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Meet This Year’s Westminster Kennel Club Best in Show Winner: Wasabi!

A Pekenese named "Wasabi," essentially a spherical ball of fur, sticks its tongue out at the WKC dog show.
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Magnificence. Splendor. Majesty. Grace. Nobility. Beauty. Dignity. Grandeur. Sublimity. Eminence. Pulchritude. Gallantry. Stateliness. Style. Resplendency. Majestricity. Polish. Refinement. Elegance. Honor. Illustriousness. Poise. Excellence. Greatness. Bravery. Intrepidity. Pluck. Splendorability. Renown. Heroism. Dauntlessness. Mettle. Dignity II. Valor. Valoriousness. Valoriousnessness. Excellenticity. There simply aren’t enough words in the English language to describe the magnificence, splendor, majesty, grace, nobility, etc. of this year’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Best in Show winner, a Pekinese named Wasabi. You will probably want to see some footage of Wasabi running toward the camera in slow motion, and here it is:

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Wasabi, the grandson of 2012 Best in Show winner Malachy, was bred by Pennsylvania-based dog handler David Fitzpatrick. His co-owners are Fitzpatrick, Krispy Kreme heiress Sandra Middlebrooks, Peggy Steinman of the Lancaster Steinmans, and the late archaeologist and Guggenheim heiress Iris Love. The WKC dog show has been held at Madison Square Garden every year since its first incarnation in 1877, but this year, due to COVID, it was delayed from its usual date in February and held at Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York, former home of legendarily corrupt and universally despised robber baron Jay Gould. Now let’s see some more footage of Wasabi!

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Congratulations to a very good dog!

Correction, June 13, 2021: This piece originally misstated that Tarrytown was in Pennsylvania. It is in New York.

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