Thursday, February 16, 2012


The Pekingese, Malachy stole the show Tuesday night. Winning "Best in Show" at the 2012 Westminster Kennel Club, this veritable fuzzball half-waddled half-floated his way to victory. This is the first win for the Pekingese since 1990 and the fourth overall Best in Show win for the breed in the history of the show.

Now what?  What happens to a dog after they win this coveted prize?

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If you are Foxcliffe Hickory Wind, the Scottish Deerhound and 2011 winner, you are now a famous Mommy to nine beautiful healthy puppies! Hickory was the first Scottish Deerhound to win the title of Best in Show for her tall, leggy breed. When not reveling in the joys of motherhood, Hickory can often be found exploring and running on the grounds of her family farm in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
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If you are the 2010 winner, Sadie, the Scottish Terrier, motherhood also becomes your next path! Sadie, short for, Ch. Roundtown Mercedes of Maryscot gave birth to five pups last March. She can often be found snuggling with her best pal, Chihuahua, Tad, watching Animal Planet and munching on hot dogs.

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Stump, the Sussex spaniel and 2009 winner, was the oldest dog to win Best in Show at ten years old. Now at the ripe old age of 13, Stump enjoys the quieter aspects of life, (now that his hearing is mostly gone) like lounging on the couch with his best friend J.R the Bichon Frise and 2001 winner. (It must be quite a treat to live in a house with two Best in Show winners!)

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After Uno, the Beagle and 2008 winner, won the title of Best in Show, he "threw" the first pitch, rode on a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade float and visited the White House. Since then, Uno has taken it down a notch and lives his life like a regular dog.


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