Our longest weekend ever ( it began last Wednesday in Virginia Beach) ended yesterday in Fort Wayne IN with the Northeastern Indiana KC show. It was the largest gathering of top ten dogs this year with five our our exclusive club attending, the Pointer, Cookieland Seasyde Hollyberry, the Giant Schnauzer, CH Galilee’s Pure of Spirit, the Scottish Terrier, CH Roundtown Mercedes Of Maryscot, the Affenpinscher, CH Tamarin Tug, and the Brussels Griffon, CH Celleine Masquerade. Only one failed to make it to Judge Loraine Boutwell’s BIS ring, the BG, Lincoln, finished Group 3 behind the Affenpinscher, Taser, and the country’s number five Toy Dog, the number one Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, CH Mondrian V H Lamslag. Modrian, a Dutch Import, was bred by J G A Boelaars and owner handled by Janet York of New York, NY (more on Janet later). At the end of the day it was the Scottie, Sadie, standing alone with the judge, the show chairman, and all the hardware.
Now we direct your attention to the left sidebar. As I predicted, this marathon weekend did shake up the standings, if ever so slightly. Spirit tightened her hold on the number one spot nearly doubling her lead on number two, Holly. A little over 2,000 points now separates number three Yes from number six Taser. That’s right, Lincoln now lays claim to the number five all breed position and the number one Toy Dog slot by the slimmest of margins. With two Best In Shows this week Sadie sits securely at number seven. Ouija, who was no where to be seen this week, is now in a virtual tie for the number eight spot and the title of top Hound with Coda. Rounding out the top ten is Carly who is practically guaranteed to finish the year in the top ten and hold the title of top Herding Dog.
Now, I promised you more on Janet York. I spent the first five years after college living in New York City and I found that New Yorkers are among the friendliest, most interesting people on the planet. I don’t know Janet personally, but I sure find her story interesting. Janet has owned Cavalier King Charles Spaniels for 25 years. Unlike most Toy breeders, she is not satisfied with just having lovely, little companion dogs. She has trained her dogs in obedience, agility, therapy, and even field. Joy is an artist and her web site is one of the most entertaining dog sites I‘ve seen. If you read my post on doggy movies (see the archives on the right sidebar), you may recall I recommend the sly dog show spoof, Best In Show. Janet has a series of Broadway show posters on her site that recalls the tongue in cheek Shih Tzu calendar in that movie. Visit her and her CKCS at http://www.piccadil.com/dogs.htm. You’ll be glad you did.