French Bulldog Bullmarket Rowan Moon at Homewood

Majors in Syracuse for Roxy Rowan


We’re very proud of Bullmarket Rowan Moon Homewood, better know as Roxy Rowan, for her results this past weekend at the dog shows in Syracuse, New York. In four days of showing, Rox won two of the four available majors, and also took Best of Winners.

We’re very excited about the show career of this cobby young girl. She’s sired by BIS Am/Can Ch Napachai Cruel Intentions out of Bullmarket Absolut Ruffiana. Rox is owned by Carol Gravestock, Dave Berrey, Michael Stelmach and Taryn Lloyd, and lives with Michael and Taryn in Toronto.

She was shown by Kay Reil, of Handling by Kay, who did her usual stellar job of presentation.

We’ll add her official win photos when we receive them, but here’s a photo of Rox chilling with handler Kay Reil in her hotel room. All show dogs should have it so good!

Roxy with handler Kay Reil


Best in Show Ch Bullmarket Fionn MacCool

Finn’s Best in Show Win

Finn won Best in Show his third weekend in the ring, just after turning six months old. This win makes Am/Can Ch Bullmarket Fionn MacCool the youngest French Bulldog to win Best in Show in Canadian Breed History.

Handled by Kay Reil – thanks Kay, for a once in a lifetime win!

Thursday, June 21st 2012 — Hamilton Kennel Club, Ancaster, ON

Judge: David Eadie

Best of Breed

Group First

Best in Show 

Best Puppy in Show



Finn Hits the Show Ring!

Finn with handler Kay Reil and Judge Richard Paquette

Finn amazed us all by finishing his Canadian championship in a single weekend, his first time in the ring,  from the 6 – 9 month puppy class. While he was there, he also took a Group 2, two Group 3 wins, three Best Puppy in Group wins and a Best Puppy in Show.

Our thanks to judges Olga Gagne, Mel Saranchuk and Richard Paquette for recognizing Finn’s excellent type, and to Finn’s handler, Kay Reil, for making him shine. Thanks as well to Pam McClintock and John Griffith for assisting with Finn this weekend – we appreciate it!

It’s always fun when puppies finish this quickly – Finn’s great uncles did the same, with Stoney finishing in one weekend, owner handled by Charlotte Creeley, with back to back five point majors. Just to keep things interesting, he finished his CD the same weekend. His great uncle Rebel finished with three five point majors and two group wins, and his half sister, Butters, finished in four days with a Best Puppy in Show.

Those are some pretty big shoes for Finn to fill, but I’m confident he can do it.

I think I’m particularly proud of Finn’s wins because he’s not just correct, he’s healthy – his breathing is perfect, his eyes are JC clear, his hips, patellas and spine are all prelim clear, and he jumps like a mountain goat. Topping it all off, he moves with that gorgeous French Bulldog double tracking movement that is so incredibly unique to our breed, and yet is so increasingly rare to see. It’s nice when your dog wins, but it’s even nicer when he’s a dog you can be this proud of.

Finn’s sister, Madge, showed this weekend as well. Madge looked great in the ring, and Kay handled her beautifully, but Madge is never going to enjoy the ring the way Finn does (partially because she doesn’t have his same unbridled enthusiasm for snacks). You know you’re up against it when the judge asks your dog “Why so sad, little pup?”, and your handler has to explain, “That’s not sad, that’s just Madge’s face”. We sometimes wonder if she isn’t really Delilah’s daughter, stolen away by Penelope when we weren’t looking.

It’s OK, Madgela, mommy loves you – and so did the crowd. I’ve never had so many questions and comments about a Frenchie puppy, ranging from “What color do we call this?” (asked by a judge, and answered with “We call it fawn pied, and it’s in the standard”, which seemed to make everyone happy) to “Wow, her markings are perfect”, which – of course they are, they’re on Madge.

I took home two tired puppies last night, and they celebrated with ice cream, followed by a vigorous romp through the muddy backyard.

Show dogs, yes, but swamp puppies first.