Wasabi was the recent taste in June on the world-renowned Westminster Kennel Club canine present. The wonderful Pekingese, formally generally known as Grand Champion Pequest Wasabi, was the Number One present canine of all breeds in 2020. Westminster is all the time held in February at Madison Square Garden in New York City. This yr, due to COVID restrictions, the 145th version of the present moved outdoor to the Lyndhurst mansion, a Gothic Revival fortress that sits in a stately 67-acre park beside the Hudson River in Tarrytown, a half-hour south of the town.
Wasabi was dealt with as all the time by breeder-owner David Fitzpatrick, who has devoted the final 50 years to perfecting this breed. The choose who pointed him to Best in Show was Patricia Craige Trotter, who’s equally revered within the canine present world, having received Best in Hound Group at Westminster a file 11 instances, dealing with her personal Norwegian Elkhounds. Wasabi had massive paws to fill because the great-grandson of “Malachy,” the 2012 Westminster Best in Show winner.
The Pekingese breed has been the companion of royalty for hundreds of years, and in defeating his six rivals within the Best in Show ring, Wasabi “felt like he was 10 toes tall and stood there like a lion,” within the phrases of choose Trotter.