Labels: Animalia, Craps-n-Giggles, Sundries Series
posted by vbspurs at
2/09/2009 12:01:00 am
Hey Peggy, when you read this, please let Sundries readers know about who we should watch out for, in Monday's Westminster Dog Show!I never miss it, but it's great to have a real live expert on hand to share some tips. :)Cheers,Victoria
By vbspurs, at Mon Feb 09, 06:24:00 am GMT-5
We introduced a Lab/Dalmatian puppy into the household this weekend and the response from the cats was amusing--from "What the hell is that thing?" to "If it comes near me I'm going to kill it".
By Starless, at Mon Feb 09, 08:45:00 am GMT-5
That quite a theme you've got going there: pussi three weeks in a row.
By chickenlittle, at Mon Feb 09, 03:10:00 pm GMT-5
Greetings, Victoria and Westminster KC fans!!As an avid dog show exhibitor myself (and now for my shameless brag...a dog I co-own and handle...earned his 7th and 8th Best in Show awards in UKC competition this weekend!!....not bad for a 3+ year old male, Gordon Setter).Okay...now for the nuts and bolts...The Westminster KC is held annually in NYC the 2nd Monday/Tuesday of February. The show is open ONLY to champions of record. They limit the number of dogs that can enter to 2500 I believe.In each breed, during the course of the year, statistics are kept at two levels - all-breed and breed. All-breed refers to the number of dogs you beat outside your breed. Breed competition refers to how many dogs you beat of your own breed. If your dog is ranked in the Top 5 of the breed, you will gain an automatic invite to Westminster, where you don't have to jump through hoops to get to make their lottery deadline.With that said, today's competition featured breed judging of: Hound, Terrier, Non-Sporting and Herding and you can easily see all of the individual breed competition and results on this web site: Westminster Kennel Club. They stream video for each breed competition.Tomorrow night will feature: Sporting, Working, Toy and Best in Show competition. I will be watching and cheering for the Gordon Setter winner in the Sporting Group. The #1 Gordon Setter, Nike, retired after the Gordon Setter National Specialty. Nike was not only the #1 Gordon Setter, but he was the #4 Sporting Breed dog.For more information on the Top Dogs of 2008, you can check out the Canine Chronicle.There are a lot of top dogs out there and a lot of my armchair quarterbacking will come after I see all the winners of the groups. There are often upsets in the Garden and a dog that may be a favorite may not even get out of breed. Even in hobby sports, politics abounds. And....as we all know, that little "extra" that a dog has pushes him/her to win that coveted Best in Show ribbon.I have had the pleasure of attending Westminster in 1999 with Judy Browne who owned Kirby, the great Gordon Setter, Ch. Bit o' Gold Titan Treasure. Kirby repeated as the Group 1 winner of the Sporting Group in 1997, 1998 and 1999. This was only done previously by a Smooth Fox Terrier in 1906, 1907 and 1908.One of my goals is to be able to show at the Garden. I am hopeful that next year or the year after, that River will get that automatic invite and then we will get him there...as it is very expensive endeavor....but one of those opportunities that can't be passed up!The atmosphere at the Garden is exciting....and one that dog lovers everywhere should witness at least once in their lifetime. The first thing that I noticed was the green astroturf and how small the rings truly are.I hope that you all enjoy the show tonight and tomorrow. I will be at my mom's house watching on cable with two Gordon Setter friends as we cheer everyone on in the Sporting Group!!The list of esteemed judges are:Sporting - Mr. Robert Ennis of Angola, NYHound - Mrs. Patricia V. Trotter of Carmel, CAWorking - Mrs. Paula Nykiel of Washington, MOTerrier - Mr. Peter Green of Bowmansville, PAToy - Mr. Fred Bassett of Broken Arrow, OKNon-Sporting - Mrs. Charlotte Patterson of Destin, FLHerding - Mr. Robert Slay of Cary, NCThe Best in Show judge for 2009 is Sari Brewster Tietjen of Rhinebeck, NY. This is a huge honor for judges to judge anything at this show. I believe that at some point in time I have shown to all but two of these judges.Good luck everyone and enjoy!!Hug your pooches -Peggy :-)
By Peggy Gero DaValt, at Mon Feb 09, 04:41:00 pm GMT-5
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