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Posted on 03/24/2012 1:09:31 PM PDT by csvset
Once upon a time in Tulsa, Okla., there was a flaxen-haired princess with a coterie of loving attendants, a three-hour-a-day grooming regimen and a room full of trophies.
Fast-forward seven years to East Oakland. That princess - a champion shih tzu show dog named Pup-Pourri's Briana - was found this week staggering along one of the city's meanest streets, tangled in chicken wire and dirt-encrusted dreadlocks, one of the most bizarre animal-neglect cases Oakland animal control officers have ever seen.
"Our best guess is that she was enclosed in chicken wire so tightly she couldn't move, for months if not years," said Oakland Animal Services Director Megan Webb. "But she seemed to have all this training. This air about her. It was strange."
Oakland animal control officers have started piecing together Pup-Pourri's Briana's trajectory. After veterinary staff shaved off the chicken wire and matted fur, treated her skin infections and fed her a decent meal, they checked to see if she had a microchip. She did, and it was registered to a woman named Cheryl Baer in Tulsa.
She's a winner
Baer wept when she heard the fate of one of her favorite show dogs, a creature so beautiful, proud and charming she won best-of-breed competitions in five states. Baer was Pup-Pourri's Briana's groomer for five years, primping her for hours a day with shampoo, conditioner, curling irons and special latex bands for her topknot.
"I am absolutely appalled at what happened to her," said Baer, choking back tears Friday when reached by phone. "A dog that was so loved. ... It's a miracle she's alive."
According to Baer, Pup-Pourri's Briana was born in 1998 in Tulsa, the daughter of a four-time best-in-show sire.
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Pup-Pourri's Briana, a champion shih tzu show dog, was rescued after wandering East Oakland tangled in chicken wire, her oncegleaming coat encrusted with dirt.
Photo: Sarah Rice / Special to The Chronicle
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Awwww...I like happy endings!
“...primping her for hours a day with shampoo, conditioner, curling irons and special latex bands for her topknot...
THAT kind of *seems* like a torture, too. (Just kidding; poor little thing. Great survival instinct, her. Glad she’s somewhere safe, now.)
Oh my goodness, I’m ready to cry here. Who could be so cruel to an animal? Look at that sweet little face!
She’s a survivor though, I guess her champion breeding carried her through.
I hope this poor puppy is well cared for from now on and I hope they find whoever mistreated her and put them in jail. Who knows what else you’d find out about person who would maltreat an animal in that way?
Heart breaking story. The dogs should have been given away to good homes instead of sold to this horrible person. I hope they are found and punished! My brother is a veterinarian he has no use for professional dog breeders, they are all scum as far as he is concerned.
What a sweet little girl. Stout heart, she has!
THAT kind of *seems* like a torture, too. (Just kidding; poor little thing. Great survival instinct, her. Glad shes somewhere safe, now.)"
You know what, I really do think it's a kind of torture. I don't have a lot of use for the whole dog & cat show thing.
Too bad, but nice she’s OK after all.
She is on the AKC database.
Now to the ignorant comments...
“a creature so beautiful, proud and charming she won best-of-breed competitions in five states.”
This is not unusual, nor is her sire having 4 BIS (assuming it’s really all-breed, and not BOB). The title “champion” is actually a dime a dozen for anyone who attempts to show the dog more than once a month.
If she was a champion, her pups would have been worth a bundle. She no doubt was breeding stock at a puppy mill until her plumbing no longer worked. Poor dog. No way to treat an animal. I hope they find the people responsible.
Find the person(s) responsible and treat them just as the dog was treated.
Me either, CA.
Reminds me (kind of) of those *childrens’ beauty pageants* where the moms dress-up their little girls like hollyweird-o sluts; Joan Benet Ramnsey comes to mind (RIP, little one), among others.
Oooops, forgot to read the entire story. It sort of answers my question, bk. Sorry.
