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 West Bend, Wis., this past weekend.
The entry on Saturday at the Washington County Fairgrounds was 1,159. Anne Savory Bolus judged Best in Show, selecting Russell Terrier GCh. Goldsand’s Columbus as her winner. ‘Bosse’ is creating records in the ring this year that I imagine will stand for quite some time. The Swedish import, handled by Allison Sunderman for owners Mark Ulrich and Christina Areskough, has been covered in Fancy That on numerous occasions this year, of course, as he wins big prizes across America.
In the breed’s first year of recognition, Bosse was the first of his breed to win a Best in Show – followed fairly quickly by several more – earned two Group placements, including one first, during the big Montgomery County Terrier weekend, then, in February this year, placed fourth in the Group at Westminster. That’s just the tip of the iceberg because now he stands as the Number 6 dog among all breeds in the U.S. with 10 Best in Shows and 40 Group wins through May 31. It’s hard to imagine that any single dog of a new breed has ever come even remotely close to accomplishing what this little trooper has done in the breed’s first 12 months of recognition. Congratulations to all concerned.
Anne’s Reserve BIS winner on Saturday was judge Desi Murphy’s Toy Group winner, Chinese Crested GCh. Dejavu I Want’a Talk About Me. Bred by Karla Matlock, Ann Freeman and Sharon Jacobson, and owned by Roy and Joann Kusumoto, ‘Toby’ recently came from a successful run on the West Coast to the Midwest to be campaigned by Daryl Martin. He was the Number 1 Crested and Number 7 Toy dog in 2012 and remains Number 1 in the breed so far this year.
Sporting dog specialist Marjorie Martorella oversaw Group One, and her winner was the Vizsla, GCh. Jakra’s Simply Savvy. This appears to be the first Group win for ‘Selma,’ who turned 2 years old in February, and is bred and owned by Debra Pedersen and Jak Koch. Her great granddam, the National Specialty and Best in Show-winning Am. Can. Int. Ch. Kizmar Caveat Spellbound, was a daughter of my all-time favorite Vizsla, Ch. Russet Leather Caveat Calla. ‘Calla’ was shown by Diana Ball, and later by Andy Linton, to multiple Best in Shows and specialty wins, then produced two more generations of BIS-winning Vizsla bitches, Spellbound and granddaughter Ch. Kizmar Pagliacci Simply Witchy, both of whom won multiple top awards. We’ll have to wait and see if Selma can add to this record.
Carlos Puig’s Longhaired Dachshund, GCh. Hundeleben Queen’s Armada SL, was the Hound Group winner under Richard Hilderman. ‘Cheese’ won 48 Groups and eight Best in Shows to finish 2012 as the Number 8 Hound. He’s not being campaigned quite as hard this year, but maintains his standing as Number 1 Dachshund all coat varieties through May. Carlos has, of course, handled quite a string of winning Longhaired Dachshunds. Cheese’s dam ‘Morgan,’ Ch. Solo’s Drag Queen SL, owned and handled by Carlos and bred by Paula Carter, is the top-winning bitch in breed history and won six Best in Shows. Morgan’s sire, Ch. Homars Havana Joe L, was shown by Carlos to Number 1 LHD, with three BIS, in 2002. Cheese’s sire, Ch. Homar’s Solo Aviator, was a multiple BIS winner and Number 1 Longhair in 2008, owned and handled by Carlos. Ch. Pramada’s Curmudgeon L, grandsire to both Morgan and Solo Aviator (and sire of Havana Joe), was the first LH Dachshund to win the Group at Westminster, which he did in 1998, and was also a multiple BIS winner, handled by Carlos.
Cheese is owned by Patrice Stephens, Kaileigh Gonzalez and Carlos, and was bred by Carlos and Wayne Heikes. Patrice owned Havana Joe and Curmudgeon as well.
