A reader has just advised me that the Giant Schnauzer, CH Galilee's Pure Of Spirit, took advantage of having the day off to slip out of the Long Beach Convention Center and fly off to Bethlehem PA and accept a BIS award from Judge Jon Cole. That bit of strategy has pulled Spirit to within striking distance of the number one dog, the Pointer, CH Cookieland Seasyde Hollyberry. By my numbers, Holly leads Spirit by about 500 points, making tomorrow's final in Long Beach even more suspenseful. Remember, boys and girls, national championship's are not won inside the show ring alone. I'm sure Holly's team knows that there are only four more shows this year, all in San Mateo CA, conveniently in Spirit's backyard. Who would have thought that a national championship would be decided on the last four days of the year?
The author has been attending dog shows as a spectator and exhibitor for over 45 years. He is a retired management consultant who has advised multiple organizations affiliated with the AKC and the Cat Fanciers Association on business management, long range planning, customer service, and legislative matters. After 25 years of living in the big cities of New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, he now resides in his hometown of Memphis, TN.
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