The Scene

An AKC/Eukanuba Top Ten List

In just 12 short years, the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship has become an institution on the American dog show scene. Since the first show was held in Orlando, Fla., in 2001, AENC has grown to become a celebration of dogs unlike any other. The 2012 show was the largest conformation event held in the U.S. this year…. read more

Wood Wornall enjoys a carefree moment with family and friends before Group judging at the 2012 Montgomery County Kennel Club show in Blue Bell, Pa.: From left are Christian Rangel, Jenny Rangel, Wood, Suzie Schafer and Andrew Peel. Photo by Kayla Bertagnolli.

Say Hello to Wood Wornall

The list of champions that professional handler Wood Wornall has piloted to record-breaking wins includes some of the most notable names of the late 20th century. ‘Snooty,’ ‘Billy’ and ‘Mick’ are just three of the names that he helped make famous throughout his 42-year career in dogs. Wood’s resume consists of hundreds of Best in… read more

A photo of Bang Away by Rudolph Tauskey appeared on this 1951 cover of The Dog News, one of the dog show publications of the day.

Dogs in Art: Bang Away, the 1951 Westminster BIS Winner

As noted in the last installment of Best In Show Daily’s ongoing series highlighting the AKC Museum of the Dog, artwork from as early as the 17th century to the modern day is housed in St. Louis, telling not only the history of the dog itself, but in many ways of AKC dog shows as… read more

“Millie on the South Lawn,” by Christine Merrill. Photo courtesy of the AKC Museum of the Dog.

Dogs in Art: A Famous First Dog at the AKC Museum

For Best In Show Daily’s ongoing series highlighting artwork on display at the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog, today’s featured painting is an oil on board by contemporary American pet portraitist Christine Merrill entitled “Millie on the South Lawn,” dated 1990 and donated to the museum by the William Secord Gallery. Merrill is… read more


Project Shar-Pei

When it comes to television viewing, I must admit to a few indulgences. The Weather Channel’s “Storm Stories” and “Full Force Nature” always get my attention. I enjoy watching the History Channel’s “Ice Road Truckers” and the Smithsonian Channel’s “Aerial America” too. I find these shows interesting, I think, because of their emphasis on two… read more

Bichon Frise ‘JR,’ Ch. Special Times Just Right, was Best in Show at Westminster in 2001, handled by Scott Sommer for owners Cecilia Ruggles and breeder/owners Eleanor McDonald and Flavio Werneck. Also pictured, standing from left, WKC President Chester F. Collier, judge Dorothy M. Macdonald and show chairman Ronald H. Menaker. Photo by John Ashbey.

Three Legends Leave Their Mark

The purebred dog world lost three of its finest goodwill ambassadors recently when a trio of past Westminster winners died within weeks of each other. The legacy left by the Bichon Frise, ‘JR,’ Ch. Special Times Just Right; the Colored Bull Terrier, ‘Rufus,’ Ch. Rocky Top’s Sundance Kid; and the Sussex Spaniel, ‘Stump,’ Ch. Clussexx… read more

Currier and Ives lithograph “To the Rescue,” after the Landseer painting “Off to the Rescue.” Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

‘Shipwreck!’ at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Winslow Homer painting, “The Life Line,” is the centerpiece of a new exhibit opening September 22, 2012, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Painted in 1884, it depicts wildly stormy seas and giant waves threatening to overcome a figure who hangs from a pulley on a rescue line, holding fast to a young drowned… read more


Best In Show Daily’s Who’s Who: Paula Dempsey

Breeder, owner-handler and judge Paula Dempsey has bred English Setters, with Jim Jannard under the Oakley prefix, for nearly four decades. Jim named his company after his first English Setter, Clairho Oakley Anne, back in 1975, and the products produced by Oakley, including sunglasses and apparel, have become recognized worldwide for their quality. The same… read more

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