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Long Island dogs competing in 2019 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Alisha Hagen, 31, of Manorville, will be entering

Alisha Hagen, 31, of Manorville, will be entering her bull terrier, Baci, into the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in Manhattan this week. Newsday got a sneak peek of Hagen training her pup for the big day.  Credit: Barry Sloan

Baci the bull terrier from Manorville has led a charmed life, collecting canine kudos far and wide in the run-up to her first appearance this week at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in Manhattan.  

Since making her dog show debut as a 10-month-old pup, Baci has garnered ribbons and rosettes at more than a dozen dog shows from Delaware to Ohio. In November she represented the U.S.  at an international dog show in Leiden, The Netherlands.

“It’s been a wild ride for us,” says Baci’s owner and handler Alisha Hagen, 31, an executive assistant for Competition BMW in Smithtown. Hagen says her prizewinning pet is “the total terrier package. She’s silly, determined and lovable. She knows how to shine for the judge in the show ring.”

Looking to howl for the home team? Here are profiles of Baci and six other local canines that are among 2,800 dogs from 50 states and 14 foreign countries vying for Best in Show.

The 143rd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

WHEN | WHERE Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 11-12 at Piers 92/94 and Madison Square Garden, Manhattan. Live coverage of breed judging will be broadcast 1-4 p.m. on Nat Geo WILD; with groups and best in show live telecast 7-11 p.m. on FS1.


ADMISSION $35; $20/children younger than 12


Minty, a 7-year-old female Greater Swiss mountain dog
Credit: John Fleagle and Roberta Seidman

FORMAL NAME Whispering Palm’s The Royal Mint

BREED Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

AGE | SEX 7-year-old female

WEIGHT 98 pounds

OWNERS John Fleagle and Roberta Seidman of Stony Brook.  Minty “has a beautiful face and a sleek coat that always looks newly cleaned,” Fleagle says. 

MOST SURPRISING CANINE SMARTS In a group of people, she will show her social skills by greeting every individual.

FAVORITE TREAT Canned pumpkin

FIRST SHOWING  Tuesday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m.


Baci, a bull terrier owned by Alisha Hagen
Credit: Barry Sloan

FORMAL NAME GCH CH Action Cosmic Kiss

BREED Bull terrier

AGE | SEX 1 year, 10 months female

WEIGHT 67 pounds

OWNER Alisha Hagen of Manorville  

WHAT WAGS HER TAIL When Hagen comes home from work, Baci runs a lap around the house and the yard.

FAVORITE OUTING A sunset walk at Argyle Lake in Babylon Village

FAVORITE TOY/TREAT Tennis balls and peanut butter

FIRST SHOWING Tuesday, Feb. 12, 9 a.m.  


Lincoln is a 3-year-old Doberman owned by Kelly
Credit: Leslie Hall

FORMAL NAME GCH Addox’s Stand And Deliver

BREED Doberman

AGE | SEX 3-year-old male

WEIGHT 89 pounds

OWNER Kelly Lockwood of Babylon. “Lincoln has that special look-at-me attitude that makes a show dog stand out," Lockwood says. "He commands attention when he’s in the ring.”

FAVORITE OUTING A 3-mile walk through Babylon Village

MOST SURPRISING CANINE SMARTS Lincoln knows what time his human dad comes home from work and waits for him by the door.

FIRST SHOWING Tuesday, Feb. 12, 11:45 a.m.


Cash, a two-year-old beagle owned by Consuelo Champlin
Credit: Kalena C. Phillips

FORMAL NAME GCh Ch MPW’s Babars No Deposit No Return

BREED Beagle  

AGE | SEX 2-year-old male  

WEIGHT 25 pounds

OWNER Consuelo Champlin of Westbury.  Cash is “a merry little hound with a great temperament and personality,” Champlin says. His Westminster-worthy traits include “good movement and proper structure,” she says. “Watching him move shows that he’s capable of doing the job beagles are bred to do.”

FAVORITE OUTING A beach day spent digging in the sand.

FAVORITE TOY/TREAT Yogurt, fruit, Cheerios.

FIRST SHOWING Monday, Feb. 11, 11:50 a.m.


Lila, a three-year-old Irish wolfhound will be handled
Credit: Robert LaCorte

FORMAL NAME CH Dun Myrica Gella Of Eagle

BREED Irish Wolfhound

AGE | SEX 3-year-old female

WEIGHT 145 pounds

OWNER AND HANDLER Robert LaCorte of Old Bethpage. Lila has a “commanding appearance and a beautiful head,” LaCorte says. She recently shed 20 pounds through diet and exercise.

WHAT WAGS HER TAIL Meeting new people and other animals

FAVORITE OUTING West Hills County Park in Melville  

MOST SURPRISING CANINE SMARTS At bedtime, Lila taps LaCorte’s leg with her paw until he says, “Do you want to go to bed?”  

FAVORITE TREAT A banana slice

FIRST SHOWING Monday, Feb. 11,  9 a.m. 


Nathan is a cairn terrier owned by Mary
Credit: Annette-Barb Thompson

FORMAL NAME GCHS Swirling Kilt's Dathuil Nathan at Jonelle

BREED Cairn Terrier

AGE | SEX 3-year-old male

WEIGHT 18 pounds

OWNERS Mary Ann and Andy Robertson of West Sayville, and Joni Lawrence of Commack. “He floats like a dream, and he's drop dead gorgeous,” says Mary Ann Robertson. He’s following in the footsteps of his mother, Willow, who entered Westminster a few years ago.

MOST SURPRISING CANINE SMARTS Nathan always finds a way to climb to the highest spot in the room or in the yard.  


FIRST SHOWING Tuesday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m.


Dailey Formal name: Ch Festabull the longest day
Credit: Peter J. Festa

FORMAL NAME GCHB CH Festabull The Longest Day

BREED Bulldog

AGE | SEX 3-year-old male  

WEIGHT 60 pounds

OWNER AND HANDLER Peter Festa of Smithtown.  Dailey is “a well-built bulldog” and “a flashy showman with great attitude,” Festa says.

WHAT WAGS HIS TAIL Dailey wiggles his whole behind when he meets new people, especially children.

FAVORITE TOY Stuffed squirrel

FIRST SHOWING  Monday, Feb. 11, 11:15 a.m.

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