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WESTMINSTER’S OLDEST “BEST IN SHOW” WINNER ON SICKNESS, SUCCESS, AND THOSE FABULOUS EARS The Bark of a Champion
So, Stump—you’d been
retired for five years, but your
handler showed you because you
“look great.” What’s your secret?
I’m all natural. No Botox for
the Stumpster. No jowl lifts or steroids or canine growth hormone. I
eat right and take care of my coat.
Ten is the new five in dog years.
You have such great ears.
They swoosh around when
I run. There’s a
shot of me at
where I look
You nearly died from a bacterial infection. How hard was that?
The infection was in my heart
valves, and I also had pulmonary
edema. It definitely changes your
perspective. [Stops to lick himself.] I
think it was F. Scott Fitzgerald, or
maybe Benji, who said, “Vitality
shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.”
Were you worried about
Don’t forget: I won
50 competitions in
the heavyweight title at age 44? That’s
me. I’m a four-legged Foreman.
HO WL OF FAME
may have shocked the
dog world, but he’s
excelled before at the
Westminster dog show:
he won in the sporting
category in 2004.
Also competing this
year at Westminster?
One of his sons.