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Catch Me in Kalamazoo, Day Two

Holland Michigan Kennel Club: Friday, May 25, 2012

9 a.m.

 

GCH CH Broxden Waybroke Simphuni's Burlesque

Today I’m visiting the Holland Michigan Kennel Club on day two of the Apple Blossom Cluster in Kalamazoo, MI, and starting my day with my beloved Terriers. Virginia Latham Smith had eight Smooth Fox Terriers and 11 Parson Russell Terriers. One dog that did not make it to her ring was the Smooth Fox, J’Cobe Broxden Hampton Court Detroit Tiger, who was yesterday’s Terrier Group winner. Tiger is a repeat breeding of GCH CH J’Cobe Kemosabe Vigilante Justice, the winningest Smooth Fox of all time. Tiger was entered in the Bred By Exhibitor class and breeder/owner-handler Phil Booth was busy in the German Wirehaired Pointer ring with yesterday’s BIS winner, GCH CH Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm. The Smooth Fox that did get the breed was GCH CH Broxden Waybroke Simphuni’s Burlesque.

GCH CH Foxbend Call My Agent

Next up were the Parsons, who have supported entries and two specialties over the five days of the cluster. Best went to 21-month-old bitch, CH Foxbend Call My Agent.

10 a.m.

Bullmastiff Best Of Breed Lineup

I’m on the north side of the Kalamazoo County Expo Center to visit Col. Joe Purkhiser’s Bullmastiff ring. There are 31 of the gamekeeper’s dogs entered today, and there will be twice that many tomorrow for the parent club’s specialty.   His best Bullmastiff is GCH CH Newcastle’s Picturesqe Picasso.  I’ll be back tomorrow to see more of this terrific breed.

11 a.m.

GCH CH Topsfield-Sanchu Eenie Meenie Miney Moe

I am making my first foray to the outdoor rings to see some of the Hound breeds. Canadian judge Guy Jeavons started with six Basset Hounds, including yesterday’s Hound Group winner, who repeated his breed win today.

Irish Wolfhound, GCH CH Desert Dune at Curriann

Next up was a single Irish Wolfhound, GCH CH Desert Dune at Curiann, a BIS-winning, magnificent example of the breed.

Wire Variety Ibizan Hound, Davinci's Machfive

Before lunch break, we were treated to 10 Ibizan Hounds, including one rarely seen wire coat, Davinci’s Machfive. Breed went to the 4-year-old bitch, GCH CH Harehill’s Working the Strip.

GCH CH Harehill's Working the Strip

1 p.m.

GCH CH Aberdeen's Under The Influence

Judge Jeavons picked up after the lunch break with six Otterhounds, a real rarity these days. The one he chose as his BOB was GCH CH Aberdeen’s Under The Influence.

 

GCH CH Lehigh-Darkwynd Flora

The Best of his seven Scottish Deerhounds was the 2-year-old bitch GCH CH Lehigh-Darkwynd Flora.

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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.