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You Need A Plan

I woke this morning on a mission to see more of the amazing dogs I have not yet seen here in Palm Springs.    I do have a kind of plan when I visit these mega shows.  I make a list of recent winners that I think will be there and then check that list against the catalog to see if they actually did enter.  before I start wandering around the show grounds I sit down with my list & the catalog and schedule my visits to the rings to watch these dogs in action.

However, like Kirstey Alley wandering through a doughnut factory, I end up stopping every few feet to indulge my senses.  It is virtually impossible to walk past any of the rings here and not pause to watch for a moment.  Yesterday, I went looking fora ten month old Tibetan Mastiff (more on that later) and stopped to watch the Affenpinscher & Maltese judging.

While I had seen the Affenpinscher BOB, GCH CH Tamarin Top Banana, before, it had been several months.  As always Topper and handler Jorge Olivera entertained & charmed judge & gallery alike.  I had not seen the Maltese breed winner, GCH CH Scylla’s Small Kraft Re-Lit, before, but as a former Maltese breeder, I was impressed with “Hank” and breeder/owner/handler Tara Martin Rowell.

Unfortunately, I had to make my way back to the Group judging before I got to see the Tibetan Mastiff, CH Sierra’s Sasha-Yakone Nanuk.  Happily, he managed to go Best Of Breed out of an entry of nine TMs and I got to see him up close in the Working Group.

I still haven’t made it to the Doberman & Rottweiler rings and then there are the Salukis & Basset Hounds.  Wait was that Cane Corso ring over there?  At least dog shows are not fattening.

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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.
  • Ilene January 8, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    I’m the same way with the dog shows I go to! I only get to go to a few shows a year (and only the ones held here in Georgia at this time, minus the Savannah shows that are 4hrs away) since I am just starting to get back into the showing scene after a few months spent in 4-h showmanship 5 years ago. And actually I just started going early last year haha.

    Anyway, I like planning out which breeds to watch, but usually when I get there, I tend to sometimes stay at the same ring rather than move to another that had been planned, just to see that following breed. Or I go to a ring early and end up watching the breeds before what I went to watch, and sometimes I’ll be walking to and/or back from say, the restroom, and I’ll just stop at a ring for a moment, snap some photos or take a quick video, and then move on. It’s easy to get distracted, but as you say, at least dog shows are not fattening xD

  • Jerrie Wolfe
    Jerrie Wolfe January 8, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Looking for the Cairn results for all 4 days at Palm Springs

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