AKC/Eukanuba Flashback: Mick, Stallion on a Lead

AKC Gazette, “Times Past” 

We take a fond glance back 12 years, when Kerry Blue Terrier Ch. Torums Scarf Michael went Best in Show under Connie Barton at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship.

Here’s a thumbnail portrait of the mighty Mick.

  • born May 1, 1996, in Liverpool, England;
  • died October 3, 2011, in Acampo, California
  • owner Marilu Hansen;
  • handlers Geoff Corish and Michael Coad (United Kingdom); Bill McFadden (United States)
  • the big rosettes BIS at Crufts 2000, Morris & Essex 2000, Montgomery County 2000 and 2001, AKC/Eukanuba 2002, Westminster 2003 113 career all-breed Bests in Show
  • quotes
    • USA Today: “The hottest British import since the Beatles.”
    • New York Times: “He is the most influential Kerry Blue alive, the producer of 61 champions and maybe more in the future, if his sperm, frozen for artificial insemination, yields puppies that meet the standards of the breed as closely as he does.”
    • Bill McFadden: “My personal favorite moment in Mick’s career was his first weekend out, at Great Western Terrier Association. I had been walking him two miles a day since I got him, just to get used to having a stallion on the lead. "As we entered the group ring, under Ken McDermott, I was acutely aware of both the entire ringside and everyone inside the ring falling under his spell. “He won Group I and BIS from the Open Dog class. He followed this the next day under Lydia Coleman Hutchinson, who was equally smitten. I still remember the way it felt—and I do not have a good memory. It will always be my favorite moment in dogs because having judges fall in love at first sight is such an incredible thing! “For me personally, Mick was a game changer, a once-in-a-lifetime dog. The gift and good luck of having him is something I am reminded of daily.”