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 recent winners that I think will be there and then check that list against the catalog to see if they actually did enter.  before I start wandering around the show grounds I sit down with my list & the catalog and schedule my visits to the rings to watch these dogs in action.

However, like Kirstey Alley wandering through a doughnut factory, I end up stopping every few feet to indulge my senses.  It is virtually impossible to walk past any of the rings here and not pause to watch for a moment.  Yesterday, I went looking fora ten month old Tibetan Mastiff (more on that later) and stopped to watch the Affenpinscher & Maltese judging.

While I had seen the Affenpinscher BOB, GCH CH Tamarin Top Banana, before, it had been several months.  As always Topper and handler Jorge Olivera entertained & charmed judge & gallery alike.  I had not seen the Maltese breed winner, GCH CH Scylla’s Small Kraft Re-Lit, before, but as a former Maltese breeder, I was impressed with “Hank” and breeder/owner/handler Tara Martin Rowell.

Unfortunately, I had to make my way back to the Group judging before I got to see the Tibetan Mastiff, CH Sierra’s Sasha-Yakone Nanuk.  Happily, he managed to go Best Of Breed out of an entry of nine TMs and I got to see him up close in the Working Group.

I still haven’t made it to the Doberman & Rottweiler rings and then there are the Salukis & Basset Hounds.  Wait was that Cane Corso ring over there?  At least dog shows are not fattening.