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Catch Me in Kalamazoo, Day One

Pontiac Kennel Club: Thursday, May 24, 2012

9 a.m
I’m here in Kalamazoo for day one of the Apple Blossom Cluster. The show hall is pristine, and the people are gracious. My thanks to Kathleen Sauve, Kevin Nieboer & PKC President Rhonda Burns-Rice for getting me settled in. With over 1,000 dogs entered, this is one of the biggest Thursdays we have seen this year.

GCH CH Hundelben Queen's Armada SL

I’m starting my day with Dr. Donald Gill and an entry of 25 Dachshunds (four Wire, nine Smooth, and 13 Longhaired). His Wire BOV was Hundelben’s Red Headed Stepchild MW. Best Smooth was CH Jaffa’s Georgia On My Mind and Best Longhaired was the mult-BIS GCH CH Hundelben Queen’s Armada SL.

CH Edelweiss Fondaralla

11 a.m.
My next stop is Pat Mowbray-Morgan’s ring to watch her go over 19 Chinese Crested, Including six specials. Her Best Of Breed was the powderpuff, CH Edelweiss Fondaralla. Did I tell you I have convinced my granddaughter that Chinese Crested are real My Little Ponies?  I have even found one that is mostly pink.

GCH CH Lambluv Gambolon Blue Thunder

Noon
Before I head off to look for lunch and a photo-friendly wifi connection, I stayed to watch the Number Four Herding Dog, the Old English Sheepdog, GCH CH Lambluv Gambolon Blue Thunder, take the breed. While I didn’t make it to the rings, I did learn that the Number One & Number Three Dogs All Breeds, the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm, and the Kuvasz, GCH CH Szumeria’s Wildwood Silver Six Pence, both took their breeds. Looks like we are in for an interesting afternoon.

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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.