Saturday, January 8, 2011


CH Kaltrav Caribbean Cruise JH
(Photo by Patt Kolesar)

It wasn’t as big as Palm Springs, but with over 1900 dogs entered, today’s Land O’ Lakes Kennel Club show was a prize any fancier would be proud of.  Edd Bivin’s BIS was the Labrador Retriever, CH Kaltrav Caribbean Cruise JH.   Joining Calypso was the Scottish Deerhound, GCH CH Lehigh-Darkwynd Enella, the Kuvasz,  GCH CH Szumeria's Wildwood Silver Six Pence, the Cairn, GCH CH Maverston Double Dutch, the Maltese, GCH CH Ta-Jon's Just Bee-Ing Silly, the Tibetan Terrier, CH Barnstorm’s Grissom TTCSI, and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, CH Cardidreams Blue Sullivan.

 It’s the first BIS for Calypso who has only been out as a special for a couple of months.  We suspect there will be more.  Congratulations to breeder Kathy Turbett, owners Cynthia Tripp, Mary Henricks, & Pat Kroll, and handler Erin Hall.


GCH CH Banana Joe V Tani Kazari

With over 3000 dogs entered, today‘s Palm Springs Kennel Club show could be the biggest single all breed the rest of the year.  Dr Michael J Woods’ Best In Show was the Affenpinscher, GCH CH Banana Joe V Tani Kazari.  Joining Joe and handler Ernesto Lara were the Irish Setter, GCH CH Rosette's No Stone Unturned, the Whippet, GCH CH Starline‘s Chanel,  the Boxer, GCH CH Duba Dae's Who's your Daddy, the Welsh Terrier, CH Bruhil‘s First Lady, and the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Brighton Lakeridge Encore, and the Rough Collie, CH Clarion Ribbon In The Sky.

Joe had a very successful career in Europe before coming to the US last year.  He is the Top winning Affenpinscher in European history, was the Number One Dog All Breeds in the Netherlands in 2009, and Reserve Winner at the huge 2010 World Dog Show in Denmark in 2010.  This win makes Joe the Number One Dog in the US for at least this coming week.  Congratulations to Ernesto, breeder/owner Mieke Cooymans, and owner Zoila Truesdale.


GCH CH Sporting Field’s Bahama Sands

Sandra Goose Allen was in Tallmadge OH today to pick a BIS for the Rubber City Kennel Club.  She considered the Curly Coated Retriever, GCH CH Down Datrail Hunting Thrills CD, the Whippet, GCH CH Sporting Field’s Bahama Sands, the Siberian Husky, GCH CH Kontoki’s A Bend In The Road, the American Staffordshire Terrier, CH Castle Rock's SBigStaff Mad About You , the Shih Tzu, GCH CH Hallmark Jolei Austin Powers, the Miniature Poodle, CH Surrey Sugar Baby, and yesterday’s BIS winner, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, GCH CH Segni At Coventry.

Her BIS was the Whippet, Tawny.  Tawny had a very good 2010, finishing in the Top Twenty All Breeds, with 12 BIS and 68 Hound Groups.  Congratulations to breeders Dionne Butt & Jesse Martin, and owners Jane Cooney-Waterhouse & Dionne Butt.


GCH CH Szumeria's Wildwood Silver Six Pence

While we await more all breed results from today’s shows, let’s tell you about another of the limited breed shows from yesterday.  The winner of yesterday’s Northstar Working Group Association show in St Paul MN was the Kuvasz, GCH CH Szumeria's Wildwood Silver Six Pence.  Tanner, another of our DOGS2WATCH in 2010, managed  five all breed BIS and 23 Working Group Firsts last year.  Congratulations to breeders Beatrice Page, Clay Page, Lynn Brady, & Constance Townsend, owners Mercedes Vila, Lynn Brady, Constance Townsend, & Claudia Muir, and handler Diana Wilson.


GCH CH Ayrwen Star Kissed Delight

The Clemson Kennel Club gave the Mid-Atlantic their first all breed dog show of the year with their first of two this weekend in Pendleton SC.  Dennis McCoy was greeted in the final ring by the German Wirehaired Pointer, CH Mountain View National Acclaim, the  Greyhound, GCH CH GrandCru Clos Erasmus, the Rottweiler, GCH CH D’Oro Solidos Felciano Uno, the Australian Terrier, GCH CH Kamara’s Zebulon, the Smooth Chihuahua, GCH CH Ayrwen Star Kissed Delight, the Keeshond, GCH CH Karolina Bonnyvale Meant To Be, and the Puli, GCH CH Cordmaker’s Rumpus Bumpus.

