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The First 100 Days

For over 100 days now, I have been sharing the back stories from the world of AKC dog shows with you here at Best In Show Daily. I actually started my association with BISD back in December just before I went to the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Orlando, FL. Since then, I have been at the Kennel Club of Palm Springs shows, the Westminster Kennel Club show, the Kentuckiana Cluster & the Sacramento Kennel Club show. By the end of the year, I hope to visit every area of the U.S., with trips planned to the Great Lakes region, the Great Plains states, the Pacific Northwest, New England, the Mid-Atlantic & the Deep South.

Having been involved in several large development projects in my career, I have been impressed with how much this talented group of people here at BISD has accomplished in such a short time. I built my reputation at Dog Show Poop by delivering timely information in an entertaining manner. However, DSP is a one-man shop. BISD is a perfectly balanced team of Internet professionals, experienced dog folk & a first-class editorial staff. The coverage they have provided at the season’s major events thus far has set the standard for all others to follow. BISD has also provided informative and detailed information on a variety of subjects of interest to dog people.

Here at The Back Story, I have given you a mix of opinion, analysis, show results & straight-up news. My visits to the shows have multiple goals.

  • First & foremost, I hope to see the dogs I haven’t seen or heard about. It’s easy for folks in the dog game to forget that there are dog shows in the dark recesses of the North American interior. That was the idea behind DSP’s DOGS2WATCH.
  • I want to see, and maybe even touch, the dogs I have heard about. Happily, they are almost always as wonderful as I have heard.
  • I also want to meet the people behind the dogs. While meeting the dogs is a delight to the senses, meeting the people is nourishment for the intellect. Have you ever noticed just when you start to feel comfortable with your level of knowledge, you talk to someone who knows so much more?
  • Finally, I find that you can’t give the people what they want if you don’t ask them what they want.

So I hope you all will tell me what you want to know about…and what you’ve heard enough about ;-). We want to keep you here on BISD. However, we still want you to visit us over on Dog Show Poop. It’s the biggest one-two punch in the dog game. And that’s today’s Back Story.

Written by

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.
  • kayla
    Kayla Kurucz April 17, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Thank you Billy! We’re thrilled that you’re a part of the team. We’ve made it easy for all of Billy’s followers to stay in step, every day we publish BISD with Billy’s Dog Show Poop and The Back Story on our pages and in our daily newsletter. Billy is one click away!

  • Sonya Henderson,Raynics Bassets April 18, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Mahalo Billy!! That greeting should grab your attention. Tho it is not coming from the balmy,tropical state of Hawaii, it does come from a Hawaiian that now lives in Oregon and is enjoying your column and the BISD very much.I am licsensed for Bassets and all JRS,have been active in dogs since 1969 while still living in the islands and remain actve til today. Keep up the great job,its good to read about the goings on around the rings and shows of the U.S. Mahalo nui loa(again) and Aloha.

    • kayla
      kayla May 1, 2012 at 11:13 AM

      Hello Sonya! Have you been following our facebook wall? We’ve been posting some beautiful pictures and results from the shows of Hawaii. We are extremely grateful to the Best In Show Daily Ohana, especially Stacia! We’ll be creating a Gallery just for the Hawaiian shows soon. All the best, Kayla Kurucz

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