Dogs in Review interviews Gabriel Rangel, handler of GCh. Afterall PaintingThe Sky, the Wire Fox Terrier that took a Group 1st and Best in Show at the 2012 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship held Dec. 15 and 16 in Orlando, Fla.
Breed: Wire Fox Terrier
Dog Name: GCh. Afterall Painting The Sky ‘Sky’
Breeders: A.J. Pertuit Jr. and Betty Seaton
Owners: Victor Malzoni Jr., Tori Steele, Scott and Mary Olund, and Diane Ryan
Handler: Gabriel Rangel
Won: Terrier Group 1 and Best in Show at the 2012 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship
Dogs in Review: How did you prepare for the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship show?
Gabriel Rangel: We prepare for a major event, like the Eukanuba show, months in advance. We work on training, trying to get the dog’s hair in perfect condition, their weight, the muscle tone, and then the day before we let them get plenty of rest.
DIR: How did you feel when Sky took BIS?
GR: I felt very proud of her, and I was so happy for her, for me, for all the owners and people involved who believe in her.
DIR: Other than winning BIS, what was the most memorable experience for you about AKC/Eukanuba?
GR: Winning the breed with a great breeder judge and winning the Group with a great Terrier judge.
DIR: What is your most proud moment of Sky?
GR: Winning Eukanuba.
DIR: What was your favorite moment from showing this dog?
GR: She has given me so many sweet memories that it’s impossible to choose only one.
DIR: Do you have any future plans for Sky?
GR: When she is done showing, she will be a great therapy dog. She loves to kiss people, and she is so sweet.
DIR: Do you plan on attending AKC/Eukanuba next year with this or another dog?
GR: Absolutely! I hope I can go every year.
DIR: What are your thoughts on the AKC/Eukanuba show?
GR: It’s a great worldwide dog affair. I love that I can see my overseas /Asian friends there every year.
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