Bi­chon frise bow­wows ’em

Be­comes Amer­ica’s top dog

Winnipeg Sun - - NEWS -

NEW YORK — Flynn the bi­chon frise won best in show at the West­min­ster Ken­nel Club Tues­day night, a choice that seemed to sur­prise al­most ev­ery­one in the packed 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 de­ci­sion.

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.

“It feels a lit­tle un­real,” Mcfad­den said. “I came in ex­pect­ing noth­ing ex­cept hop­ing for a good per­for­mance, and I think I got it.”

Up­sets by un­der­dogs are com­mon on the green car­pet of the Gar­den — in­side dog fanciers in­deed fan­cied Flynn, but the peo­ple sit­ting in the stands were ob­vi­ously pulling for other dogs.

Cheers of “Let’s go, Big­gie!” bounced all around the arena for the pop­u­lar pug.

MARY ALTAFFER/AP PHO­TOS

Flynn, a bi­chon frise, won best in show at the West­min­ster Ken­nel Club Dog Show in New York.

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