Gleanntan Kennels - 2009
The Year in Review

 

December 15, 2009 - Holiday Read-to-a-Dog Library Event

On Monday, December 14, 2009, Maida and I participated in a very special Holiday Read to a Dog event at the Arendtsville (Pennsylvania) Library. Maida and I regularly seek out opportunities to have our Skyes participate in public education events. This opportunity to give back to our community during the holiday season was magical. Click here to continue reading.

December 13, 2009 - Crown Classic Dog Shows - Cleveland

Maida and I were in Cleveland, Ohio this past weekend for the Crown Classic Dog Shows. On Saturday at the Richland County KC show the Skye entry was 3-2-2-0. We had one dog entered Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard Of Oz - "Gus" in the Bred by Exhibitor class. I am pleased to say that 15-month old Gus took Winners Dog and Best of Winners. The judge was Richard Bauer.

Sunday was the Western Reserve KC show and the judge was Dr. Richard Meen, Kishniga Skyes. The Skye entry again was 3-2-2-0. Gus repeated his Winners Dog win.

It was an enjoyable weekend and a nice opportunity to visit with friends. We are pleased that Gus earned two more points towards his championship and now just needs two single points for his title. But, most importantly, the weekend gave us a chance to benchmark this young Skye's maturation and progress. We are pleased with how he is coming along and look forward to his finishing his title in 2010.

December 5, 2009

Maida and I were at the Chambersburg Area Kennel Club show yesterday. This show in held in Gettysburg, PA so it is about as close to home as one can get. The Skye entry was small (0-1-1-0) and consisted of Ch. Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - "Mick" and Gleanntan Defying Gravity - "Elphie". Mick took BOB and Elphie took BOS under judge Mr. Alfred Ferruggiaro.

November 24, 2009

Maida and I were at the Chesapeake Kennel Club of Maryland and the Upper Marlboro KC shows this past weekend. The shows were held at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, Maryland. We haven't been entered in these shows since 2007 and it was nice to return this year.

The Skye entry was small (0-1-1-0) and consisted of Ch. Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - "Mick" and Gleanntan Defying Gravity - "Elphie". Mick took BOB and Elphie was BOS on Saturday under judge Mr. Vincent Grosso and BOB and Elphie was BOS on Sunday under judge Mrs. Kathleen Grosso.

November 18, 2009 - 2010 Westminster KC Invitation for Ch. Gleanntan Comeflywithme!

The Westminster Kennel Club has just announced the invitees to next February’s show in New York City. The invitation list is comprised of the top five dogs in each breed calculated by the number of dogs defeated in their respective breeds through the month of October. We are indeed honored that our young male, Ch. Gleanntan Comeflywithme! – “Mick”, qualified for Westminster having competed in just 11 shows through October. “Mick” earned Best of Breed from the Bred by Exhibitor class in all 11 shows and he completed his AKC championship in September. Mick is owned by Lynn and Gary Wolf of Slidell, Louisiana and co-owned by Gleanntan.

November 14, 2009

Today, we took another series of photos of Tony x Glinda's pups, now 8 weeks of age. More photos can be found on the Tony x Glinda Puppy page.


L to R: Yellow Boy and Yellow/Purple Girl - 8 weeks of age

November 8, 2009 - Furniture City KC - 2009

Maida and I were at the Furniture City Kennel Club shows this past weekend. The shows were held at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex in Greensboro, North Carolina. We have attended these shows over the past few years as they provide a nice opportunity to visit with friends in the area.

This year, the Skye entry was small (0-1-1-0) and consisted of Ch. Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - "Mick" and Gleanntan Defying Gravity - "Elphie". Mick took BOB on Saturday under judge Ms. Charlotte Clem McGowan and BOB on Sunday under judge Ms. Barbara Keenan. Elphie showed well and was BOS both days. I was pleased with the way Mick showed in the group.

