Victor Malzoni Jr., owner of two 2012 Top Ten Dogs, with Gabriel Rangel and GCH CH Afterall Painting the Sky (Photo by Kayla Bertagnolli)

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 it possible for us to enjoy this sport every weekend. Some of the owners are also breeders, but not always. Even rarer at the top levels of competition is the breeder/owner/handler. We think it’s about time we introduce you to the owners of our Top Dogs.

Our Number One Dog All Breeds, the English Springer Spaniel, GCH CH Wynmoor Champagne Supernova, was bred & is owned by Erin Kerfoot, PhD, who co-owns Peyton with the Telltale English Springer Spaniel team of Delores Streng & Celie Florence, and backers Beth Fink & Ken Goodhue-McWilliams.

The Number Two Dog, the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm, is owned by Victor Malzoni Jr. The ubiquitous Brazilian is responsible for bringing us two of our Top Ten Dogs All Breeds this year. In addition to the GWP, Oakley, he is the co-owner of the Number Four Dog, the Wire Fox Terrier, GCH CH AfterAll Painting the Sky. Three of Victor’s dogs have set breed records over the last three seasons: Oakley, who just broke the record this month; the Skye Terrier, GCH CH Cragsmoor Buddy Goodman; and the Portuguese Water Dog, GCH CH Aviator’s Luck Be a Lady.

GCH CH Protoco;’s Veni Vid Vici and
Breeder/Owner/Handler Jocelyn Mullins

The Number One Working Dog & the Number Three Dog All Breeds is the Doberman Pinscher, GCH CH Protocol’s Veni Vidi Vici. FiFi was bred by Jocelyn & Kevin Mullins, who co-own FiFi with Suzy & Dick Lundy. We love a breeder/owner-handled dog, and FiFi is the most successful one this year.

The Number Four Dog, the Wire Fox Terrier, GCH CH AfterAll Painting the Sky, is owned by Tori Steele, Victor Malzoni Jr. and Mary & Scott Olund, who also breed Standard Poodles, & Diane Ryan.

AKC’s Number Five Dog and Number One Toy Dog is the Affenpinscher, GCH CH Banana Joe V Tani Kazari, bred and owned by Mieke Cooymans, who co-owns with Zoila Truesdale. Zoila and husband Dr. William Truesdale have backed many top-ranked dogs, most recently the Boxers CH Dramatic Story Of Sherry Shoot Jp & CH Hi-Tech’s Southern Belle, as well as the winningest Harrier in history, CH Downhome Family Tradition.

The Number Six Dog, the Kuvasz, GCH CH Szumeria’s Wildwood Silver Six Pence, is the winningest Kuvasz of all time.  Tanner is owned by Mercedes Vila, Claudia Muir and breeders Lynn Brady & Constance Townsend. Mercedes has the distinction of winning two different national specialties in two different groups this year. Tanner won the Kuvasz Club of America National, and Mercedes is the breeder/owner/handler of this year’s BISS at the Chinese Crested Club of America National Specialty, GCH CH Crestline Butters Scotch.

GCH CH Marlex Classic Red Glare with
Owner/Handler Armando Angelbello

Our Number Seven Dog All Breeds is the Miniature Pinscher, GCH CH Marlex Classic Red Glare, owned by Leah Monte, who also breeds both varieties of Chihuahuas, & Armando Angelbello, who has bred MinPins for over 25 years.

An experienced team of Cocker breeders recognized greatness early and watched the Number Eight Dog, the Black Cocker Spaniel, GCH CH Casablanca’s Thrilling Seduction, become the top-winning Sporting Dog in AKC history. Beckham was bred by Linda Moore, who co-owns with Bruce Vandeman, Carolee Douglas & Mary Walker.

Kimberlie Steele-Gamero, breeder & handler of the Number Nine Dog, the Boxer, GCH CH R and G’s Mystical Dancer, put together owners Roberto Bezerra, a Brazilian Boxer breeder; Barbara Bachman and Richard Servetnick, both backers of CH Capri’s Magic Maker Of Sassy, a Boxer handled by Kim’s father; Boxer legend Gary Steele & Carol Desmond, who also shows Bearded Collies.

Our Number Ten Dog, the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Jaset’s Satisfaction, is owned by Michele Molnar, & Jamie Danburg. Michele and Jamie are no strangers to national campaigns. In 2008 they watched their Pug, CH Tupelo Shoboat Tu China Tu, make it to the Number Eleven Dog All Breeds, the Number Three Toy Dog, Group Four placements at the Westminster Kennel Club & AKC/Eukanuba National Championship shows, and a Best In Specialty Show at the Pug Dog Club of America.  Boo capped his career with a Group Two at the 2009 Westminster show.

So next time you are at a show with a dog that you admire, ask someone if the owner is there and thank him/her for sharing with all of us. They are the unsung heroes of our sport. And that’s today’s Back Story.