Palm Springs Day Two

I spent day two in Palm Springs focusing on the nearly 700 hounds that showed up for today’s Inland Empire Hound Club of Southern California.  For a dog show junky like me it was overwhelming to watch 118 Rhodesian Ridgebacks, 74 Whippets, & 35 Irish Wolfhounds go through their paces. I was there all day… read more


Palm Springs Begins!

There are few sites that evoke the glamor of yesterday like the Empire Polo Fields in Indio Ca, home of the Kennel Club of Palm Springs.   Though today was just the opening salvo of limited breed shows & local breed specialties, the sheer expanse of the site impresses with privilege & purpose.  The entire… read more

Dogs Freakin' Rule!

It’s a Brand New Year, Junior

With the New Year, a new cycle of competition begins. For all you juniors out there, a single thought is likely to be on your collective mind: Will 2012 be an epic dog show year for me? For any year to become memorable considerable planning is required. Savvy juniors consider everything from the most sought-after… read more


Dog Show Travel Tips

My day began today at 0400 (that’s 4 a.m. for those of you with no military acquaintances), a rude reminder of the pleasures of air travel today. There was a time in my work life when I and most of my associates saw business travel as one of the perks of our jobs. Such is… read more

Deja Vu All Over Again

In one of my earlier posts I was reminiscing about all the breed records that fell in 2011. As I head to Palm Springs CA for the first show of the year, I am getting a sense of déjà vu for I have learned that several of the past season’s dogs will be followed by… read more

Federal PUPS Legislation Information Update

The American Kennel Club and our Washington, D.C.-based advocacy team continue to closely monitor the federal Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety (PUPS) legislation introduced last spring as Senate Bill 707 (S.707) and House Bill 835 (H.R. 835). Each of the bills has been assigned to the Agriculture Committees of their respective chambers. To date, no… read more

2012 Terriers2Watch

Yesterday I asked you where were all the Terriers in 2011.  Here are four Terriers who made my Dog Show Poop DOGS2WATCH list last year and are likely to be among the Top Dogs All Breeds in 2012. Two are based in California and could get a big lead on the 2012 race with wins… read more

Where Are The Terriers?

On Thursday we will be at one of the first dog shows of the year, the Desert Empire Terrier Club Of Southern California day one limited breed warm up to the big Kennel Club of Palm Springs weekend. As a Terrier guy we would be remiss if we did not point out a milestone in… read more


Today begins my daily visit with you all here on Best In Show Daily. I hope to bring you a little closer to the world of AKC dog shows and all the Back Stories from one of the greatest hobbies around. I can’t remember when I have looked forward to the new year with such… read more


AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB CELEBRATES OWNER/HANDLERS IN THE SPORT WITH NEW SERIES FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: AKC Communications Phone: 212-696-8228 Email: Date: December 21, 2011 New York, NY— More than 80% of the dogs being exhibited in the show ring today are family dogs shown by their owners. To celebrate the dedication and enthusiasm of… read more

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