Monday, February 9, 2009

COME ON IN! THE PARTY ROOM IS OPEN!

Welcome to Our Garden Party. Tune your TV to USA Network and join us for the dogdom's ultimate armchair quarterbacking. Please say hello to your host when you come in and then feel free to mingle. It's like any other open house.


There are very few rules. Feel free to cheer for your favorites and make fun of the spectators. Just please, this is a PG 13 room. We all appreciate humor, just keep it clean and don't be too cruel (a little teasing is OK). To participate just leave a comment and then refresh your screen frequently to view the latest comments. This our house warming, so expect a few mishaps, but we hope everyone has fun.

217 comments:

  1. we are expecting for the show dog poop coverage
    we can´t access to american tv
    saludos from south america

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  2. Welcome! We have been doing breed coverage and we will be doing commentary on the group. So stay right here.

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  3. Visit the Westminster site for detailed results and a marked catalog.

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  4. That's http://www.westminsterkennelclub.org/

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  5. I heard Andrew Doyle fell and is now on life support. Apparently this happend in home. Very sad!

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  6. The Hound Group will be up first with Patricia Craige Trotter, teh Elkhound breeder, judging.

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  7. Go Sadie go!!!!

    And if it can't be you, Go Charmin Go!!!

    From the Scottie News.

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  8. With Ouija absent and upsets in the PBGV and American Foxhound, the Harrier, Coda has a good shot at it. Look for the Basset and my dark horse the Afghan.

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  9. The Afghans are so beautiful! I can't imagine trying to maintain that gorgeous coat though!

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  10. Nothing moves like an Afghan. I had one I couldn't keep fenced. He could clear his eight foot kennel fence.

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  11. Welcome, Amanda. Nice of you to stop by.

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  12. This is a great idea Billy! The harrier is a fabulous representative of the breed. The Bloodhound is also a beautiful dog. :)

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  13. My Cairn is barking at the Coonhound. lol.

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  14. I like the Black and Tan

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  15. I heard this dog won the Central New Jersey Hound show this weekend (the longhair dachshund)

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  16. This dog upset the number one Am Foxhound today

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  17. Wow. Interesting. Nice stack there... Do the dogs seem a bit fidgety?

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  18. Oh my goodness I've talked with the owner of the B&T on a message board- go Mazzie! How exciting!

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  19. I watched the breed video for English Foxhounds and the dog was worse during the breed. Billy I was suprised when the number one American Foxhound got beat!

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  20. Welcome everyone. I'm glad you joined us. There have been some surprise today. Both the Foxhound and the PBGV were upsets, although the PBGV wasn't as much of an upset.

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  21. Look for the Greyhound in this half.

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  22. Thanks Billy! I attended the AKC Open House yesterday with my dog's breeder and another woman with a dog from the breeder. We loved seeing the beautiful paintings and the library.

    I met a judge (can't remember the name, shame on me) who bred the Afghan Tryst. I was just reading up on the story and it was amazing. The judge was so nice, so friendly and I am definitely new to the dog show world!

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  23. That's Taffe McFadden with the Greyhound

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  24. Ahhh...Taffe with the Greyhound. Not quite the showdog as Spirit!

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  25. I love the harrier! Bring home a win!!!!

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  26. The Harrier is such a stunning dog.

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  27. Note the lack of angulation in the Harrier. It's a breed characteristic

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  28. This is a very nice wolfhound and a big winner

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  29. Oh this is so fun. Thank you for all your hard work Billy... it is neat to recognize dogs from the Dog Show Poop top 10!

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  30. Why is the handler wearing a hat?!

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  31. One of our rarest breeds, the Otterhound

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  32. I'd be so nervous showing and Elkhound to Pat Trotter

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  33. Looks like the PBGV is a crowd favorite!

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  34. I agree. They look like such happy dogs!

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  35. Look how light that dog is on his feet.

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  36. I like the substance on this Saluki

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  37. ok, Billy...what's your guess for the ribbons?

