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Westminster Speedster Locally Raised in the Yakima Valley

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YAKIMA, WA. -- The Olympics isn't the only big sports competition that's been going on. Earlier this week the Westminster Dog Show in New York City crowned the fastest dogs in country and one of them was from right here in the Yakima Valley.

Some animals are much more than just pets, they're family.

"They mean a lot to my life," Gayle Capen said. "Probably more than they should."

And Gayle Capen will never forget the day she found out she and her furry family members Izzy and Abby were going on an adventure to the Olympics of dog shows, Westminster.


"December 20th, I can remember sitting at the kitchen table and just about falling out of my chair because I got the email that said you've been picked," Gayle said.

Gayle has show that it really isn't that difficult. All you need is a hot dog and a few commands. And on a track just like that Izzy and Gayle finished second at Westminster.

These mother-daughter Rat Terriers are now officially two of the fastest course racing dogs in America. And they were born and raised right here in Yakima.

"Very proud," Gayle said. "I was very proud of my girls. I think more than anything she's a teammate and I think she takes care of me whenever I need her to that's for sure. She's a good girl."

But it's much more than just second place finishes at the biggest dog show in the world for Gayle. 

"I think they've become my kids," Gayle said. "My daughter is grown up. She's 23 so she doesn't need a mom to be there beside her and these girls have kind of taken that place."

"It's like having a little sister or something like that," Jessica Capen, Gayle daughter said. "It's like oh great, I've been replaced."

Some members of this family finish second in the most prestigious dog show in the world, while others are just along for the ride.

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