TARITOWN, New York (AP) – Now this greyhound has something to shake his horn.

A greyhound named Trump won the Westminster Kennel Club dog show on Wednesday night, marking the first time the breed has ever won the most coveted award for best dog in the United States.

Bypassing the finalists’ ring with a balanced and powerful stride, Trump defeated a French Bulldog, a German Shepherd, a Maltese, an English Setter, a Samoyed and a Lakeland Terrier to take the trophy.

“I was shocked,” said Heather Helmer, co-owner and co-owner, who is also Heather Buhner. The competition was fierce, “and sometimes I feel like the greyhound is a bit of an outsider.”

A greyhound named Trump won the Westminster Kennel Club dog show on Wednesday night, marking the first time the breed has ever won the most coveted award for best dog in the United States.
A greyhound named Trump won the Westminster Kennel Club dog show on Wednesday night, marking the first time the breed has ever won the most coveted award for best dog in the United States.

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After going down in the history of the dog show, does Trump feel how special he is?

“I think he’s doing it,” said his manager at the Berlin Center in Ohio.

After his victory, Trump posed patiently for countless photos, eventually starting to do what greyhounds do best – sniff around. He examined some of the decorative flowers that had been arranged for the photos and found nothing noticeable.

Winston, a French bulldog co-owned by NFL defender Morgan Fox, took second place in the country’s most prestigious dog show.

“I’m just so proud of him and the whole team,” Fox said in a statement.

Fox, who was just signed by the Los Angeles Chargers and played for the Los Angeles Rams and Carolina Panthers, received Winston from his grandmother Sandy Fox. He has been raising and showing French people for years.

Morgan Fox grew up with one and says that while watching Winston mature, he knew that the dog was a winner both in appearance and character. He entered Westminster as the highest ranked dog in the country.

“It’s nice to be around,” Fox said over the phone before the Winston Award. “He always walks around with as many smiles on his face as a dog can.”

Heather Helmer posed for photos with Trump after the greyhound won the Best in Show award.
Heather Helmer posed for photos with Trump after the greyhound won the Best in Show award.

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The seven finalists included Striker, a Samoyed who also reached the finals last year; River, a great winning German Shepherd; MM Lakeland Terrier; Bell, the English setter and Maltese who apparently aspired to fame: Her name is Hollywood.

After heading the list of dogs last year, Striker has recently held several dog shows “to keep his head in the game,” said guide Laura King.

What makes the snow-white Samoyed shine in the race? “His heart,” said King of Milan, Illinois.

“His charisma is visible when he shows up,” and he complains out loud when he isn’t, she said.

While he was silent in the ring, an Alaskan Malamute shouted, applauding? – soundtrack for the semi-final round with the participation of Samoyeds and other breeds classified as working dogs.

The competition attracted more than 3,000 purebred dogs, ranging from Pinschers to Yorkshire Terriers. The goal is to crown the dog that most represents the ideal for his breed.

Usually held in the winter at Madison Square Garden in New York, the show moved to Lindhurst’s suburban mansion last year and this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Some dogs, such as Golden Retrievers, faced dozens of riders just to win their breed and advance to the semifinals. Others were among the few rare breeds.

Ooma was the only Chinook to show up. Towing sleds are the official dog of the state of New Hampshire, but are rare throughout the country.

“I’d like to see a few more” in the Westminster ring, said Ooma breeder, owner and leader Patti Richards of West Haven, Vermont. “Without people to show up and breed, we are in danger of losing our breed.”

Even for the hopes that did not receive the ribbon, the event was an opportunity to show dogs and everything they can do.

Britney Bonnie is Dr. Jessica Cielava’s first show dog, and their teamwork extends beyond the ring.

Bonnie accompanies Cielava to work at her chiropractic in Syracuse, New York, where “she has really helped people with their emotional stress,” Cielava said.

She also plans to certify her show dog as a therapy dog.