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Wasabi Conquers Westminster

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226 – July, 2021

By Amy Fernandez

One week after his second Westminster conquest, David Fitzpatrick walked into a room full of judges and …nothing. No, this isn’t a really lame joke. It’s an example of how compartmentalized our sport has become in recent years. I caught up with David right after he’d gotten back from AKC’s two-day seminar for beginner judges. He admitted that he hadn’t bargained on winning Westminster when he originally booked his trip to Chicago. Actually, who would factor that sort of possibility into their schedule? But he did and despite that unforeseen complication there was the issue of the non-refundable ticket. Rather than being greeted by a standing ovation, “A lot of beginner judges didn’t even know who I was. They are from a wide background of breeds and not really cognizant of what’s going on in Toy breeds.” Still, it’s Westminster. But let’s leave it there.

He said, “I got home last night at 1:30. And today I had reporters here to do interviews and take pictures of Wasabi. Now, it’s finally starting to hit me.” (Okay, let’s get this story rolling).

So what was David’s initial reaction when he learned that the show would be held at Lyndhurst? “I have been to Westchester many times and it is a beautiful site. But I also remember what it was like showing there…” Westchester Kennel Club was rightfully famed for its glorious setting–as well as its drawbacks. “When I heard that this was where they were going to have Westminster, I almost felt physically ill. I had so looked forward to showing this dog at the Garden and I kept thinking to myself that Wasabi is going to love Madison Square Garden. He’s not nervy, nothing is going to put him off.”

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