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Valley dogs heading to the Westminster Dog Show

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The Super Bowl of dog shows will take place just after Valentine's Day in New York City.

"Flash" is a 2-year-old curly-haired retriever from Vienna, who will compete in the 140th Westminster Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show.

His owner-handler is Sue Davis, who also happens to be Youngstown State University's Director of Admissions.

"Westminster is the second oldest sporting event in the country. It's the creme de le creme of dog shows," says Davis.

She's pretty excited to have been honored with an invitation to take part in the show.

"In order to be invited to Westminster, you have to be in the top five dogs in your breed, and those are based on points you accrue by beating other dogs throughout the year at dog shows."

She goes to about two dog shows a month.

Flash will be about the youngest dog of the 3,000 competing at Westminster.

He'll have a friend to travel with, though.

Shelley Kacenski of Austintown is also taking part in the show. She's bringing her 2-year-old Siberian Husky, Chloe.

"It's very helpful if you have some friends to take with you because you need help setting up the crates and getting everything into the doors," says Davis.

Flash is no stranger to accolades. He's already won a judge's award of merit last year at the AKC National Championship. He also finished second among his breed in the AKC Owner-Handler Series.

Now Davis hopes he will take home a "Best of Breed" at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 16.

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