Monday, March 10, 2014


GCH CH Claircreek’s Impression de Matisse 
(photo by Lynda Beam)

We have finished up all our real life chores and ushered out some unexpected visitors and can now turn our attention to ur Monday Mop Up. This week was full of heavyweight match ups, fresh faces, and breakout performances. 

Just a few hours south of this week’s giant Kentuckiana Cluster in Louisville KY, the Country Music Cluster in Franklin TN hosted several of the nation’s top dogs these past four days. Check our archives on the lower right side bar for Thursday’s & Friday’s results. The Portuguese Water Dog, GCH CH Claircreek’s Impression de Matisse, bolstered his Number One ranking by taking both Saturday’s Tullahoma Kennel Club of Tennessee BIS and Sunday’s Nashville Kennel Club BIS. 

GCH CH Ha'penny Mirimar The Fab Fawn 

 Joining Matisse and handler Michael Scott in judge Clay Coady’s on Saturday were the Golden Retriever, GCH CH Easthill Broxden Woodland Lettuce Entertain You, the Rhodesian Ridgeback, GCH CH Raquel Welch Of Malabo APD, the Welsh Terrier, GCH CH Shaireab’s Bayleigh Maid of Honor, the Shih Tzu, GCH CH Hallmark Jolei Rocket Power, the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Dawin Hearts on Fire, and the RBIS, the Bearded Collie, GCH CH Ha'penny Mirimar The Fab Fawn. 

GCH CH Bugaboo’s Picture Perfect 
(photo by Bettina Bienefeld)

Sunday judge Barbara Dempsey Alderman would choose Matisse out of a lineup that included the Black Cocker Spaniel, GCH CH Ashdown's Time to Thrill, the Smooth Dachshund, CH Marginns Fredricka V Rufknabe, the same Welsh Terrier, the Papillon, GCH CH Fenice Le Beaudreaux, the above named Standard Poodle, and her RBIS, the Old English Sheepdog, GCH CH Bugaboo’s Picture Perfect. 

Matisse takes an impressive 2014 record of 22 BIS and 28 Working Groups into Louisville, where an entry of 12,500 dogs holds the potential of being a game changer for one or more of our hopefuls this year.


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