THE COW PALACE — TAC’S 2015 GOLDEN GATE KENNEL CLUB SCRAPBOOK

The 2016 show is coming up in less than 2 weeks! Here’s the 2016 poster, on display at Pet Food Express store. Admission prices have risen (entry fee was $35.00 per dog event) so bring $$$ if you’re coming, but regular attendees know that. To get in the mood, we’re finishing up the 2015 report. The “advantage” of being late — we’ll get in the mood and be ready to notice what’s new from last year.

Cow Palace 2016

So, Saturday, January 24, 2015 was our one day. With 2 separate shows on the 2 days and fewer friends and family to make the trek, one day does it. The weather was fair — always a plus, and the small, perennial group of protesters have learned it is warmer in the afternoon, so the first greeting were some negative sounding signs … no pets, no un-entered dogs, no food, no beverages.

Welcome - No Pets Allowed

Welcom - No unenter, no food no beverages

But, we’re here! The American Kennel Club booth is front and center, this year featuring lots of bags,  more bags and garment bags.

AKC merch - tote bags

AKC merch - more bags

AKC merch - garment bags

From the main concourse, turn up concrete stairs to get a look at the main arena. What’s this? There is no center aisle! The wide aisle with potted trees (good for hiding) and lined with the Cow Palace’s heavy but cushioned folding chairs is no more. The place for spectating associates of exhibitors to hold extra stuff to pass to handlers, mark catalogs and actually watch judging. The place for all kinds of insider visitors to see and be seen, greet old friends and make new ones and watch judging without inane comments from unknowing spectators.  Gone.

Arena - new layout

We can just make out the Cavalier ring and Professional Handler Bill McFadden (leaning forward,) so there’s serious competition there. Note, bring binoculars if you want to seriously watch judging.

Cavalier - serious competition

Keep on moving.  Let’s walk the benches in the South and North Halls of the Main Arena. Regional AKC breed clubs compete for best decorated bench or at least an effort to identify themselves. This is the Toy Fox Terrier club, but eventually we do find the Rat Terrier Club.

Toy Fox Terrier Club

Nostalgia…childhood neighbor’s father was among the original organizers of this club…in 1938.  A Boxer and Saint Bernard breeder and AKC judge, he walked everywhere as though he was in a conformation ring, about to make awards.

St Bernard Club of the Pacific Coast

The Pembrokes may be getting too popular…

Golden Gate Welsh Corgi Fanciers

This is a Bracco Italiano, the Italian pointer.

Bracco Italiano

And here is a benchful of Mudik (plural) — the Mudi is a rare, Hungarian herding breed.  The bench format is a rare opportunity for both the fancy and public to see uncommon dogs (and their people.)

Mudi

There are breed information and rescue tables apart from the bench areas.

Sierra West Bernese Mt Dog Club

Portuguese Water Dogs

Always the happiest, busiest vendor on the concourse descending from the South Hall.

Fudge

And in 2015, a fancy coffee truck brought in – beverage to go with your candy!

Coffee Truck

If you haven’t found what you’re looking for, the club information table is now a regular feature.

GGKC Info

Best to do some browsing before heading outside to the “Lower” halls  — something like window shopping before moving on to much more. There are services as well as products.

Paw Print Genetics

Paw Print Genetics offers a number of genetic tests – we have to keep up with what’s new.

The entrepreneurial spirit always brings out ambitious startups with high hopes.  In 2015 one of these was The Bulldog Baths, a new day care and boarding facility at 132 Turk St, in the Tenderloin (close to the Warfield Theater) of San Francisco.  The business name had a colorful history as a former gay baths.  Now it offered “cage free and tailored adventures” for dogs. Unfortunately, the operators closed during the first year when “our Dog Resort sadly no longer makes economic sense.”

This stack of unusual crates along with a ramp really caught our eye.  Made in Switzerland and marketed by PETCARE in Sacramento, these “safety crates” come in different sizes according to size of dog AND size of vehicle.  Prices run from $500 to $1000.

