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The Westminster Dog Show’s Latest Winner


If you have ever watched the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, you have seen some pretty spectacular looking dogs (and probably some pretty strange looking people). Of course, we prefer to see dogs out in the world, doing what they were born to do – like hunting coons or retrieving a fallen duck. That’s why we specialize in selling hunting supplies. But it can be fun to see all the different kinds of dogs (there were 2,500 dogs representing 209 breeds in the show.)

And the Winner Is…

He wouldn’t have been our top pick (maybe that’s why no one is knocking down the doors asking one of us to be a judge), but Best in Show at this year’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show went to the winner of the Toy Group – Wasabi, a 3-year-old black-masked red male Pekingese.

Best in Show judge Patricia Craige Trotter, breeder-owner-handler of 11 Norwegian Elkhounds that have won the Westminster Hound Group, said after the show, “Wasabi stood as though he was a lion, as though he was 10-feet tall. He has the perfect Pekingese head. He is heavy in the front and light in the back, giving him the pear shape as the breed should have. It was a lovely lineup of dogs.”

(We admit, it would never occur to us to compare a Pekingese to a lion. Maybe that’s why they haven’t asked us to be judges.)

The Hound Group

This year, the winner of the Hound Group almost took the top prize. For the second year in a row, a whippet named Bourbon was named Reserve Best in Show. (Reserve is like the runner up). Apparently, Bourbon has won more awards than any other whippet in AKC history.

We’ll take a black and tan coonhound or a bluetick coon hound over a whippet any day of the week, but at least this particular whippet showed some of the grit and grace that makes us love our coon dogs so much. The 5-year-old red-and-white female was named Reserve Best in Show and Hound Group Winner only 12 weeks after whelping a litter of five puppies.

Whatever kind of dog you prefer, we would be happy to help you find the right training supplies – from Dogtra collars and Garmin Drive Track to hunting lights or a PetSafe in-ground fence. 



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