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Dare I Say Sacred…

 

Dog fancy has pulled me out of the comfort zone called home to visit several regions of the country to connect for breed competition.  It has been my pleasure, for every place we have gone we have received a warm welcome.

From my observation, I have got to say the Kerry community is quite remarkable.  Kerry people are as sweet, friendly, loyal, intense and passionate as their beloved Kerry dogs.  And, hackles up where there is the perception of values compromised.  Though the framing of those values may look slightly different from one person to the next, at the core I believe it is very much the same.  Our kerry dogs are special [dare I say sacred], and woe to any other soul thought to exploit them.

But wait; Our strengths are in our differences.  We do not each have to approach this endeavor in exactly the same manner to be true to the breed.  It seems to me that insistence on one right way creates divisive animosity, which cannot be good for anyone.  As an idealist, I believe we would benefit from internalization of this simple truth.

 

 

……Our last journey was met with the makings for great memories.  Yes, this was exactly what one would hope for from an extended journey bridging 3 times zones.  Many thanks to the kind members of the Kerry Blue Terrier Club of Chicago for a warm reception, great venue, and for sending me home with my new Grand Champion!

Judge Patricia Trotter awarded CH Stirling O'Hanluan BEST OF OPPOSITES for 4 Grand Champion points at the Kerry Blue Terrier Club of Chicago's Independent Specialty in St. Charles, Illinois on August 26, 2016.

Judge Patricia Trotter awarded CH Stirling O’Hanluan BEST OF OPPOSITES for 4 Grand Champion points at the Kerry Blue Terrier Club of Chicago’s Independent Specialty in St. Charles, Illinois on August 26, 2016.

Judge Wayne Bousek awarded GCH Stirling O'Hanluan BEST OF BREED for 5 Grand Champion points at the Elgin Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Show in St. Charles, Illinois on August 27, 2016

Judge Wayne Bousek awarded GCH Stirling O’Hanluan BEST OF BREED for 5 Grand Champion points at the Elgin Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Show in St. Charles, Illinois on August 27, 2016

Judge Wayne Bousek awarded GCH Stirling O'Hanluan the TERRIER GROUP 4 at the Elgin Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Show in St. Charles, Illinois on August 28, 2016.

Judge Wayne Bousek awarded GCH Stirling O’Hanluan the TERRIER GROUP 4 at the Elgin Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Show in St. Charles, Illinois on August 27, 2016.

Judge Janie Bousek awarded GCH Stirling O'Hanluan BEST OF BREED for 5 Grand Champion points at the Kerry Blue Terrier Club of Chicago's concurrent specialty in St. Charles, Illinois on August 27, 2016.

Judge Janie Bousek awarded GCH Stirling O’Hanluan BEST OF BREED for 5 Grand Champion points at the Kerry Blue Terrier Club of Chicago’s Concurrent Specialty in St. Charles, Illinois on August 27, 2016.

Judge Charles Trotter awarded GCH Stirling O'Hanluan BEST OF OPPOSITES for 5 Grand Champion points at the Elgin Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Show in St. Charles, Illinois on August 28, 2016.

Judge Charles Trotter awarded GCH Stirling O’Hanluan BEST OF OPPOSITES for 5 Grand Champion points at the Elgin Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Show in St. Charles, Illinois on August 28, 2016.

 

 

 

 

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Crowned in Triple Blues…

 

Standing on the travel crate that served as our grooming table, Stirling casually yawned as we stood ringside waiting for the Best In Show competition on the last day of the Fairbank’s cluster.  Sasha, a kerry-man and acquaintance we see annually at this show, asked in a hushed tone whether we might ought to work Stirling up a bit.  I shrugged, and mumbled that would likely not be necessary.

Soon enough it was our turn.  …Twice in a row actually, as the National Owner Handler Series Best In Show competition directly preceded the regular Best In Show competition; and we were in both…

Upon entering the ring Stirling came alive and showed his heart out.  Another deserving team was awarded Best In Show.  But I am sure Stirling’s terrier antics were highly entertaining.

 

And I could not be prouder of my boy crowned in triple blues!

 

Judge Chris A Levy awarded CH Stirling O'Hanluan a TERRIER GROUP 1 at the Tanana Valley Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Show in Fairbanks, Alaska on May 28, 2016

Judge Chris A Levy awarded CH Stirling O’Hanluan a TERRIER GROUP 1 at the Tanana Valley Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Show in Fairbanks, Alaska on May 28, 2016

Judge Janie M Bousek awarded CH Stirling O'Hanluan the Terrier Group 1 at the Tanana Valley Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Show in Fairbanks, Alaska on May 29, 2016

Judge Janie M Bousek awarded CH Stirling O’Hanluan the Terrier Group 1 at the Tanana Valley Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Show in Fairbanks, Alaska on May 29, 2016

Judge Wayne E Bousek awarded the TERRIER GROUP 1 and Judge Nikki Riggsbee awarded the NOHS TERRIER GROUP 1 to CH Stirling O'Hanluan at the Tanana Valley Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Show in Fairbanks, Alaska on May 30, 2016

