The show dogs honored were those that garnered the most Firsts in their respective Groups during 2012. The teams of all eight great dogs — the dogs’ proud owners, handlers and breeders — were recognized for their contributions to the sport and their incredible records.
The Sporting Group. With 152 Group Firsts, the Sporting Group winner was German Wirehaired Pointer dog GCh. Mt. View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm. Handled by Phillip Booth, ‘Oakley’ is owned by Victor Malzoni, Jr. and was bred by James Witt, Claire Wisch and Kelly Wisch. The Best in Show award for the dog winning the most BIS in one year also went to Oakley, who earned 73 in 2012.
The Hound Group. Harrier dog GCh. Downhome Hitech Innovator was the Hound Group winner, with 106 Group Firsts. ‘Chet’ is owned by Joe Sanchez, bred by Susan Lowder, Miriam Nell and Kenneth Nell, and handled by Susie Olivera.
The Working Group. The Working Group winner, with 116 Group Firsts, was Doberman Pinscher bitch GCh. Protocol’s Veni Vidi Vici. Breeder/owner-handler Jocelyn Mullins calls her ‘Fifi,’ and she is owned by Jocelyn and her husband, Kevin, with Suzy and Dick Lundy.
The Terrier Group. Wire Fox Terrier bitch GCh. Afterall Painting The Sky was the Terrier Group winner with 98 Group Firsts. ‘Sky’ is owned by Victor Malzoni, Jr., Torie Steele, Scott and Mary Olund and Diane Ryan, and was bred by Al J. Pertuit, Jr. and Betty Seaton. She is handled by Gabriel Rangel.
The Toy Group. GCh. Banana Joe v. Tani Kazari, the Toy Group winner, has become a household name since his Westminster Best in Show victory. ‘Joe’ earned 128 Group Firsts in 2012, always handled by Ernesto Lara. He was bred by Mieke Cooymans, who co-owns him with Zoila Truesdale.
The Non-Sporting Group. The Non-Sporting Group winner was the black Standard Poodle dog GCh. Jaset’s Satisfaction with 98 Group Firsts. ‘London’ is owned by Beth Harris, Michele Molnar and Jamie Danburg, bred by Sandra Tompkins and Chris Bailey, and handled by Ann Rairigh.
The Herding Group. ‘Capi,’ the German Shepherd Dog, won 94 Group Firsts to become the winner of the Herding Group. GCh. Babheim’s Captain Crunch is handled by James Moses and was bred by Carlos Navarro, both of whom are owners with Sheree Moses, Deborah Stern, Janet Lange and Maria Deschamps.
Top Obedience Dog. Border Collie ‘Pilot,’ the Obedience Dog of 2010 and 2011, flew to the top again to reclaim his title in 2012. Last year Ch. OTCH Wildfire Pilot’s License To Fly, UDX40, OGM won 1,268 points. Pilot was handled by his owner Brenda Rivera, who referred to Pilot as a “once-in-a-lifetime dog” and recalled how many obedience judges considered Pilot the best obedience dog they’d ever seen. Sadly, Pilot died late last year. He was bred by Pat Schultz.
2012 Pro Plan Champions Cup. The 2012 Pro Plan Champions Cup went to English Springer Spaniel GCh. Wynmoor Champagne Supernova ‘Peyton.’ This coveted award, sponsored by Purina Pro Plan dog food, is based on points earned in Best in Shows and Group placements. Peyton’s team received a $10,000 cash prize, an original oil painting by artist Linda Draper and a keepsake Pro Plan Champions Cup trophy. Peyton was bred by Billie, Erin and Charlie Kerfoot, and Ruth Kirby, is owned by Celie Florence, Beth Fink, Ken McWilliams, Erin Kerfoot and Delores Streng, and is handled by Robin Novack.
From the March 2013 issue of Dogs In Review magazine. Purchase the March 2013 digital back issue or subscribe to receive 12 months of Dogs In Review magazine.