What a disappointment for us to wait in anticipation for 3 months of watching the "Animal Planet Dog Championship 2008" show last Saturday. Our Ch. Kandylands Kream of the Krop was the BOB for Toy Poodle and was in the Toy Group. As I feared might happen, she was one of the dogs that were cut out of the taped show. We did catch a couple of "glimpses" of her, but that was it. When they show a dog show, they really need to make every effort to include all of the breeds in the groups and cut out some of the other "filler" that they show.
For the good news, we finished 4 champions last year, 3 we bred and 3 we owned in 4 different colors. Our Ch. Blondie has won 8 out of 8 BOB/V's so far this year including the Puget Sound Poodle Specialty. Her little sister by repeat breeding has pointed in 7 of 8 shows with one major. She has 12 points at 10 months. She was WB/BOW and Best puppy in Show (3 varieties) at the same specialty.
For the bad news, we lost my mom last April 4th unexpectedly and then lost my dad last Oct. 22nd. One of my drivers of 10 years is battling cancer at the age of 50 and it does not look good. (he has two daughters age 10 & 6).
I am so very sorry for the double loss of both of your parents (hugs to you). Also hope that your driver wins his battle. For his sake and his children's.
Congrats on the wins this year! Sounds like you guys are blazing through those CH titles! Sorry that you didn't get to see your girl compete. I agree that extending the length of the show to allow for both commercials (to pay for the thing) and seeing ALL the competitors would be a nice change. Try finding Pyrs on those shows! Talk about a flash then gone~ lol!
"Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful".
It's not that we didn't get to see her. We watched live and I also recorded it on my video camera. (Look for Kandyland on You Tube). The quality of uploaded video is so poor though. I think the first priority of the televised dog shows should be to show all the breeds. One of the bigger handlers (Taffy McFadden) was showing dogs in two groups. Her toy (Machester or something) was terrible on the table. But, her and her husband are big handlers. I don't know if Edd Biven (announcer) has anything to do with it either, but ...
Sorry for the rant. I guess we'll have to wait til' Eukanuba in Long Beach (hopefully!)
Yeah watching Animal Planet's coverage, I do get a bit disappointed when they don't do all of the breeds too. I forget the channel but one time I caught the big dog show they had up in New England that took place after the National Dog Championships. They included all breeds and I loved it!! I do wish you luck in any upcomming dog shows.
Thank you Shiny and LPN. Looks like all the old timers are moderators now...guess I should have stuck around. I'll try to get on more often, but we stay very busy with the fur family. I emailed Discovery .com with my complaint about the show, but I'm pretty sure we'll get a pat answer. Here's a link to my video of Blondie at the "Dog Championship/Toy Group": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWxaPArifqg The quality isn't the best, but that's what you get on youtube.
Nice to see you! Congratulations on your accomplishments I am really very sorry to hear of your close losses My family is going through a lot of chaos with different illnesses, so I sympathize. Like mafia, I also lost my grandmother coming up on 2 years.
Hope to catch you around more often and that the next time we hear from you, you've only got some more good news for us!
I, too am sorry to hear about the loss of your parents. I lost both of my grandparents within six months. This time last year I was running back and forth to the hospital to make sure my grandmother was being taken care of properly. I still can't bring myself to go any where near the hospital she was at.
I too think that they should focus on showing all the dogs and cut out the cheesy personal interest stories. I was so exited to watch crufts last year to see how the dogs there differed and they cut the rotties out.
With everyone else, my deepest sympathy on the loss of your parents.
Usually one of the two Public Broadcasting stations in this area show the Whole show. I think it maybe the show the other poster mentioned, it has all the dogs in it, each in its class then the winner then all the winners, then best in show.
It runs over 2 hours, a lot of times the commentator is Ron Regan's son, I forgot his first name. He either is very knowledgable about dogs, or has a good script. I manage to catch it most of the time, and have gotten a heck of an education on dogs I didn't even know existed, what they were bred for etc.
Congratulations on your wins, and good luck in the upcoming ones.