The dog world was stunned by the sudden passing of longtime Mastiff breeder/exhibitor and purebred dog fancier Joe Sanchez last night. Nearly everyone in the sport knows the Sanchez family, and Joe was beloved by everyone who met him. Joe and his wife, Carla, started breeding Mastiffs under the Southport prefix in 1982. The produced numerous #1 Mastiffs, Best in Show, and National Specialty winners including many of the top winning Mastiffs in the history of the breed.
The Beverly Hills Kennel Club shows are being held this coming weekend at the Pomona Fairgrounds. As most of you know, this show will air on television Easter Sunday.
Today marks the first day of the North Florida Classic Cluster cluster in Tallahassee, FL. Day one includes two shows in one day. I’d love to hear from folks about how they feel about the two-shows-in-one-day concept. It would be interesting to hear the exhibitor’s perspective and their opinion of the impact on dogs. I took a quick look at the show schedule and felt badly for the professional handlers. I continue to be hesitant about this concept, especially for young dogs. I am not sure the “more show the better” concept is the right approach. It certainly didn’t work for Starbucks. Here’s hoping all goes smoothly.
Another change exhibitors experienced this year was the ring surface. New carpet was used in the breed rings at the Pier and in the group ring at the Garden. Unfortunately, the new carpet gave many dogs and humans some trouble. Many exhibitors had bloody knees and several dogs experienced raw pads which resulted in an inability for them to move at their best.
Hats off to Harry Miller and his team who worked endless hours and stood in the rain to manage the shuttle service to and from the Pier at Westminster. This team also managed the traffic outside the venue. One of Harry’s shuttle drivers walked off the job the first day because he didn’t like dogs… sadly, the replacement didn’t have strong driving skills and caused a bit of a wreck at 8th and 34th Streets.
Despite the excitement, Harry managed to keep the buses running and get everyone to their destination safely and in a timely manner…
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