FINAL SHOW OF THE YEAR

GCH CH Avalon Frontier Sleepnlady Webber

The 2010 race to Number One Dog All Breeds came down to the wire at the San Mateo Kennel Club Show.  Rick Gschwender gathered the final final seven  in San Mateo CA.   They included the Norwegian Elkhound, GCH CH Vin-Melca’s Voyager, the Smooth Fox Terrier, GCH CH Slyfox Sneaks A Peek, the Pekingese, GCH CH PalaceGarden Malachy, and the Bouvier des Flandres, GCH CH Avalon Frontier Sleepnlady Webber.  We will bring you the full lineup shortly.

Best went to the Bouvier, Webber, one of our original DOGS2WATCH.  Webber and handler Larry Fenner have collected eight BIS this year.    We have heard that Larry  Fenner will be leaving the professional handling ranks to take another job.  It's a big loss to the show ring.  Hopefully we will still see Larry frequently.  We find it fitting that he should cap his handling career with a BIS over the toughest competition AKC has to offer.

The win decides the National Title of Number One Dog All Breeds of 2010.  Congratulations to the little engine who could, the winningest Smooth Fox Terrier in history, GCH CH J’Cobe Kemosabe Vigilante Justice!

SAN MATEO DAY THREE


(Photo by Carol Beuchat)

The Kennel Club of Salinas is the third of our Final Four shows of the year as we hurtle toward a decision on who will be 2010’s Top Dog.  Today’s BIS was called by Carl Gomes who had his pick of the Sussex Spaniel, GCH CH Seamist On A Windward Tack RN, yesterday’s BIS, the Whippet, GCH CH Starline’s Chanel, the Portuguese Water Dog, GCH CH Aviators Luck Be A Lady, the Smooth Fox Terrier, GCH CH Slyfox Sneaks A Peek, the Pekingese, GCH CH PalaceGarden Malachy, the Bulldog, GCH CH Bodhi's Light, Life, And Love, and the Bouvier des Flandres, GCH CH Avalon Frontier Sleepnlady Webber.

He chose the Whippet, Chanel.  Cha Cha and handler Lori Wilson have repeatedly shown they can can hang with the big boys, showing in every venue in the US and winning several of the marquee events in the US.  Chanel now makes tomorrow’s San Mateo Kennel Club show a must see for us all.

SAN MATEO DAY TWO

GCH CH Starline’s Chanel
(Photo by Carol Beuchat)

Our count down to the New Year continued today in San Mateo CA with the Santa Cruz Kennel Club’s show.  It was judge Robert Frost’s turn to gather the seven best of the day.  They were the German Shorthaired Pointer, GCH CH Robin Crest Great Expectations, the Whippet, GCH CH Starline’s Chanel, the Portuguese Water Dog, GCH CH Aviator’s Luck Be A Lady, the Kerry Blue Terrier, GCH CH Trozian Onyx At Torum, yesterday’s BIS, the Pekingese, GCH CH PalaceGarden Malachy, the Bulldog, GCH CH Globe And Anchor Sgt Iron Mike, and the German Shepherd Dog, CH Kaleef's Lasting Impression.

His BIS was the Whippet, Chanel.  Chanel and handler Lori Wilson have had a habit of winning big shows since they hit the scene at Palm Springs last January.   Chanel and Lori have locked down the Number One Hound title for the year and are currently the Number Seven Dog All Breeds.  Who will be the Number One Dog All Breeds?  That is still up for grabs wuth only two shows to go.  Check with us tomorrow to see who sits where.

SAN MATEO DAY ONE

GCH CH PalaceGarden Malachy

Many of the nation’s airports have been closed due to a holiday week blizzard.  One that is operating is the San Francisco International Airport (SFO), which is actually south of the fabled City by the Bay.  Just a few minutes south of SFO is the town of San Mateo, site of the only AKC dog shows remaining this year.  The four day set often draws dogs from all over the US.  This year the quartet of shows will determine who is the Number One Dog All Breeds for 2010.

The Oakland Kennel Club opened the Final Four and had Jeffrey Pepper in their final ring with the German Shorthaired  Pointer, GCH CH Robin Crest Great Expectations, the Norwegian Elkhound, GCH CH Vin-Melca’s Voyager, the Mastiff, CH Lexington Divine’s Put Me In, Coach, the Smooth Fox Terrier, GCH CH J’Cobe Vigilante Justice, the Pekingese, GCH CH PalaceGarden Malachy, the Bulldog, GCH CH Globe And Anchor Sgt Iron Mike, and the Bouvier des Flandres, GCH CH Avalon Frontier Sleepnlady Webber,

Round One went to the nation’s Number Two Dog all Breeds, the Peke, Malachy.  We don’t have exact numbers yet, but we do know that the win was not enough to take over the Number One position.  However, this is the first of four.  There are three days of excitement yet to go.

NEW YEAR'S EVE IN SAN MATEO

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As you may know by now there are no shows this coming weekend, but we do have four pivotal shows scheduled for the last week of the year.  San Mateo CA just south of San Francisco will be the site for the Oakland Kennel Club, the Santa Cruz Kennel Club,  the Kennel Club Of Salinas, & San Mateo Kennel Club’s equivalent of the Iowa Caucuses, four shows that have come to represent the last chance to grab an advantage in the national rankings.  The fun begins on Tuesday, the 28th and continues through New Year’s Eve.

Here’s our chart to let you know where everyone stands going into the Holidays.  You will note that the excitement isn’t just about who’s going to be Number One.  The bottom six dogs are all racing for a higher finish.   We will be here to pop the bubbly and tell you who finishes the year as Number One Dog All Breeds.

JACKSON MS MOP UP

GCH CH Casablanca’s Thrilling Seduction

Jackson MS is only three hours from us, but we had difficulty getting much news from there these past four days.  We remind you that we did tell you that the Black Cocker Spaniel, GCH CH Casablanca’s Thrilling Seduction, the Bichon Frise, GCH CH Saks Hamelot Little Drummer Boy, and the 15“ Beagle, GCH CH Torquay Midnight Confession, were the BIS winners on Thursday, Friday, & Saturday.   You can check our archives for a complete write up of Saturday’s Brandon Kennel Club Of Mississippi show.

