GCH CH Pequest General Tso
(photo by Rhonda Cassidy)
The dog world waited for five years for today’s Morris and Essex Kennel Club show in Somerset NJ and the day did not disappoint. The setting is unique in the dog world with its return to the sport of yesteryear, a day in the country with ladies in hats and gentlemEn in their Harris Tweed. The day proved to be as unpredictable as ever. Two of the top dogs, the nation’s Number One Dog All Breeds, the German Shepherd Dog, GCH CH Lockenhaus Rumor has it v Kenlyn, and the Nation’s Number One Terrier, the Skye Terrier, GCH CH Cragsmoor Good Time Charlie recused themselves because of ties to the judging panel. Several other of the Top Twenty failed to make it out of the breed.
GCH CH Vjk-Myst Garbonita's California Journey
Nonetheless, with over 4000 dogs entered there were quality dogs aplenty to fill judge Dorothy Collier’s final. They were the German Shorthaired Pointer, GCH CH Vjk-Myst Garbonita's California Journey, the Black & Tan Coonhound, GCH CH Bayaway Jersey's Due Process of Law, the Doberman Pinscher, GCH CH Dezperado's Hallelujah CA CGC, the Scottish Terrier, GCH CH Round Town Queen Of Hearts of Maryscot, the Pekingese, GCH CH Pequest General Tso, the French Bulldog, GCH CH Iacta Alea Est de la Bete, and the Bouvier des Flandres, GCH CH Stonepillar Steel Blu.
Slogging through the rain soaked grounds to pick up the Best In Show rosette was the Peke, The General. Following close behind was Judge Collier’s RBIS, the GSP, CJ. The General’s breeder/owner/handler David Fitzpatrick also handled the Morris & Essex 2010 BIS, the Pekingese, GCH CH PalaceGarden Malachy. The General is currently the nation’s Number Two Toy Dog and Number Ten Dog All Breeds. Congratulations to David and co-owner Nancy Shapland.