Ruby and Sydney Here,
Although we were EXTREMELY disappointed that Rocky the Cavalier didn't win Westminster, we were thrilled that at least a Spaniel won. A English Springer Spaniel, but a spaniel nonetheless. What made it even more special was James was from our area Fairfax Station. What made our eyes pop out was the interview with the owners. They said the following:
The Pattons say they spent somewhere north of $100,000 on their campaign for James as he racked up 51 best-in-show victories over the last few years and built a national reputation. The Westminster title comes with ribbons and bragging rights, but no cash. When asked how they planned to recoup their investment, the Pattons recoiled. Inhabitants of the purebred-dog world get touchy at the notion that financial considerations might play any part in what they do. "We're in this to enhance the breed," Allen Patton said.
I know you humans like us canine types, but WHOA BABY. That's some serious cash. The good thing is James' owner, just like the the Cavalier owvers on this site, has only the best interest of the breed as their goal. Sydney and I are going to drive over and visit with James and see just what kind of place he's living in. I wonder if he gets to sleep on his owners bed like Sydney and I. In case you are interested in the rest of the story, I've attached the article from the Washington Post.
Ruby and Sydney in Virginia