also one of about 8 terriers pulled for final consideration in the terrier group (see photo below).

For more information on Bea as well as photos go to Bea's page on our site.

We are also happy to report that Bea's littermate, Gleanntan Goodietwoshoes - "Gladys" took Reserve Winners Bitch from the Puppy class. Gladys is owned and proudly shown by our friend, Anne D. O'Reilly. For more information on Gladys as well as photos go to Gladys' page on our site.

In Madison, Wisconsin, Ch. Gleanntan Gee Whillikers - "Michael" earned a Group 3 at the Janesville Beloit KC show under judge Dr. Robert Berndt.


Gleanntan Givemebusybee! - "Bea" in the final lineup in the terrier group
Bucks County Kennel Club - Saturday, May 7, 2005


Gleanntan Givemebusybee! - "Bea"


Gleanntan Goodietwoshoes - "Gladys" - age 8 months
Reserve Winners Bitch (from the Puppy class)
Bucks County Kennel Club - Erwinna, Pennsylvania
May 7, 2005 - Judge: H. Peter Luyten, Victoria, Australia


Gleanntan Goodietwoshoes - "Gladys" and her owner, Anne O'Reilly
on the move at the Bucks County Kennel Club show

April 25 - Potomac Skye Terrier Club Specialty show and weekend

Two Gleanntan Skyes were entered in the 32nd Potomac Skye Terrier Club Specialty show on Friday, April 22, 2005 and the Old Dominion KC show on Saturday. Twenty-month old Gleanntan Pot Of Gold - "Midas", owned by Joe and Ginger Lindsey, was entered in the Bred by Exhibitor dog class both days. This year featured strong competition in dogs (males) with one puppy; four fully-coated, well conditioned, Bred by Exhibitor dogs, and two mature Open class dogs. It is rare to get this depth of competition at anything but a specialty show and you generally find such competition only a few times a year.

We are pleased to report that Midas took Winners Dog/Best of Winners for a 5-point major at the PSTC Specialty on Friday and Winners Dog/Best of Winners/Best of Breed on Saturday for a 4-point major to complete his AKC championship (pending AKC confirmation). Midas now has his own page on our site.

Our 8-month old puppy bitch Gleanntan Givemebusybee! - "Bea" showed nicely in the Sweepstakes competition and took Best in Sweepstakes. The following day, at the Old Dominion KC show, Bea took Reserve Winners bitch (Winners was a major) from the Puppy class going up over an Open bitch. On Sunday, at the Baltimore County KC show, Bea again took Reserve Winners Bitch from the Puppy class (Winners was a major) over an Open bitch. We were pleased with the comments that we received on our puppy and with how she fared in a field of nice Skye bitches.

And, we have a new photo of Bea's littermate, Gleanntan Grammy Girl - "Donna" from her proud new owner Tina Toft Andersen, Denmark. "Donna" will be making her ring debut very soon!


Gleanntan Grammy Girl - "Donna" - eight months old

April 24 - Three Group 3's for Gee Whillikers

Also, Lisa Bettis had Ch. Gleanntan Gee Whillikers - "Michael" entered in the Terre Haute KC shows and he earned a Group 3 on Thursday under judge Lanny Hirstein; a Group 3 on Friday under judge Denny Mounce; and a Group 3 on Sunday under judge Maxine Beam.

April 17 - Bea earns her first points

Eight month old littermates Gleanntan Givemebusybee! - "Bea" and Gleanntan Goodietwoshoes - "Gladys" were entered in two of the Blue and Gray Cluster shows this weekend in Harrisburg, PA. There were four class bitches entered for the two days with one Open bitch being absent - thus leaving one in Puppy class, one in BBE class and one in Open class. At the Harrisburg KC show on Saturday, April 16, Gleanntan Givemebusybee! - "Bea" took Winners Bitch and Best of Opposite Sex for her first point under judge Lee Herr. Today at the Lebanon County KC show, Gleanntan Givemebusybee! - "Bea" again took Winners Bitch and Best of Opposite Sex for a second point under judge Richard Bauer. Gleanntan Goodietwoshoes - "Gladys" went Reserve Winners Bitch. A third littermate bitch, Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch, came along for the socialization and she made a number of laps around the show building "strutting her stuff" and meeting new people. Bea is owned by Jo Ann Lyons and Gleanntan Kennels and Gladys is owned by Anne D. O'Reilly.

April 11

Gleanntan Givemebusybee! - "Bea" continues to enjoy her "on the job training" as she earned a Terrier Puppy Group 2 under Scottish Terrier breeder/judge, Alice Watkins at the Chesapeake KC show in Maryland.


Gleanntan Givemebusybee! - "Bea"
Ch. Gleanntan Going For It x Ch. Gleanntan Grandxpose
Age 7.5 months

April 9

Our hearts are heavy followed the passing of our beloved Am. & Finnish Ch. Skyelight Afrodite - "Mindy" at age 14. Mindy was a Multiple Group Placer and a Group Winner as a Veteran and was Top Producing Skye Terrier (Terrier Type) in 2000. She also taught many of her housemates the fine art of boomer ball.

