Gleanntan Kennels - 2013
The Year in Review
 

The Year in Review

The end of 2013 provided an opportunity to reflect on our year and to look ahead to the upcoming new year.

I had tremendous admiration for my mentors, Gleanntan co-founders Donna and Ben Dale. My admiration was based, in part, on observing their long-term, consistent effort to nurture a family of healthy, well-socialized Skyes year after year without interruption. I always felt that breeders such as Donna and Ben played an important role in helping to preserve our low-registration numbers breed.

For the past 13 years, we have shown our Gleanntan Skyes in about 60-75 shows a year. We have been blessed to be able to take our mentors’ work forward with an approach that also applies a consistent effort to producing new generations of Gleanntan Skyes and showing the Skyes at all-breed and specialty shows.

We hold firm to the belief that the shows are where knowledge is acquired and transferred. While the internet and social media are useful ways to augment knowledge, there is no substitute for being “in the moment” at shows, talking to serious dog people in other breeds, and observing great dogs in many breeds.

Here are the highlights of our year:

GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard of Oz - Gus - was the #1 Skye in the U.S. through September and he finished the year as the #2 Skye (breed points) and the #3 Skye (group points). Gus earned 13 group placements including a Group 1 at the last show of the year. Gus follows his sire, “Tony” - Ch. Finnsky Gladiator and his dam, “Glinda” GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch as a group winner.

Westminster Kennel Club Best of Breed - In February, 2013, GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - Cooper earned Best of Breed in a strong field of 7 Skyes under judge David A. Alexander.

In 2013, we finished three new champions - Ch. Gleanntan Everybody Loves Lucy - Lucy, Ch. Gleanntan First Lady of the Skyes - Amelia and Ch. Gleanntan Got Busy Bee! - Emma) - all from our December, 2011 litter. Two of these beautiful, typey girls had excellent results in October during our national specialty weekend. Lucy earned Awards of Merit at Hatboro I and at the STCA National Specialty/Montgomery. Amelia earned Best of Opposite Sex (5-point GCH. major) at Hatboro II. In doing so, she defeated 9 high-quality specials bitches, including the 2013 specialty BOB winner. She also was Select Bitch at the Devon show (5-point GCH. major).

In January, we imported a promising 5-month old puppy dog, Dexter Jetser Bohemia Skywalker - Dexter, from the Kennel Bohemia Skywalker in the Czech Republic. Dexter started his show career in April and earned a Best in Sweepstakes at the Potomac Skye Terrier Club Specialty. Later in the year, Dexter was Reserve Winners Dog (to a 5-point major) at Hatboro I and Devon and Winners Dog for a 5-point major at Hatboro II at just over 14 months of age.

In July, our Ch. Gleanntan Defying Gravity - Elphie gave birth to a litter of 4 pups sired by Multiple Best in Show-winning Ch. Cragsmoor Good Time Charlie. We have retained two pups from that litter - a dog - Gleanntan Can’t Take My Eyes Off You - Murry and a bitch - Gleanntan Oh My Goodness - Mellie. A third, Gleanntan Thoroughly Modern Moxie - Moxie will also be shown. We are very excited about this litter - they have beautiful breed type and excellent movement.

In closing, we are thankful to all of the wonderful people who own Gleanntan Skyes. We love to hear how your Skyes are such cherished family members.

2014 promises to be another year of "making memories", with youngsters showing in the classes and a special being campaigned, as always, breeder/owner handled.

December 21

On the weekend of December 14-15, Maida and I had two Skyes entered in the Lehigh Valley KC and Delaware Valley KC shows in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Our entry consisted of GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard of Oz - "Gus" and 23-month old Ch. Gleanntan Everybody Loves Lucy - "Lucy". Gus earned Best of Breed both days. On Saturday, Gus earned a Group 4 placement under judge Lydia C. Hutchinson. On Sunday, Gus earned a Terrier Group 1 under judge Wyoma Clouss.


The Best in Show lineup on Sunday, December 15, 2013


The Best in Show lineup on Sunday, December 15, 2013

On the weekend of December 7-8, Maida and I had two Skyes entered in the Forsyth KC shows in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Our entry consisted of GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard of Oz - "Gus" and Ch. Gleanntan Everybody Loves Lucy - "Lucy". On Saturday, Gus earned a Group 4 under judge Ms. Mary Jane Carberry. On Sunday, Gus earned a Group 3 under judge Ms. Peggy Beisel-McIlwaine.

