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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


100 BIS and More

Last week two of our recent Top Ten reached the pinnacle of 100 career Bests In Show. Another is poised to reach that mark this week. Such a goal is as challenging to me as climbing Mount Everest. Then I remember that at least two dogs have exceeded the 200 career BIS mark, the German… read more


Remember When Shows Were Fun?

I’m at San Francisco International Airport awaiting my plane home. These days you spend a lot of time in airports waiting when you travel. That gives you a lot of time to let your mind wander, a habit I encourage. When my mind wanders, I tend to think about dog shows. I’ve just spent four… read more


Hitting 100 Is a Good Thing

I am staying over in California for a couple of days before heading home to Tennessee. This was a weekend to linger over. While the Woofstock cluster is one of the most enjoyable dog show experiences I have had, there were lots of other important happenings around the dog world. First among those were the… read more

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Woofstock Watch Day Four

It’s a cool 60 degrees here at the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo CA, where the Contra Costa County Kènnel Club is hosting the last day of Woofstock. Mr. Weatherman promises that temperatures will rise no more than 10, 11 degrees, perfect weather for a doggy day. I’m going to take advantage of the cool… read more

Woofstock Watch Day Three

If you only do one day at Woofstock, Saturday is the day.  Everyone is dressed in their most creative hippie-era costumes (photos to follow), and almost 2,500 dogs are here to laugh at the people. We have a cool start to what will be a moderately hot day (mid-80s). 8:00 AM When I arrived at… read more

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Woofstock Watch Day Two

June 7, 2013 8:00 AM Mark Twain said something like, “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Bay Area, microclimates abound. When the Department of Energy did its solar power feasibility study of San Francisco, they found seven microclimates in the 48-square-mile… read more

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Woofstock Watch Day One

GCH CH Quest Rachel Alexandra of Kerry Arc Thursday, June 6, 2013 8:00 AM I’m here at the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo CA on the northern shore of San Francisco Bay for the Lake County Kennel Club’s opener of the four-day fun fest known as Woofstock. There are a lot of dogs to be seen,… read more


Make It to These Marquee Shows

As I await my plane to take me to California for a week of peace, love & dogs with the four-show cluster known as Woofstock, I am thinking of how this hippie-themed canine fun fest reached the level of “marquee.” Marquee shows are shows that everyone has heard of, that draw dogs from across the… read more


Cane Corso BIS!

Last month I told you about some of the breeds that I thought were overdue for a Best in Show. I am happy to report, however, that the biggest news of the week comes in from Biloxi MS where the Cane Corso, GCH CH Liberty’s Armed and Dangerous, won the first Best in Show for… read more

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