Petcare

Over the past 30 years, sturdy crates almost disappeared in favor of inexpensive wire, plastic and now fabric crates that are useful and portable but not strong. There is now consumer demand for crates that can be affixed in vehicles with the strength to withstand crashes and protect the precious cargo.

Another interesting, high end product that might go well in a luxury kitchen were Glasspaw water bowls made of very heavyweight glass in luscious colors.

Glasspaw

Then there are all sorts of vendors of the practical, unique and mundane, and some not dog related but marketing to the gate. This one has a color selection of 2-dog leashes.

2 dog items

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Daisy Dog - human clothingdog clothes  human shoes

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Granite  Portraits

Sacred Laughter  Dog Sports Design

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Tapestry   portraits

Tapestry vendor

Tri Tran’s Timitive is best known from street fairs but has inexpensive, useful bags including a must have Dalmatian bag!

Trimitive and Tri

Trimitive

collectibles

Here’s Lets Go Design back for a second year with their high end, all in one dog walking jacket. They even have special plastic cleanup bags to fit the special pocket.

Lets Go Design

Now, we leave the main building, down ramps and outside to the “lower” buildings with more benches, vendors and rings that are closer to a traditional dog show.  Here is the Chesapeake Bay Retriever bench with the gold and brown felt shields that are carefully preserved and used each year to mark each entrant’s space. There is no local club, but the entry is supported by the AKC parent club, the American Chesapeake Club.

ACC Bench

Here is the Chesapeake Best of Breed lineup on Saturday under Mrs. Eva Berg.

Chessie judging

The breed information/rescue tables are in the same building as the breed is benched, and the Ridgebacks have some eye-catchers this year.

RR Rescue

Lower - NC weim rescue

The “Special Attractions” are on the far side. In 2015, Flyball was featured.

 

Special Attraction - Flyball

Here is the Rat Terrier Club of America.

Rat Terrier Club of America

Back up to the main building, South Hall and the Dalmatian Club of Northern California. The 2015 theme was a take off on the TV show, The Amazing Race.

DCNC bench theme

Dalmatian exhibitor, author and daughter of poet, Anne Gray Sexton,  Linda Gray Sexton displayed hard and paper copies of her recent memoir of her family history with the breed. Many of us have similar histories that take our involvement with breeds from an interest to a legacy that includes long gone dogs, family members and friends.

Bespotted

The Dalmatians were away from the bench and in the main arena for judging.

Dalmatian judging

One last look at the main arena.

arena view

A last look at the AKC booth…

Thanks for Coming

Out into the afternoon sun to check on the perennial protesters.

They’ve brought plenty of signs to carry and a list of shelters and rescues to pass out, but there is little gate traffic at this time of day and the exhibitors are almost locked in.

Ready to confront

One last look and we’re off until next year.

Farewell

The End 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAN FRANCISCO MACY’S SFSPCA HOLIDAY WINDOWS 2015

This year’s visit was on a sunny, 40 something degree, quiet week day morning on Tuesday, December 29.  Schools were still on vacation and tourists still in town, sustaining the festive mood.  The first glimpse of the O’Farrell Street windows revealed new design this year.

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Getting closer, it was Peanuts characters.

2015 O'Farrell animal window

Happiness is a Warm Puppy is still on the book shelf, so maybe this will work as the background for cats and dogs available for adoption.  There is one actual animal in sight.

Here’s the dog, being described as a “3 month old Schnauzer mix.”  He’s certainly panting a lot and has a black kitten next door.  On his left, is another cat taking a nap in a corner.

Moving on to the corner window that has no live animals, just design, a mechanical Snoopy goes back and forth on a snowy slope with the cast of Peanuts character figures elevated in the background.

Around the corner is Lucy offering psychiatric advise.

2015 Stockton corner windowSnoopy labors on, backwards up the ski run and back down, continuously.  Outside, SFSPCA volunteers have information about the animals on display and cash collection containers.

On to the final window and a very active black cat.

