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South Dakota woman has been coming to Scotts Bluff dog show for over 30 years

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Wendy is a 20 month old German Shepard and she's learning the ropes of dog shows.

Her owner, Judi Bendt has been coming from Rapid City for over 30 years to show off her dogs at the Scotts Bluff dog show and obedience trials.

"It seems like each time I come down here we win at least one of the days," Bendt said.

Yesterday Wendy placed second in her class and today, she took home a "Best of Breed" title.

"I don't like to push them too hard and too fast so they don't like it. She enjoys it, once she gets in there and around them she remembers what it is," Bendt said.

Bendt says she loves coming to the show because it's so convenient.

"This is one of the closer shows we have from Rapid City, so a three hour drive isn't too bad," Bendt said.

Bendt is also a Show Chairman for the Rapid City Kennel Club and a judge for AKC shows.

Her 30 years plus competing has given her the expertise and drive to make her dogs successful.

"Training, conditioning, roadwork, grooming, trying to keep their hair - of course this kind of breed sheds all the time," Bendt said.

While she sees her dogs as competitors, she also has come to love them as her own family.

"It's just there I mean they're like our own children. We're just as proud of them. And she's very much a child," Bendt said.

Wendy's success in this weekend's competition is just the beginning for her. Bendt says she's half way to winning a championship and still has some work to go.

But all of the hard work and effort that goes into training, has given Bendt a long lasting relationship with her dog.

"You can't yell at my kids, and don't yell at my dog," Bendt said.

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