Winning Best in Show at nearly seven years old, English Springer Spaniel “Champion Felicity’s Diamond Jim” — better known as James — was one of the oldest of his breed to win at Westminster, according to the New York Times.
Like Uno, James also took up a life of service following his victory, Vetstreet.com reports. He and his owner, Teresa Patton, worked with pet therapy organizations such as Angel on a Leash and participated in memory walks, raising nearly $15,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association. But philanthropy was not new to James. Patton told Vetstreet.com the Springer Spaniel had been doing pet therapy since he was just seven months old.
Sadly, lymphoma took James’ life at 11 years old last May, but not before he racked up five more titles and arranged a special delivery for Patton.
James has a litter due in March thanks to a surgical implant, Patton told Vetstreet.com. “We’re very excited about the prospect of having children from him this year,” says Patton.