A bloodhound named Nathan stole the crowd’s heart Tuesday night at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Each time a camera caught his droopy-faced countenance, or a judge came within a few feet of him, his fans at Madison Square Garden erupted. They were nuts about Nathan, who was unfazed by the commotion.
But the sentiments of Nathan Nation did not sway Betty Regina Leininger, the Best in Show judge, who wore a gown in the distinct hue of Westminster purple. She was wowed by another dog that the crowd liked, but clearly did not adore.
Instead, she leaned on a breed accustomed to the winner’s circle at the elite show. She chose a 5-year-old wire fox terrier named Sky as the winner, giving that breed its 14th win in the 138th edition of Westminster. All told, terriers have won 46 times, the most of any group. A hound has won only five times; no bloodhound has ever won.
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