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Pilgrims and Dogs Land in the New World
When the Mayflower landed on the rocky coast of New England in the winter of 1620, the 100 people aboard had survived a storm at sea, which blew them off course and precipitated an initial landing at what is now Newfoundland, Canada....
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A Tribute To A Legend – Bob Bartos
Best In Show Daily is deeply saddened to report the passing of a legend, Mr. Bob Bartos, on March 25th 2014. He was 100 years old. Known far and wide as a true Gentleman, Dogman, wonderful Ambassador of the Dog Fancy and...
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Remembering Our Canine War Heroes
On this Veterans Day, it’s fitting that we remember those who have served to defend and protect our country, both human and canine. More than 2,000 military working dogs are currently deployed around the world, working for the United States Department of...
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Dogs Help Make Veterans’ Lives Whole Again
On September 5, 2012, the Federal Register confirmed that the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) would amend its regulations regarding funding for service dogs for veteran military personnel. The new rule, which went into effect October 5, eliminated funding to...
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My Favorite Things: Surprises That Come With Raising Dogs
One of my favorite things about being involved with dogs is whelping and raising puppies. There’s nothing like holding those wriggling babies in your hands for the first time, hearing their first little cries, seeing those beloved dams nurturing their own, then...
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Best In Show Daily’s Who’s Who: Angela Lloyd
Professional handler Angela Lloyd is a second-generation dog show person who, at a fairly young age, has had great success so far in the sport. She handled the 2011 Westminster Best in Show-winning Scottish Deerhound, GCh. Foxcliffe Hickory Wind. Angie answered our...
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A Wealth of Knowledge in One Book: ‘Keys to Top Breeding’
If your hobby is breeding and showing dogs and you’re not learning something new almost every day, you’re probably not paying attention. But some sources of information about our hobby and the sport of dogs are superior to others, and I recently...
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Dogs in Art: Matilda Lotz at the AKC Museum of the Dog
As part of Best In Show Daily’s ongoing series highlighting artwork on display at the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog, today we feature a painting by artist Matilda Lotz entitled “At the Garden Gate.” This piece was a gift to the...
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What’s in a Kennel Name?
Is there prestige in having a well-known kennel name today, as there was in the days of the big, grand kennels? Are kennel names as important to hobby breeders and dog show people today as they were to fanciers of old? I...
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My Favorite Things – Inspiration
One of my favorite aspects of being part of purebred dogs is remembering the people who inspired me, when I was young, to continue in the sport. As a kid who grew up around the Terrier rings, of course there were lots...
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Dogs in Art: Arthur Wardle at the AKC Museum of the Dog
The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog was originally conceived in the early 1970s by fanciers who were not only devoted to dogs, but also to establishing a repository for fine art and books related to them. In 1979 the AKC...
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Colorado Artist Colors Our World
Suzanne Schirra has been drawn to art since she was a child using crayons. “My work has always been about vivid, bold color. In painting dogs,” she says, “I aim to capture their expressions precisely, then add intensity through my use of...
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Among the Shows Closing August 21, 2013
The North Branch Cluster begins on Thursday, September 5, with the Big Apple Sporting Society, Central New Jersey Hound Association and Non-Sporting Group Club of the Garden State shows, and continues with Tuxedo Park KC on Friday, Somerset Hills KC on Saturday and Westchester on Sunday....
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Fancy That: Lorain County Kennel Club
This will be my last Fancy That, at least for a while, and today I’ll cover the two Lorain County KC shows held in Oberlin, Ohio, this past weekend, August 10 and 11, 2013. Entries were 937 and 940 for the two...
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Evaluating Dogs – Part II: Balance
One of the foundation principles for evaluating dogs rests on an understanding of what “balance” means. Webster’s defines balance as “a state of bodily equilibrium” or “to bring into or keep in equal or satisfying harmony or proportion.” The AKC “Complete Dog...
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Among the Shows Closing August 14, 2013
Entries close next week for shows in 13 U.S. states on Labor Day, including those in both Northern and Southern California. In Northern California, back-to-back Gold Country KC shows, along with three obedience trials, will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 31, and...
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Fancy That: Pioneer Valley Kennel Club
I seldom even think about covering a single show in Fancy That, unless of course it’s one of the iconic events on our calendars such as Montgomery County, AKC/Eukanuba or Westminster. However, a few weeks ago the show chair for the Pioneer...
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Legislative Updates: Dogs on Trains and Bid to Increase Penalties in Pennsylvania
A bill, called the Pets on Trains Act of 2013, was introduced in Congress in May that would, if passed, allow passengers to travel with cats and dogs on select trains operated by Amtrak, the government-subsidized rail system. HR 2066, sponsored by...
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My Take: Our Focus Should Be in the Breed Ring
We’ve written several times recently on Best In Show Daily about evaluating breeding stock, and it has reminded me of something that’s been mentioned time and again in the dog press the past few years – maybe even for decades – but...
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Among the Shows Closing August 7, 2013
Next week marks the closing date for entries for the events that have grown over the past few years into quite an extravaganza in Santa Barbara, Calif., in August. In addition to the 104th and 105th Santa Barbara Kennel Club shows, the fifth...
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Fancy That: Wrapping Up Waukesha
On Friday we gave you a little glimpse into the history of the Waukesha Kennel Club shows and a look at how they work today, so I’ll wrap up my coverage of these shows by giving you the weekend’s results. On Saturday...
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Waukesha Weekend Commences Today
The big Waukesha, Wis., dog show weekend begins today at the Waukesha County Exposition Center. The cluster opens with the Combined Specialty Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, including specialties for 15 breeds, and the Great Lakes All Terrier Association show, and continues with...
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Among the Shows Closing July 31, 2013
The last day of July is the closing date for entries for all-breed shows in 12 locations across the U.S., including two shows in Hawaii. The Danville, Greater Hickory and Carolina Kennel Clubs host the Carolina Cluster, five all-breed shows held at...
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Fancy That: Wrapping Up Houston
The past few days Billy Wheeler reported from ringside at the big Houston shows, giving BISD readers a glimpse of what was happening at last week’s biggest shows in the country. Today I’ll give you a wrap-up of what happened where the...
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Legislative Updates: BSL Withdrawn in Louisiana; More Good News in N.C.
Two weeks ago in Legislative Updates, I reported that legislation that would restrict ownership of certain breeds and impose ownership and breeding limits was under consideration in Westwego, La., a suburb of New Orleans. According to the Times-Picayune, Councilman Glenn Green withdrew...
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Among the Shows Closing July 24, 2013
The weekend of August 10 and 11 will find all-breed shows in eight locations around the United States, all closing next Wednesday. The biggest cluster based on number of days will be the Adirondack Circuit, five all-breed shows beginning on Wednesday, August...
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Fancy That: Two First-Time BIS Winners in California
The weather this past weekend in Carmel, Calif., for the two Del Monte Kennel Club dog shows couldn’t have been more perfect. With highs in the mid-60s, lows in the mid-50s and no precipitation, it was perfect for a dog show. It...
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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...
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Santa Ana Valley Cancels, Looks to the Future
A few weeks ago, just over two months from the date that entries were to close for its September 21, and 22, 2013, shows, Southern California’s Santa Ana Valley Kennel Club was notified by representatives at their show site that the price...
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Among the Shows Closing July 17, 2013
I believe the Steel Valley Cluster was the first one I was ever aware of that had armband raffles with gasoline gift cards as the prizes. They’re doing so again this year each of the four days, Thursday through Sunday, August 1 through...
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Fancy That: Three Big Days in ‘the Big D’
The days surrounding the Fourth of July found several big clusters around the U.S. Beginning on Wednesday, July 3, the Yankee Classic in West Springfield, Mass., had entries ranging from 1,037 on day one (a good number for a mid-week show) to...
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Legislative Updates: Changes to Laws in New York and California, and More
As reported by the ASPCA on June 25, 2013, the New York State Legislature has passed a bill that “gives local governments better tools to regulate puppy mills and pet stores.” Assembly Bill 740 and Senate Bill 3753 are now awaiting Gov....
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Among the Shows Closing July 10, 2013
The first time I ever attended the Waukesha cluster was almost 20 years ago as a handler, and it became one of my favorites show weekends, whether showing dogs or as a spectator. Although I haven’t been back for a number of years,...
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Fancy That: Columbus’ Days in Wisconsin
The last two weeks in Fancy That I’ve looked at shows out west, in Idaho and Oregon, so this week I’m coming back toward the central part of the U.S., to the back-to-back shows of the Kettle Moraine Kennel Club held in...
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Among the Shows Closing July 3, 2013
The major attraction among the shows that close on July 3 is the Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows, which begins in Houston, Texas, on Wednesday, July 17, and runs through Sunday, July 21. Summer is hot in Houston, but the...
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Fancy That: ‘Classie’ and ‘Gryf’ Trade Places in Oregon
There were all-breed shows in no fewer than 14 locations around the U.S. this past Saturday, as well as the all-Terrier Great Western in Southern California and, in Hawaii, the Aloha State Sporting Dog Association show. Entry figures were good for several...