December 4

On Tuesday, December 3, three of the Gleanntan Skyes joined three Collies in a superb holiday gathering. My friend and colleague, Suzanne Benchoff, invited the Skyes to participate in an ESL (English as a Second Language) Student Christmas Party for about 40 students. I attended with 2-year old Ch. Gleanntan Everybody Loves Lucy - “Lucy” and 4-month old littermates, Gleanntan Can’t Take My Eyes Off You - “Murry” and Gleanntan Oh My Goodness - “Mellie”. After dinner, we had about an hour where the students could visit with the dogs. The students also had a chance to read to the dogs and a group of about 8 students took turns reading from Richard Brassey’s children’s version of Greyfriars Bobby. A big thanks to Sergio, one of the students, for taking photos!

November 16-17 - The Kennel Club of Philadelphia - National Dog Show

On November 16-17, we had two Skyes entered in the The Kennel Club of Philadelphia shows in in Oaks, PA. Our entry consisted of GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard of Oz - "Gus" and 23-month old Ch. Gleanntan Everybody Loves Lucy - "Lucy". Gus earned Best of Breed both days. On Sunday, Gus earned a Group 4 placement in a tough terrier group with an entry of 153 terriers. The judge was Kerry Lee from Australia.

November 9-10 - Furniture City KC Shows

On November 9-10, we had two Skyes entered in the Furniture City Kennel Club shows in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Our entry consisted of GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard of Oz - "Gus" and 23-month old Ch. Gleanntan Everybody Loves Lucy - "Lucy". Gus earned Best of Breed both days.

October 28 - Middleburg KC

On October 26-27, we had two Skyes entered in the Middleburg Kennel Club shows at the historic Oatlands Estate in Leesburg, Virginia. These shows are just about an hour from home and they are among my favorite outdoor shows in the area. Our entry consisted of GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard of Oz - "Gus" and 22-month old Ch. Gleanntan Everybody Loves Lucy - "Lucy". Gus earned Best of Breed both days and he made the cut in the group on Saturday. Saturday's judge was Cindy Meyer and Sunday's judge was Elliott Weiss.

October 22 - Upper Potomac Valley KC

On October 19-20, we had two of our Skyes entered in the Upper Potomac Valley KC shows. The total Skye entry both days was 1-0-1-1. Our entry consisted of 14-month old Dexter Jetser Bohemia Skywalker - "Dexter" and GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard of Oz - "Gus". On Saturday, October 19, Gus earned Best of Breed and he made the cut in the terrier group. On Sunday, October 20, Gus repeated at Best of Breed and he went on to a Group 4 under judge H. Scott Kellogg.

October 10 - Montgomery County Kennel Club - STCA Diamond Jubilee National Specialty

We decided to enter four of our Skyes all four days of the special Skye Terrier Club of America Diamond Jubilee National Specialty. The actual specialty was held on Sunday, at the Montgomery County KC All-Terrier Show. The preceding shows consisted of Hatboro I and II and Devon Dog Show Association. Our entry consisted of 13-month old Dexter Jetser Bohemia Skywalker - "Dexter", 22-month old litter sisters Ch. Gleanntan Everybody Loves Lucy - "Lucy" and Ch. Gleanntan First Lady of the Skyes - "Amelia" and 5-year old male special GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard of Oz - "Gus". Additionally, Roxan had her Ch. Gleanntan Desperado - "Henley" entered on Sunday.

Here is a summary of awards over the four days of shows:

Dexter Jetser Bohemia Skywalker - At 13 months of age, he was the youngest class male in competition.
Reserve Winners Dog (to a 5-point major) - Hatboro I - handled by Michael
Winners Dog (5-point major - in a field of 9 class males) - Hatboro II - handled by Michael
Reserve Winners Dog (to a 5-point major) Devon Dog Show - handled by Michael

Ch. Gleanntan First Lady of the Skyes
Best of Opposite Sex (in a field of 9 bitch specials - 5-point GCH major) - Hatboro II - handled by Maida
Select Bitch (5-point GCH major) - Devon Dog Show - handled by Maida

Ch. Gleanntan Everybody Loves Lucy
Award of Merit - Hatboro I - handled by Jan Palmer-Kowalec
Award of Merit - Montgomery/STCA National Specialty - handled by Travis Wright

GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Award of Merit - Hatboro II - handled by Michael
Select Dog - Devon Dog Show - handled by Michael

September 25

I recently received photos of GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper" from his owner, Travis Wright. The photos are from Cooper's group placements in May.


GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper"
with owner and handler, Travis Wright


GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper"
with owner and handler, Travis Wright



GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper"
with owner and handler, Travis Wright

September 25 - Butler County KC shows

On the weekend of September 21-22, Roxan had Ch. Gleanntan Desperado - "Henley" entered in the Butler County KC shows with an entry of 0-0-1-1. On Saturday, under judge Glenda Dawkins, Henley earned BOB. On Sunday, under judge Judy Thill, Henley again earned BOB.

