GCH CH Casablanca's Thrilling Seduction (Photo by Jeffrrey Hanlin)

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 Number One Dog, the Doberman Pinscher, GCH CH Protocol’s Veni Vidi Vici, is taking the weekend off to spend time with breeder/owner/handler Jocelyn Mullins’ grandson. Doesn’t get much better than that.  Number Two, the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm, was in Decatur, IL, the past two days collecting two Sporting Group Ones, but is in Eaton, OH, for today’s Fort St. Clair Kennel Club show.

The Number Eight Dog, the Black Cocker Spaniel, GCH CH Casablanca’s Thrilling Seduction, was in Lewisburg, WV, picking up his 106th career BIS at yesterday’s Magic Valley Kennel Club show.  The win ties the record for Cocker Spaniels set by the Black Cocker Spaniel, CH La Shay’s Bart Simpson back in the mid-1990s. On hand to see it was Number Four, the English Springer Spaniel, GCH CH Wynmoor Champagne Supernova.  Today Peyton & handler Robin Novack are in Ohio to go head-to-head with the GWP, Oakley, and handler Phil Booth.

Our newest member of the Top Ten, the Wire Fox Terrier, GCH CH AfterAll Painting the Sky, showed up a day early in Birch Run, MI, to collect the Best In Show at Friday’s Terrier Club of Michigan’s limited-breed show. Sky & handler Gabriel Rangel will hang around for today’s Progressive Dog Club of Wayne County all-breed show in hopes of improving on her Number Ten ranking.

One thing we will say is this is one of the most mobile Top Tens we have seen. If the first quarter is any indication, you can expect our top competitors to continue to split venues on many weekends, showing all over the U.S. From where I sit, this is a good thing as it gives all of us a chance to see the nation’s best dogs no matter where we live. And that’s today’s Back Story.