Our shows this week provided us with breakout performances, comeback appearances and a history-making win. Everywhere I turn this year I see great Working Dogs. In South Jordan UT this past week, the Standard Schnauzer, GCH CH Steinhaus Maxim Courage RN, schooled the other competitors, racking up four Group Ones and two BIS. Max and handler Bill McFadden grabbed both of the Intermountain Kennel Club’s two BIS and followed with Group Firsts at the Utah Valley Kennel Club’s two shows. They’re the first for Max this year. Congratulations to Bill, breeder Heather Pedersen, and owners Donald & Dorla Morse.
The Standard Poodle, GCH CH Brighton Lakeridge, has been thrilling judges and galleries alike over the last three seasons. This year members of the Non-Sporting Group have struggled to maintain a Top Ten presence in the all-breed rankings. Ally and handler Tim Brazier have been keeping a leisurely show schedule this year, spending most of the year in the Top Twenty. However, this past weekend Ally posted back2back BIS wins in Elma WA, taking both top prizes at the Olympia Dog Fanciers Association’s two shows. I don’t have the final numbers yet, but the wins could put Ally back in the Top Ten Dogs All Breeds.
Our Number One Toy Dog, the Miniature Pinscher, GCH CH Marlex Classic Red Glare, posted her 76th career Best In Show yesterday, breaking a 50-year-old record for most BIS by a Miniature Pinscher. The previous record was held by CH Rebel Roc’s Casanova V Kurt aka “Little Daddy”. Classie is currently the Number Three Dog all breeds with 22 BIS this year. Our congratulations to “Team Classie,” breeder Carole A. Mohr-Rio, owner Leah Monte, and owner/handler Armando Angelbello.
Finally, having shown white dogs (several Maltese & a Sealyham Terrier) much of my life in the sport, my heart goes out to the exhibitors at this weekend’s Oconee River Kennel Club shows in Watkinsville GA. A weeklong rainstorm turned the show grounds into a venue more suitable for mud wrestling than showing dogs. I can remember my Volkswagen Beetle axle deep in the mud one year at one show, where the entire Maltese entry opted to skip the judging rather than drag carefully maintained dogs through the mud. It’s a rite of passage I can smile about now, but one I would have gladly skipped. I tip my hat to all those hardy exhibitors out there who persevere no matter what is thrown at them. If you can survive a show with real mud like this, you can survive the figurative mudslinging we often witness. And that’s today’s Back Story.