The Rip Van Wrinkler, XXIII, Issue 3, August 2019

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Training Conversation

1. PACH Valor.

2. First ever Borzoi MACH.

3. New AKC Regs.


First Borzoi MACH ever! MACH Whimsy!!

CH MACH Hemlock Hollow's Journey To Rule Sixty-Two BN RN JC MX MXB MXJ MJB DJ DN CGCA CGCU TKA

Bred by Chris Danker and Lorrie Scott

Changes to AKC agility regulations

Effective August 1, 2019

Regulations for Agility Trials and Agility Course Test
Chapter 4, New Section 12. Dogs with Coloring

Dogs with artificial coloring in their coats may participate in AKC agility trials and ACT tests. The coloring must not cover more than one-third of the dogs coat. Coloring below the hocks and elbows may not be yellow. Colored markings on a dog must not be in poor taste and cannot contain profanity or conflict with a sponsor of a trial. It is the responsibility of the judge to decide if the coloring is acceptable. This is a pilot program and will be reassessed by the Agility Department after approximately one year.


Recently AKC’s Board of Directors approved the following changes to AKC’s Agility Regulations which will affect how entries are taken.

An exhibitor will be allowed to enter their dog in a mixture of Regular and Preferred classes within the same trial day/trial weekend (for example, Master Preferred STD/JWW and Regular Master FAST & T2B).
An exhibitor will be allowed to enter their dog in a mixture of Jump Heights within the same trial day/trial weekend (for example, 20-inch Master STD/JWW and 24C Premier STD & Premier JWW).

The effective date has been clarified from what was initially approved and published in the Board minutes. These changes shall be for trials occurring on/after Wednesday, January 1, 2020.


Sally Wuornos A fun memory for me to share: Years ago I thought I had put a CD on Ch Sonbar's Bicarbonate, CD. Finally called AKC. I had put 2 legs under the same judge, so needed another. So I entered this 10 year old girl to get that last leg. Sits and downs were between to young Viszlas. They were eyeing each other up and looking to play. Fizz looked at one of them, gave it the old snake eyes. Then looked at the other one, did the same thing. They each rocked back on their butts and didn't look at each other (over Fizz) the entire sit and down. Just amazing what she could do with just a look! And she did get that last leg to her CD that day.

Jackie Dering Basenji girls rule.

Diana McCarty my fav obedience event was Bohda in utility spitting out the wrong article to you on purpose for punishing you for crating him while you stewarded.....followed closely by the Bohda jump fest at a national...

Karla Schreiber Bote was so much fun to watch!

Sally Wuornos He sure had fun applying the basenji rules to obedience

Laura Gilchrist LOL my first Basenji would give the stink eye stare and make the dogs on either side of him break. He was bad. No one ever figured this out but me.

Susan Marsicano Bobbi Abelson told me this story of Rip on the long stay. She said it was at Taconic Hills, and the pheasants were running in the woods, and she said that one by one the bird dogs, then the working dogs, then all but basenji Rip, got up and went hunting. AM CAN Ch Rose-Bay's Gay Blade AM CAN CD SDHR. Born May 1964.

Susan Marsicano My first basenji, Blush, in the long down at Meadowlands, got up from her down to watch the horses on the track. Judge said, "Go quickly and quietly and get the basenji".

Blush in 1973

Karla Schreiber Quickly and quietly indeed!

Susan Marsicano We were on a second floor mezzanine with glass between us and the track.

Susan Marsicano Judges were afraid of basenjis in the 70s (as I see they are, very sadly, again). Blush would have qualified at Saw Mill that year, but the judge was afraid to touch her for the stand for exam. Afterwards the judge apologized, telling me that she had been told that the basenji would "nail" her. This came to mind in recent years when I could smell the fear in the breed ring, with judges afraid to approach the table.

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