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Posted: May 10, 2023
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    Handler Janice Hays, left, her husband, Eric, center, and breeder Gavin Robertson pose for photos with Buddy Holly. (AP/Mary Altaffer)
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    Handler Janice Hays and Buddy Holly, a petit basset griffon Vendéen, after he won best in show on May 9, 2023, in New York. (AP/Mary Altaffer)
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This year’s Westminster Dog Show has a winner.

His name is Buddy Holly. He’s the first ever petit basset griffon Vendéen (‘PBGV’ for short) to win best in show.

Buddy and about 2,5000 other show dogs competed this week in New York City. His white-tipped tail didn’t stop wagging—not even while he posed for countless pictures after his win.

“We’re so proud of him,” says his handler and co-owner Janice Hayes.

PBGVs come from France. Their name means “low-lying, wire-haired dog from the Vendée region.” Want to try saying it? Take a deep breath first! It’s pronounced peh-TEE- bah-SAY grihf-FAHN vahn-DAY-ahn.

Other dogs who came close to winning include:

Rummie, a Pekingese

Winston, a French bulldog

Ribbon, an Australian shepherd

Cider, an English setter

Monty, a giant schnauzer

Trouble, an American Staffordshire terrier

Spectators also applauded Audra Maes as she showed her shiba inu dog. Audra is just 10 years old!

What’s next for Buddy Holly? A good night’s sleep, “upside down, rolling in pillows,” Ms. Hayes says. “He just gets to go back to being a dog.”

And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. — Genesis 1:24