Sumter dog to compete at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York

BY IVY MOORE
Special to The Sumter Item
Posted 2/10/19

Carolina's Running with the Hare, called "Blew" by Sumter's Lois McCracken, who bred and trained him, will compete for his final time at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York on Tuesday. McCracken said she shows Blew in order …

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Sumter dog to compete at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York

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Carolina's Running with the Hare, called "Blew" by Sumter's Lois McCracken, who bred and trained him, will compete for his final time at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York on Tuesday. McCracken said she shows Blew in order to promote his breed - he is a rare American Water Spaniel.

"He's been on the show circuit for the last four years with handler Ryan Wolfe of Indiana," McCracken said, "and he has done very well."

Among Blew's host of titles are six Best in Shows and 43 group 1 (first place). He was also Best in Show at the Michigan Sporting Dogs Association show and named Best Field Dog in the American Spaniel Show. Blew's awards include both hunt test and performance titles.

"He's a good hunting dog," McCracken said. "This breed does it all."

McCracken and her husband, David, take him hunting when Blew comes home for Christmas. She is also very proud of his "work" as a therapy dog at Palmetto Health Tuomey.

McCracken noted that Blew will be competing against his half brother at Westminster - they share a mother.

"There are so many beautiful dogs at Westminster," she said, "and there are a lot of dogs there. The Westminster Kennel Club has been around a long time. I think it goes back to the 1800s."

McCracken left Saturday morning for New York, whose Madison Square Garden will host the show. For more about the Westminster Kennel Club and its dog show, visit www.westminsterkennelclub.org.