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FIRST SHIH TZU DUAL CHAMPION AND COURSING ABILITY TITLIST

2013 AKC/EUKANUBA MEET THE BREEDS

NEW YORK CITY 2013 MEET THE BREEDS A GREAT SUCCESS

PURINA DONATION RECEIVED BY ASTC CHARITABLE TRUST

TOP WINNERS AMERICAN SHIH TZU CLUB NATIONAL SPECIALTY, May 4, 2013

TOP WINNERS AMERICAN SHIH TZU CLUB SWEEPSTAKES, May 03, 2013

OVERALL HIGH SCORING SHIH TZU IN REGULAR CLASSES, ASTC AGILITY TRIALS 1 & 2, APRIL 29 AND 30

AMERICAN SHIH TZU CLUB OBEDIENCE TRIAL #1, 5/1/13

TOP WINNERS, SHIH TZU FANCIERS OF GREATER BALTIMORE SPECIALTY, 5/2/13

TOP WINNERS, SHIH TZU FANCIERS OF GREATER BALTIMORE SPECIALTY, 5/1/13

AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB'S CANINE GOOD CITIZEN BECOMES AN OFFICIAL AKC TITLE

AKC BREEDERS OF MERIT (UPDATED)

PARTICIPATE IN NEW ONLINE HEALTH SURVEY

AKC/CHF PODCASTS

ASTC TO HELP FUND FOUR AKC/CHF

NEW AKC THERAPY DOG TITLE

AKC CANINE HEALTH FOUNDATION LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

FIRST SHIH TZU DUAL CHAMPION AND COURSING ABILITY TITLIST


In 2014, Ch. Just A Little Peyton Place RN CA MX MXJ CGC TT, owned by Terri Jenkins, became the first Shih Tzu to earn both a Champion title in conformation and a MACH title in Agility. In 2012, he had become the very first Shih Tzu to earn an AKC Coursing Ability title. The AKC's newest performance event is based on Lure Coursing, an established sport open only to sighthound breeds. In Coursing Ability, all dogs can experience the joy of chasing the lure. While most of the dogs competing in lure coursing are from the Herding, Working, Terrier, and Hound groups, Shih Tzu Peyton loves it! Another Shih Tzu, OTCh. Helen's Brandy, was the first Shih Tzu to have won an AKC tracking title (TD), by demonstrating his ability to recognize and follow human scent. The qualifications for this award later changed, and it was also won by the top Shih Tzu performance dog of all time, MACH12 Harper's Naughty Nikki VCD1 TD CD RN NF. Nikke was also the first Shih Tzu to be awarded the new title Versatile Companion Dog by winning awards in three different performance sports, Agility, Obedience, and Tracking. Over the years, we have had a number of Shih Tzu earn obedience, rally, and agility trials, with the Performance Hall of Fame listing some of the outstanding Shih Tzu in these sports. So while this may be a breed known for its glamor in the conformation ring or perched on a silken pillow, it is also a sturdy, active dog that can excel in performance sports and has the temperament to make a wonderful therapy dog. Peyton, successfully involved in all of these activities, certainly demonstrates just how versatile a Shih Tzu can be!


2013 AKC/EUKANUBA MEET THE BREEDS

Once again, as the photos below show, Lila Pontius did a fabulous job on the Shih Tzu Meet the Breeds booth in Orlando, Florida. For her efforts, the Shih Tzu booth was awarded second prize in the Toy Group. Of course, we thought we should have won it all, and will be agitating for a 10 x 20 foot space next year so we can really put it over the top!

The focal point of the ASTC booth was an eye catching lighted picture of the club seal, which coordinated well with the blue and white drapes. Beneath it were beautiful live orchids and oriental statues. Parasols and sheer white fabric with oriental lettering topped the booth so it could be spotted from a distance. On one side of the booth, maps and old photos told the history of the breed. The other side had wonderful photos of Shih Tzu in the many colors found in our breed. Elegant blue oriental fabric covered platforms and tables topped with Shih Tzu and foo dog statues, informative brochures about the breed, a fountain, and a computer showing a CD of wonderful photos of Shih Tzu of all shapes and sizes engaged in all sorts of activities. An oriental rug carpeted the floor of the booth.

The big attraction, of course, was the dogs. Shih Tzu in full coat and cute pet clips greeted visitors out in the aisle with wagging tails and welcomed them into the booth. Of course, they loved all of the attention! A special thank you to Lila, Jennie Currie, Sharon and Kirk Rowe, Carlene Snyder, Jo Ann White, and Janice Wilson for bringing their dogs and helping to man the booth. Thank yous also go to Dale Pontius for all of his hard work putting together and breaking down the booth, and to Terri Jenkins for putting together the Shih Tzu CD. It takes a lot of effort to put something like this together, but it is so valuable in educating people about our breed and purebred dogs in general.


