Did You Meet Hickory?

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Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC 3380-000723

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...

 

Posted by

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


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

Feb 21, 2011 10:11 PM #1
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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! :)

Feb 21, 2011 10:12 PM #2
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Jay Markanich
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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.

Feb 21, 2011 10:14 PM #3
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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.

Feb 21, 2011 10:44 PM #4
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Tammy - I take her everywhere I can!

Feb 21, 2011 10:56 PM #5
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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"

Feb 21, 2011 11:17 PM #6
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Oh, that is so great.  Congrats to everybody (people and pooches) involved.  Very cool.

Feb 21, 2011 11:18 PM #7
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Jay Markanich
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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.

Feb 21, 2011 11:21 PM #8
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Chris Smith
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Jay, I am familiar with Irish Wolfhounds, but had never seen a Scottish Deer Hound before.  I am sure Angie was over the moon.

Feb 21, 2011 11:35 PM #9
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Jay Markanich
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She was Chris.  I had never seen a Scottish Deer Hound before either!

Feb 21, 2011 11:40 PM #10
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Thanks for sharing a cool story Jay. The Scottish Deer Hound is a neat looking dog.

Feb 21, 2011 11:53 PM #11
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It's a very majestic and graceful dog Bob.  They are fast too, literally bred to catch deer!

Feb 22, 2011 12:12 AM #12
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Jay, how special of you to share in Angies victory.  Loved your writup and your photos.

Feb 22, 2011 12:41 AM #13
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Jay Markanich
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Thanks Leah.  I was happy to have been invited!

Feb 22, 2011 12:46 AM #14
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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.

Feb 22, 2011 01:05 AM #15
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Jay Markanich
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She is quite devoted to her craft Malcolm.  It encompasses her life. 

Feb 22, 2011 01:10 AM #16
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Jay,

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

Feb 22, 2011 03:58 PM #17
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Jay Markanich
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Apparently Steve, because one has to be present, competing and win?

Feb 22, 2011 09:08 PM #18
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Jay Markanich
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Thanks for your interest Valerie!  Angie is a very poised young woman.  She has been doing this a long time!

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