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** FILE ** Rufus, a tan-and-white bull terrier, drinks water at Sardi's restaurant in New York, in a Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006 photo. Rufus cuddled up beside the couch, ready for a good nap. Belly full from his favorite steak dinner and tuckered out from a romp around the house, he put down the head that has become the signature of dogdom in America.(AP Photo/Shiho Fukada, file)

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column mesmerized by this week’s championship competition.And we’re not talking about the Winter Olympics or American Idol. We’re talking about the 2006 Westminster Dog Show.Sure, human athletes sacrifice years of their lives to reach the Olympics. And yes, amateur singers subject themselves to the critical scrutiny of Paula and Simon.

But just take a look at the face of Rufus, this year’s winner of Best in Show at Westminster. That famously “egg-shaped” head is the product of more than just years of training and sacrifice. Generations of selective breeding went into it. Rufus was fated to be a dog show competitor before he had his first doggie treat. Talk about pressure.Here at Summit Up we’re happy for Rufus, but we can’t help wondering why the judges at Westminster don’t understand real dogs look more like Andy, the golden retriever competing for Best in Show. A golden has never won at Westminster. Neither has a labrador. We would object to this on general principle, except we’re inclined to believe goldens and labs are usually such well-adjusted dogs they don’t really care about the rarefied world of Westminster anyway.So let the bull terriers of the world have their day in the sun. Let the pugs and the Dalmatians strut their stuff in New York City. We’ll go home and give our golden/lab/shepherd/mutt an extra treat for being just a plain old Summit County dog.

***The following Scum Alert!! Scum Alert!! showed up in our mailbox:”On Wednesday afternoon some sick and twisted individual stole my high-end, custom-built Alienware computer from a friend’s house in French Creek. This computer means the world to me and then some. It’s sleek, black, larger than your average computer, has cooling vents on the sides, and has a tiny alien head on the front of the case. If anybody out there has any information regarding the location of my computer please contact either Avery or Karen at (970) 547-4994 or (970) 470-2248.”

We wonder about the alien head and think maybe the thief may be in more trouble than he realizes.***It’s Sunday, and we’re out admiring the neighborhood canines.

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