Two Colorado Springs-area dogs fall whisker short in Westminster herding group

February 11, 2014 Updated: February 11, 2014 at 7:51 am

After winning best of breed in their respective categories, two Colorado Springs pooches went head-to-head Monday night for best of group in the herding category at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Among the 25 dogs competing in the herding group was fan favorite Swagger, an Old English sheepdog co-owned by Colton and Heather Johnson of Colorado Springs. Swagger, whose registered name is Bugaboo's Picture Perfect, just missed top dog honors at last year's competition, for which he was named reserve best in show behind the overall winner, an affenpinscher named Banana Joe.

Representing the smooth collie category Monday was breed winner Tegan - aka Bit O'Heavens Sorceress - an 8-year-old female owned by Michelle and Laura Bergstraser and Jessica LaFrenier of Colorado Springs' Wild Wind Collies.

Both dogs lost out to a Cardigan Welsh corgi named Riverside Telltail Coco Posh, who advances to the final round of judging for best in show at the close of the event Tuesday night.

Swagger placed fourth in the herding group.

"A lot of people in Colorado need something here," said the show's TV co-host and spokesman David Frei, commenting on the enthusiastic response from the audience as Swagger took a final lap before judging drew to a close.

More than 2,800 dogs competed in this year's show, vying for the canine world's most coveted prize. Live coverage begins at 6 p.m. on USA Network.

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