"She is a natural show dog," Sky's handler declares after the pooch's win


It was a cute case of déjà vu at this year’s National Dog Show, which gave top prize to a wire fox terrier again.

GCH Afterall Painting the Sky (a.k.a. Sky) was named the 2012 Best in Show winner on Thursday’s Thanksgiving day broadcast. It’s the first time that the same breed has consecutively won the top spot at a major competition since an English springer spaniel won Westminster in 1971 and 1972. (Think Eira, last year’s wire fox terrier winner, wants her paw-tograph?)

After quickly becoming the top dog of the terrier group when the show was taped Saturday, Sky bested an affenpinscher, an American foxhound, a Great Dane, a Tibetan Spaniel, a bearded collie and a Field Spaniel to take home highest honors at the show, which featured more than 1,500 canine participants.

“Sky is a very beautiful wire fox terrier,” handler Gabriel Rangel, who’s now won the dog show three of the last four years, said post-victory. “She is a natural show dog with a short, well-balanced body. She has a beautiful head and her face is unbelievable.”

Of course, Best in Show judge Vicki Abbott agreed, saying, “She has a keen expression and that dense, wiry coat. The handler let her show herself, and she performed.”

Too busy with Turkey Day to watch the fur fly? The show will re-air Friday at 8 p.m. (all time zones) on NBC.