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Dog wins the hearts of millions… for NOT winning

White bichon frise Winky
© Westminster Dog Show - Twitter

Sometimes the most popular contestant is not the one who wins but the one who entertains; at least according to visitors to this year’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show agility trials. 
 

By Nick Whittle, 15 Feb 2019

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show has been held in New York City since 1877. It is based on a similar format to Crufts, the UK’s championship conformation show for dogs. 

This year Gabby the papillon impressed judges and spectators of the 6th Annual Masters Agility Championship. The three-year-old won the group title by completing the agility course in 39.31 seconds, four seconds faster than the dog that came second. 

Winky the start of the show

While congratulations were forthcoming, a special mention was made of the slowest of the Pier 94 entries: a bichon frise called Winky. A snippet of Winky’s performance can be seen here: 

For Winky, the taking part was everything. It mattered not that the clock was ticking as she stood on top of the A-Frame and surveyed her audience. Nor did it bother her that time was pressing as she strolled through the tunnels and tantalised the crowd with her peek-a-boo show. 

According to Huffington Post, Winky’s final time of 192 seconds included 92 faults. 

Tweeps took to their keyboards to express their love for the little dog. 

@curlykovelamudi wrote: ‘Winky is my spirit animal...she completed the course, posed for her fans all while enjoying it...she’s won my heart my heart for sure!!!’

@chorye wrote: ‘Figure out who you are, and do it on purpose - Winky, the Bichon Frise. One day, I hope to have half the confidence of Winky.’

Although a non-sporting breed the bichon frise is a regular entrant of agility contests. It has a nippy run and is highly trainable.