Reporting Anjali Hemphill
GRASS VALLEY (CBS13) – A local dog handler and her twin sister are known around the world for helping canines take best in show.
The twins have been doing this since they were 7 years old and are now some of the biggest names in the game.
“People don’t realize how much work it is. It’s 24/7, we don’t get a day off,” said Lauren House.
Lauren and Stephanie House aren’t just two sisters on a stroll in the park with their dogs. They’ve walked their dogs, and many others, down the most famous canine runway out there, the Westminster Dog Show. And, they are some of the youngest professional handlers in the world.
“There’s a good 20-year generation difference. We’ve grown up with all of them. So the power is definitely in the older generation, but we have pretty good power considering how young we are,” said Stephanie.
The Grass Valley identical twins were born into the business; their parents are handlers and breeders as well.
“Our mom scheduled her c-section after a big dog show so she could go to it and show, and, since then, we’ve been to a dog show every single weekend,” said Stephanie.
They’ve made big names for themselves with their big wins ever since. In a business where older men are usually top dog, these two young girls certainly stand out.
“We definitely get our clients because we are young, and we can still run real well. We’re pretty, we dress up. Some of the older handlers get upset when we beat them,” said Stephanie.
It’s not everyday both of them get to go home with a win, but they try not to be too competitive among themselves.
“We try not to. It’s hard to compete against each other on top of everyone else, every weekend,” said Stephanie.
Even though they don’t always win in this dog-eat-dog world, they say the best part of their job is hanging out with man’s best friend.
“If they love you as much as you love them, it really shows in the ring and makes it easier to win,” said Stephanie.
The girls are busy every weekend with shows all over the country. Lauren is headed for the Philippines for her next competition.