Senior Citizen Pooch Wins Westminster Dog ShowPublished February 11, 2009
By: Jo Singer
I was overjoyed this morning as I read the headlines announcing the winner of the 133rd Westminster Dog Show in New York City. Since I am also a senior citizen, it was highly gratifying to learn that a kindred spirit of the canine persuasion had romped off with the first prize at the event.
Ah, those golden years! At 70 years-of-age, while many of us are enjoying retirement, pursuing a leisurely lifestyle, apparently this is not the case in the canine world this year. Stump, whose official name is Clussexx Three D Grinchy Glee, this handsome 10 year-old Sussex spaniel, is approximately 70 years old based in doggie years and has completely dispelled the myth about old dogs learning new tricks.
After a five year hiatus from the show ring due to a serious and rare illness which required a 19 day hospital stay in 2004, nearly causing him to lose his life, this courageous canine has just made a fantastic comeback, winning the prestigious Best in Show at the 133rd Westminster Dog Show, representing the Sporting group. Chosen as the first of his breed by Judge Mrs. Sari Bewster Tietjen, Stump not only took this top award but has become the oldest dog to ever capture this win.
And if Best in Show was not sufficient, Stump, the "come back king", trumped six other dogs to win the "Super Bowl" of the dog world during the two-day competition. Stump's competition for Best in Show was a Standard Poodle, a Brussels griffon, a Puli, a Scottish terrier, a Scottish deerhound and a Giant Schnauzer. In 1991 a Standard Poodle won the top honor, and in 1995 the win was claimed by a Scottish terrier.
My hat is off to Stump and his owner. I kinda think that his amazing win, especially in light of his seniority, demonstrates that anything is possible if we keep our eye on the prize, so to speak. I have to tell you that not only was I impressed by Stump's performance, but I feel especially inspired by his tenacity and his obvious positive attitude. I think we can learn a lot from this charming pooch who has definitely touched my heart.
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