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Is It the Journey or the Destination?
When I was young, I wanted to travel and see the world. Today I have the free time and disposable income to pursue that youthful desire. The problem is that though I still want to see the world, especially if there’s a...
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Top Three Status Quo
My Monday Morning Mop Up this week follows familiar ground. Six of the 21 all-breed shows in the lower 48 this week were won by four of our Top Ten Dogs All Breeds, eight more were won by dogs ranked in the...
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Today's Top Twenty
Now that I am home from Houston and basking in the afterglow of the Reliant World Series of Dogs, I have set about updating Dog Show Poop’s show reports and rankings. Here’s where the sport stands today, not as of the end...
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Getting There Is Half the Fun
I look forward to traveling to the different regions of the United States to attend each area’s marquee shows and talking with the local breeders and seeing the country’s top dogs. Let me amend that. I enjoy attending these shows. I hate...
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Quality Not Quantity
We had far fewer shows this week than last, just 17 all-breed shows in six locations. Last week there were 43 all breeds in 15 venues. The fewer shows meant larger entries and more of our top-ranked dogs in the same show...
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Here in Houston: Day Three
It’s the final day of the Reliant Series of Dog Shows here in Houston, and none of the excitement has waned. Everyone is wondering whether we will see another head-to-head match between our Top Two Dogs All Breeds at today’s Galveston County...
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Here in Houston: Day Two
The Beaumont Kènnel Club is hosting day two of the all-breed shows here in Houston at the Reliant Series of Dog Shows. The BKC is the largest of the three all-breed shows with over 2,500 dogs in the regular classes. Top-ranked dogs...
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Here in Houston: Day One
I entered the Reliant Center, which is adjacent to Houston’s most recognizable landmark, the Astrodome, now know as the Reliant Astrodome, a bit groggy after my midnight arrival, thanks to modern American air travel (but that’s another story). Nonetheless, the moment I...
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Who Are the BIS Winners?
I have been struck these past several weeks by how many new faces I am seeing collecting BIS wins here at midyear. Being the numbers nerd I am, I am always suspicious about hunches, gut reactions and anecdotal evidence. So I decided...
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A Tail of Two Cities
Our show season continues to be a tail of two cities, the expected one, occupied by our Top Ten Dogs All Breeds and the surprising one, populated by eager hopefuls. Eight of our Top Ten scored top awards this week. Two, the...
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Heading to Houston
Next week I am heading to Houston for the Reliant Series of Dog Shows, a week of specialties, limited-breed shows, and three all-breed shows that are among the largest we will see all year. The Houston shows cap a three-week tour through...
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Breed Standards as Gospel
I am a boy from the South. I was brought up not to discuss religion, politics or sex in public. Although I have been a Roman Catholic all my adult life, I was raised in the local Southern Baptist church from my...
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Top Two Throwdown
At first look one might think that the 2013 show season is a runaway. The Number One Dog All Breeds, the Wire Fox Terrier, GCH CH AfterAll Painting the Sky, has maintained a better than 10,000-point lead over the field for the...
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Midyear Top Twenty
It’s well known that I love my numbers. Charts and graphs are my security blanket. Like a child hiding under the covers from the boogeyman, a couple of spreadsheets provide me with the illusion that I really know what’s going on in...
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If I Had 100 Years
I like the number 100. I have a list of 100 novels that, if read, will allow me to die literate and literally at the same time. I have a list of 100 places to see before I die (I’ve only hit...
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Trio of Hat Tricks
If last week had a shortage of multiple BIS winners, this week has more than made up for it. It’s a rare week where there are three dogs getting a hat trick, three shows in one stop. The country’s Number Two Dog...
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What Did That Title Cost?
I review a lot of online catalogs while preparing reports for my blog, Dog Show Poop. Although I report on only the Best In Show, Reserve Best In Show and Group winners, I do look at all the Group placements and many...
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Biggest Weekend of the Year
Just about everywhere you turned this week there were dog shows. We have had six straight days of shows, 42 all-breed shows in 15 different locations. If that’s not enough, consider that we still have shows going on in Montana and Virginia....
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Meet My Newest Dogs2Watch
One of the most popular features of my blog Dog Show Poop is my list of Dogs2Watch, dogs that I think will be among the top-ranked dogs in the near future. There are no hard and fast criteria for the list. I...
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Road Trip!
As I reviewed the results this week, I was reminded of one aspect of the sport I have not really participated in – the extended road trip. I am, by nature, lazy. Well, my wife thinks I am lazy. I like to...
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12-Show Winning Streak Ends
I’m not sure most people noticed, but this weekend we saw the end of one of the longest winning streaks of the past several years. On Sunday in Topsfield MA, the French Bulldog, GCH CH Bella Ridge Imperiale Shady Harbor Mafia Campcovo,...
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100 BIS and More
Last week two of our recent Top Ten reached the pinnacle of 100 career Bests In Show. Another is poised to reach that mark this week. Such a goal is as challenging to me as climbing Mount Everest. Then I remember that...
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Remember When Shows Were Fun?
I’m at San Francisco International Airport awaiting my plane home. These days you spend a lot of time in airports waiting when you travel. That gives you a lot of time to let your mind wander, a habit I encourage. When my...
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Hitting 100 Is a Good Thing
I am staying over in California for a couple of days before heading home to Tennessee. This was a weekend to linger over. While the Woofstock cluster is one of the most enjoyable dog show experiences I have had, there were lots...
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Woofstock Watch Day Four
It’s a cool 60 degrees here at the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo CA, where the Contra Costa County Kènnel Club is hosting the last day of Woofstock. Mr. Weatherman promises that temperatures will rise no more than 10, 11 degrees, perfect...
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Woofstock Watch Day Three
If you only do one day at Woofstock, Saturday is the day.  Everyone is dressed in their most creative hippie-era costumes (photos to follow), and almost 2,500 dogs are here to laugh at the people. We have a cool start to what...
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Woofstock Watch Day Two
June 7, 2013 8:00 AM Mark Twain said something like, “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Bay Area, microclimates abound. When the Department of Energy did its solar...
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Woofstock Watch Day One
GCH CH Quest Rachel Alexandra of Kerry Arc Thursday, June 6, 2013 8:00 AM I’m here at the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo CA on the northern shore of San Francisco Bay for the Lake County Kennel Club’s opener of the four-day...
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Make It to These Marquee Shows
As I await my plane to take me to California for a week of peace, love & dogs with the four-show cluster known as Woofstock, I am thinking of how this hippie-themed canine fun fest reached the level of “marquee.” Marquee shows...
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Cane Corso BIS!
Last month I told you about some of the breeds that I thought were overdue for a Best in Show. I am happy to report, however, that the biggest news of the week comes in from Biloxi MS where the Cane Corso,...
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Top Twenty Today
As many of you know I have been playing catch-up over on Dog Show Poop after falling behind back in April. Happily I am now up-to-date on what’s going on with our Top 100 Dogs All Breeds, and I want to share...
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Woofstock by the Numbers
Pressing family issues have kept me close to home since Westminster, but next week I will be in the San Francisco Bay Area for the always fun Woofstock. It’s a four-show cluster held in Vallejo CA on the north shore of San...
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Memorial Day Remembered
Most of my life I looked forward to the Memorial Day weekend as the beginning of summer. As a child, the weekend meant the first of four family picnic gatherings. We would always gather at my grandmother’s house for Memorial Day, then...
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Brave, New World
I see last week’s World Dog Show as one of the four premier canine events held each year, with the Westminster Kennel Club Show, the Crufts dog show and the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, being the others. Each year we see increased competition...
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Politics, Religion and Dogs
Generally speaking, I adhere to my Momma’s advice to never discuss my politics or religion, but when they cross paths with my world of dogs, I just can’t resist. No, I am not going to get into that whole “Do dogs go...
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Take Two, They're Small
As we approach the midpoint of the show season, it is still anybody’s game. While our Number One Dog All Breeds, the Wire Fox Terrier, GH CH AfterAll Painting the Sky, does have a 9,000-point lead on the field, all the other...
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Still Carrying a Torch for Grace Slick
Next month I will return to Northern California where I spent almost 30 years of my life. Both of my children were born in the San Francisco Bay area. My son, my daughter-in-law and my two granddaughters still live there, in Martinez,...
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Clinging to My Snakes, Dogs, Religion & Guns
Among the pets I have kept over the years have been snakes. I started out with small snakes, corn snakes in a dizzying array of jewel-like colors. I then expanded, adding a couple of albino California king snakes, lovely lavender and yellow-banded...
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It's Still Very Competitive out There
We have results in from 28 of the 29 all-breed shows this past weekend… The Coronado Kennel Club of New Mexico still has a show under way today in Albuquerque… and once again we have a handful of ranked dogs posting BIS...
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Moving On Up
Statistically this has been one of the most interesting years since I began publishing my blog, Dog Show Poop. It’s rare at this point in the year for dogs to be within striking distance of our Top Ten Dogs All Breeds. However,...
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Overdue for a Best in Show
My regular readers know that I am a cheerleader for what I will call our endangered breeds. These are the AKC-recognized breeds which log fewer than 200 registrations a year. While collecting results from this past weekend, I was delighted to find...
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Min Pin Sets New Record
Our shows this week provided us with breakout performances, comeback appearances and a history-making win. Everywhere I turn this year I see great Working Dogs. In South Jordan UT this past week, the Standard Schnauzer, GCH CH Steinhaus Maxim Courage RN, schooled...
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Where Are the Herding Dogs?
This has been a year of contrasts in the show ring. On one hand we have the Top Five Dogs All Breeds that have racked up incredible numbers. On the other hand we have 63 of our Top 100 with two or...
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Reconsidering the RBIS
Last July AKC implemented the Reserve Best in Show (RBIS) award, giving exhibitors a chance to share the spotlight with the Best in Show. As we approach the first birthday of the RBIS, the issue of whether additional points should be awarded...
