Bichon frise named America's top dog

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McFadden said Flynn might retire from the show dog business as a champion. These youngsters got here by winning at least seven AKC licensed or member shows. The previous one was in 2001.

Flynn edged out runner-up Ty the giant schnauzer, victor of the working category, who is America's top-ranked show dog. Flynn's registered name is apparently "Belle Creek's All I Care About Is Love".

"It feels a little unreal", said Bill McFadden, Flynn's handler. "I came in expecting nothing except hoping for a good performance, and I think I got it".

McFadden said Flynn, who is nearly six, would retire from competition. Flynn is co-owned by Patrina and Bruce Odette, Lindsay Van Keuren, Lorrie Carlton and Larry Letsche.

Handler Bill McFadden shows Flynn, a bichon frise, in the best in show competition during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Tuesday at Madison Square Garden in NY.

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The diminutive, fluffy white victor edged out six other finalists, including the No. 2 Reserve Best in Show, a giant schnauzer named Ty, at the end of the annual two-day event at Madison Square Garden in midtown Manhattan.

A bichon frise who loves a good belly rub and loves to roll in the snow trotted away as best in show Tuesday at the 142nd annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City.

Even before competition in the sporting, working and terrier groups at Madison Square Garden Tuesday night, the fluffy white dog from Denver, Colorado, victor of the non-sporting group, had already emerged as a frontrunner for the 142nd rendition of Westminster, the Super Bowl of the dog world. Handled by Katie Bernardin of Chaplin, Connecticut, Ty won the working group after entering Westminster ranked No. 1 dog in the country.

After whittling down the competition to the best dogs in the Hound, Toy, Non-sporting, Herding, Working, Sporting and Terrier groups present, it was up to Betty-Anne Stenmark to pick the Best In Show. But before that takes effect, he will partake in the winner's whirlwind tour of NY, which includes the morning talk show circuit, visits to the Empire State Building and One World Trade Centre and a steak dinner at Sardi's.

Flynn took home the top prize at the 142nd Westminster Dog Show in New York City sporting a fluffy coat that looked like a cross between a cloud and cottonballs after showing off his jaunty walk and happy demeanor.

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