An Old English sheepdog co-owned by Dillsburg residents had his time to shine on live television Monday during the 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
Grand Champion Bugaboo's Picture Perfect, a 3-year-old male, competed for best in group for the herding group at the dog show at Madison Square Garden.
However, the sheepdog, whose call name is Swagger, did not advance to Best in
Show competition, beaten at group level by a Cardigan Welsh corgi, Grand Champion Riverside Telltail Coco Posh. Swagger placed fourth in the herding group, according to the Westminster Kennel Club's website.
His owners, Ron Scott and Debbie Burke of Dillsburg could not be reached for comment Monday. He also is owned by Colton and Heather Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colo.
Still a winner: The sheepdog won best of breed earlier Monday in order to compete for best in group.
In 2013, he won the first-ever Reserve Best in Show at Westminster.
The two-day dog competition continues Tuesday with sporting, working and terrier competitions, as well as Best in Show. The events will be shown live from 8 to 11 p.m. on the USA network.
Swagger was among a half-dozen dogs with York County ties competing at the show.
A Boston terrier named Palmer caught the Westminster judges' attention, though he did not win the big title, said his co-owner Paula Sulzberger of Newberry Township.
Palmer's award: Palmer, whose official name is Champion Talavera's Taking Matters in Hand at Cocolamus, received an award of merit in the non-sporting group competition on Monday.
"He was recognized as a really quality Boston terrier," Sulzberger said. "He got a beautiful medallion. It's a prestigious award, very hard to come by with a global competition and especially with his age. We're so proud of him."
More competition: Sulzberger said that while Palmer was competing, she was handling a French bulldog from Tennessee. That dog did not advance in competition, but received a winner's dog award, recognizing it as the best male nonchampion, she said.
The trip to New York has been exciting and busy, as Palmer also participated in a dog show held Saturday and Sunday by the Boston Terrier Club of New York Inc., Sulzberger said.
While Palmer did not win titles there, he made the final cut in both the specialty and best of breed competitions, she said.
"He's a fabulous dog," Sulzberger said. "He got better each day, and we're just thrilled with how he did at the shows."
Elvis competes: Gloria J. Buck of Brogue said Westminster competition was stiff for her 4-year-old English Toy Spaniel named Elvis. His official name is Champion Enchanting Spirit Ultimate Elvis, and he is co-owned by Buck's sister Sherry Lutz of Grantville, Dauphin County.
"He showed very well, beautifully and gorgeously," said Buck, who also trains and handles Elvis. "He didn't win, he made it to Westminster. That's a win in itself."
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