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.
As we checked prior years’ photos, the protesters also look like the same people, year to year. Maybe this is their “annual occasion,” too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Off to check some judging, and the big surprise: no more center aisle in the main arena!
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.
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.
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 Club of Northern California’s original artwork elevated it to best decorated bench this year.
The Chihuahua Club bench:
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.
The breed information booths:
Greyhound Rescue for retired racers.
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.
Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA, shows its face again.
Second year for service dogs for veterans organizations:
Off to the vendors, what to buy???
Or a specially designed dog-walking jacket from Lets Go Design:
Collars for the dogs:
Pretty leather collars and leashes:
Or really sturdy ones:
Arrange for portraits or dog outfits, i.e. clothes, next door; maybe a dog could wear the outfit for the portrait…
All kinds of artificial turf. We still don’t have any but always look.
Collectibles — something to add to our collections? Bronzes from Tony Acevedo Designs
Tapestry or throw — something for everyone:
Something just right:
Not doggy but popular vendor of lightweight bags, Tri Tran’s Trimitive from Huntington Beach:
Back by the AKC booth near the front doors:
So long, Cow Palace… later