Bi­chon frise wows at West­min­ster

Com­pe­ti­tion’s top dog is a sur­prise choice

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - ENTERTAINMENT - BEN WALKER

NEW YORK — Flynn the bi­chon frise was picked as best in show at the West­min­ster Ken­nel Club on Tues­day night, a choice that seemed to sur­prise al­most every­one in the crowd at Madi­son Square Gar­den.

Fans who had been loudly shout­ing for their favourites fell into stunned si­lence when judge Betty-Anne Sten­mark an­nounced her choice.

No mat­ter, the white pow­der puff was picked and walked off as Amer­ica’s top dog.

Guided by ex­pert han­dler Bill McFad­den, Flynn beat out Ty the gi­ant sch­nauzer, Big­gie the pug, Bean the Sus­sex spaniel, Lucy the bor­zoi, Slick the bor­der col­lie and Win­ston the Nor­folk ter­rier.

The gi­ant sch­nauzer, who was the na­tion’s No. 1 show dog last year, was cho­sen as the run­ner-up.

The 142nd West­min­ster event drew 2,882 en­tries in 202 breeds and va­ri­eties.

MARY ALTAFFER/AP PHOTO

Han­dler Bill McFad­den poses for pho­tos with Flynn, a bi­chon frise, after Flynn won best in show dur­ing the 142nd West­min­ster Ken­nel Club Dog Show, Tues­day, at Madi­son Square Gar­den in New York.

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