Standard Poodle "Yes" wins Westminster's Non-Sporting group
Ch. Randenn Tristar Affirmation, a 6-year-old female Standard Poodle owned by Toni and Martin Sosnoff and handled by Timothy Brazier, won the Non-Sporting group. Yes, as she's known to friends, was the fourth-ranked show dog in the country last year and has won more than 90 Best in Show titles.
And Yes has an unusual backstory, as USA Today explains:
Yes' father, or sire in dog talk, was Ch. Eaton Affirmed, known as Snapper. Though Snapper died in 1990, his owner, Timothy Brazier, froze the dog's semen a quarter century ago, which was very rare for that time. ...
Brazier says Yes has many of the same qualities as her father. "That look, temperament, style and 'poodlely' demeanor," he says. "The world is her oyster."
The first attempt to artificially inseminate Yes' mother, Ch. Randenn Tres Chic, failed. The second try with one of the last vials was successful.
Finally, when the dog gave birth to a single pup, Brazier's reaction was, "Yes!"
Four Standard Poodles have previously won Best in Show at Westminster. (Full disclosure: We are rooting for her as we had black Standard Poodles growing up.)
Rounding out the top four placements were a French Bulldog named Ch. Lebull's Midnight Confessions, a Bulldog named Ch. Kepley's Showbiz Razzle Dazzle and a Bichon Frise named Ch. Gemstone Spoiled To Perfection.
Top credit: Seth Wenig / Associated Press
Bottom credit: Peter Kramer / Associated Press