Friday, December 30, 2011

BE THE FIRST ON YOUR BLOCK

Beautiful Palm Springs CA

We’ve made our last run to the airport to drop off holiday visitors, packed away the Christmas decorations for another year, and now turn our attention to the coming week and our first dogs shows of the new year.

We will be at the legendary Empire Polo Grounds in Indio CA this first week in January for two of the largest shows we will see all year, the Kennel Club of Palm Springs two all breed offerings. We expect to see many of 2012’s serious contenders for the first time, vying for a share of the 6500 dogs available on Saturday & Sunday.  As a bonus there are seven of the largest limited breed shows we will see all year, the Inland Empire Hound Club Of Southern California Friday show and Thursday/Friday twofers hosted by the Desert Empire Terrier Club Of Southern California, the Toy Dog Breeders Association Of Southern California, & the Sand To Sea Non-Sporting Association Of Southern California,

For those of you who can’t make it to California’s desert playground, there are plenty of regional contests to enjoy.   The Land O' Lakes Kennel Club’s two weekend shows in St Paul MN will also feature Friday limited breed warm ups, the Northstar Working Group Association, the North Star Toy Dog Club, & the North Star Herding Group Club shows.  The North Texas Non-Sporting Association will do the Friday kick off for the Nolan River Kennel Club’s Saturday/Sunday shows in Glen Rose TX, 80 miles southwest of Dallas.

There are three all breed shows for Great Lakes residents in Tallmadge OH starting Friday courtesy of the Columbiana County Kennel Club & the Rubber City Kennel Club.  Finally weekend warriors will be in Clemson SC & Deland FL for traditional Saturday/Sunday fare with the Clemson Kennel Club & the Greater Daytona Dog Fanciers Association.

We hope you will join us and our Best In Show Daily partners on the Polo Grounds to help us celebrate the launch of our new site and to see 2012’s Top Dogs for the first time.  If you can’t be in Palm Springs, do take in the AKC dog show nearest you.  Be the first on your block to see the new crop of contenders for Number One Dog All Breeds!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

A VERY GOOD YEAR

 We had Two Standard Poodles 
in the Top Ten All Breeds

We don’t know if it’s the sentimentality of advanced age or just the wisdom that comes with the passing years, but we come each year to appreciate more each new place we visit, each new person we meet, and each new show dog we encounter.  2011 has been a year when we’ve been treated to many new friends, both the two legged and four legged kind.

When we look back on this year we marvel on what experiences life laid out for us.   Three things that will remain in our scrapbook were the close races in individual breeds, in the individual Groups, and even in the all breed race; the number of breed records that fell during the year; and dramatically, the intervention of the very real natural world into our cloistered sporting world.

2011 Top Two Hounds

We had dramatic races in the breed in English Springer Spaniels, Maltese, & Standard Poodles.  The Poodles were especially interesting as both the Number One & Two, GCH CH Brighton Lakeridge Encore & GCH CH Jaset’s Satisfaction, were in  the Top Ten All Breed Dogs.  Also galloping toward the finish line were two Hounds, another pair in the Top Ten, the Whippet, GCH CH Starline’s Chanel & the Pharaoh Hound, GCH CH Northgate’s As You Like It, with the Whippet pulling ahead in the stretch.

Lurking just outside the Top Ten were the Top Two Herding Dogs, the German Shepherd, GCH CH Babheim’s Captain Crunch, & the Bearded Collie, GCH CH Tolkien Raintree Mister Baggins, who ended the year separated by just a handful of points.  We also had a down to the wire race in the Terrier Group between the Smooth Fox Terrier, GCH CH Slyfox Sneaks a  Peek, & the Wire Fox Terrier, GCH CH Steele Your Heart, with the Wire pulling out in front the last week of the year. 

We had several breed records set during the year.  In addition to the aforementioned Pharaoh Hound & Whippet, the 15” Beagle, GCH CH Torquay Midnight Confession, also set a breed record 45 career BIS this year.  Another Top Ten Dog that finished the year as the breed record holder was the Kuvasz, GCH CH Szumeria’s Wildwood Silver Six Pence.  Though they failed to make it to the top in all breed points,  both the Skye Terrier, GCH CH Cragsmoor Buddy Goodman, and the above named Beardie, captured the most Group Ones in their respective Groups while setting new breed records, the Skye breaking an almost 40 year old record.

Lightening in Florida, Floods in New Jersey

Finally, we started the year with show cancellations in Florida caused by severe thunderstorms & lightening, endured September interruptions in New Jersey caused by flooding, and finished with show stopping November blizzards in New England.  Nonetheless, exhibitors and fanciers returned to the ring unabated, finishing the year with a record setting AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Orlando FL.

We think this has been our favorite year.  Did we mention that we also welcomed our second grandchild, Olivia Willow Wheeler, to the family on November 16th?  A very good year.

Monday, December 19, 2011

LONG BEACH CLOSEOUT

GCH CH Perrisblu Kennislain's Chelsey

West Coast dog fanciers finished out the old year at the site of  the 2010 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, Long Beach CA.  You can read our report on Friday’s Beverly Hills Kennel Club show here.

The Los Encinos Kennel Club took over on Saturday and gave Carolyn Cederman her pick of the English Springer Spaniel, GCH CH Otein Cap'n Jack Sparrow, the Bloodhound, GCH CH Quiet Creek's Kiss And Tell, the Portuguese Water Dog, GCH CH Fishbay's Faith Hope And Love, the Kerry Blue Terrier, GCH CH Perrisblu Kennislain's Chelsey, the Long Coat Chihuahua, GCH Kokura Yama JP Silent Rose, the Keeshond, GCH CH Summerwind's Rumor Has It, and the Bearded Collie, GCH CH Aellen Jive Talkin'.

Her BIS was OUR DOG2WATCH, the Kerry, Chelsey.   Chelsey and handler Bill McFadden now have as many BIS as all the other Kerries in the US combined, five.  We like that.

GCH CH Brighton Lakeridge Encore

Sunday, it was Ken McDermott in the final ring for the Long Beach Kennel Club.  Back for one more try at the last big rosette of the season were Chelsey, the aforementioned Bloodhound, & Portie, the English Setter, GCH CH Set'r Ridge's Exclusively Gold, the Shih Tzu, GCH CH Peking Midnight Vision At Wenshu, the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Brighton Lakeridge Encore, and the Australian Cattle Dog, GCH CH Carben Copy's If The Shoe Fits. 

It was the winner of the Friday BHKC show, the Standard Poodle, Ally closing the season with her 46th Best In Show.  Ally finishes the year as AKC’s Number Four Dog All Breeds. 

