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Ryan Hanigan's Australian shepherd won Best in Breed at Westminster dog show

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Photo courtesy of Westminster Kennel Club

Leave it to the Rays to acquire a player with exquisite taste in dogs.

On Monday, catcher Ryan Hanigan's Australian shepherd topped 42 other canine competitors to win Best in Breed at the Westminster Kennel Club show in New York.

The dog's official name is a decidedly racehorse-esque "Copperridge What's Your Dream" but she goes by the more pedestrian "Vivian" when not competing.

The AP got in touch with Hanigan via text message, and he shared his excitement over Vivan's win:

"It's incredible that she went from my No. 1 bed buddy to best of breed at Westminster!!!"

Take us home, Fred Willard:


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