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Gaining on the Leaders
After several weeks of our top two dogs posting multiple BIS wins, the rest of the field managed to do some catching up this week. Most prominent among them was the Pug, GCH CH Caper’s Sirius Endeavor. Rufus has been among the...
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Who's on Top?
  While I am still playing catch-up on my show reports over on Dog Show Poop, I just completed updating my statistics through April 22nd and I am anxious to share them with you. I purposefully expanded our Top Ten to Twenty...
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Keep 'Em Coming Back
Every week I get e-mails and phone calls complaining about how the dog show game is “going to Hell in a hand basket.” Like all of life, our sport has its share of doomsday prophets, but I think it is fair to...
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A Week of Contrasts
This year has evolved into a season of contrasts. In the five years Dog Show Poop has been bringing you the show scene, I do not remember any year in which we have had so many dogs posting multiple BIS so frequently....
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No Apologies
One of the most interesting dog writers in cyberspace is Susi Szeremy, a Pulik breeder/owner/handler. Yesterday Susi posted a piece on her DogKnobit blog about the British Kennel Club’s role in creating an anti-dog environment in the UK. I encourage you to...
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Living with Life's Tragedies
I pride myself on the ability to have a conversation with just about anybody from any walk of life. Unlike Jan Austen’s Mr. Darcy, I have always had the easy facility of conversing with strangers. However, today I’m having difficulty putting words...
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Toy Spaniel Hat Trick
As I review this week’s show results, one thing stands out like a beacon. Only two of our Top Ten Dogs All Breeds took home a Best in Show this week. Our Number One Dog, the Wire Fox Terrier, GCH CH AfterAll...
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Where Are the Non-Sporting and Herding Dogs?
Through most of the year I focus on AKC’s Top Ten Dogs in all-breed competition. However, this sometimes leaves entire groups mostly unexplored. Our current Top Ten includes four Working Dogs, two Sporting Dogs, two Terriers, one Hound and one Toy Dog....
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The First 100 Days
As I get older I find myself relying on the milestones of life more. Personally, birthdays, anniversaries and holidays have taken on a new importance in my household. In the dog world, the first week of April marks the first 100 days...
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This Week's Winners
We’ve spent much of the past week recovering from the flu, but we still found plenty to get excited about reviewing this week’s show results. After the years I’ve spent following the sport and writing Dog Show Poop, I can get pretty...
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Up-To-Date Numbers
Some pressing family issues and a bout with the flu have kept me from updating my statistics, but I spent this morning compiling the latest numbers for you. The Wire Fox Terrier, GCH CH AfterAll Painting the Sky, maintains an impressive lead...
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The Coming Week
Our show week gets under way this week with the Birmingham Kennel Club’s show in Columbia AL, the first of four all-breed shows at that location. There are also four show clusters in Valley Center KS and Phoenix AZ starting on Friday....
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Multi-BIS Winners/Import Causes Stir
Several of our competitors may feel like they have been hit by a steam roller after this past week’s shows where multiple BIS seemed to be the rule rather than the exception. All four of our Top Four Dogs All Breeds managed to...
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Show or Breed or Both?
One of the real joys of writing my Dog Show Poop blog and this column here on Best In Show Daily is the opportunity to see the young dogs coming up in the show ring. I love it when I stumble across...
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Dogging the Tax Man
About this time of year, I start remembering that old adage, “Nothing is certain but death and taxes.” At my age I try not to dwell too much on the former and not at all on the latter. Nonetheless, my accountant drags...
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The Week in Review
It was an abbreviated show week with just six locations in the US hosting shows, complicated by an unusual distribution of the sites. For once the West Coast had fully half of the venues, with shows in the San Francisco Bay Area,...
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Same Time, Last Year
Now that the first major milestones of the show season are in the record books, a clearer picture of our 2013 leaders is emerging. Here are a couple of interesting data points. Although points overall are down by about 12 percent this...
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This Week's Shows
There will be but five locations to visit an AKC show this week in the lower 48. However, there will be multiple days at most of the sites and plenty of points to draw the top competitors. The show week is already...
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This Week's Winners
One of the season’s biggest weeks is now in the record books, and I suspect when the dust settles, we will see its influence in some subtle ways. Traditionally the Kentuckiana Cluster in Louisville is a game changer, serving as a springboard...
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Louisville Breakout Performances
One of the things I love about the Kentuckiana Cluster in Louisville KY is the opportunity to see a breakout performance. The American Brussels Griffon Association recused itself from yesterday’s Mid-Kentucky Kennel Club show to hold its 2013 National Specialty. Breeder judge...
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Thank You, Margaret, for the Lessons and the Memories
My mother-in-law, Margaret Neumann, passed away on Monday night at the age of 96. She was a beautiful, elegant lady who taught me a lot about life and family. Until a few months ago, Margaret had lived in her own apartment a...
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Dog Shows Two Ways
It’s been an interesting week in the dog world, affording fanciers an opportunity to compare the status of our sport here and abroad. Much of the attention was focused on Crufts, England’s self-proclaimed “World’s Greatest Dog Show.” With more than 20,000 dogs...
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An Armchair Guide to Crufts
The first day of Crufts is in the record books, and all in all it was a jolly good show. After all, when it comes to pomp and circumstance, the English wrote the book. The world’s largest dog show began yesterday and...
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Looking Forward to Louisville
One of my favorite stops on the dog show circuit every year is this month’s Kentuckiana Cluster in Louisville KY. The four-show cluster hosted by the Mid-Kentucky Kennel Club, the Louisville Kennel Club and the Evansville Kennel Club is consistently among the...
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The Week in Review
We still have one more show to complete in this week’s set, today’s Scottsdale Dog Fanciers Association event in that Arizona city, but this numbers nerd can’t escape the feeling that this week was very different than previous weeks’ offerings. First, there...
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The Year of the Working Dogs?
Two months into the new year, our top campaigners are starting to emerge. While five of the Top Ten Dogs All Breeds are holdovers from 2012, two have already implemented the predictable post-Westminster wind down. Another four of the Top Ten were active...
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Artificial Intelligence
I get lots of email. Even after I sort out the spam and junk mail, I have hundreds of emails every week, most related to the dog game and my two blogs, Dog Show Poop and The Back Story. A good bit...
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New Season Gets Serious
A quick look at this past week’s shows reveals that the season is now getting serious. You could tell it was serious by the fact that there was only one two-day venue this week. The serious campaigners headed for the multi-show clusters:...
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Crufts and the Healthy Dog
My mother’s family traces its roots back to Sir Thomas More, who famously lost his head in a dispute with Henry VIII. Thereafter my ancestors sought out friendlier neighbors, eventually immigrating here to the US along with the earliest British expatriates. While...
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Westminster In and Outs
I, like many of my readers, love to play Monday Morning Quarterback, reviewing the past week’s shows and gleaning every ring for evidence of things to come. No venue contains more impressive dogs per square foot than does the Westminster Kennel Club...
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Lots of New Faces
Westminster is over, and now the 2013 campaign begins in earnest. This week we saw several fresh faces with BIS rosettes. Up to now this year, most of our BIS winners have come from last year’s Top Dogs. This week, only five of the...
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The Campaign Begins!
As much as I look forward to Westminster, I do consider it the end of the show season, our doggy New Year’s Eve, if you please. Once the “Garden” is complete, many of the previous year’s dogs go home to enjoy life...
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Westminster Wrap-Up
The 137th Westminster Kennel Club show is now in the record books, and many will remember the show for its dramatic finish with a dog from the classes taking the first ever Westminster Reserve Best In Show. Not since 1991 had class dogs...
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Westminster 2013 - Day Two
Yesterday was exciting and hectic here at Piers 92/94 on the Hudson River at 55th St in Manhattan. Spectators and exhibitors scrambled from one pier to the next, transiting on two giant elevators. The Westminster crew did a masterful job of keeping...
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Westminster 2013 – Day One
The day is finally here, the opening day of the 2013 Westminster Kennel Club show! It’s the first time since 1991 that class dogs will compete for the top prize in dogdom. It’s the first time ever that the judging will be...
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Westminster Warm-Ups
Snow storm notwithstanding, I arrived in New York yesterday afternoon as the New York Metropolitan Specialties were wrapping up. While New York escaped the full fury of winter storm Nemo, Boston recorded some of the highest snow levels ever. I suspect that...
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Check Out These Breed Matchups
While most people will watch the Westminster Kennel Club show during the evening group judging, I encourage people to watch their favorite breed being judged, available in a live stream for the first time this year. Most of the armchair pundits have...
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Ten Things to Love about New York and Westminster
I remember my aunt once remarking about one of the dowagers of our acquaintance, “You say, ‘How are you doing?’ and, bless her, she will tell you.” I frequently get phone calls and emails bemoaning the state of our sport and the...
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Jockeying for Position
It’s just one week before Westminster, and our field has shaped up to be one of the most exciting ever. We will see a mixture of the old guard and the up and coming next week when they hang up the purple...
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Westminster Picks
In my most recent Back Story post, I introduced you to the BIS and Group judging slate from this year’s Westminster Kennel Club show. Today I am going out on a limb and predicting who their top choices will be. All my...
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Handicapping the Westminster Judges
Every year, for several months prior to the Westminster Kennel Club show, fanciers pore over the WKC judging assignments and attempt to assess their chances of posting a win at dodgdom’s most prestigious event. It is an exercise in futility. I am...
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It Does Not Take a Village
One of the things I like about the conformation dog show game is the nod to a more genteel time, a time when a jacket and tie were the normal Sunday afternoon attire for men, a time when how you played the...
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Fresh Faces of 2013
January is one of the most exciting months in the dog world. Every year several dogs try to stake out territory at the early marquee venues, Palm Springs, Portland OR, and Florida. This year dogs from last year’s Top Ten have dominated...
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This Week's Top Ten
The first four weeks of the year have seen several dogs emerge to challenge for a spot among our Top Ten Dogs All Breeds. The clear leader is the Wire Fox Terrier, GCH CH AfterAll Painting the Sky, who has led since...
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It's a Horse Race!