JACKSON MS END OF YEAR

GCH CH Rhapsody‘s Regarding Henry

We’ve stowed the netbook with the suitcase now that we are back home in the study at our regular keyboard and are now ready to give you the rest of the end of year results.

First we go to the Mississippi State Capital. Jackson, for a report on the Mississippi State Kennel Club’s two shows.  Check our archives for a report the Brandon Mississippi Kennel Club’s two shows on Thursday & Friday.  The MSKC’s day one final was judged by Betty-Anne Stenmark, who chose her Best from the  Golden Retriever, GCH CH Glengowan's Great Balls Of Fire, the Saluki, GCH CH Aurora‘s Song and Dance Man,, the Kuvasz, GCH CH Szumeria's Sing A Song Of Sixpence, the Norwich Terrier, GCH CH Itsy Bitsy Rocky Mountain High, the Maltese, GCH CH Rhapsody‘s Regarding Henry, the Tibetan Terrier, GCH CH Barnstorm's Grissom TTCSI, and the Smooth Collie, GCH CH Traveler’s Pierce Arrow.

GCH CH Glengowan's Great Balls Of Fire

BIS went to the country’s Number One Maltese, Henry.  Henry waited all year to pick up his first BIS two weeks ago, but finishes the year with a flourish bringing home his second all breed Best of the year.

As always they close the weekend in style in Jackson MS with Terry Carter doing the MSKC day two final.  Hoping to get their last big rosette of the year were the Maltese, Henry, the above named Golden, Saluki, Norwich, & Collie, the Samoyed, CH Polar Mist Cruz'n T' Party At Zamosky, and the Dalmatian, GCH CH Lakeshore's Tail Of Two Cities.   Topping off his 2011 resume with his second Best In Show of  the Golden, Jerry Lee.  

We congratulate the two kennel clubs on their great hospitality.  If you can't make it to Orlando for the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, this is a great alternative.

THE END IS HERE!

GCH CH PalaceGarden Malachy

As bittersweet as it is, we bring to your our final Monday Morning Mop up of 2011.  We start in Allentown PA where the Delaware Water Gap Kennel Club celebrated the end of the season.  Bruce Schwartz was on hand to close out the year with the Vizsla, CH Elgincariad Dorratz Kindofblue,  the Whippet, GCH CH Starline’s Chanel, the Doberman Pinscher, GCH CH Jaroe Legend Of Irish Spirit, the Cairn Terrier, GCH CH Rocco's Collar King Carl XVI Gustaf, the Pekingese, GCH CH PalaceGarden Malachy, the Miniature Poodle, GCH CH Surrey Sugar Baby, and the German Shepherd Dog, GCH CH Begendorf's Sambucca.

The Number Two Dog All Breeds, the Peke, Malachy, took home his 49th big rosette of the year.  Our congratulations to  breeders Jim & Jean Smith of England, owner/handler David Fitzpatrick, and owners Iris Love, Sandra Middlebrooks and thanks to them all for sharing this wonderful dog with us this year.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

THE NATIONAL CHAMPION IS...

GCH CH Jaset’s Satisfaction
(Photo by Jeffrey Hanlin)

A hush came over the crowd in Orlando FL while it waited for Polly Smith’s seven finalists at tonight’s Eleventh Annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship.  The last seven standing were the  Black Cocker Spaniel, GCH CH Casablanca’s Thrill Seduction, the Harrier, GCH CH Downhome Hitech Innovator, the Boxer, GCH CH Winfall Brookwood Styled Dream, the Wire Fox Terrier, GCH CH Steele Your Heart, the Affenpinscher, GCH CH Banana Joe V Tani Kazari, the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Jaset’s Satisfaction, and the German Shepherd Dog, GCH CH Babheim’s Captain Crunch.

Each of the night‘s competitors showed no sign of lagging at the late hour and received enthusiastic applause and they swept around the ring individually.   Each one gave a BIS worthy performance.  However, there can only be one National Champion and 2011’s is the Standard Poodle, London.  London never put a foot wrong during the evening, impressing judge and gallery alike.  Our congratulations to breeders Sandra Tompkins & Chris Bailey, owners Beth Harris, Michele Molnar, & Jamie Danburg, and handler Ann Rairigh.

ORLANDO WORKING GROUP

GCH CH Winfall Brookwood Styled Dream
(Photo by Infocusbymiguel)

Edd Bivin had the final group of the night here in Orlando FL.  His final four were the Boxer, GCH CH Winfall Brookwood Styled Dream, the Portuguese Water Dog, GCH CH GCH CH Spyglass's Legend Of Bahia, the Newfoundland, CH Good As Gold Anmalamual Del Basaburua, and the Standard Schnauzer, GCH CH Charisma Maxim Von Diable.

The Boxer, Scarlett is the Number One Working Dog and the Number Three Dog All Breeds, with 33 BIS  and 99 Working groups this year.  Congratulations to breeders Tina Porter & Lee Stanton, owners Debbie McCarroll, Mark Fagan, Mrs Jack Billhardt, & Sergio Tenenbaum, and handler Diego Fernando Garcia.

AENC BRED BY EXHIBITOR

GCH CH Thaon’s Mowgli
(Photo by Richard Sonnen

James Reynolds had the privilege of judging tonight Bred By Exhibitor BIS here at the Eleventh Annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Orlando FL.  He chose the Best of the German Shorthaired Pointer, GCH CH Shade Mountain's Twilight Dancer JH, the Afghan Hound,  GCH CH Thaon's MowglI, the Boxer, GCH CH Breho Fortuity Shared Treasure, the Border Terrier, GCH CH Meadowlake Simply Sinful, the Miniature Pinscher GCH CH Kimro's Dora The Explorer, the Bichon Frise,  GCH CH PaRay's Power & Privilege, and the Belgian Tervuren, GCH CH Sky Acres Flying Solo.

It was AKC’s Number One Afghan Hound, Mowgli, taking home the bragging rights for the year.  Mowgli and breeder/owner/handler Jay Hafford, have accumulated seven all breed BIS & 26 Hound Groups as well as BISS at the Afghan Hound Club of America’s 2011 National Specialty.  Congratulations to Jay, co-breeder/owner James P Blanchard, and owners A Sterner & D Rogers.

ORLANDO TERRIER GROUP

GCH CH Steele Your Heart
(Photo by Infocusbymiguel)

Peter Green had the Terrier Group tonight in Orlando for the AENC.  His featured four were the Wire Fox Terrier, GCH CH Steele Your Heart, the Smooth Fox, GCH CH Slyfox Sneaks a Peek, the Skye Terrier, GCH CH Cragsmoor Buddy Goodman, and the Border Terrier, GCH CH Meadowlake Simply Sinful.

