The Canaan Dog Club of America

AKC Parent Club of the Breed

2004 CDCA National Specialty

(photo by Chris Miller)

Message from the Chairperson

I would like to congratulate all the winners both at the Speciality and at the Middleburg Breed Show, those that finished their titles and those that did well on the Herding Instinct test. I want to especially thank all those Canaan Dog people (and of course the 60 Canaan Dogs entered) who came and made the Speciality a success.

I want to mention that the Speciality could not have been a success without:

Carol O'Bryan & Cindy Grupp donating the fabulous wine for the Hospitality and Banquet events.

Sandy Dudley who spent hours working with me and selected the outstanding food for Hospitality -- I personnally couldn't get past the shrimp platter. Sandy also was Show Secretary and arrived at 5am to help set up and stayed and worked all day.

Chuck Dudley who also arrived at 5am and helped set up and then stood outside in the nasty weather and stretched the parking lot ensuring that all the cars & Rv's had a place to park.

Also Margo Milde (who is thinking about getting a CD) and Meir Ben-Dror, both who also arrived at 5am to setup and then stayed afterward to takedown and reset all the equipment.

I also want to thank the many, many CDCA members who did stay and helped clean up and reset the equipment.

Jennie Larkin who helped me keep the Speciality on schedule.

Craig Oskow who MC'ed the CDCA Auction at the Banquet and raised $1,700. Also to all the donors to the Auction, with practical, creative & fun items.

All 70 attendees at the Banquet who made the Banquet a fun time.

Sylvia Gersman who came at 5am, worked all day and managed to work the CDCA Auction keeping track of who bid for what and who paid.

Chris Miller for putting together the party favors for the Banquet.

Amanda Pough & Judy Rosenthal for selecting and bringing the nicest set of Trophies, hand-crafted woodbury pewter, I have ever seen at a CDCA Speciality. Even the agility game winners received a gorgeous pewter cup with the CDCA logo.

Denise Gordon for arranging and managing the Herding Instinct Test on Sunday where, I believe 33 Canaan Dogs participated.

I want to thank all the Judges, especially Myrna Shiboleth who traveled from Israel, judged the Sweeps and then gave a critique of what she saw.

I want to apologize if I omitted anyone (and I'm sure I have) who helped contribute to making this Speciality the best yet!

I am already looking forward to being in Rochester, MN, for the 2005 CDCA Speciality.

Alan Gersman

The awards table at the 2004 CDCA National Specialty
(courtesy Ashbey Photography)


2003 Dog of the Year: Ch. Barak me Shaar Hagai.
2003 Member of the Year: Alan Gersman.

(Unofficial results reported by members. Please submit corrections or additional awards to John Relph.)

