Sky the wire fox terrier became America's top dog last night, winning best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club. The No. 1 show dog in the country last year, Sky went wire to wire. She beat out a standard poodle, a Portuguese water dog, a bloodhound, an Irish water spaniel, a Cardigan Welsh corgi, and a miniature pinscher. Judge Betty Regina Leininger picked the winner inside a nearly full Madison Square Garden as the fans called out for their favorites. The standard poodle, Ally, was chosen as the runner-up.
Handler Gabriel Rangel, who won Westminster four years ago while guiding Sadie the Scottish terrier, led 5-year-old Sky to her 129th best in show ribbon overall. She became a Triple Crown winner in dogdom, having previously taken the National Dog Show and the top AKC event. There were 2,845 dogs in 190 breeds and varieties entered in this year's Westminster Kennel Club show, the 138th—and the 46th where a terrier has taken the best in show ribbon.