CH Goldsand's Columbus,

CH Goldsand’s Columbus,
the only Russell Terrier to win an AKC BIS.

As our Top Ten Dogs close in on the last quarter of the season, we are seeing a crop of newcomers joining them. AKC’s newest breed, the Russell Terrier, became eligible for competition on June 27th this year, and on July 7th at the Ann Arbor Kennel Club show in Monroe, MI, CH Goldsand’s Columbus became the first Russell Terrier to win an AKC Best in Show. Since then, the Swedish import has won a second BIS at the Marion Ohio Kennel Club in that Ohio town on July 30th. Bosse was bred by Madeleine Sandell-Bark, is owned by Mark Ulrich & Christina Areskough, and handled by Allison B. Sunderman. Bosse should make quite a splash at the all-Terrier Montgomery County Kennel Club show in October.

GCH CH Draco Greets Dassin With FourBears
Photo by Ruth Dehmel

Just this past weekend, Bosse picked up a Reserve BIS behind another newcomer, the Boxer bitch, GCH CH Draco Greets Dassin With FourBears. Margee collected two BISs at the Jaxon Kennel Club & Berrien Kennel Club shows in Marshall, MI. Margee was bred by Larry Dosier, is owned by Dr. William & Mrs. Zoila Truesdale, Joseph Vergnetti, Jorge Pinzon & Wendell Sammett, and is handled by Kimberly Pastella-Calvacca. Stay tuned for more from Team Margee.

CH Dawin Hearts on Fire
Photo by Vicki Holloway

I have written about Standard Poodles being the iconic show dog. A new Standard has been getting a lot of attention recently, GCH CH Dawin Hearts on Fire. Flame burst onto the scene in Sedalia, MO, a month ago, taking all three BISs offered by the Jefferson City Kennel Club of Missouri & the Sedalia Kennel Club. The 16-month-old ingénue is the daughter of GCH CH Dawin Spitfire, who was the Number One Standard Poodle, the Number One Non-Sporting Dog & the Number Eight Dog All Breeds in 2010, collecting 27 BISs and 91 Non-Sporting Groups. Flame was bred and is owned by Linda Campbell and handled by Sarah Riedl. Once again, I expect that the Standard Poodle ring at February’s Westminster Kennel Club show will be a must see.

GCH CH Hill Country’s Tag I’m It

One newcomer has been on the scene just long enough for me to deem him a DOG2WATCH, the Pug, GCH CH Hill Country’s Tag I’m It. JJ got my attention by taking BACK2BACK BISs back in May at the Wyoming Valley Kennel Club shows in Alexander at the tender age of 13 months. Since then, JJ and Pug specialist Barry Clothier have added four more all-breed Bests. JJ has been quite the prodigy, finishing his championship at just 7 months old. JJ was bred by Kristy and Kevin Ratliff, and is owned by Carolyn Koch.

Look for these dogs when you are out at your local shows. I expect that they all will be among our top contenders next year. And that’s today’s Back Story.