PURINA DONATION RECEIVED BY ASTC CHARITABLE TRUST

Another $1,674.99 donated to AKC/Canine Health Foundation for Shih Tzu health research.

THANK YOU to everyone who joined the Purina Pro Club, and selected American Shih Tzu Club to receive Purina Points. Most importantly, THANK YOU to each person who then submitted weight circles from bags of participating Purina pet foods. For every $100 of qualifying weight circles, Purina donates $10 to the participating national parent club. Simple !

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NEW YORK CITY 2013 MEET THE BREEDS A GREAT SUCCESS

As you can see from the photos below, the Shih Tzu breed booth at the September 2013 AKC Meet the Breeds at the Javits Convention Center was a great success. The dogs, of course, were the star attractions! In coat and in cute pet clips, they charmed everyone who saw them and posed repeatedly for photographs. We answered lots of questions about our breed, and heard stories from other Shih Tzu owners and friends of Shih Tzu owners about our wonderful breed.

Of course, this could not have happened without the help of many ASTC members and friends. Jo Ann White, in from Florida for a vacation, hauled in a suitcase full of decorations that were fortunately none the worse for wear after tumbling end-over-end down an escalator at Penn Station (you try handling two heavy suitcases and a tote bag on an escalator when you have 20 minutes to catch your last train because of traffic delays caused by United Nations security measures)! She came into New York and spent hours climbing up and down off a not-so-steady chair to set up the booth on Friday, and answered questions all weekend. Jackie and Mark Stempel got all of the brochures and racks to Terri Kurimsky so she and her friend Karin May could come in with dogs and man the booth on Saturday, assisted by Margaret Scancarello and her dog Babe. On Sunday, ASTC members Arlene Iliesco and Kathy Kwait and her friends Pete and Margaret Varetoni and Patrice Kaydouh brought a number of dogs and cheerfully remained on their feet for hours, almost always surrounded by enthusiastic crowds. Before coming in on Saturday, Kathy bathed all of the coated dogs that appeared in the booth. In addition, her wonderful husband Steve dropped off the pens and foo dogs and astroturf on Friday and hauled lots of brochures and equipment home on Sunday..l.without even a dolly, and her brother-in-law John Bodensik (www.PhotoFusionUSA.com) took these great photos of the booth and people.

Even though logistics in New York City are difficult, everyone is already thinking about next year. In the meantime, if you live in Florida rather than New York City, you may want to check out the Shih Tzu Meet the Breeds booth at the AKC/Eukanuba show at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando; it will be open from 10 am to 4 pm, December 14 and 15. Booth coordinator Lila Pontius, whose herculean efforts captured Best Toy Booth in Show in 2012, is shooting for the top award this year!


TOP WINNERS AMERICAN SHIH TZU CLUB NATIONAL SPECIALTY, May 04, 2013

BEST OF BREED: GCh. Wenick's Hollywood Memories, Wendy, Richard, and Jody Paquette

BEST OF OPPOSITE SEX: GCh. Foxfire Pocket Edition, Trisha Fox & Kathy Bilicich

BEST OF WINNERS, WINNERS DOG AND BEST BRED BY EXHIBITOR: Xeralane's Music Lover, Xeraland Kennel

WINNERS BITCH: Krissy's Neverending Dream, Jennifer Miller Farias

SELECT DOG: Ch. Hallmark Jolei Bells Will Be Ringing, Luke and Diane Ehricht

SELECT BITCH: GCh. Lohona Zephyr I Can't Look Away, Dan Haley

BEST PUPPY: Marja-Tu Chu's Solar Flame, Kathy Kwait & Mark & Jackie Stempel

AWARDS OF MERIT
Ch. Krissy's Savvy Jasper L. Sarah Lawrence
GCh. Ista's Hurricain Chaser Deborah Wheeler & Gregory S. Larson
Ch. Xeralane's Just Face It Xeralane Kennel
Ch. Jazzie's I Kissed A Girl Vicki Carder
Ch. Foxfire Feeling the Magic Trisha Fox


TOP WINNERS AMERICAN SHIH TZU CLUB SWEEPSTAKES, May 03, 2013

Best in Sweepstakes: Hallmark Jolei Rocket Power, owned by Luke & Diane Ehricht

Best Opposite Sex in Sweepstakes: Ultra's Playin' With My Imaginary Friends, owned by Kristie Miller


OVERALL HIGH SCORING SHIH TZU IN REGULAR CLASSES, ASTC AGILITY TRIALS 1 & 2, APRIL 29 AND 30

Overall High Scoring Shih Tzu in Regular Classes: MACH2 Ananda Supavee Supavee and Paiboon Tanapipatkulchai

