Sumter Boykin Spaniel Heading to the Big Show

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Sumter, SC (WLTX) -- In just a few weeks the top dogs will be put in the spotlight at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. And, a Midlands dog is competing for the title of best in show.

"I train all breeds of dogs," Kim Parkman said.

Parkman can take any dog and train them to do about anything.

But, not everyone can be Westminster show dog material.

"He has been campaigned both in the field this year and campaigned in the show ring and he finished 2013 as the No. 1 Boykin all breed, so he got an automatic invitation to Westminster," she said.

Meet Pocotaligo Nama Karoo, the 4-year-old Boykin Spaniel who's heading to Madison Square Garden.   

But, Karoo's more than a handsome face, he hunts too.

"We've been very fortunate that most of the judges have liked him quite well this year," she said.

But, Karoo isn't the only one training hard.

This isn't Parkman's first go round, but sometimes it sure feels like it.

"Every time I walk in the ring I feel like I'm in training," Parkman said. "Even though I've been doing it for four years now, I'm not nearly as comfortable there as I am here."

Although Parkman believes Karoo has a good shot of winning, he will probably still be the underdog.

"I guess it's a dues paying thing, I'm not really quite sure, but it's just very unlikely that a Boykin would get a group placement at Westminster," she said.

Whether or not he wins the trophy Karoo has made Parkman doggone proud.

Karoo and Parkman will compete in the Sporting group on February 11.

And in case you didn't know, The Boykin Spaniel is the official state dog of South Carolina.

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