Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Teen, Best Friend Are Show's Top Dogs

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Teen, Best Friend Are Show's Top Dogs

Article excerpt

A Jacksonville teenager was named the nation's best junior dog

handler last weekend in what is regarded as the world's most

prestigious dog show.

David Stout, 17, a junior at Mandarin High School, bested about

125 other 10- to 18-year-olds in his second trip to the

Westminster Kennel Club's annual show at Madison Square Garden

in New York City.

"It's hard to talk about because I was so excited," Stout said

yesterday. "This was my ultimate goal when I first started

handling dogs five years ago."

"I was very excited and very, very proud, and I knew he had the

ability," said his mother, Patricia Stout. "But you never know

what can happen. They were all excellent handlers, so it was

anyone's show."

More than 2,500 dogs of 150 breeds competed. They were judged on

how well they conformed to American Kennel Club standards for

their breed.

The junior showmanship category centers on how well younger

handlers work with a dog. …

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