Not everyone is talking turkey on Thanksgiving, Nathan the Bloodhound is stealing some of the spotlight.
The four-year-old canine took home the title of Best in Show at the 2014 National Dog Show on Thursday. The adorable and well-mannered pooch won the hound group and then managed to out strut all the other group winners, including Freda the French bulldog and Bogey the samoyed.
The champ had plenty of help from his co-owner and handler, Heather Helmer, who has been showing the dog since he was only 6 months old. This is the biggest win for the pair thus far. Helmer and Nathan made it to the Best in Show round at Westminster this year and drew loud cheers from the crowd, but the title ended up going to Sky the wire fox terrier.
Wins or not, Helmer is happy to have Nathan in her life as a partner and a friend.
“He is an absolute joy to live with,” she told The Baltimore Sun. “He kisses everybody he meets and doesn’t know a stranger – he’d go home with anybody. He makes me smile every day.”
When Nathan isn’t competing or making new friends, he moonlights as a mantrailing dog, using his keen nose to follow scents. This National Dog Show win makes Nathan the first bloodhound to hold a Best in Show and mantrailing title.
Way to go, Nathan!