Dog show appearance an 'honor'
Mary Hummert's vizsla, Stryker, didn't win any prizes at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship dog show last weekend in Orlando, Fla.
But that doesn't mean the two didn't enjoy the experience.
"We did have a wonderful time," said Hummert, 61, of Level Green in Westmoreland County. "I'll tell you, when I got there and saw the quality of the competition, I was honored to be in that ring with those dogs. There were some beautiful dogs down there."
Stryker, who competes under the name Grand Champion Red Oak's Fire When Ready, lost in the "Best of Breed" competition to fellow vizsla Grand Champion Jen's Penny Matra Baci's Boogie Fever. A poodle named Grand Champion Jaset's Satisfaction won Best in Show.
Hummert said the Eukanuba National Championship won't be the end of Stryker's competitive career — he'll be back in the confirmation ring by spring. And in February, Stryker will take part in an agility contest for the first time.
"I'm looking forward to seeing what he's going to do there," Hummert said. "He enjoyed watching it down in Orlando. He was wagging his tail and sitting in those bleachers, looking down at those dogs. I think he was thinking, 'Hey, I can do that.'"