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 from the shows, and I’ll cover what happened in Enumclaw, Wash., where entries at the back-to-back Olympic Kennel Club shows exceeded 2,000, something we don’t see often enough today.

On Saturday Terry Stacy judged Best in Show and selected the current Number 1 Terrier, GCh. Afterall Painting the Sky, from an entry of 2,257. ‘Sky’ is a rarity, as a ginger Wire Fox Terrier has seldom achieved anything even close to what she has done the past couple of years. She earned her championship in 2010 with Winners Bitch at the penultimate event for her breed, Wire Fox Terrier Club of the Central States, and won her final five-point major by going Best of Breed from the classes at Great Western All Terrier in June that year. Before she began her specials career, handler Gabriel Rangel took her to Paris for the World Show in July 2011. She was Best of Breed from an entry of 108 Wires, then won the Terrier Group, besting an entry of 1,897 Terriers.

Afterall Painting the Sky at the World Show 2011 in Paris, where she won the Terrier Group, handled by Gabriel Rangel.

Sky is currently Number 8 among all breeds, with 16 all-breed Best in Shows and 51 Groups through July. In May she went back to WFTC of the Central States and was Best of Breed, and in June won back-to-back Best in Shows at Great Western. No doubt there is much more to come from this lovely Wire bitch.

Sky won the Terrier Group again on Sunday, but Best in Show under Gloria Kerr from the entry of 2,281 went to the Irish Water Spaniel GCh. Whistlestop’s Fire & Ice. ‘Annah,’ breeder/owner-handled by Stacy Duncan, won the National Specialty this year, and on August 6 Fancy That reported that her litter sister, GCh. Whistlestop’s Riley On Fire, had won the Group in Virginia. Colleen McDaniel co-bred the “magnificent three” with Stacy; both Annah and ‘Riley’ are BIS winners, and along with sister GCh. Whistlestop’s Wind on the Water, the three girls occupy the Number 1, 2 and 3 spots among the top Irish Water Spaniels this year. Wow!

Reserve BIS winner both days was the Tim Brazier-handled white Standard Poodle GCh. Brighton Lakeridge Encore. There is so much that can be written about ‘Ally,’ starting with the fact that she won Best of Variety at Poodle Club of America in 2010 from the classes, and went on to Best of Breed under breeder-judge Hans Brunotte. The very next weekend, she began her specials career and, as a move-up, won her first all-breed Best in Show. In her first 23 appearances as a special in 2010, Ally won 23 Group Firsts and 14 Best in Shows. The next year she was the Top Non-Sporting dog. And that just touches the tip of the iceberg on her story! No doubt at a later point this year I’ll tell you all about her pedigree.

Brighton Lakeridge Encore was Best of Breed from the classes at Poodle Club of America in 2010, handled by Tim Brazier.

Now to the rest of Saturday’s winners. The Sporting Group was won by the Weimaraner, GCh. Silhouettes Lifeinthefastlane, handled by Keith Pautz. ‘Jimmie’ won the National Specialty in 2011. His great-grandsire, Ch. Colsidex Standing Ovation, won multiple Best in Shows and, twice as a veteran, won the National Specialty. More importantly, he is the breed’s all-time top sire, with 148 champions, including several BIS winners and 28 Weimaraner Club of America Futurity winners. Jimmie’s grandsire, a son of Standing Ovation, sired 53 champions, with multiple BIS winners in the U.S. and four BIS winners in Australia.

Saturday’s Hound Group winner was Borzoi GCh. Aashtoria Wildhunt Hidden Agenda. ‘Casper’ was the National Specialty winner in 2012. His great-grandfather, Ch. Majenkir Sandstone, is the first Majenkir dog that shows up in his pedigree. I don’t know that there is a more interesting story in dogs than that of Karen Staudt-Cartabona’s Majenkir Borzoi. Karen herself has bred more than 350 champions, and her line is based largely on Louis Murr’s Ch. Vigow of Romanoff, one of the top dogs of all breeds in 1936 and 1937, and winner of 21 Best in Shows, a record that has never been broken.

Vigow’s background included stock that had been imported from Russia, the breed’s country of origin, prior to the 1917 revolution. Today, taking the story full circle, pedigrees around the world have been built on the Majenkir lines, including those in modern-day Russia.

The Working Group winner both days was the Standard Schnauzer GCh. Charisma Maxim von Diable. ‘Max’ is a grandson of another of my all-time favorite Working dogs, Trevor and Connie Adel’s Ch. Charisma Jailhouse Rock, the top-winning Standard Schnauzer of all time. ‘Rocky,’ handled by Brenda Combs, was the Number 1 Working dog and Number 2 among all breeds in 2001, and won two Group Firsts at Westminster, as well as four National Specialties.

What’s really cool is that Max’s sire, Ch. Charisma Café Diable, was the Adels’ first top-winning Standard, back in the late 1970s. Of course they used frozen semen to get Max. ‘Diable’ provided a strong foundation for many of today’s successful Standard Schnauzer kennels.

Standard Schnauzer Ch. Charisma Café Diable.

Winning the Toy Group Saturday was Min Pin GCh. Brackley My Amazing Warrior. ‘Paxton’ was the 2012 National Specialty winner. He has a full brother from an earlier breeding, GCh. Brackley He’s My Warrior, that was a three-time all-breed Best in Show winner. The Ch. Reh-Pin’s Ultimate Warrior v Brackley x Ch. Brackley Girl About Town was obviously a successful match.

Belgian Tervuren GCh. Sky Acres Flying Solo won the first Herding Group. Breeder/owner-handler Michelle Edling has bred numerous Best in Show winners in a breed that doesn’t win that many top awards, and she’s also bred multiple National Specialty winners, including ‘Solo’s’ dam, Ch. Sky Acres Piper Pawnee, who was the American Belgian Tervuren Club BOB winner in 2004.

The Hound Group winner on Sunday was Norwegian Elkhound GCh. Vin-Melca The Norseman. His great-grandmother, Ch. Vin-Melca’s Marketta, was among the country’s top Hounds during her career and won two Westminster Group Firsts, in 1994 and 1995, breeder/owner-handled by Pat Craige Trotter. ‘Marketta’s’dam, Ch. Vin-Melca’s Calista, also won two Hound Groups at the Garden, handled by Pat, in 1989 and 1990.

On day two in Enumclaw, the Toy Group winner was Pug GCh. Caper’s Sirius Endeavor. ‘Rufus’ was the breed’s first Gold, then Platinum, grand champion and won the National Specialty in 2009 under Mr. Edd Bivin. His paternal grandsire, Ch. Kendoric’s Tokin Ticket, is also the sire of the 2006 Westminster Group winner Ch. Kendoric’s Riversong Mulroney.

The Herding Group winner on Sunday was Old English Sheepdog GCh. Cottonwood Man in the Moon. ‘Nelson’ is breeder/owner-handled by Diana Caswell and is from at least seven generations of Bob and Diana’s breeding. What’s even more extraordinary is that seven generations behind Nelson, his Cottonwood-bred ancestors have been OFAd and have been good or excellent. It is terrific to find breeders who are so diligent about health testing.

Of course, lots more exciting things happened at shows around the country this past weekend, and you can read all about them on Billy Wheeler’s Dog Show Poop blog. I’ll be back next Monday with more tidbits about the coming week’s winners.