|Yours Truly has just returned from a pawnumbing outing to the park (we are in the early stages of our first winter storm here in New York City). But I was warmed to find this article on one terrier’s achievement at the ongoing Westminster Kennel Club show at Madison Square Garden (his owner, a legend in the human sphere, must be delighted). If my owner departs for the evening, I might watch the Best in Show competition, though I have never been too enthusiastic about this sort of thing (if I were to be recruited for any sort of dog show, gentle Lab though I am, I would resist mightily). Obviously, I must be the exception, judging by the sheer number of entries –some dogs can’t seem to get enough attention (witness proud little Hobergays Fineus Fogg to our immediate right). A portion of the article follows:
Cosby’s show dog wears terrier crown
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 13, 2007
Erinn Cosby called her famous dad, then ran onto the green carpet at Madison Square Garden for more pressing business: Kissing one lucky dog smack on the mouth.
Co-owned by Bill Cosby, a 6-year-old Dandie Dinmont named Harry won the always tough terrier group at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show last night.
Harry entered the No. 1 dog show in America as the country’s top dog. But favorites often fall at this event, perhaps the reason the comedian stayed away.
Cosby originally was going to miss the show. After the win, however, plans may have changed.
“I just called him,” his daughter said. “And I’m not saying anything about where he’ll be tomorrow. ”
Of the 2,628 entries at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, little Harry was the only Dandie Dinmont. So he merely needed to take a leisurely stroll to win best of breed yesterday.
“It’s kind of a luxurious feeling,” star handler Bill McFadden said. “The breed judging can be the hardest part.
“He loves to show. He walked in there, heard the crowd and it was like, ‘Oh, I’m here,’ ” he said.
Harry is royalty in the show world, having won 57 events last year, and fittingly is named for Prince Harry. He’s playful and a bit of a mischief maker - much like his namesake.
Westminster is a champions-only show for purebreds, with 165 breeds and varieties.
A top poodle bred in Japan won the toy group, a standard poodle took the nonsporting category and a female Akita won the working group.
The sporting, hounding and herding winners will be picked tonight, before the silver bowl for best in show is presented.
An English springer spaniel that won the recent AKC/Eukanuba event and a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen were among the other main contenders.
A sellout crowd of nearly 20,000 was expected both nights. People were packed three-deep around the velvet ropes to see Harry.
It took Judge Betty-Anne Stenmark only two minutes to point to the winner’s stand.