WINNER OF AN AWARD OF MERIT AT THE 2001 WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB SHOW, OWNER/BREEDER HANDLED!!!

HOMER WAS THE FIRST BLACK AND TAN SHIBA TO EVER TAKE AN AWARD AT THE GARDEN!!!



Photo by Tom Rolenaitis
Special Effects by Lee Hinshaw


     

Photo by Ashbey Photography
Homer is shown here winning an Award of Merit at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Show (2001)
held every year at Madison Square Garden in NYC


     
 

Photo by Sandie Rolenaitis
Homer admiring the view from the window of his room at the Hotel Pennsylvania


     
 

Photos by Ashbey Photography
Homer won many Best-of-Breeds when he was being actively shown--he has now been neutered/retired and spends most of his time
chasing anything that he can entice somebody into throwing for him across the yard!!!



       

Notes from Judge Kawara on the Shiba Classic 2001, translated from Nippo Bulletin No. 3, 2002 (translation courtesy of Michael Green)

Regular Classes

Other notables are:

No. 287, Ch. River Wind’s Epic Tail – Good shape of eyes, ears and head.  Good facial expressions, strong body with deep chest and correct angles of legs.  Well-balanced and masculine body structure, wonderful facial expression with full of essential qualities.  A good example of masculine body structure.  If this dog had the black and tan of the above Sougenshuu Go, he may win not only the Seiken Class Merit Award but even be placed at the top of the class in the Grand National.  It is unfortunate that black hairs of this dog is too dark and shiny and could be called one color black, a not desirable color for Shiba.  True black and tan color should be what is commonly called rusty black with more tan and urajiro.  The quality of hair was good.

Photo by Kim Carlson, Shiba Classic 2001
Homer was one of five dogs mentioned in this particular article written by Judge Kawara--two of those dogs were
the Best-of-Breed and Best-of-Opposite Sex winners--the other three included Homer and two of my other dogs,
Sougenshuu Go Genrousha who won his class, and Ch. River Wind's At Last,
who won Best Puppy in Sweeps at the NIPPO/USA Shiba Classic 2001.



 
 

Homer now lives in Tallahassee, Florida with his new *dad* Bob McCann.  We miss him terribly, but we know he'll have a wonderful home for the rest of his life and that's the most important thing.  We love you Homey!!!  : )  
 

        
 
 

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