On July 4, 2012, the first Reserve Best in Show to be awarded at an AKC show was presented at the Naugatuck Valley Kennel Club, in West Springfield, Mass. Senior Editor Christi McDonald introduces readers to the lucky dog that received the award, and learns from his breeder/co-owner how it feels to be so distinguished. Find out what other recent recipients have to say about the significance of the new award that’s getting mixed reviews.
Co-ownerships can be practical arrangements for promoting a special dog’s show career. A team of supporters often allows good dogs to achieve great things and great dogs to become immortal. But what happens when the career is over and it’s time for the dog to go home to a leisurely life on the couch? Master Blogger Billy Wheeler wonders exactly where home is when he asks, “Who gets the dog?”
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Second Best: AKC’S New Reserve BIS Award
By Christi McDonald
As you know if you’ve watched the final of any dog show the past two weeks, as of July 3, 2012, Reserve Best in Show is now being awarded at AKC shows. The new prize is awarded by the same judge who selects the Best in Show winner, and is mandatory at AKC all-breed shows.
The Reserve winner is selected from the six Group winners remaining in the ring after the Best in Show dog is chosen. The second place winner in the Group from which the Best in Show dog came does not compete for Reserve Best in Show. more
Who Gets the Dog?
By Billy Wheeler
Most dog lovers have lived through those heartbreaking moments when the much-loved family pet goes missing. It may have been just for a few minutes after the meter man left the gate open. I had two terrifying minutes earlier this year when my Cairn, Scottie & IG discovered an open gate before I did. Happily, although my dogs will not come on command, they are extremely food-oriented, and can be recalled with the whispered words, “doggy bone.” As it was, the IG still made it three doors down to a major intersection in the first few seconds. more