1998-1999 Canaan Dog Happenings

Inka's First Agility Leg

On October 17, B'sheret Mahogany Mischief, CGC "Inka" earned her first leg towards her NA title at the Showcase of Dogs, Derby City Agility Assn. She had the only clean run, a perfect score of 100, first place, and was 14 seconds under time. We are very proud, as this is only her second trial and this team has only been doing agility since May 99. Inka is owned by Kelly Riggs.

Agility News

On July 24, 1999 Isabel (U-CD Briel's Isabel P. Tiger Pooh, CD,AAD,OAC,OJC,OGC,OA,OAJ)  earned her OAJ at the AKC Agility Trial in Westminster, MD. placing 3rd in the 20" class out of 16 competitors.

On July 31 & Aug. 1, 1999  U-AGII Ch. Micah Haviv me Kansas, NA, CGC, TT earned 12 ACH points in two runs, with scores of 199 each.

On July 31, 1999 U-AGII Keely's Girl Tobie, NA, CGC earned 10 ACH points from her perfect run.

Bay Path's Amitz multiple wins!

Bay Path's Amitz, owned by Jerry & Cheryl Hennings, was Best of Breed to finish his UKC Championship at the ICDCA National Specialty, July 9, 1999 in Burlington, WI.  Amitz also was Best of Breed and Best in Show at theWisconsin Toy Fox Terrier Association multi-breed UKC show on July 10.  On July 11 Amitz was Best of Breed and Reserve Best in Show.  Quite a weekend!

New International Champion

At the Euro Dog Show in Tulln (Austria)  on  May 16,1999 under judge Mrs. L. De Ridder of Belgium,
VELIKAYA'S DERA "Ina-Ina" earned her CAC, CACIB, BOB  Europe Champion '99.  She has now completed her International Championship!

VELIKAYA'S LAHATUTAN "Norby"  was CAC, CACIB, BOS Europe Champion '99.

Both dogs were bred, and are owned and handled by Isabella Zirri, Velikaya's Kennels, Italy.

Ziva off to a great start

Jerry Henning's new puppy Ziva was Group 3 at her first match!  Ziva was bred by Myrna Shiboleth.

Bahamian Champion

Zetan me Shaar Hagai, owned and shown by Terry Bagley of Alberta, Canada, earned his Bahamian Championship in March 1999 with two Excellent ratings.  Zetan was bred by Myrna Shiboleth.

Crufts wins

At Crufts in England on March 14, 1999, The Lion of Judah at Anacan (Digger) was Best of Breed under judge Mr.Peter Radley.  Best of Opposite Sex was Mornavega The Chosen One of Anacan (Jasmine).  Both are owned by Ellen and Richard Minto.

Jasmine was Pedigree Chum/Dog World Top Canaan Dog in 1995 and Digger has held that title in 1996, 1997, and 1998!

Multiple World Show wins for Velikaya's Kennels!

At the 1998 World Dog Show in Helsinki, Finland, Ch. Velikaya's Nitsahon (Venla) was awarded World Winner 1998 and qualified as a Finnish Champion. Venla was bred and is owned and shown by Isabella Zirri of Italy.

Ch. Lahav me Shaar Hagay was also awarded World Winner 1998 and qualified as a Finnish Champion.  He was bred by Myrna Shiboleth of Shaar Hagai Kennels, Israel, and is owned and shown by Isabella Zirri, Velikaya's Kennels, Italy.

Norby earns BUNDESSIEGER title

Velikaya's Lahatutan "Norby" CAC-CACIB-BOB BUNDESSIEGER 1998 earned the BUNDESSIEGER title in Dortmund, Germany in 1998.  Norby was shown by breeder/owner Isabella Zirri of Velikaya's Kennels, Italy.

Isabel earns her AAD Agility title

Owner Alan Gersman of Virginia had this to say: "Isabel earned her AAD Title (USDAA) this weekend... Actually Isabel qualified in all USDAA games awhile ago and has been earning Master Level legs (2). It's been her handler who has been messing up in the Standard runs.

