Colorado Springs City Auditor Denny Nester carries one of his beloved dog, O.P.
O.P. is no ordinary dog.
O.P. was named Best of Breed for Ibizan Hounds at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Orlando this past weekend. The championship is described as “one of the most prestigious dog shows in the world.”
“He’s actually on his way back from Texas now,” Nester said Wednesday about his dog, whose show name is Arbeca’s Opus for Danzante.
“My daughter’s driving him home today because I had taken him down to Texas a couple of weeks ago for him to make this trip down to Orlando. I don’t like to fly the dogs if we don’t have to,” he said.
Nester said getting O.P. and his other dog, Dori, to dog shows can be a “logistics nightmare.”
“Plus, it’s rather expensive,” he said.
“This Best of Breed, I won $200, but don’t tell everybody that I probably spent $2,000 getting him there, competing and all that,” Nester said, laughing.
Dori, who is O.P.’s 8-month-old daughter, didn’t come home with empty paws either.
Dori was recognized as Winners Bitch, Nester said.
“We bred O.P. to a bitch in Wisconsin named Roxy,” Nester said in a follow-up email.
” Dori is registered to my wife— Jill, me and Wendy Anderson— the breeder in Wisconsin. In the dog show world, it is common for multiple people to be listed as the owners,” he said.
More information from the release:
“The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship is the largest prize money dog show in the world, with cash and prizes awarded totaling more than $225,000. Although prior editions were invitation-only, beginning this year, the event is an open show for all dogs that awards Championship and Grand Championship points. O.P. was a special qualifier since he had earned his Grand Championship earlier in 2012. O.P. also qualified for the event as one of the top 10 point earners in 2012 in his breed. O.P. was celebrated with an invitation granting special recognition and placing him on the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Honor Roll.”