Tracey Fishell passes

It is with fond memories and a sad heart we convey the passing of another one of our club members. On March 23, 2023, Tracey Fishell passed away peacefully, in his sleep at home with his wife Sandy by his side. Tracey had been boldly battling his lung illness for the last 10 years. Tracey had a passion for excitement (like racing cars) and a quick wit. An amazing storyteller, Tracey was well versed on just about any topic you’d care to discuss. He was just a fun and facinating guy. His quick wit and beaming smile will be sorely missed.

Please join us this summer at our June 17th Specialty to celebrate the lives of Tracey Fishell and Mary Ellen Mills.

Mary Ellen Mills

Mary Ellen passed away on Saturday, February 25, 2023, the day of our Winter Specialty. Remembering back in time, we truly enjoyed the shows at Bates Nut Farm in June, where Mary Ellen was often seen riding on a golf cart with her husband Gene and sporting a beautiful summer hat. She was also spotted sitting behind the Show Chair table answering questions, selling catalogs and greeting the exhibitors with her beaming and beautiful smile.

Please join us this summer at our June 17th Specialty to celebrate the lives of Mary Ellen Mills and Tracey Fishell.

Joe Waterman

3/8/1932 – 5/30/2020

The fancy has lost an icon, Joe Waterman died in his sleep, May 30th, 2020.

Joe will always be remembered by Bichon breeders and exhibitors, along with Frank Sabella, for putting a pattern on that scraggly little white dog from France, the Bichon.

He also showed several Bichons that were Group and Best In Show winners. These dogs and Joe were responsible for the remarkable rise of the Bichon.

But most of all, Joe will be remembered for his ready smile, generosity, kindness and guidance to new breeders and exhibitors.

It will not be the same without Joe in the ring.

IntCH GCH CH Hollyhock SHE Returns "Holly" CH Hollyhock Go Figure "Jack" Hollyhock Jack and Holly, 2020 Best in Sweepstakes CH Hollyhock Go Figure "Jack" CH Hollyhock Go Figure "Jack" Hollyhock Madame Secretary "Jellybean"Congratulations to IntCH GCH CH Hollyhock SHE Returns “Holly” and her grandkids, CH Hollyhock Go Figure “Jack” and CH Hollyhock Madam Secretary “Jellybean” for their recent wins at the Bichon Frise Club Of San Diego’s annual Specialty Shows in Del Mar, California.

Holly was awarded Best Veteran in SweepstakesJack took home nice wins the first day, landing Best in Sweepstakes, then an Award of Merit and Best Of Breed Owner Handler.  The second day he got the Select Dog Major (and was second to the Bichon, George, who won BOB and was BOB at Westminster this year) and Best Bred By Exhibitor.  Not to be outdone, Carrie came all the way from Massachusetts with her girl Jellybean.  It was JB’s second weekend at a dog show and there were 14 class bitches to beat.  She brought home the Winner’s Bitch Major on Sunday and also took home BOB Owner Handler that day.  

Wow…what a nice weekend for this Hollyhock family!  What fun!

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Team Romeo headed to the AKC Nationals in Orlando Florida for a weekend of shows and visits with some of our extended Hollyhock family.   Pam and Dave Williams made the journey to Orlando from their home just outside of Atlanta Georgia and were instrumental in making sure we had all our equipment for the show.  They also documented our journey and took lots of the photos and videos.  We could not have done it without them!  Carrie and Dawn Abreu traveled all the way from Massachusetts with Peppermint and Jellybean and Peppermint and her owner/handler Carrie brought home the second place rosette for the Open Bitch class.  Andrea and Jamie Gardner came from Arkansas to see their youngster, CJ, make his debut in the show ring.  CJ and his handler, Jana Klein, were in town for the entire week and CJ placed better at each show he entered.  This little guy seems to like the show ring and should be a contender as he matures.  Romeo, groomed immaculately by Haemi Choi, brought home the Best Of Breed prize for the #1 Owner Handled Bichon Frise on Friday but fell short of getting a ribbon at the big show on Saturday.  With 41 bichons entered, it was still a great day watching some of the best bichons in the country.  We had a wonderful weekend with our extended families and their bichons and we hope to make this trip to Orlando an annual tradition!

Watch Romeo in Orlando, 2019 (duration 6:17).

CLICK HERE to see Romeo’s web page.

IntCH GCH CH Hollyhock Alfa Romeo IntCH GCH CH Hollyhock Alfa Romeo

He did it!  Congratulations to IntCH GCH CH Hollyhock Alfa Romeo “Romeo” for achieving the #1 Bichon Frise Owner Handler AKC ranking for 2019.  It would not have been possible without “Team Romeo”, including his wonderful owners, Tony and Anne Platt, his groomers, Lianne Bondurant and Haemi Choi, his handler and co-breeder, Deb Gibb and his co-breeder and ringside cheerleader, Linda Rowe…not to mention his remote fan club of Hollyhock families across the country. 

