The university of Guelph has invited us to present a display and offer our information about purebred dogs at their event being held at the university on March 16/17, 2019. I believe this to be a prime opportunity for presentation of our materials as well as being able to speak with visitors about dogs, breeders, and breeds suited for various life styles. Aside from the dogs that students have been preparing and training for this obedience event, there will be no other dogs allowed at the venue, so our ability to explain and promote our breeds will be solely ours. Purina has graciously offered a large collection of handout items that I am currently having screen printed . Among the many items are bandanas and shopping bags that will bear our logo. The organizers have promised us an ideal spot at the entrance door and are providing us with tables and chairs for our display. I think this promises to be a positive event and if we choose to participate again in another year, we may be able to have several of our purebreds for display. This a ‘free’ opportunity. There is no charge to us for the booth space, and I am delighted that we can have another chance for our voice to be heard amidst the current mixed breed propaganda and looming laws that might negatively impact our rights to breed and own and train our purebreds. If you can attend with me, please do. Our attendance is required only on March 17, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. I will bring everything required for the display.
Ch Krisma’s X Man First Class aka Xavier
For those of us who have been immersed in the sport of purebred dogs for any length of time, we recognize the feeling of that one special dog that fills the eye and quickens the heart. It might be in the ring, in our own back yard, or even within the community. Wherever we find it, we are drawn to the exquisite beauty and historical relevance of such a creature. And so it was with Canada’s best dog of all breeds in 2018.
Xavier or X man, is a Kerry Blue Terrier, grand in all respects, from his typical blue/grey coat colouring, to his proper bodily construction and fiery determined attitude so befitting of the terrier breeds generally. This dog was discovered in the U.S. after some extensive searching by Marcel Bourgon, a long time Bichon Frise breeder. Marcel was deeply interested in finding a terrier to campaign in Canada and after due diligence and communication with a mutual contact, X Man would be the dog that Marcel would present to the Canadian fancy for 2018. The ‘deal’ was struck, proper documentation was signed for a Canadian co-ownership and Marcel became the primary owner. And so began the 2018 show scene.
Developing a plan, organizing a year long show career, choosing a gifted handler and maintaining a respectful and professional stance are challenging issues in an undertaking of this magnitude. Through it all: the country wide travel, the long hours, flight times, grooming essentials , the highs and lows of victory and defeat, and yes, even the dreaded ‘politics’, the one constant ray of sunshine was Xavier himself. He headed into each show each weekend as though it was his first. He faced each ring time with a brilliant determination fully certain that he alone was the chosen one.
He surged to multiple best in shows across Canada without hesitation. Connie, his handler, did not need to coax or cajole him into performing. He simply did, with the zest and competitive spirit of a true athlete. Powerful and magnificent in motion and outline, Xavier commanded attention. Throughout the year he exhibited the absolute joy of being a true show dog, always willing and enthusiastic. When relaxing at home with Connie, or on the road in a hotel room, he was the consummate pet enjoying the luxuries of romping playfully in the yard or sharing the bed. X Man represents our paramount expectation and ideals for the purebred dog, produced by a preservation breeder and promoted by his owners and handlers, they all being respected individuals who are captivated by and cherish the purebred dog in all its forms.
For The Love Of Purebred Dogs is proud to salute………
Xavier: Canada’s Top Dog of all breeds for 2018 Ch Krisma’s X Man First Class and his talented handler and groomer extraordinaire, Connie Krohn
Owners: Marcel Bourgon, Lois Grier, Cheryl Kabarchuk
Please check out Show Scene and Canadian Dog Fancier, both online magazines for our first ads this year. Enjoy!!
Fun show and plenty of camaraderie…crowded with a full house of dogs and handler but everyone seemed to be handling it well. I believe it was a first for limited breed specialty of UK (British) breeds. Thirty different breeds filed into the group ring. Quite a beautiful sight!!!!!
Really pleased with the FTLOPD 2018 fall towel campaign. About 150 towels were sold coast to coast in Canada and many found their way to our US purebred fanciers as well. I am regularly seeing FB posts showing off these wonderfully bright and hugely promotional items. The large towels were co-designed with Shawn Bennett at CDF who also helped to sponsor the campaign. The small hand towels were an added feature and were a nice compliment at boosters and specialties. Thank you to everyone for participating. Ill be adding a new idea in the coming months and hope to continue the blog here as regularly as I can.
PUREBRED DOG BREEDER PLEDGE
Being proud purebred dog breeders, we always strive to improve our chosen breed in all ways possible and yet retain the amazing, necessary, historical qualities as they were first developed by the original founders. Many of our breeds boast centuries of lineage, remarkable in both their indispensable performance for mankind and those intensely guarded traits that remain to this day.
