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Local dog to compete in Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Fort Wayne, Ind. (WANE) - The biggest dog show of the year is happening February 11 and 12. Mary Osbun and her dog Olive are headed to Madison Square garden for a weeks' experience of competing. 

It isn't Osbun's first trip to the show.. and in fact she has been with many of Olive's ancestors. Starting with Olive's great-mother and father in 1996!

Olive is a 3-year-old Springer Spaniel. When she is not at dog shows she has a normal life as a spoiled pet, Osbun says. Osbun who is a Veterinary physician even takes Olive along with her to work! 

Olive's list of accomplishments this year is long. 

"She's had a really great year this past year.. she won our national specialty which is the biggest dog show you have for your particular bread, and then she went to Canada and won the national specialty in Canada." Osbun said. 

For the Westminster dog show, Olive was the only female in her bread to be invited. 

"It's a limited entry dog show, 2,800 dogs can enter, but the first 5, top 5 in each particular breed, gets an invitation that they're automatically entered in the show." Osbun said. 

Maybe you think your pet has what it takes to take on the "big dogs!" 

"First you have to be a pure breed registered with the American Kennel Club.. and then seek out, Fort Wayne is such a great town.. for dog people who do everything. the Northeastern Indiana kennel club, has great people that are willing to work with you and teach and educate, and help you learn about your dog. The Fort Wayne Obedience Club, the same thing." Greg Wessel, vice president of the Northeastern Indiana Kennel Club, said. 

For more information on the local Kennel Club branch, click here. 

Or to learn more about the Westminster Dog Show, click here.

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