The Wire, Eira, who had an abbreviated show season, finished the year with a strong 14 all breed Bests.  Congratulations to breeder/owner Torie Steele, owner Maryann Roma, and handler Gabriel Rangel.

LAST DAY IN CLEVELAND OH

GCH CH Langrigg Star of the Stage

Mary Ann Alston finished up the four day weekend In Cleveland OH with her final for the Western Reserve Kennel Club.  The seven looking for the last BIS of the season were the English Cocker Spaniel. GCH cH Nonnies No Doubt, the 15” Beagle, GCH CH Langrigg Star of the Stage, the Boxer, GCH CH Boca’s Royal Palms Splish Splash, the Welsh Terrier, CH Hapitails Lady Guinevere At Teritails, the Shih Tzu, GCH CH Hallmark Jolei Austin Powers, the Bichon Frise, GCH CH Saks Hamelot Little Drummer, and the Pyrenean Shepherd, GCH CH Terr-Blue Ariege.

It was the Beagle, Sage, closing her year with ten all breed Bests.  Congratulations to breeder L Osmotherly, owners Torie Steele & Edmund J Dziuk, and handler Robert A Fisher.

AKC WORLD CHALLENGE

GCH CH Propwash Reckon

Certainly one of the most prestigious events in the global world of the dog is the AKC World Challenge.  Tonight was made special for the home crowd by the presence of three of our past Nationally Ranked Dogs 2009’s Number One Toy Dog, the Toy Poodle, GCH CH Smash Jp Moon Walk, last year’s Number One Dog All Breeds, the Smooth Fox Terrier, GCH CH J’Cobe Kemosabe Vigilante Justice, and 2009‘s Number Three Dog, the Puli, CH Cordmaker Field of Dreams. 
 
Argentinian judge Enrique Filippini chose as his winner the United States entry, the Australian Shepherd, GCH CH Propwash Reckon, and the Japanese entry, the Toy Poodle, Walker, & the English entry, the Lhasa Apso, CH Zentarr Elizabeth as his Runner Up and First Runner Up, respectively.  Reckon is, of course, last year’s AENC winner.  Congratulations to breeder/owner Leslie B Frank and owner/handler Judy A Harrington.

ORLANDO HERDING GROUP

GCH CH Babheim’s Captain Crunch

The big night is finally here and we are at the front table to give you all the results from the Eleventh Annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship.  The evening started with Robert J Caswell’s Herding Group.  His picks were the German Shepherd Dog, GCH CH Babheim’s Captain Crunch, the Smooth Collie, GCH CH Bit O Heavens Sorceress, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, GCH CH Aubrey’s Tails of Mystery, and the Bouvier des Flandres, GCH CH Rocheuses Me And My Shadow Of Cornus.

The Number One Herding Dog, the GSD, Capi, entered the evening with 27 BIS.  Can he exit with 28?  Congratulations to breeder/owner Carlos Navarro, owner/handler Jimmy Moses, and co owners D Stern, J Lange, & M Deschamps.

AENC NON-SPORTING GROUP

GCH CH Jaset's Satisfaction

Frank Sabella was on deck to choose his top four in the Non-Sporting Group at Saturday’s AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Orlando FL.  His top four were the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Jaset's Satisfaction, a Xoloitzcuintli from Mexico, Tecoman (Avalos), the  Tibetan Spaniel   GCH CH Wassong's Djebel Of Lollipop and the Bulldog,  GCH CH Considine Exact Classic Cooper.

The Standard Poodle, London, was our pick to win this group going in.  London and handler Ann Rairigh will take 33 BIS into tomorrow’s final.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

AENC SPORTING GROUP

GCH CH Casablanca's Thrilling Seduction
(Photo by Jeffrey Hanlin)

Maxine Beam took over for Judith Goodin and chose her favorites for the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship’s Sporting Group at Saturday‘s judging in Orlando FL.  Her placements were the Black Cocker Spaniel, GCH CH Casablanca's Thrilling Seduction, the Pointer, GCH CH Chesterhope Sharp As, the Weimaraner   GCH CH Northwoods Send Money Honey, the Irish Setter, GCH CH Greengate The Boss At Beaubriar RN.

The Cocker, Beckham, is the undisputed Number One Dog in America.  Although he takes an AKC leading 69 BIS into Sunday’s final, we’re sure he would like to add this special 70th.

AENC TOY GROUP

GCH CH Banana Joe v Tani Kazari

Our second Group of the night was the Toy Group judged by Dr Anthony DiNardo.  The four he liked were the Affenpinscher, GCH CH Banana Joe V Tani Kazari, the Brussels Griffon, GCH CH Cashnross' First Griff Tina Fey, the Maltese, GCH CH Scylla's Small Kraft Re-Lit, and the Miniature Pinscher, GCH CH Marlex Classic Red Glare.

The Affenpinscher, Joey, looks to close our the year still moving up the rankings.  The Number Five Dogs All Breeds can add this big, big Group win to his 34th BIS.  Congratulations to Mieke Cooymans, owners Mieke & Zoila Truesdale, and handler Ernesto Lara.

AENC HOUND GROUP

GCH CH Downhome Hitech Innovator
(Photo by Peggy Mundell-DogBreedz)

Group judging has begun in Orlando FL at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship.  First up tonight was Lee Canilzo’s Hound Group.  Her placements were the Harrier, GCH CH Downhome Hi-Tech Innovator, the Pharaoh Hound, Northgate’s As You Like It, the Whippet, GCH CH Sporting Fields Bahama Sands, and the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, GCH CH Jodell Boogie Back To Texas, in that order.

The Harrier, who is the son of CH Downhome Family Tradition, the winningest Harrier in AKC history, has five BIS this year.  Congratulations to breeders Susan Lowder, Ken and Miriam Nell, owners Carla & Joe Sanchez, and handler Suzie Olivera.

FROM OHIO & PENNSYLVANIA

GCH CH Starline’s Chanel

We have seen most of the breed judging here in Orlando FL at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship and while we are waiting for the evening’s festivities, we will tell you what’s happening in Ohio and Pennsylvania.  First from the Delaware Water Gap Kennel Club show in Allentown PA, we hear the final seven in Carl Gomes ring were the Labrador Retriever, GCH CH Casbar's Hart to Hart, the Whippet, GCH CH Starline’s Chanel, the Great Dane, GCH CH Lobato’s Jitterbug Man, the Miniature Schnauzer, CH Blythwood‘s Billy The Kid, the Pekingese, GCH CH Palace Garden Malachy, a Standard Poodle from the Bred By Exhibitor bitch class, Alaman’s Miss Zenyatta, and the Bearded Collie, GCH CH Tolkien Raintree Mister Baggins.

