Pet Tales: WPKA show welcomes a champion and crowns its own canine royalty, too


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Her owners call her Fifi, a name often given to poodles and other fluffy little dogs. But this Fifi is a big black-and-tan Doberman pinscher, known as Grand Champion Protocol's VeniVidiVici on the dog show circuit, where she is canine royalty.

Spectators in the Monroeville Convention Center were abuzz last Saturday with the news that Fifi was in the house. She won the working group at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club show in February. On the American Kennel Club show circuit, Fifi is the No. 1 Doberman pinscher, the No. 1 dog in the Working Group and the No. 1 show dog in the country. Rankings are based on the number of dogs a show dog beats in competition.

So when Fifi, 3, won Best in Show at the Western Pennsylvania Kennel Club on Saturday, it wasn't a big surprise, but it was a surprisingly popular win. Fifi is special because she is one of the increasingly rare top dogs whose breeder, owner and handler are the same person.

For Jocelyn Mullins of Dublin, Ohio, this was the 29th time that she had handled her dog to a Best in Show win.

"This is the best dog ever," said Mrs. Mullins, "but she's a dog, first," spending most of her days with her family at home, where Fifi's favorite pastimes are playing fetch and learning tricks. As she posed for a photographer, Fifi showed off tricks that would be frowned upon in the show ring -- shaking hands and bowing, lowering her head and belly to the ground.

The dog's co-owners are Ken Mullins, Jocelyn's husband, and Dick and Suzy Lundy of Oregonia, Ohio.

Fifi won the working group again on Sunday, but Best in Show went to a French bulldog, Champion Fablehaft Robobull Johnny Cash, owned by Ken and Lucy Parshauer and James Dalton of Columbus, Ohio. The 11-month-old male was bred by Mr. Dalton, Stephen Miller and Robert Smith.

There are many winners at a dog show, and another breeder-owner-handler had a big day Saturday with the 2-year-old Chinese crested she calls Latte. Champion Gala Shop Til You Drop Earlylite won Best of Breed, which earned her and Gloria Parise of Mingo Junction, Ohio, a trip to the big ring for the Toy Group competition.

I sat in the spectator section with Ms. Parise and other Chinese crested owners, who explained the appeal of their unusual breed. Most of Latte's body is hairless, with bright pink skin. She has long white hair on her head, ears, tail and ankles.

The 10- to 11-pound dogs are sturdier than they look though they might need a sweater to go outside in cold weather, said Ms. Parise, who used to own Chihuahuas but switched to Chinese crested in 1999.

"They are cuddly. They are clownish. They will keep you smiling," Ms. Parise said. Chinese crested are athletic, doing well in agility competitions. They're generally good with children "and are just a great family pet."

"She's not going to win anything," Ms. Parise said, as they went into the ring. "Sometimes she's 'on' and sometimes she's not." But Latte pranced and posed perfectly, pleasing the judge who awarded her the fourth-place rosette. It was Latte's first win in group judging.

Vendors provide a great side-show at dog shows. I bought fudge and chocolate turtles at Pittsburgh Goodies Chocolate & Fudge Artisans. The Braddock-based company doesn't have a storefront, so to get more of their wares I'll have to look for their booths at other events.

For our cocker spaniel, Pablo, I bought nothing at all, though he loves toys, and vendors were selling wonderful things. Instead I headed toward the booth of Wholesome Pet Distributing from Orville, Ohio, where there was always a steady stream of customers.

Sales representative Madalyn Matthew was handing out free samples. She gave me two small bags of California Natural in formulas you'd never find in a grocery store: grain-free kangaroo and red lentils, and grain-free venison meal. Pablo is thrilled.

Free eye exams

The American College of Veterinary Opthalmologists is launching the fifth annual ACVO/Merial National Service Dog Eye Exam Event, with sign-ups this month and exams next month. Exams are for dogs that lead the blind or assist the handicapped, as well as detection dogs and search and rescue dogs.

Go to www.ACVOeyeexam.org to register and make an appointment with a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist. Three vets from Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center in Ohio Township are participating. Last year, more than 4,200 vets examined more than 4,000 service animals in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.

Pet photo contest

A photograph and a $6 donation will benefit the Beaver County Humane Society. People will pay 50 cents per vote to pick the winner of The People's Choice Pet Photo Contest.

Only one photo of each pet can be entered. Each picture can be no bigger than 4 by 6 inches, and professional photos will not be accepted. Mail entries by the May 9 deadline to The Beaver County Humane Society, Box 63, Monaca, PA 15061.

Votes will be cast at the Beaver Valley Mall, Center Township, May 10-12. A Pet Expo on May 12 will include a fashion show with human models accompanied by shelter dogs and cats. Last year, all 10 canine and feline models were adopted.

Her owners call her Fifi, a name often given to poodles and other fluffy little dogs. But this Fifi is a big black-and-tan Doberman pinscher, known as Grand Champion Protocol's VeniVidiVici on the dog show circuit, where she is canine royalty.

