The lucky spectators at today's San Mateo Kennel Club in San Mateo CA saw two of the highest scoring dogs in history face off in judge Peter Baynes's BIS ring, the Giant Schnauzer, CH Galilee's Pure Of Spirit, and the Pointer, CH Cookieland Seasyde Hollyberry. The Giant, Spirit, had held the top spot in the rankings most of the year, but had been passed by the Pointer, Holly, earlier in December, but today, after what surely must have been the longest three weeks ever for her team, Spirit and handler Taffe McFadden regained the number one spot with a BIS win today. Congratulations to all. Now the question is, can they win one more to hold off the Pointer?
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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