Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Dachshunds Bound for Westminster

It's hard work to look so handsome. Meet English Cream longhair 'Thomas' and his human Cynthia Perceful of Neosho, Missouri. Thomas is preparing to head to New York City for the 132nd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show next week. Go Thomas Go! Even though Thomas retired from the show circuit several years ago, his mom, owner of Royal Oak Miniature Dachshunds Kennel, didn't want to pass up an opportunity for him to show at Westminster. Excerpt from The Neosho Daily News: “He will have to look beautiful,” said the owner. “His conformation will have to be compared to AKC standard for long haired dachshund, the way his head is shaped, the shape of his eyes, the coat, the color, his bone structure, his muscle strength, the way he carries himself, the way he walks and the way he behaves in the ring. He will be very animated, he will keep his eyes on his handler and he will be excited and happy.When he gaits (walks) he will be trotting and look like he is kind of floating on air, as he goes around the ring. The judges will be comparing all of these dachshunds, not to one another, but to the perfect dachshund standard.”
“Thomas has to beat 22 other dachshunds in the dachshund ring and if he wins that, he will go to the hound ring,” said Perceful.”
Read all about Thomas and his career at The Neosho Daily News.
The hound group will be showing live on USA Network on Monday, February 11th, the first day of the two-day event.
Even though a dachshund has never won best in show at Westminster, we'll be rooting for Thomas and all the doxies! The Westminster Kennel Club

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