She didn’t. The owner got Alzheimer’s and the owner’s husband sold the kennel to a breeder in CA. The dog was part of the kennel even though it was being shown and would have been turned over to the new owner. This dog with her show history was probably an important part of the sale.
However I am curious as to why the groomer’s info was registered on the chip instead of the owner’s.
You’d be surprised how many champions are tossed aside when they outlive their usefulness.
They rack up the titles, breed or get bred and the next generation of ‘better’ pups takes their place.
Breeders often don’t want another mouth to feed so they’re ‘adopted out’.
In 1986, Kentucky Derby winner Ferdinand went to the slaughterhouse.
I’ve had people tell me I should show Odin.
Not just no but hell no.
Yes, that is highly unusual.
When you microchip, you can add as many contacts as you want, just for the sake of upping the odds somebody will be there when the phone call comes.
[my dogs have 3 contact numbers/people]
Usually though, it’s an owner/co-owner/family member for the “extras”.
There’s a possibility that since the original owner died, the groomer was listed as a second contact.
At any rate, thank God she was.
Those things are an utter disgrace.
Yes, our dogs are chipped but we only have family on the records. I guess the groomer would have accompanied this dog to shows so they thought it made sense to have her on the record.
My husband raises rodeo bulls. We have 2 old retired bucking bulls, living out there lives in the pasture. They are not going to the slaughter house, no way.
The title champion is actually a dime a dozen for anyone who attempts to show the dog more than once a month.
Ever tried Labradors ? ( didn’t think so )
dime a dozen ? Maybe in lesser known breeds but not Labradors.
Here is my divisions point schedule.
God bless you for that.
I dont’ know what your brother means by “professional” breeders but he needs to remember that any time you paint with a broad brush you are probably wrong. I know people who say all Vets are money grubbing idiots. And of course, they’re wrong too.
As for this little dog, very sad story with a happy ending. As someone quite involved in the sport of purebred dogs, I have heard of cases where show breeders turned into what i guess would have to be called hoarders. Like in anything people are involved in there are saintly people and there are awful people and then most people fall somewhere in the great middle. Most show people I know are just like the people who are commenting here. Regular folk with a hobby, and most of them love their dogs and will be horrified when they read this article.
My champion (who is now retired to the life of leisure) loves the whole process, with the exception of the bath. She loves to stand on the grooming table and get trimmed and blow dried and brushed and fussed over. Most pet dogs, who are not used to that kind of thing find it stressful because they are not started at an early age to tolerate it. I think dogs who are well socialized in that way are far better off than the average pet who goes nowhere and then once or twice a year has the stressful experience of going to the vet’s office for a check up and shots, or the groomers etc.
I take mine to a groomer now, sometimes instead of doing it myself, and the groomer ALWAYS comments on how enjoyable she is to groom because she enjoys it.
Now, ME, I always hated being in the ring. It was torture for ME. :)
Depends on the breed. (altho it’s not difficult to get a pedigree with CH in them). Goldens are not that easy to finish. I wouldn’t call them a dime a dozen, if they were I would have far more of them! I swear it costs at least a quarter! ;)
I too thought that was odd.
Getting ready for a storm here too. Stay ssafe.
ssafe should have been safe.
I don’t know anyone in my breed who would place a retired CH INTACT (that is not spayed or neutered) in just any home. It’s simply just not done. Now, maybe in some breeds, but I can tell you, that in goldens, that would get you shunned.
Yes, I have placed dogs who didn’t turn out into pet homes, just like I don’t keep every puppy in a litter (on the same sort of spay/neuter contract, or already spayed/neutered). Of course, I haven’t had a zillion champions, so it’s not like I have had to decide what to do with them, but I will say that if I had say 10 champions and I could decide to put a few in good pet homes (and yes, I screen my pet homes quite carefully) or let them be part of a large pack at my own house, I see nothing wrong in putting them in a home where they would be the center of attention.
That’s not the same as going to the slaughterhouse.