Clay Coady’s Working Group winner was Giant Schnauzer GCh. Nightline Viking at Tanglewood. Bred by Deborah Wiebe and Ed Fojtik, ‘Thor’ is owned by Chris and Jean Erath and Ed, who shows him. Ed won the Giant Schnauzer Club of America award for top owner-handled dog in 2010 with Thor’s sire ‘James,’ Ch. Tanglewood’s Licensed to Kill. James is a grandson of the well-known Russian dog multi-Ch. Gloris Arizona Bill, sire of, among others, the 2008 U.S. Top Dog among all breeds, Ch. Galilee’s Pure of Spirit, handled by Taffe McFadden for owners Mary Hayes, and Joe and Carla Sanchez, bred by Mary Hayes and Maryann Bisceglia.
Carlos Puig was also the handler on the Non-Sporting Group winner under judge Richard Miller, Boston Terrier GCh. Gunther’s Gussied Up Edna. ‘Edna’ is bred and owned by Brook Berth and also owned by Andy and Jack McIlwaine. Brook shows Edna herself on occasion, and had the lead when she won the National Specialty in May. Through the end of May, Edna has won 13 Groups. She was a multiple BIS winner last year – the only Boston to win a top award last year – and won her first Best for 2013 on June 22. It’s so nice to see a bitch of this breed do well, as we don’t often see Bostons winning Groups, and certainly not Best in Shows. If you haven’t seen Edna in person, you can see many lovely photos of her on her Facebook page.
The Herding Group winner under judge David Bolus has appeared in Fancy That in the past. GCh. Spiritwood’s Gandalf The Blue, bred and owned by Sheila and Jim Larsen, and handled by Mark Bettis, is the Number 1 Beardie and Number 11 Herding dog through May. Like last year’s Number 1 Beardie, GCh. Dunhill Celebration, ‘Gunner’ is sired by the top-winning Bearded Collie of all time, GCh. Tolkien Raintree Mister Baggins, handled by Cliff Steele to Number 1 Herding dog in 2010 and Number 1 Beardie 2009 through 2011. (‘Roy’ was Number 3 Herding dog in 2009 and Number 2 in 2011.) How amazing to find that each year since Roy surrendered the top spot in the breed his offspring have occupied it. Cliffie also shows Dunhill Celebration, better known as ‘Olivia,’ who is bred and owned by Ray and Kathy Harrington, and Carolyn O’Neil. Roy was bred by Lesley Woodcock, Robert Lamm, and Larry and Angela Stein, and owned by Ellen Charles, Sue Ross and his breeders.
On Sunday at the second Kettle Moraine show, the entry was 1,119, and judge Clay Coady made Russell Terrier Bosse the Best in Show winner again.
Reserve Best in Show went to Anne Bolus’ Hound Group selection, Saluki Ch. Aurora’s The Song and Dance Man. Bred by Jay Stone, Carol Waymire and Barbara Wright, ‘Sammy D’ is owned by Gene Blake and Julie Mueller and handled by Gene. Gene, of course, handled numerous top-winning Hounds during his career as a professional handler, and he also showed Sammy D’s sire ‘Tyler Joe,’ Ch. Aurora’s Walk This Way. Bred by Nancy Bodine and owned by Julie, Tyler Joe is a son, by 22-year-old frozen semen, of Am. Can. Ch. Karim Zahab Al Bokay. ‘Karim’ was bred by Bob and Kathy Clemenson, owned by Julie and handled by Gene. Karim won four National Specialties, three from the Veterans class, as well as 196 Group Firsts and 30 all-breed Best in Shows. He was Number 10 among all breeds in 1982, for many years the only Saluki ever to be ranked among the nation’s Top 10. (In 1999 Karen Black breeder/owner-handled the lovely cream Saluki bitch, Ch. Sundown Alabaster Treasure, to a spot in the Top 10 of all breeds.) Karim was Number 1 Saluki for five years, 1981 through 1984 and in 1986.
