|Barked: Thu Feb 14, '13 9:27pm PST |
|That's ok, Wat! You just appreciate a good dog. These are good, too, 'cept different I've said before, I had my own "aha" with Hatter, the GSD, who was a tepid controversy in that he wasn't astoundingly correct, but he was such a master showman with a temperament that wasn't merely proper but had you thinking he was a "great guy." He was just this marvelous character. If you down this page just a sec, there is a picture of him sitting before his press, all by his lonesome , that I feel grabs who he was better than any other. If there was a dog who could have converted the most ardent dog hater, it was this one. Even his most rabid detractors thought he was the coolest dog they'd ever met
This year, I thought Lab was ok....sometimes they are fat. That dog wasn't fat. I was all over the GWP in that they are a bit like Giants....tend not to excel in the worlds of specials, so it is nice to see one doing so well. I however thought the dog seemed not on his best game, a little ala Westminster distracted. Thought the Cocker asked for it more. No bias....he's not my favorite Cocker....but I came away thinking the class was more his.
I love that Smooth Fox and always have. The face marking is just....I mean, c'mon, WOW!....and I have never seen him not be the quintessential Fox Terrier in terms of his carriage and attitude. That's really my "deal" in terms of show dogs I love. They should be just scream whatever it is they are supposed to be.
The winner is show dog, through and through I can't remember what year, but one where he lost Group I thought he was the winner. It was going to be luck of the draw whether he won this show or not, some year. He's just a brilliant show dog, and I was happy to see him put up. I don't really get lost in breed bias and such at Westminster. I divide the line between a "correct" dog and a show dog. That to me is a function, and if someone wants to spend bizarre sums of money making a star out of a dog who is one, that's ok. These dogs don't grow on trees.
Everyone ragged on the GSD, but she could have worse and she's an old lady. If I could have a GSD pressing eight move like that, and I'd be feeling pretty good. I agree with Toto. She is an all rounder (she was a Select as a younger bitch, Toto). People need to look at the big specialty dogs too rather than define by an annual Westminster view.
The entry I think had some compromise with Jimmy Moses judging, but people are just going to need to get used to it. He knows every body, he's handled every dog....he can't judge a show where he doesn't have some personal connection. I think it's a whole lot of cat clawing, IMO. He'll put the best dog up and is a little Annie Rogers Clark with a shrewd eye for what a dog could be under better handling. Just in a round about way I read a piece of the legendary Afghan Tryst of Grandeur, and there his name crops up once again where he provided some mentorship and of what a difference that made. His eye for a good dog is uncanny. And for all the screams of how he ruined the breed, a lot of people hated Dallas initially and said he was nothing, looked too German, bladdy blah, but he persevered with him and that has done the breed a world of good. That was a really nice dog and he proved a sensational sire. Has really firmed up pasterns, his dogs are fantastic on sheep, super stable. Much like that Doberman Fifi getting stuck with a Doberman judge this year, Dallas was really unlucky to show under one judge who refused to forgive his soft ear....she denied him Group the first year, and then he got stuck with her in the BIS ring the next Oh well
I will be curious what they do about the classes. The OES cracked through, and taking out the rarer or newer breeds, so did the Irish Wolfhound and Boston. Those came out of the classes also. For Toto, if you want to click up to 28:00 the judge seems an ogling sigh of awe (and this dog got breed at the hands of past BIS judge James Reynolds). I think felt very confident he was sending a live one into the big finale.
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