Meet GCH Ayrwen Star Kissed Delight

February 16, 2015

WKC DeeDee

I had the privilege of sitting next to this little lady during the Shiba Inu competition. Better known as DeeDee, she took Best of Opposite Sex today in the Smooth Coat Chihuahua ring.

Best of Opposite Sex means the best entry in the ring who is the opposite gender of the Best of Breed winner.

Preliminary Herding Results, Westminster 2015

February 16, 2015

As of 2 pm, here is what’s available for the Herding Group:

AUSTRALIAN CATTLE DOG: GCH Corral West Feel The Sting
AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD: GCH Copper Hills No Reservations CGC
BORDER COLLIE: GCH Tang Dynasty Rocky
CARDIGAN WELSH CORGI: GCH Aubrey’s Tails Of Mystery
COLLIE (SMOOTH): GCH Tir Nan’ Og Return To Camelot
OLD ENGLISH SHEEPDOG: GCH Bugaboo’s Picture Perfect
PEMBROKE WELSH CORGI: GCH Coventry Just A Little Crush
POLISH LOWLAND SHEEPDOG: GCH Stonebrook’s For Your Eyes Only
PULI: GCH Zaydah Guns A Blazing
PYRENEAN SHEPHERD: GCH La Brise Sun Bear
SHELTIE: GCH Suncrest Cerulean
SWEDISH VALLHUND: Ch Jonricker Prince Oscar BN RN AXJ AXP MJP2 OA OF

More results between 5 and 8 pm, with Best in Group judging to begin at 8 pm.

Preliminary Non-Sporting Results, Westminster 2015

February 16, 2015

As of 2 pm, the following results have been posted:

AMERICAN ESKIMO DOG: GCH Nuuktok’s Atka Inukshuk
BOSTON TERRIER: GCH Ken’s N’ Roobarb N’ The Horse Ya Rode In On
BULLDOG: GCH Just Lonestar Bright Lights Big City
DALMATIAN: Ch Merry Go Round Coach Master
FINNISH SPITZ: GCH Dv9k9’s Red Hot Star
FRENCH BULLDOG: GCH Fulla Bull Soulja Boy
TIBETAN TERRIER: GCH Barnstorm To-Jo B’En Wicked @ Adominos By Dzine
XOLO: GCH Bayshore Georgio Armani

More results between 5 and 8 pm, with Best in Group judging to begin at 8 pm.

Preliminary Toy Group Results, Westminster 2015

February 16, 2015

Not all of the results are in yet, but here’s where we stand as of 2 pm.

BRUSSELS GRIFFON: GCH Seagryphs Sleeping With The Anemone
CHINESE CRESTED: GCH Kulana’s Sh-Boom
HAVANESE: GCH Love’s Havaheart Los Goodfellas
MIN PIN: GCH Marlex N Marisol Bold Moves
PAPILLON: GCH Involo The King Of Pop
PEKE: Ch Pequest General Tso
POM: GCH Hitimes What The Inferno
PUG: Ch Belaire’s Royal Comet
SHIH TZU: Ch Krissy’s All That You’Ve Been Dreaming Of
SILKY TERRIER: GCH Karisma Heart And Soul
TOY FOX TERRIER: GCH Dejavu’s Big Dog Daddy
YORKIE: GCH Trio’s Big Shot

More results between 5 and 8 pm, with Best in Group judging to start at 8 pm.

Preliminary Hound Winners, Westminster 2015

February 16, 2015

Although not all of the Hound breeds have been judged yet, here’s preliminary list of Best in Breed or Variety.

BASENJI: GCH Ahmahr Nahr’s Halleleujah Makes A Joyful Noise
BEAGLE, 13 INCH: GCH Carlota Sommerled De Suarias
BEAGLE, 15 INCH: Ch Tashtins Lookin For Trouble
BLACK & TAN COONHOUND: GCH Bayaway Jersey’s Due Process Of Law
BLOODHOUND: GCH Flessner’s International S’Cess
GREYHOUND: Ch Grandcru Giaconda
HARRIER: GCH Happy New Year’s Celebration Bray
NORWEGIAN ELKHOUND: GCH Vin-Melca’s Daggarwood Delight
OTTERHOUND: GCH Aberdeens Under The Influence
PHARAOH HOUND: GCH Bazinga A Dream Of Spring For Mia
PLOTT: GCH C-Cruz Mob Boss Vito’s Gotcha
PORTUGUESE PODENGO PEQUENO: GCH Pirata II De Viamonte CM
REDBONE COONHOUND: GCH Sidearm Return Of The King
RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK: GCH Mount Ridge Splash Of Nash An A Dash Of Aslan SC CGC
SCOTTISH DEERHOUND: GCH Foxcliffe Chelsea Piers
TREEING WALKER COONHOUN: GCH How The West Was Won

More results between 5 and 8 pm, with the Best in Group judging to begin at 8 pm.

