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 judge Dana Cline selected the beautiful little Boston Terrier bitch, GCh. Gunther’s Gussied Up Edna, as the Best in Show winner. As I mentioned in Fancy That back on July 1 when reporting on another Wisconsin weekend, ‘Edna’ was the only Best in Show winner in her breed last year, and that remains true this year. She was Number 13 in the Group rankings through the end of June. Bred and owned by Brook Berth, who occasionally shows her, Edna is also owned by Andy and Jack McIlwaine, and handled by Carlos Puig. Wayne Bousek gave her the Group.
Howard Huber won the Sporting Group under Judith Brown with English Springer Spaniel Ch. Cerise Dixieland Dutchess, owned by Ann Summerfelt, Dottie Cherry and Kathy Kirk. Bred by Dottie and Kathy, ‘Dutchess’ is a granddaughter, through her dam Ch. Cerise Barefoot Contessa, of ‘James,’ Ch. Felicity’s Diamond Jim, the 2006 Number 2 among all breeds and 2007 Westminster Best in Show winner, handled by Kellie FitzGerald for owners Teresa and Allen Patton, Ruth Dehmel and Diana Hadsall.
The McIlwaines’ also won the Hound Group, under Doug Johnson, and Reserve BIS with Otterhound GCh. Aberdeen’s Under the Influence. ‘Dui’ has been featured previously in Fancy That and is currently the Number 11 Hound and winner of 10 Groups and two BIS through June this year. He’s bred and owned by Jack, Andy and Jason McIlwaine, and handled by Jason.
Pat Hastings’ Working Group winner, Doberman Pinscher Ch. Cambria’s Vraiment Parfait, will, I suspect, be featured here many times in the future. The red bitch was bred by Cambria, Ann Ramsbottom-White and Jim White, and is handled by Ann for owners Karen Thompson, Ann Wulbrecht and Glen Lajeski, who co-owned her with Ann and Jim.
‘Zsa Zsa’ was Best in Sweepstakes at the 2012 DPCA Regional, followed by a Grand Futurity win and Best of Winners at the National Specialty to finish her championship. She comes by her quality naturally; her maternal great-grandmother is Ch. Cambria’s Victoria Secret, the 2008 Number 2 Working dog and Group Second at the Garden in 2007, handled by Ann for Tony and Sheila DiNardo. Zsa Zsa is a paternal granddaughter of the great Ch. Cambria’s Cactus Cash, the top Doberman sire in breed history and in 2001, 2003 and 2004 the top sire among all breeds. ‘Eddie’ sired 155 champions that include numerous Best in Show winners and Number 1 Dobermans, among them the 2003 Number 1 Working dog Ch. Blue Chip Purple Reign, the black bitch handled by Kelly Marquis, and the 2001 Number 2 Working dog Ch. Legend’s Hot Fudge v Deco, also a black bitch, handled by Gwen DeMilta. I was fortunate to have known Eddie personally, and he was not only a truly amazing sire, he was a wonderful dog to be around and a beautiful Doberman Pinscher.
In the Terrier Group, Ekarat Sangkunakup found for first the Miniature Bull Terrier Ch. Amchara Roc Ur World, handled by Carlos Puig for Karen Toland. Bred by Betty McCreight, Julie Grider and Terry Russo, the white dog was BOB at Westminster in 2010 handled by Jeff Lawrence and was a Group winner in 2009.
Terry Lyddon judged the Toy Group, awarding first to Smooth Coat Chihuahua GCh. Koniki’s Queen Of De Nile 4 Bellachi. Bred by Connie Mitchell and owned by Kelee Hirn-Sheppard and Susan Molash, the black and white bitch was Best of Opposite at Chihuahua Club of America earlier this year. She is ranked in breed points but not yet in Group systems, so perhaps this is the beginning of a nice career for her.
Mark Bettis won the Herding Group with Beardie GCh. Spiritwoods Gandalf The Blue, bred and owned by Sheila and Jim Larsen. ‘Gunner’ is just one of several top-winning offspring of the top-winning Beardie of all time GCh. Tolkien Raintree Mister Baggins. ‘Roy’ was, of course, handled to Number 1 Herding dog in 2010, Number 2 in 2011 by Cliff Steele.
On Sunday Dana Cline awarded the Doberman bitch another Group First and Edarat Sangunakup made her Best in Show. Reserve went to Pat Hastings’ Herding Group winner, Bearded Collie Ch. Spiritwood’s A Dream Is A Wish. You’ll notice that Saturday’s Herding Group winner also bears the Spiritwood kennel prefix… Both dogs are bred and owned by Sheila Larsen. In fact, as it turns out the two are littermates!
Dui the Otterhound won the Hound Group under Neena Van Camp, and Boston Edna took another Non-Sporting Group, this one under Terri Lyddon.
Jamie Hubbard’s Sporting Group winner was American Water Spaniel GCh. Waterway Game CRK Hot Diggity, another who has been featured in Fancy That in the past. Linda Hattrem breeder/owner-handles ‘Digger,’ co-bred and owned by Jon Hattrem and Pamela Boyer. John Boyer also co-owns him. Digger is the biggest-winning American Water Spaniel in many years, with 15 Group wins and a Best in Show through June, but a few years ago the Hattrem/Boyer team had another multiple Group and BIS winner, Ch. Waterway-Game CRK Mare-Z Dotes. She won her first Best in Show and two Groups in 2004, then went on to be Number 1 American Water Spaniel in 2005 and 2007, in the latter year winning seven Groups and another Best. During that same time period, Ch. Game CRK-Waterway Kylends Joyia was also a Group winner, a seeming rarity in this breed, but not as rare when these folks join forces!
In the Terrier Group, Bob Black made Russell Terrier GCh. Goldsand’s Columbus, the winner, handled by Allison Sunderman for owners Mark Ulrich and Christina Areskough. Everyone knows ‘Bosse’ by now, the Swedish import who has taken America by storm and set records for this new-to-AKC breed that I suspect will stand for many years to come. Through June he was Number 2 Terrier (by a nice margin) with an amazing 52 Group wins and 13 BIS.
George Milutinovich awarded the Toy Group to Pug GCh. Hill Country’s Tag I’m It. ‘J.J.’ is handled, of course, by Barry Clothier for Carolyn Koch, and Kristy and Kevin Ratliff bred him. He’s the Number 3 Toy, with seven BIS and 36 Group Firsts through June, and he won the Pug National last fall. He also placed in a very competitive Toy Group at Westminster in February this year.
As of today Billy Wheeler is on hiatus from Best In Show Daily for a while, but you can, of course, always find out the details of what happened at the dog shows at his Dog Show Poop blog.