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Westminster Kennel Club Best in Show winners typically bow out of their show careers after taking the prestigious prize and go on to produce puppies, become therapy dogs or just master the art of sofa lounging. Here’s a look at how five past champs now spend their time.

2011 Winner: Hickory the Scottish Deerhound has babies and chases bears

Image: Previous Westminster "Best in Show" winner, Hickory
Mary Bloom; Hyungwon Kang / Reuters file
Hickory was the first in her breed to take Best in Show in the history of Westminster. She runs every day on the family farm.

Motherhood was the path taken by GCh. Foxcliffe Hickory Wind, the elegant Scottish Deerhound owned by Dr. R. Scott and Cecilia Dove of Virginia. After becoming the first in her breed to take Best in Show in the history of Westminster, Hickory has since produced nine puppies, who are currently four months old.

When she's not playing with her pups, Hickory runs for miles every day on the family farm, located in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. Although she's normally calm and serene, once outdoors, Hickory turns into a keen coursing dog, who has even been known to drive a bear up a tree.

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“We live in wide-open territory, so there are lots of places for her to run and, of course, lots of things for her to chase,” says Dr. Dove, a veterinarian who specializes in theriogenology, the science of breeding.

Will Hickory have another litter? “She might be bred again,” says Dr. Dove. “She’s a very healthy bitch.”

2010 Winner: Sadie the Scottish Terrier kicks back at home

Image: Previous Westminster "Best in Show" winner, Sadie
Westminster Kennel Club; Getty Images file
Sadie took Best in Show at Westminster and also won the National Dog Show and the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. She went on a post-show media tour, stopping at the New York Stock Exchange.

In 2010, not only did Scottish Terrier Ch. Roundtown Mercedes of Maryscot — Sadie for short — take Best in Show at Westminster, but she also won the National Dog Show and the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, a rare feat in dog show circles. Sadie, who was bestowed the nickname “Hottie Scottie” by the New York Post, embarked on a post-show media tour that included stops at the Empire State Building, a visit with Donald Trump and a chance to paw the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange.

As with many champions, the next stage for Sadie involved puppies. She gave birth to five pups in March 2011, an event that was closely followed by terrier fans. The Scottish Terrier and Dog News blog even reported when Sadie’s “baby daddy” Winston was chosen.

Since then, Sadie has become more of a homebody, living with handler Gabriel Rangel in Rialto, Calif. It's been reported that Sadie enjoys watching her favorite TV channel — Animal Planet, of course. She also relishes curling up in a dog bed with Rangel’s Chihuahua, Tad, and snacking on her favorite treat: hot dogs.

Image: Previous Westminster "Best in Show" winner, Stump
Westminster Kennel Club
Stump was the first of his breed to win Best in Show. Now he enjoys hanging out with 2001 Best in Show winner, J.R.

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Sussex Spaniel Ch. Clussexx Three D Grinchy Glee recently celebrated his thirteenth birthday. At age 10, he was the oldest dog to take the top title at Westminster — and he was the first of his breed to do so.

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These days, Stump, as he's nicknamed, is enjoying a well-deserved retirement with handler Scott Sommer of Texas. In other words, this lucky dog does pretty much whatever he wants, which mainly means hanging out with pal J. R. (Ch. Special Times Just Right), the Bichon Frise who won Best in Show in 2001.

“They get a lot of attention here, and they’re happy with life,” says Sommer. “Stump doesn’t hear quite as well, but he eats like a horse and never misses a meal.”

2008 Winner: Uno the Beagle reflects on past glories

Image: Previous Westminster "Best in Show" winner, Uno
Westminster Kennel Club; Mary Bloom
Uno has traveled the country as an ambassador for canine therapy work, visiting the White House and even appearing on a float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Beagle Ch. K-Run’s Park Me in First, better known to the world as Uno, had one of the busiest post-Westminster lives. Accompanied by Westminster announcer David Frei, Uno crisscrossed the country as an ambassador for his pet cause: canine therapy work.

He also “threw” the first pitch at baseball games, and made appearances at art gallery openings and charity fundraisers. He rode on a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, flipped the switch at the Empire State Building to turn on its purple and gold lights to celebrate Westminster Week in 2009 — and even visited the White House.

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Since his Beagle Across America tour concluded, Uno has simply lived the life of a dog says co-owner Eddie Dziuk, chief operating officer of the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. “He lives with his co-owner, Caroline Dowell, and he’s a full-time house dog,” says Dziuk. “He sleeps in her bed, and hangs out with other Beagles.”

2007 Winner: James the English Springer Spaniel focused on pet therapy

Image: Previous Westminster "Best in Show" winner, James
Westminster Kennel Club; Teresa Patton
James and his owner have work with Angel on a Leash and other pet therapy organizations.

