Tuesday, February 15, 2005

WKC Dog Show -- Day 2

Day 2 of the Westiminster Kennel Club Dog Show began with crowning the winners in the sporting, hound and herding groups. Sporting was first. Stumpy, the highly acclaimed Sussex spaniel, was in this group, but it was a German short-haired pointer named Carlee that came out on top of that group. The hound group was next. This group has some of the largest and smallest dogs. The big surprise in this group was that Noodle, a wire-haired dachshund, got called out into the final six. However, it was Knotty, a bloodhound, who advanced to Best in Show. This was no surprise since Knotty is the defending AKC champion. The Best in Show field was rounded out when Merlin the border collie won the herding group.

These dogs joined yesterday's group winners in the Best in Show ring. This was certainly a strong field. Knotty the bloodhound and Jeffrey the Pekingese both had strong chances at victory. Coco, last year's runner-up, seemed to be the most self-assured. She even did her patented hind leg hop dance before the judge had made her final decision. But, someone should have told Coco that it ain't over till the old lady points. And, for the second year in a row, Coco was passed over for Best in Show. Carlee, the German short-haired pointer, came out of nowhere to capture the title.