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12/4/2008 6:00 PM
By: Bonnie Gonzalez
And at only 19-months-old, he has plenty of time to make it to best in show. His Owner, David Boehner, said "Bear" is going places.
"In less than a year of showing, he's now been invited to the Eukanuba National Championships in Long Beach, California, which is next week, and he got an invitation two weeks ago to Westminster," Boehner said.
Only the top five dogs in each breed are invited. It's something his owners never would have dreamed of, considering he was supposed to be just a hunting and family dog.
"But it was suggested that we show these dogs and we were fortunate to get teamed with Pat Stouter, who handled dogs for many many years," Boehner said.
From the moment Stouter met Bear, she knew "Bear" had great show potential.
"I have a gut instinct for what is good, and this dog is so outstanding. I don't want to go into the ring with a dog that is iffy," she said.
Bear certainly proved himself to be a champion but he has honors in other areas too.
When Bear is not in the show ring he's a laid back kind of guy. He's full of personality which is also why he's a therapy dog.
Whether he's practicing for his shows or up to his puppy antics, he's still just man's best friend who happens to have some fans behind him. By the way, Bear's girlfriend, Mandy, is also considered a champion in the breed.