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Breeder of the Year and a Really Big Show

Being named Breeder of the Year is an extraordinary achievement. For Pluis Davern of Sundowners Sussex Spaniels, the title refers to only one aspect of her life’s work with dogs. We introduce Best In Show Daily readers today to this remarkable woman who has devoted her considerable talents to saving lives. Even as she promotes her rare and remarkable Spaniels, she’s helped to establish a FEMA-certified program that partners first responders with high-energy shelter dogs to create deployment-ready search and rescue teams. In today’s Back Story, Master Blogger Billy Wheeler crunches the numbers for what will likely be the biggest dog show weekend of the year. When it comes to the Kentuckiana cluster, Billy and the show’s abundance of exhibitors are “Loving Louisville!”

Dan Sayers
Editor in Chief

Best In Show DailyAKC Breeder of the Year Uses Dog Skills for a Better World
By Dan Sayers

“Gob-smacked” is how Pluis Davern describes feeling the moment she learned she was named AKC Breeder of the Year. The founder of a “boutique” kennel of Sussex Spaniels in Royal Oaks, Calif., she describes that memorable moment as “surreal. I thought of my fellow nominees and those breeders who’ve been nominated before me. Being chosen 2011 Breeder of the Year was absolutely surreal.”

The capacity crowd in attendance that evening at the Orange County Convention Center roared its approval as Davern, representing the Sporting Group, was selected from an accomplished group of breeders representing each of the seven AKC groups. more

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Loving Louisville
By Billy Wheeler

I love Louisville, Next week I will be Louisville KY for the Kentuckiana Cluster, traditionally the biggest weekend of the season. Now, the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship week may actually have more entries, but the restriction to champions and grand champions, means that there are only three all breed shows open to all. In 2010, the Kentuckiana Cluster’s four shows ranked one, two, four, & 11 in the number of dogs competing in AKC all breed shows.

Now, I have my own reasons for loving this cluster. First, it’s a leisurely seven hour drive from my home here in Memphis TN. Secondly, It’s relatively centralized location draws dogs from all over the US. Last year’s show drew almost all of the 2011 Top Twenty. more

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