September 24 - Lehigh Valley KC and Berks KC shows

On the weekend of September 14-15, we had GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard of Oz - "Gus" and Ch. Gleanntan Everybody Loves Lucy - "Lucy" entered in the Lehigh Valley KC and the Berks County KC shows. On Saturday, at the Lehigh Valley KC show, Gus earned BOB and Lucy earned BOS under judge Don Evans. In the terrier group, Gus made the cut under judge Peter Green. On Sunday, at the Berks County KC show, Gus again earned BOB and Lucy earned BOS under judge Dr. Gerard Penta.

September 24 - Schooley's Mountain KC show

On September 2, we had three of our Skyes entered in the Schooley's Mountain KC show under judge Roz Kramer. Our three Skyes were GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard of Oz - "Gus", Ch. Gleanntan Everybody Loves Lucy - "Lucy" and Ch. Gleanntan First Lady of the Skyes - "Amelia". BOB went to Gus and BOS went to Amelia.

September 24 - Mid-Susquehanna Valley KC shows

On August 24-25, we had two of our Skyes entered in the two Mid-Susquehanna Valley KC shows in Middleburg, PA. Our entry consisted of GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard of Oz - "Gus" and Ch. Gleanntan Got Busy Bee! - "Emma".  On Saturday, under judge Billie Kneale, Gus earned BOB and he went on to a Group 4. On Sunday, under  judge Scott Kellogg, Gus earned BOB and he went on to another Group 4 placement.


GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard of Oz - "Gus"

August 12 - Penn Ridge KC and Harrisburg KC shows

We had GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard of Oz - "Gus" and new Ch. Gleanntan Got Busy Bee! - "Emma" entered in the Penn Ridge Kennel Club show on Saturday, August 9 and the Harrisburg KC show on Sunday, August 10. The Skye entry both days was 0-1-2-0 with the other special dog being absent.

On Saturday, under judge Kathleen Ferris, Gus earned Best of Breed and Emma was BOS. In a very strong terrier group, Gus was one of 8 to make the cut.

On Sunday, under judge Edd E. Bivin, Gus earned Best of Breed and he again made the cut in the terrier group. Emma was BOS.

August 6 - Steel Valley Cluster - STCA Supported Entry Shows

We had GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard of Oz - "Gus" entered in the four Steel Valley Cluster shows in Canfield, Ohio. The entry at this shows was supported by the Skye Terrier Club of America.

On Thursday, August 1, under judge Joe Purkhiser, the entry was 2-3-1-1 with 2 absent. Best of Breed went to Gus.

On Friday, August 2, under judge Ann Hearn, the entry was 2-3-1-1 and Best of Breed was awarded to Gus.

On Saturday, August 3, under judge Carole Beattie, the entry was 2-3-1-2-1 with one absent. Best of Breed went to Gus. Later that day in a very competitive terrier group, Gus made the cut.

On Sunday, August 4, under judge David Alexander, the entry was 2-3-1-1 and Gus went Best of Breed.

July 27 - An Exciting New Litter of Gleanntan Pups

On Thursday, July 25, 2013 Ch. Gleanntan Defying Gravity - "Elphie" gave birth to 2 dogs, 2 bitches, sired by Multiple BIS & BISS Ch. Cragsmoor Good Time Charlie.

July 14 - New Ch. Gleanntan Got Busy Bee!


Dexter at Lake Erie

Maida and I had three of our Skyes entered in the Regatta Classic Shows - the Grand River and Ashtabula Kennel Club shows on July 12, 13 and 14. These shows are held in the beautiful Bill Stanton Community Park on the shores of Lake Erie in Madison, Ohio. We were joined this weekend by Roxan Rohrich and our friend, Beth Willis and her Skye Ch. Gleanntan Goin' To Show-Me - "Harry" (as well as her Skye Purl who was not entered). Our entry each day consisted of GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard of Oz - "Gus" in BOB, Gleanntan Got Busy Bee! - "Emma" in the Open Bitch class and 11-month old Dexter Jetser Bohemia Skywalker - "Dexter" in the Puppy class. The entry on Friday and Sunday was 2-3-3-1 and the entry on Saturday was 2-4-3-1.

On Friday, under judge Attila Czegledi, Emma earned Winners Bitch for 2 points and this gave Emma her final points for her AKC championship. She was beautifully handled by Maida Connor. Emma is Gleanntan's 111th AKC champion. Dexter was Reserve Winners Dog and Best Puppy. Later in the day, he went on to a Terrier Puppy Group 3. Gus earned Select Dog.

