This is the greatest dog in the world

Pax Arcana

stumpAfter scouring the globe and scrutinizing each and every single dog in existence, the world’s foremost authorities have agreed that the greatest dog in the world is Ch. Clussexx Three D Grinchy Glee.

(The Sussex spaniel narrowly edged out my Somerville beagle, Gloucester Mountbatten Hip-Hop Zombiekillerzz, for the title.)

The winner’s nickname is Stump, and his victory is something of a comeback story:

Stump won the sporting group at Westminster in 2004, but in early 2005 fell seriously ill with an undetermined sickness, said Scott Sommer, Stump’s handler and an owner along with Cecilia Ruggles and Beth Dowd.

Stump eventually returned to health, and by last year he was looking quite good. Still, Sommer said he was not sure until last Wednesday that he would definitely show Stump at Westminster.

“I wanted to take him here and hope he showed good,” Sommer said after winning the group. “That was my goal.”

At 10, Stump is the oldest dog to win at Westminster. Personally, I can’t wait for Disney to buy the rights to Stump’s story and make movie about his life. I would love to see Dennis Quaid try to act in a dog costume.

10-Year-Old Spaniel Completes Comeback [NYT]

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