Our top ten dogs continue to roll over their opponents…with a few exceptions. The number one dog, the Giant Schnauzer, CH Galilee's Pure Of Spirit, abandoned the west coast for the heartland, powering to three BIS in Salina, KS at the Salina, Wichita, and Hutchinson KC shows. On Friday, Spirit, exacted her revenge on the upstart number six dog, the Affenpinsher, CH Tamarin Tug. Taser and handler Jorge Olivera decided to spend the rest of the weekend in Washington State at the Wenatchee KC double header, taking on the number three dog, the Standard Poodle, CH Randenn Tristar Affirmation. On Saturday Yes prevailed, but on Sunday Taser stung his bigger rival and took home a Best.
The number two and five dogs, the Pointer, CH Cookieland Seasyde Hollyberry, and the Sealyham Terrier, CH Efbe's Hidalgo At Goodspice spent a four day weekend in Pennsylvania. As we reported here, Holly and Charmin were bested by the Rottweiler, Ch Blackrocks Kazanova, on Thursday at the Pocono KC show, but Holly returned to form on Friday at the club’s second show, winning BIS. On Saturday the action moved to Allentown for the Lehigh KC show. Again Holly led the way, garnering one more Best. However, all good things come to an end, and on Sunday in Kutztown at the Berks County KC show, Holly and Charmin watched the German Shepherd Dog, Ch Imp-Cen Rowland’s Tough Love, take his first Best In Show. Congratulations to breeder/owner/handler Christina M. Halliday and her partners, Connie Halliday and Betsy Scott.
Three of the top ten dogs competed at the Sir Francis Drake KC shows in San Rafael, CA. San Rafael is in Marin County, one of the wealthiest and most beautiful places on earth. Saturday the number ten dog, the Scottish Deerhound, CH Jaraluv Ouija, took the top prize while the number eight dog, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, CH Coventry Vanity Fair, stood by. On Sunday, the number seven dog, the Scottish Terrier, CH Roundtown Mercedes Of Maryscot, took a Group 2 (She was absent on Saturday), while the Corgi and the Deerhound made it to the final seven, only to be upset by the Samoyed, CH Rossia’s Texas Rocket O Cedar Ridge. It was the first Best In Show for the Sammie who was bred by Gail Spieker & J & S Clark, is owned by Gail Spieker & Jackie & Keith Mason of Glenbrook, NV, and handled by Jean Gauchat-Hargis. We tip out hat to all of them.