This year’s Westminster Kennel Club Best in Show Winner is Sadie, the Scottish Terrier.

And what an absolute doll she was, strutting her stuff around the ring.

After winning, Sadie gave a feisty double-paw, high-five handwave to her handler after they mounted the winner’s circle.

She was adorable, beautiful, and confident like the champion she is.

Congratulations, Sadie.

You tha’ lady!



Living up to its billing, Scottie is Best in Show

Published: February 16, 2010
Sadie, a four-year-old Scottish terrier, broke the losing streak for favorites at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday night when she was named best in show.
February 17, 2010    

Barton Silverman/The New York Times

Sadie, a Scottish terrier, won best in show at the Westminister Kennel Club Dog Show. More Photos »

February 17, 2010    

Barton Silverman/The New York Times

Sadie was the eighth Scottie to win the championship. More Photos >

“She was perfect,” said her handler, Gabriel Rangel. “I couldn’t ask for anything else.”

The relationship between a show dog and handler is a close one, the human and the dog connected by a short lead and the chicken or liver treats used for rewards.

Rangel says he views his tie to Sadie as something akin to a marriage.

“Yes, honey,” he said, with his wife, Ivonne, sitting nearby.

He added: “She’s very happy. She really enjoys herself. No one tells her no.”

Sadie sat on a table covered with a white cloth. Her stubby tail wagged merrily, but she said nothing. She appeared to dance in place at times, sort of a Scottish jig, especially when she saw her breeder, Mary O’Neal.

“You breed for this all your life, and you never get it,” O’Neal said.

Sadie succeeds Stump, a lumbering Sussex spaniel, who staged a comeback at age 10 last year from a four-year retirement that included recovery from a nearly fatal illness. Stump has retired again to Houston, spending time between the sheets of his handler’s bed.

Unlike Stump, Sadie was expected to win. The declaration that she had won was somewhat anticlimactic; the Doberman pinscher, the country’s second-ranked dog, received more applause as she moved elegantly on Madison Square Garden’s green carpet.

Earlier in the night, the golden retriever, never a winner, received raucous applause.

But to the judge, Elliott Weiss, the result seemed obvious.

He adored Sadie.

“This is very special,” he said as he gestured to her as she celebrated on the table. “A dog of this quality comes along once every 10 years,” he added, recalling the 2001 winner, a Bichon frise, as the last one of Sadie’s singular caliber. “Her breed character is fabulous — she thinks very highly of herself. Her coat is absolutely breathtaking.”

Sadie became the eighth Scottie to win best in show and the first since 1995. She was the last of the finalists chosen.

On Monday, judges chose the best hound (Chanel the whippet), the best toy (Walker the toy poodle), the best nonsporting dog (Bru the French bulldog) and the best herding dog (Conrad the corded puli).

Before Sadie came onstage Tuesday, a Brittany called Tally became the best sporting dog and C. J., the Doberman, won the working group.

“She’s particularly pushy,” Carissa Shimpeno, C. J.’s handler, said after her group victory. “She thinks she’s kind of the best.” (Don’t they all?)

The terriers took the Madison Square Garden stage shortly before 10 p.m., the last group to be judged at the two-day show, Westminster’s 134th edition.

Then came the 28 terriers, from the Airedale to the West Highland white.

For pure entertainment, the miniature bull terrier gave a memorable, crowd-pleasing performance, leaping, hopping and, finally, sliding on the green carpeted floor.

Sadie showed calmly for the group judge, Lorraine Boutwell. She shook her head once, then stopped for a brief moment to examine the edibility of a stray morsel.

But she was undistracted by a squeaky bark from the sideline that might have irked a golfer. With little surprise, Sadie won her group. Rangel scooped her up and dashed backstage to cool her off before the best in show round a few minutes later.

Afterward, he said, “I was a little concerned, but she came on perfect.”

The final featured a protest just as the Doberman finished her showing. Two women rushed to center stage, holding signs over their heads. One said, “Mutts Rule.” The second said, “Breeders Kill Shelter Dogs.”

Weiss wrapped up his judging with relative speed. He took his first view of the dogs from about 25 feet away as each handler tried to keep their dog focused on Weiss or on a treat. Their goal was to maintain their dogs’ perfect posture.

Weiss then moved within 10 feet and sent each dog and handler on a circuit around the ring. He walked to what amounts to the show’s scorer’s desk, recorded his choice, picked up an armful of best-in-show paraphernalia and gave Sadie the good news.

“She’s pleasing to the eye at every angle,” he said afterward, and praised the balance of the short-legged, thick-set winner.

Rangel was noncommittal about retiring Sadie.

But, he said, “I hear she has a Swedish boyfriend.”


(P.S.: I am still hoping for an Akita win. They are beautiful and graceful and a nod in their direction would be great, and there is nothing like the love and loyalty of an Akita 🙂

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