In case you forgot last year's winner – gooo, Stumpy – and any of the other highlights from the 133rd show, refresh your memory on my highlights along with each group's winner with my slideshow chock full of cute!
As dog lovers but not necessarily dog experts, we tend to root for breeds we like, dogs we've seen, or just those pups that are looking extra cute. Many times, I can be disappointed when a dog I think is super-adorable doesn't win – I'm not exactly up on each breed's ideal, after all. Check out the clip of the final seven – including the Scottie's "accident" – who did you really want to win?
Stump would like the steak please. Oops, you lost a bit there, buddy. That's right in addition to a catapult to popularity for the country's reigning Best In Show, Stump got his choice of a juicy steak or tender chicken breast for a special snack. BTW, that's not just any bit of meat either – it was served up at Charlie Palmer's Metrazur restaurant at Grand Central Terminal as part of a charity brunch yesterday.
As part of the second annual event, he also got a bag with extraordinary swag . . . and more photos. Can you blame them 'cause what a little ham he's turning out to be.
I can't leave you hangin' so see photos of the yums when you read more
Last night this pup made all kinds of history being the first Sussex Spaniel and the oldest dog ever to win Westminster. I think Stump's rather stumptastic and my favorite thing about this pup is hands down (paws up) this trick. Doesn't he look like he's pretending to be a stump posing like that?!
As cute as the pup was in the show ring at MSG, his life hasn't been easy. Although he won the Sporting group when he last competed in 2004, he got a mysterious illness shortly thereafter – "his whole body completely quit" – and spent 19 days in a Texas A&M hospital before being miraculously cured. Since then he's just been hanging out and doing whatever he wants to do . . . and, last night, he wanted to win.
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See who won it all when you read more
Typically powerful and intelligent, the working pups truly have jobs to do. From police and guard assistance to amazing rescues, these "gentle giants" are big favorites getting big results. In the top four this year, you may not recognize that breed on the bottom right. That's a Tibetan Mastiff, first shown at last year's Westminster, and already placing in his group. Kudos!
Sadly neither he nor the newest breed this year won the group. Learn who did when you read more
The epitome of a companion dog, the toys are obviously known for their small size. Which of the spunky dogs – maybe a smooshy – will pop to the top?
Well, if you remember the recent AKC/Eukanuba show, you'll know which pooch comes in no. 1 here . . . or if you gamble as the commentators said this pup is "Vegas' pick" to win the whole thing. Find out who when you read more
Welcome to Day Two of Westminster kicking off with the Sporting group. Made up of dogs that point the game with their noses (i.e., the pointers), flush the game out (i.e., the spaniels), and then retrieve the game (i.e., the retrievers), these pooches are bred to be busy bees. Bonus points for getting my movie joke there.
But I digress. There are some stunners in this group with two of the country's most popular breeds making the final cut. Who came out on top? Find out and read more
I've been monitoring the breed results all day from the Westminster Kennel Club 'cause I can hardly wait for the rest of the show. If you can't get enough of the cute doggies (like me, yup, obsessed), I've gathered a bunch of adoro behind-the-scenes pictures from the big apple.
We've already seen winners from the Hound, Terrier, Non-Sporting, and Herding groups and tonight at 8 p.m. (live from NYC but tape delayed for other time zones), we'll see the rest of the finalists compete.
To see the order of the remaining groups – and those photos I promised – read more
Herding dogs are the pups that typically work on farms to round up livestock . . . or pretty much anything that moves! The top finishers include one pup that made it this far last year, the same type as owned by a past president, an Old English one, and the breed that I best remember from a classic Bud Light Super Bowl commercial.
Which of the four won it all for the Herding group? Find out when you read more