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Just when we thought the weather-related disasters were over, we have friends that are dealing with fire-related evacuation and damage in Northern California. As an avid wine snob, not only am I keeping tabs on my friends, but also on our favorite wineries! My thoughts are with those affected by these horrible fires. May you and your animals stay safe. Amy Rutherford and Val Nunes-Atkinson have offered their kennel/barn to those friends who may need to evacuate their animals. You can reach them via Facebook Messenger.

Another Montgomery County Kennel Club show is in the books. Fondly known as the Greatest Terrier Show on Earth, this year’s show was no different. Despite a bit of challenging weather, it seemed as if exhibitors and spectators were all smiles. Several fanciers live-streamed parts of the show on Facebook which gave those of us who could not be there the opportunity to take part and virtually enjoy the show. Kudos to the club for putting on yet another great show with an entry of 1600-plus outstanding terriers. I was thrilled to hear Bergit Kabel was back in the ring after an extended hiatus due to a serious illness. Positive thoughts to Bergit for continued healing and a full recovery.

A couple of years ago, the American Kennel Club announced that it was acceptable for judges to solicit assignments. Shortly after this announcement, I was taken aback when a judge commented to me that I would no longer win under him if he did not get an assignment judging at the shows with which I was involved. I dealt with this by not entering to this judge again, and still choose to not show to that person. I have heard that assignment solicitation has taken on a new meaning: Soliciting assignments while examining an individual’s dog. Is this what AKC had in mind when loosening the reigns on assignment solicitation? This type of solicitation seems inappropriate to me and compromises what the American Kennel Club had in mind when communicating this new directive. Further, while I have the luxury of not showing to a judge because I do not make my living showing dogs, professional handlers can be caught in a very precarious position that may affect their income.

Linda Robey had the opportunity to be part of a marriage proposal recently at the Carson City, Nevada shows. An exhibitor asked her to pretend she was helping his girlfriend with her dog so he could surprise her and propose. What fun!

Speaking of marriage proposals, Kellye Bacon St. John and fiace Nick Riani tied the knot this past weekend. Congratulations to the lovebirds and may you enjoy many years of happiness. While we are on the topic of wedded bliss, Beep and Shari Lee are celebrating 25 years of marriage, and Pilar Kuhn and Rodd Ott are celebrating 7 years of marriage.

Condolences to Michael Faulkner on the loss of his beloved grandmother. Michael has traveled to his birth place of Cuba, New York to celebrate the her life. When he returns, it will be back to work practicing for his upcoming performance in Dancing with the River Stars, a fundraiser for the Peninsula YMCA. Best of luck for a great performance!

Healing thoughts to Joey Vergnetti who had back surgery this past week. We hope to see you doing the left circle dance soon my friend!

Nancy Liebes and Audrey White travelled to Milan, Italy where Nancy had a judging assignment. The two traveling companions then continued to Budapest, Hungary, where I believe they will be picking up a puppy! Keep the photos coming ladies – the scenery looks divine! Luckily, Nancy was able to catch up with her luggage after a several day delay.

Ron and Carol Spritzer just returned from a fabulous trip to Scotland and Ireland. This was a dream trip for them and the photos confirmed why!

Peggy Beisel-McIlwaine will be travelling to New York to meet her grandchild. Best wishes and enjoy that little one.

Celebrating birthdays this week are: Jon Cole, Ilaria Biondi, Maureen McCreery, Justin Smithey and Jen Reed.

Travel safe my friends and keep those pooches out of the Halloween candy. Enjoy each day as if it were your last! Until next time…

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