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.
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 naïve, but it’s just the way I like to see it.