Westminster Dog Show gets 4 finalists, and one has NFL ties | National News

TARRYTOWN, NY (AP) — Will the dog trumpet a win, or will his little cousin gamble with a win? What About the Single Owner French Bulldog in the NFL? Or does the German shepherd have the flow to win the grand prize?

Trumpet the bloodhound, Hollywood the Maltese, Winston the French bulldog and River the German shepherd were selected on Tuesday to advance to the final round of the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Three more finalists will be chosen on Wednesday night when all seven compete for the coveted Best in Show award.

One of Winston’s owners is defenseman Morgan Fox, who was signed by the Los Angeles Chargers last month after six seasons with the Los Angeles Rams and Carolina Panthers.

“If my parents have watched my games like this all these years I apologize,” Fox tweeted after Winston’s win.

Athletes have found their way to Westminster in the past.

New York Yankees star Lou Gehrig took his German shepherd to competition in the 1930s and fellow Hall of Famer Mike Mussina had an Irish Setter who competed. Big league catcher Ryan Hanigan owned a breed-winning Australian Shepherd while he was playing, and former Florida State linebacker Keith Carter sported a Rottweiler.

A bloodhound from a famous bloodline, Trumpet loves the crowd and energy of the big show, his handlers say. River took the ring with ease, but handler Lenny Brown said they were taking the competition “one step at a time.”

And Hollywood has star quality.

“She loves to be in the ring. And she loves it outside the ring, too,” handler Tim Lehman told the crowd in an in-ring interview.

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Among Hollywood’s diminutive opponents in the toy group was Porsche, the first-ever semifinalist of its kind, Russian toy. It was only approved for the Westminster Show this year. Not quite a year and a half old, Porsche took a spirited turn under the lights on Tuesday night.

“Small dog but big personality,” said owner and handler Jolanta Terrell of North Palm Beach, Fla., ahead of the competition.

Also new was the Mudi, a Hungarian herding dog. A Mudi named Guava received the breed’s first Westminster Award.

At the other end of the spectrum, American Staffordshire Terrier champion Louie heads into Wednesday’s semifinals to attempt his latest best on the show.

After winning top prizes on dozens of other shows, 8 1/2 year old Louie retires to Westminster where he has reached the semi-finals several times.

Whatever happens on Wednesday night, all he had to do was look at his competitors to see his legacy. Two of his daughters and one of his sons won ribbons with him in their breeding competition on Tuesday.

And for Westfield, Massachusetts owner Kim Rudzik, Louie has a bigger title than best on the show.

“The coolest dog ever,” she said.

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