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Did You Meet Hickory?

If you missed the Westminster 2011 Dog Show this year, you missed the victory by "Hickory" (full name GCh. Foxcliffe Hickory Wind), the first Scottish Deer Hound to win Best In Show.

Hickory is shown here with her handler Miss Angela Lloyd.

I have known Angie's family for around 20 years.  Every time Angie is competing and on TV, I get an email from her mother giving me the times to watch!  I confess that those are the only times I tune in to watch the competitions.

Angie has been handling and showing dogs since she was 9 years old.  She is 31 now and this was her first Best In Show win and quite the accomplishment.  I was very proud to see it happen.

A congratulatory reception was held for Hickory and Angie last Sunday night at a small restaurant in Flint Hill VA.  Angie invited us to come.

It was quite impressive to see the Westminster Best In Show ribbon up close!  That and many of Hickory's trophies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Angie bought a house a few years ago, she asked me to do the home inspection.  Her main criteria?  A separate three-car garage, which she finished, insulated and converted into a self-contained, year-round kennel/care facility.  Made sense to me!

The reception was packed with well wishers, but Angie found a moment to allow my daughter to snap a photo of us.  Finding that moment was not easy! 

The place was so crowded that Hickory and Angie had to set up the Meet and Greet on the rear porch of the restaurant!

I actually clicked off these photos over other people's shoulders!

Angie was able to slip away as  Hickory took time out to enjoy a hamburger treat.

You could see the dog's training as she was very demure and dainty when eating the fragrant and very good-looking burger!

Hickory is home now to her 500 acre Warrenton VA farm after a whirlwind tour around New York City.  Her owner, Sally Sweatt, is a cancer survivor, and in the past couple of days Hickory actually visited cancer patients at a Ronald MacDonald House.  Miss Sweatt feels that Hickory has had lots to do with her personal recovery.

Unfortunately my pretty daughter's photo with Angie was not without blinking, so we won't put it up here!

But at least I was able to get another on the front porch as we left!

She was impressed not only by the crowds of people, but by Angie's, and Hickory's, friendliness.

This was her first, and my first, time meeting a Westminster Dog Show winner in person!

Or in dog, as the case may be...

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 19 commentsJay Markanich • February 22 2011 05:52AM

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Jay, Thank you so much for posting that story.  That's quite an accomplishment, indeed!!

Posted by Kimberly A Norgard (Devlin McNiff Halstead Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Jay, That's a tough competition to win, so major kudos to Angie and Hickory.  Liz used to breed and show Shelties once upon a time in her pre-real estate days.  A lot of miles get logged showing those dogs! :)

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) over 8 years ago

Kimberly - I was very proud of Angie, and her Mom, as she has been so devoted to this for so long.

Bliz - Angie is always on the road, it seems.  It is a hard life, in lots of ways.  It does require a lot of devotion.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Jay - That's great that you got to include your daughter in the celebrations of a family friend doing so well.  I hope it helps to open the possibilities of what she can accomplish in life.

Posted by Tammy Pearce, Tammy Pearce (Haute Realty 214-994-6474) over 8 years ago

Tammy - I take her everywhere I can!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Good morning Jay;  I wish I had known you would be in NYC, I am a big fan of yours and would have loved to share a lunch with you.  Let me know next time you are "In my neck of the woods"

Posted by Kenneth Cole, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson (Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, Appleseedhomes.com -) over 8 years ago

Oh, that is so great.  Congrats to everybody (people and pooches) involved.  Very cool.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 8 years ago

I wasn't in New York Ken!  The show was.  I watched it on TV.  The reception was here in VA, about 40 miles from my house!  I appreciate the sentiment though - I would love to have a lunch with you!

Debbie - it was a fun visit.  I was very proud to watch Angie win.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Jay, I am familiar with Irish Wolfhounds, but had never seen a Scottish Deer Hound before.  I am sure Angie was over the moon.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

She was Chris.  I had never seen a Scottish Deer Hound before either!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Thanks for sharing a cool story Jay. The Scottish Deer Hound is a neat looking dog.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) over 8 years ago

It's a very majestic and graceful dog Bob.  They are fast too, literally bred to catch deer!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Jay, how special of you to share in Angies victory.  Loved your writup and your photos.

Posted by Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528, Real Estate Salesperson (Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956) over 8 years ago

Thanks Leah.  I was happy to have been invited!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Very neat story Jay, thanks for sharing. I'm sure a lot of hard work goes into training dogs to behave so well. Angie does deserve a lot of credit.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 8 years ago

She is quite devoted to her craft Malcolm.  It encompasses her life. 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Jay,

How come a photo of Nutsy did not hit this one?

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Apparently Steve, because one has to be present, competing and win?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Thanks for your interest Valerie!  Angie is a very poised young woman.  She has been doing this a long time!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

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