As responsible breeders, it is our sole objective to continue to generate extraordinary soundness in mind and body, while producing dogs that conform to the written Canadian Kennel Club standard, otherwise known as the blueprint for the breed.
A purebred dog breeder must wear many hats, not the least of which is being a primary defender of their selected breed. Litters are carefully produced using all means available, which includes but not limited to continual ongoing genetic testing and necessary medical intervention, ensuring that each puppy starts its’ life as a thriving canine good citizen. Further, the careful choice of prospective owners who will continue to nurture and support their puppy and the breed throughout the life of the dog is paramount. This selection process can be demanding but is necessary in order to guarantee that our puppies are treasured and respected. As responsible breeders, we pledge that each and every puppy/dog that we sell can be returned to us, at any stage of their life, if the owner is unable or in any way reluctant to retain their dog. In this way, we can unequivocally declare that dogs produced by us cannot, nor should they, become wards of the rescue system. By maintaining a strict return policy, we can sustain our breed(s). This protector approach is employed by all responsible purebred breeders of distinction and is our assurance that our puppies and dogs are carefully and thoughtfully homed and cannot slip through the cracks into obscurity.
Educated promotion and protection are mandatory in preventing the innumerable homeless dogs that must be ‘rescued’ because no one cared. We take great pride in knowing that our puppies and dogs are safe and secure with their owners. If there is a breech in the contractual structure, then we are still confident that we make the correct choice for their continued life by insisting on return without judgment.
This is the true declaration of all responsible breeders. It is not considered lightly but rather is a profound and determined guarantee that our purebred dogs will have lifelong sanctuary in the care of a true and faithful human guardian. To do any less is not enough!!
Very pleased to present our continuing line of merchandise in the form of hoodies just in time for the cool fall weather. These are made by Gildan, heavy weight, black with red lettering and red paw print on left chest. They are available in size small to 3x. Please see me for ordering details.Pictured are some of our members ‘modelling’ at the Wine Country show. m
We continue our fall appearances and were pleased to be present at the Wine Country KC in Welland, On and at the Elgin County KC in London On. We also had a booth in Northern Ontario ( Sudbury) at the Nickel District KC. Grateful to these clubs for inviting us to have a booth at their shows. every little bit helps our cause and purebred dogs!!!
‘For The Love Of Purebred Dogs’ continued a busy summer in our efforts to support, and protect purebred dogs. As we advance our initiative, we will extend our areas of promotion to include events beyond conformation shows. With that in mind, we were pleased to be invited to share booth space with the St Catharines Kennel Club at Dog Fest in July, we were present at the Vancouver Island Exhibition with the Nanaimo Kennel Club in August and we will be at a fall fair in Sudbury in September, as well as Pet Expo in Toronto, also in September. Gathering momentum like this will afford us the opportunity to extend our educational resources to an even greater audience……..Many thanks to all the volunteers for helping our purebred dogs!! Here are some photos of our booth at recent summer events.
‘For The Love Of Purebred Dogs’ continues to move ever forward. I try to get the booth/ table at as many shows as possible The clubs have been most gracious, usually inviting us well in advance and supplying a big banquet table for our handouts and other material. If an invite isn’t forthcoming usually an email to a club representative secures us a nice space at a conformation event. To date, there have only been two stumbling blocks here in Ontario with a couple of clubs that didn’t see the necessity, but we did rectify that situation. In the western part of Canada as well as in the Maritimes, and recently in NFLD, we have had a major presence as well. I am grateful to the hard working members who support this endeavour and make it viable in other areas of this vast country. We are extending our area of promotion as much as we can and have already attended an outdoor triathalon meet at a large Hamilton High school here in southern Ontario and we will be in attendance at the London Canine Association show on July 10/11,12 On July 18, I will take the booth to the Border Terrier Club of Ontario fun day, and on July 25 we will be at Dog Fest along with the St. Catharines & Dist KC. I am also working on having a table at a local Pet Valu here in my home town. and we plan on being at the Pet Expo at the Toronto International Centre on Sept 19/20. I thought you might enjoy seeing the latest promotional poster that was just recently completed.
