"It feels a little unreal", said Bill McFadden, Flynn's handler. Flynn is co-owned by Patrina and Bruce Odette, Lindsay Van Keuren, Lorrie Carlton and Larry Letsche.
A bichon frise named Flynn was crowned Best in Show at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday in New York City, wagging his tail to triumph over almost 3,000 dogs entered in the world-renowned contest for purebred canines.
Flynn edged out runner-up Ty the giant schnauzer, victor of the working category, who is America's top-ranked show dog. His co-owner, Sandra Nordstrom, is from Ocean City and he is handled by Katie Bernardin of Chaplin, Connecticut.
Underdogs and upsets are way more than norm on the green carpet of the Garden - inside dog fanciers indeed fancied Flynn, but the people sitting in the stands was obviously pulling for other dogs.
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The 142nd Westminster event attracted 2,882 entries in 202 breeds and varieties. The remaining three challengers will be from the working, sporting and terrier groups, whose winners were set to be picked on Tuesday.
His full name is Belle Creek's All I Care About is Love, and this champion from the nonsporting group delivered a few minutes before it became Valentine's Day.
Last year, Rumor the German Shepard took home the "Best in Show".
They may be of the highest pedigree and superlative conformation, but to their owners even the finalists for the top prize of "Best in Show" are still just cuddly, playful pets.
Stenmark appeared to acknowledge this point before announcing Best in Show, stressing she loves "all dogs", but that Tuesday's proceeding was to honor the "best of the best" in the world of purebred dogs.
Flynn, a bichon frise, poses for photos after winning best in show during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Feb. 14, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in NY.