Local dogs take on New York City

Posted By elaine on February 13, 2014

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The 2014 Best In Show Trophy was awarded to "GCH Afterall Painting The Sky" a.k.a. "Sky," a Wire Fox Terrier. (Photo: AP)

It is the biggest prize in the dog show world, the Westminster Kennel Club “Best in Show” .

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Pueblo Pharaoh Hound Osiris Cowboy Casanova, known to his owners as "Farley" wins best of breed . (Photo: WKC)

Three Southern Colorado dogs made it to the group rings at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York this week, which is a pretty big deal for folks in the dog show world.laura

Group rings are kind of like a semi-finals. The finals is the best in show ring. Before a dog can get into the group ring they have to first win “best of breed” in their respective breeds.

A Pharaoh Hound from Pueblo, Osiris Cowboy Casanova, known to his owners as “Farley” made it to the hound group ring and two Colorado Springs dogs competed in the herding group ring.

Those two herding dogs were smooth Collie, Bit O’Heavens Sorceress, aka “Tegan” and “Swagger”, an Old English Sheepdog with the registered name, Bugaboo’s Picture Perfect. You may remember that Swagger, just missed top dog honors at last year’s competition, for which he was named reserve best in show behind the overall winner, an Affenpinscher named Banana Joe.

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Colorado Springs' "Swagger", a.k.a Bugaboo's Picture Perfect tried a second time to come away with the top prize. He settled for fourth in the herding group. (Photo: WKC)

Sadly none of the local dogs moved on to the coveted best in show competition this year.

If you watched the show and want to check out one in person, you’re in luck. The Denver Dog Show starts Thursday and runs through Monday (February 13-17) at the National Western Complex in Denver. Thousands of dogs will be on hand competing in one of the largest dog shows in country. It is a great place to check out dogs, dog shops, and events, and maybe even find a breed that is perfect for you and your family!

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