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Josephine Lambert and Cecil B. Demille are pictured during judging of the hound category at the 2014 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Ancaster basset wins award of merit at Westminster

Josephine Lambert and her prized basset hound Cecil B. Demille have returned with honours from the world’s most prestigious dog show.

In her second appearance at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Lambert and Cecil garnered an award of merit after the dog emerged as one of the frontrunners for best in breed. While coming up short of the ultimate title, Cecil was judged worthy of recognition among the 14 bassets that competed during the event earlier this month.

“It was another super experience and Cecil drew many crowds to him as we walked throughout the show and in the benching area,” Lambert said. “There were so many cameras going off, he felt like he was on the red carpet.”

Lambert also appeared at the 2013 Westminster event with Cecil and her female basset, Foxy Brown. Both dogs have earned numerous Canadian and American awards and distinctions. While Foxy sat out this year’s show, Lambert hopes to return with both dogs in 2015. She said the prime showing age for bassets is between four and six years. Both of her bassets turn four this year.

By building on two years of experience, Lambert hopes for an even better showing if her dogs are accepted in 2015.

“Our first appearance was somewhat overwhelming and Cecil was not as mature as he is now,” she said.  “The experience again was simply awesome and very exhilarating when you are in the ring and can hear the crowd cheering for your dog.”



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