Posts with tag Christi McDonald

“Rabbiting,” oil on canvas by Arthur Wardle. Photo courtesy of the AKC Museum of the Dog.

Dogs in Art: Arthur Wardle at the AKC Museum of the Dog

The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog was originally conceived in the early 1970s by fanciers who were not only devoted to dogs, but also to establishing a repository for fine art and books related to them. In 1979 the AKC Foundation was formed to raise funds to establish such an entity, and by… read more


Colorado Artist Colors Our World

Suzanne Schirra has been drawn to art since she was a child using crayons. “My work has always been about vivid, bold color. In painting dogs,” she says, “I aim to capture their expressions precisely, then add intensity through my use of color.” In fact it is her use of bright colors, combined with the… read more

BISD Polls: Dog Show Attire, Consecutive Shows, Welcoming Newbies and Finding Majors

Each week Best In Show Daily asks readers to chime in on a topical dog-related question derived from a recently published article or blog. Today we’re taking a look at your views on lucky charms in the ring, the number of consecutive days you’re willing to show your dogs, the best way to welcome new… read more

Fancy That: Lorain County Kennel Club

This will be my last Fancy That, at least for a while, and today I’ll cover the two Lorain County KC shows held in Oberlin, Ohio, this past weekend, August 10 and 11, 2013. Entries were 937 and 940 for the two days. On Saturday Whitney Coombs judged Best in Show and selected Ramon Podesta’s… read more

Balance can mean many things, depending on the breed, but the balance of angles in the front and hindquarter, in every breed, is fundamental to correct structure and movement.

Evaluating Dogs – Part II: Balance

One of the foundation principles for evaluating dogs rests on an understanding of what “balance” means. Webster’s defines balance as “a state of bodily equilibrium” or “to bring into or keep in equal or satisfying harmony or proportion.” The AKC “Complete Dog Book” defines balance as “a condition wherein all proportions of a dog are… read more

Among the Shows Closing August 14, 2013

Entries close next week for shows in 13 U.S. states on Labor Day, including those in both Northern and Southern California. In Northern California, back-to-back Gold Country KC shows, along with three obedience trials, will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 31, and September 1, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, billed by the club as “California’s… read more

Fancy That: Pioneer Valley Kennel Club

I seldom even think about covering a single show in Fancy That, unless of course it’s one of the iconic events on our calendars such as Montgomery County, AKC/Eukanuba or Westminster. However, a few weeks ago the show chair for the Pioneer Valley KC, Linda Gagnon, wrote to ask me to consider giving some coverage… read more


My Take: Our Focus Should Be in the Breed Ring

We’ve written several times recently on Best In Show Daily about evaluating breeding stock, and it has reminded me of something that’s been mentioned time and again in the dog press the past few years – maybe even for decades – but it bears repeating. Today in the sport, we’re placing too much emphasis at… read more

Among the Shows Closing August 7, 2013

Next week marks the closing date for entries for the events that have grown over the past few years into quite an extravaganza in Santa Barbara, Calif., in August. In addition to the 104th and 105th Santa Barbara Kennel Club shows, the fifth annual SBKC and Purina ProPlan Breeders’ Showcase will take place at the Earl… read more

Fancy That: Wrapping Up Waukesha

On Friday we gave you a little glimpse into the history of the Waukesha Kennel Club shows and a look at how they work today, so I’ll wrap up my coverage of these shows by giving you the weekend’s results. On Saturday judge Dana Cline selected the beautiful little Boston Terrier bitch, GCh. Gunther’s Gussied… read more

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