Local dog wins Westminster's Best in Show

February 11, 2009 8:54:05 AM PST
A local Sussex spaniel is now America's top dog, and he's no young pup.The 10-year-old spaniel is co-owned by Beth and Carol Dowd of Moore County.

Stump came out of retirement last week to compete.

His handler and other co-owner, Scott Sommer of Texas, competed with six other dogs for the title.

Stump won Best in Show last night at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York.

Take a look at some photos taken at the competition.

At the age of 10, that's about 70 in human years. He's the oldest Best in Show winner.

With floppy ears and a plodding gait, the golden-red Stump was an instant fan favorite at the Garden.

A nearly full crowd cheered loudly when Stump was chosen from a field of seven that included a giant schnauzer that was the nation's top show dog, a favored Brussels griffon, a Scottish deerhound named Tiger Woods, a standard poodle with 94 best in show wins, a Scottish terrier and a puli.

For complete details about the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, click here.


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