The winner of the 140th Westminster Dog Show is C.J., a German Shorthaired Pointer. Judge Richard Meen named the three-year old dog the winner Tuesday night. C.J.'s handler, Valerie Nunes-Atkinson, was ecstatic with the win.
"I just couldn’t believe it," Nunes-Atkinson told The New York Times. "For us in the sport, this is the pinnacle. This is what we strive for, what we shed tears over. The best dogs come here. This is the show to win."
Nunes-Atkinson was emotional after the win, kissing Meen and the other handlers. See also fell to her knees and hugged and kiss C.J.
"You couldn’t go wrong with any of them," Nunes-Atkinson said. "But I believe in my dog 100 percent. He’s a great German shorthaired pointer."
C. J. beat out a German shepherd, a borzoi, a bulldog, a smiling Samoyed, a shih tzu and a Skye terrier. C.J. has the bloodlines of a champion, as his grandmother won best in show in 2005. It was clear early that C.J. could be a champion.
"He loves it here," Nunes-Atkinson. "He was born this way. At 6 weeks, he walked across the living room floor and we said, ‘Oh, my.’ He has that sparkle that makes you stop and look at him."
C.J. will now go on a media tour, including stops on Good Morning America and a visit to the Empire State Building.Back to the Top News Newsfeed