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|A Galesburg resident who's been part of owning, breeding, and showing dogs for the better part of 20 years says she never imagined she'd get to travel to the "World's Most Famous Arena," nor did she imagine her dog would do so well.
Maryanne Goethals and her husband Larry own "Glenmar Staffordshire Bull Terriers." Maryanne has been in New York at the 133rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which wrapped up its two-day competition Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.
Goethals says she got the thrill of a lifetime when she received word that her 15-month old Staffordshire Bull Terrier -- Champion Cornerstone Soliloquy, also known as "Piper" -- would be invited to compete.
Piper was picked as Best of Breed, and Goethals tells WGIL she's had no bigger thrill.
"It was amazing, it really was," Goethals said. "Everyone around me, all my friends were screaming when it happened. We were in tears, happy tears of course, so excited. My handler was in tears and we really didn't expect it."
"Piper," however, lost in the overall terrier group to a Scottish Terrier, and Goethals says that's fine with her, given the excitement of the Best of Breed win, and given that it's rare for a dog of that age to do so well so quickly.
The Goethals primarily owned Rottweillers until about five years ago when they switched to the staffordshire bull terriers.
Next stop for Goethals and "Piper" is a competition in Indianapolis this weekend.
For more information on the Goethals and Glenmar Staffordshire Bull Terriers, CLICK HERE.
For results from the 133rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, CLICK HERE.
("Piper," the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, was judged Monday at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Photo courtesy Westminster Kennel Club.)
|02 10 09 by Newsroom
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