BINGHAMTON, NY – Our local pup won the second-place prize at the annual National Dog Show after winning first place in its group on Thanksgiving.
Ruthellen Viall is a long-time resident of the Binghamton area and owns Lots of Love Grooming Salon in Endicott for over 25 years.
Sasha won the Best in Group – Herding during the show, which put her up to compete for the Best In Show prize at the end of the competition. She went on to win Reserve Best of Show, the second-place prize in the overall competition.
Viall is the handler of Sasha, the 7 and a half-year-old Pyrenean Shepherd competing in today’s competition.
She says she and Sasha have been a pair since Sasha was a pup.
“It’s all up to Sasha, I can be at the other end of the leash but there’s only so much I can do. She’s got good days and bad days and she’s still a girl,” says Handler.
Viall says she’s attended a few National Dog Shows but has never competed at this level before.
Sasha’s next competition is at the end of January at West Minster.