Best In Show went to the country’s Number One Hound, the Whippet, Chanel.  While we miss having Chanel and handler Lori Wilson here in Orlando, we are happy to see them collect their record 68th BIS.

GCH CH Summit’s Emery It’s In the Bag

Meanwhile in Cleveland OH the Richland County Kennel Club took the Saturday spot.  Judge Karen McFarland chose her Best of the Golden Retriever, GCH CH Summit’s Emery It’s In the Bag, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, GCH CH Celestial CJ’s Hearts on Fire, the Siberian Husky, GCH CH Husk Varna’s Destined To Win, the Scottish Terrier, GCH CH McCann’s Be Bob Baby, the Blenheim & Prince Charles English Toy spaniel, GCH CH Loudon’s Backloads to Paris, the Bichon Frise, GCH CH Saks Hama lot Little Drummer Boy, and the Bouvier des Flandres, GCH CH Wise Choice Gelato.

Picking up the back2back BIS wars the Golden, Chloe.  Chloe’s closing out the year in a big way with ten all breed Bests.

LONG BEACH CA DAY ONE

GCH CH Brighton Lakeridge Encore
(Photo by Vicki Holloway)

Before we start doing our rounds at today’s AKC/Eukanuba National Championship(AENC) in Orlando FL, we have a report for you from Long Beach CA, the site of last year’s AENC.

The seven dogs that made it to Norm Patton’s final at yesterday’s Beverly Hill Kennel Club show were the Weimaraner, GCH CH Silhouette’s LifeInTheFastLane, the Norwegian Elkhound. GCH CH Vin Melca's The Norseman, the  Samoyed, GCH CH Rossia's Denali Star, the Irish Terrier, GCH CH Rockledge's Micah of Meath, the Silky Terrier, GCH CH Tawny Mist Mayan Mystic, the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Brighton Lakeridge Encore, and the Bouvier, GCH CHTerra's Annie Z Get Your Gun.

Best went to the Standard Poodle we had hoped would be here in Orlando, Ally.  Ally, America’s Number Four Dog All Breeds hurtles toward the end of the year with 45 BIS.

Friday, December 16, 2011

JACKSON MS DAY TWO

While the /Central Florida Kennel Club’s final was running into the evening, fanciers in Jackson MS were enjoying their cocktails and canap├ęs after watching we were running into the evening with the Brandon Kennel Club of Mississippi final with Sulie Greendale-Paveza.

She made her choice from the Golden Retriever, GCH CH Glengowan's Great Balls Of Fire, the Whippet, GCH CH Starline’s Chanel, the Kuvasz, CH Szumeria's Sing A Song Of Six Pence, the Bedlington Terrier, Wrightwyn's Power Play, the Japanese Chin, GCH CH Kelaury Good Luck From We-Syng, the Tibetan Terrier, GCH CH Barnstorm's Grissom TTCSI, and the Smooth Collie, GCH CH Travlers Pierce Arrow.

Her BIS was the Bedlington.  This one has been running under our radar.  We hope to bring you all the details soon. In the meantime we extend our congratulations to breeder Brenton Wright and owner Sandy Bethea.

IT'S CHAMPIONSHIP EVE!

GCH CH Steele Your Heart
 (Photo by Infocusbymiguel)

We are now in Orlando FL, sitting at ringside at Glenda Dawkins’ final for the Central Florida Kennel Club for the last of the warm ups for this weekend’s AKC/Eukanuba National Championship.

We have seen a banquet of  the best AKC has to offer today.  The seven who made it to the last ring were the English Springer Spaniel, GCH CH Wynmoor Champagne Supernova, the Afghan Hound, GCH CH Thaon’s Mowgli, the Doberman Pinscher, GCH CH Protocol’s Veni Vidi  Vici, the Wire Fox Steele Your Heart, the Affenpinscher, GCH CH Banana Joe v Tani Kazari, Standard Poodle, GCH CH Jaset’s Satisfaction, and the German Shepherd Dog, GCH CH Babheim’s Captain Crunch.

It was the Wire, Eira, taking her 17th BIS of the year into the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship.  Let the games begin.

CLEVELAND DAY TWO

GCH CH Summit’s Emery It’s in the Bag

Fred Basset had today’s final at the Medina Kennel Club show in Cleveland OH.  His seven options were the Golden Retriever, GCH CH Summit’s Emery It’s in the Bag, the 15” Beagle, GCH CH Langrigg Star of the Stage, the Samoyed, GCH CH Stolichnaya, the Irish Terrier, GCH CH Sugarbush American Girl, Pekingese, GCH CH PalaceGarden Malachy, the Bichon Frise, GCH CH Saks Hamelot Little Drummer Boy, and the Border Collie, GCH CH Bon-Clyde Take One

His BIS was the Golden, Chloe.  That’s nine for Chloe this year.

JACKSON MS DAY ONE

As we await our plane to Orlando we have the rest of yesterday’s results for your.  The  Brandon Kennel Club of Mississippi kicked off the four day stop in the state capital of Jackson.  The day one final was commanded by Robert Stein.  The seven dogs enjoying the southern hospitality were the Golden Retriever, GCH CH Glengowan's Great Balls Of Fire, the Whippet, GCH CH Starline’s Chanel, the Samoyed, CH Polar Mist Cruz'n T'Party At Zamosky, the Belington Terrier, Wrightwyn's Power Play, the Papillon, GCH CH Alfa's Forevr Rebel Spirit, the Tibetan Terrier, GCH CH Barnstorm's Grissom TTCSI, and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, CH Milkywey’s How Do You Like Me Now?.

BIS went to the four year old Papillon.  We don’t know a whole lot about this one, though we do think this is his first all breed BIS.  Congratulations to breeder/owner Salwa Alfadl and handler Jackie Breazeale.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

INTRODUCING

 
As we pack our bags for Orlando and this weekend’s AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, we have news about our participation in an exciting new show site, Best In Show Daily (BISD).  BISD promises to provide a rich online publication for the dog show community that is fresh, lively, and full of good editorial, up-to-the minute features.  BISD will  provide a premier online experience showcasing the living work of art which is the purebred dog.

