Ladies and gentlemen, presenting the greatest dog in the world: A 10-year-old Sussex spaniel named Stump

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Any journalist worth their weight would have no problem coming up with an old dog, new tricks lead for the story about a 10-year-old Sussex spaniel winning the Westminster Kennel Club dog show.

The dog, Stump, escaped a near-death experience in 2004 and beat out a field of well-groomed competitors Tuesday night to become the oldest winner in show history.

And, whomever penned the AP story couldn’t be more excited about it.

A nearly full crowd at Madison Square Garden cheered loudly when judge Sari Tietjen pointed to the new champion. Perhaps the fans knew Stump’s backstory — he almost died in 2004 from a medical condition, saved by the vets at Texas A&M. Or perhaps the people just liked rooting for the old guy. He’s almost 70 in human years!

Yes! We totally need more exclamation points in our news stories! Who is with me?

Stump the Sussex spaniel named best in show (MSNBC)

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