If you were following the dog show world this week, you, like I, must be in acute data distress. The sheer number of shows to be keep track of has me mumbling numbers in my sleep. With 40 all-breed shows in 18 different venues, fanciers had lots of choices this week for doggy entertainment.
After several weeks of multiple sites drawing entries of less than 500 dogs, the numbers rebounded with only one location having a Saturday entry of less than 500. Now that completely blows out of the water one of the favorite theories on why shows are getting smaller. Even I had wondered at times if the number of shows affected the size of the entries. If you slice the pie in 12 pieces rather than six, each piece has to be smaller, doesn’t it? Apparently not. Apparently there is a significant number of exhibitors that stay home some weekends, but come out when the conditions are right, increasing the size of the pie.
One dog that took full advantage of the number of shows was our Number One Dog All Breeds, the English Springer Spaniel, GCH CH Wynmoor Champagne Supernova, who took home three of the four big rosettes in Falmouth MA this week. Peyton was the only one of our Top Ten to have a multiple BIS weekend. Only three other Top Ten dogs managed BIS this week: the Number Two Dog, the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm, in Pennsylvania; the Number Three Dog, GCH CH Protocol’s Veni Vidi Vici, in Tennessee; and the Number Six Dog, the Kuvasz, GCH CH Szumeria’s Wildwood Silver Six Pence, in Utah.
There were, of course, other multiple BIS winners this week. The country’s Number Two Hound, the Harrier, GCH CH Downhome Hitech Innovator, is in hot pursuit of the Number One Hound, the American Foxhound, GCH CH Kiarry’s Pandora’s Box. The Harrier, Chet, was in Amarillo TX on Thursday & Friday for the Panhandle Kennel Club of Texas first two shows, collecting a BIS & an RBIS before traveling 700 miles west to Chino Valley AZ to pick up another BIS & RBIS at the Prescott Arizona Kennel Club’s two shows. One of our Dog Show Poop Dogs2Watch, the Great Dane, GCH CH Longo Miller N Lore Diamond Lil, was in Pinehurst NC sweeping both shows of the Moore County Kennel Club of North Carolina. The stunning black beauty now has 10 all-breed Bests this year.
My take-away from this week is our sport is in much better health than many have thought. We had 40 well-attended all-breed shows this week. We saw lots of fresh faces winning. Mark Twain was right. The reports of our death are greatly exaggerated. And that’s today’s Back Story.