We will be contributing stories to BISD and will do a daily column, The Back Story, a more opinionated and in depth look at the dog show world from our perspective.  Best In Show Daily will officially premier along with the first dog shows of the New Year, the Kennel Club of Palm Springs shows.   Palm Springs is one of the most glamorous stops of the year and this year we will be there covering all the action along with BISD.

In the meantime you can go over to the BISD site for a sneak peek to get a taste of what it is like and what you will see from yours truly.  So if you just can’t get enough of the dog show world, come on over to Best In Show Daily and see how much fun you can have.

ORLANDO REPORT DAY TWO

GCH CH Jaset’s Satisfaction
(Photo by Jeffrey Hanlin)

It’s day two in Orlando FL and the Brevard Kennel Club took over the Orange County Convention Center.  Gloria Geringer’s final included four of the prior day finalists, the Black Cocker Spaniel, GCH CH Casablanca’s Thrilling Seduction, the Skye Terrier, GCH CH Cragsmoor Buddy Goodman, the Toy Poodle, GCH CH Smash Jp Moon Walk, and the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Jaset’s Satisfaction.  They were joined in the big ring by the Pharaoh Hound, CH Mia-Bakhu Conspiracy Theory V Hallam Ca, the Boxer, GCH CH Winfall Brookwood Styled Dream, and our newest DOG2WATCH, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, GCH CH Aubrey‘s Tails of Mystery.

Collecting the  big rosette and over 2500 points was the Standard Poodle, London.  London’s 33rd BIS of the year is one of his biggest and certainly makes him a favorite for this weekend’s big dance.

CLEVELAND DAY ONE

GCH CH Tolkien Raintree Mister Baggins
(Photo by Angela Stein)

You could also catch world class dogs in Cleveland OH today at the Loraine County Kennel Club.  Dr Robert Indeglia’s had the delicious seven of the English Setter, GCH CH Wyndswept Encore, the Afghan Hound, GCH CH Xenos Jimlet, the Doberman Pinscher, GCH CH Mi-Ti’s Three Cheers, the Irish Terrier, GCH CH Sugarbush American Girl, the Pekingese, GCH CH PalaceGarden Malachy, the Bichon Frise, GCH CH Saks Hamelot Little Drummer Boy, and the Bearded Collie, GCH CH Tolkien Raintree Mister Baggins.

It was the Beardie, Roy, adding his 75th career to his breed record total.  We don’t know if Roy and handler Cliff Steele will finish the year with the most all breed points by a Herding Dog, but we do know that he will bethe  Herding Dog of the Year based on his 108 Herding Group top prizes.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

THE YEAR'S LAST DOG SHOWS

Orlando FL Convention Centee, Site of the 
2011 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship

We are down to the last week of the show year and this year ends with a gigantic bang with the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship (AENC) on Saturday & Sunday in Orlando FL.  With almost 3800 dogs in the regular competition, the most avid dog show enthusiast will be able to get their quota of  canine competition.  The main event is preceded by three days of all breed competition.  We’ve already given you a report on today’s Space Coast Kennel Club Of Palm Bay show which drew more than 2700 dogs.  It will be followed by tomorrow’s Brevard Kennel Club event & Friday’s Central Florida Kennel Club competition. 

There are shows elsewhere this weekend.  There will be big entries, though not nearly as large as Orlando’s, in Cleveland OH for the Lorain County Kennel Club, the Medina Kennel Club, the Richland County Kennel Club, the Western Reserve Kennel Club four shows starting tomorrow.  Down In Jackson MS, there will be one of the most hospitable gatherings (It’s the South, after all) you will find anywhere.  The Brandon Kennel Club Of Mississippi & the Mississippi State Kennel Club host four shows starting tomorrow. 

Out in Long Beach CA, the site of last year’s AENC, the Kennel Club Of Beverly Hills, the Los Encinos Kennel Club, & the Long Beach Kennel Club will soldier on beginning Friday.  Finally, folks who have to work until the weekend can take in the Delaware Water Gap Kennel Club & the Lehigh Valley Kennel Club Saturday/Sunday offering in Allentown PA.

We will be Orlando this weekend.  So if you are there do stop and say hello to us and tell us what you want to see on Dog Show Poop in 2012.  If you can’t make it to Florida, take in one of the other shows for your last peek at all of this year’s crop of dogs.

ORLANDO REPORT DAY ONE

GCH CH Smash Jp Moon Walk
(Photo by Infocusbymiguel)

Our show week is underway in Orlando FL and it is going to be a doggy doozy.  Today’s Space Coast Kennel Club Of Palm Bay event drew more than 2700 entries, including more than half of the Top 100 Dogs All Breeds. 

William Usherwood’s final included many of the nation‘s Top Dogs, the Black Cocker Spaniel, GCH CH Casablanca’s Thrilling Seduction, the Greyhound, GCH CH GrandCru Clos Erasmus, the Doberman Pinscher, Caryola‘s Antigua, the Skye Terrier, GCH CH Cragsmoor Buddy Goodman, the Toy Poodle, GCH CH Smash Jp Moon Walk, the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Jaset’s Satisfaction, and the German Shepherd Dog, GCH CH Babheim’s Captain Crunch.

The first BIS of the week went to the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Toy Poodle, Walker.  Walker was the Number Six Dog All Breeds in 2009 and the Number Twelve Dog All Breeds in 2010.  Among Walker's memorable wins were the Toy Groups at the 2009 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship and the 2010 at Westminster.  Our congratulations to breeder/owner Yukiko Omura and handler Toshi Omura.

Walker is only one of the great dogs from prior years we expect to see in Orlando.  We think this is going to be incredible finish to 2011!

TWO DAYS IN RIDGEFIELD WA

GCH CH Northgate’s As You Like It
(Photo by Infocusbymiguel)

We  find that we still owe you results from this past weekend’s Greater Clark County Kennel Club shows in Ridgefield WA.

Saturday Timothy Robbins chose his Best of the German Shorthaired Pointer, GCH CH Kempfers Destiny JH, the Pharaoh Hound, GCH CH Northgate’s As You Like It, the Bernese Mountain Dog, GCH CH Alpenspirit Who’s On First, the American Staffordshire Terrier, GCH CH Alpine’s Highwayman, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, GCH CH Full Of Malarkey Miles of Aisles, the Keeshond, GCH CH Windrift’s Sweet Life Samba, and the Belgian Tervuren, GCH CH Sky Acres Flying Solo.

He chose as his BIS the Pharaoh Hound, Qing.  Qing started the show week taking a BIS on Thursday in Rosemont IL.  He would end the week on Monday taking a BIS in Costa Mesa CA.  He enters the last show weekend of the year with 36 all breed Bests on his 2011 resume.  That’s quite a head of steam.

