Sunday, October 7, 2012

8:30 AM

It’s a chilly, gray morning here in Blue Bell PA at today’s Montgomery County Kennel Club show. The weather has been a boon for the local economy as fanciers flocked to local malls to grab some cold weather gear. However, the weather has not dampened the enthusiasm of the Terrier folk gathered here for the 78th iteration of what is the most prestigious of all limited breed shows.

MCKC is somewhat difficult to take in as a spectator. Many of the entries exceed 100 dogs and judging can last most of the day. You have to settle for watching puppies in one ring, Bred By Exhibitor in another, and Best Of Breed in a third. I hope to have some results for you by mid-morning, so check back with me frequently.

9:30 AM

My first stop this morning was at Dr. Robert Smith’s Welsh Terrier ring, where his 36 entries followed a special presentation to Terrier legend Peter Green honoring his 50th anniversary as a member of the Welsh Terrier Club of America. While the entry was one of the smaller here at MCKC, the quality was exceptional. Dr. Smith’s BOB was CH Shaireab Bayleigh Last Call to Penbryn.

11:30 AM

The weatherman finally made good on his threats, sending most of the spectators scrambling for cover. A generous exhibitor loaned me a very festive poncho, which I quickly donned and headed for Rodney Herner’s Cesky Terrier ring. The Ceskies are relative newcomers to the AKC family, only in the show ring since last year. They present an interesting package with a head reminiscent of the Sealyham on a short legged body that has a bit of the Bedlington, all adorned in a silvery gray soft coat. Today’s breed winner was CH Zlatapraha Gillespie Bluefire.

12:30 PM

the first Terrier I showed was a Sealyham and I still think of them as the apex of the dog world.  Small enough for an apartment and rough enough for anything.  Today Cindy Vogels had 21 beautiful specimens to consider. Her Best Of Breed was from the Bred ByExhibitor class, Efbe’s Goodspice Semper Fi.

2:00 PM

One of the most hotly contested breeds this weekend has been the Lakeland Terrier. There is no better person to handle such a difficult task of choosing one of the 32 Lakelands than the Terrier King himself, Peter Green. The one he chose as his best was GCH CH Iron Van Foliny Home.