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Canine ‘Athlete of the Week’

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Posted at 12:27 PM, Apr 27, 2012
and last updated 2012-04-27 14:38:19-04

This is Dutton, virginia: population 370. It’s a small town located north of Gloucester, and this is the home of the nine-time national champion.

Meet Brook's Snake Eyes - "Snake" for short. Snake is an American Brittany, and he is in a class by himself when it comes to bird dogging.

His owner is Ben Norris. Ben is the president of the Virginia Area Bird Dog Competitions. But like any proud father, he beams with pride over Snake's accomplishments.

"Snake is 9 years old now and a grand national champion, which means he has been a national champion at least five times. He actually has been a national champion seven times - nine if you count when he was a puppy. So he has been a national champion nine times. He is now considered a grand national champion."

He will be put in the Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame is every bird dog owner's dream. There are currently 25 dogs in the hall - but the competition is tough. So, we ask, who is Snake's biggest competitor?

"His number one son, Rim Rock Roy is his biggest competitor now. They look alike - Roy is four. He can outrun the old man. The old man is pretty smart and beats him half the time."

Does Snake get anything special when he wins?

"He don’t get much, but I get three to four thousand dollars!"

This will be Snake's last season of competition, but that has not slowed him down in training.

"He exercises 30 minutes a day everyday, and he is on a diet. We do more activity in the summer."

When Snake is not training, he is a full-time father to eight puppies. He plays with them, looks out after them, and takes care of them to give momma a break.

After that, it’s back to work.

"Snake, do you like winning?"

Snake shakes his tail, "yes"!