Judge Wayne E Bousek awarded the TERRIER GROUP 1 and Judge Nikki Riggsbee awarded the NOHS TERRIER GROUP 1 to CH Stirling O’Hanluan at the Tanana Valley Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Show in Fairbanks, Alaska on May 30, 2016

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Dream-Come-True…

 

Being my sister’s birthday, July 25th has always been a memorable date.  But on that date of this particular year one of my dreams came true…

Judge Dana P Cline awarded CH Stirling O'Hanluan BEST IN SHOW at the Cook Inlet Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Show in Palmer, Alaska on July 25, 2015

Judge Dana P Cline awarded CH Stirling O’Hanluan BEST IN SHOW at the Cook Inlet Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Show in Palmer, Alaska on July 25, 2015

 

The whole experience is sort-of-a blur to me now, and even at the time it had a surreal feel.  But I still have tiny bruises from pinching myself so many times, as well as the photos ribbons & prizes that prove it was not just a dream; but, a Dream-Come-True.

 

Judge Dana Cline points at Stirling O'Hanluan...  My face says, "Wait!  Can I believe my eyes?!!"

Judge Dana Cline points at Stirling O’Hanluan… My face says, “Wait! Can I believe my eyes?!!”

 

A handshake?  ...This calls for a hug!!

A handshake? …This calls for a hug!!

 

The Dream-Come-True was bittersweet…

THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY

 

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Sharing The Dream-Come-True …with you!  It is my pleasure…

It is my pleasure to share this Dream-Come-True with breeders Jana Deaton and Lois Grier via Timothy D Johnson.  Thank you both so much for your hard work and dedication to our breed, and for entrusting me with this wonderful dog.

So too, this Dream-Come-True is enthusiastically shared with my dear friend Christie Simantel-Janusiesicz who has selflessly found mentoring-time for us in the midst of life-its-own-self,  without whom Ms. Two-Left-Feet (not mentioning any names here) would never have made it around the conformation show ring.

It is also fitting and proper to share this Dream-Come-True with Lynda Barber-Wiltse, another dear friend and a dedicated canine-sports performance guru, who has provided invaluable insight into the human-canine relationship.

It was a pleasure to share The Dream with all the exhibitors and spectators on the day of the event.  Your support was overwhelming!

MANY THANKS  …to the Cook Inlet Kennel Club for hosting this spectacular event,  …to Meg of Calleafoto for the photo memories,  …to Jeanne & Roger Hale for the NOHS Terrier Group 1 Gifts,  …to Carolyn & Tom Tolson for the Terrier Group 1 Gifts,  …and to Debi & Tim Okonek for the generous Best In Show “Trophy”.

A BIG SHOUT OUT TO JUDGE DANA P CLINE who definitely made our day!!!

Lastly, but never least, Stirling & I share this Dream-Come-True with Mark and the rest of the pack without whom there would be little point.  I Love You!

 

 

 

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The Kerry Community, My Thoughts On…

kbt-emptyMy impression of our breed and the people who cherish it has changed markedly over time, and I believe I have come upon a truth worth sharing.

 

My Changing View…

 

 

 

My first impression was largely one of wonderment and awe, as never having seen anything more delightful than the Kerry Blue Terrier and the lucky few who treasured them!

 

On First Glance:

Here was a golden community enamored with an elegant & extraordinary breed of dog.

 

 

 

IDevil Dogsn time that first impression of holy perfection evolved into a certain undeniable truth about the breed: Kerries are of the world and perfectly imperfect in their being.  Indeed, Kerries are capable of inciting a devilish mess.  This too, is true of their people.    …With the use of social media one can quickly get a sense of the collective character of any group or community; so too, of the Greater Kerry Community.  Sometimes as I watch the manner in which we communicate, I am taken aback by the seemingly harsh tones.  At times, without knowing, it would be hard to tell whether the evidenced factions are of the same interest group…

 

On Second Look:

Here was a loose-knit bunch of scrappers with an ivy league veneer.

 

 

 

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Well, it is true that members of the Kerry Community do not always see eye-to-eye.  In fact, here is a group that can pretty much be counted on for a heated debate.  And it is obvious that the minds seldom sway, as not one will budge from their steadfast position.  Objectively speaking, in no way can we all be right all the time.  Yet it is in the passionate commitment to our truths that we manifest our shared bond.  And herein lies the commonality of our community, and out of that springs the diversity in our breed.

The Invested View:

Here is a bona fide community of ardent individuals committed to the betterment of a hearty intelligent breed of terrier; if all words here are true, the underlying operative words are “ardently committed”

 

 

 

 

Now I am sure you have heard it said that our “strengths lie in differences, not similarities.”  …But can it be that the recognition of an inherent similarity could better prepare us to learn from our differences?

 

…Let us each tip one’s hat to the other.

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