Best of Breed
CH JEALOU'S GOT MILK O'MADRIVER, "Emmitt". DN 02331901. 07-10-02
By Ch JeaLou's Ebony Max O'MadRiver - Ch Mad River Anya De Jealou. Dog.
Owner: Carol O'Bryan, Sally Armstrong-Barnhardt & Cynthia Grupp, Sebastopol, CA 95472. Breeder: Carol O'Bryan & Cynthia Grupp. (Andy Linton, Agent).
Best of Opposite Sex
CH RIVERROC THREE SUNRISES LYCEUM, "Marley". DN 03162101. 03-03-03
By Ch Ha'Aretz Pei Mishacam - Ch DaySpring Beriah Ha'Aretz CD. Bitch.
Owner: Renee Donaher Kent & Evan Jackowitz Kent, Charlestown, RI 02813. Breeder: Christina Miller & Merry Carol Houchard.
Winners Dog
CHERRYSH WINGS OF AN ANGEL, "Gabe". DN 05280501. 11-24-03
By Ch Cherrysh The Vision Of Ezekiel - Ch Cherrysh My Charming Delilah.
Owner: Cheryl Hennings & Susan Hein, Denver, IA 50622. Breeder: Jerry Hennings.
Winners Bitch
MAZEL TOV LILA BAT BARAK, "Lila". DN 05255702. 11-29-03
By Ch Barak Me Shaar Hagai - Ch Mazel Tov Naftalia.
Owner: Alan Gantt & Catherine Oskow, Fullerton, CA 928321507. Breeder: Catherine Oskow & Aviva Oskow. (Martin Andrew Cabral, Agent).
Award of Merit
    Owner: Bryna Comsky. Breeders: Christie Collins, Jerry Collins, and Bryna Comsky.
    Owner: Robin Prince Renteria. Breeder: Cynthia Grupp.
  3. CH MAZEL TOV MYSTERY GIRL. DL 88277305. 05-05-01
    By Ch Pleasant Hill Mazel - Ch Pleasant Hill Tovah. Bitch.
    Owner: Allan & Diane Gantt, Fullerton, CA 928321507. Breeder: Catherine Oskow.
  4. CH MAZEL TOV LEVI. DL 84091803. 06-01-00
    By Hadar Ha'Aretz Northern Snow - Ch Pleasant Hill Tovah. Dog.
    Owner: Kristina Bliss, Harrisonburg, VA 22801. Breeder: Catherine & Craig Oskow.
Best Veteran Dog
Ch. Mad River Tahoe Zephyr, "Jordie"
Owned by Robin Renteria, bred by Cynthia Grupp.
Best Veteran Bitch/ Best Veteran
Ch. Hadar Ha'Aretz Happy Paws, "Paws"
Owned by Bryna Comsky and Julie Collins, bred by Christie Collins.
Best Stud Dog
CH Ha'aretz Pei Mishacam, "Mishacam"
Owned by Bryna Comsky.
Best Brood Bitch
CH DaySpring Beraiah Ha'Aretz, "Raiah"
Owned by Christina Miller.
Best Bred By Exhibitor
Madriver Samara Desert Star Dawn, "Smudge"
Owned by Denise Gordon, Pamela Rosman and Cynthia Grupp, bred by Cynthia Grupp and Pamela Rosman.


Best in Puppy Sweepstakes
Cherrysh Wings of An Angel
Owned by Cheryl Hennings & Susan Hein.
Best of Opposite Sex in Puppy Sweepstakes
Cherrysh Sing Hallelujah
Owned and bred by Cheryl Hennings.
Best in Senior Sweeps
Pleasant Hill Billy Bob
Owned and bred by Donna Dodson.
Best of Opposite Sex in Senior Sweeps
Ch. Arayl's Rivi's Rumor, "Rivi"
Owned by Denise Gordon, bred by Liz Hebert.
Best in Veterans Sweeps
Dayspring Amos Anatoly, "Deke"
Owned by Annette Israel, bred by Parker Flowers.
Best of Opposite Sex in Veterans Sweeps
Ch. Cherrysh My Charming Delilah
Owned by Jerry Hennings, bred by Cheryl Hennings.


Best Jr. Handler
Noelle Renteria handling Ch Babrees Crystal Gale, owned by Noelle Renteria and Robin Prince Renteria.

“Gee Mom, can I see my ribbon?”
(Tycho at the Obedience Trial)


High in Obedience Trial went to Fuligin Ged Tycho CDX AX AXJ, "Tycho", owned by Jennie Larkin & John Relph, trained and handled by Jennie and bred by Donna Dodson. Tycho scored 190 in the Open Class B.
Also receiving a qualifing score from the Novice Class B was Ch. Arayl's Magic Springtime, owned by Norma Bennett Woolf & Tomas Woolf, trained and handled by Norma and bred by Liz Hebert, with a score of 172.

Pre-Novice Obedience

  1. Ch Babrees Crystal Gale (Roxy), bred by Jill & Ian Terry, by Ch Velikaya's Lahatutan and Babrees Bethea Batyam, Owned by Noelle and Robin Prince Renteria (Score 174)
  2. CH Hadar Ha'Aretz Tates Neshamele (Lucy), bred by Christie Collins, Jerry Collins, Bryna Comsky, by Ch.Shvatim Confidence and Ha'Aretz Gimel Wafi. Owned by Renee Kent & Evan Kent.
  3. CH Mad River Tahoe Zephyr (Jordy), bred by Cynthia Grupp. By Ch. Pleasant Hill Jordan & Ch Pleasant Hill Roxanne, owned by Robin Prince Renteria.


