San Francisco SPCA mutt wins big at Westminster Dog Show

A mutt from the SF SPCA won big at the Westminster Dog Show. It?s the first year mixed breeds were allowed in the agility event.
February 13, 2014 7:04:07 PM PST
If you follow dog competitions, you know that a local pooch made history last weekend.

Sometimes what you see is more than what it seems. We found an example of that in Golden Gate Park on Thursday -- a woman and her dog, still celebrating 15 minutes of fame that have now extended into days.

Last Saturday Stacy Campbell's dog named Roo became your national agility champion at the world renowned Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

"You go in the ring and you're on auto-pilot," Campbell said.

Trainers guide their dogs through obstacles for points and best times. In local dog competition circles, having Roo win is the equivalent to the San Francisco Giants winning a World Series.

"I won a couple of blue ribbons and a nice, All-American trophy," Campbell said.

What makes Roo's story even more interesting is that five and a half years ago she was a stray in McLaren Park; a dog that was picked up by the San Francisco SPCA, adopted twice, and returned twice.

"And the second time that she got adopted out I deemed her the dog that got away," Campbell said. "A colleague of mine called me two weeks later and said, 'your dog's back.' And the rest is history."

More than that, in winning at Westminster, Roo made history. She's the first mixed breed champion in a circle of competition that had been preserved for purebreds.

"She is definitely a husky, maybe some shepherd, or site hound," Campbell said.

Another barrier broken -- the purebred barrier at Westminster. And it just so happens, by a dog from the most liberal city in America.


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