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 Obispo Kennel Club shows this past weekend.

San Luis Obispo sits on the California coastline, about halfway between the San Francisco Bay area and Los Angeles in the central California wine country, with the Santa Lucia mountains to its east and the Pacific Ocean to its west. The San Luis Obispo KC shows are held about 30 miles north of SLO in Paso Robles.

Entries this year came in at around 1,000 dogs each day. Best in Show both days, under judges Ginny Lyne, from Canada, and Dennis McCoy, went to the white Standard Poodle bitch GCh. Brighton Lakeridge Encore, handled by Tim Brazier for Toni and Martin Sosnoff. I wrote about ‘Ally’ back in August when I told readers about how she began her career with a Best of Breed from the classes at the Poodle Club of America National Specialty in 2010, but didn’t get to her pedigree, which is as impressive as her career has been.

Ally’s sire, Ch. Ale Kai Mikimoto On Fifth won two Groups at Westminster, the National Specialty in 2002 and was the Number 1 Non-Sporting dog in 2002 and 2003. Her dam, Ch. Brighton Curtain Call, called ‘Allison,’ was a multiple Best in Show winner, also shown by Timmy. Both Mikimoto and Allison are by Ch. Lake Cove That’s My Boy, the top Best-in-Show-winning Non-Sporting dog of all time. Is it any wonder she’s had such a successful career?

The weekend’s back-to-back Best in Show winner is a double-granddaughter of Ch. Lake Cove That’s My Boy, the top Best-in-Show-winning Non-Sporting dog of all time. Photo by Missy Yuhl.

The same day I wrote about Ally back in August, I also mentioned what I labeled the “magnificent three,” the Irish Water Spaniel litter sisters bred by Stacy Duncan and Colleen McDaniel that are Number 1, 2 and 3 in the breed this year, all multiple Group winners and two of them Best in Show winners. When GCh. Whistlestop’s Fire and Ice won the National this year, her sisters both earned Awards of Merit.

GCh. Whistle Stop’s Wind on the Water, called ‘Bella,’ won the Sporting Group in California on Saturday. She is owned by Michelle Cummings and handled by Amy Rutherford. The girls are sired by GCh. Poole’s Ide Got Water, ‘Keegan,’ out of Ch. Whistle Stop’s The Wind Moriah, who was the top IWS dam in 2010 with six champions. Keegan was the Number 1 IWS in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and the Number 6 Sporting dog in 2010, when he was second in the Group at Westminster. Keegan was bred by Greg Siner and owner-handled by Stacy Duncan. What a family! Of course there have been many Best in Show Poole’s Ide IWSs.

It makes sense that this late in the year, many of the dogs that I’m writing about have been mentioned previously in Fancy That. The Hound Group winner, GCh. Jasiri-Sukari Win Tin Tin actually appeared in the very first Fancy That back in July, after he won the Basenji National Specialty, breeder/owner-handled by Julie Jones who co-owns and co-bred him with her sister, Kathy, and Ming Kok Chua of Singapore. ‘Winston,’ who won Saturday’s Hound Group, is out of one of the seven all-breed BIS winners Julie and Kathy have bred – yes, I said seven! – Ch. Jasiri-Sukari Congo Leezza-Rice. ‘Leezza’ was always handled by Julie and Kathy, and was the great-granddaughter of the beautiful ‘Juri,’ Dual Ch. Jasiri’s Jurrassic Bark, who was the dam of nine champions, including Group and BIS winners.

The Basenji Sisters, as they are fondly known in California, have been a fixture at West Coast dog shows for many years. I never cease to be amazed at what they’ve accomplished. Not only have they bred nine American BIS winners, but Jasiri-Sukari Basenjis – four different ones – have also won Best in Shows in Japan, France, Spain and Canada. These hard-working women are as devoted to their breed as anyone I’ve ever known, and are equally devoted to the sport of showing dogs.

The Working Group winner, Great Pyrenees GCh. Karolaska Tor Hermes of Shadowrun, is bred by John Parke and Carol Kentopp and owned by John with Kathleen and Tom Matheson. ‘Biscuit’ is out of one of the 2011 top dams in the breed, Ch. Karolaska Back to the Future, who had three champions last year. Another of Biscuit’s littermates, Ch. Karolaska Tor Ruby of Shadowrun, has also finished and had multiple Group placements.

