One of the most anticipated Westminster Warm Ups each year is the Progressive Dog Club show, an all Toy Dog limited breed event. The event is often a harbinger of things to come at the Garden. The entry this year was over 500 Toy dogs, The one that Group Judge Dennis McCoy deemed Best was the Pekingese, GCH CH PalaceGarden Malachy. Rounding out the placements were the Miniature Pinscher, GCH CH Marlex Classic Red Glare, the Toy Poodle, GCH CH Smash Jp Sakura, and the Smooth Coat Chihuahua, GCH CH Ayrwen Star Kissed Delight.

GCH CH PalaceGarden Malachy (Courtesy of Westminster Kennel Club)

Malachy finished 2011 as the Number One Toy Dog and the Number Two Dog All Breeds with 50 Bests In Show & 119 Toy Groups. As I wrote here yesterday, according to the Wynn Casino in Las Vegas, Malachy and owner/handler David Fitzpatrick are the odds on favorite to win the whole shooting match on Tuesday at the Westminster Kennel Club show. As regular readers know, I always ask you not to bet your lunch money on the outcome of a dog show, but I will point out that Malachy was last year’s Toy group winner at Westminster. You may recall that the Scottish Terrier, Roundtown Mercedes Of Maryscot, was the terrier Group winner in 2009 and returned to pick up the BIS rosette in 2010.

Going through the Progressive Dog Club catalog, I noticed that the entire Affenpinscher entry was absent. To be fair the entry was only three dogs, but I still find it interesting that two of the 2011 Top Five Toy Dogs entered but decided to skip the judging. The two Affenpinschers were not the only Top Ten Toy Dogs entered but not showing. There was also a notable absence in the Pug ring.

GCH CH Knolland Amber Moon (Photo by Derek Glas)

However, I am happy to report that the multi BIS winning Brussels Griffon, GCH CH Knolland Amber Moon, returned to the show ring after maternity leave looking great and collecting the Best of Opposite Sex award today. You will remember Lainey’s dad, CH Cilleine Masquerade, was the 2009 Toy Group winner. Considering how many worthy dogs failed to make the entry this year because of the construction restrictions this year, I hope that those who did get in will show up and give the public a chance to see the finest dogs anywhere on the planet. And that’s today’s Back Story.