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By Chris Stone
Barking and sniffing were in abundance Saturday at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. So was dog-show royalty.
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Gabriel Rangel, handler of the winning canine at the recent Westminster Dog Show in New York, was among several Westminster veterans at the Bing Crosby Exhibit Hall.
“It feel great,” the 56-year-old Rialto man said of claiming top prize in that prestigious event. “It’s incredible. I can’t even describe it.”
His wire fox terrier named King, the Best of Show winner at the 143rd annual Big Apple event, wasn’t judged in Del Mar. Rangel brought a different dog.
“There are 3,000 dogs there,” he said of the Feb. 12 Westminster show, “and everyone goes with the same thought. And you hope it’s the right time.”
How does the Silver Bay Kennel Club event compare with Westminster?
“It’s like Little League vs. the Super Bowl,” said Rangel, a terrier expert who’s been working with dogs since he was 14.
He praised the personality of terriers.
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“They’re great,” he said. “They’re outgoing, show love and work with you.”
Chris Pesche also competed at Westminster. She’s the owner of an old English sheepdog named Blue (because one of his eyes is that color).
“The sheer volume of spectators was amazing,” Pesche said of the Madison Square Garden crowd. “I have never been in a city where people enjoy dogs as much as they do.”
Judging on Saturday took place in obedience, agility and breed.
The Silver Bay Kennel Dog Show is free but fairgrounds parking is $15. (Head to the O’Brien, Bing Crosby and Exhibit Halls.)
It concludes Sunday, with events from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., including “Meet 50 AKC Breeds” in the Seaside Pavilion from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
More than 50 “doggie boutiques” sell pet supplies and gifts.
The Silver Bay Kennel Club, established in 1934, is one of the oldest dog clubs in Southern California.
Handling at Del Mar, King of Westminster Dog Show Recalls ‘Incredible’ Win was last modified: February 24th, 2019 by
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