All eyes are on Pyeongchang, South Korea for the 2018 Winter Olympics. But in America, another competition has been making headlines: the 142nd Westminster Dog Show. The two-day event, hosted at Madison Square Garden in New York, saw over 2,800 dogs competing to win Best in Show.
The ultimate winner, after 20 minutes of evaluation, was a bichon frise named Flynn. His full, registered name is “Belle Creek’s All I Care About Is Love.” However, Flynn faced some fierce (and adorable) competition. Another serious contender for the Best in Show title was a Sussex spaniel named Bean. His full name? “Kamand Full Of Beans.” Bean would go on to win first place in the Sporting Group.
Only seven dogs besides Bean became finalists for the Best of Group categories. A giant schnauzer named Ty (full name “Ingebar’s Tynan Dances With Wildflowers”) won Reserve Best in Show. This title is sometimes thought of as a runners-up award, as no points are given for it. Ty placed first in the Working Group.
The winner in the Terrier Group was a Norfolk terrier named Winston. Although he is a small dog, he has more than enough attitude to make up for it! His full name is almost too large for his body: “Yarrow Venerie Winning Ticket.”
Lucy (“Belisarius JP My Sassy Girl”) is a borzoi full of grace and agility. Her sleek, grey-and-white coat and smooth composure earned her first place in the Hound Group. A border collie named “Elite Clever Endeavor” (or Slick, for short) won Best of Herding Group. Other winners included the pug Biggie (“Puttin’ On The Ritz”), who was first place in the Toy Group.
All in all, it was an exciting evening for handlers, owners, and casual dog fans alike!