George

Portrait by Derek Glas

By George!

GCH Shaireab's Bayleigh Enough Said, Story By Denise Y.

Geoff and I had our eyes on Shaireab’s Bayleigh Welsh Terriers for several years. We weren’t necessarily thinking conformation to start, although I participated many years ago with my Champion Stone Ridge Airedale, and we love going to dog shows, especially Westminster every year. We revere Montgomery. Clearly, thought bubbles lingered in our minds.

When it finally came time to enquire in earnest, we were immediately smitten with a one-year-old we just had to have. We weren’t the only ones, however, who wanted the handsome young Welshman. Others came calling before us. Wonderful, we thought, a challenge! Not the least deterred, we executed our intricate plan that we could only hope would unfold over the coming months. The 6 P’s are a family motto after all.

We persistently called Keith Bailey each week on precisely the day and at exactly the time she suggested. We had long interesting conversations getting to know one another. The eventual result: we were regarded a great fit; we hired Tracy Szaras as our professional handler; and George was soon presented in the ring winning purple and blue ribbons under Judge Betty-Anne Stenmark (who, by the way, judged Best in Show at Westminster 2018). We thought: George’s registered name is quite possibly the very symbol of his destiny to shine.

Best of Winners under Judge Betty-Anne Stenmark, Louisville Kennel Club 2017
Best of Winners and First Major under Judge Patricia Anne Keenan, Old Dominion Kennel Club 2017

“Enough Said?”

Wonderful friendships blossomed as we flew around the country meeting up with Keith Bailey and Sharon Abmeyer at Westminster 2017, and then Nashville, Sacramento, and Timonium, Maryland for the Terrier Specialties, where George won his first major under Judge Patricia Anne Keenan.

What fun we had! George won numerous ribbons and rosettes, and we met interesting enthusiasts across the spectrum of the fancy. We sat ringside cheering them all on, even our competitors, because good sportsmanship is indeed right and noble.

“Enough Said?”

Wonderful friendships blossomed as we flew around the country meeting up with Keith Bailey and Sharon Abmeyer at Westminster 2017, and then Nashville, Sacramento, and Timonium, Maryland for the Terrier Specialties, where George won his first major under Judge Patricia Anne Keenan.

What fun we had! George won numerous ribbons and rosettes, and we met interesting enthusiasts across the spectrum of the fancy. We sat ringside cheering them all on, even our competitors, because good sportsmanship is indeed right and noble.

Best of Winners and First Major under Judge Patricia Anne Keenan, Old Dominion Kennel Club 2017

Who doesn’t love Welsh Terriers and appreciate the best in all breeds? Plus, we know all too well there is no predicting a dog show. We must celebrate each other’s victories.

We also ate our way silly at delicious foodie places in every city ventured. Top off our “sundae” with the breeding of George and Etta (Ch Bayleigh Shaireab’s At Last), producing six darling grand puppies in May, and we were quite simply in WT heaven! George’s legacy continues into happy homes in Florida, Montana, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

Six grand puppies, Etta x George, May 2017
Best of Winners and New Champion under Judge Peter J. Green, Montgomery Kennel Club 2017

“Enough Said?”

A summer and early fall of heavy-duty physical labor (my planned back-to-back total hip replacements), and a glitch in the plan (Geoff accidentally severing his left quadriceps tendon) kept us busy with pre-hab, surgeries, and rehab. We took a break from the ring for George to mature, got thru two of our combined three surgeries, and then held our breath going into Pennsylvania. George with Tracy (and her spouse and partner Luiz Abreu) did not disappoint. George completed his championship by winning Best of Winners at the Montgomery County Kennel Club National Specialty Show under the esteemed Terrier breeder and Welshman, Judge Peter J. Green. We were ecstatic!

“Enough Said?”

A summer and early fall of heavy-duty physical labor (my planned back-to-back total hip replacements), and a glitch in the plan (Geoff accidentally severing his left quadriceps tendon) kept us busy with pre-hab, surgeries, and rehab. We took a break from the ring for George to mature, got thru two of our combined three surgeries, and then held our breath going into Pennsylvania. George with Tracy (and her spouse and partner Luiz Abreu) did not disappoint. George completed his championship by winning Best of Winners at the Montgomery County Kennel Club National Specialty Show under the esteemed Terrier breeder and Welshman, Judge Peter J. Green. We were ecstatic!

Best of Winners and New Champion under Judge Peter J. Green, Montgomery Kennel Club 2017

“Enough Said?”

