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“He can have a filet mignon. And I’ll have Champagne.”

Dog handler and breeder David Fitzpatrick on his dog, Wasabi, winning best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show.

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Fitzpatrick went on to say of the Pekingese:_ “He has showmanship. He fits the breed standard. He has that little extra something, that sparkle, that sets a dog apart."_

Wasabi’s grandfather, Malachy, won the title of “Top Dog” in 2012; Malachy was trained by Fitzpatrick.

Why It Matters: The Westminster Kennel dog show dates back to 1877 and is viewed as one of the preeminent dog shows in the world.

Interesting context due to COVID: This was the first time the show was ever held outside of New York City; it was held in a NYC suburb due to COVID-19.

Great article here: Top dog! Pekingese named Wasabi wins Westminster show