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Scottish Terrier "Sadie" wins Westminster's Terrier group

February 10, 2009 |  2:29 pm

Handler Gabriel Rangel bends down to congratulate Scottish terrier Ch Roundtown Mercedes of Maryscot after winning the terrier group at the 133rd Westminster 
Kennel Club Dog Show

With native breeds winning both the Hound and Terrier groups, it was a big day for Scotsmen! 

After Scottish Terrier Ch. Roundtown Mercedes of Maryscot won the Terrier group, her handler, Gabriel Rangel, joked, "Maybe I ought to have a Scotch."  (Rangel also brought a good-luck charm into the ring: the leash he used last night was the same one used to guide the winner of the 1967 Westminster show, another Scottie named Ch. Bardene Bingo.)

The winning terrier, called Sadie for short, is a 3-year-old female owned by Amelia Musser. 

The Scottie has won Westminster's Best in Show title seven times, a feat only beaten by another terrier, the Wire Fox.  Forty-four terriers in total have won Best in Show, far surpassing any other group (and causing Vegas odds expert John Avello to give the group's representative 2-1 odds to win tonight).

Coming in seconnd, third and fourth were a Sealyham Terrier named Ch. Efbe's Hidalgo at Goodspice, a Norwich Terrier named Ch. Skyscot's Poker Chip, and a Miniature Schnauzer named Ch. Earthsong Remedy for the Blues, respectively.

-- Lindsay Barnett

Credit: Seth Wenig / Associated Press

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