Last night I watched the live stream of Eukanuba 2012 (because for some silly reason they only televised the groups on Sat) and was enthralled. I saw dogs I’d never seen before and plenty of dogs I read about all the time on DSP. I made my guesses and was pleasantly surprised the times when I was wrong, especially when Maya the Border Terrier took down several big name handlers to snatch the Terrier Group 2!
Every time I watch one of these big shows, be it Euk or Westminster, I dream about taking Wally to them. I mentally plan my whole show season so that I can peak at Eukanuba and then coast until Westminster. Unfortunately real life makes it difficult to live those dreams: work, money, time. So I’m picking and choosing what to shoot for, making mental calculations based on everything from Wally’s age to who will be campaigning to how many shows I can justify paying to travel to. Showing a special can be complicated!
My thoughts on Eukanuba 2012…
- I loved Harley the Saluki, GCH CH Shiraz California Dreamin’, who won RBIS. Funnily enough he was co-bred by my old boss, Valerie Nunes-Atkinson. This dog is classic with gorgeous movement; he also won the 2012 World Show in Europe.
- Was totally unsurprised and even expected that Sky, GCH CH Afterall Painting The Sky, won BIS. She’s been on fire all year and I was very happy for Gabriel and his team that they won this prestigious award. She’s always impeccably groomed and a pleasure to watch in the ring!
- I was surprised that Fifi, GCH CH Protocol’s Veni Vidi Vici, didn’t win BOB. She did, however, win Best Bred-By in Show! Every time I see Jocelyn Mullins, Fifi’s owner/breeder/handler, free stack the Fifinator I’m filling with longing down to the marrow of my bones. If I own a Doberman one day it’s because of Fifi.
- I was pleased to see Maya, GCH CH Meadowlake Simply Sinful, win a Group 2 against very tough competition. All the top terriers were in attendance and it’s quite a feat that she bested all of them except Sky, the one bound for BIS. Props to Maya on her awards and on making the Border Terrier look good!
- Other breeds held some less pleasant surprises, with dogs I felt were sub-par winning BOB. In the interest of not being an a-hole I won’t name names, but needless to say we all have our own opinions and sometimes they don’t parallel. That’s part of what makes showing dogs fun: anything can happen.