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Champion Show Dog Buddy Holly

Step into the world of Buddy Holly, the champion show dog, and discover his journey from Best in Show to retirement in sunny Palm Springs.

 Buddy Holly, the champion show dog, has recently retired to Palm Springs to enjoy a well-deserved rest. The PBGV breed is known for its curious and energetic nature, but after a successful career in the show circuit, Buddy is ready to unwind. As a show dog, Buddy was trained to perform in front of judges and audiences, which required a significant amount of time and energy from both him and his handler, Janice Hayes.

Life on the Road as a Show Dog

As a champion show dog, Buddy Holly’s life on the road was quite busy. His days were filled with traveling to various competitions, practicing and preparing for shows, and performing in front of large crowds. According to his handler and owner, Janice Hayes, Buddy competed in an impressive 50-60 shows throughout his career, and he won five Best in Shows.

Champion Show Dog Buddy Holly Retires to Palm Springs for Well-Deserved Rest

Preparing for dog shows was a rigorous process, which quired lot of hard work and resilience. To stay in top shape, Buddy had a daily exercise routine that included running on a treadmill and weekly baths to keep his coat looking its best. While his training was consistent, Hayes emphasized that it wasn’t overly strenuous, and it was a gradual process that began when he was just a puppy.


Despite the demands of his career, Buddy was always a happy-go-lucky dog who loved to run and play with his fellow canines. According to Hayes, Buddy was “just a boy that runs around with his girls (the other dogs he lives with) and lives his best life.” His playful and affectionate nature made him a favorite among fans and fellow competitors alike, and he always brought a positive energy to every event he attended.

The Success of Buddy Holly

Buddy Holly’s success as a show dog was certainly impressive, with his win at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show being the pinnacle of his career. This win was especially significant because it was the first time that a Petit Bassett Griffon Vendéen had ever won Best in Show at Westminster, which makes it a significant achievement for any dog in the show world. His handler and owner, Janice Hayes, adopted him from England in December, and they have been traveling to dog shows together ever since. Buddy’s big win at Westminster was a defining moment in his career, and it solidified his status as one of the best PBGVs in the show circuit.

Hayes had a strong belief in Buddy’s abilities as a show dog, but even she was surprised at his success at Westminster. She attributed his win to his exceptional personality and unique traits that set him apart from the other competitors. As a handler and owner, Hayes knew that Buddy had all the physical attributes that made him a great show dog, but she also recognized that he had a certain charm and charisma that made him stand out in the show ring.


Buddy’s success at Westminster was not an overnight achievement, but rather the culmination of years of hard work and dedication. Winning these shows was a testament to his consistent performance and unwavering effort in each competition. This win at Westminster brought a newfound recognition and fame for both him and his breed. His achievement brought attention to the Petit Bassett Griffon Vendéen and helped to increase its popularity in the United States. Many people were impressed by Buddy’s intelligence, athleticism, and good looks, and began to take notice of the breed’s unique characteristics.


Hayes credits Buddy’s success to his “complete package.” As a PBGV, Buddy possesses certain characteristics that make him stand out from other breeds. He has a shorter ear and tail, a “happy go lucky” way of moving, and a personality that exemplifies the breed’s stubbornness and hardheadedness.

Retirement in Palm Springs

Now that Buddy Holly has retired, he can enjoy the relaxation of retirement in sunny Palm Springs. Palm Springs is known for its warm weather, beautiful scenery, and dog-friendly atmosphere, which makes it the perfect place for Buddy to unwind. In retirement, Buddy will have the opportunity to enjoy a slower pace of life, spending time lounging in the sun, exploring new places, and spending time with his handler and owner, Janice Hayes.

After a long and successful career, Buddy Holly now stands the chance to enjoy a much-deserved retirement in a city that has been a long-standing home for Hayes and her husband, making it the perfect place for Buddy to settle down. Despite their humble abode, Hayes has ensured that Buddy has everything he needs for a comfortable life in retirement.


In Palm Springs, Buddy’s days are now filled with leisurely walks around the neighborhood and spending quality time with Hayes and her husband. He has become a familiar sight at local coffee shops, where he enjoys his favorite treats on the patio. His calm and friendly demeanor has made him a beloved member of the community, with many residents eager to greet him when he is out and about.


However, Hayes has also noticed that Buddy may be missing the excitement of dog shows, which he had grown accustomed to over the years. She plans to find ways to keep him engaged and entertained, such as by participating in local dog events or exploring new places around town.

Nevertheless, retirement now seems to be treating Buddy Holly well, as he adjusts to a much more relaxed lifestyle in Palm Springs. His success as a show dog is now a thing of the past, but his legacy as the first Petit Bassett Griffon Vendéen to win Best in Show at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will always be remembered.

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