Our show season continues to be a tail of two cities, the expected one, occupied by our Top Ten Dogs All Breeds and the surprising one, populated by eager hopefuls. Eight of our Top Ten scored top awards this week. Two, the Number Three Dog, the Miniature Pinscher, Marlex Classic Red Glare, and the Number Ten Dog, the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Brighton Lakeridge Encore, managed multiple BIS. The MinPin, Classie, stayed close to home this weekend, taking both of the big rosettes at the Jupiter-Tequesta Dog Club’s two shows in West Palm Beach, FL. The Standard Poodle, Ally, earned her two at the Inland Empire Kennel Association shows in Coeur D’Alene, ID.
Our Number One Dog, the Wire Fox Terrier, GCH CH AfterAll Painting the Sky, was in San Antonio, TX, where she opened the four-day set with a BIS at the Bexar County Kennel Club show. Sly followed with three more Terrier Group Firsts. The nation’s Number Two Dog, the Portuguese Water Dog, GCH CH Claircreek Impression de Matisse, picked up a Best In Show at Sunday’s Kishwaukee Kennel Club show in Belvidere, IL. The Number Four Dog, the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm, scored his 99th career BIS at Thursday’s Duluth Kennel Club show in that Minnesota city. Oakley would then sit out the rest of the stop, keeping all of us on the edge of our seats awaiting the 100 BIS milestone.
Oakley’s kennelmate, the Number Five Dog, the Giant Schnauzer, GCH CH Kenro’s Witching Hour, closed the set in Duluth with a Best In Show at Sunday’s DKC day four show. The American Foxhound, GCH CH Kiarry’s Pandora’s Box, the Number Seven Dog, was also in Belvidere, where she collected a big rosette at Friday’s Blackhawk Kennel Club show. The Number Eight Dog, the Russell Terrier, GCH CH Goldsands Columbus got his at the Holland Michigan Kennel Club show on Friday in Marshall, MI.
The Irish Water Spaniel, GCH CH Whistlestop’s Riley on Fire, started the week as the Number 11 Dog All Breeds. Riley spent four days in Tunbridge, VT, where she collected two all-breed Bests at Saturday’s and Sunday’s Green Mountain Dog Club’s show. We will have to wait until all the weekend numbers are in to see if the wins were big enough to move her into the Top Ten. Also picking up back2back BIS in Vermont was the Tibetan Terrier, GCH RinChen’s Blazing Black Icon, who was Best at Thursday’s and Friday’s Woodstock Dog Club shows. Doing the same were the Wire Fox Terrier, CH Crispy’s Legacy; the Welsh Terrier, GCH CH Shaireab Bayleigh Maid of Honor; and the Doberman Pinscher, GCH CH Tiburon Ariel Bella Dona. The Swedish Wire Fox, Sparky, got his at the Shawnee Kennel Club shows in Woodstock, VA. The Welsh Terrier, Jennie, was in Madison, OH, where she won the top prize at Saturday’s Ashtabula Kennel Club and Sunday’s Grand River Kennel Club show. The Doberman, Bella, received her first two BIS of the year against Top Ten competition in San Antonio, taking Friday’s Comal County Kennel Club and Saturday’s Bexar County Kennel Club shows.
The final tally was 10 BIS won by dogs in the Top Twenty, and 14 shows won by dogs not in the Top 100 yet, including eight first-timers. And you still think that only top-ranked dogs win BIS? Well, newcomers are winning every week. Come out and catch one of them. And that’s today’s Back Story.