Saturday, February 20, 2010


CH Aurora's Walk This Way

From Des Moines IA we hear that Nancy Smith Hafner has tapped the Saluki, CH Aurora's Walk This Way as her Best In Show at today’s Cyclone Country Kennel Club Of Ames.

Tyler Joe’s fellow finalists were the Brittany, CH Melridge Stir N It Up, the Rottweiler, CH Cammcastles Friar Tuck, the Parson Russell Terrier, Posey Canyon No Brainer!, the Shih Tzu, CH Olive's Grove Odd Thomas, the Dalmatian, CH Daldorado Dotzinks Bond, and the Old English Sheepdog, CH Lambluv Gambolon Blue Thunder.

Tyler Joe is the product of an artificial insemination breeding using 22 year old frozen semen from the breed‘s all time top winning male, CH Karim Zahab Al Bokay. Tyler Joe has had multiple group placements, including four Hound Group Firsts in 2009, although the four year old has only been shown on a limited basis. We do believe this to be his first all breed BIS Congratulations to breeder Nancy Bodine and owners Julie Mueller & Eugene Blake.


CH Afterglow Ebeneezer

From San Marcos TX we hear that George Marquis chose the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, CH Afterglow Ebeneezer his BIS at today’s Guadalupe Valley Dog Fancier’s show. Also on hand were the Golden Retriever, CH Toasty's Rag Doll, the Newfoundland, CH Bifrost's Gust O'Boradaile, the Border Terrier, CH Devon Lady Semper Fi, the Maltese, CH Rhapsody‘s Regarding Henry, the Tibetan Terrier, CH Sunclipse Mystique, and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi CH Hear Of Gold Power Play.

Ebbie finished 2009 with two all breed Bests and 51 Hound Group top awards. This is his first BIS of 2010. Ebbie was bred by Fred Ellingford & Michael Gadsby, who co-own Ebbie with BJ Thompson & Scott Russell. Ebbie is handled by Clint Livingston.


CH Shadagee Caught Red Handed
(Photo by Christy Marley)

The Irish Setter, CH Shadagee Caught Red Handed, has made it back2back BIS in Lakeland FL taking today’s Sara Bay Kennel Club offering. Alos on hand in the 13“ Beagle, CH Roirdan Lanbur Motoir City, the Boxer, CH Kim‘s Amazing Grace Custom Made, the Wire Fox Terrier, CH Dalriada’s Mystic, the Silky Terrier, CH Lamplighter’s Bingo, the Standard Poodle, CH Chrystal's Totally Chromed Out, and the German Shepherd Dog, CH Shoal Creek’s Sangria V Barick.

Emily and handler Adam Bernardin have now logged six all breed BIS this year. Ladies & gents we have a race for number one.


CH Foxcliffe Hickory Wind

Betty-Anne Stenmark took over on day two in Greenville SC for the Spartanburg Kennel Club’s show. The seven finalists looking for the Best In Show were the German Wirehaired Pointer, CH Ripsnorter’s Mt View Lookout, the Scottish Deerhound, CH Foxcliffe Hickory Wind, the Siberian Husky, CH Topaz T.R.O.U.B.L.E., the Scottish Terrier, CH Blueberry Surely You Jest, the Pekingese, CH PalaceGarden Malachy, the Miniature Poodle, CH Spalsh Di Caprio, and the Shetland Sheepdog, CH Juzdandy Devine Ms M.

Her BIS was the Deerhound, Hickory, coming off her Westminster Group Three win. Anyone else notice we have three Hounds in the top ten?

Friday, February 19, 2010


CH Seng Khri Bartok Of Dawa

The Greenville Kennel Club (SC) opened a three day stand in their home town with Catherine S. DiGiacomo in the final ring.

