Purina Pro Plan-Fed Dogs Sweep 2018 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Purina Pro Plan-Fed Dogs Sweep 2018 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Purina Pro Plan-fed dogs took top honors at the 2018 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, winning Best in Show and all the Group Firsts. More than 2,800 dogs competed at the prestigious dog show, which aired live to millions of viewers worldwide.

The Best in Show winner was a 5 1/2-year-old Bichon Frise, GCH Belle Creek’s All I Care About Is Love (“Flynn”). The stars aligned for Team Flynn, with love and luck, plus beautiful conformation and a shining, happy personality, prevailing.

On his way to Madison Square Garden, handler Bill McFadden, a now two-time Westminster Best in Show winner, having handled 2003’s top winner, the Kerry Blue Terrier “Mick,” saw a penny on the ground. He thought of the late Anne Rogers Clark, an icon in the sport, who would walk around at dog shows giving away pennies for good luck.

“Although at first I didn’t pick up the penny, I went back and got it,” he says.

Breeder Lorrie Carlton (Belle Creek), describes Flynn in a word -- love. “He exudes love, is love and gives love,” says the second-generation dog breeder who recognized Flynn’s potential early. “He stuck out like a sore thumb and had all the qualities to go with it.”

One of four Bichons in his litter, Flynn, the only male, is related to Westminster’s other Bichon Frise winner, “J.R.,” who took Best in Show in 2001. The top Non-Sporting Group winner in 2017 with 116 Group Firsts, Flynn placed third in the Group at the 2017 Westminster dog show. The 2018 win at the Garden was his 44th Best in Show.

 

Here is a recap of the winners:

Best in Show & Non-Sporting Group

GCH Belle Creek’s All I Care About Is Love

Call Name: “Flynn”

Breed: Bichon Frise

Breeders: Lindsay Van Keuren, Glenda Blue, Lorrie Carlton, and Dr. Larry Letsche

Owners: Patrina and Bruce Odette, Lindsay Van Keuren, Lorrie Carlton, and Dr. Larry Letsche

Handler: Bill McFadden

Purina Pro Plan SPORT Performance 30/20 Salmon & Rice Formula

 

Reserve Best in Show & Working Group

GCH Ingebar’sTynan Dances With Wildflowers

Call Name: “Ty”

Breed: Giant Schnauzer

Breeder: Maryann Bisceglia

Owners: Sandra Nordstrom, Carol Mann and MaryAnn Bisceglia

Handler: Katie Bernardin

Purina Pro Plan SPORT Performance 30/20 Salmon & Rice Formula

 

Hound Group

GCH Belisarius JP My Sassy Girl

Call Name: “Lucy”

Breed: Borzoi

Breeder: Kyoko Ozeki

Owners: Michelle Molnar, Jamie Danburg and Minoru Kato

Handler: Valerie Nunes-Atkinson

Purina Pro Plan SPORT Performance 30/20 Formula

 

Toy Group

GCH Hill Country’s Puttin’ On The Ritz

Call Name: “Biggie”

Breed: Pug

Breeders: Kristy and Kevin Ratliff

Owner: Carolyn Koch

Handler: Esteban Farias

Purina Pro Plan FOCUS Sensitive Skin & Stomach Salmon & Rice Formula

 

Herding Group

GCH Majestic Elite Clever Endeavor

Call Name: “Slick”

Breed: Border Collie

Breeder: Ronni DeLay

Owners: Ricki Johnson, J. Frank Baylis and Ronni DeLay

Handler: Jamie Clute

Purina Pro Plan SPORT Performance 30/20 and Purina Pro Plan FOCUS Sensitive Skin & Stomach Salmon & Rice formulas

 

Sporting Group

GCH Kamand’s Full Of Beans @ Erinhill

Call Name: “Bean”

Breed: Sussex Spaniel

Breeders: Karen Ann Toner and Amanda W. Toner

Owners: Karen Ann Toner and Amanda W. Toner

Handler: Per Ingar Rismyhr

Purina Pro Plan SPORT Performance 30/20 Formula

 

Terrier Group

GCH Yarrow Venerie Winning Ticket

Call Name: “Winston”

Breed: Norfolk Terrier

Breeders: Pam Beale and Beth Sweigart

Owners: Victor Malzoni Jr., Nancy Shaw and Pam Beale

Handler: Ernesto Lara

Purina Pro Plan SPORT Performance 30/20 Formula

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