From Kendall to Kennel Club: Monroe County St Bernard heads to Westminster

KENDALL, Wis. (WKBT) – A Monroe County dog named Panda is heading to New York to compete in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Panda is a 2-year-old St. Bernard.

He was bred in Kendall by a family who fell in love with the breed years ago, and now has 8 St. Bernards.

Only the top five dogs per breed are invitede to compete in what’s known as the Super Bowl of dog shows. Panda was not invited this year, but his owners were able to enter him into the competition.

For the family of breeders, it’s a special honor.

“It means a lot,” said Stacy Pagel, Panda’s owner and dog show handler. “There’s a lot of hard work and traveling and dedication that goes into it. There’s a lot of family time missed because I’m on the road so much, but luckily we have a really great support system.”

Panda has been all over the United States to compete.

He’ll head to New York for the Westminster later this month.

Panda already has lots of awards, including multiple Best In Show specialties, group placements, and AKC honors.

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