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Trumpet the bloodhound wins Best in Show at Westminster Dog Show

A handler runs with Trumpet the bloodhound, who won Best in Show at the 146th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at the Lyndhurst estate in Tarrytown, N.Y. (Mike Segar/Reuters)
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A floppy-eared bloodhound named Trumpet was awarded Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show finale Wednesday night, the first of his breed to take the competition’s top award.

Trumpet was the winner of the hound category, strutting his facial folds and floppy ears as he bested other hounds, soaking up the spotlight and cheers alongside handler and owner Heather Helmer. His father, Nathan, has also won the hound group at Westminster, but never Best in Show.

“I’m just ecstatic,” Helmer said. Outside the ring, she said, Trumpet “has a lot of attitude and he’s a little crazy.”

Trumpet bested six other finalists:

Winston

Winston, who was awarded Reserve Best in Show, or runner-up, is no stranger to excelling in competition. The French bulldog counts Los Angeles Chargers defensive lineman Morgan Fox among his owners.

“If this is how my parents felt watching my games all these years I apologize,” he tweeted while watching the show, following up upon Winston’s runner-up title: “So proud!”

Winston bulldozed his way to beating out 20 other nonsporting dogs. Winston’s cute steps across the floor to showcase his stature were met with enthusiastic cheers from onlookers and even more once he was named winner of the group.

Winston’s “big bat ears,” round eyes and good genes make him exceptional in his category, his handler and co-owner Perry Payson told Fox Sports moments after the victory.

MM

MM, a 6-year-old Lakeland terrier, won the terrier group. She was best of the breed in the 2021 National Dog Show.

Striker

Striker the Samoyed — full name GCHP CH Vanderbilt ’N Printemp’s Lucky Strike — was the favorite in the working-group category and took the title, edging out a Doberman pinscher.

Belle

Belle the English setter won the sporting group category, leaving her proud breeder, owner and handler Amanda Ciaravino in tears. “Is this real life? Oh my god. … I’m so proud of her.”

Hollywood

Hollywood the Maltese also demonstrated what perfection looks like on a toy pooch. Her well-groomed, silky white hairs trailed behind her like paparazzi as she jogged along the green stage to be judged.

“She has beautiful hair texture,” her handler, Tim Lehman, said. “I think she’s a great representation of what a Maltese should look like.”

Lehman said Hollywood loves being in the ring and life outside competition.

River

German shepherd River seemingly floated to first place in the herding category.

When his handler, Lenny R. Brown, was asked about what separated River from the other first-rate dogs in his category, the answer was simple: “The standard.”

The Westminster Kennel Club event was held on the grounds of the Lyndhurst Mansion in Tarrytown, N.Y. It was moved from Madison Square Garden in New York City to the smaller venue last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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