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Top Twenty Today

As many of you know I have been playing catch-up over on Dog Show Poop after falling behind back in April. Happily I am now up-to-date on what’s going on with our Top 100 Dogs All Breeds, and I want to share that with you. The graph above shows where our Top Twenty were on… read more


Woofstock by the Numbers

Pressing family issues have kept me close to home since Westminster, but next week I will be in the San Francisco Bay Area for the always fun Woofstock. It’s a four-show cluster held in Vallejo CA on the north shore of San Francisco Bay and hosted by the Lake County Kennel Club and the Contra… read more


Memorial Day Remembered

Most of my life I looked forward to the Memorial Day weekend as the beginning of summer. As a child, the weekend meant the first of four family picnic gatherings. We would always gather at my grandmother’s house for Memorial Day, then her birthday in June, again on July 4th and finally for Labor Day…. read more


Brave, New World

I see last week’s World Dog Show as one of the four premier canine events held each year, with the Westminster Kennel Club Show, the Crufts dog show and the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, being the others. Each year we see increased competition by Americans in Europe and vice versa. As we hurtle toward mid-century, this… read more


Politics, Religion and Dogs

Generally speaking, I adhere to my Momma’s advice to never discuss my politics or religion, but when they cross paths with my world of dogs, I just can’t resist. No, I am not going to get into that whole “Do dogs go to heaven?” question (answered definitively here), but today’s political headlines have collided with… read more


Take Two, They're Small

As we approach the midpoint of the show season, it is still anybody’s game. While our Number One Dog All Breeds, the Wire Fox Terrier, GH CH AfterAll Painting the Sky, does have a 9,000-point lead on the field, all the other positions in the rankings are up for grabs. Sky’s big lead allowed her… read more


Still Carrying a Torch for Grace Slick

Next month I will return to Northern California where I spent almost 30 years of my life. Both of my children were born in the San Francisco Bay area. My son, my daughter-in-law and my two granddaughters still live there, in Martinez, just across the river from Vallejo, the site of the four-show cluster known… read more


Clinging to My Snakes, Dogs, Religion & Guns

Among the pets I have kept over the years have been snakes. I started out with small snakes, corn snakes in a dizzying array of jewel-like colors. I then expanded, adding a couple of albino California king snakes, lovely lavender and yellow-banded snakes. I soon became interested in ball pythons, a subspecies that offered a… read more


It's Still Very Competitive out There

We have results in from 28 of the 29 all-breed shows this past weekend… The Coronado Kennel Club of New Mexico still has a show under way today in Albuquerque… and once again we have a handful of ranked dogs posting BIS wins and a healthy Group of first-timers as well. The entries this weekend… read more


Moving On Up

Statistically this has been one of the most interesting years since I began publishing my blog, Dog Show Poop. It’s rare at this point in the year for dogs to be within striking distance of our Top Ten Dogs All Breeds. However, several dogs just keep moving on up the rankings. Here are some of… read more

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