Agility game -
Individual - Trudi Kimm & Buzz, with an outstanding performance, scored 1,933 points and took first place. Keith Shank & Jake took second place with 1,310 points.
Team - The PH Specials took first place: Trudi Kimm & Buzz, Donna Dodson & Sondra, and Cheryl Shank & Gimmie.

Middleburg Kennel Club Show (Supported Entry) Results

[ Thanks to Renee Kent, Cynthia Grupp, Jennie Larkin, Cathi Oskow, Robin Renteria and Alan Gersman ]

2004 CDCA Herding Instinct Test Report

By Denise Gordon, Herding Chair

There was a record 33 Canaan Dogs entered in the 2004 CDCA National Specialty herding instinct test held at Keepstone Farm in Berryville, Virginia, on Sunday, October 24th. Two of those entered were For Exhibition Only--Eastlands Kaleb ha Pere, CDCA-HCX ("Kaleb") owned by Cynthia Dodson and David Golden, and Ch. Ze'ev Midbar ("Wolf") owned by Denise Gordon. The test evaluator was Susan Rhoades, owner of Keepstone Farm and an AKC and American Herding Breed Association (AHBA) judge. The weather tested the exhibitors with rain and cool temperatures and the test pen soon became an area of maintaining balance in the mud, but owners and dogs prevailed (there were also nearby water hoses to return muddy dogs back to their original color).

Of the 31 dogs eligible for titles or qualifying scores, 24 successfully passed the test, giving an 77.4% pass rate, which is one of the highest for a non-Border Collie breed! Of the 24 Canaans, 15 earned their CDCA Herding Certified (HC) title, 4 obtained their 2nd of the 3-required HC qualifying scores for their Herding Certified Excellent (HCX) title, and 5 earned their HCX titles, the most number earned within a single CDCA herding event! The Best Herding Potential trophy, an 81/2" Gallery Edge tray with the CDCA logo, offered in memory of CDCA Ch. Pleasant Hill Hanna Bat Yetta, CGC, HCX ("Hanna") by Cynthia Dodson, David Golden and Eastlands Canaan Dogs, was awarded to Ch. Hadar Ha'Aretz Tates Neshamele ("Lucy"), owned by Renee (Donaher) Kent. Those dogs earning titles or qualifying scores are listed below in alphabetical order. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who helped at the test as well as participated!


Ha'Aretz Kwisartz Haderack DWLF, CDCA-HCX ("Z"), owned by Christina Miller Ch. Pleasant Hill What's The Buzz, OA, OAJ, OAP, OJP, CDCA-HCX ("Buzz"), owned by Donna Dodson & Trudi Kimm.

Madriver Samara Desert Star Dawn, CGC, CDCA-PN, HCX ("Smudge"), owned by Denise Gordon, Cynthia Grupp & Pamela Rosman.

Ch. Mad River Tahoe Zephyr, CGC, CDCA-HCX ("Jordy"), owned by Robin Prince Renteria.

Ch. Yashar Ha'Aretz Machseh, CDCA-HCX ("Pocket"), owned by Christina Miller, Susan Gragg, & Parker Flowers.


Ch. Arayl's Magic Springtime, CDCA-HC(2) ("Zephyr"), owned by Norma Bennett Woolf & Thomas Woolf.

Ch. Babrees Crystal Gale, CDCA-HC(2) ("Roxy"), owned by Noelle M. Renteria & Robin Prince Renteria.

Ch. Renegade's Mojo Risin, CDCA-HC(2) ("Mojo"), owned by Renee & Evan Kent TK's Nassi Shiloh, CDCA-HC(2) ("Shiloh"), owned by Tracey Kopea.


Arayl's Talitha of Reckcreate, CDCA-HC ("Tally"), owned by Mary B. Reck.

Captains Crew Tifa, CDCA-HC ("Tifa"), owned by Deborah K. Johnson.

