NEW YORK —
“He’s much more confident,” co-owner Ron Scott said. “He loves this, he loves to show.”
Other things Swagger enjoys: chewing ice cubes, jogging with Johnson and playing with youngsters.
“The kids just lay all over him, he doesn’t mind,” Scott said. And if their fruit roll-ups occasionally wind up in Swagger’s hair, well, he’s all right with that.
Swagger beat out four other old English sheepdogs Monday afternoon in the breed round. Taller and fuller than the rest, the dog with the official name of Bugaboo’s Picture Perfect was a clear pick.
Spectators stood four-deep to watch him in action, more than at the other adjacent rings. Fans called out his name and shot video and pictures on their cell phones during his 15-minute judging.
Mary Moorhouse and her mother, Julie, were in town from Owensboro, Ky. They spotted Swagger backstage in a grooming area and followed him to the ring, not even knowing his history.
“It’s his personality,” Julie said. “He’s smiling. He’s proud. He’s confident.”
“I like how fluffy he is,” her daughter said.
Also in town was Team Wembley. Maxine Freifeld of La Costa, Calif., and about 30 friends and family members came to Pier 92 to root for her Havanese.
Wearing their “Team Wembley” T-shirts and hollering their support, the group wound up with a ribbon for honorable mention. Not bad for a first-time dog and owner at Westminster.
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