Commercial Flower Farm in Lompoc CA

I don’t know about you, but I’m overwhelmed by the numbers in my life. I still am trying to figure out how it is I have access to over 400 channels, yet there is nothing worth watching on TV. And when did it become necessary to use a calculator in the kitchen? Life was so much easier before I had to count calories, carbs and milligrams of salt.

It’s no wonder I take solace in reviewing  conformation standings and the entries for the coming week. We just finished a week that included three of the largest shows we will see all year, the Reliant Series in Houston, TX. The three all-breed shows totaled nearly 7,000 points, but as it turned out, had no real effect on our rankings. Our Top Ten pretty much maintained the status quo. So let’s take a look at the coming week and its potential for shaking things up.

Last week our competitors only had six locations to choose from. This week there will be 11, though some, like the Cook Inlet Kennel Club’s three shows in Palmer, AK, are unlikely to influence the standings when the final points are logged. The serious points this week are in Greenville, SC, where the Spartanburg Kennel Club, the Hendersonville Kennel Club & the Greenville Kennel Club have drawn better than 7,000 dogs to their three-show weekend. While the Bald Eagle Kennel Club of Williamsport, PA, & the Lackawanna Kennel Club offer up four all-breed shows in Bloomsburg, PA, the point total will be only around 3,000. Similarly, the Dan Emmett Kennel Club & the Marion Ohio Kennel Club’s four in Marion, OH, have only drawn slightly over 3,100 dogs.

I think that the sleeper site this week just might be Wisconsin where the action will start with the Great Lakes All Terrier Association in Waukesha on Friday, followed by the hometown Waukesha Kennel Club‘s two all-breed shows. The action will then move to Elkhorn for the Burlington Wisconsin Kennel Club’s two shows on Monday & Tuesday. The whole set will have more than 5,000 points with Saturday & Sunday drawing well over 1,500 dogs each day.

The rest of the options this coming weekend are of the traditional two-day, Saturday-Sunday variety. The Lompoc Valley Kennel Club has drawn a respectable 1,200 a day to the idyllic California coastal town known for buildings covered in murals and fields covered with flowers. The six sighthound specialties on Friday will boost the Hound Group numbers. The Providence County Kennel Club has 671 on Saturday and 675 on Sunday in Kingston, RI. Expect about the same in Sequim, WA, for the Hurricane Ridge Kennel Club of Washington’s two shows.

Once again, small numbers are no indicator of quality. These smaller shows consistently draw top-ranked dogs. So whether you are looking for big numbers or just a pleasant day with the dogs, visit an AKC dog show this weekend.