GCH Afterall Painting The Sky
Sky a wire fox terrier won best in show at this year's 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
Breed: Fox Terrier (Wire)
AKC: RN 17023004
Date of Birth: June 18, 2008
Breeder: A J Pertuit Jr & Betty Seton
Sire: Ch Fyrewyre Fast And Furious
Dam: Fyrewyre Forget-Me-Not
Owner: Victor Malzoni Jr & Torie Steele & S & M Olund & D Ryan
Photos: Breed judging / Group judging
Best In Show Judge Betty Regina Leininger picked the winner from the final group of seven.
This was the record 14th time a wire fox terrier has won at the nation's top dog show. Sky has won 129 best in shows overall, and was ranked as the country's No. 1 show dog last year.
There were 2,845 dogs entered in the show. They were eligible in 190 breeds and varieties.
Sky going through her paces in the judging ring
Sky looking all Sky-ey
Sky, the happy winner licking the face of her handler, Gabriel Rangel.
Judge Leininger took more than two minutes to make her decision, but in the end it was Sky that left her nearly speechless, saying "This was her night. She looked the best tonight from every angle. She is a beautiful wire. She really made us proud.” For reserve, or runner-up, Leininger chose Ally, a standard poodle.
It came as no surprise that Sky the five year old terrier won, since she was a favourite heading into the competition. Terriers have won 46 times, the most of any group.
As winner, she will appear on a host of television shows, make an appearance at the Empire State Building and have a steak at Sardi's for her reward.
The Westminster is the show of shows in the purebred dog world.
Way to go, Sky!
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