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  38. I have Coda first, Basset second, PBGV third, and Afghan, fourth. Come on be brave, pick a favorite.

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  39. Disappointing to see the Ibizan Hound. A very poor representation of this beautiful breed. Nice gait on that Otter Hound! PBGV showed well, as usual!

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  40. WOW!! That's a surprise!

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  41. Well, it was a great group! We sucked at picking winners but still great all around.

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  42. Well, I totally blew that one. I had heard that Pat really liked Ouija. Too bad she decided to pull.

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  43. That was a total shocker.... WOW.

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  44. Not a surprise to me. Pat Trotter is known to like wire coats!

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  45. I am surprised that Taffe didn't make the cut/

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  46. I wonder if Pat Trotter thought that was Ouija?

    She left some nice dogs out of the cut, the Afghan, Greyhound etc.

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  47. I'm sure she knew it wasn't

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  48. lol. No, Pat knows the difference.

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  49. Uno, has been such a great ambassador for our support.

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  50. Angel on a Leash program is awesome.

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  51. Don't forget we switch to CNBC on the hour.

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  52. In the Terrier Group look to see whether Gabriel Rangel has the Scottie or the Westie.

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  53. LOL! Do you think that CNBC outbid USA or did USA opt to air the wrestling program??

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  54. WHERE IS THE SHOW???

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  55. My Welsh Terrier pick decided to skip the show. They thought she was too young. Group Firsts at Palm spring and a BIS already. I think I would have brought her.

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  56. However, my Bedlington pick won the breed and she has a huge European following staying up to watch.

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  57. My smooth Fox pick also on the breed. He is a youngster too.

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  58. That smooth fox is nice

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  59. That smooth fox is BEAUTIFUL! I had the chance to play with him a few weeks ago. A young boy.

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  60. the smooth fox is my favorite to terrier group

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  61. Guess Gabriel thinks Peter Green will like his Scottie!

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  62. In your opinion do the exotic and newer breeds have an advantage over the older exstablished breeds?

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  63. Thanks for hosting this, Billy! At the end - could you name the winners (just breed will be ok) - I do not have cable and I am depending on you guys that are so lucky to be able to see the competition :-) Go Scottie :-)

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  64. I think that was one of the best things to ever happen...I'm so happy right now

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  65. I think that at other shows that might be gtrue. Judges like to be the first to put up a new breed BIS, but not here.

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  66. What was the conflict of interest about? At least they did win their breed!

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  67. Note that's a liver much more rare than the blue Bedlington

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  68. Ernesto use to work for Peter and Ernesto I believe was taught pretty much everything he knows from Peter

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  69. Amber, the conflict was that the handler leased the judge's business from him.

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  70. Gosh, another conflict!

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  71. Oh come on with the conflicts, replace the judge!

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  72. Doesn't this go back to the discussion some weeks ago that the judges are posted in advance and it's the handler's option to enter or not!

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  73. Newbie question! If there is a conflict would they not know that before they go into the ring? Is it to just give "props" that they won breed?

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  74. Hey bill, Do to the delay when you say "that" dog we don't know "which" dog you are refering....

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  75. Replacing Peter Green is a not an easy task

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  76. We covered the Sporting and Hound shows before Westminster, www.westminsterweekenddogshows.com, pretty impressive seeing some of the top dogs and handlers showing tonight that we saw this past weekend! We did an interview with this judge, Peter Green, you can view it here: http://tinyurl.com/cxrbcm

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  77. I don't thin they should have brought Lucas to the Group Ring. It appears to the novice that he tried to put one over on Peter.

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  78. I love the Glen Imal Terriers! They are great looking dogs.

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  79. But if they can't represent their breed in the BOG then the runner-up should automatically get the chance!

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  80. Thanks for that Katie. Who won those shows?

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  81. I will try tobe more specific. ;-)

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  82. Nice moving Kerry Blue! Irish Terrier was also a nice dog.