Joining the Cocker, Beckham, in Dana Cline’s final for the Mississippi State Kennel Club day one show on Thursday were the above named Beagle, the Boxer, GCH CH Windfall I Dream Of Style, the Australian Terrier, CH Merrigangs Wild N Crazy Guy, the Pug, GCH CH T-Stars Spindletop, the previously mentioned Bichon, and the German Shepherd Dog, GCH CH Kridlers Nutmeg V Signature.

GCH CH Saks Hamelot Little Drummer Boy

Dr Robert Indeglia took over the judge’s book on Friday and chose the Bichon, Drummer, from a final that included, the Cocker, Beckham, the Whippet, GCH CH Sporting Fields Bahama Sands, the Doberman Pinscher, GCH CH Horizons Poetic Justice, the above named Australian Terrier, the Papillon, GCH CH Zelicaon Butch Cassidy At Drace, and the Australian Shepherd, GCH CH Mysharas Dream Girl.

Sunday at the BKCM day two show Fred Bassett chose his BIS from aforementioned Whippet, Australian Terrier, Bichon, & Australian Shepherd, the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Ripsnorter’s Mt View Lookout, the Mastiff, GCH CH Lazy D's Bonnie Blu, and the Italian Greyhound, GCH CH Bo-Bett’s Open Button.  His Best was the Bichon, Drummer picking up his second big rosette of the set.  The win brings Drummers season BIS total to seven, three this month.  Now that’s a Merry Christmas!

SKOKIE VALLEY KENNEL CLUB

GCH CH Tolkien Raintree Mister Baggins

There were also four shows in the Chicago area this past week, but you had to visit two different sites to see them all.  The weekend started in Wheaton IL on Thursday.  Check our archives for reports on the Starved Rock Kennel Club’s two shows.   Exhibitors broke camp Friday evening and caravanned over to Rosemont IL a weekend with Skokie Valley Kennel Club.

Saturday ended with Michele Billings final with the Brittany, GCH CH Gourley's DFL 99 Carat Diamond, the Longhaired Dachshund, CH Homar's Solo Avaitor, the Bernese Mountain Dog, GCH CH Alpenspirit's Lion King, the Smooth Fox Terrier, GCH CH J'Cobe Broxden The Headliner, the Shih Tzu, CH Olive's Grove Odd Thomas, the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Jaset’s Satisfaction, and the Bearded Collie, GCH CH Tolkien Raintree Mister Baggins.  It was the Beardie, Roy, picking up his second BIS of the weekend.  That brings Roy’s 2010 BIS total to 33. 

GCH CH Knolland Amber Moon
(Photo by Derek Glas)

Ed Bivin had the last call on Sunday and his choice of Roy, the above named Doxie, Smooth Fox, & Poodle, the Golden Retriever, GCH CH Rushhill's All Fools On Deck, and the Brussels Griffon, GCH CH Knolland Amber Moon.  His Best was the Griff, Lainey.    This cutie is just 17 months old and already has five BIS to her credit.  Lainey is the precocious daughter of the late, great CH Cilleine Masquerade.

SUNDAY IN ORLANDO FL

GCH CH Star K's Mile Hi Valentine
(Photo by Winnersdog Photography)

The numbers were higher in Cleveland, but the temperatures were higher in Orlando FL where the Brevard Kennel Club closed the four day weekend with Joe Tacker choosing the Best In Show.  His options were the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Star K's Mile Hi Valentine, the Afghan Hound, CH Richlyn's Mean Joe Green Of Salix, the Boxer, GCH CH Winfall Brookwood Styled Dream, the Skye Terrier, CH Cragsmoor Buddy Goodman, the Miniature Pinscher, GCH CH Marlex Classic Red Glare, the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Dacun Kaylen's He's A Heartbreaker, and the Australian Shepherd, GCH CH Equinox Ad Astra.

Best was the GWP, Tina.   Tina has been one of the most consistent winners out there collecting 44 Sporting Group firsts and three all breed BIS this year.  Congratulations to breeders/owners Richard & Linda Stark, owner Victor Malzoni Jr, and handler Jane Myers.

ALLENTOWN PA

GCH CH Fireside’s Spontaneous Combustion

Our Monday morning mop up feels like the morning after the end of the play offs.  This past four days have seen some of the most anticipated match ups all year.  While we have focused much of our attention on Cleveland and it’s four shows there were lots of drama elsewhere.

In Allentown PA the Lehigh Valley Kennel Club and the Delaware Water Gap Kennel Club gathered over 3000 dogs for two days of fierce competition.  On Saturday the LVKC asked Dr Michael Manning to choose a BIS from the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, GCH CH Fireside’s Spontaneous Combustion, the Scottish Deerhound, GCH cH Foxcliffe Hickory Wind, the Bernese Mountain Dog, GCH CH Adesa The Heat Is On, the Cairn Terrier, GCH CH Maverston Double Dutch, the Maltese, GCH CH Ta-Jon’s  Just Bee-ing Silly, the Schipperke, CH DeLamer Point Break, and the Rough Collie, CH Milas Latin Lover.

He chose the WPG, Buster.  Buster and handler Michelle Scott have been  working their way up the rankings lately and are now the Number 14 Dog All Breeds with eleven BIS.

GCH CH PalaceGarden Malchy

As we reported here yesterday, the Pekingese, GCH CH PalaceGarden Malchy, spent Sunday in Allentown picking up the Best In Show at the DWGKC’s event.  Challenging Malachy in Jacqueline Stacy’s final were the Weimaraner, CH Northwoods Send Money Honey, the above named Deerhound, the Bernese Mountain Dog, CH Liebenhund’s Who’s Your Daddy, the American Staffordshire Terrier, CH Castle Rock’s Sbigstaff Mad About You, the Standard Poodle, Apacchi Jungle Fever, and the aforementioned Collie.  While we can’t be sure of the exact number of points that Malchy now trails the Number One Dog, we calculate that he will need to pickup around 1400 points to catch the leader.  We suspect there is a plane ticket to San Francisco in Malachy’s Christmas Stocking.

