Posts with tag Ric Chashoudian


Are You a ‘Groupie’?

When I first began going to dog shows in the early 1980s, I’d spend some of my weekends with friends who’d get together to build majors in our rare breed. Just about the only place to find a major in Irish Water Spaniels – then as now – was to go Winners at a specialty… read more


Bo Bengtson Joins Best In Show Daily

In the American dog show scene today only a handful of people can be classified among its most elite journalists. Indeed I count fewer than a half-dozen who can lay claim to that title, and one of them stands above even his closest peers. Bo Bengtson’s longevity and experience, coupled with an unwavering passion for… read more

Wood Wornall enjoys a carefree moment with family and friends before Group judging at the 2012 Montgomery County Kennel Club show in Blue Bell, Pa.: From left are Christian Rangel, Jenny Rangel, Wood, Suzie Schafer and Andrew Peel. Photo by Kayla Bertagnolli.

Say Hello to Wood Wornall

The list of champions that professional handler Wood Wornall has piloted to record-breaking wins includes some of the most notable names of the late 20th century. ‘Snooty,’ ‘Billy’ and ‘Mick’ are just three of the names that he helped make famous throughout his 42-year career in dogs. Wood’s resume consists of hundreds of Best in… read more

Christi McDonald

Fancy That: Foreign Influence and Class Dogs in Pinehurst, N.C.

I’m reporting today on shows that were fairly close to home for me. Two all-breed shows were held in Pinehurst, N.C., at the Pinehurst Harness Track on Saturday and Sunday, September 15 and 16, 2012, following the Carolina Terrier show on Friday. Although of course it takes an army to run any dog show, the… read more

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Say Hello to Ernesto Lara

Ernesto Lara’s journey toward becoming an all-breed professional handler began with an act of valor. While visiting an aunt in his hometown of Mexico City, the quiet 13-year-old overcame his fear of dogs in an instant by preventing a fight between the woman’s Airedale Terrier and another dog. “I didn’t think about it,” Ernesto says,… read more

Bobbie Fakkema’s Passions – Great Dogs, Great Events

By Linda Hubbard Gulker Willows resident Bobbie Fakkema admits to being competitive, a trait that serves her well in both her vocation as caterer/event planner and avocation owning Airedale champion show dogs. She was first introduced to terriers in 1970 when she attended a Golden Gate Kennel Club show. “I went looking for a dog… read more

Christi McDonald

In Memory of Ric Chashoudian

Richard M. Chashoudian, professional handler, breeder, mentor, judge, writer and sculptor, passed away on Sept. 19, 2011, at the age of 80. Born in 1931, Ric got his first Airedale Terrier when he was just 12 years old. Registered Ric’s Lucky Boy, the Airedale and his young owner earned a CD title in obedience and… read more