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May 8, 2013 Subscribe

Celebrating Our National Specialties, plus Shows Closing on May 15, 2013

Last week, Senior Editor Bo Bengtson considered the hype that surrounds a Best in Show win, pointing out that the National Specialty is really what it’s all about. Today he delves into the meaning of National Specialty wins: why they’re important, why we should all be attending our breed’s national whenever possible, and why we should go to other specialties to see the highest quality dogs of a particular breed and to learn what makes a successful specialty so great.

So, you got in your entries for that lovely, long Memorial Day weekend. As Senior Editor Christi McDonald points out today, there’s no time to sit back and take a break. It’s time to enter some excellent upcoming shows, like the Bow-Wow Luau Cluster in Gridley, Calif., and “The Great American Family Dog Show Weekend” in Dunkirk, N.Y. What are you waiting for?

Be sure to check out our photo galleries, where you’ll find recent winners and candid photos from shows held near and far. Just click on Show Scene below the masthead banner, or select any of the images in the left-hand column of our home page.

Dan Sayers
Editor in Chief

Among the Shows Closing May 15, 2013
By Christi McDonald

The shows that close next Wednesday start off with a bang… or should I say with a hula dance? The Shasta and Butte County Kennel Clubs host the Bow-Wow Luau Cluster  May 30 through June 2, 2013, in Gridley, Calif., about an hour north of Sacramento. In keeping with their Hawaiian luau theme, they encourage all judges and exhibitors to dress in island attire for the four shows, and on Saturday night after Best in Show will host a luau! more

National Specialties: A Celebration of the Breed 
By Bo Bengston

It's If there’s anything more fascinating in the world of dog shows than a really great National Specialty, I don’t know what that would be. When a large number of like-minded people get together for the single purpose of celebrating a breed they all love, the atmosphere that’s created is something you can’t experience anywhere else.  more

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The Back Story
Billy Wheeler
The Bottom Line
Bo Bengtson
Karl Donvil
Kayla Bertagnolli
Dog Show Poop
Billy Wheeler

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