Westminster 2015: Who Do You Want to See?

February 4, 2015

rp_Morty-OK-350x234.jpgI can’t believe it’s nearly here! I leave February 13th for NYC to see this year’s Westminster show – my first time as a member of the 4th estate.

I’ll be attending Agility on Saturday, and will try to fit in a visit to the AKC Meet the Breeds event. Then, of course, I’ll go to the preliminary breed judging during the daytime on the 16th & 17th, before attending group judging and best in show both of those evenings.

So, I’m open to suggestions – what do you most want to hear about? I’ll take as many pictures as I can, but you know I’m not a great photographer, so we’ll have to see how those turn out.

Who’s got a favorite breed they want me to cover from beginning to end? You all know I’m partial to Beagles and Vizslas, so you’ll surely be seeing lots of them, but in two days I’m sure I can follow some other breeds, as well.

Let me know via your comments below.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Saturday Survey: Designer Dogs

January 10, 2015

I ran a post earlier this week about dog breeds used to make so-called designer cross-breeds. Your thoughts on this trend in dog husbandry?

What do you think of designer dogs

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Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Tuesday Top Ten: Breeds Used to Create Designer Dogs

January 6, 2015

From the Boredom Therapy website:  an adorable  Golden Husky

From the Boredom Therapy website: an adorable Golden Husky

If you’re not familiar, designer dogs are those cross-breeds that are specifically bred – primarily to be cute as a button! As opposed to typical dogs whose ancestral tree hasn’t been purebred in a long time, these dogs made by always crossing the same purebred breed to another (consistent) purebred breed. For example, a Puggle is made by crossing a Pug and a Beagle. You can’t cross a Puggle to a Puggle and expect to get a baby Puggle.
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Saturday Survey: Where does your dog fall on Slate’s Dog Graph?

December 6, 2014

Earlier in the week, we published the dog graph recently featured on Slate.com. Where did your dog end up?

Where did your dog rate?

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For my dogs:
Kayla is a Rottweiler / German Shepherd mix, which places her as Inexplicably Overrated.
Penny is a Beagle, making her a Hot Dog.
Daisy is a Puggle, with both the Beagle and Pug (and so, presumably a mix of the two) a Hot Dog.
Cooper is a Vizsla – too rare to be on the graph, I’d imagine.
And, of course, my two cats fall into the Hot Dog quadrant. (Did you catch the cat on the graphic when you looked at it?)

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Slate.com’s Big Graph of Dog Data

December 2, 2014

from Slate.com

from Slate.com

Earlier this month, Slate.com ran a graphic excerpted from David McCandless’ book Knowledge Is Beautiful: Impossible Ideas, Invisible Patterns, Hidden Connections–Visualized.

Each dog breed is pictured to indicate size, and color-coded by breed group. Dogs facing the left side of the graph are supposed to be less intelligent than those shown facing the right.

Dogs closer to the top of the graph are more popular than those at the bottom, while those closer to the right side scored highest on a cost-benefit analysis performed by the author than those on the left side.

The analysis was performed by adding together a score on intelligence, longevity, common ailments, and cost, then subtracting out the grooming and appetite scores.

The dogs whose public hype most closely matched their high cost-benefit scores include Labs, Poodles, Dachshunds, Mini Schnauzers, Cockers, and Brittanies. And if you look closely, you’ll see a cat in there as well.) Dogs who showed as overlooked treasures include Affenpinschers, Welsh Springer Spaniels, and Border Terriers, while Great Danes, Boxers, St. Bernards, Mastiffs, and especially Bulldogs were depicted as inexplicably over-rated.

An interesting graphic, and a lot of information to digest. If all of the info in the book is this in-depth, I think my head might explode if I attempted to read it!

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

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