The first taped-for-broadcast Beverly Hills Kennel Club Show is in the books. As with any production such as this there are bugs to be worked out, but overall, the feedback was positive. I think that the group and Best in Show rings will look lovely on television. Outreach like this to the general public is great for our sport: The more people watch dog shows on TV, the more it will peak their interest, and hopefully inspire folks to consider getting involved in purebred dogs. I will shoot everyone a reminder about the Easter airing of the show as the time nears.
While I recognize that there is a lot to a production like this, I do think it is important that the television producers and crews are better educated about the fact that it IS a dog show, and consideration must be given to the exhibitors and their dogs. After all, without the dogs and the exhibitors, there would be no TV program. With some logistical tweaks next year, this event will be even better! It is unfortunate that some PETA demonstrators somehow snuck in to the Best In Show area, but they were escorted out as quickly as possible. “Talent” doing interview vignettes were Johnny Wier and Tara Lipinski, Olympic skating personalities. Maria Menounos was also actively chatting with folks. Bo Derek, who looked amazing, was hanging out at her dog shampoo booth during the day and joined in the Best In Show festivities in the evening.
On a different note, those exhibiting on the West Coast will notice the absence of AKC Executive Field Rep Lee Herr who is no longer with the American Kennel Club. Brian Martin pitched in and represented AKC at the Beverly Hills cluster. We will see who the new face is out West soon, I am sure. I’ll keep everyone informed (grin).
Healing thoughts to Luke Ehricht who had a bit of a mishap with a hedge trimmer. My most sincere sympathies to Julie Mueller and Gene Blake on the loss of their beloved Saluki, Tyler Joe. He is gone way too soon and he will certainly be missed. I was also so very sorry to hear that Virginia Murray lost her sweet horse, Lennon, to colic.
The dog world was shocked by the sudden, unexpected passing of Joe Sanchez. Joe was a great breeder of Mastiffs and supporter of purebred dogs. He will be missed by all.
Among those off to Europe/Crufts include Peggy Beisel-McIlwaine, Tuni and Ernie Conti, and Janice Hayes and Eric Ciceron. Crufts live streaming information can be found here on our website at caninechronicle.com!
Birthday wishes this week to Diana Hadsall, Lois DeMers, Lauren Hay-Lavitt and Diana Wilson.
Stay safe out there my friends, please keep in touch with your travels, anniversaries, etc! Until next time…..
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