This year’s narrative is new and divided between the 2 corner windows.  Is this dialogue between Charlie Brown and Lucy?  Apparently the scene depicts Charlie Brown directing a play to get with the holiday spirit.

2015 narrative 1And this looks like lyrics to a carroll.

2015 narrative 2Inside Macy’s on the First Floor between the ever expanding cosmetics department and elevators is the SFSPCA business desk; no visitors but two staffers at the ready for adoption applicants.

2015 SPCA deskAnd the holding area where there may be more animals in the cage bank to meet potential adopters.

2015 SPCA back roomYes, this is an established seasonal outreach event that annually places 200 to 300 plus cats and dogs in new homes.  But what draws us every year have been the wonderful, theatrical displays that have incorporated local settings with story lines, figures of carolers, of skating children and interaction with beautiful, realistic dogs and cats for magic effect that brought us back every year to carefully document and describe in this blog.  In 2014, that was the spectacular flying sleigh — perhaps too hard to top.  Macy’s used to sell the magic of cats and dogs in all their diversity, beauty and charm: not this year.  Selling pets is about selling magic and hope of joy the pet will bring to life.  Instead of building on the iconic title, Happiness is a Warm Puppy, this scene had Snoopy doing his own thing apart from any interaction with the characters.  Well, a Beagle might do that…

To enjoy those photos from past years going back to 2008, including all those Great Danes of Christmases past, peruse our Archives for some real treats.

The End – 2015

Editor’s note:  Sunday, January 3, 2016 was the final adoption day, and SFSPCA has announced the final adoption number for 2015 is 261.  The final number for 2014 was 267.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAN FRANCISCO MACY’S SFSPCA HOLIDAY WINDOWS 2014

This year’s visit was after New Year’s, Friday, January 2, a sunny afternoon with all the promise of a new year and new homes for the dogs and cats populating the downtown San Francisco Macy’s windows for the 2014 run that ended that Sunday, January 4, 2015.

O'Farrell and Stockton Street Corner 2014-15
O’Farrell and Stockton Street Corner 2014-15
MACY'S
MACY’S

The windows!  Even hot dogs!

The Windows!
The Windows!

We love the juxtaposition of the annual Magical City corner window with its figures of purebred dogs and  pedigreed cats with the adjacent Magical Gift windows of cats and dogs available for adoption from the San Francisco SPCA that has to leave it’s “Adopt don’t buy” message at the facility.  Clever designers annually change the Magical City just enough to keep it fresh and surprising with its local backdrop, holiday theme and marvelous figures and music.

THE MAGICAL CITY 2014
THE MAGICAL CITY 2014

This year, the Magical City’s amazing surprise was a flying sleigh led by a French Bulldog and pulled by two Alaskan Malamutes.

THE MAGICAL GIFT, 2014
THE MAGICAL GIFT, 2014

Once in the festive mood, pet seekers can watch the cats and dogs, talk to the SFSPCA volunteers and go to the setup inside the store to see additional animals in a holding area, and sit down to begin an adoption or just consider the possibilities.

An empty cat window awaiting a new occupant.
An empty cat window awaiting a new occupant.

Here they are!

THE BIG WINDOW FOR CATS 2014
THE BIG WINDOW FOR CATS 2014

 

AN 8 WEEK KITTEN, 2014
AN 8 WEEK KITTEN, 2014

 

STOCKTON STREET CAT WINDOW 2014
ANOTHER CAT WINDOW 2014

Mesmerized adults and children crowd around each window with their cameras.

THE LONE DOG 2014
THE LONE DOG 2014

His cute little tan window mate was pulled to meet potential adopters inside the store!

MEETING THE ADOPTERS 2014
MEETING THE ADOPTERS 2014

Amidst the scarves on Macy’s first floor, the excited adopters meet the candidate.

SFSPCA ADOPTION TABLE - MACYS 1ST FLOOR 2014The deal closes here.

ADOPTION COUNT, JANUARY 2, 2015
ADOPTION COUNT, JANUARY 2, 2015

Back outside to check out the 2014 window design.

