And the winner for best toy dog is… The ironically named Biggie, an adorable cream-colored pug with black ears. He won the hearts of the audience and impressed an expert judge at the 2018 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, held at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The show’s announcer had a perfect description of Biggie’s breed: “Pugs combine cocky confidence with a friendly, sensitive and sincere nature.” When you see Biggie trotting around, you’ll have no doubt that he’s an exemplary pug!
Biggie’s handler, Esteban Farias, was nearly overcome with emotion after the win: “Oh, my God! This is unbelievable. It’s a dream come true. And I have a little friend who is looking for us up in the sky. And this is for him.”
That friend in the sky is Biggie’s cousin Rumble, a “little prince” of a dog who died suddenly and unexpectedly last June. Rumble was only three years old and seemed to be in perfect health, so it was a genuine shock when he collapsed and died one day during his regular morning walk. Rumble, with his perfect gait and pretty pug face was a prize winner from an early age, racking up 42 best-in-shows at various events during his short life. According to his breeder, “He was truly an outstanding representative of the pug breed, and he will be admired for generations to come.”
When asked why pugs are such good dogs, Biggie’s handler had the perfect answer: “They are funny dogs. They are very, very nice with kids. I have three kids and he plays all day long. They sleep with you and snore.”
Don’t miss the video posted below of Biggie’s victory at the Westminster show. Impressed by the way this lovable pug gave it his all for his late cousin? Should he have been best-in-show? Let us know what you think in the comments at Facebook and be sure to like and share!