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Legislative Updates: BSL Around the World
In my last Legislative Updates article, I looked at a couple of locations where breed-specific legislation has been outlawed, and promised to cover studies that have shown the ineffectiveness of BSL, as well as foreign countries that have repealed legislation banning or...
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Among the Shows Closing June 26, 2013
Summer is the perfect time for clubs to find creative ways to engage young people in the sport of showing dogs. While they’re on break from school, many are likely looking for something constructive to do, and we all know that in...
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Fancy That: A Variety of Winners in Idaho
The Idaho-Montana summer circuit began last week, on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, with two shows in Filer, Idaho, followed by four all-breeds in Blackfoot, about a two-and-a-half hour drive northeast. Filer is just 35 miles north of the Nevada state line and...
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Among the Shows Closing June 19, 2013
Compared to Memorial Day and Labor Day, the Fourth of July inspires many fewer choices where exhibitors can spend the holiday at a dog show. However, some great shows and clusters are scheduled for that week. The Independence Cluster, four shows at...
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Fancy That: Welsh Lad and Lassie Top North Carolina Shows
The biggest shows in the country this past weekend were out west, at “Woofstock” in Northern California, with really remarkable numbers for weekday shows of 1,616 on Thursday and 1,885 on Friday, jumping to more than 2,400 on the weekend. These terrific...
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Legislative Updates: An Overview of BSL in the U.S. and Abroad
On Monday, June 3, 2013, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy signed House Bill 6311, “an act prohibiting municipalities from adopting breed-specific dog legislation,” into law. Effective October 1, 2013, local communities may take steps to prevent dogs from running “at large” in the...
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AKC Museum of the Dog: Sculptor Louise Peterson’s ‘Chickadee’
Each year since 1987, as part of the Sunflower Cluster of dog shows held in Valley Center, Kan., in April, judges for the Art Show at the Dog Show select winners in a variety of categories, and one artist’s work is named Best...
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Among the Shows Closing June 12, 2013
Last week I reported that shows were closing on June 5 in 17 locations around the country. In contrast, only 10 states have all-breed shows closing next week, although several of those clusters and show weekends have a great deal to offer....
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Fancy That: Swagger Scores a Double in Colorado
Two of the largest all-breed shows in the U.S. this past weekend took place in Longmont, Colo., hosted by the Flatirons Kennel Club, and Old English Sheepdog GCh. Bugaboo’s Picture Perfect was Best in Show both days. Judges David Kirkland and Paula...
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Oklahoma’s Summer Classic Is Win-Win-Win
I’ve heard so many great things about Oklahoma City’s Summer Classic cluster, held at the Cox Convention Center in June, that I decided to investigate to find out what all the talk is about. It turns out that there is a lot...
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Among the Shows Closing June 5, 2013
Conformation shows in 17 locations all across the continental United States and in Alaska and Hawaii close next Wednesday. Although a Group show as opposed to an all-breed event, the Great Western Terrier Association of Southern California’s back-to-back shows are among those...
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Fancy That: Memorial Weekend in Washington State
The Memorial Day holiday inspired many dog shows all over the United States, and most clusters are still going strong today. There are Monday shows in Alaska, Idaho, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, and Northern and Southern California....
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Legislative Updates: Bill Seeking Court-Appointed Pet Advocates Advances
Two weeks ago we reported in Legislative Updates  that in Connecticut, legislation that would create legal representation, or “animal advocates,” for animals had been referred to the state’s Joint Environment Committee. On May 14 the bill was approved by that committee and...
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Among the Shows Closing May 29, 2013
I’ve noticed over the past year or so, in reporting on innovative offerings at shows all over the United States, that by and large the clubs that are doing new and different things at their shows are located in pockets around the...
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Among the Shows Closing May 22, 2013
Closing dates for shows in 13 U.S. states arrive next Wednesday, with the first two shows of the June Idaho circuit closing on Thursday. For the first time ever I’ve found this announcement on a premium list, the one for the back-to-back...
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Fancy That: Remembering Sandra Goose Allen
On May 9, 2013, the dog world lost a devotee whose kindness will long be missed, and today I want to devote Fancy That to her. Sandra Goose Allen was a beautiful and gracious woman who I never heard say an unkind...
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Legislative Updates: ‘Breeder’ Bill Passes in N.C.
Two weeks ago in my Legislative Updates, I wrote about North Carolina House Bill 956, designed to “regulate the ownership of aggressive dog breeds.” I failed, however, to tell readers about NC House Bill 930, which, according to AKC, “establishes an arbitrary...
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Among the Shows Closing May 15, 2013
The shows that close next Wednesday start off with a bang… or should I say with a hula dance? The Shasta and Butte County Kennel Clubs host the Bow-Wow Luau Cluster  May 30 through June 2, 2013, in Gridley, Calif., about an...
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Fancy That: Memorial Weekend Classic Pulls Out All the Stops
Usually in Monday’s Fancy That I report on what happened over the previous weekend at dog shows, but today I want to tell you about an upcoming cluster that deserves recognition instead. As reported in Shows Closing last week, quite a few...
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Westminster 2014 Judging Panel Released
The judging panel for the 2014 Westminster Kennel Club dog show was released this week, and heading the list is Betty Regina Leininger of Frisco, Texas, who will judge Best in Show. The 138th edition of this iconic event will take place in...
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My Take: Rebutting Critics Is Up to Us
Many people involved with AKC shows and dogs will have seen the “Today Show” program that aired on May 1. If you haven’t seen it, you should, because at some point someone who knows you’re part of the world of breeding and...
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Among the Shows Closing May 8, 2013
Memorial Day weekend 2013, Saturday, May 25, through Monday, May 27, is chock full of clusters and shows that have more to offer than the average dog show, so there is a lot to report this week. Right from the start, the...
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Fancy That: Poodle Club of America 2013
It’s likely that most people who are sentimental about their breeds feel that the gathering of the clan, so to speak, each year at their National Specialty is a unique and special time, which is no doubt true. Many probably also feel...
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Legislative Updates: North Carolina Considers BSL
A bill designed to “regulate the ownership of aggressive dog breeds” was filed in North Carolina on April 16, 2013, sponsored by Representative Rodney Moore. House Bill 956 specifically defines “aggressive dog breed” as any of these breeds and dogs that are predominantly...
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Deadline for ACE Nominations Upcoming
The AKC Humane Fund is currently accepting nominations for the 2013 Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE), the program that recognizes dogs that have “performed some exemplary act, whether large or seemingly small, that has significantly benefited a community or individual.” Any dog...
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Among the Shows Closing May 1, 2013
All of my readers know how important I think it is for clubs to include something educational for the general public when they hold dog shows, and Meet the Breeds is one of the best things I think any club can offer....
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Fancy That: Old Dominion and Baltimore County
Event statistics for last year have been released, and the Number 25 show, the February Central Indiana Kennel Club held in Indianapolis on the weekend before Westminster (which, in and of itself, is another story), had 2,085 dogs competing. Old Dominion KC...
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In Memoriam: Bill Cunningham
When Poodle Club of America’s National Specialty classes begin next Wednesday, one member in particular will be very much missed. Bill Cunningham was the vice president of PCA when he passed away on April 5, but to those who have known him...
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Among the Shows Closing April 24, 2013
Steve Kuechler, president of the Sunflower Kennel Club of Olathe, Kansas, wrote to tell us about the club’s back-to-back all-breed shows, along with three obedience and two rally trials, to be held Friday, May 10, through Sunday, May 12, 2013, at the...
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Fancy That: Pennsylvania’s Blue and Gray Cluster
Although they weren’t the largest shows of this past weekend, the three-day cluster in Harrisburg, Pa., had a very interesting variety of Group and Best in Show winners. Just as a basis of comparing numbers at the largest events in the country...
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Legislative Updates: Decision in Texas on ‘Emotional Value’ and More
Back in January I reported in “Legislative Updates: Can Dog Owners Sue for ‘Emotional Value’?” that the Texas Supreme Court had begun looking at whether or not owners can sue for monetary damages if another party is found responsible for the loss...
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Among the Shows Closing April 17, 2013
The Utah Beehive Cluster, whose four all-breed shows with rally and obedience trials will be held Thursday, May 2, through Sunday, May 5, 2013, deserves mention for one specific act of what I think is kindness to their exhibitors. The clubs are...
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Fancy That: American and Canadian Canines Share the Michigan Spotlight
I seldom write my weekly “Fancy That” column from a sentimental perspective, but today I’m going to take the liberty of doing just that. I’ll admit that one of the reasons I chose to write today about the Saginaw Valley Kennel Club...
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Among the Shows Closing April 10, 2013
Looking through the shows that close next week, it becomes evident that spring has indeed sprung and clubs are preparing for warmer weather. The first indication is several clubs that are asking participants – both exhibitors and judges – to wear casual...
