Denver dog wins blue ribbon in its first Cluster competition

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DENVER -- Denver resident Aaron Seabaugh is a dog person and Geneva is Aaron's dog.

And the Rocky Mountain Cluster dog show at the National Western Stock Show complex is a first for both of them.

"We've been training for this all year, and lots of hard work has gone into it for the both of us," says Aaron, referring to himself and his four-legged pal Geneva, who is a whippet.

Geneva will be competing in the nine month to 12 month old puppy class at the 17th annual Rocky Mountain Cluster.

"She'll do a round about the ring.  They're looking for lines on her.  They're looking for her stride.  They're also looking at her, the way her head is shaped." explains Seabaugh.

Both man and dog had to prepare for their debut.  For Aaron, it was like teaching new tricks to an old dog, and he's referring to himself.

"Definitely, as my first show I will say I was about ready to throw up,"  admits Seabaugh.

But he didn't get sick.  When it was show time, he kept his cool, entered ring 10 with Geneva by his side.  It was a nerve wracking two-and-a-half minutes.  But when it was over, Aaron heard applause.

Aaron and Geneva won the blue ribbon--First in class, first time out.  At this moment, all Aaron could muster was, "thank you very much."

This, according to Aaron, is just the beginning for him and Geneva.

"Absolutely. As long as she is having fun than that's really what it's all about," he says.

Congratulations Aaron and Geneva.  This Scooby Snack is for you.

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