Daniel, “America’s No. 1 Golden,” with handler Karen Mammano. Daniel, 5, is owned by Tammy Tomlinson of Hillock Golden Retrievers in Ligonier Township.

Daniel did it again on Thanksgiving, taking home hardware from the 18th annual National Dog Show for a second straight year.

The 5-year-old golden retriever won the best sporting dog title at the show just outside Philadelphia and was a finalist for best in show. Thor, a 2-year-old bulldog, won the non-sporting category and best-in-show.

Last year, Daniel, whose full name is Hillock’s Jack Daniel’s, won best in breed at the annual Thanksgiving Day dog show.

Daniel’s breeder, Tammy Tomlinson, who owns Hillock Golden Retrievers in Ligonier Township, noted that Daniel is the winningest golden retriever in the country in the past 35 years. He has won 19 best-in-show titles overall, 26 specialty wins and the 2019 GRCA National Specialty title.

Daniel and his handler, Karen Mammano, will compete in the 2019 AKC National Championship in Orlando, Florida, on Dec. 14-15, and the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 10-11. After that, Daniel will retire from competitions.

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