NEW YORK – A Yorktown teen and her show dog, Buzz, have won an Award of Merit from the Westminster Dog Show in Manhattan.
Victoria Lewis, 16, is a longtime member of the K-9 Kids 4-H Club of Westchester County, which meets every Monday at the Yorktown Grange Fairgrounds. Buzz, a Belgian Tervuren, is owned by Croton resident Patti Murphy, one of the club's leaders. The 4-H club is the youth development program of the Cornell Cooperative Extension.
The Award of Merit recognizes the 1-year-old Buzz as one of the top Tervurens in the competition, explained Nancy Caswell of the 4-H Club.
“The medal is given at the Judge’s discretion to a dog who is worthy of recognition in his breed,” Caswell said.
Prior to training Buzz, Lewis trained and showed her German Shepherd dog, Rambler, in 4-H events for many years. Rambler was a Guiding Eyes for the Blind stud dog. Sadly, Rambler passed away last year. Lewis’ parents did not want to get another dog, so she began training and showing Buzz. Lewis showed Buzz at the Philadelphia Dog Show and received an AKC Select award.
Lewis and her family have socialized Guiding Eyes litters for many years. Lewis has also done demos at the Yorktown Grange Fair, Westchester 4-H Fair and has competed at the NYS 4-H Dog Show at the State Fair in Syracuse.
Lewis has participated in many of the 4-H community service projects.
At Westminster, Murphy showed Buzz's uncle, Drew, also a Belgian Tervuren.