That is unless something interesting happens in the world of dogs in the next 21 hours.
DC Sun-Yak Spellbnd Heaven Scent
For fans of the underdog the place to be yesterday was the Oakland Kennel Club show in San Mateo CA. As reported here, the country’s number one Sporting Dog, the Pointer, CH Cookieland Seasyde Hollyberry, lost the chance to compete for the Number One All Breed Ranking when Judge Honey Glendinning, placed her a disappointing Group Three behind two California dogs, the country’s number one Vizla, CH Koppertone's Classical Minuet, and the multi-group winning Gordon Setter, DC Sun-Yak Spellbnd Heaven Scent.
Hound Group Judge Joe Tacker also raised some eyebrows when he gave the 15 inch Beagle, CH Just-Wright The Full Monty, his second Group One this year at the expense of the Scottish Deerhound, CH Jaraluv Ouija, who finished second, and the Harrier, CH Downhome Family Tradition, who was left out of the ribbons. However, the reliable Sealyham Terrier, CH Efbe's Hidalgo At Goodspice, took the Terrier Group, courtesy of Judge Ekarat Sangkunakup, and joined the Giant Schnauzer, CH Galilee's Pure Of Spirit, in the final ring. Rounding out the final seven were a Pomeranian import from Thailand, Starlight’s Smile From Siam (This is a dog to watch, from a Thai breeder to watch, Suradej Ekviriyakit), the Keeshond, CH Windrifts Non-Negotiable Asset, and the Border Collie, CH Hitop’s Whiz Kid.
Well, you know how it all turned out. Just like 70 times earlier this year, the Giant Schnauzer, Spirit, the Number One Dog in 2008, went Best In Show. What a year it’s been.