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A Most Unique Offering: Art Show at the Dog Show
The 2013 Sunflower Cluster, which opens tomorrow, April 4, in Valley Center, Kan., has a host of activities that accompany its four all-breed shows and numerous specialties, but perhaps the most innovative of these offerings is the Art Show at the Dog...
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Fancy That: Speedway Classic of the Carolinas
At the Speedway Classic of the Carolinas, four all-breed shows and a passel of specialties held in Concord, N.C., Thursday, March 28, through Sunday, March 31, one Working dog dominated by winning three of the four finals, and another from the Group...
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Legislative Updates: Increased Activity on Legislative Fronts
A March 26, 2013, meeting at the city of Bluefield, W.V., resulted in standing room only at city hall, as residents showed up to protest additions to breed-specific legislation that was enacted in 2008. Discussion of the 5-year-old law was prompted when...
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Among the Shows Closing April 3, 2013
Way back in 2001, I was fortunate that a friend invited me to go with her to Pat Craige Trotter’s “Breed to Succeed” seminar, sponsored by the Lone Star Airedale Terrier Club and held in Dallas. Pat gave these two-day seminars quite...
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Fancy That: Mixing It Up in Fort Worth
Three locations had shows with nice-sized entries this past weekend. The Tar Heel circuit in Raleigh, N.C., opened on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, with 1,121 entries, and with a high for the five days of 1,892 on Saturday. Three days in Vallejo,...
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Newly Elected Board to Focus on Needed Change, Communication
On Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at the annual meeting of the American Kennel Club in Newark, N.J., AKC delegates voted to fill the vacancies on the board of directors created when terms of the four members of the Class of 2013 expired. That...
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Among the Shows Closing March 27, 2013
I often tell you about my favorite shows, and among those closing next Wednesday is another cluster I’ve really enjoyed attending over the years, primarily because it’s a great place to watch Terriers. This group of shows doesn’t have a name, but...
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Spreading the Wealth in Louisville
Sunday, March 17, 2012, the last day of the Kentuckiana Cluster and the second Louisville Kennel Club show, found quite a few dogs placing in the Groups that had not placed the first three days, proving that at one of the largest...
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A New Day at the Kentuckiana Cluster
I suppose the results in Louisville on Saturday could be considered an upset, since our Number 1 dog of all breeds, ‘Sky,’ was second in her Group to the eventual Best in Show winner. This was the first day that Norman Patton’s...
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Day Two from Louisville
The country’s Number 1 Toy may have settled on Thursday for second place in Kentucky, but she went all the way to Best in Show on Friday at the Louisville Kennel Club. Judge Jan Paulk awarded GCh. Marlex Classic Red Glare the Toy...
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Day One from Louisville
The first all-breed show of the Kentuckiana Cluster was held yesterday, Thursday, March 14, 2013, at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville. For a Thursday show, the entry of 2,290 was terrific, and a testament to how much exhibitors and fanciers love...
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Among the Shows Closing March 20, 2013
Next week entries close for shows in 10 locations around the country. Among them are shows hosted by a club that’s trying the most unusual method I’ve yet discovered to boost its entry. The Yosemite Kennel Club will host back-to-back all-breed shows...
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Fancy That: ‘Jilly’ Best at Crufts
It seems that Crufts 2013 went off much better than last year, in large part thanks to the fact that, as far as I can tell, all of the high profile breeds made it through to the Group judging. I found the...
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Fancy That: Saturday at Crufts
One event that I really enjoyed watching at Crufts 2013 – in addition to a thorough enjoyment of watching all of the Group judging – was the final Saturday of the Kennel Club Breeders’ Competition. Michael Coad, partner to this year’s Best...
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Fancy That: Friday at Crufts
I completely understand, as Bo Bengtson said in his Crufts report yesterday, not being “into” the activities and presentations that happen in the big ring before the Groups are judged, but I have to say again that I sincerely love that fact...
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Fancy That: Thursday at Crufts
The biggest, and some say best, dog show the world over began today in Birmingham, England, at the gargantuan National Exhibition Centre, a collection of interconnected halls that house the show’s benching and the big rings where breed judging takes place, as...
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By the Numbers: Crufts 2013
The “world’s biggest dog show” opens in Birmingham, England, today, March 7, 2013, and this year 20,566 dogs make up 23,164 conformation entries. More than 2,000 dogs from overseas are entered at Crufts this year, the highest foreign entry ever. A total...
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Among the Shows Closing March 13, 2013
On Wednesday this week shows in Northern California, Georgia, Iowa, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin are closing, as well as those in Las Vegas and Concord, N.C., just a couple of hours from where I live, so there...
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Fancy That: Detroit Kennel Club
The city of Detroit is struggling to stay afloat these days, but when the Detroit Kennel Club held its 110th and 111th benched all-breed shows this past weekend, it did its part to help bring visitors to the metropolis. Detroit is not...
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Legislative Updates: BSL, Humane Euthanasia Methods and More
As always there are numerous places around the U.S. where breed-specific legislation is being considered and where it is being stringently opposed. The website www.stopbsl.org reported on March 1 that the Rhode Island senator who proposed a statewide restriction on “pit bull type”...
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Among the Shows Closing March 6, 2013
Entries for North Carolina’s Tar Heel Cluster, hosted by the Cary, Alamance, Durham, Raleigh and Fayetteville Kennel Clubs, close next week. In the interest of full disclosure, I am a member of the Raleigh Kennel Club, but this set of shows has...
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Fancy That: Chicago
The four shows of International Cluster in Chicago this past weekend had some surprising results, and quite a number of the Group winners are dogs I have not seen before. Let’s have a look at the winners. On Thursday at the Park...
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A Last Bit of Westminster
Westminster is over for the year, and Best In Show Daily has covered it from almost every angle. But there’s one more bit of history and sentiment I want to share with our readers. Many people noticed during the Toy Group judging...
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Among the Shows Closing February 27, 2013
The Kentuckiana Cluster, probably my favorite cluster in the U.S. overall, closes next week. The Mid-Kentucky, Louisville and Evansville Kennel Clubs host four all-breed shows Thursday through Sunday in Louisville, with the Combined Specialty Clubs of Louisville on Wednesday. And boy, do...
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Fancy That: Denver Mixes Old and New
Exhibitors and handlers who were at Westminster and also entered at the Rocky Mountain Cluster in Colorado had a fairly small window of time to recover from the Garden before going at it again at Friday’s all-breed show in Denver. But many...
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Legislative Updates: Insurance Bills in Maryland and New York; BSL in Rhode Island, Wisconsin and New Mexico
Two weeks ago I reported that the state of Maryland is considering a bill that would prohibit insurance companies from denying coverage to customers based on the breed or size of dog they own. On Thursday, February 28, 2013, the Maryland House...
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Among the Shows Closing February 20, 2013
The excitement of Westminster has come and gone, and now it’s time to get back to our regular old dog shows. But as usual, some of those old regulars have some great things going on. Many interesting things going on at the...
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Westminster 2013 – Tuesday Night
The final day of judging at Westminster is coming to an end, with only three Groups and Best in Show left to judge. We’ve heard so many nice reports about the venue at Piers 92/94, with the only complaint being that if...
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Westminster 2013 – Monday Night
For the first time in more than a century, the breed judging at Westminster Kennel Club was held at a location other than Madison Square Garden, and all reports confirm that Monday’s judging went well at Piers 92/94 on Manhattan’s west side....
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Meadowlands Specialty Association – Sunday, February 10, 2013
Sunday was the third day of specialty shows held at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, N.J. Nine breed clubs held shows, along with a Group show hosted by the Garden State All Terrier Club. Although entries were not especially high for...
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Meadowlands Specialty Association – Saturday, February 9, 2013
Twelve specialty clubs held shows at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, N.J., on Saturday, and in spite of dire predictions of blizzard-like conditions the day before, roadways were clear around the venue, with few absentees at the specialty shows. Although there...
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‘Classie’ Takes Progressive
In spite of Friday’sEast Coast storm that grounded thousands of flights and that weather forecasters predicted could be a record-setting blizzard, 361 Toy dogs showed up at the Hotel Pennsylvania for the Progressive Dog Club show to officially open Westminster week in...
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Finding The Great Outdoors in The Big Apple
Much of New York City is dog friendly, in part out of necessity since an estimated 600,000 dogs live with their owners in the city, according to a 2012 report by the New York City Economic Development Corporation. That’s slightly lower than...
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What’s On Broadway This Week?
There’s so much to see and do when you’re in New York for Westminster. One of the great things to take advantage of is the plethora of shows on Broadway, and even at this late date you can still get tickets for...
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Among the Shows Closing February 13, 2013
Last week I reported on the closing dates and activities for the Chicago International Cluster, one of the few benched events left in the U.S., and next week marks the entry closing date for another of the clubs that still put on...
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Bo Bengtson Joins Best In Show Daily – Part II
Yesterday we proudly announced that the iconic dog journalist Bo Bengtson has joined the Best In Show Daily team. In Part I of our interview with him, we explored where Bo came from: his early years in dogs, his breeding program and judging...