We enjoyed visiting with friends and their Gleanntan Skyes - Shirley Deasy and her Skye "Emmee"; Ginger Lindsey and "Cookie"; and Gina and Bill Bump and their Skye "Sadie". We also had a nice visit with our niece Jessica and her husband Ted.

Below is a photo that Maida took of Mick on the move on Saturday.


Ch. Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - "Mick" in the terrier group - November 7, 2009
(Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x Ch. Gleanntan Givemebusybee!)

October 25, 2009

We were at the Middleburg KC shows on Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25. Ch. Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - "Mick" was entered in BOB and Gleanntan Defying Gravity - "Elphie"  was entered in the Bred by Exhibitor class. Also entered was Gleanntan Laughter Through Tears - "Truvy" who is owned and handled by Travis Wright. On Saturday, Mick earned BOB and Truvy earned WB/BOS. On Sunday, Mick earned BOB again and Elphie earned WB/BOS.

On Sunday, we were able to get new photos of Bailey, Gus, Elphie and Truvy.


Ch. Gleanntan Gale's Grace - Bailey
(Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x Ch. Gleanntan Givemebusybee!)
October, 2009 - 2.5 years of age
Owned by Kate Kozeliski


Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard Of Oz - Gus
(Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch)
October, 2009 - 13 months of age
Owned by Gleanntan


Gleanntan Defying Gravity - Elphie
(Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch)
October, 2009 - 13 months of age
Owned by Gleanntan


Gleanntan Laughter Through Tears - Truvy
(Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch)
October, 2009 - 13 months of age
Owned by Travis S. Wright

October 6, 2009 - Gus and Truvy


 12-month old Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard Of Oz - "Gus" on the move
Montgomery County KC - STCA National Specialty


 12-month old Gleanntan Laughter Through Tears - "Truvy" on the move
Montgomery County KC - STCA National Specialty

October 3, 2009 - Updates from the STCA National Specialty Weekend

On Friday, at the Hatboro Dog Club II show, Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard Of Oz - "Gus" earned Reserve Winners Dog from the 12-18 month old class.

On Saturday, at the Devon Dog Club show, Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard Of Oz - "Gus" again earned Reserve Winners Dog from the 12-18 month old class. 

Maida captured a number of nice photos of Ch. Gleanntan Givemebusybee! in the ring. Two of my favorites are below:


Bea on the move at Devon


Bea on the move at Devon

October 1, 2009

On Thursday, at the Hatboro Dog Club I - Ch. Gleanntan Givemebusybee! (Ch. Gleanntan Going For It x Ch. Gleanntan Grandxpose) took BEST OF BREED in a field of 23 Skye Terriers under judge Sally George. This was my first opportunity to handle Bea in just over three years! In the past three years, Bea has been shown in a total of 6 shows - last year's Montgomery Weekend, where she was handled by Travis Wright (she earned an Award of Merit at the STCA National Specialty '08); this year's Westminster Kennel Club show where she was Best of Opposite Sex - also handled by Travis; and this year's Potomac Skye Terrier Club Specialty where she was handled by a junior handler friend.

Below are a couple of photos from our special day. More photos of Bea can be found on her page.


Just moments before the judge selected Bea as Best of Breed


Bea in the terrier group - on the down and back

September 27, 2009 - Warrenton KC and Old Dominion KC shows

On Saturday, I was at the Warrenton Kennel Club show at the Historic Long Branch Farm in Millwood, Virginia. The total Skye entry was 2-2-0-0. The two Gleanntan representatives were Mick and Elphie. Ch. Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - "Mick" was entered in the Bred by class but moved up as a result of completing his championship a couple of weeks ago. One-year old Gleanntan Defying Gravity - "Elphie" was entered in the Bred by Exhibitor bitch class. Mick earned Best of Breed and also he made the cut in the terrier group. Elphie took Winners Bitch and Best of Opposite Sex for a point.

