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A Westminster Wedding

“I’m a very lucky man,” said Brad Slayton of Auburn, WA, of his marriage to Debbie Parsons. The couple met through their dogs and were married today at Madison Square Garden before a packed house that included fellow exhibitors, spectators and one of this year’s “biggest” Best of Breed winners.

Officiating at the ceremony was Cherilyn Frei, wife of David Frei, the “Voice of Westminster.”

By 4 o’clock, a throng of well-wishers had gathered to watch as Debbie, accompanied by her maid of honor Cathy Johnson, joined Brad and best man, Tony Carter, in the benching area of the Westminster show. The scene was, perhaps, a bit chaotic, but the spirit of the ceremony prevailed and the couple enjoyed their first kiss as husband and wife.

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Mr. and Mrs. Brad Slayton

Debbie and Brad met in 2006 when she moved to the Seattle area with her three Tibetan Mastiffs. The new Mrs. Slayton said, “Since Tibetan Mastiffs are guardians, Brad had to work his way into my pack, and he did so in record time with a great deal of respect and love from all of the dogs.”

One of their dogs, GCh. Dreamcatcher Major Victory Of Loki, ‘Major,’ was enjoying his own big day. He was chosen by judge Theresa Hundt as the best of his breed from a field of six champions.

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Cathy Johnson, Cherilyn Frei, Debbie and Brad Slayton with ‘Major,’ Tony Carter, and David Frei.

The ring win is icing on the Slaytons’ wedding cake. Debbie said, “For two people in love who are addicted to dogs, does it get any better than being married at Westminster?”

Yes, it does, but getting married at Westminster on Valentine’s Day, no less, is a good place to start.

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Dan Sayers started “in dogs” through a chance encounter with a Springer Spaniel in 1980. A student of dogs ever since, he’s shown Spaniels and Hounds in the conformation ring and breeds Irish Water Spaniels under the Quiet Storm prefix. A dog lover with a passion for the creative arts, Dan has worked as a freelance writer, photographer and illustrator for many years. His feature articles and columns have appeared in Dogs in Review, Dog World and the AKC Gazette, and his design work has appeared in dozens of publications in North America and abroad. An interest in all things “dog” brought Dan to Best In Show Daily, where he gets to work with the most dynamic group of fanciers every day. He lives in Merchantville, New Jersey, with his partner, Rudy Raya, Irish Water Spaniel, Kurre, and the memory of Oscar, a once-in-a-lifetime Sussex Spaniel.
  • Chan Kuhn February 15, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    God Bless them in their marriage and good luck with their dogs!

  • Tony Carte February 16, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    It was a day to remember! Debbie was so beautiful in her dress and Brad as handsome as always! I was honored to be Brads Best Man, as I have also been privledged to be Majors Handler! With Major finishing the year as the Nations #1 Tibetan Mastiff and the winning the Breed at our most coveted show of all dog show’s (Westminster) it was a fitting day for a wonderful couple! My partners in Dogs! Brad and Debbie! Congratulations on everything you two!!!!!

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