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Giant schnauzer "Spirit" wins Westminster's working group

February 10, 2009 |  9:39 pm

A giant schnauzer named Spirit won Westminster's Working group

To the surprise of -- well, no one -- Ch. Galilee's Pure Of Spirit, a giant schnauzer best known simply as Spirit, won the working group at Westminster.

Spirit, a 4-year-old female owned by Mary Hayes, Joe Sanchez and Carla Sanchez, is ranked the No. 1 show dog in the country.

"Rarely does a breeder ever believe that they have a realistic chance to go best in show at the Garden, but I believe Spirit has as good a shot as any of the other top contenders there," Maryann Bisceglia, who owns the kennel where Spirit was born, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Rounding out the top four were a boxer named Ch. Winfall Brookwood Styled Dream, an Alaskan malamute named Ch. Nanuke's Still The One and a Tibetan mastiff named Ch. Drakyi Gold Standard.

-- Lindsay Barnett

Photo: Peter Kramer/Associated Press

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