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SKY THE WIRE FOX TERRIER TAKES TOP HONORS

SKY THE WIRE FOX TERRIER TAKES TOP HONORS AT WESTMINSTER’S 138th DOG SHOW

On February 10 and 11 a frozen Manhattan was charged with canine excitement and glamour that only the Westminster Dog Show can create. There were 2,845 dogs and 185 breeds competing for Top Dog honors. Newly recognized breeds The Rat Terrier, the Chinook, and the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno made their debut. Other additions to the show were an Agility Competition and the inclusion of rescue dogs. One of whom, a cutie named Bud who has triumphed over cancer, claimed fourth place in the Agility Competition. Kelso the Border Collie won first place in Agility.

The Best Of Show competition was comprised of Sky (GCH Afterall Painting The Sky) in the Terrier Group; the Runner Up (or “Reserve”) Ally the white Standard Poodle from the Non-Sporting Group; Nathan the Bloodhound of the Hound Group (who elicited the loudest audience applause); Classy the Mini Pinscher of the Toy Group; Coco the Herding Group’s Cardigan Welsh Corgi; Riley the Irish Water Spaniel representing the Sporting Group; and Matisse the Portuguese Water Dog from the Working Group.

Sky had already captured the winning titles at the National Dog Show and the AKC Eukanuba competition. Sky’s handler, Gabriel Rangel, was in the winners’ circle four years ago showing Sadie the Scottish Terrier who also won the Best in Show award. Terriers have won 46 of 105 Best in Show titles—more than any other group.

A few fun facts about this year’s Westminster Show:

1) Matisse the Portuguese Water Dog is Bo Obama’s cousin.
2) Ryan Hanigan’s (of the Tampa Bay Reys) Australian Shepherd, Vivian, took Best of Breed award.
3) Sky was scheduled to spend the following day on the morning television show circuit, consuming a steak at the famous Sardi’s Restaurant, going to the top of the Empire State Building, and having a walk on appearance on the Tony Award-winning Kinky Boots.
4) Dogs from all 50 U.S. states are competing in this event, with some 127 foreign entries expected, from countries such as Finland, Slovenia, Japan and Thailand.
5) This is the 14th time a Wire Fox Terrier has won the Westminster Dog Show.


The Westminster Dog Show dates back to 1877. Television brought the meticulously bred, beautifully groomed, and extensively trained pooches into our homes almost 50 years ago. For the last few years canine-philes have been able to watch live stream videos of the show and the videos remain on www.westminsterkennelclub.org so you can watch the breed competitions, the group competitions, and the Best of Show videos if you missed them or want to see them again.

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