Minneapolis handler, 'Walter' compete in Westminster dog show


"Walter," a 6-year-old Saint Bernard, showed off for judges at the 138th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show Tuesday with the help of his Minneapolis handler, Daryl Cooper.

An accomplished handler and trainer, Cooper also owns Big D’s Dog Training, where he specializes in training service dogs.

Cooper's interest in dogs began in the third grade when he and his dog, a Mexican Fox Terrier, won a talent competition at Martin Luther King Park. At age 11, Cooper won his first Best in Show with a German Shorthair, leading him to a career in dog training.

Walter, a certified service dog trained to detect seizures, is owned by Mary Jo Fox, an Anoka, Minnesota native.

After qualifying for Westminster last year, the threesome traveled to the Big Apple to compete Tuesday in one of the oldest sporting events in the United States.

After plenty of primping...

Post by MJ Fox.

...and prepping...

Walter was ready to go represent his breed. Video from Tuesday's competition is below.

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Unfortunately, Walter didn't make it very far, failing to make it past the first round.

Finalists will face off Tuesday night. A livestream of judging and the main event is available on the Westminster Kennel Club's website.

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