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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 23, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, April 23, 1973 Setter and cocker win MEANWHILE BACKSTAGE By BEKNICE HERLE Herald Staff Writer People who raise and show championship dogs have a deep sense of prida and love for th.pir animals. Many moments of coax- ing, combing, cutting and cleaning are behind the fi- nal triumph of a ribbon-win- ning dog and the brief sec- ond of glory in the ring. A trip around the ing rooms" of the many dogs entered in the Lethbridge and District Kennel Club All-Breed Championship Dog Show, Saturday and Sunday, proved that dog owners and tteir families and friends do put in many hours getting their dog ready for a show The atmosphere was sim- ilar, if one stretches his im- agination a bit, to walking into a star's backstage hair- dressing salon. STARS PREPARE Dogs were receiving all the attention that would be given to a performer going on stage. Attendants were busily applying creams, sprays and conditioners. Gayle MacDonald, of Cal- gary, owner of Sonny, a big white and grey Old English Sheepdog, said it takss her between three and five hours to get the dog ready for a performance. Sonny just lies passively on a table, the hair over his eyes giving the impression that he is asleep while Gayle brushes his coat. She said she just uses or- dinary shampoo for his bath but a little bit of corn starch helps brighten up ths color of his hair. Taralie, a Kerry Blue Ter- rier, owned by Gordon An- dres of Didsbury, receives her main grooming for a show three or four nights in advance. "It really takes me three or four nights to trim her coat propsrly. I do it my- self, and use a scissors to shape the body and a clip- per on the ears and face. A good clipping can often cover up a few faults the dog inav Mr. Andres said. MOXIQUE'fc BOW There is a purpose for the bows in poodles' hair. Rach- elle Descent, of Saskatoon, who was showing Monique, a miniature poodle, in Satur- day's show, said she uses Saran Wrap to keep tb2 long bair on Monique's head from getting into her mouth, dog food and "everything." A little bit of hair spray- on Monique's coat, just be- fore the show, helps to make her coat stand up. John Walmsley, owner of Alex, a bull terrier, said Alex requires only an or- dinary wash with dog soap and a trimming of his whisk- ers to get him ready to show. AlvA. Mr. Walmsley, is an family dog. "He's very good with kids bseause of his breeding he is al- most immune to pain. Kids can maul him and do what- ever they wish to him, if he knows them, he won't even snap.'' To get Dutchess, a Kees- hond, ready to be shown, re- quires three separate comb- ings with a slicker, wire comb and a wire brush. Jane Mclnfyra, of Vulcan, who owns Dutchess, said the last thing she does before Dutchess is shown, is clip the dog's toenails. cut her whiskers, clean out her ears and trim around her feet. BATHING TRUDY How do you bath a 180- pound. -31-inches-from-t h e- shoulder Si. Bernard who can pull up to pounds from a standing start? "With difficulty." says Jack Klassen, Calgary, own- er of Teddy. He said the last time his wife attempted to bath Tsddy she ended up with three broken ribs. Mr. Klas- sen said in winter Teddy has his bath in the house bath- tub and in summer he re- ceives a garden hose shower on the patio. Mr. Klassen. pointed out. as did most of the other dog owners, that a goad diet for a dog is important in getting his appearance to look tops. He said Teddy can be fed a good maintainance diet for less then eight dollars a month. Ruth Hehr, Calgary, spends many hours hand stripping the hair of her wire-haired fox terrier. Ti- ger. She explained hand stripping as pulling out all the dog's hair by the roots, by hand, every two weeks. MUSH'S FACE An English Bull Dag's main problem is its face, said Bob Rossetti, of Leth- bridge, owner of Mush Mouth. He said the wrinkles in Mush's face have to be cleaned every day becaus3 if dirt stays in them the dog will get infection. He said the dog bos three eyelids and her eyes must be out regularly or she will get water blisters. Many of the owners of the ERVIN nhotoi Dogs, Dogs. Dogs There were dogs of every size and description at Lethbridge and District Kennel Club All-Breed Championship Dog Show heid at the Ex Pavilion on the weekend. The variety line-up here includes Hugo a minia- ture Schnauzer owned by Mrs. R. M. Smith of Calgary, upper left; Mush Mouth, an English bull dog owned by Bob Rossiti of Lethbridge; Daisy a seemingly eyeless