Reporting on yesterday’s Virginia show we were reminded that last year we saw several dogs that entered the 2008 campaign too late to make it into the national rankings. Some of these were recent imports and some of these were young dogs who are just beginning their show careers. So, in case you missed them the following are DOGS2WATCH:
First among this group is the German Shepherd Dog, CH Woodside Pacino. Owner handled by Mr. GSD, James Moses, “Tony” was bred by Sandy Anderson & Linda Wheeler and owned by Moses, Roger Reichler & Janet Lange. The three year old dog entered last year’s campaign late, but still managed to finish at number 20, with 16 BIS and 88 Group wins.
Next we have the Toy Poodle, CH Smash JP Moon Walk, from the trio that gave us the 2007 Dog of the Year, CH Smash JP Win A Victory. Breeder Yukiko Omura, owner Ron Scott, and handler Kaz Hosaka have another great one here, finishing an abbreviated 2008 season with seven BIS and 17 Group Firsts. “Walker” is co-owned by Debbie Burk.
The next three dogs are all Terriers. While it is true we are Terrier enthusiasts and we have owned and shown a few, we present this list with a modicum of bias, Each of the following dogs caught our eye by upsetting some highly regarded dogs.
A Swedish import, CH Velvety Angel Eyes, surprised many back in October by going BIS while beating the country’s number one Terrier, the Sealyham, CH CH Efbe's Hidalgo At Goodspice. This pretty liver colored bitch, bred by Lise Lotte Nilsson and is owned by Nilsson, Joan Weiskopf & Anki Bengtson, finished 2008 with two BIS and seven top group prizes.
Charmin also go no respect last weekend in Florida from the young upstart Smooth Fox Terrier, CH J'cobe Kemosabe Vigilante Justice, who beat him three out of four meetings. “Dodger”, bred by William Dalling & Stacy Turner, owned by Dalling, Phil & Amy Booth and Howard & Sandy Hoffen, and owner handled by Amy, is just 21 months old, but has two BIS, and six Group Firsts in the last twelve months.
Also last weekend we saw a Welsh Terrier, CH Sanherpinc Paisa, take back to back Group Firsts at the giant Palm Spring Kennel Club events. Paisa first caught our eye back on 6 December when she beat the number seven dog in the country, the Scottish Terrier, CH Roundtown Mercedes Of Maryscot, on her way to a Group One at the Malibu Kennel Club show. Paisa was bred by Santiango Pinto, is owned by Bruce Schwartz & Larisa Hotchin, and handled by Terrier expert Wood Wornall.
Lost in the drama around the last show of 2008, was the Toy Group Winner at the Oakland Kennel Club show in San Mateo CA. Deena Simon piloted the Pomeranian, Starlight’s Smile From Siam, from the classes all the way to the final seven to face the 2008 Top Dog, the Giant Schnauzer, CH Galilee's Pure Of Spirit. A belated congratulations to Deena and breeder/owner Suradej Ekviriyakit.
We hope we see more of these dogs in 2009. We think we will.