Junior Spotlight: Kirsten Potts
By Randi Berthold
1. How old were you when you started showing dogs? I was 6 years old when I started showing in the Chihuahua ring. I was always the shy one sitting by the ring observing the others. My Mom and Dad had won several classes so they asked me to help them out by taking a puppy back in. I won that day and beat them both.
2. Junior Dog/ Dogs and past Junior Dogs? I have a Champion Chihuahua named Ch. Flo Davi’s Blue Pearl of a Girl (Pearl). She is my main Juniors dog in the Chihuahua ring. I also show a Tibetan Terrier that I co-own with Mikki DeMers and I show her in the all breed shows.
3. What other areas of Dog Shows do you enter besides Junior’s? Besides juniors I show many breeds in the conformation rings. I have started training one of my Chinese Cresteds in Agility.
4. Other breeds you show now or in the past? I assist Lois DeMers at the all breed shows and I show Lhasa Apso’s, Tibetan Terriers, Havanese and Chinese Cresteds. I also help my dad show French Bulldogs, Boston Terriers and I have shown an English Setter. I love the Chihuahuas the most though.
5. Most memorable win? My most memorable win was at the Chihuahua Nationals in October when I won my first Best Junior award with my girl Pearl. We competed against a lot of other talented juniors.
6. Most embarrassing moment in the ring? My most embarrassing moment in the ring was when the Tibetan Terrier I was showing peed before we got on the table and during her whole down and back she splattered all over the mats.
7. Toughest win? My toughest win was at the Chihuahua Nationals in October with my 7 month old girl Dakota when I placed 1st in a very large class.
8. Favorite Dog Show? My favorite dog show is the River City Cluster of dog shows in San Antonio.
9. Favorite hobbies other than Dog Shows? When I am not at shows, I like to swim, read and go clothes shopping.
10. Future Dog related plans? I hope to become as talented a handler in the future as some of the people who I look up to. I have learned so much by watching my mom and dad and by working with Lois at the shows.
11. Future Non-Dog Related plans? I am still deciding on what I want to do with my future outside of dogs. I want to be so many things, but I would have to say a Pediatrician, Teacher or Photographer top the list right now.
12. Who is your Mentor? My mentors are my mom and dad. They share their love of dogs with me. I love working for Lois because she is showing me so much about caring for coated breeds. I learned a lot in the beginning from Randy Carr. Pat and Michael Holzkopf are also two of my favorites to be with, they teach me not just about the dogs, but about how to be well rounded in and out of the dog world.
13. Why do you like showing Chihuahua’s and why did you pick that breed? Chihuahuas are very loving to their owner and will protect you. They think they are bigger than they really are and are very sassy. They make me laugh when I am having a bad day. Their attitude is bigger than their tiny bodies. My mom and dad were showing Chihuahuas when I was born and I grew up with them.
14. Any additional thoughts, quotes or helpful ideas you would like to share with other Junior’s? Even if you are having a bad day in the ring and you think nothing else can go wrong, don’t give up trying. The judge is always looking for that handler who keeps trying, no matter what your dog has decided to do.
Junior Spotlight: Kimberly Montez
By Randi Berthold
1. How old were you when you started showing dogs? I started showing when I was 9 years old.
2. Junior Dog/Dogs and past Junior Dogs? I showed Darbec’s Ode to Hercules a few times, then started showing Darbec’s Lad in Blue Jeanswho has become my primary Junior Dog.
3. What other areas of Dog Shows do you enter besides Junior’s? I have also shown in the Chihuahua breed ring.
4. Other breeds you show now or in the past? None- I have only shown Chihuahua’s.
5. Most memorable win? I actually have two most memorable wins. The first was my Best Junior win at the Alamo Area ToyDog Club show on September 8, 2007. The second was my Best Junior win at the Texas Chihuahua Club specialty show on March 5, 2008 where I was also awarded a plaque from TCC for ending the ’07 year ranked 6th in breed.
6. Most embarrassing moment in the ring? During my Junior class at the October 2007 National Specialty, I was first in line and dropped my bait while going around the ring. I stopped, bent down to pick it up then realized that I had caused everyone else to stop behind me. I learned if I drop my bait, I should leave it on the ground and keep going around the ring.
7. Toughest win? Both of my Best Junior wins were very tough with excellent competition.
8. Favorite Dog Show? The National Specialty in Chicago.
9. Favorite hobbies other than Dog Shows? I also enjoy playing basketball, volleyball and softball.
10. Future Dog related plans? I’d like to become a professional Handler someday focusing on Chihuahuas.
11. Future Non-Dog Related plans? I have hopes of becoming either a WNBA player or a Forensic Scientist.
12. Who is your Mentor? Becky Rosson of Darbec’s Chihuahuas.
13. Why do you like showing Chihuahua’s and why did you pick that breed? I like to show Chihuahuas because they are so much fun to show and I picked them because they are so sweet and lovable.
