If the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is viewed as a beauty pageant for dogs, Malachy, the fluffy Pekingese who won 2012’s Best in Show, is the show’s exiting “Miss” America. It was just one year ago that Malachy wobbled into Westminster and won the championship. Looking very much like a fur tumbleweed on a leash, the male Pekingese immediately became the dog world’s biggest celebrity. He dined at Sardi’s, visited the Empire State Building and showed up for a photo-op at the New York Stock Exchange, where he was lifted in the air during the opening bell as if he were a fur sacrifice to the finance gods. Donald Trump even tried to buy him—telling his owner/handler David Fitzpatrick that he admired the dog’s hair.
Last week, Malachy returned to New York to make one last appearance at Westminster, kicking off a preshow press conference. Ahead of Malachy’s wobble across the stage, Fitzpatrick spent several minutes meticulously combing and teasing the dog’s hair, resulting in a look that could only be compared to Linda Evans’ silky blond coif from “Dynasty.”
I wrote about Malachy, last year’s Westminster best in show winner, who is now officially a retiree (via Yahoo News)