Pun intended, from wire to wire, Sky was America’s top dog and took home the blue ribbon. Sky, a 5-year-old wire fox terrier won best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club on Tuesday night, finishing off a year in which she was ranked the nation’s No. 1 dog. Handler Gabriel Rangel scooped up Sky in one arm and kissed judge Betty Regina Leininger’s hand after the title was awarded inside a nearly full Madison Square Garden.
The event was packed this year. Over 15,000 fans filled the seats to see Sky take home the Blue Ribbon. If you can believe this, it was Sky’s 129th ribbon overall. Sky is no stranger to winning. She became in what’s known in the dog world as a Triple Crown winner. 129 wins! Pretty impressive.
This is the 14th time that a Fox Terrier has won at Westminster. No other breed has won more than eight times. Also competing were a standard poodle, a Portuguese water dog, bloodhound, an Irish water spaniel, a Cardigan Welsh corgi and a miniature pinscher. But despite the stiff competition the terrier won out in the end.
People said that Sky just had that “it” factor that the judges picked up on. The runner up in the show was a standard poodle named Ally. Overall, there were 2,845 dogs entered in the 138th Westminster Kennel Club show. They were eligible in 190 breeds and varieties. Dogs came from all over the world spanning thousands of miles. Clearly this was the dog event of all dog events.
One of the owners said “it’s like winning an Oscar.” Sky is going to be featured on TV for a while now and parade around the country as the new dog of moment. It’s almost like a Miss America pageant. In an event known as the “Superbowl For Dogs” score a big touchdown for Sky and her handler!
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