For The Love Of Purebred Dogs continues to make giant strides forward as we attempt to promote purebred dogs across Canada and beyond. A very successful booth presentation was developed at the Dartmouth Kennel Club and South Shore Kennel Club in Nova Scotia as well as several shows across Ontario and the Tyee KC in BC. May and June have and continue to be busy and exciting months. Our new line of promotional merchandise was launched in May which included totes, hats, aprons, and bumper stickers. And in June, new on the scene are our wonderful quality black tee shirts emblazoned with our red slogan. All of these items have been well received. I can also make stickers for anyone wishing them. These are 1 x 2 inch and there are 30 per page. These are free for the asking, peel and stick, and are suitable on letters, cards, envelopes, stationary or anywhere you wish to do a little promoting of purebred dogs. Pictured are our bumper stickers and our latest table sign. The new sign was a compilation of many opinions and ideas about how best to promote our ideals while helping new buyers to not be lured by designer dog breeders.
‘For The Love Of Purebred Dogs’ was recently invited to Ancaster High School in Ancaster Ontario for a triathlon meet. A student from the school had developed a plan to promote purebred dogs in a peers leadership class. Here is our booth on competition day. It was a partly sunny, partly cloudy day with a breeze so keeping the flyers and signs upright was a bit of a challenge. But our booth looked wonderful and attracted a lot of visitors. Sadly, for us, most of the doggy discussion revolved around the mixed breed that our visitors owned at home that they had gotten from less than ideal sources. And wandering the school grounds with their owners who had come to watch the participants were all sizes and colours of doodle types.
Tomorrow, May 22, the ‘For The Love Of Purebred Dogs’ booth is adding a new experience and hopefully a successful venture to its long list of dates. The Zone 7 junior handling finalist, Stephanie Poot, has managed through a peers learning class at her high school, to develop and promote interest in purebred dogs. To that end and with teacher guidance, Stephanie has gotten us invited to a huge track and field event that is being held at her school. Several hundred spectators attend this annual Tri-Athalon event and we are hoping that our booth will capture some interest and that we can assist visitors with information about purebred dogs. I am taking the entire set up including our beautiful big sign ( hope it isn’t windy) along with all of our wonderful handouts and several table top posters as well as plenty of free items that have been graciously donated by Purina. There will be free magazines, free slip leads, key chains, photos albums etc. If the weather is in our favour, it should be a great day!!!!!
We launched our new merchandise ( hats totes aprons) at the Seaway Kennel club on the weekend of May 1-3. Everyone was enthused and sales were hot hot hot!!! My initial order was reservedly small until I was assured of the interest in the products. But I can now say with certainty that today I will be placing a second order to accommodate the next wave of purchasers.
And I also have some other ideas for items that I think would be exciting and innovative. Stay tuned!!!!
The hats, aprons and totes have arrived and will be available for the first time at the Seaway show on May 1-3, 2015. ‘For The Love of Purebred Dogs’ is proud to be able to donate totes for all junior handling participants in the zone finals being held at the Seaway show and we are also donating an apron to the winner of the zone finals competition. ‘For The Love of Purebred Dogs’ takes pride in helping to support local Ontario junior handling.
We were honoured at the Guelph KC show to have in our FTLOPD booth, the wonderful Matisse. What a fabulous Portuguese Water Dog and such a pleasure to have a beautiful purebred dog such as this as our poster child at that show. Matisse has the temperament of an angel and is an excellent ambassador for purebred dogs and for our initiative. Many thanks to breeder/owner Donna Gottdenker for allowing us the pleasure of his company. We were able to help several folks to choose a purebred and in so doing they made contacts to find the breed that would be the perfect fit for themselves and their family. One small step for breeders, one giant step for purebred dogs.
I am very excited to announce that we will shortly be introducing a line of accessories to better be able to advertise and promote our initiative. These include hats , grooming aprons and totes all bearing our very special slogan. We have been extremely fortunate to partner with Canadian Dog Fancier owner, Shawn Bennett, a strong supporter and advocate for us and for purebred dogs. With his help I can now offer you these wonderful products at reasonable prices, all with a view to helping purebred dogs everywhere. I am hoping to soon have these items for sale at our shows in Ontario . Here are the items currently being offered. Stay tuned for even more goodies as we proceed with our project across Canada.
Finally we can all sense that spring is just around the corner. Well, at least here in Ontario. My maritime friends likely feel differently. I am excited to share with you that our purebred dog initiative is off to a flying start. We presented our initiative at 7 show days in February.
In March we have already presented our booth at the Scarborough Kennel Club show on March 13-15. At this event, a large group of college students from an animal care program were in attendance. The students, who attend a local community college, were greeted and allowed the opportunity to meet many purebreds and interact with them and their breeders, owners and handlers. It was a remarkable day, the dogs were outstandingly gracious and the students were enthralled. Our hope is to be able to offer more tours of this type at our shows across the country. What better way to spread the word about purpose bred dogs, than to impressionable, fresh, enthusiastic young adults who will hopefully carry our purebred message into their homes, schools and communities. Further in March, our booth will be present at the Nickel District Kennel Club in Sudbury, Ontario and at the Northwinds Dog Club in Manitoba. We are springing forward into spring with a great sense of purpose and determination. This is a promising time of year that offers renewed hope that together we can make a difference for our purebred dogs. Thank you to all who support and believe in this project.
