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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Top Dog: Day 2 at Westminster

A new champion has been crowned by the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club.  The 136th Annual WKC Dog Show came to a thrilling conclusion at the Madison Square Garden.  But, before the coveted  Best in Show competition could begin, the final three group winners needed to be crowned.


Emily
Sporting Group:  The first group to take the ring was the Sporting Group.  These are the kind of dogs you'd see in the paintings on the walls of Guilded Age drawing rooms.  Setters, pointers and retrievers and such.  There was a lot of energy in this group.  Several of the dogs were jumping and bouncing around during their trip to the center of the ring.  But, Emily the Irish Setter comported herself with poise and grace, and was awarded Best in Group.  This was truly an impressive achievement since Emily just had fifteen puppies in May.

Working Group:  The Working Group is made up of big, strong dogs that were bred for guarding, pulling, and going to war.  Frankly, I find many of the dogs in this group to be a little frightening.  The winner of Best in Group is perhaps the scariest looking breed of the group.  The winner was a Doberman Pinscher.  Although, this Doberman could not possibly have a less ferocious name.  Her name is Fifi.

Terrier Group:  WKC saves my favorite group for last.  The dogs in the Terrier Group have tons of attitude and personality.  That makes them fun to watch in the show ring.  Historically, the winner of this group has done well in the Westminster finals.  As always, the competition was stiff.  Chelsey the Kerry Blue Terrier stood out from the rest and won Best in Group.

BEST IN SHOW:  To start off the main event, the dogs were announced and introduced one at a time.  Each dog received applause from the audience, but the German Shepherd and the Wirehaired Dachshund received the heartiest cheers from the Garden crowd.  But the judge was unswayed by popular opinion.  The winner of Best in Show 2012 is Malachy the Pekingese.

Malachy.  Best in Show 2012