Walter the St. Bernard: Top (Montana) dog
Walter the St. Bernard left Billings for the Big Apple and got some time to shine this week at the Westminster dog show.
The 178-pound Walter is from Billings – but judging from the Instagram photos gathered by the Billings Gazette, he did just fine as a city dog.
During the show, he earned an award of merit.
When he wasn’t in the arena, the 7-year-old male, owned by Mary Jo Burkholder, stopped by the office of the comedy website Funny Or Die for a little work.
“Giving him an Award of Merit, it’s the judges’ way of saying, you’re not the best of breed today, but you’re a worthy competitor here,” Burkholder said.
“He definitely knows what shows are about. He does this classic thing. When the judge walks by, just as he walks by, Walter turns his head and gives him a wink and a smile.”
A few shows ago, Walter won best in show at a specialty event featuring more than 90 St. Bernards. The win boosted the dog’s arena credit to another level.
See more photos of Walter here.
Snowy dogs from across Montana
After the recent dump of snow we had in western Montana and the white winter they’ve had in eastern Montana, we couldn’t resist putting out a call to our Facebook friends asking for photos of their snowy dogs.
As you can see, they really delivered. Special thanks to Denise Roth Barber, Carol Kosovich Anderson, Beach Kowgirl, Meagan Thompson, Laura Mayer, Kat Grubbs, Tricia Hanson, Ken Barnedt, Debbie Perryman and Kate Nittinger (and their pups!) for sharing photos.
We hope you enjoy watching our slideshow as much as we enjoyed putting it together!