Lowcountry dog ​​returns from appearance at Westminster

Ruger, a local 4-year-old flat-coated retriever, took to the ring and had a good showing in his first national competition, his owners said.

Ruger is owned by Latitude Margaritaville residents James and Suzanne Brady. He competed in the 146th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on June 22 at Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York.

In only four months of limited showings, Ruger had become the top-ranked dog in the country in his breed, giving him the opportunity to compete at Westminster.

“There were 27 flat coats and he made the cut of 11, but didn’t win,” James Brady said. “Ruger competed in the Sporting Dog category and did not receive any comments from the judges.”

Brady said the winner was aa flat-coated retriever named Ceilidh Wild Irish Rose, also known as Rosie.

“Ruger had competed against Rosie and has a winning record against her,” he said. “She has been showing longer than Ruger and is being shown every week.”

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