Old English sheep dog owned by Neal Whitburn of Calgary; and 180-pound Teddy, o St. Bernard owned by Jack Klassen of Calgary. In the bottom row are Linus, an English setter owned by AArs. Sheila Stotyn of Calgary, left; Pif, a shik tzu owned by Joyce Karris of Calgary: Segun, a boxer owned by Hugh Reid of and A'e.x, c Dull terrier owned by John Wolmsley of Sparwocd, B.C. white dogs at ths show used chalk to whiten and harden the dog's coats. However, all the chalk must be combed out again because a dog can be disqualified if the judge's detect that there is still chalk in their coats. Grace and Richard Dick- son, of Calgary, owners of an Irish setter called Nancy say exercise was important for any show dog. Mrs. Dick- son said the idea! type of ex- ercise for a dog with a weight problem is tail-gating behind a car. Sha said dogs can lose as much as ten pounds running in the field in the afternoon. About people attend- td the Lethbridge 19th and 20th All Breed Champion- ship Dog Shows and Li- censed Obedience Trials which featured 477 dogs and about 80 breeds. Judges for the shows were Ted Gunderson, Ottawa: Bill Dawson, Langley. B.C.; Mar- ion Post gate. Vancouver; Peter Smith, Woodstock, Ont.; John Machalek, Leth- bridge; and Elm3r Grieve. Calgary. Top winners in the show were: Saturday Best in show. O'Irish Jet Setter, born October 3, 1971 owned by C. H. Francis of Calgary- Best Canadian bred in show was also won by O'Irish Jet Seller. Best Canadian bred puppy in show, Shetland sheepdog, Jo-Ro's Dream Come True, born Aug. 14, 1972, owned by Joan Morris of Calgary. Best brace in show, fox terrier brace, Neerland's Gilroy and Tara of the Leaf, owned by H. R. Folmer of Calgary. Highest scoring dog in the obedience trials for both shows, an American cocker spaniel, Crestwood Cooper Fancy Man, owned by Ann and Eugene Hoversen of Minneapolis, Minn. Sunday Best in show, an Ameri- can cocker spaniel, Tawny- tones Dreams and Wishes, owned by Dorothy Vv'olhnan of New Sarepta. This dog a'so won best Canadian bred in show. Best Canadian bred puppy in show. Poodle, McGawea of Wycliffe, owned by W. R. Stark of Calgary. The fire department At the legislature By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer The mathematics of fire- fighting in Lethbridge are once again a subject for bud- getary debate at city coun- cil. This year the fire depart- ment has asked for 20 mor.2 men. Council has before it a resolution cutting this in- crease to ;y. Chief Wilf Russell readily admits that every fire de- panment in the country wants more men. but the Lethbridge Fire Department can and does produce some- what disconcerting figures to show the potential difficul- ties faced by an undermann- ed department that also pro- vides the city with its am- bulant service. The department ha? 71 men. but only 61 of these are lire fighters. These men work 42-faour weeks on two shifts of 10 hours and two of 14 hours, but taking holidays and sick leave into account it takes four men to keep man on the floor a4 am orie toic. Simple math will tall you this leaves the fire depart- ment with 15 men at three stations at any one time over a 24-hour 'period In practice this often works t'Jl to as few as 12 men. A1 number 2 and number 3 stations, two men are post- ed rm the ambulances a7x3 two men at each yfatxm IT. this event both ambu% o.ice; arc out at every 10 tneir report on LclhVidce carried out last Scplcm- IKJ >aid in csscricf Itihbridcc Fire Deportment fl> more men 'A effec- 'i-cly man its six piimptr units and one aeriaj laCider unit. This was based on a mini- mum of five men for each tnit, or 35 per shift plus four for the ambulances giving 39 per shift, multiplied by four giving a total of 156. less the present force of 61 giving a grand total of 95 ad- ditional firefighters The underwriters are con- cerned mainly with fire loss in terms of valus cf b'jiki- ir.gs ar.d cc-tens. and they U'i.e a number of k'o accoun of the firelight-.r.s; forte, in- cluding vaster supply, equip- ment. efficiency moral of the force, location cf fire placement of hjdranl> end inspections. Fire losses list year -A ere evaluated at only wi -or about per capi'a. hul losses in I97i were SJJSS.TT-i estimated at The Value Village fire ha? sl- upprd this ycsr'.v total considerably WT 1S72 The cost of operalinc the fire in W72 >n of 2ft men -rM add thi- I, for half a NT thi- >f-ar jVjjf SISO.OTO K lima.er] operating ex- this vtar arc fW.wi ft coiuuderaKc porti.n 'A Hi' aH it 3r 'hK ira' ha; aWfrmjn T.ei Premier's foot-stomping speech By GREG McINTYRE EDMONTON The prime