Smokey may be king of Rocky Top, but Knoxville is also home to a four legged
queen. Jennie, a Welsh Terrier, has made a name for herself in Kennel Clubs
from Knoxville to Westminster.
Jennie has won 43 "Best in Shows" in competitions
around the country
- She holds the title of top winning female Welsh
Terrier of all time
Check out the full video on WBIR.com:
WBIR - KNOXVILLE) At first glance, you might mistake Jennie for a regular
house pup, but don't let her playfulness fool you. Just months ago, a game
of fetch was beneath her.
"She owns whatever ground she walks on," says Sharon Abmeyer, breeder and
Her call name is Jennie, but in Kennel Clubs from Knoxville to Westminster,
she's known as "Grand Champion Shaireab's Bayleigh Maid of Honor," the
top-winning Welsh Terrier female of all time!
"It's a huge deal," says Keith Bailey, breeder and co-owner.
"Never in my wildest dreams, I never imagined this," adds Abmeyer. "She's
just a breeder's dream come true."
Despite the dog's championship pedigree, Bailey and Abmeyer never expected
star status from Jennie.
"When she started out, Sharon and I bred her together and our handler wasn't
sure that she would be big enough, but we pushed on," says Bailey.
With help from talented trainers and sponsors/co-owners in China, Jennie
began to turn heads. She's spent her young life training and traveling the
dog show circuit.
"On the road probably 45 weeks out of the year," says Bailey.
Jennie perfected her poise and appearance while mastering the American
Kennel Club's high standards.
"The shape of the body. The outline. How they move. The angles of the
shoulders. How they carry their tail."
Her trophy case is full. And her record is impressive, including 43 "Best in
"She completed her championship at Westminster this year by winning the
breed," says Bailey. "This is the second year she's won the breed in a row."
Breaking a 30 -year record, it was a bitter sweet moment. "We laughed and
cried the night she won at Westminster," says Bailey.
It was Jennie's last competition. She said goodbye to the show ring and
hello to retirement back home in Knoxville. "I'm sad not to see her in the
ring, but I'm glad she's home and she's going to have the life she
deserves," says Abmeyer.
And, she's quickly taken to the life of a pampered pet. "She loves it at
home," adds Bailey. Now, almost 5, they're hoping Jennie will join other
former champions and take on a new title... mother.
"Hopefully, we'll have some puppies." ... and continue the lineage of
champion show stoppers. Jennie, Grand Champion Shaireab's Bayleigh Maid of
Honor, "When you see it on Westminster it will say from Knoxville, Tenn.
It's a wonderful place to have dogs and to be from."