In response to the rapidly changing situation related to the corona virus,
Del Monte Kennel Club has decided to

Cancel all upcoming shows and trials.

Look what our members are doing...

Aqueus Right On Red aka Ticket and her very proud mom, DMKC member Pam Durkee, participated in the 2021 National Agility Championships on March 27-28 in Tulsa, OK. With three clear runs, Ticket finished in 20th place out of the 168 dogs competing from all over the nation in the 16" height category.

Pam Durkee and Ticket

Carolyn Alexander Receives Special DMKC Award

Carolyn Alexander Carolyn and Hap

On Friday, February 12, 2021 Hap Sutliff, DMKC secretary, went over to Penny Jones's house where she and Dennis, her friend Barbara and David and Carolyn Alexander had gathered for lunch and to which he had also been invited. After all the food was consumed, Hap was privileged to present Carolyn with the first Carolyn Alexander Award for Outstanding Service to Del Monte Kennel Club. Carolyn was very surprised and moved by the honor.

From Carolyn's Facebook post... "Thank you for all the very kind, very sweet comments! How Hap could manage without a parka is beyond me. So you know... I'm going through a difficult time, but radiation and chemo are helping. I'm not an invalid.... though it maybe looks like it. It was just freezing or close to it and with the wind and dampness in the air, I was all bundled up."

Bichon Frise

Julie Craig and Cody

When Lucky Cody Craig earned the National Association of Canine Scent Work's Elite Champion Title on January 5, 2019, Julie Craig, DMKC member and Cody's owner/handler, reported that he was the 97th dog out of over 19,500 registered scent work dogs in the United States and 5 Canadian provinces to earn it. According to additional NACSW reported data at that time, there were 241 different breeds registered, with the top breeds registered being German Shepherd Dog, Labrador Retriever and Border Collie. Cody was then, and still is, the only Bichon Frise to earn this title. The Bichon Frise Reporter is an AKC owner/handler quarterly publication. Julie and her husband Tom, also a DMKC member, are extremely grateful that Heidi Kausch, Publisher/Editor, and Jean Fergus, Managing Editor/Production, of The Bichon Frise Reporter have featured Cody on their magazine cover, as he proudly poses with his beautiful National Association of Canine Scent Work "Elite Champion Title" ribbon.

AKC Announces Henry Sutliff III Breeder of the Year for the Terrier Group.

Sealyham Terrier Sealyham Terrier

Henry Sutliff is a third-generation Sealyham Terrier fancier."My mother (and father) bred 40 litters of Sealyhams; I assisted in whelping over 30 of those from 1964 until 1993," he says. "My grandparents owned Sealys from 1938 and assisted with many litters. I whelped two litters for my mother by myself in 1967 and 1993." Mr. Sutliff and his mother were together responsible for 38 AKC and international titled Sealyhams, including six Westminster Best of Breed winners and five national-specialty winners.

Mr. Sutliff bred his first litter in 1982. Among the notable dogs of his breeding are Ch. Sutliff's Ventana, who completed her championship with five majors, the first two owner-handled, and Int. Ch. Sutliff's Yuma (16 titles, World Winner – Leipzig 2017, FCI Group winner in Strasbourg, France; KFT Klubsieger 2011-13-15-16-17 [a record], Res CC Crufts 2018, and the sire of three champions to date)

Int. Ch. Sutliff 's Algonquin is the winner of over 30 titles, including World Winner, and Euro Winner 2013, and twice Res CC at Crufts. He was Group 1 at Germany's largest dog show and a multiple BIS winner including Leipzig FCI BIS-Junior All-Breeds). Algonquin sired 24 champions (8 of whom have won a BIS award), with other children in the process of titles. Together with his children and grandchildren, and now great-grandchildren, they have accumulated over 225 titles to date. Eight of his children were #1 Sealyham in the following countries: Netherlands, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Slovenia, Serbia, Germany, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and the United Kingdom.

Mr. Sutliff is a past president and board member of the American Sealyham Terrier Club. In 2020, he celebrates his 30th year as vice president of the Sealyham Terrier Club, the breed's parent club in Wales. He is a past president of the Del Monte Kennel Club and is a board member of the Sealyham Terrier Club of Southern California and the Sealyhams Forever rescue foundation.
Taken from the AKC website

Breeder and AKC Judge, Carolyn Alexander receives Award
from the Bull Terrier Club of America,

Bull Terrier Bull Terrier

The Bull Terrier Club of America recently bestowed a great honor on our long-time member, Carolyn Alexander.
The first ever Marilyn Drewes BTCA Award in Arts and Literature was presented to her!

This is from Carolyn's Facebook page: Last evening, I thought I was doing a BT Breeder Judge Webinar. Instead I had been lured (and I mean that in the nicest possible way) into an awards presentation event. The Bull Terrier Club of America honored me by presenting to me the first ever Marilyn Drewes BTCA award in Arts and Literature. Broadcast live on Facebook, many friends joined to talk about how they met David and me, and how we affected them. They pointed out my contributions to the AKC Gazette and to some of our clubs and organizations.

They reminisced about how David and I came to judging. Some memories of dogs we loved and whom friends loved were a little bittersweet. Mostly, it was very enjoyable for me to hear from so many people and to see some very dear friends we had not seen in years/decades. The BTCA is fortunate to have many fine artists and writers and sweet people in membership. I was honored to be recognized this way. Marilyn Drewes was always an inspiration for me as a great, fair, honorable judge, and a kind person, who did much for rescue. To be the first recipient of this award is a true honor!

Heartfelt congratulations to you, Carolyn, from everyone in the Del Monte Kennel Club!!!


Judges announced for the 2021 Westminster Kennel Club Show

Del Monte Kennel Club is thrilled that our Life Member Pat Trotter has been given the honor of judging Best-in-Show at American’s most prestigious dog show, Westminster Kennel Club next June. Mrs. Trotter is the fourth Del Monte Kennel Club member awarded this honor. The previous honorees were Derek Rayne (1983), Dr. Jacklyn Hungerland (1995) and Dorothy M. Macdonald (2001). We congratulate Mrs. Trotter and thank her for her outstanding work for our sport and her contributions to the success of Del Monte Kennel Club.

Patricia Craige Trotter will judge the Prestigious Best in Show - see link below


We also want to recognize Jennifer Reed as one of the judges for Junior Showmanship


Date and Location Change for 2021

The 145th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will be held at Lyndhurst, a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, in Tarrytown, New York on Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13, 2021, with live coverage across FOX Sports networks. Due to the ever-changing government restrictions during the pandemic a move to a springtime, outdoor dog show was necessary to uphold Westminster's strong commitment to the health and safety of everyone who attends our show.