Posts with tag Billy Wheeler


Catch Me in Kalamazoo, Day Five

Greater Muskegon Kennel Club: Monday, May 28, 2012 8:30 a.m. It’s the last day of the West Michigan Apple Blossom Cluster, and I see no lag in enthusiasm among the exhibitors or the terrific cluster committee members. Temperatures are already in the 80s, so I am confining myself to the indoors. Happily, there are breeds… read more


Catch Me in Kalamazoo, Day Two

Holland Michigan Kennel Club: Friday, May 25, 2012 9 a.m.   Today I’m visiting the Holland Michigan Kennel Club on day two of the Apple Blossom Cluster in Kalamazoo, MI, and starting my day with my beloved Terriers. Virginia Latham Smith had eight Smooth Fox Terriers and 11 Parson Russell Terriers. One dog that did… read more


On the Road Again

I am scrambling today, gathering my gear for my weeklong stay in Kalamazoo, MI. This will be my sixth consecutive month of visiting shows around the U.S., and I’m starting to get it right. I am packing lighter. I bought a new carry-on bag and a new computer bag for this trip. What is it… read more


Designating a DOG2WATCH

One of the most popular features of my blog, Dog Show Poop, is my DOGS2WATCH list. I am a numbers nerd and rely on mathematical tools for all sorts of things in my life. When my daughter was deciding where to attend college, I used a weight & rank system to assign numeric values to… read more


Take a Look at the Top Twenty

I’ve just finished updating my statistics and have the following to share. As I wrote here on Sunday, we have a new Number One Dog All Breeds, the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm. Oakley’s Best in Show performance at Sunday’s Trenton Kennel Club show moved him ahead of the Doberman… read more


Go to a National

We started Dog Show Poop doing a few show reports on the nation’s Top Ten Dogs. Since then we have evolved to the point where we provide a show report on every AKC all-breed show (OK, we do occasionally miss a show in Puerto Rico or Hawaii). More recently we have tried covering National Specialties…. read more


The First Saturday in May

One of the reasons I have stayed with dog shows for over 40 years is that they represent a kind of civilized lifestyle that I have always admired, one that respects tradition, while living life to the fullest. Most dog people have varied interests and are experts at combining celebrations with those interests. Many of our… read more


Join Me in Kalamazoo

One of my goals this year is to get out to each part of the U.S. and talk with my Dog Show Poop and Back Story readers. Over the last 40 years, I have attended shows in a lot of places, but I have never been to Michigan for a dog show. I will remedy… read more


Social Equalizers

When my wife and I were preparing for our first child 37 years ago in San Francisco, we underwent a baby boomer rite of passage known as the Lamaze Childbirth Method class. At that class we met four other couples, all expecting their first child. In an extraordinary case of cosmic serendipity, we all had… read more


May Milestones

The first weekend in May is traditionally a major milestone on the dog show calendar. Most fanciers in the Northeast will head for West Windsor Township, NJ, centrally located between New York and Philadelphia for Sunday & Monday’s Trenton Kennel Club shows. The Central New Jersey Hound Association will offer limited-breed action Thursday, as will… read more

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