You don’t often get hurricanes on the North Shore of Long Island, but such was the luck of the Brookhaven Kennel Club, who held their show yesterday in Oyster Bay, NY. New Yorkers seldom visit Long Island after Labor Day and even dog enthusiasts opted to head upstate for the Finger Lakes cluster in lieu of visiting the shore in the off season. Only 554 dogs were entered and only 311 showed up to compete. Our number nine dog, the Harrier, CH Downhome Family Tradition, garnered the BIS, getting the equivalent points of the group winners at the Finger Lake event. The only solace Long Islanders can take is this hurricane, Kyle, has the most WASPy name of the season. It would have been an embarrassment indeed had they been rained out by a storm named Ike.
Further south, and further inland, in Millwood, VA, the Warrenton Kennel Club hosted 677 dogs for their Friday affair and it was our number three dog, the Sealyham Terrier, CH Efbe's Hidalgo At Goodspice, who took the top prize. Will it be enough to keep Charmin in the top five come October 1? I’m betting not. We’ll know more come Monday morning.