The Gossip Column, November 6, 2020
The 2020 AKC BREEDER OF THE YEAR Group honorees have been announced. Representing each of the seven variety groups, they are well-known and successful breeder-exhibitors: from the Sporting Group KRISTI WOODS LIBERTORE, LARRY & CHRIS DELANEY, breeders of Wirehaired Pointing Griffons under the Whiskeytown prefix; from the Hound Group JON WOODRING and the late WADE BURNS (who sadly passed away several months ago, making this long-overdue recognition bittersweet for partner JON WOODRING), breeders of Beagles under the Lanbur prefix; from the Working Group RAY CATALDI, breeder of Great Danes under the Rojon prefix; from the Terrier Group HENRY SUTLIFF, breeder of Sealyham Terriers under the Sutliff prefix; from the Toy Group DARYL MARTIN, breeder of Maltese under the Puff prefix; from the Non-Sporting Group GAIL S. WOLANIUK & JOAN E. MCFADDEN, breeders of Standard Poodles under the Unique prefix, and from the Herding Group TIM MATHIESEN, breeder of Pembroke Welsh Corgis under the Nebriowa prefix. Congratulations to all the honorees, who will be recognized and celebrated at the AKC National Championship dog show, where one of them will be crowned Breeder of the Year on Saturday evening, December 12th.
... For those of you interested in show business, MARGE CHAMPION, dancer, choreographer and best known as the partner of husband GOWER CHAMPION, has passed away at the the age of 101. WALT DISNEY used her for the model of SNOW WHITE. Known on the stage and in film, you might have known her sister, that fireball in the Great Dane ring of yore, LINA BASQUETTE. Before becoming a breeder under the Honey Hollow prefix and a professional handler of Great Danes, LINA’S Hollywood days were highlighted by her marriage to SAM WARNER, one of the WARNER BROTHERS of that film studio of the same name.
... Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hawaiian ray of sunshine, Lhasa Apso breeder and handler ADRIAN AGARD. ADRIAN is home, having just been sidelined by Guillain-Barre Syndrome. All of us at DOG NEWS wish him a speedy recovery.
... BRIAN CORDOVA, that jovial, fun-loving Poodle breeder, former professional handler and of late magazine salesman, has passed away. In spite of all the health issues he suffered, he always put on a brave face. He was a longtime friend, and he will be missed.
... Happy Anniversary to CHRIS & DYLAN KIPP KEITH. ... Multiple group judge LORAINE BOUTWELL is celebrating her 90th birthday on November 9th. I’m sure she would love to hear from her many friends across the country on this special occasion that must be spend like most of us isolated from those we love. Her address is 4555 Mayo Boulevard, Apt. 3211, Phoenix, AZ 85050.
... More Birthdays are being celebrated by PETER GREEN, CHRIS MANELOPOULOS, ERNESTO LARA, BETTY-ANNE STENMARK, MISSY GALLOWAY, JOHN MCCARTNEY, SALLY SASSER, PAM SAGE, MELISSA PILLOW, CHRIS WORNALL, BOBBI DAVIS, MELISSA TURNER, LORAINE BOUTWELL, KARIN ASHE, CAROL TOBIN MURRAY, LINDA WILSON, JIM HALL, DON MARTIN, DAVID ALEXANDER, JENNFIER FARIAS, ESTEBAN FARIAS, REBECCA HEIMANN, LINDA NOLL, LAURIW XAMPPBELL, DANIEL MEHLING, KATHY BILIBIBH GARCIA, PAM OXENBERG, ADRIANO ROCHA, JULIE JONES, HALL BIERMAN, PAULA MURRAY, THERESA LYONS, ABBE SHAW, SYDNEY GOOD, JASON HOKE, ALISA ANDRAS, JOAN ZIELINSKY, LINDA CLARK, JERRY KLEIN, DEBBIE SCOTT and AGNES BUCHWALD.