Maryland dogs show well at all-breed competition

Pausing with pets

April 24, 1991|By Ellen Hawks | Ellen Hawks,Evening Sun Staff

MARYLAND DOGS made a good showing in breed competitions Sunday when more than 8,000 spectators watched an entry of 3,260 dogs and their handlers compete in the Baltimore County Kennel Club's 55th all-breed dog show and obedience trials held in the Cow Palace at the State Fairgrounds in Timonium.

Better than one-quarter of the entries were Maryland dogs, and the remainder were from all over the World.

Best in Show was a saucy wire fox terrier, Champion Registry's Lonesome Dove, owned by Marion W. and Samuel B. Lawrence of Orlando, Fla. He was chosen from the seven group winners by Best in Show Judge Michele L. Billings from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

In group competitions, several Maryland dogs took wins.

No. 1 in the Herding group was Champion Whisperwoods War Lord, an Old English sheep dog owned by Joyce Wetzler of Reisterstown. Called Cameron, the 4-year-old has had several group wins this year and also took a Best in Breed at the Westminster Kennel Club show in New York in February. Cameron lives with the Wetzlers and is co-owned by Catherine Cargo from Virginia.

A Borzois, Ch. Astafiev Free Spirit, owned by Lisa Miller, Harold Miller and Betty Denman from Mechanicsville, Md., was second in the Hound group. And in the Toy group, there were two Maryland wins.

A Chinese Crested, Dar-Walk's Szechuan of Gipez, owned and shown by Patricia Owens of Baltimore, took a second, and a toy poodle, Ch. First Class Hellsablazen Ideal, owned by Frances Rubinich and Freddy Schloss from Indian Head, Md., took third.

Of the seven group winners, Cameron was the only competitor for Best in Show.

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Meet the keepers at the Baltimore Zoo Saturday when zoo visitors can greet the individuals responsible for the daily care of the animals.

''Keeper Appreciation Day'' was established to recognize and thank the 46 mammal, bird and reptile keepers who perform such tasks as preparing diets, maintenance of exhibits, observation of behavior, administering medication and other management activities.

Educational lectures entitled ''A Day in the Life of a Keeper,'' and ''What Do the Animals Eat?'' will be presented in the Meeting Barn from noon to 2 p.m., followed by question and answer sessions with keepers.

Visitors will also be able to sign a tremendous thank you card for the keepers, designed and constructed by students at the Gilman School. The card will be on display in the gift shop at the Polar Bear Square this week.

Baltimore Zoo keepers are required to have a Bachelor of rTC Science degree in biology or related field, and one to two years non-pet animal experience.

The zoo is open every day from 10 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. Admission is $6.50 for adults, $3.50 for seniors and children ages 2 through 15; children under 2 free.

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Get ready for a sizable gathering of greyhounds and their owners. The Greyhound Pets of America invites everyone, including greyhound owners and prospective owners, to Oregon Ridge Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 5. ''We are expecting at least 150 greyhounds and their owners and hope for more,'' says Betty Rosen, who heads the group here and says some 800 dogs have been placed in homes the last five years. The event is free and under cover, so it will be held rain or shine. Also, there will be "adoptable" greyhounds on hand. For details call Rosen at 252-7555.

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