CENTRAL FLORIDA KC SATURDAY

GCH CH PalaceGarden Malachy

Those of you who have followed this blog since the beginning know that it got started as a result of the exciting competition for the National title in 2008.  That year it came down to the last week of the year between the beautiful Giant Schnauzer, CH Galilee's Pure Of Spirit, and the magnificent Pointer, CH Cookieland Seasyde Hollyberry.  The lead changed hands a couple of times during the latter part of the year, but it was the Giant Schnauzer, Spirit, who prevailed by the slim margin of 755 points, a 0.64 percent difference.  However, the Pointer had 25 more BIS than the Giant.  So which was the best show dog of 2008?  We can’t tell you.  We do know that show after show they thrilled and excited us and made us happy to be part of this sport.

We reported earlier that on Saturday the Pekingese, GCH CH PalaceGarden Malchy was Peter Baynes’ BIS at the day one show of the Central Florida Kennel Club.  Joining Malchy and owner/handler  David Fitzpatrick were the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Star K’s Mile Hi Valentine, the Greyhound, GCH CH GrandCru Clos Erasmus, the Boxer, GCH CH Winfall Brookwood Styled Dream, the Skye Terrier, CH Cragsmoor Buddy Goodman, the Bulldog, GCH CH Bully Hills James Dean, and the Australian Shepherd, GCH CH Equinox, Ad Astra.

We have heard that Malachy and owner/handler David Fitzpatrick have taken another BIS today in Allentown PA at the Delaware Water Gap Kennel Club show.  The win will bring them within 1300 points of the Number One title.   Who will end up Number One?  We will be the first to tell you.

WESTERN RESERVE KENNEL CLUB

GCH CH J’Cobe Kemosabe Vigilante Justice

Roger Gifford closed the four day weekend in Cleveland OH today, calling the BIS for the Western Reserve Kennel  Club.  His options were the Irish Setter, GCH CH Shadagee Caught Red Handed, the Whippet, GCH CH Starline’s Chanel, the Rottweiler, GCH CH Cammcastle’s Friar Tuck, the Smooth Fox Terrier, GCH CH J’Cobe Kemosabe Vigilante Justice, the Pekingese, GCH CH Pequest One Moment In Time, the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Dawin Spitfire, and the Bouvier des Flandres, GCH CH Quiche’s Glamour Girl.

It was the Smooth Fox Terrier, Dodger, grabbing the BACK2BACK BIS and 2143 points.  This will send our Top Two Dogs down to the wire.  There are only four shows left in the US this year.  Read all about them here.

JACKSON MISISSIPPI

GCH CH Torquay Midnight Confession

We haven’t heard much from Jackson MS where the  Mississippi State Kennel Club and the  Brandon Kennel Club Of Mississippi set up Thursday for a four day Southern good time.  However, we awake this morning to the news that the 15” Beagle, GCH CH Torquay Midnight Confession, was Leslie Rogers’ BIS at the BKCM’s day one show.  
Joining Lola and breeder/owner/handler Marcelo Chagas were the winner of the MSKC day one show, the Black Cocker Spaniel, GCH CH Casablanca’s Thrilling Seduction, the Boxer, CH Sapphires Violet Sky In Vegas Of Streamline, the Australian Terrier, CH Merrigangs Wild N Crazy Guy, the Italian Greyhound: GCH CH Bo-Betts Open Button, winner of Friday’s MSKC event, the Bichon Frise, GCH CH Saks Hamelot Little Drummer Boy, and the German Shepherd Dog, GCH CH Kridler's Nutmeg V Signature. .

The win brings Lola within one show of the all time record for the variety.   We will have photos of all the BIS winners when we get the rest of the results from Jackson. 

RANKINGS LEAP FROG

GCH CH J’Cobe Kemosabe Vigilante Justice

Our Top Two Dogs continue to raise the stakes in this year’s rankings race.  Today in Cleveland OH, the Smooth Fox Terrier, GCH CH J’Cobe Kemosabe Vigilante Justice, took back the Number One Dog All Breeds title, winning BIS at the Richland County Kennel Club show. 

Dodger and owner handler Amy Booth were challenged in Beth Speich’s final by the Irish Setter, GCH CH Shadagee Caught Red Handed, the Whippet, GCH CH Starline’s Chanel, the Alaskan Malamute, GCH CH Catanya’s Latin Lover, yesterday’s BIS, the Toy Poodle, GCH CH Smash Jp Moon Walk, the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Dawin Spitfire and the Old English Sheepdog, GCH CH Lambluv’s Gambolon Bl;ue Thunder.

We also hear that the Pekingese, GCH CH PalaceGarden Malachy,  was Peter Baynes’ Best In Show at today’s Central Florida Kennel Club show.  The win will keep the race exceeding close with the Smooth Fox, Dodger,  somewhere around 500 to 600 points ahead of the Peke, Malachy,  at this point.  We hope tp have exact point totals tomorrow.

All we can say we have been blessed this year with a great group of dogs.  Our congratulations to all the breeders, owners, and handlers who have given us such a thrill ride this season.

ORLANDO FL DAY TWO

CH Cragsmoor Buddy Goodman

Skip Herendeen had the enviablet assignment this chilly weekend of judging BIS at today’s Space Coast Kennel Club Of Palm Bay in Orlando FL.  He had his pick of the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Star K’s Mile Hi Valentine, the Greyhound, GCH CH GrandCru Clos Erasmus, the Boxer, GCH CH Winfall Brookwood Styled Dream, the Skye Terrier, CH Cragsmoor Buddy Goodman, the Pekingese, GCH CH PalaceGarden Malachy, the Miniature Poodle, GCH CH Campostela’s The Perfect Storm, and a Belgian Tervuren from the classes, Gaulois De Loup Noir.  His Best was the country’s Number Three Terrier, the Skye, Buddy.  It’s the 17th BIS this year for Buddy and debonair handler Larry Cornelius.

MEDINA KENNEL CLUB

GCH CH Smash Jp Moon Walk

The Medina Kennel Club upped the ante in Cleveland OH raising the dogs entered to 2421.  The seven that BIS judge Judith Goodin saw were the Irish Setter, GCH CH Shadagee Caught Red Handed, the Whippet, GCH CH Starline’s Chanel, the Rottweiler, GCH CH Cammcastle’s Friar Tuck, the Smooth Fox Terrier, GCH CH Slyfox Sneaks A Peek, the Toy Poodle, GCH CH Smash Jp Moon Walk, the Boston Terrier, CH Annalee Told Ya So, and the Old English Sheepdog, GCH CH Lambluv Gambolon Blue Thunder.  
 
