Wasabi was the recent taste in June on the world-renowned Westminster Kennel Membership canine present. The wonderful Pekingese, formally referred to as Grand Champion Pequest Wasabi, was the Quantity One present canine of all breeds in 2020. Westminster is at all times held in February at Madison Sq. Backyard in New York Metropolis. This yr, due to COVID restrictions, the 145th version of the present moved outdoor to the Lyndhurst mansion, a Gothic Revival fortress that sits in a stately 67-acre park beside the Hudson River in Tarrytown, a half-hour south of town.
Wasabi was dealt with as at all times by breeder-owner David Fitzpatrick, who has devoted the final 50 years to perfecting this breed. The decide who pointed him to Finest in Present was Patricia Craige Trotter, who’s equally revered within the canine present world, having received Finest in Hound Group at Westminster a report 11 occasions, dealing with her personal Norwegian Elkhounds. Wasabi had huge paws to fill because the great-grandson of “Malachy,” the 2012 Westminster Finest in Present winner.
The Pekingese breed has been the companion of royalty for hundreds of years, and in defeating his six rivals within the Finest in Present ring, Wasabi “felt like he was 10 ft tall and stood there like a lion,” within the phrases of decide Trotter.