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Obituary

This morning we learned about the tragic news of the passing of Steve Gladstone while on a judging trip in Australia with his wife Jan. Steve was a doglover, he was on the Board of Directors of the AKC, a judge and such a friendly person to have around. 

With his first wife he bred and shown Cardigan Welsh Corgis under the Aragorn prefix since 1974, earning more than 100 AKC titles in nearly every aspect of the sport in which a Cardigan can compete. The Gladstones have also owned Norwegian Elkhounds, German Shepherd Dogs, and Australian Shepherds.
After his wife died, he found love again and married Jan Ritchie. Together they travelled around the world.
Mr. Gladstone began judging match shows in the late 1970s and was first approved to judge Cardigans in 1988. 
We will remember him as a great man. 
Rest in peace Steve, our thoughts go out to Jan, Steve’s family and dear friends.

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Europasieger 2017 Dortmund

Results May 21th, 2017


Welsh Corgi Cardigan
Judge: Mr. Christofer Habig (DE)

Dogs Junior Class
1EXC, VDH-CACJ, BOB – Big-Wood’s Flash Sentry
2EXC, VDH-R.CACJ – Zampa Grosso Amber Sanny Sainbow
G – Sunhill Garden’s Duke Spencer Jr

Dogs Champion Class
1EXC, VDH-CAC, CACIB – Easy Rider Dummies
2EXC, VDH-R.CAC, R.CACIB – Blondie’s Next Generation Blondies

Dogs Open Class
1VG – Duo Penotti v.d. Milligenhof
2VG – Hopcyn Red Boy Of Saint Hilaire’s Park

Bitches Junior Class
1EXC, VDH-CACJ – Waggerland Totally Awesome
2VG – Cosmea Vom Holledauer Bockerl
ABS – Avalarion Of Rivendel’s Cardigan’s

Bitches Intermediate Class
1U, VDH-CAC, CACIB, BOS – White Raven Incider Trading For Dummles
2U, VDH-R.CAC, R.CACIB, – Lily Dancing Queen De La Vallee De L’Aumance

Bitches Champion Class
ABS – Waggerland Quite Sexy

Bitches Open Class
1VG – Baccara Rose Vom Holledauer Bockerl
2VG – Hashfan Skylight


Welsh Corgi Pembroke
Judge: Mr. Christofer Habig (DE)

Dogs Veteran Class
1, BOB, BIG, 3BIS – Andvol Pinkerton

Dogs Junior Class
1EXC, VDH-CACJ – Atsel Hof Show Krosh

Dogs Intermediate Class
1EXC, VDH-CAC – Haywire’s Trust In Me

Dogs Champion Class
1EXC, VDH-CAC, CACIB – Andvol Tsesarevich
2EXC, VDH-R.CAC – Pemcader Light My Fire
3EXC – Imagine I’m A Dream Des Contamines

Bitches Puppy Class
1VP – Andvol Malinka

Bitches Junior Class
1EXC, VDH-CACJ –  Limbonsnest Hotpants
2EXC, VDH-R.CACJ –  C’s Quite A Blessing
3VG –  Miri Mawr

Bitches Intermediate Class
1EXC, VDH-CAC, CACIB, BOS –  Pemslife Great Expectations

Bitches Champion Class
1EXC, VDH-CAC –  Andvol Ivolga

Bitches Open Class
1EXC, VDH-CAC –  Andvol Kasablanka
2EXC, VDH-R.CAC –  Pemvale Opalsong
3EXC – Llwynog A Charming Dream

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Int. Dogshow Dortmund

Results May 19th, 2017


Welsh Corgi Cardigan
Judge: Mr. Dick Rutten (NL)

Dogs Junior Class
1EXC, VDH-CACJ – Zampa Grosso Amber Sanny Sainbow

Dogs Champion Class
1EXC, VDH-CAC, CACIB, BOB – Blondie’s Next Generation Blondies

Dogs Open Class
1VG – Hopcyn Red Boy Of Saint Hilaire’s Park
Terug Getrokken – Duo Penotti v.d. Milligenhof

Bitches Intermediate Class
1EXC, VDH-CAC, CACIB, BOS – Lily Dancing Queen De La Vallee De L’Aumance

