UPDATE: Local Dog Handler Wins Best Breed at Dog Show

UPDATE: BELVIDERE (WIFR) -- Today Kent and Gwen Meyer of Meyer's Tails Up Farm in Belvidere competed against each other today at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City.

Kent was awarded top honors with Best of Breed for showing Bogie, who is owned by Dick and Laurie Hager of Belvidere. Logie, Bogie's half brother, was also shown today by Gwen Meyer. Gwen was awarded Select Dog in her breed. Logie lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Gwen will be showing Bogie in the Best of Show competition tonight on USA Network.


STATELINE (WIFR) -- Nearly 3,000 of the world's top dogs are in New York for the Super Bowl of dog shows, and at least three of them have Stateline ties.

The owners of Meyer’s "Tails Up" Farm in Belvidere will be showing two pups over the next two days. The pair bred a soft-coated wheaten terrier named Bogie who will be shown today by Kent Meyer. Bogie’s half-brother, Logie, is coming all the way from Canada to strut the stage with Kent’s wife Gwen.

"We've gone to Westminster several times before, but not as often do we have the honor of showing dogs that we've owned and bred ourselves,” said Gwen Meyer, owner of Meyer’s Tails Up Farm.
Judges are looking at each of the breeds separately today. Tomorrow they will decide which pup is best in show.


ROCKTON (WIFR) – The Super Bowl of dog shows is less than a week away and the Stateline will be well represented.

Meet CJ the Newfoundland. He was actually born paralyzed, so his owners never thought they'd be able to show him. But, when he made a full recovery they quickly realized he was a natural. For most of 2012, CJ was the number one Newfie in the nation, and now he's headed to Westminster. His owners say they're trying to keep their expectations low and want to just enjoy the experience.

"I'd like to see him do well in his breed, but you know it's a dog show. So there's 15 other breeds there. And we're just hoping that he has fun and we have fun,” said owner Pam Rugger.

CJ is pretty high maintenance. He gets bathed once a week at Hair of the Dog in Rockton and his groomers say they’ll give him a full blow-out before he goes.


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