America's top dog Stump visits Texas governor

May 13, 2009 6:24:00 AM PDT
Gov. Rick Perry welcomed a hairy, much-heralded visitor with a friendly rub. A 10-year-old Sussex spaniel named Stump visited Perry's office Tuesday. Stump in February was named Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Stump, honored at Madison Square Garden in New York, had left the show ring in 2004 and later nearly died from a mysterious medical condition. Veterinarians at Texas A&M, Perry's alma mater, saved the friendly pooch.

Perry offered a proclamation welcoming Stump to the Texas Capitol and congratulations to America's top dog.

Stump was accompanied by his owner, Patricia Marcuiller of Houston.

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