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Steuben County woman competes in Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show with basset hound

Novia Staviski of Lindley and her dog Odin were able to compete in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show this past weekend, where Odin picked up an honor.

Odin’s official registered name is GCH (Grand Champion) Renaissance Versailles, and he won an award of merit in the Best of Breed competition for basset hounds in the event.

The competition is normally held at Madison Square Garden in New York, but due to Covid it was held at the Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown.

Staviski, a stay at home mother of two, adopted 6-year-old Odin when he was a puppy from a breeder in Michigan.


While this was Staviski and Odin’s first time ever competing in the Westminster competition, dog shows are something Staviski has experience with. She took several classes on training and showing dogs and began showing her Doberman pinschers years ago.

Staviski and Odin have competed in competitions in Michigan, Virginia and other states before Covid shut down dog shows. Last year he won Best of Breed honors in the National Dog Show in Philadelphia.

Odin’s next big competition will be The BHCA (Basset Hound Club of America) National Specialty from October 1st through 8th in Ohio.



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