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Bo Bengtson Joins Best In Show Daily
In the American dog show scene today only a handful of people can be classified among its most elite journalists. Indeed I count fewer than a half-dozen who can lay claim to that title, and one of them stands above even his...
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Legislative Updates: BSL Success and Concerns, Plus Dog Owners’ Insurance
A look at the AKC’s Legislative Alerts page shows that now that the year is solidly begun, there are more legislative concerns than we’ve seen for the past several months, but also successes in the fight against breed-specific legislation in several locations. While...
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Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite
Anyone who travels much and has watched the news for the past several years might find themselves taking seriously that old adage, “Sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite.” Since the late 1990s, those little reddish-brown creatures have infested hotels,...
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Among the Shows Closing February 6, 2013
February 6 is the closing date for one of the more prestigious show weekends in the U.S., the International Cluster, hosted by the International KC of Chicago, Park Shore KC and Blackhawk KC. These shows will be held Thursday, February 21, through...
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Fancy That: A New Crop of Winners in Pennsylvania
This past weekend, the Erie KC Shows were held at the Bayfront Convention Center, which overlooks Lake Erie’s Presque Isle Bay. Entries both days were in the 900s. On Saturday judge Gary Anderson found for Best in Show the Welsh Terrier, GCh....
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Should We Avoid the ‘Made in China’ Label?
On January 9, 2013, the Nestle Purina PetCare Company announced a voluntary recall of Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch brand chicken jerky dog treats. Waggin’ Train LLC, the producer of the treats, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nestle Purina PetCare....
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Among the Shows Closing January 30, 2013
Shows that close on January 30 this year will take place around the weekend of February 16 and 17, 2013. Among them are some of my favorite shows, those of the Rocky Mountain Cluster, which takes place in Denver and starts just...
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Fancy That: ‘Classie’ Takes Two and ‘Dora’ Scores One in Ocala
Three all-breed shows took place in Ocala, Fla., this past weekend as part of the long Florida circuit, and although many of the winners were the top contenders from 2012 and very familiar to us, a couple of dogs will be new...
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Getting Started in Therapy Dog
I wrote last Sunday about the fact that I want to get involved with therapy dog this year with my Toy Poodle, Ruthie. I got her CGC a few weeks ago, and then went to the orientation for the six-week therapy dog class...
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Legislative Updates: Can Dog Owners Sue for ‘Emotional Value’?
In Austin, Texas, last week, the state’s supreme court began considering whether or not an owner can sue for the “emotional value” of a dog if the animal dies and another party is found responsible. The Dallas Morning News reports that the case...
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Yes, Mon,There Are Dog Shows in Jamaica
In early November of 2012, American judge Bob Busby arrived in Kingston, Jamaica, to judge the all-breed dog show of the Jamaica Kennel Club. It was an experience, he says, unlike any he has had in his more than four decades in...
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Among the Shows Closing January 23, 2013
The shows that will be held in New York and New Jersey on Friday, Saturday and Sunday before Westminster, on Monday and Tuesday, February 11 and 12, 2013, close on Wednesday, January 23. Progressive, the all-Toy show, is held on Friday pre-Westminster...
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Fancy That: New Faces Join Familiar Ones in Washington
I love reporting on the backgrounds of the country’s top winning dogs, learning where they came from and sharing those stories with Best In Show Daily readers. But as I scanned the show results today, I realized anew that so many of...
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My Favorite Things: New Year, New Experiences
I love learning new things and doing new things, and six or seven years ago, on a whim, I came up with a plan that every year I’ll make sure I have at least six new experiences. Sort of like a bucket...
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Dogs in Art: Reuben Ward Binks
Today’s featured painting from the AKC Museum of the Dog is “Lloyd,” by British artist Reuben Ward Binks. The portrait of a Bloodhound was originally part of the Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge collection, and was a gift to the museum from Elizabeth Mendenhall....
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Among the Shows Closing January 16, 2013
By the time entries close on Wednesday, January 16, for shows around the country, the all too brief period that dog show folks were off for the holidays will be a distant memory, and everything will be more or less back to...
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Fancy That: No Limit For ‘Sky’ at KC of Palm Springs
We reported yesterday on the winners around the country, but in particular at the Kennel Club of Palm Springs, which will no doubt be among the biggest shows of 2013 with more than 3,400 dogs entered both days. The Sunday results were...
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Days One and Two of the 2013 Show Season
  The first show of 2013 took place on Friday, January 4, in Talmadge, Ohio, where Shetland Sheepdog GCh. Grandgables The Frat Boy was Best in Show from an entry of 746. Saturday found shows in six more locations around the U.S....
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Legislative Updates: End of Year Finds Positive, Negative Developments
The last month of 2012 found numerous locations around the country considering legislation that will potentially have a negative impact on responsible pet ownership. But on December 3 in Chesterfield, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis, the city council approved an amendment...
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Landmark Decision Sets Precedent for the Dog World
In October 2012 a jury awarded two Pennsylvania women more than $200,000 as compensation for the loss of 122 frozen semen samples from five champion Standard Poodles. Linda Blackie of Whisperwind Standard Poodles and Miriam Thomas had stored samples on their dogs...
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Among the Shows Closing January 9, 2013
Happy New Year! With the holidays over the past 10 days, I didn’t report on the shows closing today, January 2, but several terrific events do. Among the best are the Winterfest shows, held at Seaside Park in Ventura, Calif., on January 18,...
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12 Days of Christmas for a Couple of Dog Show Nuts
On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me A year’s worth of entry fees. On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me Two slicker brushes and a year’s worth of entry fees. On the...
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12 Days of Christmas for Handlers
On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me A big shiny new RV. On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me Two good assistants and a big, shiny new RV. On the third day...
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Dogs Provide Comfort in Newtown, Conn.
Five Golden Retrievers and seven handlers left Addison, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, around 6 a.m. on Saturday, December 15, headed for Newtown, Conn., where residents have been shocked by a tragedy they never imagined could happen in their quaint New England...
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Among the Shows Closing December 26, 2012…
The day after Christmas, will anyone be thinking about entries closing? I have an idea… if you think today about two entry closing dates, then you don’t have to think about entries at all the day after Christmas! There are eight sets...
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The Last Shows of 2012: Two Champions Crowned in Orlando
The last three dog shows of 2012 wrapped up on Sunday, with Best in Shows in Allentown, Pa., and Cleveland, Ohio, awarded to the Top Dog of all breeds, German Wirehaired Pointer ‘Oakley,’ handled by Phil Booth, and the top winning Harrier...
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AKC/Eukanuba: Day One Groups Begin with Hounds
The first day of the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship has come and gone, and the Sporting, Hound, Toy and Non-Sporting Group judging is completed. As expected there were some surprises as well as some expected outcomes. Hounds were the first Group to be...
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Three Down in Florida, and the Big Event Begins
The three Orlando all-breeds have wrapped up, and today AKC/Eukanuba has begun! Whether or not the results at the Wednesday through Friday shows are a preview of what will happen on the weekend remains, of course, to be seen. Perhaps the biggest...
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Unique Among Shows Across the Globe: The Eukanuba World Challenge
There is one single element of the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship dog show that definitively sets it apart from every other event on the planet, and that is the Eukanuba World Challenge. No place else do fanciers have the opportunity to see, in...
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The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship: A Retrospective
December 15 and 16, 2012, will mark the 12th year of the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship dog show, this year to be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. In December 2001 the American Kennel Club teamed up for the...
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Among the Shows Closing December 19, 2012: First Shows of 2013
I keep having a feeling that talking about the shows in 2013 before we’ve even closed the 2012 show season feels a little bit like seeing Christmas paraphernalia at Halloween… I want to shout, “Give us a chance to finish one before...
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Fancy That: The Innovator Takes Washington State
Two shows in Washington this past weekend drew entries over 1,700 dogs, quite a nice figure since there were also two sets of shows in California. I was so pleased to find that several of the Group winners at the Greater Clark...
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Last Minute Gifts for Dog Lovers
Sometimes Christmas sneaks up on us and we find that we need last minute gifts for the dog lovers in our worlds. I wanted to share with you a few places you can look for gifts that I know I would be...
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Rick Krieger Receives 2012 William J. Trainor Award
Each year since 1999 the clubs of the Thanksgiving Classic Cluster – the Holyoke, SouthWindsor, Springfield and Windham County Kennel Clubs – have selected a fancier who has performed “meritorious service to the dog world signifying the ideals manifested by William J....
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Golden Gate’s Early Closing – December 12, 2012…
On Wednesday, December 12, entries close for the back-to-back Golden Gate KC shows that will take place Saturday and Sunday, January 26 and 27, 2013. This is an early closing date, six-and-a-half weeks from the show date instead of the two-and-a-half. The...
