2023 Western Washington Summer Cluster

Educational Seminars

The Western Washington Summer Cluster Dog Show is proud to present

Six (6) Parent Club Approved Breed Seminars & Workshops
Seminar Fees
Who Would Benefit from Attending?
When / Where?
Seminar Topics
Seminar Schedule
Have you ever wanted to learn more about certain breeds? Or have you considered becoming a judge one day?  If so, please considering joining us for one or more of the breed seminars being offered on Saturday and Sunday of the Summer Cluster Dog Show. In these sessions, participants will have the opportunity to:
  • Listen to an informative presentation on the breed.
  • Get hands-on experience on the breed’s structure and movement.
  • Ask questions of the breed experts.
  • Earn two (2) points per class.
  • Participate in ringside mentoring during Friday afternoon Specialty Shows or Monday Puyallup Valley Dog Fanciers All Breed Show.  Email Joan Zielinski for more information at pvdfEducation@gmail.com.
  • Those that wanting to learn more about the breed;
  • Those considering judging in the future;
  • Judges already approved who would like a refresher course.
  • Those needing CEU credits.
  • July 8 & 9, 2023
  • 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Washington State Fair Events Center, Puyallup, WA 98371
  • Conference Center - west end of Showplex Building
  • Parking is available in the Blue and Purple lots - $8/day or $20 for 3-day pass.
  • Saturday - Boston Terrier; Tibetan Spaniel; Bichon Frise
  • Sunday – French Bull Dog; Tibetan Terrier; Chow-Chow
How to Register?


  Time Frame   Breed   Presenter(s)
Class D Parts 1 & 2   8:30 AM – 10:30 AM   French Bull Dog   Sharon & Calvin Dykes
Class E – Part 1   11:00 AM – 12:30 PM   Tibetan Terrier   Terri Gueck & Amy Soderman
Lunch Break   12:30 PM – 1:00 PM        
Class E – Part 2   1:00 PM – 2:00 PM   Tibetan Terrier   Terri Gueck & Amy Soderman
Class F – Parts 1 & 2   2:30 PM – 4:30 PM   Chow-Chow   Sandra Miller
Saturday, July 8th
Sunday, July 9th
Class   Time Frame   Breed   Presenter(s)
Class A Parts 1 & 2   8:30 AM – 10:30 AM   Boston Terrier   Kristi Wheeler
Class B – Part 1   11:00 AM – 12:30 PM   Tibetan Spaniel   Linda Foiles
Lunch Break   12:30 PM – 1:00 PM        
Class B – Part 2   1:00 PM – 2:00 PM   Tibetan Spaniel   Linda Foiles
Class C – Parts 1 & 2   2:30 PM – 4:30 PM   Bichon Frise   Sherry Watts & Mayno Blanding

Early Bird Online

(Closes June 28, 2023)

# of Classes* Fee
1 $40
2 $80
3 $100
4 $120

5 or 6



$25 - Optional

*Any combination of either Saturday or Sunday
“Day of Seminar” Registration
(Register at Cluster Desk)
# of Classes* Fee
1 $50
2 $100
3 $120
4 $140
5 or 6 $170

Lunch on your own

*Any combination of either Saturday or Sunday

  • Online:  Take advantage of the EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION.   Save money by pre-registering and paying for one or more seminars on-line. Registration will open at noon on May 10, 2023.  Online registration closes Wednesday, June 28, 2023.



Questions about the seminars can be emailed to pvdfEducation@gmail.com.
  • Kristi Wheeler (Boston Terrier) –Kristi is an International AKC Judge and a retired professional handler.  She is a Breeder of Merit in three breeds with over 200 Champions and countless client Championships and record achievements all over the globe.  Kristi shared she is an active club member and still showing her dogs and a Sphynx cat or two! Kristi was one of the co-founders of the Global Competitive Canine Educational Exchange which began in China.  She has been married to her husband Vern since 1977. She recently celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Zuran Show Dogs which was founded in 1972.


