Yes, that's right, a small black cute 5 year old Affenpinscher won the coveted title. It was the first ever Westminster Best in Show for the toy dog breed.
Affenpinschers are noted for their monkey-like faces...."Affe" means monkey/ape in German where the breed originated.
"GCH Banana Joe V Tani Kazari"
also known as Joey
Maybe you had a favourite, but who could resist that face?
Banana Joe and his handler Ernesto Lara
His handler Ernesto Lara is overjoyed at his winning the top title of Best in Show
Judge Dougherty said. “He’s a fantastic Affenpinscher, with a fantastic face, a great body. I’ve never had my hands on a better Affenpinscher. Ever.”
Well done.... look at the size of his trophy
Part of his victory prize - a lovely filet mignon dinner at the legendary Sardi's restaurant in NYC.
As we know lots of publicity appearances comes with stardom.
Once in a lifetime cameo appearance as Macaco the dog
in the Rupert Holmes "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" performed by
The Roundabout Theatre Company in NYC.
A Broadway musical comedy murder mystery
Banana Joe ringing the opening bell (with his paws) at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Trading Floor on Valentine's Day.
His handler says, “This isn’t a breed you train," "He’s like a human. You befriend him.”
Believe it or not, his handler also says that Banana Joe understands four languages namely, Dutch, French, Spanish and English, so Congratulations are in order four different ways....
Gefeliciteerd Banana Joe!!
Félicitations Banana Joe!!
Felicidades Banana Joe!!!
Congratulations to you Banana Joe!!!
***Please note that all images were borrowed from various news stories on the internet, and are not mine.