On Saturday, under judge Peggy Haas, Dexter earned Winners Dog and Best of Winners for a 3-point major. He also was Best Puppy and later went on to a Terrier Puppy Group 1. Gus again was Select Dog.

On Sunday, under judge Betsy Dale, Dexter was Winners Dog and Best of Winners for another point. Emma was not shown. Gus was Select Dog.

It was a very enjoyable weekend complete with a Saturday afternoon cookout and leftovers later that evening. We enjoyed talking Skye with Skye friends!


Dexter on the move

July 7

Congratulations to Trond Storsveen and Lilly! On Friday, July 5, his INT NO SE DK FIN CH NORDJW-10 DKW-11 NOW-11 Gleanntan The Goodbye Girl - "Lilly" gave birth to 4 puppies (1 bitch, 3 dogs) in Oslo, Norway. The litter's sire is SE NO DK CH SEW-09-11 Skyeomania's Hugh bred by Otto Krcal, Austria and owned by Christina Daniels, Sweden.

July 7 - Independence Cluster shows

We had two Skyes entered in the Independence Cluster Shows in West Friendship, Maryland. Our entry was GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard of Oz - "Gus" in Best of Breed competition and 19-month old Gleanntan Got Busy Bee! - "Emma" in the Open class.

On Thursday, July 4, Gus earned Best of Breed and Emma took Winners Bitch/Best of Opposite Sex under judge Al Ferruggiaro. Gus later went on to earn a Group 4 under judge Jacqueline Stacy in an entry of 94 terriers. The group winning Welsh Terrier went on to take Best in Show.

On Friday, July 5, Gus was BOB and Emma was Winners Bitch/Best of Opposite Sex under judge Peter Green. Gus made the cut in the group under judge Beth Sweigart.

On Saturday, July 6, Gus was BOB and Emma was Winners Bitch/Best of Opposite Sex under judge Paula Hartinger. In the group, under judge Roger Hartinger, the Sealy took a Group 1. The Welsh that was BIS on Thursday earned a Group 4. The Kerry that won the group/Reserve Best in Show yesterday did not get out of the breed on Saturday.

On Sunday, July 7, Gus was BOB and Emma was Winners Bitch/Best of Opposite Sex under judge Robert Paust.

July 1

Our Elphie - Ch. Gleanntan Defying Gravity has been bred to Ch. Cragsmoor Good Time Charlie - "Charlie" a son of the legendary Ch. Finnsky Oliver. We are expecting puppies here in the third week of July.

Additionally, our friend Trond Storsveen, Bonny Hill Skyes, Oslo, Norway, has bred his Int. Ch. Gleanntan The Goodbye Girl - Lilly to SE NO DK CH SEW-09-11 Skyeomania's Hugh and she is expecting puppies in the second week of July.

July 1 - A new photo of Dexter Jetser Bohemia Skywalker

Below is 10-month old Dexter Jetser Bohemia Skywalker - "Dexter" our import from the Czech Republic. This photo was taken a couple of weeks ago. We are continuing to record Dexter in photos as he matures. Check out his page.

June 17

We had two Skyes entered at the Bryn Mawr Kennel Club shows in Ludwigs Corner, PA. Our entry consisted of GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard of Oz - "Gus" in Best of Breed competition and 19-month old Gleanntan Got Busy Bee! - "Emma" in the Open class. Gus took BOB both days and Emma was Winners Bitch/Best of Opposite Sex.

May 28 - Memorial Day Weekend Shows - New Castle, Pennsylvania

Maida and I had two Skyes entered in the Saturday, Sunday and Monday shows of the five Memorial Day Weekend shows in New Castle, PA. Our entry consisted of GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard of Oz - "Gus" in Best of Breed competition and 17-month old Gleanntan Got Busy Bee! - "Emma" in the Open class.

We first attended these shows 15 years ago and we've attended most every year since then. We always enjoy these shows because there is always keen Skye competition. The show grounds are nicely laid out and the atmosphere is relaxed. There are a number of specialties held over the five days, including Kerry Blue Terriers. We enjoy watching competition in Kerries.

On Saturday, at the New Castle KC show, the Skye entry was 2-4-2-2 under judge Darrell Vice. Best of Breed was awarded to Gus. Emma earned Winners Bitch/Best of Winners for a 3-point major. Later in the day, Gus made the cut in the terrier group.