With my second total hip replacement scheduled the Friday after Montgomery, we learned truly the meaning of ‘patience is a virtue’ is not understated. We longed for George to be with us, but it was essential that we wait for our sometimes irrationally exuberant bundle of joy to come home only after Geoff and I were safely rehabilitated from surgery. Why not let him shine a bit more? Trips to Georgia in November, the AKC National Championship in December, followed by the Florida circuit in January, and George was awarded Best of Breed and his Grand Championship under Judge Julie Felten. We treasure the achievement, because George now follows in the paw prints of his grandfather Spyder (GCH Bayleigh Shaireab’s Super Hero), the very first Welsh Terrier Grand Champion.

Grand Champion Select under Judge Rosemary Shoreman, Westminter Kennel Club 2018

“Enough Said?”

Westminster, ho! It was now only a month away from our total year under the sun, and we decided it would be fitting the end of our conformation journey should come full circle at the place where we beheld the breed standard in glory and cultivated our dream of loving our very own Welsh Terrier. We reprised our previous year’s attendance with Keith and Sharon, only this time their special Khaleesi (GCHG Shaireab’s Bayleigh Daenerys Stormborn), America’s #1 Terrier, won Best of Breed and George was awarded Grand Champion Select under Judge Rosemary Shoreman. What a thrill to share in the excitement with George’s breeders, and to be holding another beautiful rosette, this time from the world’s greatest dog show!

“Enough Said?”

Westminster, ho! It was now only a month away from our total year under the sun, and we decided it would be fitting the end of our conformation journey should come full circle at the place where we beheld the breed standard in glory and cultivated our dream of loving our very own Welsh Terrier. We reprised our previous year’s attendance with Keith and Sharon, only this time their special Khaleesi (GCHG Shaireab’s Bayleigh Daenerys Stormborn), America’s #1 Terrier, won Best of Breed and George was awarded Grand Champion Select under Judge Rosemary Shoreman. What a thrill to share in the excitement with George’s breeders, and to be holding another beautiful rosette, this time from the world’s greatest dog show!

Grand Champion Select under Judge Rosemary Shoreman, Westminter Kennel Club 2018

“Enough Said?”

Getting ready for George’s homecoming has been a months-long process. No surprise given our penchant for planning. Along our ride, we met another fabulous mentor. If you haven’t yet, you absolutely must read about Emma Kesler and her stories on the website MilesandEmma.com. Miles is the very handsome, very fit, award-winning Welsh Terrier with personality plus. Coincidentally, Miles is George’s great granduncle, but we think it no coincidence the reflection of quality breeding in both George and Miles as compatriot Bayleigh Welsh Terriers.

“Enough Said?”

A certified trainer and inspirational agility competitor on Team Emma and Miles, Emma Kesler is the best there is to train any dog, but especially a Terrier, and most certainly, a Welsh Terrier. Her dedication to understanding a dog’s mind, not to forget the particulars of the Welsh Terrier type and temperament, and her experiences over almost nine years with Miles make her invaluable to someone who wants to relish to the fullest the attributes of the Welsh Terrier. We worked together on long-distance telephone planning prior to George’s arrival home, and now use distance phone/video for his basic training that includes one mind work and canine conditioning to prepare for the potential of yet another adventure with George—agility.

“Enough Said?”

Portrait by Derek Glas

George’s semen is frozen with the International Canine Semen Bank; his laboratory report and Canine Genetic Health Certificate certified normal and clear. We think it is inevitable he sires a few more litters. If you are interested in breeding your Welsh Terrier with George, please contact Keith Bailey and she will get in contact with us. More beautiful, healthy puppies will be joyful news indeed!

“Enough Said?”

Geoff and I thank most sincerely all of the judges for the many awards bestowed on George, especially Mrs. Julie Felten, Mr. Peter J. Green, Ms. Patricia Anne Keenan, Mr. Richard W. Powell, Mr. James G. Reynolds, Mrs. Rosemary Shoreman, and Mrs. Betty-Anne Stenmark, all of whom had especially nice things to say about George.

Best of Opposite under Judge Richard W. Powell, Sacramento Kennel Club 2017

We thank Tracy Szaras for her expert conditioning and presentation of George. We think she is the top Terrier groomer in America. George always looks perfect and ready for lights, camera, and action.

We thank Sharon Abmeyer for allowing us to love her last dog under the Shaireab’s Bayleigh kennel name.

We thank, specially, Keith Bailey for her counsel, tutoring, and dear friendship.

We hold Bayleigh Welsh Terriers in the highest regard, and finally, by George, we have our own!

“Enough Said?”

 

Stay tuned for forthcoming stories!