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Best In Show Daily’s Who’s Who: Sarah Riedl Perchick

Professional handler Sarah Riedl Perchick answers Best In Show Daily’s questions for interesting people in the sport of dogs.

Sarah in 2009 after winning the Non-Sporting Group at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship with Ch. Dawin Spitfire, under Michele Billings. ‘Jetta,’ bred and owned by Linda Campbell of Canada, was the 2010 Number 1 Non-Sporting dog and Number 9 among all breeds in the U.S.

1. Where were you born?
Longmont, Colo.

2. What roles have you played in the dog world: breeder, owner-handler, professional handler, apprentice, judge, delegate, writer, publisher, photographer, artist, campaign manager?
Apprentice and professional handler.

3. Are you the only person in your family who is involved in the dog show world?
I’m the only one who is this lucky!

4. With what living dog person have you had the longest acquaintance, other than a relative?
Ann Rairigh, friend and mentor.

5. What breeds have you been personally involved with and what is your favorite breed?
There are too many to list, but Poodles are my favorite.

6. Who inspired you in the dog world? In what way?
There’s inspiration at every dog show, you just have to take the time to notice. So many people have been so good to me, I wouldn’t know who to start with.

7. Are you taken, looking or happily unattached? If taken, by whom and for how long?
Just married the love of my life in April. Matt Perchick and I have been together for almost five years.

8. What are your current house pets?
We have a Mini Poodle from Janet Lange who is our clown. Also a mini Wire Dachshund, the Worm, is our “son.” And last but not least, ‘Jetta,’ the Standard Poodle Ch. Dawin Spitfire, lives with us. Linda Campbell was kind enough to allow her to retire with me. They are our constant companions.

9. What is your most prized possession?
My wedding ring.

10. What one thing would people be surprised to learn about you?
That I’m shy.

11. Besides dog things, what are your favorite interests or activities?
I enjoy watching movies, and a good nap! And I do enjoy my dogs.

12. Other than your chosen profession, how would you like to have earned a living?
I would love to own a bar.

Sarah with Jetta’s daughter, Ch. Dawin Hearts on Fire, after winning a Best in Show.

Written by

Christi McDonald is a second-generation dog person, raised with a kennel full of Cairn Terriers. After more than a decade as a professional handler’s apprentice and handling professionally on her own, primarily Poodles and Cairns, she landed a fortuitous position in advertising sales with the monthly all-breed magazine ShowSight. This led to an 11-year run at Dogs in Review, where she wore several hats, including advertising sales rep, ad sales manager and, finally, editor for five years. Christi is proud to be part of the editorial team for the cutting-edge Best In Show Daily. She lives in Apex, N.C., with two homebred black Toy Poodles, the last of her Foxfire line, and a Norwich Terrier.