Overall High Scoring Shih Tzu in Preferred Classes: Grimm's Big Guy Andrew Todd CDX RAE NAJ MXP3 OFP THD Mel Grimm

Monday April 29, 2013 Winners
Tuesday April 30, 2013 Winners


AMERICAN SHIH TZU CLUB OBEDIENCE TRIAL #1, 5/1/13

High in Trial (score, 186): Novice Class B Shente's Bear Goldstein, owned by Burton and Rochelle Goldstein


TOP WINNERS, SHIH TZU FANCIERS OF GREATER BALTIMORE SPECIALTY SHOW #2, 5/2/13

Best of Breed: Ch. Hallmark Jolei Bells Will Be Ringing, owned by Luke & Diane Ehricht

Best of Opposite Sex: Ch. Jadesilk Luve T'Auburn Locks,owned by Sandra Orford & Beth Chopey

Winners Bitch, Best of Winners, and Best Bred by Exhibitor: Hallmark Jolei Party Favor, owned by Luke & Diane Ehricht

Winners Dog: Hallmark Jolei Pocket Power, owned by Luke & Diane Ehricht

Select Dog: Ch. Wenrick's Hollywood Memories, owned by Wendy, Richard & Jody Paquette

Select Bitch: Ch. Foxfire Pocket Edition, owned by Trisha Fox and Kathy Bilicich

Best Puppy: Wenrick's Simply Justified, owned by Wendy, Richard & Jody Paquette


TOP WINNERS, SHIH TZU FANCIERS OF GREATER BALTIMORE SPECIALTY SHOW #1, 5/1/13

Best of Breed: Ch. Jadesilk Luv T'Auburn Locks, owned by Sandra Orford and Beth Chopey

Best of Opposite Sex: Ch. Hallmark Jolei Bells Will Be Ringing,owned by Luke and Diane Ehricht

Winners Bitch and Best of Winners: Wenrick's Greatest Love of All, owned by Zach Watkins

Winners Dog: Creative's So Hot Wonder Ride, owned by Ratchapol Chaykomhang

Select Dog: Ch. Jazzie's I Kissed A Girl, owned by Vicki Carder

Select Bitch: Ch. Foxfire Pocket Edition, owned by Trisha Fox and Kathy Bilicich

Best Puppy: Jiangzhuang-de Georgio of Heavenly Dynasty, owned by Jo Ann White, Francine Weiner Govostes, and Maureen Leckie

Best Bred by Exhibitor: Hallmark Jolei Party Favor, owned by Luke and Diane Ehricht

Awards of Merit:
Ch. Krissy's Savvy Jasper, owned by L. Sarah Lawrence
Ch. Yingsu's Keep Me In Mind, owned by Michelle M. Jones


AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB'S CANINE GOOD CITIZEN BECOMES AN OFFICIAL AKC TITLE

New York, NY - In celebration of dogs with good manners at home and in the community, beginning January 1, 2013, passing the AKC(r)'s Canine Good Citizen(r) test can be recognized as an official American Kennel Club(r) title for all dogs.

Since the program began in 1989, the CGC(r) has been considered an "award." Dogs that passed the 10-step test received a certificate, but CGC was not listed on the dog's title record. Now as a result of frequent requests from dog owners and instructors, owners of dogs registered or listed with AKC will be able to use the CGC suffix after the dog's name and include Canine Good Citizen on their dog's official title record.

"We're pleased to celebrate the accomplishments of the thousands of dogs that pass the Canine Good Citizen test each year by offering CGC as a title," said Mary Burch, PhD, director of AKC's Canine Good Citizen program. "The CGC program tests the skills that make dogs a joy to live with and many owners have expressed the desire to officially add this 'badge of honor' to the end of their dog's official AKC name. We hope that CGC is the first of many titles these dogs earn."

For dogs that pass the test on or after January 1, 2013, owners will be able to choose from two options on the CGC test form: CGC as a title or CGC certificate only.

* CGC as a title: CGC will be listed on the dog's official AKC title record. The dog must be registered or listed with AKC (via an AKC registration number, PAL listing, or AKC Canine Partners listing). Owners will receive the CGC certificate and may use the suffix "CGC" after the dog's name.

* CGC certificate only: CGC will not appear on the dog's official AKC title record.

