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 country’s Number 1 and Number 2 dogs among all breeds were competing.

Before that, however, I want to mention that last year’s Number 1 dog all breeds, German Wirehaired Pointer GCh. Mt. View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm, won his 100th all-breed Best in Show this past weekend, and I assume will now be officially retired. Owned by Victor Malzoni, ‘Oakley’ is of course handled by Phil Booth. The Best in Show win was under Keke Kahn at the Paper Cities KC in Rothschild, Wis.

On Wednesday and Thursday, Number 1 all breeds GCh. AfterAll Painting the Sky won both Houston All Terrier Club shows, both with entries at about 280, adding another 500 or so points to her total. At the end of May, the last official AKC statistics showed ‘Sky,’ handled by Gabriel Rangel for owners Victor Malzoni, Torie Steele, Diane Ryan, and Scott and Mary Olund, ahead of the Portuguese Water Dog, GCh. Claircreek Impression De Matisse, by 10,937. But with big numbers in Texas, ‘Matisse’ had a chance to cut that lead by a significant amount. On Thursday Matisse, owned by Milan Lint, Peggy Helming and Donna Gottdenker, and handled by Michael Scott, won the Texas Working Dog Association of Houston show, entry, 268.

Friday at Houston KC is when the real competition between the two began. Chuck Trotter awarded Matisse the Group First from an impressive field that included the Number 3 Working dog, Standard Schnauzer GCh. Blackhawk Finnegan’s Wake, and Number 4 Working dog, GCh. Longo Miller N Lore’s Diamond Lil, the black Great Dane handled by Laura Coomes. Indeed the Dane was second and the Schnauzer fourth in the Group, with Newfoundland GCh. Darbydale’s All That and More third, handled by Kim Griffith for owners Kathy Kemp and Gigi Griffith.

Polly Smith awarded Sky the Terrier Group. The Hound Group under Jane Forsyth went to Number 2 Hound GCh. Downhome HiTech Innovator, handled by Susie Olivera, and the Herding Group under Beverly Capstick to Number 1 Herding dog, the Old English GCh. Bugaboo’s Picture Perfect, breeder/owner-handled by Colton Johnson. Number 4 Toy GCh. Yakee Easily Persuaded, the Peke handled by David Fitzpatrick, was Randy Garren’s Group winner, Number 1 Bulldog GCh. Mytoys Epic Against the Wind was Virginia Lyne’s winner, handled by owner Dennis Scott, and Kristin Lyons owner-handled English Cocker Ch. Foxwoods Dublin Diva to the Sporting Group win under Pat Trotter.

From the entry of 2,379 Dr. Bob Smith made Matisse the Best in Show winner, with Sky Reserve BIS.

On Saturday at Beaumont KC another match-up between Matisse and Sky was not to be, as judge Robert Shreve awarded the Portie second in the Group to the Dane bitch. Sky more than made up for Matisse’s Friday gain when she won the Group under Randy Garren and was Best in Show under Chuck Trotter.

Other Group winners were the Number 2 Sporting dog GCh. Clussexx Collaboration With Traddles, the Clumber handled by Jorge Olivera, under Houston Clark; Number 5 Hound GCh. Sandstorm Blue Niles Bubbles of Jatara, handled by Erin Roberts, under judge Dana Cline; David Fitzpatrick and the Peke under Virginia Lyne; Number 7 Non-Sporting dog, Bichon GCh. Saks Winning Card, handled by Scott Sommer, under Jane Forsyth; and Number 6 Herding dog GCh. Wolf Creek Galaxy of Merivern, handled by Scott Yergin, under Polly Smith. The Pekingese was Reserve Best in Show.

Then on Sunday at Galveston County KC, judge Bob Black squelched Sky’s chances to make any further gains when she was second in the Group to Skye Terrier Ch. Cragsmoor Good Time Charlie, handled by Larry Cornelius for Victor Malzoni, Matt Stander and Gene Zaphiris. Matisse won his Group under Robin Stansell, and both the Saluki and the Peke repeated their Group wins under Toddie Clark, as did the Old English Sheepdog, under Houston Clark. Number 9 Sporting dog (again through the end of May), Pointer GCh. Chesterhope State of T’ Art, won her Group under Linda Riedel, and Number 3 in the Non-Sporting Group, Standard Poodle Ch. Dawin Hearts on Fire, was Chuck Winslow’s winner handled by Sarah Perchick.

Chuck Winslow also judged Best in Show and made Matisse two-for-three for the weekend, with the Peke again Reserve BIS. Sunday’s entry was 2,371. Best In Show Daily’s in-house statistician, Billy Wheeler, estimates that Sky still has a lead of fewer than 9,000 points, but that’s a lot of catching up to do for the Portie.

Billy gives you a synopsis of all the results from the weekend, as usual, on his Dog Show Poop.