GCH CH Goldsand’s Columbus

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 as 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, met four times this week in Fort Wayne IN, with the Springer, Peyton, winning all four encounters. Peyton’s take through Sunday included two BIS and three additional Sporting Group Firsts. However, the GWP, Oakley, made the most of his one BIS this week, grabbing the big point total on Saturday in Fort Wayne. Add that to four more Group placements, and Oakley still has a 1,400 point lead in the rankings.

The Number Three Dog, the Doberman Pinscher, GCH CH Protocol’s Veni Vidi Vici, took Friday off, but joined the folks in Virginia Beach VA on Saturday where she took an RBIS and followed it with the BIS on Sunday. The four-day set wraps up today. FiFi is well behind the Top Two, but cannot let her guard down as the Number Four Dog, the Wire Fox Terrier, GCH CH AfterAll Painting the Sky, is waiting for an opening to make up the 4,000-point deficit she faces.

While most of the attention this year has been focused on the Sporting Group, the Toy Group is also hotly contested. The Number Six Dog All Breeds, the Miniature Pinscher, GCH CH Marlex Classic Red Glare, has been in hot pursuit of Number Five, the Affenpinscher, GCH CH Banana Joe V Tani Kazari. The two had a rare meeting this week, on Wednesday in Fort Wayne, with the MinPin, Classie, prevailing. Classie abandoned Fort Wayne on Thursday for Knoxville TN where she picked up the big rosette on Thursday. The Affenpinscher, Joey, answered with his own BIS in Fort Wayne on Friday, holding onto a 2,700-point lead over Classie.

The real action this week was at the bottom of the Top Ten. The Number Ten Dog, the American Foxhound, GCH CH Kiarry’s Pandora’s Box, was also in Knoxville for the American Foxhound Club of America’s 2012 National Specialty. In addition to taking home the BISS at the national on Saturday, Jewel added three more all-breed Bests to her record-setting resume. Normally, such a performance would advance the winner at least one spot in the rankings. However, the Number Nine Dog, the Boxer, GCH CH R and G’s Mystical Dancer, was in San Angelo TX collecting BACK2BACK BIS from the Concho Kennel Club, leaving the Jewel, and the Boxer, Danny, virtually tied.

Finally, there were BIS by two dogs not among the rankings leaders. On Saturday in Bloomsburg PA, the Pekingese, GCH CH Yakee’s Easily Persuaded, picked up his second BIS of the year. Rodger’s owner/handler, Pekingese specialist David Fitzpatrick, has been taking it easy this year after campaigning the Peke, GCH CH PalaceGarden Malachy to consecutive Top Ten finishes culminating in BIS at this year’s Westminster Kennel Club Show. I suspect you will be seeing a lot of Rodger and David next year. The five-day set in Fort Way IN wrapped up yesterday with a BIS by the Russell Terrier, GCH CH Goldsand’s Columbus against Top Ten competition. Bosse is the only Russell to win an all-breed BIS since they began competing in June, and he now has four in 16 final appearances. I look for this one to be among our top dogs next year and have made him my newest DOG2WATCH.

Next month’s AKC/Eukanuba National Championship will showcase most of our Top Dogs, as well as many that I’ll be following next year. Don’t forget the AENC entries close on November 14th, a full week ahead of its local warm-ups. Get your entries in, then look for me in the hall. I’ll be there all week. And that’s today’s Back Story.