If Chase the German shepherd could talk, he’d thank a lot of people for the Best in Show/Opposite Sex ribbon he won Friday at the Fiesta Cluster Dog Show at West-World of Scottsdale.
There’d be his conditioner Nikki Daniel of Apache Junction. Also, his co-owners Nancy Godek of northeast Phoenix and Carol Weale of Gilbert, who shell out the money for teeth cleanings, weekly manicures and conditioning shampoo for his impeccable coat.
"Yeah, he’s quite a bit of work," Weale said, but quickly added he’s worth it. "I couldn’t put a dollar amount on him."
Chase was in the dog show that began Thursday and continues through Monday at WestWorld. The facility will host about 4,000 dogs representing 150 breeds over the course of five days.
Nick Rana’s Rottweiler also was in Friday’s competition. The 22-year-old Ahwatukee Foothills man said he went to a breeder two years ago to buy a pet and left with a dog with a "pedigree you would not believe."
"I saw my puppy, but the breeder wouldn’t sell him to me unless I planned to show him," Rana said. He paid $1,500 for the dog and committed to getting the best training for himself so he could successfully work with the dog, he said.
"The first thing I did was travel to Oklahoma to work with renowned handler Perry Pason. Since then, we’ve traveled to New York, Wisconsin, Montana, Nevada, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and California," he said.
But Rana and his pooch won’t be turning in frequent flier miles anytime soon. "We drive because it’s better for the dog," Rana said. The diligence has paid off. Rana said his Rottweiler recently received a merit award at the Westminster Dog Show in New York City.
What: Fiesta Cluster Dog Show
When: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through Monday
Where: WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road