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Am/Can Ch Oakview's Roughrider v Esmond
Certified READ (Reading Education Assistance Dog)
ARC Mirko Medallion, ARC Anvil T.R.U.E Award Winner
ARC Einstein Award Winner
2012 AKC "ACE" Honoree, 2012 CRC "Seger Medallion"



Meet Benelli!


Benelli was the long awaited puppy for the very patient Skiptunas family
Which now consists of Maxim, Benelli and Spencer.


Benelli has turned into the perfect ambassador for the breed.
Thank you to Kelly and Skip for making sure that Benelli always represents the Rottweiler well.
So well in fact that he was recently featured in The York Dispatch!!!


Benelli is also READ Certified and he thinks this is the greatest job of all!


Historic win for one Wrightsville Rottweiler

By CHELSEA SHANK The York Dispatch

Benny, a 9-year-old Rottweiler, still walks with a limp, a daily reminder of the cancer he beat when he was 5 years old.  The Wrightsville dog provides therapy dog services and was recently the first Rottweiler to be honored with the American Kennel Club Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence.

"It is an honor to represent our breed in such a positive light," said Kelly Skiptunas, Benny's owner.

The 13th annual awards honor five loyal, hard-working dogs that have made significant contributions to their communities in each of the following five categories: Exemplary Companion Dog, Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, Service, and Therapy.

Each of the ACE recipients will receive $1,000 and an engraved sterling silver medallion at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Orlando on Dec. 15.

His work: Benny is an AKC registered therapy dog. He and Skiptunas make regular therapy visits to Memorial Hospital and Lutheran Social Services' Kelly Manor assisted living facility and also the Sprenkle Drive Rehabilitation facility.  He is also READ certified -- Reading Education Assistance Dogs -- and goes to Kaltreider-Benfer library in Red Lion and the Columbia Public Library, where students read books to him.

"Benny adores children and is very careful around them, so he was the ideal dog to train for this type of therapy work," said Skiptunas, 48, of Lower Windsor Township.  "Kids who have problems reading out loud are often ridiculed in school by their classmates, so research has found that we can improve their reading level by having them read to dogs," Skiptunas said. "The dogs never laugh at them and are always calm and happy and non-threatening."

Benny has completed more than 250 hours of therapy dog service since becoming certified five years ago while he went through treatment for osteosarcoma.  Benny earned his AKC and Canadian Kennel Club Championships and has been honored twice by the American Rottweiler Club, the breed's AKC parent club. He also has appeared on public television as a goodwill ambassador for his breed.

Skiptunas got Benny in Ontario when he was 9 weeks old, and said he has always preferred the company of humans to that of other dogs, something she believes makes him such an excellent therapy dog.  "He accompanied me to hospice when my dad was a patient there," Skiptunas said. "He was a huge comfort to me and to many other patients and their families. He was also permitted to attend my father's funeral, which was the first time a dog was permitted in the sanctuary of our church."

-- Chelsea Shank at 505-5432 or
-- Photo courtesy of Debbie Flaum The York Dispatch

Benelli and Kelly winning the ARC's Mirko Medallion and Anvil T.R.U.E Award



Benelli, Spencer and Kelly



 Benelli and his favorite friend, Jake.
Benni and Jake spend lots of time "just being boys"


Benelli and Jake recently found a dog event that they can BOTH participate in...

Thank you to Denise Null for earning both Benelli's Carting Started and Rally Novice titles at the 2006 ARC National!

A few candids...

Great News!  Benelli's performance at the National earned him a 2006 Top Ten Ranking for Carting!!!


Denise and Benelli do it again!!!
They earned their CI title at the 2007 CRC Specialty and were HIGH IN TRIAL!!!!!



Benelli came out to join us at the 2004 CRC Specialty.
It is the first time that I've seen him since he left as a puppy
and I couldn't be more pleased with how he's turning out!

Thank you Kelly and Skip for allowing us to visit,
it truly was the highlight of my trip!

Benelli at CRC offering kisses to his girlfriend, Mosey



Big News!!!
Benelli is all grown up now and joined us in Canada in November, 2006.


He finished in three straight shows, over a specialty weekend winning a Group 1 along the way!!!!!
He is shown, above, in the Best in Show lineup!


Benelli was also Winners Dog on Sunday during the 2006 Hamburg, NY
Specialty weekend handled by his new friend, Valerie McGraw.

Benelli and Val did great together...

Benelli & Val going BOW in New York

Benelli & Val going BOW in Connecticut.


Benelli and Val's final go-round to finish the AKC Championship!!!
Benny finished in grand style, winning 7 points, including both majors, in one weekend!


A candid from the next day...Benelli's first time in the ring as a special!
Thank you to Rebecca Carner for taking him in!



Benelli recently passed both his TT and CGC (pictured second from left in the back row).
Thank you to his best friend, Denise Null!!!



Benelli Swims!!!
Must be the nifty life jacket that convinced him to give it a try!


Or the inflatable duckie?


Benelli and Kelly on the boat!


A few more candids...



Benelli's Baby Pictures...

Wow!  I wonder if I'll ever be that big???
(Benelli & Maxim)


See, I'm starting to get big like them already!
(Benelli & Ruger)


The three tenors.