Tuesday, February 10, 2009

WELCOME TO THE PARTY!

MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

Come on in and join the party. Say “Hi” to the host (That’s me, Billy Wheeler) and join your friends to cheer on your favorites, tell us your Westminster war stories, and share your doggy gossip. We’ll do our best to keep those without TV access abreast of what’s going on, both on the screen and behind the scenes.

This promises to be an exciting finish to this year’s show. Relax, have fun, and don’t be shy about asking questions…or telling us we when get it wrong. (We have already been told about our ignorance of the need for a mane on the Scottish Deerhound.) That’s what this is for, to share in the fun of the game and maybe learn something too. Here we go!

341 comments:

  1. Everyone has Westminster fever. We had over 9,000 hits yesterday!

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  2. any further thoughts on the proposed groupings?

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  3. Thank you. You got me thinking about that realignment thing. I've been reading up on it between posts.

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  4. I think the english will win the group

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  5. There are going to be ten groups, with between 12 and 28 breeds

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  6. AKC cut comments off last week, but no word on when we can expect implementation

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  7. But with ten groups, that means three more group judges

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  8. Tell us your name, Anonymous, I think you may be right

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  9. Would someone mind actually stating results as they come in, not just commenting on them? A few of us out here in our caves don't have access to TV coverage. Please if you could give all group placements and of course BIS!

    Thanks

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  10. So forgive my typos as I try to keep up. lol

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  11. I forgot completely to post the Golden Retriever winner earlier. It was CH Toasty's Treasure Island, one of our picks.

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  12. Yeah I was curious to the regrouping as I am a fan of the Northern breeds, all in general and Samoyeds in particular.

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  13. There was kind of a surprise today in Samoyeds

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  14. We are the Racine's that think Eileen and her English will win the group tonight.

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  15. Yeah I was shocked I thought either celeste or hammy would win

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  16. If Night One is any indication we can expect surprises

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  17. Sammy's never get a second look anyways, regrouping may actually help the breed.

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  18. The winner in Samoyeds was the 2007 top Sammie

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  19. Yeah, just didn't here much from him this year.

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  20. I agree that regrouping will help some and it wont change much for others.

    We are excited to see who wins Jrs.
    Racine's

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  21. Three black dogs have won groups. Is it a portent of things to come>

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  22. Lincoln, the Brussels Griffon, will be a contender if gets through the Toy Group

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  23. Did any one watch any of the breed videos?

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  24. Hi, Robin, did you lock that dog up? ;-)

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  25. I can't keep my Scottie crated either.

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  26. Yes, the Papillons were great...I love the dog that won but it will have stiff competition in the group. But I have Papillons so maybe it's because it's my breed.

    Racine's

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  27. Back to that black dog thing, Affenpinsher, Giant, Flat Coat. It could happen

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  28. LOL, they're in the yard. My Giants would try to go through the screen to get to the show ring!

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  29. Its been that kind of year ;)

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  30. Here comes the Sporting Group. All of our picks have made it through. The Golden, The English Setter, and the Irish Setter

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  31. The Weimeraner, Olive could be a spoiler

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  32. hi, Billy. West Coast doesn't it have it on TV until 8PM out here, and the Westminster site isn't as fast as you are. Thanks for doing this.

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  33. German Short Hair Pointers are always nice

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  34. Do we have any sporting people here?

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  35. I like the wirehair pointer

    C. Racine

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  36. german pointer looked real good

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  37. The Chespeake Bay Retreiver is one happy dog.

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  38. Golden people...

    Racine's

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  39. Isn't it amazing the number of retriever there are. How do you pick a favorite gun dog? Nice Curly Coat

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  40. I heard this Flat Coated Retriever won the Sporting show over the weekend

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  41. This Golden is Treasure, Number one Golden and one of our picks

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  42. Does a stumble cost points?

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  43. isn't that lab rather "portly"?

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  44. That is prolly one of the best duck trollers ive seen..

    L. Racine

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  45. This is the owner handled English Setter Ross and another Dog that could win the group

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  46. i like the golden and the Eng setter so far ;)

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  47. I watched the breed video for my breed (Welsh Terrier) this morning (is wasn't available in Canada yesterday). I think they did a FANTASTIC job! Very thorough, and great angle shot at. I say "kudos" to Westminster for this!

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  48. Look how the handler puts the ears over the Gordon's face, accentuates the neck and the length of ear

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  49. Nice to see more substance on the Irish Setters.

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  50. This year you wanted to be number 5 in your breed...there sure are a lot of 5's out there.

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  51. I can't believe West Coast isn't getting this live. What about the mountain time zone?

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  52. Has it happened yet? Who is the judge checkin' out? I hate not being able to watch.

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  53. The Westminster site even says Don't visit out site if you want to watch it on TV and see it happen, because you will only see it later on TV :(

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  54. All Clumbers look like Drew Carry to me ;)

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  55. Re: Jasper - the sammy. Gorgeous dog, and spawned lots and lots of fabulous dogs. The 1 year old (on his birthday) who got the G1 in Phoenix on Sunday is his Grandson, I believe.

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  56. This is the number one Black Cocker and a top tene Sporting Dog

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  57. The ASCOB is also a top ten Sporting Dog

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  58. Is Linda going to make it two wins????

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  59. Not in the same class as the other two

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  60. Good evening! This Year is All Black?

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  61. The English Cocker looks more like the ones I grew up with

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  62. The ASCOB, Dylan, is a beautiful mover! Make it two for Linda!

