We had expected the top dogs to show up at the larger clusters, but they surprised us by scattering about the US.
On Friday, in Edison NJ at the New Brunswick Kennel Club, BIS judge Donald Sturz went over the Labrador Retriever, CH Casbar's Hart To Hart, the Rhodesian Ridgeback, CH Of Afrikka Spring Valley Dorian Gray JC, the Great Pyrenees, CH Pyrless Brother Love, the Irish Terrier, CH Fleet Street Fenway Fan, the Pekingese, CH Linn-Lee’s For The Good Times, the Lhasa Apso, CH My Thai Ta Sen Hallelujah Chorus, and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Fairysteed Abra-Cadabra.
His Best In Show was a first for the two year old Peke, bred and owned by Erna G Holcombe & Charlotte Carter. Congratulations to them both!
Saturday, Judge Lester Mapes had a mostly new crowd excepting the Lab and the Irish Terrier. He also had the Harrier, CH Downhome Family Tradition, the Rottweiler, CH Echo Ridge’s American Justice V Von Wilhelm’s, the Toy Poodle CH Smash Jp Moon Walk, the Bulldog, CH Cherokee Legend Rock, and the Bearded Collie, Ha’Penny Ella Ain’t Misbehavin. BIS went to the country’s number three Toy Dog and number one Toy Poodle, Walker, who collected his seventh BIS of the year.
Down in Raleigh NC, they were wrapping up a four day weekend with the Fayetteville Kennel Club show. Judge Edgard Bajona looked over the German Shorthaired Pointer, CH Fieldfines Back In Action, the Irish Wolfhound, CH Dun Myrica Speaker Of Eagle, the Doberman Pinscher, CH Allure Blazing Star Alisaton, the Sealyham Terrier, CH Efbe's Merci Pour Le Polvre, the Smooth Chihuahua, CH Arwen Star Kissed Delight, the Boston Terrier, CH Shine's Cupid Dolly, and the Puli, CH Cordmaker Field Of Dreams.
The Puli, Conrad, ran away with his seventh BIS this year, tightening his grip on the number one Herding Dog position. We'll have more in a moment.