She chose her Best In Show from the English Springer Spaniel, CH Cerise Jesse James, the Safghan Hound, CH Genesis Silverado, the Tibetan Mastiff, CH Seng Khri Bartok Of Dawa, the Skye Terrier, CH Cragsmoor Buddy Goodman, the Smooth Coat Chihuahua, CH Ayrwen Star Kissed Delight, the Miniature Poodle, CH Splash Di Caprio, and the Austyralian Shepherd, CH Myshara’s Dream Girl.

She went with the impressive TM, Bart. It’s the second all breed Best this year for 2009’s number one Tibetan Mastiff.


CH Shadagee Caught Red Handed
(Photo by Meg Callea)

After the glitz and glamour of Westminster, our dog show faithful are back in the trenches. Many of the top dogs found their way to Lakeland FL where the Sara Bay Kennel Club asked Christine E. Pollender-Calcinari to open the four day set.

Her seven were the Irish Setter, CH Shadagee Caught Red Handed, the Harrier, CH Jackpot Kingsbury Beamer, the Samoyed, CH Mystiwind’s Hidden Treasure, the Wire Fox Terrier, CH Dalriada’s Mystic, the Silky Terrier, CH Lamplighter’s Bingo, the Bichon Frise, CH Saks Hamelot Little Drummer Boy, and the German Shepherd Dog, CH Shoal Creek’s Sangria V Barick.

It was the country’s number two dog all breeds, the Irish Setter, Emily, getting the first post Westminster Best. We expect we will see lots of movement in the rankings by the end of this weekend.

Thursday, February 18, 2010


One of the most fun parts of the Westminster Kennel Club Show is the media blitz the day after. Here’s a sampling of the appearances made by BIS winner, the Scottish Terrier, CH Roundtown Mercedes Of Maryscot.

Sadie, Gabriel Rangel, & WKC’s David Frei on The View

Sadie, Gabriel, & David on Good Morning America

Sadie Ringing the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


We are still on a Westminster high, but we turn our attention to the coming weekend and the real beginning of the dog show year. We know that all the official records are kept from January 1st through December 31st, but the fact is most of last year’s top dogs were still in the ring in January, keeping their game sharp for Westminster. The question is “Who will ride the Westminster Wave out of New York?”

Try the Strawberry Cluster in Lakeland FL

We will have a somewhat light schedule with only seven sites hosting shows. In the Northeast, there are dog shows a la Jenny Craig, two shows in Hartford CT hosted by the Elm City Kennel Club & the First Company Governor's Foot Guard Athletic Association (one of my favorite club names). Down in Greenville SC enjoy a three course weekend prepared by the Greenville, Spartanburg & Hendersonville Kennel Clubs. If you have the leisure time, live large with the Strawberry Cluster, a four show feast in Lakeland FL courtesy of the Sara Bay KC & the Lakeland Winter Haven KC.

Once you head inland, it’s all two day drive throughs. Try Des Moines IA wit the Cyclone Country Kennel Club Of Ames, Camden AR with the South Arkansas Kennel Club, San Marcos TX with the Guadalupe Valley Dog Fanciers, or San Jose CA with the Santa Clara Valley Kennel Club. However, if you are a Toy Dog fancier show up on Saturday in San Jose for the Nor-Cal Toy Dog Fanciers little guy show. The all breed even s will follow Sunday and Monday.

Remember, the limited show schedule means that you are likely to see great dogs at any of these AKC shows.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


CH Roundtown Mercedes Of Maryscot
2010 Westminster Kennel Club BIS

We can’t say it was unexpected. We had seen it too many times. The Scottish Terrier, CH Roundtown Mercedes Of Maryscot, 2009’s number one dog all breeds, had won it all, whether it was at that Terrier Super Bowl, the Montgomery County Kennel Club show in October, at the Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s annual Thanksgiving staple, or the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in December. She carried a resume with 111 all breed Best In Shows into Madison Square Garden. Yet, this was the 134th annual Westminster Kennel Club show and the atmosphere had been electric all day.

