The Florida Marathon can be a brutal, even for those at the top of this sport. All seven of the finalists at yesterday’s Manatee Kennel Club opener were multi Best In Show winners. Three of them were among the Top Ten Dogs All Breeds in 2011. However, other multi BIS winners didn’t fare as well.
The Sporting Group was especially tough, with last year’s Number One Dog, the Black Cocker Spaniel, GCH CH Casablanca’s Thrilling Seduction, grabbing the Group One. The English Springer Spaniel, GCH CH Wynmoor Champagne Supernova, who had a big BIS in St Paul MN last weekend, had to settle for the second place. Another of last week’s big winners, the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm, who had posted BACK2BACK BIS in Texas, was left out of the placements all together.
The California based Boxer, GCH CH R & G’s Mystical Dancer, grabbed a Working Group First and Second at the giant Kennel Club of Palm Springs shows. The Group Two came behind the eventual BIS winner, the Kuvazs, GCH CH Szumeria’s Wildwood Silver Six Pence. Yesterday Danny didn’t make it out of the breed. While 2011’s Number Three Toy Dog, the Miniature Pinscher, GCH CH Marlex Classic Red Glare, took home yesterday’s big rosette, the Number Five Toy Dog, the Pug, GCH CH Caper’s Sirius Endeavor, was walked out of the Toy Group. Sometimes, the competition is closer to home, 2011’s Number One Italian Greyhound, GCH CH Bo-Bett’s Open Button, went Best of Opposite Sex to a bitch from the Six to Nine Puppy class, Bo-Bett’s First Class. You guessed it, both IGs are bred & owned by Carol Harris and handled by Justin Smithey.
Now none of this should be taken as a criticism of the dogs who were less successful yesterday than last weekend. The fact of the matter is that even the nation’s top ranked dogs loose from time to time. One of my favorite rules is, “Don’t bet the lunch money.” That’s what makes a dog show so much fun and that’s today’s Back Story.