Falling in love again…

February 18, 2011 at 8:59 pm (Animals, Dogs)

I didn’t think it could happen – not at my stage of life – but it has! Her name is Hickory. She’s the Scottish deerhound who just won Best in Show at Westminster.

I like what Dan Zak of the Washington Post had to say about Hickory:

After winning “best in show” from the Westminster Kennel Club, a dog has every right to get cranky, to go diva, to not sit, to not stay. But over the past 24 hours, as paparazzi have trailed her around New York, Grand Champion Foxcliffe Hickory Wind has borne her title with quiet dignity and grace.

She’s got that elusive quality, all right: ‘quiet dignity and grace.’ Also known as class.

Here’s a sample of the winners of that coveted title in recent years:


2008: Uno. a 15-inch Beagle


2010: Sadie, a Scottish terrier

2009: Stump, a Sussex Spaniel

2001: Special Times Just Right, a Bichon Frise

You’ll notice that all four of the above are…well, they’re just as cute as they can be!

Hickory is different. She’s quite a bit bigger, for one thing. And the fact is that at first glance, she might seem less than gorgeous. But she has that certain je ne sais quoi, composed of the above mentioned qualities; in addition, she is possessed of a supremely dignified demeanor. And to me, she seemed to radiate a quality I can only describe as kindliness.

Her handler Angela Lloyd deserves plenty of credit. There is obviously a very special bond between her and Hickory. Click here for video.

For more pictures, video, and information about the show, go to the Westminster Kennel Club site. For additional information about the breed, go to the Scottish Deerhound Club of America.




  1. Frances said,

    I too love this champion. If I had space for large dogs I would want to have one or two.
    I simply adore watching the Westminster show. Dogs and people can have such special bonds. I saw a woman at Pets Mart once with an Irish Wolf Hound. Majestic fellow.
    She said there were two more at home. Imagine that.

  2. Yvette said,

    Finally!!! I was thrilled. Posted about it on my blog as well, Roberta. All these many years. Odd coincidence: Last year’s win was for a Scottish breed as wee: Scottish Terrier. I’ve lived with a Scottish Terrier: Spike. AND I’ve lived with a half/Scottish Deerhound/Hal Shepherd mix. I have been very fortunate. 🙂

  3. Angie Boyter said,

    Hickory is truly impressive, but Stump is my choice! How could you curl up with a book and Hickory?

    • Roberta Rood said,

      Well, yes, but she could lie on the floor next to you & radiate calmness, maybe?

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