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IceAlisa
02-14-2012, 07:48 PM
Wheeee! One of my neighbors won Best in Breed. I had no idea she had show dogs; she owns a grooming parlor, so she's always got a yard and houseful of dogs, but none of them ever struck me as anything special :shuffle:.

Indeed, there were a few dogs from your state. Congrats to your neighbor!

Beefcake
02-14-2012, 08:21 PM
:mitchell:

Done in by a weiner dog! Shenigans! Shenigans, I say!


Sigh, okay, he was a fantastic little weiner. I'm at peace with Chanel's "runner-up" status,

but :shuffle: I cannot be resposible for what Miss Dog may do when we play the DVR tonight. (She's avoiding spoilers.) :dog:

taf2002
02-14-2012, 08:56 PM
I loved Surrey Sugar Baby on rfisher's result link..the brown midsized poodle. I've never heard of a Lowchen...what an adorable little dog, it's also hypoallergenic.

rfisher
02-14-2012, 09:11 PM
It's rare for a brown to be good enough. They usually have a lot of flaws. There were two browns in Bella's liter. The mother's line carries the gene for brown and occasionally they show up even though she's black and was bred to a black male. Draco (who came from better quality lines on both sides) is a true black where Bella isn't. Not, that all those blacks in shows are true. Dye does wonders.

Prancer
02-14-2012, 09:31 PM
Indeed, there were a few dogs from your state. Congrats to your neighbor!

I can't argue with her devotion to the job, so I guess she deserves it. She's always taken very good care of her dogs, but her kids? Most detached, uninvolved parent I have ever seen. :shuffle: I always thought her kids should have had four legs.

IceAlisa
02-14-2012, 10:20 PM
Some people who are overly involved with animals have a hard time relating to humans.

danceronice
02-14-2012, 11:59 PM
BTW, we were pleased to see that our breed, the English Toy Spaniel, made the cut in the Toy Group. Our breed never gets any respect, so it was nice to see the breed do well.


I was in LOVE with Dash! And I usually will vastly prefer the Cavalier over the English Toy. (Yes, as my love of Stump would also indicate, I have a thing for small spaniels.) It might have been my imagination but it seemed like the English Toys looked a little less...pug-faced than in previous years. Pekes are about the only breed (pugs included) where I don't really mind the squashed face, so the pop-eyed extreme on some English Toys I never really liked.

Tucker found it :blah: that there was no love for the Pembroke in the herding group, but then that one did look a bit skinny to her!

cygnus
02-15-2012, 12:17 AM
My Alaskan Malamute will be watching (and so will I.):)

The Alaskan Malamute can finish second to the Siberian Husky.

Allskate
02-15-2012, 01:05 AM
Also, has there been any discussion about Westminster changing sponsors because the Pedigree "sad dogs up for adoption" ads were not part of a "shared vision (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/11/nyregion/westminster-dog-show-parts-ways-with-pedigree-a-longtime-sponsor.html)"?

That makes me want to donate some Pedigree dog food to my local shelter.

dbell1
02-15-2012, 01:15 AM
Wonder if Pedigree is doing another fundraiser this year? They earned $500K last year for shelters. So sad that the Westminster PTB thought showcasing shelter dogs was 'unhappy', but that's life outside of the pampered life of a few show dogs. My first German Shepherd was a fully trained purebred. She came from the local shelter.

Now watching the Retrievers. So freaking happy. :lol:

Garden Kitty
02-15-2012, 01:20 AM
Wonder if Pedigree is doing another fundraiser this year? They earned $500K last year for shelters.

Pedigree will be on The View on Feb 17th for The Mutt Show. :cheer: (http://www.pedigree.com/)

oleada
02-15-2012, 01:27 AM
Schnauzers of all sizes :cheer2:

rfisher
02-15-2012, 01:58 AM
Gorgeous Irish Setter winning the sporting group.

Westminster and AKC have a dilemma with the shelter endorsements. It's not that they are opposed to shelters (although they prefer breed rescue groups), it's the mixed breed dogs that make up the majority of shelters. Those dogs should never have been there in the first place. They have the same issues with backyard breeders who sell to puppy mills. Two dogs should only be bred in order to improve the breed standard. The pups that aren't breeding quality should be spayed/neutered and sold as companion dogs. If this was the case, there wouldn't be any need for the animal shelters and thousands of dogs wouldn't be put down each year. So, it's a dilemma for them. I buy my dog food at PetCo and buy a bag of food for the local shelter each time I go. I don't buy Pedigree (mostly because it's not very good dog food :shuffle: ). I also bring my old towels and other things for them. However, I've always had purebred dogs bought from responsible breeders.

Go Dobie or Akita in the next group. My Akita was the granddaughter of the Akita that won Westminster. And she looked a lot like this dog. Bella is watching her.

Bernese Mountain Dogs remind me of a snickers bar.

I love those Suburu commercials. :rofl:

danceronice
02-15-2012, 02:24 AM
G. I buy my dog food at PetCo and buy a bag of food for the local shelter each time I go. I don't buy Pedigree (mostly because it's not very good dog food :shuffle: ).

Another point, if the ads are true and the last five winners were all eating Purina Pro Plan, maybe it started to seem a little silly advertising Pedigree? (Don't look at me, I feed my dogs a diet called "whatever wet food is on sale and Tractor Supply 4Health Kibble.")

And SOMEDAY, I will have a registered purebred puppy. I should have built up enough homeless-pet spay-netuer karma with five dogs and four cats I can get myself Stump Jr if I want. (I adore Stump. I'm a Stump fangirl. I get the Uno love, I've had beagles and beagle mixes, I have my Pembroke, but I just adore Stump.)

rfisher
02-15-2012, 02:40 AM
A purebred doesn't have to cost that much if you're buying pet quality. :)

The Dobie wins! One of the best dogs I've ever owned. RIP Cody. We had boxers when I was a kid. Also great dogs.