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Bloodhound Wins Westminster After Tough Competition

By: Stephanie Fu

Posing regally before a silver cup in the post-victory glamour shot, Trumpet the bloodhound, with low-hanging ears and a doleful expression, hardly looked like the winning champion of the dog show. But at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at the Lyndhurst estate in Tarrytown, New York, he claimed an outstanding victory after narrow competition with some of the best ranked dogs in the country.

As the first bloodhound to win Westminster, Trumpet, a four-year-old bloodhound from Illinois, made history with his impressive achievement in the show. Bloodhounds have been competing in the dog shows since the 1870s, but Trumpet is the first of his kind to win the best in show award.

He was also descended from champion lineage, with Trumpet's father, Nathan, being the first bloodhound to win the hound group in 2014. His great-grandfather once held the world record for the longest ears on a dog, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

Trumpet, with a clumsy gait and posture, wasn’t the likely choice for spectators who were attracted to the charismatic and charming Striker, a blinding white Samoyed who stole the spectators’ complete attention and applause. He was one of the seven group winners.

Best in Show Reserve was awarded to an endearing French bulldog named Winston, who had been ranked number 1 in the country going into the dog show. The neck-to-neck competition only emphasizes the impressive, historic win Trumpet achieved in the dog show.

“I was shocked,” Heather Buehner, Trumpet’s handler and owner, said in an interview by New York Times reporter Sarah Lyall. “There were seven beautiful dogs in that ring. You know, I feel like sometimes a bloodhound might be a little bit of an underdog. So I was absolutely thrilled.”

The dog show, for the second year in a row, was relocated from Madison Square Garden to Westchester County mansion in Lyndhurst because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The competitions took place outside of the mansion while the winners and best in show were decided in a large, purple tent.

The show lasted from Saturday, June 18 to Wednesday, June 22.

Link to Article: Westminster Dog Show 2022_ Photos and Highlights - The New York Times.pdf

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