It was the Nation’s Number Two Toy Dog, the Toy Poodle, Walker, picking up the BIS.  It’s the biggest show of the season for Walker and handler Kaz Hosaka, who have spent the past two seasons thrilling us.  tTis win was their 21st  BIS this year.

STARVED ROCK KC DAY TWO

GCH CH Tolkien Raintree Mister Baggins

The Bearded Collie, GCH CH Tolkien Raintree Mister Baggins, was Dr Klaus Anselm’s BIS at today’s day two show of the Starved Rock Kennel Club in Wheaton IL.  Accompanying Roy and handler Cliff Steele were the Golden Retriever, GCH CH Shor'Line Jetoca High Seas Adventure RA JH,  the Afghan Hound, CH Wynsyr Shimara The Dark Knight, the Portuguese Water Dog, GCH CH Aviator’s Luck Be A Lady, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, GCH CH Mondrian VH Lamslag RE, the Parson Russell Terrier, GCH CH Thunder Hill Soul Journey, and the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Jaset’s Satisfaction. It was the 47th career BIS for Roy, the most ever by a Beardie.

STARVED ROCK KC DAY ONE

GCH CH PalaceGarden Malachy

We did tell you last night that the Number One Dog, the Pekingese, GCH CH PalaceGarden Malachy, was Toddie Clark’s BIS  at today’s Starved Rock Kennel Club show in Wheaton IL.   Now we can tell you that Malachy and owner/handler David Fitzpatrick were joined by the English Cocker Spaniel, GCH CH Nonnies No Doubt, the Afghan Hound, GCH CH Wynsyr Shimara The Dark Knight, the Portuguese Water Dog, GCH CH Aviators Luck Be A Lady, the Smooth Fox Terrier, GCH CH J'Cobe Broxden The Headliner, the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Jaset's Satisfaction, and the Bearded Collie, GCH CH Tolkien Raintree Mister Baggins.

Because there are so few locations with shows this weekend and because all of them are east of the Mississippi, expect dogs from all over the US to pop up at different locations.  We will do our best to keep up with you favorites on this critical next to last show weekend of the year.

LORAIN COUNTY KENNEL CLUB

GCH CH J’Cobe Kemosabe Vigilante Justice

Of the 2131 dogs entered at today’s Lorain County Kennel Club eight were in our Top Ten Dogs All Breeds. The seven that made it to Mary Anne Brocious’ final were the Irish Setter, GCH CH Shadagee Caught Red Handed, the Whippet, GCH CH Starline’s Chanel, the Doberman Pinscher, CH Rauschund's Aquila Marquis , the Smooth Fox Terrier, GCH CH J’Cobe Kemosabe Vigilante Justice, the Toy Poodle, GCH CH Smash Jp Moon Walk, the Boston Terrier, CH Annalee Told You So, and Old English Sheepdog, GCH CH Lambluv Gambolon Blue Thunder .

BIS was the nation’s Number Two Dog in the US, the Smooth Fox, Dodger.  Dodger’s 103rd career BIS might have put him back in the Number One position.  However, we hear that the Number One Dog, the Pekingese, GCH CH PalaceGarden Malachy, was Toddie Clark’s BIS  at today’s Starved Rock Kennel Club show in Wheaton IL.  Nonetheless, this win puts Dodger and owner/handler Amy Booth just a scant 300 points behind the Peke…and it’s only Thursday

IT'S A PHOTO FINISH!

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We have received many requests to update our chart showing the relative position of our Top Ten Dogs All Breeds.  Though some may think there is too much emphasis in the dog game on records, rankings, and titles, you have to admit this has been a very exciting year.  Our Top Three Dogs are in a photo finish as we approach the finish line and the bottom half of the Top Ten is even tighter.

While we feel confident that dogs listed above will remain in the Top Ten, we wouldn’t bet the lunch money on where they will end up in the rankings.

MALIBU KENNEL CLUB MONDAY

GCH CH Slyfox Sneaks A Peek
Our doggy weekend ended yesterday in Costa Mesa CA with the day two show of the Malibu Kennel Club.  Hank Williams final final seven were the English Setter, GCH CH Oakley’s B’Dazzled, the Afghan Hound, GCH CH Thaon’s Mowgli, the Alaskan Malamute, GCH CH Catanya’s Latin Lover, the Smooth Fox Terrier, GCH CH Slyfox Sneaks A Peek, the Pomeranian, Powerpom High Performance, the Miniature Poodle, CH Danfour Debutante, and the Pembroke welsh Corgi, GCH CH Segni At Coventry.The Smooth Fox, Adam, picked up his second BIS of the set.  That’s a Group One at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship and two all breed BIS the following weekend for our Number Ten Dog All Breeds. Bravo!

IT'S HAPPENING IN CLEVELAND!

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Cleveland OH

We are almost at the end of our show season and this coming weekend will be pivotal.  First there are only five locations where you can find a dog show and they are all east of the Mississippi.  Second, we will see some of the biggest point counts of the year this weekend.  The big draw will be four days starting Thursday in Cleveland OH where the Lorain County Kennel Club, the Medina Kennel Club, the Richland County Kennel Club, & the Western Reserve Kennel Club have attracted over 10,000 entries, enough to allow any of the Top Three Dogs All Breeds to claim the Number One spot.

A little further west In Illinois there will be five days of shows.  The Starved Rock Kennel Club will set up Thursday & Friday in Wheaton, the exhibitors will break camp and move 25 miles to Rosemont for three days with the Skokie Valley Kennel Club & Chicago Goldcoast Kennel Club.   Down our way there’s an opportunity for four gracious days of southern hospitality in Jackson MS with the Mississippi State Kennel Club and the Brandon Kennel Club Of Mississippi. 

Once again, Floridians offer a respite from winter weather with three days in Orlando with the Space Coast Kennel Club Of Palm Bay, the Central Florida Kennel Club, & the Brevard Kennel Club.  Finally, if you can only spare two days out of the holiday season, try the Delaware Water Gap Kennel Club & Lehigh Valley Kennel Club two days in Allentown PA.

Once again we will be following all the action closely and this is the only place where you can find out where everyone is in the rankings.  It’s Reindeer and Ridgebacks all week long!