On Sunday, at the Trumbull County KC show, the Skye entry was 0-3-2-2 with one class bitch and one male special absent under judge Don Evans. Best of Breed went to Gus. Emma repeated as Winners Bitch (1 point). In the terrier group, Gus was one of 6 in a final cut that included at least 3 multiple BIS-winning dogs, including the Kerry Blue Terrier that went on to BIS that day.

On Monday, Memorial Day, at the New Castle KC show, the Skye entry went back up to 2-3-2-2 with one class bitch and one special dog absent under judge Karen Wilson. Best of Breed went to Gus. Emma earned Winners Bitch/Best of Winners (1 point). For the third day, Gus made the cut in the terrier group.

We could not be happier with Gus's three days of Best of Breed wins and three days of making the cut in tough terrier group competition. We are also thrilled with Emma's showing. By earning Winners Bitch all three days, she earned her second major and two single points and now needs just a single point for her AKC championship.

May 20

This past weekend, we were at the Mattaponi Kennel Club shows in Manassas, Virginia. Our entry both days consisted of GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard of Oz - "Gus" and Gleanntan Got Busy Bee! - "Emma". The total Skye entry was 1-1-1-0. On Saturday, Gus was awarded BOB and Emma was Best of Opposite Sex and Best of Winners under judge Terry Stacy. On Sunday, Gus repeated as BOB and Emma was Best of Opposite Sex and Best of Winners under judge Roz Kramer.

May 12

This past weekend, Maida and I were at the Chester Valley KC and Lancaster KC shows. Our entry both days consisted of GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard of Oz - "Gus" and Gleanntan Got Busy Bee! - "Emma". The total Skye entry was 1-1-1-0. At the Chester Valley KC show, Gus was awarded BOB and Emma was Best of Opposite Sex under judge Richard W. Powell. On Sunday, at the Lancaster KC show, Gus repeated as BOB and Emma was BOS. Gus then went on to make the cut in the group under judge Beth Sweigart. There were plenty of quality terriers both days. Gus had a particularly nice showing today (Sunday) in the group and we were grateful for the nice compliments from some of our peers.

May 6 - Garden State, Bucks and Trenton

On Friday, May 3, Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5, we had two Skyes entered in the Garden State All Terrier Club show, the Bucks County KC show and the Trenton KC show. This was the 20th annual Garden State All Terrier show. Maida and I attended the first Garden State show in 1993 and we have had a number of memorable successes there. In 1996, on a cool, pouring rain day, our very first Gleanntan Skye, Ch. Gleanntan Sonsie Solway Maid - "Fiona" earned the final major for her AKC Championship at this show. Ben and Donna were there to share in Fiona's success. Thirteen years later, 7.5 month old Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard of Oz - "Gus" was Best Puppy in Show at the 2009 Garden State show.

This year, Gus returned to Garden State (and Bucks and Trenton) as a Special. We also had our 8-month old import, Dexter Jetser Bohemia Skywalker entered in the 6-9 month Puppy class the three days. The total Skye entry was just our two Skyes - 1-0-1-0.

Gus earned Best of Breed on Friday under judge Edna K. Martin, at Bucks County KC under judge Lydia C. Hutchinson, and at Trenton KC under judge Rhonda Davis.

May 6 - Cooper earns back-to-back-to-back group placements in the Mid-West

While we were at Garden State, Bucks and Trenton, Travis Wright had GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper" entered in the Badger Kennel Club shows on Friday and Sunday and the Janesville-Beloit KC show on Saturday. The shows were held in Jefferson, Wisconsin. Cooper earned a Group 4 on Friday, under judge Mareth Kipp. On Saturday, he repeated with another Group 4 under judge Peggy Lloyd. On Sunday, under judge Denny Mounce, Cooper earned a Group 3. Cooper was owner/handled by Travis all weekend and Cooper's placements came in good-sized terrier group entries of about 70 terriers each day. Congratulations Travis and Cooper!

April 28

A new page has been created for Lucy - Ch. Gleanntan Everybody Loves Lucy.

April 28 - New photos

Here is the photo of GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard of Oz - "Gus" from his Group 4 at the Mason & Dixon KC show.

Here is the photo of Dexter Jetser Bohemia Skywalker - "Dexter" from the Potomac Skye Terrier Club Specialty Weekend. This photo is for Dexter's Winners Dog (2 points) at the Baltimore County KC show.

April 21 - Potomac Skye Terrier Club Specialty Weekend

We have just arrived home from the Potomac Skye Terrier Club Specialty Weekend. The shows consisted of the PSTC Specialty on Friday, in conjunction with the Columbia Terrier Association of Maryland group show; the Old Dominion KC show on Saturday and the Baltimore County KC show today (Sunday).

