Trumpet Hound Wins Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Jennifer PeltzAssociated Press

Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at 11:21 PM EDT

Last updated Wednesday, June 22, 2022 11:38 PM EDT

TARRYTOWN, NY (AP) – Now this bloodhound has something to honk his horn about.

A hound named Trumpet won the Westminster Kennel Club Dog show on Wednesday night, marking the first time the breed has caught the US. dogthe most coveted best in show award for dom.

By circling the finalists’ ring with a firm, powerful stride, Trumpet bested a French bull.doga German shepherd, a Maltese, an English setter, a Samoyed and a Lakeland terrier to take home the trophy.

“I was surprised,” said manager, co-breeder and co-owner Heather Helmer, who also goes by Heather Buehner. The competition was tough, “and sometimes I feel like the hound is a little underrated.”dog.”

After doing dog history shows, does Trumpet have any idea how special he is?

“I think so,” said his handler based in the Berlin, Ohio Center.

After his victory, Trumpet patiently posed for countless photos and finally started doing what bloodhounds do best: sniff. He examined some decorative flowers that had been put up for the pictures, and didn’t seem to find anything worth mentioning.

Winston, a French bulldog co-owned by NFL defensive lineman Morgan Fox, placed second in the nation’s most prestigious competition dog to show.

“I’m so proud of him and the whole team,” Fox said via text afterward.

Fox, who just signed with the Los Angeles Chargers and has played for the Los Angeles Rams and Carolina Panthers, got Winston from his grandmother, Sandy Fox. He has bred and shown Frenchies for years.

Morgan Fox grew up with one and says that as she watched Winston mature, she knew the dog he was a winner in both looks and character. He entered Westminster as the top ranked dog in the country.

“It’s a pleasure to have him around,” Fox said by phone before Winston’s award. “He always walks around with such a smile on his face like a dog can have.”

The final seven also included Striker, a Samoyed who also made it to the final last year; River, a winning German Shepherd; MM the Lakeland terrier; Belle, the English setter, and a Maltese who clearly aspired to stardom: her name is Hollywood.

After topping the canine rankings last year, Striker has been hitting some dog shows “keeping your head in the game,” manager Laura King said.

What makes the Snow White Samoyed shine in competition? “Her heart to him,” said King, of Milan, Illinois.

“His charisma shows when he shows it,” and he complains vocally when he doesn’t, he said.

While quiet in the ring, an Alaskan Malamute provided a howl, cheers? – soundtrack for a semifinal round with Samoyeds and other breeds classified as working dogyes

The competition attracted more than 3,000 thoroughbreds dogs, ranging from affenpinschers to Yorkshire terriers. The objective is to crown the dog that most represents the ideal for its race.

The show, which usually takes place in the winter at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, moved last year and this year to the suburban Lyndhurst property due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Some dogThe dogs, like the golden retrievers, took on dozens of competitors just to win their race and move on to the semi-finals. Others were among the few representatives of rare breeds.

Ooma was the only Chinook to appear. The sled pullers are the officers dog of the state of New Hampshire, but are rare throughout the country.

“I’d love to see a couple more” in the ring at Westminster, said Ooma breeder, owner and handler Patti Richards of West Haven, Vermont. “Without people showing and reproducing, we are in danger of losing our race.”

Even for the hopefuls who didn’t take home the ribbon, the event was an opportunity to showcase dogs and all they can do.

Bonnie the Brittany is the first show from owner and manager Dr. Jessica Sielawa dogand their teamwork extends beyond the ring.

Bonnie accompanies Sielawa to work at his chiropractic office in Syracuse, New York, where “he’s really helped people with their emotional stress,” Sielawa said.

She plans to get her show dog certified as therapy dogalso.

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