  • Linda Foiles (Tibetan Spaniel) – Linda is a second-generation dog enthusiast. Her family raised Great Pyrenees, and at the age of 13, she purchased a Shetland Sheepdog puppy. She took him to his first match where he won Best of Breed and just that moment, she was "hooked".  She spent her adult life raising her family and several breeds along the way. She had Shelties for many years, then became involved with Tibetan Spaniels before they were recognized by AKC. She has loved the breed for over three decades.  As well as Tibetan Spaniels, she also bred Silkie Terriers for a time, however having two breeding programs going proved to be challenging as she was also working on her undergraduate degree.  She followed up her undergraduate with masters’ degree, as well and an endorsement in educational leadership.  Linda is currently the Judges Education Chair for the Tibetan Spaniel Club of America. She has also judged the Tibetan Spaniel National twice and traveled to Australia and Scotland to judge the breed.
  • Sherry Watts (Bichon Frise)- Sherry Watts’ passion for Bichon Frise began in 1972.  She joined Bichon Frise Club of America in 1979. Today Sherry is considered the Northwest's consummate breed expert. Under the kennel name Sheramor, Sherry and her late husband, Chuck,  brought over 50 Bichons to their AKC Championships, most famously Am Can Ch Beaufleur Crown Roya Sheramor (Rory) and Am Can Ch Craigdale Sheramore Romio Amigo (Ben). Additionally,  Sherry and Chuck co-chaired four National Specialties. Sherry is a founding member of the Bichon Frise Club of Puget Sound (BFCPS).  Throughout her career, she has coached and mentored many exhibitors as they have entered the world of showing and breeding. Sherry has led numerous judging seminars and mentored judges as they have progressed in the field. While no longer breeding, Sherry continues to run an active grooming salon and serves in leadership roles for both the BFCPS and the Puyallup Valley Dog Fanciers Club while continuing to  mentor new Bichon Frise exhibitors.
  • Mayno Blanding (Bichon Frise) – Mayno Blanding has had purebred dogs all her life. Her love of the Bichons Frise began over 20 years ago when she acquired her first Bichon, Annie, a Top 20 Conformation Bichon who also earned her CDX and RAE2 titles.  Ever since then, Mayno has been breeding and showing dogs to their Championships and Grand Championships and many have been ranked nationally. Mayno is currently the Bichon Frise Club of America (BFCA) AKC Delegate, BFCA Bulletin Editor, BFCA Contributor to the AKC Gazette, and serves on the Judges’ Education and Health Committees. She also belongs to the Bichon Frise Club of Puget Sound. Mayno often mentors judges and presented a Bichon Frise seminar for the Oregon Dog Judges several years ago. She has also led several ring steward seminars.


  • Sharon Calvin Dykes (French Bull Dog) – Sharon Dykes was a breeder, owner, handler of French Bulldogs for over 20 years. She became a Breeder-Judge seven years ago and currently judges the Non-Sporting Group and several breeds within the Toy Group. She has judged the French Bulldog National Specialty and has been fortunate to be asked to judge Specialties in Taiwan and Australia. Sharon is a member of the French Bull Dog Club of America (FBDCA) Judges’ Education Committee and has served on the FBDCA Board.  She is a Past-President of her local club and currently serves as Education Chair.  Sharon’s husband Calvin Dykes will be co-presenting at this seminar.


  • Terri Gueck (Tibetan Terrier) - Terri Gueck started showing in 1983 and got her first Tibetan Terrier in 1984.  She lives in Abbotsford, BC Canada where she breeds under the ‘Kyeri’ prefix.  She mainly competes in conformation where her dogs have won numerous awards including Best in National Specialty Show (both Canada and USA) and Best in Show. She is the breeder/owner/handler of two CKC Grand Champion Excellent Tibetan Terriers. Recognizing and appreciating the versatility of the breed, Terri also competes in rally obedience, sprinter, barn hunt and trick dog. She has also had the honor of judging Futurity at the  Tibetan Terrier Club of America National Specialty.


  • Amy Soderman  (Tibetan Terrier) – Amy has been a member of the Tibetan Terrier Club of America since 2003 and currently serves as the Club’s Treasurer. She is an AKC Breeder of Merit and has produced top ranked, National/Regional Specialty and Westminster winners.  She and her husband Paul own the Honey Creek Tibetan Terrier Kennel located in Northern California.
  • Sandra Miller and Steve Miller (Chow-Chow) – Sandra and Steve were long-time chow breeders and exhibitors with top winners and producers of both rough and smooth-coated Chows under the kennel name of Chinarose Chows. Together they created the parent club Illustrated Standard for the Chow  (Sandra illustrator and Steve editor).  Steve is an AKC Chow specialist judge and has served as education editor for Chow Life Magazine and the breed representative to the AKC Canine Health Foundation for several years. Sandra created and curates the extensive ChowTales breed history online archive, documenting the journey of the Chow since its introduction to the West.
Learn a little about the Presenters
  • Day of Seminar:  Come to Cluster Desk (east end of Showplex) to register on the day of the seminar. “Day of Seminar” registration fees apply.
The Lunch Break is from 12:30 – 1:00 PM.  Attendees pre-registering online can opt to include lunch for $25.  Attendees not choosing the lunch option will be on their own for lunch.