Owners whose dogs earned the CGC award from January 1, 2001 onward may convert the award into a title by filling out and submitting this form: http://images.akc.org/cgc/GK9TC6.pdf

AKC began accepting CGC title applications on Monday, December 17, 2012. The processing of all CGC title application will begin Wednesday, January 2, 2013. Learn more about CGC as a title here: http://www.akc.org/events/cgc/title.cfm

To compete or earn any AKC titles, including the new CGC title, dogs must have an AKC number: an AKC registration number, a Purebred Alternative Listing (PAL) number or an AKC Canine PartnersSM number. If your dog doesn't already have an AKC number, learn how to obtain one here: http://www.akc.org/events/cgc/title.cfm#answer6

The Canine Good Citizen program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. Many dog owners choose Canine Good Citizen training as the first step in training their dogs. The program lays the foundation for other AKC activities such as obedience, agility, tracking, and performance events and also serves to enhance the bond between owner and dog, making dogs a pleasure with which to live. Get started or find a CGC instructor or approved AKC CGC evaluator: http://www.akc.org/dogowner/training/canine_good_citizen/links.cfm


Participate In New Online Health Survey

FINALLY - a SHIH TZU HEALTH SURVEY is on-line: Click Here to Go to Health Survey & Ready to receive health information about all Shih Tzu!

The Orthopedic Foundations For Animals (OFFA) offers survey assistance to parent clubs, on their web site, to collect, with no names required, no email addresses collected - a compilation of the data that is posted as each owner takes the survey for the Shih Tzu that he or she has owned over the past 20 years.

It is important to have facts about those animals that have been diagnosed with some health issue - and equally important to have facts about those animals that have been healthy. We want the "big picture" about the health of this breed.

Those who want to consider owning a Shih Tzu deserve to know the overall health picture as reflected in statistics. The ASTC Charitable Trust would like statistics to help make funding decisions for health research projects. - SO -

  • Please fill out the survey for each Shih Tzu you have owned, living or deceased, over the past 20 years.
  • Please contact owners who purchased puppies from you and ask that they also fill out the survey.
  • Please share this information with all Shih Tzu owners
  • CREDIT: Preparing this Shih Tzu Health Survey has been a joint effort by: (1) American Shih Tzu Club Health/Research Committee; (2) American Shih Tzu Club Charitable Trust Directors.


    AKC/CHF Podcasts

    In this edition of Genome Barks, we bring you an interview with Dr. Gary Stamp, Executive Director of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. Dr. Stamp served as commander of the United States Army Veterinary
    command until 1999 when he retired from active duty. Dr. Stamp discusses how much first aid training dog owners should have, when emergency veterinary care is necessary, and how to select an emergency service.

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    For more information contact the AKC Canine Health Foundation at 1-888-682-9696 or chf@akcchf.org

    ASTC TO HELP FUND FOUR AKC/CHF RESEARCH PROJECTS IN 2012

    In 2012, the American Shih Tzu Club and the ASTC Charitable Trust decided to help fund two research projects into Canine Lymphoma and studies of Canine Osteosarcoma, Canine Oral Melanoma. All of these projects were approved for grants by the AKC Canine Health Foundation and in need of funding; because they are not breed-specific, their sponsor funding comes from many sources. You can help fund future ASTC/CHF research projects by participating in the Purina Parent Club program and designating the ASTC to receive the parent club portion of your donation.

    Support ASTC Charitable Trust
    Support Purina Parent Club Partnership Program


    New AKC Therapy Dog Title THD (Therapy Dog)

    THD (Therapy Dog) is a new AKC title that can be earned by dogs that have been certified by AKC-recognized therapy dog organizations and have performed 50 or more community visits. To find out more about qualifying for this title, which is designed to recognize and honor the work done by canine volunteers throughout the country, go to www.akc.org/akctherapydog


    AKC Canine Health Foundation Launches New Website

    The AKC Canine Health Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of it's newly designed website, www.akcchr.org. While the address remains the same, the content is dramatically different from the previous site. New features include a Canine Health section that contain descriptions of many canine diseases, information about caring for your dog, including dog training, safety, healthy weight, pet loss and much more; as well as articles that contain detailed information about canine health.

    We now have a Success Stories section, which comes directly from research the AKC Canine Health Foundation has funded. This area takes grants funded by the Foundation and puts them into real-world terms, explaining how what could be considered lofty science is actually benefiting our dogs today.

    Additional new features include short biographical profiles of the board and staff, as well as the members of the grants committee and funded investigators, a Heroes for Health Research section where individuals can create their own fundraising pages, and a list of research projects that need participation.

    The new website continues to feature our Genome Barks podcast series, upcoming events, news releases, and other important information about the AKC Canine Health Foundation.

    Sign-up and establish a user name and password for the site. Signing up will enable you to customize your email preferences and update your contact information at anytime.

    Please take a moment to explore our updated website we think you'll enjoy it! And please consider the supporting this important canine health research as you reflect on your end of year giving plans. Every little bit helps!