I’m reviewing the results of the shows around the US this week, and one thought sticks with me. We have a horse race on our hands. While our Number One Dog All Breeds, the Wire Fox Terrier, GCH CH AfterAll Painting the...
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Rose City Rumble, Day Four
Sunday, January 20, 2013 We are down to the last day of the Rose City Classic, and the buzz here in the Portland Expo Center is no longer about the weather, but about the BACK2BACK BIS performance by the Shetland Sheepdog, CH...
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Rose City Rumble, Day Three
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...
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Rose City Rumble, Day Two
Friday, January 18, 2013 The Rose City Classic resumes this morning with the Dog Fanciers Association Of Oregon’s first outing. The entry is about 10 percent higher than yesterday, and we will look for a couple of dogs that we know are in...
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Rose City Rumble, Day One
Thursday, January 17, 2013 6:00 AM I’m at my keyboard a little earlier than usual thanks to a benign time zone and my own eagerness to get to the show hall to see all the action here at the Rose City Classic...
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On the Road Again
I am somewhat recovered from my last outing, December’s AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Orlando FL, recovered enough to strike out again. This time I’m headed to the opposite corner of the US, the Pacific Northwest, to Portland OR for the Rose City...
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Chasing the Fox (Wire Fox)
As I review the shows around the US these last five days, I am impressed with one fact. It’s better to win a few of the big ones than it is to win a bunch of the small ones. Eleven days into the new...
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Portland Preview
It’s only the second week of the season and already we have reaffirmed a dog show axiom.  Size matters.  Five of our first week’s Top Ten Dogs All Breeds attended last weekend’s Kennel Club of Palm Springs shows.  The interesting part is...
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Palm Springs Peep Show
Before I turn my attention to this week’s shows, I want to revisit the past week in Indio CA and peek beyond the obvious results. I think everyone in the sport recognizes that the Wire Fox Terrier, GCH CH AfterAll Painting the...
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The Winners This Week
The first weekend of the show season is in the record books, and the standout performer was clearly the Wire Fox Terrier, GCH CH AfterAll Painting the Sky. The AKC/Eukanuba National Champion swept all four appearances this week in Indio CA, taking...
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Doggy Resolutions
Like most folks, I think about new year’s resolutions. Problem is, like most folks, I generally don’t do much about new year’s resolutions. I mean, every year, like most folks, I resolve to lose weight…if you’ve seen me around the show rings,...
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Palm Springs Pie Charts
The tents are up at the Empire Equestrian Park and Polo Field in Indio CA, ready for the 10,000 entries they will shelter over the next four days. Although the site, surrounded by palm trees and mountains, is among the prettiest venues...
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A January Jump?
I have written before about the January Jump, the early wins that can put a dog in the Top Ten All Breeds and keep him there all year. However, as I look at the coming new year, I found some interesting numbers...
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My Favorite Year
My favorite Christmas gift this year was a set of 1930s-size cocktail glasses, testament to my tendency for looking to the past for directions on how to navigate the future. Despite my penchant for looking over my shoulder, I have always been...
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Rose Colored Glasses
The last cup of eggnog has been drunk and the last holiday guest has been dropped off at the airport and life returns to normal. This last week of the year will be spent thinking about what is to be accomplished in...
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A Very Scottie Christmas
I often credit my Scottish Terrier, Bernie, with seeing me through my recovery from my 2005 bypass surgery. When I returned home after a grueling 30 days in the hospital, my family presented be with a 10-week-old Scottie puppy, telling me I...
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2012's Final Top Ten
It will be another two weeks before AKC announces the official end of year statistics, but I have a sneak preview for you now. Before I get into the details, I have a couple of provisos. These numbers are based, in part,...
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Social Media Transmitted Disease (SMTD)
I have a problem. I find myself at odds with my self-appointed mission in life. I like to think of myself as a cheerleader for the AKC conformation show. For 45 years, dog shows have been a refuge for me, a place...
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Top Dogs, Fresh Faces in Florida
I’m sitting in Orlando International Airport, thoroughly satisfied with my past five days at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship (AENC) and its three warm-up shows hosted by the Space Coast Kennel Club of Palm Bay, the Brevard Kennel Club and the Central Florida...
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Florida Finale, Day Five
Sunday, December 16, 2012 This is it, the last day of our 2012 season. By the end of tonight we will know who is Number One Dog All Breeds and who is the 2012 AKC/Eukanuba National Champion (AENC). We now know they...
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Florida Finale, Day Four
Saturday, December 15, 2012 8:00 AM I’m starting my day with Richard Beauchamp and his 30 Bulldogs this morning. I have had an affinity since I was a toddler (some 60 years ago), and today’s entry was terrific.  It will be the...
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Florida Finale, Day Three
If you read my Best In Show report on  yesterday’s Brevard County Kennel Club show here in Orlando, you know that some of our top dogs are shuttling between Orlando and Cleveland where there are four all breed shows competing with the...
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Florida Finale, Day Two
Thursday, December 13, 2012 8:00 AM Yesterday’s Space Coast Kennel Club Of Palm Bay show was a wild rollercoaster ride, and I am expecting more of the same at today’s Brevard Kennel Club show. The entries are up despite the competition from...
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Florida Finale, Day One
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 8:00 AM I’m here at the Orange County Convention Center for the first of the three warmups for the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship (AENC). Today’s offering is the Space Coast Kennel Club of Palm Bay. Because it is the only...
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Down to the Last Week
Our Top Ten Dogs All Breeds enter the last week of the season at the top of their game, with six of their number collecting BIS this week. Both the Number One and Number Two Dogs All Breeds, the German Wirehaired Pointer,...
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Pamper Your Pooch This Christmas
Because I spend most of my waking hours tethered to the Internet and because my children live on opposite coasts, I am doing much of my Christmas shopping this year online. And because I spend more of my time with my four-legged...
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Follow These First Timers
While most of the attention these past few weeks has been on the rivalry between our Top Two Dogs All Breeds, the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm, and the English Springer Spaniel, GCH CH Wynmoor Champagne Supernova,...
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Just Three Weeks to Go
We are down to the last three weeks of the show season, and our Top Ten are scrambling around looking for the last of the points. While there is a mathematical possibility that we will see some shift in our current Top...
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The Numbers Are In!
The numbers are in for next month’s AKC/Eukanuba National Championship show in Orlando FL, and they are huge. Fanciers will say goodbye to the 2012 season with the biggest entry of the year – 4,058 dogs entered in the regular classes. The...
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Top Dogs Give Thanks
The Thanksgiving weekend, with its reduced dog show schedule, can be pretty uneventful. After all we had 40 all-breed shows the prior week and Thanksgiving week had just 22 shows. However, in a year with the top ranking so hotly contested, there...
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Doggy To Do List
The last of the Thanksgiving leftovers have been stowed in the fridge and the last of the pots has been washed and put away. The Macy’s Parade, the National Dog Show Presented by Purina and Turkey Day football are now just fond...
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Thanksgiving Day Memories
Thanksgiving Day is my favorite holiday, primarily because it is such a focus of family activity, but also because it has become the focal point of my year, a time when I reflect on what I have to be thankful for. Each...
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Top Ten Thrills to the End
Every year about this time I get a little introspective, but this year has been especially compelling. I have just married off one child, and I am moving my 96-year-old mother-in-law into our home. For us here in the Wheeler household, it...
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Not Just Another Show
Now that I can turn my full attention back to dog shows, I started looking over my plans for next month’s AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. While looking for my application for a press pass, I ran across a comment from an exhibitor that...
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Looking Forward
I am finding that the aftermath of a big wedding is a bit like having the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade routed through your home. I will split my time today between the Dog Show Poop Monday Morning Mop Up and visiting wedding...
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Learning to Let Go
For me, today is all about letting go. It’s not something I do easily. I am the eldest son of the eldest son. Even as a young teenager, I was in charge of my younger siblings whenever my dad was out of...
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Are You Ready to Be in Charge?
In my work life I was a management consultant frequently called upon to do project management. Over the years I have overseen dozens of major projects, including several dog & cat shows and other projects for not-for-profit organizations. Over the past 13...
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Top Dog BIS & More
Before I continue my Monday Morning Mop Up over on Dog Show Poop, I want to give you a quick peek at this past weekend’s results and how they impact our Top Ten. It has been a real slugfest at the top...
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'At-Risk Breeds' in the Show Ring
My regular readers are aware that I have a soft spot for those breeds that populate the bottom of AKC’s annual registration report. After all I inked a column on the subject the very first week I published Dog Show Poop back...
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A Halloween Life Lesson
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. We carve a jack-o’-lantern, fix caramel apples and dress our artificial Christmas tree in fall foliage. Our four dogs always enjoy the extra activity in the house, especially if there is food involved, but each...
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Top Twenty BIS and Buying a Title
The show week ended with our top six dogs in the country packing up big rosettes in their tack boxes. The Number One Dog All Breeds picked up his rosette in Delaware OH yesterday, while the Number Two Dog, the English Springer...
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Can the Non-Professional Win?
One of the complaints I frequently hear from exhibitors is that the amateur owner-handler doesn’t have a chance in the ring against the professionals. I used to feel the same way. However, during my first couple of years in the sport I...
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Halloween Hounds
Halloween is America’s third favorite holiday, just behind Christmas and Thanksgiving. All Hallows’ Eve has evolved into one of the most fun, and most diversely celebrated, holidays on the calendar. Over the years, my wife and I have attended some of the...
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A Show with a Heart
Being the numbers nerd I am, I spend a good portion of my time here on the Back Story and over on my Dog Show Poop site focusing on the dog with the most points and the shows with the most entries....
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The Top Twenty Right Now
As our Top Two Dogs All Breeds face off in Pleasanton CA, I thought you might want to see an updated rankings for our Top Twenty. One proviso before I begin. The above numbers are provided for your entertainment. They do include...
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So Many Points, So Little Time
As I compile this week’s numbers, I had what we call in the military, a BGO (Blinding Glimpse of the Obvious). Apart from our top two dogs, there are only a few opportunities left this year for our top dogs to improve...