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Fancy That: Top Dogs Top Ingham County
Of the eight sets of shows taking place around the country this past weekend, three drew entry numbers fewer than 900. Entries at the four shows in Georgia ranged from 600 to 850, and Kankakee, Ill., and south Florida drew about 500...
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A Dog Show Veteran Tries Something New
Although I’ve watched dogs in different performance events over the past few decades, I’ve personally never tried agility or obedience or any other event with my dogs. My mother actually started out in obedience. She earned CD titles on the first two...
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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...
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Westminster 2013 Closes December 7
Today’s “Shows Closing” from Best In Show Daily includes just one event that closes within the next two weeks, and that is the 2013 iteration of the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. This closing is on a Friday instead of the usual Wednesday...
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Fancy That: Three Days, Three Different Winners in Maryland
I hope all of our readers enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know many fanciers, owner-handlers and professionals alike, sat down for a traditional holiday dinner like most of the rest of the nation, only to jump up as soon as dinner finished...
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Response to Superstorm Sandy – Part II: Fed’s Action Protects Lives
Part I of this story reported on the assistance that the American Kennel Club Companion Animal Recovery (CAR) department has distributed to aid animals and their owners affected by Superstorm Sandy, which devastated parts of the East Coast three weeks ago. During a...
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The Low Cost, High Fun Alternative to Orlando
When members of the Delaware Water Gap and Lehigh Valley Kennel Clubs heard two years ago that the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship was moving from Long Beach, Calif., to Orlando, Fla., in December of 2011, they knew immediately that they’d have to work some magic...
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Fancy That: ‘Ally’ Scores Back-to-Back Wins in California
It’s been three months since I’ve written about anything happening on the West Coast, and a lot longer than that since Fancy That has visited California, so today we’ll take a look at the dogs that won at the two San Luis...
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Response to Superstorm Sandy – Part I: AKC CAR Makes a Difference
In the aftermath of the storm that devastated parts of the eastern seaboard on October 29, 2012, many residents found themselves homeless or with severely damaged homes following hurricane-force winds, torrential rain and massive flooding. Recovery is still under way in New...
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Among the Shows Closing November 28, 2012…
Only two sets of shows close on this date, and they are, of course, among the last shows of 2012. Entries for AKC/Eukanuba and its accompanying shows in Orlando, Fla., will have already closed, leaving just those in Cleveland and Allentown, Pa....
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Fancy That: It’s the Truman Show in Florida
The shows this past weekend took place in Northern California, Arizona and Colorado to the west, Missouri, Michigan and Texas in the central part of the country, Maryland and Massachusetts in the northeast, and Alabama, North Carolina and Florida in the south...
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Legislative Updates: Spay/Neuter Proposed in Bibb County, Ga.; N.D. Voters Reject Stiffer Penalties
November is not yet two weeks old and already the American Dog Owners Association has numerous alerts posted on its site that warrant a closer look. Bibb County, Ga., is in the midst of planning for a new animal shelter in the city...
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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...
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Among the Shows Closing November 21, 2012…
Thinking about the Holiday Classic cluster of shows gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling for several reasons. I was, for a brief time when I lived in Southern California, a member of the Shoreline Dog Fanciers Association of Southern California, and am particularly...
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Fancy That: Joplin, Mo., Hosts Top Winners
The Tri-State Kennel Club held back-to-back shows this past weekend in Joplin, Mo., with interesting results. Entries each day were just over 1,000 dogs. Saturday judge Dana Cline awarded Best in Show to the current Number 2 dog of all breeds, the...
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Fanciers Do Good Work in Connecticut
Twenty years ago, the South Windsor Kennel Club began holding a Meet the Breeds event in Hartford, Conn., in hopes that it would help the general public learn a little something about purebred dogs. On October 21 and 22, 2012, more than...
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Among the Shows Closing November 14, 2012… with Early Closing for AKC/Eukanuba
Best In Show Daily wants to alert our readers that entries for the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship close early – that is, more than the usual two-and-a-half weeks before their events when most shows close. Final entries will be accepted one month before the...
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Keep Your Pooch Safe on Halloween
Halloween is a fun holiday for almost everyone, but there are a few things to keep in mind for keeping your pet safe on All Hallows Eve. • Treats May Trick Your Pet. Remember that chocolate can be very toxic to dogs, and...
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Fancy That: It’s All in the Family in Greeley, Colo.
It seems to me that there were more shows than usual this past weekend with really decent entry numbers, which these days, for me, means over 1,000 dogs. The West Coast was the site for the weekend’s largest shows, with more than...
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Legislative Updates: Ban on Hold in Rhode Island City; Tightened Restrictions in N.J. Town
On October 16, 2012, Woonsocket, R.I., City Council President John Ward introduced a proposed ban on pit bulls in Woonsocket, R.I., a city of about 42,000 people 15 miles north of the capital of Providence. According to the Woonsocket Patch, the ordinance...
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Among the Shows Closing November 7, 2012…
Shows that close on November 7 will take place on Thanksgiving weekend, November 22 through 25. AKC has only one single dog show, hosted by the Holyoke Kennel Club, scheduled on Thanksgiving Day itself. The accompanying cluster is so bursting with great...
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Fancy That: Strong Genes Play a Part in Central Texas
I haven’t reported on shows in my home state of Texas for some time, but shows there this past weekend drew my attention, so here we go. Belton, Texas, about 60 miles north of Austin, was the location for four all-breed shows,...
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My Favorite Things: 'A Dog Is Listening'
One of the books about dogs that I’ve most enjoyed owning is “A Dog Is Listening: The Way Some of Our Closest Friends View Us.” Written by Roger Caras, it was published in 1992, and is one of those books that you...
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Exciting New Titles at AKC
In an ongoing effort to increase revenue and allow proud owners to tack newly earned titles onto their dogs’ names, the American Kennel Club has approved numerous new titles for AKC-registered, Purebred Alternative Listing (PAL) and Foundation Stock Service dogs, as well...
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Among the Shows Closing October 31, 2012…
It seems that many dog clubs today, just like many citizens, businesses and local, state and federal governments, face financial concerns. Everyone is trying to economize and cut operations down to the bare essentials to compensate for budget shortfalls. Looking at a...
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Fancy That: Honor Triumphs in Iowa
The Mason City Kennel Club hosted back-to-back shows this past weekend in the Iowa city bearing its name. Judges Carol White-Moser and Houston Clark selected as their Best in Show winner both days the Bichon Frise, GCh. Vogelflight’s Honor to Pillowtalk. I...
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Legislative Updates: New Jersey Law on Hold; Bill Passes in Pennsylvania
The ownership and breeding limits proposed for Delaware Township, N.J., on which we reported on September 30, 2012, will be returned to first reading following the October 1 meeting of the board of health. AKC reports that, thanks in part to the work...
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Best In Show Daily’s Who’s Who: Carolyn Hensley, Ph.D.
Carolyn Hensley began judging in 2003 and is now approved for 11 Hound breeds, 14 Toy breeds and three Terriers. She is also active in several clubs, and serves on the board of directors for the Yorkshire Terrier Club of America and...
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Among the Shows Closing October 24, 2012…
Among the shows that close on October 24, I found so many clubs offering really wonderful things that will make exhibitors feel appreciated, and those that allow the clubs to give back to their communities. From honoring America’s service men and women,...
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Fancy That: The Great Terrier Weekend
Another Montgomery County has come and gone, and fanciers are making their way home. This year the weather was more like what we think of as “Montgomery weather,” with a little rain and a little chill and some sunny skies as well....
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New Eye Registry for Dogs
The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals announced in early September that, as of November 1, 2012, the results from canine eye examinations can be listed with its new Eye Certification Registry, or ECR. For decades the results of eye exams performed on dogs...
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Among the Shows Closing October 17, 2012…
Does it make a difference in a show’s entry when clubs go out of their way to do something really different, to make their shows stand out from all the rest? I’m not sure, but I do know that’s exactly what makes...
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Fancy That: Chihuahua Wins Back-to-Back BIS in Illinois
At two shows hosted by the Rockford-Freeport Kennel Club in Freeport, Ill., on September 29 and 30, 2012, judges Murrel Purkhiser and Richard Miller awarded back-to-back Best in Shows to Smooth Coat Chihuahua GCh. Stonehill Great Escape, owner-handled by Patricia Holzkopf. Billy...
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Legislative Updates: Good News and Not-So-Good News
On October 1, 2012, the Delaware Township, N.J., Board of Health will review, for final adoption, new ownership and breeding limits for dog-owning residents. Proposed Ordinance #2012-10 BH seeks to restrict the number of intact dogs allowed per household to six over the...
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Montgomery County Is Rich in History
Montgomery County is an iconic dog show renowned the world over, and each year Terrier people all over the U.S. spend months preparing their dogs for the fall event in Pennsylvania. Then, the first week of October, devotees travel from all points...
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Community Comes Out for Responsible Dog Ownership Days
The North Carolina State Fairgrounds was the site for the 10th annual American Kennel Club Responsible Dog Ownership Days event on September 22, 2012, in Raleigh, N.C. Nearly 4,000 area residents attended the event, involving more than 70 local dog clubs, pet-related...
