The Secret Lives of Show Dogs
Up close and personal with Westminster contenders.
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Ch. Chesabars Storm Cloud
Call name: Widgeon.
Breed: Chesapeake Bay Retriever.
AKC group: Sporting.
Owners: Patsy and Rudy Barber; Diane Baldwin; Mitchell Horowitz.
Home: Bridgeton, N.J., with the Barbers.
Handler: Patsy Barber.
Favorite toy: Squeaky plush frog.
Favorite reward: Liver sauted with garlic or Hebrew National hotdogs. (She spits out other brands.)
Best canine buddies: Her two sisters, Layde and Rye.
Canine nemesis: She likes most dogs, except for the roughhousing youngsters.
Favorite contraband treats: Milk-Bones, bread.
Quirks: She knows when she wins a show because she jumps almost 6 feet in the air.
What drives her nuts: When her other Chessie housemates try to get in front of her when they're out running and playing.
Sleeping spot: In the bed during show weekends; other times she sleeps in her crate.
Typical day: Gets up at 5 a.m., goes outside, eats breakfast, then takes a nap or watches the birds and squirrels. Around 10 a.m. it's playtime again. Lunchtime is at 1:30 p.m. and then nap time again. Four p.m. is playtime, then she naps or plays in the kennel, and then around 8:30 p.m. it's time for a treat and she's off to bed.
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