We have argued, raged, hashed, and rehashed a recent CKC media blooper but the end result has placed the purebred dog and its dedicated breeders in serious jeopardy. What happens now is a concerted effort to try and fix that which was erroneously aired. But the horse is out and now the barn door is shut. We can choose to wallow in the anger and disappointment and let it consume us, or we can rise up out of the ashes of doom and search for victory in other avenues.
“For The Love Of Purebred Dogs” and all of its determined assistants and followers are moving ever forward, carefully, in an ongoing effort to promote and protect the purebred dog. Join us please as we make every attempt to overcome the recent hurdle placed in our way and jump through the hoops of determination to continue to advance and celebrate our very special purebred dogs.
Choosing a puppy isn’t a whimsical waltz through the home of a breeder, romping with puppies and then moving on to the next visitation as though it were a Saturday afternoon stroll through a car lot. We cannot kick the tires and peer under the hood. Rather, it is an educated, well thought out plan, encompassing a detailed process, guided by incremental chunks of information, each section being a lead in to the next until finally a breed has been chosen that will be the best fit for a single person or a family of four.
We can offer that information and guarantee it is delivered in a sound, logical and protective way because we are experienced, savvy, purebred dog breeders. We volunteer our time to mentor and reach out to the public on a personal level, ever cognizant of the fact that promotion and education must be offered at the grass roots level, by dedicated passionate breeders who exemplify loyalty, honour, and integrity.
Our returning hero and his lady were present at the Woodstock and District Canine Association show on the weekend of Feb 20-22 . It was only just mere hours since his stunning victory at Westminster Kennel Club had thrust him into the spotlight and into the living rooms of millions of viewers. The WKC dog show is the second longest running sporting event in the US, second only to the Kentucky derby. In an effort to recognize the world class event, and our Canadian handler, the judges at the Woodstock show very graciously interrupted their Friday ring schedules so that William Alexander could be presented to his friends and peers amidst a standing ovation.
William piloted the lovely 15 inch Beagle, fondly known as Miss ‘P’ to Best in Show at this most prestigious dog show. Requesting a short speech, William graciously acknowledged the accolades and in true sportsman style admitted that the win and the surrounding media attention was still surreal. He humbly acknowledged everyone for their support and it was very evident that he still struggled with the enormity of winning such a huge event in the sport of dogs. We are all so very proud of the Canadian breeders and owners of Miss P and especially to Will for making Canada a proud purebred dog nation at one of the world’s most renowned dog shows.
‘For The Love Of Purebred Dogs’ is a Canada wide initiative, by purebred dog enthusiasts promoting the benefits of purebred dog ownership. Will and Miss ‘P’ have made a huge contribution to that effort with this victory and in the ensuing media coverage which placed the beautiful beagle front and centre, owning the spotlight for all purebreds in Canada and across the world!!
FOR THE LOVE OF PUREBRED DOGS
Recently a group of concerned individuals joined together to better endorse and capture the essence of the purebred dog in all ways possible through promotion, protection and education, with a desire to fortify the status of the purebred dog across Canada.
This small group of advocates was alarmed by the current lack of support and safeguarding of the purebred dog and developed a concerted effort to extend an initiative to other like minded breeders, owners and handlers whereby the purebred would be sanctioned fully at Canadian Kennel Club licensed dog shows across the country and in the community.
To that end, and with the blessing of many clubs, with more contributing regularly, the initiative has spread from coast to coast.
Any club member of any kennel club in Canada is welcome to present the initiative at their shows. Only a table is needed for provided handouts, a few assistants, a welcoming presence for spectators, and roving ambassadors who are willing to circulate throughout the show day providing information, seating at ringside and answering any and all questions pertaining to purebred dogs. A meet and greet of various purebreds is an excellent way to sponsor purebreds generally and breeds specifically. The excitement of this initiative has been contagious, and in a very short time purebred dog owners have rallied to this long overdue cause and an idea has been borne and acted upon with amazing eagerness and enthusiasm.
We have developed a vast array of educational handouts, a beautiful PowerPoint presentation, a stunning sign, a logo, a website, business cards, and our defining title. Each club that presents the initiative has a flyer developed for them that they can distribute in the area of their show. Anyone who wishes to be a part of this enterprise is welcome. We take pride in presenting our dogs and our experience to spectators, providing educational opportunity, and being a part of the sport of purebred dogs in Canada.