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Scottish Deerhound: 5 Facts on Hickory, the Westminster Dog Show 2011 Winner

Feb 16, 2011 – 9:46 AM
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Steven Hoffer

Steven Hoffer Contributor

America's top dog has been chosen.

A Scottish deerhound named Hickory claimed the award for best in show Tuesday night at the 2011 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

The prize pooch -- full name Grand Champion Foxcliffe Hickory Wind -- bested nearly 2,600 canines over the two-day event to claim the coveted purple-and-gold ribbon and silver bowl.

Surge Desk offers five facts about Hickory, Westminster's newest champion.

1. She's an inspiration to all Scottish deerhounds
Hickory's best in show victory was a major upset by historical standards, marking the first time that any Scottish deerhound has claimed Westminster's top prize.

2. Madison Square Garden is a long way from home
The bright lights of New York City and "The World's Most Famous Arena" are drastically different from the 50-acre farm in Virginia where Hickory is accustomed to chasing deer and rabbits.

3. She's a diva
According to handler Angela Lloyd, Hickory cherishes the spotlight and is "constantly making sure she's getting attention."

4. She's in for some high-end dog treats
She may not have the verbal skills to announce she's taking a trip to Disneyland, but Hickory will be treated to a steak at the renowned Sardi's restaurant in New York City and take a ride to the top of the Empire State Building.

5. She topped some ruff competition
The Westminster dog show is no walk in the park, even for top-tier hounds like Hickory. Check out this video for a look at some of the competition:

For more Surge Desk coverage, check out:
Westminster Dog Show: A Look Back at the 5 Most Recent Prize Pooches [VIDEOS]

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