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Keeping Up with the Leaders

As I approach my first 100 days here at Best In Show Daily, I find that writing a daily column has its pluses and minuses. The obvious challenge is not running out of things to say. Most people who know me wonder if I ever shut up, but I like to think I will know when I haven’t anything of interest left to say. Actually, I find that the subject of dogs and dog shows is one that just about everyone wants to talk about. All I have to do is listen and then be an artful plagiarist.

There are certain logistics issues. When I last studied journalism formally, there were no computers and putting out a daily newspaper was a tedious, labor-intensive operation. Today cyber publications are also labor-intensive, but tedium is not a problem. Keeping up with the ever-changing landscape is. I have an extensive background in logistics, but keeping information in the pipeline is a major challenge.

Consider my day. I had intended to write yesterday’s column on the change in the rankings after the big Louisville weekend, but the final numbers did not come in until today. No sooner had I finished today’s column on the change in the standings, than I got the results for today’s Alamance Kennel Club show, the second of five shows in Raleigh, NC, known as the Tarheel Circuit. Several of the dogs that were in Louisville last week joined others for another slug fest. Five of the nation’s Top Ten Dogs All Breeds are in Raleigh. Today’s final put the Number One Dog, the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Mt View’s Ripsnorter, in a face-off with the Number Two, the Doberman Pinscher, GCH CH Protocol’s Veni Vidi Vici. Today, the Doberman FiFi came out on top, leaving the national rankings race in a dead heat.

The GWP, Oakley, had to get past the Number Two Sporting Dog, the English Springer Spaniel, GCH CH Wynmoor Champagne Supernova, to challenge FiFi. FiFi, likewise, held off the Number Two Working Dog, the Kuvazs, GCH CH Szumeria’s Wildwood Silver Six Pence, to make it into Eric Ringle’s final.

Three months into the new year, it is beginning to appear that this will be one of the most contested races in recent years. For the most up-to-date Top Ten listing online, check out Dog Show Poop with verified numbers through March 18th. And that’s today’s Back Story.

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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.