2002 This is a double portrait of Ch. WYSIWYG's
Lothario v Longo. Some of you may recognize "Luca" from
the show circuit and others may recognize him from previous
appearances on DaDane of DaWeek. Even though he is not quite
two years old, Luca has racked up an impressive résumé.
Things began rolling in October, 2000, when Luca won Best of Futurity
at the GDCA National Specialty. He continued to show, winning multiple
Best in Sweeps and achieving his US Champion title with
four majors in June 2001. Three months later, Luca was exhibited
in back-to-back Canadian Specialty shows, the Great Dane Club of
Canada Specialty and the Great Dane Fanciers Association. He took
Winners Dog and Best of Winners on Day 1 and Winners Dog on Day
2, earning 10 points in two days. The following month Luca won an
Award of Merit at the 2001 GDCA National Specialty Best of Breed
thereafter, Luca and his sister Diva traveled to St. Louis to compete
in a three-day International show. Both dogs earned the highest
ratings possible at each show. They are now International Champions.
Obviously, Luca likes to compete. As Martha Stewart might say, "And
that's a good thing!" because Luca's next big appearance will
be at America's most prestigious dog show Westminster.
Westminster Kennel Club
Most of you are familiar with Westminster
Kennel Club's annual all-breed show. It takes place in Madison
Square Garden Center, New York City. This year's show will be held
on Monday and Tuesday, February 11th and 12th. Show hours are from
8:30am to 11:00pm each day. It is open to the public. Tickets can
be purchased by phone at 212-307-7171 or online at TicketMaster.
They can also be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box office
Over 2500 dogs representing 158 breeds will be competing in this
year's event. Only one dog will take home the coveted title, Best
in Show. To date no Great Dane has ever won Best in Show at Westminster.
Once the show
gets underway, Luca will be exhibited in the Breed
competition. The Great Dane breed falls under the category of Working
Group. Luca will compete against 10 to 20 other Great Danes for
the Breed title. The winning Dane will go on to challenge 15 to
20 other dogs, each of whom will have won their own breed in the
Working Group. The dog that wins the Working Group title will move
forward to compete against the six other Group winners from the
following groups: Herding, Sporting, Non-sporting, Hounds, Terriers
and Toy. Finally, after two days of rugged competition, just one
dog will stand alone in the center of the arena: Best in
USA Networks will be televising Westminster again this year. Best
of Breed judging will not be aired; the network will cover Best
of Group judging beginning at 8pm eastern time on February 11.
to the schedule, Breed winners from the Working Group will be the
first to step into the ring. You can bet I'll be watching!
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