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Local dog headed to top dog show


ROCHESTER, MN (KTTC-DT) -- The 135th Annual Westminster Dog Show kicks off next week, and some local talent will be vying for a top spot.

The Westminster Dog show has been running since the late 1800s. It's a huge honor to be a part of it, and our area boasts a few fine contenders.


Austin resident Tekla Viker and her 4-year-old English Springer Spaniel Evy are fine tuning Evy's moves. All the hours practicing her skills will soon be displayed for Westminster dog show judges.

Westminster, in its 135th year, is considered the cream of the crop for dog shows. Thousands of entries are received every year, so just being selected is an honor, nonetheless winning.

In 2010, Rose Creek resident Lori Reuter and her golden retriever Noah competed, winning the Judge's Merit Award, which recognizes Noah as a top contender in the "Best of Breed" category.

Both ladies each have been showing dogs many years. It's not easy, and a tough sport to get into.

Lori says, "It's very political. It's a very political sport."

Both show dogs in the Confirmation category, which is not agility-based.

Tekla says, "They have a list of items that that breed of dog has to stand up to. And then they pick a dog out of the group that best shows those qualities."

Like most dog owners, Lori and Tekla treat their dogs like children. And much like soccer moms or dads ushering their kids around, Lori and Tekla usher their dogs around show to show because they love them.

"They're unconditional love."

Tekla and Evy will leave for New York on Saturday, February 12th. The Dog Show will run February 13th-14th at Madison Square Garden. Tekla will show Evy on Tuesday.

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