This weekend we ran "snooker."  At the last obstacle (A-Frame)  I backed over the obstacle flag and fell on my butt. Isabel is on the top of the A-Frame looking at me --real calm-- like  a true Canaan Dog-- I'm looking at the judge and everybody  had a good laugh.  We actually got a leg -- didn't need the  last obstacle."  Isabel is U-CD Briel's Isabel P. Tiger Pooh, CD, NA, AD, NAC bred by Sandra Fournier and Ellen Minto.

Tobie completes her Novice Agility title

In December 1998, U-AGII Keely's Girl Tobie, CGC finished her AKC Novice Agility title with a perfect run and second place in her class.  Tobie is owned and handled by Lee Boyd of Topeka, Kansas.

Amitz earns AKC Championship

Bay Path's Amitz finished his AKC Championship on November 16, 1998 with a 5 point major under judge Patrick Doniere, Jr.  Amitz was in the AKC top 10 for our breed in 1997 and 1998, was BOB at the 1998 ICDCA National Specialty, BOS at the 1997 ICDCA National Specialty, and Best Puppy in 1994.  He was bred by Sandra Fournier and is owned by Cheryl & Jerry Hennings and Sandra Fournier.  He makes his home with Jerry & Cheryl in Denver, Iowa.

Keely recertified with honors

This October, Ch. Geva's Karniela of Kansas, CGC, TT (Keely), owned by Lee Boyd and Lorraine Stephens and bred by Lorraine, successfully recertified to be a Delta Society Pet Partner.  Keely received the highest possible score on every component of the test.  She makes weekly visits to Midland Hospice in Topeka, KS.

New VDS contest winner

Member Inna Blayvas' dog Kira  (Kineret me Shaar Hagai) is the winner of the Canaan Dog class in the Spring 1998 Virtual Dog Show.  Inna and Kira live in Jerusalem.

Isabel is on her way to another agility title

In July U-CD Briel's Isabel P. Tiger Pooh, CD, NA, AD, NAC placed first in a large class to earn the initial  leg of her AKC Open Agility title.  Isabel is owned, trained, and handled by Alan Gersman of Virginia, and was bred by Sandra Fournier and Ellen Minto.

Tal completes his -CD

Kochav Ole me Shaar Hagai (Tal), owned by Victor Kaftal and bred by Myrna Shiboleth, finished his U-CD title in May 1998, in 3 straight shows.  Congratulations to Tal and Victor!

It was worth the trip!!

Isabella Zirri, ICDCA member who lives in Italy, took one of her dogs "Venla" (Ch. Velikaya's Nitsahon) to the International C'naan Dog Convention in Israel.  Velna took Best of Breed at the Canaan Dog Specialty on May 8 over 50 other Canaan Dogs and was again Best of Breed at the Israeli Kennel Club Show on May 9.  She was Group 3 in the Spitz & Primitive Breeds Group on Sunday!  Heartiest congratulations!!

Tal earns his CGC

Kochav Ole me Shaar Hagai (Tal), owned by Victor Kaftal and bred by Myrna Shiboleth, earned his Canine Good Citizenship title in April 1998.

Canaan Dog Article

Dr. Victor Kaftal has a nice article on Canaan Dogs in the March-April issue of BLOODLINES, the magazine of the United Kennel Club.

Desert Tracks wins a Maxwell Medallion in the Dog Writer's Association of America 1997 Writing Competition.

Desert Tracks, the newsletter of the ICDCA, received the prestigious Maxwell Medallion on February 15, 1998, as the best National Club Publication (Newsletter format) in the Dog Writer's Association of America 1997 Writing Competition.  This was the first time our newsletter was nominated and it won outright.  Kudos to our editor, Sheryl Glass, who was on hand to receive the award.  Two issues were submitted and contained articles written by 10 members,  Congratulations to them also! 

ICDCA named the Provisional Canaan Dog Parent Club for UKC

In January 1998, the Israel Canaan Dog Club of America, Inc. was named as UKC's Provisional Parent Club for the Canaan Dog.  We are excited about this new partnership and look forward to working with UKC. 
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