The 135th Westminster Kennel Club in New York last night showcased spectacular breeds. The group winners were outstanding this year: Scottish Deerhound (Hound Group), Pekingese (Toy Group), Chinese Shar-Pei (Non-sporting Group), Bearded Collie (Herding Group), Black Cocker Spaniel (Sporting Group), Portuguese Water Dog (Working Group), and Smooth Fox Terrier (Terrier Group). I’ve got to admit, I was smitten by the Beardie, just the gay face and flying fur as “Mister Baggins” ran the ring made quite an impression. And the Cocker was from Dallas—so I had to throw some support that direction. A terrier won last year (Scottie), and somehow I thought probably the Peke would take the day.
Knock me over, I was THRILLED to see a first-time-ever Best of Show win for five-year-old Scottish Deerhound girl, “Hickory!” Her official name, GCH Foxcliffe Hickory Wind, and this was to be her retirement show. Guess what? She’ll be on a whirlwind press tour in the coming days and weeks. Check out pictures at the Paw Nation site.
Here’s the group judging of the Scottish Deerhound—the winner is the handler with the blond pony tail, armband #19. Check for the video of the Best In Show from last night to get a replay of all the glorious dogs and the judging. I’d encourage you to attend a dog show at some point, just for the wonderful experience of meeting the gorgeous dogs and passionate people.
But of course, the real “best of the best” winner is sitting in your living room or playing Frisbee with the kids in the back yard on weekends. You simply can’t beat the “pet connection” with a special canine companion! (The Magical-Dawg made me write that…but then, I’m already a believer!). If you doubt me, just take a look at this fun video.
Woofs & wags,