Any additional thoughts, quotes or helpful ideas you would like to share with other Junior’s?
I would just say to have fun at every show and develop a close bond with your Junior dog.
Junior Spotlight: Anne Vargo
By Randi Berthold
1. How old were you when you started showing dogs? 15 years old
2. Junior Dog/Dogs and past Junior Dogs? Rafina Remington, his call name is Remy and he is a Longcoat Chihuahua
3. What other areas of Dog Shows do you enter besides Junior’s? I show in Conformation and in Juniors
4. Other breeds you show now or in the past? I only show, or have shown, Chihuahuas
5. Most memorable win? Most memorable win would have to be a tie between my first points on Remy that also happened to be a major, and my class win at the Specialty. I won the 2006 Open Dog class after winning the 12-18 month class with Remy the year before.
6. Most embarrassing moment in the ring? It was embarrassing starting out learning everything and new ring procedures. There was also a time when I was focusing more on Remy than I was the judge, so I missed his instructions.
7. Toughest win? 2006 Open Dog class win at the National Specialty
8. Favorite Dog Show? I really enjoy the National Specialty and getting to see everyone and the different dogs. I also love all of the breed specific things to buy there. I also really love the show at the Delta Plex in Grand Rapids, MI, because it is so close to my house!
9. Favorite hobbies other than Dog Shows? Other than loving everything “dog”, I participate in 4-H, make crafts, play the flute, enjoy swimming, hanging out with friends, working, and watching movies.
10. Future Dog related plans? In the future I plan to continue owning and showing dogs. I plan to breed, but that is a long way down the road, and I think it would be neat to get into obedience and agility.
11. Future Non-Dog Related plans? I will be attending college in the fall starting with the basics. I am looking at going into either sciences or business, but at the moment I am very undecided what my future career may be.
12. Who is your Mentor? Without the help of Barb Pendergrass, I would not be this far today. She is how I got my start in Chihuahuas and she is always willing to help. She has allowed me to own two wonderful and adorable Chihuahuas and for that I thank her. There are many nice Chihuahua people in the Grand Rapids, MI area that have helped me along the way, and I am thankful for their advice as well. My mom has given me her unconditional support. After all, not many people are willing to wake up at 4 or 5 in the morning to drive to a show to spend 10 minutes in the ring and then drive back home again. She always tries to come to every show with me, even though she herself does not show dogs.
13. Why do you like showing Chihuahua’s and why did you pick that breed? When I was younger I went to a dog show and I don’t know why, but it just kind of clicked that this was something that I could do, and at that point in time I really needed and outlet and so I started researching breeds. The Chihuahua’s small size, loving personality and devotion to their owner really drew my attention. I like showing Chihuahuas because each dog has such a different personality and they each have their own quirks, good or bad.
14. Any additional thoughts, quotes or helpful ideas you would like to share with other Junior’s? If you are thinking of getting into Juniors or any other aspect of showing, the best thing that I recommend is to take a handling class with someone reputable. I find the best way to learn is to pick a knowledgeable person’s brain on a long car ride to a show. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and don’t get discouraged, after all, “you can’t win them all.” And at the end of the day, Remy is still my beloved pet, win or lose, whatever someone else’s opinion of him is.
Junior Spotlight: Dusty Berthold
By Randi Berthold
1. How old were you when you started showing dogs? I was six years old.
2. Junior Dogs / Dogs and past Junior Dogs? My current Junior dogs are Chandler, Julie, Dallas, and Roxanne. My past Junior dog is Eldarado he is now retired and living a happy life as a couch potato. I always show Chihuahuas in Junior Showmanship.
3. What other areas of Dog Shows do you enter in besides Junior’s? I also compete in Rally and Conformation.
4. Other breeds you show now or in the past? I only show Chihuahuas. But I love all breeds.
5. Most memorable win? My most memorable win is Best Junior Handler at the C.C.A. specialty on October 6th, 2007 in Chicago, Illinois and putting points on my little buddy Foxsong. The other memorable win would be putting a Rally title on my other Chihuahua named Casino.
6. Most embarrassing moment in the ring? My dog Chandler kept pretending to faint on the table. It was hard to pick just one. I’ve had several embarrassing moments.
7. Toughest win? My toughest win was winning the Best Junior Handler at the 2007 C.C.A. specialty in Chicago. The competition was very tough at that show.