Bitches Open Class
1VG – Hashfan Skylight


Welsh Corgi Pembroke
Judge: Mr. Dick Rutten (NL)

Dogs Veteran Class
ABS – Andvol Pinkerton

Dogs Junior Class
1EXC, VDH-CACJ, BOS – Atsel Hof Show Krosh

Dogs Intermediate Class
1EXC, VDH-CAC – Haywire’s Trust In Me

Dogs Champion Class
1EXC, VDH-CAC, CACIB – Je Suis Aiden Quinn Des Contamines
2EXC, VDH-R.CAC – Pemcader Light My Fire

Dogs Open Class
1EXC, VDH-CAC, R.CACIB – Andvol Tsesarevich

Bitches Junior Class
1EXC, VDH-CACJ –  Limbonsnest Hotpants

Bitches Intermediate Class
1EXC, VDH-CAC –  Pemslife Great Expectations

Bitches Champion Class
1EXC, VDH-CAC, CACIB, BOB –  Andvol Kasablanka

Bitches Open Class
1EXC, VDH-CAC, R.CACIB –  Andvol Ivolga
2EXC, VDH-R.CAC –  Pemvale Opalsong
3EXC – Llwynog A Charming Dream

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Sig­ni­fic­ant epi­lepsy gene dis­cov­ery in dogs

A collaborative study describes a novel myoclonic epilepsy syndrome in dogs for the first time and discovers its genetic cause at DIRAS1 gene. The affected dogs developed myoclonic seizures at young age – on average 6 months old – and seizures occur typically at rest. In some of the dogs the seizures could be triggered by light.

A novel can­did­ate gene for hu­man myoclonic epi­lep­sies
– The canine myoclonic epilepsy resembles human juvenile myoclonic syndrome in many aspects and the study has therefore meaningful implications for epilepsy research across species, says Professor Hannes Lohi from the canine gene research group, University of Helsinki.

Myoclonic epilepsies are one of the most common forms of epilepsy in human and the canine findings will not only help in diagnostics but also provide a novel entry point to understand the pathophysiology of the disease. The identified DIRAS1 gene may play a role in cholinergic transmission in the brain and provides a novel target for the development of epilepsy treatments.

– We found a novel epilepsy gene, DIRAS1, which has not been linked to any neurological diseases before. The gene is poorly characterized so far, but some studies suggest that it may play a role in cholinergic neurotransmission, which could be a highly relevant pathway for the myoclonic epilepsies, explains MSc Riika Sarviaho, co-first author of the study.

– The genetic backgrounds of myoclonic epilepsies are not well known yet, and our study provides a new candidate gene, which helps to further characterize the underlying pathophysiology in future studies. This would be important for the development of new treatment scenarios, summarizes Professor Lohi, senior author of the study.

The affected dogs continue to serve as preclinical models when new treatment options are sought in ongoing studies.

A ge­netic test helps breed­ing and dia­gnostics
The results have implications for both veterinary diagnostics and breeding programs.

– We screened over 600 Rhodesian Ridgebacks and about 1000 epileptic dogs in other breeds and found that the DIRAS1 defect was specific for juvenile myoclonic epilepsy in Rhodesian Ridgebacks so far, says MSc Sarviaho.

– With the help of the genetic test, veterinarians can diagnose this specific epilepsy in their canine patients while breeders will be able to identify carriers and revise the breeding plans to avoid future affected puppies. About 15% of the dogs in the breed carry the DIRAS1 mutation and dogs all over Europe and beyond are affected, says DVM Franziska Wieländer from LMU Munich.

Dogs won’t need to be sed­ated any­more for epi­lepsy re­search
To characterize the clinical features, researchers utilized a novel wireless video-EEG recording method. This allows a real-time monitoring of the electrical events prior, during and after the seizure episode in unsedated dogs.

– All the wires from electrodes are attached to a small portable device on the dog’s back that transmits the data straight to our computers. Thus, the dog is free to move around and we can record the EEG for long periods at one go, explains Professor Fiona James.

She has been previously developing the method at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

– Video-EEG is a routine approach in the human epilepsy clinic but only piloted now for the dogs. The beauty of the method is that we can easily correlate the behavioral changes with the recorded electroencephalographs and compare them to human EEG results. Indeed, with this technique we were able to identify epilepsy at an early stage and prior to the development of generalized tonic-clonic seizures. Moreover, we found strikingly similar EEG patterns in dogs that have been described in human myoclonic epilepsy”, describes Professor Andrea Fischer from LMU Munich.

