“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.

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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:

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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:

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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

THAT TIME AGAIN

GGKC Poster 2013

Poster for 2013 Golden Gate Kennel Club shows at Cow Palace, Daly City, California on January 26&27 on the front door at Pet Food Express that has $1-off discount tickets available. Rare that media in stores promotes “purchase from a responsible breeder”.

SAN FRANCISCO MACYS’ SFSPCA HOLIDAY WINDOWS 2012

The magical attraction never fails. O’Farrell at Stockton Streets, San Francisco. Macys’ – Thursday, December 6, 2012 before the madding crowds at the hour shown on the clock.

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The red-coated San Francisco SPCA volunteers were ready to collect donations or talk with prospects.  In the San Francsco Bay Area, the holiday season is ideal for bringing new pets into homes. 

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Starting with the O’Farrell corner window, looking into pages of a magical book: 

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 So far before Christmas, 109 adoptions:

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A closer look at this years thematic text:

SF 12 Magical City window

The 2012 flagship window design features a San Francisco theme including revolving ice skating rink with 4 twirling skaters – a boy, a girl, a Boxer and a French Bulldog with Santa and dog and cat figures looking on — the first year since 2009 featuring purebred dogs including 2 docked breeds, a Miniature Schnauzer and a Boxer — each an exquisite surprise:

SF 12 Believe window reflecting

Here comes the Boxer, followed by the French Bulldog:

SF 12 Boxer and Frenchie Stockton Street

and there they go, ’round and ’round:

SF 12 Boxer and Frenchie

and the Frenchie,

SF 12 Bella twirl

and the Boxer,

SF 12 Boxer

Looking on were, the Afghan,

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and the Miniature Schnauzer,

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who is holding a pair of skates,

SF 12 Min Schnauzer

and the elegant, almost life-like Papillon with a jewel-collared cat,

SF 12 Pap

and another distinctive canine:

SF 12 Big Brown and Pap

Around the corners on both Stockton and O’Farrell are the adoption windows with dogs:

SF 12 tan puppy

SF 12 Tan puppy 2

SF 12 Tan puppy 4

SF 12 tan puppy 3

SF 12 3 in window

SF 12 In the Window

and cats, watching the spectators, alone:

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or in a group:

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or sleeping in a heap of kitties:

SF 12 kitty pile

or alone:

SF 12 lone kitty

and with a ride on the cable car through the magical realm:

SF 12 cable car

The End, 2012