Monday, December 22, 2008


OK, I have known about this for some time, but I have not posted it because I did not want the simple facts of the situation to become a commentary. However, my mission is to keep the dog show going public informed. I, am therefore, just putting this out to all of you as an interesting coincidence.

Honey Glendinning
Sporting Group Judge, Oakland Kennel Club

Digging deeper into the judges slated for the San Mateo shows, I noticed that Honey Glendinning of Delta, British Columbia, Canada, is scheduled to judge the Sporting Group at the Oakland Kennel Club show on 30 December. She, along with husband, Rick, also an AKC judge, are owners of Fantail Kennels (English Setters). Honey is also the sister of Taffe McFadden, handler of the Giant Schnauzer, CH Galilee's Pure Of Spirit. Honey, in all likelihood, will be placed in the thankless position of deciding if the Pointer, CH Cookieland Seasyde Hollyberry, will advance to face her sister’s charge in a final seven that could possibly decide who is the AKC’s 2008 Number One Dog.

After 40 years following AKC dogs, I am confident that all the judges will behave professionally and all the handlers will act graciously. Call me na├»ve, but it’s just the way I like to see it.


  1. I will say that's an interesting coincidence! I am in the process of learning about judges selection for Kennel Clubs, and I realize that this must have been just that...a coincidence. What a small world this dog show business is!

  2. Most dog show judges accept their assignments about 2 years in advance. Two years ago, it is VERY unlikely that anyone would have dreamed of this scenerio unfolding. Honey will judge her entry as she was contracted to do.
    With all the snow storms going on, we will have to see if the Pointer makes it to her ring before we will see if she makes it out of it.
    ANYthing can happen at or even to a dog show. Whatever will be, will be. Whatever that is remains to be seen and will be interesting!
    Five days until the fun starts ...

  3. I heard that she was a judge change recently...

  4. Seeing as how there is a record of all judge changes on infodog and the Sporting group is not one of them, it does not appear to me that this was a recent change.

  5. If you looked when the judges were first printed you would have seen that Joe Tacker was suppose to do the group.. but then it was taken over by Honey... And now for some reason he got the group on the first day... It was like in November the change happened i believe....