Photos/Video: 2015 Westminster Kennel Club 'Best In Show' And Sporting 'Best Of Group' (Updated)

2015 Westminster Kennel Club Best In Show, 15-Inch Beagle, 'Miss P'

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Photo Credit: William Alexander poses with 'Tashtins Lookin for Trouble' [Call Name: 'Miss P,' which stands for Peyton] a 15-inch beagle, after winning the 'Best In Show' competition title at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Tuesday. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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Photo Credit: Miss P, a 15-inch beagle, took home 'Best In Show' at Westminster Kennel Club on Tuesday. Mary Altaffer/AP

And,

2015 Westminster Kennel Club Best Of Sporting Group, 'Liz'

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Photo Credit: GCH Wynmoor Sweetgrass White Diamonds [Call Name: Liz], English Springer Spaniel, Sporting Best In Group, 2015 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, doggies.com

Below is a short clip [23:08] of the final evening of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show which shows the winners of the Seven Groups vying for 'Best In Show.'

And, last, but not least,

One of the most beautiful winners of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the 2007 Winner or 'Best In Show,' English Springer Spaniel Ch Felicity's Diamond Jim, CD, RE, Wikipedia, [Call Name: James].

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Photo Credit: 'Felicity's Diamond Jim,' Duck Duck Go Search, Zimbio.com, Champions/Purebreds

And,

A final shot of the stunning James!

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Photo Credit: 'Felicity's Diamond Jim,' Duck Duck Go Search, Zimbio.com, Champions/Purebreds

English Springer Spaniels are one of the winningest breeds that compete in the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show--having won six Best In Shows, to date.

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to see a beagle win, I was raised with beagles as a child, my dad was an avid hunter and I have some fond memories of going to field trials with him. The sound of a pack of beagles on the scent of a rabbit, baying, howling, baughing, is something I'll never forget. Who's that gorgeous dog in the upper right hand photo, was he in the show? Man, I miss my buddy Maximus. Thanks for the diary, Mollie.

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when she caught the scent of a rabbit, I thought she had gotten hurt. It sounded like she got kicked in the ribs. Charlie does that all the time now when she loses sight of Abby or me.
I have had both Beagles and 1 Springer. I almost fell over when my Springer obeyed me cuz the Beagles never did.

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field trials i used to go to with my dad there would be 20 or 30 doing that all at once, poor rabbits!

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the song in today's Open Thread, Euphonious Whale, kind of describes what I'm talking about.

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your pooches doing, by the way?

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I think the aspirin upset her stomach. She's still limping, but not quite as bad. The Beagle will eat if
I put some wet food in with the dry. I'm waiting for the funds from paypal to transfer
Then I'll take her to the vet. She keeps whining and I can't tell if she is in pain or what. I just think something
Is off with her. Dog people are so tuned in to their dogs we know when something is up.

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became disinterested in eating which is highly unusual especially for hounds.
I have been feeding her top grade, i thought, dry food-Taste of the Wild, Wellness and Blue Buffalo.
I realized that they, along with most dry food, now have tomato pomace as a large percentage of filler.
Nightshade veggies - tomato and potato-are worse for dogs than they are for humans so i now buy canned wet food with no nightshades.
She gets supplementary canned pumpkin, raw carrot sticks, yams and/or green beans for extra roughage.
She is 15 and is all of a sudden perkier, happy for dinnertime and generally more like her old self.
I feel so guilty that i had been poisoning my dog with high priced food.

Hope your pups are feeling better.

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it sounds as though you give her wonderful care. At least you found out, and made adjustments.

I knew about the supplementary veggies that you mentioned being good for dogs, and keep treats with those veggies on hand (and/or canned yams or pumpkin), but I didn't know about 'tomato pomace'--so thanks for the info.

I've been giving our dogs a couple of tablespoons of non-sugared bran cereal (without raisins, of course), along with a couple of tablespoons of non-fat plain yogurt--sometimes with a touch of raspberries or blueberries in their own juice--for years now.

I ran it by our vet, and he didn't seem to think that it would cause them any harm in very small amounts.

Anyhoo, since I began doing this, one dog lived to age 17-1/2; one to age 16 (she had to be euthanized due to severe chronic pain, that surgery would not eliminate, or she might have lived at least a couple more years, since she had no other health problems other than the painful skeletal/spinal one); one to just shy of age 14, by weeks; and one, Mister B, seems to be very, very healthy after 7-1/2 years of this regimen. (We believe that he is approximately 9 years old, now.)

Probably, they just had good genes. And I'm certainly not suggesting that feeding them small amounts of plain bran and yogurt 'made them live longer.' Just that it does not appear that these items would likely harm most dogs, if given in very small amounts--basically just to add 'flavor' to kibble.

Just food for thought--no pun intended!

