By Alex DeMetrick

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — He was bred for the business of tracking but a Maryland bloodhound has managed to sniff out the dog world’s biggest prize.

Alex DeMetrick reports it took more than a good nose.

Even with an entrance, fame sits lightly on Nathan’s fur.

Heather Helmer went in on Nathan with a friend when he was a puppy.

“He lives with me part-time, her part-time. She’s his forever mom; I’m his pride and joy mom,” Helmer said.

Because it turns out Nathan isn’t just any old bloodhound.

Last month, he was named best in show for his breed at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Show in New York, the event where dogs from throughout the country hope to have their day. Nathan can still be seen on the Kennel Club’s website. He won because bloodhounds don’t come much better–not bad for a dog from the Bay Away Pet Resort on the Eastern Shore.

“You look for a dog that closely represents that standard and Nathan is pretty darn close,” Helmer said.

Nathan’s latest honor is a state recognition honoring him as an excellent ambassador for Maryland.

“He’s so outgoing. He kisses anybody he comes across,” Helmer said.

That probably didn’t help Nathan take home the ribbon.

“So when he did win, it was the thrill of a lifetime. I was shocked beyond belief. It’s a once in a lifetime moment,” she said.

Nathan won’t have time to rest on his laurels. He’s already off to a Mid-Atlantic show set for later this week.

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