Ty the giant schnauzer, whose co-owner is from Ocean City, won reserve best in show.

Flynn the bichon frise beat out a pug, giant schnauzer, border collie, Norfolk terrier, borzoi and one cheeky Sussex spaniel to win best in show at the 2018 Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York.

Even before competition in the sporting, working and terrier groups at Madison Square Garden Tuesday night, the fluffy white dog from Denver, Colorado, winner of the non-sporting group, had already emerged as a frontrunner for the 142nd rendition of Westminster, the Super Bowl of the dog world.

The 5-year-old Flynn, who rose to the top of a pool of 2,882 dogs in the prestigious show — including 175 from New Jersey — triumphed in group competition on Monday. He’s just the second bichon frise in Westminster history to win best in show after the bichon JR became the first in the breed to win the title in 2001.

“It’s just magical,” said the dog’s handler, Bill McFadden. The dog’s full name: GCHP CH Belle Creek’s All I Care About Is Love.

Flynn for the win! The Bichon Frise is the 142nd @WKCDOGS Best in Show.

Congratulations to all the very good dogs, their handlers, and their owners for a fantastic 2018 #WKCDogShow! pic.twitter.com/KPHuRkzPAt

— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) February 14, 2018

“I’m pretty sure I can drop the mic and say he’s retired,” he said of the dog, which is co-owned by Patrina and Bruce Odette, Lindsay Van Keuren, Lorrie Carlton and Larry Letsche. (Multiple co-owners are not uncommon in the show dog world.)

Reserve best in show went to Ty the giant schnauzer, whose co-owner, Sandra Nordstrom, is from Ocean City. Handled by Katie Bernardin of Chaplin, Connecticut, Ty won the working group after entering Westminster ranked No. 1 dog in the country. Ty is co-owned by Carol Mann of West Greenwich, Rhode Island (and, formerly, his breeder, the late Maryann Bisceglia of Pittsburgh).

The Westminster best in show judge, Betty-Anne Stenmark, who emerged from sequestration at the end of Tuesday night’s broadcast to select the winning canines, made a statement about purebred and mixed-breed dogs before announcing her picks. She was seemingly addressing protest of the dog show on Tuesday by animal-rights groups who say Westminster is unwise to promote breeding when there are dogs …read more

Source:: New Jersey Real-Time News


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Westminster 2018: Flynn the bichon frise wins best in show

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