CH J'Cobe Kemosabe Vigilante Justice
Strikes a Pose in the Terrier Group

Sadie was challenged in the Terrier Group by the current number one Dog, the Smooth Fox Terrier, CH J’Cobe Kemosabe Vigilante Justice. Dodger had finished last year as the number five dog all breeds and the number two Terrier. He has ten all breed Bests already this year. Dodger gave it everything he had this evening, but Sadie would not concede an inch, utilizing every bit of stubborn Scottie attitude to pull off the Group win.

The Toy Poodle, CH Smash Jp Moon Walk
Moves Across BIS Ring

Then she was off to face the evening’s other six finalists, three of whom were fellow top ten dogs from last year, the number two dog, the Doberman, CH Allure Blazing Star Alisaton, the number three dog, the Puli, CH Cordmaker Field Of Dreams, and the number six dog, the Toy Poodle, CH Smash Jp Moon Walk. The remaining three finalists, the Brittany, CH Willowick Talltean, the Whippet, CH Starline Chanel, and the French Bulldog, CH Robobull Fabelhaft Im On Fire tonight, had already dispatched the number one dog in their respective Groups.

Handler Carrisa DeMilta Shimpeno
Praises CH Allure Blazing Star Alisaton
( Photo by Justin Lane, European Pressphoto Agency)

As soon as the Doberman, CJ, and handler Carrisa DeMilta Shimpeno, went to the center of judge Elliot Weiss’ ring, the crowd knew that no one was going to concede the outcome without a fight. Each of the seven dogs stepped up their performances above even their outstanding Group wins. Especially notable was the Doberman’s intensity when standing at attention, staring down the judge and the Toy Poodle, Walker, showing an animation and fire that belied his status as the smallest dog in the ring.

Protestors Invade BIS Ring

However, despite the fact, that Sadie had just completed an exhausting Terrier Group, and despite the distraction of anti-purebred dog protestors momentarily invading the ring, she answered all the challenges with an incredible performance, riveting her attention on handler Gabriel Rangel and judge Weiss whenever he looked her way. It ended as it had so many times before with the other six handlers congratulating Gabriel and Sadie standing on her back legs demanding that she be given credit for the win and we all do.

Our congratulations to Sadie’s breeders, Mary O’Neal & Anstamm Kennels (Miriam "Buffy" Stamm and Cindy Cooke), her owner, Amelia Musser, and handler Gabriel Rangel. We thank them all on behalf of dog fanciers everywhere for giving us two years of incredible dog show memories, especially this 134th Westminster Dog Show.


You all are invited to join us for Night Two of the Dog Show Poop Garden Party. The doors are now open. Set the TV dial to the USA Network & join us and your blogging buddies for the liveliest coverage you can get of tonight’s judging. It’s the next best thing to being there at ringside.

All you need to do is click on the comment tab below and leave us a comment. Be sure to refres your screen evry few seconds to get the latest comments. Have fun, keep it PG 13. Wit is appreciated, but venom is not.


CH Beechcroft Study's Top Secret is today’s Breed winner for Labrador Retrievers. Who decided to schedule Labs for 3:00 PM? He was bred by Mary A Wiest & Valerie F Whalen and is owned by Magdy Caban & Cecilia Martinez & Mary A Wiest.


The number one Sporting Dog in the US in 2009 was the Golden Retriever, CH Toasty’s Treasure Island. You will see Treasure tonight with handler Clint Livingston. She was bred by Pamela Oxenberg & Jerome Oxenberg who co-own with Jane Bates.

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, CH Ch Fireside's Spontaneous Combustion, was today’s Breed winner. He was Elaine Hunsicker co-owned by Joan Coughlin.

Ch Sharpshot Aris, is the Spinoni Italiano Breed winner. He was bred D Delaney & J Ruigrok and is owned by Allison A Schultz.


We have another trio of Spaniels for you. The English Springer Spaniel, CH Wil-Orion's Twenty Twenty, was bred by Janice & Erica Johnson who co-own with Laurie Green & Erline Jesseman.

