On the 13th of October, we headed to Taiwan through
an invitation from the Kennel Club of Taiwan President, Alex Zee.
We would be there for a full week and looked forward to seeing the
dogs as well as exploring the capital city of Taipei where we would
be staying. We arrived a day ahead of fellow judge Nancy Popovich
and her husband, Sam but once they arrived, our trip was in full swing.
The city itself is large and busy but we found it to be very clean
and modern and the people very friendly. Alex made sure we were accompanied
for every meal and outing as many do not speak English and the menus
are in Taiwanese. He arranged a city tour for us to see the main points
of the city and then spent two days taking us shopping.....being accompanied
was especially excellent as we had a local to do our bartering for
We were taken to the electronics mecca where everything "tech
related" is at your fingertips for excellent prices. We thoroughly
enjoyed the local markets with a menagerie of local goods, food and
culture. The trip to the Jade Market was especially amazing as it
was the largest jade market in Asia and went on and on for eternity.
Every effort was made for us to experience all the variation in local
cuisine, which was delicious and unique, including a Taiwan BBQ where
you have your own personal grill set in the middle of your table.
Fresh meat, fish and vegetables are brought to you to grill to your
pleasure accompanied by a never ending round of beer. Genius idea!
The Dog Show, held under the auspices of the Kennel Club of Taiwan
was held in a new location for the Club which turned out to be very
functional and well laid out. The Club was very well organized and
the show ran like clockwork. The dogs were of good quality with an
entry of over 250 which was divided up between two rings. The entry
of the local breed of dog, the Taiwan Dog, was excellent affording
a good representation of the breed. Best in Show was judged by Nancy
Popovich and she chose a lovely Long Haired Dachshund.
The next day, seminars were provided to the Club Members and Judges.
Richard firstly gave a power point presentation of the Lakeland Terrier,
then he and Wendy presented one on the Shih Tzu with a top knot demonstration.
Nancy clued up the day with a demonstration on Grooming terriers.
They were all well received and enjoyed by all.
Nancy and Sam were off the next day for their side trip to Hong Kong
while we had one more day to explore this beautiful city. We did a
little shopping but spent the bulk of our day at a Hot Springs Resort
in the mountains. These are natural springs that provide a hot tub
experience by nature. Thoroughly relaxing and a decadent way to end
We cannot thank Alex and the members of the Kennel Club of Taiwan
for the fantastic attention they gave us during our stay. Their hospitality
was above and beyond and surpassed anything we expected. Thank you!!