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Westminster Best in Show winner becomes a mother

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Hickory, who made history as the first-ever Scottish Deerhound to win "Best in Show" at the Westminster Dog Show, walks with her seven-week old puppies in Flint Hill, Virginia, December 1, 2011. Five-year-old Hickory, whose full name is Grand Champion Foxcliffe Hickory Wind, had her first litter of nine puppies in October. The puppies were sired by Huntly (American and Canadian Champion Fernhill Huntly D'LUX) of Ontario, Canada.

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Handler Angela Lloyd and Hickory the Scottish Deerhound just before winning Best in Show during the 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York, Feb. 15, 2011.

While we are waiting for news of a royal baby in London, we can enjoy the news from Virginia that the surprise Best in Show winner at Westminster this year has produced her first litter of pups.

As AP reported in February:

A Scottish deerhound that loves to chase deer and rabbits on a 50-acre farm in Virginia did more than fine at Madison Square Garden this week, winning best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club on Tuesday night and the title of America's top dog.

The 5-year-old Hickory became the first of her breed to capture the purple-and-gold ribbon and shiny silver bowl.

By dog world standards, it was an upset. OK, maybe not quite as big as the Hickory Huskers winning the Indiana high school state basketball championship in the film "Hoosiers," but quite a surprise nonetheless.

 

In an upset, a Scottish deerhound named Hickory won the coveted title of Best in Show at the 135 annual Westminster Dog Show in New York City. The champion pooch visits Studio 1A.

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Hickory, who made history as the first-ever Scottish Deerhound to win "Best in Show" at the Westminster Dog Show, is pictured in Flint Hill, Virginia, Dec. 1, 2011.

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Professional dog handler Angela Lloyd reacts as she gets her thumb caught by a seven-week old Scottish Deerhound puppy from the first litter of Hickory, the "Best in Show" winner at the Westminster Dog Show, in Flint Hill, Virginia, Dec.1, 2011.

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Hickory, who made history as the first-ever Scottish Deerhound to win "Best in Show" at the Westminster Dog Show, chases her seven-week old puppies in Flint Hill, Virginia, Dec. 1, 2011.

 

 

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