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And Best In Show Goes To...

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A Scottish deerhound that loves to chase wild animals caught her biggest prize yet, winning best in show Tuesday night at the Westminster Kennel Club.

A 5-year-old named Hickory pulled a huge surprise at Madison Square Garden, bounding away with the title of America's top dog.

Judge Paolo Dondina of Italy picked Hickory from a best-of-seven final show ring that truly sounded international - there was a Pekingese, Portuguese water dog, Chinese shar-pei, smooth fox terrier, bearded collie and black cocker spaniel.

A couple of those pooches on the green-carpeted ring with Hickory were among the country's top show dogs in 2010. Hickory wasn't on that list, but she got to wag her long tail at the end after becoming the first kind of her breed to win the purple-and-gold ribbon and shiny silver bowl.

"People who own, breed, show dogs dream of this day," handler Angela Lloyd said.

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