South Sound basset hound heads to national show

lpemberton@theolympian.comDecember 13, 2013 

Ace, a 4-year-old South Sound basset hound, is among nearly 4,000 canines who will strut their stuff this weekend at the American Kennel Club/Eukanuba National Championship in Orlando, Fla.

Registered as “Grand Champion Castlehill’s Ace in the Hole at Sasquatch,” the 13-inch tall, 64-pound open tri-color hound is a natural show dog, according to his co-owners Tami Whitney of Olympia and Sharon Dok of Shelton.

“He loves it,” said Whitney, who works in information technology for the state Administrative Office of the Courts. “...The minute he sees me start getting dressed up he gets excited and he’ll whine.”

“It’s part of what it takes to be a show dog,” added Dok, a retired school teacher. “They need to have that ‘look at me, judge’ attitude.”

AKC/Eukanuba National Championship attracts entries from 50 states, 70 countries and awards $225,000 in prizes.

“It is the ultimate in dog shows for the family and for people in the sport of dogs,” Dok said.

AKC communications manager Stephanie Smith said two other South Sound pooches have registered for the show. They are:

 • Champion Blackbow’s Sterling Sweet Sensation, a border collie, co-owned by Julie Despot and Carlene Groom.

 • Sugar Bay’s Eleanor Rigby, a Cotons de Tulear, owned by Beverly Kohler.

Ace is ranked No. 5 in the country for all Basset hounds, Whitney said.

“To get that kind of ranking with limited showing — that’s really good,” she added.

When he’s not on the road for a dog show, Ace spends his time lounging in the house.

“He just likes to be wherever you are,” Whitney said.

Whitney didn’t get a chance to travel with Ace and Dok to Florida, but she plans to follow the show as it’s streamed at live. The show won’t be televised this year.

Whitney said she doesn’t think they’ll ever show him enough to get enough points to earn first place in the country. But that’s OK, because Ace will always be a top dog in her heart.

“One thing that I really love about him is his temperament,” Whitney said. “He’s a wonderful family dog, and just a sweet boy.”

Lisa Pemberton: 360-754-5433 @Lisa_Pemberton

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