Monday group winners from the 2013 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

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  • Swagger, an Old English Sheepdog, is posed for photographs after winning the herding group during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday at Madison Square Garden. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Swagger, an Old English Sheepdog, is posed for photographs after winning the herding group during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday at Madison Square Garden. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Photo by: Frank Franklin II
  • A rough collie waits to compete in the herding group during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) A rough collie waits to compete in the herding group during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Photo by: Frank Franklin II
  • A bearded collie goes through its paces with the herding group during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) A bearded collie goes through its paces with the herding group during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Photo by: Frank Franklin II
  • A Shih Tzu is inspected by a judge during competition of the 137th Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) A Shih Tzu is inspected by a judge during competition of the 137th Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) Photo by: Mary Altaffer
  • Colton Johnson shows off Swagger, an Old English Sheepdog, winner of the herding group, during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Colton Johnson shows off Swagger, an Old English Sheepdog, winner of the herding group, during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Photo by: Frank Franklin II
  • A Pembroke Welsh Corgi is judged with the herding group during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) A Pembroke Welsh Corgi is judged with the herding group during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Photo by: Frank Franklin II
  • Honor, a Bichon Frise, and winner of the non-sporting group, is shown during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Madison Square Garden in New York.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Honor, a Bichon Frise, and winner of the non-sporting group, is shown during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Madison Square Garden in New York.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Photo by: Frank Franklin II
  • Banana Joe, an Affenpinscher  and winner of the toy group, is shown by Ernesto Lara during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Banana Joe, an Affenpinscher and winner of the toy group, is shown by Ernesto Lara during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Photo by: Frank Franklin II
  • Dogs are shown with the Hound group during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Madison Square Garden in New York.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Dogs are shown with the Hound group during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Madison Square Garden in New York.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Photo by: Frank Franklin II
  • Jewel, an American Foxhound and winner of the hound group, leaves the competition area during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Jewel, an American Foxhound and winner of the hound group, leaves the competition area during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Photo by: Frank Franklin II
  • Cyndy Geiser, of Lacon, Ill., grooms Campell, a Standard Long Hair Dachshund during the 137th Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) Cyndy Geiser, of Lacon, Ill., grooms Campell, a Standard Long Hair Dachshund during the 137th Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) Photo by: Mary Altaffer
  • A Smooth Coat Chihuahua looks up at its handler while being displayed in the ring during competition at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) A Smooth Coat Chihuahua looks up at its handler while being displayed in the ring during competition at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) Photo by: Mary Altaffer
  • A Bichon Frise rests before competing in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Madison Square Garden in New York.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) A Bichon Frise rests before competing in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Madison Square Garden in New York.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Photo by: Frank Franklin II
  • Honor, a Bichon Frise, winner of the non-sporting group, is held by handler Lisa Bettis during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show Monday at Madison Square Garden. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Honor, a Bichon Frise, winner of the non-sporting group, is held by handler Lisa Bettis during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show Monday at Madison Square Garden. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Photo by: Frank Franklin II

SAN DIEGO, Feb 11, 2012 – The first night of the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show produced a few surprises and four Group winners who will comete for Best in Show on Tuesday.

The showstopper of the night was the winner in the final group of the evening, the Herding Group. To much applause, an old English Sheepdog just 20 months old named “Swagger” lived up to his name with the win. Bugaboo’s Picture Perfect is called a “class” dog, allowed to enter after winning a major competition despite not yet earning his Champion status.  This is like a rookie pitcher throwing a shutout against a Cy Young Award winner – not impossible, but unexpected.

Breeder-owner-handle Colin Johnson’s family raised Swagger. After the win, he said “We have a lot of faith in the dog, a lot of belief in the dog. We’ve been bredding dogs for a long time, and this is the best of the best.

They’re all beautiful dogs. It’s the judge’s preference, I’m just honored to be the one that he chose.”

One of the favorite won in the Hound Group, Jewel, an American Foxhound that likes vanilla milkshakes, GCH CH Kiarry’s Pandora’s Box took honors Monday night at Madison Square Garden.

Jewel, an American Foxhound, won the Hound Group and advances to the Best in Show round Tuesday. AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

“I call her my tomboy princess,” co-owner, breeder and handler Lisa Miller said

Honor the bichon frise was another popular winner in the Nonsporting group. He is co-owned by Ellen Charles, who is also the co-owner of Jewel, the Hound Group winner.

“My lucky night,” Charles said.

The prohibitive favorite in the Toy Group won as expected, the Affenpinscher called Banana Joe. Known for his monkeylike face, he earlier won best of breed honors for the third straight year.

Sporting, Working, and Terrier Group breeds judged Tuesday

Sporting, Working, and Terrier Group breeds will go through their individual competitions during the day Tuesday. The breed winners will be judged in their groups on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. The Westminster website (www.westminsterkennelclub.org) will show live streaming video of each individual breed competition, judging results and photos all day Tuesday. There is also a free iPhone and Android app available to let you follow the show on your mobile device.

The seven Group winners will compete for Best in Show on Tuesday evening, February 12 as the culminating event of this year’s show at approximately 10:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

Judge Michael Dougherty of Escondido, California, will pick the Best in Show. He has been sequestered and has no information on the competition, and will not know what winners he will see until he steps into the ring for the final judging.

The remaining group competition will be televised live on Tuesday beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern/5 p.m. Pacific on the USA Network, ending with the Best in Show.

Will the winning pooch be able to fit inside the silver bowl presented to the winner? Or will the victorious canine use it to hold a few treats? Either way, he or she will embark on a whirlwind media tour, ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange, and will enjoy a year’s reign as America’s Top Dog for 2013.  

The Associated Press contributed to this column.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

 

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Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, MS, APR, is President of the Falcon Valley Group, a San Diego based communications consulting firm. Falkenthal is a veteran award winning broadcast and print journalist, editor, producer, talk host and commentator. She is an instructor at National University in San Diego, and previously taught in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.

 

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