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Bichon Frise Flynn wins Westminster Best in Show

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NEW YORK — An adorable, diminutive Bichon Frise named Flynn was a giant on Tuesday night.

Flynn (GCHP CH Belle Creek’s All I Care About Is Love) was the declared the Best in Show at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. It’s a second Best in Show win for handler Bill McFadden.

Betty-Anne Stenmark, working her 11th Westminster assignment, was the judge for the evening’s Best in Show finale. She examined each dog individually before asking them to run the ring a second time. After a slow walk down the line of the seven group winners, she made her final deliberation, and after a short delay due to a malfunctioning microphone, Stenmark gave the title to Flynn.

(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Ty, a Giant Schnauzer ranked as the No. 1 show dog in the country, earned Reserve Best in Show.

McFadden previously handled Mick the Kerry Blue Terrier in 2003 when he was the winner at the Westminster Dog Show that year.

Monday’s group wins at the Garden included Lucy the Borzoi (Hound group), Biggie the Pug (Toy), Slick the Border Collie (Herding) and Flynn (Non-herding).

On Tuesday night before Best in Show, crowd favorite Bean the Sussex Spaniel won the Sporting Group, Ty captured the Working Group title, and Winston the Norfolk Terrier walked away with a Terrier Group win.

Over 2,880 canines from 200-plus breeds were judged over the two days of the annual event.

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