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  83. Flatcoat won the Group on Thursday night - we saw the Foxhound and the Harrier that were in Hounds tonight, loved the Foxhound. You can watch all of the videos for free on our site. Lots of beautiful sporting dogs there this weekend, I can't pick a favorite! I have to say the English Setter that won BOB on Sunday was beautiful!

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  84. From the Newbie, that is a great point about the runner up getting the chance then to go. Why not change handlers? This is great Billy, what a way to learn the ropes!

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  85. Why did they not just put different handlers on the Airdale and the Cairn. If the handler does not own the dog, it is not a conflict of interest with a different handler?

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  86. RE: the prior Group Winner that was the Scottish Deerhound, CH Gayleward's Tiger Woods

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  87. I'm sure Peter knows those two dogs so yes it may still be a conflict

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  88. Peter has seen most of these dogs before. If there is a genuine conflict the dog should not be entered. If there is no conflict, then show the dog and let the gossips faint.

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  89. The Pointer, Holly was not entered because of a perceived conflict. Same with the BIS winning Doberman, CJ

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  90. I agree, To disallow the breed to show in Best of Group is a diservice to the group and dilutes the show!

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  91. Besides at this level everyone knows everyone. There's no way you can avoid every confict.

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  92. It is interesting to watch Peter judge, it will be fun to see what he does. So far I like the Lakey and the Mini bull.

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  93. The Lakeland is one of my DOGS2WATCH

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  94. hellooo
    who won the hound group?

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  95. the Scottishe Deerhound, CH Gayleward's Tiger Woods

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  96. We covered interviews with some prominent British owners/handlers/judges here! http://tinyurl.com/c9wydh

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  97. LOL my dog is sitting in front of the tv with her head cocked watching the dog show. Too cute.

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  98. My Cairn barked at all the Hounds, but hasn't noticed any of the Terriers. You think she's a bigot?

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  99. This is a NICE group. Wow!

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  100. I wish they would get back to a more natural look for the Westies.

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  101. I like the mini bull, smooth fox, glen of imal, soft coated wheaten

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  102. I say Sealie, Scottie, Lakeland, & Smooth Fox

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  103. I no nothing but going with the white bull terrier...

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  104. She's a nice one (the bull terrier)

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  105. That's the 2008 number seven all breed dog, the Scottish Terrier, CH Roundtown Mercedes of Maryscot, aka Sadie

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  106. The Scottie looked great this evening. She had it all together!

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  107. Wow, didn't see the last 2 coming.

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  108. At least Ellie, the white bull, made the cut. This was a strong group of dogs in my opinion. Would have been nice to see Charmin win the group 1 but it could have gone to anyone in that cut.

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  109. I like the way Peter went back and pulled the Scottie & Sealie almost as an after thought! Keep the tension going!

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  110. Do we have any Non-Sporting folks in the house? I only have one pick in this Group.

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  111. A bit off topic but has there been any PETA interference at the show itself?

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  112. Thanks for the vote of confidence on the welsh Billy! We just might bring her next year! And, I'll probably make the long trek down from Canada :-)

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  113. PETA rarely delivers on their threats. If they didn't get free press for a month, they would disappear.

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  114. Our dog finally woke up to watch some of the show lol

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  115. Who won? Sadie the Scottie? Was Charmin number two?

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  116. Non-Sporting Group Judge is Charlotte Patterson from Destin FL.

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  117. The Non-Sporting breed judging was full of upsets today

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  118. How any judge can pick a best among this group is beyond me, has to be the hardest of the groups to judge

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  119. The Bichon was a surprise winner, the number two Standard Poodle didn't even get an AOM today, two BIS winning Tibetan Terriers lost in the breed.

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  120. This is an exceptionally nice Bulldog bitch

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  121. Either that's an exceptionally large handler or an exceptionally small Chow Chow

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  122. that was a nice dalmation

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  123. Can you extrapolate a little on the re-making of the groups?