GCh. Friendship Hill Stars and Stripes was the Terrier Group winner. The Scottie, owned by Peggy Browne and Patti Gallatin and handled by Amy Rutherford, is from parents that both made their marks in the show ring. His sire, Ch. Friendship Hill Dr. Watson, was a multiple Group and BIS winner, handled by the Green Team, and won the National at Montgomery County in 2001. Dam Ch. Grampian’s Irene Adler was the Number 1 Scottie and Number 7 Terrier in 2006 and won eight Best in Shows, also handled by Amy.

It makes sense, doesn’t it, that Group and Best in Show winners would beget Group and Best in Show winners? Still, I continue to be surprised that I can look at the winners week after week and trace them back to other big winners, and every week as I progress through the Group winners at any given shows, I’m surprised to keep finding other Group and BIS winners behind them!

The Pomeranian that won the Toy Group, GCh. CR Chase What Matters, is owned by Margo Koga, handled by Noble Inglett and bred by Robert and Celeste Solano. ‘Chase’ is a son of the Best in Show winner Am. Can. Thai Ch. CR Tuff Guy of Isabella, also bred by the Solanos and handled as a special by Curtiss Smith. ‘Macho’ finished his championship in one weekend from the Bred-by class when he was just 6½ months old. As an adult he won five Best in Shows and a nice collection of Groups, and Curtiss also handled him to win the American Pomeranian Club Top 20.

And winning the Herding Group was the Australian Cattle Dog GCh. Carben Copy’s If The Shoe Fits, owned by Joyce Rowland, Dee McNeil and Kelli Watkins, bred by Heather Warn and Tracy Carlton, and handled by Kim Griffith. ‘Brick,’ also Reserve BIS on Saturday, became the first ACD to place in a Group at AKC/Eukanuba when he was third in 2010.

Kim Griffith has handled, and Joyce Rowland has owned, the Number 1 Australian Cattle dog for at least the past 10 years. I say “at least” because I suspect that it’s been even longer than that, but that’s as far back as I have records! Even in breeds where one or two handlers, breeders or owners dominate, I don’t think it’s very often that one handler/owner team manages to stay on top every single year for that long. Brick has been Number 1 since 2010, and prior to that Kim and his wife Gigi handled Ch. Reddenblu’s Look Again, Ch. Reddenblu’e Howdya Like Me Now and Ch. Reddenblu’s XFile Agent to the top spots.

On Sunday the Pyr, the Basenji, the Pom and the Australian Cattle Dog, along with the Poodle, all repeated their Group wins. IWS Bella had to be content with a second behind English Setter GCh. Palisades B52, owned by Mary Martha Dorward and bred by Dean and Sandy Miller, Cheryl Heithaus and Brenda Fischer. ‘Bomber,’ who is handled by Carlos Carrizo, is sired by the Group winner Am. Can. Ch. Honeygait Wilsonlake On The Rocks, a son of the 2005 Number 1 English Setter and Number 7 Sporting dog Ch. Colthouse Millennium Man, who was handled by Candy Carswell.

English Setter Ch. Colthouse Millennium Man was the Number 7 Sporting dog in 2005, handled by Candy Carswell.

Saturday’s blue ribbon winning Scottie also stood second in the Group on Sunday, behind Lakeland Terrier GCh. Hi-Kel Terrydale Fortune In My Eyes. Bred and owned by Maripi Wooldridge, Jennifer Stevens, Alex Geremia and Felicia Cashin, this bitch is the daughter of Ch. Hi-Kel Terrydale Fortune Seeker. He is from a repeat breeding of Ch. Wyndam Aces High to Ch. Hi-Kel Terrydale Molly Fortune, which produced the 2008 and 2009 Number 3 Terrier, Ch. Hi-Kel Terrydale Soldier of Fortune, who was handled by Scott Sommer for Ceil Ruggles, Beth Dowd, Carol Dowd and Maripi and Jennifer. These pedigrees have indeed produced a “fortune” in good Lakelands for fanciers across the country. Fortune In My Eyes, who is just beginning her career, is handled by the Wornall team.

The Pomeranian was Reserve BIS on Sunday.

You can find complete results from the weekend at Best In Show Daily’s Dog Show Results or get the details as well as Billy Wheeler’s popular commentary on his blog. I’ll be back next Monday with more!