NEW GIRL IN TOWN 2014
NEW GIRL IN TOWN 2014

There is a new girl among the skaters this year, fitting San Francisco’s diversity.

THE TOY BREEDS 2014
THE TOY BREEDS 2014

The Papillon and Yorkie are dolled up this year.

THE DACHSHUND FIGURE 2014
THE DACHSHUND FIGURE 2014

Hat and coat for the Dachshund who does have a rather foxy look in more ways than one.

THE ROTTWEILER FIGURE 2014
THE ROTTWEILER FIGURE 2014

 

THE BIG GUY 2014
THE BIG GUY 2014

 

THE AFGHAN PRINCESS 2014
THE AFGHAN PRINCESS 2014

 

THE MINIATURE SCHNAUZER FIGURE 2014
THE MINIATURE SCHNAUZER FIGURE 2014

We love the beautifully done ears and tail.

BELLA AND THE BOXER 2014
BELLA AND THE BOXER 2014

Bella, the Frenchie, and the Boxer (rear) were back this season but just twirl in place by the Christmas tree.  In 2013, they twirled and skated all around the Christmas Tree.

THE BOXER 2014
THE BOXER 2014

The twirling Boxer’s docked tail shows just below his winter vest.

THE AMAZING GREEN STOCKTON STREET 2014
THE AMAZING GREEN STOCKTON STREET 2014

Underground construction of a new transit line has closed Stockton Street in the Union Square area, so it was covered with artificial turf for the holiday season, although there is cross traffic on the intersecting streets.  Who thought we’d ever be walking down the middle of Stockton Street on a Friday afternoon?

 

NEIMAN MARCUS 2014

Stockton and Geary — an irresistible photo spot facing the Neiman Marcus Christmas tree.  The store is on the lot of the long gone landmark City of Paris department store where an interior  rotunda featured a very tall tree during the holiday season.

UNION SQUARE, SAN FRANCISCO , JANUARY 2, 2015
UNION SQUARE, SAN FRANCISCO , JANUARY 2, 2015

Finally, the huge Christmas tree in iconic Union Square and the seasonal ice skating rink with the Zamboni at work.

THE END – 2014

AKC GR Resources: Wow, Can I Get a Copy of That?

Now here’s a booth to get excited about!

AKC Dog Lovers

By Patty Van Sicklen, AKC Legislative Analyst

DeedNotBreedThat was a frequent question by visitors to the AKC Government Relations booth at the 2014 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Orlando, Florida.

We’re glad you asked!  The AKC Government Relations (GR) department provides a variety of materials on legislative and regulatory issues that affect dogs and dog owners—available right on the AKC website for you to view, download and print.  Click here for a complete list of resources.

If you need:

  • Data on the positive economic impact of AKC dog shows
  • Issue analyses on hot topics to discuss with your lawmakers
  • Handouts on effective advocacy and public outreach to share at your next club meeting
  • Customizable letters to the editor

It’s all there and more.  And if you’re interested in information on a specific issue, such as the negative effects of mandatory spay/neuter laws, ideas on how to build support for a public…

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“THE COW PALACE,” GGKC, 2014 – SCRAPBOOKING THE ANNUAL OCCASION

The 2014 Golden Gate Kennel Club dog show faded into memory as the annual calendar soldiered on into spring, summer, fall and now the holidays — a good time to sort through the photos — the same and new of it.  The 2014 weather was almost too good to spend in these cavernous old buildings but better than hauling the foul weather gear for humans and dogs or “our protesters” out front to greet the Saturday morning gate, typically those on a “mission” looking for dogs, old friends or shopping.

No, Not The Official Greeter
No, Not The Official Greeter

As we checked prior years’ photos, the protesters also look like the same people, year to year.  Maybe this is their “annual occasion,” too.

ggkc 14 protesters

Onward into the concourse where the American Kennel Club now has its booth front and center.   Dennis Sprung, CEO and President is at the center.