The Welsh Springer Spaniel tonight is CH Heatherstone's Jopa Blue, bred by Shannon M Gandee & Valerie L Younge, and owned by Kate Sinclair-Dunn.

The Field Spaniel, CH Capriole's Normandy Commander CD RA , bred by Kay Klein and owned by Karin S Wiechmann, is that Breed’s rep tonight.


Look tonight for the American Water Spaniel, CH Kei-Rin's Honeyweiss, bred by Pamela W Kozakwhoi co-owns with Kayla Kozak .

CH Clussexx See You Later Alligator, is the 2009 Westminster Clumber Spaniel Breed winner. He was bred by Doug Johnson, Jeane Haverick & K Holbrook, who co-own with Jamie Hubbard.

A Sussex Spaniel won BIS last year. This year’s Breed winner is CH Erinhill Cpnwy Mr Fuzzywrinkles, bred & owned by Cheryl Curtis & Constance Holt-Grenier.


Catherine Fitzgerald bred and owns CH Willowick Talltean, the Brittany you will see tonight.

The Pointer, CH Bookstor Inherit The Wind, bred by Karen R Spey & Dr Howard Spey, who co-own with E Reisman & B Reisman MD, is today’s Breed winner.

CH Chesabar's Anyone Anyone is the Chesapeake Bay Retriever slated for tonight. He was bred by Stacy George and is owned & handled by Tammy Dennis.


We have heard that the country’s number two dog all breeds, the Irish Setter, CH Shadagee Caught Red Handed, will not be the Irish Setter you will see tonight. The Breed winner today was CH Greengate Buzz Lightyear, bred by Bernadette Elliott & Barbara Watanabe and owned by Mark & Judy Killam & Bernadette Elliott.

The English Setter tonight is CH Reidwood Red Alert, bred by Nancy E Warner & Clifford & Iris Reid, owned by Georgette Perry, and handled by Candy Carswell.

The Gordon Setter is our dark horse pick CH Firethorn And Sandpiper Easy On The Eyes, bred by Janice Beattie, Christina Kirby, Mary McLoughlin & Caren Mcweeny, is owned by Christina, Mary, & Don & Pat Coller, and is handled by Eileen Hackett.


We still have more Working Dog Breed results. Tonight’s Giant Schnauzer will be CH Skansen's Sir August Brigs, bred by Sylvia Hammarstrom and owned by Mary E Williams.

Tonight’s Great Dane is CH Strider N Leinenstones Katalea, bred by Glen & Kelly Tait who co-own with Renee Russo & Lori A Spicer.

CH Pepper Tree Zorro V Morgenwald is our Standard Schnauzer for tonight. He was bred by Earl & Arden Hoist and is owned by Penny Duffee.


You may remember the country’s number one Airedale for the last two years, CH Stirling Cool Hand Luke, & handler Ernesto Lara had to skip year’s Terrier Group because of a conflict of interest with judge Peter Green, but tonight you will get to see Luke, bred by Shirley R Good & Susan S Rodgers and owned by Tori Steele & Frank Pulice.

Tonight’s Welsh Terrier, CH Ch Shaireab's Celyn I Kid You Not , was bred and is owned by Carolyn Wolters & Sharon Abmeyer.

Also look for the Kerry Blue Terrier, Ch Cranmoss Finbar Of Colinca, bred by L Wilkenson and owned by Judith McGrath.

The last Terrier we have for you today is the Norfolk, CH Max-Well's Mr Cruise, bred by Susan Kipp who co-owns with Barbara Miller


Sadie may be the favorite Terrier out there tonight, but she will be in the company of several more top Terriers. 2009’s number two Terrier and 2010’s number one dog all breeds, the Smooth Fox Terrier, CH J’Cobe Kemosabe Vigilante Justice, bested very formidable competition in the breed today. Dodger was bred by William Dalling & Stacy Turner, and is owned by Sandra & Howard Hoffen and Phil & Amy Booth. Amy had the lead today, taking over after Phil’s three BIS winning performances over the weekend.

