It was an abbreviated show week with just six locations in the US hosting shows, complicated by an unusual distribution of the sites. For once the West Coast had fully half of the venues, with shows in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Seattle metro area and in Alaska’s biggest city. There were but two sites on the East Coast, in New Jersey and in North Carolina, as well as a Texas offering thousands of miles from any other opportunity. This all made for an increased concentration of competitors and some real dog show drama.
The lead story was the Number One Dog All Breeds, the Wire Fox Terrier, GCH CH AfterAll Painting the Sky, who dominated the Vintage Cluster, four shows hosted by the San Mateo Kennel Club and the Oakland Kennel Club, in Vallejo CA. Sky and handler Gabriel Rangel pulled off the hat trick, packing up three of the BIS rosettes and adding a Reserve ribbon as well, to bring her yearly total of BIS wins to 13.
The nation’s Number Two Dog, the Miniature Pinscher, GCH CH Marlex Classic Red Glare, was doing all she could to keep up, spending five days at the Tarheel Cluster in Raleigh NC, where she collected two BIS, three Terrier Group Ones, a Group Two and a Group Three. Classie and owner-handler Armando Angelbello, have the most BIS this year, 14, but still trail the lead by almost 6,500 points.
The Portuguese Water Dog, GCH CH Claircreek Impression de Matisse, moved up into the Number Three spot, splitting his time between Raleigh and Edison. He started the week in Raleigh, collecting two Working Group Ones and an RBIS, before moving on to Edison where he and handler Michael Scott finished the week with two more BIS and a Group Two.
Not all of the drama was reserved for our top-ranked dogs. The nation’s Number One Miniature Schnauzer, GCH CH Allaruth Just Kidding V Sole Baye, took both of the big rosettes in Bremerton WA offered by the Peninsula Dog Fanciers Club. Justin is AKC’s winningest Miniaiture Schanuzer with 16 all breed BIS, five of which have come this year. 2012’s Number One American Staffordshire Terrier, GCH CH Alpine’s Highwayman, has spent most of this year staying home while his litter brother, GCH CH Alpine’s Ring of Fire takes the lead in the breed. However, Jelly and breeder/owner-handler Ed Thomason were in Anchorage AK, picking up back2back BIS at the Tanana Valley Kennel Club and Alaska Kennel Club shows. The two wins bring Jelly’s career BIS total to 27, tying the breed record. Jelly and Ed have been great ambassadors for the much maligned breed, and I have to thank them for showcasing the
American Staffordshire Terrier.
There will be many more opportunities to get to an AKC conformation show this week. Remember to visit Best In Show Daily and Dog Show Poop for the results and analyses you can’t find anywhere else. And that’s today’s Back Story.