Tuesday, August 5, 2014


GCH CH Bugaboo’s Picture Perfect 
 (photo by Jeffrey Hanlin) 

Our Number Two Dog All Breeds, the Old English Sheepdog, GCH CH Bugaboo’s Picture Perfect, has spent much of the year thrilling fanciers as he doggedly pursues the Number One Dog. It seems that no matter how much the leader raises the stakes, the OES, Swagger, answers the call. While Number One was sweeping the five shows in Salem VA, Swagger was doing the same at the four larger entry shows in Canfield OH. 

GCH CH McVan’s To Russia with Love 
 (photo by Melissa Metzler) 

Judge Mareth Kipp gave Swagger the first big rosette of the stop at Thursday’s Fort Steuben Kennel Association show. The reserve ribbon went to the Scottish Terrier, GCH CH McVan’s To Russia with Love, while the English Springer Spaniel, GCH CH Telltale American Ride, the 15” Beagle, GCH CH Torquay Midnight Victory, the Boxer, GCH CH Brisbane N Blue Monday’s Diamonds Are Decadent, the Pug, GCH CH Hill Country’s Tag I’m It, and the Chow Chow, GCH CH Milin’s Emerson Tappin On The Bay CGC, looked on. 

GCH CH Dal Primo Magic Moment 
(photo by Jeffrey Hanlin) 

Swagger would collect the second win on Friday from judge Esther Joseph, who also liked the Bullmastiff, GCH CH Dal Primo Magic Moment, whom she gave the RBIS. Rounding out her seven were the German Shorthaired Pointer, GCH CH Kan-Point’ Makin the Chase, the Black & Tan Coonhound, GCH CH Foxfire Full Force Gale, the returning Scottie, Knopa, the Japanese Chin, GCH CH Touche’s Top Hat And Tails At Samskara, and the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Litilann’s Show Time. 

GCH CH Litilann’s Show Time 
 (photo by Jeffrey Hanlin) 

The Beaver County Kennel Club had the coveted Saturday spot and they asked judge Clay Coady to name the BIS and RBIS. Finishing one/two were Swagger and the above name Poodle. Also asking for consideration were the Irish Setter, GCH CH Evergreen Good Intentions, the 15: Beagle, GCH CH Tashtin’s Lookin for Trouble, the Samoyed, GCH CH Pebbles Run Play It Again Ham, the Welsh Terrier, GCH CH Shaireab’s Bayleigh Maid of Honor, and the previously seen Pug. 

GCH CH Tashtin’s Lookin for Trouble 
 (photo by Kayla Bertagnolli) 

Swagger would bring it home on Sunday taking the Best In Show from judge Kimberly Meredith-Cavanna at the Mahoning-Shenango Kennel Club’s closer. Staying to the end were the Pointer, Chesterhope My Boy’s Girl, the RBIS, Saturday’s 15” Beagle, the returning Sammie, Welsh Terrier, Chow, and the Miniature Pinscher, GCH CH Kimro n Spiva Super Trooper. Swagger starts the week with 53 BIS and 93 Herding Groups in just seven months this year.

Monday, August 4, 2014


GCH CH Claircreek’s Impression de Matisse

We start our Monday Morning Mop Up with a report on the nation’s Number One Dog All Breeds, the Portuguese Water Dog, GCH CH Claircreek’s Impression de Matisse. Matisse maintained his record setting pace with a remarkable sweep of all five shows in Salem VA this week. 

GCH CH Bugaboo's Picture Perfect
(photo by Kayla Bertagnolli)

The set began on Wednesday with the James River Kennel Club’s opener. Judge Charles Trotter picked Matisse out of a lineup that included the Black Cocker Spaniel, GCH CH Ashdown’s Time To Thrill, the Bloodhound, GCH CH Flessner’s International S’Cess, the Welsh Terrier, GCH CH Darwyn Here For A Good Time, the Smooth Chihuahua, GCH CH Sonnus Filho (Sanchez), the French Bulldog, GCH CH Hilsman’s LWolfranch Homer at Homewood, and his RBIS, the country’s Number Two Dog, the Old English Sheepdog, GCH CH Bugaboo’s Picture Perfect. 

GCH CH Flessner’s International S’Cess

At Thursday’s JRKC encore Matisse would be Toddie Clark’s Best and the returning Bloodhound, Nathan would be her Reserve. Rounding out her seven were the same Cocker, Bedlington Terrier, GCH CH Lamz Strike A Pose RN CAA CGC, the Affenpinscher, GCH CH Yarrows Hi-Tech Ben There Done That, the above named Frenchie, and the Puli, GCH CH Cordmaker’s Topsy Turvey. 

GCH CH Ashdown's Time to Thrill

The Roanoke Kennel Club would take over on Friday and put judge Dr Robert Indeglia in the final ring. He would place Matisse and the Cocker, Alan, one/two while the Bloodhound, Nathan, the American Staffordshire Terrier, GCH CH Angarda Deja Vu Looking At You, the Pomeranian, GCH CH Moxiepoms Diego Gabriel Chavez, the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Luminary Black Velvet Bejeweled With Pearls, and the Australian Shepherd, GCH CH Empty Nest It’s Not About The Money, looked on. 

GCH CH Sonnus Filho (Sanchez)
(photo by Rhonda Cassidy)

The RKC would do it again on Szaturday this time with judge Loraine Boutwell in the final ring. She would consider the now familiar Cocker, Bloodhound, Bedlington, Chihuahua, Puli, and the Tibetan Spaniel, GCH CH Kan Sings Po-Ba-Ri At Arundina, before naming Matisse BIS and the Chihuahua, Sonnito, RBIS. 

GCH CH Ha’Penny Mirimar The Fab Fawn

Matisse would bring it home on Sunday with the big rosette at the New River Valley Kennel Club show. Taking home the reserve award was the Bearded Collie, GCH CH Ha’Penny Mirimar The Fab Fawn. Also staying to the end to see judge Gloria Kerr were returning Cocker, Bloodhound, AmStaff, Chihuahua, and Tibbie. 

 Seven months through the year, Matisse has amassed 81 BIS and 106 Working Groups. Anyone know what the record is for most BIS in a single year?