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  124. Michael Brantley is very tall (Chow handler) and the Chow is a bitch, so smaller than we're probably used to seeing on the televised shows.

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  125. Honestly, I don't know much about it. It used to be that everyone in the Group were perfectly happy to be there. After all there were fewer breeds and your shot at a group placement was pretty good. However, in recent years more and more of the new breeds were stuck in the Non-
    Sporting group, in part, because the other Groups didn't want them. Now there needs to be some realignment, but it remains contentious. Any one else want to jump in?

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  126. I think this poodle will be hard to beat

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  127. The Miniature Poodle was bred by the handler, Kaz Hosaka, who handles the Toy Poodle, Walker.

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  128. Seems I heard him say something about a "spitz" group.....

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  129. gorgeous shiba inu..can he pull an upset?

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  130. There has been some movement toward a Nordic group of dogs.

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  131. If anyone beats Yes, the Standard Poodle, it will be an upset.

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  132. poodles are stiff competition

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  133. Interseting, then the samoyed and husky, and malumutes would get pulled from the working group?

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  134. OK, I will go as far as Yes, first, but after that I am at a loss.Maybe the Bulldog, a local favorite and a BIS winning bitch.

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  135. So far I like the Bulldog, with my friend Phoebe, the Dal and the Mini Poodle

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  136. I think YES will get it.

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  137. gawd no, not another poodle......

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  138. Yes is nice but I'm suprised Kaz didnt get anything

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  139. I really wish they would show the standards with a field cut......

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  140. Yes was stunning tonight.

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  141. Rick, I'm talking out of school here, because I have not talked to anyone who is involved in the process, but that's the whole problem. Them that has don't want to give it up. I don't see the Sammie, Siberiam, Malamute folks saying, "Oh, sure let's leave the home we've had for 80 years."

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  142. Proposed new groups starts on page 12 of this PDF:
    http://www.akc.org/pdfs/about/board_minutes/1008.pdf

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  143. a good big poodle is an awesome animal. They are elegant, athletic, and very, very smart. Yes is a very good one.

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  144. Thanks, Amber, I'll take a look at that. I've heard it's going to happen.

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  145. Katie - you made a comment about the English Setter that won on Sunday. Do you know what English Setter it was? I am trying to find out if Aritzoe's High Caliber won at either of the specialties, or the shows this weekend? Anyone know?

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  146. I wonder why Jimmy Moses was not there?

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  147. JJ SAYS THIS IS GREAT THIS IS UNREAL FRONT ROLL SEATS

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  148. If the judge has been in GSD for 30 years, he has to know Jimmy.

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  149. I was told that he was going with his assistant and then was suprised when I saw him absent

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  150. So a conflict of interest with Jimmy?

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  151. Don't know, but Jimmy was one of the few handlers entered who has won Westminster,

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  152. the border collie was nice

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  153. The australian sheperd was fantastic...btw thanks alot for the link on the grouping changes!

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  154. so are these changes really going into affect?

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  155. One has to wonder how many of these dogs we are seeing are fed pedigree ;)

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  156. thats not SAX is it?

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  157. In the first half I liked the Beardie, the Border and the Bouvier.

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  158. Where was Sax's female handler?

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  159. Anonymous - English Setters BOB on Sunday Final Cut - http://westminsterweekenddogshows.com/videos/english-setter-best-breed-final-cut-feb-8th

    Beautiful dog!

    I saw her ad in the Westminster Dog News... awesome dog!

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  160. This lady has had a lot of OES at the Garden

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  161. Wow, upset in the Pembrokes? I would have expected Shelton's Corgi to be the BOB winner.

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  162. The Puli is definitely a contender

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  163. That is a nice sheltie!

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  164. Puli definately had charisma!

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  165. nice sheltie but i think the puli will win

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  166. I'm going Puli, Rough Collie, Bouvier, and OES

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  167. I think it will be the OES or the Puli. The Beardie should get a placement.

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  168. I agree with the Briard...it should have had something but I agree with the Puli

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