GCH CH Windemere's Dusting Of White At Pevyne

Sunday, Karen Macfarlane would greet the English Springer Spaniel, GCH CH Darkover Don’t Dream It’s Over, the Basset Hound, GCH CH Castlehill’s Your Place or Mine?, the above named Bernese & AmStaff, the Pekingese, GCH CH Windemere's Dusting Of White At Pevyne, the Dalmatian, CH Tramac’s Just Walk’n on Sunshine, and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, west ridge Viva la Vida.

Picking up his second BIS of the year was the Peke, Dusty.  Dusty spends most of his time on the West Coast,  but has the Two BIS and 22 Toy Group top prizes in limited showing this season.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

COSTA MESA DAY FOUR OF FOUR

GCH CH Northgate’s As You Like It
(Photo by Infocusbymiguel)

Our show weekend ended yesterday in Costa Mesa CA with the Malibu Kennel Club’s second show of the set.  Robert E Hall’s final  had the impressive seven of the Weimaraner, GCH CH Silhouette’s LifeInTheFastLane, the Pharaoh Hound, GCH CH Northgate’s As You Like It, the Mastiff,  GCH CH Lexington Divine's Put Me In Coach, the Kerry Blue Terrier, GCH CH Perrisblu Kennislain's Chelsey, the Brussels Griffon,  GCH CH Cashnross' First Griff Tina Fay, the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Brighton Lakeridge Encore, and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, GCH CH Segni at Coventry.

Our final BIS winner of the weekend is the Pharaoh Hound, Qing.  Qing is the Number One Pharaoh Hound, the Number Two Hound, and the Number Nine Dog All Breeds.  His 35th BIS of the year may improve that standing. We’ll let you know as soon as we get the numbers in.

Monday, December 12, 2011

GRANITE CITY KC OF ST CLOUD MN

GCH CH Babheim’s Captain Crunch
(Photo by Patt Koelsar)

St Cloud MN is pretty chilly this time of year, but one dog had a hot time there this weekend.  The German Shepherd Dog, GCH CH Babheim’s Captain Crunch ran away with both of the big rosettes from the Granite City Kennel Club Of St Cloud, Minnesota. 

Saturday Capi & legendary handler Jimmy Moses were the choice of judge Beverly Capstick.  On hand to watch were the German Shorthaired Pointer, CH Robin Crest Spectacular Bid JH, the Whippet, CH Dashing Paisley Bellbottoms, the Akita, CH Buckridges You Only Wish, the Australian Terrier, GCH CH Dunham Lakes Scout Master, the Maltese, GCH CH Rhapsody’s Regarding Henry, and the Bulldog, GCH CH Evergreens Miss Congeniality.

Sunday, Capi bested the aforementioned Akita, Maltese & Bulldog, the ASCOB Cocker Spaniel, GCH CH Gazon Solar Eclipse, the Longhaired Dachshund, GCH CH Vongays Rubears Black Velvet Wrap, and the West Highland White Terrier, CH Clayridge Show Me The Monty, in Dr Robert Indeglia's final.

Capi’s 27th BIS will put him back in as the Number One Herding Dog in all breed points.

CATCHING UP IN ILLINOIS

GCH CH Jaset’s Satisfaction

We had four shows in the Chicago area this past week.  You can read about the Starved Rock Kennel Club’s day one show in Wheaton IL here.

Kent Delaney took the day two show for the SRKC and chose his Best from the English Springer Spaniel, GCH CH Wynmoor Champagne Supernova, the Pharaoh Hound, GCH CH Northgate’s As You Like It, the Doberman Pinscher, GCH CH Cambria's Must Be Fate, the Smooth Fox Terrier, GCH CH Waybrooke Broxden Turning Tanner, the Smooth Chihuahua, GCH CH Heavenly's Darling Dana, the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Jaset’s Satisfaction, and the Bouvier des Flandres, GCH CH Frontier's License To Carry At Margaux.

Best went to the Poodle, London.  London, one of two Standard Poodles in our Top Ten All Breeds, has repeatedly put together a string of BIS while taking several weekends off this season.  Friday’s win is the 32nd this year for London and handler Ann Rairigh

GCH CH Slyfox Sneaks a Peek

The action moved to Rosemont IL on Saturday for the Skokie Valley Kennel Club’s two shows.  It was the nation’s Number One Terrier, the Smooth Fox Terrier, GCH CH Slyfox Sneaks a Peek dominating the stop winning both of the BIS. 

On Saturday, Adam was Virginia Lyne’s pick over the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Mt View's Ripsnorter Silver Charm, the Longhaired Dachshund, GCH CH Hundeleben Queen's Armada, the Giant Schnauzer, GCH CH Kenro Fleeting Moment, the Smooth Chihuahua, GCH CH Ayrwen Star Kissed Delight, the Standard Poodle, London, and the Old English Sheepdog, GCH CH Lambluv Gamblon Blue Thunder.  Sunday Pat Trotter chose Adam out of a line up that included the above named Springer, Giant, Poodle, & Bouvier, the Bloodhound, GCH CH Quiet Creek’s Windfall, and the Smooth Chihuahua, GCH CH Ayrwen Star Kissed Delight.

Adam and handler Eddie Boyes have one of the best batting averages in AKC this year, managing to cop the Number One Terrier Spot  with 20 BIS earned in far fewer shows than other Top Dogs.

COSTA MESA DAY THREE OF FOUR

GCH CH Perrisblu Kennislain's Chelsey

Our first report in our Monday Morning Mop Up is on yesterday’s Malibu Kennel Club show in Costa Mesa CA.  The day one show of the MKC was the third of the weekend.  You can read about the Shoreline Dog Fanciers Association Of Orange County’s Friday & Saturday shows in our archives.

Keke Kahn had the Sunday final and the special seven of  English setter, GCH CH Oakley’s B’Dazzled, the Harrier, GCH CH Downhome Hitech Innovator, the Saint Bernard, GCH CH Alta Vista's Billion Kilowatt CD RN, the Kerry Blue Terrier, GCH CH Perrisblu Kennislain's Chelsey, the Brussels Griffon, GCH CH Cashnross' First Griff Tina Fey, the Bichon Frise, GCH CH PaRay's Power & Privilege, and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, GCH CH Segni at Coventry.

It was the smashing Kerry, Chelsey, getting the big rosette.  Chelsey entered the season midway, climbing all the way up into the Top 50 Dogs All Breeds with five all breed Bests and 20 Terrier Group top prizes.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

COCKER SWEEPS DALLAS

GCH CH Casablanca’s Thrilling Seduction
(Photo by Jeffrey Hanlin)

Not since Santa Anna has Texas been so completely plundered. The Black Cocker Spaniel, GCH CH Casablanca’s Thrilling Seduction, collected all the heavy silver in Dallas this weekend, sweeping all three all breed shows.

