Congratulations to FLYNN for taking the ultimate prize at Westminster 2018! Only the second Bichon Frise to achieve Best In Show since JR did it in 2001.
Also, special congratulations to his breeders, Lorrie Carlton and Larry Letsche for their years of hard work, and to Bill McFadden who expertly handled Flynn along this wonderful journey.
Photos courtesy of the Westminster Kennel Club and Karsten Moran for The New York Times.
Ed Fair 1934-2018
Today we learned that another long time Bichon Frise fancier/breeder/exhibitor has left us. Ed Fair passed away of a ruptured aortic aneurism. He was 83.
Ed had been a long time exhibitor in the dog show world starting out with Great Danes in the 1950’s. His Kennel name was Casa de Azul in Orange, California. During the past several years, Ed and his wife, Sandy, have been breeding Bichons and within the past five years began showing them. They have been in the show ring with the Kennel name Fairspride and have been mentored by Joe and Dorinne Waterman.
Ed’s favorite part of the breeding process was the whelping of the puppies. He absolutely loved bringing the baby puppies into the world and getting them started with a healthy and happy life. It was amazing to watch him at work with all of the equipment imaginable at hand, as he was truly a pro and very talented.
Ed taught a weekly handling class for conformation to help others get their special four legged friends to be the best they could be in the ring. He loved helping everyone, especially the dogs. He loved every dog he met no matter what the breed. He almost always knew the breed of every dog he saw—a true dog lover!
He was one of a kind and will be genuinely missed by everyone who knew him.
Congratulations to SKY, the newest Hollyhock Bichon to attain his Champion title. Hollyhock Skywalker “Sky” was awarded his first major the first day he went in the show ring at 10 months old. He came home 3 months later finishing his Champion title with all his points from the puppy classes. Thank you Ryan Wolfe and Lisa Bettis for taking this young boy on his initial journey into AKC competition. As a bonus, Sky brought home a few Grand Champion points and will be pursuing his GCH and International titles in 2018.
Deb Gibb and Linda Rowe
Barbara Chappell 1929-2018
Barbara Chappell, a long time Bichon Frise fancier and frequent exhibior, passed away today of heart failure. She was 89 years old.
Coming west from New England in the early 50’s, Barbara started her show days handling her own standard poodles. In the early 80’s she discovered the Bichon Frise and was introduced to Kathie Vogel, Mayree Butler, and Danielle Ardagna who became her early mentors. Soon after that Jim Lockwood and Alison Hardy were her local sounding boards. Barbara then turned her experience and insight into becoming a mentor for others interested in the breed.
Barbara’s breeding program involved some of the earliest lines and her kennel name was Taywyn. I’m sure many of you will recognize her line in pedigrees of dogs still in the show ring today.
Her petite, positive, energetic personality and big smile were most evident when you’d see her around the show ring. Win or lose, Barbara was happy to be at the shows surrounded by other Bichon fanciers. She absolutely loved the breed and was always happy to share her insight and experience. For many that came after her, she was more than a mentor and ambassador for the breed. She was someone whom everyone called their friend.