The Border Terrier Club 
of Central Ohio

In June, 2006, the BTCCO hosted its second BTCA National Specialty. It was held June 19 -23, 2006 at the Miami County Fairgrounds in Troy, Ohio.  There were events before and after the specialty, including a 2 day agility trial and a two day Earthdog Test.  


Since the specialty was being held in the Dayton area, the 06 team decided to use an airplane theme. It was followed throughout the specialty and was really fun. We purchased items like planes to decorate for the events, including six bears wearing bomber jackets that were items for the live auction. The winning Obedience team wore t-shirts with jet airplanes on them. The DJ entertained us with songs having a flying theme. Several catalog ads used the flying theme as well.

Dinners and Banquets:  A Welcome Barbeque Dinner was held on Sunday, June 18 complete with a DJ featuring aviation-theme music.  Annette and her dancing dogs, Dahli, Lily, and Butters entertained the crowd.  The Awards Banquet were held on Thursday, June 22.  Both dinners were on the Miami County Fairgrounds and catered by the Coldwater Café.  Lunches were provided by Jerad's Little Store.

The 2006 specialty events began at the host hotel with a series of health clinics, including CERF, OFA Heart and Patellar Examinations, Microchip and DNA clinics. The veterinarian that performed the CERF exams was Anne Gemensky-Metzler, DVM, from the Ohio State University. She examined 44 dogs. Karsten Schoeber, DVM, also from Ohio State, examined 30 dogs for heart murmurs. Patellas were examined by Mark McClosky, DVM, from Beechwold Veterinary Hospital. Twenty dogs were examined for patella certification. Dr. McClosky also inserted approximately 20 microchips for permanent identification purposes. Several DNA kits were also distributed.BTCCO Club member, Kate Hornick, DVM, organized and facilitated these clinics at the Host Hotel on June 18. 

Dr. Mark McCloskey,
a veterinarian with the Beechwold  Veterinary Hospital in Columbus, Ohio is one of two directors of the Canine Semen Bank of Columbus (an AKC accredited canine semen freezing center). Mark has worked extensively with breeders and is experienced in ovulation timing, artificial and surgical insemination. Dr. McCloskey presented an interesting and informative canine reproduction (fresh and frozen semen) seminar at the Host Hotel on Sunday, June 18.


Best In Puppy Sweepstakes was won by Meadowlake Backwoods Shandy, bred by Karen Fitzpatrick and co-owned with Lisa Vienske.
Best in Veteran Sweepstakes was Dunraven Cuddy's Crag Bandit, owned by Richard and Jackie Kensler. "Cuddy" also won an award of merit at the National from the Veterans' Class.
Members, Jeff and Laura Hauenstein's dog won Reserve Winners' Dog from the Puppy Class.  
Wildwood Bramble Bandit ("Bandit") won the American Bred Class with owner and BTCCO member , Tracy Pence. This is Tracy's first show Border and her first specialty. 
Ch. Wildwood Furze in a Tux ("Tux") won the Open Dog class. He was handled by his owner and BTCCO member, Sue Hinnant.

Wildwood Finster's Foxtail placed fourth in a large puppy class.  Finster is owned by Jeff and Ellen Holt.

Kaeli Jackson, a junior member of the BTCCO won the Novice Intermediate class at the Specialty with Wildwood Red Poppy.
Wildwood Foxtail Lily placed third in the Working Bitch class. To enter the working class, dogs must have an Earthdog Title. Lily is owned by Annette Neff.

Wildwood Foxtail Lily and Wildwood Blue Dahlia both finished their Rally Novice titles at the BTCA Rally Obedience trial.