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Did You See That?
You would be hard-pressed to find a more exciting dog show season than we have had this year. Just take this past weekend as an example. While I focus a lot on our Top Twenty Dogs all breeds, this season has had...
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The Place To Be Seen
I am settling back into my routine after last weekend’s Terrier tour through the Philadelphia suburbs. Now that I am caught up on my show reports on Dog Show Poop, I can take a moment to reflect on my impression about the...
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Can I Kennel the Guests?
Throughout most of my adult life, I have been a multiple pet owner. Some of my pet populations have had their own rooms or even buildings. In California’s more temperate climate, I kept my parakeets and cockatiels in their own aviaries. It...
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Monday After Montgomery
I’m waiting on yet another plane this morning while writing my Monday Morning Mop Up for Dog Show Poop. Traveling is not much fun these days and wait times at airports are longer than ever. However, the waiting has an unexpected benefit....
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Montgomery County Mambo
Sunday, October 7, 2012 8:30 AM It’s a chilly, gray morning here in Blue Bell PA at today’s Montgomery County Kennel Club show. The weather has been a boon for the local economy as fanciers flocked to local malls to grab some...
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Doing Devon
We have moved 50 miles west from the Hatboro Dog Club’s show site in Wrightstown PA to Ludwigs Corner PA for today’s Devon Dog Show Association’s event. We’re expecting cooler temperatures, cloudy skies and the most dogs we will see all weekend. Saturday,...
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Here at Hatboro, Day Two
Friday, October 5, 2012   We’re back here in Wrightstown PA for the second day with the Hatboro Dog Club. If yesterday was any indicator, I will be prepared for surprises. With nearly 2,000 dogs entered, from all over the world, this...
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Here at Hatboro, Day One
  Thursday, October 4, 2012 9:00 AM I’m here at the Middletown Grange Fairgrounds for the day one show of the Hatboro Dog Club. It’s warm and muggy, and we’re anticipating a thunderstorm, but it doesn’t seem to have dampened the enthusiasm....
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Love the Breed You're With
Once again I am packing my bag before boarding a plane to go off and spend a few days at a major doggy event. This time I’m headed for suburban Philadelphia PA for the granddaddy of all Terrier shows, the Montgomery County...
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Big Points for the Top Dogs
After a few weeks of small to average entries, fanciers were treated to entries approaching 2,000 dogs at the weekend shows in Romulus NY and Monroe MI. Our Top Four Dogs All Breeds took advantage of the larger entries to extend their...
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Up-to-the-Minute Top Ten
As we enter the final stretch of our show season, I think it’s time to look again at where our top dogs are in the rankings. Our Top Two Dogs All Breeds are still extremely close with the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH...
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Tons of Terriers!
The numbers are in for the big Montgomery County Weekend in suburban Philadelphia PA, and they are impressive. Over the four-day weekend, October 4th through 7th, the fancy will be treated to almost 5,000 entries in the Terrier Groups. Five thousand…that’s as...
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An Encouraging Week
As I go over this week’s show results, I find myself much encouraged about the state of our sport. We have had a thrilling rankings race all this year with the Number One Dog All Breed title constantly in contention. This week...
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Montgomery County Favorites
Summer is behind us, and you can find exhibitors at your local show huddled around portable TVs & computer screens watching football in between ring calls. As soon as Monday Night Football begins, I start looking forward to the biggest event in...
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A New Florida Tradition
For the last 14 years, serious exhibitors have flocked to Brooksville FL in mid-January for the Florida Classic Cluster, 10 shows over 11 days, hosted by the Clearwater Kennel Club, Inverness Kennel Club, the Manatee Kennel Club, the Pasco Florida Kennel Club...
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Mark Twain Was Right
If you were following the dog show world this week, you, like I, must be in acute data distress. The sheer number of shows to be keep track of has me mumbling numbers in my sleep. With 40 all-breed shows in 18...
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Debutante Season?
I am drawn to our sport, in part, by its reverence for tradition. I am, after all, from the South where Rhett Butler & Scarlet O’Hara are our role models. However, I was introduced to most of my dog show traditions while...
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Florida Shows in Jeopardy
As I have written here, the month of January is critical to the AKC conformation show season. Three venues provide so many points that a dog who does well at one or more of the sites can build an almost insurmountable lead...
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Refocusing on the Prize
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...
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The Terrier Super Bowl
I am a Terrier owner. That admission is part boast, part confession. I and my dogs resist house breaking and will sulk for days if spoken to harshly. We are suspicious of strangers and loathe all forms of vermin. We also tend...
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Where the Points Are
As we put the summer wardrobe away and pull out the tweeds and sweaters in anticipation of fall, we wonder where the dogs will be over the next four weeks. September can be a slow month for the sport, but if you...
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Look at These Three Things
We are not yet finished with the holiday weekend, but I wanted to give you some of my impressions on the last weekend of summer. Three things stood out for me. We had several sites with extremely small entries this week, and...
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Which Groups Are Dominating Your Local Show?
I have been a numbers nerd all my life. It’s a combination of the entertainment factor…I was doing number puzzles before there was an Xbox…and insecurity…I trust numbers more than hunches. Lots of people think they know what reality is, but numbers are...
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Top Dogs, Top Owners
As one roams about cyberspace, catching up on the dog game, one gets to see a lot of our Top Ten Dogs All Breeds…and their handlers. However, you don’t always get to meet the team behind the dogs, the owners who make...
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Last Chance for Seersucker & White Shoes
This week marks the end of our dog days of summer. Here in the South, men will hang up their seersucker jackets and women will put the white shoes away until Easter. (Does anyone really wear white shoes anymore?) Dog show enthusiasts...
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Surviving Down the Stretch
I am normally a pretty stress free guy.  Since my by-pass surgery in 2005, I have made a conscious attempt to avoid stress.  As a retiree, who dabbles in dogs, that’s normally a pretty easy thing to do.  However, after returning from...
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A New Number One Dog All Breeds
It’s been a wild and wooly couple of weeks in the dog game. 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, have been...
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Summing Up Greeley
As I prepare to leave the Mile High City, I began going over the details of the last two days. While in many ways the Greeley Kennel Club’s two shows are pretty standard dog show fare, there are a few distinguishers that...
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Get Your Greeley On! Day Two
8:00 AM I am starting my day with 32 15-inch Beagles, one of our most recognizable breeds. The Greeley Kennel Club’s all-breed show and its accompanying limited-breed show & specialties have drawn entries from all over the US. However, today Clay Coady’s...
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Get Your Greeley On! Day One
Horace Greeley didn’t have a dog show in mind when he famously advised, “Go West, young man, and grow up with the country,” but then I am old and I am wiser than most young men. Therefore, I am here in Greeley CO...
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You Can Go Home Again
As I prepare to depart today for Colorado and this weekend’s Greeley Kennel Club shows, I cheerfully challenge Thomas Wolfe’s admonition of “You can’t go home again.” My family moved to Colorado when I was just five years old, and my memory...
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Where the Dogs Are
After a couple of weeks with just a few options, dog fanciers will be treated this week to 34 all-breed shows across five different time zones. Usually lots of locations mean fewer points at each, but this week, those seeking to better...
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It's Tight at the Top
Things are starting to get really tight amongst our Top Twenty Dogs All Breeds. After three weeks of our Top Two collecting three or four BIS apiece each set, the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm, finished his...
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Top Twenty Tour
With seven months of the season already in the record books, it’s a good time to take another look at our Top Twenty Dogs All Breeds. The chart below includes data through this past Sunday, but includes some estimated numbers generated by...
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Midyear Debuts
As our Top Ten Dogs close in on the last quarter of the season, we are seeing a crop of newcomers joining them. AKC’s newest breed, the Russell Terrier, became eligible for competition on June 27th this year, and on July 7th...
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Dog Show Drama
The operative word for our Monday Morning Mop-Up is “DRAMA.” The most dramatic event was the three head-to-head meetings of AKC’s Top Two Dogs All Breeds, the German Wirehaired Pointer, Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm, and the English Springer Spaniel, GCH CH...
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AKC's Owner-Handler Series
Eighty percent of all entries at our AKC shows are owner-handled dogs, the vast majority of which are nonprofessionally handled. (I don’t like the term “amateur,” for I believe many of our nonprofessionals are talented, experienced handlers.) It is for that group...
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Revisiting the Reserve Best in Show
When the Reserve Best in Show award was first proposed, I heard a lot of enthusiasm about it. After all, it was another way to get your moment in the spotlight. There were a few naysayers. At least one amateur owner/handler was...
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Olympic and AKC Records
While watching the coverage of the Olympics this weekend, I couldn’t help but drawing comparisons between the events in London and our own world class athletes at dog shows across the country. American swimmer Michael Phelps (you do know he owns an...
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Going to Greeley
I spent a good chunk of my childhood in the suburbs of Denver. The 1950s were a time of innocence (and ignorance) in the United States, and Denver was a perfect example of the era. Neat rows of newly built houses dotted...
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Numbers, Flowers & Murals
I don’t know about you, but I’m overwhelmed by the numbers in my life. I still am trying to figure out how it is I have access to over 400 channels, yet there is nothing worth watching on TV. And when did...
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Who Gets the Dog?
Most dog lovers have lived through those heartbreaking moments when the much-loved family pet goes missing. It may have been just for a few minutes after the meter man left the gate open. I had two terrifying minutes earlier this year when...
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Dog Days of Summer
Like much of the U.S., these past three weeks here in Memphis have been scorchingly hot. Two weeks of 100-degree-plus weather, punctuated by some spectacular thunderstorms, have settled into a balmy mid-90s test of the air conditioners in cars, malls & homes....
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Should Big Entries Get Special Consideration?
At a big all-breed show this year, I had one owner complain to me that despite the fact that they won an associated specialty they had been overlooked in the group that day. They weren’t just complaining that they didn’t get a...
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Breeders Are More at Risk Than Ever
Are you mad yet? I, Iike many of my generation, have become complacent about the attacks on our fancy. Over the past 40-something years, I have done my share of lobbying elected officials on behalf of the sport, but of late I...