Cherrysh Wings Of An Angel, CDCA-HC ("Gabe"), owned by Cheryl Hennings & Susan Heine.

Eastland's Ehad Minai Elef Eli, CDCA-HC ("Eli"), owned by Julie Haddy.

Eastlands Isaac, CDCA-HC ("Isaac"), owned by Amon Rolerson & Jana Crocker.

Eastlands Keziah, CDCA-HC ("Kizzy"), owned by Cynthia Dodson & David Golden.

Ch. Hadar Ha'Aretz Tates Neshamele, CDCA-HC (Best Herding Potential) ("Lucy"), owned by Renee Kent.

JK Maccabee Northern Warrior, CDCA-HC ("Macc"), owned by Michelle Harrington & Lawrence Myers.

Lorianna Sirius Star, CDCA-HC ("Blaze"), owned by Cheryl Hennings & Lorna Hastings.

Mazel Tov Yomi Bat Barak, CDCA-HC ("Yomi"), owned by Catherine & Aviva Oskow.

PH Promise of Blue Sky, CDCA-HC ("Promise"), owned by Norma Bennett Woolf & Thomas Woolf.

River Rock Dancing Barefoot, CDCA-HC ("Darcy"), owned by Roxanna & Parker Wright.

Riv Roc Guilty Party At Lyceum, CDCA-HC ("Dax"), owned by Christina Miller & Merry Carol Houchard.

Ch. River Rock Light My Way, CDCA-HC ("Samwise"), owned by Christina Miller.

Yashar Ha'Aretz Sebastian, CDCA-HC ("Sebastian"), owned by Evan Kent.


2004 CDCA National Specialty

2004 CDCA National Specialty
(photo by Julie Haddy)
“Buzz” getting a leg up at the
  reception honoring Lada L at the 2004 CDCA National Specialty.

“Buzz” getting a leg up at the reception honoring Lada L at the 2004 CDCA National Specialty
(photo by Chris Miller)
Heidi on the retrieve on flat

Canaan Dogs do Obedience: Heidi on the retrieve on flat at the 2004 CDCA National Specialty
(photo by Chris Miller)
Ethan Miller, Junior Handler

Ethan Miller, Junior Handler, at the 2004 CDCA National Specialty
(photo by Chris Miller)
Judges at ringside

Judges at ringside at the 2004 CDCA National Specialty
(photo by Chris Miller)
Ch. Mazel Tov Yomi Bat Barak and Maccabee Northern Warrior

Ch. Mazel Tov Yomi Bat Barak beside her cousin JK Maccabee Northern Warrior at the 2004 CDCA National Specialty
(photo by Larry Myers)
JK Maccabee Northern Warrior

JK Maccabee Northern Warrior during his Herding Instinct Test at the 2004 CDCA National Specialty
(photo by Larry Myers)
Fuligin Ged Tycho

Fuligin Ged Tycho, CDX, AX, AXJ, “Tycho”, earns First Place in Open B Obedience and High In Trial at the 2004 CDCA National Specialty, making owner and handler Jennie Larkin very happy
(photo by Kathleen Hargrave)
Lorna Hastings and “Blaze”

Lorna Hastings and “Blaze” endure the critical gaze of judge Myrna Shiboleth at the 2004 CDCA National Specialty
(photo by Kathleen Hargrave)
Meir Ben-Dror and Boaz

Meir Ben-Dror and Boaz at the 2004 CDCA National Specialty
(photo by Kathleen Hargrave)

Congratulations Andy Linton and Emmitt, Cheryl Hennings and Gabe, and Renee Kent and Marley
2004 CDCA National Specialty
(photo by Kathleen Hargrave)

Renee Kent and Ch Riverroc Three Sunrises Lyceum, “Marley”, Best of Opposite Sex, 2004 CDCA National Specialty
(courtesy Ashbey Photography)

Important Information

The 2004 CDCA National Specialty will be held on Thursday, October 21 in Leesburg, VA. There are all-breed shows (Middleburg KC) on Friday and Saturday. Herding will be on Sunday. Club meetings will be on Wednesday the 20th. The chairperson is Alan Gersman.

