Three Central Coast dogs will compete at the American Kennel Club's 138th annual Westminster Dog Show in New York City this week, and owners for all three are hoping for at least small wins at the nation’s top canine competition.
At the top of the pack is a dog show veteran, a 3-year-old Brussels griffon from San Luis Obispo named Paragons Sharp Dressed Man at Greengates.
The pooch, who goes by the nickname Sharpie, won Best of Breed at last year’s competition and also earned the title of No. 1 Brussels Griffon in the United States for points earned at competitions throughout the year.
He is co-owned by Felicia Cashin of San Luis Obispo, Mary Gale of Roseville, Calif., and breeder Kathy Fleener of Tucson, Ariz.
“He’s a happy little dog in the show ring,” Cashin said. “Some of them get to be like little movie stars, needing things exactly how they want them, but Sharpie is just easy-going.”
Although Sharpie won Best of Breed last year, Cashin said she wasn’t going into the competition expecting a win.
“It always comes down to that day,” she said. “They could go out there and be like the Denver Broncos — just turn to mush.”
Possibly playing the Seahawks to Sharpie’s Broncos is Cashin’s 2-year-old rough-haired female Brussels Griffon, Cashin’s Sizzling Bacon Bit — or Bacon for short.
Bacon will be competing against Sharpie in the Brussels Griffon breed category, and though she doesn’t have much experience, Bacon performs well in the show ring, Cashin said.
“She likes to show,” Cashin said. “She’s just content to be there.”
The Brussels Griffon breed competition will take place at 11:15 a.m. PST on Monday.
Combine the weight and height for Sharpie and Bacon (both toy dogs), and you might be closer to the stats for the final Central Coast dog competing at the show: a 3-year-old Wirehaired Pointing Griffon named Capstone’s Do You Believe in Magic.
Called Ollie by owner Margo Maggiano of Morro Bay, the dog was bred in Montana, but has lived on the Central Coast since Maggiano inherited him from her sister several years ago. Maggiano said Ollie is a “true beach dog.”
“He enjoys running in the sand and body surfing,” she said. “We’re always getting stopped on the beach by people wondering what he is.”
This will be Ollie’s first trip to Westminster and Maggiano said she isn’t hoping for much — just best of breed. “He really is an incredible-looking guy,” Maggiano said. “He’s got a great face.” Ollie will compete with the other wirehaired pointing griffons at 8:15 a.m. PST on Tuesday.
If any of the dogs win best of breed, they will move on to group judging later that day.
Group judging will be broadcast live Monday on CNBC from 5 to 8 p.m. PST. More group judging and Best in Show will be broadcast live Tuesday on USA Network from 5 to 8 p.m. PST.