While I focus much of my attention on the all-breed races, I always find the intra-breed competitions fascinating. One of the breeds that I have been watching is the Bouvier des Flandres.
We have three Bouviers in the Top One Hundred Dogs All Breeds. I’ve been lucky enough to see all three of them already this year. GCH CH Rocheuses Me and My Shadow of Cornus currently is the Number One Bouvier, the Number One Herding Dog, and the Number 16 Dog All Breeds. Casper and handler Heather Johnson have four BIS & 11 Herding Groups this year.
The Number Two Bouvier, GCH CH Quiche’s Grand Finale, was this year’s breed winner at Westminster. Al & breeder/owner-handler Elaine Paquette have two all-breed Bests and five Herding Groups. Our Number Three Bouvier is GCH CH Hatch Tillie de la Salsa. At 3 years old, Hatch is the youngest of the three. He and handler Larry Fenner have two big rosettes to their credit this season and five Group Ones.
Casper and Heather are based in Colorado, but have been visiting other areas frequently, a necessity when you live in the show-deprived Rocky Mountains region. Al & Elaine hail from Ontario, Canada, just north of Detroit, MI, but can be seen all over the Midwest and elsewhere. Hatch and Larry, who live in California, spend most of their time on the West Coast. Both Casper & Al were in Louisville, KY, last week, and all three Bouviers were at Westminster this year.
When you are out and about this year, check out the Bouvier ring. They always impress, and you may even run into Best In Show Daily’s own Pilar Kuhn, herself a Bouvier exhibitor, at ringside. And that’s today’s Back Story.