“She really sparkles in this particular setting,” said Brennan, 53, a dog trainer for more than 30 years, currently at

Dog fanciers united at the 142nd Westminster dog show in New York, where New Jersey dogs notched some notable wins.

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At the 142nd rendition of the Westminster Kennel Club dog show on Monday, dog owners, fanciers and casual hobbyists converged to “ooh” and “aww” — but mostly “aww” — at canine competitors in breed show and obedience.

A total of 3,200 dogs will compete by the end of Westminster week on Tuesday night, when best in show will be anointed at Madison Square Garden. Of that number, 175 dogs from New Jersey are entered in the traditional breed competition, which encompasses toy, terrier, hound, sporting, non-sporting, herding and working groups, from Afghan hounds to Yorkshire terriers.

But it was Heart, the only state dog competing in the 2018 Masters Obedience Championship, who won big alongside her owner — Linda Brennan of Columbia, Warren County — for the third consecutive year.

For the dog’s demonstration of exemplary control and connection with her owner — and a blue moon-themed routine that saw the dog jumping over crescent moon cutouts — the black Labrador retriever took home the top ribbon along with $10,000 that will be donated in her name to an American Kennel Club obedience club of Brennan’s choosing.

“She really sparkles in this particular setting,” said Brennan, 53, a dog trainer for more than 30 years, currently at Top Dog Obedience School in Flanders.

So far, it’s been a winning week for Jersey dogs. On Saturday, Fame(US), a border collie from Sparta handled and owned by Jessica Ajoux, 32, a dog trainer at ReadyGo Agility in Wantage, took the top prize at the 2018 Westminster Masters Agility Championship. Fox aired her speedy, 29.78-second run in the agility finals on Sunday. (Fame also gets $10,000 donated in her name to an AKC agility club of her owner’s choosing.)

Auggie, an 8-year-old mixed-breed dog from Bordentown — what Westminster calls an “All-American” dog — demonstrated some tricks alongside his owner, Casie Brettell, 22, to tout the AKC’s new Trick Dog titling program. Mixed-breed dogs are only allowed to compete at Westminster in the agility (as Auggie did on Saturday) and obedience events, which were added in 2014 and 2016, respectively.

But dogs and their owners also came to New York from across the country and beyond.

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Source:: New Jersey Real-Time News


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