Westminster Champ Stump's Stellar Year

As the current king of the show, the 11-year-old dog spent his reign spreading smiles around the States

01 of 06

AND THE WINNER IS...

AND THE WINNER IS...

Stump! The little dog that could, a senior Sussex spaniel who faced death in 2004, scores a victory for senior dogs everywhere. After his big win, owner-handler Scott Sommer told PEOPLEPets.com that his pup “loved the crowd.”

02 of 06

GLAMOR SHOTS

GLAMOR SHOTS

The newly crowned champ, then 10 years old, is greeted by a photographic frenzy on the final night of Westminster. “He’s been a wonderful spokesdog for the sport,” Westminster spokesman David Frei tells PEOPLEPets.com.

03 of 06

MORNING GLORY

MORNING GLORY

After a good night’s sleep, the first-place furball appears on NBC’s Today with Sommer and Frei by his side. “He has a great presence in the ring,” Frei told Matt Lauer, adding that the winning pooch actually beat his son, who also competed at Westminster.

04 of 06

CITY SLICKER

CITY SLICKER

Westminster’s finest meets New York City’s Finest shortly after nabbing his Best in Show title. “When he walks into a room, the energy changes,” Frei says. “People automatically smile.”

05 of 06

MIRACLE WORKER

MIRACLE WORKER

As part of his doggie duty, Stump visits with ailing children at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in his hometown of Houston. Though he doesn’t have formal training as a therapy dog, he “gives kids the opportunity to smile, and get their minds off the challenges they’re facing,” says Frei.

06 of 06

OFFICE MATE

OFFICE MATE

Stump checks e-mail with Gov. Rick Perry of Texas following his win. The state exec issued a proclamation honoring the top dog, and spent some time getting to know the pooch. “You don’t have to run to keep up with Stump,” Frei jokes. “He’s pretty sedate.”

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