Here in Houston: Day Two

The Beaumont Kènnel Club is hosting day two of the all-breed shows here in Houston at the Reliant Series of Dog Shows. The BKC is the largest of the three all-breed shows with over 2,500 dogs in the regular classes. Top-ranked dogs continue to appear. Many of them had competed at other all breed shows… read more

Ringside in Houston

Here in Houston: Day One

I entered the Reliant Center, which is adjacent to Houston’s most recognizable landmark, the Astrodome, now know as the Reliant Astrodome, a bit groggy after my midnight arrival, thanks to modern American air travel (but that’s another story). Nonetheless, the moment I stepped inside the show hall, I immediately felt the electricity of one the… read more


Who Are the BIS Winners?

I have been struck these past several weeks by how many new faces I am seeing collecting BIS wins here at midyear. Being the numbers nerd I am, I am always suspicious about hunches, gut reactions and anecdotal evidence. So I decided to look at the numbers to see what they tell us. Above is… read more

Houston Doghouse Competition Benefits Community

When the Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows opens this coming Wednesday, a passel of artfully miniaturized structures will greet visitors at one of the entrances to the Reliant Center in Houston, kicking off the ninth annual Designer Doghouse Competition and Showcase. All kinds of creative minds, from those of Girl Scouts to corporate… read more

Heading to Houston

Next week I am heading to Houston for the Reliant Series of Dog Shows, a week of specialties, limited-breed shows, and three all-breed shows that are among the largest we will see all year. The Houston shows cap a three-week tour through Texas that started two weeks ago in Dallas and is currently in San… read more


Top Two Throwdown

At first look one might think that the 2013 show season is a runaway. The Number One Dog All Breeds, the Wire Fox Terrier, GCH CH AfterAll Painting the Sky, has maintained a better than 10,000-point lead over the field for the last two months. However, a look at the past few seasons leads me… read more


Trio of Hat Tricks

If last week had a shortage of multiple BIS winners, this week has more than made up for it. It’s a rare week where there are three dogs getting a hat trick, three shows in one stop. The country’s Number Two Dog All Breeds, the Miniature Pinscher, GCH CH Marlex Classic Red Glare, a Florida… read more


Biggest Weekend of the Year

Just about everywhere you turned this week there were dog shows. We have had six straight days of shows, 42 all-breed shows in 15 different locations. If that’s not enough, consider that we still have shows going on in Montana and Virginia. Add in the big Terrier gathering in Long Beach, the Great Western Terrier… read more


Road Trip!

As I reviewed the results this week, I was reminded of one aspect of the sport I have not really participated in – the extended road trip. I am, by nature, lazy. Well, my wife thinks I am lazy. I like to think I use my resources efficiently. Accordingly, when I take in a dog show… read more


12-Show Winning Streak Ends

I’m not sure most people noticed, but this weekend we saw the end of one of the longest winning streaks of the past several years. On Sunday in Topsfield MA, the French Bulldog, GCH CH Bella Ridge Imperiale Shady Harbor Mafia Campcovo, took the BIS at the Middlesex County Kennel Club show, ending the 12-show… read more

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