Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Rose City Classic has more to offer than just the usual conformation competition. The lobby of the show is decorated with over 500 exhibits of dog-related art submitted by local schoolchildren. On Friday, 400 schoolchildren joined us in the show hall, changing the normal routine somewhat. I had a conversation with one eighth grade teacher who told me how glad she was to have this event as an alternative to the normal field trip. The kids were a revelation. I witnessed not one demonstration of the usual middle school angst. Hopefully we have found some future fanciers.

Our first two days in Portland saw relative newcomers upstage the more experienced dogs. Today’s entry of 2,638 is the largest we will see this week, and one of the largest we will see all year. That means there will be dogs here today we have not yet seen. The question is are more surprises in store?  Check with me about 9:00 AM PST, and I’ll tell you want is going on ringside.

9:00 AM

We have a 9:00 AM start today to accommodate the icy roads and the large gate. We will begin with Robert Paust’s entry of 18 Miniature Bull Terriers. There has long been a balancing act between size and type in this breed. Happily breeders seem to be resolving that issue Judge Paust’s Best Of Breed, GCH CH Cambria’s Kid N Play, managed the balancing act perfectly.

11:00 AM

I made my way over to Robert Ennis’ ring to take advantage of the opportunity to see 13 Chesapeake Bay Retrievers & 15 German Wirehaired Pointers. Entries this large in these breeds are way too rare. His Best Chessie, Ches-Shores Moer Than Faith CD, was from the Open Bitch class. His Best GWP was GCH CH Mountain View National Acclaim.

Judge Ennis also had the Miscellaneous breeds today, allowing me to acquaint myself with the Belgian Lakenois (think Peter Falklands as a Tervuren), the Cirneco del’Etna (a miniature Pharaoh Hound), the Coton de Tulear (a cotton candy whire Havanese) and the Pumi (a mid-sized, herding dog with a coat similar to a Poodle’s and ears that, like nothing else, are guaranteed to put a smile on your face). All seem to have a loyal following. I wish some of our established breeds had as enthusiastic a following. I will have photos later.

12:30 PM

Next on my agenda are the 28 Afghan Hounds in Dr. Robert Indeglia’s ring. Is anything stranger looking than an Afghan juvenile with the monkey whiskers? Dr. Indeglia had no problem seeing past the whiskers to make the 11-month-old puppy bitch, Zappa’s All Jazzed Up, his  Best of Opposite Sex to the breed winner, GCH H Mahali Arriva Sandpiper.

1:30 PM

While pondering where to go next, a couple and their teenage son asked to borrow my catalog. After they told me that this was their first dog show, I explained how the catalog was laid out and that some people might be reluctant to put their addresses in the catalog because of the animal crazies (“crazies”, my word, not theirs). They seemed a little overwhelmed by the show, but I found it interesting that they knew a dog show was a good place to start their search for a new dog after having had a rescue dog. Maybe the outreach is working. I wish the Jerritt Wheeler family (no relation) luck in finding a new family pet.