The Wire Fox Terrier you will see is CH Gallant Statesman Of Steele, bred & owned by Tori Steel.

Sadie’s handler, Gabriel Rangel, will pass the Lakeland Terrier, CH Tuscaroran Champ Luna, to a backup handler. She was bred by Hector Luna who co-owns with Paula Martinez.


The Working Group is shaping up to be a real showdown as most of the top dogs in their respective breeds are making it through to the Group. The nation’s number one Boxer, CH Winfall Brookwood Styled Dream, bred by Tina Porter & Lee Stanton, owned by Debbie McCarroll, Mark Fagan, Mrs J Billhardt, & S Tenenbaum, and handled by Diego Fernando Garcia, repeated her 2009 Breed win.

Tonight you will see the top winning Siberian Husky, CH Paragon’s Red Red Wine, bred & owned by Terri Erickson and handled by Scott Price.

You know the First Family will be rooting for the Portuguese Water Dog, CH Aviators Luck Be A Lady, bred by Cathy Dugan who co-owns with Victor Malzoni Jr, Jerson Valle & Cathy Dugan. Lady Bug is handled by Amy Rutherford.

Congratulations to all.


The first time we stepped into a show ring we had a Saint Bernard on the other end of the lead. We have never lost our love of the giant breeds. This year the Saint in the Westminster Working Group will be CH Alta Vista's Billion Kilowatt CD. He was bred by Thomas & Viola Brown & Shirley & William Tsagris and is owned by the Browns & Robert A Bonito Esq.

One of our picks in the Working Group is the Tibetan Mastiff, CH Seng Khri Bartok Of Dawa, bred by Eva Marton and owned by Zane Smith, Dan Nechemias & Lois Claus.

The Bull Mastiff tonight will be CH Ishana's Play It Again Sam, bred by Anna Figueroa and owned by Angela Kay & Tom Kay.


CH Gladrags Original Buttonfly is the Curly Coat Retriever to look for tonight. He was bred by L Holton, R Nelson, Robert Cataldo & Michele McGroarty and is owned by Robert & Michele.

The Flat Coated Retriever, CH Quillquest Etched In Stone, will also be on hand. He was bred by Gillian Impey and is owned by Sharon McLean.

The Vizla tonight is CH Kezdet's Grand Mark Gedeon JH, bred by Darlene Erschen, Judy Vernon-Saddlemire & Barry Golob and owned by Natalie Russo.


We don’t think anyone will be surprised to see the Scottish Terrier, CH Roundtown Mercedes Of Maryscot, in tonight’s Terrier Group. Sadie did win that group last year. Sadie was bred by Mary O’Neal & Anstamm Kennels (Miriam "Buffy" Stamm and Cindy Cooke), is owned by Amelia Musser, and handled by Gabriel Rangel.

The Sealyham Terrier tonight will be CH Efbe’s Merci Pour Le Poivre, bred by France Bergeron and owned by Margery Good & Sandra Middlebrooks.

Also look for the Norwich Terrier, CH Skyscot's Poker Chip, a repeat winner who placed in last year’s Terrier Group. Pokey was bred by Leslie Becker, owned by Caroline Dodwell, and handled by Brenda Lee Combs.


Expect a drama filled Sporting Group tonight as the spectacular Black Cocker Spaniel, CH Casablanca’s Thrilling Seduction, advances. Beckham, bred by Linda Moore & owned by Linda, Bruce Van Deman, Carolee Douglas, and Mary Walker, and handled by Linda Pitts, who has already won last night’s Herding Group with the Puli, CH Cordmaker Field Of Dreams.

The ASCOB Cocker Spaniel you will see is CH Shaman's No Doubt About It, bred & owned by Joann Stamm & Jim Fehring.

The Parti-colored Cocker Spaniels will be represented by CH Showcase Medicine Man, bred by Becky Rapoport & Carolyn Rogers and owned by Becky & Dr Sarah Forbes.