Just 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park is the beautiful town of Bozeman, Montana, an unlikely spot for a showdown among the top dogs in the USA, in the middle of the week yet. As improbable as it is, four of our top ten dogs, all of whom live 700 miles or more from Bozeman, gathered in Bozeman for the Gallatin KC show. So far-fetched was this scene that the country’s number one dog, the Giant Schnauzer, CH Galilee's Pure Of Spirit, watched a little known Doberman Pinscher take Group one. Now this Dobie is not a top ten dog nor even a top ten working dog. This Dobie is the number nine Doberman Pinscher, CH Cambria’s The Captain bred by Ann White & Jim White, owned by Naomi Barksdale of San Diego, CA , and handled by Andy Linton. As unexpected as the win was it is a testament to how many beautiful Dobermans we have in the show ring, a fact which every Dobie exhibitor is proudly and painfully aware of.
Joining the Doberman in the BIS ring was the number four dog, the Standard Poodle, CH Randenn Tristar Affirmation; the number six dog, the Affenpinscher, CH Tamarin Tug; and the number seven dog, the Scottish Terrier, CH Roundtown Mercedes Of Maryscot. At the end of the day judge Mrs. Loraine Boutwell said yes to Yes, the Standard Poodle. This five day week continues today with the second half of the Gallantin two-fer. Friday they take a travel day and caravan 100 miles north to Helena, MT for back to back shows Saturday and Sunday hosted by the Helena KC. One wonders which of the top ten dogs will decide to hotfoot it back to the coast to seek easier pickings.