Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show: Scottish terrier Sadie wins the terrier group
Sadie was heavily favored to win, but odds-on favorites have certainly lost before; witness this year's working group competition, for example, in which a top-winning golden retriever widely expected to win wound up losing to a Brittany that was hardly a household name.
Although Sadie won her group last year, in the end she lost the coveted Best in Show title to an underdog in the truest sense of the world, a 10-year-old Sussex spaniel named Stump.
But the feisty terrier (and aren't all terriers feisty?) didn't take defeat lying down; she went on to win the two other biggest shows in the nation, the National Dog Show in Pennsylvania and the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Long Beach.
Despite her winning record, her handler Gabriel Rangel kept his thoughts on the work at hand rather than getting his hopes up for a big win. "Expectations? Never expectations," Rangel told the Associated Press. "If you think that way, you get nervous and in trouble."
Sadie beat a male smooth fox terrier named Ch. J'Cobe Kemosabe Vigilante Justice, a male Norwich terrier named Ch. Skyscot's Poker Chip and a male Airedale terrier named Ch. Stirling Cool Hand Luke to win the terrier group. She'll compete against a whippet, a toy poodle, a French bulldog, a puli, a Brittany and a Doberman pinscher for Best in Show.
Terriers have won more Bests in Show at Westminster than any other group; 44 of the little earth dogs have received the award.
-- Lindsay Barnett
Gabriel Rangel shows Sadie, a Scottish Terrier, in the ring during the 134th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010 in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)