In Madison Square Garden: Rocki is the champ
February 18, 1998
Web posted at: 12:20 a.m. EST (0520 GMT)
NEW YORK (CNN) -- They trotted. They panted. Quite a few of them even smiled.
Dogs of all breeds displayed their shining coats and trotting gaits -- as well as their personalities -- at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, but it was a frisky Norwich terrier with short legs called Rocki who won the coveted "Best in Show" prize.
With her thick red-and-black hair, big round eyes and sparky personality, Rocki -- whose full name is Champion Fairewood Frolic -- was a favorite to win from the start.
"She's brilliant. She has wonderful star qualities about her. I just love her to death," said Peter Green, her handler.
Rocki was selected from among 2,500 dogs as the best of the two-day Westminster show -- the only dog show in the United States where each dog entered has to be a finished American Kennel Club dog of record, a champion dog.
One dog was selected from each of 153 breeds. Then, a winner was selected from each of the following seven groups: terriers, working dogs, toy dogs, non-sporting, sporting, hounds and herding dogs.
During the final judging, Rocki stared up intently at Green and wagged her stumpy tail. She was competing against an Alaskan malamute, a Gordon setter, a standard poodle, a toy poodle, a long-haired dachshund and an Old English sheepdog whose eyes could not be seen under mounds of white hair.
Dr. Josephine Deubler, an 80-year-old retired veterinarian and the first female graduate of the University of Pennsylvania vet school, was the judge who selected Rocki for the 122nd "Best in Show" prize at Westminster.