The Boxer captured the Working Group and celebrated by leaping into its handler’s arms and got a huge hug and a kiss.
The champion boxer was GCH CH Mephisto’s Speak Of The Devil (owned by Mrs. Jack Billhardt and Sergio Tenenbaum), also known as Devlin.
Q: When did you know there was something really special about this dog, and what do you feel gave you an extra edge in the ring tonight?
A: “Years ago, we saw her when she was young, I saw that there was something special in her — all of us,” handler Diego Garcia said. “Tonight when we were getting her ready, I said to my wife, ‘You know, she’s looking better than ever. We’re going to try our best, and whatever happens, happens.’ And it did.”
This was Devlin’s last show. “She gave her life for me,” Garcia added. “This is the best dog for kids.”
The evening opened with the Junior Showmanship Award, which was won by Mallori Seifert with a 15-inch Beagle: CH Double D’s The Land of Smiles at Copper Rose.
Q: What advice do you have to all the young juniors coming up so that they can aspire to compete at Westminster?
A: “My advice for all those young juniors is that everyone starts somewhere. I, myself, had many mishaps. It’s all about finding the right dog and just having such a bond with that dog who’ll respond to you no matter what, under any sort of pressure, any situation. It’s all about finding that right dog,” Seifert said.