There are plenty of new faces this weekend, but do not think that our old friends are all ready to retire just yet. The Pointer, Ch. Cookieland Seasyde Hollyberry, has returned to her east coast haunts with a BIS from Judge Dr. Alvin Krause at the Clemson Kennel Club event in Pendleton SC. Holly was joined by the Basenji, CH Klassics Ms Mata Hauri, the Akita, Cside Simply Irrestible, the West Highland White Terrier, Cunning Hams Ms. Whitley, the Pug, CH Atlantis Denim N Diamonds, the Standard Poodle, CH Anastasia Da Maya, and the Briard, CH Senderos Absolutely Irresistible. Both the Basenji and the Standard Poodle finished in the top ten of their individual groups in 2008.
Up in Talmadge OH, there are plenty of 2008 holdovers vying to improve their finish this year. Last year’s number 11 dog, the Pug, CH Tupelo Shoboat Tu China Tu made it to Judge Carl Liepmann final seven at the Rubber City Kennel Club show. The 2008 number 13 and number 20 dogs, the Doberman Pinscher, CH Cambria's Victoria Secret, and the German Shepherd Dog, CH Woodside Pacino, took home Group Two awards from their respective groups.
However, The Samoyed, CH White Eagle's Celestial Sky, was the one taking home the heavy silverware. The smiling Sammie, bred by Dr Terry Litton & Mary & Jim Augustus, is co-owned by the breeders with S. Klar & C. Montgomery, and handled by Mary Norton-Augustus. The Samoyed and Pug, were joined by Friday’s winner, the Bouvier des Flandres, CH Quiche's Demetrius, the Standard Poodle, CH Hillwood Dassin De Lovely, the Irish Terrier, CH Breezy's X Tra Top Priorty, the Afghan Hound, CH Karakush Dot Com Dot A U, and the Fla- Coated Retriever, CH Peterfield Famous Amos.
We are still awaiting results from yesterday’s huge Palm Springs Kennel Club. We have heard that 2008 top ten finishers, the Affenpinscher, CH Tamarin Tug, and the Scottish Terrier, CH Roundtown Mercedes Of Maryscot, are among those hoping to get a jump on the 2009 national rankings. Check back here for updates through out the day.