At Friday's Potomac Skye Terrier Club Specialty, our entry was GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard of Oz - "Gus" and our 8-month old puppy, Dexter Jetser Bohemia Skywalker - "Dexter". In addition, our friend, Kate Kozeliski had her Ch. Gleanntan Gale's Grace - "Bailey" entered in her first show in 4 years. Ken McDermott was scheduled to judge. However, he took ill during the show and William Potter was selected by the CTAM club to judge Skyes and Scotties (the balance of judge McDermott's assignment).

In the Sweepstakes competition, there were 7 Skyes entered under judge, April Clyde. Best Puppy in Sweepstakes and Best in Sweepstakes was awarded to Dexter Jetser Bohemia Skywalker.

In the Regular classes, the Skye entry was 7-5 (4-4) for a total of 20 Skyes. Dexter earned Reserve Winners Dog to a 4-point major earned by the dog that went on to Best of Breed. GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard of Oz earned Select Dog for a Grand Championship 5-point major. He defeated three male specials for this win. Ch. Gleanntan Gale's Grace earned Best of Opposite Sex over 3 bitch specials for a 5-point GCH. major. Dexter was also awarded Best Puppy in the Regular classes.

On Saturday, at the Old Dominion KC show, our entry consisted of our 12-18 month old bitch, Gleanntan Got Busy Bee! - "Emma" and Dexter (who was absent) and Gus under judge Mareth K. Kipp. Emma was second in her class.

On Sunday, at the Baltimore County KC show, under judge Chris Erickson, our entry consisted of Dexter, Emma and Gus. In a field of three class males, Dexter earned Winners Dog from the 6-9 mo. puppy class for 2 points.

April 14 - Gus - Group 4 and Gleanntan's 110th AKC Champion

We had three Skyes entered in the Harrisburg Kennel Club on Saturday, April 13 and the Mason & Dixon Kennel Club show on Sunday, April 14. Our entry consisted of 16-month old littermates, Gleanntan Everybody Loves Lucy - "Lucy" and Gleanntan Got Busy Bee! - "Emma" as well as GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard of Oz - "Gus".

On Saturday, under judge Cindy Meyer, Lucy earned Winners Bitch/Best of Opposite Sex for the final point for her AKC championship. Lucy completed her championship with four 3-point majors. Best of Breed went to Gus.

On Sunday, under judge Phyllis Wolfish, Lucy again went Winners Bitch/Best of Opposite Sex. Gus was Best of Breed and he went on to earn a Group 4 under judge Cindy Meyer. There were 164 terriers entered at this show. The group winner (and Best in Show yesterday) was an impressive new Wire Fox Terrier from Sweden - handled by Ernesto Lara.

April 6

A new page has been created for Dexter - Dexter Jetser Bohemia Skywalker - "Dexter".

April 3 - New photo of Gleanntan Everybody Loves Lucy


Gleanntan Everybody Loves Lucy - "Lucy"
(Ch. Jay-Roy Railway American Anthem x Ch. Gleanntan Glorious Legacy)
Back-to-back 3-point majors
Western Pennsylvania Kennel Association - March 30-31
Judges: James White (pictured) and Marjorie Underwood

April 3 - New Grand Champion - Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard of Oz - "Gus"

Today, I received confirmation that Ch. Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard of Oz - "Gus" earned the final points for his AKC Grand Championship title on March 16. Gus is the 21st Skye Terrier to earn this title and the 4th Gleanntan Skye from three different litters. Gus' dam, GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch was the first Skye bitch to earn the title in September, 2010 and she was the 4th Skye. Glinda and Gus are the first mother/son to earn their Grand Championship titles.

March 31 - Scottsbluff Kennel Club shows - Harry

Also, on the weekend of March 29-31, Beth Willis had Ch. Gleanntan Goin' To Show-Me - "Harry" entered in three shows in Mitchell, Nebraska. The entry on Friday, March 29, under judge Mrs. Robert D. Smith, was 1-1-1-0. On Saturday, under judge Dr. Robert D. Smith, the entry was 5-2-1-0. On Sunday, under judge, Denny Mounce, the entry was 5-2-1-0.

Harry was Best of Breed all three days and he made the cut in the group on Saturday.

Harry from the 2009 repeat breeding of Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch.

March 31 - Western Pennsylvania Kennel Association shows

Maida and I were at the Western Pennsylvania Kennel Association shows on March 30-31. The total Skye entry consisted of 9 Skyes - 3-4-1-1. Our entry consisted of our import from the Czech Republic, 7-month old Dexter Jetser Bohemia Skywalker - "Dexter"; 15-month old Gleanntan Everybody Loves Lucy - "Lucy" and Ch. Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard of Oz - "Gus".