GREATER CLARK COUNTY KENNEL CLUB

GCH CH Zelicaon Butch Cassidy At Draco

Up in the Pacific Northwest the action was in Ridgefield WA where the Greater Clark County Kennel Club gave us two shows.  On Saturday the seven joining BIS judge Sharon Newcomb were the Irish Water Spaniel, GCH CH Poole Ide Got Water, the Borzoi, GCH CH Aashtoria Wildhunt Hidden Agenda, the Siberian Husky, CH Karnovandas Coming Up Roses, the American Staffordshire Terrier, GCH CH Alpines Highwayman, the Papillon, GCH CH Zelicaon Butch Cassidy At Draco, the Keeshond, GCH CH Wyndjamrs Winward Isle, and the Belgian Tervuren, GCH CH Sky Acres Spy Plane.    Her Best was the Papillon, Parker.  It’s the first all breed BIS for Parker.  Congratulations to breeder Forrest Johnson, owner Anita Wright, & handler Tammie Wilcox. 

GCH CH Brighton Lakeridge Encore

On Sunday Judy Webb chose her BIS from the Golden Retriever, GCH CH Rush Hills River Road Payoff, the Black & Tan Coonhound, GCH CH Silver Ridge Showthyme At Windbourne, the Siberian Husky, CH  Karnovandas Tenzing, above named AmStaff, the Maltese, GCH CH Seabreeze Caribbean Sun Calling, the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Brighton Lakeridge Encore, and the aforementioned Tervuren.  Che chose the spectacular white Poodle, Encore.  We sure hope this girl gets out and about more this coming year.  She has been pretty much the sole property of  Pacific Northwest fanciers since her debut in April.  Nonetheless, she and handler Tim Brazier have collected 18 BIS during that time.

THREE DAYS IN COSTA MESA CA

GCH CH Slyfox Sneaks A Peek

As usual Southern Californian residents were enjoying beautiful weather and gorgeous canines at this weekend’s shows.  It all started on Friday in Costa Mesa with the first of Shoreline Dog Fanciers Association Of Orange County’s two shows.

Day one featured Luc Boileau’s final of the English Setter, GCH CH Oakley’s Bedazzled, the Whippet, GCH CH Sporting Field’s Bahama Sands, the Mastiff, GCH CH Lexington Divine’s Put Me In, Coach, the Smooth Fox Terrier, GCH CH Slyfox Sneaks A Peek, the Pomeranian, GCH CH Powerpom High Performance, the French Bulldog, GCH CH Bayhill Celebrate, and the Bouvier des Flandres, GCH Ch Avalaon Frontier Sleepnlady Webber.  
 
His BIS was AKC’s Number Ten Dog All Breeds, the Smooth Fox, Adam.  We are lucky to have two great Smooth Fox out this season.  We hope you have had a chance to see them both.  Adam and handler Eddie Boyes now have 25 top prizes this year

GCH CH Lexington Divine’s Put Me In, Coach

Michael Dachel had BIS duty on day two and his seven included the aforementioned Mastiff & Pom, the Weimaraner, GCH CH Silhouette LifeInTheFastLane, the Longhaired Dachshund, CH Suntekel’s Samuel II, the Airedale, GCH CH Sherwood’s King Arthur, the Miniature Poodle, CH Sanfour Debutante, and the Australian Cattle Dog, GCH CH Carben Copy’s If The Shoe Fits.  He chose the Mastiff, Giambi, as his Best.  It’s the second this year for the two year old.

GCH CH Tahon’s Mowgli

On Sunday, the Malibu Kennel Club and Robert Stein took over.  His final seven were the already named English Setter, Smooth Fox, Pom, Poodle, & Cattle Dog, the Afghan Hound, GCH CH Tahon’s Mowgli, and the Boxer, GCH CH Duba Dae’s Who’s Your Daddy.  It was the Afghan, Mowgli, striding to the win.  The elegant six year old has five all breed BIS this year.  The fun in Costa Mesa continues today with the MKC’s day two show.

ONATE TRAIL DOG FANCIERS

GCH CH Nagyalma Unforgettable Too

Sunny skies and moderate temperatures greeted the exhibitors attending the Onate Trail Dog Fanciers Association’s two shows this past weekend.  On Saturday Col Joe Purkhiser saw the German Shorthaired Pointer, CH Ehrenvogel It Amazes Me, the Saluki, DC Shahrani Ivory Moon SC, the Komondor, GCH CH Nagyalma Unforgettable Too, the American Staffordshire Terrier, CH Alpine’s Lonewolf Whisky River, the Maltese, CH Rhapsody‘s Regarding Henry, the Schipperke, CH Bar Lo’s High Plains Drifter, and the Bearded Collie, CH Britannia Spotacular In Blu. 
His BIS was the Komondor, Cole, his first.  Cole was the breed winner at last week’s AKC/Eukanuba National Championship.  We don’t get to see many BIS Komondorok and this is only the second this year.  Congratulations to breeders Nancy Liebes & Eric Liebes, owners Nancy & Eric Liebes & Val McNelis, and handler Karen Newman PHA.

CH Rhapsody‘s Regarding Henry

Sunday, Marie Gutierrez-Otero would choose her BIS from the aforementioned Saluki, Komondor, Maltese, the Golden Retriever, CH Brio Maybee She‘s Born With It, the Smooth Fox Terrier, CH Decorum Intensity, the Tibetan Spaniel, Ruya Rinchen’s Dorje Sempa Of Finki, and the Rough Collie, GCH CH Gentry’s Braveheart.  Her BIS was the Maltese, Henry.  That’s three for Henry this year.

GRANITE CITY KC OF ST CLOUD MN

GCH CH Cammcastle’s Friar Tuck

Our nomination for Most Dedicated Fanciers were those who showed up this weekend in St Cloud MN for the Granite City Kennel Club Of St. Cloud, Minnesota’s two shows.  Ignoring blizzard conditions the GCKCSCM treated spectators to great AKC purebred dogs.

