We are in the midst of our Monday Morning Mop-Up over on Dog show Poop, but we wanted to stop for a moment and give you some impressions of the past week.
First, we have the fierce competition between our Top Two Dogs All Breeds, the English Springer Spaniel, GCH CH Wynmoor Champagne Supernova, and the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm. The Springer, Peyton, split his four-day work week between Biloxi MS & Greeley CO, while the GWP, Oakley, was at work in North Branch NJ. Both dogs swept all four Sporting Groups they entered. However, Peyton collect three BIS to Oakley’s two. While the New Jersey shows were substantially larger than those in Biloxi and Greeley, I am certain that when all the numbers are in the Springer will easily retain his Number One position.
The nation’s Number Six Dog, the Miniature Pinscher, GCH CH Marlex Classic Red Glare, reached a major milestone this weekend, collecting BACK2BACK BIS in Biloxi MS and her 46th career BIS, besting the 36-year-old record for Miniature Pinscher bitches, held by CH Jay-Mac’s Impossible Dream. Classie remains in a very close contest with the Number One Toy Dog, the Affenpinscher, GCH CH Banana Joe V Tani Kazari, whose BIS at Saturday’s Somerset Hills Kennel Club show in New Jersey was large enough to keep him ahead for now.
We had one more of our Top Ten who picked up consecutive all-breed Bests, our Number Nine Dog, the Boxer, GCH CH R and G’s Mystical Dancer, was in Roswell NM for the Rio Pecos Kennel Club’s two shows this weekend. Most of the big rosettes handed out this week went to dogs not in our Top Twenty. In fact, several went to dogs not yet in our Top 100. Later this week, I will tell you more about some of these new faces.
The most important thing I took away from this weekend was the MinPin’s record-breaking performance, not so much because of the record, which is impressive, but because it refocused me on the essence of our competition. The competition is not the other top-ranked dogs. The competition is that perfect dog of your breed, The Standard. I remember the previous record holder’s appearance at the 1975 Westminster Kennel Club final. Impy’s entrance into the big arena, under the spotlight, was thrilling. Classie’s breeder Carole Ann Mohr-Rio, owner Leah Monte and owner/handler Armando Angelbello have every reason to be proud of reaching the pinnacle of our sport. And that’s today’s Back Story.