His BIS was the Chihuahua, DeeDee.  DeeDee was 2010’s Number One Smooth Chihuahua, and the Number Six Toy Dog, finishing with six BIS and 26 Toy Group Firsts.  Congratulations to breeders/owners Gloria Johnson & Arthur Johnson.


GCH CH Saks Hamelot Little Drummer Boy

Our first results of the day are from Ormond Beach FL where the Greater Daytona Dog Fanciers Association held their day two show.  Jane Forsyth chose her Best from a seven that included the English Springer Spaniel, GCH CH Cerise Tender Is The Night, the 13” Beagle, CH Encore’s Rerun of Roirdan, the Rottweiler, GCH CH Ivoss Rotly Crew V Caloosa Ranch CD, yesterday’s BIS winner, the Skye Terrier, CH Cragsmoor Buddy Goodman, the Miniature Pinscher, GCH CH Marlex Classic Red Glare, the Bichon Frise, GCH CH Saks Hamelot Little Drummer Boy, and the Bearded Collie, GCH CH Raintree Mister Baggins.

Her BIS was the Bichon, Drummer.  Drummer and handler Scott Sommer continue where they left off in 2010 when they had six BIS and 45 Non-Sporting Group wins.  Congratulations to Scott, breeders, Sandra & Keith Hanson & Shirley & Richard Hamilton., and owners Barbara Weidner, Laurie Darman, Kim Griffin, & Cecelia Ruggles.

Friday, January 7, 2011


GCH CH Banana Joe V Tani Kazari

Ernesto Lara is one smart dog person.  Not only is he one of the most accomplished professional handlers out there, but he was smart enough to trade the frigid weather in Pennsylvania this week for a long weekend in Palm Springs CA.  Today he even managed to win not one, but two of the limited breed shows.

His Affenpinscher, GCH CH Banana Joe V Tani Kazari, was Robert Hutton’s BIS at today’s Toy Dog Breeders Association Of Southern California in Indio CA.  Joe, left behind a very successful career in Europe, last March to try his hand here in the US.  He managed to finish 2010 with 14 BIS and 46 Toy Group Firsts.  Congratulations to Ernesto, breeder/owner Mieke Cooymans, and owner Zoila Truesdale.

GCH CH Lomondview Clementina

Ernesto and Scottish Terrier, GCH CH Lomondview Clementina, a British import, were Robert Black’s choice at the day two show of the Desert Empire Terrier Club Of Southern California.  Phoebe is a recent arrival in the US, but started getting noticed right away with group placements at the Garden State All Terrier Club show prior to the 2200 dog Bucks County Kennel Club show and the all Terrier Montgomery County Kennel Club show in October.  She also managed to collect a BIS at the prestigious Kennel Club of Philadelphia show in November.  Congratulations to Ernesto, breeder Carol Annan, and owners John & Daphne Eggert.


Kalacsos Kato

We have more news from chilly St Paul MN.  At the North Star Herding Group Club, the Puli, Kalacsos Kato, was Houston Clark’s BIS.  It was just the second AKC show for the Hungarian born Danish import.  It looks as if the Europeans will have continue to be a major influence here in in the US in 2011.  Congratulations to breeder Jozsef Soos, and owners Toni Powell, Jesper Ravn, and owner/handler Nancy Powell.


GCH CH Segni At Coventry
(Photo by Carol Beuchat)

Results from our second all breed show today are in.  W Everett Dean Jr has chosen the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, GCH CH Segni At Coventry, as his BIS at today’s Columbiana Kennel Club show in Tallmadge OH.  Joining Molly and breeder/owner/handler Bill Shelton were the Pointer, GCH CH Brackenmoor The Duchess JH, the Afghan Hound, CH Mijkelh Sikanni Of Procyon, the Giant Schnauzer, GCH CH Sir August Briggs, the Norfolk Terrier, GCH CH Starmtn EZ Link To Domby, the Toy Poodle, GCH CH Smash Jp Moon Walk, and the Chinese Shar-Pei, GCH CH ChaoyangsTake It To The Limit.

Molly collected six all breed BIS and 18 Herding Group top prizes in limited showing in 2010.  Congratulations to Bill, breeders Sofia Sadler, Steve Leyerly & Beckie Williams DVM, and owner Alexandra Geremia.


