Think it's easy being overall champion at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show? Rufus the colored bull terrier has a schedule that rivals Ben Roethlisberger's post-Super Bowl itinerary (only without, we're assuming, the hangover). Rufus, who won the competition on Tuesday, had about 10 TV appearances set for today, starting at 6:45 a.m. Plus there's the annual Dog Fanciers luncheon at Sardi s, where he ll get a meal of chopped sirloin. Hey, we've never even been to Sardi's. Grrr.
When you think about it, it's all well deserved. Rufus (official registered show name: "Rocky Top s Sundance Kid") bested a field which was much more difficult than the one the Steelers faced — 2,622 entries in 165 breeds and varieties. Lost in the commotion, however, was the fact that former Florida State linebacker Keith Carter and his rottweiler, Shaka, made the final seven. "This is bigger than the 'Noles-'Canes," said Carter after his dog won the working group on Monday — a first for a rottweiler. "This is very different than football, but it really gets your competitive juices going." Of course, Carter played with Deion Sanders at FSU, so he's used to a certain amount of prancing and showing off.