Once again, it’s been an OBE (Overcome By Events) day for me. As I start going through topics for today’s column, I started getting results from the Tarheel Circuit in Raleigh, NC, where several of our country’s top dogs are gathered.
Today’s Durham Kennel Club BIS winner was the Pug, GCH CH Riversong’s Doc Holiday. Doc had no cake walk to the final ring, having to face the Number One Toy Dog in the U.S., the Miniature Pinscher, GCH CH Marlex Classic Red Glare. Among the dogs challenging Doc in Michael Faulkner’s final was the English Springer Spaniel, GCH CH Wynmoor Champagne Supernova, the nation‘s Number Two Sporting Dog. Peyton came out of a Sporting Group that included AKC’s Number One Dog All Breeds, the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm.
Doc also faced yesterday’s BIS winner, the Doberman Pinscher, GCH CH Protocol’s Veni Vidi Vici, currently just a blink of the eye behind the GWP in the rankings. The Doberman, FiFi, also faced stiff competition in the Working Group where the Number Two Working Dog, the Kuvazs, GCH CH Szumeria’s Wildwood Silver Six Pence, went Group Two.
One of the Raleigh finalists we have yet to meet is the Afghan Hound, GCH CH Criston Enchanted, handled by Marcelo Veras, who has a way with Afghans. I first met Marcelo when he was showing the Number One Afghan, CH Genesis Silverado, back in 2009. Today, Marcelo & Rachel were tested in the Group by the BIS-winning American Foxhound, GCH CH Kiarry’s Pandora’s Box, currently the Number One Hound.
All of this is what we call in the military a BGO (Blinding Glimpse of the Obvious). There are a lot of really great dogs out there. While I write a lot about the dogs in the Top One Hundred All Breeds, there are dogs out there that haven’t made it onto that list, but will take your breath away. Spending a day at a show and discovering one is a thrill I will never tire of. And that’s today’s Back Story.