Owner/Handler Rhonda-Lynn DiMatteo and her Puli,
GCH CH Zaydah Guns A Blazing
We were slogging through Facebook this morning and saw this bit about the Puli’s handler at the Westminster Kennel Club (WKC) show. For those of you who missed Monday's Herding Group judging, Rhonda-Lynn DiMatteo, owner/handler of the Puli breed winner, GCH CH Zaydah Guns A Blazing, was dressed in a yellow track suit. Before we go any further, let’s state the obvious. We are not female and lack the powers of observation of that sex. Now, we are traditionalists when it comes to dress in the show ring. We think a man should have a jacket and tie and a woman should have an business appropriate outfit. I understand the inclination to dress up for special shows like the evening judging at the WKC or AKC/Eukanuba National Championship (AENC) though we do think it’s just as egregious to be over dressed as under dressed.
We understand that Ms DiMatteo was the unlucky victim of the airlines who lost her bag and did not have the resources to go out and purchase something more appropriate. After watching one of our co-workers do an important business presentation while dressed in jeans, we have made it a practice of traveling in something that could get us through important meetings. We are surprised that one of the many exhibitors who did have an appropriate outfit, but were not fortunate enough to win their breed, did not come forward and offer to loan her something to wear.
But all of that is Monday morning quarterbacking. Here’s the bottom line. We watched both the breed judging and group judging. It was not until we saw the above referenced article and we went back over the recording of Monday evening’s judging, that we noticed the Puli handler’s attire. What we had remembered was that was a damn nice Puli. Congratulations to Ms DiMatteo and the Puli’s breeders Jacki Evans & Pete Evans on their breed win and an outstanding performance in the group ring.