Tuesday, January 14, 2014


GCH CH Take Aim’s Playin For Gryffindor

A lot of dog fanciers never make it to the Pacific Northwest for a show.  One of the planet’s most impressive landscapes, perennially draped in a coy mist, isn’t an easy place to get to for many of us.  However there are lots of reasons for exhibitors to visit.  This weekend’s Puyallup Valley Dog Fanciers, Tacoma Kennel Club, and Sammamish Kennel Club shows drew more than 5500 dogs, more than enough points to jump start  the 2014 campaign.  One dog did manage to get the lion’s share of the points, the Bouvier des Flandres, GCH CH Take Aim’s Playin For Gryffindor, who took both the PVDF opener and the SKC closer.

Saturday judge Seamus Oates picked Gryf out of a lineup that included the Field Spaniel, GCH  CH Promenade’s Pay It Forward, the 15” Beagle, GCH CH Foxtail’s Race For The Chase, the Giant Schnauzer, GCH CH Skansen’s Leather & Lace Of Twilight, the West Highland White Terrier, GCH CH Whitebriar Jaw Dropper, the Pomeranian, GCH CH AC Dynasty Dream Works, and his RBIS, the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Brighton Lakeridge Encore.

GCH CH Brighton Lakeridge Encore

Dr Daniel Dowling would prefer the returning Poodle, Ally, for Sunday’s TKC BIS, giving Gryf the RBIS.  Rounding out the final seven were the English Springer Spaniel, GCH CH Hil N Don’s Seemore Of Me, the Afghan Hound, GCH CH Polo’s Air Force One, the above named Giant, the American Staffordshire Terrier, GCH CH Alpine’s Catch Me If You Can, and the Pug, GCH CH Brigadoon’s Shanghai Charlie.

Ally was 2013’s Number One Non-Sporting Dog and Number 11 Dog All Breeds with 23 BIS in 56 final appearances.  Congratulations to breeders L'Dyne Wicker Brennan & Debra Ferguson Jones, owners Toni Sosnoff & Martin Sosnoff, and handler Tim Brazier.

CH NipnTuck’s Chasing Fame
(Photo by E Arellano)

Gryf would close the set Monday catching the eye of judge Rosemarie Green.  Judge Green would also like the Labrador Retriever, CH NipnTuck’s Chasing Fame, whom she cave the RBIS after considering the Whippet, GCH CH Princeton’s Falling In Love At Starline, the Standard Schnauzer,  Palos Treaty Of Goahrinn, the Miniature Bull Terrier, GCH  CH Cambria’s Kid N Play, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, GCH CH Quail Garden Loch Lomond Déjà vu, and the Lhasa Apso, GCH CH Kumi Kian Parti In The USA.

Gryf was the Number Two Bouvier in 2013 with three and 28 Herding Groups.  We suspect Gryf will improve upon that record this year.  Congratulations to breeders/owners Anthony & Mo DiMercurio , co-breeders Mo Hieronimus, Sue Digiorno, & Lee Calhoun, owners Terry & Penny Peterson, and handler Larry Fenner.


  1. The standard poodle didn't win the group on Monday, it was the Lhasa Apso