message for Albertans in Preniier Peter Lougheed's major budget debate ad- dress last week was prob- ably that the Albsria econ- omy is in batter shape than at any time in the prov- ince's 68-year history. What made the news, of course, was the premier's foot stamping demand that Ottawa require the national railways to fully open their books. This political muscle flex- ing follows the recent Win- nipeg mealing of the four western provincial govern- ment the spread on a united iland against Ottawa all the time calling themselves "Ca- nadians first." At the meeting of Ihe four provincial premiers wiih Prime Minister Trudeau at Calgary this summer. Mr. IxKigl.ewi tells us there could be a re-shaping of fed- rnsl-p-rovinesaJ relations with tic west getting a better is ansportalion mc? office in September I'd STK! he ended tough Premier Lougheed said the Conservatives take their mandate and their election platform seriously and have done a "very job so far in puJting those elec- tion campaign promises into effect. The usually scathing So- cial Credit house leader Jim Henderson found little m Premier Lougheed's assess- men to criticize. Even NDP Grant Xotley might have been mildly en- ihusiastic about the Ccaiser- vstive picture of the road ahead, if Premier Loughsed hrcn'l fired several partisan sho'.s at the 'Toronto Nev.- Democratic party" what ever that mean! and iis Alberta spokesman. Mr Xotley found the pre- mier's speech "childish" and government pronouncements on energy matters more to the favor of the oil compa- nies than the pubiic. The largest single buo'set increase this year is going Jo housing, 1he pranser said Alberta Housing Corpora- tion program? are set at S7fl up 35 per cent from last year's million rro- This includes million for public hcrusinc and rent MI b s j d i 7. a IJon accommo- dation. 5257 million for loans ito buyers of houtcs an 1 mobile homes, and 57 r, mil Km land awmbly Tne new bousing corpora- tion pxeeutn" dircrtor, Jim said in an inter- thai 1he iruTnhrr ow pnori'y to the cos4 frf res housing in Alberla The president of a Calgary property development firm Roy Wilson (SC Calgary Bow) says Mr. Landsky has his work cut out for him. The housing scene in the province has already been badly botched because free enterprise has not been given a chance to bring costs down, says Mr. Wilson. Municipalities like Edmon- ton and Lethbridge should get out of the development business and set up the con- ditions on which private firms can operate in true competition, says the Cal- gary MLA. Specifically, municipa'iiies should a number of dif- ferent srcas to new building simultaneously so that dif- ferent firms can be compil- ing in various places far the consumer housing dollar. True free en'crprise where the buyer has a true choice wouJd bring down cost, result in more cre- ative designs and bstter work- rcajiship, claims Mr. In Edmonton's Mi33 Woods subdivision and Lethbridgc's side, municipal govern- ment has jammed up v.-crks with loo little prop- erty for sale and loo much tape. The latest chij, in the en- ergy jvkcr game sounds like good news to the province's coal industry The Energy Resources Conicnation Board report called "Choices Among En- ergy Resources For Genera- lion Of Electric Energy In Alberta" says coal, rather Hian natural gas should be for production ff elec- Iricitv The use of more coal would stimulate tte coal in- dustry "without detracting from the continued develop- ment of the gas Premier Lougneed said the report has bsen long-await- ed and will receive careful study by the government. Easter weekend doings the provincial capital is near deserted as the politicians enjoy the last skiing of the season, the horse races at Calgary's Victoria Park and other leisure pursuits. The session resumes at p.m. Wednesday after a six-day break. Lethbridge e s I MLA Ujck GrucnuaM planned to get away froin i: all. hut keep one eye of Indian Bat- tie Park io make sure there i< no more "daughter" of beavers damaging trees. Mr. Gruenwald says a cry of public rage followed the re- moval of beavers recency. HcaUh and Social Develop- ment Mirislcr Xeil Craw- ford is probably spending the Jong weekend rehearsing ..is speech in dcfcr.ce of more prorincial powers for the meeting of provincial 3rc with FewT-al Health Minister Marc La- londc this Mr. Lalond'j sa.vs the co- ordinated nalional v.clfarp plan 1v hiT: proposed v.ouldn'i prohibit any ince e'tabishing a ruaran- 1ecd annual iwonic if so de- sired. Abmrt all Mr. Crawford will liKely though, is more 4ax crcrJils for 1h- K" Jo moTf of welfare revcnw ;