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Among the Shows Closing October 10, 2012…
Shows that close on October 10, 2012, fall on the weekend before Halloween, so many of them no doubt include costume contests for canines. Fanciers can be so clever when it comes to planning for these doggy dress-ups, and it’s so much...
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Fancy That: Missouri Draws Competitive Entries
Gray Summit, Mo., was the location this past weekend for two shows hosted by the Spirit of the Heartland KC and the Jefferson County KC of Missouri. The shows drew a respectable entry of just over 1,000 dogs each, with a number...
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‘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...
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Among the Shows Closing October 3, 2012…
I like to let readers know what’s going on in several different areas of the country in our Shows Closing article each week, but this week there is one cluster that offers so much for exhibitors that it deserves its own focus....
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Fancy That: Foreign Influence and Class Dogs in Pinehurst, N.C.
I’m reporting today on shows that were fairly close to home for me. Two all-breed shows were held in Pinehurst, N.C., at the Pinehurst Harness Track on Saturday and Sunday, September 15 and 16, 2012, following the Carolina Terrier show on Friday....
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Legislative Updates: Dog Limit Proposed in Pennsylvania Town, BSL in Arkansas
An amendment to the Gilberton, Pa., animal ordinance that will limit the number of dogs residents can own is expected to be adopted at a September 27, 2012, meeting of the borough council, according to the Republican Herald. During a council meeting...
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Best In Show Daily’s Who’s Who: Tonia Holibaugh
Professional handler Tonia Holibaugh lives in the Texas Hill Country near Austin, where, in addition to showing dogs for a living, she breeds Maltese and is involved in her local all-breed club and her parent club. She took a little time out...
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Among the Shows Closing September 26, 2012…
On October 13 and 14, 2012, the Black Mountain Kennel Club will celebrate its 25th anniversary with back-to-back all-breed shows at the Palace Station Hotel, Conference Center and Casino in Las Vegas,. On Friday there will be five specialty shows at the same...
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Fancy That: Greeley, Colo.
Two all-breed shows hosted by the Evergreen Colorado Kennel Club and held in Greeley this past weekend drew entries of more than 1,500 dogs each day. Two of the country’s top four dogs of all breeds duked it out for the final...
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Raleigh Kennel Club Gives Back
Before Best in Show judging at the Raleigh Kennel Club show on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, club president Pat Babuin, accompanied by treasurer Bill Pfeiffer, made three presentations to local organizations on behalf of the club. The first, a check for $1,000, was...
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The Legacy of the Westchester Kennel Club
On Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, the Westchester Kennel Club will hold its 96th all-breed dog show at the North Branch Park in Bridgewater, N.J. The first Westchester Kennel Club show was held in 1906 at Gedney Farms, near White Plains, N.Y., on...
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Among the Shows Closing September 19, 2012: The Big Terrier Weekend
Among the shows closing on September 19, 2012, are the shows I most look forward to each year. The Hatboro Dog Club shows on Thursday and Friday, October 4 and 5, Devon Dog Club on Saturday, October 6, and the Terriers-only Montgomery County Kennel...
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Fancy That: Michigan’s Marquette Kennel Club
The Marquette Kennel Club held three shows this past weekend, Friday, August 31 through Sunday, September 2, 2012. It is the only set of Labor Day weekend shows that didn’t include a Monday event. Held at the Marquette Lakeview Arena, these were...
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Legislative Updates: Small Victories for BSL; Reprieve for California Groomers
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed a new animal welfare law on August 23, 2012, that prohibits municipalities from creating breed-specific regulations, according to local CBS affiliate WBZ-TV in Boston. The Massachusetts SPCA has outlined measures included in the new law, which includes...
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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,...
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Among the Shows Closing September 12, 2012…
New York The Suffolk County Kennel Club holds back-to-back all-breed shows, and obedience and rally trials on Friday and Saturday, September 28 and 29, 2012, at the Flowerfield Fairgrounds in St. James, N.Y., on Long Island. This club justifiably calls its event a...
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Fancy That: Thursday’s Atlanta Show Draws 1,591
The biggest shows of this past weekend took place in Atlanta at the Cherokee Rose Cluster from August 23 to 26, 2012. Thursday at the Griffin Georgia Kennel Club, from an entry of 1,591, judge Judy Daniels chose GCh. Allaruth Just Kidding...
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My Take – Expanding the Base: Are We ‘User-Friendly’ Enough?
When the new AKC Chairman of the Board Alan Kalter released his first chairman’s report in May 2012, he mentioned that 100 million Americans own a dog, whether mixed breed or purebred. He couldn’t be more right when he says that, as...
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Texas Breeders Act Goes into Effect September 1
On September 1, 2012, the Texas Dog or Cat Breeders Act will go into effect. The bill, signed into law in 2011, requires certain individuals to obtain breeder licensing, submit to facilities inspections, and meet standards of care provisions. Dog breeders who have...
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Among the Shows Closing September 5, 2012…
Many kennel clubs go to great lengths to offer something extra to exhibitors who come to their dog shows. Here we look at the health clinics, fun matches and more offered at the shows that close next Wednesday. OUT WEST The Santa...
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Fancy That: More than 2,000 Entries in Washington State
I wanted to go back out West this weekend for Fancy That, since we’ve covered the eastern and central sections of the U.S. the past few weeks. My colleague, Billy Wheeler, was in Greeley, Colo., this past weekend, enjoying himself and reporting...
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Legislative Update: ‘Pit Bulls’ Targeted in Three Locations
Breed-specific legislation was recently proposed in York County, S.C., after an 11-year-old Rock Hill boy was mauled in late May 2012 by a neighbor’s dog. The youth had reportedly gone to the nearby home to borrow a kitchen item when the dog...
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Best In Show Daily’s Who’s Who: Krista Droop
Professional photographer, graphic designer and advertising specialist Krista Droop, whose work occasionally appears on this site, answers Best In Show Daily’s questions for interesting people in the sport of dogs. 1. Where were you born? PARIS. O.K., Paris, Illinois. 2. What roles...
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The Barbet: Ancient French Water Dog
The origins of the Barbet, or French Water Dog, are believed to trace back to ancient times, and according to the Barbet Club of Great Britain, “The generally accepted theory is that the Barbet is descended from corded herding dogs originating in...
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Fancy That: Two ‘Firsts’ in the Arkansas Capital
This week we’re going to go south and check in with some dogs that are new to Fancy That, although in no way new to the show scene. The shows in Little Rock, Ark., this past weekend, both hosted by the Arkansas...
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My Take: Don’t Be Fooled
On Friday, August 3, 2012, Brunswick County, N.C., sheriff’s deputies, accompanied by “animal rights advocates,” seized 160 dogs from a double-wide mobile home in Leland, N.C. Twenty-six birds and one cat were also removed from the trailer, which had no electricity at...
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Best In Show Daily’s Who’s Who: Sarah Riedl Perchick
Professional handler Sarah Riedl Perchick answers Best In Show Daily’s questions for interesting people in the sport of dogs. 1. Where were you born? Longmont, Colo. 2. What roles have you played in the dog world: breeder, owner-handler, professional handler, apprentice, judge,...
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Fancy That: Virginia’s Mountain Valley Cluster
The shows in Canfield, Ohio, drew the largest entries this past weekend, at least for shows east of the Mississippi. The four-day cluster had 1,301 dogs in competition on Thursday, with a high of 1,809 on Saturday. Even with an outdoor location...
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Legislative Update: Potential Good News for ‘Pit Bulls’ in Florida and Ohio
Summer is typically a less active time of year for new legislation to be proposed or enacted, as many legislative bodies are not in session during the summer months. However, there is a bit of news to report on the legislative front....
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AVMA Addresses Raw Food Diets
The American Veterinary Medical Association House of Delegates is meeting August 3 through 7, 2012, in San Diego, Calif. Among the items on the agenda is a proposed policy on the feeding of “raw or undercooked animal-source protein diets” for pets. The...
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Fancy That: The Carolina Foothills Cluster
Among the largest shows in the country this past weekend were the three days of the Carolina Foothills cluster in Greenville, S.C., on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 27 to 29, 2012, following a day of specialties at the same location. On...
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My Take: Leveling the Playing Field
So often in the dog sport today we hear exhibitors lament that they don’t win as often as they “should” because professional handlers have the advantage and it’s almost impossible to beat them. When given the opportunity to express their point of...
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The Waukesha Weekend
On Friday, July 27, 2012, in Waukesha, Wis., the big “Waukesha Weekend” begins, and it is the place to be for fanciers in the upper Midwest this month. The Waukesha Kennel Club hosts all-breed shows on Saturday and Sunday at the Waukesha...
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Fancy That: Northern California and Houston
Although not the largest shows in the country this past weekend, the winners from the Sierra-Tuloumne Kennel Club shows, held on Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21, 2012, were a fascinating lot. Many of the Group First winners have National Specialty...