Spectators in the Monroeville Convention Center were abuzz last Saturday with the news that Fifi was in the house. She won the working group at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club show in February. On the American Kennel Club show circuit, Fifi is the No. 1 Doberman pinscher, the No. 1 dog in the Working Group and the No. 1 show dog in the country. Rankings are based on the number of dogs a show dog beats in competition.

So when 3-year-old Fifi won Best in Show at the Western Pennsylvania Kennel Club on Saturday, it wasn't a big surprise, but it was a surprisingly popular win. Fifi is special because she is one of the increasingly rare top dogs whose breeder, owner and handler are the same person.

For Jocelyn Mullins of Dublin, Ohio, this was the 29th time that she had handled her dog to a Best in Show win.

"This is the best dog ever," said Mrs. Mullins, "but she's a dog, first," spending most of her days with her family at home, where Fifi's favorite pastimes are playing fetch and learning tricks. As she posed for a photographer, Fifi showed off tricks that would be frowned upon in the show ring -- shaking hands and bowing, lowering her head and belly to the ground.

The dog's co-owners are Ken Mullins, Jocelyn's husband, and Dick and Suzy Lundy of Oregonia, Ohio.

Fifi won the working group again on Sunday, but Best in Show went to a French bulldog, Champion Fablehaft Robobull Johnny Cash, owned by Ken and Lucy Parshauer and James Dalton of Columbus, Ohio. The 11-month-old male was bred by Mr. Dalton, Stephen Miller and Robert Smith.

There are many winners at a dog show, and another breeder-owner-handler had a big day Saturday with the 2-year-old Chinese crested she calls Latte. Champion Gala Shop Til You Drop Earlylite won Best of Breed, which earned her and Gloria Parise of Mingo Junction, Ohio, a trip to the big ring for the Toy Group competition.

I sat in the spectator section with Ms. Parise and other Chinese crested owners, who explained the appeal of their unusual breed. Most of Latte's body is hairless, with bright pink skin. She has long white hair on her head, ears, tail and ankles.

The 10- to 11-pound dogs are sturdier than they look, although they might need a sweater to go outside in cold weather, said Ms. Parise, who used to own Chihuahuas but switched to Chinese crested in 1999.

"They are cuddly. They are clownish. They will keep you smiling," Ms. Parise said. Chinese crested are athletic, doing well in agility competitions. They're generally good with children "and are just a great family pet."

"She's not going to win anything," Ms. Parise said, as they went into the ring. "Sometimes she's 'on' and sometimes she's not." But Latte pranced and posed perfectly, pleasing the judge who awarded her the fourth-place rosette. It was Latte's first win in group judging.

Vendors provide a great side-show at dog shows. I bought fudge and chocolate turtles at Pittsburgh Goodies Chocolate & Fudge Artisans. The Braddock-based company doesn't have a storefront, so to get more of their wares I'll have to look for their booths at other events.

For our cocker spaniel, Pablo, I bought nothing at all, although he loves toys, and vendors were selling wonderful things. Instead I headed toward the booth of Wholesome Pet Distributing from Orville, Ohio, where there was always a steady stream of customers.

Sales representative Madalyn Matthew was handing out free samples. She gave me two small bags of California Natural in formulas you'd never find in a grocery store: grain-free kangaroo and red lentils, and grain-free venison meal. Pablo is thrilled.

Free eye exams

The American College of Veterinary Opthalmologists is launching the fifth annual ACVO/Merial National Service Dog Eye Exam Event, with sign-ups this month and exams next month. Exams are for dogs that lead the blind or assist the handicapped, as well as detection dogs and search and rescue dogs.

Go to www.ACVOeyeexam.org to register and make an appointment with a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist. Three vets from Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center in Ohio Township are participating. Last year, more than 4,200 vets examined more than 4,000 service animals in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.

Pet photo contest

A photograph and a $6 donation will benefit the Beaver County Humane Society. People will pay 50 cents per vote to pick the winner of The People's Choice Pet Photo Contest.

Only one photo of each pet can be entered. Each picture can be no bigger than 4 by 6 inches, and professional photos will not be accepted. Mail entries by the May 9 deadline to The Beaver County Humane Society, Box 63, Monaca, PA 15061.

Votes will be cast at the Beaver Valley Mall, Center Township, May 10-12. A Pet Expo on May 12 will include a fashion show with human models accompanied by shelter dogs and cats. Last year, all 10 canine and feline models were adopted.

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Pet Tales appears weekly in the Saturday Home & Garden section. Linda Wilson Fuoco: lfuoco@post-gazette.com or 412-263-3064. Pet Tales appears weekly in the Saturday Home & Garden section. Linda Wilson Fuoco: lfuoco@post-gazette.com or 412-263-3064. First Published April 7, 2012 4:00 AM


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