Romeo is going to be featured on the cover of the holiday issue of The Bichon Frise Reporter and will also have an inside spread thanking all the judges who made this possible, including an Owner Handler Best in Show and 26 Owner Handler group placements. 

If you don’t currently subscribe to The Bichon Frise Reporter, you can get your copy or subscribe by clicking the link.

CLICK HERE to see Romeo’s web page.

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Congratulations to IntCH GCH CH Hollyhock Alfa Romeo for his BEST IN SHOW Owner Handler award at the Malibu Kennel Club show. Thank you to judge Michael J. (Mickey) Feigelson for his Non-Sporting Group 1 Owner Handler placement and to judge Patricia A. Sosa for her BEST IN SHOW Owner Handler award. Romeo has received 18 Owner Handler group placements and is currently ranked #1 Owner Handler for Bichons for the 2019 season.

Amidst snow storms Coal is now:

Ch. Beaujolais”s Bright Reflection CGC, CGCA, CGCU. TKN, TKI, TKA

Receiving recognition from AKC as an “Achiever Dog” as Titling in 3 disciplines.

Next level (TKA) will be a miracle if achieved in Trick Dog!!!

WE DID IT ‘TKA’ so that is that…………time to move on.



Two titles one fun day!   
First Best In Show!
Oliver moves up in titles:
National Champion 
Honors Champion
Ontario California
The International Sieger Dog Show!
Oliver wins:
The Gold Cup
Best of the Best  4 judges
GCH CH IntCH NatlCH HnrCH SHE Bichons Oliver Norse.

In order to qualify 9 top rated scores were needed from 9 different judges, two being an  International.



GCH CH Karmel’s Life of Riley wins Best of Breed both days at the Silver Bay shows after having taken a one year hiatus!!  He thoroughly enjoyed being shown again by Jenny and Christian Rangel!

Blade is currently ranked #8 Bichon.
He is ranked #3 Bichon for Grand Champion points earned in 2018.
He is on the brink to go GCHS in 2018.
George and I are very proud of our boy.  Many thanks to Oscar for all of his hard work showing him to the max.
Blade will be 25 months old the end of November.  We are looking forward to a successful 2019.
Wish all of you a grand holiday season!

Barbara Stubbs

It is with great sadness that we convey that Barbara Stubbs, a long time Bichon Frise fancier passed away on November 24th, 2018.  She was 89 years old.

Barbara was instrumental in having the Bichon Frise recognized by the AKC and in the formation of the Bichon Frise Club of America and the Bichon Frise Club of San Diego. She also authored one of the definitive works on the breed, The Complete Bichon Frise.

While it is true there were other breeders who came before her, there were none who had the right combination of knowledge and connections to bring this “little white dog” to the attention of those who could advance it to becoming a breed recognized by the American Kennel Club and eligible to compete at all breed events.

We who call San Diego our home are fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn from this remarkable lady and to have enjoyed the pleasure of her company. Barbara bred and showed bichons under the prefix CHAMINADE. Two of her more well known bichons were Chaminade Mr. Beau Monde “Christopher” and Chaminade Le Blanc Chamour “Beemer”.

Were it not for Barbara’s style and panache it is doubtful we would be about to celebrate the Bichon Frise Club of San Diego’s 50th specialty show, or for that matter the Bichon Frise. The Bichon Frise Club of San Diego will dedicate their Golden Jubilee specialty shows on February 22, 2019 to Barbara.

It will not be the same without her, but we are forever grateful for having had the opportunity to know her, love her and learn from her.

Received a New Title!

It was a beautiful day in Tucson, Arizona
November 9, 2018 Oliver Norse

GCh Int Ch SHE Bichons Oliver Norse

Oliver was shown by: Jenny Listug
Exclusively through all his titles!

He ended the year representing the Bichon Frise
as #4 National Owner Handled
Bichon Frise!
He is 60 GCh points from his Bronze!




IntCH CH SHE Bichons Oliver Norse
Handled by: Jenny Listug
It was a beautiful day at The Prada Regional Park!
Saturday, October 6, 2018
Oliver Norse attended the 3 required shows.
Two of the shows were judged by International Judges!
After receiving perfect marks in each category, by 3 different judges, Oliver was awarded IntCh title to his name!
Congratulations Oliver



Congratulations to Hollyhock’s Alfa Romeo “Romeo” for completing his AKC Champion title. Romeo just turned 13 months old and it’s clear that he enjoys going to dog shows and strutting his stuff in the show ring. Deb Gibb and Linda Rowe hope to convince his proud owners, Anne and Tony Platt to let them continue showing him for his Grand Champion and International Champion titles when the opportunities arise.  Romeo may also pursue his Owner Handler ranking in 2019.  In 2018 he ranked #16 for Owner Handled Bichons.