The CDCA National Specialty and Middleburg Kennel Club Premium Lists are now available online on the MB-F website. Click on the Show Information icons and once the upcoming show weeks (dates) menu appears, scroll down to the week of Oct. 18-23 (the CDCA National Specialty is on Oct. 21st and the Middleburg KC shows are Friday, Oct. 22nd and Saturday, Oct. 23rd). The CDCA is supporting the Canaan Dog entry for both Middleburg KC shows (including the obedience trial, which will only be held at their Saturday show). The conformation judge for the Friday Middleburg show is Mrs. Anne Clark and for the Saturday show it is Mrs. Michele Billings.

We suggest you make your hotel reservations as early as possible. The CDCA has a block of rooms at The Leesburg Holiday Inn. Contact:

Melissa Snow: (703) 771-9200 or leesburgdos (at) crownamerican dot com

Specialty Schedule

All events will be held at the host hotel (Holiday Inn-Carradoc Hall, Leesburg, Virginia) unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004 (Mosby Room)
6-9:00 pm Hospitality -- open to all
Plenty of food/wine/friendship etc...
Wednesday, October 20, 2004 (Loudon Room)
9:00 am General membership meeting
12:00 pm lunch break (lunch provided by the CDCA)
1:00 pm Tracking Presentation
3:00 pm Board of Directors meeting
7:00 pm Judges' Education Breed Seminar (for information, contact Cynthia Grupp, 2367 Soda Canyon Rd., Napa, CA 94559; Telephone: (707) 226-3353 or Email: Canaandog (at) starband dot net
Thursday, October 21, 2004 (A Click Above Training Facility)
8:00 am 33rd CDCA National Specialty to be held at A Click Above Training Center, 19277 Evergreen Mill Rd., Leesburg, VA
Show Secretary: Mrs. Sandra Dudley (Premium list and entries to be handled by MB-F, Inc.)
1:00 pm (approximate) lunch break (lunch provided by the CDCA)
2:30 pm (approximate) Agility games for Canaan Dogs (no experience necessary!)
There will be signup sheets for individual dogs and Teams at the Hospitality and Meetings. Teams will consist of 3 dogs and Trophies for Top 2 Individual dogs and the Top Team.
(may be postponed or cancelled if the Speciality runs past 4pm. If we run late on Thursday we will try and find a time on Friday to hold the Game after the Middleburg Breed Shows.
6:00 pm CDCA Awards Banquet & Annual Auction
Friday, October 22, 2004
  Supported Entry at Middleburg Kennel Club Show (1); Superintendent: MB-F, Inc.; Canaan Dog judge: Mrs. James Edward Clark
Saturday, October 23, 2004
  Supported Entry at Middleburg Kennel Club Show (2) with obedience; Superintendent: MB-F, Inc.; Canaan Dog judge: Mrs. Michele Billings
Sunday, October 24, 2004
  CDCA Herding Instinct Test at Keepstone Farm, Berryville, VA (~30 min. drive from show site; directions to farm will be given at host hotel and during National Specialty show); for pre-entry form, contact Denise Gordon, 2614 Gracewood Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45239; Telephone: (513) 741-1832; Email: canaani (at) juno dot com

The Speciality site will be available after 6am on Thursday -- there is no setup the night before.

We will be getting the site ready at 5am and would appreciate anyone who wants to volunteer to help out. E-mail Alan Gersman privately.

We will be putting the site back together sometime around 5pm (after the Speciality and/or the Agility Game) and would appreciate volunteers for that. If you can volunteer please e-mail Alan Gersman privately.

The catalogs for the Speciality will be available at 7am on Thursday.

Upcoming Deadlines

August 31, 2004
Catalog advertisements due; Contact Norma Woolf at editor (at) canismajor dot com for form (ads received after this date risk not being put in the catalog)
September 15, 2004
Banquet reservations due; Contact Alan Gersman at maxisone (at) erols dot com or telephone: (703) 437-7059
October 6, 2004
Specialty Entry deadline
October 12, 2004
Herding Instinct Test Pre-entry deadline