Best in show: Purple prose for Malachy the Pekingese

Owner and handler David Fitzpatrick holds Malachy, a Pekingese, after he won Best in Show at the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York's Madison Square Garden on Feb. 14. (MIKE SEGAR/REUTERS)

• “Malachy’s pink tongue popped out from his black face, his eyes sparkling like black diamonds.” — Associated Press

• “We were secretly hoping he’d whip his hair as he bobbled away with the title.” — Entertainment Weekly

• “Looking like a (regal) cross between a slow-moving hair ball and an overgrown hamster . . . underneath all of that hair, there’s a heart of a champion.” — USA Today

• “His face was framed by a coat that gave him the look of a 1960’s guru — or perhaps Cousin Itt’s pet. The great man sneezed. He looked at the microphones as if they were toys.” — the New York Times

• “Just like Mitt Romney — only better groomed.” “He has rock star hair.” — the Guardian

• “He’s like your favorite pair of bedroom slippers.” — Lisa Croft-Elliott, dog show photographer, to Bloomberg.

• “Walking dust mop.” “What happens when an Ewok and a rat have a baby.” — Los Angeles Times

• “Gorgeous insanely delicious.” — Cindy Adams, New York Post

• “That dog needs a keratin treatment.” — Hoda Kotb, the Today Show

• “No joke, this dog looks like Snooki.” — 96.1 KISS

View Photo Gallery: Malachy the Pekingese wobbled off with best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. He beat out a Dalmatian, German shepherd, Doberman pinscher, Irish setter, Kerry blue terrier and wire-haired dachshund to be named America’s top dog.

More on Westminster:

Why the Pekingese?

Westminster’s best-named dogs

Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts for the Weekend section and Going Out Guide.
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