Our Shiloh Shepherd
Specialty was scheduled for 10 AM on Saturday morning. Lisa arrived
early to set everything up. Karen and I arrived later because I thought
that I was just going to visit with everyone--surprise! I was
immediately roped into stewarding! Ouch! Talk about being out of
practice and tripping over my own feet. Thankfully I managed to
immediately locate a great assistant--my three year old grandson! He did
a great job of "running" the right ribbons out to the judge.
We had a total of 18 ISSR
Shiloh Shepherds in attendance, but a few of them didn't get there in time
to register for our show. Jan Lutsic did not arrive with her three Shiloh
crew until it was almost time for the NCA show to start but even so everyone
had a great time of fellowship under the shade trees! Although most of the
dogs preferred to visit the little kiddies pools!
Everyone had a great time
during and after the Specialty, just like we do at all of our shows. Betty
was even kind enough to provide the participants with a free handling class,
in the shade, after the show was over!
Due to the horrendous
heat that day, hardly anyone wanted to spend all of their time in the
sun snapping pictures but here's a few that Karen managed to take. Be
sure to note the large field the ring was set in--with no shade! You may
also want to notice the "set up area" (again, no shade) that our
participants were directed to. IMHO this is a good example of poor
planning, especially when there was a wonderful shaded area available.
Newbies in the ring get
pointers from the judge!
While the rest of the group is waiting for their
turn to run-run-run!
Then it was time to get
back to the pool--or get your winner's pictures taken! While the kids ran for
the ice cream truck!
While everyone waited for
the NCA show to start, we all stayed close to the creek, enjoying the nice
Then it was time for the
big event! I had expected hundreds of dogs to start arriving after our
specialty but it was becoming obvious that we had almost as many Shilohs
there as they had with all of the other breeds combined! No wonder Col. Pede
had chosen to betray the ISSR by allowing the slivers to attend his shows!
He wanted the entries! Well, even though two of them did show up, he lost a
lot of potential ISSR entries because many of our people chose not to attend
after that announcement! Those that had already pre-entered (prior to his
change of heart) came just to support the ISSR, while others traveled
extremely long distances just to attend our specialty and refused to enter
the NCA show even though they stayed long enough to observe their first (and
I think for most) their last NCA show!
Meg and my grandsons chose to watch
this "show" from a nice shady spot! While Charley's comments will just
remain private between us!
Judge Mona Shaw was finished
judging the all breed dogs and then it was time for the Shilohs to line up.
Please note the "non" Shiloh dog at the end.
Even though it was extremely hot, our dogs
ran amazingly well!
While the sliver dog kept his tail up and
hooked as expected!
Yet whom do you think the judge picked?
Samson--the biggest mature
male with the nice small ears and solid structure and no disqualifying
faults ..... or?
Well, I guess she didn't have too many
choices left by then! She had already eliminated all of the good ISSR
Shilohs when choosing her BOB!
What a shame! To have an unregistered dog
representing our entire breed at the first NCA show that our group attended!
Worst yet, as per our Breed Standard, this dog should have been
disqualified, not given a BOB ribbon! Don't get me wrong. I liked this dog
when I saw him at Cherry Blossom last year, because he reminds me a lot of Pax,
but, as a breed we have to focus on trying to minimize
major genetic faults
and the gay-hook tails are clearly a "biggie" that must be monitored
carefully! I guess that judge didn't bother to read my
Obviously the "dark side" aka "slivers"
don't care about genetic faults because they are raving about this win on
their forums. Oh well, just proves that they don't share the same vision as
we do for this breed! Thankfully Sunday morning's judge was much wiser and
chose Storm (a smooth coat) over the sliver dog, after she explained the
faults that she discovered while judging him. Three cheers for Judge
Debra Dayton! I am sure there will be more wise judges like this in our
As a final note, Saturday did not end
without something good happening! Since we were already there, Derek and
Josh both wanted to compete in the Junior Handling class. This was Derek's
first experience in the ring, and I have say that I was super impressed! I
love to see kids handling their dogs at shows--it makes for a much nicer
weekend! The only problem was that Josh could not handle his dog (Meg)
because she was still in heat and Derek's dog was already acting like a love
starved teenager begging for her attention. This could have led to an
unexpected event occurring right in the ring! At the last moment Mike was
kind enough to offer his dog Storm for Josh to handle, and off they went!
Great job, boys!
Sunday's reports came to me by phone. Most of the ISSR people had not
pre-entered the NCA show after they heard that the slivers might be coming,
so those folks chose to go home! The
was just unbearable, and none of us wanted to support the NCA after the
shabby way that we were treated! We made our stand by not putting any more
money into their pockets! Col. Pede made his call, and he got 2 slivers to
enter, but he lost a LOT of the ISSR Shiloh Shepherds that were willing to
enter the Sunday shows!
Mike (from Ohio) still competed in the morning show, and Sheila (from Rhode
Island) chose to stay just to give the sliver dog a run for his money with
her 6 month old pup ... and boy did she show him up!!Can
you picture a young bitch like Joy beating a fully matured male??
Well she DID!! The sliver dog went home with his head hanging low,
and his tail tucked as it should have been!!
A GREAT VICTORY FOR THE ISSR SHILOH SHEPHERDS!!!!!!!!! YeeeeeHaaaaaa!
to thank all of the great folks that came from a variety of states, in this
brutal heat, to support the ISSR!! Your dedication to the future welfare of
this breed will not go unnoticed!! Please note: All names are
Josh, Matt Barber (from NY) with Megan
Wendy and Dan Barcus (from NY) with Outlaw
Chris and Laura Belair (from CT) with Hans and Titan
Anne Codman (from MA) with Shane
Raymond and Pam DuRussell (from MI) and Samson
Corinne Filipski with Charley
Joyce Galonski (from RI) with Hope
Mike Kerr (from OH) with Storm
Jan and Dave Lutsic (from NY) with Garth and Trish
Sheila Masse (from RI) with Joy
Rachel Meyer (from CT) with Shilo
Pat Natale with Sierra
Stephanie and Derek Schad (from CT) with Zeus
Lyn Segee (from NY) with Willow
Sam and Terry Trombino (from VT) with Manny
Paul Van Scott (from NY) with Smokey
We would also like Marcia and Diane for coming to
give us an extra hand and Judge Betty Peplin for the wonderful job she did at
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