It was the breed’s first best in show win at Westminster.
Hickory — full name Foxcliffe Hickory Wind – beat out the other finalists: a Pekingese, a Shar-pei, a bearded collie, a black cocker spaniel, a Portuguese water dog and a smooth fox terrier.
“Over the moon,” is how owner Cecilia Dove described the win. “This is the first deerhound to ever win at the Garden. She’s in an elite group of one. ”
Hickory’s best in show comes after finishing third in her group last year, which her handler, Angela Lloyd blamed on big-city jitters. ”This dog isn’t used to cities or venues this size. It is used to chasing squirrels and deer all day on a big farm,” she said.
Hickory lives on Dove’s farm, outside Warrenton, Va.
“She’s got everything,” Paolo Dondina, a judge from Monterchi, Italy, said after picking Hickory. “The movement, the presence. It’s a dog for the big show.”
Hickory, according to Bloomberg.com, is named after a bluegrass song by John Duffey. Hickory succeeds Sadie, a black Scottish terrier who won Westminster last year.
About 2,600 canines from 179 breeds competed in the two-day event.
The Scottish deerhound breed dates to the 16th century, when it was used for pursuing and killing deer, and could be owned by “no one of rank lower than an earl,” according to the American Kennel Club website.
Lloyd, Hickory’s handler, said the 5-year-old, 85-pound dog loves the spotlight.
“She’s constantly making sure she’s getting attention,” Lloyd said.
Like all Westminster winners, she’ll be getting plenty of that in the days ahead, before retiring to Dove’s farm in Virginia.
Here’s a video of her first round win — she’s the third one to strut — over two other Scottish deerhounds.
Posted by John Woestendiek February 16th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
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“We accomplished what we came to do and that was to develop a bond and friendship between owner and dog,” Brorsen said at the end of the CBS “reality” show’s final episode of the season. “We came here as a guy with a dog. Ten weeks later, we are leaving with the ‘Greatest American Dog’ title.”
Brorsen’s family and friends in Perry, Okla., were thrilled with the outcome, which Brorsen had kept secret in the weeks since the final episode was taped, his hometown newspaper, the Oklahoman, reported.
Brorsen and Presley — not yet two years old — were the underdogs heading into the finals, where they went up against a professional dog trainer and his 9-year-old English pointer border collie (J.D. and Galaxy) and a doggy day care owner and her 5-year-old Maltese (Laurie and Andrew).
“They’re newlyweds and in the honeymoon stage,” Laurie was quoted as saying of Brorsen and Presley. “They have done a fantastic job, but they should give the award to those who have been through more things together.”
I don’t think too much of life should be spent in contemplating, replaying and second-guessing the results of television reality shows — let alone watching them in the first place. So I’ll just say congratulations Travis and Presley, and may the honeymoon last forever.