On Saturday Thomas A Kilcullen gathered the ASCOB Cocker Spaniel, CH Broken Ridge's Wild At Heart, the Basset Hound, GCH CH Topsfield-Sanchu American Express, the Rottweiler, GCH CH Cammcastle’s Friar Tuck, the Skye Terrier, CH Highlanders Stuart Royalist, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, GCH CCH Mondrian VH Lamslag RE, the Dalmatian, CH TCJ N Satins Star Appeal, the Old English Sheepdog, GCH CH Lambluv's Gambolon Blue Thunder.  BIS was the Rott, Tux.   Tux has become a serious BIS collector lately, picking up nine of his 17 BIS this season since labor day, good enough to make him the Number Two Working Dog.

CH TCJ N Satins Star Appeal

On Sunday BIS judge John Cole would see six of the same  seven with the Norfolk Terrier, GCH CH MaxWell’s Violet, joining the fun.  He would choose the Dalmatian, Apple, as his Best.  It’s the first all breed BIS this year for the 2010 winner of the Dalmation Club of American national specialty.  Congratulations to breeders Melissa (Katy) Schultz & Todd Jardine, owners Kim & Daney Jenning, & Todd Jardine, and handler Dave Slattum.

SATURDAY IN GETTYSBURG PA

GCH CH J’Cobe Kemosabe Vigilante Justice

Our Number Two Dog, the Smooth Fox Terrier, GCH CH J’Cobe Kemosabe Vigilante Justice, was in three different cities, picking up three BIS, all to keep the rankings race exciting for us dog show junkies.  We have been able to report on most of Dodger’s appearances, but we just now have Saturday’s results from the Chambersburg Area Kennel Club in Gettysburg PA.

Accompanying Dodger and owner/handler Amy Booth in John Simm’s final were the Curly-Coated Retriever, GCH CH Down Datrail Hunting Thrills, the 15” Beagle, GCH CH Torquay Midnight Confession, the Great Dane, GCH CH Lobato's Jitterbug Man, the Pug, GCH CH Ivanwold Holy Smoke, the Standard Poodle, GCH CH L'Paige Majick Sisters Of The Moon, and the Old English Sheepdog, GCH CH Whisperwood's Wild Horse.

We don’t have all the final numbers in yet, but we feel confident that our Top Dogs will continue to thrill us through the end of the year.

SUNDAY IN MIAMI FL

GCH CH Winfall Brookwood Styled Dream
(Photo by Infocusbymiguel)

Even Miami FL flirted with freezing weather this weekend, but exhibitors were rewarded with some of AKC’s finest at Dunday’s Greater Miami Dog Club show.  BIS judge Dr John A Reeve-Newson had his choice of a Black Cocker Spaniel from the Open Bitch class,  Bracon’s Hot Shot At Daystar, the Whippet, CH Bo-Bett Speed Demon, the Boxer, GCH CH Winfall Brookwood Styled Dream, the Skye Terrier, GCH CH Cragsmoor Buddy Goodman, from the Bred By Exhibitor Dog class the Pekingese, Toryaks CafĂ© Moka, the Chow Chow, GCH CH Kelin's There Can Be Only One TT , and the Australian Shepherd, GCH CH Equinox Ad Astra.

He chose the country‘s Number Four Dog All Breeds, the Boxer, Scarlett.    Scarlett and handler Diego Fernando Garcia enter the final stretch with 33 BIS.

SUNDAY IN PROVIDENCE RI

GCH CH PalaceGarden Malachy

Both the weather and the competition were daunting this weekend at most AKC venues, but exhibitors persevered and treated fanciers to some of the biggest counts of the season.  The Number One Dog in the US, the Pekingese, GCH CH PalaceGarden Malachy, punctuated the weekend with a big BIS over Top Ten rivals Sunday at the Eastern Dog Club show in Providence RI. 

Joining Malachy and owner/handler David Fitz Patrick in Norman Kenney’s final were the Irish setter, GCH CH Shadagee Caught Red Handed, the Basenji, GCH CH Wakill Signet Dooney, the Akita, GCH CH Nakodo’s Reign of Glory, the Irish Terrier, GCH CH Fleet St Fenway Fan, the Standard Poodle, GCH  CH Dawin Spitfire, and the Bearded Collie, GCH CH Tolkien Raintree Mister Baggins.

Malachy ends the week with an over 1500 point lead on the rest of the Top Ten.  Big counts next weekend assures that the rankings race will continue to thrill the dog world.

SUNDAY IN DALLAS TX

GCH CH Saks Hamelot Little Drummer Boy

While most of the Top Ten were scrambling around the eastern seaboard for the last few points of the year,  Texans were enjoying three days of big entries in Dallas.  Today’s Texas Kennel Club show capped a three day, 6000 plus dogs weekend.  The seven who made it to Janet Allen’s final were the Black Cocker Spaniel, GCH CH Casablanca’s Thrilling Seduction, the Saluki, GCH CH Aurora’s Walk This Way, the Mastiff, CH Lazy D's Bonnie Blu, the Smooth Fox Terrier, J’Cobe Broxden The Headliner, the Blenheim & Prince Charles English Toy Spaniel, GCH LouJon Backroads to Paris , the Bichon Frise, GCH CH Saks Hamelot Little Drummer Boy, and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, GCH CH Heart of Gold Power Play.

The dog she chose as her BIS was the Bichon, Drummer.  Drummer and handler Scott Sommer, fresh from last week’s final seven appearance at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, collect their fifth top prize of the year.

SUNDAY IN WINSTON-SALEM NC

GCH CH J’Cobe Kemosae Vigilante Justice

Kenneth Buxton closed the three day stop in Winston-Salem NC for the Forsyth Kennel Club.  His seven vying for the BIS rosette were the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Ripsnorter’s Mt View Lookout, the Greyhound, GCH CH GrandCru Clos Erasmus, the Siberian Husky, GCH CH Topaz T.R.O.U.B.L.E., the Smooth Fox Terrier, GCH CH J’Cobe Kemosae Vigilante Justice, the Yorkshire Terrier, CH Edgewood’s It’s All About Benjamin, the Chinese Shar-Pei, GCH CH Chaoyang Take It To The Limit, and the Australian Shepherd, GCH CH Myshara’s Dream Girl.

His BIS was the nation’s Number Two Dog, the Smooth Fox Terrier, GCH CH J’Cober Kemosabe Vigilante Justice.  Dodger’s 102nd career BIS puts him right on the heels of the Number One Dog, but then we don’t have all of today’s results in yet, do we?