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Second Best: AKC’S New Reserve BIS Award
As you know if you’ve watched the final of any dog show the past two weeks, as of July 3, 2012, Reserve Best in Show is now being awarded at AKC shows. The new prize is awarded by the same judge who...
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Legislative Update: Victories in New York and Indiana; New Battle in California
New York In my last biweekly legislative update I reported that Ballston Spa, N.Y., was considering imposing a limit on the number of dogs kept at a residence within the city limits, even if they were not owned by the resident or...
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Fancy That: San Antonio, Vermont and the Basenji National
Greetings to all Best In Show Daily readers! So many interesting things are going on at dog shows every weekend that there’s a lot to know about the winning dogs’ pedigrees, breeders, owners and handlers – not to mention the shows themselves!...
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My Take: Be Prepared in the Heat
Yesterday my fellow editor, Susan Chaney, wrote about the dangers of the high temperatures outside and what to do if you think your dog has heatstroke. It seems that every year someone going to or from a show loses at least one...
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Using a Sire From Across the World
Thanks to all kinds of new technology in use in the 21st century, the world seems much smaller than it once did, and dog people now work more collaboratively with other breeders around the world. Importing dogs to the U.S. from other...
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Calling All Fanciers: USDA/APHIS Deadline for Comments Nears
In reaction to the proposed changes to U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations that could seriously impact hobby breeders, the American Kennel Club is asking fanciers to familiarize themselves with the proposed changes and to sign its petition. On June 11, 2012, Best...
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Legislative Update: New Laws May Impact You and Your Dogs
Fanciers today know they have to remain aware of what is going on around the country, as new legislation is proposed on a regular basis that has the potential to impact their relationships with their dogs and how they keep, breed and...
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Evaluating Dogs – Part I: Soundness, Structure and Breed Type
I don’t necessarily consider myself the most knowledgeable dog person in the world regarding every aspect of judging or evaluating dogs, or the best teacher. Numerous books and columns have been written about evaluating dogs, by some of the sport’s most knowledgeable...
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Helping Dogs Overcome Pain
Prior to the 1990s, treating dogs and other companion animals for pain was rare, if not unheard of, in most veterinary practices. Scientists and veterinarians simply did not have research data confirming that animals experience pain, whether post-operatively or as a result...
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AKC Updates Care and Conditions of Dogs Policy
The American Kennel Club is the only dog registry in the United States that maintains a policy outlining the conditions under which breeding dogs should be maintained and the care they should receive and that conducts inspections to assure that its policy...
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American Explorers and the American-Made Chinook
Robert E. Peary was an American explorer who for many years was believed to be the first person to reach the North Pole, on April 6, 1909. A U.S. Navy admiral, Peary was granted leave to pursue exploration of the land to...
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Warning: These Foods May Be Toxic For Your Dog
Everyone knows there are certain things that you should never feed your dog. Dogs and chocolate don’t mix, because chocolate contains theobromine, a substance that can cause a rapid heart rate and central nervous stimulation, possibly leading to seizures and even death....
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My Take – The AKC Code of Sportsmanship
Did you know that the American Kennel Club has a code of sportsmanship? Almost every point in the document is one that most civilized human beings, at least in theory, aspire to when participating in a sport they love. On the other...
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New USDA Breeder Regulations – What They Could Mean for Hobby Breeders
The United States Department of Agriculture has a division called the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, or APHIS, whose job includes oversight and protection of U.S. agricultural health, monitoring damage by wildlife on agriculture, and administration of the Animal Welfare Act....
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Great Western and Margaret Young Renihan
For people in every breed, there are shows they love to go to every year. For Terrier people, Montgomery County in October of course heads the list, but there’s another show on the opposite coast that Terrier fanciers and handlers have been...
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Know the Warning Signs of Pyometra
Few things strike fear in me, as a breeder and as the owner of one intact bitch, more than the thought of pyometra. I had an experience several years ago with one of my older champion bitches who developed pyometra, and afterward...
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My Take – Experienced Dog People as Judges
The new AKC judging approval process that went into effect on March 1, 2012, includes some very interesting points that are, in my opinion, improvements over the previous process. Whether they will in fact make a noticeable difference in how well judges...
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The 2013 Westminster Judges
Is reading about Westminster in May something like finding Christmas decorations in your favorite store before Halloween? That may be, but the panel of judges for Westminster 2013 was released last week, so it’s an opportune time share the names of those...
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AKC Clubs Reward Outstanding Sportsmanship
So often in the sport of showing dogs, it seems that the same breeders, owners, professional handlers, judges and exhibitors are in the limelight year after year. The names of the relative few who have the greatest ongoing success become familiar to...
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Alliances Create Winners at the 2012 World Dog Show
The 2012 World Dog Show in Salzburg, Austria, is now relegated to the annals of dog show history, after the final award was handed out on Sunday evening, May 19, 2012. From all accounts, the show was a success, in a beautiful...
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My Favorite Things – Muriel Lee’s Whelping Book
My mother was a great “midwife” when it came time to whelp Cairn puppies when I was growing up, and I’ve whelped a couple dozen litters of Toy Poodles myself since then. I was also fortunate to spend a number of years...
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The 2012 World Show – Austria
Each year the Fédération Cynologique Internationale sponsors the World Dog Show in a different country. In 2011 the location was Paris, and in 2012 it moves to Salzburg, Austria. The enormous event started today at the Salzburg Exhibition Centre and continues through...
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AKC’s Next New Breed – The Russell Terrier
The Terrier Group at AKC shows will welcome a new contender on June 27, 2012. The Russell Terrier has been in the Miscellaneous class since January 2010, and since then, the small, sturdy dogs have been seen at many shows around the...
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The Consummate Hunting Dog – the Treeing Walker Coonhound
The Treeing Walker Coonhound became AKC’s 174th breed when it was granted full recognition on January 1, 2012, and became eligible to compete in the Hound Group. This beautiful tri- or bi-colored hound finds it origins in the late 1800s, descended from...
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Bucks – A Standalone Gem
One of my favorite shows on the East Coast was this past Saturday, May 5. Bucks County Kennel Club held its 71st show at Tinicum Park in Erwinna, Pa., a pristine wooded location with sweeping green lawns that has provided an ideal...
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My Take – Working Together
Several times in the past few weeks I’ve heard or read where people that I respect in the sport convey essentially the same message: let’s work together to solve the challenges that our sport faces. In Part I of Pilar Kuhn’s recent...
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A ‘Must’ in May – The Trenton Kennel Club Dog Show
Photos by Dan Sayers. The “Bucks and Trenton” weekend in the spring each year has long been a staple for East Coast residents who show dogs, and many a top dog has made its way from other parts of the country to...
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The Greatest Poodle Show on Earth
For many years, Poodle Club of America members, and indeed most Poodle fanciers, have thought of our National Specialty as “The Greatest Poodle Show on Earth.” We can even be accused of calling it the “Greatest Show on Earth,” and people from...
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AKC Delegates Part Two: The Delegate Advocacy and Advancement Committee
Back in March, in “A Beginning Look at the AKC Delegates,” we looked at how representatives from AKC member clubs are selected to help decide how AKC should be run. Of course, the American Kennel Club itself is made up of more than...
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Willie Nelson Lends Voice to Support American Kennel Club
Fanciers who breed and show dogs for AKC conformation dog shows know that over the past decade their motives, and sometimes their morality, have been brought into question. The animal rights extremists have created an effective campaign that paints even the most...
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My Favorite Things – Bred-by-Exhibitor Medallions
Showing in the Bred-by-Exhibitor class used to be “the thing” when an exhibitor had something they were really proud to present to the fancy. It still is an important class at specialty shows, and especially at the National Specialty, but I’ve noticed...
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An Owner-Handler Who’s Living Her Dreams
The American Kennel Club announced last December that, “to celebrate the dedication and enthusiasm of owner-handler exhibitors,” it would implement a new program called the AKC Owner-Handler Series, which began in January 2012. The stated purpose of this new offering is “to...
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Who Will Go to the AKC Open Show?
Visit dog shows in other parts of the world and one of the conclusions you may quickly draw is that exhibitors at American dog shows take their hobby very seriously. The atmosphere is usually more intense at an American show than at...
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OFA Creates New Dentition Database
The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, more commonly known to fanciers as OFA, recently established a dentition database at the request of the American Rottweiler Club. The new database is open to all breeds and is used to certify full dentition. Any licensed...
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New Book Tells the Stories of Soldier Dogs
As citizens of the United States of America, we are fortunate that, although our country has been embroiled in military conflicts for much of its history, we have seen little warfare on home soil. The wars in which this nation is currently...
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Canine Alliance Holds First Meeting with Kennel Club
On the afternoon of March 28, 2012, three members of the recently formed Canine Alliance met with two representatives of the Kennel Club in Great Britain to air their grievances regarding the breeds that were disqualified from Group competition at Crufts this year....
