(Photo by Kayla Bertagnolli courtesy of Best In Show Daily)
Our show week ended in Stockton CA where the I-5 crowd capped a four day two town weekend. They started on Friday in Turlock CA, some 45 miles south, where the Golden Valley Kennel Club hosted the first two days.
Friday’s final was called by Col Joe Purkhiser who greeted the Weimaraner, GCH CH Silhouettes LifeInTheFastlane, the Basset Hound, GCH CH Blossomhill's Hello Dolly, the Standard Schnauzer, GCH CH Steinhaus Maxim Courage RN, the Wire Fox Terrier, GCH CH AfterAll Painting The Sky, the Chinese Crested, GCH CH Dejavu I Want'a Talk About Me, the Keeshond, GCH CH Windrift's Follow The Money, and the Smooth Collie, GCH CH Travlers Pierce Arrow.
First blood went to the Wire Fox while the Reserve award went to the Smooth Collie. Sky is the US’ Number One Terrier and the Number Four Dog All Breeds with 34 BIS this year.
Most of the exhibitors were already in Stockton when Saturday’s GVKC final started. The seven who stayed all day to see judge Elizabeth Muthard were the above named Weimaraner, Basset, & Wire Fox, the Rottweiler, CH High Hills Holy Smoke BN, the Maltese, GCH CH Scylla's Small Kraft Re-Lit, the French Bulldog, GCH CH Lebull's New Hope Wooly Bully, and the German Shepherd Dog, CH Suboja's Army Soldier HT.
The two that got the BIS and RBIS were the Basset and the Wire. It’s the first BIS this year in ten final appearances for the Basset, Dolly. Congratulations to breeder/owner Sukey Shore and handler Mike stone.
The San Joaquin Kennel Club picked up the action on Sunday in Stockton and asked Jan Sigler to look over the Field Spaniel, GCH CH Promenade's Pay It Forward, the Whippet, GCH CH Starline’s Chanel, the aforementioned Rottweiler, the Scottish Terrier, GCH CH Friendship Hill Stars And Stripes, the previously seen Chinese Crested, the Bichon Frise, GCH CH PaRay Power and Privilege, and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, GCH CH Coventry Allure at Wyndstar.
(Photo by Carol Beuchat)
The two she liked were her BIS, the Chinese Crested, and her Reserve, the Whippet. It’s Toby’s fourth BIS in 22 final appearances this season.
The SJKC’s closer on Monday was the only game in town, in fact the only show in the US that day. As such it drew dogs from all over hungry for a few more points. The seven seeking Bonnie Linnell Clarke’s favor were the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Mt view’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm, the Harrier, GCH CH Downhome Hitch Innovator, the now familiar Rottweiler and Scottie, the Pekingese, GCH CH Windermere’s Dusting Of White At Pevyne, the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Penndragon Owain, and the Cardigan welsh Corgi, GCH CH Mariel’s Harvest Moon.
(Photo by Kayla Bertagnolli)
It was the country’s Number One Dog, the GWP, Oakley taking home the week’s last big rosette. While the Peke, Dusty, ambled off with the RBIS. Oakley goes into the new week with around a 2000 point lead on the Number Two Dog. However, if you read my Back Story column today on Best In Show Daily, you know that it will all come down to the last weekend of the year.