GREATER COLLIN KENNEL CLUB

GCH CH Casablanca’s Thrilling Seduction

The Greater Collin Kennel Club show in Dallas TX.started with  over 2000 dogs this morning.  The seven  that LaMar Mathis had the pleasure of seeing in his final were the Black Cocker Spaniel, GCH CH Casablanca’s Thrilling Seduction, the Saluki, GCH CH Aurora’s Walk This Way, the Boxer, GCH CH Winfall I Dream Of Style, the Norwich Terrier, GCH CH Skyscot's Poker Chip, the Pug, CH Brazos River Legal Lion, the Chow Chow to be named later, and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, CH Coventry’s Pennant.

Best went to the nation’s Number Five Dog All Breeds, the Cocker, Beckham.    Beckham’s 22nd BIS helps put a little distance between him and the Number Six Dog.  You do remember we told you the lower half of the Top Ten is very close?

EASTERN DOG CLUB

GCH CH Tolkien Raintree Mister Baggins

Happily the weather in New England has failed to provide any drama with temperatures in the 50s and overcast, but dry skies.  However, there was plenty of drama in the show arena at today’s Eastern Dog Club, with four of AKC’s Top Ten Dogs competing, three of which would make it to BIS.  Michael Faulkner’s final seven were the English Springer Spaniel, GCH CH Cerise’s Tender Is The Night, the 15” Beagle, GCH CH Lanrigg Star Of The Stage, the Boxer, CH Mahogany's Mi Own Sweet Time, the Irish Terrier, GCH CH Fleet St Fenway Fan,  the Pekingese, GCH CH PalaceGarden Malachy, the  Standard Poodle, GCH CH Dawin Spitfire, and the Bearded Collie, GCH CH Tolkien Raintree Mister Baggins.

BIS went to the winningest Beardie of all time, Roy.  Roy and handler Cliff Steele have collected  46 career Bests, 31 of which have come this year.

TRINITY VALLEY KENNEL CLUB

Dog fanciers in Dallas TX this weekend got the best of both worlds, temperate weather and substantial points.  Yesterday’s Trinity Valley Kennel Club show drew over 1800 dogs, not bad for a Friday.  The seven that made it to Dr Albert Bianchi’s final were the Black Cocker Spaniel, GCH CH Casablanca’s Thrilling Seduction, the Saluki, GCH CH Aurora’s Walk This Way, the Standard Schnauzer, GCH CH Shalimar’s Colden Ticket, the Smooth Fox Terrier, J’Cobe Broxden The Headliner, the Pug, CH Brazos River Legal Lion, the Bichon Frise, GCH CH Saks Hamelot Little Drummer Boy, and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, GCH CH Heart of Gold Power Play.

His Best was the Pug, Leo.  It was the first all breed BIS for Leo.  Congratulations to breeders/owners Suzanne Dillin & Colleen Mckinney.  We hope we can get you a photo of this guy before long.

FORSYTH KENNEL CLUB

GCH CH Ripsnorter’s Mt View Lookout

Fanciers around the country braved threatening weather to attend shows today.   Dr Donald Gill’s final for the Forsyth Kennel in relatively temperate Winston Salem NC included the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Ripsnorter’s Mt View Lookout, the Whippet, GCH CH Starline’s Chanel, the Siberian Husky, GCH CH Indigo‘s Hilltop Istatte, the West Highland White Terrier, GCH CH Glennhaven's Danny Boy O' Donnybrook , the Smooth Coat Chihuahua, GCH CH Ayrwen Star Kissed Delight,  the Tibetan Terrier, Deep Acres Fields Of Gold, and the German Shepherd Dog, GCH CH Kridler Nutmeg V Signature.

Picking up the BACK2BACK BIS was the GWP, Scout.   The two wins will serve Scout, the nation’s Number Six Dog All Breeds, well in the rankings race which is especially tight in the bottom half of our Top Ten.

GREATER MIAMI DOG CLUB DAY ONE

GCH CH Cragsmoor Buddy Goodman

No one knows Skye Terriers like Walter Goodman and he found a great one in Miami FL at today’s Greater Miami Dog Club show.  His BIS was the Skye Terrier, GCH CH Cragsmoor Buddy Goodman.   Joining Buddy and handler Larry Corneliues in the final ring were the Vizsla, GCH CH Annian's Gone With The Wind JH , the Saluki, CH Omen’s Alef Ariel, the Boxer, GCH CH Winfall Brookwood Styled Dream, the Miniature Pinscher, GCH CH Marlex Classic Red Glare, the Bichon Frise, CH Rockstar Living La Vida Loca, and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, GCH CH Riverside In The Dark Zone..  Buddy, the nation’s Number Three Terrier, now has 17 all breed BIS this year.

LADIES DOG CLUB

GCH CH Shadagee Caught Red Handed

The Number Three Dog All Breeds, the Irish Setter, GCH CH Shadagee Caught Red Handed, served notice on the Top Two Dogs that she is not conceding the race yet, winning her second BIS of the weekend in Providence RI at today’s Ladies Dog Club event.

Emily was joined in Charlotte McGowan’s final by the Scottish Deerhound, GCH CH Foxcliffe Hickory Wind, the Boxer, GCH CH Mahogany's Mi Own Sweet Time, the Irish Terrier, GCH CH Fleet St Fenway Fan, the Affenpinscher, GCH CH Banana Joe V Tani Kazari, the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Dawin Spitfire, and the Bearded Collie, GCH CH Tolkien Raintree Mister Baggins.  Emily’s win, her 47th career BIS makes a move up the rankings more than a daydream.  It could happen.

ANOTHER BIS MILESTONE!

GCH CH J’Cobe Kemosabe Vigilante Justice

The Smooth Fox Terrier, GCH CH J’Cobe Kemosabe Vigilante Justice, claimed a major milestone today, collecting his 100th career BIS from Carlos Navarro at today’s South Dade Kennel Club in Miami FL.  Also on hand for the festivities were the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Star K’s Mile Hi Valentine, the 15” Beagle, GCH CH Torquay Midnight Confession, the Boxer, GCH CH Winfall Brookwood styled Dream, the Miniature Pinscher, GCH CH Marlex Classic Red Glare, the Miniature Poodle, GCH CH Campostela The Perfect Storm, and the Briard, CH Dior’s Copper Mine. 

