While we await the results of the giant Del Valle Dog Club of Livermore show results, we do have some interesting and impressive results from elsewhere in the country. We start in a geographicly orderly manner on the east coast with results from Buena, NJ where our number one dog, the Giant Schnauzer, CH Galilee’s Pure of Spirit, had back to back losses to the Toy Poodle, CH Smash J P Moon Walk. In a reverse Moby Dick kind of thing, the little white dog would best the big black dog, taking BIS on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from Judges Joan Scott, Lorraine Bisso, and Linda Riedel, at the Gloucester KC and South Jersey KC shows. Spirit and handler Bill McFadden would jet back to California late Saturday for the Sunday Del Valle show with Group 2 and Group 1 ribbons from the two Gloucester events.
Meanwhile, down the coast in Cumberland, MD, the Sealyham Terrier, CH Efbe's Hidalgo At Goodspice, would wrap up a tough weekend, watching the Standard Poodle, Ch Hillwood Dassin De-Lovely, take BIS at the Upper Potomac KC show under Judge Keke Kahn, the same judge who gave Charmin a Terrier Group 4 on Friday. Breeder/owner/handler Dr. Joseph D. Vergnetti of Medina, OH, co-owns the country’s number two Standard Poodle with Ellen Charles, K LeFrak and W Sammet. Dr. Vergnetti is the top champion-producing Poodle breeder of all time. He has bred all three varieties for more than 30 years, but is best known for his distinctive Dassin line of Miniatures and Standards. He was named 2003 AKC Non-Sporting Group Breeder of the Year and is the Dogs in Review Outstanding Breeder of the Year for 2007.
Further west, in Springfield, IL, three of our top ten would spend Friday, Saturday, and Sunday slugging it out. The Brussels Griffon, CH Cilleine Masquerade, and the Pembroke Welch Corgi, CH Coventry Vanity Fair, would find themselves out of their weight class with the Pointer, CH Cookieland Seasyde Hollyberry, who swept all three shows garnering Bests from Judges Judy Webb, Michelle Billings, and Edd Embry Bivin. The Corgi, Coda, would take three Herding Group 1s, while the Brussels Griffon, Lincoln, would finish with a Group 2 on Friday, followed by Group 1s on Saturday and Sunday. As a warm up for Del Valle, the Affenpinscher, CH Tamarin Tug, made a pit stop in Rapid City, SD, and pick up two big rosettes, the first from Judge Lee Hubbel and the second from Judge Jean Fournier.
Will we see a new number one dog soon? If and when we do, you will read it here first!