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Gloucester woman competes at Westminster Dog Show

For professional football players, it’s the Super Bowl. For country music singers, it’s the Grand Ole Opry stage. For mountain climbers, it’s Mount Everest.

In nearly every human endeavor, there’s a pinnacle, an ultimate goal to attain. In the realm of human/canine endeavors, there’s also just one place to be—the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Last week, Kathy Shorter of Gloucester, reached that summit.

Although Shorter and Louise, her year-and-a-half old Pointer, did not place, "it was an education for me," Shorter said. "Now I know what it takes to be competitive there."

Shorter, who’s been showing dogs for the better part of three decades, was still a bit reticent about competing in the show, which was held on Feb. 14-15 at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. "I didn’t sleep for the two weeks prior," she said. Westminster, she continued, has always been "that big show in the sky...

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