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Meet Miss Bliss, the Tampa Bay spaniel competing in Westminster

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is set to compete at the 145th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
GCH CH Legacy Chenin Blanc with Evera — aka Miss Bliss — has earned several awards, all under the age of one (seven in dog years.) Now her owners are taking her talents to Saturday’s Westminster Kennel Club competition in Tarrytown, N.Y.
GCH CH Legacy Chenin Blanc with Evera — aka Miss Bliss — has earned several awards, all under the age of one (seven in dog years.) Now her owners are taking her talents to Saturday’s Westminster Kennel Club competition in Tarrytown, N.Y. [ MICHELE TRUE | Courtesy of Michele True ]
Published Jun. 12
Updated Jun. 12

Being a natural-born champion is tough. But Miss Bliss, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, is loving every moment of it.

The dog’s actual name is GCH CH Legacy Chenin Blanc with Evera — aka Miss Bliss — and she’s earned multiple awards, all under the age of one (seven in dog years.) Now her owners are taking her talents to the Pulitzer Prizes of dog competitions, Saturday’s Westminster Kennel Club competition in Tarrytown, N.Y., to compete against 33 other dogs.

“When the letter printed on goldenrod came in the mail, and I had that tangible piece of paper in my hand, I was overjoyed,” said the owner, Michele True, in a press release the Gulfport resident created herself. ”Blissy is one of those once-in-a-lifetime dogs. Even as a puppy, she had the sweetest temperament and expression. She melts every heart.”

Family friend Jamie Seidman McDonnell will show Miss Bliss at the 145th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Judge Margaret Reed, left, awards Miss Bliss (actual name GCH CH Legacy Chenin Blanc) and her owner Michele True, right, at the Cavalier King Charles Spaniels In The Midwest show on April 9, 2021.
Judge Margaret Reed, left, awards Miss Bliss (actual name GCH CH Legacy Chenin Blanc) and her owner Michele True, right, at the Cavalier King Charles Spaniels In The Midwest show on April 9, 2021. [ MICHELE TRUE | Courtesy Michele True ]

Although True has competed with dogs for numerous years, Miss Bliss got into it when True’s best friend and breeder, Dawn Stevens Lindemaie, told her small spaniel would be good at showing — and not just because she has a beauty mark similar to Marilyn Monroe.

At first, True debated whether she should enter her dog at such a young age or let her live her life. However, after watching Miss Bliss go into full show mode at a dog park, she knew she deserved to be in the spotlight.

Miss Bliss then began training with professional handler Patricia Martello and later appeared in her first competition, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club-USA, and earned her CKCSC Champion title in one weekend. She later on won the American Kennel Conformation Championship, AKC Grand Champion, and many other honors.

“I started joking with our friends and family that she’s like the Seabiscuit of the dog show world” True wrote in her press release. “She [Miss Bliss] doesn’t come from a super wealthy family that has limitless funds to invest in dog shows and marketing, but she does come from a family that has a deeply entrenched passion for the breed and a desire to do whatever it takes to preservation of the breed and ensure healthy, beautiful dogs that meet the standard become the norm.”

Breed judging for the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel division can be viewed online until 4:30 p.m. Saturday.