On Saturday, under judge James White, Winners Dog from the 6-9 month Puppy class was awarded to Dexter in his very first show. Winner Bitch (3-point major) was awarded to Lucy. Best of Breed went to Gus. Gus later went on to a Group 3 under judge Linda More.

On Sunday, under judge Marjorie Underwood, Dexter showed very well - poised and purposeful with lots of happiness. He earned Reserve Winners Dog. Lucy repeated as Winners Bitch/Best of Winners for another 3-point major. Gus repeated as Best of Breed.

March 28 - New Ch. Gleanntan First Lady of the Skyes - "Amelia"


New Ch. Gleanntan First Lady of the Skyes - "Amelia"
(Ch. Jay-Roy Railway American Anthem x Ch. Gleanntan Glorious Legacy)
Completed her AKC Championship on March 17, 2013 - age 15 months
Handler (in the Winners Class): Ms. Rachel Robertson
Judge: Judy E. Thill

March 24

A new page has been created for our newest champion - Gleanntan First Lady of the Skyes - "Amelia".

March 18 - Two new photos - Gus and Dexter


Ch. Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard of Oz - "Gus"
(Ch. Finnsky Gladiator x GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Glindathegoodwitch)
Back-to-back group placements - Group 3 and Group 4 (pictured)
Shenandoah Valley Kennel Club - March 9-10, 2013
Judge pictured: Mr. Dennis McCoy


Dexter Jetser Bohemia Skywalker - "Dexter"
(Skyroll's Caztor x Corde Bohemia Skywalker)
Age: 6.5 months
Bred by: Jaroslava Serak, Kennel Bohemia Skywalker, Prague, Czech Republic

March 17 - York, PA shows - Gleanntan's 109th Champion!

Maida and I had three Skyes entered in two of the five Celtic Classic shows in York, PA. Entered in the Saturday and Sunday Delaware County KC shows were Ch. Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard of Oz - "Gus" (pictured right) and 15-month old litter sisters, Gleanntan Got Busy Bee! - "Emma" and Gleanntan First Lady of the Skyes - "Amelia".

On Saturday, the Skye entry was 0-3-2-0 under judge Robert Hutton. Best of Breed was awarded to Gus. Winners Bitch/Best of Opposite Sex for 2 points went to Amelia. Later in the day, Gus made the cut in a deep terrier group.

On Sunday, the entry was 0-3-2-0 under judge Judith Thill. Best of Breed again went to Gus and Winners Bitch/Best of Opposite Sex went to Amelia. Reserve Winners Bitch went to Amelia's litter sister, Gleanntan Got Busy Bee! Later in the day, Gus once again made the cut in the terrier group.

Sunday's win gave Amelia the final points she needed for her AKC championship. Amelia is Gleanntan Kennels' 109th AKC champion. This promising youngster earned two 5-point majors on our national specialty weekend last October at only 9 months of age. That included getting Winners Bitch at the Skye Terrier Club of America National Specialty at Montgomery County KC. Now, we will continue to nurture Amelia and allow her to mature with the hope of returning her to the ring at some future point.

March 11 - Back-to-back group placements for Gus

Maida and I had two Skyes entered in the Shenandoah Valley KC shows on March 9-10 - Ch. Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard of Oz - "Gus" in Best of Breed and 15-month old Gleanntan Got Busy Bee! - "Emma" in the Bred by Exhibitor class. On Saturday, Gus took BOB under judge Dennis McCoy. He then went on the a Terrier Group 3 under judge Randy E. Garren. On Sunday, Gus again took BOB under judge Randy E. Garren. He went on to a Terrier Group 4 under judge Dennis McCoy.

March 1 - Read Across America 2013

For the eighth consecutive year, Maida and I participated in the National Read Across America Day with our Skye Terriers. In 2006, we participated with "Emily" - Ch. Gleanntan Grandxpose. This year, we participated with Emily's granddaughter, Ch. Gleanntan Glorious Legacy - "MacKenzie" and her great-granddaughter, Gleanntan Got Busy Bee! - "Emma". Joining us this year was our newest addition, 6.5 month old Dexter Jetser Bohemia Skywalker.

The purpose of the Read Across America celebration is to recognize the value of books and reading in broadening the horizons of children. Each of our visits involved the legendary Greyfriars Bobby story and plenty of time to visit with the Skyes. This year, we read to about 70 students from second grade classes in two 30-minute sessions. Needless to say, Dexter the puppy was a big hit with the kids.

