Five of the country’s top dogs were at the country’s largest show in several weeks, the Del Valle Kennel Dog Club of Livermore show with 2565 dogs present and competing, held Sunday in the San Francisco suburb of Pleasanton, CA.
With Groups larger than many all breed entries at other shows, it was amazing that all five of our favored dogs would make it to Judge Helen Lee James’ Best In Show ring. The Scottish Deerhound, CH Jaraluv Ouija, would have the hardest time of it, with 554 other hounds to overcome to get to the final. The Giant Schnauzer, CH Galilee’s Pure of Spirit, had it nearly as hard in the working group with 535 competing. Also advancing for final consideration were the Affenpinscher, CH Tamarin Tug, The Scottish Terrier, CH Roundtown Mercedes Of Maryscot, and the Standard Poodle, CH Randenn Tristar Affirmation. Spirit and handler, Taffee McFadden did have the home court advantage, but it failed to pay off, as it was the Standard Poodle, Yes, who would capture the top prize.
This year Del Valle has added a Monday show on top of the 49 specialty events that preceded Sunday’s extravaganza and all five of our ranked dogs would make it to Judge Mary Ann Alston’s BIS ring. This is Taffee McFadden’s backyard and she and Spirit made the most of it besting 2411 other dogs. It was a must win for the duo as the number two dog had closed within just a few points of the number one pair.
That dog, the Pointer, CH Cookieland Seasyde Hollyberry, capped off a four day weekend in Springfield, IL, taking a backseat to the number ten dog, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, CH Coventry Vanity Fair, who took the nod from Judge Lesley Hiltz. Also competing at the Illinois Capital show was the Brussels Griffon, CH Celleine Masquerade, who took a Group 2.
We do have a change in the standings as a result of this weekend shows. Yes has moved ahead of Charmin into the number three spot. You heard it here first. We still are awaiting a report on the Harrier, CH Downhome Family Tradition who spent the weekend in New England. Will post those results, with a new tribute video (it’s been too long), as soon as they come in.