Today the country’s Number One Dog All Breeds picked up his 68th BIS of the year from judge Karen Wilson at the Trinity Valley Kennel Club show.  The six who tried to stop this canine version of a steam roller were the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, GCH CH Jodell Bogie Back to Texas of MNM, the Boxer, GCH CH Winfall I Dream of Style,  the Norwich Terrier GCH CH Skyscot's Texas Hold 'Em, the Italian Greyhound, GCH CH Everafter Best Bet Yet, the Bichon Frise, GCH CH Saks Hamelot Little Drummer Boy, and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, GCH CH Aubrey's Tails of Mystery.

Beckham’s 2011 point total is the highest ever by a Black Cocker and the third highest ever by a Sporting Dog.   Yes, the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Orlando next weekend is going to be a barn burner.

FORSYTH KENNEL CLUB DAY TWO

GCH CH Cracknor’s Cross the Ts

The Forsyth Kennel Club closed the weekend in Winston-Salem NC with W Everett Dean Jr in the final ring.  The seven dogs who joined him were the English Springer Spaniel, GCH CH Cerise Tender Is The Night, the Rhodesian Ridgeback, GCH CH Whirlaways Ida Belle's A Ringing, the Rottweiler, GCH CH D Oro Solido's Feliciano Uno, the Norfolk Terrier, GCH CH Cracknor’s Cross the Ts, the Pekingese, GCH CH PalaceGarden Malachy, the Bulldog, GCH CH Kepley‘s My Way or the Highway, and the Australian Shepherd, GCH CH Myshara’s Dream Girl.

His Best In Show was the Norfolk, Plum.  Plum & handler Roxanne Sutton have eight BIS this season, two in the last week.

EASTERN DOG CLUB 2

GCH CH Banana Joe v Tani Kazari

We have another BACK2BACK BIS to report.  You might recall that we told you that the nation’s Number Four Dog, the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Brighton Lakeridge Encore, picked up the consecutive wins out in Costa Mesa CA.  Today the Number Five Dog, the Affenpinscher, GCH CH Banana Joe v Tani Kazari, kept the pressure on by picking up his second all breed Best of the weekend.

Joining Joey and handler Ernesto Lara in Thomas H Bradley III final were the English Setter, GCH CH Wyndswept Encore, the Whippet, GCH CH Starline’s Chanel, the Doberman Pinscher, GCH CH Mi-Ti’s Three Cheers,  the American Staffordshire Terrier, GCH CH Castle Rock's SBigStaff Mad About You, the Bulldog, GCH CH Kepley‘s Showbiz Razzle Dazzle, and the Bearded Collie, GCH CH Tolkien’s Raintree Mister Baggins.

That’s 33 Bests In Show for Joey & Ernesto.  You and we will have to wait till the results some in from the West Coast before we can tell you who’s on top.

GREATER MIAMI DOG CLUB 2

GCH CH Marlex Classic Red Glare

Our first results in today are from Miami FL and the day two show of the Greater Miami Dog Club.  Joe Gregory’s seven choices were the English Cocker Spaniel, GCH CH Edgewood Casino Celebrity, the Afghan Hound, GCH CH Boreales Llacue’s One In A Million, the Boxer, GCH CH Winfall Brookwood Styled Dream, the Skye Terrier, GCH CH Buddy Goodman, the winner of Thursday’s Toy Dog Club of South Florida limited breed show, the Miniature Pinscher, GCH CH Marlex Classic Red Glare, the Lhasa Apso, CH Strep Tease Dell’Alberico, and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, GCH CH Riverside Get Over It.

It was the classy MinPin, Classie, grabbing the BIS.  Classie started the weekend as the Number Three Toy Dog and the Number 14 Dog All Breeds, with 20 all breed Bests this year.  However, Number 21 could move her up into that enviable Number Eleven spot.   But then we have yet to hear from several other dogs coveting that spot.

BACK2BACK BIS IN COSTA MESA

GCH CH Brighton Lakeridge Encore
(Photo by Vicki Holloway)

We hear from Costa Mesa CA the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Brighton Lakeridge Encore, has logged her second consecutive BIS, taking the top prize at the day two show of the Shoreline Dog Fanciers Association Of Orange County.  Ally and interim handle Taffee McFadden were joined in Maida Puterman’s final by the Black Cocker Spaniel, GCH CH Markann-N-KK's Charlotte's Winning Web, the 15" Beagle, GCH CH Barrister’s Match Point, the Portuguese Water Dog, GCH CH Fishbay's Faith Hope And Love, the Wire Fox Terrier, GCH CH Steele Your Heart, the Japanese Chin, CH Victory Spencer, and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, GCH CH Segni at Coventry.

Taffee has won seven BIS with Ally since taking over for regular handler Tim Brazier, who is home on medical leave.  Ally’s 44th BIS solidifies her status as the country’s Number Four Dog All Breeds.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

DALLAS TX DAY TWO

GCH CH Casablanca’s Thrilling Seduction
(Photo by Jeffrey Hanlin)

The Black Cocker Spaniel, GCH CH Casablanca’s Thrilling Seduction, posted the back2back BIS today grabbing the top prize at the Texas Kennel club show.  Also trying to get judge David Miller’s attention were the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, GCH CH Jodell Bogie Back to Texas of MNM, the Kuvasz, GCH CH Szumeria's Wildwood Silver Six Pence, the American Staffordshire Terrier, GCH CH Alpine’s Ring of Fire, the Cavalier King Charles, GCH Miletree Northern Star at  Shirmont, the Bichon Frise, GCH CH Saks Hamelot Little Drummer Boy, and the Shetland Sheepdog, GCH CH Leeason Rock My Soul.

Beckham and handlers Linda & Michael Pitts are taking their peak game into next week’s big showdown in Orlando, with 67 all breed Bests this year, the most by any dog currently competing in the US.

FORSYTH KENNEL CLUB DAY ONE

GCH CH Reece Afterhours The Buck Stops Here JH

Houston Clark was in the final ring for the Forsyth Kennel Club in Winston-Salem NC today.  The seven hoping to get the nod were the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Reece Afterhours The Buck Stops Here JH, the Rhodesian Ridgeback, GCH CH Whirlaways Ida Belle's A Ringing, the Rottweiler, GCH CH D Oro Solido's Feliciano Uno, the Norfolk Terrier, GCH CH Cracknor’s Cross the Ts, the Pekingese, GCH CH PalaceGarden Malachy, the Bulldog, GCH CH Hetherbull TopLine O-O, and the Australian Shepherd, GCH CH Brookridge Pop Secret.

