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Vienna dog wins "Best of Breed" at Westminster

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VIENNA TWP., Ohio -

Vienna resident Sue Davis and her dog, Grand Master Flash, took "Best of Breed" in the Curly Coated Retriever group at the Westminster Dog Show.

Davis has been showing curly coats for over a decade, but ending up at Westminster is something she never saw coming.

Instead, she intended to get her first Curly Coated Retriever as a companion for her other dog.

"My original breeder encouraged me to do it," said Davis. "She said 'You should try showing,' I said 'I don't know anything about showing'!"

Even so, she gave it a try at her first show in Canfield, where she earned her first point.

After hard work and lots of classes, she now has won over 50 titles.

Davis said Flash comes from a line of champions, now clinching the title "Best of Breed" at the competition.

"I was shaking when he congratulated me," said Davis. "My hands were shaking! I was very excited."

It's this kind of exhilaration that makes Sue believe everyone should give showing dogs a shot.

"It's exciting. I think you know if you have a dog everyone should try it at least once. It's an experience," said Davis.

Even if you don't have a pure breed dog, you can still register them as an AKC "All American" dog and show them in obedience and other non-confirmation events. 

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