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Summer's Look at the Top Breeds
I have just finished updating this past weekend’s numbers, and I have a couple of insights to share with you. One, our Number One Dog All Breeds, the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm, and handler Phil Booth...
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Hold 'Em or Show 'Em?
I’ve been writing a lot about the fresh faces I have recently seen on the show scene. It’s always exciting to see a new crop of hopefuls appear in the show ring. I know from experience how hard it is to bring...
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The View at Midyear
I have always liked heights. At the age of 3, I had to be rescued from my older cousin’s treehouse after scampering up into the older boys’ refuge when they vacated. I would spend part of my childhood in Colorado, climbing every...
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Fireworks and Scotties
I, like many Americans, have spent the day grilling and chilling, enjoying all the things that make life in these United States so special. We used to go down to the river after sunset and watch the annual fireworks display. However, all that...
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Fresh Faces
Over on Dog Show Poop, I give a lot of attention to the Top Ten Dogs in AKC, but I am always on the hunt for some fresh face, the dog that catches my eye as I walk through the show hall....
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Out in Oklahoma City, Day Four
Oklahoma City Kennel Club Day Four, Sunday, July, 1, 2012 8 a.m. Mildred Bryant drew an entry of 46 Great Danes to the closer for the OKC Summer Classic. I started in the sport before we had all the color-pattern variations in...
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Out in Oklahoma City, Day Three
Oklahoma City Kennel Club Day Three, Saturday, June 30, 2012 8 a.m. I’m starting this morning with Terry Carter’s entry of 31 Rhodesian Ridgebacks, a breed that exudes unbridled athleticism. Judge Carter went over her eight specials with great care before selecting...
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Out in Oklahoma City, Day Two
Mid-Del-Tinker Kennel Club Day Two, Friday, June 29, 2012 8 a.m. Oklahoma City is Bulldog country, and we are going to start in Norm Kenney’s ring this morning where he has 40 of the sour mugs. The much-maligned Bulldog is one of AKC’s...
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Out in Oklahoma City, Day One
We are here in the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, OK, for the OKC Summer classic, four days of all-breed shows hosted by the Mid-Del-Tinker Kennel Club and the Oklahoma City Kennel Club. This is likely to be the most competitive...
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Redwoods and Ridgebacks
I have arrived here in Oklahoma City for the OKC Summer Classic, and, before I turn my attention to the four all-breed shows here, I decided to look at what’s going on elsewhere in the U.S. West Coast fanciers actually have lots...
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The Dog Show Poop Top Ten
Over on my blog, Dog Show Poop, there is a lot of emphasis on what I call the “Traditional Top Ten.” One thing you’ll notice this year is three dogs from the Sporting Group, three dogs from the Working Group and no...
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Training Against Type
I was sitting with a fellow Terrier owner at a recent show, watching one of our Terrier breeds being judged when she said, “I am so tired of seeing Terriers shown like little Dobermans.” That got me to thinking. Are we training...
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The Ups and Down of Dog Shows
It is well-known that I am a numbers nerd. I’ve been that way most of my life. I actually had a perfect 800 on math on my college boards, which, unfortunately, did not translate into a 4.0 GPA. However, I did manage...
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Oklahoma City by the Numbers
I will be continuing my travels across America with a visit to Oklahoma City next week for the four-day OKC Summer Classic beginning Thursday. Although this is just the eighth year the Mid-Del-Tinker Kennel Club and Oklahoma City Kennel Club have teamed up...
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Happy Father's Day!
I wish all of you a Happy Father’s Day! Only on this day, and in some families on our birthdays, do we fathers get to indulge ourselves, sleeping in, watching what we want on TV, and eating what we want. This is...
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The Week So Far
I have had the happy circumstance in my life of stumbling across extraordinary talent. Among my favorite experiences have been seeing “Evita” on the road in San Francisco with Patti Lupone and Mandy Patinkin before they and the show won Tonys on...
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Breed Matchups to Look For
As I updated the statistics this week on AKC‘s Top 100 Dogs All Breeds, I noticed that we have some interesting breed matchups. Now some breeds consistently have multiple BIS winning dogs every year, e.g., English Springer Spaniels, Boxers, Doberman Pinschers, Standard...
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Keep Them Coming Back for More
Here on The Back Story and over on my original site, Dog Show Poop, I spend a lot of time talking about the top dogs of the show world. It makes sense if you consider that both sites are really online dog...
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Terrier Sandwich or Non-Sporting First Course
As we roll toward the mid-point of the show season and the first day of summer, we have more and more opportunities to attend an AKC show. For those seeking a maximum number of dog shows, it’s hard to beat the six-show...
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Making a Contribution
After a couple of weeks of chasing my tail (something my dogs taught me), I am pretty much caught up with my show coverage. Today I managed to write up results of nine shows, bake a lemon meringue pie and watch the...
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No Triple Crown Winner this Year
Today’s Belmont Stakes was, by any definition, a down-to-the-wire, photo-finish thriller, with Union Rags in a come-from-behind win over Paynter. However, the media focused on the crushed Triple Crown hopes of I’ll Have Another, the Derby and Preakness winner that was forced...
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Today's Top Twenty
After tabulating the results of the last two weeks’ 89 all-breed shows, I am left in a bit of a fog. But I  have to say this is one of the most exciting scenes we have seen recently. The competition is fierce. The dogs...
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Belting Bowser
I love Governor Chris Christie. He’s the kind of straightforward, clear-thinking, no-nonsense, fat guy I aspire to be. However, yesterday New Jersey implemented an intrusion into the lives of their citizens worthy of Michael Bloomberg or Jerry Brown. Now in New Jersey...
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Oklahoma City Summer Classic
As much as I enjoy spending time with my fellow dog fanciers, it is a bit like belonging to a secret society replete with its own language, e.g., “typey”; wardrobe, e.g., grooming smock, not by Kate Spade; and gang signs, e.g., throw...
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Bengal in the Branches
Many of you may know that, for a brief period of my life, I bred and showed Persian cats. What you probably don’t know is that in the cat fancy there is a huge divide in the cat game between long hair...
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Stay Connected, Get a Dog
Years ago when I was first introduced to the Internet, I remarked that “the world will no longer be divided between the haves and the have nots, but will be separated into the knows and know nots.” I failed to take into account...
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Around the Show Rings
I’m still assembling all the numbers from the big Memorial Day weekend, but our top dogs are already back out there this week adding to their point total. The Number One Dog All Breeds, the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Mt View’s...
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Mastering the Memorial Day Shows
I have reviewed all the results from this past week’s 53 all-breed shows, and there are some clear winners that emerged from the multiple show clusters. First out of the gate was the country’s Number One Dog All Breeds, the German Wirehaired...
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The Show Week Is Upon Us!
I am still digging out from under the results from 53 all-breed shows last week, but I feel obliged to let you know that the new show week is already upon us. The Bow Wow Luau Cluster (I couldn’t make this stuff...
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A Memorial Day Tale
After spending all day traveling yesterday, I am happy to be home despite facing a mountain of unanswered mail and unpublished show reports. Although it is theoretically possible to stay connected while sitting in an airport and even on an airplane, the...
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Lessons Learned
I spent a good portion of my life working with the military and approach everything I do as a mission with goals to be achieved. As I travel back home from Kalamazoo, MI, I look back over the last five days at...
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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...
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Catch Me in Kalamazoo, Day Four
Kalamazoo Kennel Club: Sunday, May 27, 2012 10 a.m. I started my day with a breed which I have lived with a couple of times, the Pekingese. The last one I had, back in the ’90s, I had inherited after my father-in-law died. CJ...
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Catch Me in Kalamazoo, Day Three
Grand Rapids Kennel Club: Saturday, May 26, 2012 8 a.m. Because today’s entry of 1,730 dogs is the largest of the five days, we are getting an early start. I am going to head to Dr. Anthony DiNardo’s ring to watch him...
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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...
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Catch Me in Kalamazoo, Day One
Pontiac Kennel Club: Thursday, May 24, 2012 9 a.m I’m here in Kalamazoo for day one of the Apple Blossom Cluster. The show hall is pristine, and the people are gracious. My thanks to Kathleen Sauve, Kevin Nieboer & PKC President Rhonda...
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A Memorable Memorial Day
I’m on my way to Kalamazoo, MI, for what promises to be a memorable Memorial Day weekend. I will be attending the Apple Blossom Cluster, one of three five-show clusters this week. The Apple Blossom Cluster, a remarkable demonstration of cooperation among the Pontiac...
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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...
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World Show Dreamin'
One of the items on my bucket list is to attend a World Show. While I would love to combine a trip to Europe and a dog show, that’s not the draw for me. Although I am properly impressed with the prospect...
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Around the Rings This Weekend
There are still show reports coming in from around the country, but I have a few things that I think might interest you today. The Affenpinscher, GCH CH Banana Joe V Tani Kazari, made the race for Number One Toy Dog a...
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The Next Extinct Breed?
Wandering around the Internet, I stumbled across an article on extinct dog breeds. Now, in our world of politically correct syntax, some would argue that dog breeds cannot become extinct because they are not naturally occurring subspecies of the domestic dog (Canis...
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Kalamazoo Judges, Entries and More
This year I am a making a point of visiting every part of these United States to see dogs I don’t normally see and talk with people I don’t normally hear from. Next week I will be in Kalamazoo, MI. for a...
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With Three You Get a Mountain
We are ramping up for the huge Memorial Day weekend with 41 all-breed shows this week, the most so far this year. The action is already underway in Scarborough, ME, where the Vacationland Dog Club opened a four-day set with the York...
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Saying Goodbye
Our 18-year-old Toy Poodle, Brenbill’s Scooter, passed over the Rainbow Bridge at 2 this morning. We have had several dogs live to be 15 or 16 years old, but were still impressed with Scooter’s determination to stay with his family as long...
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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...
