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Meet America's Top Dog, Sky the Wire Fox Terrier
By Dan Good
Sky is America’s top dog.
The wire fox terrier won best in show at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday.
The 5-year-old female — whose full name is “GCh. AfterAll Painting the Sky” — beat a field that included a standard poodle, a Portuguese water dog and a bloodhound.
This was the record 14th time a wire fox terrier has won at the nation’s top dog show. The standard poodle named Ally was chosen as the runner-up.
There were 2,845 dogs entered in the show. They were eligible in 190 breeds and varieties.
Sky’s owners are Victor Malzoni Jr. and Torie Steele, and her handlers are Gabriel and Ivonne Rangel. An overjoyed Gabriel Rangel stood with Sky following Tuesday’s title.
“I’m so proud of her … there’s no words to describe this,” he told a reporter with USA Network, which broadcast the show.
Sky has won 129 best in show awards and was ranked as the country’s No. 1 show dog last year.
Beyond the dog show circuit, Sky knows how to have fun, too. In July, she was photographed wearing a shaggy wig and tinted glasses.
She even has a Twitter account — @Skywirefox.
According to the Press-Enterprise of Riverside, Calif., Sky’s owners plan to retire her following Tuesday’s title.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.