TERRYTOWN, NY ( Associated Press) — Now this dog has something to buzz about.
Trumpet, a bloodhound, won the Westminster Kennel Club dog show Wednesday night, marking the first time the breed has won the most coveted prize at a dog show in the US.
Rounding the finalists with a balanced and powerful stride, Truba beat a French Bulldog, a German Shepherd, a Maltese, an English Setter, a Samoyed and a Lakeland Terrier to win the trophy.
“I was in shock,” said curator, co-breeder and co-owner Heather Helmer, also named Heather Buehner. The competition was fierce, “and sometimes I feel like the bloodhound is a bit of an underdog.”
After making dog show history Trump, does he feel special?
“I think so,” said a curator from the Berlin Center, Ohio.
After his victory, Trump patiently posed for countless photos, eventually starting to do what bloodhounds do best: sniff around. He examined several decorative flowers arranged for paintings and found nothing of note.
Winston, a French bulldog co-owned by NFL quarterback Morgan Fox, took second place in the country’s most prestigious dog show.
“I’m so proud of him and the entire team,” Fox said in a post later.
Fox, who had just signed with the Los Angeles Chargers and played for the Los Angeles Rams and Carolina Panthers, received Winston from his grandmother, Sandy Fox. She has been breeding and showing Frenchies for many years.
Morgan Fox grew up with one and says that as he watched Winston grow up, he knew the dog was a winner in both looks and temperament. He went to Westminster as the best dog in the country.
“He’s a pleasure to be around,” Fox said by phone before the award was presented to Winston. “He always walks around with the smile on his face that a dog can have.”
The seven finalists also included Striker, a Samoyed who also made it to the final last year; River, a large German Shepherd; MM. Lakeland Terrier; Belle, an English setter and a Maltese who clearly aspired to fame: her name is Hollywood.
After topping the dog rankings last year, Stryker has recently competed in several dog shows “to keep his head in the game,” handler Laura King said.
What makes a snow-white Samoyed shine in competition? “His heart,” said King of Milan, Illinois.
“His charisma comes out when he shows it,” and he complains out loud when she’s gone, she said.
While he was silent in the ring, the Alaskan Malamute howled – applause? – soundtrack for the semi-final round featuring Samoyeds and other breeds classified as working dogs.
More than 3,000 purebred dogs, from Affenpinschers to Yorkshire Terriers, took part in the competition. The goal is to crown the dog that most represents the ideal for its breed.
The show, usually held in the winter at New York’s Madison Square Garden, moved to the suburban estate of Lyndhurst last year and this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Some dogs, such as golden retrievers, have faced dozens of competitors just to win their breed and advance to the semi-finals. Others were among the few representatives of rare breeds.
Ooma was the only Chinook to appear. Dredges are the official state dog of New Hampshire, but they are rarely seen across the country.
“I would love to see a couple more” at the Westminster ring, said Ooma breeder, owner and handler Patty Richards of West Haven, Vermont. “Without people to show and breed, we risk losing our breed.”
Even for the applicants who didn’t walk away with the ribbon, the event provided an opportunity to showcase the dogs and all they can do.
Brittany Bonnie is the first show dog of Dr. Jessica Sielava, owner and trainer, and their collaboration extends beyond the ring.
Bonnie accompanies Sielava to work at her chiropractic practice in Syracuse, New York, where “she really helps people deal with emotional stress,” Sielava said.
She also plans to have her show dog certified as a therapy dog.