Click for Ann Arbor, Michigan Forecast
Saturday April 19, 2014
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Handler Gabriel Rangel and Sadie at the 2009 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Sadie, celebrity Scottie

A brush with greatness at the Roadhouse

by John Hilton

posted 2/18/2010

When a female sports star visited Ann Arbor last September, dinner at Zingerman's Roadhouse was high on the agenda. But while her coach dined, Sadie and her fellow competitors spent the evening in a van in the restaurant's parking lot.

Sadie is a Scottish terrier. She and her "coach"-- handler Gabriel Rangel--had just competed at a dog show in Dundee. Sadie's owners, Dan and Amelia Musser, had come to see them in the ring, and the dogs were headed to the Mussers' kennel in Laingsburg, near Lansing, for the night. En route, the party stopped at the Roadhouse for dinner with the Mussers' daughter and son-in-law, Robin and Jamie Agnew--better know locally as owners of Aunt Agatha's Mystery Bookshop.

Even then, Sadie was a celebrity in Scottie circles, with more than 100 best-in-show ribbons. But the four-year-old crossed over to national fame on February 16 when she took the top prize at the canine Olympics--the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

After winning two other national titles--the Philadelphia National Dog Show and the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship--Sadie had been the favorite going in. Still, says Agnew, her parents were "a little bit stunned" when she took the Triple Crown.

Sadie seemed untroubled by her new fame: when she won the Scottie group earlier in the day, the Los Angeles Times reported, she seemed more interested in the treat Rangel had waiting. That doesn't surprise Agnew. Her parents' dogs are multilingual--their trainers are Mexican, Dutch, Japanese, and Welsh--and "Sadie knows the word for 'hot dog' in five languages."    (end of article)

[Originally published in February, 2010.]

 



 
Bookmark and Share
Print Comment E-mail
Come Explore at Blue Turtle! In a playful environment designed to nurture the qualities of cooperati
click for more info on summer camps
Ann Arbor Summer Festival
click to learn more about summer camps for kids