Sunday, February 23, 2014


GCH CH Claircreek’s Impression de Matisse 
(photo by Jeffrey Hanlin)

The Portuguese Water Dog, GCH CH Claircreek’s Impression de Matisse, continued his assault on the record books with his third straight Best In Show.  The latest came at the prestigious Saturday show of the International Kennel Club of Chicago.

Matisse was challenged for the win by the English Setter, GCH CH Stargazer ‘N Wingfield Wait Wait Don’t Tell, the Otter Hound, GCH CH Aberdeens Under The Influence, the Irish Terrier, GCH CH Sarob’s Commander In Chief, the Maltese, GCH CH  Rhapsody N Cherubs Oh So Henry, the Schipperke, CH Beachviews Oops I Did It Again, and judge Sue Goldberg’s RBIS, the Old English Sheepdog, GCH CH Bugaboo’s Picture Perfect.

GCH CH Bugaboo’s Picture Perfect 
(photo by Rhonda Cassidy)

Matisse’s 18th BIS in 21 final appearances this year gives him the undisputed title of Number One Dog All Breeds for now.  How long he can hold it is another question.  The real issue is whether the race this year is already down to two dogs, Matisse and the aforementioned OES, Swagger.  We look forward to the big Louisville weekend in mid-March to see if any of our top dogs can close the gap between the top two and the rest of this year’s campaigners.HHhhhhhj


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