February 26

Maida and I had two Skyes entered in the Rockland County KC shows on February 23-24 - Ch. Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard of Oz - "Gus" in Best of Breed and 14-month old Gleanntan Got Busy Bee! - "Emma" in the Bred by Exhibitor class. On Saturday, under judge Frank J. Washabaugh, Gus earned Best of Breed and Emma earned Best of Opposite Sex. On Sunday, under judge Fred Ferris, Gus repeated as Best of Breed and Emma was Best of Opposite Sex.

Also on February 23, Trond Storsveen had Int. Ch. Gleanntan The Goodbye Girl - "Lilly" entered in the Norwegian Kennel Club's International Show in Boe. Lilly earned Best of Breed under judge Bjoerg Foss and then she went on to a Terrier Group 2, in an entry of 215 terriers, under judge Petter Fodstad.

Here is what the breed judge wrote about Lilly in his critique: "Bitch of excellent quality, good body length, strong topline, well-shaped head, good neck and carriage, excellent body volume, harmony in angulation front and rear, good coat and structure, sound movement and carries herself well."

February 26

Cooper's Westminster Best of Breed photo arrived this week. We also received a beautiful photo (video image capture) of Cooper on the move in the group at Westminster.


GCH. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper"

February 18 - Maryland Kennel Club shows

A longstanding tradition has been the Maryland Kennel Club's all-breed show the weekend after Westminster. We were entered in both the Saturday and Sunday shows with two Gleanntan Skyes - Ch. Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard of Oz - "Gus" in Best of Breed and 14-month old Gleanntan Got Busy Bee! - "Emma" in the Bred by Exhibitor class. On Saturday, under judge Thomas Yates, Gus earned Best of Breed and Emma earned Best of Opposite Sex. On Sunday, under judge Rodney Herner, Gus repeated as Best of Breed and Emma was Best of Opposite Sex.

February 18 - Cooper earns Best of Breed at the 137th Westminster KC show

At the prestigious 137th Westminster Kennel Club show, GCH. Ch. Gleanntan Gaelforce - "Cooper" earned Best of Breed in a field of 7 Skye champions. The judge was bull terrier breeder, Mr. David A. Alexander. Cooper's owner, Travis Wright, joined us at the show so he was able to see Cooper's win. It gives us pride that 5 years ago, Cooper's uncle, Ch. Gleanntan Gottalookatme - "Boz" also earned Best of Breed at Westminster.

February 5

On Sunday, February 3, we entered "Dexter" - Dexter Jetser Bohemia Skywalker in the Catoctin Kennel Club Match. We thought this would be a good first outing for Dexter because the show site is close to home and the judge has considerable experience with terriers. We were delighted with the way Dexter showed in his first outing. He earned Best Terrier Puppy in Match under judge Dr. Valeria Rickard, Joval Airedale Terriers. Below is a photo of Dexter, taken by our friend Christa Mcchancy.


Dexter Jetser Bohemia Skywalker - "Dexter" on the move
(Skyroll's Caztor x Corde Bohemia Skywalker)
Age: 5.5 months
Bred by: Jaroslava Serak, Kennel Bohemia Skywalker, Prague, Czech Republic

January 27 - Welcome Dexter!

On Friday, January 25, we welcomed a new arrival here at Gleanntan. 5.5-month old Dexter Jetser Bohemia Skywalker has come to us from Jaroslava Serak, Kennel Bohemia Skywalker, Prague, Czech Republic. Dexter's grandfather is Int. Ch. Gleanntan Grand Musicmaker - "DJ" (Ch. Gleanntan Greatxplorer x Ch. Sonsie Aida) who was from our litter of 10 that was born in December, 2001. We adore this youngster's strength of bone and muscle. He has a harsh, crisp coat. His has a lovely profile and he is a balanced mover front and rear.

Below is a photo that Maida and I took the day after he arrived.

Dexter's pedigree


Dexter Jetser Bohemia Skywalker - "Dexter"
(Skyroll's Caztor x Corde Bohemia Skywalker)
Age: 5.5 months
Bred by: Jaroslava Serak, Kennel Bohemia Skywalker, Prague, Czech Republic

January 21 - First shows of the year

On the weekend of January 19-20, Maida and I had two Skyes entered in the shows at the Howard County Fairgrounds in Maryland. Our entry both days consisted of Ch. Gleanntan Wonderful Wizard of Oz - "Gus" and 13-month old Gleanntan Got Busy Bee! - "Emma" who was in the Bred by Exhibitor class. These two Skyes comprised the entry of 0-1-1-0. On Saturday, at the Carroll Kennel Club show, Gus took BOB under judge Thomas D. Parrotti. Emma was BOS. The following day, at the Annapolis KC show, Gus repeated as BOB and Emma was BOS under judge Stephen Hubbell.



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