– Video-EEG is a powerful new approach for veterinary epilepsy research compared to previous short, 20-minute interictal measurements under sedation and gives much more accurate results, says DVM Wieländer.
Careful clinical studies helped to establish proper study cohorts to identify the genetic cause.

The study was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS) on 20 February 2017.

Links
The gene test will be part of the MyDogDNA-gene panel test (www.mydogdna.com).

Ori­ginal art­icle
Franziska Wielaender, Riika Sarviaho, Fiona James, Marjo Hytönen, Miguel A. Cortez, Gerhard Kluger, Lotta L. E. Koskinen, Meharji Arumilli, Marion Kornberg, Andrea Bathen-Noethen, Andrea Tipold, Kai Rentmeister, Sofie F. M. Bhatti, Velia Hülsmeyer, Irene C. Boettcher, Carina Tästensen, Thomas Flegel, Elisabeth Dietschi, Tosso Leeb, Kaspar Matiasek, Andrea Fischer, Hannes Lohi (2017) Generalized myoclonic epilepsy with photosensitivity in juvenile dogs caused by a defective DIRAS Family GTPase 1. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. DOI: www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1614478114.

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FCI Judges

Welsh Corgi Cardigan (FCI 38)
Bakker-v.d. Woestijne, mw. J.F.
Beenen, dhr. Ir. C.M.
Beenen-Sluyters, mw. Drs. A.M.
Berg, dhr. J.J. v.d.
Cate, mw. M. ten
Dekker, mw. J.P.
Dijkhorst-Noij, mw. R.Ch.M.
Doedijns, dhr. A.R.R.
Douma, dhr. J.R.
Ebels, dhr. J.
Ebels-Heikens, mw. M.
Gids, dhr. J. de
Gielisse, mw. A.M.Th.
Jipping, dhr. G.
Kerssemeijer, mw. C.
Lochs-Romans, mw. F.
Luyk-Grevelink, mw. Drs. A.W. v.
Montfoort, dhr. P.W.J.M. v.
Mouchart-Kleingeld, mw. L.
Onstenk-Schenk, mw. I.Y.
Pedersen, dhr. G.N.
Runderkamp, mw. P.H.
Rutten, dhr. C.F.
Sam-Sin, mw. Y.
Schepers, dhr. J.
Smits, dhr. J.J.
Timmermans-Kadenko, mw. N.G.
Veen-Keur, mw. R. v.
Vliet, dhr. M. v.
Wauben, dhr. J.
Weijer, dhr. M.E.J. v.d.
Wieldraaijer, dhr. E.
Wit-Bazelmans, mw. G.M.L. de

Welsh Corgi Pembroke (FCI 39)
Bakker-v.d. Woestijne, mw. J.F.
Beenen, dhr. Ir. C.M.
Beenen-Sluyters, mw. Drs. A.M.
Berg, dhr. J.J. v.d.
Cate, mw. M. ten
Dekker, mw. J.P.
Dijkhorst-Noij, mw. R.Ch.M.
Doedijns, dhr. A.R.R.
Douma, dhr. J.R.
Ebels, dhr. J.
Ebels-Heikens, mw. M.
Gids, dhr. J. de
Gielisse, mw. A.M.Th.
Jipping, dhr. G.
Kerssemeijer, mw. C.
Koot, dhr. M.J.S.
Lochs-Romans, mw. F.
Luyk-Grevelink, mw. Drs. A.W. v.
Mouchart-Kleingeld, mw. L.
Onstenk-Schenk, mw. I.Y.
Oosten, mw. W. v.
Pedersen, dhr. G.N.
Runderkamp, mw. P.H.
Rutten, dhr. C.F.
Sam-Sin, mw. Y.
Schepers, dhr. J.
Timmermans-Kadenko, mw. N.G.
Veen-Keur, mw. R. v.
Vliet, dhr. M.J. v.
Wauben, dhr. J.
Weijer, dhr. M.E.J. v.d.
Wieldraaijer, dhr. E.
Wit-Bazelmans, mw. G.M.L. de
Zijdenbos-Jansen, mw. F.