English Springer Spaniel Ch. Felicity’s Diamond Jim (James to his friends) was nearly seven years old when he won Best in Show, making him one of the oldest Springer Spaniels to take top honors at Westminster.

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After his win, he focused on a career in pet therapy with his owner, Teresa Patton, of Amissville, Va. The duo worked with Angel on a Leash and other pet therapy organizations, as well as raised nearly $15,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association by doing memory walks. “James had been doing pet therapy since he was seven months old, and he and I just picked up where he left off,” says Patton.

In his spare time, James finished four rally titles and his first obedience title. He died last May, at age 11, from an aggressive form of lymphoma. His loss is still raw, says Patton, but his memory lives on in her garden, which is planted with purple and gold roses and sprinkled with his ashes.

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She will soon have a more tangible remembrance in the form of a litter due in March that was accomplished via a surgical implant. “We’re very excited about the prospect of having children from him this year,” says Patton. “He’s still with us in many ways. People still comment on how charismatic he was, and what a profound impact he had. It reached far beyond the show ring, which is pretty amazing.”

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Photos: The 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

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  1. Best in show!

    Handler Angela Lloyd and Scottish deerhound Hickory pose for photos after winning Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York on Feb. 15, 2011. (Timothy A. Clary / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Ringmaster

    Wilbur, a three-year-old Mastiff, and his owner and handler, Margaret Warfield, stand in the ring after winning the Best of Opposite Sex ribbon. (Mike Segar / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Mopping up the competition?

    A Komondorak in the ring on Tuesday. (Timothy A. Clary / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Red alert

    Starr-Point's Celtic Red, a Vizslas, stands in the ring with handler Joseph Buchanan during judging in the Sporting Group on Tuesday. (Mike Segar / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Ringside seats

    Dogs are judged in four rings during the second day of the 135th Westminster Dog Show on Tuesday. (Jeff Christensen / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Paws in the action

    One-year-old Vienna Valazia of New York City plays with Guinness, an English Mastif as Guinness waits for his breed to be judged on Tuesday. (Mike Segar / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Strike a pose

    A vizslas poses in the judging ring on Tuesday. (Jeff Christensen / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Dazzling Danes

    Great Danes line up in the ring on Tuesday. (Timothy A. Clary / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Job well done!

    Cragsmoor Buddy Goodman, a Skye Terrier, reaches for a treat from his handler Lawrence Cornelius during judging in the Terrier group on Tuesday. (Mike Segar / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Herd is the word

    Rassa, and Icelandic Sheepdog from Vashon Island, Wash., shows for the judge in the ring with her handler Tammie Wilcox during the Herding Group competition at the Westminster Dog Show on Monday night. (Jim Seida / msnbc.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Hickory sweet!

    Scottish deerhound Hickory, with handler Angela Loyd, wins the hound group at the Westminster Dog Show on Monday. (Mike Segar / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Puff of Pekingese

    Pekingese Palacegarden Malachy trots in the ring while winning the Toy Group at the 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York on Monday. (Mike Segar / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Must love dogs

    Breeds compete in the judging ring during the 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. America's best behaved, most carefully coiffed dogs hit the catwalk Monday at the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. A total of 2,626 four-legged beauties, representing 179 breeds, were chasing the elusive Best in Show title to be decided late Tuesday. (Timothy A. Clary / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. It's show time

    Old English Sheepdogs line up for judging during the Westminster Dog Show. (Timothy A. Clary / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. I'm all ears

    Pharaoh Hounds wait for judging during competition Monday. (Justin Lane / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Staying focused in the ring

    A handler guides a German Shepherd during the competition Monday. (Justin Lane / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Last-minute grooming

    Rhodesian Ridgebacks prepare to go into the ring Monday. (Spencer Platt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Measuring up

    Lucas, an Irish Setter, is held by his handler Jamie Lamphere as they compete in the Junior Showmanship competition Monday. (Mike Segar / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. By the skin of his teeth

    A Rhodesian Ridgeback is judged during competition Monday. (Mike Segar / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. New faces

    A redbone coonhound is judged during the first day of competition Monday. The redbone coonhound is one of six breeds making their Westminster Dog Show debuts. (Jeff Christensen / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Taking the stand

    La Brise Sun Bear, a Pyrenean Shepherd breed, is judged Monday. (Shannon Stapleton / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Eager beagles

    A group of beagles wait to be judged during the first day of competition Monday. (Jeff Christensen / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Dog-gone good competition

    Borzoi breeds compete in the ring Monday. (Shannon Stapleton / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Marching in time

    A Irish wolfhound is judged during the first day Monday. (Jeff Christensen / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Like the hairdo?

    A Chinese Crested competes at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Monday. (Spencer Platt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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