Whether or not to show is a very personal choice. For one thing it’s quite expensive. For another it’s not for the faint of heart. It can be gut wrenching ot have someone tell you your dog is not good enough. And, it’s hard work. So, I don’t blame you.
I’m a German Shepherd person, so I’m pretty aware of high point schedules.
My point is there are thousands of “champions” in the AKC world, in any part of it. We have ads for many of them whom most of the powers that be wouldn’t know from Adam. Not all of them are world-beaters; they just have pro handlers who take them to 3 shows every weekend to make sure they get a CH. ASAP. You don’t even have to actually win a show to be a Ch. as in most sports, so that’s a whole lot of Ch’s.
You, too, k. We’ve got another coming shortly, out here in farm country. The one last night was a rear *trash can mover*. Hatches are all fully-battened-down.
In other words force them to be an OWS piece of scum for a few months! :)
Sounds pretty plausible.
I’m very aware of your stellar treatment of critters.....:)
Dobermanns are arduous to get titled.
The sheer number of dogs competing is incredible.
Same with GSDs and the other ‘top 25’ breeds.
I could’ve titled all of my Ibizan Hounds in less than 6 months if I’d been so inclined.
There are so few of them that amassing points is not that hard.
I hate these people.
I agree with your brother.
When critters come here, they stay here until their time comes, no matter what.
I’m not keen on subjecting myself or my dogs to the treachery that often goes on at dog shows.
I used to go as a spectator and just listening to the breeders snarking at ring side was enough bile for me.
Some kennels churn out champions like butter.
The dog show world can be an iffy place, at times.
I know several Ibizans [even as scarce as they are] who earned their titles, had a litter, then got sent off to a co-owner or other kennel.
It’s almost like “turnover”.
I’m not sure if people just want to keep showing the ‘new’ generation and put aside the old or if it’s simply the adrenaline rush of finishing a dog, time after after time.
Dobermanns being ‘my breed’ are something I’ve watched for almost 40 years.
I’ve seen the breed’s health decline at a horrifying pace.
Since I’m not pressured to breed “pretty winners”, I can afford to criticize the health part of the equation.
Far too many people will compromise health for a certain “look” that -wins-.
Look at Pugs and Bulldogs, for example.
They didn’t used to have flat faces.
Short, snubbed faces yes but not “flat”.
Judges and breeders colluded to that end.
A weird judge likes some ‘extreme’ dog and the other breeders rush to create their own versions.
It’s never beneficial to the breeds involved.
The Dobes of the late 70s’ were so freaking long and over angulated in the hock that they couldn’t trot straight to save their lives. ..but they “looked pretty” stacked.
The last issue of Dog World that I ever bought had a 70’s Hoytt champion on the front cover that was an abomination to the breed but he was “Dobe of the year”.
I’m hardly ‘faint of heart’ and the work doesn’t intimidate me; it was the utter hypocrisy and devastation wrought upon my breed that turned me off.
[imagine Goldens suddenly being shown that were Merles or had Roman noses, swan necks, prick ears or arched backs because somebody ‘powerful’ decreed that was the ‘new style’ for the breed]
When Odin’s papers came back from the AKC, I noted that they still have that great old drawing of a -correct- Dobe on top.
I’m not even sure how they mail those out with a straight face.
You dont even have to actually win a show to be a Ch. as in most sports, so thats a whole lot of Chs.
I am exhausted so maybe that is why I’m not ‘getting’ what you mean here... would ya mind elaborating a bit please ?
Bottom line: there are thousands of champions and one is very likely to see a champion at any given all-breed show in any top 75 breed.
What AKC means by “champion” isn’t quite the same as what everyone else thinks of “champion” in real sports, e.g. There is only 1, or only a few, any given year in athletic competition. Hundreds if not more championships are granted by AKC in any given year for a given breed.
They don’t have to actually “win” a show - just be Winners D/B several times. No normal sport allows that. Being a Ch. doesn’t mean the dog won a single show.
