Dogdom's Finest of 2005
Annual Show Dogs dinner honors the best and brightest.
Allan Reznik and Susan Chaney
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The hurricanes of the past year had a significant effect on dogs and owners throughout the country, whether victims or rescuers. A second such recipient whose efforts were acknowledged at the podium was Noahs Wish, based in Eldorado Hills, Calif. The animal welfare organization was named Shelter of the Year by award sponsor Lambert Kay and Arm & Hammer. Looking toward the future, founder Terri Crisp, urged all attendees to create a disaster plan for their pets.
With the Winter Olympics opening one day earlier in Torino, it was fitting that Osters Len Quist suggested that grooming could qualify as an Olympic sport. The only question: Should it be part of the summer or winter games? Groomer of the Year Vero DaSilva would certainly make the team. In accepting the award from Oster Professional Products, DaSilva gave credit to those without whom she couldn't compete. Thanks to all the dogs, she said.
When Trotter and Battaglia returned to the podium, it was time to name the seven dogs that had won the most Group Firsts in each American Kennel Club group in 2005, as well as the top obedience dog.
Leading the pack in Sporting dogs was Ch. Telltale Salute, an English Springer Spaniel with 88 Group Firsts. Breeeder/owners Celie Florence and Delores Streng emphasized the once-in-a-lifetime quality of such a win. They've known the dogs co-owner and handler, Robin Novack, since her teens, encouraging her to pursue her passion for the sport.
Hound Group winner was Ch. Afterglow Woody Woodpecker, a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, with 77 Group Firsts. English import Woody had already established himself as a winner before coming to America. Handler Clint Livingston knew from the first time he put Woody in the ring that he would be a fun dog to show.
With 81 Group Firsts under his belt in 2005, Ch. Brookwoods Mystic Warrior emerged as Working Group winner for the second consecutive year. While the Boxer had a lot to do with his own success, co-owner Deborah McCarroll-Fagan emphasized what a team effort it takes to campaign a dog to these heights. She thanked Tommys breeders, co-owner, handler, and her husband, Mark, for his unwavering support.
A relatively uncommon terrier breed triumphed in his group: Sealyham Terrier Ch. Stonebroke Right on the Money with 88 Group Firsts. His owners Mickey and Linda Low gave thanks to their handler, Gabriel Rangel, and to the Sealyhams breeders, Howard Stone and Laura Jones.
A Pekingese with international credentials claimed the Toy Group victory with an astounding 128 Group Firsts. Ch.Yakee If Only, bred by Albert Easdon and Philip Martin in Glasgow, Scotland, is owned by Kit Woodruff and handled by David Fitzpatrick, who piloted Jeffrey to No. 1 dog All Breeds. Page 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
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