The whole “MachSpeed Team” went down for the dog shows in Ho Chi Minh City (SaiGon), VietNam last weekend.  We got down there by train from Phan Thiet on Friday night.  That turned out to be a fiasco — The conductor guy said that dogs aren’t allowed on trains.  I think this is very strange, because trains are the perfect form of transport for dogs, a lot of people have dogs in VietNam, and dogs are not allowed on busses.   (So how does one get a dog from point A to point B in VietNam?  My answer, for the return anyway, ended up being hiring a private taxi.  Expensive compared to other forms of transport, but much cheaper than one would expect.)  The taxi on the return came out not much more than twice what I paid to get there by train.  You see, to get there by train,  not only did i have to buy my ticket, I also had to take a taxi from my beach town of Mui Ne to the closest big city (Phan Thiet), and pay for the dog’s spot in the motorbike car, and then take a taxi from the Saigon train station to my hotel.  A private taxi, on the other hand, takes you door to door.  When I traveled by train, I had a few scares… including being told I cannot take the dogs just minutes before the train was to depart.

The three shows in Saigon were:

  • The 3rd Annual VKA National Dog Show (on Saturday)
  • Judge: Mr. David Strachan (Australia Judge; ANKC All-Breeds Judge)
  • BiS1 – Bull Mastiff (Thailand) – “Peacekeeper’s Bacardi Braut” (from dogs-open)
  • BiS2 – Miniature Schnauzer (Malaysia) – “Hubee Rythm of the Air” (from dogs-intermediate)
  • BiS3 – Whippet (Karadhras Tinker Bell @ Mach-9;owner: Glenn Greer-Meyer)(from intermediate-bitches)
  • Best Junior in Show – Rottweiler (VietNam)
  • Res. Best Junior in Show – Siberian Husky (VietNam)
  • The 1st Annual FCI International Dog Show (on Sunday)
  • Judge: Mrs. Jackie Perry (FCI Thailand Judge)
  • BiS1 – Pomeranian (Thailand) – “Dream Team Moon Walker” (from dogs-open)
  • BiS2 – Bull Mastiff (Thailand) – “Peacekeeper’s Bacardi Braut” (from dogs-open)
  • BiS3 – Whippet (Karadhras Tinker Bell @ Mach-9; owner: Glenn Greer-Meyer)(from intermediate-bitches)
  • Best Junior in Show – Pomeranian
  • Res. Best Junior in Show – English Bulldog
  • The 4th Annual Phu Quoc Dog Show
  • Results – (data unknown)

Mach-Speed Results at the Two Shows:

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Lajka (Karadhras Tinker Bell at Mach-9)

  • National Show: V1, BOB, BOG, BIS3, CAC
  • International Show: V1, BOB, BOG, BIS3, CACIB
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Rocket (Rocket from Pocket Yakuza.Gdy
  • National Show: V1, BOB2, BOG2, reserve CAC
  • International Show: V1, BOB2, BOG2, reserve CACIB
Abbreviations:
V1 – Judged as “excellent” and 1st place in class
BOB – Best of Breed
BOG – Best of Group (in this case, Group 10 – Sighthounds)
BiS – Best in Show
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As you may assume, we are all very happy with the results.  The shows were well organized and there were a lot of nice dogs there from VietNam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Russia, and maybe from some other countries.  I will find out soon if my hunch is correct — They seem to allow BOG2 to be from the same breed as the BOG winner in VietNam.  (They seem to have placed Rocket ahead of the Afghan in the ring following the BOG comparisons.)  I thought he judges were quite impressive and professional.
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There were approximately 350-400 entries in the shows.   Group 10 was made up of Whippets and Afghans.
Results now online:    http://vka.vn/page/24
(I’m not quite sure what to make of Rocket being listed as BOS3 instead of Lajka.  I will investigate. It doesn’t matter to me if I am mistaken or they.  🙂   )
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Here are some links to photos and articles from the shows!:

http://dogsinvietnam.com/diendan/showthread.php?t=1511

(this one above is the newest set of shots…  many more from the ring than the other links so far)

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http://vietdog.com/forum/index.php/topic,16735790.0.html

http://www.vnphoto.net/forums/showthread.php?t=113045&page=1

http://en.baomoi.com/Info/First-International-Dog-Show-a-big-hit/12/212789.epi

http://vka.vn/page/24

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