This Weekend’s Winners and My Favorite Jacket
In The Back Story today, Master Blogger Billy Wheeler takes a closer look at this weekend’s winners. With plenty of points up for grabs over the past few days, several dogs have made serious advances up the rankings. Read about the dog and handler teams that are winning in head-to-head breed matchups, and find out who’s getting Billy’s attention.
In My Favorite Things, I drag out my old navy blue blazer that has traveled with me to more than a few dog shows. As a novice exhibitor, wearing it helped me to look the part. Thirty years later, it’s become a well-worn testament to a life spent in and out of the show ring. Discover how a threadbare jacket with mismatched buttons has become the only article of clothing that matters to me, even if it no longer quite fits.
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This Weekend’s Winners
By Billy Wheeler
Once again the week’s shows have resulted in some significant wins. Here are some of the dogs that had great results.
The Miniature Poodle, GCH CH Surrey Sugar Baby, reminded us all that there is more to the Non-Sporting Group than Standard Poodles. Sugar Baby started the week barely in the Top 50 Dogs All Breeds, but will head to the shows this week knocking on the door of the Top 20, after consecutive Bests In Show in West Springfield MA. Sugar Baby is now the Number Three Non-Sporting Dog. more
On many occasions, gentlemen are expected to wear a jacket and tie. Weddings, funerals and interviews come to mind, although rules governing such things have long been in question and “Casual Fridays” have been forcing custom tailors to retire early for decades now.
Dog shows, of course, are another place where men still wear jackets. Handlers and exhibitors generally own quite a few, along with several suits that rotate in and out of the dry cleaners with great regularity. With just a few well-selected garments hanging in the closet, getting dressed for a dog show requires little more from a guy than deciding between a white or blue shirt and black or brown shoes. more