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A Blinding Glimpse of the Obvious

GCH CH Criston Enchanted

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.

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Billy Wheeler has been attending dog shows as a spectator and exhibitor for over 40 years. Billy is the man behind the popular Dog Show Poop. He is a retired management consultant who has advised multiple organizations affiliated with the AKC and the Cat Fanciers Association on business management, long range planning, customer service, and legislative matters. After 25 years of living in the big cities of New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, he now resides in his hometown of Memphis TN with his wife, Brenda, her Toy Poodle and his Cairn, Scottie, & IG. When he is not blogging, Billy can be found in the kitchen cooking, and listening to opera.
  • Nayla April 21, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    I’m the same way with the dog shows I go to! I only get to go to a few shows a year (and only the ones held here in Georgia at this time, minus the Savannah shows that are 4hrs away) since I am just starting to get back into the siwnhog scene after a few months spent in 4-h showmanship 5 years ago. And actually I just started going early last year haha.Anyway, I like planning out which breeds to watch, but usually when I get there, I tend to sometimes stay at the same ring rather than move to another that had been planned, just to see that following breed. Or I go to a ring early and end up watching the breeds before what I went to watch, and sometimes I’ll be walking to and/or back from say, the restroom, and I’ll just stop at a ring for a moment, snap some photos or take a quick video, and then move on. It’s easy to get distracted, but as you say, at least dog shows are not fattening xD

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