As we start our eighth season here on Dog Show Poop we are frequently asked if we tire of the game. It’s kind of like asking an eight year old if he tires of Christmas morning. We may see many of the same faces and we may have to suffer a re-gifted fruit cake now and then, but we know that something will show up under the tree that makes us smile and will make us remember this year along with all those that have come before.
The 2015 show season is starting to take form and many of the 2014 holdovers are carry the momentum of last year into January. 2014’s Number One Dog All Breeds, the Portuguese Water Dog, GCH CH Claircreek’s Impression de Matisse, added a seventh BIS to his 2015 resume, taking the top prize at Saturday’s Carroll Kennel Club show. With 236 career BIS, Matisse still needs 40 more to break the record set by German Shepherd Dog, CH Altana Mystique.
Challenging Matisse for the win was last year’s Number One Hound, the RBIS, the Bloodhound, GCH CH Flessner’s International S’Cess. Nathan has already collected two BIS this year, both over Matisse. Rounding out judge Karen Wilson’s seven were the Flat-Coated Retriever, GCH CCH Windy Hill Dance To The Music JH, the Airedale Terrier, GCH CH Darling Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, the Pekingese, GCH CH Pequest General Tso, the Dalmatian, GCH CH Spotted Bliss Oreo Delight, and the Bouvier des Flandres, GCH CH Brimar’s Spirit of a Storm.
The winner of last month’s AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Orlando, 2014’s Number One Terrier, The Skye Terrier, GCH CH Cragsmoor Goodtime Charlie, is a Florida resident and has made the most of the Florida Marathon this year, claiming five of the nine big rosettes offered so far. The latest win came at Saturday’s Clearwater Kennel Club show under judge Dr Robert Indeglia. Joining Charlie in the final ring were the Weimaraner, GCH CH Doc’s Greyborn North Star Of Acadia, the Greyhound, GCH CH GandCru Giaconda, the RBIS, the Mastiff, GCH CH Goldleaf’s Trouble Coming CGC, the Pug, CH Double D Got Be Real, the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Dawin Hearts on Fire, and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, GCH CH Riverside Telltail Coco Posh.
(photo by Derek Glas)
One dog that has taken on all comers in every corner of the United States is 2014’s Number One Sporting Dog, the Brittany, GCH CH Rainbow Splash’s Ruggedly Handsome. While Beckett and handler Clint Livingston park the motor home in Brighton CO, they have already picked up BIS in Texas and Florida his year. Their latest came at yesterday’s Fort Bend Kennel Club show in Rosenberg TX.
GCH CH Derby’s Toast with Gusto
Joining Beckett in judge Robert Stein’s final were the Pharaoh Hound, GCH CH Farao Anubis Inferno BN RN SC, the RBIS, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, GCH CH Derby’s Toast with Gusto, the Scottish Terrier, GCH CH Kelwyn’s Gm Freestyle Flyer, the Yorkshire Terrier, GCH CH Rosemark’s Saint or Sinner, the Bichon Frise, GCH CH Saks Winning Card, and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, GCH CH Coventry Just a Little Crush.
(photo courtesy of AKC)
Out on the West Coast, last year’s Number One Toy Dog, the Pomeranian, GCH CH Hitimes What the Inferno has emerged as the dominant force, collecting three huge BIS and six Toy Group firsts in the first three weekends of the year. The wins include Saturday’s Dog Fanciers Association of Oregon show, destined to be one of this year’s five biggest shows. Judge Vicki Abbot also considered the German Shorthaired Pointer, GCH CH Vjk-Myst Garbonita’s California Journey, the Afghan Hound, GCH CH Agha Djaris Eye Candy Of Sura CGC, the Akita, GCH CH Sondaisa Fyre When Ready CD RN, the Miniature Bull Terrier, GCH CH Imaginabull’s First Edition, the Lhasa Apso, GCH CH Kumi Kian Strike A Pose, and Friday's BIS winner, last year's Number Two Dog All breeds, the Old English Sheepdog, GCH CH Bugaboo’s Picture Perfect, whom she named her RBIS.
Us, bored? Not by a long shot. We've only just begun.
GCH CH Bugaboo’s Picture Perfect
(photo courtesy of AKC)