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Westminster Was Won By A Dog Named Stump. He Was Dead Once, Doing Much Better Now 11.Feb.2009

Stump in a cupMeet Ch. Clussexx Three D Grinchy Glee, winner of this year's Westminster Kennel Club Show at the Garden. I realize this doesn't qualify as gossip per se, but I'm a huge dog lover and thought this picture was too cute to pass up.

Stump is a 10-year-old Sussex Spaniel. He was chosen over more than 2,500 other dogs as Best in Show. He had some tough competition - I really thought that Giant Schnauzer was cute, too, but Stump's big floppy ears and very serious eyes were just too much for the judges to resist.

Stump's day in the spotlight almost didn't happen. One of his owners said he had some kind of health crisis five years ago, and his entire system just "completely quit". Luckily a team of vets were able to bring him back from the brink, and look at him today! Spaniels are great dogs. They're very sweet and affectionate and are wonderful with children. Congratulations to Stump and his family. I hope he gets to sleep in and roll in the mud now. He's earned it.