Our Annual Meeting, luncheon, Recognition Awards and Gift Exchange was held on Saturday, December2,2023 at 11:30 the Brio Italian Grill Spectrum. Miriam Kahan chaired the event.  The members visited for about 45 minutes over cocktails then had a delicious lunch. During dessert of cheesecake or tiramisu we conducted a brief business meeting to vote in the slate for 2024.  At the end of the meeting the awards were given to members.  Special awards were given to 2 Rescue Families Paul Birchall and Lang Fredrickson with Champ and Joel and Celeste with Digby.  Also 2 special members were also celebrated as Members of the Year, Debbie Bowen and Laura Virant for their exceptional contribution to the club.  The Gift Steal was a resounding success with strategic tactics and lots of laughter.

SCWTCSC CLUB AWARDS 2023

CELEBRATING LONG LIFE

CH Kincora Tara Life In The Fast Lane  “Race” Owned by Jon & Kathy Apogee, Cecily Skinner & Kayce Healy (March 2009 – November 2023)  14 years, 8 months 

CH Tara Life’s A Beach  “Roxy” Owned by Cecily & Ken Skinner 14 years, 8 months old 

Westridge I’m Getting Jazzed   “Raegan" Owned by Allison & Paul Van Wig 14 years, 11 months old 

“Kody” Owned and loved by Debbie Bowen 12 years, 8 months 2/24/11 – 9/29/23

NEW CHAMPIONS IN 2023

CH Harbour Hill I’ll Be There For You  “Phoebe” Owned by Lauren Smith, Marilyn Smith and Susan Sakauye

CH Azydeco Wildflower California Poppy  “Poppy” Owned by Cathryn Bennett

NEW GRAND CHAMPION TITLES IN 2023

GCHB Claddagh’s The Greatest Love CGC TKI FITB  “Whitney” (new Grand Champion Bronze) Owned by Laura & Conrad Virant, Karla Baer Cohen & Cecily Skinner

GCH Harbour Hill Stand By Me  “Sonny” Owned by Lauren Smith, Marilyn Smith & Susan Sakauye

GCH Claddagh’s You Make My Dreams Come True FDC  “Dublin” Owned by Karla Baer Cohen & Laura Virant

GCH Azydeco Grand Duchess Beatrice Owned by Cathryn Bennett

OWNER HANDLED DOG/BITCH AWARDED GROUP PLACEMENTS IN REGULAR OR NOHS GROUPS

GCHB Claddagh’s The Greatest Love CGC TKI FITB  “Whitney” Owned by Laura & Conrad Virant, Karla Baer Cohen & Cecily Skinner

NOHS TERRIER GROUP 2 Shoreline Dog Fanciers NOHS TERRIER GROUP 2 Conejo KC  NOHS TERRIER GROUP 3 Lake Matthews KC    

SPECIALTY, SWEEPSTAKES  and TERRIER GROUP  SHOW AWARDS

GCHB Claddagh’s The Greatest Love CGC TKI FITB  “Whitney” Owned by Laura & Conrad Virant, Karla Baer Cohen & Cecily Skinner 

Select Bitch & OH BOB SCWTCSC Specialty Desert Empire  Best of Breed & OH BOB    SCWTCSC Specialty Shoreline KC 

GCH Harbour Hill Stand By Me  “Sonny” Owned by Lauren Smith, Marilyn Smith & Susan Sakauye

Award of Merit SCWTCSC Specialty Desert Empire Best of Opposite Sex SCWTCSC Specialty Shoreline KC 

GCH Claddagh’s You Make My Dreams Come True FDC  “Dublin” Owned by Karla Baer Cohen & Laura Virant

Award of Merit SCWTCSC Specialty Desert Empire Award of Merit SCWTCSC Specialty Shoreline KC

Azydeco Wildflower California Poppy  "Poppy” Owned by Cathryn Bennett

Best in Sweepstakes SCWTCSC Specialty Desert Empire Puppy Sweepstakes Group 1 Desert Empire All Terrier 

NEW OBEDIENCE/PERFORMANCE TITLES IN 2023

GCH Claddagh’s The Greatest Love CGC TKI FITB  “Whitney” Owned by Laura & Conrad Virant, Karla Baer Cohen & Cecily Skinner Trick Dog Intermediate 

GCH Claddagh’s The Greatest Love CGC TKI FITB   “Whitney"  Owned by Laura & Conrad Virant, Karla Baer Cohen & Cecily Skinner Fit Dog Title Bronze 

NEW FARM DOG TITLES IN 2023

Saltnsea Destiny Dancing With The Stars FDC  "Jasper” Owned by Miriam Kahan

GCH Claddagh’s You Make My Dreams Come True FDC  “Dublin” Owned by Karla Baer Cohen & Laura Virant

CH Claddagh’s Just The Way You Are FDC  “Cieara” Owned by Allison & Paul Van Wig and Karla Baer Cohen 

Acushla’s Butterscotch Brown Sugar FDC  “Mackenzie” Owned by Allison & Paul Van Wig and Karla Baer Cohen 

Rescue Family of the Year

Although we didn’t have a lot of rescues in 2023, we did have a couple of very difficult ones but Jeanine and Debbie were able to place those dogs with very special people.

Digby was 12 and his owner had loved him but had dementia and he was neglected. He had a lot dental problems and we had quite a bit of work done at the vets for his mouth. Even so when Celeste and Joel took him home, they found he needed additional dental work and a large benign growth on his side removed. Celeste got him a t-shirt to protect his side and an inflatable neck cushion. He sleeps on their bed, runs in their yard and is so joyous. Celeste just wanted him to have a happy, healthy rest of his life. He couldn’t have a better person to care for him than Celeste. 

Champ was so misunderstood by his original owners and was anxious and reactive towards dogs. They just didn’t know what to do with him so they turned him over to our Rescue. Rescue found Paul and Lang. These gentlemen have stepped forward to do whatever it takes to help Champion be a happier and better-behaved dog. They deserve to be celebrated today!

Members of the Year: 

Each year we honor a member that has gone above and beyond as our Member of the Year. Well since Rescue is having 2 families, we are also celebrating two fabulous members!

I am sure you have all had the experience, you meet someone and instantly you hit it off, you feel like you have known them forever, you are comfortable with them, they feel like family.

These two women have puppies from me. I know how a mother feels when she sees her child take a first step or have a piano recital…I’m so proud of them!  They have taken on so many jobs for the club. I found two of my very best friends, the club got terrific members and the Wheaten world found fabulous devoted advocates. 

I’ve known them for so long and they never disappoint. I ask them to do a job and they do it. I don’t have to worry or watch them…I can depend on their dedication to the club and to Wheatens. They do their jobs with grace and joy.

They both have become totally involved in the club events. Fun Day is chaired by Debbie and Laura with Kathy Fawley’s help. Debbie has and is co-chairing the Desert Specialty with Ann Leigh and Trudy Tothrock and Laura has been doing the GWTA Specialty with me. They do the raffles, the hospitality, the trophies...everything! Laura is our Secretary, Debbie a board member. Debbie works on our website and membership and is part of the Rescue team.

The members and board of the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of Southern California would like to thank you for your dedication, your time and your friendship Know that this award is given in the spirit of admiration, appreciation and love. Thank you, Debbie Bowen and Laura Virant, for being our 2023 Members of the Year.

Karla Baer Cohen
SCWTCSC President