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10-Year-Old "Stump" Takes Westminster's Best
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Jill B.
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Jill B.
5 years ago

Way to go, Stump! Never to old to strut your stuff.

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Joanne N.
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Joanne N.
5 years ago

I loved this story and loved hearing about it on the news! It's a tribute to the care and health that Stump has gotten through the years, despite his illness a few years ago! Hooray for Stump!

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Cheryln
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Cheryln
5 years ago

Alright Stump!!! Age didn't matter here. Maybe the experience helped his performance

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Frances K.
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Frances K.
5 years ago

Yea Stump!

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Jenny   P.
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Jenny P.
5 years ago

What a cute old guy!

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Lucille Vaughn F.
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Lucille Vaughn F.
5 years ago

Stump is one beautiful dog and who would have guessed that he would enjoy one last walk at Westminster and come away with the top prize. We are so lucky to get to see him one last time, though I guess he'll be out there next year as the prior champion.

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Ann W.
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Ann W.
5 years ago

Absolutely love the story! I watched him win and was praying that the judge would give the honor to him. What a great tribute to a wonderful dog!

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Jennifer L.
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Jennifer L.
5 years ago

Way to go Stump! Old dogs are better dogs!

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alisa l.
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alisa l.
5 years ago

Old dogs are the best.... as are old cats

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shelby d.
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shelby d.
5 years ago

seniors rock!

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Diane S.
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Diane S.
5 years ago

I love that this dog is 10 years old. I hope that this win helps with adooptions for the older dog population.

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SARAH S.
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SARAH S.
5 years ago

Ten, WOW!

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Alvin & Gretchen
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Alvin & Gretchen
5 years ago

Good job. Its nice to see an older dog win.

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JOYCE S.
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JOYCE S.
5 years ago

it was nice to see the older dog win - see, older CAN be better

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Therese M.
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Therese M.
5 years ago

cute cute cute

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CaroleLynn2
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CaroleLynn2
5 years ago

Saw him win. What a happy dog!

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Joanne M.
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Joanne M.
5 years ago

So nice to see a different breed win. I know there are some negatives to the potential popularity but I think it does make people aware of different options when choosing a pet.

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Anna
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Anna
5 years ago

I hope I can win "Best in Show" when I am 70.

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Graciel
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Graciel
5 years ago

LOL! Yes, me, too! Somehow I don't think it's going to happen for me, though! :)

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Erica R.
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Erica R.
5 years ago

That's neat!

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JoEllen G.
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JoEllen G.
5 years ago

Saw his win-great personality. Maybe 10 years is the new 5 yr. old.

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Qakeith
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Qakeith
5 years ago

Good to see the old timers still have what it takes!

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Berniem
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Berniem
5 years ago

what a story, congratulations stump.

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Wilma T.
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Wilma T.
5 years ago

I've always loved Stump. Here's hoping that by his winning people will not shy away from adopting older dogs....they still have their winning tricks.

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AmandaCMHS
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AmandaCMHS
5 years ago

He is sooo cute!

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Lulupuck
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Lulupuck
5 years ago

you can teach an old dog new tricks...

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Kpillion
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Kpillion
5 years ago

Some day my Tessa will be there!

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Anita S.
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Anita S.
5 years ago

My Vanilla, 12 years old, is still used as a model for my groomer. And she never ceases to amaze me, always learning something new every day!

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Cindi K.
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Cindi K.
5 years ago

good going stump so glad you won

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Diane F.
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Diane F.
5 years ago

He truly is a beautiful dog. But then, aren't they all.

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Melissa P.
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Melissa P.
5 years ago

I'm not a fan of conformation shows in general, but I do think that the Sussex Spaniel breeders are a small enough bunch of people that the breed is 'safe' from too much popularity.

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Donna
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Donna
5 years ago

GO STUMP!! I loved the beagle win last year, and love that this old guy took the prize. So much for you snotty, high maintenance poodles, and the like. Real doggity dogs rule!

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tracey c.
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tracey c.
5 years ago

We love Stump!

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Ceverett50
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Ceverett50
5 years ago

I'm so happy for him (and I'm a sucker for those spaniel eyes!). I'm glad that he won, even if he is considered "old".

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Amy P.
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Amy P.
5 years ago

Why is it that "old" pets aren't more routinely considered at Westminster?

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Graciel
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Graciel
5 years ago

Because in animal judging they have to be the best specimen available at the time, and a younger animal will almost always beat them out because an older animal is not going to be at their peak. We all have our days in the sun, but most of the time it's when we are younger. :)

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Di
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Di
5 years ago

Delighted with Stump's win! My whole family (even the two Maltese) were rooting for him!!

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Ana S.
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Ana S.
5 years ago

The old adage "you can't teach an old dog new tricks" obviously would never apply to a dog like "Stump". Some dogs are just natural born hams, and this old sweetie must be one of those. I learned not to underestimate any animals ability to "keep on keeping on" with my Florida Cur, Chubby. He turned 12 years old in January, but when he's outside playing with my son's dog, a small Chihuahua named Nugget, he forgets his aches and pains and his age, and runs and rolls like a puppy. Yet he never forgets anything he's been taught, obeys every command he's been taught, and a couple of times when he's gone "visiting" a local farm that raises cattle and has horses, he still can run like crazy and "cut" the herd and move those horses back to the fenced-in corral. I love watching the dog shows, and one day I'll make it to one if they ever have it down here in the deep south.

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Kerri  B.
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Kerri B.
5 years ago

It's nice to see an older dog win, but I wonder if Sussex breeders are viewing the win as bittersweet. The more media attention a breed gets, the more people want to buy them, the more the breed attracts bad breeders who are only in it for the money.

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Gloria B.
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Gloria B.
5 years ago

Congratulations Stump-from another senior!

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sally r.
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sally r.
5 years ago

You can teach an old dog new treats!

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jackson c.
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jackson c.
5 years ago

i didnt know old guys coould win

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Janice K.
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Janice K.
5 years ago

He may be old but he knows his stuff, good story.

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Roxanne P.
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Roxanne P.
5 years ago

its great an old guy won....

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Carly S.
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Carly S.
5 years ago

Good Job!

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Boyscoutdad
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Boyscoutdad
5 years ago

Older can be better.

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Linda
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Linda
5 years ago

Aging well is a true sign of a fine bred dog! I often wonder how early the breed health problems kick in with winners. It would make a true difference in best in show if we knew how well all previous winners aged.

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Katherine
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Katherine
5 years ago

Good job Stump!!

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Rae
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Rae
5 years ago

Congratulations Stump!

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Justin S.
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Justin S.
5 years ago

Nice.

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Elaine P.
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Elaine P.
5 years ago

My husband has an "old is good" campaign going. He has now added Stump to his proof

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Jeepnferretlover
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Jeepnferretlover
5 years ago

Good job Stump! Just 'cause we get older, doesn't mean we, "don't got it."

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