Further, many dogs have won several shows (breed or BIS) - whether they are in different states is immaterial because there are not different “state agencies of dog shows”. Winning 5 different KC/BC specialty shows in the same state is really about the same as 5 different states. There is no vetting system or “playoff” system that even makes that incredibly special.
Thus, by no means is being a dog champion, or winning several different shows, highly unusual in the show world. It’s so common that the dog world doesn’t bother noting those dogs. Only the very best of the best really draw attention - those who keep winning dozens of shows, etc.
Not saying it’s easy to get your dogs to get that - but from the other view, there are TONS of Champions, every year.
> The title champion is actually a dime a dozen for anyone who attempts to show the dog more than once a month.<
Really? Wow, where do I sign up? So all I have to do is go to the pet shop, plunk down money on a dog with AKC papers and take it to one show a month? Wow, that’s so easy anyone with any dog can do it.
I used to show and breed labs so I know all of what you’re saying... I just couldnt get the jist of dont have to win a show.
You explained what you meant simply when you said ( paraphrasing here )either being winners dog or winners bitch.
With that one sentence I got it.
I also used to dabble around in AKC Hunting Retriever events and one of my bitches ( only 2 right now and they’re 10 and 7 ), I have titled. Her sire was a MH aka Master Hunter and he did not enjoy showing just like her. ugh.
My site if you care to look.
( and sorely outdated )
Thank you for taking the time to clarify for me. Appreciate it FRiend ~! And a great Sunday to you.
LOL, I’m glad your baby had good experiences there.
Yep....for a lot of the people who are into the show thing, it seems to be all about ego-look at my ribbons! look at what my dog won!-instead of the animal itself. I love a beautiful pure breed; my favorites are German Shepherds, Dobermans, Malamutes, and Huskies. But I also adore mutts from the pound who couldnt win a ribbon if their lives depended on it.
I agree with youa pet is a lifetime commitment.
Your best bet would be a rare breed.
Not only do you face less competition, the points system is based on the number of dogs you have to beat and if there’s only 2 other dogs of your breed in the ring, you’ve got a great chance at having a ‘champion’.
Try a Finnish Lapphund.
Very few of those around.
FYI, I’ve seen seriously flawed dogs win their title simply because they were heavily campaigned and a -lot- of money was behind them.
Or you could show your dog in Canada only and get what we refer to as a “cheap champion”.
The points/grouping system is different up there and an Ibizan can be finished in a matter of months.
One of my dogs’ sister finished her championship at the age of *10* after being dragged to every show possible.
The dog’s final show picture was of an elderly, miserable dog who’d been mercilessly hauled to every show on the east coast until some judge finally took pity on her and gave the “big win”.
That was only done so that her children and grandchildren who were born late in her life and also being shown at the time would have more ‘gravitas’ in the ring.
None of my dogs have ever won diddly squat yet I wouldn’t trade any of them for the world.
However, their aunts/sisters/mothers/fathers are quite famous in the Ibizan Hound world.
Which dogs were luckier?
Those who are crated and flown/driven all over creation to get that ribbon, rarely seeing “home” or their owners or mine, who are with me 24/7,just being dogs.
Djinni’s sisters and brothers are regularly splashed on Canadian magazine covers yet she was ‘pick of the litter’.
She’s happy right where she and with who she is.
And so am I.
*If* I ever find a suitable bitch for Odin I intend to have a litter because I don’t ever want to be without at least a part of him in my life.
I can’t keep all the pups, if it’s a large litter so I have at least 4 people waiting for that day to come.
[my doctor, my vet, a vet tech and a physical therapist]
The price of those pups?
They will be too precious to me to put a price upon them.
They will be given to their new owners with myself as co-owner in the event that, God forbid, something happens to them the dog will automatically be returned to me.
I look at the photos of where Djinni’s relatives live and I see a room full of crates, walls festooned with obscene amounts of ribbons and I look at my own home...dogs lounging on their sofas, the floors festooned with “ribbons” of paper towels and stuffies they’ve happily shredded and dog toys strewn about like some squeaky minefield.
We are content.