In more pleasant news, Ch. Gleanntan Gee Whillikers - "Michael" earned a Group 3 today at the Saginaw Valley KC show under judge James Reynolds.

April 7 - Catching up on the news from Gleanntan

Last weekend Maida and I had our 7 month old puppy, Gleanntan Givemebusybee! - "Bea" entered in the two Western Pennsylvania Kennel Association shows in Pittsburgh. These shows were her first two outings in the ring and, although there were no points available, it was a positive experience and a nice way to benchmark Bea's training and socialization. Bea has been very "busy" in her young life as she has already made a number of pet therapy visits to the Ronald McDonald House in Hershey, PA. She has also enjoyed a few handling classes and many walks in the apple orchard across the street from our home. In Pittsburgh, Bea showed her usual poise, both in and out of the ring. She most enjoyed greeting many children who were attending the shows with their parents.

Our veteran, Ch. Gleanntan Gee Whillikers - "Michael" was also entered both days and took Best of Breed on Sunday under judge David Doane.

Also, on Sunday, April 3, Tina Toft Andersen had Int. Ch. Gleanntan Grand Musicmaker - "DJ" entered in a national show in Denmark with 1,800 entries. From Tina: "DJ went BOB under the breed specialist the Swedish Judge but living in Denmark, Mr. Svend Loevenkjaer. Mr. Loevenkjaer had for some years ago a Skye himself, a cream-colored male named Fantomen Mik, which was both Show and Hunting Champion. Today Mr. Loevenkjaer breeds English Springer Spaniels and Newfoundlanders under the Kennel Name Spring Creek. In the group DJ went 4 under the Danish judge Mrs. Hanne Laine. Handler of DJ was Mr. Tonny Bergstroem."

And finally, today - another puppy from our Reggie x Emily breeding - born in August, 2004 departed the U.S. on her way to Tina in Denmark. We wish Tina and Tonny much happiness with their new pup, Gleanntan Grammy Girl - "Donna".

March 28 - News from Denmark

From Tina Toft Andersen: "(On March 26) at Danish Terrier Club show, Int. Ch. Gleanntan Grand Musicmaker (Ch. Gleanntan Greatxplorer x Ch. Sonsie Aida) went BOB under the German Judge Mrs. Frauke Hinch, famous breeder of Norfolk and Norwich Terriers. At the BIS final he went BIS 3 under the Hungarian judge Mrs. Zsuanna Petik with the words "world class". On Sunday the 27th we had one more Danish Terrier Club show where DJ went BOB under judge Mrs. Zsusanna Petik from Hungary. The same evening I went to The Netherlands to participate in an International show in the city of Leeuwarden on Monday the 28th. It's called the Big Easter Show with 2,100 entries. DJ went BOB again under judge Mrs. Margret Muller Sieber from Germany. Her written critic of DJ is as follows: "3 years old impressive male. Excellent head and expression, shown in super condition. Excellent topline and tailset, excellent coat texture and moves and shows very well". And then he went on and was placed as Group 6. In some of the Dutch International Shows, they sometimes place up to 10 dogs in the groups."

Congratulations to Tina and DJ!

March 26 - A Recent Skye Visit to the Ronald McDonald House

Maida and I participate with our Skyes in the pet therapy program at the Ronald McDonald House in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Recently, we visited with 7 year old Emily (Ch. Gleanntan Grandxpose) and her two 7 month old puppies, Bea (Gleanntan Givemebusybee!) and Gladys (Gleanntan Goodietwoshoes). Gladys is owned by our friend Anne O'Reilly who also joined us that evening.

The children staying at the house at first did not know what to make of the Skyes. But, after being lavished with Skye kisses from Emily, Bea and Gladys, the children were soon enchanted by the magic of the Skye Terrier. For much of the evening the children took turns walking the Skyes around the first floor of the house, smiling from ear to ear!


JJ loved walking Emily up and down the halls
of the Ronald McDonald House

As we were prepared to leave, Libby did not want to
say goodbye to her best friends Emily and Bea

March 20

A new photo of Gleanntan Givemebusybee! - "Bea" at age 7 months.


Gleanntan Givemebusybee! - "Bea" (age 7 months)

March 16

Ch. Gleanntan Gee Whillikers - "Michael" was entered in three of the four Magic Valley/Blennerhassett shows this past weekend in Marietta, Ohio. On Friday, March 11, at the Magic Valley Kennel Club show, Michael earned Best of Breed under judge Keke Kahn and then on to a Group 4 under judge George Heitzman.

March 10

Last weekend, Maida and I had the great pleasure of delivering "Beamer" - Gleanntan Brite'nshining Star to his new owner, Nancy Zeferjahn of Cazenovia, New York. We send all good wishes to Nancy and Beamer.

February 28

Some of the puppies from our August, 2004 litter of nine are beginning to make their way into the show ring. This past weekend Gleanntan Goodietwoshoes - "Gladys" was entered in two matches. On Saturday, at the Mason & Dixon Kennel Club match, Gladys took Terrier Group 1. On Sunday, at the well-attended Old Dominion Kennel Club of Northern Virginia match, Gladys took Best in Match.

