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Winsted teen and a shaggy Leonberger take on Westminster next week

Molly Robitaille and Danika envision a blue ribbon at the 2011 Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Photo by Michael Marciano

WINSTED — Molly Robitaille is only 13 years old, but next week she’ll be competing on the floor of an arena where many adults can only dream of being center stage. On Tuesday, Feb. 15, she and her dog Danika will vie for ribbons in the famous Westminster Kennel Club dog show, held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

“I can’t believe I’m showing my dog at Westminster!” Molly said in an interview this week. “I used to watch it on TV when I was little, and I never dreamed that I would actually be there myself.”

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