As I review the shows around the US these last five days, I am impressed with one fact. It’s better to win a few of the big ones than it is to win a bunch of the small ones. Eleven days into the new season, the Wire Fox Terrier, GCH CH AfterAll Painting the Sky, has twice the number of points of any other dogs, mostly on the strength of two big all-breed wins in Palm Springs a week ago. Her position was bolstered by unusually large Terrier Groups as well. While Sky has won six Terrier Groups averaging 250 points apiece, Terrier Groups elsewhere in the US having been averaging 75 points or less.
Consider that three of our 2012 Top Ten Dogs All Breeds have already copped hat tricks, three shows this year. Last season’s Number One Dog, the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm, is making the most of the 12-show, 17-day long, Florida Marathon in Ocala FL, taking the top prize at the first three events. 2012’s Number Three Dog, the Doberman Pinscher, GCH CH Protocol’s Veni Vidi Vici, followed her BIS win in Tallmadge OH on the 6ht with BACK2BACK BIS in Fitchburg MA this weekend. 2012’s Number Eight Dog, the American Foxhound, GCH CH Kiarry’s Pandora’s Box, spent the last five days in Federicksburg VA collecting three of the big rosettes. However, the counts, while respectable, are insufficient to catch the Wire Fox, Sky. This week also saw the return of the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Jaset’s London, who collected both of the BIS in Oshkosh WI.
Not all the big rosettes went to 2012 holdovers. In Stinton TX, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, GCH CH Derby’s Toast With Gusto, who is just beginning his specials career, picked up his first all-breed BIS at Saturday’s Corpus Christi Kennel Club show. In Starkville MS, the Pointer, CH Seasyde Edgehill Heart Of Gold, was BIS at the day one show of the Golden Triangle Kennel Club Of Mississippi. Gibson was shown selectively last year with many successes, including one BIS, seven Sporting Groups and the Pointer Club of America’s National Specialty.
I plan to keep an eye out for more breakout performances. Join me here frequently, and I’ll let you know how that’s going. And that’s today’s Back Story.