Well, believe it or not when the judge
pointed to ME! everyone had to tell me I had just won with my dog.
I was totally unaware and at that point...totally hooked!!!! That
is how my show career began and it is still going strong today.
Needless to say I no longer show Kees... even though I adore them
still.. The grooming became difficult for me after 10yrs of showing
them. I was most fortunate to have produced a National Best in
Futurity winner, Hall of Fame titles and mulitple Best in Specialty
winners as well as Champion titles.
I quietly searched for the breed that would allow me the pleasure
of competition and also afford me the ease of care. During this
search, my husband asked for us to look into a smaller house dog for
him. This search led me to a great couple who had just what we were
looking for, as well as what I was looking for. Since that meeting
many years ago I have been showing Chinese Cresteds and produced 30+
long after getting my first computer and learning how to search
the net, I found during one of those searches a breed of hairless
dog that I had not heard of before. I thought I knew them all but
was quite surprised to find that not to be the case. My curiosity
kept getting the better of me and I returned to "Sweet Lucy's"
site over and over again until finally I emailed its owner. After
many conversations I asked to see one of these dogs,expecting fully
to not like it. After all... it had NO hair at all and not the "flash"
of my cresteds.
Boy, was I in for a shock... I could not keep my eyes off the dog
and wanted to feel it's wonderful skin nonstop! The "feel" of the
skin was incredible. Nothing as I was accustomed to feeling with my
dogs. It compares to that of soft suede and none of the obvious skin
problems of other hairless breeds. WOW! And there !!!!You have the
beginning of my intense desire to know more about this breed. From
then on I was / am hooked on the American Hairless Terrier.
I am honored to have been involved with this enchanting breed
prior to UKC recognition and having assisted in it's
acceptance with UKC as the then President of the American Hairless
Terrier Club, remaing in the role of President as the club morphed
into the American Hairless Rat Terrier Club and the now American
Hairless Terrier Association,UKC Provisional Parent Club.
Working with UKC has been a breathe of fresh air. They are family
oriented and believe strongly in the Total Dog concept offering many
avenues for dogs to show what they were bred to do. If you have
never been to a UKC event , may I suggest that you do. You will find
the friendly helping attitude of both exhibitors and judges to be
quite refreshing. I've heard many times from first time UKC
show goers how impressed they are with the smiles they see that are
lacking at other shows. You can also see me inside the ring at times
now as I am licensed with UKC to judge, including AE, APBT and TFT.
Stop by and say Hello !!
To learn more about our Club visit : http://www.ahta.info
To learn more about UKC visit: http://www.ukcdogs.com
Thanks for listening !