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Keeping Cool When It's Hot
Memorial Day is the official beginning of summer here in the South, a day when women can wear white shoes and men can wear seersucker jackets. In anticipation of my upcoming trip to Kalamazoo, MI, for the five-show Apple Blossom Cluster, I’ve...
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Happy Mother's Day
On this Mother’s Day, I can’t help but think of how much pleasure my wife takes from the little things that our children and grandchildren do. Almost daily for the last 36 years, Brenda has called me to tell me that my...
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Expect Excitement Everywhere
12:15 p.m. PDT I’ve been manning the iPad & iPhone this morning, texting, tweeting & talking to various people around the country this morning. While we don’t have many big shows this week, the plethora of shows makes it all more likely...
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My Fantasy Campaign
One of my fantasies, and I suspect also of many people who have shown a champion or grand champion, is a dog worthy of a national campaign supported by unlimited funds. Don’t roll your eyes. You know you have dreamt about it....
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A Very Long Weekend of Shows
Our dog show “weekend” started today in Perry, GA, and will conclude next Tuesday in Albuquerque, NM. Today’s Columbus Kennel Club is the first of four slated for the Crossroads of Georgia Cluster in Perry. Tomorrow’s Southeast Alabama Kennel Club show will...
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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...
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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...
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A New Number One Dog All Breeds!
We have a new Number One Dog All Breeds. The German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm, overtook the Doberman Pinscher, GCH Ch Protocol’s Veni Vidi Vici, with a Best in Show at Sunday’s big Trenton Kennel Club show in...
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Inherently Dangerous or Inherently Stupid?
I know it’s not fashionable, but I admire attorneys, judges and all those who dedicate themselves to the preservation of our legal system. I spent my first 10 years out of college working with attorneys & judges, and found that most were...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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....
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Life at the Bottom
Every year the AKC releases its annual report on the 10 most popular dogs. Once again, the Labrador Retriever is the most registered dog in the U.S. However, here we want to focus on the 10 least popular dogs in the U.S....
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Not Funny
OK, is it just me or are you as offended by the President of the United States and those around him making jokes about his childhood experience with eating dog? While I am willing to forgive a child who was forced by...
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The Latest from the Show Ring
We have been going over the results of this weekend, and we can tell you that we had expected the Top Ten to get even more chummy as the new week begins. While the Number One Dog All Breeds, the Doberman Pinscher,...
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Tracking Down Our Top Ten
Among the most closely guarded secrets in dogdom is where each of our Top Ten Dogs will be each weekend. Now that the weekend is underway, I can tell you where some of our Top Ten Dogs All Breeds are.  First, the country’s...
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The Nanny State as Travel Agent
I grew up in a blue collar, suburban environment. Both of my parents grew up in homes struggling with the Great Depression. As a result, although we were decidedly middle class, we watched our money closely, and we were all expected to...
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Top Ten Gains a New Member
We had to wait a day longer than normal to verify this past week’s numbers, but we now have an up-to-date Top Ten Dogs All Breeds to share with you. A glimpse at the below chart reveals some changes from last week....
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Sand, Surf & Show Dogs
Just about everywhere you turn this week, there will be a dog show nearby. We have 39 all-breed shows in 15 different locations this week, including two island vacation spots. If you are in the Northeast, you have your choice of two...
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What Makes a Marquee Show?
It’s been my goal since beginning my blog, Dog Show Poop, to get out around the country to see the country’s best dogs, and meet and learn from the country’s most knowledgeable dog folk. I have been focusing on the “marquee shows.”...
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Let's Do It Again
I just posted on my Dog Show Poop site the results of today’s Lewis-Clark Kennel Club show in Lewiston, ID, the last show of the past weekend. Today’s BIS was the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Brighton Lakeridge Encore. It was the second...
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Where Are the Winners?
One of the things that I depend on is that dog folk will always play the dog show pundit game. You know what I mean. We all aspire to be the Anderson Cooper or Sean Hannity of the dog world. The truth...
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Release the Hounds...& the Herding Dogs
You may have noticed that I have been bemoaning the fact that there seems to be a paucity of Hounds and Herding dogs at the top of our rankings this year, but have you noticed what’s been going on so far this...
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How Do You Want to Be Remembered?
A couple of years ago, I was having lunch with a group of owners and handlers, all of whom were campaigning dogs in the Top 100 Dogs All Breeds. All were hoping to get their dogs higher in the rankings. I asked...
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Closer Than They Appear
This year’s rankings race continues to be extremely close as we begin the show week. While our Top Ten remains intact, there has been some tightening of the positions. The Number Eight Dog, the Affenpinscher, GCH CH Banana Joe v Tani Kazari,...
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Spring Has Sprung
Spring has sprung in the dog world with 35 all-breed shows in 13 different locales this week. Exhibitors with stamina can choose from four four-day clusters, the Terre Haute Kennel Club & Bloomington Indiana Kennel Club’s collaboration in Terre Haute, the Burbank...
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The First 100 Days
For over 100 days now, I have been sharing the back stories from the world of AKC dog shows with you here at Best In Show Daily. I actually started my association with BISD back in December just before I went to...
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An Everyman Best In Show
Mondays are my busiest day over on Dog Show Poop. It’s the day for the Monday Morning Mop Up, reports on all the shows I haven’t reported on over the weekend. Unlike all the other show reports out there, I actually talk...
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Dog Owners Make Better Godparents
As I have written here this week, I am here in Northern California for my new granddaughter’s baptism. Such an event invariably brings together family and friends one hasn’t seen in a while. My son & daughter-in-law, both in their mid-30s, have...
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April Is a Great Month
My wife, daughter & I are here in Northern California this weekend for my granddaughter’s baptism. When the three of us left California back in 1998, my son stayed behind with his then girlfriend, now his wife, the mother of my two...
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Reserve Best in Show, a BFD
On July 3, 2012, AKC will institute a Reserve Best in Show award. I applaud this. It appeals to my sense of order. In fact, I would like to see all the finalists ranked one through seven. One would think that after 14 seasons of “Dancing...
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A Wheeler Family Vacation
Family vacations at my house are complicated. First, there is a negotiation about who needs to participate. My family has become accustomed to the fact that my wife and I don’t always travel together. With two elderly mothers and five demanding dogs,...
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A Dog Show in Every Time Zone
Almost every American will be within a tank of gas of a dog show this weekend with shows in every region and every time zone. New Englanders can check out the Rhode Island Kennel Club’s two shows in Warwick. Harrisburg, PA, is...
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This Weekend's Winners
Once again, the week’s shows have resulted in some significant wins. Here are some of the dogs that had great results. The Miniature Poodle, GCH CH Surrey Sugar Baby, reminded us all that there is more to the Non-Sporting Group than Standard...
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Showing with the Lotus Eaters
I am a proponent of keeping a balanced life. I have found that dog shows alone will not provide me all that I need from life. That being said, I rarely pass up a chance to combine dog shows with other pursuits....
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Holidays at My House
On every family holiday, the dogs wake me up a little earlier than usual. It is not remarkable that the dogs can tell time. They know when it’s time to get up and go out, when it’s time for breakfast, when Mommy...
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Live Healthier with a Dog
My mother-in-law is 96, and she lives alone. We are within walking distance of her apartment and drop in on her a couple of times a day. Twelve years ago, our son gave his grandmother a Manx cat he picked up at...
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How Many Points Does It Take?
Yesterday I shared with you a chart showing the Top Twenty Dogs All Breeds as of 1 April 2012 and remarked how competitive I thought this year’s field was. I thought it might be fun to look at the past decade and...
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The Rankings Get Interesting
This morning I loaded the last of the weekend numbers for the Top 100 Dogs All Breeds into the Dog Show Poop database, and I thought I would share some observations with you all. Our Top Three Dogs have started to open...
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The Golden Age for Dogs?
I recently saw the Woody Allen film, “Midnight in Paris.” The premise that man’s golden age is the one you live in is a bit like “The Wizard of Oz” tagline, “There’s no place like home.” I share Allen’s fondness for the...
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How About a Dog Show AND Yosemite?
Once again exhibitors & spectators will have several options this week to see the best that AKC has to offer. If you have the time and interest, you will have an opportunity to take in one of the four show clusters spread...
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Matchups to Watch
Three months into the show year and some interesting breed matchups have started to develop. The most interesting races are in two groups, Toys and Herding. Now I am talking all-breed points here. I will go out on a limb and say...
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This Week's Winners
I have mostly completed this weekend’s show reports for Dog Show Poop, and again we have a couple of clear winners. The Maltese, GCH CH Scylla’s Small Kraft Re-Lit, continued his meteoric rise (see Upwardly Mobile Dogs) through the rankings with a...
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Every Dog Has His Day
Every dog has his day. I don’t know why it happens this way, but it seems that we frequently see multiple BIS from the same breed on the same weekend. This weekend the English Setters had their way with the competition. In...
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Canine Super Models
One of the things I think we are missing in our daily lives is the canine advertising icon. Among American males, I may be alone in thinking that Spuds MacKenzie is more memorable a super model than Gisele Bundchen. After a century...
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Upwardly Mobile Dogs
As we wrap up the first quarter of the show season, I am impressed with how wide-open the rankings race is. While our current leaders have a pretty comfortable lead on the field, one should take note how many dogs have moved...
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Where Are the American English Coonhounds?
I remember when my first child was still small that someone older and wiser gave me a very good piece of parenting advice, “Make your child entertain himself. If you keep choosing his activities, he will never find what he is really...
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This Week's Top Ten
As we get poised for another show week, I thought I would share the following chart showing the relative position of our Top Ten Dogs All Breeds. If you have been visiting Dog Show Poop (and we hope you have), you know...
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Showing, My Way
I like to think I represent the everyman in the dog show world. Part of that persona depends on me stepping into the show ring now and then. During the past 40 years, I have tried many different approaches to showing. In...
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The Weekend's Winners
I’ve spent most of the day going over the show results from this past weekend, and it’s pretty clear we have some big winners coming out of the last few days. After several weeks with the Sporting Dogs dominating the top of...
