Published Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 4:46 PM
Newport News, Virginia has definitely been in the news, as related to dogs, in the recent past ... namely as the hometown of Philadelphia Eagles ex-convict quarterback Michael Vick. But now the Hampton Roads-area city is connected to a story worthy of quite a bit more civic pride than that related to Vick’s Bad Newz Kennels pit bull-fighting operation. (Crimes related to that operation led to Vick's serving nineteen months in Federal prison in 2007-2009.)
Matt (official name: GCH Fiveforks' Geometry Matters At Kayas), a Boston Terrier from Newport News, has been named "Best in Breed" at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Not yet two-years-old Matt was bred by Judith Queitzsch and Ronda C. Whitson, and he is owned by Adrienne Hullender and Ruth Rauherz.
The Boston Terrier breed is described by the Westminster Kennel Club as follows:
The Boston Terrier resulted from selective breeding of the Bulldog and the White English Terrier (now extinct), by a few men in the Boston area during the 1870's. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1893 as the first genuinely American bred dog. Today's Boston carries a clean cut square head, large, soft, dark eyes and moves in perfect rhythm, each step indicating grace and power. Intelligence, alertness and a loving disposition makes him an ideal companion, a dog well-suited to the city dweller and the suburbanite. His great style and loving disposition have rightly earned the nickname, "The American Gentleman."
Matt will not be competing in tonight's Best of Show judging, which starts at 10 PM. The winner of Best of (the Non-Sporting) Group (Boston Terriers are – despite their name – part of the Non-Sporting, not Terrier, Group) was a Dalmatian.
Live television coverage of the second night of the Westminster Show will take place tonight on USA Network from 8-11 PM.