Six of the top ten dogs showed up on Thursday in Reading PA to watch the country’s number two dog, the Pointer, CH Cookieland Seasyde Hollyberry, take the first BIS of the weekend. However, only one was there on Friday to watch Holly receive the hand off from Judge Carmen Battaglia at the Greater Philadelphia Dog Fanciers Association show, the local favorite, the Sealyham Terrier, CH Efbe's Hidalgo At Goodspice. Three of the top ten headed further north to West Springfield MA and the first of four shows, the Windham County Kennel Club event.
Unfortunately none of the three made it to Judge Lester Mapes’ final seven to watch the English Cocker Spaniel, CH Cobblestone Tuscany Corazon, win Best In Show. The nation’s top hound, the Harrier, CH Downhome Family Tradition failed to take home a group placement; the country’s number one dog, the Giant Schnauzer, could only manage a group four; and the number two toy dog, the Brussels Griffon, CH Cilleine Masquerade finished second in the group behind the number three toy dog, the Pug, Tupelo Shoboat Tu China Tu. It was the first BIS for the country's number one English Cocker, “Tyler”, who was bred by Susan Karsch & Donna O'Connell, is owned by Donna of Dallas TX, and handled by Kellie Fitzgerald. Congratulations to them all.
The sixth dog? That would be the jet setting Affenpinscher, CH Tamarin Tug. Taser was entered at both shows, but failed to show at either. We’ll have to wait until Monday to track him down. You think we could put a GPS on his luggage?