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April Is a Great Month

GCH CH AfterAll Painting The Sky

My wife, daughter & I are here in Northern California this weekend for my granddaughter’s baptism. When the three of us left California back in 1998, my son stayed behind with his then girlfriend, now his wife, the mother of my two granddaughters. We chose April for the baptism because April is a big month around my house. My wife & I were married in April, both of my children were born in April, and for 20-plus years we attended the Sacramento Kennel Club every April.

For us Terrier folk, this NORCAL weekend is one of the major stops of the season. Thursday’s & Friday’s Northern California Terrier Association limited-breed shows drew 434 & 563 entries, respectively. Today’s & tomorrow’s Sacramento Kennel Club’s Terrier Groups each have better than 350 entries, more than four times the Terrier entry seen at the average AKC event. The winner of Thursday’s NCTA event was the American Staffordshire Terrier, GCH CH Alpine’s Catch Me If You Can, bred & owned by Ed & Karen Thomason, and handled by Ed. Friday’s event was won by the Wire Fox Terrier, GCH CH AfterAll Painting the Sky, bred by AJ Pertuit Jr. & Betty Seaton, owned by Victor Malzoni Jr., Tori Steele, Mary Olund & Diane Ryan, and handled by Gabriel Rangel.

The family dispatched my son with me to today’s Sacramento Kennel Cub show. The ladies thought it would make for some quality father-son bonding time, my son said it would be fun to relive his youth, but I knew it was a dodge to ensure I returned home in time for dinner. I did get to watch the Wire, Sky, pick up her second group of the weekend. Rounding out today’s Terrier Group placements were the American Staffordshire Terrier, GCH CH Alpine’s Highwayman; the Irish Terrier, GCH CH Kell’s Touch of Fleet St; and the Miniature Bull Terrier, GCH CH Cambria’s Kid N Play.

Sky began the week as the Number Two Terrier and the Number 15 Dog All Breeds. I’m not sure that Thursday, Friday & Saturday will improve on that, but there’s still tomorrow. Check our report on Dog Show Poop for the results from the rest of today’s groups & BIS, as well as results from other shows around the U.S. 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.