Stump smiling after Best in Show win

February 13, 2009 4:17:42 PM PST
They are still celebrating at the Kennel of Champions in northwest Harris County, the home of Stump. The 10-year-old Sussex spaniel was named Best in Show at this year's Westminster Kennel Club dog show.[SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

Stump is 70-years-old in human years and he's arguably the most famous dog in the world.

After winning Best in Show, Stump has never been more in demand. The phone at Stump's home is ringing constantly and he's booked for a photo shoot for AARP magazine. Not bad for a supposed retiree.

"I don't know what the actual odds would be, but Stump was two years older than any dog that's ever won that before," said Stump's trainer Scott Sommer.

To get the Best in Show, Stump had to win the best of the Sussex spaniel breed and in doing so he beat out his own son in the ring.

Sommer said about Stump, "He's still smiling."

Another twist to the story is that Stump had a life-threatening illness a few years ago. Texas A&M pulled him through and now the rest is history.

Stump went on to take a mate called Sweet Potato and they have a daughter Myrtle who is also destined for the show ring. However, Stump is the celebrity in this family.

He stops traffic when taken for a walk and he's eclipsing another Westminster winner at the Kennel of Champions, J.R. the Bichon.

Stump though has hit a cord with people to beat illness and age to come out on top and that's especially encouraging these days.

"With the economy, everything is so bad and there's so much bad talk about things, but this is a happy thing," said Patricia Marcouiller of the Kennel of Champions.

Behind every winning dog, there is a winning trainer and Scott Sommer can now lay claim to two Westminster Best in Show winners.

As for his name, Stump got it because of his stumpy tail.

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