On Sunday, the show was the Old Dominion KC show at the same site. The total entry on this day was 2-3-1-0. In addition to Mick and Elphie, our friend Travis Wright was entered with Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper" and Gleanntan Laughter Through Tears - "Truvy". The remaining Skyes in the entry were from another breeder. Today, Best of Breed again went to our the Bred by dog who was moved up Ch. Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - "Mick". Mick is owned by Lynn and Gary Wolf and co-owned by Gleanntan. Winners Bitch/Best of Opposite Sex for two points again went to the Bred by bitch, Gleanntan Defying Gravity - "Elphie".

September 14, 2009

The photos of Ch. Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - "Mick" from last weekend arrived in today's mail. I posted one of the photos here and the remaining photos can be found on Mick's page.


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

September 13, 2009

Maida and I were at the Berks County KC show in Kutztown, PA. We had just one Skye entered - Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard Of Oz - "Gus" in the Bred by Exhibitor class. Gus was the only Skye so he returned later in the day for the group. Given the fact that Gus is just 11.5 months old, we had modest expectations. It was quite a thrill to have Gus pulled for the final lineup of 6 or 7 terriers - particularly given the fact that the lineup included the #1 Airedale, Cairn, Bedlington and Kerry Blue terriers.


Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard Of Oz - "Gus"
(Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch)
Age 11.5 months

September 6, 2009 - Celebrating a New Gleanntan Champion - Ch. Gleanntan Comeflywithme!

Maida and I were at the Altoona Area Kennel Association shows on Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6 with one class dog, Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - "Mick", entered in the Bred by Exhibitor class.

On Saturday, the judge was Mr. Kenneth Kauffman and the entry was 2 class dogs, 2 class bitches and 2 male Specials. Mick earned Best of Breed from the Bred by Exhibitor class over the two male Specials thereby earning his all-important second 3-point major. Later that day, Mick went on to earn a Terrier Group 4.

On Sunday, the entry was 2 class dogs and one male Special under judge Mr. Dennis J. Kniola. Mick repeated his Best of Breed win from the Bred by Exhibitor class over the Special for the final points for his championship. Mick also repeated with another Group 4 placement.

Mick is owned by Lynn and Gary Wolf and co-owned by Gleanntan.

Mick is the 5th champion sired by our Finnish import, Ch. Finnsky Gladiator - "Tony" who was bred by Thea and Rolf Dahlbom. Mick is also the 5th champion out of our homebred Ch. Gleanntan Givemebusybee!


Ch. Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - "Mick" after his Group 4 win
Altoona Area Kennel Association - Saturday, September 5, 2009
Judge: Mr. Kenneth Kauffman


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


Ch. Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - "Mick" on the down and back

August 31, 2009 - Gettysburg College's Dog Days 2009

This evening, Maida and I attended the first evening of Gettysburg College's "Dog Days" with three of our Skyes. "Dog Days" is designed to use pets to help welcome students to Gettysburg College. During the first three weeks of classes, college employees are encouraged to bring their dogs to campus for "Dog Days." Students are invited to meet the dogs and their owners. "If you get to know the dog, you can get to know the person," said Kathy Bradley, Director of the Health & Counseling Center and Associate Dean of College Life, who dreamed up Dog Days. "If a student has one connection on campus - from a custodian to the president - we're more likely to retain that student. And it addresses students' homesickness and well-being."

Last year, we participated with our Skyes for the first time and the experience was outstanding for the dogs and great fun for us. The "caterpillar dogs" were a big hit with the students and we often stayed well beyond the designated time for each visit. At the request of the students, we also returned for a number of weeks after "Dog Days" officially ended.