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  63. I still like the duck troller

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  64. Field Spaniel is one of our rare breeds

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  65. Love Robin Novack... when I was a newbie in the show world she treated me like an equal...always been grateful to her for that

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  66. Irish Water Spaniel always looks like a pet Poodle to me.

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  67. Sussex are another really rare breeds. Look at the shine on that coat.

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  68. My Cairn just took advantage of me typing and stole my sandwich!

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  69. Vince Gill and his wife own this Welsh Springer

    The Racine's

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  70. Nice to see the Sussex still going strong at his age! He looked great!

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  71. Don't all the Italian breeds have a unique look?

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  72. Vizlas are certainly the race horse of this Group

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  73. my corgis are snoring with my husband!

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  74. The topline on that Weim is incredible

    L. Racine

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  75. English Setter, Golden, Flat Coat, and Irish Setter.

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  76. I predict Ross, maybe the Pointer, Golden, Ascob Cocker

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  77. Isn't she special? I'd have her in the top four if she had been around longer. Bet she makes the cut.

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  78. English Setter, FLat Coat, Duck Troller, Weim

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  79. DYLAN KIPP WON JUNIORS!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!

    L. Racine

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  80. Surprising cut!!!

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  81. He pulls GSp, Englsih, Golden, Clumber, Sussex, Springer

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  82. that's awesome!!!

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  83. Wow Sussex is goign to be first, Golden second,

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  84. English and Lab I think

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  85. 3rd was Ross, 4th was the German Wire I think...

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  86. Third was English Setter, Lab was fourth

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  87. A stunning result in sporting group

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  88. Billy must be making another sadwich lol

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  89. That ws a bit of a surprise. Stump is going to be like a pair of brown shoes at black tie affair tonight

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  90. Have you noticed Westminster has gone for the everman's dog lately?

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  91. Of the grops so far is the one to beat the standard Poodle?

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  92. The judge is a Pom breeder and there is a terrific one in this Group

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  93. We haven't yet seen the #1 dog in the country! Haven't seen any hype on her either!

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  94. Yay Stumpy! This is fun Billy. I read last nights blog, but didn't think about it until the groups were over...how fun to do it "live"

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  95. love this Affen! He's even cuter in person. Nice natural ears and tail. :)

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  96. No wonder Taser can fly all over the country

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  97. This Cavalier is a DOG2WATCH, a British import

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  98. I'm so happy for Stump, he did all of his winning when I had only been in dogs a few years, and I have always been a huge fan of his. We got home from NYC in time to watch the group on TV and I was nearly in tears watching him win that group. What a great dog and how fantastic it is to see a 10 year old dog who still looks wonderful and has been kept in great condition.

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  99. I think if anyone beats Spirit tonight it will be a Toy

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  100. Smooth Coat Chihuahua has a fan club

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  101. The smooth Chi. has good movement

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  102. with all of the upsets, Spirit needs to make it through the group!

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  103. I didn't like Chinese Crested originally, but they grew on me

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  104. English Toy Spaniel, Bleinem & Prince Charles

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  105. Want to name any possible spoilers?

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  106. I like the corded havenese

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  107. well, I personally don't think Spirit should be beaten, but there are some popular dogs in the working group...the Dobe, Rottie, Pyrenees, PWD

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  108. I take it I have no Toy people here?

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  109. LOL guess, not! bring on the working group!

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  110. The Maltese used to be my breed...Go ahead, laugh. lol

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  111. Did that one look a little low to the ground, Billy?

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  112. Bring us the Papillon

    The Racine's

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  113. I still have a soft spot for Toys, but I would never show one myself. The dog would laugh at me.

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  114. I thought it was a little long in the back

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  115. Toy Manchester is a neat dog, but not very popular

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  116. maybe that's what I was seeing. I think, as of now, it's probably between the Griffon and the Affen. Want to see the Pom though

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  117. This Papillon today, dog was a surprise winner

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  118. This Peke is owned by Sascha Rockefeller

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  119. Yes, it got an AOM (papillon)

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  120. The Pom was bred by a 24 year old guy from Brooklyn

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  121. And the handler is the top Pom handler. This dog could win the Group. He certainly asking for it

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  122. The Toy Poodle gets better with each show

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  123. he was a crowd pleaser for sure! nice one..

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  124. The Pom showed himself off!

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  125. Boo the Pug has been on a roll lately

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  126. Gosh, this is a tough group. Glad I don't have the job of judging this one.

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  127. Looks like the Toy Poodle got freaked out by something - he had his tail tucked there for a while.

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  128. Owned by the Toy breeder of the year

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  129. Now the Silky could be in the Terrier Group

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  130. The Toy Fox is a little shy on the table

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  131. The Yorkie looks great on the table, but can it move?

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  132. The tucked tail could have cost them the group.

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  133. We like the Pom, Poodle, IG, and Brussels

    The Racine's

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  134. hmmm....Pom, Griffon, Affen, Poodle?

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  135. Here's my call...Poodle, Pug, Affen, Pom

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  136. I'm also going to go with the Pom, the Brussels, the Pug, and the Affenpinscher

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  137. I am sticking with the P's...Pom Poodle, Pug

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  138. However, if he pulls the Poodle, he may put him first.

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  139. Walker didn't make the cut. :(

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  140. Lincoln, Boo, the Peke, and the Pom, Bon

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  141. Brussels, Pug, Peke, ?

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  142. I can't belive the poodle didn't make the cut

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  143. He tucked his tail, that's the kiss of death at this level

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  144. Robin, do you think the Tibetan Mastiff has a shot? He has a huge following in SOCAL, right, Marcia?

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  145. He might pull a piece of it...he has had alot of attention being a new breed

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