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Bouvier Breed Battle
While I focus much of my attention on the all-breed races, I always find the intra-breed competitions fascinating. One of the breeds that I have been watching is the Bouvier des Flandres. We have three Bouviers in the Top One Hundred Dogs...
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We Don't Understand
In this political year there has been much discussion about how much our elected officials are out of touch with their constituents. I suppose that one could argue that politicians actually are in tune with the electorate. What could not be truer, however,...
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A Blinding Glimpse of the Obvious
Once again, it’s been an OBE (Overcome By Events) day for me. As I start going through topics for today’s column, I started getting results from the Tarheel Circuit in Raleigh, NC, where several of our country’s top dogs are gathered. Today’s...
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Keeping Up with the Leaders
As I approach my first 100 days here at Best In Show Daily, I find that writing a daily column has its pluses and minuses. The obvious challenge is not running out of things to say. Most people who know me wonder...
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The Show Week Begins!
Dog show options on both the East and West Coasts have been limited these past couple of weeks, however, this week will reverse that trend. Our show week is already underway in Raleigh, NC, where the Carey Kennel Club opens a five-day...
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Louisville Breakout Performances
The Kentuckiana Cluster has always been a place for breakout performances. Last year the Boxer, GCH CH Winfall Brookwood Styled Dream, the Affenpinscher, GCH CH Banana Joe v Tani Kazari, the Pekingese, GCH CH PalaceGarden Malachy, and the Standard Poodle, GCH CH...
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Learning a Lot in Louisville
I just made it home from Louisville, KY, and I can’t help but think how much I learned during this trip. The Kentuckiana cluster is one of the best for seeing several representatives of one breed, including all ages from puppies to...
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Live from Louisville
Blogger In Chief Billy Wheeler is live in Louisville for four days to give you The Back Story on the Kentuckiana Cluster. Check back regularly as he updates this blog. To see photographs of winners and the day’s results, click on the...
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Lots of Louisville
Day One is over in Louisville and I am recovering from a day of dog show gluttony. I got an early start and managed to stop by several of the breed rings during the first couple of hours. As I have noted,...
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A Day Without a Dog
I’m a bit late checking in with you today as I have spent the day traveling to Louisville, KY, for the Kentuckiana Cluster. I had intended to get an early start, but a series of early morning phone calls delayed my departure....
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Group Leaders
After 10 weeks of competition this year, our rankings are starting to take form. If you read my blog, Dog Show Poop (and you should!), you know that I update the national Top Ten rankings every week. What a lot of people...
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Know Thyself
I celebrated my 63rd birthday last month. I spent the day traveling to New York for the Westminster Kennel Club show. It was pretty much the perfect way for this dog show junkie to celebrate the event. For some time now I...
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Be an Effective Advocate
Looking at some of the responses to my earlier post about the British Kennel Club’s new policy requiring health certifications for certain breeds, it reminds me that many people in the show community need to prepare themselves to defend our way of...
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Trans-Atlantic Alliances
As much as I am enjoying irritating the animal rights loonies on both sides of the Atlantic, I feel inclined to move on to some more positive subject. I am old and have a short attention span. Besides, the show scene is...
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A World Without Roses
As regular readers of Dog Show Poop know, I pretty much confine myself to being a cheerleader for AKC dog shows. I don’t usually get embroiled in legislative issues (although I have a background in such) as I think there are others...
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Crufts' Campaign Against the Purebred Dog
I am an admirer of most things British. I love tweeds, tea time, & cottage gardens, so it is no wonder that I am fascinated by Crufts. I have been up since the early AM awaiting results. While looking through today’s results,...
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This Week's Shows
Once again, fanciers in the Northeast & Mid-Atlantic will have few choices about where to get their dog show fix this week. The lone offering is in Milton NY where the Monticello New York Kennel Club & the Saw Mill River Kennel...
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Loving Louisville
I love Louisville, Next week I will be Louisville KY for the Kentuckiana Cluster, traditionally the biggest weekend of the season. Now, the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship week may actually have more entries, but the restriction to champions and grand champions, means that...
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Life at My House
I suppose I am different than most people…no, I know I am different than most people, but I suppose I am different than most show dog owners. I have no kennel runs, no exercise paddocks, no dog room…well, I do have a...
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The New Numbers Behind Majors
I’m off on a numbers nerd tangent again today. In compiling the national rankings, I’ve noticed some unusual distributions in the entries. When was the last time you saw four Sporting Dogs in the Top Six Dogs All Breeds? Admittedly, January’s point...
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Worth the Trip
Even though gas is over $4 a gallon in many parts of the U.S., it has not kept our top dogs from seeking out the points wherever they are. This weekend the points are in Scottsdale, AZ, where nearly 10,000 points are...
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We Have Video!
As much as I wax nostalgic for the “good old days” in the dog game, I have to face the fact that I am addicted to modern technology. Let’s face it, you would not be reading my rambling ruminations were it not...
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We Need Converts!
I admit to being a little off center. I’m not sure whether it is born out of that left brain/right brain thing or simple naiveté. In discussing the dog fancy, I find that the majority of insiders have difficulty looking at our...
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This Week's Shows
People think of the Northeast and West Coast as hotbeds of dog show activity and normally they are. However, this week, fanciers will look elsewhere for their weekly show fix. There are 22 all-breed shows this week in nine different areas from Florida...
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173 & Counting
173 & counting, breeds that is. Last week I looked at the AKC’s proposal for realigning and expanding the current seven groups of breeds. What struck me as extraordinary was the number of new breeds included in the realignment, a staggering 53...
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New Faces This Weekend
I love this time of year on the dog show calendar, post-Westminster. Many of the multi-BIS winners have traded in weekends on the road for romps in the backyard, chasing squirrels rather than breed records. As last year’s A-listers fade from the...
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Hoisted on Their Own PETArd
As a self-avowed cheerleader for AKC’s conformation shows, it should come as no surprise to anyone that I am an ardent anti-animal-rights advocate. While I have tried to be restlessly optimistic on Dog Show Poop, I admit to the occasional lapse into...
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The Latest Rankings
I am now caught up with my statistics and have both the Traditional Top Ten Dogs All Breeds and my Dog Show Poop Top Ten Dogs updated through last weekend. Here, early in the year, the rankings are very volatile, but even...
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Where Are the Shows?
While looking at my dog show calendar, I began my monthly pity party, whining about the dearth of dog shows in my immediate area. I have fond memories of living in Brooklyn, NY, and showing every other weekend and never driving more...
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Emergency Planning
I was pulled away from my computer this morning by a visit from a friend I had not seen in several months. My friend is a very energetic, self-made man, who has started more than one successful business. Among his companies is...
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Compare the Costs
As I review my monthly credit card statements, once again I must explain to my wife why dog shows are a bargain hobby. I know, I know, it seems like the dogs are living the life of luxury you dreamed about when...
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A Fairer Ranking System
For the past three years, Dog Show Poop has maintained its own ranking system. I wanted to recognize some of those dogs owned by the average dog show exhibitor, the exhibitor who doesn’t have a trust fund, the exhibitor who has a...
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AKC Owner/Handler Series
I get a lot of email about the influence of professional handlers in our sport. The best piece of advice that I ever got on competing against the professionals was in the ’70s from Bob Forsyth, then one of the most successful...
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Group Realignment
The Simon and Garfunkel song, “At the Zoo,” notes that “Orangutans are skeptical of changes in their cages.” That pretty much describes me and the dog game. I would just as soon that the dog game be as it was in the...
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There's No Business Like Show Business
If you are like me, when you get home from a dog show, especially a big event like Westminster, you need to go to the grocery to replenish those stores and you look at your bank balance and you say to yourself,...
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Catch The Wave
In the post show news conference, David Fitzpatrick announced that his Pekingese, GCH CH PalaceGarden Malachy, the 2012 Westminster Kennel Best In Show winner, would be retiring to become his pampered house pet. This is the happy fate of most Westminster BIS...
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To Bench or Not To Bench?
Much of my post-Westminster conversations with fanciers have been about the change in venue for next year. As I wrote yesterday, I was initially put off by the decision to move to the benching and breed judging to New York’s Piers 92/94....
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TRADITION
After leaving the 136th Westminster Kennel Club show and New York behind I begin sorting through the moments which caught my attention. Several things stick with me for the dog show scrapbook in my head. I had expected some inconvenience due to...
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Twists and Turns
The mood around the breed rings today at the 136th Westminster Kennel Club show was bittersweet, as it sunk in that only the breed winners next year will get to show “At The Garden.” This is the last year that the mere...
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Surprise, Surprise!
Today was a day full of surprises. I’m not sure you can call them upsets, but there were plenty of dogs with multiple BIS before their name beaten by dogs who had received their first big rosette. Among the surprises was in...
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Come on In! The Party Room Is Open!
Welcome to Our Garden Party. Tune your TV to USA Network and join us for the dogdom’s ultimate armchair quarterbacking. Please say hello to your host when you come in and then feel free to mingle. It’s like any other open house....
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Sunday at the Hotel Pennsylvania
New York is, well, New York, even more so during Westminster. I stopped by the Hotel Pennsylvania on Sunday to take in the New York Metro Specialties hosted by the Knickerbocker Dachshund Club, the Meadowlands Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club, the Chihuahua...
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Show or No Show
I am sitting in Manhattan eating a real Reuben sandwich–OK, it was prepared by a Korean counter man–and ready to dive into the uniquely New York experience that is the Westminster Kennel Club show. Now that I am here and the show...
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The Whole Story
Master blogger Billy Wheeler has been telling “The Back Story” to Best In Show Daily readers since the year began. From his ringside reporting to his book reviews, Billy brings the world of the show dog to life with an inimitable voice...
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Progressive Dog Club
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...
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What Are the Odds?
For the sixth year, Johnny Avello, Executive Director of Race and Sports at the Wynn Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, has published the odds on the Westminster Kennel Club Best In Show winner. Now no one disputes Mr Avello’s expertise in...
