Saturday, April 11, 2009


We have just heard that the Giant Schnauzer, CH Galilee's Pure Of Spirit, has taken Best In Show at today’s Sacramento Kennel Club show under judge Mareth Kipp. It was Spirit’s 100th career BIS. As usual, she was handled by 2008 Professional Handler of the Year, Taffe McFadden.

CH Galilee's Pure Of Spirit
with handler Taffe McFadden

On hand to watch this historic moment were the Irish Water Spaniel, CH Poole's Ide Got Water, the Greyhound, CH Sobers Galathea At Grand Cru, the Scottish Terrier, CH Roundtown Merceds At Maryscot, the Affenpinscher, CH Tamarin Tug, the Standard Poodle, CH Penndragon Mansinello and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, CH Coventry Vanity Fair.

When a dog wins as frequently as Spirit and Taffe have, we sometimes become jaded about the wins, but this win was long awaited and met with universal excitement in the fancy. Virtually everyone present knew they were witnessing something extraordinary. It was a day when we all got to relive the moment we first got hooked on dog shows, that moment that transcends the usual routine and provides each of us with a special memory to keep as our very own.

We owe our thanks to Taffe and the entire Mcfadden group for presenting this wonderful girl in top condition week after week, to breeders Maryann Bisceglia & Mary Hayes for the years of dedication it takes to produce such a peerless specimen, and to owners Mary Hayes & Joe & Carla Sanchez for making it all possible. Congratulations to them all on this momentous accomplishment.


  1. Cheers to Spirit and Team!!! A job well done:)

  2. Hurray to such a lovely, gracious (and graceful) team! Congratulations to both!!

    Katharine M.

  3. Congratulations Team Spirit!!!

  4. GIANT Congratulations to Spirit ,Taffe and the whole team on a job well done!!!

  5. How exciting! Congratulations to Spirit, Taffe and everyone else involved.

    Will Spirit be retiring?