Two of our top ten dogs were in the Sacramento Valley in Northern California Saturday, but neither would make it into the BIS ring. The Giant Schnauzer, CH Galilee’s Pure of Spirit, would finish a disappointing third in the Working Group, while the Scottish Deerhound, CH Jaraluv Ouija, could do no better than fourth in the Hound Group. Judge David J. Kirkland would give the Sacramento Valley Dog Fanciers Association Best In Show award to the Dutch import, Welsh Terrier, CH Noraly Of The New Husken, bred by P M J Krautscheid, owned by Bruce Schwartz & Richard Berg & Samantha Curran of Los Angeles, CA , and handled by local guy Wood Wornall. A dog that did make it to the final seven was he Pembroke Welsh Corgi, CH Caamora All Dolled Up PT, who had taken the breed over top ten dog, CH Coventry Vanity Fair, on Friday. Saturday, handler Sharon Stone and her charge would have an easier path to the BIS ring, when the country's number one Herding Dog decided to skip the breed judging.
As infrequent an event as it is to see top ten dogs not make it into the final ring, this is a testament to how tough the competition is out there. The Welsh Terrier is a multiple BIS winner and is owned by Bruhill Welsh Terriers, a kennel that’s been around for 35 years and has 150 BIS to its credit. Handler Wood Wornall may not be a household name, but he is one of the best around. Anyone who watches dog shows on television will recognize him from the Eukanuba and Westminster broadcasts. We admit to concentrating on the top ten dogs here, but our readers should not forget that many owners of truly great dogs choose not to put those dogs through the stress of a national campaign.