GCH CH Starline’s Chanel
(Photo by Carol Beuchat)

The Whippet, GCH CH Starline’s Chanel, was bit of a scene stealer during the drama that was the last week of 2010, winning two of the four last shows of the year.  She is starting the year in similar fashion, grabbing the win today at the giant Hounds only Inland Empire Hound Club of Southern California show in Indio CA.  Chanel and handler Lori Wilson finished 2010 as the Number Five Dog All Breeds with 26 BIS and a remarkable 110 Hound Group Firsts, including the Groups at the Westminster Kennel Club show and the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship.  Congratulations to Lori, breeder Diane Bowen, breeders/owners Lori Lawrence & Carey Lawrence, and owner Nicole Lawrence.


CH Ta-Jon Just Bee-Ing Silly

Palm Springs isn’t the only site with limited breed warm ups this weekend, although it may be a bit of a stretch to call the North Star Toy Dog Club show in frosty St Paul MN a “warm up”.  However, today’s winner was wrapped in a luxurious fur coat.  Gloria Geringer BIS was the Maltese, CH Ta-Jon Just Bee-Ing Silly.  Justine ended 2010 with two all breed BIS and ten Toy Group Firsts.  Congratulations to breeder/owner Tammy Simon and owner/handler Tim Lehman.


CH Cragsmoor Buddy Goodman

The Sunshine State is the Dog Show State this month with 15 all breed shows in January.  Today’s opener, the Greater Daytona Dog Fanciers Association show, was in Ormond Beach near Daytona and featured James White choosing a BIS from among the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Star K's Mile Hi Valentine, the Whippet, CH Bo-Bett’s Speed Demon, the Boxer, GCH CH Winfall I dream Of Style, the Skye Terrier, CH Cragsmoor Buddy Goodman, the Pug, GCH CH Caper's Sirius Endeavor , the Bichon Frise, GCH CH Saks Hamelot Little Drummer Boy, and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, CH Dalarno Nite Song At Morningstar.

His Best was a Florida resident, the Skye, Buddy.  Buddy and handler Larry Cornelius finished 2010 as AKC’s Number Three Terrier with 18 all breed BIS and 76 Terrier Group Ones.  Congratulations to Larry, breeders Eugene Zaphiris & Matthew Stander, and owners Carolyn Koch & Victor Malzoni Jr on their first BIS of the year.

Thursday, January 6, 2011


CH PaRay’s Power And Privilege

Our first winner of 2011 is the Bichon Frise, CH PaRay’s Power And Privilege, BIS at today’s Sand to Sea Non-Sporting Association show, one of the limited breed warm-ups to this weekend’s Palm Springs Kennel Club show in Indio CA.  It was Dominick’s first outing as a special.  Congratulations to breeders Paul Flores, Tray Pittman, & Gayle Sarner, and owners Dr Martin Winston MD and Lauara Rosio.

GCH CH Hampton Court's Ashley
(Photo by Infocusbymiguel)

Also scoring today was the Cairn Terrier, GCH CH Hampton Court's Ashley, who walked away with the top prize at today’s Desert Empire Terrier Club of Southern California, also in Indio.  Ashley finished 2010 with one all breed BIS and four Terrier Group Firsts.  Congratulations to breeder/owner Victor Malzoni Jr and handler Gabriel Rangel.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


Palm Springs Kennel Club Show Grounds

We’ve taken down the Christmas decorations and put the visiting family on flights back to their homes and we are now ready to get back to our world, the world of AKC conformation shows.  However, like an athlete that has just completed a marathon, we shall take it easy at first.

This coming week we have just 15 all breed shows in six locations.  However we start the year with what could be the biggest single show we will see all year, the Saturday Palm Springs Kennel Club show in Indio CA.  With nearly 3400 dogs entered in the regular classes, a dog getting a Group Four there could collect more points than some of the BIS winners elsewhere in the US this weekend.  In addition to the two giant all breed shows, there are seven limited breed shows on Thursday and Friday.

Many in the dog world spend much of January in Florida where there are more dog shows than BINGO tournaments this month, with 13 shows from the 7th through the 22nd.  It all starts this week with four shows in Ormond Beach, just north of Daytona Beach,  on Friday with two hosted by the Greater Daytona Dog Fanciers Association followed by two courtesy of the Jacksonville Dog Fanciers' Association.  

Rounding out the week are three shows in Tallmadge OH with the Columbiana County Kennel Club & the Rubber City Kennel Club, two in Pendleton SC with the Clemson Kennel Club, two in St Paul MN with the Land O' Lakes Kennel club, and two in Glen Rose TX, 80 miles SW of Dallas, with the Nolan River Kennel Club.  So make this your New Year’s resolution, attend more AKC dog shows this year!