Proud pup!

By on February 27, 2019

A Warwick graduate recently led her dog to victory at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Six Tibetan Spaniels were entered, but it would be Lititz native Haylee Siegrist-Gross’s dog “Pepper” that would take home the Select Female prize at the recent competition in New York City.

“I got into showing dogs because of my mom Dee Gross,” she said. “She always wanted to show dogs so we got our first smooth collie in 2011 and attended our first dog show that same year,” she added. “I got more into it after I started college at the University of Delaware in 2012 and got even more into it after I graduated college in 2016.”

Haylee Siegrist Gross with “Pepper.”

She explained that to be entered into Westminster, the canine must be a “Champion,” meaning that it must have earned 15 points including two majors at other shows. This year would be the first time she would enter Pepper (GCH Shenanwood Strawberry Fields Forever). The canine would go on to win, and do it at only 14 months old.

“Showing dogs is something my mom and I do together, and we average about two weekends of dog shows every month,” she said. “This was my third time at Westminster.”

For anyone interested in learning more about dog shows or the different breeds, Siegrist-Gross says that there will be a dog show at the York Fairgrounds March 13 -17.

Cory Van Brookhoven is a staff writer for the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your comments at or 717-721-4423. 

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