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The Way I Saw It
As I attend to the last minute details for my trip to New York for next week’s Westminster Kennel Club show, I started reminiscing about some of the recent shows. What I find interesting is how different segments of the dog world...
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Dog Show Shoe Shopping
I am in the process of packing for my trip to New York this weekend to cover next week’s Westminster Kennel Club show, but I am already looking forward to March’s Kentuckiana Cluster in Louisville KY. The mammoth four shows ranked first,...
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Here We Go
I was a football fan once, back when I lived in San Francisco during Joe Montana’s years with the 49ers. Now I only watch football occasionally–the games conflict with my dogs shows–, but like most of Americans I watch the Superbowl. While...
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Around the Ring this Weekend
After this weekend, most of last year’s top dogs will be heading to New York for the Westminster Kennel Club show.  The show’s February date makes it a kind of canine all star game.  The season is already over and all the...
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Come To A Garden Party
I just finished a two hour Twitter Party with 11 of my fellow bloggers during the initial broadcast of December’s AKC/Eukanuba National Championship (AENC). It was a great opportunity for all of us to share our experience of being at ringside during...
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Westminster Circa 1976
As I prepare for my trip to New York for this year’s Westminster Kennel Club show at New York’s Madison Square Garden, I remember my last time showing at “The Garden”. It’s been 36 years since the last time I had a...
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A Book About Us
One of the recent trends in journalism is the practice of “embedded journalists.”  Growing out of reality television, it began as serious journalism with the coverage of U.S. military action in Iraq and has evolved into reporting on the current political campaigns...
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January's Top Ten Dogs All Breeds
• Yesterday, I talked with you about how we rank the top dogs in our conformation game and whether the current system really measures the accomplishments of our best dogs.  Today I am going to share with you the ranking that everyone...
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Who's Top Dog?
I am a numbers nerd.  I spent most of my professional life as a management analyst/consultant pouring over statistical data trying to interpret it.  When I began writing the blog, Dog Show Poop, I fell back on my statistical background to support...
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Who Will Take Your Dog?
“Soap actor commits suicide after pup’s ‘forced’ euthanasia” The headline disturbed me on so many levels. First and foremost, every suicide invokes a common guilt for all, the feeling that we, as a society, failed the victim. However, I want to keep...
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Does Momentum Matter?
Momentum is a factor in lots of pursuits in life. An individual baseball player can be on a batting streak or an actor can have a string of box office hits or a dog can have several consecutive weekends of BIS and...
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Westminster Multiple BIS Winners
Any one who has every stepped inside a show ring knows that winning a Best In Show at the Westminster Kennel Club show is the pinnacle of a show career. What is amazing is that some dogs have been to the top...
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Westminster Warm-Ups
While every dog lover knows that the Westminster Kennel Club show will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York next month, most do not know that there are several warm-up events of note in the days before the main event....
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Westminster Breed Match Ups
For most of the general public the Westminster Kennel Club show is known for the six hours of live televison coverage of the Group & BIS judging. For most of exhibitors the focus is on the breed judging. In my book, winning...
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Man's Oldest Friend
The worlds of science and archaeology are abuzz this morning about a domesticated dog skull found in a cave in Siberia. The skull was found in the Altai Mountains, in East-Central Asia, where Russia, China, Mongolia and Kazakhstan come together. The University...
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What Will Westminster Judges Do?
As I prepare my annual Whom to Watch at Westminster (WWW) list for my Dog Show Poop site, I am perusing the judging assignments, trying to get some data that might help me with my predictions.  First, let me say that the...
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Westminster Grooming Over The Years
As I prepare for my February trip to New York for the 136th Westminster Kennel Club (WKC) show, I am reminded just what a wonderful on line site the WKC maintains.  If you haven’t spent some time meandering through their pages, you...
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A New Generation
GCH CH Coventry Allure at Wyndstar One of the most fun things about this time of year is the chance to become familair with a whole new generation of show dogs.  Yesterday on Dog Show Poop I wrote up the Best In...
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An Early Peek at the Rankings
All my life I have been fascinated by numbers. I spent most of my work life as a management consultant, relying on a wide range of mathematical tools. So when I began my blog, Dog Show Poop, including a ranking system was...
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Getting Around at the Garden
This will be my first trip back to the Westminster Kennel Club (WKC) show in three decades. Though I exhibited there frequently in the 1970s, in recent years I have preferred to enjoy the competition from the comfort of my family room...
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Flash Drives & Horcruxes
It should come as no surprise to anyone who reads my blog, Dog Show Poop, that I spend a lot of my time online. After spending two hours on the phone this morning with my new online pharmacy, I began to realize...
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Stop SOPA & PIPA!
While I don’t normally get political in my public writings, I feel obliged to join the hundreds of thousands of on line information providers in protesting our federal government’s attempt to censor the Internet. Pending before your US House of Representative is...
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Rose City Classic Begins
This week’s Rose City Classic in Portland, Ore. is one of the marquee stops on the annual dog show calendar.  It’s also one of the largest clusters of the year, with over 10,000 dogs actually competing.  Only December’s AKC/Eukanuba National Championship and...
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My Westminster Moments
I look forward to the Westminster Kennel Club show like most kids look forward to Christmas. When other kids were running down to the corner dime store (a distinctly 1950s term) to get the latest Marvel comic, I was looking for the...
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Upset or a Glimpse of Greatness?
I hope you followed my rule not to bet the lunch money on a dog show. For if you did bet on the outcome of yesterday’s Inverness Florida Kennel Club in Brooksville, Fla., you are likely brown-bagging it today. While the eventual...
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Countdown To Westminster
GCH CH Foxcliffe Hickory Wind, 2011 WKC BIS Winner It’s just 29 days to the granddaddy of all dog shows, the Westminster Kennel Club (WKC) show. The second oldest continuously running sporting event in the US (Only the Kentucky Derby is older),...
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Don't Bet The Lunch Money
The Florida Marathon can be a brutal, even for those at the top of this sport. All seven of the finalists at yesterday’s Manatee Kennel Club opener were multi Best In Show winners. Three of them were among the Top Ten Dogs...
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Behind The Show Reports
The show year is fully underway and I have been poring through the early catalogs.  Here are a couple of things that I thought you might find interesting. First, the Fancy’s most respected Pekingese breeder and handler, David Fitzpatrick, went Best in...
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What Is The Purpose Of A Dog Show?
Today begins the five-show Celebrate Virginia cluster in Fredericksburg, Vir., I have always found this venue to be one of the most inviting in the Mid-Atlantic region. Housed at the 6-year-old Fredericksburg Expo & Convention Center, the cluster boasts modern facilities, a...
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Checkout The Florida Marathon
My trip home from Palm Springs was reminiscent of the John Candy/Steve Martin film, Trains, Planes, & Automobiles, but I am now home at my computer desk and able to blog to my heart’s content. Witt the 2012 shows of the Kennel...
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Look For These Dogs
As I await my plane to leave beautiful Palm Springs, Calif., I am going through the Kennel Club of Palm Springs catalog, making notes about the dogs I saw this weekend that I think are the ones I will be reporting on...
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You Need A Plan
I woke this morning on a mission to see more of the amazing dogs I have not yet seen here in Palm Springs.    I do have a kind of plan when I visit these mega shows.  I make a list of...
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Palm Springs Day Two
I spent day two in Palm Springs focusing on the nearly 700 hounds that showed up for today’s Inland Empire Hound Club of Southern California.  For a dog show junky like me it was overwhelming to watch 118 Rhodesian Ridgebacks, 74 Whippets,...
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Palm Springs Begins!
There are few sites that evoke the glamor of yesterday like the Empire Polo Fields in Indio Ca, home of the Kennel Club of Palm Springs.   Though today was just the opening salvo of limited breed shows & local breed specialties,...
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Dog Show Travel Tips
My day began today at 0400 (that’s 4 a.m. for those of you with no military acquaintances), a rude reminder of the pleasures of air travel today. There was a time in my work life when I and most of my associates...
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Deja Vu All Over Again
In one of my earlier posts I was reminiscing about all the breed records that fell in 2011. As I head to Palm Springs CA for the first show of the year, I am getting a sense of déjà vu for I...
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2012 Terriers2Watch
Yesterday I asked you where were all the Terriers in 2011.  Here are four Terriers who made my Dog Show Poop DOGS2WATCH list last year and are likely to be among the Top Dogs All Breeds in 2012. Two are based in...
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Where Are The Terriers?
On Thursday we will be at one of the first dog shows of the year, the Desert Empire Terrier Club Of Southern California day one limited breed warm up to the big Kennel Club of Palm Springs weekend. As a Terrier guy...
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Anticipation
Today begins my daily visit with you all here on Best In Show Daily. I hope to bring you a little closer to the world of AKC dog shows and all the Back Stories from one of the greatest hobbies around. I...
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Get An Early Start
I have barely wrapped this dog show year and I am already looking forward to the new year and the January shows that will set the pace for 2012. There are three venues in that critical first month of the year that...
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Be Part of History
As I sort through all the events of the past week, I keep going back to what encourages me to visit these large “marquee” shows.   While I freely admit that I still think of the Westminster Kennel Club (WKC) show, the second...
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Introducing 'The Back Story'
Welcome to Best In Show Daily!   I am Billy Wheeler and I’m here to give you the Back Stories from the dog show world. Some of you may know me as the publisher of the dog show blog, Dog Show Poop. I...
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Orlando Day One
I am in Orlando FL for the 11th Annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship and while we wait for tonight’s Group judging, I want to bring you The Back Story. I missed last year’s event and had forgotten how much walking one does. No...
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Orlando Preview
Now that the RVs are actually in queue to unload in Orlando I can give you some predictions for this weekend‘s AKC/Eukanuba National Championship (AENC).  Saturday evening’s Groups will be Hound, Toy, Sporting, & Non-Sporting in that order.  I expect the four...
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Moving On Up
This has been one of the most interesting years statistically since I began publishing my blog, Dog Show Poop. It’s rare at this point in the year for dogs to be within striking distance of our Top Ten Dogs All Breeds. However,...
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