The win will not let the Number Two Dog All Breeds, Dodger, catch the Number One, but it will cause him to look over his shoulder.

GREATER HICKORY KENNEL CLUB

GCH CH Ripsnorter’s Mt View Lookout

The Greater Hickory Kennel Club show in Winston-Salem NC is one of five all breed events today and it drew some of the country’s top dogs.  Paula Nykiel’s final included the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Ripsnorter’s Mt View Lookout, the Whippet, GCH CH Starline’s Chanel, the Standard Schnauzer, GCH CH Pepper Tree Zorro V Morgenwald, the West Highland White Terrier, GCH CH Glennhaven's Danny Boy O' Donnybrook , the Pekingese, GCH CH PalaceGarden Malachy, the Lhasa Apso, GCH CH My Thai Ta Sen Halleluiah Chorus, and the Puli, CH Cordmaker Rumpus Bumpus.

Her BIS was the country’s Number Six Dog All Breeds, the GWP, Scout.  Scout, the winningest German Wirehaired Pointer in history, collected his 100th Sporting Group of the year and his 46th career BIS.

THE RANKINGS RACE

One of the services we provide to the dog show community is an up to date ranking of our Top Ten Dogs.  Our numbers are based on ACK official results augmented by the reported counts from superintendents MBF and Onofrio (widely believed to be reliable) and our estimates from our own mathematical model, which has had a margin of error of less than 0.5 percent over the last three years. (which is way better than the average national polling organizations)

We have received several requests for the exact numbers we have in our rankings.  We have purposely not included the exact numbers because we don't want to quibble over a dozen points variance in a 30,000 total.  We provide the following chart with the warning that the numbers are ESTIMATES and published for our readers amusement.   So enjoy!

 CLICK TO ENLARGE

TOP WINNING IRISH SETTER EVER!

GCH CH Shadagee Caught Red Handed

This year has seen several all time breed records fall and another one fell today at today’s Middlesex County Kennel Club show in Providence RI.  Charles Foley awarded the Irish Setter, GCH CH Shadagee Caught Red Handed, her 46th career BIS.  On hand to witness the historic win were the Scottish Deerhound, GCH CH Foxcliffe Hickory Wind, the Akita, GCH CH Nakodo’s Reign Of Glory, the American Staffordshire Terrier, GCH CH Castle Rock's SBigStaff Mad About You, the Toy Poodle, GCH CH Smash Jp Moon Walk, the Boston Terrier, GCH CH Windemere Mystify, and the Bearded Collie, GCH CH Tolkien Raintree Mister Baggins.

The BIS allows Emily, currently the country’s Number Three Dog All Breeds, to close the distance between her and the top two.  Congratulations to breeders Debbie Burke, Timothy Burke & Ellen Bieler, owners Debbie Burke & Nancy Lee Conner, and handler Adam Bernardin.  When was the last time we had an Irish Setter in the All Breed Top Ten?

SOUTH DADE KENNEL CLUB DAY ONE

GCH CH Cammcastle’s My Gigolo

Some of the best dogs in AKC were in Miami FL seeking warmer temperatures and a few extra points before they close this year’s record books.  At today’s South Dade Kennel Club show Thomas Nesbitt would choose his BIS from the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Star K’s Mile Hi Valentine, the 15” Beagle, GCH CH Torquay Midnight Confession, The Rottweiler, GCH CH Cammcastle’s My Gigolo, the Smooth Fox Terrier, GCH CH J’Cobe Kemosabe Vigilante Justice, the Pekingese, GCH CH PalaceGarden Malachy, the Chow Chow, GCH CH Kelin's There Can Be Only One TT , and the Briard, CH Dior’s Copper Mine.
He chose the Rott, Gigolo.  The three year old is just coming into his own, winning his first BIS back in October and now he has a second.    Gigolo has mostly confined his talents to the Florida shows.  We hope he ventures out soon so more can get acquainted with him.

TOY DOG CLUB OF SOUTH FLORIDA

GCH CH Marlex Classic Red Glare

The Toy Dog Club Of South Florida got our dog show week off to a rousing start in Miami FL with a great display of the smallest of our pure bred AKC dogs.  Kenneth Falconi’s Top Toy Dog was the Miniature Pinscher, GCH CH Marlex Classic Red Glare.  Following Classy and owner/handler Armando Angelbello  in the placements were Second, the Papillon, GCH CH Forevr Errol Flynn , Third, the Silky Terrier, GCH CH Mtnview Prince Charles Chbaka Ekruro, and Fourth, a Shih Tzu from the Open Dog class, Lake Buena Vista Fabian.   The fun in Miami continues through Sunday with four all breed shows from the South Dade Kennel Club and the Greater Miami Dog Club.

EUKANUBA BREEDER STAKES

Michelle Santana

This year’s AKC/Eukanuba National Championship featured the first  Breeder Stakes Finals.  Each of the five finalists had qualified in one of five regional finals in Canada and the United states, by exhibiting three dogs of  their own breeding from at least two separate litters.  In the finals, they had the freedom of showcasing just one dog of their breeding. 

The winner of the inaugural Eukunaba Breeders Stakes Final was Michelle Santana of Foxfire Dobermans.  Michele chose CH FoxFire Love Monster to represent her program in the finals.   Michelle, who was the working Groups nominee this year for AKC Breeder of the Year, has dedicated her program to producing Dobermans that are temperamentally and physically sound.  Breeder/owner/handler of seven generations of Foxfire Dobermans, Michelle is a recipient of The Doberman Pinscher Club of America’s “Breeder of Excellence,” for  producing sixteen DPCA Register of Merit Dobermans  Foxfire Dobermans have produced 110 champions and 56 performance-titled dogs.

Among the special dogs Michelle has produced were the 1998 Best of Breed DPCA National, BIS/BISS CH Foxfire’s Devils N Demons, 2005 Number One Doberman, BIS/ BISS CH Foxfire’s All That Jazz, who was also AKC’s Top Producing Dam for 2008 and 2009, and  CH Foxfire All Star, AKC’s Top Producing Sire in 2009 and the lead dog of Foxfire’s Best in Show trio  at the Inaugural Eukanuba Breeder’s Stakes.

Our congratulations to Michelle and the other four finalists.  The entire dog world owes you an enormous  debt of gratitude for your contributions to our sport.