8. Favorite Dog Show? I really enjoy going to all of the dog shows but a couple that I really enjoy are the Specialties and the Nationals. You always get to meet new friends who love Chihuahuas as much as I do.
9. Favorite hobbies other than dog shows? My other favorite hobby is Karate; I am now a Brown Belt and six months away from getting my Black Belt. In four years I hope to be a Karate Instructor. My other hobby is Pet Therapy, I love to work with special needs kids, and they love the play time with my little dogs I have trained.
10. Future dog related plans? I would like to be a professional dog handler for Chihuahuas and I would also like to be a Junior judge.
11. Future non-dog related plans? I am working on becoming a Karate instructor. I plan on going to college to learn how to work with special need kids.
12. Who is your Mentor? My biggest Mentor would be Shirley Ann Banderet because she believes in me and none of this could be possible for me without her love and most of all her support. Shirley has sat in 30 degree and 100 degree weather just to cheer me on. It is so cool just to know that she is sitting ring side watching me work with her dogs. Working with Shirley and her dogs is such an honor that words can not even begin to describe the thanks and love I have for her. I will be forever in her debit for everything she has done for me! My other biggest supporters are Kathy Bolin, Sharon Brown, Karen MacAuley, and Terry Jamgaaurd with out all of these special people being involved and giving me their love and support my dog showing couldn’t be possible!
13. Why do you like showing Chihuahua’s and why did you pick that breed? You just never know what they are going to do. I went to dog shows when I was little and I liked a lot of different breeds but Chihuahuas always made me laugh watching them. I love their personalities, my favorite thing about them is they are so small but they think they are the size of a Bull Mastiff! They love to train for shows and sometimes are a challenge. When it comes to ring time you just never know what they will do. To me this is what makes showing Chihuahuas so much fun and rewarding!
14. Any additional thoughts, quotes or helpful ideas you would like to share with other Junior’s? All that I would like to say is that I love to go out and compete at dog shows and have fun at it. I love showing and I love the dogs that I work with and train. It is such a fun time and I get to meet a lot of new and friendly people. If I lose in the ring I never worry about it, because that is just one judge’s opinion and there is always another show to go to just around the corner. Sometimes you win and sometimes you don’t, it’s all fun even on the days I lose. I just get to spend another fun day with my dogs! Right now it’s really important for me to keep my grades up at school and keep my perfect attendance at school. I know this will pay off for me in the long run.
Junior Spotlight: Breawna Fritzler
By Randi Berthold
1. How old were you whenyou started showing dogs? I was twelve years old when I got my first “show prospect” Chihuahua named Rocky. I started with 4-H, and then was introduced to AKC shows from local kids in my 4-H group.
2. Junior Dog/Dogs and past Junior Dogs? I started juniors with my first long coat Chihuahua “Rocky” CH Fritzler’s Rocky Victory. He was 10 weeks old when I got him. I trained him, and showed him to his championship. Since then, I have also shown “Jack” CH Breely’s Black Jack and “Dani” CH Breely’s Show Stopper in Jr’s. They were both out of one of my breedings, and I trained and also showed them to their championship, Dani receiving all of her points from the bred-by class.
3. What other areas of Dog Shows do you enter besides Junior’s? Confirmation events
4. Other breeds you show now or in the past? Weimaraners, collies, and golden retrievers
5. Most memorable win? Winning Award of Merit at the Central Region Top Junior Handler Competition
6. Most embarrassing moment in the ring? “Jack” peeing on my leg in the ring.
7. Toughest win? In my opinion every win in Jr’s is tough because the competition in the open senior class is so tough
8. Favorite Dog Show? Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows in Houston, Texas. It is my favorite because the junior entries are huge, and I love the tough competition.
9. Favorite hobbies other than Dog Shows? Scrap booking, photography, water sports, spending time at the lake.
10. Future Dog related plans? Breed and show quality Chihuahuas and weimaraners. Become a veterinarian.
11. Future Non-Dog related plans? Go to college to become a professional (veterinarian), get married and have kids. (In that order)
12. Who is your Mentor? Brandi Grider, Mia Murray, Dolores Masley, Jean Pratt.
13. Why do you like showing Chihuahua’s and why did you pick that breed? Because they are small, great companions, and easy to travel with. I had a pet Chihuahua that I loved, and I like to support a breed that can bring so much joy to people.
Any additionalthoughts, quotes or helpful ideas you would like to share with other Junior’s? Always have FUN!!!! Be a good sport, no matter if you win or lose. Always listen to your mentors; they know what they’re talking about.