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‘Malachy’ Repeats 2011 Progressive Win

By Christi McDonald
Photos by Krista Droop

One of the first big rosettes of the Westminster weekend was handed out late Friday afternoon when judge Dennis McCoy awarded GCh. Palacegarden Malachy Best in Show at Progressive Toy Dog Club.

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BIS-winning handler David Fitzpatrick accepts congratulations from his competitors at Progressive Friday evening.

Handled by David Fitzpatrick, the Pekingese was the Top Toy in the U.S. and Number 2 among all breeds in 2011. ‘Malachy’ was also Group First at Westminster last February, and is owned by New Yorker Iris Love, Sandra Middlebrooks and David Fitzpatrick. Also Best in Show at Progressive in 2011, he was bred in the U.K. by Jim and Jean Smith.

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Pekingese GCh. Palacegarden Malachy.

Second in the Group was Miniature Pinscher bitch GCh. Marlex Classic Red Glare, the 2011 Number 3 Toy, owner-handled by Armando Angelbello. ‘Classie’ is co-owned by Leah Monte and was bred by Carole Mohr-Rio.

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Min Pin GCh. Marlex Classic Red Glare.

The Third place ribbon was awarded to a relative newcomer, white Toy Poodle Ch. Smash JP Sakura, bred in Japan by Toshi Omura, owned by Ron Scott and Debbie Burke and handled by Kaz Hosaka.

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Toy Poodle Ch. Smash JP Sakura.

Fourth was the 2011 Number 1 Smooth Coat Chihuahua and Number 10 among all Toys, GCh. Ayrwen Star Kissed Delight. ‘DeeDee’ is breeder/owner-handled by Gloria Johnson and is co-owned by her husband Arthur Johnson. She was Second in the Group at Progressive in 2010.

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Smooth Coat Chihuahua GCh. Ayrwen Star Kissed Delight.

Judge McCoy said that it was a “fabulous Group” to judge. “There were many dogs that I didn’t have a ribbon for this evening that I’ve done for in the past, and would certainly do for again in the future,” he said.

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Judge Dennis McCoy.

Best Puppy in Show, also under Mr. McCoy, was the 8-month-old Maltese puppy dog, Chrisman’s Go Diego Go, bred and owned by Manny Comitini and Christopher Vicari.

Progressive drew 440 entries this year, including 58 Yorkies, 47 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and 46 Papillons. The all-Toy show is held annually at New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania.

Written by

Christi McDonald is a second-generation dog person, raised with a kennel full of Cairn Terriers. After more than a decade as a professional handler’s apprentice and handling professionally on her own, primarily Poodles and Cairns, she landed a fortuitous position in advertising sales with the monthly all-breed magazine ShowSight. This led to an 11-year run at Dogs in Review, where she wore several hats, including advertising sales rep, ad sales manager and, finally, editor for five years. Christi is proud to be part of the editorial team for the cutting-edge Best In Show Daily. She lives in Apex, N.C., with two homebred black Toy Poodles, the last of her Foxfire line, and a Norwich Terrier.
  • Jessica February 14, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    Malachy the Pekingese- So happy he won! As a peke owner and rescuer, this was wonderful to see! All the dogs were winners as far as I’m concerned.

  • Jessica February 14, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    Malachy- the winner! Congratulations on a beautiful, dignified Peke !

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