The GWP, Truman, picked up his third big rosette of the year.  We expect this one to follow in the footsteps of his famous father, GCH CH Ripsnorter’s Mt View Lookout, the winningest GWP in history.

EASTERN DOG CLUB

GCH CH Banana Joe V Tani Kazari
(Photo by Jeffrey Hanlin)

The fun continued today in Providence RI with the Eastern Dog Club’s show.  William F Potter III had the call in today’s final and his pick of the English Setter, GCH CH Wyndswept Encore, the Whippet, GCH CH Starline’s Chanel, the Doberman Pinscher, GCH CH Mi-Ti’s Three Cheers,  the American Staffordshire Terrier, GCH CH Castle Rock's SBigStaff Mad About You, the Affenpinscher, GCH CH Banana Joe v Tani Kazari, the Miniature Poodle, GCH CH Surrey Sugar Baby, and the Bearded Collie, GCH CH Tolkien’s Raintree Mister Baggins.

Best went to the Affenpinscher, Joey, the nation’s Number Five Dog All Breeds.  Joey’s 32nd BIS of the year will keep things interesting in the Top Five for another week.

GREATER MIAMI DOG CLUB 1

 
GCH CH Buddy Goodman
 
 Fanciers in the Sunshine State were in Miami for today’s Greater Miami Dog Club show.  Barbara Dempsey Alderman’s stellar seven were the English Cocker Spaniel, GCH CH Edgewood Casino Celebrity, the Whippet, GCH CH Karasar’s Masterpiece, the Boxer, GCH CH Winfall Brookwood Styled Dream, the Skye Terrier, GCH CH Buddy Goodman, the winner of Thursday’s Toy Dog Club of South Florida limited breed show, the miniature Pinscher, GCH CH Marlex Classic Red Glare, the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Dacun Kaylen’s He’s a Heart Breaker, and the Australian Shepherd, GCH CH Equinox Ad Astra.

Her BIS was the Skye, Buddy.  Buddy, the winningest Skye Terrier in AKC history, has amassed  106 Terrier Groups this year, 40 more than any other Terrier.  He also has 16 BIS this season.  You do remember the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship is in Florida this year?

COSTA MESA DAY ONE OF FOUR

GCH CH  Brighton Lakeridge Encore

We have a report from yesterday’s Shoreline Dog Fanciers Association Of Orange County show in Costa Mesa CA.  Martin D Doherty’s seven finalists are among the nation’s Top 100 Dogs All Breed, the English Setter, GCH CH Oakley's Bedazzled, the Harrier, GCH CH Downhome HiTech Innovator the Boxer, GCH CH Conquest-Rosend's New Kid In Town, the Wire Fox Terrier, GCH CH Steele Your Heart, the Brussels Griffon, CH CH Cashncross First Griff Tina Fey, the Standard Poodle, GCH CH  Brighton Lakeridge Encore, and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, GCH CH Segni at Coventry.

His BIS was AKC’s Number Four Dog, the Standard Poodle, Ally.  Although we have three Non-Sporting dogs in our Top Ten, It seems certain that Ally will finish the year as the country’s Number One Non-Sporting dog with 44 all breed Bests.

DALLAS TX DAY ONE

GCH CH Casablanca’s Thrilling Seduction
(Photo by Jeffrey Hanlin)

The Greater Collin Kennel Club got the all breed action going in Dallas TX yesterday.  Rita Bell’s final featured three of our Top Ten Dogs All Breeds, Number One, the Black Cocker Spaniel, GCH CH Casablanca’s Thrilling Seduction, Number Seven, the Kuvasz, GCH CH Szumeria's Wildwood Silver Six Pence, and Number Ten, the Bichon Frise, GCH CH Saks Hamelot Little Drummer Boy.  They were joined by the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, GCH CH Jodell Bogie Back to Texas of MNM, one of our newest DOGS2WATCH, the Norwich Terrier GCH CH Skyscot's Texas Hold 'Em, the Italian Greyhound, GCH CH Everafter Best Bet Yet, and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, GCH CH Aubrey's Tails of Mystery.

Picking up his 66th BIS of the year was the Cocker, Beckham.  The Number One Dog n the country will take a commanding lead into next weekend’s big dance in Orlando, the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship.

Friday, December 9, 2011

BEARDIE BACK2BACK IN PROVIDENCE

GCH CH Tolkien Raintree Mister Baggins

The Bearded Collie, GCH CH Tolkien Raintree Mister Baggins, is now the undisputed leader of the Herding Group, taking the lead in all breed points with consecutive BIS yesterday & today at the Ladies Dog Club show in Providence RI.  

Also vying for Mary Ann Alston’s attention were the English Setter, GCH H Wyndswept’s Encore, the Greyhound, GCH CH GrandCru Clos Erasmus, the Bullmastiff, GCH CH Highpoint‘s Fifth Wheel Don‘t Blink, the Lakeland Terrier, CH Larkspur Acadia Save Me a Spot, the Affenpinscher, GCH CH Banana Joe V Tani Kazari., and the Miniature Poodle, GCH CH Surrey Sugar Baby.

Roy and handler Cliff Steel had lead the Herding Group all year in the number of groups won.  Today’s Group One is their 107th.  Roy is the winningest Beardie in AKC history with 74 career BIS, 26 of which have come this year, four in the last seven days.  Now that’s sprinting to the finish line.

GREATER HICKORY KENNEL CLUB

GCH CH PalaceGarden Malachy

The Greater Hickory Kennel Club joined the fray today with the first of three shows in Winston-Salem NC this weekend.  BIS judge Robert Shreve gathered together the German wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Reece Afterhours The Buck Stops Here JH, the Irish Wolfhound, GCH CH Desert Dune At Curiann, the Samoyed, GCH CH Ala-Kasam's Spirit Of Adventure, the Norfolk Terrier, Cracknor’s Cross the Ts, the Pekingese, GCH CH PalaceGarden Malachy, the Boston Terrier, GCH CH Mejo’s Savannah Gambler, and the Australian Shepherd, GCH CH Myshara;s Dream Girl.

His Best was the Number Two Dog All Breeds, the Peke, Malachy.  We hope that you have had an opportunity to see Malachy and owner/handler David Fitzpatrick this year while they have been criss-crossing the US collecting 48 all breed Bests.  There’s only one more weekend to go in this show season.