June 8, 2012 Subscribe

Great Western and the Top 20

Terrier fanciers are fortunate to showcase their dogs at the limited-breed event known as the Great Western Terrier Association of Southern California. Devotees of these specialized purebreds gather each June at one of the most picturesque show sites in the country – if not the world. Learn how this important show grew from one woman’s wish to have a “Terrier Day” in the Los Angeles area to the event that any serious Terrier man or woman doesn’t want to miss.

The battle to break into the Top 20 is a closely watched race for Master Blogger Billy Wheeler. As he sorts through the latest show results from around the U.S., Billy keeps readers of The Back Story informed with his up-to-date analysis. Check out his latest bar chart today of the 20 dogs that are keeping their handlers busy as we approach the year’s halfway mark.

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Dan Sayers
Editor in Chief

Great Western and Margaret Young Renihan
By Christi McDonald

For people in every breed, there are shows they love to go to every year. For Terrier people, Montgomery County in October of course heads the list, but there’s another show on the opposite coast that Terrier fanciers and handlers have been going to for more than 40 years, and that remains the second most important Terrier event in the United States.

Great Western began as the Associated Terrier Club in the late 1960s. Actually it began as an idea in the mind of Margaret Young, and she gets much of the credit for its creation. more

Today’s Top Twenty

By Billy Wheeler

After tabulating the results of the last two weeks’ 89 all-breed shows, I am left in a bit of a fog. But I have to say this is one of the most exciting scenes we have seen recently. The competition is fierce. The dogs are beautiful, and we have some breeds in the Top Twenty that are among AKC’s rarest. The German Wirehaired Pointer GCH CH Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm leads all dogs, nearly 4,000 points ahead of the field. However, the Number Two & Three dogs, the Doberman Pinscher, GCH CH Protocol’s Veni Vidi Vici, & the English Springer Spaniel, GCH CH Wynmoor Champagne Supernova, are only 1,000 points apart. more

A Goose Bumps Moment

By Kayla Bertagnolli

Out of the Gate

By Pilar Kuhn

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