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has become, at 15 years old, the best companion i can imagine.
Very large fatty tumors, probably caused by that crap food, has ruined her figure over the last couple of years.
She loves the car still- the entire back of my Subaru wagon belongs to her.
I know 15 is pretty old and i have come to terms with losing her at any time but i want her to be as happy as possible until the very last second.
The best dry food i have researched is Orijen, which is made in Canada and is horrifically expensive- i am making due with the canned for now.
BTW, tomato pomace is the residue when all of the pulp and juice has been squeezed out- just a dryish mass of skin and seeds, very inflammatory for dogs, along with soy and wheat.
My dog loves blueberries, apples, raspberries, yogurt, cottage cheese, pumpkins and winter squash.
And voles- they must taste great- she avidly digs them out and swallows them whole, much to the advantage of my apple trees.

If i am lucky enough to once again own a home with ample acreage, i will take in many more hound rescues- i love their personality and their singing.

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disregard this one (which is a shortened version).

Basically, I couldn't agree more about the hound temperament.

The dog on my Tweet, Murphee, was clearly a Terrier-Mix, but for several reasons, it was obvious that she had some hound in her background.

I swear that if you looked up 'sweet, meet, mild, and mellow' in the dictionary, you'd find Murphee's picture.

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Seriously, those are all very much hound personality traits. And I, too, love their baying, vocalizing, or singing.

Hope your little geriatric hound has many more years.

(Our first Springer had a large fatty tumor on her chest when she was quite old. It was finally removed only because it hampered her walking.)

Mollie

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I was feeding the Blue Buffalo too, but switched to costco's healthy premium when my funds dried up. Buffalo is rated 4/5 on dog food reviews. When I run out of the wet food, I will switch to low fat yogurt.
Remember back when America produced most of everything? Back then dog foods weren't loaded with the shit they are able to put in them now. That's another thing our government has allowed to happen.
My Springer hated the car. I think she missed the 'dogs love to go in the car' training session when she was born.
I will post a picture of her tomorrow she loved having her picture taken.

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eager to please, quick to learn, and usually quite obedient [in our experience].

We've only had the two, but we've also had one of their Spaniel 'cousins'--an English Cocker Spaniel. (And she was the same way.)

Now, Mister B 'bays' from time to time. And it always has a very happy connotation--either something good just happened, or he's clearly contemplating something good is going to happen--like when we're holding his feed dish, LOL!

He gets a clue before the dish, though, because we have rigged a 'bonnet' for him (to keep his ears out of food and water), and 'the B' comes running to have it put on--he even assists us by very enthusiastically sticking his head into it.

They're relatively bright dogs--ranked #13 for a number of years, IIRC. But they're even somewhat higher ranked when it comes to trainability according to some articles that I've read.

The Intelligence of Dogs

Hope your two little fellas are doing better now!

Mollie

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the little Beagle's win 'struck a chord with you.'

Thanks for the kind words. Mr B says thanks, too--he's just relieved that he doesn't have to compete with the likes of 'Felicity's Diamond Jim.'

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Whew! James was some gorgeous Springer, for sure!

My heart goes out to you regarding Maximus. I'm sure that it must be particularly difficult, and a shock, considering the way that it happened, and so 'out of the blue.'

I plan to post a two-line tribute to the dog that we most recently lost, on the anniversary of her birthday. I have found that writing about the pet--and that includes mentioning them in a comment, as you just did--can have a sorta cathartic effect .

Mollie

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English Springer Spaniels are a breed that requires a lot of patience and interaction on the part of their owners. They are extremely high energy dogs and need a lot of exercise outdoors. Also, like most spaniels, they are not the easiest dogs to housetrain. Another feature of springers along with many other spaniel breeds is that they attach themselves very strongly to one human. They also bond as a pair with other dogs.

They come in three basic color varieties: Liver and white, black and white, and the less common, tri-color. The field variety dogs look nothing like the bench or show dog variety. Our first two were black and white and our last three are liver and white.

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Springers are very lovable, and make fine little companions.

(Of course, in my book, that could be said of pretty much any dog--I haven't met one that I didn't like yet!)

Thanks for pointing out some of the facts about this breed. Especially, the mention of 'extremely high energy.'

Our petite hybrid bench/field Springer had the most incredible level of energy that I've ever seen. She was literally still chewing on her Nylabones within 24 ours of her passing--she's the one who lived to be 17-1/2 years old.

(The two much younger dogs, at the time, rarely ever touched their toys.)

We were fortunate that all of our dogs were easily house-trained, but I suspect that we just 'got lucky.' All but the last two were adopted as very young pups. And they were not house-trained. Those two ranged from about 9 months old, to about 12-18 months old at the time that we got them. One female, and one male. One a terrier-mix, one a Springer. And both of them caught on real quick.

I did mess up on one thing, though. Instead of beginning their training with simply taking them out into the backyard to go, I trained them to "go for a walk."

I didn't do that with all the others that we adopted as young pups. Of course, I did also walk them. But their training was to eliminate in the backyard, first.

So, I "had to" walk the last two, even if it was extremely lousy weather. If I just took them outside, they'd sit or lie down.

Won't make that mistake again!

Mollie

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You should try to train Beagles. Mine won 1st place in obedience class, then I dropped her leash and she ran away.

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about 'Miss P' during Westminster.

If you should watch the approximately 20 minute video embedded in the Tweet, I "think" they made mention of this during the 'Best In Show' segment (but I did watch other videos, so I could be mixed up).

Sounds like one should never let a Beagle off-lead--at least not outdoors!

Mollie

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