This evening, we attended with Boz (Ch. Gleanntan Gottalookatme), Mackenzie (Ch. Gleanntan Glorious Legacy) and Elphie (Gleanntan Defying Gravity). Quite a few of the students from last year returned to see the dogs. In addition, a number of new freshman students (and sophomores, junior and seniors) also participated for the first time. The advertised time was from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. However, the students so enjoyed visiting with Boz, Mackenzie and Elphie that we stayed an additional hour. At one point, a large group of students sat in a circle and visited with the Skyes. Often the Skyes were lying so quietly for their belly rubs that it was hard to tell if they were awake. One student quickly grabbed his cell phone, took a photo of Boz and then sent the photo to his mother at home. He then called her on his phone and said, "We are here at "Dog Days" visiting with the neatest dogs. They are Skye Terriers. Did you get the e-mailed photo?"

Below are a couple of photos from this evening's "Dog Days" visit.

August 16, 2009 - Talbot KC

Maida and I had two of our Skyes entered in the Talbot Kennel Club show in Easton, Maryland today. The total Skye entry was 1-3-0-0 with one absent. It was a hot day with temps in the mid-90s. Occasionally a breeze would come up to cool things a bit but it was quite humid. We enjoyed visiting with our Skye friends and their lovely two Skyes. In the breed ring, we were proud of Gleanntan Comeflywithme! - Mick's showing as he took Winners Dog/Best of Winners/Best of Breed (1 point). At age two, he is coming into his own. Mick is owned by Lynn and Gary Wolf and Gleanntan. Our 11-month old Gleanntan Defying Gravity - Elphie took Winners Bitch/Best of Opposite Sex from the BBE class (1 point).


Mick on the down and back in the terrier group - Talbot KC - August 16, 2009

August 9, 2009 - Harrisburg Shows

Maida and I were at the Penn Ridge KC show on Saturday and the Harrisburg KC show on Sunday. We entered only our 11-month old male puppy Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard Of Oz - "Gus" primarily to give him another opportunity for some ring experience. Gus has both of his majors and a total of 11 points and I'd prefer to have him mature on his way to his title. Gus showed with joy and poise and I could not have asked for more from this happy youngster. On Saturday, there was a Puppy Group competition and Gus took a Group 3 behind a beautiful and quite promising Soft Coated Wheaten bred and owned by a friend of ours. The weekend was most enjoyable. We had great fun watching some of the judging and catching up with friends.

August 3, 2009 - Summertime Photos


Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch - "Glinda"


Ch. Gleanntan Gottalookatme - "Boz"


L to R: Mackenzie (Ch. Gleanntan Glorious Legacy); Glinda (Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch);
Elphie (Gleanntan Defying Gravity) and Bea (Ch. Gleanntan Givemebusybee!)


Ch. Gleanntan Getouttadodge - "David" - here for a visit - enjoying the fun!


July 26, 2009 - American Kennel Club/Dog Judges Association of America Advanced Terrier Institute

On Friday, July 18 Maida and I flew to Houston, Texas for the AKC/DJAA Advanced Terrier Institute. STCA Judges Education Chair, Sandra Goose Allen and I were invited to present the Skye Terrier judges education curriculum to prospective judges. The Institute was being held at Reliant Center in conjunction a large four-day cluster of shows. Maida and I arrived in Houston at about mid-day on Friday and headed to the Houston Zoo for the afternoon. The presentation on Saturday was scheduled for the afternoon so we went over to the Reliant Center the following morning and took in some of the show, including the Skye judging. The session was divided into classroom time followed by hands-on with live Skyes. The following morning, before departing for the airport, I attended Cathy Nelson's excellent presentation on Dandie Dinmont Terriers. I was familiar with the curriculum as Cathy and I co-presented on the Dandie and the Skye in NYC a few years ago. Given the fact that the Dandie is another achonodroplastic (dwarf) terrier, there is always something to learn from her presentation.

July 5, 2009

A couple of weeks ago we had just 9-month old Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard Of Oz - "Gus" entered in the Mountaineer KC and South Hills KC shows from Friday through Sunday. Gus was the single Skye entry so this was primarily an opportunity for ring experience.

Now getting our schedule together for the balance of the summer and going into the Montgomery Weekend in October.

 

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