For two nights, cable network, USA played host to hundreds of dogs, their handlers, and countless fans of the canines at the 134th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Held in New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden, a black Scottish Terrier named Sadie — accompanied by her handler, Gabriel Rangel — won the coveted “Best in Show” title. A far cry from last year when Sadie had an “accident” in the ring at last year’s Westminster competition. This time, instead of making “number one,” she was Number One and a Triple Crown winner, at that!
Even better, the pleasant pooch also became the dog world’s very first Triple Crown Winner, having won “Best in Show” at the National Dog Show in November of last year and the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in December. She is the 44th Terrier in history to lay claim to the prestigious title at Westminster.
Sadie’s historic win was nearly marred by angry protesters who rushed the judging rings bearing signs that said “Mutts Rule” and “Breeders Kill Shelter Dogs’ Chances.” Ironic, considering that one of the show’s sponsors, Pedigree matches donation contributions to raise awareness of shelter dogs and to help them find loving homes. The protesters were quickly ushered from the center ring before Judge Elliot Weiss crowned Sadie the evening’s winner.
Following her win, Sadie will be relaxing for the next year, doing some of her favorite things, including watching Animal Planet with her handler as she eats her well-deserved doggie dinner.
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