Back again at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California where so much has changed but enough remains the same to want to hold on to a little of what had been so much bigger for so many years. The animal rights picketers are gone. The “No Pets” sign seems even bigger. But inside, the tables to sign up for a drawing are gone and replaced with security guards checking bags and enforcing prohibited items, some of which we would bring with us. Now, we are merely part of a public gate at an arena event where there is no comfort for the fancier community despite the familiar setting and the presence of American Kennel Club events.
Once inside, much does seem the same — the AKC table and the obedience ring at the nearest end of the arena if you arrive in time to see the few entries and around to east end of the concourse, the club office with Mrs. Bobbitt at the counter.
For Dalmatians at the Cow Palace, this was the end of a long era on the bench and the main arena. Under judge Mrs. Keke Kahn, Best of Breed from Veteran Bitches was GCHB DRIFTWOOD WINK AND A SMILE CDX GN BN RM RAE2 SWN SHDN owned by Kathryn Blink & Paula Johnson.
Walking the benches, there were some clever displays and familiar faces even if fewer of them.
And there were lots of vendors, although none in the lower buildings anymore and fewer that we know.
Two new vendors really stood out. California Home and Garden with its fabulous hand forged metal work including the giant rooster at $1200+ and Mishka Luxury Dog Treats that looked like a high end bakery for humans:
And a few breed club and rescue tables on the outer walls of the North and South Halls:
San Francisco Sheriff had a booth, too.
There were some crowded spots:
But lots of empty spaces, too; dogs supposed to use indoor “exercise” areas.
Properly presented service dogs did attend.
That’s a wrap for 2019. The main parking lot was full on Saturday afternoon with overflow from mid-morning in the upper lot.
What about 2020?