What do you get for your mother’s 101st birthday?

For Margaret Clayton of Big Valley, whose mother Mattie Gaston lives in Brownwood, a championship in a dog show seems nice.

It seems even nicer, because Mrs. Gaston turned 101 on May 22, three days after their 19-month-old Spaniel won several titles and a championship in judging among Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

The Claytons bred the champion.

“She’s from the first litter of puppies,” she added.

The trip to Oklahoma was actually twofold in purpose, Clayton said, because her mother wanted to visit a niece who lives there. Clayton said it was the first time she had met that relative.

Their puppy claimed several awards, including Winner’s Bitch, Best of Winners, Best of Opposite Sex and New Champion-Major, Clayton said. Points gathered as a result of the win count toward for qualification in the Eukanuba American Dog Classic in Florida, an event dedicated to showcasing the top dogs in each breed in America. The event is by invitation to the Top Winning 20 dogs in each AKC breed and variety for the year.

“She’s a special little girl,” Clayton said last week.