So, by now we all know that NONE of my picks made it to Best in Show, and only two made it to the Group competitions. But that’s not really the point of the whole event. To me, the highlights of the show were the ones that weren’t televised.
First, the breed competition for the Weimeraners included a dog who had been rescued after being advertised for sale on Craigslist. I don’t know if there’s ever been a rescue dog at the Garden before, but it is a truly epic accomplishment. Here’s the video from the Westminster Kennel Club website. Maverick is the third dog in the line, shown by a man in a black suit.
More on this precious dog from ABC News.
In a sweet nod to Valentine’s Day, the owners of Best in Breed Tibetan Mastiff Major were married in the benching area. What a beautiful memory-maker for lovebirds Debra Parsons & William Slayton! Apparently, the handler served as the Best Man, and Major himself walked the bride down the aisle. No word on how much of this long-haired black dog’s fur ended up on the wedding gown.
And finally, the Junior Handling competition, judged by Ms. Terry Hund, where Ania Gabrielle Kelly took top honors with her English Cocker Spaniel.
Best commercial? For me, hands down, it was the Pro Plan ad featuring the song “I Could Be Great”.
First runner-up, and winner of the Best Commercial, Comedy Division, are the Subaru commercials with dogs driving the car on various vacations. See all of them here.
What was the best part for you?
Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!