After several weeks of our top two dogs posting multiple BIS wins, the rest of the field managed to do some catching up this week. Most prominent among them was the Pug, GCH CH Caper’s Sirius Endeavor. Rufus has been among the Top Ten Toy Dogs for the last two years. During the past two weeks, Rufus and owner/handler Linda Rowell have collected four straight all-breed Bests. That gives him five on the year and puts him right on the heels of the Number Two Toy Dog, the Pug, GCH CH Country Hills Tag I’m It. As much fun as the all-breed action is, I do love the intra-breed competition.
Our Number Five Dog, the American Foxhound, has come roaring back, posting two BIS in the last two weeks. Jewel and breeder/owner/handler Lisa Miller picked up a BIS on Sunday last in West Springfield MA at the South Windsor Kennel Club show, and followed it with one more in Bear DE at yesterday’s Penn Treaty Kennel Club show. The wins still leave Jewel more than 3,000 points behind the Number Four Dog, the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm.
Our Top Two, the Wire Fox Terrier, GCH CH AfterAll Painting the Sky, and the Portuguese Water Dog, GCH CH Claircreek Impression de Matisse, did both collect single BIS wins. The Number One Dog, the Wire Fox, Sky, and handler Gabriel Rangel were in Chino CA where she went BIS on Saturday and Group One on Sunday at the Lake Matthews Kennel Club shows. The PWD, Matisse, and handler Michael Scott, were in Bear DE where they picked up the big BIS at Saturday’s Wilmington Kennel Club show. Speaking of intra-breed competition, Friday’s Wilmington Kennel Club show was won by another Wire Fox Terrier, CH Crispy Legacy, handled by Ernesto Lara. It was the third BIS for the Swedish import since his debut in early March.
I also would like to point out that eight of the 24 all-breed BIS on the mainland this week were won by dogs not yet in the Top 100 Dogs All Breeds. Come on out to an AKC dog show. You may be missing the opportunity of a lifetime. And that’s today’s Back Story.