Tonight, an honor was bestowed on one who merely showed up, and did nothing but be herself. There was no Acceptance Speech. No production numbers. I can imagine, with amusement, the Red Carpet needing to be sent to the cleaners right afterward...And the Nominees Lunch becoming an anarchy of snuffling, licking, howling and chewing....
I'm talking, of course, about the Dogs of Westminster.
A victory we all feel good about because it's so pure, and for the winner there is no value other than the sheer joy of appearing.. Among the losers, there is no animosity. But then, how could any of them have lost? They are noble, one and all.
And since it's an honor just to be nominated, a tribute list of the other Breed Winners:
GROUP WINNERS (listed by their AKC names)
Hound – a Whippet named Starline's Chanel
Toy – a Toy Poodle named Smash JP Moon Walk
Herding – a Puli named Cordmaker Field Of Dreams
Sporting – a Brittany Spaniel named Willowick Talltean
Non-Sporting – a French Bulldog named Robobull Fabelhaft Im On Fire
Terrier – a Scottish Terrier named Roundtown Mercedes Of Maryscot (Sadie)
Working - a Doberman Pinscher named Allure Blazing Star Alisaton