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This year’s booth featured the Breeder of Merit program but only seemed to have logo items that Breeders of Merit might buy but the booth is in prime real estate that is off limits to dogs front of the concourse.

ggkc 2014  AKC POSTER BREEDER OF MERIT

At the opposite end of the concourse, near the doors to go outside and downhill to the “lower” building, the Golden Gate Kennel Club had a table of its own this year.

ggkc 2014 ggkc info booth

Turning back up the southern side of the concourse is the popular candy vendor.  The fudges and rocky road always look wonderful, and the sellers and buyers very happy.

The Candy Vendor
The Candy Vendor

Off to check some judging, and the big surprise: no more center aisle in the main arena!

No center aisle!
No center aisle!

The center aisle dividing the arena and lined with chairs on either side was always the place to seriously watch judging, mark the catalog, meet and greet, see and be seen, and hold onto something for someone in the ring.  In 2013, the aisle was almost empty, so why not use the space for bigger rings.  Times change.

Obedience - Open A Class
Obedience – Open A Class

Watching judging from arena stands is a lesson in perspective, visually as well as amongst the distraction of the public gallery.  This year as the supported entry of Chesapeake Bay Retrievers was judged, a boy kept demanding to know when the “real dog show” would start.  Never mind those regular classes and best of breed competition — not a great spectator sport for the public.

Chessies, Best of Breed Competition, 1/25/14
Chessies, Best of Breed Competition, 1/25/14

But it’s “our” world, our people, our dogs; memories of family, friends and dogs long gone and momentarily, a hint of sacred ground.

The Dalmatian Bench 2014
The Dalmatian Bench 2014

The Dalmatian Club of Northern California’s original artwork elevated it to best decorated bench this year.

DALMATIAN CLUB OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
DALMATIAN CLUB OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Walking on:

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The Chihuahua Club bench:

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These are not the Chihuahuas that crowd animal shelters and sometimes shipped off in groups to distant cities or in the $10 gift card promotion adoption below but are bred carefully by the “fancy” in small numbers for carefully selected homes.

More Chihuahuas
More Chihuahuas

The breed information booths:

Newfoundland Club of Northern California 2014
Newfoundland Club of Northern California 2014
Northern California Brittany Club 2014
Northern California Brittany Club 2014

Greyhound Rescue for retired racers.

Greyhound Rescue 2014
Greyhound Rescue 2014

AOCNC’s information table in the lower area in its usual place for those interested in obedience training at AKC member or licensed obedience clubs.

Associated Obedience Clubs of Northern California 2014
Associated Obedience Clubs of Northern California 2014

Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA, shows its face again.

Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA 2014
Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA 2014
2014 - PHS & SPCA Chihuahua promotion.
2014 – PHS & SPCA Chihuahua promotion.

Second year for service dogs for veterans organizations:

2014 Pathways
2014 Pathway – Service Dogs for Veterans

Off to the vendors, what to buy???

2014 Pet Kelp
2014 Pet Kelp

Something glitzy?

2014 Sacred Laughter
2014 Sacred Laughter
Animal World 2014
Animal World 2014
Neckwear 2014
Neckwear 2014

Or a specially designed dog-walking jacket from Lets Go Design:

ggkc 2014 vendor letsgodesign
Things to wear with the jacket:

Daisy Dog Clothing 2014
Daisy Dog Clothing 2014

Collars for the dogs:

WoofWare 2014
WoofWare 2014

Pretty leather collars and leashes:

Dog Sports Designs 2014
Dog Sports Designs 2014

Or really sturdy ones:

ggkd 2014 vendor PACO Collars

Arrange for portraits or dog outfits, i.e. clothes, next door; maybe a dog could wear the outfit for the portrait…

Spot On Pet Portraits 2014
Spot On Pet Portraits 2014

All kinds of artificial turf.  We still don’t have any but always look.