Gladys is proudly owned and shown by a newcomer to Skyes, Anne D. O'Reilly of Hummelstown, Pennsylvania. However, Anne is not new to the sport of dogs - she is a long-time breeder/judge of Basset Hounds so she understands the finer points of presenting long and low achondroplastic breeds. Congratulations to Anne and Gladys!

February 16

Maida, Michael, and Roxan were in New York City this past weekend through Tuesday for the Westminster Kennel Club show. Representing Gleanntan Kennels were our veterans, Ch. Gleanntan Gee Whillikers - "Michael" and Ch. Gleanntan Gotitxactlyrite - "Arnie". The Westminster KC offers a video of the breed judging at: http://www.westminsterkennelclub.org/2005/video/breed/index.html#terrier


Westminster Kennel Club - February 14, 2005
L to R: Ch. Gleanntan Gotitxactlyrite - "Arnie" handled by Michael Pesare
and Ch. Gleanntan Gee Whillikers - "Michael" handled by Lisa Bettis

February 16

On February 12, INT, DKCH, KLBCH, LUXCH,  CPHW´04 Gleanntan Grand Musicmaker (Ch. Gleanntan Greatxplorer x Ch. Sonsie Aida) took Best of Breed under judge Marina Guidetti from Italy and then on to BIS 3 under Danish judge Mr. Ole Staunskjær at the Danish Terrier Club show. There were over 400 entries.

The following day, at the first International Dog Show with 3,100 entries in Denmark, DJ went BOB and Group 4 under Swedish judge Mrs. Britta Roos Bøjerson. Tina reported that Mrs. Bøjerson judged both the breed and the group and her first word about DJ was "simply magnificent!"

DJ is owned and shown by Tina Toft Andersen, Kennel Skyewalker, Denmark. Congratulations to Tina and DJ.


INT, DKCH, KLBCH, LUXCH,  CPHW´04 Gleanntan Grand Musicmaker
Owned  and shown by Tina Toft Andersen in Denmark

February 8

Ch. Gleanntan Gee Whillikers - "Michael" was entered in two shows this past weekend in Arkansas. On Saturday, February 5, at the Southeast Arkansas Kennel Club show, Michael earned a Group 2 under judge James White. The following day, Sunday, February 6, he earned a Group 4 under judge Robert Sharp.

February 5


Ch. Gleanntan Gee Whillikers - "Michael"
Group 1 - Wisconsin Kennel Club - January 22, 2005
Judge: George Heitzman

February 1

Ch. Gleanntan Gee Whillikers - "Michael" was entered in two shows this past weekend in Missouri. On Saturday, January 29, at the St. Charles (MO) Kennel Club show, Michael earned a Group 4 under judge Mrs. Charlotte P. Patterson.

January 31 - A fun photo shoot of our young Gleanntan hopefuls

Just below is a photo of four year old Ch. Gleanntan Getouttadodge - "David", who is from the first breeding of Reggie (Ch. Gleanntan Going For It) and Emily (Ch. Gleanntan Grandxpose). Below David are photos of six of the five month old puppies from the repeat breeding of Reggie and Emily.


Ch. Gleanntan Getouttadodge - "David"


Gleanntan Goodietwoshoes - "Gladys" (b)


Gleanntan Grammy Girl - "Donna" (b)


Gleanntan Goodnessxposed - "Emma" (b)


Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch - "Glinda" (b)


Gleanntan Givemebusybee! - "Bea" (b)


Gleanntan Gottalookatme - "Boz" (d)

January 26, 2005

Ch. Gleanntan Gee Whillikers - "Michael" continued his return to the show ring this past weekend with two shows in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. On Saturday, January 22, at the Wisconsin Kennel Club show, Michael earned a Group 1 win under judge George Heitzman. The following day, he earned a Group 3 under judge Peggy J. Haas.

Meet Gleanntan Goodietwoshoes - "Gladys" - age 5 months. Gladys is proudly owned by longtime Basset Hound breeder/judge, Anne D. O'Reilly. Gladys is pictured on the left with her dam, Emily (Ch. Gleanntan Grandxpose) and on the right with Emily and Anne. Gladys will be making her ring debut in a month or two.

January 17, 2005

Gleanntan Gila Of Hellas - "Gila" (Ch. Gleanntan Going For It x Ch. Gleanntan Grandxpose) and her proud new owner, Avraham Rutledge. Gila looks forward to a show career at home in Canada and also in the U.S.

January 10, 2005

Ch. Gleanntan Gee Whillikers - "Michael" returned to the ring after a two-year absence and was shown at two shows in St. Paul, Minnesota (entry 0-1-3-0 both days). At the Land O' Lakes Kennel Club show on Saturday, January 8, Michael took Best of Breed under judge Margaret P. Mickelson. On Sunday, January 9, Michael took Best of Breed under judge Charlotte Clem McGowan and then went on to a Group 1 under judge Margaret P. Mickelson. Michael was professionally presented by his favorite person, Lisa Bettis.


Ch. Gleanntan Gee Whillikers - "Michael"
Group 1 - Land O'Lakes Kennel Club - January 9, 2005
Judge: Margaret P. Mickelson

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