E&H Dog Brings Home Westminster Honors!

Posted by Monica Hoel
Bob Moreland, E&H ’69, has a dog who just placed in the Westminster Dog Show!

Bob Moreland is a 1969 graduate of Emory & Henry who has clearly gone to the dogs – but he doesn’t seem to mind.

The Harrisonburg Daily News-Record has just run a story on Bob and his wife, Sharon, and their remarkable dog. They are not new to having a dog, and typically raised Britanys and Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. But they recently decided to raise a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon puppy, named Louie (or Leaping Dog’s Louie, or Louie We Gotta Go Now). They weren’t sure what to expect, but they say it was perfect because the breed needs a lot of attention. Now that they’re retired, it was a good time to have a project.

According to the Daily News Record, “The couple had the pick of the litter, as long as they trained the dog to hunt and entered him into dog shows, which the two had never done before.”

Apparently things worked out well because in February of 2018, they traveled with Louie to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City. 

Louie won second place in his breed at the 142nd Westminster Dog Show. He was awarded a ribbon for “Best of Opposites,” or Best Male. Interestingly, the Best Female won the Best of Breed title and went on to compete in the Best in Show competition among all breeds. A Bichon Frise won Best in Show.


The Daily News Record quotes Bob and Sharon sounding like proud dog owners. Sharon says, “He loves to show. …As soon as he gets in that ring, he knows what he’s there for and he’s just a wonderful show dog.” Bob laughs at how well he behaves for his handler, Jessica Sullivan. “She gets him to stack, when they stand stretched out, and he’s just right there solid as a rock and yet around here with us he’s a mess.”

  • Dog Show Winner: Bob (E&H '69) and Sharon Moreland's dog Louie, a 2-year-old Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, won the Best of Opposites in his breed at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Feb. 13, 2018.
    Nikki Fox / Daily News Record
    Harrisonburg Daily News Record

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