Tyler Joe was the only puppy produced from that breeding to Karim, but Julie and Gene were undoubtedly happy to have him at all. He became a multiple Group and all-breed Best in Show winner before sharing the limelight with his son in 2011. Both dogs were among the breed’s Top 10 that year with multiple Group wins, and in 2012 and so far in 2013 Sammy D is the top male Saluki in the country and a multiple Best in Show winner.
In the Sporting Group, Paula Nykiel’s winner was English Cocker GCh. Dawnglow Knight Rider. Handled by owner Elizabeth Neff, the black dog is co-owned by breeder Sandy LaFlamme and co-bred by Beth Hendrick and Celie Florence. His dam, ‘Tiffany,’ Ch. Dawnglow Legally Blonde, was a multiple Group and Specialty Best in Show winner in 2007. Her pedigree traces to the two important sires, both red, Ch. Canterbury’s Golden Touch, sire of 34 champions, and his sire, the English import Ch. Lochranza Touching Wood, sire of 15 champions.
Marjorie Martorella chose Bernese Mountain Dog GCh. Wyndrift’s Steal Your Heart Away as the Working Group winner. ‘Ziva’ is bred, owned and handled by Tracey and Chan Keith. She placed in the Bred-by-Exhibitor Group at AKC/Eukanuba in 2011, but I believe this is her first Group win… job well done to her owner-handler! Ziva also has rally and obedience titles after her name, so her family is obviously having a great time with her.
In the Toy Group, judge Diane Malenfant awarded first to Brussels Griffon Ch. Fist Face A Penny For Your Thought. ‘Penny’ is not just winning in the show ring, she’s done well in the whelping box too. In February she whelped four puppies, three boys and a girl, then got her figure back to become a multiple Group winner. She’s bred by Rodney and Linda Vance, owned by Diane Burvee and handled by Paul Catterson, who also showed her sire, the incomparable Ch. Cillene Masquerade, Number 5 among all breeds in 2008. Paul handled ‘Lincoln’ to top-winning Brussels Griffon of all time with 70 Best in Shows and a Group win at Westminster in 2009.
The chemistry that Paul and Lincoln shared, and the little smooth guy’s zest for life and pure joy at being in the ring made it all the harder when, in September 2010, Billy Wheeler shared the sad news on Dog Show Poop that Lincoln had died suddenly after a diagnosis of encephalitis. As unbearable as that loss must have been for his breeder, Denise Barney, owners Mamie and Evalyn Gregory, and Harlow and Anne Jahelka, and Paul, I know they’re grateful to have some of his offspring, and the fact that Penny is not just winning, but has produced offspring herself, must ease the pain just a bit.
Dawn Vick Hansen judged the Non-Sporting Group, and her winner was Dalmatian GCh. Folklore Celtic Crossfire Trail. ‘Rafe’ is handled by Dave Slattum for breeder/owners Diana Skibinski, and Jim and Michelle Boyd, and co-owner Robert Skibinski. Just 2 years old, Rafe finished his championship at 10 months of age with a Best in Specialty Show win and is already an all-breed Best in Show winner. He’s currently the Number 1 male Dal.
The Herding Group, judged by Edy Dykstra-Blum, went to Belgian Sheepdog GCh. Bonntymes Keepin It Real at Devine. ‘Hondo’ was bred by Bonnie Leonard and Lorra Miller, and is owned by Bonnie with Sue Manier. A multiple Group winner this year, he is a son of the French import, Am. Can. Ch. Osage de la Fureur du Crepuscule, bred by Jean Marc Loison and owned by Kate Kinnane and Elaine Hawks. ‘Osage’ won an Award of Merit at the 2012 National from the Veterans class, and has produced more than a dozen American champions, including the 2012 National Specialty and all-breed Best in Show winner GCh. Uri de Beauvoir.
For more on what happened at shows across the U.S. this past weekend visit Billy Wheeler on Dog Show Poop.