Best In Show.!! The ultimate goal in the Dog show world. I currently have put 35 Best in Shows on 12 different dogs in 3 different groups. This does not include specialty Best in shows, just all breed. My favorite best in show was the World Friskee's invitational in Milan Italy in 1994. Please click on the video and watch my fun!
collare d'oro 1994
In the Begining
I started handling dogs in 1968 in Jr showmanship and also took obedience classes. By 1971 I was good enough to qualify for Westminster and was the first Jr Handler to ever qualify for Westminster with an Alaskan Malamute. At Westminster I made it to the final 10, this was judged at night before the groups on Television. I had the largest dog so I had to go in first and I was very nervous.
I love to work with different breeds and I loved to watch other handlers show different breeds it was a passion of mine as a child. I learned to watch our great handles Like: Larry Downey, Jack Funk, Dick Cooper, Nelson Radcliff, George Ward, But I learned so much from Betty Leinnger and Connie Gerstner, Rich and Betty Orseno and My mother Nancy Russell who had a way with dogs the was amazing. But my all time favorite Handler is Eugene Blake, his style and class in handling dogs was what I wanted to work to abtain .
In 1971 I was lucky enough to get my first group placement on a Silky Terrier. I showed several of these dogs when I was young. And my first Best in show was on a Chow Chow in 1975.
Alaskan Malamutes only
Alaskan Malamutes "my breed" the breed I grew up with. The breed that is closest to my heart. My mother an amazing woman who has worked so hard for this breed and has succeeded as the Top producing kennel of Alaskan Malamutes in the world. I am very proud to be a part of that. "Storm Kloud" Alaskan Malamutes.
Because she worked her dogs in harness and made them mind, I was the one that showed most of the great dogs for her because I spoiled them into greatness and she worked them into a working dog. and it was a great combination. All of our top winning dogs had working titles on them and not only were they just titles but they in most cases top pullers.
Alaskan Malamutes have taken me all over the world. I have shown in Canada. Japan, Italy, Spain and England and hope to add a few more countries.
I have shown so many malamutes that I cannot remember my wins or how many I have finished, the pictures here are just some of the ones I had in my records. but to give you an example I believe Kipp aloneCh Storm Kloud's Keep the Win had over 70 group 1st. He was the top winning Malamute of all times in the early 90s and 1# in the years 1990. 1991.and 1992.
from 1982 to 1996 I had a Alaskan Malamute in the top 5 every year, and from 2007 to the present as well. Itook some time off in the middle to have children. I have shown countless others to their championship through all of the past years until today. I also have been lucky enough to continue with the breed as part co-owner/ breeder to many of Sabrina Czarapata's great kennel StormSky Malamutes.
Sporting dogs are very fun to show, they try hard to please and I have shown several of the breeds in the Sporting group, I just don't have the pictures. We did however own a great Golden Retriever who I finished before he was 2 years old with specialty wins.
I love hounds. I have had the great pleasure to own and breed Saluki's. I also was lucky enough to show Ch Lois's Irish Minstrel to a top 10 Saluki and to his All breed BEST IN SHOW. I Also showed the top winning Ridgeback bitch and put 2 beagles in the top 20 in the same year , several other lovely hounds.
The working group. I love working dogs. They are strong, they think on their own and they love to do things. I have shown most of the dogs in this group and love working with them.
I have all Breed Best In Shows on three different breeds in this group, and on 9 different dogs.
I have won many Best in Show specialties on these breeds including Malamutes, Dobermans, Great Pyrenees, Portuguese Water Dogs, and Samoyed.
Non Sporting dogs. Sheba Inu was another dog that my mother bred and imported 2 from Japan when the breed started. I have shown several over the years. Chow Chow was the first breed I won Best in show with. I have shown several other breeds from this group just don't have the pictures in my file of them.
Toy and Terrier groups I have shown several toys but few Terriers. Stange enough I did more of the toys when I was young and even received my first group placing on Silky Terrier when I was only 11 years old. I would like to do more in these groups. Also if any of you have photos of me with these breeds, please send them to me so I can put them up I am short on this page ;) Thank you
Herding dogs are interesting as they have more energy than other breeds and need to be doing something. If they enjoy showing they are a joy to show. We have had German Shepherds for years and its a breed dear to my heart..
I have shown many different Herding breeds and hope to do even more