Sky’s the limit for this dog, Westminster Best In Show winner

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For the 14th time, a Wire Fox Terrier is Best in Show at Westminster for 2014. Photo: Westminster Kennel Club.
For the 14th time, a Wire Fox Terrier is Best in Show at Westminster for 2014. Photo: Westminster Kennel Club.

SAN DIEGO, Feb 11, 2014 –  Seven dogs with more than 500 Best In Show victories among them, four of those with more than 100 each sought the one big title that matters most to them Tuesday: Best in Show at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Joining Monday night’s group winners the Bloodhound, Miniature Pincher, Standard Poodle and Cardigan Welsh Corgi were the Wire Fox Terrier, Irish Water Spaniel, and Portuguese Water Dog.

It was 2013’s number one dog who came out on top at Westminster, Terrier Group winner GCH CH AfterAll Painting the Sky, or “Sky,” the Wire Fox Terrier.

It is the 14th win for a Wire Fox Terrier at Westminster. Terriers have won more Best in Show titles than any other group, with 46 victories thanks to Sky’s win.


It’s the second Westminster victory for handler Gabriel Rangel, who won four years ago with Scottish Terrier “Sadie” in 2010.

“There’s no words to describe this, I’m so proud of her” said Rangel, as Sky happily wagged her tail.

Winner of the Reserve Best in Show title was Nonsporting group winner Standard Poodle “Ally,” GCH CH Brighton Lakeridge Encore. It was her third year winning the Nonsporting group, and it was Ally’s final show.

The Irish Water Spaniel prevailed to win a competitive Working Group. Photo: Westminster Kennel Club.
The Irish Water Spaniel prevailed to win a competitive Sporting Group. Photo: Westminster Kennel Club.

As predicted, flashy Irish Water Spaniel “Riley,” GCH CH Whistlestop’s Riley On Fire won the Sporting Group. Riley is the top-winning Irish Water Spaniel ever and also won the Sporting Group at the Eukanuba Championship in December. Second place went to veteran Black Cocker Spaniel “Beckham,” Ch Casablanca’s Thrilling Seduction; third place to Golden Retriever GCH Kalm Sea’s To Have And To Hold; and fourth place to English Springer Spaniel Ch Telltale American Ride.

Another favorite won the Working Group, Portuguese Water Dog “Matisse,” GCH CH Claircreek’s Impression de Matisse, who also won last year’s Working Group.  In second place was the Mastiff, GCH Willow Ridges Risky Business; in third place the Akita, GCH CR-Wicca’s Trade Secret; and in fourth place the Boxer, GCH Brisbane N Blue Monday’s Diamonds Are Decadent.

Matisse the Portuguese Water Dog won the Working Group as expected Tuesday. Photo: Westminster Kennel Club.
Matisse the Portuguese Water Dog won the Working Group as expected Tuesday. Photo: Westminster Kennel Club.

Following “Sky” in the Terrier Group were Skye Terrier GCH Cragsmoor Good Time Charlie in second place; Border Terrier GCH Meadowlake Simply Sinful in third place; and Russell Terrier GCH Goldsand’s Columbus.

These three dogs joined Hound group winner, Bloodhound “Nathan,” GCH Flessner’s International S’Cess; Toy Group winner Miniature Pinscher GCH CH Marlex Classic Red Glare or “Classie,”the top-winning Min Pin in breed history; Nonsporting group winner Standard Poodle “Ally,” GCH CH Brighton Lakeridge Encore; and the one true underdog, Herding group winner Cardigan Welsh Corgi GCH Riverside Telltail Coco Posh.

While Nathan the Bloodhound was the obvious favorite of the crowd at Madison Square Garden, a huge roar went up as Sky was pronounced Best In Show by Judge Betty Regina Leininger from the admiring crowd.

Sky and Gabriel Rangel will have a busy Tuesday with numerous media appearances including “The Today Show,” “Fox and Friends” and “Good Morning America,” and will get to ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. Sky will fuel up for her busy day with the traditional steak lunch at Sardi’s. It’s a dog’s life and we should all be so lucky.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

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