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Local dog first Tibetan Mastiff in show

January 10, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
It's a sneak peek at a champion in the making -- a local dog that will make history at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York.Loka is one of 13 Tibetan Mastiffs competing in the show. It's the first time the breed is being allowed to participate in the 132-year history of the show.

Dr. Laurel Cain, one of Loka's owners, put her through her paces in Temecula on Thursday. The Tibetan Mastiff has a long history in Tibet and has even been the prized guardian of the Dali Lama.

The next time you see this dog, it will be Feb. 11 at Madison Square Garden.