Arf! Representing at Westminster

The world’s pretty pooches with pristine pedigrees are in New York through Tuesday to battle it out for the title of top dog. Connecticut is representing the state well.

Connecticut sent 123 dogs -- the fifth highest of all states sending dogs to the show.  California tops the list with 265.

At least one Nutmeg doggie, however, didn’t actually go because of a terrible run-in with a hungry band of ticks. The puppy’s prized locks were sacrificed to a groomer’s shears after Bailey - Brigadoon It's All About You – went on a three-day excursion in North Stamford, the Stamford Advocate reports.

Here are some of the Connecticut canine competitors. It, by no means, includes all. If you know of a local dog that is competing, comment below.

The information comes from Connecticut news sources, including the Stamford Advocate and the News Times. The information on all local dogs from the Westminster Kennel Club was not available.

Bowie: Greater Swiss mountain dog, Redding

Bridget: Winning Colors Bridget of Strathglass, a Cavalier King Charles from Greenwich

Brooklyn: Bullmastiff, Bethel, Tuesday

Casey: German shorthaired pointer, Washington Depot

Ellie Mae: White bull terrier, Roxbury

Hercules: Lynyears Caramelo de Miramar, a Havanese from Greenwich

Jessie: Belgian Tervuren, Danbury

Jiggy: Standard Manchester terrier, New Fairfield

Sakura: Doberman pinscher, Easton

Toby: German pinscher, Easton

Connecticut is also represented in judging the dogs, according to postings on the Westminster Kennel Club Web site.

Hound Breeds and Varieties

Patricia W. Laurans, of Newtown, Borzoi.

Working Breeds

Theresa L. Hundt, of Newtown, Akita, Anatolian Shepherd Dogs, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Boxers, Great Pyrenees, Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, St. Bernards.

Patricia W. Laurans, Alaskan Malamutes, Bullmastiffs, Giant Schnauzers, Great Danes, Kuvaszok.

Non-Sporting Breeds and Varieties

Kenneth D. Falconi, of New London, Chinese Shar-Peis, Chow Chows, Dalmatians, Tibetan Spaniels.

Ticks, however, have been the end of the competition for prize-winning bearded collie Bailey - Brigadoon It's All About You - quest for a title. The ticks invades during a three-day excursion in North Stamford, Michele Piskin, told the Stamford Advocate. 
Bailey was named Best of Breed in the annual American Kennel Club's Westminster Dog Show in 2007.

Connecticut has often made it into the winner’s circle.

In 2008, Patty Hearst, of Connecticut – yes, the Patty Hearst who was kidnapped in 1974, entered her French bulldog, Diva. Diva was named Best of Opposite Sex that year.

Other state-by-state information was not available.

In 2007, six dogs from Connecticut won.

  • Jane and Stuart Freeman, of Farmington’s Ch Freestyle Ocean Breeze, a Portuguese Water Dog, won Best of Breed.
  • Steve and Alice Lawrence, of Stafford Springs’ Havanese Ch Fuzzy Farm Devil Made Me Do It won Best of Breed.  
  • Sharon McLean, of Plantsville’s flat coated retrievers, Ch Quillquest Etched In Stone JH OA AXJ, won Best of Breed.  
  • Ch Celestial Cj's Jolly Fairchild, a Petits Bassets Griffons Vendeens, owned by Jeanne Hurty, Charles Hurty, Pamela Helmer and Joseph H, of Darien, won Best of Breed, hound group 1st.
  • Ch Geordan Tiger Lily, an Irish Terriers, owned by Cecelia Ruggle, Carol Dowd, D Sackos and G Sackos, of Ridgefield, won Best of Breed.  
  • Bichons Frises Ch High Ridge Is Judges Choice, owned by Mimi Winkler and Cecelia Ruggles, of Ridgefield won Best of Breed.
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