I used to live 20 minutes off of I-5, the freeway that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon, and Washington state. It’s the quintessential American interstate, 12 lanes across in some sections, six lanes for most of the way. I can recall tooling along I-5 heading north to Portland OR, on cruise control at 85 MPH, when I was passed by a Mercedes S class and a Cadillac STS traveling at speeds that made me feel like I was sitting still. So when there are dog shows in the little towns along I-5, you can expect decent entries and so it was in Turlock and Stockton CA this weekend.
On Friday three of our top ten faced off at the Golden Valley Kennel Club show in Turlock. The Scottish Deerhound, CH Jarluv’s Ouija, the Scottish Terrier, CH Roundtown Mercedes Of Maryscot and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, CH Coventry Vanity Fair, all showed up in Judge James R. White’s final seven snd it was Ouija picking up her first BIS this month. It was so much fun that they thought they would all do it again on Saturday at the same location and the same club and it was the Scottish Terrier, Sadie, charming Judge Cecilia Ringstrom and taking home the top prize. On Sunday the three would head 40 miles north to Stockton for the first day of two shows hosted by the San Joaquin Kennel Club. Again all three would gather in the final ring of the day, but it was the Irish Setter, CH Ashton Peaceful Easy Feeling, who impressed Judge Butch MacDonald enough to win a Best In Show. Congratulations to breeders/owners Janet & Gary Hylton and handler, Jennifer Holmberg.
Conde Nast poster child, the Affenpinscher, CH Tamarin Tug, started the weekend on Thursday with a Toy Group Three at the Penn Treaty Kennel Club show in Reading PA, but was in the deep South on Friday for the Anniston Kennel Club show in Montgomery AL. Taser did make it to Judge Judy Webb’s BIS ring, but it was the Wire Fox Terrier, CH CH Jadee Top Secret Feeling , who caught the Judge Judy’s eye. Congratulations to breeders Linda Hembree & Ruth Dawson & Joyce Diehl, owners Janet Lange & James Moses, and handler Tracy A Szaras-Deloria. Saturday Taser tried out his charms on BIS Judge Lee Canalizo who was more smitten by the multiple BIS winning ASCOB Cocker Spaniel, CH Lydgate Rise N Shine. The nation’s number five sporting dog was bred by Deborah Knight who co-owns him with Jacquelyn Beaudoin & Mary Walker. Bravo to them and handler, Linda Pitts. Sunday, Taser headed west to Benton TX and the Cen-tex Kennel Club event hoping for his first BIS of the weekend. Unfortunately, the country’s number 13 dog, the Lakeland Terrier, CH Hi-Kel's Terrydale Soldier Of Fortune was also there and caught the eye of Judge Dr. Harry Smith Jr.
One top ten dog has not recorded a major win this weekend, the nation’s number three dog, the Standard Poodle, CH Randenn Tristar Affirmation. If any of our faithful readers know the skinny on Yes’ whereabouts let me know. Inquiring minds want to know. I will have two more shows to report on tomorrow. Will it change our rankings? You’ll read it here tomorrow.