Pet Turfs 2014
Pet Turfs 2014

Collectibles — something to add to our collections?   Bronzes from  Tony Acevedo Designs

Tony Acevedo Designs 2014
Tony Acevedo Designs 2014

Tapestry or throw — something for everyone:

ggkc 2014 vendor - breed itemsAvailable in bags, too — how many do we have?

ggkc 2014 vendor - breed items 2Always nice things:

Purple Shamrock 2014
Purple Shamrock 2014

Something just right:

ggkc 2014 vendor purple - good stuffAnd high quality:

ggkc 2014 vendor purple - good stuff 2Even Lladro pieces:

ggkc 2014 vendor purple - good stuff 3

Not doggy but popular vendor of lightweight bags, Tri Tran’s Trimitive from Huntington Beach:

Trimitive 2014
Trimitive 2014

Technology to find lost dogs:ggkc 2014 vendor - find roverOr communicate with animals:

Conversations With Your Animal 2014
Conversations With Your Animal 2014

Back by the AKC booth near the front doors:

Dennis Sprung 2014
Dennis Sprung 2014

So long, Cow Palace… later

Cow Palace 2014
Cow Palace 2014

SAN FRANCISCO MACY’S SFSPCA HOLIDAY WINDOWS 2013

Union Square, San Francisco
Union Square, San Francisco

Christmas again in San Francisco, Union Square where the huge tree and seasonal ice rink fill the block across Geary Boulevard from Macys on a clear, bright Friday morning, December 20, 2013.

The Magic is Back, 2013
The Magic is Back, 2013

The San Francisco SPCA windows are at the corner of Stockton and O’Farrell Streets.

SFSPCA Greeters in Red Jackets, O'Farrell Street
SFSPCA Greeters in Red Jackets, O’Farrell Street

SFSPCA greeters answer questions from public.

The Revolving Ice Rink, 2013
The Revolving Ice Rink, 2013

One design and most animal figures are used for several years with different accessories from year to year so that the theme is both familiar and new.  The corner window again features the revolving skating rink with children and dog figures twirling as the rink itself revolves.

The Skating Boxer, 2013
The Skating Boxer, 2013

The skating Boxer is back with slightly different accessories.  (See last year’s post for rear view.)  The 2013 vest is red and box-quilted.  The 2012 vest was red plush.

Skating Frenchie Bella in 2013 Attire
Skating Frenchie Bella in 2013 Attire

French Bulldog Bella has a new multi-colored scarf this year.  In 2012, her scarf was dark and elegant.

The Dachshund Rides on a Pile of Presents
The Dachshund Rides on a Pile of Presents

And a Dachshund rides on a pile of gifts.

Spectating Dog's Blanket, 2013
Spectating Dog’s Blanket, 2013

One dog watching from the sidelines is wearing a new blanket.

The Afghan, 2013 Wardrobe
The Afghan, 2013 Wardrobe

This year, the Afghan is wearing a scarf and a tule tutu with her tiara.  No, not a snood and britches!  In 2012 she was au naturel.

The Rottweiler Guards the Letters to Santa, 2013
The Rottweiler Guards the Letters to Santa, 2013

The letter guarding Rottweiler is a new addition to the corner window.

This Small Dog Looking Pensive In Her Window, 2013
This Small Dog Looking Pensive In Her Window,

To either side of the corner window are the adoption windows with live cats and dogs.

This Small Dog Shut It All Out, 2013
This Small Dog Shut It All Out, 2013

This little dog was oblivious to the shoppers outside.

Some Real Kitty Action As Shoppers Debate The Next Moves
Some Real Kitty Action As Shoppers Debate The Next Moves’

These two kittens provided read entertainment for the crowd as people predicted correctly that the black one would eventually get up and pounce on the other.

Serious Shoppers Go To the Back Room
Serious Shoppers Go To the Back Room

Inside the First Floor is where things get down to business.

Adoption Stock Room, Macy's First Floor
Adoption Stock Room, Macy’s First Floor

Here potential adopters can see the animals in person and arrange adoptions.

The Adoption County, December 20, 2013
The Adoption Count, December 20, 2013

THE END – 2013