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Bringing out the Baby
Many exhibitors who began showing dogs in the 1980s or earlier remember fondly the days when the puppy match was common, and fanciers gathered with other dog people for a relaxing day of what really amounted to training our puppies, and often...
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How a Breed Moves from AKC’s FSS to the Miscellaneous Class
How often do you see a breed of dog that you can’t quite identify? There are well over 300 recognized breeds of dogs in the world, and today it seems that American dog show enthusiasts are more likely than ever to come...
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AKC Point Schedule Divisions Due to Change in May 2012
For as long as most of us have been showing dogs, the AKC “Schedule of Points” used to calculate how many championship points are available was based on a three-year average of entries at dog shows within a particular group of states,...
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Grassroots Movement Begins in Reaction to Crufts Barring Dogs from Competition
On the evening of March 16, 2012, following the Crufts dog show, 320 fanciers gathered at the National Motorcycle Museum near the National Exhibition Center in Birmingham, England, to discuss the fallout from this year’s requirement that 15 “high-profile breeds” undergo veterinary...
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Who Runs the AKC Dog Sport? A Beginning Look at the AKC Delegates
If you’ve ever wondered who makes decisions about how our sport and our kennel club are run, the AKC delegate body is, technically speaking, the answer. Almost 5,000 American Kennel Club-affiliated clubs offer conformation, obedience, agility, hunting or other performance events, but...
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My Favorite Things: There’s No Place Else I’d Rather Be
One of my favorite things about being a dog owner was undiscovered by me until about eight years ago when I moved to California. It may sound like the simplest, most obvious thing in the world, but going for walks with my...
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Let’s Get the Louisville Party Started!
Photos by Christina Freitag The fun has begun at the 2012 Kentuckiana Cluster in Louisville. It commenced on Wednesday, March 14, with six big specialty shows, and the four all-breed shows begin today with the Mid-Kentucky Kennel Club. Every year Louisville, Ky.,...
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We Must Stand Together
Those of us who enjoy the avocation of owning, breeding and showing purebred dogs may never again hear a more pressing message than this: we must stand together and not allow internal battles to divide us, or we are destined to lose...
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Elizabeth Becomes the Crufts 'Queen for a Day'
Photos by Karl Donvil The Sunday evening festivities for Crufts opened in the National Exhibition Center in Birmingham, England, with the fanfare to which those in attendance have become accustomed. There was electricity in the air as spectators and exhibitors looked forward...
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Crufts: Changed For the Better?
As you’ve read here at Best in Show Daily over the past week, in our stories about the great Crufts event, the “world’s largest dog show” has been beloved by British dog fanciers and by the average man and woman on the...
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Raising Kane…to Become the Crufts 2012 Best in Show Judge
The judge assigned to select the 2012 Best in Show winner at Crufts, the world’s largest dog show, is Frank Kane, who hails from the north of England. Well-known to those in the British dog show world as a breeder, exhibitor, judge,...
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How Crufts Turned Into an International Show
Crufts, held each year in March in Great Britain, is billed as the world’s largest dog show, and most years that is, indeed, true. A time or two over the past half-dozen years, the entry at the FCI World Dog Show may...
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‘Dogs Decoded’: A Greater Bond Than We Ever Imagined
The February program at our kennel club meeting was a viewing of the PBS show, “Dogs Decoded.” Although an avid follower of research surrounding the canine-human bond, I had not seen this program. Now that I have, I want everyone who loves...
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Louisville, Here We Come!
For the past several years, the Kentuckiana Cluster of dog shows, held in Louisville, Ky., in March, have been America’s largest dog shows, with entries of 2,300 to over 2,900 dogs each day. The popularity of the cluster is warranted, and there’s...
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The International KC of Chicago Is an American Jewel
When dog shows first began, both in Europe and in the United States, almost all were benched shows. For the uninitiated, a benched dog show is one where all dogs entered are required to be in the show building and in a...
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Keep Those Pearly Whites – and Your Dogs – Healthy
I know that you know that keeping our dogs’ teeth clean is as important to their health as anything we do for them. But I was at my veterinarian’s office this week and noticed the poster for “National Pet Dental Health Month,”...
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Tuesday Night’s Westminster Finale
The Tuesday evening activities began at Madison Square Garden amid an air of eager anticipation. Three Group winners were left to be selected before the 2012 Best in Show winner would be crowned. Judge Terry Stacy officiated the first Group of the...
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Monday Night at Westminster Kennel Club 2012
The first night of judging at the 136th Westminster Kennel Club dog show on Monday, February 13, 2012, included the finals of the Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding Groups. Viewers of the television broadcast were no doubt delighted when the USA Network’s...
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Westminster Judge Is a Sentimental Soul
Judging the Non-Sporting Group at Westminster Kennel Club 2012 was one of the high points in Randy Garren’s life in purebred dogs. And when he stepped into the ring at Madison Square Garden on Monday night, he wasn’t the first person ever...
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‘Malachy’ Repeats 2011 Progressive Win
By Christi McDonald Photos by Krista Droop One of the first big rosettes of the Westminster weekend was handed out late Friday afternoon when judge Dennis McCoy awarded GCh. Palacegarden Malachy Best in Show at Progressive Toy Dog Club. Handled by David...
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The Top Best-in-Show-Winning Non-Sporting Dog of All Time
By Christi McDonald Editor’s note: Determining the top AKC winners in any category is an inexact science. We explain why in a companion article: Biggest BIS Winner Tough to Call.   Professional handlers Dennis McCoy and Randy Garren showed the white Standard Poodle, CH Whisperwind...
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The Top Best-in-Show-Winning Terrier of All Time
By Christi McDonald Editor’s note: Determining the top AKC winners in any category is an inexact science. We explain why in a companion article: Biggest BIS Winner Tough to Call.   Among the seven Groups, the contest for top Best-in-Show winner has...
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The Top Best-in-Show-Winning Toy of All Time
By Christi McDonald Editor’s note: Determining the top AKC winners in any category is an inexact science. We explain why in a companion article: “Biggest BIS Winner Tough to Call.” For many, many years, the Best in Show record in the Toy...
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Legends Lost: Two Extraordinary Brits Laid to Rest
By Christi McDonald The purebred dog world lost two of its brightest stars, both imports from the United Kingdom, when, in late October and early November 2011, the Kerry Blue Terrier, Eng. Am. Ch. Torum’s Scarf Michael, and the Norfolk Terrier bitch, Eng. Am....
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The Top Best-in-Show-Winning Working Dog of All Time
By Christi McDonald Editor’s note: Determining the top AKC winners in any category is an inexact science. We explain why in a companion article: Biggest BIS Winner Tough to Call. Only two Working dogs in history have won more than 100 all-breed...
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Dogs on the Walls
New York gallery mounts Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge exhibit. By Christi McDonald The William Secord Gallery, located in New York City, is a popular annual destination for many fanciers when they visit Manhattan in February each year for Westminster. Bill Secord is a...
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The Top Best-In-Show-Winning Hound of All Time
Editor’s note: Determining the top AKC winners in any category is an inexact science. We explain why in a companion article: Biggest BIS Winner Tough To Call. Only one Hound has ever won more than 100 all-breed Best in Shows – the...
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In Memory of Ric Chashoudian
Richard M. Chashoudian, professional handler, breeder, mentor, judge, writer and sculptor, passed away on Sept. 19, 2011, at the age of 80. Born in 1931, Ric got his first Airedale Terrier when he was just 12 years old. Registered Ric’s Lucky Boy,...
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Home Sweet Home
Madison Square Garden and the Westminster Kennel Club. By Christi McDonald Westminster Kennel Club is America’s second longest continuously held sporting event, after the Kentucky Derby. For all of its 135-year history, this classic event, now often referred to simply as “The Garden,”...
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The Top Best-in-Show-Winning Sporting Dog of All Time
Editor’s note: Determining the top AKC winners in any category is an inexact science. We explain why in a companion article: Biggest BIS Winner Tough To Call. The top Best In Show winning Sporting dog of all time is the Pointer bitch,...
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The Top Best-In-Show-Winning Dog of All Breeds of All Time
Editor’s note: Determining the top AKC winners in any category is an inexact science. We explain why in a companion article: Biggest BIS Winner Tough To Call. CH Altana’s Mystique is, to our knowledge, far and away the top Best-in-Show-winning Herding dog,...
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Where Are We Headed?
One of the topics most often discussed these days among hard-core dog show devotees is the future of our sport. Several years ago it was brought to our attention that AKC registrations were declining, and since then the subject of what can...
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Best in Show Daily Visits With Eleanor “Ellie” Goiffon
Interview by Christi McDonald It is our great pleasure to introduce Best In Show Daily readers to one of the many talented young people who are contributing to the sport of purebred dogs. Ellie Goiffon has been enjoying plenty of success with...
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Biggest BIS Winner Tough to Call
Much to the dismay of those who have sought to verify the records of the all-time top winners in the AKC conformation world, there is not a central location in the dog sport where win records are compiled and stored from the...
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